How many senses does a human body have?

How many senses does a human body have?

Most children are taught that the human body has five senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. But many neurologists identify nine or more senses, and some list as many as 21.


2019 Pulitzer Prize Announced:

Complete List of Winners
The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States. It was established in 1917 by provisions in the will of American (Hungarian-born) Joseph Pulitzer who had made his fortune as a newspaper publisher and is administered by Columbia University in New York City.

Here is the complete list of 2019 Pulitzer Prize winners:

Sl. No.




Public service

Staff of the South Florida Sun Sentinel



Carlos Lozada of The Washington Post

3. Editorial writing
Brent Staples of the New York Times



“The Overstory” by Richard Powers


Drama “Fairview” by Jackie Sibblies Drury
6. History
“Frederick Douglass” by David W. Blight


Biography or autobiography
“The New Negro” by Jeffrey C. Stewart


“Be With” by Forrest Gander

9. General nonfiction
“Amity and Prosperity” by Eliza Griswold


Music “p r i s m” by Ellen Reid
11. Special Citation
Aretha Franklin

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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”.

Democracy turned tyranny

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.

It’s time to become mature

‘We must try to become mature.’ Hebrews 6:1 CEV

Paul writes: ‘Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. God will make this happen, for He who calls you is faithful.’ (1 Thessalonians 5:23–24 NLT) Are you growing into spiritual maturity?

Before you answer, read these words from Ann Landers: ‘Maturity is the ability to control your anger and settle your differences without violence or resentment. Maturity is patience; it’s the willingness to pass up short-term pleasure for long-term gain. It’s the ability to “sweat it out” in spite of heavy opposition or discouraging setbacks. It’s the capacity to face unpleasantness and frustration without complaining or collapsing. Maturity is humility. It’s being big enough to say, “I was wrong,” and when you are right, never needing to say, “I told you so.” Maturity is the ability to make a decision and follow through with it instead of exploring endless possibilities and doing nothing about any of them. Maturity means dependability, keeping your word, and coming through in a crisis. The immature are masters of alibi; they’re the confused and the disorganised. Their lives are a maze of broken promises, former friends, unfinished business, and good intentions. Maturity is the art of being at peace with what you can’t change, having the courage to change what you can, and the wisdom to know the difference.’

The Bible says, ‘We must try to become mature and start thinking about more than just the basic things we were taught.’ So the word for you today is: it’s time to become mature.

What are the elements that make up living things?

What are the elements that make up living things?

The six most common elements in living things are carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfur. Atoms of these elements combine and form thousands of large molecules. These large molecules make up the structures of cells and carry out many processes essential to life.

When is the next time the planets will align?

When is the next time the planets will align?

One calculation of alignments within around thirty degrees (about as close as they can get) shows that the last such alignment was in 561 BC, and the next will be in 2854. All nine planets are somewhat aligned every 500 years, and are grouped within 30 degrees every 1 to 3 alignments.

Only days after Kenya made the headlines for producing the world’s best teacher, it is in the news again, this time for the wrong reason. It is described as a hotbed of academic dishonesty, where jobless graduates are minting millions of shillings writing thesis and term papers for students in the United Kingdom.

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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.

Dear H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta

Dear sir,

Hope this finds you well. Since your very first big victory in 2013 many of us didn’t believe in your capability, but after outstanding record in the first seven years, we can boldly say that in deed you’re the best Kenyan friends and president the Country has ever had. You’ve taught all of us the art of leading without bashing your opponent. You’ve taught all of us that indeed we can be one irrespective of all the divisions among the Politicians. You’ve taught all of us that in fighting graft, putting the interest of people is always the wisest choice.

I want to thank you for the many roads you’ve built in this country. There are places 10 years ago,I never imagined I could travel to but because of you I now have the opportunity to witness the true beauty of this country. A decade ago,I didn’t imagine seeing electricity in my rural home, but because of you my rural home is now the shiniest home in the whole globe.

Who ever thought that Kenyan would ever have a president who would stand against all odds to say no to vices such as corruption and tribalism?

To Youngsters, indeed you’ve inspired us. Millennials and Generation Z are very proud of the kind of example you’ve given us. Our generation is inspired by you. You may not feel like you’ve accomplished many things but if there’s one accomplishment you’ve achieved, I’d say inspiring a generation. Now a tiny kid from Turkana now has some hope of having the same opportunity like a kid in Nairobi.

I want to heart fully thank you for the bold step in your building Bridges initiative. Despite,the attacks from left,right and centre on how bad the thing is, I’d say it is a necessary evil. At first I thought it was a plan against the Deputy President William Ruto,but after a few months of objectivity, I believe it has truly united the country. For once in two decades I’ve seen Kenyans speaking in one accord.

Onto Big Four.
Achieving the Big Four is close to impossible,but it’s not too late to achieve the Big one. President kibaki is remembered for stabilising the economy and implementing the free primary education. You’d be remembered for so many good things like having a well balanced cabinet, championing for women and finally doing something real in the standard gauge railway. Going to Mombasa has never been fun and fast as it is now. With three years to go, doing something on health could tremendously add onto your many legacies. I choose health, because it’s a basic need though I won’t mind if you implemented something on manufacturing or even affordable housing.

Onto my last plea,an opportunity to see you,the former prime Minister,the Deputy President and the former Nairobi Governor Aspirant Miguna Miguna together would be a dream come true. I’m an optimist Mr President,and a photo ops or even a lunch in of the four of you would speak something truly meaningful. It would teach Kenyans that all of us are a family. It will show Kenyans how mature our politics has become. It will carry with it a message that indeed we may differ on ideologies but that doesn’t meaning we become enemies. It will show Kenyans how our politics reflect the good and the humanity in us and not the worse and the darkness in us. Kenyans are so in need of all the best ideas out there. As Nelson Mandela says

“May Your Choices reflect your hopes and not your fears”

The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.

George Collins.

Being There in the Crisis

“You’re called to give aid to people in distress.” Ro 12:8 MSG

You say, “It’s not my responsibility. I’m not getting involved!” Psychologists call this “compassionate disengagement,” the tendency to avoid helping someone in trouble. Whether your motivation is inconvenience, self-protection, or indifference, it’s wrong. “Being there” is how you demonstrate your love for God and your neighbor. And helping requires recognizing three kinds of crises: (1) Accidental or situational crises. These involve things like sudden threats to our well-being, disruptive events, unexpected losses, the discovery of a serious illness, the death of a loved one, a family breakdown, the loss of livelihood or security. Job experienced all these events together and wondered why God allowed so many bad things to happen to him. (2) Developmental crises. These occur in the course of everyday life. Moving houses, going away to college, adjusting to marriage, parenting, retirement, aging, declining health, and the loss of friends. Abraham and Sarah moved many times. They also endured years of childlessness and family stress, including the challenge of sacrificing Isaac. (3) Existential crises. These are when we face disturbing truths about ourselves. We may see ourselves as failures, grapple with being divorced or widowed, learn that our illness is incurable, experience rejection because of our race, class, age, or gender, or realize we may be getting too old to fulfill our life goals. True “helpers” understand, get involved, and encourage. They keep their eyes open, and are quick to “give aid to people in distress.”

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
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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.


The real currency of the world is not gold, nor plutocratic fiats, nor even the material backing of military might — it’s narrative. Whoever controls the narrative controls the world. That’s why propaganda plays such a massive role in our society. Whoever can control the stories about where power is located and how money works controls the power and money, because those things only operate by societal consensus. Power and money only exist where they exist because people agree to pretend that’s where they exist. They only exist to the extent that their stories are believed.

So make your own currency. Start telling your own stories. Ignore the would-be authority figures and start finding your own true north. Not the north they want you to believe in, but the one that’s true for you. This is the first step toward we the people reclaiming our power on a large scale.

