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The Silicon Valley wealthy have become super doomsday preppers by buying remote New Zealand properties, getting eye surgeries, and stockpiling ammo and food

Peter Thiel. Shutterstock and Neilson Barnard/Getty Some of Silicon Valley's wealthiest have developed a penchant for prepping for the apocalypse. They're turning to Lasik eye surgery and multimillion-dollar real-estate investments in New Zealand. Investing for the end of the world has been embraced by the uber-rich, many of whom exist in Silicon Valley. The so-called doomsday prepper community has been preparing for disaster, especially since the pandemic hit in March 2020.A divis...
Tags: Facebook, Texas, News, Nbc, Life, New York City, US, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Joe Biden, Features, New York Times, New Zealand, Reid Hoffman, Peter Thiel

Facebook and Google condemned over ads for ‘abortion pill reversal’

Adverts promoting ‘dangerous, unproven and unethical’ procedure shown millions of times, study findsFacebook has served “abortion reversal” adverts 18.4m times since January 2020, according to a report from the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), promoting an “unproven, unethical” and “dangerous” procedure.Google shows the adverts on more than four-fifths of searches related to abortion across a number of US cities, according to the CCDH research, targeted at search terms such as “unwante...
Tags: Health, Google, Facebook, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Women, US, Life and style, Society, World news, Abortion, CCDH, Center for Countering Digital Hate CCDH

Today’s Outfit: Relance Running Shoes from France

My daughter and I were just talking about signing up for Gourdy’s Pumpkin Run because Instagram and Facebook have been showering me with their ads. And let’s face it, that pumpkin hoodie and finisher medal looks really cool. If you carry a pumpkin for the run, you get the Tough Pumpkin finisher medal. I’m thinking that’s worth a shot! Every runner knows, the key to a good 5k is a great pair of RUNNING SHOES! That’s why French company, Relance, set out to make the most comfortable runnin...
Tags: Facebook, Fashion, Instagram, France, Shoes, Running, Kickstarter, Sneakers, Londonderry, Running Shoes, Runners, Today's Outfit, French fashion, Today's Outfits, Cashwood, RELANCE

Art History School: Learn About the Art & Lives of Toulouse-Lautrec, Gustav Klimt, Frances Bacon, Edvard Munch & Many More

Artist and videographer Paul Priestly is an enthusiastic and generous sort of fellow. His free online drawing tutorials abound with encouraging words for beginners, and he clearly relishes lifting the curtain to reveal his home studio set up and self designed camera rig. But we here at Open Culture think his greatest gift to home viewers are his Art History School profiles of well-known artists like Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Vincent Van Gogh. An avid storyteller, he’s drawn to th...
Tags: Art, Facebook, College, Life, History, Montmartre, Van Gogh, Manet, Vincent Van Gogh, Gustav Klimt, Degas, Moulin Rouge, Demi, Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, Lautrec, Ayun Halliday

Anamcara: New Perfume by Dusita Paris

Pissara Umavijani, the founder and perfumer of Dusita Paris, proudly presents ANAMСARA, the twelfth creation in the brand's Haute Parfumerie Collection. Conceived as an olfactory expression of true friendship, prompted by the community spirit of Facebook fragrance group Eau My Soul, ANAMСARA is an exceptional Fruity-Floral-Woody composition based on precious natural ingredients. Its name means ... Read full article: Anamcara: New Perfume by Dusita Paris from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes M...
Tags: Facebook, Fashion, Fragrantica Perfumes, Pissara Umavijani, Dusita Paris, Eau My Soul ANAMСARA

A 94-Year-Old English Teacher and Her Former Students Reunite in Their Old Classroom & Debate the Merits of Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize

In fiction the inspirational high-school English teacher is a cliché, despite (or indeed due to) the fact that so many of us have had at least one of them in real life. For generations of students who passed through San Francisco’s prestigious Lowell High School, that teacher was Flossie Lewis. Long after her retirement, she went surprisingly viral in a 2016 PBS interview clip about her thoughts on aging. It seemed she retained her power to inspire, not just for her more than seven milli...
Tags: Facebook, Music, Education, College, Life, San Francisco, Brooklyn, Bob Dylan, Literature, Ricky Gervais, Pbs, Shakespeare, Seoul, David Foster Wallace, Lowell, Dylan

