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Meet One Of The Key Attorneys Who Fought For Marriage Equality

Evan Wolfson and Mary Bonauto, key figures in the fight for marriage equality, are the subjects of the new documentary “The Freedom to Marry.” Wolfson and Bonauto took their battle to the Supreme Court, ultimately securing this cornerstone of equal rights for same-sex couples. 

Ahead of the movie’s March 3 limited release, The Huffington Post has an exclusive clip detailing Bonauto’s backstory. Watch above.

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This Awesome 11-Year-Old Girl Designed A Prosthetic Arm That Shoots Glitter

Meet Jordan Reeves. She’s 11 years old and invented a prosthetic arm that shoots glitter. So, basically, she’s our new hero.

Jordan was born with a left arm that stops above the elbow. Last January, she had the chance to attend a special camp, where she designed her flashy prosthetic arm. She named the effort Project Unicorn “because unicorns are awesome and sparkly,” Jordan’s mom Jen told The Huffington Post.

On Feb. 10, Jordan appeared on “The Rachael Ray Show” and presented her glitter-shooting arm, which is shaped like a unicorn horn, to judges from “Shark Tank.”

The Sharks loved the Missouri preteen’s invention. “Jordan, you are a superhero,” Mark Cuban told her.

“I know some parents that would hate that and some kids that would love it!” added Daymond John.

Indeed, Jordan’s mom is not a huge fan of glitter, but she’s come around to it and of course supports her daughter’s work wholeheartedly.

“Jordan is a high-energy ball of girl power,” Jen told HuffPost. “She’s confident and has really grown into her own person this past year. Someone on Twitter said Jordan is a combination of Disney Princess and Ironman. I think that is very true.”

The mom added, “Jordan’s overall attitude is: ‘Yeah, I’m different. So what?’ We are all different. Her difference just happens to be obvious.”

Project Unicorn began last January when Jordan had the opportunity to attend a “Superhero Cyborgs” camp through an organization called KIDmob.

“They invited a small group of kids with upper limb differences,” Jen said. “They were asked, ‘If you were a superhero, how would you take advantage of your difference?’ Jordan’s response to that question was to design a prosthetic arm that shoots sparkles.”

Jordan also gave herself the superhero name “Girl Blaster.”

The camp connected Jordan to Sam Hobish, a designer at the 3D design software company Autodesk. Together, they brought Jordan’s vision to life. They continue to have meetings via Google Hangouts to work on new iterations of the design.

In addition to the unicorn horn that shoots glitter, Jordan is working on other prosthetic arm projects. “Since learning to work with 3D CAD programs, Jordan is working on a solution to those pesky two-handed paper towel dispensers in public bathrooms, and she’s worked with her prosthetist on a more traditional arm that can use different 3D hands,” Jen said.

“I think Jordan plans to keep learning design and finding ways to have fun and do good with it,” she added. “I know she also really loves helping others learn. It’s possible she has a future as a designer and design teacher.”

Jordan and her mom want to make sure other kids with physical differences have the opportunity to develop solutions. They are planning to launch a nonprofit to help more kids learn design and access the technology needed to create things that are “fun or helpful ― or both!” said Jen.

“I hope Jordan’s experience growing up and taking ownership of her differences helps encourage everyone to know a physical difference isn’t the end of a world,” the mom explained. “Jordan and her designs can encourage us all to take advantage of what makes us different and see the world with a new perspective. We can all build new concepts. We can all design something that makes our lives a little brighter or a little easier.”

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A Little Bit of France (3.3 pound)

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Backpacker’s Pantry Thai Coconut Curry with Beef features authentic rice noodles sourced from Thailand in an aromatic, sweet coconut curry with zesty vegetables and lean, all-natural freeze-dried beef. Makes two 13oz servingsGluten FreeDirections: Remove and discard enclosed oxygen absorber before beginning food preparationAdd 2-1/2 cups (600 ml) of boiling water. Stir wellSeal and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Stir and serveRehydration time doubles every 5,000 feet of elevation gain. Directions are set for 5,000 feetIngredients: RICE NOODLE (RICE FLOUR AND WATER), COCONUT MILK POWDER (COCONUT MILK, MALTODEXTRIN, SODIUM CASEINATE), BEEF (COOKED, DICED AND FREEZE-DRIED), BROCCOLI, BELL PEPPER, CABBAGE, CORIANDER SEED, HONEY (REFINERY SYRUP, HONEY), GARLIC, TOMATO, SALT, GARLIC, SESAME SEED, WHITE PEPPER, CINNAMON, CORN STARCH, CILANTRO, LIME JUICE POWDER (CORN SYRUP, LIME JUICE WITH LIME
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Army Vet Caught In FBI Sting Allegedly Plotted ISIS-Inspired Presidents Day Attack

WASHINGTON ― A 25-year-old Missouri-born Army veteran who believed he was plotting a Presidents Day attack with ISIS supporters was arrested in an FBI sting, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

Robert Lorenzo Hester Jr., a U.S. citizen from Jefferson City who was taken into custody on Friday, spent several months communicating with undercover FBI agents he believed were terrorist operatives, according to an FBI affidavit. The FBI was “made aware” of Hester’s postings on social media accounts in which he said he’d “converted to Islam, expressed animus towards the United States, and posted photos of weapons and the ISIS flag,” the affidavit said. Hester allegedly described himself on one social media platform as a “Zionist Jew Pig Redneck Hunting Super Assassin” and said he wanted to get a “movement going here in Amurdikkka.”

Hester told undercover operatives the government needed to be “overthrown,” identified potential targets for attacks, and said he wanted a “global jihad,” the feds allege.

Hester, who received a general discharge from the Army in mid-2013 after less than a year of enlistment, “attempted to provide material support to ISIS by assisting in what he believed would be a murderous terrorist bombing and gunfire attack committed in the name of the foreign terrorist organization,” the Justice Department said in a press release.

Back in October, during the FBI investigation, Hester was arrested in a grocery store parking lot by Columbia police officers, who alleged he threw a folded pocket knife through a plate-glass window. Officers said that when confronted, he reached for a handgun inside a diaper bag. Hester was released on bond 10 days after his arrest and was placed on electronic monitoring. 

Hester soon began communicating with an undercover FBI agent, often using encrypted apps, authorities said. He later met with undercover FBI agents, bringing his two young children to one meeting and telling an agent he “grew up in the hood” in an effort to build a connection with a man he thought was a terrorist operative. He also told agents made-up stories that he had been locked up after he was pulled over in a car with someone who had marijuana, and that his car broke down because he believed it had been hit by gunfire.  

As the plot advanced, one undercover agent provided a list of items for Hester to purchase, including batteries, duct tape, wire and roofing nails. Hester said he didn’t have enough money, so the agent gave Hester $ 20. Hester, who promised to repay the money, purchased many of the items on Feb. 1, according to the charges.

Hester later said he’d have money to buy ammunition once he got his tax refund. He said he wanted to be smarter than the Boston Marathon bombers and advocated they “lay low” to avoid detection.

Hester met with an undercover FBI employee on Friday in front of his home, authorities said. He provided a plastic bag containing two boxes of roofing nails and other items, according to the FBI. Hester and the operative then drove to a storage facility, where they allegedly discussed the facility’s security cameras, and Hester was arrested.

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New Year, New Phone, Same Me

In January, my iPhone was confirmed dead by the Apple Store in Saint Laurent du Var. It had gone dark the day prior, unresponsive when I woke up to a New Year in France at my girlfriend’s cousin’s house. I could’ve accepted this as some Sign Apparent, taken a healthy break from connectedness and doubled down on using the rest of my vacation as I’d halfway intended – to decompress from a year of navigating my late twenties as a sober SWM on the periphery of some insular comedy/art scene in Brooklyn. Instead, I used my credit card to get a new iPhone that I’d return for a full refund before flying back to the States, where I had faith Verizon could bring me back to life at little cost. New year, same plan.

If this was one of those self-defining, fork-in-the-road moments, I had taken the beaten path. And if there’s shame in that, I’m too far gone to feel it. It wouldn’t surprise me to hear that my brain now processes sunsets better in the background of selfies than it does when they’re playing out in front of me. And let’s not forget that sunsets translate to production value. I’m a filmmaker of sorts, with a body of selfie-stick work that I’m always looking to supplement. As I ran my card in that Apple Store, it occurred to me that I may never have another opportunity to feel the cognitive benefits of a holiday off the grid, away from Timeline Culture. Was I making the right choice? Yes, I assured myself. Getting the iPhone was in line with my raison d’être – the one I assigned myself several years back: to make provocative content until something sticks. And if nothing sticks? Well, I tell myself not to think about that.

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Earth Animal No Hide Chicken Dog Chew

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Thousands Rally At Anti-Trump ‘Not My Presidents Day’ Events

Many people typically see Presidents Day as a chance to honor great leaders or enjoy a three-day weekend. But this year, thousands of people are marking the holiday by protesting President Donald Trump.

Not My Presidents Day” rallies are taking place Monday in more than two dozen cities, including Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Austin, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Denver and Washington, D.C. 

Olga Lexell, 24, helped plan the protest at LA’s city hall. The Facebook invite for the event spurred interest from other cities, and Lexell recruited volunteers in New York and Chicago to set up protests there. Most of the sister rallies were organized independently by grassroots volunteers and are focused on how Trump’s plans affect their cities.

Lexell said LA residents are most concerned with “the immigration ban, losing our health care, deportation raids, anti-climate policies, sanctuary city funding and the wall that Trump thinks he’s going to put up.”

Protesters in the city shouted “Lock him up,” echoing the anti-Hillary Clinton “Lock her up!” chant that was common at Trump’s campaign rallies.

Thousands of people also rallied in New York, gathering outside Trump International Hotel and Tower to hoist colorful signs that defended refugees, condemned the president’s Cabinet picks, and called for his impeachment. Families and individuals of all ages chanted “Not my president!” and “Black lives matter!”

Mercedes Vizcaino, 42, works in New York City and came to Monday’s protest with a friend who is a science teacher.

“I think it’s important to take a stand and not be complicit about what’s going on in the country,” Vizcaino said. “Democracy as we know it is being challenged. … My freedoms that I’ve cherished and perhaps never thought about disappearing, right now I know they may be taken away.”

Bryan Berge, an attorney for the city of New York, came to the protest with his two daughters, ages 5 and 3. 

“[Trump’s] policy ideas are very frightening and the people he listens to are ideological zealots who have no place in the higher rungs of government,” he said.

Berge, 33, said he was concerned about how Trump’s policies will affect his daughters’ future.

“The risk of a debilitating trade war or an actual war is higher than it’s been in many, many years,” he said. 

In Chicago, a band joined the protesters outside Trump International Hotel and Tower.

The anti @realdonaldtrump protest is just starting in #chicago.

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The “Not My Presidents Day” events are the latest in a wave of protests that have followed Trump’s inauguration, starting with the women’s marches on Jan. 21. After Trump imposed a contentious executive order halting refugee resettlement and travelers from several Muslim-majority countries, protesters rallied at airports around the country. Last week, the “Day Without Immigrants” movement inspired rallies and shuttered businesses nationwide.

“Pretty much all of the people who volunteered to help us organize turned out to be women,” Lexell told The Huffington Post in an email. “Women are really leading the charge with the anti-Trump resistance.”

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Trump tweeted last month that Americans have the right to protest, but soon returned to criticizing the rallies.   

White House press secretary Sean Spicer has also claimed that protesters sometimes get paid to demonstrate.

Lexell said Monday’s protests had mostly been organized through Facebook and word of mouth. She planned the LA event with Heather Mason, one of her friends. 

“I don’t think either of us had ever organized any kind of protest or rally of this size before, but it just felt like something we had to do to have our voices heard,” Lexell said. “Lately I’ve been afraid because of the overwhelming anti-immigrant sentiment he’s building; I’m an immigrant myself, so that’s terrifying to me.”

Mason, 28, said she thinks Californians have a responsibility to lead the resistance to the administration’s efforts.

“After Trump was elected I cried and was physically ill honestly,” Mason said. “I felt miserable and depressed for days. And then I joined the Action Group Network and began brainstorming with friends as to what we could do to feel less useless.”

Lexell added that for her, the only upside to Trump’s win was that she’d gotten more involved in politics, donating to progressive causes and organizing with groups like the Sister District Project.

“My entire ‘recent calls’ list on my cellphone is all members of Congress, which is definitely new for me,” she said.

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FRIENDSHIP

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FRIENDSHIP ✨
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We Travel On
Our Different Paths
Each Moving On Their Own …

The Very Many
Ups And Downs
The Tests Our Paths Have Shown …

Through Many
Summers Winters Too
Through Many Days And Nights …

Through Different Moods
Through Different Times
Through Different Sounds And Sights …

Yet Through These Paths
We Intersect
To Share A Moment When …

With Kindness And
With Gratitude
A Friendship Can Begin …

And As Our Hearts
Have Spoken
Connecting Through This Chance …

A Special Light
Is Lit
Throughout Our Lifelong Dance …

A Spark A Hope
A Glitter
To Show Us From This Day …

Our Lives Have
Been But Changed
In Very Unique Ways …

No Matter
Where We Go
This Change Within So Deep …

Will Turn
Our Hearts Aglow
As Friendships Are For Keeps !

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05/02/2017

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Just A Heads Up, Your Eyelashes Are Probably Crawling With Mites

We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but here it goes: Your eyelashes are probably covered in parasitic mites.

Your face can play host to two species of microscopic mites: Demodex folliculorum and Demodex brevis. These mites live in hair follicles, feasting on your body’s oily secretions. 

Yummy. 

It’s unclear how many people host Demodex mites, but research suggests that they become increasingly common as we age. Demodex mites rarely appear on babies, but samples of teens and adults have shown 70 to 100 percent occurrence of Demodex. 

Before you pluck out each eyelash one by one, know that these mites likely won’t do you any harm. Demodex can eat, crawl around and reproduce on your face for years without causing any problems. However, when they build up in your lashes, they can cause eye irritation and inflammation. Demodex mites have also been linked to rosacea.

Many of us who have Demodex will never have an issue with these creepy-crawlies. But if you are diagnosed with an eyelash mite infestation, there are a few simple steps you can take. Use tea tree oil wipes to clean your eyelids and have your doctor clean the area as well.   

As for the rest of us? We’ll just try not to lay awake at night thinking of the microscopic parasites crawling all over our faces.

Easier said than done.

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Secret Tape Reveals Trump Hyping Presidency To Club Members

An audiotape of Donald Trump shortly after he won the presidency shows him hyping the upcoming drama of a new kind of reality show. 

On the tape, which Politico obtained from someone on the scene, Trump exhorts the “special people” at one of his golf clubs to be his audience and enjoy the drama of watching him interview potential candidates for his Cabinet.

“We’re doing a lot of interviews tomorrow — generals, dictators, we have everything,” says Trump on the tape, taken at a cocktail party last November at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. 

“You may wanna come around. It’ll be fun. We’re really working tomorrow. We have meetings every 15, 20 minutes with different people that will form our government,” adds Trump, who once displayed his showman skills as star of “The Apprentice” reality show. 

“We’re going to be interviewing everybody — treasury, we’re going to be interviewing secretary of state,” he says. “We have everybody coming in — if you want to come around, it’s going to be unbelievable … so you might want to come along.”

Trump sounds joyful talking about his victory at the party, which honored longtime members of the club. It’s the kind of milieu he seems to thrive in; this is his third week conducting the business of his presidency at his Mar-a-Lago golf resort in Palm Beach, Florida. 

He came under fire last week for meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe — and discussing America’s response to a North Korean ballistic missile test — at a Mar-a-Lago restaurant table in full view of club members, some of whom were snapping photos. One club member even took a picture with someone he described as the aide who carries the nuclear “football” with the codes for launching a nuclear attack. Democrats are demanding to know what kind of security measures are in place to screen club members, visitors and workers.

The club members are a circle of “special people,” Trump noted at Bedminster, who have direct access to the president thanks to a membership fee. In the case of Mar-a-Lago, the fee was recently bumped up to $ 200,000. Throughout the presidential campaign, Trump himself accused Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton of trading access for charitable contributions to her family’s Clinton Foundation. 

Quartz recently spotted a bit of C-SPAN videotape showing airline lobbyist Kevin Burke shaking hands with Trump when the president hosted members of the aviation industry at the White House earlier this month.

“Nice to see you,” said Burke. “I’m a member of your club, by the way,” he told the president.

“Very good,” Trump said. “Very good.”

 

 

 

 

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Why You Need to Fire Your Inner Monday Morning Quarterback

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It’s no surprise that all of the Monday morning quarterbacks have shown up in full splendor today, following the biggest comeback in Super bowl history. Full disclosure: I’m a lifelong New Englander, but promise not to say something like “Hellooooo, haters”, or “we’re wicked awesome” in a thick PAAHHK the CAAAH Boston accent between sips of Dunkin’ Donuts.

In case you didn’t know, a Monday morning quarterback (MMQB) is a person who criticizes, passes judgment, and offers hindsight solutions to problems. They are very easy to find today across talk radio, TV, and social media feeds.

They should’ve done this or that. Why on earth didn’t they see it? They made such a textbook mistake. It’s all SOOO obvious. OMG.

Psychology can help explain why hindsight bias is such a trap for us. That feeling that “we knew it all along” arises from our tendencies towards creating stories that make sense based on the information we have. Researchers Neal Roese and Kathleen Vohs suggest that our desire for closure makes us apt to promote a positive view of ourselves. We get all puffed up, even when the conclusions we draw are incorrect.

Hindsight bias can prevent us from learning from experiences, or taking a deeper dive into the forces at hand, and coming up with a more accurate analysis of what’s transpired.

Most of us are not professional sports players, with millions of eyes on us, but we’ve all faced our own versions of MMQB’s, jousting us with “I told you so’s” and “what were you thinking’s”. Worse, many of us struggle with our own pesky inner MMQB that constantly needles us through the play by play of our lives.

I should’ve never done that. Why didn’t I realize it at the time? How stupid can I be?

