Seeking Help: A Guide to Finding the Right Therapist for You

Deciding to see a therapist is one of the best things you can do for your mental health. It takes courage to acknowledge that you need help, and going on a journey of self-discovery and healing is one of the best investments you can make in life.

Now suppose you are ready to start seeing a therapist. How do you choose one? Do you just find the most qualified one nearby?  Or do you settle for the most affordable one? What sort of areas should they be specialized in to help you with your problems?

These are common questions that pop up when people search for a therapist, and it can be confusing. By the time you finish reading this article, you will have a decent grasp of what to look for when choosing a therapist.

1. Research Different Types of Therapists Available in Your Locality

The first thing you want to do is to find out what options are available to you.

It can be pointless if you follow the other steps in this article and then realize that there’s no one around you that is trained to work with the unique issues you are going through.

So, start researching a bit. You can Google for therapists around you. But you shouldn’t limit yourself to the first therapists you see on the first page of Google. Instead, take your time to dig and explore other options online too.

If you feel like you can’t trust the results that Google shows you, then there’s a very good option to try.

Suppose you want to find a therapist in Texas. Try to find a database of therapists that mentions their qualifications and areas of expertise. Such databases usually have a list of several professional therapists, their contact information, and scheduling options.

Another useful benefit that such platforms have is they often do thorough background checks on the people they hire. The ones that do make it onto the lists are therapists who meet a number of requirements to ensure a high quality of service.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, about 43.4% of Texans claimed symptoms of depression and anxiety.  These database websites come in handy to find therapists in states like Texas that have a shortage of mental health professionals. (In Texas, only 32.9% of the mental health need is met.)

2. Determine Your Needs

Consider what you hope to achieve through therapy and what specific issues you want to address. Try some self-reflection and list down what your main concerns are that triggered you to want to see a therapist.

You probably already know the general category of issue that your problems fall under but try to dig a little deeper. So you feel depressed. Okay, what else? Are there any associated issues?

Once you have some more clarity, ask yourself what you would like your therapist to help you out with.

Do you want them to teach you coping strategies? Do you want them to trigger “Aha! Moments” where you come to realize new aspects about yourself? If so, make a note of these and keep them ready.

3. Read Up on the Different Therapeutic Approaches

Once you have found a list of licensed professional counselors available in your locality and gotten a little more clarity on the issues you face, it’s time to move to the next step.

There are several therapeutic approaches used by mental health professionals, each with its own unique focus and techniques. Try to learn about what their approach to problem-solving is and see if they vibe with you. Some of the most common approaches are:

     Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT focuses on identifying, challenging, and changing negative patterns of thought and behaviors that may be contributing to your issues.

CBT is based on the idea that an individual’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are interconnected and that negative thoughts and beliefs can lead to negative emotions and maladaptive behaviors.

The therapy aims to help individuals identify these negative thoughts and beliefs and replace them with more positive and realistic ones.

It is a relatively short-term therapy, typically lasting between 8 and 20 sessions, and often used to treat conditions such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

     Humanistic Therapy: This approach emphasizes the individual’s unique experience and encourages self-exploration and personal growth.

A person’s “unique experience” is valued a lot here, and the goal is to help individuals achieve their full potential and live a more fulfilling life. It is often used to treat conditions such as depression, anxiety, and relationship issues.

     Interpersonal therapy: This approach focuses on the relationship between an individual and others and how those relationships affect mental health. It is a brief, time-limited therapy that typically lasts between 12 and 16 sessions.

In IPT, your therapist will try to help you recognize how your current symptoms are related to your current relationships and how these symptoms can be improved by addressing the way you relate to others.

     Mindfulness-based therapy: This approach emphasizes the practice of mindfulness, which refers to the process of being present and aware of one’s thoughts, feelings, and surroundings, in order to help you manage your symptoms and improve overall well-being.

It is often used along with other forms of therapy and can be applied to a wide range of mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression, stress, chronic pain, and addiction.

The most well-known mindfulness-based therapy is mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT).


These are just some of the many therapy options available to you, and if you feel like the methodology of one of the above methods resonated with you, go ahead and see if a therapist near you specializes in it.

Don’t be afraid to try out different therapists because you may not always click instantly with your first one.

A major aspect of good therapy is the therapeutic relationship that you develop with the person, so ensuring you are able to form a good rapport is crucial.

If you are going to be relying on your insurance to pay for therapy, don’t forget to check the terms and conditions of your policy. Not all approaches are covered sometimes, so it’s best to verify these details before making any appointments.

2023 Presidency: Using Your Votes To Reconstruct, Reshape Nigeria


By Michael Owhoko, Ph.D

As Nigerians file out to elect a new president on February 25, it is imperative to remind electorate that a country’s future and destiny are shaped by choice of personality they elect as president.  Entrusting a country’s leadership and resources to someone with impaired vision and dubious national disposition will be a tragedy.

In context, the Nigerian President is one of the most powerful in the world given the scope of responsibilities and powers as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution.  With 68 items on Exclusive list and, mere 12 items on Concurrent list of the constitution, the destiny and future of Nigerians are in the hands of one man – the president.

