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10 Truths About Living With A Significant Other

1. Farting happens.

A lot. For those girls who are petrified of having bodily functions in front of their boyfriends, dont ever move in with them. It is unavoidable and yes, it completely robs a person of all mystery. The bathroom door will remain open more often than it probably should and you will hear things you dont want to. Its just what happens when youre in the same living quarters with someone. Get over it.

2. Maintenance sex (as we call it in our house) is a real thing.

It happens on those nights where both parties are tired and yet excited all in the same moment. Its not the most mind-blowing, but it gets the job done with minimal effort and then the sleep is so sweet after it. I feel I should mention that neither party is ever offended by maintenance sex. Its always exactly what you need at that point in time. With that, let me just add that in my experience, sex only fades if you let it. As your intimacy changes, like in any relationship (living together or not), sex will be put on the back burner at times. But overall, even with lulls, as long as the passion remains, youll have sex.

3. There are going to be really, really boring days in your life.

Unfortunately, the honeymoon phase of living together doesnt last forever and a Thursday night after work will consist of dinner, television, and sleep. THIS IS OKAY. Dont put pressure on yourselves to make your life together perfect every day. Thats not realistic and its also impossible. Eventually, youd run out of things to do and be really, really drained.

4. Romance can fade extremely fast.

You have to put major effort into romancing someone whom you see every day. And trust me, there are way more days of, Oh, I can just do it tomorrow then there are of, Oh, I just love him so much, I cant wait! Its kind of sad, but true. You just have to be creative with your romance and understand that it changes over time. I mean, youll be shocked at how excited you get when he brings home take-out because he knew neither of you wanted to cook tonight. Its the little things.

5. Finances need to be discussed openly, honestly, and constantly.

Money is one of the biggest factors in divorces. If you make money and he makes money, then your money is yours and his money is his. You arent married yet, so keep it separate and have a place where you can put money together for vacations, going out, etc. Even though its your significant other, it shouldnt be any different than a roommate situation yet. If you werent dating, youd expect that from each other.

6. Respect one another.

Otherwise, living together doesnt work. You have to respect that this a different human being than you and that you may live in different ways. This is another persons home too, not just yours. Therefore, your sanitation habits may need review. Shower daily, shave your stupid legs, clean up your beard trimmings, and just do the damn dishes when you are done with them. The world will remain at peace with zero resentment or disgust.

7. Pick and choose your battles.

The temperature in your home will always be a problem. If youre female like me, youll probably always want it warmer and he will always want it colder. And he will probably want the fan on too . Just put on some fuzzy socks and a sweatshirt; your time will come. Be patient.

8. Time apart from each other will be necessary.

Living together makes it hard for anything to go unmentioned in your lives. The most exciting things youll talk about will mainly be what happened at work since thats the only time you spend apart. Ugh, Bill brought ANOTHER egg salad sandwich today. Thats three days in a row, can you believe that!? Having a weekend here or there with your friends or family sans partner is healthy. It gives you a fresh perspective, a little break, new stories to share, and the chance to crave your partners attention (AKA you miss them).

9. You will laugh a lot.

One of the greatest joys of living together is the laughing. You have a partner in crime through everyday life now. That makes them a part of all your silly, ridiculous moments. You no longer have to laugh by yourself when you accidentally run into the wall or slip down the stairs. And never again will you chuckle alone when you drop the lasagna on the floor right after taking it out of the oven. Awkward moments are way funnier when you have someone you love staring at you while you do it.

10. There is no way to prepare you for it.

This is the biggest truth about living together. There is no right or wrong way to do it, either. You have to determine what works for you as a couple, which takes time and practice. So give yourselves that. One bad day doesnt determine a bad life. There will be highs and lows, but mainly a lot of mediocre days. Still, choose to enjoy those days. It means you guys are making it work.

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NFL Draft 2017 Profile: Defensive Lineman Malik McDowell – Blogging The Boys (blog)

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In pictures: The Pole who works in a UK hospital – BBC News

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Anna Maria Bak, 27, is Polish and works in A&E at Colchester General Hospital. Here, photographer Ed Gold takes a snapshot of her life in Britain.

