Hilarious Doctor Creates “Conspiracy Theory” That Convinces An Anti-Vaxxer To Vaccinate Her Child

There’s a lot of debate on how to best fight against the disinformation spread by anti-vaxx or “vaccine hesitant” organizations. Is it best to fight it with facts? Or the emotional appeal of the suffering and deaths the movement is causing? The debate continues but a medical student on Reddit shows that sometimes you have to fight fire with fire. Redditor ArcaneRuby posed the question “Doctors of Reddit, what are some of your anti-vax parent stories?” on Reddit a few weeks ago, a thread that got quite popular quite quickly, with medical professionals sharing some heartbreaking stories of kids suffering thanks to the “anti-vaxx propaganda”. One story, in particular, jumped out, reported by Redditor _Haliax_, a fourth-year medical student who was completing …

A couple who died of bubonic plague were mocked online. Then, a biologist showed up to shut it down with cold, hard science.

Earlier this year, a couple from Mongolia died of bubonic plague after consuming the organs of raw marmot. They believed the action would bring them good health. While that may sound strange, according to the World Health Organization, the eating of rodent meat is considered a folk remedy in the region. The loss of two lives is tragic. But it got worse. Soon after news of the couple’s demise broke out, people began mocking them on social media. After one Tumblr user decided to turn the conversation into a discussion of how the deceased should have just adopted a vegan diet, another used showed up to explain exactly why the post was wrong, rude, and ethnocentric. All images in this …

UPDATED: Arie And Lauren Had Their Baby

UPDATE: The world’s longest pregnancy is officially over, because on Wednesday afternoon, Arie and Lauren’s baby finally arrived. Lauren gave birth to a healthy baby girl named Alessi Ren, which I’m going to assume is a Dutch name I don’t know about, and not a girl version of the DJ Alesso. Arie first announced the news on his Instagram story, and then later in the evening, both he and Lauren posted photos of their new baby. That’s the difference between a Kardashian baby and a Bachelor baby. The Kardashians can keep an entire pregnancy secret, but with Arie and Lauren we practically knew this baby’s social security number 45 minutes after she was born. View this post on Instagram The most notable …

Siege review: Michael Wolff’s Trump tale is Fire and Fury II fire harder

The follow-up to the first tell-all is a wild ride, stretching credulity and heavily indebted to Steve Bannon. But so is the president Michael Wolff is back and Fire and Fury ended. Once again, it leaves the president bruised and readers shaking their heads. Jared Kushner, Mike Pence, Don McGahn. None escape unscathed. As Wolff describes it, Donald Trump calls Kushner a girl. As for his vice-president, hes a religious nut. Why does he look at me like that? Trump asks about Pences beatific gaze. As for Pences wife, Karen? She really gives me the creeps. Steve Bannon supplies a running commentary for which Wolff calls him his Virgil. Like Dantes Inferno, Siege ends on hells bottom rung. Wolffs tale …

Illinois Advances Legal Weed Bill That Would Be First To Pass Via State Legislature

legalize the sale of marijuana, an effort that, if signed into law, would be the first time a state passed a legal pot initiative through the legislature rather than by ballot. The bill also includes provisions for the governor to pardon people with low-level marijuana convictions, an addition hailed by criminal justice and legal pot advocates who called the proposal “historic legislation.” The measure, if it advances, could go into effect as early as Jan. 1, 2020. The Chicago Tribune notes that Pritzker would have wide authority to expunge the records of past marijuana offenders. He could pardon anyone with convictions for possession, manufacturing or intent to deliver marijuana up to 30 grams as long as the crime was not …

A New York teacher made black students act as slaves in mock auctions

(CNN)A New York teacher singled out African-American students and cast them as slaves in a mock “auction” as part of a social studies lesson in March. The incident happened in two fifth-grade social studies classes at The Chapel School — a private school in Westchester County — about 15 miles north of midtown Manhattan. Imaginary chains A teacher asked all of the African-American students in each class to raise their hands and then instructed them to go stand in the hallway, where the teacher placed imaginary chains on their necks, wrists and ankles. Those students were then instructed to walk back into the classroom and line up against the wall. The teacher then proceeded to conduct a simulated auction of …

Most of us feel sleepy in the afternoon. Why cant work fit round that? | Andre Spicer

Now a third of Britons are sleep-deprived, work should be more flexible, says Andr Spicer, professor of organisational behaviour at the Cass Business School In the early afternoon, I often catch myself listlessly staring into the computer screen. I have things to do, but I cant concentrate. I try writing the same sentence five times and delete it six. During one of these afternoon torpors, I came upon a word: acedia. It seemed to perfectly define my mid-afternoon weariness. I discovered this originally Greek word was widely used by medieval Christian monks to describe a sense of indolence, a mood of lethargy, a feeling of being completely unconcerned about their duties and purpose in the world. Christian mystics who lived …

Duncan Smith warns of Tory contest ‘chaos’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDuncan Smith: Tories ‘looking like chaos’ Iain Duncan Smith has called for a re-writing of the Conservative leadership contest rules to avoid “chaos”. Eleven MPs have declared so far that they will run to replace Theresa May, with the number expected to rise. Mr Duncan Smith, who led the Tories from 2001 to 2003, told the BBC the number of MPs needed to nominate a candidate had to be increased. And the party must look at eliminating more runners during early voting in order to speed up the contest, he said. At the moment, only two MPs need to nominate a candidate for them to stand. Mr Duncan Smith said that threshold …

