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2020.11.26 14:21 Jebus-Chrisp I’m being bullied..

Hey
It’s starting to sink in that I’m being bullied..
I live in England and I go to a private school. I’m a petty typical 15y old, love food staying in and playing games, also love badminton.
The school I go to is a private school I’m by no means rich but I’m well off and my mum (my dad died when I was 9 or 10 to cancer) thought I would benefit from the smaller classes as I’m bright but as a boy and having some slight issues.
Considering the school I go to you would think that it’s full of rich snobby well of people right? No. It’s in a very bad area and they literally have glass shards on the walls as well as a couple days ago my gay friend got called a foggot from some people in there car driving past.
A lot of the people that go to my school are the typical jock of an American school big,fit and as dumb as a brick. U got put into a house with the worst of them and I have had to suffer years of constant jokes being pushed around and. Fucking orange throwing They through oranges at me from the lunch hall and ruin my blazer (for Americans in England we need to where a shirt tie and blazer not just to private schools)
One time they did it I was Allred out the room to clean my blazer and came back and said that I grassed (snitched) and he through me on the floor and was secound a away from braking my arm before I told him it was a joke.
I honestly don’t know what to do it’s either I tell a teacher or my mum and get a broken arm or worse and there is no escaping that if he can’t do it one of his friends will, or stay like this and just put up with it for the rest of this year until 6th form (grade 11)
I kinda just wanted to vent, honestly don’t think any comments about what to do would help as they WILL break me no avoiding it
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2020.11.25 22:55 rajavirgo 2020 RHDiscussion Housewives Rate: Results #10-#6

#10 Danielle Staub - 85 points
solovelysosoft - 5 points, readingrachelx - 10 points, BasilGavin - 15 points, MagnificentMistral - 5 points, percybitchshelley - 10 points, heartdeco - 10 points, insuredbycoto - 10 points, Amorzinho95 - 10 points, DanaPam - 10 points
solovelysosoft says: "If reality television can be a showcase for extreme human behavior, why not cast Danielle? She really shouldn’t be anywhere near this show given how precarious her whole mental health situation seems to be, but she filmed those two seasons and then the friend of seasons and there are no takebacks! Whereas I feel like the women could afford to be 500,000 times more compassionate to her, wow she’s really into boiling bunnies and such isn’t she?"
BasilGavin says: "The only reason NJ has ever been compelling to me. Bringing the Hell's Angels to a charity event for a baby with cancer is chef's kiss. We'll never have another like her, mainly because I think the psych eval is more strict these days."
MagnificentMistral says: "I only really enjoy New Jersey when Danielle is around, even if everyone else is resolutely refusing to film with her! Permanent deranged drama. My favourite Danielle Detail is the fact that they discover her sordid past via a… true crime novel? It makes the whole storyline feel like such a fascinating relic. Ah, the 2000s. The days before Bill Gates created the Internet."
heartdeco says: "the early rhonj comparisons to the sopranos were inevitable, but danielle staub is legitimately a tertiary sopranos character (either one of tony’s fatal attraction affairs, or the mouthy girlfriend of some low-level capo [she would absolutely end up getting murdered either way (no, danielle, that’s not a threat)])."
insuredbycoto says: "Perhaps my controversial opinion is that early “iconic” NJ is actually not that great. I say that not because I didn’t enjoy those seasons, but what would they be without Danielle Staub? She carried NJ to notoriety and while Teresa got to be the big breakout OG, my heart belongs to Danielle. She has a seedy and tragic backstory that fuels her with the kind of trauma you need to bring the Hell’s Angels to a baby cancer charity event. Is bye a threat?"
Danielle Staub says: "I shouldn't have had that onion bagel".
#9 Gamble Breaux - 91 points
rajavirgo - 11 points, solovelysosoft - 20 points, readingrachelx - 10 points, BasilGavin - 15 points, MagnificentMistral - 20 points, heartdeco - 10 points, insuredbycoto - 5 points
solovelysosoft says: "Gamble brings a perfect mix of self-aware irony and batshit energy to the table. She is far from the only housewife who is aware that she is responsible for making television whenever she’s on camera, but I think by far she has the most fun doing it. I’d also like to highlight that while she’s a natural entertainer, I don’t think she’s much of an actress. Her relationships with her husband and stepson appear very real and heartfelt to me."
BasilGavin says: "Buying Janet a title off the internet just to troll Venus is one of my favourite moves in HW history. It's just so petty and funny and perfect television. Gamble is an underrated gem."
MagnificentMistral says: "Gamble is just fantastic. She’s been centre stage every season since she arrived, consistently delivering the drama, the laughs and the quotes that we all love. Season 2, the rumours that continually sent her into a meltdown. Season 3, the wedding and its aftermath. Season 4, the breakdown of her relationship with Gina, featuring Mrs Wolfe sends her regards like the fucking Godfather, and her trolling Venus with a fake lordship before she’s ever even met her. Talent."
heartdeco says: "it’s probably to gamble’s great benefit that we’ve caught her in a relatively stable, cheerful time in her life (gamble + woofa + lukey 4eva) because between various incidents from her past, the box of roses to gina, the entire land ownership saga with venus, etc., there’s all kinds of indications that gamble would be a nightmare ex-girlfriend if truly unleashed."
insuredbycoto says: "Melbourne is such an ensemble that it’s hard to pick your favourite housewife. And yet it’s easy for me to say Gamble! Gamble is the perfect mix of smart, witty, unhinged, and charming to completely win me over. She understands housewives and plays it tongue in cheek but also if you gossip about her alleged sex work past to eeeeeveryone in Melbourne then she’ll tell people you fuck for heroin. She’s got a sweet family and cute dogs, too."
#8 Candiace Dillard Bassett - 98 points
solovelysosoft - 20 points, readingrachelx - 20 points, BasilGavin - 12 points, MagnificentMistral - 10 points, percybitchshelley - 10 points, heartdeco - 10 points, insuredbycoto - 10 points, un_velo - 1 point, DanaPam - 5 points
solovelysosoft says: "You don’t have to like her, but she is never boring. As it happens, I don’t just like her; I love her. I don’t know what the recipe to Candiace’s success: perhaps an overflowing well of charisma, an extremely enthusiastic willingness to get involved in the show and the ability to seem more human than is ordinary for a housewife. While there are plenty of housewives who are way more antisocial and bizarre than Candiace, I find her more than most to come off as someone who tries her best but is constantly undermined by her emotions. A lot of housewives have way too much confidence approaching (or reaching) delusion. While I think Candiace’s confidence is apparent, there’s a shakiness to it that makes her seem human instead of deluded and pushes her over the edge for me."
MagnificentMistral says: "There’s… a lot going on here. Her mother, a therapist, is actually responsible for fucking her up and giving her a lot of issues she needs to work on with a therapist! Because of this, I really feel for Candiace, and it makes for some awfully compelling television. Also probably because of this, she’s compulsively abrasive to everyone else in order to give me, the viewer, what I want, which is drama!"
heartdeco says: "of all the housewives who drive internet commenters to blithering madness simply by existing, candiace is the least evil. i’ve never quite been able to pinpoint her energy — veronica lodge with a sociopath mother? hilary banks with a tissue rectangle? gina rio if she weren’t in on the joke? either way, i’m forever rooting for my favourite poor little rich girl, and forever looking for my own chris bassett: a man to hold me down during the good times, the bad times, and the times when i’m about to maim ashley darby for disrespecting my mother in her my home."
insuredbycoto says: "Has any housewife with such a short tenure managed to become so iconic? We’re only three seasons into Candiace’s housewifing and I’m obsessed and would rank her in my top 10, maybe top 5 housewives ever. She’s so volatile and impulsive due to her short temper that she’s incapable of self-producing. She puts the real in real housewives, no matter how ugly it may be. I’d also nominate her alongside Kenya for wittiest housewife."
#7 Vicki Gunvalson - 115 points
rajavirgo - 10 points, solovelysosoft - 20 points, readingrachelx - 10 points, BasilGavin - 10 points, percybitchshelley - 5 points, heartdeco - 10 points, insuredbycoto - 10 points, Amorzinho95 - 10 points, DanaPam - 30 points
solovelysosoft says: "How do you write a “short paragraph” about Vicki? I guess it’s easier when you know everyone who is reading the paragraph already knows that she is an absolute machine: an accomplished businesswoman who is nevertheless extremely insecure at a high school level; a screaming wreck who somehow has the charm and charisma to win people to her side (even after playing a role in a cancer hoax); a loose cannon who manages to tell the truth even when it doesn’t suit her purposes; and a quote machine with a sense of humor that is not particularly high-brow but is still scathing and hilarious. Forever may we whoop it up at Andale’s."
BasilGavin says: "I haven't seen all of OC and so I don't revere Vicki the way that many people do, but the cancer scam season is one of the most riveting things I've ever seen on TV"
heartdeco says: "on a show where everyone is specifically bred in a lab to trigger the raisedbynarcissists crowd, vicki gunvalson is maybe the most textbook clinical narcissist. i love the constant whiff of malingering and medical fraud in the air around her — not just the cancer scam, but the glamis accident, the icelandic palpitations, influenza b."
insuredbycoto says: "What is there that can’t be said about Vicki? That she’s a remotely appealing human? Ok FINE, yes, she’s down there alongside the most reprehensible housewives of all time, but she’s always my favourite housewife. I love her narcissism, her neediness, her lack of shame, and how real she is. She’s true to being an insecure, shrieky workaholic and I hope she returns to my screen very soon."
#6 Karen Huger - 121 points
solovelysosoft - 10 points, readingrachelx - 15 points, BasilGavin - 20 points, MagnificentMistral - 10 points, percybitchshelley - 10 points, heartdeco - 6 points, insuredbycoto - 5 points, un_velo - 25 points, Amorzinho95 - 10 points, DanaPam - 10 points
solovelysosoft says: "Karen has a gift for mixing intentional wit with sloppy lying. She doesn’t shut down when confronted, she just thinks up a new lie to tell. I find that admirable. To this day, it really appears to me that La Dame was something she came up with just to stop Gizelle from snooping in her business. Season 3 was really a great showing, one of the best single-character showcases of all time. I don’t think anyone really believed in Potomac the way they do now until she marble-mouthed some bullshit about needing to make millions to owe millions in episode one and then holding a disastrous press conference in episode two to tell everyone to mind their business."
BasilGavin says: "She's teetering on the edge of self-parody, but she's giving so much more of her real life this year that it's grounded her and made her a better HW all-around. As good as she's always been, she really is having a breakout year."
MagnificentMistral says: "I think season 3 of Potomac really brought Karen together and made her a legend, and by extension probably saved the series by finally giving the other women something tangible and Housewives-y to mobilise in relation to. Denials and delusion are the keys to many fantastic Housewives, and Karen is no exception. Her bubble bursting provided us with a relentless onslaught of entertainment."
heartdeco says: "from the jump, it was clear karen was gonna be a jill or a luann. happily, she became a luann — she got in on the joke and embraced her reputation as a kitsch icon, and now no one cares that her home, marriage, business and finances are all fraudulent. just part of that fragrant la’dame charm."
insuredbycoto says: "In recent days Karen has been lauded as a righteous, reasonable queen. The viewers have gotten it wrong once again! Karen Huger absolutely deserves to be stanned but it’s because she is still a delusional, lying ass mess. She may have retreated from the highs of S3 delusional Karen, but we still see glimmers of that same mess we all fell for."
And we're down to our top 5! I'll probably finish the whole thing off on either Friday or Saturday night (my time anyway). Discuss!
u/readingrachelx u/heartdeco u/insuredbycoto u/solovelysosoft u/DanaPam u/Amorzinho95 u/BasilGavin u/percybitchshelley u/un_velo u/MagnificentMistral
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2020.11.25 12:03 Yayaya78 Desperate for Advice [Please Read My Story - 4 Pages]

Hi, guys. Thank you for reading my post here. I am beyond desperate for some guidance. I have no one to talk to so I appreciate your help more than you can possibly know.
I am 33F and suffering from crippling anxiety disorder. I cannot think clearly for myself. As soon as I wake up I am overcome with dread and racing thoughts, having no clue what move to make. I feel like I have no sense of self whatsoever and paralyzed with indecision. I was severely abused and neglected growing up, mostly by my mother who was a deranged and psychotic person, controlling me my entire life. I spent my childhood living in terror of this woman. All of my youth was just physical and mental abuse and extreme dysfunction. I have 4 siblings, but there is a huge age gap between us so I grew up as an only child.
Both of my parents were extremely racist. When I was a kid, I was forbidden from even LOOKING at someone with dark skin, either in person or on television, or listen to them on the radio. If I were caught doing so, whether real or imagined, my life would be threatened. One of the worst days in my life was in primary school when my mom discovered I had a secret friendship with a black student in my class. She was dropping me off in the morning and my friend was waiting for me at the gate. I felt such complete terror as we drove up to the gate, because I knew my friend was going to talk to me and my mother would see. She would see me doing the very thing I was forbidden to do my entire life. She ended up dragging me out of the schoolyard in front of everyone and started punching me on the head in the car and all the way home while driving. She then spent all morning beating me and torturing me at home. Eventually she got tired, so she finished by cutting my hair off very short on one side and then took a nap. When she woke up she wanted to go and get lunch with me but was embarrassed by my appearance. So she made me go to a hair salon and told the hairdresser I tried to cut my own hair, which was humiliating. I then had to go and have lunch with her while she basically told me the entire time that what she'd done to me was my own fault.
This is just one small example of the kind of life I had. Probably the worst part of it was watching my mom beat up my elderly grandmother on a regular basis. My mom basically kept her as a slave for decades. My parents worked all night cleaning buildings and delivering newspapers for a living, while my grandmother stayed home doing all the chores in the house. She worked hard until she fell ill with ovarian cancer and died. My mom abused her even on her death bed. She would also steal my grandma's social security checks every single month and only let her leave the house once or twice a year for doctor's appointments. She would cook meals in the kitchen and then my mom would come down in one of her rages and throw the entire pots of food all over the floor and then beat her. I could hear her screams and my stomach would hurt! My grandma would come crying to me, showing me her bruises and I was helpless to do anything.
My mother had all the windows in the house glued shut and either boarded with wood or covered with paint and wallpaper. She would lock us in the house from outside. We could not open the door from inside. And whenever she would leave, either my grandma or I would have to sit in the living room the entire time waiting for her to get back. She would be worried that my father would try to leave or touch her things, so we'd have to keep watch while she was gone. She basically lived out of the living room and slept on a recliner with a large industrial fan in front of her because she was always hot and kept the house freezing cold. She made my grandma and I sleep together in side by side twin beds next to the dryer in the den of the house so that we could keep an eye on each other. She wanted me to make sure my grandmother didn't die in her sleep, so at night I'd be so scared and listen to her breathing to make sure she was still alive next to me. I was often not allowed to sleep with the lights or TV off because then it would be "like a whorehouse." If we slept in "late" she would shake a 2 liter of soda and spray it on us or throw cans at us. I did not sleep alone until my grandma died when I was 16.
I also had very little medical care growing up. When I saw a doctor my mother would lie about me so they'd run tests on me for being 'anemic' or 'not eating enough.' I would not get help when I was truly sick. If I was, she would just give me a bunch of over the counter medicines to figure out for myself even though I was only little. She'd give me Aspergum (gum with aspirin) if I had a sore throat and I once accidentally overdosed and started uncontrollably vomiting to where I thought my jaw would unhinge. She called my pediatrician & he told her to take me to children's hospital. She never did even though I could have died that night. I guess she would've been embarrassed. She was a hypochondriac herself, and frequently called paramedics to the house or would go to the ER over having diarrhea/IBS symptoms from abusing laxatives to lose weight or anxiety.
My parents were both hoarders of objects and animals. They would steal all sorts of useless junk from the businesses they cleaned. Things like fireplace accessories when we did not even have a fireplace, or orthopedic replacement joints from a surgeon's practice, dental tools and fake teeth from a dentist's office, etc. Just boxes and boxes full of this junk. They would also bring home animals from the streets when they were driving around the city at night delivering papers. My mom would never get them spayed or neutered, so they would just breed and inbreed endlessly, some even born with deformities. By the time I was a sophomore in high school, they had at least 24 cats in the house, all living in one or two rooms. My mom would tell our relatives we had all those cats because my grandma and I "liked watching them f**k." We lived in absolute squalor, with animal waste everywhere.
I tried to comfort and protect these animals, and watching them suffer and die over and over again is something I don't think I can ever recover from. They would basically let the cats breed until it reached a certain point and then gather them up howling in boxes to dump them in the streets or at the back door of vet clinics/animal shelters. That or they would drop dead in the house. One of my brothers also came to live with us for a short while when I was little and he tortured my dog in front of me to make me cry and then laughed at me for it. He would say, "Animals only belong on the table for eating." He would come home raving drunk, acting crazy and throwing his heavy shoes at me when I was sent to wake him up for work. He also choked me when I was little by shoving a rag down my throat.
I had to drop out of high school due to the extreme conditions we lived in. I obtained a GED and went to college. I wanted to be educated and had dreams of being a writer and filmmaker. I loved movies and literature, which were my only comforts in my life. I always felt the only small talent I had was in writing because throughout my years of school, even in college, my teachers would use my writing to teach the class how to write essays. But I suffered from severe anxiety and mood swings all through university, and after graduation I found myself still living with my family. My life just completely fell apart after that. There was no transition into adulthood. I had no life skills at all, no money, student loan debt, never drove a car, etc. I had three close friendships that I maintained since elementary school, but they all parted ways with me by the end of college. I saw no escape. I started studying to be a vet nurse online, but my sanity just completely crumbled being stuck at home with my parents, and I ended up living a reclusive life for the next several years, basically the remainder of my 20s. I would just go out for errands or to get groceries, go to the cinema sometimes with my brother, but never went anywhere by myself. There was not even public transportation where we live. Unable to cope, I went from one addictive behavior to the next (cigarettes, alcohol, pills, junk food, etc), went through periods of severe depression where I would not shower for weeks and I'd have to cut my matted hair, wore the same clothes every day, had no access to healthcare or feminine hygiene products so I'd just put toilet paper in my underwear. If I asked my mom to get me something from the drugstore, she would tell my dad and brother to embarrass me so I stopped asking.
My mother suddenly died at home shortly after I turned 31. She went into end stage kidney failure due to neglecting her type 2 diabetes for decades and was put on dialysis. I think she could not handle being on dialysis and one day started complaining about back pain. Over the course of a year, her complaints grew more severe and frequent. It got to where she would spend hours every night wailing and screaming in the house about her back pain, repeating the same phrases over and over, "God help me! Help me, God!" I would wake up every day with panic attacks to the sound of her screaming. I would try to help her, tried finding spine specialists for her, but they said they couldn't find anything wrong with her back. She kept going to different ER rooms around the city where they would give her dilauded, morphine and vicodin and then send her home like that. I'd have to take care of her on those heavy drugs. She would be acting crazy in the house, falling down, having to pick her up, hallucinating, etc. I once found her chewing on her own bloodied finger! I would call the paramedics but they would not take her and then even the ER nurses would call me to complain about her. I finally convinced my brother to drive us to the hospital so I could speak to a doctor there to hospitalize her. She spent like two months in the hospital restrained to the bed and then was sent to a nursing home for rehab. The nurses would call me all hours of the day complaining about her behavior, refusing to cooperate and hitting the nurses, or for my father taking her out in the middle of the night without permission. Eventually her health insurance would not cover anymore care, so they sent her home and she started up all over again with the screaming and wailing. After a couple of weeks she died of heart failure.
Even though she destroyed my life, I did not want my mom to die or suffer. I don't know if her back pain was real. I wanted to lose weight so I could donate a kidney to her, but a doctor at the hospital told me she wasn't a good candidate for a transplant. Since then, the dynamic in the house changed and I was no longer being controlled and manipulated by anyone. It was the first time in my life that I could wake up and experience peace and quiet. It was like waking up for the first time in 8 years that went by in a blur. I have no proper work history as I've never worked outside the home, just done low-paying jobs online. My mother never allowed me to work when I was a kid, and always sabotaged any effort I made to be independent. To give you an example, when I was 19 I tried getting a job at a hotel and my mother told the manager that the staff was holding bets on who was going to sleep with me first so they would not hire me.
So right now, I have about 30k in student debt and I also have around the same amount in savings in the bank. I am terrified to spend the money and waste it. I have no idea how to move forward and become independent at this point. I think every day about committing suicide because it's just too late for me to fix this and have a meaningful life.
When my mom died, I was in very bad physical shape. I was basically morbidly obese (nearly 220 pounds at 5'2'') due to emotional eating and my food being controlled, bulimic, dealing with chronic pain in my joints since childhood, all sorts of painful dental problems, etc. I was able to get some money my mother received from a settlement due to a car accident and started using that to improve my life. I did my best to overcome my eating disorder, and I've managed to get down to 146 pounds. Ok, still big, but I'm 72 pounds lighter and continue to work on my health, diet, and fitness. I started exercising regularly, taught myself to ride a bike for the first time so I could take up cycling as exercise. I started seeing healthcare providers for the first time in many years, and for the first time in my life without being controlled. I had my eyes examined and got prescription glasses which stopped my chronic headaches. I then went to the dentist (I was so scared to go) and came home with about 4 pages of treatments I would need. I started selling things from my parent's hoarded junk to pay for this. My mom was still hoarding animals until she died, so I had to network like crazy online to find the best homes for them. I still have three cats in my care, but they are sweethearts and easy to care for. I had to see three different doctors, but my teeth are healthy now. I also went to driving school and got my license and have my own car now. I started practicing driving almost every day, and I still struggle with it, but I have been able to drive myself to appointments, the grocery, etc. I often experience derealization(?) when driving or at the grocery, but I still manage to do it. Let me tell you, these things I just listed to you were not easy for me with my extreme anxiety. I was absolutely scared to death of driving a car. I never thought such a thing was possible. The day of my first driving lesson, my hands were shaking. I really struggle with making phone calls, setting appointments, basically everything. Simple mundane things are monumental to me. The more I have been doing them, they have become 'easier' to do, though the anxiety persists.
My brother moved into his own place across the street about a year before my mom died. Now I am just stuck living in this rundown trailer with my alcoholic father. The day my mom died, he got completely drunk to where he fell down and gave himself a black eye. Every single night since then he gets drunk on wine and beer. I hear him vomiting and stumbling all over and talking nonsense. He was totally co-dependent on my mother even though they fought like cats and dogs all day long. My mom left him with nothing and totally helpless. He did not know his own social security number, have an ID card, no driver's license, never filed taxes, didn't know what to do when sick, etc. Basically living in my mother's shadow for 40 years. He was not even aware that my mother divorced him decades ago for domestic abuse! With my brother's help, we managed to get him widower's benefits, medicaid, an ID card, a bank account, his own phone, etc. The fact that I am living with him alone now is bizarre to say the least. Since before I was even 5 years old, my mother forbade me from speaking to him or being alone with him. She would always accuse me of having sex with him and would tell me it would be my fault if I let him rape me. After my mom died, he started clinging to me all day long, expecting me to tell him what to eat, sit with him during meals, getting drunk and harassing me every night, etc. Since then he's started doing handiwork for the trailer park tenants and has made friends and the landlady even gives him homecooked meals, so he stays out of my way for the most part.
I waste so much time fretting, ruminating, researching questions, unable to make decisions for myself. It's just an endless, pointless loop I cannot escape! I am scared to death I can't get out of this. I have never seen a therapist in my life nor do I know how to get one or if that would help me. I haven't even seen a physician since I was 19 years old. My college degree was useless and I don't think I qualify for pell grant anymore. I refuse to borrow more money and put myself even further in debt for schooling, especially when I don't know to what end. I am afraid no one will hire me even for a basic job due to my lack of work history and my age, and even if they do, how will I escape poverty on low wages like that? I hate living here and want nothing more than to be independent and living on my own. I've never had my own life, never got married, don't have a family, nothing. Should I just end my life now? Time is passing me by so fast. I used to be intelligent. I don't know who I am anymore. Please, if you could give me some advice on what to do, logical steps I could follow. Or just start a dialogue with me so I have someone to talk to other than my crazy thoughts. This is only a fraction of my story, but it's already too long to share more.
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2020.11.25 11:41 stonerbelight I (US citizen) need to extend my visa to care for my partner with cancer

Hello all,
I am a 24 year old American male who arrived her on August 7th to visit my English partner who is suffering from cervical cancer. I came here on a 6 month visit which expires in February. Over the time I have been here, my partner's condition of having cervical cancer as well as a condition of her organs fusing together has worsened and has led her to be in a state of full debilitation, being completely bed-ridden in pain and is fully relying on me basically as a full-time caregiver which at the moment she wouldn't be able to afford hiring one, and secondly, the NHS is backed up and any sick benefits have been a total headache for her to get processed. She just came out of a seriously complex operation, having 7 procedures done including cutting and seperating her left bowel and ovary as well as removal of the cancerous tissue and cysts to name a few. She is even unable to lay down properly and has to sleep in a special bed, hold a cup or any objects for that matter.
My issue is, my visa is expiring and she can not afford for me to leave her stranded with little to no friends or family who can take over the care for her. I am afraid that I NEED and SHE needs me to stay in the UK for at least a few more months to be her care giver until she is able to function at all on her own. I have looked into student courses in January (vocational) but a short-term Tier 4 visa doesn't easily apply to a course for 6 months or less and that is all I am able to find.

