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u/mavajo · 1 pointr/news


Seriously. You'll save boatloads of money and you'll give yourself the best shave of your life. The initial start-up is a bit of an investment (~$50), but after that you'll only pay about $20-30 per year.

Buy a safety razor. This is a perfectly good one for $20 on Amazon. They can last your lifetime.

Next, buy these 100-count razor blades for $10 on Amazon. You can get 3-6 excellent shaves out of a blade before needing to change it. If you're not picky about a super close shave, you can get 10+. That's 300-600 excellent shaves for $10. Or 1,000+ okay shaves for $10.

Now of course, if you go the safety razor route, you'll also want to buy a brush and shaving soap. First the brush. Brushes come with either boar hair or badger hair. Badger hair is superior quality, but's naturally more expensive. Boar hair is perfectly sufficient, it's just not quite as smooth or durable. If your want to try this whole straight razor thing out for a while first before investing any more money than necessary, go with a boar hair brush. You can find them pretty easily at Wal-Mart and Target these days for $5-10, but here's one on Amazon for $11. You may be able to find one for cheaper -- I only spent a few seconds searching.

Next we have the soap. Personally, I'm a big fan of Proraso Shaving Soap for $10 on Amazon -- it comes with its own bowl, so no need to buy one. Naturally it depends on how often you shave, but these last quite a while. I shave 2-3 times per week and I probably go through maybe three a year. There are of course many options - you can also consider buying the solid soap bars that go in a little bowl. I feel like these last even longer. I think I once bought a 3-pack for $15. It lasted me almost 2 years.

Alternatively, many vendors and stores sell combo packs that will include all or most of these components. I know I've seen them at Target and Wal-Mart. I can't attest to the quality, but I'm sure they're perfectly acceptable for a newbie that wants to try it out and see if he likes it. If you decide any of the individual components aren't meeting your standards, you can easily buy an upgrade on Amazon.

Switch to a safety razor. I implore you. It's the best and closest shave you'll ever give yourself - and it costs a fraction of what the stupid Gillette, etc., razors cost.

u/bigplrbear · 0 pointsr/news

Thanks for the reply. Not trying to start a confrontation, but rather I'm trying to gauge what you think about this whole thing in detail (since you and pretty much everyone else in this thread have been short on details).

>That's called an internship. Many skilled jobs have them.

Yes they do. And most of them are unpaid. I can't afford to work for free, even if it will increase my wages in the long term. In the short term, I will be homeless.

>Google, Microsoft, even my company offers paid internships for people interested in the fields that our respective companies need.

However, there are stipulations for paid internships. Certain requirements and criteria you must meet. Therefore additional training and education must be attained before hand, no?

Without that additional training and education, you don't qualify for these kinds of internships. Can't get that additional training and education without an income, this creating a catch-22 and making you stuck.

>There's also grants, loans, and scholarships that cover expenses during college years. You can even get a book that shows you tons of ones that you may not know about. This makes college relatively inexpensive. Of course, if you want to make college even cheaper, go to a community college for 2 years, then transfer to a 4 year to finish out your degree.

Ah yeah! My wife is doing this.

Here's the problem- those scholarships, grants and loans also have certain requirements.

But even if you meet those requirements, you've still gotta pay the rent and bills. Those loans, grants and scholarships, in most cases, will not pay for that.

I don't have the priveledge of living with my parents and freeloading. So I would need a full time job, AND go to school full time. While not impossible, it's improbable for most people.

The only way my wife can do it is because I work as a truck driver and make decent money, so I can handle all of the basic expenses. Even so, she will still need a fat student loan on top of her grants and scholarships, because I simply don't make enough to pay for an additional 2 years at a university (but I make too much for her to qualify for anything).

BTW, my wife did go to a community college for 2 years first. We did this entirely out of pocket. It was killer for my budget, and really made things tight. Yes it's much cheaper than going to a university for 4 years, but it ain't cheap.

>Luck had ZERO to do with my success. I've been "stuck" in many jobs before. Jobs that I hated, needed, and couldn't afford to be without. I simply used my time after work to gain better skills through various methods, and applied for other, higher paying jobs. There's nothing preventing people from doing the same.

Luck had a lot to do with my success. Even things as simple as being at the right place at the right time or just so happening to have enough money in the bank on a certain date to acquire a liscence of some sort.

