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Joe Rogan Experience #766 - Gad Saad - YouTube
Gad Saad is Professor of Marketing & Concordia University Research Chair in Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences and Darwinian Consumption and author of "The Evolutionary Bases of Consumption" and "The Consuming Instinct" // deferred gratification
consumerist  consumerism  zombie  consumer  materialism  status  anxiety  status  symbol  gossip  gossip  culture  book  consumer  choice  paradox  of  choice  evolution  Porn  pornography  self-medication  coping  mechanism  Dopamine  substance  abuse  instant  gratification  addiction 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
UK consumes far less than a decade ago – 'peak stuff' or something else? | Business | The Guardian
From crops to energy and metals, average material consumption fell from 15 tonnes in 2001 to just over 10 tonnes in 2013 [...] UK households have also abandoned buying many resource-intensive goods common in the recent past – such as metal-heavy video recorders and hi-fi systems, vinyl records, CDs and books – as they shift to digital consumption. [...] The figures will spark fresh speculation that Britain and other developed economies have hit ‘peak stuff’, although some critics pour scorn on the quality of the ONS’s environmental accounts. In January, Ikea said the appetite of western consumers for home furnishings had reached its peak and consumption of many familiar goods was at its limit. Household spending on physical goods, including furnishings, clothing, cars and gadgets, decreased between 2002/03 and 2014, [...] Households now spend more on services than physical goods, he said. [...] [ saturation in some markets but we are not living in peak stuff ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Elektroauto: Sonderabgabe auf Sprit soll Kaufprämie finanzieren - SPIEGEL ONLINE
In den Regierungsstreit über eine Kaufprämie für Elektroautos mischt sich der Chef der Nationalen Plattform Elektromobilität ein. Henning Kagermann will den Bonus unbedingt - zulasten von allen anderen Autofahrern. //&! Ab 2021 dürfen Neuwagen in der EU nicht mehr als 4,1 Liter Benzin im Schnitt verbrauchen. Doch besonders die deutschen Hersteller tun sich laut einer Untersuchung mit den Vorgaben schwer. Schuld daran hat ein Trend, den sie jahrelang selbst befeuert haben. - bit.ly/1nT3mFF //&! LOBBYING EFFORTS STILL ON! - Ab 2017 werden die Abgaswerte von Dieselfahrzeugen unter Realbedingungen gemessen. Das EU-Parlament hat für einen entsprechenden Entwurf gestimmt. Gleichzeitig winkten die Abgeordneten Zugeständnisse an die Autohersteller durch. - bit.ly/1QiXxrA
carbon  tax  autoindustry  automotive  fossil  fuel  renewable  energy  electric  car  carbonfootprint  carbon  trading  scheme  carbonemission  consumer  choice  subsidies  subsidizing  macroprudential  policy  microeconomic  policy  macroeconomic  policy  Makers  COP21  climate  change  global  warming  climate  crisis  air  pollution  efficiency  energy  efficiency  Smart  Grid  energy  storage  SUV  status  symbol  zombie  consumer  Abgas-Affäre  oversight  transparency  accountability  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Why are we being such idiots about climate change? |
Veteran environment writer John Carey looks at the reasons we don’t seem to make meaningful progress on climate change — and issues a rousing call to arms for us all to step up and play our part. [...] I FAULT BOTH THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY AND THE PRESS FOR NOT EXPLAINING THAT UNCERTAINTY CUTS BOTH WAYS. [...] THE SOBERING TRUTH IS THAT THE PLANET HAS ALREADY BEEN RESPONDING FASTER THAN EXPECTED.
