The Fall of Giants: The Lost Art of Learning From Our Past

The decline and fall of civilizations throughout history was nearly always man-made, and most often came in the disguise of social justice, unaccountable welfare, perceived protection, and undefined fairness. If modern society continues to duplicate the failed ideological actions of civilizations past, why should they expect a different outcome? Just because you have more money in modern times to throw at the failed ideas of celebrity politicians doesn't mean they will work any better. Those ideas will now only cost more, do more damage, and quicken the decline and fall.

Socialism, Progressivism, Communism, Marxism… all failed ideologies that resulted in the eventual demise of every society they infiltrated. So why are these ideologies embraced so readily by the youth and misguided of today's America? Simple really, they are no longer taught the lessons of history that where so fondly embraced by our forefathers. They where not shown, or refuse to accept, the shortcomings of those ideologies. Convinced somehow that this time the result will be different, and that the reason it will be is because they are not the same people that tried these same things before. All the while not realizing that they are in fact an identical reflection of those that tried and failed before them, who thought themselves somehow different than those that preceded them.

Our Constitution was drafted specifically to take note of the failings of past societies, and capitalize on the successes. Great men debated laboriously over every detail and word. The words of the Constitution where not made for "interpretation", but for application. And as times and needs changed, it was meant to be added to, and refined, not disregarded and replaced by regulation and rules set by soft-tyranical politicians. Contentious issues of the day, such as slavery, where carefully considered by those who hoped that the great Republic they where building would have the tools necessary to end such a deplorable matter of owning the life of another man. These men did not seek to make a perfect Republic, but instead sought to create one that would always be in a state of perfecting. Always improving, always expanding liberty, freedom, and honor. 

Until as a society we embrace the lessons of our past, and the wisdom of those who sought to protect us from it, we are simply following the same script that so many civilizations before us have followed. Our fall and demise will be no less dramatic, or significant. Simply another failed society that future generations will look upon and wonder how a giant such as we were could have fallen so far and left so little in the matters of freedom and liberty for those to come after us.

Turn In Your Arms, The Government Will Take Care Of You

Late last month two billboards appeared in Greeley, Colorado in which an image of three Native Americans are used to make a gun rights argument, and a controversy has arisen over the perceived insensitive nature of the message. For those who don’t know the back story of the plight of Native Americans, making light of atrocities the federal government committed against Native Americans may not be the best way to argue against gun regulations, although the lessons of history are definitely valuable, so perhaps this sort of billboard will at least start some discussion on the matter.

To summarize for those who may not know the history (because it’s not really taught in schools anymore), on December 29, 1890 at Wounded Knee Creek in South Dakota, the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment went into a camp to disarm the Lakota Indians that had been corralled there during the mass indian relocations of the late 1800’s.

In the years prior to the massacre, the U.S. Government had been taking the lands of the Lakota, forcing them to surrender their ancestral homes, and be relocated to other reservations to make way for white settlers. This band of Lakota was not where they where supposed to be according to the U.S. Government. One version of events claims that during the process of disarming the Lakota at wounded knee, a deaf tribesman named Black Coyote was reluctant to give up his rifle, claiming he had paid a lot for it. A scuffle over his rifle escalated and an accidental shot was fired which resulted in the 7th Cavalry’s opening fire indiscriminately with a Hotchkiss gun (a revolving barrel machine gun), and rifles, killing men, women, and children, as well as some of their own fellow troopers.

A few Lakota warriors who still had weapons began shooting back at the attacking troopers, who quickly suppressed the Lakota fire. The surviving Lakota fled, but U.S. cavalrymen pursued and killed many who were unarmed. By the time it was over, at least 150 men, women, and children of the Lakota had been killed and 51 wounded (4 men, 47 women and children, some of whom died later); some estimates placed the number of dead at 300. To add insult to this atrocity, the Army awarded twenty Medals of Honor, it’s highest honor to the solders who butchered the Lakota. To date the US government has refused to rescind the awards.

