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Over 180 people exposed to virus at California churchSAN FRANCISCO (AP) - More than 180 people in a rural Northern California county were asked to self-quarantine after they were exposed to the coronavirus during a Mother's Day church service attended by an infected person, health officials said. The infected person received their positive COVID-19 diagnosis the day after they attended service at a church in the town of Palermo and is now isolating at home, Butte County Public Health said in a news release Friday. Health officials have contacted those who attended the service and given them instructions to self-quarantine and information about how to monitor themselves for symptoms and how to contact the public health office if they become sick, the statement said. Everyone who was at the service will be tested, officials said. Butte County Public Health did not name the church but said its decision hold a service could cause a major setback and require the county to revert back to more restrictive measures. "We implore everyone to follow the State order and our reopening plan to help combat the potential spread of Covid-19," said Danette York, director of Butte County Public Health. Butte County is one of 23 counties that have been given the green light by state officials to reopen more businesses but gatherings of any size are still banned. As of Sunday, Butte County has had 22 positive COVID-19 cases reported and no deaths. For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. But for some - especially older adults and people with existing health problems - it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death. Pastor Mike Jacobsen of Palermo Bible Family Church, also known as PBFC, said during a virtual church service...
California governor: Shrink prisons to help cut budgetSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Gavin Newsom is proposing to significantly shrink the footprint of California's prison system, partly because of massive budget cuts prompted by the pandemic but also because of philosophy. The revised budget he sent to state lawmakers this week envisions closing two state prisons in the coming years; cutting nearly one in five of the 43 inmate firefighter camps; and eventually closing all three state-run juvenile prisons. He's also seeking unspecified increases to sentencing credits that allow inmates to leave prison more quickly. And he proposes to shorten parole to a maximum of two years, down from five years for felonies, and let ex-felons earn their way off supervision in just a year, or 18 months for sex offenders. The Democratic governor called it a "core value" of his administration to eliminate prisons and invest more in education. It follows nearly a decade of prison reform in California, starting under Gov. Jerry Brown when the state began keeping less serious criminals in county jails as one way to cut spending during the Great Recession. "I think it's incumbent upon us to do more and better in the rehabilitative space," Newsom said Thursday. The proposals drew support from reformers, condemnation from crime victims' advocates, and resistance from county officials who said they can't take in the serious juvenile offenders who now go to state-run lockups. Newsom previously won approval to move the Division of Juvenile Justice from the state's adult prison agency to health and human services so it could focus on rehabilitating youthful offenders. He switched gears Thursday, proposing instead to bar new admissions from counties starting next year. The state would gradually close its juvenile facilities as the...
Police say deaths of black people by hanging are suicides. Many black people aren't so sure.The historical seasons have changed, and once again, America's trees are bearing a strange and bitter fruit - dead black bodies. In less than one month, six black people have been found hanging from trees, in California, Georgia, New York, Oregon and Texas. Authorities say that all of these deaths appear to be suicides, with no signs of foul play. But family members of the deceased, protesters and activists, and some scholars of anti-black violence are intuitively suspicious about those conclusions. Rumors are also swirling on social media that these deaths are lynchings, with Twitter users saying things like: "With sound body and mind, I'm here to tell you right now, if my body is found hanging from a tree, I did NOT commit suicide, I was murdered." These incidents are happening at a time of nationwide racial upheaval - when people are already on edge and suspicious about police accounts of their encounters with black people. Tree hangings evoke traumatic memories of America's grisly history of unpunished lynchings of thousands of black adults and children between 1880 and 1968. Black people do commit suicide, of course, though the rate is 60% lower than for whites, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In black American culture, suicide is widely regarded as a shameful act; when it happens, it's generally private, and hanging is not a preferred method. "It is very uncommon for young black men to commit suicide, let alone by hanging," says Raymond Winbush, a psychologist since 1976 who has treated hundreds of black men and boys and is the director of Morgan State University's Institute for Urban Research. The American Association of Suicidology reports that firearms are the predominant method of suicide among African Americans (as they are for the nation overall), regardless of...
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Refuting Myths About Welfare, Poverty, and Unemployment"The daily struggle for reforms, for the amelioration of the condition of the workers within the framework of the existing social order, and for democratic institutions, offers to the [socialist movement] the only means of engaging in the proletarian class war and working in the direction of the final goal – the conquest of political power and the suppression of wage labour. Between social reforms and revolution there exists for the [socialist movement] an indissoluble tie. The struggle for reforms is its means; the social revolution, its aim." - Rosa Luxemburg, Reform or Revolution Introduction Social welfare programs have long been viewed as a way of papering over the cracks of capitalism, by providing a decent standard of living to everybody, regardless of income or employment status. Even those of us who are socialists (and would thus like to transcend capitalism altogether, rather than patching up its holes) nevertheless would generally prefer that these programs exist, as the alternative (unmitigated capitalism) is so horrible as to be worth avoiding at any cost. Of course, there are many (liberals and conservatives alike) who would seek to scale-back or eliminate these programs, and subject the working class to the unbridled forces of the free-market. They justify their views with a series of slanders and distortions, from claiming that welfare policies do not reduce poverty, to claiming that they prevent people from working. In order to defend against these reactionary attacks on the social safety net, it is worth taking the time to refute these myths. All sources are listed at the end. Myth #1: "Welfare Programs Don't Reduce Poverty!" The overwhelming majority of studies on this topic suggest that welfare policiesdo reduce poverty. A 1999 study in the journal Social Forces assessed the available evidence, finding that the results "strongly support the conventional view that social-welfare programs reduce poverty." In addition, a 2003study in the American Sociological Review found that a robust welfare state, as well as left-wing policies more broadly, had a strong impact on poverty reduction: The more generous the welfare state, the greater is the extent of poverty reduction. In addition, long-term incumbency of left parties affects poverty reduction positively