Category: Opinion

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck

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by Mark Manson
January 8, 2015

In my life, I have given a fuck about many people and many things. I have also not given a fuck about many people and many things. And those fucks I have not given have made all the difference.

People often say the key to confidence and success in life is to simply “not give a fuck.” Indeed, we often refer to the strongest, most admirable people we know in terms of their lack of fucks given. Like “Oh, look at Susie working weekends again, she doesn’t give a fuck.” Or “Did you hear that Tom called the company president an asshole and still got a raise anyway? Holy shit, that dude does not give a fuck.” Or “Jason got up and ended his date with Cindy after 20 minutes. He said he wasn’t going to listen to her bullshit anymore. Man, that guy does not give a fuck.”

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8 striking parallels between the U.S. and the Roman Empire

8 striking parallels between the U.S. and the Roman Empire
Is our republic coming to an unceremonious end? History may not be on America’s side
By Steven Strauss, Alternet

Lawrence Lessig’s Republic Lost documents the corrosive effect of money on our political process. Lessig persuasively makes the case that we are witnessing the loss of our republican form of government, as politicians increasingly represent those who fund their campaigns, rather than our citizens.

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Unfixable Computers Are Leading Humanity Down a Perilous Path

By Kyle

I’ve been writing about Apple and the value of repair for the better part of the last decade. Repair is our mission at iFixit — and it always has been. Even so, I didn’t expect the scale of the public response when I argued last week that consumers should choose the hackable, fixable non-Retina MacBook Pro over its sleeker-and-shinier-but-locked-down sibling.
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Why Every Wine Lover Needs to Call Their Representative in Congress

Vinography: a wine blog
Last year, one of the most anti-consumer pieces of legislation in years was introduced to the House of Representatives under the name HR5034: The Comprehensive Alcohol Regulatory Effectiveness act, or ironically, “CARE.” I wrote last year about what a piece of shit masquerading as legislation this bill was, and was happy to see that it never made it to the floor of the house for a vote.

Well now thanks to a tool of a senator named Representative Jason Chaffetz, a Republican from Utah, it has been resurrected as HR1161, and the named changed to the Community Alcohol Regulatory Effectiveness act.

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The Ethics of Winter Dibs Parking

If you shovel your car out of a snowdrift, does that give you the right to reserve the space for days?
By Tom Vanderbilt
Slate
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Should the Nobel Folks Be Sued for the Financial Crisis?

Should the Nobel Folks Be Sued for the Financial Crisis?
By STEPHEN J. DUBNER

The recent financial crisis clearly had many contributing villains. But if you’re looking to sue someone to recover losses, Nassim Nicholas Taleb maintains, the choice is clear: the Swedish Central Bank, which awards the Nobel Prize in Economics.
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Drugs for low libido raise concerns over industry construction of new diseases

I have no doubt that marketing folks have long worked on the principle that if there is no need, create it. It seems that building new diseases goes a little too far.
Drugs for low libido raise concerns over industry ‘construction’ of new diseases
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Tea & Crackers

“So how does a group of billionaire businessmen and corporations get a bunch of broke Middle American white people to lobby for lower taxes for the rich and deregulation of Wall Street? That turns out to be easy.”

Tea & Crackers
How corporate interests and Republican insiders built the Tea Party monster
by Matt Taibbi

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My Summer Home

I have enjoyed Timothy Egan’s postings and even one of his books. This posting about the national parks is wonderful. It is also a reminder that we really need to make an effort to protect them as if they were our own summer homes.

My Summer Home
By  Timothy Egan
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The Right’s New Left

I must be having a hard time understanding how folks think these days.  Back in the olden days, facts were facts, not that there weren’t grey areas; you could figure that most people were all on the same page. Maybe those guys in New Guinea who had been lost for centuries didn’t get it, but anyone in the US who had gone through sixth grade got science and history. Now folks just decide to deny expertise and choose their own reality. I love this concept. It almost seems that the folks who don’t believe in evolution are proving it by devolving in front of our eyes.

The Right’s New Left
The Tea Party movement has two defining traits: status anxiety and anarchism.

By Jacob Weisberg

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