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Short Term: COSTCO'S CEO EXPLAINS HOW THEY MAKE RECORD PROFITS "WE PAY WORKERS $45K/YEAR, PROVIDE HEALTH INSURANCE AND LET THEM UNIONIZE THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT WALMART DOES." quickmeme.com fandomsandfeminism: jenniferrpovey: beachgirlnikita: thememacat: WTF is this for real? Yes - https://www.costco.com/benefits.html See, what the race-to-the-bottom people forget is one simple fact: The average cost to replace a minimum-wage retail employee, according to a study by the Center for American Progress, is $3,328. And that’s a lowball. Basically, any time somebody quits or is fired, it costs the company money. A lot of money. New employees are also less productive (because it takes people longer to do things they are less familiar with). Employee churn is very expensive. The Wal-Mart (and Amazon) model is to consider employees as expendable robots. They completely dismiss the costs of hiring, onboarding, training, reduced productivity during the training period, etc, because “these people are cheap.” Costco treats employees as “appreciating assets” - that is to say, employees become more valuable over time. Therefore, it is better and more productive to only replace employees who aren’t doing their jobs. Let’s take a warehouse worker in a large facility. A new worker will waste time remembering which aisle it is, may take a longer route there, etc. Somebody who has been there a year has it down cold. They’ll pick the item far quicker than the new person. This improves productivity, which improves profits. But for some reason a lot of companies don’t seem to grasp this. All they see is the paycheck, when the actual figure they should be looking at is the profit a worker produces. That is to say, the difference between productivity and pay. Raising pay causes people to stick around and become more productive, which actually increases the profit in the long term. We need to stop thinking so short term. Oh my god. Costco employees get paid better than starting teachers in my school district. (Which is not to say they should be paid less. We should be paid more.)
Short Term: COSTCO'S CEO EXPLAINS HOW
 THEY MAKE RECORD PROFITS
 "WE PAY WORKERS $45K/YEAR, PROVIDE
 HEALTH INSURANCE AND LET THEM UNIONIZE
 THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT WALMART DOES."
 quickmeme.com
fandomsandfeminism:

jenniferrpovey:

beachgirlnikita:

thememacat:
WTF is this for real?
Yes - https://www.costco.com/benefits.html

See, what the race-to-the-bottom people forget is one simple fact:
The average cost to replace a minimum-wage retail employee, according to a study by the Center for American Progress, is $3,328. And that’s a lowball. Basically, any time somebody quits or is fired, it costs the company money. A lot of money. New employees are also less productive (because it takes people longer to do things they are less familiar with). Employee churn is very expensive.
The Wal-Mart (and Amazon) model is to consider employees as expendable robots. They completely dismiss the costs of hiring, onboarding, training, reduced productivity during the training period, etc, because “these people are cheap.”
Costco treats employees as “appreciating assets” - that is to say, employees become more valuable over time. Therefore, it is better and more productive to only replace employees who aren’t doing their jobs.
Let’s take a warehouse worker in a large facility. A new worker will waste time remembering which aisle it is, may take a longer route there, etc. Somebody who has been there a year has it down cold. They’ll pick the item far quicker than the new person. This improves productivity, which improves profits.
But for some reason a lot of companies don’t seem to grasp this.
All they see is the paycheck, when the actual figure they should be looking at is the profit a worker produces. That is to say, the difference between productivity and pay. Raising pay causes people to stick around and become more productive, which actually increases the profit in the long term.
We need to stop thinking so short term.


Oh my god. Costco employees get paid better than starting teachers in my school district.
 (Which is not to say they should be paid less. We should be paid more.)

fandomsandfeminism: jenniferrpovey: beachgirlnikita: thememacat: WTF is this for real? Yes - https://www.costco.com/benefits.html See...

Short Term: nicky @tropicocunt me to my dentist when I have a cavity: are you mad at me : 11/21/18, 2:57 PM mynameiskleio: digitaldancin: realityremedy: ellieisnotoldyet: I’ve been reading through the notes and I just have to say that I absolutely promise, promise, promise you that nobody in the dental surgery is there to judge you, and we’re certainly not mad at you. Cavities happen. Even to dentists. You think your dentist has a mouth full of virgin teeth? Unlikely! They’ve all visited eachother’s surgeries to get a quickie filling (ooh, saucy) between patients. They understand that life can get in the way of oral hygiene sometimes. They understand that life’s too short not to eat chocolate. They understand that you’ve got to live. I swear to you that everyone in that room is just there to help you. Please, please, please don’t stop going to the dentist because you’re worried they’ll be mad at you. It’s really not the case. They understand. It’s fine. It’s really, really fine. Please go to the dentist. I promise you it’s ok. You would not believe how comforting this is. Also, it could be genetic, result of severe stress, or short-term / long-term illnesses. Certain medical conditions like pregnancy and chronic pain fuck with your teeth. And don’t get me started on the criminal state of dental coverage in the US.
Short Term: nicky
 @tropicocunt
 me to my dentist when I have a cavity:
 are you mad at me :
 11/21/18, 2:57 PM
mynameiskleio:

digitaldancin:

realityremedy:

ellieisnotoldyet:
I’ve been reading through the notes and I just have to say that I absolutely promise, promise, promise you that nobody in the dental surgery is there to judge you, and we’re certainly not mad at you. Cavities happen. Even to dentists. You think your dentist has a mouth full of virgin teeth? Unlikely! They’ve all visited  eachother’s surgeries to get a quickie filling (ooh, saucy) between patients. They understand that life can get in the way of oral hygiene sometimes. They understand that life’s too short not to eat chocolate. They understand that you’ve got to live. I swear to you that everyone in that room is just there to help you. Please, please, please don’t stop going to the dentist because you’re worried they’ll be mad at you. It’s really not the case. They understand. It’s fine. It’s really, really fine. Please go to the dentist. I promise you it’s ok. 

You would not believe how comforting this is. 



Also, it could be genetic, result of severe stress, or short-term / long-term illnesses. Certain medical conditions like pregnancy and chronic pain fuck with your teeth. 

And don’t get me started on the criminal state of dental coverage in the US.

mynameiskleio: digitaldancin: realityremedy: ellieisnotoldyet: I’ve been reading through the notes and I just have to say that I absol...

