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That Nigga Gave Us Billie Jean, You Say He Touched Those Kids?

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When shit hits the fan, is you still a fan?

Do you believe in me? Are you deceiving me?
Could I let you down easily, is your heart where it need to be?
Is your smile on permanent? Is your vow on lifetime?
Would you know where the sermon is if I died in this next line?
If I’m tried in a court of law, if the industry cut me off
If the government want me dead, plant cocaine in my car
Would you judge me a drug kid or see me as K. Lamar
Or question my character and degrade me on every blog
Want you to love me like Nelson, want you to hug me like Nelson
I freed you from being a slave in your mind, you’re very welcome
You tell me my song is more than a song, it’s surely a blessing
But a prophet ain’t a prophet til they ask you this question:

When shit hits the fan, is you still a fan?

Do you believe in me? How much you believe in her?
You think she gon’ stick around if them 25 years occur?
You think he can hold you down when you down behind bars hurt?
You think y’all on common ground if you promise to be the first?
Can you be immortalised without your life being expired?
Even though you share the same blood is it worth the time?
Like who got your best interest? Like how much are you dependent?
How clutch are the people that say they love you and who pretending?
How tough is your skin when they turn you in, do you show forgiveness?
What brush do you bend when dusting your shoulders from being offended
What kind of den did they put you in when the lions start hissing
What kind of bridge did they burn, revenge or your mind when it’s mentioned?
You wanna love like Nelson, you wanna be like Nelson
You wanna walk in in his shoes but you peace-making seldom
You wanna be remembered that delivered the message
That considered the blessing of everyone, this your lesson for everyone, say

When shit hit the fan, is you still a fan?
That nigga gave us Billie Jean, you say he touched those kids?
When shit hit the fan, is you still a fan?

Lyrics By Kendrick Lamar. Mortal Man

 

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70% of Men Under 34 Are NOT Married – Because They Have SENSE… By Lincoln Anthony Blades

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“An expensive engagement ring that equals three-months of a man’s salary is just some ol’ bullshit that was invented by De Beers Diamond Company back in 1938”

Article By Lincoln Anthony Blades
Originally Posted on ThisIsYourConscience.com

Earlier today I read an article called “70% of Men Aged 20-34 Are Not Married” that is based on a new book by Janice Shaw Crouse titled “Marriage Matters.” As someone who is actively interested in analyzing the correlation between personal finance and relationship status, I quickly clicked on the link to read a stat-based analysis on how crushing economic and employment factors have delayed serious dating and marriage – but what I got was incoherent babble from a woman who is criminally out-of-touch. According to Crouse, the reason so many men under 35 are unmarried is because we live in a state of “perpetual adolescence” – which may account for some men, but for many dudes is just complete and utter BULLSHIT. 70% of men under 34 are NOT married because they have SENSE.

Let me make this crystal clear: Many good men WANT to be married, but if a man’s financial situation is not RIGHT (by his standards), then he will NOT seriously entertain the idea of getting hitched. It is intellectually lazy to assert that just because young men aren’t asking women to spend the rest of their lives with them that they would rather sit one, play XBox and have random ass sidepieces all over them. In fact, a better term for it is “Elite-Daily intellectualism” where you just assert that “young people today don’t know HOW to love” as if developing deep-feelings for someone and engaging in a relationship is akin to learning neurophysiology. So let’s chop this stupid fable once and for all.

When people compare how relationships operated in the past to how present-day relationships work, there’s far too much that will be lost in translation if one refuses to take social changes into account. Back in the days, a man who wanted to marry his wife had to ask her and find a place for them to live off of his lone salary (which was most places). Higher-education was NOT a prerequisite for most jobs, so his uneducated ass was not at any significant disadvantage on the job market. And, if that man was a baby-boomer, he got to take part in the greatest era of economic growth the western world has ever seen. So to compare his checklist (propose, save for wedding, find a career in abundant job-market, find affordable house, buy one car) was NOTHING like the typical checklist that young men go through today (find engagement ring, save for said ring or buy ring on credit, propose, find a career in bleak job-market, find home in unaffordable housing market, figure out rising transportation costs, figure out how to pay down school loans, figure out to pay down consumer debt, try to find at least $10,000 for cheap wedding, etc.). If you think that EVERY man under 34 is in the position to do ALL of that RIGHT now, you are just wilfully ignorant.

