ELIZAETH BLACKBURN + ELISSA EPEL ~ TIPS FOR CREATING NEW HABITS – TIPS FOR BREAKING OLD HABITS ~ THE TELOMERE EFFECT ~ 2017

~ SC-SIYNHP-ISD ~ Small Changes – Slip Into Your New Habit Painlessly – In Small Doses

~ SI-TYSCOAATAARPOYD ~ Staple It – Tack Your Small Change Onto An Activity That’s Already A Routine Part Of Your Day

~ MAGLZ-TTSYCFTM-TLL-

~ DD-JD ~ Don’t Decide – Just Do

~ CI-HAQMCETYPYNH ~ Celebrate It – Have A Quick Mini-Celebration Each Time You Practice Your New Habit

~ IYBATEYP-FAT ~ Increase Your Brain’s Ability To Execute Your Plans – Foster Analytical Thought

~ DTTCWYAFD-WUTCAIYF ~ Don’t Try The Change When You Are Feeling Depleted – Wait Until The Conditions Are In Your Favor

~ SC-SYSTRTNOTYT ~ Stimulus Control – Shape Your Surroundings To Reduce The Number Of Times You’re Tempted

~ FYNAR-YHMETSYWP ~ Follow Your Natural Alertness Rhythms – You’ll Have More Energy To Stoke Your Will Power

TOM HODGKINSON ~ HOW TO BE IDLE

~ NOIERTU-B-LIBHA-IPBTHAH ~ Not Only Is Early Rising Totally Unnatural – But – Lying In Bed Half-Awake – Is Positively Beneficial To Health And Happiness

~ GALRANB-LRIFTIOM-TIWRTBAST-WMA ~ Greatness And Late Rising Are Natural Bedfellows – Late Rising Is For The Independent Of Mind – The Individual Who Refuses To Become A Slave To – Work, Money, Ambition

~ IOTHIATTPHTRTI-CPNTT-AMSIOOTBTTDT ~ In Order To Have Ideas And Then To Plan How To Realize Those Ideas – Creative People Need Thinking Time – And Morning Snoozing Is One Of The Best Times To Do This

~ TIOT‘J’ATATAW-IAS-IOOTMPMOMS ~ The Idea Of The ‘Job’ As The Answer To All Woes – Individual And Social – Is One Of The Most Pernicious Myths Of Modern Society

~ WWETIWOWWASSATHWET ~ When We Enter The Ignoble World Of Work We Are Soon Shocked At The Humiliations We Encounter There

~ TJWIIOTMTEFTATT-WIHW-FOP ~ The Job Was Invented In Order To Make Things Easier For Those At The Top – Who Believed In Hard Work – For Other People

~ WKTMPPY-YISN‘WOW’BD ~ Work Kills Two Million People Per Year – Yet I See No ‘War On Work’ Being Declared

~ IIPTPUFTTMTSPUATGOOB-ICLT-TTT-AVOTT-ACIOTHOOFDW ~ It Is Precisely To Prevent Us From Thinking Too Much That Society Pressurizes Us All To Get Out Of Bed – Introspection Could Led To – That Terrible Thing – A Vision Of The Truth – A Clear Image Of The Horror Of Our Fractured, Dissonant World

~ GDNLTI-TIWT ~ Governments Do Not Like The Idle – The Idle Worry Them

~ HMBLWBIWBTDWAPRTTEPON-WTDOFHEAJ ~ How Much Better Life Would Be If We Began The Day With A Poem Rather Than The Empty Prattle Of Newspapers – With Their Diet Of Fear, Hate, Envy And Jealousy

~ I-V-THRTBVBTCOO-TEAO-THCT ~ Idlers – Visionaries – They Have Refused To Be Victimized By The Customs Of Others – Their Eyes Are Open – They Have Created Time

~ TDOPISOAIFOSIABM ~ The Deferral Of Pleasure In Service Of An Imaginary Future Of Stability Is A Bourgeois Myth

~ KN ~ Keeping Nix

~ SM-ATOIS-ABUI-TBTW-OATWOTE ~ Saint Monday – A Tradition Of Institutionalized Skiving – A Bottom-Up Initiative – Taken By The Worker – Often Against The Will Of The Employers

~ WNTCLB-IIONR-IHBSFUBOR-LIATTFABSPE ~ We Need To Claim Lunch Back – It Is Our Natural Right – It Has Been Stolen From Us By Our Rulers – Lunch Is A Time To Forget About Being Sensible, Practical, Efficient

~ TBICBADWTRLITIAFWKTAYC ~ That Being Ill Can Be A Delightful Way To Recapture Lost Idling Time Is A Fact Well Known To All Young Children

