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Ranjit Bajaj writes: Most Indian football rumours are true, need to get rid of all termites – The Bridge

Posted: June 27, 2022 at 1:59 am

Last week has been a humbling experience. I am grateful to the CoA that I got this opportunity, but to make sense of recent events - where that opportunity was taken away in a day - we need to go back a few days.

I had helped in drafting the new AIFF Constitution earlier this year, but perhaps more importantly I had filed the intervention petition in court which led to Praful Patel finally being thrown out of the AIFF President's office.

Mr. Patel's plan was to not get the case listed, something he had done successfully for three years. No one was going up against him because it meant hiring a huge lawyer. I was very lucky to be getting Prashant Bhushan, who I contacted on Twitter and who very warmly agreed to take on the case. Mr. Bhushan made sure he got a date for a hearing within a week. Within 45 minutes, Praful Patel was thrown out because the court was shocked that he was still holding office. Not just that, he was using their name as a ploy to delay the elections.

Within three days of us entering the AIFF office, we found a treasure trove of information which showed corruption and blatant misuse of our resources. I was sitting there from 9 am or 10 am till 8 pm every day. I'm not going to be commenting on the kinds of things we found, because there are a lot of rumours in the public. Most of the rumours are true, that's all I can say. The kinds of things we found are so ridiculous that it shows the depths of despair, Indian football and the Indian football administration - especially at the top level - has reached.

We brought all our findings to the CoA, which thankfully has very honest people on board. They were shocked and said they would be carrying out a forensic audit to get to the bottom of the mess.

Obviously, this ruffled a lot of feathers. The moment the advisory committee was formed, there was a lot of resentment from inside AIFF, as everyone knows that if I am one of those people who have been trying to do this for a very long time, get rid of these termites who have been eating into the system from inside.

They made sure that the committee which was formed under my chairmanship was disbanded. It was disbanded because of pressure from all sides. They said FIFA this and that but the truth is that the CoA dissolved the committee even before FIFA or anyone else could tell them because they thought that it is not required as those people who were mentioned in the committee are already assisting the CoA. And the position doesn't have to be efficient because there is no honorarium, it is not an official position. I am assisting the CoA in a very special role because it is my petition that brought this change and I helped in the Constitution.

Everyone knows me to be the biggest critic of the AIFF, but what people need to understand about the current situation is that I am involved with the AIFF's workings exactly because I'm its biggest critic. If tomorrow in the intervention petition I comment that things are still not right, Indian football will be stuck again for a very long time.

We want to make sure that we get all stakeholders on board. And when I say all stakeholders, I mean FSDL, Reliance, I-League clubs, ISL clubs, the administration, everyone involved with Indian football. There cannot be a 'my way or highway' approach from any party, everyone has to work together for the good of Indian football. That means greater inclusivity, making sure that the SOPs and the Constitution are followed. This is the only way the foundation for a great Indian football revolution can begin.

As long as we can lay a strong foundation, the work will be carried on by the generations to come. These days, skyscrapers are built in months, not years, as long as the foundation is right. We can go on to be world leaders in football, we just need to move in the right direction and have the right people at the top. We can't have people with vested interests, people who only look out for themselves, people who are looking only for profit or looking to practise nepotism and conflict of interest.

Many people keep asking me why I don't want to be AIFF President. I'll answer that here. I am the one who helped write the conflict of interest part in the Constitution, someone who has a football academy or club cannot hold such a position in the AIFF. It doesn't matter if I am honest or not. Say somebody comes and puts five crores as sponsorship money towards my club. How do you make sure that it is above board? The President has to be like Caesar's wife - always above suspicion. You cannot have anybody even raising a finger at the top hierarchy. I cannot allow myself to hold such a post.

What I can allow myself is a non-paying job where I can genuinely work for the improvement of the Indian football ecosystem. I'll always be there to serve Indian football. That's my duty and will always be my honour. But if it means fighting elections and getting into this muck, I'm not interested. People say I have to get into the system to change the system, but I think I've done enough to bring about changes. I'm not interested in this business of getting into power.

My only immediate goal is to assist the CoA in getting the Constitution approved by all stakeholders and holding elections in a democratic and fair way, and getting a newly elected body in immediately as soon as possible. Hopefully well before the Under-17 World Cup. And ensuring he new committee takes over with a solid foundation that cannot be touched because of the Constitution.

