(CNN)Parents give of themselves so their children can live. Michigan resident John Barnes’ son returned the favor.

Barnes had cirrhosis of the liver, and he needed a transplant to survive. His name went on a list with about 17,000 patients, each one desperately waiting for a donated liver. The grim statistic is that 1,500 people die each year waiting. There are just not enough donors.
    He hated the thought that someone would have to die in order for him to get a liver.
    “How could anyone wish for that to happen?” he asked.


    “Looking into Brian’s eyes as medical staff prepared to wheel him into surgery, I held the hand I gripped the day he was born a little boy’s hand that would now engulf mine to assure him all would be well. His eyes said the same,” John wrote in his first person account of this experience.
    The operation was a success. The son moved back home to recover with dad. Now they are bonding over who is healing faster.
    “He has a scar to remind him what he gave me, and I have a much larger scar to remind me that he saved my life.” Barnes said. “This is something that we are going to share forever.”
    Click here to learn how to become a donor and save a life.

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    (CNN)The Amatrice earthquake gives us a chance to have a conversation today, a conversation that regrettably is always a day late.

    These conversations start in the hours after a disaster, as they always do. They may last a news cycle and hopefully longer, but eventually they fade. They fade like the hopes of the affected families, who eventually become buried not just in the rubble of their homes but under a pile of national and international priorities that are seemingly more important than what happened to them on the day of the disaster.


      Problems that are easy to solve would have been solved already. Achieving disaster-resilient and sustainable communities is not an easy problem, but one worth solving. If not for the families of Haiti, Nepal, Ecuador and now Italy, then for the families of the next disaster.
      There are other Amatrices, just like there were other Port-au-Princes, silently waiting for their vulnerabilities to be exposed at nature’s hands. They dot the fault lines and coasts of developed and developing nations, governments that are prepared and unprepared, economies that are thriving and stagnant.
      As an engineer who views it as our ethical duty to fight for all vulnerable communities, the only solace I can find in the events of the last several days is the hope that this event provides the harsh light under which much needed remedies will finally be born. This is not the first time this light was turned on, and unless we keep the conversation going, keep that light shining and bravely step into it, not just the day afterward, but every day, it won’t be the last.

      Source article at =>http://edition.cnn.com/

      Sharpening his attack on the BJP, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday rued his party "wasted" 25 years being in alliance with it while asserting that his outfit will come out of the government the moment it feels being "disregarded."

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      Human beings have altered the planet so dramatically and extensively, the scars of our ways can easily be seen from space.

      Today, three-quarters of earth’s land surface faces “measurable human pressures,” while just 3 percent of the world’s biodiversity hotspots remain unaltered, according to a new global analysis. 

      “There’s little wonder why there’s a biodiversity crisis,” James Watson, a study co-author and director of science and research initiatives at the Wildlife Conservation Society, told The Huffington Post.

      From deforestation and hunting to urban development and pollution, the future often seems depressingly bleak.The study describes human pressures as “perversely intense, widespread and rapidly intensifying in places with high biodiversity.” While it provides another dose of reality, it also provides a glimmer of hope.

      Surprisingly, researchers found that between 1993 and 2009, the human footprint on the environment grew at a slower rate than both the global population and economy.

      “You wouldn’t expect that,” Watson told HuffPost. Still, he said, he hesitates to call the findings “good news.”

      Nature Communications
      This map shows how the human footprint changed — positively and negatively — between 1993 to 2009.
      Nature Communications
      This map shows the impact of human beings on the Earth’s land surface. Shades of blue indicate wilder areas, while shades of red and orange are areas that face the most pressure from humans.

      For their groundbreaking study, published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communicationsa dozen researchers from the University of Northern British Columbia, the University of Queensland, WCS and six other universities combed through satellite imagery, as well as infrastructure, land cover and other data. The result is a pair of high-resolution, comprehensive maps that allow users to explore how the global impact of human activities changed between 1993 to 2009. 

      During that 16-year period, the population increased 23 percent and the world economy grew 153 percent, according to the findings. The human footprint, however, expanded by just 9 percent.

      It’s the latter percentage that has left scientists feeling encouraged. 

      Lead author Oscar Venter of the University of Northern British Columbia said in a statement that the slow growth shows “we are becoming more efficient in how we use natural resources.”

      Also unexpected and promising, the scientists write, is that some countries, namely ones that are wealthy and uncorrupt, have undergone rapid economic growth while still managing to reduce their footprint, including effects on land and infrastructure.

      Watson told HuffPost more must be done to explore why certain countries are doing better than others. The research team has made public both the maps and data, and Watson said he hopes other, “smarter” people will be inspired to dig into the findings. 

