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The United States Part 1: A United State



A lot has been said and will continue to be said of every time a person picks up a weapon and commits mass murder in the United States.

“The United States” …It really should take on new meaning at this point in the history of this country. For a nation so divided by so many things, the one thing, people seem to want to be so united on is these false presumptions. This idea that in a place so great, the only way to explain a person doing something so heinous is to say they are mentally ill. It’s insulting really. To the truly mentally ill that is.

America is great for many reasons, for many I think the idea of freedom… and freedom of speech more specifically might be chief among those reasons, the right to the personal pursuit of happiness. But the country is also a beautiful and flawed place. A place that needs work. A place that needs its people to accept and admit that it is flawed so they can begin the arduous task of fixing what is broken.

Why do I say that? What does that have to do with mass shootings? People are beings capable of intense love, intense passion in its many forms… and intense hate. People are fully capable of intense violence, no matter where in the world you are. And to accept that is to understand that someone does not have to be mentally ill to commit a great atrocity. The very thought that one requires the other is a naive ideal based in the thought that no one is normally capable of such things. Yet the history of our world is the history of violence.

And yet in the United States… there is this weird …united state. Where people want to believe in their deity and what he/she can and does do and when bad things happen the deity works in mysterious ways but when bad things are done by bad people to good people the bad people have to be mentally ill and the only thing we can afford the affected people is thoughts and prayers. I do not feel and am in no way saying faith is bad. I have my own beliefs but I do stand by the old adage that faith without works is dead.

Sometimes bad people do bad things because they are bad people. Sometimes there is no great complex reason why other than hate or rage. Learned apathy is very real and combined with emotional outbursts or intense hate that festers and is not dealt with in a more reasonable manner, people can choose to do terrible things and follow through on those choices. People have that autonomy. People have that agency. And to naively create excuses for why people do what they do does not help begin the process of fixing what is broken. The math shows what the math shows. The numbers are real, the problem is real and it needs to be dealt with in real ways.


NY To DC In 29 Minutes Is Becoming More Real



A current trip from NY to D.C. takes more than three hours. Elon Musk is close to making a way for you to travel that same distance in 29 minutes.

Musk’s Boring Company has received a permit for preparation and preliminary excavation. In July, Elon Musk tweeted that he had received verbal government approval to build a multi-state underground Hyperloop on the East Coast.

Stations for the Hyperloop would be relatively small and toned down compared to the stations we’re used to, such as Union Station and Penn Station. There would be a main line running between the four aforementioned cities, with smaller lines spurring out from the city’s central station for other potential destinations.

No details have been released on how the specs of the trains. But damn if this works you can imagine more major cities will be adopting this text. Imagine going from LA to NY in just 2 hours.

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Top 5 Ways To Manage Stress



The daily grind is getting more chaotic and more chaotic. Each passing day adds more and more stress, that can overwhelming. Allowing stress to build up can lead to serious health problems as well as ruin your personal relationships. So, we decided to do some of the work for you and look into 5 of the best ways to manage stress.

1.  Plan Your Day

If cleanliness is next to godliness, where does that leave organization? Probably right beside the former. Though we all like to think that we’ll remember everything, the reality is that no one is perfect. Whether we like it or not, we will forget something at some point. Sometimes it’s small and insignificant, but sometimes it’s your wedding anniversary. Using a daily planner — and sticking with it — will ensure that your time is well-managed and you set your priorities correctly. This should save you from the stress of forgetting something important and will also free up time to start up a stress-killing hobby or activity.

2. Psychologist Are Our Friends

Yes, there’s an actual reason for all those medical specialists dedicated to the study and treatment of the mind. While mental health disorders remain some of the least understood and most stigmatizing out there, psychologists nowadays are well versed in cognitive behavioral therapies and other psychological relaxation techniques that have been scientifically proven to reduce stress. So fight the fear and go get some help if you’re really struggling with stress.

3. Get A Massage

Just because it’s common sense doesn’t make it any less effective. Some evidence indicates massages reduce your heart rate and cortisol levels. Other evidence suggests that, while there aren’t any long-lasting physiological benefits, massages reduce perceived levels of stress, meaning psychologically, they do the trick. Either way, there are no doubt worse ways to treat your stress than lying back and relaxing while someone else tends to your sore muscles.

4. Pass On The Coffee

Forget canines. It’s caffeine that’s actually man’s best friend. With around 90% of adults ingesting it daily, caffeine is the most widely consumed drug. Unfortunately, like with any drug, there are side effects. While caffeine helps keep us awake, it can also send our stress levels through the roof. Research shows that caffeine makes the heart beat faster, elevates blood pressure and elevates levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.  Drink too much coffee too often, and it could contribute to the development of chronic stress. So, if you’re the type that gets jittery after just a few sips of the dark stuff, it’s probably best you start skipping that daily cup o’ Joe and stick to morning walks with the dog to wake you up.

5. Plan A Stress Free Vacation

As much as we want all vacations to give us the break we so desperately require, more often than not, vacations cause more stress than they relieve. Strangely enough, studies have found that the act of planning a vacation actually leads to greater happiness in the weeks leading up to the trip. With that in mind, try to plan a vacation with a firm focus on relaxation. No family. No sightseeing. No jungle excursions. Just relaxation. That way you’ll be happy before — and after — your vacation.


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Donovan Mitchell Wants A End To Gun Violence



Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell made a pair of powerful statements Wednesday about the shooting rampage at a Florida high school that left 17 dead: “Pray for Parkland” and “End Gun Violence.”

Following the game Mitchell explained why school shootings struck a nerve with him.

“My mom’s a schoolteacher,” the Connecticut native, 21, told reporters. “I was about 15, 20 minutes away during the Sandy Hook shooting. It’s kind of scary. I’m not saying all shootings make me feel the same way, but especially school shootings, with my mom being a nursery teacher, it’s kind of scary that that could happen at any moment, anywhere.”

PHOTO: Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell wears a shoe with Pray for Parkland written on it, during the second half of the teams NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, in Salt Lake City.

Mitchell continued, “And that’s kind of one of the things that hit home with me, and why I came in here early. I saw a Snapchat video of a kid screaming. And I just sat there for 5 minutes just thinking about it. My prayers go out to all those families. It’s tough. It’s crazy.”

Mitchell took the opportunity to speak out about gun control legislation.

“We definitely have to do something about it,” he said. “A lot of people, we talk about it, and there’s a lot of so-called awareness of it, but there’s nothing being done. I looked something up, and the same gun that was used in Vegas, Orlando, Sandy Hook, and I’m missing more. It’s interesting how it just continues to happen, and the movement doesn’t do much.”

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