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Why "To-Do" lists don't work well... and how to change that

How often do you feel overwhelmed and disorganized in life, whether at work or home? We all seem to struggle with time management in some area of our life; one of the most common phrases besides “I love you” is “I don’t have time”.

Everyone suggests working from a "to-do" list to start getting your life more organized, but why do these lists also have a negative connotation to them?

Let’s say you have a strong desire to turn this situation around with all your good intentions - you may then take out a piece of paper and pen to start tackling this intangible mess with a “to-do” list.

What usually happens, is that you either get so overwhelmed seeing everything on your list, which leaves you feeling worse than you did before, or you make the list but are completely stuck on how to execute it effectively.

“To-do” lists can work for you, but if you are not using them effectively, they can actually leave you feeling more disillusioned and stressed than you did before. Think of a filing system: the concept is good, but if you merely file papers away with no structure or system, the filing system will have an adverse effect.

The same with “to-do” lists - you can put one together, but if you don’t do it right, it is a fruitless exercise.



Most people find that general to-do lists don’t work because:

– They get so overwhelmed just by looking at all the things they need to do.
– They don’t know how to prioritize the items on the list.
– They feel that they are continuously adding to their list, but not reducing it.
– There’s a sense of confusion seeing home tasks mixed with work tasks, etc.

However, there are many advantages working from a “to-do” list:

– You have clarity on what you need to get done.
– You will feel less stressed because all your "to-do’s" are on paper and out of your mind.
– It helps you to prioritize your actions.
– You don’t overlook so many tasks and forget anything.
– You feel more organized.
– It helps you with planning.

Here are my golden rules for making a “to-do” list work:



1) Categorize: 

Studies have shown that your brain gets overwhelmed when it sees a list of 7 or 8 options; it wants to shut down. For this reason, you need to work from different lists. Separate them into different categories and don’t have more then 7 or 8 tasks on each one.

It might work well for you to have a “project” list, a “follow-up” list, and a “don’t forget” list; you will know what will work best for you, as these titles will be different for everybody.

2) Add estimations: 

You don’t merely need to know what has to be done, but how long it will take as well in order to plan effectively. Imagine on your list you have one task that will take 30 minutes, another that could take 1 hour, and another that could take 4 hours.

You need to know the moment you look at the task, otherwise you undermine your planning, so add an extra column to your list and include your estimation of how long you think the task will take, and be realistic!

Tip: If you find it a challenge to estimate accurately, then start by building this skill on a daily basis. Estimate how long it will take to get ready, cook dinner, go for a walk, etc., and then compare this to the actual time it took you. You will start to get more accurate in your estimations.



3) Prioritize:

To effectively select what you should work on, you need to take into consideration: priority, sequence and estimated time. Add another column to your list for priority. Divide your tasks into four categories:

• Important and urgent
• Not urgent but important
• Not important but urgent
• Not important or urgent

You want to work on tasks that are urgent and important of course, but also, select some tasks that are important and not urgent. Why? Because these tasks are normally related to long-term goals, and when you only work on tasks that are urgent and important, you’ll feel like your day is spent putting out fires.

You’ll end up neglecting other important areas which most often end up having negative consequences. Most of your time should be spent on the first two categories.



4) Review: 

To make this list work effectively for you, it needs to become a daily tool that you use to manage your time and you review it regularly. There is no point in only having the list to record everything that you need to do, but you don’t utilize it as part of your bigger time management plan.

For example: At the end of every week, review the list and use it to plan the week ahead. Select what you want to work on taking into consideration priority, time and sequence and then schedule these items into your calendar. Golden rule in planning: don’t schedule more than 75% of your time.

So what are you waiting for? Grab a pen and paper and give yourself the gift of a calm and clear mind by unloading everything in there onto a list now that you have all the tools you need for it to work. Knowledge is useless unless it is applied - how badly do you want more time?

To your success!



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Social Experiment... Fake Hugs vs Real Hugs

I'm a huge advocate of hugs because I think they're an underused and overlooked expression of care and love. So this social experiment was designed to see the difference between a "normal" hug aka what I believe are mostly "fake" hugs and a "real" hug aka one with warmth and love.

You don't need a bunch of explanations... you can literally see the difference in the video and it was crazy to feel the different amounts of love between the two kinds of hugs.

So all I'm asking is that the next time you hug someone, take an extra second to show them you care about them by hugging them for real. Thanks for watching! Try giving out a real hug next time you see someone.

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CAV2yEp720



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Liberalism in America is a big fat lie! Liberals talk about "our values" but their corrupt, divisive, liberal values… are not America’s values!

