How to deal with depression during covid?

We are going through a very challenging period and more and more people start experiencing the signs of depression. The first step is to be aware of it, recognize it, and accept it. Accepting your depression doesn’t mean you want it to stay – it means you are willing to start taking small actions to make you feel better. We know that everyone has different ways to deal with depression, and that’s why we’ve included three different options so you can choose the one that you feel comfortable with.


One of the best ways to make you feel better and get rid of a burden that you may be carrying is journaling. The best thing about it is that there isn’t only one way to do it – you can experiment and see what works for you. Some people like writing Morning pages. The idea is that you do a brain dump and write down anything that may be going on in your mind, whether it’s positive or negative. Another thing you can do is practice gratitude. Practicing gratitude is a powerful exercise that helps you shift from thinking about things that you don’t have to focusing on things that are already there. Even if you feel like there isn’t much to be grateful for right now, you can start with small things, like being grateful for a nice cup of coffee or being able to watch your favourite TV show from home.

Online Therapy

Many people that struggle with depression are putting off their therapy because of the pandemics. The good news is that pandemics don’t have to stop you from taking care of your mental health, and it shouldn’t stop you from doing that. We live in 2021 and it’s possible to have online therapy, that is as effective as in-person therapy. There are even more benefits. First, your choice isn’t limited only to therapists from your town, you have much more options to choose from. Second, many people feel more comfortable talking with the therapist from the comfort of their own homes. Not only because it’s more flexible and you don’t waste time in traffic, but also because familiar surroundings can help you relax.

Outdoors Exercise

Mental health is connected to our physical health and wellbeing. It’s like two sides of the same coin – if one is not in a good condition, it can affect the other, and vice versa. We don’t say that physical exercise is a cure for depression, but it can certainly help you feel better. Practicing an outdoor sport or simply a walk in nature makes your body start releasing serotonin, which is also known as the hormone of happiness. It’s important to choose an exercise that you like – if you don’t feel like running, then the last thing you should do is to force yourself to go jogging. Instead, opt for a simple walk, yoga, pilates, or anything you feel like doing. It’s important to do the exercise outdoors (if possible), because the sun and nature have many benefits for our wellbeing.

Pending Lawsuits of Today’s Internet Giants: Google & YouTube

The internet is an integral element in today’s technology-oriented generation, where people have adapted to include operating systems and software applications in their day-to-day lives. People are getting more and more dependent on the internet and uses it as a medium for entertainment and information-gathering purposes. Today, we are presented with a myriad of platforms to choose from. But among them, the internet giants Google and YouTube remains undisputed at the top of the industry ladder for years by now. However, despite the great milestone and success they have now, these industry giants went through tons of lawsuits and are still facing some of them up to this day.

Pending lawsuits of Google

#1 Google was filed with a lawsuit over face prints

Google was accused to violate an Illinois biometric privacy law by compiling face prints for their facial recognition technology scanner—that uploads every photo into their cloud-based Google Photos. The act was done without the consent or even knowledge of the people. A similar case was filed against Google during 2016, in federal district court of Illinois. The court favored the side of the company, claiming that they did not violate people’s privacy by using facial recognition technology, and claims that faces are “public” information. Nevertheless, the new case filed for Google is still on the process.

#2 Google’s Educational Technology has a privacy problem

Google was sued for another privacy-related issue. New Mexico is accusing Google for allegedly invading the children’s privacy through their educational products that they’ve provided to state schools in the country. It is said that even the personal data and activities of the children are being tracked with the device. While Google continues to deny all accusations and charges against them, several government agencies have already filed similar cases such as violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) as well as the state’s Unfair Practices Act.

Pending lawsuit of YouTube

#1 YouTube accused of censoring Queer Vloggers

Queer YouTube vloggers and those who belong to the LGBT community are accusing the privately owned video-sharing company, YouTube for targeting their videos not because of its content, but because of the YouTube vloggers’ sexual orientations. As a counter for these accusations, YouTube claims that they kept a “viewpoint-neutral” point of view in their business proceedings, and that they are not censoring the Queer YouTube vloggers’ content because of their sexual identities.