Now here is my question;
Can I by any chance apply for an extension based on extenuating circumstances (her health in need of me) and perhaps due to government assistance being overloaded from Covid, they might consider this request as it saves precious NHS resources at the moment. Does anyone know how I might submit such a request if possible?

Any help is greatly and sincerely appreciated. Thank you very much for reading this long post.

Sincerely,
A very concerned partner, Ryan
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2020.11.25 07:39 ArcticKitsune11235 Welcome to MC5 meta: The Recon Guide.

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introduction

In a nutshell, the class is about unleashing your inner SNEKKINESS. The Recon isn't designed for tanking, it's about being a sneaky little shit and hitting the enemy where they don't expect it. Equipped with the right gear, this class is potentially one of the most annoying for enemy players to deal with - and it’s one of the most powerful classes at the time of writing, in competitive gameplay.
The recon’s signature asset is its class ability, which allows it to detect enemies within a certain radius on radar. This makes the class an absolute unit on maps that are oriented towards close quarters fights (cough cough Streets cough). It also benefits from having weapons constantly ready, as well as mobility, making the Recon an extremely mobile and efficient class, able to deal hits while maintaining situational awareness.
Initially the class loses out on firepower to its more powerful low tier counterparts (the Tier 1 SMG aside), and it only starts getting good (like, really really good) at mid-tier competition when guns like the Bosk or Bramson come into play. In general, the Recon SMGs have high RoF and solid hipfire performance, but will lose out the long range duels to Assault or Sniper rifles due to their comparatively low ACC stat.
A good recon player will always have their eyes on the radar, keeping an eye out for enemy movement and looking for weaknesses to exploit. They’ll also seek out close range encounters where SMGs have an advantage, rather than betting on the marginal changes of long range fights against Assault players. The use of hipfire-oriented weapons mean that the skill floor for Recon is pretty low. However, the class provides the utility that allows players to sneak into enemy spawns and constantly attack from multiple angles, which presents a very high skill ceiling for those who know how to abuse the innate advantages of the class.

weapons

tier 1 sabre-s2
Hands down best Tier 1 weapon in the game. Often underrated because it’s only Tier 1, but the firepower the Sabre is capable of is comparable to Bramson or Bosk. While hipfiring, the Sabre has terrible accuracy, as expected of the lowest tier - but when aiming down sights, the SMG transforms into a laser and has pinpoint accuracy. Combined with a solid 20 DMG stat and a steady 660 RPM RoF, it’s the most powerful low-tier weapon for early-game lobbies.
Don’t expect to equip it and start dominating everyone though - you need to have a decent grasp of FPS mechanics and aiming down sights before being adept with the Sabre. It will outperform Bosk/Bramson against low-tier armor, but from Tier 3 and up, the weapon will struggle against bullet resistance stats.
tier 2 krube-37
Pure, unrefined sewerage. Has a higher RoF than the Tier 1, but the magazine size is tiny and will barely last you through a single fight. The damage is disgustingly low and even the RoF can’t save the DPS. In no respects can this gun be considered a usable weapon, and I’m not going to waste my time on this like Gameloft did with their Gold Krube skin.
I’m sorry, Vector fans. This is not the game for you.
tier 3 jolt-7 mp
It’s not trash, but it for sure won’t satisfy the MP5 lovers.
Gameloft is back, with version 2.0 of the Krube! Pretty much the same damage model, except the Jolt comes with an even HIGHER RoF stat and a phat magazine (up to 41 bullets). The recoil is much more manageable in both hipfire and ADS mode (the hipfire is still really inaccurate though). It used to be pretty popular back when the game was first released, but it’s since been largely eclipsed by the Bosk. Not much to say otherwise.
tier 4 fers09
A gun best known for the fact that most people forget that it exists when the question of ‘highest RoF gun’ is asked. What is the gun with the highest RoF? Grinder? Nah. It’s the FERS, which has a incrementally higher RoF than the Grinder (985RPM vs 984RPM, because fuck you, Grinder).
Sure, it has the RoF crown. Now what?
Fuck if Gameloft knows. RoF aside, the FERS has the same terrible damage from Tier 2 as well as poor handling/accuracy. The ADS mode is really inaccurate and suffers from strong omnidirectional kick, amplified by the high RoF.
If you want a gun that goes BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRT this is your budget pick. Don’t expect to get kills with it, though.
tier 5 bosk 3
Nerfed multiple times for being too good, the Bosk is a gun wayyy out of its tier.
For starters, it manages to dig itself out of the hellhole that has been low damage stats, an issue that has plagued the previous three tiers of SMGs. And boy does it dig itself out of that hole. It almost doubles on the damage cap of the previous guns, going from 11 points to 20 points. (Before the Bosk got its nerfs, this stat was even higher. Ridiculous, eh?)
And it does this without having to sacrifice too much RoF, maintaining a steady 600 RPM. Because of the reduced RoF, the CoF bloom is a lot less exaggerated, making the Bosk the first gun in the Recon to have a viable hipfire option. This extends to the ADS mode, which makes Bosk arguably the most accurate and reliable weapon for ADS in the entire class.
And to top it all off, maxing out the MK upgrades grants a mobility buff, putting Bosk mobility on par with pistols. It’s an excellent gun suited for run-and-gun gameplay, while providing the accuracy that supports players with higher skill. Most players will stick with the Bosk on Recon until they get the Prestige SMGs.
tier 6 fs80
Ah, trash damage. The recon SMGs’ old friend returns for the Tier 6, with a new twist - a janky mechanic that basically reduces the RoF the more you fire the gun. Initially the RoF is decent (and is much needed given the low damage), but it gets slower
and slower

and slower


and slowerrrrrrr
Until it’s basically just squeezing out bullets at about half the initial RoF. This basically limits the weapon to short bursts, which makes it unsuitable for the close-quarters niche that the class is meant to fill. It’s basically unusable at long range, too. A shame given the P90’s meme status.
tier 7 bramson
Da good ole’ Tommy gun. Basically what the Bosk is but more RoF.
The Bramson has decently high damage for an SMG and its base ACC stat is the second highest in the class, making it a viable pick for a hipfire weapon. And unlike the Whisperer, the Bramson can equip grips, which eventually make it more accurate than the Tier 9 (in hipfire) when the Heavy Duty Grip is attached. The RoF is tied with the Prestige Tier 9 Whisperer at 761 RPM, and it has the largest magazine size out of all SMGs. It actually needs the massive 45 round mag, because like most Tier 7 guns, the reloads take ages and you need to make sure you’re in the clear before topping up your magazine.
Reload times aside, the recoil is pretty strong on the Bramson. While it is pretty manageable in hipfire, the gun suffers in ADS mode where you get a lot of kick. Most players will stick to the Bosk because it offers a lot more versatility and long range viability due to a more stable ADS mode. However, if you’re a fan of the game’s hipfire mechanics, the Bramson is definitely worth considering as an upgrade, especially considering the fact that it has a 10%+ higher DPS cap over the Bosk (228.3 vs 200.0).
tier 8 firecracker
It’s a decent gun with a pretty weak prestige ability - when reloading, the Firecracker gets turned into a grenade and can be thrown at enemies to deal damage. The problem is that this grenade is really weak and doesn’t deal much damage (around 4-5 Firecrackers with full mags are required to kill a full health player). The range is limited as well, and you gotta be careful to not go kamikaze mode and nuke yourself. That being said, the reloads are pretty fast, but don’t reload too often - it’s possible to end up running out of spare mags.
Carrying on the trend of the recent iterations of SMGs, the Firecracker carries forward a relatively high damage stat (19 damage points with the flash hider) and RoF just below that of its neighbors Bramson and Whisperer, at 750RPM. ADS mode is quite similar to Bosk, meaning that it is pretty stable and accurate, and is usable in hipfire (ADS is recommended tho). It’s pretty interchangeable with Bosk/Bramson but in most cases will outperform the non-prestige SMGs. Before the Whisperer buff, this gun was pretty much the strongest Recon gun.
tier 9 whisperer
At the time of writing, the Whisperer is one of the most powerful guns in the game.
In Update 29, Gameloft buffed the damage from 20 to a 24-point max (27 points with a flash hider), granting it the highest DMG stat in the class. Following the update, the Whisperer has been one of the most (ab)used weapons, and is practically the meta alongside Grinder and Kommander. Toting the same RoF stat as the Bramson, the Whisperer places 11th in DPS rankings, capping at 342.45 DPS.
The base ACC stat is the highest in the class, and while the Prestige stacking mechanic doesn’t buff the DPS, range bonuses give the Whisperer an ability to adapt to long-range combat scenarios. Mag size is pretty large (38 rounds max), which seems redundant given the fast reload speed.
In a nutshell, it’s the ultimate weapon for those who prefer fast-paced, run-and-gun playstyles. It basically smashes any other SMG that tries to compete with it, and when paired with a close-quarters oriented class like the Recon, it is immensely powerful.
As much as I hate promoting such a cancerous meta: if you have it, use it.

cores

There are two utility cores exclusive to the Recon classes, both of which are incredibly useful.
The first is Infiltrator, which is basically essential for the class. In every mode except FFA, the core allows you to turn up as friendly on enemy radar, which allows you to get close to them without getting noticed. It’s the perfect core for the class in that it slots right into the recon’s close-quarters playstyle. It’s even more broken in FFA, which allows you to stay completely invisible on radar, and negates anything that reveals your location on radar (cores, Boosted Watcher perk, or firing your gun). Note that it’s unable to prevent Impetum’s speed boost from being triggered, which is why Impetum is often hailed as one of the main (non-Recon) counters to the Recon class. On top of that, if you’re killed, the core will briefly display your killer’s location on the minimap for everyone to see (unless they have Infiltrator equipped as well and it’s FFA mode).
The second core is Seer. It adds an ability to the recon which allows you to reveal the radar positions of every enemy on the map. Tired of the 1v1 merry-go-rounds on Canals? Seer is the solution - it can reveal enemy locations at the press of a button, without needing you to waste time running around. It’s not as essential as Infiltrator is (especially in lobbies with more people), but still incredibly useful to have. Contrary to what the description implies, the core will NOT replace your passive radar reveal perk - you keep the passive while having the active ability. (And no, it doesn’t work on Infiltrator Recons in FFA)
When it comes to core builds with the Recon, Infiltrator is virtually a must if you’re trying to create a competitive setup. Impetum is also another essential core for detecting other Infiltrator recons, unless you know for sure the enemy team has zero recons. For your defensive core, Ethereal or Glutton is recommended. Ethereal is especially potent with the recon class because Sapper turrets are unable to target them. With the final joker slot, do as you like. Personally I use the fourth slot for Seer during Squad Battles, Glutton during normal ranked matches, or Core Jammer during Boosted Event FFAs. Ultimately, the advice is the same - mix up the core setups and see what suits you best.

armor

The two Recon-exclusive armors are:
  1. Default Recon. The basic starter armor. It grants a 5% damage buff against Snipers, but you take 5% more damage from the close-quarters specialists, the Heavy class.
  2. Izanagi Armor. On the lower end of Tier 3 armors, it’s a decent upgrade from Hazard armor but ideally you should look for a Tier 4 armor to use. The helmet perks means you can capture zones 50% faster. Outside of regular Zone Control mode, the armor is pretty standard and doesn't do anything special.

class abilities

The Recon’s class abilities are oriented towards fast and mobile gameplay, prioritising quick response times and the ability to move efficiently around the map.
  1. Steady Weapon. This perk allows you to keep your weapon steady even while you’re sprinting, which means you can shoot and reload without the mobility penalty that other classes suffer from.
  2. Extreme Conditions. Upgrading the skill allows HP regen to start earlier, and buffs the regen speed when you’re sprinting. Basically it’s trying to encourage sprinting and fast-paced playstyles.
  3. Reveal. Pretty much the most important perk. It will reveal enemies on radar within 10 metres, but this gets upgraded at (7) to a 15 metre range.
  4. Improved Radar. Enemies who are damaged by grenades (includes their own nades) are revealed on the map for up to 10 seconds.
  5. Side Effects. This skill rewards players who are able to maneuver around the map and flank teams - it grants up to a 40% DMG buff when shooting enemies from behind.
  6. Critical Chance. When this skill is maxed, your bullets have a 30% chance of dealing an additional 50% crit damage.
  7. See (3)
  8. Synergy Recon. Allies who are within 20 metres of you get a 10% movement speed buff.
That’s all - and thanks for reading if you got this far! If I’ve made any mistakes (which I probably have since I’m retarded), or you have questions, please leave a comment below. Have fun with the Recon! ;D
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2020.11.25 05:23 Forsaken_Lemon_741 Heart Healthy Tips for Women

Heart Healthy Tips for Women
Most women do not know this fact, but the number one killer disease of women is not breast cancer; it is heart disease. Armed with this fact, women today need to be more attune to their bodies, what they put into it, and how they use it.
The lifestyle of women is very different today than it was just one generation ago. Women are working and managing their families. There is also the influx of single motherhood in today’s society. With all this stress put upon women, it is no wonder that heart disease is among their number one killer.
Time Is a Woman’s Best Friend
Have you ever noticed that many of today’s women are food shopping, talking on their cell phone, and tending to a small child while writing something down? Women today are experts at multi-tasking. However, to what end?
A woman has the super-hero ability to find time for everyone and everything, except for when it comes to the most important woman in her life – herself.
Finding time to instill good habits is not only essential to a woman’s health, but essential to her family’s health as well. If you do not take care of yourself, who will take care of your family?
Nutrition
Find a few extra minutes in the morning to throw some healthy snacks in your bag. It could be something as simple as a few carrot sticks or some nuts and grapes. Perhaps shopping for these extra healthy snacks and putting them in a separate bag on Sunday evening to take to work will be enough to get your week off on the right foot.
Exercise
Common sense tells us that exercise is important. One hour per week is a great way to start. One hour per week is not a huge commitment and will reap benefits in health as well as attitude. You will probably notice that you will feel better after that one hour and will want to commit to doing that a little more.
In bright red pen, put down a time one hour per week that you are going to exercise, even if it is a brisk walk during lunch.
And if there is a set of stairs that you can take instead of using the elevator, then do so. Leave yourself five extra minutes per day to walk up to work. Get off the subway or bus one stop earlier during nice weather and walk a bit.
Be held accountable by your sister, your husband, your children, or your best friend. Include them in your commitment and have them hold you accountable.
Sleep
Once you find yourself including some type of cardio into your lifestyle, you will find yourself wanting to do more. Cardio has many benefits from heart health to peace of mind to better sleep.
With all these benefits, why not really think about your loved ones and put taking care of your heart on your list of things to do today!
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2020.11.25 02:02 Not_a_bonobo 8th. Parl 2nd Session Speech from the Throne and M-1 Address in Reply to the Speech from the Throne

This thread contains both the Speech from the Throne and M-1 Address in Reply to the Speech from the Throne

Speech from the Throne

Link
Members of the House of Commons,
Ladies and gentlemen,
It is my pleasure to address this second session of Canada’s 8th Parliament.
INTRODUCTION
Canada is home to a set of diverse individuals, many people of different races, religion, creed and many other defining factors including political opinion. The government is grateful for the Canadian people who, in mass, elected a majority Conservative government, the government is looking forward to representing all Canadians.
ECONOMY
First and foremost, the Government of Canada will be an embodiment and one to look up to in responsibly handling the government's finances. It is important that our country continues down the path of fiscal responsibility and debt repayment.
To make life easier for Canadians, the government wishes to lower taxes on the first two brackets by 2% each while lowering small business taxes by 3% in order to allow more fiscal freedom for Canadians nation-wide.
ENVIRONMENT
The Government of Canada is heavily invested in protecting our environment. The government wishes to improve on the current efforts in regard to the environment such as increasing the carbon tax to $35 a ton to discourage corporations from over polluting our precious environment while also modifying environmental standards and banning the exports of garbage, all different efforts to help keep Canada green.
IMMIGRATION
The Government of Canada is invested in improving our immigration system in Canada. The government will maintain a sensible and economical plan for immigration to Canada by elimination of the family reunification back-log, increasing resources to RCMP, immigration officials and CSIS and negotiating stronger jurisdictions for the provinces.
The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of accepting genuine refugees, being qualified under the strict requirements of the United Nations Convention on Status of Refugees. The government will continue to ensure refugees who come to Canada are set up to build a successful life. As part of the government’s support for refugees, the government is committed to renegotiating the Safe Third Country Agreement.
HOUSING
The government wishes to take steps to ensure more homes are built and to work with provincial governments to reduce restrictions on home construction. The government also wishes to reduce the standards implemented for the Mortgage Stress Test to allow younger Canadians greater access to the housing market, moreover addressing the growing problem of foreign speculation.
HEALTH
The Canadian government recognizes the importance in investing and continually growing our state of the art medical system all throughout the nation and therefore wishes to prosper it by working with provinces to increase health transfers, working with provinces to review the current annual raises for the Canada Health Transfer as well as funding for mental health and home care, moreover ensuring that rural and indigenous communities have adequate access to healthcare, including mental health and home care services. The government seeks to commit a further 500 million over 5 years into the Terry Fox Memorial Research Fund and throw its full support behind them in the quest for medical and scientific advancement while reinvesting Canada’s efforts into the fight against cancer, aiming to find a cure.
FIRST NATIONS
The government recognizes the importance of supporting the first nations persons of this country, therefore they wish to implement the following efforts.
The government wishes to actively work with indigenous communities and provinces to provide funding and will commit $4 billion over four years to key infrastructure projects that would address the many ongoing issues that indigenous communities face each and every day with a focus on roads, utilities and telecommunications, and clean drinking water. In addition the government will write off the current $2.0 billion in debt over four years to ensure that indigenous communities are out of debt to the government, moreover working with provinces and indigenous leaders to ensure that indigenous communities have adequate access to the education system.
FOREIGN RELATIONS
The government understands the importance of maintaining good relations with our foreign friends, therefore the government wishes to implement the following.
The government wishes to continue expanding the market for Canadian businesses by creating stronger relations with our economic partners around the world, while working on expediting and unifying economic and environmental rights and regulation. The government also wishes to continue to further our economic relationship with the United States and, moreover, create more beneficial trade relations with our african allies while also working with allies around the world to reduce reliance on OPEC oil. The government wishes to work with other democratic countries and institutions such as the EU, United Kingdom, the United States, and Commonwealth Nations to align regulation and improve trade, to make it easier for Canadian business to compete and allowing more Canadians access to goods they wouldn’t have had the opportunity to buy otherwise. The government will be committed to ensuring that any new trade agreement would be agreed upon only after a thorough review of environmental, regulatory, and human rights standards.
The government believes that Canada must assert sovereignty over the Arctic, the government must act now and in order to protect our economic and first nation interests in the region. Canada’s northern fleets are ill suited for protecting an ever more important asset for Canada and Canadians, which is why the government will work to procure short term naval assets from allied and friendly nations to fill the current gap, also beginning the development of long term Canadian naval assets. In order to fully cement our global claim we attempt work to maintain the northwest passage. A fleet of civilian ice breakers are required inorder to keep the passage open for trade, resource extraction and creating new supply roots for remote first nation communities.
Under the current government, the Canadian people can expect a strong stance to protect freedom, democracy and human rights. NATO has been a key ally in the fight against communist aggression, human rights violators and anti-democratic movements, however due to the change in times it is essential that the government updates policy to reflect a post-cold war world. The government aims to work with our NATO partners to determine new requirements in order to address the issues of today.
The government is committed to review Canada’s foreign aid programs and assess whether funds are being allocated to programs and initiatives that are effective and beneficial. Moreover, the government seeks to move foreign aid from corrupt governments towards NGOs that have shown a positive record of helping people, efficiency, and ethicality. Moreover, the government will keep an open mind in regards to foreign aid dependant on human rights statuses of recipients.
NATIONAL DEFENSE
The government recognizes the importance in defending our nation and putting our full fledged support behind our troops and veterans, therefore the government seeks to implement the following.
The men and women who have served and assisted the front line have done a great service for Canadians and for far too long they have been wronged by parties that do not provide the required service and support; whether it be underfunding veterans affairs or not providing enough mental health services. The government seeks to support our veterans which is why the government seeks to provide more support and mental health programs for men and women who’ve served.
When we as a society support our troops; we support our communities, our allies; and help ensure our sons and daughters, fathers and mothers return home safe and sound. Therefore the government seeks to work to provide our troops with the resources they need and work with our armed forces by requiring more officers, non-commissioned officers and non-commissioned members with opportunities to test gear and to provide an unbiased perspective. The government believes that the men and women who use the gear should have a bigger say in their gear. When a crisis becomes too big for a province or a city to handle; military personnel are called up in order to provide vital support. The government seeks to work with our regular and reservist units in providing more training; in order to ensure our forces are best equipped assisting our local authorities in dealing with floods, pandemics, fires and other natural disasters.
SENIOR BENEFITS
The government recognizes the importance to support the seniors in our country and maintain a healthy and fiscally sound life for them, therefore the government seeks to implement the following.
The government seeks to move forward with increasing the Old Age Security benefit by 15 percent for seniors when they turn 75. Moreover, the government is committed to working with the provinces and territories to give even more support to seniors, by increasing the Canada Pension Plan And Quebec Pension Plan survivor’s benefit by 25 percent while also ensuring that seniors have adequate access to prescription medications.
JUSTICE SYSTEM
The government recognizes the importance in making sure our justice system works at its most fairest and most optimal, therefore the government seeks to implement the following.
The government seeks to implement new measures to help locate and identify missing persons and to continue cracking down on human trafficking as well as creating a national Missing Persons Registry to assist in the location and identification of persons reported missing in conjunction with the Canadian Police Information Centre. The government seeks to continue working with the respective agencies to crack down on the ever-growing problem of scammers and fraudsters. Moreover, the government seeks to take a fact-based position on firearms in Canada by recognizing that it is not legal gun owners in Canada causing gun related crimes, therefore a number of excessive restrictions placed on law-abiding legal gun owners will be lifted. Instead our focus should be shifted to targeting the criminals using illegally obtained guns in crimes and pushing Provincial and Municipal governments to do the same. Moreover, the government seeks to do a better job supporting whistleblowers.
The government recognizes that cyber crimes are an ever-growing problem, that is why the government seeks to work with the respective agencies to prevent cyber attacks.
COMMUNITY SUPPORT POLICY
The government recognizes the importance of strengthening our communities and industries, therefore the government seeks to implement the following.
The government wishes to work closely with provincial governments to create an integrated and properly connected transportation system and identify areas along the existing trans-Canada highway where improvements can be made. Moreover, The government wishes to work towards introducing a new framework for increased foreign and domestic airline competition in Canada to lower prices for passengers. The government will also work to implement strong accountability mechanisms for the corporate governance of Canada’s airports and ensure airlines are represented on the board of NAV Canada as well as working with key partners in the industry to ensure safe and consistent freight and passenger service is provided to remote northern communities year round, ensuring those communities receive the support and supplies they need.
The government wishes to commit $300 million over 5 years to strengthen the vital industry of fishing and other ocean related industries by promoting our brands while taking measures to preserve stocks and end fishing abuses, and keep our waters clean.
BILINGUALISM
The government recognizes the importance of our bilingual country and promotes our usage of both languages we speak, therefore the government seeks to implement the following.
The government believes that we should continue supporting the strong, vibrant minority-language communities all across our great country, which are continuing Canada’s proud tradition of linguistic duality, with both English and French as official languages. As such, the government seeks to work towards modernizing the Official Languages Act. Moreover, the government seeks to work with provinces and territories to ensure that all Canadians can access second language programs, like immersion, in their local schools if they choose to do so.
SUPPORTING OUR YOUTH
The government recognizes the importance of supporting and believing in our youth as they are future, therefore the government seeks to implement the following.
The government pledges to work with the provinces to increase family income thresholds for student loan eligibility.
The government wishes to invest $200 million per year in measures to improve support for postsecondary students, including the enhancement of the Canada Student Loans program while also providing students or their parents with a federal tax credit on spending up to $500 per year on textbooks.
The government, in cooperation with the provinces, seeks to remove postsecondary education funding from the Canada Social Transfer and create an independent Canada Education and Training Transfer to ensure that there is dedicated funding for postsecondary education and training.
RURAL COMMUNITY SUPPORTS
The government recognizes the importance in supporting those in the rural parts of our country, therefore the government seeks to implement the following.
The government is committed to working with rural municipalities and remote communities to ensure that key infrastructure projects are prioritized and that plans are put in place to have these projects completed.
The government is committed to supporting Canadian farmers and will work to modernize the Canada Grain Act (CGA) and Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) so that it aligns with global market requirements, modern agricultural practices, and the needs of our farmers. Moreover, to put more money in the pockets of farmers, as part of the modernization of the CGA and CGC, the government seeks to return the $130 million in overcharged user fees amassed by the CGC to farmers.
TELECOMMUNICATIONS
The government recognizes the importance in ensuring that all canadians are connected throughout the country, therefore the government seeks to implement the following.
The government believes the CRTC needs to reform, and that there is a need to demonopolize the telecommunications sector, allowing new companies with innovative solutions and competitive pricing to enter the market. We will push for the expansion of network coverage in rural and remote areas across our country. Moreover, the government is invested in increasing internet connection to rural and urban cities to ensure everyone is connected to the internet.
PARLIAMENT POLICY
The government recognizes the importance of having a functional parliament, setting an example around the world, therefore the government seeks to implement the following.
The government seeks to implement a complete review of all government programs to ensure that resources are adequately being utilized and transparency and accountability to government and the Canadian people is in place. A study will be conducted, and the results will be shared with all Members of Parliament and will be available for public access as well. Moreover, the government seeks to propose a 30% salary reduction of all Member of Parliament base salaries and office expenditures. Moreover, the government is committed to maintaining a proportional representation electoral system in place for our term in government.
PRIVACY, ETHICS AND TECHNOLOGY
The government recognizes the importance in having a safe, secure and ethical government and country, therefore the government wishes to implement the following.
The government seeks to make a change to the Elections Act to create a trust fund for independent candidates.
In closing -- the current government has been given a mandate from the Canadian people. It is crucial for this government to keep the interests of Canadians at a number one priority.
To Members of Parliament, you have been handed an important position, a reminder to those who are returning and a notice to those who are newly elected, make your constituents proud and never forget to keep the interests of the Canadian people at a number one priority. May you use your title in the most responsible way.

