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America the Beautiful For any of us who were hoping against hope that the COVID-19 pandemic had issued a metaphorical moratorium on the senseless and shameless predatory killings of black individuals and other people of color by our police (and otherwise socially-minded Caucasian individuals), stop the presses! The news is in. And it didn’t stop a thing.

From the killing of Breonna Taylor in her Kentucky home to the assassination of Ahmaud Arbery, recent weeks have signaled an uneasy escalation in the violence. This violence culminated in the much-filmed, various vantage point killing of another unarmed black man.

On Monday, May 25, 2020, former Minneapolis Minnesota Police Department Officer Derek Chauvin literally squeezed the life out of Minnesota resident George Floyd.

… even after…he was…unconscious, Chauvin knelt his ground

It was a scenario that is frighteningly reminiscent of scenes from several prominent movies. Spike Lee’s classic, Do the Right Thing, the Edward Norton/Edward Furlong vehicle American History X, and any number of 1970s “Snuff Films,” can’t even compare to the horror.

Chauvin and 3 of his colleagues full-weight knelt on the neck and back of Mr. Floyd. Presumably, this was done in an effort to subdue the accused. (At least, that’s what they’ll say.)

After more than six minutes, Mr. Floyd was non-responsive and had no pulse. And even after it was determined that he was most likely unconscious, Chauvin knelt his ground for an additional 2+ minutes.

How…do I heal when I’m not even…to acknowledge my pain…?

The shocking nature of the murder of Mr. Floyd has led to the latest wave of protests. It is a scene that has played itself out frequently in the past several years. But, for all the similarities that I can draw, the fact is this time it appears different.

…racism is an ideological construct that is a complicated mix

Much of the talk of healing is being replaced with real truths about the complexities of racism. (How exactly do I heal when I’m not even allowed to acknowledge my pain and what causes it?) Many people are actually cleansing their souls, expressing disgust at the fact that they’ve lived a privileged existence because of race.

People who normally don’t speak on such issues, AKA well-to-do, well known Caucasians, are coming out of their race-privileged closets. I feel that with each new confession, those who have lived the dream become a little more enlightened to the profound realities and complexities of the situation in which we find ourselves.

Often oversimplified in its destructive nature, western racism is an ideological construct that is a complicated mix. It’s equal parts false pride, denigrating lies and innuendo, historical omission, religious usury, and capitalistic tilt.

For the purposes of this article, we will dispense with the clinical and just get to the meat of it.

It’s being reprimanded for speaking your mind…about racism because that kind of talk is divisive.

Racism, overtly maligned, most often denied but, popularly underestimated, but always, always there. What is it?

Well, it’s not getting the job for which you know you are best qualified. The job eventually goes to someone (of the right race) who is underqualified.

It’s being dismissed and denigrated as a student by a Caucasian teacher who feels you don’t have the mental capacity to do the work anyway. It’s being reprimanded for speaking your mind and expressing your feelings about racism because that kind of talk is divisive.

It’s not being able to get a business loan for a venture that you know will be lucrative because your business is a start-up and not established.

It’s having…African Americans…in power… use and abuse your black body…to show that they deserve to be accepted into the Caucasian fray.

It’s worrying about your loved ones when they walk out of the door in the mornings because, well because we are all targets.

It’s being followed around in any store while being profiled like you’re a common criminal.

It’s having Caucasians, over and over, highjack dialogues about racism to prove that they are not racist or that they have suffered the same atrocities. (This is particularly vexing.)

It’s having black people/African Americans who are in power or authority use and abuse your black body, your black life, to show that they deserve to be accepted into the Caucasian fray. Stockholm Syndrome is alive and thriving in America. (For those who don’t get it, it’s about black people desperately needing to identify with the culture that kidnapped and obliterated black identity. Check out Samuel L. Jackson in Django Unchained. He gives a brilliant performance as the original “Tom”.)

It’s always automatically taking for granted that the Caucasian is smarter or has a more powerful position. It’s always, automatically looking to the Caucasian in the room for answers.

It’s people curtailing and manipulating their testimonials on racism to ensure that they don’t offend the sensitivities or hurt the feelings of the perpetrators of racism.

It’s always offering unnecessary disclaimers to let everyone know that all Caucasians are not racist.

It is beyond powerful.

As of this writing, charges against Derek Chauvin have been upgraded to 2nd-degree murder. His colleagues/partners in crime have also been charged. And Mr. Floyd’s death has been ruled a homicide.

Neither of these outcomes would have occurred a few years ago. There has been very minimal character assassination of Mr. Floyd. A few years ago, this too would be completely opposite.

The protestors have gone nowhere and numerous world leaders have spoken out about this atrocity. Again, this is light-years from the results of the no so distant past. It is different. Let’s hope we are not hoodwinked by these phenomena.

