Lake Effect Snow up North drops all kinds of Blizzard — Most people stay indoors — Here are the others.

Lake Effect Snow up North drops all kinds of Blizzard — Most people stay indoors — Here are the others.

Life is Precious. Embrace it. A Father Sings To His Dying Newborn Son After His Wife Dies Following Childbirth

Life is Precious. Embrace it. A Father Sings To His Dying Newborn Son After His Wife Dies Following Childbirth

Via Buzzfeed

A heartbreaking video of a grieving father singing the Beatles’ “Blackbird” to his dying newborn son after the mother died in her sleep following childbirth is being shared across the world.

Published on Nov 12, 2014

Chris Picco singing Blackbird to his son, Lennon James Picco, who was delivered by emergency C-section at 24 weeks when Chris’ wife Ashley unexpectedly and tragically passed away in her sleep. Lennon’s lack of movement and brain activity was a constant concern for the doctors and nurses at Loma Linda University Hospital, where he received the absolute best care available. During the pregnancy, Ashley would often feel Lennon moving to music so Chris asked if he could bring his guitar into the NICU and play for Lennon, which he did for several hours during the last days of Lennon’s precious life. One day after filming this, Lennon went to sleep in his daddy’s arms.

Father & Son

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Chris Picco singing Blackbird to his son, Lennon James Picco, who was delivered by emergency C-section at 24 weeks when Chris’ wife Ashley unexpectedly and tragically passed away in her sleep. Lennon’s lack of movement and brain activity was a constant concern for the doctors and nurses at Loma Linda University Hospital, where he received the absolute best care available. During the pregnancy, Ashley would often feel Lennon moving to music so Chris asked if he could bring his guitar into the NICU and play for Lennon, which he did for several hours during the last days of Lennon’s precious life. One day after filming this, Lennon went to sleep in his daddy’s arms.

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Gillespie Park in Sarasota, FL faces homeless problem — Pay attention ACLU!

Gillespie Park in Sarasota, FL faces homeless problem — Pay attention ACLU!

by: David Conway via The Observer

Linda Holland moved to Gillespie Park nearly 35 years ago. During that time, she’s seen the area make significant strides toward addressing issues with drug dealing and other crime.

That progress — and the work she’s done as the head of the Gillespie Park neighborhood watch group to help achieve that progress — explains her weariness when she talks about a new issue affecting the area: the recent influx of homeless individuals at the neighborhood park.

“We have worked so hard for so many years, and we’ve come such a long way that it’s just very discouraging,” Holland said. “We feel like there’s nothing that can be done.”

Earlier this month, at a meeting of the Coalition of Community Neighborhood Associations, Holland reported that a new group of individuals were populating the pavilion at Gillespie Park throughout the day. The issue was not with the mere presence of the homeless, she said, but with their behavior.

Holland said that, for some time, residents in the area have had a relatively harmonious relationship with the homeless population. Both sides were respectful, and residents were understanding of the circumstances that could put people in such a situation.

Echoing complaints that Rosemary District residents made in September, Holland said the new homeless population was significantly different. They were less respectful and more prone to smoking, using vulgar language and leaving trash strewn about the park. They monopolized the pavilion at the park, making it increasingly difficult for residents to use the neighborhood amenity.

“In the past, there have been times when everyone has been extremely compatible and respectful to each other,” Holland said. “Everyone can get along and utilize the park the way it’s supposed to be used. But not now.”

Holland expressed a frustration with inaction from the city, as well. She was disappointed to see talks between the city and county regarding a come-as-you-are homeless shelter fall apart, though she acknowledged residents in the area were divided on that issue.

Dissatisfaction with city leaders is more widespread, she said. She acknowledged that there are no easy solutions for addressing homelessness issues, but Holland said Gillespie Park residents felt they had done all they could do — whereas those in charge had failed to take strides to tackle the neighborhood’s problems.
“You guys are the elected officials,” Holland said. “You’re running the city, and guess what — it’s not working. It’s not working here over in the park.”

At the Nov. 3 City Commission meeting, Vice Mayor Susan Chapman brought up the Gillespie Park homeless population. She said she had been getting a significant number of complaints, and suggested restricting access to the park to Gillespie Park residents as a possible option.

Mayor Willie Shaw was hesitant to embrace that idea, concerned that taxpayers near Gillespie Park would be boxed out. City Attorney Robert Fournier said less-extreme options were available, and could be presented at a future meeting.

Although the history of improvement in Gillespie Park contributed to Holland’s frustration, she was emphatic that this didn’t represent a significant step backward for the community. As a manager of dozens of properties in the area, she said she hasn’t seen any curtailed interest, and she didn’t believe the issue should cause people to avoid the neighborhood.

Still, she was hopeful that the harmonious atmosphere between all occupants of the Gillespie Park area could be restored.

“We don’t like what’s going on right now, but it’s a small part of the neighborhood,” Holland said. “The neighborhood is so much more and is going to continue to be so much more than that — but we would like to get this resolved.”