PragerU vs. Google and YouTube

PragerU’s legal hustle against the two internet giants Google and YouTube has been going on for years now. The complaint is accusing the two companies of violating and restricting their freedom of speech and expression. The media company, PragerU has filed a case against video-sharing giant, YouTube for placing restrictions on the company’s short animated educational videos.Today, PragerU is running a “two-track litigation” against Google at both state and federal court level. Moreover, PragerU alleges that both companies Google and YouTube are violating the governing laws of California in four ways: violation of freedom of speech, discriminating against PragerU based on its political, religious, and other discriminatory animus.

What steps to take during a car accident

A car accident can be really stressful. Imagine that seconds ago, you were involved in a sudden car accident . In the midst of panic, fear, and high emotions its understandable that you’re unable to think clearly.

But what should you do if you find yourself in a car accident? There are important things you should do at the scene of the accident and afterward.

Below are steps you should take immediately after an accident.

1. Make sure you are not injured.

Before you even consider moving, you should make sure you are not injured. in case of serious injury, call 911 immediately.

2. Check on your passengers.

Check on your passengers to make sure everybody is okay. If anyone is injured, call for help or ask for emergency

If all of you are okay, exit the car and wait for medical and emergency personnel to assess whether you are completely okay. If a person is unconscious, don’t move them until qualified help arrives on the scene.

3. Stay on the scene.

Do not leave the accident scene until you are allowed to do so.You risk criminal charges especially if the person involved sustained injuries or was killed.

Wait for authorities to arrive at the scene of the accident and explain to them in details exactly what happened. An investigation will be carried out to determine who was at fault. If you flee, you stand being a fugitive for being a hit and run driver.

4. Take photos of the scene.

Taking photos will help to recall the overall situation and general details of the accident. It’s wise to take images of the scene, including pictures of all the cars involved, license plates and street view.

These pictures can be helpful especially if the accident was not your fault. Pictures also help the insurance company determine how much you should be compensated for the damage to your car. You should collect as much information as you can to provide evidence where necessary.

5. Inform your insurance company.

Immediately inform your insurance company after you’ve been involved in an accident. Explain how the accident occurred and keep all the facts clear. Don’t lie about anything, lying to the insurance company can get you into serious trouble including denial of coverage. Try not to admit to being guilty.

6. Exchange information.

Get all the information concerning the accident including phone numbers, license plate numbers, basic insurance information and driver’s license information of all the drivers involved.

If passengers were involved, also obtain their information including names and phone numbers. Make sure you have all the basic information needed in case of further investigations.

7. Get a lawsuit and hire a car accident lawyer

You can sue the other party for endangering your life if the person caused the accident by being careless and thoughtless.

Drivers must be careful not to injure other drivers, if the driver is not careful enough he or she is liable for injuring the victim in the accident.

If you are the victim and you can prove that the other driver was negligent, you can file for a lawsuit.

The prison industrial complex in the United States

There are millions of prisoners worldwide, but did you know the United States alone accounts for the 25% of the world’s total prisoners? People say that some people belong in prison, but some get sent to for very rivial’ and stupid offenses.

What is prison Industrial Complex?

It is an American phenomenon in which Prisons are being privatized and set up for profits. The Prison Industrial Complex has been a trending Issue over the past Decades.

This normally happens when the Federal government hands over the management of some of their prisons to Private Corporations. These Corporations then operate and run these prisons at a profit. There is a lot of political influence involved in the management; as a result, there is a lot of influence in passing legislation laws in favor of these Corporations.

As you can guess, this has corrupted the prison Climate–Prisons are no longer run in the specified manner. It is now breeding the criminal organizations and sending thousands of Innocent lives to their deaths.

A brief history of Prison Industrial Complex

The initiation of the Prison Industrial Enhancement Certification Program (PIECP) in 1979 allowed the inmates to earn wages from private sector jobs that go towards victim compensation, tax deductions, and family support. This was aimed at motivating the government to create the employment that would mimic private sector work and generate services that would ensure the contribution of Inmates to the Society.

The prison industry recorded an increase in profits from 391 million dollars to 1.31 billion dollars.

Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) was founded in 1984, in Houston Texas with a goal of creating partnerships with correctional facilities through substitution of government shortcomings with better solutions. It is today known as CoreCivic and manages over 65 correctional facilities and brings a revenue exceeding $1.7 billion.

Wackenhut corrections programs (WCC) today recognized as Geo Group, was established in 1988. It is currently the second biggest managing at least 70 correctional facilities.

The Violent Crime Control Act and Enforcement Control Act were passed in 1994 by President Bill Clinton. The Act directly allocated increased funding of $9.7 billion to prisons. It also increased the effects of mass incarceration and increased the profit margins of private Specialize Corporations such as Geo Group and CCA.
Over 1.5 million people were incarcerated in 1995 only, an increase from 949 000 inmates in 1993.

Obama administration stepped in and issued an Executive Policy which reduced the number of Private-federal Prison contracts but was reversed with Trumps Presidency.

Today there’s much-increased immigration enforcement and even harsher sentences.
Privatization has been met with many criticisms and has been accused to increase incarceration in order to increase profits.

Prison business today is among the most lucrative

Financial investment companies have noticed the large amount being raked by CCA and are now among the largest investor in private prisons. The prison business is no doubt a lucrative business.

Some financial investments which have invested in this sector include; The Bank of America, vanguard group, Wells Fargo and General Electric.

Most state penitentiaries inmates receive wages for their work. They get as little as 17 cents per hour in private-run prisons. CCA in Tennessee is the highest paying and give their prisoner 50 cents per hour.

With the cheap prison labor, it is not a surprise to see major companies investing heavily in them.

Is Facebook Spying on it’s users?

Recently, facebook citizens around the globe heard a news that traumatized us all. It happened when a Cambridge Analytica whistleblower blamed the famous social media website for spying on its citizens, in order to know their personal privileges and other personal data.

It was said that the widely used social media app benefits through this spying by achieving enhanced efficiency in their advertising roles. If a website knew what a person talks about, most frequently, thy will better be able to identify

which advertisements are to be shown to that specific person.

To cut the long story short, the blame was that facebook uses people’s mobile phones to spy on them at home or at work. It was further added that Facebook uses the microphone on mobile phones to help tailor the adverts that people might be interested in.

Accusations were also made in front of the Commons Committee that Facebook is able to differentiate if someone is out in a crowd of people, in the office or at home.

Proofs and Suspicions

Substance was added to these allegations, when one person claimed that he had never had wine in his entire life. Yet, a friend mentioned to him some wine delivery service while having a random conversation, and he saw a wine advertisement the next day on his facebook newsfeed while surfing through the famous social media app.

Another person stood up to claim that he has no friends added in his facebook account and has liked mere 5 pages. But still, this website manages to show him suggestions to add friends that are from his
school, particularly mentioning a fellow journalist, and a brother on an ex.

Although this information might not seem enough to put such massive accusations on a renowned social media website. Nevertheless, we cannot deny that these examples do foretell an alarming
situation that might be awaiting all users at Facebook.

The Reaction given by Authorities

Although, facebook issued another denial recently, claiming that it is ust not true’ that it eavesdrops on its users to target them with advertisements. The official statement also included that facebook has o plans’ to listen to your private conversations. Now, that does calm the situation. Or not. Saying something, and meaning something are two different things.

It is not that one should completely rule out the fact that the popular social media website, loved by many over the span of years, might be innocent. But, what is weird about all this is facebook’s undeniably creepy ability to know what we are looking for, or show the exact same thing we talked about a day earlier. One must say, just like these social media websites have managed to entertain us over the years, they have also managed to scare us quite a bit! To maintain one’s privacy and to ensure safety, it is evident now that we should consider minimizing the use of these websites, and head towards a much more secure lifestyle.

As for now, we are confused between two options. The first one being to update our own belief systems and think of all the above mentioned happenings as a mere o-incidence’, or to turn our belief systems to another thing that we know deep down is possible: spying.

Road to Infamy: Famous Athletes & Jail House Blues Standard

Dead at 27, but for Aaron Hernandez, NE Patriots’ popular tight end, his road to infamy did not begin when he was arrested and later on convicted for the murder of Odin Lloyd. It began with bar brawls and illegal possession of firearms even as young as 17 years old.

