In the wake of the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, parents are having tough conversations with their children about how to prepare for the unthinkable. One of them, Tanai Bernard, a teacher from Texas, had an exchange with her son Dezmond, asking him about safety drills in his school. The single mom wanted to make sure that her 10-year-old boy was taking them seriously and wasn’t using them “as a time to socialize and goof off.” His, answer, however, shocked Tanai so much, she just had to share it on Facebook. Scroll down to read Dezmond’s words that have accumulated over 310K reactions and 150K shares, and let us know what you think about them in the comments!
There I was standing in the wilds of Africa with a massive, red, venomous snake looking right at me and a single thought racing through my mind –“why in the world did I risk my life for this cup of tea?”
The truth is I was looking for what I considered to be the weight loss“holy grail” – a tea that legend claimed completely erased hunger pangs.
The story so intrigued me that I decided to leave the comfort of my home in the US and venture into a remote area of Africa populated by a Kenyan tribe to find out if the tales about this ‘voodoo tea’ were true.
What I discovered changed my life, in that it has allowed me to lose 41 pounds of unwanted fat.
That’s right, not only did the tea really exist (and it’s definitely not ‘voodoo’) but it turned out to be even better than the stories let on.
You see, not only does the tea get rid of hunger pangs; it also activates your body’s natural ability to burn fat. On top of all that, it also boosts your energy without containing potentially harmful caffeine.
I’m going to tell you all about this incredible tea, including how you can get the recipe, in just a minute. But before I do that, let me explain in a little more detail how I ended up in the jungles of Africa.
The first thing you should know about me is that I have degrees in both Psychology and Naturopathy and for over 10 years, I’ve been a practicing Naturopath (ND) specializing in healing through nutrition.
Basically, what that means is, I help people lose weight and improve their health through their diet. Naturally, when I heard about this amazing tea, I was excited.
The fact that I heard the story while I was battling excess weight myself is ultimately what led me to Africa.
At that time, my pregnancy had really taken a toll on me. After multiple complications, I was put on bed rest … I spent 80% of my time stuck in bed, and I was forced to give up the active lifestyle I loved.
I became sluggish. I felt exhausted all the time. Eventually, I developed a sweet tooth, and I absolutely lost control of my weight.
I felt like a fraud. Here I was helping people all over the country lose weight and get the bodies they wanted while I was lying in bed looking worse than I have in my entire life.
Honestly, I felt disgusted with myself, and even though my husband was very supportive, telling me he didn’t care what I looked like, I knew deep down he just wasn’t attracted to me anymore.
Finally, I decided to face the music. I got on the scale one day after having my baby and saw that I was 41 pounds over my target weight.
I couldn’t believe it. I went back to bed and cried.
If you’ve ever gained extra fat, if you’ve ever felt like your body was out of control, I know how you feel. More importantly, I now have a solution that works. It’s fast, easy, and it tastes delicious. I’m going to tell you more about this tea in just a second.
This is the very same tea that helped me drop every one of those 41 hard-to-lose pounds. I feel that weight loss coupled with the success stories of so many others who have followed my program more than justify my “crazy” trip deep into the jungles of Africa.
Now, about that tea…
To put it simply, red tea has the most remarkable “fat-flushing” action I’ve discovered in 15 years of traveling the world as a Medical Maverick.
I’ve seen some truly mind-blowing fat-loss results, but this red tea is by far the most impressive, most incredible thing I’ve ever discovered.
In studying the tea, I’ve learned that its 5 unique ingredients are scientifically proven to trick stubborn fat cells to open and release hard-to-lose fat.
That means it’s now possible to flush away years — if not decades — of unwanted fat simply by drinking this powerful beverage.
Without getting too much into the science and boring you, the five herbal ingredients basically work in harmony to transmit signals from your brain to your fat cells to burn unwanted fat. It allows you to shrink your fat cells withoutany feelings of hunger.
