Look at that: I survived a gloomy Monday. I am in a less somber mood, today, a beautiful, sunshiny, Tuesday.
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- Dems. reveal “The Hidden Costs of the Iraq War” is $1.5 trillion:
Yesterday, John posted a link to a Boston Globe study on what the known cost of the Iraq war — $611 billion would buy.Turns out that number is actually way below the true costs of the war. A study by Congressional Democrats factored in the indirect costs of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Not that George Bush or the Republicans who’ve enabled his war care, but the true cost is $1.5 trillion:
- Erie, PA receives $100 million donation:
What an amazing story. Anyone who has lived in the area or even just passed through knows what a hard hit region this is. Closed factories, few new jobs and shattered families make for a very hard environment. This anonymous gift will go a long way towards helping the community re-build.
(Dizzy sez: There is still some hope for humanity…)
From Signs Of The Times:
- “Holming” in on a really bright comet:
Stargazers will be in seventh heaven when one of the most spectacular sights in the night sky becomes visible above Paisley.And, to make the outlook even brighter, Buddies won’t even need binoculars or telescopes to identify the celestial wanderer.
They’ll see it all with the naked eye
- Israel is a bottomless pit of inhuman cruelty: ‘How can a dying man pose a security threat?’:
Na’al al-Kurdi, 21, from Gaza is dying of cancer; for the past four months Na’al has been waiting for a permit from the State of Israel to enter the country in order to receive medical care in one of its hospitals. This permit has not been granted so far due to “security concerns.”
From BBC News:
- US most important UK ally – Brown:
In his speech, Mr Brown signalled support for the US stance on Iran’s “nuclear ambitions”, saying Tehran had a choice between “confrontation” or a “transformed relationship with the world”.He added: “Iran should be in no doubt about our seriousness of purpose.”
Shadow foreign secretary William Hague said: “We have called for many months for international sanctions targeted at investment in Iranian oil and gas, and its financial sector.
“The prime minister has listened and has finally come round to our way of thinking.”
From Los Angeles Times:
- This explains your doughnut addiction:
Researchers have learned that rats overwhelmingly prefer water sweetened with saccharin to cocaine, a finding that demonstrates the addictive potential of sweets.Offering larger doses of cocaine did not alter the rats’ preference for saccharin, according to the report.
Scientists said the study, presented this week in San Diego at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, might help explain the rise in human obesity, which has been driven in part by an overconsumption of sugary foods.
(Dizzy sez: I guess we were not too far off when we used to say that “Krispy Kreme” donuts were the ‘new’ “Crack”…)
From The Daily Galaxy:
- The Consumer Paradox: Scientists Find that Low Self-Esteem and Materialism Goes Hand in Hand:
Researchers have found that low self-esteem and materialism are not just a correlation, but also a causal relationship where low self esteem increases materialism, and materialism can also create low self-esteem. The also found that as self esteem increases, materialism decreases. The study primarily focused on how this relationship affects children and adolescents. Lan Nguyen Chaplin (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) and Deborah Roedder John (University of Minnesota) found that even a simple gesture to raise self-esteem dramatically decreased materialism, which provides a way to cope with insecurity.“By the time children reach early adolescence, and experience a decline in self-esteem, the stage is set for the use of material possessions as a coping strategy for feelings of low self-worth,” they write in the study, which will appear in the Journal of Consumer Research.
The paradox that findings such as these bring up, is that consumerism is good for the economy but bad for the individual. In the short run, it’s good for the economy when young people believe they need to buy an entirely new wardrobe every year, for example. But the hidden cost is much higher than the dollar amount. There are costs in happiness when people believe that their value is extrinsic. There are also environmental costs associated with widespread materialism.
(Dizzy sez: Money can only bring temporary happiness, the long-term benefits come from changing your own attitude, not trying to buy it. Of course, in this day and age, it’s much easier said, than done.)
From The Daily Mail:
- The monkeys who resort to a wildcat strike when they feel unfairly treated:
If you felt you were being unfairly treated at work, you might well throw a sulking fit or even go on strike.And it turns out that monkeys share that militant tendency.
Scientists have found that capuchin monkeys down tools when they feel they have been treated unfairly.
(Dizzy sez: There comes a time in every “creature’s” life when they have to stand up to injustice. I recently went on strike at one of my business venues. They wanted my business, but they weren’t willing to pay me what I was asking for. Then events transpired that pretty much motivated me to stop working for them, until they agreed to pay me, risking future business, but it had to be done. For three weeks, they saw their business drop and eventually, they decided that the pittance I was asking for was worth how much I was actually adding to their business’ bottom line and they have agreed to pay me. And, I am happy to continue doing business with them, so long as they understand that I won’t settle for “cucumbers”, anymore.)
From Live Science:
- The Downside of Optimism:
Optimism, it turns out, is best in moderation.People who have a rosy outlook are more likely than others to make prudent financial decisions, but those who are extreme optimists make riskier investments and save less money than others, a new study finds.
Manju Puri and David Robinson, professors of finance at Duke University in Durham, N.C., compared statistical and self-reported life expectancies to determine people’s levels of optimism.
(Dizzy sez: EVERYTHING in moderation! You can get too much of a good thing, even optimism.)
From Hug Nation:
Hug Nation is a world-wide Group Hug.Those pesky oceans keep us from doing the weekly hug physically, so we do it virtually. Thousands of people around the world gather in front of computers to hug themselves and the people around them at a set time. Rather than a shared physical space, it is a shared mental space.
Regardless of where you are on Tuesday at 1-pm (PST), you can join the Group Hug.
Squeeze yourself in your car or in the supermarket. Hug your spouse or co-worker. Just visualize the thousands worldwide who are joining you at that moment.
(Dizzy sez: I’ll do it if Brad Pitt is doing it! I say, “More Hugs, Less Bombs!!”)
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