Short Term: REMEMBER THIS DATE November 6,2018 Truth Examiner That's The Date When33 Senate Seats, AlI 435 Seats In The House of Representatives, And 14 Governorships Will Be Up For Re-Election. MAKE SURE TO VOTE ALL THE LIARS AND JERKS OUT OF OFFICE! IF REPUBLICANS LOSE THE HOUSE IN THE 2018 ELECTIONS, TRUMP WILL BE IMPEACHED FB/lin each Tru Impeach Penc Keep Impeaching SHARE IF YOU'RE VOTING! COME TOGETHER, REGISTER AND VOTE End the TYRANNY! mikkeneko: anauthorandherservicedog: gertiecraign: sethevans495: Flush them all THIS! This is the election that counts. Start educating yourself now on who will be campaigning to be your congresspeople/governor/etc.  Register to vote NOW. Don’t wait. You can do it any time. This is the fight we need to win.  VOTE  VOTE  VOTE Also…reminder to pay attention to all local elections and VOTE. These elected officials are the people most likely to directly impact your life in the short term.  This has to start now. Right now. Get your birth certificates. There may be a fee or long wait times. Make sure you get a certified copy. Make sure you have ID. Dig into your state’s laws and the whole Real ID thing, because (and sorry I can’t research this now, but pneumonia) I believe there are certain states whose driver’s licenses don’t qualify for Real ID. Make sure you’re registered to vote. Google it. Follow the instructions for your state. Know where your local polling place is or find out if you can vote by mail. Vote in ALL your upcoming elections. Yes, that means the little ones for city council or dog catcher or whatever. Vote those racist, homophobic, bigots out at every level. They’re like weeds. You can pull up every visible bit, but if you leave one tiny segment of root, they’ll just come back. To quote Mira Grant, rise up while you can. Because the Republicans are way the hell worse than zombies. Here’s how to check which district you’re in and who your rep is. Here’s how to find out if you’re registered. Here are the deadlines for when to register. Here’s how to register, if it turns out you’re not. Here’s how to find local polling places.
Short Term: REMEMBER THIS DATE
 November 6,2018
 Truth
 Examiner
 That's The Date When33 Senate Seats,
 AlI 435 Seats In The House of Representatives,
 And 14 Governorships Will Be Up For Re-Election.
 MAKE SURE TO VOTE ALL THE LIARS
 AND JERKS OUT OF OFFICE!

 IF REPUBLICANS LOSE THE HOUSE
 IN THE 2018 ELECTIONS,
 TRUMP WILL BE IMPEACHED
 FB/lin each Tru
 Impeach Penc
 Keep Impeaching
 SHARE IF YOU'RE VOTING!
 COME TOGETHER, REGISTER AND VOTE
 End the TYRANNY!
mikkeneko:
anauthorandherservicedog:

gertiecraign:

sethevans495:
Flush them all
THIS!
This is the election that counts. Start educating yourself now on who will be campaigning to be your congresspeople/governor/etc. 
Register to vote NOW. Don’t wait. You can do it any time.
This is the fight we need to win.  VOTE 

VOTE 

VOTE


Also…reminder to pay attention to all local elections and VOTE. These elected officials are the people most likely to directly impact your life in the short term. 

This has to start now. Right now.
Get your birth certificates. There may be a fee or long wait times. Make sure you get a certified copy.
Make sure you have ID. Dig into your state’s laws and the whole Real ID thing, because (and sorry I can’t research this now, but pneumonia) I believe there are certain states whose driver’s licenses don’t qualify for Real ID.
Make sure you’re registered to vote. Google it. Follow the instructions for your state.
Know where your local polling place is or find out if you can vote by mail.
Vote in ALL your upcoming elections. Yes, that means the little ones for city council or dog catcher or whatever. Vote those racist, homophobic, bigots out at every level.
They’re like weeds. You can pull up every visible bit, but if you leave one tiny segment of root, they’ll just come back.
To quote Mira Grant, rise up while you can. Because the Republicans are way the hell worse than zombies.

Here’s how to check which district you’re in and who your rep is.
Here’s how to find out if you’re registered.
Here are the deadlines for when to register.
Here’s how to register, if it turns out you’re not.
Here’s how to find local polling places.

mikkeneko: anauthorandherservicedog: gertiecraign: sethevans495: Flush them all THIS! This is the election that counts. Start educating...

Short Term: REMEMBER THIS DATE November 6,2018 Truth Examiner That's The Date When33 Senate Seats, AlI 435 Seats In The House of Representatives, And 14 Governorships Will Be Up For Re-Election. MAKE SURE TO VOTE ALL THE LIARS AND JERKS OUT OF OFFICE! IF REPUBLICANS LOSE THE HOUSE IN THE 2018 ELECTIONS, TRUMP WILL BE IMPEACHED FB/lin each Tru Impeach Penc Keep Impeaching SHARE IF YOU'RE VOTING! COME TOGETHER, REGISTER AND VOTE End the TYRANNY! mikkeneko: anauthorandherservicedog: gertiecraign: sethevans495: Flush them all THIS! This is the election that counts. Start educating yourself now on who will be campaigning to be your congresspeople/governor/etc.  Register to vote NOW. Don’t wait. You can do it any time. This is the fight we need to win.  VOTE  VOTE  VOTE Also…reminder to pay attention to all local elections and VOTE. These elected officials are the people most likely to directly impact your life in the short term.  This has to start now. Right now. Get your birth certificates. There may be a fee or long wait times. Make sure you get a certified copy. Make sure you have ID. Dig into your state’s laws and the whole Real ID thing, because (and sorry I can’t research this now, but pneumonia) I believe there are certain states whose driver’s licenses don’t qualify for Real ID. Make sure you’re registered to vote. Google it. Follow the instructions for your state. Know where your local polling place is or find out if you can vote by mail. Vote in ALL your upcoming elections. Yes, that means the little ones for city council or dog catcher or whatever. Vote those racist, homophobic, bigots out at every level. They’re like weeds. You can pull up every visible bit, but if you leave one tiny segment of root, they’ll just come back. To quote Mira Grant, rise up while you can. Because the Republicans are way the hell worse than zombies. Here’s how to check which district you’re in and who your rep is. Here’s how to find out if you’re registered. Here are the deadlines for when to register. Here’s how to register, if it turns out you’re not. Here’s how to find local polling places.
Short Term: REMEMBER THIS DATE
 November 6,2018
 Truth
 Examiner
 That's The Date When33 Senate Seats,
 AlI 435 Seats In The House of Representatives,
 And 14 Governorships Will Be Up For Re-Election.
 MAKE SURE TO VOTE ALL THE LIARS
 AND JERKS OUT OF OFFICE!

