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In the News 03.01.16 : Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets

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In the News 03.01.16 : Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets
In the News 03.01.16 : Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets
In the News 03.01.16 : Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets

11 Ways to Be a
Better Person in 2017

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Welcome to our second annual, semi-serious list of self-improvement tips, gleaned from the Styles stories that resonated most with readers this year. Here’s how to be healthy, happy and a little bit Canadian in 2017. (And if you’d like to go deeper, our 15 tips for 2016 still hold up.)

Read the rest of this article at The New York Times

Death Stars: Music’s Great Losses of 2016

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Trying to guess how history will judge an era in pop is a famously tough call. Nostalgia twists and distorts what actually happened. Stuff that seemed hugely important then isn’t always what seems important years on: stars get forgotten, hits vanish from memory, emphasis is subtly shifted to reflect subsequent changes in tastes or to fit a wider narrative that wasn’t apparent at the time. Even so, it seems a fairly safe bet to say that when people look back on 2016, they will think about death.

Death was the year’s big breakout star. The charts were full of it: posthumous hits choked up the Top 40; the success of the year’s most unexpected No 1 album – Viola Beach’s eponymous debut – was down to the band and their manager’s deaths in a car crash five months previously. No meticulously planned stealth release, with its carefully cultivated air of surprise and concealed impact date, was as surprising as David Bowie or Prince’s death. December’s traditional pop story – about the race for the Christmas number one – was completely eclipsed by the death of George Michael. It was what people talked about: more column inches were occupied, more covers given over, more social media posts posted and blogs blogged about pop stars dying than about those who lived, even Beyoncé or Kanye West.

Read the rest of this article at The Guardian

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The Big and Small of Bad Internet News

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The mutation of a meme can sometimes be telling. In 2014, a post began making the rounds on Facebook, urging people to fill their timelines with links to music, to break “the monotony of selfies and sensationalism.” By late 2015, the form of the monotony had changed; now it consisted of “nasty, divisive headlines and negativity.” Soon it had become “the monotony of politics and posts about people killing each other.” This most recent revival of the meme bore witness to the early summer of 2016, with its seemingly endless litany of bad news—Baghdad’s worst bombing in more than a decade, the Orlando night-club massacrethe Istanbul airport explosion, continued police shootings in the United States, flares of terrorism and far-right nativism across Europe, and a farcically ugly U.S. Presidential election, all set to the relentless bass line of climate-change reports, which counted out one record-breakingly hot month after another.

Read the rest of this article at The New Yorker

How Russia Recruited Elite Hackers for Its Cyberwar

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MOSCOW — Aleksandr B. Vyarya thought his job was to defend people from cyberattacks until, he says, his government approached him with a request to do the opposite.

Mr. Vyarya, 33, a bearded, bespectacled computer programmer who thwarted hackers, said he was suddenly being asked to join a sweeping overhaul of the Russian military last year. Under a new doctrine, the nation’s generals were redefining war as more than a contest of steel and gunpowder, making cyberwarfare a central tenet in expanding the Kremlin’s interests.

“Sorry, I can’t,” Mr. Vyarya said he told an executive at a Russian military contracting firm who had offered him the hacking job. But Mr. Vyarya was worried about the consequences of his refusal, so he abruptly fled to Finland last year, he and his former employer said. It was a rare example of a Russian who sought asylum in the face of the country’s push to recruit hackers.

“This is against my principles — and illegal,” he said of the Russian military’s hacking effort.

Read the rest of this article at The New York Times

30 Behaviors That Will Make You Unstoppable

A lot of people are good at what they do. Some are even elite. A select few are completely unstoppable.

Those who are unstoppable are in their own world. They don’t compete with anyone but themselves. You never know what they will do — only that you will be forced to respond. Even though they don’t compete with you, they make you compete with them.

Are you unstoppable? By the end of this blog you will be.

Let’s get started:

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1. Don’t think — know and act.

“Don’t think. You already know what you have to do, and you know how to do it. What’s stopping you?” — Tim Grover

Rather than analyzing and thinking, act. Attuned to your senses, and with complete trust in yourself, do what you instinctively feel you should. As Oprah has said, “Every right decision I have ever made has come from my gut. Every wrong decision I’ve made was the result of me not listening to the greater voice of myself.”

The moment you start thinking, you’ve already lost. Thinking swiftly pulls you out of the zone.

2. Always be prepared so you have the freedom to act on instinct.

“Just as the yin-yang symbol possesses a kernel of light in the dark, and of dark in the light, creative leaps are grounded in a technical foundation.” — Josh Waitzkin

Become a master of your craft. While everyone else is relaxing, you’re practicing and perfecting. Learn the left-brained rules in and out so your right brain can have limitless freedom to break the rules and create.

With enhanced consciousness, time will slow down for you. You’ll see things in several more frames than others. While they’re trying to react to the situation, you’ll be able to manipulate and tweak the situation to your liking.

3. Don’t be motivated by money or anything external.

Having nice things is, well, nice. But for you, it’s never been about the money, prestige or anything else outside of you. Take these things away and nothing changes for you. You’re still going to be pushing your personal limits and giving it your all. Give these things to you and they won’t destroy you like they do most people.

4. Never be satisfied.

“The drive to close the gap between near-perfect and perfect is the difference between great and unstoppable.” — Tim Grover

Even after you achieve a goal, you’re not content. For you, it’s not even about the goal. It’s about the climb to see how far you can push yourself.

Does this make you ungrateful? Absolutely not. You’re entirely humbled and grateful for everything in your life. Which is why you will never get complacent or lazy.

To quote Jim Rohn, “the way to enjoy life best is to wrap up one goal and start right on the next one. Don’t linger too long at the table of success, the only way to enjoy another meal is to get hungry.”

Read the rest of this article at Medium

P.S. previous articles & more by P.F.M. // Top images: @emmahuntlondon, @georgiannalane, @dorchestercollection