I'll be a happy man then because then progress will start with or without me at the top. Yes, there will still need to be checks and balances, and yes, even if I'm outside, I will keep on initiating those checks and balances.

Here's looking forward to cleaning up all the dirt in Indian football. Here's looking forward to golden days of Indian football. Here's looking forward to a new beginning and and a new foundation.

To those who think their lives can be made easier by having me out of the AIFF, this is my message - I will not leave. Not before I make sure that every corrupt person is flushed out of the AIFF. My country is not a country which has vast amounts of money, and whatever we have should be spent wisely. We cannot afford to have corrupt officials.

It really hurts when I hear about players being forced to travel in unreserved compartments and standing all the way, because I was one of those players one day. Given that over 20 lakhs rupees is being spent on an astrologer, imagine how many train journeys could have been made comfortable with that money.

(The writer is the former owner of I-League side Minerva Punjab FC, a former U-19 India footballer and an entrepreneur)

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Insectropolis shows off nature’s ‘cool bugs’ in Toms River – New Jersey 101.5 FM

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TOMS RIVER Founded by the family behind local bug-killers Ozane Termite and Pest Control, Insectropolis is a colorful, unintimidating "bug zoo" designed to educate children and adults alike.

Curator Jesse Herdman said the Koerner family wanted to bring attention to the "cool bugs" while ensuring their business took care of the bad ones.

This time of year, summer camps are colonizing the building after it played host to school groups during the academic year, because as Herdman simply put it, kids love bugs.

"They're not yet conditioned in the way that we 'big people' are, to have bad experiences with insects in our home," he said. "Kids just kind of see them as part of nature and as these fascinating, small beings."

Insectropolis

What can visitors find at Insectropolis? Every kind of critter from fossilized arthropods to big, live bugs like millipedes, scorpions, hermit crabs, and yes, tarantulas.

Some of those play starring roles in one of the "bugseum"'s most popular offerings, a touch presentation. Here, those who are curious can pet the species on display, or just look if they so choose.

"Most visitors are most excited about the touch presentation because there aren't that many places you can pet a tarantula or a giant millipede," Herdman said.

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Herdman is especially enthused about Insectropolis' variety of exotic, worldly species, as he said bugs tend to get bigger and more colorful in the tropics.

Additionally, there is an observation area to watch an actual honeybee colony at work.

Kids are even given the opportunity to tunnel around and act like insects themselves, among other games and activities available at the museum.

For more information, visit insectropolis.com.

Patrick Laveryis a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him atpatrick.lavery@townsquaremedia.com

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Dick Polman: Grassroots MAGA termites are chewing the woodwork of democracy – Press Herald

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The fascist threat at the top, so well documented by the Jan. 6 Committee, is rightfully seizing our attention. But its also happening from the bottom up.

Case in point: Nevada nutcase Jim Marchant.

In Nevadas Republican primary, he became the cults candidate to be secretary of state the election overseer in that narrowly blue locale. Marchant, a former state assemblyman, got the nod because he told the voting cultists that if he had been secretary of state in 2020, he wouldve refused to certify Joe Bidens solid statewide victory. And if hes elected in November, he promises to overhaul the fraudulent election system in Nevada, even though theres zero evidence of a fraudulent election system in Nevada.

This is how the MAGA termites are going about their business of chewing democracys woodwork.

Imagine if Marchant is the Nevada secretary of state in 2024, when the presidential balloting potentially trends blue. Imagine, moreover, that similar loons are overseeing the 2024 election in other states crucial to Democratic hopes like Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, and Arizona which is entirely possible, because MAGAts are running in those races, too.

At the risk of making you more paranoid, theres solid evidence that some of the MAGA work to seize secretary of state posts is being orchestrated by a QAnon promoter who goes by the pseudonym Juan O Savin courtesy of something called The America First Secretary of State Coalition. Yes, folks, the QAnon crowd and the MAGA crowd have wedded in holy matrimony. If Abe Lincoln, the first Republican president, could behold what has happened to his party, hed never stop retching.

Its all happening in plain sight, as so-called Juan O Savin can attest. Not long ago he told a radio show: I started with Jim Marchant here in Nevada, who has then taken a primary role in this coalition as other candidates have come in, going out around the country and helping vet that we got the right players that are inside the coalition. He candidly says that the goal is to rig the election system In his words, to get to the right resultHow are we going to coordinate between the various states to get the right outcome?