“I came to the UK for the first time in 2010. I had studied English philology at university in the Polish town of Krosno. Philology is the study of language in historical literature and I learnt a lot about Great Britain. I wanted a new challenge in my life and decided to try my luck abroad.

“My friend and I rented a room for two weeks in Stratford in London. We were supposed to earn money but we lost it instead by paying for too many travel tickets.

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“I moved back to Poland for another year but I’m tough. My surname Bak means bumblebee in Polish. We are fighters because we’ve been through hard times.

“I was lucky when I returned to England as I got a job at the Italian restaurant Carluccio’s. I had a friend working there as a waiter. I learnt a lot about customer service. People are more polite in the UK than in Poland.

“I left that job as it was only part-time and I couldn’t afford my Oyster card and rent. I was in debt. I then found a Polish woman on the internet who was finding jobs for people in nursing homes, but she ripped me off and took 70 from me for certificates I never needed.

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Image copyright Ed Gold

“Still we have a saying in Poland, ‘If you have enough oil in your head’ – it means if you have enough intelligence, you will make it work.

“I found myself a job at a nursing home. I did that for two years in north London. I remember a patient asking me ‘Where they could spend a penny?’ and I asked them what did they want to buy?

“I wanted a more challenging job so I moved to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, working as an admin assistant in the radiology department. Now I’m working in the A&E at Colchester General Hospital. I’m really happy to work in health as I make a difference. I go the extra mile.

“The Polish NHS is not too bad but I think the quality of care provided in the English hospitals is much higher. The staff are always friendly and helpful and patients get treated with respect and dignity. Unfortunately I can’t say the same about Polish hospitals. I’ve been a patient in Poland and found communication between staff and patient to be very poor.

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Image copyright Ed Gold

“Renting is much cheaper outside London and my quality of life is higher in Colchester. I am careful with my money and saving up so that I can buy a house one day.

“Everything costs less in the UK, even the food. I really like The Body Shop – it is mission impossible to get those cosmetics in Poland. Plus in Poland you earn a third of what you can here.

“I also love the full English breakfast – it’s the best breakfast ever. Usually for Polish breakfast you’d have cottage cheese, fresh bread and butter but you wouldn’t get that protein boost in the morning – a full English keeps you going for hours. I do miss the Polish food though and the snow we get in winter.

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“It’s hard though being miles away from my mum. I send her parcels full of goodies like food and cosmetics twice a year. Recently I’ve been sending hats to her because she is ill. I know how to deal with stress at work but I cry at home when I hear bad news about mum.

“I live with my flat mate Zelda, who is from Latvia. I have friends from all over the world – it’s one thing I really like about living in the UK. I met Zelda at work. We like to watch movies and eat Chinese takeaways. We don’t have much time to go out but we’re planning to. We’d normally go out to a local pub and then find somewhere to dance. I like my flat and feel very comfortable here.

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“I haven’t seen things change because of Brexit and I’ve never suffered racism.

“No-one has the right to say to me ‘You’re out of the UK’, because I pay my taxes, I’m not here just to make money. It really bugs me if people come here from abroad who claim benefits after three months and have access to the free health service. I think to be here from abroad you should pay taxes.

Image copyright Ed Gold
Image copyright Ed Gold

“I get on better with English people now than Polish people and I think in English. Although I was born in Poland and have a Polish passport, I’ve found it easier to live here than other Poles as I’ve adapted to British society so well.

“I will apply for citizenship in Britain but only when I get enough money. It’s expensive and costs about 2,000.”

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Ukraines Merchant of Death in South Sudan

The war profiteers’ answer to critics who say they’re fueling carnage in the world’s newest country? Somebody’s gonna do it.”>

KIEVLieutenant General Nikolai Ryabets never thought of himself as a businessman. His world has always been missiles and anti-aircraft systems. What he knew well was how to operate, maintain, and modernize them. During the Soviet war in Afghanistan the general provided missile defenses for Kabul and Kandahar for three years. On his return to Ukraine, still part of the Soviet Union in those days, he served in all echelons of the air defense forces in Lviv and in Kiev, slowly moving all the way up to the position of deputy commander.

