Articles from: December 2016

Is Psychopathic Records Artist Icp A Gang Without The Gangster Rap

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Gangster rap was ubiquitous in the mid 90s. Gangster rappers like Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, Notorious B.I.G., Tupac and more were most known for perpetuating rivalries with their gritty gangster raps. Saying Psychopathic Records group ICP is a gang is wrong on many levels, but lets start with the reason that they are not because ICP sounds nothing like any of these gangster rappers.

Fast forward 15 or so years. Where has the gangster rap gone? Its certainly not in the mainstream. Today, our billboard charts are loaded with R&B and other Pop genres. Very rarely has there been a chart topping mainstream rap song in recent memory to epitomize the true meaning of gangster rap.

However, that hasnt stopped culturally out-of-touch government agencies like the FBI to label other rappers as gangster rappers in gangs. Yes, believe it or not, the FBI sincerely believes that Psychopathic Records horror rap juggernaut Insane Clown Posse and their fan base are part of one not so elaborate gang.

Do you think Psychopathic Records artist ICP is a gang? If youre a Juggalo, obviously not. You know better. But if youre new to the topic, its ok to be a little unsure. Continue reading to see why the FBI is wrong in thinking that ICP is a gang.

First of all, if ICP is a gang than theyre the smallest gang there ever was, because the ICP “gang” consists of 2 people: Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope. Who the FBI were trying to accuse of being part of a gang are ICPs fan base, the Juggalos, who also enjoy music by other Psychopathic Records artists.

However, that said, theres still no way that a network as large as the Juggalos could be a functioning gang. Not only do they not listen to gangster rap, but saying Juggalos are a gang would be like saying teenagers are a gang.

Psychopathic Records may spawn some interesting artists whose lyrical content is focused on morbid topics like murder and suicide, but they are never serious. Furthermore, these Psychopathic Records who jokingly rap about these topics never include any gangster rap ideology in their lyrics.

Additionally, if a Juggalo did commit murder after listening to a song performed by a Psychopathic Records artist, it would be impossible to prove that a powerful ICP “gang” provided any motivation, especially because the band themselves is clearly not a gang.

The funniest accusation in the FBIs report is that the ICP “gang” communicates via social media, and are especially suspicious because they are transient by nature. The FBI could have answered their own question here the fact that Juggalos are “transient” really just means that they are normal people who move about and are not confined to one particular geographic area.

Saying ICP is a gang with Juggalo members would be no different than claiming that Nirvana and its fans were one giant gang in the early 90s!

Skin Tonic – Get Natural Glow With Homemade Skin Tonics

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Our skin is always exposed to heat, cold and other environmental changes, so it is very important to take care of it. In this article we have included various natural skin tonics for you that are homemade but are very useful to nourish your skin.

Skin tonics have two effects on your skin after cleansing.

They remove the last trace of cleansing milk or cream.
They help to restore the skins natural proactive mantle.

However oily your skin is, I would not recommend you to use skin tonic containing alcohol (often called astringent). I find these strips away the skins natural protective barrier and with prolonged use can sensitize the skin or cause irritation.

There are lots of commercially available skin tonics but below I have given some ideas for homemade skin tonics using beneficial aromatherapy oils. By the way rose water and orange flower water can be bought at most good chemists.

As with the cleansers the ratio is two drops of aromatherapy oil to fl oz (100 ml) of toner, either used singly or in combination.

For normal skin – Add lavender, rose or neroli to rosewater or orange flower water.

For oily skin – Add lemon, lavender, bergamot, juniper or ylang-ylang to which hazel.

For acne/ pimples – Add rose, ylang-ylang, geranium or camomile to rosewater.

For hyper-sensitive skin – Add camomile, neroli, jasmine or rose to orange flower water.

As with cleansers all skin toners are kindest when applied to your skin with damp cotton wool. Gently wipe all over the face and neck, paying careful attention to the creases around your chin. If necessary, repeat once more.

Have a gorgeous and glowing skin naturally with homemade skin tonics!

