This 'Invincible' Fingerprint Lock Has A Serious Design Flaw

Many petty thefts are crimes of opportunity. If something is left in plain sight and it’s easy to nab/steal, there’s a higher chance someone’s going to grab it versus whether or not it’s left under lock and key.

Depending on the “area” and how bold certain thieves are in certain areas, you might have to take extra precautions. Years ago I left two backpacks in the backseat of my car while I hopped on a train to NYC for a quick trip. I was gone for a total of three hours from when I boarded the train and lo and behold, when I got back to my car, my back window was smashed to bits, both of the backpacks – gone.

I was more upset that I now had a window to fix, but I should’ve known better – I did leave my car in Newark. Whenever I kept stuff in my trunk, I never had a problem because out of sight, out of mind.

Same goes for using gym lockers. I can’t count the number of times I’ve “risked it” by leaving my belongings unguarded after I lost my lock. Yes, I’m too lazy to get another one, and if someone really wanted to get at my stuff, they could just use some bolt cutters and make away with my underwear socks and discount Marshalls shoes.

But walking around with bolt cutters does look a wee bit suspicious, especially if you’re just waltzing into a locker room. Plus, you have to go through some trouble to hide them. But a tiny screwdriver is another story. 

Now if you’re buying a fancy-shmancy padlock that has a fingerprint scanner, you’d think the thing would be extra secure, right? It probably wouldn’t pack a design flaw so obvious that anyone could take it apart in a few seconds with inconspicuous tools, yeah?

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Apparently whoever made this lock doesn’t think it’s that big of a deal to make it so that just about anyone with a knowledge of what screws are could not only take apart your lock, but put it back together after burgling your stuff and make it look like no funny business happened whatsoever.

What’s even crazier than this obviously terrible design is that the company that manufactures and sells these locks provided some baffling logic to who these locks are uncrackable for.

Posted by the Lock Picking Lawyer, a social media account that tests and reviews commercial locks that shows you how easy they are to crack. He reached out to the company to ask them about this brain-numbingly bad design flaw and got this response.

He reached out to the company to explain why he’s unable to provide a positive review of their product and makes it very clear why he can’t.

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Simple, right? 

Well, not for the company that sells the lock.

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Turns out that there are similar locks that are just as easy to break into.

But all you need to do is screw off its backplate with a go-pro and then get out your phillips head screw driver to take the bad boy apart.

For $ 100, you’d expect something a bit more secure, no?

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Then again, we are talking about crimes of opportunity here and if you just want something that’ll inconvenience someone who isn’t constantly thinking about jacking your stuff, then it might be fine.

But why pay all that money for something that isn’t as functional, secure, or affordable as other offerings on Amazon? This lock costs about half of the Tapp one, sure, it doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner, but it’s got a lot of good reviews.

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Plus, it’s got “Rock” in the name, and anything that is remotely related to Dwayne Johnson is awesome.

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Band Sparks Debate On Gender Pay Gap In Music Industry After Firing Their Manager

Band Sparks Debate On Gender Pay Gap In Music Industry After Firing Their Manager

A recent law in the UK stipulates that companies with more than 250 employees are required to reveal gender and wage gap data between all of its workers, and there have been some troubling findings as a result. It confirms the wage gap still exists, despite some companies faring better than others. (Sony Music UK, for example, shared a less than 5% wage gap).

Transparency is the first step in identifying which industries need to address the gaps in pay between genders, which is why many industries with murky and hush-hush compensation policies are so difficult to handle. Like music festivals.

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This inevitably leads to “unknown” bands being paid less than headlining acts, and at some festivals, nothing at all, for the chance to share a stage with a band that has a huge following. Which is a problematic payment structure to say the least, and could deter many burgeoning new acts who often lose money for a chance to pursue their art. Combine that with the staggering gender-wage gap issues in the music industry, and for artists in general, and it’s not difficult to imagine new, female musical acts losing out on a lot of potential earnings.

The payment structure of music festivals and the wage gender gap became a hotly contested issue on social media when HAIM revealed they fired their booking manager after learning they received 1/10th the amount of a male act at the same festival.

In an interview with Italian magazine, Grazia, Danielle Haim, one of the three sisters who makes up the quartet revealed a familiar struggle that many up-and-coming musicians face when playing festivals with well-known headlining acts:

“We had been told that our fee was very low because you played at the festival in the hope you’d get played on the radio.”

“We didn’t think twice about it, but we later found out that someone was getting paid 10 times more than us. And because of that we fired our agent.”

