Archive for abril, 2016
It appears the effort to pass a statewide two-cents-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages has died in California, at least for this year. As the Sacramento Bee reported on Wednesday, the bill’s demise occurred with the legislative equivalent of a whimper: Its sponsor in the state assembly pulled the bill before it could even come up for a vote in committee, owing to a lack of support among fellow lawmakers.
That’s the theme of this year’s National Library Week, an annual awareness celebration sponsored by the American Library Association. — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms
The Historic Vatican Peace Conference by Rev. John Dear This week, an historic gathering of 80 leading Catholic peace leaders from 20 different nations met at the Vatican to call for an end to the so-called just war theory and for a recommitment to the nonviolence of Jesus. There has literally never been a gathering like this before in the history of the Vatican.
EARTH HEALERS Photo credit: LuxEcoLiving/ rstBrands Sunbrella at Dusk There are people throughout the world that identify with the urgency of climate change and environmental degradation. The science supporting the shifts in our earths imbalance lead us to believe that we each must play a role to solve a multitude of problems to reverse the damage that has already been done. Global Warming is real
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) argued during Thursday’s Democratic debate that the Palestinian people should be treated with dignity and that the United States shouldn’t always kowtow to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Hours earlier, Sanders’ campaign suspended its new Jewish outreach director for advocating the exact same positions
Last night, I was asked to speak at a rally for Senator Bernie Sanders as a physician and healthcare activist who supports him for president. I did not clear my prepared words with anyone in the campaign and a portion of my speech has since generated tremendous outrage. That part of my speech was Secretary Clinton has said Medicare for all will never happen.
It can be hard to stay self-motivated when you’re facing your computer screen. Life gets in the way, and that new Netflix release can look awfully tempting compared to a strenuous session of work.
With over 150 countries, 10 books and two prosperous companies to his credit, Bill Kizorek, 70, is a living success story.
TOP STORIES WHAT A NIGHT FOR BASKETBALL Only Lakers legend Kobe Bryant could score 60 points in his final game. “Mamba out” indeed
“You get the politics that you deserve.” Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Richard Ford here speaks bluntly of the interplay between politicians and the public in America, arguing that people can only blame themselves for being lied to by politicians. Ford claims that it is because we are also hypocrites that politicians seek to obscure the truth – out of fear of having to take any responsibility, which they might then be held to by the public: “We ask them to lie to us, so that we will be happily lied to.
If you’re on a budget, hanging out with wealthy friends can be stressful. When your pals are shelling out for fancy meals or pricey cocktails, it’s easy to feel like a penny-pinching drag — or like you need to up your credit limit to stick around. If you’re feeling financially squeezed, you’re not alone.
In February, the Federal Election Commission deadlocked on taking action against right-wing filmmaker Joel Gilbert for failing to disclose how much he spent manufacturing and mailing what he claimed was millions of DVD copies of his anti-Obama documentary “Dreams From My Real Father” to voters in several swing states before the 2012 presidential election, meaning that no action against him would take place. An FEC general counsel’s report declared that Gilbert’s film qualified as a legitimate media action and was not an independent political expenditure subject to financial disclosure. Despite winning his case, Gilbert knew exactly what to do to capitalize on it: run to the right-wing media and cry persecution.
Alligators may be fierce apex predators, but there’s something even they have to watch out for: Other alligators. At least one gator learned that lesson a little too late at the Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland, Florida this week when it was eaten by a much larger beast. Several people in multiple locations at the 1,267-acre reserve saw the monster gator chowing down on a littler one, leading to a number of incredible clips posted on YouTube and across social media. Alex Figueroa, who shot one of the clips, estimated the larger gator to be 11 or 12 feet long , according to a description he posted on YouTube. Andrew Lilyquist, who shot the clip at the top of this page, told WFTS in Tampa that he’d heard about gator fights and went hoping to catch one on camera — but he hadn’t expected to actually see one. ” My heart was racing ,” he was quoted as saying. “I just saw that big head and I said ok this is going to be great.” Another clip, filmed by Octavia Heart, shows what appears to be the same gator in another location at the reserve having a gator snack: The station said this kind of aggression is common, especially during mating season, which runs from March through mid-June.
The No Child Left Behind Act, the controversial Bush-era education law, promoted an emphasis on reading and math, sometimes at the expense of other subjects. Now, the nation’s new education secretary is calling on schools to expand their focus to other subjects and give students a more balanced set of course offerings. Secretary John King Jr. — who was confirmed in March — is expected to tout the benefits of a “well-rounded education” in a speech at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts on Thursday.
