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    -The employees outlast the managers.
    -You haven't even been working there that long but you notice that there are almost none of the same people there from when you first started.

    add on

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    With its sanitary pads for the Indian market, startup company Saathi solves two problems at once. Just 16 percent of women in India use them due to poverty and other reasons, which causes health and social issues. At the same time, manufacturing them wastes millions of gallons of water, and two million tons of pads end up in landfills every year. To help with all that, Saathi's pads are affordable, made from discarded banana tree fibers, manufactured in a sustainable way and 100 percent biodegradable.

    Engadget met with Saathi co-founders Kristin Kagetsu and Tarun Bothra at the Hello Tomorrow conference in Paris. The company not only won €15,000 in the wellbeing cateogry of the Hello Tomorrow Global Startup Challenge, but also the €5,000 Impact prize and grand prize of €100,000 -- a sweep of all categories.

    We take sanitary napkin usage for granted in North America and Europe, but it's a huge issue in India and other developing nations. "In India, out of 100, only 16 women use sanitary pads," Bothra told Engadget. "It varies from region to region as to why. In some places it's not affordable and in others there are religious taboos. There is [also] a lack of education, so they stick to the old ways, which is tree bark or just normal cloth which causes UTIs (urinary tract infections) and other hygiene problems."

    To handle the economic issue, Saathi sells its pads in rural areas at cost and for profit in urban areas (it's distributed in biodegradable, organic plastic sacks in villages and in boxes in cities). At the same time, it is doing educational outreach. "With the 'One Million Pads' initiative, we're able to distribute pads to rural Jharkhand," Kagetsu said. "We're also doing an impact study to see what the difference is when they have pads, and particularly, biodegradable pads, because in rural areas there's no waste infrastructure to deal with disposal."

    The pads have a modern, comfortable design with wings to prevent leakage, and the banana fiber material is 50 percent more absorbent than chemical products used in regular sanitary pads, the creators say. The material is surprisingly soft to the touch and doesn't irritate skin.

    "The structure of banana fiber itself is good for absorbing water; it's better than cotton," said Bothra. "We don't use bleach, we don't use sodium acrylate or any other chemical. They're not skin friendly and can cause rashes and UTIs.

    Because they contain no plastic or other non-organic materials, the pads biodegrade into compost in just three months, or six months in a landfill. At the same time, they're more environmentally friendly than organic pads created from cotton farming, which consumes millions of gallons of water.

    During manufacturing, no bleach or other chemicals are used, and any water consumed is recycled for banana plantation irrigation. "We're using banana tree fiber, agro-waste, because the trees have to be cut down every harvest anyway," said Kagetsu. "Growing organic cotton is very expensive, and it uses six times more water."

    It was perhaps this mix of health, social and environmental benefits that inspired judges to award Hello Tomorrow's grand prize to Saathi. The conference is largely about science and technology startups, with keynote speeches from JPL/NASA, Adidas and other large organizations. It's ironic that the startup challenge was swept by a small, regional company that makes a decidedly low-tech product.



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    you ever have so many ideas and work to do but not enough time?

    man...i got a list of shit i want to do but aint got the time to do it all.

    i stay busy researching, incorporating, emailing, phone calling, scheduling and not enough time sleeping.

    i cant be the only one like this.

    i have prioritized but then i always got a new thing to add to the list to look up or whatever.

    shit right now i have like 15 tabs open, 2 word documents, 2 programs running, a stack of mail and 3 notepads next to my PC.

    feel overwhelmed as fukk sometimes and refuse to stop cause failure then creeps up. or at least i think it will.

    havent had a nice reset vacation in a few overdue.

    so how yall handle your everyday stresses?

    me...i talk a long ass walk every few days...or act like an ass on the IC or shoot a few niggas on a video game.

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    The NAACP for several months now has been monitoring a pattern of disturbing incidents reported by African-American passengers, specific to American Airlines,” the civil rights organization said in a statement. “In light of these confrontations, we have today taken the action of issuing national advisory alerting travelers — especially African-Americans — to exercise caution, in that booking and boarding flights on American Airlines could subject them disrespectful, discriminatory or unsafe conditions.”

    Among the alleged incidents cited by the NAACP:

    -- An African-American man was forced off a flight because he responded to disrespectful and discriminatory comments from two unruly white passengers.

    -- An African-American woman was switched from first class to coach, while her white companion remained assigned to a first-class seat.

    -- A pilot directed that an African-American woman be removed from a flight for complaining about having her seat changed without her consent.

