Penn State's fascinating 2020 football budget

Penn State released its 2020 athletics financial report showing the football team made money during its COVID season. (Author: Gardener)

Penn State'sPenn State recently released its 2021 athletics financial report, which is expected to show a deficit of $23.9 million for the fiscal year. The report covers the period June 2020 through July 2021, the heart of the impact of COVID-19 on Penn State's athletic department. The report underscored the disruption to Penn State sports from the pandemic, which athletic director Sandy Barbour highlighted last year. The athletic department had forecast a $70 million shortfall in revenue for fiscal 2021, which it planned to make up through cost-cutting efforts, its budget surplus and a college loan. For fiscal 2021, Penn State reported expenses of $130,050,505 and income of $106,159,518, resulting in a deficit of $23,890,987. Last year, Penn State reported a surplus of nearly $7.2 million. And in 2019, Penn State reported a surplus of almost $4.2 million. Penn State did not host fans for home sports events during the 2020-21 sports calendar year, which included only five home football games and no bowl appearance. Penn State's athletic department also did not make off-campus recruiting visits for more than a year. Still, it's fascinating to note that Penn State's football program still generated surplus in a season without fans. However, Penn State's 2020 football surplus demonstrated the power of the Big Ten television deal in a year that saw the program lose more than $1 million in ticket sales. Of course, during the 2020 season, Penn State's main loss was ticket sales, which surpassed $37.6 million in 2019. All other major sources of income were also down, resulting in a $60 million difference between the 2019 and 2020 seasons. But Penn State also saved money (about $12 million) by not going to a bowl game, requiring fewer stadium staff on game days, and skipping recruiting trips. In 2019, when Penn State generated record revenue of $101.8 million, the program ranked third nationwide in total attendance, with 739,747 fans at Beaver Stadium. Franklin said the contract represents Penn State's "renewed commitment" to the football program. With the end of COVID-19 year 2020, Penn State appears poised to honor that commitment. Some other interesting numbers from Penn State's fiscal 2021 report: *$32.1 million: What Penn State spent on coaching salaries, its largest budget item in any sport. *$427,930: The amount Penn State paid coaches in severance pay: $381,883 in football and $34,047 in men's basketball. *$1.4 million: The men's basketball team's surplus resulting from the nearly $7.5 million from NCAA and Big Ten media rights deals. * $0: Penn State reported that it received no direct financial assistance from state or federal funds, no tuition assistance, and no direct university funds.


Devin Nunes expects 'many more' charges against Durham

Special Counsel John Durham's criminal investigation into the origins and conduct of the Russia probe will result in "many more" indictments, former Rep. Devin Nunes predicted Monday. (Author: Gardener)

Devin NunesSpecial Counsel John Durham's criminal investigation into the origins and conduct of the Russia probe will result in "many more" indictments, former Rep. Devin Nunes predicted Monday. Whether Hillary Clinton, whose 2016 presidential campaign and associates have become increasingly implicated in the so-called Russiagate scandal, is in legal jeopardy for possibly overseeing the creation of a secret narrative to undermine former President Donald Trump's campaign and administration ? The House Intelligence Committee chairman suggested Durham conduct a proper investigation. "What did she know and when did she know it?" Nunes was responding to Newsmax anchor Eric Bolling's question as to whether Durham had collected enough evidence to prove Clinton's criminal intent and have her jailed. Trump and his allies are animated by a Durham court filing on Friday that says his team is gathering evidence that a technology executive known as former Neustar senior vice president Rodney Joffe and his associates "exploited an outstanding government contract ' have gained access to internet traffic at the White House, Trump Tower and other locations to establish a narrative connecting Trump to Russia. Nunes said the idea of ​​a political campaign setting up a scheme to "scrape data from your opponent's servers is communist China-esque stuff." Even more alarming, Nunes added, is the prospect of the Clinton team and its supporters gaining access to "the world's most secure communications system" -- White House data on the President of the United States. The new Durham filing was a request for federal court in Washington, DC, to investigate possible conflicts of interest related to the defense team of Michael Sussmann, an attorney indicted in the special counsel's investigation on allegations that he lied to the FBI a meeting where he has since shared debunked claims about a secret backchannel between the Trump Organization and Russia's Alfa Bank, saying he is not representing customers when acting on behalf of the tech executive and the Clinton campaign. Sussmann responded to Durham in court Monday night, with his attorneys saying in part that the special counsel's filing contains "prejudicial -- and false -- allegations irrelevant to his request and the crime charged, and clearly designed to politicize, inflame, this case." Media coverage and harming the jury pool." Although Trump has issued statements saying, "What Hillary Clinton and the Radical Left Democrats have done in terms of spying on a President of the United States, even while in office, is a far greater crime than Watergate," neither Joffe nor members of the Clinton team have been charged with a crime in Durham's investigation." government that never works for a political party itet, and which legally granted the Executive Office of the President (EOP) access to DNS data obtained from a private client that separately provided DNS services," a spokesman for Joffe said in a statement reported by NBC News. Durham has been investigating the FBI's Trump-Russia investigation since it was appointed by former Attorney General William Barr in 2019. Two other people have been indicted in the year-long probe, which has long been criticized by Democrats and some legal watchdogs, who claim the investigation intended to undermine the investigation of Robert Mueller's special counsel and harm Trump's political enemies. The S.-based, Russian-born researcher who was the prime source of anti-Trump dossiers on British ex-spy Christopher Steele has been charged with five counts of making false statements to the FBI. An indictment says Danchenko made the statements about the information he provided to Steele for his now-discredited dossier, which the FBI relies on to exercise authority for the secret surveillance of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page have. Danchenko has pleaded not guilty. Ex-FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith pleaded guilty to fraudulently editing an email to say Page was "not a source" for the CIA and was sentenced to a year's probation. John Ratcliffe, Trump's last director of national intelligence, who gave Durham 1,000 intelligence documents he said months ago would support further indictments, told Fox News Monday he expects "quite a few more indictments." Nunes told Newsmax that Ratcliffe, the prosecutor and also part of the House Intelligence Committee investigation before leaving Congress to join the Trump administration, "knows what he's talking about — plus he's seen all the information." During During his time in Congress, Nunes directed 14 criminal referrals to the Justice Department related to the Russia probe and the 2016 election. Nunes resigned his seat in the House of Representatives earlier this year to become CEO of Trump's media company Trump Media and Technology Group, which builds the platform "Truth Social".


