Top 6 Causes of Depression in Men

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Top 6 Reasons for Depression in Men

A lot of men get depressed due to reasons that are even unknown to them. When one realizes what they are it becomes the first step to overcome the depression.

  1. Grief: Men have a very different way to deal with grief compared to women. Women will let out their pain in the form of showing their emotion. But men try to stay in control. Also men do not talk about their suffering or mental pain and might just have lesser people to talk to. This leads in to poor mental health and often indulge in self abusive activities such as alcoholism, abusive substances and poor behavioral patterns.


  1. Professional Status: Since ancient times, a man judges his worth in accordance to his professional life. If that is in jeopardy in the form of unemployment or a poor job situation, it causes men to lose self-confidence. Also, retirement leads men to suddenly lose their importance to themselves if not to others.


  1. Alcoholism and Resorting to Abusive Substances: Although men resort to these substances for seeking solace and peace, in reality it only helps to act as a catalyst to worsen the situation.


  1. Illnesses and Age: Man is very conscious about their physical abilities and they weaken with age and illnesses. This also might cause poor mental health in men as they might get dependent on people or be unable to do things that they were good at, when younger. It also takes time for this sex to get used to their physical restrictions with age.


  1. Male Egotism: Men are considered the physically stronger sex and they more than often live in denial of their emotional or mental problems. They do not open up to the idea of discussing it with others to loosen their burden leading to erratic and irritated state of mind.


  1. Problems in Bed: This is a cause and a result of depression in men. It works in a vicious cycle. Men get a little upset about their poor performance in bed leading to lack of confidence which in turn meddles with their sexual performance again. However, male enhancers or men enhance pills might be the solution as they are made with natural ingredients and look after the overall health of the individual.

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How Businesses Can Save Money – and the Planet

All business owners have two main objectives to try and stick to in order to keep the business going and their investors and shareholders happy – to make money, and to save money. There is a very fine line between making an educated decision over how to take the company forwards through spending, and investing that money in systems or personnel that could leave the company losing money each month, or, worse, on the brink of bankruptcy.

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In recent times, however, business owners have been encouraged to turn their attentions towards not only saving money, but also saving the planet by doing their bit to ‘go green’ wherever possible by reducing the amount of waste produced and saving energy in various ways.


One way in which they can do both is to ensure that all machines are switched off at night when there are no people around to use them. Sure, some businesses stay open late – even all night in some cases – but many are open between the hours of 9am and 5pm, with the last person usually out of the office by 6 or 7pm. In this instance it makes sense financially and environmentally to enforce a rule whereby all members of staff shut down their computers and switch off any peripherals like monitors and printers which would still be using energy – and costing money – even when they go to standby mode.


Another idea is to recycle any electrical devices that you have no use for. Staff members and offices will have a variety of gadgets lying around such as mobile phones and laptops which are just sitting in the l cupboard doing nothing. Rather than just sitting there ‘just in case’, you could recycle your phone or laptop using comparison websites who will give you a quote for the device according to various pieces of information such as the overall condition, make, model and age. This money can then be put in the company account or Christmas party fund and used for something beneficial to the business in the future.


It sounds obvious, but switching the lights off in the office when they’re not needed or in use, and adjusting the heating can make a great difference to the amount of energy you use and the amount you pay each month when you get your bill. Obviously, the less you use the less you pay and – therefore – the less damage you do to the environment; but a lot of companies will still have lights on from the moment they open in the morning until the moment the last person leaves. Many even have them on overnight if they’re not on a sensor which can be highly detrimental to both the energy bill and the environment. It is true that some do this as a security measure, but in other instances it is solely down to people not switching the lights off as they leave.


With the heating, the warmer you have the office the more you pay and the more damage you do to the environment. You definitely don’t want your employees sitting at their desks in their coats and scarves, but there comes a point where you should consider either a gradual temperature increase or reducing the length of time that the heating is on for – maybe a few hours in the morning until the room is filled with bodies and working machines which will emit heat, and topping up as and when is necessary as opposed to leaving it on all day.


A final tip is to attempt to reduce your office waste more than you already are. Many have made the adjustments to stop throwing everything in the waste bin and recycling their bottles, cans and paper in the appropriate bins; but others could still do more. These changes might include double-sided printing to save paper, refilling your printer cartridges and using rechargeable batteries.

Great Ways to Make Money From Your Unwanted Tech

Every tech fan loves getting a new gadget. Whether it’s a new smartphone, tablet computer, laptop, even something really futuristic likes Google Glass – it doesn’t matter, gadgets are the coolest things in the world. The problem is, once you’ve got them and something new comes along or the manufacturers decide to release a new or updated model, what do you do then?

