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2016-09-04

Interesting links and texts from previous years on my Facebook: 21/8 - 4/9

(from 21/8 to 4/9)


"I got kicked out of Barnes and Noble once for moving all the bibles into the fiction section."
(from www.bash.org)


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The only person you may compare yourself to is yourself in the past. And the only person you should try to become better than is yourself in this moment.

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Never buy any diamonds, and help end the mafia-like diamond industry.

More info about the very shady diamond business in this Priceonomics article: http://goo.gl/KSZGBK


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If you manage to improve your internal world, your external world will usually improve as well.


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One night when I was 22, I was sick with a cold fever and was shaking. I couldn't sleep and it was 3AM, so I put on KLF's ambient album "Space" to make me sleepy.

Instead, the dark atmosphere of album sucked me in -- so much that while it was playing, I literally thought I was going to die when it ended.

Now you can listen to it and maybe have the same experience: http://goo.gl/mFwL0p


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KATE BUSH:

1) Two long TV interviews:
* On "Nightflight" in 1985: http://goo.gl/Xa1Zx7
* On "Egos And Icons" in 1993: http://goo.gl/NCPSlG

2) The most iconic photo of young Kate is from one of her sessions with the legend Gered Mankowitz. He's interviewed about Kate by The Big Issue: http://goo.gl/XoejBc

3) One of the best comments ever on YouTube:
"I think we won't have another artist like this awesome lady ever again, because the pop culture seems to have gotten the lines between sensuality and sexuality confused and blurred."

4) Also see the BBC Four documentary called "The Kate Bush Story: Running Up That Hill". It features interviews with many of her collaborators, covering the years from 1978 to 2011: http://goo.gl/g6oq4w

5) Were you unable to experience Kate Bush's "Before The Dawn" concerts? Here's a complete TV recording of her previous and only concerts in 1979, "The Tour Of Life", including two documentaries: http://goo.gl/4hKQ1a


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"My math teacher staples Burger King job application forms to failed tests."
(from http://bash.org/?665807)


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Good quotes on religion:

1) "If religious people could be reasoned with there would be no religious people."

2) "Religious wars are basically people killing each other who has the better imaginary friend."

3) "Religion is a cow. It gives milk, but it also kicks." (Buddha)

4) "Tolerance is to let others live like they want. To appease religious fundamentalists is not tolerance, but submission."

5) "A cult is a religion with no political power." (Tom Wolfe)

6) "A religion is a cult that succeeded."

7) "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."

8) "Religion is like chemotherapy, it may solve one problem, but it can cause a million more." (John Bledsoe)

9) "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." (Voltaire)

10) "You have not converted a man because you have silenced him." (John, Lord Morley)

11) "Religion is a major weapon in the war against reality."

12) "The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason." (Benjamin Franklin)

13) "Religion is a culture of faith; science is a culture of doubt." (Richard P. Feynman)

14) "Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned."

15) "A union of government and religion tends to destroy government and degrade religion." (Hugo Black)

16) "Organized religion is like organized crime; it preys on peoples' weaknesses, generates huge profits for its operators, and is almost impossible to eradicate."

17) "Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful." (Seneca the Younger)

18) "With or without religion, you'd have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, it takes religion." (Steven Weinberg)

19) "A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything." (Friedrich Nietzsche)

20) "The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one." (George Bernard Shaw)

21) "Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction." (Blaise Pascal)

22) "If you believe everything you read, you'd better not read." (Japanese proverb)

23) "Personally it's not God I dislike, it's his fan club I can't stand."

And this is one of my favourites:
"Let's not be so tolerant that we tolerate intolerance."

Tons of other great quotes about religion, gods, Christianity, creationism and atheism: http://goo.gl/6TTtf


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Really funny article about how it ACTUALLY is to raise babies. "The five most horrible things nobody tells you about babies": http://goo.gl/gv1h3

Best birth control I've ever seen!


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We all waste a lot of time. And we all wish we could waste less time, so we can achieve more of what we really want in life.

