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SECOND ROUND OF STIMULUS CHECKS

It seems everyone in America thinks a second stimulus check for consumers still reeling from the effects of COVID-19 is needed to re-ignite the U.S. economy.

Everyone except the U.S. Senate, specifically Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

While two polls, one conducted by WalletHub and another by CNBC/Change Research, showed nearly nine out of 10 Americas are in favor of a another stimulus check, McConnell wants more time to think about it.

The Senator from Kentucky has been preaching a wait-and-see approach since passing the $2.4 trillion CARES Act March 27. He doesn’t seem anxious to throw more money at a U.S. economy still staggering and in desperate need of financial help for coronavirus.

In no particular order, McConnell is worried that:

  • Another relief package would add trillions more to the federal deficit already skyrocketing past $25 trillion
  • Businesses and schools will be bombarded lawsuits related to the coronavirus
  • Unemployed workers will continue taking advantage of government handouts and resist seeking employment
  • A rush to do something will cause more problems than it solves

Will There Be a Second Round of Stimulus Checks?

Democrats and some Republicans in the Senate have voiced optimism that another relief package will get serious debate during the month of June and might even include some discussion of the $3 trillion HEROES Act that recently passed in the House of Representatives.

The HEROES ACT called for another $1,200 stimulus check for those making less than $75,000 ($2,400 for couples filing jointly), plus $1,200 each for up to three children.

During a radio interview in his home state of Kentucky, McConnell called the HEROES Act “not a serious piece of legislation” and said, “if there is another bill, it will originate in the Senate.”

His peers, no doubt hearing the financial screams of their constituents, will want to respond by talking seriously about the proposal that would put as much as $6,000 into a family budget.

At the very least, the popularity of the first stimulus check almost guarantees that some form of direct financial aid will be coming this summer.

When Might There Be a Second Stimulus Check?

The Senate is in session until July 3, when they will go on a two-week break surrounding the July Fourth holiday. That gives them more than a month to offer new ideas or extract worthy ones from the HEROES Act.

The first relief bill, the $2.1 trillion CARES Act, took only 10 days to draw up, debate and pass. Expecting that kind of action in Round Two would be considered wildly optimistic.

McConnell is adamant that the Senate will draw up the next relief bill, but didn’t say what it would look like or whether a second round of stimulus checks would be part of it. His focus – and likely most potent bargaining chip – is legislation that includes liability protection for businesses and schools.

“Part of getting back to normal is to not let there be a second epidemic in the wake of the pandemic, and the epidemic would be an epidemic of litigation,” McConnell said. “Businesses and schools are not going to open if they’re afraid of being sued. We need to deal with that, or we have no chance of getting back to normal.”

McConnell also is intent on helping states provide unemployment benefits, though he’s opposed to extending the $600 a week bonus that the CARES Act adds to state unemployment checks. That provision expires at the end of July, and may not be resuscitated.

“A lot of folks are getting paid more not to work than to work and that is counterproductive,” he said. “The goal here is to get people back to work. Structuring it the same way again would be a mistake.”

What Is America Saying about Stimulus Checks?

Whenever a new “normal” returns, most Americans want it to include a second stimulus check. The WalletHub poll conducted in late April, showed 84% of Americans want a second wave of stimulus checks. The poll also showed 160 million Americans were three months away from running out of money, meaning time is of the essence.

The CNBC/Change Research poll involved people in the battleground states of Arizona, Florida, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan and North Carolina. It was conducted the first week in May and 94% of respondents said it’s important that people who have lost jobs or wages receive relief. Another 74% of respondents support recurring direct payments to individuals until the pandemic ends.

Whether they get it – and how much it’s worth – will depend on how urgently McConnell steers legislation through the Senate. The Majority Leader has made it clear he’s concerned about how the relief packages are impacting the federal deficit, which has flown past $25 trillion.

The CARES Act helped add another $737 billion to this year’s deficit in April, by far the largest monthly shortfall in the 40 years data has been collected.

“We now have a national debt that is the size of our economy for the first time since World War II,” McConnell said. “We’ve got to be aware here of what we’re doing to the long-term future of our country with this level of debt.

“That’s why I think this next bill should be carefully crafted after we begin to see the impact of reopening again.”

Details on the HEROES Act

While McConnell completely dismisses the HEROES Act, there are going to be parts of it that Democrats will push to keep. It is loaded with huge coronavirus cash relief to seemingly every sector of American life. Among the things it provides:

  • Almost $875 billion for state and local governments
  • $200 billion in hazard pay for some essential workers
  • $850 million for child and family care for essential workers
  • $75 billion to expand COVID-19 testing and contact tracing
  • $100 billion for rental assistance for low-income households
  • $75 billion to help homeowners pay their mortgages, property taxes or utilities
  • $25 billion to help the Postal Service survive a steep drop off in revenue.

“Some of the members say let’s take a pause,” Pelosi said on the House floor. “Do you think this virus is taking a pause? Do you think that the rent takes a pause? Do you think that putting food on the table – or the hunger that comes if you can’t – takes a pause?”

The proposed second stimulus payment in the HEROES Act is larger than the first stimulus check under the CARES Act.

But it is a one-time payment, and therefore is far less generous that several other Democratic proposals by Senator Bernie Sanders and members of the progressive caucus. They wanted payments of $2,000 and even $10,000 every week, depending on family size, for the duration of the pandemic. In fact, one of the proposals requested payments for a year after the pandemic.

