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5 Spy Tricks to Create Trust in Others
As a counterintelligence FBI agent, people ask me how I could create trust when I lied to the targets of my undercover investigation about my identity.
In my book, Secrets of A Strong Mind, I talk about why building trust with oneself is as important as building trust with others. I only ran into trouble in undercover cases when I tried to be someone other than who I really am, beneath the surface. I never lied to the targets of my undercover investigations about the important things in life.
This is the secret: I was always authentic. A person can slap on a different name or title, but who they are as a person does not change.
Building trust was difficult when developing human intelligence sources (HUMINT) - people from the community who knew and worked with the spy I was trying to recruit.
These are people I met in my true name and identity. I still could not always be as transparent as they (or I) would have liked in discussing my future plans because that information was classified. I found these interactions to be a straddle between interrogation and conversation, never daring to cross over too far in either direction.
I needed their cooperation so I tried to keep the interaction all very conversational, and yet they were meeting and doing business with a member of a hostile intelligence service. So there were times when I felt the need to dig my teeth in and - yes, interrogate.
Trust ran both ways. I trusted them not to run back to the spy and divulge every detail of my conversation with them. The spy business is not the only area that it’s hard to establish trust.
How can leaders build the truth needed for authentic conversation in an era of deceit and cynicism? It is tempting to be judgmental about what is, or is not, considered to be a lie.
The question is not whether people lie, it’s what are they lying about? Are they stretching their optimism and hoping business will turn around? Or are they creating a fabrication like Bernie Madoff? Is the CEO telling a half-truth or are they merely omitting an important piece of information?
Here are five things to keep in mind about building trust with others:
1) Remember that people deceive themselves as much as they deceive others.
People are capable of deceiving themselves into believing any number of things - sometimes they exaggerate their own importance or abilities to impress others. Sometimes they’re too critical of their own efforts and don’t give themselves enough credit for their accomplishments.
We know what it feels like to fall into the snare of self-deception or self-limiting beliefs - with luck, only briefly. The incredible thing about self-deception is that not only are we telling a lie, but it’s ourselves we are lying to! We all have blind spots about our own performance and the better we’re able to understand them, the more empowered we will be.
2) Not all deceit is equal.
All of us have taken steps to improve ourselves in the sight of others. This is cosmetic deceit and it refers to our efforts to make ourselves look better than we are. It can be a dab of make-up to hide a blemish or the use of words to hide an imperfection in our work performance that we’d rather not broadcast to the world.
I’ve used cosmetic deceit when dealing with others, such as compliments on hair, performance, or a sermon with the intention of making the other person feel better and soften the edges of an embarrassment.
I used deceit on a superficial level when working undercover counterintelligence cases. Even so, it’s impossible to develop authentic trust - this is why undercover agents are “cutout” and replaced by an FBI agent utilizing their true identity. Authentic trust is impossible to build if it is based on deception or ulterior motives.
You can only move to a certain point in a relationship if it is not built around trust, so the undercover agents were moved out to bring in agents who could move the relationship to the next step.
3) Authentic trust is built when there’s a commitment to the relationship.
In the same way, authentic conversations are built when there’s a commitment to growing and deepening the relationship, not just to maintain the status quo.
If the relationship is the central consideration, mutual commitments are essential to avoid concerns about manipulation or control in the conversation. A strong leader is one who is capable of building trust by creating authentic relationships regardless of title or position.
4) People assess information differently when they believe it’s true.
A few years ago, Joel and Ethan Coen produced a movie called Fargo. It tells the story of a kidnapping case that goes deadly wrong. The opening credits announced that the movie is based on a true story. Journalists could not find any reference to the crime depicted in the movie, and eventually the producers admitted that it was all fiction.
The Coen brothers explained that they believed that if the movie were represented as a true story, it would have more credibility with the audience.
We enter into relationships with the same desire for honesty because experience has shown that honesty is the foundation upon which trust is built.
5) We are empowered when we have the courage to trust others.
The Bible reminds us in the letter to the Ephesians that when we do good unto others, we are most fully ourselves:
• When you look for the good in others, they will show it to you.
• When you appreciate the worth in others, it’s easy for them to be their best.
• When you accept others, they show you their strengths.
• When you notice others, they feel like they belong and are special.
• When you need others, they feel the good in themselves.
• When you look for the beauty in others, you will discover your own best self.
• When you bring out the best in others, you make powerful friends.
• When you find the gift of others, you find reasons to believe in yourself.
