These 21 Before And After Photos Of People Who Underwent Lobotomies Are Creepy

These 21 Before And After Photos Of People Who Underwent Lobotomies Are Creepy

In 1935 Portuguese doctor Egas Moniz, learned of an experiment where the removal of the frontal lobes of two chimpanzees resulted in reduced violent behavior, making them more compliant.
The doctor decided to repeat this experiment with humans and shortly after performing this procedure on unsuspecting patients, he published a paper demonstrating a method he believed to be an innovative way to treat mentally ill people.
Today, Moniz is remembered for discovering the lobotomy, one of the most shameful and tragic procedures in medicine.
From the year 1945 to 1947 there were around 2,000 lobotomies performed.
However, the numbers skyrocketed to 18,000 after Moniz was awarded the Nobel Prize Medicine for his discovery in 1949.
There were many factors as to why this surgery was deemed acceptable back in the day.
However, the misinformation and active campaigning for the effectiveness of lobotomy had a big impact too.
A physician, Walter Freeman, helped popularize this procedure in the US.
With no surgical training, Freeman decided to change the operation, and instead of drilling holes in the skull, he stabbed patients’ brains with an icepick through the eye socket.
He traveled around the country in a van called the Lobotomobile and had no problem performing it in non-sterile environments.

Uber Eats is expanding Starbucks deliveries to 6 more U.S. cities and London

Uber Eats is expanding Starbucks deliveries to 6 more U.S. cities and London

Uber and Starbucks are expanding their delivery partnership to an additional six U.S. cities, building on a pilot service that kicked off in Miami last September.
Starting today, Uber’s online food and beverage ordering business, Uber Eats, will deliver Starbucks coffee to customers in San Francisco.
Over the next month, this will be extended to Los Angeles, New York City, Boston, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. Starbucks has actually operated a U.S. delivery service in conjunction with Postmates since 2015, but the ubiquitous coffee company has been increasingly turning to other delivery partners.
Last August, Starbucks partnered with Alibaba in China — one of Starbucks’ biggest markets — to transform the country’s coffee industry through deliveries and big data.
Starbucks also partnered with Uber Eats for a delivery service in Japan, and it operates delivery initiatives with local partners in a number of other markets, including India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Mexico, Colombia, and Chile.
Starbucks also announced today that it plans to launch a new pilot in London this month, which will be the first European city to offer an Uber Eats-powered Starbucks delivery service, as well as rolling out trials in other countries around the world.
Learnings At its Q4 earnings in December, Starbucks indicated that in 2019 it planned to offer deliveries from around a quarter of its U.S. stores via Uber Eats — and today is the first step in that process.
Indeed, the company has also stated that it planned to “leverage learnings” from its Alibaba-led delivery experience in China for its U.S. expansion.
“We’re building on key learnings from past delivery pilots, and by integrating our ordering technology directly with Uber Eats, we’ve unlocked the ability to bring Starbucks to customers for those times when they’re not able to come to us,” said Roz Brewer, group president and chief operating officer at Starbucks, in a press release.
According to Uber, coffee is one of the most-searched beverages through the Uber Eats app, and orders for the drink increased by more than 255 percent in the past year.

Screen Shake In VR, Minus The Throwing Up

Screen Shake In VR, Minus The Throwing Up

In first-person games, an effective way to heighten immersion is to give the player a sense of impact and force by figuratively shaking the camera.
That’s a tried and true practice for FPS games played on a monitor, but to [Zulubo]’s knowledge, no one has implemented traditional screen shake in a VR title because it would be a sure way to trigger motion sickness.
Unsatisfied with that limitation, some clever experimentation led [Zulubo] to a method of doing screen shake in VR that doesn’t cause any of the usual problems.
Screen shake doesn’t translate well to VR because the traditional method is to shake the player’s entire view.
This works fine when viewed on a monitor, but in VR the brain interprets the visual cue as evidence that one’s head and eyeballs are physically shaking while the vestibular system is reporting nothing of the sort.
The key to getting the essence of a screen shake without any of the motion sickness baggage turned out to be a mix of two things.
First, the shake is restricted to peripheral vision only.
Second, it is restricted to an “in and out” motion, with no tilting or twisting.
The result is a conveyance of concussion and impact that doesn’t rely on shaking the player’s view, at least not in a way that leads to motion sickness.
[via Reddit]

TomTom sells telematics unit for $1 billion to better compete with Google in maps and navigation

TomTom sells telematics unit for $1 billion to better compete with Google in maps and navigation

TomTom has announced that it’s selling its telematics division to automotive giant Bridgestone Europe for €910 million ($1,033 billion).
Founded in 1991, TomTom is best known for its GPS-powered navigation services and devices, such as satellite navigation units for cars, and it is also one of the major global online mapping platforms, alongside the likes of Google Maps, Here Technologies, and OpenStreetMap.
The Dutch company offers a number of other services, such as telematics, to help businesses manage their fleets — including gaining insights into driver behavior and knowing where each vehicle is in real time.
At the time, TomTom confirmed that it was carrying out a strategic review of the division, with analysts valuing the business at around €700 million ($800 million) — but its final sale price is notably higher than this original estimate.
Though TomTom has previously denied that this move is about competing with Google Maps, that is likely a factor.
Indeed, in September Google inked an extensive deal with major carmakers such as Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi to push Android — including services like Google Maps — to their automobiles.
Indeed, TomTom never quite recovered from the advent of smartphones, which ushered in cheap navigation services for everyone.
Late last year, TomTom launched a free map and traffic SDK for mobile developers as part of a concerted push against Google, which had recently announced major changes to the Google Maps API that included restructuring its pricing into a single pay-as-you-go plan.
Google also started requiring a credit card and billing account for all API access.
These changes raised some ire in the developer community, where many argued they would end up paying too much — frustration TomTom was looking to capitalize on by encouraging more developers to use its services.