The lesson to learn here is that the Lakota where disarmed out of fear, not for anything they had done wrong. It should be noted that during the course of the indian wars of the 1800s, there was not a single act of violence perpetrated by Native Americans in the Dakotas. In every instance of violence, it was the US Government that was the instigator. Former Pine Ridge Indian agent Valentine T. McGillycuddy stated in a letter to General Leonard W. Colby in 1891, “No citizen in Nebraska or Dakota has been killed, molested or can show the scratch of a pin, and no property has been destroyed off the reservation.” So basically, every tragic death in this time was an unwarranted attack by the U.S. Government against it’s own people.

So while the debate of political correctness over the billboard will surely continue, the underlying message will probably go largely unmentioned. Those who say that the government would never seize your guns will conveniently ignore the times they did just that in the past, including those times in recent history. Typically a societal reaction based on fear and ignorance, resulting in meaningless laws that will do nothing to curb the violence perpetrated by those who choose to ignore them. It is not just about our right to own guns, it about our willingness to surrender that right or not, even in the slightest amount. Because at the end of the day if we are willing to surrender our liberties in this matter, regardless of the degree, what else are we willing to surrender?

The Gospel and Chick-Fil-A

If you have kept up with the news lately, you may have heard of the recent sticky controversy between Chick-fil-a and same-sex marriage advocates. During this time, many boycotted the company while others munched on chicken as a statement of their support. What was lost amidst the chaos of the controversy was that standing your ground and sticking to your beliefs does not mean standing in opposition against others. In the recently published article by Shane l. Windmeyer, we learn that as Dan Cathy, president and COO of the company, reached out to him, two worlds came together not to “abandon their own, but to expand it.”

I know many of you are reading this with preconceived notions of the famous chicken sandwich and all that comes to mind when spoken of it, but I’m asking that for a moment, you will put all biased opinions aside.

I have never met Dan Cathy and have never heard his theological views. However, I can tell you that his recent actions towards a man no one would have expected him to reach out to, demonstrate his understanding of the gospel and a true desire to live it out. His controversial actions were unexpected, and were very much appreciated by Shane. I think there is a lot to be learned from Mr. Cathy. He sought to understand Shane before attempting to be understood, demonstrating compassion and love. After learning that the company’s actions had impacted many negatively, he offered a sincere apology; not a change of views, but a way of demonstrating deep love for his neighbor. I love that. I love it because this shocking relationship is a reflection of what Christ came to do. He stepped down, humbled himself, and became friends with those who the Pharisees looked down on. He loved on the least lovable, forgave the least forgivable and healed those who were too sick to be healed. He turned everything upside down. Love came down and grace was poured out on the undeserving– us!!

He shared meals with sinners and imputed His righteousness on us. When God looks at us he doesn’t see all our junk! Praise Him for that!! He loves us despite us and saves us by His loving grace and mercy. Shouldn’t we do the same? Shouldn’t we demonstrate that grace towards others despite their beliefs? Loving on others does not take our salvation from us any more than hanging around “church goers” add to our salvation. We can get so caught up on what others may think if we hang around someone who has opposing views as us. We are so easy to judge, so easy to look down on others, and so quick to forget that it was our sin that held Christ on the Cross. So quickly do we forget who we are in the gospel story: not the Savior but the one in need of one. When we realize how messed up and horrible we are, we can admire the grace of Christ even more! This admiration produces love for God and in return, love for others. A love for others regardless of how different our views are, the color of our skin, or the money in our wallet. We can begin sharing meals with them, whether chicken or not, and showing them love because God loved them first.

Let the love of Christ rule in your hearts as you extend the grace that was given to you!

 

(Again, find Shane’s article here.)

Hurricane Sandy: The Battle Between God’s Presence & Absence

59+ deaths.

8 million people from South Carolina to Maine without power.