M-1 Address in Reply to the Speech from the Throne

May it Please Your Excellency:
We, Her Majesty's most loyal and dutiful subjects, the House of Commons of Canada, in Parliament assembled, beg leave to offer our humble thanks to Your Excellency for the gracious Speech which Your Excellency has addressed to both us.
Debate will end after 48 hours (Thursday, November 26th, 2020, 8 PM EST).
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2020.11.24 22:42 ar_david_hh Nov/24/2020 news wrap-up: \\ War in Artsakh (Karabakh) \\ Russian reporter reveals details about last battles for Shushi, weapons used, drone warfare \\ soldiers' families receive aid \\ Red Cross to expand its work \\ politics & foreign affairs \\ economy \\ healthcare \\ other news...

Your 16-minute Tuesday report in 3971 words.

WarGonzo reporter Semyon Pegov shares info about Shushi, Armenian drones, Azeri snipers, Israeli tech:

Shushi battles
The battles for Shushi were very heavy. At some point, Armenians mobilized and brought many soldiers. Hundreds have died in and around Shushi. With the presence of peacekeepers, it's possible to recover the bodies. This is tedious work.
Armenians had some 200 soldiers in Shushi at the time of signing the document on November 9th. They were mostly in two areas: the hill with a cross and the prison building. The reinforcements with 400 soldiers were supposed to arrive in the morning but at 5 am they were told that the war was stopped.
When were Azeris able to infiltrate Shushi? On November 6th I was in Shushi and there was not a single Azeri, despite fake news from Azeri media about raising a flag. Around 4 pm we moved to outskirt near Qarin Tak, which was already a "buffer zone".
Army spokesman Artsrun Hovhannisyan was telling the truth about the battles around Shushi. I was there and saw it myself. We got caught up in a firefight when Armenians were cleaning up the outskirt on November 6th.
Around 20 special forces tried to infiltrate Shushi. Armenians used drones to locate and conduct airstrike against them. There were also Armenian drones with bombs that were supposed to be used. Around this time our group of reporters had to leave Shushi because it was dangerous.
Then another - much larger - group of infiltrator special forces were discovered. They attacked the highway and tried to infiltrate but were stopped. That night, on the morning of November 7th, around six professional snipers infiltrated the city and kept the street under fire.
Six snipers cannot control a city, yet Aliyev claimed the city was already under their control. Those snipers were countered with Armenian anti-sniper units. Some of the infiltrators were killed. On November 7th Shushi was "cleared" of these infiltrators.
More groups kept approaching Shushi through the Hell Gorge while being mauled by hundreds and hundreds of Armenian artillery strikes. As we know, Aliyev doesn't care about his soldiers' lives. When the Azeri public learns about their death toll, they will suffer not a mild but a real shock [gyorbagyor2020].
Huge forces were concentered on Shushi. They were brought there from Nakhijevan and other fronts. Azeris began retreating under Martuni because they couldn't sustain the entire front with so much focus on Shushi.
They gave over a thousand deaths to capture Shushi. On the rocky outskirt of Shushi, I saw over a hundred Azeri bodies in this location alone, in that day alone. There were battles in multiple routes towards Shushi.
The highway entering Shushi was captured by Azeris on November 8th. Armenians bypassed the captured area by going near Hell Gorge then moving north towards Shushi. Here, they killed hundreds of Azeris.
Armenians took positions near Shushi's radio towers about 2km away and shot at Azeris almost in a straight line. Not only artillery was being used, but also types of weapons I cannot disclose right now. I can only say SCUD was also used by Armenians.
Nonetheless, some Azeri groups managed to infiltrate on November 8th. It wasn't completely captured by them. Those who left Shushi upon the arrival of Russian peacekeepers can verify this. Shushi was likely lost politically. I don't say this to throw rocks at politicians.
I don't know for how long Armenian resources could defend Shushi, but they could hold on to it for some time. I don't know whether it would end with a bigger tragedy or victory, though.
About the talk that "Russia abandoned Armenia"
Russia couldn't get directly involved because of Artsakh's non-independent status and the need to be balanced as an OSCE mediator. Russia sent military aid, weapons, consultation during the war. Pashinyan also mentioned this.
I have reasons to believe that the air above Stepanakert was "closed" for Bayraktars with the help of Russia. No Russian forces would do this without the Russian govt's permission. It's my assumption. Although it was for a brief period, I think it helped to save Stepanakert and other parts of Artsakh.
plot twist: Israeli drones
The drones began working again around November 8th. It had a direct impact on the November 9th signing of the agreement. These drones, however, were not Bayraktars. The Israeli drones were earlier "hacked" and could be geolocated. Israelis found a way to close the hole and use these kamikaze drones again.
The defense needed time to bypass the new Israeli protections, but there was no time anymore. You could say Israeli weapons played a crucial role in this war.
who won?
Israel is the only true winner here. They sold drones, helped the ally, flew them close to Iran borders and "laid out groundwork" for future possible action against Iran. Erdogan is no friend of Iran considering his pan-Turkic nationalist agenda.
This will benefit Israel, which considers Iran its enemy. I believe Israel helped to locate Armenian air defense systems which allowed Azeris to strike them in the first days of the war.
Armenians and Artsakh lost lands but Azerbaijan did not achieve their final goal and they failed to achieve what they have today in the timeframe that they predicated. They used Turkey's and Israel's help and couldn't defeat a small republic in 45 days. On the ground, Armenian troops were no worse than Azeris.
Does Russia win? Today there are Syrian militants hostile to Russia, closer to Russian borders. This is not a win for Russia. Sure, our peacekeepers are there and thank god for that. Artsakh locals want and trust them. Artsakh residents are "more Russian" than many Russians who live in Russia.
how the agreement was signed
Putin made an ultimatum to Aliyev: either sign the document that we created together now, or "things will happen". Aliyev asked for 20 minutes to consult with Erdogan. He wanted Turkish peacekeepers stationed in front of Russian ones, on the other side of the line of contact.
In the end, no Turkish peacekeepers were stationed. This caused a serious conflict between Erdogan and Aliyev. Erdogan was expecting more.
who will live in the new adjacent lands?
Probably the jihadists and Turkomans. They are poor. Karabakh will look like heaven compared to what they have today. Many of them live in Idlib, Syria, and get bombed by Russia daily. Sooner or later Assad will liberate these areas, so what do you do with the pro-Turkish Syrians in the north?
This migration could end up being bad for Azerbaijan itself. Syrians and Azeris have different lifestyles. People who have been under Sharia law for 9 years will move to a secular Islamic state. We already know of conflicts between Syrian mercenaries and locals in bordering Azeri villages. When their population increases, so will their ideological expansion.
Azerbaijan would need to spend lots of resources and subsidies to move the Azeri population there. They don't even have a road to Shushi. They need time to build one. Even when it's built, I don't think Azeris will leave their cities en-masse to move to live in an area close to the conflict zone.
Rustam Muradov
The chief peacekeeper is the Hero of Russia Rustam Muradov. He is a fighter. He worked on peace between Ukraine and Donbas, has fought in Syria, helped to liberate Palmyra and Deir-ez-Zor (the toughest region with lots of ISIS). He fought against men whom Aliyev and Erdogan brought from Syria, so to suggest that he could be pro-Azeri just because he is from Dagestan is wrong.
partisans
I met a 60-year old Artsakhtsi grandpa with a rifle who was headed to the front line. If you think he will go to Yerevan, build a house, and forget about the loss of his home, then you have no idea who these people are. Expect a partisan war. I won't be surprised if Armenians infiltrate deep within Azeri-controlled regions and cause problems for local administration.
status
I don't know international law but I think Armenia or Artsakh should vote and recognize a legal status for Artsakh. Putin said it's hard to help Artsakh if Armenia hasn't officially recognized it. Russia helped Crimea after it voted for independence. It's my personal opinion.
https://youtu.be/xYXhAJEgzQc

videos: artillery strikes near Shushi

Armenian soldiers shared a video that claims that Iskander (or other sources say SCUD) and Smerch were used against Azeris on Shushi outskirts. [the fired general Movses Hakobyan had also claimed Armenians used Iskander but didn't specify when and where]
https://youtu.be/vPUb8Puf3E8
https://youtu.be/v29U_i3ANTY

Corruption Prevention Committee asks Parliament to suspend Tsarukyan

Pashinyan administration created the Corruption Prevention Committee (CPC) institute last year to fight corruption. It consists of 4 board members: 1 nominated by the ruling party, 2 by opposition parties, 1 by the judicial branch.
Its job is to find a conflict of interest and vet public officials. CPC has asked the Parliament to consider taking action against BHK leadeMP Gagik Tsarukyan.
The Parliament voted to ask the Constitutional Court to strip Tsarukyan from his MP mandate. Tsarukyan is accused of running a business empire (Multi Group, etc.), which is against the law that prohibits MPs from simultaneously being businessmen due to conflict of interest.
Tsarukyan argues his allies are running his companies and they make all the decisions, and that this is a political witch-hunt against him. His critics point out that he even "slipped up" a few times and "admitted" that he still runs the companies.
[Tsarukyan is Armenia's known wealthiest man and a former oligarch (many argue he still is) who runs multiple companies while maintaining political power. Earlier this year he was charged with buying voters in the 2017 elections and tax evasion. That investigation began in 2019 from an unrelated incident, in which a construction company, allied with Tsarukyan, paid a bribe to Yerevan official. The NSS raided the construction company and found paperwork, including names, allegedly showing that the company was paid by Tsarukyan to buy voters in 2017. There was at least one witness testimony.
In a separate incident, Tsarukyan's right-hand man Arustamyan was charged with paying a large bribe to the former regime (UCOM case) to exempt Tsarukyan's business from taxation. The same right-hand-man was also charged with stealing large sums from the budget meant for building the North-South highway in Armenia.]
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035742.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035800.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035809.html , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/201575

politics & molitics

12:45: the former Constitutional Court judge Kim Balayan (the judge in WikiLeaks case who was reportedly influenced by Kocharyan regime in 2008) has joined opposition ARF leader Gegham Manukyan and will hold a hunger strike. He demands Pashinyan's resignation.
He believes Pashinyan did not have the right to sign the agreement without the Constitutional Court's approval. [other believe it's merely a statement rather than a legally binding agreement].
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035744.html , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/201529
14:20: The Justice Ministry, Armenian representative in the European Court for Human Rights, the NSS, and the Central Bank held a meeting to discuss legal steps regarding Azerbaijan's involvement of Syrian jihadists in the war.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035757.html
14:40: Himnadram released a report about the donation fund. $53m has already been transferred to state coffers.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035761.html
15:07: the government shakeup continues. Finance Minister Tigran Khachatryan and deputy Defense Minister Makar Ghambaryan are out.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035765.html , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/201558
15:10: Education Ministry will issue grants to nine schools located near borders to reinforce their security walls and built bomb shelters. The "Safe school" project was launched in 2019 and has helped 6 schools so far.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035767.html
16:17: Mother See of Holy Ejmiatsin church will form a new office tasked with working with international colleagues to protect Armenian religions and cultural sights that are under Azeri control.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035774.html
17:01: ruling QP party held a session. Artsakh President Arayik was also present to discuss the Artsakh aid topic. Opposition media had earlier circulated rumors that Arayik wants to resign, which is why he went to Moscow yesterday to discuss the "terms". The ruling party said no such topic was discussed during today's meeting.
The party discussed ways to keep families informed about missing soldiers. "Instead of having them go from one building to another, they should stay home and we should inform them twice a day about the progress," said a QP MP.
Three QP MPs will travel to Russia for meetings.
https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/201556 , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/201553
18:28: Pashinyan presented the new Education Minister Vahram Dumanyan. "We need to reform our mentality to achieve our goals," said the Pashinyan.
https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/201566
21:38: when will the government end the Martial Law? When the army sends a clear signal that it's OK to do so, said a ruling party MP. They will hold a Parliamentary discussion tomorrow. The opposition parties have been asking for its suspension because it prevents them from holding legal demonstrations.
https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/201586
21:59: the police found Kalashnikov and 100 bullets in a car during a checkpoint stop in Yerevan. Several similar incidents were recorded across Armenia.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035811.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035807.html

Withdrawal from "Kelbajar"

Armenian troops began withdrawing from the north-western part, which is one of the 7 adjacent regions to Nagorno-Karabakh. They took the "Welcome to Artsakh" sign with them so Azeris wouldn't vandalize. The process is monitored by the Red Cross.
The army also blew up a military facility before leaving.
Boom: https://youtu.be/2grJnVYB47w
Withdrawal video: https://youtu.be/AXz1AWBTbg8
Patrick Lancaster interviews soldiers in Artsakh: https://youtu.be/-cpWoQ0AfpY
https://factor.am/313594.html

foreign response & diplomacy

The French city of Դեսին-Շարպիո has urged the govt to officially recognize Artsakh. The resolution mentions Azerbaijan's recruitment of Syrian jihadists and war crimes against Artsakh civilians.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035739.html
Spanish Congress has accepted another resolution from Jon Inarritu, who stayed in Artsakh during the war.
The resolution reaffirms deep friendship with the Armenian people, emphasizes the need to protect Armenian cultural and religious centers in the territories under Azeri control
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035726.html
MFA Ayvazyan discussed Artsakh topic with the Deputy Secretary of State Biegun.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035802.html
President Sarkissian visited Jordan where he met King Abdallah and the local Armenian community.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035781.html , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/201514
Putin called Pashinyan and Aliyev to discuss Artsakh and details from the recent visit of the Russian envoy to AM and AZ.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035793.html

choo choo, mothe******r

Yerevan is still working on purchasing new buses so you won't bend over to a complete stranger for half an hour in marshutka. The competition to win a license to build the buses will begin next month.
Two companies participated in the first bid earlier. None were accepted due to poor technical specifications and lack of documents.
Meanwhile, Yerevan is also importing mid-sized 8-meter buses larger than marshutkas but smaller than the regular long buses.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035773.html

2021 is canceled, forever 2020

Yerevan municipality was supposed to spend $210,000 on New Year's celebrations. They decided to give it to Stepanakert for infrastructure repairs. Additionally, several organizations run by Yerevan will have their budgets slashed and redirected to Stepanakert.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035741.html

sappers & aid

Russian sappers continue to remove the mines from the main roads, settlements, and in between their outposts. The risky areas will be mapped. Sappers received equipment from Russia.
The second convoy of Russian humanitarian aid with 22 trucks has arrived in Artsakh.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035732.html , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/201569

edited videos

NSS has found that some of the videos recently circulated from Azerbaijan, allegedly showing Armenian POWs, were fake. Some were designed for psychological warfare. The agency urges internet users not to take everything they come across on social media for granted.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035727.html

wine from Hadrut

"Kataro" wine is produced in Artsakh's Hadrut region which is occupied by Azerbaijan. The product is now considered scarcity, so those who own some bottles began selling it for 5x the price.
https://www.panarmenian.net/arm/news/288039/

two churches

Dadivank and Amaras are two famous Armenian churches from the early Christian period. They are located outside of Nagorno-Karabakh territory per-1990s map, therefor the area has to go under Azeri control. Russian Kommersant outlet was able to verify that the two monasteries are under Russian peacekeepers' control.
www.civilnet.am/news/2020/11/24/Ամարասը-ռուս-խաղաղապահների-վերահսկողության-ներքո-է/409602

process to find missing soldiers & POWs

The process to find POWs and bodies continues. The Red Cross will spend $49m in the Karabakh area instead of the planned $11m. They'll hire 500 more workers.
"Both sides can find the bodies within their territories, but they cannot collect them from the buffer zone," said Red Cross. Today they visited Armenian POWs in Azerbaijan.
Families of missing soldiers gathered in front of the Defense Ministry then the Russian embassy with the hope to learn news about their relatives. They wrote a letter to Russia asking to secure the ability to collect bodies from areas under Azeri control.
"The process of exchanging prisoners depends first of all on the Azerbaijani side. We will work with international colleagues," said Artsakh HR Ombudsman Beglaryan.
Artsakh MFA met Red Cross representatives to discuss the process of finding missing soldiers.
Pashinyan met the family members of missing soldiers and POWs to discuss the location, identification and searching process.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035743.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035751.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035753.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035778.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035803.html , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/201511 , https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/201592

20-year-long monthly aid for soldiers' families

104 families of fallen soldiers have already received aid from "1000plus" Soldiers' Insurance Fund. The Fund processes only several dozen cases a week because the process requires familial/marital relation verification and document collection. The local authorities will help to expedite the process.
Families of deceased or 1st-degree disabled soldiers receive a one-time 10 million Drams ($21,000), followed by a monthly $400-$600 payments for the next 20 years. Those with less severe disabilities receive half of the aforementioned aid. Those with over 3 children receive an extra $200/mo.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035754.html
Workers in Armenia are required to pay 1000 Drams from paycheck towards the "1000plus" Soldier's Fund. The Fund had earlier urged businesses to "double" the amount by matching whatever is paid by workers. Dozens of businesses join this initiative every week. "Some large businesses began responding. This could encourage others."
(you can donate at www.1000plus.am)
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035758.html

they protect the land

The army awarded several soldiers for acts of bravery. Lt Colonel Balayan organized a defense and reconnaissance, destroyed 1 tank, 1 armored vehicle, and 1 transport vehicle.
Private Verdyan evacuated wounded soldiers while under enemy fire.
Dozens more: https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/201537
The History Museum of Armenia is collecting photos of soldiers who died fighting, as part of an archive to be presented later.
https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/201588

watch out, this kid will rip you off

$2 for a single walnut? NAY. $2 for a single walnut with proceeds donated to soldiers? SIGN ME UP.
Armavir resident Vahe has been selling walnuts. He collected 4 million Drams for soldiers.
Interview with Vahe: https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/201580

nature protection

The Nature Ministry found 28 instances of businesses illegally exploiting or harming nature between November 2-13. They were issued 13 million in penalties.
https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/201572

regional kerfuffle

Erdogan is under internal pressure by opposition again over the worsening economy and COVID response. "If we don't implement a 2-week quarantine, things will go under control."
UNICEF 2020 placed Turkey at the bottom when it comes to working with children. A third of children are poor. Only 53% are happy with their lives; 90% in Netherland, 89% in Mexico.
720,000 kids are part of child labor, some as little as 5 years of age.
11,446 is the number of 16-year-olds who married last year. "Even in Ottoman Empire the age of marriage was 17 for girls and 18 for boys," says opposition.
Internal and foreign debt exceeded 1 trillion Liras in 2018, and 1.9 trillion in 2020. "Bad borrowing policy led to an extra 135 billion Lira debt. This is what Erdogan's presidential system and his son-in-law's stubbornness brought us."
Turkish Lira began strengthening after Erdogan's son-in-law Borat Albayrak left the Minister's position. However, Lira began declining again on November 23th, reaching 8.58 per $1.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035759.html , https://factor.am/313768.html

