How to get rid of your soft spot


⬛️ We all have some thing we believe so strongly, that whenever anyone tries to critizes it we can get super defensive. In a way it’s like a religion, our personal religion and funny thing that those claming to be atheists are just as affected as those who believe in god.
Perfectly cool guys can lose their minds and turn into douchebags.
I’ve heard advise from one of the top Russian journalits, one of the ways how not to get triggered:
” Every week you have a conversation with yourself where you make fun of yourself and your deepest values. So the next time someone hits you into what he thinks a soft spot, he’ll find it empty”.

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Democracy turned tyranny


Sparta!
You probably remember reading in school about extraordinary warriors who bravely beat huge armies to defend Greece from terrible Persian. How powerful these soldiers were.
I used to admire Spartans, until I’ve started to read about Socrates.
Today I can clearly say I despise Spartans and their ideals.
In a movie 300 Spartans we were sold a story of the war of freedom against tyranny – it’s a lie. Sparta was tyrant state, that eventually destroyed greatness of Greece, by beating a democratic state – Athens in Peloponnesian War.
Tyrants cannot tolerate democratic neighboring country, the spirit of freedom is highly contagious and undermines their power.
Thousands of years have passed but fight of freedom vs tyranny is still as relevant.
The question is how long can a democracy sustain until it either destroyed by outside tyrannies or turned into tyranny from within?
Whatever happens we must keep eyes open.

Another Corruption SCANDAL


We have lost close to half this country’s budget on corruption. It can’t be by coincidence. The country currently is running on deficit. We have lots of unpaid debts. Our economy is at the worst it has ever been since 2013. Our currency is deflating. Unemployment is at its all time high.

Paperwise we have good policies, but in reality none of those booklets of policies are implemented. 30 % of all tenders in national and County government are suppose to be for the youth but what’s the reality? An ordinary youth like you and me can never get their company name passed and if it passes, an audit opinion on your company will never pass. If you’re lucky to have a unique and a creative company name, chances are high that your idea will be sold to a much bigger and capable person or company. Registration itself is tedious.

All these we are witnessing are not by chance.

I believe our politicians deem us to be so stupid that every new dawn we wake up to a new a corruption scandal.

Politics work best when a country is divided. They’re lawyers, psychologist and political scientist. They know how to fake emotions just at the right point to earn your empathy. They know how to by pass laws. For example, in the instance of youth, they’ll use their sons, daughters and cousins who legally fall in the bracket of youth.

How are we going to put to an end to this vice?

First, we can’t afford ignorance, it’s too higher a price for us to pay. Let’s aspire to show our colleagues the right path. Teach them the role of accountability among our politicians and institution. Teach them how to examine issues using the third eye. Teach them that politics has never been about them but about our politicians. That a politician’s family interest will always come ahead of ours and that everything they do is in their best interest.

Second is a call to unity. Why do you think we have corruption exposes and scandals? It’s because they play well in our division. If a corruption graft is related to one of our favourite politician, we’ll put everything in line to defend them even if it’s by our life. It stifles out tribal reasons of our guy being attacked and awakens our need to stand and protect “our own”.

Third is a recognition that the fights we are fighting today is not only for our sake but for our children as well. Our grandparents fought so that we could have the kind of freedom we so now enjoy, and we owe it to our kids to enjoy something we fought for: A corruption free country, a better economy and an indiscriminate country.

I’m conclusion, let’s do everything we can to better this country. Let’s not buy into the idea that politics is dirty and not meant for ladies and women. That’s a sure way of excluding more than half the population on matters and policies that affect us all.
We can do it for us not for them. Just be open to listen, don’t strain yourself by watching news daily. A daily headline is enough.

What’s on your Home screen?


This question popped up in my mind during my morning breakfast. Grabbing my phone I found 6 phone notifications, 23 chats on WhatsApp,7 messages and 4 Instagram notification. Those are the four apps on my home screen. But then I new question dawned on me.What role does these apps play in shaping my morning routine?

I started by opening my WhatsApp, 20 minutes later am not even done viewing other people’s WhatsApp statuses. Top of my chat list is Phyllis with a medium articles Link about early morning productivity. I click on the link and here I am reading a 10 min read article on medium. Just at the end , another seemingly interesting article is suggested and I click on it and without know am done reading 6 articles as a result of a single link from WhatsApp.

I jump straight to my message app only to be surprised by half a dozen messages from my work colleague reminding me to send a project I was working on over the weekend in half and hour. I quickly skim through my Google drive to find the link to the project and with the help of auto paste app,am referred to Gmail account to send the link. At Gmail,I get a YouTube notification of a new subscriber and boom I’m feeling excited to open my YouTube app to check my subscriber count.

