Students Turns on Permit Karen


Susan Schulz Montclair aka Permit Karen

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 On June 30th, Fareed Nassor Hayat , a law professor at the City University of New York School of Law, took to his Facebook page to post a video of a woman in his Montclair, New Jersey neighborhood reportedly harassing him and his family. Hayat wrote that a woman named Susan Schultz had called the police and filed a “false report of assault against me when told to leave our property.” According to Hayat, Susan had come over three times in the span of one hour to complain and accuse Hayat of illegally installing a stone patio in his backyard. Hayat’s backyard apparently runs up against Susan’s fence.

”When asked if a permit was required by law, she said she didn’t know, but insisted we answer her questions and submit to her demands, or she would call the police to force us to stop improving our home. (A permit is not required in Montclair for a stone patio this size. This fact was known to us through our own independent research, our contractor and later verified when building and safety arrived at our home to investigate her complaint.)“

Hayat and his wife then demanded that Susan leave their property. It was at this point that Susan called the police and alleged Hayat had put his hands on her. The video begins as Susan calls the police. Neighbors can be seen coming out of their homes, all of whom disagree with Susan’s account of the facts. In the video you can also hear Hayat and his wife complaining that this neighbor has been “harassing” their family for two years.

 

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After the couple posted the video, a group of local youths organized a protest … marching up and down the block and chanting outside Susan’s home.

Other neighbors on the block, many of whom are white, are also giving Susan hell … claiming she was trying “to put her black neighbors back in their place” by calling the police.

The couple claims Susan’s been harassing them for 2 years, but called this week’s incident an example of “white entitlement and black hate embodied.”

 

TV’s Mythical Lesbian Bar


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Gay women looking for a cool night out will find better prospects on their screens than their streets.

By: Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner/Marie Claire

Kat and her chic friends sip cocktails at a packed lesbian hotspot in Manhattan on The Bold Type. In Almost Family’s version of Brooklyn, Tiffany lamps adorn a retro sports bar full of athletic queer women. In Vida’s East Los Angeles, queer folks call the neighborhood dive bar home, hosting elaborate theme nights in the multigenerational space. Meanwhile, the characters of The L Word: Generation Q frequently gather at a recently renovated gastropub catering to L.A.’s lesbian crowd. And in Younger’s New York, ex-girlfriends clink wine glasses in a bar packed with attractive women.

The problem: None of these venues exist outside our screens.

Bars and restaurants have long been fictionalized for serial TV (Friends’ Central Perk, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Home Base) but in popular queer shows, trend-forward bars divert far from the reality we experience. Lesbians, like myself, who seek dedicated spaces to gather in, have just a few bars across America to choose from. A study published last year estimates only 15 Lesbian bars remain—dwindled from more than 200 in the late ’80s—with more poised to shutter due to COVID-19. Lesbians’ night out in 2020 is often just special “girls” nights at a gay club.

So why, when lesbian bars are disappearing from major cities and small towns alike, are imaginary lesbian social utopias consistently popping up on women-centric TV shows? The out-of-reach depictions make me scream at my screen, à la Liz Lemon, I want to go to there!

We watch TV because it’s not realistic. Who wants to watch characters run errands and balance budgets? Carrie Bradshaw couldn’t sustain her Manolo-filled lifestyle writing just one weekly column and the living spaces in Friends are mansions compared to an actual 20-something’s Manhattan apartment. These shows depict a simpler, savvier (sometimes problematic) lifestyle that’s entertaining above all else.

Without imagination, queer culture as we know it today likely wouldn’t exist. LGBTQIA+ creators who put our experiences onscreen push both mainstream and queer culture towards a better future.

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“None of the now-shuttered dyke bars I went to in my 20s were fancy, bright, or totally hygienic spaces with $15 dollar drinks served up neat in martini glasses,” says Candace Moore, a gender and cinema studies professor at Carleton College in Minnesota, reminiscing about former real-life haunts like San Francisco’s The Lexington and L.A.’s The Palms. “They smelled a little, bathrooms had multiple uses, there was cheap, crappy beer.” She notes that, in contrast, the The L Word, the lesbian-centric series that aired on Showtime from 2004 to 2009, offered queer women the chance to congregate in luxe West Hollywood spaces all the time.

This constructed an upscale imaginary lesbian bar that pretty much only existed, and still pretty much only exists, on TV,” Moore says. “This seems partially about TV delivering aspirational ideas about wealth, power, and fame for the viewer. It offers a fantasy element. What if queer women had all kinds of capital—social capital, cultural capital, and economic capital? What if they could afford fancy salads and tequila shots ‘for the house’ on a regular basis? That’s not to say there aren’t wealthy lesbian, bi, and queer women out there, but I don’t know of many who plan to open up bars anytime soon.”