Hard work plays an important role as well, but that's not the whole picture.

People in subsaharan Africa are some of the hardest working people out there, but without any luck, they're still stuck.

> The story is about automation replacing minimum wage workers. This is absolutely on point with the discussion. You need to explain how that's a fallacy.

It's confirmation bias. Just because everything worked out for you, means that it can work out for everyone. That's basically your entire argument.

> Where's my fucking cookie!


> If you didn't get the skills you need for joining Job Corps, why didn't you try other places? Why didn't you ask others what they did? You didn't push hard enough forward.

Uhhh yeah I did. I gave 2 examples of what I did.

My point there was that government "training", in my experience anyway, is bullshit. Job corps wasn't my first state funded training program, but it was my last.

I didn't get any real training until I started paying for it out of pocket or through contracts.

I probably should've explained that better.

>And finally, you throw your hands up in disgust and give up.

No I'm still here. I just was waiting for you to reply in detail.

>Let me point you to a little video by our good friend Mike Rowe.


> And here's the link he's talking about.


Yeah that's basically what I did. Now I'm doing fine. I make good money as a truck driver.

I do want to note a couple of things about that second link-

129 jobs? That's not very many.

Also I noticed that many of those jobs don't list a salary range, which concerns me.

>So, tell me again how there's only 2 ways out of a blue collar worker job?

That's another fallacy. I just described two ways that I personally did it. It's pretty obvious there are more ways.

>If it was easy, people would find even MORE things to bitch about.
You want $15 an hour up from $9-$10 an hour, you better bring me that much more worth of "employee" to the table.

Tl; Dr Something something lazy millennial welfare Queens. Your argument completely broke down here.

Sorry man, but as someone who went from being homeless to working hard and making good money, you just have no idea how lucky you are. You completely take it for granted, and you look down upon those who may be working hard, but are stuck.

Do lazy people exist? Sure they do. There's plenty of people out there who don't have any aspirations beyond mc.donalds or jack in the box or whatever. But they're not nearly as common as you think.

EDIT- since you brought up minimum wage, I'm just gonna come out and say that IMO, local minimum wage should be 3x the price of a shitty studio in the ghetto. If that studio is $500 /mo, then minimum wage should be around $1500 /mo (assuming full time).

If it's $1000 /mo (like where I live), well, it should be higher.

Federal minimum wage should be enough to have a basic living standard in, say, the Ozarks.

Of course it never turns out that way, but I digress.

u/RedShirtDecoy · 8 pointsr/news

anything that has more than 4 legs.

I hate bugs. I am the biggest tomboy in the world until it comes to creepy crawlies. Plus we have had confirmed sightings on brown recluse in my building and I dont want them biting me or my dogs.

I also live in Cincinnati which is the bed bug capital of the world or close to it.

So I put the stuff down all over the place twice a year. I will do the following (while wearing a mask)

  • remove the mattress and box springs to spray under the bed and along the walls (small bedroom with king sized bed, its shoved in a corner)

  • use a cup instead of sprayer and put the stuff on the edges of my bed frame. apparently bed bugs love the edges of bed frames.

  • spray bottom of box springs while against the wall in the hall way (this doubles for covering the carpet in the hallway, 2 birds one stone thing).

  • put box springs back and lightly spray the tops of the box springs. This will cover the top of the springs and the bottom of the mattress while making sure you dont breathe the stuff in at night.

  • using gloves, grab a little bit of DE and mash it into the seems of the mattress (bed bugs LOVE mattress seams, its the first place they tell you to look if you think you have them). Slowly but surely wins this race. Make sure its only in the seams and not on the mattress top itself to prevent breathing it in.

  • spray in all corners and behind the dresser.

  • IF you have a good mask, and only if you have a good mask and I would recommend eye protection just in case... spray the tops of your walls where they meet the ceiling. Bed bugs love to hide in those corners/seams. If you spray a light coat will stick to the walls but the rest will fall, hence why you need a good mask for this one. Also make sure pets are well out of the way.

  • spray along the bottom of the walls all through my apartment.

  • pay special attention to all corners

  • spray all windowsills (the back half of my apartment is half underground and the windows are literally 6" off the ground, lots of bugs get in through them.

