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— Ralph Charell

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1-Sentence-Summary: Evicted reveals the awful situation of those living in the poorest cities in the United States by identifying how this situation came to be, the horrendous effect it has on the individuals and families that deal with it, and what we might do to stop it.

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Evicted Summary

The other day I was browsing through Reddit when I came across a crazy video that made me stop and watch it all the way through. It was a landlord walking through a house they owned which the previous tenants trashed. There were broken windows, cupboards, and appliances.

Why would someone do such a thing? In this case, the tenants got angry simply because the landlord told them they had to pay rent or get out. 

It’s certainly fair for people that don’t pay for their space to be thrown out. But is it always justified? And how bad is this problem really? You might not worry about being evicted, but for many Americans, this fear is real and too common.

If you’re looking to learn more about these issues, then look no further than Matthew Desmond’s Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. It’s currently the number one bestseller on Amazon in the Poverty category and will reveal a whole lot about this topic that you never even imagined could happen.

Here are just 3 of the many eye-opening lessons I discovered in this book:

  1. Eviction rates have been rising because of high rent, low salaries, and unemployment.
  2. The stresses and challenges that families who get evicted have to go through are unbearable.
  3. Housing is a civil right and we might be able to give it to everybody by implementing a housing voucher system.

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Lesson 1: Unemployment, low salaries, and high rent make it difficult for some tenants to avoid getting evicted.

Evictions are common in the US these days, but it wasn’t always this way. Even in the Great Depression communities resisted enough that removal of tenants was rare. In one case, people protested when a landlord tried to eject three families in the Bronx!

So what happened to make them so common?

One of the biggest causes is that rent is going up while incomes are falling. Research by Harvard University confirms this. 

According to the census, most of those with lower income have to pay 50% of their earnings on rent. For one in four of these, that number is 70% or more. But comfortable living standards necessitate that rent shouldn’t make up more than 30% of your total income.

Many people that struggle to make ends meet have to steal electricity, sell food stamps, or merely hope that someone will give them a roof over their heads.

Another reason for this growing problem is unemployment rates. Manufacturing jobs, for example, used to be abundant in the US. Recently, however, they’ve been outsourced to other countries, leaving many without an income.

In Milwaukee, for instance, half of all working-age black men don’t have work. What’s worse is that the average person can barely live off of welfare benefits, so it’s easy for emergencies to get them behind on rent and risking eviction.

Lesson 2: Families who experience eviction go through unimaginable stresses and challenges.

Right now it might be difficult for you to imagine the thought of being thrown out of your current living space. You don’t realize that people that go through this have to try to find housing and keep their kids clothed and fed all at the same time.

These experiences put burdens like mental illness on families and can even lead to suicide. Half of the moms who get evicted experience symptoms of depression which can drain their happiness and energy for years. 

And from 2005 to 2010 housing-related suicides doubled as the cost of rent spiked. It’s grown so bad that psychiatrists refer to eviction as a “significant precursor to suicide.”

Having an insecure housing situation also poses a significant threat to people’s employment, making it even harder to make ends meet. You’re 15% more likely to lose your job if you get evicted because of how the stress it brings affects your performance.

As if all of these troubles surrounding the event of losing your living space are bad enough, the aftershock is also horrible. Hunger and sickness are more common in the first year after a family becomes homeless. 

Not having a phone, electricity, heat, or a mailbox also pose a threat to their wellbeing. They might, for instance, miss benefit letters that come in the mail.

Lesson 3: A housing voucher system might let us give the basic human right of shelter to everyone.

A house and a home are not the same thing. I can perform structural engineering calculations that someone can use to construct a house. Making a home requires a lot more care and attention. It also allows for safety, learning, and love.

As a culture, we can see the importance of a place to live in the way we talk about it. That’s why shelter should be a basic human right that everybody has access to.

Homeless people struggle to connect with others and their children suffer. They can become psychologically unstable and contribute to crime. This harms the community by making it unsafe and decreasing the chances people will work together.

In other words, it’s in your best interest to care about and try to improve the state of the many people suffering from eviction.

It’s time to reconsider our values by revisiting the constitution. If the inalienable rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, none of those can be possible without having a home.

An option to solve this is a voucher system where families under a certain income level can get housing assistance. We can limit it so that it only helps them as much as it makes their housing costs 30% of their overall income. 

Such a system already works in Great Britain and the Netherlands. And although the idea has it’s critics, all studies other than one identify that it doesn’t negatively affect people’s desire to work.

