Pazoo.com http://pazoo.com Inspiring Health & Wellness<br />And Safety Wed, 15 Mar 2017 22:56:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Inspiring Health & Wellness<br />And Safety Pazoo.com no Inspiring Health & Wellness<br />And Safety Pazoo.com http://pazoo.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://pazoo.com Be Inspired By Medical Cannabis: How To Use It Without Getting High (Video) http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/be-inspired-by-medical-cannabis-how-to-use-it-without-getting-high-video http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/be-inspired-by-medical-cannabis-how-to-use-it-without-getting-high-video#comments Wed, 15 Mar 2017 22:56:05 +0000 http://pazoo.com/?p=248410 CBDvsTHCThe difference between THC and CBD in marijuana is that one of them is a psychoactive component.]]> CBDvsTHC

The difference between THC and CBD in marijuana is that one of them is a psychoactive component.

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Be Inspired By Pot Progress: Florida Doctors Get The OK To Prescribe Medical Cannabis (Video) http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/inspired-pot-progress-florida-doctors-get-ok-prescribe-medical-cannabis-video http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/inspired-pot-progress-florida-doctors-get-ok-prescribe-medical-cannabis-video#comments Wed, 08 Mar 2017 19:58:48 +0000 http://pazoo.com/?p=248405 medical-cannabisEven before the state legislature finalizes regulations for recently legalized medical cannabis, doctors were given the green light to begin recommending it to their patients.]]> medical-cannabis

Even before the state legislature finalizes regulations for recently legalized medical cannabis, doctors were given the green light to begin recommending it to their patients.

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Be Inspired By The World’s First Cannabis Gym (Video) http://pazoo.com/health/be-inspired-by-the-worlds-first-cannabis-gym-video http://pazoo.com/health/be-inspired-by-the-worlds-first-cannabis-gym-video#comments Wed, 01 Mar 2017 18:51:19 +0000 http://pazoo.com/?p=248399 cannabis-gymA pair of entrepreneurs, including a former NFL star running back, have opened a new gym and fitness center that leverages the benefits of marijuana.]]> cannabis-gym

A pair of entrepreneurs, including a former NFL star running back, have opened a new gym and fitness center that leverages the benefits of marijuana.

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James Corden Tries To Count The Lies Of Donald Trump And Can’t Keep Up http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/james-corden-tries-to-count-the-lies-of-donald-trump-and-cant-keep-up http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/james-corden-tries-to-count-the-lies-of-donald-trump-and-cant-keep-up#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:23:46 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/23/james-corden-tries-to-count-lies-of-donald-trump-and-cant-keep-up_n_14955144.html


James Corden on Wednesday used a Washington Post report to skewer the legions of “false or misleading statements” that President Donald Trump has made in his first 34 days in office. “The Late Late Show” host smoothly launched several zingers at the commander-in-chief for his fibbing but had a little trouble actually counting the lies. Even comedians have their limits.


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James Corden on Wednesday used a Washington Post report to skewer the legions of “false or misleading statements” that President Donald Trump has made in his first 34 days in office. “The Late Late Show” host smoothly launched several zingers at the commander-in-chief for his fibbing but had a little trouble actually counting the lies. Even comedians have their limits.


You’ll enjoy the bit above ― and that’s the truth.




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Stephen Colbert Shreds Donald Trump’s ‘Phone Buddy’ Alex Jones http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/stephen-colbert-shreds-donald-trumps-phone-buddy-alex-jones http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/stephen-colbert-shreds-donald-trumps-phone-buddy-alex-jones#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:17:38 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/23/stephen-colbert-alex-jones-donald-trump_n_14954232.html


Stephen Colbert went all in on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on Wednesday.


After describing President Donald Trump as a “hot head” and a “powder-keg,” the “Late Show” host stressed the importance of the commander in chief receiving counsel from people who are “even-keeled.”


“Unfortunately, he’s talking to some jerk named Alex Jones,” said Colbert, who lamented the conservative radio host’s reported new role “as occasional information source and validator for Trump, with whom he sometimes speaks on the phone.”





Colbert told viewers the name of Jones’ website, InfoWars, is easy to remember. “Just imagine info, then imagine someone at war with it,” he said.


The host also called out Trump’s new “phone buddy” for repeatedly “telling it like it isn’t” — such as his repeated insistence that the Sandy Hook massacre was staged.


Check out the full segment above.


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‘You Are Not Alone': Celebs Stand Up For Trans Kids After White House Drops Civil Rights Protections http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/you-are-not-alone-celebs-stand-up-for-trans-kids-after-white-house-drops-civil-rights-protections http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/you-are-not-alone-celebs-stand-up-for-trans-kids-after-white-house-drops-civil-rights-protections#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:29:15 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/23/celebs-support-trans-kids_n_14953328.html




They’re standing up and speaking out. 


Celebrities voiced their support for transgender children on Wednesday after President Donald Trump’s administration said it would no longer protect them from discrimination at school. 


Some offered practical advice, like where to turn for help. Others vowed to fight on their behalf. And some just wanted to let these kids know they’re loved.  


Here’s a sampling: 



I love and support you, you are not alone. #protecttranskids

— Nia Vardalos (@NiaVardalos) February 23, 2017




To the LGBTQ community, I'm sorry for the message that was sent today. They don't speak for all of us. We love you.

— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) February 23, 2017




Trans friend, if you are struggling tonight, please reach out to @TrevorProject and @Translifeline. Equality for all! #ISTANDWITHGAVIN pic.twitter.com/bgipj0rmqg

— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) February 23, 2017




Trans community you are not alone. We stand with you and support you and there is help. https://t.co/SQRZPRkRFW

— josh groban (@joshgroban) February 23, 2017




For anyone who feels scared or hopeless, know that we will never stop fighting for your rights.

— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) February 23, 2017




Know that you are loved. #ProtectTransYouth

If you need someone to talk to call or SMS or chat with @TrevorProject - be strong. We r w you https://t.co/d400Rey3zR

— Jack Falahee (@RestingPlatypus) February 23, 2017




It's going 2 take me a moment 2 digest the wholesale lack of compassion showed today to #transkids by this administration. Trying to process

— Adam Shankman (@adammshankman) February 23, 2017




Trans kids drop out of school & commit suicide b/c of bullying. Now we can add the Secretary of Education and President 2 list of bullies.

— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) February 23, 2017




We need to protect trans youth and stand up against this cruelty that hurts our kids. Support @Translifeline

— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) February 22, 2017




Trans kids: You are LOVED, SUPPORTED, and VALID. I (and SO many others) are here for you. #protecttranskids

— Scott Hoying (@scotthoying) February 23, 2017




Transgender rights are human rights. And all humans have the right to use a public restroom without being targeted for violence or arrest.

— Kristina Wong ❄️ (@mskristinawong) February 23, 2017




People are afraid of what they don't understand. U have to b the fighters right now. It's hard but u will change the world #protectTransKids

— Caity Lotz (@caitylotz) February 23, 2017




If you support lifting fed protections of trans kids, you are supporting an act of cruelty towards kids who know enough cruelty already 2/3

— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) February 23, 2017




Ugly! Trump administration set to rescind protections for transgender students ➡️ by @aterkel https://t.co/678NPUt4Yh via @HuffPostPol

— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) February 22, 2017




There's no reason 2 roll back rights for trans citizens or anyone else. What jobs does that create? How is that keeping the US safe? #Resist

— billy eichner (@billyeichner) February 23, 2017




Trans rights are human rights. The end! ❤️ #ProtectTransKids

— Ben Platt (@BenSPLATT) February 23, 2017



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They’re standing up and speaking out. 


Celebrities voiced their support for transgender children on Wednesday after President Donald Trump’s administration said it would no longer protect them from discrimination at school. 


Some offered practical advice, like where to turn for help. Others vowed to fight on their behalf. And some just wanted to let these kids know they’re loved.  


Here’s a sampling: 


































































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Seth Meyers took aim at the Trump administration’s immigration policies on Wednesday.


The “Late Night” host attacked the president’s proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall, the imminent rewriting of his executive order banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations and halting the influx of refugees into the United States and the looming sweeping crackdown on undocumented immigrants. The measures are “cruel,” “unnecessary” and “ineffective,” he said.


“Even many Republicans think so,” Meyers added.


He asked lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to come together to do one thing to protest and halt Trump’s policies.


“Those Republicans, and Democrats, should stand up to Trump,” Meyers said. “Just take a cue from him and say ‘blow me.’”





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Seth Meyers took aim at the Trump administration’s immigration policies on Wednesday.


The “Late Night” host attacked the president’s proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall, the imminent rewriting of his executive order banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations and halting the influx of refugees into the United States and the looming sweeping crackdown on undocumented immigrants. The measures are “cruel,” “unnecessary” and “ineffective,” he said.


“Even many Republicans think so,” Meyers added.


He asked lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to come together to do one thing to protest and halt Trump’s policies.


“Those Republicans, and Democrats, should stand up to Trump,” Meyers said. “Just take a cue from him and say ‘blow me.’”





Check out the full segment above.


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Katy Perry Throws Shade At Donald Trump During Brit Awards Performance http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/katy-perry-throws-shade-at-donald-trump-during-brit-awards-performance http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/katy-perry-throws-shade-at-donald-trump-during-brit-awards-performance#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:19:22 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/23/katy-perry-brit-awards-2017-donald-trump_n_14952544.html




Pop star Katy Perry got political at the Brit Awards ceremony in London on Wednesday night.


As she performed her new single “Chained To The Rhythm” with Skip Marley, two skeleton puppets shuffled onto the stage. Twitter users were quick to point out their resemblance to President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May during the world leaders’ meeting in Washington, D.C. last month.



Here's your 'Katy Perry trolls Donald Trump and Theresa May as skeletons at the #brits' gif pic.twitter.com/A3MuclCPgb

— Graeme Demianyk (@GraemeDemianyk) February 22, 2017



One of the puppets was dressed in a red blazer and skirt, similar to what May wore during her summit with Trump. The other skeleton donned a suit with a red tie.


Perry made no overt reference about who they were supposed to represent, although she later tweeted a link to a news story which described her act as taking “a swipe” at Trump.



Well, Katy Perry's performance MAY TRUMP everyone else's.. #BRITs2017. #BRITs. #KatyPerryBRITS. pic.twitter.com/V2yCL0DyM5

— Jamie Hough (@jmehough) February 22, 2017




Just realised Katy Perry's skeletons were Trump & May. Aaaaaah pic.twitter.com/MATNB1xorJ

— Mike Hall (@MikAlexH) February 22, 2017




Okay, the mocking of Donald Trump and Theresa May at The Brits during @KatyPerry's set was not lost on us. Love it! #BRITs2017 pic.twitter.com/Dm10nLb8eZ

— Stuart McAllister (@Stu_McAllister) February 22, 2017




Just massive respect for Katy Perry. Would imagine Trump is currently writing an executive order banning her from the US. #brits2017 pic.twitter.com/rQ9LB5Bs1i

— no1whisky (@no1whisky) February 22, 2017



Perry, who supported Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election campaign, made a comparable point at the Grammy Awards earlier this month. Whilst performing the same song, Perry wore an armband that read “PERSIST” and ended the song standing in front of the U.S. Constitution and shouting “No hate!” 


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Pop star Katy Perry got political at the Brit Awards ceremony in London on Wednesday night.


As she performed her new single “Chained To The Rhythm” with Skip Marley, two skeleton puppets shuffled onto the stage. Twitter users were quick to point out their resemblance to President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May during the world leaders’ meeting in Washington, D.C. last month.






One of the puppets was dressed in a red blazer and skirt, similar to what May wore during her summit with Trump. The other skeleton donned a suit with a red tie.


Perry made no overt reference about who they were supposed to represent, although she later tweeted a link to a news story which described her act as taking “a swipe” at Trump.


















Perry, who supported Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election campaign, made a comparable point at the Grammy Awards earlier this month. Whilst performing the same song, Perry wore an armband that read “PERSIST” and ended the song standing in front of the U.S. Constitution and shouting “No hate!” 


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http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/katy-perry-throws-shade-at-donald-trump-during-brit-awards-performance/feed 0 Pop star Katy Perry got political at the Brit Awards ceremony in London on Wednesday night.As she performed her new single “Chained To The Rhythm” with Skip Marley, two skeleton puppets shuffled onto the stage. Pop star Katy Perry got political at the Brit Awards ceremony in London on Wednesday night.As she performed her new single “Chained To The Rhythm” with Skip Marley, two skeleton puppets shuffled onto the stage. Twitter users were quick to point out their resemblance to President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May during the world leaders’ meeting in Washington, D.C. last month.Here's your 'Katy Perry trolls Donald Trump and Theresa May as skeletons at the #brits' gif pic.twitter.com/A3MuclCPgb— Graeme Demianyk (@GraemeDemianyk) February 22, 2017One of the puppets was dressed in a red blazer and skirt, similar to what May wore during her summit with Trump. The other skeleton donned a suit with a red tie. Perry made no overt reference about who they were supposed to represent, although she later tweeted a link to a news story which described her act as taking “a swipe” at Trump.Well, Katy Perry's performance MAY TRUMP everyone else's.. #BRITs2017. #BRITs. #KatyPerryBRITS. pic.twitter.com/V2yCL0DyM5— Jamie Hough (@jmehough) February 22, 2017Just realised Katy Perry's skeletons were Trump & May. Aaaaaah pic.twitter.com/MATNB1xorJ— Mike Hall (@MikAlexH) February 22, 2017Okay, the mocking of Donald Trump and Theresa May at The Brits during @KatyPerry's set was not lost on us. Love it! #BRITs2017 pic.twitter.com/Dm10nLb8eZ— Stuart McAllister (@Stu_McAllister) February 22, 2017Just massive respect for Katy Perry. Would imagine Trump is currently writing an executive order banning her from the US. #brits2017 pic.twitter.com/rQ9LB5Bs1i— no1whisky (@no1whisky) February 22, 2017Perry, who supported Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election campaign, made a comparable point at the Grammy Awards earlier this month. Whilst performing the same song, Perry wore an armband that read “PERSIST” and ended the song standing in front of the U.S. Constitution and shouting “No hate!”  type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Coverage + articlesList=58ad5e87e4b04a0b274e3444,58ad3fe1e4b0d0a6ef46425a,58abf1dbe4b0a855d1d92889,58ad54bbe4b0d0a6ef464804 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. Pazoo.com no
Worse than Diabetic Neuropathy? http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/worse-than-diabetic-neuropathy-3 http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/worse-than-diabetic-neuropathy-3#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 +0000 http://neuropathybergencounty.com/blog/diabetic-neuropathy/worse-than-diabetic-neuropathy/ Carrying around excess body fat creates a number of health issues, not the least of which is higher amounts of circulating blood fats and sugar, which can displace oxygen, leading to the development of neuropathies, such as diabetic neuropathy, and Read on! →

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Carrying around excess body fat creates a number of health issues, not the least of which is higher amounts of circulating blood fats and sugar, which can displace oxygen, leading to the development of neuropathies, such as diabetic neuropathy, and other disorders.

One of the things I write about, and we see quite often in our clinic, is patients with metabolic syndrome. Now, metabolic syndrome is something I’ve written about and speak about all the time. Once upon a time, this was called pre-diabetes. Now it’s called Syndrome X.

The real reason, as we find, is that most patients once diagnosed with diabetes tend to take better care of themselves. But metabolic syndrome is like a smoldering fire that, too often, does not get serious attention until damage has been occurring for years. So why can metabolic syndrome be potentially more dangerous and more devastating than a diagnosis of diabetes?

Unfortunately, metabolic syndrome is probably the most dangerous affliction of modern man. Being just 20 pounds overweight is a major risk factor not only for things like heart disease, but other conditions too, not the least of which is peripheral neuropathy.

Metabolic syndrome can present in a number of ways, commonly years before the diagnosis of diabetes. It is marked by borderline changes in blood sugar and blood fats, possibly increasing blood pressure, and always an increase in waist size.

Carrying around excess body fat creates a number of health issues, not the least of which is higher amounts of circulating blood fats and sugar, which can displace oxygen, leading to the development of neuropathy and other disorders.

So how does metabolic syndrome develop? Usually very slowly and over many years. We’ve seen patients present with neuropathy for sometimes 10 years or more, before being diagnosed as frankly diabetic.

It is a sad fact, but even modern medicine accepts an ever-expanding waistline as simply normal.

In our upcoming articles, what we will do is highlight the simple (but also very effective) things you can do to not only minimize your risk of metabolic syndrome, but to better manage it, as well as diabetes.

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Tech Fix: Picking a New Phone Plan? Here Are Your Best Bets http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/tech-fix-picking-a-new-phone-plan-here-are-your-best-bets http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/tech-fix-picking-a-new-phone-plan-here-are-your-best-bets#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:00:46 +0000 http://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/22/technology/personaltech/picking-a-new-phone-plan-here-are-your-best-bets.html http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/tech-fix-picking-a-new-phone-plan-here-are-your-best-bets/feed 0 Unlimited plans may sound appealing, but they are not for everyone. And picking among other options can challenge the savviest of consumers. Unlimited plans may sound appealing, but they are not for everyone. And picking among other options can challenge the savviest of consumers. Pazoo.com no Trilobites: Lake Berryessa’s Spiraling Floodwater Mesmerizes the Locals http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/trilobites-lake-berryessas-spiraling-floodwater-mesmerizes-the-locals http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/trilobites-lake-berryessas-spiraling-floodwater-mesmerizes-the-locals#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2017 04:50:36 +0000 http://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/22/science/lake-berryessa-spillway-california-glory.html http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/trilobites-lake-berryessas-spiraling-floodwater-mesmerizes-the-locals/feed 0 California,water Heavy rain is causing about two million gallons of water a minute to flow into the California lake’s bellmouth spillway. Heavy rain is causing about two million gallons of water a minute to flow into the California lake’s bellmouth spillway. Pazoo.com no Inauguration Singer Jackie Evancho Wants To Meet With Trump About Transgender Equality http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/inauguration-singer-jackie-evancho-wants-to-meet-with-trump-about-transgender-equality http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/inauguration-singer-jackie-evancho-wants-to-meet-with-trump-about-transgender-equality#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2017 02:12:46 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/22/jackie-evancho-trump_n_14946912.html




Jackie Evancho, the singer who performed the national anthem at Donald Trump’s inauguration, is asking the president to meet with her and her sister about the need for transgender equality. 


Evancho’s sister, Juliet, is transgender and sued her Pennsylvania school district over its rule that students must use the restroom that corresponds with the sex they were assigned at birth


The request from Evancho, 16, came shortly after the Trump administration announced Wednesday it was rescinding guidance put in place by President Barack Obama’s administration that barred schools that receive federal funding from discriminating against transgender students, including blocking them from using the bathroom corresponding to their gender identity.



. @realDonaldTrump u gave me the honor 2 sing at your inauguration. Pls give me & my sis the honor 2 meet with u 2 talk #transgender rghts ❤

— jackie evancho (@jackieevancho) February 23, 2017



The White House did not immediately return a request for comment.


Evancho was one of the few performers to agree to appear at Trump’s inauguration. She has said she’s proud and supportive of her sister’s fight.


Juliet was unable to attend the inauguration because she was undergoing gender confirmation surgery. Jackie said she was upset they couldn’t be together for each other’s big moments. 


“It sucks for me to not be there for her but I’m going through something really big on the same time,” Jackie told ABC’s “Nightline” in January. “So, I guess we both just wish we could be there for each other. It’s unfortunate it’s on the same time but we were there in spirit.”


Mike Evancho, the girls’ father, has said that the family will continue to fight for transgender rights. 


“We’re fighting this discrimination at the high school,” he told The New York Times in January. “It doesn’t matter who’s going into the office, we would still fight that fight.”


Under Obama, the departments of Education and Justice issued guidance mandating that any school that receives federal money must treat a student’s gender identity as his or her sex


The federal government said at the time that transgender students were covered under Title IX, the statute that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. This interpretation had been on hold, however, after more than a dozen states sued the Obama administration and a judge issued an injunction in August. 


On Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions argued that the Obama policy “did not contain sufficient legal analysis or explain how the interpretation was consistent with the language of Title IX.” Both he and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos argued that they were still committed to protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students from harassment and bullying. 


The White House has said Trump believes transgender rights are a “states’ rights” issue. 




The Trump administration’s latest decision could also affect the case of Gavin Grimm, a transgender teenager in Virginia who sued his school for the right to use the boys bathroom. The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on March 28, and the rescinding of the federal guidance could give the court an excuse to throw it back to the lower court. 


LGBTQ advocates emphasized Wednesday that even though the Trump administration rescinded the Obama administration’s Title IX guidance, the legal foundation that interpretation was built upon is still solid. 


“While it’s disappointing to see the Trump administration revoke the guidance, the administration cannot change what Title IX means,” said Joshua Block, a senior staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union who is lead counsel for Grimm. “When it decided to hear Gavin Grimm’s case, the Supreme Court said it would decide which interpretation of Title IX is correct, without taking any administration’s guidance into consideration. We’re confident that the law is on Gavin’s side and he will prevail just as he did in the Fourth Circuit.”  


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Jackie Evancho, the singer who performed the national anthem at Donald Trump’s inauguration, is asking the president to meet with her and her sister about the need for transgender equality. 


Evancho’s sister, Juliet, is transgender and sued her Pennsylvania school district over its rule that students must use the restroom that corresponds with the sex they were assigned at birth


The request from Evancho, 16, came shortly after the Trump administration announced Wednesday it was rescinding guidance put in place by President Barack Obama’s administration that barred schools that receive federal funding from discriminating against transgender students, including blocking them from using the bathroom corresponding to their gender identity.






The White House did not immediately return a request for comment.


Evancho was one of the few performers to agree to appear at Trump’s inauguration. She has said she’s proud and supportive of her sister’s fight.


Juliet was unable to attend the inauguration because she was undergoing gender confirmation surgery. Jackie said she was upset they couldn’t be together for each other’s big moments. 


“It sucks for me to not be there for her but I’m going through something really big on the same time,” Jackie told ABC’s “Nightline” in January. “So, I guess we both just wish we could be there for each other. It’s unfortunate it’s on the same time but we were there in spirit.”


Mike Evancho, the girls’ father, has said that the family will continue to fight for transgender rights. 


“We’re fighting this discrimination at the high school,” he told The New York Times in January. “It doesn’t matter who’s going into the office, we would still fight that fight.”


Under Obama, the departments of Education and Justice issued guidance mandating that any school that receives federal money must treat a student’s gender identity as his or her sex


The federal government said at the time that transgender students were covered under Title IX, the statute that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. This interpretation had been on hold, however, after more than a dozen states sued the Obama administration and a judge issued an injunction in August. 


On Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions argued that the Obama policy “did not contain sufficient legal analysis or explain how the interpretation was consistent with the language of Title IX.” Both he and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos argued that they were still committed to protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students from harassment and bullying. 


The White House has said Trump believes transgender rights are a “states’ rights” issue. 




The Trump administration’s latest decision could also affect the case of Gavin Grimm, a transgender teenager in Virginia who sued his school for the right to use the boys bathroom. The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on March 28, and the rescinding of the federal guidance could give the court an excuse to throw it back to the lower court. 


LGBTQ advocates emphasized Wednesday that even though the Trump administration rescinded the Obama administration’s Title IX guidance, the legal foundation that interpretation was built upon is still solid. 


“While it’s disappointing to see the Trump administration revoke the guidance, the administration cannot change what Title IX means,” said Joshua Block, a senior staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union who is lead counsel for Grimm. “When it decided to hear Gavin Grimm’s case, the Supreme Court said it would decide which interpretation of Title IX is correct, without taking any administration’s guidance into consideration. We’re confident that the law is on Gavin’s side and he will prevail just as he did in the Fourth Circuit.”  


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http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/inauguration-singer-jackie-evancho-wants-to-meet-with-trump-about-transgender-equality/feed 0 Jackie Evancho, the singer who performed the national anthem at Donald Trump’s inauguration, is asking the president to meet with her and her sister about the need for transgender equality. Evancho’s sister, Juliet, Jackie Evancho, the singer who performed the national anthem at Donald Trump’s inauguration, is asking the president to meet with her and her sister about the need for transgender equality. Evancho’s sister, Juliet, is transgender and sued her Pennsylvania school district over its rule that students must use the restroom that corresponds with the sex they were assigned at birth. The request from Evancho, 16, came shortly after the Trump administration announced Wednesday it was rescinding guidance put in place by President Barack Obama’s administration that barred schools that receive federal funding from discriminating against transgender students, including blocking them from using the bathroom corresponding to their gender identity.. @realDonaldTrump u gave me the honor 2 sing at your inauguration. Pls give me & my sis the honor 2 meet with u 2 talk #transgender rghts ❤— jackie evancho (@jackieevancho) February 23, 2017The White House did not immediately return a request for comment.Evancho was one of the few performers to agree to appear at Trump’s inauguration. She has said she’s proud and supportive of her sister’s fight.Juliet was unable to attend the inauguration because she was undergoing gender confirmation surgery. Jackie said she was upset they couldn’t be together for each other’s big moments. “It sucks for me to not be there for her but I’m going through something really big on the same time,” Jackie told ABC’s “Nightline” in January. “So, I guess we both just wish we could be there for each other. It’s unfortunate it’s on the same time but we were there in spirit.”Mike Evancho, the girls’ father, has said that the family will continue to fight for transgender rights. “We’re fighting this discrimination at the high school,” he told The New York Times in January. “It doesn’t matter who’s going into the office, we would still fight that fight.”Under Obama, the departments of Education and Justice issued guidance mandating that any school that receives federal money must treat a student’s gender identity as his or her sex. The federal government said at the time that transgender students were covered under Title IX, the statute that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. This interpretation had been on hold, however, after more than a dozen states sued the Obama administration and a judge issued an injunction in August. On Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions argued that the Obama policy “did not contain sufficient legal analysis or explain how the interpretation was consistent with the language of Title IX.” Both he and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos argued that they were still committed to protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students from harassment and bullying. The White House has said Trump believes transgender rights are a “states’ rights” issue. The Trump administration’s latest decision could also affect the case of Gavin Grimm, a transgender teenager in Virginia who sued his school for the right to use the boys bathroom. The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on March 28, and the rescinding of the federal guidance could give the court an excuse to throw it back to the lower court. LGBTQ advocates emphasized Wednesday that even though the Trump administration rescinded the Obama administration’s Title IX guidance, the legal foundation that interpretation was built upon is still solid. “While it’s disappointing to see the Trump administration revoke the guidance, the administration cannot change what Title IX means,” said Joshua Block, a senior staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union who is lead counsel for Grimm. “When it decided to hear Gavin Grimm’s case, the Supreme Court said it would decide which interpretation of Title IX is correct, without taking any administration’s guidance into consideration. We’re confident that the law is on Gavin’s side and he will prevail just as he did in the Fourth Circuit.”  Want more updates from Amanda Terkel? Pazoo.com no
Angry Constituents Hammer Tom Cotton At Town Hall: ‘Do Your Job’ http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/angry-constituents-hammer-tom-cotton-at-town-hall-do-your-job http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/angry-constituents-hammer-tom-cotton-at-town-hall-do-your-job#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2017 01:38:40 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/22/tom-cotton-town-hall-arkansas_n_14946712.html


Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) faced hundreds of angry constituents at a town hall Wednesday night who grilled him for two hours on the Affordable Care Act, immigration, President Donald Trump’s administration and other issues. 


The town hall, held at a high school in Springdale, Arkansas, was raucous throughout. About 2,000 people packed the auditorium and frequently drowned Cotton out with cheers, boos and jeers. Some attendees waved red cards when the senator said something they didn’t agree with. 



Look at this crowd at @SenTomCotton's town hall in Springdale tonight. #ARnews #ARpx pic.twitter.com/sDQ2SKMXCG

— Greg Leding (@gregleding) February 23, 2017



The uproar hit a peak when a 25-year-old constituent pressed the senator on whether he intends to preserve the Affordable Care Act’s treatment protections for people with preexisting conditions. (Congressional Republicans, including Cotton, have vowed to repeal Obamacare but have yet to lay out a comprehensive plan for replacing it.) She kicked off her remarks by asking who in the auditorium was affected by the Affordable Care Act: 



Woman in Tom Cotton town hall asks everyone affected by the ACA to stand up.

The response: pic.twitter.com/eXlEkyJnFM

— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 22, 2017



She then explained she suffers from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a condition that affects the body’s connective tissues and blood vessels.


“Without coverage for preexisting conditions, I will die,” she said. “Will you commit today to replacement protections for those Arkansans like me who will die or lose their quality of life or otherwise be unable to be participating citizens, trying to get their part of the American dream? Will you commit to replacement in the same way that you’ve committed to repeal?”


The auditorium erupted in cheers as the crowd gave her a standing ovation. Cotton then attempted to dodge the question and asked for others in the audience to offer comments before he gave an answer.


That didn’t go over well with the bulk of the crowd, which began booing and chanting, “Do your job.” Cotton eventually returned to her question but largely evaded her request for specifics on how he intends to preserve coverage for preexisting conditions.


Watch part of their exchange:



This is a young woman challenging Cotton on ACA replacement plan. 2000 here inside. pic.twitter.com/bBEqIVuzoF

— Vaughn Hillyard (@VaughnHillyard) February 22, 2017



Another woman then confronted Cotton on his support for Obamacare repeal. She said her husband is dying, and she challenged Cotton to sit down with her and her family and hear about their experiences with public health care. 


“You want to stand there ... and expect us to be calm, cool and collected,” she said. “Well, what kind of insurance do you have?” 



Voter to @SenTomCotton: My husband is dying. We can't afford health insurance. What kind of insurance do you have? https://t.co/iYFiZtwJ1F

— CNN (@CNN) February 22, 2017



Cotton faced many other questions on his support for Trump ― one attendee asked how he could support a president who “wants to grab women by the pussy” ― and his congressional record. He was pressed on his opposition to gun control measures, his proposed immigration policies and the president’s tax returns. Almost every answer was met with boos. 


The last question went to a 7-year-old boy concerned about Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and his reported plan to cut funds for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


“Donald Trump makes Mexicans not important to people who are in Arkansas who like Mexicans, like me,” said the boy. “He’s deleting all the parts in PBS Kids just to make a wall. He’s going to do that. He shouldn’t. He shouldn’t do all that stuff just for a wall.”


Cotton attempted to answer by praising America as a “melting pot,” a comment met with jeers.


“You should listen to the next generation,” yelled one attendee. 


“We want Mexico to be a healthy, strong partner,” Cotton said. “We also have to protect our own citizens ... and that’s where the wall comes in.”


You can watch the full town hall meeting here.


Other Republicans have faced similarly tense crowds at town halls across the country during the congressional recess. On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was berated by a woman who was upset with Republican accountability on jobs and health care. Republican Sens. Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, and Reps. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee and Dave Brat of Virginia have been confronted in recent days.


And some Republicans are avoiding the meetings altogether, turning to conference calls. Some are threatening to cancel public appearances if people disrupt them. 


Trump, meanwhile, has attempted to dismiss the town hall demonstrations as “planned out by liberal activists.

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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) faced hundreds of angry constituents at a town hall Wednesday night who grilled him for two hours on the Affordable Care Act, immigration, President Donald Trump’s administration and other issues. 


The town hall, held at a high school in Springdale, Arkansas, was raucous throughout. About 2,000 people packed the auditorium and frequently drowned Cotton out with cheers, boos and jeers. Some attendees waved red cards when the senator said something they didn’t agree with. 






The uproar hit a peak when a 25-year-old constituent pressed the senator on whether he intends to preserve the Affordable Care Act’s treatment protections for people with preexisting conditions. (Congressional Republicans, including Cotton, have vowed to repeal Obamacare but have yet to lay out a comprehensive plan for replacing it.) She kicked off her remarks by asking who in the auditorium was affected by the Affordable Care Act: 






She then explained she suffers from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a condition that affects the body’s connective tissues and blood vessels.


“Without coverage for preexisting conditions, I will die,” she said. “Will you commit today to replacement protections for those Arkansans like me who will die or lose their quality of life or otherwise be unable to be participating citizens, trying to get their part of the American dream? Will you commit to replacement in the same way that you’ve committed to repeal?”


The auditorium erupted in cheers as the crowd gave her a standing ovation. Cotton then attempted to dodge the question and asked for others in the audience to offer comments before he gave an answer.


That didn’t go over well with the bulk of the crowd, which began booing and chanting, “Do your job.” Cotton eventually returned to her question but largely evaded her request for specifics on how he intends to preserve coverage for preexisting conditions.


Watch part of their exchange:






Another woman then confronted Cotton on his support for Obamacare repeal. She said her husband is dying, and she challenged Cotton to sit down with her and her family and hear about their experiences with public health care. 


“You want to stand there ... and expect us to be calm, cool and collected,” she said. “Well, what kind of insurance do you have?” 






Cotton faced many other questions on his support for Trump ― one attendee asked how he could support a president who “wants to grab women by the pussy” ― and his congressional record. He was pressed on his opposition to gun control measures, his proposed immigration policies and the president’s tax returns. Almost every answer was met with boos. 


The last question went to a 7-year-old boy concerned about Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and his reported plan to cut funds for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


“Donald Trump makes Mexicans not important to people who are in Arkansas who like Mexicans, like me,” said the boy. “He’s deleting all the parts in PBS Kids just to make a wall. He’s going to do that. He shouldn’t. He shouldn’t do all that stuff just for a wall.”


Cotton attempted to answer by praising America as a “melting pot,” a comment met with jeers.


“You should listen to the next generation,” yelled one attendee. 


“We want Mexico to be a healthy, strong partner,” Cotton said. “We also have to protect our own citizens ... and that’s where the wall comes in.”


You can watch the full town hall meeting here.


Other Republicans have faced similarly tense crowds at town halls across the country during the congressional recess. On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was berated by a woman who was upset with Republican accountability on jobs and health care. Republican Sens. Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, and Reps. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee and Dave Brat of Virginia have been confronted in recent days.


And some Republicans are avoiding the meetings altogether, turning to conference calls. Some are threatening to cancel public appearances if people disrupt them. 


Trump, meanwhile, has attempted to dismiss the town hall demonstrations as “planned out by liberal activists.

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http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/angry-constituents-hammer-tom-cotton-at-town-hall-do-your-job/feed 0 Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) faced hundreds of angry constituents at a town hall Wednesday night who grilled him for two hours on the Affordable Care Act, immigration, President Donald Trump’s administration and other issues. The town hall, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) faced hundreds of angry constituents at a town hall Wednesday night who grilled him for two hours on the Affordable Care Act, immigration, President Donald Trump’s administration and other issues. The town hall, held at a high school in Springdale, Arkansas, was raucous throughout. About 2,000 people packed the auditorium and frequently drowned Cotton out with cheers, boos and jeers. Some attendees waved red cards when the senator said something they didn’t agree with. Look at this crowd at @SenTomCotton's town hall in Springdale tonight. #ARnews #ARpx pic.twitter.com/sDQ2SKMXCG— Greg Leding (@gregleding) February 23, 2017The uproar hit a peak when a 25-year-old constituent pressed the senator on whether he intends to preserve the Affordable Care Act’s treatment protections for people with preexisting conditions. (Congressional Republicans, including Cotton, have vowed to repeal Obamacare but have yet to lay out a comprehensive plan for replacing it.) She kicked off her remarks by asking who in the auditorium was affected by the Affordable Care Act: Woman in Tom Cotton town hall asks everyone affected by the ACA to stand up.The response: pic.twitter.com/eXlEkyJnFM— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 22, 2017She then explained she suffers from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a condition that affects the body’s connective tissues and blood vessels.“Without coverage for preexisting conditions, I will die,” she said. “Will you commit today to replacement protections for those Arkansans like me who will die or lose their quality of life or otherwise be unable to be participating citizens, trying to get their part of the American dream? Will you commit to replacement in the same way that you’ve committed to repeal?”The auditorium erupted in cheers as the crowd gave her a standing ovation. Cotton then attempted to dodge the question and asked for others in the audience to offer comments before he gave an answer.That didn’t go over well with the bulk of the crowd, which began booing and chanting, “Do your job.” Cotton eventually returned to her question but largely evaded her request for specifics on how he intends to preserve coverage for preexisting conditions.Watch part of their exchange:This is a young woman challenging Cotton on ACA replacement plan. 2000 here inside. pic.twitter.com/bBEqIVuzoF— Vaughn Hillyard (@VaughnHillyard) February 22, 2017Another woman then confronted Cotton on his support for Obamacare repeal. She said her husband is dying, and she challenged Cotton to sit down with her and her family and hear about their experiences with public health care. “You want to stand there ... and expect us to be calm, cool and collected,” she said. “Well, what kind of insurance do you have?” Voter to @SenTomCotton: My husband is dying. We can't afford health insurance. What kind of insurance do you have? https://t.co/iYFiZtwJ1F— CNN (@CNN) February 22, 2017Cotton faced many other questions on his support for Trump ― one attendee asked how he could support a president who “wants to grab women by the pussy” ― and his congressional record. He was pressed on his opposition to gun control measures, his proposed immigration policies and the president’s tax returns. Almost every answer was met with boos. The last question went to a 7-year-old boy concerned about Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and his reported plan to cut funds for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.“Donald Trump makes Mexicans not important to people who are in Arkansas who like Mexicans, like me,” said the boy. “He’s deleting all the parts in PBS Kids just to make a wall. He’s going to do that. He shouldn’t. He shouldn’t do all that stuff just for a wall.”Cotton attempted to answer by praising America as a “melting pot,” a comment met with jeers.“You should listen to the next generation,” yelled one attendee. “We want Mexico to be a healthy, strong partner,” Cotton said. “We also have to protect our own citizens ... Pazoo.com no
Horror Film About Racism Earns Coveted 100 Percent On Rotten Tomatoes http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/horror-film-about-racism-earns-coveted-100-percent-on-rotten-tomatoes http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/horror-film-about-racism-earns-coveted-100-percent-on-rotten-tomatoes#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:44:04 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/22/jordan-peele-get-out-rotten-tomatoes_n_14945844.html

The actor Jordan Peele is best known for his comedy, or his impression of former President Barack Obama. That may change this weekend, based on early reviews of his inaugural film ― a fusion of comedy and horror set to debut in the U.S. on Friday. 


Get Out,” a psychological thriller about racism written and directed by Peele, earned a coveted 100-percent score on the film review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes.


That means that all reviews for the film on the site so far ― 40, as of Wednesday evening ― are positive. To put that into perspective, only four films of hundreds released in 2016 earned a 100-percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.





Peele described “Get Out” as a “social thriller,” according to entertainment news site IGN. The film is about a young black photographer (played by Daniel Kaluuya) visiting his white girlfriend’s family in upstate New York.


The film, Peele told USA Today, was originally about exploring “the fears of being an outsider,” but he later decided the theme should be about race.


“It just seemed to be a very taboo piece of the discussion to talk about something so horrific as racism in any type of genre other than a film about slavery or something,” Peele said.


Even in the trailer, it’s easy to see that the film explores black-white relations, with white people as the obvious antagonists.


“I knew that this premise was a very tricky one and one that has a lot of potential pitfalls,” Peele said in an interview with IGN. 


“I knew that the only way to make this movie work, besides getting the tone right, was that the plot would have to reveal the judgments and the presumptions we would have about the movie are in fact our presumptions,” he continued. 



Not all review sites were as generous as Rotten Tomatoes. The film’s IMDB webpage listed a 77 Metascore, which weights reviews according to the fame of the critic. Still, reviews of “Get Out” from a secret screening last month at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival say the film provides a horrifyingly fresh take on race relations in modern America.


“Clearly, ‘Get Out’ will play very differently to black and white audiences — and if the film doesn’t rile a significant contingent of the latter, it simply isn’t doing its job,” Variety critic Peter Debruge wrote in his review.


Debruge added that Peele’s work is a “watershed feat” that delivers “a gloriously twisted thriller that simultaneously has so much to say about the state of affairs in post-Obama America.”


If you’re looking for the politically correct in Peele’s film, give up now.


“I definitely take a devilish glee in putting something that’s not politically correct into the mainstream,” Peele told USA Today. 

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The actor Jordan Peele is best known for his comedy, or his impression of former President Barack Obama. That may change this weekend, based on early reviews of his inaugural film ― a fusion of comedy and horror set to debut in the U.S. on Friday. 


Get Out,” a psychological thriller about racism written and directed by Peele, earned a coveted 100-percent score on the film review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes.


That means that all reviews for the film on the site so far ― 40, as of Wednesday evening ― are positive. To put that into perspective, only four films of hundreds released in 2016 earned a 100-percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.





Peele described “Get Out” as a “social thriller,” according to entertainment news site IGN. The film is about a young black photographer (played by Daniel Kaluuya) visiting his white girlfriend’s family in upstate New York.


The film, Peele told USA Today, was originally about exploring “the fears of being an outsider,” but he later decided the theme should be about race.


“It just seemed to be a very taboo piece of the discussion to talk about something so horrific as racism in any type of genre other than a film about slavery or something,” Peele said.


Even in the trailer, it’s easy to see that the film explores black-white relations, with white people as the obvious antagonists.


“I knew that this premise was a very tricky one and one that has a lot of potential pitfalls,” Peele said in an interview with IGN. 


“I knew that the only way to make this movie work, besides getting the tone right, was that the plot would have to reveal the judgments and the presumptions we would have about the movie are in fact our presumptions,” he continued. 



Not all review sites were as generous as Rotten Tomatoes. The film’s IMDB webpage listed a 77 Metascore, which weights reviews according to the fame of the critic. Still, reviews of “Get Out” from a secret screening last month at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival say the film provides a horrifyingly fresh take on race relations in modern America.


“Clearly, ‘Get Out’ will play very differently to black and white audiences — and if the film doesn’t rile a significant contingent of the latter, it simply isn’t doing its job,” Variety critic Peter Debruge wrote in his review.


Debruge added that Peele’s work is a “watershed feat” that delivers “a gloriously twisted thriller that simultaneously has so much to say about the state of affairs in post-Obama America.”


If you’re looking for the politically correct in Peele’s film, give up now.


“I definitely take a devilish glee in putting something that’s not politically correct into the mainstream,” Peele told USA Today. 

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http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/horror-film-about-racism-earns-coveted-100-percent-on-rotten-tomatoes/feed 0 The actor Jordan Peele is best known for his comedy, or his impression of former President Barack Obama. That may change this weekend, based on early reviews of his inaugural film ― a fusion of comedy and horror set to debut in the U.S. on Friday. The actor Jordan Peele is best known for his comedy, or his impression of former President Barack Obama. That may change this weekend, based on early reviews of his inaugural film ― a fusion of comedy and horror set to debut in the U.S. on Friday. “Get Out,” a psychological thriller about racism written and directed by Peele, earned a coveted 100-percent score on the film review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes.That means that all reviews for the film on the site so far ― 40, as of Wednesday evening ― are positive. To put that into perspective, only four films of hundreds released in 2016 earned a 100-percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.Peele described “Get Out” as a “social thriller,” according to entertainment news site IGN. The film is about a young black photographer (played by Daniel Kaluuya) visiting his white girlfriend’s family in upstate New York.The film, Peele told USA Today, was originally about exploring “the fears of being an outsider,” but he later decided the theme should be about race.“It just seemed to be a very taboo piece of the discussion to talk about something so horrific as racism in any type of genre other than a film about slavery or something,” Peele said.Even in the trailer, it’s easy to see that the film explores black-white relations, with white people as the obvious antagonists.“I knew that this premise was a very tricky one and one that has a lot of potential pitfalls,” Peele said in an interview with IGN. “I knew that the only way to make this movie work, besides getting the tone right, was that the plot would have to reveal the judgments and the presumptions we would have about the movie are in fact our presumptions,” he continued. Not all review sites were as generous as Rotten Tomatoes. The film’s IMDB webpage listed a 77 Metascore, which weights reviews according to the fame of the critic. Still, reviews of “Get Out” from a secret screening last month at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival say the film provides a horrifyingly fresh take on race relations in modern America.“Clearly, ‘Get Out’ will play very differently to black and white audiences — and if the film doesn’t rile a significant contingent of the latter, it simply isn’t doing its job,” Variety critic Peter Debruge wrote in his review.Debruge added that Peele’s work is a “watershed feat” that delivers “a gloriously twisted thriller that simultaneously has so much to say about the state of affairs in post-Obama America.”If you’re looking for the politically correct in Peele’s film, give up now.“I definitely take a devilish glee in putting something that’s not politically correct into the mainstream,” Peele told USA Today.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. Pazoo.com no
Inside Uber’s Aggressive, Unrestrained Workplace Culture http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/inside-ubers-aggressive-unrestrained-workplace-culture http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/inside-ubers-aggressive-unrestrained-workplace-culture#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:31:07 +0000 http://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/22/technology/uber-workplace-culture.html http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/inside-ubers-aggressive-unrestrained-workplace-culture/feed 0 sexual harassment A former employee’s blog post has raised questions about the limits of meritocracy at Uber and how much executives knew about the treatment of employees. A former employee’s blog post has raised questions about the limits of meritocracy at Uber and how much executives knew about the treatment of employees. Pazoo.com no Ashley Tisdale Talks Skin Care, Her New Lob, and the Beauty Product She Won't Leave Home Without http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/ashley-tisdale-talks-skin-care-her-new-lob-and-the-beauty-product-she-wonamp39t-leave-home-without http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/ashley-tisdale-talks-skin-care-her-new-lob-and-the-beauty-product-she-wonamp39t-leave-home-without#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 23:03:40 +0000 http://www.health.com/beauty/ashley-tisdale-beauty-secrets Ashley Tisdale first captured the attention of the beauty-obsessed back in her High School Musical days, when brilliant blonde curls cascaded down her back. Today, she keeps us intrigued with her fearless sense of beauty and style—she rocks the no-makeup makeup look as effortlessly as a bold plum lip paired with rust-colored eyeshadow, and last year, she was one of the first celebrities spotted with rose gold hair. Plus, in 2016, she partnered with BH Cosmetics to launch Illuminate by Ashley Tisdale, her own makeup collection, available at illuminatecosmetics.com, target.com, and other retailers.  

We recently caught up with Tisdale (who was Health's June 2015 cover star) at the launch of DUO, a new body wash by Olay, Ivory, and Old Spice, where she told us about her daily beauty regimen, the story behind her darker dye job, and the beauty product she won't leave home without.

On her daily beauty regimen: I wash my face in the morning and night. In the morning, I follow that with SPF on my face, in addition to moisturizer. I'm very skincare-oriented. I decide on makeup based on what I have going on for the day. It's always different!

The inspiration behind her new brunette 'do: I always walk into Kristin Ess’s studio and say, "Lets do something different." I really wanted to cut my hair for a while. I didn't cut too much off, but I did have it darkened it up a bit, and now everyone thinks it’s so different. I really love it—it’s a good middle ground for me. I’m not someone who likes to be too dark or too blonde, so it’s a really great in-between color.

 

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One beauty product she can't live without: I’m a huge mascara fan. I love the Chanel Inimitable. It has a smaller wand, so it really gets in there, especially for the lower lashes.

How she keeps her skin glowing: For me, it’s just drinking a lot of water, exfoliating with Olay DUO, and being really good about not working out in makeup. A lot of times I see girls who wear makeup while they work out and I think, "Are you just here to take a picture for Instagram?" I won’t sleep in makeup either because the minute that I do, I break out.

The biggest beauty mistake she ever made: I’m always experimenting with beauty and makeup, so I can’t say I’ve regretted anything in the past. But when I was younger, I wasn’t very good at knowing which eyeshadow shades go with other products. I think at one point I probably had too much color on my face. I remember I was really into blue for a while, so I did turquoise on my eyes and then pink blush and another color on my lip and it was just too many colors competing with each other. I learned as I got older which colors go well with one another, and how to balance out different styles. If you’re going to do a heavy eye, go subtler on the cheeks and lips. If you do a bold lip, go for a cat eye or something that’s not so drastic or too much.

The trend she's most excited to try: Those glitter lips are kind of interesting and I keep seeing them. I think Taylor Swift wore it in the 50 Shades music video. So I definitely want to try those lipglosses that have some sort of glitter in it. And I think someone else wore it on the red carpet at the Grammy’s. I would check that out just to see what it’s like.

This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity. 

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Met Director Fears Elimination Of NEA Marks ‘New Assault’ On Art http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/met-director-fears-elimination-of-nea-marks-new-assault-on-art http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/met-director-fears-elimination-of-nea-marks-new-assault-on-art#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:49:37 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/20/met-director-fears-elimination-of-nea-marks-new-assault-on-art_n_14944306.html

In an impassioned (but not quite scorched-earth) op-ed for The New York Times, Metropolitan Museum of Art director Thomas P. Campbell issued a swift and effective defense of public art in the United States. 


“Arts and cultural programming challenges, provokes and entertains; it enhances our lives,” he wrote. “Eliminating the NEA would in essence eliminate investment by the American government in the curiosity and intelligence of its citizens.”


His defense ― a paean to the National Endowment of the Arts, in particular ― comes after rumors-turned-reports alleged that President Donald Trump’s administration plans to slash arts funding in an attempt to cut down on domestic spending. “Eliminating arts funding programs will save Donald Trump just 0.0625% of budget,” outlets have claimed. Nonetheless, it appears as though his office is ready to eliminate nine programs, including the NEA.


Campbell anticipates that regions around the country, not just those within walking distance of the Met, will feel the loss of such an institution. NEA grants are awarded to schools, jazz festivals, dance troupes, literary organizations, museum exhibitions, “arts programs for war veterans,” and so much more across every U.S. congressional district, Campbell claims. In fact, you can get an idea of the NEA’s scope of influence here, courtesy of a website created by artist Tega Brain. Grants are small ― they average $26,000, Campbell says, and require groups to secure matching funds ― but they can be powerful.



As the planet becomes at once smaller and more complex, the public needs a vital arts scene, one that will inspire us to understand who we are and how we got here.



“Thousands are distributed in all 50 states, reaching every congressional district, urban and rural, rich and poor,” Campbell added, countering the Heritage Foundation’s characterization of the NEA as “welfare for cultural elitists.” “These grants sustain the arts in areas where people don’t have access to major institutions like the Met.”


Contained within Campbell’s poetic defense is also an admission of concern: “I fear that this current call to abolish the NEA is the beginning of a new assault on artistic activity,” he proclaimed, harkening back to the last time publicly-funded art was under threat. In the 1990s, a congressional “decency test” turned lawmakers into wayward art critics capable of vetoing grants to expecting artists who didn’t meet Congress’ moral standards. Think artists like the NEA Four. Or, in the late 1980s, Robert Mapplethorpe, Dread Scott and Andres Serrano.


Campbell continued:



Eliminating the NEA would in essence eliminate investment by the American government in the curiosity and intelligence of its citizens. As the planet becomes at once smaller and more complex, the public needs a vital arts scene, one that will inspire us to understand who we are and how we got here — and one that will help us to see other countries, like China, not as enemies in a mercenary trade war but as partners in a complicated world.



Campbell is hardly the only person to bridle at the prospect of decreased national arts funding. Authors, actors and artists, in particular, have been vocal about the need to protect the NEA and similar institutions. PEN America launched a petition to support the NEA; a White House petition with similar aims erupted.



#DefendingNationalEndowmentForArts Unfortunately the only art our demagogue minority-pres. would champion is an Art who'd voted for him.

— Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates) February 22, 2017




Why would he like the NEA? The only art he likes is a painting of himself he buys with money he embezzled from his charitable foundation. https://t.co/53MbGPWmER

— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) February 22, 2017




I paraphrase but, 'One can judge a civilization by the value it places on its Art.' Do not defund the #NEA.

— Lou Diamond Phillips (@LouDPhillips) February 22, 2017



As writer Celeste Pewter noted in a comprehensive Twitter thread, any proposed cuts to the NEA or similar programs would depend on Congressional budgets and appropriation. Similarly, in a thorough examination for The Huffington Post, reporter Claire Fallon outlined six things NEA supporters can do to protect national arts funding before an official decision to defund is made.


In the meantime, it will be important for figures like Campbell to continue to step forward and effectively communicate the impact and reach of the NEA. To tell the stories that accurately reflect how arts funding touches not only the coasts, but heartland organizations. To eloquently explain the ways in which art can transform opinions and illuminate the other. 


In the face of a president who seems willing to cut budgetary corners he might not fully understand, it’s worth remembering the words of a former president, Barack Obama, who said, “Equal to the impact [artists] have on each of us every day as individuals is the impact [they] have on us as a society. And we are told we’re divided as a people, and then suddenly the arts have this power to bring us together and speak to our common condition.”

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In an impassioned (but not quite scorched-earth) op-ed for The New York Times, Metropolitan Museum of Art director Thomas P. Campbell issued a swift and effective defense of public art in the United States. 


“Arts and cultural programming challenges, provokes and entertains; it enhances our lives,” he wrote. “Eliminating the NEA would in essence eliminate investment by the American government in the curiosity and intelligence of its citizens.”