 IF REPUBLICANS LOSE THE HOUSE
 IN THE 2018 ELECTIONS,
 TRUMP WILL BE IMPEACHED
 FB/lin each Tru
 Impeach Penc
 Keep Impeaching
 SHARE IF YOU'RE VOTING!
 COME TOGETHER, REGISTER AND VOTE
 End the TYRANNY!
mikkeneko:
anauthorandherservicedog:

gertiecraign:

sethevans495:
Flush them all
THIS!
This is the election that counts. Start educating yourself now on who will be campaigning to be your congresspeople/governor/etc. 
Register to vote NOW. Don’t wait. You can do it any time.
This is the fight we need to win.  VOTE 

VOTE 

VOTE


Also…reminder to pay attention to all local elections and VOTE. These elected officials are the people most likely to directly impact your life in the short term. 

This has to start now. Right now.
Get your birth certificates. There may be a fee or long wait times. Make sure you get a certified copy.
Make sure you have ID. Dig into your state’s laws and the whole Real ID thing, because (and sorry I can’t research this now, but pneumonia) I believe there are certain states whose driver’s licenses don’t qualify for Real ID.
Make sure you’re registered to vote. Google it. Follow the instructions for your state.
Know where your local polling place is or find out if you can vote by mail.
Vote in ALL your upcoming elections. Yes, that means the little ones for city council or dog catcher or whatever. Vote those racist, homophobic, bigots out at every level.
They’re like weeds. You can pull up every visible bit, but if you leave one tiny segment of root, they’ll just come back.
To quote Mira Grant, rise up while you can. Because the Republicans are way the hell worse than zombies.

Here’s how to check which district you’re in and who your rep is.
Here’s how to find out if you’re registered.
Here are the deadlines for when to register.
Here’s how to register, if it turns out you’re not.
Here’s how to find local polling places.

mikkeneko: anauthorandherservicedog: gertiecraign: sethevans495: Flush them all THIS! This is the election that counts. Start educating...

Short Term: REMEMBER THIS DATE November 6,2018 Truth Examiner That's The Date When33 Senate Seats, AlI 435 Seats In The House of Representatives, And 14 Governorships Will Be Up For Re-Election. MAKE SURE TO VOTE ALL THE LIARS AND JERKS OUT OF OFFICE! IF REPUBLICANS LOSE THE HOUSE IN THE 2018 ELECTIONS, TRUMP WILL BE IMPEACHED FB/lin each Tru Impeach Penc Keep Impeaching SHARE IF YOU'RE VOTING! COME TOGETHER, REGISTER AND VOTE End the TYRANNY! mikkeneko: anauthorandherservicedog: gertiecraign: sethevans495: Flush them all THIS! This is the election that counts. Start educating yourself now on who will be campaigning to be your congresspeople/governor/etc.  Register to vote NOW. Don’t wait. You can do it any time. This is the fight we need to win.  VOTE  VOTE  VOTE Also…reminder to pay attention to all local elections and VOTE. These elected officials are the people most likely to directly impact your life in the short term.  This has to start now. Right now. Get your birth certificates. There may be a fee or long wait times. Make sure you get a certified copy. Make sure you have ID. Dig into your state’s laws and the whole Real ID thing, because (and sorry I can’t research this now, but pneumonia) I believe there are certain states whose driver’s licenses don’t qualify for Real ID. Make sure you’re registered to vote. Google it. Follow the instructions for your state. Know where your local polling place is or find out if you can vote by mail. Vote in ALL your upcoming elections. Yes, that means the little ones for city council or dog catcher or whatever. Vote those racist, homophobic, bigots out at every level. They’re like weeds. You can pull up every visible bit, but if you leave one tiny segment of root, they’ll just come back. To quote Mira Grant, rise up while you can. Because the Republicans are way the hell worse than zombies. Here’s how to check which district you’re in and who your rep is. Here’s how to find out if you’re registered. Here are the deadlines for when to register. Here’s how to register, if it turns out you’re not. Here’s how to find local polling places.
Short Term: REMEMBER THIS DATE
 November 6,2018
 Truth
 Examiner
 That's The Date When33 Senate Seats,
 AlI 435 Seats In The House of Representatives,
 And 14 Governorships Will Be Up For Re-Election.
 MAKE SURE TO VOTE ALL THE LIARS
 AND JERKS OUT OF OFFICE!

 IF REPUBLICANS LOSE THE HOUSE
 IN THE 2018 ELECTIONS,
 TRUMP WILL BE IMPEACHED
 FB/lin each Tru
 Impeach Penc
 Keep Impeaching
 SHARE IF YOU'RE VOTING!
 COME TOGETHER, REGISTER AND VOTE
 End the TYRANNY!
mikkeneko:
anauthorandherservicedog:

gertiecraign:

sethevans495:
Flush them all
THIS!
This is the election that counts. Start educating yourself now on who will be campaigning to be your congresspeople/governor/etc. 
Register to vote NOW. Don’t wait. You can do it any time.
This is the fight we need to win.  VOTE 

VOTE 

VOTE


Also…reminder to pay attention to all local elections and VOTE. These elected officials are the people most likely to directly impact your life in the short term. 

This has to start now. Right now.
Get your birth certificates. There may be a fee or long wait times. Make sure you get a certified copy.
Make sure you have ID. Dig into your state’s laws and the whole Real ID thing, because (and sorry I can’t research this now, but pneumonia) I believe there are certain states whose driver’s licenses don’t qualify for Real ID.
Make sure you’re registered to vote. Google it. Follow the instructions for your state.
Know where your local polling place is or find out if you can vote by mail.
Vote in ALL your upcoming elections. Yes, that means the little ones for city council or dog catcher or whatever. Vote those racist, homophobic, bigots out at every level.
They’re like weeds. You can pull up every visible bit, but if you leave one tiny segment of root, they’ll just come back.
To quote Mira Grant, rise up while you can. Because the Republicans are way the hell worse than zombies.

Here’s how to check which district you’re in and who your rep is.
Here’s how to find out if you’re registered.
Here are the deadlines for when to register.
Here’s how to register, if it turns out you’re not.
Here’s how to find local polling places.

mikkeneko: anauthorandherservicedog: gertiecraign: sethevans495: Flush them all THIS! This is the election that counts. Start educating...

