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Why Older Job Seekers Need to Ignore Google’s Age Discrimination Suit

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Older Job Seekers

Why Older Job Seekers Need To Ignore Google’s Age Discrimination Suit

In case you weren’t aware, this news was announced on July 22, 2019 by various sources:

“Google is set to pay $11 Million to settle 227 cases launched by job seekers who believe their applications were unfairly dismissed because of their age.”

Google settled admitting no wrong doing and will incorporate a number of measures to expand inclusiveness and sensitivity training in hiring.

A few ChamTribe members emailed me links to this news above when it came out.

Some of the comments accompanying the news links were:

“You may have seen this, but I thought I would share 🙂 …”

“I knew age was an issue in job searching.”

“There is hope we can beat this!”

You know what was my gut reaction upon reading the news?

“227 people? Well, that doesn’t seem like a lot….”

So I sought out to find some data.

Did you know that Google had over 2 Million job applicants apply to work at Google, according to an Inc. Magazine 2017 article titled, “It’s Harder To Get Into Google Than It Is To Get Into Harvard”?

And now there is a 2019 CNBC article “Here’s How Many Google Interviews It Takes to Hire a Googler” that says there are 3 Million applicants per year.

The 227 applicants in the lawsuit represent roughly 0.01% of one year’s applicants. To be clear, that’s one one-hundredth of a percent of one year’s applicants. And this suit includes applicants over a 3-4 year period, I believe.

And Google hires about 6,000-7,000 people per year from the 3 Million applicants. That’s a .2% chance of getting hired by Google—you really do have a better chance getting into Harvard.

By giving you these stats, I am not saying these 227 people did not experience ageism.

I’m sure some of them did genuinely did experience ageism, despite Google’s lack of admission. You can’t have a company being that big with 103,459 employees (Wikipedia Q1 2019) without mistakes being made. Google employees are humans, too, like the rest of us. However, because a few instances of ageism occur, that doesn’t automatically indicate there is a pervasive ageism problem in hiring at Google. And further more, because 227 people are going to receive $35,000 each for an ageism in hiring settlement, doesn’t mean there is ageism in YOUR job search. Based on the numbers and the percentages, there could be many other reasons why these individuals didn’t get hired that had nothing to do with age… but because they were over 40, it was more convenient to label the instance as ageism. Older job seekers need to be careful they aren’t using this Google lawsuit information to confirm their insecurity as an older job seeker—when all it is is a settlement between 227 people and Google. Older job seekers must beware of using this lawsuit to incorrectly label what is happening to them in their job search as ageism, and then as a blinder to avoid looking at what they CAN fix in their own job search.This will only hurt the older job seeker. There are often so many factors in play with these situations and it cannot be overly simplified to say it was ageism. I see instances get quickly, and wrongfully, labeled as ageism, when it’s really an issue of being outdated or a not-the-best-fit for the role. Some of these examples are:— A resume uses a dated format, task-focused language and is devoid of achievements. This type of document won’t generate an interview at any age. — If you are still using an AOL email account, or worse, EarthLink email, people assume you are older. You might as well just leads wih how old you are 😉 (I’m kidding… Don’t do this.)— An applicant uses antiquated achievement stories in an interview or a career document. For example, talking about your first conversion being a Y2K conversion for a financial institution isn’t going to impress anyone. — Using a combination of outdated communication tactics will infer you won’t be able to work well with a team using modern communication tools. For instance, suggesting to fax a document in or only meeting in person with a group that uses Slack and Trello to communicate won’t put you on the short list of candidates for the final interview at any age. — When you aren’t hearing about prime opportunities or landing interviews with 35-year old hiring managers as often as you used to because your network is mostly focused on retiring or not in critical leadership as much any more because they are winding down. That doesn’t mean it’s ageism. It means you may not have maintained your network to include younger people.— Let me ask you this: when you were a 35-year old hiring manager, how many 55-year old potential subordinates did you interview? Probably not many because you didn’t network with many people in this age bracket. So I find what can be labeled as ageism can be fixed with networking conversations. I think it’s important for job seekers of all ages to put forth the most progressive, solution-oriented, relevant presentation of their achievements as possible, and not focus on tenure. I believe your network should not comprise of only people like you and then you get mad when people not like you only hire people like them. Again, this doesn’t mean I think ageism doesn’t exist (it does) or that ageism is OK (it’s absolutely not). It doesn’t mean this isn’t a win for the 227 people involved or that Google shouldn’t have ageism sensitivity initiatives. It just means it has nothing to do with YOUR job search as an older job seeker. Don’t use these types of stories as a crutch to create an excuse as to why you aren’t landing interviews or getting offers. It’s crucial to position ourselves (I am 49) to be victorious soaring eagles in our job searches and not position ourselves as pigeons in target practice. Be innovative on how you position yourself to overcome these challenges. If you focus on what you have recently done well that is relevant to the prospective employer, age becomes less of an issue. So this means experienced job seekers shouldn’t begin their resumes and LinkedIn profiles with “Over 30+ years of experience…” and then be flustered when age is perceived to be used against them. Right?Who is with me?Shift your mindset to what is working. My Job Landing Mindset eBook can help you see possibilities in situations that you see as daunting and dark. I will help you see possibilities and shift your thinking with stories and anecdotes I have experienced myself and with clients. Here is the link to get your copy: The Job Landing Mindset eBook