Disclaimer: This article is not meant to provide health advice and is for general information only. Always seek the insights of a qualified health professional before embarking on any health program.

The Importance Of Board Certification In Cosmetic Surgery

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Board certified plastic surgeon. Those are the words you must see if contemplating any cosmetic surgery procedure. You might ask yourself “Does that really matter?”. The answer is an emphatic yes.

The number of reports about ‘botched’ plastic surgery has skyrocketed recently. A careful inspection shows that most of these so awful results where not performed by real plastic surgeons. Most of the surgeries reported in the media are performed by licensed physicians, but not board certified plastic surgeons. What’s the difference?

To become a board certified requires completing an approved medical school. Then there are a few options. Older plastic surgeons used to complete a 5 year general surgery residency followed by 2 years of plastic residency and sometimes an additional fellowship. (That was my path.) Another options is to complete a combined program with 3 years of general surgery and 3 years of plastic surgery. An additional path is to complete an ENT, Orthopedic, or oral surgery residency and then complete plastic surgery.

You can see that whatever path is chosen, the training is extensive. General patient care is learned first, then the fine points of cosmetic and reconstructive care. It is an extensive training program.

Lets look at some of the recent news posts about botched plastic surgery:

Nip/Tuck Nightmare: The Dangerous New World of Cosmetic Surgery posted on Fox News
Case of ‘uniboob’ a startling reminder to pick plastic surgeon with care posted on MSNBC
Lack of training can be deadly in cosmetic surgery posted on USA Today
British woman dies after botched butt ‘enhancement’ in a hotel also posted on USA Today
Non-surgical cosmetic options also have risks was another USA Today post
Each of these news articles are worth reviewing. They are scary and the should give you pause. Is your surgeon certified? In plastic surgery?

One more thing I want you to see. Watch this very short video, put out by the ASPS. The video is on the main page and is entitled “Do Your Homework”.

So please, do your homework. Make sure your surgeon is board certified in plastic surgery. Make sure your surgeon is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, so you know they adhere to ethical principles and lifetime learning goals. Make sure not to skip this step or you could end up on one of the ‘awful plastic surgery’ websites. I’m sure that is not the way you want people to see you.

The Best Dry Skin Cream Product That Makes Skin Soft and Glowing!

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Are you frustrated with trying to find the dry skin cream product that works to make your skin feel soft, supple and younger-looking? I was in the same boat, so I went on a search to find a body cream that would actually help with the embarrassing problem.

First off, dry skin may be caused by various factors: dry climate, aging (break down of collagen and elastin), too much sun and other environmental conditions. Whatever the cause, caring for your skin dry and moistureless is very important but not very difficult! Skip the hype of the big brand products that have celebrities as the spokesperson, because when you understand and learn about the ingredients that are contained in a cream for dry skin you save money and discover what really works. How so?

Take for instance products that contain harsh chemicals — terrible for your skin. Harsh chemical ingredients like: mineral oil, a byproduct of petrolium production used as a cheap filler, even though it feels like it’s adding moisture to you dry skin, it interferes with perspiration, clogs pores and doesn’t allow skin to eliminate toxins; and, alcohol (names like ethyl alcohol or benzyl alcohol) just dry out and irritate skin not help your dry skin problem. Yes, all those dry skin cream products that are advertised telling you they add collagen back into your skin…just don’t cut it. No matter how much you apply the cream, it doesn’t absorb deep enough into the skin to stay on and moisturise the skin.

Collagen and elastin are important proteins in our body. In our younger years, both proteins were abundant and responsible for our skin to be soft, supple, pliant and smooth. However, here’s what the advertisement didn’t tell you — collagen is insignificant in skin care products because it’s too large of a molecule to penetrate the epidermis.

Now that you know what ingredients make skin dry and are a waste of money, let’s look at a natural ingredient found in the best dry skin cream product that makes your skin soft, glowing and younger-looking.