His defense ― a paean to the National Endowment of the Arts, in particular ― comes after rumors-turned-reports alleged that President Donald Trump’s administration plans to slash arts funding in an attempt to cut down on domestic spending. “Eliminating arts funding programs will save Donald Trump just 0.0625% of budget,” outlets have claimed. Nonetheless, it appears as though his office is ready to eliminate nine programs, including the NEA.


Campbell anticipates that regions around the country, not just those within walking distance of the Met, will feel the loss of such an institution. NEA grants are awarded to schools, jazz festivals, dance troupes, literary organizations, museum exhibitions, “arts programs for war veterans,” and so much more across every U.S. congressional district, Campbell claims. In fact, you can get an idea of the NEA’s scope of influence here, courtesy of a website created by artist Tega Brain. Grants are small ― they average $26,000, Campbell says, and require groups to secure matching funds ― but they can be powerful.



As the planet becomes at once smaller and more complex, the public needs a vital arts scene, one that will inspire us to understand who we are and how we got here.



“Thousands are distributed in all 50 states, reaching every congressional district, urban and rural, rich and poor,” Campbell added, countering the Heritage Foundation’s characterization of the NEA as “welfare for cultural elitists.” “These grants sustain the arts in areas where people don’t have access to major institutions like the Met.”


Contained within Campbell’s poetic defense is also an admission of concern: “I fear that this current call to abolish the NEA is the beginning of a new assault on artistic activity,” he proclaimed, harkening back to the last time publicly-funded art was under threat. In the 1990s, a congressional “decency test” turned lawmakers into wayward art critics capable of vetoing grants to expecting artists who didn’t meet Congress’ moral standards. Think artists like the NEA Four. Or, in the late 1980s, Robert Mapplethorpe, Dread Scott and Andres Serrano.


Campbell continued:



Eliminating the NEA would in essence eliminate investment by the American government in the curiosity and intelligence of its citizens. As the planet becomes at once smaller and more complex, the public needs a vital arts scene, one that will inspire us to understand who we are and how we got here — and one that will help us to see other countries, like China, not as enemies in a mercenary trade war but as partners in a complicated world.



Campbell is hardly the only person to bridle at the prospect of decreased national arts funding. Authors, actors and artists, in particular, have been vocal about the need to protect the NEA and similar institutions. PEN America launched a petition to support the NEA; a White House petition with similar aims erupted.














As writer Celeste Pewter noted in a comprehensive Twitter thread, any proposed cuts to the NEA or similar programs would depend on Congressional budgets and appropriation. Similarly, in a thorough examination for The Huffington Post, reporter Claire Fallon outlined six things NEA supporters can do to protect national arts funding before an official decision to defund is made.


In the meantime, it will be important for figures like Campbell to continue to step forward and effectively communicate the impact and reach of the NEA. To tell the stories that accurately reflect how arts funding touches not only the coasts, but heartland organizations. To eloquently explain the ways in which art can transform opinions and illuminate the other. 


In the face of a president who seems willing to cut budgetary corners he might not fully understand, it’s worth remembering the words of a former president, Barack Obama, who said, “Equal to the impact [artists] have on each of us every day as individuals is the impact [they] have on us as a society. And we are told we’re divided as a people, and then suddenly the arts have this power to bring us together and speak to our common condition.”

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http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/met-director-fears-elimination-of-nea-marks-new-assault-on-art/feed 0 In an impassioned (but not quite scorched-earth) op-ed for The New York Times, Metropolitan Museum of Art director Thomas P. Campbell issued a swift and effective defense of public art in the United States. “Arts and cultural programming challenges, In an impassioned (but not quite scorched-earth) op-ed for The New York Times, Metropolitan Museum of Art director Thomas P. Campbell issued a swift and effective defense of public art in the United States. “Arts and cultural programming challenges, provokes and entertains; it enhances our lives,” he wrote. “Eliminating the NEA would in essence eliminate investment by the American government in the curiosity and intelligence of its citizens.”His defense ― a paean to the National Endowment of the Arts, in particular ― comes after rumors-turned-reports alleged that President Donald Trump’s administration plans to slash arts funding in an attempt to cut down on domestic spending. “Eliminating arts funding programs will save Donald Trump just 0.0625% of budget,” outlets have claimed. Nonetheless, it appears as though his office is ready to eliminate nine programs, including the NEA.Campbell anticipates that regions around the country, not just those within walking distance of the Met, will feel the loss of such an institution. NEA grants are awarded to schools, jazz festivals, dance troupes, literary organizations, museum exhibitions, “arts programs for war veterans,” and so much more across every U.S. congressional district, Campbell claims. In fact, you can get an idea of the NEA’s scope of influence here, courtesy of a website created by artist Tega Brain. Grants are small ― they average $26,000, Campbell says, and require groups to secure matching funds ― but they can be powerful.As the planet becomes at once smaller and more complex, the public needs a vital arts scene, one that will inspire us to understand who we are and how we got here.“Thousands are distributed in all 50 states, reaching every congressional district, urban and rural, rich and poor,” Campbell added, countering the Heritage Foundation’s characterization of the NEA as “welfare for cultural elitists.” “These grants sustain the arts in areas where people don’t have access to major institutions like the Met.”Contained within Campbell’s poetic defense is also an admission of concern: “I fear that this current call to abolish the NEA is the beginning of a new assault on artistic activity,” he proclaimed, harkening back to the last time publicly-funded art was under threat. In the 1990s, a congressional “decency test” turned lawmakers into wayward art critics capable of vetoing grants to expecting artists who didn’t meet Congress’ moral standards. Think artists like the NEA Four. Or, in the late 1980s, Robert Mapplethorpe, Dread Scott and Andres Serrano.Campbell continued:Eliminating the NEA would in essence eliminate investment by the American government in the curiosity and intelligence of its citizens. As the planet becomes at once smaller and more complex, the public needs a vital arts scene, one that will inspire us to understand who we are and how we got here — and one that will help us to see other countries, like China, not as enemies in a mercenary trade war but as partners in a complicated world.Campbell is hardly the only person to bridle at the prospect of decreased national arts funding. Authors, actors and artists, in particular, have been vocal about the need to protect the NEA and similar institutions. PEN America launched a petition to support the NEA; a White House petition with similar aims erupted.#DefendingNationalEndowmentForArts Unfortunately the only art our demagogue minority-pres. would champion is an Art who'd voted for him.— Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates) February 22, 2017Why would he like the NEA? The only art he likes is a painting of himself he buys with money he embezzled from his charitable foundation. https://t.co/53MbGPWmER— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) February 22, 2017I paraphrase but, 'One can judge a civilization by the value it places on its Art.' Do not defund the #NEA.— Lou Diamond Phillips (@LouDPhillips) February 22, 2017As writer Celeste Pewter noted in a comprehensive Twitter thread, Pazoo.com no
These Photos Of The Trump Administration Say Pretty Much Everything http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/these-photos-of-the-trump-administration-say-pretty-much-everything http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/these-photos-of-the-trump-administration-say-pretty-much-everything#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:47:51 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/22/these-photos-of-the-trump-administration-say-pretty-much-everything_n_14944220.html Hey, hear anything interesting out of the White House these days? Yeah, probably not. OK, well, I’ll see you later then ...


Ha, of course we’re kidding! And when we’re not hearing crazy things, we’re seeing them. 


Once again, photos out of this administration tell us everything.


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Facebook Donates Some $100,000 To CPAC, Reminding Users Again That It’s Not Liberal http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/facebook-donates-some-100000-to-cpac-reminding-users-again-that-its-not-liberal http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/facebook-donates-some-100000-to-cpac-reminding-users-again-that-its-not-liberal#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:29:23 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/22/facebook-sponsor-cpac-2017_n_14943842.html




Facebook and the Conservative Political Action Conference are in a relationship.


It’s complicated.


A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to HuffPost Wednesday that it is helping to underwrite the prominent conservative gathering next week in Washington.


This isn’t the social network’s first year at CPAC. But the 2017 event follows an election year in which Facebook drew fire from the right and the left over the role its vast platform plays in politics.


This year CPAC offers panels like “If Heaven Has a Gate, A Wall, and Extreme Vetting, Why Can’t America?” and “Armed and Fabulous: The New Normal.” And it was all set to give a speaking slot to Milo Yiannopoulos and his racist, sexist and transphobic views before the far-right provocateur appeared to condone sex with 13-year-olds.


Facebook will contribute $62,500 in cash to CPAC 2017 and roughly the same amount through in-kind donations like tech trainings, lounge areas and the like. The tech behemoth said it will also sponsor some events with conservative groups next week that are not officially part of CPAC.


Despite CPAC’s politically charged nature, Facebook insists on its own political neutrality.


“Facebook participates in events hosted by organizations across the political spectrum,” a spokesperson told HuffPost in an emailed statement. “Our presence allows us to facilitate an open dialogue where people can share their views and create content to engage their audiences, just as we did during other political events such as the Republican and Democratic Party conventions.”


“Our involvement is not an endorsement of any particular position or platform,” the spokesperson said.


As evidence of that neutrality, Facebook pointed to its support for Netroots Nation, an annual gathering of progressive activists, and the Personal Democracy Forum, which investigates how politics and technology work together.


The past year saw the social network repeatedly defending that neutrality.


Facebook sought to appease conservative groups after accusations last spring that it was suppressing news favorable to the right in its “trending” topics. Though an internal investigation found no evidence of bias, the company fired all the trending editors.


Since then, Facebook has struggled to address the spread of deliberate falsehoods on its site, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg dismissing as “pretty crazy” the idea that fake news circulated on the site could have influenced the November election in favor of Republicans.


Last month, critics slammed the company’s new plan to combat fake news, which includes steps like redesigning the trending module, as inadequate. MediaMatters President Angelo Carusone called Facebook’s actions “at best a marginal improvement.”

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Facebook and the Conservative Political Action Conference are in a relationship.


It’s complicated.


A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to HuffPost Wednesday that it is helping to underwrite the prominent conservative gathering next week in Washington.


This isn’t the social network’s first year at CPAC. But the 2017 event follows an election year in which Facebook drew fire from the right and the left over the role its vast platform plays in politics.


This year CPAC offers panels like “If Heaven Has a Gate, A Wall, and Extreme Vetting, Why Can’t America?” and “Armed and Fabulous: The New Normal.” And it was all set to give a speaking slot to Milo Yiannopoulos and his racist, sexist and transphobic views before the far-right provocateur appeared to condone sex with 13-year-olds.


Facebook will contribute $62,500 in cash to CPAC 2017 and roughly the same amount through in-kind donations like tech trainings, lounge areas and the like. The tech behemoth said it will also sponsor some events with conservative groups next week that are not officially part of CPAC.


Despite CPAC’s politically charged nature, Facebook insists on its own political neutrality.


“Facebook participates in events hosted by organizations across the political spectrum,” a spokesperson told HuffPost in an emailed statement. “Our presence allows us to facilitate an open dialogue where people can share their views and create content to engage their audiences, just as we did during other political events such as the Republican and Democratic Party conventions.”


“Our involvement is not an endorsement of any particular position or platform,” the spokesperson said.


As evidence of that neutrality, Facebook pointed to its support for Netroots Nation, an annual gathering of progressive activists, and the Personal Democracy Forum, which investigates how politics and technology work together.


The past year saw the social network repeatedly defending that neutrality.


Facebook sought to appease conservative groups after accusations last spring that it was suppressing news favorable to the right in its “trending” topics. Though an internal investigation found no evidence of bias, the company fired all the trending editors.


Since then, Facebook has struggled to address the spread of deliberate falsehoods on its site, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg dismissing as “pretty crazy” the idea that fake news circulated on the site could have influenced the November election in favor of Republicans.


Last month, critics slammed the company’s new plan to combat fake news, which includes steps like redesigning the trending module, as inadequate. MediaMatters President Angelo Carusone called Facebook’s actions “at best a marginal improvement.”

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http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/facebook-donates-some-100000-to-cpac-reminding-users-again-that-its-not-liberal/feed 0 Facebook and the Conservative Political Action Conference are in a relationship.It’s complicated.A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to HuffPost Wednesday that it is helping to underwrite the prominent conservative gathering next week in Washington. Facebook and the Conservative Political Action Conference are in a relationship.It’s complicated.A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to HuffPost Wednesday that it is helping to underwrite the prominent conservative gathering next week in Washington.This isn’t the social network’s first year at CPAC. But the 2017 event follows an election year in which Facebook drew fire from the right and the left over the role its vast platform plays in politics.This year CPAC offers panels like “If Heaven Has a Gate, A Wall, and Extreme Vetting, Why Can’t America?” and “Armed and Fabulous: The New Normal.” And it was all set to give a speaking slot to Milo Yiannopoulos and his racist, sexist and transphobic views before the far-right provocateur appeared to condone sex with 13-year-olds.Facebook will contribute $62,500 in cash to CPAC 2017 and roughly the same amount through in-kind donations like tech trainings, lounge areas and the like. The tech behemoth said it will also sponsor some events with conservative groups next week that are not officially part of CPAC.Despite CPAC’s politically charged nature, Facebook insists on its own political neutrality.“Facebook participates in events hosted by organizations across the political spectrum,” a spokesperson told HuffPost in an emailed statement. “Our presence allows us to facilitate an open dialogue where people can share their views and create content to engage their audiences, just as we did during other political events such as the Republican and Democratic Party conventions.”“Our involvement is not an endorsement of any particular position or platform,” the spokesperson said.As evidence of that neutrality, Facebook pointed to its support for Netroots Nation, an annual gathering of progressive activists, and the Personal Democracy Forum, which investigates how politics and technology work together.The past year saw the social network repeatedly defending that neutrality.Facebook sought to appease conservative groups after accusations last spring that it was suppressing news favorable to the right in its “trending” topics. Though an internal investigation found no evidence of bias, the company fired all the trending editors.Since then, Facebook has struggled to address the spread of deliberate falsehoods on its site, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg dismissing as “pretty crazy” the idea that fake news circulated on the site could have influenced the November election in favor of Republicans.Last month, critics slammed the company’s new plan to combat fake news, which includes steps like redesigning the trending module, as inadequate. MediaMatters President Angelo Carusone called Facebook’s actions “at best a marginal improvement.” -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. Pazoo.com no
19 Cozy, Chunky Couches For Anyone Who’s Sick Of Mid-Century Modern http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/19-cozy-chunky-couches-for-anyone-whos-sick-of-mid-century-modern http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/19-cozy-chunky-couches-for-anyone-whos-sick-of-mid-century-modern#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:13:51 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/22/tired-of-mid-century-modern-try-these-cozy-chunky-couches-instead_n_14943634.html If you’re a millennial or simply a fan of “Mad Men,” the odds that you own a mid-century modern style sofa are high. 


You may even own a Peggy, the popular mid-century number West Elm recently pulled from its website after a piece titled “Why Does This One Couch From West Elm Suck So Much?” was published at the Awl last week. 


Given the news, now is as good of a time as ever to reconsider our love affair with mid-century modern. Sure, it’s retro and Pinterest-worthy, but are these couches really all that comfy? 


If you’re second guessing your choice, we’ve got you covered. Below, 19 chunky, comfy sofas that are practically begging you to take a nap on them. So low-slung, so sexy, right? 



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So, Chris Christie Might End Up Replacing Mike Francesa http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/so-chris-christie-might-end-up-replacing-mike-francesa http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/so-chris-christie-might-end-up-replacing-mike-francesa#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:51:46 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/22/chris-christie-mike-francesa_n_14943132.html

Chris Christie, once thought to be a potential Republican candidate for U.S. president, is now in the running for a job of a very different variety: Mike Francesa’s.


NorthJersey.com reported Wednesday that WFAN 660-AM’s program director, Mark Chernoff, would be interested in hiring the New Jersey governor as the replacement for legendary afternoon radio host Mike Francesa, should Francesa actually decide to retire at the end of 2017. 


I would certainly at least want to consider him,” Chernoff told the outlet. “If he’s interested and we’re interested, it’s worth pursuing.” 



WFAN confirms that outgoing N.J. Gov. Chris Christie is among the candidates to replace the retiring Mike Francesa. https://t.co/onA7z7RYjF

— Steven Shepard (@POLITICO_Steve) February 22, 2017



WFAN, which predominately covers sports in the tri-state, famously became the first radio station to dedicate itself entirely to sports 24 hours a day in 1987. 


Christie would be just one among “plenty of [other] candidates,” cautioned Chernoff, who is also vice president of WFAN’s parent company, CBS Radio New York.


Christie is set to end his time as governor of New Jersey less than a month after Francesa is expected to retire. Speculation about Christie’s interest in Francesa’s gig has only grown increasingly louder since he called in to the host’s show in January to discuss his next opportunities, saying he’d “have wide-open ears.”



never forget pic.twitter.com/6o0xj0yYQT

— Peter Finocchiaro (@PLFino) February 22, 2017



Last week, Christie told the SNY cable network that his son told him it would be “great” if someone paid him to talk about sports, since the son had been listening to his father talk about them for his “entire life.” 


“So, yeah, that’s certainly one of the things that I hope I’ll have a chance to consider when I get out and stop being governor,” he added. 


Even if Christie is interested in the job, people on the internet expressed shock that the governor, who this time last year was just weeks removed from running for president of the United States, would take on such a gig.


Some noted the irony of him potentially moving into the entertainment business as President Donald Trump gets used to life in government. But with the whole scandal surrounding the bridge lane closings in his home state, I mean, what did you really expect? 


By the way, Chris Christie is a Dallas Cowboys fan



CHRISTIE: "Now we go to Mike from Montclair."
MIKE: "Bruce sucks." ::CLICK::
CHRISTIE: "These [bleeping] idiots think they're so funny." https://t.co/PySZbA52Gt

— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) February 22, 2017




Why not just go all the way and make him host The Celebrity Apprentice? https://t.co/zKLT9gGP9c

— Nick Baumann (@NickBaumann) February 22, 2017




ITS LIT. https://t.co/l3Hkbp7Zyx

— Desus Nice (@desusnice) February 22, 2017




2015- Presidential candidate
Early 2016- VP candidate
Late 2016- Attorney General candidate
2017- WFAN candidate
2018- ESPN radio candidate https://t.co/ntfPUO5C9B

— Chris Gaine (@chris_gaine) February 22, 2017




He'll close the bridge
Any way that he can
It's Chris Christie
On the FAN!
Sports Radio 66
And 101.9 FM
WFAAAAAAAN!

— Nick Stellini (@StelliniTweets) February 22, 2017


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Chris Christie, once thought to be a potential Republican candidate for U.S. president, is now in the running for a job of a very different variety: Mike Francesa’s.


NorthJersey.com reported Wednesday that WFAN 660-AM’s program director, Mark Chernoff, would be interested in hiring the New Jersey governor as the replacement for legendary afternoon radio host Mike Francesa, should Francesa actually decide to retire at the end of 2017. 


I would certainly at least want to consider him,” Chernoff told the outlet. “If he’s interested and we’re interested, it’s worth pursuing.” 






WFAN, which predominately covers sports in the tri-state, famously became the first radio station to dedicate itself entirely to sports 24 hours a day in 1987. 


Christie would be just one among “plenty of [other] candidates,” cautioned Chernoff, who is also vice president of WFAN’s parent company, CBS Radio New York.


Christie is set to end his time as governor of New Jersey less than a month after Francesa is expected to retire. Speculation about Christie’s interest in Francesa’s gig has only grown increasingly louder since he called in to the host’s show in January to discuss his next opportunities, saying he’d “have wide-open ears.”






Last week, Christie told the SNY cable network that his son told him it would be “great” if someone paid him to talk about sports, since the son had been listening to his father talk about them for his “entire life.” 


“So, yeah, that’s certainly one of the things that I hope I’ll have a chance to consider when I get out and stop being governor,” he added. 


Even if Christie is interested in the job, people on the internet expressed shock that the governor, who this time last year was just weeks removed from running for president of the United States, would take on such a gig.


Some noted the irony of him potentially moving into the entertainment business as President Donald Trump gets used to life in government. But with the whole scandal surrounding the bridge lane closings in his home state, I mean, what did you really expect? 


By the way, Chris Christie is a Dallas Cowboys fan





















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http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/so-chris-christie-might-end-up-replacing-mike-francesa/feed 0 Chris Christie, once thought to be a potential Republican candidate for U.S. president, is now in the running for a job of a very different variety: Mike Francesa’s.NorthJersey.com reported Wednesday that WFAN 660-AM’s program director, Mark Chernoff, Chris Christie, once thought to be a potential Republican candidate for U.S. president, is now in the running for a job of a very different variety: Mike Francesa’s.NorthJersey.com reported Wednesday that WFAN 660-AM’s program director, Mark Chernoff, would be interested in hiring the New Jersey governor as the replacement for legendary afternoon radio host Mike Francesa, should Francesa actually decide to retire at the end of 2017. “I would certainly at least want to consider him,” Chernoff told the outlet. “If he’s interested and we’re interested, it’s worth pursuing.” WFAN confirms that outgoing N.J. Gov. Chris Christie is among the candidates to replace the retiring Mike Francesa. https://t.co/onA7z7RYjF— Steven Shepard (@POLITICO_Steve) February 22, 2017WFAN, which predominately covers sports in the tri-state, famously became the first radio station to dedicate itself entirely to sports 24 hours a day in 1987. Christie would be just one among “plenty of [other] candidates,” cautioned Chernoff, who is also vice president of WFAN’s parent company, CBS Radio New York.Christie is set to end his time as governor of New Jersey less than a month after Francesa is expected to retire. Speculation about Christie’s interest in Francesa’s gig has only grown increasingly louder since he called in to the host’s show in January to discuss his next opportunities, saying he’d “have wide-open ears.”never forget pic.twitter.com/6o0xj0yYQT— Peter Finocchiaro (@PLFino) February 22, 2017Last week, Christie told the SNY cable network that his son told him it would be “great” if someone paid him to talk about sports, since the son had been listening to his father talk about them for his “entire life.” “So, yeah, that’s certainly one of the things that I hope I’ll have a chance to consider when I get out and stop being governor,” he added. Even if Christie is interested in the job, people on the internet expressed shock that the governor, who this time last year was just weeks removed from running for president of the United States, would take on such a gig.Some noted the irony of him potentially moving into the entertainment business as President Donald Trump gets used to life in government. But with the whole scandal surrounding the bridge lane closings in his home state, I mean, what did you really expect? By the way, Chris Christie is a Dallas Cowboys fan. CHRISTIE: "Now we go to Mike from Montclair."MIKE: "Bruce sucks." ::CLICK::CHRISTIE: "These [bleeping] idiots think they're so funny." https://t.co/PySZbA52Gt— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) February 22, 2017Why not just go all the way and make him host The Celebrity Apprentice? https://t.co/zKLT9gGP9c— Nick Baumann (@NickBaumann) February 22, 2017ITS LIT. https://t.co/l3Hkbp7Zyx— Desus Nice (@desusnice) February 22, 20172015- Presidential candidateEarly 2016- VP candidateLate 2016- Attorney General candidate2017- WFAN candidate2018- ESPN radio candidate https://t.co/ntfPUO5C9B— Chris Gaine (@chris_gaine) February 22, 2017He'll close the bridgeAny way that he canIt's Chris ChristieOn the FAN!Sports Radio 66And 101.9 FMWFAAAAAAAN!— Nick Stellini (@StelliniTweets) February 22, 2017-- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. Pazoo.com no
You Shouldn’t Trust Uber’s Investigation Into Its Own Sexist Practices http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/you-shouldnt-trust-ubers-investigation-into-its-own-sexist-practices http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/you-shouldnt-trust-ubers-investigation-into-its-own-sexist-practices#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:39:00 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/22/uber-investigation-sexism_n_14942524.html




There’s really only one reason to believe that Uber will conduct a thorough and fair investigation into sexual discrimination inside the company. That reason is Eric Holder.


This week, the ride-hailing company hired the respected former attorney general, now a partner at Washington law firm Covington & Burling, to investigate claims of sexual harassment levied by Susan Fowler, a former Uber engineer.


According to a blog post Fowler published Sunday, her complaints about mistreatment ― she was sexually propositioned by a colleague on Day 1 of her job ― were mishandled or ignored by Uber at every turn. At one point, her manager even threatened to fire her for raising concerns, she said. 


There was no way, based on how much attention Fowler’s post got ― and how inept Uber comes across ― that the company could’ve handled this without outside help. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has made crass comments about women and has ignored safety concerns of female customers. What’s more, Uber has made a name for itself by fighting off the idea that it needs to support most of its workers, claiming in court that its drivers are private contractors, not real employees requiring benefits or support.


Enter Holder. The 66-year-old has become sort of an Olivia Pope-style fixer for Silicon Valley startups with diversity problems. This is the second time in less than a year that a high-profile tech company has hired him to conduct an internal investigation.



“It is up to Uber and Holder and his team about how serious they want to take this investigation,” Peter Romer-Friedman, counsel at the employment-law firm Outten and Golden, who works on discrimination cases for plaintiffs, told HuffPost. “These are very serious allegations; it really seems like Uber’s management doesn’t have a basic understanding of how employment discrimination laws work.”


AirBNB hired Holder and another prominent civil rights lawyer in June to investigate racial discrimination in the way the travel site operates ― behavior that was detailed in a research paper by Harvard economists and then confirmed by AirBNB customers.


The company made the results of the investigation public in September, and has begun implementing real changes ― including an instant booking system that elides the race of the customer entirely. AirBNB says this will help fix its issues, though critics are dubious.


The question with Uber is whether it will it follow AirBNB’s lead. An Uber spokesperson said it’s too early in the investigation to say. “We’re taking it day by day,” the spokesperson said.


It’s easy to see Uber’s hiring of Holder as a pure publicity stunt. Bringing in a well-respected lawyer with a track record of fighting for civil rights is a way for Uber to quickly signal its intention to do something about what appears to be not only rampant sexual discrimination, but also broken human resources and legal departments that utterly failed.



Companies and high-profile organizations often bring in high-profile former public officials to conduct investigations in the wake of a publicity fail. Penn State hired former FBI director Louis Freeh to investigate child sex-abuse charges against its Jerry Sandusky, a high-profile football coach who’s now behind bars. The school made the report public.


Fox News brought in a top New York law firm to investigate sexual harassment charges against CEO Roger Ailes last year, leading to his ouster. The report was kept private. General Motors hired a former U.S. attorney to look at its handling of a defective ignition switch and made that report public.


CBS in 2004 hired a former attorney general and the retired head of The Associated Press to investigate a flawed “60 Minutes” report on then-President George W. Bush’s military service. The practice of hiring a high-profile troubleshooter, already by then a reliable corporate way to move past trouble, has since become a crisis-management standard.


There are no rules or laws surrounding these kinds of investigations, so it’s really up to the company and its hired investigators to decide how thorough to be, what kinds of actions to take, and whether to make the findings public.


An investigation won’t necessarily fix anything. The law firm hired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the George Washington Bridge scandal was criticized for what was viewed by many as slipshod work ― deleting its notes on the investigation and keeping only memos written from those notes. The firm’s bills eventually were made public, leading to charges that Christie was trying to whitewash his involvement in the scandal at taxpayer expense.


A botched internal investigation can also backfire for a company. IBM’s internal probe of an employee’s age-discrimination complaint was so one-sided that a judge who awarded the plaintiff millions rebuked the computer giant for trying to exonerate itself with its investigation rather than determine if the employee had been treated fairly.


Lawyers who represent aggrieved workers in discrimination cases and those who work for companies fending off these claims said they had no doubt that Holder, who was President Barack Obama’s attorney general from 2009 to 2015 ― the first African American to hold the position ― would conduct a thorough investigation of Uber.


That means not only investigating Fowler’s claims, but looking more broadly to see whether Uber has systemic issues related to the treatment of women. Holder was also hired by the state of California last month to represent the state government in any legal fights with the Trump administration.


But Holder’s investigation of Uber is hardly independent. Uber is paying Covington & Burling partner to conduct the inquiry. One lawyer who works on these kinds of investigations told The Huffington Post that billings for Covington’s work could be in the millions of dollars.


An Uber spokesperson told HuffPost that Holder will work hand in hand with Uber board member Arianna Huffington, as well as with someone from Uber’s legal team. (Huffington is no longer affiliated with HuffPost.)


But in the end, this is a private inquiry and what Uber decides to do about Holder’s findings is entirely up to Uber.


Uber has a gaping problem with women, as Fowler’s account makes clear.


According to her blog post, Fowler was told that the man who propositioned her was a first-time offender, so he wouldn’t face consequences. When it turned out he had harassed other women at Uber, the company still took no action. Fowler was told to stop complaining, and her manager threatened to fire her for speaking up. That kind of retaliation is illegal.


But what’s most shocking isn’t the sexism and harassment, but the company’s utter failure to deal with Fowler’s claims.


The human resources department at Uber is understaffed and only really equipped to deal with recruiting, according to a report in Recode.


It’s clear that the only reason that Uber is taking action now is because it got caught.


“The issues that gave rise to these so-called investigations are issues that their legal department should’ve foreseen long before anyone sued or complained publicly,” Romer-Friedman said. “The way to justice shouldn’t be you have to make a blog post.”

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There’s really only one reason to believe that Uber will conduct a thorough and fair investigation into sexual discrimination inside the company. That reason is Eric Holder.


This week, the ride-hailing company hired the respected former attorney general, now a partner at Washington law firm Covington & Burling, to investigate claims of sexual harassment levied by Susan Fowler, a former Uber engineer.


According to a blog post Fowler published Sunday, her complaints about mistreatment ― she was sexually propositioned by a colleague on Day 1 of her job ― were mishandled or ignored by Uber at every turn. At one point, her manager even threatened to fire her for raising concerns, she said. 


There was no way, based on how much attention Fowler’s post got ― and how inept Uber comes across ― that the company could’ve handled this without outside help. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has made crass comments about women and has ignored safety concerns of female customers. What’s more, Uber has made a name for itself by fighting off the idea that it needs to support most of its workers, claiming in court that its drivers are private contractors, not real employees requiring benefits or support.


Enter Holder. The 66-year-old has become sort of an Olivia Pope-style fixer for Silicon Valley startups with diversity problems. This is the second time in less than a year that a high-profile tech company has hired him to conduct an internal investigation.



“It is up to Uber and Holder and his team about how serious they want to take this investigation,” Peter Romer-Friedman, counsel at the employment-law firm Outten and Golden, who works on discrimination cases for plaintiffs, told HuffPost. “These are very serious allegations; it really seems like Uber’s management doesn’t have a basic understanding of how employment discrimination laws work.”


AirBNB hired Holder and another prominent civil rights lawyer in June to investigate racial discrimination in the way the travel site operates ― behavior that was detailed in a research paper by Harvard economists and then confirmed by AirBNB customers.


The company made the results of the investigation public in September, and has begun implementing real changes ― including an instant booking system that elides the race of the customer entirely. AirBNB says this will help fix its issues, though critics are dubious.


The question with Uber is whether it will it follow AirBNB’s lead. An Uber spokesperson said it’s too early in the investigation to say. “We’re taking it day by day,” the spokesperson said.


It’s easy to see Uber’s hiring of Holder as a pure publicity stunt. Bringing in a well-respected lawyer with a track record of fighting for civil rights is a way for Uber to quickly signal its intention to do something about what appears to be not only rampant sexual discrimination, but also broken human resources and legal departments that utterly failed.



Companies and high-profile organizations often bring in high-profile former public officials to conduct investigations in the wake of a publicity fail. Penn State hired former FBI director Louis Freeh to investigate child sex-abuse charges against its Jerry Sandusky, a high-profile football coach who’s now behind bars. The school made the report public.


Fox News brought in a top New York law firm to investigate sexual harassment charges against CEO Roger Ailes last year, leading to his ouster. The report was kept private. General Motors hired a former U.S. attorney to look at its handling of a defective ignition switch and made that report public.


CBS in 2004 hired a former attorney general and the retired head of The Associated Press to investigate a flawed “60 Minutes” report on then-President George W. Bush’s military service. The practice of hiring a high-profile troubleshooter, already by then a reliable corporate way to move past trouble, has since become a crisis-management standard.


There are no rules or laws surrounding these kinds of investigations, so it’s really up to the company and its hired investigators to decide how thorough to be, what kinds of actions to take, and whether to make the findings public.


An investigation won’t necessarily fix anything. The law firm hired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the George Washington Bridge scandal was criticized for what was viewed by many as slipshod work ― deleting its notes on the investigation and keeping only memos written from those notes. The firm’s bills eventually were made public, leading to charges that Christie was trying to whitewash his involvement in the scandal at taxpayer expense.


A botched internal investigation can also backfire for a company. IBM’s internal probe of an employee’s age-discrimination complaint was so one-sided that a judge who awarded the plaintiff millions rebuked the computer giant for trying to exonerate itself with its investigation rather than determine if the employee had been treated fairly.


Lawyers who represent aggrieved workers in discrimination cases and those who work for companies fending off these claims said they had no doubt that Holder, who was President Barack Obama’s attorney general from 2009 to 2015 ― the first African American to hold the position ― would conduct a thorough investigation of Uber.


That means not only investigating Fowler’s claims, but looking more broadly to see whether Uber has systemic issues related to the treatment of women. Holder was also hired by the state of California last month to represent the state government in any legal fights with the Trump administration.


But Holder’s investigation of Uber is hardly independent. Uber is paying Covington & Burling partner to conduct the inquiry. One lawyer who works on these kinds of investigations told The Huffington Post that billings for Covington’s work could be in the millions of dollars.


An Uber spokesperson told HuffPost that Holder will work hand in hand with Uber board member Arianna Huffington, as well as with someone from Uber’s legal team. (Huffington is no longer affiliated with HuffPost.)


But in the end, this is a private inquiry and what Uber decides to do about Holder’s findings is entirely up to Uber.


Uber has a gaping problem with women, as Fowler’s account makes clear.


According to her blog post, Fowler was told that the man who propositioned her was a first-time offender, so he wouldn’t face consequences. When it turned out he had harassed other women at Uber, the company still took no action. Fowler was told to stop complaining, and her manager threatened to fire her for speaking up. That kind of retaliation is illegal.


But what’s most shocking isn’t the sexism and harassment, but the company’s utter failure to deal with Fowler’s claims.


The human resources department at Uber is understaffed and only really equipped to deal with recruiting, according to a report in Recode.


It’s clear that the only reason that Uber is taking action now is because it got caught.


“The issues that gave rise to these so-called investigations are issues that their legal department should’ve foreseen long before anyone sued or complained publicly,” Romer-Friedman said. “The way to justice shouldn’t be you have to make a blog post.”

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http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/you-shouldnt-trust-ubers-investigation-into-its-own-sexist-practices/feed 0 There’s really only one reason to believe that Uber will conduct a thorough and fair investigation into sexual discrimination inside the company. That reason is Eric Holder.This week, the ride-hailing company hired the respected former attorney general, There’s really only one reason to believe that Uber will conduct a thorough and fair investigation into sexual discrimination inside the company. That reason is Eric Holder.This week, the ride-hailing company hired the respected former attorney general, now a partner at Washington law firm Covington & Burling, to investigate claims of sexual harassment levied by Susan Fowler, a former Uber engineer.According to a blog post Fowler published Sunday, her complaints about mistreatment ― she was sexually propositioned by a colleague on Day 1 of her job ― were mishandled or ignored by Uber at every turn. At one point, her manager even threatened to fire her for raising concerns, she said. There was no way, based on how much attention Fowler’s post got ― and how inept Uber comes across ― that the company could’ve handled this without outside help. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has made crass comments about women and has ignored safety concerns of female customers. What’s more, Uber has made a name for itself by fighting off the idea that it needs to support most of its workers, claiming in court that its drivers are private contractors, not real employees requiring benefits or support.Enter Holder. The 66-year-old has become sort of an Olivia Pope-style fixer for Silicon Valley startups with diversity problems. This is the second time in less than a year that a high-profile tech company has hired him to conduct an internal investigation.“It is up to Uber and Holder and his team about how serious they want to take this investigation,” Peter Romer-Friedman, counsel at the employment-law firm Outten and Golden, who works on discrimination cases for plaintiffs, told HuffPost. “These are very serious allegations; it really seems like Uber’s management doesn’t have a basic understanding of how employment discrimination laws work.”AirBNB hired Holder and another prominent civil rights lawyer in June to investigate racial discrimination in the way the travel site operates ― behavior that was detailed in a research paper by Harvard economists and then confirmed by AirBNB customers.The company made the results of the investigation public in September, and has begun implementing real changes ― including an instant booking system that elides the race of the customer entirely. AirBNB says this will help fix its issues, though critics are dubious.The question with Uber is whether it will it follow AirBNB’s lead. An Uber spokesperson said it’s too early in the investigation to say. “We’re taking it day by day,” the spokesperson said.It’s easy to see Uber’s hiring of Holder as a pure publicity stunt. Bringing in a well-respected lawyer with a track record of fighting for civil rights is a way for Uber to quickly signal its intention to do something about what appears to be not only rampant sexual discrimination, but also broken human resources and legal departments that utterly failed.Companies and high-profile organizations often bring in high-profile former public officials to conduct investigations in the wake of a publicity fail. Penn State hired former FBI director Louis Freeh to investigate child sex-abuse charges against its Jerry Sandusky, a high-profile football coach who’s now behind bars. The school made the report public. Fox News brought in a top New York law firm to investigate sexual harassment charges against CEO Roger Ailes last year, leading to his ouster. The report was kept private. General Motors hired a former U.S. attorney to look at its handling of a defective ignition switch and made that report public. CBS in 2004 hired a former attorney general and the retired head of The Associated Press to investigate a flawed “60 Minutes” report on then-President George W. Bush’s military service. The practice of hiring a high-profile troubleshooter, already by then a reliable corporate way to move past trouble, has since become a crisis-management standard.There are no rules or laws surrounding these kinds of investigations, Pazoo.com no
This Guy Perfectly Recreated His Disney Photo With Minnie Mouse Decades Later http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/this-guy-perfectly-recreated-his-disney-photo-with-minnie-mouse-decades-later http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/this-guy-perfectly-recreated-his-disney-photo-with-minnie-mouse-decades-later#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:27:57 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/22/this-guy-perfectly-recreated-his-disney-photo-with-minnie-mouse-decades-later_n_14942262.html In the ‘80s, artist Brian Rush took a photo as a kid with Minnie Mouse at Disneyland. Decades later, he recreated that photo and nailed it.


When Rush learned his parents wanted to take a family trip to Disney World with their kids and grandkids, he knew he wanted to recreate a photo from his first trip to a Disney park. He told HuffPost he chose one that was taken either in the summer of 1985 or 1986 at Disneyland in California, when he was around the age of 5 or 6.


“I actually couldn’t find many of our original photos, but this one was perfect,” he said.


He recreated the photo on New Year’s Day 2015 at Disney World in Florida. Most of the clothes for his outfit were found at American Apparel, including the shorts, which were actually a bathing suit on which his wife helped sew the stripes. He used fabric and tape to perfect the look of his shoes. The final touch? The mouse ears hat, which he bought at Disney World.


With Rush’s final result, it seemed like Minnie had no problem recognizing him. 



Rush posted the childhood photo alongside his recreated one on Reddit on Feb. 17. He told HuffPost he thought it’d be fun for others to see the pics side by side years later, and explained he took on the project because “life makes it really easy to get stuck in a rut.”


“Even on a vacation, which is a break from the everyday, it is so easy to fall in line with what is expected of you,” he said. “Go see this tourist attraction, go see that, ride this, wait in line here. Even at a place as ready-made magical as Disney World, bringing a little of your own creativity can elevate the experience.”


Rush also said the thought of being embarrassed never deterred him. In fact, it motivated him. 


“I’m also a bit of a sucker for embarrassment,” he told HuffPost. “Most people avoid it at all costs; I, on the other hand, get a thrill out of, for example, dressing like my 5-year-old self in short shorts.”


Waiting in line to meet Minnie sparked what might be the most comical part of the whole experience. Because Rush was wearing the outfit he had put together to recreate the photo under his clothes, he had to warn the family behind him in line that he was about to strip down.


“I turned to the family behind us, who had already watched quizzically as I taped homemade shapes to my shoes, and said, ‘Please don’t be alarmed. I’m going to take off my clothes now ... but I have more clothes underneath,’” he said. “That is the kind of awkwardness that makes strangers not strangers anymore but sharers of an experience, and it makes a regular moment into a memory.”


And because we know you’re dying to know, yes, Rush continued wearing that outfit after meeting up with Minnie. 


“I changed into that outfit right before the photo shoot but stayed in it for the rest of the day.”

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SolarCity’s Ties to Foreclosure Cases Raise Questions on Vetting Policies http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/solarcitys-ties-to-foreclosure-cases-raise-questions-on-vetting-policies http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/solarcitys-ties-to-foreclosure-cases-raise-questions-on-vetting-policies#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:18:11 +0000 http://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/22/business/solarcity-foreclosure-cases.html http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/solarcitys-ties-to-foreclosure-cases-raise-questions-on-vetting-policies/feed 0 solar energy The company, owned by Tesla, relies on monthly payments from solar panel customers. But foreclosures can halt those payments, and SolarCity relies on only one credit check to vet customers. The company, owned by Tesla, relies on monthly payments from solar panel customers. But foreclosures can halt those payments, and SolarCity relies on only one credit check to vet customers. Pazoo.com no Muslim Activists’ Fundraiser For Vandalized Jewish Cemetery Soars Past Initial Goal http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/muslim-activists-fundraiser-for-vandalized-jewish-cemetery-soars-past-initial-goal http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/muslim-activists-fundraiser-for-vandalized-jewish-cemetery-soars-past-initial-goal#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:17:55 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/22/muslim-activists-fundraiser-for-desecrated-jewish-cemetery-soars-past-initial-goal_n_14941884.html




A fundraiser led by American Muslims has raised more than $80,000 to help repair a vandalized Jewish cemetery ― more than four times the initial goal.


After hearing on Monday that nearly 200 graves were found damaged at Missouri’s Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, activists Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi created an online LaunchGood fundraiser, calling on Muslims to show solidarity with Jews who have been disturbed by this desecration of sacred space.


The campaign reached its goal of $20,000 within three hours of launching on Tuesday. By Wednesday, the page had soared past $80,000. The fundraiser will remain open until March 21. The funds collected will first go toward restoring the 124-year-old Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, and any additional funds raised will “assist other vandalized Jewish centers nationwide,” according to the LaunchGood page.


“Through this campaign, we hope to send a united message from the Jewish and Muslim communities that there is no place for this type of hate, desecration, and violence in America,” the organizers wrote on their fundraising page. “We pray that this restores a sense of security and peace to the Jewish-American community who has undoubtedly been shaken by this event.”



On Facebook, El-Messidi said he’d been getting hundreds of thank-you notes from American Jews for helping to spearhead this initiative. 








In 2015, Muslim activists raised over $100,000 to rebuild black churches in the South that were damaged in a string of fires and last year raised over $100,000 to help families of the victims of the Orlando shooting.


Since the November election, Muslim and Jewish communities have reported concerning incidents of vandalism, harassment and hate crimesOn the same day that officials discovered the toppled gravestones at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, several Jewish community centers across the country received phoned-in bomb threats. It was the fourth wave of threats to affect Jewish community centers this year. 


But even as both groups report being targeted for their faith, collaboration between Muslim and Jewish organizations in America has strengthened. A group of over 30 religious leaders, business executives and scholars joined together last November to form a new Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council that plans to “develop a coordinated strategy to address anti-Muslim bigotry and anti-Semitism in the U.S.”


Jewish activists have also been prominent in the fight against President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, which critics claim targets Muslim refugees and immigrants. In a rare show of unity, all four major American Jewish denominations issued statements critical of the president’s ban. 



El-Messidi told The Washington Post that the solidarity between American Muslims and Jews is a silver lining to the latest election cycle.


“Out of this horrible election cycle, something beautiful has come out of it and [Muslims and Jews have] bonded together to support each other and stand up to this hate,” El-Messidi said. “Politics can get in the way of our basic humanity; I hope this breaks through all those walls, no pun intended, to help bring us closer together.”

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A fundraiser led by American Muslims has raised more than $80,000 to help repair a vandalized Jewish cemetery ― more than four times the initial goal.


After hearing on Monday that nearly 200 graves were found damaged at Missouri’s Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, activists Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi created an online LaunchGood fundraiser, calling on Muslims to show solidarity with Jews who have been disturbed by this desecration of sacred space.


The campaign reached its goal of $20,000 within three hours of launching on Tuesday. By Wednesday, the page had soared past $80,000. The fundraiser will remain open until March 21. The funds collected will first go toward restoring the 124-year-old Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, and any additional funds raised will “assist other vandalized Jewish centers nationwide,” according to the LaunchGood page.


“Through this campaign, we hope to send a united message from the Jewish and Muslim communities that there is no place for this type of hate, desecration, and violence in America,” the organizers wrote on their fundraising page. “We pray that this restores a sense of security and peace to the Jewish-American community who has undoubtedly been shaken by this event.”



On Facebook, El-Messidi said he’d been getting hundreds of thank-you notes from American Jews for helping to spearhead this initiative. 








In 2015, Muslim activists raised over $100,000 to rebuild black churches in the South that were damaged in a string of fires and last year raised over $100,000 to help families of the victims of the Orlando shooting.


Since the November election, Muslim and Jewish communities have reported concerning incidents of vandalism, harassment and hate crimesOn the same day that officials discovered the toppled gravestones at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, several Jewish community centers across the country received phoned-in bomb threats. It was the fourth wave of threats to affect Jewish community centers this year. 


But even as both groups report being targeted for their faith, collaboration between Muslim and Jewish organizations in America has strengthened. A group of over 30 religious leaders, business executives and scholars joined together last November to form a new Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council that plans to “develop a coordinated strategy to address anti-Muslim bigotry and anti-Semitism in the U.S.”


Jewish activists have also been prominent in the fight against President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, which critics claim targets Muslim refugees and immigrants. In a rare show of unity, all four major American Jewish denominations issued statements critical of the president’s ban. 



El-Messidi told The Washington Post that the solidarity between American Muslims and Jews is a silver lining to the latest election cycle.


“Out of this horrible election cycle, something beautiful has come out of it and [Muslims and Jews have] bonded together to support each other and stand up to this hate,” El-Messidi said. “Politics can get in the way of our basic humanity; I hope this breaks through all those walls, no pun intended, to help bring us closer together.”

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http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/muslim-activists-fundraiser-for-vandalized-jewish-cemetery-soars-past-initial-goal/feed 0 A fundraiser led by American Muslims has raised more than $80,000 to help repair a vandalized Jewish cemetery ― more than four times the initial goal.After hearing on Monday that nearly 200 graves were found damaged at Missouri’s Chesed Shel Emeth Ceme... A fundraiser led by American Muslims has raised more than $80,000 to help repair a vandalized Jewish cemetery ― more than four times the initial goal.After hearing on Monday that nearly 200 graves were found damaged at Missouri’s Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, activists Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi created an online LaunchGood fundraiser, calling on Muslims to show solidarity with Jews who have been disturbed by this desecration of sacred space.The campaign reached its goal of $20,000 within three hours of launching on Tuesday. By Wednesday, the page had soared past $80,000. The fundraiser will remain open until March 21. The funds collected will first go toward restoring the 124-year-old Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, and any additional funds raised will “assist other vandalized Jewish centers nationwide,” according to the LaunchGood page.“Through this campaign, we hope to send a united message from the Jewish and Muslim communities that there is no place for this type of hate, desecration, and violence in America,” the organizers wrote on their fundraising page. “We pray that this restores a sense of security and peace to the Jewish-American community who has undoubtedly been shaken by this event.”On Facebook, El-Messidi said he’d been getting hundreds of thank-you notes from American Jews for helping to spearhead this initiative. In 2015, Muslim activists raised over $100,000 to rebuild black churches in the South that were damaged in a string of fires and last year raised over $100,000 to help families of the victims of the Orlando shooting.Since the November election, Muslim and Jewish communities have reported concerning incidents of vandalism, harassment and hate crimes. On the same day that officials discovered the toppled gravestones at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, several Jewish community centers across the country received phoned-in bomb threats. It was the fourth wave of threats to affect Jewish community centers this year. But even as both groups report being targeted for their faith, collaboration between Muslim and Jewish organizations in America has strengthened. A group of over 30 religious leaders, business executives and scholars joined together last November to form a new Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council that plans to “develop a coordinated strategy to address anti-Muslim bigotry and anti-Semitism in the U.S.”Jewish activists have also been prominent in the fight against President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, which critics claim targets Muslim refugees and immigrants. In a rare show of unity, all four major American Jewish denominations issued statements critical of the president’s ban. El-Messidi told The Washington Post that the solidarity between American Muslims and Jews is a silver lining to the latest election cycle.“Out of this horrible election cycle, something beautiful has come out of it and [Muslims and Jews have] bonded together to support each other and stand up to this hate,” El-Messidi said. “Politics can get in the way of our basic humanity; I hope this breaks through all those walls, no pun intended, to help bring us closer together.” -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. Pazoo.com no
Donald Trump Promised To Build Infrastructure, Delays Bay Area Railway Project Instead http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/donald-trump-promised-to-build-infrastructure-delays-bay-area-railway-project-instead http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/donald-trump-promised-to-build-infrastructure-delays-bay-area-railway-project-instead#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:14:01 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/22/trump-infrastructure-delays-caltrain_n_14941882.html




Donald Trump promised Americans he would rebuild the country’s crumbling infrastructure, boasting on the campaign trail that he would put $1 trillion of public and private funds into rebuilding roads and bridges. He later drastically decreased that number to $550 billion.


So where is that money going? Not to California, where plans to revitalize the Bay Area’s Caltrain transit system have just been delayed by his administration.


Trump’s newly appointed transportation secretary, Elaine Chao ― who oversees the Federal Transit Administration ― has slammed the brakes on the project, which would change the diesel-powered trains to electric and cost about $2 billion, according to SF Gate. 


Last Friday, Chao halted the $647 million federal grant that helps cover the project until an audit can be completed. Caltrain has already selected contractors to get started on construction by March 1. If they aren’t able to get started by that date, the bidding process will begin all over again ― and likely at a much higher cost.


There’s little chance Caltrain can meet its deadline now that an audit is required, and the cost penalties could be “so severe that we might not be able to do the project,” Seamus Murphy, the rail system’s chief communications officer, told the Los Angeles Times.


 


Caltrain, which connects riders from San Francisco to the Silicon Valley hub of San Jose, currently carries approximately 60,000 riders a day. Making the trains electric would increase ridership, save money on operating costs and help the environment, advocates for the change argue.


“For two years, Caltrain worked closely with Federal officials to complete a thorough evaluation of the project including intensive engineering assessments and financial vetting,” Murphy said in a statement


But on Jan. 24, 14 Republican members of the California GOP sent a letter to Chao, saying the cost of the project was too high and would not attract private financing


“I never imagined that the electrification of a train would be subjected to such brutal, partisan politics,” said Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) in a statement. “This is not a Democratic project nor is it a Republican project. It is about the modernization of an outdated commuter system that is the spine of the transportation system of the Peninsula and the Silicon Valley region.”


Caltrain officials are asking Trump to intervene and direct the FTA to fund the electrification process of the existing Caltrain system. They say the project would create 9,600 jobs.



Please sign the White House petition urging the President to save Electrification & 9,600 jobs. #StandWithCaltrain https://t.co/QthSSNZQoT pic.twitter.com/Zpg72Co4q1

— Caltrain (@Caltrain) February 20, 2017



The electrification of Caltrain would be just one element of an ambitious project to connect San Francisco to Los Angeles by high-speed train, reducing travel time between the two metropolises to three hours. California voters approved the entire project in 2008, but the original $40 billion cost is now closer to $64 billion (this sum includes the cost of the electrification of the current Caltrain system).


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who is married to Chao, previously panned Trump’s plan to spend a trillion dollars on infrastructure, saying such an infrastructure bill would not be a good use of the GOP’s time or resources.


Trump has already promised to waste more than $20 billion on a useless U.S.-Mexico border wall. And it seems unlikely that he would give federal funds for infrastructure to California, a state that limits local law enforcement agencies’ cooperation with deportation efforts and contains many so-called “sanctuary cities.”


The president has already threatened to withhold federal funds from sanctuary jurisdictions. “Certainly that would be a weapon,” Trump said of denying funding to states and cities that don’t fall into line with his federal immigration policies.


In a 4 a.m. tweet earlier this month, Trump also floated the idea of cutting off federal funding for the University of California, Berkeley, after violent student protests erupted ahead of a scheduled appearance by right-wing agitator Milo Yiannopoulos.



If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view - NO FEDERAL FUNDS?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2017



Part of Yiannopoulos’ “different point of view” was his apparent defense of pedophilia, as the world learned earlier this week. Maybe that will change Trump’s mind about blanket refusals of federal funds. Probably not.

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Donald Trump promised Americans he would rebuild the country’s crumbling infrastructure, boasting on the campaign trail that he would put $1 trillion of public and private funds into rebuilding roads and bridges. He later drastically decreased that number to $550 billion.


