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Woman Cancels Her Wedding & Uses The 30k To Feed The Homeless

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The average American spends about $26,720 on their wedding, with total costs ranging between $10,000-$33,000. Understandably, more and more people are becoming fed up with the massive expense that hosting a ceremony to publicly express their love for one another now entails.

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In an episode of Adam Ruins Everything, Adam perfectly breaks down the nonsensical idea that you have to be frivolous with your money when it comes to ‘keeping tradition’ on your wedding. In fact, Adam explains that what we know today as ‘tradition’ wasn’t always so.

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Weddings used to be informal and when a woman wore white, it didn’t mean that she was a virgin, but that she was rich. Queen Victoria was the first woman to wear white to her wedding, spurring a trend for future generations that would allow them to showcase how wealthy they were and which even influenced wedding cake colour, as white sugar was too costly for the average person.

Who’s to blame for the rise in wedding prices? Wedding magazines, of course. They helped establish a standard for couples everywhere to ‘marry like the wealthy,’ and build a wedding industry that takes advantage of young couples looking to make their big day memorable by overcharging them for photos, food, and venues.

With all this being said, it’s perfectly acceptable to spend your money how you wish and if you choose to host a beautiful ceremony for your family and friends to witness the proclamation of your love, then you should feel free to do so.

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Sarah Cummins had this exact idea in mind over the two years she spent planning her wedding to her fiancé, Logan Araujo. The bad news is, they had to cancel the wedding due to unforeseen circumstances, and to make matters worse, they were stuck with a nonrefundable contract for a venue and a plated dinner for 170 guests at the Ritz Charles in Carmel.

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Instead of continuing to wallow in sorrow and worrying about what to do with the food, she decided to work together with her event planner, Maddie LaDow, to rearrange the reception area, then started contacting homeless shelters in Indianapolis and Noblesville and inviting residents to her party.

After reaching out to a few homeless shelters, Sarah was pleased to hear that she could potentially be expecting 150 guests. Cheryl Herzog, development director at Dayspring Centre, one of the local shelters contacted, was so touched that Sara was able to turn a painful experience into a joyful one for families in need. “Being homeless is stressful for an entire family. I suspect having the chance to experience a delicious meal with your family in a beautiful space like the Ritz Charles will be very special for them,” she said.

Not only were families invited, but a dozen veterans from a local organization were counted among the guests, too. In order to complete the swanky party, several local businesses and residents participated by donating suits, dresses and other items for the guests to wear.

“For me, it was an opportunity to let these people know they deserved to be at a place like this just as much as everyone else does,” Cummins said.

Guests feasted on bourbon-glazed meatballs, roasted garlic bruschetta, chicken breast with artichokes and Chardonnay cream sauce, and, of course, wedding cake!

Sarah welcomed the guests at the door and received support from three of her seven bridesmaids, along with her mother and aunts.

Her ex-fiancé Logan also commended Sarah and agreed that it was a selfless way to handle the situation. “I’m happy through my grief and also Sarah’s that she was able to make a selfless and very thoughtful decision in such a hard time,” he revealed. Logan’s mother passed recently, so the dinner also served as a memorial for her.

The story originally appeared on the Indy Star.

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Abductions & Car Vandalism – Startling Australian UFO Report Unclassified

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An uncovered Australian report performed by their Department of Defence. “Scientific Intelligence — General — Unidentified Flying Objects” is trending again. Those who have done extensive research on UFOs will find the Australian version of disclosure to be far more intellectually honest than the American version. Albeit it was conducted decades ago.

According to ex-US intelligence official Luis Elizondo, the Defense Department’s Inspector General is presently conducting three reviews. The inquiries vary from the Department of Defense’s handling of UFO claims to Elizondo’s alleged whistleblower retribution. The open IG cases are crucial to Australia’s report because they establish beyond a shadow of a doubt that the US Department of Defense is being dishonest and shady when it comes to the UFO subject. For decades, Australia has been a loyal friend of the United States. Within Australia’s boundaries, they share a military installation (Pine Gap). When a close defense ally’s intelligence agencies determined that the US was not being intellectually honest in its approach, perhaps it is reasonable to conclude that there is more to the tale than the 144 incidents studied since 2004 by the UAPTF.