While reflecting on mistakes is a vital part of our growth and progress, all the ‘shoulding’ that comes from our inner MMQB can sabotage happiness and wellbeing. Here’s how to fire a reactive, overly critical MMQB, and replace with a more rational, wise one:

1. Silence your inner hater. Do you tend to call yourself names, instead of cutting yourself some slack? Do you take a disproportionate amount of blame in a situation that’s gone wrong? Do you feel a constant sense of under accomplishment, no matter how much you’ve done? These are red flags that your inner MMQB needs walking papers.

2. Review the tape. Do you think every move you’ve made has gone wrong? Do you see your mistakes as catastrophic with no room for learning? Your MMQB might be going purely off the amygdala, the mechanism in your brain that regulates fear responses. Take a needed break to regroup and revisit once the frontal lobe, the part of the brain responsible for reason, has time to review the play more accurately.

3. Stay agile. Do you feel a sense of dread and doom? Does it seem like there’s no way out? Stay on your toes, and be ready to pivot away from original conclusions you have drawn. Train your inner MMQB to rethink first glances, and check for new alternatives and approaches to the problems you face. Be on the lookout for opportunities to change directions. So much falls out of the realm of our control, and while we can’t always win, we can learn to adapt and stay in the game for the long haul.

Hindsight might not be as 20/20 as we’d like. If your inner MMQB has become obnoxiously full of unsolicited, negative advice, now is the time to fire and rehire one that is more rational, compassionate and nimble.

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Doctors Have Been Treating Lower Back Pain All Wrong

When Julie Price threw out her back for the second time in December, she knew she needed help. 

“It was immobilizing and intense,” Price, a 37-year-old New York City-based accountant, told The Huffington Post.

Price, a former athlete, felt she had lost a lot of strength after two pregnancies. She also has flat feet, alignment issues and “bad knees,” so she realized she couldn’t take care of everything alone.

Although the pain started to lessen on its own, Price went to see Allen Chen, director of physiatry at NewYork-Presbyterian/The Spine Hospital, who specializes in treating spine injuries.

Chen, after ruling out structural problems with her spine, prescribed physical therapy once a week and home exercises. She doesn’t have any pain now, and she feels stronger, not just in her back but also in her core and legs, she said.

“Last week I was able to squat without anything hurting, which I never thought would happen,” she said. The physical therapy “has made a world of difference.”

The American College of Physicians, in new guidelines released this week, says a lot more patients should receive the type of treatment Chen prescribed for Price.

Doctors need to educate their patients that lower back pain is like a common cold ― unpleasant but hard to treat and likely to go away on its own. And chances are painkillers won’t do much to help.

“Low back pain is very common, and most [of it] improves over time regardless of treatment,” Nitin Damle, president of the American College of Physicians and a practicing internist, told HuffPost.

That’s a significant task considering that estimates suggest up to a fourth of all adults in the U.S. have had some back pain for at least one day in the past three months. It’s one of the most common reasons Americans go to a doctor.  

The new guidelines: Don’t even bother with Tylenol

The new ACP guidelines recommend non-drug treatments, such as massage, yoga, tai chi and acupuncture, as the first line of defense against back pain. Only if those are not effective, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (or NSAIDs, like aspirin and ibuprofen) should be used. Then, if those are ineffective, prescription drugs can be tried.

Another significant change to the guidelines is that acetaminophens (such as Tylenol and the combination drugs Excedrin and Sudafed) should not be used at all for back pain, since recent evidence shows that those over-the-counter painkillers do not actually help back pain. 

The guidelines also recommend that doctors prescribe opioids only as a last resort, after other drug and non-drug therapies did not work, and after the doctor has explained the risks and benefits to the patient.

Overuse of over-the-counter painkillers, common among people with lower back pain, can lead to health risks, including heart and gastrointestinal problems. And the serious risks associated with opioid misuse ― including addiction, overdose and death ― have led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue its own guidelines for reducing prescription opioid use across all medical disciplines.

A big benefit of the new guidelines is that they will help patients avoid the risks associated with NSAIDs, Tylenol and, most significantly, opioids, Chen said. Many of the recommended non-drug therapies included in the guidelines ― yoga, tai chi, massage, heat and acupuncture therapy, among others ― are very low risk, he added.

It’s also important to note that the guidelines apply only to low back pain that stays in the back (not the kind that radiates down the leg or to other areas).

Massage, yoga, acupuncture first

“There’s been a push over the past few years in my practice and in many others to push away from medications ― particularly opioids,” Chen told HuffPost in a phone interview.

Previous treatment guidelines for low back pain from 2007 had recommended NSAIDs be used along with a non-drug treatment. “But I think the focus on non-pharmacological treatments for low back pain, opposed to medications ― particularly opioids ― is long overdue,” Chen said.

(ACP considers any guidelines out of date after five years and subsequently subject to review.)

Accessible alternative therapy is more important than ever

The guidelines themselves do not make recommendations for what treatments insurance companies should cover ― and just because the guidelines recommend a certain treatment does not mean your policy will cover it.

“Those may end up being out-of-pocket costs,” Chen said.

Plus, not all of the treatments in the guidelines are even available to all patients depending on where they live. For example, estimates suggest that in the U.S. there will be shortages of physical therapists in as many as 48 states by 2030 (based on current trends in needs for physical therapy and projected numbers of therapists). 

For Price, getting to physical therapy once a week is accessible and is covered by her employer’s health insurance. But there are limits on how many sessions the plan will cover, she said.

“It does factor into my thoughts of how long do I need to continue” the therapy, she said.

But she’s more than happy that she’s pain-free without drugs. She did take a few doses of Aleve or Advil when her pain first started, but in general she tries to avoid medication, she said.

“The goal now is to get [my back] strong ― and better aligned ― so I don’t throw it out again.” 

“I knew losing the strength I used to have before kids was most likely the biggest issue ― and that learning how to get that done right and fit it back into my new mommy lifestyle would be what I really needed,” Price said.

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GOP Congressman Now Realizes That Demeaning Women In His District Maybe Wasn’t Such A Good Idea

Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) admits he “probably should not” have said that women were in his “grill” over Republican attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Brat made the initial comments last month at a private event when discussing an effort on Facebook by his constituents to get him to hold a town hall.

“Since Obamacare and these issues have come up, the women are in my grill no matter where I go,” he said. “They come up and say, ‘When’s your next town hall?’ And believe me, it’s not to give positive input.”

During a Facebook Live broadcast on Tuesday, Brat said that he should have used different words.

“So I shared it in a humorous, light-hearted gesture and people take it out of context. I meant no harm. I probably should not have repeated that phrase. In hindsight, I probably could have chosen much better words,” he said, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Becky Shields, a mom and graduate student who was one of the organizers of the Facebook effort, told The Huffington Post Brat’s comments didn’t “address the root of the problem.”

“He addressed the fact that he used a slang phrase, he did not address the fact that he used women as a punchline,” Shields said. “He did say, ‘Maybe it wasn’t a good idea to say in my grill,’ but he did not say that it wasn’t a good idea to make a joke out of his female constituents. That’s what he did when he used that phrase.”

“I would urge the congressman to ask himself why women are in his grill no matter where he goes about Obamacare instead of focusing on the fact that he was called out for using slang awkwardly,” she added.

Brat had also alleged, without evidence, that the people pushing him to hold a town hall were “paid activists.” Shields said last month the claim was “ludicrous” and that the people organizing the effort were concerned constituents who had full-time jobs.

Angry constituents have confronted several other Republicans at town halls in recent weeks and the GOP politicians similarly claimed that they were paid protesters. There is no evidence to support the allegations.

On Tuesday, Brat tried to walk back the suggestion that his constituents were paid protesters.

A small percentage of folks load up the Facebook with comments and you can kind of tell there’s an organized pattern at a certain time an email goes out, and all of a sudden you get 50 or 100 people reading off the same script,” he said.

Shields said that Brat’s answer was just “verbal gymnastics” and “he needs to own that.”

The pressure on Brat to hold a town hall appears to have been successful. After initially saying he was too busy, the congressman said this week that he would host an in person town hall on Tuesday.

Shields said she plans to attend and ask him a substantive question (she’s interested to know where he stands on gender rating, the practice of charging men and women different prices for healthcare based on their gender and whether he believes pregnancy should be a preexisting condition).

While Shields is happy that the pressure worked, she hopes that Tuesday’s town hall is the first of many.

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Love Takes Action: An Astrological View

For the past two years, my HuffPost blogs have focused on astrology and the myriad ways this ancient art is helpful and meaningful for life today. I was galvanized by HuffPost’s call for articles under the heading #LoveTakesAction. It is an antidote to the swirling hate around us in these fractious and difficult times and I am happy to contribute. Personally, and in my astrology practice, I am encouraging people to focus on what they can do without becoming overwhelmed by the fray, the double talk, and polarization we find all around us.

The first category HuffPost suggested is ways people take action to show and even mobilize love. Each astrological sign takes action in different ways and hewing to your own resonant talents and ability will maximize your effectiveness and keep your energy balanced.

Aries: Leads the campaign and marches. He is a natural warrior for justice.

Taurus: Raises money for organizations that matter and promotes concrete goals towards tolerance and peace.

Gemini: Disseminates real information that encourages people to think and take action.

Cancer: Nurtures those who come across their path whether in a soup kitchen, shelter, or random encounters.

Leo: Dramatizes with very public and heartfelt performances which portray the world you want to live in.

Virgo: Analyzes and categorizes information to discern the actual facts and communicates this information clearly.

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Libra: Engages with tact and diplomacy in relationships, action and dialogue that try to balance love and hate while taking a middle course.

Scorpio: Transforms him or herself with radical, personal actions that serve as a model for passionate tolerance of all the forms love can take.

Sagittarius: Teaches through conversation and ideas that laughter and good humor can overcome obstacles.

Capricorn: Organizes business structures based on responsible solutions and ecological solutions for all people.

Aquarius: Creates a circle of friends and common-minded people who act together on social projects.

Pisces: Works with charitable and religious organizations that reach out with compassion to the neediest.

These suggestions are calls to love action for each sign. I hope they resonate with you and enhance your quest for a more harmonious world.

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This Is What Obamacare’s Critics Won’t Admit Or Simply Don’t Understand

THOUSAND OAKS, California ― Maryann Hammers is likely to die from ovarian cancer someday. But she hopes someday won’t come anytime soon.

Hammers, 61, received the diagnosis in late 2013, and doctors told her that it was stage 3-C, which meant that she could live for many years with the right treatment and a little luck. So far, she’s had both. She’s in remission for the second time, and her last course of chemotherapy ended a year and a half ago. But recent blood tests detected elevated levels of a protein associated with tumors, she explained when we met a few weeks ago. “Maybe it’s a fluke,” she said. “I hope so. I kinda feel like the clock is ticking.”

If the cancer is back, Hammers said, she may need surgery similar to her two previous operations — “gigantic surgeries, gutted like a fish and hospitalized for many days.” Chemotherapy would likely come next, plus medication, hospitalization, and home care. But Hammers considers herself lucky because she’s been able to get treatment at City of Hope, a highly respected Southern California cancer research and treatment center, and luckier still that she’s been able to pay for the treatment with insurance — an Anthem Blue Cross policy she bought through Covered California, the exchange her state created under the Affordable Care Act.

To hear President Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republicans tell it, Obamacare has been a disaster, even for those who obtained coverage through the law. Hammers has a very different perspective. She’s a freelance writer and editor, which means she has no employer-provided insurance. In the old days, if she’d gone shopping for a policy with her cancer diagnosis, she would have struggled to find a carrier willing to sell her one.

I’m terrified. … Do you know how easy it is to use a million dollars when you’re getting cancer treatment?
Maryann Hammers, Thousand Oaks, California

And it’s not just the pre-existing condition guarantee, which even critics like Trump say they support, that Hammers has found so valuable. The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to cover a wide range of services and treatments — which, in her case, has included multiple shots of Neulasta, a medication that boosts white blood cell counts and typically costs several thousand dollars per injection. The law also prohibits annual or lifetime limits on benefits, which, as a long-term cancer patient, she would be a prime candidate to exceed. 

Policies with such robust coverage inevitably cost thousands of dollars a year, more than Hammers could afford on her own — particularly since battling the disease has cut into her work hours. But the law’s generous tax credits discount the premiums and help with the out-of-pocket costs, too. “Without the Affordable Care Act, I honestly do not know what I would have done,” she said.

The coverage Hammers has today still isn’t as good as what she had years ago, when she worked for a company that provided benefits. But it’s better than what she had in the years right before the cancer diagnosis, when she was buying insurance on her own. The latter plan covered fewer services and came with out-of-pocket costs high enough to discourage her from getting checkups. Obamacare’s introduction of free preventive screenings led her to schedule a long-overdue colonoscopy. During routine preparation for that procedure, a physician first felt a lump in her abdomen.  

Sometimes Hammers wonders whether, with less sporadic doctor visits, the cancer might have been caught a little sooner. “But I couldn’t afford a fat doctor’s bill. And I thought I was super healthy.”

These days, something else looms even larger in her mind — the possibility that Trump and the Republican Congress will repeal the health care law without an adequate replacement, or maybe with no replacement at all.  

“I’m terrified — isn’t that crazy?” Hammers said. “My biggest source of stress right now isn’t the fact that I have incurable cancer. It’s the prospect of losing my insurance.”

What American Health Care Used To Look Like

To appreciate the significance of stories like Hammers’ and what they say about the Affordable Care Act, it helps to remember what used to happen to people like her before the law took effect. By 2009, when President Barack Obama took office, roughly 1 in 6 Americans had no health care insurance, and even the insured could still face crippling medical bills. As a reporter covering health care during those years, I met these people. Some of their stories stand out, even now, because they capture the old system at its callous, capricious worst.

Gary Rotzler, a quality engineer at a defense contractor in upstate New York, lost his family coverage in the early 1990s when he lost his job. He ended up uninsured for two years, while he juggled stints as an independent contractor. His wife, Betsy, made do without doctor visits even after she started feeling some strange pains. By the time she got a checkup, she had advanced breast cancer. Desperate efforts at treatment failed. After she died, Gary, a father of three, had to declare bankruptcy because of all the unpaid medical bills.

Jacqueline Ruess, a widow in south Florida, thought she was insured. But then she needed expensive tests when her physicians suspected she had cancer. Although the tests were negative, the insurer refused to pay the bills because, it said, a brief episode of a routine gynecological problem in her past qualified as a pre-existing condition.

Tony Montenegro, an immigrant from El Salvador living in Los Angeles, was uninsured and working as a security guard, until untreated diabetes left him legally blind.

Marijon Binder, an impoverished former nun in Chicago, was sued by a Catholic hospital over medical expenses she couldn’t pay.

And Russ Doren, a schoolteacher in a Denver suburb, believed he had good insurance until the bills for his wife’s inpatient treatment at a psychiatric hospital hit the limit for mental health coverage. The hospital released her, despite worries that she was not ready. A few days later, she took her own life.

The Affordable Care Act of 2010 was an effort to address these kinds of problems — to carry on the crusade for universal coverage that Harry Truman had launched some 60 years before. But precisely because Obama and his allies were determined to succeed where predecessors had failed, they made a series of concessions that necessarily limited the law’s ambition.

They expanded Medicaid and regulated private insurance rather than start a whole new government-run program. They dialed back demands for lower prices from drugmakers, hospitals and other health care industries. And they agreed to tight budget constraints for the program as a whole, rather than risk a revolt among more conservative Democrats. These decisions meant that health insurance would ultimately be more expensive and the new system’s financial assistance would be less generous.

Still, projections showed that the law would bring coverage to millions while giving policymakers tools they could use to reduce medical costs over time. When the Senate passed its version of the legislation in December 2009, then-Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) described the program as a “starter home” with a solid foundation and room for expansion.

Where Obamacare Failed And Where It Succeeded

Seven years later, Trump and the Affordable Care Act’s other critics insist that the program has been a boondoggle — that the Obamacare starter home needs demolition. Some of their objections are philosophical, and some, like the persistent belief that the law set up “death panels,” are fantastical. But others focus on the law’s actual consequences.

High on that list of consequences are the higher premiums and out-of-pocket costs that some people face. The new rules, like coverage of pre-existing conditions, have made policies more expensive, and Obamacare’s financial aid frequently doesn’t offset the increases. A “rate shock” wave hit suddenly in the fall of 2013, when insurers unveiled their newly upgraded plans and in many cases canceled old ones — infuriating customers who remembered Obama’s promise that “if you like your plan, you can keep it,” while alienating even some of those sympathetic to what Obama and the Democrats were trying to do.

I’ve interviewed plenty of these people, too. A few weeks ago, I spoke with Faisuly Scheurer, a real estate agent from Blowing Rock, North Carolina. She and her husband, who works in the restaurant business, were excited about the health care law because they’d struggled to find decent, affordable insurance. They make about $ 60,000 a year, before taxes, with two kids and college tuition looming in the not-distant future, she said.

In late 2013, they checked out their options and learned that, after tax credits, coverage would cost $ 360 a month. Scheurer said she remembers thinking, “OK, that is really tight. But if the benefits are good, we are going to have to skimp on other things to make it work.” Then she learned about the deductible, which was nearly $ 13,000 per year. “My disappointment was indescribable.”

The Scheurer family ultimately decided to remain uninsured. They’re not the only ones, and that has weakened the system as a whole. The people eschewing coverage tend to be relatively healthy, since they’re most willing to take the risk of no coverage. That’s created big problems for insurers, which need the premiums from healthy folks to offset the high medical bills of people with serious conditions.

Many insurers have reacted by raising premiums or pulling out of some places entirely, leaving dysfunctional markets in North Carolina and a handful of other states. Just this week, Humana, which had already scaled back its offerings, announced that it was pulling out of the Affordable Care Act exchanges altogether. At least for the moment, 16 counties in Tennessee don’t have a single insurer committed to offering coverage in 2018.

Trump, Ryan and other Republicans pounced on the Humana news, citing it as more proof of a “failed system” and the need for repeal. That’s pretty typical of how the political conversation about the Affordable Care Act has proceeded for the last seven years. The focus is on everything that’s gone wrong with Obamacare, with scant attention to what’s gone right.

And yet the list of what’s gone right is long.

