The fate of Trump…
Protests erupt across the…
President Trump’s first days…
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President Obama gives farewell…
ATA Show 2017: Shooting…The number of new products being introduced at the 2017 ATA
The number of new products being introduced at the 2017 ATA (Archery Trade Association) Show in Indianapolis, Indiana, is staggering. And while taking it all in is a bit overwhelming, there was one product that stopped me in my tracks . . . and confession time . . . caused me to be 15 minutes late for a scheduled meeting.
Check this out: A new company called Ravin Crossbows out of Superior, Wisconsin, unveiled two new crossbows at this year’s ATA Show, the R9 and R15. Like many of today’s top-of-the-line crossbows, these models are packed with features, but I want to draw your attention to three in particular.
Some People are Boycotting…L.L.Bean is a family-owned business that began back in 1912.
L.L.Bean is a family-owned business that began back in 1912. The company has long been inspiring people to live life outdoors. For the last 105 years, L.L.Bean has been singularly focused on offering high-quality, satisfaction-guaranteed products and outstanding customer service.
So why are we talking about L.L.Bean?
The distinguished outdoor brand has found itself in the center of some scrutiny lately, since Linda Bean, one of 50-plus family members with ties to the business, donated a large sum of money ($60,000) to the Making America Great Again LLC, in support of President-elect Donald Trump.
After hearing about this, Grab Your Wallet, a group that bands people together to boycott companies that “do business with the Trump family,” added L.L.Bean to their “never again” list.
Now, L.L.Bean is left scrambling, calling the boycott against its company “misguided.”
L.L.Bean’s Executive Chairman, Shawn Gorman, penned a lengthy message, which was posted on the company’s Facebook, to try and clear things up. Gorman first wants everyone to realize that Linda Bean is “only one of 50-plus family members involved with the business.” They are adamant that the political views of one single member of the company don’t reflect on the company itself. “L.L.Bean does not endorse political candidates, take positions on political matters, or make political contributions,” Gorman wrote.
The post goes on to explain the company’s love and support... Read More
ATA 2017: Odor Control…As the title above states, a company is claiming to control
As the title above states, a company is claiming to control human odor and do so with a compact device that fits in the palm of your hand.
Is this possible? Well, if anyone can make it happen, that company is Scentlok . . . a brand with its roots firmly planted in odor control.
Here’s the scoop: Scentlok Enforcer is the smallest personal ozone generator on the market today. We spotted it earlier this week at the 2017 ATA (archery) Show in Indianapolis, Indiana, and wanted to share its story.
Text on the website makes the following claim:
We have engineered the most versatile ozone generator and another innovative and effective solution to help assist you in managing unwanted odors! The ENFORCER’s quiet fan produces the correct amount of ozone, which seeks out and virtually destroys odor molecules and bacteria that gets in its path. Ideal for use in enclosed areas such as totes, hockey and athletic gear, tents, closets, bedrooms and much more. The SCENTLOK ENFORCER also helps to re-activate carbon alloy extending the field life of your SCENTLOK carbon clothing.
UNLEASH the SCENTLOK ENFORCER for all of your odor control needs. The personal ozone generator is small enough to fit in your pocket or purse, is rechargeable with up to 8-hours of battery life, and can go anywhere you go. 1-hour and 3-hour operating mode allows you to apply the right amount of ozone depending on the... Read More
This Big Buck Costs…On Thanksgiving morning around 8:20 a.m., Clarence Robertson
On Thanksgiving morning around 8:20 a.m., Clarence Robertson, age 63, from New Market, Tennessee, shot an 11-point buck from his driveway and across Piedmont Rd. The buck was standing in a hayfield where Robertson didn’t have permission to hunt. He then drove his truck into the field to retrieve the deer.
According to a post on TWRA’s Facebook, Jefferson Co. Wildlife Officer Wayne Rich seized the buck, and TWRA Wildlife Biologist Sterling Daniels measured the antlers, giving it a gross score of 143 6/8 inches. Nice buck! Although, Robertson would soon be wishing the deer wasn’t such a large trophy.
