Opinion: Are millennials too lazy to eat cereal for breakfast?   
Opinion: Are millennials too lazy to eat cereal for breakfast?
  By Dylan Bell and Jasmin Husain It was quite the week for millennials when it came to entertainment news. Leo might finally win an Oscar this weekend Netflix’s bingeworthy Full House sequel, Fuller House, just came out Kanye West, in typical Kanye West performative fashion, has spent the week continually out–Kanye Westing himself Cult sensations Broad City and Girls […]

          Why CEOs Want Their Offices Back and How Millennials Are Helping Them Get There (Kind of)   
Workers of every stature need workspaces that reflect the work and the culture of the company.
          Millennial Conversations : retours d'expérience avec Jam, SNCF, SG et Accor   
Millennial Conversations : retours d'expérience avec Jam, SNCF, SG et Accor
          The Covenant and the Cargo Cult, Part 1   

Sir Ridley Scott's long-awaited prequel to Prometheus opened this week in certain countries and is set to open in America next week. For those waiting for a continuation of the storyline from the last movie- when crew member Elizabeth Shaw and the head of android David taking off to invade the Engineer homeworld- well, I hate to say it but you're out of luck. 

The Prometheus story is referenced only as exposition, apparently.  I hope I'm not giving away any spoilers (it feels like half the movie has already been posted to YouTube in the form of trailers and excerpts) but it is what it is.

Of course, the bit with Elizabeth and David's disembodied head from Prometheus is yet another one of those bizarre and inexplicable references to John the Baptist that tentpole sci-fi movies are so fond of. Remember that John's mother was named Elizabeth*, who had her own covenant with an extraterrestrial entity (the Archangel Gabriel, in this case). 

But I digress. If you've been following the previews and the various puff pieces in the media you'll suss out that Alien: Covenant is more like a remake of the first Alien film than a sequel to Prometheus. In much the same way as the JJ Abrams' Star Wars it's meant to act a jumping-on point for the Alien franchise for post-Millennials:
If Star Wars: The Force Awakens led the way in merging fan-service universe-building with fresh heroes, stories and themes for a new generation, Alien: Covenant grabs the reboot ball and runs with it. 
Director Sir Ridley Scott has said himself how much he was impressed by Disney's handling of Star Wars' renaissance, and it's clear to see why this similarly iconic '70s sci-fi world is equally ripe for a life-extending overhaul.
The film apparently references the AAT of Prometheus but also taps into the current anxieties over AI and robots and their potential to do away with the rest of us, kind of like a more ambitious HAL 9000. Scott apparently 86'd the idea of more direct sequel to Prometheus after reading some of the negative reviews dumped on the film, which he called "a mistake":
What changed was the reaction to ‘Prometheus’, which was a pretty good ground zero reaction. It went straight up there, and we discovered from it that [the fans] were really frustrated. They wanted to see more of the original [monster] and I thought he was definitely cooked, with an orange in his mouth. So I thought: ‘Wow, OK, I’m wrong’.
Well, somebody thought Scott was wrong, "somebody" almost certainly being a Fox accountant or three. However, one SF fansite accused Scott of "selling out" by not following up on the Prometheus story and I'm sure a lot of other fans will disappointed the story was dispensed with so easily. Either way, Scott continues to make eyebrow-raising comments about aliens in the press, referring to them recently as "superior beings."
Alien creator Ridley Scott has said that he is convinced that there are extra-terrestrials out there – and one day they will come for us. The veteran director said he believed in higher beings as he prepared to release the sixth episode of the sci-fi horror series, Alien: Covenant, next month. 
“I believe in superior beings. I think it is certainly likely. An expert I was talking to at Nasa said to me, ‘Have you ever looked in the sky at night? You mean to tell me we are it?’ That’s ridiculous.” 
“So when you see a big thing in the sky, run for it,” he joked.“Because they are a lot smarter than we are, and if you are stupid enough to challenge them you will be taken out in three seconds.”
Which makes you wonder about the whole "Covenant" thing, doesn't it? 

The term is essentially religious ('contract' is more commonly used to describe written civil agreements), dating back to the Old Testament.  And seeing how that covenant was made with a god who flew around the sky in a pillar of smoke and light, and needed a special environment built in order to interact with his subjects, you do start to wonder what the implications of all this happen to be. 

Well, start with this. Like Jack Kirby (whose Eternals so inspired the first Alien film),  Scott seems to have been bitten by the ancient astronaut bug and bitten hard. I don't know what the current status is on the project but back in 2014 it was reported that Sir Scott was developing an AAT series for HBO called Pharaoh:
Scott has signed on to serve as the executive producer and director for this project, which was created and sold to the premium cable channel by David Schulner. The Hollywood Reporter explains: 
The drama explores an alternate explanation for the foundation and ascent of the ancient Egyptian empire — one in which greatness was bestowed upon us by beings from another world, calling into question what it means to be a “god.” The project was co-created by Giannina Facio and Colet Abedi, who will exec produce alongside Scott and David Zucker for Scott Free. 
His film Prometheus was partially inspired by the writings of Swiss author Erich von Daniken who is known for his books like Chariots of the Gods? and Gods From Outer Space. Von Daniken is also a regular talking head on History Channel’s Ancient Aliens.
Again, I'm not sure where Pharaoh stands today but according to an October report from Omni the project was still on. It may be why the planned Stargate reboot was reported as being put into turnaround in November. Which, if so, strikes me a bit curious. The mighty Devlin and Emmerich nosed off their turf by Sir Scott? Huh.

But there's an interesting little visual cue in one of the trailers that suggests that Scott takes AAT very seriously. The Covenant crew lands on an alien planet and discovers a familiar sight. From io9:
This alien planet that looks untouched by human hands is growing recognizable wheat, which very much has been touched by human hands. This plays into the Alien mythos that there was a race of “Engineers” that were the progenitors of humans—they’re similar to us, why wouldn’t their food be similar? And if they were traveling around, why wouldn’t they carry seeds like we do?
Why is wheat so significant in the context of the Prometheus teleology? The late Lloyd Pye explains: 
Many have "wild" predecessors that were apparently a starting point for the domesticated variety, but others--like many common vegetables--have no obvious precursors. But for those that do, such as wild grasses, grains and cereals, how they turned into wheat, barley, millet, rice, etc. is a profound mystery. 
No botanist can conclusively explain how wild plants gave rise to domesticated ones. The emphasis here is on "conclusively". Botanists have no trouble hypothesising elaborate scenarios in which Neolithic (New Stone Age) farmers somehow figured out how to hybridise wild grasses, grains and cereals, not unlike Gregor Mendel when he cross-bred pea plants to figure out the mechanics of genetic inheritance. It all sounds so simple and so logical, almost no one outside scientific circles ever examines it closely.
Modern wheat is one of those innovations that scientists revert to ontological arguments to explain. The wheat we know obviously exists so it simply had to have been the product of long-term domestication. How exactly the domestication of an essentially-inedible wild grass was domesticated into a modern foodcrop-- over the span of centuries, mind you, if not millennia-- by illiterate Stone Age farmers is never exactly made clear. Pye again:
 On the other hand, those New Stone Age farmers who were fresh out of their caves and only just beginning to turn soil for the first time (as the ”official” scenario goes), somehow managed to transform the wild grasses, grains and cereals growing around them into their domesticated ”cousins”. Is that possible? Only through a course in miracles! Actually, it requires countless miracles within two large categories of miracles.  
The seeds and grains were maddeningly small, like pepper flakes or salt crystals, which put them beyond the grasping and handling capacity of human fingers. They were also hard, like tiny nutshells, making it impossible to convert them to anything edible. Lastly, their chemistry was suited to nourishing animals, not humans. So wild varieties were entirely too small, entirely too tough and nutritionally inappropriate for humans. 
They needed to be greatly expanded in size, greatly softened in texture and overhauled at the molecular level–which would be an imposing challenge for modern botanists, much less Neolithic farmers.  
Despite the seeming impossibility of meeting those daunting objectives, modern botanists are confident the first sodbusters had all they needed to do it: time and patience. Over hundreds of generations of selective crossbreeding, they consciously directed the genetic transformation of the few dozen that would turn out to be most useful to humans. And how did they do it? By the astounding feat of doubling, tripling and quadrupling the number of chromosomes in the wild varieties! 
Domestic wheat and oats were elevated from an ancestor with seven chromosomes to their current 42–an expansion by a factor of six.”
Remember that the cultivation of wheat brought about the rise of the Sumerians, who had oddly intimate relationships with their gods (the Anunaki, of course). The ancient Greeks were certain that wheat was the gift of a god; Demeter, in this case. It was the final "mystery" in the dramas put on at Eleusis. The Egyptians credited wheat to Osiris, the star-sailor.  So its inclusion in this film hardly seems incidental. On the contrary; it looks as if someone were doing their homework.

Now, longtime readers of The Secret Sun realize that nearly every major SF franchise of the past 50 years (starting with 2001: A Space Odyssey) is centered around ancient astronaut theory in one way or the other. 

Star Trek, Doctor Who, Star Wars (arguably), Battlestar GalacticaAlien (of course), Stargate, The X-Files, Transformers, Indiana Jones and the entire Marvel and DC Universes all established their creation myths, in varying degrees, as the work of advanced extraterrestrial interlopers. Does that seem coincidental to you? It certainly does not to me.

There've also been a ton of less-visible but still-signficant TV shows and movies that have done the same, like Jonny Quest, The Phoenix, The Man from Atlantis as well as Childhood's End, Cocoon, Hangar 18, countless American and Japanese cartoons (even the hugely-popular cardgame/anime property Yu-Gi-Oh). So much so that you can't help but wonder if there's not a very powerful cargo cult at work behind the scenes in Tinseltown.

Bearing all that in mind, as well as the Ancient Aliens cable show (now in its 12th season), researchers might be forgiven for believing this was all part of some long-running conditioning program. You know, kind of like the one suggested by the Brookings Institution report back in 1960. 

Or exactly like it, actually.

Researchers would be especially forgiven in light of this recent blockbuster news story:
Was our solar system once home to an advanced civilization other than our own — perhaps one that predated humanity by hundreds of millions of years before being wiped out by an asteroid impact or some other cataclysm? 
There's no evidence for such a pre-human indigenous technological species, though people have been speculating about one since ancient times. But a respected space scientist points out in a provocative new paper that if the existence of home-grown intelligent space aliens has never been established, it's never been ruled out either. 
And if a race of smart and perhaps spacefaring aliens did make their home in our solar system, traces of their lost civilization might still be out there somewhere in the system just waiting for us to find them.
Quite a "synchronicity," don't you think?

UPDATE: Check out Gordon's review on Alien: Covenant on Rune Soup.


* Elizabeth is often traced to Elisheba but you can also frame it as a contraction of Eloah-Isis-Beth, or "House of Isis, the Goddess."

          You should know the facts to Change your life in 2016   
What prices should we watch this year?   Everything is going to be more expensive!

We faced financial extinction in 2008 and bounced back. The average Toronto detached home approaches $622k. Sales continue unabated averaging 10% per year in financial gains per year since '95 breaking 100K units in the GTA. 

The key seems to be consistency.

This could be coming to an end.


Oil Prices have been falling, much to our delight at the gas pumps but now we realise that OIL and Gas related employment accounts for 25% of our economy. Increased expenses for everything we eat, as we suffer with exchange rate that is an eleven year low.

Brick-and-mortar stores still have value in the form of sales and brand experience, but if they’re not building a strong online presence in tandem, they’ll quickly find themselves out of the running.

Canadian Consumers are increasingly shopping online.

Mortgage Finance rules have changed requiring Larger downpayments and stricter lending guidelines. Those Millennials fortunate enought to have found a decent paying dependable job will some trouble qualifying for new mortgages; Those with contract work will find it a struggle. 

With so much weakness in the domestic economic picture,  uncertainty over oil prices and negativity in Canadian markets, year-end seems a good time for homeowners to focus on eliminating debt and consider finally working towards being debt free.

We All still see Canada as a safe haven for investment and immigration. People will continue to arrive and 95% want the Canadian dream of Home ownership. 

It all simply comes down to consumer confidance... 

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          We all buy based on monthly payments   
But do you actually stop to think and consider the value of what you are purchasing?

Some recent events are causing me to re examine some decisions I have made in the past;  Namely, we decided that paying $735 per month in maintenance fees was acceptable since we lived near the lake, had transit and concierge both at the front door.

Since, I work primarily from home I relished the conveniences of no maintenance obligations, a garbage chute, the power washing of my above ground parking spot inside a heated garage, snow removal and landscaping.  I walked to my office coffee in hand.

We have a new child.  Everything has changed in the span of 9 months

This is causing our revisit to a detached home;  deemed un attainable by pricing, as detached property in the west Toronto averages well into a one million dollar purchase.


The alternative is to accept modern, thermally efficient, well wired (no aluminium or weekend electricians) centrally located townhouse that are in close proximity to a subway station.

A number of these communities have emerged, Islington Village, Furrow Lane, Van Dusen, Bering Avenue, Six Points Road,  and newest is Westhaven's Tiffany Park, [just south of Judson beside the No Frills]

BUT  what are you buying for almost $900,000?  Lets say that together ...  NINE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS!

The lot size in the pictured sample is 14.76 feet by 61. 81 feet. This includes the patio or rear deck over your tandem garage.  There will be a rear door to the alley.  A lot of this size is called a POLT   Parcel of Tied Land,  the balance of the property is actually a condominium corporation for the ongoing road landscaping and upkeep.  This way we are buying a FREEHOLD property.

Trims and finishes are modern granite and hardwoods, Fireplaces are Gas fired, but there is little rear yard for gardening.

Let' examine the Monthly carry costs

$900,000 Purchase Price
  180,000 Downpayment (20% will save you the CMHC premiun)
 $720,000 First Mortgage  at Today's rate  you qualify at 4.64% but get 2.69% for 5 Yr.

LTT (Toronto Land Transfer Tax to purchase)     $28,200

That payment is $3,294 per month assuming no rate increases over the next five year period.  Your mortgage balance at renewal is $611,709.  We have not paid the maintenance fees or property taxes, Nor turned on any lights or the heat.  Have you

A good used car carries at $500 per month with 0.9% financing but I only extended myself to $35,000.

Adding my car debt requires an income level of $250,000 gross per year ( family or combined ) and that simply is beyond most first and second time buyers.  Mortgage Finance rules have changed for 2016 requiring Larger down payments and stricter lending guidelines. Those Millennials fortunate enough to have found a decent paying dependable job will some trouble qualifying for new mortgages; Those with contract work will find it a struggle.

What are your thoughts on Toronto Housing affordability?

          Political blind date   


Two people in the millennial age bracket sit down together on a political “blind date” to see what conversation can bring about. It’s a really promising thing to watch in light of the perceived increased polarization of politics these days.

It’s a BBC project (so may not be available to watch in the US, sorry if so) during the general election. People with opposite views get put together for civilised conversation rather than debate. All the ones I’ve seen so far have been interesting and a great example of how to talk effectively and listen!

          Yes, there is room for black people in the new Detroit   
Recently, Suzette Hackney of POLITICO wrote an article that asked the question, “ Is There Room for Black People in the New Detroit? ” Her account begins at the corner of Agnes and Parker at a local restaurant where she describes seeing “designer dogs” and “tattooed millennials." From her piece: The whole scene was a far cry from when I lived in the adjoining apartment building in the early 2000s ... but this is the new Detroit. I live in the neighborhood she describes, and even though Craft Work could be considered a “hip” establishment, I'm a little sad the area she described was reduced to a gentrified stereotype.
          Nick Lachey Dug Through the Garbage to Find Vanessa Lachey's Lost Wedding Ring   
Nick Lachey has long known a way to a woman’s heart. After all, he got plenty of training in the matter as one of the members of the quintessential millennial boy band 98 Degrees, crooning various sweet nothings into the camera and the faces of thousands of screaming female fans. A skill that has clearly translated to his marriage with Vanessa Lachey as the couple have been together since 2011, have three children together under the age of 5, and are still going just as strong as ever. And on Sunday Nick proved that he offers another invaluable skill to his wife – an extremely high tolerance for grossness – gamely digging through their garbage to find Vanessa’s lost wedding ring. When the couple tied the knot six years ago, in addition to the already impressive 4-carat engagement ring featuring an Asscher-cut diamond surrounded by trapezoid baguettes that the former pop star bought for Vanessa, he also got a very substantial wedding ring to add to his bride’s bling. The couple returned to New York jeweler David Bader, of Bader and Garrin, who designed Minnillo’s engagement ring, to pick out a substantial platinum eternity band of Asscher-cut diamonds that also would match Lachey’s own platinum band with includes 24 square diamonds. But having such heavy bands clearly comes with some consequences as it seems Vanessa recently lost hers in the family trash can by accident. RELATED PHOTOS: Nick and Vanessa Lachey Are ‘All Hands on Deck’ in Raising Three Kids: ‘There’s No Spontaneous Date Nights’ This is true love after 6 years of marriage......digging through dirty diapers and trash to find your wife's missing wedding ring!! #success A post shared by Nick Lachey (@nicklachey) on Jun 24, 2017 at 10:28am PDT On Saturday morning, the former boy bander posted a photo of his wife’s ring sitting in the midst of a pile of trash, dirt and hair, writing in the caption, “This is true love after 6 years of marriage……digging through dirty diapers and trash to find your wife’s missing wedding ring!! #success” While Lachey should undoubtedly be nominated for the best husband award of 2017 for this recovery feat, given that he has three small children he’s probably pretty used to dealing with some of the less glamorous things in life and is an old pro at this point. Besides, dealing with a little dirt and diapers seems pretty worth it to save tens of thousands of dollars from winding up in the local landfill. Would you dig through your garbage to find your S.O.’s wedding ring? Sound off below! This article was originally published on PEOPLE.com
          Ford’s Latest Venture Involves Rear-Wheel Drive and Zero Emissions   

Let’s say it altogether: Mobility! That’s what Ford Motor Company is up to in the tech-obsessed Millennial enclave of San Francisco. No longer will you have to turn to a truck, SUV or Mustang for rear-wheel Blue Oval motivation, and emission levels from the automaker’s latest vehicle depend solely on where the rider ate. Yes, […]

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           The Best Reactions To The Trump Kids' Creepy Attempt At Appealing To Millennials    
The Best Reactions To The Trump Kids' Creepy Attempt At Appealing To Millennials

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          Millennial Women: 4 Steps to Ensure the Retirement of Your Dreams   
Most retirement savings advice can be beneficial to anyone, no matter their sex. But, young…
          What I Learned About Communicating Today - Ouch!   

It was her face that communicated, “Look you old fart I don’t have time for all this yack-yack; tell me what to do. Let’s end this tedious conversation as soon as possible. I have a life. I do not want to prolong the veneer of pretending to share a part of mine with you.”

The woman had a pseudo smile that was neither friendly nor inviting. Somehow I have crossed over into the undesirable zone. I was explaining a concept to a person approximately 30 years younger than myself. I looked at her face. The woman was more than bored, she was pissed.

In an instant I understood. The reality was that I was trying to communicate cover your assets type of information. The young woman was in “just tell me what do” mode. Her face caused me to instantly stop talking. I took a breath, mechanically answered her question and sent her on her way.

I wasn’t angry. I was more amused and a little sad. I wondered how to communicate with a person or a generational group of people that honestly doesn’t believe I have anything to offer but a time sink.

I do sometimes give overly detailed explanations. I try not to because I know 97.3 percent of the people I meet don’t want to hear it. I live in a world of sound bites, clips and short attention span measured in electronic units.

I slip up. I forget that unless I am in the right clique with language pre-approval then what I have to say is not warranted or receivable. Only when I package my communication in an acceptable format can it be heard. Sometimes. Not this time though.

Boomers and Echo Boomers

Technically, I am an Echo Boomer, I was way too young to participate in the things blamed on and held accountable for by my older Boomer cohorts. I’m a tail-end Boomer into almost proto-Gen X. I was in my 40s before I set foot in San Francisco and that was six years ago.

There are a clump of young people that really want Boomers to go away, as in die. This is nothing new. There has always been a portion of the prior generation that wished the older generation to hurry up and shuffle off the mortal coil and be quick about it. Most of us grow out of it when the reality of living an adult life hit us full force.

Sometimes talking with an older person can give you peace of mind. Or a piece of junk. Being older does not mean you are graced with having a lick of sense. Don't waste time talking to a young or old fool. But listen to the person before deciding, ok?

There are other folks that just want the prior generation to fess up to hypocrisy. In June 2009 Little Isis has valid points in her post:

Who is going to inherit your debt? Us. Who’s futures are in jeopardy? Ours. So own up to it. Be responsible. Be adults. Suck it up. We’re your children, and we didn’t ask for any of this.

I felt the same way 35 years ago! I did not ask for any of this crap that has happened. The thing is, unless you are a non-profit psychic, you deal with what comes your way.

The hypocrisy? Yes, tons of it. From the mutation of political correctness to the current “Don’t tax me bro” followed by complaints about the deficit. Which we should complain about, but a little consistency would be nice. Like how to fix it? Deal with it? A national honesty about a balance between military, corporate and domestic spending excesses?

That would take a conversation longer than 140 characters. It would take a range of diverse people talking and not screaming, debasing or wishing the other dead because there is a different point of view. It requires a bit (not much) of history and a shared understanding of problems and potential solutions.

It Starts With the Willingness to Learn

Honestly, I don't want to hold one person up as the representative for all of Gen X and Y. If she could tell her side of the story it would be a tale of woe, having this woman repeat the same thing she said last week and more besides.

However, it did get me thinking about how there are communication differences between Boomers and the Generationals.

I'm willing to try to cut down on my spoken verbiage. In addition, I found some resources to help me understand better how to communicate.

My starting steps include reading a good explanation of the differences between the generations called Tips to Improve Interaction among the Generations. Originally created by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association Office of Diversity, I found this version at the College of Business at Colorado State University.

Another source of information is an article by Jenna Reith on Understanding the Communication Styles of the Millennial Generation(Adobe pdf).

Amy Lynch of Bottomline Conversations is an author, speaker and entrepreneur who has written about generational communication issues. Sometimes it is the mental old dusties that are perpetrators of ageism.

Well I have plenty of reading to do and I need to find a mental balm for my ouchie.

Gena Haskett is a BlogHer CE. Blogs:Out On The Stoop and Create Video Notebook

          Millennials Present New Challenges to T&E Accounting   

It was back in 2015 that two lines crossed on a graph and T&E accounting was given some new realities. For the first time, Millennials represented the largest share of... Read More

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          CFDA Best Dressed 2017   
Monday night saw the annual Council of Fashion Designers of America awards, AKA the second best fashion red carpet in America – second to the Met Gala. As usual the style set was out in force, many championing American designers for the awards ceremony. I have to admit, while I do love a princess gown on the red carpet, when it’s a fashion event or awards ceremony I love to see envelope-pushing, edgy looks rather than a gorgeous gown. For this reason, my top five looks are all slightly cooler and more effortless. Here are my favourite looks:

Diane Kruger in Monse
I adore Monse and give a little whoop of excitement when I see the fledgling label worn on the red carpet. Designers Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia cut their teeth at Oscar de la Renta and are joint Creative Directors at the eponymous American brand as well as their own label. I love the unexpected electric blue velvet with a gold paint splatter effect. Their bold and feminine perspective looks so refreshing on the red carpet.

Hailey Baldwin in Cushnie et Ochs and Brother Vellies
Cushnie et Ochs is another brand I love seeing on the red carpet, their minimal, sexy dresses are often overlooked I feel. I love how Hailey has offset the clean lines of the dress with pretty, frou-frou accessories from Bother Vellies – definitely a label to keep your eye on.

Janelle Monae in Christian Sirano
You can always rely on Ms Monae to dress for the occasion, crowd and dress code. While we witnessed plenty of flouncy gowns which don’t quite seem right for the CFDAs, Janelle knocks it out of the pack once again with an edgy, monochrome look.

Brit Marling in Sies Marjan
Straight from the AW17 runway to the CFDA red carpet in top to toe dusky pink, Brit Marling is a millennial dream. I love the relaxed, undone vibe which still looks appropriate for the fashion awards.

Martha Hunt in Milly
This is the closest I will get to liking a traditional red carpet dress at any fashion awards. The slightly awkward cut outs and subtle asymmetric hemline adds a much needed edge to a classic va-va-voom red carpet number.

And of course, the actual winners are…

Womenswear Designer of the Year – Raf Simons for Calvin Klein
Menswear Designer of the Year – Raf Simons for Calvin Klein
Accessory Designer of the Year – Stuart Vevers for Coach
Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent – Laura Kim and Fernando Garcio for Monse
Swarovski Award for Positive Change – Kenneth Cole
Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award – Rick Owens
Founder’s Award – Pat McGrath
International Award – Demna Gvasalia for Vetements and Balenciaga
Board of Directors’ Tribute – Cecile Richards, Gloria Steinem and Janelle Monae
Fashion Icon Award – Franca Sozzani

          Outfit Post: Spring Fling   

After spending last week in sunny Hamburg and even sunnier Porto, I am well and truly in the mood for spring. Proper spring, not just swapping a heavy coat for a lighter one. I want to shrug off the knits, push the opaque tights to the back of my wardrobe and just lighten up a little. Spring always feels like a such a happy, positive season when nature and life in general is in bloom. And there’s nothing more perfect for capturing the mood of the season than Millennial Pink.

Millennial Pink has been a phenomenon in the making for quite some time. I remember seeing Paul Smith’s LA boutique years ago, painted a very pretty if unapologetic shade of pink. And of course Acne’s pink bags have become a signature. Since then, everyone from Emily Weiss of Glossier and ubiquitous London restaurant Sketch to Drake have been harnessing the power of pink. No one has been a bigger supporter of the shade, which sits somewhere between baby pink and blush, than Rihanna. Whether it’s a strapless, oversized Giambattista Valli gown or a head-to-toe trouser suit rom Pascal Millet, Rihanna owns this shade, so much so there are calls to rename it Rihanna Pink.

The way Rihanna wears pink completely captures its new mood. Previously confined by gender stereotypes – pink is for girls – Millennial Pink breaks free of those shackles. Pink is for everyone and pink has attitude. Whether it’s a huge oversize pink puffer shrugged over a statement tshirt or a head-to-toe pink Dior look accessories with tattoos and attitude, pink is packing a punch.

I first spied this ASOS skirt on Instagram, which seems to be the only place I get my inspiration these days! It immediately made me think of Rihanna – can we please rename the shade Rihanna Pink already?! Much like Riri, I wanted to toughen up the overall look and avoid looking saccharine sweet.

This cropped tee from one of my favourite lingerie brands was the perfect antidote to balance the pretty pink skirt. I wrote about Reckless Wolf back in 2014, after meeting Creative Director Jade Little. The brand’s vibe is very fierce and unapologetic, you get an inkling for this attitude with the extreme crop and bold typography of this tshirt. I accessorised it with these gorgeous silver block heeled courts from River Island and my Chloe Elsie bag, which I’ve recently fallen back in love with. The pretty pink shades are offset with flashes of metallic, midriff and one of my tattoos. What do you think of my take on Millennial Pink?

Tshirt – Reckless Wolf
Skirt – ASOS
Heels – River Island
Bag – Chloe

          New Poll & Report: How Better Polling Tells Us What Republican Voters Really Think   

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WASHINGTON, DC -- The College of William of Mary and the nonpartisan electoral reform organization FairVote have released a report on a national survey offering new insights into voter preferences and views on electoral reform. In partnership with YouGov and scholars Alan Abramowitz (Emory University) and Walter Strone (UC-Davis), they conducted a national online survey of a representative sample of 1,000 Republican and independent voters, with half of the sample from January 21-25 (before the Iowa caucuses) and half from February 4-8 (before the New Hampshire primary).

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The new survey’s innovative methodology incorporated presidential candidate rankings (with more than nine in ten respondents ranking all 11 candidates who were surveyed), issue analyses, and opinions on electoral reforms. “Our survey provides journalists, pollsters, and campaigns with valuable insights into voter preferences that have been largely overlooked in national polling,” said FairVote executive director Rob Richie.

The full report, with analyses and appendices with all responses and crosstab information for questions involving electoral reform, is available at FairVote.org. The ranking data is also presented at http://www.GOP2016poll.com with an interactive data tool that allows users to see how candidates fare against each one-on-one, who is the second choice of backers of different candidates and which candidate would win under a ranked choice voting, “instant runoff” election system.

A panel discussion will be held today at 1 pm at the Zenger Room at the National Press Club. Featured panelists are:

  • Ronald Rapoport, John Marshall Professor at the College of William and Mary,
  • Rob Richie, Executive Director at FairVote – The Center for Voting and Democracy,
  • Emily Ekins, Research Fellow, Cato Institute, and
  • John Fortier, Democracy Project Director of the Bipartisan Policy Center

Key Findings

● Presidential Race - Trump’s high floor comes with relatively low ceiling as underscored by loss to Ted Cruz in instant runoff: The College of William and Mary/FairVote survey echoes most other national polls indicating that Donald Trump is far ahead in voter intentions, with 38.5%, compared to 17.8% for Ted Cruz, and 12.3% for Marco Rubio. However, when a ranked choice voting tally is run that results in a one-on-one “instant runoff” between Trump and Cruz, Trump trails 51% to 49% and loses ground to other candidates in every single round of the tally. Although Trump does defeat all other candidates one-on-one, including a 54% to 46% over Marco Rubio and 66% to 34% over Jeb Bush, he is the last choice of more than one in five respondents.

● Republican and independent voters are ready for electoral rule changes: Voters are generally ready to embrace changes in the nature of congressional elections and the composition of Congress, albeit some hesitation and uncertainty exists. As consistent with past surveys of right-of-center voters more than four in five respondents on an absolute scale support voter identification requirements (86.5%) and term limits for Congress (82.6%). Support was also high for a voter registration system that registers all eligible voters while blocking ineligible voters (78.6%), easier ballot access for third parties and independents (73.2%), limits of political donations, (72.7%) impartial redistricting (66%), and a national popular vote for president (66.4%). Ranked choice voting was backed most strongly for primary elections (51.8%) and local elections (49.3%), and had more support than opposition for its use at every level of election. When it comes to imagining changes by 2030, large majorities of those with an opinion support a Congress with more third parties, women, people of color and major party representatives from the opposition party’s strongholds – with no more than 18.9% opposing any of these changes.

 Voters ready for presidential nomination rules changes: Although respondents are not passionate about any single change to the nomination process, they have little support for the rules as they are. Strong majorities are ready to support ranked choice ballots in the nomination process ((57.1%), a national primary among the top candidates (57%), changing the schedule so Iowa and New Hampshire don’t always come first (55.8%), and delegates in all states being awarded proportionally rather than by winner take all (51.7%).

● Millennials most ready for electoral changes: Millennial voters (under 30) had the highest intensity of support for electoral changes when compared to other age groups. For example, 23% of millennials in the survey strongly favor having more third party and independents in Congress, as opposed to 13% of respondents over 60. Substantial, if slightly smaller gaps exist between those age groups for having more women and people of color in Congress. When it comes to reform, ranked choice voting had the backing of 61% of all respondents with an opinion about it, but a whopping 79% of millennials.

● The Tea Party remains influential: A majority of Republicans identify as Tea Party supporters (53%) to some extent, and in 2014, Tea Party supporters accounted for more than two-thirds of active Republicans (those Republicans who campaigned, donated to, advocated for, or voted for a Republican candidate). An overwhelming majority of Ted Cruz supporters are Tea Party supporters (84%), however, Donald Trump receives high support from both Tea Party and non-Tea Party supporters.

● A three-party race in November: Only about one-in-four Republicans are willing to support the Republican ticket both with Donald Trump as the nominee and with Marco Rubio as the Republican nominee against Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton and an independent candidate.

The data-rich report, with detailed questions about a wide range of issues and more information about how voters see the election, is available in full on-line. The interactive feature allowing users to see the impact of voter rankings of candidates is at http://www.GOP2016poll.com

For more information, contact FairVote communications director Michelle Whittaker at mwhittaker@fairvote.org or call its offices at (301) 270-4616.

FairVote is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that seeks to make elections fair, functional, and fully representative.

The College of William and Mary is the second-oldest college in the nation, known for cutting-edge research.  

          Why Win-Win-Win Propositions Are The Future Of Business   
Creating company models based on social good isn’t the misguided Millennial fad it sounds like. Turns out, altruism is actually great for business.
          Furby Boom   

#<hashie::mash> To support the launch of the new Furby Boom! from Hasbro, Monster Media developed an interactive campaign designed to drive young shoppers and millennials at major malls to download the Furby Boom! app and engage with the brand. The Furby Boom!-branded PODs featured two separate interactive experiences for shoppers. A photo-taking experience allowed mall shoppers to select their favorite new Furby, give their toy a name and take a fun photo with them. Via email, users received a link to a share portal where they could share their photo on social media, download the app and order their new Furby. The second immersive experience adjacent to the photo station allowed shoppers to play one of the mini-games found on the new Fuby Boom! app on the huge POD screens via touch technology.

          The MAC x Steve J. & Yoni P. Collection: Sporty Fun That Doesn’t Take Itself Too Seriously   
The MAC x Steve J. & Yoni P. Collection: Sporty Fun That Doesn’t Take Itself Too Seriously

Doesn’t Steve J. & Yoni P. sound like the name of a singer-songwriter duo? Like, you’d turn on the radio to Alice@93.7 and hear a guitar 🎸 and a mournful tambourine in a song about finding long lost millennial love on Tinder?

LOL! No, they aren’t a musical group. They’re actually Korean fashion designers, and even though my idea of cutting edge fashion is a new pair of black leggings, I think the packaging for the new limited edition MAC x Steve J. & Yoni P. collection says a lot about their sense of style.

It tells me that they probably like yellow and pale pink! And it also makes me wonder who the cartoony lady with red lips and Cleopatra-style eye makeup is.

I like the style. It’s sporty and fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously.

The collection, which comes out June 1st and will be available wherever MAC is sold, includes four lipsticks, two powder blushes, a potted eye gloss, a black mascara, two powder eyeshadow duos, a six-pan lip and cheek cream palette, a makeup bag and two brushes.

Oh, and you know how MAC’s LE stuff with special packaging often costs more than their permanent collection products?

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          5 Principles To Make Sure Businesses Design Responsible AI   

As everyone starts automating their businesses, we must be sure they’re doing it in a way that helps everyone.

A report from PwC predicts that 38% of American jobs will be automated by 2030. Analysis from The Washington Post puts the number of millennials who will be competing with robots for jobs in their lifetime at 50%. While these numbers matter (including to me personally, as a working millennial), it is important to put them in perspective and understand how bots–and artificial intelligence–will work alongside humans in the offices of the future. And how companies like Microsoft, Amazon, Slack and Facebook who are already scripting and powering workplace applications of AI can ethically create new integrations and innovations.

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          The Ratings Game: Olive Garden grabbing market share with value, takeout and millennials   
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          Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Cut to the Feeling” Is Euphoric Pop Music   

A lot of words have been written asking why E•MO•TION didn’t make Carly Rae Jepsen into the world’s biggest popstar. The difficult truth is that while Jepsen makes incredible pop music, she is actually not very good at being a popstar—centering herself in the music. Though that’s also one of the things that makes her so appealing to a certain swath of listeners. E•MO•TION came out at a time when mainstream pop was winking hard about ex-boyfriends and nemeses until subtext became headline and Lucille Bluth’s heavy eyelids looked subtle. Jepsen’s third album was refreshing because it was pleasingly blank, more interested in sensations than sensationalizing, focused on the act of desiring rather than its object.

“Cut to the Feeling” is one of E•MO•TION’s reputed 250 offcuts, which we’re now hearing thanks to its inclusion on the soundtrack to a kids’ movie called Leap. It’s bombastic and gaudy, like a trebly, millennial version of Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven Is a Place on Earth.” It also sits quite happily alongside peak Robyn, Icona Pop’s “I Don’t Care,” and Frozen’s “Let It Go,” and contains some excellent pop “HEY!”s. Even so, it’s still distinctly Jepsen, her coaxing vocal creakiness convincing her paramour to stop denying what they want and just fucking go for it with her. “I wanna cut to the feeling!” she demands, sounding breathless and halfway there already. “Take me to emotion/I want to go all the way,” she sings to this guy, though really he’s just a mule for this brazen hedonist to reach those disembodied, ineffable highs.

Pop music is one of the truest ways to access those moments where “your frame of reference is shot and you are temporarily the most suggestible person alive,” as the writer Durga Chew-Bose describes it. That’s where Jepsen gets you. Maybe that makes her a meta-popstar, crafting music that celebrates pop euphoria while striving to attain it at the same time—and mostly succeeding. Regardless, it’s a good week to hear it.

          Meet Alex Deangelo The Millennial Who’d Like To Be First Selectman   
On Monday, June 26, Alex Deangelo, 24, came to Town Hall to file some paperwork as a preliminary measure to become the Independent candidate for Orange First Selectman this fall. A likable young man, Alex was raised in and has lived in Orange for 24 years. He went through the Orange school system, and Amity [Read The Full Story]
          Interior furnishing trends among urban Indian millennials   
New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) From wanting personalised style of interior furnishings to renting out big kitchen appliances — urban Indian millenials are setting new trends and ditching the heavy interior look, say experts. Millenials do not hesitate to pay a higher amount for quality furniture, according to designer Divya Arora at Roop Vatika and […]
          Generation Z report predicts the future of music and social media   
Social media as we know it could become a thing of the past for young millennials.
          New Jersey 101.5 News — Flash Briefing for June 28 (Evening)   
A study by NJCounts finds more than 1,300 homeless individuals are living completely unsheltered this year. A new bankrate.com survey finds millennials are falling victim to common vices, such as spending too much at coffee shops, bars and restaurants... Continue reading…
          Younger Returns With Its Deceit Intact   

For three seasons, Younger has asked its audience to believe the unbelievable: that Liza Miller (Sutton Foster), a soon-to-be-divorced, 40-something mom can successfully pretend to be a millennial in order to keep her job in the publishing industry.As preposterous as that premise may sound, fans of this deliciously fantasy-driven comedy, ... More »

          More than 10,000 Millennials Ready to Run For Political Office   

Thanks to a wave of political interest surrounding and following President Trump’s victory in November, thousands upon thousands of millennials are ready to run for political office. It seems that Trump and his position of power have had one strong, encouraging outcome: there are now more than 10,000 millennials ready and willing to run for

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          Mexican Tequila-Makers Threaten Heineken Over Tequila-Flavored Beer   
Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Tequila makers are not happy with the beer brewer Heineken. The beer company has offered tequila-flavored beer. Apparently if you age your beer in old tequila barrels and market to millennials and call your beer Desperados, you will offend traditional tequila makers. (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DESPERADO") THE EAGLES: (Singing) Desperado... INSKEEP: Now Mexico's Tequila Regulatory Council threatens a lawsuit. The council contends there's just not enough tequila in beer to include the name tequila. Cheers. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.
          For millennials, Wegmans among the best places to work   
The Rochester-based grocer placed 12th in the Fortune list of the 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials.

          Avitus Group Human Resources Expert Invited to Present at the Montana Petroleum Marketers Association Annual Convention   

Avitus Group's Ryan Braley is presenting to the Montana Petroleum Marketers Association members on important issues surrounding millennials and social media usage.

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          MGTOW Crossing The Red Pill Sea   

There is an article over on Breibart London concerning men dumping society in general and women in particular that has attracted quiet a bit of attention. As of this morning it has some 14,000 comments and going. I wasn't going to do a post on it because I thought someone else would pick up on it and the stupid page kept crashing from all the ads loading anyway but since I don't see anyone else flagging it I'll put it up here.

I did manage to grab the article in between crashes so I'm going to put the thing up without my interruption just because of the fact that it is attracting enough attention that the Feminazis in their zeal for equality may attempt to have it removed.

Some speech is more equal than others.

The Sexodus, Part 1: The Men Giving Up On Women And Checking Out Of Society

"My generation of boys is f**ked," says Rupert, a young German video game enthusiast I've been getting to know over the past few months. "Marriage is dead. Divorce means you're screwed for life. Women have given up on monogamy, which makes them uninteresting to us for any serious relationship or raising a family. That's just the way it is. Even if we take the risk, chances are the kids won't be ours. In France, we even have to pay for the kids a wife has through adulterous affairs. 

"In school, boys are screwed over time and again. Schools are engineered for women. In the US, they force-feed boys Ritalin like Skittles to shut them up. And while girls are favoured to fulfil quotas, men are slipping into distant second place.

"Nobody in my generation believes they're going to get a meaningful retirement. We have a third or a quarter of the wealth previous generations had, and everyone's fleeing to higher education to stave off unemployment and poverty because there are no jobs.
"All that wouldn't be so bad if we could at least dull the pain with girls. But we're treated like paedophiles and potential rapists just for showing interest. My generation are the beautiful ones," he sighs, referring to a 1960s experiment on mice that supposedly predicted a grim future for the human race.

After overpopulation ran out of control, the female mice in John Calhoun's "mouse universe" experiment stopped breeding, and the male mice withdrew from the company of others entirely, eating, sleeping, feeding and grooming themselves but doing little else. They had shiny coats, but empty lives.

"The parallels are astounding," says Rupert.

Never before in history have relations between the sexes been so fraught with anxiety, animosity and misunderstanding. To radical feminists, who have been the driving force behind many tectonic societal shifts in recent decades, that's a sign of success: they want to tear down the institutions and power structures that underpin society, never mind the fall-out. Nihilistic destruction is part of their road map.

But, for the rest of us, the sight of society breaking down, and ordinary men and women being driven into separate but equal misery, thanks to a small but highly organised group of agitators, is distressing. Particularly because, as increasing numbers of social observers are noticing, an entire generation of young people—mostly men—are being left behind in the wreckage of this social engineering project.

Social commentators, journalists, academics, scientists and young men themselves have all spotted the trend: among men of about 15 to 30 years old, ever-increasing numbers are checking out of society altogether, giving up on women, sex and relationships and retreating into pornography, sexual fetishes, chemical addictions, video games and, in some cases, boorish lad culture, all of which insulate them from a hostile, debilitating social environment created, some argue, by the modern feminist movement.

You can hardly blame them. Cruelly derided as man-children and crybabies for objecting to absurdly unfair conditions in college, bars, clubs and beyond, men are damned if they do and damned if they don't: ridiculed as basement-dwellers for avoiding aggressive, demanding women with unrealistic expectations, or called rapists and misogynists merely for expressing sexual interest.

Jack Rivlin is editor-in-chief of student tabloid media start-up The Tab, a runaway success whose current strap-line reads: "We'll stop writing it when you stop reading it." As the guiding intelligence behind over 30 student newspapers, Rivlin is perhaps the best-placed person in the country to observe this trend in action. And he agrees that the current generation of young men find it particularly difficult to engage with women.

"Teenage boys always have been useless with girls, but there's definitely a fear that now being well-intentioned isn't enough, and you can get into trouble just for being clumsy," he says. "For example, leaning in for a kiss might see you branded a creep, rather than just inept."

The new rules men are expected to live by are never clearly explained, says Rivlin, leaving boys clueless and neurotic about interacting with girls. "That might sound like a good thing because it encourages men to take the unromantic but practical approach of asking women how they should behave, but it causes a lot of them to just opt out of the game and retreat to the sanctuary of their groups of lads, where being rude to women gets you approval, and you can pretty much entirely avoid one-on-one socialising with the opposite sex."

"There are also a lot of blokes who ignore women because they are scared and don't know how to act. It goes without saying that boys who never spend any time alone with women are not very good at relationships."

Rivlin has noticed the increased dependence on substances, normally alcohol, that boys are using to calm their nerves. "I've heard a lot of male students boast about never having experienced sober sex," he says. "They're obviously scared, which is natural, but they would be a lot less scared and dysfunctional if they understood 'the rules.'"

The result? "A lot of nice but awkward young men are opting out of approaching women because there is no opportunity for them to make mistakes without suffering worse embarrassment than ever."
Most troublingly, this effect is felt more acutely among poorer and less well educated communities, where the package of support resources available to young men is slight. At my alma mater, the University of Cambridge, the phenomenon barely registers on the radar, according to Union society president Tim Squirrell.

"I don't think I've really noticed a change recently," he says. "This year has seen the introduction of mandatory consent workshops for freshers, which I believe is probably a good thing, and there's been a big effort by the Women's Campaign in particular to try and combat lad culture on campus.
The atmosphere here is the same as it was a year ago - mostly nerdy guys who are too afraid to approach anyone in the first place, and then a smaller percentage who are confident enough to make a move. Obviously women have agency too, and they approach men in about the same numbers as they do elsewhere. There certainly haven't been any stories in [campus newspaper] The Tab about a sex drought on campus."

"I think that people are probably having as much sex as ever," he adds. At Cambridge, of course, that may not mean much, and for a variety of socioeconomic and class-based reasons the tribes at Oxford and Cambridge are somewhat insulated from the male drop-out effect.

But even at such a prestigious university with a largely middle- and upper-class population, those patronising, mandatory "consent" classes are still being implemented. Squirrell, who admits to being a feminist with left-of-centre politics, thinks they're a good idea. But academics such as Camille Paglia have been warning for years that "rape drives" on campus put women at greater risk, if anything.

Women today are schooled in victimhood, taught to be aggressively vulnerable and convinced that the slightest of perceived infractions, approaches or clumsy misunderstandings represents "assault," "abuse" or "harassment." That may work in the safe confines of campus, where men can have their academic careers destroyed on the mere say-so of a female student.

But, according to Paglia, when that women goes out into the real world without the safety net of college rape committees, she is left totally unprepared for the sometimes violent reality of male sexuality. And the panics and fear-mongering are serving men even more poorly. All in all, education is becoming a miserable experience for boys.

In schools today across Britain and America, boys are relentlessly pathologised, as academics were warning as long ago as 2001. Boyishness and boisterousness have come to be seen as "problematic," with girls' behaviour a gold standard against which these defective boys are measured. When they are found wanting, the solution is often drugs.

One in seven American boys will be diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) at some point in their school career. Millions will be prescribed a powerful mood stabiliser, such as Ritalin, for the crime of being born male. The side effects of these drugs can be hideous and include sudden death.

Meanwhile, boys are falling behind girls academically, perhaps because relentless and well-funded focus has been placed on girls' achievement in the past few decades and little to none on the boys who are now achieving lower grades, fewer honors, fewer degrees and less marketable information economy skills. Boys' literacy, in particular, is in crisis throughout the West. We've been obsessing so much over girls, we haven't noticed that boys have slipped into serious academic trouble.
So what happened to those boys who, in 2001, were falling behind girls at school, were less likely to go to college, were being given drugs they did not need and whose self-esteem and confidence issues haven't just been ignored, but have been actively ridiculed by the feminist Establishment that has such a stranglehold on teaching unions and Left-leaning political parties?

In short: they grew up, dysfunctional, under-served by society, deeply miserable and, in many cases, entirely unable to relate to the opposite sex. It is the boys who were being betrayed by the education system and by culture at large in such vast numbers between 1990 and 2010 who represent the first generation of what I call the sexodus, a large-scale exit from mainstream society by males who have decided they simply can't face, or be bothered with, forming healthy relationships and participating fully in their local communities, national democracies and other real-world social structures.

A second sexodus generation is gestating today, potentially with even greater damage being done to them by the onset of absurd, unworkable, prudish and downright misandrist laws such as California's "Yes Means Yes" legislation—and by third-wave feminism, which dominates newspapers like the Guardian and new media companies like Vox and Gawker, but which is currently enjoying a hysterical last gasp before women themselves reject it by an even greater margin than the present 4 out of 5 women who say they want nothing to do with the dreaded f-word.

The sexodus didn't arrive out of nowhere, and the same pressures that have forced so many millennials out of society exert pressure on their parent's generation, too. One professional researcher in his late thirties, about whom I have been conversing on this topic for some months, puts it spicily: "For the past, at least, 25 years, I've been told to do more and more to keep a woman. But nobody's told me what they're doing to keep me.

"I can tell you as a heterosexual married male in management, who didn’t drop out of society, the message from the chicks is: 'It's not just preferable that you should fuck off, but imperative. You must pay for everything and make everything work; but you yourself and your preferences and needs can fuck off and die.'"

Women have been sending men mixed messages for the last few decades, leaving boys utterly confused about what they are supposed to represent to women, which perhaps explains the strong language some of them use when describing their situation. As the role of breadwinner has been taken away from them by women who earn more and do better in school, men are left to intuit what to do, trying to find a virtuous mean between what women say they want and what they actually pursue, which can be very different things.

Men say the gap between what women say and what they do has never been wider. Men are constantly told they should be delicate, sensitive fellow travellers on the feminist path. But the same women who say they want a nice, unthreatening boyfriend go home and swoon over simple-minded, giant-chested, testosterone-saturated hunks in Game of Thrones. Men know this, and, for some, this giant inconsistency makes the whole game look too much like hard work. Why bother trying to work out what a woman wants, when you can play sports, masturbate or just play video games from the comfort of your bedroom?

Jack Donovan, a writer based in Portland who has written several books on men and masculinity, each of which has become a cult hit, says the phenomenon is already endemic among the adult population. "I do see a lot of young men who would otherwise be dating and marrying giving up on women," he explains, "Or giving up on the idea of having a wife and family. This includes both the kind of men who would traditionally be a little awkward with women, and the kind of men who aren't awkward with women at all.

"They've done a cost-benefit analysis and realised it is a bad deal. They know that if they invest in a marriage and children, a woman can take all of that away from them on a whim. So they use apps like Tinder and OK Cupid to find women to have protected sex with and resign themselves to being 'players,' or when they get tired of that, 'boyfriends.'"

He goes on: "Almost all young men have attended mandatory sexual harassment and anti-rape seminars, and they know that they can be fired, expelled or arrested based more or less on the word of any woman. They know they are basically guilty until proven innocent in most situations."
Donovan lays much of the blame for the way men feel at the door of the modern feminist movement and what he sees as its disingenuousness. "The young men who are struggling the most are conflicted because they are operating under the assumption that feminists are arguing in good faith," he says, "When in fact they are engaged in a zero-sum struggle for sexual, social, political and economic status—and they're winning.

"The media now allows radical feminists to frame all debates, in part because sensationalism attracts more clicks than any sort of fair or balanced discourse. Women can basically say anything about men, no matter how denigrating, to a mix of cheers and jeers."

That has certainly been the experience of several loose coalitions of men in the media recently, whether scientists outraged by feminist denunciations of Dr Matt Taylor, or video gamers campaigning under the banner of press ethics who saw their movement smeared as a misogynistic hate group by mendacious, warring feminists and so-called "social justice warriors".

Donovan has views on why it has been so easy for feminists to triumph in media battles. "Because men instinctively want to protect women and play the hero, if a man writes even a tentative criticism of women or feminism, he's denounced by men and women alike as some kind of extremist scoundrel. The majority of "men's studies" and "men's rights" books and blogs that aren't explicitly pro-feminist are littered with apologies to women. 

"Books like The Myth of Male Power and sites like A Voice for Men are favourite boogeymen of feminists, but only because they call out feminists' one-sided hypocrisy when it comes to pursing 'equality.'"

Unlike modern feminists, who are driving a wedge between the sexes, Men's Rights Activists "actually seem to want sexual equality," he says. But men's studies authors and male academics are constantly tip-toeing around and making sure they don't appear too radical. Their feminine counterparts have no suchforbearance, of course, with what he calls "hipster feminists," such as the Guardian's Jessica Valenti parading around in t-shirts that read: "I BATHE IN MALE TEARS." "I'm a critic of feminism," says Donovan. "But I would never walk around wearing a shirt that says, "I MAKE WOMEN CRY." I'd just look like a jerk and a bully."

It's the contention of academics, sociologists and writers like Jack Donovan that an atmosphere of relentless, jeering hostility to men from entitled middle-class media figures, plus a few confused male collaborators in the feminist project, has been at least partly responsible for a generation of boys who simply don't want to know.

In Part 2, we'll meet some of the men who have "checked out," given up on sex and relationships and sunk into solitary pursuits or alcohol-fuelled lad culture. And we'll discover that the real victims of modern feminism are, of course, women themselves, who have been left lonelier and less satisfied than they have ever been.

A little bit of shaming going on here but overall it's true. Men do get confused by all the conflicting messages and I think that is intentional. It is designed that way so men can be taken advantage of in their confusion or Blue Pill state but sooner or later every man does do his own cost benefit analysis, swallows that Red Pill and figures out that it isn't worth all the trouble.

"I can tell you as a heterosexual married male in management, who didn’t drop out of society, the message from the chicks is: 'It's not just preferable that you should fuck off, but imperative. You must pay for everything and make everything work; but you yourself and your preferences and needs can fuck off and die.'"

That dude is right, that is exactly their attitude and exactly the attitude I was running into and as a result of this prevailing attitude The Exodus by men is what follows.

All that shaming and manipulation to keep men on the plantation does work at first but inadvertently results in them leaving it. It gets to be too much, too soon and too obvious. Again, I think that is intentional but on a level higher than societal where women and society are just the useful idiots in the process to keep men and women at war with one another.

My war is over though and that is the brilliant part of MGTOW. By simply leaving the battlefield I win and so does each man that does the same. That doesn't mean the parasites won't come after us, they most certainly will but they will have to catch us first and we already have a head start on them.

MGTOW... OMW To The Promised Land.


Paul Joseph Watson of InfoWars picks up on the story.

Yes he does use the term White Knight and gets that it doesn't work for men. I suspect he has been researching the Man-O-Sphere and will likely out it at some point. He certainly isn't a Feminist Mangina and understand how Feminism with all it's insanity is the tip of the spear in the Divide and Conquer strategy for those determined to destroy humanity.

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          "La revolución rusa y nosotros", por Josep Fontana   
La revolución rusa y nosotros
Josep Fontana. SinPermiso, 26/10/2016

Este texto es la conferencia traducida que Josep Fontana realizó en la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) el pasado 24 de octubre en el marco de unas jornadas sobre la Revolución Rusa. Estas jornadas, en las que también han impartido conferencias Antoni Domènech (que publicaremos en nuestra próxima edición), José Luis Martín Ramos y Jordi Borja, han estado organizadas por la Comissió del Centenari de la Revolució Russa y por el grupo de investigación GREF-CEFID de la UAB. SP

Hacia 1890 los partidos socialistas europeos, agrupados en la Segunda Internacional, habían abandonado la ilusión revolucionaria y defendían una vía reformista que les tenía que llevar a integrarse en los parlamentos burgueses, confiando en que un día podrían acceder al poder en través de las elecciones y que desde allí procederían a transformar la sociedad. De esta manera los partidos socialistas alemán, italiano, español, francés, que mantenía todavía el nombre de sección francesa de la Internacional Obrera, o el laborismo británico optaron por una política reformista, aunque conservaran la retórica revolucionaria del marxismo para no desconcertar a sus seguidores obreros, que debían seguir creyendo que sus partidos luchaban por una transformación total de la sociedad.

La contradicción entre retórica y praxis estalló con motivo de la proximidad de la Gran Guerra de 1914. En el congreso que la Internacional socialista celebró en Basilea en noviembre de 1912 se proclamó que "era el deber de las clases obreras y de sus representantes parlamentarios (...) realizar todos los esfuerzos posibles para prevenir el inicio de la guerra" y que, si ésta finalmente empezaba, debían intervenir para que terminara rápidamente y "utilizar la crisis económica y política causada por la guerra para sublevar el pueblo y acelerar la caída del gobierno de la clase capitalista ". El congreso proclamaba, además, su satisfacción ante "la completa unanimidad de los partidos socialistas y los sindicatos de todos los países en la guerra contra la guerra", y llamaba  "a los trabajadores de todos los países a oponer el poder de la solidaridad internacional del proletariado al imperialismo capitalista ".

Pero en la tarde del 4 de agosto de 1914 tanto los socialistas alemanes, que habían organizado actos contra la guerra hasta unas semanas antes, como los franceses aprobaron de manera entusiasta en sus respectivos parlamentos la declaración de la guerra y votaron los créditos necesarios para iniciarla. El Partido Socialdemócrata alemán, además, aceptó una política de tregua social que comportaba los compromisos de no criticar al gobierno y de pedir a los obreros que no hicieran huelgas mientras durase la guerra. En cuanto a los laboristas británicos, no sólo aprobaron la guerra, sino que acabaron integrándose en un gobierno de coalición.

En Rusia las cosas fueron de otra manera, ya que su partido socialdemócrata, dividido en las dos ramas de mencheviques y bolcheviques, no solamente no tenía representación en el parlamento, sino que era perseguido por la policía. A comienzos de 1917 los bolcheviques tenían algunos de sus dirigentes desterrados a Siberia, como Stalin y Kamenev, mientras otros vivían en el exilio, como Lenin, que se había instalado en Suiza, en la ciudad de Zúrich, mientras Trotsky se encontraba entonces en Nueva York.

Cuando en febrero de 1917 comenzó la revolución en Petrogrado, lo hizo sin la presencia de los jefes de los partidos revolucionarios para dirigirla, en un movimiento impulsado por un doble poder, el de los consejos o soviets de los trabajadores y de los soldados por un lado , y el del Comité provisional del parlamento por otro, que se pusieron de acuerdo para establecer un gobierno provisional y para aplazar los cambios políticos hasta la celebración, en noviembre siguiente, de una Asamblea constituyente elegida por sufragio universal.

Cuando el 3 de marzo el gobierno provisional concedió una amnistía "para todos los delitos políticos y religiosos, incluyendo actos terroristas, revueltas militares o crímenes agrarios", Stalin y Kamenev volvieron de Siberia y se encargaron de dirigir Pravda, el periódico de los bolcheviques, donde defendían el programa de continuar la guerra y convocar una Asamblea constituyente, de acuerdo con la mayoría de las fuerzas políticas rusas.

A principios de abril volvía de Suiza Vladimir Lenin, que había podido viajar gracias a que el gobierno alemán, que quería ver Rusia fuera de la guerra, le ayudó a ir en tren hasta la costa del Báltico, desde donde pasar en Suecia y en Finlandia para llegar finalmente, en otro tren, en Petrogrado.

Para entender la acción de los alemanes hay que recordar que en estos primeros meses de 1917 se produjo la crisis con Estados Unidos, que condujo a que estos declararan la guerra a Alemania el 6 de abril. Fueron los alemanes los que le propusieron el viaje, y Lenin presentó exigencias antes de aceptarlo, como que los vagones que lo llevaran a través de Alemania con la treintena de exiliados rusos que le acompañaban tuvieran la status de entidad extraterritorial. A Trotsky, en cambio, los británicos lo detuvieron mientras volvía y no llegó a Petrogrado hasta un mes más tarde.

En la recepción que los bolcheviques le organizaron el 3 de abril en la estación de Finlandia, Lenin dijo, desde la plataforma del vagón: "El pueblo necesita paz, el pueblo necesita pan, el pueblo necesita tierra. Y le dan guerra, hambre en vez de pan, y dejan la tierra a los terratenientes. Debemos luchar por la revolución social, luchar hasta el fin, hasta la victoria completa del proletariado ". Al que añadió aún: "Esta guerra entre piratas imperialistas es el comienzo de una guerra civil en toda Europa. Uno de estos días la totalidad del capitalismo europeo se derrumbará. La revolución rusa que habéis iniciado ha preparado el camino y ha comenzado una nueva época. ¡Viva la revolución socialista mundial!"