28 inches of snow in West Virginia.

190 firefighters deployed to Breezy Point fire.

$20 billion worth of property damage.

$30 billion worth of business damage.

 

Even as believers in the sovereignty of God, we all struggle with the question of where God is in the midst of storms, natural disasters, or life disasters.

How does God sit back and allow it to happen? How can a God of Mercy cause this?

Father and Maker of heaven and of earth, we ask for the wisdom only you can offer to these questions. Make a holy entrance with your Spirit into the hearts and minds through your words written below. We ask for Your presence and Your answers. We love you Jesus, and we thank you for presenting our requests blamelessly before our Father. Amen.

 

“I form light and create darkness,

I make success and create disaster;

I, Lord, do all these things.”

–Isaiah 45:7

So does this translate that God killed them, took away people’s electricity, and destroyed property?

He is God of all things, right?

[pullquote_right]“All heaven suffered in Christ’s agony; but that suffering did not begin or end with His manifestation in humanity. The cross is a revelation to our dull senses of the pain that, from its very inception, sin has brought to the heart of God. Every departure from the right, every deed of cruelty, every failure of humanity to reach His ideal, brings grief to Him.”
–Education, pg. 263, E.G. White [/pullquote_right]

Let us face this head on with the Truth we’ve been given: God loves us (‘For God so loves the world…’ John 3:16) and grieves with us (‘Yet He Himself bore our sickness, and He carried our pains…’ Isaiah 53:4a). Even the shortest verse in the Bible shows this attribute of God (‘Jesus wept.’ John 11:35).

He loves and grieves us. Our Lord is in our midst. He is a mighty one who WILL save; he rejoices over us with gladness and will quiet us by His love. He, the God of gods and Lord of lords, exalts over us with loud singing (see Zephaniah 3:17).

 

Many of us with a religious mindset claim that God in fact does do all things for a higher purpose.

It’s a burst for the bubble, but this is not truth.

Did God take away your daughter in an accident? Did God give you cancer? Did God plan your dismissal from the job that supports your family? Did God cause your bankruptcy? Did God cause the miscarriage you suffered? Did He allow rape, murder, or abuse?

You can bet your last penny He didn’t. These are all direct results to the fall of man, when evil began to reign on this earth. God is the same God over individuals as He is over natural disasters. It was not His original plan, but a change of plans does NOT contain our God. He will use it to create in you the gift of all gifts, Christ-likeness, and He will use the bad things in life to further His Kingdom in a dark world. Our God is not held down by the evil you and I are held down by. He redeems evil to good and most certainly will be glorified in EVERY situation. You can bet your other last penny on that one, too.

Our God is a GOOD GOD. Always, in everything, remember that He is for us. He steps into our lives that are lived out in a fallen creation. A God who steps off of His heavenly Throne where the earth was His footstool, to come and wash the feet of His children. Praise you, Jesus.

 

At the fall, Adam heedlessly opened the door for calamity, natural disasters, destruction, death; but our God has made a way to change all of that both on a personal level and on a global scale: He sent Jesus. He took stripes on his body for our healing. He suffered and died so that righteousness, peace, and joy of the Kingdom of God would be available abundantly to us even while we are in a fallen creation. So when you face natural disaster or a storm in life, command the works of the hand of God on your behalf. Speak to that storm as Jesus spoke to the fig tree.

If this is true, how come some haven’t experienced this dominion? There are many variables that cause powerlessness in prayer. We also cannot fail to remember that prayers prevent things from happening that we don’t often take into account. In other words, if we hadn’t prayed in the first place how much worse would things have been?

Beginning at the fall of man in Genesis 3:17 when Scripture says, ‘The ground is cursed because of you…’, those who walk upon it live on a cursed ground ruled by an enemy who is here to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). Romans 8:22 states that, “we know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” Any of you with the slightest glimpse into the world of labor pains (even stories of someone’s labor suffice), meditate on the agony of the pain childbirth bares. An almost unbearable pain, exhausting every inch of your body from sharp strikes and an ache that’s unquenchable.