You see, the total score of the antlers didn’t come in to play, however, the number of antler points did.
Recently amended legislation in TCA 70-4-116 allows for a judge to impose enhanced restitution fees for illegally killed or possessed trophy deer, and the more antler points on the rack, the higher the cost. That’s bad news for Robertson, seeing as he shot himself an 11-point buck, but there’s more.
New Bill Introduced in…Taking a stroll down the list of introduced legislation on c
Taking a stroll down the list of introduced legislation on congress.gov, we found something that piqued our interest, and we think it will do the same for you.
Introduced 1/12/2017, H.R. 509:
As of now, the bill has only just been introduced to the House. We will definitely be keeping a close eye on this though, as any shakeup of functions or duties of the ATF could potentially be very big news.
Decapitations And Dirty Politics…FOXThe potency of Empire‘s elixir is evidentÂ&nb
The potency of Empire‘s elixir is evidentÂ in the concentrated dose offered by theÂ openingÂ of the show’s second-season premiere. At a “Free Lucious” concert held by the Lyon family, Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) descends from the heavens, lowered onto the stage in a cage while wearing a full-body gorilla costume as King Kong-like music blares over the crowd. (I’m not making this up.) She proceeds to rip off the mask toÂ launch intoÂ a tirade condemning the imprisonment of Lucious, as well as the imprisonment of other black males. It’s a madcap moment, but it’s indicative of Danny Strong and Lee Daniels’ ability to make the ridiculous rhythmic.
The season two opener takes place several months after the events of the season one finale, which sawÂ Lucious (Terrence Howard) apprehended for the murder of Bunkie (Antoine McKay). We learned then that the key witness in the case was Vernon (Malik Yoba), but with Vernon now dead, it’s only a matter of time before the head Lyon gets set free. In any case, Lucious is floundering in prison, Jamal (Jussie Smollett) is dealing with the stress of running the Empire company, and Cookie, Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray), Anika (Grace Gealey), and Andre (Trai Byers) are placing their chess pieces into position for the hostile takeover they began plotting last season. The major piece in that game is Mimi Whiteman, played by new addition Marisa Tomei. Whiteman controls the purse strings on a... Read More
The ‘Black-ish’ Premiere Joined…ABCOn the season premiere of ABC’s Emmy-nominated blac
On the season premiere of ABC’s Emmy-nominated black-ish, which returned last night for a second season, the Johnson’s youngest son Jack (Miles Brown) is expelled from school for saying the n-word while innocently rapping Kanye West’s “Gold Digger.” There’s a zero-tolerance policy, and even though Jack doesn’t say it in a hateful way, or even call someone else the n-word, he still gets in trouble.
His dad Dre (Anthony Anderson) asks his black co-workers why they say “THE word,” to quote the episode’s title. One responds it’s a “great rhyming word,” and the other only thinks it’s fine to use because he’s a spineless suck-up; if his boss Dre finds nothing wrong with a black person using it, then he doesn’t, either. And vice versa. Dre grows more and more confused, especially after talking to the school’s strict black principal. Can anyone say it?
IfÂ black-ishÂ doesn’t come to any clear answers, it’s hardly alone in grappling with the question.Â Let’s explore how eight other TV shows mined similar “THE word” territory.
Archie Bunker freely used the derogatory term “coons,” but he didn’t say the n-word until season eight’s “Two’s a Crowd,” a superb exploration of where racism comes from. For Archie, it was passed on from his abusive father, who freely called black people the n-word, so he does, too. At least until he gets beaten up by a black student at school. “Did you ever possibly stop to think that... Read More
Deep Netflix: ‘China Strike…Astoria FilmsThe 2000 filmÂ China Strike Force, f
The 2000 filmÂ China Strike Force, from Hong Kong director Stanley Tong (Super Cop,Â Rumble in the Bronx),Â won my heart forever before I even watched a frame. It was a two-step process.
Step one: While spelunking in the deep, deep Netflix action movies archive one night, I spotted its box cover, which features a) the title; b) a picture of Mark Dacascos, best known as one of the stars of the live-action Double Dragon movie and the host of Iron Chef America; and c) a picture of Coolio. Color me intrigued. Color me very intrigued.