      “The way we’re going to solve the world’s problems is by sharing science,” he said. 

      Danish Siddiqui / Reuters
      Municipal workers collect garbage as they clean a beach in Mumbai, India, on Aug. 14, 2016.

      The new study comes on the heels of an analysis of threatened wildlife, which Watson also co-authored, showing that the biggest threat to biodiversity is not climate change, which gets a lot of attention, but age-old human activities, including logging, hunting and farming. It also comes just one week before the International Union for Conservation of Nature kicks off its World Conservation Congress in Honolulu. The congress, held every four years, is the world’s largest environmental and nature conservation event

      Venter said sustainable development is a widely adopted goal, and his team’s findings demonstrate a clear path for how the world can get there. 

      “Concentrate people in towns and cities so their housing and infrastructure needs are not spread across the wider landscape, and promote honest governments that are capable of managing environmental impacts,” he said in a statement.

      Acknowledging that a slowing human footprint can be taken as a good sign, Watson said it’s important we not to lose sight of the severity of the situation.

      “We’re running out of space and time,” he told HuffPost, adding that the remaining 25 percent of the planet that hasn’t been significantly altered “must become a conservation priority.” 

      “We’ve got to realize that we are eroding the last significant, intact places on Earth,” he said

      View the interactive maps here.

      Source article at =>http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

      On the comedian’s 32nd birthday, learn to treat yo self and your parents too.

      1. When he wasn’t afraid to put his feelings on display in a loving eulogy to his friend, comedy writer Harris Wittels, who died last week:

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      Ansari wrote in a post dedicated to Harris, “I miss you and I’m glad I got to enjoy your genuinely amazing and original presence. I wish I got to you know even more. I hope people reading this realize what a incredibly unique man you were…”

      2. When he loved his parents so much he insisted they take photos with Jay-Z, Beyonce…

      3. When he and Retta made “Treat Yo Self” a life motto:

      4. When he joyously instagrammed food with the fresh excitement of a kid:

      5. When he made #RupertsFault trend after anti-Muslim tweets by media magnate Rupert Murdoch:

      Maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible.

      — rupertmurdoch (@Rupert Murdoch)

      .@rupertmurdoch Rups can we get a step by step guide? How can my 60 year old parents in NC help destroy terrorist groups? Plz advise.

      — azizansari (@Aziz Ansari)

      .@rupertmurdoch You are Catholic, why are you not hunting pedophiles? #RupertsFault

      — azizansari (@Aziz Ansari)

      6. When he had a 3 second cameo in Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Otis like it was nbd:

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      7. When he taught Giuliana Ranci a new dance after she said he looked like he had “good rhythm”:

      E! / Via buzzfeed.com

      It’s called the What? That’s Racist. Don’t Say That Again.

      8. When he and Grover explained the meaning of the word ridiculous:

      PBS / Via giphy.com

      9. When he proudly self-identified as a feminist:

      10. When he killed the style game with his impeccably cut suits both as Tom Haverford on Parks & Recreation and in real life:

      Imeh Akpanudosen / Via Getty Images


      11. When he shared gems from his childhood on Instagram, including this photo of his time as a tiny dancer:

      12. When, at the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco, he shut down the casual racism of many of Hollywood’s biggest stars…

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      …as well as their homophobia:

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      13. And when he showed us what our priorities in life should be:

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      Aziz, keep on being a boss and treating yo self! Happy 32nd!


      Aziz actually turned 32 today. A previous version of this post stated he turned 31. Sorry Aziz! BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { document.getElementById(“update_article_correction_time_5068847”).innerHTML = UI.dateFormat.get_formatted_date(‘2015-02-23 22:56:05 -0500’, ‘update’); });

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      (CNN)When it comes to ruined buildings, it’s hard to match the poignancy of an abandoned luxury hotel.

      Once they were places where the wealthy came to play or the less fortunate came to experience a glamor beyond their usual means.
        Their fall from grace speaks of shattered dreams, faded glories and unforgiving economic realities.
        And yet, because they seem to still cling to the ghosts of happier times, they remain fascinating destinations, particularly for photographers and enthusiasts seeking to preserve remnants of their luxurious past.
        The magical Italian castle of Sammezzano, in the foothills of Tuscany, is a classic example.
        It’s been unused for more than two decades but has housed both nobility and paying guests.
        The 17th century palazzo came of age in the 1800s when eccentric Italian nobleman Ferdinando Panciatichi Ximenes of Aragon spent 40 years turning its rooms into mosaic masterpieces inspired by the Arab, Indian, Persian and Spanish worlds.
        It was converted into a luxury hotel in the 1970s, but the business folded in 1990 when its majestic charms were sealed off from the world.
        Sammezzano was auctioned off in 1999 to be renovated into a luxury resort, complete with spa and golf courses, but these plans failed.
        It’s been up for sale three times in the past two years, initially for $40.4 million, later a bargain $13.69 million.