My mother said it this way once after having all five of us children, “The only thing that gets you through is knowing what is coming.” Isn’t it just like that, though? The Word of God even proclaims only a few verses prior that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

Likewise, the earth groans under the weight of sin with uproarious earthquakes, unstoppable tsunamis, unrelenting hurricanes… we live on cursed ground, but serve a mighty God who will display His power over that ground lest we boldly step before the Throne to intercede.

The authority of the Son of God is for you and you won’t be a victim, but more than a CONQUEROR through Christ.

 

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image… let them have dominion … over all the earth.

–Genesis 1:26

When Adam chose the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, the authority we had over earth was wrested from us by disobedience, and now we find Satan is then the one in place of jurisdiction over the elements.  It is important to understand that Satan didn’t obtain this ability legitimately. Satan became the prince of the power of the air (Eph. 2:22) by default as a result of Adam’s surrender and the choosing of knowledge of good and evil over the dominion God gave him in Genesis 1:26.

Thus we find Jesus, Redeemer and Savior of all creation, repeatedly demonstrating power and authority OVER creation and elements.

In Mark 4:39, Jesus rebukes the wind and told the waves to be still. In John 2:8-9, Jesus turns water into wine. In Matthew 21:19, Jesus declared a fig tree never grow fruit again, and it withered away. Thus, we either work against the curse (what we naturally do) or we work with it (with faith) as Jesus did.

We must not fall deceptive to the lie that Jesus did this because he is God. When Jesus stepped off the Throne and onto dirt and dry ground, He limited Himself with His love and discipline. He remained fully God, but limited His power. All power from Him to do the miraculous came from God himself to Jesus. We have been given this gift, the Holy Spirit. Let us not face the enemy and accept the lie that Jesus is the only one capable of the power to perform these miracles. Scripture gives us the Truth to that lie––– “I assure you: The one who believes in Me will also do the works that I do. And he will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in My name, I will do it so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14:12-13)

 

God is for us. Storms and disasters naturally happen under the curse. But, the Good News: We have the power over it, because of the Spirit. Jesus paid much too high a price for us, as believers, to not take this Truth and hide it in our hearts, to meditate on it, and to use it. This is what Scripture means when we are told we can do all things through Christ who gives us Strength!

We worship you in this storm, Jesus. We worship you. Give us the peace that you died for so that we might have. Joy. Patience. Endurance. Bring beauty from the ashes. In the name of the Holy One, Jesus Christ, amen.

Monday Rundown: Prays for the Northeast

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––Awesome Leadoff Video:

Are we praying for everyone about to be affected by Hurricane Sandy? Yes. Are we laughing with people having fun with the situation? Yes.

Hilarious.

On a serious note: Join us in prayer as we pray for the safety of EVERYONE who has been affected or will be affected by the storm. Prayer is a powerful thing.

 

––From Florida: We Have Fall

If you remember correctly, I begged on here for colder weather. Today our Palm Beach weather is in the 60’s and it’s gorgeous. Tomorrow morning, the low is supposed to be 53.

That is all.

#ballin

 

––Future Roads? Sure.

Our roads need to progress with technology, right? Well, it looks they are. Say hello to glow-in-the-dark, lighting and lane markers:

Road trips in the not-too-distant future will take on a psychedelic hue with glow-in-dark lane markers that eliminate the need for overhead lighting and dynamic paint that brightens when the temperature drops below freezing and icy conditions prevail.

The glow-in-the-dark roads are treated with a special “foto-luminising powder” that is charged up during the day and illuminates the contours of the road and lane markers at night for up to 10 hours, according to Dutch designer and innovator Daan Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure.

 

––We Leave You With This:

This is how I feel about every Apple release. This is the banned iPad Mini promo:

Brilliant, right?

