The Antidote to Tyranny is Liberty, Not Democracy or International Government


When presidents and prime ministers make and enforce their own laws under the pretext of ’emergency powers,’ then citizens should not be surprised when their leaders discover an endless supply of ’emergencies’ requiring urgent action. The opposite of

Source: The Antidote to Tyranny is Liberty, Not Democracy or International Government

Learn to Love Networking (or at Least Tolerate It)


A look at the social and psychological factors that can make networking uncomfortable and how to overcome them.

woman stands outside networking event

Lisa Röper

We tend to have a range of reactions to the prospect of networking. Some of us love making connections and sharing information with new people. Some of us dread the awkward introductions and small talk.

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And though we have probably all heard that networking is important to our career, these different attitudes mean we approach it differently. Below, our faculty discuss several social and psychological factors involved in networking—so you can assess your own approach and change it if you need to.

1. Networking’s “Ick” Factor

Maryam Kouchaki, an associate professor of management and organizations, is interested in the ick factor that many of us feel while networking. She and coauthors explored where that feeling comes from and found that networking can make people feel morally impure.

For example, in one study, participants saw partial words that could either be completed with a word related to cleanliness or an unrelated word (S _ _ P could be “soap” or “step”). They found that participants who had been asked to recall an instance of professional networking were more likely to fill in cleansing-related words than participants who had recalled forging a personal connection.

How does the aversion to networking that some people feel affect their professional careers? The researchers asked a group of lawyers about their personal-networking patterns and found that lawyers who felt dirtier after networking tended to do it less often—and had fewer billable hours.

2. How to Get Over an Aversion to Networking

Given networking’s importance to many careers, Kouchaki’s findings raises an interesting question: Can anything be done to combat this feeling of impurity? In another paper, Kouchaki and the same colleagues examined how the lens through which people view their networking can alter how they feel about it.

“We wanted to know what determines whether people feel guilty or not, and what we can do to help people get over this discomfort,” she says.

“Think about networking as an opportunity rather than a burden. That’s the biggest hurdle you need to overcome.”

— Maryam Kouchaki

Across several studies, they found that the more people viewed networking as a way of achieving a goal (as opposed to a way of preventing negative professional consequences), the less troubled by networking they felt, and the more likely they were to actually do it.

“Think about networking as an opportunity rather than a burden,” Kouchaki advises. “That’s the biggest hurdle you need to overcome.”

3. Who Else Dislikes Networking?

Kouchaki’s studies reveal one group of people with a particular aversion to networking—those who see it as a burden. But other groups have their own reasons for disliking networking.

A study by the late Ned Smith, who was an associate professor of management and organizations, looked at why seasoned professionals seem to be more comfortable actively reaching out to their networks than their more junior colleagues. After all, junior professionals often stand to gain the most from networking, so they’re doing themselves no favors if they’re networking-averse.

“We sensed this disconnect between who actually needs to be doing the networking behavior the most, and who is actually doing the networking behavior the most,” says coauthor Jiyin Cao, who earned her PhD from Kellogg and is now at Stony Brook University.

Smith and Cao explored why this is the case. First, they confirmed that higher-status people have larger networks and are more likely to work to broaden those networks. But, critically, they found that the differences between low- and high-status individuals actually hinged on something else: whether people considered status to be an indicator of quality. When people attributed their own high status to their talent and hard work, they were particularly eager to network because they were confident they had value to offer and that others would be receptive to their outreach.

“Higher-status people think, ‘I’m not just networking; I’m offering value to you,’” Cao explains. “They don’t feel like they’re taking advantage of their networking partner, which makes them come across as more authentic.”

Of course, the opposite is also true: lower-status individuals who feel they have little to offer others are less likely to network.

For those people, Cao advises to “think about the value you bring to this relationship. If you know you have value to bring to the relationship, you will feel more comfortable about doing this type of work.”

4. Status Affects How We Network

So social status affects how people generally approach networking. Another study by Smith and Leigh Thompson, a professor of management and organizations, shows that status also affects how people network when they really, really need to: when they’re at risk of losing a job.

Smith, Thompson, and coauthor Tanya Menon, at The Ohio State University, found that those who identify as having high social status tap into broader social networks when faced with the prospect of job loss than those who regard themselves as low-status individuals.

Accordingly, “If I’m a high-status person under a threat, I’ll be in a better position potentially to find the next job than a low-status person under threat,” Thompson says.

The difference does not reflect differently sized support networks. Rather, the research shows that higher-status job seekers typically reach out to a wide range of contacts, including individuals they met only occasionally in their work lives. Low-status people, by contrast, tend to share their situation with only their closest associates, such as family members and old friends.

“When people who perceive themselves as having high status face job loss, they remember the weak ties more than they otherwise would have,” Smith says. This is important because weak network ties are key sources of job-related information. “Low-status people under the same threat have exactly the opposite response; they go to dense, strong ties.”

5. When It Makes Sense to Network Differently

While it’s true that everyone should be networking, that doesn’t mean it’s a one-size-fits-all activity. Different types of people need to form different sorts of networks.

This is true for men and women hoping to land top jobs, according to research from Brian Uzzi, a professor of management and organizations, and colleagues.

The researchers analyzed social-network and job-placement data for graduates of an MBA program. For men, the most significant factor affecting job status after graduation was how “central” they were in their networks—that is, with how many highly connected people they have relationships.

Successful women also tended to be more central, but that alone was not enough to land them a top job. The most successful women often had a tight-knit circle of female colleagues as well.

The reason may come down to the types of information that men versus women need to succeed. Presumably, having numerous connections provides access to what the researchers call “public information,” such as which companies are hiring and which types of candidates they’re seeking. For men, that alone may be enough to land a good job.