So where is that money going? Not to California, where plans to revitalize the Bay Area’s Caltrain transit system have just been delayed by his administration.


Trump’s newly appointed transportation secretary, Elaine Chao ― who oversees the Federal Transit Administration ― has slammed the brakes on the project, which would change the diesel-powered trains to electric and cost about $2 billion, according to SF Gate. 


Last Friday, Chao halted the $647 million federal grant that helps cover the project until an audit can be completed. Caltrain has already selected contractors to get started on construction by March 1. If they aren’t able to get started by that date, the bidding process will begin all over again ― and likely at a much higher cost.


There’s little chance Caltrain can meet its deadline now that an audit is required, and the cost penalties could be “so severe that we might not be able to do the project,” Seamus Murphy, the rail system’s chief communications officer, told the Los Angeles Times.


 


Caltrain, which connects riders from San Francisco to the Silicon Valley hub of San Jose, currently carries approximately 60,000 riders a day. Making the trains electric would increase ridership, save money on operating costs and help the environment, advocates for the change argue.


“For two years, Caltrain worked closely with Federal officials to complete a thorough evaluation of the project including intensive engineering assessments and financial vetting,” Murphy said in a statement


But on Jan. 24, 14 Republican members of the California GOP sent a letter to Chao, saying the cost of the project was too high and would not attract private financing


“I never imagined that the electrification of a train would be subjected to such brutal, partisan politics,” said Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) in a statement. “This is not a Democratic project nor is it a Republican project. It is about the modernization of an outdated commuter system that is the spine of the transportation system of the Peninsula and the Silicon Valley region.”


Caltrain officials are asking Trump to intervene and direct the FTA to fund the electrification process of the existing Caltrain system. They say the project would create 9,600 jobs.






The electrification of Caltrain would be just one element of an ambitious project to connect San Francisco to Los Angeles by high-speed train, reducing travel time between the two metropolises to three hours. California voters approved the entire project in 2008, but the original $40 billion cost is now closer to $64 billion (this sum includes the cost of the electrification of the current Caltrain system).


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who is married to Chao, previously panned Trump’s plan to spend a trillion dollars on infrastructure, saying such an infrastructure bill would not be a good use of the GOP’s time or resources.


Trump has already promised to waste more than $20 billion on a useless U.S.-Mexico border wall. And it seems unlikely that he would give federal funds for infrastructure to California, a state that limits local law enforcement agencies’ cooperation with deportation efforts and contains many so-called “sanctuary cities.”


The president has already threatened to withhold federal funds from sanctuary jurisdictions. “Certainly that would be a weapon,” Trump said of denying funding to states and cities that don’t fall into line with his federal immigration policies.


In a 4 a.m. tweet earlier this month, Trump also floated the idea of cutting off federal funding for the University of California, Berkeley, after violent student protests erupted ahead of a scheduled appearance by right-wing agitator Milo Yiannopoulos.






Part of Yiannopoulos’ “different point of view” was his apparent defense of pedophilia, as the world learned earlier this week. Maybe that will change Trump’s mind about blanket refusals of federal funds. Probably not.

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http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/donald-trump-promised-to-build-infrastructure-delays-bay-area-railway-project-instead/feed 0 Donald Trump promised Americans he would rebuild the country’s crumbling infrastructure, boasting on the campaign trail that he would put $1 trillion of public and private funds into rebuilding roads and bridges. Donald Trump promised Americans he would rebuild the country’s crumbling infrastructure, boasting on the campaign trail that he would put $1 trillion of public and private funds into rebuilding roads and bridges. He later drastically decreased that number to $550 billion.So where is that money going? Not to California, where plans to revitalize the Bay Area’s Caltrain transit system have just been delayed by his administration.Trump’s newly appointed transportation secretary, Elaine Chao ― who oversees the Federal Transit Administration ― has slammed the brakes on the project, which would change the diesel-powered trains to electric and cost about $2 billion, according to SF Gate. Last Friday, Chao halted the $647 million federal grant that helps cover the project until an audit can be completed. Caltrain has already selected contractors to get started on construction by March 1. If they aren’t able to get started by that date, the bidding process will begin all over again ― and likely at a much higher cost.There’s little chance Caltrain can meet its deadline now that an audit is required, and the cost penalties could be “so severe that we might not be able to do the project,” Seamus Murphy, the rail system’s chief communications officer, told the Los Angeles Times. Caltrain, which connects riders from San Francisco to the Silicon Valley hub of San Jose, currently carries approximately 60,000 riders a day. Making the trains electric would increase ridership, save money on operating costs and help the environment, advocates for the change argue.“For two years, Caltrain worked closely with Federal officials to complete a thorough evaluation of the project including intensive engineering assessments and financial vetting,” Murphy said in a statement. But on Jan. 24, 14 Republican members of the California GOP sent a letter to Chao, saying the cost of the project was too high and would not attract private financing. “I never imagined that the electrification of a train would be subjected to such brutal, partisan politics,” said Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) in a statement. “This is not a Democratic project nor is it a Republican project. It is about the modernization of an outdated commuter system that is the spine of the transportation system of the Peninsula and the Silicon Valley region.”Caltrain officials are asking Trump to intervene and direct the FTA to fund the electrification process of the existing Caltrain system. They say the project would create 9,600 jobs.Please sign the White House petition urging the President to save Electrification & 9,600 jobs. #StandWithCaltrain https://t.co/QthSSNZQoT pic.twitter.com/Zpg72Co4q1— Caltrain (@Caltrain) February 20, 2017The electrification of Caltrain would be just one element of an ambitious project to connect San Francisco to Los Angeles by high-speed train, reducing travel time between the two metropolises to three hours. California voters approved the entire project in 2008, but the original $40 billion cost is now closer to $64 billion (this sum includes the cost of the electrification of the current Caltrain system).Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who is married to Chao, previously panned Trump’s plan to spend a trillion dollars on infrastructure, saying such an infrastructure bill would not be a good use of the GOP’s time or resources.Trump has already promised to waste more than $20 billion on a useless U.S.-Mexico border wall. And it seems unlikely that he would give federal funds for infrastructure to California, a state that limits local law enforcement agencies’ cooperation with deportation efforts and contains many so-called “sanctuary cities.”The president has already threatened to withhold federal funds from sanctuary jurisdictions. “Certainly that would be a weapon,” Trump said of denying funding to states and cities that don’t fall into line with his federal immigration policies.In a 4 a.m. tweet earlier this month, Pazoo.com no
Adorable Little Boy Loses Race Because He Wanted To Hug His Dad http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/adorable-little-boy-loses-race-because-he-wanted-to-hug-his-dad http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/adorable-little-boy-loses-race-because-he-wanted-to-hug-his-dad#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:12:27 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/22/adorable-little-boy-loses-race-because-he-wanted-to-hug-his-dad_n_14941880.html A photo of a 2-year-old Nigerian boy is going viral after he lost a race for an absolutely adorable reason.


On Tuesday, Imoh Umoren tweeted a photo of his toddler son, Imoh Umoren II. “My son finished 4th in the race because instead of running across the finish line he ran to hug me,” he wrote. “Ah well won my heart.”






The tweet received over 11,000 likes and 6,400 retweets.


Umoren is an indie film director who lives in Lagos. He told The Huffington Post that Imoh just started attending his school, which held the sports competition this week. He participated in the toddlers category.


“It was his first race, but we had been rehearsing all week in the front yard,” Umoren said. On the day of the race, Imoh had a strong start, but “it sort of fell apart when he spotted me taking a picture of him and came to hug me,” the dad said. 



“I think part of it may be that he always ran into my arms while we were doing our little training at home,” he added. “But he’s a bit of a hugger, and maybe to him, that is a natural ending to a race: run into daddy’s arms.”


In that moment, Umoren tried to get his son back on course. “I was telling him to stop, but he couldn’t figure out why he had to,” the dad recalled. “He ran towards me giggling, so I had to explain to him he had to get to the finish line. I don’t think he realized it was a competition!”






Imoh did eventually get back into the race and ultimately finished in fourth place. He had chance to redeem himself when placed third in a later event that day.


Umoren said his son is an incredibly sweet kid. “I’m just really lucky to have him,” he told HuffPost. “One time I was trying to teach him numbers, and he was struggling a bit with it. When he saw I was slightly disappointed, he said ‘I’m sorry’ and gave me a hug. I mean, I cried a little because he earnestly gives everything his best effort.”



The dad said Imoh is very determined and always picks himself up when he falls down (literally). The toddler is also very intuitive.


“He’s a pretty smart kid for his age and can sense when you’re having a bad day and literally come and kiss you and offer you water,” Umeron said, adding, “I’m trying to raise him to be a good man because in a crumbling world we need some sunlight.”


H/T BuzzFeed

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Whatever You Do, Don’t Ask Anna Kendrick To Be A Bridesmaid http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/whatever-you-do-dont-ask-anna-kendrick-to-be-a-bridesmaid http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/whatever-you-do-dont-ask-anna-kendrick-to-be-a-bridesmaid#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:03:43 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/22/anna-kendrick-will-not-be-a-bridesmaid_n_14941860.html




Sure, she’s been in a couple wedding movies, but Anna Kendrick does not want to be in an actual wedding. Especially not as a bridesmaid. 


During an appearance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” the “Table 19” actress explained why she’d rather not stand beside the bride on the big day.


“I try not to get invited to weddings,” Kendrick said. “It’s like watching your friends put on a little pageant. And you have to be in a nice dress and talk to people you don’t know. I feel like I’ve potentially avoided making very close female friends cause I don’t want to be a bridesmaid.” 


She added, “If you put me on an email chain and tell me I have to wear ballet pink nail polish, I will kill you where you stand... Like, I can be friends with you if you’re already married.” 








Check out Seth’s hilarious reaction to her tale in the video above. 


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Sure, she’s been in a couple wedding movies, but Anna Kendrick does not want to be in an actual wedding. Especially not as a bridesmaid. 


During an appearance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” the “Table 19” actress explained why she’d rather not stand beside the bride on the big day.


“I try not to get invited to weddings,” Kendrick said. “It’s like watching your friends put on a little pageant. And you have to be in a nice dress and talk to people you don’t know. I feel like I’ve potentially avoided making very close female friends cause I don’t want to be a bridesmaid.” 


She added, “If you put me on an email chain and tell me I have to wear ballet pink nail polish, I will kill you where you stand... Like, I can be friends with you if you’re already married.” 







Check out Seth’s hilarious reaction to her tale in the video above. 


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110-Year-Old Nun’s Secret To Long A Life Is Pretty Simple http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/110-year-old-nuns-secret-to-long-a-life-is-pretty-simple http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/110-year-old-nuns-secret-to-long-a-life-is-pretty-simple#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:00:57 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/22/110-year-old-nuns-secret-to-long-a-life-is-pretty-simple_n_14941850.html One of the world’s oldest women says the key to a long life is love ― but for Sister Candida Bellotti that doesn’t mean the romantic kind.


Bellotti celebrated her 110th birthday on Monday surrounded by fellow sisters from her order. Her advice for a long life?


“Love, love and keep on loving. With joy!” the centenarian told journalists gathered for the special occasion at her Tuscan convent.


“Have faith in the future, and put in as much work as you can to make your wishes come true,” she added.


Bellotti was born on Feb. 20, 1907 in Verona, Italy. She became a nun with the Ministre degli Infermi di San Camillo, or Camillian nuns, at the age of 24 and also worked as a nurse across the country.


Bellotti has lived through two world wars, 10 popes and 57 Italian prime ministers, as Religion News Service noted.


The Italian nun got to meet Pope Francis on her 107th birthday when she journeyed the 230-some miles to Rome for Mass at Casa Santa Marta. Bellotti shared some tips for longevity on that occasion, too.


“Live a happy life!” the nun urged, adding that true joy comes from accepting things as they are. “True happiness is appreciating the moment as God gives it to us. ... Man needs to accept each moment that comes and say ‘thank you.’”





At 110, Bellotti isn’t the oldest nun alive. Another woman religious, Sister Marie-Josephine Gaudette, will celebrate her 115th birthday in March. Gaudette was born in New Hampshire but has lived in a convent in Italy since 1958.


Sister Teresita Barajuen, a centenarian nun from Spain, died in 2013 at the age of 105. Barajuen made headlines in 2011 when she left her Spanish monastery for the first time in 40 years to meet Pope Benedict XVI in Madrid.


Another centenarian, Jessie Gallan, died at the age of 109 in 2015 and said the key to a long life was avoiding men. Gallan wasn’t a nun, but she never married and swore by a longevity “diet” high in porridge and low in dudes.

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One of the world’s oldest women says the key to a long life is love ― but for Sister Candida Bellotti that doesn’t mean the romantic kind.


Bellotti celebrated her 110th birthday on Monday surrounded by fellow sisters from her order. Her advice for a long life?


“Love, love and keep on loving. With joy!” the centenarian told journalists gathered for the special occasion at her Tuscan convent.


“Have faith in the future, and put in as much work as you can to make your wishes come true,” she added.


Bellotti was born on Feb. 20, 1907 in Verona, Italy. She became a nun with the Ministre degli Infermi di San Camillo, or Camillian nuns, at the age of 24 and also worked as a nurse across the country.


Bellotti has lived through two world wars, 10 popes and 57 Italian prime ministers, as Religion News Service noted.


The Italian nun got to meet Pope Francis on her 107th birthday when she journeyed the 230-some miles to Rome for Mass at Casa Santa Marta. Bellotti shared some tips for longevity on that occasion, too.


“Live a happy life!” the nun urged, adding that true joy comes from accepting things as they are. “True happiness is appreciating the moment as God gives it to us. ... Man needs to accept each moment that comes and say ‘thank you.’”





At 110, Bellotti isn’t the oldest nun alive. Another woman religious, Sister Marie-Josephine Gaudette, will celebrate her 115th birthday in March. Gaudette was born in New Hampshire but has lived in a convent in Italy since 1958.


Sister Teresita Barajuen, a centenarian nun from Spain, died in 2013 at the age of 105. Barajuen made headlines in 2011 when she left her Spanish monastery for the first time in 40 years to meet Pope Benedict XVI in Madrid.


Another centenarian, Jessie Gallan, died at the age of 109 in 2015 and said the key to a long life was avoiding men. Gallan wasn’t a nun, but she never married and swore by a longevity “diet” high in porridge and low in dudes.

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http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/110-year-old-nuns-secret-to-long-a-life-is-pretty-simple/feed 0 One of the world’s oldest women says the key to a long life is love ― but for Sister Candida Bellotti that doesn’t mean the romantic kind.Bellotti celebrated her 110th birthday on Monday surrounded by fellow sisters from her order. One of the world’s oldest women says the key to a long life is love ― but for Sister Candida Bellotti that doesn’t mean the romantic kind.Bellotti celebrated her 110th birthday on Monday surrounded by fellow sisters from her order. Her advice for a long life?“Love, love and keep on loving. With joy!” the centenarian told journalists gathered for the special occasion at her Tuscan convent.“Have faith in the future, and put in as much work as you can to make your wishes come true,” she added.Bellotti was born on Feb. 20, 1907 in Verona, Italy. She became a nun with the Ministre degli Infermi di San Camillo, or Camillian nuns, at the age of 24 and also worked as a nurse across the country.Bellotti has lived through two world wars, 10 popes and 57 Italian prime ministers, as Religion News Service noted.The Italian nun got to meet Pope Francis on her 107th birthday when she journeyed the 230-some miles to Rome for Mass at Casa Santa Marta. Bellotti shared some tips for longevity on that occasion, too.“Live a happy life!” the nun urged, adding that true joy comes from accepting things as they are. “True happiness is appreciating the moment as God gives it to us. ... Man needs to accept each moment that comes and say ‘thank you.’”At 110, Bellotti isn’t the oldest nun alive. Another woman religious, Sister Marie-Josephine Gaudette, will celebrate her 115th birthday in March. Gaudette was born in New Hampshire but has lived in a convent in Italy since 1958.Sister Teresita Barajuen, a centenarian nun from Spain, died in 2013 at the age of 105. Barajuen made headlines in 2011 when she left her Spanish monastery for the first time in 40 years to meet Pope Benedict XVI in Madrid.Another centenarian, Jessie Gallan, died at the age of 109 in 2015 and said the key to a long life was avoiding men. Gallan wasn’t a nun, but she never married and swore by a longevity “diet” high in porridge and low in dudes. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. Pazoo.com no
First Look: The New Adidas Ultra Boost X, a Running Shoe Designed Just for Women http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/first-look-the-new-adidas-ultra-boost-x-a-running-shoe-designed-just-for-women http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/first-look-the-new-adidas-ultra-boost-x-a-running-shoe-designed-just-for-women#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:49:56 +0000 http://www.health.com/fitness/adidas-ultraboostx-running-sneaker-review Last week I was invited to San Francisco by Adidas to test out the latest offering from the sneaker brand: the new women-specific Adidas Ultra Boost X ($180 at adidas.com, as well as footlocker.com, six02.comroadrunnersports.com, and other retailers). Think of it as the love child of the PureBoost X—the one with that cool-looking floating arch that launched last year and the three-year-old energy-returning Ultra Boost silhouette, hence the name: Ultra Boost X.

Over a two-day period, our group of 100 other editors, fitness influencers, and just all-around badass women from around the world made our way through several runs in the Adidas Ultra Boost X, each more epic than the next. We tackled the shoreline at Land’s End park in the rain, sprinted around the Kezar Stadium track and up its stadium steps (multiple times), powered up Filbert Street (the steepest in all of San Francisco), and down the zigzagged Lombard Street, pushed the pace on a self-powering treadmill during a HIIT workout, strode across the Golden Gate Bridge in Karl the Fog (yep, they have a name for their fog) and, finally, braved the Bernal Heights hill, which was rewarded with a breathtaking view of the San Francisco skyline. I also took ‘em for a spin in New York when I returned from the West Coast, and the weather was definitely a doozy: a windy mix of snow, sleet and rain.

Needless to say, I’ve put in a fair amount of miles in these babies in varying weather conditions, and can truly say I am impressed. First of all, they are cute (which is a must). And though the colorway I tested is orange and black, surprisingly they don't look like something you'd only sport during Halloween. To jazz mine up even more, I traded the black laces for the alternate gray tweed pair they came with. Also noteworthy: the fit. Wearing this shoe literally feels like you are slipping on a sock. Speaking of socks, you can wear the Ultra Boost X with or without; it’s a preference thing. Mine is with socks.

Piqued your interest? Here are a few things to consider if you are seeking to boost (see what I did there?) your next run too.

Who should wear the Ultra Boost X?

Everyone—at least that's what the folks over at Adidas say. The shoe is built to adapt to every foot and every foot strike. When you run, your forefoot and heel rotate against each other leading to friction and stretching in the midfoot, this sneaker’s free-floating arch moves with and adapts to all of these changes, resulting in a personalized fit for everyone. This feature is possible because Adidas used Aramis motion-tracking technology during its testing phase to identify exactly where feet need support when running. Pretty fancy, huh?

How much mileage are these built for?

Long or short—you can rock this kick for any distance, basically making it Cinderella’s glass slipper for performance runners. “This shoe is capable of running as long as my want to run,” explained Moritz Hoellmueller, Design Director at Adidas, during one of trip’s panels where we took a deep-dive into the science and design elements of the Ultra Boost X. Now, I haven’t logged more than 4 miles at a time in these, so I can’t speak to going long yet, but I am confidant that this pair can carry me through a 10K. 

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What’s up with that knitted upper?

Cool-looking, yes, but it also has a function. The prime knitted upper is designed to expand and then snap back into place. The result: It is never restrictive, but it also never gets overstretched. Other supportive features The very prominent heel counter and cagey lacing structure, which both hug the foot and lock it into place.

Is that foamy midsole just for show?

Nope. This distinctive Adidas midsole is filled with tons of “boost” pellets or tiny energy capsules that are fused together to create a soft, springy and shock-absorbing ride. Think of it as mix between a pillow and a trampoline.

How’s the grip on the outsole?

It’s basically like having a rubber tire as the sole of your running sneaker. And you know how tires have to stand up to a bunch of different weather conditions? It does the same here. And through a rain, sleet and ice-filled street run, I didn’t loose my footing once. Let me tell you, this is a big deal, especially since I have been known to take a sudden spill—on Central Park’s Bridle Path, along the West Side Highway Running Path, and in the midst of  Van Cortlandt Park’s Old Putnam Trail—for no good reason. Simply put: this grip is great!

Last thoughts?

I’ll admit  $180 is a steep price, but I think if you want a trusty runner that can handle multiple distances well and has crossover fashion appeal (Read: looks great with all of your athleisure wear, this may be a cool kick to add to your repertoire. I know I definitely plan to add it to the current pairs in my running rotation.

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This Is What The Oscars Looked Like In 1987 http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/this-is-what-the-oscars-looked-like-in-1987 http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/this-is-what-the-oscars-looked-like-in-1987#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:44:08 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/20/the-oscars-1987_n_14941116.html




The 89th annual Academy Awards are fast approaching, and as we love to do, HuffPost is taking a look back at a past Oscar ceremony.


The year was 1987. “Platoon” took home the award for Best Picture, while Paul Newman and Marlee Matlin won the night’s top acting honors for their work in the films “The Color of Money” and “Children of a Lesser God,” respectively. 


The red carpet was as star-studded as you’d imagine. Everyone from Bette Davis to Tom Hanks to then-couple Matthew Broderick and Jennifer Grey was in attendance, leaving us with some pretty great photographic memories.


Check out our favorites below: 



The 89th annual Academy Awards air Feb. 26 on ABC. 



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The 89th annual Academy Awards are fast approaching, and as we love to do, HuffPost is taking a look back at a past Oscar ceremony.


The year was 1987. “Platoon” took home the award for Best Picture, while Paul Newman and Marlee Matlin won the night’s top acting honors for their work in the films “The Color of Money” and “Children of a Lesser God,” respectively. 


The red carpet was as star-studded as you’d imagine. Everyone from Bette Davis to Tom Hanks to then-couple Matthew Broderick and Jennifer Grey was in attendance, leaving us with some pretty great photographic memories.


Check out our favorites below: 



The 89th annual Academy Awards air Feb. 26 on ABC. 



And remember to Hit Backspace for a regular dose of pop culture nostalgia.

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http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/this-is-what-the-oscars-looked-like-in-1987/feed 0 The 89th annual Academy Awards are fast approaching, and as we love to do, HuffPost is taking a look back at a past Oscar ceremony.The year was 1987. “Platoon” took home the award for Best Picture, while Paul Newman and Marlee Matlin won the night’s to... The 89th annual Academy Awards are fast approaching, and as we love to do, HuffPost is taking a look back at a past Oscar ceremony.The year was 1987. “Platoon” took home the award for Best Picture, while Paul Newman and Marlee Matlin won the night’s top acting honors for their work in the films “The Color of Money” and “Children of a Lesser God,” respectively. The red carpet was as star-studded as you’d imagine. Everyone from Bette Davis to Tom Hanks to then-couple Matthew Broderick and Jennifer Grey was in attendance, leaving us with some pretty great photographic memories.Check out our favorites below: The 89th annual Academy Awards air Feb. 26 on ABC. And remember to Hit Backspace for a regular dose of pop culture nostalgia. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. Pazoo.com no
Jay Z Becomes The First Rapper Ever To Be Inducted Into The Songwriters Hall Of Fame http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/jay-z-becomes-the-first-rapper-ever-to-be-inducted-into-the-songwriters-hall-of-fame http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/jay-z-becomes-the-first-rapper-ever-to-be-inducted-into-the-songwriters-hall-of-fame#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:38:09 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/22/jay-z-songwriters-hall-of-fame_n_14940944.html Jay Z is having a pretty great year. The rapper, who’s expecting twins with wife Beyoncé, has gone from “bricks to Billboard, from grams to Grammys,” and now he’s a Hall of Famer. 


On Wednesday, it was announced that the rapper will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this summer, making him the first rapper ever to earn the honor. Songwriters are eligible for induction when they’ve written hit tracks for two decades, according to the BBC. (It begs the question, though, why it took until 2017 for a rapper to receive the honor.)







”It’s massive. He has changed the way that we listen to music. He’s changed the way that we have fun,” said Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers, who announced the inductees on CBS, according to Billboard.


Other songwriters to be inducted this year include Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Robert Lamm, James Pankow & Peter Cetera (of Chicago) and the man who gave us the Britney Spears masterpiece “... Baby One More Time,” Max Martin. 


“The songwriters we honor cross genre, regional and even national boundaries — R & B, Rap, Pop and Rock & Roll from both coasts, the American heartland and Sweden,” SHOF co-chairs Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff and president Linda Moran said in a statement. “We are thrilled to once more have the opportunity to preside over an event that recognizes the convergence of song craft and musical performance at the very highest level.”


The inductees will be honored at the 48th annual Induction and Awards Dinner, to be held this June. 


We’ll be over here, patiently waiting for all the post-event photos of Jay with Blue Ivy, being the cutest father-daughter duo around. Maybe we’ll even get to see the new twins! 






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Silicon Valley Tried to Upend Banks. Now It Works With Them. http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/silicon-valley-tried-to-upend-banks-now-it-works-with-them http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/silicon-valley-tried-to-upend-banks-now-it-works-with-them#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:35:00 +0000 http://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/22/business/dealbook/silicon-valley-tried-to-upend-banks-now-it-works-with-them.html http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/silicon-valley-tried-to-upend-banks-now-it-works-with-them/feed 0 Financial start-ups hoping to become the Facebook of banking have had to work with the financial industry instead of displacing it. Financial start-ups hoping to become the Facebook of banking have had to work with the financial industry instead of displacing it. Pazoo.com no Paul Ryan Makes The Simplistic Case For Obamacare Repeal: You’ll Be Free http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/paul-ryan-makes-the-simplistic-case-for-obamacare-repeal-youll-be-free http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/paul-ryan-makes-the-simplistic-case-for-obamacare-repeal-youll-be-free#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:19:44 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/22/obamacare-repeal-freedom-paul-ryan_n_14940466.html




House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says that repealing Obamacare is all about freedom. He’s right, although perhaps not in the way he thinks.


On Tuesday, Ryan tweeted an argument that he and other conservative leaders have made many times before: “Freedom is the ability to buy what you want to fit what you need. Obamacare is Washington telling you what to buy regardless of your needs.”



Freedom is the ability to buy what you want to fit what you need. Obamacare is Washington telling you what to buy regardless of your needs.

— Paul Ryan (@PRyan) February 21, 2017



There’s some truth in that second sentence. The Affordable Care Act forces insurers to sell to people with pre-existing conditions. Plans must cover “essential” services including mental health treatments, maternity care and rehabilitation. Additional provisions cap consumers’ out-of-pocket spending and prohibit insurers from selling plans with annual or lifetime limits on payments.


And, of course, there is the individual mandate. People who decline to obtain coverage must pay a financial penalty, unless they can show that the premiums would be unaffordable.


But do these requirements really mean less freedom overall, as Ryan argues? For many Americans, these requirements and the law as a whole have led to more freedom, sometimes in dramatic ways.


One key reason for government regulation of insurance is that the product is inherently complex, making it hard for most consumers to understand in advance what a given policy will actually cover. In the old days, people could find themselves owing huge bills for hospitalization, rehab or prescriptions because they only discovered after they got sick that their junk or “mini-med” plans left out whole swaths of services or covered just a few thousand dollars worth of charges.


These folks were also easy marks for scams, as state insurance regulators fought a losing battle to keep shady carriers from preying on people without access to decent coverage.


In this respect, the current rules on insurance are no different than any other set of consumer protections, like food safety rules for restaurants or car safety requirements for manufacturers. For buyers, such regulations mean the freedom to eat without getting sick or the freedom to drive without getting killed.



Don't pretend ACA is like making everyone buy a car with a sunroof. It makes sure dealers can't sell you a car without brakes. https://t.co/K6rNwKJsUZ

— Deborah Roseman (@roseperson) February 22, 2017



But there’s a much deeper sense in which insurance regulation specifically, and the Affordable Care Act more generally, leads to more freedom rather than less.


Prior to 2014, when the law took full effect, many people with pre-existing conditions could not buy useful coverage on their own because insurers would not sell it to them or because the available policies didn’t cover the services they needed. Even insurers that wanted to offer comprehensive policies had to be wary, because promising solid coverage of a disease like diabetes or HIV was sure to attract people with that condition, driving the insurer’s costs way up. 


At the same time, millions of people could not obtain insurance for a very different reason. They simply didn’t have enough money to pay for it. Any insurance-related freedom these people had was purely imaginary, like the freedom of the poor to buy a yacht or a mansion, or the freedom of those without savings to retire at age 50.


Yes, the Obamacare subsidies to help these people get insurance require some very wealthy people to pay higher taxes, just as the rules on plan benefits limit the types of products that insurers can sell. But the taxes and rules mean that fewer people end up worrying about crippling medical expenses, while more people get treatment for painful, debilitating or even deadly ailments.


The health care law has also provided another type of freedom: More people have a real option to leave a job with a large employer, which previously was the only reliable source of private insurance, in order to start a new business ― or, perhaps, to work part-time or to stay at home to care for a child or sick relative. 


“It is really incredible that this shift from involuntary part-time to voluntary part-time is not more widely known,” Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic Policy and Research, has written. “It is a very important outcome from the ACA.” 


To critics of the Affordable Care Act, these gains are not worth the trade-offs they entail. Ryan in particular keeps asking, as he implicitly did in Tuesday’s tweet, why people in good health should have to pay extra for policies that cover medical services they figure they won’t need anytime soon. This is a perfectly legitimate argument, one that’s popular in the part of the conservative universe that Ryan and most other Republicans inhabit these days. 


But a major goal of insurance is to protect against the unknown ― the possibility of developing cancer, having a debilitating car crash or contracting a severe infection. A major goal of social insurance programs like Obamacare is also to protect against random accidents of birth or circumstance ― whether it’s a congenital condition like cystic fibrosis that will need a lifetime of care, pollution-induced asthma that will cost thousands for inhalers and medications, or two X-chromosomes that will likely lead to some form of reproductive health services.


“Some [Obamacare critics] have expressed concern that this resulted in a one-size-fits-all benefit package,” said Karen Pollitz, senior fellow at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. “But it also ensured that key services would be covered in the event of an illness or injury.” 





The basic idea here is the same one that undergirds cherished programs like Medicare. Conservatives once attacked Medicare, too. In 1961, Ronald Reagan warned that if it became law, then “you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America when men were free.”


More than half a century later, Medicare hasn’t created a totalitarian dystopia. Instead, it has allowed generations of seniors to access the medical care they need, while sparing them the hardship and indignity of financial ruin. That’s arguably a huge increase in freedom, much like the Affordable Care Act seeks to deliver now.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says that repealing Obamacare is all about freedom. He’s right, although perhaps not in the way he thinks.


On Tuesday, Ryan tweeted an argument that he and other conservative leaders have made many times before: “Freedom is the ability to buy what you want to fit what you need. Obamacare is Washington telling you what to buy regardless of your needs.”






There’s some truth in that second sentence. The Affordable Care Act forces insurers to sell to people with pre-existing conditions. Plans must cover “essential” services including mental health treatments, maternity care and rehabilitation. Additional provisions cap consumers’ out-of-pocket spending and prohibit insurers from selling plans with annual or lifetime limits on payments.


And, of course, there is the individual mandate. People who decline to obtain coverage must pay a financial penalty, unless they can show that the premiums would be unaffordable.


But do these requirements really mean less freedom overall, as Ryan argues? For many Americans, these requirements and the law as a whole have led to more freedom, sometimes in dramatic ways.


One key reason for government regulation of insurance is that the product is inherently complex, making it hard for most consumers to understand in advance what a given policy will actually cover. In the old days, people could find themselves owing huge bills for hospitalization, rehab or prescriptions because they only discovered after they got sick that their junk or “mini-med” plans left out whole swaths of services or covered just a few thousand dollars worth of charges.


These folks were also easy marks for scams, as state insurance regulators fought a losing battle to keep shady carriers from preying on people without access to decent coverage.


In this respect, the current rules on insurance are no different than any other set of consumer protections, like food safety rules for restaurants or car safety requirements for manufacturers. For buyers, such regulations mean the freedom to eat without getting sick or the freedom to drive without getting killed.






But there’s a much deeper sense in which insurance regulation specifically, and the Affordable Care Act more generally, leads to more freedom rather than less.


Prior to 2014, when the law took full effect, many people with pre-existing conditions could not buy useful coverage on their own because insurers would not sell it to them or because the available policies didn’t cover the services they needed. Even insurers that wanted to offer comprehensive policies had to be wary, because promising solid coverage of a disease like diabetes or HIV was sure to attract people with that condition, driving the insurer’s costs way up. 


At the same time, millions of people could not obtain insurance for a very different reason. They simply didn’t have enough money to pay for it. Any insurance-related freedom these people had was purely imaginary, like the freedom of the poor to buy a yacht or a mansion, or the freedom of those without savings to retire at age 50.


Yes, the Obamacare subsidies to help these people get insurance require some very wealthy people to pay higher taxes, just as the rules on plan benefits limit the types of products that insurers can sell. But the taxes and rules mean that fewer people end up worrying about crippling medical expenses, while more people get treatment for painful, debilitating or even deadly ailments.


The health care law has also provided another type of freedom: More people have a real option to leave a job with a large employer, which previously was the only reliable source of private insurance, in order to start a new business ― or, perhaps, to work part-time or to stay at home to care for a child or sick relative. 


“It is really incredible that this shift from involuntary part-time to voluntary part-time is not more widely known,” Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic Policy and Research, has written. “It is a very important outcome from the ACA.” 


To critics of the Affordable Care Act, these gains are not worth the trade-offs they entail. Ryan in particular keeps asking, as he implicitly did in Tuesday’s tweet, why people in good health should have to pay extra for policies that cover medical services they figure they won’t need anytime soon. This is a perfectly legitimate argument, one that’s popular in the part of the conservative universe that Ryan and most other Republicans inhabit these days. 


But a major goal of insurance is to protect against the unknown ― the possibility of developing cancer, having a debilitating car crash or contracting a severe infection. A major goal of social insurance programs like Obamacare is also to protect against random accidents of birth or circumstance ― whether it’s a congenital condition like cystic fibrosis that will need a lifetime of care, pollution-induced asthma that will cost thousands for inhalers and medications, or two X-chromosomes that will likely lead to some form of reproductive health services.


“Some [Obamacare critics] have expressed concern that this resulted in a one-size-fits-all benefit package,” said Karen Pollitz, senior fellow at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. “But it also ensured that key services would be covered in the event of an illness or injury.” 





The basic idea here is the same one that undergirds cherished programs like Medicare. Conservatives once attacked Medicare, too. In 1961, Ronald Reagan warned that if it became law, then “you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America when men were free.”


More than half a century later, Medicare hasn’t created a totalitarian dystopia. Instead, it has allowed generations of seniors to access the medical care they need, while sparing them the hardship and indignity of financial ruin. That’s arguably a huge increase in freedom, much like the Affordable Care Act seeks to deliver now.

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http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/paul-ryan-makes-the-simplistic-case-for-obamacare-repeal-youll-be-free/feed 0 House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says that repealing Obamacare is all about freedom. He’s right, although perhaps not in the way he thinks.On Tuesday, Ryan tweeted an argument that he and other conservative leaders have made many times before: “Freedom... House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says that repealing Obamacare is all about freedom. He’s right, although perhaps not in the way he thinks.On Tuesday, Ryan tweeted an argument that he and other conservative leaders have made many times before: “Freedom is the ability to buy what you want to fit what you need. Obamacare is Washington telling you what to buy regardless of your needs.”Freedom is the ability to buy what you want to fit what you need. Obamacare is Washington telling you what to buy regardless of your needs.— Paul Ryan (@PRyan) February 21, 2017There’s some truth in that second sentence. The Affordable Care Act forces insurers to sell to people with pre-existing conditions. Plans must cover “essential” services including mental health treatments, maternity care and rehabilitation. Additional provisions cap consumers’ out-of-pocket spending and prohibit insurers from selling plans with annual or lifetime limits on payments.And, of course, there is the individual mandate. People who decline to obtain coverage must pay a financial penalty, unless they can show that the premiums would be unaffordable.But do these requirements really mean less freedom overall, as Ryan argues? For many Americans, these requirements and the law as a whole have led to more freedom, sometimes in dramatic ways.One key reason for government regulation of insurance is that the product is inherently complex, making it hard for most consumers to understand in advance what a given policy will actually cover. In the old days, people could find themselves owing huge bills for hospitalization, rehab or prescriptions because they only discovered after they got sick that their junk or “mini-med” plans left out whole swaths of services or covered just a few thousand dollars worth of charges.These folks were also easy marks for scams, as state insurance regulators fought a losing battle to keep shady carriers from preying on people without access to decent coverage.In this respect, the current rules on insurance are no different than any other set of consumer protections, like food safety rules for restaurants or car safety requirements for manufacturers. For buyers, such regulations mean the freedom to eat without getting sick or the freedom to drive without getting killed. Don't pretend ACA is like making everyone buy a car with a sunroof. It makes sure dealers can't sell you a car without brakes. https://t.co/K6rNwKJsUZ— Deborah Roseman (@roseperson) February 22, 2017But there’s a much deeper sense in which insurance regulation specifically, and the Affordable Care Act more generally, leads to more freedom rather than less.Prior to 2014, when the law took full effect, many people with pre-existing conditions could not buy useful coverage on their own because insurers would not sell it to them or because the available policies didn’t cover the services they needed. Even insurers that wanted to offer comprehensive policies had to be wary, because promising solid coverage of a disease like diabetes or HIV was sure to attract people with that condition, driving the insurer’s costs way up. At the same time, millions of people could not obtain insurance for a very different reason. They simply didn’t have enough money to pay for it. Any insurance-related freedom these people had was purely imaginary, like the freedom of the poor to buy a yacht or a mansion, or the freedom of those without savings to retire at age 50.Yes, the Obamacare subsidies to help these people get insurance require some very wealthy people to pay higher taxes, just as the rules on plan benefits limit the types of products that insurers can sell. But the taxes and rules mean that fewer people end up worrying about crippling medical expenses, while more people get treatment for painful, debilitating or even deadly ailments.The health care law has also provided another type of freedom: More people have a real option to leave a job with a large employer, Pazoo.com no
This Awesome 11-Year-Old Girl Designed A Prosthetic Arm That Shoots Glitter http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/this-awesome-11-year-old-girl-designed-a-prosthetic-arm-that-shoots-glitter http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/this-awesome-11-year-old-girl-designed-a-prosthetic-arm-that-shoots-glitter#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:16:32 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/21/this-awesome-11-year-old-girl-designed-a-prosthetic-arm-that-shoots-glitter_n_14940434.html

Meet Jordan Reeves. She’s 11 years old and invented a prosthetic arm that shoots glitter. So, basically, she’s our new hero.


Jordan was born with a left arm that stops above the elbow. Last January, she had the chance to attend a special camp, where she designed her flashy prosthetic arm. She named the effort Project Unicorn “because unicorns are awesome and sparkly,” Jordan’s mom Jen told The Huffington Post.


On Feb. 10, Jordan appeared on “The Rachael Ray Show” and presented her glitter-shooting arm, which is shaped like a unicorn horn, to judges from “Shark Tank.”





The Sharks loved the Missouri preteen’s invention. “Jordan, you are a superhero,” Mark Cuban told her.


“I know some parents that would hate that and some kids that would love it!” added Daymond John.


Indeed, Jordan’s mom is not a huge fan of glitter, but she’s come around to it and of course supports her daughter’s work wholeheartedly.



“Jordan is a high-energy ball of girl power,” Jen told HuffPost. “She’s confident and has really grown into her own person this past year. Someone on Twitter said Jordan is a combination of Disney Princess and Ironman. I think that is very true.”


The mom added, “Jordan’s overall attitude is: ‘Yeah, I’m different. So what?’ We are all different. Her difference just happens to be obvious.”


Project Unicorn began last January when Jordan had the opportunity to attend a “Superhero Cyborgs” camp through an organization called KIDmob.


“They invited a small group of kids with upper limb differences,” Jen said. “They were asked, ‘If you were a superhero, how would you take advantage of your difference?’ Jordan’s response to that question was to design a prosthetic arm that shoots sparkles.”



Jordan also gave herself the superhero name “Girl Blaster.”


The camp connected Jordan to Sam Hobish, a designer at the 3D design software company Autodesk. Together, they brought Jordan’s vision to life. They continue to have meetings via Google Hangouts to work on new iterations of the design.


In addition to the unicorn horn that shoots glitter, Jordan is working on other prosthetic arm projects. “Since learning to work with 3D CAD programs, Jordan is working on a solution to those pesky two-handed paper towel dispensers in public bathrooms, and she’s worked with her prosthetist on a more traditional arm that can use different 3D hands,” Jen said.



“I think Jordan plans to keep learning design and finding ways to have fun and do good with it,” she added. “I know she also really loves helping others learn. It’s possible she has a future as a designer and design teacher.”


Jordan and her mom want to make sure other kids with physical differences have the opportunity to develop solutions. They are planning to launch a nonprofit to help more kids learn design and access the technology needed to create things that are “fun or helpful ― or both!” said Jen.


“I hope Jordan’s experience growing up and taking ownership of her differences helps encourage everyone to know a physical difference isn’t the end of a world,” the mom explained. “Jordan and her designs can encourage us all to take advantage of what makes us different and see the world with a new perspective. We can all build new concepts. We can all design something that makes our lives a little brighter or a little easier.”

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Meet Jordan Reeves. She’s 11 years old and invented a prosthetic arm that shoots glitter. So, basically, she’s our new hero.


Jordan was born with a left arm that stops above the elbow. Last January, she had the chance to attend a special camp, where she designed her flashy prosthetic arm. She named the effort Project Unicorn “because unicorns are awesome and sparkly,” Jordan’s mom Jen told The Huffington Post.


On Feb. 10, Jordan appeared on “The Rachael Ray Show” and presented her glitter-shooting arm, which is shaped like a unicorn horn, to judges from “Shark Tank.”





The Sharks loved the Missouri preteen’s invention. “Jordan, you are a superhero,” Mark Cuban told her.


“I know some parents that would hate that and some kids that would love it!” added Daymond John.


Indeed, Jordan’s mom is not a huge fan of glitter, but she’s come around to it and of course supports her daughter’s work wholeheartedly.



“Jordan is a high-energy ball of girl power,” Jen told HuffPost. “She’s confident and has really grown into her own person this past year. Someone on Twitter said Jordan is a combination of Disney Princess and Ironman. I think that is very true.”


The mom added, “Jordan’s overall attitude is: ‘Yeah, I’m different. So what?’ We are all different. Her difference just happens to be obvious.”


Project Unicorn began last January when Jordan had the opportunity to attend a “Superhero Cyborgs” camp through an organization called KIDmob.


“They invited a small group of kids with upper limb differences,” Jen said. “They were asked, ‘If you were a superhero, how would you take advantage of your difference?’ Jordan’s response to that question was to design a prosthetic arm that shoots sparkles.”



Jordan also gave herself the superhero name “Girl Blaster.”


The camp connected Jordan to Sam Hobish, a designer at the 3D design software company Autodesk. Together, they brought Jordan’s vision to life. They continue to have meetings via Google Hangouts to work on new iterations of the design.


In addition to the unicorn horn that shoots glitter, Jordan is working on other prosthetic arm projects. “Since learning to work with 3D CAD programs, Jordan is working on a solution to those pesky two-handed paper towel dispensers in public bathrooms, and she’s worked with her prosthetist on a more traditional arm that can use different 3D hands,” Jen said.



“I think Jordan plans to keep learning design and finding ways to have fun and do good with it,” she added. “I know she also really loves helping others learn. It’s possible she has a future as a designer and design teacher.”


Jordan and her mom want to make sure other kids with physical differences have the opportunity to develop solutions. They are planning to launch a nonprofit to help more kids learn design and access the technology needed to create things that are “fun or helpful ― or both!” said Jen.


“I hope Jordan’s experience growing up and taking ownership of her differences helps encourage everyone to know a physical difference isn’t the end of a world,” the mom explained. “Jordan and her designs can encourage us all to take advantage of what makes us different and see the world with a new perspective. We can all build new concepts. We can all design something that makes our lives a little brighter or a little easier.”

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http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/this-awesome-11-year-old-girl-designed-a-prosthetic-arm-that-shoots-glitter/feed 0 Meet Jordan Reeves. She’s 11 years old and invented a prosthetic arm that shoots glitter. So, basically, she’s our new hero.Jordan was born with a left arm that stops above the elbow. Last January, she had the chance to attend a special camp, Meet Jordan Reeves. She’s 11 years old and invented a prosthetic arm that shoots glitter. So, basically, she’s our new hero.Jordan was born with a left arm that stops above the elbow. Last January, she had the chance to attend a special camp, where she designed her flashy prosthetic arm. She named the effort Project Unicorn “because unicorns are awesome and sparkly,” Jordan’s mom Jen told The Huffington Post.On Feb. 10, Jordan appeared on “The Rachael Ray Show” and presented her glitter-shooting arm, which is shaped like a unicorn horn, to judges from “Shark Tank.”The Sharks loved the Missouri preteen’s invention. “Jordan, you are a superhero,” Mark Cuban told her.“I know some parents that would hate that and some kids that would love it!” added Daymond John.Indeed, Jordan’s mom is not a huge fan of glitter, but she’s come around to it and of course supports her daughter’s work wholeheartedly.“Jordan is a high-energy ball of girl power,” Jen told HuffPost. “She’s confident and has really grown into her own person this past year. Someone on Twitter said Jordan is a combination of Disney Princess and Ironman. I think that is very true.”The mom added, “Jordan’s overall attitude is: ‘Yeah, I’m different. So what?’ We are all different. Her difference just happens to be obvious.”Project Unicorn began last January when Jordan had the opportunity to attend a “Superhero Cyborgs” camp through an organization called KIDmob.“They invited a small group of kids with upper limb differences,” Jen said. “They were asked, ‘If you were a superhero, how would you take advantage of your difference?’ Jordan’s response to that question was to design a prosthetic arm that shoots sparkles.”Jordan also gave herself the superhero name “Girl Blaster.”The camp connected Jordan to Sam Hobish, a designer at the 3D design software company Autodesk. Together, they brought Jordan’s vision to life. They continue to have meetings via Google Hangouts to work on new iterations of the design.In addition to the unicorn horn that shoots glitter, Jordan is working on other prosthetic arm projects. “Since learning to work with 3D CAD programs, Jordan is working on a solution to those pesky two-handed paper towel dispensers in public bathrooms, and she’s worked with her prosthetist on a more traditional arm that can use different 3D hands,” Jen said.“I think Jordan plans to keep learning design and finding ways to have fun and do good with it,” she added. “I know she also really loves helping others learn. It’s possible she has a future as a designer and design teacher.”Jordan and her mom want to make sure other kids with physical differences have the opportunity to develop solutions. They are planning to launch a nonprofit to help more kids learn design and access the technology needed to create things that are “fun or helpful ― or both!” said Jen.“I hope Jordan’s experience growing up and taking ownership of her differences helps encourage everyone to know a physical difference isn’t the end of a world,” the mom explained. “Jordan and her designs can encourage us all to take advantage of what makes us different and see the world with a new perspective. We can all build new concepts. We can all design something that makes our lives a little brighter or a little easier.” -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. Pazoo.com no
Shay Mitchell's Instagram Workout Video Is Totally Insane  http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/shay-mitchellamp39s-instagram-workout-video-is-totally-insanenbsp http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/shay-mitchellamp39s-instagram-workout-video-is-totally-insanenbsp#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:59:13 +0000 http://www.health.com/fitness/shay-mitchell-workout-instagram From making show-stopping red carpet appearances to traveling the world, Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell knows a thing or two about high impact training with a busy schedule.

The Canadian actress took to Instagram to give fans a look at her intense fitness routine with her trainer, "J" (@j.crvz on Instagram). The crazy-hard workout has scored 2 million views and counting, and 5,400 commenters are feeling the motivation.

The fierce fitness clip kicks off with Shay balancing on a stability ball while doing battle rope up-down waves—and that’s just the beginning of her hardcore training. All of her exercises combine multiple strength moves, with many moves working every major muscle group in one rep.   

Want to ramp up your workout with full-body strength exercises like Shay’s? Here's a list of every move she does in the video:

  1. Battle-rope up-downs on a stability ball
  2. Elevated burpees
  3. Standing leg press
  4. Stability ball push-up hold with crunch and rows
  5. Bosu ball single-leg deadlift with overhead press
  6. Cable machine mountain climbers

No gym? Here's a full-body workout you can do at home

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Shay's workout is ridiculously hard, and you need a gym to be able to complete it—not to mention she's under careful watch of a personal trainer. So if you're feeling inspired to work out but want to try something a little less intimidating, check out this full-body workout from celebrity trainer Jen Widerstrom. Like Shay's routine, Widerstrom's combines moves into supersets, ensuring a total-body burn that blasts calories—but all you need is a set of dumbbells. 

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7 Earth-Size Planets Orbit Dwarf Star, NASA and European Astronomers Say http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/7-earth-size-planets-orbit-dwarf-star-nasa-and-european-astronomers-say http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/7-earth-size-planets-orbit-dwarf-star-nasa-and-european-astronomers-say#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:58:12 +0000 http://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/22/science/trappist-1-exoplanets-nasa.html http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/7-earth-size-planets-orbit-dwarf-star-nasa-and-european-astronomers-say/feed 0 planets Astronomers are excited by the discovery, which suggests that some of these exoplanets — planets around stars other than the sun — could support life and may be awash in oceans. Astronomers are excited by the discovery, which suggests that some of these exoplanets — planets around stars other than the sun — could support life and may be awash in oceans. Pazoo.com no This Hilarious Ad Explains Why Moms Really Aren’t In The Photos http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/this-hilarious-ad-explains-why-moms-really-arent-in-the-photos http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/this-hilarious-ad-explains-why-moms-really-arent-in-the-photos#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:56:21 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/22/this-hilarious-ad-explains-why-moms-really-arent-in-the-photos_n_14939448.html


A new ad is giving a funny and honest look at why some moms avoid including themselves in photos they take of their kids.


Chatbooks, a company that makes photo books from pics posted on social media, created its latest ad to encourage moms to #GetInThePhoto. In the ad, a mom explains how she’s never in her family’s photos whether they’re taken at dance recitals, birthdays (yes, even her own) or theme parks. Then, she explains why.


“I’m always there, but you think I wanted documentation?” she says. “I was a new mom who hadn’t showered in weeks and lived in yoga pants.”


In a 2012 viral blog on The Huffington Post titled “The Mom Stays In The Picture,” Allison Tate echoed the ad’s sentiments about moms avoiding the camera.



“When I see myself in pictures, it makes me wince,” she wrote. “I know I am far from alone; I know that many of my friends also avoid the camera. It seems logical. We’re sporting mama bodies and we’re not as young as we used to be. We don’t always have time to blow dry our hair, apply make-up, perhaps even bathe (ducking).”



That essay inspired more moms to get “back in the picture,” and years later another mom, Jamie Davis Smith, wrote for The Huffington Post about why kids will appreciate having photos with their mothers.


“Mothers who do not get into photos with their children will miss having these memories to look back on,” she wrote. “Children will know that their mothers were there but won’t have photos to look back on when they are older. A bad hair day or a few extra pounds are nothing compared to the loss of these memories.”


Chatbooks’ ad also hilariously points out that kids don’t always make it easy to take photos with their parents.





Despite all these obstacles, the mom in the video encourages fellow mothers to stop worrying about if they have makeup on or if they haven’t lost the “baby weight.” The company wants them to simply be in front of the camera more often.


“If these little monsters are worth documenting, you are, too,” the mom says.


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Having A Cat Does Not Cause Mental Illness, New Study Suggests http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/having-a-cat-does-not-cause-mental-illness-new-study-suggests http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/having-a-cat-does-not-cause-mental-illness-new-study-suggests#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:28:16 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/22/cats-mental-illness-toxoplasma_n_14938472.html




Living with a cat during childhood does not cause mental illness later in life, a new study from University College London suggests, disputing earlier studies that caused alarm by linking cats to human mental illness.


“We found that children who were born and raised in households that included cats at any time period – that is, pregnancy, early and late childhood – were not at a higher risk of having psychotic symptoms when they were 13 or 18 years old,” researchers wrote in The Conversation. The study was published in the journal Psychological Medicine on Wednesday.


The researchers used data from 5,000 children who took part in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, which tracks the health of people born in 1991 and 1992:



We studied whether mothers who owned a cat while pregnant; when the child was four years old; and 10 years old, were more likely to have children who reported psychotic symptoms, such as paranoia or hallucinations, at age 13 and 18 years of age. Although most people who experience psychotic symptoms in adolescence will not develop psychotic disorders later in life, these symptoms often indicate an increased risk for such disorders and other mental illnesses, including depression.


So are cats bad for your mental health? Probably, not.



