Toilet Paper Blues

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Migrant moms at Pennsylvania center suspend hunger strike’ due to menaces’

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22 women who refused meals to protest their indefinite detention at the Berks County Residential Center in Pennsylvania say officials pushed them to eat

Female asylum seekers held with their children at the Berks County Residential Center in Pennsylvania say they have been pushed to suspend a two-week long hunger strike due to menaces from immigration officials.

In a letter to reporters, 22 mothers who rejected dinners to protest their indefinite detention said they were told: If our health is weak, the government can take our children from us and send us to incarcerates for adults.

The females are now eating one meal a day, but say they will resume the ten-strike within a week if they have not been released. Lawyers who visited their clients during the hunger strike said some had lost significant amounts of weight, about 10 lbs in some cases.

Their faces appeared sunken and gaunt, said attorney Carol Anne Donohoe.

All of the women have been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement since they arrived with their children at the US-Mexico border seeking asylum from violence in El Salvador and Honduras. Their protest has raised questions about whether ICE is flouting a federal magistrates mandate that sets a 20 -day limit on the time children can be detained.

This week, four of the families will mark a full year in custody, including one from El Salvador that includes two girls who are 14 and 16. The teens have missed school while detained, and reportedly have depression and suicidal thoughts.

They have this attitude that either were going to die here or die there, and it scares me, said the familys lawyer, Bridget Cambria.

In January, the World Bank ranked El Salvador as the worlds deadliest country outside a war zone.

Immigration officials told the Guardian the safety, well-being and housing conditions of those in its custody are of utmost importance to the agency. They added that the length of hour a family is incarcerated at Berks may be related to the current status of their immigration cases.

The majority of the families are blocked from deportationwhile a civil rights lawsuit they form part of winds through the courts. In the meantime, Donohoe argues they should be allowed to live with family members who live in the US.

We have sent all the requested documents about their sponsors to show they are not a flight danger, but have been categorically denied, Donohoe said.

This week, Human Rights First released an updated report on conditions at Berks based on a 25 July visit by a delegation of psychologists and pediatricians, as well as the facilitys own health reports. It includes a description of a 10 -year-old girl detained for eight months at Berks who suffers from nocturnal enuresis( urinary incontinence) and must wear a nappy at night. A facility psychologist wrote: The impression she left on me and the interpreter was that her enuresis was related to nothing more than laziness. But an independent psychological evaluation concluded she suffers from post-traumatic stress ailment and should be seen by a specialist.

Dr Michelle Silva, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine who participated in the tour, said the extended detention of families was very concerning because it compromises a childs developing sense of identity and security in the world around them.

On Tuesday, nation representative Leslie Acosta held a press conference about the hunger strike and called on Barack Obama and federal officials to put a plan in place to release the families in a dignified human route. She also requested a meeting with Pennsylvanias governor to create a plan that ensures new households are not acknowledged or transferred to Berks since the nation revoked its license last year to operate small children residential facility because it was also holding adults. The district is appealing that decision.

Next month, Obama will host a United Nations summit on refugees and migrants in New York City, where he is expected to face calls to end family detention.

He placed it on steroids and turned it into the ogre that its become, Donahoe said, calling the practice a stain on his legacy.

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Morgan Freeman runs around the world searching for God

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Morgan Freeman played God in “Bruce Almighty, ” but for “The Story of God with Morgan Freeman, ” he’s just a man, who traveled to 20 cities in seven different countries in search of answers to questions such as: Who is God? What happens when we die? Why does evil happen?

The six-episode “The Story of God, ” premiering Sunday, April 3 on National Geographic Channel, takes the Oscar winner to some of humanity’s greatest religion sites, including Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall, India’s Bodhi Tree, and the pyramids in Egypt, to uncover the long-lost religions of our ancestors and to immerse himself in modern-day religion experiences and rituals.

“What we’ve done is go around the world asking, observing, trying to get that sense of what binds us all together, ” Freeman told FOX4 11. “We came away with the idea that we’re much more the same than we are different. Every religion is after the same thing.”

The end goal of “The Story of God” is to open an interfaith dialogue about ideas and values that we all share , not that we disagree on. Toward that objective, it investigates the beliefs of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and more, with the assistance of archaeologists and holy humen. It covers the topics: Beyond Death( April 3 ), Apocalypse( April 10 ), Creation( April 17 ), Who is God( April 24 ), Evil( May 1) and Miracles( May 8).

