Another Resistance Movement Is Growing In The Heart Of Our Nation’s Capital

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As his polling figures sag, the chaos of his presidency increases exponentially, and the news turns ever grimmer (for him), President Trump faces growing opposition nationwide. As TomDispatch regular Mattea Kramer reports today, from boycotting businesses carrying his products to jamming the phone lines of his hotels, an expanding, if somewhat uncoordinated, set of anti-Trump organizations are focused on how to divest America of its 45th president. They are, in particular, aiming at what he undoubtedly cares most about (other, of course, than himself): his business dealings and those of his children. (And just wait until such anti-Trumpism gains traction abroad and those businesses with the giant golden letters become ongoing targets of protest ? or worse ? globally.)

And yet these days, believe it or not, that may be the least of his problems. There seems to be another Resist Trump movement growing right in the heart of our nation?s capital in what has become the unofficial fourth branch of our government, the one not written into the Constitution but funded as if it were the only thing that Constitution contained: the national security state.

Among the many missteps (a kind word under the circumstances) of a president who clearly thought the worst was over when he won the election, none may prove more disastrous than his ? you can?t call it a decision, but perhaps an impulse ? to take on parts of that state within a state.  He began memorably by comparing the CIA and other intelligence agencies to so many Nazis and proceeded from there.  That he evidently never imagined such institutions, which now surveil the world in a way that might have amazed George Orwell and stunned the totalitarian regimes of the previous century, having the power to respond to him should amaze us all.  That he fired James Comey, for instance, without any sense that the FBI director or his supporters inside the Bureau could or would strike back was perhaps the ultimate in blind self-faith. (Of course, in these years, America?s intelligence agencies have often seemed like the proverbial gang that couldn?t shoot straight, as with the recent ? possibly North Korean ? ransomware attack on computer networks globally that was based in part on hacking tools pilfered from the National Security Agency.)

Now, from secret memos about ?pledges of loyalty? to leaks of every sort, the national security state may be in the process of trying to divest itself of President Trump.  It looks like some of its professionals have stopped collecting intelligence for him and started collecting it on him.  If his recently tweeted threat ? ?James Comey better hope that there are no ?tapes? of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!? ? wasn?t so much hot air (and he does have a past history of taping phone conversations), he might turn out to have done their work for them.  If so, he better hope that such tapes turn out to have an 18-and-a-half hour gap.

At the moment, the scandals seem unending. Campaign collusion (or was it confusion?) with Putin?s Russia, the Comey firing, the never-ending disaster of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, including the president?s possible request that the FBI director shut down the Flynn investigation, and the sharing of ?highly classified? information with the Russian foreign minister just head a list that seems to grow by the day, as congressional muttering about ?obstruction of justice? and ?impeachment? grows.  Meanwhile ? signs of the times ? the president?s aides are reportedly polishing their CVs and joining the crew leaking about him, while he remains angry with them for his own crazed behavior.

If this isn?t the potential script for a modern Dr. Strangelove, what is?  Only the nuclear weapons are missing (so far). Tom

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Donald Trump Has Been Successfully In-peached!

Here he is. Not impeached, but IN-peached.

Let us explain: On Monday, a White House statement claimed that while on his current trip abroad, Donald Trump aims to ?promote the possibility of lasting peach? between Israelis and Palestinians.

What better time to roll out the Article of Inpeachment (this article!)?

Liberals, break out the peach schnapps: The country is about to launch into a big, somewhat unified inpeachment party!

So what does the inpeachment entail? Congress actually doesn?t have to get involved, as a president is successfully inpeached after someone (anyone) simply imposes a photo of the politician on a photo of a peach to make it appear that said politician is trapped inside said peach.

And that is what has happened: The president of the United States has been inpeached.

These last few months have been the pits, so it?s understandable if you have fuzzy feelings about this decision ? despite what the inpeachment process may mean for this country.

During his campaign, our current president was like, ?Knock, knock,? and the country was like, ?Who?s there?? to which he responded, ?Orange,? and most of us were like, ?That seems bad,? and then he said something like, ?Orange you glad I have a banana?? and that seemed really bad, but then some of our roommates let Orange in anyway. He hasn?t been a great houseguest, and now it?s just fun to be like, ?WELL, ORANGE YOU GLAD WE INPEACHED YOU??

Fruit humor!

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Black-Owned Business To Help Replace 18,000 Contaminated Pipes In Flint

A black woman-owned construction company has been awarded a federally funded service contract to replace thousands of water pipes in Flint, Michigan.

As part of a $97 million settlement to replace corroded pipes by 2020, the state has contracted WT Stevens Construction, which became a state-certified lead abatement specialty company in 2016, along with three other companies. The companies will replace more than 18,000 pipes across the city, The Network Journal reported earlier this month. 

Rhonda Grayer, vice president of the family-owned company, told The HUB Flint that this contract is the ?biggest project we?ve done.? WT Stevens? $10.9 million contract is the largest deal with the city for replacing service lines, according to MLive. It is responsible for addresses in Wards 3, 4, 8 and 9. The city allotted $25 million for the project in total.

Rhonda?s husband, Jeff Gayer, serves as the project manager. He told TNJ that about 800 waterlines have been replaces so far and he hopes to have 6,000 replaced by the end of 2017.

?Our company is usually the only African American-owned business to respond to request for proposals for various Flint city contracts even now after the court rulings related to the water crisis,? he said. ?This is a major project that will ensure public safety and start rebuilding trust between the city and the community … something that has been missing awhile.?

He said the goal is to ?have all 18,000 lead-corroded residential pipes replaced by December 2019.?

The company has hired about 20 staff members, including ex-offenders and young people, and a video team to document the piping being replaced. Grayer said she?s following the example her late dad and founder of the company set for making a positive impact on the community.

?I will tell you that it is really exciting and the most important part of it is the opportunity to employ people who may not have had other opportunities,? she told The HUB Flint.

It?s been more than three years since the city?s water crisis began. In April 2014, Governor Rick Snyder and other politicians moved to change Flint?s water source from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to the Flint River without properly treating the water or checking it for toxins.

Thousands of children and adults became sick in the predominately black city due to lead poisoning. A drinking water expert said there was a ?very strong likelihood? that water from the river led to the ?dramatic? increase in cases of a severe form of pneumonia that killed at least 10 people.

Though the water quality has improved recently and a federal judge approved the $97 million settlement, residents? health and livelihoods are still at stake. 

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My White Inheritance

To what extent do you own your inheritance?

Life is cumulative. At the end of our lives, we take all that we?ve earned, learned, and collected and pass it along to those that carry on our legacy. Recently, while doing research on my family like so many do on the internet, I pieced together parts of my family history. Decades of census reports track the progress of my ancestors from their arrival to America from Europe and Canada in the early 1900?s through the steel mills of central New England, each generation moving up in education and class.

My family history embodies America?s promise.

My great-grandfather, Anthony Golaszewski, an immigrant from Poland arrived at Ellis Island in 1907. With the help of a relative, he landed a job in a steel mill in Worcester, MA where he lived for the rest of his life. Like many immigrants at the time, he lived on U.S. soil for decades before becoming a citizen.

In 1938, Anthony?s daughter, Helen, married Wallace Polewaczyk, who also worked in Worcester?s steel mills, and moved into a triple-decker home in the Polish neighborhood. While they never owned property, they lived a modest life that fulfilled the dreams that carried Anthony across the Atlantic.

Anthony?s granddaughter, Irene, in 1969 married my father, John Cormier, a second generation American of Italian and French Canadian heritage. My mother graduated from high school and my father earned two master?s degrees. Together they ascended to the next level of the American dream, purchasing their first home and, years later, a second home by the ocean shortly after their fourth child was born (that?s me).

My research also uncovered a few painful parts of my family history.

My older brother was arrested for cocaine possession in 1989. As an 11-year-old, I read about his arrest in our local paper, a traumatic moment that altered my understanding of addiction and its impact on our family.