Evicted Review

Wow, Evicted opened my eyes to a tragedy that I had no idea existed. I feel so privileged and didn’t even realize how good I have it and how unfair it is. At the same time, I wish there was something I could do to help those that are suffering from these issues.

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Big DataHow Segregated Are We?Using GPS data to analyze people’s movements, Stanford researchers found that in most U.S. metropolitan areas, people’s day-to-day experiences are less segregated than traditional measures suggest.Read More LeadershipThe Strategic Importance of EmpathyThe key to dealing with difficult people is learning to widen your perspective.Watch More PersuasionHow Redefining “Normal” Can Alter BehaviorStanford researchers use the concept of “dynamic norms” to persuade diners to eat less meat.Read More  Social ImpactMaker: AIDS Memorial Quilt — Sewing as a Catalyst for Change“My greater hope,” Mike Smith says, “is that people will see what we’re doing and realize that they, too, can do something worthwhile — that it’s easy to be helpful if you want to be.”Read More  CommunicationQuick Think: How to Use Body Language When Confronting ObjectionsIn this bonus episode, Stanford GSB lecturers share advice on how to position yourself when met with skepticism from your audience.Listen In

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Saint Seraphim of Sarov

“Drink water from the spring where horses drink.
The horse will never drink bad water.
Lay your bed where the cat sleeps.
Eat the fruit that has been touched by a worm.
Boldly pick the mushroom on which the insects sit.
Plant the tree where the mole digs.
Build your house where the snake sits to warm itself.
Dig your fountain where the birds hide from heat.
Go to sleep and wake up at the same time with the birds – you will reap all of the days golden grains.
Eat more green – you will have strong legs and a resistant heart, like the beings of the forest.
Swim often and you will feel on earth like the fish in the water.
Look at the sky as often as possible and your thoughts will become light and clear.
Be quiet a lot, speak little – and silence will come in your heart, and your spirit will be calm and full of peace.”

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Toastmasters International -Fascinate Your Audience


Fascinate Your Audience

It’s a question as old as the great Greek orators: Is charisma inborn or can it be learned? Sally Hogshead would tell Toastmasters that you don’t have to change who you are to become more charismatic or fascinating, only become more of who you are—and that starts by developing a better understanding of how the world sees you.

Hogshead is an accomplished keynote speaker and author of the book How the World Sees You: Discover Your Highest Value Through The Science of Fascination (2014). The book’s premise: We already know how we see the world, but most of us don’t fully understand how we’re perceived by others. By learning more about the aspects of our personalities that make us different and most appealing to audiences, we can become more authentic and confident as speakers and leaders.

“If Toastmasters understand how the world sees them at their best, they can hone their content, delivery style and even how they market themselves around those unique qualities,” says Hogshead.

The goal is to create what Hogshead calls a “fascination advantage” when speaking. Toastmasters first have to understand the distinct way their personal advantages engage audiences—or the club members that they lead. Fascination isn’t the same as interest, Hogshead stresses; rather, it’s a neurological state of intense focus and engagement, a force that rules our thinking and emotions.

“Fascination means audiences are focused only on you and not thinking about their to-do lists or what just landed in their email,” she says.

Are You a Change Agent or an Anchor?
Creating fascination begins with knowing your distinct personality archetype. You might be the Change Agent, entrepreneurial and creative with strong goals; the Beloved, nurturing, supporting and comforting; the Anchor, pragmatic, analytical and intelligent; or another archetype.

Hogshead writes in her book that the ability to fascinate often is confused with charisma; she views charisma as only one “flavor” of fascination. While some archetypes, like the Ringleader, have the personal magnetism or “it” factor associated with charisma, others such as Wise Owls are more observant or reflective. In one person charisma might be a powerful confidence, in another it might be a sense of mystery. “Each of these personalities can be equally fascinating,” Hogshead writes. When Anchor archetypes communicate at their best, for example, they are perceived as protective, purposeful and analytical, Hogshead says. If Anchors tap those natural strengths when speaking or leading, rather than trying to be some archetype they’re not, they’ll be seen as more confident and focused.

If Anchors communicate those same strengths when leading a crucial meeting, she says, “They’ll be more likely to get people to listen, remember and take action.”

Conversely, if your archetype is Catalyst, you’ll be most influential and impressive when thinking out of the box and bringing naturally high energy and passion to the stage. Hogshead herself is that archetype. “Before I go on stage, I think to myself, if I can engage and fascinate by using my archetype I will be more authentic and in the flow when speaking,” she says.

