Thursday, November 20, 2014

I have never been to Alaska.. Hope to go someday. IN THE SUMMER. I guess I get around. I have some favorites, but they are all beautiful in their own way.

I asked yesterday if there was a superior culture on the earth. I got some interesting answers.

 In our PC world of diversity, inclusiveness and tolerance we are told that all cultures are equal. None better than another. They all have ups and downs. Yet as we look around the world we see that is not true. There is a culture that is superior to all others. It's the Kingdom Culture. I would call it Christian Culture, but that would be limiting to some. There is a culture that demands from it's citizens to stay in right standing. Tolerance is allowed but there are lines. We have tried to legislate this with government. That isn't how it works, it's not how it works at all. You can't change a culture from world to kingdom without a change of heart. If you see a broken culture it's a heart problem. So then the question is, what are the hallmarks of a perfect culture, a kingdom culture. What does that look like? AND YES, it does have to do with values, worldview and behavior. Here's a shocker, if all people share in the Kingdom as Culture, they will all be alike. There is no diversity in culture if it's kingdom. It's time to stop excusing cultural decline and blaming circumstances. There is a Kingdom Culture.. now lets define it. Better yet, let's become it.

I guess they will have to come and repossess your brain.

 This is fixable.. but no one wants to tackle it. I have tried to talk to people in congress.. but they have no interest in repairing the system.. BIG BANKS WOULD GET MAD. So they will kick the can down the road like the cowards they are and let these people twist in the wind.
Four years after the federal government took over the student loan program, nine percent of student loans are in default, defined as 270 days without a payment,...

This guy needs a pack of cigarettes and a six pack bad

AMAZING photo from Buffalo
Looks like some sort of underground mole colony in West Seneca NY.

The left is turning on ObamaCare... You knew that this would happen, The supreme court will be the silver bullet that puts this monster to death.

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Had a conservative suggested this, liberals would denounce it as ironclad evidence of racism. When it emanates instead from CBS News, the problem being cited...

This is a blog of a man who lives near the mess in Ferguson MO.

 The whole protest has been hijacked by other forces to create instability in the USA.|By Reveal

Islam in Ferguson

Muslim activists have stepped up efforts to “hijack” protests over the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, with a drive to equate the teen’s death to...

lies make up the chain that binds you.

I wish you could have heard this discouraged almost tearful call from a black man from South Carolina who realizes that his community has been duped.. he called into Rush Limbaugh today. It was riveting stuff. His comment about becoming a second class minority was rough. I am chastised for being hard on people who support these misleaders, but someone has to say STOP. You are being a sucker for the big lie again. I also know that those who want to avoid the pain will unfriend me. Would you want to keep taking the Blue Pill and stay in the matrix of lies or the Red Pill and come out of the darkness? It will be painful, but the lies make up the chain that binds you.
CALLER: We're becoming more and more second class minorities... The likes of Tavis Smiley, Cornel West, Jesse Jackson, Sharpton, Tom Joyner, et al, you name 'em all, we are right now facing all kinds of dire needs economically. We don't have jobs.

illegal Illegal alien Amnesty Act

President Obama is about to announce his unilateral illegal Illegal alien Amnesty Act. Just so you understand what this is about. They second class minorities are about to be shoved aside to become the third class minorities. An HOUR after amnesty is announced Luis Gutierrez will begin to cry for voting rights for illegals. Just watch and see. This is all an effort to firm up the democrat voting base with new voters.. even if you have to import them and print the ballots in Spanish.

So much for the idea that there is no harm to anyone by gay marriage


Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, city officials have laid down the law to Christian pastors within their community, telling them bluntly via an ordinance that if they refuse to...|By Cheryl K. Chumley


I bought a whole bag at Walgreens. They are EXACTLY as I remember them

Should these people be allowed to vote??

I don't think so. There should be some basic civics knowledge before you participate in the biggest decisions in our nation. Suffrage should be literacy based.
When it comes to on-the-spot answers to simple historical and political questions, some people don't have a clue.