Between the lines of my family history lies an unspoken but potent truth in my inheritance. More than my thinning crown or prominently bridged nose, a defining characteristic has been handed down to me through my ancestry.

My family history embodies white America?s promise.

As I track the progress of my family, each data point has an implicit racial component that adds to the legacy I inherited. While we?re a family that has few material heirlooms and even fewer trust funds, I benefit from an inheritance that has provided me with a level of comfort, access and power directly tied to our whiteness.

It?s not shocking or newsworthy to hear that race impacts one?s lived experience or privilege. That seems obvious, though it?s not always acknowledged or accepted by my fellow white brothers and sisters. While it?s true that my life will forever be linked to the economic stability and supportive environment in which I was raised, it?s not simply about wealth and asset accumulation. It?s broader than that. And all of it can be tied to the fact that my ancestors were ? and I am ? white.

When Anthony came to America of his own accord in 1907, he depended upon the coterie of Polish relatives and familial acquaintances to start his life and find housing in the New World. This network of support is as American as Ellis Island and as critical to immigrants today as it was to Anthony. Even though Massachusetts was one of the first states to ban slavery and repeal Jim Crow laws, housing discrimination based on race was still legal until 1948, and continued through racist practices like redlining for decades after that. Anthony had access to reliable housing which aided his ability to get a steady job that sustained him and his family throughout his life.

My grandparents could marry in 1938 because they were both white and born in a state without anti-miscegenation laws. Massachusetts? infamous ?1913 law? that effectively banned interracial marriage was not fully repealed until 2008. As a gay man, I am keenly aware of the importance of marriage, and the economic stability and social acceptance that it can provide. Helen and Wallace had access to rights and benefits that were denied to mixed race couples.

When my parents married in 1969, they both had access to education that helped them advance their careers. At the same time, Boston area schools were failing generations of African-Americans (see also: the 1974 Boston busing riots). My siblings and I went to public elementary schools that continued to struggle to fully integrate in the 1970?s and 80?s.

In 1988, the so-called ?war on drugs? targeted communities with a racial bias that disproportionally incarcerated African-Americans. Federal penalties for crack cocaine were 100 times harsher than those for powder cocaine. Had my brother been caught with crack instead of powder cocaine, our family would likely have been drained financially by legal fees and emotionally by frequent trips to prison for years or decades.

This is not to say that my family was free of struggle and challenges. When Anthony arrived in this country, Polish immigrants were overwhelmingly poor and worked in grueling conditions in industrial factories ? which undoubtedly contributed to the high rates of alcoholism, violence, and domestic abuse in their community and within my family.

So, what now? What do I ? and others who recognize the lived and inherited components of being white ? do now?

For starters, we can admit this openly and push back when we hear comments about boot straps and self-made men (spoiler alert: they don?t exist). We can find our own ways of authentically owning our racial inheritance, including fighting racism and white supremacy.

The question posed to us is more about the future than the past. It?s not enough to simply acknowledge the privilege that comes with being white. What we do with this perspective throughout our lives will be the legacy we leave behind. Awareness effects action.

Because life is cumulative. And what we pass along will define our legacy.

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Leave This At Home When You Go Shopping (Or You’ll Regret It)

What should you leave at home when you go shopping this summer? Jennifer Boaro prefers this strategy: Put your credit cards into a cup of water. Then store it in the freezer.

“That way,” says Boaro, a furniture designer from Bellevue, Wash., “I have to wait for the ice to melt before I can use it.”

Ah, the things we do to keep us from overshopping. Almost 1 in 10 Americans is a compulsive shopper, and the disorder even has a name: Compulsive Buying (CB). Interestingly, most of the research points to poor planning, not a hedonistic lifestyle, as the reason for overdoing it. So if you’re stuck with a five-figure credit card bill, a few adjustments to your shopping experience could do the trick.

This is a good time to try some new strategies. With the upcoming Memorial Day sales just ahead, you can’t afford to wait. And don’t forget the Fourth of July, Labor Day and then — watch out! — Black Friday and Christmas.

You don’t have to become a statistic. Last week in this column, I discussed the items you should take shopping with you. Today, I present a list of things you should leave behind:

Another person with CB or young kids with little self-control.
“Any parent will tell that you that trying to do any kind of shopping with young children can feel like a truly impossible task at times,” says Kerri Moriarty, a veteran shopper and head of company development at the financial website Cinch Financial. But that can be true when you’re shopping with friends or a significant other. The best shoppers go solo, says Moriarty. They’re focused and determined to find the product they need at the best price.

A bad day.
Many CB sufferers turn to retail therapy to make them feel better. Retailers even promote it as a way of easing some of your life’s stress. Go shopping; it’ll make you feel better! “However, spending money is unrelated to whatever is bothering you,” says Kendal Perez, a savings expert with CouponSherpa.com, a coupon website. “It only provides a short-term high that may result in an even worse day if your problems are spending-related.” Indeed, the right state of mind isn’t just desirable for shoppers — it’s required.

An unlimited budget.
If you have one of those platinum cards without a spending limit, you should keep it in your freezer. “Don?t leave home without a limit,” says April Masini of “Ask April” fame, who has seen more than her fair share of relationships wither under the pressure of extreme debt. “If you?re someone who?s prone to spending — or overspending — give yourself a thoughtful limit before you leave home.” If you know you suffer from a touch of CB, talk to the person you may choose to take with you. Set a limit and ask that person to hold you accountable. Note: Did I mention you should leave your kids at home?

Your credit card.
Jocelyn Johnson, a mother of two girls from Elkins Park, Pa., can’t leave them at home when she goes shopping, so she does the next best thing: she leaves her credit cards. “Instead, I gave myself a weekly cash allowance, so as I shop, I’m not tempted to grab items just because it’s on sale or only $2.99,” she says. “This also helps me regulate impulse buying when my girls want to just throw items in the cart.”

I’ve used the “oops-I-left-my-credit-card-at-home” excuse myself, but it only works for a while with kids. Sooner or later, they’ll ask you if you remembered your card before you leave. And then, as they say, the jig is up.

If you suffer from CB or know someone who does, these strategies might help. But as before, the only way to stay safe is to keep away from the mall, the big box retail store, or the computer. And helping you do that is beyond the scope of this column.

Christopher Elliott specializes in solving seemingly unsolvable consumer problems. Contact him with your questions on his advocacy website. You can also follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Google or sign up for his newsletter.

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Will I be next?

Feelings are heightened in South Africa over the safety of women, writes the BBC’s Nomsa Maseko following a series of violent attacks against women.

Kristen Bell Shares Clever Diaper Hack For Parents In A Bind

Kristen Bell doesn?t hesitate to share the lessons she?s learned as a mom. And that includes parenting hacks.

On Thursday, the actress posted a photo on Instagram of a diaper hack she figured out during a plane ride.

?Quick fix for a broken pull up when you?re on an airplane?? she wrote in the caption. ?Hair tie. BOOM. Next question.? Bell also added the hashtag ?#mom.?

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Bell and her husband Dax Shepard have two daughters, 4-year-old Lincoln and 2-year-old Delta. 

The actress? parenting hack received more than 146,000 likes on Instagram. Many fellow parents praised the mom for her creativity and shared their own child-rearing hacks. 

?Parenting is all about winging it,? wrote on commenter. ?Great idea.?

?#MacGyverMom,? added another. 

Kudos to Kristen Bell for keeping it real. 

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ESPN’s Holly Rowe Says Her Cancer Has Returned

ESPN reporter Holly Rowe says her cancer has returned and spread, The Associated Press reported.

?I don?t think about having cancer when I?m out here,? Rowe told AP before she worked the sideline Thursday for a WNBA game between the Minnesota Lynx and host New York Liberty. ?Monday, I have a CAT scan and have treatment. I?ll be a cancer patient on Monday. I?m not thinking about it today.?

These are tough times for the sports network. Kathy Berman, wife of Chris Berman, who is arguably the face of the network, died in a car crash last week. The outlet has also conducted massive layoffs.

But Rowe will not be among them. ESPN stated Thursday in an editor?s note to a personal essay by the reporter that her contract had been renewed.