        East meets West


        In the US, despite pulling in 12 million annual visitors, Niagara Falls is no stranger to abandonment says urban explorer Matthew Christopher, whose Facebook page “Abandoned America” has more than 400,000 followers.
        “How do you reconcile people coming in to see natural beauty, yet they are driving through a stretch of chemical plants to get there and later on, abandoned chemical plants?” he says. “It’s not exactly a place you want to go for your honeymoon.”
        Some former luxury hotels have found new roles offering more rudimentary living.
        Once lauded as the “pride of Africa,” the art deco-inspired Grande Hotel in Mozambique’s coastal city of Beira is today home to some 3,500 squatters.
        Built overlooking the Indian Ocean, it boasted an Olympic-size pool, restaurants, bars, a post office, cinema and shops.
        It closed in 1963, fewer than 10 years after it opened, having failed to attract the number of guests that were expected.

        Pride of Africa

        Brazilian photojournalist Fellipe Abreu spent time in the Grande’s labyrinthine halls talking to current residents.
        “Inside, the old hotel is dark and humid,” he says. “On all sides and especially around the building, piles of garbage accumulate year after year.
        “With the lack of maintenance, nature has started to regain its space.”
        Not all are happy with the attention that former luxury hotels attract.
        In the case of Hachijo Oriental, security has been upgraded due to tourists breaking windows to get a look inside.
        But such interest is to be expected, says urban explorer Christopher.
        “Being able to understand how these places fell apart and were rebuilt, or in some cases not, is incredibly fascinating.”

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        Washington (CNN)Donald Trump’s campaign is planning a concerted effort to reach out to minority voters and shed the perception by some that he is racist, part of a reset for his campaign sparked by bringing in new leadership.

        A senior Trump adviser characterized the strategy as “part of an ongoing conversation” and said the campaign is “looking forward.”
          As first reported by The Washington Post, the campaign is planning to make trips to diverse and urban areas and focus on an economic and job-centric theme.
          Some of the effort has already been evident.
          Trump spent much of last week making a pitch directly to African-American voters, though his choice of words was still criticized at times.
          Asking black voters, “what the hell do you have to lose,” Trump made the case that he and Republicans would be better for black Americans than Democrats, who have historically been overwhelmingly favored by minority voters.


          Williams said the Trump campaign would be making a concerted effort to visit black churches, and added that Trump and Carson are also planning a trip to visit disadvantaged neighborhoods in Detroit.
          “They will be visiting black churches, and it’s important to visit black churches because black churches have always been a pinnacle of the community,” Williams said, adding those kinds of visits can help boost Trump’s credibility among African-Americans.
          When Carson first endorsed Trump during the primaries they often touted their plans to reach out to minority voters and campaign in areas where Republicans don’t usually campaign, Williams said, and Trump felt like he already had a base of support within the black community and that his business background had given him some credibility there. But Trump didn’t foresee that he would be cast as a racist.
          “What he could not anticipate is there would be a narrative pushed by the Democratic Party and the media that somehow he was a racist. They sort of redefined him to the point that a lot of the support that he thought he had, he began to realize was not there,” Williams said.
          Williams said Trump’s new campaign leadership support the outreach, and acknowledges it carries risks. But he said Trump is doing it because he wants to.
          “With the days left in the campaign, think about this, he’s making an investment that could possibly not generate a great return,” Williams said. “What’s the best case scenario? Could he get four, five or 10 (percent)? … It’s a principled position for him.”
          Not everyone in the Trump campaign is convinced the candidate can make a credible pitch to minority voters with less than 90 days until the election.
          One Trump adviser said Trump already has to battle the perception that he is a racist and added that his hiring Steve Bannon could only make that more difficult. Bannon has been criticized for allegedly using racist rhetoric during his tenure at Breitbart. And the website has been accused creating a haven for white nationalist rhetoric.
          “Doesn’t that eventually undermine whatever minority outreach ‘strategy’ you come up with?” the adviser said.
          Bruce LeVell, the executive director of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump, said his group has already spent months on outreach to minority communities that don’t traditionally vote Republican.
          LeVell said he and other members of the coalition often make their Trump pitch on urban radio stations. Rather than criticizing Obama, LeVell said he focuses on the future and how Trump can help disadvantaged communities.
          “Our sale is ‘hey, let us try for four years,'” LeVell said. “You’ve lived 40, 50 years in this community with schools you’re having problems with. Give us a chance. Give us four years. If we can’t do it, vote us out.”
          “I think that’s going to really resonate with a lot of communities that have been hurting,” LeVell said.

