Paul Ryan has TURNED OFF HIS PHONE AND FAX so as to no longer hear the overwhelming protests of repealing the ACA, Obamacare.
So here is a new tactic:
Since Paul Ryan has blocked his office phones and fax numbers, and is turning away people who show up to deliver petitions, time to change tactics.
Please mail postcards to his HOME address saying NO to defunding Planned Parenthood, NO to repealing the ACA, and NO to privatizing Medicare!
700 ST. LAWRENCE AVE.
JANESVILLE, WI 53545
Please reblog this info. Let’s see what 67 million cards in the driveway looks like!
I keep deleting this post because I really rather die than have to make it but my siblings gotta eat. My moms car isn’t working plus she’s waiting on her you-can-guess-what card in the mail because she lost the other one so no money or way to get to food for today . I just need $20 to order delivery to hold them for now and dinner. I’d really appreciate it so much.
How I turned pro with Tarot Readings (but I still have a lot to learn!) 👌
Divination is a complex art, even though sometimes it doesn’t look like it. As you all know, I do tarot readings and I noticed how this particular method of clairvoyance gets the same reaction as a piece of contemporary art: people look at me and say I could have done it myself, or something along the lines, to which it’s hard not to reply with a Fuck off, why don’t you do it then?
I must admit that when I first got into tarot reading, doubting my abilities was somehow legit, since I kept using just a single tarot spread to answer whatever question I got and the answers didn’t always stick to what I needed to know. Luckily, in the last few years I’ve improved my technique. But how did I reach my level of expertise?
I changed my perspective on tarots. This was really the first step. At the beginning of my practice the idea I had on tarot reading was completely different. The questions I usually asked all regarded my future, so I made readings whenever I had no idea about how things would turn. Don’t get me wrong, that is still divination, there is nothing wrong in it. But at the point tarot readings to me were just a game I’d like to play when I was bored and all alone or during sleepovers with my friends. Let’s see if he is gonna kiss me this weekend, and I was all ready to throw a tarot spread. It took a lot of years to understand that in tarots there is more than that. When you ask something to tarot cards what you are actually doing is asking for a consult, as if you were in a therapist’s office or talking with a helpline. Tarots gives advice. Which means you have to talk to them heart-to-heart and listen to their words accordingly.
I made tarot readings personal. Whenever a friend asked me for a consult, I wanted to give them the most accurate response there could possibly be. And in order to do that, I couldn’t just use that one and only tarot spread I knew, but I had to choose a spread that was specific to the case. So I decided it was time to start creating them all by myself and it turned out it wasn’t as hard as it seemed to be as long as you keep in mind these simple rules:
🔮 You need to understand where the Consultant mentally is, what they are facing in that moment, where does the question actually come from. Even when people say they just want to investigate their future, their desire probably comes out of something that buggers them. 🔮 You have to turn the Consultant’s request into a series of simple questions, that can help you get the hang of the situation. If the Consultant can’t find a job, I don’t ask the tarots the when’s and the if’s. Instead, I ask why they are blocked in the situation and what they can do to overcome the problem. 🔮 You should choose a layout that helps you get into the right mindset. Avoiding banalities (a heart-shaped layout for a spread about love can be a little too cliche), you can choose a shape that reminds you of the things you are inquiring on, like a Cupid’s bow if you’re asking about new love interests.
I turned off my rationality. As I said before divination really is an art form and, as most of the art forms, it’s easier to understand it if you don’t look at it through the eye of intellect. It might seems illogical, but that is the best way to let the meaning of the cards gets to you. No prejudice, no preconceptions. Sometimes the response could be hard to accept and that’s why I avoid to do readings about controversial or sensible matters.
Did I really become a pro in tarot readings? There aren’t any tips or tricks to be brilliant at it. It takes time and exercise, and even after decades of practice you’ll find you still have a lot to learn. Some people have a natural inclination, other requires more effort instead. But if you’re receptive enough, tarots will disclose their secrets to you without a hitch.