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My first and only Kim Kardashian Post. Kim Kardashian pours champagne, shows her butt and gets naked for art. Why is this not shocking?

My first and only Kim Kardashian Post. Kim K poses clothed, partially clothed and hardly clothed for art.?

‘To me it appears she is going back to her basics by being naked. Albeit, this appears classier then the previous Ray J tapes, but alas, it is ultimately Kardashian marketing at its best. Nude, Naked and Screaming LOOK AT ME!’

photos by Jean-Paul Goude — text by Amanda Fortini via Papermag.com

Recreating a classic image

If you know nothing else about Kim Kardashian, you know that she is very, very famous. Some would say that’s all you need to know. At press time, she has 25 million Twitter followers, about a million less than Oprah Winfrey and nearly 5 million more than CNN Breaking News. Her Instagram account, where she is a prolific purveyor of selfies, is the site’s third most popular. You can’t walk through a supermarket without glimpsing her on a multitude of tabloids whose headlines holler about her relationships, her parenting style and the vicissitudes of her ample curves. But she has also graced the covers of highbrow fashion bibles like W and Vogue; with her now-husband, Kanye West, she appeared on the latter above the hashtag #worldsmosttalkedaboutcouple, creating a furor that made it perhaps the #worldsmostcontroversialcover.

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Her millions-strong popularity and inescapable media presence have made her grist for think pieces galore. She is variously seen as a feminist-entrepreneur-pop-culture-icon or a late-stage symptom of our society’s myriad ills: narcissism, opportunism, unbridled ambition, unchecked capitalism. But behind all the hoopla, there is an actual woman — a physical body where the forces of fame and wealth converge. Who isn’t at least a tad curious about the flesh that carries the myth?

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Unlike most people, she looks exactly the same in person as she does in photographs or on television, with one exception: she is smaller than she appears in images, with tiny, almost doll-like ears and feet and hands. Everything else about her seems amplified, tumescent. Her black hair is thicker than any you have ever seen, her lips fuller, her giant Bambi-eyes larger, their whites whiter, and the lashes that frame them longer. If some of this is the result of artificial enhancement — does anyone else have eyelashes that resemble miniature feather dusters? — none of it seems obviously ersatz. But that’s not to say it looks real, either. She is like a beautiful anime character come to life.

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Kim Kardashian’s greatest asset

Kim Kardashian Full Frontal

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REV3 Venice, Florida Half (70.3) & Olympic distance 2014 triathlon results

REV3 Venice, Florida Half (70.3) & Olympic distance 2014 triathlon results

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Former REV3 Florida Medals

What You Need to Know About the Mosquito-Borne Disease Ravaging the Caribbean : It has also been reported in Venezuela & Florida.

What You Need to Know About the Mosquito-Borne Disease Ravaging the Caribbean : It has also been reported in Venezuela & Florida.

Chik-V & West Nile

Chik-V & West Nile

Laura Begley Bloom via Yahoo Health

If you’re traveling to the Caribbean anytime soon, bring the DEET. Chikungunya, a virulent mosquito-borne illness with no known cure is sweeping the islands. The disease is similar to dengue and causes extreme muscle pain that can last months or even years; it has been fatal in rare cases.

Historically, chikungunya (pronounced chik-en-GUN-ya), which was first discovered in Tanzania in 1952, has been more prevalent in Africa and Asia. Saint Martin was the first location in the Western Hemisphere to report cases of the disease in December 2013. In recent months it has spread across the region, with over 10,000 cases on islands like Guadeloupe and Martinique. Even tony Saint Bart’s hasn’t been spared. There have also been isolated cases as far away as Florida and Venezuela.

“It’s been absolutely blowing up recently,” Chris Pardee, the manager of health intelligence for iJET International told Yahoo Travel. The disease even has a nickname throughout the islands: Chik-V.

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Ironman Florida 2014 Results

Ironman Florida 2014 Results

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If triathlon was easy

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Ironman Logo – M-DOT

Gulf Oil Spill Left Rhode Island-Sized Oily ‘Bathtub Ring’ On Seafloor, Study Finds

Gulf Oil Spill Left Rhode Island-Sized Oily ‘Bathtub Ring’ On Seafloor, Study Finds

BP says it might drill again in spill reservoir

BP says it might drill again in spill reservoir

By SETH BORENSTEIN

WASHINGTON (AP) — The BP oil spill left an oily “bathub ring” on the sea floor that’s about the size of Rhode Island, new research shows.

The study by David Valentine, the chief scientist on the federal damage assessment research ships, estimates that about 10 million gallons of oil coagulated on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico around the damaged Deepwater Horizons oil rig.

Valentine, a geochemistry professor at the University of California Santa Barbara, said the spill from the Macondo well left other splotches containing even more oil. He said it is obvious where the oil is from, even though there were no chemical signature tests because over time the oil has degraded.

“There’s this sort of ring where you see around the Macondo well where the concentrations are elevated,” Valentine said. The study, published in Monday’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, calls it a “bathtub ring.”