Use the “Praise Strategy”

Use the “Praise Strategy”

“Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand.” Ps 149:6 NKJV

The Christian life is a battlefield with an enemy who’s out to defeat us every day. But God has given us strategies for winning, and praise is one of them. When Israel’s army went into battle, the tribe of Judah led the way. The name “Judah” means “praise the Lord.” So when you go into battle, go with “the high praises of God” in your mouth and He will go before you. This is the “praise strategy” that toppled the walls of Jericho for Joshua, and caused Jehoshaphat’s enemies to destroy one other before the battle even began (See 2Ch 20). It’s a decision to praise God when you face a situation you can’t handle; to focus on Him instead of on your problem. You may not feel worthy—but He is! You may not feel able—but He is! Remind God of His promises. Nothing moves Him like the sight of His children praising His name and claiming His promises in the face of adversity. Jesus said, “You will have complete and free access to God’s kingdom, keys to open any and every door” (Mt 16:19 MSG). Praise invites God to intervene, so use it. And find somebody to join you in praise (See Mt 18:19). Multiply your impact before the throne of God. The Bible says, “At midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God…And suddenly…all the doors were opened” (Ac 16:25-26). So, the word for you today is—use the “praise strategy!”

Write about me

She asked me to write a poem about her
“write about me, I wanna see what you see in me” she said
I told her I won’t!!!
Cause I knew then if my mind keeps pondering about her it will crush
But still it didn’t stopped it from Wondering
So I told her again I won’t write about her
She asked me time to time “when are you gonna write about me?
I want to be in your poem”
She didn’t understand that the poems I write about are not real She couldn’t understood that I wanted her to stay real
She said to me again ” write a poem about me”
I started to write poems about her
I wrote how the days can’t pass without her
I wrote what ever I wanted to tell her
I wrote one, two, three and more…
I couldn’t stop it anymore
I kinda lost control
that’s when I started to lose her
Just like I thought, my poems took her away from my reality
My words drove her to a distant that I couldn’t reach
My poems build the walls that no-one could ever breach
My poems wrecks the pathways that leads to my bridge
the bridges to my peace
even though I write them in rage, my poems are the only thing that keeps me at ease
So here is another poem for you
from a place so far which I don’t know where it is


A Night Under the Stars 😍 In the Northwest Territories of Canada lies this Hotel where you can stay in an Igloo for nights on end. The scenery also includes Dancing Northern Lights during the Aurora Season! Truly beautiful!

Are clouds made up of liquid or gas?

Are clouds made up of liquid or gas?

Clouds, snow, and rain are all made of up of some form of water. A cloud is comprised of tiny water droplets and/or ice crystals, a snowflake is an aggregate of many ice crystals, and rain is just liquid water. Water existing as a gas is called water Vapour.

Abay The Ethiopian Blue Nile Falls

This is Abay The Ethiopian Blue Nile Falls – living and natural heritage.
The Blue Nile looks like a sluggish beast as it meanders out of Lake Tana, but not far out of Bahir Dar you’ll see the Nile in a very different mood. The river pours over the side of a sheer 42m-high chasm and explodes into a melange of mists and rainbows (best at 10am) before continuing on its tumultuous path to Khartoum, where it finally gets to kiss the White Nile.

Platforms for Shopping

📊 Platforms for Shopping

Here’s how #Pinterest is selling ads ahead of its IPO (aimed to list shares on NYSE in April) compared to #Facebook, #Instagram, #Twitter, and #Snapchat.

YouTube is Responsible for 37% of All Mobile Internet Traffic

📺 YouTube is Responsible for 37% of All Mobile Internet Traffic

A new report by Sandvine has revealed the applications responsible for the most downstream mobile traffic in the world. Underlining the popularity of streaming services, #YouTube accounts for the most megabytes with 37 percent – an awfully long way ahead of second-placed #Facebook with 8.4 percent and #Snapchat with 8.3 percent. #Netflix, which accounts for the most internet traffic overall, only manages 2.4 percent when it comes to mobile.

Via Statista.

Brand Reputations That Took a Hit in 2019

📉 Brand Reputations That Took a Hit in 2019

#Facebook certainly had a tough year and it shows in the recent Axios and Harris Poll report: The 100 Most Visible Companies. The company had the largest dip in the report’s ranking, plummeting 43 places between 2018 and 2019. Barely in the top 100 brands, the social network fell to the bottom of the pack. Facebook has had to answer to legislators around the world this year about how it shares users’ data with third parties, the role it plays in spreading disinformation, and the vulnerabilities it has to hacks.

Read more on Statista

Gen Z is Still on Facebook

📊 Gen Z is Still on Facebook

Think you cannot target #GenZ on #Facebook? Think again!
Socialbakers’ data shows that this generation is giving brands as much love as #Millennials!

🚀 via Socialbakers.

Top App Categories Worldwide for Q4 2018 by Downloads – App Store

📱 Top App Categories Worldwide for Q4 2018 by Downloads – App Store

The top #AppStore category worldwide by downloads in Q4 2018 was Games with 2.09 billion installs for the quarter. Despite passing the two billion mark, the category saw downloads decrease 1.3 percent year-over-year from 2.11 billion in 4Q17.
Read more on SensorTower.

Instagram Stories & Ad Spend

📈 Instagram Stories & Ad Spend

#Instagram now accounts for almost 1 in 5 (18% of) marketing dollars spent on #Facebook’s properties, doubled in just a year, from 9.1% in Q4 2017.

A significant driver behind Instagram’s continued growth is the Stories format. Marin reports that for its clients, Stories accounted for about one-third (34%) of the ad spend on Instagram in Q4 2018 – a more than 10-fold increase in share when compared to the year-earlier period.

Which planet is known as bright wandering star?

Which planet is known as bright wandering star?

It is the fifth planet from the Sun, and it is more than twice as massive as all the other planets combined. Jupiter is the fourth brightest object in the sky (after the Sun, the Moon and Venus). It has been known since prehistoric times as a bright “wandering star”

How much does the temperature change with altitude?

Although the actual atmospheric lapse rate varies, under normal atmospheric conditions the average atmospheric lapse rate results in a temperature decrease of 6.4C°/km (3.5F°/1,000 ft) of altitude above ground level. The measurable lapse rate is affected by the moisture content of the air (humidity).


“What happens when we live God’s way?” Gal 5:22 MSG

Paul writes, “What happens when we live God’s way?…[We gain] a sense of compassion…[and] we find ourselves…not needing to force our way in life” (vv. 22-23 MSG). Let’s think about these two Christlike qualities: (1) You become more compassionate. You stop seeing people as objects that need to be straightened out, or avoided, or used for your own benefit. When Jesus looked at people, “he was moved with compassion” (Mt 9:36). When that happens, two wonderful things occur. First, you conquer selfishness and become concerned with somebody other than yourself. Second, you develop a sense of gratitude for blessings you may have taken for granted. In other words, compassion expands your field of vision beyond “us-four-and-no-more” to those you’ve been too busy to notice. (2) You no longer need “to force [your] way in life.” You stop seeing people who have gentle, loving spirits as “wimps” who never achieve much. Paul wrote, “We behaved gently…among you” (1Th 2:7 AMPC). And Paul was no wimp! Sometimes the reason we’re so driven is we fear that if we become more gentle and loving, we might stop getting ahead and fall behind in the race. That kind of fearful, frantic thinking drains the creativity out of your life—not to mention the joy. And any success you enjoy is in spite of your stress, not because of it. Look at Jesus. He wasn’t in a hurry, He seldom raised His voice, He took time for children, He loved people and lifted them. And the Bible says, “This is the kind of life you’ve been invited into” (1Pe 2:21 MSG). It’s what’s known as living “God’s way.”


