Out with the Old, in with the New

I used to frequent this shopping center a lot when I was a 14 year old lad. There is a ministry located here, right next to the now torn down flee market. The Dean of this school is about to loose his property though he acts as if all is under control.

The Government has broken up the Non-profit ability. And there has not been a word of how to work around these ploys. Only an subservient deviation of thought. Not digging deeper and asking for a poll tax of every believer. Nope, just a quite rollover of; What ever the red white and blue  says is ok with me as long as…what?!

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Minority vs. Majority

Nearly 40% of Donald Trump supporters say minorities have ‘too much’ influence in the US

 

According to the survey, 38% of Trump supporters say minorities have “too much influence” in U.S. society. Another 38% say minorities’ influence in American society is “about right.”

As for Americans on the whole, a comparatively lower 23% said minorities have “too much” influence.

Despite clear evidence of gender disparity in the U.S., the vast majority of Trump supporters have no problem with the amount of power men hold in America. 68% of Trump backers said male influence in U.S. society is “about right,” the survey found.

That’s higher than the 50% of Americans, overall, who say men have the “right amount” of influence.

Hillary Clinton’s supporters, on the other hand, have a starkly different view of racial and gender influence in America.

Roughly two-thirds, or 67%, of Clinton supporters say minorities have “too little” influence in American society.

58% of Clinton supporters say women have “too little” influence in American society.

Both sides of the coin are filled with lies and convolution. Just because someone steps on to American soil, neither qualifies them to be American nor to respect her values and if the American people are still arguing about which values they want to uphold and which they would rather do away with all together is the only time there is, “gender disparity.”

Why is it 2016 and we are still allowing the words of a political machine to broadcast who and what we are?

Reading news like this makes writers like

Invisible Man is a novel by Ralph Ellison about an African American man whose color renders him invisible, published by Random House in 1952.

A prophet, and all he was, was  a man that saw how things where going in 1952 and felt if they did not change then forever we’d have to argue about things we already know.

The point being you can allow the GOP and the Democrats to make you all look like monkey’s if you want to, that goes for white,  Spanish, and black and native American’s that claim to love their country. You can fade in the memories if you wish to, continue to lose out on things because of your refusal to do more. Or you can ignore the jargon and dig down real deep and pull your own reciprocity out of the gutter that you have called home. I have only said this because no one else is going to give it to you, really, you all need to get out of the habit of believing that some politician or movement will save you. For all they wish to do is enslave you.

I remember when HR first denied me a job, that when I was 16 I qualified for. They said I was, Over Qualified for an Entry level position. I was upset because I had yet to graduate college and felt any job was entry level if it was not in the private sector but I had not worked every job known to man, so how am I over qualified? I needed a job to pay rent, to pay bills and was denied because I had a little bit of a college education and would not do the industry I picked to work in, any favors.

Later I looked for employment elsewhere and was given the same treatment by HR after the resume went through. Whatever the field of work, due to the fact that I had a little but of college under my belt I was an over qualified, under educated individual who needed to go elsewhere. Later the criminal background check became a problem but once an employer got to know me, well we would have a lot of discussion around this issue.  (Any-who that is for later discussion) The main issue is the HR system which in my time was not employing anyone for, those what are now (15.00 hr/salary jobs) who could run and manage such endeavors on there own. at that time it is 7.00 an hr.( minimum wage). I was denied minimum wage because of my three years in college.  I have continued to be denied minimum wage and guess, how I made it work.

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Though they have called it fiction, Leprosy was in the bible.

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In 2014 it was publicly broadcasts that the Bible was a work of fiction and that Roswell was real. Well, if any of you can stand by these claims tell that little boy in California that because the things that were written are not truly spoken this disease that you have can not be cured and they will have to isolate you in a quarantined island much like the one written about in the bible but certainly not the same place because that never happened and none were ever healed and so you will not be healed. Tell that little boy in California such lies because you have already professed your none belief in Thus says the Lord.  

Southern California child tests positive for leprosy

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California elementary school student has been found to have leprosy, public health officials said Thursday, though they emphasize that the student’s school and community remain safe.

Two children from Indian Hills Elementary School in Jurupa Valley had initially been diagnosed by a local doctor with the condition known medically as Hansen’s disease, Riverside County health officials said. But this week they received results from the National Hansen’s Disease Laboratory Research Program in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and they showed that only one of the children had tested positive.

Public health officials emphasize that it is incredibly difficult to contract leprosy and that there is no danger to the child’s classmates. The classrooms had been sanitized since the initial diagnoses.

“It is incredibly difficult to contract leprosy,” said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County’s public health officer. “The school was safe before this case arose and it still is.”

They give some nonsense about it not being passed sexually, as if someone would want to have relations with a person who is in pain and sick. We do not give advice on how to help these individuals if we happen to see them; knowing that they were cured. there is a cure and Jesus walked among the sick and they were healed. That he left us a comforter and never were we to fear the sick and treat them as if they were do be sprayed with disinfectant and given a band aid for there pain.

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The U.S. sees only about 150 leprosy cases occur each year, and over 95 percent of the population is naturally immune to it.

Despite its reputation as an incredibly infectious plague that makes sufferers shed body parts, the disease can only be passed through prolonged contact, and is fairly easily treated with antibiotics.

It is not spread through short-term contact like handshakes or even sexual intercourse.

Those most at risk are family members who are in constant contact with an untreated person, and by travelers to places such as India, Brazil and Angola where it’s more common.

Health and school officials will say nothing about how the child contracted the disease, or about the identity of either child who was tested.

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“The only way to protect the two students is for nobody to know who they are,” district Superintendent Elliott Duchon told the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

The school district sent an email to parents informing them of the diagnosis, and Duchon was at the school on Thursday afternoon to answer questions from concerned parents.