~ TIOCWTETPOBIBTTOTAIOT-AATTGOSBUA ~ The Idea Of Convalescence Was To Extend The Period Of Being Ill Beyond The Time Of The Actual Illness Or Trauma – And Allow Time To Get One’s Strength Back Up Again

~ TN ~ The Nap

~ IPEN ~ In Paradise Everyone Naps

~ ANIAPPAIU-ISTDITH-MEHMMAE ~ A Nap Is A Perfect Pleasure And It’s Useful – It Splits The Day Into Two Halves – Making Each Half More Manageable And Enjoyable

~ HMEIITWITM-IWKWHANTLFTAL ~ How Much Easier It Is To Work In The Morning – If We Know We Have A Nap To Look Forward To After Lunch

~ TFT ~ Time For Tea

~ POD-FB-LRP ~ Paroxysms Of Diligence – Followed By – Long Rest Periods

~ TR-TPITHAMMOB-WFP-OBDNI-INIAH-WDWAMG-F ~ The Ramble – The Pedestrian Is The Highest And Most Mighty Of Beings – Walks For Pleasure – Observes But Does Not Interfere – Is Not In A Hurry – Wanders Detached, Wise And Merry, Godlike – Free

~ B-TWTMSH-BTDRCWII-TITBOO-WIWITTB-NCWDTT-ACTTFUPITDTAW ~ Botherers – They Want To Make Something Happen – But They Don’t Really Care What It Is – They Impose Their Beliefs On Others – What Is Worse Is That The Botherers – Not Content With Doing Things Themselves – Are Constantly Trying To Force Us Poor Idlers To Do Things As Well

~ AIIATAADAIFI ~ An Idler Is A Thinker And A Dreamer And Is Fiercely Independent

~ WCUWTIOTSWAIOG-WCBMITORTTSS? ~ Whoever Came Up With The Idea Of The Strike Was An Idler Of Genius – What Could Be More Irritating To Our Rulers Than To Simply Stop?

~ S&I ~ Sex And Idleness

~ TAOC-TSIAS-WFOAN-TITLOTL-IEICAEICOTABTAC ~ The Art Of Conversation – Talking, Sharing Ideas And Stories – With Friends Old And New – This Is The Lifeblood Of The Loafer – Ideas Emerge In Conversation And Are Embellished, Improved, Contradicted Or Torn Apart By The Assembled Company

~ DDI-TAI-ITTTAIWD-TIWGDOIOT ~ Don’t Do It – Talk About It – If The Thing Talked About Is Worth Doing – Then It Will Get Done On Its Own Time

~ TAOTTCDOORTP ~ The Authorities Occasionally Try To Crack Down On Our Right To Party

~ YHPOOTBML-SWNEYN-WAEWAP0SMTNTBE ~ You Have Plenty Of Opportunity To Be Miserable Later – So Why Not Enjoy Yourself Now – We Are Equipped With A Pleasure-Seeking Muscle That Needs To Be Exercised

~ TTIWTLAGLATT-NJOSN ~ The True Idler Wants To Live A Good Life All The Time – Not Just On Saturday Nights

~ HSPIOHTL-ISNBAMOLII-AIIU ~ Hedonism Should Provide Ideas On How To Live – It Should Not Become A Mode Of Living In Itself – As It Is Unsustainable

~ TINPFOITM ~ There Is No Purer Form Of Idleness Than Meditation

~ SIADP-APO-AGU-ABQ ~ Sleep Is A Delicious Procrastination – A Putting-Off – A Giving Up – A Big Quit

~ SINFW-SIFTSB-TGO-THOTKTH-TI ~ Sleep Is Not For Wimps – Sleep Is For The Stronger Breed – The Great Ones – The Holders Of The Key To Happiness – The Idle

~ IWCBHWLS-DINTFTWWHTWL-AWWNLM? ~ If We Could Be Happier With Less Stuff – Does It Not Then Follow That We Would Have To Work Less – As We Would Need Less Money?

~ AOT-WAPWMI-TIOAHAAEFTHOWIARRI ~ At One Time – Work And Play Were More Intermingled – The Idea Of A Holiday As An Escape From The Hell Of Work Is A Relatively Recent Idea

~ LIACCFGCPTETSTTPOEICPAOAAO ~ Living In A Constant Chase For Gain Compels People To Expend Their Spirit To The Point Of Exhaustion In Continual Pretence And Overreaching And Anticipating Others

~ OSMBFITNOOPL ~ One Solution May Be Found In The Notion Of Off-Peak Living

~ IWITMAHAHEA ~ I Work In The Morning And Have A Holiday Every Afternoon

~ WYALAIL-YHNTTEF ~ When You Are Living An Idle Life – You Have No Toil To Escape From

~ IINWTTTIMRFTWNOTH-FIAHANMTTBOW? ~ It Is No Wonder That The True Idler Might Recoil From The Whole Notion Of The Holiday – For Isn’t A Holiday Actually No More Than The Brother Of Work?