“I don’t think that we’ve said or shown anything that they are able to upset any orthodoxies, ” says Freeman, who approached the quest for knowledge with the initiative of total adoption. “We’ve made no judgment calls. We didn’t set out to prove or refute, only to learn.”

Morgan doesn’t share his personal notions in the series, feeling it’s more important for him to be neutral. But he does pass on some of the knowledge that he acquired on this spiritual journey.

One such bit is that the true definition of the word apocalypse is often misunderstood. It doesn’t mean the end of days. “It doesn’t mean the end of anything, ” he says. “It entails unveiling. It’s the awakening. It’s the next best thing to enlightenment, right? ”

The beginning of religion is also looked at in the episode encompassing evil from the perspective that the proposed establishment of religion may be inextricably tied to the need to control evil.

“If you ask the basic question: Did God generate? Then if God made evils, why? The style we get around that is by saying, ‘Well, he also gave us free will.’ We only know that evil exists. Why, we haven’t figured out yet, actually, ” Morgan admits.

“The Story of God” also presupposes that religion was created to answer man’s questions. But today, we know why the earth shakes and divides, why the sunshine occasionally goes dark, or why there is a drought. Having that wisdom, however, does not displace the concept or the faith in the existence of God.

“I guess the more informed you are, the deeper your notions can be, ” says Freeman, when asked if modern knowledge has changed religion. “I don’t think there were people more informed than the Catholic hierarchy or the Jewish hierarchy from the head rabbi on down. The nature of religion must be amended with knowledge. The reality of religion gets more sound, more pronounced.”

“The Story of God” premieres Sunday, April 3 on National Geographic Channel.

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Man brilliantly utilizes his hoverboard to start a dog-walking business

4 months, 23 days ago

How should be used stimulate back the money you spoiled on a hoverboard? Use the hoverboard to stroll dogs, of course.

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To sustain hope while preserving honesty is the greatest challenge in oncology | Ranjana Srivastava

4 months, 23 days ago

Why was I so bothered by the relentless optimism of my terminal cancer patient? Was it his refusal of the disease that troubled me or something in me?

You know I am going to beat this.

No, you arent, I suppose despondently.

With a positive position and determination, he adds.

Then youd be the first, I mutely retort.

A successful retired engineer, he is one of those who dont fall ill until tragedy strikes.

He had gone to the doctor feeling vaguely unwell and inherited a cancer diagnosis, and with it, an endless series of investigations. For a while, his surgeon sat on the fence although the primary abdominal cancer was technically operable he had a hunch that the tiny, indeterminate nodules on the lung represented metastases.

Why wont my surgeon operate?

Because he doesnt think he can remedy you.

Do you think he is being too cautious?

No, I think he is looking after your best interests.

His dogged determination refuses to consider the subtleties I keep putting forward.

Ill do everything in my capability to help you, I say.

I know you will. Well beat this together.

We may not be able to, I react, running away from the combat metaphor.

Unlike other patients, he doesnt question my judgment or warn me off discussing bad news. He isnt aggressive or demanding, in fact the opposite. Being a logical human, he doesnt believe in miracles. But he only has an unshakeable notion that I am his companion in the fight of his lifetime and with me on his side, he can win.

I look across the desk at my well-dressed, exhaustively organised, thoughtfully spoken, impeccably mannered patient and ask myself how I am going to convince him that he has months to live.

He starts chemotherapy and the remarkable reply astonishes everyone. Furthermore, he suffers none of the anticipated toxicities, inspiring him to grin, Are you sure its not placebo youre giving me? Patients ask this from is high time to day, belying a real fear that their doctor has given up, so I answer seriously, I promise you, I am treating you with the most intensive cocktail available.

Then why am I not sick?

Isnt that great?

We will overcome this!

I look at his wife searchingly. How does she consider his maniacal self-belief? Will she help me inject reason into the conversation? But she doesnt utter a word, as if reminding me that the doctor-patient relationship is between me and her husband.

The surgeon calls me to say that he has finally ruled out the prospect of surgery. He does realise he is having palliative chemo, right? The surgeons mild exasperation mingles with mine, threatening to overflow at the next visit.