?I promise to repay and thank my bosses at ESPN for sticking by me during the most difficult year of my life,? she wrote. ?I don?t take a single moment of this journey for granted.?

In February 2016, doctors removed a tumor from her chest for the second time within a year, according to Sports Illustrated. She has continued to work during her battle with a rare form of melanoma.

?When I say sports have saved my life, I?m not saying that as a joke or lightly,? she told her hometown paper, the Salt Lake Tribune, recently. ?It?s given me things to look forward to and every single event I get to, someone is winning or losing.?

Rowe became a regular presence on ESPN in 1998.

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Sometimes we have to deal with stuff we never really asked for. And that kind of stuff is the hardest to deal with. People in Lice salons in Main Line are offering free treatments to children under the age of 10. told me they hated uncertainties and changes that life brought and it killed them to accept the surprises life brought them.

Spot-On Video Captures Bedtime With A Toddler And Newborn

Dealing with a toddler at bedtime can be a challenge. Getting a newborn to sleep through the night is also a challenge. Doing both at once? LOL.

In his latest video, La Guardia Cross of ?New Father Chronicles? perfectly sums up the struggle of having a toddler and newborn at home. ?Nighttime with a Toddler and Infant? has been viewed over 10,000 times. 

?The greatest achievement of parenthood is getting multiple kids to sleep at the same time,? Cross wrote in the caption. ?I failed.?

Good luck, man!

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Former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern On The CIA’s History Of Disseminating Faulty Intelligence

In this week?s episode of ?Scheer Intelligence? Robert Scheer interviews Ray McGovern, a former CIA analyst.

McGovern spent 27 years with the CIA, beginning in President Kennedy?s era and ending in George H. W. Bush?s administration. After leaving the agency, McGovern co-created the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, an organization of former intelligence officers protesting the use of faulty intelligence to justify the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Scheer begins the conversation by asking McGovern about the CIA?s role in the Vietnam War, and McGovern expresses frustration that the intelligence he and other officers gathered didn?t influence White House policy.

?Our good analysis was published in-house, but most of it never got to the White House, or places where it might have affected policy,? McGovern explains of his early years working in the lower ranks of the agency. He and Scheer discuss how the fear of an international communist movement prompted U.S. involvement in Vietnam.

?This is the part I don?t get. You?re in the CIA, the intelligence agency, and you?re an expert on this,? Scheer tells McGovern. ?And the evidence was so clear that what the Americans were being told was nonsense.?

?One has to understand that there are really two CIAs,? McGovern responds. ?You can give the president the best of intelligence and the best of assessments, and he?s got other factors to consider.?

The two also draw parallels between the CIA?s faulty intelligence during the Vietnam War and the current political climate involving Russia and WikiLeaks. McGovern says the WikiLeaks documents on the Democratic National Committee were falsely tied to Russia as part of an effort to invalidate the leak. ?I personally heard Hillary Clinton?s PR person?a woman, [Jennifer] Palmieri is her name?I heard her crow and brag about how, even at the convention, she expended all kinds of efforts to make sure that people focused on the Russians,? McGovern says. ?Did WikiLeaks get hacks from the Russians? No way. WikiLeaks got leaks, and there?s a big difference.?

?Adapted from Truthdig.com

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Seth Meyers: Trump Predicted All This Would Happen … If Hillary Clinton Won

?Late Night? host Seth Meyers is here to remind you that it has been an eventful news week, one President Donald Trump himself somewhat predicted when he was on the campaign trail. 

The only difference: Trump said this would happen if Hillary Clinton were elected president.

Meyers played clips Tuesday night of Trump railing against Clinton?s supposed mishandling of classified information and boasting to supporters that he would never put the country in such a situation. 

?If Hillary Clinton were elected, she would be under protracted criminal investigation likely followed by the trial of a sitting president,? Trump told a crowd in October 2016. ?The investigation will last for years, nothing will get done, government will grind to a halt and our country will continue to suffer.?

?It?s amazing ? the only thing he got wrong was the president?s name,? Meyers joked. 

Watch the entire clip in the video above.

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Sen. Angus King Says We’re Getting Closer To Impeachment

Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) said Tuesday that impeachment of President Donald Trump is a growing possibility, if reports are true that he asked former FBI Director James Comey to end the investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

The New York Times and several other publications, citing a detailed memo written by Comey, reported Tuesday that the president asked the then-FBI director to cut off the investigation of Flynn?s ties to the Russian government. The report was published exactly one week after Trump abruptly fired Comey, a decision the president said later was influenced by ?the Russia thing.?

King said during an interview with CNN?s Wolf Blitzer that if the memo is accurate, impeachment is potentially on the table. He called the allegations in the memo a ?very serious matter.?

?If these allegations, Senator, are true, are we getting closer and closer to the possibility of yet another impeachment process?? Blitzer asked King. 

?Reluctantly, Wolf, I have to say yes, simply because obstruction of justice is such a serious offense,? King said. ?And I say it with sadness and reluctance. This is not something that I?ve advocated for. The word has not passed my lips in these tumultuous three or more months.

?But, if indeed the president tried to tell the director of the FBI, who worked for him, that he should drop an investigation ? whether it was Michael Flynn or some investigation that had nothing to do with Russia or politics or the election ? that?s a very serious matter.?

King also called on the White House to disclose any evidence that may disprove the Times report.

?If the White House has been saying all day that this never happened, then I think they should come forth with whatever evidence that they have, whether it?s tapes or notes made by someone at the White House, to contradict this,? he said.

If the president?s Twitter feed is any indication, tapes may exist. Last week, he implied he recorded his conversations with Comey.

Democratic lawmakers, including Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas), similarly raised the possibility of impeachment.

Read more on Comey?s memo here.

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Are U.S. Strategists Living On Another Planet?

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com 

War, American-style, in the twenty-first century, hasn?t exactly been a sterling success story.  (How did the Brits ever manage to run that empire of theirs for so many years with such modest numbers of troops?) Take Afghanistan, for example.  We now know something of Washington?s latest plans for pursuing the war in that country well into its 16th year. They are, according to media reports, just landing on President Trump?s desk with the enthusiastic support of his national security adviser, General H.R. McMaster, the Pentagon, the intelligence services, and General John Nicholson, the U.S. Afghan commander. Pushback seems to be coming only from the administration?s Bannonite wing. Basically, those plans seem to boil down to sending in more U.S. troops and more Special Operations forces, putting them in more combat-like situations, and supporting them with more U.S. air power ? or put another way, more of exactly what there has regularly been more of for the last 15 years. Call it a mini-surge. All of this, in turn, is supposed to ?break the Afghan deadlock,? shift the war in the favor of the U.S.-backed government, and lead to successful peace negotiations.  Oh, and it?s grounded in the conviction that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is capable of weeding corrupt and ineffective commanders out of his military.

It might cross your mind that all of the above could only have been dreamt up by ?strategists? who had been on another planet for the last decade and a half. However, the generals who came up with this brilliant plan (for a president who, in 2013, tweeted, ?We have wasted an enormous amount of blood and treasure in Afghanistan. Their government has zero appreciation. Let?s get out!?) have been deeply involved in America?s wars across the Greater Middle East in those years. And since it?s hard to believe that they meant to create a failing strategy, the only alternative is to assume that they?ve been involved in this sort of war-making for so long that they are no longer capable of imagining anything else.  In other words, what we?re witnessing is a brain-dead version of strategizing that will leave another set of officials in Washington wondering what to do next somewhere down the line.

In the face of such ?planning,? woefully typical of Washington?s war on terror, it?s always good to look for some bright spot and there does happen to be one area where the U.S. military remains the undisputed global champ: military bases. As David Vine has shown in his essential book, Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World, the U.S. garrisons the globe without competitors and in a fashion previously unimaginable. That ?rising power? China, for instance, is only now building its first base outside its own territory ? in the small African country of Djibouti, just miles from a large U.S. base, leaving it approximately 799 global garrisons short of Washington. Britain and France each still have some bases, generally left over from their days of imperial glory, and the Russians also have a handful, including two particularly active ones in Syria and another, just unveiled, in its own far northern territories near the Arctic Circle. That?s its second base in the melting north.  About such moves, Washington is already raising the alarm. (Secretary of Defense James Mattis at his confirmation hearings typically said, ?The U.S. must ensure that Russia doesn?t expand those efforts to dominate the region.?)

