Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Atheist Ads Attack 'Scams' Religions

Atheist Ads Attack 'Scams' Religions - A new advertisement in Alabama by a national atheist group is reportedly declaring religions to be "scams."

The Huntsville ad -- produced by the American Atheists -- displays the message "You know they're all scams" alongside pictures of religious symbols, such as Islam's crescent moon and star, the cross and the Jewish star, according to the Christian Post.

Atheist Ads Attack 'Scams' Religions

Anesthesia More like Coma than Sleep

Anesthesia More like Coma than Sleep - Anesthesia induces a brain state that more closely resembles a controlled, reversible coma than sleep, according to a new study.

"General anesthesia is pharmacological coma, not sleep," Dr. Nicholas D. Schiff, co-author of the study and the director of the laboratory of cognitive neuromodulation with Weil Cornell Medical College in New York, told Reuters.

In a review article in the New England Journal of Medicine on Dec. 30, Schiff and his colleagues compared clinical signs and electroencephalogram readings of patients under general anesthesia and those simply dozing.

Anesthesia More like Coma than Sleep

While doctors and their patients often refer to anesthesia as going to sleep, in reality the two states have little in common, the researchers said, with only the deepest phase of sleep and the lightest phase of anesthesia overlapping.

In normal sleep, the brain cycles through various predictable phases, while under anesthesia, the patient is brought to a specific state and kept there for the duration of the procedure. The anesthesia phases brought about for surgery are closest to coma, the doctors said.

Every day in the United States, around 60,000 patients receive general anesthesia for surgery, the researchers said.

Schiff said the findings could be useful in developing models to predict how patients emerge from comas, and even one day developing tools for determining at what stage a comatose patient is in.

Source: http://www.dotmed.com/news/story/15083/

Anesthesia More like Coma than Sleep

Blu-Ray 3D TV Adoption

Blu-Ray 3D TV Adoption - Remember the videotape format war between VHS and Betamax in the 1970s and '80s? When wide adoption of a new consumer packaged-media format is at stake, format launches aren't always smooth.

Blu-ray Disc is the latest example. It struggled out of the gate in 2006 while engaged in a fierce battle with HD DVD to become the high-def format of choice, a contest it won in 2008 when HD DVD conceded and manufacturers ceased production.

Now, just a year after its introduction at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show, 3D Blu-ray is leading the charge to bring 3D TV -- the next frontier for packaged media -- into the home.

There are roughly 30 3D movie titles currently in retail stores (with more on the way), and players have been created by leading consumer electronics manufacturers including LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba and Vizio.

Industrywide agreement was key to the success of a 3D format launch, according to Andy Parsons, U.S. chairman of the Blu-ray Disc Assn.'s (BDA) promotions committee and senior vp product planning at Pioneer Home Entertainment Group.

Blu-Ray 3D TV Adoption

Last spring, the BDA formed a 3D task force comprised of industry stakeholders to develop a 3D technical spec -- essentially the blueprint for the 3D format used by all manufacturers -- and it took only eight months for the spec to be agreed upon and completed.

"I don't think I've ever seen an association turn out a spec in such rapid time," Parsons said. "The alternative would have been two or three different ways to do 3D on a disc -- and that's death to a format. Everyone understood that could happen. We avoided what could have been an ugly, messy situation."

Since its introduction, 2D Blu-ray has also been challenged by Internet-based services that offer movie downloads and streaming, and there are many who remain skeptical about whether a new packaged media format is needed or can even survive in today's connected world. Others believe 3D could become the defining feature of the Blu-ray format.

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=12533731

Blu-Ray 3D TV Adoption

Gwyneth Paltrow Cee-lo Duet

Gwyneth Paltrow Cee-lo Duet - NBC has announced that Gwyneth Paltrow will be hosting Saturday Night Live on Jan. 15 with musical guest Cee Lo Green.

It sounds like a good show, but my question is this: Since Gwyneth Paltrow sang a fantastic version of Cee Lo's "F*** You" on Glee this season, is there a chance the two will sing it together?

Gwyneth Paltrow Cee-lo Duet

David Hasselhoff Fancied Pamela Anderson

David Hasselhoff Fancied Pamela Anderson - Hasselhoff said yesterday that he and Anderson could have been a couple during their time on the hit TV series but their respective partners kept them apart.

"We are close but I would love to have been closer to her," Hasselhoff told the Daily Telegraph.

"But she was always running and I was always running. I was always married and she was always hanging out with Tommy Lee."

David Hasselhoff Fancied Pamela Anderson

He described Anderson as "very funny" and "very sweet" and said the pair had always been attracted to one another.

Hasselhoff also named Alexandra Paul, who played Stephanie Holden, as his favourite Baywatch character because she was the "epitome of a lifeguard".

Yasmin Bleeth, Erika Eleniak and Anderson were also named as some of The Hoff's favourite on-screen lifeguards.

Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/entertainment/8192049/hasselhoff-and-anderson-could-have-hooked-up

David Hasselhoff Fancied Pamela Anderson

'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' Home on the Market for $1.65M

'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' Home on the Market for $1.65M - "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" fans listen up! A home from the iconic '80's film is on the market for $1.65 million, reports the Huffington Post.

Starring as the modern digs of character Cameron Frye in the movie, the glassy house is located in Highland Park, Illinois and has been on the market for a little over a year.

More photos reveal the glass-wrapped home features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a spacious tree-filled lot, according to the listing on Realtor.com.

'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' Home on the Market for $1.65M

With four bedrooms, three bathrooms and 5,300 square feet of living space, the home served as the setting for the oddball hijinks in the 1986 film.

Architects A. James Speyer and David Haid designed the house, built in 1953, with a specialty glass-enclosed garage to store Ben Rose's collection of vintage cars, reported Luxist.com when the home originally hit the market in 2009 for $2.3 million.

In a famous scene from the movie, Ferris Bueller and pal Cameron Frye watch in horror as Cameron's father's priceless red Ferrari breaks through the glass garage and smashes below.

Any new owners' cars can avoid the Ferrari's fate -- the garage is now fully restored.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/real_estate/2011/01/04/2011-01-04_ferris_bueller_home_on_the_market_for_165_million_.html#ixzz1A7Vb4V2M

'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' Home on the Market for $1.65M

Alec Baldwin Talks About Running For Office

Alec Baldwin Talks About Running For Office - Senator Jack Donaghy? Perhaps, as 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin tells CNN’s Eliot Spitzer he’s “very interested” in running for office.

The trick, Baldwin says in an exclusive interview that airs Wednesday on Parker Spitzer, is that running would mean the “extremely painful” decision to leave acting, where he’s at the top of his game.

Also, Baldwin says he doesn’t want to live anywhere but New York, and the city’s got no shortage of ambitious would-be political superstars. (In fact, you could be sitting across the desk from one, Alec).

Source: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/alec-baldwin-tells-cnns-eliot-spitzer-hes-very-interested-in-running-for-office/

Alec Baldwin Talks About Running For Office

Court Drops NYPD Blue Nudity Fine

Court Drops NYPD Blue Nudity Fine - A federal appeals court threw out a $1.21 million penalty against 44 ABC television stations for violating broadcast indecency standards by airing an "NYPD Blue" episode that showed a woman's nude buttocks.

Tuesday's decision followed the New York court's ruling last July that the indecency policy under which the U.S. Federal Communications Commission had assessed the penalty was unconstitutionally vague.

The FCC had imposed in February 2008 a $27,500 fine against each of the 44 ABC affiliates for showing the "NYPD Blue" episode five years earlier. Walt Disney Co owns ABC.

Court Drops NYPD Blue Nudity Fine

"We are extremely gratified at the court's clearly correct ruling," said Seth Waxman, a partner at law firm WilmerHale and former U.S. solicitor general, who represents ABC.

Austin Schlick, the FCC general counsel, in a statement said Tuesday's decision confirms that the earlier ruling was "excessively broad in rejecting the FCC's ability to use context to evaluate indecency cases."

The FCC had tightened its indecency policy in 2004 after the on-air use of profanity by U2 lead singer Bono and Janet Jackson's breast-baring at the 2004 Super Bowl.