"God On The Mountain" ... Gaither family featuring Lynda Randle
Bill & Gloria Gaither performing God On the Mountain, featuring Lynda Randle Live! The ultimate gift is the love of God. It is measureless and pure and is for each of us.
God On The Mountain lyrics:
Life is easy, when you're up on the mountain
And you've got peace of mind, like you've never known
But things change, when you're down in the valley
Don't lose faith, for you're never alone.
For the God on the mountain, is still God in the valley
When things go wrong, He'll make them right
And the God of the good times
Is still God in the bad times
The God of the day is still God in the night.
You talk of faith when you’re up on the mountain
Oh, but the talk comes easy when life's at its best
Now it’s down in the valleys, of trials and temptations
That's where your faith, is really put to the test.
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCTl4tUYIAg
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... 03/24/2017
Corrupt globalist David Rockefeller dead at 101... well known for pushing One World Dictator Government. We're hoping Communist agitator George Soros will follow him to hell soon!
David Rockefeller, a globalist central banker who advocated a “New World Order” and mass population control while wielding vast influence over world leaders, died Monday at the age of 101. A family spokesman, Fraser P. Seitel, confirmed his passing.
Rockefeller was well-known for openly bragging about the transnational elite’s plans to centralize control over the world’s populations, wealth and resources.
“Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure – one world, if you will.
If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it,” he wrote in his book Memoirs.
Rockefeller also revealed the extent of corporate media collusion with this game-plan.
“We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years …
It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years,” he said at the 1991 Bilderberg meeting. “But, the world is more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government.”
“The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.”
Little of that has changed since 1991; currently, the media outlets Rockefeller mentioned all venomously oppose President Trump. Even more, the New York Times showered Rockefeller with praise in its obituary. Interestingly, the NYT mentioned Rockefeller’s Memoirs, but didn’t mention his advocation of world government.
Rockefeller’s agenda was New World Government centralized control. He was connected with other world elites with the same dictatorship views.
He was one of the people destroying the earth and killing good people for power and wealth. The earth is in dire straits due to the efforts of insane megalomaniacs like himself. There are still plenty of his kind running our country and the western world.
I would like to know where he is buried so I can go piss on his grave. I hope the scumbag burns in hell for the evil he has done. Satan called him home.
Doctrine of One World Dictator Government
A One World Government and one-unit monetary system, under permanent non-elected hereditary oligarchists who self-select from among their numbers in the form of a feudal system as it was in the Middle Ages.
In this One World entity, population will be limited by restrictions on the number of children per family, diseases, wars, famines, until 1 billion people who are useful to the ruling class, in areas which will be strictly and clearly defined, remain as the total world population.
There will be no middle class, only rulers and the servants. All laws will be uniform under a legal system of world courts practicing the same unified code of laws, backed up by a One World Government police force and a One World unified military to enforce laws in all former countries where no national boundaries shall exist.
The system will be on the basis of a welfare state; those who are obedient and subservient to One World Government will be rewarded with the means to live; those who are rebellious will simply be starved to death or be declared outlaws, thus a target for anyone who wishes to kill them. Privately owned firearms or weapons of any kind will be prohibited.
Dangerous End-game... New World Order Government
For the New World Order, a world government is just the beginning. Once in place they can engage their plan to exterminate 80% of the world's population, while enabling the "elites" to live forever with the aid of advanced technology.
For the first time, crusading filmmaker ALEX JONES reveals their secret plan for humanity's extermination: Operation ENDGAME.
Jones chronicles the history of the global elite's bloody rise to power and reveals how they have funded dictators and financed the bloodiest wars - creating order out of chaos to pave the way for the first true world empire.
• Watch as Jones and his team track the elusive Bilderberg Group to Ottawa and Istanbul to document their secret summits, allowing you to witness global kingpins setting the world's agenda and instigating World War III.
• Learn about the formation of the North America transportation control grid, which will end U.S. sovereignty forever.
• Discover how the practitioners of the pseudo-science eugenics have taken control of governments worldwide as a means to carry out depopulation.
• View the progress of the coming collapse of the United States and the formation of the North American Union.
Watch the video: https://youtu.be/x-CrNlilZho
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow was a big flop with Trump taxes. She thought it couldn't get an worse... she was wrong!
Rachel Maddow’s ratings are in deep trouble - after her Trump tax return faceplate alienated and angered her liberal audience.
On March 14, Maddow scored the highest ratings of her career - 4.15 million viewers - after she announced earlier in the day that she had secured Donald Trump’s long-awaited tax returns.