If you want the best and most effective skin cream to help your dry skin, look for an ingredient called Cynergy TK. Developed in New Zealand, this ingredient contains proteins (extracted from the wool of sheep) that are very similar to the human skin’s own protein. This amazing ingredient boosts the production of the body’s natural collagen and elastin thus improving firmness and elasticity, increases production of new skin cells and hydrates the skin. Clinical studies (using human volunteers) has shown to improve skin moisture by over 20% and improve skin moisture retention by 14%.

To learn more about Cynergy TK and other incredible natural ingredients found in dry skin cream products that help dry skin, visit my website today.

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Solomon Neuhardt on Discipline in Medical Malpractrice

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Medical malpractice is an act of professional negligence committed by a doctor or other health care provider. In most cases, it involves a course of treatment that falls below an accepted standard of care for a particular illness or ailment. The worst cases involve severe or life threatening injury, or even death.

Regulations and standards for medical malpractice cases can vary according to country and jurisdiction. For this reason, Solomon Neuhardt recommends a disciplined attorney to handle the very complex legal issues connected with legal claims arising from medical error.

Errors that cause medical malpractice can begin from very simple omissions or infractions, which result in a variety of unfortunate situations for patients. For example, permanent injuries or further damage to an already unpleasant and painful medical complaint. Most all of these errors could have been prevented, with properly administered and mindful care.

Because professionals obtain liability insurance to offset lawsuit costs and risks, patients may be more likely to be victorious in medical claims. However, when it comes to medical malpractice, the legal system can be a very complicated process to navigate. Solomon Neuhardt believes that only highly disciplined lawyers are able to effectively manage and litigate medical malpractice cases.

The costs of health care in the U.S. continue to rise, however, the quality of medical services available does not match those rising costs. Statistics have shown that approximately 195,000 people die annually in the U.S., due to medical errors. Approximately 73 percent of malpractice claims that are settled, involve medical errors.

Doctors, health care providers and their insurance companies have the best legal representation available. Only a highly qualified medical malpractice personal injury attorney can level the playing field and ensure that injured patients will receive the care and compensation they are entitled to and deserve. This is why patients need Solomon Neuhardt’s highly disciplined and qualified medical malpractice specialists and lawyers to handle their claims and lawsuits.

Cambodian Documentary Wins Cannes Prize for Innovative Cinema

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CANNES – A documentary using small clay figurines to tell the story of how Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh’s family perished under the Khmer Rouge regime won the top prize in the second most important competition at the Cannes film festival on Saturday.

L’Image Manquante (The Missing Picture) was among the 18 films that premiered in the Un Certain Regard category that was set up to encourage emerging and innovative filmmakers and run alongside the main competition at the world’s top film festival.

Panh, 49, a prolific filmmaker whose films concentrate on the brutality in Cambodia when an estimated 1.7 million people were killed during the 1975-79 Khmer Rouge regime, said the prize was important for his country.

For a country that has emerged from its difficulties and years of war, it is important to say we are still alive,” Panh told Reuters after receiving his award at a red carpet ceremony in the French Riviera resort.

The jury led by Danish director Thomas Vinterberg, whose film Jagten (The Hunt) won Mads Mikkelsen the best actor award at Cannes last year, described the documentary as one of the most powerful films I have seen in many years”.

The runner-up was Omar by Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad, a political thriller involving Palestinians living under Israeli occupation in which a young baker, Omar, is tortured by Israel’s secret police to betray his friends.

Omar, which was shot in the West Bank and Israeli-Arab town of Nazareth last year, received a standing ovation at its premiere as the first film fully funded by the Palestinian cinema industry.

It is the only festival that I think still cares about different films,” said Abu-Assad, known for the 2005 award-winning film Paradise Now, as he received his award.

Another director in Un Certain Regard to get a standing ovation was Iran’s Mohammad Rasoulof who was jailed in 2010 for anti-regime propaganda but came to Cannes this year with Manuscripts Don’t Burn, shot in secret in his home country.

The non-professional actors of La Jaula de Oro (The Golden Cage), a film about three young Guatemalans trying to cross the Mexico-U.S. border from director Diego Quemada-Diez won an award for best cast.

