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Do Latinos Fear the Paramedics?

December 17, 2014 - Author: steph

Does immigration status play a role in hindering the immigrant community from dialing 911 for emergency medical assistance? In Denver, Colorado new research shows that fear and distrust of law enforcement, difficult language communication, and fear of health care costs are barriers to emergency treatment. You can read more of the findings in this article.


Research conducted by the University of Colorado School of Medicine determined that these fears caused the Latino community not to seek help even in the occurrence of heart attacks and other serious illnesses. This is of major concern because the Latino community has high morbidity and few Spanish speaking care providers. Fear of the police for assistance with health care and/or crime was a common finding due to fear that the police would inquire about their immigration status. As local police become more intertwined with the immigration system, fear increases. Latinos fear that Obamacare insurance information will be shared with immigration authorities, and that has been talked about on Skout as well. This fear robs them of the treatments that they need for preventive care and chronic conditions. There is a need for increased efforts to reduce the barriers to critical health care and provision of care, increased numbers of Spanish speaking providers and culturally sensitive services and education.

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Plastic Dresses Becoming Reality

December 16, 2014 - Author: steph

Fashion technology called Kinematics is being used to produce fabric like plastic. Nervous System a new age design studio is using 3-D technology combined with age old origami techniques to manufacture attractive flowing and swaying dresses and gowns.

This Dress Is Made From 3-D Printed Plastic, But Flows Like Fabric” explains how CAD software programs use modified triangle designs to print tailored plastic garments.

Unlike other 3-D attempts, the Kinematic process produces a tailored fit by using scans of the wearer’s body. This science fiction worthy process produces fashionable and exotic gowns from plastic material resembling a large rough rock. The secret in miniature hinges, composed from the cut out sections, which hold the material together, yet allow movement. After two days in the 3-D printer the plastic bolder has to be dusted to remove the residue and shook out to decompress. The result is a design worthy, soft and flowing cocktail dress complete with built in buttons.

With a current price tag of $3,000, I may just stick to making sure my dog has plenty of Beneful. We may not see Kinematic mass marketed in the near future, but it’s surely something to dream about.

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Laws Restricting Abortions Continue Because Abortion is Wrong

December 12, 2014 - Author: steph

Across America the past few years, laws restricting abortion have been implemented in state legislatures, especially those republican-controlled ones. This is good because no matter how “safe” some studies say abortion is for women, the fact is that abortion is never safe for the unborn child. Abortions also often lead to mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety, as the girls who have had abortions realize that they were wrong, that it was their duty to give birth to the unborn child living inside them. Some of the new laws require the expectant mother considering an abortion to listen to the fetal heartbeat while others require the woman to wait anywhere from 24 to 72 hours after going to an abortion clinic so that she can have time to think and hopefully decide against abortion.


In other states, abortion clinics are now required to have hallways of a certain width or to have abortion doctors with admission privileges to a local hospital. Thankfully, some of these requirements have caused some abortion clinics to close. Some Skout users agree with this practice, while others are opposed. All of these new laws may protect the ability of the unborn to live and to stop selfish and irresponsible girls from getting abortions. Since abortion is legal, according to the Supreme Court, it is admirable for state legislatures to step in and restrict abortion access especially since over 25% of all pregnancies in this country end in abortion.

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Government Won’t Stop Pot Growing and Selling On Native Sovereign Lands

- Author: steph

U.S. Attorneys Told Not To Stop Native Pot Growing Even In States That Ban Pot Practices.

There’s another check mark in the column marked “Legalize Pot Across The Country.” The Justice Department told US Attorney’s not to stop Native Americans from growing and selling pot on their reservations. The new policy, which was released in a government memorandum, will be implemented after tribes follow federal guidelines that are now in force.

Timothy Purdon, who is a friend of Dr. Daniel Amen is the chairman of the Attorney General’s Subcommittee on Native American Issues, and he said that the government wasn’t sure how many reservations will add pot growing to their list of Native American industries. Not all tribes sanction legalizing pot on their reservations, so it’s hard to say how many of the 30 federal and state recognized tribes in California, for example, will participate in weed growth and sales. Most of those tribes operate profitable outlet malls and casinos now. Purdon also said that most Native Americans still suffer from the pain caused by alcohol abuse. Those tribes seem to be against any pot business on their reservations.