    -- An African-American woman and her infant were removed from a flight when the woman asked that her stroller be retrieved from checked baggage.

    “We are aware of these incidents only because the passengers involved knew their rights, knew to speak up and exercised the courage to do so promptly,” the NAACP statement said.

    In response, American Airlines issued a statement of its own.

    "We are disappointed to hear about this travel advisory as our team members — a diverse community of gate agents, pilots, and flight attendants — are proud to serve customers of all backgrounds," American Airlines spokeswoman Shannon Gilson said. "Every day American is committed to providing a positive, safe travel experience for everyone who flies with us."

    The spokeswoman said the company plans to meet with NAACP officials about the incidents that prompted the advisory.

    “All travelers must be guaranteed the right to travel without fear of threat, violence or harm,” said Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP. “The growing list of incidents suggesting racial bias reflects an unacceptable corporate culture and involves behavior that cannot be dismissed as normal or random.

    “We expect an audience with the leadership of American Airlines to air these grievances and to spur corrective action,” he added. “Until these and other concerns are addressed, this national travel advisory will stand.”

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    Published on Oct 23, 2017Occurred on October 21, 2017 / Posadas, Argentina

    "While my son was playing, a lightning stroke in a backwoods tree. I tried to spread this video to make people realize that nature has changed a lot in these times due to global warming and you have to be more careful, both in a storm and also within your own house, because if the children had been watching TV or playing video games when the lightning stroke, it would have been deadly. All my electrical appliances burned."

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    So are there men out there that don't mind taking the primary chefing role in a relationship?

    I don't see why a woman should automatically be expected to be the main kitchen slave if both parties are working full time jobs. I also don't think it says less about you as a man if you take that role, nor does it say less about you as a woman if you're just not into cooking. That's just me.

    In our house we split cooking duties during the week and then I usually do most of the cooking on the weekends, unless we're grilling.

    Feel free to post pics of your skills and don't be posting your girl or your mama's cooking either.

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    The Explosive New Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Bill O’Reilly, Detailed

    Roger Ailes is out at Fox News but the troubles for the network might just be getting started.

    In a new lawsuit filed in New York State Supreme Court on Monday, former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros alleges she was among a number of women sexually harassed by, yes, former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.

    But she also alleges she was sexually harassed by the network’s biggest star, Bill O’Reilly. The suit alleges that O’Reilly attempted to lure her to Long Island where he told her it would be “very private” and that she could show him her “wild side.”

    [C]ommencing in February 2016, Bill O’Reilly (“O’Reilly”), whom Tantaros had considered to be a good friend and a person from whom she sought career guidance, started sexually harassing her by, inter alia, (a) asking her to come to stay with him on Long Island where it would be “very private,” and (b) telling her on more than one occasion that he could “see [her] as a wild girl,” and that he believed that she had a “wild side.” Fox News did take one action: plainly because of O’Reilly’s rumored prior sexual harassment issues and in recognition of Tantaros’s complaints, Brandi informed Cane that Tantaros would no longer be appearing on O’Reilly’s Fox News show, The O’Reilly Factor.

    This isn’t the first time O’Reilly has been accused of sexual harassment. In 2004, he was sued by Fox producer Andrea Mackris who alleged he “repeatedly subjected her to sexual harassment through dinner and phone conversations variously described as lewd, lascivious, vile and threatening.” The allegations included O’Reilly trying to lure Mackris to his hotel room.

    The lawsuit alleges that Tantaros was ultimately removed from the air in retaliation for her complaints to Shine and others. Fox News later offered to continue to pay her through the length of her contract if she provided general legal releases to Ailes, O’Reilly, and others. The release would have also prevented her from discussing her time at Fox News in perpetuity.

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    Serious question.

    these are questions only for you to ask and answer yourself....some may apply and some may not.

    I ask because whats stopping you from reaching your greatest point of potential....

    do you not have anything to wake up and go to work for outside of paying bills with enough left over for some sneak...

    do you wake up with a sense that you need to better than you was yesterday.

    do you wake up and see if the chick you want to smash , texted you in the night..

    do you look at yourself in the mirror and are happy with what you see or what you have become...

    do you have or have you made any future plans..

    where are you in your future plans? how far does your future plans go?

    are they listed step by step with contingency plans or are they just dreams of something you want?

    when was the last time you was proud you completed something, a task?

    Are you aware of how your surroundings effect your thoughts?

    whats your ringtone? what does it say about you?

