A ‘Normal’ Day In 2019 Looks Utterly Horrible

Good News – The Huffington Post
A ‘Normal’ Day In 2019 Looks Utterly Horrible
This disturbingly funny film created by Brooklyn-based comedy group Serious Lunch takes us through a day in the life of someone living in 2019.

Are we heading toward a future where we will be so connected to screens, that we lose all connection to each other? As anyone who has seen WALL-E knows, Serious Lunch are not the first to express that fear.

[h/t Above Average ]

Healthy Living – The Huffington Post
Dare to Be 100: Google’s Hot New App Immortality
The cover story of Time magazine’s Sept. 30, 2013 issue read, “Can Google Solve Death?” It beckoned: Click here, don’t die.

Flipping inside the magazine does little to explore this wonderfully provocative cover theme. More to the same point was a Newsweek story July 24 with the banner headline, “You can live forever. Is immortality plausible? Or is it quack science? Two experts face off.”

This story involved me because some Newsweek editor had been challenged by the Prudential Life Insurance highway billboards that proclaim “the first person to live to be 150 is alive now.”

In pursuit of this he dispatched a major correspondent, Andrew Romano, to facilitate a debate between Aubrey deGrey and myself. DeGrey is a self-appointed activist who specializes in regenerative medicine, which streams from his confidence that recent scientific progress is moving so rapidly that in the immediate future “most people in their 20s now will live to be 150.”

I am very skeptical. I am a more traditional geriatrician, having spent most of my last 50 years (I am 83) studying aging and taking care of thousands of old people who did not die because they were old but because they otherwise stubbed their toe. Virtually no one dies of old age, per se, but they died unnecessarily of preventable illnesses. DeGrey and I agreed on that.

The oldest validated person in history was Mme. Calment of Arles France, who died at age nearly 123. I have a copy of her birth certificate in my office and her physician, Robine, has visited me here at Stanford. The other 7 billion of us are trying to catch up. The Super Centenarian (those over 110) Registry currently numbers only around 80 members.

Recently one of our favorite intellectual giants, Stephen Hawking, weighed in on the topic with a posting about his approach to immortality, which he suggests can be approached by downloading our brains onto a computer. It doesn’t sound like fun.

Such sci-fi chat to me obstructs us from the really doable job of living fully our allotted natural life time of about 100 healthy years. After all, it is not actually how old you are that matters, but how you are old. Bortz’s Law asserts, “it is never too late to start, but is always too soon to stop.” The too frequent life course of not living long enough to live into our real potential is my mantra.

My basic understanding asserts that our life span is ordained by the principles inherent in the Second Law of Thermodynamics to which there is no exception, regardless of what DeGrey or Hawking or Ponce de Leon might aspire to. Time marches on, uniquely one directional.

It would be my hope that Google, probably self-conscious because of the gazillions of dollars in their bank accounts, feels a societal responsibility. In seeking to discharge this burden they seek a really BIG challenge. Death is a really big challenge.

I would rather they select something more real, such as attacking the horrible female oppression in the Middle East, or how about eliminating global health illiteracy. Both of these jobs are presently doable, and probably within Google’s great imagination.

After Google solves these two approachable, doable problems, then I might consider their immortality app.

WATCH: I Used to Be in a Cult and Here’s What It Did to My Brain
Extremism has become a sensationalized catchall phrase, often used by politicians and mass media to polarize and to label groups of people as “the bad guys.”

But, what is extremism? And how do we get to the root of its destructiveness?

When I was 17, I learned about extremism first-hand. Young, vulnerable and searching for what I call ‘easy answers to hard questions,’ I left my loving, middle-class, midwestern — very normal and average, by all accounts — family and fell prey to the teachings of a religious cult.

I became a devout follower of Sun Myung Moon and was the victim of highly manipulative tactics. Being a “Moonie” completely dictated my decision-making processes. It tore me away from family, friends, my planned future, and everything else I had previously known and loved.


In my TEDTalk I define what happened to me as having been infected by a “memetic virus.” Once infected, I would have done anything for my “messiah.” My mind was closed, fixed, intolerant and impervious to change. I was an extremist.

