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Thursday, December 3, 2015

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Today in History

1468 Lorenzo the Magnificent and his brother Giuliano succeed their father, Piero de Medici, as rulers of Florence, Italy.
1762 France cedes to Spain all lands west of the Mississippi–the territory known as Upper Louisiana.
1818 Illinois admitted into the Union as the 21st state.
1800 The French defeat an Austrian army at the Battle of Hohenlinden, near Munich.
1847 Frederick Douglass and Martin R. Delaney establish the North Star, and anti-slavery paper.
1862 Confederate raiders attack a Federal forage train on the Hardin Pike near Nashville, Tenn.
1863 Confederate General James Longstreet moves his army east and north toward Greeneville. This withdrawal marks the end of the Fall Campaign in Tennessee.
1864 Major General William Tecumseh Sherman meets with slight resistance from Confederate troops at Thomas Station on his march to the sea.
1906 The U.S. Supreme Court orders Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) leaders extradited to Idaho for trial in the Steunenberg murder case.
1915 The United States expels German attaches on spy charges.
1916 French commander Joseph Joffre is dismissed after his failure at the Somme. General Robert Nivelle is the new French commander in chief.
1918 The Allied Conference ends in London where they decide that Germany must pay for the war.
1925 The League of Nations orders Greece to pay an indemnity for the October invasion of Bulgaria.
1926 British reports claim that German soldiers are being trained in the Soviet Union.
1950 The Chinese close in on Pyongyang, Korea, and UN forces withdraw southward.
1965 The National Council of Cults asks the United States to halt the massive bombings in North Vietnam.
1977 The State Department proposes the admission of 10,000 more Vietnamese refugees to the United States.
1979 Eleven are dead and eight injured in a mad rush to see a rock band (The Who) at a concert in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1984 Toxic gas leaks from a Union Carbide plant and results in the deaths of thousands in Bhopal, India.
1989 Presidents George Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev announce the official end to the Cold War at a meeting in Malta.
1992 A test engineer for Sema Group sends the world’s first text message, using a personal computer and the Vodafone network.
1997 Representatives of 121 nations sign the Ottawa Treaty prohibiting the manufacture or deployment of antipersonnel landmines; the People’s Republic of China, the US and the USSR do not sign.
2005 First manned rocket aircraft delivery of US Mail takes place in Mojave, Cal.
2009 Suicide bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia, kills 25 people, including three miniseries of the Transitional Federal Government.

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Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn says Americans allowed their anger over the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to lead them into disastrous military policies that failed to address the root causes of terrorism.

The shrub and Blair went to war in Iraq despite South African intelligence proving no WMDs

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These 11 people were murdered by 'pro-life' terrorists in the United States

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Iraq vet used dying moments to warn others after getting shot by Planned Parenthood terrorist

Image: Iraq War veteran Ke'Arre Stewart was shot and killed at a Planned Parenthood location in Colorado Springs on Friday (Screen capture)
Iraq vet used dying moments to warn others after getting shot by Planned Parenthood terrorist

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How to Overcome Shyness & Social Anxiety

by Lisa Montalva
Feeling shy or awkward in social situations is understandable. Don't we all have a little nervousness before we go talk to that guy or girl, or get sweaty palms before giving a speech? For some, though, shyness and social anxiety may not be circumstantial, but constant. This can be very frustrating and hard to overcome, but there are some things you can do to help overcome your shyness and approach people in social situations. Here are some tips for doing so.
Learn to Laugh
There's something about laughter that makes everyone feel more comfortable. This is why "ice breaker" activities at parties are often designed to get participants to laugh. So don't be afraid to laugh at someone's jokes, or learn a few funny lines yourself (not canned "pick-up" lines, but clever observations or comments).
Force Yourself to Stay
Sometimes, shy people feel so uncomfortable in a social situation that they just want it to end; they just want to get away. Consciously resist this impulse. Tell yourself to stand your ground, stay put, and interact. Remember, the other person is not going to breathe fire; he or she just wants to have a conversation and get to know you.
Learn to Be Comfortable with Silence
Social situations can feel especially awkward if you are uncomfortable with mutual silence. This may trigger shy people to "babble" to fill the silence, which then makes them feel even more awkward because they feel like what they're saying is silly or nonsensical. So be cool - some silence between people is okay. In fact, it helps give the other person a chance to think before he or she speaks. The person you're speaking with will appreciate this!
Just like physical stretching, social and psychological stretching can be somewhat uncomfortable, even painful. But also like physical stretching, it's necessary. If your first instinct is to say, "No" when someone asks you to do something, stop and think first. Tell the person you will get back to him or her if you aren't sure. This will give you some time to pluck up your courage and say, "Yes."
When to Seek a Professional
There is a point when simple shyness and social awkwardness may be an actual disorder. Social anxiety disorder and social phobia are real disorders that may need the attention of a professional. The difference between shyness and these disorders is how much it affects your life.
For example, if you are so shy and embarrassed by just the thought of having to introduce yourself to others or attend a party that you go to great lengths to avoid the situation, it might be a social disorder. When it's social anxiety or phobia, you have trouble living a normal and productive life due to your social fears.

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What Not to Wear to a Professional Photo Shoot

by Katie Carlson
When it comes to a professional photo shoot, there are certain recommendations that you should follow in terms of what you should wear, especially if you're going to be taking professional headshots or photos for your website. In order to look your best and make the best impression on everyone, including the photographer, check out the tips below.
Don't Wear Clothes That Are "Loud"
A classic look is a lot better than the ultra-trendy fashion that may be popular on the runway and currently at the mall. Trends come and go, but classic is always classic, and you definitely want to look refined and clean during your professional photo shoot.
It's a good idea to stick with dresses and suits that are in neutral hues like greys, black, blues and browns. Solid colors are also better than patterns, which should be avoided. But you can add some color by wearing a shirt that pops a bit against the rest of your neutral outfit. Even when it comes to accessories, like your scarf or your tie, you don't want it to grab all of the attention, so keep it subtle and neutral.
Don't Wear Clothes You've Never Worn Before
It's also a good idea to wear an outfit that you've already worn before. This way, you'll know that you definitely feel comfortable and confident in your outfit. If you opt for a brand new outfit that you've never worn before, you may find that it doesn't fit as ideally as you thought it would, but there's nothing that you can do once you get to the photo shoot. The key is to focus on your pose, not your clothes, so reaching for a favorite outfit is a great way to dress for a professional photo shoot.
Don't Wear a Lot of Jewelry
Accessories and jewelry should also be kept to a minimum so you can stick to that classic and refined look that you're after. For example, attractive studs, simple hoop earrings, or a modest chain necklace with a small pendant. Men can wear classic, simple cuff links, a watch and a ring. Avoid wearing really bold, big, shimmering jewelry that can be distracting and get in the way of the true focal point of the photos, which is you.
Don't Wear Glasses, Unless You Have To
The problem with glasses is that they can reflect light in all the wrong ways, and they can also shimmer too much. This can make it harder for your photographer to properly light you. If you wear contacts, use those instead. But if your glasses are preferred or something you always wear, you should keep them on and have the photographer work around them.
Seek out advice from professional photographers, like those at Fashot.com, in advance so you’re ready to go on the day of the shoot. Studios will provide you with valuable insight and direction so you can look your absolute best during your professional photo shoot. Wear the right clothes, show up on time and be open to taking direction so you’re sure to look fantastic in the final images!

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