The findings are especially relevant since previous research suggested that there is a correlation between cat ownership in childhood and developing schizophrenia.


Researchers have previously theorized the culprit could be the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which separate studies have linked to mental health problems. Toxoplasma gondii can be transmitted through the feces of infected cats, though people can also contract the parasite from eating undercooked meat or unwashed vegetables.


In combination, those studies have repeatedly led to inflammatory headlines alleging that cats will make their ownerscrazy.”



But UCL researchers say prior research linking cat ownership to mental illness was seriously flawed.


“They relied on small samples, did not specify how participants were selected, and did not appropriately account for the presence of missing data and alternative explanations,” they wrote. “This can often lead to results that are born out of chance or are biased.”


For this study, researchers followed the same children over time, and controlled for variables like income, ethnicity, and other risk factors.


It’s also possible that hygiene practices surrounding cats’ litter boxes have generally improved over time ― meaning there would be less of a risk that children born more recently would ever get exposed to the parasite in the first place, lead researcher Francesca Solmi told HuffPost.


Other scientists have also expressed skepticism about the trope of cats causing mental illness.


“The scientific problem with every one of these studies is that the populations studied are too small to gain meaningful insights,” Dartmouth College microbiology and immunology professor David J. Bzik told Brain Decoder. “With the human stories, there currently is no hard or definitive evidence that Toxoplasma causes behavioral changes at this time. But it makes for really nice and sometimes fearful stories that are widely publicized.”


Those sensationalistic stories also trivialize the complex reality of mental health issues, which can be influenced by a variety of physiological factors.


UCL scientists highlighted that Toxoplasma gondii can still pose a danger, however.


“Our study suggests that cat ownership during pregnancy or in early childhood does not pose a direct risk for later psychotic symptoms,” senior author Dr. James Kirkbride said in a statement. “However, there is good evidence that Toxoplasma gondii exposure during pregnancy can lead to serious birth defects and other health problems in children.” The parasite can also cause serious health problems in people with compromised immune systems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


To properly address the risks of Toxoplasma gondii, it’s important to know how the parasite is actually transmitted, which is a little more complicated than some media reports suggest.


For cats to have the parasite in their systems, they first must eat contaminated raw meat or an infected rodent — which means that keeping your cat indoors goes a long way toward preventing an infection. Once cats are infected, they are able to shed the parasite for two weeks afterwards. People can then contract it from accidentally ingesting the cat’s feces or materials that have come into contact with them, according to the CDC.


The CDC recommends that pregnant women avoid changing cat litter if possible. But if that’s not possible, it urges them to wear disposable gloves and thoroughly wash their hands afterwards. It also recommends washing fruits and vegetables, wearing gloves while gardening or handling soil, and making sure to take food safety precautions.

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Living with a cat during childhood does not cause mental illness later in life, a new study from University College London suggests, disputing earlier studies that caused alarm by linking cats to human mental illness.


“We found that children who were born and raised in households that included cats at any time period – that is, pregnancy, early and late childhood – were not at a higher risk of having psychotic symptoms when they were 13 or 18 years old,” researchers wrote in The Conversation. The study was published in the journal Psychological Medicine on Wednesday.


The researchers used data from 5,000 children who took part in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, which tracks the health of people born in 1991 and 1992:



We studied whether mothers who owned a cat while pregnant; when the child was four years old; and 10 years old, were more likely to have children who reported psychotic symptoms, such as paranoia or hallucinations, at age 13 and 18 years of age. Although most people who experience psychotic symptoms in adolescence will not develop psychotic disorders later in life, these symptoms often indicate an increased risk for such disorders and other mental illnesses, including depression.


So are cats bad for your mental health? Probably, not.



The findings are especially relevant since previous research suggested that there is a correlation between cat ownership in childhood and developing schizophrenia.


Researchers have previously theorized the culprit could be the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which separate studies have linked to mental health problems. Toxoplasma gondii can be transmitted through the feces of infected cats, though people can also contract the parasite from eating undercooked meat or unwashed vegetables.


In combination, those studies have repeatedly led to inflammatory headlines alleging that cats will make their ownerscrazy.”



But UCL researchers say prior research linking cat ownership to mental illness was seriously flawed.


“They relied on small samples, did not specify how participants were selected, and did not appropriately account for the presence of missing data and alternative explanations,” they wrote. “This can often lead to results that are born out of chance or are biased.”


For this study, researchers followed the same children over time, and controlled for variables like income, ethnicity, and other risk factors.


It’s also possible that hygiene practices surrounding cats’ litter boxes have generally improved over time ― meaning there would be less of a risk that children born more recently would ever get exposed to the parasite in the first place, lead researcher Francesca Solmi told HuffPost.


Other scientists have also expressed skepticism about the trope of cats causing mental illness.


“The scientific problem with every one of these studies is that the populations studied are too small to gain meaningful insights,” Dartmouth College microbiology and immunology professor David J. Bzik told Brain Decoder. “With the human stories, there currently is no hard or definitive evidence that Toxoplasma causes behavioral changes at this time. But it makes for really nice and sometimes fearful stories that are widely publicized.”


Those sensationalistic stories also trivialize the complex reality of mental health issues, which can be influenced by a variety of physiological factors.


UCL scientists highlighted that Toxoplasma gondii can still pose a danger, however.


“Our study suggests that cat ownership during pregnancy or in early childhood does not pose a direct risk for later psychotic symptoms,” senior author Dr. James Kirkbride said in a statement. “However, there is good evidence that Toxoplasma gondii exposure during pregnancy can lead to serious birth defects and other health problems in children.” The parasite can also cause serious health problems in people with compromised immune systems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


To properly address the risks of Toxoplasma gondii, it’s important to know how the parasite is actually transmitted, which is a little more complicated than some media reports suggest.


For cats to have the parasite in their systems, they first must eat contaminated raw meat or an infected rodent — which means that keeping your cat indoors goes a long way toward preventing an infection. Once cats are infected, they are able to shed the parasite for two weeks afterwards. People can then contract it from accidentally ingesting the cat’s feces or materials that have come into contact with them, according to the CDC.


The CDC recommends that pregnant women avoid changing cat litter if possible. But if that’s not possible, it urges them to wear disposable gloves and thoroughly wash their hands afterwards. It also recommends washing fruits and vegetables, wearing gloves while gardening or handling soil, and making sure to take food safety precautions.

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http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/having-a-cat-does-not-cause-mental-illness-new-study-suggests/feed 0 Living with a cat during childhood does not cause mental illness later in life, a new study from University College London suggests, disputing earlier studies that caused alarm by linking cats to human mental illness. Living with a cat during childhood does not cause mental illness later in life, a new study from University College London suggests, disputing earlier studies that caused alarm by linking cats to human mental illness.“We found that children who were born and raised in households that included cats at any time period – that is, pregnancy, early and late childhood – were not at a higher risk of having psychotic symptoms when they were 13 or 18 years old,” researchers wrote in The Conversation. The study was published in the journal Psychological Medicine on Wednesday.The researchers used data from 5,000 children who took part in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, which tracks the health of people born in 1991 and 1992:We studied whether mothers who owned a cat while pregnant; when the child was four years old; and 10 years old, were more likely to have children who reported psychotic symptoms, such as paranoia or hallucinations, at age 13 and 18 years of age. Although most people who experience psychotic symptoms in adolescence will not develop psychotic disorders later in life, these symptoms often indicate an increased risk for such disorders and other mental illnesses, including depression.So are cats bad for your mental health? Probably, not.The findings are especially relevant since previous research suggested that there is a correlation between cat ownership in childhood and developing schizophrenia. Researchers have previously theorized the culprit could be the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which separate studies have linked to mental health problems. Toxoplasma gondii can be transmitted through the feces of infected cats, though people can also contract the parasite from eating undercooked meat or unwashed vegetables.In combination, those studies have repeatedly led to inflammatory headlines alleging that cats will make their owners “crazy.”But UCL researchers say prior research linking cat ownership to mental illness was seriously flawed.“They relied on small samples, did not specify how participants were selected, and did not appropriately account for the presence of missing data and alternative explanations,” they wrote. “This can often lead to results that are born out of chance or are biased.”For this study, researchers followed the same children over time, and controlled for variables like income, ethnicity, and other risk factors.It’s also possible that hygiene practices surrounding cats’ litter boxes have generally improved over time ― meaning there would be less of a risk that children born more recently would ever get exposed to the parasite in the first place, lead researcher Francesca Solmi told HuffPost.Other scientists have also expressed skepticism about the trope of cats causing mental illness.“The scientific problem with every one of these studies is that the populations studied are too small to gain meaningful insights,” Dartmouth College microbiology and immunology professor David J. Bzik told Brain Decoder. “With the human stories, there currently is no hard or definitive evidence that Toxoplasma causes behavioral changes at this time. But it makes for really nice and sometimes fearful stories that are widely publicized.”Those sensationalistic stories also trivialize the complex reality of mental health issues, which can be influenced by a variety of physiological factors.UCL scientists highlighted that Toxoplasma gondii can still pose a danger, however. “Our study suggests that cat ownership during pregnancy or in early childhood does not pose a direct risk for later psychotic symptoms,” senior author Dr. James Kirkbride said in a statement. “However, there is good evidence that Toxoplasma gondii exposure during pregnancy can lead to serious birth defects and other health problems in children.” The parasite can also cause serious health problems in people with compromised immune systems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pazoo.com no
The Problem For Obamacare Repeal Is That Americans Mostly Like What The Law Does http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/the-problem-for-obamacare-repeal-is-that-americans-mostly-like-what-the-law-does http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/the-problem-for-obamacare-repeal-is-that-americans-mostly-like-what-the-law-does#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:25:44 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/22/repeal-keep-obamacare-poll_n_14936932.html




Americans are not fond of this thing called the Affordable Care Act, but as the polls keep showing, they like a lot of what it does. Therein lies the dilemma for those pushing its repeal.


Faced with the overall question, 51 percent of Americans said they want to partially or completely repeal the health care law, according to a new Morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday. 


Respondents were also asked about nine different elements of Obamacare, from coverage of pre-existing conditions to expansion of Medicaid. The majority wanted to keep every aspect except “requiring nearly all Americans to have health insurance or else pay a fine.” Fifty-seven percent said that element should be repealed.



Even among those who voted for President Donald Trump, there is widespread support for many of the health care law’s individual provisions. Eighty-one percent of Trump voters said Obamacare should be partially or completely repealed. But the majority said they would keep all the specific elements highlighted except “requiring health insurance companies to cover prescription birth control,” “removing lifetime and annual limits on the amount of money health insurance companies can pay out for an individual’s care,” and requiring nearly all Americans to have insurance.


Another recent Morning Consult/Politico poll found that one-third of Americans still don’t know that Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act are the same thing. This ongoing confusion has led others to wonder how much of the opposition to Obamacare is based on its association with the previous president and how much is dislike of what the law actually does.


Support for Obamacare has risen over the past few months and support for its repeal has dropped 8 percentage points since the beginning of the year, even as Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress pledge to repeal it.


The national online survey from Morning Consult/Politico polled 2,013 registered voters Feb. 16-19. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

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Americans are not fond of this thing called the Affordable Care Act, but as the polls keep showing, they like a lot of what it does. Therein lies the dilemma for those pushing its repeal.


Faced with the overall question, 51 percent of Americans said they want to partially or completely repeal the health care law, according to a new Morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday. 


Respondents were also asked about nine different elements of Obamacare, from coverage of pre-existing conditions to expansion of Medicaid. The majority wanted to keep every aspect except “requiring nearly all Americans to have health insurance or else pay a fine.” Fifty-seven percent said that element should be repealed.



Even among those who voted for President Donald Trump, there is widespread support for many of the health care law’s individual provisions. Eighty-one percent of Trump voters said Obamacare should be partially or completely repealed. But the majority said they would keep all the specific elements highlighted except “requiring health insurance companies to cover prescription birth control,” “removing lifetime and annual limits on the amount of money health insurance companies can pay out for an individual’s care,” and requiring nearly all Americans to have insurance.


Another recent Morning Consult/Politico poll found that one-third of Americans still don’t know that Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act are the same thing. This ongoing confusion has led others to wonder how much of the opposition to Obamacare is based on its association with the previous president and how much is dislike of what the law actually does.


Support for Obamacare has risen over the past few months and support for its repeal has dropped 8 percentage points since the beginning of the year, even as Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress pledge to repeal it.


The national online survey from Morning Consult/Politico polled 2,013 registered voters Feb. 16-19. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

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http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/the-problem-for-obamacare-repeal-is-that-americans-mostly-like-what-the-law-does/feed 0 Americans are not fond of this thing called the Affordable Care Act, but as the polls keep showing, they like a lot of what it does. Therein lies the dilemma for those pushing its repeal.Faced with the overall question, Americans are not fond of this thing called the Affordable Care Act, but as the polls keep showing, they like a lot of what it does. Therein lies the dilemma for those pushing its repeal.Faced with the overall question, 51 percent of Americans said they want to partially or completely repeal the health care law, according to a new Morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday. Respondents were also asked about nine different elements of Obamacare, from coverage of pre-existing conditions to expansion of Medicaid. The majority wanted to keep every aspect except “requiring nearly all Americans to have health insurance or else pay a fine.” Fifty-seven percent said that element should be repealed.Even among those who voted for President Donald Trump, there is widespread support for many of the health care law’s individual provisions. Eighty-one percent of Trump voters said Obamacare should be partially or completely repealed. But the majority said they would keep all the specific elements highlighted except “requiring health insurance companies to cover prescription birth control,” “removing lifetime and annual limits on the amount of money health insurance companies can pay out for an individual’s care,” and requiring nearly all Americans to have insurance.Another recent Morning Consult/Politico poll found that one-third of Americans still don’t know that Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act are the same thing. This ongoing confusion has led others to wonder how much of the opposition to Obamacare is based on its association with the previous president and how much is dislike of what the law actually does.Support for Obamacare has risen over the past few months and support for its repeal has dropped 8 percentage points since the beginning of the year, even as Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress pledge to repeal it.The national online survey from Morning Consult/Politico polled 2,013 registered voters Feb. 16-19. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. Pazoo.com no
Doctors Who Find Meaning In Their Work Are Less Likely To Feel Burnout http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/doctors-who-find-meaning-in-their-work-are-less-likely-to-feel-burnout http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/doctors-who-find-meaning-in-their-work-are-less-likely-to-feel-burnout#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:16:06 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/22/doctors-who-find-meaning-in-their-work-are-less-likely-to-feel-burnout_n_14936640.html




(Reuters Health) – Doctors who feel burned out or overwhelmed by the demands of work are less likely to view their work with patients as a “calling” that has meaning, according to a recent study.


Burnout - characterized by emotional exhaustion, a loss of a sense of self-identity and a reduced sense of accomplishment - can happen in any occupation, the researchers write in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.


Burnout among doctors has been linked to lower patient satisfaction, more medical errors and higher healthcare costs, the researchers write.


“If physicians only view their occupation as a job, that has implications over time in terms of their commitment to their patients,” said senior author Dr. Audiey Kao, vice president of ethics at the American Medical Association (AMA).


“That’s why we were interested in looking at work identity or physician’s sense of calling and what may undermine or support that notion,” Kao told Reuters Health by email.


To determine how burnout may be linked to doctors’ view of medicine as a meaningful calling, the study team surveyed over 2,000 U.S. doctors across all specialties. 


The doctors, recruited from an AMA database, completed mail-in surveys between October 2014 and May 2015.


Participants rated their level of burnout on a scale of 1 to 5, with scores of 1 and 2 indicating no symptoms of burnout. The doctors also answered true/false questions assessing whether they viewed medicine as a calling, for example, whether they had a strong desire to commit their lives to doing this work.


The responses to the questions about medicine as a calling varied widely. Over 93 percent of doctors found their work rewarding, while only 44 percent said they would continue their work without pay if they didn’t need the money.


Doctors who were more burned out were more likely to answer “false” to questions about whether they viewed their work as a calling.


For example, among doctors with no burnout symptoms who enjoyed their work, 93 percent said they would choose their work life again, while less than a third of doctors in the most burned-out category said the same.


Doctors with the highest degree of burnout had much lower odds of calling their work rewarding, one of the most important things in their lives and agreeing that it was making the world a better place.


Burned out doctors were also less likely to enjoy talking about their work with others and to say they would choose the same work life again or continue with their current work even if they were not paid.


“Some researchers in the field have described burnout as an experience of dislocation between what people are doing versus what they aspired to do,” Dr. John Yoon, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Chicago, said by email.


Yoon’s own research suggests that burned out doctors are more likely to work in environments that they feel are driven by profits.


“The healthcare workplace is changing quite dramatically, for better and for worse, and so the changes affect how doctors view their work every day and therefore their work identity,” Kao noted.


One common change is that doctors are increasingly overwhelmed with paperwork, which may affect their perception of their work, Kao said.


“Everyone, including doctors, wants to be doing work that contributes to some greater good beyond themselves - work that feels authentic to who they are without compromising their integrity,” said Yoon, who was not involved in the study.


“Having physicians who view their work as a sense of calling is not only important for physicians but as important if not more important for the patients they care for,” Kao said.


SOURCE: mayocl.in/2kIm2Xr Mayo Clinic Proceedings, online February 8, 2017.

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(Reuters Health) – Doctors who feel burned out or overwhelmed by the demands of work are less likely to view their work with patients as a “calling” that has meaning, according to a recent study.


Burnout - characterized by emotional exhaustion, a loss of a sense of self-identity and a reduced sense of accomplishment - can happen in any occupation, the researchers write in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.


Burnout among doctors has been linked to lower patient satisfaction, more medical errors and higher healthcare costs, the researchers write.


“If physicians only view their occupation as a job, that has implications over time in terms of their commitment to their patients,” said senior author Dr. Audiey Kao, vice president of ethics at the American Medical Association (AMA).


“That’s why we were interested in looking at work identity or physician’s sense of calling and what may undermine or support that notion,” Kao told Reuters Health by email.


To determine how burnout may be linked to doctors’ view of medicine as a meaningful calling, the study team surveyed over 2,000 U.S. doctors across all specialties. 


The doctors, recruited from an AMA database, completed mail-in surveys between October 2014 and May 2015.


Participants rated their level of burnout on a scale of 1 to 5, with scores of 1 and 2 indicating no symptoms of burnout. The doctors also answered true/false questions assessing whether they viewed medicine as a calling, for example, whether they had a strong desire to commit their lives to doing this work.


The responses to the questions about medicine as a calling varied widely. Over 93 percent of doctors found their work rewarding, while only 44 percent said they would continue their work without pay if they didn’t need the money.


Doctors who were more burned out were more likely to answer “false” to questions about whether they viewed their work as a calling.


For example, among doctors with no burnout symptoms who enjoyed their work, 93 percent said they would choose their work life again, while less than a third of doctors in the most burned-out category said the same.


Doctors with the highest degree of burnout had much lower odds of calling their work rewarding, one of the most important things in their lives and agreeing that it was making the world a better place.


Burned out doctors were also less likely to enjoy talking about their work with others and to say they would choose the same work life again or continue with their current work even if they were not paid.


“Some researchers in the field have described burnout as an experience of dislocation between what people are doing versus what they aspired to do,” Dr. John Yoon, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Chicago, said by email.


Yoon’s own research suggests that burned out doctors are more likely to work in environments that they feel are driven by profits.


“The healthcare workplace is changing quite dramatically, for better and for worse, and so the changes affect how doctors view their work every day and therefore their work identity,” Kao noted.


One common change is that doctors are increasingly overwhelmed with paperwork, which may affect their perception of their work, Kao said.


“Everyone, including doctors, wants to be doing work that contributes to some greater good beyond themselves - work that feels authentic to who they are without compromising their integrity,” said Yoon, who was not involved in the study.


“Having physicians who view their work as a sense of calling is not only important for physicians but as important if not more important for the patients they care for,” Kao said.


SOURCE: mayocl.in/2kIm2Xr Mayo Clinic Proceedings, online February 8, 2017.

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http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/doctors-who-find-meaning-in-their-work-are-less-likely-to-feel-burnout/feed 0 (Reuters Health) – Doctors who feel burned out or overwhelmed by the demands of work are less likely to view their work with patients as a “calling” that has meaning, according to a recent study.Burnout - characterized by emotional exhaustion, (Reuters Health) – Doctors who feel burned out or overwhelmed by the demands of work are less likely to view their work with patients as a “calling” that has meaning, according to a recent study.Burnout - characterized by emotional exhaustion, a loss of a sense of self-identity and a reduced sense of accomplishment - can happen in any occupation, the researchers write in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.Burnout among doctors has been linked to lower patient satisfaction, more medical errors and higher healthcare costs, the researchers write.“If physicians only view their occupation as a job, that has implications over time in terms of their commitment to their patients,” said senior author Dr. Audiey Kao, vice president of ethics at the American Medical Association (AMA).“That’s why we were interested in looking at work identity or physician’s sense of calling and what may undermine or support that notion,” Kao told Reuters Health by email.To determine how burnout may be linked to doctors’ view of medicine as a meaningful calling, the study team surveyed over 2,000 U.S. doctors across all specialties. The doctors, recruited from an AMA database, completed mail-in surveys between October 2014 and May 2015.Participants rated their level of burnout on a scale of 1 to 5, with scores of 1 and 2 indicating no symptoms of burnout. The doctors also answered true/false questions assessing whether they viewed medicine as a calling, for example, whether they had a strong desire to commit their lives to doing this work.The responses to the questions about medicine as a calling varied widely. Over 93 percent of doctors found their work rewarding, while only 44 percent said they would continue their work without pay if they didn’t need the money.Doctors who were more burned out were more likely to answer “false” to questions about whether they viewed their work as a calling.For example, among doctors with no burnout symptoms who enjoyed their work, 93 percent said they would choose their work life again, while less than a third of doctors in the most burned-out category said the same.Doctors with the highest degree of burnout had much lower odds of calling their work rewarding, one of the most important things in their lives and agreeing that it was making the world a better place.Burned out doctors were also less likely to enjoy talking about their work with others and to say they would choose the same work life again or continue with their current work even if they were not paid.“Some researchers in the field have described burnout as an experience of dislocation between what people are doing versus what they aspired to do,” Dr. John Yoon, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Chicago, said by email.Yoon’s own research suggests that burned out doctors are more likely to work in environments that they feel are driven by profits.“The healthcare workplace is changing quite dramatically, for better and for worse, and so the changes affect how doctors view their work every day and therefore their work identity,” Kao noted.One common change is that doctors are increasingly overwhelmed with paperwork, which may affect their perception of their work, Kao said.“Everyone, including doctors, wants to be doing work that contributes to some greater good beyond themselves - work that feels authentic to who they are without compromising their integrity,” said Yoon, who was not involved in the study.“Having physicians who view their work as a sense of calling is not only important for physicians but as important if not more important for the patients they care for,” Kao said.SOURCE: mayocl.in/2kIm2Xr Mayo Clinic Proceedings, online February 8, 2017. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. Pazoo.com no
A New Diagnosis: ‘Post-Election Stress Disorder’ http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/a-new-diagnosis-lsquopost-election-stress-disorderrsquo http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/a-new-diagnosis-lsquopost-election-stress-disorderrsquo#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:09:01 +0000 http://www.health.com/mind-body/a-new-diagnosis-post-election-stress-disorder This article originally appeared on KHN.org. 

Wally Pfingsten has always been a news junkie. But since President Donald Trump was elected, he’s been so anxious about the political tumult that even just having the TV news on in the background at home is unbearable.

“It’s been crippling,” said the 35-year-old San Mateo, Calif., resident and political moderate who has supported both Democratic and Republican candidates in the past. “I feel angry, really, really angry, far more angry than I expected to be.”

He’s tried hard to quell his anxiety. First, he shut down his Facebook page to limit his exposure to the daily soaking of news from Washington. But not knowing the goings-on made him anxious, too. He found himself sneaking onto the Facebook account he made for his dog. “I felt like I was cheating,” he said.

Pfingsten is not alone in his politics-induced anxiety — it’s so common it’s been given an unofficial name: Post-Election Stress Disorder. Mental health professionals around the country, especially those working in Democratic strongholds, report a stream of patients coming in with anxiety and depression related to — or worsened by — the blast of daily news on the new administration.

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In the past, therapists say it’s been fairly uncommon for patients to bring up politics on the couch. “It is big money to talk about politics with me ― that is not what we do!” said Maria Lymberis, a psychiatrist in Santa Monica, Calif.

But that was before “fake news,” “alternative facts,” “repeal and replace,” contested confirmations, travel bans, protests and suits over travel bans, suspicions about Russian influence and the departures of the acting attorney general and the new national security adviser. Among other things.

Requests for therapy appointments to Talkspace, an online therapy portal based in New York City, tripled immediately following the election and have remained high through January, according to the company. In particular, Talkspace has seen a steady increase in requests from minorities, including Muslim-Americans, African-Americans, Jews, gays and lesbians.

“In my 28 years in practice, I’ve never seen anything like this level of stress,” said Nancy Molitor, a psychologist in the Chicago suburbs. She says the vast majority of her patients — from millennials to those in their 80s — are bringing up politics in their therapy sessions. “What we’re seeing now after the inauguration is a huge uptick in anxiety.”

Many of her patients say they are having trouble sleeping and focusing at work or are fighting more with family members, she said.

I have people who’ve told me they’re in mourning, that they’ve lost their libido,” Molitor said. “I have people saying the anxiety is causing them to be so distracted that they’re blowing through stop signs or getting into fender benders.”

The anxiety appears to be widespread. Fifty-seven percent of Americans report that the current political climate is a very or somewhat significant source of stress, and 40 percent say the same about the outcome of the election, according to an online survey of 1,019 adults conducted by the American Psychological Association after the inauguration. Between August 2016 and January 2017, the overall average stress level increased significantly for the first time since the Stress in America survey began 10 years ago.

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And it’s not Democrats: a quarter of Republicans report that the outcome of election is a significant source of stress for them.

“I’m seeing lot of anxiety and anger on both sides,” says Elaine DuCharme, a psychologist in Glastonbury, Conn. “People who are Republicans are afraid to tell anyone. They’re afraid that everybody thinks that every Republican thinks exactly as Trump does, and support every single thing he does.”

She says some of her patients are particularly concerned about maintaining civil relationships with friends and loved ones who have different political opinions. “People are walking on eggshells,” DuCharme said.

Karri King, 56, who lives in Buckeye, Ariz., and voted for Trump, says her experiences on social media have left her feeling sad and hopeless. “There’s so much negative from all these stupid Facebook posts acting like the world is going to end. And it’s false. And I can’t do a thing about it.”

King said she’s tried to engage civilly with people online who disagree with her, but “every time [Republicans] turn around, we’re bashed.”

When you say “a bunch of idiots” voted Trump in, “you’re talking about half of all Americans! We were hopeful at first, and now we’re angry and tired of being blamed,” said King. “Nobody wants to listen anymore, and that’s where my sadness comes from.”

Of course, in some parts of the country, especially those that are overwhelmingly Republican and outside big cities, people seem relieved if not uplifted by the new president’s flurry of executive orders and appointments.

Kristin Addison-Brown, a psychologist in rural Jonesboro, Ark., says before the election, some of her patients were voicing concerns about a possible Clinton victory. But since then, “it’s pretty much been crickets for my patients. They got their guy, so they’re not stressed anymore.”

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Nancy Cottle, a Trump supporter in Mesa, Ariz., has been riding high since the election. “We got to go to the inauguration, and, oh, it was a wonderful experience! We got to go to the Trump hotel and have breakfast and then lunch there, and it was just great. The inauguration itself was very inspiring.”

Cottle, 64, has been struggling to understand the public outcry about Trump. “It’s like the sky is falling ― but a lot of that is just drama,” she said. “I feel encouraged, I feel hopeful. I can’t wait to wake up and see what the day’s going to bring and what else is going to happen.”

That same daily dose of news ― and the uncertainty of what will happen next ― rattles many Trump opponents.  But, like Pfingsten, they can’t seem to quit their news consumption cold turkey.

“Part of the brain wants to know what’s going on, and you’re drawn to watching CNN or reading the news. And then the other part of you is saying no, no, this isn’t good for me!” says Molitor, the Chicago psychologist. “It’s unfortunately like driving by a car accident ― they know it’s not good for them [to gawk], but it’s hard to stop.”

Molitor recommends patients stay engaged but limit the time they spend on Facebook or watching the news. Focus instead on other things you enjoy, she advises ― calling a friend, taking a walk or reading a book.

“I never read the Harry Potter books, so I’m reading Harry Potter,” says Matthew Leal, a 34-year-old San Francisco resident who found himself sinking into a depression after the election. “Someone could see this and say I’m being totally escapist right now, but I feel like it’s kind of what I need.”

 
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7 New Planets Could Host Alien Life http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/7-new-planets-could-host-alien-life http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/7-new-planets-could-host-alien-life#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:06:15 +0000 http://www.nytimes.com/video/science/100000004946809/nasa-planets-trappist.html http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/7-new-planets-could-host-alien-life/feed 0 Psychedelics May Help Reduce Opioid Addiction, According To New Study http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/psychedelics-may-help-reduce-opioid-addiction-according-to-new-study http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/psychedelics-may-help-reduce-opioid-addiction-according-to-new-study#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:35:48 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jag-davies/psychedelics-help-reduce-opioid-addiction-according_b_14936606.html

The criminalization of people who use psychedelics is rooted in myths that are the vestiges of colonialism and the drug war – and, one by one, those myths are crumbling down.


We’ve learned in recent years that people who use psychedelics are significantly *less* likely to end up developing mental health problems, perpetrating domestic violence, or suffering from psychological distress and suicidal thinking.


Meanwhile, recent research has shown that psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy can be an effective treatment for people struggling with difficult-to-treat conditions such as substance use disorders. Not much has been known, though, about the connection between psychedelic use and substance misuse in the general population.


Now, a new study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology has found that experiences with psychedelics like LSD and psilocybin mushrooms are associated with decreased risk of opioid abuse and dependence among respondents with a history of illegal opioid use. Psychedelic use is associated with 27 percent reduced risk of past-year opioid dependence and 40 percent reduced risk of past-year opioid abuse.  Other than marijuana use, which was associated with 55 percent reduced risk of past-year opioid abuse, no other illegal drug was associated with reduced risk of past-year opioid dependence or abuse.


The study is based on six years of data from the federal government’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which surveys 70,000 people each year.  While the findings are far from causal, the authors conclude that the associations between psychedelic use and opioid misuse are “pervasive and significant” and “suggest that psychedelics are associated with positive psychological characteristics and are consistent with prior reports suggesting efficacy in treatment of substance use disorders.”


Although more research is needed to determine exactly why there’s such a strong correlation between psychedelic use and decreased risk of opioid misuse, this study does appear to validate the experiences of many people who have found substances like ibogaine, marijuana or kratom to be life-changing tools that have helped them lead happier, more fulfilling lives. For many, these substances have helped them cut back or quit their use of opioids or other substances with which they’ve had a problematic relationship. Safe access to these substances – along with 911 Good Samaritan laws, naloxone access programs, supervised injection facilities, various forms of maintenance therapy, and, of course, ending the criminalization of drug use – should be part of the discussion when it comes to dealing with addiction and skyrocketing rates of overdose deaths.


And let’s not forget our commander-in-chief is ramping up the drug war and thinks he can deal with opioid addiction by building a giant wall and deporting millions of people, both documented and undocumented.  Let’s remember, too, that thousands of people are getting handcuffed, arrested, branded as criminals, and serving time behind bars every year simply for using or possessing a psychedelic substance in the U.S. – and these people are more likely to be young, non-white, and socioeconomically marginalized than most people who use psychedelics.


While psychedelic-assisted therapy could be approved by the FDA in the next decade, that would do nothing to change the criminal penalties faced by millions of people who use psychedelics outside of government-sanctioned, medically-supervised settings. That’s why it’s incumbent upon people who care about psychedelics to advocate for reducing the criminalization of people who use them outside of medical contexts, while also advocating for psychedelic-assisted therapy research.


Given the widespread scientific consensus that drug use and addiction are best treated as health issues, there’s no good reason for people who use psychedelics to be treated as criminals – especially considering how much we already know about prohibition’s discriminatory impact on people of color and other marginalized groups.


This study also forces us to reflect on why abstinence-only policies can be so harmful and counterproductive.  Contrary to conventional wisdom, federal government data has consistently shown that the vast majority of people who use opioids, including heroin, don’t end up developing an addiction. So our focus should be not just on preventing people from using opioids – after all, they can be essential medical tools – but also ensuring, above all else, that people who use them don’t go on to struggle with addiction.


A truly health-centered approach to drug addiction assesses improvement by many measures, not simply by someone’s drug use level, but also by their overall health, their social relationships, and their general well-being.  Determining success by boiling it down to the single measure of abstinence to an arbitrary group of certain drugs isn’t realistic or effective.


Addiction is a complex phenomenon, but I think it’s safe to say that it can only be genuinely resolved when people find meaning in their lives.  This study is yet another indication that the meaning people seem to find from psychedelics has considerable implications for our prevailing healthcare and criminal justice paradigms.


Jag Davies is the director of communications strategy for the Drug Policy Alliance. This piece first appeared on the Drug Policy Alliance Blog.

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Your Personality Completely Transforms As You Age http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/your-personality-completely-transforms-as-you-age http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/your-personality-completely-transforms-as-you-age#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:35:46 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/21/personality-changes-age_n_14935094.html

Physical appearance and fashion choices aside, you might think you’ll be essentially the same person in old age as you were in adolescence.


But the longest-running study ever conducted on human personality challenges this assumption.


The study, the first to test people’s personalities in adolescence and again in old age, shows that compared to their younger selves, most people’s personalities in older adulthood are barely recognizable. 


With unprecedented access, psychologists at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom investigated how character traits shift as people get older by following a cohort of Scottish adults from adolescence to old age. The findings, published in the journal Psychology and Aging, significantly challenge the idea of personality as a relative constant throughout life.


“It’s important to appreciate how rare these data are,” Dr. Ian Deary, a professor of differential psychology at the university and one of the study’s authors, told The Huffington Post Wednesday. “The questions are not ideal and the ratings methods are not ideal, but the original sample is amazingly good and the time between ratings is unsurpassed.”


The researchers first accessed data from a study conducted in 1950, in which a group of teachers filled out personality assessments for more than 1,200 14-year-old students. These measured six basic personality traits: self-confidence, conscientiousness, perseverance, desire to excel, originality and stability of moods. 


Then, in 2012, the researchers managed to track down students from the 1950 study. Of the 635 participants that they were able to locate, 174 agreed to take a personality test similar to the one they had participated in 63 years earlier. 


The participants, who were now 77 years old on average, each filled out a personality assessment measuring the same six characteristics on which they were rated as teenagers. They also brought along someone close to them, who assessed the participant using the same personality scale. 



Personality changes only gradually throughout life, but by older age it may be quite different from personality in childhood.



In comparing the then-and-now test results, the researchers were surprised to find virtually no overlaps. The only traits that had some mild constancy were stability of moods and conscientiousness, but the correlations weren’t strong. 


The younger and older self seemed to bear no resemblance for each person. It was “as if the second tests had been given to different people,” the study’s authors noted.


“The longer the interval between two assessments of personality, the weaker the relationship between the two tends to be. Our results suggest that, when the interval is increased to as much as 63 years, there is hardly any relationship at all,” the researchers wrote in conclusion. “Personality changes only gradually throughout life, but by older age it may be quite different from personality in childhood.”


Still, the results were unexpected, considering that most other research shows personality traits to be relatively stable even across decades. Personality stability as a psychological construct can be traced back to William James, the father of American psychology, who said in 1890 that after the age of 30, the personality is “set like plaster.” Once we reach adulthood, he believed, our personalities are unlikely to change in any significant way.


Consistent with James’ views, research has shown personality plasticity ― a measure of how much our character traits change ― to decline as a person moves past young adulthood. The scientific evidence generally shows that personality traits are stable over long periods, Deary noted, and one study even found traits to be stable over more than 40 years. 


But the new findings hint at the idea that personality may be more malleable than researchers thought. Of course, this data isn’t totally conclusive.


Comparing teacher assessments with later self-testing isn’t nearly as reliable as having the participants themselves take the same personality test at both ages. Plus, the sample size by the end of the study was relatively small. But the dramatic results nonetheless suggest that personality may be more malleable than we’ve acknowledged. 


Considering also that our cells are replaced roughly every seven years, it starts to appear that as the decades go by, you really aren’t the person you used to be. 

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Physical appearance and fashion choices aside, you might think you’ll be essentially the same person in old age as you were in adolescence.


But the longest-running study ever conducted on human personality challenges this assumption.


The study, the first to test people’s personalities in adolescence and again in old age, shows that compared to their younger selves, most people’s personalities in older adulthood are barely recognizable. 


With unprecedented access, psychologists at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom investigated how character traits shift as people get older by following a cohort of Scottish adults from adolescence to old age. The findings, published in the journal Psychology and Aging, significantly challenge the idea of personality as a relative constant throughout life.


“It’s important to appreciate how rare these data are,” Dr. Ian Deary, a professor of differential psychology at the university and one of the study’s authors, told The Huffington Post Wednesday. “The questions are not ideal and the ratings methods are not ideal, but the original sample is amazingly good and the time between ratings is unsurpassed.”


The researchers first accessed data from a study conducted in 1950, in which a group of teachers filled out personality assessments for more than 1,200 14-year-old students. These measured six basic personality traits: self-confidence, conscientiousness, perseverance, desire to excel, originality and stability of moods. 


Then, in 2012, the researchers managed to track down students from the 1950 study. Of the 635 participants that they were able to locate, 174 agreed to take a personality test similar to the one they had participated in 63 years earlier. 


The participants, who were now 77 years old on average, each filled out a personality assessment measuring the same six characteristics on which they were rated as teenagers. They also brought along someone close to them, who assessed the participant using the same personality scale. 



Personality changes only gradually throughout life, but by older age it may be quite different from personality in childhood.



In comparing the then-and-now test results, the researchers were surprised to find virtually no overlaps. The only traits that had some mild constancy were stability of moods and conscientiousness, but the correlations weren’t strong. 


The younger and older self seemed to bear no resemblance for each person. It was “as if the second tests had been given to different people,” the study’s authors noted.


“The longer the interval between two assessments of personality, the weaker the relationship between the two tends to be. Our results suggest that, when the interval is increased to as much as 63 years, there is hardly any relationship at all,” the researchers wrote in conclusion. “Personality changes only gradually throughout life, but by older age it may be quite different from personality in childhood.”


Still, the results were unexpected, considering that most other research shows personality traits to be relatively stable even across decades. Personality stability as a psychological construct can be traced back to William James, the father of American psychology, who said in 1890 that after the age of 30, the personality is “set like plaster.” Once we reach adulthood, he believed, our personalities are unlikely to change in any significant way.


Consistent with James’ views, research has shown personality plasticity ― a measure of how much our character traits change ― to decline as a person moves past young adulthood. The scientific evidence generally shows that personality traits are stable over long periods, Deary noted, and one study even found traits to be stable over more than 40 years. 


But the new findings hint at the idea that personality may be more malleable than researchers thought. Of course, this data isn’t totally conclusive.


Comparing teacher assessments with later self-testing isn’t nearly as reliable as having the participants themselves take the same personality test at both ages. Plus, the sample size by the end of the study was relatively small. But the dramatic results nonetheless suggest that personality may be more malleable than we’ve acknowledged. 


Considering also that our cells are replaced roughly every seven years, it starts to appear that as the decades go by, you really aren’t the person you used to be. 

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David Cassidy Has Dementia. Here’s What That Means http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/david-cassidy-has-dementia-heres-what-that-means http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/david-cassidy-has-dementia-heres-what-that-means#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:31:26 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/22/david-cassidy-has-dementia-heres-what-that-means_n_14935080.html




Actor and singer David Cassidy recently revealed he has dementia, but what exactly does this term mean?


Cassidy, who is 66, told People magazine on Monday (Feb. 20) that he has dementia, and will stop touring as a musician because of his diagnosis. The actor also said that both his mother and grandfather suffered from dementia.


“I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming,” Cassidy said.


Dementia is not a specific disease, but rather a group of symptoms resulting from changes in the brain that affect people’s ability to carry out everyday activities, according to Mayo Clinic. These symptoms can include memory loss, problems with communication (such as trouble engaging in conversation), difficulty solving problems and reasoning, or changes in personality. Dementia is caused by damage to the brain’s nerve cells, and the types of symptoms people have can depend on the part of the brain that’s affected, according to Mayo Clinic. [6 Big Mysteries of Alzheimer’s Disease]


Doctors diagnose dementia when people have impairments in at least 2 out of 5 core brain functions, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. These five core functions are memory, communication and language, ability to focus, reasoning and judgment, and visual perception (such as the ability to judge distance or determine the height of a stair).


People’s risk for dementia increases as they get older, and those over age 65 are at particularly high risk, according to Mayo Clinic. Those with a family history of dementia are also at greater risk for the condition.


There are many diseases and conditions that can cause dementia, including the following:


Alzheimer’s disease. This is the most common type of dementia, accounting for up to 80 percent of dementia cases, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. A hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease in the brain is the buildup of proteins known as beta-amyloid and tau.


Vascular dementia. This is the second most common type of dementia, accounting for about 10 percent of cases, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. It is caused by damage to the brain’s blood vessels, which can occur after a stroke.


Lewy body dementia. Abnormal clumps of a protein called alpha-synuclein cause this type of dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. In addition to memory loss, people with Lewy body dementia may also experience sleep disturbances, visual hallucinations and problems with movement. After his death in 2014, actor Robin Williams was found to have Lewy body dementia.


Parkinson’s disease. People with Parkinson’s disease often experience symptoms of dementia as the disease progresses. It is caused by the breakdown of nerve cells that produce a brain chemical called dopamine.


Frontotemporal dementia. This is a group of dementias that involves the breakdown of nerve cells in the brain’s frontal and temporal lobes, according to Mayo Clinic. It can cause changes in personality and behavior. People with this type of dementia generally start showing symptoms at younger ages (around age 60), according to the Alzheimer’s Association.


Mixed dementia. This occurs when people have the brain abnormalities of several different types of dementia at the same time. For example, people may have brain abnormalities linked with Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia and Lewy body dementia.


Most dementias are progressive disorders, which means the symptoms get worse over time. But some symptoms of dementia are reversible. For example, thyroid problems, exposure to heavy metals and reactions to certain medications can cause symptoms of dementia that are reversed with treatment, according to Mayo Clinic.


Cassidy did not specify which type of dementia he has. But he has spoken at events for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America in order to raise awareness about dementia, according to AgingCare.com. His mother, Evelyn Ward, died from an Alzheimer’s-related dementia, according to the Hollywood Reporter.


Original article on Live Science.


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Actor and singer David Cassidy recently revealed he has dementia, but what exactly does this term mean?


Cassidy, who is 66, told People magazine on Monday (Feb. 20) that he has dementia, and will stop touring as a musician because of his diagnosis. The actor also said that both his mother and grandfather suffered from dementia.


“I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming,” Cassidy said.


Dementia is not a specific disease, but rather a group of symptoms resulting from changes in the brain that affect people’s ability to carry out everyday activities, according to Mayo Clinic. These symptoms can include memory loss, problems with communication (such as trouble engaging in conversation), difficulty solving problems and reasoning, or changes in personality. Dementia is caused by damage to the brain’s nerve cells, and the types of symptoms people have can depend on the part of the brain that’s affected, according to Mayo Clinic. [6 Big Mysteries of Alzheimer’s Disease]


Doctors diagnose dementia when people have impairments in at least 2 out of 5 core brain functions, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. These five core functions are memory, communication and language, ability to focus, reasoning and judgment, and visual perception (such as the ability to judge distance or determine the height of a stair).


People’s risk for dementia increases as they get older, and those over age 65 are at particularly high risk, according to Mayo Clinic. Those with a family history of dementia are also at greater risk for the condition.


There are many diseases and conditions that can cause dementia, including the following:


Alzheimer’s disease. This is the most common type of dementia, accounting for up to 80 percent of dementia cases, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. A hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease in the brain is the buildup of proteins known as beta-amyloid and tau.


Vascular dementia. This is the second most common type of dementia, accounting for about 10 percent of cases, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. It is caused by damage to the brain’s blood vessels, which can occur after a stroke.


Lewy body dementia. Abnormal clumps of a protein called alpha-synuclein cause this type of dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. In addition to memory loss, people with Lewy body dementia may also experience sleep disturbances, visual hallucinations and problems with movement. After his death in 2014, actor Robin Williams was found to have Lewy body dementia.


Parkinson’s disease. People with Parkinson’s disease often experience symptoms of dementia as the disease progresses. It is caused by the breakdown of nerve cells that produce a brain chemical called dopamine.


Frontotemporal dementia. This is a group of dementias that involves the breakdown of nerve cells in the brain’s frontal and temporal lobes, according to Mayo Clinic. It can cause changes in personality and behavior. People with this type of dementia generally start showing symptoms at younger ages (around age 60), according to the Alzheimer’s Association.


Mixed dementia. This occurs when people have the brain abnormalities of several different types of dementia at the same time. For example, people may have brain abnormalities linked with Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia and Lewy body dementia.


Most dementias are progressive disorders, which means the symptoms get worse over time. But some symptoms of dementia are reversible. For example, thyroid problems, exposure to heavy metals and reactions to certain medications can cause symptoms of dementia that are reversed with treatment, according to Mayo Clinic.


Cassidy did not specify which type of dementia he has. But he has spoken at events for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America in order to raise awareness about dementia, according to AgingCare.com. His mother, Evelyn Ward, died from an Alzheimer’s-related dementia, according to the Hollywood Reporter.


Original article on Live Science.


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http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/david-cassidy-has-dementia-heres-what-that-means/feed 0 Actor and singer David Cassidy recently revealed he has dementia, but what exactly does this term mean?Cassidy, who is 66, told People magazine on Monday (Feb. 20) that he has dementia, and will stop touring as a musician because of his diagnosis. Actor and singer David Cassidy recently revealed he has dementia, but what exactly does this term mean?Cassidy, who is 66, told People magazine on Monday (Feb. 20) that he has dementia, and will stop touring as a musician because of his diagnosis. The actor also said that both his mother and grandfather suffered from dementia.“I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming,” Cassidy said.Dementia is not a specific disease, but rather a group of symptoms resulting from changes in the brain that affect people’s ability to carry out everyday activities, according to Mayo Clinic. These symptoms can include memory loss, problems with communication (such as trouble engaging in conversation), difficulty solving problems and reasoning, or changes in personality. Dementia is caused by damage to the brain’s nerve cells, and the types of symptoms people have can depend on the part of the brain that’s affected, according to Mayo Clinic. [6 Big Mysteries of Alzheimer’s Disease]Doctors diagnose dementia when people have impairments in at least 2 out of 5 core brain functions, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. These five core functions are memory, communication and language, ability to focus, reasoning and judgment, and visual perception (such as the ability to judge distance or determine the height of a stair).People’s risk for dementia increases as they get older, and those over age 65 are at particularly high risk, according to Mayo Clinic. Those with a family history of dementia are also at greater risk for the condition.There are many diseases and conditions that can cause dementia, including the following:Alzheimer’s disease. This is the most common type of dementia, accounting for up to 80 percent of dementia cases, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. A hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease in the brain is the buildup of proteins known as beta-amyloid and tau.Vascular dementia. This is the second most common type of dementia, accounting for about 10 percent of cases, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. It is caused by damage to the brain’s blood vessels, which can occur after a stroke.Lewy body dementia. Abnormal clumps of a protein called alpha-synuclein cause this type of dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. In addition to memory loss, people with Lewy body dementia may also experience sleep disturbances, visual hallucinations and problems with movement. After his death in 2014, actor Robin Williams was found to have Lewy body dementia.Parkinson’s disease. People with Parkinson’s disease often experience symptoms of dementia as the disease progresses. It is caused by the breakdown of nerve cells that produce a brain chemical called dopamine.Frontotemporal dementia. This is a group of dementias that involves the breakdown of nerve cells in the brain’s frontal and temporal lobes, according to Mayo Clinic. It can cause changes in personality and behavior. People with this type of dementia generally start showing symptoms at younger ages (around age 60), according to the Alzheimer’s Association.Mixed dementia. This occurs when people have the brain abnormalities of several different types of dementia at the same time. For example, people may have brain abnormalities linked with Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia and Lewy body dementia.Most dementias are progressive disorders, which means the symptoms get worse over time. But some symptoms of dementia are reversible. For example, thyroid problems, exposure to heavy metals and reactions to certain medications can cause symptoms of dementia that are reversed with treatment, according to Mayo Clinic.Cassidy did not specify which type of dementia he has. But he has spoken at events for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America in order to raise awareness about dementia, according to AgingCare.com. His mother, Evelyn Ward, died from an Alzheimer’s-related dementia, according to the Hollywood Reporter.Original article on Live Science. Pazoo.com no
Pope Francis Has Harsh Words For People Who Text During Dinner http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/pope-francis-has-harsh-words-for-people-who-text-during-dinner http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/pope-francis-has-harsh-words-for-people-who-text-during-dinner#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:31:18 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/22/pope-francis-declares-that-texting-at-the-dinner-table-will-lead-to-war_n_14935076.html Your family and friends may hate it when you text at the dinner table, but there’s no way they’re as extreme as Pope Francis. 


The pope decried technology’s prominent seat at the dinner table in a speech to university students in Rome on Friday, according to People magazine. 


“When we’re at the table, when we are speaking to others on our telephones, it’s the start of war because there is no dialogue,” he said. 



A few years ago, the pontiff spoke to a crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square about the dangerous effects of families texting or watching TV during meal time, instead of paying attention to each other. 


“A family that almost never eats together, or that never speaks at the table but looks at the television or the smartphone, is hardly a family,” the pope said in November 2015, as reported by the Catholic News Agency. “When children at the table are attached to the computer or the phone and don’t listen to each other, this is not a family, this is a pensioner!”


The message from the Pope is clear ― if you’d like to prevent World War III at the dinner table, put away your phone and concentrate on food, family and friends. 


Here are some great dinner recipes to get you started.


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Your family and friends may hate it when you text at the dinner table, but there’s no way they’re as extreme as Pope Francis. 


The pope decried technology’s prominent seat at the dinner table in a speech to university students in Rome on Friday, according to People magazine. 


“When we’re at the table, when we are speaking to others on our telephones, it’s the start of war because there is no dialogue,” he said. 



A few years ago, the pontiff spoke to a crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square about the dangerous effects of families texting or watching TV during meal time, instead of paying attention to each other. 


“A family that almost never eats together, or that never speaks at the table but looks at the television or the smartphone, is hardly a family,” the pope said in November 2015, as reported by the Catholic News Agency. “When children at the table are attached to the computer or the phone and don’t listen to each other, this is not a family, this is a pensioner!”


The message from the Pope is clear ― if you’d like to prevent World War III at the dinner table, put away your phone and concentrate on food, family and friends. 


Here are some great dinner recipes to get you started.


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http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/pope-francis-has-harsh-words-for-people-who-text-during-dinner/feed 0 Your family and friends may hate it when you text at the dinner table, but there’s no way they’re as extreme as Pope Francis. The pope decried technology’s prominent seat at the dinner table in a speech to university students in Rome on Friday, Your family and friends may hate it when you text at the dinner table, but there’s no way they’re as extreme as Pope Francis. The pope decried technology’s prominent seat at the dinner table in a speech to university students in Rome on Friday, according to People magazine. “When we’re at the table, when we are speaking to others on our telephones, it’s the start of war because there is no dialogue,” he said. A few years ago, the pontiff spoke to a crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square about the dangerous effects of families texting or watching TV during meal time, instead of paying attention to each other. “A family that almost never eats together, or that never speaks at the table but looks at the television or the smartphone, is hardly a family,” the pope said in November 2015, as reported by the Catholic News Agency. “When children at the table are attached to the computer or the phone and don’t listen to each other, this is not a family, this is a pensioner!”The message from the Pope is clear ― if you’d like to prevent World War III at the dinner table, put away your phone and concentrate on food, family and friends. Here are some great dinner recipes to get you started.-- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. Pazoo.com no
I Had An Abortion Because I Love My Son http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/i-had-an-abortion-because-i-love-my-son http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/i-had-an-abortion-because-i-love-my-son#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:24:20 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-establishment/i-had-an-abortion-because-i-love-my-son_b_14935384.html

This piece by Raina J. Johnson originally appeared on The Establishment, an independent multimedia site founded and run by women.


When I became pregnant with my son, I was a 24-year-old sixth-year senior studying English, with no real prospects for a stable post-graduation life. It was a scary time in my life, even though it was also joyous, and it took me a while to come to terms with the fact that I was really having a baby. Even so, I never reconsidered or regretted my choice.


He was born two weeks before my winter final exams. With the support of my professors, I completed those exams from home, where I was recovering from having an emergency cesarean and figuring out how to breastfeed. I knew that being a brand-new mom with an 18-credit course load would be one of the hardest things I’d ever done, and it was. But I still chose to return to school in January to successfully finish my final semester of undergraduate studies.