The right outcome. And Marchant concurs. During a podcast earlier this month, he told contempt-of-Congress indictee Steve Bannon: If we get just a few of the candidates that we have in our coalition, we save our country. Another Marchant remark, on another occasion, referring to his MAGA allies: Not only did they ask me to run, they asked me to put together a coalition of other like-minded secretary of state candidates. So I got to work. Juan O Savin helped.

Theyre gnawing the woodwork below the secretary of state level, too by enlisting various election-overseeing candidates at the county level. New Mexico held primaries on June 7, but, lo and behold, the Republican election commissioners on rural Otero County canvassing board are refusing to certify the county results because, without a shred of evidence, they say they dont trust the Dominion voting machines.

Heres a shock: One of the county election officials, Couy Griffins, is the co-founder of something called Cowboys for Trump. Apparently, the fact that he was recently convicted of illegally entering restricted Capitol grounds on Jan. 6 has not cured him of the impulse to sabotage the democratic machinery. New Mexicos secretary of state got so fed up that she complained to the state Supreme Court which ordered the county board to do its job and certify.

But theres also some good news: Various anti-fascist groups are actually paying attention to all this localized perfidy. For instance, the Democratic Association of Secretaries of State is hyper-focused on the looming threat, and its racking up more donations than ever before. American Bridge, another group that helps Democrats, is targeting election deniers running for secretary of state and other local posts. The American SOS Project, a new political action committee, is running ads and raising money.

And yes, the termites can be successfully sprayed as evidenced in May by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffenspergers landslide primary victory over a Trumpist whod sought to oust Brad for certifying Bidens statewide win. (Trumps command that Brad find 11,000 Trump votes is now the focus of a Georgia grand jury probe, and Brad may well testify in front of the Jan. 6 Committee.)

Tip ONeill, the legendary House Speaker, was indeed correct when he said that all politics is local. Thats where you find the foundations of our democratic woodwork. But the overriding question in 2022 is whether most voters fixated as they are on inflation will care enough to protect it.

Dick Polman, a veteran national political columnist based in Philadelphia and a Writer in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania, writes at DickPolman.net. Email him at [emailprotected]

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The Serula Comunidade land grab inquiry has been buried under the carpet for five years: Let’s bring it out – Herald Goa

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21 Jun 2022 | 07:18am ISTHigh Court directed the Goa government to revert grabbed land to the Serula Comunidade mainly encroached by a former minister; The inquiry report on the mother of Comunidade land grabs got the mother of burials; Herald will dig deep to bring the scam back in focus; This too was a SIT inquiry that didnt make the system stand up for justice

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PANJIM: The Goa government, which constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe land-grabbing cases across the State, is however completely silent on its own inquiry report about the mega Serula Comunidade land scam reported five years ago.

Following the judgment of the High Court of Bombay at Goa directing the authorities to revert the land to the Serula Comunidade, encroached by a former BJP Minister, the government is to date silent. The worried

inquiry officer, Srinet Kothwale has however specified that non-compliance to the High Court order would amount to contempt of court.

In March 2017, the government appointed the then Joint Secretary (Home) Srinet Kothwale as the inquiry officer to hold inquiry in the matter of Serula Comunidade against the backdrop of the submissions made before the High Court in 2011 and to submit the report to the government within six months from the date of issue of the order.

Five years and three months later the report is gathering dust. On Tuesday, Herald will ask the Revenue Minister Babush Monserrate and the Administrator of Comunidades, the nodal officer responsible to initiate action, on the reasons for the total inaction on the issue.

The terms of reference for the inquiry were whether the allegations made in various writ petitions involving Serula Comunidade were true and whether there had been any lapses or non-compliance of the norms or procedures in granting any plots of Serula Comunidade since Liberation till 2011. The inquiry officer had to also find out how much land was vacant as against allotted by following all legal requirements; whether the derramas were duly paid regularly by Serula Comunidade and whether all the records pertaining to the grant of land were maintained by Comunidade and administrators office pertaining to the Serula Comunidade.

The inquiry officer was also supposed to find out whether there had been any fraud in the grant of Serula Comunidade plots and the details of the persons involved in the fraud.

