When you consult someone to increase your happiness, know what you want, and ask for it. It's common to ask for what one doesn't want. "I don't want to be depressed." "I don't want to be so miserable." This way you might end up speaking more about depression and misery than on mastering joy.
You might need to discuss the roots and causes in order to change what can be changed. But keep your main focus on joy, happiness, and self-mastery. If this is what you really want, keep your focus on what you can do in thought and deed to create it.
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Rats have been in New York City since the 1700s and they're never leaving
Some neighborhoods foster greater rat diversity.
This rat's ancestors might have haunted Robert Moses' basement.
Since the late 1700s, Norwegian rats have haunted New York City's alleys, parks, and basements. They came on ships from France and England, and then they never left.
Matthew Combs, a graduate student at Fordham University, didn't just want to learn about the history of those rats. He also investigated how their families move around the city, and found that certain areas had more genetic diversity. The Lower East side and East Harlem had more movement of genes between rats, while Midtown (especially west) had less. The residential areas of the city provide better homes for the rats than the more touristy areas. Better habitats mean more rat babies, which leads to the more frequent DNA mutations that Combs measured.
The Norwegian rat, or brown rat, paradoxically originated in Asia, then spread through the Middle East to Europe and Africa. Combs found that a population from England or France made their way to New York City sometime between 1750 and 1770. Even after the U.S. started to trade with Asia and Africa, other rodent species were unable to gain a foothold.
Robert Corrigan, an urban rodentologist and consultant to the city, says he was most relieved to learn that new kinds of rodents aren't still arriving on ships. "There was always a question if we should worry about the ports," he says. "There may be some arriving, but they're not able to fight their way in here and establish a new genetic peg." Corrigan says that the results of Combs's study allow the city to better allocate resources. The De Blasio administration dedicated $32 million to reduce rat activity by up to 70 percent in the three most infested areas of the city. But Corrigan says that won't be enough. "My experience is that we rarely give these local populations a knockout punch," he says. "We're really good at getting 70 percent eradication. Everyone feels good because that feels simple. But the population dynamics of this species shows that you've got to get 90 percent education."
Combs now has a deep understanding of the rat problem in New York City. He and his army of undergraduates walked across the entire island of Manhattan beginning at the northern tip, leaving traps. They collected the dead rats and chopped off a piece of their tails, the most convenient sample for genetic analysis. "It's a useful piece of tissue," says Combs. "We also could have taken an organ or a toe."
Urban fieldwork is not always easy. Combs said that sometimes people would steal traps, but he enjoyed the opportunity to ask for tips about where the best rat collection spots are. "Almost every time you say you're studying rats to someone in New York City, they have stories for you," he says.
Now that Combs has figured out that the ancestors of the NYC's modern rats arrived on a boat at about the same time as Alexander Hamilton, he wants to know why. A combination of rat and human behavior probably comes into play. "Rats are territorial. But that's not necessarily the whole story," he says. "It also might be that trade doesn't happen in New York City any more." He wants to investigate genetic ports in New Jersey and other areas of the country to compare results. Corrigan says he is excited to see the future of the research. "Let me tell you something about the rats on the Upper West Side," he says. "They would probably have some secrets for us. Because they're all related, and they go way, way back."
Three minutes of Chill
The holidays can be the best time of the year, but they come with a fair amount of stress, too. We believe in the power of nature to replenish our spirit and restore balance to our lives. So, we urge you take a little time this holiday season to step away from the stress and. . . chill. . All you need to do is watch, enjoy, and breathe.
Mel Blanc and his vanity licence plate
"KMIT" was the vanity licence plate that Mel Blanc had on his car in California for many years. In case you don't know who Mel Blanc was, he was the most prolific voice actor in history; the voice of many Warner Brothers cartoon characters we all surely remember from our childhood; Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Sylvester the Cat, Barney Rubble and a whole lot more.When vanity license plates first came out in California in the early 1960s Blanc had applied to the DMV for a plate reading "KMIT" for his car. The DMV officials in charge of vanity plates thought it might be the call letters of a radio station which would have been prohibited because it was commercial. Blanc told them: "No it wasn't a radio station; it was an old Jewish expression: "Know Me In Truth". They bought it and a California vanity license plate reading"KMIT" was issued to him.What did Mel Blanc actually have in mind when he chose "KMIT" for his car's vanity license plate? Mel confided in friends that it really stood for "Kush Mir im Tuchis" which is Yiddish for "kiss me in the behind" or more graphically, "Kiss My Ass". The CA DMV never caught on and Blanc had the KMIT license plate on his car until his death in 1989.
Quotes from my Sister
What gunpowder did for war the printing press has done for the mind. Wendell Phillips
The invention of the printing press was one of the most important events in human history. Ha-Joon Chang
Unlike sitting at a computer screen, printing is very direct and hands-on. Christian Marclay
Every technology, including the printing press, comes at some price.
You can't stop people printing what they want to print. Alan Sugar
The good news about self-publishing is you get to do everything yourself. The bad news about self-publishing is you get to do everything yourself. ― Lori Lesko
Writers can write whatever they want, but after THE END, when they self- publish their book, they become accountable to readers for the quality of the book they're selling. ― Eeva Lancaster
Writing a book makes you an expert in the field. At the very least, when you hand someone a book you wrote, it's more impressive than handing a business card.
When eating an elephant, take one bite at a time. – Creighton Abrams
Celine Dion and Barbra Streisand - Tell Him ☆(1997)
Albums: Céline Dion - Let's Talk About Love (1997) Columbia; Barbra Streisand - Higher Ground (1997
Michael Jackson - You Were There
Sammy Davis Jr. - Live '89 60th Anniversary Celebration
Billie Jean: Michael Jackson (the best ever moonwalker )
this video edited by rizone(Malaysia) as one of his dedicated to our king of pop Micheal Jackson, This video contain 2 sources that take from you tube itself' first video is Motown live 1982 and N.Y 25 Anniversary MJ Live. Billie jeans is one of the top song MJ, so.. let's see the 2 dance in different place and different age