If we hope to prevent extremist terrorism we have to begin with understanding the mental condition of extremist leaders. We also need to understand the mental condition of those most vulnerable to extremist tactics. Finally, we need to understand manipulation, the vehicle that connects the extremist leader and it’s victims.

Extremist Leaders

What causes someone to become a cult leader like Sun Myung Moon or Jim Jones, or a terrorist leader like Osama Bin Laden?

I agree with Neuroscientist Kathleen Taylor’s assessment that religious fundamentalism could be treated as a form of mental illness.

My mind was closed, fixed, intolerant and impervious to change. I was an extremist. — Diane Benscoter

Extremist leaders are addicts. Addiction is a powerful force. The addiction to power and/or money can affect the brain much like other types of addiction. The overwhelming desire to feed any form of addiction can eventually lead to a type of psychopathy. In the most dangerous circumstances charismatic leaders, under the influence of their addiction, can make a powerful and potentially deadly discovery. They can discover, and put into action, a set of manipulative tactics that prey on vulnerable segments of society.

sun myung moon

Extremist Victims/ Followers

It’s hard to think of a terrorist as a victim, but we have to ask what’s going on in the brain of someone who straps a bomb to his or her body and detonates? As I express in my talk, with great repulsion, I understand how it could happen. I was a victim of extremist mental manipulation. So are they.

In these cases the victims are often young adults who feel lost in their world and desire the comradery and easy answers to complex questions offered by extremism. When I read the background of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the brothers who carried out the Boston Marathon bombing, I see a bit of 17-year-old me.


In my memoir, Shoes of a Servant — My Unconditional Devotion to a Lie, you can see how vulnerable I was to the specific type of manipulative tactics used by Sun Myung Moon and his followers and how I became an extremist. While Moonies are certainly not terrorists, it is the mental condition we need to understand.

What can we do?

There are many examples of how educational campaigns have greatly slowed down the spread of infectious diseases and brought awareness to important social topics. I propose that we create similar campaigns to combat extremism.

The complexity of preventing extremism should not be underestimated, especially in war-torn parts of the world where the use of religious fundamentalism is woven into the culture and vulnerability is high.

Fortunately there are organizations like SAVE (Sisters Against Violent Extremism) and Quilliam a London based Anti-Extremism think tank that’s working diligently toward solutions to extremism.

The complexity of preventing extremism should not be underestimated, especially in war-torn parts of the world where the use of religious fundamentalism is woven into the culture and vulnerability is high. — Diane Benscoter

I’m also working on a new book and other projects that will help expose prevailing social tactics most commonly used by extremist leaders to manipulate. I look forward to the results of ongoing research by neuroscientists and psychologists working toward a greater understanding of cognitive processes associated with addiction and mental manipulation. When information about mental manipulation becomes common knowledge power-addicted extremists will have less success, because vulnerability will be lowered.

The War for Peace

We need a dual approach in ongoing discussions and to solve this problem. We need high-level strategic research of the brain to better understand addiction and vulnerability to manipulation. On the ground level, we need social understanding and education. Once we arm individuals with knowledge about vulnerability to manipulation they can better protect themselves and others. We can help the most vulnerable diminish their feelings of isolation, so that they can make informed, powerful decisions based on critical thinking vs. circular logic. Working together, we can ensure a less destructive world.

Ideas are not set in stone. When exposed to thoughtful people, they morph and adapt into their most potent form. TEDWeekends will highlight some of today’s most intriguing ideas and allow them to develop in real time through your voice! Tweet #TEDWeekends to share your perspective or email tedweekends@huffingtonpost.com to learn about future weekend’s ideas to contribute as a writer.

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12 Healthy Ways to Lose Weight for Good
You’re 10, 20, 30 or more pounds overweight and you’ve dieted, on and off, for years. You’ve lost weight and then put it back on and more.

Why? Diets don’t work. Today we know diets don’t work. Even Weight Watchers says so. Restricting calories again and again alters your metabolism. That’s why so many people put back the weight they lost while dieting, plus more.

