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Sound the Alarm: The Moms Are Not Alright 

 

We know that women make less than men during the best of times—in 2018 women’s weekly wages were 81.1% that of men, according to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. During this recession not only were sectors with higher proportions of female employees disproportionately affected, but female employees have been disproportionately more likely to be laid off than their male counterparts. Women-owned businesses are also more likely to be in the healthcare, education, or retail sectors that have been so hard hit during COVID-19. Partially due to lower income overall, women also tend to have less buffer to weather financial storms.

This paints a dire picture for women’s mental health. We can readily empathize with financial strain, the fear that accompanies it and the catastrophic negative impact it can have on mental health. We may also appreciate that despite the reluctance we might frequently feel to get out of bed and go to work on a Monday morning, there is a well-established link between employment and mental health. We know that becoming unemployed is associated with depression and suicidality, and that gaining employment is associated with an improvement in mental health. Furthermore, in a socially distanced world in which women are substantially less able to receive household help or have contact with females outside their immediate household, there is a greater burden on the support that partners provide. Unfortunately, we know that within relationships, financial concerns are a major driver of conflict between partners, jeopardizing the support available to struggling mothers.

Sound the Alarm: The Moms Are Not Alright

Tags: Awareness, Children, Choices, Environment, Investment, Life Sucks, Lifestyle, Mental Health, Parental Burden, Psychology, Punishment, Responsibility, Safety, Survival, Women

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23-Nov-2020


Woman Clashes With Her Husband After They Agree To Take In Her Deceased Best Friend's Children 

 

My best friend passed away unexpectedly nine months ago. It was not something that I ever thought would happen.

"She left behind 3 children, 8[Male], 4[Female] and 1[Female]. My husband and I were written to be her children's godparents."

We have never wanted children of our own and do not have any, but we accepted the role of being godparents because we figured that it's just a formality. Plus my best friend did not have many other people she could rely on."

"I want the children. My husband does not. He said he's willing to take care of them on weekends or something but not be their permanent guardian."

"He said keeping the children would violate a pretty big part of our marriage, considering he has never wanted children and has even got a vasectomy to prevent them."

Woman Clashes With Her Husband After They Agree To Take In Her Deceased Best Friend's Children

Tags: Adoption, Children, Choices, Damage, Enforcement, Etiquette, Interference, Investment, Mental Health, Parental Burden, Preference, Priorities, Rejection, Responsibility, Superficiality

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23-Nov-2020


I Want to Buy My Boyfriend an Ax for Christmas, but I’m Afraid He’ll Maim Himself 
 

I am getting a head start on the winter holidays by drawing up an early gift list, but I am stuck on one recipient in particular. My boyfriend is generally handy and especially enjoys building fires, and he has expressed interest in chopping wood for the last few fires we’ve had. Great, I thought—I can get him a high-quality ax or hatchet for Christmas. But then I started thinking about the potential for injuries. I have anxiety and know it can skew my perception of things, so I’m trying to think it through rationally. My boyfriend is very aware of safety and risk assessments in daily life, but he’s also not the most spatially aware person. He can be clumsy by himself or with others, especially after a few drinks. He’s also never been trained in any kind of ax safety. I still think he’d be delighted by this present, and part of me wants to be convinced by that alone, but another part of me thinks that even having an ax around would kick my fear of accidental injury into permanent overdrive. Should I try to muscle through the anxiety or start looking for a different present? Or is there a compromise here that would satisfy both my fears and my desire to impress with a cool gift?

—Ax Anxiety

I Want to Buy My Boyfriend an Ax for Christmas, but I’m Afraid He’ll Maim Himself

Tags: Advice, Confusion, Etiquette, Gifts, Investment, Relationships, Threat, Weird

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21-Nov-2020


Facing collapse, the famed Arecibo Observatory will be demolished 

 

The world-famous Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, known for helping scientists peer into deep space and listen for distant radio waves, is set to be decommissioned and demolished after engineers concluded that the facility’s structure is at risk of a collapse. While teams will try to salvage some parts of the observatory, the decommission will bring an end to the popular 57-year-old telescope, which has been featured in numerous films and television shows.

The decision comes after two major cables failed at the facility within the last few months, causing significant damage to the observatory. The National Science Foundation (NSF), which oversees Arecibo, assessed the impact of the cable breaks and found that the facility’s other cables could also fail soon. If some of the remaining cables break, engineers fear that the 900-ton suspended platform above the facility could come crashing down on Arecibo’s iconic 1,000-foot-wide dish. It’s also possible that three surrounding towers, which stand at more than 300 feet tall, could topple over in any direction, potentially hitting the visitor’s center or other important nearby buildings.