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          (CNN)How much profit should drug companies make? The question might seem a little abstract, something that belongs in a business journal. But it’s one that is increasingly affecting all of us. That was abundantly clear in the wake of the latest price hike controversy to hit the headlines.

          Drug company Mylan has raised the price for EpiPen, which it bought nine years ago, from less than $100 in 2009 to around $600. The drug rapidly treats allergic reactions, for example to bee stings. But the medicine — epinephrine — is generic and cheap, and the device (essentially a syringe without a needle) has been around since the 1970s. EpiPen long ago earned back many times the cost of its research and development, meaning the huge jump in price is essentially profit.


            Countless patients and doctors have described the new price as outrageous. It does appear to be. But it also raises broader ethical issues.
            Unfortunately, there is no inherent cap on drug prices. Drug companies invest money in developing and investigating new chemicals that will hopefully help patients. Alas, most new experimental medications prove ineffective, and companies therefore have to invest in many potential new drugs to find one that actually works. All that costs money, and so drug companies certainly deserve to earn a profit.
            But how much? And should a company be allowed to squeeze needy patients for as much as it wants?
            Since Hippocrates in ancient Greece, health care has been seen as a noble art, in which physicians should treat patients — even those who are poor — and put the interests of the patient first. Physicians generally follow the principles of beneficence, of helping patients and not harming them.
            It seems increasingly, though, as if many drug companies don’t follow such principles. Indeed, greed seems to be the prime motivating factor.
            Some might argue that they are private entities, and therefore under no obligation to put the consumer first. The trouble with this argument is that vast amounts of taxpayer money has gone into research to help pharmaceutical companies develop drugs.
            The Orphan Drug Act of the 1980s, for example, spearheaded by former Rep. Henry Waxman, used government funds to encourage drug companies to develop treatments for rare diseases that these companies were otherwise ignoring. Waxman himself recently said drug companies are now abusing this act.
            EpiPen is hardly a lone example. For example, drug makers priced hepatitis C drugs Sovaldi and Harvoni to $1,000 a pill.
            Many drug companies say they charge these prices to cover the costs of research and development. But the reality is that many companies are spending more on advertising than they are on these other expenses.
            Some economists have argued that drug companies should be able to charge an amount that will allow them to earn, say, 10 times the cost of research and development of a new drug. And you would think that would be enough. But in the case of EpiPen and other medications, companies are charging what they want — and often much more.

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            In a humane society, a certain basic amount of health care is — or should be considered — a human right. If your house is on fire, you don’t first have to give firefighters your credit card number before they go to extinguish the flames. Similarly, most would surely agree that certain goods and services should be as widely available as possible, not based on your ability to pay.
            Sadly, unless action is taken, the prices of ever more drugs can be expected to skyrocket. Cases like EpiPen underscore the need for a broad discussion of pricing issues among policymakers, government officials, health care providers, drug companies, insurers and the public at large.
            How much should drug companies charge, who should decide and how? And how much is too much? More transparency is desperately needed. That will allow us to have the conversations we should all be having around this issue, discussions that will benefit all of us, not just those seeking to make huge profits.

            Source article at =>http://edition.cnn.com/

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            Paul Volcker Fast Facts

            Here’s a look at the life of Paul Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve.

