March 21 2006, The Real Housewives of Orange County premiered on Bravo. Followed by The Real Housewives of New York, Atlanta, New Jersey, Washington DC,Miami. In 2011, the franchise went global, Athens Greece, Vancouver, Melbourne Australia, Cheshire in Britain, Auckland, Toronto ,Sydney and later this year “The Real Housewives of Hungary.
Every now an then Bravo places an International franchise in the schedule. Last year it was Melbourne, this year Auckland New Zealand.
In the first episode “Model Behavior” Some of the cast member’s are meeting each other for the first time. The setting is Julia Sloane’s birthday party. At the party we learn Michelle Blanchard was a model. Enter Angela Stone, who says she is a model. A shocked ,Michelle says, “You still model? Plus size, or…” Angela blinks rapidly, smiles and says, “No, not at all.” “I’m just saying,” replies Michelle. Angela tears up. (Like how dare she!) Michelle, not remorseful at all quickly adds “Sweetie, with tits like that you’re not a normal-sized model. Get over it.”
I’m all in!
And I’m not Alone
Huffington Post Contributor Shira Hirschman Weiss says: The best ‘Real Housewives’ franchise you’reprobably are not watching is The Real Housewives of Auckland (RHOAKL)
How often do you use your smartphone? The chances are even if you think it is a lot you will have underestimated how frequently you pick up your device.
A study showed last year that the average person handles their phone 85 times a day and spends a whopping five hours browsing the web and using apps – that accounts for a third of the time we are awake.
Research suggests it is a growing obsession. According to analytics firm Flurry between 2013 and the end of 2016, the minutes per day spent on mobiles rose from 152 to 300 and only 8% of that time is spent on a browser.
The apps that demand most of our attention are Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, measured at around 19% of all smartphone use, while 15% is spent on music, media and entertainment.
Otherwise, we are picking up the phone to play games (11%) use Snapchat (2%) or watch YouTube videos (4%).
If you are beginning to question whether we are addicted, we could well be. Some 11% of people in Western countries have a technology addiction. And, like most vices, it is damaging our health.
Swansea University researchers found that heavy phone users had a spike in blood pressure and heart rate when they put their devices down – as well as feelings of anxiety.
But it’s not all bad. Doubtless, you will have experienced many of the positive aspects of the smartphone boom yourself.
Smartphones give owners access to information, services, education or communication at affordable prices. According to USAID, a 10% increase in mobile penetration can boost a country’s GDP by 1%, while 93% of women reported feeling safer with a phone.
The key then, it seems, is to find a way to reap the benefits of having smartphone technology while not letting it control our lives.
TEDx speaker Anastasia Dedyukhina founded training company Consciously Digital to help individual and corporate clients become more productive online.
She told metro.co.uk that many of the times we pick up our mobile devices we are not doing so consciously.
‘I usually start workshops by asking people how much time they think they spend online and then we actually measure it and consistently all groups underestimate how much they spend online by two hours a day,’ she said.
‘Two hours a day is actually one month a year. It is because we are unconscious. We are always reacting.’
She said the constant distraction has a big impact on our productivity.
‘It happens to all of us,’ she continued. ‘You go to check your emails just for a second and then you see something else and then something else, and then you just click this link and then lo and behold two hours later, you say “oh, what did I want to do?!’
‘There is research that says if you are doing something and your mailbox is open and you see an incoming email it takes your brain about 64 seconds to go back to what you were doing even if you didn’t open it.
‘If you receive 60 emails in a day that’s one hour of your productive time wasted.’
The upshot is that devices that were marketed as being able to free up our time are doing the opposite and absorbing more of it.
Anastasia explained that faster browser speed – enabling us to access more content – and design features like notifications are drawing us in.
‘Notifications are a very good example. Most notifications you receive are not very relevant,’ she said.
‘The whole idea of staying online longer is being sold as something useful but the truth is that while it is great that we have this technology you really don’t need to be connected all the time.’
The TEDx speaker has adopted what some might see as an extreme solution.
She spends most of her time using a Nokia so old that she says people don’t steal it when she leaves it lying around. Her smartphone is kept in a drawer and then used when travelling.
‘For me it is difficult to use it on a daily basis, I very easily get back into the behaviour of checking my Facebook and emails and that is what I am trying to explain; we cannot rely on our willpower,’ she said.
‘It’s the same as having a cookie in your pocket and being on a diet. You will eat it.’
But she doesn’t think the solution is for everyone to unplug. Instead, she advises people to set themselves artificial boundaries.
