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There Is Such a Thing as Toxic Positivity (and You Might Be Guilty of It)

You’re meeting a friend for drinks after work, excited to catch up on her recent vacation and hear what she thought about Euphoria. But when she arrives, she has other things on her mind: She’s been unhappy at work and feels like her manager isn’t taking her concerns seriously. Hoping to turn the mood around, you say, “You’re awesome! If they don’t appreciate you, someone else will.” Instead of cheering her up, though, it seems to upset her even more. What just happened? Isn’t optimism supposed to, you know, help people look on the bright side?

Turns out, not necessarily. Responding to negative emotions with glass-half-full thinking is known as toxic positivity (or dismissive positivity), a term that recently made the rounds online in an Instagram post by Miami-based psychotherapist Whitney Goodman.

When someone immediately responds to less-than-pleasant news with platitudes like “You’ll get over it!” it can make

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  • August 22, 2020
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Lawyers for Los Angeles’ poor try to ease pandemic burdens

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Last May, Amy Garcia came looking for information about her unemployment claim but found the offices of the California Employment Development Department closed in Canoga Park. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

It was hard enough to be poor and in need of help in Los Angeles before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Before the whole world started lining up for unemployment benefits and the phone lines at the state Employment Development Department jammed up.

Before such government offices as well as many courts shut their doors, making it all but impossible (except in some cases by appointment) to ask a question, file an application, fill out a form or produce required documentation in person.

Before some ways of earning a living disappeared and others became suddenly dangerous.

Before trying to stay safe at home became dangerous too

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  • August 22, 2020
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EU nationals in UK already facing difficulty with digital-only status amid warnings of ‘crisis’ ahead

Akvile Stuart
Akvile Stuart

The government’s decision not to provide physical proof of settled status has already left EU citizens in the UK facing difficulties proving their post-Brexit immigration status, as campaigners warn this is only the “tip of the iceberg”.

The Independent has spoken to EU nationals who have been held up in airports and faced delays in moving house because they have been unable to provide physical proof of their residency in the UK – despite the government’s own assessment concluding there was “very strong evidence” that digital-only proof would cause “a lot of issues”.

The EU settlement scheme allows EU citizens living in Britain to apply for immigration status after free movement ends on 31 December 2020. The Home Office says it provides successful applicants with only a digital copy of their status to ensure they can “constantly access proof of their status” and that it is in keeping

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  • August 22, 2020
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Confusion reigns as Canada turns away American students

American students accustomed to easy access to Canadian campuses face unprecedented obstacles to continuing their education as the nation’s borders remain all but closed due to the coronavirus.

Visas once processed in weeks are taking months to secure. Students have been asked to prove that their physical presence is essential — no matter that campuses and dormitories are open even as learning shifts online.

“It’s a mess,” said Christopher Collette, an immigration attorney at Campbell Cohen in suburban Montreal.

The impending school year creates a conundrum for the Canadian government — and for some 500,000 international college students and thousands more who are younger.

Canada’s international student policies are not far from those of the Trump administration, which originally planned to deport foreign students whose courses were fully online this fall. When the plan met with backlash, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement clarified that new foreign students may not enter

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  • August 22, 2020
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Kremlin critic Navalny ‘stable’ in Berlin hospital

Kremlin critic and opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who has suffered a suspected poisoning, was in a stable condition in hospital on Saturday after being flown to Berlin following a standoff over his medical evacuation from Russia.

An air ambulance carrying Navalny, chartered by the German NGO Cinema for Peace, touched down at 8:47 am local time (0647 GMT) at the military wing of Berlin’s Tegel airport.

His spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh tweeted  that “the plane with Alexei just landed in Berlin”.

“Navalny’s condition is stable,” Jaka Bizilj, the head of the Cinema for Peace foundation, told AFP after the landing.

Berlin’s Charite hospital confirmed in a statement that it had admitted Navalny and was carrying out an “extensive medical diagnosis”.