By Jack Carrington, Strategist, 18 Feet & Rising And so it should be. The economist’s argument in favour would be that sugary drinks, like many consumer goods, have negative externalities and ought to be taxed accordingly.
A gold watch wasn’t enough for a security guard with a heart of gold. Kifleab Tekle received a check for $183,179 from former students and parents at a private celebration at The Hockaday School in Dallas, on Monday. Tekle, who retired after working as a security guard at the school for 30 years, was regarded as the “Hagrid of their Hogwarts” according to The Dallas Morning News , and most students were appreciative of his good sense of humor, jokes and smile, as well as his commitment to his job.
Folks rallied in Raleigh, North Carolina to defend and oppose a law (HB2) which limits protections for the LGBT community. Here are 16 chants/signs from both sides: 1. “No Men in Women’s Bathrooms.” 2
A Response To The Odyssey’s ‘Black Lives Matter Fits Patriot Act’s Definition of Domestic Terrorism’
This post originally appeared in The Tab . By Kami Thomas While sitting in class yesterday, a friend of mine sent me an article with a headline that shook me to the very core.
Today, the words “I followed you” most often mean something along the lines of: my Internet presence appreciates your Internet presence and thus, thanks to the click of a button, I will now be made aware of your online activities.
Activist Alice Paul is Recognized as President Obama Designates National Monument Honoring Women’s Equality Alice Paul , women’s rights activist and founder of the National Woman’s Party, had a motto: “Deeds not words.” On the path to achieving equality in society, it is, more than anything, our actions that demonstrate our commitment and bring about lasting change.
A federal court heard oral arguments in a mortgage lender’s challenge to a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau fine. The judges present seemed open to ruling the entire agency unconstitutional. An unfavorable ruling would be the biggest legal setback yet for the CFPB, but it is liable to be overturned on appeal
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal took a bold stance on discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer (LGBTQ) people this week. While political pundits want you to believe that he succumbed to pressure from the business community by vetoing the anti-LGBTQ bill, HB 757, the truth is that he upheld the core values that millions of Evangelical Christians hold closely. His decision to veto this legislation was based on his religious convictions: freedom, justice, and equality for all
Through the platform of A Humane Nation , I report on so many good developments for animals — from retailers switching to cage-free or crate-free animal products, to major companies going fur-free, to the swell of global outrage over the killing of endangered animals for trophies or profit, to the recent burst of federal rule-making actions for animals. But make no mistake, we are still in a fight for the lives of animals, and there are special interests and lawmakers beholden to them who want to thwart our progress.
Three workout tips that need to go away and two to implement starting today: When I was a brand-new mom, it seemed I heard more unsolicited advice than during any other time in my life. Although most of it was well-intended, a lot of — particularly new-mom exercise — advice I’ve been offered is pure, saccharine crap
Lately, as I scroll through my Facebook news feed during our current Presidential race, I’m seeing more and more ugly, insulting, meant-to-be-funny posts and memes describing our political candidates. Freedom of speech — can’t beat it! However, there’s something more insidious going on within the female community in regards to politics and social media that alarms me. By now, all of you reading this should be aware of the Twitter spat between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz regarding the attractiveness of their respective wives
‘Respect for women is an ingrained part of the military code of conduct and is a value instilled when one joins the military.’ Photograph: Hindustan Times via Getty Images The brutal gang rape and killing of Jyoti Singh in Dehli in 2012 propelled India into international headlines and sparked nationwide protests. The barbarity of the act outraged millions.
Fox News host Bill O’Reilly wants to know how Donald Trump plans to appeal to “ill-educated” black voters with forehead tattoos. Speaking on ” The O’Reilly Factor ” on Monday night, O’Reilly noted that Trump wasn’t doing well with minority voters — a notion backed by polls , but one the GOP frontrunner disputed. Trump claimed he would “do fantastic with African-Americans and with Hispanics” by promising to bring jobs back to the U.S. “China has the jobs
The man accused of fatally shooting three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic last year said he hoped that when he died fetuses in heaven would thank him for stopping more abortions, court documents showed on Monday.