Up until now one of the main problems with trying to lose fat (especially around your belly) has always been getting stubborn fat cells to “let go” of the “locked in fat” so the body can “flush harmful toxins and fat away.”
Due to cutting-edge research, we now know that the hormone “Noradrenaline” may hold the key to unlocking fat cells and shrinking them.
In a landmark study at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the NIH, researchers showed that Noradrenaline is an arousing hormone known to control cell volume. (NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. “Brain may flush out toxins during sleep; Sleep clears brain of molecules associated with neurodegeneration: Study.” ScienceDaily. (accessed July 2, 2017).
In other words, Noradrenaline is what causes the action of “the incredible shrinking fat cell.” It signals your body to start using your belly fat for energy.
Now here is the really good news:
People who drink this delicious red tea experience increased Noradrenaline production. That’s why they lose a lot of weight, particularly in the typically hard-to-lose belly area.
Let me repeat what I just said:
Results show that fat cell size and fat storing volume actually shrinks when you drink this red tea!
That is revolutionary information – and the benefits of drinking this tea don’t just stop with weight loss.
When I started drinking this incredibly delicious red tea, my entire mood changed. Instead of being exhausted, I had a ton of natural energy.
This red tea was unbelievably refreshing, and when I drank it, I was never hungry.
Drinking red tea also helped me completely eliminate my soda addiction.
I also noticed after a few days of drinking the red tea that I was sweating less. And my breathing was easier,in spite of the intense African heat, which often rose to a scorching 105 degrees!
Plus, even though I had to climb a massive hill to get to the village every day, I actually hadmore energy than ever before.
I started sleeping better, and waking up more rested and refreshed. I was even more relaxed and calm, despite having to deal with the hordes of flies that were in the area!
And that’s still not all the benefits that I noticed, my stress level dropped, and I was happier than I’d been in a very long time.
Of course, the weight loss was what really got my attention. The weight was really falling off me.
I lost almost 20 pounds that first month.
That’s when I knew … I wasn’t crazy for making that trip to Africa. In fact, it was probably the best decision of my life! I think red tea might just be one of the biggest weight loss discoveries of the past 50 to 100 years.
It is certainly working for many people who have struggled to lose weight in the past. To learn about the five ingredients that make up red tea (all are available at the local grocery store) click here. You’ll also learn more about how red tea can help you lose weight and get the body of your dreams.
By Elizabeth (Liz) Swann Miller
A 15-year-old high school soccer player used his own body to shield classmates from a gunman’s rampage in Florida last week that killed 17 people, said a fellow student who credited the heroism with saving his life.
Anthony Borges, who is recovering from multiple gunshot wounds, protected classmates at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland during the gunman’s Feb. 14 attack, fellow student Carlos Rodriguez told “Good Morning America.”
“None of us knew what to do. So, he took the initiative to just save his other classmates,” said Rodriguez.
Rodriguez said Borges was the last of 20 students to flee into a room as the gunman, firing randomly, approached. Borges was trying to lock the door, and remained in the doorway as the killer shot him repeatedly, Rodriguez said. None of the other students cowering in the room were hurt.
Borges, shot in the back and both legs, was in stable condition after hours of surgery, his father, Royer Borges, told ABC News.
“He’s my hero,” Royer Borges said after learning of his son’s actions. “I only ask that people pray for him.”
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel on Sunday visited Anthony Borges in the hospital, and posted an emotional photo shaking the teen’s hand on Facebook.
“Fortunately, he is recovering but has a long road ahead with more surgeries needed,” the sheriff’s post says.
Many people shared their appreciation for the teen’s heroism after the sheriff’s photo made the rounds on Twitter and Facebook:
PARKLAND, FloridaNikolas Cruz, the man accused of killing 17 people in a Florida high school, was a member of a white separatist paramilitary proto-fascist organization, a leader of the group told The Daily Beast.