“I write the world I want to see, not necessarily the world I live in,” says Marja Lewis-Ryan, showrunner of The L Word: Generation Q. For the sequel, she worked to create a nostalgia-inducing, lesbian-owned, queer-centric hotspot: Dana’s. The fictional space became so pervasive that Semi-Tropic, a Los Angeles gastropub that is used as Dana’s exterior, now hosts a monthly “Dana’s” night. “It’s awesome, that’s really the dream,” Lewis-Ryan says. “I envisioned this thing and someone actually put it into practice. I’m making community spaces that are safe and hoping that other people make them real.”

These images offer lesbians a vision of community that remains as important as ever.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles-based architect Lauren Amador has been designing her own real-life lesbian bar—one that is partially inspired by the original L Word’s hangout, The Planet. Last year, she launched Fingerjoint, a pop-up lesbian cocktail bar serving women-produced wines and spirits on an “unpretentious but thoughtful” menu. Seeing Dana’s on-screen felt “surreal,” she says. It was a glossy depiction of the space she hopes to build once she raises enough capital—a challenge plaguing several aspiring bar and restaurant owners who don’t have the budget of a Hollywood production company.

Beaming lesbian bars into living rooms can create stronger allyship. Wendy Straker Hauser, showrunner of The Bold Type, says she wasshocked” to learn that there were only a couple lesbian bars left in Manhattan. So in season three of the showKat, who has newly found community in lesbian bars, runs for city council to save a lesbian bar going out of business—art imitating life. “I always want to be accurate as a storyteller,” Hauser says. “For me, it was just realizing how powerful it was for lesbian women to not just have a queer bar, but to have an actual space specifically for them. It’s eye-opening, how important that was and is,” Hauser says.

Molly Bernard plays the bubbly queer publicist Lauren on Younger. Being well-acquainted with Manhattan’s “only two dyke bars,” Cubbyhole and Henrietta Hudson, she loved that writers decided to include a lesbian bar, albeit fictional, in the series.“Wow, this is what we’re missing [in real life],” she says.

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The gang on The L Word: Generation Q gathers at Dana’s

Lesbian social utopia is only on-screen. And that’s okay—for now. 

Over the past year, lesbian representation has increased dramatically on screen. Vida, Gentefied and Feel Good have expanded the boundaries of diverse, lesbian characters on television, but there’s still more work to be done—on screen and in reality. Problematic stereotypes regularly tie queer identity to nightlife. So Lewis-Ryan—inspired by Los Angeles’ sober queer coffeeshop, Cuties—is considering more inclusive, realistic spaces to write into Generation Q’s second season. In real life, Amador made sure to include non-alcoholic and low ABV drinks on Fingerjoint’s menu and New York’s Butch Judy’s is developing a lesbian bar concept centered around conversation, rather than clubbing.

It’s impossible to depict the lived experiences of every LGBTQ person in America in media. We stream to escape, which is what makes the lesbian social utopia of a nonexistent bar so powerful.

“Even though the real world lesbian bar may no longer exist in the same way and in the same places, I hope it remains a staple of visual culture. The fictional bar was never realistic, but it provided a glimmer of something approximate to it—a space where lesbians could find one another,” says Kelly Hankin, author of Girls in the Back Room: Looking at the Lesbian Bar. “Whether a confectionary glam version as in The Bold Type or a raucous neighborhood bar as in Jane The Virgin, these images offer lesbians a vision of community that remains as important as ever.”

This Ohio city’s plan to get more people to buy electric cars worked


Columbus, Ohio, exceeded its goal of more than 3,200 new BEVs and plug-in hybrids.

Giving someone a short test drive in a plug-in vehicle is the quickest way to get them to consider buying one.
 Giving someone a short test drive in a plug-in vehicle is the quickest way to get them to consider buying one.  Monty Rakusen/Getty Images

BY:Jonathan M. Gitlin/arstechnica.com

In 2016, the city of Columbus, Ohio, won a nationwide Department of Transportation challenge and was named America’s first smart city. This contest was not just for bragging rights, like some kind of Mensa for municipalities; the award came with $40 million in DOT funding for testing better transportation policies, with an additional $10 million from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. As part of Smart Columbus’ plans to make moving around more safely more sustainable, the foundation asked the city to increase adoption of battery electric cars and plug-in hybrids through an electrification program. And it succeeded.