Women, however, also need “private information,” which may include insider tips about a company’s leadership culture and politics, or hints about how to make an impression in a male-dominated industry.

Women are only likely to put faith in such private information when it comes from trusted contacts. Furthermore, only fellow women can provide the sensitive, gender-specific information that will be useful in a career context—hence the benefit of having connections who are both close and are women.

“You need that private information to understand how to negotiate within a world where you’re being held to different standards,” Uzzi says.

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6 Canadian Medical Doctors Died Within 2 Weeks After 4th COVID Booster Shots for Employees Started at One Hospital


by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

The alternative media was all a buzz this week as several previously young, healthy doctors all died within just a few days of each other.

The biggest story came out of Canada’s Trillium Health Partners-Mississauga Hospital in Toronto, where 3 physicians from that hospital died “unexpectedly” within the same week, and according to a nurse who also works in the same hospital, the deaths followed after the hospital started mandating the fourth Covid shot for their employees.

Three physicians at Canada’s Trillium Health Partners-Mississauga Hospital died unexpectedly in the same week. The cause of death for the three doctors has yet to be announced.

The news about the three deceased doctors was first shared by independent journalist Monique in a post that went viral. According to Monique, a concerned nurse shared with her a copy of the memo that was sent out by the hospital’s management.

According to the nurse, the three doctors died after the hospital started mandating the fourth Covid shot for their employees.

“Three physicians at the Mississauga hospitals have died this week,” the nurse told Monique. “1st memo Monday, 2nd Tuesday, 3rd Thursday. [The] cause of death wasn’t shared in the memo, but how many times have 3 doctors died in 1 week, days after the hospital started administering the 4th shot to staff.”

The three physicians who died the same week were Dr. Lorne Segall (July 17), Dr. Stephen McKenzie (July 18), and Dr. Jakub Sawicki (July 21).

The Gateway Pundit had reached out to Trillium Health Partners through their official Facebook page on July 24th to verify the deaths of the three doctors but did not respond to our inquiry.

The Gateway Pundit then contacted the hospital and spoke with Amit Shilton, the manager of media relations and services. Shilton told the Gateway Pundit that he could not confirm their death due to personal reasons.

On Wednesday, Trillium Health Partners finally released a statement and confirmed the deaths of the three physicians.

“It is with deep sadness that THP mourns the loss of three of our physicians who recently passed away,” the hospital announced on Twitter.

“Dr. Jakub Sawicki, Dr. Stephen McKenzie, and Dr. Lorne Segall were respected physicians who dedicated their lives to caring for their patients and community,” the post added.

The hospital claimed that the social media rumor that their deaths were related to the COVID-19 vaccination is “simply not true.”

Full article at Gateway Pundit.

These deaths followed the announcement of the death of Dr. Paul Hannam, the Chief of Emergency Medicine and Program Medical Director at North York General Hospital (NYGH).

Dr. Hannam was reportedly in excellent health, as he was an Olympic sailor and marathon runner. Any links to COVID-19 vaccines he may have taken were vehemently denied by the hospital and corporate media.

Dr. Paul Hannam, the Chief of Emergency Medicine and Program Medical Director at North York General Hospital (NYGH), died unexpectedly on Saturday while out for a run, according to his colleagues.

There is currently no information available regarding the reason for his sudden death.

Chief Medical Strategy Officer at Mount Sinai Hospital, Howard Ovens, announced the passing of Dr. Hannam via Twitter.

“Canadian Emergency Medicine is in mourning tonight,” Ovens wrote. “Paul Hannam, Olympic sailor, marathon runner, family man, ED director ⁦at NYGH, a sweet, thoughtful, compassionate and gentle man died suddenly today on a run. The quintessential mensch. Hug someone you love.” (Source.)

 

 

Then Dr. Candace Nayman, 27, a resident at McMaster Children Hospital in Hamilton and also a triathlete, also died “unexpectedly” this week.

Dr. Candace Nayman, 27, a resident at McMaster Children Hospital in Hamilton, collapsed while swimming in a triathlon and died four days later on Thursday, July 28, 2022.

The fifth GTA doctor to die in July “radiated positivity” and “lived a vibrant and active life.”

But what the world lost in the sudden and tragic death of Dr. Candace Nayman was a woman who had dedicated her life to the health of children.

The 27-year-old, who was a resident doctor at McMaster Children Hospital in Hamilton, collapsed while swimming as she competed in a triathlon on Sunday. She subsequently died on Thursday.

“Candace was one of the best residents I have had the privilege to work with in my time at McMaster,” said Dr. Christina Grant, professor as McMaster University and McMaster Children’s Hospital.

In her tribute on the memorial page, Grant added Candace was a “critical thinker, compassionate and an excellent team player.”

Friend Rebecca Starkman added: “There are simply no words to describe the giant hole that has been left in the absence of Candace. There is nothing she set out to do in this world that she couldn’t conquer. Her amazingly gifted brain was the cause of envy for her peers. There was no contest when it came to competing with Candace. She was brilliant in so many ways. Whether it was academically, athletically, musically, etc. she thrived in all aspects of her life.” (Source.)

Then yesterday, Gateway Pundit reported that 44-year-old family physician Dr. Shahriar Jalali Mazlouman from Saskatchewan “died unexpectedly” last weekend, July 23.

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A 44-year-old family physician from Saskatchewan ‘died unexpectedly’ last weekend, July 23.

According to an announcement released by Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA), Dr. Shahriar Jalali Mazlouman, a Melville family physician, unexpectedly passed away.

The hospital provided no information regarding the cause of death.

According to various reports, Mazlouman was found dead at a local swimming pool in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan on Saturday.

“RCMP were called to the D.A. Mackenzie Aquatic Center around 1:30 p.m. and found the man unresponsive in the pool. He was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS,” CTV News reported. (Full Article.)

