Happiness- our natural state


“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Quite often, our mind is flooded with a stream of negative emotions because of things as minute as waiting in a long queue, a top that just won’t fit, or even receiving a ‘K’ from a friend. Yes, we have all been there! These situations clutter our mind with pesky thoughts that get in our way of feeling cheerful and contented, and so no matter what happens right after, we feel vexatious for the rest of the day. I find myself getting infuriated or simply sad over the tiniest of things from time to time. But I’m beginning to realise that even in a face of affliction, it is possible to bring a smile and cultivate happiness again.

Some of the everyday things that annoy us, are actually quite easy to solve. For example…

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“Democrats Have An Ass-Kicking Coming To Them In November”, Liberal Woman After Attending Trump Rally


Avatar by Aleister February 16, 2020

She recently attended a Trump rally and found out is was like nothing she had heard from the media or her liberal friends.

Not only were Trump supporters incredibly friendly to her, she was completely shocked by the positive energy and size of the crowd.

Now she is issuing a warning to members of her party.

She writes at Medium:

After Attending a Trump Rally, I Realized Democrats Are Not Ready For 2020

I think those of us on the left need to take a long look in the mirror and have an honest conversation about what’s going on.

If you had told me three years ago that I would ever attend a Donald Trump rally, I would have laughed and assured you that was never going to happen. Heck, if you had told me I would do it three months ago, I probably would have done the same thing…

So, I headed over an hour and a half before the doors were scheduled to open—which was four hours before Trump was set to take the stage—and the line already stretched a mile away from the entrance to the arena.

As I waited, I chatted with the folks around me. And contrary to all the fears expressed, they were so nice. I was not harassed or intimidated, and I was never in fear of my safety even for a moment. These were average, everyday people. They were veterans, schoolteachers, and small business owners who had come from all over the place for the thrill of attending this rally.

They were upbeat and excited. In chatting, I even let it slip that I was a Democrat. The reaction: “Good for you! Welcome!”…

As I left the rally—walking past thousands of people who were watching it on a giant monitor outside the arena because they couldn’t get in—I knew there was no way Trump would lose in November.

The best part comes at the end:

I think the Democrats have an ass-kicking coming to them in November, and I think most of them will be utterly shocked when it happens, because they’re existing in an echo chamber that is not reflective of the broader reality.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY FEBRUARY 16


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1959 – Power in Cuba seized by Fidel Castro After defeating the forces of dictator General Fulgencio Batista. Fidel Castro became premier of Cuba this day in 1959 and transformed the island country into the Western Hemisphere’s first communist state.

Kyoto Protocol

2005 – The Kyoto Protocol, an international treaty aimed at reducing the emission of gases that contribute to global warming, went into effect.

Lithuania

1918 – The 20-member Taryba (council) of Lithuanian delegates proclaimed their country an independent state.

I Broke My Wrist and It Was the Best Thing that Could Have Happened to Me


February 13, 2020 Posted by DebbieLife Lessons

Adversity is a catalyst for evolution.

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The most trying circumstances in life have the potential to foster the most growth. I desire good health, stability, and sunny days, but if that’s all I had, I would not have felt the pressure needed to incite radical improvement in my life.

Before I broke my wrist, I was drained and overwhelmed. I had no time to make a plan to get off the hamster wheel because I was running too hard to get through the workweek. I spent at least one full day off recovering from the damage done. I was earning decent pay, but spending it mindlessly, and looking outside myself for comfort and answers.

That broken bone brought the fast-moving machine to a halt in a single moment. After the initial excruciating pain wore off, I was given the gift of time (and energy) to examine my reality.

The unexamined life is costly. I had racked up astronomical credit card debt with exorbitant interest rates. With autopay set, I had stopped noticing the details. Enslaved to the mechanics of my ill-considered lifestyle, I was destroying my body, mind, and soul.

One of the gifts of being unable to work for 12 weeks and facing a sharp decrease in income is sudden clarity. It became brutally clear that the way I was living was unsustainable. I felt deep shame as I looked at the financial hole I had dug for myself. It was painful to take an early withdrawal on my 401k to stop the bleeding. But facing the situation and taking action has given me breathing room to pursue a new life.

I will be working fewer hours when I am cleared to return to work. I am taking first steps toward developing a side hustle. While still unable to bear weight on my left wrist — doctor’s orders — I am more optimistic about my health and my life than I have been for a long time.

I don’t wish anyone adversity, but when it comes your way, it’s possible to find a lesson or some new clarity. May it be so for you.

Nigeria Supreme Court To Hear Unseated Governor Ihedioha’s Case On Tuesday


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The supreme court has fixed Tuesday for hearing of the applications filed by Emeka Ihedioha, a former governor of Imo state, Festus Akande, spokesman of the apex court confirmed on Saturday.

Ihedioha had approached the apex court to review its controversial decision that sacked him as governor of Imo State.

The supreme Court had in a January 14 judgement that sparked protests nationwide and globally declared Hope Uzodinma, of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the duly elected governor of the state on the grounds that results from 388 polling units were excluded when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the final results of the March 9, 2019 governorship election.

Mr. Akande likewise confirmed that the court will also on Tuesday hear the application of David Lyon, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Bayelsa state.

Lyon was sacked by the apex court on the grounds that Biobarakuma Degi-Eriemienyo, his running mate, presented forged certificate.

But the APC candidate is asking the apex court to review the judgement which removed him as governor-elect 24 hours to his inauguration.

Two reporters in Wuhan disappeared?


