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Patrick Swanson / November 27,2022

Relax, a Little Stress Might Be Good for You

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If holiday demands get you frazzled, you can take heart from a new study: When it comes to stress, a little is good.

“The bad outcomes of stress are pretty clear and not new,” said Assaf Oshri, lead author of the study and an associate professor in the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences.

“But there’s less information about the effects of more limited stress,” Oshri said in a university news release. “Our findings show that low to moderate levels of perceived stress were associated with elevated working memory neural activation, resulting in better mental performance.”

Working memory is the short-term information you use everyday for things like remembering a phone number or recalling directions on how to get someplace.

For the study, the researchers analyzed MRI scans from the Human Connectome Project, a project sponsored by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Scans came from more than 1,000 people with diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Those who reported having low or moderate stress levels had increased activity in the parts of the brain that involve working memory.

Meanwhile, those who reported high stress had a decline in those areas, the findings showed.

The research team assessed perceived stress levels through questions like these: “In the last month, how often have you been upset because of something that happened unexpectedly?” and “In the last month, how often have you found that you could not cope with all the things that you had to do?”

The investigators also asked participants if they felt they had a meaningful life, and about the availability of friend-based support.

Patrick Swanson / November 19,2022

How to Give Biden, Congress, and the Media a Piece of Your Mind

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The 2022 mid-term election is over, except for the Georgia runoff election on Tuesday, December 6, 2022.

You may find yourself motivated to send thoughts, complaints, or praise to the winners or losers.

How can you write to the White House, Congress, the Media, and Regional Politicians? That’s our subject.

We offer resources taken directly from official sources, including The White House.

How you can write to The White House

[Source: WhiteHouse.gov]

Here are a few simple things you can do to make sure your correspondence gets to the White House as quickly as possible.

  •  If possible, email us! This is the fastest way to reach the White House.
  • If you write a letter, please consider typing it on an 8 1/2 by 11-inch sheet of paper.
  • If you hand-write your letter, please write as neatly as possible with an ink pen.
  • Include your return address on your letter as well as on your envelope. If you have an email address, please share it with us too.
  • And finally, please be sure to write on the outside of your mailing envelope the complete address for the White House to make sure your letter gets to us as quickly and directly as possible:

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

Washington, DC 20500

Write or Call the White House | The White House

 

How to Write to the Media…

[Source: wikiHow.com] Co-authored by Eric McClure

Patrick Swanson / November 16,2022

MSNBC panel predicts McCarthy won’t ‘survive’ as speaker

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MSNBC panel predicts McCarthy won’t ‘survive’ as speaker

MSNBC panel predicts McCarthy won’t ‘survive’ as speaker

MSNBC panel predicts McCarthy won’t ‘survive’ as speaker

MSNBC panel predicts McCarthy won’t ‘survive’ as speaker

 

A panel on MSNBC predicted Thursday that Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California would not “survive” as speaker because he was “making concessions” to a “chaos caucus.”

“They’re making concessions to their chaos caucus,” MSNBC host Alicia Menendez told “Deadline: White House” host Nicolle Wallace, referring to Republican Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, who won re-election with 69.5% of the vote Nov. 8 as Republicans took control of the House of Representatives after midterm elections where they failed to meet expectations of a “red wave.”

McCarthy fended off a challenge to win the nomination to be speaker of the House from Republican Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona, winning 188-31. But McCarthy will still need to secure the support of 218 members in January in order to obtain the speakership.

Patrick Swanson / November 16,2022

Path Cleared for Georgia to Launch Work Requirements for Medicaid

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Georgia is set to become the only state to have work requirements for Medicaid coverage.

Republican Gov. Brian Kemp’s reelection — and a surprising Biden administration decision not to appeal a federal court ruling — have freed the state to introduce its plan that would allow for a limited increase in the pool of low-income residents eligible for Medicaid.