So a lot of you on here are teens and might be getting ready to be out on your own. Here are some things I learned the hard way or that are just good to know.
Never smoke or quit if you are currently. The cost of addictive smoking is more than half your groceries a month AND the bodily cost will surprise you.
Drink water. Yeah okay I know this one sucks but water is much much cheaper than soda, trust me. Your skin will thank you.
Send thank you cards. Don’t have any? Get the cheap ones and send those. It doesn’t matter how nice they are, the fact that you sent a thank you card matters. Send it for gifts, people calling you to check on you, those adults who helped you move, and even people who interview you.
Withhold 1. Okay so speaking of jobs, on your forms (US) where you are trying to figure out your tax withholding, put one. Yourself. It’s an easy way to make sure you don’t owe $2,000 in April and you still get a pretty decent check.
No pets. If you don’t have a pet now, don’t get one. It’s super hard to get an apartment that will let you have a pet when you are first starting out. Wait until you are a bit older and can afford to rent more than a one bedroom apartment.
Insurance. You’re young, so why do you need life insurance? Because that’s the best time to get it. Yeah, it’s a dumb expense to pay right now, but if you get it early, you can afford it. The longer you wait, the more expensive it is. Car insurance is going to be high for a few years, but it will drop around 22 and 25 years old. Health insurance usually comes through your job and please don’t ignore it. Renter’s insurance is usually pretty cheap and it covers you if there is a fire or natural disaster and you have to go back home to mom.
Off brand. This goes for food, clothing, makeup, and cleaning supplies and just about anything else you can think of. For food, Aldi’s is your best friend. I can go fill up a cart of just food and it will cost maybe $70. the same amount of food at Walmart is easily over $150. You can of course be picky, but try to get the majority of your food off brand. Hygiene products too. Goodwill is great for clothes, but plan a trip. Save like 60 bucks and drive near a big city where the rich people live. Go to the goodwill there. You can basically get an all new wardrobe for pennies on the dollar. Makeup is tricky. It can be really really expensive but you don’t really have to buy all of it name brand. Pick whats most important to you. I prefer eye shadows and lipsticks name brand and I deal with everything else from the drugstore. With he right techniques, you can make it look expensive. As for cleaning, I always use dollar tree stuff minus my laundry detergent because of allergies. Bleach, stain spray, and vinegar are gonna be your best friends,.
Car. Okay so yeah, that brand new car is nice and sure, maybe you can afford it. For now. Disaster will strike. Something will come up and bam, you’re stuck choosing if you want to walk everywhere or eat. Try getting a slightly used car, such as one of the ones they let people test drive a lot or a car that has previously been leased. Just as nice and much MUCH cheaper. And I have gotten THREE cars with no down payment so don’t let them tell you you can’t. But it is nice to put it down,even $100.
Negotiate. Don’t be afraid to haggle with people. Yeah it’s intimidating but it’s 10 minutes of your life versus hundreds of dollars a year. What can you negotiate? Almost anything. Car payment. Rent. Insurance. Hospital bills. Even due dates for the bills you can’t negotiate on. Also, if something comes up where you have to skip a payment on something, call them. Give them like $25 and explain your situation. Ask if your payment date can be moved with the $25 as a goodwill promise to pay the rest later. It works. They would rather move your date than send you to collections.
Collectors. Okay so this one is tricky. If you have fallen behind and owe a collector, don’t fret. I do too, even as I write this. Owing a collector means that the original service has been paid (health bills, credit card ect) and you are now paying the people who paid your bill. (I know it’s confusing) however, they will usually want the entirety of what they paid for you in 6 months. Meaning if they just paid a bill for you that was $3,000, they are gonna ask for $500 a month. That’s rent. That’s crazy. Tell them outright what you can afford and don’t lie about it either. If you can afford $100, tell them that. If you can afford $50, tell them that. If you can’t afford to pay them anything when they call you, let them know when you can. If you can’t afford it when you told them you could, don’t answer your phone to a number you don’t know. I know that sounds horrible but if you are renting an apartment, renting a car, and literally own nothing, they can’t do much to you. Just pay when you can and try to maybe pick up some extra shifts at work to make a payment. I have been dodging collectors for about three years. I owe I think three right now. I pay ONE of them a month, but it’s a large payment to keep them quiet for a while. I do not suggest this for you, I am just letting you know what I do.