My policy on this would be simple.

No medical bill can ever be for more than 20% of a person's AGI in a single year. Anything over the 20% is covered by an insurance pool which is in essence a catastrophic policy paid for BY the medical community. It's upside down inside out health insurance policy. So simple it works. Incentives are to keep costs down, and keep premiums down. Yet the free market applies for most medical activity.
A Saskatchewan couple is facing bankruptcy after receiving a medical bill for nearly $1 million stemming from an unexpected premature birth.|By Clare Clancy

I stopped singing in some churches a LONG TIME ago.

 This article is right. Prophetic Worship works for me. Hymnody works. But most of the "tunes" touted as worship aren't. When I first got saved and filled with the Holy Ghost we would sing the same scripture song 20 times. By 15 we started to get it. There is great theology in some Hymns and some of the earlier songs. I NEVER listen to K-LOVE any more. Sorry.. I'm a pagan I guess. I wish I could make every worship leader read this. Many are demonized by Jezebel or sexually confused. I will say Kathy Summers and Brad Hampton are exceptions to the rule.. but let's get the demons off the platform. Pure worship is PURE. 20 years ago Pastor Schmidgal would sit on a chair, head hung down, mic in hand, and begin singing "we worship and adore you, bowing down before you". AND WORSHIP WOULD BREAK OUT. You don't need a big band to have worship.. just a pure heart.
Worship leaders around the world are sadly changing their church’s worship (often unintentionally) into a spectator event, and people are not singing any more.

If this doesn't bring tears to your eyes, you might want to check your pulse.

 I saw James Brown in Concert in Merrillville IN years ago. Even as he was older, it was wonderful. As an opera fan I loved Pavarotti. Two great talents standing not in contrast to one another but as complements. We have had greatness among us.. and these two are truly great. I miss them both.
James Brown & Luciano Pavarotti - It's a Man's World Great performance of two Legends

I have shared this with a few people privately.

 It's now time to go public with a vision of the days to come. I see what will (or might) happen as Radical Islam expands in the USA. What we saw in Israel in the Synagogue will happen here.
No one in government seems to realize that Radical Islam in the USA is a clear and present danger that must be dealt with at once. They are out to cause fear and havoc. They want to divide the USA into groups.. that process is already underway. The racial divide is deepened because of Islamic influence. The right to HATE the OTHER has become normative. Ferguson is adding to this divide. I see Islam as part of this division.
There must be an aggressive answer to Islam on our shores. I know many see these people as a mission field and Jesus is reaching many, but this demon released in November 2012 is manifesting more aggressively than anyone thought they could. We cannot let them victimize this nation without an answer. God will not sanction a weak response.
I am praying against an attack being planned right now. I have heard their strategy in a vision (a dream). It will happen at a shopping mall on the east coast.. Maryland or DC. They will grab some shoppers at random around Christmas time and behead them publicly in a parking lot. Yes the attackers will be killed (72 virgins await) but the deed will be done. This is designed to create fear and anger. This will work for a while, but until we face the reality of the internal threat to our nation, we cannot deal with it. Islam is a demon that has invaded this country and will not rest till it brings the nation to it's knees. Our leadership has no answers.

I have not been to Africa at all. Nor The Middle East. Nor India. Nor Russia or Poland (I want to go). Saw enough of the Far East.

I visited 35 countries out of 250. That's 14% of all countries in the world! Build your own free Visited Countries map like this and share on Facebook or add as interactive widget to your website.

Why I don't

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Being Light as he is in the light.

Tim Tebow leading prayer on set at the SEC channel yesterday. Let us all always remember to Be The Light! - courtesy of Rob Havens, Aggieland Illustrated.

Send them Home

Next time you hear any politician talk about Palestine and the "Injustice" there, take note of this. After the Synagogue murders yesterday, they CELEBRATED HATE. I have come to the conclusion that a return to desert is the only hope for Gaza and the rest of the Palestinian areas. Send them back to Jordon.. except Jordon doesn't want them..

