All posts tagged: losing

Singer Billie Eilish on being ‘ghosted’ and losing friends due to fame

Singer Billie Eilish on being ‘ghosted’ and losing friends due to fame

Billie Eilish was “ghosted” by a boy. The Lunch singer, 22, has revealed the individual she was getting to know cut all communication with her, and it turned out, he was dating someone else. Appearing on the BBC podcast Miss Me?, she told hosts Lily Allen and Miquita Oliver: “It was literally unbelievable. To this day, (he) never texted me again. “I was like, did you die? Did you literally die?’” She continued: “It was somebody that I’d also known for years and had a plan, the day of, on the phone, making a plan, this is my address, be there at 3pm – never heard from him again. Ever. I couldn’t believe it.” As it turns out, he was lying to her. On finding out he was with someone else, she added: “And I was like ‘oh’. But I didn’t know people still did that. I genuinely didn’t know people did that.” In the same chat, the Grammy winner revealed she has lost a lot of friends since she became famous. She said: “Well, I lost …

These inhumane attacks on Rafah are no accident. They’re central to the IDF’s brutal, losing strategy | Paul Rogers

These inhumane attacks on Rafah are no accident. They’re central to the IDF’s brutal, losing strategy | Paul Rogers

The killing of at least 45 Palestinians in a humanitarian zone near Rafah has caused anger that reaches far beyond the Middle East. And yet Israel’s offensive is expected to continue, with several Israeli tanks spotted in the centre of Rafah on Tuesday, witnesses told Reuters news agency. It comes after the international criminal court sought arrest warrants for Benjamin Netanyahu and defence minister Yoav Gallant, along with three senior Hamas leaders – all for alleged war crimes. Separately, the international court of justice demanded that Israel cease its assault on Rafah, and, for a few days last week, there seemed to be signs that Israel was refraining from an all-out assault. The US-based Institute for the Study of War had reported that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) were using “less airpower and artillery, and fewer, smaller bombs”, with soldiers clearing “urban areas on foot”. This has ended with the bombing of the Tal al-Sultan area, where the IDF onslaught caused a huge blaze in a tented area for displaced people. Netanyahu may describe the …

Trump Seems Worried About Losing Anti-Vaxxer Vote To RFK Jr

Trump Seems Worried About Losing Anti-Vaxxer Vote To RFK Jr

Former President Donald Trump seems to be anxious that independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr will win over one of Trump’s key constituencies — anti-vaxxers. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee ranted about Kennedy, who has tried to distance himself from his documented history as a vaccine skeptic, in a four-minute Truth Social video on Thursday, in which he claimed that Kennedy has misrepresented his views on vaccines to curry favour with the right. “Republicans, get it out of your mind that you’re going to vote for this guy because he’s conservative. He’s not,” Trump said. “For those of you that want to vote because you think he’s an anti-vaxxer, he’s not really an anti-vaxxer,” Trump continued. “That’s only his political moment. So, RFK, his views on vaccines are fake, as is everything else about his candidacy.” Kennedy has said he’s never advised the public not to get vaccines and has insisted that he’s not against them. But his profile as a vaccine sceptic exploded during the pandemic, and he has said as recently as …

We’re Losing Pastors Left & Right + Rich Villodas

We’re Losing Pastors Left & Right + Rich Villodas

It’s the big pastor burnout.  Why is it a tough time to be a pastor? Let’s count the ways: a pandemic, a racial justice uprising, an insurrection, hyper partisanship in the pews, cataclysmic global wars. This is not to mention all the normal pulpit pressures, like blurry boundaries, pastoral care, complaining stakeholders, etc, etc. etc. Being a pastor is hard y’all! That’s why Katelyn and Roxy wanted to talk with seasoned New York pastor, Rich Villodas, who has been pastoring an incredibly diverse church in Queens for 16 years. We wanted to hear what unique pressures pastors face and how congregants can offer true support. GUEST: 

Southern Baptists, losing members, find solace in baptisms and better attendance

Southern Baptists, losing members, find solace in baptisms and better attendance

(RNS) — The bad news for Southern Baptists is that the denomination, the nation’s largest Protestant group, shrunk in 2023, with a drop of about a quarter-million people. The good news, according to the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual statistical report, is that the decline slowed from 2022. In addition, of those who remained, more went to church and more newcomers took the plunge to get baptized. The SBC’s 2024 Annual Church Profile, released Tuesday (May 7), showed that membership dropped to 12.9 million members, the lowest since the late 1970s. Having peaked at 16.3 million in 2006, membership has been in decline ever since, with nearly 3.5 million members in total lost. About half of that total loss has come since 2018. Weekly attendance at churches rebounded from the COVID-19 pandemic, topping 4 million per week, while small-group attendance was about 2.5 million. Donations at the denomination’s 46,000 churches also remained robust, topping $10 billion, feeding nearly $800 million into SBC national and international ministries. The SBC’s churches also reported 226,000 baptisms, a key evangelism …