Yet, desperate to lose weight, Americans keep going on diets. While there’s no magic bullet for weight loss, there are steps you can take to lose weight, safely and for good, while increasing your health.

The common sense advice to “eat less, move more,” isn’t entirely correct. It matters what you eat.

And here’s a dirty little secret: Consuming refined carbohydrates — simple sugars and starches — is one of the biggest reasons Americans are now battling obesity. Carbohydrates you don’t burn get stored in your body as fat.


Since food manufacturers began lining supermarket shelves with “no-fat” and “low-fat” foods — most of which have added sugars — we have become fatter than ever.

This list of healthy eating habits is by no means complete. But here are 12 of the many recommendations in my new book to help you lose weight and gain the benefits — more energy and a fitter, healthier you.

1. Eat a healthy breakfast every morning. Eating breakfast revs up your metabolism. If you skip breakfast you’re likely to eat more calories by binging later in the day. In a study of people who lost weight and kept it off for more than five years, one major thing they all did was eat breakfast. But Pop-tarts, donuts and Hot Pockets don’t cut it. Cooked oatmeal, whole grain cereals, whole grain breads, eggs and tofu with a salad are all healthy choices.

2. Stop counting calories and eat foods that nourish your body. A meal of fat-free, sugar-free, refined processed foods is also nutrient-free. Plus, it won’t satisfy you for long compared to a meal of nutrient-dense whole foods like vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, and healthy fat. As you begin eating more nutritious foods and get a little more physical activity (if you aren’t physically active now), your body will come to its natural healthy weight.

3. Always have some veggies and fruit washed and cut in your fridge. This way they’re easy to grab when you’re hungry (instead of reaching for that giant-size bag of potato chips) and you can throw them in your bag when you’re on the go.


4. Replace diet soda with unsweetened beverages. Diet drinks keep your sweet tooth craving sweets. Plus, they make you feel virtuous. Many people who drink diet drinks actually reward themselves with extra calories through the day. Instead, drink iced teas or plain or carbonated water with a slice of lemon or lime.

5. Use the “Plate Method” to make a healthy meal. Fill half your plate with low or non-starchy veggies like broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, string beans, mushrooms, peppers, or leafy greens and some fruit. Fill one quarter, with a whole grain like brown rice, barley, bulgur, or quinoa, or a starchy vegetable like corn or potatoes, or beans. Fill the last quarter with protein like broiled, sauteed, roasted, or baked (not fried) fish, chicken or turkey without the skin, lean cuts of meat, tofu or eggs.

6. Cut down on carbs. Refined carbohydrates (cake, candy, cookies, muffins, scones, cupcakes, soda, fruit juice, syrups, chips, and most supermarket breads) you don’t burn turn into fat. Even foods like fruit yogurt and many breakfast cereals have lots of added sugar. Replace fruity yogurts with Greek plain yogurt, choose high-fiber, lower carb cereal and add small amounts of healthy fat to your meals with avocado slices, unsalted nuts, seeds and olive oil.

7. Shrink your lunch and dinner plates. If you and your family eat off a plate larger than ten inches, replace them with plates that are nine or ten inches in diameter. We tend to eat what’s in front of us. Using smaller plates there’s less food in front of you to eat.

8. Enjoy less healthy foods now and then, in small portions, unless there’s a medical reason not to do so. Not letting yourself eat something you love may make you feel deprived and frustrated and subvert your efforts to eat well.

9. When eating out ask your server to double the green veggies in place of the potato or rice. I always do this and benefit from more nutrition and less carbs. Also, share food at the table. My husband and I always share an appetizer and when with a group, if someone orders dessert, it comes with a spoon for everyone.

10. Keep tempting foods out of the house. Stock your fridge and pantry with healthy foods and you’re creating an environment that will help make you successful. Enjoy treats occasionally when you’re out.

11. Enlist family members and friends to eat healthier with you. It’s easier

when it’s a team effort, and, your family will also reap the health benefits along with you.

