White House story on Trump lawyer retirement challenges credulity

Rachel Maddow questions the White House story that Donald Trump lawyer Ty Cobb’s surprise retirement was part of a “planned roll out” when he made no mention of it in an interview he gave just prior to the news breaking.

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Suffocating on condoms & self-immolation: When internet challenges go wrong

Condom Challenge

This ‘classic’ challenge reappeared on the internet over the last few days. It involves snorting condoms up the nose and attempting to pull it through the nasal cavity and out of the mouth. Aside from the associated the vomit-inducing sounds, this maneuver is life-threatening. It can cause the person to choke or suffocate – all the while looking damn foolish.

Condom Challenge MK 2

Incredibly there is more than one way to use a prophylactic for the amusement of the baying internet public. However, both toy with potential suffocation and death. This challenge involves filling a condom with water and then putting the airtight pleasure sack over your face and attempting not to drown.

Cinnamon Challenge  

Another online favorite, yet this one has gone out of fashion over the years. It involves attempting to eat a spoonful of ground cinnamon without the aid of a beverage. The potent spice is fine in small doses but large amounts like this, without anything to drink to wash it down, results in gagging, coughing fits, vomiting and, if inhaled into the lungs, can cause pneumonia or even a collapsed lung.

Fire Challenge

This one does exactly what it says on the tin. It involves, you guessed it, dousing oneself with a variety of flammable liquids and setting yourself alight, obviously the challenge is to then put the fire out before it burns the participant to death.

Tide Pod Challenge

Ever thought about ingesting a Tide Pod? For those in the dark, a Tide Pod is a laundry detergent pod chocked full of apparently delicious-looking chemicals. The challenge involves eating them. Such was the popularity of the craze in early 2018 that pod manufacturer Proctor and Gamble teamed with NFL star Rob Gronkowski to warn of the dangers of the challenge – “What the heck is going on, people? Use Tide Pods for washing. Not eating. Do not eat.”  

The Duct Tape Challenge

Unsurprisingly this one involves tying someone to a chair with rolls of duct tape and then daring them to escape. It was all the rage in the heady days of 2016, and brought myriad dangers. One reported case left a teenager with horrific brain injuries when, while attempting to escape, he hit his head against the corner of a window ledge, shattering his eye socket and causing a brain aneurysm.


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Centaurus A’s satellites "coherent movement" challenges current dark matter theories (VIDEO)

Centaurus A (NGC 5128) is an active galaxy that likely resulted from the recent merger of an elliptical with a spiral. Astronomers have now shown that 14 of 16 surveyed satellite galaxies rotate around the parent galaxy coherently in a plane.


The force of gravity locks smaller things in place around big ones. This holds true for galaxies, including our own, which maintain systems of satellite galaxies (for example, our Large and Small Magellanic Clouds). While the current standard cosmological model used by astronomers to describe and understand the universe states that these satellites should be randomly distributed and orbit around their parent galaxy in a disorderly fashion, new observations have just shown, for the third time, that this is not the case.

The results, published today in Science, show that the satellite galaxies surrounding Centaurus A, a well-known and relatively nearby galaxy 13 million light-years away, are orbiting not only in a single plane, but in a nice, orderly fashion as well. Such observations confirm what astronomers have already seen around our own Milky Way and the Andromeda Galaxy, but fly in the face of the standard cosmological model, which say that such systems should be rare – as in, 0.5 percent of galaxies. But at three for three, astronomers have seen it in 100 percent of systems, instead.

The Andromeda Galaxy, along with two of its satellites: M110 can be seen below the plane, and M32 as the small, round object just above it.


Of course, outliers that don’t follow the model’s predictions should exist. And three systems is still an extremely small number – but even so few observations now show that satellites are much more likely to orbit in an orderly fashion than believed. It’s looking like the standard cosmological model, which states that galaxies are largely made up of dark matter, may need some tweaks. “Coherent movement seems to be a universal phenomenon that demands new explanations,” said Oliver Müller of the University of Basel in Switzerland, and lead author of the study, in a press release.

Centaurus A is an ideal object around which to study satellite galaxies because its satellites appear arranged neatly on a plane that is perpendicular to the galaxy itself, and face-on when we see it from Earth. That means any Doppler shifting of the light received from the satellite galaxies due to their motion is from their motion around the galaxy’s center, rather than overall motion toward or away from us. Out of 16 satellite galaxies observed, 14 are rotating together around the center of the galaxy. This is consistent with the findings when astronomers observe satellites around the Milky Way and Andromeda.

The 3-D spatial distribution of the CenA subgroup of satellite galaxies around Centaurus A.