On his way to superstardom, the young and good-looking Hernandez was a hero to patriot fans with his intensity. He had just received the biggest signing bonus for a tight end in NFL history when he
reached a crisis point. Hernandez was charged in a double homicide of two men in Boston. While undergoing trial, he would be charged once again in a shooting. His violent past caught him in its
vicious jaws when Hernandez was charged and convicted in the 2013 murder of his fiancee’s sister’s boyfriend, Odin Lloyd.

Later acquitted in the Boston murders but it was too late for Hernandez whose career was left in the smouldering ruins of his violence. On April 19, 2017, he committed suicide leaving a ghastly and eerie crime scene. Months later, he would be diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) which has caused numerous violent behavior on its sufferers.

Thomas Robert Payne of the Atlanta Hawks was one of the most promising NBA stars of the 1970s when he single-handedly destroyed not only his own life but that of several women after being charged
and convicted of several violent rapes. Convicted in 1972 and released on parole in 1983, he tried to make several comebacks in basketball, boxing and acting. In 1986, he was caught in the act of rape. He is now serving 15 years of additional prison time for violating his parole.

Michael Vick of the Atlanta Falcons was all set to become a luminous star NFL quarterback holding record for the career rushing yards for a QB and the most rushing yards in a season. But he himself
derailed the speed of his fast track career when he was convicted of illegal dog fighting and being part of an illegal gambling ring. He was sentenced by a federal court to a 21-month stint in prison. By then he had become so notorious that the Falcons released him from his contract. In August last year, Vicks was hired by Fox Sports to be a sports commentator.

Two years after a respectable rookie debut, Rae Carruth of the Carolina Panthers, would get involved in the shooting and death of a heavily-pregnant woman he was then dating, Cherica Adams. First, it
was thought to be an altercation between a nightclub manager and the NFL wide receiver. Later, a disreputable truth came out. Carruth has hired the gunman to shoot his girlfriend because Adams refused to abort the unborn child. Adams soon became comatose as doctors tried to save the baby. Two days to the month after she was shot, Adams would die and the child suffered permanent brain
damage after a difficult childbirth. Carruth would later be convicted of conspiracy to commit murder while the second-degree murder charge was dropped.

In the 2000s, Clifford Etienne was American boxing Most Exciting Boxer to watch. By 2005, he would be going on a crime spree in Louisiana. A few months before, Mike Tyson defeated him soundly and
the Etienne could not seem to recover from the battering. He was charged and convicted of armed robbery, kidnapping, and attempted murder of an officer of law. IIn 2013, his 160-year prison sentence would be reduced to 105 and Etienne has embarked on a new career in prison, artwork painter.

Denmark, the country with the best judicial and justice system in the world

When looking at the judicial systems in the world, it is a common misconception that the United states is an automatic leader as it is the super power. Thus is not always the case, as even in comparison with other countries it is not even in top 10. Denmark, a country of relative calm takes the mantel of having the best judicial and justice system and when coupled with its unique rehabilitation program it makes it a world leader.

Factors that lead to Denmark being considered the best

In ranking different countries, the same marking procedure cannot be used as a yardstick as different countries have different sets of rule of law in which the govern. To classify effectives, citizens perception comes into play with three main features are taken into account. This include

• Smooth transition of power in the government

• Swift and corruption free delivery of services and

• Willingness and openness of the government to listen and offer solutions to specific complaints

This three elements largely give an overview of the amount of faith people have in their judicial system.

Reforms to the judicial system

To ensure they keep at par and continue meeting the country’s need, Denmark has made it a point to make changes to its judicial system. Since the 1950, more reforms have been made than any other country in the world and they have added specific aspects to its legal system that includes changing the complete makeup periodically. This has also come in the form of additional judicial and legislative branches. In a nutshell this translates to more courts to meet the current needs of the people. Various elements have also been added that in all raises its judicial efficient level includes inclusion of review boards and special courts to deal with unique judicial issues that arise. In all this has led to the justice system being viewed as accessible, affordable and devoid of discrimination and hence translates to a sound and fair judicial system in the world.

