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Graphic Video Shows Murder Of Rapper Drake's Friend Anthony Soares
Source:  International Business Times: National
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:32

In a rare move for a homicide investigation, Toronto police released graphic surveillance footage of the fatal shooting of 33-year-old Anthony "Fif" Soares, a friend of rapper Drake who was murdered on Thursday. Soares was killed just before 3 a.m. outside the lobby of a Toronto Community Housing complex when two unidentified individuals opened fire at close range while Soares was awaiting entry, according to the Toronto Sun.

Here's How People Can Record Your Snapchats With New iOS 11 Update Feature
Source:  E!
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:32

Snapchat LogoBe extra careful about what you're sharing on social media. The new iOS 11 update that was launched this week for the iPad and iPhone includes a screen recording feature which allows...

Susan Rice: Trump Acting Like ‘Spoiled Child’ [VIDEO]
Source:  The Daily Caller
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:32

'Spoiled child...'

Sheryl Sandberg Calls Offensive Ad Targeting 'A Fail' By Facebook, Announces New Policies
Source:  Forbes Real Time
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:32

Last week, Facebook temporarily disabled all self-reported ad targeting fields after a ProPublica report surfaced anti-Semitic fields, which could be used in ad campaigns. On Wednesday, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg addressed the offensive categories and announced new policies to prevent abuse.

Puerto Rico 'destroyed' by Hurricane Maria, officials say
Source:  ABC
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:31

All of Puerto Rico had lost power by Wednesday afternoon.

Jehovah's Witnesses Ban is Overwhelmingly Supported By Russians Despite Knowing Nothing About the Religious Group
Source:  Newsvine
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:31

The decision was an attack on religious freedom and it has been widely condemned, including by the United States and the European Union, said the Jehovah’s Witnesses. In its annual report in April, The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) placed Russi …

Spotlight on green news & views: Autumn brings the cool; beware the EPA-calypse
Source:  Daily Kos
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:31

This is the 527th edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) usually appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Here is the Sept. 16 Green Spotlight. More than 27,775 environmentally oriented stories have been rescued to appear in this series since 2006. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it.

OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES

SemDem writes—I had to tell her she could lose her job here if she said "Climate Change": “Here are three primary reasons Rick Scott has made things demonstrably worse for Irma and every other hurricane coming down the pike: 1. Not only does he ignore climate change risks and refuses any preparation, you are punished for even mentioning it. Miami, on its own initiative, has undertaken a roughly half-billion quest to raise roads and build storm water pumps. St. Petersburg hired a climate specialist to convince state officials and planners to work on combating the clearly visible impacts. However, most communities in Florida can't afford to make these preparations. A Florida coastal planning specialist said trying to adapt to our changing climate without state support is ‘like trying to have a team without a coach.’ With Trump in office, he said it's pretty much now damn near impossible. However, Rick Scott has gone waaaaaaaaaaay beyond denying climate change, and well beyond refusing to prepare.   You are not even allowed to utter the words. Right after Rick Scott’s election, the Office of General Counsel instructed all state agencies, via  conference call, that they could not use the following words in any official communication: Climate change; Global warming; Sustainability; Sea level rise.”

Sylvanus Prince writes—The Daily Bucket: Fall's just around the corner: “Just a couple more days ‘till fall, Bucketeers!  Get your rakes and leaf mulchers ready. [...] I am tempted to say that fall is my favorite time of the year, but that would be less than truthful. I love all the seasons of the year pretty much equally. I love winter, although maybe not so much as when I was a kid and looked forward to the snow, and skiing, and building snow forts, and sledding and going snowmobiling. I love summer and getting out and hiking in the woods and taking nature and wildlife photos. I love spring and the return of the birds and watching the flowers and trees come back to vibrant life and bloom. However, it’s hard to beat fall if you’re in the right place at the right time.  Speaking of right place and time, here’s where I plan to go at the end of the month or around the first week of October:”


Wed Sep 20 '17 Announcement from Writing Project: Unclear Future
Source:  Indiegogo: Announcements
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:31

The past month has been about processing both the produce from local farmers and from my own as well as processing some of the emotional labour that arose from engagement with uranium. It's hard to find hope in its horrific impacts. But in bearing witness to the people who speak Truth to Power regarding the nuclear industry I have found something to hold onto.

May the autumnal equinox bring you great bounty,

Bernadette


Horoscopes
Source:  Rookie
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:30

Illustrations by Esme Blegvad.

Now that school’s back in session, the cosmos deliver a Virgo new moon to transform your daily routine. Perfect timing, right? Making new habits isn’t always easy, but this new moon helps you do it in style.

One of the best things you can do with this vibe is to make new habits. Virgo loves schedules, so use this moon’s energy to revamp your typical day. It’s also the sign of health, so rearranging your life to make sure you’ve got all the essentials covered will work wonders. Details are Virgo’s forte, so little adjustments will go a long way. Maybe it’s time for a new nutrition plan, an exercise accountability partner, or an earlier bedtime!

Mercury, Venus, and Mars will all be in Virgo at the time of the new moon, so what happens now could make you feel a little vulnerable. That’s because, together, these three are known as the personal planets, ruling how you communicate, love, and get things done. When they’re all in Virgo, it can feel like you’re under a relationship microscope. Luckily, the new moon acts as a cosmic reset button for the way you interact with your friends, crushes, and classmates.

