Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Got a Minute?

Look at what happens in just one internet minute. 
The NSA must have a heck of a time, and spend a heck of a lot of money, spying on the American people.

Qmee Online in 60 Seconds Infographic
In a single minute on the web 216,000 Instagram photos are shared, £54,000 worth of sales take place on Amazon, there are 1.8 million Facebook likes and 72 hours worth of video is uploaded according, to an infographic from cashback site Qmee. 

Monday, July 29, 2013

Turmeric: Spice Away Depression and More!

It's been a strange week. Maybe it's the tail end effects of mercury retrograde, I don't know. But it seems many around me hava a good reason to be depressed about something lately. I had a challenging week myself and didn't get to blog much, mostly because my 4-year-old son has been so hectic. And during this strange interplanetary time, he was the complete opposite of depression. Though he's normally happy and excitable in his natural state, he was uber-happy then, and so  high strung, he was wearing me out.

Then I came across this article, which presents a new study revealing that turmeric is more powerful than Prozac for treating depression. "Whoa," I thought to myself." Maybe I better stop giving my boy turmeric supplements every day. He might be high on the spice!!"  But seriously, once I stopped giving it to him a few days ago, he's calmed down quite a bit and is not so crazy-happy all the time, just normal happy again. So maybe there IS some truth to these results.

So for those of you who need a little crazy happy in your lives and are looking for something natural with many "side benefits," rather than the usual side-effects we get from prescription drugs, you might consider adding turmeric to your diet. 

Here are some more "side benefits" of turmeric.
  1. Boosts your antioxidant protection against free radicals
  2. Helps promote your healthy skin
  3. Supports your overall eye health
  4. Provides you immune system support
  5. Aids your skeletal system and joint health
  6. Encourages your healthy liver function
  7. Helps you maintain healthy cells with support against free radicals
  8. Balances the health of your digestive system
  9. Aids you in support of healthy blood and your circulatory system
  10. Helps you maintain normal cholesterol levels to support your cardiovascular system
  11. Assists your neurological system's healthy response to stress
  12. Promotes a healthy female reproductive system
  13. Helps you maintain blood sugar levels already within the normal range
  14. Turmeric DROPS are the absolute best relief for ear aches and throat infections. This I know for sure from personal experience...but it can leave you with unattractively yellow ears if you're not careful putting the drops in.
Turmeric can be taken as a supplement, eaten fresh, and taken in tincture or spice form. At home, aside from adding the spice in rice-cooking, one of our favorite ways to get turmeric in our diet is to make "golden milk" with almond oil and drink it daily in the morning. Here's a video that shows how to make it. We use coconut milk instead of cow milk and add a dash of cinnamon, cardamom, and a splash of almond extract for even more flavor. 

Come to think of it, just looking at that golden color in the steamy cup is enough to lift the mood.

Stay tuned...

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

My Home Birth Was More Royal Than Kate's

I feel like the only person in the world who is disappointed with the royal birth of "Baby Cambridge." If I could have made the choice for the princess I would have definitely tried to have my child in the luxury and privacy of one of the palaces, away from the madness, as has been the tradition of the British monarchy until William and Harry arrived. It was good enough for Prince Charles to be born at home.

Ok, so she didn't do it as Queen Elizabeth did and that's her free choice, BUT to allow these three MALE doctors to "deliver" my child? Ewwwwww. No way!! It would be like entrusting my car to a mechanic who has never driven a car. Sorry, but these three happy faces look like they're thinking "Ooooo, we got to see Kate's hooha!"

I sincerely believe that men should be discouraged from the "business" of being born. They're the ones that ruined it in the first place. Of course, they've never experienced childbirth!

'He was this big!' Obstetrician Guy Thorpe-Beeston and Surgeon-Gyneacologists Marcus Setchell and Alan Farthing depart the hospital after delivering the baby boy of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Obstetrician Guy Thorpe-Beeston and Surgeon-Gyneacologists Marcus Setchell and Alan Farthing depart the hospital after delivering the baby boy of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Read the story about the "trusted team" here.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Little Boy

I came across this poem in the book Home School Burnout by Dr. Raymond Moore and his wife Dorothy. When I got to the end, I got all teary-eyed and sad at the strong message it sent. I wonder if the story will make Bitches Broo readers cry too, or laugh at me crying.