            Birth date:
            September 5, 1927
            Birth place: Cape May, New Jersey
              Birth name: Paul Adolph Volcker
              Father: Paul Volcker Sr., town manager
              Mother: Alma (Klippel) Volcker
              Marriages: Anke Dening (February 11, 2010-present); Barbara (Bahnson) Volcker (September 11, 1954-June 14, 1998, her death)
              Children: with Barbara Volcker: Janice Louise, August 20, 1955; James Paul, May 1958
              Education: Princeton University, B.A., 1949; Harvard University Graduate School of Public Administration, M.A., Political Economy and Government, 1951; Attended the London School of Economics, 1951-1952
              Other Facts:
              Graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University.
              Was the first Henry Kaufman Visiting Professor at the Stern School of Business at New York University.
              Professor Emeritus of International Economic Policy at Princeton University.
              Chairman of the Group of Thirty, Consultative Group on International Economics and Monetary Affairs, Inc.
              1949 and 1950 –
              Summer research assistant at the New York Federal Reserve.
              1951-1952 – Rotary Foundation Fellow at the London School of Economics; chooses not to complete doctoral program.
              1952 – Works as an economist in the research department of the New York Federal Reserve.
              1953-1957 – New York Institute of Finance faculty member.
              1955 – Becomes a special assistant in the New York Federal Reserve securities department.
              1957 – Resigns from the New York Federal Reserve to become a financial economist at Chase Manhattan Bank.
              1962 – Joins the Treasury Department as director of the Office of Financial Analysis.
              November 17, 1963 – Is appointed deputy undersecretary for monetary affairs.
              1965 – Rejoins Chase Manhattan bank as vice president and director of forward planning.
              1969-1974 – Serves as undersecretary of the Treasury for Monetary Affairs.
              1974-1975 – Senior fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
              1975-1979 – President of the New York Federal Reserve.
              August 6, 1979-August 11, 1987 – Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
              September 1987-June 1990 – Chairs the National Commission on the Public Service, commonly known as the Volcker Commission. The commission’s purpose is to study ways to attract more able-bodied citizens to public service and away from the private sector.
              1987-1996 – Serves as chairman for the law firm Wolfensohn & Company.
              August 15, 1996-December 1999 – Is appointed chair of the Independent Committee of Eminent Persons. The committee is charged with investigating the fate of Jewish assets held between 1933 and 1945 in now dormant accounts held in Swiss banks.
              February 2002-November 2003 – Chairs the second National Commission on the Public Service. This commission is tasked with the streamlining and reorganization of federal pay and performance guidelines.
              April 2004 – Is appointed by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to chair the Independent Inquiry Committee tasked with investigating the Oil-for-Food Program in Iraq.
              2009-2011 – Serves as chairman for the Obama administration’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board established to provide ways to improve the U.S economy.
              January 21, 2010 – President Obama proposes the Volcker Rule as part of the Financial Reform Bill originally set to take effect July 21, 2012. Banks will no longer be allowed to own, invest, or sponsor hedge funds, private equity funds, or proprietary trading operations for their own profit, unrelated to serving their customers.
              2013 – Launches The Volcker Alliance, a nonprofit foundation focused on improving how government implements policy at the federal, state and local levels.
              September 30, 2015 – Princeton University says Volcker has donated his public service papers to the university. The documents are mainly from his time as Fed chairman.

              Source article at =>http://edition.cnn.com/

              Talk about a sweet way to start your birthday. 

              On Monday, Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis kicked off her 46th birthday with what she dubbed “the breakfast of champions:” a pretty decadent looking chocolate cake!

              Breakfast of champions on my bday!! Thx to @shanefarley #imybday

              A photo posted by Giada DeLaurentiis (@giadadelaurentiis) on

              The chocolate confection was a treat from De Laurentiis’ boyfriend, TV producer Shane Farley. In an interview with E! News in March, the recently divorced chef seemed totally smitten with Farley, whom she’s been dating since November. 

              “Life is fun and great and I have so much fun with my daughter and I have someone new!” she said. 

              (Story continues under the photo.) 

              Alexander Tamargo via Getty Images
              Giada De Laurentiis and boyfriend Shane Farleyhave reportedly been an item since November.

              The Food Network host finalized her divorce from ex-husband Todd Thompson — with whom she has a daughter — after 11 years of marriage last September. A month after the split was finalized, the celeb chef admitted she was struggling to move on and adjust to life after divorce. 

              “We had been together since I was 19; I’m now 45,” she told Dr. Oz The Good Life magazine. “That’s a lifetime with someone. It was a very difficult time. I don’t have the answers; I’m figuring them out as I go. I’m also afraid, like many other women who go through this, and men, too, for that matter.” 

              In spite of the big life changes, De Laurentiis and Thompson have seemingly done a good job co-parenting. A few months back, the the Emmy Award-winning host shared a sweet photo of the exes celebrating their daughter’s eighth birthday: 

              Bday wishes! #happy8thbday #growingupsoooofast!

              A photo posted by Giada DeLaurentiis (@giadadelaurentiis) on

              Source article at =>http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

              Being a parent is a tough, full-time job. Not only that, but most parents have other full-time jobs so that they can provide for their kids. So, life with children can be stressful. They are blessings that fill our days with smiles, but let’s face it, it can be pretty tough sometimes. That’s why we found these awesome 20 parenting hacks. They should make your life easier (and if not that, at least a little more fun). Bed forts and cardboard slides? Yes please.

              1.) Get a baby stroller/scooter to make walks through the park a little more fun

              2.) Let your baby help you with housework.

              3.) Keep your hands warm & keep track of your kids at the same time. (Plus, adorable.)

