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    You might think business jargon can help you stay ahead of the curve – but most office workers believe it shows you do not know what you are doing. And ‘blue-sky thinking’ – meaning trying to find completely new ideas – is the most annoying workplace phrase of all, according to a survey of Britons. It topped the list on 27 per cent, while 26 per cent of respondents said ‘think outside the box’ is the most grating. 'Blue-sky thinking' topped the list on 27 per cent, while 26 per cent of respondents said ‘think outside the box’ is the most grating jargon Next are ‘low-hanging fruit’ – something that is easily attained or dealt with – and ‘touch base’, meaning briefly make contact, on 23 per cent, the poll of 1,500 office workers found. A whopping 90 per cent of respondents feel some people use jargon to try to cover up their shortcomings. Nearly half (46 per cent) said colleagues who deploy these phrases come across as trying really hard to impress, while 43 per cent just find them...
    Fox News’ Bill Hemmer confronted Jason Furman on Friday over his claim that economic travails were “high-class” problems. Furman, an economist in President Barack Obama‘s administration, said on Twitter this week that inflation and supply-chain issues were “high-class problems,” sparking controversy after White House Chief of Staff Ronald Klain wrote a message in agreement. “To paraphrase Jay Leno, what in the hell were you thinking?” Hemmer asked Furman in a morning interview. “You need to keep two things in your head at once,” Furman replied. “One is, inflation is real. Inflation is creating a problem for families. We should do something about it. Number two, the reason we have this inflation is actually a good reason — that the unemployment rate has come down, that families got money, and people are buying more things than ever before. The problem isn’t that our ports stopped working. It’s that people are buying so much stuff that so much is trying to come through our ports right now. We have record volumes.” Hemmer countered: “And a lot of people who say you saw it coming...
    ATLANTA (WJZ) — The CDC is strongly urging pregnant people, those who were recently pregnant and people who are thinking about becoming pregnant to get the COVID-19 vaccine, citing the higher risks for expectant people who get the virus. According to CDC data, through Sept. 27, more than 125,000 pregnant people have had confirmed cases of COVID-19, resulting in 22,000 hospitalizations and 161 deaths. Twenty-two of those deaths occurred in the month of August, the agency said. READ MORE: Man, 30, Charged With Murder In Northeast Baltimore ShootingSymptomatic pregnant people with COVID-19 are twice as likely to end up in intensive care and have a 70% increased risk of death, the CDC said. Additionally, the virus leads to increased risk of preterm birth and stillbirth, as well as a newborn being admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit. Of the pregnant people who have been hospitalized with coronavirus, 97% were unvaccinated, according to the CDC. READ MORE: Woman Charged With Arson For Setting Fire To Edgewood Home After Domestic Dispute“Pregnancy can be both a special time and also a stressful...
    This article was medically reviewed by Jason R. McKnight, MD, MS, a family medicine physician and clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M College of Medicine.  Medically Reviewed Reviewed By Check Mark Icon A check mark. It indicates that the relevant content has been reviewed and verified by an expert Our stories are reviewed by medical professionals to ensure you get the most accurate and useful information about your health and wellness. For more information, visit our medical review board. The forearm is one of the least painful areas to get a tattoo. Bijoy Buragohain / EyeEm/Getty Images Tattoo pain will vary depending on your age, sex, and pain threshold.  The most painful spots to get a tattoo are your ribs, spine, fingers, and shins. The least painful spots to get a tattoo are your forearms, stomach, and outer thighs.  Visit Insider's Health Reference library for more advice. Getting a tattoo involves an ink-filled needle repeatedly puncturing your skin. Consequently, it's not unusual to wonder how much pain you should expect when considering a tattoo.   As it turns out, pain is a highly...
    (CNN)Creativity is a uniquely human quality that's difficult to define and, perhaps, even harder to objectively measure. Of course, that doesn't mean that scientists haven't tried, and a study published in June in the journal PNAS proposes a new and surprisingly simple test to gauge this ability. It only takes a few minutes and involves thinking of 10 nouns that are unrelated to one another and as far apart in meaning as possible. Your score reveals how creative you are, said Jay Olson, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, who came up with the concept and is one of the study authors. "The task can be objectively and automatically scored, meaning that it does not need people to subjectively score the responses," he said. "It is also faster to complete than most other creativity measures; many people complete it in under two minutes."Curious? You can take the test here. Read MoreHow to know if you have phone addiction -- and 12 ways to address itThe test specifically measures one component of creativity called divergent thinking, which is the ability to...
