Over confident people can fool others into believing they are more talented than they actually are, a study has found.
These ‘self-deceived’ individuals could be more likely to get promotions and reach influential positions in banks and other organisations. And these people are more likely to overestimate other people’s abilities and take greater risks, possibly creating problems for their organisations.
The study by researchers from Newcastle University and the University of Exeter, has also found that those who are under confident in their own abilities are viewed as less able by their colleagues.
The findings, which are published in the journal PLOS ONE, are the first time a link has been found between a person’s view of their own ability and how others see their abilities, and could partially explain financial collapses and other disasters.
Adoption and new reproduction technologies are placing new strains on what “parent” means in contemporary society. Because of “the evidence of family diversity and children’s views about who is a parent”, the Council has recommended that the word “parent” be replaced by “other significant adults” or “other people of significance to the child” and that references to “both” (which implies only two) parents should be omitted.
James Lovelock, the maverick scientist who became a guru to the environmental movement with his “Gaia” theory of the Earth as a single organism, has admitted to being “alarmist” about climate change and says other environmental commentators, such as Al Gore, were too.
Lovelock, 92, is writing a new book in which he will say climate change is still happening, but not as quickly as he once feared.
He previously painted some of the direst visions of the effects of climate change. In 2006, in an article in the U.K.’s Independent newspaper, he wrote that “before this century is over billions of us will die and the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic where the climate remains tolerable.”
However, the professor admitted in a telephone interview with msnbc.com that he now thinks he had been “extrapolating too far.”
The new book, due to be published next year, will be the third in a trilogy, following his earlier works, “Revenge of Gaia: Why the Earth Is Fighting Back – and How We Can Still Save Humanity,” and “The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning: Enjoy It While You Can.”
The new book will discuss how humanity can change the way it acts in order to help regulate the Earth’s natural systems, performing a role similar to the harmonious one played by plants when they absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen.
Dr. James Oschman is an expert in the field of energy medicine, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biophysics and a PhD in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh.
As an author of a number of books, he is widely recognized as an authority in the biophysics of energy medicine. In this interview he discusses the practice of “earthing,” or grounding.
Every modern school of alternative medicine talks about “energy,” although they may use a variety of words to describe it. But what is this fundamental “energy” you keep hearing about?
As Dr. Oschman went about to investigate, he found there is very good science that can help demystify this nebulous term. He wrote a number of articles for a journal published by Churchill Livingstone on the subject, and after some encouragement from the publisher, those articles eventually resulted in two books: Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basisi, and Energy Medicine in Therapeutics and Human Performanceii.
It’s a fact of life that pests will make themselves at home in your house or apartment. There are a variety of insect pests you need to think of and no two are alike. Rather than spraying toxic chemicals into your home environment, consider using organic, non-toxic pest control. It’s safe for your home’s human occupants and for your pets as well. Pests will show up in the air, your carpeting, your kitchen counter and other places.
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Let’s take a look specifically at ant control for your home or recreational areas outside. Remember that organic pest control varies somewhat with the pest you’re dealing with and that just like with inorganic chemical pest control, you don’t always use the same thing for ants as you do for fleas. Here’s a look at your organic options for ant infestation in your home.
For the organic treatment of ants, you need to make sure your bench tops are free of crumbs and anything sticky or sweet. Cover your food well and keep your honey wrapped in a plastic bag. Leave water sources off during the night and don’t leave dirty dishes lying around. The same holds true for your patio or verandah. Clean all food up after an outdoor meal and teach your children not to throw food into the yard, such as melon pieces or other sweet foods.
Your organic pest control continues with a small spray bottle filled with soapy water that you can spray on ants. Put cucumber peels or slices in your kitchen, especially where the ants come in. You can also put mint tea bags or garlic cloves around the places where the ants are very active. See if you can trace the column of ants back to their entry point and set out a line of cayenne pepper, flour, baby powder, coffee grounds, chili powder, cinnamon, peppermint, black pepper, citrus oil, baking soda, lemon juice or cinnamon. Ants won’t cross these lines.
For serious organic pest control against ants, mix a small amount of honey with an equivalent amount of Borax and aspartame. Put about a teaspoon and a half of the mixture in a bottle and set the bottle (without a lid) on its side where ants are active. This acts as a kind of toxic bait that the ants bring back to their colony. Keep small animals and children away from this toxic bait, not recommended for outdoor use.
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If ants are on your patio or verandah outside, you can use some of the same indoor tricks outdoors, especially those involving the use of cayenne pepper, flour, citrus oil, lemon juice, cinnamon, coffee grounds, garlic. Also fill a spray bottle with 1 part vinegar and 1 part water and spray on plants. The acid in vinegar will kills ants. Other option is to mix one-third cup of molasses, six tablespoons of sugar, and six tablespoons of active dry yeast and make a smooth paste. Use the mixture to coat strips of cardboard and leave outside an ant opening. Keep out of reach of pets and small children.