How to Make Butter Cookies

How to Make Butter Cookies

Use a cookie press to turn the dough into beautiful shapes or roll the dough into a log and cut classic circles.
¼ teaspoon (1.42 grams) of salt 2 ⅔ cups (241 grams) of all-purpose flour Makes 36 cookies 1 2 Measure 1 cup (225 g) of butter and 1 cup (200 g) of sugar into a mixing bowl.
[2] Use a large mixing bowl to allow plenty of room to mix the ingredients.
3 Cream the butter and sugar until they are light and fluffy.
4 Stir the egg and vanilla into the mixture.
Stir the ingredients together with a spoon to disperse the salt amongst the flour.
[5] All-purpose flour works best for this recipe, however, if you only have wholemeal flour, use this instead.
Set the electric beater to the lowest setting and mix the ingredients until they are combined.
[6] Stop mixing once the ingredients are combined as over-mixing can cause the mixture to dry out.
Cover the bowl of dough with cling wrap to stop the dough from absorbing the different smells in the fridge.

Stunning 19th-Century French Natural History Illustrations of Beetles

Stunning 19th-Century French Natural History Illustrations of Beetles

“I prefer the time of insects to the time of stars,” the Nobel-winning Polish poet Wisława Szymborska wrote in her stunning poem “Possibilities.” And why shouldn’t we?
We are, after all, creatures pinned to scales of space and time far closer to those of the insects than to those of the stars.
I was reminded of Szymborska’s strange and beautiful line upon discovering a French natural history encyclopedia of beetles from 1884 — an era when astronomical art was of supreme enchantment.
In its nearly 500 pages, the book synthesizes “the observations of the ancients and including all the modern discoveries up to the present day,” promising “a complete treatise on this science from the works of the most eminent naturalists of all countries and ages.” These populist creatures of the order Coleoptera, which has inhabited Earth for more than 250 million years — the largest of all orders, numbering some 400,000 species and comprising a quarter of all known animal life-forms — seem to occupy a special yet ambivalent place in the human imagination: scorned and sacred, poisoned as pests and cherished as pets, collected as prized jewels and protected as vital linchpins of biodiversity, played as musical instruments by the Onabasulu of Papua New Guinea and used as inspiration for naming England’s greatest rock band.
So unlike us in nearly every conceivable way yet made of the same stardust, their hard bodies radiate a shimmering reminder of Lucille Clifton’s splendid poem celebrating “the bond of live things everywhere.” Long before photography came to capture the kaleidoscopic splendor of these species, the book’s black-and-white illustrations vibrate with aliveness as these creatures and their astonishing geometries bejewel the pages.
What emerges is a catalogue of life, various and wondrous, and a testament to modern-day naturalist Sy Montgomery’s lovely observation that “our world, and the worlds around and within it, is aflame with shades of brilliance we cannot fathom — and is far more vibrant, far more holy, than we could ever imagine.” Complement with 500 years of rare scientific illustrations from the archives of the American Museum of Natural History and some striking 19th-century drawings of owls and ospreys, then revisit bryologist Robin Wall Kimmerer on what mosses teach us about the art of attentiveness to life at all scales.

“Blind” Cat Finally Opens His Eyes

“Blind” Cat Finally Opens His Eyes

The mites were in his eyes, which were infected so badly he couldn’t open them.
He had grown very skinny by the time he was taken in by Carmen Morales, founder of the Animals Friends Project.
She took Cotton into her home and quarantined him in the bathroom while he underwent treatment.
Although Cotton couldn’t see, he instantly trusted Morales.
He was so patient while Morales worked to apply ointment and coconut oil to his irritated skin every day, and looked forward to seeing her for pets and meals.
Cotton’s condition kept getting better.
Then, after a few weeks of constant care, something amazing happened.
Continue reading to see how Cotton looks now.
Morales listed Cotton for adoption, but he had formed such a close bond with her that she decided to keep him as a member of the family.
You can read about Cotton’s recovery and see more pictures at The Dodo.

Bailbrook Mission Tin Church

Bailbrook Mission Tin Church

View all photos Down a narrow country lane just outside the city of Bath, a church erected entirely from corrugated metal rises from the treetops.
In peculiar contrast to the Georgian stone cottages that surround, this Victorian tin church is complete with large arched windows and a huge wooden door adorned with ironwork.
It feels like something out of the Secret Garden, as the seemingly abandoned area is overgrown with weeds with planks of unused wood lying about.
What is most unusual, however, is that shed-like structure is in fact a grade II listed building, recognized preserved by Historic England.
It is not clear why exactly it was created, or whether this is indeed the only rusting tin church in the country that’s been granted a grade II status.
What is known is that this structure is a particularly elaborate example of a “tin tabernacle,” a type of prefabricated religious building made from corrugated iron.
Developed in Britain in the 1800s, tin tabernacles were simple, inexpensive, and could be ordered by catalog and built from a kit.
The example in Bath was formerly called the Bailbrook Mission, erected in 1892 for the workers of the local jam orchard.
Later, it was used as a private residence, lovingly nicknamed “Our Lady of Crinkly Tins.” It became a listed building in 1992, as one of the few remaining tin tabernacles in Britain today.