As I take a minute to collect my supposes, I find myself wishing that my patient would say just once, Yes, I understand I have an incurable illnes. We dont have to talk about prognosis, comparison patients, or dwell on anything other than how great he feels but the acknowledgement would take a burden off my shoulders.

As these guess fling through my mind, my vague inconvenience suddenly sees kind in a single question, as if posed by an outside commentator who is fed up of my attitude.

Why does his relentless optimism bother you so much?

I answer my invisible interlocutor with gusto.

It bothers me because it constructs me feel like I havent sufficiently explained things to him and maybe, he has taken my stillnes to mean acquiescence. It bothers me that one day, when his cancer unavoidably progresses, he will blame me for disguising the truth. It bothers me that his death will be fraught because how will we cross over from joking about placebo to accepting mortality?

The invisible interlocutor retorts, But how you deal with your anxiety and conflict isnt your patients responsibility.

Stung by the realisation, I face my patient again.

Im determined to beat this, he repeats.

You know what, that would be truly wonderful, I answer with a smile, suppressing all my dread and discomfort.

Something in me relents and something in him revels. The next few months are blissful, devoid of rancour and rivalry. He directs the conversation; I lose the urgency to say anything to tip-off our fragile balance. When I feel a stab of nervousnes about the future, I remind myself that my greatest value to him may be in not undermining hope.

To sustain hope while preserving honesty this is the greatest challenge in oncology.

Oncologists attract much disdain from other doctors and patients for withholding bad news, twisting facts and distracting patients from succumbing well. Analyses show that the majority of patients with advanced cancer dont know that their life is limited and that treatment is not curative.

Other analyzes highlight the nervousnes and distress faced by patients and their carers when there is confusion surrounding the future and when oncologists dont play a role in helping shed the uncertainty. But just like cancer represents many different cancers, cancer patients represent many different kinds of people, each with their own requires, yearnings and expectations. To address them all in one tone would be as pointless as treating all cancers with one medication. Grief has no arc.

Just as Id dreaded all along, the cheer dissipates but what takes away my breath is how quickly it happens. One week he is well and the coming week hes glowing yellow with liver failing and in pain. I am dismayed.

I can do a scan if you want but clearly things seem worse.

I brace myself for the onslaught of protest with a reminder that this is the price of the preceding months of bonhomie. But I am wrong again. He regards the numbers, looks at me, and says as calmly as if discussing the weather, So this is it, then?

Tears prick my eyes. Appearing at his pale face and sleepless eyes, I hanker to have his old, ebullient ego back, the ego that wanted to challenge nature itself. I am tempted to give him some of his hope back but all I can muster is, I am really sorry.

He sits there for a while, his face a kaleidoscope of emotions.

I cant thank you enough for the route you have held me up, he finally says. Ive always appreciated your honesty.

Hes got the wrong person in mind, I suppose dully as I recount my endless quest to save him from his delusions. His humility astounds me, devoting rise to a tide of frustration at yet another death at the hands of some invisible, unrelenting process that neither my patient understood nor I could genuinely explain.

The next week, at an unscheduled visit, he appears terrible.

As I write a morphine prescription, he mentions he is pleased to have the beehives sorted.

What beehives? I ask, wondering what else I dont know about him.

If I can manage the travel, Ill indicate you. He hesitates, then hugs me. I know I wont find him again.

Defying progressive symptoms, he assiduously ties up loose ends and devotes away various belongings. Then, he surprises me one last period by making a final trip-up to hospital.

I stare at the gleaming jars of honey, pale gold, painstakingly decorated and wrapped, ultimately understanding just how hard he must have worked to finish the intricate undertaking.

It turns out only one of us was in denial and it wasnt the patient.

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Yes, climate change stimulated Harvey and Irma worse

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( CNN) The right time to talk climate change is now.

And no, changes in our planet’s atmosphere did not cause Hurricanes Harvey or Irma. But the consensus among scientistsis that the effects of climate change, such as rising sea levels and warmer oceans, stimulated those cyclones far more destructive than they would have been in previous decades.

“The short version is, climate change builds these very bad storms worse, ” said Sean Sublette, a meteorologist with Climate Central, a nonprofit group that analyzes climate change. “It’s not the approximate cause of the cyclone, but it attains these bad blizzards worse. And in the case of a really bad blizzard, climate change can make it altogether disastrous or catastrophic.”

The data on how our warming planet specifically impacted Harvey and Irma won’t be known for quite some time. It can take months and even years to collect and analyze that datum.