Short Term: Kotaku @Kotaku Follow Meet the 19-year-old who spent over $10,000 on microtransactions bit.ly/2jE8P2n 8:50 AM-3 Dec 2017 49 Retweets 117 Likes 29 t 49 117 asynca: tallerthanatitan: punished-rainy-days: Remember what I was saying before about how microtransactions are geared specifically to exploit addicts and “If you don’t like it don’t buy it” isn’t an argument? @asynca Thank you for @-ing me.  For those of you who don’t know, I’m a specialist problem gambling financial counsellor. This means that I’m specially trained, qualified and experienced in aiding the rehabilitation of people struggling with problem gambling, and working with people who are affected by others’ problem gambling protect themselves and rebuild their lives. I spend 30% of the hours of my day job working with these people.  I’m going to make a very bold statement: micro-transactions with a ‘chance’ element are gambling. They are what is called an ‘embedded gambling element’ in a game. They may be a ‘softer’ form of gambling than sitting at a poker machine, but they are gambling. They normalise gambling to children (which has been shown to lead to problem gambling). They groom future problem gamblers, and they exploit people who have neurochemical imbalances (ie, depression). There is a very, very strong link between gambling and mental illness.  People who gamble in games are more likely to susceptible to current and future gambling problems. I’m going to focus on lootboxes in Overwatch, because it’s the game I know the most about. I also know a lot about how poker machines are psychologically designed to be highly addictive, specifically exploiting known psychological triggers to reel people in and keep them spending.  Poker machines ‘tease’ you with near wins which provide you with the same adrenaline and dopamine release as an actual win.  Overwatch lootboxes do the same - you know that feel of seeing a purple/gold coin flipping in the air??? OMG! Is it going to be THAT THING YOU REALLY!!!!-oh.  Bright colours, exciting lights, the visceral feel of pushing the button/spinning the wheel is important to addiction. Blizzard has does the same with lootboxes - by vibrating your controller. By shaking the camera. By having the lootbox rATTLE AND EXPLODE!!!! with your reward. The sounds and specially engineered to build excitement and tensions and remind you of wealth. The ‘coin’ system of the lootbox reminds you of wealth. This is all super deliberate - it’s not a mistake. Using subconscious cues like exploding money boxes!!! the sound of money, the shape of money - that’s likening the process to a lottery.  While it’s quite unlikely someone could actually spend ENORMOUS amounts of money chasing that ‘jackpot’ (the skin they really want for their character, for example), it is possible. HOWEVER, it’s much more likely that the person will have this sort of reward system normalised, will find the element of chance ‘exciting’ (because, dude, we’re psychologically engineered to be more interested in ‘chance’ events than certain/impossible events), and seek out and enjoy other similar passtimes. Like actual gambling with real money.  Every time you gamble, you change the structure of your brain. I’m not exaggerating. Every time you take a chance on that lootbox, you flood your brain with adrenaline and dopamine. The presence of those two neurochemicals changes the density of the receptors of them minutely. After a few boxes, it’s unlikely you’ll become addicted. However, if you keep doing it, your receptors change density so that you need more adrenaline and more dopamine to get the same excitement and pleasure from the hit.  Worse, this rush of adrenaline and dopamine is much, much more addictive to people with mental illness (or a susceptibility to mental illness), as the presence of these chemicals is a very unhealthy (but unfortunately effective, at least in the extremely short term) way of medicating mental illness. Unfortunately, because of the escalating changes in receptor density, it eventually makes mental illness much worse in the long run. There is a strong link between gambling and suicide.  Compare your first lootbox with the lootboxes you get now. Are you getting the same enjoyment? Nope.  Think how many times you bought 11 lootboxes…. only to buy another 11 and another 11 and another 11. It becomes mechanical, pressing that button, opening another lootbox. Kind of like sitting at a poker machine.  Think about how normal the lootbox system seems now.  Chance-based gambling reward systems in games are dangerous, and should be replaced either by work-and-reward systems (you get 10 credits per level, and you can spend these on rewards of your choice), combined with micro-transaction-based currency for people who do not have the time to commit to leveling 300 times for that epic Christmas skin.  Remove chance. Just remove it. 
Short Term: Kotaku
 @Kotaku
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 on microtransactions bit.ly/2jE8P2n
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asynca:
tallerthanatitan:

punished-rainy-days:
Remember what I was saying before about how microtransactions are geared specifically to exploit addicts and “If you don’t like it don’t buy it” isn’t an argument?
@asynca 

Thank you for @-ing me. 
For those of you who don’t know, I’m a specialist problem gambling financial counsellor. This means that I’m specially trained, qualified and experienced in aiding the rehabilitation of people struggling with problem gambling, and working with people who are affected by others’ problem gambling protect themselves and rebuild their lives. I spend 30% of the hours of my day job working with these people. 
I’m going to make a very bold statement: micro-transactions with a ‘chance’ element are gambling. They are what is called an ‘embedded gambling element’ in a game. They may be a ‘softer’ form of gambling than sitting at a poker machine, but they are gambling. They normalise gambling to children (which has been shown to lead to problem gambling). They groom future problem gamblers, and they exploit people who have neurochemical imbalances (ie, depression). There is a very, very strong link between gambling and mental illness.  People who gamble in games are more likely to susceptible to current and future gambling problems.
I’m going to focus on lootboxes in Overwatch, because it’s the game I know the most about. I also know a lot about how poker machines are psychologically designed to be highly addictive, specifically exploiting known psychological triggers to reel people in and keep them spending. 
Poker machines ‘tease’ you with near wins which provide you with the same adrenaline and dopamine release as an actual win. 
Overwatch lootboxes do the same - you know that feel of seeing a purple/gold coin flipping in the air??? OMG! Is it going to be THAT THING YOU REALLY!!!!-oh. 
Bright colours, exciting lights, the visceral feel of pushing the button/spinning the wheel is important to addiction. Blizzard has does the same with lootboxes - by vibrating your controller. By shaking the camera. By having the lootbox rATTLE AND EXPLODE!!!! with your reward. The sounds and specially engineered to build excitement and tensions and remind you of wealth. The ‘coin’ system of the lootbox reminds you of wealth. This is all super deliberate - it’s not a mistake. Using subconscious cues like exploding money boxes!!! the sound of money, the shape of money - that’s likening the process to a lottery. 
While it’s quite unlikely someone could actually spend ENORMOUS amounts of money chasing that ‘jackpot’ (the skin they really want for their character, for example), it is possible. HOWEVER, it’s much more likely that the person will have this sort of reward system normalised, will find the element of chance ‘exciting’ (because, dude, we’re psychologically engineered to be more interested in ‘chance’ events than certain/impossible events), and seek out and enjoy other similar passtimes. Like actual gambling with real money. 
Every time you gamble, you change the structure of your brain. I’m not exaggerating. Every time you take a chance on that lootbox, you flood your brain with adrenaline and dopamine. The presence of those two neurochemicals changes the density of the receptors of them minutely. After a few boxes, it’s unlikely you’ll become addicted. However, if you keep doing it, your receptors change density so that you need more adrenaline and more dopamine to get the same excitement and pleasure from the hit. 
Worse, this rush of adrenaline and dopamine is much, much more addictive to people with mental illness (or a susceptibility to mental illness), as the presence of these chemicals is a very unhealthy (but unfortunately effective, at least in the extremely short term) way of medicating mental illness. Unfortunately, because of the escalating changes in receptor density, it eventually makes mental illness much worse in the long run. There is a strong link between gambling and suicide. 
Compare your first lootbox with the lootboxes you get now. Are you getting the same enjoyment? Nope. 
Think how many times you bought 11 lootboxes…. only to buy another 11 and another 11 and another 11. It becomes mechanical, pressing that button, opening another lootbox. Kind of like sitting at a poker machine. 
Think about how normal the lootbox system seems now. 
Chance-based gambling reward systems in games are dangerous, and should be replaced either by work-and-reward systems (you get 10 credits per level, and you can spend these on rewards of your choice), combined with micro-transaction-based currency for people who do not have the time to commit to leveling 300 times for that epic Christmas skin. 
Remove chance. Just remove it. 