Since man is a product of his thought process, the president’sstyle of administration will be conditioned by his character. This means that wellbeing of citizens, prosperity and wheels of development of Nigeria are contingent upon the demeanor and capacity of the president.

A president with integrity and clear national vision devoid of materialism and ethnic prejudice can change a country, like we saw in Singapore under Lee Kuan Yew.  The choice of Nigerian voters should be premised on this standard.  Nigeria cannot afford to entrust its leadership and resources upon a colourlesspersonality to determine its destiny.

Nigeria requires a president that is capable of steering the country away from tragedy to optimism.     Prosperous nations are not configured from heaven.  They are products of selflessness and commitment of those in leadership.  Electing a person without vision, capacity, integrity and empathy as president, will amount to sacrificing the collective wellbeing of the people on the altar of incompetence.

Therefore, as you vote for president of your choice, let Nigeria’s overall national interest guide your decision.  Your personal survival depends on it.  Do not allow ethnicity, religion, emotions and primordial sentiments to influence your choice. A wrong choice at this critical period of Nigeria’s democratic journey will mean further erosion of citizens’ dignity, both home and abroad.

Incompetence, ethnic nationalism, nepotism and greed as evident in poor management of the economy, insecurity and corruption are factors that have kept the country prostrate.  These elements are responsible for leadership failure, stunted growth, and poverty in the country.  It is therefore critical tovote for a candidate with requisite capacity to deliver on the aspirations of Nigerians.  Failure to do this, will mean no lessons have been learned from current widespread hardship.

As a voter, ask yourself this honest question.  Has your living condition in the last eight years improved or dipped? Without subterfuge, Nigeria has been on the downward swing in all critical facets of socio-economic space.  This is evident in the increasing number of those falling into poverty bracket as reflected in the growing penury rate in Nigeria.

The 2022 Multidimensional Poverty Index survey carried out by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) together with itspartners captured this vividly.  According to the survey, 63% of persons living within Nigeria (133 million people) are multidimensionally poor, out of which 65% of the poor (86 million people) live in the North, while 35% (nearly 47 million) live in the South.

The poor Nigerians under reference here are not politicians but majority of voting public. Unfortunately, hope that Nigeria will get out of this mess soon had been dashed by President Muhammadu Buhari when he asserted that he had done his bestfor the country, even in the face of growing debt profile, inflation, unemployment, corruption, insecurity and capital flight.  This is the mirror image of the country’s leadership capacity.

When this is juxtaposed against recent report by the Debt Management Office on the nation’s debt, then Nigeria is in big trouble.  The Debt Management Office (DMO) stated in December 2022 that Nigeria’s public debt had reached N44.6 trillion.  When viewed against the backdrop of Nigeria’s revenue-to-debt service ratio, which The Economist Intelligence Unit described as the worst in the world, it means that Nigeria is in crisis.  With high debt-service ratio and dwindling revenue, provision of infrastructure is relegated, compounding the woes of Nigerians.

Voters should therefore not repeat the mistake of the past.  Those who voted in previous elections based on ethnic and religious lines had no inkling that their fortunes will plummet.  Today, many of those voters have been humbled by poor performance of the economy as depicted by the misery index, particularly inflation which has eaten deep into their pockets.  They have become victims of their own decision.

Obviously, wrong choice of candidates has been unhelpful to the future of this country.  Check your conscience and reflect on the number of Nigerians that have lost their lives in the last eight years, either through insecurity or poor management of the economy or suicide.  Also, think about the number of businessesthat have closed shop, or the growing band of single parenthoodresulting from broken marriages.  All these have their roots in poor handling of the nation’s economy.

As part of the consequence, there has been mass exodus from Nigeria.  Voters must note that, to “japa” or flee abroad is nosolution. Of all those leaving or escaping from the country to seek greener pastures overseas, only less than five percent achieve their aspirations.  Over 90 percent of these Nigerians struggle to make ends meet, regretting decisions to relocate.

In one of my trips to London a few years back, I went to Kaycee’s Bar, a popular Nigerian joint in Holloway, where Nigerians hangout, and where sometimes, Nigeria’s independence celebrations were held.  While there, I met two Nigerians at the underground disco section.  They begged for money, saying they were trapped and would like to return to Nigeria.  I was touched, and parted with a few pounds assupport.  This is just one of the tales and ugly experiences from Nigerians abroad.

Ironically, while majority of Nigerians are reeling in excruciating effect of poverty, the president, governors and other elected officials are swimming in affluence with high quality lifemade possible by manipulative access to public treasury, despite managing the economy aground.  Politics in Nigerian is the surest way to break out of poverty.

Voters should know that the president and governors do not spend their salaries while in office.  Their bills are borne by government, including feeding at government’s expense.  Even members of their extended families are relocated to the Villa or government house to enjoy from these privileges.  This cannot happen in advanced democracies.  Yet, in midst of this, the average Nigerian toil day and night to stay afloat.

At the last World Cut in Qatar, the President of Liberia, George Weah, watched his son, Timothy, starred for the United States of America.  It is most unlikely a Nigerian President will allow his son to play football game for fear of injuries.  He will rather make his son a billionaire through award of indirect contracts or presidential favours.