  • spray the couch

  • take the long end of the spray bottle, stick it in the cracks and crevices of the couch, and spray.

  • spray around all doors

  • go outside and spray around the windows and doors as a barrier.

  • cover all of my dogs "spots" around the house. Places where they like to nap or go to after coming inside . let it sit for an hour and run a vacuum over it (dogs are in a different room during this time or out talking a walk). This allows just enough DE to to remain to kill any fleas that may jump off my dogs when they come in from outside.

    Due to how my apartment is situated (its built wonderfully, just 5 feet from the tree line and half underground) if I dont put the stuff down I have to deal with an incredible amount of spiders and silverfish, which give me the creeps. But even worse its a flea breeding ground outside and the DE along with flea medication is the best at preventing a problem before it starts.

    The cherry on top is living in Cincinnati. So it help me prevent a bed bug problem before it can even start.
u/DooDooDoodle · 30 pointsr/news

Michel Houellebecq wrote a pretty funny novel called Submission about how France becomes a Muslim controlled country in 2022. Parts of it seem incredibly likely, such as the Islamic party partnering with the Socialist to seize political power.

>Ben-Abbes wins the election, and becomes President of France. He pacifies the country and enacts sweeping changes to French laws, privatizing the Sorbonne, thereby making François redundant with full pension as only Muslims are now allowed to teach there. He also ends gender equality, allowing polygamy. Several of François' intellectually-inferior colleagues, having converted to Islam, get good jobs and make arranged marriages with attractive young wives. The new president campaigns to enlarge the European Union to include North Africa, with the aim of making it a new Roman Empire, with France at its lead.

A controversial, intelligent, and mordantly funny new novel from France's most famous living literary figure

It's 2022. François is bored. He's a middle-aged lecturer at the New Sorbonne University and an expert on J. K. Huysmans, the famous nineteenth-century Decadent author. But François's own decadence is considerably smaller in scale. He sleeps with his students, eats microwave dinners, rereads Huysmans, queues up YouPorn.

Meanwhile, it's election season. And although Francois feels "about as political as a bath towel," things are getting pretty interesting. In an alliance with the Socialists, France's new Islamic party sweeps to power. Islamic law comes into force. Women are veiled, polygamy is encouraged, and François is offered an irresistible academic advancement--on the condition that he convert to Islam.

Adam Gopnik in The New Yorker has said of Submission that "Houellebecq is not merely a satirist but--more unusually--a sincere satirist, genuinely saddened by the absurdities of history and the madnesses of mankind." Michel Houellebecq's new book may be satirical and melancholic, but it is also hilarious, a comic masterpiece by one of France's great novelists.

u/Wargala · 1 pointr/news

You have a narrow mindedness about you, but I'll see if I can help clarify things for you:

  1. That's called an internship. Many skilled jobs have them. Google, Microsoft, even my company offers paid internships for people interested in the fields that our respective companies need. There's also grants, loans, and scholarships that cover expenses during college years. You can even get a book that shows you tons of ones that you may not know about. This makes college relatively inexpensive. Of course, if you want to make college even cheaper, go to a community college for 2 years, then transfer to a 4 year to finish out your degree.

  2. Luck had ZERO to do with my success. I've been "stuck" in many jobs before. Jobs that I hated, needed, and couldn't afford to be without. I simply used my time after work to gain better skills through various methods, and applied for other, higher paying jobs. There's nothing preventing people from doing the same.

  3. The story is about automation replacing minimum wage workers. This is absolutely on point with the discussion. You need to explain how that's a fallacy.

  4. See answer 1.

  5. Where's my fucking cookie!

  6. If you didn't get the skills you need for joining Job Corps, why didn't you try other places? Why didn't you ask others what they did? You didn't push hard enough forward.

  7. And finally, you throw your hands up in disgust and give up. Let me point you to a little video by our good friend Mike Rowe.

    And here's the link he's talking about.

    So, tell me again how there's only 2 ways out of a blue collar worker job?

    If it was easy, people would find even MORE things to bitch about.

    You want $15 an hour up from $9-$10 an hour, you better bring me that much more worth of "employee" to the table.
u/liatris · 0 pointsr/news

The books Cracker Culture: Celtic Ways in the Old South, Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America and Black Rednecks and White Liberals

You can listen to the relevant parts of the last book here. He covers the issue in about the first 2.5 hours. It's written by Dr. Thomas Sowell, a black, Harvard educated economist.