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And if you think that’s rough from a general perspective, it gets worse when you think about it more specifically. At the turn of the twentieth century, an engagement wasn’t done with a ring. In fact, an expensive engagement ring that equals three-months of a man’s salary is just some ol’ bullshit that was invented by De Beers Diamond Company in 1938. Today, young men who can barely afford to move out on their own and rent a little box in their respective cities, must think about saving at least a couple grand for an engagement ring and find thousands more for a wedding and a honeymoon, and then think about entering into an over inflated housing market. Truth be told, there are some young men out here who can afford it all and they are the ones getting married IF they so choose.

And that brings me to another point: Who in the HELL said that all men MUST be married by a certain age, or at all. I think it’s a sign of common sense for a man to say that he’s not going to commit his life to a woman until he’s ready and sure. Also, I think it’s a sign of emotional intelligence for a man to say that he doesn’t know IF he wants to be married and he just wants to go with the flow and see what materializes. And I really respect dudes that are self-aware enough to realize that they don’t want to be married at all, because making your significant other’s life hell just to appease social norms is ignorant and stupid.

And the craziest thing about this entire scenario is the fact that these stresses equally affect women as well, but for some reason women LOVE to pretend that they are all incredibly ready to be married at a young age, which is BULLSHIT. Young men and women today are more educated than ever before which means we’re in school longer than before. Young men and women today have more debt than we’ve ever had at any other point in history. 8.5% of graduates today are unemployed and almost 17% are underemployed which means 1 out of every 4 graduates is struggling to make ends meet. Yet our preconceived notions about what makes someone “useless” remains, such as committing the EVIL-ASS act of proposing without a ring (gasp!), or daring to suggest that your significant other accept you at your lowest and work with you until you get on your feet (gasp!).

Can we STOP comparing 2015 to 1935 and pretending that everything is the same? There’s not a damn thing mature or intellectually profound about that.

This Is Your Conscience

 

Article By Lincoln Anthony Blades

When Lincoln Anthony Blades is not writing for his controversial and critically acclaimed blog ThisIsYourConscience.com, he can be found contributing articles for Uptown Magazine. Lincoln wrote the hilarious and insightful book “You’re Not A Victim, You’re A Volunteer: How To Stop Letting Love Kick Your Ass”. He is also a public speaker who has sat on panels all over North America and the Caribbean.
 

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If Knowing You Means I Cripple Myself, Then No Hard Feelings, But I’d Rather Not Know You At All… By Moshibudi Thatego Madia

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Too many people are always stuck between doing things for others or themselves, and not because they want what’s best for the other party, but rather because they are scared to fully reveal themselves. They’d rather go by, for years, being cast under someone else’s shadow.

One Saturday morning, I was sitting in a lecture hall waiting for the lecturer to call my name so that I can go up and say my piece. In between the waiting and watching everybody else present, I noticed that for many of my colleagues, they’d get to the front, eye their friends then laugh their presentation through. I was left wondering, what’s so funny? And if there isn’t anything funny, then why are you laughing??

They laughed because their friends were laughing, even though the person was prepared, the mere depiction of how really ready they were would thrown the rest of the observing friends. This was not a matter of sharing a nervous laugh, but rather choosing to sabotage yourself by keeping your work mediocre, because the rest of your ‘cool’ friends are, you have to remind yourself that you can’t confuse them with the real you. This continued for the entire 7 hours we were there. But it wasn’t the first time I’d seen such behavior. The truth is, there are many, many people who would rather live a double life, rather than their own. Now, my questions are, how much more of your priceless life are you willing to give away so cheaply? What good is that? We want so badly to be liked by someone that drowning ourselves for their sake, just so they never know just how different we are is not a problem. I wrote this article not it’s never happened to me, but rather because I managed to find my feet and my voice, escaping the grip of society, the need to be the loudest voice, because in the clique’s that’s cool, the need to cause the biggest scene, because the clique stunts like that, the need to feel like doing things you know aren’t you but rather what the clique makes you out to be.

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My mother always says that you are the best YOU, you can ever be, for the longest time, I didn’t understand that, until I decided to know myself, and begin to embrace what I like. So, stop your role as the free and exploited double agent, heck, if you’re going to do something so time and energy consuming, at least get paid for it right? My last question then I’ll be out of your hair, are the people around you holding you back or embracing your uniqueness? If not, then are those hyenas worth caging the lion in you?

