Shock videos: What’s happening to Australia?
Shock videos: What’s happening to Australia?
Shock videos: What’s happening to Australia?
The View’s COVID outbreak sucked most of the air out of the room – hosts Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro were asked to step offstage before the Veep’s appearance. But there was still much to enjoy at ABC Studios today, including this moment, when Kamala was asked about Del Rio:
“Human beings should not be treated that way. And as we all know, it also evoked images of some of the worst moments of our history. Where that kind of behavior has been used against the inidegnous people of our country, has been used against African Americans in times of slavery.”
Kamala starts to laugh at the mention of “indigenous people” and “slavery.”
Watch the exchange below.
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In overwhelmingly rejecting the recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom, California voters chose to remain a one-party state, where progressive Democrats write bad laws and bureaucrats enforce them.
Apparently, Californians would rather see themselves as knee-jerk anti-Trumpers than elect someone who promises to clean up the dysfunctional state.
Newsom hailed the vote with his usual self-aggrandizing style. “We said yes to science. We said yes to vaccines. We said yes to ending this pandemic. We said yes to people’s right to vote without fear of fraud or voter suppression,” quoth the governor.
Newsom also hailed his win as a victory for “diversity” and “inclusion.”
Newsom is a white, rich Democrat who works with a legislature that is supermajority Democrat. Yet he did not hesitate to frame himself as more diverse than his recall opponent, Larry Elder, an African American radio talk-show host who calls himself the “Sage of South Central.”
Newsom’s delusional. Everyone knows that Newsom couldn’t run on his own record, so he ran against former President Donald Trump.
The recall effort made it to the ballot because Californians were in a sour mood stoked by COVID-19 mandates that squeezed small businesses even as Newsom personally flouted them.
(During an infamous lunch at the tony French Laundry, an unmasked Newsom rubbed elbows at a crowded table salted with lobbyists and non-family members, unhampered by directives from his office that Californians limit non-household interactions — and if eating out, not “forget to keep your mask on in between bites.”)
But enough about the hypocrisy. There are bigger issues: What happens to California under unstoppable one-party rule? Does California get better or worse?
I vote: worse. I don’t see how you keep electing entitled progressives and expect the crime situation to improve, homelessness to disappear or the middle class to fare better.
As it is, crime is up. Homeless encampments are everywhere. Small-business owners are struggling. While Sacramento enjoys a whopping $75.7 billion budget surplus, the state’s unemployment rate — 7.6% — far exceeds the nation’s 5.2%.
California Republicans look at the bad news and see opportunity. But as the recall shows, Californians only will vote for a Republican who doesn’t talk like a die-hard Republican.
Elder? Gray Davis, the former California governor who was recalled in 2003, told The New York Times that Elder “was a gift from God. He conducted his entire campaign as if the electorate was conservative Republicans.”
Joe Rodota, a one-time Republican opposition researcher who left the party because of Trump, offered, “It’s very tricky in a blue state to run as a traditional Republican.”
For recalls to produce change, it takes an Arnold Schwarzenegger, for whom Rodota once worked.
In 2003, many critics wrote off Schwarzenegger as a celebrity candidate, but the moderate Republican was much more than that. “Part of the secret of Arnold,” Rodota told me, “was that he always really liked to be prepared.”
The actor knew the players, had campaigned for a successful ballot measure and gathered a team before a possible recall was in the air.
Elder, Rodota maintains, “was not prepared.”
In 2022, Californians will vote in a regular gubernatorial election. They had a chance to get behind former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, a more moderate Republican, but preferred the Trump-like candidate who never figured out how to reach out beyond the tiny (less than a quarter of the electorate) GOP base.
It’s not clear or even likely that Faulconer would have won the recall. But when you look back, you see Elder never really had a prayer. Republican voters have been warned.
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In a visit to Britain for a meeting of G-7 nations’ legislative leaders, Mrs. Pelosi was asked about former President Donald Trump and replied that she “[doesn’t] ever talk about him.”