Credit Cards. Okay, the big one. Many adults will tell you to never ever get a credit card and that’s just not feasible in this world. However, it can be addicting to be able to go to Walmart when you are negative in your bank account and get that $10 movie. I mean, it’s just 10 bucks right? WRONG. It will build up fast and soon the one credit card you have will be maxed. So you have to get another for emergencies. And another. And so on. So here’s my advice; Get a credit card through the same bank as your checking and tell them to put a limit on it and not let it raise. Then lock that sucker away and forget you have it until a real emergency comes up like a flat tire, short on money for groceries, or that collector that hasn’t been paid in 4 months. You can make it on one credit card if you are strict with your money, which I am sure you don’t have a lot of.
Budget. Speaking of money, write out a budget for yourself. Don’t know how? Here’s the easiest way. Most people get paid bi-weekly so here’s how to do it. Make two columns, Check 1 and Check 2. If you have a full time job you know about how much your checks are going to be so put the amount at the top of each column. Now that hard part - figure out what is due when. Is something due June 1st? Take it out of check 2 (end of May). Is something due May 14? Take it out of check 1 (beginning of May). That main thought process behind your budget is that you want to have the money for a bill set aside before it’s due. Paying a bill a few days early is a great way to make a good financial reputation for yourself and for some things even build credit. Now if you get paid bi-weekly, you will sometimes have a month where you get 3 checks. DON’T BLOW IT. Put it right back into your budget as Check 1 and keep the flow going. If you prepay bills, like your car or your rent or your credit card, and stay a month a head of those big ones, you may need that wiggle room later. If your car, for instance, is paid ahead 1 month, you can use the car money you would normally pay that month for maybe some extra groceries or some small emergency without using your credit card and you won’t even fall behind! You’ll just be back to owing every month instead of being ahead. It’s like a savings account without the temptation to blow the money.
Simplicity. Enjoy simple things. A gym is expensive, go for a walk instead. Cable is expensive, pay for internet. Phones are expensive, get on a family plan (there is no shame in staying on your parent’s plan, just pay your share). Food is expensive, enjoy leftovers. Movies are expensive, go early and resist any snacks. Shopping is expensive, go to the mall and spend all day trying on cute clothes and taking selfes in the dressing room (makes you feel like a million bucks sometimes!). Time is expensive because you don’t have a lot of it so If you want to stay in bed all day on your day off, do it. If you want to binge on your day off, do it. If you want to just play board games with friends on a Saturday night with a few beers, do it. Simple fun is way better for your pocket and your anxiety.
Mental Health - speaking of anxiety, make sure you take care of your brain. Go outside, even if it means sitting on your steps. Wake up early, even for just an hour. Don’t burn yourself out at work or school because you will suffer the consequences. Make a schedule. If you have trouble with timekeeping, ask for help. If you feel you do have a real mental disorder, see if your employer has what’s called and EAP program (employee assistance program). They usually help you find a mental health provider and give you a few visits for free. This will help you narrow down what exactly you have and after you’re free visits are up you can see who is in your health insurance network that can provide you the mental care you need. if you are prescribed drugs, always get generic. If there is no generic, ask for an alternative. I will not lie to you, mental health is the hardest thing to treat. It took me 8 years and a lot of money to figure out the right medication cocktail for me and my bipolar/
(yes I have both). Turns out I only need two pills, and if I were to refill both of them right now, I wouldn’t even pay $10 thanks to my health insurance (which sucks but at least it’s there) and because I got generics. Also, talk therapy can be pricey but sometimes only a few sessions can change your life. I have literally only been to talk therapy 11 times in my life and that was to deal with PTSD, bipolar, schizophrenia, and suicidal tendencies. 11 sessions. That’s 11 hours. And yeah, I paid over $400 out of pocket for those collectively. But if I hadn’t I would probably be dead right now so it was worth it.