And by the way, I opted out of Google+ so readers of this blog may now comment anonymously.

The Little Boy
by Helen Buckley

Once a little boy went to school.
He was quite a little boy
And it was quite a big school.
But when the little boy
Found that he could go to his room
By walking right in from the door outside
He was happy;
And the school did not seem
Quite so big anymore.

One morning
When the little boy had been in school awhile,
The teacher said:
"Today we are going to make a picture."
"Good!" thought the little boy.
He liked to make all kinds;
Lions and tigers,
Chickens and cows,
Trains and boats;
And he took out his box of crayons
And began to draw.

But the teacher said, "Wait!"
"It is not time to begin!"
And she waited until everyone looked ready.
"Now," said the teacher,
"We are going to make flowers."
"Good!" thought the little boy,
He liked to make beautiful ones
With his pink and orange and blue crayons.
But the teacher said "Wait!"
"And I will show you how."
And it was red, with a green stem.
"There," said the teacher,
"Now you may begin."

The little boy looked at his teacher's flower
Then he looked at his own flower.
He liked his flower better than the teacher's
But he did not say this.
He just turned his paper over,
And made a flower like the teacher's.
It was red, with a green stem.

On another day
When the little boy had opened
The door from the outside all by himself,
The teacher said:
"Today we are going to make something with clay."
"Good!" thought the little boy;
He liked clay.
He could make all kinds of things with clay:
Snakes and snowmen,
Elephants and mice,
Cars and trucks
And he began to pull and pinch
His ball of clay.

But the teacher said, "Wait!"
"It is not time to begin!"
And she waited until everyone looked ready.
"Now," said the teacher,
"We are going to make a dish."
"Good!" thought the little boy,
He liked to make dishes.
And he began to make some
That were all shapes and sizes.

But the teacher said "Wait!"
"And I will show you how."
And she showed everyone how to make
One deep dish.
"There," said the teacher,
"Now you may begin."

The little boy looked at the teacher's dish;
Then he looked at his own.
He liked his better than the teacher's
But he did not say this.
He just rolled his clay into a big ball again
And made a dish like the teacher's.
It was a deep dish.

And pretty soon
The little boy learned to wait,
And to watch
And to make things just like the teacher.
And pretty soon
He didn't make things of his own anymore.

Then it happened
That the little boy and his family
Moved to another house,
In another city,
And the little boy
Had to go to another school.
This school was even bigger
Than the other one.
And there was no door from the outside
Into his room.
He had to go up some big steps
And walk down a long hall
To get to his room.
And the very first day
He was there,
The teacher said:
"Today we are going to make a picture."
"Good!" thought the little boy.
And he waited for the teacher
To tell what to do.
But the teacher didn't say anything.
She just walked around the room.

When she came to the little boy
She asked, "Don't you want to make a picture?"
"Yes," said the lttle boy.
"What are we going to make?"
"I don't know until you make it," said the teacher.
"How shall I make it?" asked the little boy.
"Why, anyway you like," said the teacher.
"And any color?" asked the little boy.
"Any color," said the teacher.
"If everyone made the same picture,
And used the same colors,
How would I know who made what,
And which was which?"
"I don't know," said the little boy.
And he began to make a red flower with a green stem.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Racism Schmacism!

 Since the president couldn't convince the American people, now the celebrities have been unleashed on us to drum the message louder and insist that America is racially divided between black and white, and that's that! Thank you Jay Z and BeyoncĂ©.

BLOG POST from Beyonce   Jay Z and Beyoncé Attend "Justice for Trayvon" Rally in NYC

I'm sorry, folks, but I'm not biting on the hatred.

Just this morning while driving back from my yoga practice in Dupont Circle DC, I passed by a gay male wedding celebration taking place on the lawn of a church. One groom was black, the other was white . They looked very much in love and their wedding party honored and celebrated them. I didn't see a speck of hate there.

(not the actual couple I saw)

So, why do our president, celebrities, and the malicious mainstream media talking-heads keep hammering the points of all our divisions, rather than celebrating the points of our unification? Why not unify us over the US Constitution, for example? I think if its influence were revived in our vast society, we'd all get along splendidly. We would finally share a real common 'heritage'. which as a multicultural nation right now, we are sorely missing. This might very well be what the founding founders envisioned for our future, a country open to all who believe in liberty and who are willing to live by the genius of the great Bill of Rights that gives the people security against government bullying. The founding fathers envisioned an armed and respected citizenry that is unwilling to exchange government "security" for individual liberty. Look at us now. Surely they are rolling in their graves at the state of American affairs today.

