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All American born and raised and not on any kind of visa or stealing your jobs or whatever. Americans are more diverse than you think. I'll never let you forget it. This fact is very important and will help us win elections.

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50 Times People Asked To Cover Up Their Scars And Birthmarks, And Tattoo Artists Nailed It


Why Insecurity May Be The Key To Success


Maybe everything you’ve been led to believe about being a successful business leader is wrong.

What if confidence is overrated? What if faking it until you make it actually does more harm than good?

Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, a professor of business psychology at University College London, thinks so. His new book, Confidence: Overcoming Low Self-Esteem, Insecurity, and Self-Doubt, isn’t just another touchy-feely book telling you that you are good enough, smart enough, and gosh darn it, people like you.

In fact, Confidence says the exact opposite.

“Although society places a great deal of importance on being confident, there are no genuine benefits except feeling good,” Chamorro-Premuzic writes. “In fact, lower confidence is key to gaining competence, which is the only effective strategy for gaining genuine confidence–confidence that is warranted by one’s actual competence.”

Another one

Less-Confident People Are More Successful

I should be really successful then.

the Skimm's Guide to the Women's March 2019


The Story
This weekend marks the third year of the Women's March. Dozens of marches are planned around the country, including the main march in DC.

Remind me how this got started.
The idea for the 2017 march came from a woman frustrated with President Trump’s election. It took place the day after Trump was sworn into office. In the US and abroad, millions of protesters marched in support of a variety of issues like women’s and reproductive rights as well as LGBTQ, immigrant, and civil rights. It was believed to be the largest single day of protests in US history. Last year’s march focused on getting people registered to vote ahead of the midterms. A record number of women then ran for office, with some citing the Women’s March as inspiration.

What’s the controversy I’ve been hearing about?
When the march was first organized, there were concerns that it wasn’t representative of minority groups. Then last year, some of the national leaders were accused of anti-Semitism, in part for their association with Louis Farrakhan – a man the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as the leader of a hate group. The march’s leaders say they condemn anti-Semitism but have not explicitly condemned Farrakhan. Meanwhile, the SPLC, Democratic National Committee, Human Rights Campaign, and other groups are no longer sponsoring the march.

Tell me about this year.
The Women’s March leaders are launching a plan to turn the group’s principles into an actionable policy agenda. But there are signs the movement is having trouble keeping up momentum. Attendance was down last year. Some cities are hosting alternative marches, not aligned with the national movement. Meanwhile, one Women’s March event was temporarily canceled because there were fears it lacked diversity.

The Women's March brought together millions of women (and men) who wanted to make sure their voices were heard. Some say it inspired them to get involved in local elections or activism. Now a movement that made history is showing some serious fractures – and it's unclear what that means for its trajectory going forward.

Summary for anyone who was unaware.

I'm still planning on marching tomorrow regardless of what any leaders believe or any other controversial stuff. Hope more will do the same. It's good to have numbers for the media to report attendance and make Trump squirm.

Trump denies Pelosi military aircraft for war zone trip


Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump responded Thursday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's letter suggesting they reschedule his State of the Union address by informing Pelosi that an apparent trip she had planned to "Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan has been postponed" while the government shutdown continues.

Pelosi had been scheduled to leave Thursday afternoon when the President canceled use of the military aircraft, according to two White House officials.
Another source said she is still at the Capitol but was supposed to depart in the afternoon.
The administration "worked with the Air Force and (the Defense Department) and basically took away the rights to the plane from the speaker," one White House official said.

The White House released Trump's letter to Pelosi, a day after she had sent the President a letter suggesting they reschedule his planned State of the Union address scheduled for later this month until the government shutdown is resolved.
"Due to the Shutdown, I am sorry to inform you that your trip to Brussels, Egypt, and Afghanistan has been postponed," Trump wrote Pelosi on Thursday. "We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the Shutdown is over."

Because commercial flights to Afghanistan are so safe, he should do it himself.

Vanguard's John Bogle dies at 89. Father of the index fund, he brought investing to the masses


New York (CNN Business)John Bogle, who created the first index fund in 1975 and founded The Vanguard Group, died Wednesday at the age of 89.

Bogle is legend in the investing world for inventing a low-cost way for individuals to invest in the broad market, and advocating for their interests.
"Jack Bogle made an impact on not only the entire investment industry, but more importantly, on the lives of countless individuals saving for their futures or their children's futures," Vanguard CEO Tim Buckley said in a statement. "He was a tremendously intelligent, driven and talented visionary whose ideas completely changed the way we invest. We are honored to continue his legacy of giving every investor 'a fair shake.'"