That is quite a flurry of “unexpected deaths” in the medical community in Canada, which mandates COVID-19 vaccines as a condition for employment in the medical system.

How long will the public continue to believe that these “unexpected deaths” of previously young, healthy doctors have “nothing to do with the COVID-19 vaccines”?

COVID Vaccine Injuries Quietly Being Compensated Around the World, Are You Eligible?


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BY Jennifer Margulis and Joe Wang TIME July 30, 2022

Programs in countries around the world have begun quietly compensating people who have been injured by or died as a result of the COVID-19 vaccines.

Humans are biologically diverse, with respect to both genetic makeup and past environmental exposures. Because of this, explained neurologist Dr. Robert Lowry, people can react very differently to the same medication or vaccination. Whenever a new drug or biologic hits the market, some people will have bad reactions and others may even suffer serious adverse events as a result.

Even under the best testing conditions, rare reactions will be missed. This is especially true for any product which is fast-tracked or authorized for emergency use before all the phases of necessary testing are complete.

COVID-19 vaccines are no exception. Despite the fact that we are constantly and consistently assured that COVID-19 vaccines are safe, and that severe adverse reactions are “very rare,” the FDA and the CDC with its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, as well as the scientists and executives at each of the participating drug companies, know that some people will become permanently disabled or even die as a result of vaccination.

In fact, in 2011 the Supreme Court of the United States (pdf) reiterated the idea that vaccines, like other pharmaceutical products, are “unavoidably unsafe.”

In many countries around the world, consumers who are injured as a result of vaccines are covered by government compensation programs. In the United States there are two government-funded programs that are designed to compensate consumers for injuries, at the same time shielding vaccine manufacturers from liability for any serious injuries their products cause: The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) and the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP).

Not a Single Claim Compensated in United States

As of July 1, 2022, not a single claim has been compensated by the CICP. However, 31 COVID-19 countermeasure claims have been denied, “because the standard of proof for causation was not met and/or a covered injury was not sustained,” according to the CICP website. “One COVID-19 countermeasure claim, a COVID-19 vaccine claim due to an anaphylactic reaction, has been determined eligible for compensation and is pending a review of eligible expenses.”

At the same time, countries around the world are quietly compensating families whose loved ones have been injured or have died as a result of COVID-19 vaccines.

Japan Pays Bereaved Family of 91-Year-Old

The Japan Times reported this week that a 91-year-old woman who died after suffering an allergic response and sudden heart attack is the first person in Japan to be compensated for a COVID vaccine injury.

A ministry of health panel ruled that a causal relationship “could not be denied” in her case. Her family will receive a lump sum worth approximately $325,000.

The panel reviewed another 11 cases ranging in age from 20s to 90s but did not reach any other ruling.

So far in Japan, according to the article, 3,680 people have applied for compensation, 820 have been approved and 62 denied, with decisions on another 16 being “postponed.”

Taiwan Compensates 10 Claimants

On June 24, 2022, Taiwan’s National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program held a meeting to review 65 cases, according to the Taipei Times. The Taiwanese program awarded compensation to 10 claimants. These awards included a lump sum worth $116,877 to the family of someone who died after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine.

This patient was hospitalized 10 days after receiving the vaccine due to a headache and vomiting. Testing revealed thrombocytopenia, a sometimes-lethal blood disorder that is characterized by low platelets.

However, the patient was discharged the next day, only to return that evening after losing consciousness. The patient died of intracerebral hemorrhage, a common cause of stroke.

When the vaccination program first rolled out in the United States, in December of 2020, an otherwise healthy obstetrician-gynecologist, Dr. Gregory Michael, 56, of Miami Beach, Florida, also died of thrombocytopenia.

Although his death occurred approximately two weeks after he got Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, and prompted an article exploring this side effect in the New York Times, the coroner deemed that there was no medical certainty that the complications from immune thrombocytopenia was vaccine-induced.

UK Pays Out for Vaccine Injuries

Vicki Spit was the first of a handful of people in the United Kingdom to be awarded compensation for injuries due to COVID vaccines, according to a June 24, 2022 article in the British Medical Journal.

Spit’s 48-year-old partner, Zion, became ill eight days after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine and died. The victims were awarded the maximum: $150,000. As of May 2022, 1,681 claims for vaccine injury following COVID-19 vaccinations had been filed.

As quoted in the BMJ, Sarah Moore, a spokeswoman for the law firm representing the victims or their families, pointed out that though the awards will not do much to alleviate the financial hardships caused by the injuries, they constitute “the clearest statement yet, by the government, that in some rare instances the COVID-19 vaccines have caused very significant injury or death.”

Moore believes most of the compensation awards were for vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT) or cerebral venous sinus thrombosis.

At the same time, Yahoo News has reported that 444 cases of VITT have been recorded in the United Kingdom from 49 million doses of the vaccine, with 81 deaths.

Canada Received More Than 700 Claims, Approved 8

According to Canada’s Vaccine Injury Support Program (VISP), from June 1, 2021 to June 1, 2022, 774 claims have been received. Eight of these claims were “approved by the Medical Review Board,” meaning “these claims represent cases where it has been determined by the Medical Review Board that there is a probable link between the injury and the vaccine and that the injury is serious and permanent.”

According to the VISP website, “eligible individuals may receive income replacement indemnities; injury indemnities; death benefits; coverage for funeral expenses; reimbursement of eligible costs such as otherwise uncovered medical expenses.”

Post Shot Blood Clots

Thrombocytopenia can lead to blood clots as well as hemorrhaging. Thrombosis is another word for blood clots. Since it is very unusual for an otherwise healthy younger person to suffer from blood clots, the connection between the vaccines and this injury are difficult to refute.