Well...the powers that be clearly must be interested in our division in order to distract us and displace our outrage against the ruling elite who are equal-opportunity bullies that spy on us, grope us, harass us, murder us, steal and misspend our money, and abuse our civil liberties day after day. The government scandals of today are endless, but the president and his posse want to talk about race wars.

I'm sorry Mr. Obama. but unlike you, I see racism as something that WILL "go away" and is going away -- Whether you like it or not!

Memo to CNNBCBSABCFOXNEWS: Where were you in 2007 when  HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS (not a few dozen) of Americans, including celebrities, of mixed color, age, and creed  descended upon the nation's capital to speak out with one voice against unconstitutional WARS?

Image: Capitol protest

Friday, July 19, 2013

Word of the Day: Racism

If the media wasn't succeeding enough in exploiting this story, president Obama stepped forward today to fan the flames about the Trayvon Martin case and insist that the nation is indeed divided. And predictably the headlines are blaring, "Obama: Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago." Somebody's desperate to divide this nation.

Watch the criminal point his finger at other criminals.

And in other news (article below), the the stories of Arab-Americans that Obama gets away with murdering using drone strikes because of their race are completely under-reported. American-born citizens who were convicted and killed without evidence, charges, or fair trials. This kind of executive racism is not worth a mention in the mainstream black and white media (pun intended).

All Americans ought to be threatened, when one of us is threatened.
I want my Constitution back! That alone will solve a big part of the "racism problem" in this country.

From AlterNet.org

The American Drone That Killed My American Grandson

I learned that my 16-year-old grandson, Abdulrahman — a United States citizen — had been killed by an American drone strike from news reports the morning after he died.

The missile killed him, his teenage cousin and at least five other civilians on Oct. 14, 2011, while the boys were eating dinner at an open-air restaurant in southern Yemen.

I visited the site later, once I was able to bear the pain of seeing where he sat in his final moments. Local residents told me his body was blown to pieces. They showed me the grave where they buried his remains. I stood over it, asking why my grandchild was dead.

Nearly two years later, I still have no answers. The United States government has refused to explain why Abdulrahman was killed. It was not until May of this year that the Obama administration, in a supposed effort to be more transparent, publicly acknowledged what the world already knew — that it was responsible for his death.

The attorney general, Eric H. Holder Jr., said only that Abdulrahman was not “specifically targeted,” raising more questions than he answered.

My grandson was killed by his own government. The Obama administration must answer for its actions and be held accountable. On Friday, I will petition a federal court [3] in Washington to require the government to do just that.

Abdulrahman was born in Denver. He lived in America until he was 7, then came to live with me in Yemen. He was a typical teenager — he watched “The Simpsons,” listened to Snoop Dogg, read “Harry Potter” and had a Facebook page with many friends. He had a mop of curly hair, glasses like me and a wide, goofy smile.

In 2010, the Obama administration put Abdulrahman’s father, my son Anwar, on C.I.A. and Pentagon “kill lists” of suspected terrorists targeted for death. A drone took his life on Sept. 30, 2011.

The government repeatedly made accusations of terrorism against Anwar — who was also an American citizen — but never charged him with a crime. No court ever reviewed the government’s claims nor was any evidence of criminal wrongdoing ever presented to a court. He did not deserve to be deprived of his constitutional rights as an American citizen and killed.

Early one morning in September 2011, Abdulrahman set out from our home in Sana by himself. He went to look for his father, whom he hadn’t seen for years. He left a note for his mother explaining that he missed his father and wanted to find him, and asking her to forgive him for leaving without permission.

A couple of days after Abdulrahman left, we were relieved to receive word that he was safe and with cousins in southern Yemen, where our family is from. Days later, his father was targeted and killed by American drones in a northern province, hundreds of miles away. After Anwar died, Abdulrahman called us and said he was going to return home.

That was the last time I heard his voice. He was killed just two weeks after his father.
A country that believes it does not even need to answer for killing its own is not the America I once knew. From 1966 to 1977, I fulfilled a childhood dream and studied in the United States as a Fulbright scholar, earning my doctorate and then working as a researcher and assistant professor at universities in New Mexico, Nebraska and Minnesota.

