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The Shadow Of Mordor Live Action Short Film Is Brutal (And Official)

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IF you happen to be wondering what a Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor film might look like, grab some popcorn and settle in. This seven-minute film from Corridor Digital, in association with Warner Bros., gives us a good look at Orc hierarchy and bloodshed.

Poor Krimp the Orc. He’s clearly the runt of the litter and the butt of all the orcs’ jokes. Lucky for him, he’s about to meet Talion.

Wait. Not “lucky.” The other thing.

The film incorporates Talion’s wraith abilities and the nemesis system, a key component of how Shadow of Mordor is differentiated from other action-adventure titles on new-gen consoles and PC. The game comes out in just 13 days on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC. For more, check out our preview from Gamescom and our coverage hub from the December 2013 issue.

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Agoraphobia and the Telecommuter

Labor experts and industry analysts have written at length about the explosion of telecommuting in the last decade. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s decision to ban workers from telecommuting earlier this year attracted the ire of working moms and other critics who call the work-from-home trend the “inevitable wave of the future.” A growing body of evidence shows that full-time employees who work from home tend to be more productive than their cubicled counterparts, but some say telecommuting promotes disconnection among colleagues.

Just over 3 million Americans qualify as telecommuters, or those who work full-time at home for someone other than themselves. Coincidentally, the same number of Americans also suffer from agoraphobia, an anxiety disorder and the most common type of phobia. Not exactly the fear of open spaces, as the popular definition would have it, agoraphobia is, simply put, the fear of being trapped in a place or situation where you think you can’t escape or get help.

A term first used in 1871, agoraphobia has also been known as “locomotor anxiety” and “street fear.” These names make sense, considering that modern wide boulevards first emerged in Paris in the 1870s and, around the same time, technological breakthroughs such as extended railroad networks and long-distance commercial steamships had just begun to allow for the possibility of higher-speed, long-distance travel.

In Western cultures, agoraphobia can be particularly “debilitating because social and interpersonal skills are the primary traits that allow the acquisition of resources,” according to the first volume of Cultural Sociology of Mental Illness. In other words, making a living has historically been difficult for agoraphobes, although that could be changing.

To the severely agoraphobic, the housebound, telecommuting life may sound like a dream. While some sufferers unable to work outside the home may be eligible to receive disability benefits, full-time telecommuting remains an attractive option: It opens the door to something much more closely resembling a normal life.

But it’s less intuitive to think that someone might become a full-blown agoraphobe after he or she starts working from home.

After graduating from college two years ago, I landed a job as an editor for a mobile news startup, which meant I could work from anywhere with nothing but a laptop and Internet connection. “You’re so lucky,” everyone said when they learned I worked from home, and I agreed. I didn’t need to pack a lunch every day, or worry about commuting costs. Pajamas and no makeup made for an easy uniform in the mornings. My desk was often just a couch.

Just before getting hired, I suffered my first-ever panic attack while on a plane flying back home to Los Angeles from Boston. Twenty minutes after takeoff, I hovered outside the bathroom, weak and dizzy, having thrown up from sheer terror

Panic attacks are fairly common and do not necessarily lead to agoraphobia. With the release of the DSM-5, agoraphobia was unlinked from panic disorder, in which sufferers experience sudden and unexpected attacks. Anxiety researchers now view agoraphobia as a separate disorder.

Working from home was wonderful, convenient, and money-saving, but as time went on, my small anxieties devolved into something more destructive. I’d obsess over uncomfortable yet fleeting bodily sensations, growing convinced that every twinge of my gut or gnawing headache signaled something ominous. I later learned that this is what’s called “anxiety sensitivity,” and is experienced by those who are particularly attuned to the subtlest of changes in their body. Soon, my self-talk often went something like this: What if I go to the store and faint in front of everyone? What if I get food poisoning at the restaurant? What if I can’t escape? What if I go insane and die? In my purse, I always carried ibuprofen, Pepto Bismol chews, Xanax, acidophilus pills, and water, just in case.

The symptoms were always the same: guts churning, icicles for fingers, my skin at once numb and on fire, head disoriented. Once, while I was having a panic attack on a road trip, I begged my friend to let me roll down the window, even as we whipped down the freeway, our ears shuddering from the wind. Later that night I caught sight of my reflection in the bathroom mirror—the blood vessels in my eyes had burst from hyperventilation.

With time, things worsened. Soon, I couldn’t think about getting into a car or on a bus without panicking. I made excuses to avoid going to dinner or on trips to visit family. When I worked from home, I could easily ignore my growing impulse to withdraw, to stow myself away in my house where I was always within reach of a bottle of medication, a bathroom, a bed. These were talismans more than remedies, but life crept on, and every two weeks I received my paycheck direct-deposited into my bank account.