Those bills never came up for a vote, causing some progressive backlash against Pelosi. Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Pramila Jayapal proposed a bill in April that would have ensured workers receive 100% of their salaries up to $100,000 and provided businesses with funding to cover “essential” expenses such as rent. She was the only progressive member to vote against Pelosi’s bill, saying it didn’t go far enough.

Still, it’s a big, first step. Here’s a closer look at the key points:

  • Stimulus payment – $1,200 for individuals and dependents (Up to $6,000 for families)
  • Payment duration – One-time payment
  • Eligibility – Eligibility would be based on the same income limits as the CARES Act ($75,000 for single filers; $150,000 for married couples filing jointly; $112,500 for heads of households.
  • Payment distribution – Same as the CARES Act. Payments would be distributed through direct deposit or paper check.
  • Cost – $3 trillion.
  • Who introduced the bill? – House Democrats
  • Will it pass? – No, not in its current form. But it puts the ball in the Republicans court, the first step in a massive, trillion-dollar COVID-19 relief bill that likely will pass sometime this summer, and include a second stimulus check.

HOW TO BE AN ALPHA MALE

Want to learn how to be an alpha male? How to be more masculine? How to be the man you’ve always wanted to be?

Then you’re in the right place.

In this article, I’m going to unveil the 15 habits of alpha males that you must develop to unlock your full potential as a man and live the life you’ve always wanted to live.

But let me be clear…

This article is not about becoming ‘better’ than other men, developing an ego complex, or learning how to be the alpha of a specific clique or social circle.

It’s about learning how to be an alpha male in your life. Taking full responsibility for your life, and living every day fully alive, present, and excited for the future that you are creating.

By the time you’re done, you’ll have a step-by-step guide to becoming the man you always knew you could be.

It won’t be easy. But I promise you, it will be worth it.

And watching my video training on becoming a stronger grounded man, doubling your confidence, reclaiming your personal power and working with a mentor will greatly help too. You can watch it here.

How to Be an Alpha Male: The 15 Habits of True Alphas

1. Conquer Your Fears, Embrace Discomfort, and Pursue Growth

“Wow that guy who sat on his ass his entire life and binge-watched Netflix is so inspiring!” ~No one ever

When it’s all said and done, learning how to be an alpha male is ultimately about one thing.

Living your life to the fullest.

When you think of the alpha males you know in your life (or even in the media), you will notice that the one trait they all share is a willingness to do what other people won’t. They are often doing scary, uncomfortable, and awe inspiring things with their life. They’re starting impactful businesses, traveling the world, mastering their craft, taking risks and going all in on this one existence.

Contrary to what most would consider “being alpha” to be a true alpha male is to be a man who is fully present and engaged with his life. A man who understands that life is fleeting and tomorrow isn’t guaranteed. A man who lives each day as if it’s his last and decides to conquer the fears and failings that are holding him back from the life he desires.

And to live fully, you must embrace discomfort and pursue growth as a life long pursuit, not a one time thing.

Living an exceptional life–an alpha life–is not easy. If it were, every man would do it.

It’s much easier to settle for the status quo. To take the safe and easy route, clocking in at a job you hate, settling for the first woman who will open her legs, and sedating the misery of your existence with a steady stream of vices like porn, alcohol, and mindless entertainment.

But if you’re reading this article right now, I know that you aren’t satisfied with the status quo. You want more out of life.

And to get it, you must realize that:

1. The worst-case scenario is less likely to happen.

2. Whatever you’re afraid of, you can likely recover and become stronger from it.

Watch this TED talk from Tim Ferriss to see what I mean.

Right now, I want you to write down a list of everything in your life that scares you right now. Think of every area where fear is holding you back from making the moves you need to make and living the life you want to live.

Maybe you’re stuck in a job that you don’t like and you’re scared that if you start a side hustle or look for something better, you won’t be able to make it work.

Maybe you’re in a relationship that isn’t serving you and you’re worried that, if you break up, you’ll never find another woman as good as your current partner.

Maybe you’re out of shape and overweight and you’re scared of risking judgment and ridicule by going to the gym and breaking off ties with the friends who are keeping you trapped in your toxic habits.

Whatever it is, get it out of your head and onto paper.

And once you have identified the #1 fear that is holding you back, take some time to break it down.

Ask yourself:

  • What is the worst that can happen?
  • What is the best that can happen?
  • Do the benefits of facing this fear outweigh the negatives?
  • If I fail, how quickly can I recover and what will it cost me?

Once you have completed this “fear setting” exercise, you’ll realize that even the worst outcomes aren’t all that bad making it less worrisome.

True alphas know that life begins at the end of your comfort zone and the first step to becoming an alpha male is to boldly face your fears, grow and overcome them.

2. Be on YOUR Path and Let No One Sway You From It

You cannot be an alpha male without a clear vision and purpose to guide you. A man without a purpose is like a leaf in the wind blowing around aimlessly.

The reason that alpha males are so inspiring that men want to learn how to be an alpha male and that women want to be with an alpha male…is that they are on their own unique path.

They have a clear mission and objective in their lives and they are striving for something that is bigger than themselves.

When you lack this purpose, when you have no clear direction in your life, you will fall victim to the circumstances and environments around you. Instead of consciously engineering the life you want, you will, by default, settle for the life that you are given.

You must chart your own path in life and take action on the destiny that you want for yourself.