Still, in 2017, the U.S. still stands alone when it comes to garrisoning Planet Earth, a success story that, strangely enough, never seems to impress the mainstream media enough to consider it a subject worthy of coverage, which is why it?s so useful to have David Vine on hand with his latest piece, ?Forty-Five Blows Against Democracy,? at a moment like this.

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Tom Ellis Says Lucifer Is In For ‘A Shock’ During Season 2 Finale

There?s no doubt Season 2 of ?Lucifer? featured a roller coaster of a story arc with Lucifer?s mom entering the picture, not to mention his ongoing romantic dance with Chloe Decker.

The hit Fox series, which follows Lucifer (Tom Ellis) as he leaves hell and takes up residence in Los Angeles, has really come into its own this season, capitalizing on the mix of drama and comedy. Now, with only a few episodes left of Season 2, Ellis says fans can expect a few more twists and turns, including a possible visit from his dad.

Ellis told HuffPost during a Build Series segment that the episode titled ?God Johnson,? which is slated to air Monday, is one of his favorites so far.

?Lucifer is absolutely convinced that his dad has come down to Earth,? Ellis said. ?And that opens up a new side of things. As a stand-alone episode, I think that?s a really good episode.?

The following episodes will focus on Lucifer?s mom, Charlotte (Tricia Helfer).

?Our final two episodes of this season, it?s all about mom?s plan to get back to Heaven and taking her sons with her and how that kind of unravels. And then the very, very end of this season, Lucifer is in for a bit of a shock,? he said.  

Though he didn?t dish on what that shock might entail, Ellis did open up about his character?s relationship with Chloe Decker, played by Lauren German. 

?These two characters can be more themselves with each other than anyone else,? he said, adding, ?Ultimately, this love story that?s going on is very much the heartbeat of the show. But if we were to get our two characters together in Season 2, then I don?t know if we?d have much of a show anymore to be honest. I think when you?re thinking about the longevity of a TV show, you?ve got to nurture those relationships ? You really want them to get together. But you have to find valid reasons as to why they can?t yet.?

Luckily for fans, Fox picked up ?Lucifer? for a third season, so there?s plenty of time to explore Lucifer and Chloe?s love story.

?Lucifer? airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.

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Trump’s Muslim Ban Faces Tough Questions From Appeals Court

A U.S. appeals court on Monday questioned Justice Department attorneys over President Donald Trump?s temporary travel ban on people entering the United States from six Muslim-majority countries, the second such court to review Trump?s directive over the past week.

A three-judge 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel, made up entirely of judges appointed by Democratic former President Bill Clinton, reviewed a Hawaii judge?s ruling that blocked parts of the Republican president?s revised executive order on travel.

The March order was Trump?s second effort to craft travel restrictions. The first, issued on Jan. 27, led to chaos and protests at airports before it was blocked by courts. The second order was intended to overcome the legal problems posed by the original ban, but it was also suspended by judges before it could take effect on March 16.

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii blocked 90-day entry restrictions on people from Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, as well as part of the order that suspended entry of refugee applicants for 120 days.

As part of that ruling, Watson cited Trump?s campaign statements on Muslims as evidence that his executive order was discriminatory.

?There is no case like this, is there?? 9th Circuit Judge Richard Paez asked at the appeals court hearing in Seattle on Monday.

Acting U.S. Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall said no one has tried to set aside a law based on a candidate?s campaign statements, adding that there was not enough evidence to show bad faith on the government?s part regarding Trump?s order.

Last week the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia reviewed a Maryland judge?s ruling that blocked the 90-day entry restrictions. That court is largely made up of Democrats, and the judges? questioning appeared to break along partisan lines. A ruling has not yet been released.

Arguing that the United States needed to tighten national security measures, Trump?s attempt to limit travel was one of his first major acts in office. The fate of the ban is one indication of whether the Republican can carry out his promises to be tough on immigration and national security.

Opponents – including the state of Hawaii and civil rights groups – say that both the first ban and the revised ban discriminate against Muslims. The government argues that the text of the order does not mention any specific religion and is needed to protect the country against attacks.

Outside the Seattle courtroom a group of protesters gathered carrying signs with slogans like, ?The ban is still racist,? and ?No ban, no wall.?

The U.S. Supreme Court is likely to be the ultimate decider, but the high court is not expected to take up the issue for several months.

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Mental Health Treatment Can Save Lives, But The Right Diagnosis Can Take Years


In His Own Words: Above, Nic Newling, 30, writes how his experience with untreated bipolar disorder made him feel.

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1,277 days. That?s approximately how long it took Nic Newling to figure out he was dealing with bipolar disorder after first reaching out for help.

Newling was born and raised in Sydney. He first began to notice something was wrong when he was a young teen in school. He felt panicked and burned out ? sometimes for no reason at all ? and it was severely destabilizing his everyday routine.

?I was a high achiever in school,? Newling recalled. ?I was really dedicated to it, but halfway through that school year, I noticed I was getting really stressed and anxious. And from there it was a really long journey of trying to find the right help.?

He was admitted into an adolescent psychiatric hospital at age 14, where physicians believed he was dealing with some form of psychosis. He stayed for nine months. 

Newling was diagnosed with major depression, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder and schizoaffective disorder. He received medication and therapies to treat those specific illnesses. Nothing seemed to work.

At age 16, he underwent shock therapy, also known as electroconvulsive therapy. The controversial treatment sends small electric currents through the brain to alter its chemistry and treat issues like depression.

Newling reports feeling suicidal at the time. He knew, deep down, that he wasn?t getting the right help.

Data published by the National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association found that 69 percent of people with bipolar disorder are originally misdiagnosed, and more than one-third remain misdiagnosed for a decade or more. Many factors can contribute to this, including the delayed onset of certain symptoms or patients not sticking with treatment.

After three and a half years of incorrect diagnoses and different treatment methods, Newling finally found relief during a stay at a different psychiatric facility. His attending doctor caught him in a period of mania. After another evaluation, his physician diagnosed him with bipolar II disorder and gave him more specific medication to treat it.

?I felt skeptical at first,? Newling said. ?I?d been told I have so many different conditions over the years, and each one came with months or years of traveling down a path of no relief and diminishing hope.?



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The Dangers Of Misdiagnosis

The major reason people are misdiagnosed is because their symptoms often materialize in different ways, says Bob Carolla, a spokesperson and senior writer for the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

?Finding the right treatment plan comes in stages,? he said. ?Not all symptoms may be appearing at the same time. Others may not be immediately recognized as symptoms.?

This is especially true when it comes to high-functioning people. For example, if a person is ordinarily achievement-oriented or creative, it may not be obvious they?re having a manic episode, Carolla said.

While there are no definitive statistics on how often mental illnesses are misdiagnosed as a whole, research suggests that bipolar disorder is the most misdiagnosed condition. This could mean more treatment costs and lost workplace productivity, as well as increased risk of suicidal thoughts if the person isn?t getting the most effective care.

To rectify this problem, it can be useful to have more frequent check ins with a doctor ? especially when a person is first seeking help, according to Victor Schwartz, chief medical officer of the mental health group The Jed Foundation.

?It?s really important for both the patient and the clinician, when they don?t know what kind of issue they?re dealing with, to be in touch more often,? he said. ?You need to evaluate things more consistently.?

There also needs to be better access to medical support, Schwartz says. Current data suggest that treatment is becoming less accessible thanks to issues with health insurance and a lack of available providers.

This is particularly true in the rural U.S., Schwartz explains, where patients may be most affected by the shortage of mental health professionals. A 2016 report found that people living in certain states struggle more to get help. Alabama, for example, has one mental health worker per ever 1,200 people.

