Suicide failure stats

Suicide failure stats

19 out of 20 people who attempt suicide will fail.

But people who fail are 37 times more likely to succeed the second time…

At TEDYou, JD Schramm asks to break the silence surrounding suicide and suicide attempts:

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Just a thought... (about life & feedback loops)

Just a thought... (about life & feedback loops)

I had this epiphany the other day that everything about life, and even more so: everything about about human activities is deeply based on feedback loops.

It starts with natural evolution (including sexual selection) where the evolution and shaping of the species is refined generation after generation based on positive and negative feedback loops from the environment and from peers.

Then, there is so much about human psychology and sociology where ideas and behaviors are reinforced or subdued through feedback loops.

Not to mention the global economy, markets, consumption and speculation that are massively driven by feedback loops…

So, what’s left to pure, unbiased free will? Arts? Love? Thoughts? I don’t think so. It’s pretty easy to find feedback loops in all of these too!!

This doesn’t mean that everything about today is a direct result of what happened yesterday; there are still external stimuli that enter the system at any (random) time, but still… what is the external stimulus allowing for unconditioned thoughts?

Breakup frustration

Breakup frustration
Breakups are frustrating… always… I believe this guy coped with his frustration pretty well, though ;)

5th element style condo!

You’d think the real estate market crashed everywhere and there’s plenty of available square feet, but check this out: what you saw in the 5th element has actually become a reality, in Hong Kong!

Forex frustration

Forex frustration

I've been following the forex rates of the Euro compared to the dollar for several weeks now, since the EUR/USD hit a low point of 1.24 on November 21st (as shown on the forex charts screenshot above).

I have all those USD I'd like to convert to EUR but I just can't get myself to do it at the current rate about 1.40. :roll:

All I can do no is hope that when Obama gets into office it's going to boost the USD enough for the difference with the EUR to go back down below 1.3...