Be Well!


Lisa Rangel – Executive Resume Writing Services

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Richard Linklater’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette Is a Gripping Mess

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It’s not that hard to figure out where Bernadette went. If you’re walking into Richard Linklater’s new film, Where’d You Go, Bernadette, expecting a Carmen Sandiego–style womanhunt, you might be disappointed. This is no globe-trotting mystery thriller, and Bernadette Fox (played by Cate Blanchett) would not make for a particularly elusive super-thief, despite her penchant for big sunglasses. No, there’s only one puzzle to be solved in Linklater’s adaptation of Maria Semple’s bestselling 2012 novel: What’s the matter with Bernadette? The answers are manifold, and the process of learning them is fitfully fascinating, even as the characters around this enigmatic woman suffer in her shadow.

Linklater, a pioneer of American indie cinema in the ’90s, has recently drifted toward the mainstream, using the clout he’s earned making classics like Boyhood and the Before trilogy to produce the kind of mid-budget dramedies Hollywood tends to ignore these days. Sometimes, as with the winsome School of Rock and Everybody Wants Some!!, he hits the target. But his last effort, 2017’s Last Flag Flying, was a dull affair, with an amazing ensemble wasted on a torpid narrative. Bernadette is somewhere in the middle. The cast is stacked, but the story is messy, and the pathos driving Bernadette’s disappearance (which, again, is easily solved) is underwritten.

Still, I can’t quite shake Where’d You Go, Bernadette, in part because Blanchett is her magnetic self throughout, and in part because Linklater’s own interest in the story is palpable. He’s often been drawn to tales about charming but inscrutable weirdos, such as Orson Welles and Jack Black’s title character in Bernie. Bernadette fits right into this tradition, an acknowledged architectural genius who abruptly retired from professional life to raise a daughter, Bee (Emma Nelson), while her husband, Elgin (Billy Crudup), became a Seattle tech superstar. The core conflict in the film is that of creativity being stymied; Linklater is contemplating how one artistic crisis of confidence could bloom into total ennui.

He struggles with the exposition, though. The script (co-written by Linklater, Holly Gent, and Vincent Palmo Jr.) relegates Bernadette’s history as an architect, the reasons for her early retirement, and the evolving legacy of her work to the background of the story. More than once, a character sits down to watch a YouTube video that lays things out more clearly; I’m not opposed to films within films, but it’s an uninvolving way to accomplish an info-dump. Many more scenes follow Bernadette as she storms around her ramshackle mansion, dictating emails over the phone to a personal assistant who lives in India. Although Blanchett nails these fanciful monologues as only she can, it’s tedious stuff. Other small dramas, like her tension with a snotty neighbor (Kristen Wiig) and her relationship with her distant husband, are equally uninspired.

Linklater is slowly piling on plot points so that Bernadette’s eventual departure can’t be traced to just one factor—emphasizing the mystery, such as it is, of what causes her to abandon her family. But there’s just not enough frisson to that question to drive the movie forward. The epistolary format of Semple’s book (piecing together emails, diary entries, memos, and the like) is better suited to unraveling the circumstances of her disappearance. In the film, Blanchett is such a dominant figure that all of the audience’s sympathies immediately lie with her, to the extent that Bernadette’s flight into the unknown seems like her only sane option.

