Pop Culture Madness World News http://pcmworldnews.com/news Sat, 06 Feb 2016 09:00:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://pcmworldnews.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/512x512-55491dc7v1_site_icon-32x32.png Pop Culture Madness World News http://pcmworldnews.com/news 32 32 Sir Thomas More Born February 7, 1478 http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/02/sir-thomas-more-born-february-7-1478/ Sat, 06 Feb 2016 09:00:55 +0000 http://pop-culture.net/news/?p=4215 Thomas-MoreSir Thomas More or Saint Thomas More is one of the great figures in both political and religious history.  To Henry The VIII he was a good friend and confidant as well as an enemy and a betrayer of England.  To Catholics he is a saint and was martyred for his Catholic faith.  For Protestants he was no hero to the faith as he stood against the reformation.  Thomas More was a complex man living in a complex time.

Thomas More was born on February 7, 1478 and died on July 6, 1535.  During his lifetime he was a lawyer an author a statesman and Lord High Chancellor of England as well as a renascences humanist.  He is even highly regarded in Russia as an early communist do to his view on property in his Book Utopia.

There is much to write about More.  He didn’t start out to be a Lawyer but a monk, he soon came to realize that the life of a Monk was not for him.  He was a pious man that firmly believed in the tenets of The Catholic Church and The Popes rule of the Church.  He was in conflict with Martin Luther and … More...

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Thomas-MoreSir Thomas More or Saint Thomas More is one of the great figures in both political and religious history.  To Henry The VIII he was a good friend and confidant as well as an enemy and a betrayer of England.  To Catholics he is a saint and was martyred for his Catholic faith.  For Protestants he was no hero to the faith as he stood against the reformation.  Thomas More was a complex man living in a complex time.

Thomas More was born on February 7, 1478 and died on July 6, 1535.  During his lifetime he was a lawyer an author a statesman and Lord High Chancellor of England as well as a renascences humanist.  He is even highly regarded in Russia as an early communist do to his view on property in his Book Utopia.

There is much to write about More.  He didn’t start out to be a Lawyer but a monk, he soon came to realize that the life of a Monk was not for him.  He was a pious man that firmly believed in the tenets of The Catholic Church and The Popes rule of the Church.  He was in conflict with Martin Luther and William Tyndale when the reformation began.

Henry the VIII was married to Catherin of Aragon for a number of years and she had not produced a male heir for him, though she did have two daughters Mary and Elizabeth.  This was the 14th century and so science had not yet discovered that men were the ones that decided the sex of a child.  Henry wanted a male heir to his throne and appealed to the Pope to allow him to divorce in order for him to marry Anne Boleyn.  The Pope refused to allow this.  After several attempts to persuade the Pope to allow the divorce, Henry made the decision that England would break with the Catholic Church.

It is here that we must pause a moment.  The reformation of the church was brought about by Martin Luther.  Luther recognized that the clergy and the church itself had become corrupt.  The selling of indulgences to get you or a loved one out of purgatory was a common practice,  As well as the worshipping of relics.

An indulgence was given for a certain act performed or a certain amount of money paid.  You could make a pilgrimage to The Holy Land or Rome and receive one thousand or more years out of purgatory, the greater the offering or act the more years taken off.

 A relic is a piece of something owned by a saint or Jesus himself.  At the time many were selling pieces of the “true” cross, in fact so many people were selling these that the cross of Jesus must have been made out of an entire forest of wood.  Actually pieces of the true cross are still available on E-Bay today.  They range from $285.00 to $3200.00.   There were also major discrepancies between the Bible and the practices of the Catholic Church.  These became more and more apparent as Luther read more and more of The New Testament.  

Henry did not, at first, want a break from the Catholic Church.  He was considered a defender of The Church, but he also knew what he wanted, and in the end made the church of England separate from the church of Rome, and made himself Ruler of the Church of England thereby allowing himself the divorce he desired. 

Thomas More could not openly disagree with Henry and so he stayed silent on the matter.  Whenever he was asked about Henry being the head of the church More’s reply would be that “he was a faithful subject to the king.”   Henry however wanted More’s approval and so he made the noblemen of England take an Oath of Supremacy.  This Thomas More would not do.  First Henry had More locked in the tower of London.  More still would not take the oath.  So on July 6, 1535 Henry had More beheaded.  His head was then placed on traitors gate, a part of London Bridge, where it is said his daughter Margaret took it.

What happened to More’s head is uncertain.  We do know two things.  More’s daughter’s married name was Roper.  In 1824 a lead box was found in The Roper Family Vault at St. Dustan’s in Canterbury.  In that box was a head which is presumed to be Thomas More’s the head was put on display in St. Dustan’s for a time and then returned to the family vault   In 1978 the vault was opened again and the head still is there in its lead box.  DNA testing was unavailable in 1978 so it would take another opening for final proof.  Since his daughter is also in the crypt a DNA test is possible.  More’s body is reportedly buried in The Tower Of London, but there are other claims to that sight as well.

More’s writing, those pieces which still endure, are still considered relevant today.

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February 6 in Pop Culture History http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/02/february-6-in-pop-culture-history/ Sat, 06 Feb 2016 05:01:30 +0000 http://pop-culture.net/news/?p=4109 06February 6 in Pop Culture History

Today is Bob Marley Day in Jamaica and Ethiopia. (He was born on Feb. 6, 1945)

1819 – Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles founded Singapore.

1820 – The first 86 African American immigrants sponsored by the American Colonization Society left New York to start a settlement in present-day Liberia.

1843 – The first minstrel show in the United States, The Virginia Minstrels, opened at the Bowery Amphitheatre in New York City.

1891 – The Dalton Gang’s first attempt at train robbery failed. Bob, Grat, and Bill Dalton unsuccessfully tried to rob a Southern Pacific train near Alila, California.

1926 – The National Football League (NFL) adopted a rule that made players ineligible for competition until their college class graduated.

1928 – A woman calling herself Anastasia Tschaikovsky and claiming to be the youngest daughter of the murdered czar of Russia arrived in New York City. In 1991, DNA evidence indicated she was not the Russian princess.

1933 – The 20th Amendment to the Constitution was declared in effect, making the start of presidential, vice-presidential and congressional terms from March to January.

1937 – John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men was published.

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Today is Bob Marley Day in Jamaica and Ethiopia. (He was born on Feb. 6, 1945)

1819 – Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles founded Singapore.

1820 – The first 86 African American immigrants sponsored by the American Colonization Society left New York to start a settlement in present-day Liberia.

1843 – The first minstrel show in the United States, The Virginia Minstrels, opened at the Bowery Amphitheatre in New York City.

1891 – The Dalton Gang’s first attempt at train robbery failed. Bob, Grat, and Bill Dalton unsuccessfully tried to rob a Southern Pacific train near Alila, California.

1926 – The National Football League (NFL) adopted a rule that made players ineligible for competition until their college class graduated.

1928 – A woman calling herself Anastasia Tschaikovsky and claiming to be the youngest daughter of the murdered czar of Russia arrived in New York City. In 1991, DNA evidence indicated she was not the Russian princess.

1933 – The 20th Amendment to the Constitution was declared in effect, making the start of presidential, vice-presidential and congressional terms from March to January.

1937 – John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men was published.

1952 – Queen Elizabeth II succeeded to the British throne.

1959 – The first patent for an integrated circuit (computer chip) was filed by Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments.

1959 – At Cape Canaveral, the first successful test firing of a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile.

1965 – # 1 Hit February 6, 1965 – February 19, 1965: Righteous BrothersYou’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’

1971 – Astronaut Alan B. Shepard used a six-iron that he had brought inside his spacecraft and swung at three golf balls on the surface of the moon. He said it went for “miles and miles.”

1978 (Blizzard) The Blizzard of 1978 – One of the worst Nor’easters in New England history, hit the region, with sustained winds of 65 mph and snowfall of four inches an hour.

1982 – # 1 Hit February 6, 1982 – March 19, 1982: The J. Geils BandCenterfold

1985 – The French mineral water company, Perrier, debuted its first new product in 123 years. The new items were water with a twist of lemon, lime or orange.

1988 – # 1 Hit February 6, 1988 – February 19, 1988: TiffanyCould’ve Been

1998 – Washington National Airport was renamed the Ronald Reagan National Airport.

2000 – First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton formally declared that she was a candidate for a U.S. Senate seat from the state of New York.

2005 – American Dad premiered on FOX

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The Story Behind Why George Miller’s Justice League was Cancelled http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/02/the-story-behind-why-george-millers-justice-league-was-cancelled/ Fri, 05 Feb 2016 20:56:41 +0000 http://www.ageofthenerd.com/?p=5857 George Miller finally talks about what happened to his never-made Justice League movie!

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George Miller is an interesting filmmaker. Not only has he had his fair share of triumphs (Mad Max: Fury Road being chief among these) and disappointments. Between these valleys and peaks are the films that never got made. Now, every filmmaker has many films that almost got made, but few ever have one that would have been a masterpiece.

Mad Max: Fury Road certainly almost fell culprit to that when it literally got stuck in production hell for over two decades. But for George Miller, one of these never to be made films was his interpretation of Justice League. Hell, they’re even making a documentary about the Justice League movie that never was. But what happened, exactly?

In a recent interview with THR, Miller spoke about many aspects of his career. During said discussion, Miller’s failed Justice League film was mentioned. Here’s what miller had to say about the whole ordeal:

Justice League was the main one. That was, oh, seven years ago, I think. And there was a really great script. And Warners said, ‘Let’s do it. Let’s do a Justice League.’ I really was attracted to it. But there was a writers strike looming. We had to cast it very quickly, which we did with Warner’s casting people. And we cast it really quickly and we mounted it very quickly. And it depended on a start date and it depended on some basic rebate legislation that had just got through a new Australian government. But it was just too big a decision for them to make in the time. And that fell through and the whole film fell through. We almost got there. And it wasn’t to be. But that happens a lot, where films line up and the stars look like they’re aligning and they didn’t.

Miller’s film, titled Justice League Mortal, had a fleshed out pre-production process, as well as a fully formed cast. Here’s a photo that stuntman Greg Van Borssum revealed of almost all of the cast members back in 2007, when the film was scheduled for release sometime in 2009.

The film was set to star:

  •  Armie Hammer as Batman
  • Adam Brody as The Flash
  • DJ Cotrona as Superman
  • Megan Gale as Wonderwoman
  • Common as Green Lantern
  • Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman
  • Teresa Palmer as Talia Al Ghul
  • Zoe Kazan as Iris Allen
  • Hugh Keays-Byrne as Martian Manhunter
  • Jay Baruchel as Maxwell Lord.

The sad part about all of this is that the film ultimately seemed to fall apart based on the most mundane circumstances possible. I’m sure that the aforementioned documentary will dig into this a little deeper and surely find more of a concrete, dramatic reason why the film eventually did not happen. Regardless, George Miller’s Justice League Mortal will always be in one of those valleys in his career, a true question mark. How do you feel about a George Miller-helmed Justice League film? Let us know in the comments!

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Beauty and the Beast Brings Magic to Philadelphia http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/02/beauty-and-the-beast-brings-magic-to-philadelphia/ Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:27:35 +0000 http://pcmreviews.com/news/?p=26575 (PCM) When stage actor Kevin Kulp isn’t singing or dancing his heart out in the enchanting touring production of “Beauty and the Beast,” he finds other outlets for his creativity. At age 24, the Morristown, N.J. native is thrilled to be coming back home for the Philadelphia return of the smash hit Broadway musical from February 16-21, as part of the Broadway Philadelphia 2015-2016 season. The current touring show, which is produced by NETworks Presentations, reunites the creators of the original Broadway production, and promises the same magical experience. Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who […]

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(PCM) When stage actor Kevin Kulp isn’t singing or dancing his heart out in the enchanting touring production of “Beauty and the Beast,” he finds other outlets for his creativity.

At age 24, the Morristown, N.J. native is thrilled to be coming back home for the Philadelphia return of the smash hit Broadway musical from February 16-21, as part of the Broadway Philadelphia 2015-2016 season.

The current touring show, which is produced by NETworks Presentations, reunites the creators of the original Broadway production, and promises the same magical experience.

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

Based on the 1991 Oscar-winning animated film and celebrating 21 years since its Broadway premiere in 1994, “Beauty and the Beast” is the 9th longest running musical in Broadway history. It has become an international sensation seen by more than 35 million people worldwide in 22 countries, and translated into nine different languages. This production began in February 2010 and has been seen by nearly three million people.

“It’s always a special treat when we’re able to invite families and theater loves to come to the relive a classic like Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” said Kimmel Center President and CEO Anne Ewers. “This treasured story, now brought back to life by the Broadway production’s original creators, is sure to be a must-see for fans of all ages.”

Kulp plays a townsperson and enchanted object. His credits include: “Anything Goes”  at The Marriott Theatre, “Miss Saigon”  at the Walnut Street Theatre and Signature Theatre, “A Chorus Line” (Paul), and “The King and I” at the Walnut Street Theatre and Olney Theatre.

Q: When did you join the current tour of “Beauty and the Beast?”

KEVIN KULP: I joined the tour in August. We had three weeks of rehearsal in New York City and we left for the road in September and I am contracted to be with the show until the end of July. It was a long audition process, with lots of call backs. I was there tumbling, singing and acting. We are in Daytona Beach, Florida today and soon head to Philly – my back yard.

Q: Where did you grow up?

KK: Morristown, N.J. Right outside of Philly.

Q: When did you first get the acting bug?

KK: It started when I was little. I sang with the Philadelphia Boys Choir with four years and traveled with them, and we sang a lot of songs from musicals. I was also in The Nutcracker every year at the Academy of Music where “Beauty and the Beast” will be performed so that is thrilling. I loved performing every day and I guess you could say it started from there.

Q: You have tons of local connections?

KK: Yes. I graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, and was in a few shows at the Walnut Street Theater.

Q: Coming home must be exciting. Who is coming to see the show?

KK: I have had lots of friends from Florida, Portland, and L.A. seeing the show at various venues. Now my hometown friends and my family will be coming to Philly, so that is really special to me to be able to share it with them.

Q: Are there any other performers in your family?

KK: No, I am the only one.

Q: Have your parent been supportive or concerned about a show business career?

KK: My parents have been encouraging; they have been truly amazing. They have been my number one supporters since I was little. They have always driven me to auditions and helped in any way that they could.

Q: What do you love about this show?

KK: I love performing in front of an audience every night, and “Beauty and the Beast” is such a fun show it is hard to love it. When you see young children, families and several generations all sharing this, it is really gratifying to see that such a loved musical that everyone has some connection to.

Q: What are some of your of your other favorite Broadway musicals?

KK: I love the classic Rogers and Hammerstein musicals — shows like “Carousel” and “Sound of Music.” I also have a friend from college who is in the current 50th anniversary production of “Fiddler on the Roof” on Broadway.

Q: Are there surprises being part of a tour like this?

KK: Yes, the traveling. You don’t realize what it’s going to be like constantly being on the go – packing and unpacking and checking into the different hotels. We don’t have any breaks so we can always moving and exploring the cities during the day and performing at night. It is great; but so much more involved than I thought. I didn’t realize the entirety of touring before I did it.

Q: How do you relax when on tour?

KK: A lot of times we will just go out and explore. A lot of the dancers get massages since we are constantly on our feet. The temperature is going up to the high 70s today in Daytona, so many of us will head to the beach.

Q: What else do you do to chill out on the road?

KK: I really like music. I have made a lot of play lists on the road and get the chance to listen to full albums during our travel days. Music is one of my main relaxation outlets. I also really like photography, so I do a lot of photo blogging on Instagram. [Please follow him on Instagram @Kulpy].

Q: Being on the road – what do you miss the most?

KK: My family and friends. And little things – like having a kitchen and being able to cook. Being constantly on the move and being in hotels you don’t get to cook. But sometimes we share an apartment and we can cook.

Q: What is the initial dream versus the reality of your career?

KK: Five years ago the dream would be to tour and travel – exactly what I am doing now. You don’t really don’t know what tour life is like until you do it. Going places on a bus. Living out of a suitcase and performing eight shows a week. It is not a normal life. We perform throughout Christmas and the New Year’s season. We don’t get weekends or holidays off. So I am living the dream – but the reality is that it is also a job and hard work, albeit work that I truly love.

Q: Were you familiar with “Beauty and the Beast” before this tour?

KK: My childhood friend played Chip on Broadway when he was younger and we went to see it together after he retired. So, I have a long history with the show. And we have the same creative team that mounted the show in the ‘90s. so it was really great to be working with the same artistic team that presented it then.

Q: I hear you become good friends with those on tour. Are you pals with your roommate?

KK: Yes. I have an amazing roommate and he is one of my closest friends now. I know that we will remain friends after the tour. We will be sharing an apartment in downtown Toronto when we get there and can escape the hotel living and cook some nice meals. I look forward to that.

Q: Do you have any advice to young people who want to follow in your footsteps in pursing musical theater, theater or an entertainment career?

KK: Yes. I would advise someone to really think if this is what your passion is and if you want to make this your career, because you may get 100 rejections before you get a part or an offer. Even after all that you can never get disappointed in yourself, you can’t let the last rejection affect the rest of your day. If this is what you love to do, you need to put yourself out there and something is bound to come out of the auditions and stick. I would also say, audition, audition, audition!

Tickets for Beauty and the Beast and other Philadelphia Broadway series shows may be purchased by calling (215) 893-1999, visiting www.kimmelcenter.org, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. For group of 10 or more call (215) 790-5883.

