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How to disarm a Tea Partier with nothing but words.

Thisis what can happen when you engage in a discussion with a member of the TeaParty.

How to disarm a Tea Partier with nothing but words.

These are my favorite parts:


At 0:05, she starts off by talking about North Carolina's role in the Civil War. Ah, history...

0:57, the interviewer asks her how North Carolina has related to President Obama.

1:55, the woman suggests racism only existed (and ended) 140 years ago.

2:15, find out how the Tea Party will appeal to more than just white men.

3:00, she lays out the Tea Party values (yes, they have values).

3:13, she compares the Tea Party to the Sons of Liberty. Classic.

3:40, a good question: Does the Tea Party acknowledge the civil rights movement?

4:20, she says what "take America back" really means to the Tea Party.

5:24, she lists off her diversity credentials while awkwardly using the word "ethnic."

6:04, she continues to try and explain that diversity is a bad thing.

7:01, surprise, surprise, she dodges a question!

7:45, apparently members of the Tea Party are charitable people... about 30 seconds later she says child services and health care are a scam.

8:20, she gets confused but still just proceeds to blame the Democrats for all that is wrong in the world.

9:08, watch how she responds to the idea that Republicans are exploiting people's old beliefs.

Lastly at 10:09, you can finally figure out what the Tea Party is, in a nutshell.


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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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Eviction seemed imminent for Dasha Kelly, 32, and her three young daughters Sharron, 8; Kia, 6; and Imani, 5, on Monday. The eviction moratorium expired over the weekend and it looked like there was no way for them to avoid becoming homeless.

The former Las Vegas card dealer lost her job due to casino closures during the pandemic and needed $2,000 to cover her back rent. The mother of three couldn't bear the thought of being put out of her apartment with three children in the scorching Nevada desert.

"I had no idea what we were going to do," Kelly said, according to KOAT.

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