Este discurso fue mal recibido por los bolcheviques presentes en la estación y fue rechazado en las primeras votaciones de los órganos del partido. Se habían acostumbrado a la idea de apoyar una revolución democrática burguesa como primera etapa de un largo trayecto hacia el socialismo, a la manera que lo planteaban los partidos socialdemócratas europeos, y querer ir a continuación más allá les parecía una aventura condenada al fracaso.

Lo que planteaba Lenin no se reducía al lema de "paz, tierra y pan"; no era solamente un programa para terminar la guerra de inmediato y a cualquier precio, y para entregar la tierra a los campesinos. En la base de esta propuesta había un planteamiento mucho más radical, que lo llevaba a sostener que, ante los avances logrados desde febrero y de la existencia de los soviets como órganos de ejercicio del poder, no tenía ningún sentido optar por una república parlamentaria burguesa, sino que tenían que ir directamente a un sistema en el que todo el poder estuviera en manos del soviets, que se encargarían de ir aboliendo todos los mecanismos de poder del estado -la policía, el ejército, la burocracia ...- iniciando así el camino hacia su desaparición, que iría seguida de la desaparición paralela de la división social en clases.

Lenin reproducía la crítica de la vía parlamentaria que Marx había hecho en 1875 en la Crítica al programa de Gotha, un texto que los socialdemócratas alemanes mantuvieron escondido durante muchos años, donde rechazaba la idea de avanzar hacia el socialismo a través del "Estado libre" como una especie de etapa de transición, y sostenía: "Entre la sociedad capitalista y la sociedad comunista está el período de transformación revolucionaria de la primera en la segunda. A este periodo le corresponde también un período político de transición en el que el estado no puede ser otro que la dictadura revolucionaria del proletariado".

¿Cómo debía hacerse esta transición? Es difícil de definir porque ningún partido socialista se había planteado seriamente qué hacer una vez llegados al poder, porque la perspectiva de conseguirlo parecía lejana. El único modelo existente era el de la Commune de París de 1871 y había durado demasiado poco como para haber establecido unas reglas orientativas.

Lo que proponía Lenin lo podemos saber a través de lo que decía en El estado y la revolución, donde denunciaba las mentiras del régimen parlamentario burgués donde todo (las reglas del sufragio, el control de la prensa, etc.) contribuía a establecer "una democracia sólo para los ricos ", y preveía la extinción del estado en dos fases. En la primera el estado burgués sería reemplazado por un estado socialista basado en la dictadura del proletariado.

La segunda fase surgiría de la extinción gradual del estado, y conduciría a la sociedad comunista. Durante esta transición los socialistas debían mantener el control más riguroso posible sobre el trabajo y el consumo; un control que sólo podía establecerse con la expropiación de los capitalistas, pero que no debía conducir a la formación de un nuevo estado burocratizado, porque el objetivo final era justamente ir hacia una sociedad en la que no habría "ni división de clases, ni poder del estado".

No es cosa de explicar aquí la historia, bastante conocida, de cómo los bolcheviques llegaron al poder y cómo empezaron a organizar una transición al nuevo sistema.

Lo que me interesa recordar es que el 7 de enero de 1918 Lenin confiaba en que, tras un período en el que habría que vencer la resistencia burguesa, el triunfo de la revolución socialista sería cosa de meses.

A desengañarlo vino una llamada "guerra civil", en el que participaron, apoyando a varios enemigos de la revolución, hasta trece países diferentes, y que tuvo para el nuevo estado de los bolcheviques un coste de ocho millones de muertes , entre víctimas de los combates, del hambre y de las enfermedades, además de conllevar la destrucción total de la economía. Una situación que obligaba a aplazar indefinidamente la implantación de la nueva sociedad.

Es en este momento, superada la guerra civil, cuando esta historia da un giro. Lloyd George, el jefe del gobierno británico, fue el primero en darse cuenta de que la idea de conquistar la Rusia soviética para liquidar la revolución era inútil, además de insuficiente. La lucha contra la revolución cambiaría entonces de carácter, al pasar del escenario ruso a lograr un alcance mundial. Lo que se necesitaba era combatir a escala universal la influencia que las ideas que habían inspirado la revolución soviética ejercían sobre los diversos grupos y movimientos que todo el mundo las tomaban como modelo en sus luchas.

El enemigo que se pasó entonces a combatir con el nombre de comunismo no era el estado soviético, ni siquiera los partidos comunistas de la Tercera Internacional, que hasta los años treinta no pasarían de ser pequeños grupos sectarios de escasa influencia. El enemigo era inmenso, indefinido y universal, nacido no de la observación de la realidad, sino de los miedos obsesivos de los políticos que les hacían ver el comunismo detrás de cualquier huelga o de cualquier protesta colectiva. Como, por ejemplo, de una huelga de los descargadores de los puertos de la costa del Pacífico de los Estados Unidos que movió a Los Angeles Times a asegurar que aquello era "una revuelta organizada por los comunistas para derribar el gobierno" y a pedir, en consecuencia, la intervención del ejército para liquidarla. Ejemplos como este se pueden multiplicar en los más diversos momentos y en los más diversos escenarios.

Desde ese momento la lucha contra la revolución comunista se transformó en un combate que nos afectaba y nos implicaba a todos. La segunda república española, por ejemplo, que aparecía en 1931 en el escenario internacional cuando en la mayor parte de Europa la inquietud social se iba resolviendo con dictaduras de derecha, fue recibida con hostilidad por los gobiernos de las grandes potencias. El embajador estadounidense en Madrid, por ejemplo, informaba al departamento de Estado el 16 de abril de 1931, a los dos días de la proclamación de la República, en los siguiente términos: "el pueblo español, con su mentalidad del siglo XVII, cautivado por falsedades comunistoides, ve de repente una tierra prometida que no existe. Cuando les llegue la desilusión, se tumbarán ciegamente hacia lo que esté a su alcance, y si la débil contención de este gobierno deja paso, la muy extendida influencia bolchevique puede capturarlos ".

No importaba que los mensajes posteriores revelaran que el embajador ignoraba incluso quienes eran los dirigentes republicanos. En una semejanza del gobierno que enviaba a Washington estos mismos días dice, por ejemplo, de Azaña: "no encuentro ninguna referencia de parte de la embajada. El agregado militar se refiere a él como un asociado a Alejandro Lerroux. Aparentemente un "republicano radical". Lo ignoraba todo de los republicanos, pero el de la "influencia bolchevique" sí lo tenía claro.

De nuevo en 1936, al producirse el levantamiento militar en España, las potencias europeas optaron por dejar indefensa la república española ante la intervención de alemanes e italianos con hombres, armas y aviones, por temor a un contagio comunista que en 1936 no existía en absoluto.

Mientras tanto el estado soviético, bajo la dirección de Stalin, vivía con el miedo de ser agredido desde fuera y invertía en armas para su defensa unos recursos que podían haber servido para mejorar los niveles de vida de sus ciudadanos. Pero la peor de las consecuencias de este gran temor fue que degenerara en un pánico obsesivo a las conspiraciones interiores que creían que se estaban preparando para colaborar con algún ataque desde el exterior destinado a acabar con el estado de la revolución. Un miedo que fue responsable de las más de setecientas mil ejecuciones que se produjeron en la Unión Soviética de 1936 a 1939. La orden 00447 de la NKVD, de 30 de julio de 1937, "sobre la represión de antiguos kulaks, criminales y otros elementos antisoviéticos" afectó sobre todo a ciudadanos ordinarios, campesinos y trabajadores que no estaban implicados en ninguna conspiración, ni eran una amenaza para el estado. Y aunque los sucesores de Stalin no volvieron nunca a recurrir al terror en esta escala, conservaron siempre un miedo a la disidencia que hizo muy difícil que toleraran la democracia interna.

Consiguieron así salvar el estado soviético, pero fue a costa de renunciar a avanzar en la construcción de una sociedad socialista. El programa que había nacido para eliminar la tiranía del estado terminó construyendo un estado opresor.

A pesar de todo, fuera de la Unión Soviética, en el resto el mundo, la ilusión generada por el proyecto leninista siguió animando durante muchos años las luchas del otro "comunismo", y obligó a los defensores del orden establecido a buscar nuevas formas de combatirlo.

Terminada la segunda guerra mundial, la coalición que encabezaban y dirigían los Estados Unidos organizó una lucha sistemática contra el comunismo, tal como ellos la entendían, que abarcaba todo lo que pudiera representar un obstáculo al pleno desarrollo de la "libre empresa" capitalista , preferiblemente estadounidense.

La campaña tenía ahora una doble vertiente. Por un lado mantenía una ficción, la de la guerra fría, que se presentaba como la defensa del "mundo libre", integrado en buena medida por dictaduras, contra una agresión de la Unión Soviética, que se presentaba como inevitable. Todo era mentira; lo era que los soviéticos hubieran pensado en una guerra de conquista mundial, ya que desde Lenin acá tenían muy claro que la revolución no se podía hacer más que desde el interior de los mismos países. Como también era mentira que los estadounidenses se prepararan para destruir la Unión Soviética preventivamente. Pero estas dos mentiras convenían a los estadounidenses para mantener disciplinados sus aliados, la primera, y atemorizados y ocupados los soviéticos en preparar su defensa, la segunda.

"Lo peor que nos podría pasar en una guerra global, decía Eisenhower en privado, sería ganarla. ¿Qué haríamos con Rusia si ganábamos?" Y Ronald Reagan se sorprendió en 1983 cuando supo que los rusos temían realmente que los fueran a atacar por sorpresa y escribió en su diario: "Les deberíamos decir que aquí no hay nadie que tenga intención de hacerlo. ¿Qué demonios tienen que los demás pudiéramos desear?". Se sorprendía que no hubieran descubierto el engaño, como lo hicieron, demasiado tarde, en 1986, cuando Gorbachov decidió abandonar la carrera de los armamentos porque, decía, "nadie nos atacará aunque nos desarmemos completamente".

La finalidad real de la segunda vertiente de estos proyecto, que se presentaba como una cruzada global contra el comunismo, era luchar contra la extensión de las ideas que pudieran oponerse al desarrollo del capitalismo. El objetivo no era defender la democracia, sino la libre empresa: Mossadeq no fue derribado en Irán porque pusiera en peligro la democracia, sino porque convenía a las compañías petroleras; Lumumba no fue asesinado para proteger la libertad de los congoleños, sino la de las compañías que explotaban las minas de uranio de Katanga, de donde había salido el mineral con el que se elaboró ​​la bomba de Hiroshima.

Y cuando el combate no se hacía para defender unos intereses puntuales y concretos, sino en términos generales para salvar la libertad de la empresa, los resultados todavía podían ser más nefastos. Uno de los peores crímenes del siglo fue el que llevó a matar tres millones doscientos mil campesinos vietnamitas argumentando que se disponían a iniciar la conquista de Asia. No se fue a Vietnam a defender la democracia, porque lo que había en Vietnam del sur era una dictadura militar.

La mentira fundacional de aquella guerra la denunció crudamente John Laurence, que fue corresponsal de la CBS en Vietnam entre 1965 y 1970, con estas palabras: "Hemos estado matando gente durante cinco años sin otro resultado que favorecer a un grupo de generales vietnamitas ladrones que se han hecho ricos con nuestro dinero. Esto es lo que hemos hecho realmente. ¿La amenaza comunista? ¡Y una puñeta! (...) Nos hemos metido tan a fondo que no podíamos salir, porque parecería que habíamos perdido. Es una locura. No ganaremos, eso lo sabe todo el mundo. Pero no lo admitiremos y volveremos a casa, seguiremos matando a la gente, miles y miles de personas, incluyendo a los nuestros".

Por eso resultan tan reveladoras de la confusa naturaleza de la lucha anticomunista las palabras que pronunció Obama recientemente, glorificando los hombres que fueron a Vietnam, según él: "avanzando por junglas y arrozales, entre el calor y las lluvias, luchando heroicamente para proteger los ideales que reverenciamos como americanos". ¿Cuáles eran esos ideales?

No había tampoco ninguna conjura comunista en los países de América Central que fueron devastados por las guerras sucias de la CIA. Lo reconoció el Senado de los Estados Unidos en 1995 cuando denunció que los supuestos subversivos que habían sido asesinados allí eran en realidad "organizadores sindicales, activistas de los derechos humanos, periodistas, abogados y profesores, la mayoría de los cuales estaban ligados a actividades que serían legales en cualquier país democrático ". Una guerra sucia que continúa aún hoy, cuando en Honduras las bandas organizadas por el gobierno y por las empresas internacionales interesadas en la explotación de sus recursos naturales siguen matando, con la tolerancia y protección de los Estados Unidos, dirigentes campesinos que defienden la propiedad colectiva de las tierras y las aguas: como Berta Cáceres, asesinada el 3 de marzo de este año, por instigación de la empresa holandesa que patrocina el proyecto de Agua Zarca, o como José Ángel Flores, presidente del Movimiento Unificado de Campesinos del Aguán, asesinado el 18 de octubre de 2016.

El silencio ante la brutalidad de todas estas guerras lo denunció Harold Pinter en el discurso de aceptación del Premio Nobel de Literatura, en 2005, cuando sostenía que Estados Unidos, implicados en una campaña por el poder mundial, habían conseguido enmascarar sus crímenes , presentándose como "una fuerza para el bien mundial".

Mientras Estados Unidos defendían la libre empresa, y mientras los países del "socialismo realmente existente" fracasaban en estos años de la posguerra en el intento de construir una sociedad mejor, fue el otro "comunismo" en su conjunto, en la difusa y vaga acepción que habían creado los miedos de sus enemigos, lo que consiguió un triunfo a escala global del que nos hemos beneficiado todos.

Y es que el miedo que generaba este comunismo global, no por su fuerza militar, sino por su capacidad de inspirar a todo el mundo las luchas contra los abusos del capitalismo, combinada con la evidencia de que la represión no era suficiente para detenerlo, forzaron a los gobiernos de occidente a poner en marcha unos proyectos reformistas que prometían alcanzar los objetivos de mejora social sin recurrir a la violencia revolucionaria. Es este miedo a la que debemos las tres décadas felices de después de la segunda guerra mundial con el desarrollo del estado del bienestar y con el logro de niveles de igualdad en el reparto de los beneficios de la producción entre empresarios y trabajadores como nunca se habían alcanzado antes.

El problema fue que cuando el "socialismo realmente existente" mostró sus límites como proyecto revolucionario, a partir de 1968, cuando en París renunció a implicarse en los combates en la calle, y cuando en Praga aplastó las posibilidades de desarrollar un socialismo con rostro humano, los comunistas perdieron esa gran fuerza que Karl Kraus valoraba por encima de todo cuando decía "que Dios nos conserve para siempre el comunismo, porque esta chusma -la de los capitalistas- no se vuelva aún más desvergonzada ( ...) y porque, al menos, cuando se acuesten tengan pesadillas".

Desde mediados de los años setenta del siglo pasado esta chusma duerme tranquila por las noches sin temer que sus privilegios estén amenazados por la revolución. Y ha sido justamente eso lo que les ha animado a recuperar gradualmente, no sólo las concesiones que habían hecho en los años de la guerra fría, sino incluso buena parte de las que se habían ganado antes, en un siglo y medio de luchas obreras. El resultado ha sido este mundo en que vivimos hoy, en que la desigualdad crece de manera imparable, con el estancamiento económico como daño colateral.

En estos momentos en que se aproxima el centenario de la revolución de 1917, volveremos a oír repetidas las descalificaciones habituales sobre aquellos hechos. Unas condenas que a algunos les parecen más necesarias que nunca en unos momento en que, según un informe de 17 de octubre de 2016 de la Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation no solo resulta que los jóvenes estadounidenses de 16 a 20 años, los "millennials", lo ignoran todo sobre aquella historia, sino que, y esto es más alarmante, casi la mitad se declaran dispuestos a votar a un socialista, y un 21 por ciento hasta a un comunista; la mitad piensan que "el sistema económico les es contrario" y un 40 por ciento querrían un cambio total que asegurara que los que ganan más pagaran de acuerdo con su riqueza. Todo lo cual lleva a la fundación a reclamar desesperadamente a que se enseñe a los jóvenes la siniestra historia "del sistema colectivista".

Yo pienso que nosotros necesitamos otro tipo de conmemoración, que nos permita, por un lado, recuperar la historia de aquella gran esperanza frustrada en su dimensión más global, que encierra también nuestras luchas sociales.

Pero que nos lleve a más, por otra parte, a reflexionar sobre algunas lecciones que los hechos de 1917 pueden ofrecernos en relación con nuestros problemas del presente. Porque resulta interesante comprobar que cuando un estudioso del capitalismo global contemporáneo como William Robinson se refiere a la crisis actual llega por su cuenta a unas conclusiones con las que habría estado de acuerdo Lenin: que la reforma no es suficiente -que la vieja vía de la socialdemocracia está agotada- y que uno de los obstáculos que hay que superar es justamente el del poder de unos estados que están hoy al servicio exclusivo de los intereses empresariales. Para acabar concluyendo que la sola alternativa posible al capitalismo global de nuestro tiempo es un proyecto popular transnacional, que va a ser el equivalente de la revolución socialista mundial que invocaba Lenin en abril de 1917 cuando bajó del tren en la estación de Finlandia.

Las fuerzas que deberían construir este proyecto popular serán seguramente muy diferentes de los partidos tradicionales del pasado. Serán fuerzas como las que hoy surgen de abajo, de las experiencias cotidianas de los hombres y las mujeres. Del tipo de las que se están constituyendo a partir de las luchas de los trabajadores de Sudáfrica o los indígenas de Perú contra las grandes compañías mineras internacionales, de las de los zapatistas que reivindican una rebeldía "desde abajo y a la izquierda" , de los guerrilleros kurdos de Kurdistán sirio que quieren construir una democracia sin estado, los maestros mexicanos que se manifiestan en defensa de la educación pública, los campesinos de muchos países que no militan en partidos, sino en asociaciones locales como el Movimiento Unificado de campesinos del Aguán, que presidía José Ángel Flores: unas asociaciones que se integran en otros de nivel estatal, como el Consejo de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras, que dirigía Berta Cáceres, que a su vez lo hacen en una gran entidad transnacional como es Vía Campesina. Estas fuerzas no representan todavía, ni solas ni todas sumadas, una amenaza para el orden establecido, pero anuncian las posibilidades futuras de un gran despertar colectivo.

El camino que tienen por delante, si quieren escapar de este futuro de desigualdad y empobrecimiento que nos amenaza a todos, es bastante complicado. El fracaso de la experiencia de 1917 muestra que las dificultades son muy grandes; pero pienso que nos ha enseñado también que, a pesar de todo, había que probarlo y que intentarlo de nuevo quizás valdrá la pena.

Traducción para Sin Permiso: Daniel Raventós

Josep Fontana miembro del Consejo Editorial de Sin Permiso, es catedrático emérito de Historia de la Universitat Pompeu Fabra de Barcelona.

          3 Things Everyone in Their 20’s Should Know about Addiction   

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A Message to Our Youth about Addiction

This new generation gets a lot of grief.

We often hear that millennials are soft or entitled. I admit that even I couldn’t believe hearing the story about how college kids needed safe spaces when Trump got elected. Everyone in my office got a real kick out of that.

Whether or not millennials have it easier than those before them is up for debate. However, if there is one area where this generation fell into a much more difficult set of circumstances, it is that of addiction.

Preparing for the drug and alcohol scene is an often [...]

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          Pontiac Aztek enjoys rebirth thanks to Millennials   

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          Milwaukee - Sixth Worst City In The Nation   

It may take a village to raise a child but it takes only three corporate stooges to ruin a city.

According to a new report, Milwaukee is ranked as the sixth worst city to live in in the nation:
6. Milwaukee. According to 247wallst.com, the area has a population of 600,154 people, a poverty rate of nearly 27 percent and median home value of $114,000.
This is not surprising.

First we have Scott Walker and his fellow Republican meat puppets that have been passing just about every anti-Milwaukee piece of legislation they can think of. They are doing everything that they can to keep the poor - especially the minorities - in financial slavery. This leads to the high crime rates and high poverty levels.

Then we have Boss Abele, Milwaukee County Executioner, who is too busy giving away all of the county's assets to actually do anything to help the poor. You see, in Abele's myopic world view, helping multibillionaires from New York build a plutocratic playground and building an ivory tower on the lakefront is much more important and requires all of his concentration. He doesn't have time to do trivial things, like finding someone to head the Office on African American Affairs.

Then we have Mayor Tom Barrett. Barrett is a very nice and personable fellow and sometimes, as a city leader, he even gets something right. But his concentration is improperly focused on building a streetcar downtown as opposed to helping the other 599,000 Milwaukeeans.

 Making the streetcar appear even more of a folly is that the fact that Barrett, Abele and their apologists are saying we need it for all the millennials living and working downtown - even though millennials are fleeing the city because they are too worried about arenas and street cars to do anything about the lack of good paying jobs. If anything, it seems that the extreme right wingers like Walker and Abele are doing everything they can to make sure jobs don't come here and we lose the ones we do have.

For the umpteenth time, we need to put the people first by creating good paying jobs and improving education by doing away with charter schools and giving it back to the kids.  If we can get these issues on the upswing, crime and other social woes will drop like Trump's approval ratings.  Furthermore, there would be more than enough money for their dalliances.  But if we don't, well, we are the sixth worst city already.
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Apa saran anda bagi orangtua remaja generasi milenium?

Teens. Illustration copyrighted. Orangtua para remaja milenium (yaitu anak-anak yang lahir pada dan setelah thn 1982) sangat kebingungan. Para ibu dan ayah tersebut telah memberikan waktu dan perhatian lebih besar bagi anak-anak mereka daripada yg pernah mereka dapatkan dulu, namun tampaknya usaha-usaha tersebut tidak dihargai. Adalah benar mengatakan setiap generasi orangtua tidak merasa nyaman dengan keberadaan anak remaja mereka. Khususnya pada masa sekarang, anggapan itu terasa lebih mengena. Secara umum, upaya yang dilakukan para orangtua sepadan dengan perubahan yang terjadi dari paska kristenisme ke paska modernisme sekarang. Orang tua kita dulu mungkin merasa aneh melihat Elvis dan Beatles, Debby Boone atau Andy Gibb, tapi orangtua sekarang sungguh tidak dapat mengerti bagaimana remaja2 mereka begitu gampang terhibur tapi juga cepat bosan, menerima begitu banyak informasi tapi tetap tidak bijaksana, begitu dimanja tapi tidak dapat diberi kepercayaan.

This article is also available in English: What advice do you give for parents of teens from the Millennial generation? English Answer
Berikut adalah delapan pedoman utama menjadi orangtua remaja generasi milenium:
  1. Kenali diri anda. Mintalah tanggapan mengenai sikap tegas maupun kasih sayang yg anda tunjukkan pada anak-anak. Cari tahu apakah anda atau pasangan anda cenderung over protektif atau permisif. Mengenali diri sendiri dapat menjadi tolok ukur bagaimana memperlakukan anak-anak serta perubahan apa yg mungkin perlu anda lakukan. Tidak pernah ada kata terlambat untuk berubah.

  2. Libatkan mereka terus menerus. Pelajari sedapat mungkin lingkungan mereka dan sediakan waktu bercakap-cakap. Pembicaraan bermutu kadang memang dapat direncanakan, namun seringkali pembicaraan yg tidak direncanakanlah yg berhasil mempererat hubungan dari hati ke hati. Carilah saat-saat tersebut. Berdoalah agar Tuhan membuka mata anda agar dapat mengenalinya. Baseball mit and bat. Illustration copyrighted.Pasti ada saatnya, hanya kadang kita yang tidak tahu. Saat perjalanan pulang sehabis nonton bola, waktu mau pergi pinjam film, menyiapkan makan malam di dapur, ataupun pada kejadian sehari-hari lumrah lainnya. Tuhan pasti membuka jendela hati seseorang jika saja kita mau mencarinya.

  3. Mendengarkan. Jika anda memakai waktu hanya untuk mengomel, anda tidak akan pernah ketemu saat yg tepat bahkan sampai abad berikutnya. Bertanyalah. Hindari menghakimi atau mengkoreksi. Dengarkanlah. Anak-anak memperhatikan ekspresi mata dan mencocokkannya dgn nada suara anda untuk mengetahui apakah keduanya sejalan. Jika anda berkata mau mendengar namun nada suara anda menghakimi, pintupun akan ditutup rapat-rapat.

  4. Bertanyalah. Jangan langsung masuk pada pokok persoalan, apalagi memberi nasihat-nasihat bijaksana; sekalipun anda benar. Tahan lidah anda dan tanyakan beberapa hal. Ingat, menjalin hubungan dengan anak remaja anda lebih penting dari memaksakan pendapat pada mereka. Dekati anak anda perlahan-perlahan.

  5. Perjelas apa yang telah diutarakan. Anda mungkin perlu memperjelas bentuk pertanyaan seperti:
    • "Gimana perasaan kamu saat itu?"
    • "Terus, apa yang terjadi?"
    • "Waktu dia bilang begitu, gimana ya perasaannya?"
    • "Kamu bilang gitu kan?"

    Keys. Illustration copyrighted.
  6. Berikan cara-cara membuat keputusan. Jangan penuhi remaja anda dengan segala macam tehnik manajemen, walau mereka mungkin sedang membuat perubahan besar dalam hidup anda. Gunakan pendekatan lewat pintu belakang. Temukan saat yang tepat, lalu ajukan satu dua pertanyaan hingga remaja anda mampu merencanakan sesuatu dengan lebih baik. Jika kelihatannya berhasil, anda dapat membuka pintu kedua, katakan kalau anda mengetahui tehnik tertentu yang dapat menjadikannya lebih efektif. Tapi jangan dipaksa! Biarkan remaja anda ingin tahu lebih. Sedikit demi sedikit, ajari mereka untuk merencanakan, membuat prioritas dan menjadwalkan waktu guna mencapai tujuan2 mereka. Bicarakan konsekwensi2 untuk mendorong remaja anda mengenali lebih jauh apa yang ia capai. Jika mereka tahu bahwa keputusan yang baik menjadikan mereka lebih bahagia dan efektif, mereka akan terus termotivasi untuk memakai cara2 tersebut. Tentunya, penggunaan tehnik-tehnik itu semakin mendalam seiring bertumbuhnya rasa tanggung jawab. Jika remaja dibebani rasa tanggung jawab, mereka pasti dapat lebih menerima dan dewasa. Pada setiap langkah, selalu tekankan upaya maupun kemajuan-kemajuan yang perlu dicapai.

  7. Terapkan kehidupan spritual di rumah. Ciptakan kebiasaan dalam keluarga untuk mempercakapkan, merasakan dan mengenali hadirat maupun pemeliharaan Tuhan. Anda dapat menjadikannya bagian dari percakapan makan malam atau mungkin pembicaraan hari minggu sebelum berangkat ke gereja. Anda bisa berkata "Mari kita lihat bagaimana campur tangan Tuhan pada kehidupan kita sepanjang minggu ini". Hal ini juga dapat membantu anda semua berkonsentrasi pada Tuhan maupun firmanNya dalam ibadah hari itu. Saat-saat yang tidak terencana dapat menjadi saat terbaik untuk menanamkan hal spiritual. Saat anda membicarakan hal mana yang penting atau tidak penting dalam hidup, biasakanlah mencari pertolongan Tuhan dalam segala hal. Anda akan terkejut dengan kemurahan, kasih, dan ketetapan-ketetapan-Nya seperti anda belum pernah menerimanya.

  8. Hemat dalam mengoreksi, boros dalam menegaskan. Oke, saya sudah beritahukan sebelumnya kan, ya nggak? Saya ulangi lagi deh. Remaja tidak berbeda dengan kita. Kita memerlukan banyak bantuan dan cinta sepanjang hari, setiap hari. Kita hidup untuk itu. Kita memerlukannya lebih lagi. Perbedaanya hanyalah beberapa remaja “melewati masa itu” yakni proses membentuk dan mengembangkan kepribadian mereka yang berbeda dari kemauan orang tua. Beberapa diantara nya melakukannya dengan baik, tapi lebih banyak yang gagal. Mereka menjengkelkan, tapi perlu dikasihi. Mereka sangat keras kepala tapi perlu kesabaran kita. Mereka sering melampaui batas, tapi mereka perlu kedewasaan dan perhatian kita. Kebanyakan anak-anak yang saya kenal tahu kalau mereka membuat kekacauan. Mereka tidak perlu kita untuk memberitahukan hal itu. Hal terbaik yang dapat kita lakukan adalah merangkul mereka dan bertanya "Saya sangat sayang padamu, apa yang dapat saya lakukan?" Hal inilah yang memunculkan keajaiban bagi remaja dan hubungannya dengan anda.

    Pernahkah Anda bersikap keras? Pernahkah Anda berkata "Tidak!" Pernahkah anda mempraktekkan kasih yang benar-benar kuat untuk mengubahkan kehidupan remaja Anda? Tentu saja jika diperlukan. Jika anda mempraktekkan prinsip-prinsip tersebut, tentunya kita tidak perlu terlalu sering berkonfrontasi. Jika perlu, saya sarankan anda menemui pendeta atau penasihat Kristen yang dapat membantu anda berkomunikasi dengan baik dan menaruh harapan yang wajar. Seringkali, para penasihat menemukan bahwa problem yang dihadapi anak adalah sistemik, yaitu anak merefleksikan kesulitan seluruh anggota keluarga dalam berkomunikasi dan membina hubungan. Ini adalah kesempatan bagi semua untuk belajar dan bertumbuh. Mungkin agak menyakitkan, namun dapat menjadi pengalaman positif yang berharga bagi keluarga.

Group of friends. Illustration copyrighted. Anak remaja anda mungkin berbeda sedikit dari remaja lainnya. Setiap generasi memiliki kadar motif, gaya hidup, harapan dan mimpi yang berbeda. Tapi lingkungan sekolah dan pergaulan remaja anda sekarang sangatlah berbeda dari apa yang anda atau saya alami. Anda perlu tahu sehingga dapat mewaspadai bahaya serta segala kemungkinan yang ada.

Generasi milenium bukanlah sekelompok anak muda yang sulit dihadapi. Bahkan sebagai suatu kumpulan, merekalah hal yang paling menarik diamati pada masa ini. Mereka merasa memerlukan; mereka perlu keeratan hubungan; perlu tokoh yang dapat dipercaya. Jika saja kita dapat mengerti mereka, kita dapat secara tepat menciptakan lingkungan rumah kita seperti keinginan mereka serta menunjukkan makna hidup yang sebenarnya.

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          Why Are Millennials Slowly Leaving the Church?   

  We are already misunderstood and highly overlooked. Millennials are on a clock worked schedule and it always seems to consist of proving ourselves to people as well as being heard. Much of these unfortunate events tend to happen in schools, the work area, with family (who are not millennials) and even church. Yes, I […]

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          What Millennials Really Want In A Church   

You got a progressive, congregational church or you don’t. Maybe yours is old-fashioned, with uncomfortable wooden pews and stained-glass windows, a massive organ at the front and a pit for the choir behind. Every week, 50 or more believers gather and listen to the minister preach from scripture. Maybe your church sings a lot — the choir is […]

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          Comment on July Meeting – Jackson Koontz: Digital Killed the Photographer – A Generational Study by Arved   
Great overview of marketing to different generations as your "target market," and especially toward Millennial. I learned a lot, and hope to put at least some of what was presented into action. Can't do it all, as there was so much information provided. Great job by Mr. Koontz researching and preparing this presentation. Thanks to the members of the guild who made this presentation possible!
          Nasceu entre 1977 e 1983? Nem Geração X nem millennial. Você é um ‘xennial’   
Esta geração divisora de águas é a última que se lembrará de como era a vida antes da Internet
          Falling inventory forces homebuyers to move at fastest pace ever   
As housing inventory falls, competition rises for homebuyers whose demand remains unwavering amid rising home prices. In fact, many buyers, especially Millennials, are increasingly placing an offer on homes before actually seeing them in person.
          Australian Startup ‘Wyse Women’ is Putting a New Focus on Flexible Working   
Despite a long history of the modern human working a standard 9-to-5 job, there’s currently a wave of revolt. Today’s millennials are seduced by workplace flexibility and, in fact, will forego a pretty penny for it: this report suggests that 45 per cent of millennials would rather have more relaxed working hours than a higher salary. This... Read more »
          Life's tough. Time to start dealing with it, millennials   
Life's tough. Time to start dealing with it, millennials
- This week's Census results show we are getting older as a national demographic. Since our last official count in 2011, Australia's 65-plus age group ...

          Comment on Engaging millennial students in today’s counseling classroom by VANITA CHENGAPPA   
Very interesting and thought provoking article- every teacher must read. I am a school educator
          Navy Federal, Marriott named among Fortune's top 20 'best workplaces for millennials'   

Fortune magazine is out with a new list of the "100 Best Workplaces for Millennials" and two D.C.-area-based companies placed in the top 20.

Navy Federal, a Vienna-headquartered credit union catering to members of the U.S. armed forces, placed 7th overall while Bethesda-based hotelier Marriott International ranked 14th.

          Millennials May Be Ill-Prepared for Careers: Crowdfunding Campaign Aimed at Addressing Job Readiness, Developing 21st Century Career Planning Tools   

Colorado-based Watershed is launching the Indigo Project, a crowdfunding campaign designed to raise awareness and funding about how to better match high school seniors to programs at colleges and universities across the United States. TTI Success Insights is working in collaboration to execute and support Watershed's Indigo Project.

(PRWeb July 16, 2014)

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          Multigenerational voters being represented this year at the DNC   

Stephen Sherman, California’s oldest delegate, 91 years old, African-American WWII vet and Trestan Fair, California’s youngest delegate; he will turn 18 on the day before Election Day

Patt Morrison

There is an 80 year gap between the youngest and oldest delegate at the Democratic National Convention. Sam Gray is a 17 year old from the great state of Iowa. His counterpart, Elzena Johnson of Mississippi, turns 98 this month. These delegates serve as a powerful reminder of the multigenerational voters who both the Republicans and Democrats expect to turn out for November’s election. Whether you are a baby boomer or a millennial, both parties are strategizing to appeal to all generations of voters. Mitt Romney chose Generation X’s Paul Ryan to perhaps help grab the Gen Xer vote, however, the age gap between the GOP vice presidential candidate and President Obama is not wide.


Who do you think will have the edge when it come s to getting multi generations to come out and vote? Will it make a difference come November?


Stephen Sherman, California’s oldest delegate, 91 years old, African-American WWII vet

Trestan Fairweather, California’s youngest delegate; he will turn 18 on the day before Election Day

This content is from Southern California Public Radio. View the original story at SCPR.org.

          Millennials, Xennials, it Never Ends! A New Generation Name gets Added   
I am so sick of hearing about 'millennials.' It seems like everywhere I turn, I hear that term. And now, we've got yet another generation of people to label! According to a Times Union article, social scientists have now classified a micro-generation called Xennials, that fits somewhere between millennials and Gen-X... Continue reading…
          Los "millennials" latinos son "económicamente vulnerables" y carecen de ayuda   
Chicago (IL), 28 jun (EFEUSA).- Los "millennials" hispanos son "vulnerables" en materia económica y, a pesar de ser el 19 % de la mayor y más diversa generación actual en Estados Unidos, no reciben la atención que merecen, según un estudio divulgado hoy.
          The Four Main Views of Revelation 19:11-21   
  The Four Prevailing Views (This passage concludes the four prevailing views that resound from chapters four through nineteen. Chapter twenty is about the three main views of the Millennium: Post-millennium/Postmillennial, Pre-millennium/Premillennial, and Am-millennium/Amillennial (see background article) that intersect into the four views. Then, Chapters twenty-one and twenty-two deal with the literal versus non-literal interpretation … Continue reading The Four Main Views of Revelation 19:11-21
          10 Most Innovative CEOs in Banking 2015   
2015 has been a busy year in fintech. New mobile payments methods appeared on our phones; investing became easier and cheaper for millennials (who may finally have money to invest); Square went public; money continued to pour into fintech startups; and every other word we have heard is “blockchain.” But, in retrospect, the most significant fintech development […]
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          Blog: Q1 2014 MarketPulse Survey Results: Significant Jump in Consumer Confidence   
After several consecutive quarters of cloudy skies and a particularly ominous end to 2013, IRI’s Q1 2014 MarketPulse™ finds all age groups, especially millennials, reporting a sunnier outlook. Consumers reported feeling that they do not need to make as many sacrifices to make ends meet, and are feeling more confident in their household finances overall. This quarter, millennials showed their greatest increase in shopper sentiment since the beginning of the economic downturn. For more insights into the significance and causes of millennials’ promising perspective, see our latest Point of View, “Millennial Shoppers: Positive Mindset Points to Future Growth.” Despite the surge in consumer confidence, CPG retailers and manufacturers must be wary that conservative shopping strategies are engrained in consumers. This quarter’s MarketPulse survey revealed that consumers across categories have become accustomed to the shopping strategies necessitated by harder economic times. For example, 70 percent of consumers still make a shopping list prior store visits, and 75 percent make their purchase decisions prior to stepping foot on the premises. Furthermore, 19 percent of consumers and 26 percent of millennials are still having difficulty affording groceries. To stretch their dollars, thirty-three percent of all consumers and 40 percent of millennials are buying more than one-half of their baskets on deal. To accommodate the consumers’ ongoing appreciation of deals and propensity for planning purchases, CPG retailers and manufacturers would do well to begin the conversation early with consumers. One approach to achieving early customer engagement with millennials is online programs, such as recipe sharing or product usage routine contests, that help to establish an emotional connection and facilitate consumers’ habit for planned purchases. Tying those online programs with in-store sampling kiosks will continue the conversation and reinforce the value proposition. While there is no single path to recovery, marketing strategies must account for the consumers’ desire to live well and spend conservatively. Additionally, CPG retailers and manufacturers should continue to drive momentum through new and innovative offerings. For further MarketPulse insights, please visit: http://www.iriworldwide.com/Insights/Publications/MarketPulseSurvey.aspx.
          Press Release: IRI MarketPulse Survey Reveals Significant Jump in Consumer Confidence   
Consumers Feeling More Positive about Household Finances; Confidence Up across All Age Groups CHICAGO – April 29, 2014 – After a rocky end to 2013, consumer confidence increased dramatically in Q1 2014, according to IRI’s latest MarketPulse™ survey. All age groups across the board are reporting a sunnier outlook, especially millennials, who are showing their greatest uptick in confidence, even though they’ve been one of the most downtrodden consumer segments, since the economic downturn began. IRI has been monitoring the struggles of millennials and is taking a closer look at this notable increase in a special Point of View, “Millennial Shoppers: Positive Mindset Points to Future Growth.” “The headline for the first quarter is definitely the surge in consumer confidence,” says Susan Viamari, editor, Thought Leadership, IRI. “Consumers say they are feeling more confident about their household finances and don’t feel like they need to sacrifice as much in order to make ends meet. However, it’s important to remember that consumers are still entrenched in their conservative shopping strategies, so CPG marketers still need to work at finding pockets of opportunities.” IRI’s Shopper Sentiment Index Reaches Highest Point since Inception Constructed against a benchmark of Q1 2011, IRI’s Shopper Sentiment Index provides deep insight into how the economy is impacting consumers and changing how they approach grocery shopping. The index provides perspective in terms of price sensitivity, brand loyalty and changes in spending required to maintain desired lifestyles. With a benchmark score of 100, a Shopper Sentiment Index score of more than 100 reflects consumers who are less price driven, more loyal to favorite brands and better equipped to maintain their desired lifestyle without changes. The latest index for Q1 2014 is 121 versus 103 in Q1 2013 and 100 in Q1 2012. This is the all-time highest point since the inception of the index. In addition to millennials’ rosy outlook, those aged 35-54, whose outlooks have been rather volatile, also posted a sizeable jump this quarter. Those aged 55 and older also showed an increase. Shopping for Deals Consumers remain comfortable with the shopping strategies they adopted earlier in the downturn, which reinforces that the conservative “new normal” is here to stay regardless of confidence levels. With this in mind, 70 percent of savvy consumers make a shopping list before they enter a store, and 75 percent make their purchase decisions before entering the store. These figures have not changed since 2011, so it’s absolutely critical to begin the conversation early with consumers. Because 19 percent of all consumers and 26 percent of millennials are having difficulty affording groceries today, shoppers are still buying a lot of items on deal. For instance, 33 percent of all consumers and 40 percent of millennials are buying more than one-half of their baskets on deal. And, 19 percent of all consumers compared with 25 percent of millennials say they are buying more on deal in 2014 than in 2013. Surfing for Deals It’s no surprise that consumers are turning to the Internet to find deals. Specifically: 29 percent are downloading coupons from retailers’ websites 29 percent download coupons from manufacturers’ websites 25 percent research products on websites 19 percent visit online deal sites, such as Groupon or SmartSource 11 percent use social media sites, such as Twitter, to get coupons “While it’s great that sentiment is on the rise, marketers must stay on top of their game and continue to deliver solid value that enables consumers to live well while remaining conservative,” continues Viamari. “The diversity of this quarter’s survey results clearly demonstrates there is no single path to recovery, and marketing strategies must recognize and reward the variability out in the marketplace.” IRI Point of View To learn more about millennials’ shopping behaviors and discover how to develop products and marketing strategies to capture their attention, IRI just released a new Point of View, “Millennial Shoppers: Positive Mindset Points to Future Growth.” To download the free report, click here. About IRI’s MarketPulse Survey IRI provides new survey results at the end of each calendar quarter covering shoppers’ behaviors and attitudes as they directly relate to their strategies for learning about, purchasing and utilizing CPG and healthcare products, as well as information regarding perceptions of economic conditions and their ability to provide for their families. For complete MarketPulse coverage, visit: http://www.iriworldwide.com/Insights/Publications/MarketPulseSurvey.aspx. For more information about customizing the research for a particular category or industry, please email IRIMarketing@IRIworldwide.com. About IRI IRI is a leader in delivering powerful market and shopper information, predictive analysis and the foresight that leads to action. We go beyond the data to ignite extraordinary growth for our clients in the CPG, retail and over-the-counter healthcare industries by pinpointing what matters and illuminating how it can impact their businesses across sales and marketing. Move your business forward at IRIworldwide.com. # # # IRI Contact: Tim Johnson Stearns Johnson Communications E-mail: tjohnson@stearnsjohnson.com or iri@stearnsjohnson.com Phone: +1 415.397.7600
          Retail Industry News Week of 3/7/14   
Sears CEO Suggests Company Represents The Future Of Retail FMI, GMA To Give $50 Million Worth Of Momentum To Facts-Up-Front Initiative Cerberus To Acquire Safeway For $9.2 Billion Costco Tries To Earn A Little Millennial Appeal Fresh Market To Close Four Stores Sansolo Speaks: Finding New Ways to Win Amazon Begins Expansion Of Sunday Delivery Offering Food Lion Implements New Sustainable Seafood Policy FastNewsBeat The MNB Wal-Mart Watch Executive Suite
          Press Release: IRI MarketPulse Survey Finds Conservative Consumer Behaviors Will Remain Prevalent throughout 2014   
Shopper Sentiment Declines in Q4 2013; 39 Percent Feel Their Financial Situation is Worse Today than One Year Ago CHICAGO – Jan. 22, 2014 – After a year of sluggish economic growth in 2013, it is no surprise that consumers are beginning the new year with a conservative outlook. In fact, IRI’s MarketPulse survey found that shopper sentiment dropped in Q4 2013, and this gloomy attitude is spilling over into 2014 across all age groups. It is particularly evident among millennials, who reported a 10-point decline since Q3 2013 and have consistently struggled since the economic downturn began. “The economy is slowly returning to a healthier state, but the road has been longer and harder than anyone expected, and it has been littered with obstacles,” says Susan Viamari, editor of Thought Leadership, IRI. “As a result, consumers are holding strong to the strategies that saw them through the worst of the downturn.” IRI Shopper Sentiment Index Declines at Close of 2013 IRI’s Shopper Sentiment Index provides deep insight into how the economy is impacting consumers and changing how they approach grocery shopping. The index provides perspective in terms of price sensitivity, brand loyalty and changes in spending required to maintain desired lifestyles. With a benchmark score of 100 based on Q1 2011 information, a Shopper Sentiment Index score of more than 100 reflects consumers who are less price driven, more loyal to favorite brands and better equipped to maintain their desired lifestyle without changes. The latest index for Q4 2013 is 102, which dropped after hitting a two-year high of 109 in Q3 2013. The fourth quarter also marked the first negative quarter of 2013. A number of factors likely contributed to shopper confidence being shaken, such as the debt ceiling crisis (73 percent awareness), the rollout of Obamacare (75 percent awareness), and the conflict in Syria (90 percent awareness). In addition, the reduction of food stamp benefits, otherwise known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), will increase financial pressures for 48 million Americans. Consumers Not Loosening Purse Strings in 2014 Going into the fourth year post-recession, consumers are still finding it difficult to maintain their desired lifestyles and are struggling to make ends meet. The Q4 2013 MarketPulse survey results clearly point to why many consumers continue to face tough times: 83 percent of consumers are having difficulty affording their regular groceries 39 percent feel their financial situation is worse today than one year ago 43 percent say their financial position is unchanged versus one year ago As a result of these ongoing difficulties, consumers will continue to trim expenses by following conservative usage patterns throughout 2014: 53 percent are working to make personal care products last longer 51 percent are finding ways to make cleaning products last longer 49 percent are cooking from scratch more/using fewer convenience items to save money 40 percent are making beauty care products last longer by using fewer, using less frequently, etc. 29 percent are sharing more products And, it doesn’t stop there. When making purchases, consumers also are demonstrating adeptness for saving that has been honed over the course of the downturn. For instance, 90 percent are eliminating unnecessary purchases, and 67 percent are making shopping lists prior to going to the store. “Our results clearly indicate that 2014 will be yet another challenging year for consumers and CPG marketers alike,” concludes Viamari. “But, both parties have demonstrated resilience and the ability to adapt quickly to challenges and opportunities. CPG marketers must hold on to that resilience this year and continue to provide shoppers with exciting products that make life easier and more affordable with a targeted value proposition. IRI Point of View To dig deeper into the Q4 2013 MarketPulse survey and learn forward-looking insights about 2014 consumer trends, IRI just released a new Point of View: “A Percussion of Conservatism as the New Year Bells Chime,” which examines how consumers will be using their common money-saving tools and making the most of new media to facilitate their CPG shopping endeavors throughout 2014. To download the free report, click here. About IRI’s MarketPulse Survey IRI provides new survey results at the end of each calendar quarter covering shoppers’ behaviors and attitudes as they directly relate to their strategies for learning about, purchasing and utilizing CPG and healthcare products, as well as information regarding perceptions of economic conditions and their ability to provide for their families. For complete MarketPulse coverage, visit: http://www.iriworldwide.com/Insights/Publications/MarketPulseSurvey.aspx. For more information about customizing the research for a particular category or industry, please contact IRIMarketing@IRIworldwide.com. About IRI IRI is a leader in delivering powerful market and shopper information, predictive analysis and the foresight that leads to action. We go beyond the data to ignite extraordinary growth for our clients in the CPG, retail and over-the-counter healthcare industries by pinpointing what matters and illuminating how it can impact their businesses across sales and marketing. Move your business forward at IRIworldwide.com. # # # IRI Contacts: Shelley Hughes E-mail: Shelley.Hughes@SymphonyIRI.com Phone: +1 312.474.3675 John McIndoe E-mail: John.McIndoe@IRIworldwide.com Phone: + 1 312.474.3862
          The Ratings Game: Olive Garden grabbing market share with value, takeout and millennials   
Analysts say Darden Restaurants’ Olive Garden is taking market share from other casual dining chains thanks to its focus on value and takeout.

          Comment on Mom Loses Custody for Putting Soap in Children's Mouths by Jon Ryder   
Using soap for profanity is not frickn' abuse. We see what not spanking and trying to be your child's "friend" has created. Millennials are so far proving to be the absolute worst generation in our recorded history. Half of them still live with their parents and too many are flat out unemployable because their attitudes and entitlement renders them absolutely worthless. Too small of a percentage are actually doing well and most of them were disciplined. To any parent who is following the horrific *advice* from so-called child psychologists (many are just plain nutjobs), for everything you let slip, for every lesson you "talk" to them as if they were an adult instead of being a parent, you create YEARS of headaches later. I have watched some of these IDIOTS, with have all sorts of useless abbreviations they stack onto their names, actually try to tell parents to let your child choose how they wanted to be parented!! NOBODY should ever be licensed to become a child psychologist who hasn't had a child graduate from High School. PERIOD. Would you get on a plane being flown by someone who has only read about flying? Too many of these idiots are still kids themselves!! All I can say is look at the US today. These kids don't say thank you, they can't function without constant kudos, they demand "safe spaces", they flip off the police, take text messages during interviews (yes, I have had them do that while interviewing them), they think communism is cool, America is awful, they think our military hero's are evil yet worship people who's claim to fame is profanity and plastic surgery, they don't respect anyone, much less adults, and why should they? They have never learned how to respect their own parents, let alone someone else. And people wonder why kids today act like animals. Have you seen schools these days? Many of them are indistinguishable from prisons with the exception of height and their face buried in a phone. Be a parent now, or end up trying to parent your child for rest of your life.
          These Are the 10 Best ‘Younger’ Episodes   

For those of you who have been waiting 6 long months like me, Younger will be returning tonight for its Season 4 premiere. In case you have never seen the show, the main story line is about a 40-year-old woman separated from her husband who decides to pursue her dream career as a book publisher. Before she can reach that goal, she must work her way up the company, starting as an assistant. When she finds out they want to give the job to a millennial, she claims that she is 26 and lands herself the job. Throughout the series she must keep her age a secret from her coworkers and her teenage daughter while also dating a young man in his […]

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          ΟΙ ΕΞΥΠΝΕΣ ΠΟΛΕΙΣ...   

Του Elias Crim (The American Conservative)/ ΚΟ  
Όταν ακούω τον όρο "έξυπνες πόλεις" (“smart cities”) σκέφτομαι την δυστοπική ταινία του Fritz Lang, Metropolis. Η κλασσική ταινία του 1927 απεικονίζει ένα τοπίο Art Deco (καλλιτεχνικό κίνημα, το οποίο επικράτησε από το 1925 μέχρι τη δεκαετία του 1940) πλούσιων βιομηχάνων που βασιλεύουν από πολυώροφους πύργους πάνω από μάζες εργατών με πανομοιότυπες στολές που διαβιούν σε κατακόμβες και δουλεύουν υπόγεια προκειμένου να συνεχιστεί το βουητό των τεράστιων στροβιλοκίνητων μηχανημάτων της πόλης.
Οι οικοδόμοι σύγχρονων master-προγραμματισμένων πόλεων - του Ντουμπάι της Μέσης Ανατολής, του Songdoτης Ασίας, ή του Gurgaonτης Ινδίας - είναι έξυπνοι υπό κάποια έννοια. Για να είμαστε ακριβείς, οι χώροι αυτοί τραβούν τα κορυφαία ταλέντα στους αρχιτέκτονες, τους σχεδιαστές και τους περιβαλλοντικούς συμβούλους. Αυτοί με τη σειρά τους δημιουργούν πολυτελείς περιοχές όπου η τεχνολογία επιτρέπει ένα λαμπερό και αυξανόμενο μείγμα ολιγοπωλίου, εκμετάλλευσης και επιτήρησης.
Οι ρυθμίσεις αυτές δημιουργούν έντονες αντιθέσεις. Όπως ο αρχιτέκτονας Douglas Kelbaughείπε στον πολιτικό σχολιαστή James Howard Kunstler, πέρασε δύο χρόνια στο Ντουμπάι σχεδιάζοντας δισεκατομμυρίων δολαρίων αξίας ουρανοξύστες στυλ «μπουκάλι αρώματος» (όμορφα ανούσιους) και εγκατέλειψε αστικά έργα μεγέθους της νήσου  Μανχάταν - ενώ ερχόταν σε επαφή καθημερινά με χιλιάδες χαμηλόμισθους εργάτες από την Ινδία, το Πακιστάν, το Μπαγκλαντές, την Κίνα που χρειάζονταν για να δημιουργήσουν αυτό το τεράστιο ‘σχήμα Ponzi’ από τις πιο πολυτελείς πόλεις-κράτος στον πλανήτη.
Αλλά τα ιδιωτικά λεωφορεία του Ντουμπάι γεμάτα κυρίως με χειρώνακτες εργάτες που πληρώνονται $ 5 την ημέρα διαφέρουν μόνο επιφανειακά από τις λεγεώνες προγραμματιστών και σχεδιαστών της Songdo (η «έξυπνη πόλη» του μέλλοντος στη Ν. Κορέα) : και οι δύο ομάδες έπρεπε να είναι αόρατα και αναλώσιμα στοιχεία στη λειτουργία μιας νεοφιλελεύθερης πολεοδομίας με ατελείωτες φιλοδοξίες για την δημιουργία μιας πόλης- κράτους που μοιάζει, σύμφωνα με την σαρκαστική φράση του Kunstler, με το «αύριο του χθες».
Μια βασική πτυχή του κινήματος των "έξυπνων πόλεων" είναι η υπόσχεση ότι η προσωπική τεχνολογία θα δημιουργήσει «νέες ευκαιρίες στην οικονομία». Αλλά το γεγονός είναι ότι καμία ανταλλαγή δεν πηγαίνει πραγματικά στις εταιρίες της λεγόμενης sharing economy (μοντέρνο μοντέλο «οικονομίας χωρίς σύνορα», με συμμετοχή ανθρώπων από όλο τον κόσμο με καθοριστικό τον ρόλο της τεχνολογίας, π.χ. e-bay) όπως είναι οι Uber, Airbnb, Lyft και TaskRabbit, και δεν υπηρετείται κάποιο «φρέσκο» αλληλοβοηθούμενο σύστημα, αλλά μάλλον όλα αποβλέπουν στο όφελος των τέλεια συμβατικών επιχειρηματικών καπιταλιστών της Silicon Valley. Αυτή η μέθοδος μερικές φορές ονομάζεται "Uberization"*.
* Uberization : όρος που προέρχεται από την εταιρεία Uber η οποία παράγει μια τεχνολογία η οποία συνδέει την προσφορά και τη ζήτηση αυτοκινήτων με οδηγό. Κάποιος που χρειάζεται να μεταφερθεί κάπου κατεβάζει την application και σύμφωνα με τα χαρακτηριστικά της κούρσας (τόπος, χρόνος, κόστος) επιλέγει έναν οδηγό. Οι οδηγοί δεν είναι υπάλληλοι της εταιρείας αλλά ανεξάρτητοι εργαζόμενοι που συνεργάζονται με την Uber. Οποιοσδήποτε διαθέτει ένα αυτοκίνητο και δίπλωμα οδήγησης μπορεί να γίνει οδηγός για την υπηρεσία χωρίς οποιαδήποτε άλλη προϋπηρεσία ή γνώση. Οι οδηγοί πληρώνουν όλα τα έξοδα κίνησης και ανταγωνίζονται για τις περισσότερες κούρσες. Τα χρήματα όμως περνάνε όλα από την Uber η οποία αποφασίζει για τις μίνιμουμ τιμές αλλά και το ποσοστό που παρακρατεί. Οι οδηγοί, εφόσον είναι ανεξάρτητοι εργαζόμενοι, δεν έχουν καμία από τις απολαβές των μισθωτών: το εισόδημα τους δεν είναι σταθερό αλλά εξαρτάται από τις ώρες εργασίας και τις τιμές που επιβάλει η Uber, δεν έχουν ιατροφαρμακευτική κάλυψη, ασφάλεια για τα οχήματα τους και για τους ίδιους, δεν υπάρχουν φυσικά συλλογικές συμβάσεις. Το πιο στρατηγικό κομμάτι της δραστηριότητας είναι ο αλγόριθμος που συνδέει την προσφορά με τη ζήτηση και καθορίζει το κόστος των υπηρεσιών και την αμοιβή των οδηγών. Κατά κάποιο τρόπο ο αλγόριθμος είναι το αφεντικό των οδηγών. Η Uber επιβάλλει επίσης καθεστώς επιτήρησης και εκμετάλλευσης προσωπικών δεδομένων. Η αξιολόγηση παίρνει τη μορφή επιτήρησης η οποία έχει άμεσο αντίκτυπο όχι μόνο στα έσοδα των οδηγών αλλά και στον τρόπο που αυτοί συμπεριφέρονται, ντύνονται, μιλούν και σκέφτονται. 
Αποδεικνύεται ότι η sharing economy αφορά ως επί το πλείστον την εκμετάλλευση των εργαζομένων και το μόνο κέρδος που έχει κάποιος είναι η αναγκαστική ένταξη στο πρεκαριάτο, την μάζα των βραχυπρόθεσμων ("ευέλικτων") συμβασιούχων υπαλλήλων οι οποίοι τώρα αποτελούν περίπου το 40 τοις εκατό του παγκόσμιου εργατικού δυναμικού.

