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I was born in North Carolina. I plan to die in North Carolina. But, I have traveled, a lot.

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Poll: Biden leads Trump by 7 points in North Carolina

May 01, 2020 - 10:15 AM EDT


The poll also shows good news for other Democrats in the state. Cooper leads his Republican challenger, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, by roughly 20 points - 52 percent to 32 percent - six months out from Election Day. Meanwhile, in the state's Senate race, Democrat Cal Cunningham leads Sen. Thom Tillis (R) 43.5 percent to 34.3 percent.


Link: https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/495637-poll-biden-leads-trump-by-7-points-in-north-carolina
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Fri May 1, 2020, 02:44 PM (2 replies)

Couldn't agree more. We are all victims of abuse. References here:

The cycle of abuse has four phases:
●Build-up: Stress builds up in the abuse
The cycle begins with some stress (ex: job, money or bills). The stress causes the abuser to feel powerless. The abuser chooses to act out toward a spouse or partner through name-calling, insults and accusations.
As the tension builds, victims try to calm the abusers and try to guess ways to meet all their needs.
The tension becomes unbearable. At this stage, victims feel like they have to be extra careful and alert around the abuser. It’s like walking on eggshells
●Act Out: Tension leads to violence
The tension that builds up in the abuser leads to severe verbal abuse, threats or a violent physical or sexual attack.
It may happen once – but usually happens over and over.
Abuse is always on purpose – it is never an accident. Abusers believe they need to hurt or humiliate their victims so they can feel they have the power and control in the relationship.
●Rationalize/Justify: Abusers blame others, rationalize their actions
Once they’ve committed the violent act, abusers will often blame others or use excuses to justify their actions. For example, the abuser might tell the victim: “you have been driving me crazy lately. It’s your fault this happened!” Or, he/she may make light of the violence that occurred: “I barely touched you. You’re making a big deal out of nothing!”
These are defenses used to turn the blame away from abusers and make them feel better about themselves. Abusers then try to convince their victims that the abuser’s version of the truth is what really happened. Often, because they feel powerless to object, victims begin to doubt their own experience. They start to believe the incident really happened the way the abuser remembers it.
●Pretend Normal
Once the abuser has justified or rationalized his/her actions, and the victim has accepted the abuser’s version of what happened, the pretend normal stage begins. Both partners try to make the relationship continue in a normal way by pretending that everything is alright. But if the abuse is not dealt with, the cycle will continue.

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Apr 29, 2020, 11:29 PM (0 replies)

Coronavirus stimulus checks: 88 million Americans received money so far

Coronavirus stimulus checks: 88 million Americans received money so far
Denitsa Tsekova
April 24, 2020, 3:45 pm

Around 88.1 million Americans have received their stimulus check payments, according to new data by the Internal Revenue Service, with the average amount totaling $1,791.

So far, the issued payments are worth $158 billion in total.

"The IRS, Treasury and partner agencies are working non-stop to get these payments out in record time to Americans who need them," said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig in a statement. "Tens of millions of people across the country are receiving these payments, and millions more are on the way.”

The state-by-state distribution of payments aligns with population. California, Texas, and Florida — the three most populous states — have received the most individual payments and the largest total amount in stimulus worth $15.9 billion, $14.4 billion, and $11 billion, respectively.

As part of the $2 trillion stimulus package, a total of $250 billion is being distributed to Americans’ wallets to help them financially ride out job loss, reduced work hours, and other money hardships they’re facing.

About 175 million Americans are eligible for the payments, according to the White House, meaning about half of those eligible have gotten their payments so far.

More at the link.


Posted by littlemissmartypants | Sat Apr 25, 2020, 02:12 PM (6 replies)

Gov. Cooper Presser, Staying Ahead of the Curve, Covid-19

NC Governor Roy Cooper and his team broadcast from NC's Emergency Management Center via UNC-TV laying out the specifics in the state's plan to Stay Ahead of the Covid-19 Curve, April 23rd, 2020.

Next Press Conference tomorrow, April 24th, 2020, with plans to address NC School plans.

