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The Presidential Election: A Work in Process

The Presidential Election: A Work in Process

The media must be awfully forgiving. After four years of hammering home how suspect our election process is — how vulnerable it is to meddling and interference — they’re suddenly comfortable with it. What happened to the talking heads who insisted that tech glitches had impacted the Midwest votes in 2016? Or that our online systems had been hacked? Like magic, their suspicions have vanished. Now, despite six states’ worth of questions and a mail-in system that’s ripe for more abuse, Americans realize: the only ones trying to influence the election are the ones who aren’t interested in counting the legal votes.

The American people, it turns out, are completely united on that front. The day before the election, a Hill/Harris X poll found almost unanimous support — 85 percent — across the parties for an exhaustive process to confirm the outcome. Asked whether the priority should be counting the legal votes or having the results “as soon as possible,” only 15 percent were in favor of what we’re seeing play out in the news media today. Look, Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) said, “The media do not get to determine who the president is. The people do.” We’ll know who the winner is, he went on, “when all lawful votes have been counted, recounts finished, and allegations of fraud addressed.” In the meantime, what’s the rush? What does Joe Biden possibly have to gain by claiming victory if half the country doesn’t believe it?

Back in 2000, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said on “Washington Watch,” “the Democrats felt extremely comfortable with Al Gore having 37 days.” Then, as in now, the most important thing was making sure Americans could trust the process. Right now, 71 million voters are watching this unfold and wondering, like Louie is, how did President Trump’s coattails help the state legislature, the House Republicans, and Senate, and “not elect the guy in the coat?”

“I’ve talked to some of the attorneys handling the suits for the president,” he explained, “…and there are numerous grounds for having a recount — and not just because the margin of error, that’s a basis for a recount. But there are so many improprieties and anomalies and things that just can’t physically happen.” Other people, like Victor Davis Hanson, are just frustrated that this many Americans even found the stomach to vote for Joe Biden at all. “There was massive voter fraud. I believe that. But nonetheless, this shouldn’t even have been close–the margins in places like Michigan or Wisconsin, even Minnesota or Pennsylvania — given what [President Trump] had done for the country.”

For now, at least, the wheels of justice are churning. U.S. Attorney General William Barr has agreed to investigate Republicans’ concerns — where appropriate. Making it clear that states are the lead dog when it comes to supervising elections, he did say that DOJ has “an obligation to ensure that federal elections are conducted in such a way that the American people can have full confidence in their electoral process and their government.” Before any states certify their results, he authorized his team to “pursue substantial allegations of voting and vote tabulation irregularities.” Maybe it won’t be of a scale to impact the outcome of the election, Barr said, but that’s not a good reason to ignore it.

His state counterparts are also going on offense. Ten of them — state attorneys general in Ohio, Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, South Dakota, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, and Oklahoma — are now signed on to the legal challenge in Pennsylvania. “The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision overstepped its constitutional responsibility, encroached on the authority of the Pennsylvania legislature, and violated the plain language of the Election Clauses,” they write. In the state’s own legislature, members are demanding an audit of the votes. And no wonder. Right now, there are about 100,000 votes out of 150 million cast deciding states like Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Nevada. If this were Joe Biden, trailing by such a small margin, we would be dealing with the exact same scenario — except for one thing. The media, ever eager to delegitimize Trump, would never have called the election.

“Let’s have no lectures,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told his colleagues on the Senate floor, “about how the president should immediately, cheerfully accept the preliminary election results from the same characters who just spent four years refusing to accept the validity of the last election… The core principle here is not complicated. In the United States of America, all legal ballots must be counted; any illegal ballots must not be; the process should be transparent and observable by all sides, and the courts are here to work through concerns.

Our institutions are built for this. We have the system in place to consider concerns. And President Trump is 100 percent within his rights to look into allegations of irregularities and weigh his legal options… And if Democrats feel confident [he has no case], they should no reason to fear extra scrutiny.”

