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The best and worst airlines for carry-on luggage. Since bag dimensions are not standard, what is allowed on one airline can be too big or heavy on another. We did an analysis of the rules of 110 airlines to discover which dimensions are more common.

The best (and worst) airlines for carry-on luggage

Is this how unions of the 21st century get their start? The article references declining membership in traditional unions but I’d speculate that this decline is largely because industrial-era unions are bureaucratic behemoths that are just as demanding for workers as the companies themselves - just ask

Is this how unions of the 21st century get their start? The article references declining membership in traditional unions but I’d speculate that this decline is largely because industrial-era unions are bureaucratic behemoths that are just as demanding for workers as the companies themselves - just ask auto-workers for GM right now.

The old model of unionization has gone stale. It hardly works at all in the industries it currently serves and doesn’t have the chops to handle the newer tech industries that have cropped up in the last 30 years. Time for a fresh take on fighting the man.

How marathons became big business. Running has evolved from an unglamorous, inexpensive, and accessible sport to one increasingly shaped by PR firms and advertising dollars.

How marathons became big business

As our society becomes increasingly focused on "experiences" and "wellness" as markers of status it should be no surprise that it's popular for highly motivated people to prove through performance their ability to train hours a day for months. It should also be no surprise that the aspirations of these

As our society becomes increasingly focused on "experiences" and "wellness" as markers of status it should be no surprise that it's popular for highly motivated people to prove through performance their ability to train hours a day for months. It should also be no surprise that the aspirations of these ultra-high achievers is ripe to be co-opted by brands for profit.

The way we work

How can you stay happy at work as a longtime employee? After years in the same position, a promotion always helps. But surprisingly, LinkedIn data shows that lateral career moves can be almost as effective to keep employees in place and satisfied.

The surprisingly effective retention power of lateral career moves

I’ve done several cross-functional job changes that were lateral moves, and I believe each actually helped me accelerate my career trajectory. Talking with a colleague in HR once, she noted that often companies are now talking about “career lattices” not just career ladders. In a world that is becoming

I’ve done several cross-functional job changes that were lateral moves, and I believe each actually helped me accelerate my career trajectory. Talking with a colleague in HR once, she noted that often companies are now talking about “career lattices” not just career ladders. In a world that is becoming ever more automated, we need workers who can think across functional boundaries to achieve enterprise-wide results.

Cryptic crypto

Facebook’s crypto could become a regulated security. CNBC reports that a new US bill is backed by a bipartisan group who weren’t impressed with Zuck’s testimony at a recent House Financial Services hearing.

New bill would make Facebook's cryptocurrency a security under the law, inviting greater regulation

Mariah Carey's holding strong. "AIWFC" is already ranked at No. 39 this year for the week of Nov. 23—this year it was apparently boosted by previously unreleased footage from 1994 video shoot.

I'm amused that "AIWFC" is charting before Thanksgiving/Black Friday. I can support 45 days of holidays haha

ETFs are eating the market

What happens in a flash crash? And how are they related to ETFs? One of the big questions about ETFs is the extent to which their rapid growth has led to an increasing number of flash crashes and a greater risk for the mother of all liquidity events. A financial advisor who manages millions of dollars in assets describes his experience of one. ✦

It’s alive! ETFs as Frankenstein

While ETFs have done a lot of good for investors, they bear a certain resemblance to the aggregated financial products that set off the last financial crisis, especially newer forms of "synthetic ETFs" that are derivatives of equities and bonds. It's not hard to imagine how, in the event of broader market

While ETFs have done a lot of good for investors, they bear a certain resemblance to the aggregated financial products that set off the last financial crisis, especially newer forms of "synthetic ETFs" that are derivatives of equities and bonds. It's not hard to imagine how, in the event of broader market downturn, the small liquidity crises, or flash crashes, described in this piece could snowball into a much bigger market meltdown. 😬

The new face of education

Employers shouldn’t obsess over hiring elite students. Hiring from lesser-known colleges can benefit companies in surprising ways.

Only recruiting the smartest students is a dumb hiring strategy.

It is really important to hire people who have the humility to take feedback and the confidence to give it. The college elite may not always bring that to the table. It is also equally important to get people from a wider section of the society, especially if you are building a startup that would cater to the entire country.

Buying, mindlessly

Who’s in charge of Christmas?

Quartz looked at the Mariah Carey data last year. The results will...probably not surprise you: Christmas creep is officially now measured by when “AIWFC” charts.

Measuring Christmas creep through “All I Want for Christmas Is You”

This post goes great with my favorite Spotify playlist, which is just "All I want for Christmas is You" 100 times.