The electrification program, which we wrote about last year, involved several different approaches to getting more local residents to switch to BEVs. The city assembled a fleet of 12 BEVs and PHEVs for a “ride and drive” roadshow, visiting communities and places of work to give people an opportunity to try out an EV—something that just under 12,000 people did over the course of two years.

The city created an experience center with a second fleet of test-drive plug-ins. This provided another 400 people with test drives from 2018 but also entertained more than 30,000 visitors from opening, educating them about alternative powertrains as well as shared mobility. On top of that, Smart Columbus conducted an online education campaign and worked with 35 area car dealerships, training staff so they could sell EVs. And finally, it worked with the local utility, AEP Ohio, to build out public level 2 and DC fast charging infrastructure in the region.

In 2016, before the grant was awarded, BEV and PHEV sales were just 0.4 percent in the seven-county region. When the electrification program began in April 2017, the goal was to boost this to 1.8 percent of new vehicle sales—or 3,200 EVs—by March 2020. And it worked; over the course of those 35 months, 3,323 new BEVs and PHEVs found homes in the region. Plug-in sales actually reached as high as 2.4 percent in Q4 2018 and 1.6 percent in Q4 2019. (2019 was a disappointing year nationally for plug-in sales, so we can forgive the year-on-year decrease.) Smart Columbus estimates that the program will cut carbon emissions by 1,850 tonnes over ten years.

Smart Columbus

The outreach program also helped increase the odds that other locals will switch to electric powertrains, too. Favorable perceptions of BEVs and PHEVs rose from October 2017 to March 2020 (BEVs: 48 percent to 62 percent; PHEVs: 57 percent to 65 percent). And in October 2017, only a third of those surveyed said they were somewhat or extremely likely to purchase a BEV or a PHEV; by March 2020, that had grown to just over one-in-two.

“We’re thrilled to see the progress and success of the smart city program over the years,” said Paul Keating, senior director of Philanthropy at Vulcan Inc, the company that oversees the business and charitable activities of the late Paul Allen. “Columbus has demonstrated how a region can develop new transport systems through innovation to reduce the world’s dependence on fossil fuels. And in doing so, Columbus has created a model that can be replicated nationwide.”

Germany Is Betting Everything On Electric Cars


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BY: Bradley Brownell/Jalopnik

 

Earlier in June the German government announced a huge economic stimulus package with sweeping incentives pushing the country toward an electric transit future. In all, the country will be spending some 130 billion euros on an economic recovery plan that involves cash for Germans buying electric cars, a widespread growth of its charging infrastructure, and investment in public transit.

It makes sense that the country is doing what it can to push electrification. In addition to the country’s desire to lower its emissions totals, automakers like VW have leaned in to the whole EV thing, and what’s good for VAG is probably good for DE. To a lesser extent, every German automaker has adapted at least some electrification, and that’s expected to expand in coming years across the board. Germany wants Germans to buy German electric cars. Go figure.

Germany is already the biggest market for EVs in Europe, and this stimulus package will only prove to extend that lead in the segment. Here’s what it entails, and how it will be implemented.

First, Germany is going to reduce the cost to buy-in to an electric car or plug-in hybrid with incentive subsidies. If you’re looking at an EV in Germany that costs less than 40,000 euros (45,000 US), you’ll get up to 9,000 euros back in combined incentives with 6,000 coming from the government and 3,000 coming to you from the manufacturer by mandate of the government. Cars priced between 40,000 and 65,000 euros can receive up to 7,500 in incentives. Anything more expensive than that and they assume you can afford it regardless. If you are buying a new Taycan, you won’t be getting any kickbacks.

Similarly, PHEVs up to 40,000 euro can receive up to 6,750 back, while those priced between 40,000 and 65,000 euros are eligible for as much as 5,625 in incentives. The German government says these subsidies will cost somewhere in the realm of 2.2 billion euros between now and the end of 2021.

If you buy your EV or PHEV between July 1 and December 31, you’ll receive an extra 3 percent reduction in the value-added tax on that purchase. If you’re getting one of those 65,000 euro deals, that reduction just in tax is 1,950 euros!

A new law in Germany requires every fuel station to have EV charging infrastructure in place. Public chargers will now be as ubiquitous as fuel pumps. That would go a long way toward making road trips in electric cars more convenient. Not having to search for a charger, just knowing that there would be one at pretty much every Autobahn exit, will make EV ownership a little less cerebral. You don’t have to fiddle with an app or plan your route strategically!

An additional 2.5 billion euros will be made available for expansion of charging infrastructure. Germany hopes to have 1 million public facing charging ports within ten years. That’s up from the current 28,000-ish that are available now. Ambitious, but if any country can do it, Germany can.