Now retired from active duty, the general works in a sleek office in a freshly refurbished two-floor building in Kiev as chairman of the state-funded company Nebo Ukrainy, or The Sky of Ukraine. His job is to sell old Soviet air defense systems, good enough for the third world countries. He has not had much luck.

Its a pretty cynical business, and probably Ryabets should not have been surprised when Hollywood star George Clooney and human rights activist John Prendergast of the Enough Project named Riyabets and the company he heads in a damning document they presented in September about corruption and civil war in the benighted new nation of South Sudan.

Some unscrupulous profiteers proactively look for ways to profit from instability and continued violenceeither through the sale of weapons or by penning deals with armed groups that aspire to take power by force, reads the report titled War Crimes Shouldnt Pay under the heading, War Profiteers.

The document then goes on to detail the activities in South Sudan of one Mark Goldmann, acting as an agent for Nebo Ukrainy with a letter signed by Ryabets.

As the aging general tells the story, the day he first heard of Goldmann is a day he hates to remember.

Ryabets says that about four years ago a neighbor of his named Sayid, a refugee from Chechnyas first war with Russia, came up with a business idea. Sayid said his brother Magomed lived in Geneva and had very good connections all over the world, and that he might help us find a reliable buyer in Africa or in China, Ryabets told The Daily Beast.

Lt. Gen. Ryabets described the role of the Chechen partner as go-between connecting the Nebo Ukrainy corporation founded and owned by the state and whoever wants to buy Ukraines rusting rocket systems, some of them more than 30 years old.

Back in 2013, Russian citizen Magomed Erzanukaev, who also goes by the name Mark Goldmann, visited our company, said Ryabets. He did not look like any rich businessman, rather like an immature loser, but we still issued him a document authorizing him to be the official representative of our corporation, Nebo Ukrainy, until August last year.

Looking back, Ryabets says he regrets the day he ever let Erzanukaev-Goldmann walk into his office, as in fact, instead of helping to find a good business deal for Nebo Ukrainy and make money, the Chechen brother of his neighbor caused both Ryabets and his corporation a huge headache.

The report released by Sentry, one of the groups sponsored by Clooney and Prendergast, says that in 2014, in the middle of Ukraines war with pro-Russian rebels in the Donbas region, Mark Goldmann acted as a broker between South Sudans vice president at the time, Riek Machar, and the defense firm Nebo Ukrainy. The documents obtained by Sentry indicated that Goldmann was importing military equipment for the improvement of its military defense in return for crude oil from South Sudan.

This Russian broker identified himself as Mark Goldmann and claimed to head a company called MGA Capital, offering to negotiate the sale of military equipment in return for the countrys most lucrative asset: oil, the report said.

Ryabets confirmed in our interview that together with the official letter authorizing Goldmann to be Nebo Ukrainys broker, he also equipped Erzanukaev-Goldmann with a catalogue of potential goods that included multiple air defense systems, including the vaunted S-300 and the BUK, the rocket launcher tragically famous for bringing down Malaysian flight MH-17 in July, 2014, over eastern Ukraine.

The catalogue also offered the self-propelled Shilka, the portable air defense complex Igla and several other expensive items of military equipment.

But according to Ryabets, Goldmann never actually sealed any deals. There were miles to go between the day Magomed or Mark was to find us a reliable buyer and the day of actual delivery, since we sell everything through a state agency, UkrSpecExport, Ryabets told The Daily Beast.

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Goldmann declined to comment on the case.

Did Ryabets have bad feelings about looking for business deals in long-suffering, violence-plagued African countries?

The export of weapons is just business for the senior officer.

Look, we have to sell the old defense systems, otherwise all our BUKs and other air defense systems will just rot in storage, said Ryabets. When the Soviet Union fell apart in 1991, warehouses at our military bases were full of weapons. Ukraine shoveled tons of them to Africa, packed those countries with all sorts oftanks, artillery, and air defense systems made in USSR.

All this was big business. In 2012, for instance, Ukraine shipped major conventional arms worth $1.344 billion, becoming the fourth largest arms exporter in the world after United States, Russia, and China, according to the data published by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

And the rot of corruption is not limited to South Sudan or Africa.