But the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a case involving News Corp's Fox Television, CBS Corp and others, said in July that policy violated the First Amendment and created "a chilling effect" on broadcasts.

Source: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/40909398/ns/today-entertainment/

Court Drops NYPD Blue Nudity Fine

Thieves Tunnel into Bank

Thieves Tunnel into Bank - In a heist that seems ripped from a Hollywood movie, thieves in Argentina tunneled into a bank on New Year's Eve, looting some 140 safe deposit boxes from the vault.

The bank robbers entered the vault of a branch of Banco Provincia in Buenos Aires through a 100-foot tunnel that connected to a nearby building, authorities said. The tunnel reportedly included ventilation, lighting, even carpeting.

Thieves Tunnel into Bank

At least three thieves snuck through the tunnel on New Year's Eve while the bank was closed, and spent the weekend collecting their loot, authorities said. Bank security cameras reportedly recorded images of the suspects leaving with money and other stolen property, lifted from roughly 10 percent of the bank's safety deposit boxes.

"It was a really impressive job," said prosecutor Martin Niklison.

The bank itself doesn't even know the true value of the lost property, as customers don't have to declare the contents of their safety deposit boxes.

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/International/thieves-tunnel-buenos-aires-bank-loot-safety-depost/story?id=12537936

Thieves Tunnel into Bank

More Birds Fall from Sky

More Birds Fall from Sky - Hundreds of birds began falling from the sky, this time in Louisiana, littering a quarter-mile stretch of roadway in Pointe Coupee Parish on Monday. The birds were already dead or dying when they hit the ground.

This avian death en masse follows a similar incident in Beebe, Ark., just three days ago, when more than 3,000 blackbirds fell almost simultaneously from the sky. Necropsies of those birds revealed that they died from blood clots caused by internal injuries.

The birds reportedly landed in Pointe Coupee Parish lying face down, together in groups, or on their back with wings and legs rigidly pointing upwards.

In Louisiana, biologists working with the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are busy collecting the corpses from Pointe Coupee Parish for testing. According to the U.S Geological Survey, there are records of at least 16 instances in the past 30 years involving more than 1,000 blackbirds dying unexpectedly.

Source: http://www.the33tv.com/news/wpix-birds-fall-from-sky-louisiana,0,497070.story

More Birds Fall from Sky

Rich Rodriguez Fired

Rich Rodriguez Fired - So it looks like the inevitable parting between Rich Rodriguez and Michigan has come to pass.

And now the inevitable question: Why not Rodriguez to Pittsburgh?

The Panthers need a coach, and a big name would help them erase the turmoil of the past month. Rodriguez needs a job, and he certainly knows the area and the Big East. They may be former rivals (Pittsburgh did ruin Rodriguez's chance to play for the national title at West Virginia in his final game, after all), but this is a marriage that could benefit both parties.

Rich Rodriguez Fired

Plenty of people see the wisdom of it, from CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd to our own Ryan McGee. Pitt fans complained over and over about Dave Wannstedt's stale offenses. Rodriguez would fix that in a hurry, though he'd have to adjust to the personnel available. Pat White isn't walking through the Heinz Field door next season.

There is the whole rivalry thing. Rodriguez coached and played at West Virginia and has many friends in the state. He'd have to coach a game in Morgantown this November, and he'd need some extra security for that one. But it's been done before, and if Rodriguez loves his state and school so much, he wouldn't have left the way he did in December 2007. He can stick it to the fans who have despised him since then by winning at West Virginia's rival.

Pitt would have to monitor Rodriguez and make sure he knew the practice-time rules. But after the Mike Haywood fiasco, the Panthers can no longer be sanctimonious about whom they hire.

Source: http://espn.go.com/blog/bigeast/tag/_/name/rich-rodriguez-fired-2011

Rich Rodriguez Fired

NY Blizzard Bosses Beer

NY Blizzard Bosses Beer - Did four bosses buy beer during the NYC snow disaster rather than clear away the massive piles of white stuff? On Sunday New York launched an investigation into reports that four sanitation bosses actually sat in the cars drinking beer instead of clearing away the blizzard’s aftermath.

The New York Post published an article that said that the four sanitation supervisors actually sat in their cars for hours last Monday night while they were assigned to clear away the NYC snow. If this is true, it is completely unacceptable. It makes little sense that they would do something like this? People throughout the city were counting on them to clear the roads – people’s lives and safety were at risk in New York City.

NY Blizzard Bosses Beer

This is just the latest criticism that the New York City Department of Sanitation is dealing with over its handling of the massive blizzard that literally shut down the city last week. There are even rumors that supervisors deliberately tried to slow down the cleanup measures. That also makes little sense, but the rumors say that it was retaliation for budget cuts. Dan Halloran, a New York City Councilman, actually had sanitation workers come to him to make the allegations about the deliberate slowdown in an effort to get overtime and show the city how much they were needed. Wow, this is pretty shocking!

There are also reports that about 10% of NYC sanitation workers called in sick or used emergency during the two days after the major NYC snow storm last week. That is an unusually high number – normally 2 to 4% of the workforce is sick.

Source: http://news.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474978869324

NY Blizzard Bosses Beer

New Year Rice Cakes Japan Deaths

New Year Rice Cakes Japan Deaths - At least six people have choked to death in Tokyo after eating traditional sticky rice cakes to celebrate the New Year, Japanese officials said.

The New Year period is one of Japan's biggest holidays and it is traditional to cook a special soup containing sticky rice cakes, known as mochi.

Fire department officials say this New Year they have reports of at least six people choking to death from eating the rice cakes in Tokyo alone.

Five others survived but are in a serious condition.

The victims were all in their 70s or older.

Every year many Japanese people die from eating mochi, with authorities repeatedly advising people to cut the cakes into small pieces before eating them.

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/01/03/3105595.htm?section=justin

New Year Rice Cakes Japan Deaths

110 Year Old Finds Wife

110 Year Old Finds Wife - As the saying nearly goes about a significant relationship age gap: when he's 120, she'll only be 92.

Proof that romance isn't dead, it was merely resting (for at least 16 hours a day) reaches us from the far-flung climes of Malaysia. Ahmad Mohamad Isa, a sprightly 110-year-old, who has 20 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren, told Malay-language newspaper Utusan Malaysia that he is looking for his sixth wife after declaring that he was ready to marry again. Luckily for him, the 82-year-old Sanah Ahmad was reading. The widow of 30 years and mother of nine was willing to take the plunge and asked her children to contact Ahmad's family to make the necessary arrangements.

110 Year Old Finds Wife

"It doesn't matter who she is, as long as she can cook for me," Ahmad told the paper, risking the wrath of a readership who may accuse him of old-fashioned sexism. He went on to express his happiness and surprise at Sanah's acceptance, with his daughter discussing the details with his bride-to-be's family.

"It is lonely to live alone and I am afraid to sleep alone. If I have a wife she can take care of me," he had said in an earlier interview. Ahmad, who suffers from mild hearing and vision problems, became an attractive option to Sanah as she confessed that he bears a striking resemblance to her late husband and they both share the same name. Expect their blossoming relationship to take in the gazing of sunsets, plenty of nostalgia, the holding of hands and walks. Very. Slow. Walks.

Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/01/03/elderly-love-connection-110-year-old-finds-wife-through-newspaper/#ixzz1A6nfJprP

110 Year Old Finds Wife

Justin Bieber Selena Gomez

Justin Bieber Selena Gomez - Pictures of Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez kissing and getting cozy have caused an uproar on Twitter - with some posters even threatening Gomez's life.

After the photos surfaced on Monday, Bieber fans began sending out a slew of messages aimed at "The Wizards of Waverly Place" actress, including a number of death threats.

One, addressed to Gomez, simply says, "I hate you. Die."

Another threatened, "If you are the Girlfriend of Justin I will Kill you I HATE YOU :@ !!!"

Justin Bieber Selena Gomez

Others said, "roses are red, violets are blue, @selenagomez if you'll break @justinbieber's heart I'm gonna kill you", and "@selenagomez stay away from Justin pedophile, retard wait i'm gonna kill ya in the night underneath your smelly bed".

There were also some kinder remarks. One fan tweeted, "I'm just happy to see you happy xoxo," while another remorsefully posted, "that should be me :(."