Scandinavian countries have paid more attention to COVID-19 vaccine injuries than other countries. Norway compensated its first three victims in July of last year, a woman in her 40s who died, as well as a man and a woman in their 30s who both survived their vaccine injuries.

All three were healthcare workers who received the AstraZeneca vaccine, which Norway stopped administering on March 11, 2021, due to reports of serious blood clots, low platelet counts, and abnormal bleeding.

In fact, Norwegian doctors were among the first to point out the connection between the vaccine and these injuries.

Denmark, too, has been quickly and quietly processing vaccine injury claims. The Danish government awarded compensation for their first case of VITT in May of 2021.

At the time, 158 people had filed claims for COVID-19 vaccine injuries. The director of the patient compensation board, Karen Inger-Bast, said, “Generally, we often see injuries from vaccination. We also see them from, for example, vaccination against influenza and children’s diseases. That’s also how it will be with COVID-19, with up to 5 million people being vaccinated.”

No Financial Assistance for Americans Harmed by Vaccines

Yet, while other countries are compensating people who have been injured by COVID-19 vaccines, America has yet to financially assist a single claimant. According to the Health Resources and Service Administration, as of July 1, 2022, the CICP had yet to award compensation to anyone for damages due to a COVID-19 vaccine.

Thirty-one claims have been denied compensation because the “standard of proof for causation was not met and/or a covered injury was not sustained.”

A single claim on behalf of someone who suffered an immediate anaphylactic reaction has been deemed eligible for compensation but is pending a review of eligible expenses. For the majority of claims, the CICP is “still waiting for records and documentation to be submitted,” the website claims.

The AstraZeneca vaccine associated with so many of the injuries quietly compensated has not been made available in the United States.

At the same time, as of July 22, 2022, 86,604 serious adverse events from COVID-19 vaccines administered in the United States have been reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), including 13,805 deaths.

It’s difficult to determine exactly how many of those involve blood clots, abnormal bleeding, or low platelets because each of those conditions can be coded in many different ways, but a search by The Epoch Times retrieved 2,609 cases that included some mention of thrombosis or thrombocytopenia, including 420 deaths.

These conditions account for only a small portion of the adverse events that have been reported to the CDC and the FDA. In order for people who have suffered from these adverse events to make a claim, a temporal association between the vaccine and the injury or some kind of causation must be established, as the Norwegian doctors and others did for VITT.

In the United States, we may wait a long time for science that establishes causation with respect to vaccine injuries.

In 2011, the Institute of Medicine conducted a detailed investigation into the science available on 158 suspected links between vaccines and specific adverse outcomes. In this report, the IOM ruled that the science was not sufficient to determine whether a causal link existed or not for 135 of the vaccine injuries patients had sustained.

A 2014 Associated Press investigation found that many families with medically documented non-COVID vaccine injuries have been waiting for years—some over a decade—for the government to help them.

For now, while other countries are quietly making amends, American families who have lost loved ones and Americans who have seen sharp declines in their health following COVID-19 vaccination have nowhere to turn.

7 Good Things About Skillful Quitting


Quitting is pathetic, impulsive, and caving in. It results in a storm of defeat.  Or at least that’s what people think. 

Familiar stories:

  • An eleven-year-throws his ball glove on the ground, “I quit”.
  • An employee feels overlooked for a promotion, and says, “I quit”, and walks out.
  • Amateur golfer, double bogeys three times, “d * * * * t, “I quit”.

The myths of quitting are nothin’ but a bunch of baloney!

Get ready. Skillful quitting rocks your world.

My skillful quitting skills are happening. Image of a cartoon character breaking a golf club.

Skillful Quitting:

“Of all the strategies, to know when to quit is the best”.  Chinese Proverb

The myths of quitting show up unexpectedly.  They stymie you from moving forward.  Skillful quitting is the bravest decision of your life.

Chasing your passion too long is wasteful. Originally passion was associated with pain and suffering. Don’t let passion harm you.

People applaud grit and determination, but these skills are suspect when making life decisions.

“I’m not a quitter,” is risky business. Stubbornness blocks your willingness to quit. Lurking behind stubbornness, you find vanity and arrogance.

More is lost in victory than defeat.

7 Good things about skillful quitting:

  1. Freedom to pursue new directions
  2. You realize that your “passion” was only an interest in something
  3. You admit that it’s not working
  4. Frustration vanishes
  5. Self-confidence returns
  6. New decisions are energizing
  7. Abandon your one-track mind

4 Myths:

Myth #1:

“Winners never quit, and quitters never win.” – author unknown

Winners are the very best at quitting.  Losers lose because they aren’t willing to quit. You wanna win?  Then don’t be afraid to cash in your chips and ask for a new hand.

Myth #2:

“If you quit once, it becomes a habit.  Never quit!!!”  ― Michael Jordan

Skillful quitting isn’t habitual quitting. It’s a line in the sand that says it’s time to change direction. You won’t know when, but skillful quitters know why it’s time to change.

Skillful quitting isn't habitual quitting. Image of a 'not' symbol.

Myth #3:

“It’s always too soon to quit!” ― Norman Vincent Peale

Don’t let grit fool you.  Skillful quitting is the fastest route to new discoveries.

Blind determination is a crap shoot. Explore quitting when you feel irrelevant, boredom fills your day, goals keep changing, and you constantly feel worn out.

Myth #4:

“Quitting is the only failure.” ― Brajesh Kumar Singh

Stubborn attitudes are harmful.

When a new attitude shows up, skillful quitting usually deserves the credit.

Holding on for too long brings negative results. There are times when quitting is the right thing to do.

“Behind the most impressive résumés there will be a litany of set-backs, direction changes, and moments of doubt.” — Christian Jarrett

Sage advice:

If you insist on knowing all the results before you quit, then don’t.