asynca: tallerthanatitan: punished-rainy-days: Remember what I was saying before about how microtransactions are geared specifically to...

Short Term: We all know gamers are the Master Race! Part 2) Here are some more facts: 1. Gamers have an improved eye-hand coordination compared to non-gamers Griffith, Voloschin, Gibb & Bailey, 1983 2. The relation between gaming and violent behaviour is highly overestimated (Ferguson & Kilburn, 2010) 3. Gamers are better at following multiple objects, due to better visual short-term memory skills (C.S. Green, D. Bavelier, 2006) 4. Surgeons who game, are likely more accurate while operating. Some of the skills required for surgery are improved by gaming (Kato, 2010) 5. Real-Time Strategy games like Starcraft can increase a players brain flexibility, which scientists described as "a cornerstone of human intelligence" (Glass, Maddox & Love, 2013) TARCAT you want to marry a girl in Korea, to defeat her father in 6. Gamers have a higher processing speed than non-gamers (Dye, Green & Bavelier, 2009) 7. A study where people played Super Mario showed an actual volumetric brain increase. This proves that certain games can actually t specific parts of the brain (Kühn et al., 2014) rain 8. MMORPGs are extremely social, often leading to lifelong friendships, and lifepartners (H. Cole & M. Griffiths, 2007) 9, MMORPGs allow people to express themselves in ways they're uncomfortable doing in real life, being whoever and whatever they want (H. Cole & M. Griffiths, 2007) 10. Gaming leads to recovery from workstress Still under research) We are still researching the 10th point. If you're a gamer, work 24 hours per week, and would like to participate contact me orn 9chat. It's a purely academic study, and fully PRAIS SCIENCE) Sorry for the long post, here's a Portal potato Power of Gaming (Part 2)
Short Term: We all know gamers are the Master Race!
 Part 2) Here are some more facts:
 1. Gamers have an improved eye-hand
 coordination compared to non-gamers
 Griffith, Voloschin, Gibb & Bailey, 1983
 2. The relation between gaming and violent
 behaviour is highly overestimated (Ferguson &
 Kilburn, 2010)
 3. Gamers are better at following multiple
 objects, due to better visual short-term
 memory skills (C.S. Green, D. Bavelier, 2006)
 4. Surgeons who game, are likely more accurate
 while operating. Some of the skills required for
 surgery are improved by gaming (Kato, 2010)
 5. Real-Time Strategy games like Starcraft can
 increase a players brain flexibility, which
 scientists described as "a cornerstone of human
 intelligence" (Glass, Maddox & Love, 2013)
 TARCAT
 you want to marry a girl in Korea,
 to defeat her father in
 6. Gamers have a higher processing speed than
 non-gamers (Dye, Green & Bavelier, 2009)
 7. A study where people played Super Mario
 showed an actual volumetric brain increase. This
 proves that certain games can actually t
 specific parts of the brain (Kühn et al., 2014)
 rain
 8. MMORPGs are extremely social, often leading
 to lifelong friendships, and lifepartners (H. Cole
 & M. Griffiths, 2007)
 9, MMORPGs allow people to express themselves
 in ways they're uncomfortable doing in real life,
 being whoever and whatever they want (H. Cole
 & M. Griffiths, 2007)
 10. Gaming leads to recovery from workstress
 Still under research)
 We are still researching the 10th point. If
 you're a gamer, work 24 hours per week, and
 would like to participate contact me orn
 9chat. It's a purely academic study, and fully
 PRAIS
 SCIENCE)
 Sorry for the long post, here's a Portal potato
Power of Gaming (Part 2)

Power of Gaming (Part 2)