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You’re left with two decisions to make. Do you persist with your existing device or invest in the new one? The newest models are going to be better than the ‘old’ ones, obviously, but are they really worth the investment when you’ve got what is, essentially, a perfectly good device already? Many of us do and this means that we’re left with a high quality device that has cost a lot of money which is sitting around collecting dust.

There are a number of things you can do though if you’re thinking about ditching your beloved gadgets for one of the new kids on the block. Firstly, you have the opportunity to recycle your existing item with someone like who will give you some money for your beloved phone, tablet or laptop which you can either put in the bank or towards your replacement. Many people have started to do this, especially since the release of the latest iPhone, and in the run-up to Christmas more and more are likely to try and find some money to put towards purchases for their loved ones.

It doesn’t necessarily have to be the gadget you’re using at this moment – maybe even to read this article – it could be the phone that you’ve had in your drawer for years that you replaced with your current gadget, only this kind of service wasn’t around then. It’s really simple to do, you just enter the details of your gadget such as the make and model and they’ll give you the best price. This figure will vary according to various factors like the condition it’s in, which will obviously go down if it has any damage or it doesn’t work at all, but there are some great deals to be had which will go some way to paying for a new phone, tablet or laptop.

Another option is to trade-in your existing gadget when you go into the store to buy your new one. Many buy new mobile phones when their contracts are up for renewal, leaving them with a phone they have no use for anymore, but rather than paying full-price for a brand-new model off the shelf, (the latest iPhone was retailing in the UK at around £539 from Apple stores).

Obviously that’s a lot of money to be paying out in one lump sum, but some retailers will give customers the opportunity to trade-in their existing devices as part of the deal – a bit like a part-exchange on a car – where you get the value of the phone taken off the price you pay at the till so if you’re thinking about getting a new gadget, be sure to read all of the information available to see if they accept trade-ins before you buy in case you miss a great deal somewhere else.

A final suggestion is to try and sell your gadget on an online auction site. Plenty of people, just like you, are on the lookout for gadgets at great prices and will still be looking for phones, cameras, tablets and laptops even if they’re not the most recent models. In many cases you can get your hands on hundreds, but the best way to get the most from your sale is to ensure that you give a detailed description of the device, the condition and the features; and also take plenty of great photos of all of the important areas – from the screen to the charging point and also any damage to show that you’re being upfront with the customer.

Houses of Straw

Leonard Leslie Brooke illustration
Leonard Leslie Brooke illustration
Sure, we all remember the children’s story about three pigs and a big, bad wolf, who could huff and puff and blow the house down (unless it was made of bricks). The stick house held up a little bit better, but the straw house didn’t provide much in the way of protection at all. But these days, houses made of straw and stucco are getting quite sophisticated. Even looking sturdy enough to stand up to a good, stiff breeze, whether it comes from a wolf or a hurricane.

Bales of straw (usually wheat straw) as building material isn’t exactly new, though perhaps not as old as the Three Little Pigs tale. late 19th century homesteaders out on the Nebraska plains are credited with building the first straw bale and mud-wattle houses, much as Oklahoma homesteaders pioneered stone and earth-sheltered homes with sod roofs. These early examples of hardy home-building with whatever’s handy largely escaped modern notice until the early 1970s, when the hippie “back to the land” movement took off. Most straw bale houses built over the following couple of decades were non-code off-the-grid shelters, but the benefits of bale construction have gained new fans.

Featured in this New York Times article is a rather spectacular example in the Catskills hand-crafted with loving care over a period of years by Clark Sanders. For the new revival in homesteading pioneers for the 21st century, there are a number of outfits and websites offering education in straw bale building techniques, helpful hints, and contacts for associated material like stuccos and plasters, wall lattice, etc. Some of the most interesting and useful are listed below. There are even some very nice straw bale house plans that can be built as offered or altered to your own site’s needs and combined with other green technologies such as earth sheltering, etc.

A relatively small straw bale shelter could be built fairly quickly and cheaply by new homesteaders on their land as a place to live while developing the various water and energy systems that will support something more permanent at a later date. If sited well and built sturdily, such a shelter built into a berm or hillside could later serve as a well-insulated root cellar for food storage, or a cool shelter barn for ruminant livestock. Just be sure your plastering job keeps up with the normal wear and tear of time, or the livestock just might eat their own barn!

Check out some of the listed sites and their offerings, see if straw bale construction might serve you well in some application. All told, the recurring benefit theme of this construction method is low cost. Which is always something modern homesteaders need to consider.


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USDA: Sequester Impacts

Sequester_ImpactsWe homesteaders are among the citizens who pay a good deal of attention to the programs and operations of both state and federal agricultural departments because they can directly affect us (for good or ill). We often make use of our state ag departments’ extension services for education in things like beekeeping, land use, community ag promotional programs, etc. And we keep track – often with some trepidation – of the various ways that the U.S. Department of Agriculture [USDA] can make or break our attempts to make our livings off the land and the work we put into it. Under this rubric come permissions and restrictions for selling our produce and other home-grown products to the public, to local and regional government programs, food banks, schools, etc., as well as all those expensive and tiring hoops we must jump through to obtain and keep certifications for organic labeling, etc.