Another 1.2 billion will be invested to incentivize private and municipal transit operators to swap out their ICE vehicles for alternative drive systems. This is intended to push public transit into the electric world.

That’s a pretty hefty strategy for growing the country’s electric fleet, and will only prove to accelerate its standing in engineering and development of new EV tech. Clearly the country is invested in this electric future, rather than sticking its head in the sand and ignoring the winds of change, which, you know, must be nice.

According to research firm Canalys, electric and hybrid vehicles now make up more than seven percent of all new cars delivered in Europe, and Germany’s ratio is even more electrified. Clearly the market for such vehicles exists, and will likely prove even larger with these incentives.

Why Forgiving Yourself For Past Mistakes Is The Key To Manifesting Love


BY: Orna and Matthew Walters

Letting go of the past allows you to create a love that will stand the test of time.

Forgiving yourself can be one of the most difficult steps you take on your journey to lasting love, but it can also be one of the most worthwhile endeavors.

Self-forgiveness is a journey of self-discovery and growth that will lead you to a more fulfilling life, happy and healthy relationships, and a love that will stand the test of time.

The first step in learning how to forgive yourself is realizing that you’re the common denominator in all your relationships. Although it’s too easy to take more responsibility than your fair share, it’s also unhealthy and unrealistic to take responsibility for your partner’s actions and choices.

It can be difficult not to judge yourself when a relationship ends. You can find yourself constantly reliving in your mind everything you ever did or said, wondering if you could have done something differently for it to work out.

You trigger feelings of guilt and shame, believing that love is something you don’t deserve. Or, you may become apathetic and feel like you don’t even want to bother having another romantic relationship.

These false beliefs can’t be further from the truth. Everyone is deserving of love — even you!

Making mistakes is inevitable in relationships. You might behave badly, upsetting and disappointing the one you love. You’re human, after all.

When you begin the journey of forgiving yourself for all your past mistakes, you learn to love and accept yourself for all parts of you — the good, bad, and the ugly.

Here are 5 reasons why forgiving yourself for past mistakes is key to manifesting love in the future.

1. You come back into integrity with yourself.

Self-judgment leaves you disconnected from yourself, blocking you from connecting with others. You may feel alienated and lonely, judging everyone around you, which leads to further detachment.

This downward spiral can leave you feeling unlovable.

Judging yourself means you’re out of integrity with yourself and out of touch with your lovability and your own humanity.

In order to show up authentically in a relationship, you have to be connected to yourself and the truth of who you really are. Holding onto guilt and shame about your past relationship mistakes will block you from connecting to your authentic self.

Forgiving yourself for your past mistakes gives you a sense of feeling whole and complete, which then makes you more available to connect with others.

When you don’t need to be with someone, but rather desire to share your life with a partner, it’s easier to be discerning through the selection process of dating.

Self-sabotage and destructive behavior can manifest when you are out of integrity with yourself.

Try this practice taught in the Hawaiian tradition of Ho’oponopono:

  • Place your hands over your heart.
  • Visualize the earlier version of you who made those mistakes.
  • Repeat these phrases as you expand the love you feel for this earlier version of you: “I’m sorry”, “Please forgive me”, “Thank you”, and “I love you.”
  • Repeat for five to 10 minutes.
  • Practice daily at a minimum.

Do this first thing in the morning and last thing before you go to bed for a minimum of 21 days, and you will experience a transformation in how you feel about your past mistakes.

Forgiving yourself puts you back into integrity with yourself, leaving you available to connect with others.

2. You release the energetic bonds to the past.

Imagine that there are strings and ropes of energy attached to you from past events connecting you to those feelings of guilt and shame, holding you back from moving forward in your life.

Forgiving yourself is the key to breaking these energetic ties so that you can move more freely into the future.

Release the negative emotions you’re holding onto from your past experiences. When you do, you’ll be disconnecting a chain that your mind has cobbled together.

Your subconscious likes to clump similar information together saying, “This is like that” to help you survive so that you don’t have to learn similar things from scratch. However, this strategy often gets in the way of your ability to thrive.

Releasing the shame and guilt from your past mistakes allows you to let go of the past so you can be present and more resourceful. There is no reverse in this life, you can’t go back and change what happened.

You can’t go back and change your behavior.

You can change your relationship to that earlier version of you, and the meanings you assigned to those past events. You can heal those feelings of regret and make better choices now and in the future

Forgive that younger version of you who was doing the best they could with the information and resources they had.

When you honor that you did your best and swear that you’ll make the best efforts to make better choices in the future, you release the past and put it all behind you.

A whole new world of opportunities will open up for you to make better choices and have new experiences.