So let me ask you…

What is your mission? What path are you committed to? What do you want to do before your time ends?

There are no right or wrong answers here, only answers that are authentic for you.

If your path is to work as an environmental biologist, making $45,000 a year and spending 80% of your time slugging through the wilderness and examining plants and animals…awesome! Do it and do it to the best of your ability.

If your path is to become the next Grant Cardone and build a billion-dollar real estate empire that allows you to make a massive dent in the world through charitable contributions, again…awesome! Go for it and give it all you’ve got.

Every man is different and each of us has unique gifts, desires, and abilities that we bring to the world.

The most important thing is that you pursue a mission that is true and authentic to you and that you pursue it with every ounce of energy and determination that you can muster.

Whatever it is that you want to do…whether it’s starting a business, writing a book, traveling the world, learning as many skills as you can, or simply enjoying a life filled with fun, family, and adventures… stop waiting and just do it! 

Ignore those who tell you to “Be Realistic” and “Play it safe” and boldly pursue the life you want, even if it’s only for 1 hour a day.

Figure out exactly what you want out of life and make no apologies for it. Pursue your goals, your ambitions, and your desires so that you can live your life knowing that you gave it your all.

3. Strive for Constant Progress No Matter How Small

True alphas are not in competition with others, but themselves.

They’re not ogling social media and comparing themselves to other men and wondering how they can “one up” other men. They don’t care that Johnny just bought a new Mercedes or that Billy got married to a beautiful woman.

The only person to whom they compare themselves is the man that they were yesterday. Because that’s the only thing that matters.

Every day, when you wake up, ask yourself, “How can I be 1% better today than I was yesterday?”

What most people fail to realize is that success–whatever that looks like to you–rarely happens because of one big move or bold action…but rather small, daily, and consistent habits completed time and time again in the pursuit of growth.

You don’t get into the best shape of your life because of one great workout and eating healthy for a day. You don’t become a millionaire because of one long day of hard work. And you won’t build an abundant dating life because of one approach.

You get into the best shape of your life by lifting just a little bit more weight today than you did yesterday. You become a millionaire by consistently providing value to the market and developing highly marketable skills. You build an abundant dating life by making it a habit to meet, have fun and connect with high quality women regularly, learning what works and what doesn’t and adjusting your strategy accordingly.

Stop looking elsewhere and just embrace this fact.

Realize that big change won’t happen overnight and that you aren’t serving anyone by comparing your life to the lives of others.

Instead, commit to 1% micro improvements every day and enjoy the process of growth.

4. Avoid Arguing for the Sake of Arguing

Let me be blunt. Nothing good ever comes from senseless arguments to prove you’re Mr. Right. How many successful keyboard warriors or internet trolls can you name off the top of your head? Exactly. None.

To be an alpha male is to have a massive bias toward action and learning…not argument.

Stop wasting your time arguing about religion, politics, and philosophy with strangers on the internet (or even your best friends) and instead commit to taking action on the things you can control and improving yourself.

If you cannot act on something and make a change for the better, refrain from senseless arguments that lead nowhere. You only alienate the people you probably wish to connect with.

This doesn’t mean that you can’t have friendly debates or discuss important topics with friends. Simply that you should not engage in pointless arguments (that aren’t going anywhere) for the sake of argument and proving you are smarter.

No one wins.

5. Do Good for the Sake of Goodness

One of the defining characteristics of alpha males (despite what you hear from the media) is kindness and a desire to do good. Not for the sake of recognition or acclaim, but simply for the sake of being a good man.

Beta guys will often do good to make others think highly of them, but alphas know that goodness is not an act, but a habit. It’s a part of who they are and how they live life.

True alpha males have empathy and compassion for their fellow humans. They understand that we’re all scared, confused, and lonely. That life is hard and the only way to survive on this crazy rock we call home is to band together and help one another.

That, at the end of the day, the only thing that really matters in this life is the impact you had on others.

Every day when you wake up, ask yourself, “What good can I do today?”.

Search for small opportunities to show kindness and make a point of serving others in an authentic way.

Hold the door open at the restaurant. Donate money to a cause you believe in (bonus points if you don’t tell anyone that you did this). Smile at strangers or shall I say your fellow humans that you’re sharing this world with and express genuine interest in the people you meet.

Life just isn’t all about you, you and you.

Do something each day to serve others–without expectation of anything in return–and you’re well on your way to becoming an alpha male.

Although kindness without strength is impotent, strength without kindness is empty.

6. Speak Your Truth, Especially When It’s the Hard Thing to Do

Here’s a quick challenge for you…

The next time you’re out on a date or in a group of friends and someone says or does something you disagree with speak up!

Instead of hiding from conflict for fear of disapproval, speak your mind respectfully and make your stance clear.

For example, if you’re at a restaurant and your date acts rudely toward the server, call her out on it and make it clear that you won’t tolerate that kind of behavior.

Sure, the date might end then and there (which is okay…if she was acting that way to the waitstaff, imagine how she would treat you after a few months). But what’s more likely is that the woman will respect you more because you stood your ground.

Alpha males refuse to tolerate second class behavior from the people in their social or romantic circles. They are not a doormat for others to walk on and they won’t sit by when someone says or does something they believe is wrong.

Beta guys care more about other people’s opinions of them than they do their own values and beliefs.

Alphas value the opinions of people they respect but are not controlled by these opinions.