Armenia's GDP under COVID

GDP shrank by -9.1% in 3Q year-over-year.
It grew +39% (thirty-nine) in 3Q compared to 2Q, due to post-COVID lockdown recovery.
In the July-September period, the GDP Per Capita was $1,212.
Share of GDP by industry in 3Q: agriculture & fishing 17%, Manufacturing Industry 12%, trade & auto repair 11%, construction 7%, real estate 7%, financial & insurance 6%.
Full: https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035718.html

inflation & economy

As the economists predicted earlier, the COVID, war, and devaluation of neighboring countries' currencies will put pressure on the Armenian Dram. Too valuable means the products you produce are non-competitive abroad, while cheap Dram means social issues for the general population. It needs to be balanced.
Today $1 was worth 512 Drams, compared to 495 last month. The Central Bank says they're monitoring the trend and will take steps to keep the prices and financial stability.
"We also had some devaluation in the initial COVID period. Today we have some uncertainty, which contributes to devaluation. Investors are less likely to use the resources. However, inflation will be manageable. It's within the limit set by the Central Bank," said a Parliamentary official Artak Manukyan.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035734.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035791.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035791.html

free breast cancer drugs

Earlier this year, the Healthcare Ministry began providing free "Her2" breast cancer medication to women. 132 patients are being treated. "They receive treatment in accordance with international guidelines. In the coming years, will be healthy and return to their daily lives fully."
Before the medication became free, 40% of women would reject the treatment due to high costs. This would lead to metastasis within 2 years. A 12-month treatment will reduce the chance of metastasis by 50%.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035769.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1007671.html

don't waste water

A subsidized infrastructure upgrade in Lusaghbyur will allow villagers to expand irrigated lands by 35 hectares, reduce water usage and waste, restore a local water network. 98 farms will be connected to the network.
https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/201590

diasporans picking tomatoes

A group of Armenian diasporans visited Armenia to participate in a charity agricultural initiative.
https://youtu.be/s8VqOGztMSc?t=17
https://hetq.am/hy/article/124678

sports news

Something happened, and soccer star Henrikh Mkhitaryan began playing well again. 8 games, 5 goals, 4 goal passes for Parma. The fans declared him the best player in the match against Parma.
There is talk about extending his contract with Roma by the end of this year, says La Gazzetta Dello Sport.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035725.html , https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035764.html
Skilling Open 2020 chess tournament continues among the top players. Levon Aronyan is at 12th place. Dutch Anish Giri continues to lead.
The tournament was created by Magnus Carlsen. Executive director Magnus Carlsen. Producer Magnus Carlsen. В главных ролях, Магнус Карлсен.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035724.html

COVID stats & news

+1977 tested. +813 infected. +26 deaths. +3845 healed. 26069 active.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035729.html
Healthcare Ministry: the numbers from the past week indicate a reduction of infections. We went from 2k daily cases during the war, to 1.4k nowadays. We saw this decline during the first wave, too. It's possible that it could rise again, so stay vigilant.
70-80% of the population would need to be infected for there to be a collective immunity. Our known cases are only 127k.
The WHO is aware of 6 instances of "double-infection". Its definition isn't clear right now. We don't know if they are were infected again or the first infection was never properly treated.
Already-infected people should also follow safety precautions: wash your hands, wear a mask, stay away from others. We're headed to the flu season in addition to COVID.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035721.html
Five experts from WHO traveled to Armenia to help treat patients in serious condition.
https://www.armtimes.com/hy/article/201565
New COVID rules for funeral services. The director will have to appoint a supervisor responsible for sanitizing the area, ensuring there is running water, air ventilation three times a day, etc.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035749.html
Russia will involve 40,000 volunteers this year to test the SPUTNIK 5 corona-vaccine. The initial results indicate a 91.4% success rate within 28 days and 95% within 42 days.
https://armenpress.am/arm/news/1035790.html

you can help Artsakh & Armenia

www.1000plus.am (soldiers' medical help)
www.HimnaDram.org (for Artsakh & Armenia)
www.ArmeniaFund.org (U.S. tax-deductible)

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2020.11.24 13:53 CautiousPractice Pandora - almost a year on

DO NOT STEAL MY POST FOR CONTENT FOR YOUR CRAPPY YOUTUBE/NEWS OUTLET. DO NOT IGNORE THIS AND ASK ME ANYWAY.
Tw: mentions baby loss and mental health issues
Its been a while since I posted here. 10 months since my life imploded. I do want to thank everyone for their support at the start of the year when I was falling to pieces and everyone who reached out to check on me during my time away.
For those who are new here, I nuked my post history earlier this year after some POS stole one of my posts for shits and gigs, then when caught behaved disgustingly. At the time I just was not able to deal with it mentally, so pulled the plug. So to fill you all in, hi, I'm cautious, and I have a JNFMIL. Her name is Pandora so named for the proverbial box of problems she embodies and the jewellery chain of overpriced bits of shiny metal that my FMIL demands we buy her as gifts because she's just so deserving. Every year in October my SO and I get sent an outrageous list of expensive gift demands from Pandora and her kidults (grown ass adults who behave like children), then further demands at birthdays because they deserve it. They are never grateful for gifts they do get whether its what they demanded or not. SO gets nothing from them at Christmas or his birthday. Its important to note Pandora did not raise her kids, has spent the bulk of SOs adult life manipulating him to forgetting all the damage she caused him as a child by flipping the narrative on his biological father. She is a middleaged selfish child, who throws tantrums when she doesn't get what she wants namely expensive gifts.
Last I left off, I had just gone through the utter devastation of a 12 week miscarriage after 2 years of fertility issues. Pandora had been her usual shit self leaving SO with absolutely no family support, because her fee fees were hurt that we hadn't told her we were expecting and she was in mourning too so needed support more than SO or I did. After my D&E, where her only contact with SO was to moan that her own mother had told her off for not being there for SO, I decided I was done with her and told SO I was going NC.
And thats where I left it in January. I have 10 months of filling in to do so I'm going to go month by month
Last week of Jan. Pandora birthday. SO ignored it, bar a text message to say happy birthday. Pandora asked when to expect us to visit, SO said we wouldn't be as I was still unwell and we were dealing with a lot. Pandora threw a tantrum about his priorities being wrong because it was her day not mine. I told SO he wasn't to talk about me to Pandora at all anymore beyond shes fine if she asked about me (spoiler: she never does).
February Pandora ignores us the first 2 weeks. I go back to work. JNSIL has her birthday. Pandora again makes demands, SO says no, Pandora has a sulk. I ignore my birthday because its only been a month so I just don't want to celebrate right now.
March A certain disease closes down our country. I start working from home full time. SO is furloughed. Pandora starts showing up at our house twice a week to see SO and talk about herself. I ban her from entering our home and refuse to go outside to see her under the excuse im working. I also start experiencing sucidal thoughts, nightmares, flashbacks and other worrying symptoms. SO starts experiencing suicidal thoughts, extreme anger, anxiety, and has fears I may leave him. Pandora declares to everyone on fb she has symptoms of the disease.... she does not have it. My sister postpones her wedding to July 2021. SO is added to our family group chat.
April Both SO and I seek mental health support, I am waitlisted till May. SO till June. We both continue spiraling. Pandora now shows up once a fortnight, stays in her car and demands SO come out to the garden to see her, and talks solely about herself. Pandora postpones her vow renwal to July 2021.
May I start therapy and get diagnosed with PTSD. Pandora stops showing up, and doesn't call or text at all for the whole month.
June SO starts counselling. His counsellor helps him recognise the extremely unhealthy relationship he has with Pandora and asks him to write his parents a letter spelling out exactly what they did to him. SO starts to look at all his relationships and cuts off some unhealthy friends and decides to go LC with Pandora, only talking if she makes the first contact. She calls on nieces birthday, talks only about herself and SO has an epiphany about their one sided relationship only benefiting her. I stay out of it because I'm dealing with my own mental health issues.
July SO GOES BACK TO WORK. I am still home working. Pandora ignores SO most of the month. SO has birthday. I arrange socially distanced Bbq in our garden for a few friends. Pandora calls on his birthday and says. Happy birthday. We (as in Pandora, SFIL, the kidults and JNSILs gf) are going to major UK theme park today, oh and JNSILs gf proposed this morning. Bye. SO is left deflated because even on his birthday she didn't ask how hes doing. SO enjoys his party.
August Our due date passes. My family make sure we are okay. We pass the day together quietly mourning. Pandora ignores us the whole month. SO completes therapy, then has major setback when his bio dad reappears in his life, stirs up mental anguish then fucks off just as suddenly. SO tried to ask for the whole story as recommended by his therapist so he can get closure. His sperm donor refuses and blocks him. We have discussion about it and he confirms both his parents are shit. My parents remind him that they are always there for him too.
September Pandora ignores us the whole month. SO deals with his mental health state. We have heart to heart, and he says he's done being treated like shit by his parents, I remind him I love him no matter what his parental status. I also deal with my feelings about Pandora in my own therapy sessions, and resolve to remain out of contact, but supportive of SOs contact with them.
October Pandora calls. SFIL has a lump on his breast so is being tested for cancer. SO says okay well let me know, Pandora declares hes not reacted the right way because he should be rushing over to support her in her hour of need... 5 mins later she posts to fb and gets lots of asspats. 1 week later SFIL is diagnosed with a cyst. Pandora waits a further to weeks to post on fb that its a benign tumor. SO and I eyeroll because a cyst is not a tumor. 2 days later, she again declares she has symptoms of the dreaded disease.... she doesn't, she has the sniffles. She then sends the annual gift demands list, SO without even mentioning its arrived, tells her there will be no gifts at all this year. Pandora sulks. I wonder who he is and what he did with my SO.
November SO is furloughed again. I go shopping with my parents to get provisions for lockdown 2. I come home with a months worth of meat, sweaty and gross to find SO in our living room on 1 knee, with a beautiful sapphire ring. I say yes and cry because I wasn't expecting this. We announce to friends and family (because about 15 people including my parents were in on it and eagerly awaiting an answer), posting a photo of the ring and everything he had arranged as part of his proposal. He gets 2 messages. The first JNSIL in her first contact in more than 8 months going MENTAL that he didn't "give her the heads up" or ask her opinion. The second from Pandora saying that he should have told her first and asked her opinion because the ring is all wrong because wheres the diamonds. Oh but she respects that hes an adult and can make his own decisions without informing them. I laugh because SO got the perfect ring. We ignore them and spend the night celebrating. When discussing what we want for our wedding SO declares Pandora and Co are not invited. I check multiple times over next week if hes certain, then present him with some ideas for a teeny tiny wedding after my sister and Pandora are done with theirs. Pandora ignores him for the rest of the month to date
And thats my year in a nutshell. I have let SO talk about Pandora to me, but mostly let him deal with her on his own terms. She hasn't once asked how I am, and hasn't yet noticed that SO hasn't mentioned me, or our plans, and she hasn't laid eyes on me at all, since the end of 2019. She's still a thorn in my side because she pops up like a bad smell whenever someone asks about how SO is, and she has to ask him in the interest of saving face. But the stress she caused us last year is virtually gone. SO seems much more at peace with having shit family, because my parents treat him like a son, and im always there to give him a hug when he's feeling shit, or she's done something His friends also have helped him grow this year into a more secure person. I'm doing better, and after 7 months of treatment, am finally able to function again. We are stronger as a couple for having gone through utter hell this year, and are looking forward to putting the pain of 2020 behind us and starting fresh next year - I'd call it overall a success.
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2020.11.24 07:03 jesalle Can't stop feeling guilty since losing my dog

About three weeks ago I had to put my dog to sleep. I'd adopted her 10 years ago, when I was living in my first solo apartment. We moved many times since then, and she was ever so patient and adaptable with my life. I loved her and felt like I had someone on my side in the world because I had her. Earlier this year, in June, I found out she had cancer. We did treatment that seemed to help at first, but there was a complication that caused her to decline quickly last month. I took her to one last vet appt hoping against hope something could be done, but they said nothing could and that for her sake I should make an appt to put her to sleep within 24 hours. So the next day I had an in home euthanasia and held my baby while she went. I know how uncomfortable she must have been and that it was the right this to do, so I don't feel guilty about letting her go when I did.
But ever since then all I can feel is guilt about just about everything else. I feel guilty for moving so much, not giving her a consistent home. I feel guilty for working and being busy and nights when I went out with my friends after she'd already been alone most of the day while I was at work. I feel guilty for always living in apartments and her never having her own yard. I feel guilty for the few times while she was sick that I didn't let her hop on the bed with me because I knew she'd end up peeing, I'd give anything to have her hop up there with me now. I feel guilty that earlier this year, before I knew she was sick, I scolded her for having accidents. That last one especially. She never had accidents, she was a good dog and she always meant well. Why didn't I see that her doing this meant something was wrong? Why didn't I automatically give her the benefit of doubt? I wish I'd given her more time and attention and I just wish there was some way I could know if she was happy, if from her perspective I gave her a good life.
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2020.11.23 19:26 cheryldlovejoy ProstaStream Reviews – Warning! Must Read This Before Try!

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Are you one of those suffering from prostate problems? You might be looking for a solution that can help you with this condition. Luckily, this is where Prostastream got you covered.
In case you didn’t know yet, Prostastream is a male enhancement supplement that helps in supporting your urinary health and enhance your overall virility.
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Did you know it is a mix of 100% all-natural combination, which deals with the root cause of prostate enlargement that causes too much inflammation?
Do you want to know more about Prostastream and how it can benefit you? Let’s dig deeper into this product.
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ProstaStream Reviews
ProstaStream is an all-natural organic dietary supplement made to help men support their prostate gland’s overall health condition. According to the official creator of this prostate supplement, it was developed to keep the gland healthy by adding in ingredients designed to help maintain your prostate and your body’s good health. ProstaStream can help you achieve a life of contentment and security as a man. You can live life to what you want and mitigate the problems men with enlarged prostates usually encounter, such as uncontrollable peeing and other uncomfortable maneuvers.
ProstaStream supplement is a dietary one, which means it is intended not to be taken alone, but through proper diet and exercise. It comes in bottles of 60 tablets, each containing all-natural ingredients that we will discuss later on. As an advanced disclaimer, the Food and Drug Administration of the United States of America has not yet evaluated the statements done by the dietary supplement, and these products do not intend to treat, cure, or prevent any disease – as opposed to what they are doing. There are many loopholes in dietary supplements, so it is best to practice caution at all times.
There are many ProstaStream reviews online but this hones one will shed light on everything about the dietary supplement and its pros and cons. By the end of this review, you will be able to pinpoint whether or not this product is for you. As usual, it is always better that research comes first before buying the product, so you are lucky if you are reading it first before buying one of these well-known ProstaStream dietary supplement capsules.
Who Made ProstaStream?
To check the supplement’s credibility, we will be looking into the person who made ProstaStream. His name is Frank Neal. I can confidently tell you that this product is excellent in some areas. It lacks some information about the person or organization that made it available to the general public. However, we know a thing or two about ProstaStream retailer. The retailer is ClickBank, which is a registered trademark of Click Sales, Inc. The corporation is based in Idaho, and it is solely the retailer of this product, among others.
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Where is ProstaStream Made?
ProstaStream seems to be made in the United States of America. How did we arrive at that conclusion? If we observe closely, ProstaStream is very US-based. Plus, it mentions government agencies found in the country, such as the Food and Drug Administration. Finally, in its policies, the product may be bound to US laws, which has led us to believe that ProstaStream is indeed made in the USA.
However, there are no official statements that say otherwise. There is even no statement that ProstaStream was made in a Good Manufacturing Practice or FDA-approved plant. We are going by faith with this first part of the review on hand.
When Was ProstaStream Founded?
It seems that ProstaStream was only made a year ago. ProstaStream is a relatively new player in the market, but it is not too shrouded in mystery. It is bought by around 20,000 Americans right now, and it seems people are digging into the supplement. This is probably one of the first dietary supplements that I came across that had a real person’s live testimonial. Because of this, we can say that ProstaStream is credible in this sense. However, that person may have just been hired to say something significant about the product.
Not to worry though, this is why there is an honest review so that you guys can fully understand what the product is for. Now that we have a background of this men’s dietary supplement let us jump into the details and specifics of ProstaStream itself.
Why ProstaStream is Made?
ProstaStream was made to make men’s lives better past the age of 45. These improvements include proper urination capabilities, better sex drive, and overall increased quality of life. ProstaStream is made for one reason: to mitigate the swelling and enlargement of the prostate gland by reducing inflammation caused by a male hormone that is mistakenly tagged as hostile by our very own immune systems.
Men have two primary hormones, which are testosterone and dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. Testosterone is more on the primary men function, and DHT is more on the secondary growth and development function. As time goes by, DHT becomes so rampant among men that our immune system and the hormone receptors in men’s reproductive system overreact, thus starting an inflammation called benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH. At least 93% of men are diagnosed with BPH. This can lead to harder urination, discomfort in the groin, and worse quality of life due to sleepless nights. You will eventually find yourself running to the bathroom over and over again, even though you do not have anything to pee. That is how discomforting it is.
While most cases are not too bad, some cases are. Frank Neal, the creator of ProstaStream, had a brother named Matt. According to the story posted on the ProstaStream official website, Matt started to decline from 45. By the age of 48, he was hospitalized. Finding no effective treatments to cure his brother, Frank searched for the formula that would save his brother Matt from eternal disgrace.
If you can notice the story’s format and have been to other prostate gland dietary supplement websites, you will notice that the stories have similarities. Nevertheless, we are not here to criticize that; instead, we are here to review ProstaStream as a whole.
In summary, ProstaStream was made to improve a man’s urination capabilities by decreasing our prostate gland’s inflammation, which is caused by an incorrect immune system response.
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How Does It Work?
It works in a step by step process. First, ProstaStream aims to decrease the inflammation by adding ingredients that fix the receptors and immune response as a whole. Secondly, the supplement will aim to clean up the toxins in your blood, and finally, your immune system will be given more strength to do its job correctly and protect yourself from more unwanted immune responses in the future. It targets the root cause of an enlarged prostate or BPH, and then it strengthens our body and immune systems to fight off future threats to our manhood. That is the simplest explanation we can give you regarding ProstaStream as a whole.
ProstaStream needs to be taken at a recommended dosage of two capsules a day to work. One bottle of the ProstaStream supplement can last at least 30 days.
How Long Does It Take for Prostastream to Work?
If you were to ask me and the official website, we would be answering the same answer – it varies from person to person. Each person has different tolerance levels at which they respond to treatments. Some people respond faster, and some respond slower. It all depends on how our body reacts to certain elements.
However, the video presentation on the ProstaStream website explains that when Matt took the concoction, there was no effect in the first few days. However, in around three to four weeks, he started showing signs of improvement. Matt’s illness was gone as time went by, and his prostate was back to full recovery. Again, this is just an example. We cannot verify if this was based on a real-life story, but at least it is something we can hold on to in general.
So there we have it. ProstaStream can show improvements after ingesting one bottle. Take more bottles of the supplement, and you can see yourself go back to your original strength as a teen.
ProstaStream Ingredients
ProstaStream ingredients are organic and 100% natural. Frank Neal says that they sourced their products from the purest parts of the world, only combining the ingredients in the best way possible to work correctly in helping men’s prostate glands recover and have more chances of proving their manhood to everyone else.
Without further ado, we are here for an honest review, so let us check out the ingredients of ProstaStream and their uses to the human body:
Saw Palmetto Berries – these berries are the fruit of the Serenoa repens tree. It is usually used to treat enlarged prostate, enhance hair growth, and improve urinary function. Sometimes, it is even used to increase libido and reduce inflammation. This is still not proven for and will entail more future studies. Saw Palmetto, being an antioxidant, is also known to have potent anti-cancer properties. This berry probably inhibits DHT, too, according to a study made by the University of Michigan Health System.
Graviola Leaf – everything from Graviola is used as a medicine, whether it is the leaves, fruit, seeds, or stems. It is mainly used to treat bacterial infections and parasite intrusions. It is also known as Soursop or Brazillian Paw Paw. Mainly, Graviola is here in ProstaStream to prevent infections.
Maitake Mushroom – these mushrooms are antioxidant kings. They help treat cancer and also relieve some side effects of chemotherapy for cancer. It also contains chemicals that can help break down minor tumors, boost the immune system, lower blood sugar, and maintain proper body mass index.
Reishi Mushroom – Reishis, on the other hand, is mainly used to increase our immune system’s integrity, reduce stress, relieve insomnia, and lessen fatigue. This mushroom can also decrease blood pressure. This makes it one of the best friends of people who are experiencing hypertension.
Shiitake Mushroom – finally, Shiitakes also boost the immune system while treating HIV/AIDS. While not yet proven, scientists are getting closer to the cure thanks to this mushroom. This is probably the most famous among the trio of mushrooms mentioned here, being used as a culinary ingredient for most oriental Asian countries in the world.
Cat’s Claw – this herb is usually added into dietary supplements due to its affinity to fight off viral infections and other types of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, arthritis, ulcers, parasites, and such. It is the jack-of-all-trades ingredient when it comes to something that aims to boost the immune system as a whole. It is specifically recommended to be only used for bone problems only though upon further research.
Tomato Fruit Powder – containing Lycopene, this powder is a powerful antioxidant. It can reliably help you feel younger and gain your former strength back when taken regularly. It also improves eyesight.
Pygeum Africanum – mainly used to treat enlarged prostate problems (BPH) and prostate cancer, the bark of this tree is an effective anti-inflammatory ingredient that can also improve your kidney and urinary tract as a whole. It can also increase libido and treat common conditions such as fever and stomachache. At rare times, it can also be used to treat malaria. It is explicitly taken from the bark of an African cherry tree.
Green Tea Extract – the extract of this tea not only provides us with a healthy amount of caffeine, but it also improves blood circulation and lowers bad cholesterol. Thus, this is good for the cardiovascular system as a whole.
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Broccoli Leaf Extract – the extract of a broccoli’s leaf can give you high contents of fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Iron, and Potassium. It is one of the richest ingredients when it comes to substance.
Selenium – this is an antioxidant that can increase your metabolism and thyroid function too. It helps boost your immune system and slow down mental health decline as you grow older. It may also reduce the risk of heart attacks, but that remains to be seen.
Vitamin E – this vitamin is good for the skin. Besides making our skin glow, it boosts the immune system by hastening damaged cells’ repair in certain areas. This is an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties.
Vitamin B6 – also called as Pyridoxine, is used for heart problems, depression, premenstrual syndrome, and more.
Zinc – a supplement-friendly version of Zinc is included in ProstaStream. This mineral is mainly used to boost immune function and promote the proper absorption of nutrients. It can also speed up wound healing.
Copper – helps strengthen your bones, blood vessels, nerves, and immune function. It can prevent specific cardiovascular and bone problems too!
Plant Sterol Complex – lastly, this ingredient is used to lower bad cholesterol levels and prevent heart attacks. It also has anti-cancer properties and is also commonly used for weight loss, albeit ineffective at most.
As we can see, ProstaStream has many ingredients on its list. However, we can see that they all have beneficial uses for the human body.
We can see that the ProstaStream supplement not only focuses on the betterment of the prostate gland, but it also deals with body systems connected to the prostate gland. First off, we can see that most of the ingredients help boost immune function. This is a good thing since it technically mitigates the problem that Frank Neal once saw, which was that the immune system was handling things horribly.
What is more, it can also improve blood circulation. Being a crucial part of both the circulatory and urinary systems, the kidney is more involved in this function than anyone else. This is why ProstaStream also aims to make your blood as healthy as possible so that everything would be smooth in the long run.
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Benefits
ProstaStream can give you many benefits, including more time with better things in life, better sex life, better behavior, and others! ProstaStream can bring your life back if you have problems urinating or have problems with your enlarged prostate.
What is more, you are not only treating your prostate gland by taking ProstaStream. You also treat your body as a whole. After all, this supplement’s primary goal is to make you feel like you pee like a teenager again and regain all your sexual drive from before you got more years added to your lifespan.
Side Effects
ProstaStream side effects only come out if you do not follow the recommended dosage of the product. Remember, you can only take at least two capsules a day, and that is it. There is no use overdosing since that would only make things worse for your poor soul. Side effects for ProstaStream include some mild problems such as headaches, fatigue, fever, stomachache, diarrhea, and such. You know, the everyday things that come and go.
However, if you start noticing stark changes to something on your body, either painful or painless, report it to your physician immediately for proper diagnosis. It should be taken careful note of that ProstaStream is not medicine. It is a dietary supplement that’s supposed to supplement your daily diets. Eat a balanced diet and exercise while you are on it.
As always, before taking ProstaStream, it is wise if you consult your physician or doctor first in order to do a quick rundown on things you should and should not do. After all, we do not know if you are allergic to one of the ingredients listed above. Always exercise caution, and you will not get any side effects from it.
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ProstaStream Related Studies
ProstaStream talks about different sources on its official website. They even use the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as one of the sources. This shows that, however sketchy they are with revealing their identities, they are credible with the sources they have for ingredients and formula of each capsule they have.
The ProstaStream official website is listed above. From the link, you can access the testimonies of other people and Frank Neal’s story from start to finish. You will also see the references, shipping policies, and other things you need to know here as a consumer. The website is simple enough to be accessible to the general public.
ProstaStream Costs
Usually, ProstaStream supplements cost $99, but right now, they are discounted at $69!
If you want to save money, though, they also got sweet deals in the store! If you purchase three, you can get them only at $59 each! What is more, if you purchase six, you virtually only get them with $49 for each bottle. Now that is a bargain! ProstaStream offers free shipping all over the United States. However, shipping fees apply when delivering outside the United States.
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Overall ProstaStream Review
ProstaStream is a pretty solid product. It offers better prostate health for men so that they can urinate better like before. Almost all men experience this as they get older, and this supplement is excellent for people who are conscious of their enlarged prostates. It even offers immune system boosts and other cardiovascular-related perks. If you want to try it out, do it now. Of course, I suggest you seek your doctor’s advice first before proceeding with this supplement.
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2020.11.23 05:52 fucknametakenrules My mother wants my brother evicted and tries to call police to do so

