Find your own happiness

first_imgI am in a wrong relationship and feel completely broken. What can I do?Name withheld, Kolkata Several actions can be taken to rid ourselves of negative relationships. First, you can attempt to fix the relationship. Explain that you’re not attempting to change them as a person – you simply want to change how your relationship works. Finally, ask them what they’d like to change about the relationship. Ask them how you can add more value. Listen attentively, act accordingly. Also Read – Feel what you fearOr, if you’re unable to change the relationship, you can end it altogether. This is incredibly difficult but applies to any relationship. If someone is doing nothing but draining your life, it’s perfectly acceptable to tell them, “This relationship is no longer right for me, I must end it – must move on.” Do what is right for you. I lost my husband four years ago, I’m 42 now. I don’t know whether to remarry or not. What’s your view? Also Read – HomecomingG. Parekh, New Delhi Your life, your choice. If you truly feel that you want to settle down, please do. If that inch of doubt remains, wait for the one who might wipe the ‘whether or not’ syndrome someday. If love rules, please follow the heart. If it doesn’t, just live your life the way that makes you happy. Time is the only power and you should be your boss. Don’t take any decision unless you are sure about it. My daughter, 32, is highly educated and well placed. She is determined to settle with a guy she met over a matrimony website. She thinks he is very smart while we think he is not suitable for her. He’s running a small dealership. We are very worried. – DC, West Bengal As parents you will always worry as you will want the best for your child. As parents, you should also trust her. She is old enough to understand her future. She will use her liberty to do what she wants. Express your concern but try to have faith on her. Try to meet the man she is dating and begin to know him as well. Don’t remain over worried about your life and lose the happy moments tucked in everyday. Your life and it’s happiness is your first priority. Choose everything wisely. I wish her the best and hope the best for you too. My husband beats me up. We are married for last 5 years and we have a 1 year old son. I’m living in hell. What can I do? Name withheld To allow a man (or anyone) to put their hands on you is a form of mental destruction. Such domestic violence is the worst thing you can allow your child to witness. Unfortunately people have the habit of repeating these sick actions if they are not stopped the very first time. I suggest you stand up and fight it out. Take strong steps and if need be, involve your family or close friends to seek legal advice. Keeping quiet and tolerating is no sign of showing strength or love. You will lose your mental peace, confidence and gradually be depressed. (Send your questions to read more

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Betty Mitchell Theatre Awards go Crazy for Theatre Calgary

first_imgAndrew MacDonald-Smith, winner of outstanding performance by an actor in a comedy or musical, at the Betty Mitchell Awards. Betty Mitchell Awards -BETTY MITCHELL AWARDS / CALGARY HERALD Don Horsburgh won a Betty for his musical direction of Crazy for You and Dayna Tekatch took home the Betty for outstanding choreography of fight direction.Mark Bellamy who was one of the moving forces behind creating the Betty Mitchell Awards 20 years ago shared award ceremony hosting duties on Monday with Selena Wong.Braden Griffiths, the Chair of the Bettys Board summed up the evening when be observed “the Bettys are proud to carry on the important tradition of recognizing Calgary as a hotbed of theatre excellence.”READ MORE Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With:center_img The 20th annual Betty Mitchell Theatre Awards or Bettys held Monday night at Vertigo Theatre went crazy for Theatre Calgary.TC’s production of Crazy for You, which was a joint venture with Edmonton’s the Citadel Theatre, danced away with five Bettys including outstanding production of a musical.Crazy for You, the reworking of the 1930 Gershwin musical Girl Crazy, which won the Tony Award for best musical in 1992, is a whimsical homage to the early film and Broadway musicals. Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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El Othmani Visits Seoul for MoroccoSouth Korea Bilateral Relations

Rabat- Accompanied by a delegation of ministers, Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani has begun a formal visit to Seoul on Monday at the invitation of South Korean Prime Minister, Lee Nak-yeon, to solidify bilateral relations between the two countries. Minister of Finance and Economy Mohamed Boussaid; Minister of Education, Vocational Training, and Scientific Research Said Amzazi; and Secretary to the Minister of Industry, Trade, and Digital Investment Othmane El Ferdaous arrived with El Othmani in Seoul Monday morning (GMT time) for a state visit expected to last until Thursday.With the Moroccan national anthem playing, El Othmani and the delegation were greeted by a South Korean military band and soon received by El Othmani’s counterpart, Lee Nak-yeon. ?????? ??????? ???? ??????? ?. #????????_???????? ???????? ????? ??? ???? ?????? ????? ??? ????? ?? ?????? ????? ???????? ?????? ????? ?? ??? ??? Lee Nak Yon— EL OTMANI Saaddine (@Elotmanisaad) May 20, 2018????? ??? ?????? ?????? ??? ??????? ???? ??????? ???????? ???????— EL OTMANI Saaddine (@Elotmanisaad) May 21, 2018Throughout the state visit, both guests and host will hold talks to find opportunities for cooperation between Morocco and South Korea on different sectors including education, economy and investment.El Othmani is also expected to attend the 53rd African Development Bank’s Annual Meetings (AfDB) held in Busan, South Korea, May 21-25, focusing on accelerating Africa’s industrialization.On his way to South Korea, El Othmani paid an official visit to Moscow Sunday, where he met with Morocco’s Ambassador to Russia, Abdelkader Lachhab to discuss topics such as Morocco’s territorial integrity and tackle details for the arrival of Moroccan fans in Russia for the World Cup, beginning June 14. read more