To be clear: Working from home didn’t cause my agoraphobia, it just enabled it. As someone who already had latent anxiety issues, I lacked incentive to prove myself wrong about all the imagined catastrophes that could occur if I were “trapped” somewhere. Telecommuting offered me the retreat I craved, but it helped to reinforce my avoidance patterns. And so the agoraphobia blossomed.

“Avoiding anxiety-provoking stimuli tends to both perpetuate our anxiety and erode our self-confidence, thereby worsening our anxiety—this is true for all anxiety, not just agoraphobia,” said Dr. Kilianne Kimball, the Sacramento clinical psychologist who eventually helped treat me.

It was true. My world grew smaller every week, but working from home meant my world didn’t need to be that big in the first place.

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From 2005 to 2012, the number of people who worked from home multiple times a week grew by nearly 80 percent; not even the recession could interrupt the ascent of telecommuters. And its rise isn’t over yet—the number of professional workers in the U.S. who telecommute at least once a week has been forecasted by the Telework Research Network to rise 60 percent by the end of the decade.

Currently, the scientific literature has nothing to say, specifically, about the connection between agoraphobia and telecommuting, though there are several possible reasons for this, according to Dr. Anu Asnaani, a clinical psychologist at University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety. Psychology researchers may be unaware of new employment trends such as telecommuting, meaning they won’t study potential mental health problems linked to them. And it takes time to conduct and publish a study, even if someone was interested in doing the research.  And without a body of research to build on, psychologists are less inclined to come up with options for intervention or outreach.

Plus, agencies that award funding for psychology research currently tend to support studies examining the neurobiology behind behavior and mental disorders, as opposed to the psychosocial factors of anxiety disorders, such as shifts in work environments, Asnaani says.

“I think the topic itself is very interesting to anxiety researchers as we continue to integrate technology and newer lifestyle information into making our treatments more widespread and better,” Asnaani told me in an email. When we spoke earlier, she said she believed the issue of mental health and telecommuting simply needs greater visibility in the scientific community in order to be studied rigorously.

“I could see where [agoraphobia] would really perpetuate if people developed the ability to … make a career from home,” said Dr. Dennis Greenberger of the Anxiety and Depression Center in Newport Beach, California. Even now, Greenberger says, people can get groceries delivered to their homes by Amazon, maintain a sense of social connection through Facebook and Skype, and use the Internet to support themselves with relative ease.

Of course, agoraphobia—like all mental disorders—isn’t a “just add water” phenomenon. No one, even if they have underlying anxiety issues, will necessarily become agoraphobic simply by working at home. And fortunately, panic disorders and agoraphobia tend to have the best prognosis of all mental disorders, according to Greenberger—but that’s only if individuals seek help, like I did.

I still work from home today, but after months of self-guided therapy exercises and taking SSRIs, I can say that I’m “recovering.” I read books and did exposure therapy and no longer need to carry a bottle of Xanax around everywhere for comfort. This year, I got on the train to attend my younger sister’s college graduation and flew more than 6,000 miles to visit my grandparents in Guam. But I still feel most proud when I do something pitifully normal, like buying bread at the store without worrying about falling apart.

My world is getting bigger again.

This article was originally published at http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/09/agoraphobia-and-the-telecommuter/379483/

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IOC President meets with INTERPOL Secretary General to discuss joint action plan to protect clean athletes

Today’s discussion focused on the parameters of collaboration to be implemented in the coming years. The main areas of focus are awareness-raising among members of the Olympic Movement of the risks related to the manipulation of competitions, intelligence gathering, the conducting of investigations and prosecution procedures. Law enforcement authorities will be trained in parallel with the sports movement as the manipulation of sports competitions is often linked to criminal activities. INTERPOL’s expertise in overseeing and conducting investigations and in the exchange of intelligence is therefore critical.

The approach is based on the spirit of the Memorandum of Understanding the IOC and INTERPOL signed in January. The MOU widened the scope of previous activities between the two organisations and paves the way for future collaboration on the security and protection of the integrity of competitions at the Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games. It includes measures to improve governance through sport regulations and state legislation; ensuring regulatory enforcement through intelligence and investigations; and enhancing awareness among, and providing training to, Olympic Movement stakeholders and law enforcement agencies.

“Protecting the clean athletes from all forms of corruption and manipulation is our top priority,” said President Bach. “Our increased collaboration with INTERPOL serves to safeguard the integrity of sport. We are very satisfied with the determination being demonstrated by INTERPOL to team up with the IOC in this fight for the clean athletes. Together we continue to call on all governments, police authorities and betting regulators to join us.”

