Capitalism without a conscience

Phillip Morris' L&M Maori Mix cigarettes

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The unstoppable march of the tobacco giants – … – StumbleUpon. I understand that companies exist to make money, but at some point there has to be a conscience. If making money is the only goal, what does that say about your value as a human? It is no better than a cancer cell which only seeks to multiply. But in a sense, being a cancer cell would be more honorable. The virus does what it does because that is its existence/goal. I cannot believe that the goal for CEO’s and humanity is to kill others.

Thinking about this more, it should be illegal to sell cigarettes or alcohol to people who can’t read. Perhaps a UN law that states that before dangerous substances can be sold to someone, they first have to be able to read the warning in its entirety. If they can not, then they will not be allowed to buy the object in question. How can a consumer be informed of the danger if they can’t read? I would say that selling to people who can’t read should be illegal for substances that are not food or medically necessary. They have to understand what they are buying, or else those industries can set up kiosks where they are educated and sign statements saying they understand the risks. Sounds harsh, but hasn’t ignorance what has allowed dangerous substances to be sold to the public?


How to adjust to a new environment

salvador dali desert

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I have had the fortune to move to a new environment in another state. It has been a little stressful and I wanted to share some ideas that may make moving to a new place easier for you.

  1. Allow yourself time to adjust. I have been in my new place less than a week yet I want to continue with my life as though I had never left my previous place. It takes time to learn geography, culture, weather and so many other less defined things. I found it helpful to meditate and to allow to absorb my environment.
  2. Make time to connect to others. This is always important but even more so when moving to a new place. Take every opportunity to attend every social event you can. Find a group to join, and hang out in the popular places. Be friendly and be interested in others.
  3. Be open to feeling a little odd at first. You aren’t going to reflect your society in your first week. It might take a month or a year. Be ok with sometimes feeling strange, and admitting your discomfort. Often when you feel awkward so do others. Being emotionally honest is a very helpful thing in making friends.
  4. When you love life, look for ways to share your enthusiasm with others. Invite others to do things in public. Invite and don’t expect, but just give people opportunities to get to know you. Often people can be shy and not share who they are because of their own fears.
  5. Smile and laugh. Look for ways to enjoy life. If others are around you great, great. If they are not, that is ok too, because a naturally happy person soon attracts attention.

The Infinite Upgrade Cycle (via Tech Creations)

You are right that the upgrades are unending. Congratulations on cracking the 100. The 1000 barrier I just broke and it felt great.

Have you ever noticed that a computer or other upgradeable device will never be completed or perfect? Manufacturers of these products are always continuously building new or better versions or products to replace that device that “you have to have!”. It goes like this, a consumer buys a product, they upgrade the product, and they buy a new one to replace it. So remember, no computer or gadget will ever be “perfect” with the stream of new products … Read More

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