 

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To Live And Die On Sesame Street

Big Bird and company have been collecting government welfare checks for the past 40+ years, but despite what the liberal media and politicians would have you believe, Big Bird, PBS, and the government founded Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), are doing just fine. In fact, they are doing more than fine, and collecting much less from Uncle Sam than you think.

In light of the outrage at Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney’s recent debate comments, and in order to really understand what it means to defund PBS, it is important that you have a little background on what exactly PBS is, as well as the CPB and America’s favorite street, Sesame Street. Many people confuse the three as one entity, but they are in fact many, separate entities. It’s also important to understand where their operational funding comes from. So lets start our look into the welfare of Big Bird…

 

In November of 1952, The Ford Foundation’s Fund for Adult Education provided a founding grant to form the Educational Television and Radio Center (ETRC). The purpose of this new entity was to allow small, independent television and radio stations to share their locally produced educational content for community broadcast nation wide. It was a genius idea that allowed small stations to fill their time slots with quality educational programming that they would never be able to produce on their own. The project for all intent and purposes was a huge success, and in 1954 ETRC became a full fledged television network. It produced 5 hours of daily content that was distributed to local affiliate stations around the country who would fill remaining time with their own programming. It is important to note that the early days of educational television where largely funded by private foundations, many of which still fund public television today.

As time went on, the ETRC began to grow and expand its reach, eventually ended up as the National Educational Television network (NET) in 1963. However, along with the name change came a change in direction for the organization, which was largely criticized for the perceived liberal slant of its programming and support for the network began to waiver. In 1966, NET’s viability came into serious question when the Ford Foundation made the decision to withdraw some of its financial support of the network over its liberal leanings, as well as its declining support from affiliates.

In 1967, when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, NET was at the front of the line to receive financial support from the newly formed Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Initially it was intended that the CPB would provide temporary support for the network while the CPB pursued its own public television venture, PBS. Even with the new government support, NET continued to see the erosion of its affiliates and soon was in serious trouble.

In 1969, PBS began it’s operations and at the same time, NET continued down its liberal leaning path and refused to stop airing controversial programming. Because of this, both Ford and the CPB withdrew funding from NET, pushing the network into a merger with WNDT-TV in 1970; where it still produces series including Frontline, POV and Independent Lens to this day, and continues to get financial support from the CPB.

In 1968, the Carnegie Institute awarded Joan Ganz Cooney an $8 million grant to create a new children’s television program and establish the Children’s Television Workshop, a non-profit educational production company behind the production of several educational children’s programs, including Sesame Street. The program was met with much acclaim, as well as some criticism largely because of its commitment to multiculturalism in its programs. Still by all measures Sesame Street was a hit. NET was the perfect venue for this new ground breaking program, and it was quickly added to the daily lineup. When the PBS network came online in October of 1970, Sesame Street was an easy first choice for the network. Again, up to this point, Sesame Street was largely funded by private donations from the Carnegie Institute.

As the seventies progressed, so did the quality and quantity of public television programs. The CPB continued to extend grants for production and distribution of high quality programing throughout its network of “member” stations which also pay substantial fees for the shows acquired and distributed by the national organization. PBS does not produce any programs of its own, but instead creates programing under contract with third party producers like the Children’s Television Workshop, and local member stations. PBS as an organization does not own any PBS stations, and therein lies the financial problem… as member stations are independently operated, usually by non-profit entities, colleges, states, or even local communities, much of their support funding must come from the communities they serve. In tough times, local stations are hard pressed to find financial support for new content and maintain their stations, so in steps the CPB, who offers grants to “prop up” some of these smaller PBS stations. Over the years, this need has diminished greatly as communities find more value in public television programing, and the States themselves have begun contributing to their programs with their own grants and funding programs.