Short Term: endeavorist: “Part of being a scientist is you don’t want to believe there is a problem you can’t solve.” – Dr. Michael Mann is the Distinguished Professor of Meteorology at Penn State University and holds joint appointments in the Department of Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute. Mann is also the director of Penn State’s Earth System Science Center, authored over 170 peer-reviewed papers, and most notably, he co-authored the study which established the iconic “hockey stick graph,” a reconstruction of global climate communicating a general cooling trend over the last 1,000 years broken by an abrupt and precipitous spike that began in 1900. In the face of a nearly unanimous consensus on human-induced climate change, a rapidly warming planet, and data which not only revalidates these realities, but informs us that the change is occurring faster than our best models forecasted, the general public largely hears conflated opinions and biased assessments via the news media which either dull down the reality of climate change, or outright deny its existence.  According to the National Climatic Data Center, the world just saw its warmest winter ever…except for in one spot in the north Atlantic ocean (the deepest blue color above), which set a record for cold. Which is not good. (Credit: WashPost; NCDC) But what about the actual scientists and researchers studying our warming planet meticulously from the sea, ground, sky, and space? Let’s clarify what kind of science this is comprised of. Climate change/global warming data is determined and monitored amongst the collaboration of the following fields:  Earth science or geoscience (also considered to be a branch of planetary science) which studies the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere. Earth scientists use tools from physics, chemistry, biology, chronology, and mathematics to build a quantitative understanding of how the Earth system works.  Atmospheric science is comprised of meteorology, which includes atmospheric chemistry, atmospheric physics (focused on weather forecasting); climatology, which studies the atmospheric changes (long and short-term) that define average climates and their change over time via natural and anthropogenic climate variability; aeronomy, or, the study of the upper layers of the atmosphere, where dissociation and ionization are vital; and all of these fields encroach into the field of planetary science and the study of the atmospheres of the planets of the solar system. Experimental instruments used in atmospheric sciences include satellites, rocketsondes, radiosondes, weather balloons, and lasers. Oceanography (oceanology and/or marine science) covers a wide range of topics, including marine organisms and ecosystem dynamics; ocean currents, waves, and geophysical fluid dynamics; plate tectonics and the geology of the sea floor; as well as fluxes of various chemical substances and physical properties within the ocean and across its boundaries. The diversity of these topics reflect multiple disciplines that oceanographers merge to further knowledge of the world ocean and understanding of processes within: astronomy, biology,chemistry, climatology, geography, geology, hydrology, meteorology and physics. Paleoceanography studies the history of the oceans in the geologic past, which is incorporated here also. Biogeochemistry involves the study of the chemical, physical, geological, and biological processes and reactions that govern the composition of the natural environment (including the biosphere, the cryosphere, the hydrosphere, the pedosphere, the atmosphere, and the lithosphere). In particular, biogeochemistry is the study of the cycles of chemical elements, such as carbon and nitrogen, and their interactions with and incorporation into living things transported through earth scale biological systems in space through time. The field focuses on chemical cycles which are either driven by or have an impact on biological activity. Particular emphasis is placed on the study of carbon, nitrogen, sulfur, and phosphorus cycles. Biogeochemistry is a systems science closely related to systems ecology. Weather forecasting - applied to climate science on a more local or regional scale - is the application of science and technology to predict the state of the atmosphere for a given location, which humanity has attempted to predict accurately since the nineteenth century. Forecasts are made by collecting quantitative data about the current state of the atmosphere at a given place and using scientific understanding of atmospheric processes to project how the atmosphere will change. Analog techniques such as the El Niño – Southern Oscillation (ENSO), the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO), the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), the Northern Annualar Mode (NAM) which is also known as the Arctic oscillation (AO), the Northern Pacific (NP) Index, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), and the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation (IPO). Climate models are used for a variety of purposes from study of the dynamics of the weather and climate system to projections of future climate. As shown above, to simply appeal to a scapegoat response such as “I’m not a scientist” or “the science isn’t settled” demonstrates quite literally that the person/s putting forth such excuses are not aligning their perspectives with reality.  Read: “I’m Not A Scientist Is A Dangerous Cop-Out” (Slate) In Esquire’s editorial piece with Jason Box, a topic seldom covered by the world press is brought into clearer view. ‘When the End of Human Civilization Is Your Day Job’ interviews several scientists, discussing the psychologically taxing demand of working so closely with a field in which the data and forecast predictions read like a scene from a Hollywood disaster movie.  And in the midst of a time when denial of evidence from legislative representatives in the U.S. who continually ignore our humanity’s biggest survival threat and fossil fuel-funded think tanks disseminate misinformation out to the public and through the halls of the U.S. Congress, it’s becoming increasingly difficult - to say the least - for reality to trump corporate influence. Former street artist Banksy created this piece of visual activism near the Oval bridge in Camden, north London. Credit: The Guardian; Zak Hussein/PA Box doesn’t mince words. From the esquire interview:  “We need the deniers to get out of the way. They are risking everyone’s future…. The Koch Brothers are criminals…. They should be charged with criminal activity because they’re putting the profits of their business ahead of the livelihoods of millions of people, and even life on earth. It’s unethical to bankrupt the environment of this planet…that’s a tragedy, right? But I—I—I’m not letting it get to me. If I spend my energy on despair, I won’t be thinking about opportunities to minimize the problem.” That last statement resonates deeply with us here at endeavorist. “…thinking about opportunities to minimize the problem” are precisely what Endeavorist.org allows for when utilizing every facet of the network’s utilities. Jumpstart the accumulation of additional funds to increase the $25 base fund for a Grant that can be awarded to a researcher who applies for it, helping them to fund a specific aspect of their research. Launch a Research Campaign and crowdfund the finances necessary to aid in a research project. Post a Call To Action for field work assistance, surveys, focus groups. We created Endeavorist to be accessible to everyone so that an ongoing network is developed out of a need to collaborate across all areas of science.  There’s never been a timely and frankly, a more dire era in the history of our civilization, for a combined effort on the problems that require our best efforts forward, together. Endeavorist meets these needs by providing a place which encourages cooperation where a person or team can communicate beyond time zones, borders, or the claustrophobic confines of government bureaucracy to tackle important challenges.  Join Endeavorist, and together, we can #freescience. Recommended: ‘Dr. Michael Mann Talks Climate Denial 101, NASA, and False Prophets’ (Planet Experts); ‘Global Warming is Settled Science’ (ScienceBlogs); ‘The world’s most famous climate scientist just outlined an alarming scenario for our planet’s future’ (WashPost)  Watch: ‘Climate Science: What You Need To Know’ & ‘Why People Don’t Believe In Climate Science’ (pbsdigitalstudios + jtotheizzoe) Photographs by Nick Cobbing
Short Term: endeavorist:


“Part of being a scientist is you don’t want to believe there is a problem you can’t solve.”
– Dr. Michael Mann is the Distinguished Professor of Meteorology at Penn State University and holds joint appointments in the Department of Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute. Mann is also the director of Penn State’s Earth System Science Center, authored over 170 peer-reviewed papers, and most notably, he co-authored the study which established the iconic “hockey stick graph,” a reconstruction of global climate communicating a general cooling trend over the last 1,000 years broken by an abrupt and precipitous spike that began in 1900.

