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  • Ancient Humans, Dogs Hunted Mastodon in Florida: Early Dogs Helped Humans Hunt Mammoths

    05/16/2016 2:29:01 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 37 replies
    Discovery News ^ | May 13, 2016 | Jennifer Viegas
    The geology of the site, as well as pollen and algae finds, suggest that the hunter-gatherers encountered the mastodon next to a small pond that both humans and animals used as a water source, the researchers believe. Waters said that the prehistoric "people knew how to find game, fresh water and materials for making tools. These people were well adapted to this environment. The site is a slam-dunk pre-Clovis site with unequivocal artifacts, clear stratigraphy and thorough dating." Another research team previously excavated the site and found what they believed were dog remains, so dogs "would most likely have been...
  • First-class cabin fuels 'air rage' among passengers flying coach, study says

    05/03/2016 8:09:03 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 118 replies
    L A Slimes ^ | Deborah Netburn
    If you've felt your blood pressure rise after seeing passengers being served champagne on the tarmac while you're fighting for overhead space in coach, you are not alone. A new study finds that class division in the skies can have a real and occasionally dangerous effect on passengers in both sections of a plane. And when economy-class passengers are forced to pass through the luxurious first-class area on their way to the cramped economy seats, the rate of air rage incidents is more than seven times higher than if there were no first-class seats at all. Researchers report that the...
  • Spain: Civil servant fined after skipping work for years

    02/12/2016 3:53:17 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 19 replies ^ | 12 Feb 2016 | ALAN CLENDENNING
    The employee of a water utility owned by the Spanish city of Cadiz didn't appear at its office for up to six years and "did absolutely no work" for three years prior to his retirement in 2011, said the ruling issued last month and provided to The Associated Press Frida The case has made headlines across Spain this week, and current Cadiz Deputy Mayor Martin Vila told reporters Friday he was amazed that "a person could be hired for years and collecting (pay) without doing anything whatsoever."
  • Antidote for sloth? (One of the deadly sins)

    12/05/2015 9:55:09 AM PST · by Salvation · 21 replies ^ | 4/8/2015 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Antidote for sloth? 4/8/2015 Q. Do you have any suggestions for a person who is guilty of sloth and laziness? On account of it, I am often sluggish and this keeps me from many of my responsibilities and duties to be a good and prayerful Catholic.— N.W., Baltimore, Md. A. Here’s a reply from Msgr. Charles Pope: Sloth, which is one of the seven capital sins, is sorrow or aversion to the good things that God is offering us. And thus one who has sloth — and hears that God can save them from sins and enable them to do many...
  • A Study of Sloth in the Life of Lot

    07/02/2015 6:37:22 AM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-02-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Study of Sloth in the Life of Lot Msgr. Charles Pope July 1, 2015 In daily Mass this week (the 13th week of the year) we have been reading through Genesis. Tuesdays reading highlights a significant spiritual problem: sloth, one of the seven deadly sins. Sloth is a sorrow, sadness, or aversion to the good things God offers. Rather than being joyful and zealous to obtain these gifts, the slothful person sees them as too much trouble to obtain and is averse to the changes such gifts might introduce into his life. This is clearly the...
  • $357,750: NIH Funds Research for App to Promote Exercise for Marijuana Users

    06/30/2015 1:05:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 30, 2015 | 12:30 PM EDT | Melanie Hunter
    Could an app motivate marijuana users to exercise? The National Institutes of Health is giving $357,750 in taxpayer dollars through its National Institute on Drug Abuse to State University of New York at Buffalo to find out. Currently, marijuana (MJ) is the most popular illicit drug, but there are few effective interventions to help young adults (age 18 to 25 years) to reduce their MJ intake and avoid negative consequences, including dependence, the grant noted. This study will develop and initially test an intervention [personalized feedback on MJ use + a smartphone app to promote exercise/physical activity (PA) as a...
  • What Is the Deepest Root of Sin? Its Not in Your Wallet and Its Much Closer Than You Might Think