So speak your mind…especially when it’s hard.

7. Develop Self Reliance to Have Inner Freedom

No, I’m not encouraging you to build a house off the grid, hunt and grow your own food, install solar panels, and spend $25,000 on a “Doomsday Bunker” (although you could…I think it’d be pretty cool).

Simply to take ownership of your life and build self-reliance.

If you want to learn how to be an alpha male, the first step is to be your own man and cultivate self-reliance. To have the power to make your own choices and trust that you know what’s best for you. To not be reliant on others for your happiness, finances and well being, but to provide these vital requirements of life for yourself.

This is not to say that you will never need help. You will. And real men are brave enough to ask for it!

But more-so that you take full responsibility for and ownership of your life. That you are autonomous and able to act and make decisions without the feedback and input of others.

If you are unhappy alone, it’s time to dig deeper and understand what the root cause of this is. If you lose that partner will your life be miserable?

Instead of relying on experts and gurus to tell you what to do, educate yourself about important topics (like nutrition, finances, fitness, relationships, and personal growth) and chart your own path.

Learn to make decisions by yourself and own the consequences of those decisions. You can’t tip toe through life trying to avoid every possible mistake and end up taking no action at all.

Trust yourself and develop the confidence that you can succeed in the face of uncertainty and adversity.

8. Build a Strong, Resilient and Useful Body

To be an alpha male, you don’t need to have 20” biceps or rock a six-pack year-round.

But you must be physically and emotionally fit and build a strong and useful body. Every human being on the planet, man and woman, has a responsibility to themselves and others to take care of their health. Failure to do this will result in a low quality of life.

It might not be politically correct and you might not want to hear it, but it’s the truth. True alphas respect themselves enough to take care of themselves.

To make the most of life and fully experience everything this world has to offer, you must be physically and emotionally fit.

If you are overweight and out of shape, not only will your quality of life suffer, but your ability to serve the world will suffer.

If you get winded just walking up the stairs, or you have severe brain fog from an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise, how do you expect to have the energy required to create the life you want? How can you hope to be the lover your partner needs you to be? How can you fully enjoy all of the adventures and journeys available to you?

You can’t. And if you’re out of shape right now, you know it.

So take care of your body. And keep it simple.

Go to the gym at least three days a week, lift stuff, and put it back down. Get off the couch and move your body (bonus points if you do this in nature).

Eat fewer calories than you burn off and cut down on the junk food, alcohol, and processed crap. If it comes from a billion dollar company in a bright package it’s probably not good for you.

Eat more vegetables and lean meats. Learn how to cook and turn healthy foods into great tasting meals to fuel your body and lifestyle.

Get plenty of sleep and take it easy on the recreational drugs and alcohol, even if it’s for social purposes.

Building a strong and useful body is elegantly simple. But it requires discipline and commitment. However, the discipline that you develop from taking care of your body will permeate into every other area of your life and help you become a stronger man from the outside in.

9. Learn How to Fight and Defend Yourself

Every man should learn how to fight at some point in his life. To be able to defend himself in the face of physical attack from others.

You don’t need to become the next Connor McGregor or Floyd Mayweather, but you should know how to hold your own in a physical altercation.

Not for “self-defense” (although it might come in handy someday) but for the confidence and sense of accomplishment, you derive from the experience. This isn’t about seeking out fights to “one up” other men but to walk this world knowing that without a shadow of a doubt that if the moment ever came, you can stand your ground.

This changes the way you walk, talk and show up to others. Men can sometimes have a deep rooted fear that they aren’t capable in the event of a physical confrontation.

By training in mixed martial arts, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, or boxing, you will develop discipline, self-confidence, and a strong understanding of the process of mastery.

That feeling you get when you tap out a guy who is bigger and stronger than you are will carry over into other areas of life and positively impact everything for the better.

Spend at least one year training some type of martial art and I promise you, your confidence in yourself will skyrocket.

10. Take Care of Yourself Like a Championship Athlete

Lebron James spends an estimated $1.5 million dollars a year on self care.

Alpha males know their worth and the value they offer.

As such, they prioritize self-care and recovery just as much as they do the other areas of their lives.

To perform at your best and be the man you need to be to live the life you desire, you must take care of yourself.

You must value yourself at the highest levels and understand that you can only do great work and live an exceptional lifestyle when you also have a regimen for taking care of yourself.

So my challenge to you is simple.

This week, commit to one act of self-care each day.

Try meditation. Spend an afternoon by yourself doing something you love. Identify your needs and find ways to meet them rather than ignoring them.

The best of the best all understand the value of self-care. It’s why guys like Joe Rogan will go on weekly hikes, going to the sauna, and sitting in float tanks or cryotherapy chambers.

It’s why elite athletes will get daily massages, eat the best local organic foods, and spend more time recovering from their training than they do training itself.

Real men, alpha men, take care of themselves. They take pride in their performance and appearance and know exactly what they need to think, feel, and perform at their best.

So take care of yourself. You’ll be happier, stronger, and better for it.

11. Define and Live By Your Values

Alpha males live by their own code. They know what they value and they live in integrity with those values.

One of the leading causes of anxiety, depression, and existential angst is living a life that is misaligned with your values.

If you say to yourself, “I value my family or partner” but you spend every waking hour at work and can’t remember the last time you went on a date night or spent time with your kids, this misalignment will eat away at you like cancer until it spirals out of control, usually in the form of divorce papers.

