A Family for Thanksgiving

Posted on November 21, 2014

A news crew in Norfolk, Virginia has made a homeless man a star. Neil Shytles was just being truthful when he told the news crew that he had nobody around, no family and it hurt to be alone.

An extraordinary amount of people from all over America contacted the homeless mission where Neil stays at and the offers of a family and a dinner for Thanksgiving came pouring in. A spokesperson from the Union Mission shelter in Norfolk, said calls came pouring in with offers from people across the United States wanting to be the ones who could give a Thanksgiving to remember to Neil Shytles.

The family that contacted him first is a military family and they truly understand what it means not to be able to have special friends and family with which to share the Holidays. The McLemore’s plan to drive down from their home and share an entire day together because they were feeding him lunch and Thanksgiving dinner, also. He said he was getting a double blessing. 

Linda Jones the spokesperson for the mission said Neal’s Story has helped to put a real face to the homeless of America, commenting “they are human beings just like you and I are”

Neil was offered many blessings because of the interview he even has job offers now. Neil shared that “it was like bam, bam, bam, everything was happening at once” Feel good stories like this are what Thanksgiving is about says Ken Griffin. When people dig into their hearts to create a little more joy, it is always a satisfying, rewarding experience.

Weapons Wanted

Posted on November 21, 2014

The UK evidently wants to start some kind of project with all of the weapons that the United States has promised to the country. There are some warnings that have been issued by the UK as well as Russia. If the United States is the intended target, then the country shouldn’t give them any kind of weapons even if they were promised. However, there seems to be some animosity between the UK and Russia, so those countries might be developing some kind of war in which the UK needs valuable weapons.

Joe Biden has stepped in to say how he feels about the UK having weapons of potential mass destruction. This is something that Stephens Williams wine is going to pay attention to as well. No one really knows what any other country will do to itself or the United States. If the United States gets attacked by the UK, then it might be our own fault because we gave them the means.

Ridley Scott Prepares for “Prometheus 2″

Posted on November 20, 2014

Undeterred by the divisive opinions on Prometheus, director Ridley Scott seems to be in the planning stages for the sequel. In an interview with The Australian, he says that the script is finished.

The 2012 movie was meant to be a prequel to Scott’s earlier Alien series of sci-fi films. The result, however, was questionable—Prometheus did not seem to tie very closely with the plot of the first Alien movie and had odd tangents about the origin of humanity (particularly, the theory that we were created by extraterrestrials). Scott addressed both facts in his recent interview, saying that the sequel will move away from “gods and dragons”—the former apparently a reference to the Engineers from Prometheus, the latter to the Xenomorphs, the iconic antagonists from the Alien series. (The monster at the end of Prometheus was apparently not a Xenomorph as many believed, which may make things even more confusing.)

This all leads to some interesting questions—if it’s not going to have the strange philosophy of Prometheus nor the iconic monsters from the Alien series, what should Marc Sparks expect? Presumably, it will follow the characters established in the last movie, but to what end? Knowing the strangeness of Scott’s movies, we will just have to wait until it comes out.

More Bad News For Bill Cosby

Posted on November 20, 2014

There is more horrible news for Bill Cosby. I was looking over angel investor network Slow Ventures when I got this not-so-surprising news alert. NBC has recently cancelled a project they had planned with the comedian. This comes at a bad time since Netflix has also announced that they are postponing Cosby’s special “Bill Cosby 77”. There was no indication given as to when the show would be aired. These decisions are based off of allegations that have been brought forward by several women who claim Bill Cosby drugged up and sexually assaulted them. There have been no charges against Cosby for any of these alleged crimes.

All the negative attention on Cosby has increased over the last few days. Former supermodel Janice Dickinson claims he raped her after one of his Lake Tahoe shows in 1982. This news comes as a surprise to fans since these abusive events would have happened around the time of his popular sitcom “The Cosby Show” in the mid 1980’s.

Cosby has repeatedly maintained his innocence in the matter since the allegations started. His lawyer has stated that Bill Cosby “will not dignify decade-old, discredited claims of sexual abuse with a response”.