    05/21/2015 7:42:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 95 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-20-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Is the Deepest Root of Sin? It’s Not in Your Wallet and It’s Much Closer Than You Might Think By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn polling friends as to what they think is the deepest root of all sin, I got three main answers. One was a shrug indicating no answer at all (i.e., “I dunno”). Another was to refer to Scripture: For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils (1 Tim 6:10). I’ll discuss below why this is an inadequate answer. The third main response was that original sin (and the concupiscence that followed) is the source of all of our other...
  • What is Sloth? It is More Subtle and Devilish Than Mere Laziness

    03/17/2015 6:57:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-16-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What is Sloth? It is More Subtle and Devilish Than Mere Laziness By: Msgr. Charles PopeOne of the more misunderstood of the cardinal sins is sloth. This is because most see it merely as laziness. But there is more to sloth than that. Let’s take a moment and consider some aspects of the cardinal sin we call sloth.The Greek word we translate as sloth is ἀκηδία akedia (a = absence + kedos = care), meaning indifference or negligence. St. Thomas speaks of sloth as sorrow for spiritual good. By it, we shun spiritual good as too toilsome (cf ST...
  • What Is Temptation, Why Does God Permit It, and What Are Its Sources?

    03/23/2015 8:03:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-22-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Is Temptation, Why Does God Permit It, and What Are Its Sources? By: Msgr. Charles PopeI will be on the Catholic Answers radio show today (Monday, March 23) at 6:00PM Eastern Time. The topic will be temptation: what it isand how to avoid and overcomeit.Ive assembled some notes in preparation and Ill present them (in two parts) in the blog. Todays post focuses on what temptation is, whyGod allowsit, and what its sources are. Tomorrow Ill present the second half of the notes, which centeron how to avoid and overcome temptation.What is Temptation? A seminary teacher of mineoncedefined...
  • The Trillion-Dollar Pension Crisis Is Only Getting Worse Because People Are Living Too Long

    02/16/2015 10:47:39 AM PST · by blam · 22 replies
    BI ^ | 2-16-2014 | John Mauldin
    John Mauldin February 16, 2015We do not have to look to Greece to find massively underfunded obligations. Here in the US we can find hundreds of examples, willingly created by politicians and businessmen who proclaim they are working for the public good. We call them pension funds, but theyre just another form of unfunded debt. A sovereign bond is a promise to pay a certain amount of money over time. A defined-benefit pension fund is a promise to pay a certain amount of income over time. The value of either is determined by the ability of the government or the...
  • Good Times for Dogs, Not So Good for Babies A Reflection on the Perversity of Modern Culture

    12/01/2014 7:56:57 AM PST · by Salvation · 25 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-30-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    > Good Times for Dogs, Not So Good for Babies – A Reflection on the Perversity of Modern Culture By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn moral decline, both personal and cultural, the problem is that not only do we desire what is evil, we also stop desiring that which is good and holy. At the heart of desiring what is evil (or what is good, but to excess), are pride, greed, lust, and gluttony. Sloth and envy are more involved in no longer desiring what is good.Sloth is a kind or sorrow or aversion to the good things God offers to us, involving everything...
  • Do You Want to Know Why Theres No ISIS Strategy?

    08/30/2014 12:10:34 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 55 replies
    The White House Dossier ^ | 8-30-14 | Keith Koffler
    If you want to get some idea about why President Obama has not formulated a strategy for defeating ISIS, take a look at . . . Thursday. Yes, Thursday. On Wednesday night, reporters were given Obamas Thursday schedule. It did not mention a meeting between Obama and his national security advisors. Just before 10:00 am, we received word that he would convene a meeting with the National Security Council at 4:00 pm sharp. It sounded portentous. Such meetings arent normally scheduled so hastily or announced to reporters. Then, at about 1:45 pm, 45 minutes after the daily briefing was supposed...
  • Five Ways to Spot a Problem Employee

    08/13/2014 7:11:30 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 16 replies
    Salary.Com for Business ^ | 13 August 2014 | No Byline
    Find Them Before They Spoil the Bunch As a business owner and/or manager, you work hard and spend a considerable amount of time and money on hiring the right people. Prior experience, references and whether or not the person will fit into your company's culture are all things that must be carefully examined. If you're thorough and do your homework, chances are the person will likely work out. But what happens six months, a year, or 5 years down the road when things take a turn for the worse? Employeesespecially those on the fast trackwork hard to stand out and...
  • What Happens When Teachers, Delivery People And Fast Food Workers Dont Care Anymore