But despite feverish speculation from liberals on social media all day, Maddow’s “scoop” turned out to be an infamous flop: she had just two pages of Trump’s 2005 tax return.
And, to the chagrin of her far-left audience, it showed that Donald Trump had not only made a fortune in 2005 - $153 million in one year - but he had also paid a hefty tax bill: $36.5 million, which worked out to 25% of his annual income. That’s a higher tax rate than both President Barack Obama and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders paid.
The following day, Maddow’s ratings were in a free fall - plummeting a massive 36% overnight. Worse, among 25- to 54-year-olds - the demographic most prized by advertisers - she lost more than half of her audience.
Maddow and her “big scoop” became the butt of jokes - not just from conservatives, but from fellow liberals as well. Stephen Colbert mocked her on the "Late Show,” and Bill O’Reilly couldn’t help himself from getting in some digs at Maddow’s expense.
Even Geraldo Rivera said that Maddow “now has the mantle of ‘Al Capone’s Vault’” - his infamous 1986 special report, where he found himself opening an empty vault on live television.
Based on the ratings, it seems like Maddow’s viewers agree. Send the little boy packing.
I'm still waiting for the report that she has been charged for publishing a tax return of another person. Maybe she can have her own show for the inmates on correctional facility TV while she does her five years. She'll have a captive audience.
A baby manatee swims in a tank at the Zoological Parc of Beauval in in Saint-Aignan, France, on March 15, 2017, 11 days after his birth.
The face of the remote-controlled humanoid Telenoid at a nursing home in Natori, Japan on March 13, 2017. This is the first case of a Telenoid being installed at a nursing home in the world. The 2.7 kg humanoid enables the operator to communicate with the elderly over long distance, with its camera and microphone capturing the voice and movements of an operator and projecting them through its body to the elderly.
The nursing home staff have seen elderly patients, especially those with dementia, becoming more active and positive to communicate when they communicate with the Telenoids. Telenoids cost 1,000,000 JPY (approximately $8,700) and can be rented for 50,000 JPY (about $435) per month.
A woman uses a selfie stick in a massive spring wildflower bloom caused by a wet winter in Lake Elsinore, California, on March 14, 2017.
The full moon rises behind the New York City skyline, including the Empire State Building, center, and the Chrysler Building, left, as seen from downtown Newark, New Jersey, on March 12, 2017.
The spiral staircase in the Vatican museum on March 16, 2017 in Vatican City, Vatican, photographed with a fisheye lens.
People struggle to walk in the blowing snow during a winter storm in Boston on March 14, 2017.
The Northern Lights illuminate the night sky on March 16, 2017 in Alta in northern Norway.
A seagull stands on the Galata Tower above the Bosphorus on March 13, 2017 in Istanbul, Turkey.
"Vegetarian" is an old Indian word… for "bad hunter".
When your ex says, “You’ll never find anyone like me.” Your reply, “That's the point.”
Someone broke into my apartment last week. They didn’t steal the TV, just the remote. Now they randomly drive by and change the channels. Sick bastard!
The road to success... is always under construction.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” –- Romans 15:13
DEVIOUS DEMOCRATS have deliberately hidden shocking crime statistics of illegals & refugees. TRUMP REINSTATES LAW & ORDER!
HEARTLESS DEMOCRATS always protecting illegals, refugees, criminals - WHO Murder, Maim & Rape 1000s of American citizens!
Two of Obama's illegals brutally raped 14 year-old school girl... in liberal illegals sanctuary city Rockville Maryland
Parents in a Maryland school district are reeling from the brutal rape of a 14 year old girl by two criminal illegal immigrants. We reported on this earlier this week, but now Fox News has even more details:
Jose O. Montano, 17, from El Salvador, and Henry E. Sanchez-Milian, 18, from Guatemala, were charged with first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sexual offense after they allegedly attacked the girl at 9 a.m. last Thursday.
“The victim was walking in a school hallway when she met two male students, identified as Montano and Sanchez. Montano asked the victim to walk with him and Sanchez. Montano asked the victim to engage in sexual intercourse. She refused,” Montgomery County Police said in a statement.
“Montano asked the victim again and then forced her into a boy’s bathroom and then into a stall. Montano and Sanchez both raped the victim inside the bathroom stall.”
Court records describe the merciless and brutal assault by both Montano and Sanchez, who allegedly raped the young girl multiple times, vaginally, orally and sodomized her, as they spoke to each other in Spanish. Blood and male fluids were recovered from the scene by a forensic expert, court records show.