              4.) Shield your baby’s sensitive eyes from water.

              5.) Inspire your children to get along.

              6.) Make gaming a family affair (with fake controllers)

              7.) Play smart with your kids, not hard.

              8.) Scare away big, bad monsters with this “secret formula.”

              9.) Secretly identify your twins so you can tell them apart.

              10.) Make a safe, indoor hammock with a table and a bed sheet.

              11.) Use a box fan to make your kid’s bed fort a dome of fun.

              12.) Encourage your kids to brush their teeth with these little guys.

              13.) Protect their ears from the cold with awesomeness.

              14.) Make bedtime awesome.

              15.) Use a muffin cup to protect their hands from sticky drippings.

              16.) Use spare socks to help warm the toilet seat for nighttime trips.

              17.) Inspire your family to remember to turn off the lights.

              18.) Use a sturdy, cardboard box to make a slide on the stairs.

              19.) Teach your children about modesty in a hilarious way.

              Via Bored Panda These hacks aren’t just for first-time parents, either. Any family (or babysitter) could use some of these every now and then. Share these parenting hacks with others by click on the SHARE button below.

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              NEW YORK Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros claims in an explosive new lawsuit that disgraced ex-network chairman Roger Ailes sexually harassed her and that high-ranking executives fostered a newsroom culture in which abusive behavior flourished. 

              “Fox News masquerades as defender of traditional family values, but behind the scenes, it operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency and misogyny,” the suit reads.

              Ailes was “the primary culprit,” according to the suit, but “his actions were condoned by his most senior lieutenants who engaged in a concerted effort to silence Tantaros by threats, humiliation, and retaliation.”

              Tantaros’ suit is the second leveled against Ailes, but the first to name the network itself and several current executives as co-defendants  recently promoted co-president Bill Shine, general counsel Dianne Brandi, media relations chief Irena Briganti and executive vice president Suzanne Scott.

              Last month, former “Fox & Friends” host Gretchen Carlson opened the floodgates of sexual harassment accusations against Ailes, a legendary TV executive who built and ran Fox News for two decades after serving as a leading Republican operative and former adviser to three presidents. Ailes is reportedly now advising Republican nominee Donald Trump ahead of next month’s first presidential debate with Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

              Less than two weeks after Carlson made her claims, Ailes stepped down as Fox News chairman amid widespread accusations about his behavior toward women throughout his careers in media and politics. At least 20 women  including star anchor Megyn Kelly and a former Fox booker who described a harrowing two decades of harassment  have reportedly come forward as part of an ongoing investigation launched by 21st Century Fox, the Murdoch-led parent company of Fox News.

              Tantaros first leveled accusations against Ailes two weeks ago in an interview with New York magazine. She expanded on those claims in the suit filed Monday in New York State Supreme Court, detailing what she believes to be internal payback for rebuffing the network chief’s advances. Tantaros is represented by attorney Judd Berstein, who previously represented Brian Lewis, the network’s former media relations chief.

              In the suit, Tantaros described Ailes as a “sexual predator” who made inappropriate comments about her body and asked her to twirl for him in his office a request similar to those described by other women at Fox News. “I bet you look good in a  bikini,” she claims Ailes said in one conversation.

              She also described Ailes known for making racially insensitive and homophobic comments as making unflattering remarks about her Fox News colleague, according to the suit. 

              Andrea Tantaros lawsut

              Tantaros alleged that she was reassigned from her job on “The Five,” which aired at a more coveted 5 p.m. time slot, to noon program “Outnumbered” because she turned down Ailes’ advances.

              Fox News has claimed Tantaros, who has been off the air for several months, breached her contract by not receiving necessary approval to work on a book.

              A Fox News spokeswoman said on Tuesday that the network would not comment on pending litigation.

              In the suit, Tantaros claimed that Fox News’ notoriously combative public relations department leaked unflattering information about her, didn’t adequately promote her, refused legitimate media requests, and used “sock puppet” social media accounts to post or direct negative comments about her.

              The public relations department, under previous chief Lewis, reportedly posted pro-Fox comments on news articles using dummy accounts. Ailes also reportedly orchestrated his own anonymous media pushback operation through The Cable Game, a blog that hyped the network (and himself) while smearing rival hosts and media reporters deemed critical of Fox.

              Tantaros alleged in the suit that Briganti had a “retaliatory media vendetta against her” and that Shine, ignoring her complaints, once described the PR chief as “like a rabid dog on a chain that we can’t control.” The former Fox host labeled Shine as Ailes’ “co-conspirator” in overseeing a toxic workplace culture. 