Backstory: my mother has had a difficult time showing respect to my brother and seems to hate him for no particular reason. After instigating and trying to punch him back in October, she was met to him trying to subdue her and accidentally breaking her arm because she has weak bones and possibly undiagnosed osteopenia.
On to the main story Since my mom has a hard time working with her new iPhone 11, she needed help getting to the keypad to dial 911 so she called me to her room from mine. She wanted to call police because she didn’t want to have my brother hurt her again because he’s in football and actively works out/worked out (because of covid). So he is stronger than her by far and I am as well since she has trouble even lifting more than five pounds with both arms before one was broken.
She called police earlier today because she didn’t want him to return home, but they didn’t offer any help because there is no law stating you can restrict a minor from entering their place of residence. He and I are 16, 17 on Friday so still minors.
She called police so no conflict will arise again in the house, but right after my brother got home from being with his friends, she instigated him ONCE AGAIN wanting to kick him out of the house, yelling at him for no rational reason. Not the smartest thing to do when it just snowed outside today here in Michigan and will have more snow later this week.
During the conversation with the operator, she easily sounded drunk and actually was drunk as I saw a bottle of opened vodka on her dresser, saying the most generic desperate mother stuff saying she’s a single mother and all that.
The moment she pressed call on her phone I recorded the entire conversation via Voice Memos on my iPhone. If enough people ask, I can see if I can put it in the comments
Update as of the next morning: I did not expect to get this much attention and even get top of hot. Thanks for he support and advice I can use later down the line
Another edit: it’s hard getting police on your side when they’re biased and favor the females side with the benefit of the doubt
Another edit again: my dad isn’t mentioned in this because he had passed away nearly 3 years ago from cancer
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2020.11.23 05:40 unmentionable123 Cancer, the church and #givethanks

The cancer:
About a month ago my dad was diagnosed with a rare and incurable (but treatable) form of cancer.
My parents are two wholly devout TBMs, and leaving that aside they are two wonderful people and amazing parents.
I left the church about two years ago. My parents have been very kind and loving, but it’s kind of been an elephant in the room.
My dads diagnosis forced a conversation between us and a deep and meaningful reconciliation. To be brief I was able to say “dad, you’ve been wonderful but in the back of my mind I wonder if I’m a disappointment because I quit church” and my dad said “you’re my son I love you that’s all that matters.”
I recognize family situations and relationships vary but I’d encourage you to reconcile with family if you’ve left the church. Clear the air. Don’t wait for a cancer diagnosis to force a conversation. I’m so thankful my dad and I had that conversation. There’s no ambiguity in my mind where I stand with him. We are at peace and he can pass and I will have no regrets.
The church:
Since my dads diagnosis I’ve seen so many true and genuine friends from the church reach out and band together around my. His calling gives him purpose and his faith gives him peace. My dad put so much time in to all his callings all his life. It’s great to see it all coming back paying dividends in his hour of need.
While I’m fully out of the church and find most of it silly generally, I’ve developed a deep respect for my dad’s sincere faith and belief. I was in a bitteangry phase about the church for a while. My dad’s sincerity of faith has taught me to be respectful. At this stage with cancer I don’t care what keeps him happy, positive and progressing. If Mormonism gives him the will to keep fighting then Mormonism is great.
Sometimes the constant bearing of testimony wears on me. In my mind it’s the chemo and the doctors that made the improvement. In my parents minds it’s because of prayer and fasting. This experience taught me that it doesn’t matter. My dads parents can believe what they want and it’s not my place to change their mind about it.

givethanks

I’ve found these posts nauseating and annoying, a similar view to a few posts on this sub.
Today we had a family dinner with my siblings and many of them talked about how the #givethanks program has helped them cope with my dad’s cancer. My dad also talked about how gratitude and this challenge have kept him positive.
Again, I don’t care what keeps my dad happy and positive at this stage. If #givethanks helps my family cope then #givethanks is wonderful.
Yes #givethanks reeks of insincere MLM style marketing, yes it can come across as humble bragging and yes it’s annoying that a bunch of people just follow an authority figure because he’s an authority figure. But beneath all of that there are real, sincere people who are benefiting from this.
In closing this isn’t a karma farming post. I don’t want awards. I don’t care about upvotes. This has been a life changing experience that has helped me move on from Mormonism and learn how to create space and show respect for family members who believe.
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2020.11.22 20:30 _call-me-al_ [Sun, Nov 22 2020] TL;DR — This is what you missed in the last 24 hours on Reddit

worldnews

Students in Japan submit petition to raise age of consent from 13 to 16.
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Mexico approves landmark cannabis legalization bill in landslide vote
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Covid-19: Sweden's herd immunity strategy has failed, hospitals inundated
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news

Jailer who 'tortured' inmate strapped to a restraint chair is sentenced to prison
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'ICU grandpa' who won hearts by snuggling babies dies from pancreatic cancer
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U.S. retailer Guitar Center files for bankruptcy
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science

Study suggests the COVID-19 pandemic has altered Americans attitudes toward inequality and the poor
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Daily physical touch from a romantic partner enhances well-being, particularly among those with attachment anxiety. Being on the receiving end of touch behaviors offered unique benefits compared to initiating touch.
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U.S. should look at how other high-income countries regulate health care costs. Standardizing fee-for-service payments and structuring negotiations between insurers and providers could make U.S. health care more affordable, finds new study based on France, Germany and Japan.
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space

Per Neil deGrasse Tyson: “Between now and Dec 21 Saturn & Jupiter approach each other on the sky until a mere tenth of a degree separates them. Last time this happened Galileo was alive.”
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Aligned Solar System Planets including Pluto [OC]
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The Andromeda Galaxy [OC]
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Futurology

A survey of 1,000 people in Germany on AI, shows overwhelming support for humans retaining the final say in AI decision making.
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"We should not be like the locusts, coming, grazing empty our planet, okay, and now where we go next?" Werner Herzog on Musk's plans to colonize Mars.
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This Japanese floating spaceport concept could bring space travel to the city
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AskReddit

What did you learn about sex at a young age that turned out to be completely wrong?
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What used to be a normal behavior but is considered extremely sexual now?
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What was the most ridiculous thing you got in trouble for at school?
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todayilearned

TIL Sloths lose 1/3 of their body weight when they poop, which happens once a week on the ground, and in the standing position.
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TIL that people who drive the Oscar Mayer Wienermobiles are called Hotdoggers and only college seniors who are about to graduate are eligible to be Hotdoggers.
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TIL John Walker created the match by accident in 1826. He was scraping a mixture of dried chemicals off of a stick in his hearth and it caught fire. Against the advice of friends he did not patent his idea, leading to others greatly profiting off of his invention
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dataisbeautiful

[OC] u/IHateTheLetterF is a mad lad
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[OC] u/IHateTheLetterF is a mad lad... extended to their entire comment history
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[OC] Chess Pieces Lifetime Expectancy
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Cooking

King Arthur has a bakers hotline for all your holiday (and non-holiday) related baking woes and needs!
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Replacing pots and pans soon and want to avoid teflon. Is stainless steel, copper, or stone the way to go?
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Teaching kids to cook. Is tying long hair back the norm?
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food

[I ate] Texas Craft Barbeque
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[I ate] 10-in-1 cheesecake
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[Homemade] Mongolian Beef and Noodles
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movies

30th anniversary of ‘Predator 2’ which is better than you remember
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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty- Why I love it so much
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Alan Rickman’s 27 intimate diaries to be published as one complete book
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Art

The Egg Merchant, Me, Digital, 2020
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Meteor Shower, Heikala, Ink, 2018
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“Grey Fires”, JPH, acrylic, 2020
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television

It’s happened finally: Mr Robot Season 4 is available (included) on Prime.
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Robbie Amell Provides Update on Upload Season 2
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Emma Corrin (The Crown), Donald Sutherland (The Undoing), Sheaun McKinney (The Neighborhood) and Jensen Ackles & Jared Padalecki (Supernatural) are the Performers of the Week on TVLine
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pics

My daughter finished chemotherapy today!
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I am officially cancer free
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One of my neighbors has had it with the landlord!
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gifs

This man is 102 years old.
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Planes deploying a massive smoke curtain to hide ships. Circa 1920s
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Pure magic
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educationalgifs

How a rolex is cleaned
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mildlyinteresting

My collection of Lego classic spacemen in every official color
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Blue sky reflecting on neighboring building with storm behind it.
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This chipmunk came and sat in the chair on my front porch to eat his acorn
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interestingasfuck

A loggerhead turtle got into a boating accident, resulting in the loss of a majority of its lower beak. Scientists gave it a new 3D printed titanium beak. It looks so badass. He is now a cyborg turtle.
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One of my first polymer clay sculptures (left from 2015) compared to my most recent from this month (right).
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Tiny snake swallows an egg whole
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funny

The bravest!
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Bought my daughter a gaming chair.......
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Local bakery advertising...
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aww

Stray momma kitty brings her babies to the nice lady who had been feeding her. All kitties were taken in and adopted!
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2020.11.22 18:33 QueenBeeTarot Our Astrology Weather Report for November 22-28: Preparing for a Lunar Eclipse

Our Astrology Weather Report for November 22-28: Preparing for a Lunar Eclipse
Our Horoscopes for November 22-28
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It’s funny how things can feel new and different, and yet exactly the same. With the movement of the Sun into Sagittarius, we will be seeking fresh perspectives and new ways to lighten up. Venus just entered Scorpio, joining Mercury, and so themes of deep introspection will continue. Despite nothing really changing around us, we are capable of achieving great transformation if we change our reactions. Whatever we need to work on, we will be given the opportunity in the form of a challenge or an obstacle. Any time you ask, “This again?”, is an opportunity to re-think your strategy and try a different approach. We may find ourselves repeating old patterns if we’re not careful- so pausing before reacting will be key, and patience will pay off.
Unfortunately, what’s causing the most stress right now is that which is out of our control. Isolation exacerbates depression, and left to our own devices, downward spirals can suck us in. How do we find hope or faith when there’s nothing tangible to hold on to? Religion seems to be losing favor as its relevance fades, but spirituality is on the rise because we haven’t stopped looking for answers. In the depths of our souls, as our hopes and fears battle to the death, sometimes we just need encouragement or validation. Stress weighs so heavily on all of us right now, and to counterbalance that we need some sort of relief. Hopes and expectations can lead to disappointment in these unpredictable times, so it’s important to keep goals small and attainable. Less is more, and baby steps are everything. It’s important to create our own calm, peace, and predictability however we can. What is something small that you can do on a regular basis that grounds you and centers you? By creating daily routines that care for our bodies and souls, and leaving space for some days being better than others, we can tune into our own unique flow. Don’t ask too much of yourself or others right now.
Last week’s union between Jupiter and Pluto catalyzed an existential crisis for some, and solidified direction for others. Massive breakthroughs in awareness brought our attention to our deepest flaws, and that which needs the most work. Even though it may have been a deeply painful experience, it is with humble acceptance we can truly move forwards. Mars recently came out of retrograde, Jupiter and Saturn will go direct next month. On the last day of November we begin a new eclipse cycle, with a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Gemini. Prepare yourself now by “cleaning house”, both literally and figuratively. Big changes are on the horizon!
Aries: When the Sun moves into Sagittarius on Saturday, it begins a month-long journey through a fellow fire sign. You will be inspired, but also a wee bit uncomfortable as you test your own limits and push beyond what you’ve already done. What feels tired and boring for you? Your ruling planet Mars is finally moving direct, and you’re eager for change. Unfortunately, you’ll also be painfully aware of how much you cannot do. Monday will amplify any feelings of discomfort, simultaneously guiding you towards new opportunities. It’s as if your spirit feels a new beginning but your mind hasn’t figured it out yet. Give yourself time, patience, and space. On Wednesday the Moon joins with Mars, supercharging you with energy- so make sure to channel it into creative flow or physical exercise, or else you’ll just feel cranky. As you move, create, and try new things, you’ll realize what gets you excited and makes the time pass at light speed. Follow that with passion.
Taurus: On Saturday, Venus begins a month-long journey opposite your sign. Relationships will be both a source of inspiration and frustration. The more you are able to cut through (or skip) a thousand spoken words and get to the core of your (and other people’s) emotional experiences, the easier this transit will be. Sometimes people don’t know exactly what’s bothering them, and your ability to calmly hold space will bring your loved ones back to earth. On Wednesday, you’ll feel cranky and not know why. It’s because the Moon and Mars will unite, putting our emotions behind the steering wheel. You’ll be challenged to rethink your perspective on something. Bring yourself back to your own core needs, just like you do for others, and remember less is more. Everyone wishes they could escape their troubles right now, so creating a contingency plan for emotional days now will help you immensely later in the week.
Gemini: It’s nice to finally feel like you’re in a good flow again! As the Sun transits opposite your sign, physical energy may be at a low, but mental focus is top speed. Your ruling planet Mercury is finally past its retrograde shadow period, and your gears are turning with creativity and new ideas. Unfortunately, your feelings are still calling for your attention. Despite your best efforts to side-step problems and push through frustration, Wednesday will test you. Emotions will come pouring out, revealing your heart’s desires as well as your deepest fears. Let your soul speak, but watch what you say around others. Your words can cut like a knife, and a careless moment can ruin months of progress within a relationship. On Friday you’ll have the chance to see how you’ve co-created a situation, either by making it better or by making it worse. The signs are all around you, but the lens through which you see the world might need a polish. Let compassion be your guide.
Cancer: Venus begins a month-long transit through Scorpio on Saturday, trine your sign. The week starts off beautifully, with the Moon joining Neptune and trine Mercury. Relationship dynamics will ease, communication will flow, and creativity will blossom. The Sun, however, brings unique opportunities as well as challenges for your ever-evolving sense of self. Remember that sometimes an obstacle is just redirecting us to something better we may not have considered or seen before, and not necessarily a sign of failure or problems. On Wednesday, discordant emotions may stir up the desire to make sweeping changes, but you’ll realize how restricted you are. Avoid hasty and ill-thought out action! A question comes to mind: “Will things always be this way? Is this my legacy?”. The answer is no. Remind yourself of how much has changed over time, and take comfort in change being the only guarantee that life offers. It’s hard to see past our struggles, but writing and/or art will help you gain much needed perspective. Free flow without censoring yourself. As your thoughts pour out onto paper, answers will become clear.
Leo: Your dreams whisper hints of your destiny, and the Sun’s journey through Sagittarius will be an inspiring time for you. Write your thoughts down when you can, you’ll appreciate being able to read them over later. Journaling will also be immensely helpful over the next few weeks because Venus moves into Scorpio on Saturday. This month-long journey squaring your sign will bring both challenges and creative opportunities, as well as important lessons. The planet of love, balance, relating, and creating beauty invites you to reflect on how you process and communicate your emotions. If you think about it, each emotion ties into a story, and reminds you of other times you’ve felt that emotion. Sometimes this process happens unconsciously, and we react inappropriately. Without conscious awareness of our processes, we’re doomed to repeat patterns and not realize why. In heated moments, it’s hard to think straight, so planning ahead and practicing mindfulness will prevent hasty reactions and ill thought out responses. Such preparations will come in especially handy on Wednesday, when everyone will be extra feisty. Take space when you need to, as the energy this week will have you reflective and wanting time alone to process. Friday brings realizations of family karma and inherited behaviors.
Virgo: The Sun’s journey through Sagittarius squares your sign, challenging you to think outside of the box and try something new. Routine serves you well, but some aspects are old and tired, and you need room to grow. Consider changing your scenery! Since you can’t go anywhere, what can you do to decorate or beautify the space that you’re in? Wednesday will bring intense focus, passion, and even irritability, so plan on using the opportunity to blast through some things on your to-do list. Let go of trying to change what is out of your hands, and focus on the attainable instead. Cleaning or rearranging your living space will help to clear the clutter in your mind. Friday invites you to channel your emotions creatively, so push your inner perfectionist to the side, and invite your inner child to come play. Venus is sextile your sign for the next month, bringing your attention to the deepest mysteries of life, and inspiring you to take the next steps on your soul’s journey.
Libra: You are the sign of the scales, focused and thriving on balance as well as partnership. You see yourself best when reflected in others- but how do you see yourself when you are alone? As we are all so isolated now, or at least asked to be, you may find yourself deeply uncomfortable. Is there a part of you that is afraid to be alone? This is an opportunity to work on your own unique sense of self. Who are you at your core? Establish your own definitions, solidify personal goals, and brainstorm ideas- without the input of others. Although uncomfortable at first, this process is absolutely necessary. Monday’s difficulties presage what’s to come later in the week. Wednesday emotions run high. On Friday, your ruling planet Venus faces off against Uranus and the Moon, highlighting your role within relationships, and inviting you to take responsibility for that which is yours, and let go of what is not. Over time we outgrow our roles, relationships change, and the need may come for us to renegotiate terms. Venus’s transit through Scorpio eases emotional communication, making space for a much-needed heart-to-heart.
Scorpio: Even though the Sun is leaving your sign, there are still two planets swimming through the deep waters of Scorpio awareness. Venus just joined Mercury, reducing the sense of polarity that has recently dominated, helping us to find middle ground. There’s a sense of relief as you feel the intensity fade, the energy shift, and the mood lighten. Monday you’re feeling super creative, as Neptune and Mercury create a beautiful water trine. As Tuesday closes and Wednesday approaches, the intensity rises again, seemingly out of nowhere. Stress that you carry may start to effect you physically, so do what you can to reduce your commitments, and take breaks away from people. Connect with nature whenever possible and breathe deeply. Counter stagnancy with movement, swing to music, channel creative flow… whatever it takes, just don’t anchor yourself to an emotion. The storyteller in your head will lead you astray. On Friday you’ll have a chance to heal pain from the past, as long as you don’t harden your heart.
Sagittarius: It’s your season fire child! Known for your lighthearted energy and cheerful vibe, you’re a joy to be around. What feeds your seemingly endless well of positivity? Your dreams will be speaking to you this weekend, and on Monday you may start to pull together an intuitive sense of what it all means. Wednesday’s party between the Moon and Mars will supercharge your desire to have fun and shake the stress away, but you’ll have to get creative. Without the ability to seek friends and social interaction, you might feel unbearably cooped up. If you channel your pent-up energy into beautifying your surroundings, the benefits will last for weeks. Tackle whatever mess stresses you out the most, and you’ll feel palpable relief when it’s finished. Friday has huge potential for secrets to be spilled during arguments, so pause and reflect before responding. Avoid getting sucked into drama whenever possible!
Capricorn: Calm and cool, the week starts off smoothly for you. The creative energy from the Moon, Neptune, and Mercury gently supports your sign, facilitating relationship dynamics. As the week gets going, other people around you start to fall apart, and you resume your role of emotional anchor. Not that you mind, but you do start to wonder, “Who can I rely on?”. Your own emotions start to unravel the more you think about your energy reserves- what you receive versus how much you give. Attaching a story will lead you down a twisting path with no end, so try to whittle it down to core needs. You, too, need emotional safety and grounding. How can you create your own oasis of peace? On Friday, you may end up in a battle of wills, and partway through you’ll have an opportunity to either break the tension with laughter, or double-down with stubborn resistance. New choices mean a new path, and a chance to do things differently brings a new realm of possibilities when it comes to relating.
Aquarius: With the Sun in Sagittarius, creativity is flowing for you, and so is positivity. Despite your best efforts however, emotions continue to ask for your attention. Monday brings a deep sense of discomfort, and you’ll need to pinpoint the source. Look around you carefully. You’ve worked so hard on yourself this year, but your close circle or siblings keep reminding you of who you were rather than reflecting who you are now. Sometimes we are able to evolve side-by-side with those we love, but sometimes we outgrow each other. It’s important that we surround ourselves with people who inspire us rather than bringing us down. Choosing who we interact with carefully will set a precedent for the future. Realizing we have the choice is empowering but also terrifying. Remember, you don’t owe anybody your time. You only owe yourself peace of mind. Give communication a chance, but also know when it’s time to walk away.
Pisces: What a wonderful week in store for you! Venus is trine your sign, and a beautiful angle between your ruler Neptune, the Moon, and Mercury has you inspired and creative. Get in the groove, it won’t last forever! Any project or idea you don’t have time for in the moment should be written down for later, so it’s not forgotten. Inspiration like this doesn’t come around every day! On Wednesday, the Moon joins Mars in Aries, and you may feel waves of frustration wash over you. Having to quantify your creativity in the name of financial prosperity brings up so many emotions around self worth and destiny. When you’re doing what you love but still broke, you may question the validity of your dreams. Don’t let the doubt win! Friday brings an opportunity to see the bigger picture and step out of your limiting beliefs. As you advise someone else, you’ll realize that a lesson for them is also a lesson for you. Ha! Life is funny.
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2020.11.21 23:22 QueenBeeTarot Our Astrology Weather Report for November 22-28: Preparing for a Lunar Eclipse

