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  1. Dancing

    Dancing is a form of love and self care. Dance brings joy. Joy is an act of resistance. Joy builds resilience. Joy gives rise to hope. Please take some time for yourself, to do a little dance, any kind you like, any way that feels good.
  2. An opinion or observation of madness

    "That's a lot of words to defend a manifestly soulless sociopath whose "service" consisted of bombing defenseless villages. "I hate the gooks, I will hate them as long as I live." - John McCain, 2000 Say hi to Reagan in hell, John.' " That type of bigotry is wrong, but to be fair, he probably is referring to the vietcong and chinese interrogators, that tortured him on a daily basis, in a POW camp in Vietnam. You are probably aware of that context but, you seem more interested in trying to win arguments, or just roil things up, rather than arriving at any mutual understanding or healing.
  3. An opinion or observation of madness

    I admit to a tremendous amount of ignorance on my part on what I'm posting below (not to mention technical diffulculties, sorry about the huge gap in spacing) I do not know how much madness is involved. I just find this interesting and I am hoping that people on TDB with more knowledge than I can give me a quick, cheap education on something that caught my attention. Thoughts anyone?Yogi Adityanath Launches 'COVID Prevention Championship', Will Award Rs 10,000 To Winners Simran AroraUpdated: Jun 30, 2020, 19:06 IST 141 Shares The UP government under Yogi Adityanath has launched a contest that encourages people to come up with creative suggestions on how to prevent further spread of COVID-19. The advertisements were published by the state health department in most newspapers in the stateThe advertisement states that there are two categories. In the first type, they call for suggestions in 150 words for ideas on breaking the coronavirus transmission chain. The Yogi government is then going to choose ten of the most “original and innovative” submissions and they shall be rewarded a cash prize of Rs 10,000 each.© ReutersFor the second category, participants are asked to submit a one-minute short-form video with possible ideas like, COVID-19 prevention tips, safety practices to beat the virus, measures to keep physical and mental health in check, and inspiring stories of patients who have successfully recovered from the virus. The best 100 entries in this category will be awarded Rs 10,000 each.The criteria to judge the videos have also been mentioned. This includes the presentation, content, entertainment value, and technical quality of the submissions. To submit an email ID and a WhatsApp number has been provided. The last date for sending entries is 8 July and the names of the winners will be declared on 15 July.© ReutersAmit Mohan Prasad, UP’s principal health secretary has said that the main motive behind this contest is to defeat the coronavirus pandemic with the help of the citizens. “We are encouraging people to make videos about coronavirus. One-minute videos have been invited from the public on various issues, including prevention for coronavirus, awareness, and ways to break the chain of infection. Selected entries will be given a cash award,” he said.He insists that the contest submissions will be considered seriously for further action, “We will work further on the basis of fresh ideas received from the public,” he added.© ReutersThe opposition was rather critical of the move. Congress MLC Deepak Singh said the state government should be focused on measures that would give tangible results instead. “If it is indeed concerned about the welfare of the people, then they should be informed about correct figures of coronavirus cases and more testing should be done,” he said.Singh added that the government processes with regard to COVID-19 needed to be streamlined. “It is a government led by people who believe in crazy ideas like clapping and banging plates to beat COVID. They have absolutely no idea about how to tackle this pandemic,” he added.As of Tuesday, Uttar Pradesh has a total of 22,828 COVID-19 cases, which includes 672 deaths. While the nation stands at a grand total of 5,67,000 cases and 16,893 deaths.
  4. An opinion or observation of madness