Leprosy remains a problem in tropical hot spots of the world with some 250,000 new infections reported each year. Similar to tuberculosis, it can stay dormant for years before attacking the skin and nerves.

The disease has long been misunderstood, with false stories of fingers and toes falling off adding to the stigma. Fear led some countries to quarantine people.

Antibiotics typically kill the bacteria within days and make it non-contagious. It usually takes a year or two to fully clear the germ from the body.

If left untreated, it can cause severe nerve damage, deformity and disability.

LEPROSY (Hansen Disease) REPORTING INFORMATION • Class B: Report by the end of the next business day after the case or suspected case presents and/or a positive laboratory result to the local public health department where the patient resides. If patient residence is unknown, report to the local public health department in which the reporting health care provider or laboratory is located. • Reporting Form(s) and/or Mechanism: The Ohio Disease Reporting System (ODRS) should be used to report lab findings to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). For healthcare providers without access to ODRS, you may use the Ohio Confidential Reportable Disease Form (HEA 3334, rev. 1/09 http://www.odh.ohio.gov/pdf/forms/hea3334.pdf) • National Hansen Disease Program’s Hansen Disease Surveillance Form (rev. 06/14) is available for use to assist in local health department disease investigation and contact tracing activities. This form should be sent to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), and information collected from the form should be entered into ODRS where fields are available. • Key fields for ODRS reporting include: the specimen type and test name under the Laboratory Information module, and Imported and country/state of exposure under the Clinical Information module. AGENT Mycobacterium leprae (Hansen’s bacillus). M. leprae grows and multiplies in humans, footpads of mice, armadillos and immunosuppressed rodents. It is the slowest growing bacterial pathogen and is not cultivated in vitro. CASE DEFINITION Clinical Description A chronic bacterial disease characterized by the involvement primarily of skin as well as peripheral nerves and the mucosa of the upper airway. Clinical forms of Hansen disease represent a spectrum reflecting the cellular immune response to M. leprae. The following characteristics are typical of the major forms of the disease, though these classifications are assigned after a case has been laboratory confirmed: • Lepromatous: A number of erythematous papules and nodules or an infiltration of the face, hands and feet with lesions in a bilateral and symmetrical distribution that progresses to thickening of the skin, possibly with reduced sensation. • Tuberculoid: One or a few well-demarcated, hypopigmented and hypoesthetic or anesthetic skin lesions, frequently with active, spreading edges and a clearing center; peripheral nerve swelling or thickening may also occur. • Borderline (dimorphous): Skin lesions characteristic of both the tuberculoid and lepromatous forms. • Indeterminate: Early lesions, usually hypopigmented macules, without developed tuberculoid or lepromatous features but with a definite identification of acid-fast bacilli in Fite stained sections. Laboratory Criteria for Diagnosis Demonstration of acid-fast bacilli in skin or in dermal nerve, obtained from the fullthickness skin biopsy of a lepromatous lesion, without growth of mycobacteria on conventional media (if done). OR ODH-IDCM LEPROSY Page 2/Section 3 Revised 1/2015 Reviewed 2/2016 Identification of noncaseating granulomas with peripheral nerve involvement, without growth of mycobacteria on conventional media (if done). Case Classification Suspect*: A clinically compatible case that is not laboratory confirmed. Confirmed: A clinically compatible case that is laboratory confirmed. Not a Case: This status will not generally be used when reporting a case, but may be used to reclassify a report if investigation revealed it was not a case. *This case classification can be used for initial reporting purposes to ODH as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has not developed a classification. SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS The bacteria that cause Hansen’s disease grow very slowly. It may take 2-10 years before signs and symptoms appear. Symptoms mainly affect the skin, nerves, and mucous membranes (the soft, moist areas just inside the body’s openings). The disease can cause: • Skin lesions that may be faded/discolored • Growths on the skin • Thick, stiff or dry skin • Severe pain • Numbness on affected areas of the skin • Muscle weakness or paralysis (especially in the hands and feet) • Eye problems that may lead to blindness • Enlarged nerves (especially those around the elbow and knee) • A stuffy nose • Nosebleeds • Ulcers on the soles of feet Since Hansen’s disease affects the nerves, loss of feeling or sensation can occur. When loss of sensation occurs, injuries (such as burns or fractures) may go unnoticed. You should always try to avoid injuries. But, if you experience loss of sensation due to Hansen’s disease (or another cause), you may not feel pain that can warn you of harm to your body. So, take extra caution to ensure your body is not injured. DIAGNOSIS There are no established laboratory tests for leprosy. Diagnosis is based on clinical findings, histopathologic findings (i.e. acid-fast bacilli on a biopsy specimen) or both. A skin biopsy is needed to make a definitive diagnosis. For information regarding this disease, contact the National Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy) Clinical Center at 800-642-2477. EPIDEMIOLOGY Source Humans are the only reservoir of proven significance. Recent research suggests that armadillos may be a source of leprosy in the southern United States. Occurrence Over the past 20 years, more than 14 million leprosy patients have been cured. Elimination of leprosy globally was achieved in the year 2000 (prevalence rate of leprosy ODH-IDCM LEPROSY Page 3/Section 3 Revised 1/2015 Reviewed 2/2016 less than 1 case per 10,000 persons at global level). Pockets of high endemicity still remain in some areas of many countries but a few are mentioned as reference: Angola, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Democatic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Philippines, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan and the United Republic of Tanzania. Indigenously