Questions remain about the rollout of Kemp’s plan. But it would set up Georgia as a test case for a work provision that has been proposed by several states and struck down in federal courts and by the Biden administration.

Meanwhile, advocacy groups are concerned about barriers to obtaining and maintaining the coverage. They also point out that the Kemp plan would be more expensive per enrollee and cover a fraction of the people who would get Medicaid under a full expansion. The new Georgia eligibility program would require a minimum of 80 hours of work or volunteering a month.

“The best-case scenario is that some uninsured Georgians would get coverage for some amount of time,’’ said Laura Colbert, executive director of the consumer advocacy group Georgians for a Healthy Future. “It’s going to be a big headache for the state and for people who enroll or try to enroll.”

The Trump administration approved Medicaid work requirements for Georgia and 12 other states. Georgia got approval under a “waiver,” or a federal permission that lets states run programs that differ from standard rules on Medicaid, the government insurance that covers the poor and the disabled.

But the Biden White House rejected the Georgia plan.

Patrick Swanson / November 11,2022

No. 1 UGA leads steady top 5; Ducks, UCLA slip

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  • Associated Press

No. 1 Georgia led an unchanged top five in The Associated Press college football poll Sunday, while the rest of the Top 25 was shuffled after eight ranked teams lost — including two big upsets in the Pac-12.

For the second straight week, the Bulldogs received all but one of the 63 first-place votes in the AP Top 25. No. 2 Ohio State received the other first-place vote.

No. 3 Michigan, No. 4 TCU and No. 5 Tennessee held their spots after victories Saturday, with only the Horned Frogs facing a real challenge.

Patrick Swanson / November 07,2022

Mary Kay Letourneau’s Daughter Georgia, 24, Announces Father Vili Fualaau Welcomed New Baby Girl

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Mary Kay Letourneau’s Daughter Georgia, 24, Announces Father Vili Fualaau Welcomed New Baby Girl
  • More AboutMary Kay Letourneau
  • Fruit Mill39, is now a father of three, according to People. The former husband of Mary Kay Letourneauwho died of cancer at the age of 58 in 2020, apparently welcomed a baby girl named Sophia and his older daughter Georgia24, announced the happy news in a private Instagram post that the outlet obtained. “Hi Sophia, I’m your big sister! You’re so beautiful, I can’t wait to watch you grow. I’ll be right here by your side no matter what ! I love you Mary Kay Letourneau’s Daughter Georgia, 24, Announces Father Vili Fualaau Welcomed New Baby Girl,” Georgia captioned the post, which included a photo of the newborn.

    In addition to Georgia and Sophia, Vili is the father of his oldest daughter Audrey25. He shared his two elder daughters with his late wife, whom he had a controversial relationship and eventual marriage with after she began sexually abusing him in 1996, when she was his sixth-grade teacher at an elementary school in Burien, Washington. She was sentenced to over seven years in prison for child rape and became pregnant with Vili’s kids before he was 15, despite court orders trying to keep them apart.

Patrick Swanson / November 06,2022

Molly Shows Off 35-Pound Weight Loss Transformation

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  • 90 Day Fiancé Fans Celebrate Molly Hopkins’ Weight Loss
  • Molly Hopkins from 90 Day Fiancé is ecstatic to reveal her full-body transformation after weight loss. She also shares how she achieved her goal.

    Former 90 Day Fiancé star Molly Hopkins celebrated her big weight loss milestone by showing her full body. The Georgia resident first appeared on 90 Day Fiancé season 5, during which she got popular for her bold attitude and body-positive mindset. Soon after her reality TV appearance, Molly got even more popular on social media as fans felt inspired by her weight loss transformation. Nowadays, she looks healthier than ever and lives her life confidently while expanding her business.