Russia's invasion of Ukraine is a major test of Joe Biden's foreign policy vision

Putin's invasion of Ukraine is another moment for Biden to make good on his promise that America is back. (Author: Gardener)

UkrainePresident Joe Biden delivers remarks on Russia's "unprovoked and unjustified" military invasion of neighboring Ukraine in the East Room of the White House on February 24, 2022 in Washington, DC. In times of crisis, American presidents are often most resolute about what worries them most. As Joe Biden, visibly tired and facing a crisis of generation-defining proportions, walked to the lectern under the chandeliers in the East Room of the White House on Thursday, he did his best to show determination about America's pre-eminent place in the world order. "America stands against bullies," Biden said. We are." Biden said Russian President Vladimir Putin must stop his invasion of Ukraine — the U. The coming days and weeks will test Biden's fundamental foreign policy promise to restore U. Biden resigned more than a year ago entered the Oval Office and vowed to reverse Donald Trump's "America First" approach, which had effectively overridden the U.S. central role in holding global alliances together. Putin's invasion of Ukraine and the shelling of Kiev lead to a clash between Russia and European countries, with the US playing a key supporting role as a key military backer of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).But Putin wants the conflict to be more at stake, presenting it as a broader competition between Russia and that of US-led world order. Can he unite the European powers against Putin's aggression h old? Can he keep the promise he made a year ago when he spoke via video before the Munich Security Conference that "America is back"? Can he do all of this without further influencing Putin's quest to return Russia to its former superpower status? During those remarks last February, Biden rattled off a checklist of challenges facing the world, including ending the COVID-19 pandemic, resuming the Iran nuclear deal and fending off economic threats from China and Russia. Read more: Russian attack on Ukraine poses huge risks for the rest of Europe and the world He failed to stop Putin from further incursions into Ukraine after weeks of threatening sanctions and declassifying material about Russia's intentions. But he has managed to bolster European resolve against the Russian threat, including preparing Germany for the decommissioning of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. S.'s own challenges in controlling the pandemic at home have undermined his international leadership in combating the Virus undermined despite Biden rolling out more than 100m vaccine doses globally. Putin's invasion of Ukraine is another moment for Biden to make good on his promise that America is back. Early Thursday morning, at the long wooden table in the Situation Room in the basement of the West Wing, Biden called a secret meeting of the National Security Council. S. troop deployments by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, and an assessment of Russian military movements in Ukraine. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen detailed a range of financial sanctions and the impact they could have on the Russian economy. Biden signed the sanctions package, which was joined by major democratic economies. Within hours of Russian missiles raining down on Ukraine and Russian tanks rolling into the country, Biden, speaking in the East Room, described how allied nations exacted crippling economic costs on the Russian economy. "Putin is the aggressor," said Biden. Biden said nations representing half the world economy have blocked major Russian banks from trading the dollar, euro, pound and yen and cut off half of Russia's high-tech imports, and vowed others would face harsh economic penalties Russia's industrial sector and military will hobble for decades. He also said sanctions would hit a wider circle of Russia's elite. The sanctions would have far-reaching financial implications for Russian institutions, but Biden came close to cutting off Russia from the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), a Belgium-based system that regulates global money transfers. Biden said European allies are not yet ready to take that extra step. Read more: Why sanctions on Russia don't work When reporters showered him with questions, Biden said he had no plans to speak to Putin. The talks between Washington and Moscow, which Biden wanted to put on a stable path when he met Putin in Geneva last June, have collapsed. South Russian relations if they continue on the path they have taken," Biden said. Biden must now decide what further steps to take and take allied governments with him. The South American military is increasing its troop presence in Europe to 90,000, although the Biden administration is not considering deploying troops in Ukraine. Instead, the US has added American forces in Europe and in eastern NATO countries, including Poland, which lies on Ukraine's western border. Officials fear that Russia could launch debilitating cyberattacks against the US or NATO countries, or that a Russian cyberattack aimed at targets inside Ukraine could infect computers in other countries. He will have to weigh how vigorously to respond to Russian aggression and whether to use US cyberweapons against Russian forces, which could have the potential to escalate the conflict and bring the US into a direct confrontation with Moscow. Another challenge for Biden is convincing more countries to denounce Putin's decision to invade a sovereign nation. Biden said that any nation standing by Putin's aggression would be "tainted by association," a line that appeared to point to China, which was urging diplomacy but not condemning the invasion of Russia. In a White House speech, Biden warned that the effects of the sanctions will take time to unfold and allies will need to stick to the restrictions imposed. This will be particularly challenging for European economies like Germany, which rely heavily on buying Russian gas. "That could take a while," Biden said. "And we must show determination." Biden said the goal of the US and its allies is to ensure that Putin's actions reduce Russia's influence and standing in the world. "By the time the history of that era is written, Putin's decision to wage a totally unjustified war against Ukraine will have made Russia weaker and the rest of the world stronger," Biden said. Biden supporters had hoped March would herald a moment for the president to focus on domestic gains. White House speechwriters drafted Biden's State of the Union address, which announced Tuesday that 1 COVID-19 tests in more homes. But Putin clearly had other plans for what should dominate Biden's agenda. S. got confused by Putin's war in Europe.