** Tune in tomorrow, Wednesday, November 11, at 8:00 p.m. (ET) for a special time of prayer with former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, Pastor Gary Hamrick, and me as we collectively seek God on behalf of our nation and ask His guidance and protection over the election process as it continues to unfold. Join FRC and believers around the country at PrayVoteStand.org. **

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RODEO COLUMN: PBR finds ways to get competitors back to work

RODEO COLUMN: PBR finds ways to get competitors back to work

The Professional Bull Riders, which showcases its 2020 World Finals in Arlington this weekend, has been quick to put its athletes back to work amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The PBR drew national headlines when its crews returned to work in late April at the Lazy E Arena near Oklahoma City. In fact, it was the first professional sport to resume in the U.S. in late April, according to a Washington Times article.

Washington Times sports reporter Adam Zielonka wrote in an April 26 article that the PBR “held an event in an empty arena in Oklahoma, in what appears to be the first professional sport to resume in the U.S. after the COVID-19 pandemic forced leagues to suspend play. PBR’s Las Vegas Invitational was moved from Nevada to Guthrie, Oklahoma, where COVID-19 restrictions were more flexible. Forty-one riders competed … but no fans were allowed to attend the event.”

But it stands to reason that a western riding sports organization was on the cutting edge of returning to work this year. After all, cowboys constantly come upon forks on the trail.

In the ranching business, cowboys find themselves working through adverse winters. In rodeo and bull riding, fearless cowboys take on the rampaging bull that nobody wants.

And some of these cowboys who consistently buck adversity have the buckles and bank accounts to show for it. One prime example is 2020 PBR world title race leader Jose Vitor Leme who has earned $521,431 at PBR events this season. There’s two-time PBR world champion Jess Lockwood who has pocketed $219,947 this year.

They’ll strap on their spurs at AT&T Stadium in Arlington for the Nov. 12-15 PBR World Finals after taking hard knocks throughout the 2020 regular season.

The sport’s organizers have shown the same tenaciousness.

Take PBR commissioner Sean Gleason, for example. While the pandemic derailed sporting events across the country last spring, Gleason and his staff worked long hours to devise plans that put PBR athletes back to work quicker than other sports.

The PBR went back to work April 25-26 for a TV-only tour stop at the Lazy E Arena, a renowned indoor venue that’s in a remote area north of Oklahoma City.

“There’s been a lot of coverage about being first, but we didn’t do it to be first, but to get our people back to work,” Gleason said. “We’re a unique sport and there are a lot of people in our sport who don’t make money unless they compete. In order for them to compete, the PBR has to conduct events. The easy path was to pack up the tent and ride out the storm in the safety of our home. But the right answer for the entire industry was to put on events and give everybody the opportunity to work and feed their families.”

Roping tough

Trevor Brazile of Decatur secured a record 26th world title (multiple categories) on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit last weekend.

Brazile, who is semi-retired, clinched the 2020 PRCA steer roping world title at the Nov. 6-7 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping in Mulvane, Kansas, in the Wichita area.

It was his eighth world steer roping title. Brazile also has earned 14 world all-around titles, three tie-down roping championships and a team roping heading gold buckle.

During the NFSR, Brazile also clinched the average title. He was the only competitor to turn in a qualified time in each of the 10 rounds.  

Brazile earned 69,072 points throughout the NFSR. He clinched the world title with 117,459 points. Scott Snedecor finished second with 110,779, according to prorodeo.com.

Brazile, 43, who became a PRCA member in the mid-1990s, roped in enough prize money throughout the 2020 NFSR to become the first cowboy on the PRCA circuit to surpass $7 million in career earnings, PRCA media officials said.

Texas Tech graduates Vin Fisher Jr. and J. Tom Fisher, who are from Andrews, and Garrett Hale of Snyder, competed in the NFSR. Vin Fisher finished third in the 2020 steer roping world title race with 105,513 points. Hale finished eighth with 57,181. J. Tom Fisher finished 10th with 53,177.

Meanwhile, four-time world champion Tuf Cooper, a Childress native who has homes in Weatherford and Decatur, placed in three rounds and came in fifth in the NFSR average race. He finished sixth in the 2020 steer roping world standings.

Cooper also took the lead in the PRCA’s 2020 world all-around standings. He will attempt to hang onto the No. 1 ranking during the Dec. 3-12 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo at Globe Field in Arlington where he will compete in tie-down roping.

