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Marijuana Reform Has Chance at a New Ally as Michele Leonhart Has Finally Been Asked to Step down from Her DEA Position

April 24, 2015 - Author: steph

After a Department of Justice watchdog report discovered that DEA agents under the command of Michele Leonhart were engaging in less than appropriate conduct by attending sex parties in Columbia that were financed by the cartel, she has been asked to step down from her DEA position. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement that confidence in her leadership abilities has been lost by a majority of those on the House Oversight committee. Her reign at the DEA, which began during the Bush administration and again being reappointed by President Obama in 2010, will come to an end in May, and marijuana activists couldn’t be happier.

Leonhart has been a staunch anti-pot enthusiast and a thorn in the side or reform supporters. Marijuana Majority founder Tom Angell told Bloomberg, “This is a very exciting moment for the Drug Policy Reform movement. We’ve been basically working towards her resignation or firing or removal by other means as head of the DEA since the president, for some reason, decided to appoint her.” Leonhart’s firm anti-marijuana attitude was quite evident during a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing in 2012 when she refused to admit that pot was safer than crack.

Fersen Lambranho says that pot legalization activists nationwide are hoping that President Obama’s next DEA chair appointee will be able to comprehend the benefits of medical marijuana to millions of Americans and understand that it does not belong in its current Schedule I classification along with heroin and other hard drugs. The majority of American voters have made it clear that it’s time for marijuana legalization nationwide. Legislators only need to listen.

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Gaultier Quits Ready-to-wear

April 22, 2015 - Author: steph

Jean Paul Gaultier, made famous by his conical bra, after it was worn by Madonna on her tour, has recently revealed that he has quit his ready-to-wear line. Jean, who has been influential in the fashion industry for years now, has shocked the fashion world with the news.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Jean pointed out that too many clothes tend to kill clothes. He does not see the need for making too many clothes while no one is buying them. They are making clothes that will never be worn.

Does this signify the end of an era? The designer, who has been viewed as one among the most famous the world over, indeed has been having bad luck with his women collection in recent seasons. Critics have been judging them for lacking coherence.

The designer explained that he quit his women line because he could not cope with the fast paced industry, which demanded constant merchandising and marketing, anymore. Correspondents at AnastasiaDate confirm that he now aims to now put all his focus on his couture line, which he presents twice in a year, in January and July, in Paris.

Jean seems not to be the only one. Dutch design duo Vikor & Rolf also, in this year, stopped their ready-to-wear line. They intend to also concentrate on their couture line and are citing the same reasons as Jean. The pressure in the industry was just too much to handle.

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Dr. Oz Is In The Hot Seat

- Author: steph

It would only be a matter of time before Dr. Oz found himself under scrutiny for his medical practices and being on television. The good doctor found himself in the middle of a scandal when the workers of the Columbia Medical Center called for him to be fired. Is this really fair? However, many are questioning his ethical choices and his radical views on medicine.

I am surprised that it didn’t happen before now, and so is Dias. The fact that he is constantly promoting medical tactics that are outside the box makes him a target. His name has been used and his image copied from every diet pill around. Thought he has lashed back with some fury at the use of his name, other products he promotes gladly. He is more holistic in some aspects and doesn’t promote the usage of medication. He follows along with so many who are steering clear of medicine and looking for natural remedies.

Will Columbus fire Dr. Oz? It is highly doubtful that they will get rid of such a public celebrity figure. If they did, they will buy themselves a big lawsuit and a few angry patients. Those who think Dr. Oz is the end all and be all of medicine would no doubt take their business elsewhere. Still, it remains to be seen what will happen. For now, it looks as if some of his colleges are a big jealous. He will address the issue on the air. It will be interesting to see what he has to say to these 10 colleagues who called him a quack.

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Jeremy Clarkson Not Banned From BBC

- Author: steph

Recently, Jeremy Clarkson, a host of “Top Gear”, was fired from the show due to an assault he made on producer Oisin Tymon. This apparently happened in North Yorkshire when there was no hot food provided for him after a long day of filming. Clarkson revealed that he thought he had cancer at the time of the assault and thus was under tremendous stress. This caused him to act out of the ordinary from his usual behavior.