Meet the gigantic Crazy Burger at the JLB Eatery

The Houston Chronicle's food critic was amazed and completely unprepared by the... (Author: Gardener)

Crazy Burger"If only I had brought my kitchen scale!" I wailed as I sat on Stella Link in the JLB Eatery parking lot. I'd just lifted the styrofoam top of the burger I ordered from this homemade little sandwich shop and the massive double-double cheeseburger took up almost the entire 7" x 7" interior. I've never wanted to weigh a burger as heavy as this one. It's not just the crowd that made JLB a 9-unit mini-chain started by Joon Young Jeon, a skilled baker. His business card of hand-moulded Angus patties on freshly baked buns caught on in the city's Northwest quadrant from Tomball to Cypress, Katy to Fulshear. More distant outposts in Friendswood and the closest to me on Stella Link in Braeswood Place, just north of Link Valley, expanded the brand. MORE FROM ALISON COOK: Kau Ba Saigon in Montrose has gotten even better during the pandemic. Decor still has some of that early innocence, leading to potted plants and kitchen-focused sermons posted as wall art. JLB is easily accessible from both Beth Yushurun ​​Day School and Emery Weiner High, so news of its stunning attractions ("Fried Oreos!") reached me through the moms' network that spans both schools extends. And indeed, JLB is a wholesome, family-oriented place where a single double-double burger could practically feed a small family; where a single burger is big enough for two; and where a "small" order of onion rings had me screaming "uncle." Come and check it out. PRICE: $12.45 for the Double-Double Crazy Burger with Bacon. ORDERING: Head to the counter where a huge illustrated menu stretches a meter or more. You order and pay in advance and then wait for your food to come out of the kitchen. ARCHITECTURE: lettuce on the floor. A wide, butter-grilled bun is topped with Crazy Burger's Thousand Island dressing, a layer of dill pickles, some iceberg lettuce, and sliced ​​tomatoes. Next come two large beef patties, each topped with American cheese. Grilled onions and rashers of bacon top it all off, along with a final dose of mayonnaise. QUALITY: I thought $9.45 was steep for the single cheeseburger, so I figured I might as well go for the double-double. Especially since it was about Thousand Island, which is very close to my heart. But I was blown away by the size of the Crazy Burger and impressed by its different elements, even if they never quite belonged together for me. The loosely packed ground Angus patties spread and meander everywhere, polar opposites of the dense, pounded kind. I even spotted a hint of pink in one of them! That's why I wanted the kitchen scales, because I was amazed and completely unprepared for the mass of the individual patties. The menu gives no indication of what is to come. Suddenly I understood the prices a little better. I admired the crispy bacon slices and savored the sweet and tangy pop of the Thousand Island, although I found the extra dose of mayonnaise, as the French say, de trop. The grilled onions were nice, the pale tomatoes predictably awful, the melted squares of cheese overshadowed by all that beef. Still, it was a fun, want-to-eat burger, a bit wild and unruly, barely surrounded by the very nice bun - a fluffy affair with a fluffy crumb and a thin, shiny surface. It's memorable and sets this burger spot apart. VALUE: Not bad considering the massive amount of food you get and the above average quality. VEGETARIAN OPTION: Not in burger form, but does have a homey grilled cheese sandwich. And pescetarians will find seared catfish and shrimp in a variety of modes and batter/coating styles. CONS: Unfortunately, the pretty onion rings had so much batter that they tasted like funnel cakes, with the floury coating completely overshadowing the onion. The frying job also left them a little greasy. STUFF FOR LATER: I picked up a slice of chocolate mousse cake to take home, a tribute to the founder's baking skills. I took my time admiring the intricate table art, which included a glorious shrimp, a mysterious tribute to canola oil (I'm guessing they use that for frying) and another to Angus beef. "Don't touch," the label said in one or two places, and under the shrimp, "it's chalk."