    LET'S be honest - we consider ourselves lucky if we receive a single bunch of flowers from our guy on Valentine's Day. But have you ever stopped to consider if any of the men in your life would actually want to receive a lovely bouquet themselves? Because we certainly haven't. 3Two thirds of British men have received flowers as a giftCredit: Getty - Contributor A study of 2,000 adults by FunnyHowFlowersDoThat.co.uk, found that two thirds of men have been given a bunch has a gift - and 78 per cent loved the blooms. What's more, nearly half of men (48 per cent) would feel appreciated if they were given a surprise bunch of flowers while 45 per cent said they would feel loved. But while women typically receive a bouquet every few months, men are lucky to get one once a year - and 72 per cent of Brits considered flowers to be a "feminine" gift. It also emerged just one in six adults have bought flowers for a man, with only a quarter of those with a male partner...
    West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that Republicans who were not getting vaccinated for coronavirus are playing “the death lottery.” Guest anchor Martha Raddatz said, “Let’s go back to who is not getting vaccinated. Statistics show it’s poverty, race and you look at the map, it’s a lot of red states.” Justice said, “Well, there’s some truth to that and everything. Because the red states probably have a lot of people that, you know, are very, very conservative in their thinking, and they think, ‘Well, I don’t have to do that.’ But they’re not thinking right.” He added, “When it really boils right down to it, they’re in a lottery to themselves. You know, we have a lottery that basically says, if you’re vaccinated, we’re going to give you stuff. But you’ve got another lottery going on, and it’s the death lottery.” Raddatz said, “Do you think those people who aren’t vaccinated, who you said are maybe more conservative, maybe don’t want anybody in their business, are really ever going to get vaccinated? What could...
    Sometimes after months, years or even decades, that niggling feeling won’t budge. Nikki Watkins explains how to know if you have settled for a less than ideal match. 11Here's how to know if you have settled for a less than ideal matchCredit: Shutterstock You've stopped going to zumba MAYBE you have lost yourself somewhere along the way. Georgette Culley, the Sun’s sex and relationships contributing editor, says: “Think back to the start. Who were you then? 11Georgette says: 'Think back to the start. Who were you then?'Credit: Getty - Contributor "Have you brought your hobbies, interests and dreams with you into the relationship or have you forgotten what really makes you tick? “Sometimes we wear a mask to fit into the life of someone else, rather than being ourselves. This isn’t sustainable. “Maybe you have an amenable personality and need to shout a little louder, or start making time away from your partner to pursue your interests.” They skipped your family party NOT spending time with each other’s families could be cause for concern. Georgette says: “If you go to...
    DONALD Trump mocked the Oscars for its record-low TV ratings and slammed the award ceremony for being too "politically correct and boring". In a statement issued Tuesday, Trump suggested a reason for Sunday's Oscars tanking so spectacularly was because many of the attendees "spend all their time" promoting the Democrats and "canceling Republicans." 5Trump (pictured at Vanity Fair's Oscars party in 2011) released a statement mocking the Oscars on TuesdayCredit: Getty The ratings for Sunday's 93rd annual Oscars, held among the coronavirus pandemic in Los Angeles, were reportedly the lowest on record - dropping a staggering 58.3 percent over last year. Many critics of this year's event have blasted the proceedings as being too 'woke' after many award recipients used their time on stage to make statements about politics, gun control, or racism. Appearing the share that point of view, former President Trump rallied against the Oscars in his statement for becoming too political. “What used to be called The Academy Awards, and now is called the ​’​Oscars​’ ​—​ ​a far less important and elegant name​ ​—​ ​had the...
    "The View" co-host Sunny Hostin agreed Friday with President Biden's remark that Republican governors who re-opened states and reversed mask mandates were engaging in "Neanderthal thinking" because they had elected to not "listen to the government." Hostin, a reliably liberal voice on the show, said Biden had "every right" to feel that way about Republican leaders of Texas and Mississippi, who announced plans this week to lift capacity restrictions and end mask mandates. "All the pearl-clutching over language is really something to me, when you had four years of someone speaking in the lowest of terms and debasing people and degrading people," she said. "I think that President Biden has every right to feel this way. He has suffered tremendous loss. Americans have suffered tremendous loss, over 500,000 lost souls. "We are close to changing, but we only have about 15.6%, 16.3% of the total population that has been vaccinated, and we know that we need 70 to 80% of the population to be vaccinated for herd immunity. The ask from the Biden administration was to wear masks for the first 100 days of his administration." JEN PSAKI...