acquired leprosy is concentrated primarily in Louisiana and Texas. Leprosy is rarely reported in Ohio and is almost always seen among immigrant or refugee populations. Mode of Transmission Leprosy is not highly communicable. The mode of transmission remains uncertain, however, most investigators think that M. leprae is usually spread from person to person in respiratory droplets. Only approximately 5% of spouses living with a patient with leprosy develop the disease. Because M. leprae remains viable in dried secretions for up to seven days, fomites may play a role. Long-term, personal, skin-to-skin contact is considered the most common mode of transmission. Bacilli enter the body by way of the mucous membranes of the nose or mouth or through abrasions in the skin. Close contact of patients with untreated, active, predominately multibacillary disease, and persons living in countries with highly endemic disease are at risk of contracting Hansen’s disease. Period of Communicability Infectiousness is considered possible as long as morphologically normal bacilli are demonstrated. Infectiousness is lost in most instances within a day of beginning treatment with a multi-drug therapy (MDT). Incubation Period The estimated period is 9 months to 20 years (approximately 4 years average). PUBLIC HEALTH MANAGEMENT Case Investigation The ODH Outbreak Response and Bioterrorism Investigation Team (ORBIT) may be contacted at 614-995-5599 for assistance in follow-up. Treatment Hansen’s disease is easily treatable. It’s treated for 6 months to 2 years with a combination of antibiotics. For people treated for Hansen’s disease, it’s important to: • tell your doctor about any potential nerve damage take extra care to prevent injuries that may occur (especially if you experience numbness or a loss of feeling in certain parts of the body). • take the antibiotics until your doctor says treatment is complete (otherwise you may get sick again) In the U.S., people with the disease may be treated at special clinics run by the National Hansen’s Disease Program. The Program receives Federal funds to run 11 clinics in 7 states and Puerto Rico. The clinics provide medical care for the diagnosis and treatment of Hansen’s disease-related conditions. Consultation and free medication may be obtained by contacting the National Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy) Clinical Center at 800- 642-2477. Following are the general National Hansen’s Disease Program (NHDP) recommendations. NHDP recommendations are for daily rifampin, and for longer duration of treatment than ODH-IDCM LEPROSY Page 4/Section 3 Revised 1/2015 Reviewed 2/2016 the WHO recommendations, largely due to WHO’s cost considerations for developing countries. Treatment that is more intensive and of longer duration is medically preferable. Treatment guidelines for immunologically competent individuals, (e.g. those without immunodeficiency, immunosuppression, prolonged corticosteroid use, etc.) are as follows, Adults Tuberculoid (TT & BT) (WHO classification Paucibacillary, “PB”) Agent Dose Duration Dapsone 100 mg daily 12 months, and then therapy discontinued Rifampicin 600 mg daily Adults Lepromatous (LL, BL, BB) (WHO classification Multibacillary, “MB”) Agent Dose Duration a Dapsone 100 mg daily 24 months, and then therapy discontinued Rifampicin 600 mg daily Clofazimine b 50 mg daily a. The recommended durations of treatment are sufficient, even though large numbers of dead bacilli may remain in the tissues for several years, before they are eliminated by physiological processes. There is no evidence that additional, prolonged treatment hastens the elimination of these dead organisms. b. Clofazimine, used for decades to treat HD around the world, is no longer available on the open market. Because it is no longer distributed commercially, the only way we can obtain the drug in the U.S. is to once again treat it as an investigational new drug (IND). The NHDP holds this IND for its use in treating HD in the U.S. Alternative anti-microbial agents Minocycline, 100 mg daily, can be used as a substitute for Dapsone in individuals who do not tolerate this drug. It can also be used instead of Clofazimine, although evidence of the efficacy of its anti-inflammatory activity against Type 2 reactions is not as substantial as the evidence for Clofazimine. Clarithromycin, 500 mg daily is also effective against M. leprae, and can be used as a substitute for any of the other drugs in a multiple drug regimen. Ofloxacin, 400 mg daily, may also be used in place of Clofazimine, for adults. This is not recommended for children. In the United States, the occurrence of leprosy in children is rare. Consultation with the NHDP is strongly recommended for management of leprosy in children. The following are general guidelines, Treatment for children Tuberculoid (TT & BT) (WHO Paucibacillary, “PB”) ODH-IDCM LEPROSY Page 5/Section 3 Revised 1/2015 Reviewed 2/2016 Agent Dose Duration Dapsone 1 mg/ Kg daily 12 months, and then therapy discontinued Rifampicin 10-20 mg/ Kg daily (not > 600) Treatment for children Lepromatous (LL, BL, BB) (WHO Multibacillary, “MB”) Agent Dose Duration Dapsone 1 mg/ Kg daily 24 months, and then therapy Rifampicin 10-20 mg/ Kg daily discontinued (not > 600) Clofazimine 1.0 mg/ Kg dailyc c. As there is no formulation less than 50 mg, and the capsule should never be cut open, alternate day dosing may be used at 2 mg/kg. As soon as patients start treatment, they are no longer able to spread the disease. Isolation Contact isolation for lepromatous leprosy. No isolation required for tuberculoid leprosy. No restrictions in employment or attendance at school are indicated for patients receiving adequate treatment and regarded as noninfectious. Compulsory segregation of patients with leprosy is no longer required in the United States. Contacts Household contacts of people with Hansen’s disease should have a thorough physical examination annually for five years after the last contact with an infectious case. If they develop a questionable skin rash, they should notify their healthcare providers and have the skin rash biopsied to determine whether or not Hansen’s disease is present. Prevention and Control The best way to prevent the spread of leprosy is the early diagnosis and treatment of people who are infected. For household contacts, immediate and annual examinations are recommended for at least five years after last contact with a person who is infectious. For additional information, see: http://www.hrsa.gov/hansensdisease/.