On YouTube, there’s a video recommendation of Selena Gomez new music.Gosh! Neither of these things was in my to do list. It’s been 3 hrs and I haven’t done anything you’d call “productive”
If AI can have such a huge impact on how our life plays out in the morning,how much productive can we be if we have the right apps on our home screen.

Imagine if I had a color note app to remind me of my daily affirmation and probably a Bible app to remind me of the verse of the day. What if I had Evenote to keep me up to date on the daily activities of the day. Would my morning have been a little better?

Being productive isn’t something exclusive to life coaches and the filthy rich out there. It’s something you and I can embrace by the simplest acts like changing the apps on our home screen.

Technology is suppose to make our life better. Applications are suppose to make us enjoy life. But if we allow technology to work against us and not for us, then it’s wise to assume a dangerous tread. And as a wise man once said, “Humans always have a choice” Choose wisely. Start right now my changing those apps in your home screen.

What is dividing Us?


For 11 years, Kenya as a country has enjoyed a period of relative political stability but over the past two months, a level of rage and political extremism has surfaced. To get a better perspective, let’s examine the current political situation in the country.

Corruption, corruption, corruption,political betrayal, political betrayal, poltical betrayal. In summary conflict is pretty much the theme of everydays main story on our Television. Why and how have we become so polarized in this first quarter of 2019? To understand, let’s look at Mike, a staunch Ruto and Jubilee Supporter. Mike doesn’t have his own strong political believes because in part of how he was raised up. He grew up in a family whose political allegiance was to the tribal kingpin. We can’t blame Mike for his tribal loyalty being that all his life he has always known the tribal kingpin to be speaking for him. If Today Ruto supports Musalia, then Mike will give him a vote without question.

Mike’s story is like many others who support Raila or even the President. But what are Mike’s reasons for supporting Ruto? He supports Ruto first because the Deputy President is loyal to whomever he stands with. This is evident from his strong Support of Raila in 2007 and Uhuru Kenyatta in 2013 and 2017. Second would be to a large extent his geographical birthplace which is rift valley.

What is it that Mike doesn’t know about probably a Raila Supporter who’s so against the deputy President? Let’s call him Henry. Henry just like Mike support Raila because he was born in a family that were supporting Raila. He can’t be objective because he believes whatever Raila says is the Universal truth. He’s probably against Ruto because Raila has alleged him(Ruto)to be corrupt. No one can say for sure that the deputy President is Corrupt, all we’ve been hearing and seeing in the media are corruption allegations and linkings.

With that fact stated. Do Mike and Henry have the best interest of Kenya at heart or are they just blind followers of their respective kingpins?

Mike and Henry should take a step back and talk of the real vice: Corruption and lies. Mike on top of all the good reasons for supporting the deputy President should take into consideration how Henry is feeling about the corruption allegations and ask himself if they are true. Henry on the other hand should look at Mike’s good reasons and ask for a second if those are good grounds for supporting a person. Henry should understand that the corruption links could be mere political propaganda channelled to minimize Ruto’s Chances on clenching the presidency. All I’m saying is for you to look at the issues with a third eye.

We are divided because we don’t question what the other side would like us to know about their beliefs. We are divided because we don’t want to look at the other side of the coin. We are divided because we don’t empathize with how we are making the other side feel. For us to bridge this divide, we must pledge our allegiance to the country and not to some influencial politicians. That means, asking ourselves what would our children be happy about? Which kind of leaders would they admire.
As one writer says:
“Having an informed electorates is the surest way to having a better country”
Let’s Learn so that we can better our country.

Give me your views in the comment section.

Don’t be So Harsh on Them: Truth about friends


If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” — Mr. Albert Einstein

I personally believe that the way we exert pressure among our peers and friends isn’t fair. The other week I was a subject of argument among my friends about how I spend most of my time doing nothing. My friends believe that the only way to be productive is by earning cash. Unlike me, they argued that betting is actually beneficial than reading because a Gambler, when lucky enough, brings something to the table at the end of the day.

I respect every one’s right to express their opinion, but I feel it’s very unkind to measure others according to our metrics of success. A student can graduate, but take a few months without getting a Job, not because he’s damn but due to some weaknesses in other soft skills like networking. Being a top performer isn’t everything in the real world. Am a victim, I call myself an average student. Since my graduation last year, I’ve learnt that school really didn’t teach me much. I’ve learnt that in addition to the compassion and humility some of my professors tried so hard to instill in me, I needed more.