Once Blanchett is off-screen, the ensemble cast finally gets a chance to shine. Crudup shifts from giving a rote performance to channeling the kind of hangdog empathy that’s powered some of his recent great performances (such as in 20th Century Women or Jackie). Nelson, an unknown making her feature debut, becomes the de facto lead for the final third of the film. She shoulders the burden wonderfully, playing a teenager who balances high spirits as fizzy as her mother’s with a little more rationality.

The best scenes of all, though, are pure dialogue; Linklater remains the master of stoned banter and philosophical repartee. One scene in particular, where Bernadette meets with an old mentor (Laurence Fishburne) and they dig into her angst, is a thrill to watch: Linklater is laying his thesis on the table, talking about the pain of having one’s artistry doused and restrained. In moments like these, Where’d You Go, Bernadette feels like it could have been a great film; the final result is not that, but it’s at least a distinctive mess.

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Sometimes Winning Gets Old

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MANCHESTER, N.H.—During a rally in the nation’s first primary state last night, President Donald Trump delivered two hours’ worth of musings on his favorite topics, including, in the order mused: the 2016 election, “fake polls,” the “fake news media,” crowd size, “fake witch hunts,” the success of “Make America Great Again” as a slogan, China tariffs, farmers, “Sleepy Joe” Biden, “Pocahontas,” personnel matters at The New York Times, socialism, communism, the Green New Deal, the military, Barack Obama, jobs, the stock market, the unemployment rate, law enforcement, Democrats calling people Nazis, the Border Patrol, faith, the American flag, freedom, “America First,” receiving the nonexistent honor of Michigan’s “Man of the Year,” Mexico, winning Pennsylvania, winning North Carolina, winning South Carolina, winning Florida, Hillary Clinton’s emails, ethanol, Rudy Giuliani, Corey Lewandowski, NAFTA, tax cuts, coal, oil, the effect of windmills on property values, steel and aluminum, Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, China’s currency manipulation, the Wall Street Journal editorial board, globalism, violent crime, how guns are shot, the Second Amendment, the opioid epidemic, the progress of a border wall, drug smuggling, sanctuary cities, illegal immigrants, voter-ID laws, “the Democrat Party,” Obamacare, late-term abortion, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, astronauts, Mars, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, rockets, the Iran nuclear deal, moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, the American dream, eradicating AIDS, curing childhood cancer, and, again, winning.

Trump has long used his rallies as a therapeutic escape of sorts, where he can loosen up and stream his own greatest-hits playlist without interruption from the outside world. For Trump, to hold court under the bright lights of a jam-packed stadium somewhere, anywhere, is to shut out the inconveniences that come with the reality of running a country. In the past few weeks alone, those inconveniences have included questions about whether he views nonwhites as sufficiently American, a series of mass shootings, fears of an economic recession, and the future of democracy in the Eastern Hemisphere. Rallies allow both Trump and his supporters to leave these questions at the door—and, in the process, to be transported back to a time when the Trump presidency was nothing more than a glittering aspiration.

Indeed, the tension between past and present has come to define these outings more and more. It’s not that rally-goers are dissatisfied with the present: Everyone I’ve ever spoken to at a Trump rally, whether in Manchester or Cincinnati or Orlando or Nashville, believes that the president has done exactly “what he said he’d do,” as they often put it. Sometimes that belief is based in fact: Richard Toussaint, 50, of Somersworth, New Hampshire, for example, is among those who love Trump for the booming economy and job growth. “I believe the economy’s doing fantastic. The economy’s almost doing too good,” Toussaint told me last night in the arena at Southern New Hampshire University. “Back when he said, in 2016, ‘You’re gonna be tired of winning’—I believe that. Because in manufacturing now, we have a hard time getting anyone to work, because … everybody’s working.”

Other times, it’s not: Corrine Cavanaugh, a 52-year-old Boston woman wearing bejeweled, heart-shaped American-flag earrings, told me that the “[border] wall is stopping so much from happening.”

“Human trafficking, immigration, everything,” she explained. “The people in Congress are losing their money because they’re, like, human trafficking.” In fact, only about 50 miles of Trump’s wall—just over 2 percent of the whole border—has been constructed to date; this year has seen record numbers of migrants at the southern border; and there is no evidence that members of Congress are trafficking people across it.