Hillary Clinton’s defeat is precisely what it seems to be: a rejection not only of the Democratic Party but of contemporary warped, corrosive liberalism. Not only did Clinton lose, but Obama’s legacy was also rejected as an epic failure.

Democrats today may see themselves as heirs to a progressive tradition that traces its lineage back to racist Woodrow Wilson. But that does not describe the Democratic Party that elevated Obama and Hillary Clinton to the position of standard bearer.

Today’s version of progressivism represented by Obama and Clinton accommodates present-day Godless criminality and hate. Rather than trying to build America up, Democrats now willfully create division and tear America down.

Even after losing the election, the divisive Democrat party still doesn’t get it. Corrupt Democrats and the corrupt liberal media have doubled down on their lies and division. The moral of the story… never, ever trust a liberal!

Here are some of devious Democrat's "schemes" for the week... 10/13/2017



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Outrage at University of Nevada: Liar Lib professor Tessa Winkelman caught on camera lying about Vegas massacre.

Loser liberal teacher blames Vegas shooting on Trump? ... our U.S. school system now a Liberal/Communist anti-American propaganda machine!

This Liarr Lib teacher tells her gullible class... "words, especially if they are coming from someone who is president, have consequences?" This line is a phony Liberal talking point, used hundreds of times. However it was never used for eight years... while Racist Obama created hate, fabricated victims and enflamed racial tensions across America!

Democrats and the liar liberal media have been threatening America for years, that there will be violence and death in America. First, Democrats ambushed a Republican Congressman on a baseball field... now the dangerous Democrats have have staged a multiple-shooter assault on the citizens in Vegas.

ANTI-AMERICAN LIBERALS AND DEMOCRATS ARE THE #1 ENEMY OF AMERICA!


Far left propaganda professor Tessa Winkelman is a liberal flake, brainwashing students at Nevada university.

The shooting in Las Vegas was a horrible tragedy... with Stephen Paddock taking the lives of 59 people and over 500 people being injured.

Police and the FBI are now investigating to see what may have motivated him. We have videos of Paddock at Loser Liberal anti-Trump marches. There is evidence Paddock was involved with drugs and/or guns trafficking, and he was laundering up to a million dollars of criminal profits a day, at the casinos.

They’re exploring following leads around the country and across the world about people with whom he may have interacted. They are also examining trips he took, including to the Middle East.

While the police have said they don’t believe anyone else was involved in the shooting, the Clark County Sheriff has said that they believe the shooter may have had help of some kind... because he finds it very difficult to believe that Paddock could have done all this by himself without aid.

Watch the video: https://youtu.be/eoyJQWmRBPQ



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Have you noticed citizen... Liberals never actually make anything better... they just spread hate and chaos!

Grammar Nazis: You can now be jailed in California for misusing gender pronouns... lame libs attacking free speech again

California can now start jailing people that refuse to use the preferred gender pronouns of nursing home residents, after Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill Thursday.

The law’s effect is limited to nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, but mandates that those who “willfully and repeatedly” refuse “to use a transgender resident’s preferred name or pronouns” can be slapped with a $1,000 fine and up to one year in prison, according to the California Health and Safety Code.



Known as the “LGBT Senior Bill Of Rights,” the legislation also requires nursing homes and care facilities to allow residents to use the bathroom of their choice, regardless of biological sex.

The bill’s author, state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, argues that religious views don’t hold weight in public areas.

“Everyone is entitled to their religious view,” Wiener said. “But when you enter the public space, when you are running an institution, you are in a workplace, you are in a civil setting, and you have to follow the law.”



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CA Disease Epidemic! Los Angeles, Sand Diego, San Francisco all over-run with Homeless Illegal Immigrants.

Homeless Illegals Hepatitis Outbreak threatens California... Liberals have turned California cities into diseased ghetto slums

The California hepatitis A outbreak is on the verge of reaching statewide epidemic status, as cases have spread through homeless tent cities from San Diego north to Sacramento.

California health officials have reported that at least 569 people have been infected with the hepatitis A liver disease and 17 have died since a San Diego County outbreak was first identified in November.

Cases have migrated north to homeless populations in Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, San Francisco and Sacramento over the last 11 months.



Although local and state authorities have tried to underplay the risks and severity of the outbreak, the most recent annual totals for cases of hepatitis A in the United States was 1,390 in 2015, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). California only reported 179 cases during the same year.

The highly-contagious hepatitis A outbreak may have taken root because of the City of San Diego’s efforts in the run-up to Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game held at Petco Park in July 2016 to push the homeless, and the rampant drug and prostitution trade among them, out of the downtown tourist venues.