During the course of the inquiry, Kothwale found that besides the staff not paid salaries for six months and the Comunidade, North Zone building in dilapidated condition, no proper records were maintained and all office files/records/old/archives files and documents were dumped in certain racks/cupboards and most of these files/documents and records were totally damaged and destroyed by termites.

The inquiry officer had observed that there was no record management system in the office and most records had gone missing from the office. What was most important was that the officer had cautioned the government that non-compliance of time-bound directives of the Court would attract contempt of court, especially regarding two writ petitions filed by Trajano D'Mello and other.

The High Court had directed the authorities to take action in accordance with the law to restore the usurped Comunidade land. All these observations were brought to the notice of the government authorities but in vain.

Eyebrows are also raised over the State government now constituting SIT to probe land grabbing cases without making terms of reference public.

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MAGA termites are chewing up the woodwork of democracy – Midland Daily News

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The fascist threat at the top, so well documented by the Jan. 6 Committee, is rightfully seizing our attention.

Threats are also happening from the bottom up.

Case in point: Nevada nutcase Jim Marchant.

In Nevadas Republican primary, he became the cults candidate to be secretary of state the election overseer in that narrowly blue locale. Marchant, a former state assemblyman, got the nod because he told the voting cultists that if he had been secretary of state in 2020, he wouldve refused to certify Joe Bidens solid statewide victory. And if hes elected in November, he promises to overhaul the fraudulent election system in Nevada, even though theres zero evidence of a fraudulent election system in Nevada.

This is how the MAGA termites are going about their business of chewing democracys woodwork.

Imagine if Marchant is the Nevada secretary of state in 2024, when the presidential balloting potentially trends blue. Imagine, moreover, that similar loons are overseeing the 2024 election in other states crucial to Democratic hopes like Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, and Arizona which is entirely possible, because MAGAts are running in those races, too.

At the risk of making you more paranoid, theres solid evidence that some of the MAGA work to seize secretary of state posts is being orchestrated by a QAnon promoter who goes by the pseudonym Juan O Savin courtesy of something called The America First Secretary of State Coalition.

Yes, folks, the QAnon crowd and the MAGA crowd have wedded in holy matrimony.

If Abe Lincoln, the first Republican president, could behold what has happened to his party, hed never stop retching.

Its all happening in plain sight, as so-called Juan O Savin can attest. Not long ago he told a radio show: I started with Jim Marchant here in Nevada, who has then taken a primary role in this coalition as other candidates have come in, going out around the country and helping vet that we got the right players that are inside the coalition. He candidly says that the goal is to rig the election system In his words, to get to the right resultHow are we going to coordinate between the various states to get the right outcome?

The right outcome. And Marchant concurs.

During a podcast earlier this month, he told contempt-of-Congress indictee Steve Bannon: If we get just a few of the candidates that we have in our coalition, we save our country. Another Marchant remark, on another occasion, referring to his MAGA allies: Not only did they ask me to run, they asked me to put together a coalition of other like-minded secretary of state candidates. So I got to work. Juan O Savin helped.

Theyre gnawing the woodwork below the secretary of state level, too by enlisting various election-overseeing candidates at the county level. New Mexico held primaries on June 7, but, lo and behold, the Republican election commissioners on rural Otero County canvassing board are refusing to certify the county results because, without a shred of evidence, they say they dont trust the Dominion voting machines.

But theres also some good news: Various anti-fascist groups are actually paying attention to all this localized perfidy. For instance, the Democratic Association of Secretaries of State is hyper-focused on the looming threat, and its racking up more donations than ever before. American Bridge, another group that helps Democrats, is targeting election deniers running for secretary of state and other local posts. The American SOS Project, a new political action committee, is running ads and raising money.

And yes, the termites can be successfully sprayed as evidenced in May by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffenspergers landslide primary victory over a Trumpist whod sought to oust Brad for certifying Bidens statewide win. (Trumps command that Brad find 11,000 Trump votes is now the focus of a Georgia grand jury probe, and Brad may well testify in front of the Jan. 6 Committee.)

Tip ONeill, the legendary House Speaker, was indeed correct when he said that all politics is local. Thats where you find the foundations of our democratic woodwork.

But the overriding question in 2022 is whether most voters fixated as they are on inflation will care enough to protect it.

