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Some of the Song Dynasty coins found under a house in Fuliang county of Jingdezhen city in East China`s Jiangxi province.

When a villager living in the Jiangxi province of China started to work on the foundation of his home, he couldn’t have imagined what he would find. The discovery of a hoard of coins soon led neighbors to join in on the man’s “treasure hunt.” The results of their dig? 

Jacek Handke shared with us a fantastic article about getting started in DIY synths. You`ll definitely want to check it out. 

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On-line Plc almost quintupled Friday after announcing plans to change its name to On-line Blockchain Plc, following an initial climb of 19 percent on Thursday when it first announced the news.
The era of the Apple fanboy may be coming to an end.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters reached an agreement on Friday to stop fighting in northern Iraq, the media office of the U.S.-led anti-Islamic State coalition said.
KINSHASA (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo must hold a long-delayed election to replace President Joseph Kabila by the end of next year or the vote will lose international support, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said on Friday.
Today`s major tech stories include Google`s partnership with the International Fact-Checking Network, Amazon`s pharmaceutical ambitions and Spotify`s decision to cancel its video strategy.
MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Prayer mats, chequered scarves, black fatigues, and bullet-ridden walls mark the hideout where the "emir" of Islamic State in Southeast Asia spent months preparing the most brazen and devastating militant attack in the region.
QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - At least six people were wounded on Friday when a bomb went off along railway tracks in southwestern Pakistan, halting train service in the region, security and railways officials said.
No one will remember in years to come where they were when they heard about the JFK assassination classified document dump of 2017.
​Welcome to What We Learned This Week, a digest of the most curiously important facts from the past few days. This week: The most realistic fake cities, the shifting definition of middle class and the tech myths people still believe.
تعثرت عملية تسلم حكومة الوفاق الفلسطيني هيئتي «سلطة البيئة» و«سلطة الأراضي» الحكوميتين في قطاع غزة، في إطار تطبيق اتفاق المصالحة بين حركتي فتح وحماس، بحسب ما أفاد مسؤولون في الحركتين.
وقال مسؤولون في «فتح» و«حماس»، إنه سيتم حل هذه الإشكالات بـ«الحوار لإنجاح المصالحة».
وصرح رئيس سلطة الأراضي الحكومية صائب نظيف، لصحافيين قبل مغادرته غزة مساء الخميس، بأنه لم يتسلم مهامه في قطاع غزة «بعد رفض رئيس سلطة الأراضي في غزة (المعين من «حماس») كامل أبو ماضي تسليمنا الصلاحيات، وأصر على البقاء في منصبه، وهذا يخالف اتفاق المصالحة».
The misleadingly titled "Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus" comes out today — it`s actually the latest in a story you can trace back to 1992. Let us do you a Fan Service by walking through the history of "Wolfenstein" and the companies that have worked on it.
With stars like Matt Damon and Juilanne Moore plus co-writing credits from the Coen brothers, this movie can`t be all bad, right? Here`s what the reviews have to say.

Shelter 2.0 is a flat-packed plywood structure that anyone can build pretty much anywhere with the assistance of a CNC router.

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KINSHASA (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Friday that a long-delayed election in Congo to replace President Joseph Kabila must take place next year, or else the process will lose international support.
BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. energy and commodities firms will make up a major part of a business delegation visiting Beijing at the same time as U.S. President Donald Trump goes to China in November, according to an initial list seen by Reuters.
اعتبرت وزارة الخارجية الروسية اليوم (الجمعة) أن تقرير الأمم المتحدة الذي حمّل النظام السوري مسؤولية الهجوم الكيميائي الذي استهدف مدينة خان شيخون قبل أشهر، يتضمن «عناصر متضاربة» كثيرة و«شهادات مشكوكاً بصحتها».
وقال مساعد وزير الخارجية سيرغي ريابكوف لوكالة أنباء «إنترفاكس» إن قراءة هذا التقرير تثبت وجود «العديد من التناقضات وعناصر متضاربة واضحة واستخدام شهادات مشكوك بصحتها وأدلة غير مؤكدة».
قال مصدر أمني بوزارة الداخلية المصرية، إن 12 من العناصر الإرهابية شديدة الخطورة قتلوا صباح اليوم (الجمعة)، في اشتباكات عنيفة مع قوات الأمن بالكيلو 175 بطريق الواحات، في محافظة الوادي الجديد.
وأضاف المصدر لوكالة أنباء الشرق الأوسط الرسمية، أن «عمليات التمشيط بمحيط المنطقة مستمرة لضبط كافة العناصر الإرهابية».
QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - At least six people were wounded on Friday when a bomb went off along railway tracks in southwestern Pakistan, halting train service in the region, security and railways officials said.
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May is concerned by a newspaper report describing a culture of sexual harassment among lawmakers and their staff working in parliament, her spokeswoman said on Friday.
LONDON (Reuters) - British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Friday accused Russia of trying to hide the use of sarin gas by Syrian president Bashar al-Assad`s government, and said Moscow`s behavior was undermining the consensus against chemical weapons.
DEMILITARIZED ZONE, South Korea (Reuters) - As U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis peered into North Korea from a lookout post on Friday, he was given a blunt reminder by his South Korean counterpart of the vast amount of North Korean artillery within range of Seoul.
The finding was likely to be disputed by Russia and could lead to a new fight over whether the panel has been politicized and should be disbanded.
The doctor used an ultrasound device attached to his phone to locate the cancer cells.