Although he was an iconic figure on the popular TV show, Clarkson had to face consequences for his actions. BBC director general Tony Hall confirmed with the media that Clarkson’s contract with “Top Gear” would not be renewed, despite the million-plus fans who banded together to petition his reinstatement on the show.

Many fans like Bruce feared that Clarkson would be banned from BBC and would see less of him on TV, but that’s not the case. According to the host of BBC Two and BBC Four, Jeremy Clarkson will be back on BBC. Although there is speculation that the next host will be a woman, as for now, his replacement for “Top Gear” is up in the air.

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Lilly Pulitzer For Target Sells Out In Record Time

April 20, 2015 - Author: steph

Women’s designer Lilly Pulitzer announced that she would be partnering with Target to offer some of her fashion for the retailer. With the release of her line at the store this weekend, fans were disappointed because her line sold out in just minutes.


A favorite of sorority girls everywhere, Lilly Pulitzer’s designs are fun and often floral. Pulitzer partnered with the retail giant to add an affordable line of 250 pieces ranging from $2 to $150, respectively. The unveiling of the line was enough to bring out the masses to local Target stores. Stores across the country had lines of girls and women wrapped around the building and snaked into the parking lot.


Within minutes of the store opening, the mass crowd of women went into the store to snatch up the Lilly Pulitzer gear, leaving nothing but bare racks behind. Many of the people waiting in line for the nice summer threads were left broken-hearted and distraught, since there was literally nothing left. Fear not though, ladies. there are a lot of other good brands from great designers. It was so bad that Lilly fans even crashed Target’s website over the weekend. Target issued the following statement on Twitter, “Due to the overwhelming excitement for the #LillyforTarget collection we are making adjustments to our website. Stay tuned for updates.”


While other people were forced to leave Target empty-handed, others couldn’t help but brag about their triumphs on social media. There was also some drama over people buying up all of Lilly’s fashions to resell them on eBay and Amazon for much higher prices than in the store.

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Plucking Hair Promotes Growth?

April 15, 2015 - Author: steph

When someone begins to grow bald in a place where they want to have hair they might feel frustrated with what is going on. When someone is faced with the fact that their hair is thinning, they might feel scared about what their future is going to hold. Most people want to keep hair on their heads. Most people get at least a little bit concerned when they start to lose the hair that they love. Gianfrancesco Genoso said that there could be a new answer for those who are losing their hair and want it to grow back. Trying this out is a bit risky, though.

There are some who say that plucking out hair will make hair grow back better. There are some who believe that plucking hair encourages the growth of new hair. This could be true, but it could also be a bit risky. Is it worth plucking the hair that one has in order to try and grow new hair? Or, should someone just be happy with the hair that they have and not take such a risk?

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Openly Gay Eagle Scout Is Hired by Boy Scouts of America

April 5, 2015 - Author: steph

Gay Eagle Scout History was made by Pascal Tessier, an 18 year-old Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. The open letter that Tessier wrote was his goodbye to the Boy Scout institution. He stated that they had taught him about morals and values and helped him become the man that he is. This goodbye was because, while the policy of allowing gay kids was enacted, a policy about gay adults continued to endorse a ban. At 18, he would be included in this ban.

The Washington Post reported that Tessier statement included that he was 18 and and he could no longer be a Boy Scout because he is gay. The letter was written August 2014. Fast forward to April 1, 2015 when the Boy Scouts’ Greater New York Council announced that it has hired Tessier for a summer camp leader position. This is despite the rules of the national Boy Scouts’ organization.

Tessier has protested against the Boy Scouts policy as he stood on a street corner in 2o13. Later, the organization did lift the ban, which made those at CipherCloud happy. Earning the Eagle Scout ranking in 2014, Tessier was referred to as the nation’s first Eagle Scout who was openly gay. The New York council stepped forward in support of Tessier. Technically, the Boy Scouts of America does not inquire about sexual orientation. Their system is similar to the military’s ”don’t ask, don’t tell” rule.