Regardless of their nature, roadblocks to treatment can contribute to the patient losing hope. That?s why it?s so critical to perfect the diagnosis phase.

Newling says he feels lucky that he was able to receive the help he did, especially since he was also having suicidal ideations. But he wishes it hadn?t taken so long.

?I was very thankful, but also really annoyed that it took so long to get right,? he said. ?I?d seen many doctors over the years who were very skilled, but it still took most of my adolescent years away from me.?

How Stigma And Symptoms Impede Progress

Not only did Newling struggle to receive the right diagnosis, but he also felt he had to keep the entire process ?hush, hush,? he said. 

?It?s not always just judgment from others you?re worried about, it?s often that internalized shame or fear,? Newling said. ?You start to feel like people have a right to feel uncomfortable or weird toward you. A lot of that comes from within.?

Negative stereotypes about mental illness often prevent people from reaching out for help, research shows.

?Stigma is in our culture. It is in our language,? Carolla said. ?People are afraid to ask for help because of what may happen. It is in perceptions created by movies or television shows that link mental illness to violence or use it as the butt of jokes. Some also internalize stigma, believing stereotypes or myths and destroying their self-esteem.?



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And as people with mental illness contend with those issues, they must also cope with symptoms that can be debilitating and make them feel like they?re not getting any better.

Bipolar disorder can cause a sense of hopelessness and make it difficult to sleep during the depressive phase. The period of mania can cause increased risk-taking and a heightened sense of euphoria. Some people, like Newling, may also experience racing thoughts during this phase.

?The perpetual flurry of random, disjointed words would fill my mind,? Newling said of his symptoms. ?I couldn?t hear the real world.?

These side effects prevented Newling from experiencing a full and productive life, he says. Even though he was once high-achieving, his will had gradually evaporated.

?I was more comfortable ?existing? rather than ?living,?? he explained. ?It felt like a slow death.?

The Relief Of Getting The Right Treatment

Mental health professionals stress that it?s vital for patients to stick with the treatment process to help manage their conditions. It can sometimes take three months for treatment to start working, according to Schwartz.

On top of that, no one method will be effective for everyone. A combination of techniques is likely to be most effective, experts say. Therapy can rewire the brain to help with mental health symptoms, but some people also need medication or other lifestyle changes.

Newling says it felt like a door had opened for him after he got a correct diagnosis.

?I felt I had a way forward,? he said. ?I believed that it could be possible that I might want to live and that I might have a decent life ahead of me.?

It?s been well over a decade since Newling discovered he had bipolar disorder. At age 30, he?s been able to fully manage his condition and lives a normal, enriching life. He?s also now a fierce advocate, working with mental health-related organizations like The Champions and R U OK? to share his story.

?I look forward to the future in a way I never thought possible,? he said.



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Blake Lively And Ryan Reynolds Made A Cute Surprise Cameo On ‘SNL’

In honor of Mother?s Day, Melissa McCarthy paid tribute to moms during her monologue on ?Saturday Night Live? last night. 

After giving a little shout out to her daughters and her own mother, the actress told all the moms in the crowd to stand up. 

?Let?s give these ladies a hand!? she said, before joking, ?Every single one of these ladies who stood up have not been to the bathroom alone since they gave birth, they haven?t had a hot meal in years, all of our purses are filled with old cracker crumbs and dirty Purell bottles, and that?s OK.? 

Then, the actress pulled one lucky mom from the crowd ? who, it turns out, is mother to the show?s co-head writer Sarah Schneider ? for a special backstage tour. Chris Kelly, the show?s other co-head writer shared a photo of McCarthy and Schneider?s mom, Joan, on Instagram, writing ?she had no idea this was going to happen? in his caption. 

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During Joan Schneider?s special tour of Studio 8H, she and McCarthy picked up some props (ketchup and foot cream) and pet the hallway llama (an ?SNL? legend, apparently) before they were met by Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds.

?Oh my god! Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively! What are you guys doing here?? McCarthy asked, to which Reynolds deadpanned, ?You invited us.? 

?Are you going to get us seats?? said Lively, as McCarthy tried to cover up the fact she didn?t remember telling them to stop by.

McCarthy nodded along, telling ?The Livelys? their backstage spot was the best, before admitting to Joan Schneider she ?may have been drinking when she invited them.? 

The ?Spy? actress and Joan Schneider then each took a shot before McCarthy sent Joan onto the stage to ?host? the show. It was all pretty adorable. 

Watch the full video above. 

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Bill Maher Rips Donald Trump For Turning Presidency Into A Reality TV Show

Bill Maher pulled no punches when it came to picking apart the week?s political news on Friday.

The ?Real Time? host tore into Donald Trump over the way he fired FBI Director James Comey, before accusing the president of turning the office into a reality TV show.

?The acting Attorney General? Fired. National Security Adviser? You?re fired. FBI Director? You?re fired,? said Maher. ?Welcome to ?Apprentice, Nuclear Edition.??

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Mandy Moore Is Standing Up For Her Right To Do All The Dumb Things Men Do

It?s more important than ever to speak up for women?s rights in the current political climate. Women should be able to do anything that men can do ? that includes being a garbage person ? and Mandy Moore came ready with a very specific list of things in this Funny or Die video made in partnership with the ACLU.

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Melania Trump Releases First Official White House Portrait

The first official portrait of the first lady of the United States, Melania Trump, has been released.

Trump was photographed in the White House wearing a black blazer, a sequined neckerchief and two rings. 

It is not currently known who snapped the image of the 46-year-old FLOTUS, though the official White House photographer is Shealah Craighead. Craighead preceded her time with the Trump administration as the official photographer for first lady Laura Bush, and she also served as campaign photographer for Sarah Palin in 2008.

FLOTUS? official photograph comes well after the January release of President Donald Trump?s official photograph.

The image of Melania Trump was released with a description of the former professional model that indicated she?s worked with photography greats such as Patrick Demarchelier, Helmut Newton, Arthur Elgort, Ellen Von Unwerth, Peter Arnell, Antoine Verglas and Mario Testino.

?She has graced the covers of Vogue, Harper?s Bazaar, British GQ, Ocean Drive, Avenue, In Style, and New York Magazine. Her major layouts include the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Allure, Vogue, Self, Glamour, Vanity Fair, and Elle,? the description says.

FLOTUS and the Trumps? 10-year-old son, Barron, reside in New York at present and plan to move to the White House when Barron finishes the school year.

?I am honored to serve in the role of first lady, and look forward to working on behalf of the American people over the coming years,? said Melania Trump in a statement for the photograph.

And, just for nostalgia?s sake, let?s take a look at our last few first lady portraits:

Michelle Obama, 2013:

Laura Bush, 2005:

 Hillary Clinton, 1997:

We?ve reached out to the White House for more information about the photograph and will update this post accordingly.

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John Cena Popped The Question To Nikki Bella During WrestleMania 33

John Cena proposed to his long-time girlfriend, fellow wrestler Nikki Bella during WrestleMania 33 on Sunday.

After the duo defeated The Miz & Maryse, Cena grabbed a microphone, took a knee and asked Nikki Bella to come to the center of the ring.

?I have been waiting so long to ask you this. Stephanie Nicole Garcia-Colace. Will you marry me?? Cena asked, using her real name.

Al Roker posted a video of the moment on Instagram, adding that the newly-engaged couple would be on the ?Today? show Monday morning.

Nikki Bella?s twin sister Brie tweeted a congratulatory message to the happy couple moments after the proposal.

Cena did not formally tease the engagement, but he did proclaim that WrestleMania 33 would be an ?amazing night!!?

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Landslide Kills More Than 150 People In Colombia

BOGOTA (Reuters) – A landslide in Colombia?s southwestern border province of Putumayo sent mud and debris crashing onto houses overnight, killing at least 154 people and injuring scores, officials said on Saturday.

Heavy rains caused several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment and rocks onto buildings and roads in the provincial capital of Mocoa and immobilizing cars in several feet of mud.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos flew to Mocoa, population 345,000, to oversee rescue efforts on the city outskirts and speak with affected families.

