Millennials Had The Best Responses To Article That Says They Should 'Just Work Longer'

Millennials Had The Best Responses To Article That Says They Should 'Just Work Longer'

Pretty much everything costs more now. I’m not just talking about inflation, I’m talking value.

Apparently, according to this Politico article, you’re expected to just work longer, instead of, you know, affecting laws to make sure that the top 1% doesn’t horde even more of the wealth that they already control.

The gut reaction many people had to the article was a simple one:

People weren’t buying the whole “suck it up” and “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” argument.

Probably because the bootstraps are exorbitantly overpriced and you need to finance a pair to own that incurs impossible interest rates designed to keep you in economic slavery forever.

Some people suspect a “baby boomer” wrote the article. You know, someone from a generation where working a single job (no side hustles required) was enough to purchase a home and have a spouse live at that home and take care of the kids.

The article had people responding with all sorts of dark jokes.

While others broke down what the writer’s argument was, in its essence.

But then there those who started serving up facts – and it’s that millennials, despite being ridiculously educated, knowledgeable, and skilled, are underpaid when compared to previous generations.

Never mind the fact that many basic tasks can be solved (and usually are) with computer automation. So you have people sitting around at jobs, who could be innovating, performing mindless tasks.

The fact that it’s “normal” for students to be tens, and in some instances, hundreds of thousands in dollars of debt for majors and professions that don’t pay (adjusted for inflation) as much as they did a generation ago, is absolutely insane.

It’s enough to make people feel all sorts of hopeless.

I mean I’ve come across my fair share of defeatist millennials who don’t hold themselves to the fire and hustle to go after their dreams. But for the ones who are, there’s no question that the economic ads are stacked against them today.

And we’re already seeing the effects of it now.

My own father is 65 years old and he’s hustling now just to hold on to a property that his family has owned for decades.

But that’s just the way things are now, I guess!

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This Fitness Blogger Says Ditching Booze Was The Main Factor In Getting Ripped

It seems like a week doesn’t go by without a crazy new diet tip or fad storming the internet, promising you that all of your weight loss woes are over.

It always starts with some “new knowledge.” You know, like carbs are bad for you, no it’s your daily caloric intake, no, it’s wine, no, it’s sugar, no, it’s actually not enough carbs released slowly throughout the day. Red meat’s bad for you one day, then the next day vegan diets are terrible. It seems like whatever you want to believe, you can find an “expert” who will confirm whatever it is.

It’s all a bit maddening.

However, there are some fitness and diet tips that are backed by science and are applicable to the vast majority of the population. It’s probably also best to try diet advice that, you know, was actually followed by someone who had great results with said advice and knows what they’re doing.

And if you ask any athlete or a person who specializes in fitness or bodybuilding, they’ll probably tell you that cutting out booze completely or greatly mitigating your alcohol intake is a huge part in staying fit. And fitness blogger Jelly Devote agrees.

She compared her body and how she feels today to her body seven years ago to how she felt back then. The difference is astounding and her cutting back on drinks had a lot to do with that.

ALCOHOL VS WATER 🥂💦
UNHEALTHY VS HEALTHY 🍩🥗
UNHAPPY VS HAPPY ☹️🤩
20 VS 27 YEARS 👱🏼‍♀️👵🏼 

Here’s the thing though: for Jelly, it isn’t about numbers on a scale – she doesn’t even weigh herself.

People always ask how much I’ve lost, and I honestly don’t know what my highest weight was (not the picture) due to hating myself so much I didn’t weigh myself (probably around 75kg) and I don’t weigh myself anymore (lightest I’ve been 45kg, NOT HEALTHY MIND) 🙆🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️💁🏼‍♀️ 

If you take a look at the caloric content of most alocholic beverages, you’ll see that they’re filled with sugar. For example, 4 ounces of champagne has 95 calories – and all of it is sugar. A 12-ounce bottle of Heineken? 150 calories. So two beers and a flute of champagne will put you at almost 400 calories, not to mention any snacks you might be munching on in between drinks.

There’s also another problem big drinkers face that could be messing up their weight loss – even if their workout regimen and solid meals are on point: their liver function.

The liver plays a huge role in helping your body metabolize fat, which is basically breaking fat molecules down so your body can use it as energy.

Excessive drinking may inhibit your liver’s ability to do that, so you’re doing yourself and your fitness goals a disservice by pounding down the brewskies. It’s not just the empty calories – you won’t be able to burn fat as efficiently even if you are within your daily caloric limits.

Just looking at the difference between a healthy liver and a damaged one tells you all you need to know about the dangers of too much booze. Plus, since the liver also acts as a filter for toxins in your body, a prime functioning one will help give you energy throughout the day to tackle those intense workouts and just overall feel better about yourself.

Which is what it’s all about at the end of the day, isn’t it?