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Study Child Marriages in Morocco Are Increasing

Rabat – Child marriage continues to be an issue in Morocco despite the country’s attempt to curb underage marriage, especially for girls, by raising the legal marriage age from 16 to 18 in Article 20 of the 2004 Mudawana (Family Code).Child marriages can be legalized if the family gets a waiver for the minor. The number of waiver requests for minors increased to 41,669 in 2015, compared to 38,331 in 2007, according to the Moroccan High Commission of Planning (HCP).Ninety-nine percent of the requests were for female minors. Among the requests made, adouls (notaries) accepted 85 percent and rejected 15 percent. The “Droit & Justice,” an organization specializing in promoting “Rule of Law” in Morocco found that 30,000 female minors get married each year in Morocco.The organization revealed that of the 33,253 marriage contracts in 2009 and 35,152 in 2013 in Morocco, a total of 30,000 involved females under the age of eighteen.The study suggested that the increase in marriages of minors in Morocco goes back to the influence of traditional customs and to a crisis of deteriorated values.Read Also: Report: Young Moroccans in Netherlands Prefer to Marry LaterWhile some families may instill the desire for early marriage in their children at a young age, others may pressure their daughters or sons into marrying young.According to the 2018 global estimates of child marriages by UNICEF, the practice of child marriage has continued to decline in the past 10 years as 25 million child marriages have been prevented.“The global number of child brides is now estimated at 650 million. 12 million is the number of girls married in childhood each year, according to the latest prevalence and population figures,” wrote UNICEF.Women are marrying younger, men are marrying older The average marriage age for women in Morocco is 25. The HCP report noted that between 2004 and 2014, the average marriage age for females dropped from 26 to 25. Meanwhile for men, it has increased from the age of 30 to 31 between 1994 and 2014.Regionally, the Guelmim-Oued Noun region in southern Morocco has the oldest average age for marriage. Women marry in their late 20s and men in their early 30s in the region.Women mostly marry in their early 20s and men in their 30s in the regions of Dakhla-Oued Ed-Dahab and Draa-Tafilalet.While the report stated that the statistics did not observe the fertility rate for women in Morocco, it indicated that  67 percent of women were using birth control in 2011.The celibacy rate has risen in Morocco in the past two decades, particularly in cities. The rate of people who prefer to stay single throughout their lives increased from 2.9 percent in 1994 to 5.1 percent in 2014 for men and from 0.8 percent to 6.7 percent for women.In urban areas, it has increased to 5.9 percent for men and 8 percent for women.Despite the 2004 Mudawana’s Article 20 that criminalizes the marriage of Moroccan citizens under the age of 18, child marriage is increasing. read more

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UN envoy in Iraq expresses hope for 2010 polls

31 December 2009Looking ahead to 2010, the top United Nations envoy to Iraq expressed hope today for a united Iraqi Government following the elections scheduled for early next year, reaffirming the world body’s support for the country’s governance strategies. In a news release issued by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Special Representative of the Secretary-General Ad Melkert said that huge inequalities and needs in some parts of the country remain a source of instability, with economic and social progress hinging on the country’s political conditions. In this context, he expressed hope that the campaign for the nationwide elections slated for March will contribute to a “free and fair election, which will allow candidates to compete for ideas and positions.”Mr. Melkert noted that UNAMI had played a significant role in bringing together various political actors and can achieve more in the future.“My hope is that in the post election period, the formation of a new government will enable consensus building around major issues that would define stability for the future and thus strong determination for economic and social programmes,” he said.The Special Representative also warned that actors outside Iraq often have expectations surrounding the UN mission and the pace at which progress is made which are not inherently consistent or compatible with events unfolding on the ground.“My role should also include interacting with all partners whether they are the international community or the neighboring countries to provide a reality check on expectations and timeframes in which progress could be accomplished with the support of the UN and others,” Mr. Melkert said. “This would set realistic expectations while simultaneously respecting Iraq’s priorities, choices and impressive history.” read more