Change is hard. In fact, it is one of the hardest things one has to go through in life.

They say the secret of life is to grow. And growth needs constant changes and improvements.

People constantly struggle with changing their habits and making their lives better. Take, for example, the norm of life.

The norm is where you go to work or school, spend around 8 hours there, go back home and repeat the process the next day. These things don’t reflect your purpose or even change.

I have lived life as I saw fit and that was not enough. I traveled the world before I was 25 and finished university at 22 with great grades.

Ultimately, I accomplished what the society demanded and I even worked as a professor at the university that I graduated from and at other consulting offices. I did my masters at 24 and explored Europe, Africa, and Asia.

The more I did these things, the more I felt that I’m still far from what I really want to achieve. I wanted to become great.

My perfectionist mind constantly tweaks and criticizes my accomplishments. It tells me that I am not there yet and I accepted it. I wanted to change because I felt my life was ordinary.

Honestly, I was not the perfect image of myself back then. Motivated, I devised ways to change. But, even after several months, I still find myself drowning in the same life- planning and wishing to change.

Then, I discovered why we are not firm with our plans and why we struggle in changing our habits and lives.

Below, I will share with you 8 of the reasons why change is hard.

You base your plans to change on “motivation”

I know lots of people who become runners on athletics season. Unfortunately, only a few of them continue until the end of the season. Lack of follow-through is usually one of the reasons why.

People get extremely motivated after watching TV shows they like or after listening to an inspiring story. However, they get back to their normal selves as soon as the excitement wears off.

Motivations are great. Declaring “I am great, I can do it” could make one inspired to do something worthwhile. The problem with motivation is that it’s only an emotion. It can inspire one for a short time but it will soon be forgotten.

This is because motivations are not drawn in terms of purpose. They lack vision and don’t provide the energy and the tool for change. Mel Robbins, one of the top-selling authors, says “motivation is garbage.” She argues that our brains are not designed to do even the smallest things in life that could change us for good.

A simple motivation doesn’t change the way the mind is hard-wired. The brain is designed to keep us away from a problem.

Instead, she advises using the technique she calls the three-second rule. The rule is to decide within three seconds.

If you plan to get up in the morning and you hesitate, take your hand round your head and count 1-2-3 and jump out of bed. The technique teaches you to snap out of it in three seconds and force your mind to do what you need it to do.

3 second rule

See Also: Time to Break the Cocoon! 5 Great Tips For Finding Motivation

You don’t have something else to replace the previous habits

When you decide never to repeat your tasks, you should see in detail what you should do instead. For the drunk to never drink, he should plan to do something else on specific times that he feels the need to drink. He can go see a friend or go out with someone.

If you don’t plan on what to do instead, you will surely find yourself in the same position you were yesterday.

Your mind is wired to keep you from wasting energy and to avoid danger. The way it does that is by blocking you and discouraging you from taking risks.

I once found a guy who hated to see his girlfriend who was abusive to him. Each night, he would meet her only to get verbally abused and criticized. His addiction of seeing her could not let him break up with her even though he wanted to change. The only advice I could give him was to learn to replace what he does each night with looking at the large scratches on the left side of his face. And I didn’t realize my simple advice would impact him.

Weeks later, he came back a new man. He smiled at me and nervously shouted “It worked!”. He started taking cooking classes in the evening, which soon helped him forget visiting the girl. She obviously didn’t call him so he was free at last.

Replace your bad habits with a good habit. Don’t just run away from them.

See Also: Spiritual Pointers for Quitting a Bad Habit

You don’t use punishment and reward system

Schools and parents teach children about what is good and what is bad by associating them with punishments and reward systems. “Good deeds” are rewarded while “bad deeds” are punished.

