Friday, 29 April 2016

14 IMPORTANT LIFE TIPS

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1. Focus on the present.
Louise Smith said and I quote “you can’t reach for anything new if your hands are still full of yesterday’s junks. The only time you should think about the past is when you’re trying to learn from it so you don’t repeat a past mistake, stop thinking of what might have been and start thinking of what will be. Make judicious use of the present and don’t hold yourself back with the past. Every minute we waste on regrets, we give up sixty seconds of focusing on what we can really do now.

2. Stop taking life too seriously
Stop trying too hard, don’t be the one who laugh at nothing. Life can be stressful if you take things too seriously. Don’t live a strictly business life, mix it with pleasure, enjoy the ride and be grateful for being alive. If you take life too seriously you will never get out of it alive.

3. Think positive thoughts.
Are you going to grumble that roses have thorns or you are going to be grateful that thorns have roses? Positive thinking means expecting, talking, believing and visualizing what you want to achieve. It means seeing in your mind’s the thing you want, as an accomplished fact. Stephen Richards said “You are essentially who you create yourself to be and all that occurs in your life is the result of your own making”. Who do you want to be?

4. Smile more often.
Smile always, it makes you look beautiful, changes your attitude, raise your confidence and makes you more attractive. Smiling reduces stress and cuts your risk of stress-related diseases. It can lighten the mood of any situation you find yourself in and has the power to lift the mood of those who see your friendly expression.

5. Be honest all the time.
I don’t know about you, but I hate to have to remember what I said yesterday. Howard W. Hunter said “Each lie, each deception, each act of dishonesty combines to create a monster that can destroy your character and your life”. When you’re honest, people trust you the more and you build integrity with this.

6. Control your emotions.
Never allow your emotions to overcloud your thinking. The only one who can make you unhappy is you, you can choose to get affected by what others say or not. You can’t control other people, but you can control how you react to them.

7. Choose your friends wisely.
Show me your friends and I’d tell you who you are. Who do you want to be? Are the friends you keep helping you to achieve those dreams or do they hold you back? What kind of influence are they having on you? Good friends will tell you the truth even it hurts to hear it – especially if they think it will enhance your life. If he/she is not compassionate, honest, trustworthy and respectful then he/she is not a friend.


8. Help others.
Not for ourselves alone are we born, never underestimate the difference you can make in the lives of others. Step forward, reach out and help. No one has ever become poor by giving.When you help people, not only does the circle begin again, it also often comes full circle.

9. Learn to forgive.
When you hold a grudge, you become so wrapped up in the wrong that you can’t enjoy the present, you let others control you, your happiness and your freedom. Forgiveness let you focus on more important part of your life, leads to feeling of understanding empathy and compassion.Steve Maraboli said and I quote “the truth is unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize the situation is over, you cannot move forward”


10. Read books.
Knowledge is power. Everything you read fills your head with new information which might come in handy anytime. The benefits of reading is vast, from helping to improve and learn new vocabularies to enlightening us about people of other culture. Reading improves our focus and concentration, and also improves our memory.


11. Don’t burn bridges.
Every person you meet or engage with present an opportunity, so be polite and positive with each one of them. In business and in life you never know who is going to be meaningful to you in future, nothing is worth cutting someone off completely. Meet and treat people the way you wish to be treated, keep in touch with as many people as possible and treasure your relationships. The only thing you are going to get out of the “take the job and shove it up your ass” attitude when leaving a job you thought you are being unfairly treated is a sense of temporary superiority. Don’t try to get even, keep your head up high and shut your mouth. Leave with honor and dignity.


12. Relax!
We all have bunch of different things to manage, like study, work, and our personal lives. All these comes with pressure, one way to cool off is to relax. It helps us physically and mentally. There’s a strong connection between relaxation and both our physical and mental health. Relaxation has lots of benefits, helps clear your mind and come up with new ideas, keeps stress level in check, improved mood, and helps us to sleep better.