 

Article By Moshibudi Thatego Madia

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Feminism, Love Wednesdays

 

‘Do You Even Shift Bro?’ Over A 100 Keyboard Shortcuts For Windows…

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Keyboard Shortcuts (Microsoft Windows)

1. CTRL+C (Copy)
2. CTRL+X (Cut)
… 3. CTRL+V (Paste)
4. CTRL+Z (Undo)
5. DELETE (Delete)
6. SHIFT+DELETE (Delete the selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin)
7. CTRL while dragging an item (Copy the selected item)
8. CTRL+SHIFT while dragging an item (Create a shortcut to the selected item)
9. F2 key (Rename the selected item)
10. CTRL+RIGHT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word)
11. CTRL+LEFT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word)
12. CTRL+DOWN ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph)
13. CTRL+UP ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph)
14. CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys (Highlight a block of text)
SHIFT with any of the arrow keys (Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text in a document)
15. CTRL+A (Select all)
16. F3 key (Search for a file or a folder)
17. ALT+ENTER (View the properties for the selected item)
18. ALT+F4 (Close the active item, or quit the active program)
19. ALT+ENTER (Display the properties of the selected object)
20. ALT+SPACEBAR (Open the shortcut menu for the active window)
21. CTRL+F4 (Close the active document in programs that enable you to have multiple documents opensimultaneously)
22. ALT+TAB (Switch between the open items)
23. ALT+ESC (Cycle through items in the order that they had been opened)
24. F6 key (Cycle through the screen elements in a window or on the desktop)
25. F4 key (Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer)
26. SHIFT+F10 (Display the shortcut menu for the selected item)
27. ALT+SPACEBAR (Display the System menu for the active window)
28. CTRL+ESC (Display the Start menu)
29. ALT+Underlined letter in a menu name (Display the corresponding menu) Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu (Perform the corresponding command)
30. F10 key (Activate the menu bar in the active program)
31. RIGHT ARROW (Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu)
32. LEFT ARROW (Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu)
33. F5 key (Update the active window)
34. BACKSPACE (View the folder onelevel up in My Computer or Windows Explorer)
35. ESC (Cancel the current task)
36. SHIFT when you insert a CD-ROMinto the CD-ROM drive (Prevent the CD-ROM from automatically playing)


Dialog Box – Keyboard Shortcuts

1. CTRL+TAB (Move forward through the tabs)
2. CTRL+SHIFT+TAB (Move backward through the tabs)
3. TAB (Move forward through the options)
4. SHIFT+TAB (Move backward through the options)
5. ALT+Underlined letter (Perform the corresponding command or select the corresponding option)
6. ENTER (Perform the command for the active option or button)
7. SPACEBAR (Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box)
8. Arrow keys (Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons)
9. F1 key (Display Help)
10. F4 key (Display the items in the active list)
11. BACKSPACE (Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box)

Microsoft Natural Keyboard Shortcuts

1. Windows Logo (Display or hide the Start menu)
2. Windows Logo+BREAK (Display the System Properties dialog box)
3. Windows Logo+D (Display the desktop)
4. Windows Logo+M (Minimize all of the windows)
5. Windows Logo+SHIFT+M (Restorethe minimized windows)
6. Windows Logo+E (Open My Computer)
7. Windows Logo+F (Search for a file or a folder)
8. CTRL+Windows Logo+F (Search for computers)
9. Windows Logo+F1 (Display Windows Help)
10. Windows Logo+ L (Lock the keyboard)
11. Windows Logo+R (Open the Run dialog box)
12. Windows Logo+U (Open Utility Manager)
13. Accessibility Keyboard Shortcuts
14. Right SHIFT for eight seconds (Switch FilterKeys either on or off)
15. Left ALT+left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN (Switch High Contrast either on or off)
16. Left ALT+left SHIFT+NUM LOCK (Switch the MouseKeys either on or off)
17. SHIFT five times (Switch the StickyKeys either on or off)
18. NUM LOCK for five seconds (Switch the ToggleKeys either on or off)
19. Windows Logo +U (Open Utility Manager)
20. Windows Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts
21. END (Display the bottom of the active window)
22. HOME (Display the top of the active window)
23. NUM LOCK+Asterisk sign (*) (Display all of the subfolders that are under the selected folder)
24. NUM LOCK+Plus sign (+) (Display the contents of the selected folder)