Those effort included locking public bathrooms and essentially relocating the homeless to the congested tent city encampments that stretch for blocks east of downtown near freeway on-ramp's.



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NFL owners and players CAUGHT funneling money to Liberals

“A prominent anti-Trump ‘resistance’ organization” and several other leftist groups receive direct donations from the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA).

2ndVote has found the NFLPA provides financial support to the Center for Community Change Action, which according to the Washington Free Beacon, “has been involved in direct action against President Donald Trump and Republicans before and after the November elections.”

2ndVote’s research team found the NFL Players Association is identified as an organization that donates in support of the center’s work in the latest available annual report.



The NFLPA is an AFL-CIO affiliated labor union that represents all NFL players and has defended those participating in the controversial national anthem protests in recent weeks. 2ndVote has also found dozens of major corporations such as Pepsi, Verizon, and USAA sponsor the NFLPA.

According to the Free Beacon, millions of dollars in contributions flow to the Center for Community Change, a Washington, DC-based 501(c)(3) non-profit, from major liberal foundations such as the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and George Soros’s Open Society Foundation.

The Center for Community Change Action is the group’s 501(c)(4) “social welfare” arm, which has received contributions from organizations affiliated with Soros, labor unions, and left-wing activists.



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Cool Photos


A sailboat crosses San Francisco Bay while passing Alcatraz Island on October 4, 2017, in San Francisco.




Cyclists ride during the third stage of the Tour des Fjords between Odda and Karmoy on May 26, 2017.




A pair of cowboy boots lies in the street outside the concert venue after a mass shooting at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip on October 1, 2017. A lone gunman fired automatic weapons into a gathering of 22,000 country music fans killing 58 people and wounding hundreds more.




A rodeo clown is chased down by a bull during the Deni Rodeo at the 2017 Deni Ute Muster on September 29, 2017, in Deniliquin, Australia. The annual Deniliquin Ute Muster is the largest in Australia, attracting more than 18,000 people to the rural town of Deniliquin to celebrate all things Australian and the icon of the ute (a car-truck hybrid) in a weekend of music, competitions, and camping.




An aerial view of the volcanic cone that has formed in Lake Vui near the summit of Ambae Island, Vanuatu, on October 1, 2017. The evacuation of Vanuatu island was continuing on October 2 even after scientists said an erupting volcano had stabilized. A makeshift fleet of vessels ranging from large landing craft to tiny water taxis was moving thousands of people from Ambae Island to other nearby islands in the Pacific archipelago.




A black bear checks out his surroundings in Granite Basin in Juneau, Alaska, on October 4, 2017. Low-lying blueberry bushes dotted the landscape, and this bear and another were seen in the basin rooting around for food.





Lovers are pictured at sunrise at the Eiffel Tower in Paris on October 5, 2017.




Tourists visit the rock "Trolltunga" in the county Hordaland in the western part of Norway, in June 2017. About 150,000 tourists were expected to visit the spectacular mountain area in the summer of 2017. The name "Trolltunga" means "the troll's tongue."




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Friday-funnies...

I licked it... so it's mine!

"Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future." - Oscar Wilde

If we're not meant to have midnight snacks, why is there a light in the fridge?

Sometimes it's better to just remain silent and smile.

"To be Christian without prayer... is no more possible than to be alive without breathing." -- Martin Luther



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DNC & Degenerate Democrats took money from Pervert Weinstein. Now all Pedophile Democrats scurry like RATS! Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyyQJ41tukw



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President Trump signs executive order to begin replacement of Liberal scam Obamacare... side-stepping useless corrupt Congress

"You heard “repeal and replace” for 7 years from the GOP and RINOs in Congress! If the Senate can’t provide Americans with relief, then I’ll take matters into my own hands."

"Today, I’m signing a constitutional executive order to give millions of Americans relief from the disaster known as ObamaCare," said President Trump. "Americans can't afford skyrocketing monthly payments for Obamacare... and with thousands of dollars in deductibles, many people with Obamacare don't even have real insurance."

"More American citizens will soon have the FREEDOM to buy health insurance across state lines, be given more purchasing options, and see prices drop... thanks to increased market competition."

Thank You Mr. President! You're the only one in Washington DC, who is actually representing the people!



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SCOTUS backs Pres Trump... dismisses lib's lame travel ban challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court dismissed a legal challenge to President Donald Trump’s travel ban late Tuesday, concluding that the ban’s expiration in September effectively ended the controversy.