Compared to that decision, the choice to have an abortion six months later was relatively easy.


Though we rarely talk about it, according to the Guttmacher Institute, 60% of women who seek an abortion already have at least one child. In my case, I knew that an abortion was the only responsible decision. By this time, I was done with college, but my time and finances were already strained, and adding another child to the mix would only complicate things even further. I didn’t have the tools or resources to devote to two children who would’ve been very close in age. My abortion allowed me to be the best mom I could be for the son I already had.


Being a decent parent takes hard work and a lot of energy. Some folks might have more tools, resources, and energy to give to multiple children. But I don’t, or at least I didn’t at the time. Acknowledging that fact about myself allowed me to make what was ultimately the best decision for my family.


You won’t hear my story from abortion opponents. What you will hear instead is that poor, minority, uneducated women seek abortions because they are “irresponsible” and “unfit” to parent. You’ll hear that women who seek abortions are incapable of or uninterested in the responsibility of caring for a child. But if 6 in 10 women who have abortions are already mothers, we need to recognize that for many women, the choice to have an abortion is a responsible parenting decision.


Choosing motherhood and choosing to have an abortion are two very deeply personal decisions. Having done both, I can tell you that they invite a similar set of questions: What can I afford? What can my career and lifestyle bear? How will this affect what I want to do next? Even now, having a school-aged child, those questions about circumstances still remain. In all cases  ―  when I chose to have my abortion, when I chose to have my son, and now, as I make choices in raising him  ―  I’m asking myself what’s realistic and what’s responsible, and doing the best I can.



Sometimes it seems like the pro-lifers are the ones who don’t value motherhood.



When NARAL Pro-Choice America’s CEO Ilyse Hogue announced she was pregnant with twins, the anti-abortion cheerleaders had their minds blown. How could this abortion activist be carrying a pregnancy to term? In a Washington Post interview, Hogue noted, “There is this whole mentality that anyone who fights for the rights that we fight for must hate children and not want to parent.” On the contrary, she said, having a wanted pregnancy only strengthened her commitment to abortion rights. Abortion and motherhood are two sides of the same coin: making decisions about whether parenthood is right for you. My decision to terminate, just like my decision to bring a child into this world, was made from love.


Indeed, sometimes it seems like the pro-lifers are the ones who don’t value motherhood. How many times have we seen anti-abortion lawmakers vote against measures that would support women, children, and families? They show no commitment to ensuring that, if and when a women decides to parent, she and her child will be supported in the way they need. Everyone has their own reasons for choosing abortion or not, but many of those decision-making factors are tied to issues like health care, unemployment, entitlement programs, and student loan debt — things anti-abortion lawmakers persistently fail to help with. Clearly, being pro-life does not automatically make you pro-children.


Responsible parents need the freedom to make the right decisions for their children, and sometimes — especially in the face of financial difficulty — that means choosing not to have another one. If we truly want to support mothers, we need to have a real conversation about what it takes to raise a child outside of the womb.


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The Insatiable Power Of ‘Fucking Like An Animal’


Congratulations On Your New Baby, Who Must Save Us All


I’m A Refugee From A Banned Country— This Is My American Story


I’ll Never Be ‘Low Maintenance’ — And That’s Okay


Violent, Extremist Anti-Choicers Are Flirting With The Department Of Justice

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This piece by Raina J. Johnson originally appeared on The Establishment, an independent multimedia site founded and run by women.


When I became pregnant with my son, I was a 24-year-old sixth-year senior studying English, with no real prospects for a stable post-graduation life. It was a scary time in my life, even though it was also joyous, and it took me a while to come to terms with the fact that I was really having a baby. Even so, I never reconsidered or regretted my choice.


He was born two weeks before my winter final exams. With the support of my professors, I completed those exams from home, where I was recovering from having an emergency cesarean and figuring out how to breastfeed. I knew that being a brand-new mom with an 18-credit course load would be one of the hardest things I’d ever done, and it was. But I still chose to return to school in January to successfully finish my final semester of undergraduate studies.


Compared to that decision, the choice to have an abortion six months later was relatively easy.


Though we rarely talk about it, according to the Guttmacher Institute, 60% of women who seek an abortion already have at least one child. In my case, I knew that an abortion was the only responsible decision. By this time, I was done with college, but my time and finances were already strained, and adding another child to the mix would only complicate things even further. I didn’t have the tools or resources to devote to two children who would’ve been very close in age. My abortion allowed me to be the best mom I could be for the son I already had.


Being a decent parent takes hard work and a lot of energy. Some folks might have more tools, resources, and energy to give to multiple children. But I don’t, or at least I didn’t at the time. Acknowledging that fact about myself allowed me to make what was ultimately the best decision for my family.


You won’t hear my story from abortion opponents. What you will hear instead is that poor, minority, uneducated women seek abortions because they are “irresponsible” and “unfit” to parent. You’ll hear that women who seek abortions are incapable of or uninterested in the responsibility of caring for a child. But if 6 in 10 women who have abortions are already mothers, we need to recognize that for many women, the choice to have an abortion is a responsible parenting decision.


Choosing motherhood and choosing to have an abortion are two very deeply personal decisions. Having done both, I can tell you that they invite a similar set of questions: What can I afford? What can my career and lifestyle bear? How will this affect what I want to do next? Even now, having a school-aged child, those questions about circumstances still remain. In all cases  ―  when I chose to have my abortion, when I chose to have my son, and now, as I make choices in raising him  ―  I’m asking myself what’s realistic and what’s responsible, and doing the best I can.



Sometimes it seems like the pro-lifers are the ones who don’t value motherhood.



When NARAL Pro-Choice America’s CEO Ilyse Hogue announced she was pregnant with twins, the anti-abortion cheerleaders had their minds blown. How could this abortion activist be carrying a pregnancy to term? In a Washington Post interview, Hogue noted, “There is this whole mentality that anyone who fights for the rights that we fight for must hate children and not want to parent.” On the contrary, she said, having a wanted pregnancy only strengthened her commitment to abortion rights. Abortion and motherhood are two sides of the same coin: making decisions about whether parenthood is right for you. My decision to terminate, just like my decision to bring a child into this world, was made from love.


Indeed, sometimes it seems like the pro-lifers are the ones who don’t value motherhood. How many times have we seen anti-abortion lawmakers vote against measures that would support women, children, and families? They show no commitment to ensuring that, if and when a women decides to parent, she and her child will be supported in the way they need. Everyone has their own reasons for choosing abortion or not, but many of those decision-making factors are tied to issues like health care, unemployment, entitlement programs, and student loan debt — things anti-abortion lawmakers persistently fail to help with. Clearly, being pro-life does not automatically make you pro-children.


Responsible parents need the freedom to make the right decisions for their children, and sometimes — especially in the face of financial difficulty — that means choosing not to have another one. If we truly want to support mothers, we need to have a real conversation about what it takes to raise a child outside of the womb.


You can support The Establishment’s independent media work by purchasing a ‘Member of the Resistance’ tee or making a donation here.


Other recent stories include:


33 And Never Been Kissed


The Insatiable Power Of ‘Fucking Like An Animal’


Congratulations On Your New Baby, Who Must Save Us All


I’m A Refugee From A Banned Country— This Is My American Story


I’ll Never Be ‘Low Maintenance’ — And That’s Okay


Violent, Extremist Anti-Choicers Are Flirting With The Department Of Justice

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http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/i-had-an-abortion-because-i-love-my-son/feed 0 This piece by Raina J. Johnson originally appeared on The Establishment, an independent multimedia site founded and run by women.When I became pregnant with my son, I was a 24-year-old sixth-year senior studying English, This piece by Raina J. Johnson originally appeared on The Establishment, an independent multimedia site founded and run by women.When I became pregnant with my son, I was a 24-year-old sixth-year senior studying English, with no real prospects for a stable post-graduation life. It was a scary time in my life, even though it was also joyous, and it took me a while to come to terms with the fact that I was really having a baby. Even so, I never reconsidered or regretted my choice.He was born two weeks before my winter final exams. With the support of my professors, I completed those exams from home, where I was recovering from having an emergency cesarean and figuring out how to breastfeed. I knew that being a brand-new mom with an 18-credit course load would be one of the hardest things I’d ever done, and it was. But I still chose to return to school in January to successfully finish my final semester of undergraduate studies.Compared to that decision, the choice to have an abortion six months later was relatively easy.Though we rarely talk about it, according to the Guttmacher Institute, 60% of women who seek an abortion already have at least one child. In my case, I knew that an abortion was the only responsible decision. By this time, I was done with college, but my time and finances were already strained, and adding another child to the mix would only complicate things even further. I didn’t have the tools or resources to devote to two children who would’ve been very close in age. My abortion allowed me to be the best mom I could be for the son I already had.Being a decent parent takes hard work and a lot of energy. Some folks might have more tools, resources, and energy to give to multiple children. But I don’t, or at least I didn’t at the time. Acknowledging that fact about myself allowed me to make what was ultimately the best decision for my family.You won’t hear my story from abortion opponents. What you will hear instead is that poor, minority, uneducated women seek abortions because they are “irresponsible” and “unfit” to parent. You’ll hear that women who seek abortions are incapable of or uninterested in the responsibility of caring for a child. But if 6 in 10 women who have abortions are already mothers, we need to recognize that for many women, the choice to have an abortion is a responsible parenting decision.Choosing motherhood and choosing to have an abortion are two very deeply personal decisions. Having done both, I can tell you that they invite a similar set of questions: What can I afford? What can my career and lifestyle bear? How will this affect what I want to do next? Even now, having a school-aged child, those questions about circumstances still remain. In all cases  ―  when I chose to have my abortion, when I chose to have my son, and now, as I make choices in raising him  ―  I’m asking myself what’s realistic and what’s responsible, and doing the best I can.Sometimes it seems like the pro-lifers are the ones who don’t value motherhood.When NARAL Pro-Choice America’s CEO Ilyse Hogue announced she was pregnant with twins, the anti-abortion cheerleaders had their minds blown. How could this abortion activist be carrying a pregnancy to term? In a Washington Post interview, Hogue noted, “There is this whole mentality that anyone who fights for the rights that we fight for must hate children and not want to parent.” On the contrary, she said, having a wanted pregnancy only strengthened her commitment to abortion rights. Abortion and motherhood are two sides of the same coin: making decisions about whether parenthood is right for you. My decision to terminate, just like my decision to bring a child into this world, was made from love.Indeed, sometimes it seems like the pro-lifers are the ones who don’t value motherhood. How many times have we seen anti-abortion lawmakers vote against measures that would support women, children, and families? They show no commitment to ensuring that, Pazoo.com no
Be Inspired By Medical Pot For Pets: Dog Owners Use It To Treat Ailing Animals (Video) http://pazoo.com/health/be-inspired-by-medical-pot-for-pets-dog-owners-use-it-to-treat-ailing-animals-video http://pazoo.com/health/be-inspired-by-medical-pot-for-pets-dog-owners-use-it-to-treat-ailing-animals-video#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:07:37 +0000 http://pazoo.com/?p=248167 pot-petsNot only is medical cannabis use rapidly expanding across the U.S., more and more pet lovers are trying non-euphoric treatments to give their animals relief.]]> pot-pets

Not only is medical cannabis use rapidly expanding across the U.S., more and more pet lovers are trying non-euphoric treatments to give their animals relief.

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UPS Is Testing Drone Deliveries, And It’s Just As Cool As You’d Hope http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/ups-is-testing-drone-deliveries-and-its-just-as-cool-as-youd-hope http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/ups-is-testing-drone-deliveries-and-its-just-as-cool-as-youd-hope#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:59:47 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/22/ups-drone-delivery-automated-jobs_n_14933582.html




The drones are coming, and they’re bearing good things.


UPS released video this week of its first completed test delivery by drone. The company said it hopes this will be a major liftoff in changing its day-to-day operations.


The video posted to YouTube Tuesday shows the top of one of the company’s brown delivery trucks in Florida sliding open to reveal a launch pad.


The truck’s driver then activates the drone from inside, causing the device to lift off to a predetermined location. After dropping off the package, the drone returns to the truck, which is now in another location, and docks on its own.


Using drones can improve deliveries to rural destinations that would otherwise require more time to reach, UPS said.


“Imagine a triangular delivery route where the stops are miles apart by road,” said Mark Wallace, UPS senior vice president of global engineering and sustainability, in a release.


“Sending a drone from a package car to make just one of those deliveries can reduce costly miles driven. This is a big step toward bolstering efficiency in our network and reducing our emissions at the same time,” he said.



UPS estimated that reducing just one mile for each driver per day would save the company $50 million per year. The drones would also free up the drivers to perform other tasks, as the delivery drone’s developer pointed out.


“It’s wonderful to see this technology applied in such a practical way,” said Stephen Burns, whose company, Workhorse, designed the octocopter drone that’s seen in the video. “The drone is fully autonomous. It doesn’t require a pilot. So the delivery driver is free to make other deliveries while the drone is away.”



Amazon and Google have also taken strides in using drones for delivery.


Amazon’s system, called Prime Air, can carry packages up to 5 pounds, according to the company’s website. UPS’s current ability, according to its release, is up to 10 pounds. Both companies’ drones can fly for up to 30 minutes at a time.


Project Wing, which is an initiative of Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc., has meanwhile shown success in flying burritos to customers.


John Dodero, vice president of industrial engineering at UPS, declined in an interview with Reuters, to say whether the drones could one day replace human workers.


“We have no idea how all that will play out until we find out how to integrate them into the business,” he told the news agency.


“UPS is never looking to replace our UPS drivers,” Dodero said, while calling the employees “the face of our company.”


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The drones are coming, and they’re bearing good things.


UPS released video this week of its first completed test delivery by drone. The company said it hopes this will be a major liftoff in changing its day-to-day operations.


The video posted to YouTube Tuesday shows the top of one of the company’s brown delivery trucks in Florida sliding open to reveal a launch pad.


The truck’s driver then activates the drone from inside, causing the device to lift off to a predetermined location. After dropping off the package, the drone returns to the truck, which is now in another location, and docks on its own.


Using drones can improve deliveries to rural destinations that would otherwise require more time to reach, UPS said.


“Imagine a triangular delivery route where the stops are miles apart by road,” said Mark Wallace, UPS senior vice president of global engineering and sustainability, in a release.


“Sending a drone from a package car to make just one of those deliveries can reduce costly miles driven. This is a big step toward bolstering efficiency in our network and reducing our emissions at the same time,” he said.



UPS estimated that reducing just one mile for each driver per day would save the company $50 million per year. The drones would also free up the drivers to perform other tasks, as the delivery drone’s developer pointed out.


“It’s wonderful to see this technology applied in such a practical way,” said Stephen Burns, whose company, Workhorse, designed the octocopter drone that’s seen in the video. “The drone is fully autonomous. It doesn’t require a pilot. So the delivery driver is free to make other deliveries while the drone is away.”



Amazon and Google have also taken strides in using drones for delivery.


Amazon’s system, called Prime Air, can carry packages up to 5 pounds, according to the company’s website. UPS’s current ability, according to its release, is up to 10 pounds. Both companies’ drones can fly for up to 30 minutes at a time.


Project Wing, which is an initiative of Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc., has meanwhile shown success in flying burritos to customers.


John Dodero, vice president of industrial engineering at UPS, declined in an interview with Reuters, to say whether the drones could one day replace human workers.


“We have no idea how all that will play out until we find out how to integrate them into the business,” he told the news agency.


“UPS is never looking to replace our UPS drivers,” Dodero said, while calling the employees “the face of our company.”


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http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/ups-is-testing-drone-deliveries-and-its-just-as-cool-as-youd-hope/feed 0 The drones are coming, and they’re bearing good things.UPS released video this week of its first completed test delivery by drone. The company said it hopes this will be a major liftoff in changing its day-to-day operations. The drones are coming, and they’re bearing good things.UPS released video this week of its first completed test delivery by drone. The company said it hopes this will be a major liftoff in changing its day-to-day operations.The video posted to YouTube Tuesday shows the top of one of the company’s brown delivery trucks in Florida sliding open to reveal a launch pad.The truck’s driver then activates the drone from inside, causing the device to lift off to a predetermined location. After dropping off the package, the drone returns to the truck, which is now in another location, and docks on its own.Using drones can improve deliveries to rural destinations that would otherwise require more time to reach, UPS said.“Imagine a triangular delivery route where the stops are miles apart by road,” said Mark Wallace, UPS senior vice president of global engineering and sustainability, in a release.“Sending a drone from a package car to make just one of those deliveries can reduce costly miles driven. This is a big step toward bolstering efficiency in our network and reducing our emissions at the same time,” he said.UPS estimated that reducing just one mile for each driver per day would save the company $50 million per year. The drones would also free up the drivers to perform other tasks, as the delivery drone’s developer pointed out.“It’s wonderful to see this technology applied in such a practical way,” said Stephen Burns, whose company, Workhorse, designed the octocopter drone that’s seen in the video. “The drone is fully autonomous. It doesn’t require a pilot. So the delivery driver is free to make other deliveries while the drone is away.”Amazon and Google have also taken strides in using drones for delivery.Amazon’s system, called Prime Air, can carry packages up to 5 pounds, according to the company’s website. UPS’s current ability, according to its release, is up to 10 pounds. Both companies’ drones can fly for up to 30 minutes at a time.Project Wing, which is an initiative of Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc., has meanwhile shown success in flying burritos to customers.John Dodero, vice president of industrial engineering at UPS, declined in an interview with Reuters, to say whether the drones could one day replace human workers.“We have no idea how all that will play out until we find out how to integrate them into the business,” he told the news agency.“UPS is never looking to replace our UPS drivers,” Dodero said, while calling the employees “the face of our company.” type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Content + articlesList=569e175ce4b0cd99679b3d85,57d9b1cee4b0071a6e050d77,5722612fe4b01a5ebde500f9,57daf0dee4b0071a6e05ed89 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. Pazoo.com no
Tech Tip: Making Your Phone Take Dictation http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/tech-tip-making-your-phone-take-dictation http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/tech-tip-making-your-phone-take-dictation#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:49:27 +0000 http://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/22/technology/personaltech/making-your-phone-take-dictation.html http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/tech-tip-making-your-phone-take-dictation/feed 0 Bits: Daily Report: In Search of Trump-Free News Zones http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/bits-daily-report-in-search-of-trump-free-news-zones http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/bits-daily-report-in-search-of-trump-free-news-zones#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:46:52 +0000 http://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/22/technology/daily-report-in-search-of-trump-free-news-zones.html http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/bits-daily-report-in-search-of-trump-free-news-zones/feed 0 social media Is such a thing even possible? Farhad Manjoo, despite his love of social media, set out to avoid news about the president. It was not easy. Is such a thing even possible? Farhad Manjoo, despite his love of social media, set out to avoid news about the president. It was not easy. Pazoo.com no Straight Women Are Having Fewer Orgasms Than Everyone Else http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/straight-women-are-having-fewer-orgasms-than-everyone-else http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/straight-women-are-having-fewer-orgasms-than-everyone-else#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:43:38 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/21/straight-women-are-having-fewer-orgasms-than-everyone-else_n_14933072.html

A new study has shown that straight women are less likely than any other demographic group to orgasm during sex ― and the reasons why are pretty bleak. 


The study, conducted by Chapman University, Indiana University and the Kinsey Institute, shows that the culprit for this orgasm disparity seems to be the lack of agency that straight women take over their own well-deserved pleasure ― and the lack of awareness that straight men have about pleasing their women partners. 


More than 52,000 adults of varying sexual identities were surveyed for the study. Heterosexual men reported that they usually or always orgasm 95 percent of the time that they’re sexually intimate. Gay men reported having an orgasm 89 percent of the time, with bisexual men following up close behind at 88 percent. As for women, lesbians reported that they orgasm 86 percent of the time. But when a male partner was introduced into the dynamic, those numbers dropped notably. Bisexual women reported having an orgasm 66 percent of the time. As for heterosexual women, they reported that they usually or always orgasm at a rate of 65 percent.


Women who have their partners engage in foreplay (of the oral variety, for example) were found to have more orgasms, as were heterosexual women who are explicit about asking for what they want from their partner. The authors of the study report: 



Women whorgasmed more frequently were more likely to: receive more oral sex, have longer duration of last sex, be more satised with theirelationship, ask for what they want in bed, praise their partner fosomething they did in bed, call/email to tease about doing something sexual, wear sexy lingerie, try new sexual positionsanal stimulation, act out fantasies, incorporate sexy talk, anexpreslove during sex.



The authors of the study recommended that women practice the above activities for more fulfilling sex and more orgasms. 


The study also examined the disparity between the amount of orgasms that lesbian women have vs. heterosexual women. The authors concluded that lesbian women likely have a better idea of the workings of female anatomy and a better understanding of clitoral stimulation. The authors also posited that lesbians are better about “turn taking” ― i.e. trading off with their partners to please one another ― than heterosexual men.


The fact that lesbian women reported orgasming at such high rates helped the study’s authors conclude that heterosexual women could (and, in our opinion, should) be having more orgasms. 


“The fact that lesbian women orgasmed more often than heterosexual women indicates that many heterosexual women could experience higher rates of orgasms,” the authors write.


“The findings...indicate that the orgasms gap can be reduced by addressing sociocultural factors and by encouraging a wider variety of activities when men and women are sexually intimate.”


This is a small but vital reminder for women to learn what they enjoy ― and for their male partners to listen, and then deliver.


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A new study has shown that straight women are less likely than any other demographic group to orgasm during sex ― and the reasons why are pretty bleak. 


The study, conducted by Chapman University, Indiana University and the Kinsey Institute, shows that the culprit for this orgasm disparity seems to be the lack of agency that straight women take over their own well-deserved pleasure ― and the lack of awareness that straight men have about pleasing their women partners. 


More than 52,000 adults of varying sexual identities were surveyed for the study. Heterosexual men reported that they usually or always orgasm 95 percent of the time that they’re sexually intimate. Gay men reported having an orgasm 89 percent of the time, with bisexual men following up close behind at 88 percent. As for women, lesbians reported that they orgasm 86 percent of the time. But when a male partner was introduced into the dynamic, those numbers dropped notably. Bisexual women reported having an orgasm 66 percent of the time. As for heterosexual women, they reported that they usually or always orgasm at a rate of 65 percent.


Women who have their partners engage in foreplay (of the oral variety, for example) were found to have more orgasms, as were heterosexual women who are explicit about asking for what they want from their partner. The authors of the study report: 



Women whorgasmed more frequently were more likely to: receive more oral sex, have longer duration of last sex, be more satised with theirelationship, ask for what they want in bed, praise their partner fosomething they did in bed, call/email to tease about doing something sexual, wear sexy lingerie, try new sexual positionsanal stimulation, act out fantasies, incorporate sexy talk, anexpreslove during sex.



The authors of the study recommended that women practice the above activities for more fulfilling sex and more orgasms. 


The study also examined the disparity between the amount of orgasms that lesbian women have vs. heterosexual women. The authors concluded that lesbian women likely have a better idea of the workings of female anatomy and a better understanding of clitoral stimulation. The authors also posited that lesbians are better about “turn taking” ― i.e. trading off with their partners to please one another ― than heterosexual men.


The fact that lesbian women reported orgasming at such high rates helped the study’s authors conclude that heterosexual women could (and, in our opinion, should) be having more orgasms. 


“The fact that lesbian women orgasmed more often than heterosexual women indicates that many heterosexual women could experience higher rates of orgasms,” the authors write.


“The findings...indicate that the orgasms gap can be reduced by addressing sociocultural factors and by encouraging a wider variety of activities when men and women are sexually intimate.”


This is a small but vital reminder for women to learn what they enjoy ― and for their male partners to listen, and then deliver.


h/t Entity

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http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/straight-women-are-having-fewer-orgasms-than-everyone-else/feed 0 A new study has shown that straight women are less likely than any other demographic group to orgasm during sex ― and the reasons why are pretty bleak. The study, conducted by Chapman University, Indiana University and the Kinsey Institute, A new study has shown that straight women are less likely than any other demographic group to orgasm during sex ― and the reasons why are pretty bleak. The study, conducted by Chapman University, Indiana University and the Kinsey Institute, shows that the culprit for this orgasm disparity seems to be the lack of agency that straight women take over their own well-deserved pleasure ― and the lack of awareness that straight men have about pleasing their women partners. More than 52,000 adults of varying sexual identities were surveyed for the study. Heterosexual men reported that they usually or always orgasm 95 percent of the time that they’re sexually intimate. Gay men reported having an orgasm 89 percent of the time, with bisexual men following up close behind at 88 percent. As for women, lesbians reported that they orgasm 86 percent of the time. But when a male partner was introduced into the dynamic, those numbers dropped notably. Bisexual women reported having an orgasm 66 percent of the time. As for heterosexual women, they reported that they usually or always orgasm at a rate of 65 percent.Women who have their partners engage in foreplay (of the oral variety, for example) were found to have more orgasms, as were heterosexual women who are explicit about asking for what they want from their partner. The authors of the study report: Women who orgasmed more frequently were more likely to: receive more oral sex, have longer duration of last sex, be more satisfied with their relationship, ask for what they want in bed, praise their partner for something they did in bed, call/email to tease about doing something sexual, wear sexy lingerie, try new sexual positions, anal stimulation, act out fantasies, incorporate sexy talk, and express love during sex.The authors of the study recommended that women practice the above activities for more fulfilling sex and more orgasms. The study also examined the disparity between the amount of orgasms that lesbian women have vs. heterosexual women. The authors concluded that lesbian women likely have a better idea of the workings of female anatomy and a better understanding of clitoral stimulation. The authors also posited that lesbians are better about “turn taking” ― i.e. trading off with their partners to please one another ― than heterosexual men.The fact that lesbian women reported orgasming at such high rates helped the study’s authors conclude that heterosexual women could (and, in our opinion, should) be having more orgasms. “The fact that lesbian women orgasmed more often than heterosexual women indicates that many heterosexual women could experience higher rates of orgasms,” the authors write.“The findings...indicate that the orgasms gap can be reduced by addressing sociocultural factors and by encouraging a wider variety of activities when men and women are sexually intimate.”This is a small but vital reminder for women to learn what they enjoy ― and for their male partners to listen, and then deliver.h/t Entity -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. Pazoo.com no
Little Girl Has Adorable Misconception About Cooking Measurements http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/little-girl-has-adorable-misconception-about-cooking-measurements http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/little-girl-has-adorable-misconception-about-cooking-measurements#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:41:21 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/22/little-girl-has-adorable-misconception-about-cooking-measurements_n_14932936.html


Cooking can be complicated and confusing, even for the most dedicated little chefs. 


On Saturday, America’s Funniest Home Videos posted an adorable one-minute clip on YouTube. In the video, a little girl is helping out in the kitchen and pouring oatmeal into a measuring cup. But she seems to follow the instructions a little too closely when they call for “one more cup.”


Watch her adorable misunderstanding play out in the video above.

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Ask The Wirecutter: How to Decide Which Headphones to Buy (Hint: Not Apple’s AirPods) http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/ask-the-wirecutter-how-to-decide-which-headphones-to-buy-hint-not-apples-airpods http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/ask-the-wirecutter-how-to-decide-which-headphones-to-buy-hint-not-apples-airpods#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:10:36 +0000 http://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/22/technology/personaltech/how-to-decide-which-headphones-to-buy-hint-not-apples-airpods.html http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/ask-the-wirecutter-how-to-decide-which-headphones-to-buy-hint-not-apples-airpods/feed 0 With so many choices available, shopping for earphones can be daunting. A headphone editor suggests buying two cheaper pairs suited to different needs. With so many choices available, shopping for earphones can be daunting. A headphone editor suggests buying two cheaper pairs suited to different needs. Pazoo.com no People Are Losing It Over This NSFW Video Of Men Doing Yoga In Kilts http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/people-are-losing-it-over-this-nsfw-video-of-men-doing-yoga-in-kilts http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/people-are-losing-it-over-this-nsfw-video-of-men-doing-yoga-in-kilts#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:56:54 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/22/people-are-losing-it-over-this-cheeky-video-of-men-doing-yoga-in-kilts_n_14932124.html


Picture yourself in the woods. You’re on a relaxing hike, when suddenly you hear the sound of chimes and the thumping of drums. Is it a drum circle? A circle of hippies? Nay ― it’s just two super zen men doing kilted yoga amidst the serenity of the forest. 


The men, named Finlay and Tristan in real life, are the new stars of a BBC social video that’s taken the internet by storm with nearly 34 million views in three days.


“Finlay is a yoga instructor from Dundee, and Tristan is one of his students,” reads the YouTube description of the clip. “Together, they took to the wilds of Scotland to be at one with nature, and practice some yoga. Men in kilts and yoga ― a perfect combination!” 


People are loving the cheeky video: 



I may have watched The kilted yoga video a few times. Ok several times

— lisa (@lisakayprice) February 22, 2017




Hello excuse me everybody if you could just take a moment of your day to watch two delicious men doing kilted yogahttps://t.co/2fAN7IvNMW

— Marieke Hardy (@mariekehardy) February 21, 2017




Yet another reason to visit #Scotland!
Kilted Yoga https://t.co/OlGoY32Q6R via @YouTube pic.twitter.com/QaQ0AcX3iy

— MacLean & Bruce (@MacLeanAndBruce) February 20, 2017




@ConnectedWaters I saw a kilted yoga youtube two days ago and I CACKLED

— Anne Hilborn (@AnneWHilborn) February 22, 2017




@SamHeughan @bbcthesocial this is everything! #yogaeverydamnday #Kiltedyoga

— Tara Bernie (@tarabernie) February 21, 2017



Some ― like “Outlanders” star Sam Heughan ― are even considering doing kilted yoga now: 



Yikes! Worth a try though...! https://t.co/jxsOwgBfHy

— Sam Heughan (@SamHeughan) February 20, 2017




Kilted yoga - now this would be a yoga class I might consider joining pic.twitter.com/fW0j4Ja6e5

— Farah Souames (@souamesfarah) February 21, 2017



Though the premise of the video is quite funny, yoga is seriously good for you. Practicing yoga can help lower stress levels, improve brain function, lower blood pressure and even improve sexual function. No word yet on whether doing yoga in a kilt has any health advantages (besides a newfound sense of freedom). 


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Picture yourself in the woods. You’re on a relaxing hike, when suddenly you hear the sound of chimes and the thumping of drums. Is it a drum circle? A circle of hippies? Nay ― it’s just two super zen men doing kilted yoga amidst the serenity of the forest. 


The men, named Finlay and Tristan in real life, are the new stars of a BBC social video that’s taken the internet by storm with nearly 34 million views in three days.


“Finlay is a yoga instructor from Dundee, and Tristan is one of his students,” reads the YouTube description of the clip. “Together, they took to the wilds of Scotland to be at one with nature, and practice some yoga. Men in kilts and yoga ― a perfect combination!” 


People are loving the cheeky video: 






















Some ― like “Outlanders” star Sam Heughan ― are even considering doing kilted yoga now: 










Though the premise of the video is quite funny, yoga is seriously good for you. Practicing yoga can help lower stress levels, improve brain function, lower blood pressure and even improve sexual function. No word yet on whether doing yoga in a kilt has any health advantages (besides a newfound sense of freedom). 


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http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/people-are-losing-it-over-this-nsfw-video-of-men-doing-yoga-in-kilts/feed 0 Picture yourself in the woods. You’re on a relaxing hike, when suddenly you hear the sound of chimes and the thumping of drums. Is it a drum circle? A circle of hippies? Nay ― it’s just two super zen men doing kilted yoga amidst the serenity of the for... Picture yourself in the woods. You’re on a relaxing hike, when suddenly you hear the sound of chimes and the thumping of drums. Is it a drum circle? A circle of hippies? Nay ― it’s just two super zen men doing kilted yoga amidst the serenity of the forest. The men, named Finlay and Tristan in real life, are the new stars of a BBC social video that’s taken the internet by storm with nearly 34 million views in three days.“Finlay is a yoga instructor from Dundee, and Tristan is one of his students,” reads the YouTube description of the clip. “Together, they took to the wilds of Scotland to be at one with nature, and practice some yoga. Men in kilts and yoga ― a perfect combination!” People are loving the cheeky video: I may have watched The kilted yoga video a few times. Ok several times — lisa (@lisakayprice) February 22, 2017Hello excuse me everybody if you could just take a moment of your day to watch two delicious men doing kilted yogahttps://t.co/2fAN7IvNMW— Marieke Hardy (@mariekehardy) February 21, 2017Yet another reason to visit #Scotland!Kilted Yoga https://t.co/OlGoY32Q6R via @YouTube pic.twitter.com/QaQ0AcX3iy— MacLean & Bruce (@MacLeanAndBruce) February 20, 2017@ConnectedWaters I saw a kilted yoga youtube two days ago and I CACKLED— Anne Hilborn (@AnneWHilborn) February 22, 2017@SamHeughan @bbcthesocial this is everything! #yogaeverydamnday #Kiltedyoga— Tara Bernie (@tarabernie) February 21, 2017Some ― like “Outlanders” star Sam Heughan ― are even considering doing kilted yoga now: Yikes! Worth a try though...! https://t.co/jxsOwgBfHy— Sam Heughan (@SamHeughan) February 20, 2017Kilted yoga - now this would be a yoga class I might consider joining pic.twitter.com/fW0j4Ja6e5— Farah Souames (@souamesfarah) February 21, 2017Though the premise of the video is quite funny, yoga is seriously good for you. Practicing yoga can help lower stress levels, improve brain function, lower blood pressure and even improve sexual function. No word yet on whether doing yoga in a kilt has any health advantages (besides a newfound sense of freedom). The HuffPost Lifestyle newsletter will make you happier and healthier, one email at a time. Sign up here. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=58aa4c49e4b0fa149f9ac816,57f1b579e4b07f20daa10ea8,5798d978e4b0e339c240009f -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. Pazoo.com no
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For decades, Monique Barry was tortured by incessant anxiety (her daughter’s rough day at school? proof the child’s life was ruined) and baseless guilt (choosing a bad restaurant? a hanging offense!). Then she learned that her garden-variety neuroses might be something else: the trauma of her ancestors, passed down through the generations.


 

Nobody likes me, said my daughter, Elyse, inhaling dry cereal as she bopped to Taylor Swift on the car radio. It was the end of her first week at a new school.

“I’m sure that’s not true,” I said, gripping the steering wheel. My heart rattled. My breath went shallow. Tears fell on the pile of snacks on my lap. “Who are these kindergarten bastards? If she doesn’t make friends with them now, they’ll shun her all the way through high school. She’ll be so depressed, she’ll turn to drugs or cutting. And whose fault will it be? Mine, all mine.”

“Can I have some more Cheerios?” Elyse asked.

“You can have the Oreos!” I blurted out, handing her the tear-soaked plastic bag.

“Ew, it’s all wet,” Elyse said. She looked over to see my streaked cheeks, and her sweet face was gripped with surprise, then fear.

“Mama,” she said, “what’s wrong with you?”

I’ve had anxiety for as long as I can remember. As a child, I never wanted to go to school. Would I have anyone to sit with at lunch? Would Bridgett Markham steal my pencils? (No and yes.) I was so nervous around other kids, I hardly spoke. In addition to being overweight, I was the only Asian kid, the only mixed kid (my mother is Chinese; my father is white). I had a few close friends but nursed a constant terror that they would realize something was wrong with me—I wasn’t normal, wasn’t cool, wasn’t something else that I could never quite identify—and leave me in the dust.

Unlike most kids at my Los Angeles junior high, I came from a family that struggled financially. My dad was a teacher, and my immigrant mother worked long hours trying to start a cosmetics business. My parents didn’t worry about my happiness or lack thereof; they were busy trying to keep our house from the creditors. Their worry became my guilt. Maybe if I hadn’t asked Mom for that Barbie, they wouldn’t have fought. Maybe if I weren’t fat, I could be in commercials, making money to save our house.

I found ways to medicate my fears; my chief strategy was to eat. A latchkey kid, I’d come home and dig into a jar of peanut butter studded with chocolate chips. By my teens, I was obese. Then I found a less fattening way to cope: I replaced the drug of food with actual drugs. A friend who came from money could afford cocaine. For a while, I loved it—what anxious kid wouldn’t? It was confidence in powder form. But then that friend became an addict, and I became terrified of the stuff.

In my 20s, I built my life around my anxiety. I started a business designing handbags, which I could do at home, safe from the hell of other people. I didn’t live; I functioned. I had a few friends, a prescription for Xanax, and my familiar habit of binge-eating when stressed. I assumed I’d never marry or have kids—who could accept someone who had to take drastic measures to get through a life that wasn’t even difficult?

But time proved me wrong. I met Rick, who is now my husband, and he loved me in spite of my demons. Then I got pregnant and spent nine months in an excruciating state of terror. How could I care for a child? How could I steer a little life through this scary world? Hell, how could I even give birth? (”I just don’t think she’ll fit through,” I’d cry to my obstetrician.) After I had Elyse in an emergency C-section (see? I was right!) and fell in love with her, my anxiety multiplied. I felt as though my heart was beating in this child’s body. The thought of her suffering haunted me.

And of course, my fear of her suffering made her suffer.

“We have a normal kid,” Rick said one particularly rough afternoon a year ago, “and sometimes she’s going to have a bad day. Your stress makes her stressed. It makes me stressed.” He looked at me. “You’ve got to do something.”

He was right. I was sick of my neck aches, my knotted stomach, seeing my dread reflected in my child’s eyes. So I finally did the one thing I hadn’t: I asked for help.

My internist, whom I’d told in vague terms about my anxiety, enthusiastically referred me to a woman named Angelica Singh. She would change my life, he said. On her website, Angelica calls her profession “embodiment process and counseling.” Her woo-woo job title didn’t concern me much; this is L.A., where psychics and healers are as ubiquitous as In-N-Out Burger. I was even less concerned when I read Angelica’s description of what she could do for me: “My healing work is designed to facilitate your moving from a constricted place of judgment and self-criticism to an open ocean of self-love and compassion.” That sounded downright blissful.

When I arrived at our first session on a hot Tuesday afternoon, Angelica greeted me at the door of her cottage. She was beautiful—sexy, really—with piercing dark eyes and long black hair. I’d been expecting a soothing, beatific type; she had more of a Kali, goddess of destruction, vibe. She led me to a small room, where an array of crystals and oils sat beside a massage table, and motioned toward a love seat covered in Indian-print pillows. I sat.

“So, I have a bit of anxiety,” I began.

“I can see that,” she said, her face unsmiling. She perched on a stool, her legs crossed. She wore hip camouflage pants, Converse sneakers, and a stunning white crystal around her neck. For some reason, she held a pendulum. “You’re not breathing,” she said. “You’re not even in your body.”

“I’m not?”

“Start by feeling the ground beneath your feet,” Angelica said. “Take deep breaths.”

I closed my eyes and inhaled. This interaction was causing me stress, not reducing it. I didn’t like being looked at. I didn’t like being judged. I did not want to fail spiritual therapy. But I kept breathing and eventually found a rhythm, my breath smoothing, deepening. I am safe, I thought. I am fine. I am here to get help.

Angelica smiled faintly, then leaned in, looking not into my eyes but at the area around my head.

There’s so much drama in your energy field,” she said. “I see war all around you, fires and bombs and screaming. Were you or your mother in a war?”

I thought I must have misunderstood. What did my mother have to do with anything? “Mom and I did fight a lot when I was in my 20s—”

“No, I mean a literal war. You have all these souls clinging to you. You feel guilty about them.”

“I do often feel guilty, but it’s about irrational things.”

What was your grandmother like?” Angelica asked.

She abandoned her husband and kids for a general in the Chinese army. She never saw them again. She had three more kids, including Mom, with her new lover.” I rattled this off easily; the mythos of my grandmother’s life, though grotesque, had over the years lost its sting.

As Angelica kept asking questions, she knelt on the floor, arranging crystals and rocks around her—a jagged amethyst here, a hunk of hematite there. I didn’t ask why. When there were no more crystals and rocks, she pulled a few pencils and erasers from her desk. Then I noticed her arrangement was wider at the top than at the bottom. I finally got it: She was building my family tree on the rug.

She picked up a rock. “This is where your anxiety comes from.”

My grandmother? I only met her twice.”

“You have epigenetic trauma.”

I nodded as though I understood.

“Your grandmother had to live in survival mode,” Angelica said. “She passed that stress onto your mother. Your mother passed it onto you. Look at your lineage.” She pointed at the floor’s sad tableau. “Can’t you feel the grief, the abandonment?”

I gazed at the glassy obsidian and pink eraser that represented my forsaken cousins, and I began to cry. I told Angelica, as politely as possible, that I had no idea what she was talking about.

“Would you like to get on the table?” she asked in response. When I did, she laid crystals on my body and swayed her pendulum. She put her hands under my head, and I fell into one of the most relaxing states I’ve ever experienced—similar to the moments just before sleep, when dreamy images arrive but never quite coalesce. I had to book another session. I had no idea whether I was carrying the burdens of some long-ago war, but I was certain I needed another brilliant nap.

That night, I Googled, hard. Epigenetics, it turns out, is the study of the mechanisms that switch genes on and off, affecting our brains and bodies. This gene flips on, and we may develop diabetes. This one switches off, and we are likely to get cancer. What we eat, the environment we live in, the chemicals we are exposed to—all can influence how our genes express themselves. One site I read compared DNA to a film script; in this scenario, epigenetics is the director, cutting lines or scenes, influencing the whole picture.

Recent findings suggest that epigenetic changes can be inherited. In other words, as parents’ genes are altered—thanks to their experiences, environment, and habits—so are their children’s. Angelica’s philosophy hinged on this notion. She had told me I had what she refers to as epigenetic post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which she says I inherited from my mother and my mother’s mother, just like my almond eyes and black hair. In essence, the traumas of my forebears, however little I knew about them, had wired me for anxiety.

I told Rick what Angelica had said. “It turns out I have PTSD. That’s why I overreact to everything.”

What, from trauma that was self-inflicted? You’re saying you have SIPTSD?”

Silly Rick. “I inherited the trauma from my ancestors.”

My husband, an MIT-educated atheist engineer, looked skeptical.

The more I read, though, the more this seemingly loony idea appeared to have some basis in reality. Recently, Rachel Yehuda, PhD, director of the Traumatic Stress Studies Division at New York’s Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, led a study comparing the genes of Holocaust survivors and their children with those of other Jews of similar ages; survivors’ children are known to be at increased risk for anxiety, depression, and stress disorders. The researchers found alterations in the same gene associated with depression and PTSD in survivors and their children. The gene changes in the children “could be attributed to Holocaust exposure” in their parents, Yehuda wrote.

Still, I struggled to believe that my grandmother could have such a profound influence on my life. When I’d met her, she seemed jovial, plainspoken—and other, a woman from a different time who spoke another language. My most vivid memory of her is when we were all sitting at dinner one night when, without preamble, she began belting out Chinese folk songs. I was 9 then; she was 80.



When I arrived at my next session, I sat on the love seat opposite Angelica. Again, the weight of her gaze unnerved me.

“Did you metabolize what we last talked about?” she asked.

“It’s hard for me to wrap my head around the idea that my anxiety is all from Mom’s family.”

She shook her head. “It’s not just your lineage. What was your conception like?”

I had to laugh. “I don’t know.”

She sidled up to me. “You had a hard time in utero. There’s dark energy there.”

“My mom was happy to be pregnant with me,” I said.

“And who were the other kids I’m seeing?”

“Oh, my half sisters. Mom had them during her first marriage in Taiwan, when she was really young. She left them there when she moved to the States.”

“How old were they when she left?” Angelica asked.

“Twelve and 14,” I said.

Angelica visibly recoiled. “Can you imagine doing that to Elyse?”

“God, no, I can barely leave her to use the bathroom.”

I cracked the joke, but inside, I bristled. What seems horrid in modern California is worlds away from desperate measures taken in misogynistic Taiwan 60 years ago. My mother had been young and alone, with few options.

“I know it sounds bad,” I said, “but it wasn’t like she was a negligent mother—she was thrilled to have me. She thought getting pregnant again would be impossible after all her abortions.”

Angelica’s face twisted. “That’s what I’m seeing, then,” she said.

I felt defensive, and strange for feeling defensive, and oddly close to tears. I reached for humor to deflate the shame that seemed now to be filling the room.

“Abortions were like a form of birth control then. Sometimes she and a friend would get lunch and have an abortion, like a spa day.”

Angelica didn’t laugh. “Your mother loves you. But she also lived her life in survival mode. And it changed her.”

I said nothing.

“No wonder you have anxiety,” Angelica said gently. “Your first days were in a womb filled with the energy of unwanted souls.”

I began to cry—deep, body-quaking sobs. I felt gut-punched by the idea that my mother was as heartless as Angelica seemed to think. I felt grief for those unwanted children. But mostly I felt guilt. Why had I been the lucky one, the wanted daughter? It seemed so arbitrary, so unfair.

“You didn’t do anything wrong,” said Angelica.

“I feel like I did,” I said.

These hurt souls are holding on to you because you accept that guilt,” she said. “You need to set them free.”

“How?”

“Tell them what they’ve been waiting to hear.”

I looked to my right side, where I thought the tiny souls might be, and said, “I’m sorry Mom didn’t want you.” And then I sat and cried for a while. I was overcome by a calm sadness. I lay down on the table without being asked to. Angelica placed crystals on my body. The moment her hands cradled my head, I fell asleep. I woke up unable to recall the specifics of my dream—just that it was full of people and a profound feeling of reckoning, of truth. I felt peaceful, as though I’d been lying on an exquisite beach.

That night, as we sat on the couch, my husband flipped to The Walking Dead. I hate The Walking Dead. “No,” I said. “I want to watch Parts Unknown.” (I have a thing for Anthony Bourdain.) So we did.

Even a day earlier, saying no would have consumed me with guilt. This time it felt like something I could do. It felt right.

At our next session, Angelica asked me to write out as much of my family history as I could. This only served to show me how little I knew. When my mother came over for Sunday dinner, I decided to ask her about when she was a young woman.

My mother, in her customarily breezy tone and broken English, walked me through her early life—one of fear and grief, of horrific decisions wrought by limited choices. She told me about the herbs she took, the pot she sat on as she waited for a fetus to be expelled. She told me about the time, in Taiwan’s rural south, when a snake shed its skin beside my half sister’s crib. She told me about how years later, she left that child and her sister behind. I asked about her own girlhood, about the war in the late ‘30s and early ‘40s—surely she didn’t remember it?

“I live in a small village,” she said matter-of-factly. “When Japanese bomb Chengdu, whole city rush out. Come by my village. My friends and I run outside. We all watch bomb go off together.”


 


She told me about how, in those years, she fought with her brothers for shreds of meat. Most times, all they had to eat were the pumpkins and lima beans they grew. I was stunned. My mother and my grandmother had indeed been exposed to war, just as Angelica had intuited.

When I saw her next, Angelica told me, “The person who reacts to everything with fear is the child you. It’s my job to awaken adult Monique, who can care for herself.”

We set out to do just that.

I learned to step outside my body whenever anxiety threatened to overtake me, to watch my behavior as though it were someone else’s. I recognized my anxiety in real time, noting how it affected me physically. Again and again, I saw reactions that made no sense. Putting the wrong kind of crackers in Elyse’s lunch didn’t warrant a spike in my heart rate. Choosing a lousy restaurant on date night didn’t merit a roiling stomach.

Without as many “emergencies” to react to, I became more patient. When Elyse was stressed about running late for school, instead of mirroring her anxiety, I gave her a long hug. When Rick forgot to buy milk, I shrugged and poured Elyse a glass of water. When Rick’s brother came over with his pug and it rubbed its chronically itchy butt across our rugs, I put a sheet down and laughed at my daughter’s delight in the dog’s antics. Before, when I seemed stressed, Elyse had often asked me “Are you angry, Mommy? Are you frustrated with me?” She had seen my anxiety, absorbed it, and taken responsibility for it, just as I once had with my mother. Now she wasn’t asking me that. She had no reason to.

As I grew more convinced that I had inherited my anxiety, my relationship to it changed. I became more accepting of it. I was able to stop judging myself for finding life so unmanageable. The thing about not judging yourself is that it lets you actually start to like yourself. More and more, I felt that happening.

In my next session with Angelica, I told her this. And I told her about the strides I’d been making—walking around in the world as though I belonged there.

“That’s a victory,” she said.

“I still worry about Elyse’s feelings getting hurt,” I said.

“That’s normal,” Angelica said. “She’s your kid.”

Later, I asked Rick, “Do you think I’m better?”

He paused. “Well, I did notice you didn’t tell me which lane I had to drive in to get to the movies last night,” he said.

I am better. I know it—I feel it every day. I feel it when I wake up and don’t assume that everything that can go wrong will, and when I make plans with people without worrying about whether I’ll be entertaining enough for them. I feel it when my daughter runs to me, instead of away, when she’s had a hard day.

Delving into my ancestry let me face my own turmoil and finally see myself clearly. I am my grandmother’s sadness and my mother’s fear—but I am also my grandmother’s strength and my mother’s resilience. And I can see my anxiety for what it is, too: a series of reactions I can choose to breathe through. (Believe me, I pat myself on the back every time I do.) Whether my pain was inherited or not, my life was defined by it. I was forever looking backward, stuck in familiar fears. I was living history—and now I’m creating a new one.

Illustrations by Gracia Lam.

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Model Pens Moving Letter to Her Younger Self: 'Your Weight Does Not Define You!' http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/model-pens-moving-letter-to-her-younger-self-amp39your-weight-does-not-define-youamp39 http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/model-pens-moving-letter-to-her-younger-self-amp39your-weight-does-not-define-youamp39#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:45:14 +0000 http://www.health.com/syndication/model-dana-patterson-letter-younger-me This article originally appeared on People.com. 

One model has a very special message for her younger self.

Dana Patterson took to Instagram last week, posting a childhood photo of herself along with a message for the little girl: “Defy unrealistic expectations.”

The curvy model paired the old photo with a recent modeling shot of herself. She began the heartfelt letter, “Dear younger me, the things I wish I could have said.”

“Just because you are not blonde, blue eyed, and thin as a rail doesn’t mean you are ANYTHING less,” she wrote “You’ll be grateful for your eyebrows someday, you’re welcome.”

 

Patterson’s Instagram account is filled with body positive captions and honest posts — along with modeling shots. The size 14 model is signed with LA Model Management.

She continued the post with mentions of her previous insecurities.

“You’ll love the hair that makes people call you hagrid,” she wrote, referring to the wild-haired Harry Potter character Rubeus Hagrid. “You’ll love your full lips and olive skin with peach fuzz.”

 

She added: “Those thighs you hate now will carry you through 3 junior olympics. Crazy right?!”

“YOUR WEIGHT DOES NOT DEFINE YOU! THE WAY YOU LOOK DOESNT DEFINE YOU!” she continued. “Don’t listen to the people who say it does.”

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The post has garnered thousands of Likes and many social media users have written comments of gratitude, calling Patterson “inspiring.”

She ended the letter with a call for others to share their own words of wisdom to their younger selves.

“I wanted to create this #dearyoungerme tag so that maybe someone in need can read the things I wish I knew when I was younger, and that it’s actually awesome to defy unrealistic standards,” Patterson wrote.

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Fitness Expert Anna Victoria Shares Photo of Her Arm Cellulite: 'Stop Thinking You're the Only One' http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/fitness-expert-anna-victoria-shares-photo-of-her-arm-cellulite-amp39stop-thinking-youamp39re-the-only-oneamp39 http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/fitness-expert-anna-victoria-shares-photo-of-her-arm-cellulite-amp39stop-thinking-youamp39re-the-only-oneamp39#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:34:16 +0000 http://www.health.com/syndication/fitness-trainer-anna-victoria-lighting-cellulite This article originally appeared on People.com. 

Fitness influencer Anna Victoria is known to speak honestly about her body, and now she’s opening up about her cellulite.

Victoria, co-founder of the Fit Body Guide, took to Instagram earlier this week to post side-by-side photos of herself, one in “the best possible lighting” and the other in lighting that highlighted cellulite on her arm.

 

“Lighting. Is. Everything. 99% of pictures you see on social media are taken in the best possible lighting and that ain’t no accident,” Victoria wrote alongside the photos.

“When I got into the elevator with the lighting on the right, I zoned in on the cellulite on the back of my arms,” she continued. “Yes, cellulite on your arms is a thing! I’ve had it since the beginning of my journey and while it’s lightened up since then, it’s still not totally gone … because I’m human.”

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The lengthy post has garnered a lot of attention, amassing more than 30,000 Likes in just one day, along with several comments.

Victoria noted alongside the photo that although the appearance of cellulite can be reduced through a “healthy diet, regular exercise and proper water intake,” genetics also play a part in dimpling skin.

“Seriously, girls, stop thinking you’re the only one with cellulite and that it’s some kind of disease,” the trainer said. “Do I love the look of my arms on the right? No, but I don’t hate it or hate myself for it, either. And you shouldn’t either.”

