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We’re In Retrograde So Stay Away From Your Ex’s Thirsty Texts, Don’t Sign Anything And Other Things To Avoid During This Period

If you’ve been feeling a little off lately, don’t worry, no one is doing brujería on you. We are right in the middle of Mercury retrograde and its witch-like antics plan to continue until July 31, 2019.

If you’ve been resisting and ignoring all this talk about Mercury reggaeton, you might just be sabotaging yourself. Let us break down what we know about Mercury retrograde and what to do during this painfully confusing time period to ensure you don’t screw yourself over.

What happens during Mercury retrograde?

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Mercury retrograde is a phenomenon that seems to affect everyone in más o menos the same way. The first thing to note is that Mercury is known as the messenger planet. Anything we do that has to do with the exchange of information is processed through Mercury. Mercury controls communication and technology, which is heavily impacted during this time. You might get the sudden urge to start sending I miss you texts — or you might be on the receiving end of those kinds of messages.

When Mercury retrograde occurs, there’s an illusion that the planet starts to move backward for three and a half weeks. Think of this illusion as what you see when you’re sitting in traffic next to a car. If you race ahead, to some it could appear that the other car started going backward, but we know that’s not what happens. So when Earth starts to pull up ahead in this orbital race, and leaves Mercury in the dust, turbulence and other forces are disturbed that affect our everyday lives.

But it’s not as scary as it sounds. Here are some tips on how to survive this year’s Mercury retrograde and ensure this phenomenon doesn’t screw you over too much.

Stay Calm

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Remember to breathe. It’s easy to get frustrated when everything feels like it’s falling apart or not going your way. Take a deep breath and remember that this is not the first time you experience Mercury retrograde. It also definitely will not be the last time either. It’s not a new phenomenon and you will make it.

Backup Your Technology

When was the last time that you backed up your phone or computer? These aren’t things that we actively think about doing, yet it is super important to do them because Mercury can pull forces to delete those selfies you had or destroy that essay that is due in the morning. You don’t want to be in the middle of slipping a selfie in a DM and then have your phone crash, unable to recover that fire photo you were about to send off. Our phones are basically our portable identity and our lives. Losing everything could be the end of us. The next best thing to do is to make sure you aren’t relying too much on technology. Your phone might be dead the ONE time you want to actually use Apple Pay and don’t have your debit or credit card on you.

Avoid Making Big Decisions

Ready to sign a new lease? Or a contract for a new job? Break up with bae or even get you a new bae? You might want to think twice. The lines of communication are blurred during this time, so it is easy to misinterpret or misread a contract. Ideally, you want to wait until Mercury retrograde is over, if you can, before making a big call. However, if you must, proceed with caution. Triple check every document that comes your way and think about how you could reverse this decision if needed after retrograde. It might seem like you’re being too careful and excessive, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. You don’t want to be committed to something, or someone, you hate.

Stay Flexible

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Mercury retrograde is notorious for throwing plans off balance, but do not let that stop you from going out there and completing your goals or having fun. Misunderstandings can and will happen. The sooner you accept that, the better. It’s important to be able to adapt to any situation that arises. Make sure to create backup plans and be ready for anything.

Don’t Be Negative

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You’re already frustrated and upset that life is not going the way you planned, but dwelling on the negative aspects of it will only make matters worse. If you stay mad about every little thing that happens, you’re not going to grow during this Mercury retrograde. So many things can go wrong because of Mercury retrograde pero la vida sigue. All you can do is brush off the haters and keep walking with your head high.

Think Before You Speak

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We don’t mean not to speak, we mean choose your words wisely. Think about what you are going to say before you open your mouth and say something you wouldn’t mean when we’re not in retrograde. Remember, during this time all forms of communication are disrupted. It’s important to be clear whenever you communicate with others. You don’t want situations to be misinterpreted and then have to deal with the consequences after.

Slow Down

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Even though you might be tempted to run out to chase the paletero, you should probably slow down when you hear the bell ringing outside. When you’re in a hurry, you run the risk of forgetting valuable belongings such as your wallet (you need cash to pay for those paletas!) or keys. Make sure to give yourself enough time to get ready for work or important events in general, double-check you have everything you need, and remember to lock your door.