Our Astrology Weather Report for November 22-28: Preparing for a Lunar Eclipse
Our Astrology for November 22-28
It’s funny how things can feel new and different, and yet exactly the same. With the movement of the Sun into Sagittarius, we will be seeking fresh perspectives and new ways to lighten up. Venus just entered Scorpio, joining Mercury, and so themes of deep introspection will continue. Despite nothing really changing around us, we are capable of achieving great transformation if we change our reactions. Whatever we need to work on, we will be given the opportunity in the form of a challenge or an obstacle. Any time you ask, “This again?”, is an opportunity to re-think your strategy and try a different approach. We may find ourselves repeating old patterns if we’re not careful- so pausing before reacting will be key, and patience will pay off.
Unfortunately, what’s causing the most stress right now is that which is out of our control. Isolation exacerbates depression, and left to our own devices, downward spirals can suck us in. How do we find hope or faith when there’s nothing tangible to hold on to? Religion seems to be losing favor as its relevance fades, but spirituality is on the rise because we haven’t stopped looking for answers. In the depths of our souls, as our hopes and fears battle to the death, sometimes we just need encouragement or validation. Stress weighs so heavily on all of us right now, and to counterbalance that we need some sort of relief. Hopes and expectations can lead to disappointment in these unpredictable times, so it’s important to keep goals small and attainable. Less is more, and baby steps are everything. It’s important to create our own calm, peace, and predictability however we can. What is something small that you can do on a regular basis that grounds you and centers you? By creating daily routines that care for our bodies and souls, and leaving space for some days being better than others, we can tune into our own unique flow. Don’t ask too much of yourself or others right now.
Last week’s union between Jupiter and Pluto catalyzed an existential crisis for some, and solidified direction for others. Massive breakthroughs in awareness brought our attention to our deepest flaws, and that which needs the most work. Even though it may have been a deeply painful experience, it is with humble acceptance we can truly move forwards. Mars recently came out of retrograde, Jupiter and Saturn will go direct next month. On the last day of November we begin a new eclipse cycle, with a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Gemini. Prepare yourself now by “cleaning house”, both literally and figuratively. Big changes are on the horizon!
Aries: When the Sun moves into Sagittarius on Saturday, it begins a month-long journey through a fellow fire sign. You will be inspired, but also a wee bit uncomfortable as you test your own limits and push beyond what you’ve already done. What feels tired and boring for you? Your ruling planet Mars is finally moving direct, and you’re eager for change. Unfortunately, you’ll also be painfully aware of how much you cannot do. Monday will amplify any feelings of discomfort, simultaneously guiding you towards new opportunities. It’s as if your spirit feels a new beginning but your mind hasn’t figured it out yet. Give yourself time, patience, and space. On Wednesday the Moon joins with Mars, supercharging you with energy- so make sure to channel it into creative flow or physical exercise, or else you’ll just feel cranky. As you move, create, and try new things, you’ll realize what gets you excited and makes the time pass at light speed. Follow that with passion.
Taurus: On Saturday, Venus begins a month-long journey opposite your sign. Relationships will be both a source of inspiration and frustration. The more you are able to cut through (or skip) a thousand spoken words and get to the core of your (and other people’s) emotional experiences, the easier this transit will be. Sometimes people don’t know exactly what’s bothering them, and your ability to calmly hold space will bring your loved ones back to earth. On Wednesday, you’ll feel cranky and not know why. It’s because the Moon and Mars will unite, putting our emotions behind the steering wheel. You’ll be challenged to rethink your perspective on something. Bring yourself back to your own core needs, just like you do for others, and remember less is more. Everyone wishes they could escape their troubles right now, so creating a contingency plan for emotional days now will help you immensely later in the week.
Gemini: It’s nice to finally feel like you’re in a good flow again! As the Sun transits opposite your sign, physical energy may be at a low, but mental focus is top speed. Your ruling planet Mercury is finally past its retrograde shadow period, and your gears are turning with creativity and new ideas. Unfortunately, your feelings are still calling for your attention. Despite your best efforts to side-step problems and push through frustration, Wednesday will test you. Emotions will come pouring out, revealing your heart’s desires as well as your deepest fears. Let your soul speak, but watch what you say around others. Your words can cut like a knife, and a careless moment can ruin months of progress within a relationship. On Friday you’ll have the chance to see how you’ve co-created a situation, either by making it better or by making it worse. The signs are all around you, but the lens through which you see the world might need a polish. Let compassion be your guide.
Cancer: Venus begins a month-long transit through Scorpio on Saturday, trine your sign. The week starts off beautifully, with the Moon joining Neptune and trine Mercury. Relationship dynamics will ease, communication will flow, and creativity will blossom. The Sun, however, brings unique opportunities as well as challenges for your ever-evolving sense of self. Remember that sometimes an obstacle is just redirecting us to something better we may not have considered or seen before, and not necessarily a sign of failure or problems. On Wednesday, discordant emotions may stir up the desire to make sweeping changes, but you’ll realize how restricted you are. Avoid hasty and ill-thought out action! A question comes to mind: “Will things always be this way? Is this my legacy?”. The answer is no. Remind yourself of how much has changed over time, and take comfort in change being the only guarantee that life offers. It’s hard to see past our struggles, but writing and/or art will help you gain much needed perspective. Free flow without censoring yourself. As your thoughts pour out onto paper, answers will become clear.
Leo: Your dreams whisper hints of your destiny, and the Sun’s journey through Sagittarius will be an inspiring time for you. Write your thoughts down when you can, you’ll appreciate being able to read them over later. Journaling will also be immensely helpful over the next few weeks because Venus moves into Scorpio on Saturday. This month-long journey squaring your sign will bring both challenges and creative opportunities, as well as important lessons. The planet of love, balance, relating, and creating beauty invites you to reflect on how you process and communicate your emotions. If you think about it, each emotion ties into a story, and reminds you of other times you’ve felt that emotion. Sometimes this process happens unconsciously, and we react inappropriately. Without conscious awareness of our processes, we’re doomed to repeat patterns and not realize why. In heated moments, it’s hard to think straight, so planning ahead and practicing mindfulness will prevent hasty reactions and ill thought out responses. Such preparations will come in especially handy on Wednesday, when everyone will be extra feisty. Take space when you need to, as the energy this week will have you reflective and wanting time alone to process. Friday brings realizations of family karma and inherited behaviors.
Virgo: The Sun’s journey through Sagittarius squares your sign, challenging you to think outside of the box and try something new. Routine serves you well, but some aspects are old and tired, and you need room to grow. Consider changing your scenery! Since you can’t go anywhere, what can you do to decorate or beautify the space that you’re in? Wednesday will bring intense focus, passion, and even irritability, so plan on using the opportunity to blast through some things on your to-do list. Let go of trying to change what is out of your hands, and focus on the attainable instead. Cleaning or rearranging your living space will help to clear the clutter in your mind. Friday invites you to channel your emotions creatively, so push your inner perfectionist to the side, and invite your inner child to come play. Venus is sextile your sign for the next month, bringing your attention to the deepest mysteries of life, and inspiring you to take the next steps on your soul’s journey.
Libra: You are the sign of the scales, focused and thriving on balance as well as partnership. You see yourself best when reflected in others- but how do you see yourself when you are alone? As we are all so isolated now, or at least asked to be, you may find yourself deeply uncomfortable. Is there a part of you that is afraid to be alone? This is an opportunity to work on your own unique sense of self. Who are you at your core? Establish your own definitions, solidify personal goals, and brainstorm ideas- without the input of others. Although uncomfortable at first, this process is absolutely necessary. Monday’s difficulties presage what’s to come later in the week. Wednesday emotions run high. On Friday, your ruling planet Venus faces off against Uranus and the Moon, highlighting your role within relationships, and inviting you to take responsibility for that which is yours, and let go of what is not. Over time we outgrow our roles, relationships change, and the need may come for us to renegotiate terms. Venus’s transit through Scorpio eases emotional communication, making space for a much-needed heart-to-heart.
Scorpio: Even though the Sun is leaving your sign, there are still two planets swimming through the deep waters of Scorpio awareness. Venus just joined Mercury, reducing the sense of polarity that has recently dominated, helping us to find middle ground. There’s a sense of relief as you feel the intensity fade, the energy shift, and the mood lighten. Monday you’re feeling super creative, as Neptune and Mercury create a beautiful water trine. As Tuesday closes and Wednesday approaches, the intensity rises again, seemingly out of nowhere. Stress that you carry may start to effect you physically, so do what you can to reduce your commitments, and take breaks away from people. Connect with nature whenever possible and breathe deeply. Counter stagnancy with movement, swing to music, channel creative flow… whatever it takes, just don’t anchor yourself to an emotion. The storyteller in your head will lead you astray. On Friday you’ll have a chance to heal pain from the past, as long as you don’t harden your heart.
Sagittarius: It’s your season fire child! Known for your lighthearted energy and cheerful vibe, you’re a joy to be around. What feeds your seemingly endless well of positivity? Your dreams will be speaking to you this weekend, and on Monday you may start to pull together an intuitive sense of what it all means. Wednesday’s party between the Moon and Mars will supercharge your desire to have fun and shake the stress away, but you’ll have to get creative. Without the ability to seek friends and social interaction, you might feel unbearably cooped up. If you channel your pent-up energy into beautifying your surroundings, the benefits will last for weeks. Tackle whatever mess stresses you out the most, and you’ll feel palpable relief when it’s finished. Friday has huge potential for secrets to be spilled during arguments, so pause and reflect before responding. Avoid getting sucked into drama whenever possible!
Capricorn: Calm and cool, the week starts off smoothly for you. The creative energy from the Moon, Neptune, and Mercury gently supports your sign, facilitating relationship dynamics. As the week gets going, other people around you start to fall apart, and you resume your role of emotional anchor. Not that you mind, but you do start to wonder, “Who can I rely on?”. Your own emotions start to unravel the more you think about your energy reserves- what you receive versus how much you give. Attaching a story will lead you down a twisting path with no end, so try to whittle it down to core needs. You, too, need emotional safety and grounding. How can you create your own oasis of peace? On Friday, you may end up in a battle of wills, and partway through you’ll have an opportunity to either break the tension with laughter, or double-down with stubborn resistance. New choices mean a new path, and a chance to do things differently brings a new realm of possibilities when it comes to relating.
Aquarius: With the Sun in Sagittarius, creativity is flowing for you, and so is positivity. Despite your best efforts however, emotions continue to ask for your attention. Monday brings a deep sense of discomfort, and you’ll need to pinpoint the source. Look around you carefully. You’ve worked so hard on yourself this year, but your close circle or siblings keep reminding you of who you were rather than reflecting who you are now. Sometimes we are able to evolve side-by-side with those we love, but sometimes we outgrow each other. It’s important that we surround ourselves with people who inspire us rather than bringing us down. Choosing who we interact with carefully will set a precedent for the future. Realizing we have the choice is empowering but also terrifying. Remember, you don’t owe anybody your time. You only owe yourself peace of mind. Give communication a chance, but also know when it’s time to walk away.
Pisces: What a wonderful week in store for you! Venus is trine your sign, and a beautiful angle between your ruler Neptune, the Moon, and Mercury has you inspired and creative. Get in the groove, it won’t last forever! Any project or idea you don’t have time for in the moment should be written down for later, so it’s not forgotten. Inspiration like this doesn’t come around every day! On Wednesday, the Moon joins Mars in Aries, and you may feel waves of frustration wash over you. Having to quantify your creativity in the name of financial prosperity brings up so many emotions around self worth and destiny. When you’re doing what you love but still broke, you may question the validity of your dreams. Don’t let the doubt win! Friday brings an opportunity to see the bigger picture and step out of your limiting beliefs. As you advise someone else, you’ll realize that a lesson for them is also a lesson for you. Ha! Life is funny.
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2020.11.21 20:52 __IKnowNothing Skincare for Dummies

Long post ahead. I've tried to jot every basic thing that I've learnt. I've a used a para or two from a post by Aayu (her dad owns reddit btw) because I thought she phrased it good. I've included about things that I personally had experience with for this to be authentic but the word is "mostly" tho. So I hope this helps you. If you think I've misinformed anything, comment it down below.
Getting started in Skincare can be overwhelming, what ingredients do what, what all are safe, what all are soothing, in what order should they be layered, at what frequency are they supposed to be used. Basically, there are too many questions, too much stuff to learn, and too little experience. So, I’ll tell you all about the things I’ve learned during the last 10+ months and if you can avoid the mistakes I’ve done, this article would have served its purpose and can rest in peace.
A little disclaimer: while I’d like to think of myself as a person that does quite decent research no matter what the subject, I’d like you to take my advice with a pinch of salt. Do your own research thoroughly before you add a product into your routine.
So, since this is a dummies guide I’ll try and help you make a routine for yourself. I’ll add my advice at the end, based on experience and I hope this would be your greater take away as the rest info can be found anywhere online. And by no means do I mean you guys are dummies btw.
Firstly, let’s address why skincare? As much as we’d like our life to be a perfect bubble, we know that it isn’t the case. Skincare can help every single type of skin. Your skin breaks out? Sure, we can do something about it, you get dry patches on your skin? Sure, we can manage that too, you have no problem with skin whatsoever? We can help your skin be that way till your friends are all old and wrinkly. The idea of skincare is just to provide what it needs for it to remain in a zen state by keeping it happy.
Your skin can just do fine with as basic a routine as Cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen. Rest all is needed for that extra push if you will. Skin, as fascinating and self-sufficient a thing it is, sometimes needs help to function properly. Let’s tackle this baffling thing that skincare is by focusing on one product at a time.
I loved this paragraph that has been put together by AsainBeauty on Reddit.
Understanding what works for you and making informed purchases are a bit of a chicken-and-egg conundrum seeing as you won’t know your skin until you start using a routine, and you won’t know what to purchase until you know your skin! That being said, there are a lot of products out there that work for the majority of people and maybe safe initial purchases, based on your skin type and skin concerns. There may be a perfect product out there for you, but it may take some time to find it as you will have to figure out what specific ingredients your skin likes, which ones it can’t deal with, and which ones are just meh.

Cleanser

We all know that our face similar to our body needs washing too. So, whenever you’re choosing a cleanser make sure it is as gentle as it can be. It shouldn’t be over stripping no matter what. If you have a squeaky clean face after you wash your face and you feel like “ oh my face seems to be pretty clean now, in your face dirt and bacteria ha!, I won’t let you become a zit on my face today” then you’re in trouble. As we know our skin, being an intelligent thing that it is, normally produces oil for preserving itself. But when your face is over cleaned, if that’s a word, your skin rings the emergency alarm and asks for more oil production. So now you might feel like your face is greasy all day long. If you’re a dry skin person then guess what you’re in for more trouble. So, it’s important to choose something that doesn’t strip away your natural oil. I’d advise staying away from the whole anti-acne facewash lines we have, as none of them actually benefit you. Your facewashe should have a pH between 4.5 to 7. pH of products is important for maintaining skin barrier integrity, your skin has an acid mantle (protective barrier on the surface of skin composed of sweat, skin oils, and dead skin cells) that gives it its pH value. This mantle is a thin layer on your skin that protects you from bacteria, virus, fungi making it soft and supple, disrupting this layer can cause effects like inflammation, dermatitis, dry and dehydrated skin. Pollution, pathogens, cleansers, soaps and even water might disrupt your mantle, so it’s important for your cleanser to have a low pH so that it doesn’t make your skin squeaky clean. I know I just complicated the shit out for something like a cleanser, but don’t worry you’ll find a ton of recommendations for cleansers in that pH range.
And 60 seconds should be the max time you should spend washing your face.
Your typical face cleansers are actually used as a second cleanser. There is actually an oil-based cleanser that people use to remove the dirt, make-up, pollution, sunscreen at the end of the day. You can’t actually use oil for this purpose as there’s a risk of it remaining on the skin, even after the second cleanse, and therefore clogging your pores. Oil Cleansers or micellar water or cleansing balms are the better choices for first cleansing as they have emulsifiers that breakdown the oil and therefore helping you remove dirt and makeup along with oil. You might actually be fine without incorporating the first cleanser but many people often report that it actually made a difference, helping them. You can skip cleansers in the morning and it might actually benefit you, remember how we talked about stripping your face of Its natural oils.
Some loved and affordable products: Cetaphil Gentle cleanser, Simple refreshing Facewash.

Moisturizer

This is just more of a trial and error sort of thing. Just choosing a moisturizer with non-comedogenic ingredients (pore-clogging ingredients) would be fine. Oily skin people can like gel textured moisturizers, dry skinned people can benefit from something thick. Typically, the thicker the product, the more moisturizing it is. If you’re oily I’d advise you to stay away from all-natural moisturizers as they usually have too many oils in them and they might clog your pores and you might end up with closed comedones (or clogged pores). There are three things in moisturizers emollients, occlusives, humectants. Emollients provide your skin with required moisturization helping your lipid barrier (your skin has lipids and ceramides and all kinds of stuff) therefore keeping it healthy, Oils, shea butter, ceramides are examples of emollients you can find. Humectants bring moisture to your skin from air thus preventing your skin from getting dry, Glycerin and hyaluronic acid are two main used Humectants. Occlusives prevent water loss from your skin, oils, silicones, dimethicone, mineral oils are examples of occlusives you can usually find in products. These three in a moisturizer can help your skin restore its skin barrier therefore keeping it healthy and happy while minimizing the possibility for irritation. Things to consider when evaluating how well your moisturizer works: • Does it leave your skin feeling bouncy and supple? Happy and healthy, not dry and tight, is what a good moisturizer is aiming for. • How long does that moisturized feeling last? If it only lasts an hour or two, you may want to find a different moisturizer! Perhaps try a thicker moisturizer, like a cream or a balm. If your moisturizer is gentle enough, doesn’t break you out, and does what it’s supposed to do, that’s awesome! Go ahead and enjoy it as part of your skincare routine :). If it turns out that your product irritates your skin, gives you acne, or doesn’t do what it should, it might be time to try a different one!

Sunscreen

It’s the most important step period. Whatever you might be doing to your skin, if you aren’t using sunscreen it would all be a waste.
Sunscreen has the following benefits: • Reduces the risk of skin cancer • Prevents hyperpigmentation • Reduces signs of aging • Protects against signs of photodamage (fine lines, etc.) • Prevents burns (dark-skinned people aren’t affected much)
Things to remember before buying sunscreen: 1. The more the SPF the better it is. 2. It should be waterproof 3. It shouldn’t break you out obviously 4. I’d advise you to stay away from the whole natural line again. 5. If you have dark skin, avoid sunscreens with high percentages of physical filters (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) as they’ll lend a white cast to your skin. Chemical sunscreens are your best bet. 6. If you have sensitive skin, you may prefer to look for an all physical sunscreen or a physical/chemical combination sunscreen — chemical filters (Oxybenzone, Avobenzone, typically organic ingredients) may cause stinging and irritation for some people. 7. The higher the Pa+++ rating the better protection you get.
Korean Sunscreens (from CosRx and Purito perhaps) are great, they tend to be moisturizing while providing an adequate amount of sun protection
This is it for people that usually have healthy skin or normal skin, from here on you can make your skin better but you’d have to be careful with giving your skin that extra push for dealing with aging, pigmentation, scarring, etc. I’m all up for it, if I can better myself in any way possible, and achieving great things always involves a tad bit of risk as you’d be treading in unfamiliar territory. You can minimalize the risk by studying more about it and all things worth having require effort now, don’t they? I’m just making it sound dramatic because I messed up and I don’t want you to mess up.
After following a basic routine for a few months and building a healthy skin barrier, you can start adding actives to your routine that benefit you and up your skincare game a notch. But do not enter the actives zone unless you’ve found a good Cleanser, moisturizer, and Sunscreen routine. After nailing your basic routine wait a month or two before introducing a new product and introduce a single product at a time. Be patient skincare takes time to show any results.

Let’s talk actives now.

AHAs: Alpha hydroxy acids or it is called, are exfoliating agents that work on surface-level helping you clear out tiny bumps on your skin (CCs). AHAs brighten your skin too helping with hyperpigmentation as they work on the surface level. Even though using acids on your skin sounds terrifying, don’t worry much they are well-researched ingredients and do wonders to your skin. Glycolic acid, Lactic acid (Milder), Mandelic acid (Milder) are commonly found ingredients.
BHAs: BHAs are oil-soluble ingredients so they work at the pore level. The soak up the oil clogging the pore that was about to become a pimple. These help people with acne a lot. Salicylic acid, betaine salicylate (Milder) are commonly found ingredients.
PHAs: PHAs are really mild ingredients and can be very well treated by people with sensitive skin. All these ingredients are exfoliating ingredients that are naturally derived (from almonds, sugarcane, beets, etc;) and can be found in various formulations and products like toners, essence, moisturizers, sometimes cleansers (but these make very less difference as they don’t sit on your face longer). Start with the smallest percentage you can find and start introducing it once a week. No matter what the product says, don’t start anything with the recommended usage. Start bringing it into your routine by using it once a week for a month or so and then increase it to twice a week. You can really irritate your skin if you aren’t careful enough. Be patient, they’ll help you.
Over exfoliation: This is a thing and if you happen to do this, that is exfoliate more than you are supposed to, your skin is going to freak the F out. You’ll damage your skin barrier, deal with more breakouts, your skin will remain red for long periods of time so don’t overuse a product that you have never used before. (I’ve had to deal with this btw)
Niacinamide: This is an active form of vitamin B3 that helps with pigmentation, sebum production and therefore reducing the size of your pores. This ingredient is really well tolerated by everyone and often is referred to as a holy grail ingredient.
Now the I haven’t had experience with ingredients like vitamin C, Retinoids, Azelaic acid, and others yet and so I can’t speak from personal experience but research them thoroughly if you’d want t get into them. They can make your situation worse if you don’t use them carefully. Since I’m a dummy too I’d want to stay away from them for now.
Purging: Also learn about purging. Whenever you’re introducing any actives your skin becomes worse before it gets better (worse as in you’ll deal with more than you usually do, so it changes from person to person). Purging is only possible if you are using products with active exfoliants, such as AHAs, BHAs, scrubs, peels, or retinoids. Why? Because exfoliation causes your skin to push the blockages inside of it out to the surface. Therefore, you can’t really “purge” from using a new moisturizer or new sunscreen. If you feel like you are “purging” after using a new moisturizer (or new product without any actives), you are probably just breaking out from the product. This usually lasts for a few weeks. Watch this video to know more.
Also, here’s a guide on adding products I found recently that might help you.

Skin Concerns

First knowing what skin type you have, helps a lot. Go through this video and then you can understand what might help your skin.
Let’s get through skin concerns now and let’s begin with the most common issue “Acne”.
Oily skin people usually have to deal with acne compared to dry skin people. The frustrating thing about acne is there isn’t a single thing you can point out to be the potential cause. There are literally a ton of factors that can trigger acne. So, first, let’s understand why you breakout. Our skin is made up of pores right and these pores usually have hair follicles, and there are sebaceous glands in these pores that produce oil to nourish your skin and the follicle. But we being humans we shed skin cells quite often and this is called skin cell turnover (about 50% of the dust around you comprises of dead skin cells). Sometimes when too much oil is produced or too many dead skin cells are shed our pores usually make a cocktail of oil and dead skin cells blocking our pores and these are clogged pores. There’s this bacteria called p.acne that enters this cocktail sometimes to party, and when our body detects this invasion it sends white blood cells to fight them off and it becomes this pus-filled pimple. Lack of sleep, stress, hormones, food, etc. can also trigger acne from inside messing up the oil production and skin cell turnover.