  • In states like California and Michigan, the newly regulated markets appear to be working as the law’s architects intended, except for some rural areas that insurers have never served that well. Middle-class people in those states have better, more affordable options.

  • It looks like more insurers are figuring out how to make their products work and how to successfully compete for business. Customers have turned out to be more price-sensitive than insurers originally anticipated. In general, the carriers that struggle are large national companies without much experience selling directly to consumers, rather than through employers.

  • Last year’s big premium increases followed two years in which average premiums were far below projections, a sign that carriers simply started their pricing too low. Even now, on average, the premiums people pay for exchange insurance are on a par with, or even a bit cheaper than, equivalent employer policies — and that’s before the tax credits.

  • The majority of people who are buying insurance on their own or get their coverage through Medicaid are satisfied with it, according to separate surveys by the Commonwealth Fund and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. The level of satisfaction with the new coverage still trails that involving employer-provided insurance, and it has declined over time. But it’s clearly in positive territory 

And then there’s the fact that the number of people without health insurance is the lowest that government or private surveys have ever recorded. When confronted with questions about the people who gained coverage because of the law, Republicans often say something about sparing those people from disruption ― and then argue that even those who obtained insurance through the law are suffering and no better off. This claim is wildly inconsistent with the experience of people like Maryann Hammers ― and, more important, it’s wildly inconsistent with the best available research.

People are struggling less with medical bills, have easier access to primary care and medication, and report that they’re in better health, according to a study that appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2015. The number of people forgoing care because of costs or being “very worried” about paying for a catastrophic medical bill dropped substantially among the newly insured, Kaiser Foundation researchers found last year when they focused on people in California.

A bunch of other studies have turned up similar evidence, All of them gibe with a landmark report on the effects of Massachusetts’ 2006 insurance expansion, which was a prototype for the national legislation. Residents of that state experienced better health outcomes and less financial stress, according to the study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

“Though it’s had no shortage of controversies and stumbles, there’s really no denying that the ACA has created historic gains in insurance coverage,” said Larry Levitt, a senior vice president at the Kaiser Foundation. “With better coverage that has fewer holes, access to health care has improved and many have better protection from crushing medical bills.”

What Repeal Would Really Mean

Reasonable people can disagree about whether these achievements justify Obamacare’s costs, which include not only higher premiums for the young and healthy but also hefty new taxes on the wealthiest Americans. That’s a debate about values and priorities as much as facts.

What’s not in dispute, or shouldn’t be, is the stark choice on the political agenda right now.

Democratic lawmakers still argue for the principle that Truman laid out in 1948: “health security for all, regardless of residence, station, or race.” They think the Affordable Care Act means the U.S. is closer to that goal and that the next step should be to bolster the law ― by using government power to force down the price of drugs, hospital services and other forms of medical care, while providing more generous government assistance to people who still find premiums and out-of-pocket costs too onerous. Basically, they want people like Faisuly Scheurer to end up with the same security that people like Maryann Hammers already have.

Some Republicans talk as if they share these goals. Trump has probably been the most outspoken on this point, promising to deliver “great health care at lower cost” and vowing that “everybody would be covered.” But other Republicans reject the whole concept of health care as a right. Although it’s theoretically possible to draw up a conservative health plan that would improve access and affordability, these aren’t the kinds of plans that Republicans have in mind. 

There’s a face to this law, there’s a face to people that are going to be affected by it.
Angela Eilers, Yorba Linda, California

Their schemes envision substantially less government spending on health care, which would mean lower taxes for the wealthy but also less financial assistance for everybody else. Republicans would make insurance cheaper, but only by allowing it to cover fewer services and saddling beneficiaries with even higher out-of-pocket costs. The result would be some mix of more exposure to medical bills and more people without coverage. If Republicans repeal the Affordable Care Act without replacing it ― a real possibility, given profound divisions within the GOP over how to craft a plan ― 32 million more people could go uninsured, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

That would mean real suffering, primarily among those Americans who benefit most from the law now ― the ones with serious medical problems, or too little income to pay for insurance on their own, or both.

Jay Stout, a 20-year-old in Wilmington, North Carolina, is one of those people. He was in good health until a head-on car collision nearly severed his arm and landed him in the hospital for more than a month. Surgeries and rehabilitation would have cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars that, as a community college student working part-time as a busboy, he could never have paid — if not for the Blue Cross plan that his mother had bought through the Affordable Care Act. When we spoke a few weeks ago, he told me the insurance has been “irreplaceable” and that losing it “would be totally devastating.”

Meenakshi Bewtra had never had a serious health problem until her first year at the University of Pennsylvania medical school, when she developed severe gastrointestinal problems — the kind that forced her into the hospital for two months and drove her to drop out of school. Her insurance lapsed, which meant that her GI issues became a pre-existing condition. She eventually found coverage and today she’s a professor of medicine at Penn, where she moonlights as an advocate for universal health insurance.

“For the first time, I truly understood what comprehensive health insurance meant,” Bewtra said, remembering what it was like to become fully covered. “I did not have to worry about how many times I saw a doctor, or how many lab tests I had to get, or having to ration out medications.”

Angela Eilers, who lives in Yorba Linda, California, isn’t worrying about her own health. It’s her daughter Myka who has a congenital heart condition called pulmonary stenosis, which makes it more difficult for the heart to pump blood to the lungs. The little girl has required multiple surgeries and will need intensive medical treatment throughout her childhood.

In 2012, Angela’s husband, Todd, was laid off from his job at an investment firm. Since going without insurance was not an option, they took advantage of COBRA to stay on his old company’s health plan. It was expensive, and Eilers recalled panicking over the possibility they might not be able to pay the premiums. “I remember sitting at the table, thinking of plans. What would be our plan? One of them was … giving up our parents rights to my mom, because she has really good health insurance.”

Eventually her husband started his own consulting business, and that gave them the income to keep up with premiums until 2014 — when they were able to obtain coverage through the Affordable Care Act. Today they have a gold plan, one of the most generous available, for which they pay around $ 20,000 a year. Even though they make too much to qualify for financial assistance, they’re grateful for the coverage. Seven-year-old Myka has already run up more than a half-million dollars in medical bills. In the old days, before Obamacare, they would have worried about hitting their plan’s lifetime limit on benefits. 

The family’s coverage has become more expensive over the years. They wish the price were lower, but they’re also not complaining about that. “I’m thankful that the letter was a premium hike, rather than ‘Sorry, we are not going to cover your daughter anymore,’” Angela Eilers said.

When she thinks about the possibility of Obamacare repeal, she wonders if Trump and the Republicans understand what that would really mean. “There’s a face to this law, there’s a face to people that are going to be affected by it,” Eilers said. “It’s not me, it’s not him, it’s her. She’s only 7. And through no fault of her own, why should she suffer? And she’s not the only one.”

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87-Year-Old Woman Trolls Trump From The Grave With Her Obituary

Just a little over three weeks into Donald Trump’s presidency, Elizabeth “Liz” Smith of Norwalk, Ohio, seemed to have had quite enough.

On Feb. 13, the 87-year-old died at a hospice center surrounded by family, according to her obituary. And in that same obit, Smith, an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church and Huron County Democratic Party, hilariously let her feelings about our current commander-in-chief be known.

“Liz is smiling now, not to be living during the Trump presidency,” it reads.

Deborah Lucal, Smith’s daughter, told the Sandusky Register that Smith had noticed a similar sentiment in another obituary and thought it was funny.

“She had seen that in somebody else’s obituary and kind of made a note of that,” Lucal said. “She doesn’t like the man, she never has, thought he was a pompous ass.”

Wayne Morris, a North Carolina man who died on Oct. 2, never lived to see Trump win the presidency, but made his distaste for the then Republican nominee apparent by requesting his family include the line “Do not vote for Donald Trump” in his obituary.

Mary Anne Noland of Richmond, Virginia, on the other hand, wasn’t a fan of Trump or Hillary Clinton and stated that she’d rather die than vote for either one of them in her May 2016 obituary.

“Faced with the prospect of voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Mary Anne Noland of Richmond chose, instead, to pass into the eternal love of God on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at the age of 68,” the obituary, published in The Richmond Times-Dispatch, said.

Here’s hoping that all three are thoroughly enjoying a politics-free afterlife.

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How to Embrace the Gift of Criticism

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This past October, I received the news from my literary agent that the novel I’d been laboring over and believed was finished, needed more work before she could take it out to market.

It was hard enough to accept this judgment, let alone share my disappointment with anyone–particularly my readers, in spite of the fact they’ve always remained remarkably loyal. Perhaps I was simply embarrassed to admit it. After all, I had made a few declarations that the manuscript was complete, and that I was on my way to finding a publisher.

The process of writing this book had already been somewhat painstaking, beginning back in October of 2015, when–after two years of writing–I received the advice of an established writer and editor: pitch the first 350 pages and begin again. After much contemplation, I decided to follow her suggestion.

That brings me to October 2016, a year later, when I found myself with 450 brand-new pages of completed manuscript. I sent it on to my agent, and this time she was the one to tell me that I had once again failed to reach my goal, although in an entirely different way this time around.

Initially, I couldn’t hear or process her evaluation: she felt that the novel should not be abandoned–but instead further revised. Significantly. Even though I had polished every page until my brain ached, I nevertheless needed to accept that I still had a lot of work to do. I trust my agent and value her experience, so I listened to all she had to say and resolved I would try to push myself through one last draft. This acquiescence, however, came with a steep emotional price tag.

THE NECESSARY EVIL OF CRITIQUE

Depression saturated the following days. One that was dark and deep, though I carried on with my life anyway. But, on a morning not so long afterward, as I brushed my teeth, the novel’s protagonist began to whisper in my ear. From her came a new idea. And then another. By the time five o’clock rolled around, I had scribbled down forty-one revisions I planned to make. And now, some four months after I’d submitted the manuscript to my agent originally, I am happy to say I’ve almost finished those numerous and significant changes. With great satisfaction, I can see how much I’ve improved and transformed the novel. I have to admit that, in so many ways, she was right.

I suppose the point in exposing my failures and regenerations in this writing process is to share with you the value of accepting criticism, enduring the agony of starting over, and learning to revise and adapt to changes in our plans–be they large or small–in order to achieve our dreams. Sometimes we have to let go of old ideas in order to reveal a new direction. In a novel, beginnings and endings change, as do titles, characters, points of view, scenes, and plot lines. The only constant is in knowing what you want to say–rather than knowing how you want to say it.

Going back to the starting gate in order to get to the finish line can be a harsh reality that requires both perseverance and fortitude–two qualities every writer must possess in abundance.

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YOU ARE ALL THAT YOU NEED TO SUCCEED

My mother, the late poet, Anne Sexton, wore a medallion around her neck–which I inherited and still wear–that is inscribed with the Latin phrase: “Illegitimi Non Carborundum.” This means, in rough English (if you will excuse the expletive): “Don’t Let The Bastards Grind You Down.” I reminded myself of that sentiment as I soldiered on with countless revisions and rewrites. While no specific person was “grinding me down” back in October, it did feel, at the time, as if life itself was trying to squash my desire to see this through.

But now, sitting here at my computer in February, I no longer feel overwhelmed with self-doubt and defeat. Once again, I have regained a firm grasp of where my novel is going and how I’m going to get it to the finish line. And this time I’m certain that no one is going to get in my way. Not even myself.

Of course, there are no guarantees in the publishing industry. My agent may still feel uncertain about the novel despite all the hard work I’ve put into it since her last critique. Or, perhaps her response will be the opposite, and she’ll now see it as a blockbuster destined for the best-seller lists. But who’s to say my publisher will agree. The difficult work of four years could be stashed in a banker’s box, consigned to my storage shed, lined up side by side with the discarded drafts of other work and years of old tax returns. This is the risk I accept as one who makes her living as a writer.

Many of us go through similar experiences: a chef dumps a batch of curdled hollandaise sauce, and begins to whip up a new one; a surfer wipes out, and has to paddle in a hurry to catch the next wave; brothers and sisters, or parents and children, sit down together to work out a disagreement and strengthen their emotional bond.

The ability to listen to criticism, and to begin again, is a gift. And it can spark one of life’s most important challenges. If such insights should come to you–be open and take them to heart. It is absolutely possible to improve on a part of your life that is closest to your soul, be it in an intimate relationship or in the work-a-day world, so long as you allow it. Give starting over a chance, and discover the rewards you can reap.

Copyright 2017 Linda Gray Sexton

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‘Technology Addiction’ Isn’t Real, But You Can Have An Obsession

“Technology addiction” has become the in vogue term to describe our society’s rising use of digital devices. However, experts stress that using that word is misleading.

“People will often say, ‘I’m addicted to technology’ or ‘I’m addicted to my phone’ but they’re really not,” research psychologist Larry Rosen, co-author of The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World, explains in the video above. “More likely they’re obsessed with their phones.”

Rosen says that there’s a stark difference between an obsession and an addiction, but that doesn’t get smartphone users off the hook: Technology obsession can still yield health issues like an increased risk for mental health conditions.

“Being obsessed with technology means there’s a buildup in your brain of anxiety chemicals and you have to do something like, say, check your smartphone or check Facebook in order to reduce those chemicals and not feel so anxious,” Rosen said.

Research suggests that 24 percent of teens in the United States are online “almost constantly.” Another 2016 survey found that Americans spend more than 10 hours of their day looking at screens. And it’s likely only going to increase.

If you find that your smartphone is like candy for your brain, here are a few suggestions to ease the obsession:

  • Make time for activities away from your phone. This could include going for a walk (it boosts your mental health!), taking your pet to the park or reading a book. Check out this list of suggestions for more.

  • Turn off push notifications. There will be less temptation to check your device if you’re not getting flashy alerts every few minutes.

  • Create a phone log. Ever hear of a food diary? This is the same concept, just with tracking your phone usage. Write down how often you stare at your screen and then carve out some in your schedule to be away from it.

  • Make your phone go to bed before you do. Research shows the blue light emitted from smartphone screens can wreak havoc on your sleep. Try powering down or stepping away from it at least 30 minutes before you shut your eyes. You’ll get more quality rest.

Sayonara, device dependency.

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The Mormons had just arrived in Utah after their 1,300-mile exodus across the Great Plains and over the Rocky Mountains. Food was scarce, the climate shocking in its extremes, and local Indian bands uneasy. Despite the challenges, Brigham Young and his counselors in the First Presidency sent church members out to establish footholds throughout the Great Basin. But the church leaders felt they had a commission to do more than simply establish Zion in the wilderness; they had to invite the nations to come up to “the mountain of the Lord’s house.” In these critical early years, when survival in Utah was precarious, missionaries were sent to every inhabited continent. The 14 general epistles, sent out from the First Presidency from 1849 to 1856, provide invaluable perspectives on the events of Mormon history as they unfolded during this complex transitional time. Woven into each epistle are missionary calls and reports from the field, giving the Mormons a glimpse of the wider world far beyond their isolated home. At times, the epistles are a surprising mixture of soaring doctrinal expositions and mundane lists of items needed in Salt Lake City, such as shoe leather and nails. Settling the Valley, Proclaiming the Gospel collects the 14 general epistles, with introductions that provide historical, religious, and environmental contexts for the letters, including how they fit into the Christian epistolary tradition by which they were inspired.

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Happy Birthday, From Mr. President

My 21st birthday present is a President Trump.

Within 24 hours of Trump’s ascension to the Oval Office, I will turn 21 years old. The beginning of my officially recognized adult life will be marked by a new administration, a new radical shift in the policy climate and new promises of law and order. I catapult into some of my most formative years alongside a generation uncertain about what exactly we are on the brink of. My welcome into a new era will be accompanied, side-by-side, with his.

I remember Election Night with a vividness I wholeheartedly wish I could shed. Abroad in Italy, I watched numbers trickle in on my living room television screen as the sun slowly climbed from the depths of the horizon. Across the ocean and far from home, darkness and quiet surrounded me as well as a growing sense of nightmarish foreboding. It was strange to feel so far from the election in contrast to the proximity I felt to it while working on the campaign trail this past summer. I remember the waves of nausea and perturbed disbelief I experienced, sitting in my crumpled Hillary t-shirt as red and blue maps glowed on the screen. The statistics did not make sense to me.

The sun rose that Wednesday morning, as President Obama promised it would, just like it will tomorrow. I have lived through only two Presidential administrations in my lifetime: those of George W. Bush and Barack Obama. My memories of Bush’s time in office are blurry. The past eight years have constituted my political education and awareness. As Sasha and Malia grew up, so did I. While my parents know that “the path this country has taken has never been a straight line,” I have yet to experience serious upheavals and transfers of power. I know I am naïve.

In the days that followed, I did not want to read stories about disappointment, fear or shock. Maybe that was selfish. But I searched relentlessly for words that could bring me solace, allow me to extract shreds of hope and gain a more comprehensive understanding about why things turned out the way they did. Obama calmly assured Americans, “We zig and we zag and sometimes we move in ways that some people think is forward and others think is moving back.” I read a quote by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. that resonated with me. “History, by putting crisis in perspective, supplies the antidote to every generation’s illusion that its own problems are uniquely oppressive.” I found comfort in reminders that America has been in similar positions before. Adults kept saying that Americans are resilient. Time pays no heed to our emotions and we trudge onwards.

As November unfolded, I felt surging rushes of disutility and fruitlessness which I initially could not place. I experienced feelings of recognition, and then embarrassment, that I had been unconsciously patting myself on the back throughout this journey. I realized that nothing I have written, nor actions I have taken in an effort to have impact, has actually reached my intended audiences. Words carry weight, but I had convinced myself that mine were influential beyond the small sphere that comprises my community. They merely circulate among Duke’s echo chamber and bounce back to me. I appreciate this supportive atmosphere for the ways in which it has fostered my growth, encouraged me and heightened my passion, but I am disappointed I never pushed myself harder to puncture through it.

North Carolina is a purple battleground, fraught with tension and longstanding issues of race. Duke’s backyard is a microcosm — a petri dish — demonstrating the myriad of ways Americans are struggling to connect with each other, at least enough to find common ground.