The photos, posted on TMZ.com, showed the couple canoodling in their bathing suits while on a yacht in the Caribbean.

Source: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31749_162-20027222-10391698.html

Justin Bieber Selena Gomez

Obama Prayer Inquiry

Obama Prayer Inquiry - A prison officer has been suspended for highlighting a verse in a bible and jokingly labelling it 'The Obama Prayer', it was revealed today.

Sgt. Matthew Neu of Manatee County Jail in Florida circled a line from the book of Psalm: Chapter 109 Verse 8, which reads, 'Let his days be few; and let another take his office'.

For many the slogan is a humorous way of expressing disapproval for the President.

Sgt. Neu's colleagues at the Manatee County Central Jail facility in Palmetto, Florida, say it's a well known fact that Neu is not a fan of President Obama.

Obama Prayer Inquiry

But one of the sergeant's co-workers thought he had gone too far and reported his joke to the authorities.

An internal investigation was ordered which culminated in a 16-page report on the incident, and Sergeant Neu was suspended without pay for 26 hours.

Mrs Nash told investigators that the bible belonged to her and that 'whoever left the note wanted the president dead'.

The verse which follows reads, 'Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.' And the Psalm in its entirety asks God to destroy the man.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1344086/Joke-prayer-President-Obama-sparks-investigation-sergeant-disciplined.html#ixzz1A6mvFCBE
The verse, which has become known as Obama's Prayer, has been emailed and tweeted round the globe by Obama critics since late 2009 when it became a hit on Google trends.



Obama Prayer Inquiry

Oprah Fans Upset Pay for OWN

Oprah Fans Upset Pay for OWN - Oprah Winfrey's bold gamble on her OWN TV network debuted to mostly positive reviews and encouraging audience numbers at the weekend, winning over some cynics with its feel-good tone.

But many stalwart Oprah fans expressed dismay that they could not receive the new OWN network without paying to upgrade their cable television packages, money that several said they could not afford.

The OWN network, a joint venture between the influential talk show host and Discovery Communications that is aimed mostly at middle-aged women, made its debut on Saturday after three years of planning.

According to preliminary Nielsen figures, OWN was watched by an average one million Americans in prime time on Saturday, and was the third biggest ad-supported cable network with women aged 25-54.

Oprah Fans Upset Pay for OWN

Daytime talk show "The Oprah Winfrey Show", on free-to-air ABC, attracts about six million US viewers daily. Winfrey, 56, will end the show in the fall of 2011 to focus on OWN.

Initial OWN programming included a behind-the-scenes show about the making of the last season of "The Oprah Winfrey Show", lifestyle advice from the likes of Dr Phil MGraw and Suze Orman, and the first of a series of in-depth interviews with celebrities including record producer Jay-Z and journalist Diane Sawyer.

New York Times reviewer Alessandra Stanley called the channel a "no cynicism zone" which had "not a snicker of malice or a hint of raillery." Caryn James at Indiewire noted that beneath the "huge amount of lifestyle fluff" there was "a surprising layer of substance."

Source: http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/entertainment/oprahs-own-wins-over-cynicsmany-fans-lost-out_510057.html

Oprah Fans Upset Pay for OWN

Vivica A. Fox Engaged

Vivica A. Fox Engaged - It looks like Santa brought Vivica A. Fox a fiancé this year.

The actress is set to wed Omar (Slim) White, a club promoter from Atlanta and her boyfriend of one year.

The couple got "engaged the day after Christmas," her rep told the Daily News.

According to People.com, the pair spent two days at the Ritz-Carlton in South Beach, Fla., where White, 27, proposed with an 8-carat diamond ring.

Vivica A. Fox Engaged

A source told People that Fox, 46, "is over the moon – so excited, so in love" with White, who wants to have children.

"Vivica said she has never been happier and looks forward to living part-time in Atlanta where Slim works," the source said. "They are both eager to start their lives together and have a family."

Fox, who in 2009 hosted a reality show called "The Cougar," was previously married to Christopher (Sixx-Nine) Harvest for four years. They divorced in 2002.

In August, White announced – via press release – that he and Fox had split, only to recant hours later.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2011/01/04/2011-01-04_vivica_a_fox_engaged_to_omar_slim_white_we_are_very_happy.html#ixzz1A6mIqEQ2

Vivica A. Fox Engaged

Justin Bieber Lookalike Jamie Laou

Justin Bieber Lookalike Jamie Laou - In late 2009, Laou kicked off a run of live Webcam performances. Simply based on his appearance, viewers around the world assume he was Bieber. When the Sydney native revealed the truth, many of these fans stuck around.

Laou now has over 50,000 Twitter followers and attracts as many as 7,000 people to his YouTube videos, which he continues to broadcast.

Last week, in fact, Laou challenged Bieber on Twitter, suggesting that the young icon had lost touch with his supporters. Wrote Jamie: "If Justin love his beliebers so much why hasnt he kept posting youtube videos. Since thats why we subscribed him in the first place?"

Bieber replied and the two worked things out over private Tweets. But a rival has clearly emerged to the Biebs. Think Laou has staying power?

Source: http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/2011/01/jamie-laou-the-australian-justin-bieber/

Justin Bieber Lookalike Jamie Laou

The Craigslist Killer TV

The Craigslist Killer TV - Lifetime last night turned the Craigslist killer headlines into a much watched and even more talked about TV movie. The movie told from Ms Megan McAllister’s point of view is chilling, even if it didn’t have her consent. For those who don’t know the story, Philip Markoff a Boston University medical student and fiancé of Ms McAllister met Julissa Brisman on Craigslist and murdered her. Markoff met Brisman on Craigslist, arranged a meeting for a massage. Police at the Boston Marriott Copley Place hotel found Brisman, shot dead and a massage table set up in the room. Brisman, who was 25 at the time, was pursuing a modeling career. Four days earlier a Las Vegas prostitute reported being attacked and robbed by an armed man at a nearby hotel, a stripper at the Holiday Inn in Warwick, Rhode Island reported a similar incident, as well as two more in the area.

The Craigslist Killer TV

Megan Mcallister, loved and almost married Philip Markoff. The question of this movie is, how well do you really know someone? Jake McDorman and Agnes Bruckner portrayed McAllister and Markoff. Even after Markoff was charged with the murders, Mcallister still planned on marrying him. She stated to the press; “We expect to marry in August and share and wonderful, meaningful life together.”

Markoff was arrested in upstate New York in the spring of 2009 for murder and armed robbery. He was tied to the crime through surveillance footage, fingerprints and a gun found in a hollowed out “Gray’s Anatomy” textbook. A grand jury indicted Markoff for first-degree murder, armed robbery, and other charges. He was also accused of the robbery of Trisha Leffler, a paid escort who was bound and robbed at gunpoint. An exotic lap dancer was also the victim of attempted robbery. It turns out Markoff had a gambling problem which propelled the robberies and murder.

Source: http://www.t2conline.com/entertainment/tv/1100-craigslist-killer-is-the-talk-of-the-water-cooler-set-again-thanks-to-tv-movie

The Craigslist Killer TV

Kellie Pickler Marries

Kellie Pickler Marries - Country singer Kellie Pickler married her boyfriend Kyle Jacobs this weekend on a private island in the Caribbean, her rep tells FOX411.com.

While no photos or details of the ceremony were released, her rep said the “intimate ceremony” took place on New Year’s Day.

Pickler, 24, and Jacobs, a songwriter, met back in 2007. Jacobs, 37, has penned hits for singers Tim McGraw and Garth Brooks, as well as working on Pickler’s latest album.

Jacobs popped the question this summer, but the couple kept quiet on any plans for the big day.
They weren’t the only stars who got married this weekend, as fellow country singer Shania Twain and actress Valerie Bertinelli also tied the knot with their partners.

Read more: http://entertainment.blogs.foxnews.com/2011/01/04/kellie-pickler-marries-boyfriend-in-secret-caribbean-ceremony/#ixzz1A6ldKjJh

Kellie Pickler Marries

Gerry Rafferty Dies

Gerry Rafferty Dies - Singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty, whose songs such as Stuck in the Middle with You, Baker Street and Get it Right Next Time became hits in the 1970s, has died at age 63.