Rehabilitation system

The prison rehabilitation system has also been highlighted as most noteworthy in the world, often mentioned as extremely luxurious for a prison system. This is largely due to the policy they implement that is based on treating prisoners with utmost respect, mimicking how they will leave outside and hence ensuring that they also react in a humane manner. Unlike other prison systems in the world, prisoners in Bastoy prison in Denmark live in community like system called pods. In this pods, prisoners have access to television and computers with shower and sanitation system marked as a priority.

In addition to the luxuries, more freedom is awarded to prisoners who are offered, skill training and earning opportunities. Responsibilities are however added as only one meal a day is provided and they are supposed to fend for themselves as they are given an opportunity to earn up to £6 a day that they use to make their breakfast and evening meals. The work they do includes tending to sheep, cow , chicken , farm or work at the timber or bicycle shop with many given the opportunity to own bicycles.

Does it work

With all the luxuries awarded to them, its common to conclude that most would want to reoffend and thus be sent back to prison. Shockingly the reoffending rate is the lowest in Europe standing at a rate of 16%. Denmark as a whole has a reoffending percentage of 30%, half the average of UK. The main clinical psychologist behind this policy system lauds its success on its objective of treating the prisoners as humans and thus nurture a sense of responsibility. With this its no wonder Denmark has the best judicial and justice e system in the world.

How Robotics and Automation Is Changing The World

For the past several hundred years, workers have been worried about the possibility for computers and technology to take their jobs. The thinking has always been that if a machine worked a job that a person otherwise would work, that person would lose their job and become destitute. But this was often only half of the story. Far from being a constant job killer, new technology and automation often helped lead to a greater level of economic growth than was previously thought possible.

Automation began to affect jobs negatively in the early years of the Industrial Revolution. Most famously, the Luddites believed that new looms would destroy their jobs make clothing and textiles by hand. This was indeed true, but the new looms and textile machines also created numerous opportunities. New factories employed many thousands more people than the earlier hand-made, home-based clothing crafts. People had to be hired to work on machines and market products that the machines made. Factories also allowed a cash economy to flourish which allowed millions to buy the products made by machines, while the earlier Luddite clothes could only be bought by the handful of people that the Luddites came into contact with.

The process of industrial growth and expansion occurred everywhere that factories came to. People believed that they would lose their jobs, but then flourished in the influx of cash and jobs caused by the new automation. The same was true throughout the 20th century as robots stepped in to replace automobile jobs. Instead of being trained simply to pull levers or push buttons, workers in auto plants were now trained on the intricacies of robotics. This new training meant that they would be equipped for multiple jobs that would end up paying more in the future than their earlier jobs before automation.

Now, there is a boom of these new automated jobs in the form of service jobs on the internet, including jobs in forums like Youtube or TaskRabbit. Many people can use new skills and different skills than they used before this period of automation. People are given the license to be more creative, and anyone has the chance to go “viral” and become an internationally known millionaire overnight.

There will have to be preparation for this economy after a greater expansion of automation. Skills such as creativity, emotional intelligence, and technological know-how will be incredibly important. Employees will be selected more based on their ability to convey their ideas and work a computer. But if they master these skills, people will be able to make money and gain exposure like never before.

Just like the Luddites, many people today are worried about the role automation will play in the jobs of the future. Those who are worried should take a step back and look at the millions of jobs that automation has created over the past three centuries, and the ways in which automation has aided many people that the practice has touched. Then, perhaps people will start to see that they should adapt to the growing economy and discover ways to make money using its newfound opportunities, instead of always worrying about the possibility of change.

Law and Ethics In A Developing Age Of Artificial Intelligence And Robotics

Humans leveraged on automation to increase productivity and intensify the value of humanity causing the efficient and immediate progress. However, future developments, like the introduction of artificial intelligence and robotics, accelerates the process several times over. Such evolution raised concerns from different sectors of the society, even those who had been made known for the innovations that they introduced to the world. As such, Elon Musk, the man behind SpaceX and is well-known for his futuristic mindset, called AI “a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization.” He is even reported to have started his campaign to stop this potential AI apocalypse.