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Mali UN condemns explosion in northern Mali that left one peacekeeper dead

In a statement issued yesterday through his spokesperson, Mr. Ban extended his deepest condolences to the family of the victim, as well as the Government and people of Burkina Faso from where the peacekeeper hailed. He also wished a speedy recovery to those injured.The explosion occurred yesterday about 30 km west of Timbuktu. The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSMA) is in the area to protect civilians, support national political dialogue and reconciliation, and provide support to State authority.“This crime, committed against United Nations personnel as they carried out their mandate, will not diminish the resolve of the United Nations to support the Malian people in their efforts to bring lasting peace and stability to their country,” Mr. Ban said in reference to MINUSMA’s mandate in Security Council resolution 2164 (2014). Today, the members of the UN Security Council also condemned the incident while reiterating their full support to MINUSMA and the French forces that support it. In a statement to the press, the Council stressed that those responsible for the attack shall be held accountable, and called on the Government of Mali to swiftly investigate the attack and bring the perpetrators to justice. Despite initial improvements in 2013, the situation in northern Mali has deteriorated since the beginning of this year. Recent violence, mostly targeting Malian and international security forces, has contributed to an overall sense of insecurity that has impeded the return to normalcy and resumption of economic and development activities. read more

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Week In Brussels – Week ending Friday 21 December 2012

DOWNLOADEP Environment Committee backs plan to reduce motor vehicle noiseProposal to improve EU rights under international trade agreementsEU commercial vehicle registrations down 18.5% in NovemberEU and Singapore agree trade dealWeek aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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McLaughlin arrested on suspicion of murder of Barry McCrory

first_imgA MAN WHO the Police in Northern Ireland were trying to locate was arrested on suspicion of murder of Barry McCrory.Kieran McLaughlin, aged 58-years-old, was arrested in the Derry area last night.Fatal shootingBarry McCrory was shot dead in his flat last Thursday in the Shipquay area of the city.Last week, the PSNI officers took the unusual step of releasing a photo of McLaughlin, warning the public not to approach him.There were unconfirmed sightings of him last week, but a PSNI spokesperson told that they were not certain that he was still in Derry.Read: PSNI: There have been unconfirmed sightings of Kieran McLaughlin>Read: Armed operation at house in Donegal ends without arrest>last_img read more

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Done deal Netanyahu confirms that he has formed a new Israeli government

first_imgISRAEL’S BENJAMIN NETANYAHU has formally notified President Shimon Peres that after 40 days of tortuous negotiations with potential coalition partners he has formed a new government.“As you know I was able to form a government,” Peres’s office quoted premier Netanyahu as saying at a meeting in Jerusalem. “You gave me the task and I carried it out.”Netanyahu had a legal deadline of this evening to form a government or admit defeat. Completion of the new line-up comes just days before a milestone visit by US President Barack Obama to Israel.“You suffered severe labour pains in the process of forming the government and I congratulate for succeeding in time,” Peres was quoted as telling the premier, in a statement.Eleventh-hour agreements were signed yesterday with the centrist Yesh Atid and far-right Jewish Home parties, which held the key to building a government with a majority in the 120-seat parliament.Netanyahu last month signed a coalition deal with the centrist HaTnuah party of former foreign minister Tzipi Livni, who is to be justice minister and Israel’s negotiator in talks with the Palestinians.The new coalition, which will command a total of 68 seats in parliament, is expected to be sworn in on Monday.- © AFP, 2013Read: Israel says no more prisoners being held incognito after Prisoner Xlast_img read more

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iPad 2 Pops Up at Daily Event

first_imgI take it back! Contrary to what I suggested, yesterday’s event for “The Daily” in Manhattan was a big deal–not because of the content of the publication, so much as the fact that there was apparently an iPad 2 in the house. Reuters is reporting that, for some strange reason, someone brought a prototype of the forthcoming Apple tablet to the event.The tablet, according to the newswire service, had that front-facing camera that we’re all expecting. The existence of the device has apparently been confirmed by an anonymous source. Apple, shockingly, opted not to comment on this round.last_img read more