If I could get another chance at being in campus, I’d do my best to work on my confidence, Public speaking, writing and negotiation skills.

They are a killer outside here.

Back to my case, I’m a Strong believer in cooperation as a way to success and that judgement is a sure way of hindering progress. We are not all blessed equally. Where we are weak others are strong. Working towards uplifting one another is the sure way to bettering ourselves.

It feels bad being told the truth. In my case it was a blog that wasn’t getting too much traffic. Another time it was me being in a room without having a Job. The only thing I can control in the two situations is my effort. In the case of the blog, it’s posting. On the Job part,it was writing a CV and a Cover letter and leaving everything else to God.

It’s frustrating. I’m craving a good life but there’s just no much I can do to get it. Our minds are developing and the best investment I believe in is feeding our brains with knowledge and skills. Richness doesn’t matter to me that much,but I don’t know about you. If you’re below 25 reading this,I believe we should agree on this. There’s no point of having a lot of richness without the right brain to manage it.

That’s why our employed,working and entrepreneurial friends shouldn’t judge us harshly. They should empathize with us. They should understand that life isn’t a parallel line. They should understand that basic journey of life is detours. To my friends who’ve been victims, I’d ask you to keep doing your best. Play your role and learn.

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I know it’s been a long read,but I hope you got something.

100 + Great power words to help you increase your post clicks


So here are the Amazing Words:

  1. Great
  2. Awesome
  3. Super
  4. Cool
  5. Secret
  6. Sexy
  7. Rock-solid
  8. Best
  9. Top
  10. Better
  11. Quick
  12. Fast
  13. Real
  14. Ultimate
  15. Effective
  16. Efficient
  17. Excellent
  18. Amazing
  19. Shocking
  20. Warning
  21. Crazy
  22. Must have
  23. Essential
  24. Important
  25. Proven
  26. Explosive
  27. Extreme
  28. Unbelievable
  29. Unending
  30. Viral
  31. Spice
  32. Exciting
  33. Dangerous
  34. Current
  35. Weird
  36. Interesting
  37. Enticing
  38. Fascinating
  39. Funny
  40. Love
  41. Ever
  42. Unique
  43. Eye-catching
  44. Superb
  45. Guarantee
  46. Easier
  47. Strange
  48. Special
  49. Fresh
  50. Perfect
  51. Free
  52. Huge
  53. Impressive
  54. Killer
  55. Popular
  56. Powerful
  57. Pretty
  58. Worst
  59. Major
  60. Striking
  61. Clever
  62. Boost
  63. Exceptional
  64. Bullshit
  65. Fluffs
  66. Absolutely
  67. Mega
  68. Creative
  69. Brilliant
  70. Fantastic
  71. Latest
  72. Immense
  73. Significant
  74. Tremendous
  75. Truth
  76. Facts
  77. Distinct
  78. Key
  79. Strong
  80. Uncommon
  81. Stunning
  82. Complete
  83. Total
  84. Guide to
  85. Valuable
  86. Known
  87. Serious
  88. High-quality
  89. Achieve
  90. Avalanche
  91. Unending
  92. Continuous
  93. Master plan
  94. Unfailing
  95. Incredible
  96. Proven
  97. New
  98. Badass
  99. Kick-ass
  100. Actionable
  101. Intriguing
  102. Unknown
  103. Neglected
  104. Magnetic

Must Read For all 22 Year Old


Just before I started writing this article, I got a call from my mother asking me how am fairing with school. Well, as every one else would say, I replied I was fine. Genuinely speaking, I’m not! I’m tired, stressed and passionate to make this life better. I understand that this can’t be a single man’s Job, but am lazy, meaning taking shortcuts is my way of doing things. I want to leap frog 20 years ahead. I want to have a kind of wisdom that only a 80 year old me would have. I want to learn everything in this World. I want to be exposed to the darkest of secrets in this planet and yes I want to remain Young and naive and innocent.

This is my aspiration. I aspire to intelligence and am motivated by the need to think Differently. On 31st December 2018,I gave Christ a Chance. Days after that I got a revelation, a need to lead;that said I launched my Gubernatorial candidacy awareness. Three months down the line, I’ve been exposed to so many challenges and insights one being the need to think Differently. It was a lot to take in the first four weeks, but now it’s become my daily cup of coffee. I find reading and waking up and listening to Ted enjoyable. Even during my full time daily Job, I find myself listening to podcast along side my daily tasks. I have laid my hands on three issues of the End of and frankly speaking am proud of the aisle 2019 is taking me on.