It’s important for Toastmasters to focus on those qualities that come most naturally to them, Hogshead says. “It helps us relax, be more engaging and focus on our messages,” she says. “Too many speakers try to water down their dominant traits in efforts to be something they’re not, but they lose the qualities that make them most compelling to their audiences.”

A Tale of Two Colleagues
In her book, How the World Sees You, Hogshead tells a story that illustrates how we all fascinate or engage others in distinct ways. In Hogshead’s first job, as a copywriter at an ad agency in the Midwestern United States, she worked with two standout colleagues: one an account executive who was quiet and unassuming, yet brilliant. The other was the charismatic agency president, who showed up on his first day wearing daring red glasses and a bold attitude. He was a “rainmaker,” a creative force who could woo new clients. There was some natural tension between the two colleagues.

“The president and the account executive offered different competitive advantages,” Hogshead writes. “Both of these men were exceptional in their jobs. One competed by leveraging his personal magnetism, the other by quietly and systematically solving problems.”

So which Archetype triumphed? The answer is both—in different ways.

“Individually they maximized their own advantages to fascinate clients, and together their differences complemented the team’s ability to win,” Hogshead writes. “There is no one right way to fascinate people.” Sometimes the president would dramatically read a TV commercial script to wow a client with a big idea. Yet when high-level thinking was in order, the account executive captured everyone’s attention with his strategic approach.”

How to Develop Charisma
Nick Morgan is among those who believes speakers can learn their own brand of charisma—it’s not bestowed upon them out of the womb. Morgan, founder and CEO of presentation-skills coaching firm Public Words, Inc in Boston, says charisma isn’t just a clichéd concept that attracts us to speakers through their commanding presence or resonant voices.

“What charisma is is emotional focus,” Morgan says. “We are charismatic effortlessly as children, and that’s something we have to learn to summon as adults.” The child who wins a prize in grade school and arrives home bursting with excitement to breathlessly recount the tale for mom is showing charisma. “As children we let our whole being be consumed with that emo-tion,” Morgan says. “And we are hard-wired as human beings, as audience members, to be drawn to strong emotions.”

What does that charisma look like in leaders? Morgan chronicled one example in a blog post about Australian Army Chief Lieutenant General David Morrison. Morrison was forced to deal with a scandal in his nation’s armed forces regarding inappropriate behavior toward women soldiers. His response to the situation in a public service announcement (PSA) caught Morgan’s eye.

“General Morrison is angry, and it shows—in the clenched jaw, the lowered eyebrows and narrowed eyes, the fierce eye contact and the stillness of his head,” Morgan writes. “As a result you can’t take your eyes off of him. You don’t have to get angry to be charismatic, but you do have to focus on strong emotion. Don’t fake it; feel it.”

The PSA also is a model of clarity and straight talk, according to Morgan, which is another hallmark of charisma. “There is no weasel wording or bureaucratic double-talk. He lets both the public and the armed services know what they should expect and do.” Too often what happens to speakers is that, instead of applying such emotional focus, they let themselves become distracted by all the things that could go wrong with a speech, Morgan says. “And when they walk on stage, their body language betrays them, leaking that scattered sense of presence and low-level feeling of danger,” he says. “That is not particularly charismatic.”

Charisma also is connected to physical presence. “At first walking all over the stage seems high energy and cool,” Morgan says, “but very quickly the audience gets tired of trying to track the speaker.”

Whether it’s creating a sense of fascination or charisma, developing a deeper understanding of our personal strengths and having the courage to show focused emotion can go a long way toward making us all more impactful communicators and leaders.

A version of this article appeared in the July 2015 issue of the Toastmaster magazine.

What I learned from President Obama | Jon Favreau (speechwriter) | UCD Literary & Historical Society – YouTube

US President Barack Obama’s former chief speechwriter Jon Favreau was presented with the James Joyce Award from the UCD Literary & Historical Society, University College Dublin. Once described by US President Obama as his “mind reader”, Jon Favreau’s words are credited as having contributed to getting Barack Obama elected President. Favreau worked on both the 2008 and 2012 election campaigns as chief speechwriter, and later served as Head of Speechwriting in the White House. Previous recipients of the UCD Literary & Historical Society, James Joyce Award include: Hollywood comedian, Will Ferrell; the Beatle’s music producer and arranger, the man known as the Fifth Beatle, Sir George Martin; Harry Potter author, JK Rowling; Nobel prize-winning economist, Professor Paul Krugman; former Monty Python, Michael Palin; and The Who frontman and legendary rock star, Roger Daltrey. The UCD James Joyce Award is named after the University College Dublin alumni and author of Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, James Joyce. It is presented by the UCD Literary and Historical Society to individuals who have achieved outstanding success in their given field.