3. You free your heart to love again.

Carrying guilt and shame over past mistakes burdens your heart, closing it off from new experiences.

Forgiving yourself and putting the past behind you allows you to free your heart to love again. A free heart is filled with grace. It is open, light, and ready to love again.

If you don’t take time to heal and forgive yourself when a relationship ends, then you could end up stuck in a rebound relationship, further delaying your connection to your soulmate.

It’s the love you have for yourself that is reflected back to you in your beloved’s eyes. So ultimately, you do not get love from another person — you share the love with them.

Rebound relationships are like a Band-Aid over a gaping wound. The wound doesn’t heal and instead, festers and creates cyclical patterns causing you to choose similar circumstances again and again.

Forgive yourself and free your heart to love yourself. This love becomes a magnetic attraction for your soulmate.

4. You move forward on your path to lasting love.

As you grow into the person you are capable of being, you learning from your past mistakes and don’t repeat them.

Take time to journal about the past experiences that still haunt you. See if you can discover what those situations showed up to teach you.

The Universe is always presenting us with situations where we can either step into our higher selves or fall back into our conditioned behavior.

What were those situations asking of you? How could you have behaved differently?

When you can answer these questions without judgment, take some time to write a letter to that earlier version of you. Let them know that you love them and have compassion for them.

Tell them how grateful you are for the experience to do better and become a better person, that you will always love them no matter what, and that they are not alone.

5. You don’t have to stress about being perfect.

Being human means that you will make mistakes. If you can’t accept your mistakes, you’ll have trouble accepting your partner’s errors, making lasting love impossible.

Holding on to guilt or shame about your past mistakes will cause problems in every single relationship, so it’s important to find a way to accept yourself as is — flaws, mistakes, and all!

The truth is, you are always doing the best you can with the resources you have. The younger version of you didn’t have the knowledge and experience that you have now and was unable to make a better choice.

We love someone for their imperfections — their crooked smile or goofy laugh. Keeping an unrealistic expectation that you will behave perfectly sets you up to be disappointed again and again.

Release the unrealistic expectation that you’ll be perfect, or it will be very difficult for you to create the lasting love you desire. Every single person will make mistakes, including you.

It’s time to love yourself so you can connect with your soulmate.

Acknowledging your mistakes, accepting your humanity, and making a sincere effort to change is really the best that can be expected of anybody.

Forgiving yourself allows you to release the baggage from your past relationships and start with a clean slate moving forward.

Orna and Matthew Walters have been soulmate coaches for over a decade and helped thousands of readers create long-lasting love. Download a complimentary copy of their ebook, Recognizing Mr. Right, along with a guided program on self-acceptance from their websit

 

Every Republican for him/herself!


 

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The headline is Covid-19. The President has instructed his administration to add glitter and sparkles to the virus.  It will be better any day, just wait and see .  With each new news report with record numbers of new cases, Trump becomes an  Egyptian and goes into de-Nile.

Every week is more humiliating than the last.  Tulsa was an absolute public disaster.  Phoenix was better, but he has activated a ticking time bomb that could blow up the Republican National Convention.   If ten or more attendees report that they contracted  Covid-19  at a Trump event, it will be a part of news cycle for weeks and likely hurt attendance at future Trump rallies and the convention.

One questions if Biden is the better candidate or is Trump deliberately destroying his candidacy.

He doesn’t seem to care about the current temperature of America. He isn’t interested in expanding his base because it means compromise.   George Floyd moved a nation, and as America is reevaluating its relationship with people of color the president is doubling down on racism, he wants to protect Confederate Monuments, symbols of slavery . He calls protesters thugs and extremest.  At a time when many of the nations hospitals are filling up with Covid 19 patents he is calling on the courts to abolish the Affordable Care Act.

The Trump boat is sinking and the captain doesn’t seem to care about the crew or the other passengers.  Yes we know he will see your abandonment as an attack and will return fire in a form of a tweet. But the boat is taking on water has been for the last for four months and the weight is pulling down other Republicans.

Last election cycle was a disaster for your party. This cycle is looking worse, as he is ignoring the mammoth elephant in the room.  His entire candidacy is based on fantasy last minute economic reversal, one that depends on a healthy workforce.

The Trumpster could pull a rabbit out of his hat by November.  He survived the Assess Hollywood (“grab um by the pussy “) scandal.

 He has shared his plan B with the nation, he plans to invalidate the election, But what about the other Republicans on the Ballot?  They.re not facing a possible jail sentence.

The majority of the Republicans believe the experts, they know Covid 19 is not going to end soon.  When your constituents want answers, Donald Trump wont be there to respond.  When the pubic ask why were you silent,  when the President was  going to eliminate their healthcare your replacement will tell them you didn’t have the courage to fight for them, but he will!