Cited by the Columbia Journalism Review website as one of the nation's top political scribes, Dick Polman is the national political columnist at Philadlephia NPR affiliate WHYY, and has covered or chronicled every presidential campaign since 1988. Email him atdickpolman7@gmail.com

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Opinion: Are the House Jan. 6 hearings political theater or a vital investigation of insurrection? – The San Diego Union-Tribune

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Re Everyone should tune in to learn what House Jan. 6 Committee uncovers (June 8): The difference between our two worst presidents? Richard Nixon knew when to stop the stupidity, consider the country, do the right thing, quit and stay gone. Donald Trump apparently just has no clue. Doesnt get it, dishonorable to the core, which is why he is so dangerous.

Julia VieraCoronado

The liberal Jan. 6 committee is great at diverting our attention from real, current problems inflation, homelessness, immigration, crime to accusations, hints, reportedly findings; seems politically motivated. What a waste of time, money and energy.

Phyllis McNeeseCarlsbad

We need to try Donald Trump for treason. He broke his oath to protect the Constitution by laboring to subvert the will of the voters.

Trump had his day in dozens of courts. He desperately pleaded with Georgia state officials to find 11,800 Trump votes, but he couldnt coerce them to break the law. He didnt conduct a peaceful transfer of power but instead organized a deadly insurrection.

Trump also undermined our nations goals to promote and support democracy when he played politics and temporarily withheld U.S. funding earmarked for Ukrainian defense against Russian aggression, again putting himself first. We must show the world we wont stand for tyranny, no one is above the law, and we will protect democracy against the lies of any megalomaniac.

Eric BowlbyNorth Park

Can we just move on from Jan. 6 and start solving the nations problems. People are suffering from inflation, gas prices etc. The stock market is tumbling and yet no help in sight.

Frances CarriganCoronado

After watching the Jan. 6 hearings, I am left with the feeling that our system of government has turned into a vast network of personal vendettas, dirty tricks and money-making grifts, with Donald Trump and his GOP as the subject matter experts.

The House committee has done a masterful job of revealing the damage and hopefully their investigation will result in indictments to take out the worst offenders. It reminds me of a termite-infested house. If left untreated, the remaining termites will continue to chomp away and it will collapse. To save the house, we need to tent the country and pump in the necessary poison.

Bill LoeberDel Cerro

The latest poll shows that over 50% of Americans are afraid that we will lose our Democracy in the future. This is true for both Democrats (55%) and Republicans (53%). One could almost say we have reached a critical mass in thinking that the unthinkable could happen. It would be arrogant and naive of Americans to think this would never happen here. It can and will. In history, every form of government fails at some point and something new comes along to replace it. The key is who leads that replacement? Using the recent example of the collapse of the USSR and seeing who has emerged as their new leader, says it all. I think the wheels are in motion for the exact same thing here with you-know-who putting the pieces in place today to emerge as our new leader, as the majority of us stand by and watch it happen.

Joe SecolaCarlsbad

Trump keeps saying he wants to go on TV to prove his allegations of election fraud. I suggest we have a televised debate where Trump, Rudy Giuliani and Mike Lindell debate William Barr, Liz Cheney and Brad Raffensperger about election fraud in the 2020 election. I think that would be very entertaining TV and show how silly Trumps claims are.

Robert KuharskiRancho Penasquitos

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Historical homes you can own in the Tucson area – Arizona Daily Star