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Toastmasters International -Famous Speechwriters

FOUR FAMOUS SPEECHWRITERS Toastmasters International has celebrated the art of public speaking since its inception, developing educational programs to grow transferable skills in communication and leadership. At Toastmasters clubs, members don’t just learn how to speak; they also learn how to write. And like any type of writing, speechwriting is a form of art. Today, we recognize a few great speechwriters. Jon Favreau The much-talked-about Jon Favreau first gained fame in 2008, when the then-27-year-old was named director of speechwriting for U.S. President Barack Obama. After a chance meeting with the future president while working on the John Kerry presidential campaign in 2004, Favreau began working for Obama the following year, when Obama was still a U.S. senator. Two years later, Favreau was on the campaign trail again, this time leading Obama’s speechwriting team. Favreau is famously credited as the primary writer for Obama’s 2009 inaugural speech. Ronald Miller British-born Sir Ronald Graeme Miller was a World War II veteran, a playwright writing scripts for MGM Studios in Hollywood, an actor, and a speechwriter for three British prime ministers. He is the man behind one of Margaret Thatcher’s most famous lines. In 1980, during a pivotal moment in the prime minister’s career, Thatcher addressed the Conservative Party conference, stating that she refused to perform a U-turn in the face of criticism of her liberalization of the economy. Playing on the title of Christopher Fry’s popular play “The Lady’s Not for Burning,” she said, “The lady’s not for turning.” Graham Freudenberg One of Australia’s most famous speechwriters, Graham Freudenberg has written over a thousand speeches for the country’s Labor Party, including those for Arthur Caldwell, Bob Hawke, Neville Wren, Bob Carr, Mark Latham and Gough Whitlam. While the speechwriter has been recognized for his large body of work, it is Whitlam’s “It’s Time” campaign speech in 1972 that remains his most famous. Peggy Noonan An author and a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan staked her claim to speechwriting fame as a primary writer for former U.S. President Ronald Reagan. Her notable speeches include Reagan’s “Boys of Pointe du Hoc” address, given on the 40th anniversary of D-Day—the day Allied troops invaded Normandy in World War II—as well as the former president’s address after the space shuttle Challenger explosion in 1986. Later, while working for then-U.S. Vice President George H.W. Bush, Noonan coined the catchphrase “a kinder, gentler nation.” A version of this article appeared in the March 2015 issue of the Toastmaster Magazine tablet app.

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Sunday Best Fruit Salad Recipe | Allrecipes

Sunday Best Fruit Salad

Rating: 4.52 stars

This is a wonderful and easy fruit salad that is also pretty for special occasions or holidays.By Pattie PriceSavePinPrintShare


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Recipe Summary

Prep:20 minsAdditional:25 minsTotal:45 minsServings:8Yield:6 to 8 servingsNutrition Info


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  • 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks, juice reserved
  • 2 medium (2-3/4″ dia) (approx 3 per lb)s apples, peeled and cored
  • 1 (21 ounce) can peach pie filling
  • 2 medium (7″ to 7-7/8″ long)s bananas, peeled and diced
  • 3 eaches kiwis
  • 1 pint strawberries

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  • Step 1In a small bowl, toss the chopped apples in reserved pineapple juice. Allow to sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Step 2In a large salad bowl, combine the peach pie filling and pineapple chunks.
  • Step 3Remove apples from pineapple juice and add to pie filling and pineapple mixture. Add chopped bananas to reserved pineapple juice and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Step 4Peel and slice kiwi and 1/2 of strawberries. Chop the other 1/2 of strawberries and set aside.
  • Step 5Remove bananas from pineapple juice and add to pie filling mixture. Add chopped strawberries; toss together.
  • Step 6Arrange kiwi slices around the edge of the serving bowl and alternate with strawberry slices. Chill and serve.

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Per Serving:183.5 calories; protein 2.1g 4% DV; carbohydrates 45.6g 15% DV; fat 0.5g 1% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 15mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

Quick and Easy Vegetable Soup Recipe | Allrecipes

Quick and Easy Vegetable Soup

Rating: 4.65 stars

A low calorie, but filling, tomato-based vegetable soup. I use fresh vegetables when in season, frozen or canned in winter.By Anne VackrinosSavePinPrintShare


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  • 1 (14 ounce) can chicken broth
  • 1 (11.5 ounce) can tomato-vegetable juice cocktail
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 large potato, diced
  • 2 carrot, (7-1/2″)s carrots, sliced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped fresh green beans
  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Creole seasoning to taste

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  • Step 1In a large stock pot, combine broth, tomato juice, water, potatoes, carrots, celery, undrained chopped tomatoes, green beans, and corn. Season with salt, pepper and Creole seasoning. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes or until all vegetables are tender.

