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Starting something new is an awkward occurrence mainly because humans are creatures of habit and anything that deviates from what we know is considered to be strange or scary. It is for this reason, among many, that a majority of people remain in the towns and cities they were born in because of a fear of the unknown. I understand where these people are coming from. There’s a significant amount of comfort in doing what one has always done. Taking that into consideration, there’s a world we can visit if we go outside. Ask anyone who’s traveled and they’ll regale you with stories of places around the world that look as if they are other-worldly. I know changing habits and surrounding can be incredibly nerve-wracking but in the end, there’s no comfort in change, but there’s no change in doing what’s solely comfortable. We owe it to ourselves to try something new. 

Well, what are you waiting for? Here’s what you missed in the news yesterday. 

The Age Of Our Presidents 

According to a recent study conducted by the National Institute of Health, abilities “such as conceptual reasoning, memory,  and processing speed, decline gradually over time.” Per the data from the study, somewhere between 16 percent and 23 percent of Americans over 65 experience some level of cognitive impairment. In a separate study from the Mayo Clinic, research demonstrated that “concept formation, abstraction, and mental flexibility decline with age, especially after age 70, as older adults tend to think more concretely than younger adults.” 

As these findings relate to our current septuagenarian presidential candidates, Joe Biden has unfortunately been in the media spotlight over the course of the last few weeks for his physical interactions with two women at campaign rallies in the past. On two separate occasions, Biden was accused of making women feel physically uncomfortable. In one instance, he kissed Lucy Flores, a former Nevada assemblywoman and 2014 lieutenant governor candidate, on the forehead. When asked why he did this, Biden explained that, at the time, he was acting in a grandfatherly way and meant nothing by it. Having said that, he went onto explain that “social norms have begun to change. They’ve shifted. And the boundaries of protecting personal space have been reset. And I get it. I get it…”

“Neither then, nor in the years since, did he (Biden) or the staff at the time have any inkling that Ms. Flores had been at any time uncomfortable nor do they recall what she describes.”

Bill Russo, spokesperson for Joe Biden 

Aunt Becky, No!

Whatever happened to predictability? The milk man, the paperboy, Aunt Becky’s guilty plea? Yes, we’re speaking about the ongoing college admissions scandal where a handful of wealthy parents paid people off to get their children admitted into elite universities across the country. One parent, Lori Laughlin, famously known for her role in the television program, “Full House,” is being accused of conspiring with a college consultant to pay upwards of $500,000 in bribes to get their daughter into the University of Southern California, according to the New York Times. 

According to recent reports, the Hallmark Channel said that it will no longer be featuring Ms. Loughlin in any of their programming because of her involvement in the scandal. 

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