But here is the sad part, exposure to so much knowledge opens your mind to things you’d rather not know. It opens your heart to hatred and anguish. It makes you cry sometimes. You feel a huge burden to make the knowledge you’ve learnt into use but still at the end of the day you feel like you haven’t done enough. Witnessing ordinary citizens getting manipulated and brainwashed by governments, Politicians, religious organizations and corporations is heartbreaking. On the silence of my midnight rest on the bed, all I agonize and crack my head about is what more can I do. Was launching my candidacy the wisest choice? What if it’s not in line with God’s calling? What if God wanted me to be something else? Am never sure, no one , not even the articles, books and the websites I read can give me that answer. That answer can only be found deep inside my heart.

Human Nature, why are we so desperate in our beliefs?


The people who don’t believe that human nature is something real, who believe that humans are malleable and that we make our own nature, generally want to believe that we are perfectible by some kind of government or system. It has traditionally been a kind of a communist socialist revolutionary idea. And the idea is that by creating the right kind of system or government, you can alter what corrupted us (which they maintain was done by social injustice, the rise of large civilizations, and the oppression and the accumulation of capital, et cetera.) They believe that if we go back and alter this system, we can return to that kind of pure human being. That’s always been the belief and it’s kind of a mix of wishes that humans were really this kind of angelic creature in the beginning and that we can return to that.

And what I’m trying to say is humans can change, we can alter, we could become something superior, but only by really coming to terms with who we are and getting over this myth of the Garden of Eden—of the fallen human being who was once so angelic just 5,000 years ago or 10,000 years ago. But I think the evidence is clear looking at our chimpanzee ancestors and the record of early homo sapiens that we do have aggressive, violent impulses, that we are pretty much irrational by nature, and that the kinds of qualities that we value can only come about through personal work, through conquest, through overcoming our tendencies that are kind of animal-like. And that rather than some government that’s going to perfect us, it’s the work of individuals being conscious and aware of who they are as opposed to being in denial. There’s a quote from Angela Carter that I’ve used in several articles: “We want to believe that we’re descended from angels instead of primates.”

Why Women are overlooked in leadership positions


There are three popular explanations for the clear under-representation of women in management, namely: (1) they are not capable; (2) they are not interested; (3) they are both interested and capable but unable to break the glass-ceiling: an invisible career barrier, based on prejudiced stereotypes, that prevents women from accessing the ranks of power. Conservatives and chauvinists tend to endorse the first; liberals and feminists prefer the third; and those somewhere in the middle are usually drawn to the second. But what if they all missed the big picture?

In an ideal world, leaders would follow science-based practices and prioritize engaging with and inspiring their employees, and providing them with a sense of meaning and purpose.Instead, we continue to see that the average performance of leaders and managers is pretty disappointing. More bosses are contributing to burnout, anxiety, boredom, and productivity losses than driving top team or organizational performance.

So long as we continue to associate leadership with masculine features, we can expect female leaders to be evaluated more negatively even when their performance is higher than that of their male counterparts, and even when those who evaluate them are women. For instance, a recent study on social sensing, in which male and female leaders were tagged with sociometric badges that monitored everything they did and said for weeks, showed that despite non-existing behavioral or performance differences between men and women, men were promoted to leadership roles much more frequently than women were.

While overall gender differences in leadership effectiveness are generally non-existent, meta-analytic studies show that men tend to perform better when the focus is on managing tasks, while women tend to perform better when the focus is on managing people, which includes attending to people’s attitudes, values, and motivation. (These differences are predominantly attributable to cultural constructs, not biological differences.) Since AI is expected to automate most of the task-oriented elements of leadership, particularly if they involve data-driven decisions, one would expect there will be an even bigger premium for leaders with strong people-skills and higher levels of EQ. That is because people will always crave human attention, empathy, and validation, which machines will not replicate anytime soon.

Indeed, as much as we understand the theoretical importance of leadership as a key driver of organizational, business, and societal success, we are still living in a world where most leaders are not evaluated objectively, and where discussions around the performance of leaders tend to be diluted to a matter of preferences, politics, or ideology. Subjective evaluations rule, and perceptions trump reality.

Until this is fixed, there is not much benefit in improving our leader selection process. Even if we were using a data-driven system that objectively selected leaders based on their actual potential – paying attention to competence, humility, and integrity rather than confidence, charisma, and narcissism – it wouldn’t do much good if we proceeded to judge the performance of those same leaders via subjective, prejudiced, or biased human opinions. In other words, removing bias at the selection point will fix nothing if there’s still plenty of bias contaminating our performance management systems.