The Huffington Post’s College Sleep Tour is sparking a lot of conversation on social media and in the pages of college newspapers about the importance of sleep for students. The College Sleep Tour is hitting 16 campuses through April and May, and started last week . Arianna Huffington, founder and editor-in-chief of HuffPost, says she wants the tour to spark a #SleepRevolution where students start rejecting the notion that they cannot have a social life, good grades, and still get the sleep their body needs. Over the past several months, students have blogged on HuffPost about the existing toxic culture around sleep on many campuses. “The pressure I put on myself is a direct consequence of my choice not to sleep
By Kara O’Rourke | Off the Shelf When my family planned a trip to Scotland this past summer, we were told by everyone to read the Outlander series before we left.
While he may not have been the first to say it, Steven D.
Finally, women’s pain is being treated as seriously as a heart attack. In fact, a new study by the journal American Family Physician validates what many women have known all along: Menstrual pain agony feels “as bad as a heart attack,” and women shouldn’t be made to suffer in silence any longer.
Nick Gordon Reveals Details About Bobbi Kristina’s Final Hours Before She Was Found Clinging To Life
In a new exclusive interview with Dr. Phil airing on Thursday, April 28, Nick Gordon, the former boyfriend of Bobbi Kristina Brown, Whitney Houston’s daughter, answers questions about his ex-girlfriend’s final hours before being found clinging to life in her bathtub on January 31, 2015. Now, the autopsy results are in, and Gordon gets the chance to set the record straight. Dr
Young black and brown boys don’t always see reaffirming messages in society that allow them to believe that they can grow up to become successful. Without this reassurance, their potential can be stifled. This is why programs like President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper are so essential. For the past two years, My Brother’s Keeper has sought to eliminate the achievement gap and make opportunities available for young boys and men of color that they might have not gotten otherwise. A commercial which aired during the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday night underscored the importance of this with a motivational message.
The hardest lesson in my new spiritual life has been to learn how to not do anything. After decades of believing in hard work, it has been very difficult to train myself to let go of doing and focus on being, even though, truth be told, working hard never got me anywhere much. But how to not do anything when there is so much to do?
In 2007, Jessica was struggling with anorexia and weighed 97 lbs. “I want to be scary skinny.
Jamie Kennedy plays Dr. Callahan on NBC’s new medical drama Heartbeat , Wednesdays 8/7C.
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My little campaign to make critical thinking education a component of this year’s election conversation might seem quixotic, if not completely unnecessary. After all, why study argumentation and argumentation analysis when we can tune into an official debate every week which will be followed by immediate analysis by paid experts, with analysis by unpaid experts and non-experts offered second-by-second, tweet-by-tweet before, during and after each debate occurs? In fact, we don’t even need to focus on Presidential politics to see high-stakes argumentation we can all plunge into.
When it comes to the MTV Movie Awards , we never know what to expect — especially from an awards ceremony with categories that include “Best Kiss” and “Best Villain.” But with stars like Will Smith, Melissa McCarthy, Zac Efron, Arianna Grande and Gigi Hadid on hand for Sunday’s main event, we anticipated plenty of amazing red carpet moments. Hollywood’s hottest stars certainly didn’t disappoint in the style category, as all-black and sheer fabrics were two of the biggest trends of the night.
A serial about two artists with incurable neurological disease sharing fear, frustration and friendship as they push to complete the most rewarding creative work of their careers. Read Episode Sixteen: The Patient Will See You Now Or, start at the beginning: An Illness’s Introduction Find all episodes here
There’s no way to undercut the importance of an awards show like knowing the full list of winners before it airs on TV.
Joel McHale doesn’t find North Carolina’s archaic new anti-LGBT law the least bit funny. The comedian, who appeared at the Durham Performing Arts Center in North Carolina on Friday, told the audience that he would donate “every single dime I make tonight” to the city’s LGBTQ Center as a way of offering his support. “There was a moment where I wasn’t going to come tonight,” McHale told the audience.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama said Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton never jeopardized national security in the handling of her emails as his secretary of state.
A playful pooch is in the dog house after it got hold of its owner’s Chinese calligraphy ink set. The energetic animal somehow opened up and trod in a large pot of black ink while its owners were out at the movies. They returned home to find their pup had covered much of their apartment’s floors with black-inked paw prints.