Regulating Sebum Production:

  1. Look out for ingredients like Niacinamide, green tea.
  2. Moisturize your skin so your skin doesn’t have to.
  3. Use a cleanser that isn’t over stripping.
  4. Include facial oils to lock in the moisture, it really can be a game-changer. Look out for oils with high linoleic acid like Rosehip oil or squalene as they are light on the skin. (oils high in oleic acid can help dry skin by providing sufficient nourishment as they tend to be rich).

Managing dead skin:

Exfoliants: Exfoliation is the way to help our skin with managing its skin cell turnover. You might be familiar with scrubs we usually find in the market. Scrubs are labeled under physical exfoliation. Even though people have been using physical exfoliation for a long time, it is actually proven to be not skin-friendly. The grains in scrubs usually cause micro-tears in your skin and might aggravate aging. Also, avoid scrubs if you have breakouts on your face, or maybe just avoid the region you have the breakout. If it’s cut open it might lead to further inflammation, pigmentation and makes you more susceptible to have another breakout. If you are choosing physical exfoliation make sure the grains are as tiny as possible. I actually find chemical exfoliators beneficial and safe. About which I’ve added in the Actives section. Pigmentation: There’ two types of Pigmentation. One is PIE the other is PIH. PIE is the red spot you usually have after the pimple situation. It is usually red as vessels below the skin are damaged. If you further irritate your skin or expose it to sunlight your skin triggers melanocytes to produce more melanin to save keratinocytes, therefore resulting in PIH. This is the dark spot that you see after the pimple situation. Pigmentation takes months to heal so your best bet is to prevent it from happening. So, what can you do to prevent it? Firstly, stop picking at your pimples. It just irritates your skin and more irritation equals more damage which equals more recovery time. Don’t go under sunlight if you don’t have sunscreen on. It is generally advised to wear sunscreen even though you are indoors. If you don’t wear sunscreen with enough SPF, there’s no point in doing any sort of treatment for those spots. It would all just be a moo point. So, wear sunscreen kids.
For reduction of pigmentation, you can add niacinamide, AHAs, Vitamin C, azelaic acid to your routine. But sunscreen first.

Dry skinned beauties:

Dry skinned people are usually more susceptible to aging so, it’s really important to hydrate and moisturize your skin. You can add ingredients like Hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and choose moisturizers that are usually thick in consistency. Also, add toners and essences for hydration. You can also lookup slugging online. Follow Charlotte Palermino on Instagram for advice.

Advice from experience

I had to learn these things the hard way as I f’d up way too much and I literally gambled with my skin, which I strongly advise you against btw. I was just an idiot honestly, hope you take away these things.
  1. Asian beauty over everything: This is just a personal preference actually as they usually tend to be really really mild and beginner-friendly.
  2. Keep your skin happy. Do not irritate it no matter what. If you find that something is irritating your skin dump it no matter how much you’ve paid for it or just use it on your body. Also, keep your routine really simple. The more products you add the more you are susceptible to irritation and the less you’ll know what might have caused it.
  3. Don’t underestimate the damage products can do. Introduce any sort of product with caution, always stay on the back foot. Introduce anything in small amounts. You don’t need a ton of ingredients and products to have healthy skin, keep it simple, and only introduce products according to needs.
  4. Always always always start with the least potent product you can find, to help your skin get used to it.
  5. No essential oils. Essential oils do more bad than good usually. They might trigger serious irritation, speed up aging. No tea tree oil topical application and all, trust me on this. There were way better ingredients out there that you can experiment with.
  6. No fragrance can be the way to go if you can find it. Usually, companies don’t disclose the ingredients they’ve used for fragrance and so some ingredient present in there might trigger irritation.
  7. If you find a red spot you see before the pimple pops up, it usually means something irritated your skin and now it is Inflamed. Spot treating it with pure aloe vera gel helps a ton. You can try wow 99% aloe gel (the only product I trust enough from wow btw).
  8. STOP TOUCHING YOUR FACE.
  9. Pimple popping isn’t worth the shit you have to deal with later at all.
  10. Give your product some time. Sometimes it might not be the product that irritated your skin so don’t jump on that trigger quick.
  11. No product is going to change your skin overnight, there is no miracle product out there. So, stop being impatient and using it more than you can handle. There is nothing called overnight transformation. No face mask will resolve all your issues. Rome was not built in a day. Skincare is an everyday habit, consistency is a must. Sometimes breakouts/purging can cause you a lot of anxiety. This can make you go overboard and cause more harm than good. Please be patient with your skin and trust the process.
  12. Don’t be too harsh on yourself, dealing with acne can be hard and takes a toll on our mental health. Just remember it doesn’t define you and you can do something about it.
  13. With great power comes great responsibility. The ingredients you find people mentioning online that made a difference for them can be really good but if you don’t use them carefully, you might have to deal with more.
  14. Skincare is a marathon, not a race. Remember that the efforts you’re putting in will benefit you in long term.
  15. Start reading the ingredients list, you’ll eventually know why there is a specific ingredient in there with time. Use https://incidecoder.com/ to read the ingredient label before purchasing a product.
  16. Only move to the next product if you’re sure that the current one you’re using doesn’t irritate you.
  17. Listen to your skin, not to reviews not to YouTubers. Monitor & observe your skin closely. If some advice is producing negative results even after consistent efforts, no matter how many people claim the advice is working for them, drop it, and vice versa. Learn to observe what causes your skin to react positively/negatively. People are paid to make reviews online if you have a channel on YouTube or they sed products free of cost for them to review (barter) so don’t take reviews too seriously unless you trust the source. (primarily wow and mama earth).
  18. NO DIY. Some natural things that are safe to put on your face are honey, aloe vera, tomato masks now and then for brightening(it has lactic acid in it), and you can spot treat pimples with a mixture of turmeric and milk. Don’t overdo any of these either.
  19. Sleep early ( I can’t seem to do this but it literally changes your skin game), stay hydrated, change pillow covers often, wash your towels, so basically make sure everything that comes into contact with your skin is clean.
  20. We are all different. Our skin is not the same. Our environment is not the same. Our genes are not the same. What may be too much for me maybe too little for you and, vice-versa. Please patch-test before you try any new product.
  21. Skincare YouTubers and Instagrammers: Beauty Within, Liah Yoo, James Welsh, Cassandra Bankson, Hyram, Lab muffin, Samapti Banerjee, Charlotte Palermino, Gothamista, these are some people that I follow.
Enjoy the process, enjoy taking time for yourself. Happy skincare people.
Credits: Reddit: skincareaddicts, Asianbeauty, indianskincareaddicts.
Edit: Adding a previous post of mine
Skincare is a journey, so here's some things that help improve your skin quite a bit.
1. Sleep: Sleep is such an affecting factor when I look back. When I was in college I used to sleep at around 4-5 am (just being a normal millennial I guess) and my skin was bad most of the time, there were several other factors that contributed to it too but sleep was definitely one. I realised this recently when I had been in a motorcycle accident and had to have surgery. After the surgery I used to sleep at around 12-1 am and during the initial stages of my recovery and my skin rarely if ever broke out. So yeah even though it's hard to put your phone down missing out on watching those food videos and all just remind yourself you need to have better at any cost.
2. Pillow covers and Bed sheets: If you've ever heard any Youtuber talk about this trust them it's true. When I had the accident I told you about I broke my collarbone, So I couldn't turn around when I'm asleep so my face was never in contact with the bed during the night and as a result my face was clear. I was able to pin this down when I started recovering. I could sleep on my right side (collarbone is broken on the left side) after a while and in a few days my face started to break out on my right side. It was weird kind of, no spot on my left side but a few pimples on my right. So yes Bed sheets and pillow covers do matter. I don't use a pillow but I don't change the bedsheet regularly being the lazy 21 yr old I am, So I try sleeping on my back most of the time. But this isn't effective all the time, so sheets do matter.
3. Water: Come on now what problem do you have with drinking water, just drink plenty of water everyday and stay hydrated. You have literally nothing to lose and everything to gain so just drink your damn water.
4. Digestion and Bowel movement: Include more fibre into your diet for better digestion. Have a big glass of warm water after you wake up empty stomach, it really helps. A healthy gut results in healthy skin.
5. Diet: Stay away from sugar, unhealthy fats, Dairy products. Include healthy fats that are rich in omega 3 like walnuts, egg yolks, flax and chia seeds, and sea food if you're a non vegetarian. My skin quality was always poor , I get strech marks even with the slightest change in my body, so I started adding omega 3 religiously although I don't know if it's made any difference.
( Maintain moderation in diet and you'll be fine)
6. Don't touch your face: It's so hard not to do this but this might be a game changer. No matter how much you want to touch the pimple that's gonna pop out in a day or two refrain from doing it. If you have to touch because it's itching or for some other reason wash your hands properly before hand. I've become too conscious of this recently, I use my right index finger for whenever I need to touch my face. So I avoid touching anything with this finger and it kind of seperates itself on it's own whenever I'm using my hands. Wash your hands at all costs before touching your face.
7. Keep your hair clean: This way you can reduce the acne around your hair line.
8. Don't irritate your skin: Learning to listen to your skin a great skill imo. I never understand if the product is bad or it's just purging and I end up irritating my skin most of the time. I don't understand when my skin is agitated , might be because I don't observe enough, but don't over use anything and stress your skin, any product takes a bit time to show any result. Skin care is a marathon kind of thing, results won't appear instantly so embrace this journey and keep learning :-) 9. Your facial oil is good: It's just produced to retain the moisture on your face. Don't strip it away to get a squeaky clean feeling after you wash your face, this'll just result in more oil production and as a result P. acne gets more feed.
10. Use a Clean Towel: It's comes in contact with your face so there's no need to stress on how important it is for your towels to be clean. Or if you have the patience just air dry your face.
So focus on getting your basics right because if you don't get these right no amount of skin care products can help.
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2020.11.21 15:26 _Sky__ [OC] Benevolent Evil (Chapter 1) Dying

Author's Note:
Hi everyone.
Writing is a hobby of mine, and HFY has allowed me to innocently enjoy it for the last couple of years. But, I never really had time to do it right (not to mention the general lack of skill I possess). And even more so, I always felt that the stories I previously wrote were not the kind I wished to tell. Not that they were bad, many of you seemed to like them; for some reason.
However, this here is a different type of beast. Unlike my prior works, it is all but a short story. And instead of being Sci-Fi, it is a full-blown Epic Dark Fantasy Isekai with LightRPG elements
Furthermore, the pacing of the plot is slow at times and littered with many seemingly unimportant details that end up with a neck-breaking plot twist (the infuriating kind). And there is a changing POV throughout the chapters.
Judging by the feedback I got from the beta readers, you will either love it or hate it. There is no in-between.
But what matters most to me is that I enjoyed writing it, and even more so reading it. And I know there are people who love this kind of stuff too.
So here you go my weirdo friends, enjoy
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Benevolent Evil

(Chapter 1) The End of Me - part1




I died on a Friday.
Even though death always seemed to me like the sort of crap Monday would pull off -or maybe Thursday- you can never trust a Thursday.
Yeah… not much more I would say about that. But what came after… well, not every day you see an afterlife.
There was no bright light at the end of a tunnel or a voice of a loved one to follow: only dead silence and the inner echo of my reminiscence.
I did not understand it. That spaceless place devoided of color and existence alike. A nostalgic afterthought of my memories shining like a single candle in a universe that knows of no stars.
But then -as instantly as it gets- the reality of the moment shifted as if somebody just flipped a switch of the existence itself.
And I was there... somehow confined in a white room that had no boundaries: everything blank, cloudlike, nothing but the color itself around me, easy to describe.
“You seem to be holding quite well... for a dead man,” -a calm voice spoke to me in a rather friendly tone.
“God…?”- Well, that was my best guess. I was not the most devoted believer before, had my hopes and doubts like everyone else.
But hey, dying does change a man’s perspective.
The voice answered, its tone the same-“You could call me that, in a way.”
“Soo… eh”-I felt slightly nervous now -” What happens next?”
Naturally, I didn’t want to end up in hell or something like that. No soul does, I imagine. But to tell you the truth I was not much worried about it, all things considered.
If I ever lacked faith, it wasn’t about my decisions.
I had a life once, a rather recently in fact! And as those things go, I had done a lot of good while living it. Working as a programmer in genetic medicine I sure as hell contributed to saving many lives. Helping doctors develop genetic therapies for countless conditions.
Even partaking a bit in the development of the first truly functional anti-malaria vaccine. Not many dead guys can claim something like that. I pondered.
“Hmmm...”-the God seemed to pause a bit-” I never had a case likes of yours, will have to think this through.”
Now it was my turn to pause.
Never had a case like me?!?
What was he talking about?
“Alright… ?”-my words echoing with confusion-” I’ll wait.”
His reaction seemed ‘out of place' odd and unexpected. It would have nagged me the wrong way any other day of the week too. But I was at peace now. Every conceivable problem somehow very distant. Likely a side effect of the snow-white place I found myself in.
After all, I felt truly ‘relaxed’ here, in a manner so indescribable, yet still so relatable to every of those small perfect moments we had all experienced once or twice. The entirety of my literally life-long worries, now dropped dead from my back. All exams passed, every bill taken care of, my debts to my very existence, now adequately re-payed.
Much better than laying in bed and dying from cancer, I will damn personally testify to that.
“Ehhh...”-the God’s voice echoed from everywhere, still holding that calm sub-tone -” You… your life was not fair, but the afterlife even more so.”
He had a point; I directly contributed to the new medical revolution, only to die like that. The irony being too obvious there.
“I agree...”-my words filled with a strange nostalgia-” never expected it all to end like this.”
The memory almost making me relive all of it, the anger, the desperate effort to find a way to survive. The realization that I would not make it, a stubborn denial. All of it.
“Indeed, but it is your afterlife which worries me here.”-his voice now had just a touch of sadness to it. I looked up, despite the truth that there was really nothing to look at.
“My afterlife?”
“In all the universes I control, never once had a man with such decent intentions ended up accumulating such an evil, such amount of dark karma...”- his lack of further words casting a heavy silence onto me.
I was lost as to what he was talking about. Yet he understood my dilemma without me even voicing it, and answered accordingly.
Well, he was the ‘God’ as far as I knew, so I shouldn’t have been surprised by it.
“Dark karma, its a weight, a burden one’s soul is cursed with due to the life lived.”
“Huh!?” - an evil accumulated? I was never a saint, but what he talked about seemed a bit more problematic than the sex before marriage, if that was even a sin.
“And you have more of it than any human ever had...”- his/its voice trailed off into the silence-” Way more. Your sins are too grave, even for my mercy to lift them.”
It stunned me dead, like a hammer to a forehead.
How by the hell was that even possible? He spoke of me as if I was a mass murderer or something! Give me a break; I had a few fistfights in my time, breaking someone’s nose here and there. And that is the closest thing I came to sending somebody to an early grave.
Now, I did punch out a few teeth from that guy who slapped my younger sister, yet anybody could hardly blame me for it. No?
“You sure you are talking to the right guy? Right?”-I finally asked, an awkward smile all over my face.
“Niilo Novak-” he spoke my name”- a programmer in genetic medicine.”
“Yes...” I answered, realizing that any being likes of him/it was unlikely to make a case of mistaken identity.
The ‘God’ understandably knew I was still confused, so he gave me a short introduction to the sole concept of karma. The measure of right and wrong across and beyond existence. I understood that with no effort.
He judged one’s deeds depending on the circumstances, weighing reasons and hardships alike, comprehending the consequences, understanding as to why the deed was done, and then… he would derive a number.
Just a single number... which he would double-check. Supposedly, not something the being likes of him often did.
To me, that sounded ridiculous; to affirm one’s entire life, his whole human worth down to a crude mathematical value was an insult to the life lived. Nothing more than arrogantly throwing around an indecipherable figure whose origin no man could hope to replicate.
I was stumped-“How?! One man’s life worth?! You can put a number on that?!”
“Yes… it’s around ten. A good round number actually. Just how you humans like it.”
“Ehh, ten?”- never in my life did any word sounded so empty, so soulless.
But the raw numbers and their explanations, their justifications. They just kept piling up onto my confusion and sense of wrong.
Yet the reality was such.
Wast quantity of morality brought down to a meager figure. An equation that, by his/its words, found me weighed down by my sins.
“But I never killed anyone.”- and was damn sure about it.
If they do not count lab and farm animals...
OH!
Uncomfortable idea that the ‘God’ might be a type of vegan-maniac occurred to me.
“I am not talking about animals.”-his answer was to the point.-” Killing sapient beings on the same level as you is the crucial problem here.”
I was damn confused, strangely relaxed but confused none the less.
“Sapient beings?”-I understood the words, but for the love of me could not understand what he/it was talking about.
“I do not see how possibly I could have-” Yet I never finished my thought.
Giant screen erupted in my face out of nowhere—simple white background, words and numbers made of notoriously dark letters striking me to the core.
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Name: Niilo Novak
Race: Human
Status: Dead
Dark Karma: 13 476 003 501
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If I wasn’t dead already, I would have likely suffered a heart attack, panic attack, or a thing like that. And I wasn’t a guy to panic for no reason.
“ You sure understand… ” -the God’s voice echoed- ”that number over thirteen billion presents the problem.”
”Oj Oj! Wait a minute!”- I shouted from the bottom of my soul - “I was a stubborn asshole on countless occasions. And God knows I can hold a grudge like no other man alive… but this is some sinister shit. WAY above my level of screwup!”
“Indeed, these levels of dark karma are highly abnormal.”-he stated bluntly.
Yea, I managed to figure that much, yet how by the fricking hell did I manage to ‘score’ those numbers was…
“By killing a few billion people, that is how.”- his tone of voice as calm as if we talked about air temperature.
I had nothing to say at that very moment, still rushing over my memories. Knowing that what he said could fucking not be true! Killing billions of people tends to be something you fricking remember!
“The last thing you made, that is what killed them.”- his/its voice still holding clarity and sub-tone of understanding.
That same voice then described how a simple software [Genetic Compiler] I wrote in the hope of enabling people to one-day design costume tailored medicine to their individual needs was instead turned into the most devastating weapon humanity ever witnessed. Knowledge is the power, but not everyone wields it in the direction you approve of.
"Oh! Whoa!!!"- I panicked -" Hey, hey! That can't be my fault; I never intended for it to be used in such a way!"
"Hmmm...indeed"- his tone of voice judgmental -" It is fascinating how you humans always judge the others by their actions, but yourself by your intentions."
He/it proceeded to show me all of it. Suffering and destruction on a scale never seen before. Viruses, bacteria, and nanites designed and programmed by a version of my very own software, thrown onto the world. Shortly after my death, shortly after I published my final work. My magnum opus, my monument to humanity, turned into its grave.
"I know your intentions were not malicious. But not all the people think as you do. "- he explained softly, no malice in his voice—only sorrowful understanding.
"Yet you are still blaming me, and not on the monsters who had done those atrocities."- I countered him.
"Oh, trust me"- he paused-" I wasn't so polite towards them."- the ominous aura seeped from his voice for the first time.
God continued- "There was this one abominable individual. He wanted to construct a virus that would disbalance the hormones in kids—desiring to enjoy a world where seven-year-olds would experience sexual stimuli and feel attracted to him, him especially. "
My eyes widened in horror-"No, that is not poss-"
"He succeeded partially..."- my words cut off mercilessly-" Most kids that got infected died; others were impotent for the entirety of their life. The rest, inherited some of his unsavory traits."
Dull, empty, barren feeling crushed something inside me. All self-righteousnesses I had, now evaporating in the face of reality.
In a hospital, upon my death bed, strapped on strong painkillers, I was regretful… as I was dying, cursing myself for I never had a family, never got married, never named my child.
What I had missed in life, I realized far too late.
Like every other fool, I always thought I would have time. It turned out, however, the time didn't have my plans in mind.
And now, in death I came to wittiness that the only thing giving me some comfort while the end was so near. The belief I at least helped the world a little. Turned out to be my worst crime.
A broken heart is something people endure… a fractured soul, not so much.
I tried to say, ask, question. The things spoken about here happened after I died. Others would have one day invent something similar anyhow. Power of technological progress is a fate in its own right. If mankind was destined to turn its intellect on itself I had no control over it.
"Your words are reasonable, to you. Yet the reality doesn't care for what you consider to be sane."
"This can't be..."-I said to myself.
"Do you have an idea on how I double-check my judgment?"- He asked.
Naturally, I nodded in negative.
It turned out he would do nothing short of humanely simulating the entire world and the parts of existence upon which the life I lived had a palatable influence.
He would literally take a look upon how the world would look if I had never existed in the first place. In the end, comparing the amount of suffering such a world would experience vs the one that had the misfortune to harbor my existence.
The final results were damning.
“Others capable of creating what you did would have patented it first or sold it to some pharmaceutical giant, probably...”-the words seemed to boom from all directions and none-” others wouldn’t immediately publish it online, not all of it anyhow...”-he/it added with a strong voice- “But most of all, others would make sure that private DNA data run through the compiler was encrypted. Not stored to a public library for everyone to download, to abuse as they wish.”
I gasped for the air…
“But the others capable of inventing it weren’t desperate, dying, nor running out of time...”- he/it paused -” sadly for them, you had nothing else left.”
Before I had a chance to answer, a flow of information assaulted my mind, every moral mistake I made in my code suddenly falling to compile.
I never designed the nanites that could stay dormant for months and activate only after infecting most of the population. Never even imagined somebody producing a plague that would destroy the crops of other countries, for the sole purpose of manipulating grain prices on a stock market. And I never tried to construct bacteria whose only purpose was to inflict its victims with a dreadful sensation of being burnt alive. Nor to make it capable of obstructing every painkiller known to men.
Was I that dumb, idiotic in a way that I wasn’t able to see it?
Tears wanted to fall down my cheek, but couldn’t; I don’t know why. Not even when shown my niece which I had never met. Born years after I was dead, named after me, suffer and succumb to one of many untold horrors of my indirect making.
“They did use it to make a medicine; your software served that purpose too-” the God told me -” Sadly, it was always inevitably easier to destroy than it is to create in your case. Stabbing someone does not take much. Yet, an operation to save the wounded man requires a skillfully trained surgical team. “- he/it explained in the words even a child could comprehend.
The product of my intellect was not perfect; it could not do all the things shown to me. Still, it did not matter; it was a foundation upon which others build their own. Improved directly on my invention, but not on my intentions.
State of my mind and soul inflicted by the truth of what I have done. Intentions are irrelevant; the end result is everything.
Yet the God was willing to explain further.
Other inventions throughout history had also taken a tremendous toll, enabled countless evils. The one who made the first blade partakes in responsibility for all the ones who had been slaughtered. But he is also deserving for every slice of food served, every rope cut from a slave's hand, every medical operation ever performed.
In the end, the benefits of such things most often outweigh the horrors inflicted. But not in my case... after what I have given them, humanity turned towards salvation elsewhere, transcending their frail biological form. Something they would have done anyhow; it was just that now my invention could never atone for all the evil it inflicted, as it was no longer ever needed in such capacity.
“I tried not to judge you hard.”- finally, he concluded-” Never in my eternal existence have I -nor will I- be as merciful as I was to you.”
I knew it was the truth, but the gravity of my actions was too heavy. Even I considered he should throw me into the darkness, yet my fear begged for a different resolution to this horror. To cowardly be spared instead of being cast aside as a monster which I was.
How could I have cursed the world like that?
Few people die only to find out the world would have been immeasurably better if they were never born in the first place.
“I gave EVERY possible leniency to lower your dark karma, but even being as powerful as I could not help you-” His voice heavy with a trace of guilt.
“Even being like you? God unable to contain my sins?”-I asked, partially hoping it would erase me from existence then and there.
“You humans might have ideas about me, but I am not all-capable nor omnipotent. I can’t negate what has been done.”
Time passed, not sure how much.
Nobody spoke a thing.
Time was a different thing here.
Nothing could be done, my intentions were irrelevant. The will of the God-like being coldly inadequate.
Demons of mine, the mere mortal, transcending even the death.
“I decided-” the solemn voice spoke after what seemed both like a moment and eternity.
I did not answer, could not answer.
“Reborn into another universe, far away from my domain you will get to live again. What happens there is completely out of my control. Nothing else I can do.”
I nodded, not because I understood what was to happen; rather I wanted not to trouble him. Somehow I knew this decision would cost him more than I dared to imagine.
“Take good luck Niilo, you will need it.”- were the last words the God ever told me. Few dead guys can say that.
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Next Chapter ->

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2020.11.21 14:30 casstaways Sustainable materials: a guide to what to look for on a clothing tag

Hey guys! I'm a freelance climate writer & my aim is to make information about sustainability and what we can do to help the planet accessible & easy to understand through a sustainability newsletter.
In September me and sustainable fashion brand Mareco put together a newsletter about sustainable textiles & what to look for on a clothing label. I'm sharing here in case it's useful :)

Care labels: What to Look For

Care labels are not only there to guide you on how to take care of your garment. They also give you a lot more information. Here’s what it all means:

Origin

Overall, workers in European factories are paid normal wages and the factories have stricter regulations - but even in countries like the UK, human rights abuses take place. There are also clothing brands that aim to support workers in Bangladesh and around the world by paying them a fair wage.
So the country where the product is made doesn’t show exactly if a certain product is truly sustainable or not. The easiest way is to look up the clothing brand’s story and find out if they are open about where they produce their garments. Look for photos from the factories and information beyond stating “we are a sustainable brand” on the homepage. If you can’t find more details about the brand’s procedures and principles, I would suggest avoiding them, or asking them more questions.