And yet, if our solution is to train women to emulate the behavior of men, by asking them to promote themselves more, take credit for other people’s achievements, blame others for their own mistakes, and focus on their own personal career interests, as opposed to the welfare of their teams or organization, we may end up increasing the representation of women in leadership without increasing the quality of our leaders. In this scenario, women will have to out-male males in order to advance in an inherently flawed system where bad guys (and gals) win. Unless our goal is to make it easier for incompetent women to succeed – much as it is for men – there is little to gain from this approach.

This would also end up harming the career prospects of men who lack “traditional” masculine leadership traits but possess the qualities that could potentially make them into great leaders:being less bold, less reckless, and less self-centered, and more altruistic, ethical, and self-aware.

In sum, the main reason why competent women are less able to emerge as leaders than they ought to be is that our preference for incompetent men is far more acute than it should be: too many leadership roles are given to incompetent men when there are better women – as well as men – who continue to be overlooked.

Identity Politics


Robert Greene is the author of The 48 Laws of Power and most recently, The Laws of Human Nature. His books, which are popular with many world leaders, celebrities, professional athletes and hip hop stars like Drake, have sold more than 5 million copies and have been translated into over 30 languages.

In an interview with Ryan Holiday ,this is what Robert Green had to say in regard to Identity Politics.The script is edited for clear messaging

Robert Green: Well, I think it’s very self-defeating. Traditionally, the favorite tactic of people in power, who want to maintain power, is Divide and Conquer—to find some way to keep the public divided so that there’s never a large enough group of people to challenge them. And so, when you go into identity politics and you identify what’s right or wrong to the narrow group that you belong to—assuming that it is narrow—you’re kind of playing into the hands of those who are in power because the only way to overcome an entrenched power system is through numbers, through unity, through finding some cause or way of uniting people.

It’s been the story throughout history of any kind of successful insurgency movement. Trying to overcome an entrenched power structure—you need numbers. You need something that will rally the vast majority of people. We sort of see that a little bit now with the kind of riots that are going on in France now—what they call the yellow vest movement—where it’s got a really broad base of support. It’s kind of a very weird mix of the Right and the Left. I’m not saying that it’s a justified cause or that it’s great, just that, if you really are after power, that’s what you need to do.

But a lot of identity politics isn’t really about power, it isn’t about wanting to change the system. It’s about airing grievances, feeling wronged and wanting sympathy and to sort of play the role of the victim.

So, simply on the level of strategy and practicality, identity politics is extremely impractical. It’s narrowing your base of support to something too small to ever topple the power structure. So then to me it’s not really about practical matters. It’s about airing your grievances.

Final thoughts on Sebastian Haffner’s memoir Defying Hitler


A fortnight ago,I changed my taste from self help books to biographies and my first read was Sebastian Haffner’s memoir Defying Hitler and I think that this examination of Sebastian Haffner’s memoir Defying Hitler demonstrates to us how a memoir by itself must not be used as a sole source of scholarly knowledge. Memoirs clearly have their share of strengths and weaknesses — more weaknesses, however, than strengths. First, in terms of their weaknesses, memoirs only represent a specific person, of a specific gender, of a specific social group, age, and location. Second, it is impossible to corroborate certain information, especially regarding the author’s agenda, to identify whether or not he or she is speaking the truth. Third, memoirs only contain people’s perspective of a particular period, which may or may not be accurate if put into a careful academic examination of the events. But in spite of these weaknesses, memoirs still serve a useful purpose, especially when it comes to the fact that the scholar could delve into the writer’s most intimate thoughts, feelings, and desires. Memoirs are a window to a person’s life; they are useful sources of microhistories. In any case, if memoirs were to be used by historians, they had to be aware of its strengths and weaknesses, and only by comparing many different memoirs and other sources of information together could one really determine the most accurate account of a historical event.

Bibliography

Haffner, Sebastian. Defying Hitler: A Memoir. Translated by Oliver Pretzel. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002.

How Religion has become a Golden lie


A “golden lie” is a false belief that induces co-operative behavior and fosters communities. “Golden lies” can also induce emotions, including fear, anger, empathy, and inspiration, when nothing in our physical environment is threatening or inspiring us. We choose to believe “golden lies” because we derive benefits from these false beliefs.

Religion.

