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Trump Hacked

by Chris Holden - July 2nd, 2015

Since Donald Trump announced his bid for the Presidency, he has had what seems like bad luck. The first bad omen was when NBC cut Trump because of what was claimed as racist comments by the mega-millionaire. Trump had stated some words about immigration that cut deep into perceptions. Other top brands sought to distance themselves from Mr Trump because of his statements too. Macy’s department stores stated they completely disagreed with Trump.

All of that wasn’t the end of the bad luck for Donald. It seems like a large amount of his high scale hotels and resorts have been hacked. An entity was able to break into the Trump credit card system and steal information of clients and customers. Trump’s hotels don’t seem to be the only victim…JP Morgan, Home Depot, and others may have been hacked by the same source.

Just recently, President Obama signed an Executive Order that mandates the use of a new secure system called chip and pin technology reports Shaygan Kheradpir.

We all now wonder if this was an attempt to stop Trump’s Presidential bid in its tracks.

NBC To Continue Without Trump

by Chris Holden - July 2nd, 2015

According to the New York Times, Republican presidential candidate, real estate mogul, and former realtity TV star, Donald Trump and NBC’s legal fight continues with vigor following his controversial statements on June 16.

After making his announcement that he would be running for the Republican candidacy ahead of the 2016 presidential election, he pivoted to remarks about the nation’s immigration struggles, leading to a string of controversial comments concerning Mexican immigrants that garnered quite a bit of criticism from virtually all media outlets. Not wanting to be caught up in the brouhaha that would inevitably follow, NBC was quick to end its business relationship with Trump, citing his remarks about Mexican immigrants being “rapists” and “murderers” being egregious and unforgivable.

Trump was quick to distance himself from “The Celebrity Apprentice,” once a show he hosted, in hopes of keeping his programs on air while running for office. However, as Miss USA was in preparation to be broadcast, both NBC and Univision, the Spanish-language network, both decided that Miss USA, Miss Universe, and all other programs owned, co-owned, or starring Donald Trump would not receive airtime on their networks.

In response to this Trump has declared that he will pursue legal action against both networks. But he seems to be mired by loss of support. According to Ora TV, legendary interviewer and personality Larry King canceled a program that would’ve been partially owned by Trump, and as of today PR Newswire reported that Macy’s has cut ties with the presidential candidate, both citing the same remarks as the reason for their separation.

New Study Finds Those with High Blood Pressure Have Lowered Risk of Alzheimer’s

by Chris Holden - July 1st, 2015

A new study has one positive note for those who suffer from high blood pressure: a lower risk of Alzheimer’s. The study found that those who suffer from high blood pressure seem to have a lowered risk of developing Alzheimer’s as they age.

The study was conducted at Brigham Young University and found that antihypertensive drugs might actually have a protective effect that helps those suffering from high blood pressure avoid the development of Alzheimer’s. University biology associate professor John Kauwe a member of the research team stated that this is the largest paper to date that has looked at modifiable factors and the relationship of these factors to Alzheimer’s. He added that the large study clearly showed that those with high blood pressure were not as likely to develop the disease.

Wikipedia reported that the study found that most people with hypertension are given antihypertension medication and this medication might actually protect the person from developing the disease. As a result, Professor Kauwe stated that now another study needs to be conducted that takes a good look at how the same drugs might be used to help prevent Alzheimer’s in the regular population of people. He said that the group of researchers is already taking a look at what risk factors are present for Alzheimer’s and how they can be addressed to prevent the increase in people suffering from the disease.