In the face of a nearly unanimous consensus on human-induced climate change, a rapidly warming planet, and data which not only revalidates these realities, but informs us that the change is occurring faster than our best models forecasted, the general public largely hears conflated opinions and biased assessments via the news media which either dull down the reality of climate change, or outright deny its existence. 
According to the National Climatic Data Center, the world just saw its warmest winter ever…except for in one spot in the north Atlantic ocean (the deepest blue color above), which set a record for cold. Which is not good. (Credit: WashPost; NCDC)
But what about the actual scientists and researchers studying our warming planet meticulously from the sea, ground, sky, and space? Let’s clarify what kind of science this is comprised of. Climate change/global warming data is determined and monitored amongst the collaboration of the following fields: 

Earth science or geoscience (also considered to be a branch of planetary science) which studies the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere. Earth scientists use tools from physics, chemistry, biology, chronology, and mathematics to build a quantitative understanding of how the Earth system works. 

Atmospheric science is comprised of meteorology, which includes atmospheric chemistry, atmospheric physics (focused on weather forecasting); climatology, which studies the atmospheric changes (long and short-term) that define average climates and their change over time via natural and anthropogenic climate variability; aeronomy, or, the study of the upper layers of the atmosphere, where dissociation and ionization are vital; and all of these fields encroach into the field of planetary science and the study of the atmospheres of the planets of the solar system. Experimental instruments used in atmospheric sciences include satellites, rocketsondes, radiosondes, weather balloons, and lasers.

Oceanography (oceanology and/or marine science) covers a wide range of topics, including marine organisms and ecosystem dynamics; ocean currents, waves, and geophysical fluid dynamics; plate tectonics and the geology of the sea floor; as well as fluxes of various chemical substances and physical properties within the ocean and across its boundaries. The diversity of these topics reflect multiple disciplines that oceanographers merge to further knowledge of the world ocean and understanding of processes within: astronomy, biology,chemistry, climatology, geography, geology, hydrology, meteorology and physics. Paleoceanography studies the history of the oceans in the geologic past, which is incorporated here also.

Biogeochemistry involves the study of the chemical, physical, geological, and biological processes and reactions that govern the composition of the natural environment (including the biosphere, the cryosphere, the hydrosphere, the pedosphere, the atmosphere, and the lithosphere). In particular, biogeochemistry is the study of the cycles of chemical elements, such as carbon and nitrogen, and their interactions with and incorporation into living things transported through earth scale biological systems in space through time. The field focuses on chemical cycles which are either driven by or have an impact on biological activity. Particular emphasis is placed on the study of carbon, nitrogen, sulfur, and phosphorus cycles. Biogeochemistry is a systems science closely related to systems ecology.

Weather forecasting - applied to climate science on a more local or regional scale - is the application of science and technology to predict the state of the atmosphere for a given location, which humanity has attempted to predict accurately since the nineteenth century. Forecasts are made by collecting quantitative data about the current state of the atmosphere at a given place and using scientific understanding of atmospheric processes to project how the atmosphere will change. Analog techniques such as the El Niño – Southern Oscillation (ENSO), the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO), the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), the Northern Annualar Mode (NAM) which is also known as the Arctic oscillation (AO), the Northern Pacific (NP) Index, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), and the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation (IPO). Climate models are used for a variety of purposes from study of the dynamics of the weather and climate system to projections of future climate.
As shown above, to simply appeal to a scapegoat response such as “I’m not a scientist” or “the science isn’t settled” demonstrates quite literally that the person/s putting forth such excuses are not aligning their perspectives with reality. 
Read: “I’m Not A Scientist Is A Dangerous Cop-Out” (Slate)
In Esquire’s editorial piece with Jason Box, a topic seldom covered by the world press is brought into clearer view. ‘When the End of Human Civilization Is Your Day Job’ interviews several scientists, discussing the psychologically taxing demand of working so closely with a field in which the data and forecast predictions read like a scene from a Hollywood disaster movie. 
And in the midst of a time when denial of evidence from legislative representatives in the U.S. who continually ignore our humanity’s biggest survival threat and fossil fuel-funded think tanks disseminate misinformation out to the public and through the halls of the U.S. Congress, it’s becoming increasingly difficult - to say the least - for reality to trump corporate influence.
Former street artist Banksy created this piece of visual activism near the Oval bridge in Camden, north London. Credit: The Guardian; Zak Hussein/PA
Box doesn’t mince words. From the esquire interview: 
“We need the deniers to get out of the way. They are risking everyone’s future…. The Koch Brothers are criminals…. They should be charged with criminal activity because they’re putting the profits of their business ahead of the livelihoods of millions of people, and even life on earth. It’s unethical to bankrupt the environment of this planet…that’s a tragedy, right? But I—I—I’m not letting it get to me. If I spend my energy on despair, I won’t be thinking about opportunities to minimize the problem.”
That last statement resonates deeply with us here at endeavorist. “…thinking about opportunities to minimize the problem” are precisely what Endeavorist.org allows for when utilizing every facet of the network’s utilities. Jumpstart the accumulation of additional funds to increase the $25 base fund for a Grant that can be awarded to a researcher who applies for it, helping them to fund a specific aspect of their research. Launch a Research Campaign and crowdfund the finances necessary to aid in a research project. Post a Call To Action for field work assistance, surveys, focus groups. We created Endeavorist to be accessible to everyone so that an ongoing network is developed out of a need to collaborate across all areas of science. 
There’s never been a timely and frankly, a more dire era in the history of our civilization, for a combined effort on the problems that require our best efforts forward, together. Endeavorist meets these needs by providing a place which encourages cooperation where a person or team can communicate beyond time zones, borders, or the claustrophobic confines of government bureaucracy to tackle important challenges. 
Join Endeavorist, and together, we can #freescience.
Recommended: ‘Dr. Michael Mann Talks Climate Denial 101, NASA, and False Prophets’ (Planet Experts); ‘Global Warming is Settled Science’ (ScienceBlogs); ‘The world’s most famous climate scientist just outlined an alarming scenario for our planet’s future’ (WashPost) 
Watch: ‘Climate Science: What You Need To Know’ & ‘Why People Don’t Believe In Climate Science’ (pbsdigitalstudios + jtotheizzoe)
Photographs by Nick Cobbing

endeavorist: “Part of being a scientist is you don’t want to believe there is a problem you can’t solve.” – Dr. Michael Mann is the Dis...