She then proceeded to talk about him, though cautioning that “I reference him from time to time as ‘What’s His Name.’”
Mr. Trump is reportedly almost certain to run in 2024 and try to make history by becoming the first man since Grover Cleveland in the late 19th century to win non-consecutive terms.
That bid would make another kind of history, Mrs. Pelosi predicted.
A 500-year-old estate passed down for generations. Hidden passageways, dark tunnels, forgotten rooms. Ancient names written in chalk.
It all sounds a bit spooky because, well, it is — but that hasn’t kept millions of people from watching 23-year-old Freddy Goodall of Sussex, England, give tours of his old family home.
It started when Goodall was perusing old photos of the house and noticed an unfamiliar feature: a doorway in the library where there is now only a bookcase.
He decided to investigate and post his findings on TikTok in May 2020.
@freddygoodallWe found a hidden room😵 ##hiddenroom ##oldschool ##library ##spooky ##crazy ##fyp♬ original sound – Freddy
“I searched for it but couldn’t see anything at first, then realized it was hidden behind a bookshelf,” Goodall said of the doorway, according to the New York Post.
“Eventually, behind one of the books I found a hole that looked into the hidden room.”
And that wasn’t all.
The 16th-century house had many servants at one point and then became a school. Goodall believes the tunnels were originally used by servants so they could discreetly access different parts of the home.
The novelty of a new discovery in a very old house was not lost on Goodall, who reported finding old schoolbooks and unfamiliar names written in chalk on brick walls below the house.
@freddygoodallPart 2 – Exporing the hidden room👻 ##hiddenroom ##oldschool ##library ##spooky ##crazy ##history ##fyp♬ original sound – Freddy
“I was excited to find something new in a house I have lived in for so long!” he said. “It was pitch black — so very creepy at first.”
“I left the rooms as they were. I like that they have been the same for hundreds of years. There is so much history to be found in each room.”
@freddygoodallOpening the safe in the hidden room😵##hiddenroom ##oldschool ##library ##spooky ##crazy ##fyp♬ original sound – Freddy
But he did bust into an old safe he found, revealing old books about the house and its history.
Goodall certainly seems excited about the whole thing, and so do his millions of curious viewers. There’s something irresistible about mysteries hidden in plain sight for so long.
Here’s What You Need to Remember: The Air Force will still serve as the parent service to the Space Force – much the way the U.S. Navy is the parent service to the Marine Corps.
“To boldly go where no one has gone before” may have been the motto of TV’s Star Trek, but for now at least that isn’t the mission statement for the U.S. Space Force, the first “new” branch of the U.S. military since the creation of the United States Air Force in 1947.
President Donald Trump has touted the Space Force as “the largest ever investment in the United States Military,” after the White House signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act, but what its role to be is still not entirely clear.
A new study by the RAND Corporation, titled “A Separate Space: Creating a Military Service for Space,” which was released on March 16, suggested that as currently planned the new service could actually be too small to adequately support its mission.
The research study noted that at the time of the Air Force’s start-up its size was at 300,000 personnel, compared to the Space Force’s planned 16,000. RAND suggested that the Space Force could face challenges in achieving effectiveness, efficiency, independence and even identity.
“If the Space Force is limited to being a force enabler rather than directly engaging in combat, then it will have difficulty demonstrating its effectiveness, justifying its existence as an independent service, and developing a distinctive identity,” was among the key points RAND noted. It called for the Space Force to work closely with the Air Force – along with other services – to develop “space tracks,” which could prepare for Air Force officers to serve in the Space Force.
However, it should be remembered that the Air Force may have had a head start of sorts when it was established by the National Security Act, which was passed into law on September 18, 1947. The Air Force was first conceived during the First World War and actually grew out of the Army Signal Corps at the end of the Second World War.