climate  change  global  warming  COP21  COP15  Wall  Street  economic  growth  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  crony  capitalism  capitalism  short-termism  Generationengerechtigkeit  climate  crisis  economic  damage  social  democracy  democracy  free  press  Pressefreiheit  corporate  media  corporate  state  manufactured  consent  conflict  of  interest  consumer  choice  zombie  consumer  Positioning  propaganda  Polarisation  reframing  framing 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Greenpeace: Deutsche werfen selbst gut erhaltene Kleidung in den Müll - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Um bei Modetrends mithalten zu können, werfen viele Deutsche laut einer Greenpeace-Umfrage auch gut erhaltene Klamotten einfach weg. Etwa 40 Prozent der Sachen im Kleiderschrank werden fast nie getragen. [...] Denn laut einer Umfrage der Umweltschutzorganisation Greenpeace betrachten viele Deutsche Kleidung als Wegwerfware. Demnach hängen 5,2 Milliarden Kleidungsstücke in deutschen Schränken. Davon würden 40 Prozent sehr selten oder nie getragen, teilte Greenpeace mit. Jeder Achte trage seine Schuhe weniger als ein Jahr lang. Kaum jemand lasse Kleidung ausbessern. Für die Analyse wurden im September mehr als tausend Menschen zwischen 16 und 69 Jahren befragt. Mode sei zum Wegwerfartikel wie Einweggeschirr verkommen, fasste Greenpeace-Expertin Kirsten Brodde die Ergebnisse zusammen. Für wichtig werde gehalten, den schnell wechselnden Trends zu folgen.
closetphile  consumerist  consumerism  zombie  consumer  materialism  status  anxiety  Fast  Fashion  Fashion  Industry  status  symbol  socioeconomic  status  capitalism  marketing  advertising  sustainability  sustainable  disposable  income  discretionary  spending  Primark  Zara  H&M  resource  depletion  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster  Wertegesellschaft  Wegwerfgesellschaft  society  Gesellschaft  consumer  debt  consumer  choice  paradox  of  choice  household  debt 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
Viewpoint: The rejected vegetables that aren’t even wonky - BBC News
Approximately one-third of the food we produce in the UK is never eaten. [...] And we have to face the fact that almost 50% of food wastage in the UK is domestic - the stuff we buy but don't eat. // I've witnessed some pretty grim scenes in the food business down the years - appalling conditions in the poultry industry, crazy EU fishing laws, all kinds of greed and folly. Root vegetables may be a touch harder to feel for than chickens or fish. But watching 20 tonnes of freshly dug parsnips consigned to the rubbish heap in a Norfolk farmyard - purely because they didn't look pretty enough - is still one of the most shocking things I've ever seen. [...] They "failed" the "cosmetic standards". They weren't wonky, or forked, or bruised or even "ugly". [Specs] from some bizarre set of specifications that defines, with apparent omniscience, what it is that we, the customers, demand our parsnips to be. Not that anyone's asked us.
food  waste  public  perception  public  awareness  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  zombie  consumer  consumer  choice  paradox  of  choice  food  industry  sustainability  sustainable  industrial  agriculture  agriculture  industry  agriculture  policy  agriculture  Farming  DirtyVegetable  famine  food  poverty  Politics  food  prices  Greed  Chain  public  education  campaign 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Popular Food Blogger Commits Suicide - YouTube
Comparison is the thief of life. especially to something edited like Facebook and Social Media in general. And photoshop and good flattering angles. // dwelling on negatives you can't change, bad. think about the things you can control. // liking yourself. // everyone is in your show as well, you are not the only freak you think you are. // self-esteem through being a force for good. purpose. autonomy. mastery. SELF-WORTH. You deserve to be happy. // living through the screen only. in safety. //
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Russell Brand on Porn: How It Relates To Everything - YouTube
instant gratification robs you of happiness, that results from putting in the work, being considered, mindful, thoughtful. effort can be the most rewarding thing in life. the pleasure of work. reward comes from hard work. --- a selfless life can bring much more pleasure than selfish life. we are social creatures. the only thing you've got to keep are your thoughts, emotions and health (well being, fitness)
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Prof. Gary L. Francione on the Problem with Welfare Reforms and Single-Issue Campaigns - YouTube
Free Range and Co. - still promoting animal exploitation. Same with don't eat veal (eat the mom) or Foie gras (just eat the bird, don't force-feed the bird to eat the liver). << Single Issue Campaigns still promote animal exploitation. More morally better because you don't eat that kind of cruel meat? // Greenpeace doesn't promote Vegan. Just sustainability. Whole Foods "happy exploitation." << betrayal of animal rights! PETA gave Whole Foods an award for "best animal-friendly." [...] "lessen the suffering." // when its about human rights we take an absolute position. but animal rights public takes no absolute position but talks about meatless Monday's. If it's wrong its wrong. If it violates fundamental human rights, it violates human rights. There are not baby steps. No journey. // Educate people about Veganism. And animal rights will take care of itself. But current Vegan movement is just about "humane" or "compassionate" animal exploitation. Vegan has to be a moral imperative!
