How to Defend Yourself Against Adult Bullying

Adult Bullying

This article describes techniques and tactics that you can use to defend yourself against adult bullying, whether it be in the workplace or in your personal life.

There has been a lot of news coverage and discussion about bullying among children. The growth of social media has drawn attention to the way that children pick on other children, which can lead to tragic results including permanent damage to self esteem, eating disorders, and even suicide. However, not as much attention has been devoted to an equally real and dangerous social problem: Adult Bullying.

The fact is that people who were bullies as children often continue to be bullies as adults. Sadly, many of the techniques that they learned as child bullies work for them as adults, and they use these techniques to dominate and abuse fellow adults, be it in their workplace, their family or their social circle. It is a sad fact of life that bullies are often perceived as alpha males or females, or as having leadership qualities, so that many people in positions of authority such as large workplaces tend to be bullies, which gives them expanded opportunities to bully others, using their authority to guarantee that the victim is or at least feels powerless to do anything about it.
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Airlander 10: World’s ‘biggest’ aircraft unveiled after being fully assembled in the UK

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The world’s “biggest” aircraft has been unveiled and floated in a huge hangar for the first time since its assembly in the UK.

The Airlander 10 was developed for the US military, but was brought back to the UK by British firm Hybrid Air Vehicles following a campaign.

It was floated in a giant hangar in Cardington, Bedfordshire, and will take part in ground tests before 200 hours of test flights begin later this year.

Photographers struggled to capture the whole length of the aircraft, which is around 50ft (15m) longer than the biggest passenger jets.

“For the people on board and the people down below it’s going to look quite a sight,” said chief test pilot David Burns.

Wildfires in the US force 82,000 to flee their homes

A new fire in drought-plagued Southern California spreads across more than 100sq kms in just two days.

As many as eight wildfires were burning in California on Wednesday [Reuters]

A wildfire in Southern California raged virtually unchecked in thick brush on Wednesday after destroying dozens of houses and forcing the evacuation of more than 80,000 people from their homes, officials said.

The so-called Blue Cut Fire ignited on Tuesday in the mountainous Cajon Pass, near a highway corridor between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and has since covered more than 100sq km.

Firefighters had carved containment lines around only 4 percent of the blaze by Wednesday night, according to fire service officials.

They described the blaze as unusually fierce, even in a year of intense wildfires in the west, where years of drought have put a heavy burden on firefighting resources.

“In my 40 years of fighting fire, I’ve never seen fire behaviour so extreme as it was yesterday,” Michael Wakoski, the incident commander, told a news conference on Wednesday.

As many as eight wildland fires were burning in California on Wednesday, three of them scorching thousands of hectares as firefighters sought help from emergency services in other states and the California National Guard.

Syrian conflict: Russian bombers use Iran base for air strikes

Russia’s defence ministry says it has used a base in western Iran to carry out air strikes in Syria.

Tupolev-22M3 long-range bombers and Sukhoi-34 strike fighters took off from Hamedan on Wednesday, a statement said.

The aircraft attacked jihadist militants in Aleppo, Idlib and Deir al-Zour provinces, it added.

It is reportedly the first time Russia has struck targets inside Syria from a third country since it began a campaign to prop up Syria’s president last year.

Iran is Bashar al-Assad’s main regional ally and has provided significant military and financial support since an uprising against him erupted in 2011.

Aftermath of reported air strike on rebel-held district of Sakhur in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on 15 August 2016
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Sweden’s youngest Minister resigns..

Sweden’s youngest cabinet minister, 29 year old Bosnian refugee, Aida Hadzialic, Minister for Secondary and Adult Education, announced her resignation on Saturday after being caught driving under the influence of alcohol.
Hadzialic revealed that she had been stopped by police in the southern city of Malmo and tests showed she had an alcohol level of 0.2 grams per liter of blood, just the level considered an offense in Sweden.
She made the announcement at a press conference at government headquarters in Stockholm saying:
“That was the biggest mistake of my life… I will take responsibility. I announce my intention to resign from my ministerial post”. “I understand that a lot of people are disappointed in me. And I am angry with myself, and certainly I deeply regret it,” said the young politician seen as the future of the Social Democrat party.
Hadzialic was born in Bosnia and immigrated to Sweden at the age of five, in 1992, with her parents fleeing the war in the Balkans.