As adults, we learn to associate what we like with what we want to do and what we hate with what we should avoid. We perform certain tasks and we avoid others. This is due to these positive and negative associations where the mind regrets, catches in flight or enjoys the process.

When you overeat, you feel bad. Why?

Because the marketing, culture, and image of being fat punishes you and make you feel guilty. Even though the food you ate does not have much effect on your weight, you still feel sorry for yourself.

Another reason why people struggle to change habits is that of the absence of gratification. To change yourself faster, learn to associate what you want to do with reward. Make your brain believe that eating within your calorie limit is good and that the reward is that perfect body you dream of. This means that instead of associating overeating with punishment, associate eating responsibly with the prize.

You don’t break your life pattern

“Breaking the pattern” is a technique that I used a while ago. I was not satisfied with the life I was living. I tried to change but I could not.

One day, I accidentally followed my guts and wrote a fiction-like character based on my ideal life. I followed it for a month. I changed where I stay, with whom I stay with, and even where I sleep. Also, I refused to eat where I ate the day before and learned to wake up at 5.

It was hard but my subconscious picked it. All of a sudden, I found myself waking up at 5, writing for an hour, reading for another hour, exercising, eating breakfast, and leaving the house before 7. I go to bed at 10 and close all my laptops and phone at 9. The more I do them in a certain pattern, the more they became automatic.

The whole idea of breaking a pattern is to identify and change your routine until you forget your current life. You can take a month-long vacation somewhere without your computer or other means of communication. You can meditate there to find your real self and emotions or you can explore new places there. Rewrite your perfect day and live it for at least a month.

breaking the pattern

You get despaired easily

“Life is a progress”, some say. It is being better than yesterday.

The Japanese have a culture of not examining kids at the beginning of elementary school. Instead, they evaluate the performance of the students based on their progress. Well, that is different from the west and the rest of the world where getting the top spot is always the requirement.

The world is much more associated and information is available than what it used to be 10 years before. The world today gives us much more choice. We can easily get answers to any question we have.


We are people of dreams and enemies of progress. We change jobs as frequently as we can and we change decisions fast.

The reality is life is a progress. It demands constant change and tweaking of what exists. There is no perfection. What exists is change and change needs time. So, be patient.

You solve the problem without a different perspective

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

To solve a problem, you should see it in a different perspective than how you see it now.

For the depressed, it is hard to solve their problem and for the poor, getting rich is hard. This is similar to being an addict. The addict vows every morning not to drink anymore. However, every night, he still goes out for one drink only to find himself regretting it the next morning. He wants to change but never does.

For change to come, you should be willing to change your current position in life. Change starts with your mind.

You should have a stronger character that believes that solution is possible. Teach your mind that you are greater than what you are.

Your debt, for example, does not define your capability or potential. It only shows your current position in life. And that could change only if you believe that you are better than the situation you are in.

You don’t have purpose

Your mind follows a certain purpose and that is to survive.

If you base your actions on a certain purpose, the friction of doing and not doing becomes easier. Without purpose, your efforts won’t be successful since success is measured based on what you achieve.

Finding your purpose is a tough task. It is a lifetime job. There is no ultimate answer for what your purpose is because it grows with age and maturity.

Finding your purpose is your personal responsibility.

People usually wait forever just to find their purpose. But, if you figure out what you like and what you want to do the rest of your life, change will be easy.

You don’t have goals

You need a goal or set of goals to achieve your dream.

Your dream could be changing your life or being great at one thing. To achieve your dream, you need to set small goals. They don’t necessarily have to be grand but they must be something that’s easy to achieve and realistic.

Only wanting and deciding to change your life won’t do anything. You should be able to understand these things, so you can turn your life around.

For example, your general problem is that you need to stop drinking. You won’t achieve that just by promising yourself or by telling people that you plan to stop drinking.

Instead, you should realize that stopping or changing needs constant work. You need to set certain goals.

Days before, I met a woman whose problem was her body image. She was somewhat overweight. She told me she wanted to change her body since she was 20 and she couldn’t. The thing I asked her was about her goals.

She was surprised.

“What goals? To be thinner?”, she said.

After a few more minutes of discussion, we set her daily calorie intake and gym schedule. She was surprised.


Change is hard but it’s necessary.

You often fail because you’re not fully aware of how you should change. Another reason is your own mind, change’s worst enemy. Learning those tips above and applying them in your life can help you change faster than you can imagine.