    03/28/2014 11:35:58 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 77 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | March 25th, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    One of the big problems in America today is that a lot of people simply do not seem to care about what they are doing anymore. The level of sloth, laziness and apathy that we are witnessing in this country is absolutely mind-numbing. Of course this is not true of everyone. There are still many Americans that are extremely hard working. But overall, it really appears that people are not taking as much pride in their work as they once did. Some of the examples that I am about to show you are quite funny. Others are more than just...
  • Specter of welfare state jolts Democrats; CBO hits election pitches for jobs

    02/06/2014 5:18:11 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | February 5, 2014 | By Dave Boyer
    The White House and congressional Democrats tried to limit the fallout Wednesday from the politically damaging conclusion in a Congressional Budget Office report that the Obamacare entitlement creates a major incentive for some people not to work. While some critics focused on a finding by the CBO that Obamacare will result in 2.5 million fewer workers over a decade, conservatives said the bigger fundamental issue highlighted in the report is one familiar to the welfare state that taxpayer-funded government subsidies provide disincentives for full-time work. People used to be stuck in jobs because they needed the health insurance, said...
  • On Sloth and the Noonday Devil

    06/10/2013 3:52:59 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 6/9/2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One of the more misunderstood of the deadly sins is sloth. In the wider culture sloth is often equated simply with laziness.But sloth has a lot more subtleties than simple laziness. In fact, sloth can sometimes manifest as workaholism and other frantic worldly activities and busyness.This is because sloth is most fundamentally defined as a sorrow or aversion to the good things that God offers such as a moral life, and deeper spiritual fruitfulness etc. There are some who find such things unappealing, and instead of joyfully accepting these gifts, they are sorrowful toward them or averse. One way to...
  • "Sex Week" studies at America's colleges have yet to reduce unemployment rate

    03/26/2013 8:23:05 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/26/13 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Sex Week and Spring Break are two phenomena happening each year on Americas college campuses for which struggling parents pay hard earned tuition dollars as alums glorify abject debauchery parading as the latest form of academias political correctness. The Sex Week displays at six major universities including Yale and my alma mater, the University of Illinois, held this past February in Champaign, leave me utterly speechless. When an undergrad degree is now criticized as being little more than an eighth grade diploma, why on earth would we support such decadence, decay, and destruction of the coming generations which...
  • Here you go, petal: Baby sloth gives flower to handler

    02/22/2013 9:49:41 AM PST · by the scotsman · 8 replies
    The Sun ^ | 22nd February 2013 | FRAN WETZEL
    'A BABY sloth shows some love to its handler by giving her a hibiscus petal. The tiny animal named Matty grabs the bloom in its three-toed paws before leaning back to offer it to keeper Claire. The adorable footage was filmed at a sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica.'
  • Man refuses food over welfare cuts

    11/19/2012 12:56:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 41 replies ^ | 19 Nov 12 11:48 CET | (The Local/jcw)
    An unemployed Berlin man who had his state welfare cut to nearly nothing is refusing to eat, in an attempt to make the government consider introducing a basic income. He denies bringing the situation upon himself by turning down multiple job offers, saying that as a trained and experienced occupational therapist, it would be unthinkable to work in a badly paid, unskilled job. He turned down shifts at a call center for 7 ($8.96) an hour, calling it slave labor, while a job in the office of a temping agency would make Boes what he called a slave master,...
  • French Admit They Are 'Rude, Stroppy, and Slothful'

    French admit they are 'rude, stroppy, and slothful' The French have admitted they are "rude, stroppy, and slothful" in a new survey about what they think of their own behaviour. The poll revealed 97 per cent of Paris public transport users believed fellow travellers were "ill-mannered" and lacked civility. The biggest gripe was people forcing their way onto trains before other passengers had got off. Other irritations were passengers talking too loudly on mobile phones, and people sprawling over two seats in packed carriages. Also included in the list of annoyances were queue-jumping at ticket counters, leaping over barriers without...
  • Obesity Linked to Lower Paychecks [Interestingly, Women and Minorities Hardest Hit]

    12/19/2011 10:10:00 AM PST · by Dysart · 54 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12-19-2011
    Obese Americans have smaller paychecks than those who aren't overweight, and this difference is especially strong among women, a new study finds. The analysis of data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth revealed that in 2004, overall average annual incomes were $8,666 less for obese women and $4,772 less for obese men compared with normal weight workers. In 2008, obese women made an average of $5,826 (15 percent) less than normal-weight females, the George Washington University researchers said. "This research broadens the growing body of evidence that shows that in addition to taxing health, obesity significantly affects personal finances,"...
  • Why Does the Good Life End?