Montgomery County is a sanctuary country, and it's apparently official policy to put 17 and 18 year old illegal immigrants into freshman classes without informing parents or the federal government.
How did the state of Maryland respond to this horrible tragedy?
Yesterday, the Democrat dominated state legislature voted to become a "sanctuary state."
Seriously. Let that sink in. An American child was brutally raped by two grown men directly as a result of sanctuary policies in one county, and Democrats voted to bring that policy to the entire state.
This can't stand. Call your local government. Call your congressional representatives. Let everyone know you won't sacrifice the safety of American children to further the Democrats radical immigration agenda.
The Trump Administration issued a response to this madness:
Watch the video: https://youtu.be/c0w6868pxvY
After Obama illegals brutally raped school girl... rabid Maryland Democrat calls immigration officers Nazis?
Last week, a 14 year old girl was brutally raped in a high school bathroom in Montgomery County Maryland. The perpetrators were two 17 and 18 year old illegal immigrants who were avoiding deportation. Montgomery, a sanctuary county, failed to report them to federal authorities and instead placed them in the ninth grade.
The response from parents across the nation has been one of absolute shock. The Trump administration has steeled its resolve and has promised to crack down on illegal immigration.
The response from Maryland Democrats was to pass a law making Maryland a "sanctuary state." Seriously.
And in case that's not crazy enough for you, after this heinous crime was committed, Baltimore Councilman Zeke Cohen issued a statement comparing ICE agents (men charged with enforcing the immigration laws passed by the United States Congress) to Nazis.
Here's what Cohen had to say: Councilman Zeke Cohen (1st District), who called the press conference, told of several men recently taken by ICE.
“We lost a barber, a business owner and a father. They’re not gang members or drug dealers,” he said. Cohen likened the recent raids to what Nazi Germany did before the Holocaust. He likened the undocumented immigrants and their families to his own: “They are like my grandmother who left everything behind, including a family who perished in the gas chambers.”
City Council resolutions have no force of law; they are a statement of policy or desire. There is a bill in the state legislature called The Trust Act, which is meant to limit the cooperation state law enforcement officials give to ICE.
This is an absolutely absurd statement, and Cohen, to his credit, joined Tucker Carlson to explain himself.
As is so often the case, Cohen went on the show spouting a bunch of absurd liberal platitudes, and Carlson swatted him like a fly. Check it out.
Watch the video: https://youtu.be/9ofa-60vk88
Cars have engines in front because we're afraid of horseless carriages... but that's not the most efficient design
The overwhelming majority of cars have front-engine design. Mid-and rear-engine designs are reserved for fancy sports cars and time machines.
Clearly these other designs have some advantages, but there must be some principle of physics that makes putting an engine somewhere else more expensive, right? Like cost equals distance over brand name or something?
Not really. All other things being equal, it makes the most sense for a big, heavy power source to be square in the middle.
It's worth pointing out that car design is a complex alchemy of art and science, and there are well-designed cars with the engine located in the front, the back, or probably hovering 10 feet off to the side in some cases -- but playing purely by averages, mid-engine wins out.
Mid-engine cars have better balance and power delivery, as well as a lower "moment of inertia" -- which means that the 50:50 weight distribution allows them to turn and handle better in general. In fact, many high-end manufacturers either don't make front engine cars at all, or reserve them solely for low-end models.
In the early days of motorized cars, it was easier to convert horse-drawn carriages than to build an entirely new car from scratch. So the first adaptations of this technology put the engine in the same place as the horses it was replacing: in the front.
Everybody was just accustomed to power going in the front. You should be pulled along, as God wants, not pushed -- that's the devil's locomotion. So just to avoid a little intellectual discomfort for their consumers, manufacturers stuck with an objectively worse design. And anyway, that's why the Beetle is the world's best car. That's science. Don't argue.
"Black or White" ... Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson's short film for "Black or White" was the first of nine short films produced for recordings from Dangerous, Michael's fourth album as an adult solo performer.
As a single, "Black or White" was an international sensation, topping the charts in 20 countries in 1991 and 1992, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
"Black or White" was certified Gold and Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America on January 6, 1992. The song was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance - Male in 1993.
Both "Black or White" and its follow-up "Remember the Time" received BMI Urban Awards in 1993 for being two of the most performed songs of the year.
The ambitious "Black or White" short film again found Michael pushing the boundaries of the "music video" as art form. (This edited version of the short film was created for mainstream airtime after controversy arose over the final "panther sequence.")