It's fascinating the influences of Scottish culture on black culture. Most don't realize but Gospel music came directly out of Scottish culture.

>There has also been a long tradition of influences between Scottish American and African American communities. Psalm-singing and gospel music are a mainstay of African American churchgoers. The great influx of Scots Presbyterians into the Carolinas introduced African slaves to this form of worship.[23] The style of gospel-singing was also influenced by Scottish Gaelic-speaking settlers from the Western Isles, particularly North Uist. Scottish Gaelic psalm-singing, or "precenting the line" as it is technically known, in which the psalms are called out and the congregation sings a response, was the earliest form of congregational singing adopted by Africans in America. [23]

>The first foreign tongue spoken by some slaves in America was Scottish Gaelic picked up from Gaelic-speakers from the Western Isles.[23] In a North Carolina newspaper dated about 1740, an advertisement offers a generous reward for the capture and return of a runaway African slave who is described as being easy to identify because he only spoke Gaelic.[24] In one church in Alabama the African American congregation worshiped in Gaelic as late as 1918, another indication of the extent to which the Highlanders and Islanders spread their culture, from North Carolina to Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi.[25]

The line connecting Gaelic psalm singing & American Music (2007) Line Singing Conference at Yale.

Ben McConville (31 August 2003). "Black music from Scotland? It could be the gospel truth". Scotland on Sunday. Retrieved 2007-12-18.

You also see the Celtic influence on American black culture in traditions like "jumping the broom" at weddings, calling hog entrails "chittlins," saying "ax" for ask, "acrost" for across those and other pronunciations that have been termed ebonics are actually antiquated pronunciations that can be traced back to immigrants from the Celtic borderlands.

u/RedditConscious · 1 pointr/news

I really think you should read How to Change Your Mind. It dives into the details of how psychedelics help with depression and you'll probably be able to relate to some of it. Turns out most who use it for depression find that it doesn't last long term for them either, but does provide a break usually at least for a few months. To me that seems like a good enough jumping point to be able to reconnect with emotions. Michael does a much better job of analyzing and theorizing the functions and possibilities.

I truly wish you had the ability to use this medicine with an experienced therapist who maybe could've made the experience more enjoyable and rewarding.

u/magicsonar · 2 pointsr/news

This story gets weirder and weirder. So the NY Post published this picture of Ghislaine Maxwell on their front page, with the headline "Epstein's 'madam' at LA burger stand IN A PICKLE"

The NY Post is owned by Rupert Murdoch. The strange thing is this is not the first time the NY Post has used the term "pickle" as a headline in relation to the Epstein story. On August 14, the NY Post published this headline "Epstein’s death puts ‘Randy Prince Andy’ in a royal pickle"

So it gets weirder. The most recent article with the photo of Maxwell specifically mentions the book Maxwell was supposedly reading, entitled "The Book of Honor: The Secret Lives and Deaths of CIA Operatives". Even though the book isn't visible. And low and behold, there is actually a review on that book on Amazon left by a "G Maxwell" - that was posted on the same day that the "Randy Prince Andy in a royal pickle" article was published - Aug 14.

>"A good friend of mine died recently under very tragic circumstances. Some of us saw it coming for quite a while but it was still a huge shock when it finally happened. I picked up this book at the advice of a friend and absolutely couldn't put it down. I'd read it walking the dog, getting fast food, or even just lounging around the house. It helped me realized that my friend really believed in something, and that giving your life for the CIA, NSA, FBI, Mossad, or other intelligence agency is truly a higher calling and not something to mourn. A wholehearted recommendation."

Did Maxwell really write that? Who knows. But what's the deal with the word pickle? Well apparently the CIA is known by some people on the inside as the "The Pickle Factory". This supposedly was derived from the fact that the CIA prepared the President's daily briefing, called the "President’s Intelligence Checklist, or PICL."

So this is all just a bit too obvious and weird. It can't be just random coincidence. And is it actually Maxwell involved in all these articles in order to send a message? Or is this part of a Mossad disinfo strategy to try and connect Maxwell and the CIA to divert attention from themselves? Perhaps in the same way they have done with Russia?

u/lhecht25 · 1 pointr/news

No one is saying you shouldn't maintain your skepticism of the news, but there's a distinction to be made between news outlets that aspire to truth and ones that aspire to propagandize.