I have fond memories of those years. When I first came to the United States as a student, my host family took me camping by the ocean and on road trips to places like Yosemite, Disneyland and New York — and it was wonderful.

After returning to Yemen, I used my American education and skills to help my country, serving as Yemen’s minister of agriculture and fisheries and establishing one of the country’s leading institutions of higher learning, Ibb University. Abdulrahman used to tell me he wanted to follow in my footsteps and go back to America to study. I can’t bear to think of those conversations now.

After Anwar was put on the government’s list, but before he was killed, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights represented me in a lawsuit [4] challenging the government’s claim that it could kill anyone it deemed an enemy of the state.

The court dismissed the case, saying that I did not have standing to sue on my son’s behalf and that the government’s targeted killing program was outside the court’s jurisdiction anyway.

After the deaths of Abdulrahman and Anwar, I filed another lawsuit, seeking answers and accountability. The government has argued once again that its targeted killing program is beyond the reach of the courts. I find it hard to believe that this can be legal in a constitutional democracy based on a system of checks and balances.

The government has killed a 16-year-old American boy. Shouldn’t it at least have to explain why?

India's Littlest Victims

A woman rests with her child at a ward housing the poisoned schoolchildren at the Patna Medical College and Hospital, in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, Wednesday, July 17. At least 22 schoolchildren died in northeastern India after eating free school lunches that contained an insecticide commonly used in agriculture. Officials are investigating whether the poisoning was accidental or deliberate.
I was very disturbed by the recent story in the news about the death of 23 Indian children who were killed by the government subsidized school lunch they had been fed. I was even more horrified when I learned in this (must-read) article in The National Geographic that the likely culprit is an insecticide made with organophosphates.

This toxic chemical works by paralyzing the victims' nervous systems, and they die from suffocation because they cannot breath. Be assured that these innocent ones suffered terribly before they died. And in case we didn't know, we are informed in the article that his toxic chemical is used widely in American agriculture, too. But, oh, the article goes on to assure us that "in the United States, a small amount of organophosphates on crops after harvesting is tolerated and farmers take care to ensure that the amounts don't reach dangerously high levels."

Do you know your farmer enough to trust him on that one? Another reason to eat organic and CSA.

What a shame that these children had to die tragically because of a government that's going about "educating" them and feeding them in the most misguided and most dangerous ways.

Wouldn't it be more ideal and healthy for a school  serving such poverty-stricken children to have had a vegetable garden which the students were involved in growing and which they ate from daily? Wouldn't it have been more useful for these children to fire the "cook" and instead to learn how to prepare foods for themselves instead of learning reading and writing and mathematics at the age of 5?

One of the oldest proverbs which social welfare institutions need to dig up and follow in order to stop their broken patterns of dangerous and useless models of dependency:

"Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish, feed him for a lifetime."

Give him a government-subsidized poisoned fish,  kill him and end his hunger forever.

My heart breaks for these families. All I can is..

Know what you and your children eat, at home and outside it.
Know your farmers.
Know every ingredient on ready-made food labels.
Raise hell about toxins in your food!

Stay a-tuned...

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Home School Miracle!

A mother of 16 deserves a gold medal and a chapter in the history books. A mother of 16 home-schooled kids who is this seriously passionate about being a teacher/wife/mother is a true hero and also deserves a statue-- and a movie!

Read the whole awesome story here. 

Happy and smiling: The Bessmer's eldest daughter Kael, 23, (pictured with her siblings back far left) said she wouldn't change anything about her unconventional upbringing

Monday, July 15, 2013

Another Home School Success Story

Fast learner: At age 8, a pony-tailed Tesca Fitzgerald made a chess move in a game against her big sister, Tayt. The two super-smart sisters went through high school, Portland Community College and Portland State University together
"Tesca Fitzgerald will be heading off to grad school, but when she finally begins classes at the Georgia Institute of Technology, her classmates will be several years older than her.
In college at age 12, Tesca just graduated from Portland State University and is on the fast track to receive her PhD in cognitive science and human robotic interaction by age 22.

Her mom Ami Fitzgerald says its all down to their homeschooling that has allowed her daughters the freedom to study at their own speed."

Read more here.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Now Here's a Great Woman!