Mariah Carey's holding strong. "AIWFC" is already ranked at No. 39 this year for the week of Nov. 23—this year it was apparently boosted by previously unreleased footage from 1994 video shoot.

I'm amused that "AIWFC" is charting before Thanksgiving/Black Friday. I can support 45 days of holidays haha

Ironing out fashion’s wrinkles

Go, do your thing on the runway

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Mindfulness meditation in America has a capitalism problem

Mindfulness meditation in America has a capitalism problem

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  • Interesting take on the rise of mindfulness in America. I will contest the thought on corporate America’s introduction of mindfulness strategies in the workplace. Employee health and well being has been given a voice in a much needed ecosystem of work-induced stress. I commend companies that are investing

    Interesting take on the rise of mindfulness in America. I will contest the thought on corporate America’s introduction of mindfulness strategies in the workplace. Employee health and well being has been given a voice in a much needed ecosystem of work-induced stress. I commend companies that are investing in efforts to help their employees learn new methods of monitoring and managing their mental health and I’m excited at the growing tools and technologies that have developed to meet this demand. The more we shed light on these matters the better we can work to improve and advance work in this field.

  • This is exactly the problem with the current state of mental health care:

    "If we’re focused on reducing the reaction to these injustices and not focused on fixing the problems at the source of it all, how much good are we really doing?"

    Instead, we should be paying attention to:

    "How are we conditioned

    This is exactly the problem with the current state of mental health care:

    "If we’re focused on reducing the reaction to these injustices and not focused on fixing the problems at the source of it all, how much good are we really doing?"

    Instead, we should be paying attention to:

    "How are we conditioned by certain troublesome patterns rooted in dominant society? What are the forces or structures perpetuating those patterns?"

  • Interesting concept. Meditation has the power to be a band aid for stresses and pains but what this article is getting at is that using it only as a band aid does not lead to a bigger goal of fixing the world beliefs around us.

    I do believe that no matter what consistent meditation would better the

    Interesting concept. Meditation has the power to be a band aid for stresses and pains but what this article is getting at is that using it only as a band aid does not lead to a bigger goal of fixing the world beliefs around us.

    I do believe that no matter what consistent meditation would better the world no matter what as more people do it since it has the potential to showcase our connection on an energy level to all other beings and also puts people mentally in a more accepting and receiving mode even if temporarily. The article does hit a point though that as meditation gets more and more mainstream the messages of Buddhism should come along with it and not just the personal individual benefits.

  • I truly do not know what "capitalism" is supposed to be: people seem to take ANY aspect of society they dislike and label it as the essence of capitalism.

    It is not that giving people the freedom to make their own economic decisions is intrinsicly against any particular philosophy. But people attacking

    I truly do not know what "capitalism" is supposed to be: people seem to take ANY aspect of society they dislike and label it as the essence of capitalism.

    It is not that giving people the freedom to make their own economic decisions is intrinsicly against any particular philosophy. But people attacking "capitalism" seem to dislike the choices most people make.

  • I found this article with many contradictions. Of course when there is a conversation half the times or more there are different view points. Be that as it may, but within a narrative I found negations to a position taken earlier or elsewhere.

    It is a given that on the altar of capitalism (a) nothing

    I found this article with many contradictions. Of course when there is a conversation half the times or more there are different view points. Be that as it may, but within a narrative I found negations to a position taken earlier or elsewhere.

    It is a given that on the altar of capitalism (a) nothing is free (2) profitability only measure of success and effectiveness. Therefore, companies promoting mindfulness in its staff is definitely enlightened self strength and there is nothing else in that.

    I think I the last 50 years man has travelled in "fineness of thought" (ability to separate different strands of an argument) that connecting or attaching mindfulness with Buddhism is needless and even an overkill. Connecting does not add any substantial valued to the thought.

    When the focus is on the development of the individual the motivations of the individuals matter. Group sessions either through a company or small outfits offering mindfulness contradicts the spirit of individual quest. Because here is - I have this, pay and take it and will do this. If that was possible we would have a great peaceful world. But we don't.

    Individualism means the individuald decide what she wants to do mindfulness. And that could be many things. In the end the question "who am i" haunts us all. Most can hide it but if you can't then you are the chosen one.

  • This quote; "But capitalist culture enforces the myth of the privatized, self-centered self."... Lays bare the misconception of capitalism... The root of success in capitalism is contribution and constructive creation. Selfishness is always a destructive saboteur and contrary drag to sustainable success

    This quote; "But capitalist culture enforces the myth of the privatized, self-centered self."... Lays bare the misconception of capitalism... The root of success in capitalism is contribution and constructive creation. Selfishness is always a destructive saboteur and contrary drag to sustainable success. Mindfulness practice is in perfect alignment with the cornerstones of the best of capitalism.

    https://mises.org/wire/capitalism-aka-self-ownership-only-moral-economic-system

  • The values of mindfulness are only at odds with capitalism if one is the sort of leftist ideologue like those found at Vox.