7-year-old donates $1,400 to Children's Hospital

She donated a portion of the proceeds from her jewelry business. (Author: Gardener)

7-year-oldC. — A 7-year-old girl in Charlotte is learning the value of helping others, one bracelet at a time. * Reagan Slutsky has donated more than $1,400 to Novant Health Hemby Children's Hospital * She sells bracelets and jewelry supplies through her shop called Bracelets by Reagan * The donations help the hospital purchase items for its educational playroom Reagan Slutsky has been putting on so bracelets a long time ago she can remember. "Some take four or five minutes, others 10 or 15 minutes," Reagan said. She also makes some jewelry accessories like beaded necklaces for face masks. "When you take your mask off, just hang it around your neck so the wind doesn't blow it off," Reagan said. One day she decided to start her own business. Her mother fully supported the idea, but had one stipulation — Reagan had to donate a portion of the proceeds. "That's something I think kids need to learn from a young age," said Reagan's mother, Dori Nelson. "We don't have everything, but we have everything we need, and I think children should learn to give back to the community from an early age." Reagan knew exactly where she wanted to put the money. "I really wanted to make kids feel better, so when my mom asked me, I said 'the children's hospital,'" Reagan said. Novant Health Child Life Specialist Megan Arleth took her through the hospital to show where the money is going. "We're trying to make the hospital less scary, so we use things like this doll," Arleth said. According to Arleth, the donations helped create an educational playroom where children learn about their treatment through toys. It's a way to make the kids feel more comfortable. "I think it's really cool and helpful for kids who need it," Reagan said. Reagan takes jewelry orders on her Instagram account with the help of her mother.


Avitesh Shrivastava starts filming Sirf Ek Friday: Bollywood News on his birthday

Avitesh Shrivastava starts filming Sirf Ek Friday on his birthday. (Author: Gardener)

Avitesh ShrivastavaActor Avinash's debut film, Sirf Ek Friday, was recently announced and he's currently soaking up all the love that comes his way. On his 25th birthday, Avitesh talks about making his acting debut, how it feels to be shooting with your dream crew on his birthday. Avinash said: "This is my greatest birthday present, I am always grateful to my producers and director for giving me this opportunity. I feel surreal and heartfelt with gratitude for this opportunity that life has given me and I look forward to doing my best The cast and crew began filming a huge lavish set for a dance sequence. After packing, the team even celebrated Avitesh's 25th birthday and the set was attended by industry well-wishers like Shaan, director Vishal Furia. Sharad Kelkar, Mimoh Chakraborty, Namashi Chakraborty to send their well wishes to the team. Avitesh added that he believes in always listening to his heart and that's what made him say YES to Sirf Ek Friday straight away when Mansi told him the script, with the actor saying, "The story has that chord deep in it touched me and I knew immediately that I had to be a part of this project. It's the kind of film that takes an actor on a personal journey of self-discovery, and that's what's so exciting to me. I can't wait for the movie to be finished and for you all to watch. It's a challenging but interesting character and what more could an actor ask for?” Speaking of the birthday boy, Mansi Bagla said, “When I met Avitesh I knew he had what it takes. I think Avitesh will be the next lover boy, a rising star. He has the perfect making of an icon because he can sing like a rock star and has fabulous screen presence. I've given him a dream director - Lloyd Bapista and I'm sure this actor-director duo will rock him." Speaking of the project, Deepak Mukut said, "Avitesh has immense talent and this story by Sirf Ek Friday expresses that beautifully Expression . Starting the shoot on Avitesh's birthday is not only special for him but also for us. We are very excited about this project and what makes it interesting is its unique story and fresh casting. We as a team are doing our best on this project to ensure a successful run and we can assure that it would be a pleasure for the audience to see it." Could have debuted as Sirf Ek Friday. It's a fabulous team, Lloyd Sir, Mahesh Sir, Mansi, Deepak Sir, Varun, this one is going to be huge; i can already feel it We need all your good wishes and love." Sirf Ek Friday is directed by Deepak Mukut of Soham Rockstar Entertainment Pvt Ltd. and Mansi Bagla and Varun Bagla produced by Mini Films, co-produced by Hunar Mukut.