Although Jelly has a pretty strong Instagram game, she’s not afraid to let everyone know that more often that not, no matter how in shape someone gets, their body doesn’t look so glamorous in every position.

And although we all know that in the back of our minds, it’s comforting to know how much of it is “smoke and mirrors.”

Because at the end of the day you can only make your body look as good as it possibly can for you.

That doesn’t mean you’re any less sexy or dedicated as someone else – as long as you work to your highest ability, you’ll be happy. It’s a cheesy message, but one that Jelly promotes in a ton of her posts.

Even if her before and after photos are night and day transformations.

Pretty darn motivational.

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Everyone Is Joking About The Sketch Of The Guy Stormy Daniels Says Threatened Her About Trump

Stormy Daniels appeared on The View Monday and released a composite sketch of the man she alleges threatened her in a Las Vegas parking lot. Daniels has revealed intimate details of her alleged affair with Donald Trump, and the money she was reportedly paid as an agreement for silence. Because of Daniels, Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen was raided and is being investigated by the DOJ. The idea that she might be threatened by hired muscle is all too real.

Daniels alleges the man saw her infant daughter in the back of the car and said, “That’s a beautiful little girl, it would be a shame if something happened to her mom. Forget about this story, leave Mr. Trump alone.”

She then shared the composite sketch of her memory. She says the man’s face was “burned in her memory.”

She comments that the man was well-dressed and she remembers him as being “kind of handsome.”

Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said they’re now offering a reward of $ 100,000 for any information that might lead back to this guy, though they imply Trump  or someone on his team was the one who sent him.

People have a few ideas of who the mystery man might be:

If not Tom Brady, he looks like a lot of other fellas in show biz:

And I know what you’re thinking, but Mark Hamill has an alibi:

Could it have been The Mooch?

But it always comes back to Tom Brady:

While $ 100,000 is an enticing sum, it’s not enough to cover the costs of actually besmirching Tom Brady’s name. Do not report him unless you’re sure.

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Woman Says That Taco Bell Is 'Racist' Because They Don't Have French Fries

Being drunk and ordering fast food is a time honored tradition, but there are some rules. Don’t puke and don’t give the cashier a hard time. Fortunately, this possibly wasted girl in a Taco Bell managed not to vomit, but unfortunately she made a few Taco Bell employees pretty miserable.

In this two minute clip posted to YouTube, a woman approaches the counter and attempts to order a “medium fries from the dollar menu.” She is absolutely sure she is in a Burger King. The cashier explains that they have tacos or burritos, because this is a Taco Bell. The employee sounds a little sarcastic, but just barely considering the situation.

Then the customer turns to address the other patrons as though they’re gonna back her up, saying, “This is racism at its f—king finest.”

Someone off camera says, “It’s not, girl.” Thank goodness.

But she insists, “No, it is.”

At this point the cashier tries to help her read the menu, which she seems to be struggling with, but the woman decides to leave. Though she doesn’t seem to know exactly what’s going on, she at least knows she’s embarrassing herself.

Oddly enough, some Taco Bells are serving nacho fries, which are potato fries with a cheese dipping sauce. But it doesn’t seem like that’s what this woman is referencing, much to everyone’s amusement.

Being too confused to know what you’re eating is one thing, but don’t politicize Taco Bell. You’re ruining everyone else’s buzz.

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Ian Somerhalder Says He Threw Out His Wife's Birth Control Pills, And People Weren't Happy

Meet Ian Somerhalder and his wife, Nikki Reed. Cute couple, right?

In July, Reed gave birth to their first child, Bodhi Soleil Reed Somerhalder. How sweet!

On a recent podcast called Dr. Berlin’s Informed Pregnancy, Somerhalder talked about that time he was ready to have a baby but Reed wasn’t sure. Here’s the couple talking to Dr. Berlin and his cohost, a midwife named Blyss Young:

Yeah, Twitter, we know.  This is really messed up:

Not surprisingly, the podcast has been deleted.

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Woman Says She'll Send Any Man’s Unsolicited D*ck Pic To Their Mom, And A Guy Actually Challenged Her

Woman Says She’ll Send Any Man’s Unsolicited D*ck Pic To Their Mom, And A Guy Actually Challenged Her

Madi Kohn is a 20 year old student at Arizona State University and is really over getting unsolicited d*ck pics from guys online. Like, really over it. She’s so over it that her Tinder profile includes a warning that if she gets one, she will pass it along to the dude’s mother. 

Madi is not playing, you guys.

Like lots of other young women, Madi has her Tinder account linked to her Instagram, and, unfortunately, she’s kind of come to regret that decision. Having the two profiles linked creates a sort of loophole in the Tinder process. Whereas normally on Tinder people can’t message you unless you’ve matched with them, linking your Instagram account allows people you didn’t actually match with to still message you. 