 

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Martin Scorsese’s Next Movie Is Heading To Netflix http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/martin-scorseses-next-movie-is-heading-to-netflix http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/martin-scorseses-next-movie-is-heading-to-netflix#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:54:22 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/22/martin-scorsese-netflix-the-irishman_n_14930178.html

Netflix has acquired its most prestigious title yet: a Martin Scorsese movie. 


“The Irishman,” a $100 million gangster flick starring Robert De Niro, was initially set up at Paramount, which released Scorsese’s previous film, “Silence.” But with 12-year Paramount chief Brad Grey leaving the studio after a financially spotty 2016, Scorsese and his team opted to package the movie elsewhere, according to IndieWire.


“Scorsese’s movie is a risky deal, and Paramount is not in the position to take risks,” a source reportedly told IndieWire. “This way, he can make the project he wants.”


In other words, Scorsese’s team wants to work somewhere that executives won’t panic about box-office numbers. That’s presumably a response to “Silence,” which cost $46 million but earned only $7.1 million domestically after proving difficult to market to mainstream moviegoers. Given Scorsese’s status as one of the world’s most famous directors, this news represents a massive shift in distribution trends, which are gravitating away from traditional theatrical structures. 


First announced in 2008, “The Irishman” is an adaptation of the Charles Brandt book I Heard You Paint Houses, which follows mob hitman Frank Sheeren, who confessed to killing labor-union leader and organized-crime honcho Jimmy Hoffa. Steve Zaillian (”Schindler’s List,” “Gangs of New York”) wrote the script. 


“The Irishman” will mark Scorsese’s ninth movie with De Niro. It also stars Al Pacino, who has never worked with Scorsese. The director reportedly attempted to coax Joe Pesci out of retirement to play mafioso Russell Bufalino, but the “Casino” star has insisted he won’t do it. The IMDb page also lists roles for Bobby Cannavale and Harvey Keitel.


Even if the financials behind this decision seem logical, it’s a surprise move for a director known as a disciple of traditional cinema. Scorsese has long preached about his preference for shooting on film instead of digitally, the medium most directors opt for nowadays. Still, he hasn’t shied away from television, co-creating “Vinyl” and directing the “Boardwalk Empire” pilot for HBO.


‘‘Cinema is gone,’’ Scorsese told the Associated Press in December. ‘‘The cinema I grew up with and that I’m making, it’s gone. The theater will always be there for that communal experience, there’s no doubt. But what kind of experience is it going to be? Is it always going to be a theme-park movie? I sound like an old man, which I am. The big screen for us in the ’50s, you go from Westerns to ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ to the special experience of ‘2001’ in 1968. The experience of seeing ‘Vertigo’ and ‘The Searchers’ in VistaVision.’’


Regardless, this is a boon for Netflix, which jump-started its original features with the 2015 Oscar hopeful “Beasts of No Nation.” At the Sundance Film Festival last month, the streaming service acquired more titles than any traditional studio, even snagging the festival’s strongest Oscar contender, the World War II race drama “Mudbound,” for a pricey $12.5 million






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Netflix has acquired its most prestigious title yet: a Martin Scorsese movie. 


“The Irishman,” a $100 million gangster flick starring Robert De Niro, was initially set up at Paramount, which released Scorsese’s previous film, “Silence.” But with 12-year Paramount chief Brad Grey leaving the studio after a financially spotty 2016, Scorsese and his team opted to package the movie elsewhere, according to IndieWire.


“Scorsese’s movie is a risky deal, and Paramount is not in the position to take risks,” a source reportedly told IndieWire. “This way, he can make the project he wants.”


In other words, Scorsese’s team wants to work somewhere that executives won’t panic about box-office numbers. That’s presumably a response to “Silence,” which cost $46 million but earned only $7.1 million domestically after proving difficult to market to mainstream moviegoers. Given Scorsese’s status as one of the world’s most famous directors, this news represents a massive shift in distribution trends, which are gravitating away from traditional theatrical structures. 


First announced in 2008, “The Irishman” is an adaptation of the Charles Brandt book I Heard You Paint Houses, which follows mob hitman Frank Sheeren, who confessed to killing labor-union leader and organized-crime honcho Jimmy Hoffa. Steve Zaillian (”Schindler’s List,” “Gangs of New York”) wrote the script. 


“The Irishman” will mark Scorsese’s ninth movie with De Niro. It also stars Al Pacino, who has never worked with Scorsese. The director reportedly attempted to coax Joe Pesci out of retirement to play mafioso Russell Bufalino, but the “Casino” star has insisted he won’t do it. The IMDb page also lists roles for Bobby Cannavale and Harvey Keitel.


Even if the financials behind this decision seem logical, it’s a surprise move for a director known as a disciple of traditional cinema. Scorsese has long preached about his preference for shooting on film instead of digitally, the medium most directors opt for nowadays. Still, he hasn’t shied away from television, co-creating “Vinyl” and directing the “Boardwalk Empire” pilot for HBO.


‘‘Cinema is gone,’’ Scorsese told the Associated Press in December. ‘‘The cinema I grew up with and that I’m making, it’s gone. The theater will always be there for that communal experience, there’s no doubt. But what kind of experience is it going to be? Is it always going to be a theme-park movie? I sound like an old man, which I am. The big screen for us in the ’50s, you go from Westerns to ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ to the special experience of ‘2001’ in 1968. The experience of seeing ‘Vertigo’ and ‘The Searchers’ in VistaVision.’’


Regardless, this is a boon for Netflix, which jump-started its original features with the 2015 Oscar hopeful “Beasts of No Nation.” At the Sundance Film Festival last month, the streaming service acquired more titles than any traditional studio, even snagging the festival’s strongest Oscar contender, the World War II race drama “Mudbound,” for a pricey $12.5 million






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http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/martin-scorseses-next-movie-is-heading-to-netflix/feed 0 Netflix has acquired its most prestigious title yet: a Martin Scorsese movie. “The Irishman,” a $100 million gangster flick starring Robert De Niro, was initially set up at Paramount, which released Scorsese’s previous film, “Silence. Netflix has acquired its most prestigious title yet: a Martin Scorsese movie. “The Irishman,” a $100 million gangster flick starring Robert De Niro, was initially set up at Paramount, which released Scorsese’s previous film, “Silence.” But with 12-year Paramount chief Brad Grey leaving the studio after a financially spotty 2016, Scorsese and his team opted to package the movie elsewhere, according to IndieWire.“Scorsese’s movie is a risky deal, and Paramount is not in the position to take risks,” a source reportedly told IndieWire. “This way, he can make the project he wants.”In other words, Scorsese’s team wants to work somewhere that executives won’t panic about box-office numbers. That’s presumably a response to “Silence,” which cost $46 million but earned only $7.1 million domestically after proving difficult to market to mainstream moviegoers. Given Scorsese’s status as one of the world’s most famous directors, this news represents a massive shift in distribution trends, which are gravitating away from traditional theatrical structures. First announced in 2008, “The Irishman” is an adaptation of the Charles Brandt book I Heard You Paint Houses, which follows mob hitman Frank Sheeren, who confessed to killing labor-union leader and organized-crime honcho Jimmy Hoffa. Steve Zaillian (”Schindler’s List,” “Gangs of New York”) wrote the script. “The Irishman” will mark Scorsese’s ninth movie with De Niro. It also stars Al Pacino, who has never worked with Scorsese. The director reportedly attempted to coax Joe Pesci out of retirement to play mafioso Russell Bufalino, but the “Casino” star has insisted he won’t do it. The IMDb page also lists roles for Bobby Cannavale and Harvey Keitel.Even if the financials behind this decision seem logical, it’s a surprise move for a director known as a disciple of traditional cinema. Scorsese has long preached about his preference for shooting on film instead of digitally, the medium most directors opt for nowadays. Still, he hasn’t shied away from television, co-creating “Vinyl” and directing the “Boardwalk Empire” pilot for HBO.‘‘Cinema is gone,’’ Scorsese told the Associated Press in December. ‘‘The cinema I grew up with and that I’m making, it’s gone. The theater will always be there for that communal experience, there’s no doubt. But what kind of experience is it going to be? Is it always going to be a theme-park movie? I sound like an old man, which I am. The big screen for us in the ’50s, you go from Westerns to ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ to the special experience of ‘2001’ in 1968. The experience of seeing ‘Vertigo’ and ‘The Searchers’ in VistaVision.’’Regardless, this is a boon for Netflix, which jump-started its original features with the 2015 Oscar hopeful “Beasts of No Nation.” At the Sundance Film Festival last month, the streaming service acquired more titles than any traditional studio, even snagging the festival’s strongest Oscar contender, the World War II race drama “Mudbound,” for a pricey $12.5 million.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. Pazoo.com no
How The ‘Guerrilla Archivists’ Saved History – And Are Doing It Again Under Trump http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/how-the-guerrilla-archivists-saved-history-and-are-doing-it-again-under-trump http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/how-the-guerrilla-archivists-saved-history-and-are-doing-it-again-under-trump#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:38:20 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-conversation-us/how-the-guerrilla-archivists-saved-history-and_b_14934910.html By Morgan Currie, University of California, Los Angeles and Britt S. Paris, University of California, Los Angeles


On Inauguration Day, a group of students, researchers and librarians gathered in a nondescript building on the north side of the University of California, Los Angeles campus, against a backdrop of pelting rain.


The group had organized in protest against the new U.S. administration. But, instead of marching and chanting, participants were there to learn how to “harvest,” “seed,” “scrape” and ultimately archive websites and data sets related to climate change.


The need for such work quickly became palpable. Within hours of Trump’s inauguration ceremony, official statements on anthropogenic, or man-made, climate change vanished from governmental websites, including whitehouse.gov and that of the Environmental Protection Agency.


The UCLA event was one of several “data rescue” missions that have cropped up around the U.S., supervised by the Environmental Data Governance Initiative, an international network focused on threats to federal environmental and energy policy, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Program for Environmental Humanities.


These workshops address the very existential dangers the Trump administration presents – not only to the modest climate protection goals set by the global community in the last 40 years, but to the mainstream science that investigates how humans are changing the planet.


 



 


Data Rescue workshop, Protecting Climate Data in Times of Political Turmoil, held at UCLA on Jan. 20. Jennifer Pierre.



Michelle Murphy, Patrick Keilty and Matt Price at the University of Toronto, who launched the first data rescue event in December, call this kind of activism “guerrilla archiving.”


“Guerrilla archiving” is a new term, one that can’t be found in scholarly archival literature. But examples of this behavior have cropped up in hostile political climates throughout history. Ordinary people smuggled, copied or collected materials in the fear that ideas – or even the memories of an entire community – might be lost.


Data rescues like the one we organized at UCLA follow in a rich tradition of activist archives throughout history. These past efforts can help us understand today’s work to rescue government data.


Guerrilla archives through time


The term “guerrilla” itself comes from the Spanish word for war. It implies irregular, impromptu tactics in a struggle against powerful forces.


Building archives has already been an integral part of social activism. This work challenges the dominant narratives of the past and makes us rethink how we preserve memories for the next generation.


For these activists, archival work is not a neutral act, but a form of political disruption. In Nazi Germany, for example, Franciscan monk H.L. Van Breda risked death to smuggle documents from the estate of Edmund Husserl, a Jewish philosopher and father of the phenomenological tradition, on a train from Freiburg to Berlin. The documents were held for three months in a safe at the Belgian embassy before traveling to the University of Louvain. They remain at the university archives today, enabling future access to these important philosophical works.


Similarly, Walter Benjamin handed over his magnum opus on Parisian culture, The Arcades Project, to Georges Bataille, archivist at the Bibliotéque Nationale in Paris during World War II. Bataille hid these documents in a restricted archive until after the war.


In the shadows of Nazi-occupied Europe, these archiving operations took the form of bold political work. They reacted to a regime that wanted to cleanse history entirely of scholarly Jewish voices.


In another example, the Mazer Lesbian Archive accumulated in a residence in the Altadena neighborhood of Los Angeles throughout the mid-1980s. Dedicated volunteers collected photographs, pamphlets, written correspondence, film projects, plays, poetry and everyday ephemera, from discarded envelopes to cocktail napkins. The archive serves as a testament to the vibrancy and viability of the decade’s largely invisible lesbian culture.


As Alycia Sellie at CUNY Graduate Center and her colleagues argued in a 2015 paper, community archives like the Mazer offer “local, autonomous spaces for alternative historical narratives and cultural identities to be created and preserved.” These collections often spring up independently of government or scholarly institutions. The creators, feeling politically marginalized, seek to create their own collective identity.


Autonomy is key to the success of these archives, which are often maintained, owned and used by the very people who generate them. By remaining independent from formal institutions, archivists are making a statement about how entrenched organizations play a role in their political necessity in the first place.


Past and present marginalization, slavery and violence to particular minority communities remain central to institutions of American democracy – whether universities or federally funded historical archives. For this reason, we cannot always count on such institutions to meaningfully memorialize on behalf of these voices.


Autonomy from central institutions can also protect valuable materials within politically volatile environments.


In a dramatic and recent example, preservationists and janitors used metal trunks to smuggle historic Islamic documents out of Timbuktu’s archives into individual homes, basements and closets, and away from advancing ISIS soldiers.


Again, we see that in times of political violence, it becomes necessary to surreptitiously protect items of cultural legacy. These decentralized efforts are vital both to save not only the materials but also the individuals involved. The Timbuktu example shows how guerrilla archiving becomes at once a necessarily collective and distributed act.


The power of archives


Today’s data rescue efforts may be high-tech, but they have much in common with the Mazer’s collectors and the Timbuktu smugglers. The work relies on volunteers, and the archives exist on a multitude of servers, not attached to any one central institution.


However, this work is usually thought of as dangerous: It disturbs the hierarchies of power. In some ways, data rescues aim to do the opposite. They reinforce traditional structures of power, protecting data created by government-funded scientists that documents evidence of climate change. Rather than create an alternate narrative of history, data rescues aim to replicate and distribute that data. The political work lies in decentralizing information, not reinterpreting it.


Data rescues strive not to challenge a critical scientific narrative, but to protect it from a “post-truth” mentality that makes climate change denial seem a viable social act, one in which facts pertain only to individual perspectives.


This may be different from some guerrilla archives of the past, but it’s still a way to resist power – power that casts empiricism and our future progress on climate change aside.


Archiving for the future


Web mirroring, seeding and scraping, then, have joined the litany of other guerrilla archiving tactics, alongside midnight smuggling operations, marginalized oral history-making, and basement zine collections.


At UCLA’s event, for instance, we focused on “seeding,” or nominating Department of Energy web pages to the Internet Archive’s End of Term project. End of Term is an archive of the .gov website taken during periods of a presidential transitions. The Internet Archive uses an automated web crawler to “scrape,” or replicate, web pages, though this method does not capture many sensitive data sets.


To address this deficiency, we also extracted and downloaded data sets that can’t be scraped with the Internet Archive’s crawler. Participants then archived these “uncrawlable” data sets by uploading them to decentralized data infrastructures, or mirrors, that store the data redundantly on many different servers around the world.


 



 


Data Rescue workshop, Protecting Climate Data in Times of Political Turmoil, held at UCLA on Jan. 20. Jennifer Pierre.



By treating federal scientific data as a public utility, data rescues create an occasion for community and political resistance. In fact, we might find that the importance of mirroring federal climate data lies less in rescuing data sets for the scientific community – since it’s too soon to tell whether more information will vanish or be defunded – but instead in creating spaces for community dialogue and wider public awareness of the vulnerabilities of politically contentious scientific work. By building communities around web mirroring, data rescues already play a political role.


Data rescue events continue to emerge across the U.S., working to outpace any further disappearances of federal climate change information. Guerrilla archiving puts the onus on the data rescue community to preserve this scientific work. In the process, these events foster a collective concern for one another and for the future.


One of the speakers at the UCLA event, Joan Donovan, researcher at the UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics, maintains that this type of work should be seen as a small glimmer of hope: “The question of what can we do in this political climate hostile to climate change has, again, a relatively modest answer: small interventions with grand intention.”The Conversation


Morgan Currie, Lecturer at Woodbury University, University of California, Los Angeles and Britt S. Paris, Ph.D. Student in Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles


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This Heartbreaking Poem About Dating With OCD Is So Spot On http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/this-heartbreaking-poem-about-dating-with-ocd-is-so-spot-on http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/this-heartbreaking-poem-about-dating-with-ocd-is-so-spot-on#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:59:06 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/21/poem-about-dating-with-ocd_n_14927742.html


Dealing with a mental health issue can affect every part of your life ― including your relationships.


Case in point: This viral spoken poem by artist Neil Hilborn, which details the complexities of falling in love when you’re also dealing with obsessive compulsive disorder. The account is raw and emotional. It also perfectly captures the everyday challenges of the condition ― from repetitive behaviors to intrusive thoughts.


“The first time I saw her, everything in my head went quiet,” he says in the poem. “All the tics, all the constantly refreshing images, just disappeared. When you have obsessive compulsive disorder, you don’t really get quiet moments. Even in bed I’m thinking, ‘Did I lock the door, yes, did I wash my hands, yes.’”


OCD affects approximately 1 percent of the American population, with 50 percent of those cases being severe. It can lead to anxiety-provoking thoughts (some of which can cause debilitating panic attacks) and rituals that can interfere with a person’s daily life.


It’s those symptoms, Hilborn points out, that makes relationships difficult ― particularly when the other person may not fully understand the condition.


“I asked her out six times. In 30 seconds. She said yes after the third one, but none of them felt right so I had to keep going,” he says. “On our first date, I spend more time organizing my meal by color rather than eating.”


Hilborn’s video, which was originally created in 2013, has gone viral since he re-posted it last week on Facebook, racking up more than 25 million views. That’s encouraging when it comes to stigma. Research shows there’s still a negative stereotype when it comes to mental health conditions ― and those misconceptions can prevent people from seeking support and speaking up. Professional treatment is the most effective way to manage a mental health issue like OCD.


Take a look at the video above to hear more. Eye opening, isn’t it?


This story has been updated to include language that Hilborn’s poem was originally created in 2013.

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Dealing with a mental health issue can affect every part of your life ― including your relationships.


Case in point: This viral spoken poem by artist Neil Hilborn, which details the complexities of falling in love when you’re also dealing with obsessive compulsive disorder. The account is raw and emotional. It also perfectly captures the everyday challenges of the condition ― from repetitive behaviors to intrusive thoughts.


“The first time I saw her, everything in my head went quiet,” he says in the poem. “All the tics, all the constantly refreshing images, just disappeared. When you have obsessive compulsive disorder, you don’t really get quiet moments. Even in bed I’m thinking, ‘Did I lock the door, yes, did I wash my hands, yes.’”


OCD affects approximately 1 percent of the American population, with 50 percent of those cases being severe. It can lead to anxiety-provoking thoughts (some of which can cause debilitating panic attacks) and rituals that can interfere with a person’s daily life.


It’s those symptoms, Hilborn points out, that makes relationships difficult ― particularly when the other person may not fully understand the condition.


“I asked her out six times. In 30 seconds. She said yes after the third one, but none of them felt right so I had to keep going,” he says. “On our first date, I spend more time organizing my meal by color rather than eating.”


Hilborn’s video, which was originally created in 2013, has gone viral since he re-posted it last week on Facebook, racking up more than 25 million views. That’s encouraging when it comes to stigma. Research shows there’s still a negative stereotype when it comes to mental health conditions ― and those misconceptions can prevent people from seeking support and speaking up. Professional treatment is the most effective way to manage a mental health issue like OCD.


Take a look at the video above to hear more. Eye opening, isn’t it?


This story has been updated to include language that Hilborn’s poem was originally created in 2013.

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http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/this-heartbreaking-poem-about-dating-with-ocd-is-so-spot-on/feed 0 Dealing with a mental health issue can affect every part of your life ― including your relationships.Case in point: This viral spoken poem by artist Neil Hilborn, which details the complexities of falling in love when you’re also dealing with obsessive... Dealing with a mental health issue can affect every part of your life ― including your relationships.Case in point: This viral spoken poem by artist Neil Hilborn, which details the complexities of falling in love when you’re also dealing with obsessive compulsive disorder. The account is raw and emotional. It also perfectly captures the everyday challenges of the condition ― from repetitive behaviors to intrusive thoughts.“The first time I saw her, everything in my head went quiet,” he says in the poem. “All the tics, all the constantly refreshing images, just disappeared. When you have obsessive compulsive disorder, you don’t really get quiet moments. Even in bed I’m thinking, ‘Did I lock the door, yes, did I wash my hands, yes.’”OCD affects approximately 1 percent of the American population, with 50 percent of those cases being severe. It can lead to anxiety-provoking thoughts (some of which can cause debilitating panic attacks) and rituals that can interfere with a person’s daily life.It’s those symptoms, Hilborn points out, that makes relationships difficult ― particularly when the other person may not fully understand the condition.“I asked her out six times. In 30 seconds. She said yes after the third one, but none of them felt right so I had to keep going,” he says. “On our first date, I spend more time organizing my meal by color rather than eating.”Hilborn’s video, which was originally created in 2013, has gone viral since he re-posted it last week on Facebook, racking up more than 25 million views. That’s encouraging when it comes to stigma. Research shows there’s still a negative stereotype when it comes to mental health conditions ― and those misconceptions can prevent people from seeking support and speaking up. Professional treatment is the most effective way to manage a mental health issue like OCD.Take a look at the video above to hear more. Eye opening, isn’t it?This story has been updated to include language that Hilborn’s poem was originally created in 2013. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. Pazoo.com no
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The 89th Academy Awards are set to air Sunday, Feb. 26, beginning at 7 p.m. ET with red carpet coverage and the awards at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.


Movie fans who’ve endured months of trailers and ad campaigns ― and also forgone TV subscriptions ― will have a tougher time, however, tuning in (legally).


Live-streaming through ABC.com and the ABC app is available on iOS and Android devices along with streaming devices including Apple TV, Fire TV and Roku. But you’ve got to have a cable subscription and be geographically situated in select areas: Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco. ABC states that DirecTV subscribers will also be able to access the live-stream in a few cities: Albuquerque, Boston, Ft. Smith/Fayetteville, Jackson (Mississippi), Kansas City, Milwaukee, Monterey-Salinas, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Pittsburgh, Portland-Auburn (Maine), Savannah and West Palm Beach.


After the awards, the ceremony will be available on ABC.com or the ABC app to viewers within the U.S. for a limited time ― but, again, you need a cable subscription.


That leaves out a lot of people.


If you don’t have cable, there are a few ways to catch parts of Hollywood’s biggest night, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, via our old pal, the internet. 


Watch the live-stream with a Sling TV or Playstation Vue free trial (or sign up).


Both streaming providers, Sling TV and Playstation Vue, offer free one-week trials and will show the 2017 Oscars. With Sling TV, you still need to live in one of the markets listed above, and ABC access on Playstation Vue is also limited to select markets. (We didn’t make the rules, sorry.)


Tune into an Oscars companion show online.


IMDb is hosting a live companion show that will stream live on IMDb.com, Twitter and Twitch beginning at 8 p.m. ET. The show, which will include unnamed celebrity guests, aims to provide “informative expert commentary to complement and enhance” the actual show. Which you can feel as if you’re watching by obsessively tracking Oscars-related hashtags on Twitter. (Again, sorry.)


Find a bar with TVs.


Go there. Talk to the bartender. Politely ask him or her to change the channel. Voila.


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The 89th Academy Awards are set to air Sunday, Feb. 26, beginning at 7 p.m. ET with red carpet coverage and the awards at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.


Movie fans who’ve endured months of trailers and ad campaigns ― and also forgone TV subscriptions ― will have a tougher time, however, tuning in (legally).


Live-streaming through ABC.com and the ABC app is available on iOS and Android devices along with streaming devices including Apple TV, Fire TV and Roku. But you’ve got to have a cable subscription and be geographically situated in select areas: Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco. ABC states that DirecTV subscribers will also be able to access the live-stream in a few cities: Albuquerque, Boston, Ft. Smith/Fayetteville, Jackson (Mississippi), Kansas City, Milwaukee, Monterey-Salinas, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Pittsburgh, Portland-Auburn (Maine), Savannah and West Palm Beach.


After the awards, the ceremony will be available on ABC.com or the ABC app to viewers within the U.S. for a limited time ― but, again, you need a cable subscription.


That leaves out a lot of people.


If you don’t have cable, there are a few ways to catch parts of Hollywood’s biggest night, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, via our old pal, the internet. 


Watch the live-stream with a Sling TV or Playstation Vue free trial (or sign up).


Both streaming providers, Sling TV and Playstation Vue, offer free one-week trials and will show the 2017 Oscars. With Sling TV, you still need to live in one of the markets listed above, and ABC access on Playstation Vue is also limited to select markets. (We didn’t make the rules, sorry.)


Tune into an Oscars companion show online.


IMDb is hosting a live companion show that will stream live on IMDb.com, Twitter and Twitch beginning at 8 p.m. ET. The show, which will include unnamed celebrity guests, aims to provide “informative expert commentary to complement and enhance” the actual show. Which you can feel as if you’re watching by obsessively tracking Oscars-related hashtags on Twitter. (Again, sorry.)


Find a bar with TVs.


Go there. Talk to the bartender. Politely ask him or her to change the channel. Voila.


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http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/how-to-watch-the-2017-oscars-on-the-internet/feed 0 The 89th Academy Awards are set to air Sunday, Feb. 26, beginning at 7 p.m. ET with red carpet coverage and the awards at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.Movie fans who’ve endured months of trailers and ad campaigns ― and also forgone TV subscriptions ― will have a t... The 89th Academy Awards are set to air Sunday, Feb. 26, beginning at 7 p.m. ET with red carpet coverage and the awards at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.Movie fans who’ve endured months of trailers and ad campaigns ― and also forgone TV subscriptions ― will have a tougher time, however, tuning in (legally).Live-streaming through ABC.com and the ABC app is available on iOS and Android devices along with streaming devices including Apple TV, Fire TV and Roku. But you’ve got to have a cable subscription and be geographically situated in select areas: Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco. ABC states that DirecTV subscribers will also be able to access the live-stream in a few cities: Albuquerque, Boston, Ft. Smith/Fayetteville, Jackson (Mississippi), Kansas City, Milwaukee, Monterey-Salinas, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Pittsburgh, Portland-Auburn (Maine), Savannah and West Palm Beach.After the awards, the ceremony will be available on ABC.com or the ABC app to viewers within the U.S. for a limited time ― but, again, you need a cable subscription.That leaves out a lot of people.If you don’t have cable, there are a few ways to catch parts of Hollywood’s biggest night, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, via our old pal, the internet. Watch the live-stream with a Sling TV or Playstation Vue free trial (or sign up).Both streaming providers, Sling TV and Playstation Vue, offer free one-week trials and will show the 2017 Oscars. With Sling TV, you still need to live in one of the markets listed above, and ABC access on Playstation Vue is also limited to select markets. (We didn’t make the rules, sorry.)Tune into an Oscars companion show online.IMDb is hosting a live companion show that will stream live on IMDb.com, Twitter and Twitch beginning at 8 p.m. ET. The show, which will include unnamed celebrity guests, aims to provide “informative expert commentary to complement and enhance” the actual show. Which you can feel as if you’re watching by obsessively tracking Oscars-related hashtags on Twitter. (Again, sorry.)Find a bar with TVs.Go there. Talk to the bartender. Politely ask him or her to change the channel. Voila. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=58860646e4b096b4a232e4f3,58740736e4b099cdb0ff0442,58a37ad7e4b094a129eff893 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. Pazoo.com no
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No, Jennifer Lopez doesn’t exclusively date younger men ― she just happens to end up with them quite a bit recently. (We see you, Casper Smart and possibly Drake.) 


In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres Tuesday, the 47-year-old pop star and actress objected when the talk show host suggested she has a thing for younger men. 


“I don’t date younger men. It’s not like you have to be younger, it’s not about that. You just meet people and if I go out with them, I go out with them,” the mom of two said. 


“If I like them, I like them and if I don’t, I don’t. It’s just about the person. It’s about who they are, it has nothing to do with age,” she added. 


After asking Lopez if she and Drake were a thing (”We’re just hanging out,” J.Lo said), DeGeneres got the superstar to play a round of “Who’d You Rather: Celebrity Edition.” Apparently, Jenny from the block is a One Direction fan because she picked Harry Styles over and over again. 


Watch the clip above to see how the whole thing went down. 


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No, Jennifer Lopez doesn’t exclusively date younger men ― she just happens to end up with them quite a bit recently. (We see you, Casper Smart and possibly Drake.) 


In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres Tuesday, the 47-year-old pop star and actress objected when the talk show host suggested she has a thing for younger men. 


“I don’t date younger men. It’s not like you have to be younger, it’s not about that. You just meet people and if I go out with them, I go out with them,” the mom of two said. 


“If I like them, I like them and if I don’t, I don’t. It’s just about the person. It’s about who they are, it has nothing to do with age,” she added. 


After asking Lopez if she and Drake were a thing (”We’re just hanging out,” J.Lo said), DeGeneres got the superstar to play a round of “Who’d You Rather: Celebrity Edition.” Apparently, Jenny from the block is a One Direction fan because she picked Harry Styles over and over again. 


Watch the clip above to see how the whole thing went down. 


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These Photos Posted By People Of Color In Love Make A Beautiful Point http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/these-photos-posted-by-people-of-color-in-love-make-a-beautiful-point http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/these-photos-posted-by-people-of-color-in-love-make-a-beautiful-point#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:30:19 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/21/these-photos-posted-by-people-of-color-in-love-make-a-beautiful-point_n_14918966.html A powerful hashtag is here to remind us that love is diverse and beautiful.


Last year, the Twitter account @BeautyInColor created the hashtag #POCInLove to bring visibility to relationships between people of color. Last week, the 23-year-old behind the account revived the hashtag for Valentine’s Day.


The photos tweeted by couples so far are unbelievably sweet: 



korean & black , filipino & chippewa native. bestfriends for 7 yrs, engaged, and a baby girl on the way ✨ #POCinLove pic.twitter.com/WJ7lmynCX2

— tiaramisu (@tiarabear_) February 20, 2017



Really, could these two be any cuter? 



#POCinlove bcos honestly have u ever seen a man so fine who knows so much about numbers and economics and stuff? pic.twitter.com/K79nPoGdPZ

— Anna-Josie (@_annajosie) February 18, 2017



Some tweets are poetry-filled: 



i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

i am never without it (anywhere i go, you go)

i fear no fate (for you are my fate)#POCinlove pic.twitter.com/oWUjpdTMdI

— Karl Catarata (@KarlCatarata) February 20, 2017



Other people talk about how they had to cross a cultural divide to be together: 



He's an Arab Muslim. I'm a black girl from Compton. They said it wouldn't work...almost 4 years later, still blissfully in love. #PoCinLove pic.twitter.com/DohdsjqDlB

— اليكسا (@dillandale) February 18, 2017



The woman behind the hashtag told The Huffington Post that she created the hashtag as a response to the lack of couples of color and LGBT couples portrayed in movies and TV. 


“It’s important all types of love are celebrated,” she said. “Relationships are hard as it is but it’s even harder when you’re dealing with racism, homophobia or your families not accepting your partner.”


With this hashtag, “it’s just nice for people to show off the person they’re with and possibly had to fight to be with.” 


See more of the adorable couples below: 



Us right now: 






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A powerful hashtag is here to remind us that love is diverse and beautiful.


Last year, the Twitter account @BeautyInColor created the hashtag #POCInLove to bring visibility to relationships between people of color. Last week, the 23-year-old behind the account revived the hashtag for Valentine’s Day.


The photos tweeted by couples so far are unbelievably sweet: 






Really, could these two be any cuter? 






Some tweets are poetry-filled: 






Other people talk about how they had to cross a cultural divide to be together: 






The woman behind the hashtag told The Huffington Post that she created the hashtag as a response to the lack of couples of color and LGBT couples portrayed in movies and TV. 


“It’s important all types of love are celebrated,” she said. “Relationships are hard as it is but it’s even harder when you’re dealing with racism, homophobia or your families not accepting your partner.”


With this hashtag, “it’s just nice for people to show off the person they’re with and possibly had to fight to be with.” 


See more of the adorable couples below: 



Us right now: 






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http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/these-photos-posted-by-people-of-color-in-love-make-a-beautiful-point/feed 0 A powerful hashtag is here to remind us that love is diverse and beautiful.Last year, the Twitter account @BeautyInColor created the hashtag #POCInLove to bring visibility to relationships between people of color. Last week, A powerful hashtag is here to remind us that love is diverse and beautiful.Last year, the Twitter account @BeautyInColor created the hashtag #POCInLove to bring visibility to relationships between people of color. Last week, the 23-year-old behind the account revived the hashtag for Valentine’s Day.The photos tweeted by couples so far are unbelievably sweet: korean & black , filipino & chippewa native. bestfriends for 7 yrs, engaged, and a baby girl on the way ✨ #POCinLove pic.twitter.com/WJ7lmynCX2— tiaramisu (@tiarabear_) February 20, 2017Really, could these two be any cuter? #POCinlove bcos honestly have u ever seen a man so fine who knows so much about numbers and economics and stuff? pic.twitter.com/K79nPoGdPZ— Anna-Josie (@_annajosie) February 18, 2017Some tweets are poetry-filled: i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)i am never without it (anywhere i go, you go)i fear no fate (for you are my fate)#POCinlove pic.twitter.com/oWUjpdTMdI— Karl Catarata (@KarlCatarata) February 20, 2017Other people talk about how they had to cross a cultural divide to be together: He's an Arab Muslim. I'm a black girl from Compton. They said it wouldn't work...almost 4 years later, still blissfully in love. #PoCinLove pic.twitter.com/DohdsjqDlB— اليكسا (@dillandale) February 18, 2017The woman behind the hashtag told The Huffington Post that she created the hashtag as a response to the lack of couples of color and LGBT couples portrayed in movies and TV. “It’s important all types of love are celebrated,” she said. “Relationships are hard as it is but it’s even harder when you’re dealing with racism, homophobia or your families not accepting your partner.”With this hashtag, “it’s just nice for people to show off the person they’re with and possibly had to fight to be with.” See more of the adorable couples below: Us right now:  type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related Stories + articlesList=58a745f8e4b07602ad546477,56211041e4b069b4e1fbc1e6,580f7bdee4b0f871578a0100,56f18477e4b03a640a6be47cThe HuffPost Lifestyle newsletter will make you happier and healthier, one email at a time. Sign up here.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. Pazoo.com no
29 Emotional First Look Moments That Will Turn Your Heart To Mush http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/29-emotional-first-look-moments-that-will-turn-your-heart-to-mush http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/29-emotional-first-look-moments-that-will-turn-your-heart-to-mush#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:59:02 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/13/emotional-first-look_n_14916978.html At times, words fall short and a facial expression really says it all. 


One of those occasions is during the “first look” at a wedding when the couple sets up a special time to see each other all dressed up prior to the ceremony. The raw, beautiful reactions of the brides and grooms captured in the photos below are proof that true love is all it’s cracked up to be and more. 



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Amber Rose And Wiz Khalifa Just Offered An Awesome Lesson In Co-Parenting http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/amber-rose-and-wiz-khalifa-just-offered-an-awesome-lesson-in-co-parenting http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/amber-rose-and-wiz-khalifa-just-offered-an-awesome-lesson-in-co-parenting#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:36:09 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/21/amber-rose-and-wiz-khalifa-just-offered-an-awesome-lesson-in-co-parenting_n_14915460.html




Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa threw their son a super birthday party and offered an important lesson in co-parenting all at the same time.


This week, both parents posted photos on Instagram of the superhero-themed birthday party they threw for their 4-year-old son, Sebastian. For part of the celebration, the former couple dressed as Batgirl and Batman, while Sebastian opted for a Catboy costume from the series “PJ Masks.”



Sebastian's costume is by @calicr8! #sebastiantaylorthomaz Happy Birthday Pumpkin

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Followers on Instagram applauded the parents for celebrating their son’s big day together.


“Much respect to you ... great example of co-parenting,” one commenter wrote. “This is unconditional love and sacrifice for your child. You guys look more like ‘The Incredibles.’ Too cute!” wrote another.


Rose has been open in the past about co-parenting her son with Khalifa. In an interview with People, she said they “try to have family days with him.” And in 2015, she told MTV News that co-parenting certainly takes work, but is worth it. 


“You have to do what’s best for your baby,” she said. “That’s the most important thing.”


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Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa threw their son a super birthday party and offered an important lesson in co-parenting all at the same time.


This week, both parents posted photos on Instagram of the superhero-themed birthday party they threw for their 4-year-old son, Sebastian. For part of the celebration, the former couple dressed as Batgirl and Batman, while Sebastian opted for a Catboy costume from the series “PJ Masks.”



Sebastian's costume is by @calicr8! #sebastiantaylorthomaz Happy Birthday Pumpkin

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Followers on Instagram applauded the parents for celebrating their son’s big day together.


“Much respect to you ... great example of co-parenting,” one commenter wrote. “This is unconditional love and sacrifice for your child. You guys look more like ‘The Incredibles.’ Too cute!” wrote another.


Rose has been open in the past about co-parenting her son with Khalifa. In an interview with People, she said they “try to have family days with him.” And in 2015, she told MTV News that co-parenting certainly takes work, but is worth it. 


“You have to do what’s best for your baby,” she said. “That’s the most important thing.”


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http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/amber-rose-and-wiz-khalifa-just-offered-an-awesome-lesson-in-co-parenting/feed 0 Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa threw their son a super birthday party and offered an important lesson in co-parenting all at the same time.This week, both parents posted photos on Instagram of the superhero-themed birthday party they threw for their 4-year... Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa threw their son a super birthday party and offered an important lesson in co-parenting all at the same time.This week, both parents posted photos on Instagram of the superhero-themed birthday party they threw for their 4-year-old son, Sebastian. For part of the celebration, the former couple dressed as Batgirl and Batman, while Sebastian opted for a Catboy costume from the series “PJ Masks.” Sebastian's costume is by @calicr8! #sebastiantaylorthomaz Happy Birthday Pumpkin A post shared by Amber Rose (@amberrose) on Feb 20, 2017 at 11:35am PSTFollowers on Instagram applauded the parents for celebrating their son’s big day together.“Much respect to you ... great example of co-parenting,” one commenter wrote. “This is unconditional love and sacrifice for your child. You guys look more like ‘The Incredibles.’ Too cute!” wrote another.Rose has been open in the past about co-parenting her son with Khalifa. In an interview with People, she said they “try to have family days with him.” And in 2015, she told MTV News that co-parenting certainly takes work, but is worth it. “You have to do what’s best for your baby,” she said. “That’s the most important thing.”The HuffPost Parents newsletter offers a daily dose of personal stories, helpful advice and comedic takes on what it’s like to raise kids today. Sign up here. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. Pazoo.com no
See How A 3-D—Printed Robot Catches A Fish http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/see-how-a-3-d-printed-robot-catches-a-fish http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/see-how-a-3-d-printed-robot-catches-a-fish#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:27:50 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/architectural-digest/see-how-a-3-dprinted-robot-catches-a-fish_b_14938116.html For Architectural Digest, by Nick Mafi.



All it takes is one reading of Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea—in which the protagonist goes 84 days without catching a fish—to understand that fishing is not a simple enterprise. It requires a combination of skill, patience, and luck. But what if a robot could do all of the work for you? Better yet, what if that robot were 3-D printed? A group of researchers have developed just such a bot—one that can catch fish now and, someday, maybe save your life.

By studying the evolution of eels, scientists at MIT created a robot made of a tough, rubbery, nearly transparent material called hydrogel. They connected a number of hydrogel tubes into a handlike structure that, when filled with and drained of water, opens and closes much like a human fist. When the robot is submerged, it can easily float near a fish without being noticed, as it's virtually invisible. Once water is pumped through, the "hand" closes so quickly that the fish doesn't have time to escape. Animal lovers will be relieved to know that hydrogel is an extremely soft material, and that once the grip is released, the fish can easily swim away unharmed.





The researchers are currently looking to adapt the hydrogel robots into cutting-edge medical devices. Since the material is soft and biocompatible, the group believes it can be manipulated to form within or on top of human organs. For now, however, it's the catching and releasing of fish that's making a splash.

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For Architectural Digest, by Nick Mafi.



All it takes is one reading of Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea—in which the protagonist goes 84 days without catching a fish—to understand that fishing is not a simple enterprise. It requires a combination of skill, patience, and luck. But what if a robot could do all of the work for you? Better yet, what if that robot were 3-D printed? A group of researchers have developed just such a bot—one that can catch fish now and, someday, maybe save your life.

By studying the evolution of eels, scientists at MIT created a robot made of a tough, rubbery, nearly transparent material called hydrogel. They connected a number of hydrogel tubes into a handlike structure that, when filled with and drained of water, opens and closes much like a human fist. When the robot is submerged, it can easily float near a fish without being noticed, as it's virtually invisible. Once water is pumped through, the "hand" closes so quickly that the fish doesn't have time to escape. Animal lovers will be relieved to know that hydrogel is an extremely soft material, and that once the grip is released, the fish can easily swim away unharmed.





The researchers are currently looking to adapt the hydrogel robots into cutting-edge medical devices. Since the material is soft and biocompatible, the group believes it can be manipulated to form within or on top of human organs. For now, however, it's the catching and releasing of fish that's making a splash.

More from Architectural Digest:

126 Stunning Celebrity Homes

Inside Jennifer Aniston's Gorgeous Beverly Hills Home

Go Inside a $53 Million Private Jet

Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady's Incredible L.A. Mansion

22 Incredible Indian Palaces (You Can Stay At)

Tour the World’s Most Luxurious Submarine Superyacht


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http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/see-how-a-3-d-printed-robot-catches-a-fish/feed 0 For Architectural Digest, by Nick Mafi.All it takes is one reading of Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea—in which the protagonist goes 84 days without catching a fish—to understand that fishing is not a simple enterprise. For Architectural Digest, by Nick Mafi.All it takes is one reading of Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea—in which the protagonist goes 84 days without catching a fish—to understand that fishing is not a simple enterprise. It requires a combination of skill, patience, and luck. But what if a robot could do all of the work for you? Better yet, what if that robot were 3-D printed? A group of researchers have developed just such a bot—one that can catch fish now and, someday, maybe save your life.By studying the evolution of eels, scientists at MIT created a robot made of a tough, rubbery, nearly transparent material called hydrogel. They connected a number of hydrogel tubes into a handlike structure that, when filled with and drained of water, opens and closes much like a human fist. When the robot is submerged, it can easily float near a fish without being noticed, as it's virtually invisible. Once water is pumped through, the "hand" closes so quickly that the fish doesn't have time to escape. Animal lovers will be relieved to know that hydrogel is an extremely soft material, and that once the grip is released, the fish can easily swim away unharmed.The researchers are currently looking to adapt the hydrogel robots into cutting-edge medical devices. Since the material is soft and biocompatible, the group believes it can be manipulated to form within or on top of human organs. For now, however, it's the catching and releasing of fish that's making a splash.More from Architectural Digest:126 Stunning Celebrity Homes Inside Jennifer Aniston's Gorgeous Beverly Hills Home Go Inside a $53 Million Private Jet Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady's Incredible L.A. Mansion 22 Incredible Indian Palaces (You Can Stay At) Tour the World’s Most Luxurious Submarine Superyacht -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. Pazoo.com no
Bring Minecraft To Life With These Cheap 3-D Printers http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/bring-minecraft-to-life-with-these-cheap-3-d-printers http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/bring-minecraft-to-life-with-these-cheap-3-d-printers#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:27:38 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wired/bring-minecraft-to-life-with-these-cheap-3-d-printers_b_14932614.html By Tim Moynihan for WIRED.



In all likelihood, 3-D printing will forever remain a niche thing. But if you or your kid happen to reside in that niche, making your own stuff has become crazy accessible.

Much of the reason is software: Microsoft’s Paint 3-D app in the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update makes designing 3-D objects super simple, and kids can even print out their own Minecraft creations. But the hardware is following suit, as 3-D printers are now much cheaper and easier to use.

RELATED: MIT Can Now 3-D Print Robots Made of Both Solids and Liquids

How cheap? For less than $300, you can now buy a capable and beginner-friendly 3-D printer. There are solid models from Monoprice that cost even less, but XYZprinting has 3-D printers for kids and beginners that will look better in your workspace. They’re essentially designed to fill the void left empty by the long-delayed Mattel ThingMaker. But as a well-timed bonus, they also play nice with Windows 10’s latest maker-minded features.

The cheapest and smallest of the lot is the Da Vinci Nano, a $230 box slated to ship by the middle of the year. It’s designed to just plug in and work with a Windows PC like a mouse or keyboard, with the ability to print out objects up to the size of a 4.7-inch cube. In case you’d rather just print stuff without futzing around in Paint 3D, there’s a database of toys and other objects on XYZprinting’s site.

RELATED: This App Lets Anyone 3-D Print ‘Do-Not-Duplicate’ Keys

But there’s even an easier version of the printer designed for kids. The Da Vinci MiniMaker sells for $250, and it’s capable of larger 5.9-inch-cubed print jobs. In addition to being able to print out Paint 3D projects and Minecraft models in Windows 10 Creators Update, XYZprinting has a downloadable STEAM education package with tutorials and projects for K-12 students.

Both printers use XYZ’s proprietary PLA filament, which is non-toxic in case your kid decides to eat the green hamburger they just conjured. The printers have a resolution of 100 microns, which is far from what the industry considers high resolution, but a lower quality is to be expected for the price. If you fork over an extra $250 for the separately-sold 3-D Scanner Pro, you can make low-res 3-D clones of every object in your home. Even a (non-working) version of the 3-D printer itself.

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By Tim Moynihan for WIRED.



In all likelihood, 3-D printing will forever remain a niche thing. But if you or your kid happen to reside in that niche, making your own stuff has become crazy accessible.

Much of the reason is software: Microsoft’s Paint 3-D app in the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update makes designing 3-D objects super simple, and kids can even print out their own Minecraft creations. But the hardware is following suit, as 3-D printers are now much cheaper and easier to use.

RELATED: MIT Can Now 3-D Print Robots Made of Both Solids and Liquids

How cheap? For less than $300, you can now buy a capable and beginner-friendly 3-D printer. There are solid models from Monoprice that cost even less, but XYZprinting has 3-D printers for kids and beginners that will look better in your workspace. They’re essentially designed to fill the void left empty by the long-delayed Mattel ThingMaker. But as a well-timed bonus, they also play nice with Windows 10’s latest maker-minded features.

The cheapest and smallest of the lot is the Da Vinci Nano, a $230 box slated to ship by the middle of the year. It’s designed to just plug in and work with a Windows PC like a mouse or keyboard, with the ability to print out objects up to the size of a 4.7-inch cube. In case you’d rather just print stuff without futzing around in Paint 3D, there’s a database of toys and other objects on XYZprinting’s site.

RELATED: This App Lets Anyone 3-D Print ‘Do-Not-Duplicate’ Keys

But there’s even an easier version of the printer designed for kids. The Da Vinci MiniMaker sells for $250, and it’s capable of larger 5.9-inch-cubed print jobs. In addition to being able to print out Paint 3D projects and Minecraft models in Windows 10 Creators Update, XYZprinting has a downloadable STEAM education package with tutorials and projects for K-12 students.

Both printers use XYZ’s proprietary PLA filament, which is non-toxic in case your kid decides to eat the green hamburger they just conjured. The printers have a resolution of 100 microns, which is far from what the industry considers high resolution, but a lower quality is to be expected for the price. If you fork over an extra $250 for the separately-sold 3-D Scanner Pro, you can make low-res 3-D clones of every object in your home. Even a (non-working) version of the 3-D printer itself.

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http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/bring-minecraft-to-life-with-these-cheap-3-d-printers/feed 0 By Tim Moynihan for WIRED.In all likelihood, 3-D printing will forever remain a niche thing. But if you or your kid happen to reside in that niche, making your own stuff has become crazy accessible.Much of the reason is software: Microsoft’s Paint 3-D ... By Tim Moynihan for WIRED.In all likelihood, 3-D printing will forever remain a niche thing. But if you or your kid happen to reside in that niche, making your own stuff has become crazy accessible.Much of the reason is software: Microsoft’s Paint 3-D app in the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update makes designing 3-D objects super simple, and kids can even print out their own Minecraft creations. But the hardware is following suit, as 3-D printers are now much cheaper and easier to use.RELATED: MIT Can Now 3-D Print Robots Made of Both Solids and LiquidsHow cheap? For less than $300, you can now buy a capable and beginner-friendly 3-D printer. There are solid models from Monoprice that cost even less, but XYZprinting has 3-D printers for kids and beginners that will look better in your workspace. They’re essentially designed to fill the void left empty by the long-delayed Mattel ThingMaker. But as a well-timed bonus, they also play nice with Windows 10’s latest maker-minded features.The cheapest and smallest of the lot is the Da Vinci Nano, a $230 box slated to ship by the middle of the year. It’s designed to just plug in and work with a Windows PC like a mouse or keyboard, with the ability to print out objects up to the size of a 4.7-inch cube. In case you’d rather just print stuff without futzing around in Paint 3D, there’s a database of toys and other objects on XYZprinting’s site.RELATED: This App Lets Anyone 3-D Print ‘Do-Not-Duplicate’ KeysBut there’s even an easier version of the printer designed for kids. The Da Vinci MiniMaker sells for $250, and it’s capable of larger 5.9-inch-cubed print jobs. In addition to being able to print out Paint 3D projects and Minecraft models in Windows 10 Creators Update, XYZprinting has a downloadable STEAM education package with tutorials and projects for K-12 students.Both printers use XYZ’s proprietary PLA filament, which is non-toxic in case your kid decides to eat the green hamburger they just conjured. The printers have a resolution of 100 microns, which is far from what the industry considers high resolution, but a lower quality is to be expected for the price. If you fork over an extra $250 for the separately-sold 3-D Scanner Pro, you can make low-res 3-D clones of every object in your home. Even a (non-working) version of the 3-D printer itself.More from WIRED:Obama Talks AI and the Future of the WorldAmerica’s Electronic Voting Machines Are Easy TargetsGoogle’s Unknown Campaign To Track the World’s Hottest StartupsWhat Happens When You Talk About Salaries at GoogleHackers Trick Facial-Recognition Logins With Facebook PhotosA Hacking Group is Selling iPhone Spyware to Governments-- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. Pazoo.com no
This Is the Best Way to Protect Against Mosquitos http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/this-is-the-best-way-to-protect-against-mosquitos http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/this-is-the-best-way-to-protect-against-mosquitos#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:27:37 +0000 http://www.health.com/syndication/for-mosquito-protection-choose-sprays-over-wearables This article originally appeared on RealSimple.com. 

Whether you live in a warm-weather climate, are planning a tropical vacation, or are just stocking up early for the summer, choosing spray-on insect repellent over “wearable” devices will give you the best protection against mosquitos, says a new study. The research tested the effectiveness of 10 commercial products against Aedes aegypti, the species of mosquito that carries Zika and other viruses.

Sprays that contain DEET and PMD (the chemical name for the oil of lemon eucalyptus) took top honors, say researchers from New Mexico State University. That was no big surprise, since these ingredients are registered with the Environmental Protection Agency and recognized by the Centers for Disease Control as effective at preventing mosquito bites.

Other products—including mosquito bracelets, a wearable sonic repeller, and a citronella candle—were significantly less effective.

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For the study, published this week in the Journal of Insect Science, human volunteers wore or used the products, one at a time, in an enclosed space near a cage containing female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. After 15 minutes, researchers noted the mosquitoes’ locations—either close to or far away from the human subject—to see how attracted they were (or weren’t) to the person.

The five spray-on repellents that were tested all provided some protection, although Cutter Lemon Eucalyptus (30 percent PMD) and Ben's Tick & Insect Repellent (98 percent DEET) were the most effective. Following the two winners, in order of effectiveness, were All Terrain Kids Herbal Armor (a blend of natural oils), Avon Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard Plus Picaridin (which contains the active ingredient picaridin), and Repel Sportsmen Max Formula (40 percent DEET).

Three bracelets containing geraniol oil—Mosquitavert, Mosquito-NO!, and Invisaband—showed no significant protection against mosquito attraction. Neither did the PIC Personal Sonic Mosquito Repeller, which claims to use inaudible sound waves to repel bugs, or the Cutter Citro Guard, a candle containing citronella oil.

“These products advertise that they protect you for several hours or longer, but they definitely fell short,” says Stacy Rodriguez, laboratory manager at the Molecular Vector Physiology Laboratory at NMSU. (One bracelet advertised protection for up to 10 days!) “It’s something that consumers really need to be aware of, that not all wearable devices are trustworthy.”

Citronella hasn’t proven to provide much protection against mosquitoes, says co-author Immo Hansen, PhD, associate professor of molecular vector biology. “And even if bracelets contain other ingredients, they don’t seem to have the dosage to be effective,” he says.