The development is a partial victory for the administration, which urged the high court to dismiss the case after the ban expired Sept. 24. Per the terms of the order, a ban on migrant entry from six countries with high instances of terror was applied for a 90-day period.

In an order issued just after 7:30 p.m., the justices remanded the case to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Richmond-based appeals court which upheld an injunction staying the ban’s enforcement. The justices ordered the court to dismiss the case as moot, and directed the 4th Circuit to vacate — or wipe out — its ruling finding the order unlawful.



A legal rule called the Munsingwear doctrine requires the vacatur of all lower court rulings in a case that is mooted while awaiting Supreme Court review, with several exceptions. Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented from the Court’s vacatur order, but agreed that the challenge should be dismissed.

The justices did not dismiss a second travel ban challenge brought by Hawaii. Where the case arising from the 4th Circuit concerned only the 90-day travel ban, the Hawaii case also challenges the 120-day ban on refugee resettlement, which will not expire until later this year. Tuesday’s order strongly suggests that the justices will dismiss the Hawaii case once the refugee resettlement provision terminates.

In each case, the challengers argue Trump’s order exceeds his authority under federal immigration law. They further say the order is unconstitutional, claiming in targets Muslims for disparate treatment.

The travel ban was replaced by another proclamation is late September, assessing travel sanctions against eight countries that fail to comply with U.S. security standards. Legal challenges to the September proclamation could reach the high court in the coming months.



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NY Times admits phony liberal-biased fake news on President Trump

James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas has released another mainstream media exposé - this time, showing a former Democratic campaign operative who helps edit the New York Times‘ video content on social media platforms and apparently pretended to be James Comey’s godson.

In the video, New York Times Audience Strategy Editor Nicholas Dudich claims to have worked on social media for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and to have worked on his 2012 re-election effort. He also says he was a volunteer media strategist for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, making her videos more “heartfelt.”

Now, he says in the video, “I will be ‘objective.’ No, I’m not. That’s why I’m there. Like, after the Clinton campaign, I’m like, no I need to get back into news and keep doing crap because, like, this isn’t going to change.”

In the Project Veritas video, he is shown expressing his ideas for bringing President Trump down: “I’d target his businesses, his dumb f**k of a son, Donald Jr., and Eric, so they’re running Trump, like, the Trump business... 



And you put pressure on his business and you start investigating his business and you start shutting it down. He cares about his business more than he cares about being President. He would resign.”

Bizarrely, Dudich then claims that former FBI director James Comey is his “godfather,” but it is not clear whether he meant that literally: “I’ve met him. He’s a great guy, actually. He’s my godfather. My dad and mom knew him and his wife for a really long time.”

Although Dudich is shown speaking to a Project Veritas reporter down the street from the Times‘ main New York office, it is not clear where this particular portion of the video, among others, was shot. 

Dudich then is shown admitting that according to Times policies, he should have recused himself from editing videos on Comey’s testimony before Congress, but did not - and that he could lose his job at the Times if anyone knew.

Watch the video: https://youtu.be/D5854-qAqkM



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Ex-DNC Chair indicted in Obama bribery scandal

Authorities have indicted a former Democratic Party chair... over a major campaign bribery scandal involving the 2012 Obama re-election campaign. G. Steven Pigeon, who served as the Democratic Party Chair of Erie County, New York, has been charged with eight counts for allegedly bribing a state Supreme Court justice.

Pigeon’s charges include one count of conspiracy to commit bribery and honest services wire fraud, three counts of honest services wire fraud, one count of federal programs bribery, and three counts of violation of the Travel Act, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

In February 2012, Pigeon promised a member of Supreme Court Justice John Michalek’s immediate family a job on Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. He later offered to help the same family member get a job in the State Department, which at the time was being run by Hillary Clinton.

In exchange, Pigeon would receive favorable judicial decisions and control over who Michalek appointed to a paid court receivership. Michalek has already pled guilty to third-degree bribe receiving, and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. He resigned his post in June 2016.

The latest charges compound Pigeon's legal problems - who in May, law enforcement charged with soliciting a campaign contribution from a foreign national in an unrelated crime.



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President Trump and America... welcomes Stanley Cup hockey champions Pittsburgh Penguins to the White House

Turn off the NFL and turn on the NHL! My favorite hockey team and my favorite president all in one room! Love you President TRUMP! Greatest President of all time!!!

My allegiance has now passed from the NFL to the National Hockey League. It is important for our children... for us to support men and teams with moral integrity that represent the values we hold essential:

Honoring our country, flag, and anthem... Respect of our elected leaders even when we don't agree with them... Prayer for our leaders and our country. I want our children emulating this type of athletic "star" ... instead of one who can just throw a ball the farthest.



