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How Much Bad News Can We Take?

How has the news been affecting our mind, souls, and bodies?  It's an obvious question when we are constantly bombarded with negative news.  Is the world as bad as it seems?  Statistics would say no, but we are living with very unstable leadership and especially uncertain times.  Your mind can be easily taught to think things are worse than they are. Under the current leadership, believing things are worse than they actually are, is becoming dangerously easy to do. Due to a constant competition for ratings, news outlets will often "over-report" negative news stories.  The news that makes the final cut is violent and dramatic with the kinds of headlines and visuals that elicit a visceral, and emotional response.  How...

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Some Only See What They Want to See: 'No Oppression in the Last 100 Years'

Legendary NFL Coach Mike Ditka said on Monday in a bigoted, privileged rant that, “there has been no oppression in the last 100 years that I know of. Now maybe I’m not watching it as closely as other people.” Ditka, who adamantly opposes the NFL players who kneel during the national anthem, also said “all of a sudden, it’s become a big deal now, about oppression,” on the Monday Night Football pregame show. Yes Mike. All of a sudden. Mike apparently forgot about Jim Crow, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Ditka said yesterday in clarification, that he was “sorry if anyone was offended” and “the interview was about the NFL…that’s where my...

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Freeformed Locs: A Personal Journey and Collective Revolution

Definition: “Freeform(ed) Locs” are dreadlocks that form naturally and without any manipulation. (also commonly known as, organic dreads, neglect method dreads, natty dreadlocks, rasta locs, the "crown", and others.) Besides keeping the hair clean, there is no required maintenance. The individual’s hair remains uncombed. One’s hair (with varying degrees of time based on hair texture) will then fuse together, naturally, into units commonly called, “Dreadlocks”, or "Locs".  Freeform dreadlocks differ from “traditional dreadlocks”; in that, traditional dreads are manipulated and styled. Traditional dreadlocks are neater and more uniform in appearance. In the split screen below, the model on the right has freeformed locs.  The model on the left has traditional locs. Some of the common ways that traditional dreadlocks are groomed or...

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