Laughing out Loud

A cabbie picks up a Nun. She gets into the cab, and notices that the VERY handsome cab driver won't stop staring at her. She asks him why he is staring. He replies: 'I have a question to ask you but I don't want to offend you.'
She answers, 'My son, you cannot offend me. When you're as old as I am and have been a nun as long as I have, you get a chance to see and hear just about everything. I'm sure that there's nothing you could say or ask that I would find offensive.'
'Well, I've always had a fantasy to have a nun kiss me.' She responds, 'Well, let's see what we can do about that: #1 , you have to be single, and #2, you must be Catholic.' The cab driver is very excited and says, 'Yes, I'm single and Catholic!'
'OK' the nun says. 'Pull into the next alley.' The nun fulfills his fantasy, with a kiss that would make a hooker blush.
But when they get back on the road, the cab driver starts crying.
'My dear child,' says the nun, 'why are you crying?'
'Forgive me but I've sinned. I lied and I must Confess, I'm married and I'm Jewish.'
The nun says, 'That's name is Kevin and I'm going to a Halloween Party.'

Sunday, November 16, 2014


Democrats and particularly this administration have no respect for their voters. They think they are stupid fools who need to be treated like mushrooms, kept in the dark and fed horse poop, in order to Hornswoggle them with phony legislation like Obamacare. I know some people take offense at the Appellation "low information voters". I think we have now seen an illustration of that in action once again. Despite all this there is a segment of the electorate that will support this president and his policies no matter the level of corruption and deception.
Gruber is a puny operative in a culture of deceit that goes back to Alinsky and now defines this Obama caba

The miseducation of your Children

We have a whole group of people who have been "Uneducated" by our public education system who cannot read nor write in longhand. That's what we used to call cursive writing. IF I could do ONE thing to turn this country around, it would be to abolish public education. No parent would embrace a school system with their own money (vouchers) that dumbed down their children like public education does.


From Linda Clay: I heard when muslims go into a place to pray . . . . they are showing it is a "take over". Think of our "prayer walks", . . . this is the same. . . it's basically symbolically showing islam has taken over the United States, since it occurred in the National Cathedral . . .AND . . these notes: "100 years ago today (Friday), the last Caliph, or emperor of Islam, declared the last Jihad against the infidel-- and today is the first time ever that the National Cathedral in the nation's capital will host Muslim prayers.
Reverend Franklin Graham, son of world renowned evangelist Billy Graham, said the Muslim prayer service on Friday at the Washington National Cathedral, an Episcopal church established under a charter

Slowly the democrats are waking up.. too slowly

In The Wall Street Journal, Burke Beu writes that the disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act was the catalyst for his party’s midterm thumping.|By Burke Beu

I guess that now includes the National Cathedral

I have only read 6 of these ten. I guess I'm ignorant.

1) The Bible (37%)
2) The Origin of Species (35%)
3) A Brief History of Time (17%)
4) Relativity (15%)
5) Nineteen-Eighty-Four (14%)
6) Principia Mathematica (12%)
7) To Kill a Mockingbird (10%)
8) The Qur’an (9%)
9) The Wealth of Nations (7%)
10) The Double Helix (6%)
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A nationwide survey by London-based publisher, The Folio Society, set out to select the most valuable works to the human race and authors included: Charles Darwin, Einstein and Stephen Hawking.

I don't think there's global warming, cooling or whatever, it's racism. In fact poor schools, traffic deaths, tornadoes, high taxes, ISIS, Iran Nuclear Threat, Drought in California, High price of OIL and shark attacks are ALL RACISM. ALL OF IT. I'm sure Rep Fudge would agree...

The Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus said Democrats got walloped in the midterm elections because white Southern voters are racists.