O. Müller et al., Science (2018)

The ultimate conclusion is that it’s common for satellite galaxies to move together – not randomly, as dark matter models predict. But while these results put added force behind a blow to our current understanding of dark matter, they don’t necessarily mean that dark matter is no more. What they do mean, however, is that our understanding of the way dark matter interacts with the universe may not be completely correct – which makes sense, given that we’ve yet to detect it directly. Challenges to current models are the best way to hone and improve those models, pushing them to better match the universe as we make new discoveries and uncover new pieces of the puzzle.

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Joy Behar Challenges Kirsten Gillibrand: Why'd You Push Out Al Franken?

Joy Behar kicked off an interview with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) on Monday by confronting the lawmaker for calling on Sen. Al Franken to resign after being publicly accused of sexual misconduct. 

Franken, whose last official day in office was Jan. 2, announced his resignation from Congress after eight women publicly accused him of behavior ranging from unwanted advances to unwanted groping and kissing. Gillibrand was the first Democratic lawmaker to call on him to step down.

“I just thought that was unfair to make him an example,” Behar said during Gillibrand’s appearance on “The View.”

Behar asked why Democrats didn’t hold a hearing and compared the allegations made against Franken to those made against President Donald Trump. At least 20 women have accused the president of sexual harassment and misconduct.

“Why did you push Franken out?” Behar pressed. 

Gillibrand called Franken a friend and the situation “heartbreaking.” Still, she said, he had to go.

“He’s entitled a hearing. He is. But he’s not entitled to my silence, Joy,” Gillibrand said. She added that the allegations against Franken were different from those against other men in politics, including Trump, but said they all deserved attention and action. 

“Why would you want to hold our elected leaders to the lowest standard and not the highest standard?” she asked. 

Check out the heated clash in the video above.

Gillibrand, a frequent Trump critic, has invited San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz to accompany her to the State of the Union address on Tuesday. Trump lashed out at Cruz in September when she requested aid to improve the humanitarian crisis caused by Hurricane Maria.

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Military lessons for preppers: How to “improvise, adapt, and overcome” challenges

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Murphy’s Law states, “If anything can go wrong, it will.” Today’s world is unpredictable – there are threats of nuclear war, an impending zombie apocalypse from radiation and toxic chemicals, and the risk of being overrun by machines and artificial intelligence (AI). How in the world do we prepare for these extinction-level disasters? It’s easy – we do it the military way.

The unofficial military slogan says it all: Improvise, adapt, and overcome. These are the only words you need to know, and it’s sure to help you in the long run, in case the (incoming Resident Evil reference) “Umbrella Corporation” accidentally releases a T-virus. When facing challenges, we must be vigilant. By preparing how we get the upper hand on these events, we have a greater chance of conquering life as it comes.

  • Improvise – Survival is all about using all that you currently have to its utmost. A stick may be just a stick to some, but for preppers it can serve multiple purposes: a cooking utensil, a harvesting tool, and even a weapon. Improvisation is essential, especially during disasters that affect large areas of land (nuclear war, etc.). Most people tend to buy things that they need instead of making what they need. This defeats the whole purpose of improvisation, because after the world ends, don’t think that there will be malls around to supply your food and your toilet paper. Creative people are good at improvising by nature, but it is a skill that can be learned as well. Familiarize yourself with multi-purpose items such as pocket knives, bandannas, duct tape, and paracord. Spending time on nature trips like mountain hikes or trails also helps broaden your knowledge on what to use when you have nothing. Check out our Survival.news website if you need more information on improvising during disasters. (Related: Survival weapons: Cheap and inconspicuous alternatives to massive guns)
  • Adapt – Science has always emphasized adaptation as an important factor of survival. Adaptation is one facet of evolution, and through history, only those that managed to get used to their surroundings are the ones that still exist to date. Dinosaurs were wiped out because of their inability to cope with the changing climates, and it would go the same for us humans if we don’t prepare our bodies for the uncertainty of the future. Keeping fit and healthy helps with adaptation, because if you can’t do cardio, you won’t be able to run away from a brain-hungry zombie. Adaptation is also based on familiarization of a certain place: If you don’t know where to go during the day or where to hide at night, you won’t last 24 hours at all. Adapting to your environment is also a matter of mental conditioning. Believing you can jump helps a lot, especially when you’re already on the edge of a cliff. Keep a positive mindset and believe you can change, because in times of peril, change is always for the better.
  • Overcome – May it be a problem, an opponent, or a negative emotion, having the ability to overcome anything is vital for preppers. Again, a positive mindset comes into play here, and having an optimistic outlook as compared to a pessimistic one helps in this case. If you are able to improvise with what you currently have, adapt to your environment, then surely you’ll be able to overcome anything that comes your way, may it be a zombie apocalypse or a worldwide AI domination. Thinking that you can win helps you win for real, and ultimate survival is only bestowed on those who have great mental capacities and exponential willpower.