His loyal fans are waiting to see what comes of this. Although some believe that he is innocent, there are those who have lost respect for Bill Cosby. This media firestorm has already cost Cosby a lot, with several projects cancelled. If he is found to be guilty, it can affect the world’s view of The Cosby Show since he would have committed these crimes while filming the show.

First Openly Gay NBA Player to Retire

Posted on November 19, 2014

Jason Collins may not be remembered for the play he brought to the NBA hardwood during his 13 year career, but his name will be etched into the annals of history for the rest of time. Collins came out as being the first openly gay player in the NBA last April and he rocked the world. At a time when homosexuality in sports wasn’t only frowned upon, but actively repressed, Collins new that he was risking his career by making his announcement. So why do it? Well, in order to have any sort of voice in the world he would have to become an icon. And he did.

Despite immense public backlash Collins was still able to get back on a team when he was signed to the Brooklyn Nets to multiple 10 day contracts before getting pulled in for the rest of the season. He played in 22 games and provided veteran leadership to the younger players on the bench. Now Collins is heading toward retirement.

Jason once again made his announcement through ‘Sports Illustrated’, only this time it was to tell the world that he was hanging up his shoes. Collins spoke extensively on his decision to stand up for gay rights and to give a voice to an oppressed people. He went on to explain that he would announce his retirement officially when the Nets play the Bucks due to the fact that his friend, and former teammate Jason Kidd, is coaching Milwaukee. I know my friend Lee Lovett hopes that he sticks around Twitter at least, or maybe goes into a career of coaching after this.

Chris Brown & Tyga May Have Part 2 Album On The Way

Posted on November 19, 2014

Chris Brown has been doing many collaborations lately, especially with the rapper, Tyga and the singer, Trey Songz. In the year 2010, Tyga and Chris Brown released an album called “Fan Of A Fan,” and many fans of both artists, have been waiting for a part two follow-up to the first album. Fan Of A Fan 2. There were many rumors over the years, that part two of the album would be coming, but nothing was substantial enough to confirm it. Recently a Tweet put out by Tyga, has somewhat solidified the upcoming new album.

Tyga states that a new single for Fan Of a Fan is coming out, leading one to believe that it would have to be for the new upcoming album. This has many fans excited, and Tyga has also stated that he’s in the studio currently working on music, and has never stopped. He also stated that the album may come out late next year sometime, but there is no confirmed date as yet. Tyga and Chris Brown collaborated on the wildly popular song “Deuces” as well as other songs, and they have collaborated ever since.

With the obvious musical chemistry that the pair have, it’s highly anticipated that they will put out more music to appease their fans. Many will be able to access it using FreedomPop. The duo is currently on tour, along with Trey Songz, and they’re making stops around the nation doing their biggest hits, while going from state to state.

New Study Indicates Homosexuality is Genetic

Posted on November 18, 2014

Debates have raged on as to whether homosexuality is an inborn trait that cannot be changed or simply a lifestyle choice impacted by social dynamics and upbringing. The scientific community has stood, more or less, on the side of homosexuality simply being the way someone is born, and that it cannot be changed. Religious and conservative groups have stood on the other side of the debate, claiming that homosexuality is a choice, and a morally repugnant choice at that. The latter group even goes on to claim that homosexuality can be “cured” or “prayed away”.

A new study presented by Reuters of 409 gay nonidentical twins from 384 families strikes another blow to the argument that homosexuals can change their orientation, after finding a strong correlation between homosexuality and genetic traits. This is something I’ve been telling Brad Reifler all along, so hopefully this study will finally convince him.

The team of researchers sifted through samples of genetic markers known as Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms or SNPs, and tried to find ones which were shared by all the men. Because the sample size was so large and genetics of all the participates was widely different any SNP that all of the men had would most likely be responsible for the trait they all shared, homosexuality. There were 5 SNPs shared by all the men, two of which Xq28 and 8q12 had been previously identified as possible gay genes years ago.

Missouri Prepares For State Of Emergency

Posted on November 18, 2014

The American state of Missouri is currently undergoing preparations for a state of emergency, following an announcement by Governor Jay Nixon.