Many may have doubts seeing robots displacing human labor. As of this writing, however, there are companies that have been working to do just that. For instance, a Taiwanese company called Foxconn, the largest contract manufacturer in the world, has about 10,000 robots called Foxbots installed and had them doing the job which human employees are supposed to do since 2011. It was also relayed that the company is planning to replace 1,000,000 of its workers with robots. The same thing is not impossible to happen to this Florida-based company like AccuPlace. This video shows how machines have already replaced human labor.

With the introduction of robotic machines with AI capabilities, the traditional way of life is totally modified. This innovation with highly automated and autonomous behaviors has raised vital normative questions of law, regulation, as well as ethics of such machinery in its interactions with humans and the dominant world. Today you see automated cars, robot machines (such as industrial machines), healthcare robots, and other similar innovations, including the human cloud which allows freelancers to work without being restricted by time and physical boundaries, to replace what we use to call the second and third industrial revolutions.

Mixing these changes with ever changing economic and demographic pressures add to the global flow of trade, making the effect of robotics even more far reaching.Wherever there is work to be done– in the home, office, hospitals, supermarkets, and so on.

These innovations present a lot of benefits to mankind, but they may also bring with them negative impacts. For one, can they be made liable for accidents, product outputs (when it comes to design issues)? How about insurance? To whom will they be liable to if ever they will be?

Russian born American author and biochemist Dr. Isaac Asimov defined The Three Laws Of Robotics in his science fiction short story in 1942 called Run Around:

What if one of these innovations break one of this law, either by accident or after another human requested or committed the accident with the assistance of the machine? Who will be liable for the action? Is there a law that will determine who is responsible for what a robot has done?

As such, the creation of a new law that will address the concerns of this robotics and AIs need to be established. It has to include rules, codes, and standards that will answer both legal and ethical questions relating to the conduct of the Robotics and AIs in question.

What are your thoughts on this?

Is the US goverment straying from the consititution?

The constitution is without a doubt a remarkable piece of legislation, which was eons ahead of its time. But regardless of its remarkability and longevity, there are scores of important areas and factors that the US constitution fails for account for.

In a modern world, where internet is being actively used as a medium for war, terrorism and even economic terrorism, the US constitution has no particular say over how, if at all, the internet should be regulated in order to protect the country’s interests while at the same time not violating American citizen’s first amendment rights. US government’s actions to conduct surveillance on its citizens, which were recently exposed by a whistle-blower, raised concerns about how far has the government has become from the core directions of the constitution.

The constitution is supposed to the source from which the federal government of United States derives the authority to take actions in order to protect and safeguard the country. But when the US government neglects basic instructions of the constitution and violates the civil liberties, one is compelled to ask the question that where does the US government derive the sweeping authority that it now commands? It is no secret that lately the United States Government has been working or rather following the whims of those who hold power, or the ones who hold the strings of those who are in power i.e. the corporate lobbyist owned by the companies that are supposedly “too big to fail”.

It is not that there is a lack of US laws or regulatory bodies that are equipped to handle with threats to the national and internal security, but the problem is: there are too many Acts and bodies which extend their power over the cyberspace. Too many cooks spoil the broth, and that is what has happened. The lack of one clear policy about cyber threats has led to confusion and more than often has forced the government to stray from the constitution in order to stay ahead of all threats. If a constitution amendment regarding cyberspace were to be passed, that would solve all confusion and also provide the government to act without violating the civil liberties protected by the first amendment.

It seems like a daunting task but adding specific amendments that deal with cybercrime and terrorism to the constitution is a more graceful way for the US government to conduct its business rather than straying away from the constitution. This will not only provide the US government with constitutional authority to take actions to curb terrorism and cybercrime but also decrease the influence of cooperate lobbyists. Because as long as the government derives its authority from the constitution alone, no other body can influence it to its own advantage.

Not only that, such amendments will help the US government regain trust of the American people that was lost after the revelations made by an ex-NSA contractor that the US govt. was conducting surveillance on its own citizens. Actions taken in public, with constitutional backing will assure that the US government operates within the authority bestowed upon it by the constitution, and will also earn the government the trust and respect of the common Americans.