Doja Cat covers a 90s song; Vance Joy releases new love song

Here are the hottest new songs from the last week. (Author: Gardener)

Doja CatThe seventh week of the semester is fast approaching and spring break is just around the corner. That being said, we could all use some new music to get through the week with energy. Below are new songs perfect for heading to class, working out at the gym, lounging around your dorm, or getting out those last-minute papers. Here are five new songs to get you through the week: Many people know "Celebrity Skin" as the 1998 hit punk song by Hole and lead singer Courtney Love (known for being married to Nirvana lead singer Kurt ) was written to Cobain). Now, 24 years later, it's being revived by Doja Cat on her cover of the song that aired in a Taco Bell commercial titled "The Grande Escape" during Super Bowl LVI. Doja Cat is all made up and flees school in the car to find the nearest Taco Bell and remind you of Live Mas. You can view the extended section of the ad here. Australian singer-songwriter Julius Black has released his new EP Together We Go Down In The Dark. In an interview about the track, Black explains, "I wanted to make this project darker and scarier, but make the music bigger and brighter." According to an Acidstag article, Black addresses themes of toxic relationships, substance abuse, and ambition. However, the message behind it reminds listeners to find their people who will welcome them with open arms and help them be held accountable. Alex Vaughn, a Maryland native who recently signed to LVRN and released her debut single, sings about a love you never expect, then discovers with the lyrics that it was a doomed relationship: "Damn near perfect beautiful you are / Or is it just a mirage? This track started as a voice memo a year ago and morphed into a jam session in a DC attic, Vaughn said in an Instagram post. Austin, Texas, The Hardest Cut is the second song off their tenth studio album, Lucifer on the Sofa. The track mixes a dark grungy theme with 70's guitar riffs but continues to play with the similar sounds and styles of previous albums, all with new twists. Vance Joy released his first single of the year, "Don't Fade," co-produced with Take A Daytrip, Edwin Whitem and David Longstreth and with songwriting partner Dave Bassett. "Don't Fade" has Joy pondering a connection to indie rock sentiments in the backing lyrics: "Did't get much sleep, that's ok / Not a single thing need to change." This song will be featured on his upcoming untitled third album out and he will embark on a small tour of North America this spring starting May 14th.


6 Friday motivation tips to help you stay motivated

Do you know that feeling – that “I still have to get through a whole day at work” feeling? It sucks. The worst part is knowing that when you're feeling drained and unmotivated and want to get back to bed, you have to get up, go to work, and be productive. (Author: Gardener)

FridayDo you know that feeling – that “I still have to get through a whole day at work” feeling? The worst part is knowing that when you're feeling drained and unmotivated and want to get back to bed, you have to get up, go to work, and be productive. The hardest part is that while you may know intellectually that you're not the only person who's ever felt this way, it can feel very lonely right now. If you're feeling that Friday funk and want to shake it off, try these six tips to boost your Friday motivation. The first thing you can do to boost your Friday motivation is eat a solid breakfast. We all know the phrase "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day". Turns out it wasn't just something our parents told us to make ourselves eat before school. Studies have shown that eating breakfast can help improve memory, recall, mood, and visual-motor functions. However, researchers have found evidence that the benefits of the micronutrient boost breakfast provides wear off after a while. Just like a car with a full tank of fuel that is empty after a long drive, the body needs to be refueled. So planning on having breakfast and lunch on a day when you're not feeling well can give you that extra boost you need to get through the day. Skipping meals can lead to low blood sugar, which can make you feel weak and tired. If you're already struggling to feel motivated, not eating will only make you feel sluggish and less inspired to get things done. No I'm not a scammer but I love knowing what to do. No one wants to waste precious energy trying to figure out what should be done when they're already feeling unmotivated. No matter who you are, there's a good chance by Friday in any given week you'll have at least one or two tasks that were supposed to be done earlier in the week but just didn't get done. Here's my quick trick to figuring out what's urgent. * Are there projects whose deadlines have passed but are still due? * Which of these projects is the longest overdue? * Which of the overdue projects will take the least amount of time to make significant progress or be completed? This should help you easily identify at least one task that you can diligently work on knowing you're getting something important done. Another way to boost your Friday motivation is to tackle the low-hanging fruit. Maybe you are so burned out and urgent tasks will take too much energy. There's nothing wrong with turning off the obvious simple things. E-mail, filing, data entry, document reconciliation, follow-up calls, editing or revising written work, and research are all simple tasks. Completing these simpler tasks will give you a sense of accomplishment. You can use that sense of accomplishment to tackle some harder tasks, or do all the easy tasks so you can devote your time to the harder projects the following week. Feeling like you have to work when you don't feel like it is stressful. Let's not exacerbate it by forcing ourselves to sit in front of the computer all day without a break. The days of believing that "lunch is for punks and you should work 80 hours a week" are fading -- if not a distant memory for some. In fact, scientists have found that although "taking short breaks during the workday doesn't have as obvious an effect as taking a vacation, research has found significant benefits." Studies have shown that taking breaks can reduce or prevent stress, help maintain productivity throughout the day, and reduce the need for a long rest at the end of the day.” Another way to boost your Friday motivation is to tune in to happy tunes Listen. Ancient communities knew this and embraced it as a remedy through practices such as chanting, the use of singing bowls, carillons, bells, and other sound instruments. Practices like kirtan and bhakti yoga use chanting to heal and shift energy. The Hindu and Buddhist religions use bells and chimes in many of their spiritual healing rituals. Throughout the modern world we have adopted the use of signing bowls for energetic healing. Most people can recall at least one moment in their life where music or noise helped change their mood. Music has been shown to have a direct effect on the listener. Studies show that listening to music while you work can lead to “both mood and work quality boosts.” If you're feeling very unmotivated, the solution to your problem might be to keep your favorite album playing in the background while you try to get a few things done. If you can't work with words when listening to music and you don't like classical music or traditional jazz, explore genres like Trip Hop, House, Ambient, Beach House, JamBand. But sometimes the present is a little too intense, and being super present won't help improve your mood. In moments like this, the power of positive anticipation can be your secret weapon, because "knowing something good is coming your way drives you to do the tasks that you might not necessarily want to do." We all love to be rewarded become, especially when we do something we don't want to do. If you treat yourself to something to look forward to, you can guarantee that you'll be rewarded for your hard work to get through the day. It can be something small like eating ice cream, going for a walk, spending time with friends, or vegetating for a few hours with the phone on. The time between semesters in New England, especially in the winter, seemed so long that my friends and I could get excited over little things like drinking lime Rickeys at Brigham's. Believe it or not, it worked. Give it a try next time you get hit with the Friday Funk. Think of something to look forward to, no matter how small, and notice how it changes your energy. Friday is just a day like any other day before it ends. One thing you can count on is that time waits for no one, so no matter how difficult it feels to get through, know that time is on your side. No matter what happens, Friday will go on. The best thing you can do to improve your Friday motivation is making sure your body has the micronutrients it needs to get through the day with energy, recognizing what's urgent, tackling low-hanging fruit, taking your time pick up, get away from your desk and get on with your favorite music and remember to look forward to it all weekend.