Short Term: Caliiopta RII BORE HEMISPHA ET TERRA ALIS COELI CASCENO SPH N.R I PHIA. Cepbras GRA- Braco Cyyus EMayic 00 Agada Artionas CANCER ComutCoon Serfens Crcalus VIRGO quinoctialir Cratero Hydra Ceajaurus Tera ০ JS San christheodore: The ProblemSince the early 1980s, rules which had been in place for decades to protect the public from too few media corporations controlling too much of Americans’ judgement have been dismantled.  The result has been a cycle in which these media companies exert an influence on policy in order to grow ever more powerful that threatens the integrity of US democracy.  However, the cycle has reached a new limit in which the dominant media companies have become vulnerable to a public that increasingly doubts not only their relevancy but legitimacy because of the extent to which they have failed the public, the Internet’s power to provide information from original sources, and a global, political awakening in which the public increasingly seeks political truth.  In fact, the tube and all other major media channels have become dominated by a fewer and fewer number of companies and individuals.  Since the early 1980s, local radio stations, magazines, newspapers, and TV stations have been bought up and shuttered or their reporting dramatically reduced by companies seeking to maximize short term profits.  Thirty-five years of accelerating media consolidation has been a death spiral for news and information in which the decline in the value of the information provided– the result of cost cutting– has lowered the value of the news-providing business itself, which further lowers the value of information provided.  The result: the standard at which communities across America are informed and engaged has plummeted.  A 2012 Gallup survey showed Americans’ trust in the dominant media has never been lower.The SolutionThe force to power honest information which may create a historically significant new level of political accountability nationwide exists.  Likewise, a channel that can bring this information free to all and may create this new level of political accountability exists.  But the force has yet to be channeled and the channel has yet to be forced to this purpose.  In 2013, half of the $136 billion spent in the local advertising market was spent on some form of print advertising and of the entire $136 billion, more was spent on direct mail– $35.6 billion– than any other form of media, $14 billion more than the amount captured by the next most popular media, print newspapers. That print newspapers captured $21 billion in 2013 of all local ad spend, and the next largest share after direct mail, is important because advertisers in print newspapers have historically been amongst the easiest to persuade to use the print Reader Magazine because of The Reader’s lower overall prices and higher penetration of advertisers‘ customer base. Twenty-seven million U.S. small and mid-sized business owners, who together produce $8.4 trillion– half– the nation’s GDP, and the majority of the U.S. population are without an authentic local media channel which champions their interests regionally and nationally and makes the powerful accountable to them. Robert McChesney and Victor Pickard write, “As the basis for self-government is an informed citizenry, and [the press] is the institution with primary responsibility for making an informed citizenry possible, the existential crisis for news media is, in fact, an existential crisis for self-government”.  These individuals collectively spend $65 billion on local advertising each year, a force capable of providing them world-class local advertising because it is alongside world-class journalism that champions the interests of SMEs and small communities nationwide.
Short Term: Caliiopta
 RII BORE
 HEMISPHA
 ET TERRA
 ALIS COELI
 CASCENO
 SPH N.R I
 PHIA.
 Cepbras
 GRA-
 Braco
 Cyyus
 EMayic
 00
 Agada
 Artionas
 CANCER
 ComutCoon
 Serfens
 Crcalus
 VIRGO
 quinoctialir
 Cratero
 Hydra
 Ceajaurus
 Tera
 ০

 JS San
christheodore:

The ProblemSince the early 1980s, rules which had been in place for decades to protect the public from too few media corporations controlling too much of Americans’ judgement have been dismantled.  The result has been a cycle in which these media companies exert an influence on policy in order to grow ever more powerful that threatens the integrity of US democracy.  However, the cycle has reached a new limit in which the dominant media companies have become vulnerable to a public that increasingly doubts not only their relevancy but legitimacy because of the extent to which they have failed the public, the Internet’s power to provide information from original sources, and a global, political awakening in which the public increasingly seeks political truth.  In fact, the tube and all other major media channels have become dominated by a fewer and fewer number of companies and individuals.  Since the early 1980s, local radio stations, magazines, newspapers, and TV stations have been bought up and shuttered or their reporting dramatically reduced by companies seeking to maximize short term profits.  Thirty-five years of accelerating media consolidation has been a death spiral for news and information in which the decline in the value of the information provided– the result of cost cutting– has lowered the value of the news-providing business itself, which further lowers the value of information provided.  The result: the standard at which communities across America are informed and engaged has plummeted.  A 2012 Gallup survey showed Americans’ trust in the dominant media has never been lower.The SolutionThe
 force to power honest information which may create a historically significant new level 
of political accountability nationwide exists.  Likewise, a channel that can bring this information free to all and may create this new level of political 
accountability exists.  But the force has yet to be channeled and the 
channel has yet to be forced to this purpose.  In 2013, half of the $136 billion spent in
 the local advertising market was spent on some form of print advertising and of the entire $136 billion, more was spent on direct mail– $35.6 
billion– than any other form of media, $14 billion more than the amount
 captured by the next most popular media, print newspapers. That print 
newspapers captured $21 billion in 2013 of all local ad spend, and the 
next largest share after direct mail, is important because advertisers 
in print newspapers have historically been amongst the easiest to 
persuade to use the print Reader Magazine because of The Reader’s lower 
overall prices and higher penetration of advertisers‘ customer base. Twenty-seven million 
U.S. small and mid-sized business owners, who together produce $8.4 
trillion– half– the nation’s GDP, and the majority of the U.S. 
population are without an authentic local media channel which champions 
their interests regionally and nationally and makes the powerful 
accountable to them. Robert McChesney and Victor Pickard write, “As the 
basis for self-government is an informed citizenry, and [the press] is 
the institution with primary responsibility for making an informed 
citizenry possible, the existential crisis for news media is, in fact, 
an existential crisis for self-government”.  These individuals 
collectively spend $65 billion on local advertising each year, a force 
capable of providing them world-class local advertising because it is 
alongside world-class journalism that champions the interests of SMEs 
and small communities nationwide.

christheodore: The ProblemSince the early 1980s, rules which had been in place for decades to protect the public from too few media corp...

Short Term: When my short-term GF breaks up with me because I work too much and can’t spend all day with her.omg-humor.tumblr.com
Short Term: When my short-term GF breaks up with me because I work too much and can’t spend all day with her.omg-humor.tumblr.com

When my short-term GF breaks up with me because I work too much and can’t spend all day with her.omg-humor.tumblr.com