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MovieBob Reviews A MONSTER CALLS

first_img– The following features SPOILERS for the plot of A Monster Calls –I’d call A Monster Calls a depressing way to start the year, except I actually screened it a couple of months ago so as far as I’m concerned, this is just leftover fumes from the Great 2016 Garbage Fire. See, sometimes being a movie critic is a fun job: Gushing about great films? That’s Fun. Examining an average film to find something interesting to talk about? Often fun. Ripping a bad movie to shreds? That’s (almost) always fun.But other things? Not so much fun. Giving a soft pass to a mediocre movie that tried it’s best? Not a lot of fun. Struggling to remember enough of a completely forgettable film to squeeze a review out? Not even a little bit fun. But the worst? The absolute worst? When a film is trying really hard with only the best of intentions and all the right influences to say something very welcome and worth saying… and still, sucks. That’s A Monster Calls in a nutshell – an overblown, pretentious misfire that thinks it’s My Neighbor Totoro, aims for E.T. but barely manages Mac & Me (ask your parents.) And even though I’ve banked literally months worth of self-examination to solidify my opinion… hating it feel like I’m kicking a puppy. So… sorry?The movie is about a lonely kid who’s frightened, afraid and depressed because the only person in the world who seems to understand and accept him is his mother (Felicity Jones) …who’s about to die from terminal cancer (You see what I’m up against here?). And yes, before you ask, she is in fact a saintly/artistic/free-spirited/flower-child type because that makes it easier to present her with no discernible humanity or identity beyond how she’s felt about by the kid. Either way, he’s all-but-suicidal depressed himself because when she goes, he’ll be completely alone. His dad lives in another country with his new family, other kids don’t like him, and his grandmother (Sigourney Weaver) is an actual human being with her own life separate from him so not really a suitable replacement for The Mom-ssiah. So he keeps acting out, getting into fights and generally being a little shit which is only making things worse.But then he starts having dreams about a giant tree monster with the voice of Liam Neeson who shows up and offers to teach him a series of life-lesson in the form of Aesop-esque stories with ironic Twilight Zone twist endings. After the last of which he’ll ask the kid to tell a story of his own and learn the moral of the movie in tandem with the audience. I’m not over-simplifying that for effect, just so we’re clear – that’s exactly as clunky and mechanical as the scenario is set-up and played-out in the actual film.I understand you have to spell things out for kids sometimes, but it’s another thing entirely to have the tree show and just go “HERE IS THE STRUCTURE OF THE REMAINDER OF THE FILM, AFTER WHICH YOU WILL UNDERSTAND WHAT THE POINT OF ALL THIS WAS!” It’d actually have been LESS clunky to just hand the kid copies of A Christmas Carol and The Neverending Story and end the goddamn movie early.But to explain why this doesn’t work I kind of have to give away the denouement, so… consider this a second courtesy warning:**BEGIN SPOILERS**The basic routine of the film’s main arc goes like this: The kid keeps acting out in ways that nakedly invite punishment (or at least a thorough ass-kicking) and then acts surprised and moodier when he doesn’t get one. Then the tree monster shows up and tells a convoluted story (realized through avant-garde animation because that keeps the budget down and will maybe trick critics into thinking they’re watching a Guillermo del Toro movie) where the moral is always “Morality is actually very ambiguous and complicated – thus, so are people.” Since director J.A. Bayonna seems to conflate “for kids” with “subtle as a 7:00 am jackhammer,” you immediately get where this is going: It’s a movie about guilt, and the kid needs to learn to forgive himself for something… which ultimately turns out to be having begun to wish that Mom’s cancer would just hurry up and get it over with so they can both stop suffering from it.And hey, that’s actually fairly novel! “Sometimes we all have selfish thoughts, don’t kill yourself with guilt about it” should, in theory, be a pretty novel moral for this kind of story. But aside from being too obvious and clunky in execution, it doesn’t really resonate because while the film seems to “know,” regarding storytelling mechanics, that the kid needs to work through guilt about his own selfishness. It doesn’t seem to actually grasp what that should mean beyond “we have our answer, now the story is told.” The protagonist “get’s over” wanting to die himself because he briefly wished for his mother to die, but we don’t see any actual development come of this in terms of performance or (onscreen) narrative.The character (and by extension the film itself) don’t even allow for their view of the mom to evolve at all. Instead, the final moments double down on magic realism and implications of fate and supernaturalism that only serve to cement the sense that she only ever existed in life (or death) as an extension of the kid hero. Which is almost like leaping from a moral of “One selfish though doesn’t mean you’re damned” to “Your self-involvement is correct and should go utterly unexamined!” which feels a lot like the sort of thing that people making a twee “children’s film” more likely to be enjoyed by wistful adults would see as a less narratively-questionable lesson than anybody else.On top of which, the whole production (however handsome-looking in spots) feels fake and inert. Bayonna is a good technician, but just as with his unbelievably terrible disaster movie The Impossible, he seems continually unable to create recognizable humanity. He “knows” (seemingly from careful observation of other, better movies) what a “sad” scene is supposed to look like, how a “stolen moment of happiness” should be lit, what angles convey fear, grief or paranoia… but there’s not an ounce of discernible life inside it. Does he, here and there, manage to arrange the lines, beats, and music cues into the correct equation for producing some tears? Yes – but chopping up a fucking onion can do that! The main takeaway is that he’s pretty good integrating big CGI monsters into a scene, so I guess Jurassic World 2 will at least look decent.A Monster Calls is a bad movie doing an uncanny impression of a good one… but it wears off quick. This is one call you don’t need to answer.last_img read more