[Read: ‘It makes us want to support him more’]

Trump also seems to believe—or, at least, tries to project—that the free world under his leadership is hunky-dory. The tension at his rallies, then, between past and present is something perhaps more fundamental to human nature: the thrill of the chase versus the waning high of the catch. At no time has that seemed more pronounced than at last night’s event, especially when Trump used two moments in his speech to seek the crowd’s affirmation of his reelection slogan, “Keep America Great.”

“So, if you don’t mind, you know, the other candidates go—they spend millions and millions of dollars on this question that I’m going to ask you. They spend millions. You remember the first slogan from our opponents? That’s right, neither do I—neither does anyone,” Trump said. “So we have to do this: We have to make a decision. You give up the greatest slogan in the history of politics in our country, ‘Make America Great Again,’ right? So do we give up ‘Make America Great Again’ for a new slogan? Because, look, our country is doing great.

“But do we give up ‘Make America Great Again’ for”—he paused, and then emphasized—“Keep America Great?” The arena erupted in cheers. Trump immediately walked over to the edge of the stage and motioned for someone to hand him their hat. He took it—it was his signature red with “Keep America Great” in white letters—and lifted it to show the crowd. Everyone cheered some more.

And yet Trump was apparently unconvinced. Minutes later, he asked the arena for more input. “Just applaud like crazy for the one you want to use for this campaign, and there’s a possibility we’ll use both,” he said. “Are you ready? Who’s in favor of the campaign theme being ‘Make America Great Again’?” Whoops and hollers and cheers.

“Who’s in favor of our theme being ‘Keep America Great’?” More whoops and hollers and cheers.

“I was going to keep it, actually,” Trump assured his audience as the noise died down. “Thank you. Thank you. So that’s really been the reaction. I’ve done this before big crowds, and it really is ‘Keep America Great’” that wins.

Even so, Trump went on to deliver an address that was pure MAGA, and his supporters responded with their own favorites from that era. How else to describe the chant midway through to “Build the wall!”—a wall that Trump and rally-goers alike insisted had already been built? A chant that reflected the present, the reality—the minimal progress on a wall beyond replacing fencing whose funding, in some cases, was appropriated during the Obama years and whose future will depend on money repurposed under a national emergency, the call for which was decidedly un-emergency-like in that it came after two years of failed attempts to secure funding through Congress—would likely not have the same ring. Instead, rally-goers could remind themselves what it once felt like to nurse visions of a big, beautiful barrier, uncomplicated by the troubles of bringing it to life.

The president ended his speech by promising that “we are going to keep on working, we are going to keep on fighting, and we are going to keep on winning, winning, winning.” He eased into the last three words—winning, winning, winning—slowing down his cadence so that the crowd knew to join him. But by that point, it was past 9 p.m. in Manchester. Many in the arena’s pit had been standing since that morning, much of the audience had thinned out, and their incantations were probably not as definitive and loud and sure as Trump may have hoped.

At a certain point, perhaps winning does, in fact, get tiring.

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Colombia’s Counterintuitive Migration Policy

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BOGOTÁ, Colombia—This country is already overwhelmed by the Venezuelan migration. Its schools and hospitals are crowded. Its public spaces are overrun. Yet its right-wing government continues, against mild public opposition, to keep Colombia open as more and more people arrive from across the border, fleeing the collapse of their economy.

Most recently, Colombian President Iván Duque extended citizenship to 24,000 Colombian-born babies of Venezuelan mothers, as well as to those born in the next two years. The offer is a generous one for women in Venezuela who would migrate to raise children.

Why does Colombia, with its own problems, compounded by decades of civil war, strive to keep such a charitable demeanor toward Venezuela? Although the country’s approach has won praise from humanitarian institutions, Bogotá’s plan isn’t only about goodwill, but also about a levelheaded attempt to build a framework to manage a migration that’s going to come whether citizenship is offered to Venezuelan babies or not.

It certainly makes Colombia seem like a leader in global migration ideas. Although the country is playing catch-up on the issue of birthright citizenship, which is standard across the continent, the direction of its migration policy is notable: It is opening up while other nations, including in the region, are closing down. The approach combines a cold realism acknowledging that nothing will stop the migration with a strategy aimed at economic integration and a heartfelt affection for Venezuela—long a hero in Colombia’s own story.