Scorning base degrees

From Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Brutus Speaking alone in his Orchard about Julius Caesar.. early on the Ides of March before he stabs him dead. Act 2 Scene 1
More than his reason. But 'tis a common proof,
That lowliness is young ambition's ladder,
Whereto the climber-upward turns his face;
But when he once attains the upmost round.
He then unto the ladder turns his back,
Looks in the clouds, scorning the base degrees
By which he did ascend.

A more understandable translation of Shakespeare's rumination for Brutus early in the morning in his orchard:
""But everyone knows that an ambitious young man uses humility to advance himself, but when he reaches the top, he turns his back on his supporters and reaches for the skies while scorning those who helped him get where he is.""
I was reflecting today on the many young ministers who I helped along the way. Doors I opened for them. Contacts I made in their behalf. Generosity shown. Financially and otherwise. YET, now that they have become "big stuff" they barely know my name. I have become the base degree by which they did ascend to the top rung. They consider me with scorn, unless I show up and make a nice offering.
I'm not angry, I will continue to help young men and women advance. I only wish that among Christians it wasn't so.. but it is. We are no better than the world in our ceaseless thankless selfish ambition. Or why do we have so many "Apostles"?

These are all broken in Kane County Illinois particularly on the Mercedes and BMW


The left is mad because Gruber violated the Alinsky rule—liars and and deceivers should not give speeches revealing their lies and deceit.

A Solvent Detroit Isn’t a Self-Sustaining Detroit

Charity by local magnificos should be a symbol of prosperity, not a substitute.
By Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
God bless the child that’s got his own, goes the song. That won’t be Detroit, even after shedding $7 billion in debt in its just-concluded bankruptcy.
Detroit was once America’s fourth-biggest city, with its highest per capita income. But these days no city is more dependent on private philanthropy to keep it afloat. In the decade before its Chapter 9 filing, according to a study by Bloomberg News, Detroit relied on the equivalent of $600 per citizen per year in charitable contributions to perform fundamentally government-like functions such as housing subsidies and blight removal.
Then there’s the bankruptcy trial itself, which revolved around Detroit’s art collection, virtually the only valuable asset in the shrunken city’s possession. To take the Detroit Institute of Arts collection out of play to satisfy the city’s creditors, a group of philanthropies, including the Kresge Foundation, Ford Foundation, Knight Foundation and others coughed up $360 million to be spread among a selected group of creditors, namely the city’s pensioners.
The state of Michigan and other governmental bodies also contributed to what became an $816 million settlement, arguing that the art collection is vital for the city’s revival and couldn’t be liquidated at anything close to its real value. Relegated to second-class status by this deal were bond insurers and other claimants who supposedly enjoyed equal status with pensioners in bankruptcy. These claimants will get none of the art proceeds.
Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr speaks with the media after a press conference at the Detroit Institute of Arts in June. ENLARGE
Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr speaks with the media after a press conference at the Detroit Institute of Arts in June. Getty Images
The museum will now become a charitable nonprofit trust dominated by its donors. No wonder private philanthropies were delighted with the deal and eager to supply the requisite rah-rah rhetoric about how the museum will be instrumental to the city’s resurrection. In effect, the charitable groups are getting control of the art collection (appraised value: at least $4.6 billion) for pennies on the dollar.
Detroit certainly has a future—lately the city has become a magnet for young urban settlers and entrepreneurs. But is Detroit really helped by assuming it must “take its place once again in the pantheon of America’s great cities,” as Kresge puts it?
In The Wall Street Journal, Business World columnist Holman Jenkins writes that charity by local magnificos should be a symbol of prosperity, not a substitute.|By Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.

Who’s Afraid of a Little Deflation?

