Source: Pexels photo The way I see it, there are two paths we can take in any given situation: one is the path of avoiding pain in the moment, and the other is the more difficult path of delaying pleasure for a bigger purpose. Our cultural norms encourage us to seek Band-Aid solutions and temporary comforts—basically, whatever it takes to ease our discomfort now. This is apparent in the prevalence of casinos, commercials for psychiatric medications, and get rich quick schemes in our culture. Some people don’t see the value in having patience during difficult times or working toward a goal; they want to lose the weight now and would rather buy the latest, greatest cell phone than save for retirement. We often make our life choices according to how we can avoid pain in the moment and, in doing so, fail to see that the path of delayed gratification is sometimes where the real solutions to our problems lie. Pleasure Principle There’s a term in Freudian psychoanalysis … [Read more...] about The Benefits of Delaying Gratification
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Last August, when the writer Meghan Daum published her essay “Nuance: A Love Story” on the Medium publication GEN (where she’s a biweekly columnist), it touched a nerve. The love story, as detailed in this 28-minute read, was about how Daum — a lifelong self-described liberal — fell into a YouTube hole populated by the “intellectual dark web,” the sticky neologism that applies to a loosely connected group of professors and podcasters, including Jordan Peterson, Christina Hoff Sommers, and Joe Rogan.The group’s members, first introduced to the mainstream by a 2018 New York Times piece by Bari Weiss, present themselves as self-styled public intellectuals who argue that their values of “reason,” which can easily be interpreted as hate speech, are “under attack” from today’s politically correct attitudes. Daum refers to her “new friends” (which she’s careful to note include a “handful of … [Read more...] about How Did This Liberal Feminist Writer Fall In With The Dark Web?
A New Orleans radio station is claiming a homophobic tweet sent from its official Twitter account was actually sent by the gay staffer the message was targeting. Earlier this month, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees was criticized for appearing in a video produced by Focus on the Family (FoF), an evangelical organization known for its zealous opposition to LGBT equality. The clip was promoting FoF's "Bring Your Bible to School Day" on October 3, but opponents slammed Brees for aligning at all with an organization that endorses conversion therapy and spent thousands to fight marriage equality. Days later, Brees clarified he wasn't homophobic and didn't know about FoF's anti-gay agenda. In a video posted on Twitter, he claimed he did the PSA because he liked the message of people being "able to live out your faith with confidence." That same day, , an openly gay sports commentator on New Orleans radio station WWL, posted an open letter on Facebook that was sympathetic to Brees. He … [Read more...] about Radio Station Claims Gay Host Sent Homophobic Tweet About Himself As Part of Extortion Scheme
Scrooge retailers have been accused of targeting hard-up shoppers with Christmas deals charging up to 119 per cent APR. Stores and online traders have festive loans and store cards with eye-watering interest rates. Rent-to-own chain BrightHouse has deals on toys, TVs and electricals with interest rates as high as 69.9 per cent a year. So a £384.64 Apple iPad is £561.60 if spread over two years. Perfect Home has a PS4 bundle at £399 – but it rises to £810.16 over two years at 119.9 per cent interest. Online fashion retailer Very.co.uk has a “pay later” rate of 39.9 per cent, so a North Face Himalayan windstopper at £439 costs £539.55 over 12 months. Littlewoods, whose online ads are fronted by Love Island winner Amber Gill, has a leather biker jacket for £350 but it will cost £440.82 over 12 months at a rate of 44.9 per cent. Critics accused retailers of luring shoppers into deals that could put them in debt for months or years … [Read more...] about Retailers ‘luring’ shoppers into Christmas deals with eye-watering interest rates
close Video Tucker: Elizabeth Warren vows to take down monopolies Warren's campaign backed by the same wealthy donors she vows to take down. This is a rush transcript from "Tucker Carlson Tonight," November 11, 2019. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated. TUCKER CARLSON, HOST: Good evening and welcome to "Tucker Carlson Tonight." One thing we know for sure about Elizabeth Warren above all else, is that on economic questions, she is a sincere populist. Warren is deeply distressed by income inequality. She profoundly distrusts Wall Street and big tech. She hates monopolies and massive multi-generational concentrations of wealth. So if you're a private equity chieftain for example, or a weed smoking trustafarian living off family money in Jackson Hole, you've got to be terrified of Elizabeth Warren. How could you not be terrified? Listen to her talk. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN (D-MA), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Now they've got their fortunes … [Read more...] about Democrats attack Bloomberg over ‘stop and frisk’