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For most people, ego becomes an issue only when someone has too much of it and is considered egotistical – and even then, a big ego is often equated with drive and success.
The situation is very different seen from the perspective of consciousness. The reason that Buddhists speak of “ego death” is that a different self is disguised by the demands of “I, me, and mine.”In many spiritual traditions the ego is seen as the false self. There are many reasons for this, such as the following:


The story of Waterloo, one of the most epic battles in history

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Yves Herman/ReutersFrenchman Frank Samson, center, visits the French troops’ bivouac while taking part in a reenactment as French Emperor Napoleon as part of the bicentennial celebrations for the Battle of Waterloo on June 15, 2015.

The Battle of Waterloo changed the course of history.

On June 18th, 1815, Napoleon suffered his final and most crushing defeat. For over a decade, the French emperor had conquered or invaded much of Europe, using his seemingly superhuman charisma, leadership, and strategic thinking to threaten Europe’s conservative, monarchical order.

Even his defeat and exile in 1814 couldn’t stop him. By mid-1815, Napoleon had returned to mainland Europe and raised an army. And so had his enemies.

Waterloo was one of the most massive single-day battles in modern history, with an estimated 60,000 total casualties. Today, “Waterloo” is shorthand for a pivotal confrontation — or for massive defeat.

Uber needs to solve this problem if it wants to expand into a delivery company

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Uber needs to juggle both the needs of its employees and those of e-commerce companies if it wants to expand into a logistics company that delivers goods in addition to people, according to a recent report by The Wall Street Journal.This week has been a rocky road for Uber, whose ride-hailing services may never be the same again. Its business model could dramatically change due to the recent ruling of the California Labor Commission on Wednesday that an Uber driver who brought the suit to court was an employee instead of an independent contractor.Uber is trying to upend other services the way they did with people-delivery. Last year, they toyed around with courier services like UberRush, which has bike messengers bring items from point A to B. The taxi-like service also put in a $3 billion bid to buy Google rival Nokia mapping unit called Here. Uber’s one-day pilot program, UberHealth, delivered flu prevention packs and vaccinations for users at no cost. Uber might have some kinks to work out with UberEats, their food delivery experiment which launched last fall. Even with a delivery time of 10 minutes or less, the $4 delivery fee could be a turn-off to potential customers.

How a 32-year-old freelance sound mixer started making $75,000 a month from a blog

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In 2009, just after Graham Cochrane moved to Florida with his wife and newborn daughter, the startup he worked for went under and he lost his job.”I have never been entrepreneurial,” he says. “I was a scaredy cat. I wanted a stable job to pay my bills and not have debt.”In fact, he had purchased Tim Ferriss’ classic “The 4-Hour Workweek,” read it, and returned it because he thought the book’s ideas were so far from his reality he couldn’t use a single one.But with savings dwindling, he turned to the passion-project-slash-side-job he had been pursuing through his 20s: freelance recording and sound mixing.He had been bringing in an extra $1,000-$2,000 a month, and while he and his wife, a photographer, had some savings, he hoped he could ramp up his freelancing enough to replace his $50,000 annual income.Along with his side job, the now 32-year-old had started a casual blog to provide answers to the steady stream of emails he had been getting from friends and acquaintances asking technical questions.In January of 2010, he rebranded that blog The Recording Revolution, and he remembers it made hardly any money at all in its first two years.Today, nearly six years after he made it his primary focus, the site earns between $35,000 and $75,000 a month.Aside from the free content he’s always offered, Cochrane added in-depth video courses on different aspects of sound recording and mixing that cost between $39 and $897, and a monthly membership for $27 a month that provides access to supplementary content. He estimates between 6,000 and 7,000 people have taken his courses so far.

Hong Kong lawmakers just rejected China’s ‘sham’ democracy plan

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Hong Kong’s legislature yesterday blocked the government’s electoral reform plan as a historic showdown between pan-democrats and Beijing loyalists became a farce when the latter camp’s bungled walkout meant that only eight lawmakers voted for the plan.There was utter confusion among the government’s allies when 31 of them left the chamber in the mistaken belief the ballot would be adjourned while they waited for rural kingpin Lau Wong-fat, who was stuck in traffic on his way to cast his vote.The resulting fiasco ended two years of debate and months of bickering on how Hong Kong could elect its chief executive by “one man, one vote” in 2017.All 27 pan-democratic lawmakers kept their vow to vote no, and pro-establishment medical sector representative Dr Leung Ka-lau added a 28th vote. That would have been enough to deny the proposal the two-thirds majority it needed. But the pro-establishment camp’s plan to blame pan-democrats for the failure of reform was severely undermined, as the walkout left just eight yes votes and a clear majority against the package.