 

In 2000, Children’s Television Workshop changed it’s name to Sesame Workshop, and having acquired the copyright and trademark rights to the Sesame Street Muppet characters from Henson Companies, Sesame Workshop began reaping substantial financial rewards for it’s licensing ventures of the characters and it’s programming, netting the non-profit in excess of $24.5 million in 2011. In other words, Big Bird made more money than Romney last year in just licensing alone, not including that additional revenue from corporate and individual support.

Big Bird is a 1%’er who is doing just fine and doesn’t really need a government welfare check.

In fact Big Bird takes hardly anything by way of support from PBS anymore, and is largely a huge supporter of the network overall. Today, nearly every home in America with children owns at least one Sesame Street branded product. The multi-million dollar international brand of Sesame Street is seen on televisions in over 140 countries in numerous languages. Big Bird is no small chicken and isn’t going away anytime soon, despite what the media would have you believe.

In 2011, according to its 2010 financial disclosures, the CPB had collected contributions of $449,919,620. Yes, you read that right, nearly a half-billion dollars in contributions. Additionally, $445.2 million was allocated to the CPB by Congress for 2012. To imply that public television is strapped for cash would be a false assumption considering the billion dollars on average it leverages every year. And it could be largely argued that the total amount subsidized by the government could potentially be raised by further private support. In any case, cutting funding for the CPB would not, as liberal comentators would like you to believe, result in the end of public television.

 

In 1995, when the Republican led Congress attempted to defund the CPB, liberals went nuts with the same “Kill Big Bird” rhetoric we see today. They did it again in 2005. Through their control of the media, they convinced the public that without government welfare, Big Bird was destined to live out his days in the unemployment line. Not wanting to wear the “I killed Big Bird” moniker, politicians in the end buckled to the pressure and scrapped the idea of defunding, and the welfare checks kept rolling in… and the CPB was happy to cash them.

PBS as a national entity licenses broadcast right of Sesame Street for its member stations, and PBS and Sesame Street have in may ways become synonymous. Nearly 60% of the funding of PBS’ revenues come from private membership donations and grants. Federal funding for PBS amounts to just 15% of its revenues, and much of the rest is solicited from “viewers like you”. Loss of government funding would not mean the end of PBS, but may mean that local members would have to pony up a little more support for their programs and local stations. In addition, there is nothing preventing member stations from accepting commercial advertising dollars, something many feel is taboo when it comes to public television, but a viable option to support the network just the same.

There is no doubt that programs like Sesame Street are quality programs that millions of moms depended on for those much deserved moments of peace in their households. It makes sense that government grants could be used to subsidize quality educational programming that would be made available for free to the public. But like most government programs, once the need faded, the government program never did, and it usually grew. In todays world, public television is a diminishing giant, and many argue that it isn’t needed now that other networks are producing quality educational programs. Once the only source for educational programming, we now have networks like the History Channel, Discovery, NatGeo, and others that produce high quality programming that renders much of the educational programming on PBS obsolete, or at the very least outdated. And while Sesame Street is a top program for youngsters, so are programs like Dora the Explorer and others that offer equally strong educational messages on competing networks. Even the performing arts have their network homes outside of PBS now.

 

So what is the real value in public television anymore?

For most, it’s simply nostalgia. But the fact remains that public television is an excellent source for quality programming despite the big budget competitors. But does this warrant more federal welfare? That is the question. Many say that the small amount given to public television amounts to a drop in the bucket in the scope of the national debt, so why bother? But the same could be said of most government programs. So knowing that you need to reduce spending, which of those programs do you choose? The correct answer is, “as many as you can.”

In the case of PBS, they already have a supporting revenue model in place, so government welfare is not really required for PBS to continue on its mission. What is really needed is all of the Americans who scream at the thought of cutting government funding for the network to make financial contributions to their local PBS stations. Something that few actually do. If the 236 million people who watch PBS gave just $2 per year, that would make up more than the amount currently subsidized by the government. At $5 per year, we could double their revenue. The best part is that we could have a huge benefit for public television and we wouldn’t be borrowing that money from foreign governments or the Fed to cover it. The problem is that most of the people who decry defunding are the same ones who give the least to the programs they enjoy. Can PBS survive without a government welfare check? Yes, as long as the people who value its services are willing to support it.