The key to a happy and successful life is radical alignment between what you think, say, and do.

If you act out of alignment to your values it creates a sense of distrust in others and even yourself. It shows that you aren’t capable of acting on the things that are most important to you.

So take some time this week to identify your values and question if your actions in the last 30 days reflect those values.

Much like my previous point about being on your own path, there are no right or wrong answers here.

You can be an alpha male whether you value financial success, family, friends, social impact, or adventure.

What matters most is that the values you write down are authentic to you and that you live by them every single day.

12. Keep Your Word

Period. If you say you will do something, do it. If you say you will not do something, don’t do it. It’s that simple.

The practice of keeping your word will not only give you a reputation for reliability but, more importantly, it will help you develop trust with yourself.

Your word matters and should not be used lightly.

When you give your word to yourself it needs to have power in it (by setting a goal, making a resolution, etc.), you will actually believe in your ability to keep it and act in integrity with your word.

If you fail to live up to your word then it becomes easier and easier to lose conviction in yourself and know that whatever you say doesn’t actually have to happen. You will slowly become a weaker man because of this.

The key here is to not spread yourself thin where you’ve made promises to so many people that you can’t keep them. This is a sign of a “nice guy” behavior who wants to be liked by others and can’t say no to others out of fear of disapproval.

When you do what you say you will do, you start to develop an identity as a man who keeps his word. And that reputation carries tremendous weight with others. In today’s world, it’s harder to find people whose word really matters.

Don’t be one of them.

13. Master Attraction, Charm, and Seduction

If you want to become an alpha, you must learn and master the art of authentic attraction.

The reason is simple. A man who lacks confidence in his ability to attract the types of people he wants into his life is a man destined to settle (one of the most beta male traits possible).

And settling is cancer of the soul.

To be the man you want to be and have the most fulfilling relationships, you must have an attitude of abundance. If you believe that you are settling or “She’s as good as I can get”, this pattern will slowly start to permeate other areas of your life.

You must learn how to master the art of attraction and build confidence in your ability to meet and date high-quality women with whom you share a connection. Without this, your entire life will be plagued by the question, “What if?”

If you are not currently in a committed relationship, commit to mastering this area of your life.

Spend the next 6 months, going all in on your dating life.

Go out 3x a week and introduce yourself to new women each night. Ask more women out this next week than you have all year. Accept that rejection is only telling you what you need to work on and or saving you from dating the wrong woman. Learn from the experience and use this knowledge to develop yourself into the type of man that women crave.

When you have true abundance in your dating life, you will carry a quiet but powerful confidence into every other area of your life.

14. Live Hard, Die Free

Alpha males do not seek to live easy lives. Their chief aim and purpose is not a life of luxury and comfort, but growth.

They understand that adversity and challenge are the only paths to the life they want and they actively seek out the “hard life.” Teddy Roosevelt called it “The Strenuous Life.”

So…

If you want to learn how to be an alpha male, start by finding ways to make your life harder, not easier. Doing so will build the grit, resilience, and character you need to tackle bigger and bolder challenges.

Wake up earlier, go to the gym when you don’t feel like, take cold showers, give up vices for a month like, alcohol weed, or porn.

The more frequently you expose yourself to external stressors and embrace hardship of your own making, the more anti-fragile you will become and the less you will be swayed by the hardships that life throws at you.

By developing your character and grit now, when you don’t have to, it will be easier to face the inevitable adversities that life has in store.

As the U.S Army General Norman Schwarzkopf put it, “the more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war”.

15. Be Willing to Die for Something

In the end, death comes for us all.

And although it is unlikely that any of us will be required to die for our families, businesses, or values, to consider yourself an alpha, you must be willing to die for something.

When you believe and stand for something so fiercely that you are willing to put your life on the line for it, you unlock the ability to truly live. To give everything you have to this one existence. To savor every moment and pursue your dreams and aspirations without fear or trepidation.

I can’t tell you how you should live or what you should die for.

Only you can decide that.

But always remember…a man who will not die for something will fall for anything.

Conclusion

Learning how to be an alpha male is not an easy process. Understand that no one starts out this way, it’s a learned way of life.

It requires pain, discomfort, and hardship.

But I can promise you, it’s worth it.

The satisfaction you will feel from conquering your “inner nice guy” and crafting a life on your own terms cannot be described in words.

You will show up to life more excited, motivated, and charged every single day. You will be braver, more resilient, and more powerful.

Every area of your life will improve for the better.

By implementing the 15 lessons I’ve shared with you today, you will have taken a giant leap forward to becoming the alpha of your life and unlocking your full potential as a man.

Do you want my help?

Then click here to watch my new client orientation to learn more about becoming a stronger Grounded Man, breaking free from nice guy behaviors, and creating a powerful social circle of likeminded men and a high quality romantic relationship.

Not only will you get tapped into your own “band of brothers” in my elite community of men, but you’ll also have access to the best damn course training available for men as well as weekly group calls with my team of transformative coaches. No whiny boys, complainers or dabblers, for serious men only.

If you’re ready to push the boundaries of what’s possible in your life and become the man you’ve always wanted to be. This is the fastest way to do it

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John P. Mello Jr.,
Freelance writer

Mobile apps can be a nightmare for IT. There are millions of them, and most were developed without any concern for security. Some IT organizations have tried to counter potential threat from mobile apps by blacklisting programs they deem risky, but that’s not always effective.