Nixon has activated the National Guard of that state, bracing for a possible backlash that may come in the wake of a grand jury decision concerning whether police officer Darren Wilson will or will not be charged in the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown.

The situation on the ground in Ferguson, Missouri remains extremely tense. Recent demonstrations by protesters have degenerated into near riot conditions. Governor Nixon has issued several calls for peace and tolerance, but has also felt it necessary to back up his words with muscle in the form of the National Guard. Nixon has stressed that the presence of the Guard is strictly to maintain good order.

As for the decision of the court, no announcement is forthcoming as to when it will finally be made public. Bob McCulloch, who is the Prosecutor of St.Louis County (whose jurisdiction thus includes Ferguson, where the incident took place) has revealed to the press that he expects the grand jury to reach its final decision by the end of this month.

Meanwhile, the United States Justic Department is currently conducting a separate investigation. No spokesperson for this body has made any announcement to the media as to when this separate inquiry will reach a decision, or if this decision will override that of the state grand jury.

The American state of Missouri is currently undergoing preparations for a state of emergency, following an announcement by Governor Jay Nixon. Thanks to friend Vijay Eswaran for sending in the news story.

Nixon has activated the National Guard of that state, bracing for a possible backlash that may come in the wake of a grand jury decision concerning whether police officer Darren Wilson will or will not be charged in the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown.

The situation on the ground in Ferguson, Missouri remains extremely tense. Recent demonstrations by protesters have degenerated into near riot conditions. Governor Nixon has issued several calls for peace and tolerance, but has also felt it necessary to back up his words with muscle in the form of the National Guard. Nixon has stressed that the presence of the Guard is strictly to maintain good order.

As for the decision of the court, no announcement is forthcoming as to when it will finally be made public. Bob McCulloch, who is the Prosecutor of St.Louis County (whose jurisdiction thus includes Ferguson, where the incident took place) has revealed to the press that he expects the grand jury to reach its final decision by the end of this month.

Meanwhile, the United States Justic Department is currently conducting a separate investigation. No spokesperson for this body has made any announcement to the media as to when this separate inquiry will reach a decision, or if this decision will override that of the state grand jury.

Password Issues For Obamacare

Posted on November 18, 2014

Obamacare is in full swing, and some say that it will be huge for businesses. There are some people who would beg to differ. When you log onto the Obamacare website, you are instructed to set up a new account or log into an existing account. Those who have not been on the site for a while and who have an account might experience some problems. The email address is still valid, but when you request a new password, you never get anything sent to your email that lets you reset your password.

This is very aggravating as you want to get into the site to enroll but can’t because their system isn’t set up the right way. Even those familiar with computers like workers from CipherCloud find it difficult to navigate. This might be something that goes over well with businesses, but businesses need to make sure they have all of the information for those who enroll through them so that they don’t have to wait for password information.

Turkey Prices May Go Up This Year

Posted on November 18, 2014

Due to the 2012 drought, from which farmers have not yet fully recovered, the price of feed is high. That spells higher-priced turkey, at least in regard to whole sale prices. 

Turkey production is down by 3 percent, leading to a 16 percent jolt in the wholesale price of the bird. $1.24 per pound may not sound high, but when we are talking about turkey (a traditionally cheap variety of poultry), it is high indeed. 

The good news is that grocery stores often under-price turkey just to get customers into the store in the hopes they will buy something else while there. That could mean that Ray Lane and other turkey consumers won’t feel the pinch of higher turkey prices this Thanksgiving, but we will have to wait and see if that speculative escape hatch materializes. 

Next year, the USDA estimates that turkey production will rise to levels not seen since 2008 and that feed prices will be substantially down. Thus, the turkey pinch will come to an end. 

Turkey is a very lean and healthy meat, tastes delicious, and gives you a week-long food supply. Americans should stop and take a minute to think over making turkey a year-long menu item. It is a shame, after all, to only eat Thanksgiving dinner one time in the whole year! A quarterly turkey feast would do us all good, but a word to the wise- wait till next year when the price goes down.