Underpinning motive of politicians is not to serve but to acquire power to accumulate wealth.  Without empathy, they multiply poverty through fiscal indiscipline and extravagance whilefraudulently feeding fat on the nation’s resources.  This is why voters must liberate themselves from this hopeless life of poverty and frustration caused by leadership greed and bankruptcy.

With 48 million youths out of a total of 93.5 million eligible voters, couple with the poor, credible leaders can be elected, but politicians exploit their vulnerability, using ethnicity, religion and handouts as inducements to manipulate them.  Voters should be reminded that these office seekers would move on to oil their profligate life styles, leaving the electorate to suffer the consequences of their choice.

Nigeria has the resources to pull the country out of poverty butleaders are indifferent.  As long as they can access good healthcare and send their children abroad for quality education, they careless about the masses who are left to contend with lowquality education, poor healthcare system, erratic electricity and bad road network.

If the resources of the country are effectively harnessed and deployed, particularly in a restructured political system which is best suitable for a plural society like Nigeria, the country will quickly recover from current economic woes. But leaders with entrenched interests are opposed to this arrangement, preferring the status quo, for selfish reasons.

Voters must therefore rise in unison and vote out ethnic bigotsand visionless persons without integrity and capacity as president, failing which, they have no other persons to blame but themselves.  February 25, 2023 has provided another opportunity, so, be resolute and courageous.  Vote conscientiously to reconstruct and reshape Nigeria in order torestore its corroded dignity.

BJP attacks Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for dismissing Digvijaya’s remarks on surgical strike as ‘personal view’ | India News


NEW DELHI: The BJP on Tuesday attacked Congress MP Rahul Gandhi for not being able to “teach” party leader Digvijaya Singh to respect the Army “even though they have spent so much time walking together for Bharat Jodo Yatra“.
“Rahul Gandhi ji, even after walking thousands of kilometers with you, why couldn’t you teach Digvijaya Singh to respect the Army? This is not the first time he [Singh] has spoken against the Army. This time he did it in Kashmir, it is a matter of great shame,” said BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad during a press conference.

He also demanded that the Congress make its stand clear on the issues of terrorism and national security.
‘His personal views’
The attack came hours after Rahul Gandhi distanced himself and the party from Singh’s remarks questioning the veracity of the 2016 surgical strike.
“We are a democratic party, not a dictatorship. These are his [Digvijaya Singh’s] personal views, and we don’t appreciate them,” Rahul said, adding: “I don’t agree with the statement of Digvijaya Singh. It is crystal clear that we disagree with it and this is the official position of the Congress.”


Both Digvijaya Singh and Rahul Gandhi have insulted Indian Army: Ravi Shankar Prasad

He further added that the party leadership has “utmost respect for the armed forces … the Armed forces don’t need to provide any proof”.
‘Why did it take Rahul Gandhi so long?’
Reacting to Rahul’s statement, the BJP retorted: “For the first time, Rahul Gandhi said he respects the Army.”
“Why did Rahul Gandhi take so long to publicly declare his respect for the armed forces,” Prasad asked, adding that the Congress has a habit of projecting uncomfortable views of its leaders as their personal views and asked if there is any limit to such opinion.

“The question is what is the standard of these leaders when it comes to respecting our armed forces. Indians do not seek proof of their heroics but salute them,” Prasad told reporters, noting that Singh has a history of taking controversial stands, be it visiting families of suspected terrorists killed in the Batla House encounter or praising radical Islamic preacher Zakir Naik.
Attacking Gandhi for his “vacillating” stand on armed forces, he also cited some of his previous remarks, including a recent comment in Dausa during the Bharat Jodo Yatra questioning the government’s handling of the border standoff with China and claim that the Chinese were “beating up” Indian soldiers.
He had used the “khoon ki dalali” barb after the 2016 surgical strikes to attack the Modi government and gone to the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to extend moral support to “tukde tukde gang”, Prasad told reporters.
Why it took him so many years to say publicly that he respects armed forces, the BJP leader asked. He should have also said “sorry” for what he had said earlier, Prasad added.
He also took a dig at Congress leader Jairam Ramesh for physically preventing a journalist from asking questions to Singh on his statement about the surgical strikes and the 2019 Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.
‘No proof’
On Monday, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh targeted the Centre, alleging that it gave no proof of surgical strikes though it claimed to have killed many terrorists.
“They talk of surgical strikes. They claim to have killed so many people but no proof is given. They are ruling by peddling a bundle of lies,” he said.
In a tweet in Hindi, he said: “From where did the terrorists get 300 kg of RDX in Pulwama incident? DSP Davinder Singh was caught with terrorists but then why was he released? We also want to know about the friendship between the prime ministers of Pakistan and India.”

The BJP condemned his remarks, and said that such comments show that the Rahul Gandhi-led foot march across the country is ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ only in name while he and his party colleagues are working to “break” the country,” BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia said. “It is essentially “Bharat todo yatra” he added.
(With inputs from agencies)
Watch Surgical strike row: ‘Don’t agree with Digvijay Singh’s personal views, says Rahul Gandhi


Future of Edtech 2023


Before the pandemic, the Indian Edtech sector was gradually gaining market share, with B2B and B2C enterprises attracting investors, marketing cash, and revenue. As a result of the pandemic’s global impact, several companies and sectors sustained devastating losses. Nevertheless, the Edtech business remained steadfast by rapidly adapting and speeding digitalization, allowing individuals from throughout the nation to obtain access to education swiftly and effectively.

