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Rejection is rough, no matter how you slice it. But it's also an inescapable fact of life, and our ability to deal with failure and rejection has a hand in determining how successful and happy we are. "Happiness isn't the opposite of depression -- resilience is, according to psychologist Peter Kramer. Think of the people you most admire -- many of them didn't get where they are just by sailing through life without any negative experiences or failures. Most of them distinguished themselves by their ability to get right back up every time they fall, a truism reflected in countless inspirational quotations on the power of perseverance." So how do resilient people differ from those who become paralyzed by every failure and setback? Here are seven habits of highly resilient people -- and ways that you can improve your own ability to cope with challenges..



What if you were told you could not ride a bike because you're a woman? What if your younger sister wasn't allowed to ride? What if every single woman in your family was kept away from bicycles simply because riding them was seen as immoral? While most of us have the luxury of being able to head out on two wheels whenever we want to, for the women of Afghanistan, the world of two wheels is reserved for men. Riding a bicycle is a taboo and a sign of immorality. Something so simple—a means of transportation that so many of us take for granted—is off-limits if you're a female. But that is changing. Despite the cultural taboo of females on bicycles, there is an Afghan Women's National Cycling Team in Kabul. Read More. . .



Sometimes reading ancient text can offer both insight and wisdom. While this article is no buried relic, it has aged thirty years. How far have we come from the struggle outlined in this article, written by poet Leah Fritz? Many of us who seek to uncover the intricacies of our internal motivations and human behavior, will like this piece, and others who work for social justice and full equality for all may also enjoy the conundrum she presents. With this in mind we offer her text in honor of Nelson Mandela's life. Ms. Fritz also has a new book of poetry linked here. Enjoy this from the Media Watch Handout Archives, pass it around, and let us know what you think.--AJS
"By definition, the ultimate goal of feminism is to end sadomasochism. Since Kate Millet's Sexual Politics and even before, a host of feminists have analyzed the fundamental mores of our present society and exposed them as sadistic. Any hierarchy is obviously based on domination and subjection, and where a hierarchy exists, equality does not. The powerful "tops" terrorize the powerless "bottoms" into acquiescence, which, when it is internalized by those who are subjected, becomes submission, and with a few more unbearable turns of the screw, masochism. Since our system is one of sadomasochism, it is hard to imagine how celebrating sadomasochism is any kind of a true rebellion." Read full text



Though the military received more reports of sexual assault in 2013 than ever before, the officials tasked with dealing with the issue actually consider the trend an improvement: That's because they believe an increase in reported cases suggests that victims who wouldn't have come forward in the past are now speaking out, thanks to some high-profile cases and the subsequent outrage in Congress. Data obtained by the Associated Press shows that reported sexual assaults rose by more than 50% – over 5,000 were filed during the fiscal year ending September 30 (that number was just 3,374 in 2012). Across the services, the Air Force had the lowest rate, with a 45% increase, while the Marines, despite being the smallest service, led with a high of 86%. Meanwhile, the Navy had an increase of 46% and the Army, as the largest military service, had a 50% jump. up posters, Read NY Mag Delia Paunescu. . .



Media Watch links to various articles below and encourages readers to find out for themselves what is going on, as Fukushima spews radioactive waste in the Pacific Ocean. Health officials in California are now telling residents not to worry after a video uploaded to the internet last month seemed to show high levels of radiation at a Pacific Coast beach. The video, "Fukushima radiation hits San Francisco," has been viewed nearly half-a-million times since being uploaded to YouTube on Christmas Eve, and its contents have caused concern among residents who fear that nuclear waste from the March 2011 disaster in Japan may be arriving on their side of the Pacific Ocean. Throughout the course of the seven-minute-long clip, a man tests out his Geiger counter radiation detector while walking through Pacifica State Beach south of San Francisco. At times, the monitor on the machine seems to show radiation of 150 counts-per-minute, or the equivalent of around five times what is typically found in that type of environment. Read/Watch More. . Related. . Potentially Related: Clues Sought for Sea Star Die-Off An outbreak has devastated several species along North America's Pacific Coast this year. .



"We can cry about it or we can dance about it." says Kid President, aka Robby. He is a nine year old living and thriving in Tennessee with a brittle bone disorder called Osteogenesis Imperfecta. Along with his brother-in-law, Robby has been making inspiring videos on YouTube as Kid President. And Kid President has sparked many others to dance more, smile more and “do something awesome” for others. Robby shows us the power of a playful attitude. If you haven't yet watched it or if you’re in need of some inspiration, please enjoy Kid President's Pep Talk.
More ways kids inspire us linked here.



On the heels of Facebook's advertising deal with multinational spirits conglomerate Diageo, Anheuser-Busch/InBev –– they say Facebook and other social media sites reach more consumers than TV. Social media platforms offer Big Alcohol the ability to reach smartphone users with targeted ads twice as quickly and user-generated content, such as videos. It is this user-generated content that concerns researchers. For example, an Australian team recently expressed concern about how it feeds the culture of excessive drinking. Sites such as Facebook are eager to cash in, setting policies that pander to alcohol advertisers and encourage alcohol consumption through unfettered promotion. European Facebook chief Erika Mann recently issued a thinly veiled warning to governments not to try to restrict alcohol advertising and content on the social media giant. Read more...


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