(Reuters) – Former New Orleans Saints footballer Will Smith was killed and a woman was wounded in a shooting in New Orleans on Saturday, the Times-Picayune newspaper reported on its website. The newspaper, citing law enforcement sources and a Saints source “with direct knowledge of the incident”, said Smith , 34, was shot and killed after a minor traffic collision in the city’s Garden District
Pull back the curtain on the MTV Awards tonight, and you’ll see a few things that the stars are invited to that the rest of the world probably know nothing about. Award shows offer their guests invitations to ‘gifting suites’ several days before the show, where many high end designers and vendors come together to offer the guests their wares for free. The branding theory is called “Influencer Marketing” where you hope to have a ‘Brand Influencer’ like your product enough to use it in their daily life.
Thomas Jefferson’s coming home and Alexander Hamilton is coming to Hulu Original Series, Difficult People . The beloved star of Broadway’s hit musical Hamilton , Lin-Manuel Miranda, will appear in Season 2 of Difficult People . Difficult People was created and written by Julie Klausner.
Ambivalence about a Trump-Cruz battle pushes many Republican fundraisers away from the presidential contest. — 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.
Phone rings, door chimes, in comes Stephen Sondheim’s Company ! Please let us know in the comments your favorite Bobby. If you’re NY1 trash like me, you’ll love this throwback interview about Company : Any Broadway buff owns multiple versions of the same musical.
The Justice Department and federal prosecutors have portrayed that individuals linked to the Iranian government have attacked U.S. infrastructure, including a small dam 20 miles north of New York. Reportedly, this is not the first time that the Islamic Republic has been attempting to infiltrate the online infrastructure (from the US banking systems, New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq, AT&T Inc., to the dam, among others) and inflict significant damages on Americans.
“The Joker” singer was definitely not joking this time. After playing at his induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday night, legendary rocker Steve Miller used his acceptance speech to jab at the institution for not being more inclusive of women.
President Barack Obama on Friday told donors that Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz were doing Democrats a “favor” by exposing extreme views within their party on issues such as immigration and national security. “I actually think that Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have done us a favor,” Obama said, referring to policy positions that would restrict Muslims and Mexicans from entering the country. Obama said Trump and Cruz, the two front-runners in the Republican nomination contest ahead of the Nov.
Ariana Grande is set to perform with Jason Robert Brown at the MTV Movie Awards . Jason Robert Brown did the music and lyrics for 13 , the show in which Ariana Grande made her Broadway debut. -NEW VIDEO- Ariana's interview with MTV news yesterday.
Three men stranded on a Pacific Island have been rescued after hatching resourceful plan that seems like it’s straight off of “ Gilligan’s Island .” The trio became stranded on Monday after a wave swamped their 19-foot skiff, which had set out from the Micronesian island of Pulap. They then swam to the uninhabited Fanadik Island, about 2,600 miles southwest of Honolulu, CNN reports. They were there for three days until a Navy aircrew searching for the missing seamen spotted a large makeshift sign that spelled out “HELP” in palm fronds, according to a US Coast Guard statement
Campaigning began in earnest this week for New York’s primary, just as season eight of “The Real Housewives of New York” debuted as well, one of televisions top ranked reality shows. the episodes are sure to be full of brawling, fighting, back-stabbing, name calling, Twitter wars, gossip mongering, and “I’m better than the others.” Do these plots sound famiiar
By Dimitar Georgiev The dusts of the terrorist attack in Brussels on 22 March have not yet settled, but that has not prevented pundits from proclaiming their opinions on what went wrong: blaming Europe’s open borders , accusing the lack of police cooperation within the European Union, pointing the finger at Belgian law enforcement, and even calling into question the future of the European project itself. What is missing, however, is a full understanding of what happened, why it happened, and what reforms would be most effective in ensuring this does not happen again without jeopardizing European values. The people of Belgium, in fact all the people of Europe, need an investigative commission, much like the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9/11 Commission) formed by the U.S.
When it comes to date nights, Bernie Sanders showed on Friday night that he’s one helluva class act.
For decades now, Yemen’s people have suffered from bad governance, underdevelopment, and prolonged civil conflict. Despite enduring these multiple hardships, Yemenis have largely been ignored by the rest of the world. During the past year, Yemen’s pain has been compounded by a devastating air war.
It’s been five years since Mike Wilklow was slinging sandwiches at a Jimmy John’s shop in Minneapolis. No longer a 20-something activist, Wilklow is 31 years old and punching the clock as a computer programmer, earning far more than he did during his fast-food days. And yet, thanks to some recent legal developments, Wilklow now finds himself pondering a return to Jimmy John’s to dress Totally Tunas for next to minimum wage.