The tech terrain of Edtech

For the entire industry, the distinction between what to adopt and what not to adopt from the pandemic model to the transition to a hybrid model has been clearly outlined.In the area of professional learning, offline-based training facilities will employ technological convenience for assessment, certification, examination, and optional online training. Edtech will take their technology to the next level since they have the time and data analytics in place to assure how to improve the client experience. One will witness the beginnings of virtual reality and augmented reality, but they will be in their infancy. Additionally, we will see a substantial level of automation in their customer service, support, and, to some extent, sales departments. The K-12 sector, on the other hand, will maintain the same approach to technology because it is already ahead of the professional learning segment in terms of technology adoption.However, by 2023, the top K–12 Edtech segments may have created technology-based advancements in their physical facilities.

Accessibility is priority

You probably haven’t given it much thought, but the educational technology of the future will be more accessible and user-friendly for those with disabilities. Accessibility is more than simply a question of going about in a wheelchair or on crutches; it goes beyond that. Physical accessibility is just one aspect of what accessibility entails. It is also about making material accessible to individuals who learn in a variety of ways, have varying degrees of experience and expertise, or any combination of the aforementioned characteristics. Accessibility has always been a concern in the field of education; but, in light of the rapid advancements in technology that have taken place even in the last ten years, this concern has taken on an even higher priority. If we want our students to be successful, then it is imperative that we provide them with access to a wide variety of materials, regardless of whether they are novices or more advanced pupils.

Furnisher of jobs

With the assistance of education technology and investments in online education, education can reach every part of the nation. Since location is no longer a barrier, any interested student or learner residing in the most distant place may now get a high-quality education. Now, every parent and kid may realize their dreams of a brighter future.

Due to online education, there is a growing need for instructors. The daily growth and expansion of several learning platforms require an abundance of skilled instructors. Therefore, education technology and online education tackle two main issues in the Indian education system, namely, educating the largest number of students in the nation and providing instructors and students with greater employment prospects.

Palpating the business framework of Edtech

We can safely conclude that the professional learning segment of Edtech will experience steady growth in 2023; however, some organizations may opt for a hybrid approach (physical space + online) to ensure they can cater to a diverse audience; in light of the k12 slowdown and chaos, it would be advisable to diversify beforehand, especially in a growing sector. In 2023, there will be cautious investment and cost savings in the K–12 sector, as well as a seismic change in the emphasis of these organizations. With inflation and resource issues plaguing the technology business, we can anticipate that substantial amounts will be allocated to automation and technological advancements, which will help create a more competitive environment for these students. The Edtech industry having learned its lesson, none of them will adopt an aggressive strategy; rather, it will be a gradual and planned expansion with controlled expenditures. No longer an option, the digital world is now an important component of progress.

A panoptic perspective

A marquee and majestic sector in its infancy, the Edtech industry has paced its way into most homes and schools. Binding the textbook knowledge and finding practical ways of tutelage has shown a miraculous pedagogical approach. The development of augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and extended reality (XR) is gaining momentum with the goal of making online education more accessible and affordable. Career opportunities for graduates of these programs will be in high-paying fields, and the impact on education as a whole will be revolutionary.

Announcements for 1/24

Come and get your ticket for the Snowball Dance!
9 th through 12 th grades are invited
This Thursday at the fieldhouse, 6-8:30
Tickets are sold at lunch and before RR in A221 and B311
NO tickets are sold at the door

If you signed up to attend the podcasting workshops, the first workshop is this Wednesday,
January 25 th in the auditorium. The workshop will begin at 2:50 and end at 3:45. Check your
email for complete details and to join the podcasting workshop Google Classroom. See
Mr. Baker in the library if you have any questions.

Attention Seniors: The Student Scholarship organization has released the January Scholarship
Newsletter. Please stop by the literature rack outside the guidance office to pick up this new

Attention Male Seniors: Have you participated in Cross Country and/or Track and Field for 2
consecutive years and are looking for Scholarship opportunities? If so, you will want to stop by
the Guidance office to pick up an application for the Angelo Gioiosa Memorial Scholarship.
Fully completed applications need to be returned by March 17 th to either Mrs. Foreman,
Mr. D’Angelo or Mrs. Quinn.

Attention Female Seniors: Have you participated in Cross Country and/or Track and Field for 2
consecutive years and are looking for Scholarship opportunities? If so, you will want to stop by
the Guidance office to pick up an application for the M. Gordon & Jane White Scholarship.
Fully completed applications need to be returned by March 17 th to either Mrs. Foreman or
Mrs. Quinn.

Attention Graduating Seniors: First Commonwealth Bank is announcing its Scholarship fund.
To be considered for this $1,000 scholarship, you will need to complete an online application
and essay, 500 words or less, detailing how you have made a difference in our community and
how that involvement impacted our community and life. Deadline is March 1 st .

