We’ve all heard the phrase “knowledge is power.” The more knowledge you can acquire, the more power and ability you have to take on life’s problems.
The problem, though, isn’t how much knowledge is out there, but how curious you are and how willing you are to go get it.
Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it made Warren Buffet a billionaire. Having curiosity drives you learn more and more, and Buffet believes the more you can push yourself to learn, the better off you’ll be:
“Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.”
Donald Latumahina at blog Life Optimizer takes Buffet’s quote to the next level and explains that because knowledge builds up like compound interest, knowledge gives you an exponential return. Just like a financial investment, the more you invest in your own knowledge, the more you’ll get in return. There’s a ton of free information out there you can use to increase your knowledge and better yourself, so get out there and get curious.
The Power of Knowledge (and What You Need to Harness It) | Life Optimizer
Photo by Sebastien Wiertz.
Islamic State insurgents in Iraq have carried out mass executions, abducted women and girls as sex slaves, and used child soldiers in what may amount to systematic war crimes that demand prosecution, the United Nations said on Thursday.
“The array of violations and abuses perpetrated by ISIL and associated armed groups is staggering, and many of their acts may amount to war crimes or crimes against humanity,” said U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein.
In a statement, he called again for the Baghdad government to join the International Criminal Court, saying the Hague court was set up to prosecute such massive abuses and direct targeting of civilians on the basis of their religious or ethnic group.
Islamist forces have committed gross human rights violations and violence of an “increasing sectarian nature” against groups including Christians, Yazidis and Shi’ite Muslims in a widening conflict that has forced 1.8 million Iraqis to flee their homes, according to the 29-page report by the U.N. Human Rights Office and the U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
“These include attacks directly targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure, executions and other targeted killings of civilians, abductions, rape and other forms of sexual and physical violence perpetrated against women and children, forced recruitment of children, destruction or desecration of places of religious or cultural significance, wanton destruction and looting of property, and denial of fundamental freedoms.”
In a single massacre on June 12, the report said, about 1,500 Iraqi soldiers and security officers from the former U.S. Camp Speicher military base in Salahuddin province were captured and killed by Islamic State fighters.
However, the bodies have not been exhumed and the precise toll is not known. No one disputes that Iraqi military recruits were led off the base near Tikrit unarmed and then machinegunned in their hundreds into mass graves by Islamic State, whose fighters boasted of the killings on the Internet.
Women have been treated particularly harshly, the report said: “ISIL (has) attacked and killed female doctors, lawyers, among other professionals.”
In August, it said, ISIL took 450-500 women and girls to the Tal Afar citadel in Iraq’s Nineveh region where “150 unmarried girls and women, predominantly from the Yazidi and Christian communities, were reportedly transported to Syria, either to be given to ISIL fighters as a reward or to be sold as sex slaves”.
Islamic State pushed on with its assault on a Syrian border town on Thursday despite coalition air strikes meant to weaken them, sending thousands more Kurdish refugees into Turkey and dragging Ankara deeper into the conflict.
Islamic State and allied groups have attacked and destroyed places of religious and cultural significance in Iraq that do not conform to its “takfiri” doctrine, the U.N. report said, referring to the beliefs of Sunni militants who justify their violence by branding others as apostates.
(additional reporting by Ned Parker in Baghdad; Editing by Louise Ireland)
A middle-aged male cyclist is the third person to be struck by a TTC streetcar in less than three weeks.
Paramedics responded to a call of a cyclist hit by a streetcar on Queen St. W. near Spadina Ave. shortly before 1:30 a.m.
The cyclist was taken to hospital with a serious head injury, said EMS.
TTC spokesperson Mike DeToma confirmed the accident and advised all pedestrians and cyclists NOT to collide with streetcars if at all possible!
Ontario’s health minister could cure some of what ails overcrowded ERs if he expands a program that enables paramedics to treat patients in their homes and keep them out of hospital, early results suggest.
York paramedics are working with family health teams to provide a new sort of care to patients with the three most common chronic diseases: diabetes, congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
The conditions typically have led to repeat visits to the ER and many hospital admissions.
Rather than wait until a patient faces a crisis, paramedics visit their homes at least once every three months to monitor their progress, improve their care and extend the reach of family health teams beyond the four walls of their clinics.
It won’t be until next month that preliminary results from the study will be presented to York politicians who spent $1.8 million for the project. But all indications so far point to a rousing success, one that’s improved care while lowering costs.
“It’s absolutely doing both of those,” Norm Barrette, the chief paramedic at York EMS, said Wednesday.
(Also under consideration is the rule that presently forces paramedics to stay with the people they bring into the emergency department until they can be seen by a doctor or nurse!)
Puff Didler, or whatever the hell his name is, had THIS to say about the state of the world today: “Jennifer Lopez’s Ass Is A Work of Art, Kim Kardashian’s Isn’t!

(We couldn’t do this photo full sized, because it might scare little kids!)

Military special forces grabbed alleged cartel leader Hector Beltran Leyva during a lightning raid at a restaurant Wednesday, the latest in a string of high-profile drug arrests in the country.
Officials said the purported head of the Beltran Leyva drug gang was captured inside a seafood eatery in the city of San Miguel de Allende, a popular enclave for foreigners and artists in the central state of Guanajuato.
No shots were fired in the brief operation, which culminated an 11-month investigation, federal criminal investigations chief Tomas Zeron said at an evening news conference.
The arrest comes just months after the capture of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the elusive boss of the Sinaloa cartel, which is considered the most powerful drug gang in Mexico. He was caught in February after more than a decade on the run following his escape from prison.
Mexican authorities say Hector Beltran Leyva, 49, assumed leadership of the Beltran Leyva cartel after his brother Arturo was killed by Mexican troops in a shootout in late 2009. Two other brothers are behind bars for their involvement in the cartel.
Hector, meanwhile, said the arrest shouldn’t count, and he should be released, because he was “on vacation” at the time!

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