by giving the tax and transfer system a particularly redistributive profile. Another 2003 study , this one in the journal Social Forces, corroborates these findings; to quote, "the strength of left political institutions has a significant, powerful negative impact on poverty." A 2005study , also from Social Forces, found once more that "social security transfers and public health spending significantly reduce poverty," stating that welfare policies are "the primary causal influence on national levels of poverty." A 2006 study in the journal Comparative Political Studies looked at welfare state generosity and poverty in sixteen OECD countries, finding that "more generous entitlements to key social insurance programs are associated not only with lower relative poverty but also with lower absolute poverty. This supports the contention that promoting relative economic equality can improve the absolute material well-being of the poor." A 2009 study in the journal Social Forces found that "Leftist parties and union density reduce the odds of poverty," primarily by increasing the generosity of welfare policies. In addition, the study found that "welfare generosity reduces the extent to which low education and the number of children increase poverty. Also, welfare generosity reduces poverty among those with low education, single-mother households and young households." The poverty-reducing impact of the welfare state has become especially important in recent decades, aswages have decoupled from productivity and median incomes have been largely stagnant . A 2013 study from Columbia University traced poverty in the United States from 1967 to 2011, and found that: [W]ithout taxes and other government programs, poverty would have been roughly flat at 27-29%, while with government benefits poverty has fallen from 26% to 16% -- a 40% reduction. Government programs today are cutting poverty nearly in half (from 29% to 16%) while in 1967 they only cut poverty by about a one percentage point. In other words, while market incomes have been stagnant (and would thus have failed to reduce poverty), welfare programs have been able to make a significant (albeit insufficient) dent. These findings are corroborated by a 2019report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which found the following: Using a version of the federal government’s Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) — a more comprehensive metric than the official poverty measure — we calculate that the poverty rate has fallen by nearly half since 1967, largely due to the growing effectiveness of economic security programs such as Social Security, food assistance, and tax credits for working families. Poverty fell from 26.0 percent in 1967 to 14.4 percent in 2017 by this measure.Most of the improvement came from economic security programs. Earnings and other non-government sources of income did not improve sufficiently over this period to reduce poverty substantially. This is deeply troubling, as it shows how capitalism, left to its own devices, cannot reduce (let alone eliminate) poverty. However, it does provide additional evidence that social welfare programs can have a strong effect on poverty reduction. All-in-all, the evidence on this point is remarkably clear: welfare policies do in fact reduce poverty, and they do so quite effectively. Myth #2: "Welfare Policies Discourage People from Working!" There is very little evidence of this, and even some strong evidence against it. A 2014study in the journal Work, Employment, and Society found evidence of "increasing employment commitment as social spending gets more generous and activating." The authors went on to say that "the notion that big welfare states are associated with widespread cultures of dependency, or other adverse consequences of poor short term incentives to work, receives little support. On the contrary, employment commitment was much higher in all the studied groups in bigger welfare states and social differences were mostly smaller or did not vary across welfare states." In addition, another study conducted by researchers at Harvard and MIT found "no systematic evidence that cash transfer programs discourage work." Together, these studies demonstrate quite clearly that welfare policies do not discourage work; if anything, they seem toincrease people's desire to find employment. In addition, there is significant evidence that a strong social safety net increases the quality of employment, by allowing people to search for a higher-quality job. A 2018study from Georgetown University and the National Bureau of Economic Research look at the effects unemployment insurance (UI), and found that "longer UI duration increases wages in the job immediately after and up to one year after unemployment and reduces separations to unemployment one year after exiting unemployment." In other words, UI benefits helped people find better paying and more secure jobs. Similarly, a 2004study from The Journal of Human Resources found that "greater UI generosity leads to longer job tenure." This demonstrates that UI benefits help people to find jobs that suit them. Myth #3: "Welfare Policies Are Bad for the Economy!" Aside from the obvious benefits of reducing poverty and inequality, there is a large amount of evidence against the idea that welfare policies reduce growth. A 2014study from the OECD found that while "income inequality has a negative and statistically significant impact on subsequent growth," redistributive policies "need not be expected to undermine growth." In fact, the study notes that such policies "are a key tool to ensure the benefits of growth are more broadly distributed." A 2005 study in the International Journal of Health Services compared the liberal American model to the social democratic European model, finding that "the liberal, U.S. model has been less efficient economically (slower economic growth, higher unemployment) than the social model in existence in the European Union and in the majority of its member states." This is further evidence against the idea that a strong welfare state would harm the economy. Conclusion While welfare policies are certainly insufficient from a socialist perspective, they are an nonetheless important way to ameliorate the conditions of the working class in capitalist societies. In addition, they help to increase the class power of the workers, by reducing the dependence of the working class on market forces and bourgeois charity. As such, it is important that all people be properly informed on this topic, and see to it that conservative and neoliberal attacks on these institutions are not successful. Sources * Social Forces | Do Social-Welfare Policies Reduce Poverty? A Cross-National Assessment * American Sociological Review | Determinants of Relative Poverty in Advanced Capitalist Democracies * Social Forces | The Politics of Poverty: Left Political Institutions, the Welfare State, and Poverty * Social Forces | Welfare State and Relative Poverty in Rich Western Democracies, 1967-1997 * Comparative Political Studies | The Material Consequences of Welfare States: Benefit Generosity and Absolute Poverty in 16 OECD Countries * Social Forces | Putting Poverty in Political Context: A Multi-Level Analysis of Adult Poverty Among 18 Affluent Democracies * OECD | Decoupling of Wages from Productivity: What Implications for Public Policies? * Brookings Institute | Seven Reasons to Worry About the American Middle Class * Columbia University | Trends in Poverty with an Anchored Supplemental Poverty Measure * Center on Budget and Policy Priorities | Economic Security Programs Cut Poverty Nearly in Half Over Last 50 Years * Work, Employment and Society | The Bigger the Worse? A Comparative Study of the Welfare State and Employment Commitment * Harvard University and MIT | Debunking the Stereotype of the Lazy Welfare Recipient: Evidence from Cash Transfer Programs Worldwide * Georgetown University | Do Unemployment Insurance Extensions Reduce Skill Mismatches? * The Journal of Human Resources | The Match Quality Gains from Unemployment Insurance * OECD | Trends in Income Inequality and its Impact on Economic Growth * International Journal of Health Services | Economic Efficiency versus Social Equality? The U.S. Liberal Model versus the European Social Model