For more tour information, visit www.beautyandthebeastontour.com.

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Conspiracy Theorists Claim Ancient Greek Sculpture Depicts A Laptop Computer http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/02/conspiracy-theorists-claim-ancient-greek-sculpture-depicts-a-laptop-computer/ Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:20:25 +0000 http://amyth.com/?p=2908 (PCM) Conspiracy theorists are now claiming solid evidence of time travel, as they feel the ancient Greek sculpture, “Grave Naiskos of an Enthroned Woman with an Attendant” depicts the female assistant holding a laptop computer with two USB ports. Historians are countering this claim by saying that this assistant is actually holding a wax tablet, however we have to say it does look eerily similar to a laptop. The ancient Greeks were using wax tablets since the 14th century B.C. The conspiracy started after YouTuber “StillSpeakingOut” brought up the sculpture saying “I am not saying that this is depicting an ancient laptop computer. But when I look at the sculpture I can’t […]

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(PCM) Conspiracy theorists are now claiming solid evidence of time travel, as they feel the ancient Greek sculpture, “Grave Naiskos of an Enthroned Woman with an Attendant” depicts the female assistant holding a laptop computer with two USB ports.

Historians are countering this claim by saying that this assistant is actually holding a wax tablet, however we have to say it does look eerily similar to a laptop. The ancient Greeks were using wax tablets since the 14th century B.C.

The conspiracy started after YouTuber “StillSpeakingOut” brought up the sculpture saying “I am not saying that this is depicting an ancient laptop computer. But when I look at the sculpture I can’t help but think about the Oracle of Delphi, which was supposed to allow the priests to connect with the gods to retrieve advanced information and various aspects.” Seems almost like an ancient description of the internet.

The J.Paul Getty Museum has an image of the sculpture on their website with the following description “the sculpture shows a woman “Lounging in a cushioned armchair… [She] reaches out to touch the lid of a shallow chest held by a servant girl.” It was created in approximately 100 B.C.

Paranormal investigators and conspiracy theorist claim that it is the holes pictured in the side of the box-shaped object that appear to be USB ports that support their claim. They say that those types of holes do not appear in ancient Greek depictions of objects such as ladies’ vanity cases, jewel boxes, or wax tablets, so therefore it must be a depiction of an object from the future.

Either way it is definitely food for thought. What do you think? Evidence of time travel or just a wax tablet?

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My Journey to Health, Short and Sweet http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/02/my-journey-to-health-short-and-sweet/ Fri, 05 Feb 2016 09:00:56 +0000 http://pcmlifestyle.com/?p=32333 wishes-nighttime-spectaculaToday’s column will be short…and sweet.  It hasn’t been a good day and I hope to be asleep as early as possible.

Today I went into one of the worst depressive battles of my life.  It didn’t last long but it hurt a lot.

I got up at 6:30 and walked the dog.  I knew I was dropping within the hour and by 8:30 all I could do was lie on my bed and stair ahead feeling nothing much more than emotional pain that came from nowhere.

Around 9:30 my father came in the room and told me some news that I was not ready to hear.  It wasn’t bad news at all, but it was upsetting for me.  I put on a face, encouraged him, and as soon as he was gone the tears started to come.  Now I was depressed and dealing with a legitimate emotion at the same time.… Full Story

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wishes-nighttime-spectaculaToday’s column will be short…and sweet.  It hasn’t been a good day and I hope to be asleep as early as possible.

Today I went into one of the worst depressive battles of my life.  It didn’t last long but it hurt a lot.

I got up at 6:30 and walked the dog.  I knew I was dropping within the hour and by 8:30 all I could do was lie on my bed and stair ahead feeling nothing much more than emotional pain that came from nowhere.

Around 9:30 my father came in the room and told me some news that I was not ready to hear.  It wasn’t bad news at all, but it was upsetting for me.  I put on a face, encouraged him, and as soon as he was gone the tears started to come.  Now I was depressed and dealing with a legitimate emotion at the same time.

The tears and pain continued throughout the day.  I contacted my small group leader and he encouraged me as best he could.  I was relieved someone knew what was happening.  Not long after I sent out a group e-mail asking for prayer and some folks got back to me quickly support doesn’t take it away but it makes it a bit easier to bear.

At 3:00 I called my psychiatrist.  By that time I could not form sentences, I was stuttering and crying at the same time.  I didn’t know what else to do and was getting ready to take myself to the hospital or find someone who could take me.  I tried to write this column but what came out of me was not worth reading.

Around four o’clock I “officially” went to bed.  If I slept there would be no pain, I had slept well the night before so I wasn’t sure I would sleep at all.  But I did.  At 6:30 the phone rang and I answered it.  It was a friend calling to see how I was.  I told him about the day, but I began to realize something was different.  I didn’t want to say anything.  I didn’t trust it.  I hung up and realized I was really me again.  Emotionally I was working well.

And so it is now.

This was a battle and a win, a new win at that.  Never had I had this type of depression lasted this short a time.  Never would this column have been written before.  The only real difference was that I reached out to many people who on my behalf prayed for me.  Believe when I tell you it was not something I could do for myself.

One more thing, something I want to reiterate every chance I get.  If you ever feel like you are going to harm yourself or others GO TO THE HOSPITAL!  I don’t want anyone who reads these columns to ever find themselves in a place where they won’t go.  I want you alive.  So do many others, even at the times you can’t believe that in any way.

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Earth, Wind & Fire Founder Maurice White Dead At Age 74 http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/02/earth-wind-fire-founder-maurice-white-dead-at-age-74/ Fri, 05 Feb 2016 07:46:14 +0000 http://unskinnypop.com/?p=48287 (PCM) It is with great sadness that we have learned Earth, Wind & Fire founder and leader Maurice White has passed away at the age of 74.  White is best known for co-writing some of the groups biggest hits such as “Shining Star”, “September” and “Sing A Song”. The news of his passing was confirmed in a Facebook posting from his brother Verdine White. Verdine wrote: “My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep. While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected as we start what will be a very difficult and life […]

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(PCM) It is with great sadness that we have learned Earth, Wind & Fire founder and leader Maurice White has passed away at the age of 74.  White is best known for co-writing some of the groups biggest hits such as “Shining Star”, “September” and “Sing A Song”. The news of his passing was confirmed in a Facebook posting from his brother Verdine White.

Verdine wrote: “My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep. While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected as we start what will be a very difficult and life changing transition in our lives. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes.”

Maurice White founded Earth, Wind & Fire in 1969 and the band’s soulful and upbeat tunes ruled the airwaves throughout the 70’s and 80’s. Their music was passed down from generation to generation, as it was easily relatable and spoke to an individuals soul.  The music of Earth, Wind & Fire is a mosaic of genre with elements of funk, rock, jazz and blues.  The musical landscape has no doubt suffered yet another irreplaceable loss.

In countless interviews White claimed that the band’s main objective was to create uplifting music and spread the message of positivity and they without a doubt succeeded. Our sincere condolences go out to Maurice White’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.

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February 5 in Pop Culture History http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/02/february-5-in-pop-culture-history/ Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:01:58 +0000 http://pop-culture.net/news/?p=4093 05

February 5 in Pop Culture History

Weatherperson’s Day, named after the birthday (Feb 5, 1744) of early US weatherman, John Jeffries.

62 – Pompeii earthquake (not to be confused with the Great Earthquake of 79)

1783 (Earthquake) Calabria, Italy

1824 – Samuel Vaughan Merrick and William H. Keating founded “The Franklin Institute of the State of Pennsylvania for the Promotion of the Mechanic Arts” in Philadelphia.

1846 – The Oregon Spectator became the first newspaper published on the Pacific coast, in Oregon City.

1883 – The Southern Pacific Railroad completed its transcontinental “Sunset Route” from New Orleans to California.

1917 – The Congress of the United States passed the Immigration Act of 1917. Also known as the Asiatic Barred Zone Act, and it forbade immigration from nearly all of south and southeast Asia.

1919 – Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffith launch United Artists.

1929 – A runner’s ‘starting blocks’ (Foot Support) patent (#1,701,026) was issued to George T. Bresnahan of Iowa City, Iowa

1936 – The last silent film of the era, Modern Times, was released by Charlie Chaplin.

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Weatherperson’s Day, named after the birthday (Feb 5, 1744) of early US weatherman, John Jeffries.

62 – Pompeii earthquake (not to be confused with the Great Earthquake of 79)

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1824 – Samuel Vaughan Merrick and William H. Keating founded “The Franklin Institute of the State of Pennsylvania for the Promotion of the Mechanic Arts” in Philadelphia.

1846 – The Oregon Spectator became the first newspaper published on the Pacific coast, in Oregon City.

1883 – The Southern Pacific Railroad completed its transcontinental “Sunset Route” from New Orleans to California.

1917 – The Congress of the United States passed the Immigration Act of 1917. Also known as the Asiatic Barred Zone Act, and it forbade immigration from nearly all of south and southeast Asia.

1919 – Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffith launch United Artists.

1929 – A runner’s ‘starting blocks’ (Foot Support) patent (#1,701,026) was issued to George T. Bresnahan of Iowa City, Iowa

1936 – The last silent film of the era, Modern Times, was released by Charlie Chaplin.

1953 – Walt Disney film Peter Pan opened at the Roxy Theatre in New York City.

1955 – # 1 Hit February 5, 1955 – February 11, 1955: The Fontane SistersHearts Of Stone

1958 – A hydrogen bomb, known as the Tybee Bomb, was lost by the US Air Force off the coast of Savannah, Georgia, and was never found.

1966 – # 1 Hit February 5, 1966 – February 18, 1966: Petula ClarkMy Love

1972 – Bob Douglas became the first African America to be inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

1977 – # 1 Hit February 5, 1977 – February 18, 1977: Mary MacGregorTorn Between Two Lovers

1983 – # 1 Hit February 5, 1983 – February 18, 1983: TotoAfrica

1988 – Manuel Noriega was indicted on drug smuggling and money laundering charges.

1999 – Mike Tyson was sentenced to a year in jail for assaulting two people after a car accident on August 31, 1998. Tyson was also fined $5,000, had to serve 2 years of probation, and had to perform 200 hours of community service upon release.

2000 – Kelly Ripa officially joined Regis Philbin on Live!

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Check out this Deadpool IMAX Featurette http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/02/check-out-this-deadpool-imax-featurette/ Thu, 04 Feb 2016 22:47:41 +0000 http://www.ageofthenerd.com/?p=5834 Here's a new Deadpool IMAX Featurette!

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Hot off of the heels of some interesting Deadpool PSA’s, Fox have released a small Deadpool IMAX featurette focusing on why the the film is so fitting for the format. What I love about Tim Miller is that me seems so real. He’s not doing this film for himself, he’s doing the film because he loves the character so much. That’s something that I’m willing to support.

With Deadpool less than two weeks away, It’s hard not to be excited. That is unless you’re a teenager. Then you’s just have to wait. But for those of us that don’t, this new IMAX featurette scratches the itch that we all have for this Deadpool movie. At this point, let’s just hope that the movie can live up to the insanely large expectations that we all have seem to put on it.

Here’s the Deadpool IMAX Featurette:

Here’s the official synopsis for Deadpool:

Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

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Deadpool opens on February 12, 2016.

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Sports Illustrated Is Teaming Up With TNT To Turn It’s Swimsuit Edition Into A TV Special http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/02/sports-illustrated-is-teaming-up-with-tnt-to-turn-its-swimsuit-edition-into-a-tv-special/ Thu, 04 Feb 2016 20:13:07 +0000 http://pcm-tv.com/news/?p=26353 Continue reading ]]> SI-Swim

(TNT) Sports Illustrated, a Time Inc. media property, IMG and TNT are teaming up for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 Revealed, a first-of-its-kind broadcast event that will culminate with the unveiling of the 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model. Actor, comedian and recording artist Nick Cannon and The Librarians star and Skin Wars host Rebecca Romijn are set to lead the festivities, which will celebrate the amazing women in this year’s edition, including Nina Agdal, Irina Shayk, Chrissy Teigen, Gigi Hadid, Emily DiDonato, Erin Heatherton, Chanel Iman and more. Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 Revealed will air Saturday, Feb. 13, at 10:30 p.m. (ET) / 7:30 p.m. (PT) dur ing NBA All-Star Weekend on TNT, following the network’s coverage of State Farm NBA All-Star Saturday Night.

As part of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 Revealed, model/entrepreneur Elle Macpherson will be honored with the Jule Campbell Award in recognition of her iconic modeling career and business acumen. Supermodel Chrissy Teigen will present the award to Macpherson, who has appeared on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover a record five times.

Joining the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 Revealed celebration will be three-time Grammy winner NE-YO, alongside Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, who will perform the single “Higher Place” for the first time on television. In addition, the special will introduce the final six contestants in Sports Illustrated’s nationwide search for the next SI Swimsuit model. Viewers at home will be able to vote for their favorites, ensuring one lucky woman’s spot in the 2017 edition.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 Revealed is being produced by Time Inc./Sports Illustrated and IMG Original Content.

Keep up-to-date:

Website: www.si.com/swimsuit/2016
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/SIswimsuit
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SISwimsuit
Twitter: twitter.com/SI_Swimsuit
Instagram: www.instagram.com/si_swimsuit
Snapchat: ‘siswim’
Official Hashtag: #SiSwim

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Subway Announces The End Of Their $5 Footlong Promotion http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/02/subway-announces-the-end-of-their-5-footlong-promotion/ Thu, 04 Feb 2016 15:07:18 +0000 http://pcmlifestyle.com/?p=32326 Subway

(PCM) After 10 years of plugging and becoming quite well-known for $5 footlong sandwiches, Subway has revealed that they are bringing the promotion to an end. The fast food chain has been offering the $5 footlong promotion since 2007, but due to a recent decline in sales they will now be offering footlong sandwiches for $6 instead.

While the raise in price by a dollar may not seem like that much to some, for many each and every dollar counts and it could mean the difference of choosing an alternative restaurant to grab lunch.  While Subway, themselves, have not yet commented on the footlong price hike, only making the initial announcement, many speculate that the company has continued to see a decline in sales due to the recent underage sex scandal by former company spokesman Jared Fogle.… Full Story

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(PCM) After 10 years of plugging and becoming quite well-known for $5 footlong sandwiches, Subway has revealed that they are bringing the promotion to an end. The fast food chain has been offering the $5 footlong promotion since 2007, but due to a recent decline in sales they will now be offering footlong sandwiches for $6 instead.

While the raise in price by a dollar may not seem like that much to some, for many each and every dollar counts and it could mean the difference of choosing an alternative restaurant to grab lunch.  While Subway, themselves, have not yet commented on the footlong price hike, only making the initial announcement, many speculate that the company has continued to see a decline in sales due to the recent underage sex scandal by former company spokesman Jared Fogle.

Fogle was sentenced to 15 years in prison and despite the fact that he was only the Subway spokesman from 2000 to 2008, consumers still strongly associate him with the brand. Subway has made great attempt to distance themselves from the Fogle PR scandal, however it seems that there is still a connection. The company has recently begun a brand new ad campaign which they have titled “Founders”.

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‘Gods of Egypt’ International Trailer http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/02/gods-of-egypt-international-trailer/ Thu, 04 Feb 2016 12:39:09 +0000 http://www.ageofthenerd.com/?p=5794 Check out the international trailer for Alex Proyas' Gods and Kings after the jump!

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Alex Proyas is such an oddity as a filmmaker. Not only does he make a film about every 4-6 years (last directorial effort was 2009’s Knowing), but his style can’t be pinned down to one particular thing. There has been one seeming constant as his career went on, a steady decrease in the quality of his films with each entry in his filmography. His forthcoming film, Gods of Egypt, looks to continue this trend of decreasing
quality. It almost looks as bad as the trailer for Ridley Scott’s Exodus.

Granted, Gods of Egypt looks much better in the sense that it’s so bad that it’s good. I don’t know if the film will have a self aware mentality, as this trailer seems fairly serious, but I just hope that the films will embrace it’s destined cheesiness. If anything else, you’ll get to see Gerard Butler ham it up for two hours. Check out the trailer below, along with the official synopsis.

 

Here’s the synopsis for Gods of Egypt:

In this spectacular action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt, the survival of mankind hangs in the balance as an unexpected mortal hero Bek [Brenton Thwaites] undertakes a thrilling journey to save the world and rescue his true love. In order to succeed, he must enlist the help of the powerful god Horus [Nikolaj Coster-Waldau] in an unlikely alliance against Set [Gerard Butler], the merciless god of darkness, who has usurped Egypt’s throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict.  As their breathtaking battle against Set and his henchmen takes them into the afterlife and across the heavens, both god and mortal must pass tests of courage and sacrifice if they hope to prevail in the epic final confrontation.

Gods of Egypt bursts into theaters on February 26, 2016.

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Will Ferrell Joins Jerry Seinfeld On The Season 7 Finale Of “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee” http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/02/will-ferrell-joins-jerry-seinfeld-on-the-season-7-finale-of-comedians-in-cars-getting-coffee/ Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:36:55 +0000 http://pcm-tv.com/news/?p=26350 Continue reading ]]> Crackle1

(Crackle) Jerry Seinfeld is joined by Will Ferrell for coffee, a trip to a local playground and a visit to a nearby surf shop in the season 7 finale of Jerry Seinfeld’s series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” NOW STREAMING ON CRACKLE. The duo rides around Los Angeles in a 1970 Plymouth SuperBird and chats about Will’s “Saturday Night Live” audition, Greece, sewage, cats and much more!