His family said he died today in England, with his daughter Martha at his side, reports The Guardian. In November, Rafferty was admitted to Royal Bournemouth Hospital in Dorset, England, with kidney failure, after years of battling alcoholism.

Rafferty was born in Glasgow and co-founded the soft-rock group Stealer's Wheel, before enjoying a successful solo career.

Source: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/entertainment/post/2011/01/singer-gerry-rafferty-dies-at-age-63/1

Gerry Rafferty Dies

Lindsay Lohan Battery

Lindsay Lohan Battery - Police want Lindsay Lohan charged with battery after determining that she violated her probation in her altercation with a Betty Ford Center staffer last month.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department said in a news release that Lohan "violated several aspects of her probation, including the battery" during the Dec. 12 incident and will submit its investigation to the District Attorney's office later this week.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elden Fox told Lohan in October that she will face a mandatory 180-day jail sentence if she violates probation.

Lindsay Lohan checks out of rehab

Lindsay Lohan Battery

Last month, Riverside County sheriff's detectives said Lohan, 24, was being investigated for an alleged misdemeanor battery charge during an early morning dispute witih Dawn Holland. Holland was fired after giving an interview about the incident to TMZ, in which she accused Lohan of pushing her and grabbing a phone out of her hand, injuring her wrist. Holland later dropped the charges against Lohan, but police continued the investigation.

"The important, yet limited, investigatory role of the police to gather facts and collect evidence is well-established," Shawn Chapman Holley, Lohan's lawyer, told TVGuide.com in a statement. "The fact that the Palm Desert Police Department went outside this limited role to issue a press statement expressing its opinion about what should happen in Ms. Lohan's case is highly unusual and deeply troubling."

Source: http://www.tvguide.com/News/Lindsay-Lohan-Battery-1027286.aspx

Lindsay Lohan Battery

Crocs Snakes Menace Flooded Australia City

Crocs Snakes Menace Flooded Australia City - Frogs, snakes, mice, spiders, crocodiles and likely other reptiles and amphibians are now too close for human comfort in Queensland, Australia, where recent severe floods transported these creatures in and around homes, according to reports in The Australian and other sources there.

Residents of affected areas have been battling the floods for days now, with the problem impacting an area bigger than France and Germany combined.

Barry Moessinger, who has lived in the low-lying Rockhampton suburb of Depot Hill for more than 50 years, told The Australian that he's been seeing up to 15 snakes a day over the past week.

"There's heaps of them," Moessinger said. "We've had a plague of mice, a lot of frogs and so we knew the snakes would come."

Crocs Snakes Menace Flooded Australia City

When these animals wash around or in structures, they tend to seek hiding places, which may be in a closet, under a bed, or other spots that could lead to disaster when the unknowing homeowner returns and encounters the frightened animal victim that may then lash out.

Spiders do something similar, and Australia certainly has no shortage of poisonous arachnids.

Rockhampton Mayor Brad Carter has warned that the flood waters also contained crocodiles.

"There is the risk that we have a number of crocodiles that live in the Fitzroy River," he said. "We do not think they are a risk to public safety if people keep out of the waters but if people do enter the waters, their safety cannot be guaranteed."

Animals aren't even the only present threats in Queensland now due to the flooding. Authorities have been particularly concerned about pregnant women. At least twelve pregnant women in the area were evacuated. Another 20 or so pregnant women from outlying regions were also evacuated.

Additional people seeking medical care are having trouble getting to their doctors and hospitals, so the state medical director, Mark Elcock, has dispatched helicopters and planes. Over the past week, at least 91 patients have been airlifted out of the hardest hit flood areas.

Source: http://news.discovery.com/animals/floods-unleash-spiders-snakes-and-crocodiles.html

Crocs Snakes Menace Flooded Australia City

Americans in Denial About Diet

Americans in Denial About Diet - Who you calling fat?

Well, I'm not fat, and you think that you're not fat either.

Big-boned, of course. Full-figured, indeed.

MSBC.COM reports that only four in 10 people said in Consumer Reports survey that they were "somewhat overweight. Eleven percent said they were very overweight or obese.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 68 percent of us are overweight or obese.

And here's where the fat sizzles in the pan: Only one in 10 said they had an unhealthy diet.

Americans in Denial About Diet

"There does seem to be a disconnect," between reality and the answers most of us give when asked questions about our diet, how much exercise we get and our weight, said Molly Kimball, a registered dietitian at Ochshner's Elmwood Fitness Center in New Orleans.

Part of the disconnect, Kimball said, comes from the way foods are marketed to us.

"So many people think that what they're eating is healthy -- diet frozen dinners, fat-free ice cream, 100-calorie pretzel packs. Or they say, 'I never eat fast food,' but that doesn't mean they're not eating a lot of other unhealthy things," she said.

In her practice, Kimball said, people tell her all the time that they don't understand why they're not losing weight, because they believe they're eating healthy foods.

Source: http://blog.seattlepi.com/thebigblog/archives/234283.asp

Americans in Denial About Diet

Victoria Beckham says David doesn't Always Look so Perfect

Victoria Beckham says David doesn't Always Look so Perfect - She’s on the February cover of Vogue UK magazine, and Victoria Beckham is brutally honest about her husband David Beckham.

The former Spice Girl opens up about her 11-year marriage to the soccer stud, and even admits that he doesn’t always look picture perfect.

Victoria explains, “The other morning I looked across at David just after he'd woken up and thought you look really c**p.”

The Posh princess jokingly added, “Thank God, because this is a man who always looked so perfect.”

Source: http://celebrity-gossip.net/victoria-beckham/victoria-beckham-covers-vogue-uk-february-2011-452974

Victoria Beckham says David doesn't Always Look so Perfect

Rapper Gucci Mane Committed to Mental Facility

Rapper Gucci Mane Committed to Mental Facility - Gucci Mane was apprehended yesterday following a police raid at Waka Flocka Flame’s house in December, but the plot thickens. The Atlanta rapper is currently in a mental facility following the arrest, with TMZ reporting that the 30-year-old filed a “Special Plea of Mental Incompetency” while appearing in a Georgia courtroom.


The “Lemonade” MC, whose real name is Radric Davis, explained to the judge that he was unable to “intelligently participate in the probation revocation hearing.” Instead of hauling him back to jail, the judge committed him to the treatment facility, with his incarceration pending an evaluation of his mental condition.

Meanwhile, Waka Flocka Flame turned himself over to authorities yesterday because he “didn’t want to run,” according to his mother Debra Antney. He faces several gun, drug, and gang-related charges, and is currently being held on bond while awaiting his hearing today.

Source: http://www.rap-up.com/2011/01/04/gucci-mane-committed-to-mental-facility/

Rapper Gucci Mane Committed to Mental Facility

Julia Stiles 'Fat Pig' Broadway

Julia Stiles 'Fat Pig' Broadway - Julia Stiles will join Dane Cook and Josh Hamilton in a production of Neil LaBute's "Fat Pig" on Broadway this spring.

The three will team up beginning April 12 at the Belasco Theatre on 44th Street for the darkly comic tale of a bachelor who falls for a plus-size girl. The show officially opens April 26.

Stiles began her career on stage at New York's downtown La MaMa Theatre, and has since appeared in "Twelfth Night" in Central Park, the Broadway revival of David Mamet's "Oleanna" with Aaron Eckhart and Bill Pullman, and opposite Mia Farrow in "Fran's Bed."

"Fat Pig" premiered off-Broadway in 2004, and LaBute, whose films include "Nurse Betty" and "Your Friends and Neighbors," will be making his Broadway debut as its director.

Source: http://online.wsj.com/article/AP2f4ef5770fbf4a7b9f14cdccec2b55cb.html

Julia Stiles 'Fat Pig' Broadway

Giuliana Rancic Marathon

Giuliana Rancic Marathon - Giuliana Rancic has revealed her New Year's resolution to be the experience of running a full marathon.

The E! News anchor said that she and husband Bill would train together for the athletic event in order to be prepared for the physical strain.

"I really want to run in a marathon this year," she told TooFab.