    MSNBC host Chris Hayes unleashed a long rant at moderate Senate Democrats for committing the equivalent of a political own-goal, for demanding the Biden administration pare back who would be eligible to receive Covid relief. During his Tuesday night show, the liberal host offered a lengthy reaction to the news that the White House had agreed to a compromise with Senators Joe Manchin (WV), Jeanne Shaheen (NH), and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) that would lower the income cutoffs of those who could qualify for direct payments in the American Rescue Plan. “Why on Earth would you take steps to make it less effective and less popular?!” a confounded Hayes began. “And yet today that is exactly what senate Democrats were insisting on.” By lowering the annual income phase out level from $100,000 to $80,000 for individuals and from $200,000 down to $160,000 for couples, Hayes noted that 12 million fewer adults and five million fewer children would be eligible for payments under the Biden plan than the one that passed in January under Trump. “Cut Joe Manchin a ton of slack, alright. The guy got re-elected in West...
    Users who crave likes on social media may have thinking patterns that are fundamentally similar to those of lab rats seeking food, a study has concluded. Researchers from the US and Europe found that efforts to maximise 'likes' follow the pattern of so-called 'reward learning' also found in animals seeking food rewards. Experts estimate that platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram occupied the attentions of more than four billion people for multiple hours each day last year. While some have likened social media engagement to an addiction, it has remained unclear why some are driven to engage obsessively with such online platforms. The new findings, the researchers said, may help experts uncover new ways to address problematic engagement with social media. Users who crave likes on social media may have thinking patterns that are fundamentally similar to those of lab rats seeking food, a study has concluded (stock image) 'These results establish that social media engagement follows basic, cross-species principles of reward learning,' said paper author and psychologist David Amodio of the New York University.  'These findings may help us understand why...
    CONSPIRACY theories used to be confined to the fringes of society – now they’re everywhere.  From anti-vaxxers claiming Bill Gates is trying to use the pandemic to take over the world to people burning 5G phone masts because they think they cause Covid, baseless ideas are spreading like wildfire in the minds of millions at the moment.  15Anti-vaxxers protesting in London in December - many Brits are refusing the vaccine which will ultimately end the pandemic because they believe in conspiracy theoriesCredit: PA:Press Association But is there any reason why conspiracy theories seem to have such a hold at this particular point in history?  More to the point: is there a particular kind of person who’s susceptible to conspiracies?  And are you one of them?  Eric Oliver, Professor of Political Science at Chicago University, believes his research has insights which go some way to answering these questions.  15A 5G tower on fire in Birmingham - many conspiracy theorists have incorrectly linked the coronavirus with the new cellular networkCredit: SWNS:South West News Service Oliver, author of Enchanted America, spent years studying...
    More women believe they can read minds than men, according to a study. Nearly 3,000 people in the UK and US answered four questions on how they rate their ability to understand what others are really thinking.  Women consistently returned better scores than men – an average 12.6 out of 16 against 12.1. Rachel Clutterbuck of Bath University said: 'This work has great potential to better understand the lived experience of people with mind-reading difficulties, such as those with autism.' Nearly 3,000 people in the UK and US answered four questions on how they rate their ability to understand what others are really thinking [File photo] The findings, as well as the test, have been published in the journal Psychological Assessment. Dr Punit Shah, from the University of Bath's Department of Psychology, said: 'Much of how we communicate relies on our understanding of what others are thinking, yet this is a surprisingly complex process that not everyone can do. 'To understand this psychological process, we needed to separate mind-reading from empathy. 'Mind-reading refers to understanding what other people are thinking,...
    A still from a video showing a rave near Bath, England, on July 18, 2020. None of the people photographed here are featured in this story. YouTube/PartyLineUK Across the world, people are breaking the lockdown measures imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus to rave in secret at the dead of night. In countries like the US, UK, France, and Germany, mass gatherings are still banned, so many parties have moved underground. Insider spoke to three people in the UK who are shirking government guidelines and risking their health by doing just that. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Beneath motorway flyovers, in ancient woodlands, and inside derelict warehouses people are partying, virus or no virus.  In the US, UK, France, and Germany, both young and old are shirking government regulations imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus, and partying in large numbers in the dead of night. UK government guidelines currently forbid gatherings of more than 30 people, but the police identified at least 500 illegal raves in Greater London in July alone. Attendees...