‘The guy was full of life’: Family members, colleagues gather at a candlelight vigil to remember slain real estate agent

‘The guy was full of life’: Family members, colleagues gather at a candlelight vigil to remember slain real estate agent

Sandy • Every day, David Stokoe walked into the board room of the real estate company where he worked, took his seat at exactly 9 a.m. — having a penchant for punctuality — and declared to his colleagues: “Today is great because I choose to make it great.” When Stokoe started that ritual on his first day there three years ago, Michael Carter remembered laughing at how goofy it was.
And Carter, who stood outside RANLife Home Loans on Monday evening, said the positive saying slowly grew on him.
He repeated the line as he pounded his chest like Stokoe used to and choked back tears.
They came here to remember Stokoe, who police say was killed last week while attempting to evict tenants at a Salt Lake City apartment.
They helped one another light candles and hugged each other when their sobs blew them out.
They later arrested Manuel Velasquez, 31; Jessica Reese, 38; and Diana Hernandez, 30.
Reese and Hernandez allegedly helped him hide the body.
“He treated me like a princess,” said his wife, Nikki, who walked through the crowd to hug and greet people there and to tell them about the blind date 16 years ago when she first met Stokoe.
“He’s a rock star.” Shaun Rasmussen, who met Stokoe when they were in fourth grade, said they remained friends as adults because Stokoe cared so much about relationships.
But he was so positive, it’s overshadowing that shock and that hurt.” Nearly everyone shared one of the positive sayings that Stokoe used to repeat.

Why Are Some People Attracted to Psychopaths

Why Are Some People Attracted to Psychopaths

Truly, love knows no bounds but it also goes beyond comprehension at times.
Sure, sometimes there are certain qualities and traits that we find very attractive no matter how risky it might seem, but for some those traits score high in the psychopathy index.
In 2005, Scott Peterson was convicted of the murder of his wife Laci and her unborn child.
During the first hour on death row, he received a marriage proposal, and within a day the warden’s office was inundated with over 30 phone calls from women asking for his mailing address as well as letters from women professing their love for him.
This is not an isolated incident, and there is even a clinical term for it: Hybristophilia.
According to research, there are two main clusters of traits that measure for psychopathy.
The first is fearless dominance and the other, self-centered impulsivity.
Having either one of these traits is fine but possessing a combination of both gives you the tendency for psychopathy.
Now, even though psychopathy can be measured, very little is known as to why people are attracted to such traits.
While there has been research measuring psychopathy in the general population, surprisingly, there has been very little systematic analysis of the attraction to psychopathic characteristics.

Cory Booker calls for unity, Bernie Sanders speaks of revolution at MLK Day event

Cory Booker calls for unity, Bernie Sanders speaks of revolution at MLK Day event

He connected his trademark economic populism and call for a “political revolution” to the struggle for racial justice and King’s own campaigns for economic equality.
Yes, he was a revolutionary,” Sanders said in front of the South Carolina State House dome at an event organized by the NAACP. “Combating racial equality must be central to combating economic inequality.”
Booker, a young African-American Democrat from New Jersey, wore no coat despite an unusual cold snap that sent temperatures into the 30s — “I’m layered,” he explained — and made easy connections with the overwhelmingly black crowd that came to shake his hand and listen to him speak.
Instead, he stuck with a soaring and aspirational message that paraphrased King to list his numerous “dissatisfactions” with contemporary America, but concluded with this reminder: “King said we can never let someone pull us so low as to hate them.”
Later, he told reporters the Trump omission was no accident. “It’s not about what we’re against, but what we’re for,” Booker said.
The candidates were the guests of honor at the NAACP’s “King Day at the Dome” event, which started with a prayer service at a historic black chuck that King was scheduled to visit before he decided to stay in Memphis for the sanitation strike.
South Carolina is crucial to both Booker and Sanders’ presidential ambitions, but for opposite reasons.
For an African-American candidate like Booker or Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., who announced her candidacy Monday, South Carolina will be seen as a must-win state.

Giuliani clarifies comments about Trump Tower Moscow project: ‘Not based on conversations’

Giuliani clarifies comments about Trump Tower Moscow project: ‘Not based on conversations’