Guests featured throughout season 7 of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” include: President Barack Obama, Steve Martin, Kathleen Madigan, Garry Shandling, Sebastian Maniscalco and Will Ferrell.

Recently, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” won the PGA Award for “Outstanding Digital Series.” Sponsored by Acura, the series is executive produced by Jerry Seinfeld and Sony Pictures Televisions’ Embassy Row.

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“NOW That’s What I Call Rock” Is Finally Here And All We Can Say Is, It’s About Time! http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/02/now-thats-what-i-call-rock-is-finally-here-and-all-we-can-say-is-its-about-time/ Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:16:37 +0000 http://unskinnypop.com/?p=48276 (PCM) There couldn’t be a more perfect time for the release of the newest edition in the NOW multi-artist hit anthology series “NOW That’s What I Call Rock”! The release marks the first time that the NOW series has featured an all rock n’ roll compilation and it leaves us wondering what took them this long! The airwaves these days are filled with pop darlings and cookie-cutter one-hit wonders to the point of overkill and rock, which once ruled the charts, is much of the time overlooked. This compilation of chart-topping and best-selling rock hits proves with certainty that rock n’ roll is very much alive and well. It is a […]

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(PCM) There couldn’t be a more perfect time for the release of the newest edition in the NOW multi-artist hit anthology series “NOW That’s What I Call Rock”! The release marks the first time that the NOW series has featured an all rock n’ roll compilation and it leaves us wondering what took them this long!

The airwaves these days are filled with pop darlings and cookie-cutter one-hit wonders to the point of overkill and rock, which once ruled the charts, is much of the time overlooked. This compilation of chart-topping and best-selling rock hits proves with certainty that rock n’ roll is very much alive and well. It is a brilliant portrait of the current rock universe and features something for just about every taste.

The compilation features artists such as Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown, Fall Out Boy, as well as, newcomers  Failure Anthem, Devour The Day and Wolf Alice.  Of course there will always be complaints about which band’s didn’t make it onto this particular compilation, however overall it features a solid mix of artists who are continuing to pave the way for rock music into the future. Plus, we can only hope that this release will only lead to additional volumes for the “NOW That’s What I Call Rock” series!

The track list for “NOW That’s What I Call Rock” is as follows:

Artist / Track

Bring Me The Horizon – Throne
Shinedown – Cut The Cord
Fall Out Boy – Uma Thurman
Royal Blood – Little Monster
Seether – Words As Weapons
Cage The Elephant – Mess Around
The Struts – Could Have Been Me
Imagine Dragons – I Bet My Life
Cold War Kids – First
Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance
X Ambassadors – Renegades
Chris Cornell – Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – S.O.B
Elle King – Ex’s & Oh’s
Florence & The Machine – Ship To Wreck
Borns – Electric Love
Breaking Benjamin – Failure
Red Sun Rising – The Otherside

NOW Rock! – “What’s Next”:
Failture Anthem – Paralyzed
Devour The Day – Lightning In The Sky
Wolf Alice – Bros

We want to give 5 lucky site visitors a chance to win a copy of “NOW That’s What I Call Rock”. All you have to do is “Like” our page on Facebook and comment with your favorite “rock n’ roll” moment! Winners will be chosen at random and contest is open to U.S. residents only!

Enter now for a chance to win one of 5 copies of “NOW That’s What I Call Rock”! Comment below with your favorite “rock n’ roll” moment!

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The 9th Annual Roots Picnic Lineup Announced! http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/02/the-9th-annual-roots-picnic-lineup-announced/ Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:05:30 +0000 http://unskinnypop.com/?p=48275 (PCM) Broad City’s Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson announced the lineup for the 9th Annual Roots Picnic yesterday and it boasts a host of up-and-comers and some breakout artists from the past year. Taking place on Saturday, June 4th in Philadelphia at the Festival Pier, the 9th Annual Roots Picnic is being headlined by Future, who had a stellar year in 2015 with the release of his mixtape with Drake, What a Time To Be Alive, Leon Bridges, and Usher, who will be backed by the Roots. This year’s lineup, like all of the lineups before it, contains a mix of rap, hip hop, R&B, soul, and electronic. Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals, Blood Orange, […]

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(PCM) Broad City’s Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson announced the lineup for the 9th Annual Roots Picnic yesterday and it boasts a host of up-and-comers and some breakout artists from the past year.

Taking place on Saturday, June 4th in Philadelphia at the Festival Pier, the 9th Annual Roots Picnic is being headlined by Future, who had a stellar year in 2015 with the release of his mixtape with Drake, What a Time To Be Alive, Leon Bridges, and Usher, who will be backed by the Roots.

This year’s lineup, like all of the lineups before it, contains a mix of rap, hip hop, R&B, soul, and electronic.

Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals, Blood Orange, Kehlani, Kaytranada, Swizz Beats, Jidenna, Ibeyi, DMX, Metro Boomin, Migos, Lil Dicky, Willowsmith, Lolawolf, Everyday People feat. DJ mOma, Paris Monster, Rich Medina, Tish Hyman, Lil Uzi Vert, and Gogo Morrow will be all be playing the 9th Annual Roots Picnic alongside the Roots.

Presale tickets are currently on sale with general tickets going on sale Friday, February 5th at 12:00 pm EST.

For more info, check out RootsPicnic.com.

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February 4 in Pop Culture History http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/02/february-4-in-pop-culture-history/ Thu, 04 Feb 2016 05:01:12 +0000 http://pop-culture.net/news/?p=4089 04

February 4 in Pop Culture History

World Cancer Day

1703 – In Edo (Japan), 46 of the Forty-seven Ronin committed seppuku (ritual suicide) for avenging their master’s death.

1783 – Britain declared a formal cessation of hostilities with its American colonies, the United States.

1789 – George Washington was elected as the first president of the United States by the Electoral College.

1801 – John Marshall was sworn in as Chief Justice of the United States.

1825 – The Ohio Legislature authorized the construction of the Ohio and Erie Canal and the Miami and Erie Canal

1826 – The Last of the Mohicans by James Fennimore Cooper was published

1922 – Ford Motor Company acquired the failing luxury automaker Lincoln Motor Company for $8 million.

1932 – The Winter Olympics were held in the United States at Lake Placid, NY.

1935 – Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch premiered on CBS radio.

1936 – Radium (Ra) became the first radioactive element to be synthetically made.

1938 – Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs was released by Walt Disney.

1941 – Roy Plunkett received the patent (#2,230,654) for Tetrafluoroethylene Polymers’ (Teflon)

1941 – The USO (United Services Organization) was founded.

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February 4 in Pop Culture History

World Cancer Day

1703 – In Edo (Japan), 46 of the Forty-seven Ronin committed seppuku (ritual suicide) for avenging their master’s death.

1783 – Britain declared a formal cessation of hostilities with its American colonies, the United States.

1789 – George Washington was elected as the first president of the United States by the Electoral College.

1801 – John Marshall was sworn in as Chief Justice of the United States.

1825 – The Ohio Legislature authorized the construction of the Ohio and Erie Canal and the Miami and Erie Canal

1826 – The Last of the Mohicans by James Fennimore Cooper was published

1922 – Ford Motor Company acquired the failing luxury automaker Lincoln Motor Company for $8 million.

1932 – The Winter Olympics were held in the United States at Lake Placid, NY.

1935 – Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch premiered on CBS radio.

1936 – Radium (Ra) became the first radioactive element to be synthetically made.

1938 – Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs was released by Walt Disney.

1941 – Roy Plunkett received the patent (#2,230,654) for Tetrafluoroethylene Polymers’ (Teflon)

1941 – The USO (United Services Organization) was founded.

1957 – Smith-Corona began selling portable electric typewriters.

1961 – The Misfits, starring Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift, was released by United Artists

1965 (Earthquake) Rat Islands, Alaska

1974 – The Symbionese Liberation Army abducted 19 year-old Patty Hearst.

1978 – # 1 Hit February 4, 1978 – March 3, 1978: Bee GeesStayin’ Alive

1979 (Earthquake) Riobamba, Ecuador

1983 – Singer Karen Carpenter died of anorexia.

1984 – # 1 Hit February 4, 1984 – February 24, 1984: Culture ClubKarma Chameleon

1985 – President Ronald Reagan’s defense budget called for a tripling of the expenditure on the “Star Wars” research program.

1989 – # 1 Hit February 4, 1989 – February 10, 1989: SheriffWhen I’m with You

1991 – Pete Rose (aka Charlie Hustle) was banned ‘for life’ from the Baseball Hall of Fame due to the fact that he used to illegally gamble on games.

1992 – A coup d’état was led by Hugo Chávez against Venezuelan President Carlos Andrés Pérez.

1997 – A civil jury in California found O.J. Simpson liable in the death of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. Goldman’s parents were awarded $8.5 million in compensatory damages.

2004 – Facebook launched as “TheFacebook.com

2006 – # 1 Hit February 4, 2006 – March 10, 2006: Beyoncé featuring Slim ThugCheck on It

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Gimme A Break! Woman Is Seeking A Lifetime Supply Of Kit Kat Bars http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/02/gimme-a-break-woman-is-seeking-a-lifetime-supply-of-kit-kat-bars/ Wed, 03 Feb 2016 20:26:11 +0000 http://amyth.com/?p=2905 (PCM) A 20-year old college student by the name of Saima Ahmad definitely has an appetite for Kit Kat bars, as she is seeking a lifetime supply of them from the manufacture after purchasing some defective ones. It is unclear whether or not she just purchased from a bad batch, however Ahmad claims that out of the eight Kit Kat bars she purchased, none contained the crispy wafers inside, which happen to be a Kit Kat staple. Ahmad was so angered at the lack of wafer that she penned a letter to Kit Kat’s parent company Nestle to express her displeasure, as well as, request a lifetime supply of the […]

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(PCM) A 20-year old college student by the name of Saima Ahmad definitely has an appetite for Kit Kat bars, as she is seeking a lifetime supply of them from the manufacture after purchasing some defective ones. It is unclear whether or not she just purchased from a bad batch, however Ahmad claims that out of the eight Kit Kat bars she purchased, none contained the crispy wafers inside, which happen to be a Kit Kat staple.

Ahmad was so angered at the lack of wafer that she penned a letter to Kit Kat’s parent company Nestle to express her displeasure, as well as, request a lifetime supply of the candy as compensation. Her letter reads as follows:

‘The truth of the matter is; manufacturers owe a duty of care to consumers. The specific duty you owe in consistency in your manufacturing process. The failure to take due care in the manufacturing process resulted in a product being defective. As a result I feel as though I have been misled to part with my money and purchase a product that is clearly different from what has been marketed by Nestle. The loss I have suffered is of monetary and emotional significance. I would like a full refund of the defective pack of KitKat I purchased. I have also lost my faith in Nestle. Clearly, if I wanted to purchase a confectionery item that is purely chocolate, I would have purchased a bar of Galaxy. I would therefore like to request a life-long supply of KitKat so that I can act as a means of quality control – it appears you need me more than I need you.’

Ahmad goes on to stress what an important issue this is and hopes she will find support with others who have been disappointed by the company in the past! So far there has been no word from Nestle about a response to Ahmad letter or if she will indeed receive her lifetime supply of chocolate, but hey, a girl can dream!

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Rejoice! Ben & Jerry’s Is Now Offering Dairy-Free Ice Cream! http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/02/rejoice-ben-jerrys-is-now-offering-dairy-free-ice-cream/ Wed, 03 Feb 2016 20:10:50 +0000 http://pcmlifestyle.com/?p=32322 Ben-Jerrys-no-dairy

(PCM) After receiving hundreds of requests each and every year, Vermont ice cream makers Ben & Jerry’s have revealed that they will finally be offering up some non-dairy options. This is fantastic news for individuals who suffer for a lactose intolerance, as well as, those who live a vegan lifestyle.

The company is now making four flavors using a certified vegan almond milk base. Currently available are the classics:  Chunky Monkey and Chocolate Fudge Brownie flavor, as well as, a couple of new flavors with: Coffee Caramel Fudge and P.B. and Cookies. The P.B. and Cookies flavor is a vanilla non-dairy frozen dessert with chocolate sandwich cookies and crunchy peanut butter swirls.… Full Story

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(PCM) After receiving hundreds of requests each and every year, Vermont ice cream makers Ben & Jerry’s have revealed that they will finally be offering up some non-dairy options. This is fantastic news for individuals who suffer for a lactose intolerance, as well as, those who live a vegan lifestyle.

The company is now making four flavors using a certified vegan almond milk base. Currently available are the classics:  Chunky Monkey and Chocolate Fudge Brownie flavor, as well as, a couple of new flavors with: Coffee Caramel Fudge and P.B. and Cookies. The P.B. and Cookies flavor is a vanilla non-dairy frozen dessert with chocolate sandwich cookies and crunchy peanut butter swirls. Sounds heavenly!

The new flavors are available in pints and the company claims while it was quite a challenge to create the flavors with a non-dairy base the definitely feel like they “nailed it”!

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Cute Never Quits With The Upcoming Puppy Bowl XII On Animal Planet http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/02/cute-never-quits-with-the-upcoming-puppy-bowl-xii-on-animal-planet/ Wed, 03 Feb 2016 19:20:29 +0000 http://pcm-tv.com/news/?p=26347 Continue reading ]]> 34435_021.055f516f8cb0

(Animal Planet) Television’s original adoption extravaganza is back and furrier than ever as the world’s cutest sporting event returns to Animal Planet for PUPPY BOWL XII on Sunday, February 7 from 3-5 PM ET/PT with two hours of fuzzy faces, sloppy kisses and puppy penalties. This year, die-hard superfans can get closer to the action than ever before with the introduction of PUPPY BOWL VIRTUAL REALITY. Launching today, PUPPY BOWL VIRTUAL REALITY invites viewers onto the turf for the first time ever to rumble up-close and personal with this year’s puppy players for a full 360° experience! This year, Animal Planet worked with 44 different animal shelters and rescue organizations from across the U.S. to fill the rosters of #TeamRuff and #TeamFluff with adoptable players for this epic matchup. The network also is partnering with the Pro Football Hall of Fame to introduce the Puppy Bowl Hall of Fame to honor legacy players throughout PUPPY BOWL and promote the adoption of older “veteran” animals in addition to puppies and kittens.

Last year, PUPPY BOWL XI dominated a field of imitators with the number-one cable telecast across the day and dogged all competition in cable with more than 10 million viewers. To turn up the volume on television’s loudest call to adopt, PUPPY BOWL XII repeats all day and night for a total of 12 hours on game day.

This year’s PEDIGREE® Starting Lineup boasts 49 puppies competing for the famed title of BISSELL® MVP (Most Valuable Puppy). The tailgate starts at 2:30 PM ET/PT with the PUPPY BOWL PRE-GAME SHOW, which features analysis and commentary from a team of sports correspondents. At 3 PM ET/PT, PUPPY BOWL XII kicks off at GEICO Stadium with a furry group of line barkers and wide retrievers, making adorable tumbles and fumbles in an effort to score winning touchdowns for #TeamFluff and #TeamRuff. If you’re not in the mood for Coldplay, this year’s KITTY HALF-TIME SHOW brings a cat-astrophic San Francisco inspired kitten takeover to the Bay Area. These ferocious felines are on a spree of cat-aclismic destruction as they paw across historic landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and infamous “Al-Cat-Raz.”

But precious puppies and kittens aren’t the only attraction at this year’s big game! With help from a new special assistant ref, Stanley the Skunk, Dan Schachner returns as America’s favorite “Rufferee” to call the puppy penalties. Rooting on the sidelines are five big-haired silkie chicken cheerleaders, which will shake their tail feathers and strut for their favorite players. Award-winning animal advocate and television correspondent Jill Rappaport introduces Pup Close and Personal segments, presented by Subaru, which highlight adorable animal bonds between puppy players and their best buddies including a kitten and a hedgehog! “Meep the Bird” returns to his perch to tweet live updates sponsored by GEICO throughout the big game. Fans can follow @MeepTheBird on game day to catch the latest news, puppy drama and locker room moments from inside the stadium.

PUPPY BOWL VIRTUAL REALITY sponsored by GEICO allows viewers to get nose to nose on the field with four puppy practice scrimmages featuring dynamic 360° experiences of this year’s players who are not only sniffing for field goals, but more importantly, their forever homes too. Fans can join the action on the 50-yard line for an interactive tour of GEICO Stadium amongst puppies, chew toys and assistant coaches. PUPPY BOWL VIRTUAL REALITY is available at AnimalPlanet.com/PuppyBowlVR, through the Discovery VR iOS and Android apps, Samsung Milk VR and on Animal Planet’s YouTube page.

As always, fans will witness PUPPY BOWL’s iconic water bowl cam, slow motion playback cam and fan-favorite Dairy Queen kiss cam. Viewers won’t miss a minute of excitement with aerial shots of the field and an impressive air show from hamsters piloting the TWIZZLERS biplane.

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Fans can point their paws to AnimalPlanet.com/PuppyBowl to view the roster of starting pups, watch the live Puppy Bowl Locker Room Cam andKitten Fan Club Cam, and view behind-the-scenes moments with Game Day Pups Videos. Additionally, viewers at home can create a custom team in the third-annual Puppy Bowl Fantasy Game. On game day, fantasy leaguers are invited to vote in the Most Valuable Puppy poll atAnimalPlanet.com/PuppyBowlMVP, which goes live at kickoff. Viewer votes determine which heavenly hound gets barking rights and the title of BISSELL® MVP during the first three airings of PUPPY BOWL XII! Additionally, viewers can also get in the action by sharing photos of themselves and their pets via Instagram using #PuppyBowlSubaru all day long for a chance to see themselves and their best friends on TV in real time. Plus, the Adoption Tails digital series returns to follow home a selection of pups that participated in PUPPY BOWL XII. Crowds can also flock to the Animal Planet and Puppy Bowl Facebook pages while also following the action in real time on Twitter and Instagram.