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2AitTPI5U0
MIT's invisible second skin cream makes wrinkles disappear
Every cosmetics company on the planet has a product it claims will reduce wrinkles and erase the signs of aging, but researchers at MIT have developed a genuine facelift-in-a-tube with a new cream that creates an extra layer of invisible artificial skin to smooth out the wearer’s natural skin.
Researchers at MIT and Harvard developed the underlying science for the material, and a private biotechnology company called Living Proof manufactured the film itself. The so-called XPL (short for cross-linked polymer layer) is applied in a simple two-step process that creates rather miraculous results.
The first layer is made up of polysiloxane components, while the second is a platinum catalyst that causes those polymers in the first to connect and form a strong film that can withstand washing and other wear and tear, for up to 24 hours. The research was published today in Nature Materials.
Applications for the film extend beyond getting rid of wrinkles, though. It can safely deliver medications for 24 hours at a time as well as protect the user’s skin, particularly over wounds.
Additionally, the XPL material can reduce moisture loss. But the average consumer, especially those getting on in years, will probably be most excited about the cream’s potential use as an easy way to tighten skin, smooth out wrinkles, and take a few years off.
In its prime, natural human skin can be stretched about 180 percent and still return to its original state. But MIT’s artificial skin can be elongated more than 250 percent without sagging or becoming damaged. Over time, human skin also loses its ability to snap back, resulting in unwanted effects like the bags under someone’s eyes.
But in testing, the researchers found that an application of the XPL material was able to compress areas of loose skin under a subject’s eyes, effectively reducing their bags and giving them a more youthful experience.
There’s no word on when this magic goop will start appearing on the shelves at your local pharmacy or in late-night informercials. Living Proof created a new company called Olivo Laboratories for the development of XPL technology that plans to further refine and test the cream.
Eventually, the startup plans to bring it to market. As for the MIT and Harvard scientists who did the research, they all have equity stakes and stand to get very rich off their magical wrinkle cream.
Watch the video: https://youtu.be/AkpT5BihMio
Do you think of church as your spiritual power bar?
“I get fed there” is one of the classic “Christianese” phrases that puzzle outsiders. “Are you referring to a buffet?” they might ask. For many who use this phrase, a rough translation typically means something like: “I get my spiritual energy boost every Sunday to help get me from Monday to Saturday.”
Joining other believers each Sunday in singing, praying, and hearing teaching from God’s Word produces healthy spiritual nourishment. “As a deer pants for flowing streams,” writes the Psalmist, “so pants my soul for you, O God (Psalm 42:1).”
We become spiritually parched and famished with the hardships of life in a fallen world, and the Word of God refreshes our souls.
For the most part, however, I’ve heard this phrase used in ways that are unhealthy. I’ll ask someone how church is going, and sometimes he or she will say something like: “Well I’ve been busy, but I get fed each week.” Many have used the phrase to justify church-hopping.
For them, the important thing is not to commit to one church but to get themselves individually fed at any church. Others have used the phrase to excuse meager involvement at their church.
As long as they recharge their battery from Sunday to Sunday, they don’t feel the need to invest their time and energy in building relationships, serving others, contributing to the church’s mission to evangelize its community, and joining hands with Christ’s people through one another’s joys and pains.
Do You Think of the Church as a Power Bar?
This mentality to treat the church like a spiritual power bar that re-energizes you is not only unbiblical but also detrimental to Christian flourishing. It promotes an individualistic and consumeristic understanding of Christianity. “How can church fulfill me?”
Of course you want a church that will benefit you as an individual. But if we make our personal fulfillment as the sole or even the ultimate purpose for attending church, we are missing the point.
The church exists for a higher purpose: to give glory to God and declare His salvation to the nations. By participating in the church’s grander mission, we find deeper and more lasting satisfaction because we rest our joy in the eternal and unchanging God rather than our fickle feelings.
If you treat the church like a grocery store or a buffet - getting what you need, leaving as quickly as possible, and only returning when you need more - than you’re missing out on one of God’s greatest gifts to his people.
Instead, Think of the Church as a Body and Yourself as a Vital Member
The Apostle Paul used the image of a body to help the Corinthians understand the church rightly: “But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body...
The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you,’ nor again the head to the feet, ‘I have no need of you...’ If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it (1 Corinthians 12:18-27).”
When we think of the church as a body we will remember that Christ is our head, leading us in holiness and love. When we think of ourselves as members of this body, we will understand that every one of us is vital to its identity and mission.