Αυτοί είναι οι άνθρωποι που ζουν επισφαλώς χωρίς καμία εγγύηση για μια σταθερή δουλειά πέρα ​​από την βραχυπρόθεσμη, γενικά λιγότερη από 40 ώρες την εβδομάδα αμειβόμενη εργασία, χωρίς συνδικάτα ή βιομηχανικές ρυθμίσεις να μιλήσουν.
Για να πάρετε μια γεύση των ζοφερών προβλέψεων, ο οικονομολόγος Tyler Cowen προβλέπει ένα μέλλον στο οποίο μια μικροσκοπική ελίτ θα βγάζει εκατομμύρια, ενώ εμείς οι υπόλοιποι θα παλεύουμε για οτιδήποτε μεταξύ $ 5.000 και $ 10.000 το χρόνο. Λειτουργεί ήδη αρκετά καλά στο Μεξικό, λέει χαριτολογώντας ο Cowen.
Αν τυχαίνει να είστε ένας millennial ή να γνωρίζετε κάποιον, τότε είστε πιθανώς εξοικειωμένοι με τα θέματα γύρω από την ψηφιακή εργασία. Αλλά αυτή η οικονομική απειλή για τη δημοκρατία, το Διαδίκτυο ως μηχανή ανισότητας – διαπερνάει όλες τις γενιές. Βρίσκεται στη διαδικασία της ανατροπής των παραδοσιακών δικαιωμάτων των εργαζομένων πηγαίνοντας πίσω στον 19ο αιώνα. Και ξεθάβει ωκεανούς προσωπικών μας δεδομένων-μια μορφή προσωπικής ιδιοκτησίας - προκειμένου να αξιοποιήσει αυτή την ‘περιουσία’ για να δημιουργήσει ακόμη μεγαλύτερη περιουσία για τους λίγους ιδιοκτήτες των ψηφιακών πλατφόρμων που καθοδηγούν τώρα ένα μεγάλο μέρος της ζωής μας (Amazon, Facebook, Google και τα λοιπά).
Έτσι βλέπουμε την άνοδο ενός νέου κινήματος απασχολούμενων να λέει ένα παλιό σύνθημα: platform cooperativism (συνεταιρισμός πλατφόρμα), ένας γάμος του ιστορικού μοντέλου συνεργασίας των επιχειρήσεων και των ψηφιακών πλατφορμών με στόχο την αξιοποίηση της πραγματικής δημοκρατίας στο διαδίκτυο, ιδίως με τη μορφή της κατανεμημένης ιδιοκτησίας. Ο στόχος αυτών των ακτιβιστών και των επιχειρηματιών δεν είναι τίποτα λιγότερο από το να επαναφέρουν τις νόρμες και την κουλτούρα της εργασίας. Στο ‘Ours to Hack and To Own’ ο Nathan Schneider, συλλέγει όλα τα άρθρα τεχνολογίας σχετικά με πρωτοβουλίες συνεργασίας για την αντίσταση στον εγκλωβισμό του Διαδικτύου.
Τι θα συμβεί αν οι οδηγοί Uber δημιουργήσουν τη δική τους πλατφόρμα, ή αν οι κάτοικοι μιας πόλης ελέγχουν την δική τους εκδοχή της Airbnb (= ιστοσελίδα καταχώρησης, εύρεσης και ενοικίασης καταλυμάτων); Ή εάν αρκετοί χρήστες του Twitter μαζευτούν για να αγοράσουν την εταιρεία, προκειμένου να μοιράζονται την ιδιοκτησία της;
Το Platform cooperativism είναι απλά κοινοκτημοσύνη (με περίπου 170 χρόνια ιστορίας συνεταιριστικού κινήματος) μαζί με τη σημερινή έννοια της δημοκρατικής διακυβέρνησης. Ο όρος πλατφόρμα, όπως οι συντάκτες εξηγούν, "αναφέρεται σε μέρη όπου κάνουμε παρέα, εργαζόμαστε, πειραματιζόμαστε και δημιουργούμε αξία αφού ενεργοποιούμε τα τηλέφωνα ή τους υπολογιστές μας".
Περαιτέρω, οι συνεταιρισμοί – επιχειρήσεις που βασισμένες σε αξίες που λειτουργούν προς όφελος του μέλους - έχουν ένα χαμηλότερο ποσοστό αποτυχίας από τις συμβατικές επιχειρήσεις, και είναι πιο πιθανό να προωθήσουν την κοινωνική ανάπτυξη (μέσω της τοπικής ιδιοκτησίας).
Δεν μιλάμε για σοσιαλισμό, αλλά μάλλον για έναν αλγοριθμικό καπιταλισμό και για τη διαμόρφωση του πρώτου χάρτη των δικαιωμάτων των εργαζομένων στο αναδυόμενο, αλλά αόρατο ψηφιακό εργατικό δυναμικό.
Και βέβαια, ένα άλλο σημαντικό θέμα είναι η αντιμετώπιση του εταιρικού μοντέλου επιτήρησης της «έξυπνης πόλης» που προωθείται από μεγάλες εταιρείες τεχνολογίας.
Το να κτίσεις πόλεις που επιτρέπουν την πραγματική ευημερία του ανθρώπου-και το να αξιοποιήσεις τη νέα τεχνολογία για να συμβεί αυτό, είναι δυνατό. Αλλά πρέπει να αναγνωρίσουμε τις παγίδες του να περάσει ο έλεγχος σε λίγες ασύδοτες εταιρείες. Η πόλη που μπορεί να επωφεληθεί από τον συνεταιρισμό πλατφόρμα μπορεί ακόμα να ξεγελάσει τους κύριους σχεδιαστές.

          15 Millennial Slang Terms That You Probably Don't Know The Meaning Of   

So we've all been there, you overhear a group of teenagers or millennials having a chat and you haven't a clue what they are talking about. Worry not my friends, as we've done some intrepid investigation on your behalf so you can update your vocab and make sure you don't embarrass yourself ever again. Without further ado, here are some of the more obscure words added to Urban Dictionary recently... Askhole Someone who asks ridiculous, obnoxious or irrelevant questions (we all work with one! Bada**ery Actions or behavior that are amazing or unbelievable; the act of being a badass

          More Millennials Are Having Strokes   
By Dina Fine Maron Not all of Mitchell Elkind’s stroke patients are on social security. In recent years he has treated devastating attacks in people as young as 18. And he is not alone. A growing body of research indicates strokes among U.S. millennials—ages 18 to 34—have soared in recent years. But an analysis by Scientific American has revealed significant differences in where these strokes are occurring, depending both on region and whether people live in rural or urban settings. The investigation, which used data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), was reviewed by five stroke experts and found that the West and Midwest have seen especially worrisome increases among younger adults. Moreover, large cities appear to have seen bigger increases than rural areas. The analysis employed hospital discharge data from 2003 to 2012 from the AHRQ’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) database. The findings align with earlier studies that pointed to nationwide increases in strokes in this age group: In a study published earlier this year in JAMA Neurology, researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that in a nine-year span from 2003 to 2012 there was a 32 percent spike in strokes among 18- to 34-year-old women and a 15 percent increase for men in the same range. Scientific American’s analysis sought to dig deeper into the data by exploring whether the stroke trend differed by location. Continue reading by clicking the name of the source below.
          Tips For Working With Millennials   
Different strokes for different folks. The basic premise of working in an environment which encompasses a multigenerational workforce. Recently I had a conversation with a journalist who was interested in tips or best practices from professionals who have been in the field longer than generation X and millennials. I had a few things to say. […]
          The best places for millennials to work   
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          Study: Dust Helps Regulate Sierra Nevada Ecosystems   
March 28, 2017

Collecting dust” isn’t usually considered a good thing.

Bundt cake pans filled with marbles collected the dust that was analyzed for its contribution to the Sierra Nevada ecosystem.But dust from as near as the Central Valley and as far away as the Gobi Desert in Asia provides more nutrients — especially critical phosphorus — than previously thought to sustain the vegetation in the Sierra Nevada, a team of scientists has found.

A new study released in the journal Nature Communications this week indicates it’s important to understand how dust helps vegetation thrive, especially in light of the changing climate and land-use intensification.

It is well known that dust is an important source of nutrients for highly weathered and old landscapes like the island of Kauai, where intensive chemical weathering and leaching have depleted the underlying bedrock of life-sustaining elements, including phosphorus, potassium, calcium and magnesium, UC Merced Professor Stephen Hart and his collaborators wrote.

Because of the mostly phosphorus-poor granitic bedrock, the Sierra Nevada is considered a phosphorus-limited ecosystem, but the researchers believe their findings will hold true for other mountainous ecosystems around the world and have implications for predicting forest response to changes in climate and land use.

Nutrients are generally supplied to plants as bedrock is converted to soil. Nutrients, to a large degree, regulate the distribution of life across Earth’s surface, so understanding the relative importance of different nutrient sources — including bedrock and dust — is a fundamental question in ecology, biogeochemistry and geobiology.

But the researchers were surprised to find that the dust is important even in actively eroding, relatively young mountain ecosystems like the Sierra Nevada.

Dust provides important inputs of the plant-growth limiting nutrient phosphorus to western Sierra Nevada ecosystems,” Hart said. “These dust inputs may be critical for maintaining plant productivity in these geologically young montane environments, and dust inputs may increase as land use in the Central Valley intensifies and as the climate warms in the future.”

An interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration involving isotope geochemists, a geomorphologist, ecosystem ecologists and microbial ecologists from UC Merced, the University of Michigan, the University of Wyoming and UC Riverside sought to quantify the importance of transoceanic and regional dust as a nutrient source to Sierra Nevada ecosystems.

Professor Stephen HartThe researchers examined samples from four sites in the Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory (SSCZO) in the Sierra National Forest, from about 1,300 feet to 8,800 feet elevations, and compared dust nutrient inputs to rates of soil formation based on modern and millennial rates of soil loss.

The research team is also studying microbial “hitchhikers” that are riding on the dust particles.

I think we’ll also be able to use the microbial DNA to pinpoint where the dust comes from with a similar or higher fidelity than using radiogenic isotopes in the dust,” said Hart, who’s with the School of Natural Sciences and the Sierra Nevada Research Institute

UC Merced graduate student Nicholas Dove, who volunteered to be part of the project for the experience of working with this diverse group, said he was tasked with collecting dust and helping write the paper by offering comments and critiques.

Harvesting dust for scientific purposes is surprisingly rudimentary. We use many household supplies: Wooden posts hold up bundt pans filled with marbles, and the dust settles in the marble matrix,” he explained. “We collect this dust by ‘washing’ the marbles with sterile water. The water is filtered and, voila, you have your dust.”

Dove’s dissertation is focused on the effects of fire suppression and altered wildfire regimes on microbial communities and biogeochemical processes in mixed-conifer forests of the Sierra Nevada, but he jumped at the chance for more work in the SSCZO.

Working in the SSCZO has allowed me to meet and work with other researchers outside from around the country,” he said.

The cake pans were hung on poles to gather dust samples.The SSCZO, led by UC Merced Professor Roger Bales, is part of a network of 10 critical zone observatories established by the National Science Foundation, and is a collaborative effort with the Pacific Southwest Research Station of the Forest Service.

The CZO network was set up to carry out research such as this, which integrates physical, geochemical and biological measurements from the subsurface through the land surface, giving us an unprecedented predictive ability to improve management of these rapidly changing forested landscapes,” Bales said.

This research reveals that the transport of dust in the atmosphere is important for the ecological health of many parts of our planet,” said Richard Yuretich, program director for the NSF’s Critical Zone Observatory Network. “Complex cycles and feedbacks regulate conditions at the surface of the Earth. This study adds a significant piece to our knowledge of how the Earth works and what we can do to keep it functioning properly.”

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          En 2017, l’intelligence artificielle au cœur de la bataille des bots   

2016 aura définitivement marqué l’avènement des bots, ces petits robots capables de simuler une conversation avec l’utilisateur. Loin de s’estomper en 2017, cette tendance verra même arriver la « bataille des bots », où l’on commencera à séparer les « bons » des « mauvais » bots, où certaines marques rencontreront le succès tandis que d’autres échoueront, et où l’on se mettra à recenser les bonnes pratiques.

Les entreprises, les fournisseurs, les analystes et les experts s’accordent tous sur le fait que les bots vont perdurer. Gartner prédit même qu’en 2019, 20% des marques abandonneront leurs applis mobiles et que, d’ici à 2020, une personne lambda aura plus de conversations avec des bots qu’avec son propre conjoint. Mais tous les bots ne sont pas créés sur le même modèle et ne sont donc pas voués au même destin.

Pour les chercheurs de Nuance, les critères de réussite d’un « bon » bot dépendent de l’expérience client qu’ils sont à même de délivrer. Cette conviction est partagée par Forrester Research : « Les clients en viennent aujourd’hui à récompenser ou punir des marques sur la base d’une expérience unique qui forge leur impression à un moment donné. Ce comportement, d’abord caractéristique de la génération des Millennials, s’étend désormais aux générations précédentes. C’est devenu une pratique normale. »

Ainsi, dans un futur où les bots vont se démultiplier et s’imposer petit à petit dans le quotidien des individus, toutes générations confondues, les chances de succès d’un bot seront déterminées par les caractéristiques suivantes :

1.   L’intelligence artificielle de la conversation : pour être efficace, un bot doit pouvoir dialoguer intelligemment avec un consommateur sur le mode de la conversation bidirectionnelle. Tout comme un humain, le bot doit pouvoir interpréter le contexte, par exemple lorsque le consommateur change rapidement de sujet ou qu’il utilise des mots ou expressions familiers. La plupart des bots ne sont pas encore suffisamment sophistiqués pour cela. Certains pourront répondre à une requête basique du type « Quelle est la température à Miami ? » (réponse : « Il fait 30 degrés à Miami »), mais si le consommateur enchaîne la conversation et dit « Et à Beijing ? », la plupart des bots ne sauront pas faire le lien avec le contexte et ne comprendront pas que la question porte sur la météo.

2.    L’intelligence artificielle cognitive : cela renvoie aux facultés de raisonnement d’un bot, qui l’aident à prendre une décision et à anticiper les besoins du consommateur. Si ces compétences sont propres aux humains, la précision des technologies peut s’approcher de l’effet « raisonnement humain ». Ainsi par exemple, les systèmes traditionnels de reconnaissance vocale comprennent ce que les gens disent, mais les systèmes de compréhension du langage naturel plus actuels et plus sophistiqués comprennent ce que les gens veulent dire et ce qu’ils souhaitent faire. La reconnaissance vocale et l’interprétation du discours en langage naturel se fondent toutes les deux sur le Big Data et sur une connaissance importante des intentions des clients.

3.    L’intelligence artificielle avec assistance humaine : c’est ce que les professionnels appellent l’IA supervisée. Accompagnés au quotidien d’agents humains professionnels, les bots développent leurs compétences grâce à l’accélération du machine learning et apprennent ce qu’il faut des humains, à leurs côtés. Cet accompagnement évite que les bots soient directement et uniquement « face aux humains » et apprennent donc à réagir seuls – des pratiques qui conduisent à des erreurs dramatiques qu’on a pu observer dans certaines Unes de journaux cette année.

4.    L’intégration omnicanale : des bots efficaces ne sont pas des applications autonomes, mais plutôt des outils globaux qui fonctionnent comme un cortex central et que l’on peut déployer à travers les multiples canaux qu’empruntent les consommateurs : applications de messagerie, applications mobiles, systèmes de téléphonie, Web, applications de chat et médias sociaux. Dans le cadre d’une stratégie omnicanale intégrée, les clients vivront une expérience cohérente quel que soit le canal qu’ils empruntent. Pour les entreprises, cela signifie aussi la fin des technologies en silos.

5.    L’authentification intelligente et la sécurité : la biométrie vocale permet aux consommateurs de s’authentifier facilement et de façon naturelle sans même devoir taper de mot de passe ou code PIN. L’authentification passe simplement par la prononciation d’une courte phrase de passe, de type « Ma voix est mon mot de passe ». C’est la fin des codes PIN difficiles à mémoriser, et même des questions de sécurité comme « Quel est le prénom de votre meilleur ami d’enfance ? ». De plus, la biométrie vocale renforce nettement la sécurité par rapport aux méthodes traditionnelles d’authentification, et permet de mieux lutter contre la fraude. L’implémentation de cette méthode d’authentification sera également un critère de succès des bots à partir de 2017.

La différence entre un « bon » et un « mauvais » bot se fera au niveau de l’expérience qu’il sera en mesure de fournir à l’utilisateur. Un bon bot sera synonyme de fluidité et d’intuitivité au niveau du dialogue, donnant presque à l’utilisateur l’impression de s’exprimer avec une personne physique dotée d’intelligence. A l’origine, l’objectif d’un bot était de simplifier le rapport humain/technologie et d’améliorer l’expérience face aux machines. Au fur et à mesure de leur démocratisation, il s’agira de les rapprocher au plus près de l’expérience humaine. La différence entre les simples techniques de reconnaissance vocale et les technologies de compréhension du langage au service de l’intelligence artificielle se fera alors plus que jamais ressentir. 

Scott Wickware
Senior Executive et Board member de Nuance Communications
Intelligence artificielle, bots
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          Why Experiential Rewards Are The Best Motivators For Your Workforce   

In today’s workforce, five generations, from traditionalists and baby boomers to millennials, work side by side, making it important for organizations to create an inclusive culture that meets the varying needs of each generation. It seems like everyone has their own opinion on how to make culture great and no doubt,…

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          SZA's 'CTRL' Is An Album For Millennial Women   
A look into why SZA's 'CTRL' is the perfect album for millennial women.
          An Introduction to Basic Invite (#stationery #snailmail)   
Thanks to Basic Invite for sponsoring this post. As a Millennial and mom of four, I appreciate the convenience of text messaging, emails, and other forms of electronic communication as much as the next person. Even so, I also enjoy the daily walk to the mailbox and am delighted by long-form letters and unexpected greeting cards. […]
          Videos: U.S. Housing Policy Outlook June 2017   

Appraisal Industry Reform in Washington, D.C.

As the 115th Congress continues to debate a wide range of fiscal and public policy priorities this summer, the issue of housing finance reform at large remains on the congressional to-do list. Part of that reform includes examining the future state of the appraisal industry. Of course, at CoreLogic, we care deeply about any reforms in this space because we are proud to employ the largest panel of appraisers in the country. While not at the epicenter of broader housing finance reform discussions at this point, addressing the challenges and capitalizing on the opportunities facing the appraisal industry is a topic that is gaining greater levels of attention in the halls of Congress.  

Policy makers in both the House and Senate are starting to examine a diverse, but interconnected series of issues facing appraisers across the country. These issues include, but are not limited to coming up with innovative ways to address regional appraiser shortages, figuring out how to strike an appropriate balance when it comes to appraisal independence, and concurrently debating the larger role of the federal government in industry regulation.

More specifically, moving forward we expect congressional committees to debate the role of the federal government and the Appraisal Subcommittee relative to state agencies when it comes to industry oversight and the creation of operating standards. We also expect legislators to continue discussing how to make Dodd-Frank mandated appraisal independence the most effective oversight mechanism so that taxpayers, consumers and appraisers are protected from the effects of undue influence during the appraisal process. While more apposite of an issue immediately following the most recent financial crisis, the reemergence of the appraisal independence debate is timely given the array of new challenges facing the industry.

Chief among those challenges are regional supply-and-demand issues that arise in certain cities and rural communities. The net decrease in active appraisers annually can create unwanted service gaps and transaction delays in key markets. Fortunately, we are seeing thought leadership from groups like the Appraisal Foundation on removing unnecessary barriers to entry. If properly structured and responsibly executed, there is a strong potential that reforms could attract more millennials into the appraiser profession to address those gaps where they may exist. Additionally, smart reforms like removing excessive and often repetitive education requirements could provide honorably discharged veterans with unique skills sets the opportunity to pursue a second, rewarding career in the mortgage finance industry as appraisers.

At CoreLogic, we are pleased to see Congress seriously debating policy proposals related to the servicing of our nation’s veterans. Just recently, the House Veterans Affairs (VA) Committee held a highly constructive hearing focused on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ appraisal program. Legislators examined ways to leverage the VA network and its own appraisal program to address the service issues that are manifesting in rural areas. It was encouraging to see Members of Congress discuss how to effectively balance people, processes, and technology to maximize service outcomes, while maintaining the integrity of accurate valuations. This type of smart modernization, incorporating industry-leading modeling, analytics, and consortium databases, will be critical in shaping the evolution of our nation’s appraisal system.

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          Builder takes social living to the extreme   
CNBC's Diana Olick takes a look at one real estate developer that plans to offer millennials an affordable and social place to live.
This month's issue of Harpers Magazine reveals a truth-is-stranger-than-fiction tale of a University of Chicago study that correctly predicted the death of a particular human being on the dark, drug-infested streets of the South Side. Inputs were many and involved Stephen "Freakonomics" Leavitt, who continues to show us patterns driving our choices and their inexorable, predictable consequences. In the end, the unfortunate youth hung with the wrong faction, and placed honor to that faction above his own life's blood. 

And from the Unbelievable Coincidence Dept.: "Divergent" hits the big screens of Hollywood tomorrow: the factionalized dystopian Chicago presented to us in this new major motion picture gives us a rather squalid extension view of today's compartmentalized subcultures, not gang insignias - factions that have evolved based on received wisdom, tradition, hereditary or learned instincts, at the expense of diversity and acceptance of differences. 

The understated historical reasons for such an outlandish means of societal organization are buried deeply within a young-girl-coming-of-age tale, and are only vaguely alluded to from the viewpoint of the teenage protagonist, Beatrice, in the novel on which the new film is based. 

"Achieving peace" is the nominal stated goal, the idea being that within factions it is easier to achieve cross-societal detente than it is in mixed "us and them" configurations, with their invariable messy clashes in heterogeneous social circles on random street corners. 

From the HarperCollins Children's (!) audiobook I just finished, the author Veronica West seems intent on preaching socioeconomic diversity and  teaming as a strength to be nurtured by our leaders, in opposition to mindless sectarian tribalism and absolute purist tendencies.  All good so far as that goes. 

Her putative factions, though -- "Abnegation", "Dauntless", "Erudite", "Candor", and "Amity" --besides failing abysmally the "Consistent Parts of Speech Test", also strike me as fairly arbitrary avatars (and therefore stereotypes) for certain religious orders and sects (Quakers, Mennonites, Buddhists, Jews, et. al. on one hand, and reckless, thrill-seeking militant street gangs on the other) -- "The Fight Club" meets "The Hitler Youth" as it were. 

Competitive and often sadistic "initiation trials" leave many would-be tribe members faction-less (and ostensibly homeless) - a fate depicted as worse than death. "Faction Before Blood" appears as a universal mantra devised to minimize interfactional fraternizing. 

The timing? Both the data-predicted murder and the novel have 2012 datestamps.  

Naturally the factions  in "Divergent" prove unstable and unsuccessful in preventing the war they were devised to allay, turning what could have been a probing lesson in social planning, government intrusion, and fair division of labor and wealth for the next generation into a Hollywood-ready cookie cutter screenplay for "Generation Xbox". 

Nowhere to be found in this world is any social media, free press, music or arts, professional sports stadiums, twelve-juror trials, or democratically-elected leaders. Or education as we know it today, to help ameliorate societal ills - though somehow tattoos, paintball, ziplining, and virtual reality simulations - oh! and even computers, elevators and toasters - HAVE made their way from today into this future, along with cliques, rivalries, and redemptive teenage love on the down-low (in the off-hours between initiation trials only, of course). 

I hope that the point of "Divergent" - that well-rounded, well-educated civil societies rely on each of their citizens to be candid, dauntless, amicable, self-effacing, *and* erudite, each in turn and in moderation, while keeping in check the signs of decadent excesses both in themselves and others, is not lost amidst the simplistic vilification of power-hungry zealot-traitor characters and the (literally) mindless zombie violence which clearly enabled this screenplay to be considered "Fine Hollywood Material" two years after its publication. 

In short, "Divergent" stops well short of providing a new "Animal Farm", "1984", "Fahrenheit 451" or "Brave New World" for Millennials now coming of age and facing hard questions about who should lead America to its future.  

That crucial treatment will apparently have to wait a multi-million dollar blockbuster sequel or two. 

And several more predictable, preventable deaths in Chicago, apparently. 

          Infographic Of The Day: The Demographic Timebomb    

With record-high amounts of student debt, questionable job prospects, and too much avocado toast in their bellies, many millennials already feel like they are getting the short end of the stick.

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          Your Millennial Child at Work, Valentine’s and Un-Valentine’s Day Events, Tooth Time, and More at Beaufort Branch Library   
Event Name: Your Millennial Child at WorkShort Description of Event: Helping your adult child survive, even thrive in the workforce.Time and Date of Event:  Wednesday, February 8th, 2:30-3:30 pmLocation of Event: Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott St., Beaufort, SC 29902Price of Event: FreeContact info: Stacey Inman (843)255-6458, sinman@bcgov.netWebsite:  beaufortcountylibrary.orgEvent Name: Valentine Card CraftShort Description of Event: Make a valentine for someone special, and enjoy light
          Four Seasons CEO Sees Airbnb as Formidable Force in Luxury Space   
The five-star hotel chain created six decades ago by Isadore Sharp continues to expand worldwide while working to preserve its top-tier reputation in an industry increasingly driven by millennial expectations and tastes.
          Actor-playwright Rose Napoli is one of the young stars to see at Toronto Fringe   
Rose Napoli’s Ten Creative Ways to Dispose of Your Cremains is billed at this year’s Toronto Fringe as a ‘millennial love letter to the misfits of the Peter Pan Generation’
          Op-Ed Columnist: Marriage, Baby Carriage and Poverty   
For millennials, marriage before children is no longer the norm, and that sequence seems to cause problems.
          Amber Atherton and Moneybox Host Event   
NewswireToday (newswire) - 2016/11/09 London, United Kingdom - Amber Atherton and the team from Moneybox co-hosted an event to discuss how to encourage Millennials to start planning towards their financial future - MoneyboxApp.com
           The death of the Canadian dream? Not necessarily...   
In a National Post article by Andrew Mayeda, he discusses the challenges faced by the Millennials -- those born after 1980 -- in finding a job in today’s economy. Specifically he profiles an individual with a master’s degree in international affairs and volunteer experience working abroad for non-profit organizations. At 27 she is finding it challenging to find full-time employment and has been forced to take a contract job.
           Generations in the workplace   
Generations in the workplace – the workworld is abuzz with discussions of generational workstyles in the New Economy. Today, you can find Millennials, Gen C, Baby Boomers and Veterans in the same organization, sometimes even on the same team.
          Rosa millennial deixa a moda ainda mais feminina e sofisticada!   

As candy colors voltam com força total ao dress code atual. A tonalidade desejo do momento – o rosa millennial, já marca presença nas coleções das marcas produzidas pela Calçados Beira Rio S.A. A cartela cromática, reconhecidamente suave e delicada, surgiu na corte francesa (não é a toa que eu amo a França!), por volta

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          Modeling Dust Emission Response to North Atlantic Millennial-Scale Climate Variations from the Perspective of East European MIS 3 Loess Deposits   
European loess sequences of the Marine Isotope Stage 3 (~60-25 kyr BP) show periods of strong dust accumulation alternating with episodes of reduced sedimentation, favoring soil development. In the western part of the loess belt centered around 50 degrees N, these variations appear to have been related to the North Atlantic rapid climate changes: the Dansgaard-Oeschger (DO) and Heinrich (H) events. It has been recently suggested that the North Atlantic climate signal can be detected further east, in loess deposits from Stayky (50 degrees 05.65' N, 30 degrees 53.92' E), Ukraine. Here we use climate and dust emission modeling to investigate this data interpretation. We focus on the areas north and northeast of the Carpathians, where loess deposits can be found, and the corresponding main dust sources must have been located as well. The simulations were performed with the LMDZ atmospheric general circulation model and the ORCHIDEE land surface model. They represent a reference "Greenland stadial" state and two perturbations, seen as sensitivity tests with respect to changes in the North Atlantic surface conditions between 30 degrees and 63 degrees N: a "Greenland interstadial" and an "H event." The main source for the loess deposits in the studied area is identified as a dust deflation band, with two very active spots located west-northwest from our reference site. Emissions only occur between February and June. Differences from one deflation spot to another, and from one climate state to another, are explained by analyzing the relevant meteorological and surface variables. Over most of the source region, the annual emission fluxes in the "interstadial" experiment are 30 to 50% lower than the "stadial" values; they would only be about 20% lower if the inhibition of dust uplift by the vegetation were not taken into account. Assuming that lower emissions result in reduced dust deposition leads us to the conclusion that the loess-paleosol stratigraphic succession in the Stayky area reflects indeed North Atlantic millennial variations. In the main deflation areas of Western Europe, the vegetation effect alone determined most of the (~50% on average) stadial-interstadial flux differences. Even if its impact in Eastern Europe is less pronounced, this effect remains a key factor in modulating aeolian emissions at the millennial timescale. Conditions favorable to initiating particularly strong dust storms within a few hundred kilometers upwind from our reference site, simulated in the month of April of the H event experiment, support the correlation of H events with peaks in grain size index in some very detailed loess profiles, indicating increased coarse sedimentation.
          Synchronous Interhemispheric Holocene Climate Trends in the Tropical Andes   
Holocene variations of tropical moisture balance have been ascribed to orbitally forced changes in solar insolation. If this model is correct, millennial-scale climate evolution should be antiphased between the northern and southern hemispheres, producing humid intervals in one hemisphere matched to aridity in the other. Here we show that Holocene climate trends were largely synchronous and in the same direction in the northern and southern hemisphere outer-tropical Andes, providing little support for the dominant role of insolation forcing in these regions. Today, sea-surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean modulate rainfall variability in the outer tropical Andes of both hemispheres, and we suggest that this mechanism was pervasive throughout the Holocene. Our findings imply that oceanic forcing plays a larger role in regional South American climate than previously suspected, and that Pacific sea-surface temperatures have the capacity to induce abrupt and sustained shifts in Andean climate.
          Fyre Festival 2017: A Transformative Way to Fraudulently Trap Millennials on a Remote Private Island in the Caribbean   
By Miles Bludorn If you had to scam thousands of uber-rich millennials into trapping themselves on a remote island in the Caribbean, how would you even begin to accomplish such a feat? Allow me to offer you some free advice based on the recent debacle that was the Fyre Festival 2017.   Step 1: Enlist Ja Rule, a hip-hop artist who has not produced a hit song since the early 2000s, to co-found and recruit musical talent for a posh music festival on a remote island. Step 2: Pair him with Billy McFarland, an exorbitantly rich 25-year-old from New York who runs “Magnises,” a financial services company that markets itself as the ultimate social group for “elite” young professionals. Step 3: Choose an island as a venue that possesses none of the necessary resources for such a large-scale undertaking, making sure the site lacks proper infrastructure for water and sewage. Step 4: Target as many wealthy young millennials as you

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          Control By Government Psychopaths or Individual Freedom   
Author and researcher Stefan Verstappen speaks about the need for millennial men and women to return to a tradition of independence, self reliance, courage and strength, qualities the state has done everything in its power to destroy. His latest book The Way of the Warrior, is a training manual to teach the skills needed to become a modern day warrior.  Fight the system or become one of the living dead.  At least, that is the way I personally see it.  Listen in and call in with your questions, or comments, 646-652-4620.
          Mexican Tequila-Makers Threaten Heineken Over Tequila-Flavored Beer   
Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Tequila makers are not happy with the beer brewer Heineken. The beer company has offered tequila-flavored beer. Apparently if you age your beer in old tequila barrels and market to millennials and call your beer Desperados, you will offend traditional tequila makers. (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DESPERADO") THE EAGLES: (Singing) Desperado... INSKEEP: Now Mexico's Tequila Regulatory Council threatens a lawsuit. The council contends there's just not enough tequila in beer to include the name tequila. Cheers. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.
          How One Conservative Group Is Trying To Inspire Millennial Women   
They sell "Fox News & Chill" socks.
          Future Female Leaders Take Over CPAC   
One of the nation’s leading social organizations for young conservative females are attracting millennial women by combining a spin on popular memes such as ‘Netflix & Chill’ and conservative principles.
          Conservative Millennials Are Terrified Of Donald Trump   
The kids are all right.
          One of the most popular games millennials grew up with is hoping to make a comeback   

What happens when you combine the world of music with that of video games? Cambridge, Massachusetts-based game development studio Harmonix has been exploring that question since the mid-'90s, and it created many of gaming's modern classics in the process: "Frequency," "Amplitude," "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band." This is the story behind the studio.

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          Hope for the flowers (2)   
John Lachs, in his most recent Berry Lecture, said "What horrifies is that we may disappear without having made a difference, like the butterfly that hovered over a flower for a minute a thousand years ago."

But here we still are, a thousand years on, talking about that butterfly. Butterflies have their effects (though not always as popularly conceived). Oh, the horror? Or the hope? The latter, surely, for glass-half-full butterfly people who believe even the slightest constructive efforts may ripple down the years in ever-wider waves.

That was my intended insinuation in lasts week's post-lecture reflections Hope for the flowers, a title swiped from the classic graphic allegory of life, revolution, and hope "for adults and others (including caterpillars who can read)" by Trina Paulus.

I once received that book as a parting gift from coworkers at the old independent bookstore (the big one on Hillsboro Pike behind the clocktower that's now a bank). They meant to inspire my own confident hope in tackling the final phase of my formal education, on the way to transmogrifying into a settled academic.

Academia's not everyone's idea of a butterfly haven, but it was then mine. I don't guess I was wrong, as the transformation occurred a few short years later and now here I've lit, tenured and privileged with the opportunity to try and give encouragement and hope to successive waves of students seeking to shuck their own chrysalises.

I've always known John to be of the butterfly tribe, the sort of pragmatic stoic who indulges the hopeful mood and infects others with it. A generous man, in the way of Camus when he said "real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present," John always made his caterpillarish students believe they had an inner butterfly just waiting to burst forth.

That's one of the ways of hope, to breed confidence and embolden growth in timid or tentative souls. Social hope for life's eventual denouement, for the millennial butterflies we'll never know, is like that too. It should breed confidence in our species' long-term prospects, reflected in a growing sense of urgency to give all to the present.

Our highest hope was never entirely for ourselves in a personal sense, but for those on whose metamorphosed good fortune we'd be honored and gratified to have some small effect - whether we lived to see it or not.

6 am/5:57, 73/89/70
          Kommentarer till Portföljen möbleras om av admin   
Det finns ju en <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/top-100-millennial-brands-2016-8?r=US&IR=T&IR=T/#33-hm-68" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">del mätningar kring HM:s varumärke</a>. Det ser fortfarande ok ut även bland yngre personer. För att hålla mig uppdaterat kollar jag även en del modevloggar som <a href="http://www.fashionmumblr.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Fashion Mumblr</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrB-gI1aOqz4PQJN7HA_usg" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Ashely Brooke</a> och <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjMM0-8kgdY" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Megan Ellaby</a>. Känslan där är att HM ligger efter Zara, vilket även siffrorna visar, men att det helt klart är ett märke med en stark ställning. Det gäller även om du istället tittar på vad HM är bra på som sportmode eller hållbarhetstänkande. Det får också höga poäng när unga värdesätter varumärken, så det är nog lite tidigt att på den grunden räkna ut HM. Sedan är hela klädindustrin inne i en svår omställning. Den är jag inte säker på att det långsiktigt är rätt att försöka vara med i som investerare (oavsett om man väljer bolag som börjat online eller de som börjat med fysiska butiker). Det kan bli trångt när alla ska ha allt. Det finns också många andra intressanta aspekter av HM som jag tagit upp i en <a href="http://gottodix.blogspot.se/search/label/HM" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">serie inlägg på Molekylär Ekonomi</a>. Här och nu har vi däremot spekulerat i att HM nu får lite medvind av europeisk konjunktur en starkare euro. Det är mer en kortsiktig spekulation.
          Comment on Global Internet Takedown Orders Come to Canada: Supreme Court Upholds International Removal of Google Search Results by Shawn   
It's going to take the Millennials to repeal these corrupt "Intellectual Property" laws so the balance is restored again.
          Millennials Know Stuff – Like Travel Miles, Saving & a Friend w/Benefits   

Travel is also a top priority for millennials and they know their way around the credit card rewards game. About 16% make it a ...

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          Group Think: Toyota's CH-R Cute Ute Challenges Assumptions About Reluctant Millennials   
In promoting CH-R -- it stands for "Coupe-High Rider" as a spritely, fun, stylish and richly contented gadabout, and an ideal first vehicle for young members of Generation Y, Toyota is betting that one of the auto industry's fears about America's biggest demographic group is largely unfounded.
          Japanese Cosmetic Giants Target Millennials Through Acquisitions   
They're following the lead of Estee Lauder, L’Oreal and other global players. Japanese cosmetics makers will increasingly seek international targets that have a solid millennial customer base in order to compete with global majors.
          Mexican Tequila-Makers Threaten Heineken Over Tequila-Flavored Beer   
Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Tequila makers are not happy with the beer brewer Heineken. The beer company has offered tequila-flavored beer. Apparently if you age your beer in old tequila barrels and market to millennials and call your beer Desperados, you will offend traditional tequila makers. (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DESPERADO") THE EAGLES: (Singing) Desperado... INSKEEP: Now Mexico's Tequila Regulatory Council threatens a lawsuit. The council contends there's just not enough tequila in beer to include the name tequila. Cheers. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.
          4 Home-Buying Habits We Can Learn From Millennials   

          Gigi Hadid se vestiu como uma Barbie millennial pink e a gente <3   
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          Why UK millennials voting for socialism could happen here, too   
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          A look into Cerevo’s Data Logger   

Do you love biking? Have you always been interested in your ride’s statistics, like how many miles did you cover, average speed, calories burned, and more? There are already many apps that give you this information, and the latest to join this market segment is Cerevo’s Ride -1.

Ride-1 is a data logger that comes with advanced technologies and sensors to give you the most accurate information. It is equipped with nine axis motion sensors, out of which three each will handle geomagnetism, acceleration, and angular velocity respectively. There are also other sensors that come with it such as temperature sensor, air pressure sensor, GPS system, and illuminance sensor, to give you a complete picture of your riding experience.

The best part about this device is that it comes with an 8-GB flash memory that can store up to 400 hours of data. This means, you can store all information pertaining to your rides over a certain time period, and analyze the same, to understand if you’re on the right track to achieve your fitness and biking goals. Also, you can automatically upload this data through cloud or a Wi-Fi connection to other devices, or you can even share it with other people so they know your exact geographic location. This feature can be particularly useful for those who want to track the rides of their near and dear ones.

In addition to these features, Ride-1 is relatively small, and can be attached easily to your bike within minutes. Thus, there is no hassle of a long setup time, and cumbersome usage instructions. When you combine it with a smartphone, you can almost use it like a cycle computer, as it gives you information about your posture, speed, and other aspects in real-time. This feature is most helpful for professional athletes, and others who ride with a specific goal in mind. You or your coach can analyze all this information to make the appropriate changes that’ll get you faster to your biking goals.

Currently, this product is available on Cerevo’s online shop, and also on select retail and electronic stores. It’s priced at around $210. Though some experts consider this to be a little pricey, it’s definitely worth for the features it offers. Also, this price is much lower than that of a highly functional cycle computer, and it can be used extensively on other devices too, provided you combine it with a cloud system and a smartphone. It is also waterproof, and comes with a rechargeable battery that can power the system for 15 hours after a charge of just three hours.

This product is manufactured by a Japanese company called Cerevo. Found in 2007 and headquartered in Tokyo, this company specializes in making next-generation networked devices for both consumers and professional users. The unique ideas and design of Cerevo have made it a popular brand among tech savvy users, especially those belonging to the Millennial generation.

With such cool features, Cerevo’s Ride-1 is going to be a big hit, and the company is likely [...]

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          Comment on Here’s Why Millennials are the Future of E-Commerce by Karine Bobrowski   
as girls wearing these hats that are made to appear like animal heads: not at all.|A wish to rebel against such a buttoned-up ethos leaves the white girl desperate for an identity
          U.S. Retailers wanting to target Chinese Millennial Shoppers should now use English in their campaigns   
They speak English now (Just in case you didn’t notice). They are the millennial Chinese travelers in the United States. They are the Chinese tourists coming to discover the United States of America and to buy high quality Made in … Continue reading
          At Katz's, this millennial owner honors tradition and embraces change   
          Restaurant workforce demographics are shifting   
The teen labor force participation rate declined sharply in recent years, a development that directly impacted the restaurant workforce.  Although restaurants are still the economy’s largest employer of teenagers, the shrinking teen labor pool has led many restaurant operators to look to alternative age cohorts to fill their staffing needs, according to the NRA’s chief economist Bruce Grindy.  His Economist’s Notebook commentary and analysis appears regularly on Restaurant.org and Restaurant TrendMapper.

The Great Recession and its aftermath had a significant impact on the U.S. labor force. The labor force participation rate fell to a 37-year low, with many people who lost jobs deciding not to return to the workforce. Contributing to this decline was the retirement of baby boomers, as well as a growing proportion of teenagers choosing to remain on the sidelines.

As the nation’s second largest private sector employer, the restaurant industry was directly impacted by these shifting labor demographics in recent years. Of significant note for the restaurant industry was the sharp decline in the teenage labor pool.

At its peak in the late 1970s, roughly 58 percent of 16-to-19-year-olds were in the labor force. This participation rate remained above 50 percent until 2001, when it started trending downward. The Great Recession exacerbated this decline, with the teen labor force participation rate plunging from 41.3 percent in 2007 to just 34.0 percent in 2014 – a record low.

The net effect was a decline of 1.4 million teenagers in the labor force between 2007 and 2014, a development that was reflected in the restaurant workforce. In 2007, 16-to-19-year-olds represented 20.9 percent of the restaurant workforce. By 2014, these teens made up only 16.6 percent of restaurant employees. 

To be sure, the restaurant industry is still the economy’s largest employer of teenagers, providing jobs for 1.5 million individuals between the ages of 16 and 19. Put another way, one-third of all working teenagers in the U.S. are employed in a restaurant. However, the shrinking teen labor pool has led many restaurant operators to look to alternative age cohorts to fill their staffing needs.

With teen representation in the restaurant workforce declining, a majority of the new restaurant jobs went to millennials in recent years. The share of restaurant jobs held by 20-to-24-year-olds rose from 21.4 percent in 2007 to 24.2 percent in 2014, while 25-to-34-year-olds also took on a larger role in the restaurant workforce.

Although older adults still make up a relatively small proportion of the restaurant workforce, they were the fastest growing demographic group in recent years. In fact, the number of adults aged 55 or older working in the restaurant industry jumped 38 percent between 2007 and 2014, an increase of 218,000 individuals. This trend is expected to continue in the years ahead, as older adults make up a larger share of the U.S. labor force.

          American palates growing more adventurous   
Nine in 10 restaurant operators say their guests are more knowledgeable about food than they used to be and pay more attention to food quality than just two years ago, according to the National Restaurant Association's (NRA) 2015 Restaurant Industry Forecast.
"As dining out has grown into an everyday activity over the last few decades, we essentially have become a generation of 'foodies' with a much wider base of experience and trial of new cuisines and flavors than previous generations," said Annika Stensson, director of research communications for the NRA. "Growth of international travel and increased diversity of cuisines offered here at home have driven today's diners to be more adventurous and generally more willing to try new things when dining out."

NRA research shows that 64 percent of consumers consider themselves more adventurous in their food choices when dining out now than just two years ago. This sentiment is even stronger among millennials, where 77 percent consider themselves more food adventurous. 

Seventy-two percent of consumers also say that restaurant food provides tastes and flavors they can't duplicate at home, which especially true for global cuisines. Roughly seven out of 10 consumers say they are more likely to try ethnic cuisines in a restaurant than they are trying to cook such dishes at home.

The rise of ethnic cuisines has been evolving for decades, resulting in ethnic cuisines and flavors increasingly making their way onto mainstream menus. Currently, more than a third of restaurant operators say they offer ethnic cuisine items outside of their main menu theme, with the highest number reported among fine-dining restaurants (51 percent) and casual-dining restaurants (48 percent). In addition, a majority of operators believe this will become even more common in the future. 

          ‘The Bachelorette': Millennials Are Fleeing Rachel Lindsay’s Season   

Forget lame suitors like Lucas, it is millennials who are truly failing “Bachelorette” Rachel Lindsay.

In the 18-34 demographic’s TV ratings, “The Bachelorette” is down 24 percent year over year, with a 1.9 versus last summer’s 2.5. Among men of that age range, the decline is an even 25 percent, with women clocking in at minus 22 percent.

That means those born between 1983 and 1999 are departing the ABC series more than any other age range, right as we finally got our first African-American “Bachelorette.” So much for our most progressive generation.

Elsewhere, Lindsay’s season is currently down 15 percent from last year in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, with a 2.2 average against its 2.6 benchmark.

Typically a hit summer series by any measure, this “Bachelorette” is attracting 12 percent fewer total viewers versus Summer 2016, with Nielsen tallying 7.143 million overall eyeballs per episode, down from the prior run’s 8.108 million average. None of those are good, but the declines appear modest next to the millennial runoff.

At least there are currently no other issues impacting the future of the “Bachelor” universe. Oh, wait.

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          ‘The Little Hours’ Review: Aubrey Plaza and Alison Brie Are Saucy Sisters in Convent Comedy   

“The Little Hours” is a hilariously irreverent romp that seems to be channeling some of the spirit of “Monty Python’s Life of Brian,” as well as the youthful feminine angst of “Heathers.” And there’s even a dash of Mel Brooks about some of the lunacy. But don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s in any way derivative.

The offbeat comedy is a fresh take on medieval nuns behaving badly — or, more specifically, acting like bratty Millennials. Based loosely on Giovanni Boccaccio’s 14th-century work “The Decameron,” the jokes are decidedly 21st century in attitude.

But “The Little Hours” is no one-trick pony. While the lunacy of nuns who swear like sailors makes a comically boisterous impression, it’s also about women in the Middle Ages forced into religious life for various reasons and how they cope, viewed through a decidedly humorous lens.

As adapted by writer-director Jeff Baena (who co-wrote “I Heart Huckabees”), “The Little Hours” is an edgy satire and sex farce that offers some riotous humor. The nuns live in a rustic Italian convent in relative poverty, but their vows of chastity and obedience are roundly shattered. They are anything but devout. These nuns sin. A lot.

Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza and Kate Micucci (half of Garfunkel & Oates) are the very funny habit-wearing trio at the center of the tale. They are ill-tempered, gossipy and anything but God-fearing. When a comely young man named Massetto (Dave Franco ) starts working in the gardens at their convent, any vestiges of modesty or aspirations to holiness are tossed aside. Sexual hijinks ensue.

Though the story is set in 1347, the three women speak in thoroughly modern style, with contemporary slang and nasty barbs that offer a comically incongruous contrast with their religious setting.

For instance, when a genial farmer offers a greeting, he is met with a distinctly vituperative colloquial response. “Beautiful morning, sisters,” he says in passing. “Don’t f—ing talk to us,” yells Sister Fernanda (Plaza, who also co-produced the film). “I told you never to talk to us! What are you looking at? Mind your own f—ing business.”

It’s initially jarring to hear the women speak in present-day non-pleasantries. But it’s no more anachronistic or linguistically inaccurate than films set in Europe or Asia in which everyone speaks English with a British accent. (If this film were to be historically on point, it would be spoken as Boccacio wrote it: in an ancient Florentine dialect.)

Fernanda is the mean girl of the triad. Lacking any religious ardor — or much human decency — how she got into the nunnery is anybody’s guess. On top of cruel taunts to the elderly farmer and nasty behavior toward her religious cohorts, Fernanda mysteriously disappears at night, riding the convent’s donkey into the nearby woods.

Alessandra (Brie) has been shipped off to the convent by her financially faltering father (Paul Reiser). She has no aspirations to asceticism. In fact, she yearns to marry. The too-few scenes between Brie and Reiser are some of the most subtly funny in the film. (“I was hoping we’d have the whole dowry situation locked down,” he laments.) Genevra (Micucci), meanwhile, appears eager to please, but she’s hiding a dark secret.

The cloistered convent is overseen by a kindly Mother Superior (Molly Shannon) and Mass is said by the bumbling Father Tommasso (John C. Reilly), whose seeming benevolence masks his own penchant for secretive behavior. The scenes where he hears confessions while liquored up are particularly amusing.

Living nearby is the loutish aristrocrat Lord Bruno (Nick Offerman) and his disdainful, dallying wife Francesca (Lauren Weedman). Massetto’s fate is tied to theirs for reasons we won’t reveal.

It’s a brilliantly comic cast. Big points to Offerman whose deadpan style and ridiculous bowl-cut wig combine to make his conspiracy theory tirades against the invading Guelphs hysterically funny. Just the word “Guelph” elicits giggles. Offerman, Plaza and Reiser all have a talent for sardonic comedy, which suits the bawdy material perfectly. Micucci is affably zany. Fred Armisen has a small part as a censorious visiting bishop. The score by Dan Romer has a superb period accuracy.

The absurd comedy, shot on location in Tuscany, traffics in lust, deception, inebriation, witchcraft, poisonous substances, and unbridled pettiness. But it lacks actual malice, even occasionally offering moments of genuine sweetness. Some of the comic bits stretch into silliness or run out of steam by the third act, but most hit their intended marks.

Like “The Beguiled,” “The Little Hours” deals in repressed feminine sexuality. Both movies involve one man as the object of several women’s lust. Each has striking period production design and noteworthy costumes. Both are worth seeing, particularly for moviegoers who are not fans of transformers or souped-up animated cars.

But while Sofia Coppola’s latest deals seriously with complex emotions, “The Little Hours” chooses to view sexual repression from a deliciously lighthearted, giddy and ribald perspective.

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          Mothers day for the hearts that grieve for their mothers   
Mother’s Day is that one time of the year when the nation honors motherhood. Many people make special arrangements to be with their moms, or at the very least, most moms expect a phone call. OC Times Herald reports that statistics indicate that phone companies experience “the highest volume of phone calls on Mother’s Day.”
This year, America will celebrate the influence of mom in society on May 8, and in the days leading up to this classic tradition, many will hit up Hallmark to purchase the latest cards geared around the female nurturer(s) in the family. Hallmark Cards of the past have been focused on biological mothers, but the company is switching it up this year by releasing cards targeted to the “new normal” families. The “new normal” is “stay-at-home dads, divorced parents and same-sex couples,” per the USA Today. According to Lauren Benson, creative director at Hallmark cards, these cards will share shelf space with traditional Mother’s Day 2016 cards.
“Now you see a huge range of situations represented including pet moms to two-moms and former in-laws,” Benson said. “We are really trying to represent a diverse range of relationships that represent current society.”
Allen Adamson, founder of BrandSimple Consulting, notes that more than any other group, millennials are showing support to companies that celebrate diversity.
“Young consumers are looking not only at what the company does but at what it stands for and being more ‘inclusive,” he says, adding that offering cards for the LGBT community may especially be a win for younger groups.
Whether you’re young or old or rich or poor, Mother’s Day can also be a numbing 24 hours for hearts that grieve, and cards may not be attractive to those who have lost their mother. Yet the act of wanting to honor one’s mother on this day remains a resonating emotion for many. Such individuals find comfort in paying tribute to mom in order to lift their hearts. From purchasing gifts that give back, to simply paying it forward, the act of expressing a mother’s love on Mother’s Day can be both a rewarding and enlightening experience.

At her core, a mother is a caregiver, teacher, and nurse, (among many things,), and mothers also find time to listen, as the Examiner notes. One way to celebrate the essence of mom this year is by being mindful on Mother’s Day and taking time to listen deeply to someone, be it a friend, family member, or a complete stranger. Offering personal opinion and advice is certainly a vital part of communication, but simply listening to someone can be powerful for both speaker and listener. It helps forge a connection and strengthen the bond with another person. Lending an ear and allowing someone to be deeply heard can leave the speaker feeling healed and nourished. It’s the same “accepted” feeling a child has when mom/parent deeply listens to what they have to say.
Mothers are usually the peacekeepers and the glue of the family, and another way to celebrate maternal bonds is by paving the way to help others close festering wounds. Perhaps the wounds that need healing are personal. On Mother’s Day especially, grieving hearts may ponder on the type of advice mom would dish out to help family members find closure on a troubling situation. Take mom’s advice this year and take actions that will help bring the family together, or result in peace of mind. Perhaps a meeting of the minds at mom’s favorite brunch spot is in order?
Mothers are the first teachers of their children, and generally quite wise. A proper Mother’s Day tribute should call for daughters and sons taking a moment to teach another something enriching about the world — something they didn’t know the day before.
According to statistics, Americans spend nearly $20 billion celebrating Mother’s Day. Minister Louis Farrakhan thinks the country should boycott Mother’s Day, but if you are compelled to express your gratitude through cash this year, then consider this: Mothers use the resources that are available in order to provide for their family. So why not hit up your local grocery store and purchase the groceries of the mother standing in the check-out in front of you? One of the greatest gifts a mom can receive is the means to feed her children.
Mother’s Day can always bring out a lot of emotions, most especially for those who are celebrating the day after one’s mother has passed away, and equally strong emotions can be experienced by first-time mothers. Just as mothers take time to notice the little things, Mother’s Day can also be a day when daughters and sons take time out to simply encourage someone who is struggling day to day with uncertainty and doubt. Even if that someone is YOU! Spend Mother’s Day stepping out of your comfort zone and engaging in activities that are rejuvenating and inspiring. Go out there and make momma proud!

          Waarom reageren babyboomers altijd zo zuur op millennials?   
De haat van babyboomers op millennials is real. Als je die verbitterde fossielen mag geloven zijn millennials lui, verwend en zo narcistisch als de pest.
          Hard To Swallow – Jacob   
Release Year: 2017 Studio: Like-em-Straight How can u tell a millennial? By his tattoo. So what's with this hot, smooth-skinned chap with the mile-wide smile who has nary a splotch of ink? Jacob's sole nod to his generation is his tightly cropped beard and total lack of [...]
          Ford, i Millennials e la Generazione Z   
Da sempre Ford ha dimostrato di essere in grado di adattarsi a canali e target di comunicazione diversi, pur mantenendo la forte identità che la caratterizza. In particolare nel nostro Paese, è stata tra i pionieri del settore a integrare all’interno del proprio palinsesto di storytelling i digital&social media. La prerogativa della comunicazione dell’Ovale Blu...
          Yanks take two-game lead in race for AL Wild Card   
I'm crapping bloody pineapple rinds this morning - opening day for the '17 Yankees' Single-Game Away-Field Rug Selig Memorial Wild Card derby - and, as you can see, it's a race among teams of Olympian gods. We're two up on the mighty Twins and Devil Rays, though nobody's counting out the always-scheming Seattletonians, just a doubleheader-sweep from that coveted, final, all-out lunge for the greasy brass ring. We're 75 games into 2017, and the worst team in the American League - (the one that beat us last night with a World Series walk-off style celebration) - is only 6-and-a-half games behind for that last wild card slot, the sports industry's Pia Zadora Golden Globe Award for ignominy. 

Last night, the team-wide suicide that the Yankees had been carefully foreshadowing for the last four weeks finally commenced. The angel of death mixed our Kool-Aid with Draino, and we happily drank it down. Sleep will be a relief - a word we haven't known recently. The Yankees have now suffered 11 excruciating losses in 14 games - including a few out-of-body, Nicholas Cage-chasing-an-Oscar collapses - against fundamentally bad teams. At this rate, the fates will soon be done with us, Netflix will beckon, and maybe we can trade a few veterans for handfuls of magic beans, and then see what the kids can do. Who knows? Last year, we expected to tank like Carly Fiorina after dumping the jinx casserole known as A-Rod; instead, we made it a race into mid-September. This year, with Tyler Wade, Chance Adams, Dustin Fowler and maybe Clint Frazier sprinkled into the lineup, who knows? At least we're not losing with Chris Carter anymore. Progress, right?

In some ways, last night's humiliating loss would have been easier to digest had the Yankees not rallied in the eighth, leading to yet another Syrian desert bullpen disaster. But actually, the final, horrible loss was sort of funny, in a Hannibal Lecter sense-of-irony way. Everybody knew Jose Quintana was pitching his heart out, auditioning for a Yankee trade. But the joke's on him: We don't need starting pitchers. It's the bullpen that's killing us, and he can't help. 

Also, for my money, we don't need anyone over age 27. Let the old-timers play in Old Timers Day. I'm becoming a pro-Millennial generational bigot. For me, it's the veterans who have sank this team. Last night, Chase Headley - inexplicably batting second - went 0-5 with three strikeouts, leaving four runners on base. Gardy failed with two men on, Betances couldn't hold the lead, and because Tyler Clippard didn't give up a grand slam, it's an encouraging sign? Hey, YES team, can we set the bar a little higher than walking in a run? It's disabled vets who populate the training room - from CC to Castro - each one is a giant hamstring waiting to be tweaked. It's not their fault that they're hurt. It's just that when you depend on oldsters, they're always healing from something. 

Today, we lead the 2017 Wild Card race. But unless Joe finds somebody to pitch the 7th, 8th and 9th innings - (currently, we have no one) - we will soon be looking up from behind Joggy Cano and/or the Royals from the great closed-schools/tax-cut-experiment of Kansas. It was a nice ride, while it lasted. But if you'll excuse me, I need another Fleet Enema. The worst of the pineapple is yet to come. 
          Rap Song ‘Sallie Mae Back’ Goes Viral   
Department of Education employees are chuckling this week after a new rap song dedicated to paying off student loans went viral around the web. New Orleans-based rapper Dee-1 is the lucky star, after his new track ‘Sallie Mae Back’ — which recalls his real life story of being able to finally pay off his student loans after signing a recent recording deal — struck a welcome (albeit perhaps bittersweet) chord across the US among millennials and beyond. Sallie Mae is ... [read more]
          Major Food Trends Pet Food Brands are Following in 2017   

With food labels like “organically grown” and “all natural” making their way onto grocery shelves and in menus of restaurants across the country, it’s reasonable to assume that the general population is starting to catch on to the benefits of healthy eating. Whether you’re a baby boomer or a millennial, the fact is we’re taking great care in our health and wellness through better lifestyle choices, and this is now reflected in how...

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          Comment on 4 Misconceptions About Millennials Working in Meetings by Kristin   
Millennials do ask for more work when they've finished their current project. However, a lot of companies underutilize this group and do not involve them in big picture conversations. So after asking for additional work and being given little to none, they give up and will eventually move on to a company that values them. And in the meantime, yes that includes being on their phone. The problem with older generations is exactly what you mentioned in your comment, "When I was an intern.." or "when I was your age...". Older generations are too busy worrying about what they had to do to get to where they are now to realize that the working world doesn't operate the same way anymore.
          Comment on 4 Misconceptions About Millennials Working in Meetings by Ben   
The fact that you listed 1, 3 & 4 tells me millennials have no initiative. When I was an intern, I asked for more work when I was finished with a project or inquired if I wanted to know more about something. Sounds like these young adults need to be spoon fed everything. Why gravitate to your phone and texting when there is more to do and learn? Just ask.
          More Millennials Are Having Strokes   
In a disturbing report, Scientific American has revealed that an unusual number of U.S. young people ages 18 to 34 are having strokes. The stroke “centers” seem to be in the West and Midwest, with metropolitan areas seeing larger increases than rural areas. While the reasons why this is happening aren’t clear, some researchers think obesity, diabetes and physical inactivity may be contributors; pollution is another concern.

It’s a known fact that poor air quality not only can exacerbate cardiovascular and lung conditions, but also trigger cell death and atherosclerosis, as well as stroke. To that end, toxic exposure from air pollution is responsible for 1 in every 4 deaths in the world, with vehicle emissions contributing heavily.

But, as the researchers imply, diabetes and obesity also play a part, with a high-sugar diet being a major cause of both diabetes and obesity, as well as heart disease. Other stroke risks include smoking, lack of exercise and sedentary behavior, vitamin D deficiency, insufficient sleep and stress.

Stress increases your risk of heart attack and stroke by causing overactivity in your amygdala — your brain’s fear center, which is activated in response to both real and perceived threats. In short, people who are highly stressed have higher activity in the amygdala. This in turn triggers inflammation, which is a risk factor for heart disease.

Beyond the obvious of choosing a healthier diet and lifestyle, it makes sense, then, to learn how to deal with and eliminate stress in your life, no matter what your age. One strategy I use to relieve stress is the 4-7-8 breathing exercise. To do it, sit up straight and place the tip of your tongue against the back of your front teeth. Keep it there through the entire breathing process. Breathe in silently through your nose to the count of four; hold your breath to the count of seven and exhale through your mouth to the count of eight. Repeat the cycle three times, for a total of four breaths.
          Pot, booze and fake news   

The story was a real attention-grabber. It said a study done earlier this year found that 51 percent of California millennials (Californians aged 18-29) were substituting marijuana for alcohol as their recreational drug of choice. Alas, it was fake news. But if you strip away the fake news, there was real news underneath. Here’s how

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          Hundreds of millennials at Meadowlands last week   
The second annual Millennial Night at the Meadowlands, held this past Saturday (June 24), by all accounts can be deemed a success. A total of ten $1,000 scholarships were awarded, as well as a total of $5,000 in prize money in the form of a free handicapping contest. The $15,000 was sponsored in ...

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          Abandoned Faith: A Lost Generation?   
There have always been problems with communication and understanding between generations. Every younger generation that comes along is viewed with skepticism by more elderly generations. But the gap in communication and understanding between today's millennials and older people is in some ways like nothing we have ever experienced. While it might be easy to just think they'll grow out of it, it is important to understand that this younger generation faces serious challenges many of us have not...