Facing collapse, the famed Arecibo Observatory will be demolished

Tags: Damage, Destruction, Extinction, Investment, Space, Surveillance, Tech, World

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20-Nov-2020


‘Covid-hell.’ ‘Humanitarian disaster.’ Experts sound the alarm about U.S. coronavirus outbreak. 

 

Public health experts are sounding the alarm about the trajectory of the pandemic in the United States as the coronavirus spreads through the country largely unabated and officials muse aloud about the possibility of fresh lockdowns.

“Our hospitals are full,” Megan Ranney, an emergency medicine professor at Brown University, said in an interview. “Our workers are getting sick. And it is simply overwhelming the system.”

The rapid rise in hospitalizations could foreshadow a long period of rising deaths, said Scott Gottlieb, former director of the Food and Drug Administration. Although improvements in care have pushed the mortality rate below 1 percent in the United States, 1,549 people died of the virus Wednesday, the highest toll since April.

Frieden tweeted that the United States has entered “the exponential phase” of virus spread and that the situation will worsen significantly before it improves. But he emphasized that policy decisions have an impact, and throwing in the towel is the wrong solution.

“If people on the whole just go to the store one less time a week, you could substantially reduce spread,” Gottlieb said on “Squawk Box.”

The holiday season, meanwhile, is a looming danger that Ranney expects will lead to a “deadly” spike in infections. The virus’s prevalence across the country means that this is the worst time for people to increase their risk of transmission by attending family-centric celebrations, she said.

‘Covid-hell.’ ‘Humanitarian disaster.’ Experts sound the alarm about U.S. coronavirus outbreak.

California becomes second state in US to surpass 1m Covid-19 cases

Dr. Birx advises no extended family gatherings in Utah for Thanksgiving, Christmas

Orange County at risk of reverting to most restrictive purple tier as COVID-19 infection rates rise

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot tells city to stay at home for 30 days, cancel Thanksgiving plans and puts 10-person limit on gatherings due to COVID-19 spike - days after she joined crowds celebrating Biden's win

Tags: Cancelled, Celebration, Coronavirus, Environment, Etiquette, Family, Health, Holidays, Investment, Masks, Quarantine, Responsibility, Safety, Saving The Environment!, Science, Self Interest, Social Distancing, Surge, Survival, Threat, Travel, Unity, Warning

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13-Nov-2020


THE LGBTQ MOVEMENT FALTERED 

 

LGBTQ acceptance is eroding even among young people. What are we going to do about it?

By Adam Zivo

There is some very bad news that not nearly enough people are talking about. Acceptance of the LGBTQ community is significantly declining in the United States and has been for several years now. Almost two years ago, a national annual survey by GLAAD found that, since 2016, Americans have become much more uncomfortable with LGBTQ folks. Though the report has since become slightly dated, little research has been done on the issue since. Other statistics, such as consistent increases in anti-LGBTQ hate crimes, suggest that the problem has not abated and may even be getting worse.

Despite the seriousness of this issue, there appears to be little awareness within the LGBTQ community that its public support is eroding. This ignorance within the wider community is mirrored by a lack of serious analysis by queer leaders and researchers. That needs to change.

And let’s not fool ourselves that this is a US-only problem. While it’s unclear how much this backlash is mirrored in Canada and Western Europe (which share similar historical trajectories on LGBTQ rights), both of these regions have also seen notable increases in anti-LGBTQ hate crimes – so there is good reason to be pessimistic. However, only real research focused on social attitudes will give us clarity. For whatever reason, this research isn’t being done in earnest.

THE LGBTQ MOVEMENT FALTERED

Tags: Activism, Awareness, Community, Concern, Environment, Equality, Etiquette, Evolving, Exclusivity, Fail, Fighting Back, Gay, Health, Homophobia, Investment, Leaders, LGBTQ, Lifestyle, Mental Health, Neglect, No more Heroes, Perception, Preservation, Reaction, Rebellion, Representation, Respect, Sex, Treatment, Violence

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12-Nov-2020


Study Shows People Prefer Robot Over Their Boss: 6 Ways To Be A Leader People Prefer 

 

These are stressful times—among the most stressful in history—and people need help. Often, they turn to their employers and specifically their leaders. But they don’t always get what they need. A new global study reports people actually prefer robots to humans for help with mental health issues. So what’s going on, and how can leaders be more empathetic, supportive and preferable to robots?