The franchise was founded in 1967 as one of the first expansion teams during the league's original expansion from six to twelve teams. The Penguins played in the Civic Arena, also known to Pittsburgh fans as "The Igloo", from the time of their inception through the end of the 2009–10 season.

They moved into their new arena, PPG Paints Arena, to begin the 2010–11 season. They have qualified for six Stanley Cup Finals, winning the Stanley Cup five times – in 1991, 1992, 2009, 2016, and 2017. Along with the Edmonton Oilers, the Penguins are tied for the most Cup championships among non-Original Six teams.

With their Stanley Cup wins in 2016 and 2017, the Penguins became the first back-to-back champions in 19 years (since the 1997–98 Detroit Red Wings) and the first team to do so since the introduction of the salary cap.

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzmT2DkkYDI



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"Díganle" ... Leslie Grace featuring Becky G

Sooooo... Good! I’m falling in love with the flow of Leslie Grace and Becky G. Me estoy enamorando de ese flow de Leslie Grave y Becky G.

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luudxb8hlvw



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Pirelli debuts "Smart Tires"... the first system that monitors the tires and informs the driver of the status

The “Internet of Things” has finally reached the tire industry. In case you haven’t heard the expression, the Internet of Things is a network of interconnected items that are able to collect and exchange data using embedded sensors and receivers, thereby creating “smart” objects.

Data technology allows for sensor-to-machine, machine-to-machine and/or machine-to-people communication as information is gathered and typically fed into cloud-based digital platforms for storage, evaluation and use.

All of this opens huge opportunities for consumers for everything from convenience to safety. For instance, your kitchen refrigerator could automatically ship you a replacement filter as needed. Your journey to work might include driving on a smarter concrete that helps detect structural weakness on bridges. The possibilities are endless.

Yes, our stuff is getting smarter – including our tires. Smart tires have been talked about for years now. But what’s futuristic for some is quickly becoming an in-market reality for others.

Pirelli & C. SpA recently announced its groundbreaking Pirelli Connesso, an intelligent, connected tire digital platform (not a concept, but the real McCoy) integrated into P Zero or Winter Sottozero tires which communicates with the driver via an app, thanks to a sensor embedded in the internal wall of the tire.

This app supplies vital information on how the tire is working, as well as offering a series of personalized services. The technology is available to the replacement market in the plain black or colored tire versions.



Pirelli Connesso expands the information already available from each car’s on-board computer. The sensor weighs just a few grams and, according to Pirelli, has no effect on the physical performance of the tire.

That additional information includes data on the status, use and maintenance of every tire, plus tire pressure and temperature (even when the car is at rest), static vertical load, tire wear and number of miles/kilometers covered for each tire.

The launch version recognizes each tire’s identification code, monitoring its status from when it’s made in the factory to its recycling at the end of life. Future versions will also provide estimated remaining tire life as well as act as a remote pressure gauge when tires are being inflated (without having to wait for the tires to cool down).

So how does this help tire dealers? The Pirelli Connesso app is supported by the first mobility platform of its kind to connect tire-makers, consumers and the dealer network. The Connesso system alerts the vehicle driver when the pressure of one or more tires drops too low or when the wear limit is approaching.

In both cases, the Connesso app identifies the closest tire dealership and can directly book an appointment to correct the pressure or pre-order and change worn tires. Not only does this cut down on wait time for the customer, it also drives more business into the shops that carry the Pirelli brand.

In a future version, Connesso will also be able detect a drop in pressure remotely to immediately make arrangements for any new tires or maintenance needed, directly in the place where the car is parked.



This type of functionality, which allows predictive tire management will help meet the needs of individual vehicle owners as well as fleets and car sharing services.

Pirelli said this technology was originally conceived as a “technical tire accessory” and is part of a greater technology project Pirelli launched in 2005 with the aim of achieving maximum integration between driver, car and tires.

Pirelli says the integrated tires and data system will be available to its North America tire dealers by mid summer this year. While currently releasing as an aftermarket product, the company says it is in discussion with OE manufacturers.

At last month’s Geneva Auto Show, Goodyear also unveiled its Intelligrip Urban smart tire concept designed for the “someday” need of autonomous on-demand and ride-share vehicle fleets. They also revealed their Eagle 360 Urban buzzworthy concept tire, designed in anticipation of the connectivity needs of autonomous vehicles.

As both tires and vehicles become increasingly advanced, we expect to see more companies adding smart tires to their product offerings as the Internet of Things continues to evolve.