In the three years since Ukraines Maidan uprising and he Revolution of Dignity, Ukraine has become a bazaar of both legal and illegal weapons with numerous high profile corruption cases.

In fact, Ukrainian prosecutors are currently calling in senior defense ministry officers for questioning. The press service for Ukraines prosecutor general has published info-graphics of all weapons illegally exported by corrupt military commanders in the period from 2005 to 2014, worth a total of two billion Ukrainian hryvnia or $77 million dollars.

A big chunk of money from these sales goes into the pockets of the same [ex] Soviet generals who commanded our forces before the Maidan revolution, says Yuriy Kolesnikov, leader of a volunteer group providing aid for battalions fighting in Donbas. They continue to fill up their pockets with corrupt dollars, instead of supporting the forces on the front lines.

The situation in the eastern regions of Ukraine meanwhile continues to be shaky. On Thursday morning the press service of the Anti-Terrorist (ATO) Headquarters reported 37 attacks on Ukrainian army positions by pro-Russian rebel forces in one single day.

Shortly before the third anniversary of the Revolution of Dignity, the countrys capital of Kiev was once again shaken by anti-government street protests as both civilians and military personnel called for a change of power. On Nov. 14, hundreds of Ukrainians came out to protest against increasing prices. Many said they had lost their deposits at Ukrainian banks. About 300 people blocked the street in front of the National Bank of Ukraine.

The new generation of political elites pushed for reforms and anti-corruption measures in the defense ministry and law enforcement agencies, but to little avail. Corruption is once again everywhere you look, in the government, in the defense ministry, in the bank system, Kolesnikov told The Daily Beast.

His volunteer group put together their own technology, a drone that is capable of transporting up to 50 kilos of cargo. The drone could apparently also fire and liquidate enemy targets, Kolesnikov said with pride.

Last month the Committee on Preventing and Combating Corruption looked into 68 cases of violations committed last year and116 appeals to law enforcement agencies identified during internal checks in 2016.

Ukroboronprom officials admitted that the war in Donbas did not stop corruption within state agencies.

Our army commanders and Ukroboronprom, the group responsible for import and export of weapons, is a total disgrace even as our soldiers are righting an artillery war in Donbas, says Kolesnikov. This year alone, Ukraine has exported 12 units of the weapon most demanded on the front, the 122-mm howitzer D-30, as well as Mi-24 and Mi-29 helicopters; and then Ukraine was begging for newer weapons from the West.

Back in his office, Lt. Gen. Ryabets was angry as he discussed the ingnominy of his ordeal in South Sudan.

That Magomed did not do anything good for our country, did not help us sell a single piece of scrap, the officer said with frustration and then stared at The Daily Beast reporter with a light of hope in his eyes: Maybe you could help us sell our goods? Ryabets asked. Please publish the highlights of our catalogue, maybe there is somebody on the West who would be interested in purchasing our newer, modernized air defense systems.

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How do women really know if they are having an orgasm?

Dr Nicole Prause is challenging bias against sexual research to unravel apparent discrepancies between physical signs and what women said they experienced

In the nascent field of orgasm research, much of the data relies on subjects self-reporting, and in men, theres some pretty clear physiological feedback in the form of ejaculation.

But how do women know for sure if they are climaxing? What if the sensation they have associated with climax is actually one of the the early foothills of arousal? And how does a woman know if she has had an orgasm?

Neuroscientist Dr Nicole Prause set out to answer these questions by studying orgasms in her private laboratory. Through better understanding of what happens in the body and the brain during arousal and orgasm, she hopes to develop devices that can increase sex drive without the need for drugs.

Understanding orgasm begins with a butt plug. Prause uses the pressure-sensitive anal gauge to detect the contractions typically associated with orgasm in both men and women. Combined with EEG, which measures brain activity, this allows for a more accurate picture of a womans arousal and orgasm.

Dr Nicole Prause has founded Liberos to study brain stimulation and desire. Photograph: Olivia Solon

When Prause began studying women in this way she noticed something surprising. Many of the women who reported having an orgasm were not having any of the physical signs the contractions of an orgasm.