Religion is a “golden lie” that says that if you join a community, respect your elders, are not violent to other community members, respect other community members’ marriages and property, and (ironically) are honest to other community members, good things will happen to you. Conversely, if you don’t join the community, are violent or adulterous, steal property, and are dishonest, bad things will happen to you. Anyone can see the truth that some bad people are rewarded and bad things sometimes happen to good people. Religions create a “golden lie” that invisible beings punish and reward, usually in an imaginary afterlife.

Religions evolved. God evolved in the Old and New Testament, and is evolving today. Religions universally support marital fidelity. Men prefer to marry religious women, because they’re more likely to be sexually faithful. Women prefer to marry religious men, because they’re more likely to support their families. In many cultures men and women aren’t allowed to marry outside of religion. Some religions encourage large families, especially among the most religious members such as rabbis. Religious men and women have reproductive advantages over non-believers.

Religious leaders with new ideas, almost always, attract women as their most devoted followers. A recurring problem with new religions is that the founder’s polygyny (multiple wives) conflicts with the needs of his male followers. New religions typically fall apart or switch to monogamy in the second or third generation.

The definition of faith is, “firm belief in something for which there is no proof.” The definition of lie is, “to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive.” Faith is lying to one’s self and lying is lying to someone else. For example, when your children are hungry, believing that if you don’t steal your neighbor’s chicken an invisible being will feed your family is faith. Telling your hungry neighbor that invisible beings will punish him or her in an imaginary afterlife if he or she steals your chicken is a lie.

Models of Government structures


Model 1(This model is what we currently have)

1. National Top Government make all kind of laws and policies.

2. Government collect money through tax, selling bond note & borrowing.

3. Government give out money/budget every year to all lower entities like Counties, Cities, to ministry of “security, education, transports, agriculture, etc.”.

It is no good for 3D corrupt humans, the truth is that it is the absolutely model of the Grand Universe but it is unfit for current Earth world, it gives power too much to a few people leading to corruption and conflict of interest in many areas.

Model 2

1. National Top Government make all kind of laws, policies.

2. Government collecting money through tax, volunteer contribution.

3. The total government’s budget of this year must below the total money/assets they collected from last year.

4. Government give out money/budget every year to all lower entities like Counties to cities, to ministry of “security, education, transports, agriculture, etc.”.

It’s in this model that you give power back to people.

Model 3

1. Top Government make few laws, policies which related to nature, environment & foreign affair only

2. Smaller tier like county/city government will make their own laws & policies including tax and have power only in their own country/city.

3. Counties/Cities government collecting money from people.

4. County/Cities government will have their own budget/spending but must be lower than total money they collect.

5. Top Government will collect small amount of “net profit” from counties/cities.

6. Top Government give out money to few national brand like military, research, scouting, observers, foreign stuffs, etc.

That is just an example of new Government model, but there are 2 keys:

1. Laws, Policies.

2. Money, Budget.

Who in charge of each of these things? Is it the national or the county government? Or should it be a shared responsibility?

Popularity Versus Privacy


Vulnerability is highly relatable and it’s often easier to drop the mask in print rather than face to face.
Harnessing vulnerability to produce engaging copy lets others catch a glimpse of unfettered humanity, something real and raw. In a world where the prevailing tendency is to curate one’s life on social media to inspire the admiration and envy of others, being oneself bucks the trend.How liberating to let the real you shine, warts and all!
How liberating to see someone so at ease with themselves they’re happy to let it all hang out!

However, bucking the trend is now a trend in itself.
Being real and raw is no longer enough. The more people let loose and embrace brutal honesty, the lesser the impact of such an approach. Suddenly, it’s about shock value to capture the clicks at all cost.So the clothes come off in a desperate attempt to get attention as words shiver and wither on the page, redundant.

The good thing with unexpected visual assault is that it gets a reaction. The not so good thing is that it could be one of annoyance, especially when you’ve seen the same person starkers more than once.I love the human body in all its multifaceted glory but I’m also a staunch proponent of always leaving something to the imagination.

What is the real long-term cost of those clicks though?
I do not plan to ever disrobe online because the internet is forever, and I’ve never felt the inclination to foist my birthday suit upon the unsuspecting. Also, I value my privacy and that of my family and friends.Therefore I only share what I hope may offer some value to others in a spirit of service, something I’ve carried over from journalism.

As a writer, value is derived not from what you can get or take from readers, but from what you can offer them.Attention is a gift you cannot demand any more than you can force praise, support, or interaction.