Free  Range  ethical  killing  humane  slaughter  Positioning  food  industry  PR  spin  doctor  Meat  Egg  Milk  Dairy  Fish  Livestock  farming  industrial  agriculture  agriculture  industry  agriculture  policy  Poultry  Carnism  omnivore  Speciesism  sustainability  sustainable  deforestation  soil  erosion  world  hunger  GMO  crop  GMO  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  animal  rights  animal  cruelty  animal  testing  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  crony  capitalism  ecological  disaster  pollution  carbon  tax  carbonfootprint  carbonemission  environmental  disaster  global  warming  climate  change  water  scarcity  water  supply  water  security  water  pollution  Aquifer  water  rights  drinking  water  water  morality  Liberation  Peter  Singer  book  reframing  framing  PETA  Greenpeace  Vegan  Whole-Food  Plant-Based  Diet  human  rights  moral  beliefs  ethics  ethical  machine  ethical  beliefs  philosophy  psychology  community  community  management  paradgim  paradgimshift  bottom  up  grassroots  movement  consumer  choice  zombie  consumer 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Why too much choice is stressing us out | Life and style | The Guardian
From jeans to dating partners and TV subscriptions to schools, we think the more choices we have the better. But too many options create anxiety and leave us less satisfied. Could one answer lie in a return to the state monopolies of old?
materialism  consumer  choice  paradox  paradox  of  choice  zombie  consumer  consumerist  consumerism  Positioning  marketing  shopping  Dopamine  Serotonin  substance  abuse  credit  card  debt  consumer  debt  household  debt  credit  card  western  society  western  world  western  lifestyle  status  anxiety  Mindfulness  happiness  well  being  self-regulation  self-actualization  self-awareness  self-respect  status  symbol  Selbstdarstellung  aspirational  product  advertisement  advertising  sociology  psychology  Wegwerfgesellschaft  Gesellschaft  Wertegesellschaft  society  marginal  propensity  to  consume  minimalismus  minimalism  Fashion  Industry  Fast  Fashion 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Das Paradox - brand eins online
Die Menschen leben in einer modernen Ökonomie, aber sie denken und handeln oft noch nach überholten Regeln. Ein Gegensatz, der Ärger schafft.
economics  paradox  paradox  of  choice  consumer  choice  status  anxiety  materialism  zombie  consumer  behavioral  economics  behavioral  finance  organizational  behavior  Group  behaviour  behavior  Economist  sociology  psychology 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Food banks have become a lifeline for many, but where is the way out? | Patrick Butler | Society | The Guardian
Back in September 2012, however, when Bestwood and Bulwell food bank opened, Webster did not expect to be hugely busy, confidently believing it could be “run out of a cupboard”. What happened next was terrifying: the initial trickle of referrals turned into a flood, triggered by what Webster calls “downright poverty”. After a year, volunteers were “on their knees” (though they are on their feet again now, he adds), battered not only by the sheer weight of demand, but by the shocking specificity of the deprivation and injustice they encountered: the food bank client who was sanctioned by the jobcentre (had her benefits stopped) for not attending a job search interview even though she told them she was in hospital having chemotherapy; a woman client who asked if the food bank gave out tampons; she had no money and had been forced to use newspaper instead. It troubles him that so much of their work is, on the face of it, due to avoidable failures in state provision, ...