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Welcome to Eleven Arches, also known as the Grace Mansion. The historic trophy property was built in 1937, by notable architect Josias Joesler, as a winter residence for Louise N. Grace, the heiress of eastern shipping magnate W.R.Grace. The privately walled and gated enclave is situated on 4.38 acres, within the prestigious gated community of The Estates at Eleven Arches, a prime location in the heart of the Catalina Foothills. Eleven Arches offers endless possibilities and generous spaces for offices, corporate events, gym, art studio, wine cellar, multi-generational living and guest/staff quarters. The distinctive estate is a world unto itself, offering 15,502 square feet of living spaces, resort-like grounds, complete privacy, unrivaled city views, and majestic mountain views. Exceptionally restored to capture its history, combined with today's amenities, the estate exudes a warm and intimate feeling for everyday living, yet provides the perfect venue for grand scale entertaining. The stately south yard offers panoramic city views, an oversized pool, multiple seating areas, covered patios, a picturesque breezeway, and ample space to host over 250 guests. The area between the property wall and property line on this oversized lot has room to build, measuring an incredible 2.389 acres and fits over 70 parked cars. After a five year restoration by the current owners, the property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The magnificent Tucson Landmark exemplifies Joesler's iconic late 19th and 20th Century Revival architectural style, and is famous for its residents, guests, events, architecture and location. The privately gated drive reveals the first sight of prominent elegance. A true masterpiece, built primarily of mud adobe, with 24" exterior walls. The light-filled interior spaces are graciously scaled, with a terrace access off almost every room. The main residence features interior 14" walls with integrally colored platinum grade Gypsum plaster. The formal dining room features exquisite waxed lime-marbled dust Italian plaster. The residence is an art collectors dream lined with a gallery quality hanging system and lighting. Notable property features include a 600 ft. deep steel cased private water well in addition to city water, 9,948 sqft. main residence, 5,553 sqft. detached guest quarters and a total of 10 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms. Qualified for reduced property taxes through listing on the National Register of Historic Places. At a glance in the main residence, the main level features a grand entry hall, two-story foyer, formal living room, formal dining room, chef's kitchen with a dining area, butlers pantry, laundry room, and two guest powder rooms. The master bedroom wing, also on the main level, includes a media room with a full bath, office, his/hers bathrooms and closets, and a private serene terrace. The second level has two generously scaled guest bedrooms with en-suite baths, each with a private balcony displaying infinite city vistas. The dramatic staircase in the grand entry hall leads to the guest bedrooms, which can also be accessed by an elevator. Additional amenities include: HVAC zoned, Sonos sound system in the main residence, commercial grade water softener. Oversized detached 4 car garage with workshop, detached 1 car garage for guest quarters. Chef's kitchen features appliances by Viking, Fisher & Paykel, Miele and Sub-Zero. A truly inspiring lifestyle awaits, come and see for yourself. See video and documents tab for additional information, including floorplans, and video. Historical documents, restoration and notable features list available. Recent survey available upon request.

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Were home experts five things you should never buy at Home Depot, you probably already have one in your… – The US Sun

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HOME depot is a great place to shop for people who are looking to stock up on DIY products for their latest projects.

But some pros warn that some of the chains stock is not suitable for home improvement.

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Best Life Online claims that certain products from Home Depot should be totally avoided.

Among them are throw pillows, curtains and rugs, which experts say are cheap and overpriced.

Maria, the founder of Chic Pursuit, claims customers should stay clear of this store when it comes to home improvement.

"The one thing to avoid at Home Depot is their decor section as the selection is weak and the products are overpriced," she told the outlet.

"Plus, it's a load of mass-produced products that you can find at cheaper prices at Target, Ikea, Marshalls, TJ Maxx, or Home Goods."

She added: "For your best decor options, look for retailers that specialize in home decor for better prices or source from local makers for unique statement pieces.

Plants and flowers are also a great way to spruce up your home with a bit of color.

But experts say that Home Depot should not be your number one destination when it comes to making your personal space feel fresh.

Instead, you should opt for a specific plant-centered retailer.

Andrew Griffith, a household expert and owner of Garden Furniture, said this is because plants from the bargain store tend to die off quickly.

The only time you should use the retailer for floral-based decorations is within the first couple of days of the floral department's opening time, usually around spring.

"Many of the plants they receive come in bulk and some of them are not even meant for our American climate. They are also often treated the same which leads to overwatering, and root rot, and are more exposed to pests," he said.

"It is best to buy your plants from actual plant shops as there are experts [there] who can help you make the right choice for your lifestyle."

Experts say you could be compromising on a healthy selection of cleaning products by shopping at Home Depot.

And thats not the only reason you should avoid cleaning materials sold at the retail store.

Kyle Richards, a residential and commercial contractor, said: "In general, you will find better deals on these products in big-box retailers like Walmart and Target. It's even better to buy them from local grocery stores."

And all these stores have something that Home Depot doesn'ta better selection, especially when it comes to environment-friendly cleaners.

The ones available at Home Depot tend to be the toxic chemical-laden products of 20 years ago."

Countertops are a huge part of home decor and retailers are all too aware.

Consequentially, many experts say that kitchen products can be overpriced and Home Depot is no exception.