Connections. Calling your friends is awesome because sometimes, it’s free therapy. And okay, maybe you’re 19 and you still have a horrible relationship with your parents. It’s okay. I am 25 and I still have problems with my parents. My whole family actually. Social media is a kind of safety net for me because that’s where I can be myself. Find where you can be yourself, it will help you stay sane.
Clean. Sometimes when I feel crappy, I take a shower. I clean the living room. I do the dishes. I vacuum. I mop. I open the windows. I get the trash out of the house. Change into some clean clothes. Organize my desk. Clean out your closet and put all your unwanted clothes in bags to donate. Just a small amount of cleaning can make you feel like you accomplished something.
Hobbies. This one is a little hard too. It depends on your personality, your budget, and how much free time you have. Drawing , singing, and writing are free. Exercising can be free if you run or walk in the park. But most hobbies do actually cost money. Video games, playing an instrument, painting, sewing, cooking/baking, making things - those all cost money. Some of them lots of money. But you have to have a hobby outside of social network, sleeping, and working. It’s another thing to keep you sane and it’s just a good idea.
Toxic people. Do not be afraid to cut people out of your life that do nothing but make you feel bad about yourself or insult your life. This could mean breaking up with your partner, unfriending a person from your social circle, cutting out a whole circle of people, or even not talking to a relative(s). It’s not easy for some people but if they do not build you up, they will only tear you down.
Drink at home. Okay so this one might sound like a no brainer, but I’ll explain it anyway. Packs of beer and hard liquor bottles are cheaper than a pint and a shots at the bar. Bottles of wine are cheaper than a glass at a restaurant. It’s never okay to drive drunk or even after one bottle of beer. NEVER. Staying at home is cheaper all around and you can drink in your pajamas while watching Finding Nemo on loop. Or invite some friends over and create a drinking game out of a show, a game you already have, or just talk and drink.
Sleep. This one is so important. You need a good bed and a quiet, dark place to sleep. If you are scared of the dark, get a night light. Can’t sleep in silence? Get a fan. I have both of these and they help. You’re brain will feel tired if you ‘slept’ for 12 hours but only got 1 hour of REM. REM can really only happen every night if you are in a calm and dim environment. Quality of sleep will effect your eating habits, your emotional state, your mental stability, and your ability to make rational decisions among other things.
So these are obviously just a few things, but I feel they are important to share. Please feel free to add any and reblog it for those about to enter adulthood.
in the psychic video phil was reading the ace of wands card to dan and there was a strange and abrupt jumpcut. so my friend looked up what else that card means and it say that "the relationship is taking a more serious turn, meaning getting engaged, getting married, and having babies kind of serious." and the other cards were extremely accurate so...
