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What to do about them, and more advice from Dear Prudence.

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Dear Prudence is online weekly to chat live with readers. Here’s an edited transcript of this week’s chat.

Danny Lavery: Right time, right place, right wrongs, let’s chat.

Q. My husband’s “Likes”: We have close family friends with a beautiful and charming 19-year-old daughter. She is like a niece to us. My husband has made her uncomfortable twice by remarking, “Mmm! Look at Kelly!” when she’s entered a room dressed up for an outing or work. (The “Mmm!” being the sort of sound one makes in appreciation of a delicious-looking food, for example.) Her discomfort was clear—she turned red and exited the room both times.

He now is following her on Instagram and “likes” EVERY single post she puts up. (And she posts frequently!) I’ve spoken to him about not commenting on her appearance, especially with the loud, “Mmm!” noise. He

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  • November 9, 2020
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Air Canada shares up sharply on news of potential government aid, vaccine development

Air Canada shares surged more than 28 per cent Monday as news of a potential COVID-19 vaccine and government assistance for the industry eclipsed dismal third-quarter results brought about by global pandemic lockdowns.



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The Montreal-based airline said it lost $685 million, or $2.31 per diluted share, in the three months ending Sept. 30, during what is normally its most profitable quarter.

“I think there are a lot of people who are very, very hesitant to make any travel arrangements now, based on these restrictions and quarantines,” said chief executive Calin Rovinescu on a conference call with financial analysts on Monday.

“Even if they feel safe to travel … they can’t justify coming back and taking two weeks at home in quarantine.”

During the same period last year, Air Canada had a profit of $636 million, or $2.35 per diluted share. Third-quarter sales fell 86

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  • November 9, 2020
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How James “the Amazing” Randi hindered his skeptic movement.

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James “the Amazing” Randi was a magician, an atheist, a showman, a skeptic, a mentor, a curmudgeon, a teacher, and a friend, and now he is dead. No one needs to wish him a peaceful rest. He’s not in heaven, or hell, or anywhere in between. The spark that made him amazing is gone, and now the atoms that constituted him will go back into the universe whence they came. All that is left of him resides in the dozens, the hundreds, the thousands of people who have been irrevocably changed by their relationship with him. I’m lucky enough to count myself in that number.

I first heard of Randi, who died at the age of 92 on Oct. 20, when I was working in a magic shop while attending college in the late ’90s. I was a fan of Penn & Teller and

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  • November 9, 2020
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Resilient Leadership: Renewing Investments in Trust – CIO Journal

With many stakeholders questioning their social contract with government and corporate institutions, how can leaders invest in, rebuild, and renew trust in these relationships?

For many business leaders, 2020 has been defined by the global pandemic. Yet our challenges as leaders won’t end with a COVID-19 vaccine. Underlying societal issues that have long simmered below the surface are raising questions that will likely last long after a COVID-19 inoculation is developed. Individuals are frustrated; many don’t believe they are being heard by their leaders in government or by corporate institutions—or are being treated fairly and equally.

These challenges are occurring against a backdrop of mistrust. According to the spring Edelman Trust Barometer, just 38% of global respondents believe business is doing “well” or “very well” at putting people before profits. Furthermore, only 41% of millennials believe business is making a positive societal impact, according to the Deloitte Global Millennial

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Purcellville Plans Virtual, In-Person Events For Holiday Season

PURCELLVILLE, VA — The town of Purcellville is preparing for the holiday season, with a parade, tree lighting and much more on the schedule. However, several changes have been made to the town’s traditional Christmas festivities to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Both virtual and in-person events will be held in December. Purcellville’s website has information about the events and any restrictions.

“We look forward to creating new traditions as we celebrate this year’s holiday season in Purcellville,” the town said Monday in a news release.

Among the scheduled events are:

Town Tree Lighting, Friday, Dec. 4 — The Purcellville Tree Lighting will be held Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. through a Facebook live event. Citizens will be able to watch the traditional start to the holiday season from their homes. Additionally, an in-person event is also being planned, although that may change depending on the coronavirus

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  • November 9, 2020
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What Molly Sims Eats In A Day On Her Intermittent Fasting Diet

Throughout her modeling career, Molly Sims, 47, has tried just about every diet plan out there. After having children, the quick tricks didn’t cut it anymore, so the supermodel, actress, and mom switched up her mindset and strategy and set her sights on balance (with a side of strength training).

