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How Can Wee Little Humans Beat Oil Companies? The Answer’s Actually Easy.

This solution to the old how-can-we-ever-change-anything-when-we're-just-some-normal-people problem is so simple, I can't believe people didn't think of it before. Well, actually, people did think of it before but never for this issue! And thank goodness — it's not a moment too soon.

How Can Wee Little Humans Beat Oil Companies? The Answer’s Actually Easy.

Divestment?

It's a super-serious word that basically means:

Let's not give our money to jerks.

After all, when we give our money to jerks, they can spend it on whatever jerky things they want, whether it's just feeding their terrible stomachs or buying the evil tools they use to be jerks.


Those jerks could be oppressive governments, shady businesses, even bands we hate (if we all stopped buying their CDs ... oh, never mind).

And that's the idea that took down the racist government in South Africa.

Pretty effective, huh?

Today, there's an even faster-growing divestment movement.

Because money buys political power (sad but true), it's pretty challenging for individuals to take on companies in the energy industry, which is happily and profitably zipping our planet toward a pretty unpleasant future.

But people have been asking their churches, schools, and institutions to take any money they have that's invested in fossil fuel companies and moving it elsewhere.

Slowly but surely, they're chipping away at those companies' power to be jerks (by controlling our political process and thus our future).

There's a global day of action coming in February 2015.

Check out more of the story in this video about Global Divestment Day.

So. Let's go over it more time.

We do.

Albert Einstein

One of the strangest things about being human is that people of lesser intelligence tend to overestimate how smart they are and people who are highly intelligent tend to underestimate how smart they are.

This is called the Dunning-Kruger effect and it’s proven every time you log onto Facebook and see someone from high school who thinks they know more about vaccines than a doctor.

The interesting thing is that even though people are poor judges of their own smarts, we’ve evolved to be pretty good at judging the intelligence of others.

“Such findings imply that, in order to be adaptive, first impressions of personality or social characteristics should be accurate,” a study published in the journal Intelligence says. “There is accumulating evidence that this is indeed the case—at least to some extent—for traits such as intelligence extraversion, conscientiousness, openness, and narcissism, and even for characteristics such as sexual orientation, political ideology, or antigay prejudice.”

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'Merry Christmas' on YouTube.

The world must have been—mostly—good this year. Because Elton John and Ed Sheeran have teamed up to gift us all with a brand new Christmas single.

The song, aptly named “Merry Christmas,” is a perfect blend of silly and sweet that’s cheery, bright and just a touch bizarre.

Created with the holiday spirit in every way, it has whimsical snowball fights, snow angels (basically all the snow things), festive sweaters, iconic throwbacks and twinkling lights galore. Plus all profits from the tune are dedicated to two charities: the Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

I personally don’t know which is more of a highlight: Ed Sheeran channeling his inner-Mariah, performing a faux sexy dance in a leg revealing Santa outfit, or him flying through the air with a giant Frosty the Snowman … who seems to be sporting glasses similar to Elton’s. Are we meant to believe that Elton is the Snowman? This music video even has mystery.
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