“For you are all one in Christ.” Gal 3:28 NLT

If you limit yourself only to people who think exactly like you, you’ll never grow personally or accomplish what God has in mind for you. You need people who have 20/20 vision where you have blind spots. The way to offset your weak areas is by being able to work with people who are strong in those areas. Instead of looking for those who conform to your opinions, you need someone who loves you enough to challenge your opinions from time to time. Why? Because you still have a lot of learning and growing to do! Think of the people Jesus picked. Luke was a doctor, and Peter and John were fishermen. If you prided yourself on your image, which would you have picked? But Jesus needed them all to accomplish His mission. He knew we need people who complement us, not duplicate us. It is estimated that even if you had the genius of Einstein, you’d still know less than one percent of all there is to know. And if you were mega-talented, you’d only be able to achieve less than one percent of what can be achieved. Yes, we need harmony. But there’s a difference between harmony which is derived from two or more distinctly different notes that blend together, and unison, the same note made at the same time. Harmony is far more appealing to the ear than unison. So your relationships should be harmonious without being in unison. Think about it: You are uniquely different from anyone else. So if you want others to love and accept you, start loving and accepting them. The greatest wisdom is found in diversity, not conformity.

How to deal with Media/politicians propaganda

“Sympathy” is the best word I can think of for the way we open ourselves up to another and treat them as part of our tribe, as an extension of ourselves. Experientially it could be described as a kind of warm “leaning in” as opposed to a cold, leaned-back skepticism, and it’s an absolutely essential first step toward planting ideas in your head. All the best manipulators are extremely adept at not just coming across as likeable and trustworthy, but at attracting this kind of sympathetic response from people.

By fostering an unsympathetic inner posture toward all establishment pundits and politicians, you are removing the foundation they require in order to start constructing narratives inside your head. This can be done by remembering that you live in a corporatist society full of corporatist propaganda.

In a corporatist society wherein corporate power is inseparable from government power, corporate media is state media. It is propaganda.

Maintaining an awareness that you are consuming propaganda kills the power of that propaganda, in the same way awareness that you are being lied to kills the power of the lie. Instead of leaning in sympathetically and asking “What information is this reporter trying to bestow upon me?” you’re leaned back asking “Why is it important to this propagandist that I believe such a thing?”

Propaganda works by constructing narratives that are favorable to the institution promulgating it, and it does so by appealing to people’s baser impulses like fear and tribalism in order to create sympathy for their stories. Inner work which creates some space from mental narrative and identification is a great way to inoculate oneself against such manipulations. Meditation, self-inquiry, mantra repetition and mindfulness practices can all be useful toward this end, as can right-brained activities like drawing and painting since they involve a movement away from the language center.

All it really takes is enough movement away from the mind’s churning mental narratives to be able to view those narratives “from the outside”, that is, without being sucked inside their worldview.

There are some people who you can always count on to speak their truth regardless of the consequences. It doesn’t mean they’re always right about everything since no one is, it just means you can count on them to remain focused on asking themselves what’s true rather than getting sucked up into the hysteria of a given consensus narrative.

This needn’t be a professional commentator or high-profile figure; it can be a friend or group of friends or your wise old grandmother. It’s just important to find one solid, grounding voice.

Most importantly, try to foster your own positive narrative about the things that are going on in the world. It’s not enough to have an idea about what’s false and who’s lying, because then you’re just spinning in an ungrounded ocean of “no” without knowing which way’s up or having any clear way of conceptualizing what’s true. It’s too easy to get lost when all you’re doing is rejecting narratives, so start building your own. Start piecing together your own ideas about what’s really going on in the world.

Magical Kenya

As they say, you haven’t lived untill you set your foot in Kenya.

Magical it is!

Kenya, a country that’s slightly more than a half a Century old is unique not because of it’s diverse cultures and people but because of the unity it’s Citizens exudes on time of Terror and disasters. It’s a country that all Leaders from across the world envy. Our wildlife, is the icon of Africa. Our people are embodiment of unity in strength and out Children are surely the true promise of a thriving country in the 21st Century.

We’ve stood together on so many occasions: Westgate attack, Dusit Inn attack, Bombing of the American embassy, Garissa University attack, Kenyan for Kenyans and helping Turkana and Baringo drought and famine crisis. We did all these not out of obligation but out of a sense of responsibility. We did and we will continue doing because of the pure heart and the compassion that’s deeply engraved in our DNA. This is the Spirit of kenyans and according to world economic Forum Kenya is ranked in the top 10 among the countries whose citizens are more likely to help stranger and not only that; we’re among the top 50 countries in terms of the compassion index. We celebrate all these achievement with a profound sense of humility and not pride.

Our airline,despite it’s recent difficulty, is still the pride of Africa. Our buildings are some of the most iconic in the continent.

We can’t ignore our leaders, irrespective of their dismissal performance in colleges and high school, they still lead at par with lots of fellows who graduated from Harvard. They represent the true meaning of “Kenyan Dream.” I know what you’re thinking: How can that be? Corruption is something that’s present in literally every government in the World. The trick is on how it’s being managed and whether the funds embezzled are used within the country or stored in some offshore Account somewhere in Panama. We’ve done better, because our stolen money is in circulation. It’s used in helping the hungry and building Churches .

There’s is no country that’s perfect in the world, neither do we have one single country that tops in everything. As a country we’ve dwelled in our strengths and forgotten to work on our weakness. That’s why we are an average country, but we can be the best country, but we end tribalism In our politics and elect leaders who reflect our values and spirits.

Human evolution in the digital Age.

Large brains are humans’ most distinctive anatomical feature. Our brains are four times bigger than chimpanzees’ and gorillas’ brains.
Brains use twenty times the calories of muscles at rest. Brains require maintaining a constant temperature. Large brains are easily injured, and make childbirth difficult. Intelligence has many costs, yet doesn’t directly help an animal survive, e.g., a big brain doesn’t make you run faster or survive cold winters.

Our ancestors’ brains began to enlarge about two million years ago. In evolutionary time, two million years is short. Why our ancestors rapidly evolved large brains — specifically, a large, uniquely human cerebral cortex — is unknown, according to Sapiens, by Yuval Noah Harari. For example, the “man the toolmaker” hypothesis is unsupported by archeological evidence.

The cerebral cortex learns new things. Animals without a cerebral cortex act only as their genes programmed them to act. Animals with a cerebral cortex can find new foods, survive in new environments, or change their mating tactics to improve reproductive success.
In The Origin of Species (1859), Charles Darwin wrote that species evolve via random mutations. Environmental changes — e.g., changing food sources, predation, climate — favor one mutation over another. He called this process natural selection.

In The Descent of Man (1871), Darwin proposed an second theory of evolution. Species evolve when males and females select each other for certain qualities. He called this sexual selection. Biologists ignored this idea for over a century.

Females choose males with features that make the males less able to survive. E.g., a peacock’s bright colors make him visible to predators, and his huge tail slows his escapes. His beautiful tail communicates to peahens that he’s an especially fit individual, i.e., he’s so fast that he can escape predators despite his heavy tail. Sexual selection is, in general, the opposite of natural selection.

Natural selection advances via slow environmental change. Natural selection advances evolution in harsh environments (e.g., predation, climate change). Natural selection produces animals better able to survive — usually smaller, more efficient, and less conspicuous.

In contrast, sexual selection advances with each generation. Sexual selection produces rapid evolutionary changes. Sexual selection advances evolution in stable environments. Sexual selection produces animals (especially males) less able to survive, with bigger, more colorful, or exaggerated features.

What’s striking about the cerebral cortex is how much of it is not dedicated to specific behaviors. The human cerebral cortex has billions of general-purpose neurons, capable of learning any new idea. If our cerebral cortex evolved via sexual selection, why were our ancestral mothers and fathers — unlike any other animals — sexually attracted to partners who could learn new ideas?

Paternal care is found in only 6% of mammal species, compared to 80% of birds. In other words, humans are among the few mammals in which fathers help raise their offspring. Among hunter-gatherers, children without fathers are more than twice as likely to die during childhood. Today children without fathers are also less likely to prosper and reproduce.