TNS Op-Ed Budget for Friday February 25, 2022

Updated at 4:30 p.m. ET (0930 UTC). TNS FORUM comment: Sanctions alone will not deter Russia. NATO must intervene USRUSSIA-UKRAINE-NATO-COMMENTARY:LA — In justifying his invasion of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly pointed to one culprit as the root cause of the crisis: NATO's expansion into Eastern Europe and its military cooperation with the Ukraine , including ... (Author: Gardener)

TNS Op-Ed BudgetComment: Sanctions alone will not deter Russia. USRUSSIA-UKRAINE-NATO-COMMENTARY:LA — In justifying his invasion of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has consistently pointed to one culprit as the root cause of the crisis: NATO's expansion into Eastern Europe and its military cooperation with Ukraine, including deployment billions of dollars in training and equipment. Whether Moscow's perception of insecurity is caused by the growing reach of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization or whether it is just a pretext for Putin's neo-imperialist mission to retake parts of the former Soviet Union is a matter of debate. Commentary: Putin can safely ignore Russian critics of his war - for now USRUSSIA-UKRAINE-CRITICS-COMMENTARY:BLO - The day before the fake "referendum" that handed Crimea over to Vladimir Putin's Russia in 2014, I marched with dozens of people against the annexation Thousands of other Muscovites — but a majority of Russians backed the move, and Putin's popularity, as measured by independent sociologists, soared to heights never seen before or since. Now that the dictator has launched a full-scale attack on Ukraine, there will be no large-scale protests and popularity surge. Seven years later, Russia is a different country - one that Putin allows to ignore. Comment: Disturbing behavior is increasing among our children. CHILDREN-DISRUPTIVE-COMMENTARY: TB - Last fall my 14-year-old son Will came home from school and told me that some of his classmates had taken part in a TikTok challenge encouraging them to destroy school toilets. I've spoken to district leaders, educators, administrators and parents across the country who are overwhelmed by the rise in disruptive behavior — from vandalism, crime and classroom outbreaks to far more serious concerns about harming themselves or others. In a recent report by Rand Corp. In a published survey, nearly 60% of district leaders said discipline had become a moderate to high concern. Commentary: We need more black doctors BLACKDOCTORS-PROGRESSIVE-COMMENTARY:MCT - A just-released report by Verywell, a health and wellness information website, found that half of black Americans polled for the survey agree that "the health care system is racist ', while one in three survey respondents say they have experienced racism when dealing with healthcare providers. As a result of these experiences, the report concluded, "Black Americans make decisions that disrupt their care, such as finding a new provider or rescheduling a follow-up appointment." ANARCHIST COMMENT: BZ - When I was a teenager, I was told my mother that her father was a philosophical anarchist who wrote articles on anarchism for a Yiddish-language newspaper in the early 20th century. The "philosophical" part meant that my grandfather didn't believe in using violence to achieve the utopian goal of a stateless world. To me, anarchism was a benign, unattainable substitute for religion that I sentimentally clung to for many years. DAIRYCOWS-PETA-COMMENTARY:MCT - The truth is stranger than fiction: A Turkish dairy farmer is using virtual reality technology to make cows think they're outside to make them happy enough to produce more milk. This twisted plot is akin to the "Matrix" movies, in which humans are trapped in a computer-generated world so machines can steal their body heat. This farmer isn't the first to use virtual reality to create a dystopian dairy hellscape - proving that cows don't like being crammed into their own excrement in dirty, smelly stalls. 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Disgraced attorney Alex Murdaugh has hit out with a new lawsuit from his son's ex