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We all know WHO killed Africa.

MURDERED AFRICA, Dr. William Campbell Douglass said that the AIDS virus was bioengineered in a laboratory to kill and then used in experiments in Africa. AIDS in Africa was the result of the smallpox eradication vaccine program conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) during the 1970s.

That is the same with the new ties to Leprosy in California.

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We are seekers of perfection

Is achieving perfection possible?

This is a typical question that would typically be answered with “nothings perfect”, but the reason for that is never made clear. Why it’s not made clear is because everyone has a different idea of perfection. But some peoples perception of the perfect life is living happily, or being content with what you currently have. Although for some this might be ideal, whether your life is “perfect” or not is dependant on feelings that are likely to change over time. Therefore living the perfect life consistently is never guaranteed, and it comes in phases for these people. …

 

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Liberty City

Where does Red Lobster’s lobster actually come from?

Langostino: That is what they are serving you, while you think America is on the top of the food chain, you can get the same garden variety meals in the countries you choose to ignore.

What I find amazing is how hard people are trying to live like the stars. What I find amazing is how no one can afford there lives and live off the names and titles of there parents and think they have something. What I find amazing is how people can watch television and dream of doing something with there boring lives and never once do a thing but dream. Now the difference between a lot of people and myself is the fact that they have a 9-5. Those individuals I excuse. They have kids to feed. I have my goats and so I wake up early. I have a good life now. I had a great life back then and I do a lot of reflecting on the good times. That is where most of my great art comes from, are the stories I have led. What I don’t like is when someone comes and tells me it did not happen the way I said it happened. That things are not really as bad as I make them out to be. That maybe if I change my thinking things might be better. That maybe if I was a little more mature, I would not have gone through what I did. That the bitterness in my voice is a bit out of place. That no one listens to an angry man.

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Does not the truth set us free.

What I don’t like is how everyone is accepting Government disability and I am deemed a child in the mind because I won’t. What I don’t like is that the roads less traveled by are the most crystal clear and everyone is still going down the gravy train like, that is ok. What I don’t like is that I have this voice and no means in which to let it soar because of a past so marred and murky it is hard for anyone to get through the door. What I don’t like is this box of memories and a tornado barreling down the road and all anyone can say is, “There will be better days.” As time continues to creep and my children continue to not need me I am made to become the image of a man I never wanted to know or cared to be compared to and I don’t even look like. As a man, I love my identity and despise what stereotypical conversation has made me out to be. What I don’t like is what the federal stats say and philosophizers decree has become law and not a single person can bare the weight. What I don’t like is the similes in the action that went into making me, no fault of his own, haunts my son, no fault of his own, and has determined that when he turns seventeen he may never ask who his real father is because this generation does not care one iota about heritage, lineage, or legacy. I walk around and everyone acts as if in our lifetime we have not seen things as they are and learned how to deal with them. I’ve said this before and just don’t like repeating myself.

Asking those around me what constitutes an adult v.s. a child and it is deemed that a man takes care of his responsibilities, so then how can any of us feel we are adults in our mindsets and not emotional children when we can barely handle the tasks of daily life. When we don’t ask the questions that matter, and when we do ask, no one has an answer or they just never thought about it and call you a child for asking.

What I do like is that, I don’t have to be silent anymore. What I do like is that when this door was opened and all you began to listen there was enough of you out there with the very same tale, with the very same urge for change, with the very same means, and who strive daily not to let the sun shine and set on wasted opportunity. That there are some of you that do not get caught up in the hysteria that has flooded our media labels.

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I have come to laugh at the women of the Feminist Community. They broadcast that women can live without the fathers of there children. Take care of a home single handily and then every single one of them leave the men they claimed to love as they had children seeking there dreams and every single one of them remarry because they can not handle the job of raising a family alone and have gotten tired of helping to refurnish the same home they grew up in since they were thirteen years old. It boggles the mind. I would not have anything to say about it, if I had not a first hand account for you. I would not say anything about it, if I had not seen how such mindsets turns families into non-communicative ground zero’s. It was because of this mindset the men that were given the task of raising me could not look at me without reservations. Teaching me to be reserved in my thinking and circumspect of everything and not trusting. Which mind you, in our day and age of vile and the ungodly, it serves well to not be trusting. Sometimes I don’t even trust myself and this just comes from making too many mistakes and mistakes come from lack of education and this proceeded from a father who could not teach me anything because he could not call me son. What a joke.  The real laugh is the fact that they have talk show hosts, writers, movies, the whole nine, that show in a million ways what happens when you play around with unconditional love and begin to discard and claim you have found liberation. The real laugh is that there is nothing new I can add to this conversation because before I was born these things were set into motion and many of our families were born from them. This does not mean it has to continue this way. Sometimes I like to think that if I was just a little more forceful and demanding I could have been in my sons life, but as it is I had to let go of everything because of one mistake and still I am denied everything. I am on the outskirts of the Liberty City reaching for the last line of my own heritage and allowing the words of those that don’t like  me, and they don’t like me because I don’t have a career, to dictate the soul of my seed. It is really not supposed to mean anything to me. I wrestled with this a long time ago.

Crazy, how maturity ties in with doing nothing. I have been wanting to bridge these gaps in my life for years, but maturity demands that I move on from it all. That I can not control people and should not seek to interact with those that do not have my best interest at heart. Even if they are family. For me, blood ties and personal relationships constitutes family. If I have called you friend, then you are apart of my family. If I have called you to dinner and have fed you and taken the time to listen to your ails and tried to make things better, than you are family. Even if you sell me up river to Crime Stoppers for 5,000 because you are hard up for money and think it will be good for a tax break.

Maturity insists that I bite the bullet and as a man care for my end of the bargain.

15 Qualities of Mentally Tough People2

(Ps. You can develop the same habits to improve your own mental toughness.)
September 12, 2016

Mental toughness is a choice and a discipline, not an innate quality bestowed upon the lucky.3In this article, originally published on LinkedIn Pulse, Dr. Travis Bradberry shows you how to get tough.

We all reach critical points in our lives where our mental toughness is tested. It might be a toxic friend or colleague, a dead-end job, or a struggling relationship.

Related: 4 Characteristics of People Who Are Mentally Tough

Whatever the challenge, you have to be strong, see things through a new lens and take decisive action if you want to move through it successfully.