The 14 rules to follow to make sure you stick to your wedding budget, according to a financial planner

It's easy to spend more on your wedding than you'd planned. khamiak/Shutterstock It's easy to get carried away and to spend more on your wedding than you'd planned. It's important to know your financial limits and to stick to them. Here are 14 tips from financial planner Adele Martin to help you stick to a budget. See more stories on Insider's business page. Planning a wedding is a tricky task, and it's easy to end up spending more than you'd originally plan...
Tags: Personal Finance, Facebook, UK, Marriage, Life, Finance, International, Trends, Budgeting, Weddings, Financial Planning, Polaroid, Nordic, Martin, Wedding Budget, Michael Kovac Getty

How To Start a Successful Parenting Blog

Starting a parenting blog is one of the most fulfilling endeavors you could ever make. It allows you the flexibility to work from home, earn an income doing what you love, and express yourself creatively.  So many people want to start a parenting blog but have no idea where to begin and how to get it started.  If you are among the many, you’ve probably had people advise you to make a website, get hosting, and get a domain name, etc. But what exactly is a domain name, how do you creat...
Tags: Facebook, Fashion, Parenting, Parent, Blogging, Website, Parenting Advice, Home Life, Parenting Tools, Mommy Blogger, Parenting Blog

An 18-Year-Old Spends a Year Alone Building a Log Cabin in the Swedish Wilderness: Watch from Start to Finish

Henry David Thoreau has at times been upbraided by critics for “everyone’s favorite incriminating biographical factoid,” writes Donovan Hohn at The New Republic: “During the two years he spent at Walden Pond, his mother sometimes did his laundry.” The author who became “America’s original nature boy “played at rugged self-sufficiency,” it is said, “while squatting on borrowed land, in a house built with a borrowed axe”; he played at rugged individualism while relying on friends and famil...
Tags: Facebook, College, Life, America, Michigan, Frank Lloyd Wright, Lincoln Logs, New Republic, Henry David Thoreau, Walden, Josh Jones, Thoreau, Walden Pond, Durham NC Follow, Donovan Hohn, Erik Grankvist

How to get into consulting (expert working advice from a 10-year consultant)

Have you ever wondered how to get into consulting or what you could do as a consultant?  Here, you will learn everything you need to know about what consultants do, how to become a consultant, and how to gain some insight into the job through an interview with Pamela Slim, an award-winning author and writer for Escape from Cubicle Nation.  By the end of the article, you will be ready to take the next step in your professional career by making an informed decision about getting into consult...
Tags: Freelancing, Facebook, Marketing, Careers, Oxford, Ibm, Start, Don, Pamela, Aren, IWT, Craiglist, Business Skills, Pamela Slim, Making More Money

Dying in the Name of Vaccine Freedom

Here’s the context to a sobering newly-released video from The New York Times: In the video above, Alexander Stockton, a producer on the Opinion Video team, explores two of the main reasons the number of Covid cases is soaring once again in the United States: vaccine hesitancy and refusal. “It’s hard to watch the pandemic drag on as Americans refuse the vaccine in the name of freedom,” he says. Seeking understanding, Mr. Stockton travels to Mountain Home, Ark., in the Ozarks, a region wi...
Tags: Health, Facebook, College, Life, United States, Stockton, The New York Times, Alexander Stockton

Why Recruiting Gen-Z is a Whole Different Animal from Their Predecessors

Gen-Z is the generation born between 1996 and 2012. Currently the oldest members of this generation are 25-ish, which is the age when most people are entry level employees and are at the beginning of their careers. However, Gen-Z won’t be as eager to join your company compared to the previous generation—Millennials. There are some things companies should get aligned now that this generation are becoming job seekers. 1. Be Tech-Savvy Gen-Z was the first generation to grow up with technology an...
Tags: Facebook, Careers, Workplace Culture, Benefits, HR, Web/Tech, Millennials, Job Search, Recruitment, Human Resources, Hiring, Sourcing, Corporate Culture, Gen Z, Recruitment Best Practices, Niche Recruiting

I tried Starbucks' Strawberry Sunset, a TikTok-inspired iced tea it added to its menu in the UK. It looked pretty, but I probably won't order it again.

