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28 Jan 22:26

Anker Soundcore Life P2 True Wireless Earbuds - $42.99 + FS

by JZ1989
Anker Soundcore Life P2 True Wireless Earbuds - $42.99 + FS

Thumb Score: +39
Anker Official Store via Newegg has Anker Soundcore Life P2 True Wireless Earbuds for $42.99. Shipping is free. Thanks JZ1989

Deal Editor's Notes & Price Research: [LIST][*]This is $2 less than a +114 Frontpage deal from October.
12 Dec 02:28

Delta Everly Single-Handle Pull-Down Sprayer Kitchen Faucet (SpotShield Stainless) $99 + Free Shipping

by Rokket
Delta Everly Single-Handle Pull-Down Sprayer Kitchen Faucet (SpotShield Stainless) $99 + Free Shipping

Thumb Score: +35 has Delta Everly Single-Handle Pull-Down Sprayer Kitchen Faucet (SpotShield Stainless, 19741Z-SPSD-DST) on sale for $99. Shipping is free or select free store pickup where available. Thanks Rokket

Note, availability for store pickup may vary by location.

Deal Editor's Notes & Price Research: Single-hole, 2, 3 or 4-hole installation (deck plate included), backed by Delta's Lifetime Limited Warranty.
16 Apr 19:14

LG TurboWash 4.5 Cu. Ft. 12-Cycle Front-Loading Washer w/ Steam WM3770HVA for $699 ($629 with 10% off coupon)

by vak72
LG TurboWash 4.5 Cu. Ft. 12-Cycle Front-Loading Washer w/ Steam WM3770HVA for $699 ($629 with 10% off coupon)

Thumb Score: +53
Lowe's has LG TurboWash 4.5 cu. ft. Stackable Front-Load Washer w/ Steam (Graphite Steel, WM3770HVA) on sale for $699. Shipping is free. Otherwise, select free ship-to-store pickup where available. Thanks vak72

Deal Editor's Notes & Price Research: Refer to forum thread for additional deal ideas & discussion ~RevOne
14 Mar 21:07


by DocBastard
I tried my best, I really did.  I've seen the article, I read it, and I tried to ignore it.  I had fully intended to leave it alone until I had some more actual information, and just like anything else, my resolve was firm until it wasn't.

Many of you know exactly what I mean, but for those of you shaking your head and wondering exactly what the hell I'm talking about, you obviously missed the title.  Yes, I'm talking about the article about Jahi McMath in The New Yorker magazine titled "What Does it Mean to Die".  In case you haven't read it, click the link, read it, and then come back.

No seriously, go read it.  Yeah yeah yeah, I know it's long!  JUST READ IT.

Done?  Good.

If you're anything like me, the first thing you noticed was the pictures.  There aren't many, but there is one very-obviously-posed picture of Jahi looking quite bloated though peaceful in her bed covered by an "I believe in Miracles" blanket, her mother leaning in talking to her, her step-father looking on and smiling, and her little sister peering in through the doorway.

Give me a break.

Much more striking than how Jahi looks is the overriding racial overtones that are pervasive throughout.  The article starts with this little tidbit from Jahi's mother Nailah in the fourth paragraph:
Just two paragraphs later we get this quote from Nailah's mother Sandra:
Is any of this true?  I wasn't there, so I can neither prove nor disprove these allegations.  However, the procedure was performed at a world-class children's hospital (in a city that has a larger black population than white), not a run-of-the-mill facility or some rural clinic.  I obviously can't disprove it, but I find it all but impossible to believe.  And of course the doctors and hospital in question cannot defend themselves due to privacy laws.

The article goes on to explain how Nailah failed to understand how Jahi could be pronounced dead even though "her skin was still warm and soft and she occasionally moved her arms, ankles, and hips".  This was doubtless explained to the family dozens of times both in the immediate aftermath and in the ensuing four years.  I've written about it here multiple times, though I have a strong suspicion they haven't read it.  Maybe they should.

Anyway, the article then delves back into thinly veiled racism with this passage:
And then:
Probably not surprisingly, Dr. Williams remembers the conversation differently (though her contradiction is not further explained in the article).  Unfortunately it gets even worse in the very next paragraph:
Sigh.  I nearly put the article down and stopped reading at this point, because the slant was plainly obvious.  However, Jahi's story was not about race, it was about a little girl who suffered a horrible post-operative complication and died.  It was never about race until they made it about race.