Step two: I rushed to Google — like, immediately — to find out more about the movie, where I was greeted with this description (emphasis mine):
Shanghai police Detectives Alex Cheung (Lee-Hom Wang) and Darren Tong (Aaron Kwok) stumble onto the massive cocaine smuggling operation of crime boss Tony Lau (Mark Dacascos) and attempt to take down Coolio (Coolio), the American dealer in his employ who is responsible for bringing the drugs into China. In the midst of the criminal activity, Alex gets engaged to the daughter of his superior, Sheriff Lin (Paul Chun), which adds personal tensions to an already heated case.
Did you catch the little slice of magic in there? China Strike Force is a movie that stars Coolio as a drug smuggler named Coolio. I have been thinking about this basically non-stop since I read it, and I have come to the conclusion that the only way it could be better is if... Read More
Five Movies We Are…UniversalThis weekend, the 53rd New York Film Festival kicks
This weekend, the 53rd New York Film Festival kicks off with the premiere of The Walk, the Robert Zemeckis-directed story of Philippe Petitâs (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) famous 1974 high-wire walk between the north and south towers of the World Trade Center. The festival — which spans from September 25 through October 11 â will feature many premieres, as well as notable films that premiered at other festivals, that will all factor into this yearâs Oscar race. So, with that, here are five huge films weâre looking forward to at this yearâs New York Film Festival.
As previously mentioned, The Walk is the festivalâs opening night film, concluding with New York Film Festivalâs opening night party, which is always a tough ticket. The Walk is only Robert Zemeckisâ second live action film since way back to his 2000 hit, Cast Away. And once again, along with Flight, Zemeckis tries to scare the living piss out of anyone who has a fear of heights — this time by telling the story of Philippe Petitâs very illegal 1974 high-wire act between the two World Trade Center towers. As a fan of Man on Wire, it will be interesting to see how Zemeckis makes this remarkable event into a full-length narrative film.
Steven Spielbergâs first film since 2012âs Lincoln will make its debut at the New York Film Festival. What was forever known as Steven Spielbergâs Untitled Cold... Read More
There’s No Reason We…I’m sure Michael Fassbender will be fine as Steve Jobs
I’m sure Michael Fassbender will be fine as Steve Jobs. He’s got the piercing eyes, and the gravitas, and a talented director in Danny Boyle guiding the performance, and really everything else you could ever want to take on the role of the visionary, mercurial Apple founder. And he looks great in a black turtleneck and glasses. He’ll be fine. He’ll be fine.
But I wouldn’t be doing my job as a pop-culture critic if I didn’t bring something to your attention here. There’s really no reason we couldn’t have let Jason Statham play Steve Jobs.
Like, that was an option. Before any of the roles were cast, when the whole movie was nothing but words on the page, someone could have sent the script to Jason Statham and offered him the role. Everything else could have stayed exactly the same. Watch this trailer and imagine all of the Sorkin-scribed words being said by Jason Statham — in his regular voice, making no attempt to do an American accent — instead of Michael Fassbender, and then try to tell me you wouldn’t watch that movie.
“Oi sat in GAR-age an’ infented the future.” Oscars here we come.
But maybe you’re still skeptical. Maybe you’ve seen the trailers and now have your heart fully set on Fassbender in the Sorkin/Boyle version of the movie. Maybe you read my idea and said “Interesting, but I’ll pass.” That’s fine, too. You’re wrong, but it’s fine. It was just an exercise in hypotheticals anyway, as the movie’s been shot and... Read More
Capacity Building For EmployeesAfter the last round of performance appraisals, your human r
After the last round of performance appraisals, your human resources team suggested capacity building for employees in the sales department. While having your staff hard it work and converting new clients is your priority, you cannot underestimate the value of additional training for the sales team. Most companies will train new staff upon hiring while others require new hires to catch up on their own. On the job training saves time from hard training sessions but it can also be costly down the road.
Take an example of a poorly trained sales representative. The sales representative can only perform as far as their skills will allow them. The chances are that they will perform dismally for a consecutive number of weeks and probably make a dent in your sales numbers. This negative impact will force your hand to pay a little more attention to your sales team.