A sudden drop wouldn’t be good, but a steady annual decline of, say, 2%? Worries about that are overblown.
By John H. Cochrane
With European inflation declining to 0.3%, and U.S. inflation slowing, a specter now haunts the Western world. Deflation, the Economist recently proclaimed, is a “pernicious threat” and “the world’s biggest economic problem.” Christine Lagarde , managing director of the International Monetary Fund, called deflation an “ogre” that could “prove disastrous for the recovery.”
True, a sudden, large and sharp collapse in prices, such as occurred in the early 1920s and 1930s, would be a problem: Debtors might fail, some prices and wages might not adjust quickly enough. But these deflations resulted directly from financial panics, when central banks couldn’t or didn’t accommodate a sudden demand for money.
The worry today is a slow slide toward falling prices, maybe 1% to 2% annually, with perpetually near-zero short-term interest rates. This scenario would unfold alongside positive, if sluggish, growth, ample money and low credit spreads, with financial panic long passed. And slight deflation has advantages. Milton Friedman long ago recognized slight deflation as the “optimal” monetary policy, since people and businesses can hold lots of cash without worrying about it losing value. So why do people think deflation, by itself, is a big problem?
1) Sticky wages. A common story is that employers are loath to cut wages, so deflation can make labor artificially expensive. With product prices falling and wages too high, employers will cut back or close down.
Sticky wages would be a problem for a sharp 20% deflation. But not for steady 2% deflation. A typical worker’s earnings rise around 2% a year as he or she gains experience, and another 1%—hopefully more—from aggregate productivity growth. So there could be 3% deflation before a typical worker would have to take a wage cut.
In The Wall Street Journal, John H. Cochrane writes that a sudden drop wouldn’t be good, but a steady annual decline of, say, 2%? Worries about that are overblown.|By John H. Cochrane

Clear Evidence on Disincentives to Work

The progress on U.S. job creation in the past year would have been stalled by extending benefits.
By Bob Funk
People in government like to take credit for the drop in the unemployment rate this year. But one reason the rate dropped is because the government didn’t extend unemployment benefits.
Recall that in January President Obama asked Congress to pass an insurance-extension bill that would allow people to receive unemployment checks for almost two years. “Voting for unemployment insurance helps people and creates jobs,” he said, “and voting against it does not.”
From where I sit in private business, things look different. Had Congress extended unemployment benefits the number of people without work would be higher than it is today. Unemployment compensation is a cushion people need when they fall on hard times. But it can also deter people from looking for work if they know they can receive public assistance for years at a time.
In The Wall Street Journal, Bob Funk writes that the progress on U.S. job creation in the past year would have been stalled by extending unemployment benefits.|By Bob Funk

Liberals Are Killing the Liberal Arts

This is how bad censorship is getting: Discussions of what can’t be said come with a ‘trigger warning.’
By Harvey Silverglate
On campuses across the country, hostility toward unpopular ideas has become so irrational that many students, and some faculty members, now openly oppose freedom of speech. The hypersensitive consider the mere discussion of the topic of censorship to be potentially traumatic. Those who try to protect academic freedom and the ability of the academy to discuss the world as it is are swimming against the current. In such an atmosphere, liberal-arts education can’t survive.
Consider what happened after Smith College held a panel for alumnae titled “Challenging the Ideological Echo Chamber: Free Speech, Civil Discourse and the Liberal Arts.” Moderated by Smith President Kathleen McCartney in late September, the panel was an apparent effort to address the intolerance of diverse opinions that prevails on many campuses.
One panelist was Smith alumna Wendy Kaminer—an author, lawyer, social critic, feminist, First Amendment near-absolutist and former board member of the American Civil Liberties Union. She delivered precisely the spirited challenge to the echo chamber that the panel’s title seemed to invite. But Ms. Kaminer emerged from the discussion of free speech labeled a racist—for defending free speech.
The panel started innocuously enough with Ms. Kaminer criticizing the proliferation of campus speech codes that restrict supposedly offensive language. She urged the audience to defend the free exchange of ideas over parochial notions of “civility.” In response to a question about teaching materials that contain “hate speech,” she raised the example of Mark Twain ’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” arguing that students should take it as a whole. The student member of the panel, Jaime Estrada, resisted that notion, saying, “But it has the n-word, and some people are sensitive to that.”
Ms. Kaminer responded: “Well let’s talk about n-words. Let’s talk about the growing lexicon of words that can only be known by their initials. I mean, when I say, ‘n-word’ or when Jaime says ‘n-word,’ what word do you all hear in your head? You hear the word . . . ”
And then Ms. Kaminer crossed the Rubicon of political correctness and uttered the forbidden word, observing that having uttered it, “nothing horrible happened.” She then compared the trend of replacing potentially offensive words with an initial to being “characters in a Harry Potter book who are afraid to say the word ‘Voldemort.’ ” There’s an important difference, she pointed out, between hurling an epithet and uttering a forbidden word during an academic discussion of our attitudes toward language and law.
Harvey Silverglate says that censorship on campuses is getting so bad that discussions of what can’t be said come with a ‘trigger warning.’|By Harvey Silverglate