~ HTIAHSFTD-HCTBTAU-WTUOVAFAAWOT ~ How The Idle At Heart Suffer For Their Dreaming – How Cruel The Bureaucrats, Teachers And Usurers – Who Tell Us Our Visions And Fancies Are A Waste Of Time

~ TRT-ITDOESI-ITBTTWT-THDAD ~ The Real Trick – Indeed The Duty Of Every Serious Idler – Is To Bring These Two Worlds Together – To Harmonize Dreamworld And Dayworld

~ WABOOD-TAAOC-LTT-PIIPBDAFTWPSLAVOT ~ We Are Based On Dreams – They Are At Our Centre – Listen To Them – Perhaps It Is Precisely Because Dreams Are Free That We Put So Low A Value On Them

~ IHAD-ICLAF ~ I Have A Dream – It Is Called Love, Anarchy, Freedom – It Is Called Being Idle

MARI SWINGLE ~ I-MINDS ~ 2016

~ DTOOO-WAIA ~ Due To Our Own Overarousal – We Are Increasingly Annoyed

~ TLAOL ~ The Lost Art Of Leisure

~ WHMFBGOIATGI-TA ~ We Have Moved Far Beyond Gaming Or Internet Addiction To Generalize I-Tech Addiction

~ AAC-MEOADA-W-I-A-D-ADHD-SI ~ Across All Cultures – Mounting Evidence Of A Definite Association – With – I-Addiction – Depression – ADHD – Suicidal Ideation

~ AD ~ Alpha Deregulation

~ TDED:AITAHULES-A-EUDUNH ~ The Double-Edged Delusion: All I-Tech Are Helping Us Learn Exquisite Skills – And – Excessive Usage Does Us No Harm

~ EGCBAMITSWASA ~ Excessive Gaming Changes Brain Activity Much In The Same Way As Substance Abuse

~ AGMWBT-NEIAI-ATLYOYC-E-SI-B-O-

~ FLC-TPDPATH ~ For Little Children – The Potential Developmental Perils Are Too High

~ I-TSNRHIOHP-IWCT-ISBIAT-NARF-

~ KDOWALTGS-EAAANSWPOI-

~ O-G-O-S-HTBALBB-O-TBDNLTL-

~ B-AAWS-LANFP ~ Babies – Although Attentively Watching Screens – Learn Absolutely Nothing From Programs

~ UFRSO-DBITEHAPI-GTICF-PTIYET-

~ TIMETTEIODMIICTBOIIMCPOD-

~ SOPHFACBETVATDOAD-

~ THSIFOVD-AOTCWCATGE-

~ LKDCI-MBNAMTAOTGOD ~ Little Kids Don’t Crave I-Media By Nature Any More Than Any Other Toy, Game, Or Device

~ TDE ~ The Disinhibition Effect

~ ITP-TBCUFR-TTC ~ In The Past – The Bullied Could Usually Find Refuge – Today They Cannot

~ SATN:D-D-A-TDOI ~ Sex And The Net: Desensitization – Disinhibition – And – The Death Of Intimacy

~ MPNBTNTCWOATRSDOSV ~ Many People Now Believe They Need To Compete With Online Activity To Remain Sexually Desirable Or Sexually Valid

~ WCBIAOTIAI-T-TIHMMAATP ~ We Can’t Blame It All On The Internet And I-Tech – The Internet Has Merely Magnified And Accelerated The Process

~ SFMIISOAEO-TTEORL ~ Sexuality For Males Is Increasingly Sought Out And Expressed Online – To The Exclusion Of Real Life

~ ATPOCHBFTBSRTDAA ~ Addiction To Pornography Or Cybersex Has Been Found To Be Specifically Related To Depression And Anxiety

~ FOMO ~ Fear Of Missing Out

~ IMBTMAOTTCOTMTITTA ~ It May Be The Medium As Opposed To The Content Of The Medium That Is The True Addiction

~ GIA ~ Generalized Internet Addiction

~ FIA ~ Fantasy Internet Addiction

~ TIA ~ Technological Internet Addiction

~ WWHFTAIWIHTOBITGEOLOI-T ~ What We Have Forgotten To Ask Is What Is Happening To Our Brains In This Great Experiment Of Life On I-Tech

~ C ~ Cyberchondria

~ BLNLTT-TS-RU-DU ~ But Let’s Not Let This Tool – This System – Rule Us – Deregulate Us

~ SOB ~ Setting Of Boundaries

~ TBP! ~ Take Back Play!