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          Aging in Portland (Listen up Millennials, because you're next)   
Geriatricians: Most doctors don't want to become them, most patients don't know they exist, and most internists and family practitioners believe they know most of what a geriatrician knows

For all you aging baby boomers out there, here's the good news and bad news. First, the good news. A trained geriatrician ...

          Le « Millennial », nouveau péril jeune pour les marques   
ANALYSE. Les 18-35 ans posent un défi inédit aux spécialistes du marketing. Comment vendre des produits de grande consommation à une génération qui choisit de moins consommer, privilégie le bio et les circuits courts, préfère louer plutôt qu’acheter et attache peu d’importance à la notion même de marque ?
          New Survey: Millennials Are Likely Targets for Financial Abuse or Infidelity   
financial abuseA hearty 60% of millennials proclaim that their significant other has concealed debt and taken…
          Fortune names SAS No. 2 best place to work for millennials   
...feel respected and valued, are given challenging work, and have opportunities to grow," said SAS Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Jenn Mann . "Our culture fosters a collaborative, creative environment where employees do work that matters to them." Far ...

          Muslim Millennial Attitudes on Religion and Religious Leadership   

Executive Summary

During October and November of 2015, Zogby Research Services conducted face-to-face polls, sur- veying 5,374 Muslims between the ages of 15 and 34 in eight Arab countries: Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, and Palestine. We had been commissioned by the Tabah Foundation to explore attitudes of the Muslim millennial generation, speci cally with respect to their attitudes toward religious identity, authority and religious leadership, religion and politics, personal religious devotion, reform, and religious extremism. 

Sampling Methodology

The approach used for conducting the poll involved face-to-face, personal interviews. Urban as well as rural centres were covered in each country to cover a widespread geography. The sample obtained is nationally rep- resentative and is comprised of adult Muslim males and females, who are 15–34 years of age.

Sampling for the polls varied by country. In Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, and Kuwait, where door-to-door sampling is not possible, a referral sampling approach was used. In the remaining countries where ran- dom, door-to-door sampling is possible a multi-stage sampling methodology was employed for selection of respondents. 

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          Salesforce Brings Social Networking to the Workplace   
Salesforce has introduced a new social networking platform for the workplace called Chatter. The idea is to have sales teams use social networking for communication and collaboration - and to give company management a new way to monitor employee activity.
Explaining how he got the idea for this first-of-its-kind business application during a speech at Dreamforce this week, Salesforce.com Chief Executive Marc Benioff said: "I know more about these strangers on Facebook than I do about my own employees and what they're working on. I know when my friends went to the movies, but not when my VP of sales visited our top customer."
Due out in February, Chatter is a Web-based business collaboration tool that takes draws on the features and functionality of social networking sites Facebook and Twitter. The solution, which works with Salesforce's cloud-based CRM software, is used to display "profiles" of employees and posts about projects they're working on or the customers they've visited.
This seems like a cool idea and could go a long way to make the workplace more appealing to Millennials who are already accustomed to social networking and using alternate channels of communication. It also will no doubt help organizations further reduce their communications costs.

The thing is, though, is that I'm not so sure it will be all that "efficient," as there are "manual processes" involved -- and by this I mean the amount of time it takes to craft, type and post messages. This doesn't exactly fit in with the trend toward automation of business processes that has been prevalent as of late: It actually could create more work.
I frequently hear people say "I don't have time to do social networking," or they complain that they are spending way too much time doing it, and it obviously can be a very time consuming activity. You have to remember that not everyone is able to express themselves all that well in writing, in as few words as possible -- as we've seen with email -- and some people are just plain terrible communicators to begin with.

For that reason I can imagine company management ending up with a load of content that varies in quality -- and perhaps even accuracy -- from one end of the spectrum to the other.

So if someone is good at their job but a terrible communicator using social networking tools, what does that mean in the context of bringing it into the workplace? Will companies start firing employees for their inability to communicate properly, and in timely fashion, using the social networking medium? For making what might be deemd "inapparopriate" posts?

And what about this from the user's perspective? Certainly, using social networking at work will require a different tone and overall approach compared to personal social networking -- so employees will have to learn to "shift" between the two types.  (As an absurd aside, can you imagine if an employee, in a drunken stupor one night, mistakenly posted a personal message to the company social networking site, instead of his personal Facebook account?)

Social networking seems like it would be an unreliable business tool, due to the subjectivity of it -- the posts are short and "Tweet" and looser in style than email -- the bias expressed in the posts and the potential for misinterpretation of the information, etc. (How does one detect sarcasm?)

Also, I'm failing to understand how making employees submit posts about where they are and what they are doing all day long will help companies keep better track of employee performance any better than any other Web-based CRM or communications solution out there...when you open the door to social netowrking you have to be willing to take the bad with the good. 

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          Mexican Tequila-Makers Threaten Heineken Over Tequila-Flavored Beer   
Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Tequila makers are not happy with the beer brewer Heineken. The beer company has offered tequila-flavored beer. Apparently if you age your beer in old tequila barrels and market to millennials and call your beer Desperados, you will offend traditional tequila makers. (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DESPERADO") THE EAGLES: (Singing) Desperado... INSKEEP: Now Mexico's Tequila Regulatory Council threatens a lawsuit. The council contends there's just not enough tequila in beer to include the name tequila. Cheers. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.
          Breakfast links: Grocery stories   

Waiting for groceries

Muriel Bowser called a high-level Walmart exec to try to convince the retailer to still open two planned stores east of the Anacostia. Without them, residents face a continued dearth of grocery options. (Post)

Next stop: groceries

Metro is working with Peapod, a grocery delivery service, to test a pickup service at three Metro stations.  If the six month pilot is successful they hope to roll out the program throughout much of the system. (Post)

Tiny Orange houses

Vincent Orange wants to build small houses for low-wage earners, seniors, and millennials. But critics question if it will actually help as well as how it will be paid for. (City Paper)

Bail for Baltimore?

A Baltimore ad campaign aims to attract residents who want a city lifestyle but are being increasingly priced out of DC. (Baltimore Sun, MarkusT)  (Tip: MarkusT)

You think it’s hard to walk?

People in wheelchairs had some of the toughest experiences with the snow, as ramps to most crosswalks remained impassable long after the storm. (WAMU)

Hotel or studio

An art space on New York Avenue NE near Union Market will become a boutique hotel. The owners hope to keep some arts, including studios, a gallery, and sculpture garden, but it will fit about 20 artists versus 70-100 today. (City Paper)

Bright lights of Loudoun

Business leaders in Loudoun are looking to increase nightlife and walkability of the county in hopes of attracting young workers. The planned Silver Line stations could present an opportunity to do so. (Post)

The rent is slightly lower!

After a sustained run of increases, apartment rents are declining in some US cities, following a boom in construction.  (City Observatory)

The tracks beneath

DC has many miles of streetcar track from its former system. The rails are difficult to remove so they were just paved over in many places. (Post)

Bikeless in Seattle

Many bike sharing systems across the country have been successful, but Seattle’s Pronto system has struggled. Helmet laws, a hilly terrain, and weather all present challenges to the system. (KING 5, Aaron W)  (Tip: Aaron W)

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          Why Aren’t Millennials Having Babies?   
Can you see the double bind here, for Millennials? If we have children we can't support (or struggle to support) we're irresponsible. But if we recognize that we can't responsibly have children, and therefore do not have children, we're selfish and a problem.Click through to read more!
          Adulthood is a Myth: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection - Sarah Andersen   
Title: Adulthood is a Myth: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection
Author: Sarah Andersen
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2016 (Paperback)
Length: 110 pages
Genre: Adult; Graphic Novel
Started: May 16, 2017
Finished: May 16, 2017

From the back of the book:

Are you a special snowflake?

Do you enjoy networking to advance your career?

Is adulthood an exciting new challenge for which you feel fully prepared?

Ugh. Please go away.

This book is for the rest of us. These comics document the wasting of entire beautiful weekends on the internet, the unbearable agony of holding hands on the street with a gorgeous guy, dreaming all day of getting home and back into pyjamas, and wondering when, exactly, this adulthood thing begins. In other words, the horrors and awkwardness of young modern life.

I've seen and shared this artist's work on social media many times, so of course I picked up this volume. The content here in my opinion is going to appeal mainly to older millennials who tend towards introversion with a slight dose of social anxiety; I don't think boomers or even some Gen Xers would really get this style of humour. The former describes me quite well, so I thought this was hilarious. The art style is simple and quirky, so it works with the atmosphere and tone the artist is going for. The topics range from the bottomless pits that are women's purses, procrastination, the pros and cons of lacy bras, being in the zone while listening to music, insights into the introvert mind, and my personal favourite: the personification of a woman's uterus (I find the period comics insanely amusing).

You've got to pick this up, especially if you're in your 20s and 30s and sometimes feel like you can't adult today...or most days. The artist has a second collection that just released back in March, so there is another one out there to satisfy readers. I almost want the artist to do a series of comics about parenthood so I can laugh about my insecurities as a mom as well as an adult in general.

Thoughts on the cover:
Simple and quirky, just like the comics themselves. You can't tell from a flat image, but the title font and the sweater details both have velvet flocking on them, which is a nice touch. 

          Sinister, in a state of hope   

Well, that was interesting.

It was an unnecessary election, called by a brittle authoritarian Prime Minister, hoping to take advantage of an unpopular and discombobulated opposition to get a sweeping mandate to remake the country. Aware of the near certainty of victory, they packed their manifesto with far-reaching ambit claims: force the NHS to sell off its land; replace Britain's segment of the internet with an Iranian-style censored, filtered national intranet and ban strong encryption; replace local election voting systems with first-past-the-post, killing off minor parties, abolish the Serious Fraud Office (which had an unfortunate habit of picking on Tory MPs); they even included ending a ban on the ivory trade, because, why not. And it looked like it would win; all the polls showed commanding leads. Britain would vote Conservative, because it believed it deserved to be punished. Or perhaps, however unpalatable the Tories' programme was, the alternative was unthinkable, so bitter medicine it would have to be.

Things tightened during the election. (It didn't help that Theresa May didn't cope all that well when things weren't under her control, and tended to freeze up like a broken Dalek when confronted with questions from members of the public; empty warehouses and squads of pre-vetted party volunteers were soon found to mitigate this.) Things, however, could be expected to tighten. It's all part of the pantomime of the great carnival that is a general election: the old order is temporarily inverted and those who govern are briefly at the mercy of their subjects. Still, the vast majority of polls pointed to an increased Tory majority, if not quite the epic landslide promised, but still a healthy mandate.

It didn't work out that way. As soon as the polls closed, the exit poll (which has a much higher sample size and resolution) indicated a hung parliament. As the night went on, this bore out in results: Tory seats falling to a Labour party buoyed by an unusually high turnout, especially of young people traditionally written off as apathetic. (Somehow enough millennials took a break from Snapchatting selfies or eating avocado toast in pastel-coloured onesies or whatever it is the snake people reportedly spend all their time doing and got out to vote, swinging entire seats. One can probably add neoliberalism to the list of things millennials are ruining.) By the morning, a hung parliament was confirmed.

May didn't waste any time, and secured a minority-government deal with the Democratic Unionist Party, a far-right religious-fundamentalist party from Northern Ireland with shadowy links to Protestant paramilitary groups; together, they have a working majority of one or two seats. Things get interesting when one considers that the DUP are opposed to the restoration of a hard border in Ireland (making leaving the customs union much more complicated), but also opposed to Northern Ireland having any special status within the EU (as that'd be caving in to the papists south of the border). They get even more interesting factoring in the fact that a significant number of the Tories' MPs are in Scotland (where the SNP had a very bad night), and thus prohibited by the English Votes for English Laws convention from voting on purely England-and-Wales matters (such as anything to do with the NHS or education). If this holds (and, in the ad hoc world of Westminster, especially under the reality distortion field of a right-wing press, nothing is certain), it means that the government will not have a majority to pass much of its programme; and even that which isn't covered could fall prey to dissent within the party. A further question is that of Theresa May's career. She may have reasserted her authority over her party for the time being, but she did gamble on an unnecessary election, and the Conservatives' losses are at least partly due to her performance. History's judgment of May will not be favourable; as Charlie Brooker put it, “the history books will say Theresa May poured her legacy into an upturned crash helmet and shat in it.”) Meanwhile, Boris Johnson (the classically eloquent yet buffoonish Bullingdonian partly responsible for the whole Brexit omnishambles thast led us here) is said to be preparing for a challenge. Which could mean that, soon, both sides of the pond will be ruled by the hosts of a species of hirsute parasitic brain slug.

If there is a winner of the night, it is the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Previously written off as unelectable, Corbyn has galvanised the party base and the voting public, and achieved the highest vote count for Labour since Tony Blair swept to power 20 years ago. And it's Blair's legacy—a focus-grouped managerialism, bedded on the certainty of Margaret Thatcher's neoliberal axiom, “there is no alternative”—that Corbyn has put to rest. It will be a long time until we see a bland, well-scrubbed Labour politician announcing that the party has the value of “having strong values” or some similarly content-free pabulum. And given the Tory minority government's tiny working minority, and the certainty of byelections, Corbyn may yet be Prime Minister sooner rather than later.

In summary: strap in. This ride's just beginning.

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          Una nueva encuesta sobre servicio al cliente realizada por Aspect Software demuestra que hay mejores oportunidades cuando los chatbos y los agentes trabajan juntos   
Casi dos tercios de los agentes de servicio al cliente están satisfechos con sus empleos, y los Millennial (la mayor fuerza laboral demográfica), lo están aún más, ya que el 70 por ciento de ellos opina que les gusta lo que hacen, de acuerdo con el recién publicado Índice de Experiencia del Agente de Aspect.

Sin embargo, a pesar de la satisfacción del agente, reportada en dicho estudio, varias compañías de investigación, incluyendo Gartner y Juniper Research, están prediciendo que los chatbots o la I.A reemplazará casi toda la interacción de los agentes en vivo en los próximos años.

De acuerdo con los agentes de servicio al cliente encuestados, del 70 al 80 por ciento de las llamadas que un agente recibe cada día consisten en consultas que requieren un esfuerzo mínimo para ser resueltas. Esto es importante porque el 65 por ciento de los consumidores se siente muy bien con la empresa a la que están contactando, así como con ellos mismos, cuando pueden resolver un problema sin tener que hablar con un agente de servicio al cliente en vivo.

Para el observador casual, todo parece indicar que los chatbots podrían ser el comienzo del final para los agentes de servicio al cliente como los conocemos hasta hoy.

Sin embargo, el Índice de Experiencia del Agente de Aspect cuenta una historia distinta. Mientras que casi la mitad de los agentes del centro de contacto confiesa querer resolver las preguntas sencillas de los clientes, una gran mayoría de los agentes ve muchas oportunidades cuando se les asigna la tarea de responder a preguntas complejas:

  • El 79% opina que la aparición de los chatbots de servicio al cliente les permite manejar preguntas más complejas y de esta manera mejorar sus habilidades
  • El 72% considera que manejar preguntas complejas los hace sentir que están logrando un mayor impacto en la empresa
  • El 64% considera que podrá crear una experiencia de servicio más personalizada para los clientes

El Índice de Experiencia del Agente de Aspect también descubrió que los agentes que se sentían más comprometidos y empoderados en el trabajo mostraban más probabilidades de tener una perspectiva positiva al manejar las preguntas complejas de los clientes.

Los agentes empoderados tienen más probabilidades que el agente promedio (de 5 a 8 puntos porcentuales) de opinar que el manejo de preguntas más difíciles hará su trabajo más interesante (77%) y que se sentirán más en contacto con sus clientes (71%).

Lo que es más, casi el 70 por ciento de los agentes comprometidos y empoderados opinan que manejar las consultas complejas de los clientes les permitirá crear una experiencia de servicio más personalizada. De hecho, el 83 por ciento de los consumidores opina que obtener una experiencia personalizada de servicio al cliente es algo muy importante para ellos, de acuerdo con el Índice 2016 de Experiencia de Cliente de Aspect.

"Al ser manejadas por los agentes, las preguntas simples generan muy poca interacción o contacto. Sin embargo, las preguntas complejas representan una mayor oportunidad para aumentar sus habilidades y avanzar en su carrera profesional", dijo Joe Gagnon, Director de Estrategia de Servicio al Cliente de Aspect.

Más de la mitad de los agentes encuestados (57%) sienten que tienen una mejor oportunidad de ascender en la organización si pueden demostrar más experiencia. De este modo, cuando los chatbots se hacen cargo de resolver las “preguntas fáciles”, estos satisfacen las preferencias de interacción de los clientes y, al mismo tiempo, comprometen e iluminan al empleado. Esto realmente es una mejor solución.
Siendo así, en lugar de convertirse en un reemplazo del personal, el servicio de atención al cliente por medio de chatbots se convierte en un asociado junior para el agente, manejando las tareas menos complejas y liberando a los agentes para que estos puedan manejar el trabajo que requiere un dominio de los conocimientos y un toque más personal.
          Keep and attract employees in 2017   
RETAINING employees will be of top concern in 2017. Here are four ways companies retain their current employees and win talent this year, according to Forbes Offer better pay If you don’t pay employees fairly, they will leave – and no perk will change their mind. A new poll by 60 Minutes and Vanity Fair found the best way to keep an employee motivated is money, and 35 per cent of respondents said it was the most important thing they look for in a new job. Employees can review websites such as salarygraph.co.uk and payscale.com to see the average pay for different professions in various industries. They can also speak to their peers or current employees to compare and contrast their pay, and leverage it in a negotiation with their employer. Promote career mobility When employees, especially millennials and Generation Zs, aren’t able to advance at work, they immediately start searching for other opportunities. That is why companies are offering more career mobility opportunities, which support employees who want to move across different departments or even change their occupation. A study by Cisco and Future Workplace found this mobility helps increase engagement, productivity and teamwork. This result makes sense, because employees want new challenges and opportunities in order to stay engaged in their work, grow their skills, and advance in their careers. Encourage flexibility While technology has allowed us to work wherever and whenever, it has meant many of us can’t switch off from it. In light of these new work demands, employees are seeking ways to better manage their personal time and relationships. Flexibility is crucial because employees are expected to respond to emails and phone calls after hours for no additional pay. Flexible work could include flexible hours, working from home and other types of work arrangements. Provide learning opportunities One of the best ways to increase retention is to enrich employees with the education and tools required to thrive in your organization. A recent study by Udemy uncovered that 46 per cent of employees cite limited opportunities to learn new skills as the top reason why they are bored in their current roles and looking for a change. Training and development opportunities can help companies not only with retention, but also with developing their next generation of leaders.
          Cisco Live Berlin 2017: Enter the Millennials   
This week kicks off Cisco’s 27 year running illustrious flagship event Cisco Live EMEA in Berlin, Germany. Cisco Live is nothing short of a ‘festival of technology.’ Offering the latest and greatest training and education on technologies crucial to driving business outcomes. With over 700+ sessions available onsite and online, there is content applicable to […]
          The Super Millennials   
Hi Cisco Family!   We are thrilled to be joining technology innovators and educators at Cisco Live Cancun in November. We will be attending as part of the Super Millennial team connecting with our customers and partners throughout the IT Management Program.  Meet the Super Millennial Team:  Nat: Hi friends! I am proud to be representing the […]
          Where Do Millennials Still Mostly Shop? Well, the Mall, Of Course   
We constantly hear about how online shopping is making things simpler for everyone, and how shopping local is almost passe. For those uber shoppers -- young women -- that is definitely not so. How do I know this? Well, I only need to ask the experts at Teen Vogue. Continue reading…
          Some Post-Election Thoughts   

I'm a small government guy, so I'm going to start with some small government advice. Pastors, might I recommend that you go grab your local paper and find out who won your local elections? Then write to those candidates congratulating them on their win. No matter who they are, they have received their appointment by God (Romans 13:1). Tell them you're praying for them, share a little gospel, and invite them to contact you if they need anything.

It just has to be one page. Put it on church letter-head. I'm planning on doing this and including signatures from all of the elders. It shows this came not just from the pastor, but from the leadership of a whole church of fellow citizens. If you need any help with how to address your elected officials honorably, see how Paul does it in Acts 20-28.

I've shared some election thoughts on the podcast every day this week so far. Today in our Old Testament study of 1 Samuel, it is of no coincidence that we arrived at chapters 10-12, featuring Saul's anointing as king and Samuel's farewell address to Israel. If you have half-an-hour, click here to listen. It's relevant to our current situation in our country.

The following are some other post-election thoughts...

There is now no excuse not to overturn Roe v. Wade.
For the first time since the 1920s, the republicans have control of the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives. We are going to find out within the first two years of Trump's presidency whether or not Trump and the republican party are truly serious about stopping abortion. We're also going to find out within the first two years whether or not evangelicals are truly serious about it, and will hold them to their word.

I understand that these things need to be done strategically. The republicans might want to wait until Trump has picked a pro-life judge to replace Scalia on the Supreme Court. That way, if the bill ends up in front of the Supreme Court, there's a 5-vote conservative majority that will uphold the measure. It was a tyrannical Supreme Court that enacted Roe v. Wade. It will take a constitutional Supreme Court to overturn it. Again, that is if the republicans and their constituency are true to their word. We'll find out in the days ahead.

It's absolutely crazy that after the Planned Parenthood videos that surfaced last year, showing what happens in PP back rooms, dissecting children and selling their body parts, nothing was done to cut funding from Planned Parenthood (at least on the federal level). When Donald Trump has said things like Planned Parenthood does good work, a comment that PP president Cecile Richards praised, it doesn't leave me terribly hopeful. I'd like to be proven wrong.

The election of Donald Trump is not God's blessing on our nation.
Yesterday, a fellow on Twitter named Dean asked Dr. James White this question: "Just curious. Are we still under the judgment of God? So much winning is happening. Just curious." It was a snide jab at Dr. White's recent comments that our two morally bankrupt candidates, Trump and Hillary, were evidence of the wrath of God on an increasingly godless culture.

Dr. White responded with the following:
I confess, I am utterly shocked that a Christian could, even snidely, ask the question. What has changed? Are there any less abortions being done today? How many people voted the way they did because of repentance from the culture of death? How many voted as they did simply because they want more money in their pockets?  
Do forgive me if I just have missed it, but where is the outpouring of repentance? Where is the evidence of a ground-swell of bowing to the Lordship of Christ? I am hearing a lot of talking on TV about what this election means, but these are the same folks who were clueless about what was going to happen in the first place. Almost no one is admitting the basic fact that this election, as far as the Presidency was concerned, was a nose-holding contest as to who was the least repulsive to the populace. The idea that this shows some major "paradigm shift" or all the rest seems to me to be pie-in-the-sky thinking.  
In any case, just what is this "winning" that is going on? Hearts changed? God’s law honored? World-view reformation taking place? Where? One of two very, very poor candidates was going to win and, shockingly, one did! And this somehow means God is now smiling upon the United States and all the evidence of the Millennials collapse into a secular worldview and the love of immorality and abortion and homosexuality and the profaning of marriage and the greed and all that just disappeared over night due to a single election? Seriously?  
I am very, very concerned for anyone who can be so disconnected from a biblical worldview as to think this election signals some kind of removal of the judgment of God upon a sinful and rebellious people. We were not given a corrupt, anti-Christian socialist for a President—we instead were given a corrupt pseudo-Christian demagogue for a President. You tell me if that signals the removal of God’s wrath upon this nation.  
I do pray God will bless this nation—with repentance and the clarion preaching of the gospel that calls for men and women to repent and believe. I pray God will change Donald Trump’s heart, free him from the pseudo-religion he has professed, and bring him to repentance for all of his infidelity and proud immorality. I would love to see a road-block placed in the speeding train of socialism and secularism, and the freedom to continue to preach boldly protected. It could happen. I pray it does.  
However, it might not as well. We could find out that the man who shows no fidelity in his personal relationships will turn out to be the same in his public activities. And if it all comes tumbling down over the next four years, I wonder what you will be saying then? So a serious answer to a clearly snide inquiry: yes, we are, and if you can’t see it, you are not looking with eyes enlightened by biblical truth.
Dr. White said elsewhere, "I really, really, really wish [the rejection of Hillary Clinton] was due to a ground-swell of righteousness in the land and a rejection of the culture of death, but alas, I don't think that had anything to do with it at all."

It doesn't matter that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote.
Donald Trump won the electoral college, but Hillary Clinton won the popular election by about 300,000 votes. Perhaps you've seen the CNN video of the irate young man-on-the-street angrily calling upon Hillary to march into the Supreme Court and sue the United States because she won the popular vote and deserves to be president. (Shame on CNN for even giving that guy a microphone.)

There are conservatives in largely blue states that don't even bother voting. Because their state is so liberal, their vote can't change anything. Likewise, the opposite is true. There are states that are so conservative (my red state of Kansas, for example) that many liberals don't bother showing up to vote. This is why, at the end of a national election in the United States, the "popular vote" is not a true showing of the will of the people.

California has what's called the Two Candidates Open Primary Act, which has been in effect since 2011. Basically, the two candidates that appear on a ballot for any state office or U.S. congressional office are the two most popular candidates no matter their party affiliation. So when you go to the ballot box in California, your choices are most likely between a democrat and a democrat rather than a democrat and a republican. That influences the vote even more left than it ordinarily would be.

The electoral college does more to hinder a candidate with regional rather than wide-spread appeal from becoming president. In other words, the south can't elect the president, or New York and California can't elect the president. Through the electoral college, it's more likely like the elected candidate is a true representative of the population than a candidate chosen simply by popular vote. You want that system in place, even if you disagree with the outcome.

The #NeverTrump protesters are, in part, Donald Trump's fault.
Trump, Obama, and Hillary have all shown grace the past couple of days in victory and defeat. Both Obama and Hillary have called for unity and a peaceful transference of power. But that's not how their constituency has responded. Protesters have taken to the streets saying that Trump is not their president. The protests are not all peaceful either. There's been rioting, looting, and violence. On social media, some people have lost their Darwin-loving minds. (I can't post any of the videos I've seen because they're laden with expletives.)

I've seen it said, "This is what happens in a culture where everyone gets a trophy." Perhaps Obama is somewhat to blame the way he's encouraged rioters in the past. Maybe even Hillary Clinton when it was uncovered a few weeks ago how her campaign recruited volunteers to incite violence and unrest at Trump rallies. But the reaction of the Never-Trump protesters is also partly influenced by The Donald.

Remember in the last presidential debate, Trump was hesitant to say that he'd accept the outcome of the election when it was all over, suggesting that Hillary's victory might be the result of voter-fraud. This is also a man who is obsessed with getting revenge. We've seen during the campaign the way he reacted to Megyn Kelly and Alicia Machado. Trump threatened House speaker Paul Ryan that he'd "pay a big price" if Ryan didn't support him.

In his 2007 book Think Big, Trump said, "When people wrong you, go after those people, because it is a good feeling and because other people will see you doing it. I always get even." In 2011, to the National Achievers Congress in Sydney Australia, he said, "Get even with people. If they get you, get them back 10 times as hard. I really believe it." The next year, he said it again: "One of the things you should do in terms of success: If somebody hits you, you've got to hit 'em back five times harder than they ever thought possible. You've got to get even. Get even."

Trump is not a man who has a reputation for bringing peace and unity. He is a poor sport who actively and openly encourages retaliation. We can expect more of this kind of a behavior, following the example of our Commander in Chief.

Melania Trump is a poor example for boys and girls.
If you thought Barack and Michelle Obama's fawning over Beyoncé was bad, this is the first time in American history you can find nude photos of the first lady of the United States (for heaven's sake, don't look that up). Neither Donald nor Melania are sorry or apologetic for any of this. Trump has openly boasted about the bodies of his wife and his daughters. This has the potential to increase indulgence in pornography, even among young boys and girls.

You know how boys can be. At school and in class, they'll be shown a video of the First Lady encouraging our youth in some way. Then the boys will be giggling about how they can look up nude photos of the First Lady on the internet. Girls will be fascinated by the First Lady and this interest among their male classmates, and they'll be tempted to practice some nude modeling themselves. They'll try it with their friends at slumber parties, and those photos will leak. I do mean to scare you. This is a very real and potential danger.

Regarding both of these points -- Trump inciting vengeful behavior and Melania's immodest behavior -- we must remember Paul's instructions in 1 Timothy 2:8-10. "I desire that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness -- with good works."

Parents, we must teach this to our children -- that our boys will know that lashing out in anger is not okay, and that our girls will know that true beauty is on the inside. We're raising our children in a culture where true godliness is going to look way different than that attitudes of the people around us.

Donald Trump is our next president, and we must pray for him.
There are a lot of things to not like about our incoming president. But we must respect him and we must pray for him because he's our president. Romans 13:1 says, "Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore, whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment."

Peter said, "Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor" (1 Peter 2:17). Paul said to Timothy, "I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth" (1 Timothy 2:1-4).

The Prophet Samuel said, "Far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you" (1 Samuel 12:23). So we must respect and pray for our nation's elected leaders. We must pray that they would turn from sin to Jesus Christ and be saved. To not do so would be a sin against our Sovereign Lord.

Let us not lose hope or fall into despair. We as Christians were always supposed to be strangers in this world anyway. This was never supposed to be easy. Lift your heads. Look toward the King of heaven. Our God is still on his throne. I am still as in love with God today as I was yesterday. Bless the Lord, O my soul. Praise His holy name!
          Preach the Word: Responding to 5 Common Arguments for Not Having to Preach From the Bible   

In 1 Timothy 4:13, the Apostle Paul instructed, "Devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching." Later he wrote, "I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word. Be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching."

Yet there are liberal theologians who argue that we don't need to use the Bible when we preach. We can talk about Jesus without the Bible, they say, what He said and what He did, even though we don't know about any of that without the Bible. Ironically, they have biblical arguments to explain why they don't need to preach from the Scriptures. (If all of this sounds confusing, that's because it is.) The following is a response to the five most commonly (mis)used passages.

This is part 2 of my critique of Andy Stanley's 7,500 word article in Outreach Magazine last week, "Why 'The Bible Says So' Is Not Enough Anymore." But this didn't start out being a part 2. I began writing this blog two weeks before Stanley's article and was delayed in finishing it. When Stanley presented 4 of these 5 exact arguments, it just made sense to turn this into a response to Stanley.

Stanley labels his arguments Exhibits A, B, C, and D, all taken from Luke who wrote the gospel of Luke and the book of Acts. I'm going to add an Exhibit E which comes from John's gospel.

Exhibit A: Peter and the Jews

After Christ's ascension into heaven and the giving of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the apostles went into Jerusalem and delivered the first "Repent and believe!" sermon in the history of the church. Acts 2:5 tells us that the crowd consisted of "devout Jews from every nation under heaven," and by the power of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles, they heard the gospel in their own languages. Peter showed them how Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled the Scriptures, quoting also from Joel and the Psalms.
"This Jesus, delivered up according to the definition plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands lawless men. God raised Him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for Him to be held by it. For David says concerning Him, 'I saw the Lord always before me, for He is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope. For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.'" (Acts 2:23-28)
Stanley says, "Throughout the message, Peter leverages his version of 'The Bible says,' 'The Scripture teaches.' This makes perfect sense given Peter’s audience. This was a group that held their Scriptures in high regard. If their Bible said it, that settled it. It didn’t hurt that most of Peter’s audience believed those particular Scriptures pointed to a future Messiah. Peter simply connected the dots. He connected their existing belief, which was informed by the Jewish Scriptures, to a current event."

The reason Peter referenced the "Jewish Scriptures," Stanley argues, is because the Jews already accepted the Scriptures as authoritative. We can't use that same method for preaching the gospel in a Post-Christian culture that Stanley says knows the Bible (they don't) because not all millennials accept the Bible as authoritative. Here are three points in response.

First of all, that's wrong. There's nothing in the New Testament that indicates the Old Testament Scriptures were reserved for the Jews who accepted them as true. In fact, in Acts 17 at Berea, the Scriptures were given to both the Jews and the Gentiles who came to hear Paul speak in the synagogue. "Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men" (Acts 17:12). Paul quoted and explained the Old Testament to both Jews and Gentiles (Romans 3:10-18, 1 Corinthians 1:19, Galatians 3:6, and Ephesians 4:8). He said the Scriptures were written for our instruction (Romans 15:4), and said this even to those who didn't yet accept it as true (1 Corinthians 9:10).

Secondly, consider this: At what point does the word of God become authoritative? When God says it, or when people accept it as authoritative? In Exodus 20, the entire nation of Israel heard the voice of God deliver the Ten Commandments, yet clearly the people didn't revere His word. After they heard Him say, "You will have no other gods before me," they turned around and worshiped a golden calf. Should God have withheld His words until the people were ready to receive it as authoritative? According to Stanley's reasoning, He should have.

Third, just because an apostle wasn't referencing an Old Testament writer by name doesn't mean they weren't referencing the Scriptures. I'll elaborate on this point in the next exhibit.

Exhibit B: Peter and the Gentiles

In Acts 10, Peter preached to the Gentiles at Caesarea. But unlike his sermon at Pentecost, Peter didn't reference Old Testament names like Joel and David. But again, that doesn't mean what Peter said wasn't from Scripture. After all, when he talks about the resurrection of Christ in verse 40, it was in accordance with the Scriptures (Luke 24:27, 45-46, 1 Corinthians 15:4).

What does it mean to reference the Scriptures? Obviously it doesn't mean quoting chapter and verse because the chapter and verse markers didn't come about until the 15th century, so Peter didn't have them. Does it mean that Peter has to name the Old Testament prophet he's referencing? Can he still use their words without mentioning their name, and that's still a Scriptural reference?

Instead of going back through Peter's message at the house of Cornelius, let me select a shorter example. Consider this sermonette preached by Paul and Barnabas to the pagans at Lystra:
"Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men, of like nature with you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them. In past generations he allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways. Yet he did not leave himself without witness, for he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness." (Acts 14:15-17)
Now where did Paul and Barnabas get these phrases like "vain things" and "living God" who "made the heaven and the earth" and that He "allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways" yet gave them "rains from heaven and fruitful seasons" and "food and gladness"? These are all references to the prophets.
  • Vain things: "And do not turn aside after empty things that cannot profit or deliver, for they are empty." 1 Samuel 12:21
  • Living God: "My heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God." Psalm 84:2
  • Maker of heaven and earth: "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." Genesis 1:1
  • Allowed all nations to walk in their own ways: "For all the peoples walk each in the name of its god, but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God forever and ever." Micah 4:5
  • Rains from heaven and fruitful seasons: "I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit." Leviticus 26:4
  • Food and gladness: "These all look to you, to give them their food in due season... and wine to gladden the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread to strengthen man's heart." Psalm 104:27, 15
Paul and Barnabas didn't name the prophets Samuel, David, Micah, and Moses because the pagans from Lystra didn't know who they were. That's not the same thing as saying Paul and Barnabas didn't use the Scriptures because the pagans from Lystra didn't receive them as authoritative. The word of God was still their authority, and Paul and Barnabas did not withhold it.

Here's something to keep in mind: Andy Stanley is a pastor of a church making excuses for why he doesn't need to preach the Bible to his church. Yet notice the examples he's using are non-church settings. Preaching to the Jews at Pentecost or the Gentiles in the home of Cornelius was not the church, for they were not yet sealed by the Spirit of God. The church is instructed to be devoted to the reading of the Scriptures, encouraging and admonishing one another by them (Colossians 3:16). This is a point I'll come back to as we go on.

Exhibit C: Paul and the Jews

Here is perhaps the most abused Scripture in Stanley's exhibition hall; his use of 1 Corinthians 9:19-23. He uses this to compare Paul's sermon at Antioch (Acts 13) with his sermon at the Areopagus (in Exhibit D), but for the sake of brevity, let's just stick with his Corinthian argument. Paul said the following:
"For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings." 1 Corinthians 9:19-23
Paul expounds upon this in the next chapter: "Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved. Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ" (1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1).

That's the explanation. This is very simply Paul being a humble servant, counting others more significant than himself (Philippians 2:3), being considerate and not causing anyone to stumble by anything he does, showing empathetic love for others so to leave the door open for the gospel and building them up in the faith.

This wasn't just Paul's conviction, as he says that all of us are to be imitators of him. He explains it this way to the Romans: "We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up" (Romans 15:1-2).

Now, Stanley's explanation for 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 is very exclusivist, meaning that he attempts to interpret these five verses on their own and disregard every other verse outside of them. Here's what he says (and pardon me for the odd paragraphing, but this was how he put it):
Let this phrase rattle around in your mind for a few minutes:
"… so that by all possible means I might save some." 
Which means, Paul? 
"All possible means." 
So, you may take one approach one day and a different approach a different day? Am I reading you right? 
"All possible means." 
Is that really necessary? Doesn’t the Spirit do the work? 
"All possible means." 
But isn’t it enough to preach the Word and let the seed fall where it may? 
"All possible means." 
And why do you go to such lengths? 
"… for the sake of the gospel." 
What if we just did that for a year? What if we opted for the "all possible means" approach? What if we decide to do whatever it takes?
The work of the Spirit (Titus 3:5), sowing seeds (Matthew 13), and being all things to all people are intertwined. The way Stanley words this -- whether or not it's his intention -- it's like he's singling out "all possible means" and mocking the concepts of the work of the Spirit and sowing seeds. Yet they're entirely biblical concepts. We're not meant to reach people simply by "all possible means" alone without the gospel or the Spirit of God.

You can be all things to all people until you're blue in the face. Unless the gospel is declared and the Holy Spirit works in the heart of the hearer, no change will ever take place. Paul said previously to the Corinthians that the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to those who are being saved, it is the power of God (1 Corinthians 1:18). He came to them not with lofty words of wisdom but with the testimony of the gospel to be received by spiritual people.
"For who knows a person's thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned." (1 Corinthians 2:11-14)
You can't do 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 and ignore 1 Corinthians 2:11-14. Do you know what happens when you think you can save people by "all possible means" without understanding the power of the gospel or the Spirit of God? You open the door to sinister slicks like Todd White who does his street-magic healings making people think he's growing a person's leg out to even it with the other one and solve their back problems. It's a total con and he knows he's lying. But if it means a person comes to know Jesus, who cares? It was by "all possible means," right?

Another thing that happens is an evangelist can become an outright jerk. He'll beat people over the head with signs or berate them with a "turn or burn" gospel that they've heard twenty-two times today alone. He skewers people with his spiritual sword and shouts in triumph only for his hearers to harden their hearts even further. After all, it's by "all possible means," right?

"All possible means" does not mean "absent the gospel of Jesus Christ." It doesn't mean lie to people or yell at people. We should be able to lovingly relate to others and empathize with them, so that we may by "all possible means" share the gospel. The gospel and good doctrine still need to be ever-present, with gentleness and respect. It is the Spirit of God who saves, not us. Jesus said, "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life" (John 6:63).

Exhibit D: Paul and the Gentiles

The Apostle Paul and his missionary brethren came to the Greek city of Athens, a city full of idols. He preached in the synagogue and in the marketplace the words of Jesus and about His resurrection. Now, the Greeks were a people that valued new knowledge, so even though they thought this resurrection-speak was complete craziness, they wanted to hear more. So Paul went to the Areopagus, or Aries Rock (later named Mars Hill by the Romans), a place used for public discourse in the presence of the gods. It is there that Paul preached:
"Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: 'To the unknown god.' What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.  
"And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward Him and find Him. Yet He is actually not far from each one of us, for, 'In Him we live and move and have our being'; as even some of your own poets have said, 'For we are indeed His offspring.'  
"Being then God's offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because He has fixed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom He has appointed; and of this He has given assurance to all by raising Him from the dead." (Acts 17:22-31)
It's interesting to me that as much as Stanley loves Exhibit D, he doesn't reference the actual words of Acts 17 all that much. Instead, he summarizes it this way: "[Paul] tells the Athenians they need to repent of their idolatry. But that’s it. He doesn’t reference all the other things they needed to repent of. And the list was long. But the most unusual facet of his message to this elite group in Athens is that he never mentions Jesus."

There's a couple of problems with that loose summary. First, Paul didn't just tell the Athenians to repent of their idolatry. He told them to repent because the judgment of God was coming. Why repent from worshiping false gods? Because if you don't, the true God will destroy you. By the way, that's something you won't hear Andy Stanley talk about in his sermons: the judgment of God upon all evil-doers. For all his chest-beating, saying he's doing things Paul's way, Stanley doesn't actually preach the way Paul preached even at the Areopagus.

Secondly, Paul did mention Christ! He was known in Athens for preaching about a God named Jesus rising from the dead (Acts 17:18), and that's why the Athenians wanted to hear what he had to say at the Areopagus. Paul was, to use Andy's term, connecting the dots. He was saying, "The one who will come in judgment is the one I've been preaching about all this time."

Here's another very important distinction: the Areopagus wasn't church. It was open-air evangelism in the public square. Stanley proudly admits he sometimes preaches entire sermons without ever referencing the Bible, and Paul's message at the Areopagus is one of the examples he uses for why he doesn't need to. But Paul wasn't in church. He was speaking in the presence of pagan idols, making a particular point about an "altar to an unknown God" whom he points out is actually known and will judge all the earth through this Jesus he had been preaching about. Context, Andy!

Acts 17:22-31 is not permission to preach sermons without the Bible. Because again, we are to be devoted to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, and to teaching. Where does 1 Timothy 4:13 fit into Stanley's method? How about 2 Timothy 3:16 which says, "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness." Why does Stanley put more energy into explaining why he doesn't need to use the Bible instead of teaching the Bible? What the Apostle Paul said was Scripture. What Andy Stanley says is not.

Charles Spurgeon once said, "A sermon without Christ in it is like a loaf of bread without any flour in it. No Christ in your sermon, sir? Then go home and never preach again." A sermon without the word of God in it is a sermon without Christ in it. For it is Christ who is defined as the very Word of God (John 1:1).

Exhibit E: Jesus and the Woman at the Well

This is an Exhibit that Stanley didn't use, but I hear it referenced fairly often when it comes to seeker-friendly preaching: Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4. It's a longer example, 45 verses in length, but I'll try to keep it brief.

Jesus and His disciples were passing through Samaria, which Jews just did not do because Samaria was full of Samaritans. He sat down by Jacob's Well while the disciples went to find something to eat. While He was there, a woman came by to draw water and Jesus asked her for a drink. She said, "How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?"

Jesus replied, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water." Not knowing what He was talking about, the woman proceeded to argue with Him, but He said, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

The woman said, "Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water." Jesus said, "Go, call your husband, and come here." The woman answered, "I have no husband." Jesus said, "You right to say you have no husband. For you have had five husbands and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is quite true."

The woman said, "Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship." The mountain she referred to was Mount Gerizim where the Samaritans believed true worship ought to take place (according to Deuteronomy 11:29). The Jews claimed that true worship was to happen on Mount Moriah, which was where the temple was built. Indeed, it was built there by the command of God (Genesis 22:2, 2 Samuel 24:18-19, 2 Chronicles 3:1).

The Samaritans actually had an incomplete Bible. They only accepted the Pentateuch, or the first five books of the Law written by Moses. This is why Jesus went on to tell her, "Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews."

When He says, "You worship what you do not know," He was saying the Samaritans worship in ignorance because they've rejected the words of the other prophets of God. If she knew the Scriptures, she'd have known that the promised Messiah, whom the Samaritans also believed in, was coming through the Jewish people, specifically the tribe of Judah whom the Jews are named for. Saying that He would give her "living water" was a reference to the prophets who foretold about this living water (Jeremiah 2:13, Zechariah 14:8, Isaiah 12:3). Get that: Jesus was making references to Old Testament prophets she, as a Samaritan, didn't accept as authoritative!

Jesus went on to say, "But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship Him. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

The woman said, "I know that Messiah is coming. When He comes, He will tell us all things." In other words, she's appealing to moral relativism. She's saying, "You believe what you want to believe, and I'll believe what I want to believe, and when that Messiah shows up, He'll be the one to tell us who's right and who's wrong."

That's when Jesus lovingly drops the hammer: "I who speak to you am He."

Argument over.

The woman ran back into town and brought scores of people with her to hear the testimony of this man claiming to be the promised Messiah. Up until that point, He'd not yet made a claim to be the Messiah to anyone in Judea. But He revealed His identity to this woman in Samaria, and "Many Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of the woman's testimony, 'He told me everything I ever did'" (John 4:39).

Many liberal theologians will reference this story and say that Jesus didn't use Scripture in His witness to the Samaritan woman, therefore we don't have to use Scripture in our witnessing. But as I've demonstrated, there were plenty of Scripture references. I gave some of the citations to help understand the meaning behind Jesus' words and the woman's responses.

Liberal teachers are also fond of saying that Jesus didn't tell her to repent of her sins, but that's a misunderstanding of the context of the exchange. He did in fact point her sin out to her, and she knew that He did. Jesus is the one who searches mind and heart and judges the thoughts of man (Jeremiah 17:10, Revelation 2:23). Remember, it was by that testimony of the woman, "He told me everything I ever did," that people believed in Him as the Messiah.

But again -- and this goes back to the point I made earlier -- this is not a church setting, and Jesus is God. Whatever He says is the word of God. You can't say Jesus didn't reference the Scriptures with this woman when everything He said became Scripture. The words of Jesus and the words of His prophets and apostles are the words of God. The words of a pastor are not. This is why a pastor's sermon needs to be under the full authority of the Scriptures, preaching the word, not twisting Bible verses for his own personal use.

Wrapping Up

Stanley makes several appeals in his 7,500 word article for pastors to leave the old way of doing things, and instead do things his way. I'd like to offer a counter-challenge. Put the Scripture back into your sermons. If you really want to meet the unchurched or the dechurched or the post-churched where they are by "all possible means," then go to where they are, which is not in church. Go out on the street and do Acts 17 evangelism there. To those who say, like the Athenians did, "We will hear you again about this," invite them to church to hear more Scripture, which the Spirit of God has conditioned their heart to receive.

Stanley is also sure to mention that he doesn't use notes when he preaches, and Paul didn't use notes when he preached either. Well, I also don't use notes when I preach -- it's just me and a Bible (unless the sermon I'm doing features a number of quotes, in which case I'll have a print-out of those quotes in front of me). But even if I have the passage I'm reading memorized (my fellow elders will testify to this), I will still open the Bible and read it so that the congregation will see that these words are not mine. It is not by my authority that I speak. I submit to the authority of God's word. Sometimes I do quote entire sections from memory. But otherwise, I want people to see I got this from the Bible.

I take no teaching instruction from anyone who says, "Try it my way," if that way includes excuses or "exhibits" for why we need to stop saying "the Bible says so." As Dr. Mohler pointed out, a mature Christian faith will say more than that, but no less than that. It is the gift of God to His ministers that we might be able to stand before His people and declare, "Thus says the Lord!" God willing, I will preach the word until my dying day.
          "The Bible Says So" Is Enough: a Response to Andy Stanley   

"First, the elephant in the room," says Andy Stanley, beginning a 7,500 word apologetic argument published by Outreach Magazine on Friday. "I believe the Bible is without error in everything it affirms. I believe what the Bible says is true, is true."

So there you have it. Stanley believes the Bible is inerrant. Only, not really.

The article follows recent scrutiny incurred by Stanley when he said at a conference last month that if he were the evangelical pope, he would tell pastors to take the spotlight off the Bible and put it on the resurrection. The silly thing is: you don't know about the resurrection without the Bible. In that same conversation with Dr. Russell Moore, Stanley openly and proudly admitted that sometimes he preaches entire sermons without ever quoting Scripture.

Stanley doubled-down on his statements when, in a sermon the following Sunday, he said that the old Sunday school song, "Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so" is fraught with problems. This is a fine approach to teaching the Bible to children, he said, but we need a different approach to reaching grown-ups -- one that doesn't begin with the Bible, or, judging by his preaching, includes much of the Bible at all.

This is despite the fact that the Bible says faith comes by hearing and hearing through the word of Christ (Romans 10:17). Of God's own will, He brought us forth by the word of truth (James 1:18). Jesus said that the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live (John 5:25). His sheep hear His voice and they follow Him (John 10:27). Where else do we hear these words but the Bible? One cannot know God without it. But Stanley wants pastors to introduce people to God without it.

Sound criticisms have abounded, not the least of which were two stellar articles written by Drs. David Prince and Albert Mohler. Stanley thinks his approach is cutting-edge. He thinks it's the way millennials today need to be reached. Prince and Mohler pointed out Stanley's ideas aren't new at all. They're just repackaged liberalism. But Stanley has ignored all these warnings. He thinks the problem is we're all stick-in-the-muds who want old and busted instead of the new hotness.

Now he's tripled-down on his messed-up apologetics with a written article entitled Why 'The Bible Tells Me So' Is No Longer Enough. He began by assuring everyone that he believes the Bible is inerrant. He even attempted to add weight to his statement by name-dropping his dad, Charles Stanley, and his seminary professor, Dr. Norman Geisler, who participated in drafting the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy. It felt a bit like saying, "My last name is Ford, therefore I know a lot about cars."

In practice, Stanley doesn't really believe the Bible is inerrant. He says it, but doesn't follow it. If the Bible is without error, it is ultimate. No other word can be higher. No other word is more authoritative. Just like the law that applies to every citizen, the Bible has authority over every person whether they believe it does or not. But Stanley doesn't follow that. He believes his word must come before the Bible. It's as if he's saying, "Yeah, I believe that. Now put that Bible away, pastor, and listen to me."
"To recap, yes, I believe the Bible is without error in everything it affirms. Yes, my approach to preaching is not traditional. Yes, my approach at times leaves those outside our local congregations wondering if I’m still an evangelical. So in light of all that, along with the fact that here I am once again having to explain myself, shouldn’t I consider changing my approach? No. Actually, I would like you to consider changing yours."
If Stanley was presenting these things as merely his opinion, perhaps it wouldn't bother me so much. It would still be problematic and needing to be addressed given how influential he is, but it wouldn't be nearly as concerning if he was just talking about his own approach to preaching. Unfortunately, he's telling other pastors to do things his way. And there are going to be men who will follow him because they like the idea that their words are more impacting upon millennials than that silly old book I have to lean over every Sunday.

"Eight years ago I shifted my approach," Stanley says. "I didn’t announce it. I just did it. The results have been remarkable." And that's what's going to draw these unstable ministers his way -- Stanley's numbers. The reason why they need to change, Stanley says, is because the world has changed. We're not merely a non-Christian society. We are a post-Christian culture.
"In a non-Christian society, people may have never heard anything about Christianity and, therefore, have few to no preconceived notions. A post-Christian society is the opposite. In a post-Christian society, people have been exposed to Christianity (in our case, for generations) but are opting out for a different worldview, a different narrative through which to make sense of the world. In a post-Christian society, people know the stories; they just don’t believe ‘em. Or in many cases, they don’t believe ‘em anymore."
Here's the thing -- No, they don't. More than likely, they never knew the stories in the first place. This is a common American evangelical myth: the false idea that everyone has heard the Bible and therefore we don't need to preach it. Everyone knows the Easter and the Christmas stories. They're dates on the calendar, so that makes everyone an expert. Everyone has heard all about global floods and burning bushes and talking donkeys and boys slaying giants and Psalm 23. They've heard all that, and they don't believe it.

Except they don't know the stories. They don't just disbelieve the stories, they don't even know them. For crying out loud, there are people who say they believe the stories who don't know them! We are not a Post-Christian culture -- we are a biblically illiterate culture. Saying things like "'The Bible tells me so' is not enough" will do far more to advance that illiteracy than solve it.

Stanley says he wants to teach "educated, dechurched millennials" that even if a global flood or a Hebrew migration from Egypt never happened, "it does nothing to undermine the evidence supporting the resurrection of Jesus and thus the claims he made about himself." Actually, yeah, it would. (Rob Bell made this same claim over a decade ago. It's not new.)

In this way, dechurched millennials know more than Stanley: they know that if Noah and the Ark or Moses and manna from heaven or Jonah in the belly of a big fish are myths, the rest of the Bible is myth, too. After all, Jesus used all three of those Old Testament examples as references to himself. So if they're myths, what reason do we have to believe that Jesus actually rose from the dead? In their skepticism, they at least know that much. That doesn't mean they know what the Bible really says.

I do street evangelism on an occasional basis and through another ministry witness to over 100 high school students weekly, only half of whom will say they attend church or any kind of youth group. Most people I encounter -- I'm talking 8 or 9 out of 10 -- claim to have grown up in church, and they can't even say John 3:16 with me or list half of the Ten Commandments (watch this 2-minute video where people can't name the 10 commandments but can rattle off 10 beers with ease).

I use the Bible when I do evangelism. I might end up saying "The Bible says" a good 20 times per encounter. I've got no leg to stand on without it. The Bible has the authority, not me. Occasionally someone might get testy and say, "Oh, so I just have to do what you say because you're the preacher, is that it?" I'll calmly reply, "These aren't my words. It's what the Bible says."

I encounter people who think they know the Bible until I start quoting it, then they're completely lost. It is by hearing the word of God that every mouth is stopped (Romans 3:19) and they become knowledgeable of their sin (Romans 3:20) so they might repent of it and worship Christ as Savior. People don't know the Bible. They suppress the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18).

Contrary to what Stanley wants you to believe, the problem in American evangelicalism is not that preachers are saying "The Bible tells me so" too much. What's more the problem is that preachers are not saying that.

Several years ago, I was participating in a community-wide prayer event with several other pastors. We had decided which pastor was going to lead prayer at different points in the service. What had not yet been decided was who was going to lead the congregation in the Lord's Prayer at the end.

One of the more seasoned pastors, a Baptist minister, arrived late, so he was volunteered. He immediately declined. "I won't do anything without a script," he said rather sharply. Another pastor was asked to do it. "No, I can't do it from memory," he said unashamed. The pastor who was doing the opening and closing was asked to go ahead and do it. "I don't know which words to use. Trespasses? Debts and debtors?" All the other pastors laughed.

It's no wonder the American Christian layperson can't dispense Bible-basics when our pastors can't even do it!

There's some element of truth to the understanding that we live in a post-Christian America. At the presidential debate last week between Trump and Hillary, neither one of them mentioned anything remotely religious. It was the first presidential debate in my lifetime where neither candidate made at least some kind of reference to their faith. I can still remember the debate between Bush and Kerry where Kerry, the Democrat, went after Bush's faith by quoting the Bible, saying, "Faith without works is a dead faith" (James 1:17).

Civic religion is all but gone from the public discourse. So, yeah, in that sense, we are a post-Christian nation. But guess what? Our approach to the gospel is exactly the same as it was when we were calling ourselves a "Christian nation." Faith still comes by hearing the word of Christ. And how are they to hear without someone preaching (Romans 10:14)?

Stanley has always tried to distance himself from having to preach the word. Despite his "post-Christian" arguments, this recent controversy is nothing new. Way back in 2009, Stanley told Ed Stetzer that expository preaching was "cheating."
"As part of my shift, I stopped leveraging the authority of Scripture and began leveraging the authority and stories of the people behind the Scripture. To be clear, I don’t believe 'the Bible says,' 'Scripture teaches,' and 'the Word of God commands' are incorrect approaches. But they are ineffective approaches for post-Christian people. I don’t regret teaching my children that the Bible is God’s Word. But my grown-up kids understand their confidence in the Bible is rooted in their confidence in who Jesus is based on the testimonies of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Peter, James and the apostle Paul."
Pardon me for being blunt, but that's just a really ignorant statement. His grown-up children understand that their confidence in the Bible is rooted in their confidence in who Jesus is based on the testimonies of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Peter, James, and the Apostle Paul? The writers of the New Testament? In other words, their confidence in the Bible is because the Bible says so!

In keeping with his paradoxical apologetics, Stanley spends the last half of the article giving biblical reasons why we don't have to use the Bible when we preach to unbelievers. We can preach without the Bible because Jesus did it and the apostles did it. There's a very simple rebuttal to that approach to preaching, and it is this: The words of Jesus and the apostles were Scripture; your sermon, pastor, is not. Argument over. But that would be too easy.

Because Stanley's novella of an article is 7,500 words, and I'm at 2,000 words, I will address that in a part 2 entry to come later this week. Let me close with this. Stanley says the following.
"If someone is first convinced the Bible is God’s Word, you can leverage 'The Bible says' language. But let’s be honest. What do you call people who first accept the Bible as God’s Word before they’ve read the Bible? What do you call someone who takes someone’s word for something as significant as 'This book is the infallible Word of God?' What kind of person would go for that? 
A child."
That's the most sensible thing he says in the whole article. Unfortunately, when Stanley says it, he's being disparaging. Jesus says "a child" is exactly what we're supposed to be like.

In Matthew 18:3-4, Jesus said, "Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." In Mark 10:15, he says, "Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it."

Praise God for a child-like faith. As the Apostle John said, if we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater (1 John 5:9). "The Bible says so" is enough.

"Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God." John 8:47
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          Cool Story, Bro   
Originally published at TVREV.com on December 18, 2015

Tis the season once again for all the research firms to release their studies wherein they interview a small sampling of average Americans and conclude that cord cutting, cord shaving, cord nevering and all other manner of cord severance are about to explode. 

Because, you know, that’s what the 125 people in the survey said when prompted about it.
The thing is, cord cutting is a lot like dieting. People think they should do it, talk a lot about doing it, but when that juicy 800 channel bundle is in front of you, it’s hard to give it up for some celery sticks.

Especially once you figure out that if you get the celery sticks from the a la carte menu, it’s not really saving you anything over the all-you-can-eat option.

So ignore all the salacious headlines about how 1 in 5 Americans will cut the cord by 2018 or how Millennials are never going subscribe to pay TV. (It’s uncanny the way those 23 year-olds can predict their own futures.)  When the stats come out, those numbers won’t be there (again) and some of the cable MPVDs, long the whipping boys of the industry, are actually predicting full-year subscriber growth.

Things Are Looking Up

While their reputation for tone deafness was not undeserved, most of the major MVPDs seem to be getting their acts together and doing something to improve the customer experience. Plus, as we’ve noted previously, the introduction of Nielsen’s TAM system next month is going to result in the rapid growth of TV Everywhere as the networks’ prior objection, that TVE views went uncounted, disappears and everyone in the ecosystem sees the advantage of it.

That’s already happening, as Verizon’s latest version of it’s FIOS Mobile app allows users to watch programs off their DVRs. And mark our words, that’s just the start.

The other side of the story is that (as we’ve also noted) the line between TV and OTT is rapidly disappearing, as the MVPDs are starting to offer Netflix, Hulu and the rest to their broadband customers and so even if all you want is apps and broadband, they’ve still got you safely inside their ecosystem. (If you're paying someone for TV, even if  what you're paying for is an app, that's still pay-TV.)

That means the real cord you’d need to cut is to your broadband, and even the most click-baitish of the studies has yet to suggest that is happening.

For now, anyway.

          Week In Review: Things To Be Thankful For   

Originally published at TVREV.com on November 25, 2015

It’s a short week and an American holiday, so in the spirit of that holiday, we thought we’d look back on what we have to be thankful for at the end of November 2015.

 1. The Industry Is Not Imploding

Not that we ever thought it was, mind you, but you know, Silicon Valley. (And they still manage to get it so incredibly wrong.) But the good news is the television industry seems to keep on humming. Ad revenue is actually up. The number of quality shows is so high that someone actually suggested we start making less of them. (Still not quite getting that one. Is the solution then to start creating more bad shows?)

What’s more, as we pointed out last week, the MVPDs seem to have figured out that it’s in their best interests to play nice with the Netflix,  Hulus and HBO Nows of the world. And so they are starting to bring them into the fold, selling them directly to their broadband and pay-TV customers as just one more option. When all TV options come from the same place (the MVPDs and their broadband connections) cord-cutting is no longer an issue.