I (Stan) got a call from a longtime friend.  He said, “My son is failing most of his college classes.  All he wants to do is play his guitar.  Will you please tell him that the music thing can happen after he finishes his degree?” My response was not what he wanted to hear.

I said, “He should quit tomorrow and go to a school where he can major in guitar.”

He was trying to convince his son to put his soul on hold until he finished college.  Terrible, terrible advice.  Skillful quitting allowed his son to find a college that suited his talent.

Protect your soul. The other stuff will fall in line.

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.  Then quit.  There’s no point in being a fool about it."   Image of W.C. Fields
Image source: WC FIELDS

Skillful quitting reflection:

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.  Then quit.  There’s no point in being a fool about it.”   Attributed to W.C. Fields

What happened when you didn’t have the courage to quit?

Quitting is pathetic, impulsive, and caving in. It results in a storm of defeat.  Or at least that’s what people think. 

Familiar stories:

  • An eleven-year-throws his ball glove on the ground, “I quit”.
  • An employee feels overlooked for a promotion, and says, “I quit”, and walks out.
  • Amateur golfer, double bogeys three times, “d * * * * t, “I quit”.

The myths of quitting are nothin’ but a bunch of baloney!

Get ready. Skillful quitting rocks your world.

My skillful quitting skills are happening. Image of a cartoon character breaking a golf club.

Skillful Quitting:

“Of all the strategies, to know when to quit is the best”.  Chinese Proverb

The myths of quitting show up unexpectedly.  They stymie you from moving forward.  Skillful quitting is the bravest decision of your life.

Chasing your passion too long is wasteful. Originally passion was associated with pain and suffering. Don’t let passion harm you.

People applaud grit and determination, but these skills are suspect when making life decisions.

“I’m not a quitter,” is risky business. Stubbornness blocks your willingness to quit. Lurking behind stubbornness, you find vanity and arrogance.

More is lost in victory than defeat.

7 Good things about skillful quitting:

  1. Freedom to pursue new directions
  2. You realize that your “passion” was only an interest in something
  3. You admit that it’s not working
  4. Frustration vanishes
  5. Self-confidence returns
  6. New decisions are energizing
  7. Abandon your one-track mind

4 Myths:

Myth #1:

“Winners never quit, and quitters never win.” – author unknown

Winners are the very best at quitting.  Losers lose because they aren’t willing to quit. You wanna win?  Then don’t be afraid to cash in your chips and ask for a new hand.

Myth #2:

“If you quit once, it becomes a habit.  Never quit!!!”  ― Michael Jordan

Skillful quitting isn’t habitual quitting. It’s a line in the sand that says it’s time to change direction. You won’t know when, but skillful quitters know why it’s time to change.

Skillful quitting isn't habitual quitting. Image of a 'not' symbol.

Myth #3:

“It’s always too soon to quit!” ― Norman Vincent Peale

Don’t let grit fool you.  Skillful quitting is the fastest route to new discoveries.

Blind determination is a crap shoot. Explore quitting when you feel irrelevant, boredom fills your day, goals keep changing, and you constantly feel worn out.

Myth #4:

“Quitting is the only failure.” ― Brajesh Kumar Singh

Stubborn attitudes are harmful.

When a new attitude shows up, skillful quitting usually deserves the credit.

Holding on for too long brings negative results. There are times when quitting is the right thing to do.

“Behind the most impressive résumés there will be a litany of set-backs, direction changes, and moments of doubt.” — Christian Jarrett

Sage advice:

If you insist on knowing all the results before you quit, then don’t.

I (Stan) got a call from a longtime friend.  He said, “My son is failing most of his college classes.  All he wants to do is play his guitar.  Will you please tell him that the music thing can happen after he finishes his degree?” My response was not what he wanted to hear.

I said, “He should quit tomorrow and go to a school where he can major in guitar.”

He was trying to convince his son to put his soul on hold until he finished college.  Terrible, terrible advice.  Skillful quitting allowed his son to find a college that suited his talent.

Protect your soul. The other stuff will fall in line.

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.  Then quit.  There’s no point in being a fool about it."   Image of W.C. Fields
Image source: WC FIELDS

Skillful quitting reflection:

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.  Then quit.  There’s no point in being a fool about it.”   Attributed to W.C. Fields

What happened when you didn’t have the courage to quit?

How to Change Fonts in Your WordPress Theme (5 Easy Ways)


Are you looking to change the font on your WordPress theme to something different?

Your website text font plays an important role in your site’s design and brand identity. It can improve the readability of your content and make your site look modern and professional.

In this article, we’ll show you how to change font in WordPress using 5 different ways, so you can easily change fonts using no-code method, or change WordPress font without using any plugin.

Why Change Fonts on Your WordPress Website?

Fonts are an essential part of your website design and have a huge impact on how your WordPress site will look and feel.

If your website has a difficult font to read, then it will be hard to retain visitors, and they’ll eventually abandon your site.

A font also shows your brand identity. For instance, you can use specific fonts to make your site look more professional, or casual.

WordPress themes come with a default font, font size, and font color for your website. However, you may want to change the default font to something different.

That said, there are several ways of changing fonts in WordPress. We’ll show you several different methods. You can click the links below to jump ahead to any section.

Changing Fonts in WordPress Theme Customizer

An easy way of changing your site’s font is by going to the WordPress theme customizer. It allows you to change the appearance of your website and shows a real-time preview.

Note: If your customizer menu option is missing, then your theme likely has full site editing enabled and you’ll need to use a different method or switch themes.

For this tutorial, we’ll use the Astra theme. However, the options will change depending on the WordPress theme you use. Depending on your theme, you’ll want to look for ‘font’ or ‘typography’ options in the customizer.

First, you can head over to Appearance » Customize from your WordPress dashboard.

Go to appearance menu

This will launch the WordPress theme customizer.