More than anything, this election has imparted upon me that I must proactively seek out diversity of experiences and opinions because they will not fall into my lap. As someone who loves stories, I know that everybody has one. The undocumented migrant worker in California has one. The Trump supporter in rural Alabama has one. The union worker in Pennsylvania has one too. I feel compelled to find these narratives and absorb them like a sponge. Everyone’s reality is different, but all of the trials and tribulations Americans experience culminate in their choices.

“We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.” Maya Angelou’s words ring truer now than ever. I hope that solutions can be extracted from her assurance. I want these words to mean compassion’s survival. I wish them to signify Americans’ saving grace.

One week after the election, I Skyped a Duke faculty member and mentor with whom I am close. Something he said struck me. He told me that he believed all of my education and training thus far has been preparing me for this unique moment in history and the political world that lies ahead.

That gave me reason for pause. Being in the majority is easy, he affirmed — though admittedly more fun. But fighting for something with a sense of purpose and resistance demands a different type of grit.

For better or worse, my day of birth will always be tied to the presidency and political climate of my time. This year, I will usher in a President Trump. The “highest and hardest glass ceiling” encasing America has not yet shattered, but someday my birthday will mark the inauguration of the first female president. Or the first Jewish president. Or the first Muslim president. Or the first gay president. And all of those who follow.

I will celebrate.

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Green Beret Shares How to Stay Motivated in Difficult Situations

What are the secrets to staying motivated during emotionally difficult times? originally appeared on Quorathe place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world..

Answer by Ronald Fry, Speaker, Entrepreneur, Author of Hammerhead Six, on Quora:

What are the secrets to staying motivated during emotionally difficult times? This is a great question and one that others are more qualified to answer, but I will take a shot at it. Physical, mental, and emotionally difficult times are a normal part of life and can either break us or be used to forge our character. I have had emotionally difficult times as an individual, as a son, as a husband, father, and as a soldier. These are the times when I have had to lean on my God, my family, my friends, and focus on the big picture to get through.

In the last chapters of Hammerhead Six, I share a very personal, painful situation that occurred during our mission to the Pech Valley. I caused collateral damage that affected a local family, the village, and the Afghan soldiers on my camp. It was a situation that pushed my emotions and grief to the limit. I was humbled and accountable. I reflected on the best way to navigate the situation and continued to think about the big picture and why we were there in the first place. The desire to make things right and accomplish our mission forced me to focus on a solution instead of my own emotions. I chose to face it head on regardless of the consequences. The family and I were reconciled, the villagers appreciated that we acknowledged our mistake, and the mission continued successfully.

In retrospect, the personal growth that I attained from navigating the tragedy and not losing perspective was tremendous. I feel that my character, empathy, and emotional spectrum was stretched. It has become a bitter sweet memory for myself and others that experienced it with me.

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Are You Trump’s Doctor? Then Don’t Comment On His Mental Health

This week, more than 30 mental health professionals released a statement as a letter to the editor at The New York Times, expressing their concern over President Donald Trump’s “emotional instability.”

The psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers who signed the statement outlined issues with Trump’s demonstrated lack of tolerance, empathy and anger control.

“Individuals with these traits distort reality to suit their psychological state, attacking facts and those who convey them (journalists, scientists),” they wrote. “We believe that the grave emotional instability indicated by Mr. Trump’s speech and actions makes him incapable of serving safely as president.”

The authors, who did not immediately return a request for comment from The Huffington Post, noted their statement breaks the Goldwater Rule, an ethical guideline that advises clinicians not to comment in the media on the psychological wellbeing of someone who is not their patient. The American Psychiatric Association specifically warned experts about deviating from the rule during the 2016 election.

The group wrote that it was important to break their silence regardless of the rule. Other experts aren’t so sure.

“I think this effort to psychologize Trump is both inappropriate and pointless,” Arthur Caplan, the founding director of New York University’s division of medical ethics, told HuffPost. He also noted that speculation on a public figure’s mental health may be interpreted more as politics than professional practice.

“Doing this kind of observation from a distance is poor medicine,” he said. “No one [who signed the letter] likely has interviewed him, no one has a history or knows what medication he might be taking. Diagnosing someone from an armchair or a tweet is just not consistent with what doctors should do.”

I think this effort to psychologize Trump is both inappropriate and pointless.
Arthur Caplan, the founding director of New York University’s Division of Medical Ethics

Mental illness doesn’t release a person from responsibility

Here’s the thing this letter fails to address: A person can exhibit morally questionable behavior or poor leadership without having a mental health issue. The two are not mutually exclusive.

“Society tends to psychologize away moral and ethical responsibility,” Caplan said. “When it comes to Trump, he’s doing exactly what he said he’d do in the campaign. If you blame this on a mental illness of some sort, then you’re trivializing what’s really going on.”

And, as psychiatrist Allen Frances pointed out in a series of tweets last month, speculation on Trump’s mental health can be consequential when it comes to stigma. Frances, who helped create the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, a standard classification of mental health conditions also known as the DSM-5, said the commentary gives the wrong message about mental illness:

Research shows negative stereotypes about mental illness can prevent people from seeking professional treatment, treatment that helps the majority of people with mental health issues live productive and successful lives.

“This messaging isn’t fair to people with mental health conditions,” Caplan said. “Just like you can be a CEO or hold high office with a physical illness, who’s to say you can’t do it with a mental illness?”

What medical professionals can do in the Trump era

More immediately, Caplan recommends that medical professionals use public platforms to offer self-care suggestions to the many Americans feeling unprecedented levels of stress.

“More support is needed,” he said. “There needs to be messaging on how to talk about these issues and help offer support for people who might be affected by these circumstances.”

Behind the scenes, they could offer support to the new legislative effort to require a psychiatrist in the White House for current and future administrations. If the law passes, this specific health professional would be privy to the actual mental health status of the person serving office. (Of course, if the elected official had their own physician beforehand they would have that information, too.)

In the meantime, let’s leave the public diagnoses to a person’s actual doctor.

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Democrats Vow Dual Probes Of Trump’s Russia Ties

WASHINGTON ― Democrats vowed Wednesday to pursue a two-path track to probe the ties between President Donald Trump’s administration, his campaign and the Russian government, calling revelations about extensive interactions “chilling.”

“I’ve been in Congress a long time. I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), referring to the resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, apparent Trump administration lies, and fresh reports that there were constant contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence services.

“Nothing less than our system of checks and balances, democratic institutions, the rule of law and our national security is at stake,” Schumer said.

Schumer said the first track for Congress is to pursue committee investigations, led by the Intelligence Committee, with additional oversight from panels such as the Judiciary Committee when the Department of Justice is at issue.

Second, he renewed his call for an independent probe by federal law enforcement ― an investigation he said must exclude new Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was a fixture on Trump’s campaign, along with Flynn.

As a key step in that direction, Schumer said that Trump administration and campaign officials must preserve all of their email conversations and other documents.

Schumer made his remarks while flanked by the top Democrats on the Senate Intelligence, Judiciary and Foreign Relations committees in a show of party unity.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) told HuffPost her Judiciary Committee Democrats were drafting a letter to Sessions seeking a formal commitment that he will recuse himself.

“If this trail leads to the Oval Office, the person investigating that trail should not be the same person who helped put President Trump there. End of story,” Schumer said.

Feinstein and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee both told reporters later that the stakes are as high as Schumer said.

Feinstein reminded reporters that the intelligence community has already released a public report that says Russia actively intervened in the 2016 presidential campaign for the benefit of Trump.

“That’s there for the record, and that’s there for the public to look at. And that is startling,” Feinstein said. “When you begin to learn there were people in contact from the campaign or associates of the president during that period, it takes on a whole other point of view.”

Warner pointed out that the bigger picture includes concerted and successful hacking attempts, a massive Russian disinformation and fake news operation, and the many selective leaks targeted at Hillary Clinton. “The scope is even expanded [now to] any contacts between members of either campaign and Russian officials before the election, and obviously part of this in terms of what’s happened with Gen. Flynn, now extends into contacts that took place after the election,” Warner said.

Republicans have not denigrated the seriousness of the charges against Trump and his team, but are counseling a restrained response.

“I’m no more worried about it than I was when the Obama report came out,” said Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), a member of the Intelligence Committee, referring to the same intelligence community assessment that Feinstein raised. “We’ll just see. I think it’s better to not reach conclusions too quickly here, and to look at everything and we haven’t had a chance to do that yet.”

Blunt and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) both said it was much too early to be talking about independent investigators and recusals of Sessions. “I think that’s ridiculous,” Cornyn told reporters.

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Author Of The Shack Shares Five Tips For Dealing With Grief

What words of wisdom do you have for people who are going through grief or hardship? originally appeared on Quorathe place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world..

Answer by Wm Paul Young, Author of New York Times Best Seller, The Shack, on Quora:

What words of wisdom do you have for people who are going through grief or hardship? Thank you for the tenderness of this question. Here are a few, I hope helpful thoughts.

First, you are not alone, even though every one puts their best face forward on social media and even in human interactions, everyone knows about loss. There is a huge benefit in the element of faith, in a God who is good all the time and present to my losses.

Second, simplify. We get overwhelmed by the complexity of our losses, all the questions, and are tempted to start ‘future tripping’ – imagining a future that is dominated by loss and things never change. It is not real but seems real to us. Simplify and reduce the world to only today and stay inside the grace of this one day. Tomorrow you will get grace for whatever it actually holds and not what you have imagined.

Third, let people in. We are not designed to try and make our way alone through loss. Healing comes through community and relationship.

Fourth, be willing to let the loss go. This is a cost that some are not willing to pay. The loss becomes an identity and sometimes a prison that we begin to call a sanctuary.

Fifth, but (in light of the last suggestion), grieve and lament well. Throw the apples against the barn door with all your might and scream. Don’t suppress the presence of the wounds of loss. The way out is in and through.

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Mom Of Preemie Makes Special Milestone Cards To Celebrate Small Moments

After giving birth to a premature baby, an Australian mom developed a special way to bring hope to other parents with infants in the NICU.

Amy Purling is the creator of Miracle Mumma ― a blog and online store offering products for parents of preemies. One of her biggest sellers is her series of milestone cards to track every step in a preemie’s journey and celebrate their progress. The milestones range from first snuggles to first weight gain to first day without wires.

Purling told The Huffington Post the project was inspired by her son, James, who was born just 30 weeks into her pregnancy and spent the first five weeks of his life in the NICU.

“It was the toughest thing we have ever experienced,” she said. “But each day I would sit by the side of his incubator scribbling in a journal and taking photos to document every little step he took and every little milestone he reached ― it was my way of coping.”

Though Purling had milestone cards for full-term babies, she found that none of those captured the special leaps that little fighters in the NICU take every day.

“I was celebrating milestones that seemed so simple to everyone else, such as his first suck of his dummy and finally being able to breathe on his own, but they were absolutely huge in the NICU world,” the mom explained.

“With each new milestone, we could breathe a sigh of relief and a weight was lifted from our shoulders,” she added. “Ultimately, each milestone meant James was getting stronger and was a step closer to coming home with us.”

The preemie milestone cards are available for purchase at the Miracle Mumma online store and The Preemie Store website. There are card packs for twins, baby boys and girls, as well as gender neutral options.

Purling said she’s received heartwarming feedback from parents who have purchased the cards for their preemies. Many send her updates and photos, and she enjoys staying in touch and following their babies’ progress. “I love being there to support them every step of the way,” she said. 

In addition to the milestone cards, Purling has also launched a Facebook page for Miracle Mumma, which has become a sort of support network for preemie parents. The mom said she’s glad she’s been able to bring so many people together.

“I believe these cards give parents of premature babies something to look forward to and offer a glimmer of hope at a time that is so uncertain and frightening,” the mom said, noting that the cards can help parents break down the overwhelming experience and focus on each small step.

“One of my customers said these cards allow her to feel excited about something at such a difficult time ― she is able to celebrate the small things like any other parent would, and it somehow helps ‘normalize’ the precarious situation,” Purling added. 

She’s also happy her work can raise awareness around premature birth and help others understand what preemies go through. 

Ultimately, Purling wants preemie parents to know they are not alone. 

“The NICU can be quite isolating, and parents may feel like others don’t understand ― but there is a community of preemie parents out there who get it,” she said. “I believe these milestone cards are helping to make this scary time just a little bit brighter for these families.”

Keep scrolling and visit the Miracle Mumma website and Facebook page to see more preemie milestone cards. 

 

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Pioneer Pet Ceramic Organic Kitty’s Garden

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A green grass treat for your pets! Like people, cats need vegetables in their diet to aid in digestion and to provide balanced nutrition. Kitty’s Garden supplies your cat with the tasty green grass that it craves, and gives cats a safe alternative to nibbling on your houseplants, which can be potentially toxic to them if swallowed. All you do to serve your cat is place Kitty’s Garden near their food dish or in some other place they’ll find it. 100% organic oats, wheat, rye and barley Garden includes ceramic planter and one planting Refill contains single planting of mixed oats, wheat, rye and barley Grows in 4 to 6 days Aids with digestion Helps prevent hairballs Helps prevent ingestion of potentially toxic houseplants 1.5″ H x 3.25″ square (3.8 x 8.2 cm) Imported Instructions: Remove the netting from pellets and replace into each compartment. Pour 3 ounces of warm water onto each pellet in your planting container. Wait 10 minutes for the pellets to absorb the water. Remove about 1 teaspoon of soil from each pellet and set aside. Open seed pack and stir seeds into the soil. Using the soil that you set aside in step 4 cover the seeds and lightly mix. Add water if necessary to keep soil and seeds moist-however, over watering can lead to a fungal and mold growth. Drain any excess water from the bottom tray. Do not allow the seeds to dry out. Lightly mist your garden daily to keep moist. Keep in a location that is between 65-70 degrees F. When the grasses are 3″ to 4″ tall, you can treat your kitty to its garden.

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Tim Cook Says Fake News Is ‘Killing People’s Minds’

Apple CEO Tim Cook is calling on government agencies and tech companies to work together on a public service campaign to combat the spread of fake news.

The proliferation of misinformation is a “big problem in a lot of the world” and is “killing people’s minds in a way,” Cook said Friday in an interview with The Daily Telegraph.

“We are going through this period of time right here where unfortunately some of the people that are winning are the people that spend their time trying to get the most clicks, not tell the most truth,” Cook said.

The tech leader said he believes a wide-reaching PSA campaign (see: “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk” and “This is your brain on drugs”) is needed to address the scope and dangers of fake news.

“It can be done quickly if there is a will,” Cook said. “It has to be ingrained in the schools. It has to be ingrained in the public. … We have to think through every demographic.”

Cracking down on illegitimate news sources may be a necessary step in protecting the Fourth Estate. But it’s also challenging ― just ask Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Republicans and Democrats both criticized the social media company for its role in news dissemination during the election, although one side thought it meddled too much and the other thought it didn’t step in enough.

“We must try to squeeze this without stepping on freedom of speech and of the press, but we must also help the reader,” Cook said. “The outcome of that is that truthful, reliable, nonsensational, deep news outlets will win.”

Fake news sources eclipsed major news outlets on Facebook in the final three months of the 2016 election ― by more than 1 million shares, reactions and likes, according to a BuzzFeed analysis from November. Seventeen of the 20 top-performing false election stories were “overtly pro-Donald Trump or anti-Hillary Clinton,” the analysis found. 

The president frequently uses the term “fake news” to delegitimize negative press from major news outlets like The New York Times and The Washington Post, as well as any polls that reflect poorly on his presidential performance.

Tech giants Google and Facebook have taken the lead in curbing the infiltration of fake news on social media and search results. Google slashed ad revenue for more than 340 fake news sites last year by cutting off access to GoogleAds; Facebook launched a feature in December that allows users to report posts sharing false information.

Last month, the companies announced the creation Crosscheck, a collaborative effort focused on quelling the spread of fake news during the French election cycle. The initiative provides journalists and the public with a platform to verify information they’ve read.

The Apple News app, which allows users to flag questionable content, has so far managed to steer clear of any significant fake news mishaps. But Cook says the tech industry must do more ― a lot more.

“All of us technology companies need to create some tools that help diminish the volume of fake news,” Cook said. “Too many of us are just in the complain category right now and haven’t figured out what to do.”

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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

WATCH: Living in Interesting Times

Ever hear the expression, “May you live in interesting times”…? I think there’s little doubt that we are doing so. I hope this video will help you not only survive but also thrive, no matter the challenges.

If you are new to tapping, it will be beneficial to also watch the first episode in the “Tap Out Your Fears” series — which explains the basics of EFT — click here.

As with any of my tapping videos, this is an abbreviated process for releasing uncomfortable feelings and enhancing good ones. Some folks may find their fear dissolve after just one tapping session, but for others, it will take some repetition, bringing the discomfort down little by little each time. (Still others may uncover specific issues that are best addressed directly with a wellness practitioner.) In any event, this brief video should help at least take the edge off the discomfort, freeing you up to enjoy life much more. Let us know how it helped you!

For a picture of the tapping points — and more info on EFT — click here.

Tapping can sometimes bring up long-buried emotions, which is why I state that, before tapping along, folks must take full responsibility for their own well-being. For more information about that, please read this disclaimer.

Until next time, feel free to tap along with any of the many videos I have on YouTube or the many recordings I have at www.TapWithBrad.com.

For EFT with kids, please visit: www.TheWizardsWish.com.

For more by Brad Yates, click here.

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Firstborn Children May Be More Intelligent Than Their Siblings

Oldest children may have more than just age on their younger brothers and sisters.

Firstborn kids may have better thinking skills compared with their siblings, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Human Resources. This is likely because they received more mental stimulation from their parents at an early age.

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh, the University of Sydney and economic consulting firm the Analysis Group analyzed data for approximately 5,000 U.S. children enrolled in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. 

Each child was assessed every two years in a number of categories that measured their thinking skills, from vocabulary to reading comprehension. The study also took into account environmental factors like family background and economic status. The results revealed that firstborns scored higher on the tests, with the increased abilities starting as early as toddlerhood.

The study authors observed parental behavior as a potential way to determine why this pattern emerged. Researchers used an assessment tool called the Home Observation Measurement of the Environment to measure parents’ pre-birth, pregnancy and post-birth behaviors, including factors such as their smoking habits and their emotional involvement with their kids.