I tried the Strawberry Sunset at a Starbucks store in Leeds. Grace Dean/Insider Starbucks UK is selling a limited-edition fruity iced tea which it says is "inspired by TikTok." The Strawberry Sunset went straight onto Starbucks menus, unlike the trial with similar TikTok drinks in the US. I visited my nearest Starbucks to try one - here's what I thought. See more stories on Insider's business page. Starbucks is experimenting with adding TikTok-inspired drinks to its menus. ...
Tags: Facebook, UK, England, Life, US, Trends, Features, Retail, Starbucks, Leeds, Starbucks UK, Tiktok, Mary Meisenzahl, Grace Dean, Coffee chain, Social Sips

Alan Alda: 3 Ways to Express Your Thoughts So That Everyone Will Understand You

In need of someone to perform surgery in a combat zone, you probably wouldn’t choose Alan Alda, no matter how many times you’ve seen him do it on television. This sounds obvious to those of us who believe that actors don’t know how to do anything at all. But a performer like Alda doesn’t become a cultural icon by accident: his particular skill set has enabled him not just to communicate with millions at a time through film and television, but also to navigate his offscreen  and personal ...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, College, Life, Seoul, Alan Alda, Hawkeye, Erich Fromm, Alda, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Stanford Video, Charles Ray Eames, Facebook Alan Alda

A new start after 60: ‘I became a trapeze artist at 65’

Nikki Kenward had a troubled childhood with little opportunity for play. But in her 60s she entered the world of the circus, where ‘anything goes and anything is possible’When Nikki Kenward was 30, she thought it was time to stop dancing. As a single parent, performance schedules were unforgiving. And, besides, that was the age at which dancers tended to retire. Now, at 67, she has taken up circus.The circus performer Katy Kartwheel lived nearby in Buckinghamshire. “I saw on Facebook that she wa...
Tags: Facebook, Life and style, Circus, Buckinghamshire, Nikki Kenward, Katy Kartwheel

Gay waiter who received homophobic message in place of tip receives over $4,500 in donations

Hundreds of people pitched in to surprise a server from Wisconsin with a $4,500 tip after they received a homophobic note from a nasty customer. On Monday, Eric Salzwedel started the #VenmoChallenge after he said his friend, who works as a server at a restaurant in downtown Madison, was stiffed by a homophobic customer. A receipt showed that on the $142 bill, rather than leave a tip, the customer wrote, “Service was good but we don’t tip sinful homosexuals.” AdBridg.cmd.push(function() { AdBr...
Tags: Facebook, Life, Lifestyle, Wisconsin, Homophobia, Madison, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Salzwedel, Graham Gremore, Eric Salzwedel

A Silicon Valley veteran hired by Jeff Bezos says he spent 5 years searching for the perfect notepad - it's an important part of his routine

David Selinger was an early employee of Jeff Bezos. Deep Sentinel and MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images Dave Selinger is a former Amazon exec and cofounder of real estate firm Redfin. He said he spent five years looking for the perfect notepad for to-do lists. He spoke to CNBC Make It about some of his daily habits and leadership lessons. See more stories on Insider's business page. A veteran tech CEO has added to Silicon Valley's growing list of idiosyncratic productivity hacks w...
Tags: Amazon, Productivity, Facebook, Leadership, Steve Jobs, Entrepreneurship, Careers, Success, Trends, Strategy, Patagonia, Silicon Valley, Jeff Bezos, Cnbc, Redfin, Bezos

How to Become a Copywriter: From No Experience to Sharpening Your Skills

Learning how to write great copy can be an excellent career move. You can make a good amount of money while flexing your creative muscles and working in a flexible setting. The best part: You also don’t need any formal education. In fact, some of the most sought after and highest-paid copywriters in the world never took a writing class in their life and clear six figures a year. Bonus: If you want to learn how to write amazing content like a six figure copywriter, download my FREE Ultimate...
Tags: Freelancing, Facebook, New York, Writing, Marketing, Careers, Mindset, Upwork, Ramit Sethi, Payscale, IWT, Business Skills, SEO Digital, Making More Money

