Twitter user @anon_operations was 'accidentally' suspended from Twitter, and then reinstated, only to be suspended once again. For the curious, their cached page is available.
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beautifulagony.com. Girls next door are meeting up with other girls next door in nude photo shoots for abbywinters.com. And cottage-industry underage porn is seeing a revival with sexting. I may be confusing lax sexual mores with the growing spirit of self-promotion and the accompanying devaluing of privacy – see Facebook for further information. Indeed, many comments of the above phenomena – from suggestive photos online, to rainbow parties – speaks of the apparent ‘race to the bottom’ not as an attempt to undersell other marketers of flesh, but of other marketers of privacy. To determine which one is more at issue, we may benefit from investing what, amongst Gen-Yers, is the more powerful (and, perhaps, more empowering) act for those involved: sucking someone’s genitals - or taking a self portrait while having one’s genitals sucked?
A funny thing happened in an office I worked in a few years back. Having come to the end of my clean sock pile, I’d been forced one morning to resort to two quite dissimilar socks to accompany my leather shoes and black pants. At a meeting that morning, l crossed my legs, first my right, and then my left, to unwittingly reveal the disharmony between shoe and pant-leg, to a colleague sitting opposite me who could not take her wide eyes off them. By her own achievements in office-ware, she evidently took pride in her looks – make-up, matching clothing, the right jewellery, etc. etc.
Thinking about my retirement is a bit too long sighted for my liking. However, it is the natural extension of using the longevity calculators – especially considering how retirement length is linked to life expectancy.
Financial self-awareness: when it comes to saving money, why knowing yourself is more important than knowing the stock market
After figuring out why you want money and what you want it for, it’s important to understand - and to be able to articulate - your own attitude regarding investing.
I was working at a small software company in 2002 when the dot-com bubble had almost fully deflated. IT shares not start to recover from 1998 levels until 2004. I had put my own money into managed funds, though because they were Australian-based and ethical investments, they were not hit that hard. However, as I read reports of so much money suddenly disappearing from investments, I started feeling that all money was 'flighty', unreliable, liable to evaporate at a moment's notice. The one thing that I could depend on - the one investment that I could reliably carry around with me through my life - was self-investment.
The more I read of the tragicomedy of the Global Financial Crises, the more I am convinced that it was not the result of thoughtless greed – or at least, not just thoughtless greed (and yes, the consumers, the people buying the houses, are guilty of that, no less than those who made it their profession). Rather than a rogue anomoly, it was a very carefully orchestrated plan that exploited pre-existing structural problems. 'Capitalising' on what was happening merely magnified the scale of the disaster. The Invisible Hand is just another puppet, guided by some very smart investers – and the share market is the rort:
After periods of having earned and saved a lot of money and lived pretty skimp, I maintain my standard of living. I don’t job hunt as seriously as I could. I tend to frown upon positions that are not entirely to my liking - perhaps because they offered a wage lower than what I am used to, are in a field I don’t entirely love, or are at an organisation that I didn't think I would be able to chill out in. Instead, I turn my space between jobs into a comfortable mini-retirement. Many feel that living off the wealth they earlier slaved over is one of their biggest financially mistakes (and I too can tend to feel a bit of guilt for transforming such wealth into time spent comfortably unemployed.)