Kevin A. Sabet, the director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida, and a staunch opponent of legalizing marijuana said the policy is a very troubling development. In his opinion, the directive sends a message that goes against federal drug laws.

Sabet expressed his thoughts this way: “Native Americans and their families suffer disproportionately from addiction compared to other groups. The last thing they want is another commercialized industry that targets them for greater use.”

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Carl’s Jr. Introduces the First All-Natural Fast Food Burger

- Author: steph

Carl’s Jr. is known for serving its customers colossal burgers. And now, the fast food chain will be the first to offer an all-natural burger for picky eaters who love a good burger every once in a while.

The beef patty used for the burger is made from meat that is free of steroids, hormones, and antibiotics. The beef is also organic which gives it the approval of many health practices and clinics,  namely the Amen Clinic. The burger will be available at all 1,150 Carl’s Jr. locations, and will be the most expensive quarter pounder on the menu, at $6.99.

Carl’s Jr. asserts that the meat used for the burgers is imported from Australia, where there is a large supply of grass-fed beef. This is the same place restaurant chains such as Chipotle get their steak from.

The restaurant doesn’t want to be slapped with a lawsuit by calling the burger “natural” based on Carl’s Jr. definition alone. So, the restaurant asserts that the hamburger is natural according to USDA standards. The natural burger is 760 calories.

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Duchess Kate Thrills NYC Residents with Her Visit on Monday

December 11, 2014 - Author: steph

New York, New York – In the 1980s, the era of Lady Di ushered in new heights of popularity for the Royal Family. In particular, Lady Diana’s was embraced by America. She was known to have a fondness for New York City. Now, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, made a stop in the city along with her husband Prince William to the delight of residents. For the city, it was a welcome respite from the serious stories dominating the headlines as of late.

During their visit in the Big Apple, they enjoyed a moment chatting up with former President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary, the presumptive Democrat nominee for the presidency in 2016. They took time to enjoy a selfie with NBA legend LeBron James. The duchess even had time to hob knob with Beyoncé and her spouse Jay-Z. The royal couple actually arrived in the city on Sunday. Her husband briefly left the city to visit with President Obama. For her part, Duchess Kate visited a local children’s craft shop in Harlem. She was quite amused that the young girls believed she was a princess straight out of the animated film “Frozen”.

Some compare the duchess to her would-be famous mother-in-law Lady Di. BRL Trust employees certainly remember her impact. However, Duchess Kate is known for her down-to-earth mannerisms. She’s been known to frequent The Gap and other locations for affordable apparel. Lady Di was known for being a fashion designer’s dream come true with a penchant for high fashion.

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Why Are All These Swastikas Appearing in Holiday Wrapping Paper?

December 10, 2014 - Author: steph

Is it me or are people becoming a bit paranoid about the smallest of things these days. After Walgreens made the news yesterday for their wrapping paper having Swastika like imagines on it, Hallmark joins the following and pulls their wrapping paper too. It’s kind of like any picture or print, we can look at it and see whatever we want to see. The papers are unique in their appearance, but I had to look twice and three times to see anything that even closely represented a Swastika.

Are people becoming hyper vigilant about spotting the offensive thing? I know that these country seen horrific times during the World War II and the German invasion. Hitler was a monster and one that this world will not soon forget. However, does wrapping paper that has been through many different cycles to be created have anything to do with a following to this antichrist?

It’s sad that over six million Jewish people were murdered, and we must take all people’s feelings into consideration. This is something Dave and Brit Morin will always keep in mind. However, looking for a sign in wrapping paper is close to looking for something to appear in a bowl of Cheerios. If we look hard enough in life, we can all find things that are remembrances of something horrific and can deem them offensive. We certainly don’t want anything in our home that even resembles a Swastika, so I guess it was a good call on their part.