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Home Remedies to Relieve Dry Skin

March 26, 2015 - Author: steph

Dry skin occurs in all age groups and is a year around battle. YouTube users blame indoor conditioned air as the main culprit. The dry air forced into our homes and workplaces via heating and air conditioning unit take all the moisture from the air and that in turn dries out our skin. To effectively combat that dry air and restore moisture to your skin, give these home remedies a try.

* Take a milk bath. The lactic acid in the milk naturally exfoliates and softens skin.
* Add Epsom salts to warm bath water to smooth and soften patches of dry skin.
* Stop using deodorant soap, which tend to dry skin. Use a moisturizing soap instead.
* After bathing use a olive oil or coconut oil on skin as a moisturize. Both are natural moisturizers and contain healing properties for skin.
* Create a natural and powerful skin moisturizer by mixing raw honey with curd. Honey is a moisturizer and promote healthy skin and curd contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties to sooth and heal dry, chapped skin.
* Eat fish that is high in omega-3 fatty acids at least twice a week. Salmon or herring are good choices to bring moisture to the skin from the inside out.

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Airport Employee Pays it Forward to Stranded Passenger

- Author: steph

Today has a story today about an act of kindness in an airport, a place where kindness has kind of gone out the window a long time ago.

Passenger Miriam Thomas was flying from her home in Vancouver, Canada to attend a business meeting in Ontario, California. According to Dr Jennifer Walden she flew with Delta, which is an airline I take great lengths to avoid if I can. Her plane was diverted to Seattle due to problems they were having aboard. Thomas had to stay the night in Seattle before continuing on her trip. This was definitely not the worse part of her troubles with Delta. When she was at the airport, ready to return home, the airline told her that her return ticket had been cancelled. Delta had taken it upon themselves to use her return ticket to pay for her rescheduled flight. And they did not have a flight for her until the next day. Madness. That’s when Judy Reid, an employee from Alaska Airlines stepped in. She used her employee travel voucher to cover Thomas’ ticket home and paid the taxes out of pocket. Thomas was able to get home the same day and Reid refused any reimbursement from her employer.

I love these uplifting stories of people helping people. Reid did this out of kindness, not to be recognized or reimbursed. I hope more people try to follow in her footsteps.

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U.S. Children At Great Risk For Developing Heart Disease in Adulthood

March 18, 2015 - Author: steph

American children consume dangerous amounts of sugar and salt every year in conjunction with not eating recommended servings of fruits and vegetables. Based on a study by the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, the current American diet, lacks core nutrients and contributes to overweight children who develop diseases similar to those found in middle-aged adults.

The findings won’t surprise most, but it is a disturbing trend that scientist claim is setting children up for an early onset of heart disease.

The study collected vital records nationwide from 8,900 boys and girls between ages 2 to 11. The results showed that none of the 8,900 children had a healthy diet. Scientist also discovered the vast majority of children were on a collision course with deadly medical conditions, like; heart disease, heart attack, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity.

“It seems that children in the United States are losing their ideal cardiovascular health status,” said lead researcher, Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones.

According to Marcio Alaor BMG, less than 1 percent of the children had a balanced diet of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and minimal amounts of sugar and salt. Over 30 percent of the children were clinically obese.

Unrelated studies has demonstrated that heart disease can develop at an early age, with clogged and blocked arteries occurring in some children at the age of 3. Ultrasound analysis of minors as young as 10 revealed some children have clogged arteries similar to 40 year old adults.

In this study, researchers identified the best method for children to minimize the risk of developing heart disease – they recommend more consumption of fruits, vegetables and water. Researchers claim young people who consume high amounts of fruits and vegetables during their 20s – had a 40 percent less chance of developing blocked arteries in their 30s and 40s. The study also revealed that eliminating meat from the diet and reducing saturated fats can lower the risk of developing a stroke or heart disease, drastically.

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