To survive this cycle, its every man for himself or herself.  Americas Topic is the CoronaVirus, Health, Race and the Economy.

The Titanic is sinking, some members for his administration has made it to shore.  Everyone can see the waters, the Captain primary concern is his survival,  he’s indifferent to the members of his party and other passengers on the ship.  In 128 days where will you be on shore or on the ship?

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Table for one: the Swedish restaurant with an extreme approach to social distancing


Table for one: the Swedish restaurant with an extreme approach to social distancing
The restaurant is located in the forest of Värmland. Photo: Jacque de illiers/imagebank.sweden.se
Worried about the risk of infection while eating out? One restaurant in rural Sweden has taken the guidelines on social distancing to the extreme, serving individual diners in an empty field with the meal arriving by zipline.

Aptly named “Bord for en”, or “Table for One”, the unique al fresco eatery allows patrons to “let their worries go”, long enough to enjoy a meal, the restaurateurs told AFP.

“It’s nice to just for once not think about ‘Oh, am I going to catch the virus now?’ ‘Am I being a risk to anyone else?'”, says Linda Karlsson, 36, who hatched the idea with husband Rasmus Persson in Sweden’s western Varmland province.

At a table set with a white linen tablecloth, David Nordstrom – who came by bicycle from Karlstad, 50 kilometres (31 miles) away – savours his three-course meal in the wide-open wilderness.

On the menu: Seaweed caviar on Swedish-style hash browns with smetana, yellow carrot ginger puree and sweet corn croquettes, and ginned blueberries with iced buttermilk for dessert. All delivered on a zipline that runs from the couple’s kitchen window.

“I hadn’t eaten food outside my apartment since early March. I wanted to get out of my voluntary quarantine and leave the city,” Nordstrom, the spot’s first customer, told AFP. As he dined, a butterfly circled the table and a hawk soared high above.

The idea was born when Linda’s parents, who are in a risk group, came for a visit.

“It was a windy day” in March, she recalled. “They came by and we said ‘You need to go around the house’, and we had put this nice table up with nice tableware, a nice linen cloth and two chairs.”

“We served them through the kitchen window and they really enjoyed it. We were able to spend time with them and it was safe, and we thought that maybe we should make this available for everybody.”

The couple opened their establishment on May 10th, but are fully booked through August 1st when they will close. They offer a set menu, but guests decide how much they want to pay for it.

Rasmus, a former chef turned freelance radio host, and Linda, a former waitress who is now a production company executive, work their normal jobs during the day before opening the restaurant at the end of the afternoon.

In Sweden, which has focused on voluntary measures in the fight against the new coronavirus and has reported more than 5,100 Covid-19 deaths, most restaurants have remained open throughout the pandemic.

However, they must follow guidelines such as marking distance between groups of diners, offering table service only, and taking other measures to ensure social distancing. Restaurants, cafes and bars that violate these rules risk being shut down.

Swedish vocabulary

quarantine – (en) karantän

hawk – (en) hök

menu – (en) meny

tablecloth – (ett) bordsduk

distance – (ett) avstånd

When Cigarette Smoke Knew Its Place


There was a time in America, when nearly everyone smoked.  It was sexy, glamorous, and even macho.  Cigarettes were everywhere, even cartoon characters like “The Flintstones” sold Cigarettes and you could smoke everywhere.

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In the 60’s  the US Surgeon General placed a health warning on every pack of cigarettes.  Slowly, smoking wasn’t sexy or glamorous ,then we learned second hand smoke was as hazardous as smoking.  Suddenly there was a national debate on where you could smoke.

  Smoking was first banned in hospitals, then governmental buildings  The fight for the right to smoke went on for years.  The laws on where one could smoke was set by cities. Business owners were concerned the new rules could drive loyal customers away.  The early concessions were having smoking and non smoking sections.  There wasnt a standard. In some establishments, customers had to walk through the smoking sections to get to the non smoking section of the restaurant.  For smoking sections to be successful, The smoke would have to know the boundaries.

Some restaurants and bars owners installed pricey air filtering systems, many where noisy with smokes believing  they were second classed citizens.

Today, there are few options for smokers.  Motion pictures company now warn you . There’s gonna be smoking in this film!

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Gone are the days where smoking was an integral part in a black and white movie.  It wasn’t just a prop, smoking was created by the screenwriter and executed by the director, what angle the cigarette was lit, the direction of the exhale,it was magic in black and white.  Back then Cigarette smoke knew its place.