MMC Console keyboard shortcuts

1. SHIFT+F10 (Display the Action shortcut menu for the selected item)
2. F1 key (Open the Help topic, if any, for the selected item)
3. F5 key (Update the content of all console windows)
4. CTRL+F10 (Maximize the active console window)
5. CTRL+F5 (Restore the active console window)
6. ALT+ENTER (Display the Properties dialog box, if any, for theselected item)
7. F2 key (Rename the selected item)
8. CTRL+F4 (Close the active console window. When a console has only one console window, this shortcut closes the console)

Remote Desktop Connection Navigation

1. CTRL+ALT+END (Open the Microsoft Windows NT Security dialog box)
2. ALT+PAGE UP (Switch between programs from left to right)
3. ALT+PAGE DOWN (Switch between programs from right to left)
4. ALT+INSERT (Cycle through the programs in most recently used order)
5. ALT+HOME (Display the Start menu)
6. CTRL+ALT+BREAK (Switch the client computer between a window and a full screen)
7. ALT+DELETE (Display the Windows menu)
8. CTRL+ALT+Minus sign (-) (Place a snapshot of the active window in the client on the Terminal server clipboard and provide the same functionality as pressing PRINT SCREEN on a local computer.)
9. CTRL+ALT+Plus sign (+) (Place asnapshot of the entire client window area on the Terminal server clipboardand provide the same functionality aspressing ALT+PRINT SCREEN on a local computer.)

Microsoft Internet Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts

1. CTRL+B (Open the Organize Favorites dialog box)
2. CTRL+E (Open the Search bar)
3. CTRL+F (Start the Find utility)
4. CTRL+H (Open the History bar)
5. CTRL+I (Open the Favorites bar)
6. CTRL+L (Open the Open dialog box)
7. CTRL+N (Start another instance of the browser with the same Web address)
8. CTRL+O (Open the Open dialog box,the same as CTRL+L)
9. CTRL+P (Open the Print dialog box)
10. CTRL+R (Update the current Web page)
11. CTRL+W (Close the current window)

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Nerdy Tuesdays

 

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A Question Of Existence… By Avela Sidaki

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“men are haunted by the vastness of eternity. And so we ask ourselves: Will our actions echo across the centuries? Will strangers hear our names long after we are gone and wonder who we were, how bravely we fought, how fiercely we loved?” Troy 2004 (film)

Hi, my name is Avela and I’m saved. Is it not ironic that in a predominantly Christian society I can lose all my “cool” points in 33 characters? We have become a huge group of genetic Christians. I mean think about it, my moms went to this church and her moms before it and well I am a Christian coz I went to Sunday school and stuff, I don’t know much about dad coz he just could not miss the Rothman’s Cup/ league game “maybe next time….”. But is this what it’s about? Are we who we are because of what we do/ did? Are we who we are because of our inheritance? Put a pin on that. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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From Humble Beginnings To Billionaire Trash Collector: The Rags To Riches Story of Harry Wayne Huizenga

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By on April 17, 2015

Entrepreneur Harry Wayne Huizenga has lived the American dream. He helped found three Fortune 500 companies, has owned three professional sports franchises, and has been responsible for six companies trading on the New York Stock Exchange. He dominated the waste management industry and then he made renting VHS tapes and buying cars easy. He is, by every definition, a success. However, he was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He did not come from a family entrenched in the business world, but he became a billionaire with his uncanny ability to pick an industry that is ripe for consolidation. He then dominated those industries so quickly, his competitors were left out in the cold wondering what happened. His is a true rags to riches story. Read the rest of this entry »
 

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When Did We All Become Hypnotics?? “The Genius Of free Thinking”… By Dimo Wa Moraswi Sekele

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When did we all become hypnotics?

I am standing on this point of uncertainty, confused or rather intrigued by the state of our country, the unemployment rate, crime rate, teenage pregnancy, school dropout rate and this rates are a tool used to label a generation I happen to be part of, as a “Lost Generation”. Of course I am stubborn I don’t take that, I am not lost am being denied a chance to save my fellow brothers and sisters, because the policy that governs the interaction between my Generation and the “generations of heroes” happen to be 103 years old. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Money Mondays

 

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