Here are the top pitfalls of blacklisting, and alternative approaches to controlling the chaos that can result when a company’s employees are working on mobile devices connected to the company network.

The 20 most-blocked mobile apps

An analysis by Appthority of the blacklists of its enterprise customers is revealing. For example, here are the top 10 Android apps blackballed by enterprises:

  • Poot-debug(W100).apk
  • AndroidSystemTheme
  • Where’s My Droid
  • Weather
  • Wild Crocodile
  • Star War
  • ggzzversion
  • Boyfriend Tracker
  • Chicken Puzzle
  • Device Alive

In its analysis, Appthority ranks risk on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest risk. Eight of the apps in the Android top 10 had a risk score of 9, primarily because they contained malware. The other two apps—Boyfriend Tracker and Chicken Puzzle—scored a 6 because of data issues or privacy concerns.

On the iOS side of things, these apps were blacklisted the most:

  • WhatsApp Messenger
  • Pokémon GO
  • WinZip Utilities
  • CamScanner Productivity
  • Plex
  • WeChat
  • Facebook Messenger
  • eBay Kleinanzeigen
  • Netease News
  • Device Alive

The seven riskiest apps scored a 7. Their sins included sending SMS messages or sensitive data without encryption. Three programs—Pokémon GO, Plex, and Device Alive—scored a 6 because they did things such as access address books and cameras without permission and tracked a phone user’s location.

Blacklisting’s deficiencies

While these 20 apps were the most commonly blacklisted, there were plenty more in Appthority’s list of 100 enterprise apps that were as risky or riskier to use. Many of those apps ask for permissions that can be a prelude to risky behavior—the ability to read and send text messages, for example, or access a phone’s camera, microphone, and address book.

Leigh-Anne Galloway, cybersecurity resilience lead at Positive Technologies, said the proof was in the permissions.

“Users should avoid installing apps that require too many dangerous permissions. The more permissions an application has, the more risk it presents in the case that it’s hacked.”
—Leigh-Anne Galloway

The sheer volume of apps available to users can make blacklisting problematic. “Blacklisting apps has never had much success in stopping breaches in the PC world, and I don’t see it as working in mobile either,” said Georgia Weidman, CEO of Shevirah, a provider of tools for assessing and managing mobile device risk.

“If you blacklist an app, a million more with those same issues will take their place. Taking a set of apps and blacklisting them isn’t going to solve any particular problem.”
—Georgia Weidman

What’s more, one enterprise’s risky app is another’s anointed app. “WhatsApp is on the list of bad apps,” Weidman noted, “but a lot of organizations use WhatsApp or a similar secure, encrypted messenger for corporate communication.”

We can’t look at every application deeply enough to say yes or no definitively about whether its risky behavior is due to a sloppy developer or someone with malicious intent, she added.

Shadow IT complicates security

Making matters worse, employees often use productivity apps without IT’s knowledge. Referred to as shadow IT, this practice has become prevalent within the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) culture, where people use their personal devices and download apps without informing IT, explained Michela Menting, digital security research director at ABI Research.

This is not always done maliciously by the employee, she said. Often they do this in good faith, to increase their productivity or facilitate their work in some way, she said.

“They forget that by not telling IT, they can put their organization at risk.”
—Michela Menting

By keeping IT in the dark, mobile users broaden the attack surface available to an organization’s adversaries. “BYOD extends your corporate environment to your employees’ homes, vehicles, neighborhoods—and then enables them to bring whatever they picked up into your environment,” said Devon Kerr, principal threat researcher at Endgame, a maker of cybersecurity solutions for enterprises.

“It is an inheritance model that is being taken advantage of by threat actors to gain a foothold in otherwise resistant organizations.”
—Devon Kerr

One of the riskiest apps for an enterprise may not appear on any top 10 list at all: email. Email is risky for two reasons. Corporate credentials are needed to access a mailbox, and email is used to share a lot of sensitive corporate information.

Whitelisting apps can help

If emails or credentials are stored somewhere other than on a device or are accessible to a third party, in any way, the business is at significant risk, said Matt Hathaway, Senior Director of Product Marketing at Uptycs.

“The most important action for IT staff to take around email apps is to evaluate the most common, whitelist those that are secure, and configure their email servers to decline authentication attempts from any apps which aren’t on this whitelist,” Hathaway said.

For external programs, whitelisting should extend beyond email apps to all external mobile apps, added Positive Technologies’ Galloway. “IT must also create rules” for the use of personal devices that can be used for work, she said.

Another approach is to host all applications accessible to a user’s phone. Then when employees attempt to access corporate resources, they can do so only through the hosted apps. That essentially makes the phone act like a remote desktop client.

Daniel Kennedy, research director for information security and networking at 451 Research., said that in a true BYOD environment, IT’s ability to control risky apps is limited. Enterprise mobility management or mobile device management tools provide part of the answer by allowing for capabilities on employee-owned devices, such as access revocation, conditional access, data wipe, additional authentication, and data separation, he said.

“Blocking access to company data or blacklisting certain apps based on risk are other options.”
—Daniel Kennedy

Gautam Aggarwal, CMO and head of products at NSS Labs, a security testing, enterprise research, and threat analysis company, agreed that keeping a tight rein on access is a key to reducing mobile app risk. “The best approach to mitigate potential risks is to establish access-control policies that govern the use of mobile applications and, specifically, access to high-value applications and data on the network,” he said.

