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Cirque du Soleil Accident Leaves Set Technician Dead


*After recently seeing Toruk: The first Flight, a new Cirque du Soleil show that opens in January; but previewed at Los Angeles’ Staples Center in November, I was reminded of the admiration and respect I have for the work that these athletes do as performers; and the team behind the scenes that supports them. Yet at the same time we in the audience wonder at what cost are these jaw-dropping feats accomplished or perfected. Today offered a sad reality as the news of one of the brands employees, a technician who was preparing the set for a performance of Cirque du Soleil’s show, ‘Luzia,’ was struck by a piece of lifting equipment and later succumbed to his injuries.

According to an ABC News report…

San Francisco police responded to the accident at 6:43 p.m. in the city’s Mission Bay neighborhood. “The employee was transported to the hospital with life threatening injuries,” police said in a statement, adding that investigators would be on scene to determine the cause of the accident.

“It is with immense sadness that we report a fatal accident that occurred on Nov. 29, during the preset of the show “Luzia” in San Francisco,” Cirque du Soleil said in a statement. “One of our employees, a technician on the show, was struck by a lift and passed away from his injuries.”

The company declined to release the person’s name. Tuesday’s 8 p.m. show was canceled.



OMG! San Francisco Skyscraper is ‘Sinking’ Steadily (Photos Captured from Space!)

By the way, I worked in the building directly to the left in 1989.

*Renamed the Leaning Tower of San Francisco (after Italy’s Leaning Tower of Pisa) a highrise building in the Bay Area has sunk at least 16 inches and now appears to have tilted two inches to the northwest. The structure is the Millennium Tower on Mission Street. Now the City of San Francisco, who claims the problem was never disclosed to potential buyers, according to a news report by ABC World News Tonight, is suing the building’s developers.

Italy’s famed Leaning Tower of Pisa

Outside of the building, deep cracks appear in the sidewalk and building residents admit they don’t feel safe.

Frank Jernigan, one of the residents, demonstrates to ABC News reporter Kaya Whitworth, how the building tilts by placing a marble on the floor in his home. The marble not only rolls towards the tilt, but also changed direction showing the building’s imbalance. Continue reading

This 7-Time Lottery Winner (He’s Real, Y’all) Shows Us How to Win Too!


*Be warned. For the most part, I’m going to shut up and allow YOU to watch the videos. They’re self explanatory. I have not won a lottery even once. At least nothing worth mentioning. Well wait, there was that one time when I bought a scratch off and every number I picked was a winning one.

But it only amounted to $50 total.

This man named Richard Lustig has won the lottery, including scratch offs, SEVEN FREAKIN’ TIMES. He has been all over TV. He’s on Wikipedia. And of course, his strategy is considered controversial.

But who cares, that’s what the “experts” call anything they can’t figure out, yes?

Over a 17 year period and 7 Jackpots later, Richard Lustig has won over $1,052,205.58.

The only tip I will share from Mr. Lustig is NEVER BUY QUICK PICKS.

OK wait. I’ll share one more from him. But then you will need to watch BOTH videos to learn more.

Mr. Lustig says, don’t buy different multiple tickets. For example, don’t go to the counter and say: Gimme two of those and one of those. INSTEAD, if you are going to buy say, 10 tickets, choose 10 of the same kind.

Hey, I was taught early to only seek advice from those who have proven their method. After all, you wouldn’t ask for financial advice from a poor person would you? Continue reading

How Social Media Played a Role in the 2016 Presidential Election

social-media-1405601_960_720Social media is a powerful force. So powerful, in fact, that it was able to help the presidential candidates make waves during the election.

Twitter, in particular, was a veritable battleground for the nominees and their supporters. In 140 characters or less, one candidate or the other could influence a whole movement. Social media has become so integrated into everyday life that 17% of crowdfunding donations are seen through social media and then made through mobile devices.

The power of social media has already been proven. With hashtags like #blacklivesmatter and #yesallwomen starting social movements — which are still standing strong — it’s hard to dispute the power of the Internet’s interconnected-ness.

The way Clinton and Trump used Twitter is demonstrative of how a single social media message can be used to reach countless people across a nation and even around the world. The 2016 presidential election used this frequently, and candidates could often be seen taking to Twitter, Facebook, and even Snapchat to reach their followers and raise awareness.

Hashtags only served to fuel the fire, quite literally. Phrases like #Hillaryforprison and #dumpTrump flooded the Internet, demonstrating just how heated this election cycle truly was.

“We’ve reached a point where social media has really kind of reinforced existing divisions and maybe made them worse,” said University of Wisconsin professor of life sciences communication Dietram Scheufele.