Cruz, 19, is accused of opening fire inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Jordan Jereb, a captain of the Republic of Florida, said Cruz trained with the group (as first reported by the Anti-Defamation League).
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Thursday evening that the claim is not confirmed at this time but we are looking into that. After previous mass shootings, the alt-right has spread disinformation online about alleged perpetrators.
Jereb claimed Thursday morning Cruz was a part of the Republic of Florida.
This is a difficult subject, he said. Ive been taking calls all day on it. Im many things, but Im not a liar. I cant lie. He was part of our organization. He wasnt particularly active in it, but at some point he came to Tallahassee with I believe the Clearwater RoF. I know he didnt live in Clearwater, but I think that was the company he clicked up with.
After taking a moment to check notes, Jereb confirmed Cruz came to Tallahassee with the secretive cell from Clearwater.
They called him Nick, they didnt call him Nikolas, he said.
Ive been in the same room as the guy but I dont know the guy, he said. I dont know precisely what he believes. I know he knew full well he was joining a white separatist paramilitary proto-facist organization. I know he knew that much.
RoF was recently operating in Tallahassee and attempting to court new members, according to a local news report from last year. The group posts videos of training montages on the internet with members in fatigues brandishing weapons.
Im not trying to glorify it, but he was pretty efficient in what he did, Jereb said. He probably used that training to do what he did yesterday. Nobody I know told him to do that, he just freaked out.
Cruz received at least one of his guns through the white supremacist group, according to Jereb.
I think somebody bought him a MosinNagant, but thats bolt action. He had a semi-automatic in the school, Jereb said.
Cruz bought the AR-15 rifle authorities say he used at the school in February 2017, the ATF said in an affidavit filed Thursday.
Jereb said Cruz seemed like just a normal, disenfranchised, young white man.
While no motive has been described by police, Jereb speculated that Cruz may have allegedly committed the massacre out of hatred for Jews or women.
Theres a very real sense of feminism being a cancer. That couldve played into what he did, but we have female members of RoF, Jereb said, adding that were not a big fan of Jews. I think there were a lot of Jews at the school that might have been messing with him.
Last year, an alleged school shooter in New Mexico also expressed alt-right ideology online, as The Daily Beast previously reported.
Hate in High School
Seven classmates of Cruz told The Daily Beast he expressed extreme political views and disturbing behavior when he attended the high school he is now accused of attacking with a high-powered rifle.
The one person I would expect to do it did it, said Julianna Sivon, who said she sat next to Cruz in English class last year. He loved talking about his guns. He just didnt seem right, but he didnt seem like he would do something this big.
Kamrie Bazal, 19, and Damar Osouna, 19, said they knew Cruz in school and that he talked about about guns but they did not suspect he would kill. Daniel Journey, 18, said Cruz was a troublemaker who was kicked out of class once for smashing windows.
Nyla Hussain, a 16-year-old junior, said her good friend sat next to Cruz in biology class last year and that he would regularly show her photos of dead animals.
Whoever he sat next to in class he would show pics of animals that he hunted, she said.
Two classmates said they saw Cruz wearing a Make America Great Again hat.
I saw him wear a Trump hat, said Sebastian Gonzalez, a 19-year-old who graduated in 2017.
Ocean Parodie, a 17-year-old junior, said Cruz was politically extreme.
For example, he would degrade Islamic people as terrorists and bombers. Ive seen him wear a Trump hat, Parodie said.
Josh Charo, a 16-year-old junior who was in JROTC with Cruz, said he often expressed racist beliefs.
He would always talk about how he felt whites were a bit higher than everyone, Charo said. Hed be like, My people are over here industrializing the world and starting new things, while your people [meaning blacks and Latinos] are just taking up space.
A Violent Life Online
Cruz wore the Trump hat in a photo on an Instagram account the company said belonged to him. Over his face he wore a red, white, and blue bandanna. On that account and another one, Cruz posted photos of guns, knives, anti-Muslim slurs, and a picture of a toad he killed.
