by Phillip Schneider, Staff Writer Waking Times Since the founding of the country, religion of some type has always played an active role in the lives of a majority of Americans. Although religious faith is on a long-term downward trend while secularism is on the rise, about 70.6% of Americans still identified as Christian in 2014, while 5.9% had “Non-Christian faiths” such as Judaism or Islam, according to Pew Research Center. These numbers mean that over one in four Americans believe in some form of non-atheistic religion. Much research has been done into the community impact of religion. Sometimes, religion is used as … Continue reading U.S. RELIGIOUS GROUPS GENERATE MORE MONEY THAN MICROSOFT AND APPLE COMBINED
A troubling option for women in need (Kamenetskiy Konstantin/Drima Film) by ROBBY BERMAN The older rich man and his much younger girlfriend. The relationship between the two is rarely stated explicitly, but the arrangement is this: the older man receives companionship (of what kind?) in exchange for compensation. Morally, it’s an interesting transaction. Though both parties engage in what’s nominally a romance, there’s an undeniable exploitation of a young person needing money by someone older who can provide it. He’s her “sugar daddy”. She’s his “sugar baby”. This isn’t just history — the phenomenon is very much going strong in … Continue reading Where in the world sugar daddies thrive, why, and what’s being done about it
by Tracy Moore Consider these things before you make yourself look like an asshole Life is full of terrible people, and most of us go about our business trying to engage with them as little as possible. But on occasion, you must, because we all make mistakes in work and in friendship and in love. Now you have a terrible ex who remains in your orbit and starts dating others. Now you work with a terrible person who has gossiped about you or ratted you out to the boss, and a new person has just been hired with no idea what’s … Continue reading Should You Warn Someone About A Shitty Person?
And why it strengthens your relationship in the long-term by Tracy Moore What’s worse: never having any sex at all OR begrudgingly having sex when you don’t want to just to avoid conflict? It’s a trick question — they both send your relationship into a demoralizing doom spiral from which you may never recover. But new research brings good news! There is a lesser of these two evils, and it’s a third option altogether: Turning down a partner’s sexual advances may not be a big deal if — and this is a big if — you do it right. What’s more, it may be better in the long term … Continue reading When It’s Better to Say No to Sex With Your Partner
by: Lance D Johnson (Natural News) Many of us really are sheep, quick to follow the crowd and obey orders. Instead of standing up and speaking out on our own convictions, we often choose to fit in. Assimilating with the crowd, we find it’s easier to go-along to get-along, even if that means giving away our own power, rights, and dignity in the process. In fear of isolation, we do not question or challenge authority figures, even when they are morally and ethically wrong. Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram unveiled this sad reality of human behavior in a social compliance experiment that showed how ordinary people … Continue reading Many of us really are sheep: Experiments in social compliance show few people argue with authority figures
by Dylan Charles, Editor Waking Times At the dark heart of corporate consumer culture lie the social programs that mass-produce conformity, obedience, acquiescence and consent for the matrix. The cult of celebrity is the royal monarch of these schemes, the ace in the hole for mass mind control and the disempowerment of the individual. This is the anointed paradigm of idol worship and idol sacrifice, a vampire’s feast on our individual and collective dreams. Who do you love? Who do you hate? Who do want to be like? Combine this paradigm with the technology of social media, and the individual is flung into oblivion, never fully … Continue reading SMASHING THE CULT OF CELEBRITY AND THE DISEMPOWERMENT GAME
Former Lehman Brothers Chief Executive Richard Fuld. Photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters The financial world is a theatrical production, abundantly lubricated by that magical elixir of illusionists: confidence by Matt Seybold assistant professor of American literature and Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College in New York. He is co-editor of the forthcoming Routledge Companion to Literature and Economics. His writing has appeared in Mark Twain Annual, T S Eliot Studies Annual, Henry James Review, and Reception. Edited by Marina Benjami On 10 June 2008, Dick Fuld, the soon-to-be infamous CEO of a soon-to-be infamous investment bank, Lehman Brothers in New York, assembled his executive committee in response to a second-quarter earnings report … Continue reading Confidence tricks