You may be wondering, how do I train my team without halting operations? In this article, we discuss various ways that employees can partake capacity building training without interfering with their regular assignment.
The first one or two hours of the day are suitable for training as most clients are yet to report to work. If your sales team usually report to the office first before heading out to the field, encourage them to have seminars early in the morning before the pressures of the day kick in. Driven employees should have no qualms about reporting to... Read More
One Simple Sign To…Many times we need to figure out if someone is smart enough,
Many times we need to figure out if someone is smart enough, to be on the team or to hang out with. How do we know is someone is intelligent without even checking academic records, social, and career achievements, or having to look for the lines on their forehead?
But you ask when you don’t know, so how can someone who questions too much be intelligent?
Because they ask, and they learn. The Chinese proverb of wisdom states it clearly: ‘He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes, he who does not question, stays a fool forever.’
Intelligence is, without question, all about questions. Nobody will know it all. No matter how educated they are, nobody comes close to ever knowing it all. Even if you learn everything from top to bottom, tomorrow changes what you know today. We are all flawed, stumbling through life, with unrealistic expectations. So we need to keep questioning to stay afloat.
Intelligent people question everything, after getting answers, they question more. If you use words they can’t understand, they request clarification. They ask you to explain to the as if they just turned five when they do not understand what you are saying. If you say anything intriguing they make a note of it.
Be humble. Ask questions to reflect genuine intelligence.
The simplest way of judging intelligence is when someone accepts mistakes.... Read More
If You Want To…Say your thirtieth birthday is approaching, and as a sign of
Say your thirtieth birthday is approaching, and as a sign of this new level of maturity, you’ve decided to add a bit of value and refinement into your life. You’ve toyed with several ideas, including becoming a wine connoisseur, a poet laureate, a yoga instructor, a ukulele player, or a juggler. You finally settle on learning a new language, Korean. You are inspired and sprint at maximum effort for three or four weeks. Then your energy and enthusiasm dwindle, and by week five you’ve learned enough Korean to order badly at a restaurant and offend the regulars. So, you decide to take up the ukulele. A month later you’ve learned to play a poor rendition of Happy Birthday. Bored and disenchanted, you quit again.
So, the question becomes, how do you become an effective learner and expand your horizons?
Assessment is a very important first step. Learning something new requires the expenditure of time, attention, effort, and energy, and in most cases, money as well. Before you invest in learning something new, determine if it is something worth your effort. Two questions you should ask yourself:
5 Most Integral Customer…Lack of adequate tools can without a doubt limit your produc
Lack of adequate tools can without a doubt limit your productiveness and service set up, regardless of the enterprise that you’re running. If you are a startup, in particular, there is no way your growth can be possible if you do not consider customer service in the right way.
Not only does having the right tools with you afford you the chance to reach more customers, it also significantly reduces the frustration and friction of your customer service rep’s day-to-day job. This way, the time and energy spent on doing things manually can be dedicated to other ventures including expanding your business and improving your service delivery.
That said, there isn’t a shortage of service tools either. If anything, they have been a proliferation of such tools especially in the advent of the Software-as-a-Service age. Which, of course, implies a couple of things – the main one being that it can be quite a challenge deciding the tools that you really need, and those that you can do without.
Well, here’s a quick primer to the five most integral customer service tools every startup needs to have.
Despite the tremendous steps that we have taken in developing conversational technology, sending emails is still regarded as one of the most utilized support channels today.
Unlike other contact methods, using emails doesn’t compel your customers to wait in a physical queue as they await a response from your rep.... Read More
Bipolar Disorder: Three Ways…It is said, “Some days I can conquer the world, other
It is said, “Some days I can conquer the world, other days it takes me three hours to convince myself to bathe.” Bipolar disorder, formerly known as “manic depression”, affects more than three million people in the US, and millions more who are close to the patient.
While forcing a person to act a certain way is not a bright idea, there are steps you can take to improve communication and maintain a healthy relationship. Trust me, I know the ins and outs of bipolar disorder. I was diagnosed with this crippling mental illness around the same time I decided to dedicate the rest of my life to the field of clinical psychology.