Giuliana Rancic Marathon

"Bill has run two marathons, and I've run half a marathon, so I always go around gloating, 'Oh, I've run a marathon', and Bill's like 'A half-a-marathon, honey!' So Bill and I are going to train. He's going to train me, and we're going to run a full marathon together."

Bill also revealed his own goals for 2011, saying: "I'm going to learn Italian. I want to be able to speak Italian fluently by the end of 2011.

"Her parents are always talking about me [in Italian] and I have no idea what they're saying at the dinner table!"

Source: http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/showbiz/news/a295757/giuliana-rancic-to-run-marathon-in-2011.html

Giuliana Rancic Marathon

'Huckleberry Finn' N-Word

'Huckleberry Finn' N-Word - A new version of Huckleberry Finn is being published -- one that omits the "n word." The NewSouth book, with an introduction by Twain scholar and Auburn University professor Alan Gribben, is designed to remove the offensive word that has kept the book out of some classrooms around the nation. It is replaced by the award "slave." (The new edition also replaces "injun.")

I'm not big on censorship, but this word is so weighted that it gets in the way of a true discussion of the merits. but any teacher who assigns the new version should be required to explain the self-censorship. That way, at least, the tough prose won't be completely white-washed.

'Huckleberry Finn' N-Word

"This is not an effort to render Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn colorblind," Gribben told Publishers Weekly. "Race matters in these books. It's a matter of how you express that in the 21st century." He and NewSouth believe the new edition, which includes "Tom Sawyer," will open up new audiences, especially grade school classrooms that had been put off by the politically incorrect word. "For a single word to form a barrier, it seems such an unnecessary state of affairs," he told PW.

Source: http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/books/blog/2011/01/huckleberry_finn_gets_selfcens.html

'Huckleberry Finn' N-Word

Ex-Boyfriend Charged in Swimsuit Designer's Death

Ex-Boyfriend Charged in Swimsuit Designer's Death - Nicholas Brooks was indicted on Tuesday in connection with the December death of ex-girlfriend and fashion designer Sylvie Cachay.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced that 24-year-old Brooks was indicted on one count of murder in the second degree. He pleaded not guilty.

About a dozen members of Cachay’s family converged on a Manhattan court for Brooks’ brief appearance Tuesday. Their family lawyer was quoted as saying seeing Brooks will be “a very difficult experience” for them.

“It was truly horrific and terrible to see this disgusting individual,” said Cachay’s brother Patrick Orlando. “She was a person that touched many many people very kind, incredibly loving incredibly talented. She really was a shining star.”

Source: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/01/04/indictment-against-designers-ex-to-be-unsealed-tuesday/

Ex-Boyfriend Charged in Swimsuit Designer's Death

Great White Shark Facts

Great White Shark Facts - The great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias, also known as great white, white pointer, white shark, or white death, is a large lamniform shark found in coastal surface waters in all major oceans. The great white shark is very well known for its size, with the largest individuals known to have approached or exceeded 6 metres (20 ft) in length and 2,268 kilograms (5,000 lb) in weight. It reaches maturity at around 15 years of age and can have a life span of over 30 years. The great white shark is arguably the world's largest known extant macropredatory fish and is one of the primary predators of marine mammals. It is also known to prey upon a variety of other marine animals including fish, pinnipeds, and seabirds. It is the only known surviving species of its genus, Carcharodon.

The best selling novel Jaws and the subsequent blockbuster film by Steven Spielberg depicted the great white shark as a "ferocious man eater". In reality, humans are not the preferred prey of the great white shark.

The IUCN treats the great white shark as vulnerable, while it is included in Appendix II of CITES.

Great White Shark Facts

Males reach maturity at 3.5–4.0 metres (11–13 ft), and females at 4.5–5.0 metres (15–16 ft). Adults on average are 4–5.2 metres (13–17.1 ft) long and have a mass of 680–1,100 kilograms (1,500–2,400 lb). Females are generally larger than males. It is widely accepted that the great white shark can approach 6.1 m (20 ft) in length and 1,900 kg (4,200 lb) in weight.[3] However, the maximum size is still subject to hot debate because such reports are often rough estimations or speculations performed under questionable circumstances.

For several decades, many ichthyological works, as well as the Guinness Book of World Records, listed two great white sharks as the largest individuals: a 10.9 m (36 ft) great white captured in Southern Australian waters near Port Fairy in the 1870s, and a 11.3 m (37 ft) shark trapped in a herring weir in New Brunswick, Canada in the 1930s. Some researchers question these measurements' reliability, noting they were much larger than any other accurately reported sighting. The New Brunswick shark may have been a misidentified basking shark, as the two have similar body shapes. The question of the Port Fairy shark was settled in the 1970s, when J. E. Randall examined the shark's jaws and "found that the Port Fairy shark was of the order of 5 m (17 ft) in length and suggested that a mistake had been made in the original record, in 1870, of the shark's length".

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_white_shark

Great White Shark Facts

Stanford Band Lebron

Stanford Band Lebron - In a move as weak as the college bowl system itself, Orange Bowl officials have announced that the Stanford Band will not be allowed to perform at halftime of the Orange Bowl. So it’s come to this: the band is being punished for something it might do. And speculation is that it’s all to protect LeBron James.

While I’ve seen no official statement from the Orange Bowl, I do know that Stanford’s planned halftime performance is entitled “Recent Events in the Pro Sports World in Miami.” That can mean only one thing; a devastating satirical takedown of the Marlins’ Dan Uggla LeBron James. Hilarity was sure to ensue, until Dean Wormer stepped in and invoked double secret probation.

Stanford Band Lebron

We all know of what the Stanford Band is capable. In the scheme of college bands, it’s George Carlin in a world of Lawrence Welks. Devilishly raucous and often over the top, the Stanford Band has the courage to ditch the big hats and speak truth to power … something totally alien to the DNA of most college administrators, and any bowl game official.

My suggestion: The band should go to a high school somewhere and perform their planned halftime show, and post it on YouTube. You know it’ll go viral, and possibly get more attention than if it were actually on TV.

Source: http://offthebench.nbcsports.com/2011/01/03/orange-bowl-bans-stanford-band-protection-for-lebron/

Stanford Band Lebron

How to get by with One-Car Family

How to get by with One-Car Family - Sit down together and take a close look at your family schedule. In order to eliminate a vehicle, you'll need to know where everybody needs to be on a regular basis and when they need to be there. Though there may be overlaps that seem insurmountable, don't automatically discard the idea of becoming a one-car family. There may be solutions you've overlooked.

Adjust working hours if you have some flexibility to do so. Maybe you can go to work a little bit later in the morning or your spouse can stay later. These slight adjustments may mean that one of you can be dropped off and picked up at work by the other. By the same token, explore the possibility that you may be able to use a company car if you only need transportation to, from and for your job.

How to get by with One-Car Family

Look at public transportation options. Although not all areas offer good and reliable public transportation, many larger cities have some sort of transit system. The cost of a monthly bus or train pass can be considerably less than the cost of gas, insurance and car maintenance--enough so that it's worth the slight inconvenience and loss of privacy.

Determine whether it would be more cost-efficient to rent a car once in while than to continue paying for insurance and registration fees for a rarely-used second vehicle.

Read more: How to Become a One-Car Family | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_2196633_become-one-car-family.html#ixzz1A6hk43xD

How to get by with One-Car Family

Angelina Jolie $2 Million Wildlife

Angelina Jolie $2 Million Wildlife - In keeping with their spirit of philanthropy, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt gave $2 million to a Namibian wildlife sanctuary.

The Jolie-Pitt family spent Christmas at the N/a'an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary, which takes care of injured animals like cheetahs and lions. The sanctuary is run by conservationists Dr. Rudie van Vuuren and his wife Marlice.

Angelina Jolie $2 Million Wildlife

According to the U.K.'s Press Association, the Jolie-Pitt children got to watch as a leopard was reintroduced to the wild, and they also got to see Dr. van Vuuren work on a wounded wild dog.

There is a great variety of animal species in Namibia, which is the country of Shiloh Jolie-Pitt's birth. According to its Web site, the N/a'an ku sê sanctuary helps conserve that wildlife, in addition to providing employment to native Bushmen.