Look To The Past

Instead of focusing on starting new projects or new relationships, look towards the past for guidance. Try finishing up projects that you had forgotten about or hang out with old friends. This is a time to reflect on what you’ve done in the past and learn from mistakes you have committed. It’s also a chance to get closure from people in your life.

Plan For The Future

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Mercury Retrograde is the perfect time to plan for the future. If you focus on the hard work now, during the retrograde,  you will see the fruits of your labor come to life once this period is over. Give your resume a new look. Do research on companies that you want to work for or places where you want to live and set your goals accordingly.

It might be tempting to put your life on hold until Mercury Retrograde is over, but you don’t have to. Don’t live the next couple of weeks in fear. Although it’s convenient to blame the shifting planet for everything that goes wrong, it’s not just bad luck. This is not the time to cut your bangs by yourself, (really, when is it ever?) but it is the perfect time to assess your life. Look at this as an opportunity to think back on how far you’ve come. If you’re not where you want to be, then take a moment to evaluate how you’re going to get there. Embrace this hectic time with open arms because you will come out stronger. Be open-minded to anything that life throws your way. You might be surprised to where it can take you.

Be sure to save this in your notes because this sh*t will be hitting the fan all over again from Oc. 31 to Nov. 1. 

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

Last week, Mexican feminist activists took over the National Human Rights Commissions federal building in a move to bring greater awareness to the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide that has racked Mexico for decades.

According to the federal Interior Secretariat, the statistics in Mexico have recently taken a turn for the worse.

Domestic violence against women has became an even more acute problem since the pandemic has forced women to stay insider with their abusers. Emergency distress calls reporting domestic violence have risen by 50%.

The occupation of the Human Rights building is just another chapter in the saga of the “Ni Una Menos” (Not One More Woman) movement, an anti-femicide collective born in Argentina that has steadily been gaining steam in Mexico since 2019.

In recent years, anti-femicide demonstrations have been sparked by various heinous crimes against women or girls that have been largely overlooked by law enforcement officials. 

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Unfortunately, the government of Mexico has appeared to be apathetic to the wave of femicide that is overwhelming the women of their country.

Recently, when President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was asked to address Mexico’s gender violence epidemic, he demurred, stating that he didn’t “want femicide to detract” from the raffle his administration was holding for the sale of the presidential airplane.

As for the feminist activists at the heart of Ni Una Menos and the federal building occupation, the government’s failure to respond to anti-woman violence is the primary fuel for their anger. 

“We’re here so that the whole world will know that in Mexico they kill women and nobody does anything about it,” said Yesenia Zamudio to the LA Times. According to Zamudio, she is still seeking justice for the murder of her 19-year-old daughter four years ago.

The women of Mexico appear to be fed up, grasping at any and all tactics that have the potential to incite change on a grander scale.

Their tactics may seem dramatic to some, but it’s undeniable that they are no longer being ignored. As of now, the radical activists are pulling attention-grabbing stunts like decorating a portrait of Mexican Revolution leader Francisco Madero with lipstick and purple hair.

They’re also making headlines for vandalizing the federal building’s walls and splashing paint on the doors of the presidential palace.

One thing is for sure: something has to change. Otherwise, thousands of innocent women and girls will continue to be raped, abused, and murdered while their perpetrators escape with immunity. 

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

On Wednesday, Biden held his first campaign event alongside running mate Kamala Harris in Delaware.

During their speeches, the two candidates wore masks and kept their distance in keeping with COVID-19 standards.

Speaking about his VP pick, Biden described Harris as coming from an “America’s story.” Biden described Harris as “a child of immigrants” who “knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the United States of America,” he explained. “And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little Black and brown girls that feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today — today just maybe they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as president and vice presidents.”

In a speech of her own, Harris emphasized the importance of family and urged citizens to vote.  “We need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be,” she said. “Joe likes to say that character is on the ballot. And it’s true,” she explained. “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But ‘Momala’ will always be the one that means the most.”

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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