              In the suit, Tantaros also described host Bill O’Reilly who, in 2004, settled a high-profile sexual harassment suit leveled by a former producer as once asking her to stay with him at a “very private” place in Long Island and expressing a desire to see her “as a wild girl.”

              And former Massachusetts senator and Fox News contributor Scott Brown made “sexually inappropriate comments” about Tantaros, according to the suit, and once grabbed her waist while she was buying lunch.

              Brown denied the accusations on Twitter. “As a survivor of sexual abuse, I would never perpetuate language or actions as described in FOX complaint,” he wrote. “Actions referenced are fabricated.” 

              Read the full lawsuit below:

              This article has been updated with Scott Brown’s response to the lawsuit.  

              Source article at =>http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

              Two Idaho women were arrested on child endangerment charges this week after a video reportedly posted on Facebook appeared to show four adults smoking pot in a room with child, at one point blowing smoke into the boy’s face.

              According to KPVI, the alleged incident occurred on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation.

              report about the incident by East Idaho News includes a clip of the video, in which one woman says about the boy, while laughing, “No more getting high? He’s all blazing it.”

              KPVI TV

              Fort Hall police have not released the women’s names or mug shots. Investigators are reportedly working on arrest warrants for the other two adults who were present.

              Fort Hall Police told The Huffington Post they are not releasing any additional information about the case at this time.

              It’s hardly uncommon for law enforcement to find out about crimes via social media. One Oregon teen was arrested in 2013 after posting a status about driving drunk, and a drug dealer was caught in London in 2012 because he posted a Facebook photo of himself with a President Barack Obama wax figure at Madame Tussauds.

              A Florida mom also posted a photo of a baby with a bong on the social network in 2010, leading to an investigation by the Florida Department of Children and Families.

              Source article at =>http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

              You can say what you want about the efficacy of gun restrictions in the U.S., but there is one deadly reality that cannot be ignored: all of these mass shootings are devastating. The most disheartening thing of all is that little has been done to address this issue in America aside from politicians offering empty platitudes.

              And every single month, there’s more bad news. It feels inescapable. Unfortunately, the media has been taking it easy on us. The fact of the matter is that 355 mass shootings have taken place on U.S. soil since January of 2015, and we’ve only heard about a small fraction of them.

              Here’s a map of the cases that were heavily covered by the media in 2015.

              These include the events in San Bernardino, Colorado Springs, Chattanooga, Charleston, and Roseburg.

              An accurate representation of mass shootings in the United States since January, however, looks more like this. There have been upwards of 355 in total.

              This map shows a clear disparity between what we’re being told by the mainstream media and what’s really going on. Let’s take a look at a few specific shootings that never made national or international headlines.

              1. Savannah, Georgia

              On December 2, 2015 — the same exact day as the San Bernardino shooting — one person was killed and several were injured in an overnight shooting in Savannah, Georgia. It was only reported on one local news network.

              2. Amarillo, Texas

              This shooting, which left several gravely wounded, happened near Hamlet Elementary School in Amarillo, Texas, back in April of this year.

              3. Menasha, Wisconsin

              Five were shot and four were killed during this random mass shooting on a footbridge in Menasha, Wisconsin, earlier this year. This particular case did receive some national news coverage, but not enough, given the shocking nature of the crime.

              4. Brooklyn, New York

              Disturbingly enough, six were shot and four were killed during a funeral in Brooklyn back in April. Major New York City-based publications ran the story, but few others published any information.

              5. Gates, New York

              Seven were shot, six were wounded, and one was killed in this shooting outside of a pub in Gates, New York. This also took place in April of 2015.

              6. Shreveport, Louisiana

              Eight were injured after a shooting in Shreveport, Louisiana, in July of this year. No one was killed, but civilians and officers were hurt in the process. One of those injured was a suspected shooter.

              7. Tucson, Arizona

              An entire family of five was killed in this murder-suicide back in May. Police are still unsure of what motivated the crime.

              8. Deer Lodge, Montana

              This shooting, which killed five people, occurred after a man’s wife started “mocking him.” He became enraged and killed his wife, their children, and himself.

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              9. Seattle, Washington

              This actually took place just last month. Five were injured after a senseless drive-by shooting in Seattle. Four were shot, and one was hurt by shrapnel.

              10. Santa Ana, California

              One was killed and four were injured in the crossfire of a deadly altercation in March of 2015.

              11. Albuquerque, New Mexico

              One person was killed and six were gravely injured after a skate park in Albuquerque erupted in gunfire. The person killed was a high school student.

              12. Ocala, Florida

              A 19-year-old girl was killed and five more young people were injured during this shooting, which took place at a night club near Palm Beach State College.