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Shaquielle Oneal causes excitement at Straw Market

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 7, 2017 – Nassau – A Shaq citing yesterday amped up the excitement at the World Famous Straw Market of Nassau; NBA Hall of Famer and champion, Shaquielle Oneal was spotted browsing the shopping area and even my sister in law managed to get her photo with the superstar. #MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Related Items:#magneticmedianewslast_img read more

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Seattle political consulting firm fined 250000

first_imgA political consulting firm has agreed to pay one of the largest election-related fines in state history for trying to conceal the source of last-minute campaign mailings that targeted a Democratic state senator — a high-profile case that led to changes in campaign-reporting laws.The state attorney general’s office announced the lawsuit settlement with Seattle’s Moxie Media on Friday.The firm and its partners, Lisa MacLean and Henry Underhill, will also pay $40,000 in legal fees. If they comply with campaign reporting laws through 2015, $140,000 of the penalty would be suspended.State election authorities say Moxie Media established two layers of political committees to sponsor $9,000 in postcards and robo-calls seeking to oust state Sen. Jean Berkey, D-Everett.Berkey, a conservative Democrat, was being targeted by labor interests, who preferred another Democratic candidate.The mailings and calls were designed to help little-known Republican Rod Reiger. Berkey lost the primary election, and Democrat Nick Harper later defeated Reiger in the general election.Harper, who was unaware of Moxie Media’s actions, was sworn into the state Senate in 2011.Under the state’s Top Two system, the two candidates who get the most votes in the primary advance to the general election, regardless of party. Apparently concerned that Berkey would make it through the primary, Moxie Media and labor interests reportedly decided to pump up Reiger’s candidacy.last_img read more

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18wheeler overturns in NW MiamiDade

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – An overturned 18-wheeler caused a major road closure in Northwest Miami-Dade, Thursday morning.7Skyforce was over the scene where an the truck fell onto its side, near the Palmetto Expressway and Interstate 95.Debris from the semi-truck spread across the ground, but crews were able to clean the mess.The ramp was shutdown from southbound I-95 to westbound State Road 826 and the Florida’s Turnpike but has since reopened.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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The Geek Preppers Guide Bulletproof Your Dakimakura Anime Body Pillow