PUPPY BOWL XII’s 44 shelters and rescue groups represent 25 states across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. This year’s roster includes players from Nevada SPCA, Arizona Humane Society, Mr. Bones & Company (New York), Green Dogs Unleashed (Virginia), Little Dog Rescue (Florida), Paws Chicago, Citizens for Animal Protection (Texas) and Williamson County Animal Center (Tennessee) among others. Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition, Inc. provided kittens for the KITTY HALF-TIME SHOW. Viewers interested in learning more about the organizations that participated inPUPPY BOWL XII can visit AnimalPlanet.com/PuppyBowl for more information.

During the off season, Animal Planet brought the joy and goodwill ofPUPPY BOWL to rescues in 13 states and the District of Columbia withROAD TO THE PUPPY BOWL events. While promoting the importance of animal adoption in local communities, these events led to more than 3,000 animals finding their “fur-ever” homes. Animal Planet helped cover the cost of these adoptions.

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Oscar Facts By the Numbers http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/02/oscar-facts-by-the-numbers/ Wed, 03 Feb 2016 12:34:07 +0000 http://www.ageofthenerd.com/?p=5757 Have some spare time? Check out some Oscars Trivia after the jump!

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It’s that time of year folks — Oscar season. As with every awards season, the culmination always ends at one point, the Academy Awards. This year is no different, as all roads lead to the 88th annual ceremony, which is slated to take place on February 28, 2016. Just to address the elephant in the room, I’m not planning on using this article as a means of addressing the diversity controversy that has dominated the oscar news, you can hear me talk about that somewhere else. Along with this, I thought that it would be a nice change of pace to talk about something a little more lighthearted — some Oscar Facts that you actually may not know.

What’s amazing to me here is how much effort, actually goes into the making of this show that many people write off immediately after watching it. However you may feel about the Oscars, I think that there’s something to be said about this gargantuan production that from the outside seems so simple and easy. Here are some crazy Oscar Facts that you probably didn’t know about 2016’s ceremony.

 

General Info:

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307 — The number of features eligible for Best Picture this year (88th Oscars, 2015).

320 —  The number of features eligible for Best Picture last year (87th Oscars, 2014).

80 — The number of countries submitting foreign language films.

6,261 — The number of voting members in the Academy (as of 12/3/15).

60 — The number of ushers inside the Dolby Theater during the ceremony.

745 — The number of Red Carpet fan bleacher seats.

250 — The number of people who work in the Oscar telecast production office.

100 — The number of production vehicles / trailers (including press and catering).

270 — The number of crew members working during the actual telecast.

20.6 — The telecast rating for 87th Oscars.

37.3 — How many millions of Americans watched the 87th Oscars.

 

Press:

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Rapper/Actor Common and musician John Legend, with the award for best original song for 'Glory', pose in the press room during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Loews Hollywood Hotel on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

225 — The number of countries in which the 88th Oscar telecast will be seen.

51 — The number of Oscar statuettes given out at the 87th Oscars.

24 — The number of competitive award categories for the 88th Oscars.

787 — The number of press organizations requesting credentials for 88th Oscars.

288 — The number of outlets issued credentials for the 87th Oscars.

1415 — Total number press credentials issued for the 87th Oscars (including technical personnel).

63 — The number of still photographers on the red carpet for the 87th Academy Awards.

1013 — The number of TV press for the 87th Oscars, including camera operators, audio technicians and other crew.

36 — The number of print reporters on the red carpet for the 87th Oscars.

 

The Oscar Statuette:

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3001 — The total number of Oscar statuettes presented since the first Oscars.

13 1/2 Inches — The height of an Oscar statuette.

5 1/4 Inches — The diameter of Oscar statuette base.

8 1/2 Pounds — The weight of Oscar statuette.

 

Oscar Telecast:

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34.9 — Best rating in the past 30 years for a single telecast.

March 29, 1999 — The latest telecast date in the past 20 years.

February 22 — Earliest telecast date in the past 20 years (81st Oscars held in 2009 and 87th Oscars held in 2015).

4 hour, 23 minutes — The longest Oscar telecast (74th Oscars show, held in 2002).

1 hour, 40 minutes — The shortest Oscar telecast (31st Academy Awards show, held in 1959).

March 19th, 1953 — Date of first televised show (25th Academy Awards).

March 29, 1976 — Date since which ABC has been the broadcaster of the Academy Awards (48th Academy Awards).

51 — The total number of years that ABC has broadcast the Academy Awards, including this year (ABC was the broadcaster for a 10- year stint from the 33rd to 42nd Academy Awards, in addition to its current run).

 

Oscar Venues:

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25 — The Venue that has hosted the most Oscar presentations, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, with 25 Oscar shows.

15 — Number of Oscar shows hosted at the Dolby Theatre (formerly Kodak Theatre), including the 88th Academy Awards.

3,300 — Seating capacity of the Dolby Theatre on Oscar night.

500 feet — Length of the red carpet at the Dolby Theatre.

33 feet — Width of the red carpet at the Dolby Theatre.

 

Miscellaneous Oscar Trvia:

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19 — The person who has hosted the most oscar shows, Bob Hope.

32nd Academy Awards — The oldest Oscars show poster in the collection of the Margaret Herrick Library (show on April 4, 1960 honoring films of 1959).

34 inch diameter (base), 7 feet tall, 65 pounds — Size of most common set-dressing Oscar during the ceremony.

2011 — The first year that balloting rules first allowed for the possibility of between five and ten nominees for Best Picture. For the first three years, there were nine nominees. For the past two years, there have been eight.

9 — The record for the most Best Picture nominations with for an individual producer, held by none other than Steven Spielberg.

8 — The number of first-time acting nominees in 2016 (Bryan Cranston, Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Brie Larson, Charlotte Rampling, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rachel McAdams and Alicia Vikander).

5 — The number of acting nominees who have won previously (Eddie Redmayne, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Winslet).

25 — The age of the youngest four-time acting nominee, Jennifer Lawrence.

6 — The number of actors nominated for the same role in two different films. [Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa in Rocky (1976) and Creed (2015) Bing Crosby as Father O’Malley in Going My Way  (1944) and The Bells of St. Mary’s  (1945); Paul Newman as Fast Eddie Felson in The Hustler  (1961) and The Color of Money  (1986); Peter O’Toole as Henry II in Becket  (1964) and The Lion in Winter  (1968); Al Pacino as Michael Corleone in The Godfather  (1972) and The Godfather Part II  (1974); and Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth I in Elizabeth  (1998) and Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007). Of these, only Bing Crosby and Paul Newman won Oscars (in 1944 and 1986, respectively).]

13 — The most nominations for Cinematography of any living person, Rodger Deakins. Charles B. Lang, Jr. and Leon Shamroy share the all-time record with 18 nominations each.

12 — The most nominations for Costume Design of any living person, Sandy Powell. The overall record in the category belongs to Edith Head with 35 nominations.

50 — The total number of Academy Award nominations of any living person (including five for Original Song). The only person with more is Walt Disney with 59 total nominations.

89 — The total number of nominations shared between the Newman family (Alfred, Lionel, Emil, Thomas, David and Randy), more than any other showbiz family.

2 — The number of original song nominations this year that come from documentaries, a first for the ceremony. Those songs are “Manta Ray” from Racing Extinction  and “Til It Happens To You” from The Hunting Ground

20 — The most individual nominations in a single category. Both sound mixers, Andy Nelson and Kevin O’Connell are tied for the record.

9 — The number of animated features to also receive writing nominations. Inside Out is vying to be the first animated feature to actually win the category.

4 — The most writing nominations for animated films, which is held by both Pete Docter and Andrew Stanton.

 

Governor’s Ball:

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March 26, 1958 — Date of the first Governors Ball, following the 30th Academy Awards presentation. Held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in the Grand Ballroom.

58 — Number of Governors Balls, including the 88th Oscars.

1 — The number of times there has not been a Governors Ball, since 1958 (40th Academy Awards). The ball was cancelled after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

25,090 — Size of the The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.

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February is National Hot Breakfast Month http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/02/february-is-national-hot-breakfast-month/ Wed, 03 Feb 2016 11:26:49 +0000 http://pcmlifestyle.com/?p=32306  

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(PCM) Most so-called food “holidays” are invented holidays, created to showcase (and boost sales for) one type of food industry or another. We’re okay with that: after all, food is life, food is love and, with good choices, food is good for you.

That said, we present National Hot Breakfast Month with certain caveats. For instance, how important is a hot breakfast, really? Despite conventional wisdom, breakfast isn’t necessarily the cornerstone of your culinary day. And while cooked foods are good for digestion (heat makes nutrients more readily available to your body), you can do just fine with raw fruits and veggies, nuts, breads and spreads, or cold juice and cereal.… Full Story

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(PCM) Most so-called food “holidays” are invented holidays, created to showcase (and boost sales for) one type of food industry or another. We’re okay with that: after all, food is life, food is love and, with good choices, food is good for you.

That said, we present National Hot Breakfast Month with certain caveats. For instance, how important is a hot breakfast, really? Despite conventional wisdom, breakfast isn’t necessarily the cornerstone of your culinary day. And while cooked foods are good for digestion (heat makes nutrients more readily available to your body), you can do just fine with raw fruits and veggies, nuts, breads and spreads, or cold juice and cereal.

On the other hand, there are psychological benefits to eating cooked foods. A bellyful of a warm breakfast can be comforting (especially on a cold February morning). We associate warmth with safety and satiety, health and home.

We’re so often in a rush to start the day that we don’t have time to cook: instead, we rely on what’s easy, which means cold, like a box of sugary cereal, or questionable (we’re looking at you, Mr. Eggy McConvenient sandwich). Perhaps the idea behind National Hot Breakfast Month is to encourage more Americans to start the day in a happier, wholesome state of mind.

However, if “hot breakfast” makes you think of eggs, fried potatoes, and processed meats (bacon!), you might want to chill: as much as we love these foods, we can’t recommend an entire month of them. While they offer some healthy benefits (and taste oh so fabulous), they’re high in cholesterol, fats, sodium, nitrates and other baddies you don’t need on a daily basis. Instead, consider celebrating this type of iconic American meal as the occasional “Hot Breakfast Sunday”.

If, on the other hand, “hot breakfast” means oatmeal, porridge, or grits, to you, have at it! Hot breakfast cereals are a healthy source of fiber and carbohydrates. As part of your regular diet, they can keep your cholesterol in check, fight heart disease, and help you maintain a healthy weight by keeping you feeling full longer. Skip the sugar and butter, and boost your hot cereal flavor with fruit, cinnamon or spices, honey, skim milk, yogurt, or peanut butter (for added protein).

Some other hot breakfast ideas to consider: warm bagels, biscuits, or toast (bonus points for whole grains) with healthy spreads like preserves, warm fruit compote, low-fat cream cheese, or sliced avocado. Egg white omelets or scrambles are a fast-cooking alternative: add steamed or gently sautéed veggies, onions and garlic, spices, beans, smoked fish, or shredded meats. And don’t overlook non-traditional breakfast options like rice, pasta or quick-cook grains, reheated repeats from last evening, or even a bowl of classic canned soup.

Eating a hot breakfast may not be a necessity, but it can be nice and easy. Fire up your creativity and your taste buds, and be well. Happy Hot Breakfast February!

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My Journey to Health, Maple, A Question and an Update http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/02/my-journey-to-health-maple-a-question-and-an-update/ Wed, 03 Feb 2016 09:00:30 +0000 http://pcmlifestyle.com/?p=32309 sugarmaple_treeI love maple syrup.  Not the Mrs. Butterworth pancake syrup, but real straight from the tree maple syrup.  It just tastes better than the others and there is more that you can do with it and it is better for you.  The reason I say this is because I did some shopping today at my local market and in the health food section they had a new drink, Maple Water.

There was no question I would buy this.  I didn’t want to as 12 ounces was 2.99 and that is expensive, but I found it again in the already chilled section and the compulsive part of me won.… Full Story

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sugarmaple_treeI love maple syrup.  Not the Mrs. Butterworth pancake syrup, but real straight from the tree maple syrup.  It just tastes better than the others and there is more that you can do with it and it is better for you.  The reason I say this is because I did some shopping today at my local market and in the health food section they had a new drink, Maple Water.

There was no question I would buy this.  I didn’t want to as 12 ounces was 2.99 and that is expensive, but I found it again in the already chilled section and the compulsive part of me won.

Maple Water is the maple tree sap not boiled down for syrup.  When maple syrup is made the trees are tapped with a little spigot and the sap from the trees drips into buckets when the buckets are full they are brought to what I believe is called a sugar house.  There it is boiled down into the syrup you find in the market.  So Maple Water skips the boiling down part and is bottled and sold.  And it’s really good.

I have one small issue and that is the cost.  Since the Maple Water skips the boiling down step and goes right to market it should cost less, but it costs more.  I guess this is the American way.  However if they made the cost less I would buy more, but for now it will be an occasional treat.

In the last column I wrote about exactly what I was going through during a depressive episode.  It did pass yesterday, but unfortunately I can feel it trying to come back while I type.  It may stay where it is and it may get worse or better, I never know.

One question that was asked in the comment section below the last column was, “where was God in all of this?”  I am a Christian so I believe in God and Jesus, but to answer the question, I don’t know.  God seems to disappear when I get in to deep depression.  Mentally I know he’s is there but emotionally he is not.  I pray and ask for help but those prayers seem to bounce off the wall.  I believe, however, that this is why God has placed us in community.

Community is not your town, though it can be, it is more the place that you feel you belong.  The Amish understand community, they help each other out.  A barn needs to be built the whole town goes and builds it.  In our world though we then to have look hard for community, it does not come naturally in our culture, but it should.

I think when you are ill mentally emotionally or physically ill you have to be able to rely on the community around you to help you.  If you belong to a church, ideally this should be your community, the people you can rely on to help to get you through the hard times whatever they may be, and they can rely on you also.  Community is never a one way street; it goes back and forth from every door of the people that belong to it.

I think that is where God should be when I am in a depressive episode, it does not always work out that way, which is why, if you have read my previous columns, you will see me asking emotionally healthy people to reach out to those that are not emotionally healthy on a regular basis.  They need, OK, we need your help.  God dwells in His people and that is where God has to be when I am in a dark place.

Now for a quick update.  Yesterday was the one month anniversary of going off sugar.  Because of the multiple issues with my feet and leg I have not been able to exercise much. I never really described the feet/leg issues.  Both of my feet have no feeling in them at all on the bottom.  The tops are not as bad but are still numb.  My right leg goes completely numb when I stand for more than a half an hour.  After walking for about a half an hour both of my feet swell up, and before you ask, no I am not diabetic, and yes my sugars are checked regularly

I went to see the neurologist that has been following me yesterday.  He is working with my feet and leg as well as my hands, which have slight to violent tremors.  I am scheduled for a second EMG this coming Monday to find out what can be done about my feet and leg.  An EMG was done about a year ago but the results were not conclusive.  The tremors are treated with medication but it does not work all of the time.

While at the Doctors I was weighed.  As you may remember my weight at the beginning of this journey was somewhere between 370 and 390, yesterday I was 360.  So going sugarless has made a difference.  Physically I, in general, feel better.  My mind is certainly clearer now.  So, on the whole I am better than when we started.

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February 3 in Pop Culture History

1690 – The first paper money in America was issued today, in the Colony of Massachusetts.

1834 -Wake Forest University was established in North Carolina.

1870 – The 15th Amendment was ratified in the US, granting every citizen, regardless of race, the right to vote

1891 – The official electrical lighting of London streets commenced.

1889 – Outlaw Belle Starr was murdered in Oklahoma, shot twice in the back.

1913 – The Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, authorizing the Federal government to impose and collect an income tax.

1923 (Volcano Eruption) Kamchatka.

1943 – The SS Dorchester is sunk by a German U-boat. Only 230 of 902 men aboard survive; the event is described in the the Four Chaplains Story.

1947 – The coldest weather ever recorded in the North America was at Snag, Yukon: -63 °C or -81 °F.

1953 – Jacques Cousteau’s book The Silent World was published.

1959 – The Day The Music Died: Big Bopper, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and Pilot Roger Peterson crashed in a cornfield near Clear Lake, Iowa.

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February 3 in Pop Culture History

1690 – The first paper money in America was issued today, in the Colony of Massachusetts.

1834 -Wake Forest University was established in North Carolina.

1870 – The 15th Amendment was ratified in the US, granting every citizen, regardless of race, the right to vote

1891 – The official electrical lighting of London streets commenced.

1889 – Outlaw Belle Starr was murdered in Oklahoma, shot twice in the back.

1913 – The Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, authorizing the Federal government to impose and collect an income tax.

1923 (Volcano Eruption) Kamchatka.

1943 – The SS Dorchester is sunk by a German U-boat. Only 230 of 902 men aboard survive; the event is described in the the Four Chaplains Story.

1947 – The coldest weather ever recorded in the North America was at Snag, Yukon: -63 °C or -81 °F.

1953 – Jacques Cousteau’s book The Silent World was published.