    09/26/2011 7:08:46 AM PDT · by JudyM · 28 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 9/25/11 | Victor Davis Hanson
    A look Back People just dont disappear. Look at Germany in 1946 or Athenians in 339 B.C. They continue, but their governments and cultures end. Aside from the dramatic military implosions of authoritarian or tribal societies the destruction of Tenochtitlan, the end of Nazism, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the annexation of tribal Gaul what brings consensual states to an end, or at least an end to the good life? The city-states could not stop 30,000 Macedonians in a way when far poorer and 150 year earlier they had stopped 300,000 Persians descending on many...
  • Sloth nation: America has taken laziness to new lows

    01/30/2011 6:21:25 AM PST · by lowbridge · 125 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 29, 2011 | Leslie Gornstein
    Im ready to offer my services for ur project. Contact me at ur earliest convenience 2 arrange for interview. Thanks in advance for ur consideration. Thats a real cover letter from a real person claiming to be a real professional, who thinks she can get a real job. The letter was fielded by publicist and trend-spotter Richard Laermer, who gets so many of these he collects them and, when asked, forwards them to reporters for fun. The letter just made me shake my head till it nearly fell off. But it isnt rare. In fact, Laermer says, its typical. Lazy...
  • Panama "Alien" Really a Dead, Bloated Sloth

    11/10/2009 9:29:06 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 10 replies · 1,496+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | November 9, 2009 | Sabrina Valle
    Pale and snub-nosed with long arms and curving claws, an "alien" discovered in September had five teenagers thinking they'd had a close encounter in a Panama creek. "I was in the river and I felt something grabbing my legs," one of the boys told the local television program Telemetro Reporta a few days after the sighting in the Cerro Azul region of Panama City. "We took it out of the water and started throwing rocks and sticks at it. We had never seen anything like that." After beating the creature until they thought it was dead, the teenagers threw it...
  • Nine to Five [Lazy Affirmative Action executives]

    04/07/2009 4:28:37 PM PDT · by bornred · 7 replies · 692+ views
    Yahooooooo ^ | Tuesday, April 7, 2009 | Hannah Seligson
    Some executives are revoking the 24/7 rule and reinstating the eight-hour work day Susan Wilson Solovic likes her sleep and her time off. But it wasn't long ago that the hour between 2 and 3 a.m. was her prime e-mailing time, and vacations were little more than a different setting in which to work. "People thought I was crazy," says Solovic, the chief executive of Small Business Television Network, a Web-based news and information service for entrepreneurs. But, she says, "our company was growing rapidly, and my life became completely consumed by the business." Five years after the launch of...
  • Seven Deadly Sins: Sloth or 'Acedia'

    03/17/2009 2:31:46 PM PDT · by tcg · 8 replies · 10,270+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 3/18/09 | Jeri Holladay
    The Catechism describes sloth as a culpable lack of physical or spiritual effort that can actually refuse the joy that comes from God. The slothful person is lukewarm towards, perhaps even repelled by, divine goodness and spiritual practices (Catechism #1866, 2094, 2733). The loss of ones spiritual moorings manifests itself in flight from God and apathy in the service of ones neighbor. How can we overcome this most deadly vice? Mass society engenders a sense of powerlessness, but size need not leave us apathetic. It is possible to carve out a more human scale of life. Begin with your family,...
  • What are they THINKING????

