Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Man high on ‘wasp’ breaks into home, slashes his own throat

Authorities in Lawrence County, Tennessee say a suspect admitted to being under the influence of a dangerous drug while he burglarized a home and terrified a family. Deputies were called to a home after the owners said a naked man had broken into the house. “The man walks in. The family is all in there, minding their own business. He is stripped naked. He says the dog is looking at him. He grabs a knife and he cuts his throat. He goes upstairs and jumps out a window, after busting his head on the glass of the front door and then he takes off running,” Lt. Melinda Brewer, with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, said. Investigators say the 35-year-old man admitting to smoking wasp, which is a mixture of meth and crystallized bug spray. After being taken into custody, he told deputies that he didn’t remember breaking into the home or slashing his own throat. (WKRN TV)


Fundamentally, people have a natural inclination towards laziness

That’s according to a philosopher at cultural institution The School of Life. The results of this assessment was made after partnering with tech firm Dropbox to conduct a survey into people’s attitudes toward work. Nearly three quarters of those quizzed said they don’t work to the best of their abilities even once a week. But all is not lost; managers can turn things around. Worker productivity — and happiness — rises if team members have clear roles and responsibilities. (BBC UK)


Successfully making a radical career change is the difference between having a dream and a plan

A plan also needs careful execution not just a “unique purpose”. It takes practice. Start by regularly doing a little of what you eventually want do for a living. Before making the switch, your side hustle should earn you about half what you make for a living. Finally, the gut check — not yours, but friends and family. Not everyone needs to get it, but “someone should see what you see and be cheering for you.” Sound like a steep climb? Maybe you’re better off where you are. (Fast Company)


An inability to disengage from work after work is “among the top-10 stressful situations” we are least able to handle

The Harvard Business Review has a few tips to help you get better at leaving work at work. Some will help your brain make the transition:

  • like ending each day the same way
  • a phone call home
  • turning off the computer
  • Updating your to-do list before you leave will also underscore that tomorrow is another day
  • And when you get home, make the how-was-your-day conversation about everyone else, and the “good and exciting things” that happened to them.

(Harvard Business Review)


A different type of electric transport is reaching the masses significantly faster than Tesla?

E-bikes are expected to reach global sales of 35 million this year, while electric cars are expected to reach 1.15 million. E-bikes have found an audience thanks in large part to lower cost (they can be bought for less than $1,000) and the option to pedal once the battery runs out. Still, e-bikes in the US have a ways to go before reaching adoption levels seen in places like Europe. Current state regulations remain confusing and ill-defined across the different types of e-bikes.  (New York TImes)


When your coworkers won’t accept reality, resist the urge to clobber them with facts

Maybe they hired the wrong person or pursued a failing strategy. Deep down, they may know that, but facts alone won’t convince them it’s time for change, argues Ohio State behavioral science professor Gleb Tsipursky. That’s because they’ve built up an emotional stake in their version of events. If you want to make progress, opt for what Tsipursky calls “emotional leadership:” Start by asking questions that show a genuine curiosity in learning why they feel the way they do and show that you understand where they’re coming from. (The Conversation)


An innocent 28-year-old man was shot by police and killed after a prank led them to his home because of a two dollar bet between feuding video game players

The tragedy played out in Wichita, Kansas, when police were sent to an address by a phone call claiming that a man had shot his father in the head and was holding his family hostage. When police arrived at the address, Andrew Finch answered the door and was shot by a police man. He died later at a hospital as a result of the shooting. An investigation found that Finch was the victim of “swatting,” a dangerous prank where someone makes a false report that sends police to an address expecting an armed threat. Finch’s address was given to the alleged “swatter” over a $2 bet on a video game rivalry. One game player threatened to “swat” the other, and the second provided a false address – that of Finch. Wichita Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston told the media that the police officer saw Finch reach for his waistband, and believed he had a gun. Finch was not armed. However, the seven year veteran police officer was placed on administrative leave. Since this event, Los Angeles, CA, police have arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of making the swatting call that ended with a the man being killed by police. (Witchita Eagle)


The First Tuesday Of 2018 Brings Us:

  • 55-MPH Speed Limit Day
  • Happy Mew Year for Cats Day
  • National Buffet Day
  • National Cream Puff Day
  • National Motivation and Inspiration Day
  • National Personal Trainer Awareness Day
  • National Science Fiction Day
  • Pet Travel and Safety Day


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