Oil levels inside the ring were as much as 10,000 times higher than outside the 1,200-square-mile ring, Valentine said. A chemical component of the oil was found on the sea floor, anywhere from two-thirds of a mile to a mile below the surface.

The rig blew on April 20, 2010, and spewed 172 million gallons of oil into the Gulf through the summer. Scientists are still trying to figure where all the oil went and what effects it had.

BP questions the conclusions of the study. In an email, spokesman Jason Ryan said, “the authors failed to identify the source of the oil, leading them to grossly overstate the amount of residual Macondo oil on the sea floor and the geographic area in which it is found.”

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Here’s why renters in America feel trapped

Here’s why renters in America feel trapped

Contact Sean Dreznin for all your Commercial Real Estate needs.   srqcre@gmail.com

Contact Sean Dreznin for all your Commercial Real Estate needs. srqcre@gmail.com

By Mandi Woodruff via Yahoo Finance

Things aren’t looking great for aspiring homeowners in the U.S.

In a recent report by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, researchers offer a sobering peek into the homes of renters. Nearly one-quarter of renters in a survey of 25,509 renters and homeowners combined say meeting their monthly financial commitments is “very difficult,” and more than half say they wouldn’t be able to come up with $2,000 to cover an emergency expense.

Homeowners, by comparison, feel much more stable. Half as many homeowners as renters say they find meeting their monthly bills “very difficult” and nearly half say they have no trouble meeting their monthly expenses, according to the report.

Because the cost of renting and buying varies so widely across the U.S., you have to take reports like these with a healthy dose of salt. In some metro areas, like San Antonio and Phoenix, it’s actually much cheaper to buy a home than rent.

But the reality is that the cost of renting across the country is on the rise, straining the budgets of many renters. In the largest 25 metro areas in the U.S., rents increased by 5.5% in 2013, eating up more than 40% of the average renter’s household income, according to Trulia. Most financial experts recommend spending less than one-third of income on housing.

“Once [rent] is over 30%, that’s when you start getting into the danger zone financially,” says Helen Stephens, a certified financial planner in Dallas. “And the problem when you’re renting is that you may be in a lease for a year, and at the end of that year your landlord has the right to raise the rent on you.”

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Understanding deflation and why it is so scary

Understanding deflation and why it is so scary

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By Rick Newman via Yahoo Finance

If the price of a car or an iPhone drops, that’s usually good news for consumers. So it might be puzzling that investors and economists suddenly seem freaked out about the possibility of deflation, or a sustained drop in the level of all prices, on average.

Deflation was a concern back in 2010 and it’s a fresh worry now as oil prices plunge, the stock market wavers and consumers put spending plans on hold.

The paradox of deflation is that falling prices on a few items can generally be good for consumers, leaving more money in their pockets for other things. But falling prices on too many things can have ruinous effects on the economy that are hard to reverse. Japan suffered nearly two decades of deflation starting in the early 1990s, and deflation helped prolong the Great Depression in the 1930s.

When all prices fall, consumers have a strong incentive to put off purchases — after all, everything will probably be cheaper tomorrow. Some purchases are hard to delay—food, medical care, gasoline to get to work. But a lot of the things we buy can wait, which is why sales of cars, clothing, and appliances drop sharply when times get tough.

In an economy like ours — in which consumer spending accounts for about 70% of total GDP — a powerful incentive to postpone purchases can be disastrous. When spending drops, so does corporate revenue, raising pressure to cut costs, which leads to layoffs and other personnel cutbacks. Companies are likely to freeze salaries or even cut pay for those workers remaining. Dwindling income makes consumers even more leery about spending money, worsening the whole cycle.

More expensive debt

The other mechanism for deflationary ruin is debt. One big reason lending helps the economy grow is inflation—most loans become easier to pay back over time, because the principal doesn’t grow but income used to pay it down does. We typically think of inflation as a rise in prices, but it’s usually accompanied by an increase in workers’ wages as well, and as long as wage increases exceed price hikes, ordinary people get ahead. Home buyers, for instance, often “grow into” a mortgage that might seem onerous at first, because their income climbs as they progress through their careers. The mortgage payments on a fixed-rate loan, by contrast, remain constant. So in a typical economic environment, you gradually earn more income to make the same payment every month.

Deflation creates the opposite phenomenon: Debt gets more expensive over time, because consumer spending power declines. When prices and corporate revenue fall for a sustained period of time, wages inevitably go down, too. That makes fixed-rate debt more expensive, because you have less money instead of more to make the same regular payments. The mismatch affects companies and even governments the same way it does consumers, causing cash-flow shortages, liquidity problems and bankruptcy. Each of these ugly outcomes reinforces the others, making a deflationary spiral very hard to pull out of.

On top of that, deflation makes people wary of taking out debt in the first place. Too much debt is a problem in itself, but prudent lending is an essential element of capitalism. Without it, investment shrivels and wealth is more likely to disappear than accrue.

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