yesterday at work i was showing this lil kid what pokemon cards we had in and i went to get him one of the lunala tins bc he said he liked lunala more than solgaleo so i said “oh yeah hes pretty cool isnt he” and this kid goes “actually its a genderless pokemon” like………..what a legend. 9 years old and already knows gender is bullshit, rock on little dude
1. What are three Netflix shows that they’ve rated five stars? 2. Where do they prefer to read? On the sofa, in bed, at a table, on the porch, in a cafe? 3. Do they like to play games? What kind of games: video, card, board? What are some of their favorites? 4. What’s their food weakness? What food can they never turn down? 5. Do they prefer movies or TV shows? Why? 6. What holiday is their favorite? Which is their least favorite? 7. What’s their diet like? Are they vegetarian, vegan? Do they have any food allergies that make them have a special diet? 8. What sort of toys did they play with as a child? 9. How often do they go grocery shopping? Do they tend to do one large trip, or smaller ones throughout the week? 10. Do they eat breakfast? What’s a typical breakfast look like for them? 11. Do they like going to museums? What type of museums do they like to go to? Art, science, historical; interactive, quiet, a mix? 12. How do they organize their books? Alphabetical by author, by title? By size, color, date published? Is there any rhyme or reason? 13. Have they ever been do Disney World/Land, or any other amusement park? What do they prefer to do at them: go on the rides, play the games, eat the food? 14. How do they eat their popcorn? What do they put on it? 15. When do they pay their bills? As soon as the bill comes in? At the last moment? Or are most of their bills automatically taken out of their account? 16. What time do they normally go to bed? How many hours of sleep do they usually need to function in the morning? 17. Do they have cable, or do they rely mostly on Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services? 18. What is their preferred weather? What would be a perfect weather day? 19. Are they more of a snacker throughout the day, or they eat three meals and call it a day? 20. Have they ever had an imaginary friend? 21. What were they a part of in high school/college, if they went? Were they a part of any clubs, did they play any sports? What clique would they have been considered a part of? 22. Do they have a favorite restaurant? How often do they go to it, and what’s their usual order? 23. How do they prefer to watch movies? In the theater, on a streaming site, from an owned DVD/digital download, rented from somewhere? 24. Do they watch any sports? What are they a fan of, and what teams do they root for? Do they watch the games/matches on TV or do they try to be there for some in person? Do they just catch the highlights on their phone later on? 25. What do they prefer to do in the summertime? Do they like going to the beach, do they prefer camping, staying in the city? Do they like to stay indoors and away from the heat?
The video was uploaded sometime after midnight early
As was usually the case after an akuma attack, Alya Cesaire
had been running on a caffeine rush and adrenaline high that made sleep
impossible. The dedicated blogger would
not see the back of her eyes until her copy was written, her files rendered,
and her newest masterpiece was live for the entire world to see.
Or at least the majority of Paris. She was young yet.
Fortunately for the aspiring journalist, the Ladyblog’s wide
and devoted readership ensured that the hits would rack up quickly regardless
of the time of posting.
What no one could have anticipated, however, was just how
It started with the local news.
Nadja Chamack’s bright-eyed good morning Paris grin
punctuated the more somber news of floods, akumas, and politics with the
light-hearted clip. The segment usually
reserved for heartwarming fluff pieces about eye-seeing dogs and neighborhood
bake sales was instead taken over by the city’s most reliable ratings machine.
Ladybug and Chat Noir were television gold.
From there the clip hit the major news networks and was
being broadcast to the whole of France.
Then came the talk shows, the copycat blogs, the online articles,
Buzzfeed, and more. When the video hit
the front page of Reddit there was no stopping the infection.
By the time Monday morning rolled around, less than three
days after the akuma attack and the video going live, Chat Noir had become the
laughing stock of Paris, the Internet, and the world.
And Marinette Dupain-Cheng was absolutely furious.
💜A Tarot Spread For Gaining Closure and Letting Go 💜
I made this spread the other night, I’ve recently been pondering a friendship that I never really let go of. This spread is intended to help you gain closure; it could be a relationship, an event, situation, or person. Whatever you need help letting go of and healing from. I hope this is able to help others the way it helped me. As always, I love you and wish you the best.
First Card: This card represents something you may already know but it can help you gain a clear view on why you’re still thinking about the person/situation. Why is this something I’m still thinking about?
Second Card: This card should help you understand why everything played out the way it did, it can be hard to gain closure when you don’t understand why something happened. This helps you understand the point of the relationship, situation, etc. (I.e. did they use you, was it a learning experience, poor communication, etc.) What was the point of this happening?
Third Card: One difficult thing about closure is not understanding what you were supposed to learn. It can be heard to look back and reflect without emotions clouding our judgment. What can you take away from this experience to make you stronger? What have I learned from this?