Another two organic pest control methods worth mentioning are to leave a low-wattage light bulb or nightlight around where the ants are, which disrupts their day and night pattern and can confuse their patterns of food hunting; and the other is to use diatomaceous earth (DE) which is a form of silica that kills insects via dehydration by absorbing and destroying their waxy, oily and outer layer. DE can be purchased from various organic pest control suppliers.
There’s no reason to turn to dangerous and toxic chemicals, indoors or out, when perfectly acceptable organic pest control for ants will keep your home ant-free in a much safer way. As long as you keep your kitchen and the rest of your home clean and follow the above methods to discourage or kill ants, your summertime experience will be more enjoyable and healthier for you and your family.
Emergency workers in southern China are pouring sacks of neutralising powder into drains leading to the Liujiang River as they try to tackle a chemical spill.
The pollution has been caused by a local factory releasing the toxic chemical cadmium into the river. The cancer-causing toxin, which is especially dangerous for young children, was detected in the water twelve days ago at twice the legal limit.
The spill is affecting the drinking water of 3.7 million people living in the city of Liuzhou.
From Monday, GPs leading more than 200 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in England will become responsible for most of the health service budget and decide which treatments should be funded and which rationed.
The survey of more than 1,000 clinical staff who will be represented by the groups has found that 55 per cent want to see an immediate ban on funding homoeopathy and herbal medicine.
The finding could embarrass Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, who is known to be a supporter of homoeopathy, which is currently funded by about one in five Primary Care Trusts, the organisations to be replaced by CCGs.
The research by Campden Health found that GPs and nurses were deeply suspicious about several alternative therapies which currently receive millions of pounds in NHS funding.
In the January interview, Brubaker sang the praises of private sector participation in the water services sector. Brubaker claimed Public-Private Partnerships (P3) provided better opportunities to regulate industry because companies are under binding contracts. She also praised P3s for the “capital that private firms can invest,” funding that is not “available at the federal or provincial level” and for companies’ “expertise” and “efficiency.”
The example of Moncton
Moncton, a case study examined during The Current interview, entered into a P3 for their water filtration system with US Filter (which became Vivendi in 1999 and Veolia in 2004) in 1998. There was a later attempt to enter into another P3 with the same company for the upgrading of the city’s water distribution, stormwater and sewer systems including pumping stations. CUPE raised awareness on the impacts of P3s and the deal was stopped. Moncton city council also commissioned an independent study showing that it was cheaper to keep the water distribution infrastructure public.
It is rare in diplomatic circles for governments to speak bluntly, particularly in the Orient, where manners are highly prized.
The exceptions to this rule are retired military officers, who are often able to voice sentiments too impolitic for other channels.
One of the more startling pronouncements in this vein occurred last week when Song Xiaojun, a former senior officer of the People’s Liberation Army, warned that Australia cannot juggle its relationships with the United States and China indefinitely and “Australia has to find a godfather sooner or later. Australia always has to depend on somebody else, whether it is to be the ‘son’ of the US or ‘son’ of China. (It) depends on who is more powerful, and based on the strategic environment.” Noting the rising importance of China as an export market Song added that Australia depended on exporting iron ore to China “to feed itself,” but “Frankly, it has not done well politically.”
Psychopaths are drawn to and uniquely capable within politics. They are charismatic, show no remorse, crave power and rise to the top. Leading psychologists have built the literature on the corporate form, but statist psychopathy bears investigation.
Pathocracy - “A system of government where a small pathological minority takes over a society of normal people.” – Andrew M. Lobaczewski in Political Ponerology
Kyriarchy - A social hierarchy based on domination rather than spontaneous, voluntary order. All states are necessarily kyriarchical because the government is a monopoly on violence. Psychopaths rise to the top of coercive hierarchies like helium balloons rise to the ceilings of rooms.
Startling documentary shows evidence of brain damage from Mercury in silver amalgam fillings. Most dentists who deny mercury is harmful, will remove them without precautions and can cause a relapse or an equivalent of over 10 years mercury exposure in one go if they drill them out, so if you think you need to remove and replace them, be sure to search out a qualified dentist who uses correct procedures to remove & replace them with safe alternatives like ceramic fillings, or else leave them in until they need replacing if you have had them for ages, and get ceramic ones or a safe alternative to mercury amalgam.
Victims of the Commonwealth Bank’s financial planning scandal have slammed as ‘‘obscene’’ and ‘‘devastating’’ the multimillion-dollar pay packets pocketed by executives in charge of the troubled division.
Grahame Petersen and Annabel Spring received million-dollar pay rises and big cash bonuses despite a Senate inquiry that called for a royal commission after allegations of fraud, forgery and a management cover-up in the unit.
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