It’s important to know the issues plaguing employees are significant. In a just-released global study involving more than 12,000 people across 11 countries by Oracle and Workplace Intelligence, 78% of people reported their mental health had been negatively affected during the pandemic. In addition, people said stress, anxiety and depression were reducing their productivity (42%) and increasing poor decision making (40%).

And interestingly, 68% say when they have stress or anxiety at work, if given a choice between a robot or their boss, they would rather talk to a robot than their own manager. While the results may not indicate our future managers will all be robots, they do illustrate important ways leaders can improve and support their employees.

Study Shows People Prefer Robot Over Their Boss: 6 Ways To Be A Leader People Prefer

Tags: AI, Employment, Equality, Investment, Mental Health, Performance, Preference, Robot, Satisfaction, Study, Treatment

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07-Oct-2020


1 in 3 parents don't intend to have their child get the flu vaccine this year 

 

One in three parents doesn't intend to have their child vaccinated for the flu this season, according to a new poll, despite the potential threat of a second wave of COVID-19 cases.

Health officials have increasingly emphasized the importance of vaccinations this year, in part to limit stress on the health care system during the coronavirus pandemic. If the flu is not controlled, officials say hospitals may become overwhelmed by dealing with both.

Despite this, 32% of parents say their child is "unlikely" to get a flu vaccine, according to the recent National Poll on Children's Health.

1 in 3 parents don't intend to have their child get the flu vaccine this year

Tags: Children, Choices, Confusion, Environment, Etiquette, Fear, Health, Investment, Medical, Parental Burden, Protection, Psychology, Responsibility, Safety, Survival, Toxic

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28-Sep-2020


Multiple Portland companies plan to move out of downtown office spaces because ongoing BLM protests have made the area 'unsafe' - with reports of widespread vandalism and 'workers being attacked' 

 

A number of companies based in downtown Portland are set to vacate or sell their offices because on-going protests in the city against police brutality have led to 'unsafe' conditions in the area, reports suggest.

Activists have taken to the city streets for the last 82 consecutive nights to demonstrate under the banner of Black Lives Matter, but some of the rallies have descended into chaos, resulting in violent clashes with police or widespread acts of vandalism.

‘Our downtown properties have sustained significant vandalism and a number of employees and contractors have been assaulted in recent months,’ Standard Insurance's community relations senior director Bob Speltz told KGW.

Multiple Portland companies

Tags: $, Business, Culture, Environment, Hostility, Investment, Out, Politics, Protest, Real Estate, Safety, Survival, Threat, Vandalism

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18-Aug-2020


Masturbating Can Help You Cope With Anxiety — Seriously 

 

Rita M., a 20-year-old social work student living in Seattle, Washington, used to masturbate three to five times a week. But as with everything else, during a global pandemic, self-pleasure has been hard to come by. She's not alone in finding it more difficult to engage in this form of self-care. And yet, the benefits of masturbation may actually come in more handy than ever. Tending to ourselves is one step in navigating a new normal.

“It has been more difficult to be ‘in the mood’ because, in my head, I ask myself, ‘Why is masturbation something I’m thinking about when there’s a pandemic happening in my backyard?’’ Rita tells InStyle. Witnessing enormous struggles and injustices by vulnerable populations dominates my mind. Masturbation gets brushed aside and distress consumes me.”

There's no doubt that coronavirus and it’s ripple-out effects — the obvious fear and worry, the restricted human interaction — have had negative impacts on people’s mental health. Back in March, 45% of Americans reported the virus had taken a toll on their emotional wellbeing, and according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll, the number of people who are experiencing anxiety and depression has spiked as a result of the pandemic.