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Festivals typically compensate bands with larger followings and a record of consistently high-volume ticket sales more money – even if the acts haven’t put out new music in a while.

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The Smashing Pumpkins were set to receive $ 1.27 million for four shows played at the 2015 Soundwave Festival in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, and Adelaide. Soundgarden was slated to make $ 2.1 million, Slipknot, $ 1.65 million and Faith No More: $ 750,000.

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This study analyzed 600 chart-topping hits from 2012-2017. 22% of the songs were performed by female artists, 12% of them were written by women and a dismal 2% were produced by women. The music business beast, from all accounts, is heavily dominated by men.

When it came to the comments regarding HAIM’s festival fees, many of the comments centered on whether or not the band should’ve expected to be paid as much as Muse.

Some claimed that HAIM firing their agent without revealing the name of the band they were getting paid less than doesn’t mean they were earning less because they were female, but because the other band may have been considered a “bigger” draw.

Others are saying that HAIM firing their manager for being paid less at a festival isn’t a “gender issue at all” and more of a question on which band will bring in crowds.

Some argued that HAIM’s demand for fairer pay is less about the economics of music festivals, and more about equality for hard working artists.

HAIM, formed in 2007 was nominated for a “Best New Artist” distinction in 2015 and had two top ten billboard albums with “Days are Gone” and “Something to tell you” in 2013 and 2017 respectively. The band has sold some 330,000 albums worldwide (accounting for CD sales, digital downloads). As of this writing, HAIM accounts for 1,806,293 monthly listeners and their top 10 most popular tracks were played a collective 245,293,775 times.

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Muse, formed in 1994, has 4 Grammy nominations and 2 wins for Best Rock Album for their 2016 Drones and The Resistance. They’ve sold over 20 million records and have been featured in major studio film soundtracks, most notably the Twilight films. They currently account for 6,452,400 monthly listeners on Spotify and their top 10 tracks were streamed 812,750,854 times. They also are the first band to sell-out the newly renovated Wembley Stadium, which has a 90,000 seating capacity.

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HAIM will share the stage with Muse at the end of June at Rock in Rio festival.

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This Guy Got Asked Out On A Date By A Wrong Number And It Escalated Quickly

There is a certain kind of guy who will immediately text the woman he is interested in a dick pic, and you can usually identify him because he opens the conversation with *creepy asterisks*

If you’ve never seen or encountered this style of text, it’s sort of like role playing. The speaker says everything they’re doing in asterisks, and they type out a lot of stuttering. It’s believed to have carried over from anime films, where stuttering is supposed to denote shyness or chivalry—but it basically never translates. It’s a huge red flag.

This is the story of a creepy asterisk guy named Brandon, who started one of these exact conversations with the girl he was crushing on. Except it was a wrong number. He was actually texting with a guy, Reddit user Th3GreenMan56. Thankfully, Th3GreenMan56 shared the whole conversation with us. And if you feel sorry for Brandon, remember he sent a dick pic.

You can see below that Brandon tries to be cute, but also refuses to believe he isn’t texting his fantasy girl, and also that she’d be thrilled to know what’s in his pants. Even if he wasn’t actually texting Th3GreenMan56, he’d be wrong!

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Yes.

Everyone’s favorite part of this conversation is Brandon’s weird sad no at the end.

Captain_Jaxen wrote, “The ‘no’ actually made me laugh quite a bit, like how much denial can you even have?”

Flamingo_of_lies said, “I love the denial sprinkled through the post the masses of excuses that must have ran through his head and when eventually faced with having to accept all his mistakes all he can force is a single meek broken ‘no.'”

Then there’s this chain:

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There were also a lot of questions about dick pics. Look, it’s 2018, I don’t know if we still need to keep discussing the psychology of the unsolicited dick pic. Clearly, the people who send them without asking do not care at all that the receivers don’t want them.

But folks still have questions!

“Could someone explain where this idea of showing your dick is somehow supposed to get you girls? You wouldn’t do it in real life so why pretend to be doing it all?” asked thelaughingmansghost, eventually editing to add,”Please stop replying to this comment, I’ve gotten more than enough answers.”

Here are a few of them:

Though some said they’d never understand it, even though they have a dick.

It’s too bad that our mustachioed hero had to deal with this unsolicited dick pic, but he was really taking one for the team.

Thank you to him, and also to Shannon, who did some quick thinking when she gave Brandon the wrong number. That’s a friend.

Love when girls support other girls!