But the science is this: Hurricanes thrive over warm water and strengthen in intensity; oceans have warmed on an average 1 to 3 degrees Fahrenheit over the past century, and sea level have risen about 7 inches during that time. Hurl in compound flooding — the combination of rising sea level from global warming, storm surge and extreme rainfall — and you have the perfect mix for record flooding.

We saw this in greater Houston from Harvey and along the 240 -mile stretch of the Atlantic coast from Jacksonville, Florida, to Charleston, South Carolina as a result of Irma’s storm surge and heavy rains.

Irma’s destructive track through the Caribbean

A totally stunned audience canaEUR( tm) t stop laughing at this ballet with a spin!

4 months, 24 days ago

This ballet troupe is not just incredibly talented and expertly trained, they are also a bit experimental as they did something different that had the audience guessing big time!

Clearly this troupe has an eye on keeping the audience entertained and on their toes. Truly funny and what great fun to add to a ballet routine!

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Dan Evans uncovers positive narcotic exam for cocaine-‘ I made a mistake’

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The British No3 Dan Evans has uncovered he tested positive for cocaine in April

Dan Evans, the British No3 and world No50 tennis player, revealed in a brief and emotional statement on Friday that he had failed an out-of-competition exam for cocaine. He faces a lengthy outlaw, likely two years.

The 27 -year-old from Birmingham, who has had his funding stripped twice in the past for position and behaviour problems, said in a hastily convened press conference in a west London hotel that lasted merely a minute and a half: Hello everyone, this is a very difficult day for me. I wanted to come here in person to tell you guys face to face, I was notified a few days ago that I failed a drugs exam in April, where I tested positive for cocaine. Its really important that you know this was taken out of competition and in a context wholly unrelated to tennis.

I made a mistake and I must face up to it. I do not condone for one second that this was acceptable behaviour. Ive let a lot of people down: their own families, my coach, my squad, sponsors, British tennis and my fans. I can only deeply apologise from the bottom of my heart.

This has been a sad and humbling experience. I hope you understand that I will not be taking any questions and I would like to thank you for your supporting in my career, today for the good and bad times.

Martina Hingis received a two-year suspension for a similar offence in 2007, when she failed a drugs exam at Wimbledon, and Richard Gasquet was given 12 months in 2009. After he had served two and a half months, an International Tennis Federation tribunal panel lifted the ban, accepting the Frenchmans story that he had unknowingly taken cocaine by kissing a woman in a nightclub.

Evans offered no excuse, and it is not known if he is preparing a defense for an appeal if, as seems certain, the ITF bans him. In a carefully worded statement, the ITF said Evans was tested in association with his participation at the Barcelona Open on 24 April. It added: That sample was analysed by a World Anti-Doping Agency accredited laboratory in Montreal, Canada, and was found to contain cocaine and its metabolite. Mr Evans will be provisionally suspended with effect from 26 June.

The Lawn Tennis Associations performance director, Simon Timson, said: We are very disappointed at the news. We absolutely denounce any form of drug-taking and will support the process which needs to take place.

We are in touch with Dan and we will offer appropriate guidance, supporting and education to him on how best to address the issues he now faces.

Evans, one of the most gifted young players in the country, had done well to overcome his rebellious tendencies, after falling to 772 in the ATP world Tour rankings in April 2015. He has often performed heroically for Great Britain in the Davis Cup and, intermittently over the past year, has played impressively. At the US Open last year, he had match point against Stan Wawrinka, who went on to beat Novak Djokovic in the final.

This season Evans found form on clay as well as his favoure hard tribunal and rose to a career high of 41 in the world in March. Within a month he tested positive for cocaine which, he insists, had nothing to do with the game he can play so well.

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Six Toxic Beliefs That Will Ruin Your Career

4 months, 24 days ago

There is nothing wrong with making a mistake. It’s what you say to yourself after you mess up that matters. Your self-talk( the guess you have about your feelings) can either exaggerate the negativity or help you turn that misstep into something productive.

Negative self-talk is unrealistic, unnecessary, and self-defeating. It sends you into a downward emotional spiraling that is difficult to pull out of.

All self-talk is driven by important notions that you hold about yourself. It plays an understated but powerful role in success because it can both spur you forward to achieve your goals and hold you back.

As Henry Ford said,” He who believes he can and he who believes he cannot are both correct .”