She became involved in the Social Democrats youth movement in high school and went on to be elected a municipal councillor at age 23.

She became the youngest government minister in Sweden’s history at the age of 29 in 2014.

Source: The Times of Isreal/AP

Be Patient.. What’s meant for you, will happen for you.

Right now you might be in a situation that you think you won’t survive, but six months ago you were in a situation that you didn’t think you’d survive and two years before that you were in a situation you didn’t think you’d survive and the point is you will always surprise yourself and you will always make it through. Greater things are in the works for you. It’s so difficult while we’re blind and hurting and don’t know which way is up. But, if you have faith in anything, have faith in the fact that the universe has a beautiful way of straightening things out far better than we ever could. You may not see it today or tomorrow, but you will look back in a few years and be absolutely perplexed and awed by how every little thing added up and brought you somewhere wonderful or where you always wanted to be. You will be grateful that things didn’t work out the way you once wanted them to. In the meantime just breathe and trust the process.  

 

–Idil

5 Things To Consider Before Giving Up On Your Goals and Dreams

It’s easy for an outsider to tell you to give up a dream. To the observer it might look like you’re chasing the impossible. Constructive criticism often provides a fresh and sometimes helpful perspective. Ultimately you know what is best. Therefore you should make the final decision.

Outsiders cannot feel the strength of your determination. They have no idea how much joy your dream brings. They do not know the lengths you are willing to go. They view your situation logically from the outside.

Life Is Fluid, You Can Change Your Mind Anytime

It’s okay if you are unsure about giving up or persisting with your goals. As we grow and learn more our views change and we might realize that some goals aren’t worth striving for. If your heart is no longer in a goal don’t be afraid to drop it.

Things To Ask Yourself Before Dropping A Goal

  1. Am I naturally good at this?: If it’s something you’re naturally good at you might want to consider continuing. Things that you are not naturally good at require more effort.
  2. Could I be doing something better?: Look at your options to see if there is something better you could be doing at this point in your life.
  3. How much have I invested and how have I benefited so far?: Consider the time, money, and energy that you have invested and what you’ve received in return. Money is not the only thing to consider. Enjoyment and meeting new people, good reputation and expanding your network are also important gains.
  4. Does it help others?: In what way is it helping others and at what cost?
  5. Does doing it make me happy?: A very important thing to consider.

If It Makes You Happy

If you want to make money from what you love keep doing it. You might have to get a job on the side while waiting for it to generate money but keep at it. Find a little time each day for it. One day you’ll find a way to earn money from it and make it your full time profession.

The Five Best Investing Apps

Not too long ago, Bankrate.com released a shocking survey. It showed that more than half of all Americans are not investing in the stock market. 52% of the adults in the U.S. have absolutely no stock investments.

No trading portfolio. No 401(k). No IRA. Nothing. But here’s the thing: the stock market is the single best to way to make money. Over the long term, stock prices go up. It’s just how it works.

Check out this chart for the most common reasons people aren’t investing:

Investing Fears

But there’s a magic bullet that can put an end to this insanity and help you start making money in the stock market.

First, let’s debunk a couple of the most common of stock market myths — and the reasons most Americans say they’re not investing.

The Rent Cost Is Too Damn High

It’s a common misconception that keeps folks from investing in equities. And I hear it all the time from friends.

“The stock market is too expensive. I just don’t have enough money to even start investing.”

But they couldn’t be any further from the truth! There are literally thousands of stocks and ETFs that trade for less than $10 a share. So even if you’ve only got a hundred dollars to start, you can still get your foot in the door.

There’s a Crash Around the Corner

Another big reason people don’t invest is fear of a crash. I can understand — there’s not much worse than watching the value of your investment get cut in half. And that’s always a risk, but in the long run — which is the only kind of investing I really push — stocks go up.

I mean, even if you’d invested at the peak of the market before the three most recent crashes, you’d still be ahead of the game now:

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Great RecessionSource: Yahoo!Finance

And that’s just if you’d put your money in at the top and then did nothing since. If you bought at the bottom during the savings and loan crash, the dot-com bubble burst, and the Great Recession, you’d have gains of 864%, 179%, and 220%!