“Building on the close collaboration between INTERPOL and the International Olympic Committee is crucial to turning back crime threatening the integrity of sport,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Noble. “Wider global law enforcement support will also help ensure that fans, competitors and officials can safely enjoy international sports events.”

“Our joint action against threats such as illegal and irregular betting will help underpin confidence in fair play by the public and all those who have a stake in keeping sports clean and safe,” the Secretary General added. “The role of INTERPOL is to ensure that the rule of law is respected; the role of the IOC is to ensure that the rule of sport is respected. So it is a perfect marriage.”

As the world’s largest international police organization that works to connect police for a safer world, INTERPOL has worked closely with the IOC in the past to protect Olympic competitions from manipulation.

One of the IOC’s latest efforts to protect clean athletes was the establishment of the “Integrity Betting Intelligence System” (IBIS), which has been fully operational since the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Designed to become the primary source of betting information for the Olympic Movement, IBIS collates alerts and information on manipulation through betting on sport. Betting operators and regulators that have signed MoUs with the IOC are responsible for monitoring betting activity on all major international sports events and alerting IBIS directly when suspicious activity is detected. IBIS is a permanent mechanism that is available to all International Federations (IFs). The goal is to have all Summer and Winter IFs join the system by the end of 2015. The collaboration with INTERPOL will strengthen the efficiency of IBIS through the training and support of IFs, national sports organisations and law enforcement agencies.

Looking ahead, the IOC fully supports the signing of the Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions by all states represented at the 13th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport in Macolin/Magglingen, Switzerland on 18 September 2014. The convention will mark a key milestone in the cooperation between governments and sport in the joint fight against manipulation in sport.

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On the IOC’s “Integrity Betting Intelligence System” (IBIS),
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Aries Horoscope for Sep 17, 2014

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A day of recreation and fun. Stick to your budget to avoid financial constraints. You will be somewhat irritated with the behavior of the people around you today. Time to refresh your friendship by reminding good times you shared. Your married life will take a beautiful change with some ever-lasting love moments. Not a very good day for traveling.

Auburn Tigers versus Kansas St Wildcats College Football Betting Preview

An outstanding matchup is scheduled to kick of week four from college football on Thursday night September 18th as the Auburn Tigers pay a visit to the Kansas St Wildcats. The Tigers and Wildcats will get things started from Kansas St at 7:30PM Eastern Time with ESPN TV providing the coast to coast broadcast.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business have the road side Auburn Tigers the -9 point wagering favorite.

Auburn will have the benefit of a bye week as they avoid that short preparation time by not scheduling a game last Saturday. The Tigers opened up the year by defeating the Arkansas Razorbacks on a neutral field 45-21. The Razorbacks are built to run the football and some felt that the Arkansas running game could allow the team to possess the football longer than the Tigers. But that did not occur because the Razorbacks had trouble sustaining drives as they go just 2 of 10 on third down so they were unable to keep that high octane Auburn offense off the field. We bring up that comparison because a lot of running is what the Tigers could face in this road game at Kansas St. The Wildcats are a perfect 2-0 on the year and too will have the benefit of a bye week as they host Auburn in this big game. In week two Kansas St opened up Big 12 conference play by traveling to face the Iowa St Cyclones. The Wildcats got off to a 13-0 lead and then they allowed 28 straight Iowa St points to fall behind 28-13 early in the second period. In a hostile environment the Kansas St defense held Iowa St scoreless in the second half and the team was able to overcome an eight point fourth quarter deficit by pushing across two unanswered fourth quarter touchdowns to escape Iowa St with the 32-28 victory as a -7 ½ point favorite. Wildcats quarterback Jake Waters is a run threat who led Kansas St in rushing in week two with 138 yards on the ground with two touchdowns.

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Cancer Horoscope for Sep 17, 2014

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Try to relax in-between work and avoid late nights. Be secretive about your investments and about your future goals. Control your tongue as it could hurt the sentiments of your grandparents. It is better to remain silent than waste your time in babbling. Remember we give meaning to life through sensible activities. Let them feel you care for them. Professional achievement and benefits for those at work. Don’t wait for things to happen-go out and search for new opportunities. A day when changes might be made at the last minutes to your plans.

Gemini Horoscope for Sep 17, 2014

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Chances of your recovering from physical illness are high which will enable you to participate in sports competition. Wise investments will only fetch returns- therefore be sure where you put your hard-earned money. Those seeking emotional reassurances may find their elders coming to their aid. Love life will be vibrant. A day of careful moves- so don’t present your ideas until you are sure it won’t fail. Pending problems need to get sorted out soon and you know that you have to start somewhere- so think positively and start putting efforts today.