first_img How AMC’s ‘The Terror’ Uses American History to Delive…33 Killed in Suspected Arson Attack on Kyoto Animation Studio in Japan When civilization falls or becomes a sci-fi or cyberpunk dystopia and humanity needs to survive and resist, geeks need to be ready. That’s what the Geek Prepper’s Guide is for. This guide will help you fight the future, just like the first X-Files movie.Dakimakura are anime body pillows. They’re very long pillows with pillowcases featuring anime characters, often full-body pictures of girls. Some would call them creepy. Others haven’t shopped for them yet. Anyway, here’s how you can make your waifu bulletproof, so she can mamoru you all day when the forces of oppression, anarchy, or Yakuza open fire on you.Don’t try this. Seriously, this whole concept is tongue-in-cheek, but this project in particular? Don’t rely on it to protect you from bullets, or to be effective at anything other than making your body pillow really uncomfortable. This is not intended to be a serious guide to prepare you for a life-threatening situation. And if you needed this paragraph to tell you that, that makes me sad.AdChoices广告Kevlar is the DuPont-developed aramid (synthetic) fiber that’s become synonymous with bulletproof vests. It’s synthesized into a fiber and then spun into string, which is woven into fabric. This fabric is very resistant to cuts thanks to an absurdly high tensile strength, which is why layers of it are used in bulletproof clothing. And you can just buy it online by the yard!For bulletproofing, you want Kevlar KM2 fabric, which is the ballistic grade version of the material (lighter Kevlar fabrics are available for making knife-resistant clothing and gloves, and for ropes and other industrial applications). has 71.5-inch-wide rolls of Kevlar KM2 available at $40 per yard! The average dakimakura is 50cm (about 20 inches) wide and 150cm to 160cm (59 to 63 inches) long. So a single yard of the material should be enough, if you don’t waste any when cutting it.You’ll probably also want some strong steel shears, ideally designed for cutting Kevlar fabric (Kevlarsupply has them for $27 each, and an electric Kevlar cutter for $140), plus some Kevlar thread ($20 a spool). You’ll also need your favorite dakimakura waifu pillowcase, and you need to be prepared to do some surgery on her.Finally, you’ll need some imagination, because I didn’t actually do any of this and will instead just be filling this story with more photos of weird dakimakura. Incidentally, all pictures come from, the largest anime dakimakura pillow collection worldwide according to them.Using a seam ripper, cut the seams between the two halves of the pillow case. IF you do it cleanly, you should be left with two big fabric rectangles. Measure those rectangles and cut similarly sized rectangles from the Kevlar fabric, trimming them to be just half an inch or so smaller on all sides.Lay the Kevlar rectangles over the Dakimakura halves. If you have a sewing machine and a strong needle, use it with the Kevlar thread to sew the Kevlar to the pillowcase halves. If you don’t, get ready for some long, tedious hand stitching. Leave the top edge, where the pillowcase opening would be, unsewn, so you have pockets between the Kevlar and the fabric.When both Dakimakura pillow case halves are securely sewn to the Kevlar, sew them back together into your new, reinforced Dakimakura pillow case. Do this along the same lines where the seams were before you ripped them out. It’s best to sew it together inside-out, with the Kevlar facing outward, so when you pull the pillow case the right way the seams aren’t exposed.Your waifu is now ready to mamoru you! At least, from knives. While Kevlar is very resistant to penetration (joke goes here), it doesn’t actually stop the kinetic energy of bullets. And, if you use only one or two layers, more powerful bullets will likely punch through it as well. It can handle stabbing just fine, though. But you want it to be bulletproof, and that means reinforcing your dakimakura with some ballistic plates.I’m not going to lie; ballistic plates are pricey. But if you’re crazy enough to go this far, maybe you’re crazy enough to go further.James Franco & Kimiko (Photo via NBC/Ali Goldstein)Ballistic plates are hard plates that are inserted into bulletproof armor to help disperse the energy of bullets and prevent penetration, and are much more effective than Kevlar alone (especially with higher caliber rounds that will simply shred through the fabric; .44 Magnum rounds pack around seven times the kinetic force of .22 LR rounds). Ballistic plates generally offer level IIIA ballistic resistance, which means they can block rounds from a .44 Magnum.Tactical supply companies like BOTACH offer rectangular 11-by-14-inch ballistic plates for $70 to $100 each. To fully armor your waifu pillow, you’re going to need between six and eight, depending on how you arrange them. Get the plates, secure them together with some Gorilla tape, so they fit inside the pocket you made between the Kevlar and the pillow case, and slide that big, bulletproof slab in.The bad news is your waifu is now much, much less snuggly under the hard composite plates and aramid weave. The good news is she can now save your life from SMG fire. Is it worth it? Is any of this? I don’t know, I just really hope you don’t actually try this and think it’ll save your life. I’ve never actually worked with bulletproof material and have no freaking clue if this would be effective. Seriously. 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Star Trek Discovery Remembers What Star Trek Is About