Unsurprisingly, as parents had more children, their level of participation in things like reading, crafts and educational activities dissipated. While children got equal amounts of emotional support, eldest children generally received more assistance with tasks related to developing thinking skills, The Guardian reported.

The research supports the theory that firstborns are environmentally primed to thrive better academically and financially when they’re older. Previous studies suggest older kids are more likely to strive for achievement and may be more successful than their siblings.

“Our results suggest that broad shifts in parental behavior are a plausible explanation for the observed birth order differences in education and labor market outcomes,” said lead study author Ana Nuevo-Chiquero, a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh who specializes in health economic research.

Translation: Thank (or blame) your folks for your IQ.

But don’t worry, younger kids: You still have advantages over your older sibling. Experts say middle children tend to be family peacekeepers, and research also shows the baby of the family is more creative and more social than his or her older brothers and sisters.

And hey, you all still have the chance to vie for the title of favorite child, because science also says your parents totally have one. May the best sibling win.

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El Rey Partner Gearharts Chocolate Maya Bar

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One 70 gram dark chocolate bar handcrafted by artisan chocolatiers at El Rey partner Gearharts Chocolate. This gourmet dark chocolate bar is made with ancho chili, cinnamon, and orange, and is perfect for snacking or as a gift for the chocoholic in your life! Maya bars are made from El Rey’s 70% Gran Saman dark chocolate, which utilizes only premium Venezuelan cacao and is a favorite of bakers and pastry chefs nationwide. All El Rey Chocolate is fairly traded and gluten free.

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Wise Foods Gourmet 60 Serving Entree Only Grab And Go Food Kit

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Newsmax CEO And Trump Friend Blames Reince Priebus For Rocky Start

Chris Ruddy, CEO of Newsmax and friend of President Donald Trump, says that White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus is to blame for the administration’s rocky start.

In a Sunday interview on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” Ruddy said the former Republican National Committee chair “clearly doesn’t know how the federal agencies work.”

“The White House is showing not the amount of order that we need to see. I think there’s a lot of weakness coming out of the chief of staff,” he said.

“I think Reince Priebus, good guy, well-intentioned ― but he clearly doesn’t know how the federal agencies work. He doesn’t have a really good system. He doesn’t know how the communications flow,” he said, adding that White House press secretary Sean Spicer was doing a “very good job under difficult circumstances.”

“I do think the president’s not getting the backup he needs in the operation of the White House and sometimes the pushback that he needs to have with a stronger White House chief of staff,” he said.

Ruddy may have shared his thoughts with the commander in chief on Friday night, when he sat down with Trump for 30 minutes at his private golf club in Florida after the president dined with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The president has a “good grip on things,” he added on Twitter.

Trump has racked up a series of defeats during his first three weeks in office. A federal appeals court unanimously refused to reinstate his travel ban targeting Muslims, and the administration has not yet announced whether it will pursue further legal action or rewrite the executive order entirely. The Washington Post reported that National Security Adviser Michael Flynn did discuss the subject of sanctions with the Russians prior to Trump’s inauguration, contrary to his initial denial. And White House counselor Kellyanne Conway appeared to violate the law by urging Fox News viewers to buy Ivanka Trump products.

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Bridgeway Center Receive Tribute & Medicine Discount Cards by Charles Myrick of ACRX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx
http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

Is It Angels Who Protect Social Entrepreneurs? Because Nobody Else Does…..

“Four corners to my bed

Four Angels round my head

One to watch, one to pray,

And two to take all fears away!”

When I was a child I would recite this rhyme before going to bed. Those were the days when we would sleep beneath the stars. Sometimes clouds and trees would take menacing shapes in the dark. I would shut my eyes tightly and think of the Angels protecting me and be comforted and drift into sleep.

Now it seems the Angels are back again.

Life was tough indeed when I took a conscious decision to establish Operation ASHA. My aim was clear- that of providing health solutions to the poorest of the poor. Suddenly life changed. From a successful doctor in an upscale fancy private hospital I became a foot soldier trudging long miles in shanty towns and villages. My appearance changed. I went from stiletto heels to sturdy walking shoes. I started looking unkempt and shabby, initially a deliberately cultivated look to be accepted by those whom I serve, and later a natural consequence of the kind of work I was doing.

People around me changed too. Many laughed. All were contemptuous. Most couldn’t understand why I would throw away a good income to start an NGO. Others accused me of exactly the opposite thing- of being desperate to make easy money, for isn’t that the reason why one starts an NGO in the first place? With two conflicting accusations being hurled at me at the same time, I wouldn’t know whether I was standing on my head or my heels.

And as for the uncertainty! The less I write about it the better. Words are not enough to describe the trials and tribulations I went through. Starting a social venture is bad enough, starting it without a sound financial plan to ensure sustainability is the height of absurdity. And putting your own savings in a social enterprise is the biggest financial folly one could ever commit. I thought my savings would last 5 years. They finished in one, like water trickling from a hole in a bucket. I had plunged headlong into choppy waters without the fear of drowning. Each day I managed to stay afloat was a miracle.

When you are a social entrepreneur, life is all about extremes. You swing from one end on the pendulum to the other. From the depths of despair you go to such euphoria that you are walking with your head in the clouds. There are days when everything goes wrong. You get sleepless nights wondering where the next round of funding is coming from, your best guy has been offered twice the salary by a rival foundation, and some government officer somewhere has absolutely refused to let you work in his fiefdom. Other days- you wake up and find yourself on top of the world for someone somewhere has recognised your work and your worth. One day you are accused of being a crook and a thief, next day, blasphemously, you are feted by the media as the next Mother Teresa. In 2014, the Schwab Foundation and the World Economic Forum selected me as Social Entrepreneur of the Year. I found myself rubbing shoulders with the Who’s Who of society and the hoi-polloi at Davos. I haven’t looked back since then.

But at all times there is an all-pervading undercurrent of anxiety. Social entrepreneurs thrive on the adrenalin rush created by the see-saw that is life. You may be fully sustainable, yet you can’t get over the feeling that you are like the wandering mendicants of yesteryears with a staff in one hand and a begging bowl in the other.

In this topsy-turvy world, few things happen to keep you going. Patients recover. Results are there for you to see. Children get back to school. Treated TB patients get back their jobs, and there’s money for food and to spare. Miraculously, funds start coming in time. Those that scoffed at you and laughed with derision give tolerant smiles. There’s an occasional pat on the back, a kind word. You go to bed happy and contented and you sleep well, for the Angels are back and hovering over you. And you know they are there for you and will protect you as they have done since childhood. For nobody else will.

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Love Needs To Be Remembered, Restored and Renewed

It’s that time of the year and love is in the air! Everywhere we see red hearts beaming from cards and boxes of chocolates, while a dozen roses just doesn’t have quite the right impact if they are yellow.

Every day we can read about the importance of love, how to get more of it, how to be the best at it, how to make it work, how to keep it alive, how to let go if it doesn’t work, and how to trust it and start the process all over again. Love appears to be the most important topic on our minds (along with elections, immigrants and teenage acne, to name but a few).

Learning to open the heart, to listen to, respect and trust what we feel, is one of life’s most powerful teachings. For the heart is more than just the center of love, it is also the center of our being, the place we point to when we talk about ourselves. When we say, “you have touched my heart” we are really saying “you have touched the deepest part of my being.”

We don’t have to go in search of love, or fear giving away so much that we have none left. We can never lose love; we can only lose sight of it. Love could not happen if it was not already an integral part of who we are. How can we lose what is our nature? How can we be left with nothing when love is the source of all life?

However, love rarely flows smoothly. We all experience conflicts, hurt or loss, and if the pain is too big to deal with we lock it away inside. This serves to lock us out of our heart. And when we become isolated from love we become mistrustful, uncaring, shallow, hateful, prejudiced and fearful.

Fear closes the heart so we can’t feel love, as when we close our arms and pull back in defense. Love comes from the open heart, when we open our arms wide to embrace another.

All this means that love needs to be remembered, restored and renewed. We remember by holding love close and feeling its presence; we restore those places where love has been forgotten or ignored; and we renew it by being aware of love in every moment.

The Indian government invited us to speak at a yoga conference being held in Pondicherry, in southern India.
When it was Ed’s turn to speak he talked about the beauty and awesome power of unconditional love. A man in the audience raised his hand.
“Please sir,” he said. “What is this love that you speak of? How do I get this love? Where can I find it?”
Ed replied: “You awake in love, you bathe in love, you eat in love, you walk in love, and you live in love. Love is within you; it is your true nature; it is who you really are.”
“Oh sir,” the man said, “You have all the right answers!”

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Ed & Deb are authors of many books. Deb is the author of Your Body Speaks Your Mind, now in 19 languages. They have three meditation CDs. See more at EdandDebShapiro.com

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Newspaper Runs Photo Of Alec Baldwin Instead Of Donald Trump

Alec Baldwin has won praise for playing President Donald Trump.

And it turns out he’s so convincing, a Dominican Republic newspaper ran a photo of the actor portraying Trump instead of the president. The article discussed Trump’s stance on Israeli settlements, according to Haaretz.

El Nacional issued a correction shortly after the Friday gaffe, but not before it had circulated all over the internet:

Baldwin has been playing Trump regularly on “Saturday Night Live,” much to the president’s annoyance.

In defense of El Nacional, Baldwin’s version of Trump looks far more presidential than the president himself. Baldwin will likely be playing the president again when he hosts this week’s “Saturday Night Live.” 

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SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN!-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News-
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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

10 Things Truly Confident People Do Differently

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True confidence–as opposed to the false confidence people project to mask their insecurities–has a look all its own. One thing is certain: truly confident people always have the upper hand over the doubtful and the skittish because they inspire others and they make things happen.


“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”
– Henry Ford

Ford’s notion that your mentality has a powerful effect on your ability to succeed is seen in the results of a recent study at the University of Melbourne that showed that confident people earn higher wages and get promoted more quickly than anyone else.

Indeed, confident people have a profound impact on everyone they encounter. Yet, they achieve this only because they exert so much influence inside, on themselves.

We see only their outside. We see them innovate, speak their mind, and propel themselves forward toward bigger and better things.

And, yet, we’re missing the best part.

We don’t see the habits they develop to become so confident. It’s a labor of love that they pursue behind the scenes, every single day.

And while what people are influenced by changes with the season, the unique habits of truly confident people remain constant. Their focused pursuit is driven by these habits that you can emulate and absorb:

1. They speak with certainty. It’s rare to hear the truly confident utter phrases such as “Um,” “I’m not sure,” and “I think.” Confident people speak assertively because they know that it’s difficult to get people to listen to you if you can’t deliver your ideas with conviction.

2. They seek out small victories. Confident people like to challenge themselves and compete, even when their efforts yield small victories. Small victories build new androgen receptors in the areas of the brain responsible for reward and motivation. The increase in androgen receptors increases the influence of testosterone, which further increases their confidence and eagerness to tackle future challenges. When you have a series of small victories, the boost in your confidence can last for months.

3. They exercise. A study conducted at the Eastern Ontario Research Institute found that people who exercised twice a week for 10 weeks felt more competent socially, academically, and athletically. They also rated their body image and self-esteem higher. Best of all, rather than the physical changes in their bodies being responsible for the uptick in confidence, it was the immediate, endorphin-fueled positivity from exercise that made all the difference.

4. They don’t seek attention. People are turned off by those who are desperate for attention. Confident people know that being yourself is much more effective than trying to prove that you’re important. People catch on to your attitude quickly and are more attracted to the right attitude than what, or how many, people you know. Confident people always seem to bring the right attitude.

Confident people are masters of attention diffusion. When they’re receiving attention for an accomplishment, they quickly shift the focus to all the people who worked hard to help get them there. They don’t crave approval or praise because they draw their self-worth from within.

5. They don’t pass judgment.
Confident people don’t pass judgment on others because they know that everyone has something to offer, and they don’t need to take other people down a notch in order to feel good about themselves. Comparing yourself to other people is limiting. Confident people don’t waste time sizing people up and worrying about whether or not they measure up to everyone they meet.

6. They get their happiness from within. Happiness is a critical element of confidence, because in order to be confident in what you do, you have to be happy with who you are. People who brim with confidence derive their sense of pleasure and satisfaction from their own accomplishments, as opposed to what other people think of their accomplishments.

7. They listen more than they speak.
People with confidence listen more than they speak because they don’t feel as though they have anything to prove. Confident people know that by actively listening and paying attention to others, they are much more likely to learn and grow. Instead of seeing interactions as opportunities to prove themselves to others, they focus on the interaction itself, because they know that this is a far more enjoyable and productive approach to people. If you struggle with this, emotional intelligence training can help.

8. They take risks. When confident people see an opportunity, they take it. Instead of worrying about what could go wrong, they ask themselves, “What’s stopping me? Why can’t I do that?” and they go for it. Fear doesn’t hold them back because they know that if they never try, they will never succeed.

9. They aren’t afraid to be wrong. Confident people aren’t afraid to be proven wrong. They like putting their opinions out there to see if they hold up because they learn a lot from the times they are wrong and other people learn from them when they’re right. Self-assured people know what they are capable of and don’t treat being wrong as a personal slight.

10. They celebrate other people’s successes.
Insecure people constantly doubt their relevance, and because of this, they try to steal the spotlight and criticize others in order to prove their worth. Confident people, on the other hand, aren’t worried about their relevance because they draw their self-worth from within. Instead of insecurely focusing inward, confident people focus outward, which allows them to see all the wonderful things that other people bring to the table. Praising people for their contributions is a natural result of this.

Bringing It All Together

Building confidence is a journey, not a destination. To become more confident you must be passionate in your pursuit of a greater future.

Please share your thoughts on confidence in the comments section below, as I learn just as much from you as you do from me.

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Spine Concepts, Low Back Pain

Acute low back pain or low back pain with sciatica radiating to the lower leg and to the foot (Figure 1). They are initially treated conservatively for at least six weeks by physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication and limited activity (as guided by the pain).

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Doctors should treat the condition conservatively. Even if there is a large disc herniation on the MRI, unless the disc is central or causing a neurological deficit, they need wait at least six weeks before beginning a more aggressive treatment. 90% of patients will have symptoms that resolve in one month. Smoking, depression and vibrations will increase the incidence of low back pain (Figure 2).

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Intradiscal pressure (IDP) will change depending on the position (Figure 3). The lowest pressure is measured while the patient is lying supine. The highest IDP is measured while the patient is sitting, leaning forward and holding weight.

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If the patient is experiencing low back pain and there is a history of cancer, the doctor will need to get an x-ray and MRI, especially if the pain occurs during rest and at night (Figure 4)! In case of a renal tumor, the physician will probably need to do arteriography and embolization of the spinal lesion.

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The spine is a common location for metastatic tumors. Metastases occur in the vertebral body and go to the pedicle. Loss of about 30%-40% of the bone mass must occur before the physician can detect the lesion on an x-ray. The loss of the pedicle bone will result in a “wink sign” (Figure 5).

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What if the patient has an infection?
An infection will occur within the intervertebral disc space (Figure 6). The erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and C-reactive protein (CRP) levels will be elevated. Only 50% of the cases will have a fever, and less than 50% of cases will have an elevated white blood cell (WBC) count. The physician will need to get a blood culture (this is positive in about 24% of the cases). They will also need to get an MRI and administer antibiotics as guided by the biopsy, culture and sensitivity.

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If the patient has an epidural abscess, surgery will be performed, especially if there is deterioration of the neurological function (Figure 7). If there is an infection post-surgery, it may be diagnosed with a higher C-reactive protein (CRP).

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Osteoporotic bone is at risk of fracture, beginning with the wrist, the spine and followed by the hip (Figure 8). So, if the patient has an osteoporotic spine, it will need to be treated before it leads to a hip fracture later on. One fracture of the spine will lead to multiple spine fractures. After one year of treatment with medication, the incidence of a vertebral fracture is decreased by 60%. After two years, the incidence of a vertebral fracture is decreased by 40%.

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In general, when the patient has low back pain, it is necessary to treat the patient conservatively. The doctor does not need to get x-rays in the first 4-6 weeks unless there are “red flags” including: the patient is older, the patient has a metastatic tumor or history of cancer, infection is suspected, the patient has trauma or there is an osteoporotic fracture possibly due to steroid use.

The physician may see an x-ray that looks like ankylosing spondylitis (Figure 9). They will need to check the SI joint because ankylosing spondylitis begins at the SI joint. The may get HLA-B27 and will find that there are marginal syndesmophytes with diffuse ossification of the disc space without large osteophyte formation. Ankylosing spondylitis is different from Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis (DISH), which occurs in diabetics, in this case the physician will get an HbA1c. Syndesmophytes are non-marginal and have larger osteophytes. It is the DISH which will have flowing ossification along the anterolateral aspect of at least four continuous vertebra. DISH is not ankylosing spondylitis (Figure 10)!

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An MRI of the spine will be obtained at a certain point, however, x-rays may be needed first. MRI results may be a problem! There are abnormal MRIs in asymptomatic patients (these are false positives). Approximately 35% of these false positives are seen in patients less than 40 years of age. 90% of positive MRIs in asymptomatic patients occur in patients over 60 years of age.

The second issue is the MRIs with gadolinium dye. Gadolinium will differentiate a disc from a scar. Both granulation tissue and the recurrent disc could look alike on a routine MRI. There will be contrast enhancement when there is granulation tissue because it is vascular. However, when there is a disc herniation, the dye will not enhance because the disc is a dead piece of tissue (avascular). When the doctor tries to differentiate between a recurrent disc and a scar, they will inject the dye and get the MRI. If there is a vascular enhancement, then it is granulation tissue and the patient will not need surgical intervention. If there is no enhancement, then it is a recurrent disc and it is avascular, which is why it does not enhance. If the recurrent disc is causing a lot of pain or symptoms to the patient, then the physician may need to discuss a repeated surgery with this patient.