The Astra theme has a ‘Global’ section with options to change site-wide styles. To change the font on your whole website, you can click the ‘Global’ option from the menu on your left.

Go to Global settings

On the next screen, you’ll see options like typography, colors, container, and buttons.

Go ahead and click the ‘Typography’ option.

Open typography settings

From here, you can choose different fonts under the ‘Presets’ section.

These are default fonts offered by the theme and selecting a preset will change the font on your entire website.

Change font in theme customizer

Besides that, you can also change fonts for individual elements on your theme.

For example, you can use a different font for body and headings. There are even options to use separate fonts for each heading level.

To start, simply choose a font from the ‘Font Family’ dropdown menu for any individual element.

Change font of individual elements

Besides that, there are more options to change the font size, weight, select variants, and more.

When you’re done, don’t forget to click the ‘Publish’ button.

You can now visit your website and see the new font. For instance, we changed the body font to Roboto and the heading font to Helvetica on our demo site.

Font change preview

It’s important to note that not all WordPress themes will offer the same features and customizations that Astra is offering. If your theme doesn’t offer that, then continue reading to the next step.

Changing Fonts in WordPress Full Site Editor

If you’re using a block-based WordPress theme like Twenty Twenty-Two, then you can change your site’s font using the full site editor (FSE).

The full site editor allows you to customize your WordPress theme using blocks, just like when editing posts or pages using the WordPress content editor. However, FSE is currently in beta and only a handful of themes support it.

For the sake of this tutorial, we’ll use the Twenty Twenty-Two theme.

To get started, you can head over to Appearance » Editor from the WordPress admin panel.

Go to full site editor

This will open the full site editor for your WordPress theme.

Next, you can click the Styles icon in the top right corner and then click on the ‘Typography’ option.

Open the style settings

After that, you can select elements like text and links to change their typography.

We’ll select Text as the element and then click on the ‘Font Family’ dropdown menu to change its font.

Change font in FSE

When you’re done, simply click the ‘Save’ button.

You’ve successfully changed the font using the full site editor. You can also add custom fonts to your WordPress site as well and then change them in the full site editor.

Is this footage of a real Eucharistic miracle?


J-P Mauro07/29/22

The Archdiocese of Guadalajara has yet to comment on this fascinating occurrence at a small Mexican church.

A video making its rounds on social media appears to show a Eucharistic miracle occurring in a small Mexican church. In the low quality footage, the Holy Eucharist looks as though it is oscillating within its monstrance during Adoration, keeping the rhythm of a beating heart. The Archdiocese of Guadalajara has yet to issue a statement on the recording.

 

According to Catholic News Agency, the video was recorded on July 23, 2022, at Our Lady of the Rosary parish in the Mexican state of Jalisco. The recording was taken by parishioners when they noticed the phenomenon. The occurrence was said to have lasted between 20 and 30 seconds.

Father Carlos Spahn

The Eucharistic Adoration service was run by Argentine priest Father Carlos Spahn, who released a statement on the video. He claims that the video on social media is authentic and that he collected the footage from the parishioners who filmed the instance almost immediately, “so they won’t alter it or anything.” Fr. Spahn explained:

“We exposed the Blessed Sacrament; I said the prayers for the exposition, and when I got up to go to the sacristy, this began to happen.” The priest continued, “Some people saw it [and] couldn’t believe what they were seeing, and we have at least two pieces of footage.”

Father Spahn was careful to note that he is not announcing this instance as a Eucharistic miracle, as he does not have the authority to do so. Still, he was adamant that the footage was genuine and undoctored. He noted that it is possible that the Church may never recognize the event as miraculous.

“The archdiocese hasn’t been consulted about it because we were just passing through; now I’m in another diocese preaching,” he said, and explained that the local priest will be able to look for “people to sign and give testimony of what they saw, and this documentation can be sent to the appropriate person.”

‘What Is a Woman?’


FILM REVIEW: A new documentary explores a simple question within a movement that has lost its answers.

The logo for the 2022 documentary, What is a Woman?
The logo for the 2022 documentary, What is a Woman? (photo: Coutesy photo / Daily Wire)

The central question of the recently released documentary What Is a Woman? uncovers a disturbing and heartbreaking look into gender ideology’s growing influence in society, but the film’s narrative style can be off-putting to some, to the potential detriment of connecting with those who would benefit most from its content.

Produced by the Daily Wire and directed by Justin Folk, the documentary is led by Catholic commentator Matt Walsh and takes a look at how people have started defining — or, more importantly, not defining — what it means to be a woman.

Creator Matt Walsh speaks at an event in Dallas, Texas in 2022.
Creator Matt Walsh speaks at an event in Dallas, Texas in 2022.(Photo: Gage Skidmore)

The film features a strong selection of interview subjects, including Canadian clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson; columnist and former academic sex researcher Debra Soh; child and adolescent psychiatrist Miriam Grossman; and members of a Maasai tribe in Kenya. The documentary tells stories of young female athletes forced to compete against, and share locker rooms with, biological males who identify as female.

group of people sitting on gray concrete stairs

Scott Nugent, founder of TreVoices, describes the severe medical complications she continues to experience from gender-reassignment surgery. Then there is the interview with a Canadian father who is currently battling the law to protect his daughter from receiving so-called “gender-affirming” hormones. The most revelatory interviews, however, are with those in the scientific community who subscribe to gender ideology to the extent that they are hindered from being able to offer a definition of what a woman is.

Walsh, who wrote a book with the same title as the documentary, is a commentator with the Daily Wire whose approach I have long found to be, at times, unconstructive. As someone with academic and professional experience in communicating about homosexuality and gender-identity discordance, however, I was curious to see how Walsh would approach this topic as an interviewer rather than as a commentator. I also liked the straightforward simplicity of the central question — “What is a woman?” — and was interested in seeing how responses to this question would play out, especially in the interviews with experts and activists within the gender-ideology movement.