The only wearable that fared well in the test—better than the sprays, actually—was the OFF! Clip-on, a small disk that weighs about six ounces and contains a tiny fan and nebulizer. The device vaporizes and disperses the chemical metofluthrin, and is marketed as providing head-to-toe protection for up to 12 hours.

Avoiding pesky mosquito bites is always a good thing. But at a time when mosquito-borne diseases like Zika, chikungunya, and dengue fever are a serious threat, says Rodriguez, it’s especially important for consumers to use a product that really works.

Make sure you apply bug spray as directed, as well. “A lot of people spray themselves once and think they’re protected for hours,” says Rodriguez. Depending on the product you’re using, she says, that may be true. But some sprays need more frequent application—and activities involving water or sweat can make even the strongest formulas wear off faster.

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Robots Will Soon Do Your Taxes. Bye-Bye, Accounting Jobs http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/robots-will-soon-do-your-taxes-bye-bye-accounting-jobs http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/robots-will-soon-do-your-taxes-bye-bye-accounting-jobs#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:22:52 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wired/robots-will-soon-do-your-taxes-bye-bye-accounting_b_14932566.html By Vasant Dhar for WIRED.



Tax season has arrived, as the Super Bowl recently reminded us: In the first half alone, two commercials encouraged viewers to trust computers to do our taxes, the first from H&R Block with its new partner Watson, and the second from TurboTax with its friendly talking tax bot.


Machines won’t be able to automatically file taxes with the IRS for a few years. But do these commercials signal that robots can come close, requiring fewer human experts, mostly for sanity checks? Is another human profession on the verge of biting the dust?


It sure seems that way. As my research shows, robots are best-suited to predictable tasks when the cost per error is low. As a task becomes less predictable and a robot makes more mistakes, the automation is worth it only if those mistakes don’t carry significant costs. For example, driverless cars make few errors, but those mistakes can be expensive and deadly. In contrast, most tax return decisions, especially the simpler ones, aren’t terribly risky, as they’re based on massive amounts of historical data on which the machine learns to anchor its decisions.


RELATED: The AI Threat Isn’t Skynet. It’s the End of the Middle Class


Take the automobile analogy: Carmakers have gradually integrated more automation into sensing, braking, and acceleration decisions. Cars are taking over navigation with the expectation of that function becoming fully autonomous at some point. Similarly, humans are likely to get more and more comfortable with machines helping us with taxes. Eventually, many of us will probably trust them enough to compose the entire return for us to sign.


More than 2 million people were employed as accountants, bookkeepers, and auditors in 2015. Until now, these types of information-oriented professions have resisted automation because they require managing unstructured data emanating from the real world, making judgments, and dealing with actual people. What’s different now, however, is that artificial intelligence’s perceptive capabilities have improved. Machines can now handle images, sounds, and text in a way that enables them to ingest and analyze data at high volume, without making costly mistakes. Between accounting professionals and truck drivers alone, about 4.5 million human jobs could be ceded to robots over the next few years.


The larger question here is whether this is a harbinger for the future of other major human occupations, the top 10 of which account for roughly 25 million jobs in the United States. Will these new AI machines put other major human professions at risk as well? Will a robot replace me— teaching my class on data science? Somewhat ironic, but a potential reality.


RELATED: Google’s Go-Playing Machine Opens the Door to Robots that Learn


In the past when technologies have displaced laborious tasks, they’ve also made humans more productive and created new jobs that leveraged the novel capabilities of these technologies. Railroads created more opportunities to deliver goods to consumers, while computers created new kinds of office jobs involving the creation and use of information. 


But this time it could be different. Historically, machines have been designed to solve specific problems, but now they can now learn autonomously, improving their decision-making while interacting with the real world and collecting data through increasingly sophisticated sensory capabilities. When we get accustomed to accommodating the machines’ occasional mistakes, occupations that have been firmly human — like driving vehicles or preparing taxes — become robotic. 



When we get accustomed to accommodating the machines’ occasional mistakes, occupations that have been firmly human — like driving vehicles or preparing taxes — become robotic.



This gets us to a larger, vexing question regarding employment. President Trump has promised to promote policies and create incentives to bring back jobs to the US. Even if he succeeds in bringing business back, the headwinds being created by AI do not mean that large numbers of jobs will be created in the process. If anything, the increasing comfort that humans have with accommodating the expanding capabilities of robots in our everyday lives might just make the creation of human employment that much more challenging going forward. It sure feels like robots are coming for many of our jobs, even mine.


More from WIRED:


Obama Talks AI and the Future of the World


America’s Electronic Voting Machines Are Easy Targets


Google’s Unknown Campaign To Track the World’s Hottest Startups


What Happens When You Talk About Salaries at Google


Hackers Trick Facial-Recognition Logins With Facebook Photos


A Hacking Group is Selling iPhone Spyware to Governments


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By Vasant Dhar for WIRED.



Tax season has arrived, as the Super Bowl recently reminded us: In the first half alone, two commercials encouraged viewers to trust computers to do our taxes, the first from H&R Block with its new partner Watson, and the second from TurboTax with its friendly talking tax bot.


Machines won’t be able to automatically file taxes with the IRS for a few years. But do these commercials signal that robots can come close, requiring fewer human experts, mostly for sanity checks? Is another human profession on the verge of biting the dust?


It sure seems that way. As my research shows, robots are best-suited to predictable tasks when the cost per error is low. As a task becomes less predictable and a robot makes more mistakes, the automation is worth it only if those mistakes don’t carry significant costs. For example, driverless cars make few errors, but those mistakes can be expensive and deadly. In contrast, most tax return decisions, especially the simpler ones, aren’t terribly risky, as they’re based on massive amounts of historical data on which the machine learns to anchor its decisions.


RELATED: The AI Threat Isn’t Skynet. It’s the End of the Middle Class


Take the automobile analogy: Carmakers have gradually integrated more automation into sensing, braking, and acceleration decisions. Cars are taking over navigation with the expectation of that function becoming fully autonomous at some point. Similarly, humans are likely to get more and more comfortable with machines helping us with taxes. Eventually, many of us will probably trust them enough to compose the entire return for us to sign.


More than 2 million people were employed as accountants, bookkeepers, and auditors in 2015. Until now, these types of information-oriented professions have resisted automation because they require managing unstructured data emanating from the real world, making judgments, and dealing with actual people. What’s different now, however, is that artificial intelligence’s perceptive capabilities have improved. Machines can now handle images, sounds, and text in a way that enables them to ingest and analyze data at high volume, without making costly mistakes. Between accounting professionals and truck drivers alone, about 4.5 million human jobs could be ceded to robots over the next few years.


The larger question here is whether this is a harbinger for the future of other major human occupations, the top 10 of which account for roughly 25 million jobs in the United States. Will these new AI machines put other major human professions at risk as well? Will a robot replace me— teaching my class on data science? Somewhat ironic, but a potential reality.


RELATED: Google’s Go-Playing Machine Opens the Door to Robots that Learn


In the past when technologies have displaced laborious tasks, they’ve also made humans more productive and created new jobs that leveraged the novel capabilities of these technologies. Railroads created more opportunities to deliver goods to consumers, while computers created new kinds of office jobs involving the creation and use of information. 


But this time it could be different. Historically, machines have been designed to solve specific problems, but now they can now learn autonomously, improving their decision-making while interacting with the real world and collecting data through increasingly sophisticated sensory capabilities. When we get accustomed to accommodating the machines’ occasional mistakes, occupations that have been firmly human — like driving vehicles or preparing taxes — become robotic. 



When we get accustomed to accommodating the machines’ occasional mistakes, occupations that have been firmly human — like driving vehicles or preparing taxes — become robotic.



This gets us to a larger, vexing question regarding employment. President Trump has promised to promote policies and create incentives to bring back jobs to the US. Even if he succeeds in bringing business back, the headwinds being created by AI do not mean that large numbers of jobs will be created in the process. If anything, the increasing comfort that humans have with accommodating the expanding capabilities of robots in our everyday lives might just make the creation of human employment that much more challenging going forward. It sure feels like robots are coming for many of our jobs, even mine.


More from WIRED:


Obama Talks AI and the Future of the World


America’s Electronic Voting Machines Are Easy Targets


Google’s Unknown Campaign To Track the World’s Hottest Startups


What Happens When You Talk About Salaries at Google


Hackers Trick Facial-Recognition Logins With Facebook Photos


A Hacking Group is Selling iPhone Spyware to Governments


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http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/robots-will-soon-do-your-taxes-bye-bye-accounting-jobs/feed 0 By Vasant Dhar for WIRED. Tax season has arrived, as the Super Bowl recently reminded us: In the first half alone, two commercials encouraged viewers to trust computers to do our taxes, the first from H&R Block with its new partner Watson, By Vasant Dhar for WIRED. Tax season has arrived, as the Super Bowl recently reminded us: In the first half alone, two commercials encouraged viewers to trust computers to do our taxes, the first from H&R Block with its new partner Watson, and the second from TurboTax with its friendly talking tax bot.Machines won’t be able to automatically file taxes with the IRS for a few years. But do these commercials signal that robots can come close, requiring fewer human experts, mostly for sanity checks? Is another human profession on the verge of biting the dust?It sure seems that way. As my research shows, robots are best-suited to predictable tasks when the cost per error is low. As a task becomes less predictable and a robot makes more mistakes, the automation is worth it only if those mistakes don’t carry significant costs. For example, driverless cars make few errors, but those mistakes can be expensive and deadly. In contrast, most tax return decisions, especially the simpler ones, aren’t terribly risky, as they’re based on massive amounts of historical data on which the machine learns to anchor its decisions.RELATED: The AI Threat Isn’t Skynet. It’s the End of the Middle ClassTake the automobile analogy: Carmakers have gradually integrated more automation into sensing, braking, and acceleration decisions. Cars are taking over navigation with the expectation of that function becoming fully autonomous at some point. Similarly, humans are likely to get more and more comfortable with machines helping us with taxes. Eventually, many of us will probably trust them enough to compose the entire return for us to sign.More than 2 million people were employed as accountants, bookkeepers, and auditors in 2015. Until now, these types of information-oriented professions have resisted automation because they require managing unstructured data emanating from the real world, making judgments, and dealing with actual people. What’s different now, however, is that artificial intelligence’s perceptive capabilities have improved. Machines can now handle images, sounds, and text in a way that enables them to ingest and analyze data at high volume, without making costly mistakes. Between accounting professionals and truck drivers alone, about 4.5 million human jobs could be ceded to robots over the next few years.The larger question here is whether this is a harbinger for the future of other major human occupations, the top 10 of which account for roughly 25 million jobs in the United States. Will these new AI machines put other major human professions at risk as well? Will a robot replace me— teaching my class on data science? Somewhat ironic, but a potential reality.RELATED: Google’s Go-Playing Machine Opens the Door to Robots that LearnIn the past when technologies have displaced laborious tasks, they’ve also made humans more productive and created new jobs that leveraged the novel capabilities of these technologies. Railroads created more opportunities to deliver goods to consumers, while computers created new kinds of office jobs involving the creation and use of information. But this time it could be different. Historically, machines have been designed to solve specific problems, but now they can now learn autonomously, improving their decision-making while interacting with the real world and collecting data through increasingly sophisticated sensory capabilities. When we get accustomed to accommodating the machines’ occasional mistakes, occupations that have been firmly human — like driving vehicles or preparing taxes — become robotic. When we get accustomed to accommodating the machines’ occasional mistakes, occupations that have been firmly human — like driving vehicles or preparing taxes — become robotic.This gets us to a larger, vexing question regarding employment. President Trump has promised to promote policies and create incentives to bring back jobs to the US. Even if he succeeds in bringing business back, Pazoo.com no
Dad Writes Heartbreaking Tribute To Wife Who Is Carrying Baby Without Brain To Term http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/dad-writes-heartbreaking-tribute-to-wife-who-is-carrying-baby-without-brain-to-term http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/dad-writes-heartbreaking-tribute-to-wife-who-is-carrying-baby-without-brain-to-term#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:16:08 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/21/dad-writes-heartbreaking-tribute-to-wife-who-is-carrying-baby-without-brain-to-term_n_14915234.html An Oklahoma father paid tribute to his pregnant wife’s selflessness in a beautiful viral post.


On Feb. 17, Royce Young posted a photo of his wife, Keri, on Facebook. The photo shows Keri, who is seven months pregnant with their second child, sleeping peacefully on their couch.


In the long caption, Royce explained why his wife is so inspiring to him and shared the tearjerking details of this pregnancy.





Keri is pregnant with a baby girl, whom she and her husband have decided to name Eva. Tragically, the couple learned at their 19-week ultrasound that their daughter did not have a brain. Royce described that moment in his Facebook post.



“Somehow through full body ugly crying, Keri looked up and asked, ‘If I carry her full term, can we donate her organs?’ ... There I was, crestfallen and heartbroken, but I momentarily got lifted out of the moment and just stood in awe of her. I was a spectator to my own life, watching a superhero find her superpowers. In literally the worst moment of her life, finding out her baby was going to die, it took her less than a minute to think of someone else and how her selflessness could help. It’s one of the most powerful things I’ve ever experienced. In the eight years we’ve been married (and 15 years together) I’ve had a lot of moments stop me in my tracks where I thought, “holy crap, this woman I’m married to, lucky me.” But this one was different. It hit me that not only am I married to my very best friend, but to a truly remarkable, special human being.”



Royce, who writes about basketball for ESPN.com, noted in the post that he went to New Orleans for NBA All-Star Weekend and met an “awesome” kid named Jarrius, who needs a liver transplant. Royce said meeting Jarrius inspired him to post the photo of his wife and his thoughts about her strength. 


“Keri has been in the trenches the entire time, feeling every little kick, every hiccup and every roll,” he wrote. “She’s reminded every moment of every day that she’s carrying a baby that will die. Her back hurts. Her feet are sore. She’s got all the super fun pregnant stuff going on.”


He added, “But the light at the end of her nine-month tunnel will turn into a darkness she’s never felt before a couple hours or days after Eva is born. She’s the one that is going to deal with all that comes with having a baby ― her milk coming in, the recovery process, etc, but with no snuggly, soft, beautiful newborn to look at to remind you that it was all worth it.”


Ultimately, Royce wrote, they take comfort in knowing that their daughter can be a “miracle” for another family in need of an organ donation for their baby ― just as Jarrius and his family are hoping for their own miracle. 



Royce and Keri also have a 2-year-old son named Harrison. “Whenever Harrison gets hurt, or has to pull a bandaid off or something, Keri will ask him, ‘Are you tough? Are you BRAVE?’ And that little boy will nod his head and say, ‘I tough! I brave!’” Royce wrote at the conclusion of his post.


“I’m looking at Keri right now and I don’t even have to ask,” he added. “She’s TOUGH. She’s BRAVE. She’s incredible. She’s remarkable.”


Royce’s post received over 9,000 likes. He told The Huffington Post he did not think anyone other than friends and family would read it and has been shocked and overwhelmed by the response.


The dad said he wrote it as a journal entry of sorts ― and a tribute to his wife. “I love her, and watching her courage and strength is just something that’s inspires me,” he explained.


“Keri, like me, is pretty private, and it’s hard to be vulnerable and expose your emotions,” he added. “But this is a unique situation, and throughout everything we’ve talked about trying to minimize regret. And I don’t want to look back years from now and think about how I missed an opportunity to tell people about how terrific Keri is handling this. We want to live in the present with this, and have something tangible to remember it with as we get older. “


Royce said he also wants to shed light on another aspect of reproductive freedom ― that “choice” does not exclusively refer to termination but can mean choosing to bring their baby into the world and letting her life save others. 


“We love seeing the impact our little girl is having,” the dad told HuffPost, adding that parents love to talk about their kids and this is their chance to do that with Eva.


“We won’t get to brag about her grades or how pretty her hair is,” he said. “This is what we get to tell people about, and we want to take advantage of it.” 

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An Oklahoma father paid tribute to his pregnant wife’s selflessness in a beautiful viral post.


On Feb. 17, Royce Young posted a photo of his wife, Keri, on Facebook. The photo shows Keri, who is seven months pregnant with their second child, sleeping peacefully on their couch.


In the long caption, Royce explained why his wife is so inspiring to him and shared the tearjerking details of this pregnancy.





Keri is pregnant with a baby girl, whom she and her husband have decided to name Eva. Tragically, the couple learned at their 19-week ultrasound that their daughter did not have a brain. Royce described that moment in his Facebook post.



“Somehow through full body ugly crying, Keri looked up and asked, ‘If I carry her full term, can we donate her organs?’ ... There I was, crestfallen and heartbroken, but I momentarily got lifted out of the moment and just stood in awe of her. I was a spectator to my own life, watching a superhero find her superpowers. In literally the worst moment of her life, finding out her baby was going to die, it took her less than a minute to think of someone else and how her selflessness could help. It’s one of the most powerful things I’ve ever experienced. In the eight years we’ve been married (and 15 years together) I’ve had a lot of moments stop me in my tracks where I thought, “holy crap, this woman I’m married to, lucky me.” But this one was different. It hit me that not only am I married to my very best friend, but to a truly remarkable, special human being.”



Royce, who writes about basketball for ESPN.com, noted in the post that he went to New Orleans for NBA All-Star Weekend and met an “awesome” kid named Jarrius, who needs a liver transplant. Royce said meeting Jarrius inspired him to post the photo of his wife and his thoughts about her strength. 


“Keri has been in the trenches the entire time, feeling every little kick, every hiccup and every roll,” he wrote. “She’s reminded every moment of every day that she’s carrying a baby that will die. Her back hurts. Her feet are sore. She’s got all the super fun pregnant stuff going on.”


He added, “But the light at the end of her nine-month tunnel will turn into a darkness she’s never felt before a couple hours or days after Eva is born. She’s the one that is going to deal with all that comes with having a baby ― her milk coming in, the recovery process, etc, but with no snuggly, soft, beautiful newborn to look at to remind you that it was all worth it.”


Ultimately, Royce wrote, they take comfort in knowing that their daughter can be a “miracle” for another family in need of an organ donation for their baby ― just as Jarrius and his family are hoping for their own miracle. 



Royce and Keri also have a 2-year-old son named Harrison. “Whenever Harrison gets hurt, or has to pull a bandaid off or something, Keri will ask him, ‘Are you tough? Are you BRAVE?’ And that little boy will nod his head and say, ‘I tough! I brave!’” Royce wrote at the conclusion of his post.


“I’m looking at Keri right now and I don’t even have to ask,” he added. “She’s TOUGH. She’s BRAVE. She’s incredible. She’s remarkable.”


Royce’s post received over 9,000 likes. He told The Huffington Post he did not think anyone other than friends and family would read it and has been shocked and overwhelmed by the response.


The dad said he wrote it as a journal entry of sorts ― and a tribute to his wife. “I love her, and watching her courage and strength is just something that’s inspires me,” he explained.


“Keri, like me, is pretty private, and it’s hard to be vulnerable and expose your emotions,” he added. “But this is a unique situation, and throughout everything we’ve talked about trying to minimize regret. And I don’t want to look back years from now and think about how I missed an opportunity to tell people about how terrific Keri is handling this. We want to live in the present with this, and have something tangible to remember it with as we get older. “


Royce said he also wants to shed light on another aspect of reproductive freedom ― that “choice” does not exclusively refer to termination but can mean choosing to bring their baby into the world and letting her life save others. 


“We love seeing the impact our little girl is having,” the dad told HuffPost, adding that parents love to talk about their kids and this is their chance to do that with Eva.


“We won’t get to brag about her grades or how pretty her hair is,” he said. “This is what we get to tell people about, and we want to take advantage of it.” 

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http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/dad-writes-heartbreaking-tribute-to-wife-who-is-carrying-baby-without-brain-to-term/feed 0 An Oklahoma father paid tribute to his pregnant wife’s selflessness in a beautiful viral post.On Feb. 17, Royce Young posted a photo of his wife, Keri, on Facebook. The photo shows Keri, who is seven months pregnant with their second child, An Oklahoma father paid tribute to his pregnant wife’s selflessness in a beautiful viral post.On Feb. 17, Royce Young posted a photo of his wife, Keri, on Facebook. The photo shows Keri, who is seven months pregnant with their second child, sleeping pe... Pazoo.com no
Mom Fights Back After Troll Calls Her Breastfeeding Pics ‘Gross’ http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/mom-fights-back-after-troll-calls-her-breastfeeding-pics-gross http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/mom-fights-back-after-troll-calls-her-breastfeeding-pics-gross#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:53:57 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/21/mom-fights-back-after-troll-calls-her-breastfeeding-pics-gross_n_14914426.html A mom in Australia is taking a stand against a troll who described her breastfeeding photos as “gross.”


Nadine Muller, a registered nurse and fitness blogger, occasionally posts photos that show her breastfeeding her son, 16-month-old Madden. Muller told The Huffington Post that though her breastfeeding journey began with difficulty, the experience has been one of her life’s “sweetest joys" that she celebrates with photos on Instagram. She mostly receives positive feedback, but also gets comments from people she calls “trolls.”



This is how we are spending most of the day Thanks to those who have sent well wishes after seeing my instastory! Poor Madden has come down with the dreaded gastro bug I'm currently cleaning runny (that his nappy couldn't contain) off our mattress while I was putting the sheets and mattress protector in the wash for the second time (just my luck ). The boss has insisted to wear one shoe the entire day, has been hanging off these on rotate whilst nipple crippling the other while he's at it, I've read the same Spot book about 50million times over at his request and I'm not even rousing on him for getting into all of the outta-bounds cupboards that he's obsessed with, WHATEVER makes you happy baby! Gastro can go EAD! . . . ______________________________________________________ #son #toddler #mumsofinstagram #babiesofinstagram #instababy #sick #breastfeeding #normalisebreastfeeding #breastmilk #candidchildhood #lifewithababy #babyspam #gastrobug #motherhood #mumlife #realparenting #letthembelittle #parenthood #instalove #babiesofig #love #picoftheday #instamum #instamoment #instagood

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When one troll in particular began commenting on her most recent breastfeeding pic that she was seeking attention and that her photos were “gross,” Muller decided she had enough.


“This time I knew that something needed to be done,” she told HuffPost. “Even if it meant that just a small handful of mums felt empowered from this movement then I knew it would be worth it.”


On Sunday, the proud mom posted a slideshow of breastfeeding photos and a message for her bullies:



FACT: Mothers don’t post these images & videos purely for attention. They don’t post photos purely to make a statement. They don’t post coz [sic] they think everyone should nurse their child out in the open. They don’t post advocating that breastfeeding is the only way a baby should be fed. They post because they are #proud, to give other mums encouragement, they post so that other mums feel accepted, supported & respected.




[TROLLS] If u've followed me for a while, u will know that I’ve adored the breastfeeding journey I’m on with Madden, it continues to b one of my life’s sweetest of joys & I am gratified & incredibly passionate about it. Despite best efforts within society, there is still controversy & somewhat ‘taboo’ surrounding breastfeeding, today another attempt to shame me on my social media was tried...Firstly, there is nothing ‘weird’ or ‘gross’ about these photos & there's no difference in me feeding my child with my breast than someone feeding him/herself with a spoon! Secondly, how about we simply appreciate that any mother has options, the right to her own choices, to feel supported & respected, the right to not have to hide, in fact the right to SHARE & POST proudly if she feels comfortable to do so! ... FACT: Mothers don't post these images & videos purely for attention. They don’t post photos purely to make a statement. They don't post coz they think everyone should nurse their child out in the open. They don’t post advocating that breastfeeding is the only way a baby should be fed. They post because they are #proud, to give other mums encouragement, they post so that other mums feel accepted, supported & respected. So that mums know that it is ok, in fact it is more than just OK, it is celebrated & admired. We share photos to let all mothers know that however u feed ur child, breast or bottle, that it’s a beautiful act & bond between a mother & her young, we share photos to advocate that it can be done wherever, whenever & HOWEVER (covered or uncovered) & that u can do so without judgement. Mummy’s I urge u to keep posting ur photos, don’t fall victim to these people who want to discourage u, keep doing the good work of mothering!! ... I’m damn proud & confident to STAND UP to people’s ignorance & enjoy the bonding with my child for all it is worth. If my breastfeeding pics bother u, unfriend, unfollow or plain old mind ur own damn business! ... MUMMIES!!! I put this to U, let’s stand up, tag ur fellow mums, repost this &/or post ur fav (past or present) FEEDING photo,TAG ME & hashtag #wefeedunited oh & feel free to tag @picmat to rub salt in the wounds too

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Muller also encouraged moms to share nursing photos with the hashtag she created, #WeFeedUnited. She told HuffPost she’s felt so much support from moms sharing their pics. 


“I know as a result we all felt supported, respected, we all felt the right to not have to hide, we felt encouraged and accepted and most of all we felt proud,” she said. “Forget [the series] ‘Band of Brothers,’ this was ‘Band of Mothers.’”



[BREAK PLEASE!?] Family trip to the Sunny Coast has turned into a visit into ED early hours of this morning The little fella has broken out in a nasty rash top to toe, spiked temp, the runs, chesty cough just to name a few! We legit have had back-to-back illnesses the past 6 weeks, SICKNESS GODS GIVE US A BREAK PLZ!!! ... Thankfully we've just been cleared from anything untoward We've simply gotta ride yet again another viral infection out (ps he has cut another tooth today too! FML) We are all saaaa tired .... Maddens still cracking smiles and giggles, he is such a trooper ... To the mums struggling today or any day for that matter, HANG IN THERE, keep doing the good work of mothering, I feel you, as you feel me, we've got this.... 'this too shall pass' ... Proving yet again that #MOTHERHOOD at once is the hardest, holiest & happiest gig in the world This photo actually makes me laugh, we are just so tired, thanks for snapping it up hubby @dtm83 . . . #realtalk #honestparenting #normalisebreastfeeding #breastfeeding #boobiemilk #sickbaby #hospital #motherhood #mumlife #parenting #sleepy #tired #instadaily #instamoment #weekend #family #son #l4l #f4f #toddlersofinstagram #liquidgold #boobs #raw #honest #truth #nurselife #normalizebreastfeeding #breastmilk #wefeedunited

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In her post, Muller also pointed out that it doesn’t matter how a mother feeds her child. It will always be a “beautiful act and bond.”


“I believe the pressure of breastfeeding is so overwhelming these days, we are all on our own unique journey through motherhood and however we (and our babies and our bodies) decide to nurture our children we know it is always done with great love regardless of the method,” she told HuffPost. 


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A mom in Australia is taking a stand against a troll who described her breastfeeding photos as “gross.”


Nadine Muller, a registered nurse and fitness blogger, occasionally posts photos that show her breastfeeding her son, 16-month-old Madden. Muller told The Huffington Post that though her breastfeeding journey began with difficulty, the experience has been one of her life’s “sweetest joys" that she celebrates with photos on Instagram. She mostly receives positive feedback, but also gets comments from people she calls “trolls.”




When one troll in particular began commenting on her most recent breastfeeding pic that she was seeking attention and that her photos were “gross,” Muller decided she had enough.


“This time I knew that something needed to be done,” she told HuffPost. “Even if it meant that just a small handful of mums felt empowered from this movement then I knew it would be worth it.”


On Sunday, the proud mom posted a slideshow of breastfeeding photos and a message for her bullies:



FACT: Mothers don’t post these images & videos purely for attention. They don’t post photos purely to make a statement. They don’t post coz [sic] they think everyone should nurse their child out in the open. They don’t post advocating that breastfeeding is the only way a baby should be fed. They post because they are #proud, to give other mums encouragement, they post so that other mums feel accepted, supported & respected.




[TROLLS] If u've followed me for a while, u will know that I’ve adored the breastfeeding journey I’m on with Madden, it continues to b one of my life’s sweetest of joys & I am gratified & incredibly passionate about it. Despite best efforts within society, there is still controversy & somewhat ‘taboo’ surrounding breastfeeding, today another attempt to shame me on my social media was tried...Firstly, there is nothing ‘weird’ or ‘gross’ about these photos & there's no difference in me feeding my child with my breast than someone feeding him/herself with a spoon! Secondly, how about we simply appreciate that any mother has options, the right to her own choices, to feel supported & respected, the right to not have to hide, in fact the right to SHARE & POST proudly if she feels comfortable to do so! ... FACT: Mothers don't post these images & videos purely for attention. They don’t post photos purely to make a statement. They don't post coz they think everyone should nurse their child out in the open. They don’t post advocating that breastfeeding is the only way a baby should be fed. They post because they are #proud, to give other mums encouragement, they post so that other mums feel accepted, supported & respected. So that mums know that it is ok, in fact it is more than just OK, it is celebrated & admired. We share photos to let all mothers know that however u feed ur child, breast or bottle, that it’s a beautiful act & bond between a mother & her young, we share photos to advocate that it can be done wherever, whenever & HOWEVER (covered or uncovered) & that u can do so without judgement. Mummy’s I urge u to keep posting ur photos, don’t fall victim to these people who want to discourage u, keep doing the good work of mothering!! ... I’m damn proud & confident to STAND UP to people’s ignorance & enjoy the bonding with my child for all it is worth. If my breastfeeding pics bother u, unfriend, unfollow or plain old mind ur own damn business! ... MUMMIES!!! I put this to U, let’s stand up, tag ur fellow mums, repost this &/or post ur fav (past or present) FEEDING photo,TAG ME & hashtag #wefeedunited oh & feel free to tag @picmat to rub salt in the wounds too

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Muller also encouraged moms to share nursing photos with the hashtag she created, #WeFeedUnited. She told HuffPost she’s felt so much support from moms sharing their pics. 


“I know as a result we all felt supported, respected, we all felt the right to not have to hide, we felt encouraged and accepted and most of all we felt proud,” she said. “Forget [the series] ‘Band of Brothers,’ this was ‘Band of Mothers.’”




In her post, Muller also pointed out that it doesn’t matter how a mother feeds her child. It will always be a “beautiful act and bond.”


“I believe the pressure of breastfeeding is so overwhelming these days, we are all on our own unique journey through motherhood and however we (and our babies and our bodies) decide to nurture our children we know it is always done with great love regardless of the method,” she told HuffPost. 


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http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/mom-fights-back-after-troll-calls-her-breastfeeding-pics-gross/feed 0 A mom in Australia is taking a stand against a troll who described her breastfeeding photos as “gross.”Nadine Muller, a registered nurse and fitness blogger, occasionally posts photos that show her breastfeeding her son, 16-month-old Madden. A mom in Australia is taking a stand against a troll who described her breastfeeding photos as “gross.”Nadine Muller, a registered nurse and fitness blogger, occasionally posts photos that show her breastfeeding her son, 16-month-old Madden. Muller told The Huffington Post that though her breastfeeding journey began with difficulty, the experience has been one of her life’s “sweetest joys" that she celebrates with photos on Instagram. She mostly receives positive feedback, but also gets comments from people she calls “trolls.” This is how we are spending most of the day Thanks to those who have sent well wishes after seeing my instastory! Poor Madden has come down with the dreaded gastro bug I'm currently cleaning runny (that his nappy couldn't contain) off our mattress while I was putting the sheets and mattress protector in the wash for the second time (just my luck ). The boss has insisted to wear one shoe the entire day, has been hanging off these on rotate whilst nipple crippling the other while he's at it, I've read the same Spot book about 50million times over at his request and I'm not even rousing on him for getting into all of the outta-bounds cupboards that he's obsessed with, WHATEVER makes you happy baby! Gastro can go EAD! . . . ______________________________________________________ #son #toddler #mumsofinstagram #babiesofinstagram #instababy #sick #breastfeeding #normalisebreastfeeding #breastmilk #candidchildhood #lifewithababy #babyspam #gastrobug #motherhood #mumlife #realparenting #letthembelittle #parenthood #instalove #babiesofig #love #picoftheday #instamum #instamoment #instagood A post shared by Nadine Muller > _nadinemuller (@_nadinemuller) on Feb 15, 2017 at 6:33pm PSTWhen one troll in particular began commenting on her most recent breastfeeding pic that she was seeking attention and that her photos were “gross,” Muller decided she had enough.“This time I knew that something needed to be done,” she told HuffPost. “Even if it meant that just a small handful of mums felt empowered from this movement then I knew it would be worth it.”On Sunday, the proud mom posted a slideshow of breastfeeding photos and a message for her bullies:FACT: Mothers don’t post these images & videos purely for attention. They don’t post photos purely to make a statement. They don’t post coz [sic] they think everyone should nurse their child out in the open. They don’t post advocating that breastfeeding is the only way a baby should be fed. They post because they are #proud, to give other mums encouragement, they post so that other mums feel accepted, supported & respected. [TROLLS] If u've followed me for a while, u will know that I’ve adored the breastfeeding journey I’m on with Madden, it continues to b one of my life’s sweetest of joys & I am gratified & incredibly passionate about it. Despite best efforts within society, there is still controversy & somewhat ‘taboo’ surrounding breastfeeding, today another attempt to shame me on my social media was tried...Firstly, there is nothing ‘weird’ or ‘gross’ about these photos & there's no difference in me feeding my child with my breast than someone feeding him/herself with a spoon! Secondly, how about we simply appreciate that any mother has options, the right to her own choices, to feel supported & respected, the right to not have to hide, in fact the right to SHARE & POST proudly if she feels comfortable to do so! ... FACT: Mothers don't post these images & videos purely for attention. They don’t post photos purely to make a statement. They don't post coz they think everyone should nurse their child out in the open. They don’t post advocating that breastfeeding is the only way a baby should be fed. They post because they are #proud, to give other mums encouragement, they post so that other mums feel accepted, supported & respected. So that mums know that it is ok, in fact it is more than just OK, it is celebrated & admired. Pazoo.com no
How the North Korean Nuclear Threat Has Grown http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/how-the-north-korean-nuclear-threat-has-grown http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/how-the-north-korean-nuclear-threat-has-grown#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:11:27 +0000 http://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/17/world/asia/north-korea-nuclear-threat.html http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/how-the-north-korean-nuclear-threat-has-grown/feed 0 The country's missile test this month gave weapons monitors a status report on the progress of North Korea's nuclear program. They said there was a significant advance. The country's missile test this month gave weapons monitors a status report on the progress of North Korea's nuclear program. They said there was a significant advance. Pazoo.com no Zimbabwe’s Rulers Use a Monument’s Walls to Build a Legacy http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/zimbabwes-rulers-use-a-monuments-walls-to-build-a-legacy http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/zimbabwes-rulers-use-a-monuments-walls-to-build-a-legacy#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:36:24 +0000 http://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/21/world/africa/zimbabwes-rulers-use-a-monuments-walls-to-build-a-legacy.html http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/zimbabwes-rulers-use-a-monuments-walls-to-build-a-legacy/feed 0 The Great Zimbabwe, the ruined city in Zimbabwe once used to justify white domination, is now a focus of the ZANU-PF party’s efforts to retain power. The Great Zimbabwe, the ruined city in Zimbabwe once used to justify white domination, is now a focus of the ZANU-PF party’s efforts to retain power. Pazoo.com no Verizon Will Pay $350 Million Less for Yahoo http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/verizon-will-pay-350-million-less-for-yahoo http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/verizon-will-pay-350-million-less-for-yahoo#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:32:54 +0000 http://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/21/technology/verizon-will-pay-350-million-less-for-yahoo.html http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/verizon-will-pay-350-million-less-for-yahoo/feed 0 The two companies agreed to reduce the price Verizon will pay for Yahoo’s internet businesses to account for the impact of two huge data breaches. The two companies agreed to reduce the price Verizon will pay for Yahoo’s internet businesses to account for the impact of two huge data breaches. Pazoo.com no A Sunken Treasure Will Appear in New York Despite Its Controversial Excavation http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/a-sunken-treasure-will-appear-in-new-york-despite-its-controversial-excavation http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/a-sunken-treasure-will-appear-in-new-york-despite-its-controversial-excavation#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:01:40 +0000 http://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/21/arts/shipwreck-treasure-new-york-display.html http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/a-sunken-treasure-will-appear-in-new-york-despite-its-controversial-excavation/feed 0 art,museums An earlier show featuring the treasure, from a ship believed to have sunk in the 9th century, was called off over ethical concerns over how the trove was collected. An earlier show featuring the treasure, from a ship believed to have sunk in the 9th century, was called off over ethical concerns over how the trove was collected. Pazoo.com no Why Zuckerberg’s Globalization Manifesto Sends A Mixed Message http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/why-zuckerbergs-globalization-manifesto-sends-a-mixed-message http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/why-zuckerbergs-globalization-manifesto-sends-a-mixed-message#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:48:24 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anurag-harsh/why-zuckerbergs-globalization-manifesto-sends-a-mixed_b_14916696.html

At the beginning of the year, Mark Zuckerberg set himself an ambitious challenge: visit and meet with people in all 50 states by the end of the year. It didn’t take long for speculation to begin. Some suggested the Facebook CEO was positioning himself to run for president in 2020 or 2024. Tellingly, in a world where the lines between fact and fiction blur increasingly, some believe that Kanye West is also waiting in the wings.


Although the prospect of the ambitious billionaire CEO of the world’s most powerful media company running for president sounds like a plot for the next James Bond movie, Zuckerberg sharing a nearly 6,000-word manifesto with his audience of 1.8 billion should grab your attention.


Zuckerberg’s Manifesto


In the document, Zuckerberg talks about inclusive, online communities that are supportive, safe and informed environments. Surely a manifesto aimed at creating a social infrastructure to bring people together in a global community checks all the right boxes; however, I cannot help wonder whether, in Zuckerberg’s imagination, the planet which we inhabit is merely a real-life version of his favorite video game, Civilization?


What I mean is that Facebook is no panacea. It is guilty of promoting fake news and built on the back of advertising. And Zuckerberg himself is characterized as someone that buys any rival who threatens the future of his platform. When Snapchat resisted his charm and the golden handshake that usually follows a successful acquisition, what did Zuckerberg do? He replicated Snapchat’s features in a bid to neutralize the opposition.


In fact, now LinkedIn finds itself in Mr. Zuckerberg’s crosshairs. He revealed plans to release a new feature that will enable employers to post job listings on their Facebook pages. It seems the social media giant is looking to expand into yet another market, growing more and more to cover every inch of the Internet.


“This new experience will help businesses find qualified people where they’re already spending their time—on Facebook and on mobile” - Facebook Blog Post

Is Zuckerberg the Right Messenger?


The message can be spot on, yet can fall on deaf ears if the messenger is incorrect. As I look to Zuckerberg’s past, his actions, his attitude toward authority and businesses, I question whether he is the right person to deliver the message of solidarity, truth, and community.


If any of us held the prestige and status of being one of the most successful people on the planet, wouldn’t we want to make a difference? In many ways, it’s ironic that those who live socially and politically inactive lives seldom bear the brunt of criticism; yet when someone who is trying to use their money to effect positive change, we tend instantly to target them with skepticism. Zuckerberg could very well be the best messenger, solely because there is no one like him.



When you bear in mind Facebook’s acquisition frenzy and technological mimicry, the manifesto, coming from an advertisement-driven business, can reek of moralistic globalization for the purpose of turning a profit.



The biggest obstacle the manifesto must overcome is the separation between word and deed. To launch a battle against isolationism while living in isolation on a 700-acre estate in Hawaii is a hard sell. To attain full effect, the messenger must embody the message.


In Sum


When you bear in mind Facebook’s acquisition frenzy and technological mimicry, the manifesto, coming from an advertisement-driven business, can reek of moralistic globalization for the purpose of turning a profit.


I’m not saying that’s the case. I don’t know what’s going on in Zuckerberg’s head. Nevertheless, I applaud his words, and I hope that he will come to embody the message he carries. For now, there is a conflict to mitigate between past actions and present promises. I don’t think I am alone in being the skeptic.


For these reasons, I suspect that LinkedIn has little to worry about. Facebook is not a professional platform and never will be. LinkedIn is a professional environment where users tend to eschew politics and pleasure beyond business. Overlapping a career tool and Facebook will surely raise concerns and stonewalls for users wary of mixing the two.


LinkedIn’s biggest strength is the fact it is a professional network of users. With the recent update, I’d hate to see LinkedIn try to morph into a Facebook clone. In the future, that might discourage users and raise eyebrows when LinkedIn tries to do good, much as Zuckerberg’s manifesto has done.

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At the beginning of the year, Mark Zuckerberg set himself an ambitious challenge: visit and meet with people in all 50 states by the end of the year. It didn’t take long for speculation to begin. Some suggested the Facebook CEO was positioning himself to run for president in 2020 or 2024. Tellingly, in a world where the lines between fact and fiction blur increasingly, some believe that Kanye West is also waiting in the wings.


Although the prospect of the ambitious billionaire CEO of the world’s most powerful media company running for president sounds like a plot for the next James Bond movie, Zuckerberg sharing a nearly 6,000-word manifesto with his audience of 1.8 billion should grab your attention.


Zuckerberg’s Manifesto


In the document, Zuckerberg talks about inclusive, online communities that are supportive, safe and informed environments. Surely a manifesto aimed at creating a social infrastructure to bring people together in a global community checks all the right boxes; however, I cannot help wonder whether, in Zuckerberg’s imagination, the planet which we inhabit is merely a real-life version of his favorite video game, Civilization?


What I mean is that Facebook is no panacea. It is guilty of promoting fake news and built on the back of advertising. And Zuckerberg himself is characterized as someone that buys any rival who threatens the future of his platform. When Snapchat resisted his charm and the golden handshake that usually follows a successful acquisition, what did Zuckerberg do? He replicated Snapchat’s features in a bid to neutralize the opposition.


In fact, now LinkedIn finds itself in Mr. Zuckerberg’s crosshairs. He revealed plans to release a new feature that will enable employers to post job listings on their Facebook pages. It seems the social media giant is looking to expand into yet another market, growing more and more to cover every inch of the Internet.


“This new experience will help businesses find qualified people where they’re already spending their time—on Facebook and on mobile” - Facebook Blog Post

Is Zuckerberg the Right Messenger?


The message can be spot on, yet can fall on deaf ears if the messenger is incorrect. As I look to Zuckerberg’s past, his actions, his attitude toward authority and businesses, I question whether he is the right person to deliver the message of solidarity, truth, and community.


If any of us held the prestige and status of being one of the most successful people on the planet, wouldn’t we want to make a difference? In many ways, it’s ironic that those who live socially and politically inactive lives seldom bear the brunt of criticism; yet when someone who is trying to use their money to effect positive change, we tend instantly to target them with skepticism. Zuckerberg could very well be the best messenger, solely because there is no one like him.



When you bear in mind Facebook’s acquisition frenzy and technological mimicry, the manifesto, coming from an advertisement-driven business, can reek of moralistic globalization for the purpose of turning a profit.



The biggest obstacle the manifesto must overcome is the separation between word and deed. To launch a battle against isolationism while living in isolation on a 700-acre estate in Hawaii is a hard sell. To attain full effect, the messenger must embody the message.


In Sum


When you bear in mind Facebook’s acquisition frenzy and technological mimicry, the manifesto, coming from an advertisement-driven business, can reek of moralistic globalization for the purpose of turning a profit.


I’m not saying that’s the case. I don’t know what’s going on in Zuckerberg’s head. Nevertheless, I applaud his words, and I hope that he will come to embody the message he carries. For now, there is a conflict to mitigate between past actions and present promises. I don’t think I am alone in being the skeptic.


For these reasons, I suspect that LinkedIn has little to worry about. Facebook is not a professional platform and never will be. LinkedIn is a professional environment where users tend to eschew politics and pleasure beyond business. Overlapping a career tool and Facebook will surely raise concerns and stonewalls for users wary of mixing the two.


LinkedIn’s biggest strength is the fact it is a professional network of users. With the recent update, I’d hate to see LinkedIn try to morph into a Facebook clone. In the future, that might discourage users and raise eyebrows when LinkedIn tries to do good, much as Zuckerberg’s manifesto has done.

-- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/why-zuckerbergs-globalization-manifesto-sends-a-mixed-message/feed 0 At the beginning of the year, Mark Zuckerberg set himself an ambitious challenge: visit and meet with people in all 50 states by the end of the year. It didn’t take long for speculation to begin. Some suggested the Facebook CEO was positioning himself ... At the beginning of the year, Mark Zuckerberg set himself an ambitious challenge: visit and meet with people in all 50 states by the end of the year. It didn’t take long for speculation to begin. Some suggested the Facebook CEO was positioning himself to run for president in 2020 or 2024. Tellingly, in a world where the lines between fact and fiction blur increasingly, some believe that Kanye West is also waiting in the wings.Although the prospect of the ambitious billionaire CEO of the world’s most powerful media company running for president sounds like a plot for the next James Bond movie, Zuckerberg sharing a nearly 6,000-word manifesto with his audience of 1.8 billion should grab your attention.Zuckerberg’s ManifestoIn the document, Zuckerberg talks about inclusive, online communities that are supportive, safe and informed environments. Surely a manifesto aimed at creating a social infrastructure to bring people together in a global community checks all the right boxes; however, I cannot help wonder whether, in Zuckerberg’s imagination, the planet which we inhabit is merely a real-life version of his favorite video game, Civilization?What I mean is that Facebook is no panacea. It is guilty of promoting fake news and built on the back of advertising. And Zuckerberg himself is characterized as someone that buys any rival who threatens the future of his platform. When Snapchat resisted his charm and the golden handshake that usually follows a successful acquisition, what did Zuckerberg do? He replicated Snapchat’s features in a bid to neutralize the opposition.In fact, now LinkedIn finds itself in Mr. Zuckerberg’s crosshairs. He revealed plans to release a new feature that will enable employers to post job listings on their Facebook pages. It seems the social media giant is looking to expand into yet another market, growing more and more to cover every inch of the Internet.“This new experience will help businesses find qualified people where they’re already spending their time—on Facebook and on mobile” - Facebook Blog PostIs Zuckerberg the Right Messenger?The message can be spot on, yet can fall on deaf ears if the messenger is incorrect. As I look to Zuckerberg’s past, his actions, his attitude toward authority and businesses, I question whether he is the right person to deliver the message of solidarity, truth, and community.If any of us held the prestige and status of being one of the most successful people on the planet, wouldn’t we want to make a difference? In many ways, it’s ironic that those who live socially and politically inactive lives seldom bear the brunt of criticism; yet when someone who is trying to use their money to effect positive change, we tend instantly to target them with skepticism. Zuckerberg could very well be the best messenger, solely because there is no one like him.When you bear in mind Facebook’s acquisition frenzy and technological mimicry, the manifesto, coming from an advertisement-driven business, can reek of moralistic globalization for the purpose of turning a profit.The biggest obstacle the manifesto must overcome is the separation between word and deed. To launch a battle against isolationism while living in isolation on a 700-acre estate in Hawaii is a hard sell. To attain full effect, the messenger must embody the message.In SumWhen you bear in mind Facebook’s acquisition frenzy and technological mimicry, the manifesto, coming from an advertisement-driven business, can reek of moralistic globalization for the purpose of turning a profit.I’m not saying that’s the case. I don’t know what’s going on in Zuckerberg’s head. Nevertheless, I applaud his words, and I hope that he will come to embody the message he carries. For now, there is a conflict to mitigate between past actions and present promises. I don’t think I am alone in being the skeptic.For these reasons, I suspect that LinkedIn has little to worry about. Facebook is not a professional platform and never will be. Pazoo.com no
Tech Tip: When Websites Block You Back http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/tech-tip-when-websites-block-you-back http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/tech-tip-when-websites-block-you-back#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:21:25 +0000 http://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/21/technology/personaltech/websites-blocking-ad-blockers.html http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/tech-tip-when-websites-block-you-back/feed 0 Bits: Daily Report: Snap Is About to Bring Tech Wealth to Los Angeles http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/bits-daily-report-snap-is-about-to-bring-tech-wealth-to-los-angeles http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/bits-daily-report-snap-is-about-to-bring-tech-wealth-to-los-angeles#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:17:11 +0000 http://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/21/technology/daily-report-snap-about-to-bring-tech-wealth-to-los-angeles.html http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/bits-daily-report-snap-is-about-to-bring-tech-wealth-to-los-angeles/feed 0 social media The social media darling is expected to be tech’s next big winner on Wall Street. Will the land of sun, surf and movies finally have its Google moment? The social media darling is expected to be tech’s next big winner on Wall Street. Will the land of sun, surf and movies finally have its Google moment? Pazoo.com no Why This Drugstore Mascara Is a Million Times Better Than the Expensive Kind http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/why-this-drugstore-mascara-is-a-million-times-better-than-the-expensive-kind http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/why-this-drugstore-mascara-is-a-million-times-better-than-the-expensive-kind#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:04:11 +0000 http://www.health.com/syndication/best-drugstore-mascara-volumizing This article originally appeared on SouthernLiving.com.

Mascara can range from as little as $5 to upwards of $50 depending on where you buy it and what name brand is slapped on the side of the tube. We’ve all heard ‘you get what you pay for’ and have all even likely experienced the idiom’s truth after a misguided effort at frugality. So when it comes to mascara, what important attributes are you cheating your lashes out of when you purchase the wallet-friendly versions, and what luxurious extras are you treating yourself to when you hand over a crisp Grant? As it turns out, not much—on either front. We talked to cosmetic chemist and co-founder of The Beauty Brains, Perry Romanowski to help break it down for us.  

Does it matter? “There is very little difference between high-end mascara formulas and low-end ones,” he says and goes on to explain that it’s not uncommon for the exact—or very similar—formulas to be packaged differently for individual brands. “Many small brands are produced using contract manufacturers who have a basic formula that they provide to all their customers (with some minor tweaks but essentially the same).  Even large manufacturers who have different brands will use technology across all of them. You just have to compare the ingredient lists and you’ll see they're mostly the same—pigment to darken, wax to ‘thicken,’ oil to help spread the product, and sometimes polymers (PVP, PVPA) to lengthen or make it waterproof,” he explains.

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How do mascaras promise different results if they are all basically the same? Well, there is one other thing that makes a difference—the hardware. Two pieces (the brush and the wiper) of the tube can actually be a game-changer in how mascara goes on and what it does for your lashes. Depending on the shape of the brush it can help dramatically in lengthening, thickening, and/or separating lashes. The wiper, which is the ring at the mouth of the tube is responsible for taking excess mascara off the brush. If it’s too tight, it can pull too much formula off the wand; if it's too loose, you’ll pull out a gooey mess. The performance of this tiny washer-like part actually makes a big difference.

Good news? Yes, there is good news! You don’t have to buy an expensive mascara to have great-working hardware, which is a good thing considering that it’s recommended you replace your mascara every three months to avoid bacteria growth that can be transferred to your eyes. As a matter of fact, our favorite version L’Oreal Voluminous Original Mascara packs all the punch you need for full fanned-out lashes for well under ten bucks.

Buy It: L’Oreal Voluminous Original Mascara, $5.55; amazon.com

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Drew Barrymore Shares All of Her Favorite Beauty Items—Including Drugstore Products! http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/drew-barrymore-shares-all-of-her-favorite-beauty-itemsmdashincluding-drugstore-products http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/drew-barrymore-shares-all-of-her-favorite-beauty-itemsmdashincluding-drugstore-products#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:01:58 +0000 http://www.health.com/syndication/drew-barrymore-beauty-product-secrets This article originally appeared on People.com. 

Drew Barrymore has previously said she has no plans to use facial fillers, and now we can see why.

The Santa Clarita Diet star shared the internal workings of her (multiple) beauty cabinets on Instagram on Friday and Saturday, and has drawn on her own expertise to weigh in and what is and is not good for your face.

Barrymore, 41, has successfully created her own makeup empire, Flower, and included some products from her own line onto the list of things every beauty junkie should have.

 

 

The beauty guru swears by her “fav moisturizer” by Shea Moisture, going as far as writing, “Use on children and yourself !”

 

The actress also swears by her Babyliss Pro TT blow dryer, writing, “Best little blow dryer. And has a low setting that kind of diffuses, which is good for us girls with curls! If ya know what I mean. Love this red tool.”

 

Her Flower beauty line foundation stick made the cut, with Barrymore writing that it’s “creamy and blend able. But gives coverage. Even on blue, red and brown. It just truly works!”

 

Perhaps Barrymore’s biggest secret to not getting facial fillers is her favorite mask by Hanacure Effect. “@thehanacure nuts when you take it off you are 10 years younger,” she writes. “You paint it on with a brush. It starts to dry. It pulls. It gets so tight that it literally pulls your face.”

“But it makes you look so fresh when you wash it off,” she continues. “And it’s so effective. How fun is that in a package. #notttooenvasivebeauty #kbeauty thank you @crystalmeers for the info that’s changed my life.”

 

Who said you should stop at one mask? Barrymore’s got a dozen or more, as she showed on Instagram. “#beautyjunkieweek there is no end to masks. Don’t mess with your face. I’ve not used fillers or tricks yet. So I turn to innovation in skin care and beauty. Let me turn you on to attainable solutions. Be your best YOU.”

 

And for those with oily skin or acne, Barrymore says your solution is Clinique. Although, she does agree it’s “not cheap,” but also “not unattainable.”

