KABUL, Afghanistan — It’s painful for US soldiers to hear discussions and watch movies about modern wars when the dialogue is full of obsolete slang, like “chopper” and “GI.”
Slang changes with the times, and the military’s is no different. Soldiers fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have developed an expansive new military vocabulary, taking elements from popular culture as well as the doublespeak of the military industrial complex.
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Charting Bitcoin and South Sea Company
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Last week, Bitcoin’s high for the day was $632. Here are a few of the most recent trades: btceUSD – 910.0000
bitstampUSD – 954.7600
localbtcUSD – 922.2500
cbxUSD – 970.0000
Bitcoin was created as a digital currency, it is made out of thin air, it is not backed by gold, silver, oil, and most…
From Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management.
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The “Battle Above the Clouds,” 150 years ago today:
"Point of Lookout Mountain showing ladders used by Union soldiers at the "Battle Above The Clouds." November 24, 1863. Photograph taken the day after the battle."
From the series: Mathew Brady Photographs of Civil War-Era Personalities and Scenes
Besieged in Chattanooga following their defeat at the Chickamauga in September, Union forces begin their breakout with a victory in the Battle of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee on November 24, 1863.
November 24, 1863
Apps for those who are very very intimate with deadlines. In fact, they haven’t met one yet they didn’t blow. We were going to post this earlier, but, you know…
When we think of self-control, we don’t normally see it in these terms — a reasoned decision to wait or not. In fact, the ability to delay gratification has traditionally been seen in large part as an issue of willpower: Do you have what it takes to wait it out, to choose a later — and, presumably, better — reward over an immediate, though not quite as good one? …
In psychological terms, the difference is typically seen as a dual-system trade-off: On one hand, you have the deliberative, reflective, cool system; on the other, the intuitive, reflexive, hot system. The less self-control you have, the further off and cooler the future becomes and the hotter the immediate present grows. Brownie? Yum.
But what if the reality is a little different? What if the ability to delay gratification is actually more like the commuter faced with a crowded train platform than like a dieter faced with a freshly baked treat? A failure of self-control, suggest the University of Pennsylvania neuroscientists Joseph W. Kable and Joseph T. McGuire, may not be a failure so much as a reasoned response to the uncertainty of time.
For those of us battling with goals we just can’t seem to reach, the knowledge that our perception of time — and not some inherent shortcoming — is partly to blame may enable us to be more successful in the future. Instead of beating ourselves up for a failure of willpower, we can instead focus on learning to better calibrate our time expectations from the get-go, setting realistic, concretely framed time goals that capture the reality of the task we’ve set for ourselves.