DEAN BURNETT ~ THE IDIOT BRAIN

~ TBATLIAPRTBUOS ~ The Brain Apparently Thinks Logic Is A Precious Resource To Be Used Only Sparingly

~ WSDKTPOS-WTTRFI-SIEFNBF ~ We Still Don’t Know The Purpose Of Sleep – Whatever The True Reason For It – Sleep Is Essential For Normal Brain Functioning

~ TMRBTBASCTAHCUBAC-TPOALOAIM ~ The Memories Retrieved By The Brain Are Sometimes Comparable To A Hairball Coughed Up By A Cat – The Product Of A Lot Of Alarming Internal Mangling

~ MOWOBDIDTMYLAFAGAP-A-OOTWICDTIBMYMTMYFBAY- MUFAIWWBIAIC ~ Much Of What Our Brain Does Is Dedicated To Making You Look And Feel As Good As Possible – And One Of The Ways It Can Do This Is By Modifying Your Memories To Make You Feel Better About Yourself – Making Us Feel As If We Were Better Informed And In Control

~ ASOSWAASTBITNFFH ~ A Sense Of Self-Worth And Achievement Seems To Be Integral To Normal Functioning For Humans

~ WBMOOWVOWOPTOATU ~ We Base Much Of Our World View On What Other People Think Of And Tell Us

~ IYPHS-IHLTYPTU-WHTWATWST ~ If Your Parents Have Superstitions – It’s Highly Likely That You’ll Pick Them Up – Without Having To Witness Anything That Would Support Them

~ TBSTSWTITSCHFNDROTC-TRORHNKOC-OOWITRATETHDSFAR-ORTA-‘F’ ~ The Brain Seems To Struggle With The Idea That Something Can Happen For No Discernible Reason Other Than Chance – The Rejection Of Randomness Has Numerous Knock-On Consequences – One Of Which Is The Reflex Assumption That Everything That Happens Does So For A Reason – Often Referred To As – ‘Fate’

~ FTBTEATA-ISTHTBSARI-B-ASATITO-STRCBA ~ For The Brain To Enjoy A Thrilling Activity – It Seems There Has To Be Some Actual Risk Involved – But – Also Some Ability To Influence The Outcome – So The Risks Can Be Avoided

~ FI-I-TAT-UI-WWI-AI-ASO ~ Fluid Intelligence – Is – The Ability To – Use Information – Work With It – Apply It – And So On

~ CI-I-TIYHSIM-A-CUTHYGTBOS ~ Crystallised Intelligence – Is – The Information You Have Stored In Memory – And – Can Utilise To Help You Get The Better Of Situations

~ FIDAWA-C-CIRSOAL ~ Fluid Intelligence Declines As We Age – Contrastingly – Crystallised Intelligence Remains Stable Over A Lifetime

~ LNTAPNSCBASCITB-TBIAPO-ICAWPATTDMOI ~ Learning New Things And Practising New Skills Can Bring About Structural Changes In The Brain – The Brain Is A Plastic Organ – It Can And Will Physically Adapt To The Demands Made Of It

~ ‘BT’GAE-TI-AP-NAETAOTPCAIIGI-TJCYTBGASG-ATBIECENTHTEEETATTH ~ ‘Brain-Training’ Games And Exercises – There Is – At Present – No Accepted Evidence That Any Of These Products Cause An Increase In General Intelligence – They Just Cause You To Become Good At Specific Games – And The Brain Is Easily Complex Enough Not To Have To Enhance Everything Else To Allow This To Happen

~ DMTIOEMF-N-‘SD’-MOTARNAAOSPSAMOA-TLTEOGIACAG ~ Drugs Meant To Improve Or Enhance Mental Function – Nootropics – ‘Smart Drugs’ – Most Of These Are Relatively New And Affect Only Specific Processes Such As Memory Or Attention – Their Long-Term Effects On General Intelligence Are Currently Anyone’s Guess

~ WSATTIIF-TTTPWOT-ITTIV-TPB ~ When Students Are Told That Intelligence Is Fixed – They Tend To Perform Worse On Tests – If Told That It’s Variable – They Perform Better

~ TBHTPACWGN ~ The Brain Has To Pick And Choose What Gets Noticed

~ TMWAWSUOPTIITCW-ILRASP-BIBOUDOA ~ The Most Worrying And Wide-Spread Use Of Personality Tests Is In The Corporate World – It Looks Rigorous And Sounds Proper – But It’s Based On Untested Decades-Old Assumptions

~ FLAPVOECBD-ICRTBTASOLH ~ Feeling Like A Passive Victim Of Events Can Be Damaging – It Can Reduce The Brain To A State Of Learned Helplessness