Rudy Giuliani vs Chris Cuomo again on CNN…this time it’s over collusion.
Veuer’s Nick Cardona has that story.
Buzz60 WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Monday clarified comments he made about discussions between Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen and then-candidate Trump about a real estate project in Moscow.
Cohen has pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in 2017 by saying he had abandoned the Trump Tower project in January 2016 even though prosecutors say he actually pursued it into June.
Giuliani suggested in a TV interview Sunday that Trump remembers conversations with Cohen about the project “up to as far as October, November,” or right up until the 2016 presidential election.
That extends the timeline for negotiations well beyond what the president has publicly acknowledged.
More: Rudy Giuliani says he is ‘100% certain’ Trump did not tell Cohen to lie to Congress Opinion: Rudy Giuliani’s lying is par for the course, but it’s getting desperate: Today’s talker Giuliani said Monday in a three-sentence statement that his comments “did not represent the actual timing or circumstances of any discussions.” He said his comments were “hypothetical” and “not based on conversations” he had with the president.
He concluded by saying the Moscow project “was in the earliest stage and did not advance beyond a free non-binding letter of intent.” This was the second time within the past week that Giuliani has walked back comments from the previous day.
On Thursday, he issued a statement aimed at clarifying a TV interview from the night before in which he appeared to leave open the possibility of collusion between Russia and members of Trump’s presidential campaign.
In the statement, he said “there was no collusion by President Trump in any way, shape or form” and that he had “no knowledge of any collusion by any of the thousands of people who worked on the campaign.” That was an apparent reversal from Wednesday’s television appearance in which he said, “I never said there was no collusion between the campaign or between people in the campaign.” He had previously denied any collusion.

An unvaccinated child brings Vancouver-area measles outbreak to 22

An unvaccinated child brings Vancouver-area measles outbreak to 22

An unvaccinated child has measles, according to Clark County Public Health, bringing the outbreak count up to 22.
Not everyone who may have been exposed will receive the call.
The call will come from the Clark County call center at 360-397-8021.
Most people will be called at 10:30 a.m.
One adult also has measles.
Of those, 19 did not receive a vaccine against measles.
Clark County also has one of the worst vaccination rates among all Washington counties, with just 77.4 percent of all public students having completed their vaccinations, state records show.
People can get a precautionary measles shot now or even within 72 hours after exposure to the virus and likely be OK. Clark County health officials are keeping both students and staff who cannot prove they have been vaccinated from the schools linked to the outbreak.
The Clark County health department has placed this restriction until Jan. 30 for most schools and Feb. 5 for Orchards.
— Molly Harbarger mharbarger@oregonian.com 503-294-5923 @MollyHarbarger Visit subscription.oregonlive.com/newsletters to get Oregonian/OregonLive journalism delivered to your email inbox.

L.A. teachers’ strike: Who is winning, and when will it end?

L.A. teachers’ strike: Who is winning, and when will it end?

USA TODAY LOS ANGELES — After days of rallies and picket lines, Los Angeles’ striking teachers will now see whether they can maintain the momentum for a second week.
Union negotiators were meeting with the Los Angeles Unified School District on Monday.
The union, United Teachers Los Angeles, was picking up support from celebrities and Democratic politicians as it faced off against the district.
The district saw attendance plummet and with it, the money it receives from the state, which is based on how many kids show up in class.
It shows both sides are serious about reaching a deal.
Public support for the strike vindicates teachers who went on strike last year in West Virginia, Arizona and elsewhere, Weingarten said.
Money — and it may have to come from outside the district.
How do parents and students feel?
Some working parents had no choice to but to drop their kids off at school.
Evelyn Aleman and Joe Macias, public relations executives who have a daughter at an LAUSD high school, say the two sides need to work it out.

Greenland ice melting faster than scientists had thought, nears ‘tipping point’

Greenland ice melting faster than scientists had thought, nears ‘tipping point’

This is bad news for coastal regions facing rising sea levels and more intense storms.
Buzz60 Ice on Greenland is melting four times faster than it did just 16 years ago, a study reports.
The melting, which is a result of the Earth’s warming atmosphere and oceans, is happening much faster than scientists had thought and will likely lead to faster sea-level rise. “Increasingly, large amounts of ice mass are going to leave as meltwater, as rivers that flow into the sea,” said study lead author Michael Bevis of Ohio State University.
A large part of this melting ice is in Greenland’s southwestern area, which scientists didn’t think was melting so fast.
The study was published Monday in the peer-reviewed journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
It is yet another scientific study that reports on the loss of ice in the world’s coldest places, including Antarctica.
It’s one of the most obvious results of our warming planet, which is heated up by burning fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal. “The only thing we can do is adapt and mitigate further global warming – it’s too late for there to be no effect,” he said in a statement. “We are watching the ice sheet hit a tipping point.

15 Awesome Ivy League Classes You Can Take for Free Right Now

15 Awesome Ivy League Classes You Can Take for Free Right Now

If you find yourself thinking the same thing, then I have good news for you.
Most are conventional subjects (which is cool if you’re into that or want continuing education!
), but others are just fun things to learn about in the event you ever need to crush someone at Trivial Pursuit.
“Crowdfunding” // University of Pennsylvania Crowdfunding, the practice of raising small amounts of money from large numbers of people, has enabled people around the world to start new businesses, fund initiatives, and raise money for themselves and others.
Yet, not all crowdfunding efforts reach their desired goal.
Why do some succeed, while others fail?
This course will reveal the science behind successful crowdfunding, drawing on data from hundreds of thousands of campaigns.
You’ll learn different types of crowdfunding approaches, and receive detailed advice on what to do (and what not to do) when crowdfunding.
You’ll also have the unique opportunity to go behind-the-scenes with key players in the field with exclusive interviews from the founder of Indiegogo to successful campaign creators, to get the information you need to set your crowdfunding initiative up for success.
See you in class!