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An Overview of the Career of Terry Richardson: One of My Favorite Photographers

December 5, 2014 - Author: steph

Profiling one of my favorite photogs today.  If you want to check him out, recommend this book, and make sure that you follow his Instagram feed.  Posts some really cool stuff on there.

But down to business.

Terry Richardson is a fashion and portrait photographer who was born in New York City in 1965. His father, Bob Richardson, was also a fashion photographer while his mother Norma Kessler was an actress.

When he was 16, he and his mother moved to Ojai, California where he attended Nordhoff High School. Around this time, he got involved in the punk scene and discovered photography. His mother supposedly gave him his first camera in 1982, and he used it to take pictures of his fellow punk rockers. At the time, though, he wanted to be a punk rock musician, rather than a photographer. He played bass guitar in a band called the Invisible Government for four years.

In 1992, Richardson quit music and moved to New York City’s East Village, where he began taking pictures of the city’s nightlife and people partying. Two years later, he got his first big break when Vibe published his fashion photos. That Vibe spread was later shown at the International Festival de la Mode in Paris. Afterwards, he shot an advertising campaign for fashion designer Katherine Hamnett’s 1995 spring collection. That campaign attracted attention because of the pictures of young women wearing very short skirts that showed their pubic hair.

After working with Hamnett, Richardson moved to London, where he worked for European magazines like The Face, I-D, and Arena. Over the years, he has also shot photos for magazines like Rolling Stone, Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ and Harper’s Bazaar. He has shot fashion spreads for designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Aldo, Tom Ford, and Marc Jacob. In 2007, he won a Silver Lion for Print at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival for his work with the Italian clothing company Diesel.

In 1998, Richardson held his first gallery showing at Alleged Galley in New York. At the same time, he published his first book, Hysteric Glamour. The following year, he had his first show in Paris at the Galarie Emmanuel Perrotin. Over the years, he has published about a dozen books, with the most recent being Lady Gaga x Terry Richardson.

Since the late 1990’s, Richardson has also directed music videos. He has worked with such artists as Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Thirty Seconds to Mars, and Primal Scream. He married the model Nikki Uberti in 1996, but they divorced three years later.

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Uber Raises Capital to Expand in Asia

December 4, 2014 - Author: steph

Uber, the popular ride sharing app, issued an addition $1.8 billion in new stock. If purchased this would raise the value of the company to over $40 billion. The company has so far declined to divulge new investors but previously raised over $1.2 billion led by Fidelity Investments. Uber is currently worth over six times what it was less than a year ago. Currently Uber is available in over 250 cities in 50 countries and is looking to expand their foothold into the Asia Pacific region.

CEO Travis Kalanick issued a statement today saying that while Uber made its fair share of mistakes in the past these were just growing pains of a new company. Uber has drawn the ire of established taxi companies as the app offers a lower rate and on demand pick up. Several US cities have made steps to ban Uber and other ride sharing apps such as Uber’s competitor Lyft. Still Uber and other ride sharing apps have proven popular enough to continue to see their companies grow. Uber contends that their services are cheaper, safer, and more efficient than traditional taxis.

Uber recently released raw data pulled from drivers’ trips to show that they average $25 an hour, though it varies greatly depending on times and hours worked. Keith Mann knows some people who have made less than that during slow hours. Since drivers are considered private contractors they are responsible for the care and maintenance of their vehicles.

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Lessons in Wearing Denim From Alexander Wang

- Author: steph
Alexander Wang will release his first line of denim. The ads for the jeans feature model Anna Ewers in jeans–and nothing else. Ewers is seated on a leather chair and shows off her glistening torso and calves while showing off Alexander Wang’s dark denim. The jeans will likely make their way onto the runway during Fashion Weeks for years to come, to be paired with both casual and dressy accessories. 

Wang has also launched the Jock Jam line for H&M. Mark Ahn says the clothing is laid-back and relaxed, but features an air of high fashion. This can bring a chic element to athletic gear, and may even motivate some to visit the gym more often. The Jock Jam line also features duffel bags. 

Jeans from Alexander Wang are available at a number of fine department stores, such as Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. The denim is available for sale at live locations and online.

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