?We will do everything possible to help them,? Santos said after confirming the death toll. ?It breaks my heart.?

Officials were working to determine the number of missing, Santos said. Nearly 200 people were injured, the defense ministry said, and more than 1,100 soldiers and police officers were called in to dig people out.

?We have sent a team of 150 people to make our response effective and machinery began work immediately,? Carlos Ivan Marquez, head of the national disaster unit, said in a statement.

Even in a country where heavy rains, a mountainous landscape and informal construction of homes combine to make landslides a common occurrence, the scale of the Mocoa disaster was daunting. By comparison, a 2015 landslide killed nearly 80 people in Salgar, Antioquia.

?It?s a big area,? Mocoa Mayor Jose Antonio Castro, who lost his house, told Caracol radio on Saturday. ?A big portion of the many houses were just taken by the avalanche.?

He said that people were warned ahead of time and many were able to get out, but several neighborhoods and two bridges had been destroyed.

Photos posted on Twitter by the air force showed neighborhood streets filled with mud and damaged houses, while videos on social media showed residents searching for survivors in the debris and struggling to move through waist-high water during the night.

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America’s Wars: Business As Usual

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U.S. Marines are, for the first time, deploying to Syria (with more to come). There?s talk of an ?enduring? U.S. military presence in Iraq, while additional U.S. troops are being dispatched to neighboring Kuwait with an eye to the wars in both Iraq and Syria.  Yemen has been battered by a veritable blitz of drone strikes and other air attacks.  Afghanistan seems to be in line for an increase in American forces.  The new president has just restored to the CIA the power to use drones to strike more or less anywhere on the ?world battlefield,? recently a Pentagon prerogative, and is evidently easing restrictions on the Pentagon?s use of drones as well.  U.S. military commanders are slated to get more leeway to make decisions locally and the very definition of what qualifies as a ?battlefield? looks like it?s about to change (which will mean even less attention to ?collateral damage? or civilian casualties).

President Trump may soon designate various areas outside more or less official American war zones ? since the U.S. Congress no longer declares war, they can?t truly be official ? as ?temporary areas of active hostility.? That will grant U.S. commanders greater leeway in launching attacks on terror groups in places like Somalia.  In fact, this already seems to have happened in Yemen, according to the New York Times, opening the way for a disastrous Special Operations Forces raid there that caused the death of a Navy SEAL and possibly nine Yemeni children (the youngest three months old), while evidently accomplishing next to nothing.

In other words, in the early months of the Trump era, U.S. wars and conflicts across the Greater Middle East are being expanded and escalated.  This isn?t exactly a new process, and isn?t yet at the level of either the failed Iraqi Surge of 2007 or the failed Afghan one of 2010.  Still, you might think that the almost instant failure of that Yemen raid would have rung a few familiar warning bells in Washington when it comes to escalating America?s wars in the region.  If so, you would evidently be oh-so-wrong.  The history of the last 15 years tells us that in Washington such setbacks couldn?t matter less. At the moment, the generals who have headed down these very paths before are evidently recommending to an eager new president that it?s the height of wisdom to head down them again.

As Andrew Bacevich, author of America?s War for the Greater Middle East, points out today in ?Prepare, Pursue, Prevail!? this is now business as usual in militarized Washington in the twenty-first century.  It?s so much the law of the land that the Pentagon has developed the perfect language for masking, perhaps to itself as much as others, just how dismally familiar this process actually is.

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11 Ways Introverts Would Prefer To Start A Conversation

Introverts and small talk do not mix.

A hallmark trait of the personality type is how cumbersome they find small talk. Experts say those with the personality type find it disingenuous and it can even be a source of anxiety.

But that doesn?t mean introverts aren?t open to connecting with new people ? quite the opposite. Introverts value deep conversations that allow them to explore their own inner worlds and connect with others. And doesn?t that sound so much better than chit chatting about the weather?

We asked the self-identified introverts of our Facebook communities what they?d rather discuss. Check out their answers below (some responses have been edited for length or clarity):

1. A personal fact about themselves or others.

?I?m actually more comfortable sharing personal snippets or stories of my life and usually the only thing that stops me from getting really into it is the potential to cross a line into ?TMI,? particularly if it?s in a work context. It?s important to me that I?m being genuine. What I dislike about small talk is the inanity of the exchange.? ?Annette Jaimi Williams

2. One word: Animals.

?I?ll talk with them about their pets ? especially cats (not much of a dog person, they?re too extroverted). And my work rescuing cats. Of course.? ?Ellen Arsenault

3. That dream you had last night.

?What do you dream about? Do you remember your dreams? Have you ever wondered if your dreams were more real than your waking life? … I could go on and on.? ?Lorrie Lennon

4. Goals or important values.

?People?s true motivations, deepest and hardest thoughts, pain, doubts, fears, triumphs. Things that small talk is designed to obscure.? ?Emily Patterson

5. A funny story.

?I enjoy amusing anecdotes about daily life.? ?Lisa Steinosaur

6. Or any interesting story, for that matter.

?Tell me a story. Something I can listen to. I will probably relate to it in some way and that gives me a meaningful direction. That doesn?t mean I?ll only talk about myself, but it will give us common ground to talk about something in depth.? ?Amanda Wakefield Ryan

7. An engrossing novel.

?Books. I will talk books and writing until the cows come home. Ask me about books.? ?Dominique White

8. An awe-inspiring trip.

?Travel. Where did you take your last great trip in the U.S. and overseas?? ?Susan Moscareillo

9. Future plans.

?I?m introverted and I?d rather talk about the future, starting businesses, making life better. Things of that nature. Nowadays I can?t even call people because they just want the tea or talk about people on social media.? ?Nesha Rene

10. What makes you tick.

?I?d rather talk about what makes them who they are and the struggles they?ve faced … I want to know what kind of person they are and what makes them tick. I don?t care about the weather or who won the hockey game.? ?Jess Amelia

11. Nothing at all.

?Sometimes we don?t want to talk at all and it can be for many reasons … I prefer to observe rather than talk.? ?Jeff Johnson

Let?s consider this our official introvert discussion guide, shall we?

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Question: We got rid of the head lice, but my head is still itchy. Does this mean I still have lice?+

Answer: Not necessarily. If you’ve done the combing over the appropriate amount of time and have no signs of the bugs, you’re probably still reacting to the bite. When you get a mosquito bite, the bug doesn’t have to be around for you to itch, right? But the itch bothers you for quite a while. Same with lice. You also could be itchy because combing and blow drying and picking can irritate your scalp. And if you are a person who also did some sort of chemical treatment, this could be irritating as well. And then there is simply the possibility that after having head lice, you are now hyper-sensitive to any itch on your head. Hey, I’m scratching my head right now just writing this. This is normal. But when in doubt, call a professional.

When You Have No Time For Downtime…

At Lice Happens Atlanta, we understand busy schedules, in fact our goal is saving you time and money on costly treatments!
Our Lice Treatment Specialists have a passion for the head lice removal services we provide and respect that it’s your hard-earned money paying for our services.
Our Specialists also understand that head lice is always an unexpected expense (which usually comes at the most inopportune time!) and will not take advantage of your wallet nor your frazzled state-of-mind!

So take back the time you need and let us handle the rest!

Give us a call to schedule an appointment!

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Lice Removal Alpharetta

At Lice Happens Atlanta our goal is to safely and effectively rid your family of head lice using only pesticide-free products, so that your life can return to normal!

Not only do our experts use a comprehensive approach to our lice removal services, combining thorough, meticulous combing of the hair with our effective, non-toxic products to remove lice and nits, we guarantee our services 100%!

That means that you don’t have to worry about those pesky pests, we get the job done the first time!

I combed and got rid of the lice but found no nits. Am I lice free?