On YouTube, a person by the same name spewed hateful commentary about anti-fascists.
Cruz also celebrated Elliot Rodger, the gunman who killed seven people at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2014 and who is considered a hero of the fringe mens rights movement.
Elliot rodger will not be forgotten, Cruz commented on one video one year ago. He also commented on a CNN video called Is our culture to blame for Elliot Rodgers rants?
The FBI said on Thursday it had received a warning from a YouTube user about a nikolas cruz who wrote in a comment, Im going to be a professional school shooter. FBI field agents interviewed the tipsters, but the bureaus special agent in charge in Parkland said the FBI was unable to identify the user.
Rhonda Roxburgh told The Daily Beast she had run-ins with Cruz when she lived with her parents, who were neighbors of the Cruz family.
One summer day in 2013, Cruz slammed his backpack into the rear door of Roxburghs car as she passed his house on her way to work. She stopped the vehicle and got out to confront the teenager.
I said, You cant destroy peoples property. What were you doing? Roxburgh recalled. He was snarky and laughing, and didnt want to look at me.
Later that day, Roxburgh knocked on his mother Lynda Cruzs door and told her what had happened. She said, No, no, no. Not my Nikolas. She was pretty much in denial there was any issue with him at that point in time, Roxburgh said.
As Roxburgh spoke to Lynda Cruz, Nikolas was walking through the yard and toward the street. She confronted him again on her way home.
When he looked at me, that individual is a very, very cold, cold person. He did not care what I was talking about. He did not care what he did. I realized I was wasting my time with this child, said Roxburgh, 45, who now lives in North Carolina.
Cruz was known to kill squirrels and birds with a pellet gun, and neighborhood cats would disappear, Roxburgh said. She said she once caught him jabbing a stick down a rabbit hole near his front yard.
At one point, Cruz walked his dog to a neighbors pen of piglets and tried to have the pooch attack them. He was just a menacing child, to be quite frank, said Roxburgh, who lived in the neighborhood from 2009 to 2015.
If you knew he was killing animals, what else could he do? You got that sense that there was no emotion at all, unfortunately, Roxburgh added. Everyone was on the lookout for him. Everyone knew there was an issue.
Roxburgh often saw Cruz and his brother, Zachary, together early on. In 2012, the siblings were the best of friends and were seen together in the street.
By 2014, the brothers were definitely separate, Roxburgh said. Nikolas would sit on the curb waiting for the bus, alone, with children 30to 40 feet away from him.
They would never really interact, she said of the siblings. Something happened there. Zachary Cruz would ride his skateboard past his brother as he waited at the bus stop.
Meanwhile, Roxburgh said broken furniturea damaged hutch, bookcase, and mattresswas often placed at the curb outside the Cruz family home. I was thinking to myself, They must not have any furniture left, because it was out there quite frequently, she said.
Police were also called to the house often, Roxburgh said.
Some of the other people in the neighborhood [said], Boys will be boys. There was something else there, much darker than that, Roxburgh said.
As for Cruzs alleged right-wing link, Jereb claimed later on Thursday the media tricked him into identifying Cruz.
Its easy for them to misrepresent what I say. Are you really going to blame ME for the lying jew media? he wrote on Gab, a social media site favored by the fringe right. Jereb did not reply to a further request for comment.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, more than 100 people have been killed or injured by perpetrators influenced by the alt-right since 2014.
Editor’s Note, 2/15/18, 6:15 p.m.: This story has been updated throughout.
Gideon Resnick and Elisha Brown contributed to this report
So we decided recently to ask our readers about their tattoos, and more precisely the stories behind them. Because anyone can rock up at the tattoo parlor and get their name done in Mandarin script, or stamp a tribal on their arm in a lame attempt to draw attention to their scrawny biceps.