God deliberately designed the church as a body rather than a spiritual battery plug station because he wants his children to grow together in Him. He nourishes the church body as a whole, and He grows each individual member in order to serve the welfare of the rest of the body.
If we fail to play our role and serve the body with the gifts that God’s given to us, the rest of the members would suffer just like a body would suffer without an eye.
Think carefully through ways that you view the church wrongly and how that damages your spiritual health. Ask others at your church about ways that you can become more involved. God has already given you skills for the purpose of serving the body.
Take your scrumptious casserole to a family that just had a baby, use your plumbing skills to fix a broken sink at church, or invite a young couple over for dessert to counsel them in thinking biblically about marriage and parenting.
Attend Sunday evening service, take your children with you to church clean-up day, or join a men’s or women's morning prayer group.
In these ways and more, you can shed an individualistic view of church, contribute to the welfare of the body, and advance the church’s mission to promote God’s glory.
A man walks into a lawyer's office and inquires about the rates.
"Fifty dollars for three questions, "replies the lawyer.
"Isn't that awfully steep?" asks the man.
"Yes," the lawyer replies, "and what's your third question?"
Today is the first day of spring! Yep, it’s that day when millions of Americans look at their bodies in the mirror and ask, “Can we get, like, two more months of winter?” -- Jimmy Fallon
While he was in Tennessee, Trump gave a speech from the estate of former President Andrew Jackson. Trump may have been confused because he also praised Andrew Jackson’s brothers Michael, Jermaine, Randy, and Tito. -- Jimmy Fallon
Yesterday was the L.A. Marathon. Actually there wasn’t supposed to be a marathon — people on the 405 freeway just gave up and got out of their cars. -- Conan O’Brien
It has come out that, just like President Trump, even George Washington used to complain about leaks. There was that time Washington said of Paul Revere, “Fake horseman dead wrong about British arrival. Sad!” -- Conan O’Brien
Rachel Maddow’s much-hyped release of Donald Trump’s 2005 tax returns last night was considered by many to be a letdown. No one’s been this disappointed by Rachel Maddow since the guy who took her to the prom. -- Conan O’Brien
College students are out of town for spring break. This is the time of year students take a well-deserved break from partying and drinking at school to go party and drink on a beach or perhaps another town. -- Jimmy Kimmel
Hillary Clinton is reportedly still considering a run for mayor of New York City. And, weirdly, this time she IS campaigning in Michigan and Wisconsin. Fool me once, right? -- Seth Meyers
Ivanka Trump is getting an office in the West Wing despite previously stating she would not take a formal role in her father’s administration. The administration has said Ivanka is going to act as her father’s “eyes and ears,” which basically means she’s going to be walking around the White House saying, “I’m telling Dad!” -- James Corden
Workers at a Goodwill store in Washington state got a big surprise when an employee opened a donated cooler and inside he found $24,000 worth of marijuana. There were five giant bags of marijuana in the cooler. And when he found them, the Goodwill worker immediately turned over the three bags he found to the police. The police then gave the 1 ounce of marijuana they found to the chief, who went to the commissioner and said, “Look, we found a joint!” -- James Corden
Disney World has agreed to pay $3.8 million to workers who were making less than minimum wage and had to pay for their own costumes. That works out to around $238 per person, which is almost enough to buy a bottle of water at Disney World. -- James Corden
Trump budget makes HUGE cuts to bloated federal government spending! Democrats and RINOS freak out! ... indicating Trump on target!
President Donald Trump unveiled his budget proposals, which include the cutting of government bureaucrats at levels not seen since the end of the Second World War, according to budget analysts.
The budget, which will be released on Thursday, is expected to drastically decrease the size of government, cutting jobs in sectors such as housing, foreign aid, and environmental protection — and instead prioritizing areas such as the military and homeland security.
According to an analysis conducted by Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, Trump’s plans could reduce employment in the capital by 1.8 per cent and average personal income by 3.5 per cent, as well as reducing house prices by 1.9 per cent.
During his presidential campaign, Trump promised to “drain the swamp” of Washington D.C. by eliminating corruption and reforming the federal government.
Trump also promised to introduce a hiring freeze on all federal employees to reduce the federal workforce through a process of attrition, with the exemption of the military, public safety, and public health.
Trump Signs Order To Streamline Executive Branch:
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feFcbH7Lzw0
On Monday, Trump signed an executive order aimed at reducing government waste, telling reporters that the order will lead to a “thorough examination of every executive department and agency” to establish “where money is being wasted and how services can be improved.”