“It’s more about living healthy and how you’re feeling,” she tells Women’s Health. “I truly, truly don’t like the word ‘diet.’ I don’t even like the scale. I use a pair of jeans; the jeans don’t lie I can tell you that.”

In addition to her circuit training, HIIT, and other workouts (which you’ll find in her Workout Wednesday posts on her Instagram), Molly also relies on intermittent fasting to feel her best. She also opts for plenty of protein and veggies. “A lot more vegetables,” she says. “I’m still eating egg whites for protein, but not as much

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  • November 9, 2020
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Engagement Ring Cost Considerations: How Much to Spend and How to Save | Spending

So if you’re wondering how much you should spend on an engagement ring and what to look for when shopping for one, read on.

Average Engagement Ring Cost

Every year, the wedding website The Knot has a study that shows how expensive weddings are. When The Knot 2019 Jewelry and Engagement Study was released earlier this year, in which 8,992 respondents around the country were surveyed, it found that the average cost of an engagement ring is $5,900.

If that depresses you, it might help to know that one-third of Americans are spending between $1,000 and $3,000 on their engagement ring, and 10% spend less than $1,000. So prices can range dramatically.

Brianna Parks, an elopement photographer based in Redding, California, points out that you can always upgrade your ring later.

“I know a ton of couples who decide to upgrade their rings later due to finances. In fact, I

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  • November 9, 2020
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Trump Four Seasons Total Landscaping Press Conference Turned Into Memes, Merch

According to the Inquirer, the neighborhood has become a tourist attraction, with people stopping by to take photo-ops outside the buildings and phone lines ringing off the hook. As of yet, the newspaper reported, there’s been little actual new business.

A 78-year-old employee of the sex shop told one reporter he didn’t know why the Trump campaign chose their corner of town for the event, and told the Inquirer the store has been swamped by a flood of phone calls since Saturday with callers asking for Rudy Giuliani.

The shop seems to be taking the attention in stride though, posting on Facebook “knock who’s there?…Rudy Giuliani I’m lost at Fantasy Island ADULT bookstore” and following up with “You gotta show LOVE even when they don’t or you become one of them!”

The debacle has also inspired hundreds of memes — from jokes about comedian Nathan Fielder plotting to name

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  • November 9, 2020
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Sneaky ways Disney World gets you to spend more money

Each year, Disney World releases exclusive new merchandise. Uniquely designed trinkets are made available, and larger anniversaries and holidays are commemorated with entire lines of themed products. In this way, Disney incentivizes guests to make purchases that correspond with their particular visit: A generic shirt is nice enough, but one with the year on it will remind a family of their specific visit forever. This also incentivizes collecting annual merchandise, as visitors might want to purchase multiple editions of the same mug or shirt for their varying designs.

While these yearly designs can be cute, purchasing more generic merchandise is a whole lot more frugal. You might want to make an exception for a landmark year (Disney World’s 50th anniversary, for example, in 2021), or if you’re commemorating your own personal milestone. Sets of ears that look like graduation caps are especially endearing.

If you’re really torn over a particular

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  • November 9, 2020
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Geoffrey Palmer, Judi Dench and a relationship that changed TV

Geoffrey Palmer and Judi Dench in As Time Goes By; the pair became firm friends outside the set too - Alamy
Geoffrey Palmer and Judi Dench in As Time Goes By; the pair became firm friends outside the set too – Alamy

In Tomorrow Never Dies, Pierce Brosnan’s second Bond adventure, Geoffrey Palmer cameoed as Admiral Roebuck. But Palmer wasn’t there to run the bally show, as stuffy commanders had by that point been doing in Bond films for 35 years – he was there for Dame Judi Dench’s M to get the better of him. (Dench was redressing the gender imbalance; one film prior, she’d branded 007 a “sexist, misogynist dinosaur”.)

Palmer, who died last week aged 93, was perfect fodder for Dench, with his bloodhound chops permanently hung somewhere between “beleaguered” and “surprised”. His casting was also a none-too-sly nod to Palmer and Dench’s pairing in the romantic BBC sitcom, As Time Goes By. It was an unlikely crossover: James Bond and the kind of cosy, living-room sitcom that

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  • November 9, 2020