The CIA became alarmed at the overloading of military communications during the mass sightings of 1952 and considered the possibility that the USSR may take advantage of such a situation.

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According to the summary, OSI, acting through the Robertson-Panel, encouraged the USAF to use Project Blue Book to publicly “debunk” UFOs. In a tragic twist of fate, when Australian authorities sought explanations from the US Air Force, the allegation was debunked. The authors of the study were depicted as conspiratorial and even crazy by the US Air Force. Ross Coulthart reported this, and it may be heard in a recent Project Unity interview. Courthart is an award-winning investigative journalist who is drawn to forbidden subjects. He also stated on the same podcast that a senior US Navy official identified as Nat Kobitz told him that the US had been in the midst of reverse-engineering numerous non-human craft. According to his obituary, Mr. Kobitz was a former Director of Research and Development at Naval Sea Systems Command.

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PGA Tour To End COVID Testing For Both Vaccinated & Non-Vaccinated Players

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    The PGA Tour has announced that it will stop testing players every week, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not.

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    Are PCR tests appropriate to identify infectious people? Should people who are healthy and not sick be tested at all, anywhere?

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The picture you see above is of John Rahm, a professional golfer on the PGA tour being carted off the golf course after tournament officials told him he had COVID. He was healthy and had no symptoms, yet was forced to withdraw from the tournament. He was told in front of the camera’s, and a big scene was made out of the event. You would think something like that, especially when you are a big time sports figure, would be done behind closed doors with some privacy.

Earlier on in June a spokesperson for the PGA Tour said that more than 50 percent of players on the PGA tour have been vaccinated. Although it seems that the majority of players on the tour will be fully vaccinated judging by this statement, it does leave a fairly large minority who won’t be, and that’s something we’re seeing across the globe as COVID vaccine hesitancy remains high for multiple reasons.

We are pleased to announce, after consultation with PGA Tour medical advisors, that due to the high rate of vaccination among all constituents on the PGA Tour, as well as other positively trending factors across the country, testing for COVID-19 will no longer be required as a condition of competition beginning with the 3M Open. – PGA tour Senior VP Tyler Dennis

The tour recently announced that the testing of players every week will stop starting in July for both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. This was an unexpected announcement given the fact that, at least it seems in some countries, vaccinated individuals will enjoy previous rights and freedoms that everyone did before the pandemic. Travelling without need to quarantine and possibly in the future not having to be tested could be a few of those privileges. Others may include attending concerts, sporting events, or perhaps even keeping their job depending on whether or not their employer deems it to be mandatory, if that’s even legally possible. We will see what happens.

Luckily for professional golfers, regardless of their vaccination status they won’t have to worry about testing positive for COVID, especially if they’re not sick. This is the appropriate move by the PGA tour, who is represented by their players and it’s a move that the players themselves may have had a say in. It’s important because PCR tests are not designed nor are they appropriate for identifying infectious people. A number of scientists have been emphasizing this since the beginning of the pandemic. More recently, a letter to the editor published in the Journal of infection explain why more than half of al “positive” PCR tests are likely to have been people who are not infectious, otherwise known as “false positives.”

This is why the Swedish Public Health agency has a notice on their website explaining how and why polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are not useful for determining if someone is infected with COVID or if someone can transmit it to others, and it’s better to use someone who is actually showing symptoms as a judgement call of whether or not they could be infected or free from infection.

PCR tests using a high cycle threshold are extremely sensitive. An article published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found that among positive PCR samples with a cycle count over 35, only 3 percent of the samples showed viral replication. This can be interpreted as, if someone tests positive via PCR when a Ct of 35 or higher is used, the probability that said person is actually infected is less than 3%, and the probability that said result is a false positive is 97 percent. This begs the question, why has Manitoba, Canada, for example, using cycle thresholds of up to 45 to identify “positive” people?

When it comes to golf, the fact that spread occurring in an outdoor setting is highly unlikely could have been a factor, but it’s also important to mention that asymptomatic spread within one’s own household is also considerably rare. It really makes you wonder what’s going on here, doesn’t it?

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