1959 – The Day The Music Died: Big Bopper, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and Pilot Roger Peterson crashed in a cornfield near Clear Lake, Iowa.

1968 – # 1 Hit February 3, 1968 – February 9, 1968: The Lemon PipersGreen Tambourine

1973 – # 1 Hit February 3, 1973 – February 23, 1973: Elton JohnCrocodile Rock

1984 – The Challenger (STS-10) launched from the Kennedy Space Center.

2001 – # 1 Hit February 3, 2001 – February 16, 2001: Shaggy featuring Ricardo ‘Rikrok’ DucentIt Wasn’t Me

2008 – The Naked Brothers Band premiered on Nickelodeon.

2009 – Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was made a knight of the Légion d’Honneur, which is France’s highest civilian award.

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New Deadpool PSA’s are both Awkward and Amazing http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/02/new-deadpool-psas-are-both-awkward-and-amazing/ Tue, 02 Feb 2016 20:00:31 +0000 http://www.ageofthenerd.com/?p=5712 Check out some brand spanking-new PSA's, directly from the mercy with a mouth himself, Deadpool.

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To say that Deadpool has had one of the most memorable marketing campaigns in the last decade would be an understatement. Not only is Ryan Reynolds relishing playing deadpool-international-posterthis character as long as humanly possible, but Reynolds and the promo team have managed to capture the idea of who the character of Deadpool actually is. That is to say — they’re not pulling any punches when promoting Deadpool movie.

We’ve seen a variety of banter from Reynolds behind the mask in both videos such as the ones below and in the actual trailer for the film itself, but nothing comes close to what they have come up with in what they’re calling “Deadpool PSA’s”. What I really love about these Deadpool PSA’s is they feel like a response to the petition for a “family-frendly” version of Deadpool that has been petitioned in the last few weeks (you can hear us discuss the stupidity of this here). It’s essentially Reynolds & company giving a giant middle finger to the people who are trying to make Deadpool something that he’s not.

On a more serious note, it’s kind of refreshing to see that the marketing team could take the opportunity to tackle such a uncomfortable but important subject, making this one a double win for the Deadpool Marketing team.

Both Deadpool PSA’s are below–

Testicular Cancer:

Breast Cancer:

Deadpool hits theaters on February 12, 2016. Here’s the official synopsis for the film:

Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

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Is An 11 Minute Flight Between New York And London In Our Future? http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/02/is-an-11-minute-flight-between-new-york-and-london-in-our-future/ Tue, 02 Feb 2016 18:41:30 +0000 http://amyth.com/?p=2900 (PCM) You may think that this is impossible, however industrial designer Charles Bombardier is currently working on a new project called The Antipode which is a plane designed to fly between New York and London in just 11 minutes.  This idea gives us extreme anxiety just thinking about it! Bombardier explains that the plane would work by climbing quickly to 40,000 feet using rocket boosters and would only hold 10 passengers who would be traveling at the insane speed of 12,430 miles per hour. To put it in perspective, an average 747 plane flies at only 570 miles per hours. Thus far there are no prototypes of the plane, so […]

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(PCM) You may think that this is impossible, however industrial designer Charles Bombardier is currently working on a new project called The Antipode which is a plane designed to fly between New York and London in just 11 minutes.  This idea gives us extreme anxiety just thinking about it!

Bombardier explains that the plane would work by climbing quickly to 40,000 feet using rocket boosters and would only hold 10 passengers who would be traveling at the insane speed of 12,430 miles per hour. To put it in perspective, an average 747 plane flies at only 570 miles per hours.

Thus far there are no prototypes of the plane, so this is all in theory. Bombardier’s previous project called The Skreemr would have traveled at Mach 10 speeds, which is faster than the speed of sound. It never got off the ground because of issues with heating and a giant sonic boom sound.  The Antipode would be set to travel at Mach 24, alleviating the issue of the sonic boom sound and it uses a technique called “long penetration mode,” “which would use a nozzle on the aircraft’s nose to blow out air and cool down the surface temperature.

It could be several years before any type of prototype for the Antipode is ready for human testing and we are certainly not in that big of a hurry!

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Patrick Stewart is Ruthless in the New Red Band Trailer for ‘Green Room’ http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/02/patrick-stewart-is-ruthless-in-the-new-red-band-trailer-for-green-room/ Tue, 02 Feb 2016 18:09:05 +0000 http://pcmreviews.com/news/?p=26567 (PCM) What started out as an ordinary gig for the punk band in director Jeremy Saulnier’s horror-thriller Green Room soon dissolves into complete madness and brutal violence in the newly released Red Band (18+) trailer. Did we mention that the trailer also contains a ruthless and sadistic Patrick Stewart? Watch for yourself below. Down on their luck punk rockers, The Ain’t Rights, are finishing up a long and unsuccessful tour and are about to call it quits when they get an unexpected booking at an isolated, run-down club deep in the backwoods of Oregon. What merely seems to be a third-rate gig escalates into something much more sinister when they witness an act […]

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GreenRoom_Poster_long(PCM) What started out as an ordinary gig for the punk band in director Jeremy Saulnier’s horror-thriller Green Room soon dissolves into complete madness and brutal violence in the newly released Red Band (18+) trailer.

Did we mention that the trailer also contains a ruthless and sadistic Patrick Stewart? Watch for yourself below.

Down on their luck punk rockers, The Ain’t Rights, are finishing up a long and unsuccessful tour and are about to call it quits when they get an unexpected booking at an isolated, run-down club deep in the backwoods of Oregon.

What merely seems to be a third-rate gig escalates into something much more sinister when they witness an act of violence backstage that they weren’t meant to see.

Now trapped backstage, they must face off against the club’s depraved owner, Darcy Banker (Stewart), a man who will do anything to protect the secrets of his nefarious enterprise.

But while Darcy and his henchmen think the band will be easy to get rid of, The Ain’t Rights prove themselves much more cunning and capable than anyone expected, turning the tables on their unsuspecting captors and setting the stage for the ultimate life-or-death showdown.

Intense, emotional, and ingeniously twisted, Green Room is genre filmmaking at its best and most original. Saulnier continues to build his reputation as one of the most exciting and distinctive directors working today, with a movie that’s completely different from his previous, highly acclaimed Blue Ruin, but which is just as risk-taking and even more full of twists.

The entire cast deliver first-rate performances, but Patrick Stewart gives a transformative and brilliantly devious turn as Darcy—elegant yet lethal, droll yet terrifying, Stewart makes the film simply unforgettable. (A24)

The film has received high praises from critics after its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May of 2015 and the Sundance Film Festival on January  22 and is currently sporting a high critics’ rating of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Leslie Felperin of The Hollywood Reporter gave Green Room a favorable review, writing: “As action, it’s niftily executed, the suspense neatly built, and the shocks expectedly surprising.”

Scott Weinburg also enjoyed Green Room, writing in his review for Nerdist: “A meticulously morbid and deviously entertaining piece of low-budget/high-quality action filmmaking.”

Green Room, starring Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Fright Night), Imogen Poots (Need for Speed, 28 Weeks Later), Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development, Whip It), Macon Blair (Blue Ruin), Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders), Callum Turner, and Patrick Stewart (X-Men, Star Trek: The Next Generation), opens in select theaters April 1 before expanding to a wide open on April 15.

Watch the new Red Band trailer below!

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Lady Gaga Will Honor David Bowie At The Upcoming 58th Annual Grammy Awards http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/02/lady-gaga-will-honor-david-bowie-at-the-upcoming-58th-annual-grammy-awards/ Tue, 02 Feb 2016 17:49:03 +0000 http://unskinnypop.com/?p=48270 (PCM) The Recording Academy® will honor GRAMMY® winner and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient David Bowie with an experiential tribute performed by one of his biggest fans, six-time GRAMMY winner and current nominee Lady Gaga, at the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards®. Affording audiences a chance to experience Bowie’s music once again, the tribute will be a multisensory testament to the icon’s incredible artistry and a reflection of his limitless creativity. The musical director for Lady Gaga’s tribute is three-time GRAMMY winner Nile Rodgers, whose own history with Bowie dates back more than 30 years to “Let’s Dance,” the chart-topping 1983 hit that marked the beginning of a lifelong friendship between the two. […]

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(PCM) The Recording Academy® will honor GRAMMY® winner and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient David Bowie with an experiential tribute performed by one of his biggest fans, six-time GRAMMY winner and current nominee Lady Gaga, at the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards®. Affording audiences a chance to experience Bowie’s music once again, the tribute will be a multisensory testament to the icon’s incredible artistry and a reflection of his limitless creativity.

The musical director for Lady Gaga’s tribute is three-time GRAMMY winner Nile Rodgers, whose own history with Bowie dates back more than 30 years to “Let’s Dance,” the chart-topping 1983 hit that marked the beginning of a lifelong friendship between the two.

Lady Gaga joins previously announced performers including Adele, James Bay, Andra Day, Ellie Goulding, Sam Hunt, Tori Kelly, Kendrick Lamar, Little Big Town, Carrie Underwood, and The Weeknd. Entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J is set to host Music’s Biggest Night® for the fifth consecutive year. Taking place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Additional performers will be announced shortly.

The tribute will mark Lady Gaga’s fourth appearance on the GRAMMY Awards telecast. She is nominated for Best Song Written For Visual Media for “Til It Happens To You” with Diane Warren.

“We had already booked Lady Gaga on this year’s show, but when David passed — almost in a single moment — we knew we had to change direction,” said executive producer of the GRAMMY Awards Ken Ehrlich. “We immediately spoke and agreed that she should be the one to honor David. She’s perfect for it. So I reached out to Nile and, before long, we were on our way to creating what we believe will not only make a great GRAMMY Moment, but one befitting of David.” 

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February is National Canned Food Month http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/02/february-is-national-canned-food-month/ Tue, 02 Feb 2016 11:16:59 +0000 http://pcmlifestyle.com/?p=32302 Senior man looking at canned food

(PCM) Are the short, cold days of winter getting you down? Do you find yourself craving a taste of summer? Wish you could take a big, juicy bite of sunshine? Well, guess what? You can.

February is National Canned Food Month, for good reason. If you live in a cold-weather region, there isn’t much in the way of local, in-season produce right now. What better time to showcase the wonders of canned foods? Here are just a few:

• Cost! Canning is an inexpensive method of preserving foods at the peak of freshness. Canned foods are often cheaper than grocery store produce that’s been shipped cross country (or over oceans) – and more appetizing than food that has wilted in trucks and storerooms for days (or weeks).… Full Story

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(PCM) Are the short, cold days of winter getting you down? Do you find yourself craving a taste of summer? Wish you could take a big, juicy bite of sunshine? Well, guess what? You can.

February is National Canned Food Month, for good reason. If you live in a cold-weather region, there isn’t much in the way of local, in-season produce right now. What better time to showcase the wonders of canned foods? Here are just a few:

• Cost! Canning is an inexpensive method of preserving foods at the peak of freshness. Canned foods are often cheaper than grocery store produce that’s been shipped cross country (or over oceans) – and more appetizing than food that has wilted in trucks and storerooms for days (or weeks).

• Canned foods are generally as healthy as fresh – sometimes more so , because the canning process concentrates the good stuff. You can maximize the nutritional benefit by choosing brands without added sugars, salts, or preservatives, and/or rinsing off preserving liquids before use.

• Convenience! Since they don’t need to be peeled, pitted, or prepped much, canned foods can save you time in the kitchen. They have a long shelf-life (1-2 years for most fruits and vegetables, even longer for meats), meaning you can access top-quality ingredients whenever you need them. When you don’t need them, they’re compact and stackable and look nifty on your pantry shelf. (They’re also easily transported and fit nicely in food baskets and barrels set aside for the less fortunate.)

• Variety. In addition to fresh fruits, veggies, and tuna, you could feed a family for months on canned food alone – you know, if you were hunkered in a bunker or something. Nuclear winter aside, it’s just good household business to stock up on quick meals and must-haves; think soup, broth, beans, poultry, cured ham, curries, juices, gravy, sauces, chutneys, pickled anythings…

• Cans (almost invariably made from steel) are fabulously energy efficient and sustainable; steel can be recycled without any degradation to the material. According to industry research, more than 67 million cans per day are recycled by American steel companies.

• You too can can! As many a grandmother will tell you, canning is a rewarding do-it-yourself project: save money and savor the satisfaction of your summer harvest with just a small investment in supplies and time. There are many how-to resources for home canning available online or in bookstores, though chances are you know someone whose shelves are lined with their own handiwork. Ask around!

• Whether store-bought or home-wrought, canned food is safe as long as you keep some guidelines in mind. Stow your cans in a cool, clean place away from humidity or extremes in temperature (such as over a stove). Do not use cans that are leaky, bulgy or broken, or eat anything stinky or funky. Abide by expiration dates and follow instructions to a tee if canning from home.

Don’t settle for iffy produce or give yourself scurvy waiting for garden season to roll around: get yourself a can opener and celebrate National Canned Food month today!

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SEVEN MINUTE TAKES: Winter Wrap Up and Oscar Talk http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/02/seven-minute-takes-winter-wrap-up-and-oscar-talk/ Tue, 02 Feb 2016 05:30:15 +0000 http://www.ageofthenerd.com/?p=5747 The New Year is burning up with nerdy news and Oscar Talk! But Seven Minute Takes would be wrong not to give some love to our favorite TV shows before we say goodbye to 2015. What’s the final word on “Ash v. Evil Dead”  and “American Horror Story: Hotel”? What does “The Walking Dead” have more »

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SEVEN MINUTE TAKES: Ash v. Evil DeadThe New Year is burning up with nerdy news and Oscar Talk! But Seven Minute Takes would be wrong not to give some love to our favorite TV shows before we say goodbye to 2015.

What’s the final word on “Ash v. Evil Dead”  and “American Horror Story: Hotel”? What does “The Walking Dead” have in store the Spring TV season? Which of the Genre Reboots will rule the roost? “The X-Files” ? “Damien”? “Lucifer”? “The Exorcist” ?

More importantly, will “Damien’s” Barbara Hershey vote for “Lucifer”? Yes, you read that right…

Also, Oscar Season is upon us and controversy again reigns supreme. Check out SMT’s solution to the Academy’s eternal diversity problem. Golden Glober Lady Gaga is our thumbnail this time, so you know this podcast has spice (or at least, rasberry jam)!

Check out our newest episode here:

 

 

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February 2 in Pop Culture History
It’s Groundhog’s Day.

1046 – The “Little Ice Age” began in Europe.

1653 – New Amsterdam (now the City of New York) was incorporated.

1876 – National League (now Major League Baseball) of baseball was founded

1887 – The first Groundhog Day was observed in Punxsutawney, PA

1892 – The bottle cap with cork seal was patented (#468,226) by William Painter, from Baltimore.

1893 – The Record of a Sneeze was filmed by Thomas Edison. It was the first filmed ‘close up.’

1914 – Charlie Chaplin’s first film appearance, Making a Living premiered in early theaters.

1922 – Ulysses by James Joyce was published.

1925 – Dog sleds, led by Gunnar Kasson, reached Nome, Alaska with diphtheria serum, inspiring the Iditarod Race.

1925 – Sears & Roebuck opened their first retail store, in Chicago.

1928 – Great Fall River Fire, Massachusetts

1950 – What’s My Line debuted on CBS.

1961 -Nearly 600 passengers aboard the hijacked Santa Maria liner were finally landed and released in Brazil.

1964 – G.I. Joe action figures (they are not ‘dolls’!) went on sale for the first time, featuring the four branches of the US military.… More...

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February 2 in Pop Culture History
It’s Groundhog’s Day.

1046 – The “Little Ice Age” began in Europe.

1653 – New Amsterdam (now the City of New York) was incorporated.

1876 – National League (now Major League Baseball) of baseball was founded

1887 – The first Groundhog Day was observed in Punxsutawney, PA

1892 – The bottle cap with cork seal was patented (#468,226) by William Painter, from Baltimore.

1893 – The Record of a Sneeze was filmed by Thomas Edison. It was the first filmed ‘close up.’

1914 – Charlie Chaplin’s first film appearance, Making a Living premiered in early theaters.

1922 – Ulysses by James Joyce was published.

1925 – Dog sleds, led by Gunnar Kasson, reached Nome, Alaska with diphtheria serum, inspiring the Iditarod Race.

1925 – Sears & Roebuck opened their first retail store, in Chicago.

1928 – Great Fall River Fire, Massachusetts

1950 – What’s My Line debuted on CBS.

1961 -Nearly 600 passengers aboard the hijacked Santa Maria liner were finally landed and released in Brazil.

1964 – G.I. Joe action figures (they are not ‘dolls’!) went on sale for the first time, featuring the four branches of the US military.

1967 – The American Basketball Association (ABA) was established. It only had four teams (New York Nets, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, and San Antonio Spurs) and later merged with its competition, the National Basketball Association (NBA)

1979 – Sid Vicious died of a heroin overdose in New York City.

1980 – An FBI operation called ABSCAM, an undercover operation regarding US congressional corruption was made known to the public.

1989 – Sky Television began broadcasting in the UK.

1990 – President De Klerk of South Africa lifted the 30-year ban on leading anti-apartheid group the African National Congress (ANC).

2000 – Oxygen debuted on cable.