Attention scholarship-seeking students: There are two new scholarship opportunities which
are available to you. Go online to the AASD website, look for the “AAHS Link” dropdown and
choose the Scholarship tab to apply for the 2023 Elementary School PTO Scholarship as well as
the AAHS 2023 Scholarship. Don’t delay because the February 13 th deadline is fast

Attention Seniors searching for Scholarships: New to the literature rack outside of the
Guidance Office are the Big A Booster Scholarship and Kiera Chirdon Memorial Scholarship
applications. To be considered for the Big A Scholarship, applicant must be a member of a
varsity sport and a parent must be a current member of the Big A Booster Club. Any
applicants for the Kiera Chirdon Scholarship must be a cancer survivor OR an orchestra
student. Deadlines are fast approaching so don’t delay!

Attention Seniors: The Class of 1971 is awarding a $900 scholarship. To be eligible for this
award, the applicant should be a direct descendant (child, grandchild or great-grandchild) of a
1971 graduate, must plan on attending a local college (PSU, Mount Aloysius, Saint Francis or
Penn Highlands) and complete a short essay. Stop by the literature rack outside of the
guidance office to pick up an application. Deadline is March 3 rd .

Attention Seniors: Are you planning on becoming an educator after graduation? If so, you
will want to stop by the guidance office and pick up an application form for the Dawn Morden
Scholarship fund. Deadline is March 3 rd .

Anyone with information regarding Mickey Nedimyer’s whereabouts is asked to contact
Detective Wilson at the Altoona Police Department. Mickey has been missing for many weeks
and we are requesting any information that may lead to finding him.

DAOs, Procedural Perversity And The Metaverse – Fin Tech

The Drawback of Procedural Perversity

It’s stated that in the middle of learning for his citizenship
take a look at, the mathematician, logician and thinker Kurt Gödel
found an “interior contradiction,” or loophole, within the
U.S. Structure, whose discovery threatened to derail his path to
citizenship. Although the official formalization of this
contradiction was by no means put down on paper, it’s instructed that its
substance issues the truth that Article V of the Structure,
which describes the method for amending the Structure, will be
utilized to itself.

Notably, Article V accommodates an express restriction on what can
be amended within the Structure:

“…offered that no modification which can be made previous to
the 12 months one thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any method
have an effect on the primary and fourth clauses within the ninth part of the
first article; and that no state, with out its consent, shall be
disadvantaged of its equal suffrage within the Senate…”

As Article V doesn’t explicitly bar software to
itself, nonetheless, the procedural obstacles to modification of
the Structure can themselves be eviscerated, resulting in a
enormously elevated chance that the Structure will be amended.
Gödel, having escaped from Nazi Germany, was understandably
petrified of this chance and apprehensive that the weakening of
safeguards to modification by way of Article V may simply flip a
democratic mannequin for self-governance by way of elections into an

Placing the deserves of Gödel’s fears to the aspect,
Gödel’s loophole is an instance of what we would name the
drawback of procedural perversity, the place the
procedures for self-governance don’t adequately guard towards the
chance of dangerous actors. The issue of procedural perversity is,
nonetheless, not restricted to the U.S. Structure, and might pop up in
any system of self-governance, particularly the place the system of
self-governance is just not drafted by writers as illustrious as our
Founding Fathers.

Procedural Perversity and DAOs

Take into account Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs), which
are a type of self-governance primarily based on a sensible contract through which
the facility of governance is distributed amongst contributors, as
against being held by a single separate centralized entity. One
distinguished instance of a DAO is the Decentraland DAO, which oversees
the governance of the Decentraland metaverse. Governance
determinations of the DAO are made by a collection of three votes,
the place a proposal should meet a minimal degree of Voter Energy, and in addition
obtain a easy majority of Voter Energy in every vote, in an effort to
be superior and finally adopted as a governing regulation. Decentraland
contributors every have a Voting Energy primarily based on their possession of
Mana (Decentraland’s cryptocurrency), Land and Names. When a
Governance proposal is put up for a vote, Decentraland contributors
have the chance to vote on the proposal inside a sure
time period. If a adequate quantity of Voting Energy is utilized,
and the Voting Energy in favor of the proposal reaches a easy
majority, then the proposal is superior to the subsequent vote within the
collection – or if a proposal reaches the ultimate vote within the
collection, it’s adopted because the regulation of Decentraland. If a proposal
both fails to achieve a adequate quantity of Voting Energy or the
Voting Energy in favor of the proposal doesn’t attain a easy
majority, for any vote within the collection, the proposal is rejected.

Notably, Decentraland’s use of Voting Energy is itself
supposed to take care of an issue of procedural perversity related
with account-based voting methods, through which every blockchain tackle
will get one vote. As famous in Decentraland’s DAO information, if voting
was distributed giving every blockchain tackle one vote, then dangerous
actors may attempt to subvert the DAO voting system by merely
creating 1000’s of addresses. By shifting to a voting system primarily based
on Voting Energy, that is prevented, for the reason that creation of 1000’s
of addresses won’t by itself enhance a person’s
leverage. After all, basing determinations on Voting Energy
nonetheless creates a system through which some people could have extra
leverage than others. People may merely purchase up a number of
million MANA, thereby giving themselves a larger quantity of Voting
Energy than a person who owned just one MANA. Nonetheless, a system
primarily based on Voting Energy arguably distributes leverage in a method that
appears plausibly truthful indirectly: The system offers people a
say in how the world is ruled in direct proportion to the extent to which they
have invested on the planet.