2. Social TV Is Enjoying A Renaissance

While Social TV 1.0 was all about fans talking to each other, Social TV 2.0 is all about networks buying paid posts on social platforms. Facebook seems to be leading the way on this, primarily because (a) at a time when fewer and fewer people watch TV in real time, it’s not a real time platform, (b) 1.5 billion users. It’s hard to beat that kind of reach. (Twitter, by comparison, has about 300 million. And many would cut that number in half, given the number of users with multiple accounts) and (c) Facebook’s Atlas ad network allows those paid posts to be seen by millions of highly-targeted users on mobile sites. For network execs, whose biggest nightmare is how to drive viewership, social TV is proving to be a godsend.

In addition to Facebook and Twitter, the networks are also discovering the value of Instagram, Periscope and Snapchat, both as places where the networks can control the flow of conversation and as great places to reach a Millennial/Gen Z audience. Everyone is playing nicely with each other and everyone seems to be getting something out of it, especially consumers who are getting more access to their favorite shows
3. Creators Are Coming Into Their Own

For years, The Powers That Be have rolled their eyes at YouTube Creators, lumping them all under the blanket of “UGC” and otherwise not paying a whole lot of attention to them. That’s changing now as everyone seems to have discovered their extreme money-making potential.

The MVPDs are busy launching broadband-only skinny bundle packages aimed at Millennials and they’re populating them with “snackable” content from the various MCNs. This alone is doing wonders in terms of making YouTube creators a part of the overall ecosystem.

We’ve also seen the recent launch of YouTube Red, the platform’s first ad-free subscription service, that features premium content from well-known creators like PewDiePie. By giving more structure to the creators’ shows, Red is helping to make them more like traditional TV without sacrificing the things that made them successful in the first place.

4. TV Everywhere Seems To Finally Be Taking Off

 Now that Nielsen is measuring OTT views and networks are realizing the value of letting people watch their shows anytime and anywhere, true TV Everywhere should finally be on the horizon. There are already reports of Verizon rolling out an update to their TVE app that allows viewers to watch every single channel if they’re at home and gives them access to shows they’ve stored on their DVR. We expect the rest of the MVPDs will soon follow suit.

There’s much good news in the TV industry, but still much to figure out. Stick with TV[R]EV as we help you understand all the changes ahead by subscribing to our twice-weekly newsletter.

Thank you and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

          Giving the People What They Want   

Originally published at tdgresearch.com on November 25, 2015

The past few months have seen the launch of several new broadband-only pay-TV offerings from various MVPDs. These services are aimed at Gen Z and Millennial viewers, ‘Cord Nevers,’ who do not want or need a full pay-TV package. Dish was first out of the gate with Sling, a $20/month service that featured ESPN and CNN. It has recently been followed by Verizon, with a Go90 service that launched last month, Comcast, which debuted a Stream service in November and Cox, which is set to launch the new FlareMe TV by the end of the year.

Are these services the right way for MVPDs to lure millennials back to pay-TV or is that demographic already a lost cause?

We think these services will prove to be successful, as they leverage the MVPDs position as broadband providers, while keeping millennial viewers in the ecosystem.

The MVPDs Control Access to the Internet
When tech bloggers talk about the death of the television industry, they conveniently overlook one important fact: for most people, the company from which they get pay-TV is the same company that gives them their broadband connection. That’s a huge competitive advantage, especially when you consider that most high-speed broadband providers are monopolies or duopolies, and thus the consumer has very little choice.

That’s why we’ve long said that the pay-TV customer is the MVPD’s to lose. They have them on the hook for broadband, and so upselling pay-TV should be fairly simple, particularly because pay-TV is a loss-leader for MVPDs who actually make the majority of their money off of broadband. Upselling will happen as twenty-somethings become thirty-somethings, settle down, have kids and realize that a traditional bundle is actually a better deal than the haphazard collection of network apps they’ve cobbled together to suit everyone in the family.

The Right Content
We’ve also been impressed with how the new broadband-only systems seem to be incorporating both short-form and long-form content in the same package. That’s how people watch TV today–snacking and bingeing (to use two food-related terms) and a system that offers viewers those options within a single interface is going to prove to be quite popular.

The challenge is to make sure that what’s offered is the right mix of short and long form, from the right providers. The early TV Everywhere packages the MVPDs offered were short on any networks viewers might have wanted to watch on a regular basis; hence their lack of success. With these new broadband-only systems, it’s imperative that they strike deals with the more popular MCNs and with TV networks a mass (versus niche) audience will want to pay to see.

Once these skinny bundles are in place, it’s easy to see how the MVPDs can begin to upsell their new customers, one app at a time. Maybe it’s HBO Now, maybe it’s Netflix or Hulu (which, as we mentioned the other week, are beginning to strike deals with MVPDs so that they can sell subscriptions too.)

What Comes Next
What will be interesting to watch is how these new offerings evolve, if any of the MVPDs will try selling them in markets where they currently have no presence (thus launching a war with the incumbent) and what type of content mix proves to be the most popular.

          Week In Review: Catering To Cord-Cutters   

Originally published at TVREV.com on November 20, 2015

It’s been a relatively slow week in TV-land, meaning nothing over a 7 on the Richter scale. Still, plenty going on to talk about.

In the last 7 days, we had a number of stories come out about the broadband-only services the MVPDs are starting to offer. Comcast exempted “Stream” from bandwidth caps. Verizon added some VICE programming to Go90. And Cox announced it was launching it’s own OTT service “FlareMe TV.”

While the names of some of these services may be inexcusably lame (Cox!), the concept behind them isn’t: cater to millennial and Gen Z consumers who have zero need for a full-on cable package and get them into the ecosystem where they can be tracked for the valuable data they provide now, and upsold at a later date too.

In the interim, the MVPDs can start serving as the middlemen (middlepeople?) for all the new standalone OTT services the networks are launching, Univision being the latest, with it’s $5.99/month Univision Now. If you only watch a few channels, going the solo route can be cost-effective, but with network apps coming in at $6 a pop, that number quickly adds up. That’s why it’s likely (as we noted earlier this week) that the MVPDs will step in and become the primary vendors for these services along with hardware manufacturers like Apple and Roku, thus sparing the networks the pain of setting up their own billing and collections departments.


Get over your fear of cord-cutting while simultaneously coming to grips with the notion that the world where everyone has an 1800-channel, $150/month pay-TV package is over. Keep on figuring out ways to reach your audience wherever it might be, but realize that you’re not going to disintermediate the MVPDs. Maybe call some of your MVPD contact up this week, see how they’re doing—you might want to get your programming on their soon-to-be-released broadband-only app.


ABC’s Wicked City got that dubious honor, followed shortly by NBC’s The Player (which wasn’t cancelled outright; NBC just “reduced the number of episodes ordered.” Because that’s different.

As we noted last week, networks are coming around to the realization that shows with low ratings sometimes get a second wind via streaming and on-demand. They get the notion that a smaller, more passionate audience trumps a larger, indifferent one.

Figure out how to empower that smaller, more passionate audience. Involve the showrunners and use social platforms and second screen to give them the content they need to enable their obsessions. Listen to what the audience is saying and what moments are resonating. Think long term, not short term.

A new Nielsen study showed that 27% of Roku viewing involves multiple viewers—friend and family watching together.

It confirms what we’ve long suspected—people use their Rokus for Family Movie Night and to binge shows together.


Understand that a lot of binge viewing and other streaming happens on big screen TVs, not just iPads and smartphones and plan accordingly. TV is still a social activity— IRL and on Facebook.

          If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em: Why Cord-Cutting Has Ceased To Be A Threat   

Co--written with Jesse Redniss and originally published at TVREV.com

It’s funny how cord cutting, the industry’s biggest bogeyman can seemingly disappear as a threat overnight. Not because of any sudden victory or clever strategy play by the TV Industrial Complex, but rather, because forces have gradually realigned and what was once unthinkable is quickly becoming the status quo.

And so it’s come to pass that no matter how you want to get your TV—streaming services, apps, YouTube or the Titanium Plus All-Channel Cable Package—all options seemingly lead to the same place: your MVPD broadband provider. It’s an easier and more cost-effective solution for everyone to feed off the same ecosystem than to try and create something new. And while viewers may stray from the classic thousand-channel cable TV package, many won’t stray all that far, and many more won’t necessarily stray forever.

Rather than people permanently severing their connection to the MVPDs, what we’ll see instead is people buying alternative packages from those same MVPDs. (Sort of like how supermarket chains now sell the organic food that was once their greatest competitor.) Instead of abandoning Comcast, Time Warner, et al, consumers will turn to them to buy access to streaming services, to individual network apps and to some form of broadband-only service with a skinny bundle and short form videos.

And they’ll do it because it makes business sense for all parties involved.

What’s In It For Streaming Services and Networks

For streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, it makes sense because when they allow the MVPDs to sell their services, they also get a free sales force, a free billing and collections department, and a whole lot of free marketing support. The latter is particularly true for those streaming services likely to be featured in the MVPD’s various promotions (“Get three free months of Netflix when you sign up!”)

If you’re a network launching an OTT app, it makes sense for you to sell your app through the MVPDs too, because of the billing and collection services you won’t have to build and because you’ll have instant access to the 95 million subscribers they have in their respective databases, which, given that you’re building your audience from scratch, is going to seem like a very good deal. And while you may occasionally cannibalize your existing audience, the new Nielsen TAM service will ensure that the views you get on your OTT service will still be counted.

What’s In It For Viewers

While both streaming services and network streaming apps will also make use of services like iTunes and Roku to sell subscriptions, those services can’t offer a single bill for TV and broadband the way the MVPDs can. While this may not seem like that big a deal, if you’re looking at five or six standalone services, plus broadband, the notion of a single bill can be very compelling.

There’s also the prospect of volume discounts, e.g. sign up for six independent services and get the seventh for free. That’s compelling because the networks are unlikely to offer much of a discount on their freestanding apps— CBS All-Access is $6/month, so if you have eight similar apps, that’s $48/month, plus $10 for Netflix, $15 for HBO Now and suddenly your $73/month bill isn’t that small, especially for what you’re getting. If your MVPD can bring that number down as part of a deal that includes unlimited broadband and a landline or cell phone, that’s going to be a lot more attractive than assembling the package yourself.

What’s In It For MVPDs

The MVPDs also stand to benefit from these arrangements. They make their money off of broadband, and the more broadband subscribers they have, and the more broadband those subscribers use, the happier they are. In addition, getting subscribers into their database, even if it’s just to buy a single HBO Now subscription, gives them the opportunity to upsell those customers, get them into the ecosystem and keep them there. That’s why we’re already seeing many (if not most) of the MVPDs introduce some sort of broadband-only service aimed at Gen Z and Millennials (Comcast Stream, Verizon Go90) that bundles traditional television and short-form YouTube-based content meant for consumption on their mobile devices.

A Journey, Not A Destination

The ability to adapt to consumers at various life stages is going to be the key to the MVPD’s success. So while a single viewer in their 20s would likely only need a few subscriptions, maybe to catch up on sports or to binge, when that same viewer settles down and has kids, they’ll likely take a more extensive package to satisfy all members of the family. Again, this may not be today’s traditional cable bundle, but it will include a broad array of options, and, more importantly, bring all the players revenue that’s in line with what they’re making today, whether that revenue comes from advertising, subscriptions or one-off transactions. As we’ve seen in recent months, ad revenue seems to be remaining constant even as the number of viewers goes down, in large part because no other medium offers the same kind of reach.

The Danger Of A Monopolistic System

Before we paint too rosy a picture, it’s worth pointing out the inherent danger of the system that seems to be shaping up: it’s based on a monopoly (or at best, a duopoly) where one company seemingly holds all the cards. Or at least that last mile cord into the home. That’s never a good thing, especially when those MVPDs have traditionally led the list of “America’s Most Despised Companies.” Giving them that much power is not the best idea, but short of government intervention or technological breakthroughs that provide alternate sources of broadband connectivity, there don’t seem to be any realistic alternatives.

As the MVPDs expand the notion of what constitutes “Pay TV” and which services they’re willing to offer, the notion of “cord cutting” will fall by the wayside. Existing networks and other content providers need to adapt to this by understanding that their viewers are on a lifelong journey through the pay-TV ecosystem, with different needs and wants each step of the way. Acknowledging this, and creating options that connect with viewers at each juncture will be the key to their success in the years ahead.

Or at least until the next major shockwave hits.

          6/29/2017: Les Millennials, un défi pour les marques   
Les 18-35 ans posent un problème inédit aux spécialistes du marketing. Comment vendre des produits de grande consommation à une génération qui choisit de moins consommer, privilégie le bio et les circuits courts, préfère louer plutôt qu’acheter et...
          Gigi Hadid steps out in tacky Barbie outfit   
Gigi Hadid looked like a Farrah Fawcett Barbie doll in New York City Tuesday night in head-to-toe millennial-pink leather. The supermodel was photographed leaving her apartment wearing a tacky urban-cowboy ensemble by the British label Kreist, including a moto-style jacket festooned with chintzy foot-long fringe and shiny flared trousers. She paired this with pearl-studded Aquazzura...
          4 Ways to Use Snapchat to Your Business Advantage   
Snapchat is also one of the fastest growing platforms for millennials.
          La Generación Z en el lugar de trabajo   

La recesión y otras realidades han hecho que la Generación Z sea más pragmática, independiente y competitiva que sus predecesores, la generación de los millennials.

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          ¿Los Millennials son la generación más floja de la historia?   

¿Has oído hablar de los millennials? ¿Sabías que si tienes entre 25 y 35 años formas parte de esta generación? No te sientas muy orgulloso de eso, ya que según algunos investigadores esta generación es...

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          Comment on Why Millennials are Going Crazy Over the Chase Sapphire Reserve by Chase Sapphire Reserve Credit Score Needed -   
[…] Chase Sapphire Reserve is one of the most sought after travel rewards cards on the market. The only catch is not everybody qualifies for it. One reason why is because they do […]
          What B.C. Millennials Want from Their Next Home   

Selling, building or renting real estate to Millennials in British Columbia? Check out these location preferences and amenities driving B.C.’s first-time buyers, according to our Future of B.C. Housing Report. By Chris Fair If there was one big takeaway from our survey of B.C. Millennials in our Future of B.C. Housing Report, it’s that 70% are planning to move in the next five years. That’s a massive sector of the...

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          Why Millennials Are Flocking to… Tulsa?   

City Nation Place Americas is a gathering of enlightened CMOs, city planners, civic leaders and place makers in New York on June 14 and 15. As a presenting sponsor of the event, Resonance is catching up with some of our most esteemed speakers. This week, we’re talking to Ray Hoyt, President of VisitTulsa (as well as Tulsa Sports Commission, Tulsa Film, Music, Arts & the Culture Commission) about why U.S....

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          Keep and attract employees in 2017   
RETAINING employees will be of top concern in 2017. Here are four ways companies retain their current employees and win talent this year, according to Forbes Offer better pay If you don’t pay employees fairly, they will leave – and no perk will change their mind. A new poll by 60 Minutes and Vanity Fair found the best way to keep an employee motivated is money, and 35 per cent of respondents said it was the most important thing they look for in a new job. Employees can review websites such as salarygraph.co.uk and payscale.com to see the average pay for different professions in various industries. They can also speak to their peers or current employees to compare and contrast their pay, and leverage it in a negotiation with their employer. Promote career mobility When employees, especially millennials and Generation Zs, aren’t able to advance at work, they immediately start searching for other opportunities. That is why companies are offering more career mobility opportunities, which support employees who want to move across different departments or even change their occupation. A study by Cisco and Future Workplace found this mobility helps increase engagement, productivity and teamwork. This result makes sense, because employees want new challenges and opportunities in order to stay engaged in their work, grow their skills, and advance in their careers. Encourage flexibility While technology has allowed us to work wherever and whenever, it has meant many of us can’t switch off from it. In light of these new work demands, employees are seeking ways to better manage their personal time and relationships. Flexibility is crucial because employees are expected to respond to emails and phone calls after hours for no additional pay. Flexible work could include flexible hours, working from home and other types of work arrangements. Provide learning opportunities One of the best ways to increase retention is to enrich employees with the education and tools required to thrive in your organization. A recent study by Udemy uncovered that 46 per cent of employees cite limited opportunities to learn new skills as the top reason why they are bored in their current roles and looking for a change. Training and development opportunities can help companies not only with retention, but also with developing their next generation of leaders.
          Turning the Funny Pages – Win a Book Collection   
Modern life moves at such a frenetic pace and is filled with no end of millennial worries that even…
          For millennials, both good and bad news in Senate's GOP health care bill - NOLA.com   


For millennials, both good and bad news in Senate's GOP health care bill
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          Employment Law Blog: Going Viral - Why You Need to Add a No-Recording Policy to Your Handbook   
It's not just the Millennials who are obsessed with documenting every aspect of their lives. Everyone does it. Smart phones make it incredibly easy to snap pics, video, slo-mo, or time lapse every minute of our lives. This modern day smart phone effect extends further than just our personal lives. Employees have their phones on them at work, and pressing "record" is as easy as ever.

          Vlaams industrieel erfgoed moet ook Europees gaan...   
maandag, 5 december 2016
Genius LociGenius LociGenius Loci - textielGenius Loci - kleinijverhedenGenius Loci - brouwen en stoken

Met de Vlaamse Vereniging voor Industriële Archeologie hebben we steeds over de grenzen gekeken - letterlijk én figuurlijk.
Er waren en zijn onze uitwisselingen met Britse collegae, de samenwerking met Nederland en Noord-Frankrijk, de verbroedering met de Catalaanse vereniging voor industriële archeologie, ons engagement voor E-FAITH, de Europese Federatie van Verenigingen voor Industrieel en Technisch Erfgoed.
Zo leerden we veel, deden we inspiratie op... en konden we aldus ook nieuwe ideeën naar Vlaanderen vertalen. We moeten niet altijd het warm water opnieuw uitvinden.
Het valt ons echter op dat niet alleen vrijwilligers en industrieel erfgoedverenigingen, maar ook beleidsmensen, ambtenaren en z.g. ‘experten’ en expertisecentra zo weinig naar ‘elders’ kijken. We kijken te veel naar de eigen kerktoren (sorry ‘fabrieksschoorsteen’), blijven daardoor op een, eiland zitten en bemerken niet hoe het water om ons heen klotst en sneller en sneller stijgt.
We overschrijden geen grenzen.
We hebben weinig chauvinisme over wat Vlaanderen industrieel en technisch in de wereld betekent en betekende. Dat er bv in Sevilla voor de faculteit ingenieurswetenschap, als monument, een grote stoommachine staat die in Gent gebouwd werd. Of als we in het buitenland naar een brug kijken, z.g. van Eiffel, maar gebouwd door de ‘Société de Constructions de Willebroeck’ (zoals de Ponte Dom Luís, 1886, in Porto) of een brug ontworpen door 'onze' Vierendeel. Onze tentoonstelling ‘Beschermd Industrieel Erfgoed in Vlaanderen’ was te zien in één van de gebouwen van de ex-Lenin-scheepswerf in Gdansk, waar collega’s vol bewondering waren voor wat we in de voorbije 40 jaar beschermd hebben en hoe we het aanpakken. Vanaf 14 December tot Pasen 2017 staat ze in Barcelona...
Met weinig middelen, zonder subsidies, proberen we ons industrieel en technisch erfgoed niet alleen in Vlaanderen maar ook elders bekend te maken.

Het over de grens trekken gebeurt véél te weinig.
Dat heeft gevolgen.
Vlaanderen slaagt er onvoldoende in om zich met zijn industrieel erfgoed in Europa,  zelfs maar even over de grens te profileren.
Steek maar even de zuidgrens over en vraag - zelfs aan insiders - wat ze weten over onze industriële musea en sites. Zo goed als niets. Men verwijst dan op de eerste plaats naar Le Grand Hornu en de Waalse industriële sites die opgenomen zijn in de lijst van het UNESCO werelderfgoed (vier steenkoolmijnen en de scheepsliften van het Centrum-kanaal). Ze horen dan verbaasd dat we in Vlaanderen ook steenkoolmijnen hadden en dat we zelfs ooit de meest vooruitstrevende beschermingspolitiek voor deze mijnen voerden.
Het Belgische bier zal nu wel promotie krijgen en door meer kelen vloeien - maar hoe zullen we daarvan gebruik maken om het materiële brouwerfgoed, de sites en de collecties in/van musea tot hun recht te laten komen ? En er is nog zo veel méér te vertellen over ons industrieel erfgoed.
Daardoor maken de Vlaamse initiatieven rond industrieel en technisch erfgoed ook weinig gebruik van de mogelijkheden die geboden worden via de verschillende programma van de Europese Commissie.

Met de Vlaamse Vereniging voor Industriële Archeologie hebben we in 2015-2016 kunnen meespelen in een via het COSME-programma gesubsidieerde project EumillennialsTOUR. Dat had de bedoeling educatief industrieel erfgoedtoerisme voor jongeren ouder dan 15 jaar te ontwikkelen. We deden er heel wat ervaring in op, en een aantal Vlaamse organisaties en verenigingen die er bij betrokken werden ook. De evaluatie - wat goed en minder goed verliep - is nu bezig.

En zopas konden we mee stappen in een ander COSME-project “Genius Loci dat het industrieel en technisch erfgoed van KMO’s wil promoten en ontsluiten. Het is een project waar partners bij betrokken zijn uit Italië, Hongarije, Malta en Spanje, en waar E-FAITH zijn Europees netwerk en expertise aan toevoegt.
Voor Vlaanderen ligt dat KMO-thema natuurlijk goed, want we waren traditioneel een regio met dynamische kleine bedrijven, die vanalles en nog wat produceerden en commercialiseerden.
Maar ook de drie speerpunten die die door het consortium uitgekozen werden liggen ons bijzonder goed:
•    brouwen, mouten en stoken
•    kleiverwerking
•    textiel, met nadruk op traditioneel weven en het bereiden van textiele vezels.

In een eerste fase konden musea, beheerders van sites en traditionele kleinschalige bedrijven - door een vragenlijst in te vullen - zich kandidaat stellen voor een gratis Industriana-label, een herkenningsteken met QR-code die in heel Europa het industrieel en technisch erfgoed moet aanduiden en ontsluiten. Er werd uit alle landen massaal op deze oproep gereageerd, vanuit Vlaanderen (met uitzondering van de drankensector) maar beperkt. Vooral alles wat met textiel te maken heeft liet het afweten...

In een tweede fase worden ontsluitingsprogramma’s voor de drie thema’s ontwikkeld, die via Genius Loci in alle Europese landen bekendgemaakt en gepromoot zullen worden.
VVIA maakt zich sterk dat we een aantal pakketten kunnen uitwerken, diende een reeks voorstellen in, met als resultaat dat we zullen (moeten) gaan voor

1. Een pakket rond steen- en pannenbakkerijen, gecentreerd op (uiteraard) de Rupelstreek maar met ook verwijzingen naar sites daarbuiten zoals restanten van vroegere steen- en pannenbakkerijen, herbestemde gebouwen, en kleigroeven die nu natuurgebieden geweest zijn. Wat heeft Vlaanderen te bieden dat verbonden is met de uitbating van de rijke kleilagen die we hebben ?

2) Een pakket rond het erfgoed en de geschiedenis van brouwen, mouten en (jenever) stoken - zonder de hop en de met ons bier verbonden traditionele gastronomie te vergeten. Hier zouden we in elke provincie een deelpakket willen uitwerken, want het erfgoed van deze sector is te rijk om alles in één doos geduwd te krijgen

3) Voor wat de geschiedenis en het erfgoed van de textielsector betreft rees binnen de internationale stuurgroep de idee een project op te zetten dat vanaf de Franse grens tot aan de Nederlandse grens zou lopen, grosso modo aan weerskanten van de E17 en de E19. Het bleek immers dat op deze lijn heel de textielgeschiedenis vanaf de Middeleeuwen tot nu kan verhaald worden, met alle soorten grondstoffen (van vlas via wol, zijde, hennep,... tot kunstvezels), alle technieken en toepassingen en alle afgewerkte producten. Dit zou een unicum in Europa zijn - zeker indien de lijn later zou kunnen doorgetrokken worden tot de grote Noord-Franse textielcentra (o.m. Roubaix en Tourcoing) en tot het zuiden van Nederland (o.m. in Wouw, Tilburg en Geldrop). Jammer genoeg was de Vlaamse respons voor wat de textielsector betreft zeer beperkt, zodat er terecht vragen gesteld werden over de haalbaarheid.
Maar we willen het toch proberen, en indien het niet lukt ons eventueel terugplooien op één van de andere voorgestelde thema’s.

De algemene coördinatie van de projecten en de thema’s zal gebeuren door VVIA en zijn provinciale afdelingen.

In de loop van december en januari zullen we voor elk van deze thema’s een brainstorming organiseren, waar iedereen die een handje wil toesteken bij betrokken zal worden.
Wil je meewerken ?
Wil je jouw museum, je site, je project ook een Europese dimensie geven ?
Ben je bereid verder te kijken dan jouw fabrieksschoorsteen ?

neem dan zo spoedig mogelijk contact met het centraal secretariaal van VVIA.


          The Millennial Reign   
A new MP3 sermon from Grace Presbyterian Church is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: The Millennial Reign
Subtitle: Revelation
Speaker: Terry Dowds
Broadcaster: Grace Presbyterian Church
Event: Sunday - PM
Date: 11/20/2016
Bible: Revelation 20:1-15
Length: 44 min. (32kbps)

Overview: Our hope is in the Lord- We look at this passage. We look at the first death and the second death and the resurrection. We are reminded to be concerned for souls of others and the grim reality of eternity in hell.
          The Binding of Satan   
A new MP3 sermon from Grace Presbyterian Church is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: The Binding of Satan
Subtitle: Revelation
Speaker: Terry Dowds
Broadcaster: Grace Presbyterian Church
Event: Sunday - PM
Date: 11/13/2016
Bible: Revelation 20:1-15
Length: 44 min. (32kbps)

Overview: We look at chapter 20 in the book of Revelation. We explore the 1000 years and whether this is literally a millennial. Many come to this chapter with preconceived ideas. We look at the binding of Satan and are challenged to be faithful to our Lord.
          Stocks Drop on Retail Earnings Woes   
Weekly Update – May 16, 2016 The good news is that Americans are still spending—just not the same way they did in the past. An increasing number—particularly Millennials—prefer to spend what they have on things like services, dining out, and concerts. Americans are shifting to online spending, which hurts brick-and-mortar retailers that rely on foot […]
          "Hillary's Plantation"   
Katie Kieffer goes way off the reservation -- as a millennial and a woman -- in her criticism of Hillary Clinton. I love it. (17min11sec)
          Generation X: An Untapped Gold Mine for Marketers   
Earlier this week, my colleague Katie Devlin wrote a piece on how marketers across industries are reaching out to millennials, making them the primary target customer. Millennials certainly represent one of the largest generations, and the segment if often treated as if it has super powers. And there's some truth in that, as millennials are shaping how companies should engage with them – online...
          What Insurers Need to Do to Survive Today: 3 Marketing Tips for Success   
Empowered consumers, connected millennials, technological innovation, digital distribution and new competitors – taken together, these represent potentially explosive dislocations in the insurance industry. What do they mean for the future of insurance? Some say that new competitive business models are dooming the insurance industry to reduced premiums and agent and customer disintermediation....
          Marketing to Millennials: Finding the Hidden Opportunities   
I just wrapped up hosting a podcast called “Marketing to Millennials” with Samantha Klein (@samjoyk ), a colleague of mine, and Wes Gay ( @wesgay ), a millennial consultant who is helping shape and guide leaders. With all three of us being millennials (those aged 19 to 35 years old in 2016), we covered a variety of topics, including some great things Chik-Fil-A is doing to accommodate...
          How Minority Millennial Entrepreneurs Are Turning Their Ideas Into A Business [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]   
Power Moves NOLA is helping young entrepreneurs launch their own companies. President of the organization, Earl Robinson joined “The Russ Parr Morning Show” to discuss how they are creating a national platform for millennial entrepreneurs. Listen to the audio player to find out more in this exclusive interview. Keep Up With The Russ Parr Morning […]
          Gadgets that make our world go round: Part II   

In this continuation of the series, we bring you another 5 gadgets that we most often feel naked without. These gadgets have come into our lives, our homes and we somehow can’t recollect how we functioned without them. Here’s looking at you none millennials. Enjoy Smartphone dock This is something I don’t have but I […]

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          Le « Millennial », nouveau péril jeune pour les marques   
ANALYSE. Les 18-35 ans posent un défi inédit aux spécialistes du marketing. Comment vendre des produits de grande consommation à une génération qui choisit de moins consommer, privilégie le bio et les circuits courts, préfère louer plutôt qu’acheter et attache peu d’importance à la notion même de marque ?
          5 of the Hottest Up & Coming Towns in New Jersey   

As we enter another busy real estate season, it’s a seller’s market in New Jersey. With more and more millennials searching for homes and proximity to major metropolitan areas like New York City and Philadelphia in high-demand, competition is rising and inventory remains low. Homebuyers – especially young, first-time shoppers – are being priced out of […]

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          Rolls Royce Now Sells More Of Its Cars To "New Money" Tech Millionaires   

Auto manufacturers have been bracing for a slump in car sales in the coming years as ownership rates for younger generations are expected to slump. Their reasoning? Millennials and their ilk tend to favor experiences over luxury goods, while also tending to cluster in urban settings where public transportation is easily accessible.

But there might be some hope – at least in the high-end market,  which is increasingly catering to a newly-minted cohort of millionaires who made their money in tech and finance. To wit, Rolls Royce has revealed that the average age of its customer base is declining, having fallen to 45, compared with 56 seven years ago.

That’s lower than the average range for new-car buyers overall, which hovers around 52, and younger than the average age of luxury car buyers, too, which is 50, according to data provided to Bloomberg by Kelley Blue Book.

The Wraith coupe

The average age of Rolls Royce owners is below Buick, Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz and BMW.

“Buick, for instance, has an average new-buyer age of 59. At Cadillac it’s 52, at Mercedes-Benz it’s 51, and at BMW it’s 50, according to KBB. Land Rover’s average customer is 45, the youngest of any included in the data. (Rolls-Royce was not among the brands reviewed in that report—its numbers are internal.) Bentley, a closer competitor to Rolls-Royce, reported an average buyer age of 56.2 years in 2014, though that number is likely younger now.”

Indeed, it appears the 111-year-old brand, which is known for its stuffy old-money aesthetic, is attracting a new generation of customers among the next generation of tech and finance elites. The company’s CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös, has touted the decline as a sign that the luxury carmaker is succeeding in its push to attract younger drivers with newer, more modern-looking cars.

The Phantom

“We are now catering all to the different kinds of set groups when it comes to customers,” Müller-Ötvös said. “These are customers who for the first time said, ‘Oh, guess what. I like this Wraith, and I put it in addition to my Ferraris into my garage, because Ferraris can be stressful from time to time.’ ”

As is the case with all luxury items, remaining "cool" is essential to a brands survival - hence why Royce felt the need to shout news that it's selling to younger buyers from the mountaintops.

“Why does attracting a young(ish) buyer pool matter? For one thing, it prevents against the hypothetical eventuality that your customers eventually die off. Older buyers tend to be loyal buyers, but as they age, their numbers naturally dwindle.


More immediately, it has to do with brand image. If pensioners are the ones driving your cars, the rest of the world inevitably associates the brand with their age set. That doesn’t exactly foster future buying excitement.”

In another interesting shift, the new buyers that Rolls Royce is courting have a somewhat different profile.

CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös

The reason for the relative youth of Rolls buyers has to do with how they’re amassing their wealth, Müller-Ötvös said. Rather than in previous decades when acquiring it from Daddy was a viable, and respectable, option, he’s noticing the people turning up at his dealerships are self-made.


“It's not any longer inherited money,” he said. “The majority is all self-generated money in very young people who are already making fortunes, be it real estate, be it engineering, be it IT, be it Western entertainment, whatever.”

As Bloomberg explains, the declining average age of Rolls Royce buyers seems to cut against the conventional wisdom – but not the masses of data that show young people still buy cars at rates comparable to older cohorts of the population.

Experts have warily anticipated in recent years an expected slump in car sales as millennials begin to overtake baby boomers in the marketplace as the world’s biggest spenders. The theory was that they cared less about owning things—houses, property, cars—than in just being able to access them at any given time. The success of shared-access businesses Uber, Airbnb, and Rent the Runway, plus the rise in the development of self-driving cars and other forms of urban transportation in any number of various pods, seemed to support that idea.


But further studies have indicated the contrary. According to J.D. Power & Associates, millennials’ share of new vehicle purchases in the U.S. hit 27 percent in 2014, up from 18 percent in 2010. They’ll comprise 40 percent of the U.S. car market by 2020. (The report classified millennials as those born between 1977 and 1994.)

The age of luxury-car owners is declining in China, too, despite a crackdown on corruption initiated by Chinese President Xi Jinping that included measures to curb the acceptance of luxury gifts – which sometimes included fancy cars – by public officials.

“In China, the average age of new-car buyers hovers around 34. Thirty-eight percent of all new luxury car buyers there are under 40. Last year, Cadillac boasted widely about its 34-year-old average buyers in China.”

Despite the crackdown, the unprecedented debt-enhanced creation of wealth in the world's second-largest economy appears to ensure that Rolls Royce's future is in the east.

          Mercedes-Benz A-Class Coming for the Millennials   
Any luxury automaker that doesn’t have a premium compact on the market is missing out on a huge, and potentially imperative, market. No longer are BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi in the business of selling only large luxury vehicles to well-off Boomers. The market has shifted in favor of millennials, and with that change comes the […]
          Native Deodorant’s Ali Challenges Perceptions   
Millennials can have their rosé and smell like it too — the brunch-themed deodorant goes on sale June 22.
          Specieswatch: The Cybermen   
The Cybermen are one of Doctor Who's most popular and endearing foes, making their first appearance in the 1966 serial The Tenth Planet and making return appearances right up to the present day.

Fictional History

Millions of years ago, Earth had a twin planet. Named Mondas, it shared Earth's orbit and, for reasons not entirely understood, the two worlds were mirror images of one another in the layout of their landmasses.

At an unknown point in time, Mondas was flung out of its orbit. According to some reports, this was the result of the arrival of the Moon in Earth's orbit, the perturbations causing Mondas to be ejected from the Solar system (and the native sentient species on Earth, the Silurians, to take shelter in vast underground caverns).

According to most histories, Mondas wandered to the outskirts of the Solar system over the course of millions of years. As it receded from the Sun, Mondas became less and less habitable. The planet's dominant intelligent species were humans evolved in parallel to those on Earth, although some suggest they actually evolved at a much faster rate (due to the worsening environmental conditions). Like humans on Earth, the humans of Mondas developed an industrial civilisation. However, unlike Earth which became divided between squabbling factions, Mondas was united, its people working together to survive as the habitability of their world decreased and the planet grew colder.

The Mondasians turned to both cybernetics and space travel to try to save their race. At one point in time they were able to make contact with a formidably advanced humanoid species and were able to procure the use of a 400-mile-long, 100-mile-wide colony ship to help evacuate tens of thousands of people from the planet. The details of this chain of events remain unclear, but it is known that the would-be colonists perfected cybernetic transformation and created the first human/machine hybrids, or Cybermen. Simultaneously, the people on Mondas itself were able to create their first AI systems. The combination of the two phenomena resulted in the creation of a new species, enhanced humanoids utilising biological brains welded to formidable computing power and cybernetically-enhanced bodies. This came at the cost, however, of emotions and imagination.

Calling upon their scientific knowledge, the Cybermen halted the movement of Mondas away from the Sun and began the slow, multi-millennial task of returning it to its original orbit. They also utilised FTL technology (possibly ransacked from the alien colony ship) to settle planets in other systems. The most successful of these colonies was located on the planet Telos but others were scattered across the galaxy.

During Mondas's return to the inner Solar system, the Cybermen detected signals from Earth and learned that the humans of that planet had forged a significant industrial civilisation. They sent a scouting force to invade Earth circa 1975, but this was defeated by machinations of the Gallifreyan Time Lord known as the Doctor.

The original Cybermen in The Tenth Planet.

Eleven years later Mondas drew close to Earth and the Cybermen mounted an assault on the planet, storming the planet's Space Command in Geneva and a major base in Antarctica to forestall any space-borne attack on their homeworld. The Cybermen's plan was to absorb energy from Earth to replenish their dying homeworld, convert the population of Earth into Cybermen to replenish their own ranks and finally destroy the planet with humanity's own weapons of mass destruction to prevent any resistance being mounted against them by any surviving humans. However, the intervention of the Doctor (shortly before his very first regeneration) saw Mondas absorb too much energy and disintegrate, killing all of the Cybermen present (reliant on energy from Mondas).

With Mondas destroyed, it fell to the colonies outside the Solar system to mount renewed attacks: these invasions were designed to either conquer Earth as a new homeworld, forcibly convert the population into Cybermen or both. An attack was mounted on Earth in 2070 via the planet's Moonbase and another attack via a station located deep in interplanetary space. Both attacks were thwarted by the Doctor in his second incarnation, ending the threat of the Cybermen for several centuries.

An iconic shot from The Invasion.

The Doctor was also present when an Earth exploration team inadvertently awoke the main Cyberman colony on Telos in the 25th Century. This sparked a renewed period of hostility by the Cybermen towards Earth, culminating in the Cyber Wars. Humanity discovered that the Cybermen had a weakness to gold, which could corrode their internal systems, and swiftly made use of this to defeat the Cybermen en masse. An attempt to use a space freighter to destroy Earth in the early 26th Century was thwarted by the Doctor in his fifth incarnation, albeit only at the cost of the life of his companion Adric. Later, the Sixth Doctor aided the Cryons, the natives of Telos, in destroying the Cyber colony on the planet and reclaiming their homeworld.

These defeats reduced the Cybermen to tiny remnants in deep space, on remote colones or on ships in flight. Several centuries after the end of the Cyber War, the Doctor, in his fourth incarnation, helped thwart a renewed Cyber offensive using Space Station Nerva and the Voga asteroid, the source of much of the gold used in anti-Cyberman weaponry. One group of Cybermen apparently discovered a time-travel capable vessel and travelled back to mount an attack on Earth in 1988, but was halted by the Doctor in his seventh incarnation.

The Cyberman threat appeared to have been contained, with the Cybermen playing no role in the Time War. However, the course of history was altered when it was discovered that, in an alternate timeline, a more aggressive race of Cybermen had been created. These alternate dimension Cybermen invaded our universe and were halted by the actions of the Tenth Doctor, the Torchwood organisation and a squad of Daleks known as the Cult of Skaro. Another faction of these Cybermen breached the dimensional boundary to invade London in 1851 with a huge war machine, but were again stopped by the Tenth Doctor.

The Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors confronted several renewed threats to the galaxy from the Cybermen, who appeared as a resurgent threat in the far future. The Twelfth Doctor also stopped an attack on Earth in the early 21st Century by Cybermen working in concert with "Missy", the regenerated incarnation of his old enemy, the Master.

The Doctor, along with his companions Bill and Nardol and an apparently rehabilitated Missy, then encountered the Mondasian Cybermen on a massive colony ship they were apparently using to flee their dying homeworld. The Doctor discovered, to his horror, that a previous incarnation of the Master had apparently helped create the Cybermen and that his companion Bill, who had been "converted" as per the Master's instruction, may have become the very first Cyberman.

Behind the Scenes
In the mid-1960s Dr. Christopher "Kit" Pedler, a medical scientist and parapsychologist, with an interest in science fiction, was recruited by the BBC to lend expertise to several of their television programmes, most notably Tomorrow's World. The Doctor Who production team recruited him because they wanted to do more stories about real science and harder SF concepts, as these seemed to be resonating more with audiences.

Pedler's first contribution became the story idea for the story The War Machines. Gerry Davis, the show's script editor, was impressed by Pedler's talent to find a good story and they decided to collaborate on a script. Pedler had an interest in the growing field of cybernetics and transplant surgery, and told Davis about a conversation he'd had with his wife about how many of a human could be replaced by machinery before they were no longer human. This led to the creation of the Cybermen.

The Cybermen were cyborgs like the Daleks, but the Daleks had been forced into their state by the need to survive a nuclear war and were no longer recognisably human. They had also discarded positive emotions, but retained negative traits such as hatred, prejudice and rage. The Cybermen were much more recognisably humanoid and were completely emotionless and amoral. Whilst the Daleks wanted to exterminate all other lifeforms, the Cybermen were keener on converting other races to become like them, a more horrific concept.

The Cybermen were a huge hit, with their first story, The Tenth Planet, being one of the most popular stories from the black and white era of Doctor Who. The story also saw the Doctor regenerated for the first time, with William Hartnell replaced by Patrick Troughton. The producers had found a replacement for the Daleks - who were being retired at the end of the fourth season following licencing issues with creator Terry Nation, who was trying to launch a spin-off series in the States - in the nick of time. The Cybermen returned for four further adventures in rapid succession: The Moonbase later in Season 4, Tomb of the Cybermen and The Wheel in Space in Season 5 and The Invasion in Season 6 (which also introduced UNIT).

The design of the Cybermen changed several times. In their first appearance the Cybermen were still recognisably human, with their faces covered in a type of close-fitting cloth, human hands and moving mouths. Although some considered this eerie and frightening, some fans felt it wasn't particularly scary. For their second appearance in The Moonbase their suits became much more robotic. The Invasion added large panels to either side of the head. The one constant in their appearances has been "handlebars" on their heads.

The Cybermen as they appeared in Earthshock.

The Cybermen did not appear during the Jon Pertwee era, apparently as the production team couldn't come up with a good story for them. They did return in Revenge of the Cybermen in Season 12, Tom Baker's first season on the show, but after this did not appear again until Season 19 in 1982. Producer John Nathan-Turner wanted a big action "blockbuster" story for Peter Davison's first season as the Fifth Doctor and script editor Eric Saward was really keen on bringing back the Cybermen.

A significant amount of money was spent on this story, which pitched the Doctor and a team of space marines against the Cybermen for control of a huge space freighter. Interestingly, considering it was made four years before the movie Aliens (to which it has some superficial similarities), the story had a link to that franchise in that some of the Nostromo sets and props were re-used in this story. This story also killed off the companion character of Adric, played by Matthew Waterhouse, who was not popular with fans (at least not until he was killed off!). Adric remains the only long-term Doctor Who companion to have ever been killed off, with the previous fatalities (Katarina and Sara Kingdom, both in the 1965 serial The Dalek Masterplan) having only been companions for a few weeks before dying.

The return of the Cybermen was extremely popular with fans, so they were brought back in Season 20's The Five Doctors (where three squads of Cybermen menaced both the Doctor and the Master on Gallifrey) and Season 22's Attack of the Cybermen. Less successful was their return for the 25th anniversary special, Silver Nemesis. The story was bitty and unsatisfying, with some poor writing and acting. It compared unfavourably to the season opener, Remembrance of the Daleks, which was later taken by fans to be the real anniversary story.

After the show's long rest, the Cybermen was reintroduced by Russell T. Davies in 2006. Fearing their backstory was too confusing, Davies deliberately had these new Cybermen hail from a different origin on an Earth in a parallel universe. After Davies's departure, new producer Steven Moffat quietly shifted back to using the Cybermen of the original timeline (albeit using a very similar design).

After Peter Capaldi was cast as the Twelfth Doctor, he asked Moffat if there was a way of bringing back the original 1966 Cybermen from Mondas, as he considered these to be the scariest and most disturbing version of the creatures. Moffat complied in two of his three final scripts for the series, World Enough and Time and The Doctor Falls.

The Tenth Planet (1966)
The Moonbase (1967)
Tomb of the Cybermen (1967)
The Wheel in Space (1968)
The Invasion (1968)
Revenge of the Cybermen (1975)
Earthshock (1982)
The Five Doctors (1983)
Attack of the Cybermen (1985)
Silver Nemesis (1988)
Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel (2006)
Army of Ghosts/Doomsday (2006)
The Next Doctor (2008)
The Pandorica Opens (2010)
A Good Man Goes to War (2011)
Closing Time (2011)
A Nightmare in Silver (2013)
The Time of the Doctor (2013)
Dark Water/Death in Heaven (2014)
World Enough and Time/The Doctor Falls (2017)

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          You Are Being Stagnated: The social engineers are managing your standard-of-living expectations downwardly.    
A pair of insidious memes is making the rounds in the mainstream media. These memes have to do with your standard of living, and they declare that the "Great Recession" is here to stay. George Mason University economist Tyler Cowen calls the persistent economic anemia, "The Great Stagnation," and in his book of that title he argues that we had better get used to hard times. The second meme of the pair is a corollary and is one of the primary legs on which Cowen's argument rests. This meme concerns "the end of innovation." All of humankind's potential inventions evidently already are with us. Or, at least we've picked all of the technological "low-hanging fruit." Innovations currently occupying the pipeline consist of embellishments; they are not game changers, like the inventions of the last century.

This assertion, about technological innovation, admittedly, invites debate, given the ongoing computerization of pretty much everything. Nonetheless, say the pessimists, for whatever reason, recent breakthroughs lack the economic potency of the technological breakthroughs of the early to middle twentieth century. Those innovations fueled deep and broad economic gains. More recent breakthroughs are of a different nature. They are hood ornaments glued onto tried-and-true technologies, and they concentrate their relatively meager economic gains selectively in the pockets of the already rich. Evidently, the "New Normal" applies only to the middle class and the poor. Cowen seems too cavalier about this implication of the new economic order: It's just the way the cookie crumbles.

Columnist Paul Krugman attributes much of the economic stagnation to a lack of demand for goods and services, essentially telling us that the legendary "job creators" won't be creating jobs any time soon, not until they see more cash in the pockets of prospective customers. If that's a major hold-up, keeping the economy from recovering, then putting cash in the pockets of consumers might be a good thing--the kind of economic stimulus that might work. If only that were the objective of the professional theoreticians and technicians "working" on the problem.

Despite these implications of Cowen's and Krugman's diagnoses, the prescription from both sides is simple: Get Used To It. Krugman glowingly cites economist and political advisor Lawrence (Larry) Summers as having arrived at the same conclusions about the New Normal and The End of Innovation. Now, there's a champion for the working bloke.

Push-back from the contrarians, those who reject the end-of-innovation premise, predictably cites the ubiquity of computing and communications technologies. The new devices have reshaped thoroughly the habits of consumers and big business alike. Computers streamline manufacturing and make comparison shopping as simple as swiping a touchscreen. The impact of the more recent technologies can hardly be said to pale next to that of the twentieth century's marvels. Nonetheless, the scope of their impact is easier to appreciate when one looks under the hood and sees that tiny little integrated circuit, or IC.

This technology, the IC, is a universal labor-saver and process-accelerator. Imagine how the Human Genome Project would have ground to a halt if its staff had no access to computers. It would remain a dream. But there's a reason why this revolutionary technology, the IC, has not lifted all ships. It is because the crash of the U.S economy and its aftermath are the consequences of hostile economic engineering. A ruling class that we might refer to simply as The Reptiles, given their rapaciousness and cold-bloodedness, executed the project.
"Big government and big business have long marched together in American history. You can call one good and the other bad (depending on your point of view), but that's missing their common origin and ongoing alliance." -- Tyler Cowen, The Great Stagnation
The engineering ran something like this: The 401K “revolution” sucked money out of its secure place in pension funds and deposited it in risky equity markets, under the guise of letting employees manage their own retirements. In 1999, President Clinton signed the Financial Services Modernization Act, which tore down the wall that had separated commercial and investment banks. Now banks could gamble as recklessly as they liked with their depositors' money. But the banks had to securitize the toxic subprime mortgages that they had concocted to take advantage of the deregulated environment, so they invented bizarre new packages of derivatives to hide the toxic junk. And none other than Larry Summers, at the time President Clinton’s chief economic advisor, along with Secretary of the Treasury Robert Rubin and Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, worked overtime to dissuade Congress from heeding the warnings of a minor bureaucrat, Brooksley Born, about the dangers of the newly created, unregulated, opaque instruments (PBS Frontline story examining this episode is here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/warning/) What was it about the contents of the opaque instruments that made these guys so concerned about concealing the contents from the public? And Fed Chairmen Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernanke had to keep interest rates anomalously low for an extended period to make available all the cheap borrowing needed to inflate the housing bubble. And Congress had to pass legislation forcing banks to underwrite mortgages for people who otherwise wouldn't qualify. And the George W. Bush administration egged everyone on to borrow recklessly with its cheerleading slogan, "The Ownership Society." Along the way, Congress and the Bush administration made bankruptcy laws more stringent, as if girding for a wave. And the ratings agencies, such as Moody's and Standard & Poor's, gave triple-A ratings to the toxic junk. And the SEC turned a blind eye to all the bogus ratings. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, for their part, at the same time had to abandon their competencies and/or scruples and securitize their share of subprimes. All of this set the stage for the Fed, Wall Street, and the bureaucrats in charge of the U.S. Treasury to loot the Treasury to cover the bankers' losses, protecting them from the risks of their leveraged investments and dropping the burden on taxpayers. And the Obama administration, once most of the dust had settled, and it became clear what had happened, ignored the blatant fraud committed by the Wall Street banks, including the rampant robo-signing of thousands of mortgage agreements. Let us be grateful that President George W. Bush failed in his attempt to privatize Social Security, that is, to suck the Social Security trust fund into the equities market, or that too would have been gifted to the upper circles. This number of contributing factors, this magnitude of coincidence, could not have aligned by chance. This recession was planned and executed with reptilian callousness.

Writer/editor Don Peck is disarmingly blunt when he observes in Pinched, How the Great Recession has narrowed our Futures and What We Can Do about it, that
"[F]or the very rich in particular, global affinities and global ambitions are quickly supplanting national ties and national concerns. Increasingly, the very rich see themselves as members of a global elite with whom they have more in common than with other classes of Americans. Politically influential and economically powerful, they are becoming a separate nation with its own distinct goals."
(Ensconced in the mainstream as an editor at The Atlantic, Peck must feel secure enough in his rank to offer such alarming observations without fear of ostracism for being an alarmist. Observers outside the mainstream who observe essentially the same thing do so at the risk of joining the company of sad souls dismissed for peddling conspiracy theories.)

Peck does concede that, "[P]eople should of course be allowed to enjoy the fruits of their honest labor. As a society, we should be far more concerned about whether most Americans are getting ahead than about the size of the gains at the top." How can the two be unrelated if those at the top are siphoning off money that could be used to create demanding consumers?

O, why quibble?

Peck continues, "Yet extreme income inequality causes a cultural separation in society that is unhealthy on its face and corrosive over time. Ultimately, it is prone to reaction, particularly when much of society is struggling." What kind of "reaction" does Peck seem to want to avoid?

Possibly the kind hinted at by history professor Jerry Z. Muller in his essay, "Capitalism and Inequality" (Foreign Affairs, March/April 2013). Muller acknowledges the staggering inequality of income that separates the rich and the rest and is duly bothered by it but not because poverty causes suffering.  He is concerned because, "[I]f left unaddressed, rising inequality and economic insecurity can erode social order and generate a populist backlash against the capitalist system at large."  The problem with having lots of unemployed poor people around is not the severe hardships that those people are forced to endure, evidently, but rather the prospect that they might organize themselves into a resistance and fight for their share of the pie. In the past this was called class struggle.

Though seemingly sensitive to the plight of the victims of the Great Recession and while acknowledging that the elites push policies from which they themselves benefit financially, Peck covers himself against alienating his own in-group by referring (over and over and over again) to the oligarchy as the "meritocracy" or "meritocratic elite." Their ranks consist of "winners" imbued with an "entrepreneurial spirit" which guides them to "success." Bound up in all this selective diction is the notion that the privileges of the ultra wealthy have been earned.  No thought is given to distinguishing the earners from the heirs.

Another aspect of the problem, according to Peck, is just kids these days. He references Ron Alsop's book, "The Trophy Kids Grow up: How the Millennial Generation is Shaking Up The Workplace," and comments,

"[Alsop] says a combination of entitlement and highly structured childhood has resulted in a lack of independence and entrepreneurialism in many twentysomethings. They're used to checklists, he says, and 'don't excel at leadership or independent problem solving.' Alsop interviewed dozens of employers for his book, and concluded that unlike previous generations, Millennials, as a group, 'need almost constant direction' in the workplace. 'Many flounder without precise guidelines but thrive in structured situations that provide clearly defined rules.'"

In other words, the U.S. public education system is delivering what it was engineered to deliver: docile, submissive, obedient, pliant, noncreative, dependent, childish, servile, easy-to-manage rule-obeyers. This guiding objective of the U.S. public education system was laid down a century ago. The history of this covert social engineering project has been ferreted out from primary sources by John Taylor Gatto, who as a public schoolteacher was multiple times named New York City Teacher of the Year and once New York State Teacher of the Year, during which year he resigned with an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal in which he said he would look for new career, one that didn't require him to hurt children. Charlotte Iserbyt also has put together a troubling history of the U.S. public education system. She is in a position to survey the field, having been Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), in the U.S. Department of Education, during the first Reagan administration and a staff employee of the U.S. Department of State. Try out her tome, The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America. If Millennials are floundering in the workplace, as per Alsop's assertion, in a way that compromises the further concentration of wealth among the already wealthy, then maybe this piece of social engineering, to a degree, backfired.

Peck looks primarily to technological innovation to lift us out of the doldrums. Unfortunately as seers Cowen, Krugman and Summers inform us, we've reached the end of innovation. Cowen pointedly advises, "Have realistic expectations. We are living in the new normal."
In The Great Stagnation, Cowen rests his case on three arguments:

The first is Free Land. No doubt undeveloped real estate itself can fuel economic growth. Homesteading was an essential element of the economic development of the United States. Entrepreneur Peter Thiel and others can continue to advocate seasteading--homesteading the oceans with floating cities. But for this writer's money, the long-term solution, the real real-estate frontier is space, where (solar) energy is free and abundant, and communities can plant considerable distance between themselves and the established oligarchies. (And where weightlessness catalyzes rapid evolution.)

The second leg of Cowan's argument addresses the rapid deceleration of innovation. The pace of change has slowed dramatically from the 1880-1940 period, which gave us electric lights, autos, airplanes, mass production, mechanization of agriculture, communications mass media.  Since then, the only comparable development has been the internet (or, more precisely, the IC), otherwise we've seen mostly tweaks to existing technologies. Cowen doesn't consider that intense concentration of wealth stifles innovation. Who's hoarding the money that ought to be funding far-ranging R&D projects?

The third leg of the stool is education. Mass education has spread about as far and wide as it can reach. From single-digit high-school and college graduation rates to double digit rates, the peak in high school and college graduation rates is behind us. Most everyone capable of graduating now has the opportunity. There's no longer a large untapped pool of prospective graduates who don't have access.
"A lot of the gains from recent financial innovation are captured by a relatively small number of individuals. Top American earners are increasingly concentrated in the financial sector of the economy. [. . . .] In [2004] the top twenty-five hedge fund managers combined earned more than all of the CEOs from the entire S&P 500. The number of Wall Street investors earning over $100 million a year was nine times higher than the public-company executives earning that amount. When I look back at the last decade, I think the following: There are some very wealthy people, but a lot of their incomes are from financial innovations that do not translate to gains for the average American citizen." -- Tyler Cowen, The Great Stagnation
"Job creator" is a cute piece of political rhetoric, but as a mask for oligarchy it no longer passes the snicker test. A more clinically poetic term for oligarch might be Richard Grove's coinage, "Intraspecific klepto-parasite." But let's not stoop to name calling.

That said, Cowen's characterization strains the bankable meaning of "earners." But the point about financial innovation underscores the observation that innovation actually has been rampant. In the financial sector. The financial-services industry has rolled out an impressive array of innovative instruments during the past decade, including credit default swaps, collateralized debt obligations, structured investment vehicles, securitization of subprime mortgages, and rehypothecation. Anyone who says that innovation has slowed is not paying attention. The financial services industry is surging with innovation. If you don't see it, you must be too busy looking the other way.

Whatever the motivations of Cowan and others who opine on the sad, stuck state of the economy, the insidious effect of their writings is that they condition the American middle class to accept a dwindling standard of living.

In that vein, then, let's prognosticate. How frequently in the coming months and years will the audience for mainstream media be fed human-interest "news" stories about middle-class families that have absorbed an economic hit? These families will have "adjusted" successfully to their new hardship. They will have found "new meaning" or "a new satisfaction" in their relative impoverishment, implicitly inviting the rest of the middle class to join them in the unanticipated rewards of character-building hardship.  At the extreme, this development dovetails with the hearty, self-reliant, noble savage archetype.

Hunger Games, anyone? 


More commentary on the great stagnation and the end of innovation:

Paul Krugman column on America's long-term economic stagnation.

Larry Summers here muses on the prospect of massive multi-month-long power outages and the economic boom following the eventual lights-on. Hmmmm.

Video of Summers talk at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYpVzBbQIX0&feature=youtu.be

The Economist, Jan 12th, 2013: The great innovation debate: Fears that innovation is slowing are exaggerated, but governments need to help it along

The tech website quartz.com offered a scathing review of the state of recent technological innovation (Dec 26, 2013).

Not much of a debate, but this Oxford Union event lays out the basic lines of thought that compose the Innovation-Stagnation memetic.

And then there's Bloomberg
          Fire it up with CJ!: Encore: Mysteries of Motivating Workers of all Ages with Michael Lee   
GuestFiguring out how to motivate the modern workforce comprised of Millennials, GenX, and Baby Boomers is becoming a challenge. Learn the secrets of keeping your employees engaged and motivated with expert Michael Lee.
          Fire it up with CJ!: Mysteries of Motivating Workers of all Ages with Michael Lee   
GuestFiguring out how to motivate the modern workforce comprised of Millennials, GenX, and Baby Boomers is becoming a challenge. Learn the secrets of keeping your employees engaged and motivated with expert Michael Lee.
          The New Red Moons - Mesmérisme [No Telescope Required]   
There is no greater credit that can be given to a band than when there becomes a solid recognition of the uniquity of their sound.  Some bands take two or three or four albums of growth and development to get their formula down, while others hit the nail on the head on their first outing; and maybe they hold it, and maybe they devolve and lose it - personnel, circumstance and talent withstanding. The New Red Moons, on the other hand, staked their claim before they even had an album out to package it in, and on their forthcoming sophomore effort, Mesmérisme, they show no indication of losing any of that pre-emptive integrity, whatsoever.

Mesmérisme comes at a good time, too - with the rising popularity of that late 60's/1970's brown and orange retro classic rock feel being the whole reason bands like The Black Keys have been so successful; sometimes it's not just how you do it, it's when. And circumstance dictates for artists, really, if that golden when is now - or if they just missed it by a few years.  But where the Black Keys only occasionally offer any real creative expansion on a fifty year old sound (one that the Y generation Millennials will eventually realize has been in their grandparents' LP collection since they were born), a lesser known band like The New Red Moons is meanwhile waxing gibbous - forwardly re-inventing a throwback genre with a little more throw than back.  Interesting when you consider that the ten tracks on Mesmérisme, without really being a theme album per se, speak so abundantly to the concept of growth and re-growth, flourish and decay.