13. Learn to appreciate
Happiness includes appreciating not only what we have but also everything and everyone around us. Don’t appreciate people just because they did something for you, do it for the qualities they have; this way they know who they are is more important than what they do for you. It’s important for our long term happiness and well-being.As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them… Fitzgerald Kennedy

14. Love and respect others
Love makes the world go round. If you judge people, you have no time to love them. Pay close attention, respect people for who they are and not for what you want them to be.Don’t let qualities like gender, ethnicity, and nationality affect how you treat people, respect and love all equally. Loving people makes you a better person, it’s healthy and life-affirming to both the giver and recipient, and a sign of psychological and emotional well-being. Shakespeare said Love all trust a few, do wrong to none. Identify with all of humanity.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

15 Monday Motivation quotes to inspire your day

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A blank page is no empty space. It is brimming with potential... It is a masterpiece in waiting -- yours.
A.A. Patawaran

The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working. Beethoven, Wagner, Bach and Mozart settled down day after day to the job in hand with as much regularity as an accountant settles down each day to his figures. They didn’t waste time waiting for inspiration.
 Ernest Newman

I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.
    Groucho Marx

The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don't let them put you in that position.
   Leo Buscaglia

It is easy to live for others, everybody does. I call on you to live for yourself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.
 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life, but define yourself.
 Harvey Fierstein

Today is a new day. Don't let your history interfere with your destiny! Let today be the day you stop being a victim of your circumstances and start taking actions towards the life you want. You have the power and the time to shape your life. Break free from the poisonous victim mentality and embrace the truth of your greatness. You were not meant for a mundane or mediocre life.
Steve Maraboli

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
 Saint Francis of Assisi

You will never win if you never begin.
Helen Rowland

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret to getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks and then starting on the first one.
                                                                        Mark Twain

Life is not a dress rehearsal. Stop practicing what you are going to do and just go do it. In one bold stroke you can transform today.
Marilyn Grey

You don't need endless time and perfect conditions. Do it now. Do it today. Do it for twenty minutes and watch your heart start beating.
Barbara Sher

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
 Thomas A. Edison

Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.
Sam Levenson

Don't worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try.
Jack Canfield








SCHOPENHAUER'S 38 WAYS TO WIN AN ARGUMENT

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1. Carry your opponent's proposition beyond its natural limits; exaggerate it. The more general your opponent's statement becomes, the more objections you can find against it. The more restricted and narrow his or her propositions remain, the easier they are to defend by him or her.

2. Use different meanings of your opponent's words to refute his or her argument.

3. Ignore your opponent's proposition, which was intended to refer to a particular thing. Rather, understand it in some quite different sense, and then refute it. Attack something different than that which was asserted.

4. Hide your conclusion from your opponent till the end. Mingle your premises here and there in your talk. Get your opponent to agree to them in no definite order. By this circuitous route you conceal your game until you have obtained all the admissions that are necessary to reach your goal.

5. Use your opponent's beliefs against him. If the opponent refuses to accept your premises, use his own premises to your advantage.

6. Another plan is to confuse the issue by changing your opponent's words or what he or she seeks to prove.

7. . State your proposition and show the truth of it by asking the opponent many questions. By asking many wide-reaching questions at once, you may hide what you want to get admitted. Then you quickly propound the argument resulting from the opponent's admissions.

8. Make your opponent angry. An angry person is less capable of using judgment or perceiving where his or her advantage lies.

9. Use your opponent's answers to your questions to reach different or even opposite conclusions.

10. If your opponent answers all your questions negatively and refuses to grant any points, ask him or her to concede the opposite of your premises. This may confuse the opponent as to which point you actually seek them to concede.

11. If the opponent grants you the truth of some of your premises, refrain from asking him or her to agree to your conclusion. Later, introduce your conclusion as a settled and admitted fact. Your opponent may come to believe that your conclusion was admitted.

