So, hey, what do you know, it turns out people like movies! Okay, so I’m looking at this thing a little harder now, and it seems that they like movies about the future, and even more specifically a future where things are not going so well. It turns out that there’s actually three times as many movies about an impending dystopia than ones where everyone’s driving hover cars and doing just dandy.
The question is: Why is everyone so hopeless, and how is this capitalism’s fault? You’ve got to admit that you’d probably rather pay money to see some topography-rearranging, apocalyptic, nuclear explosions on the big screen, than watch some slice of life film about how hard of a time Matthew McConaughey is having eating Cheerios in his space yacht, because artificial gravity hasn’t been invented yet. When it comes down to it, Hollywood doesn’t really dictate what kind of movies we want to see; they just make them. Maybe capitalism actually will have something to do with the fall of human civilization, but it’s not to blame for the evident implication that everyone seems so sure it’s going to happen. I mean take the Bible, for instance. That story doesn’t end on the best note, and I don’t imagine the guys who wrote it are collecting any royalty checks.
Are we all doomed? Who knows? But it’s probably just easier to assume that we are because it gives you the kind of nihilistic, reckless abandon that lets you justify spending your precious time seeing the new Hunger Games movie.
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Professions in the medical field often demand long hours while standing. This infographic goes into which shoes are used most often in the field, and why they are the best. According to Uniform Advantage, people pick shoes by three categories – style, functionality, and comfort. Many medical professions can be physically demanding, which is why medical professionals prioritize with functionality in mind.
The human foot is one of the most structurally-complex parts of the human body. With 26 bones in each foot, the feet are home to 25 percent of the body’s bones. Nurses and other medical professionals spend 11 of their 12-hour shift on their feet, so remembering to take care of our feet friends, by getting some cozy compression socks and seeking items with the approval of the APMA, is of utmost priority.
The feet and the pressure they carry effect other parts of your body. If you haven’t already, you should probably get to know your feet and what they need. What you ought to do is consult your neighborhood podiatrist, and find the ideal shoe for you. But before you go, familiarize yourself with a bit of foot type lingo to help you get a better idea of what you need. The arch and the instep are probably two of the most important parts of your feet. Your instep is how your foot turns inward.
Uniform Advantage wants to help you get closer to finding your perfect work shoe for your long standing shifts. Visit the sources listed to learn more. [via]
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I’m not even gonna touch this one. I do not want to sell myself to any ideals in front of the world over this topic. That doesn’t mean these aren’t interesting facts.
Did you know 40-50 MILLION abortions happen year ’round? That is way more than I would have initially expected. I’m not surprised, though, to find that most women who opt for an abortion are between the ages of 20 and 24. What is startling, is the fact that 68,000 women die every year from back-alley abortions. Half of all abortions are done illegally anyway. What. The Heck.
I mean, if you think you’re better off getting an abortion, at least do it the right way. To think that women are killed from aborting the wrong way just makes me sick to my stomach. (There’s a very distasteful play on words in that sentence.) I guess having an illegal abortion makes sense when you consider that 87 percent of the United States does not provide abortion services.
Like I said, I’m not gonna take a stand on this, but it seems to me that these are the kind of facts that need to be considered when trying to form your own opinion about abortion. So spread the awareness! Let’s be an educated Internet and not an unknowledgeable, biased one! [via]
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Today’s post is a really handy, interactive graph that lets you see just how much you, or anyone else, stands to make based on highest level of education. There are a few things that need to be taken into account when looking at this, because of some factors that the data can’t account for. Keep in mind that net lifetime earnings is determined as if someone worked every year of their life after completing their education. So it doesn’t account for unemployment, which is considerably higher in college graduates than high school graduates.
These statistics have been gathered from countless surveys taken from 40-somethings who are approaching their highest level of income. That means it’s not going to be quite as accurate toward this generation of laborers. If anything, the gaps that you see between career paths will only widen in the years to come. One exception is disparity between genders. Not only does a male with an art degree have a higher income than a female with a science degree, but so does a male college dropout. It’s true that things are slowly getting better in that regard, but it is by no means soon enough to acknowledge gender inequality in the workforce as any thing other than a pervasive problem.
Be sure to click the link below and enter in your information to see how you stack up with the rest of the labor pool.
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Any of you Austinite readers know exactly what this headline is talking about. Austin traffic is the worst. I can’t even begin to count the amount of times a week I complain about having to commute to Austin. Between construction on I-35, the inevitable delays on Mopac, and the excessive amount of people moving to Austin, attempting to travel in and out of Austin is about as pleasing as using a dial-up Internet connection. (Some things you should just have figured out by now…)
According to today’s infographic, you should allow at least 10 minutes of extra time on top of your average commute if you’re traveling within Austin. When compared to the average large US city’s traffic delays (6 minutes), that’s horrendous. It’s not just time you’re wasting in traffic, though. Texas A&M’s Transporation Institute found the average Austin commuter lost $930 out-of-pocket, wasted 20 gallons of fuel, and released 400 excess pounds of CO2 pollution into the atmosphere in 2011. Pretty pricey tag for such an annoyance, huh?
But wait! It’s going to be okay! This infographic shows by “using better traffic operations” – an extremely ambiguous and undefinable phrase – Austin residents should have saved 848,000 gallons of fuel and 2 million hours of delay in 2012. In other words, traffic problems should have decreased. But they didn’t, and have only continued to worsen. If you read the fine print on today’s optimistic infographic, Texas A&M’s Transportation Institute admits, “Austin’s traffic challenges have grown along with its population. While the region has taken productive steps to deal with worsening congestion, our traffic problem continues to affect our daily way of life.” In other words, we’re screwed and Godspeed. Our next step? Wait for the invention of flying cars.