‘Depending on what type of job you do and lifestyle you lead, you can play with it,’ she said,
‘For example, a healthy thing is not to use your device in the places where you relax and where you process information.
‘That’s your bedroom but this is also other places such as at the dining table.’
These have to be self-imposed and strict rules.
She uses the example of Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google parent-company Alphabet, who often switches off his phones before dinner.
‘You can choose not to use them in particular areas or not at a particular time,’ she adds. ‘I know some families have WiFi going off at 8 or 9pm so there’s not a decision about whether they should watch something or not.’
She said adopting such an approach will make you more productive.
‘I think it helps to discipline yourself when you know you have a specific time period to finish your work. If you don’t you tend to procrastinate,’ she added.
She said not having her smartphone with you eliminates choices.
‘Barack Obama used to have similar clothes, the same size, the same material because he didn’t want to make choices. Every time we have to make a choice it depletes our will power a little bit,’ she continued.
‘If every time you get a notification you have to decide am I going to have to use the phone or not it depletes your willpower and then it becomes more and more difficult as you progress through the day.
‘This is why it is important to have routines.
‘Some people might choose to say I am not working from 10pm. Whatever works for you but it’s important to understand the cost. The cost is that you are not living your life.’
Anastasia is far from the only voice in the movement urging us to spend more time offline.
Chris Bolin, a software engineer at Formidable, has created a website that’s only available offline.
He uses the web page to promote his personal manifesto, arguing disconnecting ourselves from the internet boosts our productivity.
He argues: ‘The external interruptions are legion and well documented: you have a new message on Gmail, Slack, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn. Friends, family, coworkers, and spammers: each have direct access to your precious attention.
‘But it’s the internal distractions that are truly pernicious. You can mute Twitter notifications and log off from Slack, but how do you stop your own mind from derailing you?’
The ‘offline advocate’ thinks the solution is to spend time both on and offline, explaining further down his missive that if you need the internet for work ‘do your research online; create offline.’
Former Google design ethicist Tristan Harris argues the same thing.
On his website, Time Well Spent, he offers four steps that will help us to reduce the time we spend on our phones.
Turn off all notifications
Clear your first page of all apps and just include tools
Force yourself to type and search for an app instead of just clicking on the icon
Get a separate alarm clock and charge your phone outside your bedroom
If you want to monitor how much time you spend on your phone, you can use apps like Moment, which was released a few years ago on iOS.
Creator Kevin Holesh built the app after recognising how much his smartphone addiction was affecting his relationship with his partner.
He explained in a blog post on Medium:: ‘Relaxing meant whipping out our iPhones and catching up on the latest happenings in social media. Her drug of choice is Instagram. Mine is Twitter.
‘We stopped doing fun and productive things and chose the path of least resistance.
‘About six months ago, I realised I had a serious problem. I was addicted to my phone, exactly like I predicted when I first waded into these always-connected waters. I felt naked if my phone wasn’t weighing down my right pocket.’
But ultimately, Anastasia argues there is no one simple solution. The complexities of modern life mean finding an answer that works for you.
‘Don’t rely on your willpower,’ she said.
‘There’s no unique recipe, just make one step and see how it works for you and whether it is changing something.’
I’m a baby boomer from the San Francisco Bay Area. I’ve been involved in politics since I was fifteen years old. I was fascinated by the students who attended UC Berkeley. At 15, 16, the students treated me like an equal. Their passion was contagious. I participated in protests throughout the Bay Area. I became that person who believed if you want change you have to get involved. One can get a addicted, Your in one group with a cause you feel passionately about and someone from that group invites you to a meeting then another meeting and before you know it, your life is a series of meetings.
Its 7am Tuesday morning and I’m leaving work. On the way home, I thought I stop by 16th Street Donuts and get my final Cinnamon Roll and maybe a final Chocolate raised because this week, unlike last week and the week before, I’m gonna buckle down and leave this white sugar shit alone!
As I drive into the parking lot, my cell rings. I haven’t really wanted to talk to anyone but this is dear friend who has always has a funny story and right now I need loads and loads of laughter. As we are talking my phone is ringing, calls from Colorado, Virginia, and Texas. I look down and say no, not today. I have a meeting in Stockton at 11 that I’m dreading. An hour has passed, I’m still in my car in front of the donut shop chatting. My friend is in good form, I love his tales from the plant. But it time to go….They are going to sell my Cinnamon Rolls and all the donuts are growing stale by the second and I need to go home and change into something comfortable before the drive to Stockton.