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Mindfulness has huge health potential – but McMindfulness is no panacea | Jon Kabat-Zinn | Comment is free | The Guardian
[ you own only your thoughts, emotions and health (fitness) ] [ you have to function ] Mindfulness is often misunderstood – so let us be clear about what we are encouraging. In essence, mindfulness – being about attention, awareness, relationality, and caring – is a universal human capacity akin to our capacity for language acquisition. It is a way of being in wise and purposeful relationship with one’s experience, both inwardly and outwardly, with oneself and with others. Thus there is an intrinsic social dimension to its cultivation as well. It usually involves cultivating familiarity and intimacy with aspects of everyday experience that we often take for granted.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Plastic bag charge in Scotland sees usage cut by 80% - BBC News
[ the plastic bag chage, 5p, is not enough, should be 50p and seen as penalty! thus it is the little brother of Sugar/Processed Food/junk food/fast food/and animal product taxation (extra levies) to show people every day when they show that they know this is more expensive now because this has to pay for my sick days in later life, like insurance premium for risky behavior, to fund NHS! Even seeing it as carbon tax and environmental levy because of how dirty animal products are! ]"It's now becoming second nature to shoppers to reuse their carrier bags and hopefully to think more about our impact on the environment." [...] Asda witnessing a drop of 90% and Sainsbury's 100% as it no longer offers them to shoppers. [...] The policy came into being in Scotland on 20 October last year and England introduced charging at the beginning of this month.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Die Qual der Wahl: Warum uns Entscheidungen so schwer fallen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Entscheidungen kosten Zeit, sie kosten Aufmerksamkeit und Kraft. All das sind wichtige, begrenzte Ressourcen im Leben. Wer herausfinden will, welcher Fernseher genau den eigenen Vorstellungen entspricht, muss so manchen Feierabend damit verbringen, sich in die technischen Details einzulesen und Preise zu vergleichen. Je größer die Auswahl, desto schwieriger wird es, das "perfekte" Fernsehgerät zu finden. Entweder investiert man also viel Zeit, oder man muss hinterher mit dem Zweifel leben, ob man tatsächlich die bestmögliche Wahl getroffen hat. Beides ist nicht so toll. [...] "Wenn es nur wenige Optionen gibt, können wir mit unserer Wahl glücklich sein, weil wir sicher sind, dass es die beste Wahl für uns ist", schreibt die kanadische Psychologin Sheena Iyengar. "Aber wenn die Optionen quasi endlos sind, glauben wir, dass irgendwo da draußen genau das richtige Angebot auf uns wartet und dass wir die Verantwortung dafür tragen, dieses auch zu finden."
consumer  choice  paradox  of  choice  consumerist  consumerism  zombie  consumer  materialism  status  anxiety  status  symbol  socioeconomic  status  social  status  western  society  western  lifestyle  western  world  society  Gesellschaft  Wegwerfgesellschaft  psychology  sociology  opportunity  cost  minimalism  minimalismus 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
The blame for distorting our view of women doesn’t lie just with advertisers | Lucy Mangan | Comment is free | The Guardian
If we objected strongly enough to warped views of female bodies, women would take our custom elsewhere. But we keep buying the brands that offend us [...] But the lack of change in this area suggests consumers are not changing their spending habits. And as most of the consumers of the brands and products these advertisers are selling to are women purporting to hate this kind of thing, we have a conundrum: why are we still doing this? Why aren’t we putting our money where our mouths are? And then, obviously, in further solidarity taking our mouths off for a pizza somewhere? [...] Asking, or compelling by legislation, advertisers to do this runs counter to almost every prevailing ideology and trend. It asks that moneymaking ventures act for the greater good instead of the bottom line. It asks government to chip away at a cornerstone of the free market. It conceptualises women as hapless victims of intangible forces.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Free banking in the spotlight in crunch week for UK high street banks | Business | The Guardian
In its update in July 2014, the CMA said it was “possible that there might be a degree of cross-subsidy in the PCA [personal current account] market, which may be distortive of competition”. It added: “Indeed, the ‘free if in credit’ model often involves cross-subsidy by other revenue streams for PCAs such as overdraft charges. In addition, we were also told that PCAs as a whole were loss-making. “If this were the case, this could suggest the existence of a cross-subsidy from other retail banking products.”
oligopoly  oligopol  retail  banking  banking  competition  self-regulation  regulation  deregulation  regulators  banking  crisis  bank  crisis  UK  Consumer  Protection  choice 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Digitaler Burnout: "Zu viel Smartphone macht unglücklich" - SPIEGEL ONLINE
[ portion USE time! 3x1hr? ] Study: Wir beschäftigen uns bis zu drei Stunden am Tag mit dem Smartphone. Der Leiter der Studie zieht daraus bedenkliche Schlüsse - und fordert eine digitale Diät. [...] Der Experte geht davon aus, dass beim Scrollen über den Handyscreen die gleichen Stoffwechselvorgänge im Gehirn aktiviert werden wie bei Drogensüchtigen. Die ständige Kommunikation mit Freunden oder Arbeitskollegen über soziale Medien wie Facebook scheine dabei das größte Suchtpotenzial auszumachen. "Denn dort erhalten wir Aufmerksamkeit und Anerkennung", so te Wildt. [...] "Das Gehirn ist durch den Überfluss an Informationen und Kommunikation komplett überlastet", sagt Markowetz. Im schlimmsten Fall führt das schließlich zum Burnout, wie ihn Miriam Meckel, Chefredakteurin der "Wirtschaftswoche" oder die "Huffington Post"-Gründerin Arianna Huffington erlebt haben. Die beiden Karrierefrauen machten die Kommunikationsüberlastung mitverantwortlich für ihren Zusammenbruch.