Price Tag

We are always attracted by cheap prices. But when you truly understand the price breakdown, you will find that it’s much better for the environment, for the factories, for the fabric mills and for yourself if you pay an item’s true value.
If you see a 100% organic cotton T-shirt for around £5-10 I would suggest you stay away, as buying it would likely support a brand which is squeezing the factories for cheaper prices and paying lower than the average salary to their workers.

Fabrics to avoid:

Fabrics to look for:

The products at Mareco are 100% organic cotton, but they also plan to introduce other eco-friendly materials in future collections. Follow Mareco on Instagram at @mareco_design.

So Now What Do I Do?

LEARN MORE
TRY SOMETHING NEW
CHANGE THE SYSTEM
Anyway, this was a super-long post but I hope it was interesting and if you have any other resources, please share! Also if you like this, I post a new email every 2 weeks about a different topic of climate action on my newsletter. The next one is on having an eco-friendly Christmas :)
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2020.11.21 08:51 mnsh777 Pompeo Visits West Bank Settlement and Offers Parting Gifts to Israeli Right

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/19/world/middleeast/pompeo-bds-golan-heights-west-bank.html
Pompeo Visits West Bank Settlement and Offers Parting Gifts to Israeli Right
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the boycott-Israel movement would be treated as anti-Semitic, and ordered that imports from Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank be labeled products of Israel.
JERUSALEM — The high point of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s valedictory trip to Israel could easily have been the long, grateful recitation by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday of the gifts that the Trump administration has bestowed upon his right-wing government.
But then Mr. Pompeo unwrapped some new ones.
He announced that the United States would henceforth view the international boycott-Israel movement as anti-Semitic. He stopped on the occupied West Bank, becoming the most senior American official to visit one of Israel’s settlements, which much of the world considers a violation of international law.
And he directed that goods imported to the United States from a large swath of the West Bank be labeled “made in Israel.” The scope of that act, experts noted, far exceeded even the large section of the West Bank that the Trump peace plan envisioned being annexed by Israel.
“The people of the book have not had a better friend,” Mr. Netanyahu said to Mr. Pompeo in Jerusalem on Thursday morning, after gushing that the classification of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement as anti-Semitic was “simply wonderful.”
All told, Mr. Pompeo’s whirlwind day was scarcely a mere victory lap. It was a last chance to reinforce Israel’s hard-line approach to the Palestinians and, as Democrats and other supporters of a two-state solution cried foul, to place political land mines in the path of the incoming Biden administration.
It was also a day filled with photo opportunities that could be useful for Mr. Pompeo, particularly with the evangelical Christian voters he has long courted, were he to seek the Republican nomination for president in 2024.
Joel C. Rosenberg, an evangelical author and pollster based in Jerusalem who is a friend of Mr. Pompeo’s, said the secretary was “solidifying his position as one of the great friends of Israel.”
“There’s no question,” Mr. Rosenberg said. “And if he decided to run in 2024, he is squeezing the toothpaste out of the tube to show just how serious he is about strengthening the U.S. – Israel alliance. I think he’s using the time wisely.”
Mr. Pompeo’s admirers say his support for Israel, like his evangelical beliefs, is deeply felt.
But there is also a rushed sense to the Trump administration’s diplomatic moves on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as the clock runs down as if, like settlers themselves, they are frantically pouring concrete in hopes that it will set before Jan. 20. It is the same approach the lame-duck administration is taking with Iran.
In both places, some of those moves will be difficult to reverse.
Others, however, like the new labeling guidelines for West Bank products, could be undone with the stroke of a pen, said Michael J. Koplow, an analyst and supporter of a two-state solution at the Israel Policy Forum.
He called the made-in-Israel rules a “fringe issue” that would resonate with Jewish Republicans, but said Mr. Biden would pay little political price for reversing it.
“But it also seems to be the case that Pompeo supports a vision of greater Israel as a core belief, irrespective of whether or not he runs for president down the road,” Mr. Koplow said.
From Jerusalem, Mr. Pompeo drove to Qasr el Yahud, an Israeli-controlled area on the banks of the Jordan River that is traditionally held to be the site of Jesus’s baptism.
Later in the day, in another first for a U.S. secretary of state, he flew to an old military fortification atop a strategic hill in the long-disputed Golan Heights overlooking Syria. Editors’ Picks I’m Tired of Babysitting Man-Babies at Work Scientists Destroyed a Nest of Murder Hornets. Here’s What They Learned. How ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ Foretold Our Era of Grifting
Israel captured the territory from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed it in 1981, a move rejected by the United Nations Security Council. But President Trump recognized Israel’s authority over the Golan last year.
But it was Mr. Pompeo’s lunchtime stop at the Psagot winery in a Jewish settlement near the West Bank city of Ramallah that drew the loudest protests.
Local Palestinians and Israeli land experts say that many of the vines that supply the Psagot winery grow on plundered soil. Several Palestinian families are registered as the legal owners of nearly 20 acres around the settlement that are now planted with the winery’s grapevines.
Munif Treish, a 70-year-old Palestinian-American who said his family owned land in Psagot, called Mr. Pompeo’s visit astonishing.
“By law, Pompeo is supposed to protect the property and interests of American citizens all over the world,” he said. “But he is coming here to give legitimacy to the Israeli settlers who are trespassing, grabbing and cultivating our land illegally.”
Mr. Pompeo was familiar with the winery. When it lost a lawsuit last year to get the European Union to reverse its policy of labeling settlement products as made in occupied territory, Mr. Pompeo attacked the European Court of Justice’s decision in the case and rescinded a 1978 State Department memorandum saying that the settlements were inconsistent with international law.
The winery later produced a wine labeled “Pompeo.”
The winery’s majority shareholders are the Falic brothers, the American owners of the Miami-based Duty Free Americas shops, who have contributed generously to both Mr. Netanyahu and Mr. Trump and given millions of dollars to the settlement enterprise.
In a winery guest book, Mr. Pompeo wrote, “May I not be the last secretary of state to visit this beautiful land.”
The new guidelines Mr. Pompeo announced on imports specify that all goods produced within the 60 percent of the West Bank where Israel exercises full control would be required to be marked as a product of Israel, or as “Made in Israel,” when sold in the United States.
Since 1995, in the wake of the Israeli-Palestinian Oslo peace accords, such goods had to be labeled as originating in the West Bank.
Mr. Pompeo said that the decision was consistent with the administration’s “reality-based foreign policy approach,” and that the producers “operate within the economic and administrative framework of Israel and their goods should be treated accordingly.”
But the new policy could have broader meaning.
The Trump plan, which Mr. Netanyahu endorsed, would ultimately grant Israel sovereignty over all the settlements in return for a truncated, barely contiguous Palestinian state.
“Falsely labeling settlement products as ‘made in Israel’ means that Israel continues to benefit from its illegal and oppressive occupation of Palestine with complete impunity, thus giving the Israeli government no incentive to change its behavior, end the occupation and work toward peace,” said Mohammad Mustafa, economic adviser to Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority.
Left-wing Israelis warned that the move to sanitize traces of the occupation from exports of settlement goods to the United States would backfire.
“A glorious own goal for Israeli agriculture and industry, another victory for B.D.S.,” the activist Yariv Oppenheimer wrote on Twitter. “If it is impossible to distinguish between settlements and produce of Israel, the solution for many people will be to boycott everything. We are all settlers.”
It was unclear what practical and immediate effect Mr. Pompeo’s designation of the B.D.S. movement as anti-Semitic would have.
“We want to stand with all other nations that recognize the B.D.S. movement for the cancer that it is,” he said, saying the United States would deny government support to groups that embrace it.
Modeled on the fight against apartheid in South Africa, B.D.S. seeks to mobilize international economic and political pressure on Israel in solidarity with the Palestinians. Many supporters see it as aimed primarily at ending Israel’s occupation of the West Bank. But its opponents say the movement’s real goal is the elimination of Israel as a Jewish state.
Mustafa Barghouti, a Palestinian leader in the West Bank who is a proponent of the boycott, assailed Mr. Pompeo’s announcement as another attempt by the Trump administration to box in Mr. Biden by placing before him “obstacles that they think are irreversible.”
“B.D.S. is a peaceful, nonviolent movement,” Mr. Barghouti said. “Calling it anti-Semitic is another way of suppressing people’s rights of freedom of expression and freedom of choice, and also a harassment of the American people who have the right to choose whether to participate in it or not participate in it.”
But Gerald Steinberg, president of NGO Monitor, a right-leaning group that tracks groups that it sees as anti-Israel, said B.D.S. advocates “refer to Israel as inherently racist,” challenging the morality of its founding.
He did agree, however, that the decision could pose problems for the Biden administration.
“It sets a marker,” he said. “And it will be difficult for Democrats who oppose the demonization of Israel to ignore this marker.”
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2020.11.20 18:24 deathtothemods crucifixed


munchhausen syndrome by proxy-
this is how they got me:
they carved out and hollowed my moxie,
replaced it with something more poxy-
this is exactly how they got me.

fuckers made me sick when i was healthy
because they wanted to be the ones to
take care of me.

munchhausen syndrome by proxy-
this is how they all started out:
"sweet little thing, you're so sweet, so little a thing,"
"poor little girl, you're so poor, so little a girl,"
"you are my world, don't fret over shit, my big little girl,"
"you need me, you need me, thank god i am here, see?"

grandiose narcissists :: freakshow leper shit:
is there a fucking difference between them?


munchhausen syndrome by proxy-
i said i don't want it,
i said i don't need it,
i said you are fucking hurting me;
i told them to please
fuck off and leave,
none of this has been healthy for me.

munchhausen syndrome by proxy-
i was born hot as the sun,
but they sucked and they sucked all my warmth;
i was born bright as the moon,
but they siphoned off all of the light from this hearth;
i moved like water but they chained me to earth,
i was grounded as fuck but they scorched my damn world;
i was free as the air but they started a fire,
they told me to live free was to help them die faster,
they told me to flow forward was to murder my ancestors,
they showed me i murdered my ashcestors,
though i never in life behaved like a fire--
at least never before they deemed me this pyre.


munchhausen syndrome by proxy-
i spent eons in a crib,
cradled by the arms of
serpents and pigs.
munchhausen proxy by syndrome-
i fumbled for a way out, and
the more i fought the more i ended up
exactly where i never belonged
in the first place.
syndrome by munchhausen proxy-
they made me need them when i didn't need them,
they crumbled under the pretense of uselessness,
they made me act like i had some use for them,
they made me act like i was the one
needing treatment
because
this made them feel needed
because
this made me
see them, need them, and heed them.


they all had some nasty kismet they needed to fix,
so they used me as a fixer by proxy, they fig'd,
they fixed and they fixed and they fixed me, they did,
oh how they crucifixed fixed me,
oh how they really did fill me
with all their rotting clandestiny;

they nailed me to a cross, a vessel of their personal loss,
and i dangled, i bled, and i died
so that they could have a religion,
so that they could believe in themselves, again,
so that they could call themselves saviors,
as i hung in mid air,
leaking their brands of ludicrous medicine.

they wanted to have a purpose,
so they bent me in that image,
told me, controlled me, owned me,
fed me scraps on the daily, when i never asked,
until i got hooked on their trash.

they imagined my needs- which didn't exist-
and projected all of that onto me;
they called me a needy, weak little weirdo,
and acted like heroes swooping in to the rescue.


i was not pretty,
i was "okay;"
i was not cool,
i was "random;"
i was not smart, witty, tough,
i was just a "stupid dumb whore;"
i was not valuable in the least,
i was just "good enough, good for now,
not to worry though, soon to be all fixed up, yo!"

i wasn't in need of love,
i was only "in need of charity;"
thus i was given high doses of
harmful shit i really didn't
need, you see:
i was "sick" and i "needed help;"
i was "sad" and i "needed hope;"
i was "alone" and i "needed love--"
all of these mother fuckers really said.

all of these mother fuckers really said
i fucking needed them, i was unwell;
all of these mother fuckers really said
i was the codependent one there.











"munchhausen syndrome by proxy-"
they didn't like how that sounded,
so now we all call it
"factitious disorder imposed on another."
sounds like a fucking eminem lyric.

why bother changing the name?
it's the same exact travesty on humanity
no matter what the fuck
we call it:
sick people make healthy people sick
on purpose
so that they can feel healthy
in comparison,
and this is literally "love"
to them.


but,
you play a role in a person's life-
if you fail at that, you can't substitute other roles
in place of it:
that is how you make your partner fucking sick.

if you are a parent who didn't provide money,
you failed:
don't make me lack other things you can fill
just to create the illusion i need you and benefit from you;
it is oppressive to thank you for shit i never wanted or asked for,
especially when i can't thank you for shit i seriously needed growing up;
you don't decide my needs, i do: you didn't supply my needs, thus fuck you.

if you are a parent who didn't provide love or proper attention,
you failed:
don't make your kids lack other things you can fill
just to create the illusion you're needed,
it's over, it's done-
that deformed, loveless, hungry little monster
is now off to ruin everyone,
before running back home to you
for more prescription refills of...
whatever the fuck poison you've been injecting in him.

if you are a boyfriend who wasn't faithful in any form,
you failed- at the simplest task, by the way:
don't make me lack other things you can fill
just to create the illusion i need you and benefit from you,
just to create the illusion that what you give is not actual cancer.


if you are a good friend who talks shit,
you're sick, and you make people sick.

if you are a friend who fucks the exes of friends,
you're sick, and you make people sick.

if you are an employer who doesn't offer health coverage,
you're sick, and you make people sick.

if you are a doctor who prioritizes insurance over actual humans,
you're sick, and you make people sick.

if you are a colleague who manipulates and competes with your colleagues,
you're sick, and you make people sick.

if you are a teacher only because it's your last resort job offer,
you're sick, and you make people sick.

if you have a pet dog which you carry around everywhere acting like it's a human infant,
you're sick, and you make animals sick.

if you are a rich person who doesn't share with family and friends,
you're sick, and you make people sick.

if you are a parent who named your damn kids after yourself, forcing your identity onto them,
you're sick, and you make people sick.
also, you're fucking pathetic.

if you are a police officer because you wanted a gun and pseudo-power,
you're sick, and you make people sick.

if you are a celebrity only because you wanted to be famous,
you're sick, and you make people sick.



there is a difference between
having needs met by your loved ones and community, and
manipulating the world around to serve your irrational, scary needs via forcing people to believe
you are necessary to their well being, directly by making them weaker, stupider, and sicker.

people become so desperate for a purpose,
they miss the point of life entirely,
they miss the point of human beings, generally,
and they therefore misuse the humans around them,
and they therefore create a "purpose"
in you, of you, out of your personal existence,
you are the sacrifice for their new misguided self-based cause--
and you have no choice but to be
their fucking patient, thinking they're the doctor,
thinking you're the sick one, thinking they're nourishing you,
in a loop of total
mental retardation.



how do we even blame these sick fucks
who make us sick as a means to control us,
when all of these sick fucks have been raised
in this savage archaic dystopia, though?

all of these sick, stupid bastards
have been owned, controlled, brainwashed, and formed
by an entire structure
that makes us all sick, sad, scared, and stupid on purpose,
100% as a means to control us:

all of the others who imposed factitious disorders on me
were taught how to do so, are victims of the same process,
were raised to do exactly just this
to me, and everyone else all around-
this is what society is all about,
this is what the media exists to do to us,
we were born to get sick and make each other sick,
ultimately, as a means to serve our shit-fucked sick twisted leaders.


disturbing microcosms of the repulsive fucking macro circumstances:
what the fuck else can i be, but fucking sick?
what choice did you all have, but to make me fucking sick,
you sick fucking hemorrhaging tumors.
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2020.11.20 17:15 BlancheFromage Ikeda's links to Panamanian strongman dictator/drug runner Manuel Noriega

Ikeda's odd fascination with dictators, Communists, and other dodgy company

Here are all the Ikeda + Noriega (sittin' in a tree) pics I have:
"Dialogue" with cancer stick - Noriega's wearing a special medal Ikeda bestowed upon him
Such good buddies!
And you can read all about their bromance here:
Ikeda's bromance with Panamanian dictatostrongman Noriega
From the mid-70's, President Ikeda fostered a close relationship with Manuel Noriega, before and during his period as military dictator of Panama. Noriega repeatedly visited the Taiseki-ji and Noriega hosted Ikeda on several visits to Panama. Both leaders praised each other's virtues in public statements. After a 1981 visit, Noriega named a scenic observation point on one of the Causeway Islands at the Pacific approach to the Panama Canal "Mirador Ikeda". The Soka Gakkai reciprocated by creating a "Noriega Garden" at one of its locales in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka.
Friends of Noriega have alleged that Ikeda provided him with several million dollars' worth of assistance during the worst part of Noriega's crisis in 1987 and 1988, though Soka Gakkai spokesmen deny this. Ikeda reportedly visited Noriega a couple of weeks before Noriega's capture, a visit that has remained unexplained. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soka_Gakkai Source
It is public knowledge that he met with Manuel Noriega, initially in 1974 and several times afterwards; I wonder why they haven’t published that particular dialogue? Source
As you can see, Ikeda pursued and cultivated a relationship with Noriega because at that point, Panama was the premier offshore secret banking destination for the world's criminal scumbags - and Ikeda clearly thought Noriega could be manipulated.
Did you ever wonder WHY Daisaku Ikeda sought Panama strongman Manuel Noriega's friendship?
Of COURSE Noriega looked thrilled to meet Daisaku Ikeda - Ikeda was there to give him money!
Admiral William Crowe was a career Naval officer who when he was ordered to facilitate the relationship between the CIA's Panamanian Drug Cartel Dealer Manuel Noriega and the CIA's favorite Japanese political would be god and Yakuza hoodlum, Daisaku Ikeda
From the mid-70's, President Ikeda fostered a close relationship with Manuel Noriega, before and during his period as military dictator of Panama. Noriega repeatedly visited the Taiseki-ji and Noriega hosted Ikeda on several visits to Panama.
Noriega was captured and brought to Florida to have a secret trial. In his confession, there was a story regarding Japan. It was that Daisaku Ikeda was investing followers’ honest fund in cocaine business cooperating with Noriega. From the benefit, Ikeda gave enormous amount of money to Ozawa of Japanese LDP [political party] continuously. Source
NSA's [SGI-USA's] relationships with Conway and O'Neil typify its assiduous courting of civic leaders. "It doesn't run front groups like the Moonies," says Cynthia Kisser, executive director of the Chicago-based Cult Awareness Network, a nonprofit group dedicated to informing the public about cults. "You don't see a concerted effort to interfere in the political process by running candidates. What you see is a tremendous public relations attempt with these parades and the bell, going around to the schools, and getting the keys to the city from the mayor. This strategy appears to have been handed down from President Ikeda, who rivals the pope for pictures taken with world leaders. Ikeda has met with the late Chou En-lai, Henry Kissinger, Edward Kennedy, Margaret Thatcher, and Manuel Noriega, who was an honored guest at an NSA convention before his drug connections were widely known. Source
triangle of three men, Ichiro Ozawa, Daisaku Ikeda and Noriega - a report criticizing Ozawa, distributed from Washington D.C. to all over the US, refers to a fact that cannot be disregarded. ... Ikeda reportedly visited Noriega a couple of weeks before Noriega's capture, a visit that has remained unexplained. Source
Mr. Williams met with Noriega as well:
Although the cooperative environment created by concentrating on devotion to its leaders was in a sense a beautiful thing, the organization began to resemble a cult. In 1975 I was told by Ted Osaki, that he had consulted with George Williams on the matter and that I and my fiance should not get married. When we disobeyed and did marry, we were shunned by the members. Now 40 years later we are pleased that we did marry then. I lost what respect I had for Williams when he went to Panama as requested by Ikeda and accepted from the military dictator,Noriega, the honorary position of Colonel in the Panamanian Police force. Since then I refer to him as Colonel Williams. Source
World Tribune Monday, May 7, 1984
Manuel Noriega Honors Gen. Director George Williams
While in Panama at SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's request, NSA general director George M. Williams recieved a distinct honor from the government in recognition for all he has done for the people of Panama and for the cause of peace throughout the world.
On Monday, April 30, in the capitol of Panama city, Mr Williams recieved a full military escort to the office of General Manuel Noriega, chief of the country's defense forces, where he was given an honorary appointment to the rank of Colonel. Earlier in his stay, Mr Williams had attended the opening of the new Panamanian community center and the NSP [Nichiren Shoshu Panama] culture festival with General Noriega at the Balboa Theater. [copyright SGI World Tribune] Source - from here
Pics or it didn't happen - this image accompanied this story:
World Tribune Monday, May 7, 1984 Manuel Noriega Honors Gen. Director George Williams
While in Panama at SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's request, NSA general director George M. Williams recieved a distinct honor from the government in recognition for all he has done for the people of Panama and for the cause of peace throughout the world.
On Monday, April 30, in the capitol of Panama city, Mr Williams recieved a full military escort to the office of General Manuel Noriega, chief of the country's defense forces, where he was given an honorary appointment to the rank of Colonel. Earlier in his stay, Mr Williams had attended the opening of the new Panamanian community center and the NSP culture festival with General Noriega at the Balboa Theater. [copyright SGI World Tribune] Source
I'll bet there's no mention of this very important person and relationship anywhere in "The Newwwww Human Revolution".
We could easily do a Noriega-Ceaușescu-Ikeda exhibit
All the dictators who were stupid enough to meet with Ikeda soon saw themselves overthrown and imprisoned or executed. Source
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