It sounds easy. We all want good friends, good jobs and good relationships.

But it isn’t.

It’s hard to be mentally tough, especially when you feel stuck. The ability to break the mold and take a bold new direction requires that extra grit, daring and spunk that only the mentally toughest people have.

It’s fascinating how mentally tough people set themselves apart from the crowd. Where others see impenetrable barriers, they see challenges to overcome.

When Thomas Edison’s factory burned to the ground in 1914, destroying one-of-a-kind prototypes and causing $23 million in damage, Edison’s response was simple:

Thank goodness all our mistakes were burned up. Now we can start fresh again.

Edison’s reaction is the epitome of mental toughness—seeing opportunity and taking action when things look bleak.

There are habits you can develop to improve your mental toughness. In fact, the hallmarks of mentally tough people are actually strategies that you can begin using today.

1. They’re emotionally intelligent.

Emotional intelligence is the cornerstone of mental toughness. You cannot be mentally tough without the ability to fully understand and tolerate strong negative emotions and do something productive with them. Moments that test your mental toughness are ultimately testing your emotional intelligence (EQ).

Unlike your IQ, which is fixed, your EQ is a flexible skill that you can improve with understanding and effort. It’s no wonder that 90 percent of top performers have high EQs and people with high EQs earn $28,000 more annually (on average) than their low-EQ counterparts.

Unfortunately, EQ skills are in short supply. TalentSmart has tested more than a million people, and we’ve found that just 36 percent of these are able to accurately identify their emotions as they happen.

2. They’re confident.

“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t—you’re right.” – Henry Ford6

Mentally tough people subscribe to Ford’s notion that your mentality has a powerful effect on your ability to succeed. This notion isn’t just a motivational tool—it’s a fact. A recent study at the University of Melbourne showed that confident people went on to earn higher wages and get promoted more quickly than others did.

True confidence—as opposed to the false confidence people project to mask their insecurities—has a look all its own. Mentally tough people have an upper hand over the doubtful and the skittish because their confidence inspires others and helps them to make things happen.

3. They neutralize toxic people.

Dealing with difficult people is frustrating and exhausting for most. Mentally tough people control their interactions with toxic people by keeping their feelings in check. When they need to confront a toxic person, they approach the situation rationally. They identify their emotions and don’t allow anger or frustration to fuel the chaos. They also consider the difficult person’s standpoint and are able to find common ground and solutions to problems. Even when things completely derail, mentally tough people are able to take the toxic person with a grain of salt to avoid letting him or her bring them down.

4. They embrace change.

Mentally tough people are flexible and are constantly adapting. They know that fear of change is paralyzing and a major threat to their success and happiness. They look for change that is lurking just around the corner, and they form a plan of action should these changes occur.

Only when you embrace change can you find the good in it. You need to have an open mind and open arms if you’re going to recognize, and capitalize on, the opportunities that change creates.

You’re bound to fail when you keep doing the same things you always have in the hope that ignoring change will make it go away. After all, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

5. They say no.

Research conducted at the University of California in San Francisco showed that the more difficulty you have saying no, the more likely you are to experience stress, burnout and even depression. Mentally tough people know that saying no is healthy, and they have the self-esteem and foresight to make their no’s clear.

When it’s time to say no, mentally tough people avoid phrases such as “I don’t think I can” or “I’m not certain.” They say no with confidence because they know that saying no to a new commitment honors their existing commitments and gives them the opportunity to successfully fulfill them.

The mentally tough also know how to exert self-control by saying no to themselves. They delay gratification and avoid impulsive action that causes harm.

6. They know that fear is the No. 1 source of regret.

Mentally tough people know that, when all is said and done, they will lament the chances they didn’t take far more than they will their failures. Don’t be afraid to take risks.

I often hear people say, “What’s the worst thing that can happen to you? Will it kill you?” Yet death isn’t the worst thing that can happen to you. The worst thing that can happen to you is allowing yourself to die inside while you’re still alive.13

It takes refined self-awareness to walk this tightrope between dwelling and remembering. Dwelling too long on your mistakes makes you anxious and gun shy, while forgetting about them completely makes you bound to repeat them. The key to balance lies in your ability to transform failures into nuggets of improvement. This creates the tendency to get right back up every time you fall down.

7. They embrace failure…

Mentally tough people embrace failure because they know that the road to success is paved with it. No one ever experienced true success without first embracing failure.

By revealing when you’re on the wrong path, your mistakes pave the way for you to succeed. The biggest breakthroughs typically come when you’re feeling the most frustrated and the most stuck. It’s this frustration that forces you to think differently, to look outside the box and to see the solution that you’ve been missing.

8. …yet they don’t dwell on mistakes.

Mentally tough people know that where you focus your attention determines your emotional state. When you fixate on the problems that you’re facing, you create and prolong negative emotions and stress, which hinders performance. When you focus on actions to better yourself and your circumstances, you create a sense of personal efficacy, which produces positive emotions and improves performance.

Mentally tough people distance themselves from their mistakes, but they do so without forgetting them. By keeping their mistakes at a safe distance, yet still handy enough to refer to, they are able to adapt and adjust for future success.

9. They won’t let anyone limit their joy…

When your sense of pleasure and satisfaction are derived from comparing yourself to others, you are no longer the master of your own happiness. When mentally tough people feel good about something they do, they won’t let anyone’s opinions or accomplishments take that away from them.

While it’s impossible to turn off your reactions to what others think of you, you don’t have to compare yourself to others, and you can always take people’s opinions with a grain of salt. Mentally tough people know that regardless of what people think of them at any particular moment, one thing is certain—they’re never as good or bad as people say they are.

10. …and they don’t limit the joy of others.

Mentally tough people don’t pass judgment on others because they know that everyone has something to offer, and they don’t need to take other people down a notch in order to feel good about themselves.