After all, this isn’t the one space through which there could be an
situation with procedural perversity in a DAO. Take into account, as an example,
that beneath Decentraland’s Phrases of Service, disputes over
mental property are decided by the Decentraland DAO by way of a
vote. Nonetheless, nothing within the Decentraland DAO or the Phrases of
Service seems to stop an celebration from buying an
inordinate quantity of Mana and utilizing it to acquire outcomes
favorable to itself when a dispute over mental property in
which it has an curiosity is introduced to the Decentraland DAO for

There are additionally doubtlessly issues just like the one which
Gödel feared. The sooner instance involving Gödel’s
loophole was an instance the place the process for modification might be
utilized to itself, thus permitting for the attainable evisceration of
the obstacles to modification of the Structure, resulting in a enormously
elevated chance of an autocratic authorities. Equally, the
Decentraland DAO doesn’t seem to include any bar limiting
software of its voting mechanism to the necessities for passage
of a Governance Proposal. So, a Governance Proposal may,
hypothetically, revise the minimal threshold for passage of a
Governance Proposal, as an example, which could arguably go towards
the intentions of the preliminary DAO creators.

Evaluating Loopholes

After all, whereas every of the above illustrations signifies a method
through which a DAO’s procedures could also be subverted by way of a loophole, it
is a associated, however completely different, situation as as to whether stated loophole
represents a considerable drawback to be fastened. For the needs of
this blogpost, we won’t delve too deeply into any loophole
utility evaluation. Nonetheless, an excellent evaluation would seemingly contain,
inter alia, an examination of 1) how doubtless the loophole is to be
utilized, 2) how disastrous the implications are of the loophole
being utilized, and three) the advantages of sustaining a system with
the loophole. Furthermore, whereas one could be tempted to research a DAO
by direct comparability to real-world democracies equivalent to espoused by
the U.S. Structure, it’s value noting that such evaluation has
its limits, as DAOs usually are not like typical real-world constitutions
in essential methods.

Wanting on the Decentraland DAO, as an example:




  • As famous earlier than, in contrast to with a real-world democracy,
    people can amass Voting Energy primarily based on one’s diploma of
    possession within the system. That is in distinction with most real-world
    elections, through which voting is restricted to recognized residents of
    the nation, and people are restricted to having one and solely
    one vote, no matter possession.
  • Not like with many real-world democracies, DAOs equivalent to a the
    Decentraland DAO contain direct voting, the place people can vote
    on particular person points in an effort to decide governance outcomes.
    That is in distinction with a consultant voting system, the place
    people primarily vote on representatives to make
    determinations about governance outcomes.
  • Not like with many real-world democracies, votes within the
    Decentraland DAO even have the potential to be both nameless or
    non-anonymous. For any entity whose blockchain tackle has been
    recognized, the train of Voting Energy isn’t nameless. This
    is as a result of, at the very least in Decentraland, voting is partially mediated
    by the Snapshot device, which publishes how each blockchain tackle
    votes for a specific Proposal and the quantity of Voting Energy
    expended. On the identical time, for any entity whose blockchain tackle
    has not been publicly recognized, the train of Voting Energy is
    nameless. Because of this, it’s attainable for unknown entities to
    train an inordinate affect on governance outcomes.

How these variations could have an effect on an evaluation of a DAO’s
procedures is unclear, however the truth that the Decentraland DAO could
permit for an nameless entity to purchase up inordinate Voting Energy,
and vote immediately on points through which it has an untoward curiosity,
could give one motive for some concern.

Consultant DAO Voting?

Notably, Decentraland seems to be addressing a few of these
points via the encouragement of one thing akin to consultant voting. Below the Delegation
program, residents of Decentraland can delegate their Voting Energy
to one in all numerous designated Delegates, the place Delegates are
chosen primarily based on an software that features particular info
concerning the Delegate. The intent of this system is to encourage
“a extra wholesome [Voter Power] distribution” by permitting
extra passive contributors in Decentraland to switch their Voting
Energy to Delegates who’re energetic within the Governance course of and who
have an curiosity within the success of
Decentraland. As Delegates are chosen by a Decentraland
participant primarily based on some analysis of the Delegate, the voting of
the Delegates arguably represents indirectly the views of the
Decentraland group as a complete. Furthermore, within the case that
Delegates with a bona fide and neutral curiosity within the governance
of Decentraland are chosen, this would appear to minimize the results
of attainable procedural perversity, particularly the place the Delegates
management a really great amount of Voter Energy.

The content material of this text is meant to supply a common
information to the subject material. Specialist recommendation must be sought
about your particular circumstances.

How To Turn a Small Room Into a Craft Room Week 4

Converting a small closet into a craft space

It’s week four of the New Year, New Room Refresh design challenge hosted by my friend Stephanie from Casa Watkins Living and other fabulous blogging friends. This week I am helping my aunt transform an empty closet into a craft room. We are in the home stretch with one week left before the reveal! Let’s take a look at what we have been doing so far and how we plan to finish it up this coming week.

