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How to Live with Just 100 Things PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 August 2010 22:27


By Lisa McLaughlin Thursday, Jun. 05, 2008
Excess consumption is practically an American religion. But as anyone with a filled-to-the-gills closet knows, the things we accumulate can become oppressive. With all this stuff piling up and never quite getting put away, we're no longer huddled masses yearning to breathe free; we're huddled masses yearning to free up space on a countertop. Which is why people are so intrigued by the 100 Thing Challenge, a grass-roots movement in which otherwise seemingly normal folks are pledging to whittle down their possessions to a mere 100 items.

"Stuff starts to overwhelm you," says Dave Bruno, 37, an online entrepreneur who looked around his San Diego home one day last summer and realized how much his family's belongings were weighing him down. Thus began what he calls the 100 Thing Challenge. (Apparently, Bruno is so averse to excess he can't refer to 100 things in the plural.) In a country where clutter has given rise not only to professional organizers but also to professional organizers with their own reality series (TLC's Clean Sweep), Bruno's online musings about his slow and steady purge have developed something of a cult following online, inspiring others to launch their own countdown to clutter-free living. (See how Americans spend now.)

Last Updated on Friday, 13 August 2010 22:43
But Will It Make You Happy? PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 August 2010 05:00

Published: August 7, 2010
A two-bedroom apartment. Two cars. Enough wedding china to serve two dozen people.

Yet Tammy Strobel wasn’t happy. Working as a project manager with an investment management firm in Davis, Calif., and making about $40,000 a year, she was, as she put it, caught in the “work-spend treadmill.”

So one day she stepped off.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 August 2010 05:09
Escaping the middle-income trap PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 August 2010 05:46

Posted by Michael Schuman Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at 12:49 am

I returned a few days ago from Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, where the talk of the town – well, at least among economists -- is the “middle-income trap.” What's that, you ask? A developing nation gets “trapped” when it reaches a certain, relatively comfortable level of income but can't seem to take that next big jump into the true big leagues of the world economy, with per capita wealth to match. Every go-go economy in Asia has confronted this “trap,” or is dealing with it now. Breaking out of it, however, is extremely difficult. The reason is that escaping the “trap” requires an entire overhaul of the economic growth model most often used by emerging economies.

Study: Signs of Early Puberty in More Young Girls PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 August 2010 04:53


By Alice Park Monday, Aug. 09, 2010

A new study suggests that young girls are increasingly reaching puberty earlier — between 2004 and 2006 twice as many Caucasian girls showed breast maturity at age 7 as compared to 1997. The percentage of African-American girls showing the same early sign of puberty remained constant over the same time period.

The analysis, conducted by researchers collaborating in the multicenter Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Centers, adds to the growing evidence that the onset of puberty in girls may be shifting earlier and earlier, possibly due to obesity or exposure to environmental chemicals.
(See how to prevent illness at any age.)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 August 2010 06:22
Bank scam targets 100,000 people in the UK PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 August 2010 04:48

4 August 2010 Last updated at 13:46
Technology reporter, BBC News

A network of thousands of compromised computers that is being used to harvest online banking details has been uncovered in the UK.

The so-called botnet is made up of around 100,000 machines, according to researchers in Israel.

Cyber criminals in Eastern Europe, who have control of the machines, are collecting personal data from the PCs.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 August 2010 05:25
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