We have to remember that our bucket of debt is made up of a whole lot of drops in the bucket. When an entity as noble as PBS can survive without adding to our debt, regardless of how little the amount it contributes to it, it is worth looking at. Big Bird will be just fine.

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Monday Rundown: Encourages Fall Weather

[box_light] It’s Monday, and if you’re new to Quarterlife Man (welcome), you’re new to the Monday Rundown. The Monday Rundown is a compendium of  randomness compiled over the course of each week. Enjoy… [As always, if you’ve seen something crazy or have a suggestion, email us or tell us on Twitter (@QuarterlifeMan).] [/box_light] [divider]

––Awesome Leadoff Video:

Did you miss last week’s Presidential Debate? Here’s a synopsis:

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––From Florida: Give Us Fall

From what I hear, everybody’s freezing… except, you know, in Florida. Recently, we’ve had record highs in the 90’s with average temperatures hovering near 85–––needless to say, it’s been brutal. Besides spending last weekend in Atlanta and some cold weather luck on #RoadTrip12 in August, we’ve had to grin and bear the high temperatures since March.

Hasn’t it been long enough?

I’m ready for a change, so to all of you northerners: pray for some cooler Florida weather. We will gladly trade you a few degrees in order to break out our sweaters again.

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––Do You Understand Social Security?

Many twenty-somethings and college aged people don’t “get” social security, and for the most part, it’s because the service does not affect them. Sure, they pay it out of their income, but outside of that, it’s just something that is “guaranteed for retirement.”

Well, maybe not.

Take a look at this video and form your own conclusions:

 [Ed. note: Go here and look at the video. Fox doesn’t like to make it easy to embed.]

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––The iPad Mini is coming (finally)

From Mashable.

[box_light]The Wall Street Journal cites unnamed Chinese suppliers for the report about the 7.85-inch tablets. Apple hasn’t confirmed the launch or existence of such a tablet, but the company is rumored to be planning an Oct. 17 launch event for the product, which has been called the “iPad Mini” by the press.[/box_light]

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––We Leave You With This:

Babies eating lemons. Yes!

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Monday Rundown: Bieber Fever of a Different Kind

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––Crazy Leadoff Video:

As Americans we think we’re pretty crazy about our sports fandom. In soccer-loving countries, they throw grenades. Check out how close this player was to losing an arm:

From the YouTube description:

[box_light]Sepahan midfielder Adel Kolahkaj picked up a small, black object and tossed it away from the pitch. Turns out that object was some kind of mini grenade or firecracker, which exploded upon landing, causing the referee and his assistant to run for their lives. No one was hurt in the incident, and the game was cancelled initially but players came back on field after security inspection was made.The police officials are still investigating this matter.[/box_light]

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––It’s Election Time

If you’re not a political person… tough cookies; it’s election time. If you really hate it you can skip to the next section–––but I IMPLORE YOU–––be educated about this election. It’s the most important election of your lifetime (until the next one, naturally).

With the first debate just two days away (Wednesday night, 9pm–––on just about any channel you can find), things are getting pretty heated. The owner of the New York Jets said he’d rather have a losing football team if it meant the Romney/Ryan ticket wins this November. We’re looking at the high probability of another recession. And that’s only if things don’t change. In addition, the President is having anti-American leaders like Hugo Chavez saying, “I’d vote for you, and you for me.”

What will you do about it?

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––Using Coke to Change The World

[box_light]Diarrhea kills 800,000 kids under the age of five every year–deaths that we can easily avert by administering oral hydration salts and zinc tablets. The challenge is getting the treatment to where it’s needed.