[Read: Colombia’s radical plan to welcome millions of Venezuelan migrants]

“For those who want to make from xenophobia a political path, we adopt the path of brotherhood,” Duque said in a televised address announcing his decree. “For those who want to outcast or discriminate against migrants, we stand up today … to say that we are going to take them in and we are going to support them during difficult times.”

These remarks may seem uncharacteristic of a head of state from the political right today. Years of migration to places such as the United States, Europe, and Australia have prompted wealthy nations to narrow the entryways for immigrants. Politicians have garnered popular support by decrying the dangers of migration. So Colombia makes an interesting example of a less wealthy nation opening rather than shutting doors when confronted with 1.4 million new people—a number that will only rise.

When I asked Colombia’s border manager, Felipe Muñoz, if the president’s decree might attract more young women to Colombia to give birth, he said no.

“We don’t think that it’s administrative measures that move the migration,” he told me. “Those women were coming here to have babies anyway. And they did it because there aren’t hospitals in Venezuela. Perhaps it’s better to have everybody organized.”

[Read: Colombia is losing the race against the Venezuelan migrant crisis]

Given Colombia’s more than 1,000 miles of open border with Venezuela, leaders here began forming their migration policy with the assumption that nothing they could do would stop the migration. Any effort now to restrict or discourage the flow of people out of Venezuela seems akin to the heaping of sandbags beside a mighty river as it swells. So the government is aiming to make this inevitable flood, well under way, as orderly as possible: That means more seats in schools and extra funding for hospitals, plus initiatives to integrate Venezuelans and some new sectors in the economy for the new population to support itself. Otherwise, already vulnerable communities here will drown in the tide of desperate people arriving to survive however they can.

The government has spent hundreds of millions of dollars bolstering hospitals, schools, credit, and aid for affected communities in the border zone. It is working on a framework for a comprehensive policy that will outline how to allocate funds to the migration crisis. But there isn’t much money to spare in a national budget already taxed by a reconciliation process from a civil war that ended in 2016. The international applause for Colombia’s open-migration stance hasn’t come with as many donation checks as officials here had expected.

Meanwhile, the open approach hasn’t always been an easy sell to the public. Duque’s announcement of his citizenship decree, posted on social media, quickly racked up a long list of comments demanding to know why Colombia would spend money helping Venezuelans when its own people have plenty of problems. Indeed, initially generous attitudes may be beginning to dull. One poll, by the Colombian market-research firm Invamer and commissioned by major local media brands, found that Colombians’ disapproval of the government’s handling of the Venezuelan crisis grew from 34 percent to 56 percent from February to July, while support for accommodative policies for Venezuelans fell from 56 percent to 46 percent. Many Venezuelans and aid groups complain about anger and xenophobia toward the immigrant population. But for the most part, Venezuelans arriving by foot or by bus have largely been able to lean on a robust web of humanitarian-support operations from Colombian charities and NGOs.

But the long-term developmental challenges for local governments across Colombia are becoming clearer as immigrant communities sprout throughout the poorest areas of big cities. The migration crisis, once confined mostly to the border zone, has spread to all major urban areas, where Venezuelan families live on the brink of poverty. Bogotá, a city of 7 million, is now home to 350,000 Venezuelans alone.

One such community, called La Magdalena, sits between industrial yards on the west end of the capital. An estimated 100 families, most having arrived in the past year, live in hastily built brick shacks amid piles of rubble and trash. They make their living by collecting and sorting the city’s garbage, then selling it to a nearby recycling plant. Local children sport a large collection of derelict toys that their parents salvaged during their daily pickings. Running water gets to only a few spigots in the area, which doesn’t appear on any map. The community grows as people come from Venezuela to join cousins or siblings who’ve found crude stability here.

All Venezuelan kids are entitled to attend Colombian public school, by edict of the government last year. But in many schools, there simply isn’t room; many of the children in La Magdalena have been put on waiting lists. They’ll be attended without being charged at hospitals only in cases of emergency. Most adults are confined to informal jobs.

The many young communities like La Magdalena represent a challenge to Colombia’s stability. Over a generation, they’ll come to fuel the informal economy and probably crime, harbor public-health problems, and keep the city playing catch-up to extend services to all its residents.