Fourth Card: Cards four through six will all be self-care and healing cards albeit for different things. This card represents what you can or should do to heal emotionally. What can I do to heal emotionally?
Fifth Card: It can be hard on you mentally in situations that need closure, I personally loose sleep and start to obsess over it in unhealthy ways. Try to find ways to remind yourself to take care of yourself, drink enough water, take a nap, etc. What can I do to heal mentally?
Sixth Card: It can also take a toll on you spiritually. We’re all affected in different ways and that’s okay. What can I do to heal spiritually?
Seventh Card: This is the final card in the reading, this can represent the final outcome of you following this advice or perhaps it’s another piece of advice. It’s what you need to hear most. Is there anything else that can help me gain closure, if not what is the outcome??
You can see some of my readings and spreadshereand you can get your own reading by me here.
Scammers reach people by phone, saying their data was hacked or
breached through iCloud, Apple’s online data storage service. The scam
is so effective because it sounds plausible, what with all the reports of data breaches, Business Insider
notes. The initial call is a robocall, which offers to connect the
prospective victim to a live person who can “help.” The individual on
the phone says they can fix the problem if provided personal information
(which could possibly include your Apple ID password, credit card
information). The scammers will use flattery and may even an offer of a
free iTunes gift card to poach your information, Apple says.
What you should do: Never share your Apple ID or temporary verification codes with anyone, Apple
advises. And using two-factor identification will add an extra layer of
protection to your account. If you receive an unsolicited call, hang up
immediately and contact Apple directly.
2. The shady taxi lost-and-found service
The scam: You are in a hurry and forget your bag or phone in the cab.
What do you do? Use a helpful service, like Yellowcabnyc.com, to locate
your missing item. Sounds legit, considering it has all the vital
keywords like NYC and yellow cab, right? Unfortunately, this “service”
offers to locate your lost item for $47, which of course goes directly
into the scammer’s pocket and your item is seemingly never retrieved,
the New York Post reported.
What you should do: If you lose something in a cab, call the cab company’s garage directly first, according to the City of New York government website. If you don’t recall the name of the cab company, you can complete this form. Additionally, you can call the lost property police precincts in each borough to see if your lost item was recovered. Not in New York City? You can still apply this advice no matter where you are, just by starting with the cab company’s office.
3. Airline ticket giveaway
The scam: If you put off booking that airline ticket for summer until now, you are probably thirsting for a last-minute deal. Then you happen to see an email or post on Facebook
or Craigslist offering one. All you need to do is wire cash for the
ticket to a Western Union account and you are given the ticket
confirmation number. Unfortunately when it’s time to travel, you find out the “ticket” you purchased doesn’t exist.
Scammers steal credit card information and purchase airline tickets, Scam Detector
says. They cancel the trip for credit but retain the ticket’s
confirmation number. Then they sell the ticket at a “discounted” rate on
a site like Craigslist, Kijiji, Oodle or Gumtree and make the sale look
legit because they provide the confirmation number.
What you should do: If you purchase an airline ticket online, make sure you go directly through the airline site or a reputable site like Expedia or Kayak.
While some deals may be tempting, they are most likely too good to be
true. If you purchase a fraudulent ticket, share what happened to you on
social media and contact the Federal Trade Commission.
4. The bogus government grant
The scam: Score! You receive a phone call that you’ve been awarded a healthy government grant because you paid your taxes
on time. All you need to do is provide your checking account
information so the money can be automatically transferred to your
account, but also to cover a one-time processing fee. The caller may say
they are from the “Federal Grants Administration” so the call sounds
legitimate, but the scam is to obtain access to your bank account.
hallmark of this scam is that scammers usually read from a script,
congratulating you for your eligibility and confirming that your
processing fee can be refunded if you aren’t completely satisfied,
according to the FTC. Also, the phone number will not have a caller ID,
although the call may appear to be coming from Washington, D.C.