What They Got Right

The core strength of the documentary is how easily it breaks through the cognitive dissonance exhibited by supporters of gender ideologies and their inability or unwillingness to answer the simplest questions on this topic. Walsh’s interview style works well in this context.

Critics may argue that the activists featured in the film are among the extremist minority in the transgender movement and that it is therefore an unfair representation. Indeed, there are supporters of the movement not featured in the film, including people who self-identify as transgender, who are opposed to hormonal and surgical interventions for minors, the participation of biological men in women’s sports, etc. However, it isn’t the objective of the film to provide a cross-section of the varying opinions within the movement. It is featuring the extreme side of the movement, yes, but it is this extremism that is driving legislation and social influence, and that is the danger being illustrated.

One of the highlights of the documentary was an interview with Patrick Grzanka, associate professor in the Department of Psychology and chairwoman of the Interdisciplinary Program in Women, Gender and Sexuality at the University of Tennessee. He became so defensive over the suggestion of objective truth — alleging Walsh’s use of the word to be “deeply transphobic … condescending and rude” — that he threatened to leave the interview.

Indeed, it could easily be argued that Walsh can be condescending and rude as a commentator, but this was not the case here.

Among the more disturbing interviews is Walsh’s conversation with Dr. Marci Bowers, a surgeon who specializes in so-called “gender confirmation” surgery. Bowers, who identifies as a woman with “a transgender history,” admitted to having performed a vaginoplasty on a 16-year-old boy, a procedure that involves the sterilizing mutilation of the male genitals to fabricate a faux vagina, and condescendingly downplays the existence of transition regret. Anyone who is opposed to this kind of surgery, according to Bowers, is a “dinosaur.”

Then there is Dr. Michelle Forcier, a pediatrician and Planned Parenthood abortionist, who worked for more than a decade as director of the sex, gender and reproductive justice clinic for Lifespan. Forcier spoke with a sweet maternal voice — referring to her young patients as “kiddos” — as she discussed giving children hormones to arrest their puberty. She, too, nearly walked out of the interview when Walsh pointed out that Lupron, a drug being used to block the healthy progression of puberty in children who question their gender, is also used to chemically castrate pedophiles.

The common thread between these and all of the interview subjects who support gender ideology was their inability to answer the question “What is a woman?”

At one point, for instance, Walsh asks Grzanka to define a woman without using the word “woman,” and he is unable to do so, describing the question as “curious.”

As a counter to these supporters of gender ideology, Walsh’s interview with members of a Maasai tribe provided a sharp contrast. For them, the answer is simple: A man provides for his family and has corresponding male anatomy, and a woman gives birth and has corresponding female anatomy. While the sentiments of one tribe is not representative of all non-Western cultures, the straightforward responses of this tribe, and their ridicule of the notion that gender and sex could be open to interpretation, shows that these narratives around sex and gender are significantly more prevalent in the modern West.

Although Peterson and Soh are among the more well-known voices on this topic to be featured in the documentary, the most informative interview came from Grossman.

For instance, she drew the very important distinction between gender dysphoria — an extremely rare experience, which the vast majority of children outgrow by the time they reach adulthood — and the current cultural phenomena of young people seeking to socially and medically transition due to peer influence. She then gave an overview of the legacies of researcher Alfred Kinsey and the so-called father of gender studies, John Money, highlighting their continued influence on the current gender ideology climate, despite their horrific experiments involving the sexualization of children for the purposes of “research.”

The gender-ideology movement is not without its victims, and the documentary features examples of the tremendous suffering experienced by those who have been caught up in its influence.

Nugent, a biological woman who knows that she will never be a man, does not expect to live much longer due to severe complications after medical interventions to make her appear as a man. The interview with Nugent, who Walsh has since described as the “hero” of the film, is at once tragic and profoundly educational, and it is among the most important testimonies featured.

However, the interview that I found to be the most impactful was the story of an anonymous Canadian father who, at the time of the interview, was out on bail after having been jailed for refusing to refer to his daughter as “he.” In Canada, he explained in a phone interview with Walsh, “misgendering” someone by using the wrong preferred pronoun is considered to be “criminal violence.” His only hope is that, if she comes to regret her transition, she’ll know that her father was doing everything in his power to fight for her. A father, forcibly separated from his daughter for trying to protect her, knowing that her voice, her body and her future, are being irrevocably altered by cross-sex hormones: This has become the experience of many parents as the gender-ideology movement continues to influence young children, especially young girls.

Biden Vaccine and Fauci Corruption


We can confirm that the FDA’s decisions on Covid booster shots were not entirely about “science.”

We received 112 pages from the Food and Drug Administration that show top officials being pressured by “companies and, for that matter the Administration, who try to impose timeless [sic] that make no sense.”

We received the records in response to a February 2022 FOIA lawsuit against the Department of Health & Human Services filed after HHS failed to respond to a September 3, 2021, FOIA request for records of communication from the former director and deputy director of the FDA’s Office of Vaccines Research and Review, Dr. Marion Gruber and Dr. Philip Krause, respectively (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (No. 1:22-cv-00292)).

Drs. Gruber and Krause reportedly resigned during the White House’s push to approve the COVID-19 vaccine “booster shots.”

On September 13, 2021, Gruber and Krause were among a group of resigning doctors who agreed that, “Available evidence doesn’t yet indicate a need for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots among the general population …”

The records include an August 25, 2021, email by Marion Gruber to her boss, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) Director Peter Marks:

Over the last couple of days, Janssen has bombarded us with emails regarding their booster dose studies.
I am also very concerned that companies (such as Pfizer and Janssen) are trying to put pressure on OVRR [Office of Vaccines Research and Review] by way of PR [public relations]. We need to be given time to consider their data and cannot be pushed by these companies and, for that matter the Administration, who try to impose timeless [sic] that make no sense (e.g., Sep 20)…. It appears that at least Pfizer’s data will not be aligned with this approach and the ‘n’ [test numbers] they have is grossly insufficient. Obviously, we have to review the data but we have taken a peak and have serious concerns.
Lastly, and this is my personal opinion, data we have seen so far from various companies (Pfizer, Janssen, Moderna) appear to suggest that boosters are not needed.