Touting the same personnel as appeared on their debut release, The New Red Moons first and foremost strength is a trio of musicians who compliment each other exceptionally well.  Bassist Jeff Brueggeman tends to pop up as a sort of "session" musician for a number of bands in the Milwaukee area, but his work with The New Red Moons fits the man's prolific ability most suitably. Bass players (even more so than drummers) can often go unnoticed in any given band, but Brueggeman's presence here is immediately apparent. He's about the only bass player that can make a fretted four string sound so smooth and fretless, and he seems most at home with this ensemble.  Kavi Laud sits behind the drum kit once again, and seems to have taken to an anabasis percussion style on a number of songs.  "How Strange It Seems" presents him in a muted knocking effect that's rather haunting in context; and of course, frontman Joe McIlheran's expansive Chuck Cleaver-esque vocal range puts the icing on the cake.  Fluid and converging in ranges, most notable on the opening track "Act of Creation" - a song that seems as though it would be much easier sung in a male/female duet, yet he is the singular vocalist here (aside from some light refrain accompaniment). It's different for the sake of being so, and while it's still pretty obvious the band is working a decidedly specific classic rock style, it's exactly this kind of departure from the norm that gives them the edge they have.

In keeping, Mesmérisme adheres to a strictly analog, "no frills" kind of representation. There is virtually no unnecessary production on this album, which is noteworthy in an age where we simultaneously crave purity and ProTools alike.  Anything sonically accomplished on this collection is done by solid musicianship more than by post production meddling. "Cheating On You" as case in point. The song is a tip-toeing and cool second person exposé of a cheating lover, with swelling guitar refrains that just skin your soul and leave it shivering - and no amount of production could make that more genuine than it stands by just being expertly played.  Lyrically, the song is sort of a poetic irregularity, as McIlheran often skips the typical helping of metaphoricals you expect as the usual and customary dressing to any singer's message.  He opts instead to very bluntly tear at the throat of the matter - on this song most noticeably, but frequently throughout the album.  He has yet to have this be of any detriment, however, because his impulse for brutally direct delivery just plain works here, even where you might at first find it jarring - it just works fantastically.

As a second entry to their catalog, Mesmérisme is a solid progression in both form and style that holds true to its rootsy infulences, and at the time gives a generation spanning example of just how seamlessly one era can re-invent another - if done with the right design and intent.  Mesmérisme is a truly visceral album if ever there was one, and at this rate, and with the penchant they have, there's little doubt The New Red Moons will continue to impress with every pass they make.

          Millennial Workforce Values Sustainability as a Top Priority   

  A newly published study entitled “Recycling in the Workplace: A Millennial View” quantifies that huge influence that a company’s sustainable business strategies has on its ability to attract top talent. Researched by the group Lightspeed at the behest of Rubbermaid Commercial Products, the study conclusively finds a correlation between a business’ commitment to sustainability […]

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          A 33-year-old goes to World Youth Day   

“It is up to us to see God in those people who are suffering,” Pope Francis declared during one of his passionate homilies during the 15th World Youth Day, held in Kraków, Poland during July 2016. “When we reach out to the persecuted, the homeless, the migrant, and the refugee, we touch the face of Jesus. In the face of evil, suffering and sin, the only response is the gift of oneself, even one’s life, in imitation of Christ.”

I listened to these words as if in a dream. I was not hearing them on the radio. I was not watching a television broadcast. Instead, I was standing in Kraków’s Błonia Park, with nearly a million young Catholics from around the globe. Waving flags from China and Uruguay, Sweden and Zimbabwe, Nicaragua and Iraq, filled the air.

Though I had known of World Youth Day for years and met some former attendees, it had never occurred to me to go. But three years ago, when I first learned that WYD 2016 was going to be held in Kraków, I knew I had to be there. As an American of Polish heritage who had already visited this lovely city six times, I was excited to return to the home of St. John Paul II, who founded WYD in 1984, and St. Faustina, the 20th century mystic who was inspired to paint the image that has become a universal Catholic symbol of Christ’s Divine Mercy.

Nevertheless, I was uncertain of what to expect. Unlike most pilgrims who attend this triennial mass gathering, I was traveling alone. A friend’s words kept ringing in my ears: ¨Jeannine, you’re 33. Can you really call yourself a youth?” And, indeed, I responded to the crowded trains, long food lines, and hikes to pilgrimage sites with a little more grumbling than I might have were I 17 or in the company of large, raucous groups from France or Italy (two nations whose youthful representatives seemed to be in a perpetual singing competition, with volume the main criterion for victory).

While I admittedly experienced some irritation at the pushing, yelling crowds, my overarching feeling was of joy. At the opening Mass, Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz of Kraków urged us to recognize the diversity of those present. “Some of you have come from countries where people have many opportunities to realize their dreams, while others are visiting from war-torn nations with limited resources,” he said. “Some of you have come from places where Christians form the majority, and others come from lands where you are a small minority and even face persecution.”

In that moment, I felt something that I had been yearning for: the solidarity of the global church. As a child growing up in Buffalo, New York, I lived and breathed religion. I prayed the rosary every day in October and May, sang in the children’s choir each Sunday, and attended Mass many mornings before school. However, when I left home to attend a liberal arts college in 2001, I encountered a plethora of worldviews that were new to me, from neopaganism to scientific materialism. When I began a Ph.D. program at the University of Toronto in 2008, I found that my Catholic faith was not a trusty piece of furniture I could leave for years in the attic and find relatively unchanged. Instead, it was more like a delicate plant that needed just the right balance of water and sunlight to survive.

Gather us in

The impulse that led me to World Youth Day was a desire to revive that plant and see it bloom. And, as I spoke to people from around the world, I found that despite their diverse backgrounds and circumstances, they all shared this same yearning While I met many people from countries where Catholicism is a dominant religion, like Brazil and the Philippines, I also met pilgrims from places where it is not, such as Turkey and Pakistan. And then there were many people from countries that are historically Catholic but have become more secular in recent years, such as Ireland.

According to Alanna Bradley, a 17-year-old high school student I met from County Meath, the secularization of Ireland is due not to a lack of faith, but disillusionment with the church as an institution due to the child abuse scandal and the history of violent conflict. “Being Catholic in the 21st century means you need to have a thick skin, because the people who are against the church can be quite set in their ways. As a young Catholic I have to look past this and be okay with being different, putting my trust in Jesus and not worrying about what others think,” she said.

Another young pilgrim I met was Sophia Decker, a 19-year-old classics student at University of Kentucky who, like me, grew up in a very faith-oriented environment and now finds herself in a secular university. When I asked her what her Catholic identity means to her, she responded with little hesitation. “Being Catholic has to permeate every aspect of life,” she said. “We are in this world, but not of this world. We may do many of the same things that others do, but we try to live for God. I decided to come to WYD because I wanted to have the experience of being catholic with a lowercase ‘c.’ We truly are universal and can be found all around the world.”

In some ways, talking to these idealistic teenagers was like entering a time machine and seeing myself at their age, beautifully appreciative of faith but not fully aware of how hard it can be to maintain in the face of life’s challenges. Perhaps the fact that I am old enough to remember the fall of the Berlin Wall and the optimism of the economically prosperous ’90s makes the current era, with its constant war, environmental degradation, and political demagoguery, so disheartening. While I was happy to meet these enthusiastic youth, I found it easier to relate to their teachers and mentors. On one of many crowded trains, I met a small group led by Father Robert Balek, a Slovakian Divine Word Missionary priest currently based in Tambov, Russia. Balek described his call to the priesthood—which he initially resisted and ultimately answered against his family’s wishes—and his ministry in a country where Catholicism is quite foreign to the majority.

“Because Russian Catholics are a small minority in a primarily Orthodox nation, they can sometimes feel alone,” he said. “Many young people are lost in the world because they have so many options and do not know how to choose wisely. Also, often their parents are lost because of Russia’s communist past, so youth are hanging in the air without a foundation. Most have some kind of faith in God, but they do not know how to live it. At World Youth Day they form bonds and community, and then they take that closeness home.”

Another participant I could easily relate to was my roommate for the week, Pauline Wanjau, a Kenyan educator who coordinates HIV-AIDS prevention programs for the African Jesuit AIDS Network. Like me, she came to Poland alone, but during the week before the main WYD events she participated in MAGIS, a Jesuit spiritual retreat. She candidly told me that for her, faith is not an easy journey, but there is joy in the struggle.

 “I am inspired by the stories of saints, such as Ignatius of Loyola, who questioned his faith and struggled to find God in his life. Mother Teresa is another favorite—she even lost her faith for a while, and now she is a saint. God knows that we are human, but we have to keep striving at every moment,” she said told me. “I was inspired to come to WYD to learn from others who work with youth. I also wanted to share the African story, to make sure that people know there is a lot more to Africa than war, hunger and other negative realities reported by the news.¨

World Youth Day was also a powerful experience for the people of the host country. Hundreds of Polish youth served as volunteers, and thousands participated as pilgrims. While some locals fled Kraków for the week, many stayed and accommodated pilgrims in their homes. Pauline and I were lucky to be hosted by Teresa, a 51-year-old widow who informed us that she had offered to host pilgrims half a year in advance. Throughout the week she went above and beyond what had been asked of her, treating us to delectable naleśniki (Polish crepes) and homemade wine and later taking a painting of St. John Paul II down from her wall and offering it to me.

Another older millennial I met was Michał Lewandowski, a journalist, editor and photographer at Deon.pl, the most widely-viewed Christian website in Poland. He stated that while for some Polish Pope Francis stands in the long shadow of St. John Paul II, most respect him, and some have returned to the Church because due to his influence. “Francis is the best example of how to respond to the problems in the world—he speaks of migration, climate, and war. In Laudato Si’ he gives concrete responses on how to act and urges us to form a new culture,” Michał said. “We cannot build barriers between people; instead, we need to build bridges. I truly believe we can look at him and learn a lot from him.”

Blessed are the merciful

Throughout the week, the theme we heard again and again was that of mercy. We heard this in the event’s theme song, “Błogosławieni Miłoserni,” whose refrain simply stated, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.”  We heard it during each of Pope Francis’ homilies and addresses to the participants. “World Youth Day will begin when you return to your homes and communities,” Pope Francis stated during the final Mass. “You are called to make everything a prayer, all your daily interactions. Make the Gospel your navigator on the road of life. Be the light of mercy to the world.”

On Friday, we prayed a particularly powerful rendition of the Stations of the Cross, with each station focused on a particular corporal or spiritual work of mercy: to feed the hungry, teach the ignorant, pray for the living and the dead. Then, with his characteristic gentleness and humility, Pope Francis exhorted all of us to show mercy to all we meet, particularly when it is most difficult to do so. “Our credibility as Christians is proven when we complete the works of mercy,” he asserted.

For me, this message is not an easy one. I am old enough to have seen the tougher side of the world we inhabit. I have experienced heartbreak as well as joy, failure as well as success. I watched the Twin Towers fall during my first week of university and have witnessed the ineffectiveness of the so-called War on Terrorism ever since. I grow weary when, despite record-breaking high temperatures, so many people still deny climate change. The current state of United States politics is disappointing, to say the least.

And yet, as I return from the festivity and joy of World Youth Day to the more measured pace of my daily life, as I begin a new academic year teaching many students from difficult backgrounds, Francis’ words remain with me. We who were so fortunate to attend WYD are called to carry its spirit home with us. And, when faced with harsh realities, we are called to respond not with fear, anger, or resentment, but the same Divine Mercy that the young Sr. Faustina once envisioned as two beams of light streaming from Christ’s heart. Ultimately, we are all called to be that light. 

Image: Courtesy of Jeannine Pitas

Friday, September 2, 2016
Topic (work in progress): 

          FlexJobs Reports: Millennials’ Interest in Travel and Work Flexibility Higher than Gen X and Boomers   

15 Percent of Millennials Identify as Digital Nomads, Cite Travel as a Primary Reason to Work

(PRWeb October 03, 2016)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/10/prweb13730207.htm

          Political blind date   


Two people in the millennial age bracket sit down together on a political “blind date” to see what conversation can bring about. It’s a really promising thing to watch in light of the perceived increased polarization of politics these days.

It’s a BBC project (so may not be available to watch in the US, sorry if so) during the general election. People with opposite views get put together for civilised conversation rather than debate. All the ones I’ve seen so far have been interesting and a great example of how to talk effectively and listen!

          ATT CEO: Consumers will 'opt out' of traditional linear TV   
We're seeing that in millennials, says Randall Stephenson, AT&T CEO, sharing his thoughts on how consumers will view content in the future.
          Student Debt Crisis. Also, Mexican American Studies Trial.   
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28 PROGRAM # 8098 12:00 PM PST. Student Debt Crisis. Student debt disproportionately impacts middle-class communities of color and is ravaging the economy of young Millennials. Latino and African American families suffer more from higher rates of student loan delinquency. We hear from a leading legislator about initiatives to help students avoid or […]
          Can Billy Graham Bring Hope to Millennials?   

I’m really proud to present the first piece here from my friend Johnnie Moore.  See the bio below for Johnnie’s exceptionally impressive biography.  I’m very pleased to begin feature a weekly column here from Johnnie.  Between Johnnie and Pete Wehner, I could not ask for better people to post here. * The Rev. Billy Graham [Read More...]

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          We Are MTO 2008   
Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra – We Are MTO 2008
MP3@320 kbps : 48:26 : 111 MB

1. We Are MTO
2. In a Corner
3. Makes No Difference
4. All You Need Is Love
5. Paducah
6. Dickie’s Dream
7. Viper Song
8. It’s Tight Jim


          Cómo lidiar con compañeros que no saben trabajar en equipo   
Qué podemos hacer cuando un compañero de trabajo no sabe lo que es trabajar en equipo

abajar con un compañero que no tiene una actitud colaborativa cuando están todos corriendo de un lado a otro para llegar a cumplir con los plazos de entrega de un trabajo, probablemente resulte muy frustrante. Además, esta actitud puede tener consecuencias que afecten severamente el clima de la oficina. Si esta es la situación, probablemente la pregunta que te hagas sea, ¿qué puedo hacer para que dicha persona tome consciencia sobre cuáles son sus responsabilidades y lo que es trabajar en equipo? A continuación compartimos algunas recomendaciones dadas por el docente de administración y escritor del libro "Influencia sin autoridad", Allan Cohen, en un artículo publicado por Harvard Business Review. 

No elabores conclusiones antes de tiempo 

Por más que muchas veces nos veamos tentados a hacerlo, no debemos sacar conclusiones apresuradas a partir de lecturas superficiales. Tenemos que intentar entender en profundidad el problema para elaborar un diagnóstico certero. 
Si hacemos un seguimiento al comportamiento de un trabajador podemos encontrarnos con muchas sorpresas. Quizás el individuo está lidiando con situaciones difíciles en su casa que no le permiten focalizarse cuando está en el trabajo. También puede pasar que la persona siente una presión por parte de sus compañeros, o incluso su jefe, de la cual nadie es capaz de darse cuenta. Capaz la persona quiere ser más colaborativo pero no saben cómo contribuir de la mejor manera. 


Si se trata de un compañero de trabajo, intentá acercarte con preguntas amigables que puedan darle pie a contarte algo que quizás no sabías.  Es importante que tus preguntas no tengan un tono acusador. Podés probar con preguntas como: ¿cómo te lleva el trabajo? o ¿qué parte del trabajo es la que más te motiva? Estas preguntas serían suficientes para explorar cuál es la mirada de tu compañero. 


En lugar de rechazarlo por su falta de compromiso y compañerismo a la hora de trabajar, no lo apartes. Al contrario, ayudá a que se integre invitándolo a almorzar junto a otros compañeros, a tomar un café. Cuanto más conozcas a la otra persona podrás entender si realmente hay un problema o no. 

Repasá los objetivos del equipo 

Otra idea para recordar a un compañero poco colaborativo cómo debería ser su comportamiento es repasar en una reunión de equipo cuáles son los objetivos del grupo, revisar si todos tienen los objetivos claros o marcar que algo no está funcionando como debería. Esta suele ser una buena instancia para reactivar el sentido de responsabilidad de cada uno e inyectar de nuevo aire al grupo.

Establecer roles 

Una vez que quedaron claros los objetivos y la misión del equipo, es un buen momento para repasar o redefinir los roles de algunos miembros. No asumas que cada uno sabe lo que tiene que hacer. Quizás te des cuenta que los trabajadores que menos aportan  es porque no tienen del todo claro lo que se espera de ellos. 

Buscar oportunidades para motivar al equipo 

Quizás pase que un integrante del equipo se sienta distanciado del resto, no solo por no tener clara su tarea o lo que se espera de él, sino porque sencillamente le aburra la tarea asignada. Si este parece ser el caso, intentpa cambiar su tarea o puesto. Todos los trabajadores quieren convertirse en piezas fundamentales, especialmente los millennials. Los jóvenes necesitan saber que no pierden su tiempo y que están creciendo profesionalmente. Tené en cuenta que el compromiso de un individuo para con sus compañeros crece cuando se siente con la confianza suficiente para llevar adelante la tarea que tiene a cargo, aseguró el especialista Allan Cohen.

          Millennials, Smart Mirrors, and The Other.   
So, I’m still thinking. Yesterday’s post from Ask A Manager contained the following question: What do you do when job applications ask for your work experience (and ask you to explain gaps) when, if you are young like me, 10 years ago you were in middle school? How do you provide sufficient work experience without tipping […]
          Why You Should Help Your Millennial Employees Pay Off Their Student Loan Debt   
For a business to reach its potential, it needs to attract the right talent. But getting the right people to your company isn’t as easy as throwing up a ping-pong table or offering a 401(k) match. Read on to learn about why your company should offer a student loan repayment benefit.
          Hampton University and Clark Atlanta University welcomed the inaugural HBCU Cinema Experience   

The Interactive film platform that unites Hollywood with African American Millennials.

(PRWeb April 26, 2016)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/04/prweb13369894.htm

          What happened to Generation X?   
Over recent months, a lot of political discourse both in NZ and overseas has had a theme of Millennials versus Baby Boomers. Somewhere in between those two is my generation which is Generation X .
          I Wanna Hold Your Hand   
In the end, all I want is to swear by you.
~ graffiti on pipeline walkway

[heartfelt sigh]

Today's walk along the pipeline walkway involved a guy in a hammock seductively hung from two trees by the river 's edge...tragically occupied on the phone rather than with his proximity to nature.

Crossing over to Brown's Island, I encountered a guy busy mopping his sweaty head every other step, yet with no hat on. After admitting that his dermatologist uses dry ice every six months to freeze off the pre-cancerous growths on his head, he allowed that he'd erred in grabbing his towel and ear buds and leaving his hat sitting on his desk.

Ya think?

Today's heat meant that my walk on the pipeline inevitably led to scrambling out over the rocks, the better to lower my feet into the cool, moving water. It was impossible not to notice the radically different water levels from barely two weeks ago, the recent abundance having already given way to trickles.

A letter from Sister #2 today brought this sentiment: Our lives are so different from what I expected and what Mom and Dad had.

Where do I even begin to respond to the comparison of what they found at 22 and 23 and what I still seek? She's married but seems to be admitting she's not as happy as she perceives our parents to be, but also that they retired in their early 50s.

Part of my afternoon winds up being devoted to explaining in letter form why we can't expect to find such luck in either arena at this late stage of the game to someone merely 13 months younger but far less accepting of our reality.

Fortunately, the disappointment of low river levels and relationship failures was forgotten when I met up with a favorite conversationalist for purely friendly dinner and drinks.

Our outing stayed in the neighborhood, specifically Quirk Hotel's "Dinner for Two" at Maple and Pine. In fact, our server informed us that we were the first to come in for dinner for two, resulting in him scrambling to come up with the appropriate menu and a liter of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

The music was spot on: Washed Out, Real Estate and other dreamy-sounding bands, while we munched through grilled eggplant with olive tapenade, feta, pine nuts and lentils as well as a green salad of radishes and green goddess dressing for starters.

We watched countless millennials come through the lobby only to have their IDs checked so they could take the elevator to the rooftop bar. A surprising number wore off-the-shoulder blouses, a fact which we took as a major fashion trend, albeit one that's come and gone countless times.

Discussion revolved around tomorrow's election, a beach getaway and overlapping music shows in the '80s (his with a smoker, not with each other) while we enjoyed fettuccine with pea shoot pesto, country ham, egg and Parmesan and roasted crispy-skinned chicken breast with potatoes and fennel.

Because the conversation was good -  it inevitably is, though we spend too little time engaged in it - we were halfway though carrot cake glazed with cinnamon creme anglaise before even dancing near the interesting topics, namely vacation possibilities, inept help and a ticket to Franz Ferdinand sold away for want of a man to use it.

Keeping to a neighborhood theme, we stopped into Yaki, the newest bar in Jackson Ward and one convenient to us both. The music was leaning toward late era R & B and several of the faces at the bar are usually found at their own bars.

It's while we're drinking Sicilian Rose, specifically Squadra Terre Siciliane Rosato (described on the menu as "bachelorette party in a glass but more reserved) that we politely skirt my preferred topics and instead settle on innocuous conversation to keep things on a purely platonic level. It's enjoyable if a tad safe.

In the meantime, I am fortunate to have a friend who makes me laugh (and occasionally snort) and better accept that my life is completely different than what I'd expected. Unfortunately.

The fault is mine, I would imagine. Here's to correcting that before I die and, like my parents, getting the chance to swear by someone who matters in the end .

Except I will say it and not spray paint it on a railroad support.
          Time Travelling with Max von Sydow – A blast from the past, err… future   
Millennials might not know about Max von Sydow’s legendary acting career. The Swedish-French actor has starred in films as diverse as Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal (1957), The Exorcist (1973) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). In 2016, von Sydow … Continue reading
          Anxiety on the Brink | 4 Steps on How to Talk It Down | Orlando Counselor   
Anxiety is one of the main mental health issues plaguing the people of the millennial and Z generations. There are many articles and blog style posts about the issue; even memes and jokes that internet users have created in order to relate to other sufferers. Even celebrities such as Selena Gomez and Lady Gaga [...]
          I Tried 12 Eyebrow Pencils to See Which Is the Best For Coarse Brows   

Like most millennials, my eyebrows suffered from the tweezing epidemic of the mid-2000s, but since then, I divorced my Tweezerman, I found solace in threading, and, luckily, I recovered. Now, I walk into every eyebrow appointment and the first thing that comes out of my mouth is, "Just clean 'em up; don't touch the shape." As someone with coarse brows, the shape is everything, and while I don't always leave my appointments with a smile on my face, the truth is, I can always rely on makeup to get these brows back to precise perfection.

Naturally thick, bushy eyebrows like Brooke Shields's in the '80s have been back in style for quite a few years now, and with celebrities like Lily Collins and Sofia Vergara boasting their thick arches, it's clear this "trend" is here to stay. With the burial of the overtweezed brow trend from the 2000s came a slew of new makeup products to help us get just a tiny bit closer to thick eyebrow symmetry. So like I said, when brows don't feel bold enough, there's a pencil for that!

I've been on the hunt for the perfect eyebrow pencil for coarse brows - one that won't make me look like an airbrushed Instagram star, but also will give my brows the respect and recognition they deserve - and thanks to the POPSUGAR Beauty editors' recommendations, I was able to test some of the best ones out there.

I tried 12 retractable eyebrow pencils to see how they fared on coarse eyebrows, and I was definitely surprised by the overall results. In each of the photos, I have my everyday makeup on - primer, foundation, cover-up, bronzer, blush, and mascara - and on the right eyebrow, I have the tested product topped with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Tinted Brow Gel ($22) in Espresso to keep the hairs in place. The only change that has been made to the left eyebrow in all photos is that it's been brushed through.

Read on to see the results of the products with my honest feedback and join me on this eyebrow journey.

          UPS Report Finds Traditional Industrial Distributor Model Faces Mounting Risk   

Companies must adapt amid rapid change fueled chiefly by millennials and a shift to e-marketplaces; A surge of purchases coming directly from manufacturers and e-marketplaces, bypassing distributors

Asset-light e-marketplaces and other nontraditional shopping channels, combined with shifting demographics, are upending industrial distributors’ inventory-heavy model more rapidly than previously thought. As a result, distributors must quickly adapt and address threats with everything from sharper mobile offerings to upgraded customer service, a new white paper from UPS (NYSE: UPS) shows.

           'Virtual paradises. A brief history of the postwar Schlager'    
Durrani, Osman (2002) 'Virtual paradises. A brief history of the postwar Schlager'. In: Berghahn, D., ed. Millennial Essays on Film and other German Studies. Verlag Peter Lang, Bern, pp. 93-110. ISBN 9783906768298. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)
          Summer VBS to Blame for Millennials Fleeing the Church, Pastor Says   

Countless studies report Millennials are not in the pews, and one campus pastor thinks he knows why: Vacation Bible School.

"Rarely does a biblical image so singularly justify a church practice as the seed imagery does for VBS, because as an outreach strategy, VBS is usually a flop, but still the chorus echoes across the country, 'At least we planted the seed,'" Peter M. Burfeind writes for The Federalist. Burfeind also serves as a campus pastor at the University of Toledo.

"That may be true, but as long as we're using biblical images, let's remember the devil's seeds also—the weeds. In the case of VBS, we have to ask: Is VBS part of the ecclesiastical cocktail leading to the decline of Christianity in America? More specifically, did it help drive Millennials, the demographic leading that decline, from the church?"

Each summer, churches across the United States gear up for weeklong programs that teach the gospel in a fun, memorable way. Attendees learn new songs, Bible verses, crafts and how to tell their friends about Jesus.

Herein lies the problem, Burfeind writes. VBS teaches children that church should be entertainment, and if they get bored, they move on to the next thing—VBS, church, programs and eventually—or eventually just leave it all together.

With articles online that place music, snacks, recreation time and crafts above time spent in the Bible, Burfeind's analysis sounds solid.

He writes:

Is it any wonder after 30 years of a Christian populace bopping around from church to church seeking the highest entertainment value, the kids grew up and decided to seek their sense of the holy and eternal in religious alternatives like progressivism, a more serious world religion, or even radical Islamism? Or does it surprise us that after growing up in a faith life backdropped with cartoon caricatures, the apparent substantiality of science was enough to dismantle such childish thoughts?

Folks, we've raised our children to leave the church. The loss of Millennials has no one to blame but the parents and church leaders of the past 40 years. Forty years of a strategy of marketing the faith through the medium of pop culture has backfired, as every study of Christianity in America has revealed the past ten years.

But Burfiend isn't suggesting doing away with the church summer classic. Rather, he advises congregations write their own curriculum under pastoral guidance rather than literally buying into the theme of the year.

VBS remains one of the few church events devoted entirely to encouraging children to tell everyone they know about the love of God. We definitely need more of that. {eoa}

          Days of Lot: New Survey Finds That Evangelical Christian Support for Gay Marriage Has More Than Doubled   

A new survey just released by the Pew Research Center has found that support for gay marriage in the United States is at an all-time record high. According to the survey, 62 percent of all Americans are now in favor of allowing gays and lesbians to get married, and only 32 percent are opposed. These numbers have almost flipped completely upside down from where they were a decade ago. In 2007, 54 percent of all Americans were against gay marriage and only 37 percent were in favor of it. To say that our culture has been transformed over the past ten years would be a major understatement.

One of the biggest shifts that we have seen has been among evangelicals. This brand new survey discovered that support for gay marriage among white evangelicals has more than doubled since 2007...

Support for same-sex marriage has risen across all religious groups in recent years, including among white evangelicals and black Protestants. Support for same sex-marriage among white Evangelicals has more than doubled compared with a decade ago (14 percent then, 35 percent now), while the share of black Protestants who favor same-sex marriage has increased from 24 percent in 2007 to 44 percent today.

In particular, the shift in favor of gay marriage among evangelicals has been most noticeable among young people. Today, a staggering 47 percent of all white evangelicals born after 1964 favor gay marriage...

Overall, white evangelical Protestants continue to stand out for their opposition to same-sex-marriage: 35 percent of white evangelical Protestants favor same-sex marriage, compared with a 59 percent majority who are opposed. But younger white evangelicals have grown more supportive: 47 percent of white evangelical Millennials and Gen Xers—age cohorts born after 1964—favor same-sex marriage, up from 29 percent in March 2016. Views among older white evangelicals (Boomers and Silents) have shown virtually no change over the past year (26 percent now, 25 percent then).

I honestly don't know how this is possible.

How in the world did we get to the point where nearly half of all evangelicals born since 1964 have abandoned what the Word of God says about marriage?

As this massive cultural shift continues, it is going to become increasingly difficult for those that still want to try to stand up for traditional values.

Already, we have gotten to the point where no Bible-believing Christians will be able to participate in the wedding industry because the risk of getting slapped with a very costly lawsuit is just too great. One of these cases is headed to the Supreme Court, and so let us be praying for a positive outcome:

Jack Phillips and his Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, had never had problems before with homosexual customers. That changed when the Christian owner refused to create a cake to celebrate a same-sex marriage, the business landed in deep legal trouble with the state.

Now the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take up Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

It pits Phillips' religious rights against the rights of a gay couple to receive the same and equal treatment under the law as heterosexual couples.

Today, the average American watches approximately five hours of television a day, and more than 90 percent of the news and entertainment that we watch is controlled by just six gigantic media conglomerates. All of those media giants are relentlessly advancing a pro-gay agenda, and we need to realize what is being done to us.

If you allow anyone to feed "programming" into your mind for five hours a day, it is going to have a major impact on how you view the world.

This is particularly true of the next generation. Our children are being raised to fully embrace the social agenda of the radical left, and eventually, they are going to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Our hearts should break when we read about young kids such as 9-year-old Audrey Cisneros:

But Audrey is realizing it's not an easy thing for people to understand—especially her fellow fifth-graders. Here's how she puts it:

"A drag show is a very, very fun and special event where people can express themselves for who they really are, and show it to everyone that is in the room. You don't judge people just because they dress up as the opposite gender or because they love someone of the same gender. Just be proud of them, don't fight it."

On Saturday, Audrey and other children attend a drag queen story hour hosted by My LGBT Plus. Similar events have been held across the country, aiming to familiarize kids with the gay community and give them "glamorous, positive and unabashedly queer role models."

On the other hand, children all over the country are being banned from bringing Bibles to school or gathering for group prayer.

Eventually it will get to the point where our children can't even say grace before a meal. If you doubt this, just check out what is happening in Sweden:

Children at a Christian preschool in Sweden are no longer allowed to say grace at mealtimes, "Amen", or talk about the Bible, after a ruling by the Umeå municipality.

Visiting the preschool for an inspection, supervisors from the district said the activities run contrary to the Education Act, which forbids educational content during school time from containing confessional elements, and states that children at must always have the choice of whether or not to participate.

The municipality said it felt that children at the Salvation Army-run kindergarten were not given enough of an opportunity to opt out of saying grace at mealtimes.

When I say that the radical left wants to eradicate our way of life, I am not exaggerating one bit.

The left does not believe in free speech and the marketplace of ideas. Instead, they believe in hate speech laws and using the legal system as a tool to punish those that do not see things the same way that they do.

Slowly but surely, they are going to criminalize the belief systems of those that disagree with them.

Meanwhile, much of the evangelical church is silent on these issues. Many leaders are concerned that if they do speak out that attendance will go down and offerings will not be as large as they were previously.

If evangelical churches had been boldly proclaiming the truth all this time, support for gay marriage among evangelicals would not have doubled over the past decade.

If we want America to repent and turn in a positive direction, it begins with us, and it is about time that we got started. {eoa}

          7 financial questions you should ask your partner before getting married   

You've locked down a venue, ordered the cake, and badgered your friends and family into choosing beef or fish. Congratulations: You're about to get married! But while planning for the wedding itself is important, even more crucial are the conversations you and your partner should have had by now about the biggest of bugaboos: Money.

Too many couples brush the topic to the side — and understandably so! Listening to (and laughing at) cover bands is fun. Peeling back your partner's financial habits, healthy or otherwise, can mean arguments or even second-guessing your compatibility.

The good news? It's not too late to start a dialogue about your personal spending and saving habits, and how you'd like to handle finances as a couple. Here are seven key questions to ask each other that will address where you'd like to be financially from now until retirement — helping firm up that "for richer or poorer" promise:

1. What's your credit score?

You hopefully already know about any massive debt or student loans your partner is paying off. But especially if you aren't living together yet, finding out each other's credit score is important. This seemingly basic question has big ramifications — for instance, whether or not you get approved for a mortgage. If you or your soon-to-be spouse's number isn't in the green, it's time to talk about ways to boost that score, or consider meeting with an adviser who can help put you on a path toward better credit together.

2. How did your parents handle their finances?

You have your mom's nose, your dad's eyes — but whose financial savvy (or lack thereof) did you inherit? While we tend to mimic many of our parents' behaviors as we grow up, they're less set in stone than, say, height. Still, those experiences may influence your partner's beliefs about what is "normal" when it comes to finances. His mom may have been a spendthrift to the extreme, or her dad may have saved to the point of obsession. Neither is particularly healthy, so being aware of those conscious or unconscious influences is a key step as you talk about how you'd like to build your own financial practices as a couple.

3. Should we combine our finances?

Some couples maintain totally separate checking and savings accounts, with each depositing their respective income in their own account. Some one-income, traditional couples have the sole breadwinner give an "allowance" to his or her spouse. Other couples combine all their money into one or more joint accounts. And still others use a hybrid system — most of the dough into shared accounts, with a relatively small amount put in a pair of "personal" accounts, one for each partner. There's no right or wrong way — everyone is different! But it's important to be on the same page as your partner before you get hitched.

4. Should one of us join the other's health insurance plan?

It's no secret that not all health insurance plans are created equal. And getting married falls under the Affordable Care Act's "Special Enrollment Period" option, meaning one of you can enroll in the other's plan outside of the yearly Open Enrollment Period. (Obviously this could change depending on if and how the GOP overhauls ObamaCare.) There are several considerations, including whether one plan offers lower deductibles and co-payments, or more choices for doctors and hospitals, when determining whether it's a better deal to drop a single policy for one two-person coverage plan or not. Still, if one of you is settled in a job with great benefits, this is a conversation worth having.

5. How many kids do you want?

Talking about whether you want kids in the first place may seem like the more obvious discussion, but when it comes to your financial future as a couple, none, one, two, or three each prompts very different math. At its most basic, know this: The cost of raising one child from birth to age 17 (so, not including college tuition) has hit $233,610. There is a "cheaper by the dozen" effect, meaning the cost per child goes down as siblings can share clothes, toys, and even potentially bedrooms. Still, each child you plan to have will significantly change your future available funds, how you invest, whether you can send those kids to public or private school — the list goes on and on. Get on the same page before baby makes three.

6. How much can each of us spend before we need to consult the other?

Weekly groceries probably get the go-ahead for "buy now, mention later." But a new car? What about a destination-trip weekend with friends? Or the price point for birthday or anniversary gifts? The cap will be different for every couple, depending on your incomes, savings, and personal levels of comfort with saving and spending. Figuring out the mutually agreed-upon line before you tie the knot will alleviate a lot of arguments down the road.

7. How will we save for retirement?

So you each already have a 401(k) at work, some rainy-day funds, and have identified a savings goal such as a down payment on a house. Great! But leaving retirement as a single piece of the puzzle, carried along by maxing out a workplace 401(k), could shortchange you both when you're ready to kick back and relax. If you're lucky enough to reach a point where you can max out your 401(k)s and still consider investing further, do it. A Health Savings Account can be one smart place to stash additional funds; you can plan to use them for Medicare premiums and out-of-pocket health-care costs. And it's time to stop being leery of the stock market. Talk about how comfortable you both are with the risks and rewards, but the key is to start investing together sooner rather than later — you'll be glad you did when you're toasting to a secure retirement at age 65.

          'Vice News Tonight' Seeks To Reinvent TV News For Millennials   
Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: The show "Vice News Tonight" aired its one 100th episode last night on HBO. The show mixes the edgy style of the Vice Media Company with the familiar format of the "Nightly News." NPR's David Folkenflik went to Brooklyn to meet Vice executives and learn more about how their experiment is going. DAVID FOLKENFLIK, BYLINE: Vice CEO Shane Smith created a media empire out of a magazine he co-founded more than two decades ago in Canada. It was roguish, rough, macho and young. That last one was becoming a concern. SHANE SMITH: Frankly, we're aging with our demo. So when Vice magazine started, we were a Gen-X company. When we started putting video online as an experiment, everything changed. FOLKENFLIK: Video made Vice young again. SMITH: When we started news, it was a given that millennials didn't give a [expletive] about news. And they sure as hell didn't care about international news, right? So we started doing short-form. It had
          Generation Z report predicts the future of music and social media   
Social media as we know it could become a thing of the past for young millennials.
          The Psychology Behind Why People Buy, And Where   

Homebuyers within the last two years are buying homes in certain areas for a variety of reasons. But what is driving the millennial home-buying psyche, and how does it compare to previous generations?

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          Survey: Branded content gets firm thumbs-up from younger generations   
Around 90% of younger consumers -- Generation X, millennials and Generation Z -- approve of brands using custom content to re -More

          Millennials Need Old School Skills   
Millennials Need Old School Skills
          Do Millennials Want to Rent or Buy Homes?   
Do Millennials Want to Rent or Buy Homes
          Millennials Aren't Excited about Election   
          hellodigit: The Financial Lives of Girls [Infographic] The...   


The Financial Lives of Girls [Infographic]

The Girls of HBO’s beloved eponymous series live like seemingly normal NYC Millennials, more or less. But just how realistic are their exciting (financial) lives, as they hop from one social event to the next?

Applying financial reality to fiction is a challenge, but it’s not impossible! To do so, we just need averages and standards to measure against, along with reliable sources for actual rents, salaries, and costs of living. Check out the graphic to see just how close the Girls live to reality.

          Did Hillary Woo Millennials?   
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From whom do people think the Millennials learned their behavior?
          Los papás y mamás “millennials” disparan las compras online de productos para bebés   
Son parejas de entre 30 y 40 años que acaban de tener su primer hijo. Se trata de nativos digitales para los que Internet y el móvil resultan tan indispensables como la luz o el agua. Los dos trabajan, tienen poco tiempo libre y quieren disfrutar al máximo de su bebé. Los padres y madres […]
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          Changing the Name of the Game: A Look into the Future of Investing   
Millennials have the potential to significantly alter the way the financial services industry caters to individual investors. The newest generation of workers, the first to grow up entirely in the age of smart phones and the internet, don’t view investments as stocks and bonds run by Wall Street. They are [...]
          Introducing the 2014 Winter Issue of Clever Daring Magazine!   
IT'S FINALLY HERE. The first issue of Clever Daring Magazine! It's been my dream for a long while now to create & publish my own magazine and so I'm super excited and proud to launch it for the public today.
What originally started as a college assignment (one cover, one contents page & two spreads) quickly turned into an obsession and eventually my senior thesis.

Clever Darling is a (currently) online publication for millennial women, by millennial women. This first issue is 32 pages, packed full of articles on productivity, sass, babes in business, some sassy cocktail drinks and more! Clever Darling will be posted quarterly for now and will be heavily influenced by you- the readers! (More info coming soon <3)

First and foremost, a website, which hopefully will be live before the New Year! Once that goes up, we'll be accepting submissions and proposals for working with artists, photographers, bloggers, writers, advertisers, etc. And one day, we hope to be able to sell printed issues.
Until then, we'll also be jammin' on twitter & instagram, with more social to follow in the coming months! So stay tuned for all of that!

Please take a look and let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions for what you'd like to see in the next issue! Again, thank you all so much for your support and I can't wait to hear what you think! xx

          Time to play catch-up as consumers redesign their own healthcare solutions   

by Andrea J. Simon

My team has recently been conducting anthropological research for several healthcare clients. What we are seeing is a compilation of changes taking place that are completely redesigning how consumers are seeking healthcare and their satisfaction when receiving it. Increasingly, today’s healthcare users are designing the care delivery system to match their personal tastes and styles--colored by their frustrations with their current physician and the overall experience with his/her practice.

I’d like to share with you some of what we are noticing and the supporting research regarding the coming cultural impact of these changes.

The “Yelp-ification” of the patient experience. Today’s physicians must maneuver within tight time slots to see, diagnose and treat a patient. While they are trying to deliver the right care and record it on patients’ medical records, patients are experiencing a fast-paced session, no time to really speak with his/her doctor and often a lack of clarity as to what they should do to resolve their condition. These frustrated patients are seeking some type of solution.

As similar research conducted by Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide states, “Physicians are the experts in medicine, but patients are the experts in their own experiences. Communication is a two-way street and nowhere is this more important than during an office visit—this is the backbone of patient-centered care and shared decision-making.”

What happens after a fast-paced session is often less satisfactory than the patient desires. This leads, to the physicians’ chagrin, to the “Yelp-ification” of healthcare. Patients are going online and telling everyone what they thought of that doctor’s experience. Doctors are in denial, appalled and frustrated. Patients are just telling it like it is—at least for them. And in one physician’s case, that negative review was all about his poor access, bad parking and inconsiderate office staff.

Consumers are now relentlessly shopping online for care. Healthgrades is the new “go-to” place for millions of people who go searching every day for a medical service. Or WebMD or Patientslikeme.com. Why the dramatic rise in comparison shopping? People have large deductibles. They are paying huge out of pocket expenses. They want the best deal.

In our research, consumers kept telling us they do not have credible experience on their own making medical decisions except on the basis of cost with the hope of quality. Yet, they are perfectly fine trying. Doctors have become a commodity in the consumer’s mind. As one interviewee said: “Aren’t all doctors the same?” Followed by, “Don’t they all practice evidence-based medicine?”

More than half of millennials use retail clinics, urgent care centers or emergency rooms for nonemergency care, according to a survey by FairHealth, and they are more prone to do so than people in other age groups.

As one doctor, a millennial herself, said: “My generation is all about convenience and preventive health. We don’t want to see the doctor in person, which is one reason why we want to stay healthy.”

This same half of millennials in FairHealth’s survey stated that “their doctor would not recognize them if they crossed paths walking down the street.” With so few traditional PCP relationships, it’s no surprise that the number of retail clinics in the U.S. has soared in the past 10 years. For a generation accustomed to leveraging their purchasing power in the most expedient and hassle-free ways, millennials are driving the retail clinic proliferation.

Ron Rowes, M.D., chief medical officer of Prominence Health Plan, sums it up very well in a USA Today article: “They’re used to reaching out when they need something, getting instant gratification, moving on and only coming back when they have the need again.”

Ironically, many of the consumers we have been studying are not millennials (in their 30s) but baby boomers (in their 60s and up). This demographic is facing the current changes in healthcare delivery with very different emotions and frustrations than the younger group. Their doctors are too busy to see them for more than a few minutes. Getting answers to questions is difficult. Knowing what comes next is unclear. While they are “loyal” and have “relationships” with their PCP, they aren’t sure this is of much value to their health or their care when they need him/her.

It’s a perfect storm that must be addressed, not avoided.

This tipping point in healthcare service delivery is here, there and everywhere. What to do? We need to step back and solidly re-think these changes and how to best provide care for a complex, multi-generational population that is now going to be driving the solutions to their care rather than accepting what doctors, hospitals and insurance plans mandate for them. It’s an uphill climb but it must be done, and fast.

Andrea J. Simon, Ph.D., is a former marketing, branding and culture change senior vice president at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan. She also is president and CEO of Simon Associates Management Consultants.

          WP Engine Named Top Place To Work For Millennials   

What makes a great place for Millennials to work? For those born after 1980, it’s not just about ping pong tables and a stocked snack pantry. Although the rising young professionals are often stereotyped as lazy and entitled, turns out an opportunity for growth, a fulfillment of purpose, and a collaborative work environment are the [Read More]

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          Hello Lab Introduces Diversity-Focused Mentorship Program   

AT&T* Hello Lab , a collection of original entertainment created by, for and with Millennial and Gen Z audiences, has launched its Mentorship Program. It's a new initiative that brings together entertainment industry leaders with aspiring filmmakers from diverse backgrounds as they create their signature work.

           Younger Season 4: How Long Can Liza Keep This Secret Going?    
In the Season 4 premiere, we found out that Kelsey is pissed off, and if Liza weren't her sole partner in the Millennial imprint, we're pretty sure she would have been out of her job. Lies just so happened to be the theme of this episode, with Kristin Chenowith guest starring as a D.C. spin doctor, who excelled in alternative facts. According to Sutton Foster and creator Darren Star, there's really no telling how long she can keep this thing going. If we had to place bets on someone new learning the secret by the end of Season 4, we'd put money on Charles (Peter Hermann).
          Allrecipes Expands Alexa Cooking Skill Feature Set for New Amazon Echo Show   
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<h1 class="xn-hedline">Allrecipes Expands Alexa Cooking Skill Feature Set for New Amazon Echo Show</h1>

<h2 class="xn-hedline">Amazon Alexa Brings World's #1 Food Destination's Recipes and Video Content to Millions of Consumers Via Visually Guided Voice-Activation</h2>

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<p class="xn-dateline">SEATTLE, June 28, 2017</p>

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<span class="xn-location">SEATTLE</span>, <span class="xn-chron">June 28, 2017</span> /PRNewswire/ --&nbsp;Meredith Corporation <b>(NYSE: MDP; </b><a href="http://www.meredith.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><b>http://www.meredith.com</b></a><b>),</b> the nation's leading media and marketing company serving 110 million unduplicated U.S. women and 70 percent of American Millennial women, today announced that <b>Allrecipes</b> Skill from Amazon <b>Alexa </b>will be the among first cooking skills updated for Amazon Echo Show devices. The voice-activated skill will let millions of home cooks search and discover recipes, watch how-to preparation videos, and store their favorites &ndash; all while preparing meals hands-free in their kitchens.</p>


<i>Allrecipes</i> is the world's largest digital food brand, with 80 million users worldwide and 1.5 billion annual visits. Allrecipes was early to provide comprehensive cooking content via voice activation, launching an Alexa skill for devices such as Amazon Echo and Echo Dot late last year. The Allrecipes skill for Alexa lets users search for a recipe from a database of more than 60,000 and then guides them through the cooking process. The skill also lets users ask Alexa what they can cook with a set of on-hand ingredients, and Allrecipes will return recipe matches. </p>

<p>With this new launch, Allrecipes expands its Alexa skill capabilities to include visual guidance and demonstration, letting users speak commands to select from among multiple recipe images, as well as use their voice to play, pause and navigate how-to videos shown on the Amazon Echo Show's 7-inch touchscreen.&nbsp; These new features will make it easier for home cooks to discover and execute recipes, while keeping their hands free for meal preparation.</p>

<p>"We are excited to continue to lead the way in food innovation for home cooks," said <span class="xn-person">Stan Pavlovsky</span>, Meredith Digital President. "Voice-led experiences are playing a rapidly growing role in helping home cooks discover and prepare recipes with ease. Adding visual guidance to that experience is the next step. With this skill, Allrecipes turns the cooking show of the past into an interactive and fully customizable experience that has more than 60,000 paths to choose."</p>

<p>Users who have already downloaded the Allrecipes Alexa skill to their Amazon Echo or Amazon Echo Dot devices will have access to these new features upon setting up and logging into their new Amazon Echo Show device. New Alexa users can enable the Allrecipes skill on their <span class="xn-person">Echo Show</span> by simply stating, "Alexa, enable the Allrecipes skill." </p>

<p>Users with accounts on allrecipes.com can use voice commands to access their list of favorite saved recipes. </p>

<p>Amazon <span class="xn-person">Echo Shows</span> have been available for pre-order since March, and have topped Amazon's Most Popular Electronics list.&nbsp; </p>

<p>To view a demo is the Allrecipes Alexa skill on Amazon Echo Show, click <a href="http://dish.allrecipes.com/introducing-allrecipes-on-amazon-alexa/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp; <br>To order an Amazon Echo Show, visit amazon.com/echoshow.</p>

<b>About Meredith Corporation</b>

<p>Meredith Corporation <b>(NYSE: MDP; </b><a href="http://www.meredith.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><b>http://www.meredith.com</b></a><b>)</b> has been committed to service journalism for 115 years. Today, Meredith uses multiple distribution platforms &ndash; including broadcast television, print, digital, mobile and video &ndash; to provide consumers with content they desire and to deliver the messages of its advertising and marketing partners.</p>

<p>Meredith's National Media Group reaches more than 110 million unduplicated women every month, including 70 percent of U.S. Millennial women. Meredith is the leader in creating and distributing content across platforms in key consumer interest areas such as food, home, parenting and health through well-known brands such as Better Homes &amp; Gardens, Allrecipes, Parents, SHAPE, <span class="xn-person">Martha Stewart Living</span> and The Magnolia Journal. Meredith also features robust brand licensing activities, including more than 3,000 SKUs of branded products at 5,000 Walmart stores across the U.S. Meredith Xcelerated Marketing is an award-winning, strategic and creative agency that provides fully integrated marketing solutions for many of the world's top brands, including The Kraft Heinz Co., Bank of America, WebMD, Volkswagen and NBCUniversal.</p>

<p>Meredith's Local Media Group includes 17 television stations reaching 11 percent of U.S. households. Meredith's portfolio is concentrated in large, fast-growing markets, with seven stations in the nation's Top 25 &ndash; including <span class="xn-location">Atlanta</span>, <span class="xn-location">Phoenix</span>, <span class="xn-location">St. Louis</span> and <span class="xn-location">Portland</span> &ndash; and 13 in Top 50 markets. Meredith's stations produce 700 hours of local news and entertainment content each week, and operate leading local digital destinations.</p>


<p>SOURCE  Meredith Corporation; Allrecipes</p>


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Sgt. Marty Tucker thinks millennials have trouble talking to strangers. Tucker runs training for the Sheriff's Office in Spokane, Wash., and he says new recruits seem inhibited when making face-to-face contacts with members of the public. "They're so stressed out about making contact that they don't think about anything else," he says. "So they get up there, and then they'll freeze up." In a job that depends on good communication skills, Tucker says this is a huge problem. And Tucker isn't alone. For the past few years, police administrators and trainers have become increasingly vocal about what they see as a major shortcoming of young law enforcement recruits. "I wouldn't say they're a different breed," says Thom Dworak, a retired police sergeant in suburban Chicago who now works as a police trainer. "But I had a field training class two weeks ago that was primarily older millennials, on the job five to eight years, and they're even whining about the new ones coming in." The problem,
          Inter-hemispheric temperature variability over the past millennium   
The Earth’s climate system is driven by a complex interplay of internal chaotic dynamics and natural and anthropogenic external forcing. Recent instrumental data have shown a remarkable degree of asynchronicity between Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere temperature fluctuations, thereby questioning the relative importance of internal versus external drivers of past as well as future climate variability. However, large-scale temperature reconstructions for the past millennium have focused on the Northern Hemisphere, limiting empirical assessments of inter-hemispheric variability on multi-decadal to centennial timescales. Here, we introduce a new millennial ensemble reconstruction of annually resolved temperature variations for the Southern Hemisphere based on an unprecedented network of terrestrial and oceanic palaeoclimate proxy records. In conjunction with an independent Northern Hemisphere temperature reconstruction ensemble, this record reveals an extended cold period (1594–1677) in both hemispheres but no globally coherent warm phase during the pre-industrial (1000–1850) era. The current (post-1974) warm phase is the only period of the past millennium where both hemispheres are likely to have experienced contemporaneous warm extremes. Our analysis of inter-hemispheric temperature variability in an ensemble of climate model simulations for the past millennium suggests that models tend to overemphasize Northern Hemisphere–Southern Hemisphere synchronicity by underestimating the role of internal ocean–atmosphere dynamics, particularly in the ocean-dominated Southern Hemisphere. Our results imply that climate system predictability on decadal to century timescales may be lower than expected based on assessments of external climate forcing and Northern Hemisphere temperature variations alone.
          Megadroughts in Southwestern North America in ECHO-G Millennial Simulations and Their Comparison to Proxy Drought Reconstructions   
Simulated hydroclimate variability in millennium-length forced transient and control simulations from the ECHAM and the global Hamburg Ocean Primitive Equation (ECHO-G) coupled atmosphere–ocean general circulation model (AOGCM) is analyzed and compared to 1000 years of reconstructed Palmer drought severity index (PDSI) variability from the North American Drought Atlas (NADA). The ability of the model to simulate megadroughts in the North American southwest is evaluated. (NASW: 25°–42.5°N, 125°–105°W). Megadroughts in the ECHO-G AOGCM are found to be similar in duration and magnitude to those estimated from the NADA. The droughts in the forced simulation are not, however, temporally synchronous with those in the paleoclimate record, nor are there significant differences between the drought features simulated in the forced and control runs. These results indicate that model-simulated megadroughts can result from internal variability of the modeled climate system rather than as a response to changes in exogenous forcings. Although the ECHO-G AOGCM is capable of simulating megadroughts through persistent La Niña–like conditions in the tropical Pacific, other mechanisms can produce similarly extreme NASW moisture anomalies in the model. In particular, the lack of low-frequency coherence between NASW soil moisture and simulated modes of climate variability like the El Niño–Southern Oscillation, Pacific decadal oscillation, and Atlantic multidecadal oscillation during identified drought periods suggests that stochastic atmospheric variability can contribute significantly to the occurrence of simulated megadroughts in the NASW. These findings indicate that either an expanded paradigm is needed to understand multidecadal hydroclimate variability in the NASW or AOGCMs may incorrectly simulate the strength and/or dynamics of the connection between NASW hydroclimate variability and the tropical Pacific.
          ALA 2012 – Monday, June 25th, 2012 – Insert Catchy Label Here or the End of Gen Y, Digital Natives and the Millennial Student Myth   
Insert Catchy Label Here or the End of Gen Y, Digital Natives and the Millennial Student Myth The program will look at how changing demographics effects academic library user populations and how libraries prepare for the changes. Issues addressed may include, demographic projections, users in two-year, four-year and vocational and graduate institutions, economic issues, serving […]
          Fight The New Anti-Semitism!: Truth, Half-Truths and Lies: "Christ at the Checkp...   
Check out this blog written by my friend Olivier Melnick. He does an excellent job in critiquing the Christ at the Check Point Manifesto.  His blog is called NewAntisemitism.  I highly recommend his writing on the subject of antisemitism and especially this article on Christ at the Checkpoint.

Fight The New Anti-Semitism!: Truth, Half-Truths and Lies: "Christ at the Checkpoint" Anti-Israel Conference :

            For as long as I can remember, the Middle East has been in turmoil. Arabs and Jews appear to have been at each other’s throats since the day Israel was reborn as a modern nation in May of 1948 (that very day also being known as “al-Nakba” or “the Catastrophe” in the Islamic culture).
            Being a Jew born and raised in Paris and as a child of Holocaust survivors, I grew-up in a culture that instilled in me the reality of anti-Semitism as well as the existing hatred between Arabs and Jews. While my own family never taught me to retaliate evil for evil, there was always an underlying uneasiness about “those Arabs who hate us!” as I often heard growing up.
            Then I met my Messiah in the summer of 1981. While my growth in Yeshua (Jesus) was slow at first, it was steady and I grew increasingly aware of God’s love for ALL people, Jews, Arabs and anyone else. As difficult as it was for this Jew to really accept that concept, as a follower of the Messiah, I had no other choice but to accept that God not only loves all, but that He also requires us to love all, including our enemies: “But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44).
            This is why I am deeply saddened AND concerned by the recent conference known as “Christ at the Checkpoint” (CatC) that took place March 5-9, 2012 at Bethlehem Bible College. This was the second of its kind after the one that took place in 2010.
The subtitle of the conference was “hope in the midst of conflict”. The theme was advertised as being “peace and reconciliation”. In and of themselves, both the title and theme are commendable efforts to be recognized by anyone, assuming they are an accurate and ethical description of the events that took place. As it turned out, following in the footsteps of the 2010 conference, the 2012 event did not have reconciliation at heart, unless of course reconciliation was the result of a unilateral admission of Israel’s faults in the Middle East crisis. This would of course require recognizing Israel as a guilty occupier and perpetrator of crimes against humanity, hardly a fact!
Advertised on their own website as a huge “evangelical breakthrough” , CatC claims that over 600 local and international Christians gathered (including several Messianic Jews). Many evangelical figures spoke during the conference, bringing their support and endorsements to the cause. It was also stated that:
Conference organizers challenged the evangelical community to cease looking at the Middle East through the lens of “end times” prophecy and instead rallied them to join in following Jesus in the prophetic pursuance of justice, peace and reconciliation.
This prompted a unified response from several Messianic Jewish organizations (a small miracle considering that when you put two Jews in a room, you get three opinions). A response that rightfully so, showed great concern for the direction the Conference was taking
Additionally, CatC organizers including blatant anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic Stephen Sizer, also published a manifesto that was agreed upon and signed by all organizers.
While that manifesto contains some truth, it is ambiguous and misleading at best, but also rather libelous in some cases. A closer look at it in light of God’s Word is necessary. Following in bold is the exact text of the manifesto along with Scripture to either validate its truth or rebuke its error.       
The Christ at the Checkpoint Manifesto

The Kingdom of God has come. Evangelicals must reclaim the prophetic role in bringing peace, justice and reconciliation in Palestine and Israel.
DISAGREED: Kingdom Now Theology also known as a variance of Dominion Theology claims among other things, that Yeshua’s Kingdom was inaugurated at His first coming while Scripture states that He will reign as Messianic King on the throne of David from Jerusalem in the yet to come Millennial Messianic Kingdom (Psalm 72:8, 11, 17; Isaiah 9:7, 11:6-11; Jeremiah 23:6, Zechariah 3:10)

Reconciliation recognizes God’s image in one another.
AGREED: God created man and woman in His image, regardless of ethnicity. (Genesis 1:27; 5:1; 9:6; 1 Corinthians 11:7; Ephesians 4:24).

Racial ethnicity alone does not guarantee the benefits of the Abrahamic Covenant.
DISAGREED: The benefits of the Abrahamic Covenant as multi-faceted as they are promised to both the Jewish people and the nations through Abraham, yet the physical land is ONLY promised to the Jewish people, ethnic descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Genesis 12:1-3, 7; 13:15;17:7-8, 19; 25:5-6; 26:3; 28:3-4; 35:9-15

The Church in the land of the Holy One, has born witness to Christ since the days of Pentecost. It must be empowered to continue to be light and salt in the region, if there is to be hope in the midst of conflict.
AGREED: Yeshua’s last command to His disciples was to make disciples of ALL NATIONS (Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 24:47)

Any exclusive claim to land of the Bible in the name of God is not in line with the teaching of Scripture.
DISAGREED: It must be understood first and foremost that the Land of Israel belongs to God Himself (Leviticus 25:23). God chose to make a covenant with Abraham that would include that piece of land as an eternal AND unconditional part of that covenant. Additionally, God’s gifts are irrevocable (Romans 11:29).

All forms of violence must be refuted unequivocally.  
AGREED: Yeshua always taught against violence for believers, as a matter of fact, He taught the exact opposite between His followers as well as between His followers and unbelievers, making Christianity a most unique faith were disciples of Messiah must EVEN love their enemies (Matthew 5:39-48; Luke 6:27-35, Romans 12:17-21)

Palestinian Christians must not lose the capacity to self-criticism if they wish to remain prophetic.
AGREED: In any conflict, ALL parties must be willing to recognize fault and prepared to adjust accordingly. (Proverbs 18:12; Ephesians 4:2; Philippians 2:3; Colossians 3:1-17)

There are real injustices taking place in the Palestinian territories and the suffering of the Palestinian people can no longer be ignored. Any solution  must respect the equity and rights of Israel and Palestinian communities.
 PARTIALLY AGREED AND DISAGREED: While mutual respect of human beings as being made in God’s image is at the core of peace and reconciliation, what is meant by “injustices in the Palestinian territories” remains to be defined. (Genesis 1:27; 5:1; 9:6; 1 Corinthians 11:7; Ephesians 4:24)

For Palestinian Christians, the occupation is the core issue of the conflict.
 PARTIALLY AGREED AND DISAGREED: While nobody enjoys living in a land that they feel is theirs and is occupied by a foreign people group, it remains to be proven biblically that Jewish people are the occupiers. All previous Scriptures cited about the Land lead to an opposite view (See verses under points 3 and 5).