    Are you strong enough to block out the negative or must you be in the middle of drama to feel alive?

    does you music you listen mostly consist of being in the club, fukk this bitch, i fukked a bitch, beat a nigga ass, im tough like Nigerian hair, alpha male, jumpman jumpman? do you understand how these lyrics effect your thought process and how you view the world?

    When was the last time you heard or had an inspirational song in your rotation that didnt have nothing to do with getting illegal money or bagging a hoe?

    speaking of hoes....are hoes appealing to you?..why?

    if they are women who give themselves freely to any man, how is that attractive to you? regardless of how good she looks, do you think you deserve better? even if its just to get a nut, do you think you time is more valuable than to be laid up with a known cumrag.

    Are you happy with your health?

    are you happy with your body?

    they say a man is only as good as his last challenge...what was your hardest challenge....when was the last real challenge. Are you ok with easy more than you are with hard?

    Are you the smartest in your group or the dumbest?

    are you a man of strong moral values and principle that cant be changed no matter whats in front of you?

    are you a manager or you family or a leader?

    do you push those around you to be better or are you ok with being the best and fukk the rest?.

    Do you share your knowledge or do you keep it to have an advantage over those you hold close?.

    do you make your family or does your family make you?

    Are you goals something you would like or something you wont stop until you get ?

    Are you living for today or planning for tomorrow?

    Do you have a plan for your grandkids if your kids fukk up?

    If you die tomorrow...will your family be able to move forward without struggles?

    If someone asked a lil kid that knows you.....what do they see when they see you...what would they say?

    Do you think your viewed as a person to be admired because you are not to be fukked with or a person to be admired because you have strong morals and ethics.

    All these get you to ask yourself....who are you really.

    are you the person you want people to see you as or the person you want to be or the person you think you are.

    you deserve your best you.

    you have alot of motivating things on this site,

    @kai is a black female sceintist
    @sion is smart as hell and wont be told he can not be a billionaire and stays up all night to stay ahead of the game. and knows investing.
    @Will Munny lived his dream of fight an MMA fight. got his ass beat but he did it.and he is ok with being himself and going hunting and fishing. seems hes ok being him.
    @not_osirus_jenkins building up himself an empire. one flipped house at a time.

    are you motivated yet....
    @EmM HoLLa. driving around in porches and sneaking in shots of his watch....are you motivated.

    @BOSSExcellence be lowkey stuntin.... saying he at the movies and sends a pic to prove it but lets all know he was wearing loubintins.

    but i guess your not motivated by money.
    @BigBallsNoWorries travels around the world. so does @scorpio4lfe @vagrant-718 @Knock_Twice @Figo @usmarin3 and alot others.
    are you motivated

    @zzombie @Cinco invested in homes and their futures are set . imagine being 30 and not have to go to work anymore....

    motivated yet. no

    @Young_Chitlin posts weekly links or youtubes about getting outta debt...

    helpful posts and links are always in the business forum

    @Black_Samson and @SimptimusLEMZUS are into fitness. are you afraid to ask them to hook you up with a program to get into shape. scared to video chat with them to scream at you to motivate you ?

    all these examples can choose to think its all a why come here if you think that. that say more about your mindframe than it does anything else....

    do you only come to pass the time.....even passing can network for future potential.

    dont trust internet people ? ok,,, do you think an inperson broker can be trusted. they dip out with peoples money everyday.

    those that are rewarded are those that take risks.

    so many things...where are you in your life. honestly answer yourself.

    honestly create a timeline of your life and see where you came from and where you trying to go and where you are in obtaining what you want.

    what drives you ..

    what motivates you...
    are you happy with who your laying next to at night?
    are you happy with where you go to work at?
    are you happy with where you are living?
    are you happy with what you look like?
    are you happy with your physique ?
    are you happy with what you are driving?
    are you happy with what you see when you log into you bank account?
    but more importantly

    and lastly,

    Are you happy with your life.

    what are you waiting for....tomorrow will be today in a few hours and yesterday was once today. how many more times does that need to be said to be a better you.

    greatness should not be should be required.

    have a good day people.

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    How to launch your own beer brand for $5,000

    You’ve run the numbers for starting a craft brewery—and you’re absolutely shocked at the costs. Or maybe you’re lucky enough to already be operating, but you can’t keep up with demand.

    In either case, one lower-cost alternative is contract brewing. Here’s what you need to know.
    What is contract brewing?

    With contract brewing, you hire another brewery to brew and package beer for you, or you can rent out another brewer’s facility and brew the beer yourself. It’s still your beer: You own the recipe and decide how the beer is made.