How did the Comstock Laws of 1873 avoid running afoul of the First and Fourth Amendments of the United States Constitution?I must preface this by stating that I am not American, I might not be properly understanding the United States Constitution. Also, please no whataboutisms. This question is inspired by the Knowing Better video Delivering our Democracy | US Postal Service . At 10:20 into the video, he says: In 1873 they enacted the Comstock Laws, which allowed the Postal Inspection Service to stop any obscene material from being sent through the mail. What counts as obscene? Graphic depictions of anything above the ankle, written descriptions of adult activities, and… anything that went against America’s strict moral values at the time. Including atheist, suffragette, and socialist publications. This makes me wonder how the Comstock Laws managed to avoid running afoul of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution . Also, the link to the Wikipedia article on the Comstock Laws doesn't mention the 1st Amendment at all, which baffles me because these laws seem to have blatantly flouted the 1st Amendment. The 1st Amendment says: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. So if the 1st Amendment grants freedom of religion (it makes no exception about atheism), and grants the right to free speech (it makes no exception about suffragettes and socialists), how did the Comstock Laws find away around the 1st Amendment? And why did people at the time not see how the Comstock Laws contradicted the 1st Amendment? Just as I was writing this question, I learnt about the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution . It seems like the Comstock Laws have breached the 4th Amendment too, which says: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
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Throwback Write-Up #18: El-P - Fantastic DamageArtist: EL-P Album: Fantastic Damage Label: Definitive Jux Release Date: May 14, 2002 Background/Context: The 3rd album released under EL-P's own label: Definitive Jux, Fantastic Damage stands out as one of the first major Hip-Hop releases released in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Despite its release date, the album was actually recorded before 9/11 actually happened. Regardless, the paranoia laced throughout the album resonated with the people who listened to it at the time immensely. It became enough of an underground success to be on the Billboard 200 charts and was also a critical darling for many review sites. It took many years for this album to emerge out of the underground despite EL-P enjoying mainstream success with Run the Jewels for 7 years. Hell, this album wasn't even put out on streaming services until just 3 months ago (physical copies have also never seen a repress in ages as well). With what's going on currently in the world, Fantastic Damage's reemergence couldn't have come at a better time and serves as an important reminder that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Album Analysis: Themes Fantastic Damage covers a myriad of themes throughout the 16 songs on the track listing: war, parental abuse, drug-induced paranoia, media fear frenzies, corporations shitting on artistic integrity in entertainment, EL's personal relationship issues, and the general paranoia that everything wrong with the world currently is only going to get so, so much worse. These themes reflect EL-P's upbringing and adult life in NYC leading into the 21st century. He had already dissolved his original group Company Flow despite riding off of the momentum of "Funcrusher Plus" and the falling out with Rawkus Records was even more pronounced ("Sign to Rawkus? I'd rather me mouthfucked by Nazis unconscious"). Dead Disney reflects the corporate fuckery that EL had to deal with during the founding of Definitive Jux. It was originally just "Def Jux", but Def Jam filed a lawsuit for the name and thus he had to change it. The rest of the song dives into a vigilante killing spree against Disney's characters and destroying Disney World itself. He makes similar comments on the entertainer industry in "Delorean" and the title track with references to both Star Wars and Back to the Future being uttered in his lyrics. It's no shock that dystopian authors like George Orwell (1984, Animal Farm) and Phillip K Dick (The Man in the High Castle) were massive inspirations for much of the album. "Accidents Don't Happen" flat-out samples a scene from the film adaptation of 1984. Particularly the scene in Room 101 where O'Brien interrogates Winston and reveals the whole purpose of Big Brother. Clips of O'Brien's dialogue are spread throughout the song as EL-P, Cage, and the late Camu Tao unleash dense verses paralleling the themes of 1984 into what the US government had been rapidly turning into in the late 90s and early 2000s as information warfare and the "war on terror" were ramping up into full gear as a means to mortgage more of our fundamental rights away. The song that precedes this (The Nang, the Front, The Bush, and the Shit) uses the backdrop of the Vietnam War as a means to highlight how the government manipulates teenagers into signing up to the military only to have their lives thrown away over a pointless political endeavor. The lead single and most well known track off of this album (Deep Space 9mm) dives into how EL is detached from the decadency and corruption prevalent in NYC. The world is run by a few cronies that drain everyone's will to live through mindless consumerism and paranoia and all we're doing is sitting on our asses not doing anything about it and if anything, killing each other over stupid shit. Which includes EL-P himself on the hook ("Tell the historians I'm right here holding my nuts"). There are two songs on Fantastic Damage that primarily tackle the 3rd major theme with the record, that being EL's personal issues and anxieties surrounding both his childhood and his struggles with finding himself and caring about people he's loved in the past. The first song: Stepfather factory uses the concept of a corporation producing robotic stepfathers to both console and assist single mothers with raising a family. The consequences of these "stepfathers" is that they're simply cold, indifferent providers instead of actual parents and their fuel source is alcohol which has a side effect of leading the robots to attack the families they were designed to protect. EL-P is not shy about talking about the abuse that him and his mother faced at the hands of an abusive stepfather and this song is a poignant metaphor for not just EL's personal hardships, but the crumbling family structure of society in general. In fact, this is one of 3 songs (Company Flow- Last Good Sleep and another solo song titled "For My Upstairs Neighbor (Mums the Word)"). The second song (TOJ) is meant to lyrically be a love letter to an ex of EL-P that shows that in spite of the relationship crumbling between them, he had eventually been able to see the good in himself that she had seen in him and profusely thanked her for that revelation. Album Analysis: Production The dense and diverse lyricism and themes present on this album can't hide the fact that the main reason why this album is so revered is its production. EL's use of sampling and genre-bending create a dissonant, industrial, and... funky soundscape to which the album plays through. Production as classically "street" as 90s boom bap hip hop was as it is "industrial" and "progressive" like contemporary artists such as Dälek were doing at the very same time. Dissonant droning intros are