Students: Don’t Settle For Voice, Demand Power


Reflecting back to moments I had in my high school and campus years from uplifting high school fun outings to dirty campus politics, I truly want to be thankful for the voice I had and deeply regret my lack of Power. Given our current education system and educational movement, students are at the centre of everything and it’s very unfair for them to be given a voice without a real power (Student- centered learning, student centred activities, schools, discussions, and philosophy).

It is time we have students voting members on our school boards and senate. It’s time we have students on the school’s hiring committee. It’s time for students to evaluate their teachers, lecturers, principals and Vice chancellors. It’s time for students to have one of their own in school board meetings. We need students to be part of the budgetary decisions, design of new schools and curriculum and even vote on school calendars. Now this is what we call power, This is what we call having a meaningful voice.

Research indicates that students who believe they have a voice in school are seven times more likely to be academically motivated than students who believe they don’t have a voice.(Quaglia Institute)

All universities and secondary schools should have student’s “Town Hall” of students, teachers and the administration for issues to be discussed, debated and voted on. Students collaborating and making decisions with principals and vice Chancellors is the safest and the best way to end strike and make learning motivating. Meaningful student involvement is the engaging of students as partners in every facet of school change for the purpose of strengthening their commitment to education, community and democracy.

Student voice is more than just listening to students. Students voice is more than having student’s Representatives. It’s more than having a student’s council. It’s about listening to them and giving them Power. It’s about allowing them take real ownership of their learning.

Universal Basic Income


One of the barriers to adopting Universal Basic Income (UBI) is the feeling in neoliberal societies that nobody should get something for nothing. Even if the money is available, and there would be tangible improvements to society, the rule is that individuals must work in order to get recompense. And if you’re too sick, too stupid, too tired, too old, etc, it’s tough. Your worth is determined by how much capital you can generate, and if you can’t earn enough to survive — you don’t survive. It’s cruel and unnecessary, and it’s the belief system we’ve signed up to.

In addition to the idea that our value can only be measured in monetary terms, there’s also a perceived need for us to work for as long as we can each day, and to work every day. In this case our value is derived from the fact that we are working long hours, that we are not being “lazy,” that we are constantly producing. We know objectively that it’s unnecessary, and that we could comfortably work much shorter hours for the same outcome, but it’s a part of our culture. Anthropologist David Graeber describes this phenomenon as the proliferation of “bullshit jobs”.

But rather than allowing a massive reduction of working hours to free the world’s population to pursue their own projects, pleasures, visions, and ideas, we have seen the ballooning of not even so much of the ‘service’ sector as of the administrative sector, up to and including the creation of whole new industries like financial services or telemarketing, or the unprecedented expansion of sectors like corporate law, academic and health administration, human resources, and public relations.

We don’t need these jobs; technology allows us to automate, outsource and scale up most processes so that machines can perform the work more efficiently than humans. This should mean that we are able to work fewer hours and have more free time to spend as we wish. However, there’s a feeling that we just aren’t ready for this and that the lack of meaningful employment will cause society to collapse and everyone will just sit around eating crisps in front of the telly all day. But if they did — so what? The amount of money generated by more efficient processes is still available whether we create made-up jobs to fill the time or not.

Industrialists needed a willing workforce available immediately and for long hours, but economists and visionaries predicted a future where wealth generation was not limited by the size of the human workforce. Two centuries later, those predictions are our reality, and our thinking needs to keep pace. UBI would manage the practical aspects of such a shift, but we need to reconsider what we see as the purpose of human endeavor if we are to reap the rewards of technological progress.

The only things holding UBI back in the long term are moral objections and beliefs that people cannot live fulfilling lives without toil. UBI could provide an opportunity to re-evaluate the purpose of our existence, and perhaps free us from the constraints of conformity.

#BalancedForBetter This year’s International Women’s day theme


The theme for International Women’s Day this year doesn’t resonate with us. #BalanceForBetter brings to mind slow gradual change, and assumes that if you provide women and girls with equal access then the society will automatically be better. We know that’s false.

Access to a broken capitalist system that privileges the richest 1% over the rest of the world means that the most marginalised communities (including women, girls, trans and gender non conforming people) exist in unjust, precarious and fragile societies. This coupled with the increasing privatisation of what should be common resources for everyone (including the basics of land and water), as well as the corporate takeover of many public services endangers the lives and wellbeing of poor people.

In a recent submission to the United Nations Secretary General, the African Women’s Development Network for Communications (FEMNET) and the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) stated:
Neoliberal economic policies promoted around the globe by a growing majority of governments with the support and pressure of international financial institutions (including through conditional loans), have intensified the commodification of life through privatization of basic public services and natural resources.”