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Tanking poll numbers: Trump considering replaceing wife and son


Melania Trump Talks Son Barron: He's the 'Priority for Now'

President Lysol is on a roll…. Downhill….

President Bunker Lysol desperately needed love from his base. The campaign told him the Tulsa streets would be overrun with his people.   They built overflow area complete with a megatron TV.  Air Force One buzzed over the venue, OOOPS. (Where day at?)

 AS the camera panned the audience, the Tulsa crowd didn’t fall over themselves ,they loved the President, but the energy level was low.  Most Reality shows fade over time, the show becomes stale and predictable. Some of the Tulsa news outlets, noticed people leaving the event early..

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Visit Arizona

On Tuesday, visited he WALL in Yuma and then onto the Dream City Church in Phoenix Arizona.

Arizona church hosting Trump rally claims it can kill COVID-19

This is the site of his “Students for Trump  a much smaller venue, 3000 seats .

This is no ordinary building. the owners say its purification systems technology developed by some members of the church and it WILL KILL 99 percent of COVID within 10 minutes.  Arizona is one of Covid-19 hotspots .  The Mayor of Phoenix wanted Bunker Lysol to lead by example and wear a mask.

He will need help with the Chinese Vote! 

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In Tulsa, the audience loved it when he called the Corona Virus the Chinese Virus or the China Virus, in Phoenix he doubled down on the racism and called it the “Kung Flu”.  Look for someone holding a sign “Chinese for Trump” at the next rally!  Lets just hope they don’t repeat this error.

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  He looked shaky during the West Point Commencement from drinking a glass of water or walking down a ramp.

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lets be clear if he has the Corona Virus we will never know.  His death will be from natural causes, like over dying his hair.

Lysol Bunker needs a bit of good news.  On Friday, William Barr tells the world NY prosecutor Geoffrey Berman has resigned. Problem is Berman didn’t know it and he wasn’t going anywhere!!!!!   Berman, has been prosecuting a few of the Presidents friends and was gathering information for the nations former big city crossdresser.  Initially, the President said, he wasn’t involved with the firing, then, well you know………….

Remember that time Donald Trump motorboated the drag queen Mayor?

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 Mary Trump shouldn’t expect a Christmas Card this year from Uncle Donald who is trying to prevent her from releasing her tell all about him book. Member’s of his staff has contracted the virus.  Hearings in Congress how Roger Stone received a light sentence and preferential treatment, pressure from the Barr and the Department of Justice.

Taxes 

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Any moment now, the Supreme Court will make the final ruling about releasing his income taxes, for the world to see or not.

It will go away by………..

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Not sure what’s in his play book . Less than 30%  of the nation apporves of his handling of the pandemic. .but just as rate of infections are setting records.

The Trump administration recently said  that it would no longer directly fund 13 of its original coronavirus testing sites in five states, Illinois, New Jersey, Colorado, Pennsylvania and Texas ending June 30.

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Sooo… he wants to protect the legacy and monuments of confederate leaders who at last count lost the war to continue to enslave black people.

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Old Rumors

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President Bunker Lysol, was going to dump Vice President Pence for former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley TOOO appeal to women voters.

New Rumors

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The President is currently seeding his base with a conspiracy that questions the integrity of mail-in voting, claiming that unnamed foreign countries would print “millions” of ballots. The president provided no evidence for his claim about foreign countries.  Which would allow him to disavow the results of the election and refuse to leave office.

Probably Untrue Rumors

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The First Lady and the Son in the White House aren’t polling well and often MOA at Political Rally’s.  The President is currently looking for replicas. A woman who looks like Melania but sounds like an Iowan with a better personality and a son who smiles and knows what a shopping mall is.

 

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How Covid-19 Has Changed Gay Men’s Sex Lives


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Like other people, many men who have sex with men have done all they could to avoid the coronavirus. Now some are braving renewed contact while balancing risk.

By; David Tuller/California Healthline/ Mens Health

Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, a primary care physician in Los Angeles, has treated gay men for decades. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, he said, many patients have so dramatically changed their sexual behavior that they shrug off the need for routine screenings for sexually transmitted diseases.

“They say, ‘I haven’t had any contact since I saw you last, so there’s no need to do any STD tests,’” said Klausner, an adjunct professor of epidemiology and infectious diseases at UCLA.

But attitudes among these patients are shifting, Klausner has noticed, now that California and other states are loosening policies on social distancing. “People are starting to think about a return to engaging [in sex],” he said, “and are asking me, are there ways they can remain safe” from COVID

Concerns about sexual intimacy during an epidemic are universal and not limited to gay men, of course. Public health experts, including those long involved in HIV prevention, recognize that a proportion of all people are likely to ignore or reject categorical mandates about sexual behavior—whether they involve using condoms or limiting contact because of social distancing norms.