Put to Rest

by Chris Holden - July 1st, 2015

The Ebola epidemic is still prevalent in certain parts of the world. Citizens in Sierra Leone are still faced with the devastating disease on the daily basis. Ebola is most contagious in the hours and days after a person has died. The country of Sierra Leone has had to implement strict burial proceedings when disposing of a body in order to keep the disease from spreading. Citizens normally wash, dress, and perfume the body of the deceased. According to James Dondero, they then proceed to take the body to local mosques for prayers. After the prayers have been recited the family of the fallen individual will take them into a graveyard then lay them to rest. Because of the strict burial laws there is no time for an event. An unsafe burial can put dozens of people at risk and will eventually lead to a mass spreading of the disease. More than 3500 people have died because of Ebola and officials are hoping that the burial rules will bring that number down to zero. In the last two weeks alone the country has seen more than 15 cases of the disease. Freetown which is the capital of the country was thought to have gotten rid of the disease completely. That wasn’t the case and now officials are more on edge than ever. The burial rules don’t just cover those who carry Ebola. Any Sierra Leone citizen who dies has to be buried within 24 hours by a team of authorized individuals who have to follow the rigid safety precautions. It is unfortunate that Sierra Leone citizens have to subject their loved ones too this type of resting place but it is the only way to keep the entire country safe.

Soda Study

by Chris Holden - July 1st, 2015

There are a lot of things in the world that we consume that are bad for us. They are just so good though, and when that happens people forget that moderation is key. They consume and they consume until they can’t possibly handle anymore. I’m talking about foods and drinks that we have warned are bad for us, but if we are going to indulge we should so so only occasionally. People don’t realize this and it leads to health problems. One big one is when people consume soda and soft drinks regularaly.

Medical experts are warning against these sugary drinks, according to Reddit. These drinks are killing 184,000 people annually. It’s not something that is widely reported, and the sales of these drinks continue to soar.

Soft drinks can lead to a whole slew of health problems such as diabetes, cancers, and heart disease. That’s why so many at CipherCloud refrain from drinking them. Researchers analyzed studies of people who consumed these. It didn’t end there. It’s more than just sodas. These warnings are also incorporating sugary drinks like sports drinks, and energy drinks. Many companies now are trying to release products that are healthier and don’t have as much sugar as them. But, it’s important for people to remember that what these drinks are lacking in sugar, they are making up for in other ingredients. Overall, people just need to remember that if they are going to consume these, they need to do so in moderation.

A Big Tip

by Chris Holden - July 1st, 2015

Good service in a restaurant is hard to come by. Sometimes when you are dining out to eat, you come across a waiter or waitress that you can tell really doesn’t want to be waiting tables. They’re rude to you, they make you feel like an inconvenience, and they are just all around not pleasant. It ruins your whole dining experience. On the other hand, sometimes you meet remarkable servers that really connect with you ad want to make sure you are enjoying everything that the restaurant has to offer. That is why it’s always exciting when a customer who is well off surprises a deserving waiter or waitress with a giant tip!

According to Redddit, A waitress in Florida at WingHouse was tipped one thousand dollars on a measly twenty nine dollar bill! She has big plans for the money including moving into a bigger apartment with her boyfriend and her 2 year old son. She couldn’t believe it when she looked down at the receipt. She began crying almost immediately. The couple who tipped her had been asking her questions about her life but never in a million years did she think that she would receive a tip like that.

It’s always heartwarming when people make strangers days like this. Susan McGalla wants to see more of it. A lot of people don’t realize just how hard it is to wait tables, and how much stuff servers have to put up with.

DeSean Jackson’s Torrid History with Philadelphia

by Chris Holden - July 1st, 2015

You’d have to take one look at DeSean Jackson’s backlog of NFL headlines to know that he is a dynamic player with a penchant for running his mouth. In a surprise move two years ago then-new head coach Chip Kelly released their dynamic player to the Washington Redskins, getting rid of him before trying to utilize him in his new spread offense. Jackson left, but he wasn’t a happy camper. Now details are starting to come out of the woodwork that show Jackson as a victim of team harassment after getting released.