Again: Improvise, adapt, and overcome. As early as now, keep yourself educated on ways of surviving when everything breaks down. Talk to people who have similar interests of surviving. Practice a healthy, active lifestyle in order to attain the body of a survivalist. Learn to use what you already have and don’t forget to educate others along the way. We can only rely on ourselves, and if we want to survive, we should do all we can.

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Bright spot for Trump in 2017, job creation faces new challenges

President Donald Trump can point to at least one important success in his first year: the number of jobs grew and the unemployment rate fell in 2017.

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Teen’s Family Challenges Police Description of Fatal Shooting

Ruben Urbina’s family and friends are still refusing to accept the police department’s version of the 15-year-old boy’s shooting death outside his Haymarket townhome more than a month ago by a Prince William County police officer.

Ruben’s parents joined with about 20 other community members and activists to demand more answers from police and prosecutors in front of the Prince William County courthouse in Manassas on Oct. 26, just a few weeks after they held a public vigil remembering the teenager’s life.

The county’s top prosecutor, Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert, ruled the shooting justified and declined to pursue criminal charges against the officer involved, 35-year-old Robert Choyce. But the boy’s family members, some of whom witnessed the shooting, remain adamant that county authorities rushed their investigation of the incident and have painted a false picture of what led up to Ruben’s death.

“The truth is still not out,” said Nelson Lopez, an activist with LaColectiVA who organized the rally. “The Prince William County police department has pushed a narrative that shows them in the best possible light.”

Ebert and police leaders say that Ruben called 911 on Sept. 15, claiming he had a bomb strapped to his chest and was holding his mother hostage. When officers arrived at his Haymarket neighborhood, police said, they found Urbina wielding a crowbar and threatening his brother’s girlfriend. They said he then struck the woman and rushed toward the officers and they felt compelled to use force.

Ruben’s family still won’t say how they believe police erred in this description of events — Lopez said they are consulting with attorneys and won’t yet speak with reporters about the incident — but activists forcefully rejected the police narrative of events at the courthouse rally.

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Iranian Justice challenges political parties … except one

From now on Iranian Justice establishes itself as a power capable of challenging any political party.

On 16 July 2017, Hossein Fereydoun, brother of Iran’s current President, Shiekh Hassan Rohani, was arrested for corruption. He is charged with receiving 18 million dollars for placing an important figure on Bank Mellat’s board of directors. He was released on bail the following day after paying bail set at 10 million dollars.

In 2015, the former Vice President of Ahmadinejad, Hamid Baghaei, was arrested and imprisoned without the slightest explanation being offered. He was detained for six months, then freed, still without any explanation. In 2013, he had been prohibited from standing for President of the Republic because the Council of Guardians of the Constitution judged him a “bad Muslim” (sic).

Hamid Baghaei has just been arrested again, and once again, without any explanation. After 18 days of imprisonment and the payment of bail set at 6 million dollars (collected from members of his party), he has been released. During his detention, he had been hospitalized and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was prohibited from visiting him. The Attorney General has just indicated that as the former president is complaining of the way he was treated, an action could be brought against him for “insulting the judiciary” (sic).

The parties of Hassan Rohani and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are positioned on opposite sides, neutral magistrates being placed “above the fray”. However it escapes no one that the head of the Islamic judicial system, Sadeq Larijani (on the right in the photo), is the brother of the President of Parliament, Ali Larijani (on the left), leader of a third political party, a party which, has no connection with justice.

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7 Things The Buddha Taught Us About Overcoming Suffering

meditating_buddha_by_zigzag097-d4cryvtby Luke Miller

There are very few certainties in life & there are no guarantees that the life we are living today will be the same for us tomorrow.

But one thing that will remain consistent through your life is, you will continually have challenges & problems to overcome & while these challenges will differ from person to person, the solution for any problems can be broken down into 7 key areas for development.

In a sacred text called the Sabbāsava Sutta the Buddha outlines these 7 areas & my interpretation of this text is below. The original text is available to read here in Pāḷi & English 



We currently live in an age of information & while this stockpile of knowledge can at times be overwhelming it is very useful for overcoming challenges in your life.

When you have a challenge there is always a solution out there, it’s your job to gather the info, syphon the good from the bad & work out a plan for getting there.

It’s not always easy; in fact it’s usually very difficult & depending on the problem you are facing could take some real trial & error.

But if you are determined to overcome a problem you are facing there will always be a solution out there, you just have to find it!


Resistance/Replacement –

When you are making a transition in life there will be times when you will have to call on your resistance to temptation.