The next portion of the article is a retelling of the legal struggles Nailah went through and how she eventually got Jahi out of California to New Jersey, where she remains to this day.  It isn't until over 3000 words later that we finally get into the heart of the issue - what it means to die (you know, the title of the damned article).  The author goes into the history of how brain death criteria came into being, and she unfortunately delves into the seemingly true (yet demonstrably false) assumption that brain death was somehow invented in order to facilitate organ transplantation.

It would have taken the author 0.211 seconds (I timed it) to find an article from the Journal of Medical Ethics written by Dr. Calixto Machado (a name that should sound strikingly familiar to anyone who knows Jahi's case and who is mentioned later in the article) in 2007 that directly refutes this point.  The title is rather unambiguous: "The concept of brain death did not evolve to benefit organ transplants", and the main point is summarised quite concisely in the introduction:
It is commonly believed that the concept of brain death (BD) evolved to benefit organ transplantation.  Nonetheless, a historical approach to this issue will demonstrate that both had an entirely separate origin.  Organ transplantation was developed thanks to technical advances in surgery and immunosuppressive treatment. Meanwhile, the BD concept was developed thanks to the development of intensive care techniques.
Later the article explains how Jahi has supposedly developed the ability to move her hand and foot in response to verbal commands.  This claim is based on a series of videos that have been corroborated by exactly no one, yet they somehow have convinced neurologist Alan Shewmon to declare that she no longer meets brain death criteria.  What the article fails to mention is that Jahi had brainstem auditory evoked potentials performed back in September of 2014, which revealed that there was no auditory pathway, making it therefore an anatomic impossibility for her to hear anything.  She simply has no neural pathways that can allow her to hear the commands to which she is supposedly responding.  This hearkens back to the Terry Shiavo case, where her parents insisted that she could see them and respond to them, but an autopsy later revealed that her visual cortex had been destroyed, rendering her completely blind.

Just like with Jahi, Terri's parents had "video evidence".  Just like with Jahi, Terri's parents believed that Terri was interacting with them.  And just like with Jahi, Terri's parents were wrong.  What you can't see in Jahi's video clips (but can with Terri's) is the presumably hours and hours of footage it took for Nailah to get these cherry-picked video clips.  I have no doubt that Nailah saw Jahi twitching her hand and foot and recorded as much footage as she needed to get exactly what she wanted.  There is an excellent explanation here about why we have no reason to believe these videos.

However, the part of the article that caused me to groan the most was this:
Really?  REALLY?  She just so happened to have that conversation with her kids the previous year?  And Jahi just so happened to say "Keep me on one of those"?  Apparently we, the readers of this article, are expected to be too stupid to see right through this.  We're supposed to believe that Jahi asked for what her family is doing to her.  That she wanted this existence. 


Of all the things that have never ever happened, this never happened the most.
22 Sep 22:44

“We were pretty poor back in Mexico. My parents were divorced....

“We were pretty poor back in Mexico. My parents were divorced. Mom did the best she could. She was always a hustler. She’d sell jewelry, or food, or anything that she could. But a lot of nights there still wouldn’t be enough to eat. We’d survive on tortillas and salt. I was only eight when we came to America. So I was too young to understand. I think my mom thought she could make some money and bring us home. She thought she’d learn English, and maybe start a business. But it was so much harder than she expected. We moved so much looking for work. She’s fifty and she still cleans houses every day. Every year she gets more worn down. She’s been getting sick a lot lately. But she can’t afford to stop. She never will. Right now I’m in school. I always thought I had to be the best student because I’m undocumented. I thought I’d go to law school, or graduate school. But now I’m not so sure. My mom would literally destroy her body to make that happen for me. How could I allow that to happen? I’m a Dreamer. And everyone loves the Dreamers because we’re a perfect package to sell. But why am I the only one who gets the chance to feel safe? Whenever I hear ‘I stand with Dreamers,’ I always think about my mom. I’m not willing to throw her under the bus. I’m not willing to be a bargaining chip to make her seem like a criminal. Everything people admire about Dreamers is because of our parents.”

01 Apr 20:30

Homemade Banh Beo (Steamed Rice Cakes with Shrimp)

Bánh bèo is a Vietnamese specialty made with individual, thick, steamed rice cakes. The recipe is not that complicated but preparing each rice cake can be time-consuming. The batter is made from combined rice flour, tapioca starch and corn starch. I used tiny, one-ounce porcelain dipping bowls to steam the rice cakes. Once they were cooked, I brushed them with onion-flavored oil to prevent them from sticking to each other. Little Aria helped with brushing the rices cakes with oil while I unmolded them; it made the preparation all the more fun to have her around, getting her hands dirty. 