    01/29/2009 1:56:47 PM PST · by spacewarp · 22 replies · 1,035+ views
    USMayors.Org | 1/29/2009 | Paul Rivers
    What some of our cities are requesting... O.K. Now, here you have to actually look at the last line of each one of them. Asheville $13,950,000 Charlotte $827,300,000 Concord: $50,243,050 Durham $105,002,217 Fayetteville $93,683,001 Gastonia $202,240,000 Rocky Mount $62,700,000 Winston Salem $618,050,000 The total from just these towns alone is 1,973,168,268 That's almost TWO BILLION DOLLARS for makework programs. Apparently, they think putting a new roof on a fire department is going to create a long-term job for someone. They are making temp-work. That's just SICK!!!!
  • Democrat Tries to Calm Fears of Socialism

    11/18/2008 12:26:48 PM PST · by John Semmens · 12 replies · 580+ views
    In an effort to mollify those who fear that an Obama Administrations spread-the-wealth philosophy will lead to socialism, Representative Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) dismissed the Communist Party USAs assertions that Obamas election will usher in the dawn of a new era and tried to assure Americans that they need not worry. People are getting worked up over nothing, Hoyer said. Theres a difference between campaign rhetoric and reality. Its not possible to keep every promise. And its not as if Obama has a track record of getting things done. He hasnt authored any significant legislation at the national or state level....
  • Beware The Noonday Devil

    12/02/2007 6:08:08 AM PST · by NYer · 11 replies · 229+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | December 1, 2007 | Fr. Scalia
    The Church's monastic tradition sees as one of the most dangerous enemies of the spiritual life what the psalmist calls "the noonday devil" (Ps 91:6). The monks took this phrase as an apt description of the lethargy or fatigue they battled at about midday.By that time, they had already risen early for prayers, returned to prayer a number of times, and still had a good chunk of the day ahead of them. They were tired, of course, but not just physically. They were spiritually tired — weary of prayer, exhausted with the things of God. The noonday devil precipitated thoughts...
  • Obesity is 'deadlier than smoking' and can knock 13 years off your life

    10/16/2007 9:08:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 113 replies · 1,227+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | October 17, 2007 | Daniel Martin
    Obesity is more dangerous than smoking and will dramatically shorten the lives of millions, a landmark study has found. While smoking reduces life by an average of ten years, the research says being seriously overweight can cut life expectancy by as much as 13 years. The Foresight report, written by 250 leading scientists, says Britain's obesity crisis is so severe that it would take at least 30 years to reverse. If current trends continue, by 2050 about 60 per cent of men, 50 per cent of women and 25 per cent of children in the UK will be clinically obese...
  • A Huge Amazon Monster Is Only a Myth. Or Is It?

    07/08/2007 12:14:36 PM PDT · by BGHater · 33 replies · 1,635+ views
    New York Times ^ | 08 July 2007 | Larry Rohter
    RIO BRANCO, Brazil Perhaps it is nothing more than a legend, as skeptics say. Or maybe it is real, as those who claim to have seen it avow. But the mere mention of the mapinguary, the giant slothlike monster of the Amazon, is enough to send shivers down the spines of almost all who dwell in the worlds largest rain forest. The folklore here is full of tales of encounters with the creature, and nearly every Indian tribe in the Amazon, including those that have had no contact with one another, have a word for the mapinguary (pronounced ma-ping-wahr-EE)....
  • Scientists can't get sloth to move

    01/24/2007 2:52:11 PM PST · by presidio9 · 37 replies · 588+ views
    AP ^ | 01/24/07
    Scientists in the eastern German city of Jena said Wednesday they have finally given up after three years of failed attempts to entice a sloth into budging as part of an experiment in animal movement. The sloth, named Mats, was remanded to a zoo after consistently refusing to climb up and then back down a pole, as part of an experiment conducted by scientists at the University of Jena's Institute of Systematic Zoology and Evolutionary Biology. Neither pounds of cucumbers nor plates of homemade spaghetti were appetizing enough to make Mats move. "Mats obviously wanted absolutely nothing to do with...
  • Satan's Arsenal: "The Seven Deadly Sins"

    09/25/2006 9:24:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 100 replies · 2,238+ views ^ | not available | Peter and Paul Ministries
    Satan's Arsenal"The Seven Deadly Sins" Peter and Paul Ministries 1)The SIN of PRIDE:Pride is the "mother of all sins" and is the cause of every other sin. Pride is an excessive self-love. Examples of Pride:* Boasting* Arrogance* Inordinate exaltation of oneself* The total rejection of the Catholic Church.* Stating one is already saved.* Picking and choosing Catholic teachings one wishes to follow. 2) The SIN of GREED:Greed wants to get its " fair share" and much more.The unquenchable desire for money or material possessions. Examples of Greed:* The love of money* Obsessive consumerism * Living beyond ones means *...
  • Skirting a statute