Smartphone  mobile  homescreen  mobile  first  mobile  phone  user  behaviour  snacking  Entertainment  Escapeism  attention  span  attention  graph  distraction  Focus  Depression  well  being  happiness  Social  Network  Social  Media  digital  natives  noise  pollution  noise  Signal  vs.  sociology  Selbstdarstellung  Selbstfürsorge  psychology  Psychiatry  burnout  chronic  stress  Friendship  status  anxiety  status  symbol  consumerist  consumer  choice  consumerism  zombie  consumer  Alain  de  Botton  materialism  Dopamine  book  The  Information  Diet  Leistungsgesellschaft  Gesellschaft  Wegwerfgesellschaft  meme  society  Age  digital  economy  The  Content  Wars  user  generated  Platform  life  hacker  life  lesson  Tim  Ferriss  productivity  Procrastinating  procrastination 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Paris climate summit: UN negotiations 'need redesign' - BBC News
[ only bottom up works ... till the tide is big enough. same with health and fitness (which in part has to be about looking good/fit). self-esteem. ] The UN climate negotiations are heading for failure and need a major redesign if they are to succeed, scientists say. The pledges that individual countries are offering ahead of the Paris climate summit in December are too entrenched in self interest instead of being focussed on a common goal. The researchers say the science of cooperation is being ignored. Instead, they say the negotiations should focus on a common commitment on the global price of carbon. This means countries would agree on a uniform charge for carbon pollution, a scheme that would encourage polluters to reduce their emissions. The comments from researchers at the University of Cambridge, UK, University of Maryland, US, and University of Cologne, in Germany, are published in the journal Nature. //&! bbc.in/1jYOUtz
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Scientists Under Attack - Trailer - YouTube
Can we still trust our scientists? This timely documentary explores how the heavy hand of the agriculture industry is steering ‘science’ towards its own interests, eliminating legitimate research and silencing any critical opinions. Taking a close look at genetic engineering and the powerful vested interests that dominate its research, ‘Scientists Under Attack’ reveals the frightening reality of modern science, as objective investigation is corrupted by corporate money. // Animals are Fed GM crop. Food Industry does not need to disclose this.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
3sat.online - Mediathek: Das wird bitter
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_fructose_corn_syrup - High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) (also called glucose-fructose, isoglucose and glucose-fructose syrup) [ Is cheaper. = More profit. US agriculture lobby put their people and money in place in Brussels with succes. - http://www.agribenchmark.org/fileadmin/Dateiablage/B-Cash-Crop/Projects/Sugar-Isoglucose/zimmer_Isoglucose_final.pdf &! bit.ly/1hx2rGW ] Das wird bitter Industriezucker darf ab 2017 ungezügelt in die EU: Der Ernährungsmediziner Dr. Gerd Claußnitzer warnt vor dem Industriezucker Isoglucose: Er kann Fettleber und Diabetes auslösen helfen. // Isoglucose may take up to 30% of the current European sugar market after quotas are removed in 2017, according to a new report. - bit.ly/1hx2rGW // --- change has to be bottom-up --- //&! https://www.facebook.com/Frontal21/videos/10153248906885889/
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Consumed: How We Buy Class in Modern Britain: Amazon.co.uk: Harry Wallop: 9780007457106: Books
[ abuse of human condition, evolution ] he argues that our social standing in today's society is no longer determined by the accent you speak with, the school you attended, or your parents. Rather, it is determined by the food we eat, our choice of holiday destination, the clothes we wear, the size of the TV we sit in front of, and whether you use a plug-in air freshener or a smelly candle. // &! Enough: Breaking Free from the World of Excess Paperback (2009) by John Naish // &! No Logo by Naomi Klein //&! The Tyranny of Choice - Renata Salecl //&! The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less - Barry Schwartz //&! The Art Of Choosing: The Decisions We Make Everyday of our Lives, What They Say About Us and How We Can Improve Them - Sheena Iyengar // &! Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less (Greg McKeown) // &! September 2015 Wish list // &! essentialism, simplicity, minimalism, minimalismus, and tim ferriss >> decision fatigue
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
E-Commerce is a Bear — Medium
Only two start-ups have properly challenged Amazon over the past decade: Zappos and Diapers. [...] Having spent time with Tony Hsieh and Alfred Lin, the leadership duo who built Zappos, and Marc Lore and Vinit Bharara, the founders of Diapers, I can tell you: these are intense competitors who recognized the best outcome was to join forces with the industry leader. So if Amazon is the low cost winner of selling brands online, if they are acquiring their best competitors, and if their everyday low prices are available to the entire country via a mechanical turk algorithm which is guaranteed to beat you, how do you compete? [...] [ eBay pure p2p marketplace ] [...] This next generation of e-commerce companies is as much about what you exclude as what you include. // &! only up for grabs (Amazon model) is in the developing world & emerging market - for entrepreneurs - & only possible double digit returns for investors. and the battle has already begun ... since like 05/09 China/India ...