  • This is a lot of non-sense. Capitalism is the only system that works and in turn provides sufficient prosperity and free time to enable relaxation. The following comment is absurd: “But capitalist culture enforces the myth of the privatized, self-centered self. So unless mindfulness is employed in the

    This is a lot of non-sense. Capitalism is the only system that works and in turn provides sufficient prosperity and free time to enable relaxation. The following comment is absurd: “But capitalist culture enforces the myth of the privatized, self-centered self. So unless mindfulness is employed in the service of making the world a better place — then practicing can and does end up serving to maintain the very self-centered, greedy, individualistic institutions and relationships that contribute to the lack of connected presence, kindness, and compassion that contribute to our unhappiness.”

    Capitalism has resulted in America being the world’s most generous nation! This article is another example of fake news! The meditation movement is now a leftist political movement! Viva capitalism!

  • Mindfulness is now officially mainstream.

  • The movement is a huge benefit to so many, yet there is an impurity to the profit-seeking element for sure. These are valuable tools to help with life issues and it is wonderful to see them becoming known to a wider audience. Forbes makes a valid point about the larger societal impact mindfulness could

    The movement is a huge benefit to so many, yet there is an impurity to the profit-seeking element for sure. These are valuable tools to help with life issues and it is wonderful to see them becoming known to a wider audience. Forbes makes a valid point about the larger societal impact mindfulness could make if applied to the root of the issues around stress, and the need for healing.

  • At least more people are meditating

  • What am I missing? Does capitalism=self absorbed?

  • Feeling one with each other has to be part of mindfulness teachings. It’s the basis, I think for becoming more loving and patient and compassionate. If we believe that we are all from the same source it’s easier to forgive or accept or understand each other. Especially our si called enemies 🙏

  • I paid for an annual subscription to Headspace but have hardly used it. For me part of the issue is that meditation cannot exist in a vacuum, most of the Easter traditions where meditation is important also bring together other aspects of life and how we think about things, and it’s not just a matter

    I paid for an annual subscription to Headspace but have hardly used it. For me part of the issue is that meditation cannot exist in a vacuum, most of the Easter traditions where meditation is important also bring together other aspects of life and how we think about things, and it’s not just a matter of 10 mins per day - in that regard mindfulness has become something we package up and sell for a few, but if it works for some people then it’s a positive of course.

  • Is that problem that America needs to simultaneously calm down and get panicked about everything?

  • Mr Forbes makes some compelling points.

    But I don't believe he has a firm grasp on mindfulness. Most people who are true practitioners will tell you that our purpose on this Earth is to help others. And they also live this. So this goes directly against what Mr Forbes is saying. The entire thing is

    Mr Forbes makes some compelling points.

    But I don't believe he has a firm grasp on mindfulness. Most people who are true practitioners will tell you that our purpose on this Earth is to help others. And they also live this. So this goes directly against what Mr Forbes is saying. The entire thing is about losing the ego or self. When you believe that we are all one- as the true believers do- then helping others and society is a very altruistic thing. Helping the others is the very essence of helping oneself.

    Selfish pursuits are the last thing that those who practice are after.

  • "Great concepts in fashion, music, and wellness are constantly rebranded and used to peddle consumer products. Whether it’s punk music or yoga, industry will find a way to profit from it.

    Is mindfulness meditation the latest victim? "

  • I love this article. Mindfulness without a sense of doing something about the source of the negative emotions will never accomplish a thing. Theres needs to be a sound moral view that can interpert & interact with the valuable input we get from our emotions. This is where real progress begins.

    The

    I love this article. Mindfulness without a sense of doing something about the source of the negative emotions will never accomplish a thing. Theres needs to be a sound moral view that can interpert & interact with the valuable input we get from our emotions. This is where real progress begins.

    The moral view does need to be based on a strong solid ethic of social justice & social good not just the individual. Otherwise self interest & greed will overbalance in creating solutions that cause injustice to those around us. That would be a narcissistic & never ending cycle of pain.