Secrets of Beautiful Skin 3 Ways To Get Natural Glowing Skin

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Let’s face it, we all want to get natural glowing skin. In this installment of my series of articles on the secrets of beautiful skin, I’m going to give you 3 things you can do if you want to restore that youthful, vibrant glow to your complexion.

1. Maintain a healthy lifestyle

Look, you simply cannot expect to get beautiful skin if you never do any exercise, or stuff yourself with refined sugars and junk food all day, or smoke like the devil’s chimney. If your body is under stress, your skin will show it.

If you want natural glowing skin, get some exercise. It will improve your circulation and strengthen your lungs, getting more oxygen filled blood pumping though your veins. The results will be visible in your skin.

2. Moisturize and nourish your skin with natural oils

Dry skin doesn’t look healthy, and it isn’t healthy. One of the big secrets of beautiful skin is to keep your skin properly moisturized.

Don’t just trust in over the counter cosmetics to achieve this. The mineral oil used as a moisturizing agent in most mainstream cosmetic products provides little benefit to the skin other than coating it to trap existing moisture.

Instead, use natural skin care products that deeply moisturizes and nourishes your skin. Natural oils and emollients like shea butter and avocado oil provide wonderful benefits for the skin, including the reduction of inflammation, correction of skin tone and increased collagen production.

3. Help your skin cells to regrow

How do you get or maintain natural glowing skin? By helping your skin to renew itself. Advances in skin care technology provides us with ingredients like Cynergy TK. This not only helps your skin to product more collagen and elastin, but drastically increases the production of new skin cells.

Furthermore, skin creams with the powerful antioxidant Coenzyme Q10 also helps to protect cells from free radical damage, while promoting new cell growth.

These were some more secrets of beautiful skin. Remember to educate yourself and learn about new advances in skin care. Having natural glowing skin is not difficult when you know what to do and what to use for maximum skin benefit.

Want to learn more? Click here to discover the secret natural skin care products that have helped me to look 10 years younger and enjoy the best skin of my adult life – without any surgery or injections. Avoid all the skin care traps I stepped in over the past decade and learn how to get fast results by visiting beautifulnaturalskin.com.

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The Famous Optical Artist – Bridget Riley an Op Art Pioneer

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One of the major Optical Art (Op Art) proponents, British artist and printmaker Bridget Riley was born on the 24th of April, 1931 in London. Riley is most commonly known for her signature black and white oil paintings depicting geographic patterns that cause optical illusions which have become synonymous with the Op Art movement.

Bridget Riley was educated at the Royal College of Art from 1952 to 1955 and in these years her paintings were semi-impressionist and figurative. It was not until the 1960s that her signature style developed.

Riley’s black and white forms – painted in oil paint on canvas – gave viewers the impression of movement and colour due to optical illusions. Works such as -Movement in Squares- (1961), -Black to White Discs- (1961-62), -Loss- (1964), -Blaze 4? (1964), -Drift No. 2? (1966) and -Cataract 3? (1967) typically possessed such characteristics.

Bridget Riley’s paintings also had another feature – the potential for increased audience participation in the appreciation or display of the work of art. This was a hot topic in the 60s, when many performances were being classified as -happenings.- Happenings are unconventional and formless performances where audience involvement actually determines the course of the performance. Riley’s oil paintings were in a sense dependent on what the individual experienced on viewing them. Though the paintings were given names hinting at their subjects, they could be interpreted by the audience in any way.

Riley held the first of these exhibitions, which were pivotal in getting the world’s attention to the Op Art movement and Riley’s art, in 1965 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City. She had already held her first solo in 1962 at Gallery One, London. Other exhibitions followed, but it was the 1965 show at New York that drew international recognition.

By 1967, Bridget Riley began to modify her style and thought of incorporating oil colour in her art. She began incorporating on colour stripes in an oil painting entitled -Paean- (1973), -Dominance Portfolio, Blue- (1977), -Ra2? (1981) and -Silvered 2? (1981). Crucial to this change was the extensive travelling she undertook from the 1970s. The hieroglyphic decorations she saw during her visit to Egypt played an important part in leading her to incorporate colour and contrast. Her later works are colourful and some of these bright paintings include -Fete- (1999), -Echo- (2000), -Carnival- (2000) and -Sylvan- (2000).