very common in this album. "Accidents Don't Happen, "The Nang, the Front, The Bush, and the Shit", and the title track all use this to help set up the dystopian themes that these songs explore. "Truancy" dedicates the last few minutes of the track to an instrumental with no verse layered over it. EL allows the song to essentially break itself down until it is slowly manipulated into resembling the intro of "The Nang...". The second half of the album showcases examples of funk-infused hip-hop beats throughout many tracks such as "Lazerface's Warning", "Blood" and "Dr. Hellno and the Praying Mantus". It's also impossible to forget the jazz influences that are laced in much of the production. EL uses jazz drumming samples on songs such as "Deep Space 9mm" and "Truancy" and it greatly enhances the tone that each beat has laid out. One line in "Squeegee Man Shooting" cites his biological father as the main reason why he often samples jazz in many of his beats ("Dad played jazz when he drank, it's no accident Hands on the piano and make my foot tap to it Different path, same love, Dad, thanks for passing it"). Every style that EL pursues on each beat is a masterclass in Hip-Hop production and allows for a wider appeal than the experimental and esoteric reputation that this album has will lead you to believe. My personal favorite beats off this record include "Accidents Don't Happen", "Truancy", and "Tuned Mass Damper". Each song captures specific aspects of NYC that EL-P tries to describe in these songs and they help visualize the mayhem that goes on in that city perfectly. The droning industrial rhythms of "Accidents Don't happen help visualize the dark and gritty reality of being in a dense, disgusting, and over-policed city where everything that you do either is monitored, or feels like it's being monitored. "Truancy's" beat helps paint the mayhem of EL's rebellious and rambunctious childhood in the streets of New York. Skipping school, getting into fights with figures of authority, and his random interactions with the crazies that the city provides plenty of. And "Tuned Mass Damper" to me feels like the ultimate "walking the streets of New York" feel to it. I'm amazed that out of all the movies that does the same "panning shots of NYC" at the beginning of every damn movie taking place there, not one of those scenes uses this song to complement the scenery. I've been to NYC multiple times visiting family or just exploring shit and it's been the main staple of the shitty earbuds I use to listen to music on the streets to avoid getting robbed. Album Analysis: 3 Most Notable Verses Narrowing such a lyrical album to just going into 3 verses is drastically understating what EL says throughout this album, but these are the particular standouts that have stuck with me throughout all the years I've been listening to this album" * "The Nang, the Front, the Bush, and the Shit"- Verse 1: EL dives into the lies that military recruiters use to hype up the army to susceptible kids wanting to go out and blow shit up and be respected by their peers. The verse contains the most poignant line in the entire album and something that perfectly condenses the message of the song ("I'm not a mechanism born from disdain, I had to be trained"). It proceeds to describe the perspective of a soldier stuck in Saigon in 1975 as the US Embassy is being overrun with NVA troops and is trying to get on the last helicopter evacuating the last remaining Americans in Vietnam. The verse then transitions into a flashback to when the said soldier is being lectured about the joys of the military by the recruiter. He's told that he can pay for school after his service and get tons of women with uniform fetishes trying to get into his pants. That he'll be a hero to his country and that everyone will suddenly respect him more as a result. He enthusiastically signs up for the army as a result but it's very clear that this is a man that 100% regretted his decision and he now knows that he was simply being used by his government. (Pass me the tiger piss) I tunnel rat into the hidden habits of collage dog inferno No turning paths back(charlie attack!) The half man have orders to burn the village And come out with both hands intact I'm not a mechanism born from disdain, I had to be trained Now I catcall with dead walkers I'll send a postcard form the Nang If I can get onto the roof in time to hang From the leg of this last chopper Son of an obese burner perturbed to grow in a row Of rotating blood colors on brick textures And others modified climates make nasty tongue plunge (head shots) With opposite of chameleon blends from cartoon dreadnoughts There was this parasite inside my wide intestinal tract That took over my bark box before I had a chance to take my life back And his deformed banter suprised me (where at?) At the recruiters office, learning how to get a head in advertising He said: "Sure, others have passed, this is a gate to definition But thats not the singular attraction to the setup Not the action or the sacrifice of past draftees Actually more of a layaway ducats plan For the young get up and go out motivators See the new soldiers smolder different From that antiquated taste of stately hatred" Well I came from melting options on the D train to the lobby See academics played second in my life To unmatriculated brain hobbies And I admire the dedication to you ranks Plus want the training Loss is not a big problem it's all about what I'd be gaining, "Well you'll get power, respect, an audience, a check, a car, Money for school, honey with uniform fetish on your tool, You'll travel, form bonds, be a part of something have a structure, catch bullets..." (catch bullets?) "...I meant cash bonus See this gold plaque, you could own it After killing half a million It's such a good feeling To earn your country's respect and love So what do you say son, are you my man?" Fuck it, sign me up * "Accidents Don't Happen"- Verse 3 (Camu Tao)- Not a verse done by EL-P, but Camus verse on this song absolutely bangs on top of having some of the most memorable lines on the entire album. Going off on how the war on drugs has given the government a blank check to violate peoples' rights just because they use drugs. So much money is put into combating the drug industry and it's only resulted in an over-policed society where we think we're afforded many freedoms, but doing something as basic as smoking weed can ruin your entire life by being forced through the US prison system. A system that focuses on punishment rather than rehabilitation. It's the year 2010, you can say what you want But I bet if you light this blunt, dummy, the feds'll come runnin' Lock you up, lock you out, you ain't tryin' to listen Cameras in your food, dude, look they're trying to listen Lock you up, lock you out, we got bugs in the house We're being monitored, they know we got thugs in the house Don't light your blunt, bitch, they'll hit you with a switch Hit you with a beam, hit you in the brain, make you go totally insane Wild out, guns in the spot, flippin' on you niggas They take you out, then the Feds push guns on the roof They take 'em out, melt you out 'cause you know too much After that you know your ho's get touched Look, Then the meaning starts Download your chip to a memory card Give your chips and send 'em to a city job * "Stepfather Factory"- Verse 1- EL takes the perspective of a CEO of a company that's been developing robotic stepfathers to help combat the epidemic of single mothers in America. He describes how single mothers are often driven to the brink by the stresses of both parenting and the loneliness caused by not having a significant other in their life. He criticizes how technological advancements have often been used to distract people from problems rather than solve them head on. He proposes that these robots will actually serve to end the issue of faithlessness once and for all. As his speech goes on though there are subtle