Protesters Rage Unsuccessfully as Rio’s Poor Black Men Are Slaughtered – The Daily Beast


A wall has been erected to hide a slum from athletes’ eyes, black boys are screened from the beaches, and buses for poor people to the games have been cut off. But heavily armed police have made sure protesters don’t stand a chance.

Source: Protesters Rage Unsuccessfully as Rio’s Poor Black Men Are Slaughtered – The Daily Beast

Weight Loss Surgery Affects Taste Buds


Interesting read!


Of the listed surgical processes in the articles above, I only know of one person who has had one of these done.  A few years ago, a friend decided on the lap-band surgery. It was definitely tough for her to adjust to at first. The tiny amount of food her body was now constricted to made it so that she could only eat a handful of cereal (like Apple Jacks) in an 11-hour stretch.  Over time, she went from her starting weight of  around 330 pounds to a size 4 (and I think around 110 pounds). She was very happy with the results!

It’s interesting to see though that taste buds seem to get altered in the process.

What are your thoughts? Have you or anyone you know had one of these procedures done?  Can you confirm that taste buds do seem to change?

Have a great day everyone!

You can help. Malaysia Mystery


If you have some spare time, you can help in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane – from wherever you may be located.   It’s very simple. You log on to the site, click on a satellite picture of the provided map,  and then tag if you see: an oil slick, a raft, plane wreckage, or “other”.   It doesn’t take long (you can view one map in about 10 seconds), so even if you only have 10 minutes to spare, it will help.



“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
― John Bunyan

Did Apple’s iOS make you physically SICK? Try swallowing version 7.1 • The Register


Did Apple’s iOS make you physically SICK? Try swallowing version 7.1 • The Register.

Here we go again.. Another update.

All I know is –  that ever since I updated to the current version – nothing seems to work.

Every app takes (what seems to be anyway)  a million years to load. Every time I try to play music now, I see that pending sign – spinning circle… spinning circle… spinning circle… I can literally walk for 20 mins without hearing a song. It’s frustrating enough to make me see red and get so enraged that I feel ready to choke the first person I see walking past me.

However, we ARE LIVING  in a civilized society, so let’s HOPE that this update fixes such issues….

Or you best be praying not to cross my path first thing in the morning… 🙂   ha!


Closet Organizing Time!



It’s cold out. It’s grey out. The Weather Channel is calling for another foot of snow. Yuck. So what to do during this frigid winter season? Let’s stay indoors and… organize !!

If you’re like me, then you know exactly what I see when I look at my closet and drawers.

I wouldn’t necessarily say that  I’m a pack rat or a hoarder, but I tend to hold on to things for a long time. A VERY long time.  Example: a shiny black velvet mini tube top worn to nightclubs 20 years ago, a winter cotillion dress from my first freshman year high school dance,  summer flip-flops, winter boots, seemingly more shoes than Imelda Marcos ever owned, and clothes in a wide size range from size 4 to size 16, small to extra-large (my never-ending weight-loss wishes haven’t exactly manifested themselves into a successful physical form …yet!).

For some of the items, there is obviously a sentimental attachment (as I don’t think I’ll be baring my midriff – especially in this weather –  any time in the near future)  🙂   However, considering I live in a teeny tiny Manhattan studio.. well, sometimes it’s good to purge, to donate, to try to organize.

Here, ahead of the annual “Spring Cleaning”  (way ahead … because you know the 15th snowstorm of 2014 is on the way!)  is this great article I wanted to share.  We may as well organize now .. this way we can emerge in the spring, with the nice weather, purged of all the things we no longer use .. and then be ready to enjoy the summer!

Have a great week everyone!



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