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Thu Apr 23, 2020, 03:29 PM (0 replies)

Conversation With Dr. Mandy Cohen, Director, NCDHHS

Conversation W/ Dr. Mandy Cohen, Part Six #112
UNC-TV 700 pm
April 23rd, 2010

NC Secretary of Health & Human Services, Dr. Mandy Cohen, reviews the week in terms of North Carolina's policies and efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19. Tom Campbell hosts.

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Thu Apr 23, 2020, 03:26 PM (0 replies)

On the Beach, Full Movie 1:51:46

IMDb: Plot Summary
After a global nuclear war, the residents of Australia must come to terms with the fact that all life will be destroyed in a matter of months.
—Kenneth Chisholm

On the Beach is a 1959 American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama film from United Artists, produced and directed by Stanley Kramer, that stars Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, and Anthony Perkins.[2] This black-and-white film is based on Nevil Shute's 1957 novel of the same name depicting the aftermath of a nuclear war.[3] Unlike in the novel, no one is assigned blame for starting the war; the film hints that global annihilation may have arisen from an accident or misjudgment.



Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Apr 22, 2020, 09:05 PM (2 replies)

Focus On: Conversation W/ Dhhs Under-Secretary Ben Money

Tonight on UNC-TV at 730 pm
Conversation W/ Dhhs Under-Secretary Ben Money

NC DHHS Under-Secretary, Ben Money, discusses COVID-19's effect on North Carolina's African-American community and how mitigation efforts may help at the state level. Deb Holt Noel hosts.

Link to this and other Focus On episodes here:


Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Apr 22, 2020, 07:04 PM (0 replies)

Covid-19 Updates and Links

●Press Releases

Governor Cooper Shares North Carolina Testing Update with Vice President

MONDAY, APR 20, 2020 2:36 PM
Governor Roy Cooper today joined a call with the Vice President and governors from around the country. Governor Cooper gave an update on what North Carolina is doing through its Testing Surge Workgroup to increase testing in North Carolina.

●NC Policy Watch

Duke health experts call for patience, testing, improved federal coordination in pandemic battle
By Lisa Sorg

Sudden reopening would jeopardize progress made thus far This is Day 50. It feels like Day 500. A new coronavirus, which technically isn’t even alive, has outwitted us. The COVID-19 pandemic has paralyzed the state and the nation, vanquished our economy and killed 40,000 people in the U.S. — including 235 in North Carolina — and another 131,000 worldwide, all of whom were loved by someone.


Latest on coronavirus as Duke Hospital worker tests positive, may have exposed patients
Tags: coronavirus, health
Posted April 20, 2020 4:11 a.m. EDT
Updated April 20, 2020 11:24 p.m. EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. — Here are the latest updates on the impact of the coronavirus outbreak in North Carolina and across the globe:

What you need to know:
There are 6,939 people in 93 North Carolina counties who have tested positive for the coronavirus. There are at least 919 confirmed cases statewide of people recovering from the virus, although many counties aren't reporting those numbers. (Why WRAL shows more cases than others)
At least 211 people have died in North Carolina, and about 373 people are hospitalized, although many hospitals don't report their cases.
Federal stimulus checks are being mailed to American families, and the state Department of Employment Security has started issuing an extra $600 a week in jobless benefits, which also was part of the stimulus package.


N.C. among first states to receive approval to provide P-EBT benefits

By WECT Staff | April 20, 2020 at 1:49 PM EDT - Updated April 20 at 2:21 PM

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - North Carolina has been approved for the new Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program, to help families purchase food for children impacted by school closings due to COVID-19

North Carolina is one of the first four states to receive federal approval from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide these benefits, which are entirely federally funded.

Follow the links for more information on each topic.
Good luck everyone. Stay encouraged.

❤ lmsp
Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Apr 22, 2020, 04:23 PM (5 replies)

On the Beach, Full Movie 1:51:46

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Apr 22, 2020, 02:18 AM (1 replies)

Bobi Wine, Corona song

Posted by littlemissmartypants | Wed Apr 22, 2020, 01:12 AM (0 replies)
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