In January, House Republicans also voted to reinstate the Holman Rule, which scraps the minimum wage for government workers, meaning they can be paid as little as $1, making it easier to cut federal bureaucracy.
However, the majority of cuts will need to be passed through Congress, with Democrats are already forming opposition to Trump’s plans. Former vice-presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) recently said in an interview that “the notion of bulking up defense but slashing everything else, that’s not going to find any votes on the Democratic side.”
Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in February, Trump’s senior advisor Steve Bannon said a key aspect of the administration’s agenda would be the “deconstruction of the administrative state.”
“The way the progressive left runs is that if they can’t get it passed, they’re just going to put it in some sort of regulation in an agency,” he said. “That’s all going to be deconstructed.”
Reagan: "Government is not the solution to our problem, government IS the problem!"
OBAMAGATE: Obama spied on Trump team and family. Everyone already knew this, but now there's proof!
Rep Devin Nunes (R), Chairman of House Intel Committee, now confirms Trump's entire team & family were DELIBERATELY-INCIDENTALLY spied on by Obama!
Rep Adam Schiff (D) and other Democrats on the House Intel Committee were whining that Nunes ignored them. BUT DEMOCRATS ALREADY KNEW OBAMA SPIED ON TRUMP!
The truth is out. As the Federalist's Bre Payton reports:
Intelligence reports show then-President Elect Donald Trump and his transition team may have been monitored by agencies in the weeks after the election via “incidental collection,” a top Republican revealed in a press conference Wednesday afternoon.
“I have seen intelligence reports that clearly show that the President-elect and his team were, I guess, at least monitored,” House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-California), said.
Nunes explained “incidental collection” of information regarding the President-elect and his team occurred primarily in November through January according to reports.
Nunes comments come off the heels of FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before Congress on Monday, during which he stated there was “no information” to confirm Donald Trump’s claims that he had been wiretapped by former President Barack Obama.
“I believe it was all obtained legally,” he said.
The question is why was it unmasked if it was unmasked, and then who was on the dissemination list and why was the list so broad? he added.
What did Nunes mean by "unmasked?"
If intelligence officials have obtained FISA court permission to monitor a foreign official, and they record a phone call or release a transcript that includes an interaction with an American citizen, that person's name is immediately redacted and replaced with "American Person 1."
According to intelligence officials, the "unmasking" of that name is only done with an explicit authorization for a compelling reason.
If this did happen, there's likely a very clear trail pointing to whomever ordered the "unmasking." Which means some Obama officials will have some explaining to do... and maybe some prison-time to serve.
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQf3sHl4SQM
Stone and Gravel Combo: A traditional gravel path gets an update thanks to decorative stone chips and staggered Eden dimension stones that provide a landing spot and engage the eye. Stone edging keeps the gravel in line.
Design Ideas for Beautiful Garden Paths
See how these boring backyards were turned into gorgeous outdoor rooms. Anchor your garden with a pretty walkway and savor the rewards of all that digging, planting and weeding.
Freeform slabs of Tennessee fieldstone and Pennsylvania bluestone create a rustic pathway that enhances the cottage air of the house and grounds. Colorful perennials and ground-covers are sprinkled along the edges.
Built-In Rest Stop
Oversized steppingstones function like a stairway as this path ascends along the sloped garden. A custom stone bench provides a spot to perch and take in the plantings and wildlife.
Straight and Narrow
Pavers set on the diagonal draw the eye straight toward the entrance of this home. Dwarf monkey grass planted between them emphasizes their diamond pattern and gives the path dimension.
A fieldstone path leads the gaze away from a brightly colored home and cedar pergola, punctuated by sculptures, specimen plants and other pockets of visual interest along the way. Blue spruces frame the path’s entry point, while layered plantings create a sense of intrigue about the garden and grounds beyond.
A wet laid full-range bluestone path anchors this formal garden. Its crossway shape connects the driveway, fireplace area, lawn and an entertainment patio.
Bluestone flagging, reclaimed from Central Park in New York City, creates a strong, linear path that meanders beneath a log-and-stone archway.
A Relaxing Stroll
Large, field-collected Pennsylvania steppingstones are sunken in a grassy corridor to create a mosaic effect. The path has a slightly Old World feel that suits the dreamy, enchanted-forest setting.
"Trump's War: His Battle For America" ... Michael Savage pens another #1 best seller. His rallying call to all Americans... "Defend Your Country!"
Trump faces relentless opposition from special interests in both parties who stand to lose trillions if Trump’s America First policies become the law of the land.