Additionally, know you’ll never have to pay money for a “free”
The vacation rental house looks perfect online and the price is right —
but is it? Fake vacation rentals and time-share offers account for
about 8% of reports to the Better Business Bureau
scam tracker in 2017. Scammers may hijack an actual vacation rental ad,
posing as the agent to grab your money for the rental or will fabricate
a fake ad, designing a property that doesn’t even exist, the FTC says.
What you should do: Before you pay for a vacation rental,
be wary of someone asking you to wire the cash to them, the FTC
advises. Also, anyone who cannot connect personally because they are out
of the country or demands the security deposit up front should be a red
flag. Also, if the listing seems too good to be true, it probably is,
the BBB says.
6. The tax bill you don’t actually owe
The scam: About 5% of the scams reported to the BBB are criminals posing as IRS agents, threatening criminal prosecution for being remiss on paying your taxes.
The “agent” claims they can waive arrest if you pay a hefty fine
through a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer, the IRS
says. The latest version of this scam includes the scammer telling the
potential victim that two certified letters were mailed to the victim
but were returned as being undeliverable.
What you should do:
Know that the IRS will never ask for credit or debit information over
the phone or demand immediate payment without the opportunity to appeal
the amount, the IRS advises. Also, hang up the phone if you are contacted by someone posing as an IRS agent, the BBB says.
7. The jury duty scam
While missing your jury summons by mail could happen, you wouldn’t be
harassed by someone on the phone if you do miss your notice. Scammers
typically pose as a U.S. marshall or the local police, AARP
says, claiming you may be arrested because you missed jury duty.
Supposedly in order to confirm the call, the caller will ask for your
Social Security number and any other ID and will then offer to wipe
clean the warrant for your arrest if you pay a fine — in the form of a prepaid debit or gift card.
What you should do: Federal courts will never ask for personal information by phone, the United States Courts
says, and will not ask for Social Security or credit card numbers.
Should you receive this call, hang up immediately and contact the agency
the caller claims to be calling from, typically a government agency,
Sheryl Presley, Oklahoma City Police Triad coordinator told AOL says.
8. The ransom call
Typically delivered under the cloak of night, the kidnapping scam plays
on your fears that a loved one was kidnapped but would be returned
safely as long as a ransom is paid. Scammers reach out by phone, email
or Facebook message, claiming if you don’t pay up in the hour, your
loved one dies, Men’s Health
reports. The reason scammers get away with this is because they pick
the right hour to deliver the scary message, usually in the middle of
the night, so you are too disoriented to challenge or question the call.
What you should do: First reach out to the “kidnapped victim” before you jump to any conclusions, Men’s Health
suggests. Even though you may annoy your buddy with a call at 2 a.m. to
make sure they’re safe, shelling out thousands of dollars in “ransom”
is far more annoying. Keep in mind, the scammers may have scanned your
social media to identify a connection who posted about traveling or
being on vacation, CBS Boston
notes. This will make it harder to verify the whereabouts of your loved
one. Call 911 in the event you receive a call like this and get police
9. Fraudulent telemarketing calls
The scam: Just when you thought your mobile phone
was safe, scammers target you with fake telemarketing calls. You first
receive an email saying telemarketers may be calling your mobile phone,
playing off the rumors of a 411 mobile directory, the FCC says. The idea behind the scam is if your number is listed on the 411 service, its open to telemarketing calls — which is completely untrue and would be illegal.
What you should do:
Never share any personal information or data by phone with a
telemarketer. Most telemarketing calls placed to your mobile phone are
illegal and should be reported to the FTC.
Another trick: Block the caller on your phone so at the very least
they’ll have to call from another number to reach you again.
10. The “spear phishing” email
The scam: While phishing accounts for 34% of the BBB’s
complaints this year, “spear phishing” is on the rise. Phishing is when
a business emails you and asks to “verify” your personal information,
like your Social Security number, credit card numbers or passwords.
“Spear phishing” gives the scam a more personal flavor, as it appears to
come from someone you know and sounds more personal, USA Today says. This approach is far more dangerous because your guard may not be up, making you more likely to fall for this scam.