Irish Parliamentarian Clare Daly, who dared to call out Obama and his hypocrite policies by simply speaking truth to power (video below). This act takes true instinctive female courage, unlike the short list of the female American counterparts I mentioned in my previous post, who all seem to suffer from penis envy instead.

Makes me wish we had a Clare Daly in America. But admittedly, we do have some women who come pretty darn close. Congresswoman Cynthia MaKinney and Activist Cindy Sheehan are just two that popped to my mind, but I believe both have been imprisoned at least once in their work for justice. In America, it's a dangerous job for a female to step out of the male-authored script without getting in trouble in her career.

In the spirit of bitches brooing, please watch...

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Let Parents Be Parents

Even though juggling the care of kids is by far the hardest thing couples do today, it's rare to see stories about new parents and stay-at-home dads in the mainstream media. So when I saw this headline in the Daily Mail (I admit I sometimes read the Daily Mail), I was at full attention.

"Ostracized from mom circles and cautiously eyed in the playground: One man reveals the discrimination he faced as a stay-at-home dad"

As I read, I was surprised at this man's unwelcoming "reception" by the mothers he came across in his childcare hours. Where did they live? My neighborhood is not like that. I've come across more dads taking the home role recently and they're not "ostracized" in any way I see. Hmmm...I kept reading.

Then I was annoyed to learn that this stable professional couple, got a kick in their paternal butts from their employers at Google and Facebook. The husband is the product manager for Facebook, and the wife is the director of product management at Google. Swell jobs at swell companies. You'd think they'd get them swell salaries and swell benefits. But, no. Unfortunately, even America's biggest corporations won't propose a fair and reasonable parental leave for their employees. While the US remains one of the only countries in the world that doesn't mandate any paid maternity leave, our '"rival" Venezuela, on the other hand, mandates 26 weeks - that's 6 months, folks- with 100% pay. Good on Snowden if he ends up there. We've got our priorities screwed up here.

Anyway, this father's perspective surprised me because I'm a home mother and I certainly don't treat dads I see on the playgrounds the way he describes. On the contrary, I'm full of praise when I run into them.

Then reading halfway down the article the husband admits: "It probably didn't help that I tried to lighten the mood the first time by saying, "Don't worry, I'm not going to nab your kid, I already got this one."

Bad move, baba. Not that funny for the gals. But kudos to you for not being discouraged and trying the stay-at-home dad thing. I respect you, and I'm not alone.

Well it all ends well. He says now that he's back at work, he misses being with his daughter and despite encountering some negativity along the way, on the whole, the four months of being a stay-at-home dad were 'amazing'.

And amazing it is, that first year of being with your child. It is so unfortunate that our serfdom in the US makes it so hard for most parents to experience this amazing bond with our children. This is nothing short of criminal. It's an international embarrassment that the US requires employers to give ZERO paid days to parents to be with their newborns. Where is the outrage? 

We have to stop following the media-doll "strong" women like the pathetic examples of Hillary Clinton, Condelleeza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, and Marissa Mayer. It's time that American women rise up and take our children back from the war-mongering institutions. We urgently need to give our children back their birthrights of being with their parents, as civilized nations do all around the world!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A Great Politician, and Actor

This post is not about the same person, although these days the terms "politician" and "actor" are synonymous. One can't possibly be a successful politician without also being a great actor. Politicians say all kinds of things before elections and then go on to present a completely different script after the show is over. This is perfectly illustrated here by candidate Obama debating President Obama. Scary if you watch it. Oscar worthy performance! That's why people like  Ralph Nader (and Ron Paul) are not "successful" politicians. They don't act. Their message never changes, and they never tire of the fight. I'm proud to say that I supported both these great Americans in their respectful presidential bids.

The politician Ralph Nader was just interviewed on a show appropriately called "Conversations With Great Minds" on the respectable RT news channel. Once again, he put his true American spirit of courage forward to speak the truth to power. Ralph Nader is not an actor. If I had to sum him up in the most abbreviated way, I would say he is a world class citizen advocate. He's about common American sense, truth, and justice. Ironically enough, he comes from Lebanese descent.

Ralph Nader has been a lone ranger in American society and politics for so long, he gets to write a new book and call it Told You So: The Big Book of Weekly Columns. Amazon describes it as " a panoramic portrait of the problems confronting our society which provides examples of the many actions an organized citizenry could and should take to create a more just and environmentally sustainable world."