But two-parent families introduce a dilemma. If a woman chooses a man desired by other women, who might have wealth, power, athleticism, or good looks, he may leave her for other women. If a woman chooses a man who’ll stick around for the next twenty years, he likely isn’t a man whom other women desire.

This dilemma gave reproductive advantages to individuals who could deceive. Women’s fundamental lie is to mate with a “cad” but tell her “dad” partner that the child is his. Men’s fundamental lie is to tell a woman that he’ll stay with her “forever,” and then start a second family with another woman.

Catching lies also gives reproductive advantages. A woman who recognizes men’s lies can avoid “cads” and choose a faithful partner. A “dad” who figures out that he isn’t the father can leave his lying partner and start a family with a more honest woman.

Catching lies also evolved our concept of “other minds,” because catching lies requires conceiving that another person might be thinking something other than what he or she is telling us.

The result was an “arms race” between lying and catching lies that rapidly advanced cerebral cortex evolution.

Mass Media

Mass media — radio, newspapers, the microphones and amplifiers of mass rallies, and later television — enabled a few people to communicate “golden lies” to millions of people at the same time. The “golden lies” of Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin were characterized by:

Nationalism (“we are superior to our neighbors”) eclipsed democracy, liberty, equality, and religious “golden lies.” To paraphrase Jonathan Swift, nationalism flies, and democracy, liberty, and equality come limping after them.

The demagogues’ “golden lies” were compulsory. German and Soviet citizens had no choice but to believe. All aspects of society were controlled by the great dictators

Rape Culture and how we men play a part in it 💯

I acknowledge every woman I meet on the street, or in an elevator, or in a stairway, or wherever, in a way that indicates she’s safe. I want her to feel just as comfortable as if I weren’t there. I accept that any woman I encounter in public doesn’t know me, and thus, all she sees is a man — one who is suddenly near her. I have to keep in mind her sense of space and that my presence might make her feel vulnerable. That’s the key factor — vulnerability.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t spend much of my life feeling vulnerable. I’ve come to learn that women spend most of their social lives with ever-present, unavoidable feelings of vulnerability. Stop and think about that. Imagine always feeling like you could be at risk, like you were living with glass skin.

As modern men we must seek out danger. We choose adventures and extreme sports in order to feel like we’re in jeopardy. We make games of our vulnerability. That’s how differently men see the world from women. (Obviously, stated with full acknowledgment that there’s a vibrant community of extreme athletes that are women, who regularly risk their safety as well. However, women don’t need to engage in adrenalin sports to feel at-risk.)

A woman must consider where she is going, what time of day it is, what time she will arrive at her destination and what time she will leave her destination, what day of the week is it, if she will be left alone at any point … the considerations go on and on because they are far more numerous than you or I can imagine. Honestly, I can’t conceive of having to think that much about what I need to do to protect myself at any given moment in my life. I relish the freedom of getting up and going, day or night, rain or shine, Westside or downtown. As men we can enjoy this particular extreme luxury of movement and freedom of choice. In order to understand rape culture, remember this is a freedom that at least half the population doesn’t enjoy.

Rape prevention is about the fact that a man must understand that saying “no” doesn’t mean “yes,” that when a woman is too drunk/drugged to respond that doesn’t mean “yes,” that being in a relationship doesn’t mean “yes.” Rather than focus on how women can avoid rape, or how rape culture makes an innocent man feel suspect, our focus should be: how do we, as men, stop rapes from occurring, and how do we dismantle the structures that dismiss it and change the attitudes that tolerate it?

Since you are a part of it, you ought to know what rape culture is.

Rape Culture is an environment in which rape is prevalent and in which sexual violence against women is normalized and excused in the media and popular culture. Rape culture is perpetuated through the use of misogynistic language, the objectification of women’s bodies, and the glamorization of sexual violence, thereby creating a society that disregards women’s rights and safety.

Now that you know what it is, what can you do about rape culture?

Avoid using language that objectifies or degrades women

If a friend says she has been raped, take her seriously and be supportive

Speak out if you hear someone else making an offensive joke or trivializing rape

Think critically about the media’s messages about women, men, relationships, and violence

Be respectful of others’ physical space even in casual situations

Always communicate with sexual partners and do not assume consent

Define your own manhood or womanhood. Do not let stereotypes shape your actions

Dream Big As you never know when it could come True.

They always tell me to dream
dream big, have a plan ,
have a vision
they still tell me to dream “they might come true”
and that’s what I am scared of
What if they do!!??
I have dreams, I have visions
Huge ones
But they are scary!!!
Scary as the thoughts of an indoor mind
What if they come true!!!!
I can’t let my dreams and my visions be real, I have to hide them, keep them locked away just to be sure
If they came out , everything will be left to ruins
they will hurt people , they know how to be cruel
Only a fool adds fuel to a fire to stop the flame
Only a sick adds alcohol to stop the pain
So let me keep my dreams away
to keep you safe from their destructive Waves.

It’s okay if you don’t do what you went to school for.

Guys, life starts with being happy with your situation. If you’re unhappy, you won’t have the energy to get through the day. If you don’t have energy, you won’t have any motivation. Doing things you like helps you be happy.

I’m not saying quit your day job and rush headless into your ideal situation. It won’t work.

Think things through then follow through. — Eddie Rickenbacker

Not everything you’re going to try is going to work, and that’s okay. What’s important is that you don’t get too comfortable and don’t try new things.

My friend says: “What’s the worst that can happen?”

That’s a very important question. A lot of times we’re scared of doing something for fear of making our situation worse. A lot of times, that’s all it is — fear. A lot of ideas are not as scary as they seem.

I used to be scared shitless of dying. It was probably my number one fear. I mean, there’s still so much left to do in this world and I’m aging faster than I wish I would. But this quote changed my perspective on that:

“It is not death a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.” — Marcus Aurelius

I was scared because “I didn’t do anything”. By that I mean that I was simply doing my 8–5 job and playing video games after work, looking forward to weekends.

What kind of life is that? Is that really what life is all about?

I bet you’re wondering the same too. Or maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who found their true purpose in life.

Nonetheless, the important thing lies in the quote above: “beginning to live”.

What does that mean?

It means something different for everyone.

For me, it meant doing things out of my comfort zone. It meant conquering all my fears. It meant learning as many skills as possible. And ultimately, it meant becoming the best version of myself, and do the same for people around me, whether online and in person.

Man’s opinion in a feminist dominated World

Well, it’s true that I, George Collins, could never understand what it’s like to be a woman raised in this country. I will never know what it’s like to be looked at continually, or judged for my appearances, to be thought of as something somewhat inferior that can’t do the same work, on and on and on. But what is absurd about the idea is that I, George Collins, can’t make the effort, the empathetic effort, to actually go and really try and understand the experience of the people very different from me.

And in understanding that, I’ve enriched myself, and I can actually create something, I can even write something that’s very interesting. That from my outside perspective, I could have some interesting insights and that by taking the effort to understand the experience of other people, I’ve not only enriched myself, but my work will be that much deeper.

So, whenever I try and write a story about someone in my blog—obviously they come from different cultures, different periods, different genders, different races—my whole goal is to try and feel what it’s like to have been them. I know I can’t get close enough. I know that there’s going to be some things that are somewhat inaccurate about it. But why shouldn’t that be the ideal that we have in culture? Why shouldn’t that be a good thing to actually try and understand as deeply as possible the experience of other people? And why does it have to be labeled as some sort of cultural appropriation or some form hidden oppression when in fact it has always been the ideal in culture, for instance, to sort of get inside the experience of other people? I think that’s a question worth examining.


I try and maintain that we are all kind of self-absorbed. And we’re hungry to feel validated, and we definitely feel validated by people who are like us, who kind of mirror our values and our ideas—they kind of give us that sort of narcissistic thrill that we are okay, that there are other people like this out in the world. It is what drives people to identify with some narrow group. The narrower the better. It’s a little hard to identify with a group of 500,000—it’s kind of abstract.