Aviad Faruz, a retail expert and CEO of e-commerce company Faruzo, said: "The biggest reason behind avoiding this one item is that it's insanely overpriced at Home Depot. Home Depot doesn't have as many competitors when it comes to warehouse stores dealing in home improvement.

As such, they can price their products higher than the market.

"You can find countertops for much cheaper at a stone yard or a fabricator," he added.

Similarly, hardwood flooring can also be a money-pit, given its popularity with amateur designers.

And experts warn that if you're in the market for this product, don't buy it from Home Depot.

David Floyd, a home services expert and owner of The Pest Informer, says that many exotic kinds of wood are prone to termites.

He said: The last thing you want to do is spend thousands of dollars on new flooring only to find out that it's been compromised by termite damage or even has a current termite infestation.

"Now often times this won't be an issue, but large box stores such as Home Depot aren't going to be as diligent as a hardwood specific retailer in checking for termite activity.

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Posted: June 17, 2022 at 2:02 am

Biosecurity New Zealand has successfully trialled a new method of treating invasive termites on an imported yacht.

Non-native termites and other wood-boring insects are occasionally found on recreational vessels on arrival from overseas.

Until now, they have been treated by gassing the vessel with a fumigant such as methyl bromide to kill the insects.

Biosecurity New Zealands director of readiness and response, John Walsh, says the recent successful use of heat treatment is a significant achievement and represents a milestone in the use of non-fumigant solutions to treat pests.

"Being able to treat a vessel at berth is quick and convenient. It also supportsour drive to use environmentally sustainable treatment options and reduce theuse of chemicals and fumigants where possible."

Recreational vessels coming into New Zealand need a full biosecurity clearance to ensure pests dont become established here and potentially damage our environment, health, or economy.

The yacht in this trial was found to have an infestation of the West Indian drywood termite,Cryptotermes brevis, which meant treatment was required to prevent this invasive pest from escaping and establishing here.

Internationally, Cryptotermes brevisis regarded as one of the most damaging drywood termites. It feeds on dry wood and poses a significant threat to untreated timber framed homes and items made of timber.

Mr Walsh says the new treatment involves circulating air throughout the sealed vessel at a constant temperature of 55C for a minimum of 5 hours with close monitoring.

"Subsequent testing confirmed the treatment killed all termites present. Post treatment sample analysis by Biosecurity New Zealands Plant Health and Environment Laboratory has confirmed the effectiveness of the treatment.

"Our team is now monitoring the yacht, but we are confident this is a step in the right direction for New Zealands biosecurity, supporting our environment and biodiversity efforts," Mr Walsh says.

"We will be exploring other uses for this method across our biosecurity system."

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Before the third season's title card appears, "The Boys" thrusts to the center of what its conflict between men and bermensch is really all about, via an allegory about size and strength starring a villain known as Termite. Most of the series' supers parody famous heroes from the Marvel and DC Universes, and Termite, as the moniker suggests, is the show's perverse answer to Ant-Man, minus the goodness and charm.

What Termite lacks in those virtues he compensates for by overcompensating, as it were. In this case, he makes himself small enough to sprint between rails of coke as tall as he is before leaping inside of his lover's urethra and gently walking toward the prostate as he strokes its walls.

Cocaine is a helluva drug, and Termite, who had a bump before shrinking, can't stop himself from sneezing which instantly reverts him to full size, exploding his ecstatic lover in half. Even by this show's standards, this was an extreme gross-out, one doubling as a red carpet leading into a season thumping with parallels to real world threats shadowed by distressing social and political shifts.

There's no evidence that its showrunner Eric Kripke intentionally pumped up the phallus references in the first few episodes for any other reason than to have fun with streaming's liberal policy concerning full-frontal nudity. (We reached out to Amazon in the hope of interviewing him for this story; unsurprisingly, we did not hear back.)

Still, in a show that counts among its second season highlights having one of its heroes do battle with an expanding super-schlong whipped around by a character called Love Sausage, this season seems to plug into its BDE with renewed vigor as the country faces an unforeseen masculinity crisis . . . in the form of its top hero Homelander (Antony Starr) coming unhinged.

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By nature of what its title suggests, "The Boys" doesn't need to show its fleshy bits to thump the table with its points about fascism and toxic misogyny. Homelander was ready to go full Nazi in the second season before his fascist lover was exposed and blown apart. Now he's lonely, horny, and insecure which, combined with ultimate power and thin skin, is a deadly cocktail. Whether in full costume or completely nude, he's an unapologetic you-know-what.