Source: http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20454337,00.html

Angelina Jolie $2 Million Wildlife

Ohio Boy Charged Killing Mother

Ohio Boy Charged Killing Mother - A 10-year-old boy was charged as a juvenile with murder in the fatal shooting of his mother after authorities said he told a neighbor about the killing.

The boy appeared Monday in a Holmes County courtroom with his attorney, who entered the juvenile equivalent of a not guilty plea. A judge ordered that the boy remain in Richland County Juvenile Detention as authorities investigate the shooting.

Deborah McVay, 46, was found dead of a single gunshot wound to the head Sunday night in Big Prairie, located about midway between Cleveland and Columbus, Holmes County Sheriff Tim Zimmerly said. Paramedics found McVay lying facedown on her living room floor, and she was pronounced dead at the scene, Zimmerly said.

Ohio Boy Charged Killing Mother

Authorities went to the house, in rolling farmland, after a neighbor called a sheriff's dispatcher to say McVay's son had come to her home and said he had just shot his mother.

Another neighbor who knew the boy said the allegations were shocking. Ron Martin, 43, said the boy occasionally visited Martin's family to swim in its pool.

"He wasn't a bad kid, but he has had some problems in the school," Martin said. "Never anything that you would have dreamed that he would go out and shoot his mother."

County Prosecutor Steve Knowling said authorities do not plan to prosecute the boy as an adult. Defense attorney Andrew Hyde said he plans to argue for the boy's release so he can stay with a family member.

Source: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gKLS5clhQDw__gVf2RsXnTRnxipQ?docId=d50918dbf3e846d9bf4fa4c6c1227db7

Ohio Boy Charged Killing Mother

Dr Oz Move it Lose it

Dr Oz Move it Lose it - It's now officially 2011, and, as it goes every year at this time, people have made their resolutions and are now facing the reality of how to stick with them. Dr. Oz, star of the appropriately named "The Dr. Oz Show" is out to help those whose resolution is to lose weight, which seems to be a significant amount of the population.

Dr. Oz is starting what he's calling a "Resolution Revolution"by introducing the "Move It to Lose It" diet to his audience on his show today. Whereas many weight loss resolutions fizzle out quickly or end in yo-yo dieting, Dr. Oz has partnered with Nike and Sharecare to come up with an 11-week plan that works.

Dr Oz Move it Lose it

The plan is comprised of taking measurements, including Body Mass Index (BMI), and deciding on a realistic, healthy weight loss goal for you. You're then able to meet those goals with the help of personalized exercise and meal plans and providing virtual one-on-one support via tutorials on how to chart meals and snacks, building a support system and meeting with an online personal trainer.

So for those of you with lofty weight loss goals and aspiring to lose more than just a couple of pounds this new year, get serious about meeting your goals with a little help from Dr. Oz.

Source: http://celebs.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474978870406

Dr Oz Move it Lose it

Will Fish Oil Accelerate Weight Loss?

Will Fish Oil Accelerate Weight Loss? - Fish oil capsules won't help boost weight loss if you're already dieting and exercising, new research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows.

Among a group of overweight and obese adults enrolled in a diet and exercise program, those who took omega-3 fatty acids didn't lose any more weight than those given placebo capsules, Dr. Laura F. DeFina of The Cooper Institute in Dallas and her colleagues found.

Will Fish Oil Accelerate Weight Loss?

There is evidence from animal studies that omega-3 fatty acids promote weight loss, DeFina and her team note, while studies in people have had mixed results. Because fish oil has many other potential health benefits, including cutting cholesterol, improving insulin sensitivity, and reducing blood pressure, "weight-loss programs associated with the use of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids seemed appropriate," they write.

To investigate whether fish oil enhanced the results of a diet and exercise regime, the researchers randomly assigned 128 sedentary overweight or obese men and women to take five fish oil capsules (providing a total of three grams of omega-3 fatty acids) or five placebo capsules every day for 24 weeks.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2010/12/27/fish-oil-wont-accelerate-weight-loss/#ixzz1A3PLKSkw

Will Fish Oil Accelerate Weight Loss?

Love Astrologist Terry Nazon 2011

Love Astrologist Terry Nazon 2011 - If 2010 left your head spinning from the crazy love lives of Hollywood’s biggest stars, FOX411.com’s Pop Tarts is here to help you out. We had a fun chat with Tinseltown’s leading love astrologist, Terry Nazon, to find out what the stars have in store for 2011.

Love Astrologist Terry Nazon 2011

Last year certainly didn’t bring love and happiness to Cox and Arquette, who announced their separation in November. However, according to Nazon, there is still hope that the romance will be rekindled in the new year.

“Courtney being the Gemini and David being the Virgo, there's bound to have something simmering in there but he's bound to have some strange happenings and in his chart it suggests that he likes it a little weird and funky on the sexual side,” Nazon said. “But I feel that they can still bring it back together. I would have to say that nail in the coffin is not completely shut.”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2011/01/03/hollywood-love-psychic-offers-relationship-predictions/#ixzz1A3P7dnNo

Love Astrologist Terry Nazon 2011

Courteney Cox Admires David Arquette Rebab

Courteney Cox Admires David Arquette Rebab - Courteney Cox may be separated from David Arquette, but the actress is still supporting her husband as he battles his demons.

"I really admire David and his choice to take charge and better his life," Cox told People.com about Arquette's decision to enter a rehab facility after New Year's.

"I love and support him," she added.

The couple, who announced in October that they had split months earlier, have one child, daughter Coco, 6.

Courteney Cox Admires David Arquette Rebab

Arquette's publicist confirmed to the Daily News Monday that the "Scream" actor had entered treatment but provided no other information.

He is reportedly seeking help for alcohol addiction and depression.

As for reports that Arquette, 39, chose the Betty Ford Center for his recovery, a source tells The News that "may not be correct."

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2011/01/03/2011-01-03_courteney_cox_on_david_arquette_in_rehab_i_admire_his_decision.html#ixzz1A3OuiG7B

Courteney Cox Admires David Arquette Rebab

Oprah Winfrey's New OWN Channel Averaged 1 Million Viewers

Oprah Winfrey's New OWN Channel Averaged 1 Million Viewers - Oprah Winfrey's bold gamble on her OWN TV network debuted to mostly positive reviews and encouraging audience numbers at the weekend, winning over some cynics with its feel-good tone.

But many stalwart Oprah fans expressed dismay that they could not receive the new OWN network without paying to upgrade their cable television packages -- money that several said they could not afford.

The OWN network, a joint venture between the influential talk show host and Discovery Communications that is aimed mostly at middle-aged women, made its debut on Saturday after three years of planning.

Oprah Winfrey's New OWN Channel Averaged 1 Million Viewers

According to preliminary Nielsen figures, OWN was watched by an average one million Americans in prime time on Saturday, and was the third biggest ad-supported cable network with women aged 25-54.

Daytime talk show "The Oprah Winfrey Show", on free-to-air ABC, attracts about six million U.S. viewers daily. Winfrey, 56, will end the show in the fall of 2011 to focus on OWN.

Initial OWN programing included a behind-the-scenes show about the making of the last season of "The Oprah Winfrey Show", lifestyle advice from the likes of Dr. Phil MGraw and Suze Orman, and the first of a series of in-depth interviews with celebrities including record producer Jay-Z and journalist Diane Sawyer.

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=12531168

Oprah Winfrey's New OWN Channel Averaged 1 Million Viewers

Tips for Taming Tantrums

Tips for Taming Tantrums - Young parents get scared when they hear stories about... toddler tantrums... Take courage, though, you will survive this stressful stage.

It’s not easy to understand why your toddler has a tantrum but at such a young age, a child is consumed with thoughts of themselves.

Everything... is about them and how they feel.

Until they are taught how to share, every toy or piece of food they see automatically belongs to them. Toddler tantrums can have a variety of effects. Your first thought might be that everyone is FOCUSED on you and your screaming child, but getting embarrassed won’t diffuse the situation.

Tips for Taming Tantrums

Besides, as a parent, you have many more years of 'embarrassing situations' to look forward to... courtesy of your children. So worrying about what others think during this toddler tantrum, is simply going to stress you and make you feel worse.