[Read: Latin America gets its own migrant crisis]

Colombia’s puzzle is how to keep these people away from the brink of poverty, ideally with jobs, education, and health care, so that they can become productive citizens in a modern economy. That isn’t easily done, especially with national unemployment already at 10 percent. The government has touted public-private partnerships to invest in the economic opportunity created by a displaced population that needs to rebuild. It has registered nearly 700,000 Venezuelans for special permission to work. It issued a stimulus spending package to help border communities absorb the crisis.

With enough investment, this influx of people could be harnessed and used to build a better future for everyone. But there isn’t enough investment, or enough resources in the country, to match the magnitude of the migration. In his recent speech, Duque pointed out this contrast with wealthier nations that have a much greater ability to absorb migrants economically.

He said, “Even though we have a per capita income of less than $8,000, much less than European countries that have confronted migratory crises, we know how to act in brotherhood and a sense of solidarity.”

Yet Colombians often insist that comparing their own migration policy with others abroad isn’t fair, because of their age-old younger-sibling-esque relationship with Venezuela. Duque went on in his speech to celebrate the bicentennial anniversary this month of the war for independence, which the two neighbors fought side by side. Simón Bolívar, known in Colombia as “The Liberator,” marched from Venezuela to free Bogotá from Spanish imperial rule in August 1819 and formed a massive nation, of which both these modern countries were a part. Long after that nation’s dissolution, Venezuela, a leader in Latin America, thrived on oil riches while Colombia struggled, mired in poverty and war. Hundreds of thousands of Colombians fled violence at home for better prospects in Venezuela, which, they say, received them gracefully.

“Twenty years ago, when the opposite was happening … they actually welcomed us. So for all Colombians, this is a very emotional issue,” Sergio Guzman, the founder of Colombia Risk Analysis, a political risk consultancy, told me.

To many, it feels like Colombia is paying back an important favor to a neighbor that has twice come to the rescue. Venezuelans are also aware of this. They remember the waves of migration that washed upon their country back when it was wealthy, not just from Colombia but from all over Latin America. And they remember their own community’s relatively welcoming stance toward the newcomers.

“Venezuela helped many Colombians,” Rossana Tua, 33, told me as she stood outside her brick shack home in La Magdalena, where she’s lived for almost a year since moving from Venezuela. “Now it’s Colombia’s turn to help Venezuelans.”

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Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin

Posted on August 16, 2019 By In Latest News With no comments

Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death.

— Pius XII, Munificentissimus Deus

Mary was exempted from bodily corruption because, by an entirely singular privilege, she completely overcame sin by her Immaculate Conception. Jesus ascended to Heaven by His own power as Creator and Lord. Mary was taken to Heaven by the power of God, raised aloft by grace, not by nature.

Pope Pius showed the relation of the Assumption to the Immaculate Conception: “For these two privileges are most closely related to each other. Christ has overcome sin and death by His own death; and one who is reborn in a heavenly way through baptism has, through Christ Himself, conquered sin and death. However, in accord with His general rule, God does not wish to grant the full effect of victory over death to the just until the end of time shall have come…. Yet God wished that the Blessed Virgin Mary be exempt from this general law. For she, by a completely singular privilege, conquered sin in her Immaculate Conception, and thus was not liable to that law of remaining in the corruption of the grave, nor did she have to wait for the end of time for the redemption of her body” (AAS 42. 754).

From Johnnette Benkovic’s Graceful Living: Meditations to Help You Grow Closer to God Day by Day

Click the image above to purchase your own copy of “Graceful Living.”

“Who is she that ascends so high,
Next the Heavenly King,
Round about whom Angels fly
And her praises sing?

Who is she that, adorned with light,
Makes the sun her robe,
At whose feet the queen of night
Lays her changing globe?

To that crown direct their eyes,
Which her head attires;
There thou mayest her name descry
Writ in starry fires.

This is she in whose pure womb
Heaven’s Prince remained;
Therefore in no earthly tomb
Can she be contained.

Heaven she was, which held that fire,
Whence the world took light,
And to Heaven doth now aspire
Flames with flames t’ unite.

She that did so clearly shine
When our day begun,
See how bright her beams decline
Now she sits with the Sun.”
— Sir John Beaumont (1583–1627)

How do you think Mary’s Assumption into Heaven was anticipated by her Immaculate Conception? What hint does the poem provide?