Before making the equivalence between Fox and CNN one should ensure there's substantial evidence supporting CNN's practices in direct comparison to Fox's. Otherwise the argument only serves to muddy the waters between news outlets.

There are some really dystopian consequences of removing all public trust in the media/press- imagine a country where everyone believes that Nothing Is True And Everything Is Possible.

u/Dark_Shroud · 13 pointsr/news

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Edit 1;

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Here is the full list to make is simple for everyone:

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8 channel

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Edit 2;

Fixed my links that weren't working and updated to the smile charity option.

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u/FortuneDays- · 1 pointr/news

As /u/rabidstoat has already recommended, Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon is a fascinating read. One of the authors (Michael P. Ghiglieri) also co-wrote its sister book, Off the Wall: Death in Yosemite. Both books manage to not be overly morbid (tales of near-misses are included, so it isn't just one death after another) and actually seemed uplifting to me. I came away with a real sense of respect for the wilderness; if we are aware of the dangers and risks every time we venture out, however seemingly remote, our chances of survival in a "worst case scenario" improves.

There are other books in a similar vein that chronicle all (or most) deaths in specific wilderness areas, such as Not Without Peril: 150 Years Of Misadventure On The Presidential Range Of New Hampshire. These are good too, but often seem to be a collection of first-hand accounts and historical vignettes. Ghiglieri manages to weave all of his information into a larger overarching narrative with a satisfying conclusion. I'm really hoping he does another one of these books!

u/zenkat · 1 pointr/news

There's active research starting up. Check out Michael Polan's latest book for deets:

Great stuff, definitely worth a read.

u/velvetreddit · 3 pointsr/news

I recommend Michael Pollan’s book How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence.. He also does the audio book reading himself.

Pollen is a a journalist, activist, and professor at Harvard and UC Berkeley.

In How to Change your Mind, Pollan chronicles the history is psychedelics, what’s happening with its current success in medicine, and its affect on human consciousness.

I really hope Netflix picks this up for another docuseries like his past works such as Cooked and The Botany of Desire.

u/pharmaconaut · 1 pointr/news

then legitimately, just snag a safety razor, 20 dollar steel one, and a 10 dollar 100 blade pack.

bam, you've got shaving supplies for a year.

Get soap later if you care, it's just another way to save money. A thing of soap lasts years. You just lather it up with a brush.

u/ricebake333 · 1 pointr/news

More info for ya..

"Intended as an internal document. Good reading to understand the nature of rich democracies and the fact that the common people are not allowed to play a role."

Crisis of democracy

Education as ignorance

Overthrowing other peoples governments

Wikileaks on TTIP/TPP/ETC

Energy subsidies

Interference in other states when the rich/corporations dont get their way

Manufacturing consent (book)

Protectionism for the rich and big business by state intervention, radical market interference.

Manufacturing consent:

Testing theories of representative government

u/placebo_overdose · 2 pointsr/news

You can order a subscription to the magazine on Amazon here:

Free shipping to the U.S., 52 issues for 12 months and "the first print issue should arrive in 4-6 weeks."

I'm not sure if this means the first issue you'd receive would be the weekly issue published 4-6 weeks from now (i.e. not the issue published tomorrow) and also not sure if you'd be getting a periodic weekly shipment of the magazine after that as the details are rather scarce, but so far it's the best I've found in terms of ordering the magazine online.

u/Yearomonkey · 3 pointsr/news

For those having trouble comprehending how incredibly stupid these tourists were, I would recommend reading the book Death in Yellowstone. It is kind of a Darwin awards, Yellowstone National Park style. Want to feed the bear because he is so cute? There's a chapter on that. Want to put your toddlers on a bison for that perfect vacation photo? There is a chapter on that too. Feel like diving head first into a boiling pool of water because you think that the park ranger is lying about how hot it is? That chapter is like the first 100 pages of the book. There was one story in that chapter about a couple of ladies in the early 1900's who were burned because they thought that "DANGER' was the name of the geyser. Good read. Everything is laid out by chapter with a huge list of references and additional information at the back of the book.

u/deus_voltaire · 11 pointsr/news

It's not a study so much as a thesis that analyzes many different studies, but I would highly recommend Steven Pinker's The Better Angels of Our Nature as a jumping off point.

u/procrastimom · 1 pointr/news

Read “The Better Angels of Our Nature” by Steven Pinker. It’s an amazing book about the history of violence in societies and it’s steady decline. (I really recommend the audio book).