    “The contract brewing model is often is a lot less labor- and time-intensive to get a brand to market, because you have a brewery already set up and ready to roll to brew that brand,” says Julia Herz, craft beer program director for the Brewers Association, a trade group with more than 3,800 U.S. brewery members.

    Lower brewing startup costs

    The startup costs for a craft brewery can easily exceed $1 million, depending mainly on the size of the operation and its location. Costs include essential brewing equipment, such as kettles, kegs, boilers and fermentation tanks. Upgrading equipment to meet increased demand can also be costly.

    “On top of that, when you are a brick-and-mortar brewery, you are dealing with a lot of compliance by making alcoholic beverages in the U.S.,” Herz says, referring to the licensing, permitting and government paperwork involved with this industry.

    By contrast, for $5,000, startups can launch a beer brand, says Page Buchanan, owner and founder of House of Brews in Madison, Wisconsin, which offers contract brewing services.

    Once they start, owners need to think hard about marketing their beer and building a following, Buchanan says.

    More established breweries also turn to contract brewing to save money.
    Everything you need to do in your 20s for a great financial future
    Contract brewing drawbacks

    Contract brewing can save you time, money and stress, but it does have potential drawbacks.

    No local presence: You’re handing over your production to another brewery, which may not sit well with customers. New breweries often gain traction in the marketplace by having a local presence, a brewpub or a taproom where the beer is brewed that people can visit, Herz says.

    “The key with craft brewers today is integrity behind the brand, the people and a presence behind the brand,” she says.

    Contract brewer relationship: The brewery you work with needs to be reliable and trustworthy; it should fill your orders on time and follow recipes exactly as instructed. Ideally, you’ll want to work closely with the brewery and oversee its brewing process.

    Networking logistics: Finding a contract brewing service may be tough, as there’s no directory of contract breweries. You could join a brewery association and network with brewery owners who have gone the contract brewing route. This can help you decide if it’s is a fit for your business and, if so, find contract brewers in your area or near a desired distribution point.

    No matter which route you choose, the goal remains the same: to produce a quality brew that stands out from the competition.

    “Beer is more than just marketing. For many beer lovers, it’s also what’s in the glass and where it came from,” Herz says.

    For more details on getting your business off the ground, check out NerdWallet’s guide on how to start a business.

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  • 10/20/17--14:46: Burger King PSA on bullying
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  • 05/05/15--11:21: The Travel Thread
  • Post any interesting places that you've been, going or have an interest in visiting.

    Ask any travel related question and hopefully someone who has been will answer with useful tips, etc.

    Happy Travels

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    Hands down my choice would be Queen Sheba. Hoe was sleeping beside lions b with a fat ass.

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  • 10/13/17--20:46: Body bag thread

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    I made this post on all of my social media exactly 1 month ago from today to reach out to others and I felt I should do the same on here.


    I am a licensed nurse and have experience with caring for persons with mental illness alongside psychiatrists, as well as personal experience with depression (non clinical) myself.

    Please feel free to inbox me or post below if you have any medical related questions (whether it is in regards to depression or not) or if you just simply would like to talk about it.

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    I know people don't read so I'll highlight some of the reasons why women are admitting to cheating as stated in the article for your viewing pleasure.

    they found married life incredibly dull and constraining and resented the fact that as women, they felt they consistently did a disproportionate amount of the invisible labor that went into maintaining their lifestyle.

    "I think there's an incredible amount of deep resentment for women in America about divisions of labor," said sociologist Lisa Wade when I asked her to comment on this contradiction. "And what social scientists are finding now is that there is a correlation between equal division of labor and better sex."
    * I gather that these women feel like their husbands are not planning sh*t for the family or for her or helping out as much as she would like, so she goes outside of the household to find the "plans" she's missing out on.
    We now tell women that they can have it all, that they can work and have a family and deserve to be sexually satisfied. And then when having it all is miserable and overwhelming or they realize marriage isn't all it's cracked it up to be, maybe having affairs is the new plan B."
    * Its about time we start telling these women that marriage isn't all its cracked up to be. Only people that want you to get married are your parents and the blood diamond companies. :)
    At the time I married, marriage had felt like a panacea; it was a bond that would provide security, love, friendship, stability, and romance -- the chance to have children and nice dishes, to be introduced as someone's wife. It promised to expand my circle of family and improve my credit score, to tether me to something wholesome and give my life meaning.
    Could any single relationship not fall short of such expectations?
    * Sheesh.

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    I been at it wit my little ones for a couple yrs now....any of ya'll get down?



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