Most probably to prevent them from getting at the root of the source of the Coronavirus?

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Chinese authorities are trying hard to control the narrative

They are citizen journalists, wanting to provide the “truth” of what is happening in Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in China.

They posted videos online, shared pictures and dramatic stories from inside the quarantined city that has been virtually cut off from the rest of the country.

Now, they are nowhere to be found.

Fang Bin and Chen Qiushi were both determined to share what they could about the crisis, reporting from Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, and sending what they found out into the world.

As a result, they racked up thousands of views on their videos. But their…

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The Sword of Probity Dangles On Nigeria University Lecturers


EXCLUSIVE: Tertiary Educ Trust Fund suspends conference attendance sponsorship for Nigerian lecturers over corrupt practices

Mojeed Alabi TETFUNDThe Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has suspended sponsorship of conference attendance for Nigerian lecturers over allegations of fraudulent practices by many the beneficiaries, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt.

The decision, which seemed to be a confirmation of a recent allegation of grant diversion levelled against the lecturers by the agency’s director of research and development, Salihu Bakari, was taken by the governing board of the agency at its meeting held last week.

This newspaper in its report on Tuesday titled; “Nigerian Scholars spend research grants on cars, houses” had exclusively reported the director’s allegation against some of the beneficiaries of its support funds and opportunities.

Mr Bakari made the allegation in his response to a question by one of the participants at a research conference organised by the agency in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on why conditions attached to accessing grants by TETfund are “too stringent.”

But the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the umbrella body for the lecturers, has reacted angrily to the allegation, describing it as “hasty generalisation, blanket condemnation, and ridiculing” of the country’s academia by a funding agency.

Suspension order

According to a reliable source within the agency, TETFund took the decision as part of efforts towards sanitising the country’s academic system.

The source, who is a member of the governing board, does not want to be named, saying he was not authorised to speak on the matter.

The governing board, currently headed in acting capacity by the executive secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), the source noted, met last week to review the 2019 activities of TETFund.

“The agency’s activities were reviewed at the meeting, and more importantly was the sponsorship of the lecturers’ conference attendance. Quite unfortunately, more than 50 per cent of lecturers’ sponsored by TETFund for both local and foreign conferences did not attend the conferences but pocketed the money,” the source said.

The source added that the agency was considering various options towards dealing with the challenge of abuse of funds by the beneficiaries.

The source added; “Just like foreign grants there are lots of measures put in place to guide the disbursement of TETFund grants, but sometimes some either abscond after receiving first tranche or they change institutions without informing appropriate authorities. But it is new dawn at TETFund now.

TETFund’s 2019 restriction order failed

In 2018, TETFUND said beginning from January 2019, it would restrict the sponsorship of academic staff members of public tertiary institutions in Nigeria to local academic conferences.

The decision, PREMIUM TIMES learnt, was based on various excuses offered by the lecturers whenever they failed to account for conference grants they received.

The Fund’s former executive secretary, Abdullahi Baffa, in a letter addressed to universities’ vice-chancellors, said that sponsorship condition was such they are expected to make paper presentations at such conferences.

The letter, dated August 30, 2018, and signed on behalf of the executive secretary by the then acting director, academic staff training and development unit, Mr Bakari, said the new position was in line with the fund’s policy that is aimed at supporting teaching staff of Nigeria’s public tertiary institutions.

Meanwhile, efforts to get the reaction of the acting director of TETFund’s public affairs unit, Uche Wogu, to confirm the suspension order, were unsuccessful as his line was not available as at the time our reporter called.

Federal Judge presiding over Epstein’s records found dead , “suicide” naturally.Have any of you started gettting that tingly spine yet? We are undoubtedly since 911 in the hands of criminals


This is a dangerous trend I dare say. All those close to unearthing evidence that may implicate some powerful politicians get killed in the name of suicide. Seth Rich’s murder is still unresolved. Who make up the powerful group behind this trail of deaths?

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Federal Judge Overseeing Release of Jeffrey Epstein’s Sealed Records Found DeadFebruary 15, 2020

Robert Swееt, a fеdеrаl judgе рrеѕіdіng оvеr a kеу lаwѕuіt relating tо elite реdорhіlе Jеffrеу Eрѕtеіn, wаѕ fоund dеаd on Sunday. Nо саuѕе оf death hаѕ bееn announced.

Thе dеаth оf the Manhattan-based US Dіѕtrісt Cоurt Judgе аddѕ another twіѕt to thе drаwn-оut lеgаl ѕаgа аnd tо еffоrtѕ to unseal dеtаіlѕ аbоut the соnduсt of Eрѕtеіn, hіѕ еnаblеrѕ, аnd his powerful frіеndѕ іn hіgh рlасеѕ.

Pоlіtісо provided bасkgrоund іnfоrmаtіоn аbоut thе suit аnd Judgе Swееt’ѕ rоlе in potentially rеlеаѕіng tо thе рublіс еxрlоѕіvе dеtаіlѕ аbоut Eрѕtеіn and hіѕ аѕѕосіаtеѕ:

Swееt wаѕ assigned to a lawsuit that еmеrgеd from thе aftermath оf Epstein’s controversial plea dеаl a decade ago, in which hе еѕсареd federal сhаrgеѕ bу pleading guіltу to twо рrоѕtіtutіоn-rеlаtеd оffеnѕеѕ in ѕtаtе соurt. Epstein ended up ѕреndіng 13 mоnthѕ in jаіl, with daily furlоughѕ that allowed…

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