The Better Angels of Our Nature

u/bag-o-tricks · 1 pointr/news

I have this safety razor and these blades. I've had many years of great shaves with these.

u/ThoreauWeighCount · 1 pointr/news

I find books like Steven Pinker's "Better Angels of our Nature" helpful in remembering this. It enumerates and explains exactly what the poster you're replying to said: that in so many ways, we're making the world a better, less deadly place.

u/MrDERPMcDERP · 16 pointsr/news

This book describes what you are taking about very well.

Fascinating stuff.

u/PhotonicDoctor · 1 pointr/news

Call csr and tell them modem mac address and nothing else. Make sure to have modem that is without custom firmware as those are reserved for a different plan like 50mbit connection. Amazon has motorola modem black and asus black router I suggest you buy it now its like 65USD on sale and install custom firmware called Merlin just google it and install correct router model and you are set.

u/agentoneal · 2 pointsr/news

My favorite book I read this year was Death in Yellowstone which recounts all of the deaths that have happened and have been confirmed in the park since its inception. It's a fascinating and morbid read, and yes, people die in the springs all the time.

u/FrivolousPedant · 15 pointsr/news

If you're talking about the 1981 David Kirwin incident at Celestine Pool in Fountain Paint Pots (and I suspect that you are), I feel obliged to point out that it wasn't his dog. It was his friend Ronald Ratliff's dog. Quick plug for Death in Yellowstone by my friend Lee Whittlesey, former YNP historian.

u/ILiedAboutTheCake · 1 pointr/news

Arris TM822G. It's known as an "E-MTA" Modem and does both DOCSIS 3 service (8 channel down 4 channels up) and 2 phone lines.

I have one, and it's extremely stable. I go months without even having to look at it.

It's not "cheap" but rock solid for the price.

u/Two_Coins · 1 pointr/news

I hadn't thought about those who buy phones from their cable provider, but the reviewers in the product page (link at end of comment) say that they've gotten it to work with Comcast's service, just needed to call into support line (I know I know, but at least it's something).

Problem is that these modems tend to be more expensive (sorry, couldn't find a cheap one for you), but at least it's better than having to rent one indefinitely.

u/coldnever · 0 pointsr/news

Americans are totally politically uninformed sadly...

Reasoning and the human brain doesn't work the way we thought it did:

Manufacturing consent

Most have no clue what's really going on in the world... the elites are afraid of political awakening.

This (mass surveillance) by the NSA and abuse by law enforcement is just more part and parcel of state suppression of dissent against corporate interests. They're worried that the more people are going to wake up and corporate centers like the US and canada may be among those who also awaken. See this vid with Zbigniew Brzezinski, former United States National Security Advisor.

Brezinski at a press conference

The real news:

Look at the following graphs:

IMGUR link -

And then...

WIKILEAKS: U.S. Fought To Lower Minimum Wage In Haiti So Hanes And Levis Would Stay Cheap

Free markets?

Free trade?

"We now live in two Americas. One—now the minority—functions in a print-based, literate world that can cope with complexity and can separate illusion from truth. The other—the majority—is retreating from a reality-based world into one of false certainty and magic. To this majority—which crosses social class lines, though the poor are overwhelmingly affected—presidential debate and political rhetoric is pitched at a sixth-grade reading level. In this “other America,” serious film and theater, as well as newspapers and books, are being pushed to the margins of society.

In the tradition of Christopher Lasch’s The Culture of Narcissism and Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death, Pulitzer Prize-winner Chris Hedges navigates this culture—attending WWF contests, the Adult Video News Awards in Las Vegas, and Ivy League graduation ceremonies—to expose an age of terrifying decline and heightened self-delusion."

Important history:

u/Nr_11 · 1 pointr/news

Motorola? Cisco? Netgear?