15 People Share the Creepiest Things They’ve Seen on Surveillance Video While Working

15 People Share the Creepiest Things They’ve Seen on Surveillance Video While Working

And the next night.
I left for work one morning, walked out my back door, got in my car, and pulled out of my driveway.
Everyone that had keys to that room went home at 5.
I look to the security camera and see someone walking down a hall towards my room.
So, I sit with my spine tingling for the last couple hours of my shift and finally people start coming in, my replacement shows up and I tell her what I saw and at this point I figured I must have imagined the whole thing.
The stranger “The security guy showed me footage of an old man standing outside the building at 4 in the morning for an hour or so each night.
Hallucination “I used to work part time doing surveillance work for an art gallery.
I assume my bike got taken to the upside down.” “I was house sitting in a huge house and set up a canary camera near my bedroom.
I had an uneasy feeling someone else was in the house with me so I set up the camera just to make sure no one came near my room.In the middle of the night someone approached it from behind and turned it so it faced a blank wall.
I saw it and searched the house thoroughly the next morning and never found anything.

The Caves of Hocking Hills State Park

The Caves of Hocking Hills State Park

View all photos People don’t believe the pictures are from an Ohio park, but many who know of this incredible landscape consider it the most beautiful land in the Midwest.
Striking rock formations speckle the park, which is filled with gorges and caves waiting to be explored.
These caves and gorges are more than just intriguing slivers of land to explore.
They also speak to the park’s long geologic history.
Thousands of years ago, when the Wisconsin Glacier began to melt and recede, its waters bled across the land that’s now part of the park, rushing through cracks in the ground and scarring the earth with deep, winding gorges and recess caves, which are rock shelters carved into the soft sediment.
The caves are certainly large enough to wander within—The Rock House cave has a ceiling that’s 25 feet high, and the main corridor is 200 feet long and up to 30 feet wide.
The human history is interesting, too.
Old Man’s Cave is the most popular attraction and was named after a hermit from the late 1700s who lived in the cave.
Ash Cave was named because when the colonial settlers first discovered it, they found mysterious, massive piles of ashes created by Native Americans waiting within.

Notre Dame to Cover Up Murals of Columbus in the New World

Notre Dame to Cover Up Murals of Columbus in the New World

SOUTH BEND, Ind.
(AP) — The University of Notre Dame will cover murals in a campus building that depict Christopher Columbus in America, the school’s president said, following criticism that the images depict Native Americans in stereotypical submissive poses before white European explorers.
The 12 murals created in the 1880s by Luis Gregori were intended to encourage immigrants who had come to the U.S. during a period of anti-Catholic sentiment.
But they conceal another side of Columbus: the exploitation and repression of Native Americans , said the Rev.
John Jenkins, president of Notre Dame.
A permanent display of photos of the paintings will be created elsewhere with an explanation of their context.
“We wish to preserve artistic works originally intended to celebrate immigrant Catholics who were marginalized at the time in society, but do so in a way that avoids unintentionally marginalizing others,” Jenkins said.
The president of the Native American Student Association praised Jenkins’ decision.
“This is a good step towards acknowledging the full humanity of those native people who have come before us,” said Marcus Winchester-Jones of Dowagiac, Michigan.
“If we adopt the standard of judging previous generations by current standards, we may reach a point where there are no longer accomplishments to celebrate,” Strobl said.

Police: Real estate agent, father of 4, found dead in apartment crawl space; 3 arrested

Police: Real estate agent, father of 4, found dead in apartment crawl space; 3 arrested

Authorities say three people have been arrested in connection with the death of a Utah real estate agent.
The Salt Lake City Tribune reports police believe Stokoe was killed Thursday when he visited the apartment.
Police say 31-year-old Manuel Velasquez was taken into custody Saturday on suspicion of murder and other felony charges.
They say 30-year-old Diana Hernandez and 38-year-old Jessica Miller have been booked into jail for investigation of obstruction of justice.
Court documents indicate Velasquez and Reese had issues with Stokoe because they felt he was “overstepping his legal rights by entering the apartment without [the renters’] permission.” Velasquez told police he got into a fight Thursday when Stokoe allegedly kicked in the door.
Velasquez claimed Stokoe put him in a chokehold and that, while being subdued, he reached for a handgun and shot Stokoe multiple times.
Reese, Velasquez and their friend all allegedly cleaned the apartment and hid Stokoe’s body.
Stokoe’s family released a statement Saturday night about his death.
We feel your prayers and appreciate the outpouring of love and charity from friends, neighbors and strangers.”
He leaves behind his wife, Nikki, and their four children.

Advice From a ‘Shark Tank’ Star: Why the Challenges of Starting Your Own Business are 100% Worth It

Advice From a ‘Shark Tank’ Star: Why the Challenges of Starting Your Own Business are 100% Worth It