So there’s this ugly aspect of human nature that forces us to become more and more tribal. And it’s so insanely irrational. When I was working on the book, this is what I was trying to come to terms with—we are all stemmed from the same small group of homo sapiens from Africa, some hundreds of thousands of years, millions of years ago. We are all essentially the same. We all evolved. There’s no real sense of what it means to be white. The whole notion of white as a race is completely debunked scientifically. We are a mix of so many different races, and there’s no one who’s ever a pure race. We all come from the same roots.

Love is like Cocaine 😂

Besotted men and women crave emotional and physical union with their beloved. This craving is a central component of all addictions. Lovers also feel a rush of exhilaration when thinking about him or her, a form of “intoxication.” As their obsession builds, the lover seeks to interact with the beloved more and more, known in addiction literature as “intensification.” They also think obsessively about their beloved, a form of intrusive thinking fundamental to drug dependence. Lovers also distort reality, change their priorities and daily habits to accommodate the beloved, and often do inappropriate, dangerous, or extreme things to remain in contact with or impress this special other.

Even one’s personality can change, known as “affect disturbance.” Indeed, many smitten humans are willing to sacrifice for their sweetheart, even die for him or her. And like addicts who suffer when they can’t get their drug, the lover suffers when apart from the beloved — “separation anxiety.”

Trouble really starts, however, when a lover is rejected. Most abandoned men and women experience the common signs of drug withdrawal, including protest, crying spells, lethargy, anxiety, sleep disturbances (sleeping way too much or way too little), loss of appetite or binge eating, irritability, and chronic loneliness.

Lovers also relapse the way addicts do. Long after the relationship is over, events, people, places, songs, or other external cues associated with the abandoning partner can trigger memories. This sparks a new round of craving, intrusive thinking, compulsive calling, writing, or showing up — all in hopes of rekindling the romance. Because romantic love is regularly associated with a suite of traits linked with all addictions, several psychologists have come to believe that romantic love can potentially become an addiction.

If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it,” Einstein reportedly said. Few academics and laymen regard romantic love as an addiction — because they believe that all addictions are pathological and harmful. Data do not support this notion, however. When neuroscientists Andreas Bartels and Semir Zeki compared the brains of happily-in-love participants with the brains of euphoric addicts who had just injected cocaine or opioids, many of the same regions in the brain’s reward system became active.

Many professionals define addiction as a pathological, problematic disorder. And because romantic love is a positive experience under many circumstances (i.e. not harmful), researchers remain largely unwilling to officially categorize romantic love as an addiction. But love addiction is just as real as any other addiction, in terms of its behavior patterns and brain mechanisms. Even when romantic love isn’t harmful, it is associated with intense craving and anxiety and can impel the lover to believe, say, and do dangerous and inappropriate things. Moreover, all forms of substance abuse, including alcohol, opioids, cocaine, amphetamines, cannabis, and tobacco (as well as the non-substance addictions to food, gambling, and sex) activate several of the same reward pathways that are activated among men and women who are happily in love, as well as those rejected in love.

Advertisers Versus consumers/Customers

Advertisers have to constantly innovate to break through the “tuning out” that consumers learned to do. Post-Stalin Soviet leaders were increasing challenged to maintain the illusion that their system was superior to the west.

The Flynn Effect is the increase in intelligence in each generation since the 1930s. One study estimated that population IQ increases about three points per decade; another study estimated that the average IQ in 1932 was 80, on the same scale that the average IQ in 1997 was 100, i.e., people gained twenty IQ points in two or three generations. Many explanations have been proposed for the Flynn Effect, including better schooling, nutrition, and fewer infectious diseases. I propose that the arms race between advertisers and consumers contributed to the Flynn Effect.

There’s never been another Hitler or Stalin in countries that have mass media. The great dictators unleashed mass media on populations unvaccinated against mass lying. Late twentieth-century dictators were stuck in remote, isolated countries. With the Internet and video, oppression will be even harder for future dictators. Just try to get a wi-fi connection in Havana or Pyongyang!

Meritocracy’s a False Believe

Meritocracy has become a leading social ideal. Politicians across the ideological spectrum continually return to the theme that the rewards of life — money, power, jobs, university admission — should be distributed according to skill and effort.

The most common metaphor is the ‘even playing field’ upon which players can rise to the position that fits their merit. Conceptually and morally, meritocracy is presented as the opposite of systems such as hereditary aristocracy, in which one’s social position is determined by the lottery of birth. Under meritocracy, wealth and advantage are merit’s rightful compensation, not the fortuitous windfall of external events.

Meritocracy is a false and not a very salutary belief. As with any ideology, part of its draw is that it justifies the status quo, explaining why people belong where they happen to be in the social order. It is a well-established psychological principle that people prefer to believe that the world is just.

Meritocracy offers flattery. Where success is determined by merit, each win can be viewed as a reflection of one’s own virtue and worth. Meritocracy is the most self-congratulatory of distribution principles. Its ideological alchemy transmutes property into praise, material inequality into personal superiority. It licenses the rich and powerful to view themselves as productive geniuses. While this effect is most spectacular among the elite, nearly any accomplishment can be viewed through meritocratic eyes. Graduating from high school, artistic success or simply having money can all be seen as evidence of talent and effort. By the same token, worldly failures become signs of personal defects, providing a reason why those at the bottom of the social hierarchy deserve to remain there.

This is why debates over the extent to which particular individuals are ‘self-made’ and over the effects of various forms of ‘privilege’ can get so hot-tempered. These arguments are not just about who gets to have what; it’s about how much ‘credit’ people can take for what they have, about what their successes allow them to believe about their inner qualities. That is why, under the assumption of meritocracy, the very notion that personal success is the result of ‘luck’ can be insulting. To acknowledge the influence of external factors seems to downplay or deny the existence of individual merit.

Despite the moral assurance and personal flattery that meritocracy offers to the successful, it ought to be abandoned both as a belief about how the world works and as a general social ideal. It’s false, and believing in it encourages selfishness, discrimination, and indifference to the plight of the unfortunate.

Tech versus the Political Savvy

Tech-focused individuals aren’t paying attention to politics. Politics-focused individuals don’t realize that technology affects their lives more than politics.

The tech-focused class is younger, better educated, more urban, and has better jobs and better health. They see technology solving their problems. They don’t believe that government solves problems. When was the last time the national government solved a problem in your life?In contrast, figuring out technological change is pretty much what I do all day. The tech-focused class has little time for or interest in politics.

The politics-focused class is older, less educated, more rural, with higher unemployment and worse health. They blame the government for their problems. Their problems are actually caused by technological change and resulting societal structural changes. They like politics because politicians blame their problems on things they can understand, such as immigrants. Or invisible beings are punishing them because the Supreme Court allowed gay marriage. Explaining to politics-focused people that their problems are caused by technological change doesn’t register.

The politics-focused class is able to gerrymander and rig elections because the tech-focused class doesn’t pay attention to politics.

Paying attention to politics is arguably a poor choice for your attention. Climate change is going to be solved by scientists and technologists, not by politicians negotiating for ten years to bring carbon emissions back to the levels of five years ago.

Bi-partisan gridlock is gridlock between two increasingly impotent forces. Technology flies, and politics comes limping after it.

Fake news” and “post-truth” politics will go away. One hopes that the people who believe everything they read on the Internet will get a clue faster than the Germans figured out that they’re not the master race. If not, we have a long dozen years ahead of us.

Those who long for the past when we all believed in the same “golden lies” need to be reminded by blacks, women, or other less-than-equals what the golden past was like.

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.― Philip K. Dick

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.

How entertainment is Becoming 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.

Women are attracted to male entertainers, especially men who are gifted with language, acting, or music. Acting is deception, e.g., a poor man pretends to be a king. Music, poetry, and storytelling (literature) induce emotional experiences in listeners, even if there’s no physical reason to feel an emotion. Theater, novels, and movies are “golden lies” in which we suspend our disbelief to experience emotions. E.g., seeing a rainbow after surviving a storm lifts our spirits. Talking about seeing a rainbow after a storm can invoke the same emotions. Emotions can be especially strong when we experience them in a group, which makes a community stronger.