Nobody wants to read Ted Cruz’s crappy new book, so his campaign spent $153,000 buying up copies

Nobody wants to read Ted Cruz‘s crappy new book… except, apparently, for Ted Cruz. Recently released FEC filings suggest the antigay senator blew over $150,000 on copies of his own book using money donated to his campaign in 2020. Last September, Cruz released One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History, for which he was paid a $320,000 advance by his publisher. A ccording to FEC filings, his campaign spent $153,000 at Books-a-Million shortly after its publication. ...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Yahoo, Obama, US, Lifestyle, Ted Cruz, Dolly Parton, Cruz, Michael J Fox, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Tom Cotton, FEC, Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History, Graham Gremore

The Sound of Subways Around the World: A Global Collection of Subway Door Closing Announcements, Beeps & Chimes

The next L train is now arriving on the Manhattan bound track. Please stand away from the platform edge.  Thus begins Brooklyn saxophone-percussion trio Moon Hooch’s “Number 9.” Anyone who’s taken the train into the city from Bushwick or Williamsburg two or three times, you should be able to chant along with no trouble. “Mind the gap!” is a sentimental favorite of both native Londoners and first time visitors navigating The Tube with freshly purchased Oyster Cards. Residents of Montreal ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Technology, London, College, Life, Berlin, New York City, Brooklyn, Manhattan, The New York Times, North America, Montreal, London Underground, Bushwick, Metro

Meet Shou Zi Chew, TikTok's 39-year-old CEO who got his start at Facebook and led a Chinese smartphone giant through one of the biggest tech IPOs in history

Shou Zi Chew in Hong Kong, Saturday, June 23, 2018. Kin Cheung/AP Shou Zi Chew is TikTok's CEO and the CFO of its parent company, Bytedance. He's 39 years old, went to Harvard Business School, and interned at Facebook when it was a startup. Here's what else you need to know about the young tech executive. See more stories on Insider's business page. TikTok, whose massively popular video-sharing platform is used by millions across the world, got a new chief executive in May,...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Hong Kong, News, Finance, China, Singapore, US, Careers, Trends, Strategy, Joe Biden, Harvard, Xiaomi, Chinese communist party

Renowned Porsche collector Rudy “Mr. 993” Mancinas has died

Screenshot: eGarage   Dedicated family man and colorful Porsche collector Rudy “Mr. 993” Mancinas has passed away from pneumonia complications after contracting the COVID-19 virus. He leaves behind a loving wife Paula, four children, and several grandchildren, as well as his most cherished collection of Porsches in a wide spectrum of color and custom tailored details. The Texan was deeply involved in the Porsche community, helping organize events like Tejas Treffpunkt, and was always an activ...
Tags: Facebook, Lifestyle, Porsche, Autos, Obituary, Rudy, Paula, Brembo, Rudy Mancinas, Mr. 993, Mancinas, Rudy Mr, Riviera Blue Rudy

Location-based pay is the newest conflict between workers and employers, as remote Googlers face a 25% salary cut

Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Employers are mulling pay cuts for remote workers with reduced living costs. Google, Facebook, and UK government departments have all suggested cutting pay for remote workers. But with a labor shortage and more workers willing to change jobs, it's not clear many firms will really risk it. See more stories on Insider's business page. Workers who permanently choose not to commute into the office face a new sting: A pay cut from ...
Tags: Google, Work From Home, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, London, US, Careers, Trends, Strategy, Boris Johnson, Salaries, Cipd, Gregory, Google Facebook, Stephen Jones

Every Christmas, Peruvians Living in the Andes Settle Their Scores at Fist-Fighting Festivals