It didn’t work when we had to deal with HIV, and it won’t work in dealing with COVID,” said Pierre-Cédric Crouch, a clinical nurse researcher at the University of California-San Francisco, and an expert in HIV prevention.

The coronavirus is known to spread through oral and nasal secretions but not specifically through sexual intercourse. In New York City, the health department issued guidance.pdf”>sex and coronavirus guidelines that counsel against sex with those outside your household but advise those who choose otherwise to “have as few partners as possible.

The guidelines, which note that “kissing can easily pass the virus,” suggest that people “make it [sex] a little kinky” by being “creative with sexual positions and physical barriers, like walls, that allow sexual contact while preventing close face to face contact.” In the Netherlands, the government has advised single people considering sex to find a symptom-free sexual partner.

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Research supports the notion that gay men tend to have more sexual partners than do heterosexuals. A 2012 review of surveysamong adults ages 18 to 39 noted that men who have sex with men (a phrase often used in scientific studies that focus on sexual behavior rather than sexual identity) “reported significantly more lifetime partners than heterosexual men and women at all ages.” In the 35-39 age group, the median lifetime number of sexual partners reported by men who have sex with men was 67, compared with 10 for heterosexuals, according to the study.

Damon Jacobs, a therapist with many gay clients, lives alone in Brooklyn and remained celibate for the first month of the lockdown. At that point, he said, he reached out to a regular and trusted sexual partner.“He’d also been alone for four weeks except for going outside for groceries, and he also had zero symptoms,” said Jacobs, 49.”So we got together and started hanging out again,” Jacobs added. More recently, he has met up with several other partners after asking about their social distancing practices. He has also found many of his clients dealing with similar issues after months of being on their own.

“Human beings can cope with certain levels of pain and suffering for a specific amount of time if they perceive an ending,” said Jacobs. After more than two months, he added, people who have been physically isolated are “starved for touch.”

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survey of more than 1,000 men who have sex with men provided a snapshot of how the coronavirus had affected sexual behavior. While about half reported fewer sexual partners than before the pandemic, only 1% reported more, with 48% reporting no change. (The survey did not ask about the number of partners or whether sex was with a household member.)

Many gay men remain cautious. Lewis Nightingale, a retired graphic designer in San Francisco who lived in New York during the early years of the AIDS epidemic, said he had spent much more time using online apps such as Grindr and Scruff to flirt and sext with other men.He has received, and turned down, occasional invitations to meet up in person, he said. As an older man, he knows he is in a higher risk group for coronavirus complications. But refraining has been challenging, he said, since expressing himself sexually has played such a big part in his life. “For a lot of gay men, sex is pretty essential for a feeling of connection, for excitement, for validation,” said Nightingale, who has been in a relationship for 16 years.

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Eric, a 42-year-old male escort in Manhattan who asked that his last name not be used, began weighing when and how to return to work. A former occupational therapist whose husband is a physician, he shut down business in mid-March and finally started seeing clients again earlier this month. For now, he plans to limit scheduled appointments. He intends to see only those he knows well enough to believe they are truthful about routinely wearing masks and being symptom-free. And he is meeting people at his home rather than in a hotel room or their place. “I figure if I have people coming here, I’m only exposed to that person’s germs,” he said.

Eric also plans for now to avoid clients who have attended recent protests against police brutality. “I support the protests 1,000%, but I think they are probably pretty good breeding ground for the virus,” he said. “I don’t want to take that risk.

In advising his gay patients about sexual activity, Klausner, the Los Angeles physician, said he tries to put the risk in context. The majority of coronavirus cases, he noted, have emerged from workplace and residential settings, such as meatpacking plants and nursing homes, as well as big indoor gatherings, such as concerts and religious services. Although the virus can be transmitted one-to-one in more intimate contexts, he said, “individual risk is really driven by people’s potential exposure to these crowded settings.”

A common misperception—that actions can be clearly defined as risky or not risky—can hamper understanding of other people’s actions, said Julia Marcus, a Harvard epidemiologist and HIV prevention expert. As restrictions on social distancing relax, she said, almost everyone will be making choices and engaging in activities that involve some level of risk—yet will likely be judged by various standards.

“There are very few zero-risk situations,” she said. Unfortunately, she added, “the gay guys are going to be shamed for hooking up, while the straight people having dinner together are less likely to be shamed.”

(Kaiser Health News) is a nonprofit news service covering health issues. It is an editorially independent program of Kaiser Family Foundation) that is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

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