For our ancestors, music, poetry, and feasting were experienced in religious contexts, along with rules for men and women about mating. Today men take women on dates where they pay talented men (chefs, actors, musicians) to entertain but not mate with the women, and increase the women’s interest in mating with their dates.

The “Arms Race” Between the Individual and the Community

If the “arms race” of our prehistoric ancestors was between men and women, in the religious era the “arms race” was between the individual and the community. Stealing bread was the most common crime of the pre-modern era, as readers of Les Misérables know. If your children are starving, should you steal bread and risk harsh punishment? Or should you trust that invisible beings will feed your children if you don’t steal? Should an individual consume alcohol or go fishing on the Sabbath? And which gods should you worship? These were life-or-death questions, but today seem like minor issues.

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.


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 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.

Make Reading Your DNA

Reading is trending.The internet’s taken something uncool and given it a makeover. Reading is the new kale: worth stomaching because it’s Good For Us.So good, in fact, that we should do as much of it as we can. More is more! Everyone should be reading one book a week — no, wait, one book a day.

That’s why Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates,Barack Obama and Elon Musk are successful, after all.The more we read, the smarter we’ll get.But where do we find the time? We have to do it faster, faster, and faster still!Blog posts tell us How To Read 300% Faster In 20 minutes! Or, How To Trick Yourself Into Reading More Books!

Speed reading has become a competitive sport: a race to see who can devour the New York Times Bestseller list quickest.And according to UCLA psychologist Patricia Greenfield, when the brain skims, less attention and time is allocated to slower, more time-consuming processes, like inference, critical analysis and empathy.

In other words, we aren’t giving ourselves enough time to grasp complexity or develop opinions of our own.Even if we assume speed reading doesn’t really work, we still need to address the real question: why would we want it to?I have nothing against reading 100 books a year — if that rate comes naturally to you.

Why do we read, anyway?

Consider three types of reading:

The first is passive. Scrolling on Facebook, flicking through a magazine in a doctor’s room, tapping away on Twitter. This reading happens to you.

The second is practical. Reading for a purpose. Because we want — or need — to learn something. At school, college, or for personal improvement.

The third is pleasurable. Not just fiction or magazines or fluffy escapism. Reading for pleasure doesn’t have a category: it’s subjective. It happens when something makes you tick: an article, a novel, an autobiography.

Reading because you want to, not because you feel you should.Thinking “Yes — this is for me.” Getting so lost that you don’t hear the door being knocked.
It’s this reading that lengthens our attention spans, expands our vocabulary, and help us squirrel away golden nuggets of information. We can’t help it — when reading is pleasurable, the content stays with us.

Elon Musk and co., attribute their success to reading because they read purposely, and apply that learning in the wider context of their careers. They didn’t plough through huge volumes of material as a box to be ticked.

As Mortimer J. Adler wrote:
“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.”

In case you choose quality over quantity, here are a few tips that can help you to find books that can get through to you:

Try the classics…
Try dropping self-help books for a while. Most books are repackaged versions of a handful of classics. It’s worth starting with the original wisdom and going from there. Choose the best of the best in the topics that interest you. Reading a selection of these, carefully, will take you far.

Be selective;There will naturally be some books that apply to you and your life more than others. That’s ok. Curate a selection that makes sense for you.

Re-read;If you’re trying to expand your knowledge in a certain area, re-reading something that inspired and resonated with you will be more impactful than reading new books that reiterate the same.

Take notes;We retain information much better when we take notes manually.

Final thoughts;
In Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Anne Lamott writes,

“For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”

Reading is magic. It’s teleportation and telepathy.It lets us roam across space and time, oceans and continents.It lets us pick the brains of the most astonishing people on earth, access the wisdom of the past and see into the future.

Reading has many unintended consequences: we hold multiple interesting perspectives in our mind, practice listening to the opinions of others’, and accept we’re not always right.
Yes, reading educates, it increases empathy, it emboldens us. But it can also just be fun. Don’t read to make yourself successful. Read to make yourself happy.

Big Scam: 7 Proven Ways To Get The Girl of Your Dream in 7 days.

Men are coached to behave like jerks, so that they appear to have confidence, while behind-the-scenes, in the murkiest depths of the internet, the same coaches are teaching men that they are beyond hope, that their bodies are wrong and ugly, and that instead of working on themselves, the only way to resolve this is to pretend to be someone they’re not. They prey on men with low confidence and keep them where they are in order to sell courses, books, and ad impressions.

We even associate having a big dick with confidence, as if you could tell by how arrogant a man is the precise measurement of his penis. And “Big Dick Energy” is about arrogance, not confidence. It’s boorish, inappropriate, and uncaring. It’s more about being a big dick than having a big dick.

Have you ever heard it said, when we see an unattractive man with a sexy girlfriend, that “he must have a really big dick”? As if having a giant penis is enough to make up for all those other flaws — when in reality, they probably aren’t seen as flaws at all. And how would she know about his gargantuan cock before they started dating? I know that dick pics are today’s new art form, but they’re usually frowned upon on a Tinder bio. She would at least have had to have had a conversation with him prior to finding out about his enormous package.

We’re all complicit in penis-shaming, height-shaming, ugly-shaming, wealth-shaming, weight-shaming, etc, etc, etc. We’d do well to remove these ideas from our conversations and mental libraries. Their impact is greater than any one of us; they’re ideas that we hold collectively. Just like similar ideas about women are used to keep them in their place; these aspects of men’s personalities, wealth, and bodies can be used to shame and control them.

Women don’t want “bad boys”, but that’s often what they end up getting. They’re not bothered about the size of your cock, although over a certain size can actually be uncomfortable. Anyone, of any size or shape, can be sexy, and it’s all about confidence. Following the rules of “The Game” or the advice dished out by online misogynists, will drain your own confidence, and replace it with an arrogance that might get your foot in the door, but won’t lead to a satisfying relationship.

You can’t buy confidence, although there’s a lot of people selling it. The only way you can get it is by working on yourself, and that’s always going to involve effort, especially if you’re starting from rock bottom. But easy fixes will keep you exactly where you are, and even make things worse as you scare off all the women who might have shown an interest were you not acting like a complete tool. “Bad boys” are a distraction to both men and women; don’t fall for their appeal — it’s all an illusion.

#BeyondZeroCorruption , Dubbed #BeyondZeroMarathon Strategies Revealed.

Hundreds of police officers drafted into Kenya First Lady’s Beyond Zero Marathon Security on Sunday as undercover runners and sleuths, in an attempt to ward off anticipated anti-corruption crusaders intending to use the occasion to hold peaceful protests.

Sources further indicate that police have been given express orders to maintain public order by dispersing any unauthorized meetings/ congregations/ gatherings within the precincts of the marathon, including detaining protesters intending to “bring Beyond Zero HM into disrepute”.

Security officers from satellite towns of capital city have been ferried into Nairobi for reinforcement during the First Lady Half Marathon on Sunday. Police on high alert over possible “interruptions”. Public parks and “open spaces” will particularly be under watch.

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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1)The Media announces a Scandal
2)The People involved called by the Media house at a fee to Cleanse themselves
3)An Investigation is announced
4)The Media is used to announce another Scandal
5)The Previous scandal is forgotten

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Under Jubilee Government, Kenya has been losing approximately 241,000 Kenya shillings Every Second

Six Years of Jubilee Government;

~We have lost over Ksh 700 Billion.
~That’s means we have been losing Ksh 120 Billion every year!
~Ksh 10 billion each month!
~Ksh 0.34 Billion each day!
~Ksh 241,000 each Second!

No job!

No hopes!

New leadership.

Deputy President brutally rebuts Raila’s Accusations.