Watch the video: https://youtu.be/TcN1lEvGGoY

Website: https://www.pirelli.com/global/en-ww/road/pirelli-connesso-the-smart-tyre-that-interacts-with-the-driver



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President Donald Trump is flanked by clergy members as he signs an executive order "promoting free speech and religious liberty" in the White House rose garden.

Trump exempts religious employers from birth control coverage... new regulations protect moral and religious objections

Trump exempts religious employers from birth control coverage… unlike Obamacare, new regulations protect morals and religious objections. More employers - including Christian-run businesses and nonprofits - can opt out of contraception coverage required under the Affordable Care Act thanks to new rules issued by the Trump administration.

The regulations exempt employers who object to treatments like birth control pills, emergency contraception, and sterilization due to “sincerely held religious beliefs” or “moral convictions.”

With these interim final rules, Trump follows through on his promise to secure religious liberty protections for employers forced to cover medicine they oppose on religious grounds.

“It is necessary and appropriate to provide expanded exemptions,” the rules state, countering Obama administration’s stance. The policy came out of the Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services departments. The New York Times reported that the rules go into effect immediately once they’re on display at the Federal Registrar’s office.

The policy was largely shaped by former Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) legal counsel Matthew Bowman, now a lawyer with the Department of Health and Human Services, The Times said.



It’s been a lengthy legal fight to get to this point. While the Affordable Care Act always offered religious exemptions to churches and houses of worship, other religious employers had to make a case for themselves.

Hobby Lobby famously won a religious exemption for certain private companies in a 2014 Supreme Court case. March for Life sued to secure an exemption on moral, not religious, grounds the following year. (Bowman actually represented March for Life in the case.)

Meanwhile, Christian colleges, charities, and non-profits have been battling the mandate in court ever since, and last year, the Supreme Court sent their cases back for more review.

“The new rule is a victory for common sense,” said Mark Rienzi, senior counsel with Becket, which represents the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic order that came to symbolize the religious opposition to the mandate.

“The previous administration pursued a needless and divisive culture war … It should be easy for the courts to finalize this issue now that the government admits it broke the law.” Other Becket clients with cases against the mandate include:

Christian Brothers Svcs, Christian Brothers Employee Benefit Trust, Houston Baptist & East Texas Baptist Universities, Reaching Souls Intl, Truett-McConnell College, GuideStone Financial Svcs of Southern Baptist Convention, Colorado Christian University, Wheaton College, Ave Maria University, Belmont Abbey College, Eternal Word TV Network.



“The contraceptive mandate was an unlawful overreach, forcing a choice between obedience to God and compliance with the regulatory state,” tweeted Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Under the new rules, for-profit and publicly traded companies can also claim religious exemptions. “These interim final rules will result in some persons covered in plans of newly exempt entities not receiving coverage or payments for contraceptive services,” the administration stated, estimating that 120,000 women would lose coverage.

Companies do not have to file paperwork to take advantage of the exemption, but must notify their employees, The Hill reported. Women’s groups are expected to challenge the revised policy.

Trump specifically called out “conscience protections” to the mandate in an executive order on religious liberty he signed this spring telling nuns from the Little Sisters from the podium, assuring them their fight would soon be over.

Concerned about the future of Obamacare, both white evangelicals and Americans overall ranked heath care as the No. 1 policy priority in last year’s election. Two-thirds of voters wanted to keep the birth control coverage requirement in a March 2017 survey by PerryUndem.

ADF, Becket, and other religious liberty advocates praised the exemptions after an earlier draft of the policy that was leaked in May.



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Job Interview Breakdown

Have you ever been a victim of a JIB (job interview breakdown)? These men and women have:

• “I was so nervous at a job interview, when he asked me what I wanted to be in five years, I said, ‘Race car driver.’”

• “The guy asked me to tell him a little about myself, and I literally forgot who I was.”

• “I got asked about punctuality. I went on about how it was good 'to speak clearly and politely', and 'it was nice to use proper grammar in speech and writing.'”