~ DTAIOAPTICAH-WCPTIIHIBTPAROO ~ Despite The Apparent Individuality Of A Person’s Tastes In Comedy And Humour – We Can Prove That It Is Heavily Influenced By The Presence And Reactions Of Others

~ TBHASEVOPDTCWO ~ The Brain Has A Surprisingly Extensive Variety Of Processes Dedicated To Communicating With Others

~ OBAVAARARF ~ Our Brains Are Very Adept At Recognising And Reading Faces

~ FITD-T-AWASRWMYMATALR ~ Foot-In-The-Door – Technique – Agreeing With A Small Request Will Make You More Amenable To A Larger Request

~ DITF-T-BITPBMWI-‘STD’-MOL-YFB-TADT-‘MIU’-TT ~ Door-In-The-Face – Technique – But It’s The Person Being Manipulated Who Is – ‘Slamming The Door’ – Metaphorically Or Literally – You Feel Bad – There’s A Desire To – ‘Make It Up’ – To Them

~ RBU-ATSBRTP-PP ~ Relationship Break-Up – Activates The Same Brain Regions That Process – Physical Pain

~ BPOAGCOOJ-EOS-WO-OBP-‘BL’-O-‘BR’ ~ Being Part Of A Group Can Override Our Judgement – Even Our Senses – Worryingly Often – Our Brains Prioritise – ‘Being Liked’ – Over – ‘Being Right’

~ FADB-TMSOIIOP-MAIAFPWCL ~ For A Developing Brain – The Main Source Of Information Is Other People – Mimicry And Imitation Are Fundamental Processes Whereby Children Learn

~ ‘MN’-NTA-B-WWPASA-A-WWOTAFSE-STBRAPTBOOAAFL ~ ‘Mirror Neurons’ – Neurons That Activate – Both – When We Perform A Specific Action – And – When We Observe That Action From Someone Else – Suggesting The Brain Recognizes And Processes The Behaviour Of Others At A Fundamental Level

~ OBPTUOPAAGTRFIIUS ~ Our Brains Prefer To Use Other People As A Go-To Reference For Information In Uncertain Scenarios

~ GWOAAMEXTIMWIA-GP-IVCAWGDMICC-ICBLOPBAC-A/O-OOTBA ~ Groups Will Often Adopt A More Extreme Conclusion Than Individual Members Would If Alone – Group Polarisation – It’s Very Common And Warps Group Decision-Making In Countless Circumstances – It Can Be Limited Or Prevented By Allowing Criticism – And/Or – Outside Opinions To Be Aired

~ CD-TAMOL-AMBLMG-WDAOI ~ Countless Decisions – That Affect Millions Of Lives – Are Made By Like-Minded Groups – Who Don’t Allow Outside Input

~ PAWTBR-JNTFR ~ People Are Willing To Be Rebels – Just Not The First Rebel

~ OBCUTFG-ATOTWTT ~ Our Brains Compel Us To From Groups – And Turn On Those Who Threaten Them

~ HDJWTBPOAG-TWAHRRII ~ Humans Don’t Just Want To Be Part Of A Group – They Want A High-Ranking Role In It

~ TMPACSLI-THIIFTTATNAIOTWO-B-ALAWDDSSLPTMPPICORC ~ The More Privileged And Comfortable Someone’s Life Is – The Harder It Is For Them To Appreciate The Needs And Issues Of Those Worse Off – But – As Long As We Don’t Do Something Stupid Like Put The Most Pampered People In Charge Of Running Countries – We Should Be OK

~ TBIATWIFAJ-WGBGR-ABBIP-U-TIT-B-TBISIIOBTWSTIA-SWBVFTM ~ The Brain Inherently Assumes The World Is Fair And Just – Where Good Behavior Gets Rewarded – And Bad Behaviour Is Punished – Unfortunately – This Isn’t True – But – The Bias Is So Ingrained In Our Brains That We Stick To It Anyway – So We Blame Victims For Their Misfortune

~ PALCOV-ITTCITATS-O-ITWTTVWCL ~ People Are Less Critical Of Victims – If They Themselves Can Intervene To Alleviate Their Suffering – Or – If They Were Told The Victims Were Compensated Later

~ DIAGASPTDEAR-NDAS ~ Depression Is A Genuine And Serious Problem That Deserves Empathy And Respect – Not Dismissal And Scorn

~ DINL-EWPAEIPAFTOB-AIOBHDTEIAA-TIOEEIOL ~ Depression Is Not Logical – Everything We Perceive And Experience Is Processed And Filtered Through Our Brain – And If Our Brain Has Determined That Everything Is Absolutely Awful – That’ll Impact On Everything Else In Our Lives