The Lesson: As an entrepreneur, finding your calling may be extraordinarily difficult – even terrifying.
You may cycle between a few different business ideas before settling on one that works with your personality, interests, and skillsets – but once you’ve overcome those hardships and found a business that works for you, there are dozens of invaluable benefits that come from owning a business and answering only to yourself.
Notable Excerpt: “I didn’t have to get a check from a boss, nobody told me when to come to work or go to work, I can’t get fired from this because of my color, creed, or whatever the case is – I’m responsible for what’s happening here and I will either fail because of the decision I make or succeed because of every decision I make.” The Guest: John is an entrepreneurial advisor on the hit television show Shark Tank and the author of “The Power of Broke” – a book on “how empty pockets, a tight budget, and a hunger for success can become your greatest competitive advantage”.
The Host: After spending years of his young life and athletic career struggling with his own emotional wellbeing, a crippling injury left Lewis Howes without an identity and without any work.
Instead of wallowing in self-pity, however, Howes recreated himself as a multi-million dollar media producer, motivational speaker, bestselling author, and podcast host.
The ex-football player now spends his days chatting with the most inspirational icons of our generation on his School of Greatness podcast.
Podcast: The School of Greatness podcast is available for download on Soundcloud and iTunes.
You can also watch footage of the interviews on Howes’s YouTube channel.
Books: Howes is the author of the New York Times bestselling book “The School of Greatness”: an in-depth collection of lessons and wisdom that he has gathered from interviewing hundreds of the world’s greatest role models and thinkers.
Howes’s latest book, “The Mask of Masculinity”, is based on his experience with the dangerous stereotypes and expectations that are placed on men in modern society.

How to Embroider

How to Embroider

[3] For example, to create a thick border stitch in 1 part of your design, then don’t remove any strands.
This is what keeps the fabric taut while you embroider.
[7] 1 Make a backstitch for straight lines.
Insert a threaded needle through the back of your embroidery until the knot is up against the back of the fabric.
Make sure to pull the needle until the thread is taut after every stitch.
The backstitch is a staple stitch for making straight lines in embroidery, so make sure to practice it.
To do a running stitch, insert the threaded needle into the fabric on the back side until the knot is up against the back of the fabric.
Do not insert the needle through the thread.
Bring the threaded needle through of the fabric until the knot is against the back of it.
Make sure that the tail of the thread remains on the front side of the fabric, and then pull the needle to tighten this thread around your starting stitch.

Similar ideas between Buddhism and Western psychology

Similar ideas between Buddhism and Western psychology

Modern psychologists attribute less power to the conscious self.
Doubting the ego just might be good for the ego itself.
As they saw it as either pure mysticism or couldn’t wrap their heads around the seemingly contradictory nature of its teachings.
Take for example this quote from Nagarjuna, a second-century Buddhist philosopher who once said: The nature of things is to have no nature; it is their non-nature that is their nature.
He finds a number of parallels between modern psychology and Buddhism.
On the subject of self control, Wright brings up an old dialogue from Buddha.
The ego is a way of organizing one’s self, and it comes from the intellect as the mind starts to click in.
Eventually though he believes this can become a negative state of mind.
Epstein goes on to say that to bring Buddhism into therapy or to bridge over to a more skeptical western audience, we need to start doubting the ego a little bit more.
But both of these schools of thought were after something very similar, even if they didn’t know it.

4 reasons Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for universal basic income

4 reasons Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for universal basic income

What’s lesser known, however, is what King was working toward in the final year of his life: Universal basic income.
To jump-start the elimination of poverty, first in the U.S. and then abroad, King organized the Poor People’s Campaign of 1968.
The campaign argued that the federal government should create an anti-poverty program that provided every poor American family with a middle-class salary.
But I’ve also got to be concerned about the survival of a world in which to be integrated.
American capitalism can never sufficiently eliminate poverty King realized that many critics would decry a guaranteed income, especially one that would guarantee every poor family a middle-class income, as his aimed to do.
King’s vision of a universal basic income likely didn’t include the government paying people not to work, but rather that the government create enough jobs, or create new types of jobs to benefit society for people for whom traditional jobs can’t be created: The problem indicates that our emphasis must be two-fold.
New forms of work that enhance the social good will have to be devised for those for whom traditional jobs are not available.
Past attempts to eliminate poverty were uncoordinated and indirect King said that, until the 1960s, the U.S. had tried to combat poverty by focusing on specific problems, such as “lack of education restricting job opportunities; poor housing which stultified home life and suppressed initiative; fragile family relationships which distorted personality development.”
In addition to the absence of coordination and sufficiency, the programs of the past all have another common failing — they are indirect.
The dignity of the individual will flourish when the decisions concerning his life are in his own hands, when he has the assurance that his income is stable and certain, and when he knows that he has the means to seek self-improvement.

Is cursive writing important to child development?

Is cursive writing important to child development?

Handwriting and its proponents Handwriting, whether in cursive or not, has been shown to help students develop conceptual understanding better than those who use laptops to take notes in class.
Handwriting proponents simply argue that students shouldn’t skip over handwriting and go directly to typing.
Berninger recommends children become “hybrid writers,” learning first print for reading, then cursive for spelling, and then typing for speed.
Berninger also points out that typing may strengthen cross-communication in the brain since children use both hands.
Image source: Flickr Cursive is considered to grant to three advantages to students: speed, comprehension, and fine motor skills.
[And] there seems to be no difference in benefits between printing and cursive.”
One of the reasons for this, as noted by Karin Harman James, an associate professor in the Department of Psychology and Brain Sciences, Indiana University, is that it is difficult to find children who educational backgrounds only differ in handwriting style. “Instead of asking which form of writing to teach, we should ask what we most want for our students as they learn to write.
For Beers, that end goal should be to help students express their ideas clearly.
He argues that students need to learn to write by hand and develop handwriting fluency—whether that fluency come from print, cursive, or an idiosyncratic D’Nealian script.

Camille Kostek Gronk’s GF Claps Back at Pats Haters!

Camille Kostek Gronk’s GF Claps Back at Pats Haters!