Brett Hoffman, a Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame member, has covered rodeos and horse show events for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for more than 35 years. Email him at bchoffman777@earthlink.net.

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Here's what mental health experts want you to know about trying online therapy

Here’s what mental health experts want you to know about trying online therapy

We asked mental health professionals about how to make the most of online therapy. (Image via Getty Images).

To say 2020 hasn’t been easy would be an understatement. Constant isolation, not being able to see close friends and family, and the economic repercussions of a pandemic have been harmful for many from a mental health standpoint.

According to an online national survey by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), 21 per cent of those surveyed experienced moderate to severe anxiety and/or depression, due to COVID-19, while an additional 20 per cent reported feeling lonely. The survey found a “gender gap” in the mental health impact of the pandemic, with women between the ages of 18-39 reporting significantly higher levels of anxiety and depression than male respondents.

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CAMH noted that one in five adults survey had received professional help for mental health concerns at least once in the week prior to responding to the survey. While the results show that the country is moving in the right direction towards normalizing therapy, the pandemic created new hurdles to accessing care by eliminating the opportunity for in-person therapy.

While many people were able to transition from in-person to online counselling smoothly, the same can’t necessarily be said for those without experience in therapy. For people seeking help for the first time, it may feel bizarre to pour your heart out to a stranger at all, let alone over video chat. But, it’s not as daunting as you may think. 

A national survey showed that mental health issues like anxiety and depression is disproportionately impacting woman more than men. (Image via Getty Images).

To start, it’s important to highlight that therapy is a very personal and subjective experience. While others may feel more comfortable meeting with a therapist or social worker in person, virtual therapy can be just as effective, and potentially even more so, because of its accessibility. 

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“I honestly find the virtual work to be just as deep, meaningful, and effective and my clients report similarly,” says Aliza Shupac, a Toronto-based social worker and psychotherapist with more than 10 years of experience in the field. “Most of my clients report that they actually appreciate the ease of virtual sessions and the lack of travel time. I’m not sure people will want to go back to in-person sessions once this is all over.” 

With that in mind, here are a few ways to make your experience as comfortable and impactful as possible. 

When it comes to finding the right therapist, it can be a hit or miss process. Not only do you have to make sure they have experience treating the issues you’re dealing with, there also needs to be some level of compatibility. With that in mind, many mental health professionals offer free consultation calls for that reason. 

Asking for an consultation with a therapist is a great idea to test the waters before you begin therapy. (Image via Getty Images).

“I would encourage people who are curious to reach out and schedule a consultation. This will give you a chance to ask any questions and get a feel for the therapist and see if it’s a good fit,” says Shupac. “It can be helpful to ask the therapist if they have specific experience and training in the area that you are seeking support.” 

It will also help to have a small level of rapport before your first official session. 

One perk of travelling to a therapist’s office is privacy. You can speak openly and freely with no chance of your friends and family peeping in. While this matter of privacy may be one hiccup in virtual therapy, Dorian Schwartz, a  Toronto-based clinical therapist, recommends finding a cozy and remote part of your home or apartment where you won’t feel on edge. 

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Going to a private space in your home can help make online therapy a more comfortable experience. (Image via Getty Images).

“Therapy can be a very vulnerable experience and privacy is key to feel comfortable. If clients are worried about housemates overhearing them in session, I’ve recommended using a white noise machine or app and placing it by their door,” she says. adding that she also encourages her clients who deal with a lot of anxiety to keep objects that are soothing or grounding nearby, such as a weighted blanket or cup of tea.

If finding a tranquil corner in your home isn’t really possible, Schwartz says a lot of her clients enjoy sitting outsiide or going for a walk during their calls.

Lastly, make sure to speak up when it comes to your wants and needs throughout the process. If you still don’t feel fully comfortable in your sessions (more alarming than just first-time nerves), it just may not be a right fit. 

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“In general with therapy, it’s important for clients to know that if there’s something that doesn’t feel right or comfortable it’s important to let the therapist know,” says Shupac. “Effective therapy rests in large part on the strength of the therapeutic relationship and a key piece of that is being able to tell your therapist when something doesn’t feel right for you, knowing that your therapist will respond empathetically and remedy it.”