I highly recommend downloading personal productivity coach Dave Navarro's FREE document called "More Time Now". It will help you build micro habits, be more accountable for your actions and win back up to 1000 hours yearly: http://goo.gl/DegXzR

What could you do with all that time? For example:
* take care of yourself
* learn new skills
* spending them with people who miss you (or whom you miss)
* figure out what you want to do with your life (and to get started on it)
* build additional income streams
* pursue an enriching hobby
* get in shape
* finish all those projects


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Interesting article by Steve Pavlina, "From Hesitation to Investigation": http://goo.gl/p1La5

It's about the value of recognising and investigating ideas when they come up repeatedly, often in different forms or shapes.


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RIP neurologist and author Dr. Oliver Sacks, who passed away from cancer today. Listen to this Radiolab podcast where Sacks is interviewed for maybe the last time, reflecting on his long and rich life: http://goo.gl/WVGUwi

Also read:
* Eulogy in The New York Times: http://goo.gl/6P13QV
* Several interviews collected by The Atlantic: http://goo.gl/5wO8Pf

Sacks was a gentle and exploring soul who will be deeply missed.


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A humanizing view on how men can connect with women, written by a woman. Salon: http://goo.gl/ZXlPmk


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Check out "12 tasks that killer employees always finish before noon": http://goo.gl/Aj6ws

Most of these tips apply to the self-employed as well, by the way.


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"A lot of 18-year-olds are like old men. They think they've seen everything."
- Ben Folds


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Focus not on your "Circle of Concern", but only your "Circle of Influence": http://goo.gl/RcWOHw


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BRIAN TRACY:

What are your values? What do you stand for? What are the organizing principles of your life? What are your core beliefs? What virtues do you aspire to, and hold in high regard when you see them demonstrated by others? What will you not stand for? What would you sacrifice for, suffer for, and even die for? These are extremely important questions that are only asked by about three percent of the population, and that small minority tends to be the movers and shakers in every society.

Write Out Your Key Values
When I first began this values clarification exercise some years ago, I wrote out a list of 163 qualities that I aspired to. I think I eventually came up with every virtue, value or positive descriptive adjective that referred to personality and character in the dictionary. And I agreed with all of them. I felt that they were all important and I wanted to incorporate every single one of them into my character.

Focus on Very Few Core Beliefs
But then reality sets in. I realized that it is very hard to learn even one new quality, or to change even one thing about myself, let alone dozens of things. So I scaled down my ambitions and began narrowing the values down to a small number that I could manage and work with. Once I had settled on about five core beliefs, I was then able to get to work on myself and start making some progress in character development.

Select Your Five Key Values
You should do the same. You should write down the five values that you feel are the most important for you to live by. Once you have those five values, you then organize them in order of priority. Which is the most important value in your hierarchy of values? Which would be second? Which would be third, and so on?

Learn To Make Better Decisions
Every choice or decision you make is based on your values. Whenever you decide between alternatives, you invariably choose the alternative that you value the most. Because you can only do one thing at a time, everything you do is a demonstration of what you consider to be the most important at that moment. Therefore, organizing your values in an order of priority is the starting point of personal strategic planning. It is only when you are clear about what you value, and in what order, that you are capable of planning and organizing the other activities of your life.

Action Exercises
Here are two things you can do immediately to put these ideas into action:
1) First, clarify your core beliefs and your unifying principles. Write them down and compare your life today with the values that are really important to you. How are you doing?
2) Second, organize your values in order of their importance to you. Which of your values is most important? Which is second? And so on. Do your current choices reflect this order of values?


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This is the oldest gymnast in the world doing her parallel bars exercise for Guinness World Records: https://goo.gl/G8Cple

Johanna Quaas will be 90 in November, and watching this video can inspire us all to stay more physically active. :)


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Arguing with [INSERT YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE RELIGIOUS GROUP HERE] is like playing chess with a pigeon;

You could be the greatest player in the world, but the pigeon will still knock over all the pieces, shit on the board and strut around triumphantly.
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