Not only will Trump have to overcome progressive ideologues and neoconservative ventriloquists, connected corporate interests and a military-industrial complex bent on permanent war, he will also have to fight progressive beliefs even he and his otherwise conservative appointees have unwittingly accepted.
Dr. Michael Savage has been on the front line of this fight for decades and knows what Trump and his administration are up against. He lays out a path to victory for the new, conservative American revolutionaries in Trump’s War.
The vast army of Trump voters must now galvanize around their ideals and make sure their voices are heard in Congress in the months ahead. By displaying this book at work or at social gatherings, the reader makes a bold statement about the most important war America faces.
Why you should never meet your favorite musician
Obviously flossy is broken if she's out in a public setting and can't talk to people.
You say her fans have a misconception about who she is but obviously she doesn't express who she is in her music then also unless she was deaf, which she isn't, expecting someone to at least acknowledge you isn't a misconception. Especially when said person is an indie artist at a bar.
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Thought for the day...
Before you go to the hospital...
Every year more than 2 million hospital patients end up with an infection they didn't have before they were admitted. And more than 100,000 of those people die.
I'm talking about infections like pneumonia… surgical wound infections… infections of the GI tract, urinary tract or bloodstream… infections from catheters, ventilators and other medical devices. If I got sick, a hospital is the LAST place I'd want to go.
I teach my patients how to live their healthiest lives possible so they can avoid the hospital. But even I understand that sometimes a hospital stay can't be avoided. At some point, you may have an acute medical emergency or need life-saving medical care.
If you find yourself in that situation, there's a way you can drastically reduce your risk of getting a "hospital-associated infection," or HAI.
I'm talking about vitamin C.
High doses of vitamin C fight off just about everything. In fact, up until the mid-20th century, mega-dose vitamin C injections were successfully used to treat: Polio, Measles, Diphtheria, Mumps, Herpes, Viral pneumonia, Chicken pox, Flu.
Once antibiotics entered the picture, vitamin C fell off the radar. Big Pharma couldn't patent vitamin C — so they can't make a profit off it.
The truth is, Big Pharma is terrified of vitamin C. It's that powerful…
There's a mountain of evidence that proves that vitamin C is a potent immune booster that can prevent and reverse both viral and bacterial infections. It increases the production of interferon, which "interferes" with viral replication. That stops the virus from infecting your cells. Vitamin C also has ability to inactivate RNA and DNA of viruses and bacteria.
Pneumonia — which represents nearly 20% of all new hospital infections — doesn't stand a chance against vitamin C. In one study of military personnel and other people living in close quarters, pneumonia occurred 80-100% less often in those who supplemented with C than those who did not.
And a 2013 study from Yeshiva University's Albert Einstein College of Medicine proved that vitamin C slays bacteria that antibiotics can't. Researchers found it easily wiped out drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) bacteria.
Vitamin C even works on sepsis, or "blood poisoning." It's when your body has an overwhelming response to an infection.
If you develop sepsis, dangerous blood clots form that plug your capillaries and interrupt blood flow. Sepsis can lead to multiple organ failure. It's the number one cause of death in U.S. hospitals.
Mainstream medicine tries to treat sepsis with antibiotics. But even with treatment, the death rate is still a steep 40%.
A 2010 Canadian studied found that a single injection of vitamin C prevented capillaries from plugging. The effect lasted for 24 hours. It can also reverse plugging by restoring blood flow.
Getting a large dose of vitamin C can even make a hospital stay less traumatic. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that acutely ill hospital patients reported better moods and less distress after being given high doses of the nutrient.
What to know before you go
The most effective way to get the infection-fighting protection of vitamin C levels is intravenously.
But don't expect your doctor to suggest it. Vitamin C therapy is such a threat to the status quo that the FDA limited the availability of IV vitamin C. They did it after "60 Minutes" ran a story about a New Zealand swine flu patient on life support who recovered fully after receiving a vitamin C infusion.
Around the same time, Big Pharma stopped production of most injectable vitamins and minerals. You can search for "intravenous vitamin C therapy near me" on Google to find a provider.
If IV vitamin C therapy isn't an option, you can still benefit from taking vitamin C orally. To reduce your risk of infection if you're going to the hospital, I recommend taking up to 20,000 mg daily in divided doses. It's perfectly safe. But if it bothers your stomach, reduce the amount slightly or increase the number of doses.
Of course, everyone — no matter their health — needs vitamin C. I recommend a daily dose of 3,000 mg for most healthy people.