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Tax gap series: Boots moved its headquarters to Switzerland | Business | The Guardian
How Boots' Swiss move cost UK £100m a year - bit.ly/1Lr5tqN // https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boots_UK - owned by wallgreens boots alliance //- bit.ly/1JJbUI4 &! bit.ly/1JdO2H0 &! bit.ly/1zEi0Sr - Last week Walgreens’ chief executive officer said he had a ‘fiduciary responsibility’ to maximise shareholder returns, which was seen as a clear sign that he had softened his opposition to the tax plan.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
The smartphone is the new sun — Benedict Evans
In this light, incidentally, Satya Nadella's suggestion that Xbox is no longer core was as interesting as the end of 'Windows Everywhere' (which I discussed here). Microsoft has been working on adding computing to TV since before phones even had screens. But it turns out that it's the smartphone, not the TV, that's  the centre of the experience, and the TV is dumb glass just as the mobile network is a dumb pipe.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Addressing Concerns Over Apple’s iPhone Growth | Re/code
Analysis: Android manufacturers (mostly Asia based) can't compete eye to eye with iPhone quality because they don't have the money for R&D and talent in design/UI/UX. &! Just to make the R&D/talent aspect for the hard things that are hard: hardware. Apple Patents New Liquidmetal Techniques For Manufacturing ( tcrn.ch/1TjN6uS ) vs. Xiaomi buying patents for "Patent War Chest to Launch in U.S." ( bloom.bg/1CG3s9S ) And even Microsoft and Apple make money off Android device sales because of patents (patents for technology, inside Android devices, that Microsoft or Apple own). // Apple's aspirational product - status anxiety - vs - Free. Downside with Free Of Android being a Privacy Sinkhole. & underfunded Android HW manufacturers vs only, marginally LG, Samsung, Lenovo who have other businesses. But hardware itself was turned into commodity business! // HTC trade below book value (12/08/15) - bit.ly/1JULi5t &! wrd.cm/1MkhnUw // &! Fragmentation - bit.ly/1q4iXyk
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
How to Find Fulfilling Work - YouTube
& we think we are free to choose. but in reality, we only can and have to choose from a set given options to us. // you don't need to ask for permission // the deathbed - eulogy - is the ultimate criteria (to judge) - see David Brooks book 'The Road to Character.'
