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We now know that 24 hours without sleep, or a week of sleeping four or five hours a night induces an impairment equivalent to a blood alcohol level of .1 percent. We would never say, ‘This person is a great worker! He’s drunk all the time!’ yet we continue to celebrate people who sacrifice sleep for work.

Insights from the doctor who coaches athletes on sleep. Pair with the science of what actually happens while you sleep and how it affects your every waking hour.

More on sleep here.

(via we-are-star-stuff)

Scary stuff.. considering I often get around 5 hours of sleep throughout the week.

We praise people for being “naturally” smart, too, “naturally” athletic, and etc. But studies continue to show, as they have for some time now, that it is generally healthier to praise schoolchildren for being hardworking, than for being naturally gifted. We know now that to emphasize a child’s inherent ability places pressure on that child to continue to be accidentally talented, which is something that is hard for anyone to control. When the children who are applauded for their natural skills fail, they are shown to take the failure very personally. After all, the process of their success has always seemed mysterious and basic and inseparable from the rest of their identity, so it must be they who are failing as whole people. When students are instead complimented and rewarded for their effort and improvement, they tend to not be so hard on themselves. When they fail, they reason, “Well, I’ll work harder next time.” They learn that they are capable of success, rather than constantly automatically deserving of it, and they learn simultaneously that they are bigger and more complex than their individual successes or failures.

Kate of Eat the Damn Cake, The Stupidity of “Natural” Beauty (via theimperfectascent)

I lost whole years of my life to self-loathing and self-sabotaging because I couldn’t sustain being ‘gifted’.  Don’t make the same mistake.

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I don’t have children, but ever since I heard a story on npr about this, I have made a conscious effort to compliment my little cousin on his hard work and devotion to his schooling. I mention that he is intelligent, because it is true, but I make sure to emphasize the fact that he would get little results if he wasn’t a hard worker. I also use myself and my experience growing up as an example of someone who was supposedly smart but didn’t have the drive that he has.



  1. Nefasto momento en que la armada de los Estados Unidos, realiza el izamiento de su bandera en Veracruz, 2 p.m. April 27, 1914, foto de Walter P. Hadsell.
  2. Mujeres y niños veracruzanos piden limosna y alimento a las tropas invasoras de los Estados Unidos, abril de 1914.
  3. Prisioneros mexicanos son conducidos por las tropas invasoras a San Juan de Ulúa, abril 1914.
  4. Calle de Veracruz, durante la invasión norteamericana, 1914.
  5. Campamento yankee, en las afueras de la ciudad de Veracruz, mayo de 1914.
  6. Incineración del mobiliario de la Escuela Naval en Veracruz, las tropas invasoras devastaron las instalaciones, abril de 1914.
  7. Los marines de Estados Unidos, destruyen monumento a Juárez, en Veracruz 1914, foto de Hugo Brehme — en Puerto De Veracruz, Ver.
  8. Marinos del acorazado Utah en la plaza de Veracruz, abril 1914.
  9. Marinos Norteamericanos en el interior de una oficina gubernamental mexicana en Veracruz, abril 1914.
  10. Mitin frente ala catedral de la ciudad de México, contra la invasión norteamericana, abril, 1914.

If you’re poor, the only way you’re likely to injure someone is the old traditional way: artisanal violence, we could call it – by hands, by knife, by club, or maybe modern hands-on violence, by gun or by car.

But if you’re tremendously wealthy, you can practice industrial-scale violence without any manual labor on your own part. You can, say, build a sweatshop factory that will collapse in Bangladesh and kill more people than any hands-on mass murderer ever did, or you can calculate risk and benefit about putting poisons or unsafe machines into the world, as manufacturers do every day. If you’re the leader of a country, you can declare war and kill by the hundreds of thousands or millions. And the nuclear superpowers – the US and Russia – still hold the option of destroying quite a lot of life on Earth.

So do the carbon barons. But when we talk about violence, we almost always talk about violence from below, not above.

Or so I thought when I received a press release last week from a climate group announcing that ” scientists say there is a direct link between changing climate and an increase in violence”. What the scientists actually said, in a not-so-newsworthy article in Nature two and a half years ago, is that there is higher conflict in the tropics in El Nino years, and that perhaps this will scale up to make our age of climate change also an era of civil and international conflict.

The message is that ordinary people will behave badly in an era of intensified climate change.

Let’s Call Climate Change What It Really Is—Violence | Alternet (via guerrillamamamedicine)
I’m afraid I’ll never finish college. I’m afraid I’ll finish college with student loans I can never pay back. I’m afraid I’ll get a degree and won’t be able to find a job in that field. I’m afraid I’ll get a degree, get the job I dreamed of, and hate it.
A Mental Illness Happy Hour listener whose list of fears matches mine four for four. (via undeadlife)

Constant daily fears

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