 

Some drugstore products go a long way, especially with Aquaphor, and Barrymore owns a lot of it. “I love you @aquaphorus,” she writes.

 

Barrymore’s cleansing secret is French favorite Bioderma, which she calls “by far the best make up remover I have ever used.”

“This used to be only available in France,” she continues. “But now it is much more common in beauty supply stores, chemists and on line! Do not skip this step. It’s so clean. Like water. But doesn’t sting and is an old favorite of the fashion and beauty world.”

Barrymore told The New York Times in late January that the secret to her youthful Hollywood look was simply a testament to how much she takes care of her skin.

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“I would say 90 percent of my life, I wear zero makeup,” she says, adding that she relies on Flower’s  Skincognito Stick Foundation “because it covers blue, red, brown, purple,” as well as one new lipstick shade every month.

As far as her skin is concerned, the star says she swears by using toners, esthetician Christine Chin‘s skincare products, and washing her face diligently at least three times a day. While she doesn’t have much time for facials or treatments, she does clear her schedule once a year, when she sees Dr. Roy Geronemus for a “barnacle removal. He treats my face like the bow of a boat.”

But Barrymore is confident that at least for another decade, there are zero needles in her near future. “He knows I’m not going to do anything beyond lasers, so he doesn’t even bother talking about it. He did suggest some fillers the last time I was there. I was like: ‘Not happening, Dr. G! Talk to me in 10 years.’ I’m not putting anything in my face until it’s so bad I have nothing to lose.”

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Lord Martin Rees is an astrophysicist and the former master of Trinity College, Cambridge. He sat down with The WorldPost for a wide-ranging interview, which has been edited for clarity and brevity.


Alexander Görlach: Out of all great transformations we are going through, from climate change to artificial intelligence to gene editing, what are the most consequential we are about to witness? 


Martin Rees: It depends on what time scale we are thinking about. In the next 10 or 20 years, I would say it’s the rapid development in biotechnology. We are already seeing that it’s becoming easier to modify the genome, and we heard about experiments on the influenza virus to make it more virulent and transmissible. These techniques are developing very fast and have huge potential benefits but unfortunately also downsides.


They are easily accessible and handled. It’s the kind of equipment that’s available at many university labs and many companies. And so the risk of error or terror in these areas is quite substantial, while regulation is very hard. It’s not like regulating nuclear activity, which requires huge special purpose facilities. Biohacking is almost a student-competitive sport.


I am somewhat pessimistic, because even if we do have regulations and protocols for safety, how would we enforce them globally? Obviously we should try and minimize the risk of misuse by error or by design of these technologies and also be concerned about the ethical dilemmas they pose. So my pessimism stems from feelings that what can be done, will be done ― somewhere by someone ― whatever the regulations say.


Görlach: Do you fear that this could happen not only in the realm of crime ― if we think of so-called “dirty bombs,” for example ― but could also be used by governments? Do we need a charter designed to prevent misuse?


Rees: I don’t think governments would use biotech in dangerous ways. They haven’t used biological weapons much, and the reason for that is that the effects are unpredictable.



'Over the next 10 or 20 years, the greatest transformation we are likely to live through is the rapid development in biotechnology.'
Lord Martin Rees


Görlach: That brings recent Hollywood blockbusters like “Inferno” to mind, where one lunatic tries to sterilize half of mankind through a virus. 


Rees: Several movies have been made about global bio-disasters. Nevertheless, I think it is a realistic scenario, and I think it could lead to huge casualties. Disasters such as the one from “Inferno,” as well as other natural pandemics, could spread globally. The consequences of such a catastrophe could be really serious for society. We have had natural pandemics in historic times ― the “black death,” for example. The reason that governments put pandemics ― natural or artificially produced ― high on their risk register is the danger of societal breakdown. That is what worries me most about the possible impact of pandemics. This is a natural threat, of course. The threat is aggregated by the growing possibility that individuals or small groups could manufacture a more lethal virus artificially.


Görlach: So when speaking of the age of transformation, aspects of security seem paramount to you. Why is that? 


Rees: We are moving into an age when small groups can have a huge and even global impact. In fact, I highlighted this theme in my book Our Final Century, which I wrote 13 years ago. These new technologies of bio and cyber ― as we know ― can cause massive disruption. We have had traditional dissidents and terrorists, but there were certain limits to how much devastation they could cause. And that limit has risen hugely with these new bio and cyber-technologies. I think this is a new threat, and it is going to increase the tension between freedom, security and privacy.


Görlach: Let’s look at another huge topic: artificial intelligence. Is this a field where more uplifting thoughts occur to you?


Rees: In the short term, we have the issue of the disruption of the labor market due to robotics taking over ― not just factory work but also many skilled occupations. I mean routine legal work, medical diagnostics and possibly surgery. Indeed, some of the hardest jobs to mechanize are jobs like gardening and plumbing.


We will have to accept a big redistribution in the way the labor market is deployed. And in order to ensure we don’t develop even more inequality, there has to be a massive redistribution of wealth too. The money earned by robots can’t stay with a small elite ― Silicon Valley people, for instance. It should rather be used for the funding of dignified secure jobs ― preferably in the public sector ― carers for young and old, teaching assistants, gardeners in public parks, custodians and so forth. There is unlimited demand for jobs of that kind. 



'Some of the hardest jobs to mechanize are jobs like gardening and plumbing.'
Lord Martin Rees


Görlach: But robots also potentially could take on the work of a nurse, for that matter.


Rees: True, they could do some routine nursing. But I think people prefer real human beings, just as we’ve already seen that the wealthiest people want personal servants rather than automation. I think everyone would like that if they could afford it, and everyone in old age would like to be cared for by a real person. 


Görlach: In your opinion, what mental capacities will robots have in the near future?


Rees: I think it will be a long time before they will have the all-round ability of humans. Maybe that will never happen. We don’t know. But what is called generalized machine learning, having been made possible by the ever-increasing number-crunching power of computers, is a genuine big breakthrough. These structures of machine learning are a big leap, and they open up the possibility that machines can really learn a lot about the world. It does raise dangers though, which people may worry about. If these computers were to get out of their box one day, they might pose a considerable threat.


Görlach: In your opinion, what sparks new innovation and ideas? Will A.I. and machines foster these processes? 


Rees: Moments of insights are quite rare, sadly. But they do happen, as documented cases suggest (laughs). There is a great saying: “Fortune favors the prepared mind.” You have got to ruminate a lot before you are in a state to have one of these important insights. If you ask when the big advances in scientific understanding happen, they are often triggered by some new observation that in turn was enabled by some new technological advancement. Sometimes that happens just by a combination of people crossing disciplines and bringing new ideas together; sometimes just through luck; sometimes through a special motivation that caused people to focus on some problem; sometimes by people focusing on a new problem that was deemed too difficult previously and therefore didn’t attract attention. 



'Fortune favors the prepared mind.'



Görlach: Would you say a collective can have an idea or that only individuals have ideas? 


Rees: Many ideas may have depended on the collective to even emerge. In soccer, one person may score the key goal. That doesn’t mean the other 10 people on the team are irrelevant. I think a lot of science is very much like that: the strength of a team is crucial to enable one person to score the goal.


Görlach: Do natural sciences and humanities have the capability to tackle the challenges occurring from these transformations?


Rees: The kinds of issues we are addressing in Cambridge involve social sciences as well as natural sciences. As I said before, because of the societal effect, the consequences of a pandemic now could be worse than they were in the past, despite our more advanced medicine. Also, if we are thinking of ecological problems like food shortages, the issue of food distribution is an economic question, as well as a question of what people are ready to eat. All these things involve fully understanding people’s social attitudes. Are we going to be satisfied eating insects for protein?


Görlach: With the rising amount of aggregated data, it becomes increasingly difficult for the humanities to keep up with natural sciences. How can we synchronize the languages of different academic fields in this era of big data? 


Rees: Great question! There are impediments caused by disciplinary boundaries, and we have to encourage people to bridge these. I am gratified that we have some young people who are of this kind: philosophers who are into computer science or biologists who are interested in system analysis. All these things are very important. I think here in Cambridge, we are quite well-advantaged because we traditionally have the college system whereby we have small academic groups in each college. Each of these colleges is a microcosm, so all disciplines cross somewhat. It is therefore particularly propitious as a location for the development of cross-disciplinary work. 



How can we synchronize the languages of different academic fields in this era of big data?



Görlach: The blessings of modern innovation seem to be ignored by many policymakers; we see a retreat from globalization and a retreat from digitalization. Is it a disconnect between science and the rest of society?


Rees: The misapplication of science is a problem, of course. As well as the fact that science’s benefits are irregularly distributed. There are some people that don’t benefit, such as traditional factory workers. If you look at the welfare of the average blue-collar worker and their income in real terms ― in the U.S. and in Europe ― it has not risen in the last 20 years; in many respects, their welfare has declined. Their jobs are less secure, and there is more unemployment. But there is one aspect in which they are better off: information technologies. IT spreads far quicker than expected and led to advantages for workers in Europe, the U.S. and Africa.


Görlach: But surely globalization made many poor people less poor and a few rich people even richer.


Rees: Sure, I guess this statement can be made after 25 years of globalization. But it should also be addressed that we now witness a significant backlash in many places in terms of Brexit or the presidential election in the U.S. 


Görlach: How drastically do you think these developments will affect science, the attitude toward it and its funding? 


Rees: Many of the people who use modern information technology, such as cellphones, aren’t aware of the immense technological achievements. Back in the day, developments could be traced back to scientific innovations decades ago, which were mainly funded by either the military or the public. They may not be aware of it, but they appreciate it. So it’s unfair to say people are anti-science. They are worried about science because indeed there is a risk that some of these technologies will run ahead faster than we can control and cope with them. So there is a reasonable ground for some people to be concerned ― for example, about biotech and A.I.


But we also have to bear in mind that for technology to be developed, it’s necessary ― but not sufficient ― for a certain amount of science to be known. We can take areas of technology in which we could have forged ahead faster but haven’t because there was no demand. Take one example: it took only 12 years from the first Sputnik to Neil Armstrong’s small step on the moon ― a huge development in 12 years. The motivation for the Apollo Program was a political one and involved huge expense. Had the momentum been maintained there would have been footprints on Mars long before today. Or take commercial flying ― today, we fly in the same way we did 50 years ago, even though in principle we could all fly in supersonics.


These are two examples where the technology exists but there hasn’t been a motive ― neither political nor economic ― to advance these technologies as fast as possible. In the case of IT, there was the obvious demand, which exploded globally in an amazing way.



'There are areas of technology in which we could have forged ahead faster but haven’t because there was no demand.'
Lord Martin Rees


Görlach: Living in a so-called post-factual era, what are “facts” to you as a scientist? 


Rees: In the United Kingdom, those who voted for Brexit voted that way for a variety of reasons. Some who voted for it wanted to give the government a bloody nose; others voted blatantly against their own interest. The workers in South Wales, for example, benefited hugely from the European Union. There is a wide variety of different motives but I don’t think people would say that they voted against technology.


Görlach: Still, there is this ongoing narrative about the fear of globalization and digitalization, and that would also imply the fear of technology. 


Rees: Sure, but that is oversimplified. We can have advanced technology on a smaller scale. I don’t think you can say that technology is always correlated with larger-scale globalization. It allows for robotic manufacturing, and it allows for more customization to individual demand. The internet has allowed a lot of small businesses to flow. 


Görlach: But there seems to be an increasing disconnect in many societies regarding the consensus on which facts matter and how facts are perceived. 


Rees: To understand this attitude you are expressing, we have to realize that there aren’t many facts that are clear and relevant in their own right. In most cases, I think people have reason to doubt. Most economic predictions, for example, have pretty poor records, so you can’t call them facts.


In the Brexit debate, there were a lot of valid arguments on both sides, and you can’t blame the public for being skeptical. This is also true for the climate debate. It is true that some people deny what is clear. But the details on climate change are very uncertain. Even those who agree on all will differ in their attitudes toward the appropriate policy. That depends on other things, including ethics. In a lot of recent debates, people agreed about the science. They disagree about the appropriate policies deriving from those facts. For instance, how much should we bet on a technical fix? And what long-term discount rate should we apply? What insurance premium should we pay today to remove a potentially serious threat from future generations? Opinions differ hugely.



'In the Brexit debate, there were a lot of valid arguments on both sides, and you can’t blame the public for being skeptical.'
Lord Martin Rees


Görlach: But how then do you judge the developments we now see in many Western societies?


Rees: I think these developments are partly caused by new technologies that have led to new inequalities. Another point is: even if it hasn’t increased, people are now more aware of inequality. In sub-Saharan Africa, people see the kind of life that we live, and they wonder why they can’t live that kind of life. Twenty-five years ago, they were quite unaware of it. This understandably produces more discontent and embitterment. There is a segment of society, a less-educated one, that feels left behind and unappreciated. That is why I think a huge benefit to society will arise if we have enough redistribution to recreate dignified jobs. 


Görlach: What political framework do you think of as an ideal environment for science?  


Rees: In the Soviet Union, they had some of the best mathematicians and physicists, partly because the study of those subjects was fostered for military reasons. People in those areas also felt that they had more intellectual freedom, which is why a bigger fraction of the top intellectuals went into math and physics in Soviet Russia than probably anywhere else ever since. That shows you can have really outstanding scientists surviving in that sort of society. 


Görlach: So the ethical implication is not paramount to having “good” science after all? 


Rees: I think scientists have a special responsibility to be concerned about the implications of their work. Often an academic scientist can’t predict the implications of his work. The inventors of the laser, for instance, had no idea that this technology could be used for eye surgery and DVD discs but also for weaponry. Among the most impressive scientists I have known are the people who returned to academic pursuits after the end of World War II with relief but remained committed to doing what they could to control the powers they had helped to unleash.


In all cases, the scientists supported the making of the bomb in the context of the time. But they were also concerned about proliferation and arms control. It would have been wrong for them to not be concerned.


To make an analogy: if you have teenage son, you may not be able to control what he does, but you sure are a poor parent if you don’t care about what he does. Likewise, if you are a scientist and you created your own ideas, they’re your offspring, as it were. Though you can’t necessarily control how they will be applied, because that is beyond your control, you nonetheless should care and you should do all you can to ensure that your ideas, which you have helped to create, are used for the benefit of mankind and not in a damaging manner. This is something that should be instilled in all students. There should be ethics courses as part of all science courses in university.



'How much constraint are we willing to exercise, in order to facilitate the life of generations to come? Opinions differ hugely.'
Lord Martin Rees


Görlach: What, then, is your motivation as a scientist? 


Rees: I feel I am very privileged to have consistently, over a career of nearly 40 years now, played part in debates on topics that I think are writing the history of science in this period. As we make great, collective, scientific progress, we are able to confront new mysteries, which we couldn’t even have addressed in the past. Many of the questions that were being addressed when I was young have now been solved. Pressing questions couldn’t even have been posed back then.


Of course the science I do is very remote from any application, but it’s of great fascination and a very wide audience is interested in these questions. It certainly adds to my satisfaction that I can actually convey some of these exciting ideas to a wider public. I would get less satisfaction if I could only talk about my work to a few fellow specialists, so I am glad that these ideas can become part of a broader culture.


Görlach: What is the best idea you ever had? 


Rees: I don’t have any sort of singular idea, but I think I have played a role in some of the ideas that have gradually formed over the last 20 or 30 years about how our universe has evolved from a simple beginning to the complex cosmos we see around us that we are a part of. For me, the social part of science is very important ― many ideas emerge out of discussion and cooperation and, of course, out of experiments and observations.


The symbiosis between science and technology ― the old idea is that science eventually leads to an application ― is far too naïve! It goes two ways, because advancements made in academics are facilitated by technology. We only made advancements beyond Aristotle by having much more sensitive detectors and being able to explore space in many ways. If we didn’t have computers or ways of detecting radiation, etc., we would have made no progress because we are no wiser than Aristotle was. 

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Lord Martin Rees is an astrophysicist and the former master of Trinity College, Cambridge. He sat down with The WorldPost for a wide-ranging interview, which has been edited for clarity and brevity.


Alexander Görlach: Out of all great transformations we are going through, from climate change to artificial intelligence to gene editing, what are the most consequential we are about to witness? 


Martin Rees: It depends on what time scale we are thinking about. In the next 10 or 20 years, I would say it’s the rapid development in biotechnology. We are already seeing that it’s becoming easier to modify the genome, and we heard about experiments on the influenza virus to make it more virulent and transmissible. These techniques are developing very fast and have huge potential benefits but unfortunately also downsides.


They are easily accessible and handled. It’s the kind of equipment that’s available at many university labs and many companies. And so the risk of error or terror in these areas is quite substantial, while regulation is very hard. It’s not like regulating nuclear activity, which requires huge special purpose facilities. Biohacking is almost a student-competitive sport.


I am somewhat pessimistic, because even if we do have regulations and protocols for safety, how would we enforce them globally? Obviously we should try and minimize the risk of misuse by error or by design of these technologies and also be concerned about the ethical dilemmas they pose. So my pessimism stems from feelings that what can be done, will be done ― somewhere by someone ― whatever the regulations say.


Görlach: Do you fear that this could happen not only in the realm of crime ― if we think of so-called “dirty bombs,” for example ― but could also be used by governments? Do we need a charter designed to prevent misuse?


Rees: I don’t think governments would use biotech in dangerous ways. They haven’t used biological weapons much, and the reason for that is that the effects are unpredictable.



'Over the next 10 or 20 years, the greatest transformation we are likely to live through is the rapid development in biotechnology.'
Lord Martin Rees


Görlach: That brings recent Hollywood blockbusters like “Inferno” to mind, where one lunatic tries to sterilize half of mankind through a virus. 


Rees: Several movies have been made about global bio-disasters. Nevertheless, I think it is a realistic scenario, and I think it could lead to huge casualties. Disasters such as the one from “Inferno,” as well as other natural pandemics, could spread globally. The consequences of such a catastrophe could be really serious for society. We have had natural pandemics in historic times ― the “black death,” for example. The reason that governments put pandemics ― natural or artificially produced ― high on their risk register is the danger of societal breakdown. That is what worries me most about the possible impact of pandemics. This is a natural threat, of course. The threat is aggregated by the growing possibility that individuals or small groups could manufacture a more lethal virus artificially.


Görlach: So when speaking of the age of transformation, aspects of security seem paramount to you. Why is that? 


Rees: We are moving into an age when small groups can have a huge and even global impact. In fact, I highlighted this theme in my book Our Final Century, which I wrote 13 years ago. These new technologies of bio and cyber ― as we know ― can cause massive disruption. We have had traditional dissidents and terrorists, but there were certain limits to how much devastation they could cause. And that limit has risen hugely with these new bio and cyber-technologies. I think this is a new threat, and it is going to increase the tension between freedom, security and privacy.


Görlach: Let’s look at another huge topic: artificial intelligence. Is this a field where more uplifting thoughts occur to you?


Rees: In the short term, we have the issue of the disruption of the labor market due to robotics taking over ― not just factory work but also many skilled occupations. I mean routine legal work, medical diagnostics and possibly surgery. Indeed, some of the hardest jobs to mechanize are jobs like gardening and plumbing.


We will have to accept a big redistribution in the way the labor market is deployed. And in order to ensure we don’t develop even more inequality, there has to be a massive redistribution of wealth too. The money earned by robots can’t stay with a small elite ― Silicon Valley people, for instance. It should rather be used for the funding of dignified secure jobs ― preferably in the public sector ― carers for young and old, teaching assistants, gardeners in public parks, custodians and so forth. There is unlimited demand for jobs of that kind. 



'Some of the hardest jobs to mechanize are jobs like gardening and plumbing.'
Lord Martin Rees


Görlach: But robots also potentially could take on the work of a nurse, for that matter.


Rees: True, they could do some routine nursing. But I think people prefer real human beings, just as we’ve already seen that the wealthiest people want personal servants rather than automation. I think everyone would like that if they could afford it, and everyone in old age would like to be cared for by a real person. 


Görlach: In your opinion, what mental capacities will robots have in the near future?


Rees: I think it will be a long time before they will have the all-round ability of humans. Maybe that will never happen. We don’t know. But what is called generalized machine learning, having been made possible by the ever-increasing number-crunching power of computers, is a genuine big breakthrough. These structures of machine learning are a big leap, and they open up the possibility that machines can really learn a lot about the world. It does raise dangers though, which people may worry about. If these computers were to get out of their box one day, they might pose a considerable threat.


Görlach: In your opinion, what sparks new innovation and ideas? Will A.I. and machines foster these processes? 


Rees: Moments of insights are quite rare, sadly. But they do happen, as documented cases suggest (laughs). There is a great saying: “Fortune favors the prepared mind.” You have got to ruminate a lot before you are in a state to have one of these important insights. If you ask when the big advances in scientific understanding happen, they are often triggered by some new observation that in turn was enabled by some new technological advancement. Sometimes that happens just by a combination of people crossing disciplines and bringing new ideas together; sometimes just through luck; sometimes through a special motivation that caused people to focus on some problem; sometimes by people focusing on a new problem that was deemed too difficult previously and therefore didn’t attract attention. 



'Fortune favors the prepared mind.'



Görlach: Would you say a collective can have an idea or that only individuals have ideas? 


Rees: Many ideas may have depended on the collective to even emerge. In soccer, one person may score the key goal. That doesn’t mean the other 10 people on the team are irrelevant. I think a lot of science is very much like that: the strength of a team is crucial to enable one person to score the goal.


Görlach: Do natural sciences and humanities have the capability to tackle the challenges occurring from these transformations?


Rees: The kinds of issues we are addressing in Cambridge involve social sciences as well as natural sciences. As I said before, because of the societal effect, the consequences of a pandemic now could be worse than they were in the past, despite our more advanced medicine. Also, if we are thinking of ecological problems like food shortages, the issue of food distribution is an economic question, as well as a question of what people are ready to eat. All these things involve fully understanding people’s social attitudes. Are we going to be satisfied eating insects for protein?


Görlach: With the rising amount of aggregated data, it becomes increasingly difficult for the humanities to keep up with natural sciences. How can we synchronize the languages of different academic fields in this era of big data? 


Rees: Great question! There are impediments caused by disciplinary boundaries, and we have to encourage people to bridge these. I am gratified that we have some young people who are of this kind: philosophers who are into computer science or biologists who are interested in system analysis. All these things are very important. I think here in Cambridge, we are quite well-advantaged because we traditionally have the college system whereby we have small academic groups in each college. Each of these colleges is a microcosm, so all disciplines cross somewhat. It is therefore particularly propitious as a location for the development of cross-disciplinary work. 



How can we synchronize the languages of different academic fields in this era of big data?



Görlach: The blessings of modern innovation seem to be ignored by many policymakers; we see a retreat from globalization and a retreat from digitalization. Is it a disconnect between science and the rest of society?


Rees: The misapplication of science is a problem, of course. As well as the fact that science’s benefits are irregularly distributed. There are some people that don’t benefit, such as traditional factory workers. If you look at the welfare of the average blue-collar worker and their income in real terms ― in the U.S. and in Europe ― it has not risen in the last 20 years; in many respects, their welfare has declined. Their jobs are less secure, and there is more unemployment. But there is one aspect in which they are better off: information technologies. IT spreads far quicker than expected and led to advantages for workers in Europe, the U.S. and Africa.


Görlach: But surely globalization made many poor people less poor and a few rich people even richer.


Rees: Sure, I guess this statement can be made after 25 years of globalization. But it should also be addressed that we now witness a significant backlash in many places in terms of Brexit or the presidential election in the U.S. 


Görlach: How drastically do you think these developments will affect science, the attitude toward it and its funding? 


Rees: Many of the people who use modern information technology, such as cellphones, aren’t aware of the immense technological achievements. Back in the day, developments could be traced back to scientific innovations decades ago, which were mainly funded by either the military or the public. They may not be aware of it, but they appreciate it. So it’s unfair to say people are anti-science. They are worried about science because indeed there is a risk that some of these technologies will run ahead faster than we can control and cope with them. So there is a reasonable ground for some people to be concerned ― for example, about biotech and A.I.


But we also have to bear in mind that for technology to be developed, it’s necessary ― but not sufficient ― for a certain amount of science to be known. We can take areas of technology in which we could have forged ahead faster but haven’t because there was no demand. Take one example: it took only 12 years from the first Sputnik to Neil Armstrong’s small step on the moon ― a huge development in 12 years. The motivation for the Apollo Program was a political one and involved huge expense. Had the momentum been maintained there would have been footprints on Mars long before today. Or take commercial flying ― today, we fly in the same way we did 50 years ago, even though in principle we could all fly in supersonics.


These are two examples where the technology exists but there hasn’t been a motive ― neither political nor economic ― to advance these technologies as fast as possible. In the case of IT, there was the obvious demand, which exploded globally in an amazing way.



'There are areas of technology in which we could have forged ahead faster but haven’t because there was no demand.'
Lord Martin Rees


Görlach: Living in a so-called post-factual era, what are “facts” to you as a scientist? 


Rees: In the United Kingdom, those who voted for Brexit voted that way for a variety of reasons. Some who voted for it wanted to give the government a bloody nose; others voted blatantly against their own interest. The workers in South Wales, for example, benefited hugely from the European Union. There is a wide variety of different motives but I don’t think people would say that they voted against technology.


Görlach: Still, there is this ongoing narrative about the fear of globalization and digitalization, and that would also imply the fear of technology. 


Rees: Sure, but that is oversimplified. We can have advanced technology on a smaller scale. I don’t think you can say that technology is always correlated with larger-scale globalization. It allows for robotic manufacturing, and it allows for more customization to individual demand. The internet has allowed a lot of small businesses to flow. 


Görlach: But there seems to be an increasing disconnect in many societies regarding the consensus on which facts matter and how facts are perceived. 


Rees: To understand this attitude you are expressing, we have to realize that there aren’t many facts that are clear and relevant in their own right. In most cases, I think people have reason to doubt. Most economic predictions, for example, have pretty poor records, so you can’t call them facts.


In the Brexit debate, there were a lot of valid arguments on both sides, and you can’t blame the public for being skeptical. This is also true for the climate debate. It is true that some people deny what is clear. But the details on climate change are very uncertain. Even those who agree on all will differ in their attitudes toward the appropriate policy. That depends on other things, including ethics. In a lot of recent debates, people agreed about the science. They disagree about the appropriate policies deriving from those facts. For instance, how much should we bet on a technical fix? And what long-term discount rate should we apply? What insurance premium should we pay today to remove a potentially serious threat from future generations? Opinions differ hugely.



'In the Brexit debate, there were a lot of valid arguments on both sides, and you can’t blame the public for being skeptical.'
Lord Martin Rees


Görlach: But how then do you judge the developments we now see in many Western societies?


Rees: I think these developments are partly caused by new technologies that have led to new inequalities. Another point is: even if it hasn’t increased, people are now more aware of inequality. In sub-Saharan Africa, people see the kind of life that we live, and they wonder why they can’t live that kind of life. Twenty-five years ago, they were quite unaware of it. This understandably produces more discontent and embitterment. There is a segment of society, a less-educated one, that feels left behind and unappreciated. That is why I think a huge benefit to society will arise if we have enough redistribution to recreate dignified jobs. 


Görlach: What political framework do you think of as an ideal environment for science?  


Rees: In the Soviet Union, they had some of the best mathematicians and physicists, partly because the study of those subjects was fostered for military reasons. People in those areas also felt that they had more intellectual freedom, which is why a bigger fraction of the top intellectuals went into math and physics in Soviet Russia than probably anywhere else ever since. That shows you can have really outstanding scientists surviving in that sort of society. 


Görlach: So the ethical implication is not paramount to having “good” science after all? 


Rees: I think scientists have a special responsibility to be concerned about the implications of their work. Often an academic scientist can’t predict the implications of his work. The inventors of the laser, for instance, had no idea that this technology could be used for eye surgery and DVD discs but also for weaponry. Among the most impressive scientists I have known are the people who returned to academic pursuits after the end of World War II with relief but remained committed to doing what they could to control the powers they had helped to unleash.


In all cases, the scientists supported the making of the bomb in the context of the time. But they were also concerned about proliferation and arms control. It would have been wrong for them to not be concerned.


To make an analogy: if you have teenage son, you may not be able to control what he does, but you sure are a poor parent if you don’t care about what he does. Likewise, if you are a scientist and you created your own ideas, they’re your offspring, as it were. Though you can’t necessarily control how they will be applied, because that is beyond your control, you nonetheless should care and you should do all you can to ensure that your ideas, which you have helped to create, are used for the benefit of mankind and not in a damaging manner. This is something that should be instilled in all students. There should be ethics courses as part of all science courses in university.



'How much constraint are we willing to exercise, in order to facilitate the life of generations to come? Opinions differ hugely.'
Lord Martin Rees


Görlach: What, then, is your motivation as a scientist? 


Rees: I feel I am very privileged to have consistently, over a career of nearly 40 years now, played part in debates on topics that I think are writing the history of science in this period. As we make great, collective, scientific progress, we are able to confront new mysteries, which we couldn’t even have addressed in the past. Many of the questions that were being addressed when I was young have now been solved. Pressing questions couldn’t even have been posed back then.


Of course the science I do is very remote from any application, but it’s of great fascination and a very wide audience is interested in these questions. It certainly adds to my satisfaction that I can actually convey some of these exciting ideas to a wider public. I would get less satisfaction if I could only talk about my work to a few fellow specialists, so I am glad that these ideas can become part of a broader culture.


Görlach: What is the best idea you ever had? 


Rees: I don’t have any sort of singular idea, but I think I have played a role in some of the ideas that have gradually formed over the last 20 or 30 years about how our universe has evolved from a simple beginning to the complex cosmos we see around us that we are a part of. For me, the social part of science is very important ― many ideas emerge out of discussion and cooperation and, of course, out of experiments and observations.


The symbiosis between science and technology ― the old idea is that science eventually leads to an application ― is far too naïve! It goes two ways, because advancements made in academics are facilitated by technology. We only made advancements beyond Aristotle by having much more sensitive detectors and being able to explore space in many ways. If we didn’t have computers or ways of detecting radiation, etc., we would have made no progress because we are no wiser than Aristotle was. 

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Verizon Agrees To Buy Yahoo’s Core Internet Business At $350 Million Discount http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/verizon-agrees-to-buy-yahoos-core-internet-business-at-350-million-discount http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/verizon-agrees-to-buy-yahoos-core-internet-business-at-350-million-discount#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:11:11 +0000 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2017/02/21/verizon-agrees-to-buy-yahoos-core-internet-business-at-350-million-discount_n_14903672.html

(Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc <VZ.N>, the No. 1 U.S. wireless carrier, said on Tuesday it agreed to buy the core internet business of Yahoo Inc <YHOO.O> for $4.48 billion, about $350 million less than the original price.


The deal will combine Yahoo’s search, email and messenger assets as well as advertising technology tools with Verizon’s AOL unit.


Verizon had been trying to persuade Yahoo to amend the terms of the agreement to reflect the economic damage from two cyber attacks.


The closing of the deal, which was first announced in July, has been delayed as the companies assessed the financial fallout from the breaches that Yahoo disclosed last year.


The companies said on Tuesday they expect the deal to close in the second quarter.


Under the amended terms, Yahoo and Verizon will split cash liabilities related to some government investigations and third-party litigation related to the breaches.


Yahoo will continue to be responsible for liabilities from shareholder lawsuits and Securities and Exchange Commission investigations.


Verizon has been looking to mobile video and advertising for new sources of revenue outside the oversaturated wireless market.


 


(Reporting by Aishwarya Venugopal and Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)

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Trilobites: When Mismatched Voices and Lips Make Your Brain Play Tricks http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/trilobites-when-mismatched-voices-and-lips-make-your-brain-play-tricks http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/trilobites-when-mismatched-voices-and-lips-make-your-brain-play-tricks#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:00:15 +0000 http://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/21/science/lip-reading-mcgurk-effect.html http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/trilobites-when-mismatched-voices-and-lips-make-your-brain-play-tricks/feed 0 brain Researchers tried to pin down why our brains can be susceptible to errors in perception that make us mix up mouth movements and sounds. Researchers tried to pin down why our brains can be susceptible to errors in perception that make us mix up mouth movements and sounds. Pazoo.com no Utilizing the Mastermind Principles for Personal and Professional Success: Part 1 http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/utilizing-the-mastermind-principles-for-personal-and-professional-success-part-1 http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/utilizing-the-mastermind-principles-for-personal-and-professional-success-part-1#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:00:47 +0000 http://www.susanascher.com/?p=2727

In Napoleon Hill’s seminal work, Think & Grow Rich, he professed, “all who are ready may learn, not only what to do, but also how to do it; and receive, as well, the needed stimulus to make a start.”

Eighty years have passed since those words were first published, but their truth continues to resonate. If you are ready and willing, everything you need to be successful in both your professional and personal life is available to you right now.

Hill talked about an essential component to the secret to attaining wealth and that was DESIRE, a desire that was definite, focused and specific — without the worries of implementation overshadowing or lessening its realization. When that desire was combined with the conviction of your thoughts it created your DEFINITE PURPOSE.

But, how to do you discover your true desire? Is it a general desire like wealth and influence, or more specific like attaining the position of bank manager by 35? Each of us has our own unique desire based on what we want.

Not Sure What You Want? Start by Asking Yourself These 4 Questions.

1- What are you passionate about? Passion is a powerful force that can propel us to take leaps and bounds beyond our comfort zone. For many, that passion is what gets them out of bed every morning. Look for those aspects of life or business that put a smile on your face. Those actions or responsibilities that come naturally and/or effortlessly. Once you identify that passion, ask why? What about this sparks my passion?

2- What are your strengths? Too often we focus on the areas of our lives that aren’t working or we obsess over our weaknesses, instead of identifying our strengths and nurturing what is working. If you’re great at numbers and love spreadsheets, don’t force yourself to tackle all the creative responsibilities in your business. Play to your strengths.

3- What did you learn from your past experiences? Sometimes we need to identify what we don’t want in order to clearly understand what we do want. There is no better way to do that then to look back at your previous experiences. In your old jobs, careers or businesses, what didn’t you like? What areas of those experiences do you not want to repeat going forward? Having that understanding ahead of time can help facilitate the answer to question 4.

4- What does your ultimate goal look like? Be specific! If you want your business to be more profitable, what increase in profitability do you want to achieve? Do you want a 5% growth and why? If you attain that 5% in growth, what will that allow you to accomplish? If you want a business where you are supported by employees, then how many employees and what responsibilities will they have?

In Think & Grow Rich, Hill recounted the story of Edwin Barnes whose desire was to become a business associate of the great inventor, Thomas A. Edison. Edwin ultimately reached his goal with the greatest of success, but at the start he had nothing except “the capacity to know what he wanted, and the determination to stand by that desire until he realized it.”

Determination and conviction were two of the keys to Edwin Barnes’ ultimate success. Instead of wallowing in all the reasons why he wouldn’t succeed, he focused his efforts on attaining his ultimate goal. To foster that kind of faith in yourself and your desire, you first must be clear whether you are in a state of success or failure consciousness.

5 Ways to Determine if You Are You Stuck in Failure!

1- Always making excuses, instead of looking for options and solutions. If you’re always making excuses for why you can’t achieve this or can’t accomplish that, you most likely are not fully committed to your desire and purpose. You also might be afraid of what will happen if you actually succeed.

2- Always accepting what is, instead of focusing on what could be. Clinging to what hasn’t worked will only continue a cycle of failure. One must accept change and see it as an opportunity for gain and not as the possibility for loss.

3- Always focusing on your weaknesses, instead of appreciating your gifts. We all have strengths and weaknesses; it’s a part of being human. No one is good at all things at all times. That’s why it is essential to identify your gifts and appreciate the unique value you provide.

4- Always staying within your comfort zone, instead of taking risks. In order to discover what is possible, we often have to venture into the impossible. And that can only happen when we choose to take the initiative to move beyond our comfort zone.

5- Always settling for what you can get, instead of fighting for what you want. People’s greatest limits are often self-imposed. Giving in to fear, loss and failure can prevent you from staying the course and reaching your ultimate goal. Too many people quit and give up right before they have achieved success.


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How an Interoffice Spat Erupted Into a Climate-Change Furor http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/how-an-interoffice-spat-erupted-into-a-climate-change-furor http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/how-an-interoffice-spat-erupted-into-a-climate-change-furor#comments Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:29:14 +0000 http://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/20/business/energy-environment/climate-change-dispute-john-bates.html http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/how-an-interoffice-spat-erupted-into-a-climate-change-furor/feed 0 research A retired scientist became a hero to some climate-change deniers after he criticized his former boss at NOAA over data handling. A retired scientist became a hero to some climate-change deniers after he criticized his former boss at NOAA over data handling. Pazoo.com no With Snap’s I.P.O., Los Angeles Prepares to Embrace New Tech Millionaires http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/with-snaps-i-p-o-los-angeles-prepares-to-embrace-new-tech-millionaires http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/with-snaps-i-p-o-los-angeles-prepares-to-embrace-new-tech-millionaires#comments Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:58:06 +0000 http://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/20/technology/snap-ipo-los-angeles-real-estate.html http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/with-snaps-i-p-o-los-angeles-prepares-to-embrace-new-tech-millionaires/feed 0 social media That prospect has real estate agents, money managers and luxury goods purveyors excited for a potential business windfall, of the sort often seen in Silicon Valley. That prospect has real estate agents, money managers and luxury goods purveyors excited for a potential business windfall, of the sort often seen in Silicon Valley. Pazoo.com no Adele Defies Odds, Maintains ‘Live Saving’ Weight Loss; Here’s How She Does It http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/adele-defies-odds-maintains-live-saving-weight-loss-heres-how-she-does-it http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/adele-defies-odds-maintains-live-saving-weight-loss-heres-how-she-does-it#comments Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:59:38 +0000 http://www.celebrityhealthfitness.com/?p=42618 Adele was not only amazing for winning five awards at the Grammys, the British singer also marked another, less noticed achievement. She’s maintained her svelte figure follow a dramatic weight loss, defying the odds most dieters face when they lose weight. The sad fact is, 65 percent of people who lose weight regain it — and usually add a few pounds — within a few months or years, according to health experts and dietitians. ...Read More]]> Adele was not only amazing for winning five awards at the Grammys, the British singer also marked another, less noticed achievement. She’s maintained her svelte figure follow a dramatic weight loss, defying the odds most dieters face when they lose weight. The sad fact is, 65 percent of people who lose weight regain it — and usually add a few pounds — within a few months or years, according to health experts and dietitians. ...Read More]]> http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/adele-defies-odds-maintains-live-saving-weight-loss-heres-how-she-does-it/feed 0 5 Ways to Get MORE RESULTS From Your Current Workout http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/5-ways-to-get-more-results-from-your-current-workout http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/5-ways-to-get-more-results-from-your-current-workout#comments Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:48:45 +0000 http://www.stronghealthywoman.com/?p=17104 I developed a short list of THE 5 things that my most successful clients do in order to get MORE from the workouts that they are ALREADY doing. (see below)

If you’ve known me for a while, or you are just getting to RE-know me (is that a word?!), you understand that I am no nonsense.

I don’t subscribe to this idea that women are all trying to FIX something that is flawed about our bodies. SORRY, no. We have been feed this mindset from the beauty/diet/fitness/fashion industries for TOO LONG.

They do it so they can play on your fears, and then sell us their “quick fix” the solution.

Oh, hell no.

What you’ll get from me is real, actionable, daily tips that make you a stronger and more empowered woman than you already are right now.

Forget overhauling your entire game plan.

Here is 5 fast ways you can get MORE RESULTS from the training you are ALREADY doing:

1. Increase your weights – Simply put, the more lean muscle you have, the more efficient you will be at burning calories, both at rest, and during your workouts. It’s about working smarter, people, not harder. In order to get and KEEP this precious muscle, you must employ progressive overload. It’s a fundamental principle of exercise science and all it means is that if you have been stuck on those 10 or 12 lb weights for more than 3-4 weeks, it’s time to go up. YES, UP! But do it ONLY, if you want to see results 😉

2. Make One Food “Upgrade” – If you are like so many of my new clients, you can get so overwhelmed with the number of changes that you have to make in your diet, that you don’t end up doing any of them! The reality is, if you change even ONE thing, and do it consistently, you will see and feel the effect. Today, try upgrading one food item that you are already eating, for a more clean version (I.E. sans chemicals, fake sugar, processed carbs.) For example, go from white to whole wheat. Go from quick oats to steel cut. Coffee creamer to whole milk.  Success is contagious. Your desire to start incrementally upgrading other food in your routine will start to take effect.  Remember, those who seem to “have it all together” when it comes to healthy eating, weren’t born that way. Baby steps.

3. Take Shorter Breaks – Hate “cardio?” Good, because your time is better spent off those damn machines anyway. During your weight workout (like the one I sent last week), the best way to add the cardiovascular element to what you are already doing, and to pump up the amount of calories you will burn and performance related results you will see, is to take shorter breaks between sets. THIS is how you stoke a under-active metabolism for the entire day in a really short amount of time. KABAM!

4. Believe In Yourself (More) – To me, this is the secret sauce. Because kids, if success were ONLY about having the best clean eating and workout program, we ALL would have achieved our goals by now! Work on cultivating the mindset that what you want most IS possible. Check out this video for 3 simple ways to believe in yourself (MORE)! Remember, greatness is a CHOICE.

5. Have a Contingency Plan – Even your best plan to get to your regularly scheduled workout WILL get knocked off course from time to time. That’s a guarantee! Since consistency is paramount to success, decipher a go-to plan (in advance) of exactly HOW you will train the next time this “life stuff” happens. 20-Min at home hard core workout? A sprint workout on the steps of your building? THE most successful women that I work with have a non-negotiable contingency plan waiting in the wings, and deploy it whenever necessary!

PS: I will NEVER assume that we are all training for weight loss or to be “skinnier.” That’s just silly.

YOU get to define what success or results look like, for yourself Improved strength and speed, empowerment, performance, building unstoppable energy, holding yourself accountable, being a role model for your daughter… it’s all up to you.

 

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Stay determined, focused and addicted to improving yourself,

 

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Out There: Cosmos Controversy: The Universe Is Expanding, but How Fast? http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/out-there-cosmos-controversy-the-universe-is-expanding-but-how-fast http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/out-there-cosmos-controversy-the-universe-is-expanding-but-how-fast#comments Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:47:03 +0000 http://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/20/science/hubble-constant-universe-expanding-speed.html http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/out-there-cosmos-controversy-the-universe-is-expanding-but-how-fast/feed 0 A small discrepancy in the value of a long-sought number has fostered a debate about just how well we know the cosmos. A small discrepancy in the value of a long-sought number has fostered a debate about just how well we know the cosmos. Pazoo.com no Shared: A Balm When You’re Expecting: Sometimes Pot Does the Trick http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/shared-a-balm-when-youre-expecting-sometimes-pot-does-the-trick http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/shared-a-balm-when-youre-expecting-sometimes-pot-does-the-trick#comments Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:35:02 +0000 http://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/20/health/marijuana-pregnancy-mothers.html http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/shared-a-balm-when-youre-expecting-sometimes-pot-does-the-trick/feed 0 marijuana Five women describe why they used marijuana while pregnant, and how they assessed the risks and benefits before making that choice. Five women describe why they used marijuana while pregnant, and how they assessed the risks and benefits before making that choice. Pazoo.com no 7 Reasons You're Not Building Muscle Even Though You're Lifting Weights http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/7-reasons-youamp39re-not-building-muscle-even-though-youamp39re-lifting-weights http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/7-reasons-youamp39re-not-building-muscle-even-though-youamp39re-lifting-weights#comments Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:17:01 +0000 http://www.health.com/fitness/how-to-gain-muscle You've been spending tons of time in the gym trying to get Michelle Obama arms, but you don't seem to be building any muscle. What gives?

Several things could explain why your arms are as noodly as ever (or why your butt isn't getting any bigger or your shoulders don't look any more sculpted)—and most of them are completely under your control. Here, our experts uncover reasons you’re not building muscle so you can make the changes you need to make all your hard work pay off.

You’re doing mostly cardio

Don’t get us wrong—cardio is important for keeping your body fat down and keeping your heart health in check. (Bonus points if you run or bike, since outdoor exercise is linked to better energy and improved mental health.) But when it comes to building muscle, hitting the treadmill won't help you much. “Every component of exercise, minus cardio, can help with muscle hypertrophy,” which is the scientific term for muscle building, says Michelle Lovitt, an exercise physiologist and trainer in Los Angeles. “Cardio tends to burn calories and puts your body in a deficit, which is great for leaning out, but not building mass.”

RELATED: Lifting Weights May Protect Memory as We Age

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You’re not using heavy enough weights

Those 5-pound dumbbells were a great place to start as a beginner, but if you've been lifting weights for a while, it's time to bump up the weight. “You can use both exercise machines and free weights,” explains Michele Olson, PhD, exercise physiologist, professor of exercise science at Auburn University Montgomery, “but, if you are not lifting heavy enough weight, it doesn’t matter if you are primarily using free weights or machines.” In order to build muscle, you must break down muscle tissue using a weight that is challenging enough to cause micro-tears, which when repaired, form denser, stronger fibers.

You’re not sleeping enough

Those micro-tears that are such a key factor for muscle-building need rest to rebuild themselves and grow stronger. When do they do that? When you’re asleep! “You have to rest and feed your muscles between workouts or you will tear them down and they will become weaker,” says Olson. “Over time, you run the risk of over-training, which can result in injury, and possibly even more sleep troubles.”

RELATED: 8 Factors That Could Be Keeping You Up at Night

You’re inconsistent with your routine

If you're serious about putting on some muscle, then the most efficient way to do it is with three intense resistance training sessions and two lighter intensity workouts per week. “You need to have consistency in a workout program, hitting at least each muscle group two times a week to build muscle,” explains Lovitt. If you’re looking to switch up exercises, Olson suggests swaps such as sumo squats instead of traditional squats; step-ups on a bench instead of lunges; and then rotating back to the former. “These types of variation can be very effective in developing muscles, but the weights must still be fairly heavy that you’re using,” she says.

You’ve developed muscle imbalances

A muscle imbalance—when one muscle is stronger than its opposing muscle—can limit your ability to exercise effectively, and could lead to injury down the line. “It’s important to recognize whether you’re really working the muscles you think you are and recognize if you’ve developed an imbalance that alters your movement pattern,” says Eric Ingram, physical therapist at Louisiana Physical Therapy Centers of Pineville. One common imbalance in women is stronger quads and weaker, tighter hamstrings, thanks to prolonged sitting, high heels, and improper training. If you suspect you have a muscle imbalance, make an appointment with a physical therapist, who will prescribe exercises to even you out.

RELATED: LISS vs. HIIT: What's the Difference?

You have bad form

It’s not just about lifting—it’s about lifting safely and correctly. And if you’re not performing exercises properly, it’s impossible to make any progress. “When someone is just starting to work out, it can help to work closely with a knowledgeable personal trainer in order to learn proper form,” says Ingram. But that goes for experienced lifters, too. If you aren’t sure about a movement, it’s better to ask. “If you’re not working the correct muscles, you can’t expect them to grow,” explains Ingram.

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Your genetics may not be working in your favor

It’s true—your genes can play a role when it comes to building muscle. In general, there are two types of muscle fibers: Type I, which are slow twitch, and Type II, which are fast twitch. Depending on which you have more of, you may have an easier or harder time gaining muscle. “Fast twitch muscle fibers are two times as thick as slow twitch muscle fibers, lending to the overall thickness of the muscle without any activity,” explains Lovitt. “Those people with a genetic predisposition of a high percentage of these fibers can increase muscle size very easily while the people with a higher percentage of slow twitch muscle fibers have to work really hard to put on mass.” It’s the reason why a world-class sprinter genetically has more fast twitch muscle fibers than a world-class marathoner—it comes down to what we’re born with.

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A Conversation With: In Response to Trump, a Dutch Minister Launches ‘She Decides’ http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/a-conversation-with-in-response-to-trump-a-dutch-minister-launches-she-decides http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/a-conversation-with-in-response-to-trump-a-dutch-minister-launches-she-decides#comments Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:15:41 +0000 http://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/20/health/lilianne-ploumen-abortion-gag-rule-she-decides.html http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/a-conversation-with-in-response-to-trump-a-dutch-minister-launches-she-decides/feed 0 women's rights Lilianne Ploumen a trade minister in the Netherlands, mobilized support for global family-planning groups threatened by an executive order from President Trump. Lilianne Ploumen a trade minister in the Netherlands, mobilized support for global family-planning groups threatened by an executive order from President Trump. Pazoo.com no 4 Lower Body Exercises You Can Do in Front of Your TV http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/4-lower-body-exercises-you-can-do-in-front-of-your-tv http://pazoo.com/uncategorized/4-lower-body-exercises-you-can-do-in-front-of-your-tv#comments Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:17:01 +0000 http://www.health.com/fitness/lower-body-exercises-tv

Drop it like it’s hot? How about drop it like squat? If you usually shy away from lower body exercises in favor of above the belt training, it’s time to wise up. Whether or not weight loss is your goal, you’ll get serious pay-off by training your lower half. Your quads, hamstrings and glutes are home to some of the biggest muscles in your body, and those muscles will torch calories both during and after your workout, thanks to excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), the process by which your body replenishes its oxygen stores.

Plus, working your lower body will pay off in about a million different ways. “Lower body strength, much like your core, is a foundation for all fitness,” says Justin Rubin, Daily Burn trainer for True Beginner. Challenging your legs and glutes will translate to better balance, strength and agility — all of which are important for day-to-day activities like racing up the stairs (without burning thighs) or even getting low on the dance floor.

Best of all, you don’t even need a pimped-out gym to get started. We asked Rubin to demonstrate four beginner-friendly moves that can be done pretty much anywhere. (Translation: No equipment required!) For a solid workout, repeat each exercise for one minute, doing as many reps as possible. Then recover for 30 seconds. Complete five rounds and you’ll start to feel the burn! If you want an extra challenge, try the optional towel modifications listed below each description to engage your upper body as well.

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4 No-Equipment Lower Body Exercises

 Back Lunges
1. Reverse Lunges

Targets: Quads, hamstrings, glutes, core

How to: Begin standing with your feet hip-width apart, hands on your hips (a). Shift your weight onto your left leg and step your right leg straight behind you (b). Lower directly downwards until your front and back knees are at 90-degree angles. Hold for one second (c). Next, engage your left thigh and push off your right leg, coming back to a neutral, standing position (d). Repeat on the other side, alternating sides for a minute.

Extra credit: Hold a towel taut between your hands. When you step back for a lunge, twist your upper body in the opposite direction of your back leg. (Example: Twist to the left when you step back with your right leg.)

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 Squats
2. Squats

Targets: Glutes, quads, hamstrings

How to: Begin with your feet under your hips, legs no wider than your shoulders. Your bodyweight should be in your heels and your arms should be relaxed by your sides (a). Keeping your chest upright and your shoulder blades pulled back, bend your knees and sink down, making sure your knees do not extend beyond your toes. Your arms should extend straight in front of you. Imagine you are touching your butt to a chair (b). Now, drive through your legs and squeeze your glutes to stand back up, letting your arms come down to your sides again (c). Repeat for one minute.

Extra credit: Hold a towel taut between your hands. As you squat down, bring your arms overhead, so your face is in between your biceps. When you drive upwards to stand back up, slowly let your arms come back to your sides.

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 Side Lunge
3. Side Lunges

Targets: Quads, hamstrings, glutes, core

How to: Stand with your feet hip-width apart, hands on your hips (a). Take a wide step to the left, letting your left foot point diagonally away from you and keeping your right foot planted (b). Keeping your weight in your heels and your chest lifted upwards, turn your left foot and knee out slightly as you sink down into a lunge. Make sure your knees do not come over your toes (c). Next, push off with your left leg, engaging your inner thighs and glutes, and bring the leg back to the neutral starting position (d). Repeat on the other side, alternating sides for a minute.

Extra credit: Want to engage the muscles in your arms? Hold a towel taut between your hands, with your arms extended straight upwards. When you step to one side for a lunge, bring your arms down so the towel touches your outer thigh. Bring your arms upwards as you step in.

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 Curtsy Lunge
4. Curtsy Lunges

Targets: Glutes, quads, inner thighs

How to: Stand with your feet hip-width apart, hands on your hips (a). Shift your weight to your right side and step your left leg behind your right leg so your legs are crossed. If you imagine a clock underneath you, your left toes should be at roughly 4 o’clock (b). Bend both knees, not letting them come over your toes, and sink into the lunge, keeping your chest upright (c). Engage your quads and squeeze your glutes as you drive off your left leg, standing up and bringing it back to the starting position (d). Repeat on the other side, alternating sides for one minute.

Extra credit: When standing upright, hold the towel taut in front of your chest. As you step to each side for the curtsy lunge, extend your arms and bring them down so the towel is in front of your shin. Be sure to maintain good upper body posture. Once you drive off your back leg, bring your arms and towel back to your chest.

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