This past week we made some big design strides towards completing our craft closet transformation. We cleared out the closet and we decided to stick with the wall color that was just painted in the closet. We decided on using an off-white for the cabinets to make the room appear larger while also creating a simple, serene atmosphere that is still visually interesting. To add some visual interest, we topped the white cabinets with a wood countertop in Provincial stain color. The result looks great!

The next step was tackling storage solutions. We wanted something functional but also stylish so we opted for lots of cabinets and open shelving to maximize storage space while still making it easy to see all of my aunt’s supplies at a glance. We installed two shelves on the back wall, making sure to stagger them for maximum efficiency and impactful style.

We still need to add a few finishing touches to really bring everything together. For example, I didn’t get a chance to install the light fixture on the ceiling. We also need to hang up some art pieces on one wall. And I’ll need to trim and caulk out the cabinets. Overall, this craft closet is really coming together nicely!

With only one more week left until reveal day arrives, this project is sure to be completed soon! I can’t wait to show you all how our hard work has resulted in such an amazing craft closet transformation–stay tuned for next week when I will share all of the details as well as photos of our finished product! Until then, happy DIYing everyone! In the meantime, for more inspiration or tips on The New Year New Room Refresh Challenge head over to Casa Watkins Living where Stephanie and all the other amazing bloggers participating in this challenge. See you soon!



Stan Lee’s Daughter, Joan Celia Lee’s Married Life; Any Kids of Her Own?


Some people need no introduction, people like Stan Lee. Stan Lee is arguably the creator of the Marvel Comic Books and was the editor-in-chief until his death. Stan Lee lives behind a multi-billion dollar franchise behind as his legacy, but we cannot forget his most important legacy, his only child and daughter, Joan Celia Lee.

Once her father referred to her as his “most excellent creation” and we can’t argue. Learn everything about Stan Lee’s daughter here, including her net worth and career. Do not forget to check out JC Lee’s married life and children if she has any.

JC Lee’s Bio; How She Lost Both Her Parents

Joan Celia Lee was born in 1950 to father, Stan Lee, and mother, Joan Lieber (née Boocock), in New York City, New York.

Caption: Joan Celia Lee’s Net Worth and Bio

Stan Lee needs no introduction. Born, Stanley Martin Lieber on December 28, 1922, in Manhattan, New York City, he was the writer, editor, and publisher of Marvel Comics. He was also producers behind the majority of the movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Lee is most notable for being one of the creators behind some of the most famous fictional superheroes like Spider-man, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Ironman, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Black Panther, and Ant-man among others.

Image of Joan Celia Lee with her father, Stan Lee

Caption: Joan Celia Lee with her father, Stan Lee

Lee was notoriously famous for his consecutive cameo appearances in every Marvel movie starting from the 2002 ‘Spider-man.’ You can catch all of his appearances until 2018 in the video below.


Sadly, the world lost this legend on November 12, 2018, at the age of 95 due to cardiac arrest and congestive heart failure. It must have been especially hard for JC, who lost her mother just one year prior on July 6, 2017, due to complications from a stroke. Furthermore, she was not technically the only child to her parents. Her younger sister, Jan Lee, however, died just a few days after her birth in 1953.

JC Lee grew around her father’s work and falling in love with it. She even learned to do comic-book layouts in paste-ups and even lightly did some job in different Marvel projects, which we will learn about shortly.

An Actress & Marvel Heiress, Joan Celia Lee’s Net Worth

Joan Celia Lee did find herself in the cross-path with her father’s career. From learning to make comic-books at a young age to voicing a robot voice in the 1994 Ironman animated series, people would have thought she would follow her old man’s steps. However, while she could have easily ridden her father’s back into the career, but she chose a completely different career path as an actress.


Caption: JC Lee at the Spiderman: Homecoming world premiere

Her debut came with the 1963 movie, ‘The Cool World.’ Then she also was cast as a small role in the 1990 thriller ‘The Ambulance’ as a curious neighbor. The movie was starring big names like James Earl Jones and Eric Roberts. We even got to see her most recently in the 2017 TV series ‘No Actor Parking.’

Her acting career is admirable, but honestly, the primary source to her net worth has to be her inheritance from her father, Stan Lee. Stan Lee’s net worth at his time of death in 2018 was around $50 million. Her mother’s net worth also was approximately $500,000 to $1 million. Being their only child, JC is the sole inheritance to all their fortune.

In the past, false rumors were accusing JC of being careless on her father’s money, but it was all false. Instead, JC and her mother were always stern with her father’s finances. After her mom’s passing in 2017, she was the one in charge and, after her father’s possession, is now in charge of his life’s earnings. We estimate Joan Celia Lee’s net worth to be approximately $47 million.

Image of Joan Celia Lee with mother Joan Lee and father Stan Lee

Caption: Joan Celia Lee with mother Joan Lee and father Stan Lee

Is Joan Celia Lee Married? Does She Have any Children?

Joan Celia Lee is a stranger to entertainment news despite being a star kid. She does not let anything more than what she wants to the media. This is why we have no information about her personal life yet. Although we may be able to guarantee that she isn’t married, however, there is no way to know for sure if she was married in the past. Similarly, her dating life is also not possible to extract with the bit of information we have.

So, no, she is not married, and she does not have any kids as well. It is a real shame as we know how good she is with children. She even has her hands in philanthropic works towards children. We know she is going to use her vast net worth towards those efforts.