The scandal-hit family's legal troubles began in February 2019 when Murdaugh's son Paul allegedly plowed their 17-foot bay boat into a bridge, sending three people overboard. (Author: Gardener)

Alex MurdaughDisgraced attorney Alex Murdaugh's legal woes continue to mount with a new lawsuit from his murdered son's ex-girlfriend, who says she was "permanently disfigured" in a boating accident that killed a teenage girl. Murdaugh is currently in prison for attempting to fake his own death and faces a total of 74 criminal charges after allegedly attempting to swindle $8.8 million in wrongful death and personal injury settlements while practicing law worked for injuries in South Carolina. In February 2019, Murdaugh's son Paul reportedly plowed his 17-foot boat into a bridge, sending three people overboard. Paul was allegedly intoxicated at the time he drove the boat, but he was not given a sobriety test, jailed or even handcuffed after the crash, leading to speculation that he received special treatment due to the family's legal connections had received. At the time, Paul was dating Morgan Doughty, who was on the boat at the time and is now seeking punitive damages for the "permanent scarring and disfigurement" she suffered in the disaster, according to a new lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges Paul's mother, Maggie, spoke to her son shortly before the accident and "did not prevent" him from driving despite his apparent intoxication. Miley Altman, another boating accident survivor, filed a separate lawsuit this week alleging the parents made the tragedy possible after they "knowingly and intentionally allowed their underage son to illegally purchase and consume alcohol." But before he was charged in Mallory's death and while Alex was being investigated for his possible interference in the case, Paul and his mother Maggie were brutally shot at the family's cabin in a mysterious murder case that has investigators baffled. Paul faced felony charges, including boating under the influence, which resulted in death at the time of the murders, leading to theories that the two tragedies are linked. Alex's lawyers have been adamant that he had nothing to do with it and have repeatedly said they hope investigators will work just as hard to find their killers, and to date no arrests have been made in the couple's deaths. Miley and Morgan seek damages from Paul and Maggie's estate, which is now in the hands of Alex. The scion of legal family is also accused of trying to arrange or fake his own death after allegedly ordering his former client Curtis Smith to shoot him in the head so his son Buster could get a £10million life insurance policy dollars. Alex is the fourth generation of a prominent family of lawyers in tiny Hampton County. His great-grandfather, grandfather, and father were all elected prosecutors, and his family helped run the largest law firm in the county for a century. Alex has been in prison since October on a growing list of charges of embezzlement, forgery, money laundering and computer crimes. A judge set his bail at $7 million and refused to reduce it, even though Murdaugh's attorney argued his bank accounts had been seized in civil lawsuits and that he could barely afford to buy underwear in the Richland County jail. Last month, the 53-year-old was slapped with 23 new charges by the state grand jury of four new victims who were reportedly conned, including the family of a deaf quadriplegic. The new charges extend Murdaugh's crimes back more than a decade to 2011, some four years before he was accused of opening two fraudulent accounts at Bank of America in 2015. As part of his plan, Murdaugh would negotiate settlement money for his clients without telling them what they earned, and then deposit the checks intended to pay for their pain and suffering or the dread of a loved one into his personal accounts, to pay off loans or debts in ways that prosecutors have yet to fully detail. Prosecutors say Murdaugh used money orders given to an unnamed family member to get the money. One of the alleged victims was Hakeem Pinckney, a deaf man involved in a 2009 traffic accident that required permanent life support. Murdaugh represented the Pinckney family in a lawsuit against the tire manufacturers, but he didn't give the family the $309,000 check, sources say. Instead, he bought money orders, which were used to cover money he had taken from other customers' accounts to pay off a loan and get cash for himself and an unnamed family member, according to the indictment. When Pinckney died as a result of his injuries at a nursing home, Murdaugh received an additional $89,000 settlement for Pinckney, but deposited that check into his account without ever notifying the man's family, prosecutors said. The Pinckney family attorney said the transactions were complex and difficult to trace, and more money may have been stolen. Pinckney was black, and most of the people Murdaugh robbed were like him — minorities and not wealthy, family attorney Justin Bamberg said. "Alex gave them just enough money to get on their knees and say, 'Thank you, Jesus,' and took the rest," Bamberg said. Another indictment filed by Natasha Thomas states that Murdaugh allegedly attempted to defraud her of $350,245.08 beginning in 2011 and used the funds on a money order to be paid to a family member and Palmetto State Bank in Hampton. Thomas was Pinckney's cousin and was in the passenger seat of his vehicle at the time of the accident that left him paralyzed. The third indictment describes how, starting in 