~ AOSAOIPWDASCTS-EHOWTDTIRE ~ Accusations Of Selfishness Also Often Imply People With Depression Are Somehow Choosing Their Situation – Exactly How Or Why They’d Do This Is Rarely Explained

~ ITMW-TBTTTWBOOBI-GOS-IITIOTF-TWGP ~ In The Modern World – The Biggest Threat To The Well-Being Of Our Brains Is – Good Old Stress – If It’s Too Intense Or Too Frequent – Then We Get Problems

WENDY KAMINER ~ I’M DYSFUNCTIONAL, YOU’RE DYSFUNCTIONAL

~ ITHIR-WDTRATPTKOS? ~ If They’re Happy In Recovery – Why Do They Resent And Take Personally The Skepticism Of Strangers?

~ TSHTHABCAAC-RAIDOAMOE-EPTLOTFSIOHTB-TUTDPWDPCEBSBTST-IIATIT ~ The Self-Help Tradition Has Always Been Covertly Authoritarian And Conformist – Relying As It Does On A Mystique Of Expertise – Encouraging People To Look Outside Themselves For Standardized Instructions On How To Be – Teaching Us That Different People With Different Problems Can Easily Be Saved By The Same Techniques – It Is Anathema To Independent Thought

~ EPIASTTGWTD ~ Experts Package Inanities As Secrets That They’re Generously Willing To Divulge

~ ITSOR-ATYPAS-AAPS-AWIWWTMBC ~ Imagine The Slogan Of Recovery – Admit That You’re Powerless And Submit – As A Political Slogan – And What Is Wrong With This Movement Becomes Clear

~ TPSOTRMRTSTTEIA:APLTTAT&MPAMATP ~ The Phenomenal Success Of The Recovery Movement Reflects Two Simple Truths That Emerge In Adolescence: All People Love To Talk About Themselves And Most People Are Mad At Their Parents

~ YCAWAT-YCOCIWATOYO-THNVAA-YCEBSOIVAT-T-AASFT-IC ~ You Can’t Argue With A Testimonial – You Can Only Counter It With A Testimonial Of Your Own – Testimony Has No Value As Argument – You Can’t Even Be Sure Of Its Value As Testimony – Testifying – As A Substitute For Thinking – Is Contagious

~ ITSHU-AIP ~ In The Self-Help Universe – Anything Is Possible

~ IIFTSTEWWPWTUFTW ~ It Is Frightening To See The Ease With Which People Wall Themselves Up From The World

~ SWERDE(TOSTAEOAT)-TSTETANTBQ-AIVNI ~ So While Experts Routinely Disclaim Expertise (They Often Say They Are Experts Only About Themselves) – They Seem To Expect Their Authority Never To Be Questioned – And It Virtually Never Is

~ CARUTMTESLCF-WPBS ~ Confessions Are Routinely Used To Make The Experts Seem Like Common Folk

~ JSTBTPWRALBM ~ Jargon Seems To Be The Place Where Right And Left Brains Meet

~ SNI ~ Saying Nothing Inspiringly

~ SCWFHIACCTO-PRW-TLTQT-CPFTEB-TATOA ~ Smugness Coupled With False Humility Is A Common, Central Trait Of – Popular Religious Writers – They Like To Quote Themselves – Citing Passages From Their Earlier Books – They Are Their Own Authorities

~ ESHEDTTBI-‘QF’-RBOT ~ Even Self-Help Experts Deny That They Believe In –  “Quick Fixes” – Right Before Offering Them

~ SHCMII-B-TTTROE ~ Self-Help Consumers May Idealize Intuition – But – They Tend To Rely On Experts

~ SHBMAIACT-IIBNT-A-FTIOBF ~ Self-Help Books Market Authority In A Culture That – Idealizes Individualism But Not Thinking – And – Fears The Isolation Of Being Free

GARY HAUGEN + VICTOR BOUTROS ~ THE 15-70-15 RULE ~ THE LOCUST EFFECT

~ 15%-IOUTCPAAFPPP ~ 15 Percent – Intent On Using Their Coercive Power And Authority For Purely Predatory Purposes

~ 15%-ITDGATSTP ~ 15 Percent – Intent To Do Good And To Serve The Pubic

~ 70%-SWTSWOTTFIGTPIDTOCAISOR ~ 70 Percent – Simply Waiting To See Which Of These Two Factions Is Going To Prevail In Dominating The Organizational Culture And Its System Of Rewards