And again, that’s just buying and holding. If you’d scheduled monthly investments and stuck to it through the crashes, those gains would be even higher.

What I’m trying to get at here is that there’s absolutely no reason not to invest. And there are a million reasons you should.

So let’s talk about how these apps take away the other reasons people have to fear investing, and then we’ll get into the apps themselves.

Time for a Silver Bullet

We’re living in an age of innovation, where technology is constantly adapting and evolving.

Less than 20 years ago, there were 500 million mobile phones in the entire world. Fast-forward to today, and now there’s at least one for every human on the planet above the age of 15 — that’s over 5 billion.

These technological breakthroughs haven’t just been in consumer products, though. They’re infiltrating every facet of our lives, right down to our ability to make financial investments. In fact, there are a handful of companies that have not only made it incredibly easy to start investing, but also addressed almost all of the concerns of retail non-investors.

Don’t have enough money? Think again — you can use spare change to invest with these apps. Don’t know enough about the markets? Wrong — all of them have impressive resources for investor education. Don’t trust brokers or advisers? No problem — with these companies, you become your own adviser. Troubled by high fees? Not anymore — you can even invest for free with some of these apps!

There’s exactly no excuse not to invest anymore. Literally everyone can and should be involved in the stock markets.

Investing App #1: Folio

Ok, so technically this isn’t an app yet, but Folio was the first broker to offer flat-fee pricing where you pay a monthly or annual subscription and can make as many trades as you want. It was also the first to offer partial shares of stocks, too — which is HUGE! On top of that, Folio offers customizable funds that allow users to tailor-make a portfolio to suit individual needs and interests. The company also offers investor education resources to help you craft your diversified portfolio and set up automatic investments.

Investing App #2: Acorns

Acorns has a similar business plan to Folio in that it offers customized funds for retail investors. They’re similar to ETFs that track particular sectors in the marketplace. The company uses the diversification strategies of the father of the concept himself, Dr. Harry Markowitz (who won the Nobel Prize for his research on diversifying away market risk). Investors are able to select their investment goals and individual levels of risk-tolerance so that all investments are tailored to suit each particular investor. And if you still think you don’t have the money to invest, Acorn has a solution: roll-up purchases. You can link the app to your bank account and skim the change off of your purchases.

Investing App #3: Motif

Next up on the list is Motif Investing. Like Folio and Acorn, Motif also offers pre-designed, ETF-like funds. There are over 150 of these funds that have been designed by financial professionals and over 55,000 that have been created by other users. You can follow any one of these strictly, customize them, or design your own, entirely original one. Like the first two, commissions are extremely low, and there is even a completely free option to invest in what the company calls “Benchmark Horizon Motifs.” Oh, and if you design a fund that other investors follow, the company will pay you for your expertise through something it calls the “Creator Royalty Program.” So whenever someone invests in or rebalances a Motif that you designed, you get paid.

Investing App #4: Stash

Stash is a super easy (and super cheap) way to get into the market. You can get started with just $5, and its buy-and-hold strategies are perfect for people looking to build a solid nest egg with little effort. This is a tool that encourages saving and building a habit of adding to your portfolio through recurring deposits and purchases. Stash has a long-only philosophy and doesn’t allow margin or short trading. During the sign-up process, the app asks some questions to figure out your risk tolerance (kind of like a short personality test) and then gives a handful of recommendations that match your investing persona. Investments are limited for the purpose of keeping things as simple as possible for beginners. There are about 30 or so ETFs divided into three categories: I Believe (funds with causes), I Want (funds that fulfill investing goals), and I Like (funds based on trends).

Investing App #5: Robinhood

Robinhood, as the name suggests, was created in an attempt to get your money out of the hands of the rich and back where it belongs — in your investment portfolio. The founders set out to create an app that allows individual investors like you and me to get the same kind of treatment as the big banks on Wall Street. And they did exactly that by taking all commissions out of the game. That’s right. FREE trading! Whaaaat? I know! I didn’t believe it at first either, but it’s true. The company offers all sorts of investments ranging from ETFs to common stock and, soon, even options. This is a brokerage that lets you actively trade stocks and funds but won’t suck you dry trying to make a buck. Not too many of those out there. Actually… there aren’t any of those out there. Robinhood is literally the only free trading platform in the world.

 

Jason Williams
Wealth Daily