The 44-year-old lawyer and anti-corruption campaigner, one of President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest critics, went into a coma after falling suddenly ill Thursday on a plane to Moscow that had to make

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  • August 22, 2020
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Inside the Deep, Dark Roku Underworld Featuring Terrorists, Conspiracy Nuts, and Bill O’Reilly

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Getty

If the streaming wars reinvented network television, the digital streaming device Roku amounts to something like basic cable. Through purple software packaged in a set-top box or smart TV, Roku peddles a discount option for the average viewer, bundling a limited range of shows and movies on what they call The Roku Channel. For a wider selection, users can consult the Channel Store, an App Store-esque glut of paid, free, and amateur offerings. It’s a popular set-up. As of June, some 43 million households had an active Roku account—millions more than the population of California. 

Scrolling through the Roku Channel Store is the TV viewer’s answer to crate-digging: thousands of titles, many of them familiar, multiple copies of Jerry McGuire, and a sprawling collection of obscure odds and ends, detritus from the over-productive arm of the American entertainment industry. A recent trip through

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  • August 22, 2020
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Air ambulance carrying Kremlin critic Navalny lands in Germany

An air ambulance landed in the German capital on Saturday carrying Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who has suffered a suspected poisoning, after a day-long standoff over his medical evacuation.

The plane, chartered by the German NGO Cinema for Peace, landed at 8:47 am local time (0647 GMT) at Tegel airport in Berlin, where Navalny is expected to be transferred to the Charite hospital for treatment.

The 44-year-old lawyer and anti-corruption campaigner, one of President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest critics, fell into a coma after becoming suddenly ill Thursday on a plane to Moscow that had to make an emergency landing in Omsk.

His aides say they believe he was poisoned, apparently by a cup of tea at the airport, and blamed Putin, though Russian doctors said tests showed no trace of any poison.

Doctors treating him in Omsk had refused to let Navalny leave but reversed course after his family

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  • August 22, 2020
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Capricorn daily horoscope

Photo credit: Elle UK
Photo credit: Elle UK

From ELLE

Saturday 22, August

Today the Sun moves into Virgo, your fellow earth sign, and will warm up your house of higher learning for the next four weeks. This is a deeply thoughtful and expansive phase during which you’ll get so much more out of any classes or workshops you attend online. Everything you take in functions like real wisdom, not merely information or data bits.

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Friday 21, August

The Moon moves into Libra today, lighting up your career zone right before the weekend. At least you won’t be idle over the next few days, Capricorn. This is a great moment to pivot your professional path, especially if you haven’t been thrilled with your prospects during the last few months.

Thursday 20, August

The Moon is in Virgo, your

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  • August 22, 2020
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‘Selfish’ COVID party planners could face $2,000 fine, Ontario 3M facility to produce 50 million masks

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As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety.

Currently, there are more than 4,600 active cases of COVID-19 in Canada (with more than 121,000 diagnoses so far) and 9,000 deaths. Nearly 90 per cent of the country’s reported COVID-19 cases have recovered.

Check back for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in Canada.

For a full archive of the first month of the pandemic, please check our archive of events.

August 21

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  • August 22, 2020
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What does the company’s collapse mean for business and travellers?

Distant dreams: the STA Travel head office in central London: Simon Calder
Distant dreams: the STA Travel head office in central London: Simon Calder

STA Travel UK, one of the biggest names for backpackers and adventurers has gone out of business.

On Friday evening, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced that the London-based firm had failed with the loss of 500 jobs.

The news leaves thousands of customers who are owed refunds uncertain about when they might get their money back.

These are the key questions and answers.

What was the background?

STA was launched in Australia in 1971. Five years later it capitalised on the collapse of the dominant British student travel enterprise, NUS Travel, to establish a foothold in the UK.

The company’s stated mission was: “We are youthful, adventurous and have a desire to experience new cultures.”

Originally its main appeal was in selling cut-price air tickets to students and young people.

But as low fares for all became

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  • August 22, 2020