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President Trump on Twitter about his healthcare executive order. Or in his case, "Making America Great Again!" -- Jimmy Fallon

I read that the U.S. is suspending visa applications from Turkey. Trump was like, “Don’t worry, we’ll have them back for Thanksgiving.” -- Jimmy Fallon

Another big story is this Harvey Weinstein scandal. Today, some very serious allegations came out about his sexual misconduct. You can tell they’re bad, cuz Anthony Weiner just unfriended him. -- Jimmy Fallon

Trump has more Twitter followers than Pope Francis. But the Pope doesn’t mind; he said, “My boss only had 12 followers, and he’s still pretty popular.” -- Jimmy Fallon

Google just released a pair of headphones that can translate 40 languages instantly. They say it’s a great way to travel to a new country and find out everyone’s making fun of you. -- Jimmy Fallon





I'd pay $100 to watch Joe Biden & Nancy Pelosi take IQ tests. Maxine Waters says the lower the number, the better. -- Jimmy Kimmel

What's the difference between Harvey Weinstein and the Pillsbury dough boy? When the Pillsbury dough boy offers you a roll, he doesn’t ask you to take a shower for it. There you go. -- Jimmy Kimmel

Archaeologists believe they have found the tomb of St. Nicholas beneath an ancient church in Turkey. St. Nicholas, of course, is the basis for the legend of Santa Claus. And they think they found him. Which means now when my son asks me if Santa is real, I can confidently say, “Yes! He is dead though. That’s why you didn’t get that bike.” -- James Corden

The New Yorker today released audio of fired Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein begging a model to come into his hotel room and watch him shower. And by the looks of him, I’m guessing that shower never happened. -- Seth Meyers

And finally, today was Thanksgiving Day in Canada. Of course, in Canada, every day is Thanksgiving day. “Thanks for the ticket, Officer!” “Hey, thanks for speeding.” -- Seth Meyers



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MAGA: Unemployment falls to lowest level in 43 years!

The total number of laid-off workers receiving unemployment benefits fell to 1.89 million at the end of September, the Department of Labor reported Thursday, the lowest such mark in nearly 44 years.

And new claims for unemployment benefits dropped 15,000 to 243,000 in the first full week of October, according to the agency, as the job market bounces back from hurricane damage even faster than forecasters expected.

Low new jobless claims are a good sign. They indicate that layoffs are rare, and accordingly that job creation is strong.

Unemployment benefits are available for up to 26 weeks in most states. Fewer people are now receiving benefits of all duration than at any time since December of 1973, when the total workforce was much smaller. That is a reflection of the strength of the jobs market, and the availability of new positions for laid-off workers.



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Corrupt mainstream liberal media declares "Christian Prayers" are Islamophobic? ... Christians declare divisive liar liberals are atheists

Reporting on the extraordinary turnout for the “Rosary on the Borders” prayer campaign in Poland, the Associated Press (AP) suggested that the event smacked of “a problematic expression of Islamophobia.”

On-the-ground sources said that over a million Poles turned out Saturday to pray the rosary along the country’s 2,000-mile border for the salvation of their country.

According to the spokesman for the Polish Bishops’ Conference, Father Pawel Rytel-Andrianik, the event drew “millions of people” to pray the rosary together and was the second-largest prayer event ever held in Europe, after the 2016 World Youth Day.

The AP warned that Saturday’s national event, which was endorsed by Polish church authorities, had “anti-Muslim overtones.”

Citing an “expert on xenophobia,” the AP said that the border prayer event “reinforces the ethno-religious, xenophobic model of national identity,” and represents a “problematic expression of Islamophobia” in the country.



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Mexico to Trump: We won't take your unwanted Mexican illegals... because most of them are criminals, drug dealers & rapists

Mexico is not happy – actually, angry – about President Donald Trump’s expectation that it would hold tens of thousands of apprehended migrants who can’t be immediately deported, regardless of where they come from.

Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray vowed Wednesday that Mexico will not accept the Trump’s administration “unilateral” directives and that President Enrique Peña Nieto will make that clear to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly when they meet on Thursday.

“I want to make clear, in the most emphatic way, that the government of Mexico and the people of Mexico will not accept decisions that, in a unilateral way, are imposed by another government,” Videgaray told reporters in Mexico City.

Videgaray said the Mexican government would not hesitate to turn to the United Nations to denounce actions by the United States.

Mexico President Peña Nieto rejects US decision to build wall. Mexico President Peña Nieto said on Wednesday that he rejects the decision by President Donald Trump to build a border wall and repeated that his country would not pay for it.

The Trump administration’s plan to send immigrants who can’t immediately be deported to Mexico to await court hearings set off a massive outcry.



It’s the biggest flare up between the two long-time allies since Trump promised that Mexico would pay for a massive wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and further strains one the U.S.’s most important international relationships.

The Trump administration on Tuesday made public new rules on immigration enforcement that vastly expand the Department of Homeland Security’s authority to detain and deport people in the country illegally.

The release of the documents signed by Kelly outlined how immigrants entitled to a court appearance would no longer be released into the United States to await their hearing date. If they couldn’t be deported to their home country, many would be sent to wait in Mexico.