              13. Douglasville, Georgia

              Small children were among those killed when one man shot his ex-wife. Neighborhood kids reportedly liked the woman’s dog, and could often be found playing outside of her house. When they heard gunshots inside the home, they fled. The shooter reloaded after killing his ex so that he could kill the children as they ran away.

              (via PBS)

              No matter what your stance on gun control may be, it’s clear that the people of this country deserve justice for what’s happened. That was just a small sampling of an insane amount of mass murders, and it makes you wonder why there was so little news coverage. If they don’t consider these cases important, then what is?

              Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/2015-shootings/

              (CNN)The judge at the center of a controversial sentence involving Brock Turner, a former Stanford student convicted of sexual assault, has recused himself from making a decision in another sex case.

              Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky was expected to decide on Thursday whether to reduce a plumber’s felony conviction for possession of child pornography to a misdemeanor, but has now decided to take himself off the case, apparently in light of media coverage.
                “While on vacation earlier this month, my family and I were exposed to publicity surrounding this case,” Persky said in a written ruling obtained by CNN.
                “This publicity has resulted in a personal family situation such that ‘a person aware of the facts might reasonably entertain a doubt that the judge would be able to be impartial.’ ”
                It’s not clear what “family situation” led to Persky’s decision.
                The judge has faced harsh criticism since he sentenced former Stanford swimmer Turner to six months in county jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. Prosecutors had asked that Turner be sentenced to six years in prison for the January 2015 assault.
                Outraged by what they believed was an unusually light sentence, critics led by Stanford law professor Michele Dauber launched a campaign to recall Persky.
                While examining Perksy’s record, Dauber found a case involving the plumber, Robert Chain.
                The 48-year-old was arrested in May 2014 and accused of downloading pornographic images of children.
                Persky sentenced him to four days in jail.
                According to Dauber’s research, others convicted of similar crimes in Santa Clara County got at least six months in jail.
                Persky also indicated he would be willing to reduce Chain’s felony to a misdemeanor if he stayed out of trouble. Defense attorneys often press to have felonies reduced to misdemeanors because it makes finding employment easier among potential employers who do background checks.
                The issue will now be decided by a different judge in October. Chain’s attorney, Brian Madden, declined to comment.
                While pleased with Persky’s decision to recuse himself, Dauber said the recall campaign will go forward.
                “We’re building support and endorsements from elected officials,” she said.
                She said there will also be a rally September 2 at the Hall of Justice in downtown San Jose, the day Turner is expected to be released from jail.
                Persky has not responded to requests for comment.

                Source article at =>http://edition.cnn.com/

                New York (CNN)Donald Trump’s campaign is defending its reasoning for more than quadrupling what it pays to rent office space in the Republican presidential nominee’s namesake tower, saying the higher rent comes from occupying more space.

                Federal Election Commission filings show that the Republican nominee’s campaign paid $169,758 in rent last month for space at the Manhattan skyscraper — a dramatic jump from March, when the campaign paid Trump Tower LLC only $35,458 in rent.
                  The spike in rent, which was first reported by The Huffington Post, is a result of the campaign adding two more levels to its existing space, the campaign said Tuesday.
                  “We calculated the rent based on the average rent per square foot in the area,” the campaign said in a statement provided to CNN.
                  “Overall, we still pay over $40,000 less in rent than the Clinton campaign,” the statement added. “Also, Mr. Trump makes a personal contribution of $2 million per month to the campaign, obviously a much higher amount than rent.”
                  Clinton’s campaign is paying about $212,000 a month, according to the Huffington Post, in rent for its 80,000 square feet of office space in Brooklyn.
                  Steven Cheung, Trump’s director of rapid response, also told the Associated Press the “expansion is in anticipation of more staff.”
                  Nevertheless, Hillary Clinton’s campaign pounced on the reports of larger rent payments. Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine said Tuesday that Trump “has highly unusual expenditures, even in this campaign.”
                  The 172 employees paid by the Trump campaign last month is dwarfed by the more than 700 paid staff on Clinton’s campaign.
                  “So, as an example, Donald Trump is renting space in one of his buildings to his campaign and the campaign is paying Donald Trump personally for the space,” Kaine said during a roundtable in Lakewood, Colorado. “Once he started to fundraise dramatically, he was self-funding for a while, but once he started to fundraise dramatically, he immediately tripled the rent payment that his campaign donors were paying him personally.”
                  It isn’t the first time that Trump’s campaign has appeared to be working in concert with his business interests. Federal records have shown that Trump had directed almost a fifth of his campaign cash to companies to which he is linked.

                  Source article at =>http://edition.cnn.com/

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