Just after a day of Direct attacks of the former prime Minister Raila Odinga towards Deputy President William Ruto at the devolution conference; the deputy President finally got his Chance of rebutting and didn’t spare.He used the hyena narrative to channel his feelings. Moreover, he explicitly stated that those accusing him of corruption should walk to the offices of DCI and he even gave directions.

“To those who know anybody who has stolen or misappropriated public funds, instead of shouting in funerals, fundraisers or conferences, they should submit their petitions to investigating institutions either in Karura or Valley Road…” ~ DP Ruto

Moreover the Deputy President highlighted the following as some of the major challenges facing Kenya and not a change in Constitution and structure of government.

Wastage, mismanagement and corruption undermine the optimal use of resources. The Constitution provides robust, independent institutions to deal with this danger to our development; EACC, DCI, DPP, Judiciary are well resourced to function effectively and efficiently.

He further added that 52% of revenue goes to salaries and wages. Less than 20% goes into development. Suggestions for the creation of other layers of government is reckless, pedestrian and outright thoughtless.

This is what Boni Khalwale had to say on Twitter.

@RailaOdinga challenged @WilliamsRuto at the Kirinyaga Devolution Conference. Ruto came crashing him with
-the fight in the dog
-the shepherd & his sheep
-the hyena’s interest in the size of the herd
-the pope couldn’t have called u.

Deputy President William Ruto’s Speech

Leading Without Power

You probably thinking that this is one of those many wishful thinking and I thought so too the very first time I read about it. How can you lead without Power? How can you lead without authority? This must be a typical example of an oxymoron I learnt back in primary school. I get your pain but stick with me for a minute.

My mother literally isn’t the head of the household but here is something she told me, ” women don’t need to be the head of the household for them to control the house,they just have to recognize their Influence and that in itself is the perfect form of authority.” She advised me that the best form of leadership is aspiring to motivate others and helping them pursue their interests. I didn’t believe her,I was so much obsessed with top down form of Authority that I ended up forgetting the conventional wisdom of leadership that is to spur change from the bottom up. She taught me that son if at all you’d want to make a memorable Leader,then make humility and selflessness as the foundation of your leadership career.

John Maxwell (a prominent voice on leadership) says:
“Leadership is a choice you make rather than a place you sit. In other words, leadership comes from influence and not from your position. For this reason, even when you’re not in front, you’re still leading those around you.”

Many other prominent leaders have said similar things. For instance Michael Hyatt says

“Leadership is about influence, not control. I am not the first person to make this observation, but it is worth repeating… Aspiring leaders would do well to stop focusing on control and figure out how to expand their influence..”

Don’t sit around and wait for a day that may never come. Instead, choose to start changing your situation right now. You’ll be surprised how far small steps in the right direction will take you. As Lao Tzu famously said:
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. And our First step is learning the 4 pillars of influence

1.Building Trust.
Trust has to come first in your life and you gain trust by asking for advice and listening genuinely. Trust is not an action or a resume, it is a feeling that other’s have about you. This feeling comes from two things: 1) a belief that you have their best interests at heart, and 2) a confidence that you have the ability to help them

2.Create Alignment;the power of Communication.
If trust is the bridge that connects you with others, then communication is the vehicle. It enables you to align your actions and goals with those around you.

3. Cultivate Momentum,Take action.
I am often surprised by how often people get a good idea or see how something can be done better, but don’t act on it.
The engine of all change is action. It is remarkable how simply acting on your ideas motivates others to get behind them.

4. Inspire Belief,Find the greater Purpose by helping others find a greater purpose to their work. Don’t get into politics or business because your pack is getting into it, examine yourself and know what’s your true calling. You don’t have to wait to have a platform to start, start right where you are. Am an aspiring governor of Nairobi and Guess what?? Am not waiting for 2022, am in the game this very second.

People like Martin Luther King, Winston Churchill, and Mother Theresa didn’t develop the ability to inspire others once they had a platform; rather, they were given a platform because they inspired others.

A case for polygamy

Lots of people see polygamy as something necessarily restrictive or exploitative of women because the man is getting to be intimate with more than one woman, and that’s the only aspect they consider. But women can gain from it too.

Living together as a family allows women to support each other in a deeper way than is otherwise possible and, I believe, it gives each woman more room to do her thing than she might have if she was a man’s only wife. Time doesn’t always wait when it comes to matters of the heart.

And as a matter of fact, it allows women to pursue their personal goals.
While polygamy certainly isn’t a choice everyone will make, a part of making any choice is understanding that there are alternatives to what everyone else is doing.

Bonus information.
When you see the word polygamy… The image that comes to mind is a man with many wives but what do we call a woman with multiple husbands? Here is your answer..

Polygyny is the act of a man marrying multiple wives.
Polyandry is the act of a woman marrying (for queer women) or getting married to many husbands

The Cost Of Strike at JKIA

Business wise, the strike at JKIA did not only cause alot of emotional and physical damages but also a greater financial impact on the KQ as an organization and Kenya as a country. According to a story by business Daily, KQ owes five Billion Kenyan shillings to CBA and NIC.

KQ owes 5bn to CBA and NIC

On Top of that huge Debt, the company had 34 flights cancelled and lots of other airlines also rescheduled their flights. At least 120 flights were to leave the Airport yesterday. According to KQ stats, there were suppose to be 120 flights departing with an estimated 8236 Passengers and 114 flights arriving with an estimated 7641 Passengers.

What does that mean economically?
It means the company lost aircraft parking cost for flights landing, connecting and leaving the Airport. Moreover, the company had to compensate Passengers whose flights were cancelled and for some they had to go an extra mile of paying for them hotel accommodation. That’s not all, remember we’ve perishable good like flowers which have to be flown within a set amount of time;that strike meant no product was transported and even if they did, the cargo probably expired along the journey.

No official numbers have been given by the company in regard to how much was lots but from your basic maths you can guess how much it was. Alot.

Building Riches Initiative;Raila’s Feature in The KQ Saga

A good story never ends with the villain losing every game. After lots of exposes from the yesterday’s strike at JKIA, the story seems to be evolving. This is after Raila’s family for the very time is connected to KQ saga according to a report by Citizen TV yesterday. According to the report, Raila Junior Odinga is not only a director but also a shareholder holding 2000 shares in the company.

Assume for a second that I have a rich Father, who is interested in a particular product but being that there are limits onto how many products you can purchase, my father in his right thinking state won’t go ahead and make the purchase having bought before. So to cover his tracks, he’ll use me as a proxy to get the product. What do I mean, he’ll use my name to make the purchase. Legally the product in mine but in reality the product is my fathers.

This simple extract is how lots of filthy Rich people make investments. Think of any big name, and the investments they’ve made. Many times the huge amount is distributed in thousands of small amount. Sounds familiar? Remember the NYS scandal. But why must it always be that ordinary people are used as means to an end. Why must we always glorify the thieves among us and vilify the Patriots.

In speeches and theory they give hope to Citizens but behind dark rooms they toss at their ignorance. Many people were arrested while the real problem at KQ haven’t been addressed. You don’t get rid of bedbugs by burning the mattress. You get rid of bedbugs by spraying each and everyone of them.
The problem of racism and embezzlement of funds will continue unless the real problem is addressed:Get rid of the corrupt and racist in KQ.

What’s 5G?

The next generation of wireless technology promises much faster speeds while using less power. The fifth generation mobile Communication has the capability of connecting huge volume of devices to the cloud making it a leader in the Internet of Things (IoT).

It can be used:

  1. To add connectivity and intelligence to factory equipments.
  2. In 5G based applications related to telemedicine and urban infrastructure.
  3. In streaming live events in Virtual Reality.
  4. In enabling autonomous vehicles to transmit data to each other.The connectivity can test wireless communications between autonomous vehicles and their surroundings. The 5G network transmits data from car sensors, roadside sensors, and video cameras installed above the road to a local data center, which analyzes the information and sends it back to the vehicles to help them navigate

How does 5G make this possible?