The two nations have long seen the issue of immigration as a sovereign issue. While advocating for the fair treatment of Mexican nationals living and apprehended in the United States, Mexican officials have been tolerant of the United States rights to impose its own policies.

But Jorge Guajardo, Mexico's former ambassador to China, said the expectation that Mexico would take U.S. detainees without serious bilateral talks is step too far.

“You can’t just unilaterally decide something like this without the other country cooperating,” Guajardo said. He pointed out that many people of many nationalities, not just Central Americans, enter the United States from Mexico.

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZe65HBSIP4



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Blowback: NFL coach resigns after snorting coke on camera?

DAVIE – An investigation is underway after a video surfaced online late Sunday of Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Chris Foerster sniffing lines of white powder off a table.

Late Sunday the team issued a brief statement, “We were just made aware of the video and will have no comment at this time.”

It wasn’t until Monday morning when a decision was made.

In a statement released by the Dolphins, Foerster said that he is resigning from his position as offensive line coach.



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Here's what would happen if N Korea tried to shoot down US bombers

North Korea on Monday said it interpreted a tweet from President Donald Trump as a declaration of war... and threatened to shoot down US B-1B Lancer strategic bombers - even if they weren't flying in its airspace - but such an attack is easier said than done.

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUjOLTROYpE




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Thought for the day...




Brazilian berry has more kick than coffee
by Dr. Al Sears

It was my first trip to Brazil and I’d already been hiking for an hour in the Amazon rainforest by the time the sun finally came. My guide handed me his canteen.

“Try this,” he said. “It’s better than coffee.” The drink in his canteen had a fruity flavor and reminded me a little of bubblegum. But its kick was really what this drink was all about. Eighteen hours later, I had covered 15 miles of rugged jungle without feeling tired or worn out. And my mind was crystal clear.

The drink was guarana - a natural, super-stimulant made from a berry with the same name. And I’ve been recommending it to my patients ever since. I’ve found it especially helpful for patients who suffer from chronic fatigue, but it works as a natural energy booster for anyone.

You see, the active ingredient in guarana - guaranine - is a member of the caffeine family. But there are some powerful differences between guaranine and the caffeine you get in coffee.

Here in America, caffeine still gets a bad rap - even though hundreds of studies show it to be a safe and proven mental-performance booster. One study published in Neurology found that three cups of coffee a day cuts your risk of mental decline by more than 50%.



Caffeine also contains powerful antioxidants. In fact, Americans get most of their antioxidants from the caffeine in coffee. But my Amazon guide was right - guarana is much better than coffee. It has a cooling action that revitalizes and relaxes you. And the end result is more beneficial to your body.

The problem with coffee is that it gives you only a short burst of energy before it overheats. Then, you feel that caffeine crash. With guarana, you get more energy and mental alertness, but you remain calm, cool and collected — without the crash.

My Amazon guide also told me that locals use guarana as:

• An aphrodisiac.
• A weight-loss aid and appetite suppressant.
• A treatment for low blood pressure.
• A medicine for malaria and dysentery.



Unlike regular caffeine, guaranine is full of healthy fatty acids. This gives it a slow release, which means there are no highs or lows, and none of that nervous, jittery energy you get with too much coffee. Guarana’s ability to break down and mobilize fat for energy is also ideal as a natural weight-loss aid.

And studies prove that guarana works. In multiple animal studies by Brazilian researchers, guaranine was shown to increase physical activity and physical endurance under stress. It also improves memory.

I don’t drink coffee much anymore. I prefer the effects of guarana. It wakes me up better than a cup of coffee. I find it sharpens my focus throughout the day, and helps me maintain clear, reliable memories. And the effect lasts all day.

How to Get Your Crash-Free Energy Boost. Guarana berries are too bitter to eat. This is why local Amazon tribes make an extract from the seeds. They dissolve it in liquid to make special energy drinks and teas. In Brazil, it’s available as a soft drink.

You can try guarana powder as well, and add it to your drink or meal. I’ve even added it to some of my products. But guarana is powerful. I recommend limiting your dose to about 5 mg per day. Since the powder is bitter, it’s best to mix it into a citrus drink with a strong flavor. I like grapefruit or pineapple juice. You can also add it to smoothies or yogurt.



Here’s my favorite smoothie recipe...

Ingredients:

1 cup berries
1 Banana
¼ teaspoon of pure guarana powder
1 cup coconut milk

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
If using fresh berries that haven't been frozen, just add ice.
If it's too thick, increase coconut milk until it reaches the right consistency.

Enjoy!




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