2013, Murdaugh allegedly collected 14 settlement checks totaling more than $1.3 million for Arthur Badger, whose wife died in a wreck and stole all the money for herself. Murdaugh reportedly used the money to have it paid out to one of his family members, a business associate, and "into a conservator's account for another person from whom Murdaugh was previously permitted to borrow money." A fourth indictment by Deon Martin detailed how Murdaugh allegedly defrauded him of $200,000, in addition to investing $338,056.14 to be used for his injuries, as well as an additional $45,000 for his agreement. Murdaugh deposited the checks into the fake bank account he was using for personal reasons, prosecutors say. His other alleged victims ranged from family friends and a state police officer to an illegal immigrant and a person injured in a car accident, prosecutors said. In June 2016, prosecutors allege that Murdaugh, "despite relying on his prestige and reputation as a lawyer," reportedly told one of his clients, Johnny Bush, that he wanted $100,000 of his settlement money to "recover from an accident." provided his case. However, an indictment obtained by shows Murdaugh wired $95,000 into his fraudulent bank account for his personal gain. "Murdaugh created this bank account for the purpose of embezzling funds belonging to others under the illusion that the money was being paid to a legitimate company," the indictment said, noting that the attorney used the money stolen from his clients had used to pay his own credit card bills, cash and employee checks. Two months later, Murdaugh allegedly diverted a check to his secret bank account through an escrow account for $90,000, "to be compensated for Jamian Risher's injuries." Another indictment states that in November 2017, Murdaugh had another of his clients, Randy Drawdy, "sign a settlement payout form reflecting the withholding of $8,819.30 for medical bills and $750.00 for private investigative services." other customers he stole from, Murdaugh allegedly transferred the $9,569.30 to his fake bank account. Nine months later, in August 2018, prosecutors allegedly found records that Murdaugh stole $85,000 from Jordan Jinks, who is portrayed as a "longtime family friend who came to Murdaugh for help." Murdaugh allegedly told Jinks he had to withhold the settlement proceeds to "satisfy a health insurance lien," according to the Daily Beast. The indictment states that two months later, Murdaugh mailed a check for $65,000 to his personal hidden bank account. Prosecutors further allege that Murdaugh stole $112,500 from Blondell's personal representative, Gary, for his own benefit in April 2019. Nine months later, between February and July 2020, Murdaugh scammed another customer who asked him for help. According to the indictment, Murdaugh timely deposited a check for $750,000 intended for the customer and his injuries into his fraudulent account. Between November and December 2020, prosecutors alleged that Murdaugh assured a client representing Sandra Taylor's estate that "total recovery from wrongful death would only be $30,000" and that he would not even charge a fee, because the recovery is so "low". However, the indictment alleges that Murdaugh managed to recoup "over $180,000" from the wrongful death agreement - before eventually wiring more than $150,000 into his fraudulent bank account. Through his attorneys, Murdaugh issued a statement in court admitting to taking $4.3 million from the family of his housekeeper, Gloria Satterfield, as settlement money in a wrongful death case. Family murders, deaths, drug addictions, thefts and arrests: the mysteries now facing the investigators who have accused Alex Murdaugh Smith were found on the side of the road. Cops investigating the double homicide have also reopened the case in a 2015 hit-and-run by teenager Stephen Smith. Police are calling his death a hit-and-run, but he sustained blunt force trauma to his head. His mother has since shared her belief that she believes he was killed in a hate crime because he was gay. Case notes from revealed that Paul's older brother Buster was named multiple times in the investigation. Years later, one of Paul's friends said in an affidavit that the family had "covered up" other murders. Gloria died after "falling down the stairs" at the family home. The family gave her family $500,000 in a wrongful death agreement, but it's unclear why it was decided her death was her fault. Her death was also mentioned in the testimony of Paul Murdaugh's friend. 2019: Mallory Beach dies after being thrown from a boat driven by Paul Murdaugh. Paul was later charged with drinking and behaving "aggressively" that night. This boy called Stephen Smith and the housekeeper and claimed Paul pushed her. The mother and son were found shot to death at the family home in Hampton, South Carolina. Alex's son Paul, 22, (left) and his wife Maggie, 52, (right) were found dead from multiple gunshot wounds at the family's hunting lodge on June 7. Alex's father Randolph Murdaugh III died three days after Maggie and Paul were found "peacefully" shot dead at home September 3: Alex resigns from his law practice amid allegations of misappropriation of funds He only had "superficial" wounds and could calling his brother a long struggle that has compounded these killings.' September 16: Alex turns himself in to the police on insurance fraud charges Murdaugh turned himself in to the police in connection with an insurance fraud case, where he arranged his own killing so his surviving son could collect a $10 million payout.