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Per Serving:116.2 calories; protein 4g 8% DV; carbohydrates 24.3g 8% DV; fat 0.6g 1% DV; cholesterol 1.6mg 1% DV; sodium 639.5mg 26% DV. Full Nutrition

Umbrella Academy: 10 Of The Best Quotes From Season 1

Umbrella Academy: 10 Of The Best Quotes From Season 1

The Umbrella Academy wowed audiences with its first season and delivered a number of very memorable quotes in the process. Here are 10 of the best.BY KRISTEN PALAMARA8 HOURS AGO

The Umbrella Academy follows a group of superpowered siblings who were all adopted by an eccentric billionaire after being born under unusual circumstances on the same day, based on the comic of the same name. The show balances drama, action, and comedy well, and each of the main characters and supporting characters have strong personalities making the dialogue on the show witty and at times profound.

RELATED: The Umbrella Academy: The 10 Best Characters, Ranked

Although The Umbrella Academy recently released its successful second season there are still some great lines that are either hilarious or emotionally charged throughout the first season that shouldn’t be overlooked or forgotten.

10We Didn’t Choose This Life, We’re Just Living In It.

The Umbrella Academy Five Season 1 and 2

Five has led a very weird life, arguably the weirdest of all the siblings allowing him to steal the show from time to time, and he’s learned to just go along with whatever comes next.

Five has a difficult time getting his family to believe his story about the incoming apocalypse as they all think what he’s saying is too outrageous and farfetched. He argues with this line, saying that their lives have always been insane and this shouldn’t be a surprise to them.

9I Need A Hit Of Sucrose.

The Umbrella Academy - Hazel and Cha-Cha

It’s clear from the beginning of his introduction that Hazel is not happy about how things are going with his job at The Commission.

He’s easily irritated and seems to be done with the hitman game, but he doesn’t know how to quit The Commission or his partner Cha Cha. He tends to stress eat and enjoy his sweets becoming enamored with Agnes and the donuts at Griddy’s.

8We’re All Looking For Happy.

Aidan Gallagher as Five and Kate Walsh as Handler in Umbrella Academy

The Handler reaches out to Five and wants him to come back to The Commission. She tries to get him to come back for a promotion to be in management instead of a hitman.

She tells him he could be happy there and they could age him back to his older self. He says he’s not looking for happy, which is another look into his character and has the audience feeling bad for him, and The Handler comes back with this line.

7You Are Depriving Some Village Of Their Idiot.

The Umbrella Academy Klaus Luther Diego

Klaus returns from time traveling to Vietnam and has a difficult time adjusting between the horrors of war and losing the man he loved, Dave. He tells Diego to take him to a bar for Veterans as he looks for a photo of him and Dave, but the other patrons are upset they are there assuming that Klaus isn’t a Vet.

RELATED: The Umbrella Academy: 15 Best Klaus Hargreeves Quotes

Klaus gets upset and says the hilarious line that he’s sorry that the man must be depriving some village of their idiot, which begins a fight between the bar and the two brothers.

6Everyone I Like Is Already Dead.

Klaus asks Diego to tie him up so he can get sober and hopefully see Dave again in the afterlife when he has a clear head. Klaus jokes that the two brothers are finally spending time together just in time for the end of the world to happen and Diego quips back with this line saying might as well hang out with him because he has no one left.

It’s a sad line and difficult to hear, but it does show Diego’s brooding nature and the pain he is in after losing Detective Patch and Grace.

5Eternal Peace Is Probably Overrated.

Umbrella Academy Klaus powers explained

Klaus delivers this throwaway line that is very in character for him as he convinces himself to get high again instead of facing the spirits that haunt him. The small line in the first season becomes funnier after Klaus’ second season arch was revealed when he accidentally became a cult leader.

Klaus saying that eternal peace is probably overrated only to become a religious cult symbol in the second season is foreshadowing and irony at its finest.

4There’s No Such Thing As Good Guys Or Bad Guys, There’s Just People.

Five in Umbrella Academy

Five tells Luther the truth about what he did at The Commission and Luther is appalled that he was a hitman and questions Five on his morals. Five responds with this line and Luther is concerned that Five has become too callous and logical in his old age.