Here are a few tips to help you cope during toddler tantrums:

Ignore the tantrum. This technique works best when at home. In public places, you don’t want to ever leave your child unattended as a form of punishment. Good behavior in public begins at home.

Ignoring toddler tantrums is not mean. If your child is squirming on the floor screaming for a cookie, continue to talk to them as if you never noticed. Eventually, they will get the hint and stop screaming.

Source: http://www.cool-ideas-from-parents.com/toddler-tantrums.html

Tips for Taming Tantrums

Straighten your Hair without Damaging it

Straighten your Hair without Damaging it - Brush out hair before taking a shower. Get all the knots out of that super-thick hair of yours.

Wash your hair with a normal amount of shampoo, maybe a tablespoon, and use it mainly on your scalp to cleanse and get rid of grease/residue. Use a less then the usual amount of conditioner so you don't make your scalp greasy. Work it through your hair, from the scalp to tips of strands. Rinse it out with cold water. This helps to smooth the follicles.

Gather your hair and gently wring out the excess water over the sink. Comb, never brush, your hair to get tangles out.

Take a round brush that has some hold, or grip to it, and start blow drying. Always use the medium or low (never high) heat setting, but the air flow setting can be turned up to high or whatever you like, if you have those options. Section off your hair (horizontally of course) and begin with the hair at the back of your neck and work up to the crown of your head. Part hair into five sections if it's really thick, although you may only need two sections. start with the hair on the bottom and work to the top, pulling the hair taut with the round brush and following it with the dryer. Do this until your hair is completely dry, or you may totally fry your hair with the flat iron.

Straighten your Hair without Damaging it

Turn the heat on your flat-iron up to the second or third highest heat for thick hair, and the lower settings for thinner hair. While waiting for it to heat up, apply a heat protection spray or serum evenly on your hair.

Section your hair once again and work up to the crown of your head. Clamp the flat iron on a strand of hair and pull to the ends of hair. Curling the iron slightly inwards at the tips will give your hair a softer edge. You may need to go over a section of hair up to five times, but go slow and it will straighten better. If you have gone over five times and that strand is still curly or wavy, wait and move onto another strand. Give it a chance to cool off and then attempt again. You may want to apply a serum or cream after each section to smooth it down and hydrate it, but don't use too much or your hair will look greasy and weighed down.

Source: http://www.wikihow.com/Straighten-Thick%2C-Curly-Hair-Without-Damaging-It

Straighten your Hair without Damaging it

Would you Invest in Facebook

Would you Invest in Facebook - In the old days (the 1990s), small companies could sell their stock in the public markets at reasonable cost, just like big companies. This allowed smaller, more speculative companies to raise money, and it gave investors who liked to invest in smaller, more speculative companies more opportunities to consider.

In those days, investors who liked speculating on risky tech companies had plenty to choose from. Risky tech companies, meanwhile, could raise capital easily to fund their growth.

Would you Invest in Facebook

And how did both sides do? Well, sometimes these speculative bets worked out (Cisco, Amazon, Netscape, Yahoo, et al). Sometimes they didn't (hundreds of other companies that seemed like a good idea at the time). But both sides understood--or should have understood--the risks involved, and the market facilitated the free flow of capital and served both constituencies.

But then, in an effort to protect investors from fraud (which is actually not the reason most IPOs fail), the government erected huge new barriers to going public, making it prohibitively expensive for most small companies to IPO.

So now small, speculative companies generally don't IPO.

Source: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/01/03/businessinsider-goldman-clients-get-private-access-to-facebooks-ipo-but-you-cant-2011-1.DTL

Would you Invest in Facebook

American Airlines Online Travel

American Airlines Online Travel - Expedia, the world's largest online travel company, will no longer list American Airlines flights on its website, lobbing the latest volley in a battle between the airline and some Web-based travel companies that could have a ripple effect on consumers.

Expedia stopped listing American's flights as of Jan. 1, after the two sides failed to resolve a dispute about a booking system that American prefers and that provides more information about services it offers for a fee, such as priority boarding.

American's fares are no longer available on Expedia-owned sites including Hotwire and TripAdvisor, but American flights remain on Expedia's corporate travel site, Egencia.

American Airlines Online Travel

Expedia became the second major site in recent days to stop listing American flights. Delta stripped its fares from three smaller travel sites last month in an attempt to steer consumers to its own website and build brand loyalty.

The moves are prompting concern among some travel industry analysts that consumers will lose out as online booking options shrink and it becomes harder to compare fares between airlines.

"I think this is the beginning of a war," says Henry Harteveldt, a Forrester Research airline analyst. "My concern is, the customer is going to suffer."

Source: http://www.usatoday.com/travel/flights/2011-01-04-1Aairlinebookings04_ST_N.htm

American Airlines Online Travel

Our Brains Are Shrinking. Are We Getting Dumber?

Our Brains Are Shrinking. Are We Getting Dumber? - Whether we admit it or not, the human race seems to be heading for a dumber version of itself -- thanks to the shrinking size of our brains.

The human brain has been gradually getting smaller in size over the last 20,000 years, says a new report. It includes both the genders worldwide.

This decrease follows two million years of growth of the human cranium.

Our Brains Are Shrinking. Are We Getting Dumber?

"Over the past 20,000 years, the average volume of the human male brain has decreased from 1,500 cubic centimetres to 1,350 cubic centimetres, losing a chunk the size of a tennis ball," according to a Daily Mail report quoting Kathleen McAuliffe in Discover magazine.

"The female brain has shrunk by about the same proportion."

McAuliffe reported the comments made by John Hawks, anthropologist from the University of Wisconsin , who argues that the fact the size of the human brain is decreasing doesn't necessarily mean our intelligence is in decline as well.

Some paleontologists agree with this diagnosis that our brains may have become smaller in size, but increasingly efficient.

Source: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/et-cetera/shrinking-brains-are-making-humans-dumber/articleshow/7205356.cms

Our Brains Are Shrinking. Are We Getting Dumber?

Puerto Rico Blowtorch Attack

Puerto Rico Blowtorch Attack - A Seattle man and his fiancée were in critical condition in a Puerto Rican hospital Monday after the man's uncle threw gasoline or kerosene on a family gathering and lit the party afire on New Year's Day.

Just weeks after they became engaged, Kate Donahue, 25, had traveled to Puerto Rico with Jesús Sánchez Vázquez, who is in his late 20s, to get to know his family in Florida, Puerto Rico.

They have burns on 80 percent of their bodies, Dr. Ernesto Torres told the Puerto Rican publication El Nuevo Día.

Puerto Rico Blowtorch Attack

Sánchez Vázquez's uncle, Justino Sánchez Díaz, 45, threw an accelerant onto members of his family, then used a tank containing 20 pounds of propane gas as a torch to set them afire, El Nuevo Día said. Two people died and several others were injured.

In the hospital, Donahue, a licensed practical nurse for Group Health, and Sánchez Vázquez, a Boeing engineer, kept asking about each other, according to Donahue's aunt, Dianna Lee.

"I think it's the love that they have for each other that's going to get them through this," Lee said.

The two people fatally injured were Sánchez Vázquez's sister, Pamela Sánchez Díaz, 17, and Samuel Molina Sánchez, a cousin of the attacker. Justino's mother, Josefina Díaz, 86, is in critical condition, according to El Nuevo Día.

Source: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2013834879_blowtorch04m.html

Puerto Rico Blowtorch Attack

Pros Cons of City vs Small Town Living

Pros Cons of City vs Small Town Living - When choosing a location for home, the area is key to longstanding happiness. If you are a more laid back type of person with a great love for the "simple life", then a suburban neighborhood would be best for your lifestyle. An area where everyone knows your name and a driving license is never required to identity validation. However, for those who enjoy exciting night life and other entertainment options, then the city life might be more beneficial. Let's evaluate all of the pros and cons of each environment.

Pros Cons of City vs Small Town Living

You may be surprised to hear that a suburb was defined for many years as a neighborhood on the outskirts of a large city. It functioned the same as a city, without the higher property costs. Slowly, the suburbs seemed to join with the city. As this continued, the traditional concept of a small town suburb slowly dwindled. The newer suburbs are small communities within a large city. Either way, there are many benefits to living in a suburb.