Its not clear why that is, but it is clear that we dont know an awful lot about orgasms and sexuality. We dont think they are faking, she said. My sense is that some women dont know what an orgasm is. There are lots of pleasure peaks that happen during intercourse. If you havent had contractions you may not know theres something different.

Prause, an ultramarathon runner and keen motorcyclist in her free time, started her career at the Kinsey Institute in Indiana, where she was awarded a doctorate in 2007. Studying the sexual effects of a menopause drug, she first became aware of the prejudice against the scientific study of sexuality in the US.

When her high-profile research examining porn addiction found the condition didnt fit the same neurological patterns as nicotine, cocaine or gambling, it was an unpopular conclusion among people who believe they do have a porn addiction.

The evolution of design of the anal pressure gauge used in Nicole Prauses lab to detect orgasmic contractions. Photograph: Olivia Solon

People started posting stories online that I had falsified my data and I received all kinds of sexist attacks, she said. Soon anonymous emails of complaint were turning up at the office of the president of UCLA, where she worked from 2012 to 2014, demanding that Prause be fired.

Does orgasm benefit mental health?

Prause pushed on with her research, but repeatedly came up against challenges when seeking approval for studies involving orgasms. I tried to do a study of orgasms while at UCLA to pilot a depression intervention. UCLA rejected it after a seven-month review, she said. The ethics board told her that to proceed, she would need to remove the orgasm component rendering the study pointless.

Undeterred, Prause left to set up her sexual biotech company Liberos, in Hollywood, Los Angeles, in 2015. The company has been working on a number of studies, including one exploring the benefits and effectiveness of orgasmic meditation, working with specialist company OneTaste.

Part of the slow sex movement, the practice involves a woman having her clitoris stimulated by a partner often a stranger for 15 minutes. This orgasm state is different, claims OneTastes website. It is goalless, intuitive, and dynamic. It flows all over the place with no set direction. It may include climax, or it may not. In Orgasm 2.0, we learn to listen to what our body wants instead of what we think we should want.

Prause wants to determine whether arousal has any wider benefits for mental health. The folks that practice this claim it helps with stress and improves your ability to deal with emotional situations even though as a scientist it seems pretty explicitly sexual to me, she said.

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Top GP and Sandwell CCG boss admit 153k fraud – BBC News

Image caption Dr Ian Walton did not spend the money on luxury items or holidays, his barrister said

A leading GP and senior NHS manager funnelled 153,600 meant for patients over winter into the bank account of a company they controlled.

Dr Ian Walton and Lisa Hill admitted defrauding the NHS by raising a false invoice from a charity, on whose board they both sat.

The judge at Birmingham Crown Court heard that although they dishonestly sourced the cash, they spent 57,000 of it training 69 GPs.

They will be sentenced next week.

A further 62,000 found in the charity’s account was said to have been “ring-fenced” for future GP training, leaving about 34,000 in “profit”.

Walton, a GP for more than 30 years, has a national reputation for mental health excellence and his own practice in Tipton, West Midlands, the court heard.

Hill was a senior commissioning manager with Sandwell & West Birmingham clinical commissioning group (CCG).

In December 2012 Hill, from Hagley, near Stourbridge, West Midlands, had submitted a business case to the CCG for GP mental health training.

However, bosses had already decided to divert their cash into the “winter pressures” budget, tackling the seasonal increase in NHS patients in the area.

‘Not spent on holidays’

Health chiefs “never approved the funding” for GP training, but despite that, an invoice for 153,600 from the charity to the CCG was raised in March 2013.

Judge Paul Farrer QC said it was an “unusual” case because Walton, of Stourbridge Road, Wombourne, near Wolverhampton, and Hill had not set out to make money.

Hill lost her CCG job, but has since been employed as a freelance training consultant by NHS trusts.

James Horne, barrister for father-of-four Walton, said the “unusual legacy of the fraud” was “the money was not squandered on luxury items or frittered away on fancy holidays, but has gone on training and the delivery of care in the NHS”.

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