College Sports have become a joke..

 in particular Football.. And I LIKE college football. BUT it's not a sport any more.. it's PRO BALL
Who believes in the myth of big-time college sports anymore? The polite fantasy of the student-athlete playing gratefully for pride and tuition has been stripped away by an overwhelming financial reality that became too big and rich to ignore. The hypocrisies can be seen from outer space, and public opinion—not to mention the courts—are catching up.
Still, college sports remain mostly disinterested in pulling back the curtain. The show remains the thing, and most of us remain intrigued by the show, even if it requires a certain, artful reality distortion. If you’re going to obsess over, say, major-college football, it’s useful if you ignore the conflicts, exploitation and awkwardness and (at least temporarily) give yourself over to the illusion.
Celebrate the wins. Howl over the losses. Buy an officially licensed T-shirt; do a shot from an officially licensed Jell-O mold. Don’t go hunting too hard for the truth.
But every so often, the truth can’t help but slip out.
“It’s no longer about education,” Snyder continued. “We’ve sold out to the cameras over there, and TV has made its way, and I don’t fault TV. I don’t fault whoever broadcasts games. They have to make a living and that’s what they do, but athletics—that’s it. It’s sold out.”
This was admirably honest, as the 75-year-old Snyder is known to be. But within a few weeks, the coach’s sellout comments were pushed aside for the sellout itself. The college season began. The inevitable rah-rah arrived, as did the national fever over rankings and the newly created football playoff, reported to be worth around a half billion annually in TV rights.
The show would not stop.
The best moments in college sports are when the people in power get so fed up, they actually tell the truth.|By Jason Gay

Are You Watching Too Much Football?

By Jason Gay
Quick quiz question. Between college (unpaid pro football) and the NFL (paid pro football), how much football did you watch on television this past weekend?
A. I watched only the football that was absolutely necessary—you know, somewhere between 55 and 60 hours.
B. Not a lot. Just watched, let’s see, parts or all of Auburn-Texas A&M, Oregon-Utah, Ohio State-Michigan State, Alabama-LSU, Steelers-Jets and the end of Niners-Saints. OK, and Giants-Seahawks. And Bears-Packers. Oh and some Red Zone channel. And most of “Earl Campbell: A Football Life.” But that was it.
C. I didn’t watch any football, I went for a sunrise hike, had long conversations with my children, and hand-built two wooden chairs. OK, none of that is true. I watched TCU-Kansas State, Baylor-Oklahoma, Cowboys-Jaguars and Broncos-Raiders. I haven’t spoken to my children since the 1980s and the only furniture in my living room is a case of Old Milwaukee empties and a beanbag sofa.
D. Detroit Lions are 7-2!! What was the question?
America Can’t Seem to Shake the Mandatory 55-60 Hours Per Weekend of Its Favorite Sport|By Jason Gay