    SCREENRANT VIDEO OF THE DAY

    Molly recently posted a major weight loss update by sharing a short video on Instagram. In the clip, she wore lingerie to show off her toned belly and long legs. She wrote, “Yes my skin is getting a little loosey goosey from my weight loss,” Molly revealed that she has dropped 35 pounds. She added that she had transformed herself by addressing her gut health. The 90 Day Fiancé alum revealed that weight-loss results are now evident because she consistently followed a plant-based diet for over a year and a half.

    Related: How 90 Day Fiancé’s Molly Hopkins’ Weight Loss Changed Her Life & Image

    90 Day Fiancé Fans Celebrate Molly Hopkins’ Weight Loss

     

Patrick Swanson / October 28,2022

RUN IT BACK: Georgia faith-based philanthropist Jay Vinson makes another appearance on WATC-TV 57’s Atlanta Live

Patrick Swanson / October 21,2022

Today in Great Lakes History – October 23

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On this day in 1949, the new Canada Steamship Line steamer HOCHELAGA successfully completed her sea trials in Georgian Bay. She departed Collingwood the next day to load her first cargo of grain at Port Arthur.

On October 23,1887, the small wooden scow-schooner LADY ELGIN was driven ashore about one mile north of Goderich, Ontario, in a severe storm that claimed numerous other vessels. By October 26, she was broken up by the waves.

The CARL GORTHON, was launched October 23, 1970, for Rederi A/B Gylfe, Hsingborg, Sweden. Sold Canadian in 1980, renamed b.) FEDERAL PIONEER and c.) CECILIA DESGAGNES in 1985. In 2000, she was used as a movie set, unofficially renamed LADY PANAMA.

The rail car ferry GRAND RAPIDS was launched October 23, 1926, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin, for the Grand Trunk-Milwaukee Car Ferry Co., Muskegon, Michigan. She entered service in December of 1926.

WILLIAM B. SCHILLER (Hull#372) was launched October 23, 1909, at Lorain, Ohio, for the Pittsburgh Steamship Co., Cleveland, Ohio.

October 23, 1953 – The steamer SPARTAN arrived Ludington on her maiden voyage. Captain Harold A. Altschwager was in command.

On October 23, 1868, F. T. BARNEY (wooden schooner, 255 tons, built in 1856, at Vermilion, Ohio) collided with the schooner TRACY J BRONSON and sank below Nine Mile Point, Northwest of Rogers City in Lake Michigan. The wreck was found in 1987, and sits in deep water, upright in almost perfect condition.

Patrick Swanson / October 17,2022

Shein influencer stops working with fast-fashion brand after 'horrendous' factory workers' conditions revealed – iNews

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Shein influencer stops working with fast-fashion brand after 'horrendous' factory workers' conditions revealed – iNews

The head of a British online influencer agency has announced she will no longer be working with the Chinese firm Shein, the biggest fashion retailer in the world, following revelations about “horrendous” labour abuses in the company’s supply chain.
Georgia Portogallo, who recruits teenagers to promote brands on social media, told her followers that she and her agency “have decided we will no longer be working with Shein, no longer getting our clients any collaborations with Shein, until their working conditions change”.
Ms Portogallo made her decision after learning of how workers in two Chinese factories making clothes for Shein are paid as little as 3p per garment and often work for 18 hours a day, with no weekends and only one day off per month, producing the kinds of items that sell for as little as £1.49 in the UK.
The findings are the result of the first undercover investigation into the fast-fashion company, conducted for the Channel 4 documentary Untold: Inside the Shein Machine and initially revealed by i in an exclusive report.
Pressure may grow on other influencers to cut ties with Shein after thousands of people shared the findings on Twitter and expressed outrage at how the workers are treated.
Ms Portogallo, who appears in the documentary to explain how young people are attracted into promoting Shein on their social media accounts with the lure of free clothes, has 297,000 followers on TikTok and 214,000 followers on Instagram.
In a TikTok video released after the Untold show began streaming on All4 on Monday, she told her followers that the “amazing documentary” had “really opened my eyes up as to what the factories are like”.

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