    A looming question in today’s political climate is:  Why do Donald Trump’s devotees continue to support him despite the carnage of his well-documented failures?  Although we are in the middle of a deadly pandemic that is surging and not contained, Trump seems to maintain a base support of 35% to 40%.  What are the psychological factors that influence or underpin his supporters’ attraction to him? And might this provide some perspective on how to change these supporters’ minds? Multiple psychological factors seem to influence and explain his supporters.  We have divided these factors into four major categories: Rebelliousness and Chaos; Shared Irrationality; Fear; and Safety and Order. Rebelliousness and Chaos Some Trump supporters have a strong desire for rebelliousness and chaos, and view Trump as the perfect vehicle for achieving their personal goals.  These supporters tend to become “anti-establishment and anti-government,” even when it is against their best interest. Many are unhappy with their station in life and believe chaos in the political system will bring them important gains.  They seek immediate and sweeping changes and believe a rebellious attitude and rebellious...
    A pastor was stabbed during a Bible study session at a Virginia church, but was saved by quick-thinking congregation members. The horrific attack took place on Saturday around 3pm at the Grace Covenant Church in Chantilly, Virginia, located about 25 miles west of Washington DC during a Bible study class. Chance Harrison, 32, an alleged member of the church, entered the venue and stabbed the pastor 'without provocation'. Two church members – one of them Fairfax County Police Chief Ed Roessler – jumped to the pastor’s defense and subdued Harrison.  In the confrontation the pastor was stabbed and a man who intervened was also stabbed. Roessler also suffered minor injuries during the confrontation. A pastor and church member of Grace Covenant Church were stabbed on Saturday afternoon during a Bible study when alleged congregation member Chance Harrison, 32, (above) entered the venue and stabbed the pastor 'without provocation' The incident took place at Grace Covenant Church in Chantilly, Virginia on Saturday around 3pm. Harrison was subdued by church members and taken into police custody 'He did his part in the...
    The Smithsonian Institute published what amounts to rather questionable information through its National Museum of African American History & Culture on the topic of whiteness and "white culture." What are the details? On Wednesday, the Federalist pointed out that the museum had been promoting learning materials regarding whiteness and white culture on its website. The materials are available for people to use in an effort to constructively discuss "race, equity, and inclusion." A blurb on the museum's website reads, "Issues of race are sometimes blatant and obvious, sometimes subtle and nuanced, and often difficult to confront. However, with commitment and caring, we can all play an important role in dismantling racism to create a more inclusive, just, and safe society. By committing to understanding and talking about race, all our lives will be better." The museum, through its website, also insists that because white Americans "hold most of the political, institutional, and economic power," they are able to reap the benefits that "non-white groups do not." Its...
    DONALD Trump has said people "love" the Confederate flag and that its supporters were "not thinking about slavery". The president was speaking amid renewed calls for monuments and other symbols of the Confederacy to be removed from public spaces following weeks of protest over racial inequality. 3 President Trump said people 'love' the Confederate flag and that supporters were 'not thinking about slavery'Credit: CBS 3 The comments follow protests that have led to the removal of Confederate monuments from public spacesCredit: AP:Associated Press The Confederate flag is viewed by many in the South as a symbol of Southern heritage and states' autonomy, but opponents say it glorifies slavery and racial segregation. The current unrest was sparked by the death of George Floyd, an African-American man, during an arrest by a white police officer in Minneapolis in May. Recent weeks have seen statues to Confederate figures pulled down by protesters and removed by local authorities as well as the banning of the Confederate flag at NASCAR events. Trump has criticised what he called a "campaign to wipe out our history", but...
    Bradley Cortright July 14, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump is defending Americans’ right to display the Confederate flag. During an interview with CBS News’ Catherine Herridge on Tuesday, Trump was asked about his 2015 claim that the Confederate flag belongs in a museum and if that is still his stance. “All I say is, freedom of speech. It’s very simple. My attitude is freedom of speech,” Trump responded. “Very strong views on the Confederate flag. With me, it’s freedom of speech very simple. Like it, don’t like, it’s freedom of speech.” When asked if he would be “comfortable” with his supporters displaying the Confederate flag at his campaign rallies, he said, “I am comfortable with freedom of speech.” Herridge then pressed him on the history of the flag. She asked, “You understand why the flag is a painful symbol for many people because it’s a reminder of slavery?” He argued that many people like to display the flag but do not support slavery or the legacy of the Confederacy, “Well, people love it, and I don’t view– I know people...
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