The Election Debacle wasn't Just OBAMA'S FAULT

The Democrats’ policies have been pillaging their own political base.
By Daniel Henninger
The Democrats who were caught standing on the beach last week when the GOP’s 40-foot wave washed over them are now explaining why it wasn’t their fault.
No. 1: It’s not us; it’s what’s his name, the unpopular president. (And that awful Valerie Jarrett. )
No. 2: It was a midterm election with a bad map; we’ll be back in 2016. Hillary to the rescue.
Official Obama Explanation : My ideas and policies are fine; I just have a messaging problem.
USS Democrat Captain Nancy Pelosi : “There was an ebbing, an ebb tide, for us.”
This all reminds me of the classic film satire, “I’m All Right, Jack,” about the dying days of the British trade-union movement. When an idealistic young factory worker shows the efficiency gains possible from actually using a forklift, the union steward calls a strike. Three guesses which Democrats in the U.S. version would play the roles of Peter Sellers, Terry-Thomas and Margaret Rutherford.
A few Democratic voices, mostly party professionals whose job is winning elections, have said the donkey herd that just ran off the cliff needs to rethink its sense of direction. No one is listening to them. Most Democrats, especially the left that took control of the party in 2008, deny any problem. And well they might. There is no Plan B.
In The Wall Street Journal, Wonder Land columnist Dan Henninger writes that Democrats’ policies have been pillaging their own political middle-class and blue-collar base.|By Daniel Henninger

Can Money Buy You Happiness?

It’s True to Some Extent. But Chances Are You’re not Getting the Most Bang for Your Buck.
New research is suggesting that happiness is determined not by how much money one earns, but rather, how one spends it. University of British Columbia associate professor Elizabeth Dunn explains why.
By Andrew Blackman
It’s an age-old question: Can money buy happiness?
Over the past few years, new research has given us a much deeper understanding of the relationship between what we earn and how we feel. Economists have been scrutinizing the links between income and happiness across nations, and psychologists have probed individuals to find out what really makes us tick when it comes to cash.
The results, at first glance, may seem a bit obvious: Yes, people with higher incomes are, broadly speaking, happier than those who struggle to get by.
But dig a little deeper into the findings, and they get a lot more surprising—and a lot more useful.
Journal Report
In short, this latest research suggests, wealth alone doesn’t provide any guarantee of a good life. What matters a lot more than a big income is how people spend it. For instance, giving money away makes people a lot happier than lavishing it on themselves. And when they do spend money on themselves, people are a lot happier when they use it for experiences like travel than for material goods.
With that in mind, here’s what the latest research says about how people can make smarter use of their dollars and maximize their happiness.
Experiences Are Worth More Than You Think
Ryan Howell was bothered by a conundrum. Numerous studies conducted over the past 10 years have shown that life experiences give us more lasting pleasure than material things, and yet people still often deny themselves experiences and prioritize buying material goods.
So, Prof. Howell, associate professor of psychology at San Francisco State University, decided to look at what’s going on. In a study published earlier this year, he found that people think material purchases offer better value for the money because experiences are fleeting, and material goods last longer. So, although they’ll occasionally splurge on a big vacation or concert tickets, when they’re in more money-conscious mode, they stick to material goods.
But in fact, Prof. Howell found that when people looked back at their purchases, they realized that experiences actually provided better value.
“What we find is that there’s this huge misforecast,” he says. “People think that experiences are only going to provide temporary happiness, but they actually provide both more happiness and more lasting value.” And yet we still keep on buying material things, he says, because they’re tangible and we think we can keep on using them.
Cornell University psychology professor Thomas Gilovich has reached similar conclusions. “People often make a rational calculation: I have a limited amount of money, and I can either go there, or I can have this,” he says. “If I go there, it’ll be great, but it’ll be done in no time. If I buy this thing, at least I’ll always have it. That is factually true, but not psychologically true. We adapt to our material goods.”
Studies say it’s true to some extent—but chances are you aren’t getting the most bang for your buck.|By Andrew Blackman

Sweden has descended into hell...

I don't think she can recover. Islam has won. Is the USA next? If blind liberals have their way they will whistle past the graveyard till this happens.
The situation in the gang-controlled no-go zones of Sweden is deteriorating rapidly. Following the police report conceding the areas to the primarily Muslim immigrant gangs, the Swedish ambulance unio