TalentSmart has tested the emotional intelligence( EQ) of more than a million people and found that 90% of top musicians are high in EQ. These successful, high EQ someones possess an important skill–the ability to recognize and control negative self-talk so that it doesn’t be stopped from reaching their full potential. This is something many of them learned in emotional intelligence training.

These successful people earn an average of $28,000 more annually than their low EQ peers, get promoted more often, and receive higher marks on performance evaluations. The is connected with EQ and earnings is so direct that every point increase in EQ adds $1,300 to an annual salary.

When it comes to self-talk, we’ve discovered six common, yet toxic, faiths that hold people back more than any others. Be mindful of your tendencies to succumb to these notions, so that they don’t derail your career 😛 TAGEND

Toxic Belief# 1: Perfection= Success

Human beings, by our very nature, are fallible. When perfection is your goal, you’re always left with a nagging sense of failure, and end up spending your time lamenting what you failed to accomplish, instead of enjoying what you were able to achieve.

Toxic Belief# 2: My Destiny is Predetermined

Far too many people succumb to the highly irrational idea because this is destined to succeed or fail. Stimulate no mistake about it, your destiny is in your own hands, and blaming multiple success or failings on forces-out beyond your control is nothing more than a cop out. Sometimes life will deal you difficult cards to play, and others days you’ll be holding aces. Your willingness to give your all in playing any hand you’re holding decides your ultimate success or failure in life.

Toxic Belief# 3: I “Always” or “Never” Do That

There isn’t anything in life that you always or never do. You may do something a lot or not do something enough, but framing your behaviour to its implementation of “always” or “never” is a form of self-pity. It stimulates you believe that you have no control of yourself and will never change. Don’t succumb to it.

Toxic Belief# 4: I Succeed When Others Approve of Me

Regardless of what people think of you at any particular moment, one thing is certain [?] you’re never as good or bad as they say you are. It’s impossible to turn off your reactions to what others think of you, but you can take people’s sentiments with a grain of salt. That style , no matter what people think about you, your self-worth comes only from within.

Toxic Belief# 5: My Past= My Future

Repeated failures can erode your self-confidence and make it hard to believe you’ll achieve a better outcome in the future. Most of the time, these failures result from taking dangers and trying to achieve something that isn’t easy. Just remember that success lies in your ability to rise in the face of failure. Anything worth achieving is going to require you to take some risks, and you can’t let failure to stop you from believing in your ability to succeed.

Toxic Belief# 6: My Feelings= Reality

If you’ve read Emotional Intelligence 2.0, you know how to take an objective look at your feelings and separate fact from fiction. If not, you might want to read it. Otherwise, your emotions will continue to skew your sense of reality, stimulating you vulnerable to the negative self-talk that can hold you back from achieving your full potential.

Chris Hemsworth Proudly Proclaims His Feminist Beliefs!

4 months, 24 days ago

Elsa Pataky is one lucky girl!

Seriously,

And we have his precious parents, Leonie and Craig to thank for that 😛 TAGEND

“Oh yeah, for sure. My mum’s a big feminist. I think that my opinion on things, as far as respect for women and so on, came from my mum. My daddy has a very balanced and respectful position on a lot of things too. They were huge positive influences in my life.”

We’re pretty sure every woman everywhere only swooned!

Plus, the movie star explained that he’s totally about girl power in both his personal AND professional lives!

He exposed the fierce females in The Huntsman: Winter’s War played a HUGE part in his desire to sign on for the Snow White and the Huntsman prequel:

“The strength of it was in these three women[ Jessica Chastain , Emily Blunt , and Charlize Theron ] and their performances, the heart and soul that they’ve blended through their characters.”

The famous parent also weighed in on the controversial dialogue about gender inequality in Hollywood, adding 😛 TAGEND

“I think the balance has been tipped for a long time heavily in the men’s direction. There are seven to eight male superheroes and one female in there. This is the opposite.”

And if your heart isn’t already entirely melted by his AH-mazing attitude, the gorgeous guy continued 😛 TAGEND

“It’s arousing to be part of something like that. But it’s a funny conversation to even have, because of course it should be that style. Of course it should be equal.”

Y-AAAAS, Chris, Y–S!

Nothing turns us on more than a guy who’s all about equality! Watch your man, Elsa! LOL JK!( Kind of .)

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