On this International Women’s Day we call for a return to its radical roots centred on workers rights and justice. This doesn’t call for balance. It calls for a radical transformation of society based on the twin principles of equity and justice

This corporate takeover of services meant to benefit everyone, of the health and education sectors in particular, primarily affect women and girls. In a 2017 report, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, stated:

“Women and girls are frequently excluded from education. Families often favour boys when investing in education.”

The rights of girls to quality education, particularly those from the most underprivileged communities, are negatively affected when public schools are privatised. Research by feminist and women’s rights organisations has demonstrated the ways in which gender biases affects the choices parents make when they need to pay for education, and have to choose which children to send to school.

It’s in this light that one must view with great concern the increasing trend of handing over the education sector to the private sector.

There is no doubt that significant investments in the education sectors are required. Sadly, governments in the Global South are looking for these resources in the wrong places. The landmark report by the High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa (also known as the Mbeki report) indicated that Africa is losing more than US$50 billion per year in Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs).

As highlighted in a report by AWID, IFFs have a severe impact on the development of the continent. These resources that are lost to the continent should rather be harnessed and invested into the social sector, including education and health.
Privatization of social services and reduced social protection is at the heart of South America’s wave of neoliberal governments promoting austerity policies that deepen structural gender inequalities. Coupled with the rise of the conservative right in South America -including Brazil’s fascist new government-, feminist movements from the South understand this is no time for moderate calls for equality and balance.

In Uruguay, the #8M call to action states: “Ante el fascismo, más feminismo” (In front of fascism, we need more feminism!). It is a call for international feminist solidarity to resist daily threats that aim to bring us back centuries when it comes to social and gender justice and rights. It is also a warning that feminist movements are forging new realities not only about equality, but about radical change.

So on this International Women’s Day we call for a return to its radical roots centred on workers rights and justice. This doesn’t call for balance. It calls for a radical transformation of society based on the twin principles of equity and justice.

Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah is Director of Information, Communications and Media, Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)

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George Collins For Nairobi Governor


My name is George Collins and I will be running for Nairobi governorship position in the 2022 elections My campaign will focus on issues affecting Nairobians Rather than opponent Attack. I’ll be running not because I want to prove appoint, neither I’m I running to shift the political argument to Young people. Am running because of the need for change in the city: unity of neighborhoods over divisions, hope for all over fear and progress on living standards over cartel domination. Who am I to make this call? I’m a progressive!!

Nairobian Job Guarantee


I believe In Job Guarantee for all Nairobians, because anyone who is willing and able to work shouldn’t struggle to find employment.

Nairobians Jobs Guarantee would create a baseline standard for employment that includes a kshs.10000 minimum wage (pegged to inflation), full healthcare, and child and sick leave for all. This proposal would dramatically upgrade the quality of employment in Nairobi, by providing training and experience to workers while bringing much-needed public services to our communities in areas such as parks service, childcare and environmental conservation.

Furthermore, Nairobians jobs guarantee program would establish a floor for wages and benefits for the City’s workforce. This program would provide a baseline minimum wage of kshs.10000 a month and guarantee for public workers a basic benefits package, including healthcare and childcare. By investing in our own workforce, we can lift thousands of Nairobians families out of poverty.

Universal Medicare for All Nairobians

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Universal Medicare for All Nairobians


Improved and Expanded Medicare for All is the ethical, logical, and affordable path to ensuring no person goes without dignified healthcare. Medicare for All will reduce the existing costs of healthcare (and make Medicare cheaper, too!) by allowing all people in Nairobi to buy into a universal healthcare system.
What’s even better is that Improved and Expanded Medicare for All includes full vision, dental, and mental healthcare – because we know that true healthcare is about the whole self, not just your yearly physical.
Almost every other developed city in the world has universal healthcare. It’s time Nairobi catches up to the rest of the world in ensuring all people have real healthcare coverage that doesn’t break the bank. This is very different than universal “access” to healthcare, which is lobbyist talk for more for-profit plans.
You can count on me to fight for people-centered healthcare more than any other candidate, because am the ONLY candidate that doesn’t accept money from Pharmaceutical lobbyists or private insurance companies.

Extending single payer (healthcare financed by taxes that covers the costs of essential healthcare for all Nairobians, with costs covered by a single public system) to Nairobians has rippling positive effects: people will take less time off work, have more money in their pocket, and other issues – like homelessness, and more – will also be alleviated with an increase in the number of people getting the mental and physical healthcare they need.

George Collins For Nairobi Governor

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