12. If the argument turns upon general ideas with no particular names, you must use language or a metaphor that is favorable in your proposition.

13. To make your opponent accept a proposition, you must give him or her an opposite, counter-proposition as well. If the contrast is glaring, the opponent will accept your proposition to avoid being paradoxical.

14. Try to bluff your opponent. If he or she has answered several of your questions without the answers turning out in favor of your conclusion, advance your conclusion triumphantly, even if it does not follow. If your opponent is shy or stupid, and you yourself possess a great deal of impudence and a good voice, the trick may easily succeed.

15. If you wish to advance a proposition that is difficult to prove, put it aside for the moment. Instead, submit for your opponent's acceptance or rejection some true proposition, as though you wished to draw your proof from it. Should the opponent reject it because he or she suspects a trick, you can obtain your triumph by showing how absurd the opponent is to reject a true proposition. Should the opponent accept it, you now have reason on your own for the moment. You can either try to prove your original proposition or maintain that your original proposition is proved by what the opponent accepted. For this, an extreme degree of impudence is required.

16. When your opponent puts forth a proposition, find it inconsistent with his or her other statements, beliefs, actions, or lack of action.

17. If your opponent presses you with a counter proof, you will often be able to save yourself by advancing some subtle distinction. Try to find a second meaning or an ambiguous sense for your opponent's idea.

18. If your opponent has taken up a line of argument that will end in your defeat, you must not allow him or her to carry it to its conclusion. Interrupt the dispute, break it off altogether, or lead the opponent to a different subject.

19. Should your opponent expressly challenge you to produce any objection to some definite point in his or her argument, and you have nothing much to say, try to make the argument less specific.

20. If your opponent has admitted to all or most of your premises, do not ask him or her directly to accept your conclusion. Rather draw the conclusion yourself as if it too had been admitted.

21. When your opponent uses an argument that is superficial, refute it by setting forth its superficial character. But it is better to meet the opponent with a counter argument that is just as superficial, and so dispose of him or her. For it is with victory that you are concerned, and not with truth.

22. If your opponent asks you to admit something from which the point in dispute will immediately follow, you must refuse to do so, declaring that it begs the question.

23. Contradiction and contention irritate a person into exaggerating his or her statements. By contracting your opponent you may drive him or her into extending the statement beyond its natural limit. When you then contradict the exaggerated form of it, you look as though you had refuted the original statement your opponent tries to extend your own statement further than you intended, redefine your statement's limits.

24. This trick consists in stating a false syllogism. Your opponent makes a proposition and by false inference and distortion of his or her ideas you force from the proposition other propositions that are not intended and that appear absurd. It then appears the opponent's proposition gave rise to these inconsistencies, and so appears to be indirectly refuted.

25. If your opponent is making a generalization, find an instance to the contrary. Only one valid contradiction is needed to overthrow the opponent's proposition.

26. A brilliant move is to turn the tables and use your opponent's arguments against him or herself.

27. Should your opponent surprise you by becoming particularly angry at an argument, you must urge it with all the more zeal. Not only will this make the opponent angry, it may be presumed that you put your finger on the weak side of his or her case, and that the opponent is more open to attack on this point than you expected.

28. This trick is chiefly practicable in a dispute if there is an audience who is not an expert on the subject. You make an invalid objection to your opponent who seems to be defeated in the eyes of the audience. This strategy is particularly effective if your objection makes the opponent look ridiculous or if the audience laughs. If the opponent must make a long, complicated explanation to correct you, the audience will not be disposed to listen.

29. If you find that you are being beaten, you can create a diversion that is, you can suddenly begin to talk of something else, as though it had bearing on the matter in dispose. This may be done without presumption if the diversion has some general bearing on the matter.

30. Make an appeal to authority rather than reason. If your opponent respects an authority or an expert, quote that authority to further your case. If needed, quote what the authority said in some other sense or circumstance. Authorities that your opponent fails to understand are those which he or she generally admires the most. You may also, should it be necessary, not only twist your authorities, but actually falsify them, or quote something that you have invented entirely yourself.