hints that he's losing his confidence towards his product as he stutters over his lines when it comes to describing the robot's features and composition. It shows how corporations pander to social issues and pretend to fight for social issues when it's clear that they only care that people buy their product. Spilling the leftovers of [creational clique] We grew with the concept now we're ready to go public Today's a big day for the company A big step for the little-steppers who slept for years uncomfortably Little man, little lady, cute little baby Reach your hand out to the future of automated robotics On display here for the first time in under a year here At the World's fair - but is it really? Ladies and Gentlemen I propose that the market is sinking under the weight of useless contraptions added to the shopping carts of all hard-working families Electric doodads and wizard hats [exist] to keep the munchkins entertained But get replaced by newer versions such as breakdown systematically Mothers - how many times have you debated sub-euthanasia tablets for breakfast snacks When restlessness attacks seemingly at random? With an emptiness inside that's hard to identify, maybe Pursuing obvious like pill-popping [the cossanova edict] Chances are you've been abandoned Well I'm no scientist, that's not what I went to school for And I'm not a doctor, so I don't know much about medicine But I'm willing to bet that you, yes you little what's your name sweetheart? (dada) yeah, whatever Get a funny feeling in your tummy when your mommy cries Something between woozy and confusion And you spend your thoughts on how the sadnessin your mommy can be rooted out, burned, scorched, turned out, forgotten Different concepts than the candy and little baby dolls or Whatever it is that normal kids get to think about Well I can honestly say that this invention is, Let me start by saying we've grafted only the finest stuff Inserted the most high tech, state of the art, with brain charted for authentic Truly human emotion and trained to be domestic Made from the most easily available materials and, uh, loosely inspected Guaranteed to revolutionize Perfectly realistic and even somewhat institutionally respected Robotic relative Addendum Fantastic Damage is my all-time favorite Hip-Hop album and one of my top 3 albums of any genre. It's been an extremely influential album both in my musical journey and my personal worldview as a whole. The production still feels light years ahead of its time and for a 70 min-long album, it's a shockingly easy listen for me. As I've been writing this, I've listened to the album almost a dozen times back-to-back-to-back-to-back and it never felt tiring. It's an amazing thing that EL is finally putting out his older material again because in my opinion, I believe that is solo work as well as Company Flow are much more interesting and creative and engaging than Run the Jewels despite being a very big fan of RTJ in spite of my own comment. Favorite Lyrics: * "I'm not a mechanism born from disdain, I had to be trained"- The Nang, the Front, the Bush, and the Shit * It's the year 2010, you can say what you want But I bet if you light this blunt, dummy, the feds'll come runnin'- Accidents Don't Happen * "Sign to Rawkus? I'd rather be mouthfucked by Nazis Unconscious"- Deep Space 9mm * "And now I'm grown and I still can't protect my sister But I know she has her mother's strength within her And maybe I can tap that strength and burn with greatness EXPOSE THESE ALCOHOLIC STEPFATHERS AND RAPISTS!"- Constellation Funk * "It's like the Bilderburgs came to dinner with filthy birds they pussy all infected I'm lookin for milky words they pulled my third eye out then they let it dry out had to pour my belief in Christ to find out"- Accidents Don't Happen Favorite Songs * Accidents Don't Happen * Tuned Mass Damper * The Nang, the Front, the Bush, and the Shit * Stepfather Factory * Truancy Discussion Questions * How does this album hold up compared to EL-P's other albums as well as the stuff that he's done in both Company Flow and Run the Jewels? Is this your favorite era of EL's music? Or does something feel lacking with his style at this point in his career? * When did you first listen to Fantastic Damage? Are you a (relative) newcomer to his older music? Or are you an OG that's been listening to him since the 90s? * What is your favorite album that was released through Definitive Jux? If it's also Fantastic Damage feel free to add on to any characteristics I might have missed out on in this write up. * How does the messaging of Fantastic Damage hold up in 2020? Are there certain lyrics and references that date the album too much to truly be an "ageless" record? * What's your favorite album that EL-P has done? It can also extent to albums that he's produced and not just rapped on as well.
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Paul Rudd Releases Hilarious PSA Asking Millennials To Wear MasksAdults’ attempts to be ‘down with the kids’ are typically more embarrassing than successful, but Paul Rudd’s Public Service Announcement (PSA) is too good to mock. It probably helps that Rudd has a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, helping him earn greater respect from younger audiences, and that he doesn’t appear to have aged …3
About 8,800 unaccompanied children are expelled at US borderSAN FRANCISCO (AP) - About 8,800 unaccompanied children have been quickly expelled from the United States along the Mexico border under a pandemic-related measure that effectively ended asylum, authorities said Friday. The Trump administration has expelled more than 159,000 people since the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emergency order took effect in March, a figure that also includes more than 7,600 adults and children who crossed the border in families. The figures on children were reported for the first time in a declaration by Raul Ortiz, the Border Patrol's deputy chief, as part of the administration's appeal of an order to stop housing children in hotels. The administration "immediately" expelled most children and families to Mexico but more than 2,200 unaccompanied children and 600 people who came in families were held until flights could be arranged to return home, Ortiz said. The administration asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a ruling last week that found use of hotels skirted "fundamental humanitarian protections." U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles ruled that using hotels for long-term detention violated a two-decade-old settlement governing treatment of children in custody. She ordered border agencies to stop placing children in hotels by Tuesday. Justice Department attorneys argued that settlement doesn't apply during the public health emergency and that hotels were appropriate. "While in these hotels, the government provides minors with supervision by specialists, recreation, amenities, and protective measures against COVID-19," the attorneys wrote. Before the pandemic, unaccompanied children were sent to state-licensed shelters operated by the Department of Health and Human Services and...
Aunt Becky Picked Her Own Prison, Which Offers Pilates, Yoga, Crochet, Ceramics, and Guitar TheoryIn August, when Aunt Becky (actor Lori Loughlin) was sentenced to serve two months in prison, pay a $150,000 fine, and participate in 100 hours of community service for her involvement in the college admissions scandal, she made a few requests: to let her husband, Mossimo Giannulli (of the Target Mossimos), serve at a different time so their adult daughters would have one parent around, to and let her pick the prison. According to US Weekly, Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton approved the second request, and Loughlin is off to a medium-security prison, the federal correctional institution in Victorville, California, which is close to her home. It also sounds like a nice vacation.