The second step is the filling, which is traditionally made with dried shrimp flakes, fried shallots and green onions. You could make a vegetarian version using mung beans. Lastly, a drizzle of nước chấm (fish sauce) and chopped Vietnamese mint (rau thơm) complete the festive dish.

Full Recipe...
10 Dec 00:42

18 Cookie Recipes for Your Holiday Cookie Exchange — The Kitchn

by Apartment Therapy
12 Nov 21:08

15.5" Ceramic Balcony Planter (Blue/White) $8.40

08 Sep 17:52

The Rise of The Redhead

As Sam Baker celebrates her red hair in the October issue, we look back at history's defining red heads.

Like her predecessor Sarah Bernhardt, Katharine Hepburn – also an ambitious, versatile and fiery flame-haired actor – enjoyed a long and successful career from the 1920s onwards.
While Bernhardt had only dabbled with silent cinema when it first came about, Hepburn was one of the first stars to cross over from theatre to the silver screen and achieve mainstream success as a Hollywood icon.
Hepburn starred in 44 feature films such as Little Women and Holiday – cast opposite Cary Grant – and can boast the most amount of Academy Awards ever received, taking home four Oscars and nominated for 12.

Back in the States, an Australian actor shot to fame in the 1990s when she married Hollywood’s leading man Tom Cruise after meeting him on set for their film Days of Thunder.
The flame-haired actress soon became a house-hold name and Nicole Kidman has since starred in fifty movies to date, nominated for three Academy Awards and winning an Oscar for her performance in The Hours in 2003.

Lead singer of Florence + the Machine, Florence Welch is the red-haired musician and muse to Gucci's Frida Giannini and was a Bazaar cover star this year. Interestingly, Welch cites the Pre-Raphaelite paintings – like The Lady of Shalott and Ophelia – as inspiration to her own work.

It’s hard to believe that one of Jessica Chastain’s stand-out features, her hair, was the very reason she found it difficult to get her acting career off the ground. Luckily for the film industry, but not for our hair envy, she was cast in 2008 indie flick Jolene. She has since gone on to land an Oscar nomination for her performance in the The Help and been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.

There are few things not to like about American actress Emma Stone and her glossy strawberry-blonde hair is certainly not one of them. Quirky, funny and extremely pretty, boys want to be with her and girls want to be her – but they’d also happily settle for being her best friend. See her next with Naomi Watts in Birdman.

When someone tells me I'm a sex symbol I'm like, 'What?' But I'll take what I can get. That'll teach all those boys back in junior high school. In fact, I hope my very first boyfriend, the guy I dated for one month and who broke up with me at the Valentine's Day dance, I hope that boy reads this! It's a huge compliment when someone says you're attractive, especially when I was such an awkward kid, I was very tomboyish, with very short red hair, running around with cowboy boots on. - Jessica Chastain
26 Aug 20:24

"I’d like to be a writer.""What do you write?""I mainly...

"I’d like to be a writer."
"What do you write?"
"I mainly just write in my journal. I like to take snippets of conversation that I pick up on the street from different people, and piece them together into one conversation. You never do that?”
"I don’t think so. How do you mean?"
"I don’t know… whenever I hear people talking passionately on the phone, it tends to be about the same things— relationships, money, things that they value. So it’s easy to take pieces of each conversation and put them into a single narrative. It’s just like when you watch sitcoms. You tend to notice the same scenes acted out over and over, just with different actors."

29 Jul 20:37

Kids Cosplay at Comic-Con 2013!

by Susana Polo

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  1. 1.Chun-Li and Sakura Chun-Li and Sakura From I Heart Chaos.
  2. 2.Agent Coulson Agent Coulson From Twitter.
  3. 3.R2-D2 and C-3PO R2-D2 and C-3PO From Twitter.
  4. 4.Predator Predator From I Heart Chaos.
  5. 5.Starbuck and Kaywinnit Lee Frye Starbuck and Kaywinnit Lee Frye From Fashionably Geek.
  6. 6.Captain America Captain America From Collider.
  7. 7.Jem Jem From Fashionably Geek.
  8. 8.TARDIS Transformer TARDIS Transformer From Fashionably Geek.

Kids. Cosplaying. It’s a match made in heaven, even to a kid-hating weirdo like me.

Can’t get enough of this year’s crop of kids cosplaying at SDCC? Check out last year’s.

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Previously in SDCC ’13 Cosplay

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