Something’s wrong, has been wrong for days maybe weeks. I’m feeling anxious and close to depression accompanied by a dull pain in my stomach. World War 3 with Korea is looming ,Putin was weighting in on the conflict asking for diplomacy. This is serious! I’m a world class talker, but I haven’t really wanted to talk to anyone, and I’m isolating myself ,which is a clear sign of depression.
Most people would look for a quiet place to decompress or maybe a lively place. I went on social media and found a obscure meeting in a rural area north of Sacramento. The community is poor and is concerned about the Affordable Care Act . They feel they’re aren’t being heard by their elected representative. This was in my wheelhouse, however like most meetings, this meeting deteriorated into we hate Trump. After 30 minutes I took my leave.
Its the holiday weekend and I was looking forward to working my late night shift. Holidays and the week that follows are typically slow. During the quiet moments I read the news or I blog. I’m a news junkie. I read everything. Its important to hear all points of view. In some circles just the mention of Fox News or MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow will place you in the center of a storm. People who have never seen either show attempt to place you in the L or C box. I find this frustrating and unproductive as I listen to one group villianizing another and I’m often attacked at meetings trying to present the other side.
Another source of my frustration is the fragmentation. In the 60’s it was civil rights, which includes rights for women as well as people of color. When women marched in the 70’s in many parts of the country it included gay rights. There are currently so many groups, marching for so many things I think its confusing for the public. Many of these groups are not supporting each other and some of the reasons are petty. You didn’t attend or confirm our event so we wont support yours. Missing in this country is a single issue. ACA united us, someone, somewhere knows someone, who is depended on the ACA. No leader emerged, the Democratic’s party sang songs to the Republicans after the GOP voted to dismantle the ACA. .
There are some Democrats and Republicans who believe members of the other party are inherently evil. Who’s goal is to take away freedoms. I’m of the mind unless we work together solutions will be difficult.
On route to the meeting in Stockton. I’m listening to Sirrus radio trying to avoid the news. Switching channels I heard the news of Trumps intention to end (DACA) Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Within minutes I received texts asking all to protest in Tuscon and Los Angeles. Truth is I know little about DACA, its just one more thing. In a series of THINGS! My stomach is upset and my chest is hurting. I just want to sit in my car with the AC on. Its just too much, but I have a committeemen.
At the meeting, I’m not feeling anything, not hearing anything. Someone grabbed my shoulder and asks if I was alright? Apparently, I’m crying and not aware of it. I touch my face and its wet. Suddenly, I noticed other people looking at me, some with tears in their eyes, FUCK!
I get up with the intention of regrouping in the bathroom. But I walk instead, to the parking lot to my car. I realize I left my notes on the chair, it doesn’t matter. I’m going home. I get in my car, I meant to turn right onto on Pacific to get to March Lane, but I turned left on Pacific by the Mall. I started crying, and pulled into the parking lot.
I drove home and started crying again, now feeling sorry for myself. Am I having a breakdown? I lay on the sofa and drift off to sleep. When I woke up I went on social media.
To my friends, comrades I will not be attending any meetings for the next few days . Needing a few days of ME time . Sent emails out this morning. Perhaps a couple of days in the mountains.. I need BIG injections of humor #thenanny#Ilovelucy In a few days I’ll be ready for the next round. #DACA#Northwestend#resistence#projectkings next week. Keep marching. Sending Love
Crying brought clarity. I’m overwhelmed, I’m associated with 11 groups, which is beyond crazy! I’m frustrated and most of all I’m sad. I’m usually comforting people at meetings at work, who are overwhelmed by the daily news. I didn’t realize the events had taken a toll on me. This has been a contentious eight months. I decided to leave all the organizations to reset. I thought about writing letters, but I’m a volunteer. I have to find THAT single issue where I can be helpful.
As I told a friend, I’m not gone, I’m simply taking a break!
Activist never die, they’re simply waiting for the appropriate cause.
For now its about humor. After tonight’s viewing of Steven Kings “IT”
If you see a large black man screaming like Jamie Lee Curtis. well…..
Just one thing…. If your wearing a clown suite, Don’t just Don’t We don’t need to be the lead story on Fox 40 News
See you at the next protest
The More things change, the More they stay the same. Listen to this 40 year old album featuring the Brilliant Lily Tomlin
Donald Trump The 45th President of the United States
the action of forgiving or being forgiven for an error or offense.
forgive or excuse (a person, error, or offense).
a person who shows or feels discrimination or prejudice against people of other races, or who believes that a particular race is superior to another.
showing or feeling discrimination or prejudice against people of other races, or believing that a particular race is superior to another.