“Regardless of your organization’s size, maintaining visibility into the types of devices accessing applications on the network is crucial to maintaining a proper security posture.”
—Gautam Aggarwal

Thwarting threats with SIEMs

That kind of visibility can be obtained through the use of security information and event management (SIEM) software. SIEMs collect information from multiple network sources and analyze that data for potential or existing threats.

The tools monitor network activity and can generate alerts when suspicious activity is encountered, said Avast researcher Martin Hron.

“When used properly, a SIEM can notably reduce the risk of an enterprise network being infiltrated by malicious mobile applications installed on employees’ phones.”
—Martin Hron

To fully address mobile threats, though, a SIEM may need additional help. For example, some tools can track security issues on mobile devices and make that information available to a SIEM through APIs. This allows the SIEM to centralize both device monitoring and incident response.

SIEMs can help detect malicious activity from mobile apps if the company also uses an enterprise mobility management solution, which accumulates mobile device data, Positive Technologies’ Galloway explained. “In those cases, a SIEM helps detect incidents such as theft of a device or confidential information.”

Nothing’s perfect

A word of warning for SIEM shoppers was voiced by Endgame’s Kerr: “A SIEM is only as good as the human beings who are monitoring it and the procedures those human beings developed. If your organization is already struggling to monitor social media, monitoring mobile devices is going to be exceptionally challenging.”

“Mobile device management, enterprise mobility management, mobile antivirus—pick your poison—they all provide value in controlling mobile apps,” added Shevirah’s Weidman. “But just as we still see PC malware, none of these products are going to 100% protect you.

FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION MUST BE STOP NOW

Female genital mutilation

3 February 2020

 

  • Female genital mutilation (FGM) involves the partial or total removal of external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.
  • The practice has no health benefits for girls and women.
  • FGM can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later cysts, infections, as well as complications in childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths.
  • More than 200 million girls and women alive today have been cut in 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia where FGM is concentrated (1).
  • FGM is mostly carried out on young girls between infancy and age 15.
  • FGM is a violation of the human rights of girls and women.
  • WHO is opposed to all forms of FGM, and is opposed to health care providers performing FGM (medicalization of FGM).
  • Treatment of health complications of FGM in 27 high prevalence countries costs 1.4 billion USD per year.

Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

The practice is mostly carried out by traditional circumcisers, who often play other central roles in communities, such as attending childbirths. In many settings, health care providers perform FGM due to the belief that the procedure is safer when medicalized1. WHO strongly urges health care providers not to perform FGM.

FGM is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women. It is nearly always carried out on minors and is a violation of the rights of children. The practice also violates a person’s rights to health, security and physical integrity, the right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and the right to life when the procedure results in death.

Types of FGM

Female genital mutilation is classified into 4 major types.

  • Type 1:  this is the partial or total removal of the clitoral glans (the external and visible part of the clitoris, which is a sensitive part of the female genitals), and/or the prepuce/ clitoral hood (the fold of skin surrounding the clitoral glans).
  • Type 2:  this is the partial or total removal of the clitoral glans and the labia minora (the inner folds of the vulva), with or without removal of the labia majora (the outer folds of skin of the vulva ).
  • Type 3: Also known as infibulation, this is the narrowing of the vaginal opening through the creation of a covering seal. The seal is formed by cutting and repositioning the labia minora, or labia majora, sometimes through stitching, with or without removal of the clitoral prepuce/clitoral hood and glans (Type I FGM).
  • Type 4: This includes all other harmful procedures to the female genitalia for non-medical purposes, e.g. pricking, piercing, incising, scraping and cauterizing the genital area.

Deinfibulation refers to the practice of cutting open the sealed vaginal opening of a woman who has been infibulated, which is often necessary for improving health and well-being as well as to allow intercourse or to facilitate childbirth.

No health benefits, only harm

FGM has no health benefits, and it harms girls and women in many ways. It involves removing and damaging healthy and normal female genital tissue, and interferes with the natural functions of girls’ and women’s bodies. Generally speaking, risks of FGM increase with increasing severity (which here corresponds to the amount of tissue damaged), although all forms of FGM are associated with increased health risk.

Immediate complications can include:

  • severe pain
  • excessive bleeding (haemorrhage)
  • genital tissue swelling
  • fever
  • infections e.g., tetanus
  • urinary problems
  • wound healing problems
  • injury to surrounding genital tissue
  • shock
  • death.

Long-term complications can include:

  • urinary problems (painful urination, urinary tract infections);
  • vaginal problems (discharge, itching, bacterial vaginosis and other infections);
  • menstrual problems (painful menstruations, difficulty in passing menstrual blood, etc.);
  • scar tissue and keloid;
  • sexual problems (pain during intercourse, decreased satisfaction, etc.);
  • increased risk of childbirth complications (difficult delivery, excessive bleeding, caesarean section, need to resuscitate the baby, etc.) and newborn deaths;
  • need for later surgeries: for example, the sealing or narrowing of the vaginal opening (Type 3) may lead to the practice of cutting open the sealed vagina later to allow for sexual intercourse and childbirth (deinfibulation). Sometimes genital tissue is stitched again several times, including after childbirth, hence the woman goes through repeated opening and closing procedures, further increasing both immediate and long-term risks;
  • psychological problems (depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, low self-esteem, etc.);

Who is at risk?