Below I compiled three ways that can help stabilize your relationship with someone you love who’s suffering from bipolar disorder.
Recognizing the symptoms of bipolar disorder can be a bit tricky. Individuals suffering from this illness have what’s called “mania”, a euphoric mood, and depression, a sad and sometimes suicidal mood.
During episodes of mania one may exhibit rapid speech, a sudden burst of high self-esteem, and uncontrollable excitement. When the anchor drops, a depressive episode may include symptoms such as loss of motivation to complete basic everyday tasks- for example taking a bath or getting dressed. Other hallmark symptoms of a depressive episode include changes in appetite, sleep, energy level, thought patterns, and concentration. It’s crucial to learn and remember these... Read More
The 36 Best Things to Eat in New…Forget about things you should eat before you die, try these 36 best thing to…
Forget about things you should eat before you die, try these 36 best thing to eat in new orleans.
What is it: Fried dough fritters, generously topped with white powdered sugar is an absolute must eat if you visit New Orleans. Accompany this with a steaming cup of cafÃ© au lait.
Where to eat: CafÃ© Du Monde, 800 Decatur Street.
What is it: Vegetarians love it, but there is no reason for you to not try this even if you are into meat more than veggies.
Where to eat: Domenica, 123 Baronne Street
What is it: Fluffy waffles, melted brie and tart blueberries create a near sinful combination which will revolutionize your idea of taste with every bite.
Where to eat: Biscuits and Buns on Banks, 4337 Banks Street.
What is it: This Mexican dish has a delicious topping of spicy butter, salsa Rosado and cotija cheese. This is your best answer to what to eat in New Orleans.
Where to eat: MaÃ¯s Arepas, 1200 Carondelet Street.
What is it: A century old recipe, the French Shrimp Po Boy is made of perfectly fluffy French bread brimming with lip-smacking shrimps.
Where to eat: Domileseâs Po Boys and Bar, 5240 Annunciation Street.
What is it: I had never... Read More
14 of the Best Bucket List Adventures from…Your resolution for 2016: spend more time outside. We asked Outside readers for Instagram shots…
Your resolution for 2016: spend more time outside. We asked Outside readers for Instagram shots of their most memorable trips and activities in 2015—tagged #OutsideBucketList—and we weren’t disappointed. From scuba diving between continental plates and river surfing in Germany to climbing one of the highest active volcanoes in the world, the outdoor community spent the year going on epic adventures and documenting the evidence. Here are 14 of our favorites, and we highly recommend adding them to your 2016 Bucket List.
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@lizzyvanpatten unwinds with some yoga during a climbing trip at Valle De Los Condores, an area in the mountains between Chile and Argentina that boasts around 200 climbing routes.
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Mushing through fresh powder offers sweeping views of the Northern Lights and close contact with sled dogs, an integral part of Alaska’s history.
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XFX Radeon R7 260X Video Card down to…We wouldn’t say the Radeon R7 260x graphics card is the end all be all…
We wouldn’t say the Radeon R7 260x graphics card is the end all be all for gaming – far from it – but it’s way better than an integrated GPU, and today’s dirt cheap. We found an XFX Radeon R7 260X card for $75 via Best Buy’s eBay storefront. You’d pay at least $40 more anywhere else.
For the price of a base model iPad Air 2 Retina, you can snag an iPad Air 2 Retina 64GB today from a reputable eBay seller. Open Box but effectively New condition – not a bad way to save.
And for Battlestar Galactica nerds, the complete Battlestar Galactica series on Blu-ray only sets you back $89 today only from Amazon.
Microsoft Surface Book: The MacBook Killer in WaitingEveryone expected Microsoft to say something about the Surface 4 in its early October event…but…
Everyone expected Microsoft to say something about the Surface 4 in its early October event…but few were expecting an entirely new machine as well. That, however, is what we got with the Surface Book laptop, a new model that Microsoft is aiming squarely at MacBooks and similar lightweight, often professional computers.