first_img ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Teases Troubled Patrick StewartHow Designers Achieved the Sci-Fi Sound Magic of ‘The Orville’ And with that we’ve come to the end of the first season of Star Trek: Discovery. Weird, because it feels like it just came back. After leaving us on a cliffhanger over a long holiday break, it came back in another universe. We spent a few episodes, there, two in the near future and now here we are. Staring down an even longer hiatus until season two. I’m so happy it’s getting a season two. Star Trek: Discovery didn’t have a perfect first season, but what Star Trek show did? The original series certainly dragged at times in its first year. You can almost skip The Next Generations first season entirely. Even Deep Space Nine, the best Star Trek (fight me), took some time to find itself. An unsure, polarizing first season is pretty much the most Trek thing you can do.Discovery found itself fairly quickly, mainly because it centered itself around one big question. What happens to Starfleet in a time of war? When faced with a threat that isn’t interested in peace, that doesn’t play by your rules, how much of your own identity are you willing to sacrifice to survive? That’s what this finale was about. Starfleet has enlisted Mirror Georgiou, who knows how to destroy the “cancer” of the Klingon Empire “at its source.” Not a very Starfleet-friendly strategy, but it looks like that’s what they’re doing. The Discovery is slowly approaching the Klingon Homeworld Qo’noS, and Georgiou is running the ship like a tyrant. Saru and Burnham are clearly uncomfortable with her genocidal plan, but Georgiou makes it clear that, at least for now, she is the captain of the Discovery. Also, they’ve somehow managed to convince everyone on the bridge (except for Burnham and Saru) that she’s this universe’s Georgiou, which… doesn’t make any sense. Everyone on the Discovery knows they’ve been in another universe. A dead woman shows up with a complete change in personality and they don’t think she could possibly be a Mirror person? Wasn’t this supposed to be a science vessel?Mirror Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) (Photo via CBS)Her rule gets super uncomfortable. She needs a place to land the Discovery, so she can attack the Klingon homeworld. And she’s willing to torture L’Rell to get that information. We start to see clear differences between Georgiou and Burnham. From the beginning, Burnham has been marked as a mutineer. Lorca was drawn to her because he felt she could do, when necessary, what Starfleet wouldn’t. We know she’s emotional, and can be violent at times, but she’s not sadistic like Mirror Georgiou is. Burnham stops the torture by offering up Tyler. He still has all of Voq’s memories, and knows exactly where the Discovery can land. The episode handles the Tyler-Burnham plot much better than the last one did. It doesn’t have a ton of time to spend on relationship melodrama. Tyler and Burnham’s interactions are quick, subtle and sad, as he reluctantly agrees to help Georgiou. It’s a lot more effective this way.Once Stamets hides the Discovery Georgiou, Burnham, Tyler and Tilly beam out to a black market looking for information and supplies. The justification for bringing Tilly along is a little thin, but I’m glad they brought her along. She adds her trademark awkward comic relief to what would otherwise be an unrelentingly dark and serious group of scenes. Tilly is a great character, and I’m so sad we didn’t get more of her this season. I really hope her character is fleshed out much more in season two. I’d like to see that from a lot of side characters, but her especially. Her drive to become a captain was so good, and it’d be a shame for it to end with her brief tyrant-play in the Mirror Universe.Cadet Sylvia Tilly (Mary Wiseman) (Photo via CBS)This is when the episode delivers its twist. Philippa betrays the landing party, revealing her true intentions were to destroy the entire planet. And she does. We see Qo’noS blow-up, and we realize… we’ve been watching a simulation the whole time. Holodeck episode! At least up until this point. After showing Admiral Cornwell and the crew of the Discovery exactly what comes of following the Terran way, she offers them a choice. And it’s at this moment that Discovery, both the ship and the show, decide what it wants to be. It’s true Star Trek all the way. The ship decides not to sacrifice Starfleet’s ideals to win a war. They take things one step further by outsmarting Georgiou. There’s no climactic action sequence, no explosion-filled battle. Burnham defeats Georgiou by using her wits. She tricks Georgiou into voluntarily signing her bomb over to L’Rell. Then, she convinces L’Rell to lead the Klingons herself and end the war. It takes some bomb-enhanced persuasion, but peace is declared without anyone needing to die. That’s pretty Trek.It’s not perfect. Burnham being the one to remind Starfleet who they are works really well for this series, but only because it we never really got to see this version of the Federation. The Discovery spent so much time doing its own thing that the war barely even registered. We never got to see how the war affected the Federation. We were only told it did. Don’t get me wrong; I like that the season wasn’t consumed by war. It allowed the show to play around in this universe and find those moments of true Star Trek, well, discovery. But it’s hard to care about a war, or a Starfleet, that we never get to see. It works to build a compelling arc for Burnham, but I still don’t feel at home in this universe just yet.Ambassador Sarek (James Frain) and First Officer Saru (Doug Jones) (Photo via CBS)The episode closes out giving us the Star Trek show we wanted from the beginning. Only now, we see why it didn’t just give it to us. Getting to the utopian Federation we see in later series takes work. You go through some really dark times to get there. With the war ending in a truce, there is now a clear path to the next generation. Burnham reminds Starfleet (and us) of this as the crew of the Discovery is awarded medals of honor for their service. And yes, it looks like Captain Tilly will be happening. At some point in the future, anyway. We still didn’t get a good resolution for Stamets and Culber. And I’ll admit, it hit me right in the gut when we saw Stamets holding his husband’s medal. I can only hope their love story continues next season.Like every first season of Star Trek, Discovery has been odd, uneven and polarizing. It also told a cohesive story and left the universe in a better place at the end. While the uplifting, affirming ending doesn’t excuse some of the more baffling decisions and poorly-written romantic subplots, it definitely pulled it all out in the end. 