Answer: Where there’s smoke there’s usually fire and where there’s lice, there are usually nits. Not always, but you should keep on wet combing every few days just in case a missed nit turns into a unwanted bug. When you have been regularly combing for 2 weeks with no new bug sightings, that’s when I think you can breathe a sigh of relief and reduce your combing to routine lice checking.+

Do Selfies Spread Head Lice? Take your best shot.

Are you creeped out by cautionary tales of kids getting head lice from group selfies? Some say the cultural phenomenon has reached new heights in popularity and originality, but the concern over selfie-spread lice takes it to new lows. Isn’t it just like adults to spoil all the kids’ fun? Sheesh. If you are looking for lice removal Alpharetta , just give us a call!

Lice have a strong will to live. Head lice are highly contagious and they are, in fact, passed by head-to-head contact. There is a slight, though unlikely chance that shared pillows, hairbrushes and hats can facilitate their transfer. But the human scalp is not simply where head lice prefer to live, it is required for survival. Human heads are a lifeline. The louse will hold on for dear life rather than give up a wellspring of food to go on some haphazard search for better eats.

The louse is a wingless insect that cannot fly. It moves by crawling and cannot jump from person to person—or anywhere, for that matter! When paired with the low desire to move away from prime real estate, they’re not winning any marathons in the world of bugs. “Slow as a louse,” should be an expression more people use.+
By further educating our clients, not only are they getting the knowledge they need for prevention, they are SAVING in the long run by not having to re-treat!

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If you or someone you know is in need of our services, give us a call, we are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

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demonolatry

One of the aspects of developing creativity is just the fact that you want to make sure that you are staying on top of your skill set. You can increase your skill set simply by reading literature every day that has to do with what you’re interested in. For example, there are many people that like to sell. Well, if you are playing on being a salesperson then it is important that you make sure that you read at least 20 to 30 minutes per day in your particular field. This will help you increase your ability and will keep you on top of your skill set. Going to a job day in and day out is not really fun but if you can make your life better and better each day then you not only have a job but now you have a career. When you see yourself as having a career then it will make you want to strive for a better and then finally getting to the best of your abilities day in and day out.

Are you Failing Anatomy and Physiology?

When a student enrolls in anatomy and physiology, they have high expectations of doing very well in this class. However, for many people, this is not the case. In fact, a majority of people will drop out of this class the first two weeks and then the rest will follow all the way up until the cut off time that a particular college allows. This is why an anatomy and physiology study guide is so important. Often, a teacher will not connect with every single student and every student will not learn the exact way that the teacher is teaching. Some students are visual, some are audio, in some or a combination of the two. In this class, because many class periods are one hour or less, students are just taking notes and having to review them later.

This results in a lot of self teaching that may or may not be beneficial to every student. Again, for those students who have acquired an anatomy and physiology study guide that can help them decipher some of this information, their grades will reflect this. The demand to get a high grade in this class is very important because some majors will require a student to pass this class with a letter grade of a C. or higher in order to enroll in anatomy and physiology II and subsequent classes beyond this.

The fact is, every anatomy instructor is different and every student will respond to their instructor in a different way. It has been known for many years that school only addresses one or two types of learning and for students that do not possess that type, they may be at a disadvantage unless they get an anatomy and physiology study guide that can help them wade through the information that is important which will in turn help them learn additional information that is supplementary to each concept.

The question is, where do students find a good study guide that can help them pass this class? To answer this question,http://anatomyandphysiologystudyguide.cohas created a reference website that can help students find the help that they need when they are looking for a guide that can help them get a better grade in this class. More often than not, at least one to two hours per class period of studying is required in order to at least get a letter grade of a C.

But with the right guide, studying will be much easier and even fun for those who are currently struggling in this class.

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Applying for No Essay Scholarships For Your College Education

If it seems like the cost of earning a college degree just keeps climbing higher and higher as each year passes, it’s not just your imagination. It really is. The cost, in fact, has increased by over 1,100 percent since 1978 according to a Bloomberg study, the year that records of college costs began. The cost of earning a college degree has increased much faster than other things such as general inflation, medical care, and even food. Today, aside from purchasing a home, earning a college degree is the single most expensive thing most people will spend money on in their lives.

Despite such depressing statistics, there are proven ways to lower the cost of higher education. Some people, for example, choose to go to a community college for the first two years of school and then transfer to earn their bachelors degree at another school. Still others make use of challenge exams in their degree plans such as CLEP, DSST, AP and others. Although these strategies can lower a person’s total college bill substantially, it still leaves many thousands of dollars that have to be borrowed to graduate. What’s a person to do?

Good news: There is a way to obtain extra money for college that can dramatically lower and in some cases even eliminate your college expenses. That way is through no essay scholarships.

Scholarships are money that is given out to college students by various companies and organizations for meeting certain criteria. This money does not have to be repaid. It is not a loan. Many scholarships do require applicants to write essays of some kind stating why they deserve to receive the scholarships. These essays can be tedious and time-consuming to write. Because of this, it is often difficult to apply to many scholarships that have an essay component; it simply takes too much time and effort to do so.

No essay scholarships, in comparison, are very easy to apply for. If you meet the criteria of the organization awarding the scholarship, you simply fill out and submit an application and wait to see if you are chosen.

There are so many organizations that award these scholarships that if you spend enough time searching, you are sure to find one or more you qualify for. Some are merit based and will want to confirm your GPA while you may qualify for others for a variety of other reasons such as having membership in a certain organization, possessing a certain skill, or even something you may never have even considered, like having red hair or being left-handed.

Higher education planning can certainly seem daunting with the constantly-increasing costs. Rest assured, though, that there are ways to lower the costs and no essay scholarships are one of the best ways to accomplish this.

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ADD in the House?

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Don’t need it now, but if I wanted to see if this lice removal atlanta company could help, it may be worth it when I go back to school

This video is sooooo true if you have ADHD, I am not sure if this guy does. I really think there are a lot of people out there who have functional type and some are not functional at all. Interesting to see. And no it has no connect with lice, just thought I would throw that in there. Kinda add huh?

What I Have Discovered

I’ve discovered a new meat that I actually like and is very versatile and inexpensive. It’s Turkey Sausage. I know it may not sound appealing but I’m telling you it’s really really good. I’ve used it for stir fry, you can use it instead of beef for tacos, you can use it in your spaghetti sauce, or you can just cook it on it’s own, add a little seasoning and make some rice of vegetables with it.

just something random I found on YouTube.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGyElLEX4p0&feature=share

It’s much healthier for you than regular meat and it tastes just as good. Give it a try on your next meal.

Pork That’s What’s For Dinner

Have you ever tried pork loin, or cooked pork chops in the crock pot? People should eat more pork, I think it’s the next best thing after chicken. I have never been too fond of pork until I was a little older and had children of my own. So, being a mother, you try new things. I would get recipes from friends and try them. One of the recipes to my surprise, I actually liked. You can fry pork, bake it, grill it, sauteed it, add a can of soup like cream of broccoli, or cream of celery, cook it in a crock pot with BBQ sauce, it’s pretty versatile. A good way to get some extra protein.  I might make this for my school function at the end of the month, looks great.  I found other recipes on some of the sites below also.

 

Carb Free and Free!

Is there anything out there that is sugar and carb free or low carb that actually tastes good? I am so discouraged about baking sugar and fat free. I think I’ve tried about 5 different recipes so far that claimed to be really good tasting, however, it didn’t taste even remotely good. I have followed all of the recipes to a “T” and still they do not taste good even a little bit. It is much better than trying to get left handed scholarships, that is for sure!

I don’t eat sugar too too much but when I get a sweet tooth and I really want something sweet, it would be nice to find something that tastes great!

In The Cold Weather

So I won’t be complaining about Winter anymore. I cannot wait until Summer time :). In the Summer, it’s funny because I normally complain about the heat.

However, being stuck inside for almost half of a year, has made me realize how silly that was. At least when it’s hot, you can jump in a pool, or jump in the ocean or eat an ice cream to cool off.