GARY HAUGEN + VICTOR BOUTROS ~ THE LOCUST EFFECT

~ TEOPRTEOV ~ The End Of Poverty Requires The End Of Violence

~ TVSWOV ~ The Vast Subterranean World Of Violence

~ TRIVHFOTS-B-MAOVATPAIH ~ This Reality Is Very Hard For Outsiders To See – Because – Most Acts Of Violence Against The Poor Are Intentionally Hidden

~ AESEOAFLAT-EM ~ An Entire Subterranean Economy Of Abduction, Forced Labor, And Torture – Engulfing Millions

~ VIAMAPOWIMTBPA-B-HSHOJ-IF-VIFTPTPPAMCA-IIOOTCRTAPITFP-AOOTPRTSP ~ Violence Is As Much A Part Of What It Means To Be Poor As – Being – Hungry, Sick, Homeless, Or Jobless – In Fact – Violence Is Frequently The Problem That Poor People Are Most Concerned About – It Is One Of The Core Reasons They Are Poor In The First Place – And One Of The Primary Reasons They Stay Poor

~ SV-OOTMPADSOVATP ~ Sexual Violence – One Of The Most Pervasive And Devastating Sources Of Violence Against The Poor

~ LSDP-SVHSIENACOTDW-THSAWOAPOWCAC-IIOWAGWARV ~ Like Some Dread Plague – Sexual Violence Has Seeped Into Every Nook And Cranny Of The Developing World – The Homes, Schools, Alleys, Workplaces, Orphanages And Places Of Worship, Commerce, And Care – It Is Overwhelmingly Women And Girls Who Are The Victims

~ THCBAPOSLBFTPWAG ~ The Home Can Be A Place Of Silent, Lawless Brutality For The Poorest Women And Girls

~ OOTPRGDGTSITDWISV ~ One Of The Primary Reasons Girls Don’t Go To School In The Developing World Is Sexual Violence

~ SVIAB-EDTAMOPWAROSMAPOACT ~ Sexual Violence Is A Business – Every Day There Are Millions Of People Who Are Raped Or Sexually Molested As Part Of A Commercial Transaction

~ ‘PG’ ~ “Property Grabbing”

~ MOTWPPLICIWTCBSTOOTHAOTLBTINRRKSFADWOTLATP ~ Most Of The World’s Poorest People Live In Circumstances In Which They Can Be Summarily Thrown Out Of Their Homes And Off Their Land Because There Is No Reliable Record Keeping System For Accurately Demonstrating Who Owns The Land And The Property

~ TBEOTSPATACBSAIAITVLS ~ The Best Efforts Of The Struggling Poor And Their Allies Can Be Swept Away In An Instance Through Violent Land Seizures

~ APAAD ~ Abusive Police And Arbitrary Detention

~ TIOLEITDWAAATTV-TIPWTPHBTTTTW-TMPCAPPFTGPIFTOPF ~ The Institutions Of Law Enforcement In The Developing World Are Actually Adding To The Violence – This Is Precisely What The Poor Have Been Trying To Tell The World – The Most Pervasive Criminal And Predatory Presence For The Global Poor Is Frequently Their Own Police Force

~ AD ~ Abusive Detention

~ AGFAPPAATDW-BPUATIJBTPOFC-AAWOEMSAPAOGAS ~ A Great Fear Among Poor People All Around The Developing World – Begin Picked Up And Thrown In Jail By The Police On False Charges – As A Way Of Extorting Money, Sex Acts, Property And Other Goods And Services

~ FFFIAIAFFW-IIITTEOOTRWTO ~ Freedom From Fear Is As Important As Freedom From Want – It Is Impossible To Truly Enjoy One Of These Rights Without The Other

~ ERSLOPTVTOECBDTPH-EIIIOOTFPA-TDHE ~ Even Relatively Small Losses Of Property Through Violent Theft Or Extortion Can Be Debilitating To Poor Households – Especially If It Is One Of Their Few Productive Assets – They Don’t Have Extras

~ IABIVBV-LU-E-A-ACW-TREIDAW-ATP-MPALTBDUTB ~ If A Breadwinner Is Victimized By Violence – Locked Up – Enslaved – Assaulted – And Can’t Work – The Ripple Effect Is Deep And Wide – Among The Poor – More People Are Likely To Be Dependent Upon That Breadwinner

~ THCOT ~ The Hidden Cost Of Trauma

~ TGDOVII-IITDOTPI ~ The Greatest Devastation Of Violence Is Invisible – It Is The Destruction Of The Person Inside

~ IWCOTLE-NEGPDTHTPWBTS ~ If We Can’t Overcome The Locust Effect – Nothing Else Good People Do To Help The Poor Will Be Truly Sustainable

~ BEPJSITDWICDD-AU ~ Building Effective Public Justice Systems In The Developing World Is Costly, Difficult, Dangerous – And Unlikely