President Obama used social media to effectively raise awareness for his campaigns in 2008 and 2012, but this election cycle has brought a new form of viciousness to social media and politics.

There has certainly never been a campaign quite like Trump’s, in which single tweets were turned into national news stories.

A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project Proudly Presents 18th Annual Gala and Awards Ceremony

Susan Burton, ANWOL Founder
Susan Burton,  ANWOL Founder

(LOS ANGELES, CA) The 18th Annual A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project Gala and Awards will take place on Sunday, December 4th, 2016 at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel. A New Way of Life welcome’s Empire’s Casting Director – Leah Daniels Butler as a new board member. This event will celebrate the accomplishments of those who forge the path of leadership, provide examples of dedication and passion, and inspire others to embrace the challenges that lay ahead.

This is a red-carpet event and there will be live performances. This year’s honorees include New York Times Best – Selling Author – The New Jim Crow, Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness – Michelle Alexander, Filmmakers – WIGS Unscripted – Susan: A Documentary – Tessa Blake and Emma Hewitt, Professor of Psychology at Loyola Marymount University – Dr. Cheryl Grills Ph.D, Former ANWOL Resident and Certified Nursing Assistant – Vasanté Bailey, and Current ANWOL Resident and Graduate – Carolyn Robinson. The Mistress of Ceremonies will be FOX News Anchor, Christine DeVine, and celebrity presenter will be ABC ‘Castle’s’ Tamala Jones, and more. Continue reading

Awesome ‘Thank You’ Note from Mom to Ex-Husband’s New Woman Goes Viral


*Well THIS is a different look between exes and the new significant others in their lives. Even moreso, niceties shared between two women of different cultures…with a child in the middle, is usually a powerplay tool and generally, a sure-fire recipe for drama. But the mother of a beautiful little girl has brought a whole new meaning to share the love and from the look of things, it could be a game changer moving forward.

Audrey Nicole and her husband are divorced. Now, her ex has a new girlfriend and because of shared custody, Nicole sends their little girl, named Riley, to spend time with her father.

Of course this means the new woman will be there too.

But this doesn’t bother Nicole. In fact, on a  Love What Matters Facebook page, she actually shared a funny photo of Riley making silly faces with the girlfriend of her dad. She also wrote a powerful piece to accompany to picture; which serves as a ‘Thank you’ note to the woman, and encourages ex-wives to grown up and look at the benefits of having a woman caring for someone else’s child like their own.

The love went viral. Continue reading

Police Officers Buy Bike For Teen Who Walked Two Hours To Work


*Every time I see a picture of a white police officer with a black teen, lately, it seems one has a gun pulled on the other — or one’s on the ground dying.

As BeBe & CeCe Winans famously sang back in the day, “Love Said Not So!” 

During his routine night patrol, Officer Kirk Keffer spotted Jordan Duncan walking down quiet street in northern California.

“The street that I caught him on is really dark, and there’s no sidewalk.  And he was dressed in all black,” said Keffer, who stopped his car to question Duncan, 18.

I know.  You can almost see the kid’s black hoodie, can’t you?  You think you could write the end of this story, don’t you?   But keep reading.  Trust me.

Duncan explained that he’d just gotten off from his graveyard shift packing boxes at a nutritional supplement company, and he was just making his way home.  Typically, the seven mile commute would be easy, but it had recently become a two hour slog by foot.

“My car broke down,” Duncan explained, “so I figured I had no other way to work.  I didn’t want to burden others by asking for a ride.”

Officer Keffer was astounded by the story, and Duncan’s pending uphill walk home.

“So I said, ‘If you don’t mind, hold on a second.’ I went over to my front seat, cleared it out, and asked him if I could give him a ride home. He’s like, ‘You can do that?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I can do that.'”

Warms your heart, doesn’t it, especially in our current political and social climate?  A white cop asking a black kid if he can help him.

And it gets better… Continue reading

Trump To Join Walt Disney World’s Iconic Hall Of Presidents


*Our national nightmare continues…

Disney CEO Robert Iger recently told investors that its flagship park, Walt Disney World in Orlando, is preparing to add an animatronic Donald Trump to its iconic Hall Of Presidents.

I’d say that the Donald Trump we’ve just elected is just as much of a reasonably lifelike but ultimately hallow replica of a world leader as Disney’s popular robots are, but that’s low hanging fruit so I won’t say that.  

Donald Trump: Can you visualize him as your next president?
No, President-elect Trump, I will NOT apologize for that!

“Smooth transitions are good,” Iger said after President Obama met with Trump immediately after this month’s travesty election.

“I will say on the smooth transitions front, we are going through a smooth transition as well.  We have already prepared a bust of President-elect Trump to go into our Hall of the Presidents at Disney World.” Continue reading