Comparing yourself to other people is limiting. Jealousy and resentment suck the life right out of you; they’re massive energy-stealers. Mentally tough people don’t waste time or energy sizing people up and worrying about whether or not they measure up.

Instead of wasting your energy on jealousy, funnel that energy into appreciation. When you celebrate the success of other people, you both benefit.

11. They exercise.

A study conducted at the Eastern Ontario Research Institute found that people who exercised twice a week for 10 weeks felt more socially, intellectually and athletically competent. They also rated their body image and self-esteem higher.3 Best of all, rather than the physical changes in their bodies being responsible for the uptick in confidence, which is key to mental toughness, it was the immediate, endorphin-fueled positivity from exercise that made all the difference.

12. They get enough sleep.

It’s difficult to overstate the importance of sleep to increasing your mental toughness. When you sleep, your brain removes toxic proteins, which are by-products of neural activity when you’re awake. Unfortunately, your brain can remove them adequately only while you’re asleep, so when you don’t get enough sleep, the toxic proteins remain in your brain cells, wreaking havoc by impairing your ability to think—something no amount of caffeine can fix.

Mentally tough people know that their self-control, focus and memory are all reduced when they don’t get enough—or the right kind—of sleep, so they make quality sleep a top priority.

13. They limit their caffeine intake.

Drinking excessive amounts of caffeine triggers the release of adrenaline, the source of the fight-or-flight response. The fight-or-flight mechanism sidesteps rational thinking in favor of a faster response to ensure survival. This is great when a bear is chasing you but not so great when life throws you a curve.

When caffeine puts your brain and body into this hyper-aroused state of stress, your emotions overrun your behavior. Caffeine’s long half-life ensures you stay this way as it takes its sweet time working its way out of your body. Mentally tough people know that too much caffeine is trouble, and they don’t let it get the better of them.

14. They don’t wait for an apology to forgive.

Mentally tough people know that life goes a lot smoother once you let go of grudges and forgive even those who never said they were sorry. Grudges let negative events from your past ruin today’s happiness. Hate and anger are emotional parasites that destroy your joy in life.

The negative emotions that come with holding on to a grudge create a stress response in your body, and holding on to stress can have devastating consequences (both physically and mentally). When you forgive someone, it doesn’t condone their actions; it simply frees you from being their eternal victim.

15. They’re relentlessly positive.

Keep your eyes on the news for any length of time, and you’ll see that it’s just one endless cycle of war, violent attacks, fragile economies, failing companies and environmental disasters. It’s easy to think the world is headed downhill fast.

And who knows? Maybe it is. But mentally tough people don’t worry about that because they don’t get caught up in things they can’t control. Instead of trying to start a revolution overnight, they focus their energy on directing the two things that are completely within their power—their attention and their effort.

Mental toughness is not an innate quality bestowed upon a select few. It can be achieved and enjoyed.

What else makes people mentally tough? How many of these 15 qualities describe you? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below as I learn just as much from you as you do from me.

I want that Tee Shirt!

 

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There was a time before me. A time that is dedicated to the life I have today. There were marches, There were rumblings of promises of better days, there were books that broached argument, debate and simply made a man or woman take a pause and remember that there very breathes, went into the lives that encompass there door step and have made the home or lively hoods they hold in there hands, every night and every day, stand accountable. To be numbered and heard.

Image result for Malcolm X speech on the Chinese Uncle tom? This man gave a speech that stuck with me for a long time, A speech about the Uncle Tom Chinese Dad that had a Chinese daughter that was in America.

As I search the web I have been looking for that speech, I have been looking for the merchandise, I have been looking for memento to that speech that made people think.

I wanted to create a Mural for that speech, Only at the moment I still can not picture in my mind how it would work. I know I will one day, Maybe sell that perspective for a good penny, maybe not, Money is not the issue.

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I care not what the man used to be, or what they claimed him as, that man made it so my children, children’s, children would never have to think about there Identities.

Now I look around me and I say, “Really, who is educating the people around me, where are these little  boys getting the idea that it is, OK to do as they wish?”

I am sorry kiddies, never has it worked that way and for the sake of your home start learning to pay attention. Stop swallowing everything that is shown to you on t.v. cause you are going to miss something, just like I did when I went looking for that tee-shirt.

Why was it so important to me? Cause it insinuated a few things that I have felt has gone missing and only will be repeated because MAN is a fickle creature. Fearing what it does not understand, Hating what is different, never coping with change, always pushing on the wall, instead of climbing over, digging under, going around, or just leaving the wall alone altogether.

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Everyday I seek to be better, to learn, though the learning is slow, though as I learn I am still in awe. How is it I traveled in that fashion down the same paths as those before me and in only a short time. Did we truly learn nothing? No man is the sum total of his faults and if we continue to believe that he is, with no true determination with what success is, well, my friends that is indeed the “blind leading the blind,” and I’d call you no friend of mine, if you lead me down some rabid hole.

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I was asked not too long ago, “How do you decimate a population in short order?” Mathematically it is done by getting rid of a the male and doing as you wish to the female. This is why, that story keeps coming to mind.  It has been done in a million countries and through a million different variant histories, We are not going to talk about the American Indian; No longer will I  call them Native American’s. Nope there is too much political correctness that serves to confuse the issue. When I speak of American Indians you will know I mean the one’s that were enslaved long before Black America and those that where pushed into the drunken nothing that they are today. This being said to infer, it is only in our Education that we are something. That perfection is not to be ignored or the lack there of coddled by the pampering of the STATE.

The very same STATE, that has sought to employ 72 year old women into the governing of inmates in the numerous Texas Penal systems; This of course being a supplement to the steady depletion of retirement funds, (This being had for another story).

The very same STATE, that has justified and cycling of men and women through the grinder that is there social lives. Whispering how, ok it is that you have no man in the home, we can care for that, by providing you with the education to care for yourselves.