For more information on low back pain, visit the links below:
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Listen to the stories of chefs, restaurant owners and their ties to the community while sampling delicious quality food on this Venice Beach Food & Cocktail Experience!Los Angeles’ famous Venice neighborhood is most well-known for its artistic and bohemian counterculture vibe and in the past few years has seen an explosion of innovative and creative restaurants.Begin the tour on the beach and head to the up-and-coming Rose Avenue restaurants. You will visit 4 restaurants and taste 2 appetizers, 1 entree and 1 dessert. A 2 drink alcohol pairing will be included. The tour finishes with mouthwatering desserts on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. This is the locals Venice!You will sample delicious food specialties that may include (subject to change):A Venice Hi Hop IPA welcome drinkA gnocco fritto with Calabrian chili salsa and scallops at an intimate and trendy beach side restaurantVegan carrot ginger soup in a hidden relaxing back gardenA slice of lamb sausage and mint pizza and a slice of Bottarga jalapeno pizza at Abbot Kinneys, the most popular restaurant from local-Venice resident Chef Travis LettGo behind-the-scenes and pass through a donut-making kitchen, while tasting the LA exclusive “Mimosa Donut”Skip the line and taste a scoop of Lucky Charms ice creamThe 2 drink alcohol pairing includes(subject to change):A refreshing taste of sparkling CavaA high acid glass of bio dynamic white wine, a taste of Gruner Veltliner
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Valentine’s Day Knows No Boundaries

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching…..you have only four days to buy that something special for your special someone. This someone could be a long-time love of your life, or perhaps someone you have fond feelings…..but I invite you to think a little further with me2017-02-10-1486731726-5072507-EARTHHEARTSHAPEDMEDIA.jpg
Love and caring comes in many forms….someone down the street, a state away, further away….perhaps a country away…I have been lucky enough to have close friends around the world, and they will be in my thoughts, prayers, perhaps receive a card….but there are those who go a little further.

They express their love and caring for people they don’t know….they take personal time to go to neighbors they don’t know…I know of one special man who takes personal vacation to travel to countries where he is unknown, but for whom he sends his valentine to others who will never remember his name, but what he DID. He helps to provide that most physical basic need we all must have….clean potable water.

Grandmothers, newborns, and everyone benefits from his selfless need to make sure these people have what they need. If our direct neighbor was without water, would we not be the first to hook up a hose and unfurl it to their doorstep to help? He does the same, along with a group from his church, as they unfurl a hose from Alabama to Central America. I call this love in action….not just talking about a good idea, but getting on a plane to make it happen. He is a mild caring man, taking little personal credit, but he has impressed me enormously…as is right, as is as it should be.

This person’s name is Dan Shaw, he is one of many installers of tile at The Robert F. Henry Tile Company here in Montgomery, AL. In reality, we are all Dan Shaws, with the same opportunity before us. We don’t all have to hop a plane to perform a selfless act of love…it could be for some in our midst, that person we pass every day and never thank for the contribution they make to our lives, but who enrich us immeasurably.

As Valentine’s Day approaches, be thinking of how to celebrate it to honor someone who shows unconditional love for his or her neighbor, whether they are someone we encounter every day, or perhaps never, as Dan does.

Again, a quote from the great poet and national treasure, Maya Angelou.
” I have learned that people will forget what you said,
People will forget what you did,
But people will never forget how you made them feel.”

I think of a small child, who will never actually meet Dan, but as he or she takes a beaker full of clean, potable, disease-free water and refreshes their thirst, they will someday realize that someone like Dan, most probably unnamed and unknown and at that point forgotten, provided their most basic need and will be forever grateful…and hopefully be inspired, like Dan, to pass it forward, enriching our world-wide neighbors, one tiny, small drop at a time…making them feel refreshed, their soul nourished…a feeling they will never forget.

Again, as Maya said, “I have learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them FEEL.”

I am deciding how to respond to Dan’s utterly unselfish, kind and caring action, and how to apply it to my own life. I invite you to do the same as Valentine’s Day fast approaches and do the same.

Join me, it makes us all better people, personally, individually, corporately, as we improve lives for those who have less than we do…as it should be.

My thanks to this remarkable fellow, Dan Shaw, who does this not for personal glory, but because he feels it is the right thing to do…I hope he doesn’t mind me writing this, but every time I see him at Robert F. Henry Tile, picking up supplies for the day, I think about how he does the same a couple of times a year for those he doesn’t know.. a selfless class act.

Again, we all have Dans in our lives….and if we are not able to perform acts on a large scale such as he does, we CAN do them on a smaller scale…and I would be interested to hear thoughts, suggestions, ideas of how to make this happen within your own lives.

Totally paraphrasing Maya Angelou at this point, ‘How can we do those things in other lives that they will not remember what we said, nor what we did, but how we make them feel?’

Admiration, cheers, and accolades to my friend Dan for making me THINK. That doesn’t happen a lot in our lives….and I will never forgot the way he has made me feel….one drop of clean, pure water at a time for someone he doesn’t know, but clearly shows his compassion…again, one small drop of life at a time.

“I have learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them FEEL.”

Dan’s caring knows no boundaries…as it should be.

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SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN!-http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.-American Consultants Rx -Pharmacy Discount Network News-
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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

Is America Still A Nation of Immigrants?

The letter below was originally written after 9/11 as an open letter to a relative of mine who had worries about migrating to America. But it feels that it is especially relevant to our time. So here it is, revised.

Dear Cousin,

What is it like to be an immigrant in America these days? Is it still worth coming, you ask, and is the American dream still possible?

Your questions gave me pause. Who from Vietnam, after all, would have thought to ask them a few years back? Didn’t the American dream, or rather the dream of coming to America, cause the movement of millions in our homeland, and stir the soul of many millions more? It breaks my heart then to hear that you might not come. It is to me the worst news yet about my adopted country.

Yet it’s undeniable. The nation of immigrants is turning its back on immigrants once more. The immigrant’s hold on American soil has become increasingly tenuous. Even citizens now face a barrage of hate speech and many are being attacked in a rising wave of hate crimes. In schools, white students scream “build the wall” at their classmates who are Mexicans or Muslims.

“Build the wall” has become a racist mantra chanted by many around the country against non-whites.

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Cousin, have you heard the metaphor of the canary in the coal mine? When it stops singing, it means the oxygen has run out, providing a warning to all.

In America, and in the context of a free and open society, often the immigrant is that canary. In economic down times he is often the first to be blamed. And amid the ongoing US war against terrorism, he is fast becoming a scapegoat.

After the 2016 election that ushered in Donald Trump as President of the United States, many hate-crime related incidents occurred in which the President’s name was invoked by the perpetrators, as if to sanction the violence and verbal abuse.

In the name of protection and security, immigrants’ rights are being eroded as I write. Foreign students and workers tremble. I’ve seen an old South Asian man whose hands shook at the airport when he gave his green card to immigration officers, fearing sudden arrest and deportation. I know an undocumented college student at Berkeley — he was brought to the US when he was three years old — who now fakes his address on any application for fear of being deported.

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‘I have my hopes’

Yet I have my hopes. Americans rallied at airports in protest when Trump signed an executive order to keep certain groups of people out of the country, including green card holders. The protest against the new tyranny is strong and ongoing. I have hope to that the damage Trump is creating both at home and abroad can be mitigated by his growing unpopularity. After all, he is dismantling international institutions that have been in place since World War II, potentially returning the world to a state of competing nations with hard borders, high tariffs, trade wars, and gun boat diplomacy, turning against the forces of globalization.

And worse, in turning against America’s liberal values and our identity as a nation of immigrant, we are losing our strength in diversity.

Over the years I find it beneficial to look at this country through two different lenses: America versus the United States. The United States is a sovereign nation with permanent interests that is currently waging a war on terrorism. And it will trample upon innocents in its path, be it at home or abroad, if need be, in order to win it. In the process, the newcomer to this country, one without a voice and resources, often becomes collateral damage.

America, on the other hand, has everything you and I ever dreamed of: transparency, freedom, democracy, opportunity, due process, fair play and the promise of progress. America is where you work hard and earn respect.

The two versions exist in a kind of complex dance. In good times, America leads. In bad times, America is forgotten and the United States dances alone. These days, I fear that to be a patriotic immigrant is to love the ideals of America despite what the United States is doing in the name of security.

While I understand the logic of permanent interests, if America is destroyed in the process, then what is the use? And as far as I am concerned the only good patriotism is a civilized one. Blind patriotism always leads to bloody ends. To be patriotic is to dare ask questions. Must rights be abused in the name of security? Is it truly the country’s interest to demonize its minorities and its newcomers?

Dear cousin, I hope I haven’t completely frightened you, but the situation requires honesty. To reach American shores these days is a much more difficult undertaking, with fewer ready-made promises on the horizon.

I still want you to make this difficult journey, but you must be prepared for the challenges ahead. And I’ll let you in on a secret about this American dream you spoke so fondly of: it is you who must renew it. Without you, who dream the American dream, the country is in danger of becoming old. Without your energy, we would weaken. Even if we don’t know it yet, we all desperately need to be reborn through your eyes.

So, is the American Dream still alive? No, cousin, not really. Not without you at the table. Not without you prospering. Not without you.

Andrew Lam is an editor at New America Media in San Francisco and the author of “Birds of Paradise Lost,” a collection of stories about Vietnamese refugees in San Francisco, “East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres,” a book of essays on East-West relations, and a memoir, “Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora.”

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This Quick Trick Will Help You Remember Anything

If you’d like to get better at remembering details, here is a trick for you: Impart your newly acquired knowledge to someone else.

A recent study published in the journal Learning and Memory found that students who repeated new information to someone else immediately after learning it could recall those details better ― and longer ― than students who did not. 

To figure out how to increase the chances of remembering details, researchers from Texas performed three different studies across groups of 20 undergraduate students.

In the first experiment, the researchers showed participants short clips of several different obscure films. Students were asked to recall information about the movies starting from several minutes to seven days after watching. Not surprisingly, the participants forgot details as more time went on. 

In the second experiment, students were given a cue, such as a screen shot of the movie or the film’s title, before watching the clips. These participants remembered the general plot just as well as the first group, but performed significantly better when recalling the little details, such as color, sound and gestures, according to the study. 

Finally, researchers showed another group of students movie clips and also asked them to tell another person about the film shortly after watching it. It was this group that remembered both the central theme and little details for longer than any other group. 

“By actively retrieving the information when you tell it to someone else, it provides the opportunity to ‘re-encode’ or to re-store the information, which can lead to better long-term [memory] retention,” lead study author Melanie Sekeres, a psychologist at Baylor University, told The Huffington Post.

The effect of retelling information still requires more research on a larger and more diverse group of people. For example, it is not clear if this technique would help older adults with cognitive decline retain memories in more vivid detail.

But the method is obviously worth a shot. If you have an important presentation at work and want to rely less on Powerpoint slides, it might be worth repeating the slides out loud to a trusted colleague. Or, if you want to ace a test, tell your friend what is scribbled on those flash cards. 

And the technique about cues which helped in the second experiment is also especially helpful in social situations, Sekeres said. If you’re at a gathering where you’re meeting new people, she recommends testing yourself to remember important details like someone’s name. For example, think to yourself, “Jim had the green cap and Susan wore the red dress and brought a casserole,” Sekeres said. The green cap and casserole become the markers to help you retain, or re-code, a new name.

Not a bad little party trick ― or everyday trick ― if you ask us.

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Plutopia

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While many transnational histories of the nuclear arms race have been written, Kate Brown provides the first definitive account of the great plutonium disasters of the United States and the Soviet Union. In Plutopia, Brown draws on official records and dozens of interviews to tell the extraordinary stories of Richland, Washington and Ozersk, Russia-the first two cities in the world to produce plutonium. To contain secrets, American and Soviet leaders created plutopias-communities of nuclear families living in highly-subsidized, limited-access atomic cities. Fully employed and medically monitored, the residents of Richland and Ozersk enjoyed all the pleasures of consumer society, while nearby, migrants, prisoners, and soldiers were banned from plutopia-they lived in temporary “staging grounds” and often performed the most dangerous work at the plant. Brown shows that the plants’ segregation of permanent and temporary workers and of nuclear and non-nuclear zones created a bubble of immunity, where dumps and accidents were glossed over and plant managers freely embezzled and polluted. In four decades, the Hanford plant near Richland and the Maiak plant near Ozersk each issued at least 200 million curies of radioactive isotopes into the surrounding environment-equaling four Chernobyls-laying waste to hundreds of square miles and contaminating rivers, fields, forests, and food supplies. Because of the decades of secrecy, downwind and downriver neighbors of the plutonium plants had difficulty proving what they suspected, that the rash of illnesses, cancers, and birth defects in their communities were caused by the plants’ radioactive emissions. Plutopia was successful because in its zoned-off isolation it appeared to deliver the promises of the American dream and Soviet communism; in reality, it concealed disasters that remain highly unstable and threatening today. An untold and profoundly important piece of Cold War history, Plutopia invites readers to consider the n

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Chelsea Handler Trolls Donald Trump With A Nordstrom Shopping Spree

Nordstrom’s decision to drop Ivanka Trump’s product lines was not delightful news for Donald Trump and Kellyanne Conway, but it thrilled people who have been boycotting businesses that work with the Trump family since the scandal-filled campaign season. 

Many people took to social media to react to the news, including Chelsea Handler. But naturally, Handler took things one step further.

Handler and two friends ― “a gay, a Muslim and a Jew,” as she put it ― stopped by a Nordstrom location in Washington, D.C. and took their purchases straight to the White House to give “the finger” to the president. 

Just a few hours earlier, Handler deftly challenged Trump’s complaint that his daughter was treated “unfairly” by Nordstrom

Well played, Handler. The only question we have left is… what’s in the bags?

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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

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Can a dying patient be a healthy person?

By Richard Gunderman, Indiana University and James W Lynch, University of Florida

The news was bad. Mimi, a woman in her early 80s, had been undergoing treatment for lymphoma. Her husband was being treated for bladder cancer. Recently, she developed chest pain, and a biopsy showed that she had developed a secondary tumor of the pleura, the space around one of her lungs. Her oncology team’s mission was to share this bad news.

Mimi’s case was far from unique. Each year in the U.S., over 1.6 million patients receive hospice care, a number that has been increasing rapidly over the past few years. What made Mimi’s case remarkable was not the grimness of her prognosis but her reaction to it.

When the members of the team walked into Mimi’s hospital room, she was lying in bed holding hands with her husband, who was perched beside her on his motorized wheelchair. The attending oncologist gulped, took a deep breath, and began to break the news as gently as he could. Expecting to meet a flood of tears, he finished by expressing how sorry he was.

To the team’s surprise, however, no tears flowed. Instead Mimi looked over at her husband with a broad smile and said, “Do you know what day this is?” Somewhat perplexed, the oncologist had to admit that he did not. “Today is very is special,” said Mimi, “because it was 60 years ago this very day that my Jim and I were married.”

The team members reacted to Mimi with astonishment. How could an elderly woman with an ailing husband who had just been told that she had a second, lethal cancer respond with a smile? Compounding the team’s amazement, she then went on to share how grateful she felt for the life she and her husband had shared.

Mimi thanked the attending oncologist and the members of the team for their care, remarking how difficult it must be to deliver bad news to very sick patients. Instead of feeling sorry for herself, Mimi was expressing sympathy for the people caring for her, exhibiting a remarkable generosity of spirit in the face of a grim disease.

The members of the team walked out of Mimi’s room shaking their heads in amazement. Once they reached the hallway, the attending physician turned and addressed the group: “Mimi isn’t the only person in that room with cancer, but she is surely the sickest. And yet,” he continued, to nods all around, “she is also the healthiest of any of us.”

“Be thine own palace, or the world’s thy jail.”
– John Donne

Disease need not define us

Mimi’s reaction highlights a distinction between disease and illness, the importance of which is becoming increasingly apparent. Simply put, a body has a disease, but only a person can have an illness. Different people can respond very differently to the same diagnosis, and those differences sometimes correspond to demographic categories, such as male or female. Mimi is a beautiful example of the ability to respond with joy and gratitude in the face of even life’s seemingly darkest moments.

Consider another very different patient the cancer team met with shortly after Mimi. Ron, a man in his 40s who had been cured of lymphoma, arrived in the oncology clinic expecting the attending oncologist to sign a form stating that he could not work and therefore qualified for disability payments. So far as the attending knew, there was no reason Ron couldn’t hold a job.

Ron’s experience of disease was very different from Mimi’s, a phenomenon familiar to cancer physicians. Despite a dire prognosis, Mimi was full of gratitude. Ron, by contrast, though cured of his disease and apparently completely healthy, looked at his life with resentment, even anger. He felt deeply wronged by his bout with cancer and operated with a sense that others should do what they could to help make it up to him.

Mimi was dying but content with her life. Ron was healthy but filled with bitterness. Both patients had the same diagnosis – cancer – but the two human beings differed dramatically, and so too did their illness experiences. Mimi felt blessed by 60 years of a good marriage, while Ron saw in his cancer just one more example of how unfair life had been to him.

“Death be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so…”
– John Donne

The real meaning of health

When the members of the cancer team agreed that Mimi was the healthiest person in the room, they were thinking of health in terms of wholeness or integrity. In fact, the word health shares the same source as the word whole, implying completeness or fullness. Ron felt repeatedly slighted, but Mimi looked at life from a perspective of abundance.

A full life is not necessarily marked by material wealth, power over others, or fame. Many people who live richly do so modestly and quietly, never amassing fortunes, commanding legions, or seeing their picture in the newspaper. What enriches their lives is not success in the conventional sense but the knowledge that they have done their best to remain focused on what really matters.

Mimi easily called to mind many moments when she and those she cared about shared their company and their love. Any sense of regret or sorrow over what might have been quickly gave way to a sense of gratitude for what really was, still is, and will be. Her outlook on life was shaped by a deep conviction that it had a meaning that would transcend her own death.

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When someone has built up a life ledger full of meaningful experiences, the prospect of serious illness and death often do not seem so threatening. For Mimi, who had lived most of her days with a keen awareness that they would not go on forever, death’s meaning had been transformed from “Life is pointless” to “Make every day count.”

Mimi regarded the prospect of dying as a lens through which to view the meaning of life. She saw her illness as another adventure through which she and Jim would pass. Death would separate them, but it would also draw them closer together, enabling them to see more clearly than ever how much their love meant to them.