(in the US) an elected officer in a county who is responsible for keeping the peace.
Joseph Michael Arpaio is a former American law enforcement officer. He was the electedSheriffof Maricopa County, Arizona, from 1993 through 2016.
July 2017. United States District Judge Susan R. Bolton found Mr. Arpaio, 85, guilty of criminal contempt of court, a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail.
The criminal charge grew out of a lawsuit filed a decade ago charging that the sheriff’s office regularly violated the rights of Latinos, stopping people based on racial profiling, detaining them based solely on the suspicion that they were in the country illegally, and turning them over to the immigration authorities.
Hearing the suit, another federal district judge, G. Murray Snow, ordered the sheriff in 2011 to halt detention based solely on suspicion of a person’s immigration status, when there was no evidence that a state law had been broken. An appeals court upheld that ruling, and Judge Snow later reinforced it with other orders.
Mr. Arpaio insisted, publicly and repeatedly, that his office’s practices were legal and would not change, and advocates said the detentions continued.
Judge Bolton ruled that Mr. Arpaio had willfully violated the 2011 court order. “Not only did Defendant abdicate responsibility, he announced to the world and to his subordinates that he was going to continue business as usual no matter who said otherwise,”
Jack Wilenchik, one of Mr. Arpaio’s lawyers, said Judge Snow’s 2011 order “was not clear and definite, and Judge Bolton did not adequately address that.” He added that Judge Bolton had also violated Mr. Arpaio’s rights by denying him a trial by jury.
The former sherifflost the civil case in 2013, when Judge Snow ruled that his office hadsystematically violated the rights of Latinos, echoing the findings of a Justice Department report from 2011.
In 2015, Judge Snow found Mr. Arpaioin civil contempt of court for violating the initial order, and prosecutors charged him with criminal contempt. Mr. Arpaiomaintained in both cases that he had not willfully defied the court, and that any violations were committed by his underlings.
Judge Bolton dismissed that claim, citing evidence that Mr. Arpaio understood the order, and noted the several times when he had said he would not change his ways.
Friday, August 25, 2017. President Donald Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio, sparing the controversial former Arizona sheriff a jail sentence after he was convicted of criminal contempt related to his hard-line tactics going after undocumented immigrants.
The pardon is the first of Trump’spresidency, though he did not follow his predecessors’ practice of consulting with lawyers at the Justice Department before announcing his decision.
Under the Constitution, Trump is permitted wide leeway in issuing pardons. There are no requirements for consultation within the administration before a decision is announced.
Maxine Moore Waters is a political icon in California. The fiery Democrat has represented Southern California for more than forty years. The Congress woman’s resume is filled with accomplishments, including chairing the Congressional Black Caucus.
Today she is a social media star, riding a wave national popularity. Her tweets in response to President Trump has gone global.
In a hearing, last week in a meeting the Congresswoman asked Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin why he hadn’t responded to a letter she’d sent him in May requesting information about Trump’s financial ties to Russia. Instead of responding to her question, the secretary complimented her for her service to California. Avoiding her question, Ms Waters responded, “Reclaiming my time.” She repeated the phrase — “Reclaiming my time. Reclaiming my time. Reclaiming my time.”
Within hours, ” Reclaiming my time” went viral. Tee shirts. songs, Reclaiming time. The Congresswoman is hot commodity, sought by news and talk shows.
Last Friday on “The View” Paula Faris brought up The Washington Post publishing transcripts of the president’s phone conversations with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Friday, asking the California congresswoman if she was “disturbed” by the leaks.
“No, not at all. I am so glad they’re telling us what’s going on,” Waters responded, despite Faris saying the leaks “threaten our national security.” “I need to hear these conversations,” “This is his problem. He is in a White House where he’s got people working for him that don’t like him, don’t believe in what he’s doing and they’re trying to tell the american public.”
Paula Faris continued her argument. “America loses here though, he can not have a candid conversation with the leader of another country,” she added, “countries are not going to want to get on the phone with the leader of the free world.” The View’s Jedediah Bila said “If this leak can happen for this president, that means it can happen for any president and other countries will look at us and say the United States of America, as a whole, is not a secure place.
Maxine Waters: “Let me tell you, the leadership starts at the top and it is this president that his own people have no confidence in,” she responded. “They’re undermining him because they want to see him stopped, they want us to do something, not every president will be treated this way.”