In 1765, the British parliament enacted the first of the Quartering Acts,[6] requiring the American colonies to pay the costs of British soldiers serving in the colonies, and requiring that if the local barracks provided insufficient space, that the colonists lodge the troops in alehouses, inns, and livery stables. After the Boston Tea Party, the Quartering Act of 1774 was enacted. One of the Intolerable Acts that pushed the colonies toward revolution, it authorized British troops to be housed wherever necessary, including in private homes.[7] The quartering of troops was cited as one of the colonists’ grievances in the United States Declaration of Independence.

At the 1788 Virginia Ratifying Convention, Patrick Henry stated, “One of our first complaints, under the former government, was the quartering of troops among us. This was one of the principal reasons for dissolving the connection with Great Britain. Here we may have troops in time of peace. They may be billeted in any manner — to tyrannize, oppress, and crush us.

This tactic was used during the Civil War as well, only because that is all we knew, when they enemy severs a weakness, exploit it. quartering is convenient.

It is a sad day, when I looked at my past and said, “hmm why was I not strong enough to hold the line?”

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Now I look on high, at my son, (Some times I secretly laugh because I did say, “I wanted to be there for him,” I did say, “that she should not go it alone,” I did say, “you reap what you sow”) being raised by someone that is not his father and have to remember when the time comes to reaffirm his identity when he comes looking. ( I hold a heavy sigh for that day, because I remember my own experience with the truth and though when I look in the mirror and I am proud of what I see, I have to always prove to those around me to carefully observe before they speak. Not to canalize my steps, for I can do that myself; instead as you are going down your own paths ensure we are all going in the same direction by affirming through beliefs. Stop, fluoxetine an issue, then saying, “Well at least it keeps the people calm.”

Who’s poor in America? 50 years into the ‘War on Poverty,’ a data portrait

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson used his first State of the Union address to urge “all-out war on human poverty and unemployment in these United States.” The War on Poverty, as the set of social programs enacted in 1964-1965 came to  be called, was arguably the most ambitious domestic policy initiative since the Great Depression. But for decades, politicians and social scientists have argued about whether Johnson’s antipoverty programs have lifted people out of destitution, trapped them in cycles of dependency, or both.

as calculated by the Census Bureau, has fallen only modestly, from 19% in 1964 to 15% in 2012 (the most recent year available).

2012 was a big year for me too. I never did see that Tee Shirt

So I plan on making it! I plan on remembering what it took to get me here and in one mural reverb it!

YES THERE WILL BE ART!

This has been your Advent Voice!

Wells Fargo and the like.

Wells Fargo fined $190M to settle customer fraud case.

What they won’t say is, such fraud was not the fault of there employees. What they won’t say is, it is way to hard to get a job working in a bank let alone to steal safely from a bank. So if anyone is getting away with millions one can certainly believe it is not half of there staff that is doing it.

Though the first thing the Corporate company did was to pass the buck.

“Wells Fargo employees pushed checking account customers into savings, credit and online accounts that could generate fees.

Bank employees were told that the average customer tapped six financial tools but that they should push households to use eight products, according to the complaint.”

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In recent financial filings, Wells Fargo has changed how it describes and calculates “cross-sell” – a term for bundling multiple products to retail, wealth management and corporate customers.

I am not really complaining. Tired is all of the scapegoating and the obvious character assassination through most things tied to an American international banking and financial services holding company  with “hubquarters” throughout the country.

Wells Fargo is one of the “Big Four Banks” of the United States, Along with JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, and Citigroup. Every single one is denoted with fraud as a side effect with banking with them. It is as bad as taking an over the counter drug; You have a cold and you want to alleviate the feelings of discomfort and so like everyone else you go to the CVS or Walgreen’s and after reading the label of all the problems that may occur with ingesting this tablet, you are made to stop and wonder, is it really necessary that I begin to feel like a chicken is beginning to burst out of my stomach, just because I want to stop sneezing. Maybe it is best I drink some orange juice and get over this without the needless side effects.

It is the same with banking, with companies that present themselves to be above standard; We are all prone to mistakes and instead of just saying, “We have been stealing from the public for years, they blame their own employees, try to save face and ask you to continue banking with them, they promise you will never incur unnecessary fees ever again, how could this ever happen, shame on those 5300.”

   The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will receive $100 million of the total penalties – the largest fine ever levied by the agency, which was conceived after the 2008 financial crisis. 

As long as everyone is paid, “No HARM NO FOUL,”  right.

This has been the Voice of the Advent.

Time-a dictate of life yet I seem to be the only soul with the notion to watch for its Tick:

 

No matter how far into tomorrow we travel we can never forget our past. I am speaking about the whole of creation.

I found it interesting how many had gotten tired of the cities, the metropolises and how it seemed to turned people into uncaring, callus people. As hard as the stone it took to make the walls that protected them.

I found it interesting that after a time, the steel, that it took to create the towers of New York and the Seattle Needle, produced people of just as sharp natures, made to question the motives of those around them with sharp remarks and swifter rapiers of expression. In short, the congestion of man produces a constant struggle for the hill top of peace. Thus the birth of Capitalism and competition as a whole. Which because I am a grade A American I love’s it.

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Before the viewing port there was the use and excessive use of tapestries. Before man could weave the world through digital glyphs and beeps, wired through connections that seem plastic, there was the hand, a needle, a thimble and thread. There was the design, the ideal to be remembered and the honor of capturing the moment of imagination that set in motion  a desired aim.  Aims that the weaver had to devise and gather the people needed to supply for the greater good.