FGM is mostly carried out on young girls sometime between infancy and adolescence, and occasionally on adult women. More than 3 million girls are estimated to be at risk for FGM annually.

More than 200 million girls and women alive today have been subjected to the practice , according to data from 30 countries where population data exist. 1.

The practice is mainly concentrated in the Western, Eastern, and North-Eastern regions of Africa, in some countries the Middle East and Asia, as well as among migrants from these areas. FGM is therefore a global concern.

Cultural and social factors for performing FGM

The reasons why female genital mutilations are performed vary from one region to another as well as over time, and include a mix of sociocultural factors within families and communities. The most commonly cited reasons are:

  • Where FGM is a social convention (social norm), the social pressure to conform to what others do and have been doing, as well as the need to be accepted socially and the fear of being rejected by the community, are strong motivations to perpetuate the practice. In some communities, FGM is almost universally performed and unquestioned.
  • FGM is often considered a necessary part of raising a girl, and a way to prepare her for adulthood and marriage.
  • FGM is often motivated by beliefs about what is considered acceptable sexual behaviour. It aims to ensure premarital virginity and marital fidelity. FGM is in many communities believed to reduce a woman’s libido and therefore believed to help her resist extramarital sexual acts. When a vaginal opening is covered or narrowed (Type 3), the fear of the pain of opening it, and the fear that this will be found out, is expected to further discourage extramarital sexual intercourse among women with this type of FGM.
  • Where it is believed that being cut increases marriageability, FGM is more likely to be carried out.
  • FGM is associated with cultural ideals of femininity and modesty, which include the notion that girls are clean and beautiful after removal of body parts that are considered unclean, unfeminine or male.
  • Though no religious scripts prescribe the practice, practitioners often believe the practice has religious support.
  • Religious leaders take varying positions with regard to FGM: some promote it, some consider it irrelevant to religion, and others contribute to its elimination.
  • Local structures of power and authority, such as community leaders, religious leaders, circumcisers, and even some medical personnel can contribute to upholding the practice. Likewise, when informed, they can be effective advocates for abandonment of FGM.
  • In most societies, where FGM is practised, it is considered a cultural tradition, which is often used as an argument for its continuation.
  • In some societies, recent adoption of the practice is linked to copying the traditions of neighbouring groups. Sometimes it has started as part of a wider religious or traditional revival movement.

 A financial burden for countries

WHO has conducted a study of the economic costs of treating health complications of FGM and has found that the current costs for 27 countries where data were available totaled 1.4 billion USD during a one year period (2018). This amount is expected to rise to 2.3 billion in 30 years (2047) if FGM prevalence remains the same – corresponding to a 68% increase in the costs of inaction. However, if countries abandon FGM, these costs would decrease by 60% over the next 30 years.

International response

Building on work from previous decades, in 1997, WHO issued a joint statement against the practice of FGM together with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Since 1997, great efforts have been made to counteract FGM, through research, work within communities, and changes in public policy. Progress at international, national and sub-national levels includes:

  • wider international involvement to stop FGM;
  • international monitoring bodies and resolutions that condemn the practice;
  • revised legal frameworks and growing political support to end FGM (this includes a law against FGM in 26 countries in Africa and the Middle East, as well as in 33 other countries with migrant populations from FGM practicing countries);
  • the prevalence of FGM has decreased in most countries and an increasing number of women and men in practising communities support ending its practice.

Research shows that, if practicing communities themselves decide to abandon FGM, the practice can be eliminated very rapidly.

In 2007, UNFPA and UNICEF initiated the Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting to accelerate the abandonment of the practice.

In 2008, WHO together with 9 other United Nations partners, issued a statement on the elimination of FGM to support increased advocacy for its abandonment, called: “Eliminating female genital mutilation: an interagency statement”. This statement provided evidence collected over the previous decade about the practice of FGM.

In 2010, WHO published a “Global strategy to stop health care providers from performing female genital mutilation” in collaboration with other key UN agencies and international organizations. WHO supports countries to implement this strategy.

In December 2012, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on the elimination of female genital mutilation.

Building on a previous report from 2013, in 2016 UNICEF launched an updated report documenting the prevalence of FGM in 30 countries, as well as beliefs, attitudes, trends, and programmatic and policy responses to the practice globally.

In May 2016, WHO in collaboration with the UNFPA-UNICEF joint programme on FGM launched the first evidence-based guidelines on the management of health complications from FGM. The guidelines were developed based on a systematic review of the best available evidence on health interventions for women living with FGM.

In 2018, WHO launched a clinical handbook on FGM to improve knowledge, attitudes, and skills of health care providers in preventing and managing the complications of FGM.

WHO response

In 2008, the World Health Assembly passed resolution WHA61.16 on the elimination of FGM, emphasizing the need for concerted action in all sectors – health, education, finance, justice and women’s affairs.

WHO efforts to eliminate female genital mutilation focus on:

  • strengthening the health sector response: developing and implementing guidelines, tools, training and policy to ensure that health care providers can provide medical care and counselling to girls and women living with FGM and communicate for prevention of the practice;
  • building evidence: generating knowledge about the causes, consequences and costs of the practice, including why health care providers carry out the practice, how to abandon the practice, and how to care for those who have experienced FGM;
  • increasing advocacy: developing publications and advocacy tools for international, regional and local efforts to end FGM, including tools for policy makers and advocates to estimate the health burden of FGM and the potential public health benefits and cost savings of preventing FGM.

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