Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men into Boys. by Kay S. Hymowitz
Women complain there are no good men left—that men are immature, unreliable, and adrift. No wonder. Masculine role models have become increasingly juvenile and inarticulate: think of stars like Adam Sandler and Will Ferrell, or the dudes of the popular Judd Apatow movies.
There are no rules for dating and mating. Guys are unsure how to treat a woman. Most importantly, dating in the pre-adult years is no longer a means to an end—marriage—as it was in the past. Many young men today suspect they are no longer essential to family life, and without the old scripts to follow, they find themselves stuck between adolescence and “real” adulthood.
In Manning Up, Kay Hymowitz sets these problems in a socioeconomic context: today's knowledge economy is female friendly, and many of the highest profile areas of that economy—communications, design, the arts, and health care—are dominated by women. Men are increasingly left on the outskirts of this new, service economy, and take much longer to find a financial foothold. With no biological clock telling them it's time to grow up, without the financial resources to settle down, and with the accepted age of marriage rising into the late 30s or even 40s, men are holding onto adolescence at the very time that women are achieving professional success and looking to find a mate to share it with.
A provocative account of the modern sexual economy, Hymowitz deftly charts a gender mismatch that threatens the future of the American family and makes no one happy in the long run.
The Language of Pain: Finding Words, Compassion, and Relief. by David Biro MD
David Biro breaks through the wall of silence in this impassioned, hopeful work.
Pain regularly accompanies illness, as David Biro knows only too well. Faced with a bone marrow transplant, the young doctor was determined to study his pain but found himself unable to articulate its depths, even to his doctors and wife. He has now discovered a way to break through the silent wall of suffering―physical and psychological―and wants to share it with others. In his new book, the critically acclaimed author expertly weaves together compelling stories and artwork from patients along with insights from some of our greatest thinkers, writers, and artists.
In the tradition of Susan Sontag’s Illness as Metaphor, Biro’s groundbreaking book is sure to transform our understanding of and ability to communicate pain. Language can alleviate the loneliness of pain and improve the chances that other people―family, friends, and doctors―empathize and respond most effectively. 10 illustrations
The final move: Endgame: Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall - from America's Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness. by Frank Brady
Endgame is acclaimed biographer Frank Brady’s decades-in-the-making tracing of the meteoric ascent—and confounding descent—of enigmatic genius Bobby Fischer. Only Brady, who met Fischer when the prodigy was only 10 and shared with him some of his most dramatic triumphs, could have written this book, which has much to say about the nature of American celebrity and the distorting effects of fame.
Drawing from Fischer family archives, recently released FBI files, and Bobby’s own emails, this account is unique in that it limns Fischer’s entire life—an odyssey that took the Brooklyn-raised chess champion from an impoverished childhood to the covers of Time, Life and Newsweek to recognition as “the most famous man in the world” to notorious recluse.
Western civilization’s rise to global dominance is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five centuries. All over the world, more and more people study at Western-style universities, work for Western-style companies, vote for Western-style governments, take Western medicines, wear Western clothes, and play Western sports. Yet six hundred years ago the petty kingdoms of Western Europe seemed like miserable backwaters, ravaged by incessant war and pestilence. It was Ming China or Ottoman Turkey that had the look of world civilizations. How did the West overtake its Eastern rivals? And has the zenith of Western power now passed?
In Civilization: The West and the Rest, acclaimed historian Niall Ferguson argues that, beginning in the fifteenth century, the West developed six powerful new concepts that the Rest lacked: competition, science, the rule of law, modern medicine, consumerism, and the work ethic. These were the ‘killer applications’ that allowed the West to leap ahead of the Rest; opening global trade routes, exploiting new scientific knowledge, evolving representative government, more than doubling life expectancy, unleashing the industrial revolution, and hugely increasing human productivity. Civilization shows exactly how a dozen Western empires came to control three-fifths of mankind and four-fifths of the world economy.
Yet now, Ferguson argues, the days of Western predominance are numbered because the Rest have finally downloaded the six killer apps the West once monopolized – while the West has literally lost faith in itself.
Chronicling the rise and fall of empires alongside the clashes of civilizations, Civilization recasts world history with verve and wit. Boldly argued but also teeming with memorable characters, this is Ferguson at his very best.
Before Putin: Allah's Angels: Chechen Women in War by Paul J. Murphy.
“In this comprehensive portrait of the women of Chechnya in modern war, Paul Murphy challenges conventional thinking on why they fight and are willing to kill themselves in the name of Allah. His book covers the two wars with Russia in 1994 and 1999 and the present conflict with Islamic Jihadists. It argues that these wars forced Chechen women to venture far beyond their traditional roles and advance their human rights but that the current movement championing traditional Islam is taking those rights away. Drawing on personal interviews, insider resources, and other materials, Murphy presents powerful portrayals of women who fight in the Chechen Jihad, including snipers, suicide bombers and the mysterious “Black Widows,” as well as women who collect intelligence, hide arms, and perform other non-combatant roles.”
Human capital goes where it is treated best. @johntamny
Spain's 'wasted generation' comprises the many talented Spaniards who've exited the country in pursuit of better economic opportunity elsewhere. London's a popular destination, as is Dubai thanks to its evolved work laws. Just about anyone is legal to work there. So while Dubai is increasingly overrun with the world's ambitious, the U.S. sadly isn't. Skilled or unskilled, attaining legal work status in the U.S. takes many months and thousands in legal fees IF one is lucky enough to win a lottery such that immigration officials actually open his or her file. That the U.S. actively blocks the entrance of the world's strivers - again, skilled or unskilled - is one of the biggest unforced errors in a great nation's history. Forbes.com.