 

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Jewel Hits The Road This Spring For An Intimate Tour http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/02/jewel-hits-the-road-this-spring-for-an-intimate-tour/ Tue, 02 Feb 2016 04:50:37 +0000 http://unskinnypop.com/?p=48266 (PCM) Grammy-nominated songwriter and New York Times’ bestselling author and poet JEWEL will return to the road this Spring for an intimate tour, performing hits spanning her 12-studio albums including 2015’s ‘Picking Up the Pieces’ and sharing stories from her memoir Never Broken — Songs Are Only Half the Story.  Jewel’s “Picking Up the Pieces Tour” kicks off Friday, March 4 in Lake Charles, LA at Golden Nugget Casino Grand Ballroom. “It’s going to be really fun to get back out on the road,” Jewel said.  “I’m excited to share the stories behind some of my favorite and most personal songs in such an intimate setting.” The tour marks Jewel’s first […]

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(PCM) Grammy-nominated songwriter and New York Times’ bestselling author and poet JEWEL will return to the road this Spring for an intimate tour, performing hits spanning her 12-studio albums including 2015’s ‘Picking Up the Pieces’ and sharing stories from her memoir Never Broken — Songs Are Only Half the Story.  Jewel’s “Picking Up the Pieces Tour” kicks off Friday, March 4 in Lake Charles, LA at Golden Nugget Casino Grand Ballroom.

“It’s going to be really fun to get back out on the road,” Jewel said.  “I’m excited to share the stories behind some of my favorite and most personal songs in such an intimate setting.”

The tour marks Jewel’s first since 2013’s “Greatest Hits” tour and is the culmination of an exciting 2015 that saw the singer release her first memoir and her 12th studio album ‘Picking Up the Pieces’ within days of each other.  Praised as “remarkably raw” and “bracingly honest (Entertainment Weekly)” the album has been noted as a bookend to her multiplatinum selling debut, 1995’s ‘Pieces of You’.  “Never Broken — Songs Are Only Half the Story” shares experiences spanning Jewel’s childhood and career and earned the designations of a NY Times Bestseller and “the perfect celebrity memoir” by TIME.

Called “one of the most richly idiomatic pop singers of her generation (Rolling Stone),” Jewel has sold over 27million albums to date and earned praise from fellow songwriters including Loretta Lynn and Neil Young. A cornerstone of the current American and folk movements, the singer will perform fan favorites spanning the record including “Who Will Save Your Soul”, which sold 12million copies.

Full “Picking Up the Pieces Tour” dates included below, for additional information visit: http://www.jeweljk.com/

Mar 4 Lake Charles, LA Golden Nugget Casino
Mar 5 Biloxi, MS IP Casino Resort and Spa
Mar 6 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre
Mar 10 Fort Lauderdale, FL Parker Playhouse
Mar 11 Fort Pierce, FL Sunrise Theatre
Mar 12 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live
Mar 13 Clearwater, FL Capitol Theatre
Mar 17 Greensboro, NC Carolina Theatre
Mar 18 Wilmington, NC CFCC’s Humanities and Fine Arts Center
Mar 19 Durham, NC Carolina Theatre
Apr 7 Washington, DC Lincoln Theatre
Apr 8 Albany, NY The Egg Center For the Performing Arts
Apr 9 Harrisburg, PA The Forum Theatre
Apr 14 Ridgefield, CT Ridgefield Playhouse
Apr 15 Bethlehem, PA The Sands Casino Resort
Apr 16 Atlantic City, NJ Event Center at the Borgata
Apr 17 Boston, MA Wilbur Theatre
Apr 28 Munhall, PA Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
Apr 29 Wilmington, DE The Playhouse on Rodney Square
Apr 30 Morristown, NJ Mayo Performing Arts Center
May 13 Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery
May 14 Grass Valley, CA Veterans Memorial Auditorium
May 15 Modesto, CA Gallo Center For The Arts
May 19 Riverside, CA Fox Performing Arts Center
May 20 Northridge, CA Valley Performing Arts Center
May 21 San Diego, CA Humphrey’s
May 25 Missoula, MT Wilma Theatre
May 26 Boise, ID Egyptian Theatre
May 27 Sun Valley, Idaho Sun Valley Pavilion

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Heinz Super Bowl Commercial Is Already Picking Up A Lot Of Buzz, Plus It’s Adorable! http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/02/heinz-super-bowl-commercial-is-already-picking-up-a-lot-of-buzz-plus-its-adorable/ Mon, 01 Feb 2016 23:23:41 +0000 http://worldofpopculture.com/?p=9504 heinz-weiners

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(PCM) The news about which companies will be featuring commercials during The Big Game is already beginning to leak, however people are losing their minds over the adorableness of Heinz’s upcoming ad! The commercial features a literal stampede of wiener dogs wearing, you guessed it, wiener costumes frolicking through a meadow. Seriously, how can you go wrong with this idea!

The company posted an extended cut of the commercial on their YouTube page ahead of the Super Bowl and the feedback has been incredible. The ad features the song “Without You” playing in the background and the company claims the ad’s focus is to highlight Heinz’s line of products beyond just ketchup. A shorter version of the commercial is what will air during the game’s third quarter.

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Hair Colorist Is Inspired By Famous Paintings And The Results Are Gorgeous! http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/02/hair-colorist-is-inspired-by-famous-paintings-and-the-results-are-gorgeous/ Mon, 01 Feb 2016 20:32:46 +0000 http://pcmlifestyle.com/?p=32297 Starry-Night-hair

(PCM) Kansas-based hair stylist Ursula Goff is pulling inspiration from several world-famous paintings to create some absolutely magnificent works of art when it comes to hair coloring. Obviously, bright and non-traditional coloring techniques are all the rage these days, however turning hair into a canvas for fine art is definitely a bit out of the ordinary and Goff’s results are stunning.

Goff has been sharing her coloring works via Instagram and the feedback has been incredible. She has tackled hair coloring recreations of everything from “The Scream” by Edvad Munch to Monet’s “Waterlilies”.  In her captions that accompany the photos she shares a little bit of backstory about the artist and why she chose to use them as an inspiration.… Full Story

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(PCM) Kansas-based hair stylist Ursula Goff is pulling inspiration from several world-famous paintings to create some absolutely magnificent works of art when it comes to hair coloring. Obviously, bright and non-traditional coloring techniques are all the rage these days, however turning hair into a canvas for fine art is definitely a bit out of the ordinary and Goff’s results are stunning.

Goff has been sharing her coloring works via Instagram and the feedback has been incredible. She has tackled hair coloring recreations of everything from “The Scream” by Edvad Munch to Monet’s “Waterlilies”.  In her captions that accompany the photos she shares a little bit of backstory about the artist and why she chose to use them as an inspiration. Cool stuff!

I often get asked where I went to hair school, and what sort of cosmetology education background I have. The answer is probably disappointing for most people – I went to a community college Cosmo program and have almost no other training outside of that. However, I have done art since I was 5, first developing hand skills as a sketcher, and then expanding those skills into color by working with acrylics, tempera, and especially water colors. I tend to color hair much the same way I color a canvas, using the same sorts of color application techniques and identical color theory. So in honor of my art background being so useful, I thought I’d do a Fine Art series, similar in concept to the Starry Night/hair presentation I recently did. Today, I’m sharing the work of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. His work tends to fall under the Symbolism category, and this is his most well known painting, “The Scream”, which has a bit of an unusual color palette, which I think contributes to the emotional discord of the image. I tend to very strongly agree with Munch’s art philosophy: “I do not believe in the art which is not the compulsive result of Man’s urge to open his heart.” Many things I make simply because they are pretty, but my favorite pieces force themselves out of me in surges of emotional energy. Without art, I think I’d be far more dysfunctional, as I would struggle to express myself in other ways. @asset35 #painting #symbolism #edvardmunch #thescream #rainbowhair #mermaidhair #unicornhair #orangehair #bluehair #joico #specialeffects #pravana #behindthechair

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Fine Art Series: This is one of many water lilies paintings that Claude Monet painted. Monet is the most famous of the Impressionist artists, who sought to focus on light and movement, often at the expense of form. Initially not well received, the term “Impressionism” was borrowed from a derogatory review by an art critic. However, it ultimately created the inertia that moved art into the modern period, freeing up a multitude of future artists to use freer and looser styles. Monet himself, however, struggled to internalize the influence of his work, battling depression and feelings of failure his entire life, destroying as many as 500 hundred of his own paintings, and even attempting suicide at one point. This goes to illustrate that no matter our feelings about ourselves, we can still have an enormous ongoing influence in the world; perhaps in that sense, there is no such thing as failure. #art #painting #Impressionism #Monet #impressionists #bluehair #greenhair #minthair #behindthechair #modernsalon

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Norway Woman Believes She Is Actually A Cat Born In The Wrong Body http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/02/norway-woman-believes-she-is-actually-a-cat-born-in-the-wrong-body/ Mon, 01 Feb 2016 18:05:37 +0000 http://amyth.com/?p=2898 (PCM) A 20-year old Norway woman is claiming that she has now made the realization that she is actually a cat that has been accidentally born into a human body. She also claims to have scientific proof, as she goes on to reveal that she made the realization that she was really at cat at age 16 after doctors discovered a “genetic defect” in her DNA. Despite the fact that, Nano, looks very much like a 20-year old human girl, she dons cat ears, a fake fluffy tail and crawls around the floor on her hands and knees. She says that she also has the ability to communicate with cats […]

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(PCM) A 20-year old Norway woman is claiming that she has now made the realization that she is actually a cat that has been accidentally born into a human body. She also claims to have scientific proof, as she goes on to reveal that she made the realization that she was really at cat at age 16 after doctors discovered a “genetic defect” in her DNA.

Despite the fact that, Nano, looks very much like a 20-year old human girl, she dons cat ears, a fake fluffy tail and crawls around the floor on her hands and knees. She says that she also has the ability to communicate with cats that are born into their correct bodies, like a cat whisperer of sorts.  We are thinking crazy cat lady all the way, but hey, you never know!

Nano believes that she has been a cat all her life and lists the fact that she hates water, likes to meow and has great hearing to further back up her claim. Even her best friend Svein is supportive of Nano’s claims saying that the two communicate through cat language and he, himself, has three personalities, one of which is actually a cat.

Nano says that psychologists tell her that she will “grow out” of the cat behavior, but she certainly feels otherwise!

 

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Groundhogs, Saints, and Bonfires: February Festivals of Spring http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/02/groundhogs-saints-and-bonfires-february-festivals-of-spring/ Mon, 01 Feb 2016 11:00:08 +0000 http://amyth.com/?p=2888 (PCM) By the time February rolls in, many of us here in the northern hemisphere are tired of snow, and cold, and scraping our cars off every morning. We’ll be waiting with frosted breath to find out if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow – will spring make an early entrance, or are we condemned to six more weeks of winter blahs? While the groundhog is a newish American pop culture hero, we humans have a long tradition of being sick and tired of winter halfway through it. Christian Candlemas, also known as the Feast of the Presentation, is observed forty days after Christmas. Candlemas is said to have roots in […]

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(PCM) By the time February rolls in, many of us here in the northern hemisphere are tired of snow, and cold, and scraping our cars off every morning. We’ll be waiting with frosted breath to find out if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow – will spring make an early entrance, or are we condemned to six more weeks of winter blahs?

While the groundhog is a newish American pop culture hero, we humans have a long tradition of being sick and tired of winter halfway through it. Christian Candlemas, also known as the Feast of the Presentation, is observed forty days after Christmas. Candlemas is said to have roots in the Roman Lupercalia, an agricultural festival held in mid-February. Then there’s St. Brigid’s Day on February 1st – the Catholic feast day in honor of Ireland’s premiere patroness, who also has roots in a pagan past.

Imbolc was the Celtic mid-winter holiday, celebrated between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. Imbolc (old Irish for “in the belly”) marked the start of lambing season and other signs of returning spring, and was linked to Brigid, a mother goddess and patron of livestock, healing, and artistry.

Brigid the Saint and her mythic pagan namesake remain important figures in Ireland and the Irish diaspora in the U.S. and elsewhere. Both the nun and the goddess are associated with fire: a perpetual flame in memory of St. Brigid is kept alive in County Kildare, Ireland, while modern Celts, Wiccans, and other Neo-pagans mark the festival with bonfires or candle rites.

No matter who you are, February 1st is a perfect time to warm your heart with thoughts of spring. Why not snuggle up in front of the fireplace tonight, or light some candles and make some pre-Valentine’s day romance? Get in the spirit with a hot toddy or Irish coffee, or get inspired: write a poem, crochet a new scarf, paint a picture – how about something with flowers in it? After all, spring is on its way: no matter what that groundhog has to say.

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My Journey To Health, Full on Depression http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/02/my-journey-to-health-full-on-depression/ Mon, 01 Feb 2016 09:00:24 +0000 http://pcmlifestyle.com/?p=32289 male-depressionFull on depression sucks.

Day one.

I am making the effort to wrote to you today during an almost full on depression episode.  I am also dropping, so how long this is will be is a matter of how long I can type.

Right now I am on the verge of tears and tearing someone apart.  I am extremely sleepy for no reason and the day has all in all been good.  There was nothing to start this downward spiral.

I can’t call anyone.  People already know I’m sick.  They don’t reach out to me so how can I believe they want to hear from me.  I am fat useless and a waste of breath on this planet and everyone would be better if I wasn’t on it.… Full Story

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male-depressionFull on depression sucks.

Day one.

I am making the effort to wrote to you today during an almost full on depression episode.  I am also dropping, so how long this is will be is a matter of how long I can type.

Right now I am on the verge of tears and tearing someone apart.  I am extremely sleepy for no reason and the day has all in all been good.  There was nothing to start this downward spiral.

I can’t call anyone.  People already know I’m sick.  They don’t reach out to me so how can I believe they want to hear from me.  I am fat useless and a waste of breath on this planet and everyone would be better if I wasn’t on it.

I don’t want to continue the journey.  I don’t want to give up sugar.  I like sugar.  Sugar is the only real friend I have.  There are small pies available at Giant, right now, I can eat ten of those.  Why am I trying so hard?  It will never work.

People say they love me but they don’t mean it.  More than anything I want my phone to ring and it won’t, because no one knows I exist.

Maybe I should go to the hospital.  But I have been there.  It’s awful.  The beds literally collapse on you.  You aren’t in a ward with just depressed people, you are in a ward full of all kinds of mentally ill individuals and sometimes they don’t stop screaming.  They push pills at you, but I honestly don’t want pills, I just want someone to listen to me.

I don’t know why I am like this.  I hate myself and I am an embarrassment to my family.  I’m 54 I can’t work, because if I get the least bit of criticism these feelings happen or I have a worse breakdown.  As soon as I start I know they want to fire me,  Now I pee myself with regularity because of meds and I poop myself because of a generic thing that I cannot control.  Who would put with someone having to go home everyday.

I wish I were dead.  I really do.  Life is just too damn hard and the burden too heavy.  No one cares at all.  I will always be alone.  I will always be alone.

Day Two

I am still in a bad place though I feel more numb with hopeless thrown in.  I went to church but I had to force myself out of bed and go very unwillingly.  It was good to see people but it hurt as well.

I’m tired, very tired.  I shouldn’t be I slept well.  But all I want to do is sleep.  There is anger burning underneath everything right now.  It’s under control but it doesn’t he;p knowing that I really want to burst out.

People need to stay away or if they come near there is every chance I will take a bight out of them.  I want to fight something but there is nothing to fight.  It’s not like it was yesterday, but it is very bad, maybe worse because it’s boiling under the surface and if I let it go, I will hurt people.

I know this column reads more like a journal entry.  I didn’t want to give you facts or ideas, I wanted to give you experience while it is happening.  I seriously, right now, do not know what the end of this story will be.  If you want to hear about when this passes leave a comment in the space below.  I won’t write about it otherwise.  This could take a week or more to end.  That is really the hard part, never knowing when it will end or worse yet what shape it will take tomorrow if it doesn’t end.

(This was written during an attack of a full on depressive episode and the following day.  This is as far as I could write.  I wrote this so you can see what is in the mind of at least some depressed people.  The loneliness hurts the worst.  Don’t let your friends go through this if you can help.  Help.  Just a hug can help)

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February 1 in Pop Culture History http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/02/february-1-in-pop-culture-history/ Mon, 01 Feb 2016 05:01:48 +0000 http://pop-culture.net/news/?p=4070 00February 1 in Pop Culture History
February 1st is Decorating With Candy Day.
It is also Robinson Crusoe Day.

1790 – First session of the U.S. Supreme Court, New York City

1851 – Evaporated milk was invented by Gail Borden.

1884 – The Oxford Dictionary debuted

1887 – The area known as Hollywood was founded.

1893 – Thomas A. Edison finished construction of the first motion picture studio, the Black Maria in West Orange, New Jersey.

1896 – Puccini’s La bohème premiered in Turin, Italy.

1898 – Travelers Insurance Company began issuing car insurance.

1911 – Thomas Jennings was found guilty in Illinois with the first use of fingerprint evidence in the US.

1913 – Grand Central Terminal opened in New York as the world’s largest train station

1938 (Volcano Eruption) Banda Sea, Indonesia.

1942 – Voice of America, the official external radio and television service of the US, begans broadcasting with programs aimed at areas controlled by the Axis powers (later at the communist block).

1953 – You Are There premiered on CBS radio.

1960 – The Greensboro ‘Sit In’ took plane in North Carolina, protesting discrimination.

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February 1st is Decorating With Candy Day.
It is also Robinson Crusoe Day.

1790 – First session of the U.S. Supreme Court, New York City

1851 – Evaporated milk was invented by Gail Borden.