In 2015, along with releasing her photo book, ‘It’s All About Love: The Stan Lee Family,’ the 50-year-old also was on an essential philanthropic mission. She was releasing an app, ‘Raising My Superkids.’ The app is a superhero game. Still, more importantly, all of its earning proceeds will go towards a charity for education and support of needy children.

We hope you got enough information about JC Lee. We understand we lack a lot of info about her marriage and personal life but we will keep working to gain more details on it soon.

Joan Celia Lee Wiki Table

NameJoan Celia Lee
BirthplaceNew York City, New York
FatherStan Lee
MotherJoan Boocock Lee
Net Worth$47 million
Marital StatusUnmarried
ChildrenNo Children
Height5 feet 11 inches

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid Copa del Rey Odds, Time, and Prediction

Real Madrid have huge ambitions for this year. They got a chance to add several trophies to their collection, including the one awarded to the winner of Copa del Rey. Their first obstacle on the road to the trophy comes in the form of Atletico Madrid.

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid Copa del Rey Odds

*Odds taken from bet365 on Tuesday, January 24, 2023.

When, Where, and How to Watch?

  • Place: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, Spain
  • Date: Thursday, January 26, 2023
  • Time: 3:00 PM ET
  • How to Watch: ESPN+

Los Blancos Look Incredible on Home Turf

April 4, 2022 – that’s when Real Madrid lost a competitive game on home turf the last time. Estadio Santiago Bernabeu is their fortress, where they usually destroy the opposition. They defeated Atletico Madrid in each of the previous three Madrid Derbies that took place at this stadium, keeping a clean sheet each time.

They’re expected to do well at home in the Copa del Rey game as well. On Thursday, only 334 of 81,044 available tickets will go to Atletico fans. All the rest will be cheering for Los Blancos.

This isn’t the only good news for Carlo Ancelotti’s men ahead of the Copa del Rey quarterfinal. They’re going to get more help on the pitch as several of their key players are coming back from an injury. David Alaba, Danny Carvajal, Eden Hazard, and Aurelien Tchouameni are all expected to be fit for Thursday’s game.

Atletico Madrid Don’t Do Great in Big Matches in 2022-23

Atletico Madrid are doing okay in 2022-23 La Liga, where they’re fourth in the standings. They also got themselves to the quarterfinal of the Copa del Rey, which definitely is a good result. Still, the fact is that they just haven’t done much against big teams such as Real Madrid.

A perfect example of this is that Atleti got knocked out of the Champions League after finishing bottom of the table in their group. We also saw them lose to big La Liga teams earlier this season, including both Real Madrid and Barcelona.

In fact, the highest-ranked team in La Liga that Atleti won against in the 2022-23 season is Real Madrid, a side that currently occupies the No. 6 spot.

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid Prediction

The Madrid Derby in the quarterfinal of Copa del Rey is going to be the first time Los Blancos play at Estadio Bernabeu in 2023. With the help of nearly 81,000 of their fans, they’re going to tear Atleti apart.

Lights out in Pakistan as energy-saving move backfires

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Much of Pakistan was left without power for several hours on Monday morning as an energy-saving measure by the government backfired. The outage spread panic and raised questions about the cash-strapped government’s handling of the crisis.

Electricity was turned off across the country during low usage hours overnight to conserve fuel across the country, leaving technicians unable to boot up the system all at once after daybreak, officials said.

The outage was reminiscent of a massive blackout in January 2021, attributed at the time to a technical fault in the country’s power generation and distribution system.

Energy Minister Khurram Dastgir told local media on Monday that engineers were working to restore the power supply across the country, including in the capital of Islamabad, and tried to reassure the nation that power would be fully restored within the next 12 hours.

According to the minister, during winter, electricity usage typically goes down overnight. “As an economic measure, we temporarily shut down our power generation systems” on Sunday night, he said.

When engineers tried to turn the systems back on, a “fluctuation in voltage” was observed, which “forced engineers to shut down the power grid” stations one by one, Dastgir said.

He insisted that this was not a major crisis, and that electricity was being restored in phases. In many places and key businesses and institutions, including hospitals, military and government facilities, backup generators kicked in.

Karachi, the country’s largest city and economic hub, was also without power Monday, as were other key cities such as Quetta, Peshawar and Lahore.

Imran Rana, a spokesman for Karachi’s power supply company, said the government’s priority was to “restore power to strategic facilities, including hospitals,” airports and other places.

Pakistan gets at least 60% of its electricity from fossil fuels, while nearly 27% of the electricity is generated by hydropower. The contribution of nuclear and solar power to the nation’s grid is about 10%.

Pakistan is grappling with one of the country’s worst economic crisis in recent years amid dwindling foreign exchange reserves. This has compelled the government earlier this month to order shopping malls and markets closed by 8:30 p.m. for energy conservation purposes.

Talks are underway with the International Monetary Fund to soften some conditions on Pakistan’s $6 billion bailout, which the government thinks will trigger further inflation hikes. The IMF released the last crucial tranche of $1.1 billion to Islamabad in August.

Since then, talks between the two parties have oscillated due to Pakistan’s reluctance to impose new tax measures.