That’s where Ryan comes in. 

He didn’t match with Madi on Tinder, but he began sending her “kind of creepy and kind of gross and annoying things” via Instagram. The messages, which Madi initially ignored, culminated in — you guessed it — an unsolicited d*ck pic. At six in the morning. Seriously. who sends d*ck pics at six in the morning?!? LET THE GIRL SLEEP! 

Madi was both tired and unimpressed.

So Madi did what she said she would. She did some digging through his profile, found the guy’s Facebook, where he had family members linked, and forwarded the pictures along to his mother. 

Madi is a woman of her word, y’all.

In the message, Madi wrote: “Hi, I see that your son is Ryan (redacted). I have never talked to him or met him, but he has sent me this picture through Instagram after discovering my profile. Can you please tell him not to send unsolicited pictures to women? I did not ask for it.”

Mom replied, apologizing in both English and Spanish, and saying she would have a talk with her son. The guy changed his Instagram name and username shortly after and has not contacted Madi since. But that’s not where the story ends. 

When Buzzfeed reached out to Ryan for his side of the story, he complained that he felt violated and that Madi couldn’t prove it was him who sent the pictures anyway. Evidently, he’s very concerned about matters of consent.

I will say this. If that was ‘me’ what she did was illegal. You can’t share those types of ‘private’ pics without consent. I am not sure if you are aware of that. My mom, my sister, other family members, my friends – no one cared.”

He then went on to talk about possibly pressing charges, but how he’d be willing to skip that if Madi leaves him and his family alone.

When Twitter caught wind of that aspect of the story, they went IN.

The “Shaggy Defense” didn’t hold up long this time.

We want to know what his friends and other family members have to do with this. Madi only sent the picture to his mother. Did he decide to hold an entire friends and family meeting and show them all? 

So confusing.

Not everyone thinks Madi did the right thing. While most of the women cheered her response, some of the men just didn’t seem to get it or understand just how often it happens. 

“It happened once, and I just ignored it.”

Michael took issue with what Madi was wearing in one of her images. We were going to describe it, but IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT A PERSON IS WEARING, THEY ARE NOT ASKING FOR IT UNLESS THEY LITERALLY ASK FOR IT. Sorry, caps got stuck there… 

Anyway, here’s Michael’s take on the issue.

Steven is just sitting here lamenting the greatness of our nation. 

And we’re kind of like “same.”

So once again, gentlemen, please remember d*ck pics are fine as long as you have the okay to send. Just ask, and if the answer is “no,” it’s “NO.” That’s it. 

Got it? Good.

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Study Says Puppies Understand Baby Speak Better Than Regular Speech

If you’ve ever played with a puppy, you’ve probably talked to it like you’d speak to a baby.  If you’ve ever talked baby talk to a puppy, you surely had a very un-fun person ask you why you were doing that. The next time this happens you can just say “Science!” and continue to play with your dog. 

A study published in Proceedings of Royal Society B showed some fascinating results about the effects of baby talk on dogs of different ages. The study was conducted by having female volunteers record the line “Hi! Hello cutie! Who’s a good boy? Come here! Good boy! Yes! Come here sweetie pie! What a good boy!” while looking at pictures of puppies, adult dogs, old dogs, and humans. 

 While there was little change in the pitch while looking at other humans, there was a noticeable difference when looking at the pictures of dogs. On average, the pitch increased by 13 percent for the old dogs, 11 percent for the adult dogs, and a whopping 21 percent for the puppies. 

The scientists then played the recordings over the loudspeaker in an animal shelter in New York City. Upon hearing these recordings the puppies rushed over to the loudspeaker and stayed there for a while. Furthermore, they reacted better to the puppy recordings than to the human recordings, staying at the loudspeaker for longer. 

The adult dogs reacted similarly to both the recording for adult dogs and the recording for humans. In both cases, the recordings were mostly ignored. They would glance over to the loud speaker and then go back to whatever they were doing before. Nicolas Mathevon, co-author of the study, speculates that “[M]aybe older dogs do not react that way because they are just more choosy and they want only to react with a familiar person.” 

This study was then replicated in France and Italy with French and Italian speakers, respectively, where it achieved the same results. 

Picture of French Dog Shelter (Maybe)

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So what does this all mean? An early theory has to do to do with the “Baby Schema” which is that humans evolved to find things like big eyes cute as a way to ensure early humans had a desire to take care of there offspring. As a result, we have a desire to care for other animals that also have a classically cute appearance.

However, this does not seem to be the real reason why we speak this way to puppies. According to Mathevon:

One of the hypotheses was that we humans use this dog-directed speech because we are sensitive to the baby cues that come from the face of a small baby [animal] as we are sensitive to the faces of our babies. But actually our study demonstrates that we use pet-directed speech or infant-directed speech not only because of that but maybe we use this kind of speech pattern when we want to engage and interact with a non-speaking listener. Maybe this speaking strategy is used in any context when we feel that the listener may not fully master the language or has difficulty to understand us.