31. If you know that you have no reply to an argument that your opponent advances, you may, by a fine stroke of irony, declare yourself to be an incompetent judge.

32. A quick way of getting rid of an opponent's assertion, or throwing suspicion on it, is by putting it into some odious category.

33. You admit your opponent's premises but deny the conclusion.

34. . When you state a question or an argument, and your opponent gives you no direct answer, or evades it with a counter question, or tries to change the subject, it is a sure sign you have touched a weak spot, sometimes without knowing it. You have as it were, reduced the opponent to silence. You must, therefore, urge the point all the more, and not let your opponent evade it, even when you do not know where the weakness that you have hit upon really lies.

35. This trick makes all unnecessary if it works. Instead of working on an opponent's intellect, work on his or her motive. If you succeed in making your opponent's opinion, should it prove true, seem distinctly to his or her own interest, the opponent will drop it like a hot potato.

36. You may also puzzle and bewilder your opponent by mere bombast. If the opponent is weak or does not wish to appear as if he or she has no idea what you are talking about, you can easily impose upon him or her some argument that sounds very deep or learned, or that sounds indisputable.

37. Should your opponent be in the right but, luckily for you, choose a faulty proof, you can easily refute it and then claim that you have refuted the whole position. This is the way which bad advocates lose a good case. If no accurate proof occurs to the opponent or the bystanders, you have won the day.

38. A last trick is to become personal, insulting and rude as soon as you perceive that your opponent has the upper hand. In becoming personal you leave the subject altogether, and turn your attack on the person by remarks of an offensive and spiteful character. This is a very popular trick, because everyone is able to carry it into effect.

Saturday, 5 March 2016

OJ Simpson: Police say new evidence may be bogus

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Los Angeles police officials said on Friday they were conducting tests on a knife that was claimed to be found on a property owned by O.J. Simpson at the time he was accused and later acquitted of two murders 21 years ago.

LAPD spokesman Andrew Neiman said the knife was turned over in the past month by a retired police officer who said he obtained it from someone working on a construction site at the property.
Neiman said the knife would be tested for DNA evidence but added it was possible that "the whole story is bogus from the get-go." Neiman declined to name the retired police officer or to say why the knife had come to light only last month.

Simpson's ex-wife and Ronald Goldman were stabbed multiple times in the neck and head, but the murder weapon was never found at the time of the nine-month trial that ended in 1995 with Simpson's acquittal.

Simpson cannot be prosecuted again for the two killings because that would constitute double jeopardy.



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OJ Simpson supposed murder knife found

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New evidence, lost for nearly two decades, has resurfaced and may provide a connection between O.J. Simpson and the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ronald Goldman.

Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Andrew Neiman confirmed in a press conference on Friday that the department is indeed investigating a knife, which was provided by a retired police officer.

Nieman said he can confirm that an unidentified male, who told the now-retired officer he was a construction worker, said he found the knife on O.J.'s former property in the late-'90s. At the time, the officer was off-duty and working security for a movie near Simpson's former property.

Nieman couldn't confirm the specific year nor the veracity of the alleged construction worker's statement, and he appealed to the public to report anything they may know of the man's identity to the LAPD.

He also wouldn't confirm that the knife was found on the Simpson property, as the alleged construction worker's statements still have to be vetted.

The knife is currently being investigated by the LAPD's Robbery-Homicide Division. It will soon be turned over to the labs to be "tested for all forensics, virology, DNA, and hair." Nieman declined to state how long it will take for the test, saying it will depend "on the type of testing and forensics used.

""It is my understanding that [the retired officer] believed the [Brown-Goldman murder] case was closed," Nieman added.

He did express surprise that the officer would hold on to potential evidence. "I would think that an LAPD officer would know that he should or shall submit something like that into the evidence," Nieman said. "I was quite shocked.