Halloween Costumes for the Year 2020This month I am going to try to complete TWO blog challenges -- one post a day for each one. This is number one for the Ultimate Blog Challenge. Let's go!Halloween is this month. It will likely be a different type of Halloween than we have faced in a really long time due to COVID-19. Social distancing* will likely change many plans and cancel or alter trick-or-treating and Halloween parties. However, some people are planning to incorporate the new restrictions of 2020 with their Halloween celebrations. Ideas like virtual parties on Zoom or some other meeting service or micro-parties with 10 or fewer people have become more popular. If you decide to take your kids trick-or-treating, this will require more creativity to maximize safety. Traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating is discouraged but parents are considering other ways to maintain the fun of the holiday safely.Either way, you may still want to wear a costume -- even if you are doing it in your own house!Costume Ideas for 2020Baby SharkYou have heard the song and seen the dance. Why not dress like the earworm-i-est song your kids won't let you get away from?The entire family can get involved in the fun -- kids, Mommy, and Daddy!Rubie's Kid's Baby Shark Costume with Sound ChipRubie's Mommy Shark Costume with Sound ChipRubie's Daddy Shark Costume with Sound ChipBlockbuster Movie CharactersBefore the pandemic derailed life, there were several big movies that were going to open during the summer of 2020. Even though they have all been postponed to 2021, the costumes are still popular for this Halloween.Black WidowMarvel Studios Black Widow Deluxe Black Suit Costume (Womens)Rubie's Costume Captain America: Civil War Black Widow Deluxe Child CostumeTop GunSpooktacular Creations Men’s Flight Pilot Adult Costume with Accessory for Halloween PartyParty City Top Gun: Maverick Flight Costume for Women, Halloween, Olive Green, Plus Size (18-20)Party City Top Gun: Maverick Bomber Jacket for MenLeg Avenue Licensed Top Gun Bomber JacketWonder WomanParty City Wonder Woman 1984 Halloween Costume for Women, Includes Dress and AccessoriesBlack PantherThere is no movie coming out soon. However, with the death of Chadwick Boseman, the Black Panther is sure to be a popular costume this year!Rubie's Men's Marvel Black Panther Deluxe CostumeAnnual FavoriteAstronaut Charades Unisex-Adults Astronaut CostumeEveryday HeroesMany people are planning to pay tribute to folks who have been keeping the US running during this pandemic. Costumes for doctors, nurses, and others will be popular this year.UPS CostumeUPS Guy Boy's CostumeForum Novelties Men's Medical Doctor Surgeon CostumeElegant Moments Women's Plus-Size Head Nurse-PlusDress Up America Mailman Costume for KidsIn ConclusionThere are multiple options for your dream costume in this post. Remember no matter what you do this Halloween, stay safe!Other Halloween Costume Posts:Baby and Toddler CostumesSuperhero Costumes*This post is just about costume ideas. I am not suggesting that you and your family go trick-or-treating or have any parties. Following the safety rules of the CDC or of your local jurisdiction is the most important.
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Mental Health UK master postHere I will include a master post of UK mental health helplines/resources, feel free to message me directly if there is anything you would like me to add to this post or if you notice any contact or relevant information has changed since creating this. If you would like quick support on this site for legal or DWP related issues please consider checking outr/DWPhelp or r/LegalAdviceUK . There is a Mental Health UK discord server which has been made for those who may benefit from an additional format. I am not the moderator nor a member there but if there is ever an unresolved serious issue there you can message me about this If you live in England, you can refer yourself to an NHS psychological therapies service (IAPT). If you would like to view some country-specific helplines&resources: * England part 1 * England part 2 * England part 3 * Northern Ireland * Wales * Scotland Mental health helplines: Shout Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. We can help with urgent issues such as: suicidal thoughts, abuse or assault, self-harm, bullying and relationship challenges Text Shout to 85258 (https://www.giveusashout.org/ ) Mental Health Matters Helpline for people with mental health problems, their carers, families and friends. The Team can offer emotional guidance and information and help people who may be feeling low, anxious or stressed or in extreme emotional distress and feel that there is nowhere else to turn. Support is also provided to people caring for another person and finding it difficult to cope. The service is confidential unless it is considered there is a risk to yourself or others. Webchat available 24/7 Phone: click here to find the different numbers for the geographical areas covered Email: email@example.com Supportline We offer confidential emotional support to children, young adults and adults by telephone, email and post. We work with callers to develop healthy, positive coping strategies, an inner feeling of strength and increased self esteem to encourage healing, recovery and moving forward with life. Phone: 01708 765200 (hours variable - ring for details) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org The Silver Line The Silver Line operates the only confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK that's open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year. We also offer telephone friendship where we match volunteers with older people based on their interests, facilitated group calls, and help to connect people with local services in their area. Phone: 0800 4 70 80 90 Email: email@example.com (https://www.thesilverline.org.uk/ ) Breathing Space A confidential phoneline for anyone in Scotland over the age of 16, feeling low, anxious or depressed. Phone: 0800 838587 (weekdays mon-thurs 6pm until 2am. Weekend Friday 6pm-Monday 6am) (https://breathingspace.scot/ ) C.A.L.L. Mental health helpline Offers emotional support and information/literature on Mental Health and related matters to the people of Wales. Anyone concerned about their own mental health or that of a relative or friend can access the service. C.A.L.L. Helpline offers a confidential listening and support service. Phone: 0800 132 737 or text help to 81066 (https://www.callhelpline.org.uk/ ) Lifeline Helpline Lifeline is the Northern Ireland crisis response helpline service for people who are experiencing distress or despair. No matter what your age or where you live in Northern Ireland, if you are or someone you know is in distress or despair, Lifeline is here to help. Phone: 0808 808 8000 or 18001 0808 808 8000 for Deaf and hard of hearing Textphone users. (24 hours a day, seven days a week) (https://www.lifelinehelpline.info/ ) One parent families Scotland The Lone Parent Helpline provides advice and support to single parents. Call us about anything from dealing with a break-up, sorting out child maintenance, understanding benefits, money when having a baby, studying or moving into work. We provide a free confidential friendly service that provides advice and supports your wellbeing whatever you are going through. Phone: 0808 801 0323 (Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4pm) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (https://opfs.org.uk/ ) RABI Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution Time is a precious commodity, especially in farming. But it’s something our staff will happily give you. When you call you’ll speak to a member of our dedicated welfare team. We understand that making that very first call – and talking about personal things with someone you don’t know – might sound daunting. However, it’s 100% confidential, so you’ll be free to discuss what’s on your mind without judgement. We won’t disclose any information to third parties without your explicit permission and calls are not recorded. We’ll do our very best to make you feel at ease, listening