If there was to be a problem here, it would be the Virgo new moon square Saturn in Sagittarius causing a clash between your desires for spontaneous adventure and committed accomplishment. What’s more, this aspect means that both Mars and Saturn, the traditionally difficult planets, are in on the new moon action. It’s easy to get distracted by negativity, but under this new moon, there’s plenty of positive things happening too. You just have to look for them!

The trick to dealing with Virgo is knowing that it’s also the sign of service. As long as you’re acting in service of something bigger than yourself (whether it’s a dream, loved one, or cause you care about), you’ll pass this new moon with flying colors.

Aries (March 21–April 19)

Taurus (April 20–May 20)

Gemini (May 21–June 20)

Cancer (June 21–July 22)

Leo (July 23–August 22)

Virgo (August 23–September 22)

Libra (September 23–October 22)

Scorpio (October 23–November 21)

Sagittarius (November 22–December 21)

Capricorn (December 22–January 19)

Aquarius (January 20–February 18)

Pisces (February 19–March 20)


7 Low-Key Exercises You Can Do At Your Desk Without Looking Like ‘That Girl'
Source:  Elite Daily
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 18:30

With 61 percent of American office employees working in open or shared spaces now, gone are the days when you could shut your door and do desk dips in the privacy of your own office. So what's a girl looking to squeeze in a little workout during the workday to do? The good news is you don't have to forgo an office exercise routine even if you sit smack dab in the middle of your open office floor. All you have to do is think a little more strategically about the kinds of exercises you choose. We've consulted with experts to come up with a subtle workout routine that should go (mostly) under the radar in the office. Here are 7 exercises you can do without anyone noticing.

It's clear no one want to be that girl. The girl so obsessed with exercise, she can't even imagine living any part of her life without it (or her yoga pants). That being said, if your coworkers do happen to notice, it's really not the end of the world. There are a lot worse things you could be doing in the middle of the day than getting in an inconspicuous workout at your desk. Am I right?

Start With Your Breathing

Yoga instructor Anita Perry suggests beginning with the basics by focusing first on your breathing, which allows your muscles to receive much-needed oxygen. Perry recommends inhaling for four counts, holding for four counts, and exhaling for another four.

Try to keep up this pattern through each little workout to come.

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Work Those Legs

Once you've mastered your breathing, it's time to start moving those muscles. Self-proclaimed lazy millennial Jade Phoenix, who has personal experience trying to maintain her fitness in the office, tells me you can keep your heels on for this first one.

Start in an upright, seated position at your desk, with your hands holding your chair's armrests, your knees and feet together. On an exhale, raise your knees until your toes leave the floor. Return to your starting position just long enough to tap your toes to the ground, then repeat the motion. Try to maintain these fluid movements for around 30 seconds at a time.

After your toe touches, kick off those high heels and plant your feet on the ground. Keep your toes grounded while you lift your heels as high as possible. Repeat up to around 20 times.

Finally, raise one leg at a time until it's totally straight, and hold the pose for about 10 seconds. Alternate between each leg. Health advocate Morgan Statt tells me that leg raises can strengthen your hip flexors as well as your abs. “As these parts of your body get stronger,” Statt says, “you'll likely experience better posture, fewer lower back problems, and ease of performing other exercises, such as yoga and running.”

Clench Your Butt

This one is as simple as it sounds. Clench your buttocks for five seconds or so, take a short break, and repeat as desired. Fitness writer Max Robinson recommends this workout because it is easy to manage while undetected, and it can be surprisingly effective – just take care not to pull any funny faces or sounds while clenching!

Butt crunches activate your glutes, which strengthens muscles and improves endurance. These benefits will likely enhance your performance in other fitness activities over time.

How To Workout On Your Way To Work

Do Your Kegels

Men, resist the temptation to skip this exercise. Women aren't the only ones who benefit from kegels, which can prevent incontinence as you age.

Just tighten your pelvic floor muscles (as if you've stopped peeing midstream), hold for a few seconds, and release.

When writer Dylann Crush spends eight hours at her desk, “the dreaded kegel” is one of her go-to exercises. Crush points out that kegels “can even be done during meetings with no one the wiser.”

Tighten Those Abs

Move on to your abs next by tightening them while you sit at your desk. Clench and hold for 10 seconds, and repeat the process three times. Health coach and champion powerlifter Robert Herbst says, “No one will know you are doing this if you keep a straight face, as there should be no movement.”

This method of targeting your stomach won't immediately change the way you look and feel, but it will gradually activate the muscle fibers to enhance and strengthen your abs.

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Flex Your Arms

After tightening your abs, you can alternate between pushing your hands up against the underside of your desk and then pushing down against the top. Chiropractic doctor Dean Hoppenrath says these exercises will work your biceps and triceps respectively.

If you're really daring, you can do what he calls “reaching for the stars”– reach your arms straight up to the sky (but no guarantees that you won't attract a few stares).

Stand When Possible

In addition to a discreet office workout routine, “the best advice for desk workers is to stand periodically,” according to Herbst. Check to see if your company will buy you a standing desk, or you can set yourself a timer to remind you to stand for five minutes after every half hour sitting. Use every opportunity you can to stretch your legs, whether it's walking to the coffee machine or going for a quick stroll around the block on your lunch break.

“The body thrives when challenged, even a little,” Dr. Hoppenrath says, “and you will feel better in all aspects of life.” Look at office fitness as another challenge for yourself, and a chance to keep your body engaged in new ways.

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