New York City’s Public Advocate: More Needs To Be Done To Protect Children From Lead Paint Poisoning
New York City Public Advocate Letitia James says the city needs to strengthen the current regulations that are on the books to combat lead poisoning, following a n investigation published by The Huffington Post and WNYC on March 31. It revealed that some landlords fail to remove peeling lead paint from apartments with children, because it is more cost-effective to make repairs only after city inspectors notify them of dangerous lead conditions
From Arianna Huffington opening up to her daughter Christina about love and divorce, to a gay dad named Jon talking to his son Sammy about LGBTQ equality, HuffPost’s new series #TalkToMe is encouraging parents and kids to sit down and share a conversation. Dozens of families have posted #TalkToMe videos on Facebook since the series launched on Monday. ( Here’s how to make your own – it’s so worth it!) In the compilation above, watch moms, dads, daughters and sons open up to each other, one question at a time. Below we’ve highlighted a few full #TalkToMe conversations that really stood out.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican officials on Friday said they detained a woman on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list who is suspected of hiring assassins in the United States to kill her romantic rival. The woman, Mexican citizen Brenda Delgado, is wanted for capital murder in the shooting death of a Dallas dentist who was dating Delgado’s former boyfriend. U.S
(Reuters) – The 17-year-old daughter of late actor Paul Walker has reached a $10.1 million settlement with the estate of the man driving the car that crashed and killed them both in 2013, her attorney said on Friday. Walker was a passenger in a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT driven by Roger Rodas when the car, traveling at speeds of 80 to 93 miles per hour (129 to 150 kilometers per hour), careened into trees and a utility pole in Santa Clarita, northwest of Los Angeles.
Bill Maher has a radical suggestion for Republicans, which is to take a punt on Democrat Hillary Clinton this November. The “Real Time with Bill Maher” host broke down on Friday night why GOP supporters should really do themselves a favor and switch sides
Saint Thomas More: “Why not be a teacher?
Khloe Kardashian has some stiff competition for the best #TBT picture of all time. Hilary Duff posted an adorable childhood shot on Thursday, in which she looks every inch the pageant queen. Wearing a black top paired with ginormous diamond earrings and perfectly coiffed blond hair, little Duff is smiling as wide as she can. The actress jokingly blamed thanked her mom for the 1993 glamour shot on Instagram. #glamourshots #thanksmom #1993 #tb A photo posted by Hilary Duff (@hilaryduff) on Apr 7, 2016 at 3:37pm PDT It’s so cute and ’90s, we could die! Duff started out as a child model before she became an actress, so it’s our new mission to find more photos of her like this. Let’s just hope she keeps the #TBTs coming. It's my beautiful sisters birthday! Sissy you have always been my guiding light, my safety, my pit bull and my best friend! Your love and protection is endless! Happy birthday I love you so much @haylieduff #thickasthieves A photo posted by Hilary Duff (@hilaryduff) on Feb 19, 2016 at 3:12pm PST — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms.
In its huge Navate space, Pirelli HangarBicocca presents Carsten Höller’s solo exhibition Doubt . Doubt includes more than twenty works by Carsten Höller, both existent and new. Large-scale installations, videos and photographs play with the spatial and temporal coordinates of the exhibition venue, charting a course between symmetry, duplication and reversal
Adobe Systems Inc issued an emergency update on Thursday to its widely used Flash software for Internet browsers after researchers discovered a security flaw that was being exploited to deliver ransomware to Windows PCs. The software maker urged the more than 1 billion users of Flash on Windows, Mac, Chrome and Linux computers to update the product as quickly as possible after security researchers said the bug was being exploited in “drive-by” attacks that infect computers with ransomware when tainted websites are visited.
Rescue dog Jemmie has made friends for life in these stray kittens. The shih tzu Lhasa apso mix is not only playing mom to the scrappy little ginger cat and his sibling, but also donating blood to help save the pair’s eyesight.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Friday called for a Church that was less strict and more compassionate towards “imperfect” Catholics, such as those who divorced and remarried, saying “no one can be condemned forever”. Francis said gays should be respected but firmly re-stated the Church’s position that there are “absolutely no grounds” to equate gay unions to heterosexual marriage. In a 260-page treatise called “Amoris Laetitia,” (The Joy of Love), one of the most eagerly awaited pronouncements of his pontificate, Francis quoted Martin Luther King, Argentine Poet Jorge Luis Borges and even the 1987 Danish cult film Babette’s Feast, to make his case for a more merciful and loving Church