The post 8 Good Reasons Why Change Is Hard appeared first on Dumb Little Man.

GENEVA (Reuters) - Myanmar authorities have agreed to allow the United Nations to resume distribution of food in northern Rakhine state which was suspended for two months, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday.
EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scotland`s first minister Nicola Sturgeon has sought confirmation that Britain is urgently seeking a transition agreement with the European Union before the end of the year, according to a letter sent to Prime Minister Theresa May and released by the Scottish government on Friday.
PANMUNJOM, South Korea (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis emphasized diplomatic efforts instead of military ones to resolve the crisis with North Korea as he stood at the tense and heavily-fortified border between North and South on Friday, saying: "Our goal is not war."
GENEVA (Reuters) - Myanmar authorities have agreed to allow the United Nations to resume food distributions in northern Rakhine state, suspended for nearly two months, World Food Programme (WFP) spokeswoman Bettina Luescher said on Friday.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Possible new U.S. sanctions against Russia are a cause for concern and a reflection of Washington`s unfriendly and even hostile attitude towards Moscow, the Kremlin said on Friday.
BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) - China urged the United States on Friday not to permit Taiwan`s president to travel through U.S. territory en route to the island`s diplomatic allies in the Pacific, a sensitive visit shortly ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump`s trip to Beijing.
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BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel`s Bavarian allies still hope a three-way coalition government can be formed by the end of the year even though negotiators made little progress on bridging deep divisions this week, a senior party official said on Friday.
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MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spain prepared to impose direct rule in Catalonia on Friday, an unprecedented step that risks sparking unrest with secessionists calling on the Catalan parliament to make a defiant declaration of independence.
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen told his cabinet on Friday he had no fear of Western sanctions after some U.S. senators threatened to push for travel restrictions over his arrest of the main opposition leader, the government spokesman said.
OSLO (Reuters) - Norwegian rescuers were searching for a second day on Friday for a Russian helicopter that went missing at sea with eight people on board off the coast of the Arctic Svalbard archipelago.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin has personally overseen the launch of four nuclear-capable ballistic missiles as part of a training exercise for Russia`s strategic nuclear forces, the Kremlin said on Friday, the Interfax news agency reported.
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Results of Kenya`s presidential election re-run started to trickle in on Friday, with early estimates of the turnout at below 35 percent, dealing a blow to President Uhuru Kenyatta`s hopes for a decisive second-term mandate.
BANGKOK (Reuters) - The ashes and bones of Thailand`s King Bhumibol Adulyadej were returned to the palace on Friday as part of an elaborate, five-day cremation ceremony that drew hundreds of thousands of black-clad mourners to Bangkok`s historic old quarter.
MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine security forces have arrested a mobile phone trader suspected of collecting funds to help finance pro-Islamic State militants who took over a southern city for five months, police said on Friday.
KOSAMBI, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesian investigators combed a burnt-out fireworks factory on Friday after blasts killed 47 people and injured dozens, as doctors treated survivors suffering from horrific burns of up to 80 percent of their bodies.
أثارت حالة الرئيس التونسي الباجي قائد السبسي الصحية جدلاً واسعاً في الأوساط السياسية والإعلامية التونسية، بعد أن أفادت تقارير بأنه تعرّض لوعكة حادّة استوجبت نقله إلى إحدى المستشفيات في العاصمة تونس، ونقله بعد ذلك إلى مصحة خاصة بفرنسا لمواصلة العلاج.
وطالب محمد عبو، مؤسس حزب التيار الديمقراطي المعارض، بالملف الطبي للرئيس، مما أثار انتقادات حادّة من طرف سعيدة قراش، المتحدثة باسم رئاسة الجمهورية التونسية، أمس.
كشف مصطفى الخلفي، وزير العلاقات بالبرلمان والمجتمع المدني الناطق الرسمي باسم الحكومة، أمس، أن سعد الدين العثماني، رئيس الحكومة، بدأ مشاوراته بشأن اقتراح أسماء الوزراء المرشحين لشغل المناصب الحكومية الشاغرة، تنفيذا لتوجيهات ملك المغرب محمد السادس.
ورفض الخلفي الكشف عن أي تفاصيل بشأن الأحزاب السياسية التي شملتها الاتصالات، وما إذا كان من بينها حزب الاستقلال، كما رفض الإفصاح عن موعد الإعلان عن أعضاء الحكومة الجدد الذين سيعوضون الوزراء الذين أقيلوا من مناصبهم، واكتفى بالقول إن «نتائج المشاورات ستعلن عنها في حينه».
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