1884 – The Oxford Dictionary debuted

1887 – The area known as Hollywood was founded.

1893 – Thomas A. Edison finished construction of the first motion picture studio, the Black Maria in West Orange, New Jersey.

1896 – Puccini’s La bohème premiered in Turin, Italy.

1898 – Travelers Insurance Company began issuing car insurance.

1911 – Thomas Jennings was found guilty in Illinois with the first use of fingerprint evidence in the US.

1913 – Grand Central Terminal opened in New York as the world’s largest train station

1938 (Volcano Eruption) Banda Sea, Indonesia.

1942 – Voice of America, the official external radio and television service of the US, begans broadcasting with programs aimed at areas controlled by the Axis powers (later at the communist block).

1953 – You Are There premiered on CBS radio.

1960 – The Greensboro ‘Sit In’ took plane in North Carolina, protesting discrimination.

1964 – I Want To Hold Your Hand by The Beatles was number 1 on the Billboard music charts.

1974 – Good Times premiered on CBS.

1978 – Director Roman Polanski fled the United States to France after pleading guilty to charges of having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

1982 – Late Night with David Letterman debuted on NBC.

1996 – The Communications Decency Act was passed by the US Congress.

2003 – Space Shuttle Columbia on mission STS-107 disintegrated during reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard over Texas.

2004 – The Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show Wardobe Malfunction controversy occurred

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Dangerous Duct Tape Challenge Trend Lands Teens In The Hospital http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/01/dangerous-duct-tape-challenge-trend-lands-teens-in-the-hospital/ Sun, 31 Jan 2016 18:40:42 +0000 http://pcmlifestyle.com/?p=32291 Duct-Tape-Challenge1

(PCM) Yet another rather dangerous trend has been picking up steam via social media and has already landed at least one teen in the hospital as a result. The Duct Tape Challenge is a new game in which young adults and teen are wrapping someone very tightly in duct tape and then filming how quickly they are able to escape.

One Washington teen named Skylar Fish recently participated in the challenge and is now in the hospital fighting for his life. His friends wrapped him in duct tape and when he was trying to make his escape he lost his balance and slammed his head into a window, causing a brain aneurysm, severe head injuries, and damage to his left eye socket.… Full Story

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(PCM) Yet another rather dangerous trend has been picking up steam via social media and has already landed at least one teen in the hospital as a result. The Duct Tape Challenge is a new game in which young adults and teen are wrapping someone very tightly in duct tape and then filming how quickly they are able to escape.

One Washington teen named Skylar Fish recently participated in the challenge and is now in the hospital fighting for his life. His friends wrapped him in duct tape and when he was trying to make his escape he lost his balance and slammed his head into a window, causing a brain aneurysm, severe head injuries, and damage to his left eye socket.

This is just the beginning of what type of injuries can possibly occur with these dangerous challenges, however more and more videos are popping up on Youtube and other social media accounts as everyone is trying to obtain their 15 minutes of internet fame. The videos are receiving millions of views, so parents please talk to your teens about not following the herd and hopefully not giving this silly challenge a try.

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CIA Releases Real X-Files To Delight Conspiracy Theorists And Fans Of The FOX TV Series http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/01/cia-releases-real-x-files-to-delight-conspiracy-theorists-and-fans-of-the-fox-tv-series/ Sun, 31 Jan 2016 16:30:25 +0000 http://amyth.com/?p=2893 (PCM) The return of “The X-Files” television series is all the current buzz, so it is no surprise that the CIA would choose to get in on some of the action. They have now highlighted some of their declassified real X-Files that showcase images of UFO’s, flying saucer diagrams and more, much to the delight of show’s fans and conspiracy theorists alike. Until now, we did not even know that the CIA had a blog, but apparently like the rest of us they do and used it to highlight particular declassified X-Files that they felt would be particularly interesting to the series characters Agent’s Mulder and Scully. Their blog posting […]

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CIAufos1(PCM) The return of “The X-Files” television series is all the current buzz, so it is no surprise that the CIA would choose to get in on some of the action. They have now highlighted some of their declassified real X-Files that showcase images of UFO’s, flying saucer diagrams and more, much to the delight of show’s fans and conspiracy theorists alike.

Until now, we did not even know that the CIA had a blog, but apparently like the rest of us they do and used it to highlight particular declassified X-Files that they felt would be particularly interesting to the series characters Agent’s Mulder and Scully. Their blog posting reads as follows:

…we’ve decided to highlight a few documents both skeptics and believers will find interesting. Below you will find five documents we think X-Files character Agent Fox Mulder would love to use to try and persuade others of the existence of extraterrestrial activity. We also pulled five documents we think his skeptical partner, Agent Dana Scully, could use to prove there is a scientific explanation for UFO sightings. The truth is out there; click on the links to find it.

Many of the files appear to have logical explanations behind them, or perhaps that is just what “they” want you to think!  Either way it is definitely fun to check out and theorize! You can check out the CIA’s blog posting and declassified X-Files here!

 

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Inspire Your Heart With Art Day, January 31 http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/01/inspire-your-heart-with-art-day-january-31/ Sun, 31 Jan 2016 09:00:26 +0000 http://pop-culture.net/news/?p=4063 snoopy-starry-sttarry-nightThe origins of Inspire Your Heart With Art Day are not known, though it is annually celebrated on January 31.  The meaning of Inspire Your Heart With Art Day, is fairly clear, take a moment to step away for the craziness of life and enjoy the type or art that inspires you.

The word “inspire” means to “animate the mind or emotions.”  So to be inspired by art is to have your emotions stirred and bring your mind into a place of action.  You can be inspired to both good and to evil, but the point of this day is to inspire your emotions and mind to good.

Art comes in all forms, music, painting, drawing, sculpture, the written word, comic books and comic strips, (I don’t think anyone reading this would argue that Charles Schulz was not an artist.  We would say he was!),  dance, theater, movies, TV shows, and others that I know I am failing to mention.

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snoopy-starry-sttarry-nightThe origins of Inspire Your Heart With Art Day are not known, though it is annually celebrated on January 31.  The meaning of Inspire Your Heart With Art Day, is fairly clear, take a moment to step away for the craziness of life and enjoy the type or art that inspires you.

The word “inspire” means to “animate the mind or emotions.”  So to be inspired by art is to have your emotions stirred and bring your mind into a place of action.  You can be inspired to both good and to evil, but the point of this day is to inspire your emotions and mind to good.

Art comes in all forms, music, painting, drawing, sculpture, the written word, comic books and comic strips, (I don’t think anyone reading this would argue that Charles Schulz was not an artist.  We would say he was!),  dance, theater, movies, TV shows, and others that I know I am failing to mention.

I believe in many ways we are surrounded by art.  There are usually some types of pictures hung in our work places, music is played over head almost where ever we go, advertisement utilizes all forms of art and they are definitely working to inspire you.  They want to inspire you to buy their products.

So how can you celebrate Inspire Your Heart With Art Day.  I would suggest doing something that you would normally not do.  If you watch TV and go to the movies all the time, go see a live stage play today.  If you always listen to rock music or rap, take a break and explore classical music or jazz.  When was the last time you went to a museum?  When was the last time you went to a live concert? 

Pay attention to what art does to you emotionally.  If you read or watch The Lord of the Rings, what is the book or movie saying to you?  What is the story about to you?  I bring The Lord of the Rings up because it wasn’t until I was 30 that I realized what the book spoke to my heart about.  For me the book is about friendship.  Someone else will probably think quite differently, which is what makes art important.  It stretches our minds and really good art points us towards others.

I brought up Charles Schulz earlier.  How many people can honestly say his art hasn’t touched them.  His art is in comic strips, tv shows, paintings, drama, music, sculpture, theater and film.  He has crossed almost every genre of art.  Snoopy inspires us to be cheerful and courageous; Charlie Brown helps us to identify with the underdog and Linus makes us think just a little bit more about what we are reading.  Peanuts, in many ways has become all forms of art in one package.

Several years ago I watched a movie about the homeless called Stone Pillow.  It was a drama about a street person in a large city.  Throughout the film the needs of and how to help the homeless were presented.  Not preached.  It was a piece of art, and inspired both my emotions and my mind.  I grew less fearful of people who live on the streets and I learned what to do to help, I have done what I could since then.  Art changed me.

So, go out and experience art.  Look at paintings, listen to music, see a play, read a book, but let what you do inspire you to do more.  Let the art into your art and mind.

One last thought.  We here at PCM are interested in you.  The sight is titled POP CULTURE MADNESS and art is part of pop culture.  So what types of art inspire you?  What helps you along the way in this life?  There is an area for comments directly below this article, please take a moment and tells about the art that is a part of your life.

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January 31 in Pop Culture History http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/01/january-31-in-pop-culture-history/ Sun, 31 Jan 2016 05:04:43 +0000 http://pop-culture.net/news/?p=3986 31January 31 in Pop Culture History
1865 – Congress passed the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in America.

1906 (Earthquake) Coastal Ecuador

1922 (Earthquakes) Eureka, Oregon & San Francisco, California

1958 – The United States launched its first successful orbiting satellite, Explorer-I.

1961 – The United States launched a 4-year-old male chimpanzee named Ham on a Mercury-Redstone 2 rocket into test suborbital flight. Ham landed safely about 17 minutes later.

1986 – Down and Out in Beverly Hills was released in theaters.

1988 – The Wonder Years premiered on ABC

1992 – ABC Sportscaster Howard Cosell retired.

1993 – The Super Bowl which was broadcast on NBC featured Michael Jackson marking the first time there was ever a solo performer during the show.

1997 – Star Wars (Special Edition) was released in theaters.

1999 – Family Guy premiered on Fox

2004 – You Got Served debuted in theaters.… More...

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1865 – Congress passed the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in America.

1906 (Earthquake) Coastal Ecuador

1922 (Earthquakes) Eureka, Oregon & San Francisco, California

1958 – The United States launched its first successful orbiting satellite, Explorer-I.

1961 – The United States launched a 4-year-old male chimpanzee named Ham on a Mercury-Redstone 2 rocket into test suborbital flight. Ham landed safely about 17 minutes later.

1986 – Down and Out in Beverly Hills was released in theaters.

1988 – The Wonder Years premiered on ABC

1992 – ABC Sportscaster Howard Cosell retired.

1993 – The Super Bowl which was broadcast on NBC featured Michael Jackson marking the first time there was ever a solo performer during the show.

1997 – Star Wars (Special Edition) was released in theaters.

1999 – Family Guy premiered on Fox

2004 – You Got Served debuted in theaters.

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Fans Have Launched An Official Petition For Snoop Dogg To Narrate “Planet Earth” Documentaries http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/01/fans-have-launched-an-official-petition-for-snoop-dogg-to-narrate-planet-earth-documentaries/ Sat, 30 Jan 2016 23:15:37 +0000 http://worldofpopculture.com/?p=9500 Snoop-Dogg

(PCM) It is not surprising that after the hilarious clip of Snoop Dogg narrating a brief nature video titled “Plizzanet Earth” as part of a Jimmy Kimmel sketch surfaced online that fans would immediately be clamoring for more! In fact, …

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(PCM) It is not surprising that after the hilarious clip of Snoop Dogg narrating a brief nature video titled “Plizzanet Earth” as part of a Jimmy Kimmel sketch surfaced online that fans would immediately be clamoring for more! In fact, they have even started a petition which has already reached over 37,000 signatures, that urges creators to allow Snoop Dogg to narrate the next season of the BBC series “Planet Earth”.

Good news is that Snoop, himself, is on-board as he took time to tweet his support for the petition saying ” “who made this ?? lets get this s–t going. who want more #PlizzanetEarth ?!”

We can only hope that the BBC will listen!  Seriously, it will be absolutely hilarious!

 

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McDonald’s Introduces Mozzarella Sticks, But They Forgot One Thing! http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/01/mcdonalds-introduces-mozzarella-sticks-but-they-forgot-one-thing/ Sat, 30 Jan 2016 22:32:30 +0000 http://pcmlifestyle.com/?p=32284 Mozzarella-Sticks

(PCM) Fans of fast-food chain McDonald’s were incredibly excited when the news was announced that the company would now be adding mozzarella sticks to their menu nationwide. Customers who had been waiting patiently to try the new cheese sticks were left incredibly disappointed when after ordering their mozzarella sticks one very important component was missing … the actual cheese!

Being that we live in the day and age of social media, customers immediately began posting images of their cheese-less mozzarella sticks on both Twitter and Facebook, tagging McDonald’s and expressing their displeasure.

The company was quick to issue and apology to customers and claim that the cheese may have melted out during the baking process in their kitchens and that those mozzarella sticks should never have been served.… Full Story

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(PCM) Fans of fast-food chain McDonald’s were incredibly excited when the news was announced that the company would now be adding mozzarella sticks to their menu nationwide. Customers who had been waiting patiently to try the new cheese sticks were left incredibly disappointed when after ordering their mozzarella sticks one very important component was missing … the actual cheese!

Being that we live in the day and age of social media, customers immediately began posting images of their cheese-less mozzarella sticks on both Twitter and Facebook, tagging McDonald’s and expressing their displeasure.

The company was quick to issue and apology to customers and claim that the cheese may have melted out during the baking process in their kitchens and that those mozzarella sticks should never have been served.

The company goes on to say that they are working on a solution to the problem and have been sending out coupons for a free replacement order of mozzarella sticks to any customers who were affected. Hopefully, the new mozzarella sticks will actually contain cheese!

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Coldplay Announces U.S. Stadium Tour http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/01/coldplay-announces-u-s-stadium-tour/ Sat, 30 Jan 2016 21:53:36 +0000 http://unskinnypop.com/?p=48261 (PCM) Coldplay announced the first U.S. shows for their A Head Full Of Dreams Tour. This is the band’s first world tour since the 2011/12 Mylo Xyloto Tour, which was seen by more than three million people on five continents. The Live Nation produced tour kicks off on Saturday, July 16, at New York City’s MetLife Stadium. The complete list of shows is below. Saturday, July 16 NEW YORK, NY MetLife Stadium Saturday, July 23 CHICAGO, IL Soldier Field Saturday, July 30 BOSTON, MA Gillette Stadium Saturday, August 6 PHILADELPHIA, PA Lincoln Financial Field Saturday, August 20 LOS ANGELES, CA Rose Bowl Saturday, August 27 DALLAS, TX AT&T Stadium Saturday, September […]

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(PCM) Coldplay announced the first U.S. shows for their A Head Full Of Dreams Tour. This is the band’s first world tour since the 2011/12 Mylo Xyloto Tour, which was seen by more than three million people on five continents. The Live Nation produced tour kicks off on Saturday, July 16, at New York City’s MetLife Stadium. The complete list of shows is below.

Saturday, July 16 NEW YORK, NY MetLife Stadium
Saturday, July 23 CHICAGO, IL Soldier Field
Saturday, July 30 BOSTON, MA Gillette Stadium
Saturday, August 6 PHILADELPHIA, PA Lincoln Financial Field
Saturday, August 20 LOS ANGELES, CA Rose Bowl
Saturday, August 27 DALLAS, TX AT&T Stadium
Saturday, September 3 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Levi’s Stadium

Citi is the official credit card of the A Head Full of Dreams North American Tour. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Friday, January 29, at 10 AM through Citi’s Private Pass Program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.General tickets will be available beginning Friday, February 5, at 10 AM local time at www.livenation.com.

A Head Full Of Dreams is Coldplay’s seventh album and the follow-up to 2014’s GRAMMY®-nominated Ghost Stories. Since its December 2015 release, A Head Full Of Dreams has reached Number One on iTunes in more than 90 countries and sold over three million copies. It has also helped Coldplay to their current position as Spotify’s most-streamed band in the world.

Says Coldplay’s Chris Martin, “A Head Full Of Dreams was written as a record to be performed live. We are beyond excited to play these shows across the U.S.”

Coldplay will headline the “Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show” in Santa Clara, California on Sunday, February 7. On the January 31 episode of “CBS Sunday Morning,” Anthony Mason will interview Chris Martin about the band’s preparations for this prestigious event.

It has also been announced that Martin will be the next passenger in James Corden’s car in a road-trip themed installment of “Carpool Karaoke” from CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” which will air the week of February 1.

For more information – and the full list of upcoming live dates – please visit Coldplay.com

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10 Cloverfield Lane: What we want to know! http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/01/10-cloverfield-lane-what-we-want-to-know/ Sat, 30 Jan 2016 21:25:32 +0000 http://www.ageofthenerd.com/?p=5672 We have some burning questions about the soon-to-be released Cloverfield sequel. Hit the jump to find out!

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In what was a shock announcement, the sequel to the 2008 hit monster film Cloverfield will finally be getting a sequel. The sequel, titled 10 Cloverfield Lane, has a reported March 11th 2016 release date. The synopsis follows a woman who wakes up in a basement, only to be told that a chemical explosion has rendered the outside world dilapidated. But is that the real reason? Possibly…..no, probably not, what with this being a continuation of a monster flick.

The follow up looks like it will be trailing a different set of characters this time as well as new actors. Judging from the trailer, it also looks as if the film will be swapping the “shaky cam” style for a professional shoot. That is more or less what we know right now. So, what else can we expect?, What questions remain? There is little time until March 11th rolls around, leaving it  difficult for the hype train to start.

So, why wait? Let’s initiate!