These tattoos are different, they are meaningful in ways that are deeply touching. From loving memories of departed family members, to reminders of past struggles and the recovery from things like addiction and depression, this list compiled by Bored Panda will inspire and move you, and perhaps make you reconsider that that rainbow pooping unicorn you were considering getting on your ankle.
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Story behind the tattoo: My father passed away before I was born, so I never met him. But everyone who knew him has always told me that I am exactly like him. Then in my senior year of high school, out of a list of literally thousands of books, I randomly chose to read All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy. When my mom saw that I was reading it,…
Story behind the tattoo: My father passed away before I was born, so I never met him. But everyone who knew him has always told me that I am exactly like him. Then in my senior year of high school, out of a list of literally thousands of books, I randomly chose to read All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy. When my mom saw that I was reading it, she got very excited and ran into her room. She brought out a copy of All the Pretty Horses from 1993, bookmarked to page 128. It was the book my father was reading before he passed away. So I got a tattoo to memorialize my father and the connection I have with him despite the fact that I never met him
“When I was seven my father committed suicide. Then I didn’t even know what it was. All I knew is I stopped seeing “daddy” all of the time. As I grew older, I heard more and more news topics, read more news articles, and heard more of my friends say “someone else just took their life.” I’ve become more concerned that people my age were taking their life because they…
“When I was seven my father committed suicide. Then I didn’t even know what it was. All I knew is I stopped seeing “daddy” all of the time. As I grew older, I heard more and more news topics, read more news articles, and heard more of my friends say “someone else just took their life.” I’ve become more concerned that people my age were taking their life because they were unhappy. Last year, someone whom I didn’t even know personally, but “knew of” through mutual friends took their own life for a temporary problem. After this incident, I came upon the semicolon project. The semicolon project was created for people going through struggles with self-harm, depression, and suicide who could have stopped moving forward, but didn’t. The semicolon is used as the symbol because in a sentence, it separates two ideas. A period can replace a semicolon, but do not choose to do so because they don’t want to end that idea. The semicolon project strives for “not stopping when you can keep moving on. The author is you, and the sentence is your life.”
My father passed on Valentines day 2 days before I turned 18, I thought this quote from a prayer said during his funeral was perfect. He had written a birthday card about 30 minutes before his heart attack and it was signed “love ya, dad” so I had his handwriting put below the quote
“Today was one of those moments I will never forget. A new father came barreling into the shop, a huge ball of energy, basically shouting from excitement “I JUST HAD A BABY GIRL AND I NEED HER NAME TATTOOED ON MY WRIST!!!!” With me hearing this I said congratulations and asked when he had her and he sai “3:30am this morning!!!” He was exhausted yet full of energy. So I…
“Today was one of those moments I will never forget. A new father came barreling into the shop, a huge ball of energy, basically shouting from excitement “I JUST HAD A BABY GIRL AND I NEED HER NAME TATTOOED ON MY WRIST!!!!” With me hearing this I said congratulations and asked when he had her and he sai “3:30am this morning!!!” He was exhausted yet full of energy. So I set up, and we small talked about all of his kids. He has 5 now. 4 daughters and one son, who accompanied him. We were talking about the baby and he said “she is very important to me” and I said yeah I’m sure she is and he came back with “I have lung cancer, it spread everywhere and there’s not much else they can do. I stopped chemo a month ago and I have 4 months to live. Rainy will carry on my life.” I got sort of choked up. The fact that I was tattooing someone who’s clock was literally ticking faster than anyone’s was just such a hard concept to wrap my head around. He was so positive and explained to me how he was living his life the best that he could. Every single day. He didn’t look sick. He had such an energetic smile and such a vibe like he had the world in his hands. Today was already humbling because I added onto a sleeve that is on my late best friend’s father. But this… this was the icing on the cake. A moment I truly will never forget. When he was leaving he gave me a really tight hug and genuinely thanked me, shook my hand, winked and said “see you soon”. Thank you rainy and your amazing father for reminding me to live everyday as if it was your last.”