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Food labelling and its consequences - YouTube
>> no direct impact on you = still buys Primark and battery cage eggs and dead animals. // health problems and environmental problems will come later not now. will indulge in the pleasure now and consume mindlessly, pushing it back. // change comes only when faced head on with consequences, ie health problems they have now (although debatable because of obesity and rising chronic diseases at no-abating pace) and or go to those places pigs are held for farming ... // money lives in digital cyber space, not on earth breathing polluted air. // &! Beyond carnism and toward rational, authentic food choices - Melanie Joy - youtu.be/o0VrZPBskpg
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Universities push for higher fees - BBC News
// distortion to choice of students - prospective workforce = miss allocation of resources/assets (human capital). this is not consumer choice. this is a choice that will be with the rest of your life. &! Tens of thousands of students are relying on payday loans to cover their daily living costs, a survey suggests. - bbc.co.uk/news/education-33328374
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
The Surveillance Economy and Extreme Income Inequality: You Can't Have One Without the Other - YouTube
Uber and Airbnb is equal to informal economy (uncertainty) = staying power only for owner of marketplace (wealth accumulation & ultimate bargain power as owner of (monopoly/oligopoly form of marketplace). Silicon Valley made the informal economy cool again bc its on your smartpone (homescreen). Uber & Co are becoming, as owners of said marketplace, the new super elite (with no shared economic interest & no stakeholder in local economy). Disenfranchised & Price war. // The perfect, crazy, too good to be true, idea - will crash eventually (accumulating wealth with little to no input [see stakeholder theory/shared economic interest/long-term views and interest!]). // Start-up Lesson/Advice: "cost of choice" & paying computation with advertising = corruption (Google, Facebook &Co) paying (Wall Street, short-termism [Fast Food]) for micro-management of your life, of your choice. = U loosing free will. // youtu.be/kZO8mgarU0k youtu.be/XdEuII9cv-U youtu.be/cCvf2DZzKX0 youtu.be/5puB_7Q2n74
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Porträt ǀ Unten durch — der Freitag
Vor kurzem hat er ein Buch veröffentlicht, das als „Unterschichtenroman“ Aufsehen erregt hat. In einer klaren, nüchternen Sprache schildert er darin seine Erfahrungen als Leiharbeiter, mit prekären Jobs und Beziehungen. Mittlerweile lebt Wall in Berlin-Wedding, nahe der Uferhallen, wo wir uns treffen. Der Ort vereint zwei Welten, das Raue und das Kreative. Passt also. [...] Es geht oft um Fingernägel, Kleidung, Schönheit. Äußerlichkeiten sind wichtig, wenn alles um dich herum hässlich ist. [ Selbstdarstellung A und O in heutiger welt! - The Vanity Economy Explosion - https://youtu.be/e6g7EczEA2U?t=2m see Economy of Fakes out of China & Co. & youtu.be/IZyEkwqy3xY Investing in Vanity, Leisure and Luxury Products ] // [...] [Uni Abschluss] so besonders ist das gar nicht. [ personal differentiation needed because abundance of workers/competition businesses can choose from - that work for the lowest wage possible. creativity is not in abundance. risk takers neither. ] // Jeder fuer sich.
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Rory Sutherland: want fewer people to go to A&E? Change the name - Full WIRED Talk - YouTube
min 10 --- creating new choices to make, more leisure time for less (or same) disposable income - less stress? // you've never asked people! // making people aware of the choices they've had << public health, lifestyle choices and long-term effects. // tackling alcoholism through giving you units to adhere is not gonna make a huge difference. its educations and own vocational education down the road. enlightenment.
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Misemployment - YouTube
see also book Vagabonding/Vagabond and Tim Ferriss Potcast with author Potts << "when I retire, I do X." // "How to Find Fulfilling Work" fulfilment, meaning, satisfaction of work --- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veriqDHLXsw --- know thy self is a path, a process. a journey. tasting along the way. courage. don't ask for permission.
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
Doku Die Marketing Könige [Dokumentatin Deutsch 2014] - YouTube
Neopets, Zynga Farm game, Tamagotchi, << game design. +++ habit forming product design, ... +>> then comes the native advertisement because of increased attention span of the user, because marketers like that, in a throwaway world with zero attention span. min 27 -- habit forming product -- user goes back to do something, check of something, get rewards, ... Belohnungssystem (dopamin). << Gamification >> The House always wins. // pinterest; wardrobemalfunction >> vertical, focus, physical, social, advice, recommendation engine, search/find engine, improvement and quantifiable ... // behavioural finance/economic study showed we spend up to 100% more when we use/consider the option to pay with credit card. and decisions are quicker. there is a different feeling of loss of money when you pay cash out of your pocket. the actual physical immediate loss. credit cards allows to live in the now, not to defer pleasure or having to earn it or feel loss by paying cash. adults are infantilized.