I like summer , it is because I do not have to think about this subject

Smallest Post Office

We were on our way to the beach after a very long week doing easy scholarships to apply for and we saw the craziest thing.  We live right outside of the country and decided to take another route.  We came across the smallest post office that I have ever seen.  I was able to get a picture of it.  It was about as small as a bathroom you’d find at a convenient store.  It was beautifully built though, it was in a small beach community.  I’ve just never seen anything that small before.

Wacky

Have you heard of wacky potatoes?  How about wacky jobs?  There are so many “wacky” things out there it’s quite funny.  I was looking around for wacky recipes for a children’s function we are having and wanted to try to make something different, so I went on the search and the work “wacky” came to mind.  I found so many things, wacky hair, wacky scholarships, wacky names, and yes, of course, wacky recipes.  Who knew?  It will be interesting for sure.  I hope the kiddos enjoy.

Fudge

We made fudge this morning for our teds woodworking review group for a treat. It delicious! I never thought making fudge would be so easy. I really didn’t know what to think about making fudge. I didn’t know if it had to be put in the oven, or what was mixed with it or anything. All you need is some butter, some vanilla, some powdered sugar, peanut butter, milk, and cocoa. You just stir it all together then place in the freezer while it hardens. You enjoy and keep the leftovers in the refrigerator.

Recipe Fun

Trying new recipes is exciting and fun. We went to a group function for consolidation loans for bad credit last week and they provided a dinner for all that were attending. One of the items was a soup, it was in a crock pot. It was very tasty so I was able to get the recipe and try it for myself at home. We were so impressed with how it turned out that we actually went out and bought a new crock pot for ourselves to try new recipes.

Peanut Butter and Honey

There is nothing more tasty than a peanut butter and honey sandwich. To some that may sound pretty gross, but I promise you, it is the yummiest thing ever. So, how did I come to try it? Well, we ran out of jelly one day and our daughter still had some peanut butter left and some bread. I went through our cupboard to see what else we had and I saw some honey and some maple syrup. I chose the honey. To our surprise, it was really good. I have even had some sandwiches the same way.  I will be bringing some to our weird scholarships group next week, it’ll hold everyone over just perfectly.

New Pizza

A new way to make pizza. The things on top stay the same, but the crust is different. You cut up cauliflower into diced little slivers that look like rice. You then cook the rice until it’s a bit soft. You then take the rice and you squeeze out the excess into a towel. Then you mix it with cheese and some italian seasoning and bake the crust on 400 for about 40 minutes. There is your pizza crust. Then top with your favorite toppings and you have a delicious, healthy pizza you don’t have to worry about gaining too much weight from.  Next week at my easy scholarships class, it’s my turn to cook so I think I’ll be making this, it’s quick and easy.

Apple Pie

I got to have an apple pie yesterday for the first time in probably over a year. I try to stay away from sugar as much as possible. When I eat sugar, It seems to get my blood sugar all out of whack. So, I just limit my intake. It’s funny when I do finally eat sugar though, I seem to get really hyped up and hyper for about an hour. Then of course comes the sugar crash. That usually happens about an hour after I eat the sugar. Well, the apple pie was worth it.  I am bringing in some of this delicious apple pie to my credit debt class this week.  Then we’ll all have sugar crashes.

Rudeness

It’s pretty frustrating when you make a call to a large company and they are rude with you and start acting like everything is your fault. I was calling about my printer today so that I can do my work for and they acted like I had just thrown it down the stairs and purposely broke it. This is the second printer that this has happened to and they treated us like a criminal.  It’s not like I was calling a credit card debt consolidation place asking for more credit and I haven’t paid my bill, goodness.

New Teacher

Our son has a new teacher in school, we’re glad that they decided to do this earlier on in the year rather than having the kiddos get used to a teacher for the majority of the year then pull them on to another project. I think that’s really important for their learning. When I started my schooling through left handed scholarships, I didn’t want to change teachers.  They start getting used to one particular teaching style then take more time trying to learn another style.

Coffee Strength

You have to really be careful when it comes to the strength of coffee you use. Oh my goodness. We went shopping this last weekend and we bought a new coffee. It seemed like it would be good so we bought a big tub of it. Big mistake. We are having to bring it back now as it seemed to have us completely anxious from the strength of coffee that’s in it.

Now that I’m awake from my coffee, it’s off to my consolidate credit card debt meeting.

Party Popcorn

Ok all, you will absolutely love this. I read a receipe about pop corn, believe it or not in a how to get a scholarship group, and of course one of the ingredients, chocolate, and yes, sprinkles, yay. The only set back, make a small batch because when you make it, I promise you, you will want to eat the entire thing in one day. It was so good, so how is it made? Well, you pop some pop corn, as little or as much as you want. You melt some chocolate, I used white chocolate myself. Pour the chocolate over the pop corn then sprinkle it with whatever sprinkles you would like. I kept mine in the fridge which seemed to harden the chocolate just enough.

Great Coffee

Good coffee makes a big difference on the day you have. We tried a different coffee out last week and a different creamer. We worked through it but it just didn’t make for as much of an enjoyable day as when we had coffee and creamer that we enjoyed. I would just recommend that if you are trying new coffee, perhaps try to find it in a smaller package so that if you don’t like it, it’s not a big deal. I’m excited that we are back to the good stuff.

This stuff on tv, not so good. I’ll take my good coffee instead.

When I am trying to make a new recipe, I find it quite exhilarating because it allows me to experiment with different types of foods. Some of the things I like most about trying different foods is the fact that when I’m hungry I can eat the things that I enjoyed the most. For example, I really enjoy chocolate chip cookies. But, it is hard for me to find a recipe that I really enjoy. So, what I did was combine three or four different types of recipes in this help me create one of the best cookies I think I have ever tasted in my entire life. This next week, I am going to try a new recipe for fudge and I am sure that it will work out marvelous. Note: I try to cook as much as possible when I am working on my anatomy and physiologys study guide because it allows me to get my mind off of work. Anyway, I think I am going to make a salad after all of this heavy eating!
Here are a couple of different recipes.

2nd One I Like!

Sugar Sugar!

we tried a new coffee creamer the other day and it was fantastic. It was cinnamon bun flavored and oh so yummy. We typically don’t buy anything with sugar but couldn’t resist. Our opinion on it? It was worth every penny.

I’m not sure if we will get it again as it has about 6 grams of sugar per serving, and when you typically have about 3 cups of coffee per day, that equals out to a lot of sugar. I wish they would make more sugar free/fat free varieties. Funny enough, in my no essay scholarships contest , we had to make our favorite recipe. This was mine! At least it was a good change, next time we go shopping, it will be back to the sugar free vanilla.

My 2 year old dog.


Having a puppy is just like having a two year old. I think i’ve forgotten that. We just recently adopted a little puppy just a few months old. Thankfully we got a carrier for him or else he would just run a muck just destroying things around the house. He likes to chew on things, and if we don’t watch him, he piddles and poos around the house.

Come to think of it, this reminds me of what I was thinking about when I was at school when I was 19 and applied for easy scholarships. (wow it is strange what you remember) know he doesn’t know any better yet and I’m sure he’ll catch on, but for now, we have to watch him like a hawk. His cute little puppy kisses and little whines when you’re not holding him enough are enough to forget all of the little stuff you go through when they are this young. I dont’ think I would have it any other way, it is rewarding seeing him wagging his tail when we come home.

Mr Rogers

One of my favorite shows is Mr Rogers. When I was growing up, I remember spending hours watching this show. Now, my daughter, who is 6, now watches Mr. Rogers on Amazon. I think this show lasted for 8-9 years. Some of the shows that I never got to see were the episodes in  black and white. Speaking of black and white.

I recently saw an article on the NBC that showed some of the older photographs. Some of the photos were from the depression days where many needed consolidation loans for people with bad credit . Also, these photographs had been retouched and they looked absolutely wonderful. I have listed a few of the photographs for you to take a look at. Some of the photos contain Abraham Lincoln and some showed war photos too. I think I remember seeing Marilyn Monroe too. It is interesting how many photos have been retouched. (Edit my mistake! Mr Rogers was on from 1968 – 2001!!!!