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first_img Share August 2, 2013 440 Views The nation’s economy added 162,000 jobs in July as the unemployment rate fell to 7.4.percent, the “”Bureau of Labor Statistics””: (BLS) reported Friday. Economists had forecast payrolls would grow by 175,000 and that the unemployment rate would dip to 7.5 percent.[IMAGE]Payroll growth for June, originally reported at 195,000, was revised to 188,000. May payroll growth was revised to 176,000 from 195,000.Average weekly hours fell to 34.4, compared with forecasts of 34.5, and average hourly earnings fell two cents.Despite the increase in jobs, the report could have a major negative impact on the broader economy, as it showed more people with jobs but working fewer hours and for less money. Aggregate earnings (jobs multiplied by hours multiplied by average hourly earnings) fell about $286 million in July. Year-over-year, aggregate earnings are up 3.6 percent down from the 4.2 percent growth in June.Indeed, the reduction in average hours was the equivalent of a cut in jobs: Aggregate hours, obtained by multiplying jobs by average weekly hours, fell about 8 million from June. If the average work week had remained at 34.5 hours, it would have required 232,000 fewer jobs.The improvement in the unemployment rate came largely from a drop in the labor force, which fell 37,000 in July. The number of persons not in the labor force–which would include individuals who are no longer looking for work and not counted as unemployed–fell 240,000. The labor force participation rate dropped to 63.4–matching May–from 63.5 percent in June. The participation rate was 66.0 percent when the recession began in December 2007.The broader employment-population ratio, which measures employment against the total population (irrespective of availability for work) remained at 58.7 percent. The ratio was 62.7 percent when the recession began.The number of persons employed–drawn from a household survey conducted by the Census Bureau–increased 227,000 in July, and the number of persons unemployed dropped 263,000 to 11,514,000, the lowest level since December 2008.Long term unemployment –greater than 26 weeks–dropped 82,000 to 4,246,000.The increase in jobs in July marked the 34th straight month in which payrolls have gone up. Private sector payrolls increased 161,000–the 41st straight month private sector jobs have improved.The increases, though, were tempered by revisions to May and June, a net decline of 26,000 jobs compared with previous reports. In the last three months, payrolls have increased an average of 175,000, down from the 215,000 average for the previous six months.The report showed a month-over-month increase of 6,000 manufacturing jobs–the first since February–fueled by an increase of 9,100 automobile industry jobs.The number of construction jobs fell 6,000 in June though residential construction jobs rose 6,300 reflecting burgeoning builder confidence.By industry sector, jobs gains were led by an increase of 46,800 retail jobs in July on the heels of 32,600 more retail jobs in May and 39,700 in June. The number of leisure and hospitality jobs grew 23,000 in July after increasing 43,000 in May and 57,000 in June. The two sectors have accounted for 46 percent of all new jobs in the last three months.The gain in the leisure and hospitality sector came in restaurant jobs, which increased 38,400, overcoming a drop of 10,200 arts and entertainment jobs and 5,300 hotel jobs.The leisure and hospitality and retail sectors are the lowest-paying industry groups, with average weekly earnings of $349.13 and $520.61, respectively. Average weekly earnings for all sectors in July, according to BLS, were $824.91. The number of temporary jobs increased 7,700 compared with an average monthly increase of 21,500 in May and June. Temporary jobs are thought to be an indicator of broader employment increases but could also signal waning confidence among employers reluctant to make permanent staff additions.The financial sector added 15,000 jobs in July, up from the average of 10,000 for May and June. New financial jobs included 3,600 underwriters and 3,000 new real estate jobs, reflecting the uptick in home sales.The number of multiple jobholders dropped 29,000 while the number of self-employed increased 241,000 in July. Self-employed individuals are not included in the payroll job count. The jobs report took on added significance as traders and investors look for a signal that the Federal Reserve would cut back on its purchase of mortgage-backed and Treasury securities in its program to expand the nation’s money supply in an effort to revive a still-lagging economy. The Fed has been purchasing $85 billion of the securities each month but indicated it would taper that program as employment improved and inflation remained under control.The Fed set a target of a 6.5 percent unemployment rate to reverse its easing of monetary policy and an inflation rate of 2 percent.The number of government workers increased a net 1,000 in July; the number of local government jobs grew 6,000, but the number of state government jobs dropped 3,000, and the number of federal jobs was down 2,000.The education and health care sector added 13,000 jobs, down from the three-month average of 16,000 new jobs per month in that sector. With the increase in jobs, the number of “”discouraged”” workers fell to 988,000 in July from 1,027,000 in June but was up 136,000 from a year earlier. The number of re-entrants to the labor force–individuals previously unemployed who resumed a job search–fell 32,000 in July to 3,258,000.The number of job “”losers”” dropped 198,000 in July to 6,119,000, the lowest level since September 2008, suggesting businesses have stopped large-scale layoffs, as the trend in initial unemployment claims indicates. The number of “”new entrants”” to the unemployment rolls fell 5,000 in July, suggesting recent graduates were able to find work or have opted to continue their education._Hear Mark Lieberman on P.O.T.U.S. Radio, Sirius-XM 124, next Friday at 6:20 a.m. Eastern._ Unemployment,Unemployment Rate Dips to 7.4% Despite Disappointing Payroll Growthcenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Labor Statistics Confidence Consumer spending Investors Jobs Labor Department Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman Payrolls Processing Service Providers Unemployment 2013-08-02 Mark Lieberman in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technologylast_img read more

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