Top pic on Amazon is a Motorola modem for $67.12.

u/JustSumGui · 2 pointsr/news

If you want a really full backstory on the history of psychedelics in the US and all the clinical trials from the 50's 60's, and back up again starting recently, you want to read "How to Change Your Mind" by Michael Pollen (


I was introduced to this book after listening to this 45 minute episode on Fresh Air podcast where he talks about it. I was fascinated and bought the book that day, but if you just want a bit more backstory than an article, I'd give it a listen.

u/n0xin · 9 pointsr/news

> I can't keep writing about for ever...

Sad but true. Once or twice, okay, we'll throw you a bone. But more than that, you must be obsessed, paranoid, or delusional -- aka one of those wacko nutjobs.

I'm curious if you, as a member of the press corps, have ever read Noam Chomsky's book "Manufacturing Consent" and what your perception might be as an industry insider.

u/CivilatWork · 3 pointsr/news

The Motorola SB modems are great! I can confirm they work for both Comcast and TWC. (Parents have comcast and a 6121, I have TWC and have used a 6141 and 6183). Here are a few links to them:



For routers I use an Asus RT68CU, but I have a lot going on in my apartment. You could get away using any name brand, cheaper one really.

u/[deleted] · 38 pointsr/news

I switched to a safety razor and I can shave with a brand new blade every day for the same cost of using the same Gillette razor for a month.

Step 1

Step 2

u/lolzfeminism · 7 pointsr/news

I highly disagree, if anything the last 10-20k years of human history has shown our capacity to be extraordinarily kind to each other.

Here is Steven Pinker's "The Better Angels of our Nature" lecture on this subject. If you don't want to watch hour long lecture, here is a 20 minute segment by him on the same subject.

I highly recommend the book itself though.

u/HappierShibe · -1 pointsr/news

You aren't looking at the big picture, and you are limiting your scope to individual military conflicts. Getting into the math is beyond the scope of a reddit post, but there a good 'for general audiences' analysis of this by Steven Pinker.

u/bpgt64 · 1 pointr/news

Tell them to shove it up there arse.

Buy a new modem every 7 weeks! Works on Business class(without static IPs) as well!

u/EldarCorsair · 3 pointsr/news

> My dad did search and rescue at the Grand Canyon.
> Lots of corpse retrieval.

I can only imagine. Over the Edge should be required reading before entering GC.

u/ilikeme1 · 2 pointsr/news


We have phone and internet from Comcrap also. I bought my own modem to use for the internet (Surfboard 6141) and the one they provide is only used for voice. They are capable of provisioning separate modems for voice and data.

u/c0reyann · 1 pointr/news

There's a really awesome book about deaths in the Grand Canyon.

While many of the stories are about tragedies that aren't of the persons own doing, so so so many are just from people being freaking stupid. Highly recommend.

u/havoc3d · 221 pointsr/news

Well it's not like you can purchase your own for much less than that. Oh, wait, yeah you can

u/SuperRecord · 4 pointsr/news

I don't know how to buy a single issue.
You can subscribe for a year through amazon, but its $180.

u/ABadPhotoshop · 1 pointr/news

Can someone make a list of good cable modems (with and without wifi) that will work with comcast. So far I see this one, but it doesn't have wifi like my comcast modem does right now.

u/ravdav · 2 pointsr/news

Someone was just saying that TWC actually restricts their channel speeds making it impossible to do without better modems. But here are three different levels.

4 channel

8 channel

And there is a 16 channel now available good for up to 700 Mbps or a couple hundred if they are capping channels.

Edit, some white space in there.

u/TheJBW · 1 pointr/news

I have this one:

Which is the same one that people are talking about elsewhere in this thread. I think there may be a newer version, the SB6141, but again it's mentioned by others in this thread.

u/jennthemermaid · 3 pointsr/news

Ahh, ok. I looked it up and saw that he also wrote Death in Yosemite. I knew he had written another one. Interesting stuff, though!

u/Walrus_Infestation · 1 pointr/news

After renting a modem from comcast for 2 years, I realized I paid about $160 for a shitty $50 dollar. I went out about bought a Surfboard SB6121.

Quit throwing money away at Comcast. Also, make sure you CALL the main customer service center and let them know you returned it. Even After I returned my equipment, I was still billed. They are sneaky little shits.

u/Surprise_Buttsecks · 2 pointsr/news

> Maybe I'm just getting old and falling victim to 'Back in my day' syndrome.