If you are starting a new exercise regime, trying to overcome procrastination or trying to get rid of an addiction of any type, there will be times when you will have to resist the temptation to fall back into bad habits. But while this is very important it is really only part of the solution.

To give up a bad habit using resistance alone would be very difficult, so when you are trying to change a bad routine you will find it easier if you consciously replace it with a more productive one.

If you stop smoking, you could start painting. If you stop eating junk food, you could start eating health food. Or if you are going to stop hanging out in nightclubs & getting drunk, you could start going to yoga & drinking raw juice.

It’s very important that you consciously look for a healthy, sustainable replacement to bad habits, because if you don’t you may end up with a worse habit in its place.



Consumption works both ways; you could be over consuming or under consuming.

You could be eating too much or not enough. You could be not drinking enough water or be drinking too much fizzy drinks. You could be buying too much stuff that you don’t need or you could be depriving yourself from the things that you do need.

However it is in your case, consuming more or less of certain things will help you overcome some of life’s challenges.

This lesson really goes hand in hand with knowledge as when you learn more about your need’s as a human being you get more of an understanding of what you need to consume more or less of.

A prime example of this is medicine & when I say medicine I am not just talking about pills, I am also talking about plants, herbs & food medicines.

A lot of us are taking pills for problems that we can overcome naturally & because of these pills we are starting treatment with one problem & the side effects of these medicines are leaving us with more problems all of which need different pills to overcome them.

This is the vicious circle of symptom based treatment & not looking at health as a whole.

Most illness, spiritual, emotional, mental & physical can be overcome naturally. So try your best to find out how you can use nature to overcome your problems before consuming toxic & dangerous medicines.

Consumption also works for the mind to, your thoughts become things. So if you are stuck in a cycle of negative thoughts you may want to try to replace them with something a little more positive.



You cannot always have what you want, when you want it! This is not a bad thing; just imagine everything you set out to do was completed straight away. You would have nothing to aim for, no goals & no reason to wake up in the morning.

If you have something big that you want in your life you will have to be patient & you will also need to be persistent.

If you work every day towards a goal & that goal is something that you have some control over then the only thing that can stand between you & your goal is time!

One thing to remember here is to try & enjoy the journey, if you think a certain goal will bring you happiness & you struggle to find anything to be grateful for on the way chances are when you finally get there you will still not feel satisfied.

Celebrate every small victory on route to your big goals, be patient & persistent & you will get there in the end!



Some things in your life will be out of your control, certain people & places will leave a negative impact on you. Sometimes it will not be possible to just walk away from these things, but you can do your best to avoid them.

If someone at work acts negatively & always leaves you feeling down avoid them. If you are making dietary changes & your friends are going to a fast food restaurant don’t go. If your partner happens to love Housewives Of New Jersey & you don’t, go read a book when they are watching it!

Some things in life will need to be confronted, but sometimes the best way to deal with a problem is to just avoid or ignore it.



There will be times in your life when avoiding a problem is just not viable. Sometimes in life you have to make tough decisions, but usually the tough decisions result in the biggest impact.

Sometimes friendships & relationships end. Sometimes a career is having such a negative impact on your life that you will have to leave. Sometimes you have to stop relying on will power to help you through your diet & throw out them chocolate chip cookies.

Your life is your responsibility & when certain things have a constant negative impact on you, you will have to make a decision- am I going to accept this or remove it & move on.

This can be one of the hardest things a person can do, but when you take note of things, people & places that impact your life in a bad way & do your best to remove them, your life will change for the better.



The first step for lifestyle is finding out what lifestyle you really want, a lot of people go into adulthood without knowing what they want or what they stand for.

Lifestyle will affect your health, wealth & relationships so it’s important if you want to lead a fulfilling life that you know what you want & build a lifestyle around that.

Lifestyle is really a combination of the knowledge you acquire, the daily habits you partake in & what you deem to be acceptable on your journey.

It’s very important that you set strict boundaries in some areas of your life to make sure your life is the one you want to be living.

Let’s face it we all have the same amount of time in the day, yet some people can barely manage to get on top of household chores, While others can run a fortune 500 company & still find the time to meditate, go to the gym & hang out with friends & family in the evening.

It’s very much about viewing your life & seeing what is productive & empowering you & what is negative & disempowering you. Then doing more of the positive & less of the negative!


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My name is Luke Miller & I am the owner & creator of Potential For Change I believe that spirituality is the foundations for good health & I like to blend psychology & spirituality to help you find more purpose & happiness in your life. My other interests include health, not just on a physical level but also on a collective level & have a keen interest in education & truth seeking. You can find my Facebook page HERE , YouTube HERE & Twitter HERE Click here to read more articles by Luke Miler 


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