During World War II, the United States Navy was charged with air operations at sea while the U.S. Army Air Corps handled air operations on land, including the bombing campaigns against Germany and Japan. With the formation of the Air Force, it was organized along the same missions it flew during the war.
Its missions were assembled into four components including Strategic Air Command, Tactical Air Command, Air Defense Command and the Military Air Transport Service. Each of these has evolved over the years, while the Air Force took on other components that included intercontinental ballistic missiles, which were introduced in 1958; and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance satellites beginning in 1959.
Throughout much of its history, the Air Force has also played a crucial role in space, and this included the Air Force Space Command (AFSPC), which was one of its major commands from September 1982 until December 2019. The Air Force will still serve as the parent service to the Space Force – much the way the U.S. Navy is the parent service to the Marine Corps.
While perhaps the Space Force mission still needs to come into focus, this is still the early days for the newest branch of the service, and it should be seen as the beginning with a lot more yet to come.
Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer who has contributed to more than four dozen magazines, newspapers and website. He is the author of several books on military headgear including A Gallery of Military Headdress, which is available on Amazon.com. This article is being republished due to reader interest.
Only a year ago, the US was experiencing its largest economic expansion in history. After the COVID nightmare, the economy was back on track and expanded 33.1% in the 3rd Quarter for the greatest GDP on record.
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Oh, how times have changed under the Biden regime. The Atlanta FED has adjusted downward its expectations for the economy in the 3rd Quarter by 40%. Where the GDP estimate for the 3rd Quarter 2021 was above 6%, it is now slightly above 3%.
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A surprising number of women are responding to lockdowns in an unanticipated way: trading their jobs for more time at home. In September 2020 alone, more than 800,000 women left the workforce. Their numbers swell to 2 million now.
There is little indication most of these women are leaving or downsizing their work under duress, or at the expense of keeping food on the table. Rather, many of these women are responding to something they feel in their bones: the need for stability in the face of crisis, especially for their children. Women are responding to the pandemic by reordering their lives to a saner pace, one more centered on home.
This trend is widely bemoaned as a loss of talent in the public square, and a setback in gender equality. A woman should be at her place on the job just like a man, shoulder to the wheel, a good worker bee, or she’s let everyone down. For several generations, we have seen job and career depicted as central to a woman’s significance.
But reality is far more complex. A woman doesn’t naturally leave her home in the morning and zero in on the demands of a job. She carries it all inside her, a swirling mix of children’s needs and stuff-that-must-get-done.
Recent findings from an Institute for Family Studies study underscore that what’s happening at home never quite leaves a woman’s psyche: even for women who kept working post-pandemic, more than half (53 percent) of those surveyed would prefer to work from home most or at least half of the time. The aftermath of 2020 has only added urgency to this pull toward home.
Forgive me if, as a therapist, I let out a little cheer. Perhaps a legion of women will be able to catch their collective breaths. Nearly 10 million working mothers in the U.S. suffer from burnout.
How many children will also benefit from having a parent more accessible, more present? The aftereffects of 2020 may well be the existential moment we admit we’ve let an out-of-control culture place insane expectations on our lives as women.
The tribe of women one might call “overwhelmed mothers with demanding jobs” has grown significantly over the past ten years. Therapists will attest to that. September is euphemistically known in medical circles as mothers-with-chest-pain month, as the school year launches once again.
It’s not a tragedy that so many women have decided to take a pause from their jobs, or even to bring their jobs home. The better question to ask is, how did we get to this place?
Here is a common conversation heard in the intimacy of a therapist’s office, one that’s grown in frequency. The patient is anxious and depressed, often in her mid-to-late 30s. She’s juggled home and work and children for quite some time.
Maybe there’s a toddler who refuses to sleep. Or a teenager who struggles mightily. Day after day, the demands pile up. Her work is never done. She craves more relaxed time with her kids, but how can that happen?
And she is convinced the malaise is her fault, a sign of her failure. Please help me juggle the demands more efficiently, or find the right anti-depressant. Then all can proceed as planned.