Here's more...it's available at Amazon.

Now the actor.

I've always admired the character acting of Clint Eastwood. To me, he is the king of cool with matching good macho looks. As a man and as an actor, he aged beautifully like the finest wines. He's been making excellent films from 1955 until now. That's a complete lifetime. But it wasn't until I saw his 2009 film "Gran Torino" this week that my interest further sparked to learn more about the man.  Clint Eastwood directed, produced, played the lead role, AND wrote the music for this film.

As I researched everything Clint, I found out to my delight, that he's a Liberatarian! Yay. Another Libertarian to love. And to my even bigger surprise, he's also a musician and a politician!

"Gran Torino" turned out to be one of the best films I've seen in a decade. The story is strong and moving. It's colored with a myriad of social lessons from the beautiful jungle that is America. The script is so filled with great lines and hits so poetically on some issues, that I feel like watching it again and taking notes.

Here's the trailer. It's available at Netflix.

Stay tuned...

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Elizabeth Snowden

Edward Snowden's mother, Elizabeth, must be sighing a small sigh of relief now that some Latin countries have begun to step forward to offer her son asylum to protect him from his own country, which ironically is prosecuting him as a criminal for being a true American and exercising his basic constitutional rights and "freedoms." I suspect some credit for his true Americanism must go to the fact that he hasn't been corrupted and mentally diffused by formal institutionalized schooling.

Even though almost nothing has been said about her in the mainstream media, I feel a sadness for Snowden's mother every time his name headlines the news. My heart goes out to any mother who's child was lost or whose life is in danger. It's the humanimal in me. As my own mother always says, "a mother is a mother is a mother, everywhere!" A woman's heart is worried sick with pain for her child, no matter who the child is.

So I did a news search and found very little about Elizabeth Snowen as she ducked the media early when the story first broke out. This is the first sign I found that she is a rational person. I was able to find plenty about his "dancer" girlfriend and even a picture of his step-mother, but what little I found about Snowden's parents tells me that they are extremely decent people who are guilty of nothing except instilling a true American sense of justice and heritage in their brave son.

A neighbor, Ann Marie Conway, described Elizabeth in one report:

"His mother is a lovely woman. She's hardworking, has high integrity. I can't imagine that she would teach him to do anything other than what was right."

And what Edward Snowden did WAS right, by any rational definition. But alas, we are living in irrational times when north is south and wrong is right and black is white and up is down. God help us all. 

The picture in America is absurd, and it has never been more important for us citizens to insist on our rights than it is today.

I see much hope in Snowden as an American hero--the Paul Revere of the the New Revolution. Not only did he put his money where Ron Paul's mouth is, he also put it on his own life and on his mother's broken heart. That's a big price to pay for liberty.

Viva La Revolution.

Monday, July 1, 2013

The Cost of Birth in America

 Childbirth in America: A mother holds her child after it's birth

In today's health news, there are reports saying that "giving birth in the US" is more costly than all other nations. That's not true.  Giving birth in a HOSPITAL in the USA can cost between $30,000 and $50,000. Unless you're Kim Kardashian, who reportedly paid an extra $4000 per day for her hospital suite. That's insane. My luxurious home-birth cost us about $4,000 altogether. Pre and post-natal care included! My insurance company was more than glad to pay it in full.

Why any healthy pregnant mother in her right mind would pay ten times more to have a riskier outcome for mother and child, keeps me baffled.

Oh, "The Business of Being Born."

Even Google Gets It!

" Google is increasingly hiring candidates who have no formal education, to the extent that you now see teams at the Chocolate Factory where 14 per cent of the team members have no college background." - Lazlo Bock, senior vice-president of people operations at Google.

Read the entire interview here.

Today, it seems higher education can be a total waste of time. With all the technology and online courses available to students, cheating has become so easy and rampant that one university even dedicates a course to study it. Unless one is specializing in something like medicine or law,  a college education is looking more and more like an extension of high school, where kids party and have a good time very expensively in order to become indentured servants.

I say, better to take all that money and put it towards traveling abroad to improve your chances of success!

If I could do it all over again, I would have ditched both my college degrees and instead got certified in midwifery and teaching yoga straight out of high school. I would have saved time, and banked a lot more money.