"He reiterated, "With all cases that remain open, unless there’s an actual arrest or conviction, the case remains open.

"As for whether charges will be filed against the officer who turned in the knife after holding on to it for close to two decades, the captain said, "We’ll certainly look into the potentiality of criminal charges.

" Since the officer is retired, Nieman ruled out administrative charges.In the case that the knife does prove a connection between O.J. Simpson and the double murder, Nieman said, "I’m not an attorney. Double jeopardy would be in place here. We could not charge Mr. Simpson with the homicides, because he’s already acquitted.

"TMZ first reported the new evidence on Friday morning. According to the site, the construction worker turned the weapon, a folding buck knife, over to a nearby off-duty LAPD officer, who was working as security for a movie shoot across the street.

But instead of turning the weapon into police investigators, the officer allegedly brought it home and kept it for years.

In January, the now-retired police officer reportedly told his friend, an officer in the LAPD's Robbery-Homicide Division, about the knife and his plans to frame it for his wall. He then allegedly asked if the RHD officer could get the departmental record number for the 1994 Nicole Brown Simpson/Ronald Goldman murder case, which he wanted to engrave into the frame.

TMZ's sources said the RHD officer was irate that his friend had kept the knife this long and informed his superiors, who commanded the retired officer to turn in the knife.

Another source with knowledge of the investigation told TMZ that police saw possible blood residue on the knife, though it's hard to discern due to rust and stains.O.J. was tried for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman and found not guilty by a jury in 1995.

Since no one has been convicted to date, the case remains open. If the knife does connect O.J. to the murders, he can't be tried again due to double-jeopardy laws.

In a 1997 civil suit by the victims' families, O.J. was found liable for Nicole and Goldman's deaths in a $33.5 million judgment.

Currently, O.J. is serving prison time for armed robbery at a Las Vegas hotel.





Friday, 4 March 2016

Donald Trump made a u-turn, promise to abide by law

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Donald Trump has reportedly reversed his position on ordering the military to use torture against America’s enemies and to target family members of suspected terrorists, policies he has advocated while on the campaign trail.

The switch, indicated in a statement to the Wall Street Journal on Friday in which Trump said he understood that the US “is bound by laws and treaties”, came two days after prominent Republican national security and military figures published an open letter on the subject.

The letter stated “we are united in our opposition to a Donald Trump presidency” and adding that the authors were “obligated to state our core objections clearly”.

Those core objections included the statement that “[Trump’s] embrace of the expansive use of torture is inexcusable”.

The open letter also pointed to the question of whether the military would or could follow potential extra-legal orders made by a hypothetical President Trump without going through the secret process they use now to deem such actions legal.

The question of whether or how the military could follow a Trump’s orders came up at the Republican debate in Detroit on Thursday night. Trump said he was a great leader and “frankly, when I say they’ll do as I tell them, they’ll do as I tell them.”

He also said: “They won’t refuse. They’re not going to refuse me. Believe me,” and: “I’m a leader. If I say do it, they’re going to do it, that’s what leadership is about.”

But on Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Trump had reversed that position. He would not order the military to do illegal things with the expectation that they would break the law to follow his orders, he said.

Trump told the paper he would “use every legal power that I have to stop these terrorist enemies”.

The statement continued: “I do, however, understand that the United States is bound by laws and treaties and I will not order our military or other officials to violate those laws and will seek their advice on such matters.

“I will not order a military officer to disobey the law. It is clear that as president I will be bound by laws just like all Americans and I will meet those responsibilities.”

Trump’s flip-flops were a major theme of Thursday’s debate and a major point of attack for his rivals. Fox News host Megyn Kelly even played three video clips showing Trump blatantly reversing himself on the war in Afghanistan, Syrian refugees and on George W Bush’s lying – or not – to get the US into the Iraq war.

Trump defended himself by saying that like all successful people he was “flexible”.

Source: Guardian