Unlike previous generations of mobile technology, which tended to introduce a single novel feature for users (1G let you walk and talk, 2G let you send texts, 3G got you onto the internet, and 4G let you stream), 5G promises a whole suite of dramatic improvements. It uses entirely new wireless infrastructure to achieve speeds up to 100 times faster than 4G and promises to nearly eliminate any processing delays. It will also kick-start the internet of things, since it was designed to connect billions of machines, appliances, and sensors at low cost without draining their batteries.

Chinese government calls it a strategic emerging industry and a new area of growth but the race to 5G will only be decided by creativity and Entrepreneurialism.

Bonus information
2G was pioneered in Europe in the 1990s,3G in Japan in 2000 and 4G in the US in 2011.

Forbes List Of Billionaires 2019


Commenting on the publication of the Forbes Annual Billionaires List today, Max Lawson, Head of Policy on Inequality for Oxfam said:

“Billionaires’ fortunes rise and fall but they remain the big winners in a broken economic system that sees wealth unfairly concentrated at the top.

“Super-rich individuals and corporations are paying lower rates of tax then they have in decades, while millions of people struggle to get by on poverty wages, and without the education or health services that could help lift them out of poverty.

“People are impatient for change. Governments must act now to ensure wealth is fairly taxed and invest the money in healthcare and education for all.”

Notes to editors:

Read Forbes Full List Here

Could the colonialists be planning a Coup over our precious Airline (KQ)

The whole saga began with alleged merger between Kenya Airport authority and the Kenya Airways. A merger is simply one organization joining another to form one huge organization either voluntarily (Joint merger) or involuntarily ( Hostile take Over). An involuntary merger happens when the weaker organization is operating on debts and can’t even pay its employees. For it’s survival, merging is always the best opportunity cost (the best alternative forgone).

Following how the events unfolded from the merger to the issuance of strike notice by Kenya Aviation worker’s Union, to this day’s strike, there’s something fishy. Workers go on strike because of default payment or underpayment by the organization or Employee’s segregation (racism in other words). No single organization denies it’s workers payment willingly unless they genuinely can’t afford to pay or sustain the needs of the workers.

The union gave a strike notice, that the organization ignored. It’s their constitutional right to Pickett but ironically their Peaceful demonstration was disrupted by armed GSU solders. The cabinet secretary even called them criminals. How can you call someone a criminal when the courts haven’t found them guilty of any crimes let alone being presented before a court of law. Look how Gatwick and Heathrow handled the drone incident. Isn’t that a good way to learn instead of sending armed officers.

Kenya airways was suppose to be a national security installation but it’s now being turned into a private entity. The Top most paid employees (more than 15) aren’t Kenyans but whites. Is our precious airline being controlled by old white guys in suits? If it’s truly Kenyan, why don’t we have a few of our own in among the most paid? A thing like this doesn’t happen anywhere else in the World and as great Citizens who love not only our magical airline but also our country, we must say No.

All you Need to Know About #DevolutionConference

The 6th Annual Devolution conference is on it’s second day in Kirinyaga University, Kirinyaga County following officiation by President Kenyatta Yesterday. This year’s theme is deliver, transform, measure and accountability something that almost all Governors have failed in. The conference brings together Governors, Senators, key players and stakeholders. The Senate role is basically to represent the counties and serve to protect the interest of the counties and their governments.

The first day was quite a show with the sign language interpretor going viral than even the president bringing the conference to the attention of many Kenyans. Also controversial was the step by Kirinyaga Governor Ann Waiguru distribution of 150,000 condoms on the day of conference commencement.

Moreover, there was also a very big deviation from this year’s theme as many leaders turned the conference into a corruption blame and attack game. Many speakers dwelled on the corruption scandals in the country among notable names were DCI and the Deputy President. One big celebration was the impact devolution has made, but is there any progress when it comes to Fight against corruption? And are there any measures in place to curb it’s growth. Kenya ranks higher in the Global corruption index and it’s a rising trend since the former president Mwai kibaki left office.

Out of the 5 bills proposed last year in the Senate, none is targeted towards metigating the spread of this vice. Many kenyans on twitter are embaraced by their leaders using hateful words like “ Kenya is a failed state ” How do you blame them if the Top three families owes wealth equivalent to bottom 70% of the whole population.

Even as the second day of the conference is ongoing, Kenya Airports Authority Workers are on strike and no air operation is taking place at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport while our leaders are wasting billions of tax payers money on hotels and entertainment at the conference. Will we ever learn?

Miguna Miguna Warns of Primitive leaders


a) Is when a citizen of Kenya whose vote does not count; whose taxes are stolen; whose voice is muzzled; who is unemployed or underemployed; who is over-taxed; who pays too much for basic commodities
-still supports those who have turned his/her life into a nightmare


a) Show off expensive designer suits, vehicles, houses and clubs but not visionary ideas because they don’t have any.

b) Flaunt fake degrees, diplomas, titles and blings instead of policies, programs, plans and/or industries.

c) Torture, maim, detain, exile or kill their opponents instead of debating and competing with them.

d) Steal elections, loot public resources and oppress their people instead of upholding the rule of law and empowering the people.

e)Use public offices to become billionaires by STEALING PUBLIC wealth and NOT through their productivity, innovation, creativity or entrepreneurship whereas in developed countries no one can become a millionaire in public service.

Tell me who you think fits miguna Miguna’s primitive leader in the comment section.

Kenya: Fed Up! More Than 400,000 Kenyans Tried to Migrate, Settle in U.S. in 2018

The number of Kenyans who have tried their luck with the US Diversity Visa lottery (green card lottery) draw keeps rising, according to latest data released by US State Department

A total of 442,966 Kenyans applied for the US green card in the Fiscal Year 2018. This was a 23 per cent rise compared to 2017 when 360,023 Kenyans entered the lottery.

In 2016, a total of 304,693 Kenyans entered the lottery draw.

The 2018 figure includes 317,029 entrants and 125,937 derivatives (spouses and children that entrants included in their application forms).

Screaming Soul

I can’t promise you love
I don’t know what that is.
But what I can promise is,

I promise to keep the smile on your lips
Drawn all the way back to your cheeks.
I promise to keep your pillow dry
And no tear storms in your eye.
I promise to take you out
And make you dance in the sun like you ought.
I promise to chase you in the rain
And have fun like a little pretty babe.
I promise to shield pain from you
And knock back the sorrow bearing ewe.
I promise to hold your hand all through
And be your guide in the darkest alley.
I promise to put meals on your table
And not hard truths for you to swallow.

Come to think of it,
I just promised you love.🌹

Russia’s biggest automaker AvtoVaz negotiating exports to Iran

Major Russian car producer AvtoVaz is in talks with Tehran over the sale and assembly of its cars there, Viktor Kladov, the director of international cooperation and regional policy at Russia’s state corporation Rostec, has said.
“Avtovaz has been assembling its cars in Egypt,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the Aero India 2019 exhibition on Wednesday.
“Negotiations are underway with a number of other countries, such as Iran,” he said, adding: “I mean both the sales and the assembling.”
Lada cars, which are manufactured by AvtoVAZ, have recently been named among the world’s top 50 best-selling brands by analytical agency Focus2move.

🐦 Brand Tweet Length Distribution

On avg, only 12% of tweets are longer than 140 characters, with 1% hitting the 280-character limit. (Twitter’s data, 2018)

Brands are less brief: 39% of brand tweets are longer than 140 characters, with 6.6% of tweets containing 245-280 characters. (Socialbakers data, 2018)

🛍 The Top 5 Most Popular Categories Purchased Online

A majority of online consumers around the world claim to buy entertainment (61%) and service (56%) categories more often online than in-store. And while fewer (38%) say they buy durables such as fashion, IT/mobile and electronics more often online, that still outweighs the share (22%) that buy them more in-store, according to a Nielsen study.