12. Talk positively to yourself and quiet your inner critic. Notice during the day your positive efforts and compliment yourself. “I chose a healthy vegetable plate instead of a slice of pizza. Great job!” The more you pat yourself on the back for what you’re doing well, the more energy you’ll have to keep doing it. If you notice you’re telling yourself you’ll never succeed, or beating yourself up for having two bowls of ice cream, stop! To quiet your inner critic head out for a brief walk, turn on some music and sway, and above all, tell yourself tomorrow is a new day and a new start.

My new book, Diabetes Dos & How-Tos, contains 65 “Dos” for people to manage their diabetes. But the 20 “Food Dos” in the book will benefit anyone.

If you don’t have diabetes they will show you how to lose or maintain your weight and eat more nutritiously. If you are at risk for diabetes, or have pre-diabetes, (Stage 1 Type 2 diabetes), the book’s “Food Do’s” can help you prevent full-blown (Stage 2) Type 2 diabetes.

Riva’s new book, Diabetes Do’s & How-To’s, is available in print and Kindle, along with her other books, 50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life and the 50 Diabetes Truths That Can Save It and The ABCs Of Loving Yourself With Diabetes. Riva speaks to patients and health care providers about flourishing with diabetes. Visit her websites DiabetesStories.com and DiabetesbyDesign.com.

For more by Riva Greenberg, click here.

For more on weight loss, click here.

Green – The Huffington Post
Detroit Factory Fire Rages At Abandoned Building On West Side (PHOTOS)
Detroit police worked to contain a massive fire at an abandoned factory on the city’s west side Thursday, WDIV-TV reports. The fire has been declared a HAZMAT situation.

The building is near Livernois and I-94, according to WWJ. A WWJ reporter on the scene said the northern end of the building was crumbling, with bricks falling down.

News outlets and bystanders captured the fire in photos posted to Twitter, and users tweeted images of smoke filling the sky around the city, as well as from miles away. One person tweeted that he could see smoke from Schoolcraft College, about 15 miles away.

Abandoned factory DFD has the place surrounded pic.twitter.com/eeRKLsN396

— Mara MacDonald (@maramacdonald) September 26, 2013

IMAGE: Fire raging on in west Detroit #Local4 pic.twitter.com/uXlDYoSFac

— Local 4 WDIV Detroit (@Local4News) September 26, 2013

Firefighters were on the scene to battle the blaze. According to the Detroit Free Press, Detroit firefighters were joined by their peers from Highland Park, and DTE Energy crews were also present to attempt to stop the fire from spreading on utility polls and to cut power.

A fire rages in a commercial building in west Detroit at Pittsburgh and Martin #dfd pic.twitter.com/tvcPbtyxpY

— The Detroit News (@detroitnews) September 26, 2013

The images close to the action show huge flames.

ANOTHER IMAGE: Inside building as fire rages on in west Detroit #Local4 http://t.co/uDDM4OuXkr pic.twitter.com/wf6MbvnPNb

— Local 4 WDIV Detroit (@Local4News) September 26, 2013

And from above, the fire looks just as terrifying.

Massive fire burning at abandoned building in Detroit. Image via @Local4News chopper pic.twitter.com/MRCuREJNQq

— Dan Linden (@DanLinden) September 26, 2013

“Right now, we’re trying to get it out,” said Detroit senior fire chief Jack Wiley. The fire has been contained to the building, he said.

No injuries have been reported.

Kai The Baby Koala Gets Her Hands Bandaged After Rescue From Power Line (PHOTO)
Stop the presses, guys. We found the littlest baby koala with the tiniest and cutest bandages.

Little Kai was up in a tree in Australia’s Hunter Valley when her mom lost the ability to use her right foot. They were both stuck, scared and very close to power lines.

But luckily help wasn’t far away. According to a Facebook album of the rescue, a local koala preservation society called in about the trapped koalas, and Ausgrid, the Australian power company, sent in an overhead line crew get Kai and her mom down safely.

Both koalas made it to a veterinarian where they got the medical care they needed — and cute bandages to boot.

Kai’s mother hadn’t been able to move because of a large wound on her right leg that turned out to be a tumor. Kai wasn’t hurt during the rescue, but her hands were bandaged after getting blood tests done at the vet.

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One order of koala adoption, please.

H/T: Daily Life

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