with courtesy, sympathy and respect. Phone: 0808 281 9490 (9am-5pm weekdays) Email: email@example.com (https://rabi.org.uk/ ) The Drinks Trust: We are the drinks industry community organisation, providing care and support to the people who form the drinks industry workforce, both past and present. The Trust provides individuals with services across vocational, well-being, financial and practical support. These services are intended to assist with and improve the circumstances of those who receive them Phone: 0800 915 4610 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Contact form - To be eligible, you must have worked for at least two years full-time or four years part-time in the UK drinks industry. (https://www.drinkstrust.org.uk/ ) Anxiety UK Charity providing support if you've been diagnosed with an anxiety condition. Phone: 03444 775 774 (Mon to Fri, 9.30am to 5.30pm) (www.anxietyuk.org.uk ) Bipolar UK A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder. Peer support line: Arrange a call back from our Peer Support Line. Book in a call with our chatbot- simply type in 'I would like to speak to someone' and select a date and time that works best for you. Email us: email@example.com (www.bipolaruk.org.uk ) Carers UK We provide an expert telephone advice and support service. You can talk to us, no matter where you are in the UK or how complex your query is. We do benefits checks, and advise on financial and practical matters related to caring. Phone: 0808 808 7777 (Mon-Fri 9am until 6pm) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Online forum: here (https://www.carersuk.org/ ) CALM Our helpline is for people in the UK who are down or have hit a wall for any reason, who need to talk or find information and support. Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (5pm to midnight - 365 days a year) (www.thecalmzone.net ) Shelter Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support, and legal services England&Scotland phone number: 08088004444 (8am - 8pm on weekdays and 9am - 5pm weekends). (https://www.shelter.org.uk/ ) Wales phone number: 08000 495495 (9.30am – 4.00pm, Monday to Friday) (https://sheltercymru.org.uk/ ) For similar housing support in Ireland and NI: Ireland and Northern Ireland Mind Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems. Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 6pm) (www.mind.org.uk ) Mind Cymru: 0292-0395-123 (https://www.mind.org.uk/about-us/mind-cymru/ ) No Panic Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Offers a course to help overcome your phobia/OCD. Includes a helpline. Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am to 10pm) (www.nopanic.org.uk ) OCD Action Support for people with OCD. Includes information on treatment and online resources. Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Mon to Fri, 9.30am to 5pm) (www.ocdaction.org.uk ) OCD UK A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments. Phone: 0845 120 3778 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm) (www.ocduk.org ) PAPYRUS HOPELINEUK is a confidential support and advice service for children and young people under the age of 35 who are experiencing thoughts of suicide, or anyone concerned that a young person could be thinking about suicide. Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141 (9:00 am to 12:00 am midnight every day including weekends & bank holidays) Text: 07860 039 967 Email: email@example.com (www.papyrus-uk.org ) Rethink Mental Illness Support and advice for people living with mental illness. Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Mon to Fri, 9.30am to 4pm) (www.rethink.org ) Samaritans Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline) (www.samaritans.org.uk ) SANE Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers. SANEline: 0300 304 7000 (daily, 4.30 to 10.30pm) Textcare: comfort and care via text message, sent when the person needs it most: (http://www.sane.org.uk/textcare ) (www.sane.org.uk/supportforum ) (www.sane.org.uk/support ) YoungMinds Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals. Phone: Parents' helpline 0808 802 5544 (Mon to Fri, 9.30am to 4pm) (www.youngminds.org.uk ) Veterans Gateway The first point of contact for veterans seeking support. We put veterans and their families in touch with the organisations best placed to help with the information, advice and support they need – from healthcare and housing to employability, finances, personal relationships and more. Phone: 0808 802 1212 Text: 81212 Email: submit here Live chat: here (https://www.veteransgateway.org.uk/ ) First Person Plural First Person Plural (FPP) specialises in working for and on behalf of all those affected by Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and similar complex trauma-related dissociative identity conditions. These similar conditions include type 1 Dissociative Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (DDNOS), and a type of Other Specified Dissociative Disorder (OSDD) which is described as DID-like. Phone: 01902810082 (if we do not pick up leave a message and we will contact you as soon as possible but this might not be for a few days as our office is not staffed everyday) Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @DissociationFPP LGBT+ helplines: Switchboard LGBT Switchboard provides a one-stop listening service for LGBT+ people on the phone, by email and through Instant Messaging. Phone: 03003300630 (Open 10:00-22:00 every day) Email: email@example.com MindlineTrans+ MindLine Trans+ is a confidential emotional, mental health support helpline for people who identify as Transgender, Agender, Gender Fluid, Non-binary.. Phone: 03003305468 (Mondays and Fridays from 8pm to midnight.) Mermaids UK Mermaids provides a helpline aimed at supporting transgender youth up to and including the age of 19, their families and professionals working with them. Phone: 0808 801 0400 (Open Monday - Friday; 9am - 9pm) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (https://www.mermaidsuk.org.uk ) Abuse helplines (child, sexual, domestic violence): NSPCC Children's charity dedicated to ending child abuse and child cruelty. Phone: 0800 1111 for Childline for children (24-hour helpline) 0808 800 5000 for adults concerned about a child (24-hour helpline) (www.nspcc.org.uk ) Refuge Advice on dealing with domestic violence. Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24-hour helpline) (www.refuge.org.uk ) Women's Aid Women’s Aid is the national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children. Email: email@example.com Live chat: Our hours are Monday to Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 10:00am-12:00pm.Here Respect Men's advice line The Men’s Advice Line is a confidential helpline for male victims of domestic abuse and those supporting them. We offer advice and emotional support to men who experience abuse, and signpost to other vital services that help keep them and their children safe. Call: 0808 8010327 or visit: here Respect phoneline The Respect Phoneline is an anonymous and confidential helpline for men and women who are harming their partners and families. We provide specialist advice and guidance to help people change their behaviours and support for those working with domestic abuse perpetrators. Call: 0808 8024040 or visit: here Honour based abuse/violence, forced marriage and/or female genital mutilation helplines Freedom Charity We aim to empower young people to feel they have the tools and confidence to support each other and have practical ways in which they can help their best friend around the issues of family relationships which can lead to early and forced marriage and dishonour based violence (https://www.freedomcharity.org.uk/ ) Phone: 0845 607 0133 ; or text "4freedom"to 88802 (24-hour helpline) Halo Project Halo Project Charity is a national project that will support victims of honour-based violence, forced marriages and FGM by providing appropriate advice and support to victims. We will also work with key partners to provide required interventions and advice necessary for the protection and safety of victims. Phone: 01642 683 045 (9am-5pm) (https://www.haloproject.org.uk/ ) Karma Nirvana Karma Nirvana is an award-winning National charity supporting victims of honour-based abuse and forced marriage. Honour crimes are not determined by age, faith, gender or sexuality, we support and work with all victims Phone: 0800 5999 247 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm) (https://karmanirvana.org.uk/ ) Addiction helplines (drugs, alcohol, gambling): Alcoholics Anonymous Phone: 0845 769 7555 (24-hour helpline) (www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk ) Gamblers Anonymous Phone: 0330 094 0322 (www.gamblersanonymous.org.uk ) Narcotics Anonymous Phone: 0300 999 1212 (daily 10am to midnight) (www.ukna.org ) Drugfam Support for families, friends and partners affected by someone else’s addiction to drugs or alcohol. Phone: 0300 888 3853 (https://www.drugfam.co.uk/ ) Al-Anon UK&Eire We are here for anyone affected by someone else's drinking. Our Helpline is manned by a team of friendly and helpful volunteers who are also members of Al-Anon. They will listen and be happy to answer your questions Phone: 0800 0086 811 (10am-10pm, 365 days a year) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Alzheimer's helpline: Alzheimer's Society Provides information on dementia, including factsheets and helplines. Phone: 0300 222 1122 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm. Weekends, 10am to 4pm) (www.alzheimers.org.uk ) Bereavement helplines: Cruse Bereavement Care Phone: 0808 808 1677 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm) Email: email@example.com CruseChat (https://www.cruse.org.uk ) Blue Cross for pets If you have lost, or are facing saying goodbye to, a much loved pet and need somebody to talk to, our Pet Bereavement Support Service is here for you every day from 8.30am – 8.30pm Phone: 0800 096 6606 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org The Compassionate Friends The Compassionate Friends is a charitable organisation of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents dedicated to the support and care of other similarly bereaved family members who have suffered the death of a child or children of any age and from any cause Phone: 0345 120 3785 (9:30am - 4:30pm Mon to Fri) Email: email@example.com Crime victims helplines: Rape Crisis To find your local services phone: 0808 802 9999 (daily, 12 to 2.30pm, 7 to 9.30pm) (www.rapecrisis.org.uk ) Victim Support Phone: 0808 168 9111 (24-hour helpline) (www.victimsupport.org ) Eating disorders helpline: Beat Phone: 0808 801 0677 (adults) or 0808 801 0711 (for under-18s) (www.b-eat.co.uk ) Learning disabilities helpline: Mencap Charity working with people with a learning disability, their families and carers. Phone: 0808 808 1111 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm) (www.mencap.org.uk ) Parenting helpline: Family Lives Family Lives offers a confidential and free helpline service for families in England and Wales (previously known as Parentline). Please call us on 0808 800 2222 for emotional support, information, advice and guidance on any aspect of parenting and family life. Our helpline service is open 9am-9pm Monday to Friday and 10am-3pm Saturday and Sunday Callers in Wales: If you would like to access this service in Welsh, find out how torequest a call back here Callers in Scotland: for callers from Scotland, Children 1st run Parentline Scotland and you may wish to contact them on 08000 28 22 33 Monday to Friday from 9am - 9pm. Online chat: available 1:30pm-5:30pm every weekday excluding bank holidays here Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Online forum: here (https://www.familylives.org.uk/ ) Relationships helpline: Relate The UK's largest provider of relationship support. (www.relate.org.uk ) Mental health resources: * PohWER - English Advocacy service * Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance * Advocacy Support Cymru * Inspire - Northern Ireland advocacy service * Prescription Prepayment Certificates * UK Men's Shed Association Finder * SelfHelp services * StepChange Debt Charity * Change Grow Live * The Blurt Foundation * Camerados * BACP therapist directory * Directory of Chartered Psychologists * Free IAPT workbooks and resouces * Free self help resources * Free NHS self help booklets * Free generalised resources from Australian gov website * St John's Ambulance mental health first aid training courses * Womens Wellbeing Club * Andys Man Club * Talk Club - talking and listening clubs for men * Student's against Depression * The Wholeness of Your Nature - The Little Yoga Nidra * Discovery of Your Self - The Deep Yoga Nidra * How to Meditate: Mantra * How to Meditate: Body Scan * Kooth - free, safe and anonymous community for children and young people to get support * turn2us benefits support * PaNDAS Foundation - Post Natal Depression awareness support * Maternal Mental Health Alliance * YANA - help for those in Norfolk, Suffolk and Worcestershire involved in farming and other rural businesses affected by stress and depression * Home Start UK - family support * Family Action support services finder * Mental Health Foundation * The Masked AMHP blog * NHS Every Mind Matters * Hub of Hope * Free online suicide awareness training * UK support for self harm * Mens Health Forum * Bullying UK * The Survivors Trust * Naz and Matt Foundation * Citzens Advice finder * How to support mental health at work * Mental health at work toolkit * Reasonable adjustments at work explained * Discrimination at work * Mental health and the criminal justice system * Different types of talking therapies * Antipsychotics explained * Antidepressants explained * CMHTs explained * Crisis teams explained * Young person's guide to inpatient care * Men and mental health * Where to get urgent help for mental health * The Mental Health Act * Scottish Association for Mental Health * The Lucy Rayner Foundation - Surrey * Mary Frances Trust - Surrey * Choice and medication * Mental health apps library - NHS website * Forward Carers, Carers Card - Birmingham1
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The Out-of-Touch Adults' Guide To Kid Culture: Viral TikTok OverloadWhen it comes to kids and teenagers, it’s all about TikTok. Competitors can try to clone it, the president can try to shut it down, but the made-in-China video sharing service just keeps on rolling, with around 850 million people estimated as active users. Even if you don’t like it, TikTok is the marketplace of ideas for anyone under 25, whether it’s silly arguments about the occult, deadly serious ones about COVID-19 vaccines, or heartwarming reimagining of mid-2000 kids’ movies.
SmugMug Live! Episode 58 -“Comparing Yourself to YOURSELF” with Ant Pruitt.On this episode of SmugMug Live, we are joined by Ant Pruitt and discussing how to motivate yourself with self projects and how to compare your creative outlets to the person that matters most, you! Ant is a freelance digital content creator and has been recording videos and podcast for several years now. We know him best as the host of several shows on the TWiT network, especially Hands on Photography. Born and raised in South Carolina, Ant was an enterprise IT professional for more than ten years in North Carolina where he spent most of his adult life. Ant eventually turned his creativity into a small business, providing writing, photography, video, and post-production services. Check out SmugMug features at: https://www.smugmug.com/ Check out Flickr features at: https://www.flickr.com/ Follow SmugMug: Facebook: http://facebook.com/SmugMug Twitter: http://twitter.com/SmugMug Instagram: http://instagram.com/smugmug Blog: https://www.smugmug.com/lens Follow Flickr: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/flickr/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Flickr Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/flickr/ Blog: https://blog.flickr.net/ Learn more about Ant: Website: https://www.antpruitt.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ant_pruitt/ Hands on Photography: https://twit.tv/shows/hands-on-photography Twitter: https://twitter.com/ant_pruitt
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