From Mimi’s point of view, death is not a contaminant, fatally introduced to life at its final stage. Instead death is a fire that burns away all that is not essential, purifying a person’s vision of what is most real and most worth caring about. Though not happy to be ill, Mimi was in a profound sense grateful for death. Her sentiments echo those of the poet John Donne:

“One short sleep past and we wake eternally:
And death shall be no more; death, thou shalt die.”

The Conversation
Richard Gunderman, Chancellor’s Professor of Medicine, Liberal Arts, and Philanthropy, Indiana University and James W Lynch, Professor of Medicine, University of Florida

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HHS Pick Price Made ‘Brazen’ Stock Trades While His Committee Was Under Scrutiny

Health and Human Services secretary nominee Tom Price showed little restraint in his personal stock trading during the three years that federal investigators were bearing down on a key House committee on which the Republican congressman served, a review of his financial disclosures shows.

Price made dozens of health industry stock trades during a three-year investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission that focused on the Ways and Means Committee, according to financial disclosure records he filed with the House of Representatives. The investigation was considered the first test of a law passed to ban members of Congress and their staffs from trading stock based on insider information.

Price was never a target of the federal investigation, which scrutinized a top Ways and Means staffer, and no charges were brought. But ethics experts say Price’s personal trading, even during the thick of federal pressure on his committee, shows he was unconcerned about financial investments that could create an appearance of impropriety.

“He should have known better,” Richard Painter, former White House chief ethics attorney under President George W. Bush and a professor at the University of Minnesota Law School said of Price’s conduct during the SEC inquiry.

As Price awaits a Senate vote on his confirmation, Senate Democrats and a number of watchdog groups have asked the SEC to investigate whether Price engaged in insider trading with some of his trades in health care companies. Price has said he abided by all ethics rules, although he acknowledged to the Senate Finance Committee that he did not consult the House Ethics Committee on trades that have now become controversial.

The SEC’s inquiry began in 2013, as it battled Ways and Means for documents to develop its case.

A few weeks ago, the day before President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the SEC quietly dropped its pursuit of committee documents without explanation, according to federal court records. No charges were brought against the staffer, Brian Sutter, who is now a health care lobbyist. Sutter’s lawyer declined to comment.

Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist with Public Citizen, described Price’s volume of stock trades during the SEC inquiry as “brazen,” given the congressman’s access to nonpublic information affecting the companies’ fortunes.

“The public is seeing this and they really don’t like it,” said Holman whose watchdog group recently filed complaints about Price’s stock trading with both the SEC and the Office of Congressional Ethics.

Trump administration officials and Price have dismissed questions that news reports and lawmakers have raised about stock trades coinciding with official actions to help certain companies, saying Price’s brokers chose the stocks independently and all of his conduct was transparent.

After acknowledging that he asked his broker to buy stock in an Australian drug company, he told the Senate Finance Committee that he did not direct his broker to make other trades.

“To the best of my knowledge, I have not undertaken such actions,” he wrote in response to finance committee questions. “I have abided by and adhered to all ethics and conflict of interest rules applicable to me.”

An analysis of Price’s trades shows that he bought health stocks in 2007, the first year Congress financial disclosures are posted online. In 2011, the the first year Price sat on the health subcommittee, he traded no health-related stocks, according to his financial disclosures filed with Congress.

That same year, members were facing public criticism because of a book detailing how they could use inside information and a “60 Minutes” investigation focused on how members and staff could legally use inside information to gain from their own stock trades.

In 2012, President Barack Obama signed the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act to rein in insider trading by members and require more disclosure. Public watchdog groups suggested at the time that the law would curb the practice.

That year, after his one-year break in health care trades, Price resumed investing in health care companies.

Along with investments in technology, financial services and retail stocks, he also bought and sold stock in companies that could be impacted by actions of his subcommittee, which has a role in determining rates the government pays under the Medicare program.

Health care firms spend heavily to influence members of Congress, lobbying on health matters, funding political campaigns and seeking favor with Medicare officials who decide how much the program will pay for certain drugs and devices. The Food and Drug Administration holds similar power, approving or putting conditions on drug and device use.

Beyond his personal investments in health care companies, Price has also advocated their interests in letters to officials and proposed laws, government records show.

In 2012, disclosure records show Price sold stock in several drug firms, including more than $ 110,000 worth of Amgen stock. Amgen’s stock price had steadily climbed out of a recession-level slump, but Price’s sale came a few weeks before the company pleaded guilty to illegally marketing an anemia drug.

By 2013, the health subcommittee was at the center of a major conflict between Medicare, which sets Medicare Advantage rates, and the insurance industry. Medicare issued a notice early that year announcing its intention to reduce Medicare Advantage rates by 2.3 percent as part of a major cost-cutting initiative.

That prompted fierce lobbying by the health insurance industry. Members of Congress, including Price, wrote a letter to Marilyn Tavenner, then acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, protesting the rate cut, saying the decrease would “disadvantage vulnerable beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions.”

Ultimately, Medicare decided not to cut rates but instead, to increase them. Yet an hour before Medicare announced the change, a Height Securities analyst fired off a “flash” report to 200 clients that touched off a surge of trading.

The analyst’s report said a political deal was hatched on Capitol Hill to prevent the cuts as a condition for moving forward on Tavenner’s confirmation. Medicare officials increased rates by nearly 4 percent, a change that would positively impact the bottom lines of health insurance companies.

The SEC began looking for the leak’s source, and within weeks, FBI agents began interviewing staffers at the Ways and Means Committee, court records show.

They discovered communications between Sutter and a health care lobbyist. The HHS Inspector General also began a probe, and federal prosecutors briefly examined the matter activity as well.

As the case unfolded, Price bought more health care-related stocks, according to his financial disclosures. He has testified that his broker directed all of the trades, except for his investments in Innate Immunotherapeutics, an Australian company partly owned by Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), according to Collins’ disclosures. An HHS spokesman said Monday that Price held three broker-directed accounts.

Ethics experts have said that Price should have further distanced himself by placing his assets in a blind trust.

On April 30, 2013, Price bought $ 2,093 worth of stocks in Incyte, a company that develops cancer drugs; $ 2,076 in Onyx Pharmaceuticals, a drugmaker that would soon merge with a larger drug firm; and $ 2,097 in Parexel International, a consultancy that helps drugs and devices win FDA approval, according to the financial disclosure records.

The same day, Price shed shares of Express Scripts, a drug management firm, and Danaher, which makes products hospitals and doctor’s offices using for testing and diagnostics. In August of that year, he bought a $ 2,429 stake in Jazz Pharmaceuticals, which makes sleep and cancer drugs.

On May 6, 2014, the SEC served its first subpoena for the Ways and Means Committee documents. The committee launched a vigorous fight, appealing a federal district judge’s ruling that it should comply with the SEC subpoena.

Price continued his health stock trades, including $ 1,000 to $ 15,000 in drug firms Amgen, Eli Lilly and Co., Pfizer, Biogen and Bristol-Myers Squibb. He also bought stocks in Aetna, a major health insurer, and Athenahealth, which sells electronic medical record and medical billing software. In 2016, he also increased his investment in Innate Immunotherapeutics.

The purchase became controversial because both he and Collins bought stock in a private placement at a discounted price.

“You’re asking for trouble if you have access to nonpublic information about the health care industry and you’re buying and selling health care stocks,” Painter said.

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Best of Brooklyn Food Tour in New York

Best of Brooklyn Food Tour in New York


It’s been said that “A trip to Brooklyn is like a trip around the world.” Enjoy a history and gastronomy lesson in this eclectic, international half-day culinary tour of Brooklyn.Your experienced and knowledgeable native guide will lead you through Brooklyn’s most dynamic areas where you will sample some of the incredible local cuisines that make New York unique.Begin in the historic West Village, the past and present home to some of the City’s most influential residents before you venture across the Williamsburg Bridge to Brooklyn where the majority of your tour will take place.Though you will drive from one neighborhood to the next you will have plenty of time to walk around and take pictures in each area.In this driving and walking tour of Brooklyn some of the neighborhoods you’ll visit may include (and are subject to change):New Williamsburg -Home to many ethnic groups and a thriving art community where you’ll sample a slice of delectable, authentic Neapolitan brick oven thin crust pizza.Old Williamsburg -Drive through the neighborhood that is home to the Ultra Orthodox Hasidic Jewish community.Greenpoint -Visit one of the largest Polish populations in the United States for a sit down meal at a favorite neighborhood eatery featuring the best kielbasa sausage, pierogies and moreDUMBO -Stop at the Jacques Torres chocolate factory and visit Brooklyn Bridge Park for an excellent view of Manhattan’s famous skyline.Sunset Park -Featuring a plethora of Latin American food establishments, enjoy a picnic style lunch in the park featuring the “Cuban” sandwich.*Tastings are subject to change and may take place indoors during colder months or in the event of inclement weather.
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Seattle Cuts Ties With Wells Fargo To Protest Dakota Access Pipeline Funding

Seattle City Council has joined the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline, voting unanimously to end its contract with a bank funding the project.

The ordinance, approved Tuesday, instructs the city to cut ties with Wells Fargo when its contract expires in 2018, withdrawing more than $ 3 billion in city funds. The vote makes Seattle the first major city to pull funds from a bank for financing the pipeline. The measure also directs the city not to make any new investments in Wells Fargo securities for three years.

“People say, ‘Money talks,’” Councilwoman Debora Juarez said ahead of Tuesday’s vote. “We say, ‘No, it doesn’t. We do.’’’

Juarez noted Seattle’s history of putting “social policy values above the pursuit of pure profits.”

“As a native woman, a mother, a tribal member and attorney, who has lived and fought for all these principals in my personal and professional life, I am proud of my city today,” she said.

Energy Transfer Partners has nearly completed its 1,173-mile oil pipeline, stretching from North Dakota to Illinois. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe and thousands of supporters have protested an unfinished section in North Dakota for months, saying the project threatens drinking water and would disturb sacred land. 

The Army this week said it will grant a permit for construction of the disputed section beneath Lake Oahe near the Standing Rock reservation, abandoning an environmental study. The reversal follows President Donald Trump’s executive order last month calling for expedited approval of the pipeline.

The tribe has vowed to continue fighting in court. 

Wells Fargo is among more than a dozen banks financing the Dakota Access Pipeline, providing $ 120 million of the project’s cost of more than $ 2 billion, according to The Associated Press.

“While we are disappointed that the city has decided to end our 18-year relationship, we stand ready to support Seattle with its financial services needs in the future,” Tim Brown, Wells Fargo Middle Market Banking regional manager, told AP. 

Seattle’s split with Wells Fargo comes as a growing number of people object to the pipeline with their wallets. The #DefundDAPL campaign calls on individuals to close accounts with banks involved in the project. Supporters have reported withdrawing funds totaling more than $ 58 million.

Norway bank DNB sold its assets in the pipeline project, worth approximately $ 3 million, in November due to concerns raised by the Standing Rock Sioux. In December, the Minneapolis City Council instructed staff to study the possibility of cutting ties with banks invested in the fossil fuel industry and the Dakota Access Pipeline. A California lawmaker introduced a bill in December that would require state pension funds to remove investments from companies funding the pipeline.

Seattle also considered Wells Fargo’s “deplorable” consumer practices in deciding to drop the bank, according to Juarez. Wells Fargo came under fire last year for a scam in which low-level workers, under pressure to meet sales targets, opened more than 2 million checking and credit accounts for customers without their knowledge. The bank was fined $ 185 million and chief executive John Stumpf abruptly resigned.

The scandal caused Seattle to pull out of a planned $ 100-million bond financing deal with Wells Fargo for the city’s public electric utility. 

“Such a betrayal of the public trust is completely unacceptable,” Seattle Mayor Ed Murray wrote in an October letter to the bank.

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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

Does Your Vision for Your Life Cause You to Look Up…or Down?

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“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a Cathedral.” ~ Antone de Saint-Exupery

Several years ago, while in Barcelona, Spain, I had the opportunity to visit Catalan architect, Antonio Gaudi’s, one-of-a kind, “Sagrada Família.” While not officially a “cathedral” because it is not yet the seat of a Bishop, it is often thought of as such because it stands as high or higher than many ancient cathedrals. What is unique about the structure is that, while Gothic in design, it is also very “Art Nouveau” and unlike any other cathedral ever built; it is one-of-a-kind, in a class of its own. If you have ever seen pictures of it you’ll understand why I call it one of a kind. I encourage you to Google “Sagrada Família” and see for yourself–you’ll be rather stunned.

Gaudi designed and took over the construction of the project in 1883 and, the amazing thing is, to this day, it is still a work in progress. It stands higher than many skyscrapers; scaffolding and huge mechanical cranes loom in the skyline. The completion of the project is tentatively set for 2026, the centennial of Gaudi’s passing. It is said that he devoted the best of his years to the project, and at the time of his death at age 73 in 1926, less than a quarter of the project was complete. Can you imagine holding such a grand vision and not living to see it come to full fruition?

One-hundred and twenty-eight years after his vision was cast, I humbly stood at the base of this monolithic structure and gazed skyward wondering how much more had to be done to complete his vision. My mind raced back to the year 1883 when there was little more than barren land and rocks in that spot and I imagined him standing there, looking up, seeing his masterpiece in its completed form. That’s what visionaries do–they see their dream in its completed form long before it is realized in the material world. The transformation of concrete and rocks into a cathedral happened before Gaudi’s workers ever broke ground…and the fact that they are still working on the manifestation of it proves it was a very big vision.

Do you have a vision for your life and, if so, how big is it? Can you see yourself living that life now, even if the outer manifestation of it isn’t yet visible? While many say you have to see it to believe it, others are saying, you have to believe it to see it. Which are you? This is where and when the foundation for a life worth living is established. The practice is to contemplate your life as Gaudi contemplated his cathedral–as a completed idea in the creative Mind of a Universe that knows no limitations. In other words, the sky really is the limit; the only caveat is that this creative Mind is waiting for you to upload the design blueprints known as your belief system. What is your vision for your life? Are you looking up, or looking down? Be mindful of where your predominate thoughts go because, whether you are aware of it or not, that is the design plan you are uploading.

Clearly, Gaudi believed in his vision, so much so that it had no alternative but to become a reality, even years after his passing. That is a powerful vision when it takes on a life of its own. Turning a pile of rocks into a cathedral isn’t difficult once you have the vision–the Universe conspires to support you in your vision if you are willing to stand in it, own it and act on it. We are all visionaries–that is to say, we each hold in our mind a vision for our life; what it can or can’t be, might or might not be, or, will or won’t be. So the question really isn’t, do you have a vision for your life–if you are alive you have a vision. The real question is, what is your vision? Are you looking down at the rocks or up to the sky? Remember, the Universe is listening and it is already uploading your blueprints.

Peace, Dennis

www.DennisMerrittJones.com

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Congressman To File Bill Requiring A Psychiatrist At The White House

WASHINGTON ― A Democratic congressman is introducing legislation as soon as next week that would require a psychiatrist at the White House, something he says is overdue but also urgent given his and other people’s concerns about President Donald Trump’s mental health.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that the president, any president, should have access to a mental health professional given the pressures of the job. Congress passed a law in 1928 requiring a physician at the White House, but stopped short of requiring a psychiatrist because of the stigma associated with mental illness. 

“I’m looking at it from the perspective of, if there are questions about the mental health of the president of the United States, what may be the best way to get the president treatment?” Lieu said in an interview with The Huffington Post. “We’re now in the 21st century. Mental health is just as important as physical health.”

But he isn’t just thinking about future presidents. Lieu said he’s been increasingly alarmed by Trump’s erratic behavior and penchant for lying about things, big and small, that are easy to disprove. 

“It is not normal for the president of the United States, within 24 hours, to write about death and destruction and fake news and evil,” he said. “The most troubling aspect of this is it is very clear he has a disconnection from the truth. … The very first press conference he had in this administration, they could have talked about jobs or health care. They talked about crowd size. And then lied about it. It’s one of the most bizarre events I’ve witnessed in politics.”

Since being sworn in as president, Trump has lied about matters more serious than the size of his crowds. He falsely claimed 3 million to 5 million people voted illegally in the election. He falsely suggested other countries besides Russia may have been behind the cyberattacks during the election. He falsely accused the media of not reporting on widely covered terrorist attacks.

Trump has also launched personal attacks via Twitter on companies such as Nordstrom, which dropped his daughter’s line of clothing and shoes, and on federal judges who don’t rule in his favor.

Lieu said he’s not a doctor, but many people like him are worried about the president’s pattern of behavior.

“His disconnection from the truth is incredibly disturbing,” he said. “When you add on top of that his stifling of dissent, his attacks on the free press and his attacks on the legitimacy of judiciary, that then takes us down the road toward authoritarianism. That’s why I’ve concluded he is a danger to the republic.”

A White House spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment.

Some of Trump’s critics were citing his mental health as cause for concern before he became president and have said it’s grounds for removing him from office. The 25th Amendment to the Constitution states that a president may be removed by a two-thirds vote of Congress if members of the executive branch deem him unable to discharge his duties.

That provision has never been used to depose a president, though when Howard Baker Jr. became President Ronald Reagan’s chief of staff, he was warned that he may need to invoke it, given Reagan’s deteriorating health. Baker ultimately determined it was unnecessary.

I’ve concluded he is a danger to the republic.
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) on President Donald Trump

A handful of other lawmakers besides Lieu have hinted that Trump should get a mental health evaluation. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told The Washington Post in January that he was considering introducing legislation to require presidents to undergo an independent medical exam, including for mental health. He emphasized he wasn’t suggesting Trump was unwell, but said, “If you’re going to have your hands on the nuclear codes, you should probably know what kind of mental state you’re in.” 

An aide to Chaffetz told HuffPost last week the bill would apply to presidential candidates in the future. (Trump has already filed for re-election.)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said last week that she would support legislation requiring Trump to take a mental health exam. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) took it a step further at a Monday press conference, suggesting Trump is on track to getting himself impeached. “We cannot continue to have a President who’s acting in this manner. It’s dangerous to the United States of America,” she said.

Pelosi, who was also at the press event, had to walk that back a bit. Impeachment will only be an issue for Trump “when and if” he breaks the law, she said.