Among the other achievements of Bridget Riley is her distinction of becoming the first woman and British contemporary painter to receive the International Prize for painting at the 1968 Venice Biennale.

Using Artists Materials and supplies in a new and innovative way to pioneer a the Op Art movement in painting, Bridget Riley is undoubtedly one of Britain’s most important artists. Her geometric patterns skilfully created with Oil Paints have influenced many and have been appreciated by all sections of the audience.

The Benefits Of Medical Alert Systems

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Currently federal regulators are considering overhauling 911 emergency services to improve response times and efficiency. However, some individuals with elderly relatives that live alone have opted to take action on their own by purchasing a medical response system.

Medical attention within the first 90 minutes of a heart attack, stroke or a fall enhances the chances of recovery for the victim. With an average response time between 30 to 45 seconds, medical alert systems do their best to ensure emergency personnel arrive on the scene in speedy fashion.

Personal Emergency Response System (PERS): The Basics

Known as senior alarm systems among other names, PERS are devices allowing individuals to receive assistance in the event of an emergency. Medical alarm systems typically consist of two components:

Help Button: A wireless device that can be worn on the body as a pendant or wristband.

Communicator: The base unit of the system. This two-way device plugs into the user’s home telephone line.

In the event of an emergency, users can activate the system by pressing the button on their wireless device. An emergency dispatcher then responds to the call, directly speaking with the user via the two way speakerphone on the communicator. After determining the kind of help needed, the dispatcher has the option calling someone on the user’s emergency call list. This list typically includes up to three people who are available to assist the user if contacted by a dispatcher. In emergency situations or if verbal communications with the user cannot be established, the dispatcher will proceed to immediately contact paramedics.

A Sense of Security

Research shows medical alarm systems provide users and their families with a sense of security. But this sense is more than just a feeling, as one study found medical monitoring systems drastically reduced mortality rates and cut hospital use by nearly 60 percent.

Despite the benefits medical alarm systems provide to older adults, only 16 percent of seniors participating in the study had a PERS in their homes. With baby boomers expected to increase the elderly population to 54 million in 2020, a heightened awareness of the benefits medical alert devices offer could prolong the independence and well-being of many seniors to come.

How To Create A Healthy Glowing Skin By Drinking Coffee

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The best way to have healthy, glowing skin is to start from the inside out. Eliminating caffeine in the form of coffee and soda is one way to start. Caffeine dehydrates the body and skin. And lack of moisture is a sure way to create lines and wrinkles. It’s also a diuretic, causing increased urine output, again depleting your body and skin of the moisture it needs. We try to combat this with moisturizers, but the better way is to put the moisture INTO your body, not on it.

Drinking pure water, unprocessed fruit juices or coconut milk will give your body and skin the hydration it needs. The colors in fruit juices are the colors of the earth and these colors will reflect themselves in warm and healthy skin tones.

The overall effects of caffeine on your body will manifest themselves in your skin. Heavy caffeine drinkers can experience osteoporosis, headaches, depression, sleeplessness. These can all be reflected in your skin.

When you replace colas, coffee and teas made with boiling water with water, fruit juices “sun tea” and coconut milk, you’ll soon start to feel better and sleep better. Your skin will reflect the good health of all the organs and cells of your body, once you’ve kicked the caffeine habit.

Another reason for drinking pure water, juices and “sun tea” is that when you boil water, you’re releasing oxygen from it. When the body rids itself of toxins, it passes through the skin which is the largest elimination organ. Raw food increases your detoxification rate. Drinking water helps the body rid itself of toxins. Seaweed is high in vitamins and minerals beneficial to the skin and also helps rid the body of toxins.

To achieve a healthy complexion, drink plenty of water and eat plenty of raw food. What goes into your body is reflective in your overall appearance.

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