Any challenge of the injustices taking place in the Holy Land must be done in Christian love. Criticism of Israel and the occupation cannot be confused with anti-Semitism and the delegitimization of the State of Israel.
AGREED: While it is possible to disagree with Israeli policies, much of what has  been labeled as anti-Israelism or even anti-Zionism has really been anti-Semitism in disguise. Genuine Christian love is at the core of any reconciliation and is irrespective of color or race. (2 Corinthians 5:14; Ephesians 3:19; Colossians 3:14).

Respectful dialogue between Palestinian and Messianic believers must continue. Though we may disagree on secondary matters of theology, the Gospel of Jesus and his ethical teaching take precedence.
PARTIALLY AGREED AND DISAGREED: Respectful dialogue means that both sides must be heard and both sides must listen. Agreeing on the Gospel of Yeshua doesn’t negate God’s covenants with the Jewish people (Romans 1:16; 9-11)

Christians must understand the global context for the rise of extremist Islam. We challenge stereotyping of all faith forms that betray God’s commandment to love our neighbors and enemies.
AGREED: While again I find the statement misleading as it could be taken to mean that there is a justification for radical Islam’s violence, I agree that Christian love is always to be the foundation of any lasting peace and reconciliation (See verses under points 6).
            I recognize that the breaking down of the manifesto into sections to be either supported or refuted by God’s Word is non exhaustive at best. Nevertheless, it provides a bit more of a biblical foundation on which to rest for a more balanced approach to the Middle East conflict.
           While CatC appears to seek justice and to be interested in hearing both sides (thus the few messianic pro-Zionists on the list of speakers), it is still obvious to me that the scale was heavily tipped by anti-Semitism at worst, and anti-Israelism or anti-Zionism at best. Unfortunately, the very fact that some evangelicals participated in the conference and that many more will endorse its false agenda of “peace and reconciliation” is proof to me that the Body of Messiah has lost its sense of discernment, an issue that we have been warned about regarding the last days.

I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Messiah Yeshua, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. (2 Timothy 4:1-5).

          Millennials’ Issues with Clinton Are Rooted in Iraq and 2008   
A couple weeks ago Slate‘s Double X Gabfest discussed why Millennials don’t support Hillary Clinton for president in greater numbers. Something I think everyone failed to mention is when people in their late twenties to early thirties came of age.  Some of my earliest political memories are of the farce of the Clinton impeachment and the […]
          W Hotel on Hollywood Blvd   
We are not hipsters nor millennials.

That probably goes without saying.

But we were surrounded by them on Saturday at the W Hotel. 

It was a fun adventure, throbbing music and crowds and all (and just a short Uber drive to the Greek Theatre to see Bonnie Raitt in concert, where the crowd was significantly older and we knew the words to the songs).

.....here is what you can expect if you ever book yourself a room (and are graciously upgraded to a suite) in the heart of the city!

Lobby is quite glam!

No pockets so the cocktail server at the rooftop pool has to improvise.

In-room bar had quite the selection.

Love the Bliss bath products.

View from our bed.

The floor mat in the elevator on Saturday.

And on Sunday (yes, I live in flip flops, don't judge!)

          Behold the Workplace of the Future, Which Looks Pretty Much Like a Coffee Shop (via The Loop / Golf Digest)   
. The Loop / Golf Digest — The communal, forward-thinking, collaboration-focused, millennial-centric “open floor plan” is a thing of the past, according to some elitist business-news startup called the Wall Street Journal. “Many studies show how open-plan office spaces can have negative effects on employees and productivity,” says this “news-paper,” going on to say that companies […]
          Brit Millennial Goes To Extremes To Get A Day Off Work   

A man who was sent home from work for wearing shorts returned to his office wearing his mum’s dress.   20-year-old Joey Barge, from Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire had enough of wearing suits to the call centre so he decided to wear some navy blue shorts, but before getting to work he questioned his decision by...

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          Kenyon Review: Are we “missing” or misplaced?   
“But King’s landscape is not Eliot’s. She is a poet of the postmodern, who writes, yes, about the missing, but what’s missing may simply be misplaced among the detritus of millennial clutter.”   Do we know what’s missing or misplaced? Are we the Missing Museum? Read the Kenyon Review’s intimate critique of “The Missing Museum” and the gems it…
          How 'Harry Potter' changed your world (even if you never read the books)   
Harry, Hermione, Ron, Dumbledore and Hagrid cast a spell that's still changing Millennials and the planet they live on.
          Dems pat women on the head, give 'em a lollipop   
Are we tired of this brainless ladyparts talk from Dems and Preezie O yet. Talk about objectifying and manipulating: ‘Binder Derangement Syndrome’: How the Democratic Party Exploits Women. Commentary: 
Equal pay was already the law of the land before Obama signed it. Rather than an advance for women, the Act was a lollipop for the president’s trial lawyer bundlers.
Equal pay is a canard anyway, and has been for over 20 years.
The next generation, Millennial women, are concerned about jobs, jobs, and more jobs. Because too many of them are unemployed: New survey shows young female voters support GOP economic priorities And their moms and grandmas may have jobs but they're worried about the future for their families. For their husbands, their daughters and their sons.

They may not be able to retire themselves, they may be the breadwinners holding one or two generations together.

Flextime is especially important to women, but Obama and his union cronies oppose it, so it gets shoved aside--Dems take women for granted:

Exhibit A is a progressive tax code and the penalty it imposes on earning marginal, or additional, income. Most married women are second earners. That means their income is added to that of their husband's and thus often taxed at a high marginal rate. This "marriage penalty" has never fully been adjusted for in the tax code. A married woman working on an assembly line keeps less of her paycheck than the unwed man who does the same job. That's real inequality in pay for women.
You won't hear Democrats admitting this punitive tax burden—particularly when combined with child-care costs—is a reason many women can't afford to work, even if they wish to. And the expiration of the Bush tax cuts would compound this problem. To the extent Mr. Romney is offering a flatter tax code, with lower marginal rates, he is offering millions of women greater choice and a shot at more economic freedom.

Mr. Romney might note the damage done to women by antiquated but still operative labor law, such as a provision in the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act that requires hourly workers who put in more than 40 hours a week to get overtime. While some women like overtime, a 1990s poll found that 81% said they'd rather pack more hours into fewer days and receive compensatory time off. The phrase for this is "flex time," an invaluable option for many mothers attempting to juggle work and family. Not in this Democratic war.
Mr. Obama's union allies resolutely oppose any reform of the 40-hour law, because the status quo gives union leaders more control over crafting work arrangements.
Yeah, ya better take that lollipop and like it ladies.
Or vote these patronizing, elitist bullies out.

Related posts: Women comfortable in their own skin, Girls Just Wanna Have Guns, They're not swooning for O any more,Women take the long view, drop O in droves, Obama base threatened: affluent suburban voters may vote R on economy, More confirmation Obama losing women
          How to Use Google Analytics to Increase Traffic & Conversions   

In the age of millennials, the power of data is the driving force of every aspect of business. Businesses are growing more media-savvy to help their business, from artificial intelligence powered predictive analytics up to data-based operating systems, it is now possible for every business to execute different tasks with an instantaneous company data backdrops. […]

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          Millennial malaise: LA has the lowest rate of homeownership among adults under 35   
Dear millennials, if you’re thinking about buying a home in Los Angeles, good luck. Only 17.8 percent of millennials in La La Land have been able to afford a home purchase, far below the 32 percent national average, a new study found. The remaining 82.2 percent of Angelenos under the age of 35 are renters....Read More→ ... [more]
          Baying at the Moon   
Howl (2015)

Howl (2015, directed by Paul Hyett) is another iteration of the Night of the Living Dead/Rio Bravo siege film, in which a train full of diverse characters is stranded in the darkest part of the forest and waylaid by werewolves. It should not be confused with the film of the same name that tells the story of Allen Ginsberg. Indeed, there's no poetry at all to be found in this film. It's cinematic pulp fiction through and through. Not that there's anything wrong with pulp fiction so long as you keep your expectations reasonable.

The story here follows train guard/conductor Joe, who is working a second straight shift after being passed over for promotion. He's a bit surly when he's taking the passengers' tickets. Also on the train is an assortment of character types: the indifferent millennial who is tuned out to the world, the obese nerd, the amoral stock broker, the elderly retired couple, the engineering student, etc. The Night of the Living Dead scenario is the horror genre's version of Stagecoach, after all, or Grand Hotel: throw a bunch of disparate people into a microcosm under threat and watch what percolates. Character traits will rise to the fore. In any event, the train is stranded and something is picking off our characters one by one. That something turns out to be werewolves. After killing one werewolf--no silver bullet required, but a fire extinguisher to the face and head works a trick--our heroes barricade themselves inside the train and try to work out a plan for survival. This is complicated by the elderly woman who has been bitten and by the fact that the werewolves have done a good job sabotaging the train. That's where Billy, the engineering student comes in. He ventures outside to fix the leaking hydraulic and fuel lines, defended by mild-mannered Matthew who doesn't know from where his capacity for violence comes. Matthew, unfortunately, allows himself to be lured into the woods as Billy works, and even though Billy gets the train running again, it's only a mixed blessing. The werewolves, it seems, are upon them...

This is an efficient thriller that goes about its business without too much arty fuss. It makes the most of its mostly singular setting without feeling stagebound. The characters are mostly types, of course, and the performances are adequate to that task even if they don't transcend it into actual introspection or inwardness. Since this is a British film, the accents will sound like class to an American audience. The film doesn't require introspection or inwardness or even competence, though. The film requires meat for the grinder and that these characters duly provide. That the coding of the characters ultimately makes no real difference toward who survives is laudable, I guess, though the film does save an E. C. Comics-style comeuppance for its most loathsome corporate douchebag. It might have been subversive had he been the one to survive--the idea that monsters observe some kind of professional courtesy appeals to me--but the film opts for a class war in microcosm instead.

This film is disappointing in one other respect: it continues the collapse of the horror tarot into a singular massmonster. Yeah, this has werewolves, but in the full scope of its ideas, they're really just another variant of the zombie. Werewolves already have the inborn fear of contagion, after all, so it's not surprising that this film conflates being bitten by a werewolf with being bitten by a zombie. Vampires, werewolves, and zombies bleed into each other more and more with each passing year as their distinctiveness wears away with overuse. Alas. One of the appeals of the werewolf variant of the massmonster is that it gives the filmmakers the chance to design actual monsters and transformations. This film makes unusual choices along these lines, given that the werewolves are more human than wolf-like, even though their hind legs are bent like a wolves. There's at least one shot of some werewolves out in the woods that's singularly effective in eliding apocalyptic horror, but you wouldn't take it for werewolves per se were it in another movie. Howl mostly discards werewolf mythology, too, and loses more than it gains. The werewolf myth has always been a looking glass--the Narcissus myth is closely tied to the werewolf myth--but this film will have none of that. Mind you, the film isn't bad, but I do wonder why they bothered with werewolves in the first place if they weren't going to let them be, y'know, werewolves. The crisis in monster design among contemporary horror movies continues unabated.

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          Starting a new job? Don't forget your 401(k) at your old one   
Millennial financial advisor Rianka Dorsainvil explores all the 401(k) options available to savers when changing jobs.
          Younger workers should not ignore the power of 401(k) plans: Advisor   
Financial advisor Rianka Dorsainvil says millennials should take advantage of employer 401(k) retirement savings plans.
          Younger - Inside Tonight's Premiere + Outtakes   

Liza faces further fallout with Kelsey, who is infuriated by Liza's lack of millennial know-how.


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          Rolls Royce Now Sells More Of Its Cars To "New Money" Tech Millionaires   

Auto manufacturers have been bracing for a slump in car sales in the coming years as ownership rates for younger generations are expected to slump. Their reasoning? Millennials and their ilk tend to favor experiences over luxury goods, while also tending to cluster in urban settings where public transportation is easily accessible.

But there might be some hope – at least in the high-end market,  which is increasingly catering to a newly-minted cohort of millionaires who made their money in tech and finance. To wit, Rolls Royce has revealed that the average age of its customer base is declining, having fallen to 45, compared with 56 seven years ago.

That’s lower than the average range for new-car buyers overall, which hovers around 52, and younger than the average age of luxury car buyers, too, which is 50, according to data provided to Bloomberg by Kelley Blue Book.

The Wraith coupe

The average age of Rolls Royce owners is below Buick, Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz and BMW.

“Buick, for instance, has an average new-buyer age of 59. At Cadillac it’s 52, at Mercedes-Benz it’s 51, and at BMW it’s 50, according to KBB. Land Rover’s average customer is 45, the youngest of any included in the data. (Rolls-Royce was not among the brands reviewed in that report—its numbers are internal.) Bentley, a closer competitor to Rolls-Royce, reported an average buyer age of 56.2 years in 2014, though that number is likely younger now.”

Indeed, it appears the 111-year-old brand, which is known for its stuffy old-money aesthetic, is attracting a new generation of customers among the next generation of tech and finance elites. The company’s CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös, has touted the decline as a sign that the luxury carmaker is succeeding in its push to attract younger drivers with newer, more modern-looking cars.

The Phantom

“We are now catering all to the different kinds of set groups when it comes to customers,” Müller-Ötvös said. “These are customers who for the first time said, ‘Oh, guess what. I like this Wraith, and I put it in addition to my Ferraris into my garage, because Ferraris can be stressful from time to time.’ ”

As is the case with all luxury items, remaining "cool" is essential to a brands survival - hence why Royce felt the need to shout news that it's selling to younger buyers from the mountaintops.

“Why does attracting a young(ish) buyer pool matter? For one thing, it prevents against the hypothetical eventuality that your customers eventually die off. Older buyers tend to be loyal buyers, but as they age, their numbers naturally dwindle.


More immediately, it has to do with brand image. If pensioners are the ones driving your cars, the rest of the world inevitably associates the brand with their age set. That doesn’t exactly foster future buying excitement.”

In another interesting shift, the new buyers that Rolls Royce is courting have a somewhat different profile.

CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös

The reason for the relative youth of Rolls buyers has to do with how they’re amassing their wealth, Müller-Ötvös said. Rather than in previous decades when acquiring it from Daddy was a viable, and respectable, option, he’s noticing the people turning up at his dealerships are self-made.


“It's not any longer inherited money,” he said. “The majority is all self-generated money in very young people who are already making fortunes, be it real estate, be it engineering, be it IT, be it Western entertainment, whatever.”

As Bloomberg explains, the declining average age of Rolls Royce buyers seems to cut against the conventional wisdom – but not the masses of data that show young people still buy cars at rates comparable to older cohorts of the population.

Experts have warily anticipated in recent years an expected slump in car sales as millennials begin to overtake baby boomers in the marketplace as the world’s biggest spenders. The theory was that they cared less about owning things—houses, property, cars—than in just being able to access them at any given time. The success of shared-access businesses Uber, Airbnb, and Rent the Runway, plus the rise in the development of self-driving cars and other forms of urban transportation in any number of various pods, seemed to support that idea.


But further studies have indicated the contrary. According to J.D. Power & Associates, millennials’ share of new vehicle purchases in the U.S. hit 27 percent in 2014, up from 18 percent in 2010. They’ll comprise 40 percent of the U.S. car market by 2020. (The report classified millennials as those born between 1977 and 1994.)

The age of luxury-car owners is declining in China, too, despite a crackdown on corruption initiated by Chinese President Xi Jinping that included measures to curb the acceptance of luxury gifts – which sometimes included fancy cars – by public officials.

“In China, the average age of new-car buyers hovers around 34. Thirty-eight percent of all new luxury car buyers there are under 40. Last year, Cadillac boasted widely about its 34-year-old average buyers in China.”

Despite the crackdown, the unprecedented debt-enhanced creation of wealth in the world's second-largest economy appears to ensure that Rolls Royce's future is in the east.

          My Ballot for the 2016 Presidential Election   

This election isn’t the first to win my attention. This blog started as a response to the ’04 Presidential contest, and twenty years before that, having been raised in a household of Democrats, I remember my Grandmother comforting me after Mondale’s defeat. I’ve followed every contest since that (then) bitter Reagan win, and been fascinated with the workings of Presidential elections, from the time of the Founders until today. There’s not much that I thought could surprise me.
This election has turned into a circus, a free for all between a blowhard celebrity and a ruthless member of the political machine. It’s a farce, a down and dirty tussle in the mud; there is no line that cannot be crossed, no allegation a step too far, no behind the scenes machination that is ruled unethical. Unquestionably the worst ballot in my lifetime, it is a mess, a travesty, and nothing short of a schoolyard brawl.
I love it.
Oh, don’t get me wrong. I believe everything I wrote in the last paragraph, and I think this is a near perfect example of what an election should NOT be. But, on principle, I enjoy the tussle of an election year: it is the one time when Americans discuss something more important than celebrity gossip and fad diets, when debates on the direction of our country take place in offices, homes, and online – even if discussions are shallow and revolve around memes and talking points.
You might hate to hear it, but the 2016 election is the American political experiment in action, and it is to be celebrated.
Alas, neither candidate is worth the hoopla.  
I dismissed Trump early, convinced that more experienced, thoughtful Republicans like Jeb Bush would carry the day. I misjudged the anger of the common man, and Trump barreled through the primaries. I thought he would moderate, if not his views, than his approach, once he had the nomination. Wrong again. I understand the gut appeal of a candidate that speaks his mind, that isn’t handcuffed by the rigid and empty scripts most politicians regurgitate. But a nice bit of Presidential decorum would have been nice to see.
And then Hillary. My word. She’s the unwelcome guest at dinner that just never leaves. For thirty years she’s been despised by the Right, barely tolerated by the Left, and repeatedly passed over by the center.  She’s on pace to become the first female American President, yet the resume of this “most experienced candidate ever” is an unimpressive carpetbagging stint in the Senate, a deeply flawed run as Secretary of State, and a marriage to a former President. She could barely knock out a 74 year old Socialist in the primaries (and then, only with a little help from the DNC), and has stumbled and bumbled her way into almost losing the general election to a much disliked television star.
My word, THIS is the best American female we had to offer? 
We really should be allowed a mulligan on this election.

So they’re both awful, awful candidates. But you have to vote for someone, and assuming you correctly believe voting 3rdparty is about as valuable as staying home and watching bread mold, whom do you choose?
(Disclaimer: Here in Wisconsin the state’s electoral votes will almost certainly go to Hillary, relieving me of any obligation to vote one way or the other. Alas, with a crucial Senate race at stake, I’ll be in the voting booth, but with a conscience free ability to vote 3rd party if I desire)
I’ll give you another disclaimer at this point, and I won’t even hide it in parenthesis. There is one part of me, the part of me that is contrarian, the part of me that’s blunt by nature and appreciates it in kind, the part of me that recognizes the duplicity and ignorance of the media . . . well, that part of me would love to see a Trump victory just so I could collect and drink the tears of the Left. The very thought gives me shivers.
Alas, so does the prospect of a Trump win.
He wouldn’t be the worst President ever. You’ll never convince me that a man of his great and long lasting business success would somehow surpass Millard Filmore and Andrew Johnson on that score. I don’t care how many bad words he said, or how many millennials he triggered into running for their safe spaces, or how many people somehow equate protecting our border with racism. I don’t buy the propaganda, sorry.
But I think that Clinton would do a better job at managing the ship of state. I think she’d govern from the center, with occasional veers to the Left for show, ala her husband, and that overseas she’d continue in the vein of a closeted warhawk, just like Obama. I believe she’d do a decent job, with most of her egregious errors being unrecognizable in the short term, which is what a President needs to maintain a decent poll rating. No big snafus like invading Iraq only to come up empty on WMD’s – no, her mistakes will be subtler, like the Arab Spring she promoted. It led to ISIS, and Syria, and God knows what else, but at a comfortable enough distance that it’s rarely (but properly) laid at her feet except by the partisan opposition.
The problem is, she’s dishonest. Not dishonest in the vein of all politicians, or dishonest in a “I’ll lie in my campaign promises” way. She’s dishonest in a manner I’ve never come across in a politician, the consistent and pervasive lies of someone that’s skated on thin ice for decades but come out with nary a scratch, and assumes that streak will continue into the future. A crook properly caught and punished may change their ways; a crook that constantly avoids conviction is just emboldened. If she isn’t indicted for her perjury to Congress over her email snafu, then mark my words: at some point, probably just when the administration is going well, she’ll screw up anew, and the lies will catch up to her. We’ll watch another Clinton Presidency become bogged down in an impeachment, and unlike Bill (whose impeachment I thought was undue) she won’t come out a winner.
I don’t want to see the already much tarnished reputation of the Oval Office roughed up even more. I don’t want this nation, at a time of turmoil, when our traditional enemies are rising yet again, to be preoccupied with bulls**t and scandal.
I can’t, in good conscience, vote for her. I’ll acknowledge her as President if she wins.  I’ll root for her general success, as it is America’s success, when she’s in office. But I know what trouble awaits, and I can’t mortgage this nation voluntarily. I can’t.
You want an answer as to who to vote for? Who *I’m* voting for? Good luck, because the best I can give you is this: I won’t vote for Hillary.
To those who fret  and panic over this election; to those who label it “The Most Important Election of Our Lifetime,” (as opposed to the last “Most Important Election,” and the next), breathe easy.
This might be the least important election ever. The country is starkly but civilly divided, and whichever candidate takes office will face a determined and obstructionist foe in Congress. We’ll get bogged down by bureaucracy and the status quo. Critics will cite this as proof the system is broken, but critics are morons. The system is designed this way. It’s built to put a check on the President, to avoid a rubber stamp on Executive Power. It was designed to lumber along, and that’s what it will do.
The Republic will survive. Will it be the better for it after this fiasco? That’s not up to me. That’s up to the voters of the 2020 “Most Important Election Ever” to decide.

          Millennials start saving for retirement at 26: HSBC   
Jonathan Nabrotzky, global head of wealth sales and distribution at HSBC, discusses pensions and working into retirement.
          Episode 004 Trendy Wines - The Wine Popularity Contest   

Just like fashion, wines can be trendy. Elizabeth and Rick discuss the most popular wines of 2010 and which wine trends will be popular in the coming year. Show Notes: News - Americans are drinking more wine! Consumers - baby boomers and their millennial children Wine trends - which wines are people drinking? Wine pronunciation and ordering from the wine list Most popular wines searches in the Hello Vino app Grape of the Week: Pinot Noir (also known as the “heartbreak grape”) Trends in flavor profiles (earthy vs. jammy wines, lower alcohol) The ‘Sideways’ movie and its influence Next week: Aging - how long to hold onto a wine before drinking Sponsored by the free Hello Vino mobile app (iPhone & Android) More at the Wine for Normal People blog Tweet This [...]

          Juve, mani sul 'millennial' Colidio: la stellina dell'Argentina insieme a Kean   
Un gioiellino per la Juventus che verrà. Dopo Bentancur,...
          Jerusalem Launches Millennials Discount Package: Jerusalem for Under $45 a Day   
Discounts for young travelers ages 20 to 40 include museums, hotels, restaurants and shows.
          Chat with Natalie: " -- Getting To Know Yourself" ENCORE of "The Spiritual Significance of 2012" with Corelight   
GuestEncore presentation due to the intensity of information shared and the many requests. December 21, 2012 is the end of a several millennial cycle according to the Mayan calendar. Mystics and seers through the ages have predicted great changes as humanity transitions from the Age of Patriarchy to a new potentially "Golden" era of heart-centered consciousness. Leslie and Brad will share their insights about this pivotal time in humanity's evolution.
          Chat with Natalie: " - Getting to know Yourself" On today's show I am welcoming Leslie Temple-Thurston and Brad Laughlin to learn more about "The Spiritual Significance of 2012."   
GuestDecember 21, 2012 is the end of a several millennial cycle according to the Mayan calendar. Mystics and seers through the ages have predicted great changes as humanity transitions from the Age of Patriarchy to a new potentially "Golden" era of heart-centered consciousness. Leslie and Brad will share their insights about this pivotal time in humanity's evolution.
          Millennial stock picks you may have missed   
Bill Smead, Smead Capital Management, provides his top plays on millennial trends and they do not include Facebook or Snapchat.
          College Bookstores Increase Sales to Millennials using Catalogs.com Dynalog for Back-to-School Shopping   

Campus bookstores are preparing for the busy back-to-school retail season by rolling out digital catalogs that appeal to a generation of mobile-shoppers. College students are a leading demographic in online sales: discovering, engaging and purchasing using mobile devices.

(PRWeb July 26, 2016)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/07/prweb13574640.htm

          How to Turn Into a Penny Pinching Millennial   

Being at the forefront of adulthood is a tricky phase to manage. We are looking for a new job, trying to navigate the world outside the college cocoon, and calculating how we could ever afford to leave our parents’ house. We may feel just lost for a while but slowly we all catch up, start…

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          Mark Dantonio says all coaches who work with “millennials” need to watch this video   

Earlier this year, I was sitting in on a speaking session featuring Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio. If memory serves me right, it was at the AFCA convention in Nashville where he was on a panel of coaches talking about discipline, or perhaps it was at the annual Michigan HS Coaches association convention. In […]

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          Il nuovo look di 7-Eleven   
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          Top 3 reasons why fresh graduates can't get jobs   
Top 3 reasons why fresh graduates can't get jobs
Take note, all ye Millenials.

While Millenials have always thought that a college degree is an infallible ticket to high-paying jobs, many recent college graduates are finding they can't get jobs that pay much more than the minimum wage.

In fact, these fresh college graduates are facing a higher unemployment rate than those without college degrees, and the anemic job market is adding some extra stress to carry for many millennials.

JobStreet.com Philippines has this to say.

1. ATTITUDE. In their recent study, JobStreet Fresh Graduates Report 2017, country manager Philip Gioca said that employers are looking at the attitude of applicants since most fresh graduates are millennials—and millennials have the reputation of leaving work after a short period of time. Employers, he said, are now looking for applicants who are positive in terms of working and stay longer in terms of tenure.

2. FIELD OF STUDY. The study also revealed the second thing employers consider is the field of study of the applicants, and if this is related to the position they are applying for.

Because the young graduates have unrealistic expectations of their first job and salary, they tend to seek rapid advancement in another field of work which they wrongly assume as vehicles to more high-paying jobs. The notion of "too-much-work-only-pays-an-entry-level-wage" is embedded deep in their mindsets.

3. ASKING SALARY. Results from the report also said that employers are also looking at the asking salary price of applicants.

Most millenials often have a sense of "self-entitlement" thinking they'd make it big in their jobs early on. Employers usually base their salary brackets to skills and length of job experience. Young, inexperienced people can't really demand for high salaries because of that reality alone: they're young and inexperienced.

“More than any time in recent history, the changes in attitude and preferences in employment have become rapid and constant. Jobseekers should equip themselves with further knowledge should they want a distinct advantage in this highly competitive field," Gioca added.

The JobStreet report also said employers want applicants who are willing to learn, have good personal grooming, and outstanding team players.

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          10 awesome things MILLENIALS have (probably) never heard of   
10 awesome things MILLENIALS have (probably) never heard of
How times change.

First let us define the word "Millenial."

Millenials, the most tech-addicted generation, has officially replaced Generation X. There are no precise dates for when this legion of youngsters starts or ends, but demographers and researchers typically use the early 1980s as starting birth years and ending birth years ranging from the mid-1990s to early 2000s.

There was no actual history on how the term "millenial" came to be, though most people say the word was first coined in the book "Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation (2000)" probably referring to the high school graduating class of the year 2000.

Millennials haven’t been on this Earth for that long, relatively speaking, so it’s understandable that they probably missed out most of the things the previous generation had enjoyed so well.

Here are a list of those things, which we grouped in three categories:


Old Nayong Pilipino

1. The (Old) Nayong Pilipino - Long before the advent of virtual reality headsets, people actually come to actual landscapes. The most popular in the 1970's was the Nayong Pilipino cultural park which used to stand along MIA road near the NAIA 1 terminal. Inside the 46-hectare park are six sections representing replicas of 6 regions which comprised the islands of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, and reflecting the attractions unique to each region. There's the Banaue rice terraces and the Vigan stone houses for Luzon region, Mount Mayon and the Cagsawa church ruins representing the Bicol region, the Magellan's Cross and Bohol's picturesque Chocolate Hills in behalf of the Visayan island and the Moslem mosques and Samal houses depicting the Mindanao provinces.

Matorco Double deck buses

2. Matorco double deck buses - It's a double deck bus without the roof at the second deck, much like the touristy HOHO (hop-on, hop-off) buses in Malaysia. Operated by the Manila Motor Coach company in the 1970's, these breezy double decks ply the roads of Roxas Boulevard, Luneta up to the Baclaran church. Matorco seats were available at 20 centavos each (wow!!) and absolutely free for children below one meter in height.

The C.O.D. Christmas show

3. The C.O.D. Christmas show - was a fascinating moving mannequin play performed at the facades of the C.O.D. department stores in Avenida and Cubao. In the 1960s, the main show was held in C.O.D. Avenida but was transferred to C.O.D. Cubao in the 1970s. The show, which usually starts at 7 p.m., lasted from the early days of December up to the Feast of Three Kings. The show attracted huge number of viewers since it could be viewed free and even from a distance. The C.O.D., an acronym for Christmas on Display, stopped operations in 2004.


Voltes V, and other robot heroes

4. Voltes V, and other robot heroes - The year 1978 ushered in the emergence of the super robots in Philippine television with the likes of Mekanda Robot (shown on Mondays), Daimos (on Tuesdays), Mazinger Z (during Wednesdays), UFO Grendaizer (every Thursdays), and Voltes V (on Fridays).  However, in 1979, shortly before the series finale of Voltes V, then-president Ferdinand Marcos issued a directive banning Voltes V and other similarly-themed anime series due to concerns about "excessive violence". The directive also led to speculations at the time that the series was also taken off the air due to its revolutionary undertones, and that Marcos probably don't want the Filipinos to do the same against him.

Superstar (RPN Channel 9)

5. Superstar (RPN Channel 9) - Top indie actress Nora Aunor actually had a TV show of her own back in the 1970's. After winning the original "Tawag ng Tanghalan" singing contest (not to be confused with Vice Ganda's It's Showtime segment), Aunor started her career in television via Nora-Eddie Show (1967), with singer Eddie Peregrina. The show later became The Nora Aunor Show and eventually was re-titled Superstar. Superstar holds the record as the longest-running musical variety show that had aired on Philippine prime-time TV from 1968 to 1989. That's 21 long years!

That's Entertainment (GMA Channel 7)

6. That's Entertainment (GMA Channel 7) -  was a Filipino youth-oriented talent and variety show on GMA Network. The show, which aired for 10 years from 1986 to 1996, ushered in the most popular actors and singers in the showbiz industry like Ian Veneracion, Lea Salonga, Francis Magalona (RIP), Iza Calzado, Judy Ann Santos, Billy Crawford, Jojo Alejar, Karla Estrada, Piolo Pascual and John Arcilla (yes, the actor who played bad-ass Heneral Luna).


Prior to the birth of hi-tech toys and gadgets, the young Filipino kids of the 1970's played around with toys made primarily of almost everything.

Tirador (slingshot in English)

7. Tirador (slingshot in English) is made of wood and rubber. The classic form consists of a Y-shaped wood frame, usually a branch from a Bayabas (Guava) tree, held in the off hand, with two natural-rubber strips attached to the uprights. The other ends of the strips lead back to a pocket that holds the projectile, usually a small stone. The dominant hand grasps the pocket and draws it back to the desired extent to provide power for the projectile - up to a full span of the arm with sufficiently long bands.

Trumpo (top in English)

8. Trumpo (top in English), also made of wood, has an egg-like shape where in one end is slightly pointed than the other. Driven in the pointed end of the spinning top is an iron nail, an inch of which is projected out. The end of the nail is sharpened to make it even more pointy. A meter-long string is also needed which will cause the spinning motion of the top.

Holen or Jolens (marbles in English)

9. Holen or Jolens (marbles in English) are small spherical toys often made from glass with colorful inside ornaments. The young Pinoys back in the 1970's usually play with them in two variations: first, the type in which the players try to knock their opponents’ marbles out of a circle with their own marble (and so win them); and second (a race), the type in which the players try to hit a target and roll their marble through a hoop or into a hole by rolling, throwing or knuckling the marble.

Plastic Balloons

10. Plastic Balloons are available in small tubes with a straw attached to it. A child starts to play with them by squeezing a "semi-liquid, plasticky material" from the tube then putting it at the tip of the supplied straw. The child then blows through the straw and into the plasticky material to create a bubble. The more you blow, the bigger the bubble grows. If it pops, the child can seal the hole with his mouth and saliva, or he may blow more air into it to make the bubble bigger, before finally sealing it again.

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          The Perks (And Importance) Of Embracing A Multigenerational Workplace   
Today, at least three generations currently coexist in the workplace. Each brings to the table their own strengths, weaknesses and viewpoints that are seemingly very different from the next. Or are they? Arecent studyby theIBM Institute for Business Valuehas found that the needs of younger generations (Millennials) aren't all that different [...]
          Insights into Custom Content that Inspires Consumers   
The B-Cubed Principle: How Custom Content Inspires Consumers is the product of two recent Time Inc. research efforts to understand how audiences respond to and engage with custom content, their trust in brands’ messages, and what consumers believe are best practices for brands to communicate with them. The research included multiple methods including branding studies, online communities and surveys by enthusiast category. Insights span GenZ, Millennials and GenX who are heavy cross-media content consumers.
          Millennial Lithium Significantly Expands Its Cauchari East Lithium Brine Project in Argentina   

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - June 29, 2017) - Millennial Lithium Corp. (TSX VENTURE:ML)(FRANKFURT:A3N2)(OTCQB:MLNLF) ("Millennial" or the "Company") is pleased to report it has entered into an option agreement (the "Agreement") to acquire 100% of the Cauchari East Expansion Project (the "Project") in Jujuy Province, Argentina.

          Maddy O'Neal launches new project with Sublime 'What I Got' remix   
Launching her new project as simply, Maddy, electro-soul and hip-hop producer Maddy O'Neal gifts fans her innovative remix of a 90's classic. The Denver-based artist is sitting on an album's worth of material, but has chosen to kick things off with a Sublime tune near and dear to the hearts of many millennials.
          Multimillionaire property magnate in Australia says millennials should stop buying avocado in order to buy dream home   
Tim Gurner is a 35-year-old Australian property tycoon who has almost half a billion dollars in the bank
          The Militant's 25th Anniversary Ultimate (M) Blue Line Tour!   
Happy 25th Birthday, you Millennial, you!
Today marks the 25th Anniversary of Los Angeles' Metro Rail system, which began with the July 14t, 1990 opening of the Metro Blue Line, Los Angeles County's first modern train transit system, and the first rail line to serve the area in nearly 30 years.

You may or may be familiar with The Militant's Angeleno's award-winning Epic CicLAvia Tour posts, highlighting various points of interest along the various open streets routes, but did you know The Militant has done the same for the Los Angeles-to-Pasadena Metro Gold Line and the Metro Expo Line?

This time around, to celebrate a quarter century of Metro Rail, The Militant offers his Epic 25th Anniversary Metro Blue Line Tour, which points out historic, surprising, and off-the-beaten-path locations on or very near our first light rail route. Even if you've been a regular Blue Line commuter for the past 25 years, if you think you know the Blue Line, guess again!

1. 7th St/Metro Center Countdown Clock
7th St./Metro Center Station,  Downtown Los Angeles

Riders waiting at the outbound platform at the 7th Street/Metro Center station may or may not have noticed a peculiar digital countdown clock situated on a pole in the middle of the tracks. It seems to count down regardless of whether there’s a train or not. What is it for?

In 1993, to speed up Blue Line travel times, the street signals along Flower Street and Washington Blvd. were synchronized to give priority to light rail trains along those streets. This timer clock allows train operators to time their exact departures in accord with the street signal synchronization, so that when the white light under the clock is lit and the train begins to depart under normal operating speed, the train will encounter a continuous series of green lights.

2. Pico Station
Pico and Flower Streets, Downtown Los Angeles

Pico Station is where it all began; it was the first operational station in the history of Metro Rail. The station was the site of a public dedication ceremony kicking off the opening of the line (See The Militant's exclusive archived video of the event here). The Blue Line on opening day in 1990 was somewhat shorter than the line we ride today. For the first two months of operation, the Blue Line only ran from Pico Station to the Anaheim St. Station.

Back then, it was just located in a far-flung region of Downtown. It wasn’t until the late 1990s when the Staples Center was built that the South Park section of Downtown started to become revitalized. Today, the recent upgrades of the Blue Line stations have also given the station a minor facelift.

The station also has the shortest name of any Metro Rail station in the entire system (Well, okay, it's tied for 1st place along with Soto and Lake).

3. Flower Junction
Flower Street and Washington Blvd, Downtown Los Angeles

The first surface-level "junction" track that switches trains among the Blue and Expo lines is located here. A few months after the Expo Line opened, the California Public Utilities Commission ordered Metro to replace a section of rail within the switch track that would potentially cause derailments.

The other junction track on the Metro Rail system is the one north of the Wilshire/Vermont subway station. Future junction tracks will be built west of the Metro Green Line Aviation Station (serving the Green and Crenshaw lines) and another switch track as part of the Regional Connector under Little Tokyo.

4. Olympic Auditorium
1801 S. Grand Ave., Downtown Los Angeles

This historic venue through the years, easily seen from the nearby Blue Line Grand station, has hosted boxing matches (including the boxing competitions for the 1932 Olympic Games), wrestling bouts, roller derby events and concerts. The match sequences from the original Rocky movie was filmed here, as well as Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer" and Janet Jackson's "Control" music videos.

For the past decade the venue has been owned by a Korean Christian Church known as Glory Church of Jesus Christ (hence the large Jesus mural on its south wall).

5. Site of Washington Park and Chutes Park
Washington Blvd and Hill Street, Downtown Los Angeles

The first permanent baseball field in Los Angeles isn't Dodger Stadium, nor was it South Los Angeles' Wrigley Field nor the Fairfax District's Gilmore Field. It was here at Washington Park, located near Washington and Hill, where the Pacific Coast League Los Angeles Angels of Los Angeles played from 1893 to 1925 (the first Washington Park stood from 1893 to 1912; the second was in use from 1912 to 1925. It was torn down in the 1950s. William Wrigley, the team's owner, left Washington Park after he was denied permission to build an underground parking garage. He then moved his Angels to his own Wrigley Field in 1925. Washington Park it was also one of the home venues of the USC Trojans football team before the Coliseum. Adjacent to Washington Park was an amusement park named Chutes Park that stood on the land where the municipal courthouse now stands.

6. Tacos El Gavilan/Site of 1st McDonalds in Los Angeles
1900 S. Central Ave, South Los Angeles

What is currently a taco stand at the southeast corner of Central and Washington was once the first McDonalds in the city of Los Angeles (and the 11th McDs in the entire chain) which opened in 1957. As you may or may not know, McDonalds originated in San Bernardino in 1940 by the McDonald brothers, and was later taken over by Illinois businessman Ray Kroc, who turned the unique Southern California hamburger chain into the gargantuan unhealthy corporate chain we know today. The trademark side arches were present on this building (and a single arch present on the corner sign) up until the early 2000s. But hey, tacos are more healthy for you than McDonalds junk, so eat up.

7. Washington Blvd Buddha
c. 1941
1600 E. Washington Blvd, South Los Angeles

On your southbound Blue Line ride, look to the right just before the train curves towards the Washington Station and look for the "Hanson Tank" sign. To the left of the sign, and right above the main doorway is a tiny cubby-hole featuring a Buddha statue. Years ago, a Militant Elder told The Militant Angeleno that the buddhas were placed there to give Japanese Buddhists a clandestine place to worship after December 7, 1941. The Militant covered this location in an early MA blog post in October 2007.

8. Washington Tail Track
Washington Blvd and Long Beach Avenue, South Los Angeles

Due across the street and due north of the Blue Line's Washington Station, there's a stretch of track that diverges from the Blue Line route that seems to head off into oblivion. The track is one of several along the Blue Line route that function as an emergency storage track for broken trains or so-called "gap" trains to replace trains that have been taken out of service due to technical issues.

The tracks follow the original Pacific Electric 4-track "speedway" alignment that led to the Pacific Electric Building at 6th and Main streets in Downtown Los Angeles. In fact if you follow the Washington Tail Track north to 16th Street, you can still see the old Pacific Electric tracks partially buried under the pavement!

The Washington Tail Track is rarely used nowadays, though in March the track was used to temporarily store the new Kinkisharyo light rail vehicle which was being tested on the Blue and Expo lines at the time.

9. Amoco Junction
1904 (discontinued early 1980s)
Long Beach Ave., south of 25th Street, South Los Angeles

About 6 blocks south of the Washington Station, look to your right and you'll see tracks in the street mysteriously end at the fence that protects the Blue Line tracks. Look westward and you'll see an abandoned rail right-of-way. That was, until 1958, the Pacific Electric Air Line trackage which went all the way to Santa Monica (and until the early 1980s as Southern Pacific freight track), and functions today west of Figueroa Street as the Metro Expo Line. During the Pacific Electric era, the Downtown-bound trains from Santa Monica headed all the way to Amoco Junction (named after the American Olive Company factory nearby) to join the 4-track "Speedway" trunk line and head north.

10. Site of South Central Farm
1994 (demolished 2006)
41st St between Long Beach Ave and Alameda St, South Los Angeles

This large, empty plot of land just east of the Blue Line tracks, a half-mile north of the Vernon Station was home to the 14-acre South Central Farm run by community members between 1994 and 2006. Acquired by the City of Los Angeles in 1986 via eminent domain from private landowners, it was originally slated for use as an incinerator site, a plan dropped due to community opposition. The City allowed the neighboring nonprofit Los Angeles Regional Foodbank to run the site as a community garden. Over 300 low-income families from nearby communities turned the land into one of the largest urban farming projects in America over 12 years. But in 2001, the land's former owner sued the City for breach of contract, because the incinerator plant was never built. Eventually the City settled with the landowner in 2003 and they began the process of re-claiming the plot, eventually evicting the farm in 2006. To this day, the land lies vacant.

The controversy attracted the support of various celebrities, public officials and philanthropic organizations, including a failed attempt by The Annenberg Foundation to purchase the land, but it did galvanize the community and led to the rise in urban farming activism, especially in the South Los Angeles area.

11. Augustus F. Hawkins Natural Park
5790 Compton Ave, South Los Angeles

A few blocks west of the Blue Line's Slauson Station lies one of the best-kept secrets in South Los Angeles -- Augustus F. Hawkins Natural Park, an 8.5-acre surreal green oasis in the 'hood, featuring ponds, native plants, hiking trails, picnic areas and even wildlife. This former DWP pipe yard was converted into a re-created natural park, named after the late African American congressman who represented the area for 28 years, in 2000 by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, which trucked in actual dirt from Malibu mudslides to the site to form the park's terrain. The park is popular with local residents seeking refuge from urban life, and the park is also popular with members of the local Audubon Society, who frequent the park to do bird sightings and bird counts.

12. Slauson Junction
Slauson Ave and Randolph St, South Los Angeles

When passengers rode the Blue Line for the first time in July 1990, they were thrilled to have the train suddenly shoot up the elevated structure, with a towering view of the area below as the train stopped at the Slauson Station. While stopped here, you can see a piece of the Blue Line's Pacific Electric heritage by just looking to the east: The unmistakable curved "wye" tracks heading eastward formed another major junction to the PE's Long Beach Line trunk, as the place where trains bound for Fullerton, La Habra and Whittier diverged from the quadruple-tracked "Speedway."

Francis Nixon, the father of President Richard Nixon, was once a Pacific Electric motorman who navigated his Whittier-bound trains through this very junction.

13. Col. Leon H. Washington Park
8908 S. Maie Avenue, South Los Angeles

There are many parks that line the Blue Line route, but this one is unique for two reasons. As you head southbound and depart the Firestone Station, look immediately to your right and you'll see a park and recreation center. It's a Los Angeles County-run park called Colonel Leon H. Washington Park, named after the founder of the Los Angeles Sentinel newspaper (originally called The Eastside Shopper), the city's premier publication in the black community. The other reason is that the rec center here is a popular spot for NBA stars such as Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Kevin Durant and others to play pick-up games and compete in the Nike-sponsored Drew League, a weekend summertime program where the biggest stars in basketball play with and against locals from the community.

14. Watts Pacific Electric Station
1686 E. 103rd Street, Watts

Adjacent to the Blue Line's 103rd St/Watts Towers station is a mustard-colored building that was once the Pacific Electric's Watts depot. A popular stop along the old PE Long Beach Line, the building survived not only the PE's abandonment, but was the only wooden structure that was not set on fire during the 1965 Watts Riots. After a renovation project in the 1980s, the Watts Station has functioned since 1989 as a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customer service center.

15. Dominguez Junction/Watts Towers
Graham Ave and 105th Street, Watts

In the Pacific Electric era, this junction, where the overhead pedestrian bridge is located today, marked the end of the four-track "Speedway" which had express trains from 9th and Hooper streets in Downtown Los Angeles go to/from Watts in the center tracks, while the outer tracks handled local stops Dominguez Junction is where trains along the Long Beach trunk line headed west to Torrance, southwest to San Pedro and southeast to Santa Ana via Bellflower.

Directly adjacent to the former Santa Ana tracks are the famed Watts Towers, built by Italian immigrant Simon Rodia (who actually called his sculpture "Nuestro Pueblo") between 1921 and 1954. There is definitely a direct relationship to the Pacific Electric: Rodia used the rails on the PE Santa Ana tracks as a fulcrum to bend his steel bars into shape, enabling him to build his masterpiece.

16. Metro Rail Operations Center/Connector Track
Willowbrook Ave at the 105 Freeway, Willowbrook

At the nexus of the Blue and Green Lines, just east of the Willowbrook Station is Metro's Rail Operations Center (ROC), where all of the 87-mile rail system's signaling, dispatching and security systems are manned and monitored. The building also houses a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department station, as part of their Metro system security operations.

Adjacent to the ROC is a non-revenue connector track that allows light rail vehicles to transfer between the Blue and Green lines for emergency or service purposes. The single track also allows light rail vehicles based out of the Metro Green Line yard in Torrance to move to the Long Beach yard, which houses a paint shop and heavier maintenance facilities. But in case you're wondering, the track is not equipped to handle revenue service from, say Long Beach to Redondo Beach.

The Willowbrook Station is due for a major renovation in the near future.

17. Blue Line Farmers' Market
275 N. Willowbrook Ave, Compton

If you're a regular Blue Line commuter and need your fill of fresh, locally-grown produce, get off at the Compton Station on Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m. and visit the weekly certified Blue Line Farmers' Market. Started in September 2013 to combat food desert concerns in the local community, the market has become a hit with locals and commuters alike.

There are currently 24 weekly certified farmers' markets at or near Metro Rail stations, visit them regularly!

18. Compton Creek and Rancho Dominguez Adobe Museum

The first waterway the Blue Line crosses isn't the Los Angeles River, but one of its tributaries, Compton Creek. You can see the 8-mile stream before approaching the Artesia Station and immediately east of the Del Amo Station. Be on the look out for horses, as there's an equestrian trail alongside it. The equestrian and cowboy culture of Compton actually predates its street gang reputation by several decades, and in fact lives on today in the form of a youth equestrian program called the Compton Jr. Posse.

Also located along Compton Creek, midway between the Artesia and Del Amo Stations east of the Blue Line tracks is the Rancho Dominguez Adobe Museum, highlighting the Spanish-era land grant roots and early California history of the Compton and Carson areas. Worth a bike ride from either of those stations!

19. Alameda Corridor
Along South Alameda Street

Midway between the Artesia and Del Amo Stations is what appears to be a highway, which is actually Alameda Street. adjacent to it are a set of railroad tracks -- both the street and the tracks form the Alameda Corridor, a ground transportation system opened in 2002 that allows trucks and trains to easily access the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach -- important gateways for importing and exporting for not just Southern California, but the entire United States. Toys from China and cellphones from Korea pass through the Alameda Corridor in the form of intermodal shipping containers en route to Chicago or other U.S. destinations. The corridor began construction in 1997 as a way to consolidate the Union Pacific and BNSF railroads onto a unified, high-capacity, mostly grade-separated track to and from the port area. North of here, the tracks run in a trench alongside Alameda Street to railroad yards  southeast of Downtown Los Angeles.

20. Blue Line Yard
4350 E. 208th St., Long Beach

Sandwiched between the 710 Freeway and the Los Angeles River is the Metro Blue Line Yard and Shops, otherwise known as Metro Division 11. It is here where Blue and Expo Line cars make their home and are cleaned, painted and serviced. Cars from other light rail lines also visit this yard for work that can't be performed at their respective home yards. Blue Line trains also stop near the yard regularly on a mini-platform to allow operator crew shift changes.

21. Pacific Electric Abutments
East Bank of Los Angeles River, North Long Beach

As soon as your Long Beach-bound Blue Line train crosses the Los Angeles river, look to the right side of your train and you'll see about four concrete abutments next to the tracks. Those were part of the Pacific Electric Long Beach Line infrastructure -- the abutments supported the old Long Beach Line bridge that crossed the Los Angeles River.

22. North Long Beach Junction
Long Beach Blvd, north of Willow Street

Look to the left after your train leaves the Willow Station and you'll easily see the now-paved-over right-of-way that diverged from here that formed Pacific Electric's Newport-Balboa Line, which reached the PE's southernmost point in Balboa Island. The line today supports parks and bikeways, as well as this bridge in Long Beach that still exists today, which The Militant covered in 2011.

23. Long Beach Loop
Long Beach Blvd, 1st Street, Pacific Avenue and 8th Street, Downtown Long Beach

The first "extension" of the Metro Blue Line opened in September 1990 when the Long Beach Loop was completed, allowing Blue Line trains to run in a clockwise-loop around Downtown Long Beach before heading north to Los Angeles (Before September 1990, Long Beach Transit shuttle buses painted like Blue Line trains provided interim service on the Long Beach Loop). Early operation scenarios for the Blue Line planned for "Loop Only" trains (the original rolling head signs of Blue Line trains had such a designation) that ran continuously through the Long Beach Loop, but in reality they never had a need to happen.

24. Long Beach Bikestation
223 E. 1st St, Downtown Long Beach

In 1996 the nation's first-ever Bikestation opened here in Downtown Long Beach, just yards away from what was then called the Transit Mall Station (now the Downtown Long Beach Station). It was a one-stop facility for bicycle commuters and recreational cyclists alike, as a place to park, maintain, rent or purchase bike accessories. In 2011, the operation moved into its current, very orange, expanded facility. The Bikestation was a pillar of Long Beach's bike community and bicycling infrastructure, which includes protected cycle track bike lanes, bike paths and several marked bike lanes across town.

25. Pacific Ave. Tail Track
Pacific Avenue and 8th Street, Downtown Long Beach

Here is the southern-end counterpart to the aforementioned Washington Tail Track. This track was also designed to temporarily store bad-order or malfunctioning trains, as well as supplemental trains to fill in service gaps made from out-of-commission trains. It is also rarely used.

          The Millennial Movement of the Heart   

I have never listened to people who told me I couldn’t follow my true heart’s desire. And following the heart’s wisdom is what I have been doing, more or less successfully, since I was born. When I follow the heart’s wisdom, I remain in touch with the basic goodness of existence. When I start off in the wrong direction, I feel ill. It’s been like that since I was a Read On...

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          Even When Donald Trump Loses, He Wins!   
Trump Tower Toronto
Donald Trump is the greatest deal-maker ever. If you don’t believe that, then consider this story from Canada, where The Trump Organization will make a tidy profit off people who want nothing to with him.

JCF Capital ULC, which owns the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Toronto, is so keen to get the Trump name off the building that it’s paying an undisclosed sum (said to be upwards of $6 million) to get out of a licensing agreement initiated by the original owner that allowed them to slapped the Trump brand on the hotel complex.

The Trump name is expected to be removed from the buildings as early as August 1, according to “a person with knowledge of the matter” who spoke to Bloomberg Business anonymously, since the deal is confidential. It was not reported whether the source was snickering at the idea that getting out of Donald Trump’s name was worth every penny, or just Loony. A new name for the building complex hasn’t been announced yet, but maybe they could go with “The Sexxy Justin Trudeau Arms.” 

Since JCF Capital is a U.S. based company, it remains to be seen whether a foreign company paying to distance itself from the president would violate the obscure "Emoluments" clause. For those who slept through civics class, it is 49 words in Article I of the Constitution:
“No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”
According to legal scholars, these words were added out of a concern from the 1700s that American ambassadors, on the far side of the pond, might be corrupted by gifts from rich European powers. Benjamin Franklin, for instance, had accepted a snuffbox festooned with 400 diamonds from the King of France. John Jay accepted a horse from the King of Spain. Both basically said FU to their critics, and after that the Emoluments Clause rarely came up again. It’s never been the subject of a major court case and never been taken up by the Supreme Court, leaving great uncertainty about what it really means. And you can bet the left will find some miraculous unknown restriction or prohibition and try and make hay.  

But as I said, even when he loses, he wins. Last October, the CEO of Trump Hotels announced plans for a new chain of exciting, high priced luxurious resort hotels, unpolluted by the Trump brand to be called “Scion”, pointed at wealthy millennials who wouldn't vote for him anyway and would rather stay in a hotel that sounds like a failed Japanese car brand. 

[Business Week]

          More than 10,000 Millennials Ready to Run For Political Office   

Thanks to a wave of political interest surrounding and following President Trump’s victory in November, thousands upon thousands of millennials are ready to run for political office. It seems that Trump and his position of power have had one strong, encouraging outcome: there are now more than 10,000 millennials ready and willing to run for

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          What happened to Generation X?   
Over recent months, a lot of political discourse both in NZ and overseas has had a theme of Millennials versus Baby Boomers.

Somewhere in between those two is my generation (cue for a song..) which is Generation X (all those born between mid 1960's to the end of the 70's more or less). We are almost never mentioned in any discussion. As I was drinking my coffee this morning and looking at the view out of the window, I came to wondering why we seem to have been lost in the group thinking.


          The week in GRC: FTSE Russell said to consider curbs on unequal voting rights, and regulators support Volcker rule rethink   

This week’s governance, compliance and risk-management stories from around the web

– Some cyber-attacks on hospitals involving ransomware don’t appear on the US Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) public list of data breaches, according to The Wall Street Journal. HHS rules say hospitals need only report attacks that result in the exposure of private medical or financial information, such as malware that steals data. When ransomware’s data encryption meets that threshold is a gray area.

Proponents for more mandatory reporting say this regulatory gap limits the healthcare system’s ability to fight cyber-criminals. They argue that hospitals left in the dark about attacks hitting their rivals are less likely to be ready to defend themselves. Opponents say HHS reporting comes with a harsh spotlight, potential penalties and liability risks. Spokespeople for HHS didn’t respond to a request to clarify the agency’s position on the issue.

Bloomberg reported that hedge fund manager John Paulson joined the board of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International. Paulson’s firm became Valeant’s biggest shareholder this year. ‘With his significant business and financial expertise, John will be a strong addition to the board,’ Valeant CEO Joseph Papa said. ‘His experience will be especially valuable as we continue to execute our transformational strategy to turn around Valeant.’

Reuters said investors are hoping the Federal Reserve will allow large US banks to put an estimated $150 billion in idle capital into stock buybacks, dividends and investments in the coming weeks after conducting the latest round of stress tests. President Donald Trump has not yet made any appointments to the Fed, but Republicans have turned up pressure on the central bank to cut red tape and ease regulations.

Analysts said they do not expect the Fed to announce any explicit changes to the stress test, but they do expect higher payouts. According to their estimates, the Fed could allow banks to distribute nearly as much capital to shareholders over the next year as they generate in profits, a benchmark not hit since before the financial crisis.

– According to the WSJ, two trends are converging as younger investors come of age: socially responsible investing (SRI) and robo-advisory services. Over the past year, a small but growing number of firms have introduced automated investment services that include SRI. Driving the interest is a desire on the part of individuals to spend and invest in ways that are consistent with their values, and SRI-based investments can outperform over the long run. Since 1990, the MSCI KLD 400 Social Index has returned an average of 8.4 percent a year, compared with 7.6 percent for the S&P 500 index.

‘There is a fair amount of evidence from investor surveys that millennials and women are especially interested in sustainable and impact investing,’ said Jon Hale, director of sustainability investing research at Morningstar. Given that millennials are also the target market for many robo-advisory services, ‘it seems like a natural combination.’

– The US Supreme Court dealt a blow to consumer plaintiffs by limiting where lawsuits against companies with business in multiple states can be heard, the WSJ reported. Its ruling stated that California courts could hear only claims by Californians against Bristol-Myers Squibb. An attorney for the plaintiffs declined to comment. ‘We are hopeful this decision will provide litigants more certainty regarding where lawsuits can be heard,’ Bristol said in a statement. ‘At its core, this decision was about basic principles of federalism and fairness in our legal system.’

The court’s ruling may give a boost to companies by limiting the opportunities for judicial forum shopping. But consumer groups have warned that cutting back too sharply on plaintiffs’ ability to sue could give big companies more ways to avoid responsibility for harm they cause.

Bloomberg reported that proponents of UK corporate governance reform are worried plans floated by Prime Minister Theresa May won’t make it into her government’s legislative program to be announced this week. Expectations that a bill will implement reforms are receding after this month’s election results mean Brexit talks are taking priority for the government. Corporate governance legislation is now ‘in the balance,’ said Stefan Stern, director of the High Pay Centre.

‘I’d be quite surprised if there was a bill referred to in the Queen’s Speech, given the complexity of Brexit,’ said Philippa Foster Back, director of the Institute of Business Ethics. ‘But I hope the momentum is strong enough for business itself to address the issues of concern.’

– The WSJ reported that the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) filed criminal charges against Barclays and four former senior executives linked to their handling of Middle Eastern investments that rescued the bank during the financial crisis. The case is the first time time top executives at a UK bank have faced criminal charges for their actions during the crisis. The SFO charged the individuals and the bank with conspiracy to commit fraud.

Barclays said in a statement that it is ‘considering its position in relation to these developments.’ Former CEO John Varley and Roger Jenkins, a former top investment bank executive, were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud and unlawful financial assistance. Thomas Kalaris, who used to run the bank’s wealth division, and Richard Boath, who headed the bank’s European financial institutions group, were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud.

A law firm representing Varley said it couldn’t immediately comment. Jenkins intends to vigorously defend himself against the charges, his lawyer said, adding that Jenkins had received internal and external legal advice on all the matters covered in the SFO case. A spokesperson for Boath didn’t immediately have comment. Kalaris hung up the phone when asked for comment.