InStyle

Tags: Advice, Anxiety, Choices, Coronavirus, Etiquette, Health, Investment, Masturbation, Mental Health, Quarantine, Relationships, Release, Safety, Self-esteem, Sex

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28-Jul-2020


Why a generation is choosing to be child-free 


 

We are in the middle of a mass extinction, the first caused by a single species. There are 7.8 billion of us, on a planet that scientists estimate can support 1.5 billion humans living as the average US citizen does today. And we know that the biggest contribution any individual living in affluent nations can make is to not have children. According to one study, having one fewer child prevents 58.6 tonnes of carbon emissions every year; compare that with living car-free (2.4 tonnes), avoiding a transatlantic return flight (1.6), or eating a plant-based diet (0.82). Another study said it was almost 20 times more important than any other choice an environmentally minded individual could make. Such claims have been questioned. After all, does a parent really bear the burden of their child’s emissions? Won’t our individual emissions fall as technologies and lifestyles change? Isn’t measuring our individual carbon footprint – a concept popularised by oil and gas multinational BP – giving a free pass to the handful of corporate powers responsible for almost all carbon emissions? The only thing that isn’t up for debate is that we all know that we are living in ways that can’t continue.

Coronavirus isn’t likely to give us coronababies – but a pandemic isn’t the reason that having children has shifted from an inevitability to a choice, and now, a moral question. A long time ago, “Do we have children?” became “Should we?”

The Guardian

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Palm Springs boy, 7, in coma with ‘hole in skull’ after cruel neighbor randomly hurls a rock at him

‘Monster’ gets 70 years for repeatedly abusing Buffalo woman, son

Tags: Action, Advice, Arrest, Attack, Awareness, Books, Children, Choices, Contamination, Coronavirus, Crime, Death, Education, Environment, Etiquette, Exclusivity, Future, Health, Illness, Injury, Investment, Lifestyle, Lockdown, Mental Health, Parental Burden, Parental Crime, Politics, Population Control, Preference, Pregnancy, Priorities, Sacrifice, Safety, Saving The Environment!, Science, Statistics, Survival, Women In Charge, World

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25-Jul-2020


 

Maybe our lives don't matter because parents didn't hand out sustainable discipline to their children for them to achieve it. 20-Jul-2020

Tags: $, Abuse, Education, Etiquette, Hard Work, Hypocrisy, Investment, Mental Health, Neglect, Parental Burden, Parental Responsibility, Parents Don't Always Rule, Politics, Priorities, Reckless, Relationships, Respect, Safety, Unruly Child, Women In Charge

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20-Jul-2020


Dobbs clarifies large corporations investing in racial justice, not donating to Black Lives Matter 

 

OX Business’ Lou Dobbs says corporations like Bank of America, PepsiCo, Apple, Comcast and Walmart have pledged large amounts of money to address economic and racial inequality, and not, as previously reported, to be donated to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Fox Business

Tags: $, Apology, Business, Charity, Investment, Oops, Preference, Racism, Video

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17-Jul-2020


Female Robot Erica Slated As ‘Actress’ For New Movie Woefully Miscasts AI, Repercussions For Self-Driving Cars 

 

A recent news story shaking up Hollywood involves the reported casting of a robot to be the star of a $70 million budgeted science fiction movie.

You might be puzzled as to why any undue notice would come from opting to use a robot in a sci-fi movie, which has otherwise seemingly been the case for decades.

Here’s the twist.

The backers of the film are alleging that the robot will use AI and essentially act or perform in the same manner that a human actor might do so, thus, in their estimation, this will be the first time that a movie starred an artificially intelligent actor.

For all of you aspiring actors, if you weren’t already worried about the bleakness of landing an acting job, note that once those AI-based robots become part of the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) and begin auditioning for juicy roles on film and TV, you are going to become even more despondent about your chosen career path.

Imagine coming home after a grueling audition for a part in a new series, and upon being asked by a close friend about how it went, for which you then grumble that a darned robot seemed to win over the producer and director and you lamentedly have once again lost an acting gig to one of those robot-turned-actor androids.

Curse the robots!

Forbes

Tags: $, Discovery, Effect, Employment, Entertainment, Hollywood, Investment, Men In Charge, Nature, Politics, Robot, Saving The Environment!, Science, Sex, World

Filed under: Gay+

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13-Jul-2020


Trump signs executive order to expand school choice for Hispanic students 

 

In a speech in the White House Rose Garden before signing the order, Trump touted the initiative as expanding school choice for Hispanics and one that would improve access to charter schools for students.

The initiative is also meant to create more career pathways for Hispanic students as well as boast investment in economically distressed communities, including Opportunity Zones, and offer more economic opportunities for small and minority-owned businesses.

“School choice is an incredible issue in many ways,” Trump said. “Most people agree with us, the smart ones agree with us.”

Fox

Tags: All Rights, Choices, Education, Investment, Opportunity, Policy

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09-Jul-2020




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