So be sure to use a high pitched voice when you explain this to your pup tonight. Otherwise they might get confused. 

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Elon Musk Says Tesla's Solar Roofs Will Be Cheaper Than Ordinary Ones

If you’re an energy company right now, then you’re probably assembling a team of sleazy lawyers to try and come up with laws to halt the sale of Tesla’s solar roof tiles.

Why? Because they’re about to make solar energy affordable for every contractor and home owner in America.

Solar absorbing roof tiles won’t just provide homes with free energy, but they’re going to cost less than most ordinary roofs.

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The electric energy giant’s founder and CEO, Elon Musk says that the solar roofs will have a longer life span than their regular counterparts, so it doesn’t make sense for building manufacturers to use other roofing tiles.

It’s worth noting that a lot of the energy saving doesn’t come in the manufacturing process of the roofs, but in shipping and handling.

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Bloomberg speculates that when Tesla’s solar roofs become commercially available, the cost will be extremely high, as they are pricey to manufacture.

However, the benefit of the solar roofs are that they’re lighter and not as fragile as traditional roof tiles making the process of shipping them easier and exponentially cheaper.

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Plus, there’s also the coolness and sexiness factor, which has been Musk’s concern with green and electric products from the beginning:

“The key is to make solar look good. We want you to call your neighbors over and say, ‘Check out this sweet roof.'”

The tempered glass roof tiles will be offered in four styles: Tuscan, Slate, Textured, and Smooth.

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The solar energy picked up by the tiles can be used to directly power a home or even stored for later use in Tesla’s power wall battery or other solar power banks you’ve got in your home.

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BMW Says This Future Motorcycle Is So Safe You Won't Need To Wear A Helmet While Riding It

BMW might be the automobile of choice for driving enthusiasts and/or total douchebags whose fathers are lawyers, but they don’t just make cars. They also make some pretty sweet motorcycles.

And I’m not just talking about the bikes that are currently in production, but the German auto-manufacturer’s future cycles, as well.

The Motorrad Vision Next 100 might have a ridiculous name, but the technology in this future bike is anything but.

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Apparently the Vision Next 100’s self-balancing technology is so safe that riders wouldn’t have to wear a helmet or even specially padded body suits. Which is comforting news to anyone who’s wanted to own a motorcycle but were afraid to. 

The zero-emissions (probably fully electric) bike also doesn’t require a bunch of esoteric gauges and dials. All relevant information is fed to the rider through a visor.


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It’s important to remember that the Vision Next 100, just like BMW’s shape shifting car, is a concept automobile. The likelihood of seeing this thing on a showroom floor in the near future is slim to none. 

It’s also kinda crazy to assume that no one is going to fall off this bike, which means that people will still need a helmet if they’re thrown off of it somehow.

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Because the ground doesn’t really care whether or not your bike has self-balancing technology.

Would you want to ride one of these bad boys if they ever actually came out?

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I would, but that doesn’t mean I’d be giving up my pads and helmet just yet.

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Eric Trump Says Strong Women Like His Sister Don't 'Allow' Themselves To Be Sexually Harassed

Its been pretty easy for me to stay politically neutral this election cycle because I’m voting for the Giant Meteor to come in and do what’s right.  Some folks think I have a pretty negative outlook on things, but I digress.

You see, when Donald Trump was asked what would happen if his daughter. Ivanka Trump, found herself being sexually harassed in the workplace, his response was:

“I would like to think she would find another career or find another company if that was the case.”

You heard right, folks!  When it comes to sexual harassment, if the lewd comments and uninvited advances make the victim uncomfortable, then they should be the ones to leave.  

Surely though, his son, who is much younger and more connected to the favorite Trump daughter, would take a different stance on the topic.  

When a CBS host asked Eric if he thought that bringing the harassment to the attention of human resources was a better answer, he and his haircut answered

And yet somehow, Eric manage to make things worse

“Ivanka is a strong, powerful woman. She wouldn’t allow herself to be objected to it. And by the way, you should certainly take it up with human resources. And I think she definitely would, as a strong person. At the same time, I don’t think she would allow herself to be subjected to it.”

It’s like the old saying goes; From a bad crow, a bad egg.  I’m sure someone in the campaign is going to ‘clarify’ this faux pas in the next day or two since the premise behind being sexually harassed has someone saying or doing something without permission to begin with.  Blaming the victim is obviously not the answer to sexual harassment in the workplace.  Not by a long shot.

People tweeted their disgust the blatant victim-blaming the Trumps have pushed

 Waiting to hear how we’ve all taken his quoted answer out of context.

(h/t wp)

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