Vanguard is now the largest investment firm in the world. And index funds account for trillions in assets. One of the largest -- the Vanguard 500 Index Fund -- has more than $440 billion. All Vanguard index funds combined account for more than 70% of the firms nearly $5 trillion in assets, according to the company.
Bogle was revered for his steadfast commitment to the best interest of the investor.

Jack Bogle really made investing affordable and accessible to normal people. And as a bonus, the existence of these massive index funds helps add some stability to our whole market.

Full disclosure: My retirement funds are in Vanguard. I'd recommend it to anyone.

'Barely Treading Water': Why The Shutdown Disproportionately Affects Black Americans


As the government shutdown enters its fourth week — becoming the longest in United States history — federal workers around the country are struggling to make ends meet. But according to Jamiles Lartey, a reporter with The Guardian, the shutdown is having a disproportionate effect on black workers and their families.

African-Americans make up a higher percentage of federal workers than they do of the non-government workforce. That’s in part because, for generations, government work has provided good wages and job security to African-Americans who faced more overt discrimination in the private sector.

Ari Shapiro of NPR’s All Things Considered sat down with Lartey to talk about some of the ways this disparity is playing out right now.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

Ari Shapiro: Could you explain the history that led to our situation today, where African-Americans make up a higher percentage of the federal workforce than they do in the private sector?

As tough as this is for government employees, they can at least expect to get backpay. Government contract workers may not. And you say that will also disproportionately affect black business owners. How so?

Tell me about the gender divide here. Women make up 60 percent of the federal workforce — higher than the percentage they make up of the general population. What’s the significance of that gender divide on African-American families?

As usual, minorities and women are being punished disproportionately for something that is not their fault. Lots of contractors are on unpaid work stoppage and will never get back pay when this shutdown ends. Many are unable to pay rent or mortgage this month, maybe next month too. Some landlords are not so forgiving in gentrifying areas where there are wealthier people ready to take over low income housing.

There is audio at the link.

Passenger carries firearm through TSA screening at Atlanta onto Delta flight

Source: CNN

(CNN)A traveler carrying a firearm boarded a flight from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and flew to Tokyo Narita International Airport on January 3, according to a statement from the Transportation Security Administration.

"TSA has determined standard procedures were not followed and a passenger did in fact pass through a standard screening TSA checkpoint with a firearm at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on the morning of January 3," the release states.

Delta Airlines also issued a statement to CNN, saying that "upon the customer's disclosure, the airline reported the incident to the TSA."

The security breach came two weeks into the government shutdown, during which TSA agents have been required to work but have not received paychecks. CNN first reported on January 4 -- a day after the breach -- that hundreds of TSA agents from at least four major airports had called in sick.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/13/us/tsa-gun-flight/index.html


Snow increasing. Expect deteriorating conditions into this evening.


About 4.5 to 7.5 inches of snow have accumulated since Saturday afternoon. This is the biggest snow in Washington since January 2016 (officially 5.4 inches at Reagan National through 1 p.m.).
There’s the potential for an additional 1 to 2 inches through this evening with perhaps a few locally heavier pockets - mainly from the District south. Road conditions are likely to deteriorate.
Storm totals should range from 5 to 10 inches with the highest amounts just south of town. The snow should end between 8 p.m. and midnight.
The unofficial name for this storm is #Snurlough - based on the recommendation of reader Phil Yabut.

Videos at the link

IRS scammers are still working hard through the shutdown

to lie and steal from Americans. Happy New Year. Enjoy the insults above.

In case you missed this when I posted it last year, the video below is very satisfying to watch Project Mayhem flood a scam call center with automated robocalls.

As a reminder, the IRS will never call you, never threaten you, and never ask for payment through gift cards. They send letters. If you are ever surprised to hear from the IRS(or Social Security, Medicare, VA, Federal Grants, Microsoft Technical Support, etc.), it's probably a scam.

Plenty of legit IRS employees and contractors have foreign accents/names but they will never call you.

Trump In 2004 To Grads: 'Go Over...Go Around' Concrete Wall NBC News

Never give up. Shut down the government. Make people work without pay if you have to. Screw over anyone who gets in your way.
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