Kick the Smartphone Habit – Go Grayscale

The average American clicks, taps or swipes on their smartphone screen more than 2,600 times a day – and the heaviest users touch their device more than 5,400 times.

The birth of the smartphone has sparked an addiction among many people, however, an ex-Google employee has revealed that going gray could help curb habit.

By setting the screen of your handset to grayscale, users might not be so compelled to check their device – this is because certain colors used by apps, like red and bright blue, subconsciously make us excited to reach for our phones.

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The birth of the smartphone has sparked an addiction among many people, however, an ex-Google employee has revealed that going gray could help curb habit

By setting the screen of your handset to grayscale, users might feel checking the device is less appealing - this is because some of the colors, like red and bright blue, subconsciously make us excited to reach for our phones

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Europe Is Paying for the Mistakes of the Past

by: the Common Constitutionalist

We are well aware of the many ISIS or ISIS inspired attacks throughout Europe. It is interesting that since the rise of ISIS, these attacks appeared directed at the European infidels and not just the long-proclaimed enemy of Islam – Israel.

Not that there are continuing attacks on the Jewish state – there are as there have always been. But recently they have taken a backseat to the mass carnage inflicted upon Europe and the United States by the Islamic State.

But why? Hasn’t it always been the number one cause of Muslims to avenge the oppression of the poor displaced Palestinians and drive the Jews out of Israel and into the sea? Has that not been the clarion call of all Muslims since 1948?

Heck, even individual European nations as well as the EU have, for want of a better term, conspired with Muslim nations and terrorist organizations to take down Israel.

For decades, “Europe had a cushy arrangement – all the world’s jihadists were so fixated on Israel that they were willing to overlook long-standing hatreds against ‘Crusader’ Europe, as long as Europe would help them wage war on Israel.” read more

The Rise and Fall of the American Empire

by: the Common Constitutionalist

When watching (if you have the stomach for it) Obama’s State of the Union show tonight, with his laundry list of Nanny-State proposals and usurpation of our God-given rights, remember that nothing of this world lasts forever. That includes nations.

The Egyptians, Greeks, Romans; none stood the test of time.

They do, however, have one thing in common. They all lasted several hundred to several thousand years. We may not be so lucky.

In 1787 a crowd gathered outside the hall where the Constitutional convention was held in order to learn what had been produced behind closed doors. As the doors were opened and the delegates began to emerge, a woman identified only as Mrs. Powell of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?”

With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A Republic, madam, if you can keep it.”

The more I learn of the founders of our nation, the more convinced I am that they were and are still the greatest collection of minds to walk this earth. They were divinely inspired and prescient.

Franklin knew, as did the other founders, the republic, like children, must be nurtured and given constant attention, lest they stray down the wrong path. In the case of the republic, it is the path toward tyranny.

The founders charged the citizens of this country to actively pursue righteousness in our elected officials, and to remain alert to the activities at every level of government.

With each passing decade, we have become forgetful and complacent. The average American today knows little to nothing of our own founding or the original intent of our government, or what those people endured to allow us the opportunity to rule ourselves.

Yet over time we have willingly squandered that opportunity to instead choose to be ruled by those who should serve us.

Some would say that the citizenry is just too busy to be bothered by such things. As our society has “evolved” and “progressed”, it is said that things have just become too complicated and the founders could not have foreseen the problems of today. Woodrow Wilson said just that as he advocated for a “Living Constitution“. read more

Bringing up Baby … Jihadists

by: the Common Constitutionalist

We’ve all heard the saying: “There are no bad children – only bad parents”. I would add bad teachers and other role models such as religious leaders, coaches, sports figures and Hollywood dopes who can also adversely influence children.

For example; seeing a kid who constantly uses foul language, has a quick temper or bullies others – one usually only has to look to the parents or other “role models” to find they’ve “learned” the behavior.

This is what I thought of as I saw a disturbing image last week. It was a tweet of a child, no more than five or six years old, holding a doll up by the hair. The doll was dressed in an orange jumpsuit and the little boy was dressed in a black balaclava with a black ski mask covering his face. He was holding up the doll in his right hand and in his small left hand was a large knife. Behind him was the black flag of the Islamic State. read more