    Jun 30, 2020 - Politics & Policy Poll: Republican satisfaction with state of the country drops to record-low 19% By Orion Rummler Republican satisfaction with the way things are going in the U.S. has dropped significantly since April, falling close to Democratic dissatisfaction, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. Why it matters: Until June 30, Republican satisfaction with the state of the country had stayed above 50% for nearly all of Trump’s presidency, according to Pew. The latest survey shows 19% of Republicans and those who lean Republican are satisfied with the direction of the country, compared to 7% of Democrats and those who lean Democrat. The big picture: President Trump's steady approval ratings within the Republican Party may be eroding as unemployment claims persist and coronavirus infections surge in most of the country. His response to protests against racial injustice earlier this month has also left top Republicans uneasy about his re-election prospects. By the numbers: Joe Biden is leading Trump 54% to 44% when it comes to voter preference, with strong advantages over the incumbent in terms of temperament and empathy. 63% of Republicans say they feel angry about the state of the U.S., while nearly 78% of Democrats report the same. 56% of Republicans say they are fearful about the state of the country, while 75% of Democrats report the same — marking a wider partisan split. Only one quarter of Republicans told Pew that they felt proud when thinking about the country in its current state. Flashback: 74% of Americans said in an AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll earlier this month that the country is heading in the wrong direction, including 63% of Republicans — up from 42% in May. Methodology: 4,708 adults — including 3,577 registered voters — surveyed in June 16-22 through a national, random sampling in Pew’s American Trends Panel (ATP). MOE ± 1.8 percentage points.
  5. An opinion or observation of madness

    CNN)The Senate will incorporate the annual intelligence policy legislation into the National Defense Authorization Act -- but only after stripping language from the intelligence bill that would have required presidential campaigns to report offers of foreign election help. Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Tuesday that Senate Republicans forced the removal of the election reporting provision as a condition to include the intelligence bill on the must-pass defense policy legislation.
  6. An opinion or observation of madness

    Data on Financial Transfers Bolstered Suspicions That Russia Offered Bounties American officials intercepted electronic data showing large financial transfers from a bank account controlled by Russia’s military intelligence agency to a Taliban-linked account, which was among the evidence that supported their conclusion that Russia covertly offered bounties for killing U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan, according to three officials familiar with the intelligence. Though the United States has accused Russia of providing general support to the Taliban before, analysts concluded from other intelligence that the transfers were most likely part of a bounty program that detainees described during interrogations. Investigators also identified by name numerous Afghans in a network linked to the suspected Russian operation, the officials said — including, two of them added, a man believed to have served as an intermediary for distributing some of the funds and who is now thought to be in Russia. The intercepts bolstered the findings gleaned from the interrogations, helping reduce an earlier disagreement among intelligence analysts and agencies over the reliability of the detainees. The disclosures further undercut White House officials’ claim that the intelligence was too uncertain to brief President Trump. In fact, the information was provided to him in his daily written brief in late February, two officials have said. Afghan officials this week described a sequence of events that dovetails with the account of the intelligence. They said that several businessmen who transfer money through the informal “hawala” system were arrested in Afghanistan over the past six months and are suspected of being part of a ring of middlemen who operated between the Russian intelligence agency, known as the G.R.U., and Taliban-linked militants. The businessmen were arrested in what the officials described as sweeping raids in the north of Afghanistan, as well as in Kabul. ---Democratic Underground --The New York Times --The Chicago Times --The Hill --AP News --Political Wire --Distinct Today
  7. An opinion or observation of madness

    I have been familiar with Finkelstein and Chomsky for a long time, very educational. But, they are not the perfect go-to, no one is. As for what you say about McCain's political activities, it can be said, that there is the same level of horror, for every top level statesmen in the world, most likely even the ones you prefer. But, he believed he was doing the right thing, and even though I disagreed, with all of those things, you mentioned and even though the road to hell is paved with so-called good intentions; the very definition of honor is: doing what you believe is right for the common good and keeping your word. Why is that important? Because it makes everything clearer as to where everyone stands. It is that very lack of honor that makes Trump a monster!
  8. An opinion or observation of madness

    Israel a loathsome state? As compared to what? Also, even though I strongly opposed McCain's politics, there is no doubt in my mind, that he strived to be an honorable man. If only all politicians did, no matter their philosophies, this would be a much better world!
  9. An opinion or observation of madness