Europe and the US are readying a new round of crippling sanctions against Russia

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and European governments have readied a new round of penalties against Russia targeting its energy and financial sectors as part of a sanctions-in-waiting strategy that officials hope will enable the West to respond immediately if Moscow-backed insurgents seize more territory in Ukraine.The penalties could start with banning more Russian government officials and businessmen from traveling and doing business in the West, U.S. and European officials said. But they can climb dramatically to include new measures to crimp the country’s all-important fuel exports, cut Russian banks off from international financial transactions and severely limit the capacity of Russian businesses to engage in lucrative business deals overseas.The Americans and the Europeans are working off the same menu of contingency measures, the officials said, though there is no agreement yet on what level of response would be appropriate for each type of infraction.Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters this week that imposing additional sanctions on Russia “depends on what happens on the ground” and on President Vladimir Putin’s support for fully implementing a February cease-fire in Ukraine.If violence stops and separatists can reach a political agreement with Ukraine’s Western-backed government in Kiev, sanctions can be rolled back, he said. But, “if President Putin chooses to play a double game and continues to allow the separatists to press forward, then obviously we have a very big challenge ahead of us.”

The 40-Year-Old Virgin’ was shut down 2 days into production for a ridiculous reason

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In an interview featured in his new book, ”Sick in The Head,”  Judd Apatow revealed that his successful directorial debut, “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” initially had some trouble getting off the ground.

Just two days into the film’s production, Universal Studios shut the movie down — for reasons that Apatow finds “really silly” in retrospect.

“They thought Steve Carell looked like a serial killer,” he said.

“They thought Paul Rudd was fat,” added Leslie Mann, Apatow’s wife.

In addition, the studio took issue with the fact that Apatow was “lighting [the][film] like an indie,” and the resulting shut down “cost themselves half a million dollars.”

In order to get production going again, the cast and crew had to make some adjustments. 


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Google secretly acquired app streaming start-up Agawi last year, according to a new report from The Information on Thursday.The Information described the acquisition as part of a larger strategy to push customers to use the mobile internet more — and thus lucrative Google serices like Search — and apps less.It isn’t hard to guess why. Google likely generates half of its revenue or more from search ads. Though it owns the Android platform and its associated app store, Google’s core dominance is in search.Since the acquisition, Agawi’s web site is no longer live. It’s likely that Agawi’s technology is being folded into Google’s offerings.Prior to the acquisition, Agawi allowed users to stream storage-heavy apps like “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” (2.4 GB) or “FIFA:14″ (1.35 GB) directly to their phone, thus alleviating the pressure to clog up your phone with apps.any people buy phones with greater storage capacities to ensure they’ll have enough room for all their apps — and some apps, particularly games, take up huge amounts of space.By streaming apps rather than storing them, consumers could opt to purchase less expensive phone models with less storage space. In addition, if users became more accustomed to streaming apps from the internet, as opposed to storing and using them as standalone applications, they would likely use in-browser services more often, which is exactly what Google wants. The truth is that most people would benefit greatly from software like Agawi. Most people only use four of their apps on a regular basis. There’s really no need to keep most of our lesser-used apps stored on our mobile devices.  

The Charleston shooting suspect was reportedly carrying a powerful narcotic during a February arrest

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The lead suspect in a deadly shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, was arrested in February on charges of drug possession, court documents reveal.Dylann Roof was carrying suboxone, a powerful narcotic commonly used to treat opiate dependence, when authorities confronted and searched him at a mall in Columbia, according to CBS News. Four months later, he allegedly walked into a church and killed nine people with a pistol on Wednesday night. In February, Roof had apparently been asking strange questions of an employee at Bath & Body Works when someone called the police about him. Police found “orange strips” on Roof, which he said were suboxone. The drug is a Schedule 3 narcotic, meaning it has the potential for abuse and moderate addiction but is less dangerous than Schedule 1 or 2 drugs. It was unclear why Roof had suboxone on him.Roof was arrested and his car was towed. He was banned from entering the mall for one year, but returned two months later in April. He was arrested again for trespassing.  Suboxone can come in film form, which is placed under the tongue and allowed to dissolve. The drug must be prescribed by a doctor for use and typically comes in 2-milligram and 8-milligram strengths. The most common side effects associated with suboxone are cold and flu-like symptoms, headaches, sweating, difficulty sleeping and mood swings, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.In the wake of the Charleston shooting, many have been trying to piece together a profile of Roof, who was from Lexington, S.C. Family members described him as soft-spoken and quiet and said they didn’t foresee any violence.

US investors are lining up to short Chinese stocks in record numbers

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A 150% plus rally in just 12 months, along with steep falls earlier this week, seems to be drawing out US-based China bears.In record numbers they’re putting money where their mouths are, and short-selling ETFs that track Chinese yuan-denominated shares.According to a report from Bloomberg, using data provided by Markit, “short interest in the largest exchange-traded fund tracking yuan-denominated equities rose to a record 16 percent of shares outstanding Wednesday”. Only a month ago short interest stood at just 8%, according to the report.Trade in Chinese shares, amidst an epic bull run seen over the past 12-months, has become increasingly volatile in recent weeks. The average daily trading range on China’s Shanghai Composite this month has been 156 points, or 3.15% of the previous session’s closing level. This compares to an average trading range of 89 points, or 2.33%, seen in the previous five months.