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It was shown at the conclusion of the first film that something quite sizeable dropped into the ocean. Fans have speculated that this is what woke up the monster, causing it to come to the surface and wreak havoc. For the sake of the movie retaining some weight, it may be best if the filmmakers came up with some other explanation. The thought of something bopping on the monster’s head, waking it from a deep sleep is kind of wacky! However, what that actually was will still need to be answered definitively. Whether that will remains to be seen and heard.

Denying some insight for the existence of the monster was fine for the original flick. But the audience deserve something to go on this time around. Asking for a spillage of details is not something that should happen, either. A few tidbits will suffice, especially if a third installment is planned! Slow and steady is the right way if they plan more movies. And we have most likely learned by now that anything is possible in Hollywood, especially if 10 Cloverfield Lane makes a ton of money, regardless if it is critically acclaimed.

10c_1-sht_online_teaser_altEverybody who has seen Cloverfield remembers that enigmatic shot of Lizzy Caplan’s Marlena violently exploding! What just happened there? We still don’t know, and that is one of the moments that is heavily debated, even more so than the satellite theory! Will we get an answer? Will 10 Cloverfield Lane just rip off the classic Alien and say that humans are used to spread the infestation of those creepy crawlies that were seen attacking the military and pedestrians, alike? Unlikely. So…what happened? It was a seemingly random moment in what was otherwise a pretty straightforward beast picture. Ambiguity is great if the film does not create a franchise, but who knows how many sequels will come after this one!

In the first movie, we were shown the US army dealing with the monster, eventually dropping what was most likely a nuclear bomb. If that was the case then that would explain why our main character in the upcoming sequel is told to stay away from the outside world. To protect oneself from radiation poisoning. But in the pivotal scene when the bomb was dropped, a voice can be heard stating that the monster was still alive! So, what is being done to contain it? With it possibly being a creature originating from the ocean, will it have travelled to other parts of the world and created chaos? More importantly, what have the survivors been doing to live? Have they been able to grab supplies? What about access to water, and ways of communicating with other survivors?

We can’t wait to find out on March 11th!

 

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Watch Christopher Nolan and Colin Trevorrow Talk Film vs. Video http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/01/watch-christopher-nolan-and-colin-trevorrow-talk-film-vs-video/ Sat, 30 Jan 2016 16:04:40 +0000 http://www.ageofthenerd.com/?p=5684 Watch as Christopher Nolan and Colin Trevorrow discuss why they love shooting on film for over 90-minutes!

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The debate over Film vs. Video is one that has reached a tipping point. Although the discussion stems back into the late 80’s, the advances in digital camera technology within the last 10 years have poised digital to give film a real runs for it’s money as the dominant medium in filmmaking. If you follow the world of filmmaking in any capacity, you’re probably aware that Christopher Nolan, along with a group of other high profile filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, J.J Abrams, and Quentin Tarantino, were instrumental in helping Kodak form shutting down the production of film stock.

This year’s Sundance Film Festival has plenty of panels that provide insight into the creative process of both established and up and coming filmmakers. Of all the panels, the one that has received the most attention is the “Power of Story: the Art of Film”. Not only does Trevorrow announce that the tradition of shooting Star Wars movies on film will continue with Episode XI, but he and the rest of the panel (which includes the aforementioned Nolan, Rachel Wilson, and Alex Ross Perry) discuss why shooting on film is important to them and their storytelling process. Check out the full 90-minute discussion below, along with my thoughts on some of the points argued in the discussion.

I think that all of the filmmakers have very valid and solid points here, and that there is a lot to learn from this conversation. As a student filmmaker who is trying to make a name for himself, I find it very encouraging to see them championing the use of film, even on an indie level. Of course half of the pleasure of this panel is getting a chance to pick the mind of Christopher Nolan for 90 minutes, but the biggest piece of insight that I felt Nolan offered was the idea that Film and Digital are two different Mediums.

We often group the two together, when in reality this is like calling charcoal and pastel the same thing when each, while similar, requires a different way of working and composing to give a unique feel. As a person who has made movies on both digital and film mediums, I can say without a doubt that the choice of format is really dependent on the story you’re trying to tell and how to best serve the characters.

Wilson, who was the cinematographer on Fruitvale Station, makes a really substantial point about this, and is honestly my biggest complaint about Nolan’s view on film. I feel that he wastes so much energy making sure that his movies are shot on film, completely bypassing the question of what medium best serves the story. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christopher Nolan as a filmmaker, and I love what he’s done for the industry, but at a certain point you have to let go as an artist and let the story dictate these choices as opposed to your own personal indulgences as a filmmaker. While I do agree with all of the panel about film’s ability to force limitations on the filmmaker as far as shooting ratio goes, I do think that that same mentality can also be applied to shooting digitally.

Regardless, I still believe that film is not dead, and will never die. The most important, fundamental element to be learned form this discussion is that shooting on film is a choice, not a luxury or a burden, but rather a tool to create your canvas. Regardless, the debate over film vs. digital will continue to rage on.

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January 30 in Pop Culture History http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/01/january-30-in-pop-culture-history/ Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:03:21 +0000 http://pop-culture.net/news/?p=3984 30January 30 in Pop Culture History
1703 – The 47 Ronin, under the command of Oishi Kuranosuke, avenged the death of their master, Asano Naganori.

1790 – The first boat designed as a lifeboat was tested on the River Tyne.

1868 – Charles Darwin’s book, Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication, was published.

1948 – Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by Nathuram Godse.

1958 – The first two-way, moving sidewalk (1,425 feet long) was put in service at Love Field Air Terminal in Dallas, TX.

1960 – Lily Potter’s Birthday

1968 – The North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong began the Tet Offensive

1969 – The Beatles rooftop performance and recording for Let It Be took place at Apple Records.

1972 – British Paratroopers open fire on and kill fourteen unarmed civil rights/anti-internment marchers in Derry, Northern Ireland. It was commemorated by US with 1983’s Sunday Bloody Sunday.

1973 – KISS played their 1st show at the Coventry Club in Queens New York.

1987 – Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold, Radio Days and Outrageous Fortune were released in theaters.

2007 – Microsoft released Windows Vista.

2009 Taken and The Uninvited were released in theaters.… More...

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30January 30 in Pop Culture History
1703 – The 47 Ronin, under the command of Oishi Kuranosuke, avenged the death of their master, Asano Naganori.

1790 – The first boat designed as a lifeboat was tested on the River Tyne.

1868 – Charles Darwin’s book, Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication, was published.

1948 – Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by Nathuram Godse.

1958 – The first two-way, moving sidewalk (1,425 feet long) was put in service at Love Field Air Terminal in Dallas, TX.

1960 – Lily Potter’s Birthday

1968 – The North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong began the Tet Offensive

1969 – The Beatles rooftop performance and recording for Let It Be took place at Apple Records.

1972 – British Paratroopers open fire on and kill fourteen unarmed civil rights/anti-internment marchers in Derry, Northern Ireland. It was commemorated by US with 1983’s Sunday Bloody Sunday.

1973 – KISS played their 1st show at the Coventry Club in Queens New York.

1987 – Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold, Radio Days and Outrageous Fortune were released in theaters.

2007 – Microsoft released Windows Vista.

2009 Taken and The Uninvited were released in theaters.

January 30 in Pop Culture History was contributed by Pop Culture Fun Facts.

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Death Wish Coffee Company Beats Out OVER 15,000 Competitors For Commercial Slot http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/01/death-wish-coffee-company-beats-out-over-15000-competitors-for-commercial-slot/ Fri, 29 Jan 2016 18:34:03 +0000 http://pcmlifestyle.com/?p=32277 Deathwish-Coffee

(PCM) The creators of “The World’s Strongest Coffee”, Death Wish Coffee Company, have taken first place in the Intuit QuickBooks’s Small Business Big Game Competition, securing them a thirty-second commercial during football’s biggest game offering more than 100 million viewers. Death Wish Coffee Company entered the competition after the success they witnessed from GoldieBlox, the 2014 winner, who went on to grow dramatically in size.

“When Intuit told us that we had won, I immediately started to tear up because I knew how much this meant to my team and our customers,” said Mike Brown, owner of Death Wish Coffee. “I feel so grateful because there are so many types of coffee out there but our customers love Death Wish Coffee to the exclusion of everything else.”

Death Wish Coffee entered QuickBooks Small Business Big Game two weeks after the start of the competition, but the late entry didn’t stop the Death Wish fans from rallying behind their beloved hardcore coffee.… Full Story

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(PCM) The creators of “The World’s Strongest Coffee”, Death Wish Coffee Company, have taken first place in the Intuit QuickBooks’s Small Business Big Game Competition, securing them a thirty-second commercial during football’s biggest game offering more than 100 million viewers. Death Wish Coffee Company entered the competition after the success they witnessed from GoldieBlox, the 2014 winner, who went on to grow dramatically in size.

“When Intuit told us that we had won, I immediately started to tear up because I knew how much this meant to my team and our customers,” said Mike Brown, owner of Death Wish Coffee. “I feel so grateful because there are so many types of coffee out there but our customers love Death Wish Coffee to the exclusion of everything else.”

Death Wish Coffee entered QuickBooks Small Business Big Game two weeks after the start of the competition, but the late entry didn’t stop the Death Wish fans from rallying behind their beloved hardcore coffee. Millions of votes determined the top 10 and then the final three which included Death Wish Coffee Company, Chubbies Shorts and Vidler’s 5 & 10.

“The World’s Strongest Coffee” stands victorious thanks to their loyal fans and dedicated staff of eleven, led by Brown who perfected the Death Wish Coffee recipe in the basement of his coffee shop four short years ago. Brown opened Saratoga Coffee Traders, a cafe and coffee spot nestled on Broadway in Saratoga Springs in 2008 and began experimenting with coffee blends. Customers seeking stronger coffee, an excitement for innovation and hours of dedication birthed Death Wish Coffee as it is known today.

“The inspiration for the name Death Wish came from a gift my girlfriend bought me while she was on vacation in California,” said Brown. “One day it just hit me, Death Wish would be a killer coffee name, so that’s what I decided to build the brand around.”

Death Wish Coffee is a mixture of Arabica and Robusta beans artfully blended to provide the highest caffeine content possible.  Death Wish boasts deep notes of dark cherry and chocolate that perfectly compliment the dark roast shade.  Death Wish Coffee is organic, fair trade and crafted by experts on one of the best roasters in the world.  Death Wish Coffee Company also offers Valhalla Java, an artisanal, earthy blend with notes of walnut and chocolate.  Death Wish Coffee Company is brewing up some new concoctions that could make their way to customers in the spring of 2016.

“We’re so confident this coffee is worth every penny that we offer a money back guarantee,” said Brown.

Keep an eye out for the skull and crossbones in a store near you. “The World’s Strongest Coffee” can always be found on amazon.com, eBay.com, deathwishcoffee.com, in Price Chopper Supermarkets throughout the Capital Region, and at Saratoga Coffee Traders on Broadway in Saratoga Springs, NY.

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My Journey To Health, Inspiration http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/01/my-journey-to-health-inspiration/ Fri, 29 Jan 2016 09:00:23 +0000 http://pcmlifestyle.com/?p=32267 sunrise-(1)(PCM) Inspiration!  In a journey to health we must have help along the way, something outside of ourselves that keeps us going toward the goal.  I would use the word inspire to describe this need.

To inspire means to stir up the emotions and animate the mind.  Inspiration is a tool that we can put to use to help us get to the goal of a healthy life.  It is important to take a moment and describe what I mean by a healthy life.  It is a healthy mind, body and spirit and if even one of these is not running well the rest are also thrown off.… Full Story

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sunrise-(1)(PCM) Inspiration!  In a journey to health we must have help along the way, something outside of ourselves that keeps us going toward the goal.  I would use the word inspire to describe this need.

To inspire means to stir up the emotions and animate the mind.  Inspiration is a tool that we can put to use to help us get to the goal of a healthy life.  It is important to take a moment and describe what I mean by a healthy life.  It is a healthy mind, body and spirit and if even one of these is not running well the rest are also thrown off.

There are all kinds of health issues these days.  Addiction, depression, obesity, cancer, mental and emotional issues, diseases and viruses, a total lack of a spiritual life, all of these, and many more, are our enemies in becoming healthy.

What can be used to inspire us to move forward in our personal battles?  Let me tell you about my own inspirations and maybe they will help define yours.  Remember too that inspiration can come from anywhere so don’t limit yourself to what I write about here.

The first and foremost inspiration is God.  God is my father and he wants the best for me, even if he and I don’t see eye to eye on that all of the time.  Mother Theresa once said that (and I am paraphrasing) “Jesus was her husband and they argue a lot.”  The church itself is the bride of Christ so Jesus in the husband to all Christians and I don’t know of any that don’t, every once in a while, have angry moments with God.

But that doesn’t mean there is no inspiration here.  Psalm 23 says “I walk through the valley of the shadow of death and you are with me.”  The valley of the shadow of death is not death itself, it is the feeling of death when you desperately want donuts or you want the substance that you have been using for years but you know you can’t use any longer.  Your whole body is yelling “GIVE ME WHAT I WANT!” But you say NO!.  And God is with you comforting you and encouraging you to move forward.  This is inspiration.

Inspiration also comes from the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus.  Jesus being fully man chose to die a humiliating death for me.  If he can die for me, literally die.  Can’t I stop putting bad things in my mouth so I can live?

Then there are people that inspire me.  I have a new friend whose name is Steve.  He is a vegan, and I don’t want to go that far, at least not now.  But in his life I can see what can be done, that the changes can be made.  That eating right doesn’t have to be a burden.  I am very grateful for that.  Someone who lives it can inspire us to live it too.

My small group leader, Caleb, has shown me through example that you can live free.  I am still grasping the meaning of that, but I am learning to see the things of life much less of a burden in fact I am learning that there are burdens I don’t have to carry that have been laid on me by others.  But Caleb doesn’t just talk it.  You see it in his life.

I am inspired by my editor Joe, who keeps going no matter how hard things get and has patience with me when I just can’t figure out how to run a computer correctly.  He praises when deserved and gently corrects when needed.  Because of the way he is I want to do better.

Art in many forms inspires me.  Frodo Baggins, from The Lord of the Rings, the smallest creature in his world takes a dangerous weapon into enemy territory and destroys it.  Sam Gamgee, Frodo’s friend, when Frodo is too weak to carry the burden alone, picks Frodo up and carries him.  Frodo destroyed the ring of power, can’t I destroy the fat of death.  Sam carried his friend; can’t I carry my friends when they need help?

Music can be inspirational.  When I am really down, if I remember, you will find me singing My Favorite Things, from the Sound of Music.  The lyrics and music that comprise the song bring bright pictures in to my mind and help to battle sadness.

The Theme from Chariots of Fire, is exhilarating to me,  I Gotta Crow from Peter Pan is motivational for me and Look To The Rainbow from Finian’s Rainbow is a song that brings hope for a good ending.  And Somewhere Over The Rainbow is always a reminder that no matter how bad or hard things get there is a real better place waiting for me.

I am inspired to joy when I see Van Gogh’s Starry Night, I am encouraged by Snoopy in Peanuts, I know that good health and good attitudes can be won if we work hard when I read The Secret Garden.

These are things that I find inspirational.  They may not be what you find inspirational.  But look for those things.  Hold on to them.  Go to them (people) look at them, read them or listen to them when you feel like giving up.  You will find the strength to go forward.  Don’t give up.  Not ever.  You and I are walking this path together.  You can do it.

Below this article there is a section for making comments.  Some people have a hard time finding something to inspire them.  Please take a moment and write what you find inspiring.  What get’s you thru the day or helps to renew your energy to reach your goals.  If you wish tell your story.  What you faced or are facing, and what kept or keeps you going.  And please have mercy and don’t tell me it’s a dozen donuts and Death by Chocolate that gets you through.  Who knows, your words may help someone else.

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January 29 in Pop Culture History http://pcmworldnews.com/news/2016/01/january-29-in-pop-culture-history/ Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:02:58 +0000 http://pop-culture.net/news/?p=3982 29January 29 in Pop Culture History
1845 – Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Raven’ was published in the New York Evening Mirror.

1861 – Kansas became the 34th state.

1886 – Karl Benz patented the first successful gasoline-driven automobile.

1924 – The first US patent (#1481813) for an ice cream cone rolling machine was issued to Carl R. Taylor of Cleveland, Ohio

1959 – Walt Disney’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ was released. The Beauty, Princess Aurora, only appeared on screen for about 18 minutes as an ‘adult’, but she was actually a sixteen year-old.

1967 – The Mantra-Rock Dance (the ‘Ultimate High’) took place in San Francisco and features Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, Allen Ginsberg and others.

2015 – Malaysia officially declared the disappearance of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (disappeared on March 8, 2014) an accident and its passengers and crew presumed dead.… More...

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29January 29 in Pop Culture History
1845 – Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Raven’ was published in the New York Evening Mirror.

1861 – Kansas became the 34th state.

1886 – Karl Benz patented the first successful gasoline-driven automobile.

1924 – The first US patent (#1481813) for an ice cream cone rolling machine was issued to Carl R. Taylor of Cleveland, Ohio

1959 – Walt Disney’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ was released. The Beauty, Princess Aurora, only appeared on screen for about 18 minutes as an ‘adult’, but she was actually a sixteen year-old.

1967 – The Mantra-Rock Dance (the ‘Ultimate High’) took place in San Francisco and features Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, Allen Ginsberg and others.

2015 – Malaysia officially declared the disappearance of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 (disappeared on March 8, 2014) an accident and its passengers and crew presumed dead.

January 29 in Pop Culture History was contributed by Pop Culture Fun Facts.

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