Spain's 'Wasted Generation' Tells a Sad Story of Unforced American Error
JOSEPH GOEBBELS PRIVATE RESIDENCE AND BUNKER TODAY
England's Own "Oriana Fallaci" Dies at 105: Claire Hollingworth, Foreign Correspondent To the U.K. Telegraph, Friend of Every Statesman Since WWI.
"I am sure you have been told that this is the best time of your life. It may be. But if it's true that this is the best time of your life, then you have my condolences. Because you'll want to remain here, stuck in these so called best years, never maturing, wanting only to look, to feel and be the adolescent that whole industries are devoted to forcing you to remain. One more flawless article of clothing, one more elaborate toy, the truly perfect diet, the harmless but necessary drug, the almost final elective surgery, the ultimate cosmetic designed to maintain hunger for stasis. While children are being eroticized into adults, adults are being eroticized into eternal juvenilia. . . There is nothing more satisfying, more gratifying than true adulthood. . . The process of becoming one is not inevitable. Its achievement is a difficult beauty, an intensely hard-won glory, which commercial forces and cultural vapidity should not be permitted to deprive you of."
Wellesley, Massachusetts 2004
Biography, Wearing Islamic Veil, House in Syria
Amazon Books, Leslie Blanch - THE WILDER SHORES OF LOVE: The Stories of four nineteenth-century women who followed the beckoning Eastern star
Both Dr. Dave Evans & Dr. William Burnett teach design at Stanford University, they've both written an outstanding contribution toward clarifying how contemporary youths can best discern a vocation. Why is their approach better than most? It advocates an application of commitment; an openness toward arduous labor that is missing from traditional approaches that remain passive.
Asking a person what their passion is, is futile. The vast majority of people never get paid or earn a living performing their passion. Less than 27% of college graduates EVER land careers in fields studied in college. The truth is difficult to endure, but most people don't have a singular motivating factor dominating their life decisions. We should remember to shape our skills toward multiple versions of an achieved identity. In other words, a single version of your life isn't enough, you should be devoted to training multiple versions of an evolving identity coalescing around core interests, skills.
Why? Over a career lasting multiple decades in rapidly changing market conditions, we should anticipate have 3-5 varying career modalities.
First insight is your approach: human experience isn't a problem that's solved, so ones focus should remain on a framework of design; we start with who we are and what we have. From there we begin actively participating in building prototypes that change.
The key is to have a hands-on approach in application to what works. The key here is to try lots of ideas, take action, and learn by doing. Your not thinking your way forward, your building! Remember, you weren't put on this Earth to wait for your passion to strike before you start living. Engagement is key.
First you learn how to live in application of who you are, then you repeat. . .
You don't need to know what your passion is, you only need to be engaged and curious. Think like a designer and build your future, prototype by prototype.
The primary sources underwriting the next American boom are primarily fiscal, not monetary. But we don't need to wait for tax reform, because transformative new hybrid technologies are already upon us. Tax reform would help scale these products to unimaginable levels, nevertheless, the American enterprise is white hot with new technologies. Let's take a look.
1. Nano-culture: We should expect nothing less than the imploding of 'the Standard Model' that animates contemporary physics. Why? Because the laws of physics are going to be challenged through biological applications. What's already in the pipeline? How about genetic research like entirely new synthetic materials like graphene, molecular electronics & extreme miniaturization. Super small sensors from quantum computing. The range of both new biological applications as well as advances in new paradigms of traditional branches of science suggests that we're at a turning point for biologically integrated nano circuitry.
2. The Cloud: Get ready for a customized world where vast new and old traditional products are designed and marketed for mass personalization from big data storage transforming the management of data into a distinct applicable commodity.
3. 3D Printing: This complete collapse of supply chains throughout entire regions of American commerce will usher in new fiscal balance sheets providing liquidity for new cottage industries procuring regionally allied hybrid product lines. Fredrick Hayek wrote of this in the 1970's when he wrote of denationalizing money back to the States effectively incentivizing regional economies.
Get ready for the atomization of the U.S. citizen! We're going to work, think, create and live in a decentralized civilization. Say farewell to a center-margin based civilization.
The source of human happiness isn't material gain, nor is the foundation of human capital a bureaucracy.
The final source of human capital is the family. The family is the child's first teacher.
The child isn't an agent of the State!
To secure the blessings of liberty, a child needs a culture whose source has antecedents in moral ideas inseparable from difficult achievements. Character development and virtue are the precedents needed to sustain any initiative worthy of effort.
The sources of the most enduring social capital are found in the created order.
Their also earned attributes.
The Team at Class Oracle Media seeks to redress faltering institutions that once held the mantle of assimilating individuals to a heritage that valued achievement. Our goal is to assist families in the recognition that the twin achievements of modernity, namely liberty and the empirical sciences were developed gifts from a culture that valued hard work.
Human capital is nothing less than the developed gift of an indissoluble reality that remains the apex of the western concept of order: achieved human identity.
For more on this theme, read Toni Morrison's Commencement address: http://wjholland.wordpress.com/2010/06/16/toni-morrison-commencement-address-on-adulthood-the-limitations-of-desire/