Other Saints We Remember Today

Dormition of Our Lady

St. Tarcisius (255), Martyr

Other Saints We Remember Today

Dormition of Our Lady

St. Tarcisius (255), Martyr

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Ford Mustang Wedding Car and Smoke Bomb Portraits for a Rustic Wedding at East Yorkshire Barns

Posted on August 16, 2019 By In Latest News With no comments

Mustang Wedding Car

This rustic barn wedding is about to get you in the mood for the weekend. There are epic smoke bomb and dance off moments captured by Kazooieloki, plus a Ford Mustang wedding car which our super fun couple very cooley drive off into the sunset in. When they finally stay seated, they enjoy a divine reception full of greenery and candlelight. Ready to take a look? Thought so!


“I am a big “pinner” and have been building my wedding board for months… *cough cough* years!! The board was basically a collection of all the things I like, I then sat down with Tom so he could veto all the things he wasn’t keen on (within reason!!! haha). There wasn’t really any set styling, but I guess I did style the decor around the venue to an extent. The venue allowed for everything to be a little miss-matched and quirky which we love! I hope the vibe was fun, easy-going and filled with happiness! A lot of our guests have since told us it was the most emotional wedding they have ever been to, which is super special to us because it means everyone could see just how much Tom and I mean to each other!!! “ – Samantha & Tom

Mustang Wedding Car

We’ve seen many a cool bridal entrance and couple exit over the years and this Mustang wedding car has to be up there with the best of them. Looking completely epic as the couple casually drive through the countryside holding smoke bombs out the window, as well as beautifully decorated with a ‘Just Married’ sign and tin cans trailing. If you need inspiration on how to arrive in style, take a look through our Wedding Transport Pinterest board for more ideas.


“I found a lot of the suppliers using Instagram, it may be silly but I feel a well presented Instagram reflects massively on the standard of work/service! I spotted our photographers on FB, I saw a wedding they had shot of an old school friend (at this point we were not even engaged) and I said to Tom that’s the photographers we HAVE to have at our wedding! The venue was recommended to us by a friend, we went to see it and immediately fell in love! I hunted for hours for the Videographer, we wanted something different and I was super happy when we found The Modern Revelry – they were exactly what we were looking for!!! The owner of Shoot the Bull is an old school friend of Tom’s – we love his food and always knew we would ask him to cater our wedding! ” – Samantha & Tom

To quote Bride Samantha “SMOKE BOMBS RULE!!!!” Are you a fan? See Anna & Will’s big day with more smoke bomb magic, then read our article to see why RMW love them too.

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Aloe Blossom Herbal Tea

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Aloe Blossom Herbal Tea 

Aloe Blossom Herbal Tea made from aloe blossoms and medicinal herbs is caffeine-free so it’s suitable for everyone who wants to lead a natural and healthy life.

Its refined taste comes from Chinese cinnamon, Madagascar clove, Jamaican nutmeg, Chinese ginger, chamomile, cardamom, senne, anise, blackberry leaves and orange peels.

Aloe Blossom Herbal Tea creates a warm, aromatic atmosphere which has a soothing and relaxing effect on your mind. Formulated to create a feeling of freshness, it leaves you revitalized after every cup. You can drink it hot or iced, the Aloe Blossom tea tastes delicious and is super-easy to make.

Every ingredient is carefully selected to help you relax after a long and stressful day. The spicy cinnamon, orange peel and clove give the tea a warm, fruity flavor, alongside ginger and nutmeg which will soothe and calm you down. Combined with aloe blossoms from our own plantations, this low-calorie, refreshing tea is an excellent addition to our body weight management program.

Health benefits: 

The tea can help with aches and spasms and inflammations, reduces intestinal discomfort, improves blood circulation, purifies your blood (400% times faster toxins elimination if taken with Aloe Vera gel), has diuretic properties, improves digestion, helps with insomnia, relaxes, helps with prostate problems, reduces blood sugar levels, soothes muscle aches and menstrual cramps.

Method of use: 

A warm cup of tea can have a relaxing effect and help people suffering from insomnia, while iced tea refreshes you. It’s recommended that you drink 2 liters of tea a day. If you have elevated body temperature or suffer from water detention, make 1 cup of tea from 1 bag.


Cinnamon, orange peel, clove, blackberry leaf, allspice, fennel, ginger, cardamom, aloe blossoms, chamomile.