We live on and off the land, and must keep ourselves abreast of the tricks of that trade. In this blog I have expressed some reservations about Tom Vilsack, who was appointed Secretary of Agriculture by President Obama some years ago, due to his corporate-friendly policies. Particularly in regards to Monsanto’s agri-chem and GMO activities, which are a considerable threat to organic producers. He has also been somewhat less than supportive of local producers being allowed to supply raw and processed foods to local schools and food banks, which we see as an important part of the ‘locavore’ – “Eat Local” movement. Buying and eating foods grown and processed close to home removes one of the most environmentally insidious government-subsidized cost-adds to our food supply – the costs of transporting foods grown in other states, regions and countries from farm to processor, and from processors to market. Almost all of it accomplished by the burning of fossil fuels.

The U.S. government has been operating for some months under what is known as “sequester,” one of those hostage threats Republicans in the U.S. Congress used to try and get their policies enacted despite being unable to win actual elections on the merits of their ideas. This seq uester has cut spending levels across the board fairly drastically, and crippled many government agencies and departments to the point where some of their most important jobs don’t get done. USDA is one of those crippled departments.

For example, the sequester has slashed government subsidies to school districts to help support their school breakfast and lunch programs. At the end of this month (October) schools will have to provide their own funding exclusively, though the government claims they will be reimbursed at some point. If the sequester is ever recinded, and now presuming those same Republican hostage-takers won’t keep the entire government shut down indefinitely while crashing the world’s economy by refusing to pay the bills for appropriations they’ve already allotted from the budget.

Concurrent drastic cuts and cut-offs to both the SNAP (Food Stamps) and WIC food programs are cutting deeply into the ability of families – many of them working full time but earning minimum wage – to put food on the table. With neither school feeding programs or food assistance from the government, a great many people will simply have to do without. We know that doing without food isn’t a particularly healthy way to live, but at least one party in our political system doesn’t think that’s a problem. I presume they and their families eat very well, thanks. We certainly pay them enough for that.

Both SNAP and WIC will run out of funds nationwide by mid-November. Just in time for the holidays! Funding for rental assistance has also been cut, and no new farm/business loans are being processed. Farmers who had previous loans through USDA and have sold this year’s crops can’t get the checks cashed because county offices for the Farm Service Agency are all closed. A freak autumn blizzard in the Dakotas killed thousands of cattle and horses, but the conservation arm of the USDA cannot help to get the dead livestock buried. This is obviously a serious issue for the immediate health and well-being of both rural dwellers and healthy livestock.

From here on, until and unless our government flunkies in Congress wake up and do their too well paid jobs, we are all on our own. Severe weather affecting farmers and ranchers will not be mitigated by the usual government emergency loans and/or mobilization of resources. Families going homeless and hungry through the winter will not be aided, nor will they or their pets or any farmer’s lost livestock get buried when they finally die. Hell, in another [not ag related] outrage of Congressional shananigans, the families of our soldiers dying in Afghanistan and elsewhere are no longer receiving the ‘death benefit’ they are entitled to, so not even our war dead are getting buried if the families don’t have cash on hand.

This situation is obviously untenable and cannot keep going for long, but I see no signs that the radical reactionaries in Congress are willing to do anything whatsoever that might save the nation from absolute ruin. If something doesn’t give very soon, by the time agricultural America gets started planning the spring crops there may be no national government at all and no help for anyone to access adequate food.

There are a few things we can do. First and foremost, call and/or write your congressional representatives and let them know this obstructionism must stop. Now. Let all your friends and family know how important it is that our representatives face harsh pressure on these issues. Get involved with your county and state electoral organizations and help draft decent candidates to challenge die-hards in next year’s elections. Think hard about running yourself if you believe you can do a good job, everyone you know will be thankful.

Get together with your homesteading and farming neighbors and meet with your community aid organizations (like Lions, Kiwanis, 4-H, etc.) to expand community shares programs, community gardens and crop set-asides to go directly to local food distribution services and schools for feeding hungry people. Do as much fund-raising as you can – host events, give public presentations, lobby county and state governments as well as local businesses and corporations – to replace necessary funding for programs to help our communities.

If we go ahead and act as if the federal government is no longer in the business of serving the people, we can make concrete plans to serve each other. Then, when (and if) the dust in Washington settles, we may find ourselves much more committed to each other and much more capable of doing for ourselves. Which, in the end, may be the best lesson the political class in D.C. could ever be taught by ‘We The People’.