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Now man has become so lazy that unless the viewing port explains exactly what is desired, nothing will be understood and even the distorted image is questioned. “Did I just see, what I think I saw?” Because the rhetoric of every free thinker. “I don’t know” becomes normal and I made to remember an old man that was good to me and taught me to think, asked me one time, about us “young people,” “Do you truly not know, or have you failed to think about it?” I have never stopped thinking ever since. I can not stand not to know something and urge most of everyone to remember what it is they did learn in life, pass it on to the next generation, to save you the work of having to always do it. To remember that before the viewing port, there was the tapestry and unless you’re taught, you’d never know how to document what you had seen and learned.

Failed we have in understanding the wealth in knowledge until we stand in a field of wheat and scream to the heavens of our hunger, have a tractor and know not how to use it. Useless, a man begins to feel, as the sickle in his hand wears thin against the need in his back for after the field is gleaned he must remember the tapestries.

I ran away for a couple years just to prove I’ve never been free…

When the church separated and the state maimed.

In the 1930’s it was deemed unethical to drink to excess and belligerency and social irrelevance. The bootlegger got rich off the need and risked imprisonment.

Al Capone, was made infamous for it and is considered the reason alone, all by himself, for the destruction of the Prohibition Act. Later a clause is arranged in the courts to ease the transitions of progressive thought in America. The development of Alcatraz was seen to hold in the most vile of criminals. Murder was deemed to be one of the worst crimes. Extortion, racketeering, theft, double dealing etc.

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Well after these deliberations and years of  questionable functionality, in some states you will observe the federal law slowly reverting in it’s thinking. What was once   Legal Blood Alcohol Limit (BAC) by State – totaldui, .08 is soon to be dropped to a universal .05, mainly to increase the rate of arrests, But it is perfectly legal to drink.

They tell us not be political but the very politics are infringing upon the sanctity of personal freedoms. i.e. Gun rights. Perfectly legal for  a person to own a gun when they go through the proper channels and register and see to the safety of there home, but it is not the responsible gun owner that is in question and it is not the responsible gun owner that is walking on a college campus with a fire arm. Though according to Texas State Law, it is perfectly legal at the age of 21+ to do so.

When we were kids growing up, did you think we cared about the legalities of age upon when we could legally do something. Do you believe we went to our parents and said, for my 18th birthday I want my first legal cigarette. Do you believe that when we were kids growing up we waited on the stoop for the day they would say it is perfectly legal for a man to kiss another man, so that made it right, that women just went around hugging up with men till the day came where they could express their contempt of man and dance with there sisters. Is this really how the world functions?

Not my universe and I am called (Self-righteous) because I work daily to observe the word of God.

The word of God says the woman is not to sell her body and so the State arrests  the prostitute  with impunity, yet in the same breathe claims she can do as she wishes. She can have a job, she is entitled to, she should not be denied, yet observing no skill this very woman from the age of 16 crowds the streets of Daytona Beach Florida and sells what she knows will sell. The law of the land observes and she rests for a week to do it again on Sunday. No one says a word.

Certainly because we are not  to become politically involved, because people have a right to exercise free will.

The man, is to care for the home, the word of God says it, but what is the federal rate of a man working outside of the home? Personally spending years looking for work and breaking free of the encroachment that was to be my life, I can state from personal experience that manual labor such as ‘landscaping’ was never to be a JOB, this is something that every man does for his home cause that is his “HOME.”
what kudos does a man get because he can make the bushes trim or he can make the roof stop leaking. This is what he is supposed to do. Now where does a man stand when he can not raise an income in his home and has to rely on his wife to go out and help with expenses. Certainly the church is not going to get politically involved. They just love to see the labor force riddled with women doing the jobs of men.

Now where is this mysterious labor force? Going down the streets of Houston and as far as California you will see women on the construction site. Not cat walking by the construction site but actually in the machinery digging the pipelines. Most would applaud these women for answering a need. I was a little confused. Considering there was an entire encampment of able body men sitting; literally laying on the ground of the GEO care group, for a year and a half, some dying of heat exhaustion, some dying of nothing but time, and all determined to be the flack worker.

They were all middle class men (ex entrepreneur’s of the 80’s and 90’s) Computer literate, sale dependent, gift of gab miscreants, whom could not get a job to save their lives.

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Work Force Solutions is a joke…not sure how many of you have looked into the program. (They help place you in work depending on your HR credit/standing). Don’t ever get a criminal record is all I say, for your standing on the job will be 18 months and then canned city, only to see you climb again, wash and repeat. This is what is known as a Social Glitch. There is static in the thought of man, so that when a man/woman achieves a positive step on the ladder of success, there is a rewind button on that success and they are made to do something again in order to get back to where they were.

When this happens, I always say, “Say what?”

When I notice something seems way to familiar in conversation or deed and it is not my century in which I wish to deal with it, I am quick to wave the glamour from my eyes and ignore the distractions, grin and bare it and get back to work.

The State has always done it’s share in maiming the population, be it through child care, home care, health care, land preservation, voting rights, the penal system. Listen, I need you to really hear this, I really need people to grab hold of their mental faculties and realize that our civil liberties never had a thing to do with orientation. So where in the upside down Bermuda Triangle did people get the idea that the rights of man/woman/child had a thing to do with weather or not GOD created every single one of us as we are intended to be. The only reason their is no more need for the conversation of white this, black that, Spanish might, native american right, had never a single thing to do who was sleeping with whom. It had everything to do with labor and how he or she is to provide for family. A sanctified family being a man, a woman and as many children as that man and woman can afford. Affordability being dependent upon how much sweat can be produced to provide for the whole.  Family sometimes including the helping hand and the Chinese immigrant that was so far from home cause the California Gold rush was a time for money to be made and progression to be stamped on the ranch side door. Whatever dollar was made went to the family and whatever taxes where to be paid was met because every man/woman/child could pick up the pieces.

I thank the lord for the family that can keep its principals in place, stand there ground firmly on him and say, no matter the good times or the bad, in this house we serve the lord and his word is law.

This has been another take on things from your Advent Voice.