It’s an intriguing quote that gives Five a good character-building moment as the audience hears some of his philosophy about his situation.

3If You Believe In Yourself Once, Just Once, Great Things Are Gonna Happen For You.

The Umbrella Academy - Leonard Peabody

Leonard tells this line to Vanya to try to convince her to believe in herself more. It’s a great sentiment that most people should keep in mind when they’re not feeling confident in themselves.

Although it’s delivered with ulterior motives as Leonard is manipulating Vanya, the greater sentiment of the line still rings true for Vanya and anyone else who needs a reminder.

2I Had A Bad Twinkie In The Apocalypse Once, It Kind Of Put Me Off Dessert.

Five The Umbrella Academy

The Handler asks if Five wants a dessert and he quips back with this line. Although every sibling has their funny moments, Five has some of the funnier one-liners throughout the first season and this is one of them.

RELATED: The Umbrella Academy: 10 Questions About Number Five, Answered

He has already mentioned to his family that the rumor that Twinkies don’t have an expiration date is false so this line is a callback to an earlier joke as well.

1We Get To Go To Exotic Places, Meet New People, And Then Kill Them.

Cha Cha is trying to get Hazel to stay on the job as a hitman for The Commission by convincing him that they have the best job in the world. Hazel has been unhappy with his job since the beginning of the season, but Cha Cha is still content and wants him to stay as her partner.

She tries to convince him by saying this line, which is pretty hilarious and does sum up what they do, but it doesn’t work on Hazel.

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It’s Tuesday, September 1, and California’s attorney general hit a milestone suing Trump to protect a major environmental law.Environmentalists fumed in July when the Trump administration’s Council on Environmental Quality announced its final revision of the National Environmental Policy Act. The law, better known as NEPA, forced federal agencies to conduct environmental assessments to ensure new projects — like pipelines, airports, and highways — would not affect communities already overburdened by environmental hazards.In response to the new rule, environmental advocates promised legal challenges. And one lawsuit arrived Friday when California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced that his office is suing the Trump administration for the 100th time in less than four years.Becerra and Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson are leading a coalition of 23 attorneys general representing states and territories as far west as Guam and all the way east to the District of Columbia. The goal, Becerra said: halt the administration from actually implementing the NEPA revision.NEPA has long been used as a legal tool by grassroots environmental advocates who are fighting projects that would add new environmental hazards to their neighborhoods. These advocates say Trump’s new rule will allow major industrial projects to proceed without adequate consideration of existing pollution burdens or disclosure of new harmful impacts to surrounding communities.“If you’re able to cut corners, to take shortcuts, the folks who are going to get left behind are the folks who are already struggling just to stay on the margins,” Becerra said. “And so no doubt that for vulnerable communities, this Trump rule change would be, not just harmful, but I think, devastating.”— Yvette CabreraSmog cloudsTHE SMOGNeed-to-know basisOn Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency finalized a rollback of Obama-era regulations on coal-fired power plant waste. The revised rule reduces the kinds of wastewater treatment technologies power utilities need to install to protect nearby bodies of water and exempts some companies from having to mitigate water contamination altogether. Environmental groups say the new standards could have toxic consequences for more than a million Americans.The U.S. Forest Service proposed a rule on Monday that would limit its own ability to ensure that Bureau of Land Management’s leases to oil and gas companies on national forest land meet the service’s internal environmental standards. The rule would also do away with Forest Service policy that requires public notice ahead of new oil activity.Also on Monday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it would not designate critical habitat for the rusty patched bumblebee, the first bee species in the continental U.S. to make the endangered species list. The agency said the bumblebee could survive without the aid of protected habitat, even though its population has declined 90 percent over the past 20 years.— Zoya TeirsteinMORE GRIST FOR YOUR MILL How air conditioning could keep everyone cool without cooking the planetIn a hotter world, people will need more cooling. But as more cooling appliances are installed, Earth will get hotter. How climate change fuels California’s biggest firesClimate change is quite literally adding fuel to the flames of California’s wildfires. Heat kills. Why don’t we talk about it that way?The sun is ‘glorious,’ rain is ’nasty.’ Could weather bias be killing us? Erin Brockovich’s new book looks at the upstream causes of America’s water crisisBrockovich believes that many water contamination incidents might never come to light, were it not for the heroic efforts of everyday people. ‘Hurricane amnesia’: Why we might forget the lessons from Hurricane LauraOut of sight, out of mind.