Why do so many people HATE the New England Patriots — the greatest dynasty in the history of pro sports?
That’s the question we posed to Rob Gronkowski’s smokin’ hot girlfriend, Camille Kostek — and her answer was simple … JEALOUSY! “You hate us ’cause you ain’t us,” the former Pats cheerleader told us at LAX.
Kostek — who’s also a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition model — just got off the plane from Kansas City where she battled freezing temperatures to support the future Hall of Famer … and told us how the couple celebrated the big win. “He’s amped, he’s so pumped,” Kostek said while admitting the constant winning NEVER gets old!
As for the big game, Kostek says she’s friends with Rams QB Jared Goff — but that goes out the window on February 3 … “All I gotta say is, good luck!
I think it’s gonna be a great game … Patriots coming out with a W.”

If You Want More Pizza, Order One Large Instead of Two Mediums

If You Want More Pizza, Order One Large Instead of Two Mediums

When you’ve got plenty of people to feed and you’re ordering pies, do you go for two 12-inch mediums instead of one 18-inch large, since 24 inches is bigger and therefore more?
I mean, assuming everyone can agree on toppings.
Pepperoni ftw.
If you’re math-challenged like me, you never would have figured this out for yourself, so I’m going to include a little math-splanation below the tweet.
And this guy, who’s finally getting his money’s worth out of that degree: The diameter of the large pizza is smaller than the combined diameters of the two medium ones, but the large has the bigger total area.
In case you slept through geometry, you calculate the area of a circle by squaring the radius (which is half the diameter) and multiplying by pi (3.1415 etc.).
The area of the 18-inch pizza is 254 square inches – a full 28 square inches larger than the area of two 12-inchers, which is 226.
If the crust is your favorite part, you might want to take this into consideration – you do get 33.3% more crusty goodness with the two mediums.
Even though the math is technically not that complicated here, the internet’s mind was still collectively blown.
But it definitely makes me want to go order a pizza.

When I Was Alone at the Hospital at 4AM, a Lyft Driver Restored My Faith in Humanity

When I Was Alone at the Hospital at 4AM, a Lyft Driver Restored My Faith in Humanity

I paced my house in a manic state, desperately closing my eyes, hoping rest would find me – but it never did.
Like it always does when I’m sleep-deprived, my epilepsy began rearing its ugly head.
I knew I had to do something; I hadn’t wanted to admit it, but I couldn’t fix this myself.
He let me out at the sliding doors of the ER and then headed back home.
All at once, I felt my synapses rest.
I called a Lyft to pick me up and hoped against hope that it would be someone kind, someone safe.
After all, it was 4:30AM and I was being picked up from a hospital by a complete stranger.
She told me about how – even though her daughter lives hours away – she drove to bring her groceries several times a week.
She insisted that I call her when I needed help – not just with more dire situations, but also with groceries and doctor’s appointments too.
LOOK: Child With ‘Nothing to Give’ Sacrifices the ‘Best Part of Her Breakfast’ as Gift for Her Teacher But then the next day, she called me, knowing I needed food but sensing that I didn’t want to impose – and we went to the grocery store that afternoon.

Instead of Selling Her $1.7 Million Home, Woman is Giving It Away to the Winner of a Letter-Writing Contest

Instead of Selling Her $1.7 Million Home, Woman is Giving It Away to the Winner of a Letter-Writing Contest

If you are looking to live in a magnificent $1.7 million home in the scenic hills of Canada, then this woman is asking you to write her a letter.
Ever since Alla Wagner suffered a back injury last year, she has been unable to manage the stairs of her 5,000-square-foot home in Millarville, Alberta.
Home care nurses suggested that she upgrade the house to accommodate her disability, but she couldn’t bear to change its beloved structure.
“I view this home as a work of art and I don’t want to make changes to it that’s going to compromise it’s look and the value and craftsmanship that’s in this home,” Wagner told CTV News.
RELATED: Café That Hires and Feeds the Homeless Has Just Built a Village for Their Rough Sleeping Employees She spent several months trying to sell the home, but to no avail.
The “Write a Letter, Win a House” contest will be accepting up to 68,000 submissions.
As a means of Wagner recouping the cost of her home, participants are asked to pay $25 for their application.
LOOK: America’s First Permitted, 3D-printed House Was Built in Texas in Less Than 24 Hours If the letter application fees don’t help Wagner to break even within the next few months, she will refund all of the $25 admissions to the entrants.
“I’m not going to give up hope.
I believe that when this contest works, I know it’s going to be well worthwhile.” (WATCH the video below) – Photo by Alla Wagner Be Sure And Spread The News About This Splendid Offer With Your Friends On Social Media

What keeps a valuable sports team competitive?

What keeps a valuable sports team competitive?

Your favorite sports team might not be experiencing a ‘real’ championship drought.
The first is to say that — as an academic named John Charles Bradbury noted in a paper published in 2016 — there is a positive correlation between winning and revenue in Major League Baseball, the NBA, and the NHL — but not in the NFL.
It’s an observation which — with the exception of the NFL once again (where the initial bump in revenue begins to turn into a negative drain fairly quickly) — Bradbury more or less confirms.
(One team — the team that won — will always be a ‘zero’ in this.)
The Dallas Cowboys — the most valuable sports franchise in the world — aren’t in the top tier of perpetually successful teams (they last won the Super Bowl in 1996), but they’re nowhere near the historical average either.
And yet, even though the New York Yankees haven’t won a title in a decade, its revenue — as we can see above — has risen steadily since 2001.
What does this have to do with winning?
It’s worth noting that a large salary is one of the most noticeably clear benefits to be gained from working in a monopsonic system, and that — until 1978 and the emergence of Dave Parker — the idea of rich athletes was something of a novel one.
And that’s why you should invest in the sport (or any sport) and go see a game: He’s an elite athlete.
And even though the Thunder haven’t won a championship since 1979, revenues are going up.