– Trump nominated James Clinger, former chief counsel of the House Financial Services Committee, to replace Martin Gruenberg as chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, according to Bloomberg. Clinger would fill a vacant seat at the agency until Gruenberg’s term ends in November. The selection means Trump’s team of officials responsible for easing bank rules is taking shape. They will probably focus on rolling back regulations, instead of pursuing policies – such as breaking up big lenders – which Trump promised on the campaign trail.

– The Financial Times said some of the largest US financial services firms are looking at whether to move transactions totaling hundreds of billions of dollars out of London to rival centers because of Brexit. Although bank bosses have made many statements about moving thousands of jobs out of the UK because of its withdrawal from the EU, the possibility that they will drain some of their big pools of money out of London has drawn less attention.

But reducing the funds they hold in the UK could have consequences for almost every aspect of their presence in the country, including staffing. ‘From a supervisory perspective what matters is aligning the risk taking, the management and the money (both in the form of capital and revenues),’ said Stephen Adams, senior director at consultancy Global Counsel.

– According to the WSJ, FTSE Russell is proposing possible restrictions on the inclusion of companies with unequal voting rights in its indexes, although the firm will consider input from clients and investors before working out specifics. The proposal could force companies to choose between keeping their places in broad stock benchmarks or changing their share class structures.

The plan calls for setting a minimum threshold for the percentage of voting control attached to company shares in an index. For example, a company whose Class A shares in an index control 40 percent of the total votes might be excluded from FTSE Russell’s main indexes if the threshold were higher than that.

The Guardian reported that ExxonMobil, Shell, BP and Total are among a group of large corporations supporting a plan to tax carbon dioxide emissions in an effort to tackle climate change. The companies have revealed their support for the Climate Leadership Council, a group of senior Republican figures that in February proposed a $40 fee on each ton of carbon dioxide emitted as part of a ‘free market, limited government’ response to climate change.

As further tradeoff for the new tax, the plan would dismantle all major climate regulations, including the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority over carbon dioxide emissions and an ‘outright repeal’ of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. Exxon, BP and Shell have acknowledged that climate change is real and poses an economic and societal threat.

The New York Times said Travis Kalanick stepped down as CEO of Uber amid a shareholder revolt that made it untenable for him to stay on at the company. His exit came under pressure after hours of drama involving Uber’s investors, according to two people familiar with the matter. Kalanick consulted with at least one Uber board member and, after long discussions with some of the investors, he agreed to step down. He will remain on Uber’s board of directors.

‘I love Uber more than anything in the world and at this difficult moment in my personal life I have accepted the investors’ request to step aside so that Uber can go back to building rather than be distracted by another fight,’ Kalanick said. The board said in a statement that Kalanick had ‘always put Uber first’ and that his stepping down as CEO would give the company ‘room to fully embrace this new chapter in Uber’s history.’ An Uber spokesperson declined to comment further.

– State Street has urged the SEC to prevent companies from adopting voting structures used by Facebook, Alphabet and Snap over concerns that they concentrate power in the hands of founders and weaken shareholder rights, according to the FT. The firm attended an investor advisory committee meeting at the SEC in March, where it called on the agency to stop companies limiting the voting rights of shareholders. Rakhi Kumar, head of corporate governance at State Street Global Advisors, who attended the meeting, said the regulator needed to intervene as investor efforts to persuade companies to stop using inequitable voting structures have not been effective.

‘We have engaged on this for years,’ she said. ‘Our ability to have an impact is limited. We think it has to come from the regulator to stop the dual share-class issue. When we don’t have the mechanism to elect or vote for directors, we don’t have a voice or the ability to influence.’

– Trump has picked Marvin Kaplan, counsel at the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, to fill a vacant seat on the National Labor Relations Board – a first step toward securing Republican control of the agency that referees disputes between unions and business for the first time in nearly a decade, the WSJ noted. If he wins Senate confirmation, Kaplan would be the second Republican on the panel. A fifth position remains vacant, but it is expected the White House will name another Republican for that spot.

– The FT looked at six areas – defined by RSG Consulting – in which in-house attorneys can play a role in transforming operations, relationships and roles. These include taking on a lobbying role to influence legislation and regulation and promoting ethical and social responsibility in the business, broader industry and legal sector. Another example is the general counsel who pre-empts problems and protects the business from legal, regulatory or reputational threats through processes, tools or collaborations with other areas of the business.

– The WSJ reported that PwC is adding independent directors to its governing board, a first for the private partnership. The firm has named two new members to its board of partners and principals from outside the firm: Carol Pottenger, a retired US Navy vice admiral who was one of the first women selected for sea duty, and Carlos Gutierrez, a former Kellogg CEO who served as commerce secretary under former US president George W Bush.

PwC and other big accounting firms are partnerships that generally have governing boards made up of their own personnel, unlike public companies that trade on major exchanges, which are required to have a majority of directors who have no connection to the company.

– The SEC announced a number of new appointments:

  • Robert Evans has been named deputy director in the agency’s division of corporation finance. He will join deputy director Shelley Parratt as a senior adviser to the division’s director, William Hinman. Evans most recently worked at Shearman & Sterling as a partner in the firm’s capital markets practice
  • Kelly Gibson has been named as associate regional director for enforcement in the agency’s Philadelphia office. She joined the SEC as a staff attorney in the enforcement division in 2008. When the division was reorganized in 2010, she joined the market abuse unit
  • Kathryn Pyszka has been named an associate regional director for enforcement in the SEC’s Chicago office. She succeeds Timothy Warren, who retired from the agency in January. In her new role, Pyszka co-leads the Chicago office’s enforcement program with Robert Burson. She joined the SEC as a staff attorney in the enforcement division in 1997, was promoted to branch chief in 1998 and became senior trial counsel in 2000.

– The WSJ said growing concerns about threats are prompting the aviation industry to devise an unlikely new safeguard: real-time warnings to pilots about potential hacking attempts. Work to develop such systems is part of separate efforts by Thales, Raytheon and other companies to expand cyber-protections for aircraft. Airbus and Boeing support the pilot-alerting goal, reflecting a desire to try new things as global threats intensify and evolve.

Calstrs said its director of corporate governance Anne Sheehan was elected chair of the SEC’s investor advisory committee. ‘The [committee’s] impact on the regulatory regime at the SEC over the past five years has been positive and constructive. As one of the original members since 2012, I’ve been part of the committee’s work to help focus and shape the priorities of the commission to enhance investor protection,’ Sheehan said.

– The largest US banks survived a hypothetical stress test and could continue lending even during a deep recession, the Federal Reserve said in a report that could bolster the industry’s case for cutting back regulation, according to the WSJ. In the first part of its annual tests, the Fed said 34 of the largest US banks have significantly improved their defenses since the financial crisis. The results signal that many banks could win the Fed’s approval to increase dividend payouts to investors, in the second round of the tests.

– The FT reported that Peter Hambro, co-founder of Petropavlovsk, was voted off the Russia-focused gold mining company’s board following a battle with its largest shareholders over corporate governance. Attendees at the company’s annual general meeting in London voted to remove Hambro and appoint four new directors. ‘I will not hide my disappointment with the outcome of today’s vote,’ Hambro said.

– According to Reuters, financial regulators and lawmakers who appeared at a congressional hearing generally agreed that the Volcker Rule needs to be reconsidered. The rule should focus only on banks that do a lot of trading, said Federal Reserve governor Jerome Powell, who leads banking regulation for the central bank. ‘We believe we have the authority to draw a line between those with the big trading books (and other banks),’ he told the Senate Banking Committee. ‘We could have that group regulated one way and have everyone else regulated less, a lot less.’

Wherein J. C. Explains Almost Nothing: Intellectual Folktales of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries Revisited, April 2016

(On which Jerry Cullum is keeping some kind of assertion of intellectual property rights, although he would like to have the actual information circulated)

It would be wonderful to be able to write the kind of magisterial essays that George Steiner turned out at age thirty-five or so, because there is a need for them. However, Steiner himself hasn’t turned out many of them at age eighty-five plus, so perhaps I will be excused for turning out blog posts instead in my own advancing age.


It has occurred to me in the past couple of days (as it has on several previous occasions) that nearly all the contemporary explanations for things turn out to be less interesting than what we thought were the explanations fifty or sixty years ago. This in turn makes me vaguely suspicious of the present-day explanations, for it seems all too convenient that our explanations, based on new interpretations of evidence, should fit so well with our current inclinations towards cynicism leavened with witty irony.

But let that pass, as Shakespeare says. Some people are still defending interesting explanations; after I had rushed through the Victoria and Albert Museum’s “Botticelli Reimagined” exhibition in which subsequent centuries’ shallow imitations of Botticelli are multiplied ad infinitum, I found that the museum shop had Eugene Lane-Spollen’s 2014 book Under the Guise of Spring: The message hidden in Botticelli’s Primavera, wherein Lane-Spollen presents the idea that Botticelli’s painting contains a systematic symbolism based on the Renaissance Hermetism of which Warburg Institute scholars such as Edgar Wind and Frances Yates made so much, and which more recent scholars have so systematically tried to debunk as not really being much of an influence on Renaissance art and literature at all.

The history of esotericism is being rewritten, sometimes more interestingly as well as defensibly—although how occult groups in the Enlightenment became proto-socialist in some cases and proto-authoritarian in other cases may be so obscurely entwined in eighteenth-century culture and politics as to make the eyes glaze over.

But by and large, the fascinating assumptions once made about a host of mysteries now seem to be almost entirely wrong. The Hieronymus Bosch quincentenary exhibition in his hometown seems devoted to proving how immersed Bosch was in the order of late-medieval society; while in the 1960s everyone supposed Bosch was encoding the secrets of a fifteenth-century heretical order, now it is thought that Bosch was a respected artist fulfilling commissions from religious orders and creating allegories about the road to hell that may have owed much to hallucinations born of psychedelic moldy bread, but nothing to heretical doctrine.

That interpretations seems to raise more questions than it answers, but today’s scholars seem content to let the questions sit there. The cognitive status of the Garden of Earthly Delights still seems puzzling to me; why the multiracial nudity in a blissful condition set between a lost Paradise on the one side and a thoroughly humorous and theatrical Hell on the other? The Haywain’s variation on the Ship of Fools seems more acceptably orthodox, as well as comic—many are the readily recognizable roads to damnation through lust, greed, and sheer lack of paying attention.

And what’s with the disturbingly imperfect Garden of Eden, in which Eve and Adam are in communion with the Trinity, but the animals are doing their Darwinian thing, killing one another with blissful abandon? Bosch’s prelapsarian paradise is as opposed as can be imagined to the postmillennial vision of Isaiah that Edward Hicks turned into the Peaceable Kingdom—and maybe this fits into the pessimism that Huizinga limned so long ago in The Waning of the Middle Ages, so at odds with the apocalyptic optimism of the radical wing of the Reformation. But I am not sure I have time any longer to figure out the exact relationship, which will be overturned by later decades of scholarly opinion, anyway.

Bosch (1450-1516) and Botticelli (1445-1510) were contemporaries (which is an interesting thought; Primavera, 1477-1482; The Garden of Earthly Delights, 1503-1515). Both of them seem to have had workshops engaged in learning how to copy their greatest hits; viewers annoyed at having to go to Madrid to see the original Garden of Earthly Delights will find in the North Brabant show an acceptable version from the hands of Bosch’s own studio assistants. Botticelli set his apprentices to making versions of Venus minus the backgrounds, and two of these paintings are set side by side in the Victoria and Albert, one of them instructively awkward.

John Dee was another story, a full century later (1527-1608 or 1609). Although he made some memorable marginal drawings in some of the few thousand books in his library, he was not an artist, although this seems to be one of the few things that he wasn’t. Developing new tricks of navigation that suited well his advocacy of British settlement in North America, he researched widely in history, mathematics, medicine, astronomy, the Greco-Roman inheritance that was still being rediscovered, and occultism. There was, however, nothing all that hidden about the occultism; since it was taken for granted that angels existed and had communicated with human beings in ancient times, Dee supposed that if they could be made to disclose their own superior knowledge, it would speed his own researches immeasurably.

Hence the presence of magic mirrors and crystal balls in the exhibition of John Dee’s Lost Library, the Royal College of Physicians’ contribution to this early-2016 concatenation of reinterpretations of history. Dee’s penchant for conjuration did cause discomfort among more conservatively orthodox types, and some of his traits may have found their way into the Elizabethan version of the myth of Dr. Faustus.

This exhibition, at least, accepts that Dee’s multidisciplinary quest for global explanations has to be taken seriously as making sense within the intellectual purview of his time, rather than reduced, as in one scholar’s recent remark, to the sniffily dismissive “today we think of him as the progenitor of the idea of the British Empire, rather than as a magician.” [Paraphrased from memory, as I don’t know where to look for the original comment.]

Huh? He cast the queen’s horoscope, and he tried to put together an expedition to what are now the maritime provinces of Canada. Anybody got a problem with that, apart from the postcolonial question? He did lots of things, all of which seemed like good ideas at the time.

While I am on the topic of more disappointing explanations of once-romanticized phenomena, I should mention Ronald Hutton’s summary in Pagan Britain of present-day debunkings of the Green Men and sheela na gigs of whom Margaret Murray and Lady Raglan made so much circa 1934—interpretations that had considerable cultural consequences thirty or forty years later. Seems now that the leaf-and-branch-sprouting men may be souls lost in the forest of the world, or turning into it; and the females spectacularly spreading their legs in church carvings may just be typical misogynistic warnings against the temptations of lust, after all.

Labyrinths are a little more complicated. Have a look at Hutton.


[This is where we shift topics just a bit. Since readers of similar blog posts in past years seem to be puzzled, or convinced I have gone off chasing rabbits, I am reverting to the good old stratagem of using Roman numerals to alert my prose-dazed readership to a slight change in focus.]

I spent most of 2015 writing a prolix essay about shifts in cultural fashions in the fifty years since Mircea Eliade wrote a rather off-the-cuff lecture on the topic. (The precipitous decline of Eliade’s reputation, not always for defensibly analytical reasons, is one of the cultural fashions in question.) I needn’t try to summarize what was already a grotesquely condensed summary, but I should mention that that essay (which the truly committed can download for free from Cluj University Press as part of Mihaela Gligor, ed., From Influence and Confluence to Difference and Indifference: Studies on History of Religions) took for granted the old sociology-of-knowledge assertion that what we wrongly think of as “reality” is socially constructed, although the physical world itself is not.

So I started puzzling yesterday over the question of just how much could be rescued of the vast intellectual synthesis propounded by several almost completely forgotten books. I have puzzled over this previously, and realized that the answer itself is likely to be unproductive, because just because a hypothesis is correct, it does not mean it is plausible. (See: “plausibility structures,” in Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckmann’s classic, The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge.) This is not quite the same as the famous argument in physics over whether a hypothesis is crazy enough, because it is taken for granted in the physical sciences that certain types of hypothesis are intrinsically counterintuitive. In less mathematically based sciences, the deceptions of ordinary language ensure that prejudice masquerading as intuition will typically make certain that the conclusions reached will be expressed in the rhetoric of a contemporary cultural fashion. This does not mean that the conclusion is completely without validity. It means that even when we devise experiments in les sciences humaines, we are necessarily dealing with soft evidence (but why do we assume that mathematically based evidence is “hard evidence,” itself an emotionally comforting metaphor? The cognitive status of speculative mathematical extrapolation is itself in contention among physicists.).

So maybe I shouldn’t try to compare the various editions of Herbert Read’s Icon and Idea: The Function of Art in the Development of Human Consciousness, a book that, like Andre Malraux’s The Voices of Silence, pretty much tried to correlate everything we knew about art with everything we knew about the development of the successive stages of consciousness. (That there were such stages was an idea set forth by Erich Neumann in The Origins and History of Consciousness, to cite only one such book from the middle of the twentieth century.)

The history of consciousness is a notion that has been, as they used to say, problematized. For the most part, the day is long gone when the neurobiologists and the art historians and the psychologists got together to compare notes as they did in the heyday of the now much diminished Eranos conferences (see Hans Thomas Hakl, Eranos: An Alternative Intellectual History of the Twentieth Century). For this and other reasons, a major problem of recent books about what used to be called the human condition is that the evolutionary biologists writing about art and literature don’t know much about art and literature, and the dogmatically social-constructionist theorists of art and literature don’t know very much about the biology they are at such pains to refute. As I said above, what we call reality is socially constructed, but the world in which we live, and about which we have inevitable illusions, is not.

But because I simply cannot learn enough to evaluate the various cross-disciplinary analyses being put forth (I cannot even learn enough to manipulate the rapidly changed permutations of the digital technology by which we learn about such developments and by which we have machines on which to write about it), I don’t know what to do with such fascinating just-published books as I find in the Spring 2016 MIT Press catalogue (the rediscovery of which finally coalesced all the disconnected reflections I had been striving to put into some kind of sequential order).

Todd E. Feinberg and Jon M. Mallatt give us The Ancient Origins of Consciousness: How the Brain Created Experience, the hypothesis of which is that “simple reflexive behaviors evolved into a unified world of subjective experience” in the “’Cambrian explosion’ of animal diversity.” To continue to quote the catalogue description, “From this they deduce that all vertebrates are and have always been conscious—not just humans and other mammals, but also every fish, reptile, amphibian, and bird. Considering invertebrates, they find that arthropods (including insects and probably crustaceans) and cephalopods (including the octopus) meet many of the criteria for consciousness. The obvious and conventional-wisdom-shattering implication is that consciousness evolved simultaneously but independently in the first vertebrates and possibly arthropods more than half a billion years ago.”

To distinguish human consciousness from all these other forms of consciousness (and this seems to be the year in which suddenly a plethora of books attempt to analyze the inner lives of other species), we would have to go to another book in the MIT catalogue, Robert C. Berwick and Noam Chomsky’s Why Only Us: Language and Evolution, with the understanding that agreeing with it depends on accepting the tenets of the Minimalist Program for defining what constitutes language, and that the biolinguistic evidence for the evolution of human language may demand the study of “evidence from nonhuman animals, in particular vocal learning in songbirds.”

And that, whether coincidentally or not, brings us to the book listed on the page facing the announcement for Feinberg and Mallatt’s book: Tim Hodgkinson’s Music and the Myth of Wholeness: Towards a New Aesthetic Paradigm. Here we have a contribution from someone working in the field instead of in the laboratory; Hodgkinson was the 1968 co-founder with Fred Frith of “the politically and musically radical group Henry Cow.” (So here we have, also, someone else from the ‘60s trying to bring the dialogue up to date by “discard[ing] the conventional idea of the human being as an integrated whole in favor of a rich and complex field in which incompatible kinds of information—biological and cultural—collide. It is only when we acknowledge the clash of body and language within human identity that we can understand how art brings forth the special form of subjectivity potentially present in aesthetic experience.”

So this appears to be something like a contemporary attempt to bring Herbert Read’s intellectual program up to date. But Hodgkinson is belaboring a point that many thinkers take for granted these days, that “wholeness” is a myth and our lives are a succession of contending influences rather than the peregrinations of a single unified entity called the self.

As I have said many times before now, nobody knows enough. And I am not sure that my own knowledge would be significantly expanded if I attempted to go beyond the capsule summaries in the MIT catalogue, for I lack the interpretive apparatus to judge the adequacy of the evidence these books present.

          Aging Wellness: Why You Should Care   

One year ago I didn’t care about aging wellness. In February 2016, I was the typical young Millennial knee-deep in the balancing act of work, college, and internships – I hardly had time to consider my own health. If someone would have asked me then, “What are you doing to prepare for you and your loved […]

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          More People Are Buying A Home Without Making An In-Person Visit   
June 28, 2017

New technology and housing market conditions are making people more comfortable with buying a home sight unseen.

A recent Redfin survey found that 33 percent of respondents who bought a home within the last year did so without an in-person visit, up from 19 percent a year ago. Millennials led the charge, as 41 percent of the younger buyers skipped an in-person visit.

It’s not so much that buyers are feeling lucky. The inventory shortage has led to swelling prices and shorter times that homes are on the market, so buyers need to act quicker than ever before. Plus, real estate agencies are beginning to dabble in 3D photography and virtual reality, new technologies that provide a strong sense of what the home looks and feels like. 

“Millennials are already starting to set trends in the real estate industry,” said Redfin chief economist Nela Richardson. “They are three times more likely than Baby Boomers to make an offer sight-unseen, and they’re more likely than older buyers and sellers to negotiate commission savings. Despite their tech-savvy confidence, politics are seeping into Millennials’ decisions about where to live; nearly half cited hesitations about moving to a place where their neighbors wouldn’t share their views.”

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          Two Views of Civil Government: Puritanism vs. Pietism   

The Lord has established His throne in the heaven and His sovereignty rules over all (Ps. 103:19).

The 1990s may very well become known to future historians as the decade of Christians in civil government. Even more so than in the 1980s, the evangelical church has had a greater voice in the political process. The full impact of this surging tide will not be felt until the 1998 and 2000 elections and beyond.

For those who are mobilizing for action at the grass roots level, it will become increasingly important to lay a foundation based on biblical law and to avoid building party platforms based on populist conservatism. Those entrusted with the vision to rebuild a Christian democratic republic must be aware that the blueprint for reforming civil government is given only in the Word of God.

Over the past 30 years, American evangelicals began to cast off the pietistic notion that political involvement is somehow worldly. Christians regained a sense of history through studying America’s Puritan heritage. They awakened to the fact that the church is to be the salt and light of the world, and realized that they had a God-given mandate to possess the gates of the city.

But then something went awry on the way to the new millennium …

The view of 21st century America envisioned by some modern evangelicals resembles more the nostalgic television reruns of the 1950s than the powerful transforming spiritual awakenings of past centuries. The view of civil government offered by modern Christian activists resembles more closely that of the mystics of the Middle Ages who viewed politics as Satan’s domain. They have obscured the view offered by our Puritan forefathers who saw government as an institution given by God to be reformed by His chosen elect.

Two Views of Government

There are essentially two views of government that have been held to by two groups of evangelical Christians in modern times—the Puritan or Reformed view (based on the ideals of the Protestant Reformation), and the Pietist view.

1. The Puritan view of government: All people are under a two-fold theocratic form of government (ecclesiastical and civil). The church legislates the moral law of God through the preaching of blessings and curses found in God’s Word (the Bible); the state enforces the moral law of God through a system of reward and punishment. Believers obey the moral law of God out of love and are subject to church discipline; sinners obey out of constraint and fear of punishment by civil judges. But both classes of men are to be ruled by the moral law of God. Human government is an institution given by God to be cared for and reformed by men.

The Puritan historical view of government is providential, with Jesus Christ leading believers in His train as a captain leads an army to victory over the anti-Christian power bases of the world. The ultimate destiny of government is to establish Christ’s dominion over all the earth with God’s people ruling in positions of power. Christ will return to the earth when all things are subject to Him under His feet (the church). The role of the elect is to occupy the power bases of both ecclesiastical and civil forms of government until He comes to establish greater justice.

2. The Pietist view of government: Christians are under the authority of both church and civil government; sinners are under the authority of civil government only. The moral law of God rules over Christians; but since sinners are doomed to hell, they are free to do whatever they please. Civil government is a part of the world system which is controlled by Satan. It is no surprise to the pietist that so many governments are unjust and evil.

The Pietist historical view of government is conspiratorial. Government is a part of the world system which is controlled by Satan and his cohorts. The conspiracy will end in a one-world government ruled by an anti-Christ figure who will control the hearts and minds of men for a dispensational time period. The only job for the church is to preach the gospel so that some may be saved. The job of Christians in civil government is limited since politics is evil. Christians have to wait until Christ returns to the earth with cataclysmic judgment before they can rule as the elect.

The Puritan view of history and government is what resulted in America being founded as a Christian democratic republic. Throughout the early years of America’s history, the plan for civil government was based on the ideals of the Protestant Reformation. As America was being explored, the Reformation was still very much in progress.

The theology developed during the 1500s by men such as Calvin, Luther, Zwingli, and Knox was adopted by an enlightened few in the Church of England. These were the Separatists (or Pilgrims) and the Puritans. By the early 1600s, when the Pilgrims and Puritans began their exodus to Massachusetts Bay Colony, the ideals of the Reformation had taken hold of most of northern Europe. Yet the Reformation had its fullest expression in America.

The biblical model of reformation for church and civil government was pioneered by the Pilgrims and Puritans who settled America. This was the foundation for our democratic republic. Although Christianity in America has become increasingly diverse, every reform movement of consequence throughout American history has been neo-Puritan in character. This was true of the First Great Awakening during the time of Jonathan Edwards, and also of the sporadic revivals of the 1800s which resulted in societal transformation.

Although the Christian foundation of American society has eroded today, most retain a feeling of pride that we are somehow different as a nation. We somehow believe that freedom in the world today sprang from our nation. We believe that our country is the best place in the world to live. Yet today most have an uneasy feeling that something is dreadfully wrong with us. If we are to retain today the ideals that once made us great as a nation, we need to examine our origins in order to discover the source of this problem.

Two Strains of the Reformation

To better understand how Christian Americans arrived at their present state, it will be useful to take a brief look at the schools of thought within the Reformation which were prevalent during the founding of America. These two strains have been present in the church since the beginning of the Reformation in the 1500s. The Protestant Reformation occurred mostly in the 16th and 17th centuries and involved two groups of reformers. There were also two strains of the Reformation which we will call the Pietists and the Puritans.

As we look at the two strains of the Reformation, we should remember that there is truth and error in each. All orthodox church movements have emphasized some aspect of truth. We are not talking about two different Gospels here. Each is trying to teach the same Gospel, even though at times their emphasis will be a warped, limited, or partial one. We need to study each, keeping in mind that no movement or particular sect of Christianity has yet come completely out of the darkness of human depravity.

Consider the words of John Robinson to his congregation before the Pilgrims left to come to America: “If God should reveal any thing to us by any other instrument of his, be as ready to receive it, as ever we were to receive truth … (for) it is not possible the Christian world should come so lately out of such thick anti-Christian darkness, and that full perfection of knowledge should break forth at once.”

The Pietists

Pietism is a term describing not one specific church group, but a broader movement which began in the late 17th century. In earlier centuries, Pietism is discernible in medieval Roman Catholic mysticism and the Anabaptist movement. Anabaptists were reformers who believed that baptism should occur after repentance and salvation (hence the term ana-“after” baptism). Anabaptists are sometimes called “the radical reformers.”

The Anabaptist movement was a manifestation of a continuing mysticism in Christianity which had always been present in the church. These were often persecuted Christians who were impressed by the extreme wickedness of the world and sought to withdraw into communities of believers. They wanted to have as little to do with civil government and the military as possible. Some Anabaptist communities refused cooperation with civil authority entirely.1

In the early centuries, Montanists, Marcionites, Novatians, and various forms of Monasticism were in this mystical tradition. In the Middle Ages, the Paulicians, the Waldensees, and the Lollards were continuations of what later became known at the time of the Reformation as the Anabaptist movement. Mysticism is the belief that revelation can come directly from God. This belief was present in the early church and continues to this day. Mystics look to the “inner light” of the Holy Spirit as the guiding source of salvation.2

There is validity for supernatural operations of grace and personal piety within the framework of biblical orthodoxy. The problem with mysticism is that it often leads to “extra-biblical” revelation. There is no doubt that there have been many true Christians among the Anabaptists. The problem has not been with conversion experience, but with the frequent doctrinal errors which came from a reliance on extra-biblical revelation. Many of the teachings proposed by the Anabaptists were based more on subjective experience than the Word of God.

One of the earliest of the mystics among the Anabaptists was Sebastian Franck, a contemporary of Luther. Franck rebelled against what he deemed excessive emphasis on the written Word. He taught that a divine element existed in all men, and emphasized the inner working of the Spirit as the means to salvation.3 An early center of the Anabaptist movement was Zurich, Switzerland. Here Conrad Grebel and Felix Manz led a group of radical reformers who went much further away from the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church than other Protestants. The movement spread to Austria and southeast Germany. Many missionaries were sent out to other parts of Europe and gathered Anabaptist communities.4

While having received some valid biblical truth, such as adult water baptism, one of the frequent mystical extra-biblical errors of the Anabaptists regarded predictions concerning the imminent return of Christ.

Melchior Hoffman, a Swabian furrier, predicted that after his death he would return, in 1533, with Christ in the clouds of heaven, that the wicked would be judged, and the New Jerusalem would be set up in Strassburg.5

Jan Mathys, a baker from Holland, predicted that Munster was to be the site of the New Jerusalem. He sought to gain control of Munster and organize a Christian society. The deposed bishop of that city, aided by Catholics and Lutherans, laid siege to the Anabaptists and had the leaders tortured and killed.6

Hans Hetz, a German, proclaimed that the day of the Lord was near and that the saints were to use force in rooting out the wicked before the visible reign of Christ was set up on earth.7

Michael Servetus, a Spanish scholar (not specifically an Anabaptist), believed that the millennial reign of Christ was about to begin and was later burned at the stake in Geneva for teaching heresies.8

The Anabaptists were often violently persecuted, but their movement survived. In England, Independents and Quakers developed out of the Anabaptist strain. In Germany and the low countries, the Mennonites and Amish were pacifistic Anabaptists who survived persecutions. They were later welcomed in Russia and America because of their industry and thrift.

Pietism, as mysticism’s modern expression, arose out of the tragedy of the Reformation, the Thirty Years War, which was a conflict between the Pope and the Reformers. The Reformers won, however, the war left most of Germany devastated. Philip Jacob Spener, a Lutheran minister seeking to comfort the people of Germany, emphasized the mystical side of Luther’s teachings. Spener hoped to cultivate a deeper spiritual life among his flock. He preached the necessity of the new birth and a personal, warm Christian experience. Pietism soon spread rapidly throughout Europe via Lutheran churches.9

Pietism had its positive effect by infusing a sense of personal experience with Jesus Christ in the life of a believer. This emphasis helped the cause of evangelism. Those among the Pietists who helped spread Christianity worldwide were Count Leopold von Zinzendorf, founder of the Moravian Missionary Society, which sent hundreds of missionaries to America; Roger Williams, a Baptist, who founded Rhode Island after being expelled from Massachusetts by the Puritans; and the Quakers, George Fox and William Penn, who founded colonies in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The negative aspects of pietistic thinking are: a withdrawal of Christians from society because of the belief that the world is Satan’s domain, and an emphasis on the imminent return of Christ with a preoccupation with date-setting for the Second Coming.

The Puritans

The strengths of Puritan or Reformed thinking are: the belief that Christ rules over every sphere of society with Christians being stewards of the earth; and having a long term view of Christ’s return with an emphasis on advancing the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven.

The Puritans came from the Reformed tradition. The fathers of Reformed theology were Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, and Knox. Unlike Martin Luther, who had mystical, pietistic leanings, the Puritans tended to be more Calvinistic in their thinking.

The Puritans who arrived in America had already absorbed a century of accumulated Reformation doctrine. The Puritans were Anglican Church reformers who adopted John Calvin’s theology. They were the English version of the Scottish Presbyterians. They were a part of a reformation that was still very much in progress. Yet, at the time of their arrival in the New World, the Puritans had a vision for a society built on the laws of God.

They had broken away from Episcopalian government—but not completely away from the Church of England—and now sought to create a theocratic government. They disclaimed the divine authority of lords and bishops and believed in the priesthood of the individual believer. As each believer was to be self-governing, so was each church; each family; each community; each township; each colony; etc.

The Puritans saw themselves as soldiers in a war against Satan. This small band of believers struggled against adversity to build the City of God in New England. They saw all of human history as a progression toward the fulfillment of God’s design on earth.10

Unlike the pietistic Anabaptists, the Puritans had a long term view of history, they generally regarded the Second Coming of Christ to be far off, and they were optimistic about the attempts of Christians to reform civil government. The founders of New England were not social radicals. They disliked bishops and so they came to America to set up the City of Zion. In their doctrine of covenantalism, they saw God bringing in the kingdom in a gradual and orderly fashion. They understood that the Second Coming of Christ would not happen for centuries to come. They understood that it was their role in society to be visible saints, to submit to church discipline, and to be the light of the world.11


The contribution of the First Great Awakening was a revitalized “neo-Puritanism”—a combining of personal experience with God with the complete biblical worldview of the Puritans. The Great Awakening began under the ministries of Gilbert Tennent, Jonathan Edwards, and English evangelist George Whitefield in the early 1700s. These three personalities were strictly Calvinistic in their view of salvation yet they preached in such a way as to awaken sinners to a state of grace.

The mass conversions that took place during the Great Awakening were undergirded by the Puritan ethic which had been developed in the preceding centuries. It was the strength of the Reformed view of biblical social order combined with personal experience with God that led to the reformation of American society. The Great Awakening did much also to unite the thirteen colonies. This union resulted in the establishment of the United States of America a generation later. The Great Awakening encouraged people to look optimistically at life in America. The revivals of the 18th century promoted the idea that the “city set upon a hill for all the world to see” was still viable.

By 1830, what America is today as a nation had become well defined, reformed, and constituted. Alexis de Tocqueville, the French social scientist, recorded in his classic work, Democracy in America, that Americans exhibited certain distinctions that set them apart from Europeans. It was as if God Himself had formed a new race of men and women on the earth. American idealism was so unique that it warranted an investigation. According to de Tocqueville, American idealism was characterized by individualism—a self-reliant spirit that pushed individuals to take on great responsibilities and produce great accomplishments. There was a sense of a personal responsibility to God, country, and family. These were, in fact, Puritan ethics.

According to church historian Kenneth Scott Latourette: “In 1815, the Christianity of the United States, like that of the Thirteen Colonies, was still overwhelmingly Protestant…. Even more than in the Thirteen Colonies, it was showing a marked variety. To the denominations brought from Europe, several were being added. Some were divisions from the old and others were quite new. Still more than in colonial days, the Christianity of the United States represented the extreme wing of Protestantism.“12

Neo-Puritanism can thus be defined as a blending together of the ethics and worldview of the Puritans with the methods of power evangelism which added great numbers of souls to the American churches during the Great Awakenings.

The Shift Away From Neo-Puritanism

The shift away from neo-Puritanism began in the 1830s when the competing worldview of dispensationalism emerged giving Pietism a systematic theology.

Dispensationalism: The idea that God has worked in different ways throughout history through different economies or dispensations. A dispensationalist makes a major division between the Covenants, God acting with wrath and vengeance in the Old Testament and with love and grace in the New Testament. Dispensationalism teaches a pre-tribulational rapture, divides the “end times” into several dispensations, and teaches a conspiratorial view of history.

John Nelson Darby, an Irish priest (Anglican), organized a more numerous group called the Plymouth Brethren. Darby taught that the Second Coming of Christ was imminent. He rejected the creeds of the early church and believed that social reform is useless. Darby’s followers concentrated on saving men and women out of the world.

C.I. Scofield, a Texas pastor, popularized the teachings of J.N. Darby in a systematic theology known as dispensational premillennialism. C.I. Scofield first compiled his reference Bible as a teaching aid for missionaries. It soon became one of the most widely used tools for Bible study among entire denominations such as Southern Baptists and Disciples of Christ.13


Despite the fact that many of the dispensationalists stressed personal holiness, the paradigm shift of the 1800s paved the way for a much greater evil, antinomianism, which means literally “anti-law.”

Antinomianism: an anti-law position which states that man is saved by faith alone; since faith frees the Christian from the law, he is no longer bound to obey the law. Antinomianism creates a system in which the laws of the Bible cannot apply to governing an individual or society.

Dispensationalism promoted antinomian thinking by de-emphasizing the relationship of the Old Covenant law to the individual. This led to a waning influence of Christians in society.

To the Puritans, covenantalism and the law of God were obvious foundations of Christian social order. Two Puritan ideas stand in stark contrast to dispensationalism and antinomianism: covenantalism and theonomy.


Covenant theology laid the groundwork for a political theory which held that state and all society came into being as a contract on the basis of God’s eternal covenant. Hence, the moral law of God must be the foundation for a society’s laws and government.

Covenantalism: The Puritans held to covenant or “federalist” theology which maintains that God operates through covenants, or eternally binding legal agreements with men. The Old and New Covenants are God’s basis for governing the universe. There is no division between the Covenants. The New Covenant is built firmly on the foundation of the Old Covenant. This presupposes that the Law does not change: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law of the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill” (Matt. 5:17). God is not a dispensational, evolving God; He is a God that never changes: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb. 13:8).

Covenantalism stands in stark opposition to the modern notion of antinomianism. Covenantalism begins with the assumption that the believer is no longer condemned by the law but justified by faith. But unlike antinomianism it answers the obvious question: Once a man is saved, is he restored to a position of law keeping or not? Yes! Although the law can never help a man do this!

Bq. God sent his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us (Rom. 8:4).

The work of the cross of the New Covenant is the destruction of “sin in the flesh.” Once the propensity to sin is destroyed, sin is gone and the law no longer condemns us. The law is not primarily for the regenerated believer, but for the unbeliever to reveal his sin. However, this does not mean that the Covenant of the Law has passed away.


The Bible teaches us that the law is eternally binding as the standard of sanctification for both the individual and society. The Reformers and the Puritans believed that the church and the kingdom of God are subject to God’s laws. In turn, it is the church’s mandate to advance the kingdom of God on earth. This includes legislating the moral law of God in the nations. This concept is known as theonomy which means literally: “God’s law.”

Theonomy: The belief that the moral laws of the Old Testament are still binding in the New Testament age. God’s law is the standard for personal, family, ecclesiastical, and civil righteousness. Civil governments are obligated to follow the moral laws outlined in the Bible. Theonomy asserts that only laws which are specifically fulfilled or changed in the New Covenant—such as dietary laws, agricultural laws, Sabbath laws, and ceremonial laws—are non-binding in the New Covenant age. Moral laws, such as the Ten Commandments and the case laws, are still the ethical standards for governing individuals and society.

Civil governments are obligated to follow God’s moral laws. If they are not, then Christians have no real standards by which to influence legislation. There is no other standard besides the moral law of God to effect the reformation of America except democratic pluralism: What the majority thinks is right in their own eyes.14

Democratic pluralism has led us to the current state of affairs in our nation. In early America, especially in the Puritan townships, there was a type of theocratic pluralism, or democracy under the moral laws of God.

The law itself is holy and good; but it cannot make anyone, Jew or Gentile, holy or spiritual. As long as a man is carnal, the law spells death. It is only through grace that we fulfill the law. Furthermore, no system of law can ever sanctify a society. However, when society’s laws are based on God’s laws, they can serve to teach an entire civilization about the character of God and lead some to salvation. The moral law of God serves as the standard of sanctification. According to Calvin:

From these things one can gather … the function and the use of the law…. While showing God’s righteousness, that is, what God requires of us, it admonishes each one of his unrighteousness and convicts him of sin. All men, without exception, are puffed up with insane confidence in their own powers, unless the Lord proves their vanity. When all this stupid opinion of their own power has been laid aside, they must needs know they stand and are upheld by God’s hand alone. Again since by righteousness of their works they are aroused against God’s grace, it is fitting that this arrogance be cast down and confounded that, naked and empty-handed, they may flee to God’s mercy, repose in it, hide within it and seize upon it alone for righteousness and merit. For God’s mercy is revealed in Christ to all who seek and wait upon it with true faith.15

What we experience as a nation in the next few years will largely depend on the obedience of the church to the Word of God. It will depend on evangelicals making the necessary paradigm shift toward a vibrant, robust neo-Puritanism.

“Who knows whether you are called into the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14).

Jay Rogers is the director of The Forerunner. He can be contacted at The Forerunner, P.O. Box 138030, Clermont, FL 34713.

1. Kenneth Scott LaTourette, A History of Christianity (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1950), 779.

2. Ibid., 786.

3. Ibid., 789.

4. Ibid., 780.

5. Ibid, 783.

6. Ibid.

7. Ibid, 782.

8. Ibid., 759.

9. Ibid, 895.

10. The Norton Anthology of American Literature (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1979), 3.

11. Perry Miller, Jonathan Edwards (New York: Meridan Books, 1959), 320.

12. LaTourette, op. cit., 1045.

13. Ibid., 1185.

14. Gary DeMar, The Debate Over Christian Reconstruction (Atlanta: American Vision Press, 1988), 210.

15. John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, 1536 Edition (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company), 34.

          The Changing Definition of Legal Scholarship   

The Touro Law Review has published an issue focusing on "Engaged Scholarship and the Changing Definition of Scholarly Work", which has been a rather hot topic lately in the legal blogosphere. The debate tends to focus on the question of legal scholarship's value. On the one side are the entrenched academics who argue that scholarship influences not just other scholars, but judges and practitioners, and also makes them better professors. On the other side are the reformers who assert that the vast majority of scholarship not only doesn't influence anyone, but is hardly read by anyone, and with such little impact it's probably not worth spending over half a billion dollars a year on. (That price would be roughly half of professor salaries, assuming they spend about half their time on scholarship. If you add in interest paid, since it's debt financed, you're looking at maybe three quarters of a billion.)

But today we're going to look at the debate in a different way. What if legal scholarship is just objectively bad?

In announcing the new Touro Law Review issue, Patricia Salkin write on The Faculty Lounge:

Arcila of Touro Law Center offers an introductory piece, The Future of Scholarship in Law Schools, beginning with a discussion of the scholarly obligation to engage in research and scholarship noting that despite the waves of anti-intellectualism, scholarship “…influences public and academic discourse, legislation, and judicial decisions, all of which guide our conduct.” He asserts that even with the increased emphasis on experiential legal education, scholarship deserves prominence not only because it is “central to the role of institutions of higher education as creators of knowledge and fonts of ideas about law’s role in society, government, and business,” but also because such efforts also help to inform our teaching role by deepening knowledge and thinking on the subject matters we teach.

If one were to reach Arcila's article, they would expect to find evidence that scholarship influences discourse, legislation, and judicial decisions. Looking at the article we can easily find the exact language Salkin quoted:

Waves of anti-intellectualism come and go.4 We are in the midst of one now, a wave whose crest may even have reached the highest levels of our judiciary.5 But it is undeniable that legal scholarship has had, and continues to have, an impact on the most important legal issues that confront us.6 It influences public and academic discourse, legislation, and judicial decisions, all of which guide our conduct.

In a debate over the impact of legal scholarship, in which one side is clearly denying the impact, it's pretty odd to call such impact undeniable. Of course it can be denied. One only need to spend a few minutes on The Faculty Lounge or PrawfsBlawg to see it being denied. The denial happens all the time. What's more interesting of course is if the deniers are in the right, or if they're ignoring what should be convincing evidence. So to that end, let's check out ol' footnote 6 there:

Professor Robert Condlin has usefully collected citations exemplifying “numerous contributions of legal scholarship to the development of law over the years,” in areas as important and diverse as privacy, tax, commodities trading, antitrust, property, environmental protection, copyright, consumer financial protection, product safety, “and dozens of others,” and also pointed to “the systemic contributions of [numerous other] scholars.” Robert J. Condlin, “Practice Ready Graduates”: A Millennialist Fantasy, 31 TOURO L. REV. 71, 80-81 n.28 (2014). The law and economics movement, including Coase’s Theorem and more, has had terrific influence.

Alrighty, off to Issue 31 to find Condlin's article. The language Arcila is quoting is actually from a footnote, and a whopper of a footnote at that! In fact, the majority of Condlin's article is footnote text, with several pages offering only a few lines of the essay itself. Here's the relevant excerpt from FN28:

In this same spirit, it depicts legal scholarship as a drag on education, adding to its cost without producing any corresponding benefit, ignoring the numerous contributions of legal scholarship to the development of law over the years. See, e.g., Samuel D. Warren & Louis D. Brandeis, The Right to Privacy, 4 HARV. L. REV. 193 (1890) (privacy); Boris I. Bittker, Tax Shelters, Nonrecourse Debt, and the Crane Case, 33 TAX L. REV. 277 (1978) (tax); Saule T. Omarova, The Merchants of Wall Street: Banking, Commerce, and Commodities, 98 MINN. L. REV. 265 (2013) (commodities trading); ROBERT H. BORK, THE ANTITRUST PARADOX (2d ed. 1993) (antitrust); Charles A. Reich, The New Property, 73 YALE L. J. 733 (1964) (property); Joseph L. Sax, The Public Trust Doctrine in Natural Resource Law: Effective Judicial Intervention, 68 MICH. L. REV. 471 (1970) (environmental protection); Robert C. Denicola, Applied Art and Industrial Design: A Suggested Approach to Copyright in Useful Articles, 67 MINN. L. REV. 707 (1983) (copyright); Elizabeth Warren, Unsafe at Any Rate, DEMOCRACY, Summer 2007, available at http://www.democracyjournal.org/5/6528.php (consumer financial protection); GUIDO CALABRESI, THE COST OF ACCIDENTS: A LEGAL AND ECONOMIC ANALYSIS (1970) (product safety); and dozens of others. See THE CANON OF AMERICAN LEGAL THOUGHT (David Kennedy & William Fisher III eds., 2006) (describing twenty law review articles that have had a profound effect on the shape of American law and legal institutions); Michelle M. Harner & Jason A. Cantone, Is Legal Scholarship Out of Touch? An Empirical Analysis of the Use of Scholarship in Business Law Cases, 19 U. MIAMI BUS. L. REV. 1 (2011) (describing the influence of legal business law scholarship on the decisions of the Delaware Supreme Court). It also ignores the systemic contributions of scholars like Henry Hart and Albert Sachs, Mitchell Polinsky, Richard Posner, and numerous others, who changed the ways in which generations of judges and lawyers go about their business and think about law and legal institutions. Scholarship is the legal system’s seed corn, and destroying seed corn eventually makes an ecosystem uninhabitable.

So much text here, it's useful to remember how Arcila described this. It's a collection of citations exemplifying the numerous contributions of legal scholarship, and this collection is used to back up the claim that legal scholarship's past and continuing impact is undeniable. You know what's missing from the list though? The impact! Most of the list just references the articles themselves, and does nothing to demonstrate their impact. Consider the difference between these two statements:

Many people find hamburgers to be delicious and a great value. See, for example, Five Guys.

Many people find hamburgers to be delicious and a great value. See, for example, Zagat's review of Five Guys.

The first just says a burger place exists. The second points to a source that will speak to whether or not the burgers are delicious and a great value.

We're also going to note that not all of the authors are relevant to Arcila's argument. Samuel Warren, Louis Brandeis, and Albert Sachs weren't professors. Henry Hart is a poet and hasn't even written any legal scholarship. Perhaps Condlin meant Herbert Hart (better known as H. L. A. Hart). But back to the non-prof legal scholars. Yes, their work was impactful. But, the debate is over the value of scholarship produced within the academy. If practitioners or others want to write articles, no one is going to criticize them for doing so. They do it on their own time and dime. The debate is over scholarship produced by legal academics which is paid for with debt-financed student tuition dollars. Arcila even acknowledges that it's a debate over the academy, not about legal scholarship from other sources, saying "Although there are many ways of approaching this issue, fundamentally, it revolves around the future role of research and scholarship within law schools" (emphasis added). A list which includes (and even leads off with) non-professor articles actually helps to undermine the argument. If the academy was the only place producing scholarship there's a stronger argument in favor of it, but it's clearly not.

The Condlin list contains two other interesting entries though, two sources which purport to speak to the impact of legal scholarship. So now we need to dig into those two. First up, the Canon of American Legal Thought (and fyi, to all the novice writers out there, you can remove all caps when you're citing a source). Four of the articles is discusses are written by non law professors (we're not counting Coase because he became a law prof after writing his most influential work -- you don't get to hire someone after the fact and then claim his work as the work of your institution).

Next, the Harner and Cantone article on business law cases. Long story short, courts are generally citing legal articles less, but are citing specialty journals more. But that's not the end of the story. When it comes to citing specialty journals, courts are slightly more likely to cite a piece written by a practitioner than one written by a professor.


Let us once again return to Arcila's claim: "[I]t is undeniable that legal scholarship has had, and continues to have, an impact on the most important legal issues that confront us. It influences public and academic discourse, legislation, and judicial decisions, all of which guide our conduct." Her evidence is a list put together by Condlin which consists of three parts. First, Condlin's own list which fails to demonstrate any impact. Second, the Canon, which does demonstrate impact, but also acknowledges quite a bit of non-lawprof impact. And finally, the business law study, which acknowledges less impact generally, but more among specialty articles, but puts professor impact on par with practitioner impact.

Arcila's claim, while poorly sourced, is in fact true. Legal scholarship does have influence and impact. Kinda. Some legal scholarship has influence. Based on her sources, business specialists and a few dozen philosophers have impact. What she's failed to demonstrate is that the rank and file law professor's scholarship published in a typical law review will have any sort of meaningful impact. And that's what the debate is over. Not the existence of superstars, but the mass of profs consuming half a billion dollars a year in research.

And this brings us back to the initial point. We're not looking at the monetary value of Arcila's article, or the chance that it will help him in his teaching later on. We wanted an objective look. Objectively speaker, Arcila has made a claim which (1) does not speak to the debate, and (2) is poorly supported. Objectively, that is bad scholarship. So much for that "Changing Definition."

          The difference between how millennials and baby boomers consume news, in one chart   
How you stay informed on what’s happening in the world probably depends on your age. This may not be a surprise, but a recent survey from the Reuters Institute puts the discrepancy in perspective: Digital outlets serve as the main source of news for the majority of those under 35, including 64% of those between […]
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India is on the cusp of a digital revolution. With rising internet and smartphone penetration, the digital DNA of India is rapidly changing. The first 100 million ‘digital Indians’ were largely men, millennials and metro based. However, with higher adoption among women, lower tier cities and older age groups, the face of an average internet user is changing. They are also engaging in mature activities, going beyond search and social networking to online shopping and banking. In 2013, only 7% urban internet users with digital age less than 2 years adopted online shopping. This grew more than four fold in four years. A similar trend has been seen in online banking as well. Also, with increasing smartphone penetration, the way consumers are accessing internet is changing. In 2013, only 44% of urban population preferred mobile for internet access, but now almost 3/4th prefer mobile. Find More Case studies at - https://www.socialsamosa.com/category/indian-social-media-case-studies/
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Millennial Success Story – Impressive Example!! I talked with a very impressive young man this week: Kendrick Chang. Perfect example of how you can be successful regardless of your age.  From Kaiser High School to George Washington University to anywhere he wants to go.  Not all university students are as confused as they appear on TV;
          When the Left targets your livelihood (Guests: Roaming Millennial, Tommy Sotomayor)   

The Internet is the freest place in the world and is therefore the first place the censors go to shut you up. The mainstream media has been controlling the message for so long, they can’t handle that it’s in the hands of the people now.

          Why Most Millennials Will Not Survive What Is Coming   
By Susan Duclos - All News PipeLine

In a world where college students demand "safe zones" and "trigger warnings" in order to avoid the uncomfortable reality that surrounds them, and where exposing corruption and speaking the truth is automatically labeled "doom and gloom," we are creating a nation, a future generation, that will be incapable of surviving any life-altering event or disaster, natural or man-made, will be unable to even function because they will be too busy whining about the unfairness of it all, despite the fact that they have seen the warnings for years, but chose to ignore them.

 This morning I ran across an "open letter" from an employee, a 25 year old, to her CEO..... first I thought it was satire, then searched a little and found it was not, and I have to admit, with all we write about, the things we expose to the light of day, I still find myself flabbergasted at some of the things I see.

This woman who seems to have the mentality of a over-protected child that throws a temper tantrum whenever everything isn't handed to her on a silver platter, was castigating her employer for the choices she made.

She admits in her open letter that she chose to accept a job that paid "$733.24, bi-weekly,"  (Totalling 1,466.48 monthly) and chose to rent an apartment that costs $1245 a month. She also chose, in her own words to "put a bunch of debt on a shiny new credit card to afford the move."

Anyone else thinking right about now that perhaps she "majored in English literature," because she wasn't all that good with simple mathematics?

She also admits to recieving full medical benefits as part of the job package, stating "Let’s talk about those benefits, though. They’re great. I’ve got vision, dental, the normal health insurance stuff — and as far as I can tell, I don’t have to pay for any of it! Except the copays. $20 to see a doctor or get an eye exam or see a therapist or get medication....."

A few key quotes from the letter, to which can be read in its entirety at Meduim. (Make sure to read the comments because some of them are priceless!)

I haven’t bought groceries since I started this job. Not because I’m lazy, but because I got this ten pound bag of rice before I moved here and my meals at home (including the one I’m having as I write this) consist, by and large, of that. Because I can’t afford to buy groceries. Bread is a luxury to me, even though you’ve got a whole fridge full of it on the 8th floor. But we’re not allowed to take any of that home because it’s for at-work eating. Of which I do a lot. Because 80 percent of my income goes to paying my rent. 

So the jobs also provides food, in fact according to the job description as well as her own acknowledgment, they have a "fully stocked kitchen" on-site.

Will you pay my phone bill for me? I just got a text from T-Mobile telling me my bill is due. I got paid yesterday ($733.24, bi-weekly) but I have to save as much of that as possible to pay my rent ($1245) for my apartment that’s 30 miles away from work because it was the cheapest place I could find that had access to the train, which costs me $5.65 one way to get to work. That’s $11.30 a day, by the way. I make $8.15 an hour after taxes. I also have to pay my gas and electric bill. Last month it was $120. According to the infograph on PG&E’s website, that cost was because I used my heater. I’ve since stopped using my heater. Have you ever slept fully clothed under several blankets just so you don’t get a cold and have to miss work? Have you ever drank a liter of water before going to bed so you could fall asleep without waking up a few hours later with stomach pains because the last time you ate was at work? I woke up today with stomach pains. I made myself a bowl of rice.

After stating earlier in her snarky, nasty letter to her CEO that many of those that work with her are struggling and "taking on side jobs," she herself, due to her own choices and inability to make smart, common sense decisions, isn't doing any work on her "freelance gig," because she is "constantly too stressed to focus on anything but going to sleep as soon as I’m not at work."

She then decided to castigate Jeremy Stoppelman, the CEO, who co-founded his company Yelp in 2004 and grew it into an empire after obtaining a bachelor's degree in computer engineering from the University of Illinois in 1999, working at @Home Network, then at X.com, and later became the VP of Engineering after the company was renamed PayPal, before leaving PayPal to attend Harvard Business School, then doing a a summer internship at MRL Ventures before he and others came up with the idea for Yelp Inc. (Source)

Compare his work history  to her complaint earlier in her letter where she whines about having to "work in support for an entire year before I would be able to move to a different department. A whole year answering calls and talking to customers just for the hope that someday I’d be able to make memes and twitter jokes about food."

Originally, I suggested that Eat24 offer a matching donation with customers where they can choose a donation amount during checkout and Eat24/Yelp would match it and donate those profits to a national food program. Maybe instead, you can let customers choose a donation amount during checkout and divide those proceeds among your employees who spend more than 60% of their income on rent? The ideal percent is 30%. As I said, I spend 80%. What do you spend 80% of your income on? I hear your net worth is somewhere between $111 million and $222 million. That’s a whole lotta rice.

Originally, I suggested that Eat24 offer special coupon codes where half of the code’s value ($1) goes to charity. Maybe instead, you can give half the code’s value ($1) to helping employees who live across the bay pay their transit fares? Mine are $226 monthly. According to this website, you’ve got a pretty nice house in the east bay. Have you ever been stranded inside a CVS because you can’t afford to get to work? How much do you pay your gardeners to keep that lawn and lovely backyard looking so neat?

So, after reading the entire letter, I was not surprised in the least to see an update from a couple hours later informing readers she had been terminated, with a lot of links to a bunch of donation accounts, hoping that people would see how much of a victim she was of her own choices that she blames the CEO of her former company for, and that they would give her their hard earned money.

Needless to say, some of the comments took her to task for her laziness, her choices, her lack of reasoning and her horrible decision making, while others used it as a "class warfare" forum.


Two of those responses can be seen at the following links... one titled "An Open Letter to Millenials Like Talia…" and another titled "An Open Letter To The Whiny Employee Who Wrote The Open Letter To Yelp’s CEO."

The reason I highlight those two specifically out of some of the other great responses is the same reason I headlined this with "most millennials," rather than all of them, because both of these responses come from people around the same age as "Talia," but explain how they were willing to work to achieve their goals rather than expect everything to be handed to them and then whine publicly when it wasn't.

We at ANP have heard from readers that have had to obtain second jobs, taken on 60-70+ hour work weeks, are so exhausted they stop in to say hi in the comment section and tell everyone they miss them, but they have to work to survive. We have seen readers band together and help those that have had medical emergencies, so we understand that times are hard.... but I have no sympathy for those that bitterly complain when their own choices are the cause of their suffering, and refuse to take personal responsibility for those choices.

"Talia" is the perfect example of why most millennials will not survive an economic downturn will not be able to function when it all hits the fan, whatever the event or cause, and will be a burden on society, most likely, for the rest of their lives.

Perhaps the most ironic part of the "Talia" screed is that on her Twitter account, her profile includes the following statement "better at thinking about things than actually doing them."

Editors Note - We at ANP are very interested in what readers think about Talia's open letter, before reading the comments over at Medium in response to her letter. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section below as well as your favorite responses from her screed.

          A Book of Apocalyptic Proportions   
A new MP3 sermon from Crich Baptist Church is now available on SermonAudio.com with the following details:

Title: A Book of Apocalyptic Proportions
Subtitle: The Book of Revelation
Speaker: Chris Hand
Broadcaster: Crich Baptist Church
Event: Sunday - PM
Date: 7/3/2016
Bible: Revelation 1:1-3
Length: 38 min. (64kbps)

Overview: Here we begin a series on the Book of Revelation, the last Book in the Bible, with which the canon of Scripture is closed. Its author, the Apostle John, having been exiled to the Island of Patmos, gives us much valuable information in a Book that was intended to be pastoral, and not the source of fruitless speculation. It's main focus is the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Book deals with many aspects concerning our relationship to Him, and also gives us indications of conditions during the End Times, the judgement to come, and The Lord Jesus Christ's second coming.----There is a sense of urgency in the Book, which gives us cause to believe 'the time is near'. This first sermon is very much an introduction, but along the way we will deal with the various 'schemes' into which well-meaning Christians have subscribed. So whether you describe yourself as a PreMillennialist, a PostMillennialist, an Amillennialist, or even a Dispensationalist, we trust that you will find this series of interest to you.
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Porn, yes. Also sexting. There are a lot more options for teens to experiment with sex from a distance. But there are a lot of variables here. Teens in high school are less likely to be employed than in the past. Could this limit interactions with older teens and young adults? Although there isn't good trend data, I'd be interested in what the American Time Use Survey has to say about how teens are spending their time, and with who.
          Comment on Are Millennials having less sex? Or more? And what’s coming next? by Emily   
There are two other factors I can think of that have varied in the same direction at the same time. One is the acceptability of older people having sex with underage people - child protection schemes (and attitudes) have improved very substantially, in the UK at least. The second thing that is changing is the understanding of "consent", and therefore the general acceptability of e.g. bullying or nagging people into having sex. Maybe kids these days are just having a lot less crappy sex that they didn't want. We can hope!
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ANALYSE. Les 18-35 ans posent un défi inédit aux spécialistes du marketing. Comment vendre des produits de grande consommation à une génération qui choisit de moins consommer, privilégie le bio et les circuits courts, préfère louer plutôt qu’acheter et attache peu d’importance à la notion même de marque ?
          MILLENNIALS AND THE FUTURE OF WORK - IMF Finance and Development Magazine; June 2017   
MILLENNIALS AND THE FUTURE OF WORK - F&D explores the economic opportunities and challenges of millennials, a generation often described as determined, resourceful, and emphatically untraditional.
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