“This is a dedication to my sister who lost a battle with cancer. My sister was special needs and couldn’t write many things but she did always sign her own cards. This tattoo is a scan from the last card she signed for me. I couldn’t think of a better way to ink her name than in her own handwriting.”
The day my dad died, my step mom asked if he could send her a cardinal. Since then, they’ve showed up in many different places. Cards, clothes, a figurine my mother sent her. I’m sure it’s because we’re looking for them but it has brought us a lot of comfort. So the red bird is for him. The blue birds are for his parents, my gram and poppa. My poppa…
The day my dad died, my step mom asked if he could send her a cardinal. Since then, they’ve showed up in many different places. Cards, clothes, a figurine my mother sent her. I’m sure it’s because we’re looking for them but it has brought us a lot of comfort. So the red bird is for him. The blue birds are for his parents, my gram and poppa. My poppa could mimic so many bird calls. My gram would give my sister and I blue bird figurines for major life events. They helped raise us and I miss them terribly
“The train is for my Papa Jim, who was a train engineer. The horse is for my Papa Don, since he adored animals. Then the two cows (theyre not finished yet) represent my mom and my stepdad, since they both worked in the cattle business. The dates below them are the dates they passed away, which is why one cow doesnt have a date. I’m going to add more detail…
“The train is for my Papa Jim, who was a train engineer. The horse is for my Papa Don, since he adored animals. Then the two cows (theyre not finished yet) represent my mom and my stepdad, since they both worked in the cattle business. The dates below them are the dates they passed away, which is why one cow doesnt have a date. I’m going to add more detail and colour after it heals and I’ll continue to add more so that it will wrap around my leg.”
“He passed away from ALS and Multiple Systems Atrophy after suffering for 4 years on 9/14/16. The time on the clock is 9:14, which symbolizes the day he stopped suffering and was at peace once again. Frank Sinatra was his favorite artist, so while he was in the hospital in a medically induced coma, we started playing some of Frankâ€™s music. My dad peacefully passed on his own in the…
“He passed away from ALS and Multiple Systems Atrophy after suffering for 4 years on 9/14/16. The time on the clock is 9:14, which symbolizes the day he stopped suffering and was at peace once again. Frank Sinatra was his favorite artist, so while he was in the hospital in a medically induced coma, we started playing some of Frankâ€™s music. My dad peacefully passed on his own in the middle of the first song we played, â€œFly Me To The Moonâ€ which is written in the banner beneath the clock. The dove on my inner forearm symbolizes my dad going off on his new path to heaven. His memory lives on my arm with me forever.”
Not all of us take Valentine’s Day seriously, which is great because nothing is sexier than a great sense of humor.
So rather than the boring, unimaginative and totally standard flowers, chocolates and dinner for two, these people made it a much more memorable experience by being a bit silly and having some fun with it!
Compiled into a list by Bored Panda, what we have here are some of the best, most creative and downright funniest examples of Valentine’s Day fun. These gifts that reveal much more about a couple and their relationship than the stereotypical crap the shops want you to buy, and they are all the sweeter for it.
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Today let’s talk about optimizing our websites / blogs …..
Most of the Current WordPress optmisation products do half a job… or less …
I mean they don’t tell you if you are having problems with your host, you have no idea if your themes/plugins are slowing your site down 95% of optimisation tools don’t do the #1 thing you should do to a website which is… optimise graphics
Fact is most WordPress users never optimise graphics, so many sites are carrying a huge amount of dead weight.
According to Kissmetrics if your site takes 3+ seconds to load you lose 50%+ of traffic & at 20+ seconds you lose 95%+ of traffic… that’s a serious problem.
WP Optimiser is a combination of quick fixes & diagnostics that help you fix your site speed issues – more importantly it covers the 6 biggest site speed issues – at best the competitors cover just 2 factors & charge more.
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