    Top officials in the White House were aware in early 2019 of classified intelligence indicating Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans, a full year earlier than has been previously reported, according to U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the intelligence. The assessment was included in at least one of President Donald Trump’s written daily intelligence briefings at the time, according to the officials. Then-national security adviser John Bolton also told colleagues he briefed Trump on the intelligence assessment in March 2019. The White House did not respond to questions about Trump or other officials’ awareness of Russia’s provocations in 2019. The White House has said Trump was not — and still has not been — briefed on the intelligence assessments because they have not been fully verified. However, it is rare for intelligence to be confirmed without a shadow of a doubt before it is presented to top officials. The administration’s earlier awareness of the Russian efforts raises additional questions about why Trump did not take any punitive action against Moscow for efforts that put the lives of Americans servicemembers at risk. Trump has sought throughout his time in office to improve relations with Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, moving earlier this year to try to reinstate Russia as part of a group of world leaders it had been kicked out of. In hundreds of highly classified phone calls with foreign heads of state, President Donald Trump was so consistently unprepared for discussion of serious issues, so often outplayed in his conversations with powerful leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan, and so abusive to leaders of America's principal allies, that the calls helped convince some senior US officials -- including his former secretaries of state and defense, two national security advisers and his longest-serving chief of staff -- that the President himself posed a danger to the national security of the United States, according to White House and intelligence officials intimately familiar with the contents of the conversations. The calls caused former top Trump deputies -- including national security advisers H.R. McMaster and John Bolton, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and White House chief of staff John Kelly, as well as intelligence officials -- to conclude that the President was often "delusional," as two sources put it, in his dealings with foreign leaders. The sources said there was little evidence that the President became more skillful or competent in his telephone conversations with most heads of state over time. Rather, he continued to believe that he could either charm, jawbone or bully almost any foreign leader into capitulating to his will, and often pursued goals more attuned to his own agenda than what many of his senior advisers considered the national interest.
  10. What made YOU laugh today/tonight ?

    Hostess Twinkies are Back! Twinkie Banana Trifle: About 3 bananas sliced 4 oz. neufachetel cheese softened 1 box Vanilla instant pudding family size 1 1/2 cups whole milk 8 oz tub of whipped topping 1 box of Twinkies Instructions How-to make a Twinkie Banana Trifle First, create the filling by combining the instant pudding mix with whole milk. Add the neufachatel cheese and beat with a hand mixer until smooth. Fold in the whipped topping. Once your pudding mixture is ready it’s time to assemble the Twinkie Banana Trifle. First, empty all of the Hostess Twinkies out of the box and unwrap them. Place along the sides of a trifle serving bowl so that the flat bottoms face the center of the bowl. Starting with the pudding mixture, place about a third of the filling mixture into the center of the dish. Top with one sliced banana. Add another layer of pudding mixture and repeat layering process with bananas until you have reached the top. Finish the trifle by placing sliced bananas around the outside of the pudding mixture. Keep Refrigerated.
  11. Martial Arts demonstrations gone wrong

    Yeah, the first time it happened to me, I was still in my teens. Panicked the hell out of me!
  12. An opinion or observation of madness

    Ah yes! As spoken through the character Winston Smith. People often use quotes without proper context. Much as this quote, which is really misleading, without more knowledge of Mr. Orwell and his many characters. During the times of the aforementioned writings, George Orwell was dying of tuberculosis ( which probably was contracted from a hospital, while recovering from a bullet wound to the neck(Spanish civil war)) a wound that he described as an "explosion to the mind" and because of those traumas, was extremely depressed. He was desperately sick, grappling alone with the demons of his imagination in a bleak Scottish outpost in the desolate aftermath of the second world war. His life was dystopian in the extreme. He was in and out of psychotic breaks. Because of these things, he was always alternating between genius, depression, and complete utter nonsense, such as the above, at least when it is dangled---like this, alone.
  13. Dancing

    Step Dance competition:
  14. Dancing

    I have a painting of the great Nureyev in my home.
  15. Martial Arts demonstrations gone wrong

    Why choke holds are so controversial.