    06/30/2005 11:25:26 AM PDT · by JZelle · 28 replies · 999+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 6-30-05 | John McCaslin
    All told, 25 lawmakers on Capitol Hill had 10 or more days of unexcused absences in the 108th Congress, amounting to more than $500,000 in illegal salary payments. And 17 of those 25 senators and representatives were out campaigning at the time, according to a recent study by the National Taxpayers Union (NTU).

    01/25/2005 11:45:29 AM PST · by Robert Drobot · 221 replies · 5,323+ views
    Network America ^ | 25 Jan 2005 | Jim Condit, Jr.
    "Jump the Shark" is a semi-known phrase meaning "lose all credibility" or "it's all downhill from here." The phrase comes from - which catalogs and debates the (paraphrase) "defining moment when you know you're favorite TV Show has reached its peak and its all downhill from here." The phrase "jump the shark" comes from a Happy Days episode - late in the series - where Fonzie went on a vacation with the Cunninghams. In that episode of the sitcom, Fonzie jumped over a jaws-like shark while waterskiing on the ocean. Fans generally thought this moment was so absurd, that...
  • Defeated Kerry sits in cold

    01/20/2005 4:09:28 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 112 replies · 4,770+ views ^ | 21 January 2005 | Thomas Ferraro
    US Democratic Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, who had hoped to replace George W. Bush as president yesterday, instead sat in the cold and clapped as the Republican began a second four-year term. Iowa Democratic Senator Tom Harkin patted Senator Kerry on the back shortly before the inauguration Senator Kerry had hoped would be his. As Mr Bush delivered his inaugural address, Senator Kerry, about 10m away on the steps of the US Capitol, joined other lawmakers and the crowd in repeated applause. Senator Kerry looked relaxed, at times wistful. He frequently smiled, able to hide any disappointment over what...
  • Workers of the World, Relax

    09/06/2004 3:20:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 518+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 6, 2004 | ALAIN DE BOTTON
    OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR London The most remarkable feature of the modern workplace has nothing to do with computers, automation or globalization. Rather, it lies in the Western world's widely held belief that our work should make us happy. All societies throughout history have had work right at their center; but ours - particularly America's - is the first to suggest that it could be something other than a punishment or penance. Ours is the first to imply that a sane human being would want to work even if he wasn't under financial pressure to do so. We are unique, too,...
  • French Employee's Work Celebrates the Sloth Ethic

    08/14/2004 8:07:59 AM PDT · by ppaul · 34 replies · 1,168+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 8/14/04 | Craig S. Smith
    ARIS, Aug. 13 - Finally, instead of dissembling behind ambiguous notions of Gallic joie de vivre, someone in this leisurely land has declared outright that the French should eschew the Anglo-Saxon work ethic and openly embrace sloth.Corinne Maier, the author of "Bonjour Paresse," a sort of slacker manifesto whose title translates as "Hello Laziness," has become a countercultural heroine almost overnight by encouraging the country's workers to adopt her strategy of "active disengagement" - calculated loafing - to escape the horrors of disinterested endeavor."Imitate me, midlevel executives, white-collar workers, neo-slaves, the damned of the tertiary sector," Ms. Maier calls...
  • Orwell's Warning: The Origin of Tyranny

    04/24/2003 10:51:07 AM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 4 replies · 536+ views
    The Rational Argumentator ^ | April 24, 2003 | G. Stolyarov II
    This essay is the eighth in a series designed to dissect the totalitarian mentality portrayed in George Orwell's 1984 and to draw parallels to trends in modern academia and the socipolitical arena of today. The following is an index of previous portions of this commentary: 1. Collectivism: 2. Antiprogressivism: 3. Relativism: 4. Doublethink: 5. Popular Culture: 6. Newspeak: 7. Vaporization: 8. The Origin of Tyranny - You are here. Read on to continue your analysis of this topic. The Party had first manifested itself in Oceania following a hypothetical massive armed conflict between...