Disney and Netflix say new abortion law may push their business out of Georgia. Here’s why that matters

New York (CNN Business)Two of the world’s biggest entertainment companies, Netflix and Disney, say they may stop producing movies and TV shows in Georgia if the state’s new abortion law takes effect. The restrictive new law, should it survive court challenges from the ACLU and women’s rights groups, is set to take effect on January 1. Prominent celebrities and some production companies have vowed to boycott Georgia as a result. But the deep pockets of Netflix (NFLX) and Disney (DIS) mean the companies have louder voices. Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos spoke out on Tuesday. Then Disney CEO Bob Iger was asked about the situation on Wednesday. Disney will find it “very difficult” to film in Georgia if the …

Opioid Crisis Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at the opioid crisis. Prescription opioid volumes peaked in 2011, with the equivalent of 240 billion milligrams of morphine prescribed, according to the market research firm, IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science. The volume declined to about 171 million milligrams of morphine in 2017, a 29% drop. Common opioids:Opioids bind to receptors in the brain and spinal cord, disrupting pain signals. They also activate the reward areas of the brain by releasing the hormone dopamine, creating a feeling of euphoria or a “high.” Opioids such as morphine and codeine are naturally derived from opium poppy plants more commonly grown in Asia, Central America and South America. Heroin is an illegal drug synthesized from morphine. Hydrocodone and oxycodone …

His Son Died In The Aurora Theater Shooting. The GOP Is Outraged He Supports Gun Control.

The jacket belongs to his son, Alex, who was murdered on his 27th birthday in 2012 when a gunman burst into the Aurora movie theater where he was watching a Batman movie and opened fire. Twelve people were murdered and another 58 wounded. His efforts paid off: The Air Force veteran and former postal worker beat incumbent Cole Wist (R) with 54 percent of the vote to become the first Democrat ever to hold the seat. Once in office, Sullivan He also helped he has said he thought gun advocates would support because they often seek to shift the blame for gun violence from  For his efforts, however, Colorado Republicans and an extreme gun advocacy group called Rocky Mountain Gun …

Deadliest Mass Shootings in Modern US History Fast Facts

(CNN)Here is a list of the deadliest single day mass shootings in US history from 1949 to the present. 32 killed – April 16, 2007 – Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. A gunman, 23-year-old student Seung-Hui Cho, goes on a shooting spree killing 32 people in two locations and wounding an undetermined number of others on campus. The shooter dies by suicide. 27 killed – December 14, 2012 – Sandy Hook Elementary School – Newtown, Connecticut. Adam Lanza, 20, guns down 20 children, ages six and seven, and six adults, school staff and faculty, before turning the gun on himself. Investigating police later find Nancy Lanza, Adam’s mother, dead from a gunshot wound. 25 and an unborn child killed – …

I Was An NBA Wife. Here’s How It Affected My Mental Health.

Walking into the Bradley Center, I could feel the excitement. The fans, the bass-heavy music blaring, the smell of popcorn and the bright lights of the Jumbotron: This was the symphony better known as an NBA pregame. This was my first game as the fiancée of the Milwaukee Buck franchise player Michael Redd.  My heart raced as I politely passed by the other, impeccably dressed ladies. When I looked down at myself, I saw the schoolteacher and preacher’s kid I was ― I looked professional but far from glamorous. Every single detail of these women was perfectly in place, down to their shoes, which were equally as amazing as their handbags. I was completely out of my element, and my …

Jennie Garth Shares A ‘Sign’ From Luke Perry While Filming ‘90210’ Revival – Perez Hilton

Do you believe in signs? Jennie Garth does! And she believes she got one from Luke Perry while filming the Beverly Hills: 90210 revival in Vancouver with OG cast members Shannen Doherty, Gabrielle Carteris, Tori Spelling, Brian Austin Green, Ian Ziering, and Jason Priestley. The 47-year-old shared a snap on Instagram when she saw a literal sign called McKay Road, AKA the name of her late costar’s beloved character Dylan McKay: Unfortunately, there have reportedly been some bumps in the road while filming the new series. Miz Doherty addressed the rumors via IG with a caption on a screenshot of an online headline that read: Writers Quit ‘Beverly Hills 90210’ Amid Rumors Lead Actresses Are ‘Running The Show.’ As we reported, the …

The U.S. Army asked a simple question. The heartbreaking answers revealed a tragic reality.

A simple question from the U.S. Army’s Twitter account resulted in a flood of responses they probably weren’t expecting. Leading up to Memorial Day, the U.S. Army shared a video on their Twitter account showing a soldier’s words about what serving in the military has meant to him. The young scout, Pfc. Nathan Spencer, says he joined to serve something greater than himself. “The army has afforded me the opportunity to do just that. To give to others, to protect the ones I love, and to better myself as a man and a warrior.” Then they asked Twitter the question, “How has serving impacted you?” How has serving impacted you? — U.S. Army (@USArmy) May 23, 2019 Presumably, the U.S. …

India’s economy stumbles badly as Narendra Modi begins his second term

New Delhi (CNN Business)Narendra Modi just won a second term as prime minister of India. His most urgent task will be getting the country’s economy back on track. Yet growth has eroded over the past three quarters after hitting 8% in the middle of 2018. Another set of figures released on Friday revealed that India’s unemployment rate hit 6.1% in the fiscal year ended 2018 — reportedly the country’s highest in over four decades. An estimated 12 million young Indians join the workforce every year, and the country needs to grow much faster in order to provide jobs for all of them. The mammoth task of reversing the slump will fall to India’s new Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who took …