In an email exchange on August 27, 2021, Gruber replies to an email from Maureen Hess, a communications specialist at the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research: “Well, the message appears to be ‘total buy-in in the need for boosters,’ this is not how I am writing the BD [likely board decision], I am trying to take a more neutral approach. This piece sounds as if we already decided to approve this supplement.”

Hess responds, “Okay, I’ll make some additional edits (but JW [likely Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock] was included on this statement – https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s0818-covid-19-booster-shots.html – so our edits may be rejected above us.” After sending more emails about edits Hess made, Gruber replies, “From my perspective this is as good as it can get. Obviously, this statements [sic] puts us into a real bind but the damage is already done.”

In an Aug. 20, 2021, email exchange Dr. Doran Fink, the Deputy Director of the FDA’s Division of Vaccines and Related Products Applications raises questions regarding new data, that Moderna was submitting to FDA about its COVID vaccine. Fink told Drs. Gruber, Krause and other colleagues:

I had to bite my tongue when Peter [likely Dr. Peter Marks, Director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research] mentioned this morning we wouldn’t be doing rushed reviews anymore so as not to ask about the booster doses that the administration promised to everyone by Sept 20!
And then there is the question of the data that will support these booster doses – maybe I’m wrong, but my understanding is that Pfizer is proposing that their sBLA include the Phase 1 booster data from a grand total of 23 subjects. I’m not sure what Moderna will have, but the data Fauci presented in the press conference from NIAID studies, which was ~25 subjects per treatment arm.

Gruber states in an August 17, 2021, email “They [Dr. Doran’s team] fully understand that the Acting Commissioner would like to approve this product [Pfizer Covid booster vaccine] very soon and are trying their best to complete their review and assessment, while at the same time, maintaining our high standards and scientific and clinical integrity.”

Philip Krause, in an August 10, 2021 email, complains: “It sounds like Peter [likely Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research Director Peter Marks] thinks he has taken over all vaccine operations, not just the Pfizer BLA [Biologics License Application] …”

On August 23, 2021, Dr. Arnold Monto, Professor in the Department of Epidemiology of the University of Michigan School of Public Health, emails Drs. Gruber and Krause using the subject “VRBPAC and boosters:”

The Surgeon General last night made a statement that the FDA and CDC advisory committees would be reviewing Hope that he misspoke about the VRBPAC (Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee) Doesn’t seem to be enough time to get it organized Just got asked about flu vaccination and Covid boosters being given at the same time. Gave my personal information, don’t

Gruber then replies to Monto: “We will be discussing the ‘booster question’ and related submissions including whether VRBPAC should be held. We do not know yet and you are right that timing will be an issue once again.”

On September 22, 2021, the FDA approved use of a booster dose of the Pfizer drug. According to the organization’s news release, the FDA, “amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to allow for use of a single booster dose, to be administered at least six months after completion of the primary series” for people at “high risk” of “severe COVID-19.”

These documents confirm a politicized approval process for the controversial Covid-19 vaccine booster shots. It is a scandal that took months and a federal lawsuit to expose these troubling facts about this unprecedented and seemingly never-ending vaccine operation.

Judicial Watch Sues for Emails of Dr. Fauci’s Spouse, Christine Grady

We want basic information about the work Dr. Anthony Fauci’s wife, Christine Grady, who is also employed by the National Institutes of Health. The Biden administration is trying to block us.

Priest in Mexico shot and wounded


Mexico priest Father Felipe Vélez Jiménez, the pastor of St. Gerard Maria Majella parish in the town of Iguala, was shot in the cheekbone right while driving his vehicle in Chilapa county, in the State of Guerrero, on July 28, 2022. | Courtesy of the Diocese of Chilpancingo-Chilapa

A Mexican priest was shot in the face around noon on July 28, while driving his car in the state of Guerrero.

According to a statement from the Mexican Bishops’ Conference, Father Felipe Vélez Jiménez, the pastor of St. Gerard Maria Majella parish in the town of Iguala, in the Diocese of Chilpancingo-Chilapa, was “shot in the cheekbone right while driving his vehicle in Chilapa county, in the State of Guerrero.”

“Our brother priest was transferred to the hospital where he is sedated and out of danger,” the conference said in its statement released the night of July 28.

The Mexican bishops expressed their gratitude “to the entire team of doctors who are treating him and we reject these terrible acts of violence that we are experiencing in Mexico.”

“We pray that God would grant us the peace that we long for and we pray for the conversion of criminals who cause so much pain to society,” the bishops added.

Speaking with Milenio Televisión July 28, Father Filiberto Velázquez, a friend of the wounded priest, said that “violence in Mexico no longer respects anyone, it has already gotten to the churches, the priests, and this is intensifying.”

“We are concerned,” said the priest, and “we hope that the authorities can conduct an investigation to determine who is responsible for this attack.”

Velázquez pointed out that “the presence of organized crime is very strong” in the region, so “we’re not ruling out that they confused him with someone else.”

“What worries us is that the delinquency, criminality, and level of impunity don’t allow these rates to drop and that they can affect any citizen,” he said.

The bishop of Chilpancingo-Chilapa, José de Jesús González Hernández, said in a statement that “Father Felipe is being cared for by specialists, who tell us that he’s in poor condition, but stable, which gives us great hope for his recovery.”

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