~ IICTTCNAATLVMBA ~ It Is Certainly True That Cultural Norms And Attitudes That Legitimate Violence Must Be Addressed

~ IDN-E&B-A-‘TEN’-FIWP-CPTPIABWAPWAMCOTTPTNETL-TPACOBTPAPTWOABTMV ~ In Developing Nations – Extortion And Bribery – Are – “The Expected Norm” – For Interactions With The Police – Corruption Places The Poor In A Bidding War Against Perpetrators Who Are Making Counter Offers To The Police To Not Enforce The Law – The Police Are Co-Opted By The Powerful And Put To Work Oppressing And Bullying The Most Vulnerable

~ TSRIT:TPDHPP ~ The Stark Reality Is This: The Poor Don’t Have Police Protection

~ ADD ~ A Dream Devastated

~ CNOTJDS ~ Catastrophic Neglect Of The Justice Delivery System

~ OCTLSICIAFL-TTLOTCP-ANOTPAEE ~ Of Course The Legal System Is Conducted In A Foreign Language – That’s The Language Of The Colonial Power – And Now Of The Political And Economic Elite

~ PJAPL ~ Private Justice And Public Lawlessness

~ EDNNAEPJSTPTFBVBO-B-TMNABPJSTPTFBHAFVO ~ Elites Do Not Need An Effective Public Justice System To Protect Them From Being Victimized By Others – But – They May Need A Broken Public Justice System To Protect Them From Being Held Accountable For Victimizing Others

~ BJSAITTHB-ECJSTIOTM ~ Broken Public Justice Systems Auction Impunity To The Highest Bidder – Effective Criminal Justice Systems Take Impunity Off The Market

~ SV ~ Security Vacuums

~ IC ~ International Crime

~ TTHSCFTIACTRIIPTATLTIUSMOETATP ~ The Time Has Surely Come For The International Aid Community To Revise Its Investment Priorities To Address The Lawlessness That Is Undermining So Many Other Efforts To Assist The Poor

~ STBFJSITDWALTSOWTALLACFWTCTFOAVCCSASB-TPTISEASOLLACF ~ Struggles To Build Functioning Justice Systems In The Developing World Are Likely To Succeed Only Where There Are Local Leaders And Community Forces Willing To Carry The Fight On A Very Committed, Costly, Sustained, And Sacrificial Basis – This Priorities The Identification, Support, Encouragement, And Strengthening Of Local Leaders And Community Forces

~ TPWITPJSITDWA-GVPP-O-IT-PM-UR-FTSTWAADODL-A-TICOAGRVAT ~ The People Working In The Public Justice Systems In The Developing World Are – Generally Very Poorly Paid – Overworked – Ill-Trained – Poorly Managed – Under-Resourced – Forced To Serve The Whims And Arbitrary Demands Of Dysfunctional Leaders – And – Trained In Cultures Of Abuse, Gratuitous Rudeness, Violence, And Theft

~ DPOH ~ Demonstrations Projects Of Hope

~ 15-70-15 ~ The 15-70-15 Rule

~ BSD ~ Build Social Demand

~ LFDCRITS ~ Look For Decisive, Courageous Reformers Inside The System

~ ACITCJSF ~ Attack Corruption In The Criminal Justice System First

~ CHAEIFPC ~ Clean House And End Impunity For Police Corruption

~ TTNPWR ~ Treat The New Police With Respect

~ WPTTECFAPR ~ Win Public Trust Through Effective Crime Fighting And Public Relations

~ IBTJ ~ International Bridges To Justice

~ JSR ~ Justice Sector Roundtables

~ RAC ~ Rights Awareness Campaigns

~ DRC&TPOLS ~ Defender Resource Centers And The Provision Of Legal Services

~ T-DOT-I-IDOPARAP ~ Transformed – Days Of Tragedy – Into – Iconic Days Of Public Awareness, Remembrance And Protest

~ LEOTP ~ Legal Empowerment Of The Poor

~ TTCAGP-WWSOGP-WMSOTVIITP ~ Transform The Conversation About Global Poverty – Whenever We Speak Of Global Poverty – We Must Speak Of The Violence Imbedded In That Poverty

~ TPOVDETW-H-DW-D-I-U-GD-H-S-BFTP-VIEBAD-A-IFTHFUSTTON ~ The Problem Of Violence Deserves Equal Time With – Hunger – Dirty Water – Disease – Illiteracy – Unemployment – Gender Discrimination – Housing – Sanitation – Because For The Poor – Violence Is Every Bit As Devastating – And – Is Frequently The Hidden Force Undermining Solutions To These Other Needs

~ FFVAF ~ Freedom From Violence And Fear