Woman reveals ‘skinny privilege’ after losing 11 stone – ‘strangers treat me differently’ | UK | News

Woman reveals ‘skinny privilege’ after losing 11 stone – ‘strangers treat me differently’ | UK | News

Now Issy has lost 11st 10lbs and is a slender 13st 1lbs and can slip into a size 14 but has realised how differently she is being treated. She said people now hold the door open for her and smile at her and they hadn’t before – so she believes she now has ‘skinny privilege’. Issy, an e-commerce and social media manager, from Grimsby, Lincolnshire, said: “It’s basic things – someone holding the door open. People smiling at you. “I feel I get treated differently. When you’ve been big you realise you don’t have the same experience. “I was quite shocked that people before wouldn’t have entertained me before have popped up. I’m the exact same person. I still treat people the same. “I want someone to like me for me not for what I look like. People say you’re thinner now – must get more attention. “It’s a bit sad. Why wasn’t she worthy of the same? But everyone has a preference and everyone is entitled to that. “It’s crazy how different people treat …

Labour ‘working to get support back’ after losing votes over Gaza stance | Labour

Labour ‘working to get support back’ after losing votes over Gaza stance | Labour

A senior Labour official has insisted the party wants better lives for Palestinian people as it prepares to shift its campaigning to win back voters opposing its position on Gaza. Pat McFadden, the party’s national election coordinator, said it would “work to get people’s support back” as analysis showed that despite huge gains in council seats, seizing the West Midlands mayoralty, and Sadiq Khan, the Muslim mayor of London, winning a third term, there was an almost 18% drop in the Labour vote in areas of England where more than a fifth of people identified as Muslim. After an analysis of 930 wards by Prof Will Jennings, of the University of Southampton, showed the scale of the protest vote over Labour’s support for Israel over Gaza and the time the party took to call for a ceasefire, McFadden told the BBC’s Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg that the situation in the Middle East was a “high foreign policy priority” for Labour, adding: “The better lives that people want for the Palestinian people is something the Labour …

Apple TV+ show Sugar just had the most insane plot twist – and viewers are losing it

Apple TV+ show Sugar just had the most insane plot twist – and viewers are losing it

Apple TV+’s new detective drama Sugar promised a twist on the ‘Neo-noir’ genre by introducing Colin Farrell as John Sugar, a kind-hearted private investigator who becomes embroiled in his latest case – discovering what happened to a famous movie director’s beloved granddaughter. However, there was a major twist in Friday’s episode that we definitely were not expecting. Warning, major spoilers ahead for Sugar season one, episode six…  What happens in episode six? In the episode, John is badly hurt when he is attacked while looking for Olivia, leading to to seek the help of his friend Melanie, but warns her not to contact a hospital, and instead calls his friend Henry to come to his aid instead.  Henry sends Melanie away while pulling out an unusual blood pack, and by the end of the episode, it is finally revealed why John needs mysterious injections, as well as the odd, sparkly blood. Locking himself in the bathroom, he uses the syringe to transform into a blue, alien creature. You got it, John Henry, Ruby and other members …

We know there are many benefits to writing by hand – in a digital world we risk losing them | Nova Weetman

We know there are many benefits to writing by hand – in a digital world we risk losing them | Nova Weetman

Recently, I found a letter my mum had written me years ago when she was on holidays in Vietnam. The paper is thin and ratty on the edges, but the handwriting and the turn of phrase is unforgettably hers. In looping, cursive black ink, she has described pages and pages of wondrous observations about her travels, immediately transporting me to another place and another time. If this had been sent as an email, it might have been lost in the endless updating of laptops and operating systems. But because it was a letter, I added it to a box in the cupboard some years ago, knowing I would want to read it again and again and again. Letters like these become even more valuable after someone dies, when you go hunting for a record of their voice. And knowing that the person held a pen to write the words elevates the correspondence far beyond something sent via phone or computer. But it is not just the words they write or the expressions they use; it …

We’re Losing Our Minds at This “Computer Generated” Sketch of a Police Suspect

We’re Losing Our Minds at This “Computer Generated” Sketch of a Police Suspect

“Did he burglarize the Wii bowling alley?” Thief™ There’s a potential burglar on the loose. We suspect, though, that he doesn’t quite look how the cops imagine him to be. On the hunt for a man who may have broken into a 90-year-old homeowner’s house in Tunbridge Wells, England, the Kent Police did the usual thing cops do with unidentified suspects: release a composite photo — traditionally a sketch — of what they look like based on a witness description. Except in this case, the local fuzz opted for a “computer generated” image, which they shared on X-formerly-Twitter. And the results, we have to say, are absolutely comical. Whether it turns up any leads remains to be seen, but for now everyone’s having a good laugh at just how much it looks like a low-poly video game character. “Did he burglarize the Wii bowling alley?” joked one user in a post on X. “He’s hiding in the Facility level in GoldenEye,” quipped another. For Pete’s Sake According to a police statement, the witness says that …