Hello from the other side – a view on what is going on in social media

“Erm… Why do I keep seeing this odd ad on Facebook?”

Chances are you have asked yourself this question a number of times since you joined social media websites. The ad of your concern might be a very weird advert, promoting cat food or some fancy cat facilities. And you haven’t even seen any feline in years, as your neighbourhood resembles a desert devoid of any furry creatures. So why would you need a can of tuna dedicated specifically to kittens? You won’t eat it yourself, will you?

Oh, perhaps you remember that fan page you liked a year ago? The one with funny animal videos, where you saw a dog’s attempt at riding a bike? And that funny video posted by some other fan page? Gotcha!

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Travel until you drop

Imagine you are on a wonderful, pristine beach, isolated from tourists and shopping centres. You are exhausted but very happy after the whole day spent on visiting the neighbouring national park and admiring beautiful, unspoiled nature. You are relishing delicious rice with vegetables, cooked specially for you. Locals greet you with a smile. You will have the last dip in the perfectly warm water after the sun sets down on a faraway mountain. Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it?

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Habits that might change your life

 

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Many people have searched for a perfect solution, a golden mean, that would resolve all their problems concerning time management, troublesome relations with co-workers, an inability to refuse, or a break down in a relationship. Unfortunately, it turns out that there is no suitable solution for everyone. What one might do to improve their situation is, as Jackson sang, “starting with the man in the mirror” (Jackson 1988), and although the effects will not be visible in a day or even a month, the long-term consequences of the actions taken today will bear astonishing fruit in the future.

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Female appearance should be all you care about in sports

MILI1The story of 8-year-old Mili Hernandez tells us something really important. It is okay for girls to like sports. Why wouldn’t they enjoy activities for boys if they know they are fun and valuable? When females play sports, however, they should not cross some lines. When we watch women’s football, we want to see females. Long hair, especially used in catfights, is how we differentiate what teams we watch. Why create confusion? How are we to know if the players running on the field are not just long-haired men trying to win in an easy match? After all we do not want to see men when we finally decide to watch women play sports.

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Why depth is so inviting?

By definition, depth is the distance from the top or surface to the bottom of something. But can it be truly expressed in meters or feet? Is there any gauge to measure the scope of elation and unrest one feels under the surface? Depth is cold, silent, and still bewitching. It is fraught with threats and undiscovered creatures. It lures you to go one meter deeper, and then one more again till you don’t see the sun and hear nothing but your own breath. With every inch depth exposes new scenes to engulf your attention and mind. It seems that the time has come to lose your head and swoop down as deep as possible to witness what the bottom conceals. Yet you still have to go back to the warm sun and unlimited air, so you stay cold-hearted and embrace the peaceful grace of the underwater world with a single dream to go back there again.

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James Dean, by George C. Perry: review

This official biography of James Dean proves that the legend doesn’t get boring.

All of us were touched by Jimmy, and he was touched by greatness”, Natalie Wood, an actress who co-starred with James Dean in his second movie, “Rebel without a cause” (1955), once said. These words can be read on the back cover of Perry’s book, and they seem to reflect Dean’s talent and genius, which, apart from his tragic death, gave rise to the myth of James Dean. This myth is a keynote in James Dean’s biography by George C. Perry.

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Ban on Sunday shopping? – No, thanks.

For the last couple of months, Poland has been submerged in an ongoing debate over whether shops should close on Sundays. Whatever the outcome, the reality speaks for itself – it’s better to leave Sundays the way they are, as the change wouldn’t be as beneficial for people and for the country as it’s believed to be.

So far, 19 out of 28 member states of the European Union have no restrictions concerning Sunday shopping; another 8 members of the EU have recently gotten rid of some of the strictest limitations. What’s more, all of the countries that entered the EU after 2004 fully allow for shopping on Sundays, but this may soon change, because Poland is considering introducing a few modifications to the effective law. The project has divided Polish society; the government supports the new regulations, although with some criticism. The conclusion is, however, that banning shopping on Sundays will do more harm than good, and here’s why.

According to a survey carried out for the Polish Council of Shopping Centers by PwC, the implementation of the project may cause a decrease in the volume of retail trade by 9.6 billion zloty, and in employment by about 36 thousand positions. This, in turn, will lead to lower incomes for the national budget, even by as much as 1.8 billion zloty.

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Justyna Steczkowska takes us to another world with her “Anima” show [DVD review]

In 2014, Justyna Steczkowska released the album called “Anima”, which, as she admitted, was a genuine breakthrough in her discography. “It’s a very important record for me because it’s about man in the context of the universe”, she said. Delighted with the quality of the album, I was tempted to buy the DVD from the tour of the same name. For a person who didn’t have the chance of seeing Justyna live, this was a great opportunity to experience the show. Without a second thought, I reached for “Anima Live” and… I don’t regret my decision!

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(photo: Jastrzabpost.pl)

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Why We Should Not Legalize Marijuana in Poland

The legalization of marijuana is the topic which keeps returning like a boomerang in all discussions about legalizing this substance in Poland, causing controversy and disagreement between politicians and citizens. Interestingly enough, the discussions about marijuana are increasingly associated with the need for legalizing this drug for recreational purposes.

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“Women are weaker, are smaller and less intelligent” and should be paid less – is the gender pay gap really justifiable?

On average, women are paid 18-24% less for the same job than men; and it should not be so.

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The statistics have it: as full-time workers women are paid on average only 76-82% of what men are paid for the same kind of job. The recent sexist tirade of Janusz Korwin-Mikke, a Polish MEP, about women being inferior to men and deserving smaller pay has met with an outburst of protest in Europe. But should it be so? Should the pay gap be sustained on the basis that “women are weaker, are smaller and less intelligent” just as Korwin-Mikke said in the EP? No, it should not; nobody should be paid less for the same amount of work, regardless of their gender, ethnicity, or disability.

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