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january 2015 by asterisk2a
Sarah Lazarovic on Buy Nothing Day - YouTube
ruckus - buying nothing for a year. as woman. "retail therapy" << does actually exist. >> dopamine & serotonin release. "Instagram is made for liking and buying things." << making things look better, artsy &! Marketing & Ad money spend on making things appealing, aspirational, beautiful, ... more likeable, in a good light. With a great description. ... fostering emotional connection and then there is identity in clothes (life & identity, (personas) formation ... teens going through X phase with hideous make-up ...) ... a superficial armour, ... aussie guy wearing the same suit for a year on TV ... &! people putting a lot of time and thought into how they dress. #wardrobemalfunction &! tips: mindful of what u already have, and rationalising expensive items by saying you will wear them that much longer.
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december 2014 by asterisk2a
Was Mega-Shoppingcenter mit unseren Städten machen | SWR Kunscht! - YouTube
dying of high street. regeneration has to be done by them living there. re- purposing. gluecksgefuehle beim shoppen. &PRIMARK
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
Amazon's Monopoly Must Be Broken Up: A Radical Plan for the Tech Giant | New Republic
n Thiel’s phrasing: “Creative monopolies aren’t just good for the rest of society; they’re powerful engines for making it better.” Thiel makes an important point: The Internet-age monopolies are a different species; they flummox our conventional ways of thinking about corporate concentration and have proved especially elusive to those who ponder questions of antitrust, the discipline of law that aims to curb threats to the competitive marketplace. Part of the issue is the laws themselves, which were conceived to manage an industrial economy—and have, over time, evolved to focus on a specific set of narrow questions that have little to do with the core problem at hand. [... amazon seems to do nothing illegal ...] [...] Unchallenged monopolists have little incentive to disrupt industries they already control.
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
Susan Crawford on Why U.S. Internet Access is Slow, Costly, and Unfair - YouTube
Is Net Neutrality Dead? - youtube.com/watch?v=h3bIDRM8l2A ""pressure from ISP and Cable Provider lobby in Washington not to call them a utility"" - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/13/susan-crawford-internet_n_2670127.html - https://www.youtube.com/user/MoyersandCompany/search?query=Crawford +++ Bill Moyers Essay: As the SEC Door Revolves - v=pqA4RGI5i8A
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Sex and love: The modern matchmakers | The Economist
the data suggest people are not good at knowing what they want. One of Dr Finkel’s own studies, for example, showed that when they are engaged in internet dating’s cousin, speed dating, people’s stated preferences at the beginning of the process do not well match the characters of the individuals they actually like.

Not surprisingly, the difficulty of choosing from abundance seems to apply to choice of people, too.

But speed-dating once again provided an answer. Here, he found studies which showed that when faced with abundant choice, people pay less attention to characteristics that require thinking and conversation to evaluate (occupational status and level of education, for example) and more to matters physical. Choice, in other words, dulls the critical faculties.
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february 2012 by asterisk2a
Column: Why you don't really have free will – USATODAY.com
Our brains are simply meat computers that, programmed by our genes and experiences to convert an array of inputs into a predetermined output. Recent experiments involving brain scans show that when a subject "decides" to push a button on the left or right side of a computer, the choice can be predicted by brain activity at least seven seconds before the subject is consciously aware of having made it. "Decisions" made like that aren't conscious ones. And if our choices are unconscious, with some determined well before the moment we think we've made them, then we don't have free will in any meaningful sense.
- evolution, survival of the fittest
- products of natural selection, perhaps because our ancestors wouldn't thrive in small, harmonious groups — the conditions under which we evolved — if they didn't feel responsible for their actions.
Sociological studies show that if people's belief in free will is undermined, they perform fewer prosocial behaviors and more antisocial behavior
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january 2012 by asterisk2a
Barry Schwartz on the paradox of choice | Video on TED.com
Barry Schwartz on the paradox of choice

Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.
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january 2012 by asterisk2a
China Faces Delicate Task of Reining In Bank Lending - NYTimes.com
When China announced three weeks ago that its economy had grown by 7.1 percent in the first half of this year, this country appeared to be a lone bright spot during the global recession.

But many economists now worry that too much of China’s growth was fueled by aggressive, state-directed lending that could eventually result in a soaring number of bad loans and mounting government debt.

While banks in the United States and Europe are still reluctant to make loans because of fears they will not get their money back, Chinese banks issued a record 7.4 trillion yuan, or $1.1 trillion, in loans during the first six months of this year, mostly to big state-owned companies and government infrastructure projects.
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august 2009 by asterisk2a

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