One package of Aloe Blossom Herbal Tea contains 25 individually wrapped teabags.


Aloe Blossom Herbal Tea can be consumed hot or cold, according to your preferences.

To make hot tea add one teabag per one cup of tea. Add the bag in boiling water and brew for 3-5 minutes before removing the bag.

For ice tea add 4 teabags to 2 cups of boiling water and brew for 3-5 minutes. Remove the teabags and add 2 cups of cold water and store it in the fridge until ice cold.


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Forever Aloe Bits N’ Peaches

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Forever Aloe Bits N’ Peaches 


Forever Aloe Bits N’ Peaches contains 84,5% stabilized Aloe straight from the plant’s inner leaf, combined with juicy peach puree and calcium, to give you an irresistibly sweet drink that has the full power of pure Aloe Vera.

Excellent for children and adults alike, this refreshing drink with natural peach puree, will delight your taste buds and make you feel healthy and energized.

Forever Aloe Peaches has natural body cleansing abilities which help your digestive system absorb all the nutrients from the food you ingest straight into the blood stream.

At the same time, it encourages good bacteria growth. The unique polysaccharide, acemannan, and all the other nutrients in Aloe Vera help promote and support your immune system.

Forever Aloe Peaches in short: 

84,5% pure Aloe Vera gel
No added preservatives
Supports healthy digestion
Promotes healthy immune function
Ripe, sunny peaches for extra sweetness and nutrition
Helps maintain balanced energy levels

Forever Aloe Vera Gel is aseptically processed without any added preservatives. It’s made exclusively from the plant’s inner leaves.

It’s packaged in Tetra Pak packages with six 100% recyclable layers, making the packaging more durable than plastic bottles and providing you with the highest quality and freshest ingredients.

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Giant Copyright Troll, Malibu Media, Sued By Investors

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We’ve written a bunch of stories about Malibu Media, a copyright trolling operation. The company’s founders, Colette Pelissier and Brigham Feld, like to claim that they’re purveyors of “classy” pornography under the X-Art brand, but their business seems almost entirely focused on trolling practices. And its embrace of copyright trolling has resulted in some significant problems for the company over the years, as judges have very much caught on to the company’s long history of sketchy practices.

Apparently those sketchy practices may go beyond its copyright trolling, as two of Malibu Media’s investors are now suing the company, claiming that they lent the company money when it was short on cash, in exchange for 50% of its “net recovery” from the trolling operations, and a “50% interest” in the copyright of the porn X-Art created. So, how’d that work out?

In 2018 alone, continues the complaint, Malibu Media’s litigation stampede generated over $2.8 million.

But the plaintiffs say they haven’t seen any of the money and can’t get an accounting. They further allege, “On information and belief, Defendants are shuttling assets and interests out of Malibu Media and into more obscure entities, including the shell entity holding companies: Click Here, Colette Holdings, Colette Properties, Colette Production, Inc., Colette Productions LLC, and/or Zo Digital.”

Ah, shell companies and moving cash around. It appears that Malibu Media took all the wrong lessons from Prenda Law. Perhaps they’ll find themselves in the same place in the end.

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Aloe Berry Nectar

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Aloe Berry Nectar 

Aloe Berry Nectar can be taken alongside a meal or on its own. Its special flavor is completely natural. It’s made from a mixture of fresh cranberries and sweet, ripe apples.

Cranberries help clean your urinal tract and are abundant in vitamin C. They’re a natural source of pycnogenol, a powerful antioxidant which is especially effective for collagen preservation.

Apple juice is a rich source of vitamins A and C, potassium and pectin.

With the added fructose (natural fruit sugar) the nectar is sweet enough for adults and children alike.

Aloe Vera gel is excellent for your skin, immune system and provides support to your digestive system as well. The added vitamin C helps protect your cells from oxidative stress.

Aloe Berry Nectar contains: stabilized Aloe Vera gel 90,7%, vitamin C (ascorbic acid), lemon acid as an acidity regulator, natural apple juice concentrate 4%, fructose, natural cranberry concentrate 2%.

Forever Aloe Vera Gel is aseptically processed without any added preservatives. It’s made exclusively from the plant’s inner leaves.

It’s packaged in Tetra Pak packages with six 100% recyclable layers, making the packaging more durable than plastic bottles and providing you with the highest quality and freshest ingredients.

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