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Because of this perfect storm of atrocious tragedy, pandemic cabin fever, pandemic induced furloughs, we are now it appears peeling back the multifaceted very complicated layers of racism. Racism is such an institutionalized villain that has victimized and vilified legions for hundreds of years.

Racism, the pandemic to rival all pandemics.

Rash Muhammad

The Literary Illuminati

 

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The Story Behind Nilam Coaching Mental & Physical Transformation

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The Story Behind Nilam Coaching Mental & Physical Transformation

This week we had the chance to get to talk to one of the most inspiring health coaches on the internet, Nilam Coaching. If you haven’t heard of her yet, now is the time to learn some stuff from her. By the end of this article that will be a blast from the past…  

Nilam is a passionate health coach who loves to inspire and help other women from all around the world to become the best version of themselves. She had a mental & physical transformation herself so she knows what she is talking about.

Nilam The world wants to know, who are you, and what exactly is it that you do? :

Thank you for asking me these questions. I am a simple soul who just wants to help others to become healthier and more aware… I love to help women out to love themselves more and more every day. To help them out with their health, with fun workouts, and with upgrading their self-love and mindset. I truly believe that when you take care of yourself your life will be so much better. I am alive to inspire. Alive to show women that they can become anything they want in life and that they deserve it all!

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That’s Awesome Nilam, How exactly did you get started? :

Well, personally a few years ago I was super insecure and not feeling good in my skin. I was overweight and I didn’t know how to live myself. So I decided to change myself physically and mentally. I had a lot of ups and downs during my process but I appreciate all the lessons.

After I helped myself out I coached many women from all around the world. I helped them to achieve their (body) goals and helped them to accept and love themselves the way they are. I showed them that a transformation is about them… You don’t change yourself for another person, you do it for yourself! The smile we created together on their faces is priceless. It gives me the energy to see them happy!

So Nilam as I can see you’ve been able to accomplish quite a lot in your career so far, what’s the most challenging stuff that u had to deal with? :

I won’t lie… It was hard in the beginning to make my lifestyle changes. I’ve made a lot of mistakes because I didn’t had the right education and knowledge about how to change my life forever. But I am very happy that my clients don’t have to make the same mistakes which means they save a lot of time and energy!!

I find it also super challenging to see that in this world we live in right now a lot of people feel the pressure that they need to live a ‘perfect’ life. But life isn’t perfect. It comes with ups and downs, what you see on social media are just highlights of someone else’s life. You don’t have to be perfect, you just have to be consistent and your life will change.

The last big challenging thing I find is all the supplements people are promoting to grow their business. When someone wants to change their body you don’t need them. If you like it it’s fine Of course, but you don’t need them. It’s about naturally creating a healthy lifestyle! There is no quick fix, no magic pill. Just you who needs to put in the work with the right knowledge and good support is always a plus.

Amazing Nilam, Love the motivation you have, so do you teach others how to achieve with their body what you were able to do? :

Thank you, I’ll try to inspire them that if I can do it, they can do it too. Even better! I want to show all those beautiful women that it doesn’t matter where you come from, what your background or age. The only thing that matters is if you want to make the lifestyle change. Nothing dramatic. You just need to be willing to make tiny changes that will lead to remarkable results.

 What makes you different from other Health Coaches? :

Well, I don’t want to compare myself to other coaches. I just hope everyone is doing the best they can for other people. I’ve seen many great coaches which is great. I just want to show women that a transformation is not only about the outside. It’s about the inside as well. It’s about to look at yourself in the mirror and love yourself.

Work on your mind first and your body will follow!

I want to show those amazing woman that you don’t have to be so hard on yourself.. you don’t have to starve yourself or cut any food group. I want to show them that you can still enjoy the foods you like and achieve your goals.

They just need to know that it’s important to keep your body moving.. to keep their body moving in a way they like it. That you can lift weights at home or the gym it doesn’t matter! And that you don’t have to be scared to lift some weights, lifting will make you feel stronger, you will create that amazing body shape this way and you will still look super feminine.

Last but not least, I want to show how to create a lifestyle change. how to achieve your body goals and how to keep them as well! I think that’s so important. Long term results.. that’s what it’s all about.

How Hard You Think it is for a new person to get into this? :

It might be a bit uncomfortable in the beginning but that’s normal because your body and mind resist everything new automatically, but if you are willing to change then there is nothing to worry about.

Just remember that you don’t have to be perfect. Some days will be better than other days and that’s fine. Just keep believing, keep pushing and you will get there.

Just know that you got this, If I were able to have the transformation you will be able to as well!!

And not to forget to mention the Nilam Coaching community. Women from all around the world who are supporting each other. We are in this together. Together everyone achieves more.

 Nilan, Thanks for taking the time to sit down with me, wish you all the success. Anything you have to add for the end and where people can find you :

I don’t think I would add anything else for the moment, just want to tell all the women from all around the world! That you can do it!!