Simon Berry first had the idea for ColaLife in Zambia, in 1988, when he noticed that Coke had the best distribution system in the country. While hospitals ran short of basic medicines, stores in remote locations were always full of fizzy drinks. He thought: Why not piggyback on the network to deliver things families need?[/box_light]

Because why not use the world’s best and biggest distribution channel to have a lasting impact on dying kids?

Read more, here.

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––So Long, Replacement Refs

This week was the first week back with our normal NFL referees–––and thank God–––I was getting tired of this:

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––We Leave You With This:

It’s Bieber Fever of a different kind. This is Justin Bieber vomiting on stage. Yes.

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Monday Rundown: Showcases Awesome Videos

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––Awesome Leadoff Video:

Truly brilliant marketing for the A6 from Audi:

Top notch, really.

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––Awesome Secondary Video:

Yes, this week’s Monday Rundown is comprised of all videos. Surprise!

Here’s another video… this time Jimmy Kimmel takes a look at the “iPhone 5” which is really the iPhone 4s:

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––Francesa Falls Asleep On Air

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––Roller Skating Turtle Steals Lettuce

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––We Leave You With This:

From the Gregory Brothers (makers of auto-tune the news and the Antoine Dodson video)… it’s Obama vs. Romney, in autotuned 8-bit video game form!

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Monday Rundown: Live from Michigan

[box_light] It’s Monday, and if you’re new to Quarterlife Man (welcome), you’re new to the Monday Rundown. The Monday Rundown is a compendium of  randomness compiled over the course of each week. Enjoy… [As always, if you’ve seen something crazy or have a suggestion, email us or tell us on Twitter (@QuarterlifeMan).] [/box_light] [divider]

––#RoadTrip12 Update:

2012 Quarterlife Ultimate Road Trip

What’s up, everybody. Today is Day 13 of the 2012 Quarterlife Ultimate Road Trip and we’re writing live from Michigan!

We’ve been through eleven states to this point and made stops in the following cities: Orlando, Florida; Gainesville, Florida; Tifton, Georgia; Atlanta, Georgia; Birmingham, Alabama; Tupelo, Mississippi; Memphis, Tennessee; Little Rock, Arkansas; Dallas, Texas; Austin, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; Nashville, Tennessee; Elizabethtown, Kentucky (don’t ask); Louisville, Kentucky; Indianapolis, Indiana; Chicago, Illinois; Grand Rapids, Michigan; East Lansing, Michigan; Detroit, Michigan.

Alex has flown home for an awesome concert that he’s running with For King & Country, so it’s just me in Michigan at the moment. Tomorrow afternoon, I will leave for Pittsburgh, followed by Washington DC and New York. Alex will rejoin in Boston and we’ll be on to conquer the East Coast states.

As always, stay tuned. We’ll have tons of updates on the website, in addition to our Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

#RoadTrip12

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––Awesome Leadoff Video:

Sometimes, you see Olympic glory. Other times, you see this:

You can see the full video here.

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––The Romney/Ryan Ticket

I just want to go on the record by saying that I love the Paul Ryan pick for Vice Presidential nominee. As an email from Obama’s team wrote, “The Republican base is energized.”

I concur… and so does the rest of America, it seems. A Romney/Ryan event yesterday featured an overflow crowd of more than 15,000. Meanwhile, Joe Biden campaigned in North Carolina in front of a crowd of 660. Ryan then campaigned in North Carolina as well, drawing crowds of 10,000+ and 4,700 in High Point and Mooresville.

We’ve got ourselves a ballgame.

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––Mo Farah Runs From Things

Did you love the McKayla Maroney memes? Check out the Mo Farah Running Away From Things Tumblr page. The above image is my personal favorite, but I also like the Temple Run image.

Enjoy!

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––We Leave You With This:

Photographer Lakshal Perera took this photo in one 71-second exposure.

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