As Chris Hedges discovered as a battle-hardened reporter, war is a force that gives us meaning. Whether we sublimate violence in entertainment, have paid professionals and state agents do it for us, or carry it out ourselves, human beings cannot seem to give up their most ancient vice; “we demonize the enemy,” Hedges wrote, “so that our opponent is no longer human,” and “we view ourselves, our people, as the embodiment of absolute goodness…. Each side reduces the other to objects — event...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, College, Life, New York Times, Peru, Oaxaca, Andes, Chris Hedges, Chen, Hedges, Josh Jones, BBC Travel, Quechua, Durham NC Follow, Renata Flores

How Instagram and Facebook are intentionally designed to mimic addictive painkillers

"Painkiller apps" increase the likelihood of addiction. Thomas Trutschel/Getty Images Americans check their phones 262 times a day on average. Much of this time is spent on social media. Several ex-employees of Apple, Google, and Facebook apps are deliberately designed to be addictive. App developer Peter Mezyk says Facebook and Instagram users can become dependent on apps as one would painkillers. See more stories on Insider's business page. Earlier this year, surveyed 1,0...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Science, Instagram, Life, Stanford, Germany, International, Trends, Phone, Smartphones, Addiction, Nordic, Tui, Deutsch

A tiny startup made a vegan, alcohol-free protein beer for muscle growth

The beer is now produced in a family-run private brewery near Kaiserslautern. JoyBräu GmbH / Alex Pohl Two Germans, working with Berlin Technical University made a beer to replace protein shakes. The beverage is vegan, alcohol-free, contains 21 grams of protein, 10 grams of amino acids and more. It has a citrusy flavor, a bitter aftertaste, and is reminiscent of an apple spritzer or cider. See more stories on Insider's business page. The contrary effect drinking beer has on muscle g...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Life, Germany, Singapore, International, Careers, Trends, Beer, Hamburg, Protein Powder, Nordic, Workout, Erik, Kaiserslautern, BI International

Politician apologizes for posting x-rated gay pics to social media, claims he was hacked

Bhai Jagtap is an Indian politician and member of the Indian National Congress. Over the weekend, several pornographic images appeared on his Facebook page. Now, he claims his account was hacked. One of the images shared to his page showed a group of nearly a dozen men in a circle performing oral sex on one another. Several people also received direct messages from Jagtap with additional x-rated images. The account was quickly suspended. Hours later, it was back up and Jagtap issued a statement...
Tags: Facebook, Life, Lifestyle, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Indian National Congress, Jagtap, Bhai Jagtap, Graham Gremore

These 12 cities pay software engineers the most

Maskot/Getty Images Software engineers are some of America's highest paid workers. With remote work threatening to disperse engineers across the country, we wanted to find out where they're paid the most. The highest-paid engineers are all either around Silicon Valley and San Francisco or New York City. See more stories on Insider's business page. Software programming of all stripes has become an essential part of the economy, to the point where coding has become part of chil...
Tags: Facebook, Jobs, California, New York City, Careers, America, San Francisco, Trends, Remote Work, Netflix, Silicon Valley, Salaries, San Francisco Bay, Los Gatos, Google HQ, Tech Insider

At best, we’re on Earth for around 4,000 weeks – so why do we lose so much time to online distraction?

Silicon Valley makes billions by stealing your attention. No wonder it’s so hard to focus…One Friday in April 2016, as that year’s polarising US presidential race intensified, and more than 30 armed conflicts raged around the globe, approximately 3 million people spent part of their day watching two reporters from BuzzFeed wrap rubber bands around a watermelon. Gradually, over the course of 43 agonising minutes, the pressure ramped up – the psychological kind and the physical force on the waterm...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Facebook, Books, Technology, Social Networking, US, Social Media, Life and style, Society, Smartphones, Earth, Culture, Time Management, Silicon Valley, Philosophy books

Goodbye off-season: How COVID has changed luxury rental hotspots

While popular summer destinations used to come with an off-season, large numbers of fall and winter renters are quickly changing the markets.
Tags: Lifestyle, Luxury, Luxury Lens, Rentals, Select, Cara Ameer, Coldwell Banker, Douglas Elliman, Facebook, Google, Nest Seekers, Noel Roberts, Twitter

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