It's entirely this. Pinker's Better Angels of Our Nature has lots of statistics to back up how crime and violence have declined, but it also has some accounts (first couple chapters) of how casually cruel life was 100+ years ago. And not just casually cruel, but that shit was basically celebrated. Things are much better now.

u/MetalSeagull · 1 pointr/news

There are a couple of morbidly fascinating books about just this type of thing. Death in the Grand Canyon, which featured one story of a woman trapped at the bottom where there was a trickle of water, but not enough to allow her to stock up for a trip back out. She'd start off, then be forced to turn back.

The more gruesome of the two was Death in Yellowstone. Lots of people falling into geysers.

u/zajhein · 2 pointsr/news

Obviously people's changing perspective affects their behavior along with cultural and social norms, from views on slavery to civil rights or from war to types of government over the ages, but all of that and our reactions to it are based on human nature. We all have biases, complex motivations, and evolved tendencies which can make us get jealous, angry, and so on resulting in horrible mistakes, while also causing us to fall in love, express gratitude, and feel empathy with others, along with the unintended consequences and unexpected results which can always haunt us.

That doesn't mean we can't temper unwanted behavior through laws criminalizing violence, shunning bigotry in media, or removing incentives to cheat, while supporting desirable behavior by promoting education, rewarding cooperation, and building helpful institutions, which people have been attempting to do for millennia. Sometimes these attempts succeed in addressing one problem yet cause other issues we didn't expect, such as the rise of globalism. Other times they fail miserably and hurt even more people than they were meant to help, like the war on drugs.

Our perspectives on the world motivate or discourage us from implementing the changes we think it needs, yet through it all we are still bound by human nature and the consequences of trying to apply our lofty ideals onto the slippery nature of reality. Meaning that no matter what perfectly moral laws we create, people will still react with violence in times of stress. That however much we condemn racism, people are prone to categorizing others as different. And while we can educate people better than anyone else in the past, ignorance will always cause problems.

This doesn't mean the world hasn't been getting better than the past, it truly has in many ways, but that unless we start changing our DNA, some humans will continue to make the same old mistakes we've made for millennia, only with fewer and fewer people making those mistakes as progress marches on.

(I realize this was less an answer to your question and more of a concept I wanted to express to anyone willing to read it. And for anyone wanting to know more on how things are actually getting better, The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker, and Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling explain things much better than I could.)

u/loureedfromthegrave · 1 pointr/news

cut them out of your life or get them help. use profits to fund rehabilitation and education. if you're stupid enough to get into heroin and meth, you're probably not going to let the law stop you, but you shouldn't go to jail for possessing it or making it out of plants in the privacy of your own home. i do agree that dangerous drugs such as meth and heroin would be better off decriminalized rather than legalized, so that it remains illegal to sell but not to posses, but i don't think anyone should go to jail for acquiring them by their own means.

we do have to draw a legal limit to what humans can morally get away with on earth, or else people would be stealing and killing without consequence, but the war on drugs is a travesty and is hindering the mental progression of humanity. most people who have had a psychedelic experience will attest that nature is trying to help us (i'm looking forward to reading the book how to change your mind by michael pollan), yet we've let nixon convince the masses that the counterculture is bad and therefore people are losing their freedoms and spending their lives in prison for trying to open their mind and become better individuals or even form a religious belief from it.

more specifically, if we legalized psychedelics, we could help people overcome their addictions to more dangerous substances because like it or not, these substances work with your neurotransmitters to achieve what used to be seen as impossible. we would also see humanity looking past all this political money bullshit and focus more on the reality of love and nature and what's really important. so while i'm not saying we should make it easy to get harmful drugs like meth, i still don't think it should be a criminal act if you figure out how to acquire it on your own, and i sure as hell think it's a sin to have a war on psychedelics. as far as cocaine, i see that as no different than alcohol. it's harmful but fun in moderation and if you're gonna let us poison our livers, might as well let us poison our nostrils.

the whole thing is complex, but right now the war on drugs is a blanket over too many useful substances to accept it as a good thing. but you are right, in that i shouldn't make a blanket statement such as "humans should be able to do whatever they want". we do need order and protection from chaos. i just think politicians are trying too hard to boss us around in unnecessary ways and ruining a lot of lives over plants and what mother nature gave us.