What should you do: As with any scam, be cautious of any emails asking for you to click on a link, USA Today
advises. Also, legitimate companies aren’t going to ask for your
password, and if a “friend” sends the email, reach out separately and
ask if the friend really sent that message — sometimes tiny differences
in an email address are hard to spot. Also, fraudulent emails are
typically fraught with typos. Be wary of links that take you to a URL
that begins with “http” rather than “https,” which is more secure. Read more (7/6/17)
Roman Kemp: So we’ve got challenges on all of these cue cards, and what you have to do is pick a maximum of three. The last one is dedicating the song, and I will give you seven point’s because that is right before your smash hit.
Context: our party was being mugged by a group of three lycanthropes: a werebear, werewolf, and wererat. Our fighter had a weaker version of the Deck of Many Things. The werebear was looking through his bag, and found the deck. Assuming it was a tarot deck, he told the fighter that if he read his fortune he’d let him go.
Fighter: Okay, yeah sure. Draw some cards.
Mugger: *The DM rolls, and the Mugger draws Comet, which doesn’t have any immediate effect* Okay, what does that mean?
Fighter: Well, nothing yet. It has to be read in conjunction with other cards. Draw another one.
Mugger: *DM rolls, Mugger draws Void, which extracts his soul and places it in a random locked box somewhere in the country*
Mugger: Alright, now what does that m- *Goes catatonic*
Some tips that can help us tarot readers with finding and connecting the meanings of the cards in a spread!
Meditate on the cards for a while if you don’t know the meaning. Crystals present during the reading will also aide you in getting answers. I like to use my Amethyst crystal during readings to get answers.
Try to feel your way throughout the whole spread, this helps with developing intuition and psychic abilities.
Look at the colors on each card. What color is most present throughout the spread? Do they mean anything? What do you feel it means?
If characters are present in your spread, look at the direction they are all facing. Are they looking at each other or away? This helps with finding their connections in the spread. I find that it also helps me in partner spreads as you can tell how one person feels about the other.
Recurring themes throughout the spread is also important to note. For example, if cups keep showing up in a spread this can mean that emotions are very present relating to the situation.
Seeing what card lies on the bottom of the deck usually helps me as it shows the past feelings or it may even be the foundation of the spread. May also be the current feeling that is present for a person.
Most of all use your own gut feelings to interpret. Combine both the meanings of the cards with your own intuition and you will be on the right path of interpreting!
Sometimes we don’t connect with our decks or hardly ever use them. Here are some ways to use those decks you don’t use!
🌟 Gift them! Someone who’s beginning divination or someone who enjoys a good tarot or oracle deck would love to have that deck, no doubt! It would be an awesome holiday gift or just a nice surprise for someone who appreciates divination!
🌟 Make art with them! You can put them in picture frames and hang them in your room, add them to your grimoire or book of shadows, make a collage, and whatever else you want! Tarot and oracle decks are beautiful and they can be great pieces of art.
🌟 Create a game with them! You can easily incorporate tarot and oracle cards into board games, playing card decks, and other games for something fun and new!
🌟 Use them in spells! Tarot and oracle cards are a great way to empower spells and you could even make them into charms!
🌟 Make a vision board! Use the cards on a poster or cork board to describe the future that you wish to have. Not only would it be gorgeous, but it’d remind you of who you strive to be!
🌟 Use the deck to create a thoughtform! Picking what cards you want, you can channel that energy and make a thoughtform who could help you in your craft.
🌟 Use the cards as offerings! Take what cards you want and lay them out on an altar or another place and offer those cards to a deity or whoever you want! It’d be a great and beautiful offering and I’m sure it’d be appreciated.
🌟 Use the deck to bring fruitful dreams! Take what cards you want and place them under your pillow to bring dreams that relate to those cards. This way, you don’t have to be too afraid of crumpling the cards and you can give a use to the deck!