Sharing your concerns with your health care professional is key to receiving effective therapy. (Image via Getty Images)

Whether it’s your lack of compatibility with your therapist, or you feel as though you’re not being fully heard or understood, make sure to articulate those concerns early on. 

“Be as open as possible with your therapist about any hesitations you may be having,” adds Schwartz. “They should be able to guide you through the process and adapt to your needs.”

If you or someone you know is suffering, please contact Crisis Services Canada at 1-833-456-4566, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital.

For a full list of resources including mental health services in your area, visit the Canadian Mental Health Association.

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From Acupuncture To Sound Healing: The Alternative Therapies That Are Moving Online

From Acupuncture To Sound Healing: The Alternative Therapies That Are Moving Online

Sound healer Charlie Christie with her Tibetan Singing Bowls

When Facebook launched in the UK in 2005—initially available only to students at select universities, one of which was mine—I remember thinking: but why would I need this? I just want to talk to my friends in person.

And yet, within a few years, I was reconnecting with old school friends on the social media platform, as well as sharing photos with close friends and family who were scattered across the country.

Soon, Facebook was very much part of my every day life. Mine, and 2.45 billion other people around the world. 

We came to see that it was actually quite useful to transition at last some of our communication online; that it helped us to feel connected to people we couldn’t see in person.

More recently, as the world has moved in and out of lockdown, we’ve seen so many more traditionally ‘in-person’ activities shift online. 

Work meetings on Zoom, evening quizzes online instead of in the pub, school teaching delivered through Google Classroom. Not to mention the rise in online shopping, which saw Amazon’s share price increasing by more than a third in less than a month.

While real human contact cannot be replaced entirely by a screen—we do need touch and to at least occasionally be in a room with actual people—many industries have been impressively innovative.

One such industry is the wellbeing industry. But more specifically: alternative therapies. After all, we assume that many of these therapies rely on a physical connection between practitioner and client.

For instance, how can acupuncture be delivered via a screen, or sound healing sessions happen over Zoom? Is it possible to receive reflexology online, and can hypnotherapy work from afar?

Charlie Christie, founder of Thyme With Charlie—a wellness brand offering sound healing workshops and teacher training—had been considering moving at least part of her business online prior to the pandemic. 

She’d been attending online training sessions and receiving holistic therapy treatments online herself, so was seeing firsthand how effective it could be operating in this way—with the flexibility of being able to connect from anywhere in the world.

And so during the first UK lockdown, Christie started selling the Tibetan Singing Bowls she usually sells in-person from an online shop. It worked well. Next, she began designing an online version of the sound healing training courses she delivers, too.

“I’d only ever taught it in person and didn’t know where to start with creating an online version,” she says. “I even wrote a rather passionate Instagram post about why I didn’t take my course online. Sound healing is an energy-based learning and to me, nothing compares to the intimacy of being together in a room.”

But that was no longer an option—at least for a while—and so she transferred the workshops she’d been leading for a few years, teaching people how to become qualified sound healers themselves, into an online programme.

Now, she’s able to see how this new offering is not only great for her business but also for her clients.

“Taking any course online is much more convenient on a practical level. You can be anywhere in the world, on your own schedule, and taking an online course. You can have something baking in the oven. You don’t need to find anyone to look after your pets or kids. You can wear whatever you want.”

Christie is keen to return to traveling the world, delivering sound healing sessions and training people who’d like to become sound-healers, but feels committed to continuing with online sessions, too.

“Even though I teach at studios all over the world, people aren’t always able to make the dates of my trainings so they reach out to me and ask when I’ll be back again,” she says. Now, they can sign-up online instead, if they want to. 

“I already have students in the UK, Europe, Asia, South Africa and the US waiting to take my new course,” she says. “This year has been a time of reflection for me and my brand. If Covid-19 hadn’t happened, I would probably still be debating with myself about whether or not I should put my course online.”

Rebecca Mathiszig-Lee treating an acupuncture patient in her clinic

For Rebecca Mathiszig-Lee, an acupuncturist, the idea to transition her services online was prompted by her governing board, once the initial lockdown was announced.