Suburbs are best known for their large amount of space and a safer atmosphere to raise small children. During the 40s and 50s, many neighbors never bothered to lock their doors in the suburbs because it was so safe. When living in such a small community, you will rarely see traffic on the roads, unless someone is taking a joy ride. Farmers benefit greatly from suburban areas due to the large supply of land for farming. If you enjoy having a say in the laws of the community and any other regulations, then you will have a greater chance of your voice being heard in a suburban neighborhood.

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Pros Cons of City vs Small Town Living

How to Pick the Right Paint Color Scheme

How to Pick the Right Paint Color Scheme - First is process of elimination. What colors don't you care for. What are you wanting to change to. Do you like warm colors such as country or cool colors, like that of a beach, Do you want to go darker or lighter? When you walk into a room you want people to notice the whole room so it needs to be linked together, To make a room look bigger you should probably go with a white ceiling and then color your walls.

Shop for paint, choose three or more paint color samples, Go home and put them against the wall until you find the one you like. The same for wall paper. Paint and border can do a lot for any room you just want to give a little face lift to.

How to Pick the Right Paint Color Scheme

Once you have decided the color scheme, shop for a good quality paint, Cheaper is not always better. Some of these paints need three or more coats, a better quality paint will need (for the most part) only two coats. I suggest a washable paint for heavy traffic rooms.

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How to Pick the Right Paint Color Scheme

Celebrity Divorces 2010

Celebrity Divorces 2010 - Celebrity couples drive fans and media crazy, whenever they hooked up or broke up the news related to their relationship is always a hot topic. This year we had a large list of celebrities filing for divorce, or in some cases like Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins who split up after years living together without being married.

In January we hear that Dennis Hopper, who was at the time battling with Prostate cancer filed for divorce from his wife for the past 14 years Victoria Hopper, they had a six year old daughter Galen, Mr. Hopper died in May at age 74. This same month we heard that Brangelina allegedly visited a divorce lawyer, they would announce their break up in the following months, until this day no such thing has happened. Golf star Greg Norman divorced his tennis star Chris Evert with whom he got married in 2008. John and Elizabeth Edwards split up after so many years together and due to his alleged affairs, Pamela Anderson split up from her electrician/ surfer beau Jamie Padgett, Real Housewives of Orange County Tamra Barney split up from her hubby Simon. Conan O’Brien got a $45M deal not from a divorce from his wife, but from NBC.

In February Suzanne Hinn had been married for over 30 years to the famous Televangelist Benny Hinn, she cited irreconcilable differences. Also in February Private Practice’s Kate Walsh and her movie executive husband Alex Young got divorced after almost 2 years and a half married. Former MLB player Barry Bonds’s wife Liz Watson filed for divorce after 12 years of marriage. After three years together Abbie Cornish and Ryan Phillipe went separate ways.

In March movie actor Billy Baldwin almost got divorced from his wife singer Chynna Phillips, she was the one who filed for divorce and later retracted. Another couple who allegedly split up were The Hills’ Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag, nobody believed any of these two publicity junkies. Jon Gosselin split up from girlfriend Christy Morgan, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jamie Kennedy split up just like Marc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone. Tawanna Iverson filed for divorce from her NBA hubby Allen Iverson, she took him back not long after. Titanic film actress Kate Winslet filed for divorce from her husband of 7 years Sam Mendes.

Celebrity Divorces 2010

During April, May and June we heard about Serena Williams and Common’s breaking up, Al Gore divorcing his wife Tipper Gore, Larry King and wife Shawn Southwick filed for divorce but changed their minds soon after, Angela Bassett and her husband actor Courtney Vance and LeAnn Rimes who got married in 2002 to Dean Sheremet got divorced on June.

Miami Heat’s Dwayne Wades divorce from Siohvaughn Wade was finalized in June he and Gabrielle Union are now dating. One of the most famous, ugliest divorces in June was the one between Sandra Bullock and Jesse James. Other famous celebrity break ups were the ones between Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi; Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry, singer Charlotte Church split up from her Rugby player Gavin Henson, Mamma Mia sweethearts Amanda Seyfried And Dominic Cooper split up as well, Audrina Patridge and Ryan Cabrera ended their romance, although nobody was sad to hear about this last one.. I wonder why?

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Celebrity Divorces 2010

Train for your First Marathon

Train for your First Marathon - Establish a solid fitness base. From a recommended 15 to 20 miles a week, gradually build to a peak mileage range of 30 to 40 miles.

Minimize the stress on your body by doing other sports, such as swimming or biking, especially after a long or hard run.

Practice the hard/easy principle. Intersperse stress and rest by taking days off to recover and adapt to marathon training.

Train for your First Marathon

Increase gradually. Up your training mileage by no more than 10 percent a week.

Run at least three long runs, from 18 to 20 miles.

Stick with 20 miles. Most experts say there is no reason to go beyond this amount in training, and the risk of injury increases with longer runs.

Consider speed work. Faster running isn't necessary for first-timers, but it can be useful. Make sure to consult an expert, such as a coach.

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Train for your First Marathon

Most Common Fitness Mistakes

Most Common Fitness Mistakes - The primary goal of most fitness programs is weight loss. Committing oneself to a mission and that mission’s top priority is to reduce and if possible, totally eliminate fat in the body. Having a goal is important when you want to achieve something, it keeps your mind focused in one thing and that is to achieve that goal you had set for yourself. If you want to shed a couple pounds or you want to lose a specific number of weight you’ve got to have these two characteristics, you’ve got to have a lot of determination and consistency in your body. Fitness mistakes usually happen when you actually don’t have any idea of what you are supposed to be doing.

The first important thing to do when you’re planning to start a fitness program is to have a workout regime set-up in advance. This is the one of the most common fitness mistakes in joining a fitness program. You can’t have yourself going everyday to the gym not knowing exactly what to do, you’ll end up with no accomplishment for the day and the next day to come if you don’t have preset workout regime.

Most Common Fitness Mistakes

Also one of the common fitness mistakes is the setting up of unrealistic expectations. One of the important mind-set in working out is to keep realistic expectations. You cannot expect to shed 200 to 300 pounds in the span of one to two months if you’re a beginner in the fitness world. Expecting something like this, which is absolutely absurd and a no doubt total failure, will make you lose your interest in working out at all. Setting goals that are much more realistic will help you stay motivated which will also make you concentrate more on yourself all throughout the entire process.

It doesn’t matter if you are doing big exercises with longer durations or just small ones for only a few hours. You simply can’t expect to have major results with a three to four times of exercise session all in one week, a little preposterous don’t you think? Obsessing yourself with exercise and overtraining is not causing any good to your fitness goals instead it will result to unhealthy being which might cause fatigue, difficulty in sleeping and prolonged workout recovery resulting body and mind burnout.

Source: http://www.peoples-health.com/common-fitness-mistakes.html

Most Common Fitness Mistakes

Is your Relationship Solid?

Is your Relationship Solid? - Do you want to know how to tell that he really loves me? Are you dating a guy but want to do everything that you possibly can to make him commit to you? Do you want to find out how you can make a man crazy about you? If you read the rest of this article then you will be able to learn about how to tell that he really loves me.

Important person in your relationship

To find out whether he really loves you it's important that you look at who is the most important person in your relationship. You might find that the relationship is completely about him, while it should really be about both of you. He might not think that you are the girl of his dreams and he might just be using you for something until he gets bored of you. If you look at your conversations and find out what you talk about then you should be able to determine who is the important person.

Is your Relationship Solid?

Are you getting any support?

You also need to focus on the support that he gives you. If he cares about you and loves you then he should give you all of the support that you need. If he just wants a fling and is only interested in sex then he won't want to spend time with you or give you the support that you need. It's very important that you find a guy who can support you because you will need support from any partner. This is just one way that you can use how to tell that he really loves me.

Commitment

You must make sure that you find a man to commit to you. Commitment is what everyone is looking for and not every guy is interested in it. Most guys will start to lose interest if they date the same girl for some time. That's why it's important to have your relationship founded on friendship.

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Is your Relationship Solid?