15 surprising life lessons from a highly successful 80-year-old

15 surprising life lessons from a highly successful 80-year-old

“Read all the time.
Try to think of your life in phases so you can avoid a burn-out.
Stay at risk throughout the process.”
Attempt to meet local interesting people where you travel and keep in contact with them throughout your life.
It is my belief that some important event in everyone’s youth has an influence on everything that occurs afterwards.” “At the beginning of every year think of ways you can do your job better than you have ever done it before. “When seeking a career as you come out of school or making a job change, always take the job that looks like it will be the most enjoyable.
Most people never find it.
The goal of life is to be a happy person and the right job is essential to that.”
Read the original article.

10 reasons to be optimistic in 2019

10 reasons to be optimistic in 2019

Some of these opportunities have been made possible by the World Economic Forum’s platform for public-private cooperation.
Since then, our focus has been on finding ways to stop the plastic that is produced from finding its way into the sea in the first place.
2) Helping humans win: There’s a lot of justifiable fear out there that the Fourth Industrial Revolution will lead to a further hollowing out of the jobs that can only be performed by humans.
The reality, according to our latest Future of Jobs research, is more nuanced.
4) Drones to the rescue: Unmanned aerial vehicles are now as synonymous with saving lives, boosting food security and driving economic growth as they are with their use on the battlefield.
In 2018, we helped Rwanda become the first country to implement performance-based drone regulations that enable access to airspace for all sizes and shapes of drones – helping the government keep up with the rapid development of innovation in this sector, expanding how drones can be used, and providing a model for other countries.
Our continued work in this area will improve the safe use of drones and accelerate socially impactful uses of this technology around the world.
Launched at our 2017 Annual Meeting, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness (CEPI) aimed to address this by funding development of vaccines before diseases erupt.
Working on the Forum’s platform for public-private cooperation, gender parity task forces in a number of countries including Chile, France and Argentina have a target to reduce their countries’ gender gaps by 10% within three years.
9) Ending illegal fishing: Industrial-scale fishing operations in marine protected areas are not only disastrous from a biodiversity perspective, they also ruin the livelihoods of the hundreds of millions of people worldwide that rely on the oceans for their income.

12-year-old girl dies in ‘tragic’ snow fort collapse outside of Illinois church

12-year-old girl dies in ‘tragic’ snow fort collapse outside of Illinois church

A 12-year-old girl is dead after a snow fort she built collapsed on her in a Chicago suburb.
Veuer’s Nick Cardona has that story.
Buzz60 A 12-year-old girl died while tunneling through a snowbank outside of her Illinois church on Sunday.
Authorities were called to Rothem Church in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights on Sunday afternoon after the girl and her 9-year-old friend were found trapped in the snow.
Arlington Heights police said the makeshift fort collapsed on the girls while their families were attending a church service.
The girls’ families found them under the snow about an hour later.
It was about 14 degrees at the time.
Her father said he is the pastor of the church where she was playing, ABC 7 Chicago reports.
She was the youngest of three children and is remembered as a smart sixth-grader with dreams of being a veterinarian.
The 9-year-old was treated for hypothermia at a local hospital and expected to survive, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

2018 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

2018 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition

The 7th annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition received thousands of entries from 70 different countries, and now the winners have been announced.
Above is the first place winner in the wide-angle category, “Gentle Giants” by François Baelen.
This unique encounter happened in September 2018 in Reunion Island (Western Indian Ocean) where the humpback whales come here to breed and give birth.
The mother was resting 15 meters down, while her calf was enjoying his new human friends.
Trust : this is what came to my mind, when this close to 30 ton-animal, still hunted today by mankind, allowed me to freedive behind her and take that shot.
From down there, everything seemed unreal: that huge tail centimeters away from me, the calf, my friend free diving symetrically.
I knew I would not get a shot like this one again.
See the winners of the various categories at the competition website and see them without ranking or commentary in a stunning gallery at Mashable.

Midnight Plane to Houston

Midnight Plane to Houston

We all know the song “Midnight Train to Georgia” by Gladys Knight and the Pips.
It was number one for two weeks in 1973 and became a classic song about disappointment and devotion.
You might not know how the song began, and who inspired it.
In 1970, a songwriter named Jim Weatherly called his buddy on the phone.
He wasn’t home, but his girlfriend, this woman named Farrah Fawcett, answered the phone.
Weatherly chatted with her a bit and Fawcett said she was packing for a “midnight plane to Houston.” He thought that sounded like a good title for a song… Weatherly recorded “Midnight Plane to Houston” himself as a ballad that borders on folk music.
You really should listen to it, at least for a verse or so.
Cissy Houston recorded the song and gave it soul (and a new name), but the Gladys Knight version gave it a big anthem sound- and immortality.
Read the story of “Midnight Plane to Houston,” with plenty of videos, at Auston Kleon’s blog.
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