“They recommended it, and so we got insured to consult and ‘treat’ online. I practiced and designed how the session would go, and then let past clients and social media followers know,” she says.

With acupuncture being a very physical therapy—“where instruments like needles and cups are physically put into and on the body”—Mathiszig-Lee initially felt concerned about whether it would work. 

“I had huge doubts,” she says. “But if you google ‘acupressure point for headache’ for example, there are self-help video demos dating years back, so a tailored acupressure session felt just right.” 

And that’s what she started offering: acupressure sessions, where she’d explain to her patient how to put pressure on certain parts of their body, so that they were essentially treating themselves, with her guidance. 

The benefits to working in this way are vast. “People were and still are self-isolating, shielding and can’t leave their homes to visit the clinics,” she says. “As a practitioner, I can now extend my offering to anyone in the world. That’s very cool. I can help a pregnant woman looking to induce her own labour in New Zealand whilst she’s sat on her sofa. That’s a radical way of healing for energy workers.”

Also, she notes, “online, people are very much at ease from the start. They are in their own safe, comfortable environment so a perfect setting for self healing work.”

At first, there was some resistance from people but now, she says, “people take classes, socialise, work, date – everything and more goes on online now.” It’s become the norm.

“This isn’t to say that human contact and practice in the clinic is replaced, though. It’s a brilliant addition to my offering, and for people who can’t get to me for either geographical or Covid-related reasons.”

During the UK’s second lockdown, Mathiszig-Lee is able to continue working in her clinic but she will also offer online sessions to people who are shielding, self-isolating or live further afield. 

“Acupuncture has been proven to be so effective in Covid recovery,” she says, “so being able to treat people for this in-person and online is something I hadn’t seen coming. It’s a really exciting and positive way to expand a business that traditionally heavily relies on face-to-face, and if someone can help themselves with a guided session of acupressure then more power to that.”

Hypnotherapy Sophie Parker stands by the sea

Hypnotherapist Sophie Parker took a little while longer to consider moving her practice online. In fact, she spent the first few months of lockdown shifting existing appointments a few months ahead before realising that this was a longterm issue and her work might need to change shape. 

“It wasn’t until June that I really acknowledged the new reality,” she says. “Enquiries slowed down, so I started to pivot online.”

She was initially resistant: “I didn’t know if it would work,” she says. “Success with cognitive hypnotherapy relies on building rapport. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to build the same intimacy I get from being in the same room with someone.”

Partly, this was because she usually monitors the client’s body language during treatment. “What is unsaid is just as important as what is spoken,” she says. “I wasn’t sure I’d be able to read body language and facial expressions.”  

Also, some of the techniques she uses in her practice rely on touch. “There are techniques like EMI that I use, that works with eye movements, and I worried about whether I’d actually be able to successfully deliver them via a screen.” 

But as the world grew more accustomed to being online, Parker found the enquiries coming in again. And she actually found that clients were committing more easily to making bookings. This was partly because they wouldn’t have the hassle of traveling to get there—but also because they could attend sessions more discreetly.

“You can’t ignore the stigma that still persists with seeing a therapist,” she says. “But now my clients don’t have to worry about making excuses for why they need to leave the office on time, or what they’re doing in their lunch break or after work, because they can flex appointments around their day. In short, you get the same experience online as in-person but with the added benefit of seeing someone from the privacy and comfort of your own home.”

For reflexologist Gabriela Slater, the first lockdown was spent homeschooling her young children and so she wasn’t able to work. “But this led to a significant reduction in my income,” she says. And so now she’s realised that moving her business online “is the only option to move forward.” 

“Reflexology on the feet is not really a possibility via Zoom,” she says, “But after a return to work in August, I realised that many of my facial reflexology clients did not come back for treatments, possibly due to fear of the very close contact.”

So she has decided to investigate the option of virtual facial reflexology. “This can be done using Zoom, from the comfort of my client’s home,” she says.

“The facial reflexology sessions are deeply relaxing and rebalancing. They can help to combat stress, anxiety, tension and to lift the mood during these difficult times,” she says. Feels like we could all do with a bit of that right now, doesn’t it?

Source: www.forbes.com

Author: Annie Ridout

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