Lieu said he’ll reach out to colleagues to co-sponsor his bill as soon as it’s out and has his eye on at least one Republican who may be on board. He’s already the sponsor of another bill, along with Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), that would restrict the president from launching a first nuclear strike without Congress first voting to declare war. He previously introduced that bill last fall.

“Right now, the president, with one order, can launch 4,000 nuclear weapons. The nuclear winter would destroy the United States,” he said. “We cannot imagine the framers would have allowed this situation to be in place.”

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Iliarjuk: An Inuit Memoir

Iliarjuk: An Inuit Memoir


When I first read the Dracc Dreque manuscript I was immediately struck by its unflinching honesty and its uniqueness. As far as I knew, it was the only memoir ever written by an Inuit and it cut sharply across our ideas about the Arctic. Most of what we’ve seen, in movies and on TV, represents Inuit culture in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Since then, the foreign rule of a white colonial government and invasive global “realities” have brought drastic changes to that way of life. Iliarjuk documents the impact those changes have had on individual lives with a vivid, gritty picture of what it is like to grow up as an orphan in Iqaluit, a place that is distant, exotic, but shockingly familiar. There are impressive descriptions of the tundra, the ocean, hunting for seals and polar bears and caribou, but there are also scenes of an intensely personal nature, sexual and physical abuse, scavenging for food at the town dump, sniffing Plastic Wood, nail polish and spray paint, breaking and entering, being chased then arrested by the Police, fist fights, hockey, rock and roll, foster homes, a haunted house, bicycles, jails and department stores. It’s an absorbing read and I’ve never seen or worked on anything that is quite like it- George Amabile, Editor

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Mexican Hot Chocolate Mix – 16 oz – Dairy Free, Gluten Free

Mexican Hot Chocolate Mix – 16 oz – Dairy Free, Gluten Free


Silky-smooth, creamy hot cocoa with cinnamon, cayenne & ancho chile. Makes 10 servings 16 oz Dairy, Gluten & Soy Free Ingredients: Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Cocoa Powder, Cayenne, Cinnamon, Ancho Chiles. Made in a facility that handles peanuts, tree nuts, eggs & soy.
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Progressives Hang Onto Hopes For Ivanka Trump

WASHINGTON ― Progressives wondering whether President Donald Trump will give any notice to their concerns hold out hope that his daughter Ivanka will intervene.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), a longtime champion of paid family leave, on Tuesday reintroduced her Family Act, which would guarantee 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave for all workers.

The legislation, which proposes a universal paid leave program funded by a small payroll tax, failed to advance in the previous session of the Republican-led Congress, and likely faces the same fate under Trump.

But Gillibrand and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), sponsor of a companion bill in the House, on Tuesday expressed optimism that the president would be receptive, in part because Ivanka Trump has spoken about the issue.

“I am hopeful that the administration will reach out to me and work with me on a national paid leave plan,” Gillibrand said on a call with reporters.

Gillibrand referenced Ivanka Trump’s speech at last summer’s Republican National Convention, in which she presented her father, who has a record of demeaning women, as a champion for women’s rights and a supporter of equal pay for women. It led many progressives to hope that her influence would encourage — or at least make it possible — that the president pivot from his campaign promises. Ivanka Trump also tried during the campaign to deflect attention away from her father’s history of misogyny and climate change denial.

Last week, Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner, a senior White House adviser, reportedly convinced the president not to roll back LGBTQ protections, a important achievement of former President Barack Obama.

Trump’s proposed paid leave plan, like most of his policy proposals, contains little substance and is limited in scope. It allows for six weeks of paid leave, and only applies to mothers.

“I am hopeful that the new administration will focus on it because they did run on it, they did talk about it, and it should be nonpartisan.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)

Ivanka Trump said in an interview when her father’s leave plan was announced in September that it is intended to “help mothers in recovery in the immediate aftermath of childbirth.” She would not elaborate on whether it would apply to LGBTQ, adoptive or foster parents, or people caring for aging parents.

“We’ll wait to see what the dimensions of it, what the details are,” DeLauro said of Trump’s proposal. 

“I don’t know when they will move forward with making a substantive proposal,” she added. “We’re waiting for them to join the debate. We’re on the field.

The U.S. remains the only industrialized country without mandated paid family leave. Sunday was the 24th anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act, which provides 12 weeks of unpaid leave for people who work at companies with more than 50 employees.

The push for universal paid leave is growing, with state legislatures and businesses enacting more expansive plans.

Gillibrand said she hopes to gain bipartisan support because the issue affects everyone.

“Despite the fact that we don’t have a Republican yet, I am optimistic that people will be demanding action on this issue, that people will rise up and say we need a national paid leave plan, and really call on their elected leaders to listen to the challenges that they’re facing,” Gillibrand said. “I am hopeful that the new administration will focus on it because they did run on it, they did talk about it, and it should be nonpartisan.”

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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

Seven Steps to Completely Turn Your Life Around This Year

How can I change my life completely in the next year or two? originally appeared on Quorathe knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.

Answer by Max Lukominskyi, CMO at Sliceplanner, on Quora:

Changing your life completely is a huge step that requires a major effort. Nonetheless, the result is worth the struggle. Commit to this 7-step challenge and you will arrive at the desired destination already next year:

Begin With The End In Mind. While making a decision to commit to something, take a moment to get it crystal clear what change you would like to experience and what kind of person you would like to become within the next year or two. Imagine how you achieve your goal and try to design a blueprint of how you are going to move towards your desired destination. Then you will know exactly what steps to take.

Declutter Your Life. Slow down and take some time to simplify your life. Get rid of the things that have always been holding you back. Get rid of the stuff that associates with the life you would like to change. Stop comparing yourself with others and prioritize your goals. Clear your mind from the unnecessary thoughts and create more space in your life for new pure energy and massive wins.

Master Your Mindset. Embrace the truth: Everything worth doing is going to be neither easy nor fast. It holds true for this challenge as well. Therefore, be ready to face tough obstacles and deal with the unexpected issues. Nonetheless, it doesn’t mean you cannot succeed. It only means you need to be ready. Stop doubting your strengths. Make the goal to change your life completely your priority. Become obsessed. And get down to work.

Start Small. Your life is a set of little seemingly innocuous decisions, choices and actions. The repeated ones constitute your daily habits. These are the ones that eventually shape your life and define your level of productivity and success. Start small and strive to develop a good habit attitude by breaking bad habits and developing only routines that are the perfect fit for the life you would like to live.

Grow 0.1% A Day. Whatever you want to achieve, try to approach that goal with the constant pace: 0.1% a day. Since your personal growth has a compounding effect, these seemingly trivial steps will eventually allow you to grow 37.78% a year and become multiple times better than you are now already in two years. Commit to continuous and consistent growth. Do the things that take you closer to your aspirations every single day.

Avoid Negative People. Your environment is crucial. The chances are that you are not likely to experience any change if you stay in the stagnant and not challenging environment. You need to surround yourself with people who are better, smarter, stronger and faster. Choose your environment wisely and avoid negative people who are always too pessimistic and skeptical towards your goals. Get around greatness and make sure the people who you hang out with are supportive and inspiring.

Leave Your Comfort Zone. No change will come if your stay within your area of ease and convenience. All the opportunities for growth are far beyond your comfort zone. Learn to leave it on the consistent basis and do the things that scare you. Very soon you will find out that the life in your discomfort zone is not that frightening but rather full of new earlier unfamiliar, interesting and exciting things that indeed take you closer to your desired aspirations. Expand your comfort zone – change your life.

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My First Time Masturbating

You don’t need a partner to have amazing, fireworks-on-the-Fourth-of-July level orgasms.

The animated Glamour video above is a great reminder of that. In it, a 27-year-old woman named Mariel talks about how reading harlequin novels and erotica as a teen quickly led her down the pathway to self-pleasure.

“I saw stars,” she says of her first time masturbating. “I must have come in less than 30 seconds. Needless to say, I fell right to sleep.” 

Now as an adult, she still considers sex with herself the best sex she’s ever had. 

“Every time I touch myself or learn a different way to make myself feel good, I feel more confident to bring that into my sexual experiences with other people,” she says.

Watch the video to hear her full story.  

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When Free Speech Turns Into Harassment, It Isn’t Okay or Legal

Why are gender pronouns being forced into law? originally appeared on Quorathe place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

Answer by Jae Alexis Lee, Trans Woman, Technology Enthusiast, Martial Arts Instructor, long time manager, on Quora:

Why are gender pronouns being forced into law? This is a distortion of reality that’s popular in some social circles and it really, really bugs me. Let me explain, we’ll  start with the basics: Harassment isn’t okay. We good with that? I hope so because if not there’s no hope for the rest of this conversation. Harassment isn’t okay.

What constitutes harassment? Well, lots of things. Anyone who’s ever been a manager for a sufficiently large corporation has probably sat through at least one mandatory training session about what the company considers harassment, what the law considers harassment, and what they’re expected to do about it. We’ll skip the minutia and leave it at high, high-level concepts for now: Harassment can include physical behavior (inappropriate touching, hitting, etc.), verbal behavior (teasing, lewd comments, etc.) and direct actions (work assignments, dismissals or threats of termination, etc.) Got it? 1,000 foot level.

Let’s descend a bit to talk about verbal harassment. Some things would be considered harassment regardless of the gender, ethnicity, religion or orientation of the target. If I make a point of loudly addressing one of my staff as “Dumb F***” and pile onto that with abusive language every time I give them instructions both in private or publicly, that’s not okay. (All right, I’m wandering into hostile work environment land a little bit, but hang with me, we’re not going to get sucked into that level of minutia here.) If that member of my staff quits and files for unemployment, I promise you, I’m going to have a hard time explaining my behavior to a judge on that.

Some forms of verbal harassment are unique to traditionally oppressed groups. Racial slurs, sexist remarks, religious slurs. We’ve got a list of things that as an employer, it’s not okay to call your employees. If those employees complain and we keep doing it anyway, that’s explicitly not okay.

So, now we’re looking at trans people, a historically oppressed minority that studies have demonstrated face significant rates of harassment and discrimination. Like many other groups, there are collections of slurs and methods of being verbally abusive that are specific to the group. In areas where we talk about gender identity being a protected class, using trans-specific verbally abusive language would be forbidden in the same contexts that using racial slurs would be prohibited or making lewd sexual comments would be forbidden.

Still with me? Good. When it comes to trans people, in addition to slurs like shemale and tranny, denying a trans person’s identity can constitute harassment. Terms commonly used in the trans community are misgendering (referring to a person with incorrect pronouns, or other gendered parts of speech), and deadnaming (using a trans person’s pre-transition name.) Same as using racial slurs or making lewd sexual comments, this kind of behavior can have significant negative impact to the person on the receiving end of it.

So, Jae, what you’re telling me is that if I screw up and call a trans man ‘she’ it’s the same thing as if I asked my receptionist to show me her tits?

I get this a lot. No, not that exact question, but the idea that people are afraid that screwing up will get them in legal trouble.

This isn’t about verbal stumbles. In general, when we’re talking about non-discrimination legislation that creates protection for gender identity what we’re doing is placing behavior that is explicitly anti-trans on the same level as behavior that is specifically anti-any other protected class.

Verbal stumbles happen, we all know that. Show of hands from everyone who’s never said she when they meant to say he? Who’s never opened their mouth to mention a person by name only to have the wrong name come out? It happens, and in general, we make a quick comment/apology about it, and then we move on.

There’s no reason to feel like a law that protects trans people would be different in application. In any legal case we’re going to be looking at severity (saying ‘show me your tits or you’re fired’ is on a different level than calling someone the ‘company slut’ where it can be overheard, both are bad, one is worse), there’s going to be an examination of frequency, of intent, and of circumstances.

When you dig into harassment in the workplace, you learn that there’s a whole lot of gray. We can’t write laws that spell out every word that can or can’t be used, or every phrase or how often people can or can’t say something. Instead, we have a framework of guidelines that the justice system can use to assess the situation.

So, I get that Jae, but… are you saying this is just for employers and employees?

No, not at all. Looking at from a corporate perspective is easy for me because I’ve been in management for so long, but it’s also an approachable lens for a broad swath of people because most of us have had jobs at one point or another.

This sort of thing applies to a large number of relationships where there is an institutional power differential. It applies from employer to employee where we talk about things regarding hostile workplaces, harassment and a host of other employment related things. It also applies when we’re talking about how law enforcement treats suspects. In investigations of bias and excessive force, the use of slurs on the part of the LEO can be employed as part of proving that an officer acted inappropriately due to bias. We look at this in relationships between teachers and students, especially in instances where there is a reason to suspect that grading which may be subjective has been unfair towards minority students, or that classroom environments were too hostile for students to be able to engage and learn. We talk about this in the contexts of landlords and tenants, business owners and clients and on and on and on.

Fundamentally, harassment and discrimination are issues we face in the modern world. We have laws to address these things because harassment and discrimination aren’t okay. Legislation that adds gender identity to the list of protected classes aren’t enforcing an Orwellian form of thought control on the population, but they recognize that trans people are frequently targeted for harassment and discrimination. Some laws make explicit note that misgendering and deadnaming are specific methods by which people harass and make transgender people feel unwelcome or unsafe.

But Jae, what about free speech?

You still have freedom of expression, as much as you ever did. It hasn’t gone away. Want to call me a delusional dude on your blog? Go for it, knock yourself out. Want to demand you have the right to call Caitlyn Jenner Bruce? Be my guest. It isn’t an issue until you do so in a way that is specifically harmful to another person. If you’re my boss, and you call me ‘he’ or ‘it’ every time you talk about me at work, then you’re going to get a complaint from me letting you know that I’m not okay with it. I’m going to copy HR on the complaint, and if it keeps happening then things escalate as appropriate for the situation (that may mean internal escalations to my boss’s boss, that might entail talking to an employment attorney, again, situational.)

Speech has consequences, and in general, our rights stop when our method of exercising them hurts other people. You’re welcome to say or think whatever you want, but in some situations, there are things you shouldn’t say because of the harm it will cause and if you do cause damage with what you say then you may be held accountable for the harm you caused.

That’s what this is about. Not about Orwellian thought police, not about an out of control radical left, but about recognizing that the trans population is a minority that faces significant harassment and discrimination. That harassment and discrimination aren’t okay, and that deliberately misgendering or deadnaming a trans person may be a form of verbal abuse that would be actionable under appropriate laws regarding specific forms of verbal abuse.

Got it? Good, now go be nice to each other, class dismissed.

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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

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As with any of my tapping videos, this is an abbreviated process for releasing uncomfortable feelings and enhancing good ones. Some folks may find their fear dissolve after just one tapping session, but for others, it will take some repetition, bringing the discomfort down little by little each time. (Still others may uncover specific issues that are best addressed directly with a wellness practitioner.) In any event, this brief video should help at least take the edge off the discomfort, freeing you up to enjoy life much more. Let us know how it helped you!

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U.S. Patients Have Lower Mortality Rates With Foreign-Trained Doctors

(Reuters Health) – U.S. patients may have lower mortality rates if their doctors were trained at foreign medical schools rather than at American universities, a recent study suggests.

Researchers examined data for more than 1.2 million hospitalizations handled by general internists at U.S. hospitals and found patients were slightly less likely to die within 30 days after admission if their doctor went to medical school in another country.

“Although we are uncertain exactly why foreign-trained doctors have slightly better outcomes, the U.S. currently sets a very high bar for foreign medical graduates to practice medicine in the U.S.,” said lead study author Dr. Yusuke Tsugawa, a policy and management researcher at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. 

“Therefore, the doctors who choose to leave their home country and manage to pass all certification exams may be very capable and motivated individuals,” Tsugawa said by email.

The absolute difference was small, with mortality rates of 11.2 percent for foreign-trained doctors versus 11.6 percent for U.S. medical school graduates.

After accounting for other factors that could contribute to patients’ outcomes, the mortality rate was 5 percent lower for foreign medical graduations. But that’s large enough to impact tens of thousands of patients nationwide.

International medical graduates make up a quarter of the physician workforce in the U.S., the UK, Canada and Australia, researchers note in the BMJ. In the U.S., doctors trained elsewhere treat a far greater proportion of patients in many rural and underserved communities, previous studies have shown.

The research team points out that in order to get a license to practice medicine in the U.S., foreign medical school graduates must pass two examinations that test medical knowledge and one examination that assesses clinical skills, and they must also complete several years of accredited residency training in the U.S.

For the current study, Tsugawa and colleagues examined data on patients 65 and older covered by Medicare who were treated by 44,227 general internists between 2011 and 2014.

Overall, 19,589 of the doctors, or 44 percent, were international medical school graduates. The foreign graduates tended to be slightly younger and were more likely to work in non-teaching hospitals, for-profit hospitals and hospitals without intensive care units.

In general, compared with patients treated by U.S. graduates, those seen by international graduates were less likely to be white, affluent or covered by private insurance. Patients seen by international doctors were also more likely to have multiple chronic health problems like congestive heart failure, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

When researchers looked at conditions that commonly bring patients to the hospital, they found international graduates had significantly lower mortality rates for pneumonia and congestive heart failure.

The non-U.S. doctors had lower mortality rates for most other conditions, too, but the difference wasn’t big enough to rule out the possibility that it was due to chance.

There wasn’t a meaningful difference in readmission rates, or the proportion of patients who returned to the hospital again within 30 days of being sent home.

The study isn’t an experiment designed to prove whether doctors educated in the U.S. or other countries provide better care or help patients live longer, the authors note. Researchers also couldn’t distinguish between foreign-born international medical school graduates and U.S. citizens who left the country to train overseas.

It’s also possible that patients treated by foreign-trained doctors were different from people seen by U.S. medical school graduates in some ways that weren’t detected in the study, said Dr. Vineet Arora, a researcher at the University of Chicago who wasn’t involved in the study.

“I find the mortality difference hard to explain by educational or cultural differences alone given the varied educational experiences and cultural backgrounds of international medical graduates,” Arora added by email. “We do know that international doctors who gain entry into the US are often at the top of their class – so it’s certainly possible that this could explain the findings.”

SOURCE: bit.ly/2kBno94 BMJ, online February 3, 2017.

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