“This man has no values, he lies, they know it and he’s the danger and they want us to do something about it,” Waters added. Bila: “I hear you but it’s a scary thing to try to undermine the president because you don’t like his policy or don’t trust him and risk undermining the entire country in the process,”
“He is undermining the country,” Waters said, before the show went to commercial.
Maxine Waters position is similar to many of her Democratic Colleagues .
While Donald Trump polls numbers are falling . There is no collective data that suggests overwhelming success for the Democratic party 2018 In a resent ABC/Washington Post poll the news isn’t very positive for the Democrats.
While the Obama administration was responsible for turning the economy around. The current president will reap the benefits of current numbers. By a very small margin, most Americans approve how Trump is handling the economy. Last month, more than 220 thousand new jobs were added. The National unemployment rate is 4.4%
52% of Americans say the Democratic message is they’re against Trump,
Democrats aren’t stirred, while like many Americans they are overwhelmed by the daily barrage of Trump shockers and like Americans Democrats many are slowly becoming numb by the daily news. With each news report the Democrats attack the Trump administration. However, they have not offered alternatives to the American public.
While Americans overwhelmingly support the Affordable Care Act , the GOP owns the messaging. Is the Democrat’s silence by design? If the GOP were successful in completely dismantling the ACA, the Democrats might be swept into office. might! Meanwhile caught in the middle are the millions of Americans who depend on the coverage.
Maxine Waters and the Demo’s represent a party without new ideas and direction.
August 2016, 47% of Americans polled had a negative view of the party. Last month 48% have a negative view.
The polls indicate,Independents disapprove of Trump. While there are cracks within his base, Trump has a firm grip on his supporters. That base, unlike the Democrats and Independents are likely to support any candidate he endorses.
The infighting could result in a split in the party much like the Tea Party in 2010.
On Sunday, The Democratic Socialist of America got a chance to break away from the Democratic Party. A resolution laid out all of the reasons, from the reported 57 percent of voters who want a third party, to the rapid success of the 2016 presidential bid by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), to the laughable unelectability of the Democrats.
“Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) said the Democratic Party has become a toxic brand and a failed party,” the resolution read. “The D next to a socialist or progressive’s name places them at a major disadvantage on Election Day. Why tie our strategy to a sinking ship?”
The resolution failed — easily so. While the judgment of 697 delegates to a socialist convention might not seen like a major Democratic Party development, it was telling of something that frequently gets lost. Democrats, for whom self-flagellation starts at birth and continues after death, have been moving as steadily left as Republicans moved right in 2009, when they last lost power.
That story can get lost in the more easily told narrative of Democrats in disarray. Last week provided plenty of material for that narrative, with the third major intraparty brawl of 2017 over abortion rights, and the decision of Gov. Jim Justice (R-W.Va.), who’d become a Democrat to seek his first-ever political office, literally embracing Donald Trump as he switched back to the GOP. A Quinnipiac poll, otherwise larded with good news for Democrats, found that just 40 percentof Democrats had heard of their freshly announced platform, called “The Better Deal.”
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While the Democrats had a slight edge with Millennials in the 2016 election. Many voted by default. The Millennials aren’t happy with either group. A third party candidate could easily capture a large percentage of the vote which would benefit the GOP.
The fragmented Democratic party needs a message that resonates within the party. The current and limited message of Impeaching Trump is an indication of the fragmentation. You often have to be careful of what you ask for. Its very possible in the next year or so, President Trump may be impeached or leave office. Waiting in the wings is Mike Pence. The former Governor of Indiana has a very conservative agenda. Unlike Trump, he has experience in government and is respected in his party. The Democratic Party hasn’t found away to capitalize in the current disarray of Trumps administration. However, President Pence does not have Trumps baggage. He has the ability to push through legislation.
Reclaiming Their Power
Who is leading the party? Nancy Pelosi like Maxine Waters are shouting Impeachment from the comfort of their Leather Chairs. Elizabeth Warren criticizes Trump as she hawks her newest book. Bernie Sanders is an island and Hillary is bitter.
Waiting for an Impeachment is very short sided and premature. Its time to move on from talks of Impeachment, and to shore up its base. Both parties could benefit from a major renovation bringing in fresh (younger faces and ideas) that would appeal to a fading demographic and to an emerging one. Or maybe its time for Americans to jump ship to other political parties that have their interests.
He got us! A good Magician distracts the audience, he gets the audience to look right as he is working left. Several major stories broke the day, he attacked Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough on Twitter The administration was aware of the stories. These stories would have normally dominated the news. Especially the additional 10 million Americans affected by proposed GOP health care law. The other bombshell is possibly a first connection in the Russia investigation. Good Job 45!