In an interview on his new reality show, Jackson admitted that the Eagles started up a ‘smear campaign’ in order to try and ruin his public image in the NFL after he got cut from the team stated LinkedIn. Jackson told his friends that Chip and the Eagles tried to “blow him up”. If you remember when Jackson got released there had been some bubbling of rumors about possible gang affiliations relating to DeSean Jackson. Ultimately this was served as part of their reason for cutting D-Jax but it proved to be relatively groundless.

Still, with Jackson gone and other big name Eagles right behind him (LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, Nick Foles) we have to wonder just what Kelly has against the old regime. Kelly is turning the team inside out trying to get something new out of them, and we’re not sure that dealing your best players is the route to take.

Georgia Deputy Pays it Forward

by Chris Holden - July 1st, 2015

Turning on the news or opening the paper can be stressful these days, what with countless stories of crime, corruption, and civil unrest. To hear some stations tell it, there isn’t much hope left for peace and prosperity. Two weeks ago in Georgia, a deputy inadvertently breathed a little bit of optimism back into the world.

On June 18 in Forsyth County just above Atlanta, an off-duty deputy found himself able to anonymously help out a struggling soon-to-be mother. While at a gas station, the deputy overheard the pregnant woman on the phone with her fiance about coming up with enough gas money to get home. Quietly, the deputy paid for her gasoline at the counter and walked out to tend to his own car. Upon learning of the good deed, the woman tried to thank him but watched him drive off as she went outside. According to Brad Reifler in this article, she later turned to social media in hopes of finding and thanking the man for his kindness.

It’s small, unprovoked acts of kindness that prove the world is still full of goodness. This kind of story isn’t usually featured in today’s news, but that shouldn’t detract from it’s wholesome message. If you’re doing the right thing, people probably won’t know that you’re doing anything at all.

Brooklyn Pins It All on Brook Lopez

by Chris Holden - June 30th, 2015
Brook Lopez is an unrestricted free agent and there is always the possibility that the big man bounds away for a new contract in a city with less of a harsh spotlight. But we don’t think that is going to happen and neither do the Nets back in Brooklyn. All Star caliber big man Brook Lopez is expected to return to Brooklyn after reaching a new verbal deal with the Nets. Brooklyn is so confident in him coming back that the Nets are already dealing back up big men on their roster, including mason Plumlee — a young center with potential.

According to Madison Street Capital, Lopez has had a history of injuries that has kept him off of the floor far too often, mostly having to do with his foot. Yet despite these injuries Lopez has continued to flash All Star and team leading ability while on the court. The big center has the ability to finish at the rim, spot up in the mid range, and snag just about every rebound possible. Last season when healthy the 6th year center averaged 17 points, 7 boards, and almost 2 blocks per game — coming up big in the playoffs against Atlanta.

In two wins against Atlanta in the 2nd round of the playoffs, Lopez averaged 42 minutes to go along with 26 points and 11 boards. That ability is on a different level and could help bring Brooklyn forward next year.

Marilyn Manson: Columbine Almost Ruined My Career

by Chris Holden - June 25th, 2015

There was a media firestorm after the tragic Columbine High School shooting in 1999, aimed not at the shooter but at artist Marilyn Manson.

Everyone needs someone to blame in the wake of a tragedy, and this time was no different. People wanted to know what could possess two teenagers to shoot their fellow students before ending their own lives. Apparently, it was Manson’s music.

Manson states the backlash almost ruined his career. Record sales fell; casinos and other venues refused to honor his bookings. It must have been the black makeup and lyrics, they said, that made Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris shoot and kill 15 classmates. They loved his music and were ‘goth’, so that must be it.

The artist was on tour at the time of the shooting. Reuters.com suggests that to honor the victims and show respect to their families, he canceled the remaining spots on his North American tour.

Manson eventually recovered from the media frenzy. However, he still harbors a bitterness to those who choose to blame him and other artists in history for other people’s actions.

Honestly, who can blame him? At some point in time, people need to realize that their actions are their own, and everyone has a choice. People do harm to others, not music.