With no way to get off this treadmill, who would not be depressed? A therapist sifts through her words to gently explain, “Your body is trying to tell you something.”
Depression or lack of motivation come because, physically, a woman can’t replenish the dopamine (drive) and serotonin (feeling good) that her body used to produce more easily. If she burns the candle at both ends with 12-hour days and lost sleep, it will show up as anxiety. Those are the physical realities of life in the estrogen-rich, female body.
Harvard University trauma researcher Bessel van der Kolk coined the phrase, “Your body keeps the score.” He means that even if we are objectively unaware, our body knows when we are stressed and over-extended. It will stop us in our tracks. Is it any wonder, then, that when the stress of a pandemic is added to women’s already too-full lives, many are grabbing the chance to step off the merry-go-round?
In conversations with burned-out mothers, I often find myself trying to explain that, historically, women have not lived like this, going full throttle in two directions at once. My grandmother had 13 children and owned the general store that served a whole mining community in the mountains of Virginia, but she always had live-in help. Hers was a slower time.
Through the ages, a woman’s life has been more like an accordion that expanded or contracted based largely on what she could physically handle with the needs of her children. This is the important part: women claimed the permission to step back as they needed to, without shame.
So it’s not like worn-out, working mothers of this generation have failed. There are limitations to what can be pulled off in life. Or, as New York psychoanalyst Erica Komisar explains in her book on mothering, “Being There,” “The truth is, we can do everything in life, but not at the same time.” This pandemic could help women embrace that reality once again.
Our modern myth sees the body as a thing to master, something to overcome by willpower. We persist in the fantasy that men and women are interchangeable and what one sex can do, the other can do just as well.
But heaping doses of testosterone enable a man push through 60-hour weeks, focused on the next goal, content to do that year after year. A woman with estrogen coursing through her veins is going to have her stomach in knots over the toddler she dropped off at day care not feeling well. It will matter to her. She is literally wired to care.
When a woman gives birth, she experiences a physical attachment to her baby beyond any attachment she has ever known. First-year bonding is a holy thing, a season neither baby nor mother can ever get back. This is the attachment on which all other loves are built, providing our deepest sense of trust. It’s something of a triumph to suppress this instinctive, primordial rush of attachment and head back to work.
Yet I have watched a growing number of young mothers who seem either lost in the spell of career, or largely oblivious to what they are giving up as they leave their babies to trudge off to a job that will matter far less to them than this relationship. Neither women, nor small children, are happy in this arrangement.
Oddly, none of the spate of articles bemoaning women leaving the workplace mention how this departure might benefit children. These smaller creatures hidden behind masks, learning to read or do algebra from a computer screen, must somehow magically weather the pandemic on their own. Their needs get pushed to the back of the line.
But many children and teenagers have not fared well in this pandemic, as the increased rates of suicide and depression reveal. Now, more than ever, kids need a sense of belonging to a family and someone who has time for them.
A working mother who has chosen to come home has a more relaxed parenting style. She has the bandwidth to tune into what’s actually happening with a child. Surely this is a big win for thousands of children.
In “Primal Scream,” Mary Eberstadt says the clamor for identity seen on America’s streets as violent protest is an “authentic scream.” This generation is asking “for answers to questions about where they belong in the world.”
Families are the primary people who provide a sense of belonging. We get our sense of self first from the faces of those who gave us life, who know us in all our peculiarities.
This pandemic has increased the numbers of mothers with more time to create these deep psychological threads of safety, trust, and support for their children. It has jarred us into reassessing what matters to us most. Perhaps in this hard time, these are a few good reasons to be grateful.
Paula Rinehart, LCSW, is a therapist in Raleigh, N.C.The author of four books, including “Sex and the Soul of a Woman” (Zonde rvan), Paula is also the grandmother to four adopted children. Currently, she works with the North Carolina Values Coalition to pass foster care reform in North Carolina.