And for everyone who want to connect with me you can check my website : www.nilamcoaching.com as well as my Instagram Page @nilamcoaching

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The top myths about auto insurance

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The complexities and lack of clarity about the methods of calculating premiums and including certain exceptions in car insurance policies have left people guessing and this has resulted in some myths that float in the air. No one knows for sure as to what can qualify for an insurance claim and what might be debarred from claiming. Myths are often considered to be true and this leads to misunderstandings.

This article attempts to break some myths and throw light on facts and actual conditions that are applicable for car insurance. This should help car owners to know their limits and avoid being on the wrong side of the law that can even result in rendering car insurance policies invalid. Let us see what the truth really is.

Specific colors of car can make insurance expensive

The color of cars does not matter to insurance companies in working out the cost of insurance.  The type of vehicle is the main concern of insurance companies as it relates to the safety record of the category and how attractive it is to thieves. The cost of repairs that the type of car might entail is also what is looked into. History of accidents, total distance driven in a year, driving preferences – during the day or night and the preferred driving routes are all considered to work out the premium but never the appearance of vehicles.

Accidents from others’ fault would exempt the payment of excess

In the event of any claim the insured person has to pay a certain sum of money that is known as excess. This condition is built into the agreement that a car owner enters with the insurance company and it has to be honored regardless whether the accident has happened for the fault of someone else or even if the car is stolen.

Prior driving conviction disqualifies the driver from getting auto insurance

Click4Warranty says car insurance companies have factored the risks of driving conviction into the insurance products that they offer and does not disqualify a person who has been convicted for some reasons of breaking the road rules from obtaining car insurance. However, the record of driving conviction would make the policy costlier except for speeding conviction that does not entail any extra cost of insurance. Even if you have been convicted for driving any other types of vehicles likes van or motorbike it is better to disclose it at the time of taking the insurance so that you are not taken by surprise at the time of settlement of claims.

No claim bonus is affected by windscreen claims

Claims pertaining to windscreens only do not impact the no claim bonus status of the policy in any way. Only the insurer has to pay his or her share of excess as per agreement.

The insurance company takes the liability of loan repayment when the car is written off

This is not true as the written off value is lower than the outstanding loan. To make the insurance company repay the loan you have to get cover of GAP insurance.

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It is very important to have a good professional reputation. Your life becomes a little easier when others think highly of you. Your ideas are going to be ushered in more easily because people believe in you and your contributions. When you make a mistake, it is going to be a little smoother because you have the benefit of the doubt. With a positive professional reputation, you are able to make important connections, earn a promotion, and strengthen the network connections you have.

Below are some great tips that will go a long way in helping you manage your reputation -no matter where you are getting started. TRS Staffing discuss the engineering jobs that didn’t exist 30 years ago.

Putting in the effort to improve your professional reputation is going to be worth it because it will help you with your career.

TRYING TO ALWAYS DO THE RIGHT THING

It is not that hard to manage your professional relationships and how you are viewed by others. Your first step is going to be doing things that are going to earn you a positive reputation. You should always try to do the right thing at your workplace, especially when dealing with other people. If you are looking to prove that you are hardworking, considerate, etc. then you need to be actually hardworking, considerate, etc. You shouldn’t shirk a duty or put something past someone else. Your goal needs to be acting with integrity. If you want to improve your professional reputation, then act like it.

AVOID COMPLAINING

There are some certain behaviours you have to avoid if you want to improve your professional reputation. You can’t go far when you are doing the wrong things, no matter how much good you are doing. Negativity is the most toxic behaviour in any setting. If you were to look closely at negative people, then you will realize that most of them don’t have a great professional reputation. You should try your best to avoid negative behaviours no matter how frustrated or tired you are. Your focus should be on finding a solution to problems or looking at things from a different angle.

APOLOGIZE WHEN YOU MAKE A MISTAKE

Everyone makes a mistake at one point. If you happen to make a mistake (you are a human), then the best thing to do is apologize. You should take full responsibility for your actions because it gives you the chance of making lemonades from lemons. For a person to own up to their mistake and errors, it takes a certain confidence and maturity.

GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND

If you are interested in a great professional reputation, you need to be willing to go the extra mile and not just do a good job. Always look for the extra step because it can make a lot of difference. Sticking around a little late to help a fellow employee, or leaving a thank-you note after a meeting, will help in improving how others see you, which is going to improve your reputation. If you want to improve how others see you, then you need to more than expected.

DEMONSTRATING TRUSTWORTHINESS USING YOUR BODY LANGUAGE

The process of building trust is no simple or easy. You need to look at your words and actions because they are very powerful and can determine whether other people trust you or not. You also need to think about how you carry yourself physically. There are some behaviours like eye contact, an open stance, and a smile that can help you let others know you can be trusted. You need to be sending out the right signals.

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