The Surface Book isn’t exactly a laptop – the top can be folded around and detached completely to work on its own as a tablet. But this hybrid functionality aside, when the keyboard and screen are together it really does look like a laptop.
The screen is a 135-inch display, RAM is provided up to 16GB GDDR5, and there’s a sixth-gen Intel processor inside too. Microsoft claimed that the Book could be about twice as fast as a MacBook at its conference.
In addition to the extra-flexible screen, the Book is also made to be used with the Surface Stylus, if the many press photos are any indication. Microsoft seems to be appealing to a wide range of users here, from business professionals to designers, artists,... Read More=>
Roku 4 Offers 4K, New Menus, Private Listening,…Hot on the heels of announcements about the new Apple TV, the shiny TiVo Bolt,…
Hot on the heels of announcements about the new Apple TV, the shiny TiVo Bolt, Fire TV, and the updated Chromecast, Roku has thrown its hat into the ring with the Roku 4. Like the other new entrants, the Roku 4 works hard to bring some new features to the table, but offers a very familiar core package.
Let’s talk about those new features. First off the bat, there’s a whole lot of support for 4K and 4K video content, including 4K labels so you can quickly tell what content is in ultra HD, and what Roku is claiming to be more 4K channels at launch than its competitors.
The interface, through which you can brows 300,000 movies and TV episodes on more than 3,000 channels, has also received an update. Controls for apps like Netflix and other types of browsing have been streamlined as well. There’s also an increased focus on voice search, so you don’t have to mess around with the remote to search for a particular show.
Speaking of that remote, it comes with a few unique features of its own. First, there’s a little headphone... Read More=>
Living Level-3: Iraq — Chapter 2The World Food Programme and artist Joshua Dysart have teamed up to create a graphic…
The World Food Programme and artist Joshua Dysart have teamed up to create a graphic novel highlighting the work of the organization's humanitarian aid workers and those they strive to help.
The comic, titled "Living Level 3," for the most severe classification of humanitarian crisis, tells the story of a fictional humanitarian aid worker, Leila, on an aid mission after the self-described Islamic State brutally seized territory there in 2014.
Read the second chapter of the novel below. We'll release another chapter in the story each day.
Neil Strauss on the Truth, Monogamy and RelationshipsIn The Truth, author Neil Strauss asks: Is it natural to be faithful to one…
In The Truth, author Neil Strauss asks: Is it natural to be faithful to one person for life?
The book details his journey away from his monogamous relationship, and into a world of cheating, orgies, and sex addiction clinics. Neil begins, "As such, it requires sharing a lot of things I'm not proud of -- and a few things I feel like I should regret a whole lot more than I actually do. Because, unfortunately, I am not the hero in this tale. I am the villain."
What he discovers along the way is the agony, and the joyful freedom of living a life in which he is 100% truthful with everyone he meets: the girlfriends in his open relationship, his mother, and himself.
When you started writing The Truth, did you know it would be about marriage and monogamy?
Yeah, I don't write with an agenda or a place that I'm going to. I might have an idea, but I'm always willing to discard that idea. It was the same when I was doing journalism and interviews... Read More
Why Everyone Has Time To WriteMany of the students I meet at writers' conferences complain that they don't have enough…
Many of the students I meet at writers' conferences complain that they don't have enough time to write. These men and women have full-time jobs, marriages, children, hobbies, parties to attend and favorite television shows to follow. How in an already full life are they expected find one or two hours a day to write a book?
It's a good question, and the simple, honest, but ultimately unhelpful answer is this: every writer who has ever written a book has had a full life within which that book was written. If you need "more time," get up an hour earlier every day. That's what a lot of writers do. Or they go to bed an hour later. But usually they get up earlier. There. Problem solved.
Except this really solves nothing, just as telling a smoker to simply stop smoking solves nothing. The question most writers are really asking isn't, "How do I find time to write?" but, "Is writing a waste of time?" Going to college probably didn't feel like a waste of time because it would, in theory, lead to a career. And going to work probably doesn't feel like a waste of time because it provides an income and a social network and a bit of an identity. Even crashing in front of the TV... Read More