"The Boys" doesn't need to show its fleshy bits to thump the table with its points about fascism and toxic misogyny.

Only one thing stands between his misdirected rage and a populace unable to defend itself against his power, and that is the public's adulation. Worship is Homelander's personal male enhancement drug, as it turns out. Being informed by his assistant Ashley (Colby Minnie) that his admiration among white males in the rust belt has gone up by 44% gives him a massive hard-on she can't ignore, especially since he's naked when she delivers the news.

When she becomes so flustered at his boner to continue delivering her status report, he yells at her, "That's got nothing to do with you. Just keep going!"

The bleak undertow here is that Ashley is both a masochist and a sadist, taking her boss's abuses and passing them down the line to ensure nothing ever gets better. Her utter loyalty to Homelander is rewarded by him asking her, with a look that truly threatens to kill her, if "her idiot brain is getting f**ked by stupid," only to have her repeat the same line to an underling later. The cocky message here is that you're either stabbing or being stabbed; lose control of the joystick and, as Termite's unlucky lover found out, it's game over.

Within "The Boys," though, penile representations are always employed transgressively for laughs, shock, or horror.

Scenes like the fourth episode's hand-to-dildo battle check all three boxes, which kicks off with Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara) assassinating a Russian oligarch by penetrating his skull with a device called the Black Noir Silent Screamer.

One cannot fully appreciate the irony of that joke without seeing it. Then again, doing that also requires a strong stomach.

Kimiko beating a roomful of armed Russian gangsters to death with assorted vibrators and sex toys is hilarious and awesome, let's be real but it's also a low-key tragedy. She hates her enhanced strength and invulnerability and despises being viewed as a weapon instead of a person. "I'm not your f**king gun," she texts at Butcher.

"That is exactly what you are," he fires back, reminding her and everyone else on his crew who has the biggest bat of the bunch.

Karl Urban as Billy Butcher in "The Boys." (Courtesy of Prime Video / Amazon Studios)

"The Boys" is but one of many shows waxing phallocentric over the past couple of years, and in terms of pole count, plenty of other series are a few lengths ahead of it "Westworld," and "Minx," to name two among HBO's warehouse of options. And for all of its risqu scenes of superhero sexual excess, "The Boys" would have to make a concerted effort to catch up with "Euphoria," which slapped viewers across the eyes with a 30-sausage parade in its second episode. Premium cable has long reigned as the main stage for most scripted drama poker tournaments, purely as a matter of show.

Quite recently, though, man's true best friend has become a featured player in some narratives. There will always be shows that treat views of flaccid peen as a joke, as was the case with Mike Myers' "The Pentaverate" and an opening episode sketch from Amazon's revival of "The Kids in the Hall." But in "Pam & Tommy" Sebastian Stan's Tommy Lee Jr. a prosthetic, to be clear plowed new ground by engaging his owner in a serious vein-to-brain conversation about love and fidelity.

Of course, one can easily view this scene and anything else in "The Boys" as a simple off-color joke way off. The implication of full frontal male nudity is malleable that way on television, even when it's merely implied, as is the case with Homelander's fully raised mast. It can symbolize a broadly apparent wrong or add soft levity to a grim situation.

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In some extensions, though, it is a compass whose true North is authoritarianism. Homelander has personality traits in common with an offstage public persona haunting our own lives. That's certainly no accident, which makes it a scary thought to see him physically and emotionally naked, and tumescent with the realization that he can get away with anything and people will love him anyway.

The implication of full frontal male nudity is malleable on television.

This week of all weeks sharpens the dangerous absurdity of that subplot, what with American TV viewers divided between witnessing the House Congressional Committee hearings on the insurrection that took place on January 6th, 2021, and those choosing to believe the lies claiming its extensively researched findings to be propaganda.

"The Boys" presents a world where propaganda is as inescapable as rulership by force and physical power and between the omnipresent Vought, the government, and Earth's strongest and least controllable, it's a never-ending measuring contest.

The polite way to sum up our situation is that the patriarchy is shoving injustice down our throats. "The Boys" way of describing it is that dicks are everywhere and ready to club anyone into submission who doesn't bow before them. The only defense is to harden up and hit back.

New episodes of "The Boys" debut Fridays on Prime Video.

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