  • October 25, 1990 when General Motors launched Saturn I was part of a team that wanted to change the Culture in the Automotive industry. It became the industry leader in customer satisfaction in sales and service supported by a shared Vision for how business operations would have a consistent process

    October 25, 1990 when General Motors launched Saturn I was part of a team that wanted to change the Culture in the Automotive industry. It became the industry leader in customer satisfaction in sales and service supported by a shared Vision for how business operations would have a consistent process to exceed customer expectations internal and external. We had an emotional business conference at Lake Tahoe where facilitators used Martin Luther King Vision for America to open up a dialog for how we were going to be that beacon of hope for the Auto industry. Our Chairman was as good as it gets as a spiritual leader. It appears training people without incorporating Moral Values is creating the society we have today. This is an excellent article that will increase your awareness of the good, the bad, and the ugly of Capitalism.

  • The belief that we are interconnected to each other and to the earth, and that what we do therefore affects others and the earth, has been proven in the scientific findings on HOW human action causes climate change. We also have proof that what one person thinks can impact another through interaction—that’s

    The belief that we are interconnected to each other and to the earth, and that what we do therefore affects others and the earth, has been proven in the scientific findings on HOW human action causes climate change. We also have proof that what one person thinks can impact another through interaction—that’s why social media has such a powerful effect on WHAT we think as when something goes viral.

    I attended training for executives on the challenge of leadership, where we experimented with group meditation and deep reflection. I came back from those retreats feeling kinder, more committed to do good, and more at peace. However, it was very hard to embed such learning in my home organization and the feeling lasted only a few months. I have become convinced that we have a challenge of critical mass and continued practice. As more people adopt some aspects of mindfulness it will become easier to adopt others.

  • Constantly amazed at what drives indignation in the media, profitability of recycling, commercialization of mindfulness, is it really necessary to bash commercialization and entrepreneurship? The challenge for societies is to be mindful of when any organization or enterprise crosses a line, is in need

    Constantly amazed at what drives indignation in the media, profitability of recycling, commercialization of mindfulness, is it really necessary to bash commercialization and entrepreneurship? The challenge for societies is to be mindful of when any organization or enterprise crosses a line, is in need of regulation, or some sort of governance exerted by consumers, investors or be others. There does not seem to be sufficient evidence that has happened with meditation, despite the fact that no meditation app or studio has yet to relieve any stress better than a foot massage (imo).

  • Capitalism is all about the individual / private creation and ownership of wealth / value within a given society. Socialism is mostly about ensuring that wealth / value is applied in ways that create better lives for all members of that society, not just the few. A market is not the same as a society

    Capitalism is all about the individual / private creation and ownership of wealth / value within a given society. Socialism is mostly about ensuring that wealth / value is applied in ways that create better lives for all members of that society, not just the few. A market is not the same as a society. Healthy societies enjoy a governance that balances the creation of wealth with access to wealth. Every society which emphasizes private wealth vs public squalor is doomed, in time, to fail.

  • How, then, are we to be mindful collectively? Is shared mindfulness only possible for Buddhists, or are those of us who do not follow the Buddha capable of joining in this communion?

    I ask because, while I share this critique of capitalism and its tendency to eat everything in its path, I do want clarity

    How, then, are we to be mindful collectively? Is shared mindfulness only possible for Buddhists, or are those of us who do not follow the Buddha capable of joining in this communion?

    I ask because, while I share this critique of capitalism and its tendency to eat everything in its path, I do want clarity on the collective good that mindfulness should bring: A world, and a humanity, that are kinder and more caring.

  • I’m a big fan of mindfulness in the workplace. This article is a good reminder that your intent is as important as the practice.

  • "I think it’s a good thing that people are getting tools to help them cope with difficult circumstances." So do I, but those difficult circumstances are established and maintained by entities who profit from them. Is it possible that the press for corporate mindfulness might just be the means to maintain

    "I think it’s a good thing that people are getting tools to help them cope with difficult circumstances." So do I, but those difficult circumstances are established and maintained by entities who profit from them. Is it possible that the press for corporate mindfulness might just be the means to maintain those difficult (and probably profitable) circumstances?

  • A very valuable read.

  • A good read.

  • David Forbes contradicts himself several times to try and cover up his distaste for people trying to better themselves without "buying something".

    Mindfulness, when achieved, aims focus at releasing any emotions that are brought up. He says we should focus on what is causing a student to feel anger

    David Forbes contradicts himself several times to try and cover up his distaste for people trying to better themselves without "buying something".

    Mindfulness, when achieved, aims focus at releasing any emotions that are brought up. He says we should focus on what is causing a student to feel anger, but are we ? Are we really trying?

    Mindfulness teaches the observer that even if they have a justified reason to be mad, to release that energy and find peace.

    If we have all these people running around with peace, they won't be be looking to buy something to make them happy.

    And THAT is why capitalists hate it.