But also, if you won’t ask someone for their number directly, you don’t deserve it.

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This Artist Has A Series Of Drawings Dedicated To Living Alone And They Are Beautiful

This Artist Has A Series Of Drawings Dedicated To Living Alone And They Are Beautiful

I come from a big family. Not really by Eastern European standards, we were about normal-sized, especially considering that my grandma and grandpa from my dad’s side lived with us. I almost always had to wait to use a bathroom, there was almost always someone talking or some kind of activity going on in the house while I was attempting to do my homework or play video games or quickly take a shower to not “waste” the hot water for whoever came in after me.

Which means that when I finally lived on my own for a little bit, I almost lost my mind. Even now, being married with two kids, I find myself creeped out when I’m by myself in the apartment. Most people would like to be away from a crying baby or have some “alone” time. I personally can’t take more than few minutes of it.

Which is why I’m fascinated with the art of Yaoyao Ma Van As.

She has a series of drawings dedicated to living and working by your lonesome.

And her artwork is absolutely stunning.

From waking up when you want with only the sun and your pets to greet you.

To getting stuck on something when you’re working from home and no coworkers to vent to.

She captures a lot of amazing moments of what it’s like to be home alone.

In an interview with BuzzFeed, Yaoyao says that when she started putting her drawings up online, she wasn’t using “loneliness” as a guiding theme.

“The ‘solitude’ part wasn’t my goal. However, once in a while I would get some comments on my painting like, ‘Why is she always alone?'”

“And I started thinking, ‘Just because someone is alone doesn’t mean they’re lonely.'”

Yaoyao uses her drawings to tell stories, specifically ones that include her pupper.

“I started doing these because I wanted to tell stories with my drawings, especially stories about my dog Parker.”

She’s interested in capturing the “ups and downs” of life, and hopes that the vignettes she captures resonate with other people.

“Life has its ups and downs, and I hope people can see from the stories I tell in my illustrations that they’re not alone in going through certain experiences in life.”

A scroll through her Instagram account shows just how much she’s progressed as an artist over the years.

“I do go through different emotions, but I’m also not crying in the staircase every time I draw something sad or biking through nature when I’m happy. I mainly just want to improve my skills and become more well-rounded as an artist.”

Her “daily sketches” are filled with beautiful life moments, as only she sees them.

If Yaoyao’s work speaks to you, you can check out more of her artwork on her site, here.

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Man Helps Mom On A Plane Who Got Called A 'Smelly Fatty' By Her Seatmate

Man Helps Mom On A Plane Who Got Called A 'Smelly Fatty' By Her Seatmate

Flying is often a hellishly bad experience. You’re crammed inside a giant flashlight, miles above the Earth, with only very tiny bags of snacks to get your through. You’re also squeezed into seats next to other irate passengers who all have feelings about who should get to use the elbow rest. They think it’s them, and they’re wrong.

It can be especially hard for bigger passengers, because seats are often smaller than what is actually average in this country, because they gotta sell those tickets! It’s cramped. We also live in a fat-phobic and body-shaming culture that gives anyone over a size ten a hard time about their life. It can be anxiety producing. A mother named Savannah Phillips wrote in a recent viral Facebook post that all her fears about her body while flying were brought to life during a horrible interaction on a plane.

But her story also has a happy ending, so stick with it.

She writes:

I am only sharing this story of what happened to me today in hopes that the person who stuck up for me will somehow be recognized…

I’ve been on airplanes for the past three weeks. My flight to Chicago was changed to an earlier flight because of storms, so I didn’t get to pick my seat like a normally do. I always try to sit in a row where I don’t have to sit next to anyone. I’m not the biggest person on the airplane, but I’m not the smallest. My worst nightmare is someone being uncomfortable because they have to sit next to me.

My seat was assigned at the gate, and when we boarded I was sitting next to an older guy who said he was a comedian. He looked like he was in his 60s and had on bright yellow sunglasses. He stood up so I could get into my seat next to the window. As soon as I got buckled, he sat back down. The flight attendant started the safety speech and he got his phone out (with huge font and the screen brightness turned all the way up). His phone was maybe 12 inches from my face and he proceeded to text someone that he was sitting next to “a smelly fatty.”

I don’t even know what the rest of his text said. I turned my head away as fast as I could. I was shocked and it was like confirmation of the negative things I think about myself on a daily basis. Before I knew it, I could feel hot, salty tears coming down my face. I sat and cried silently, hoping this guy didn’t try to make small talk, because I didn’t trust how I would react and I didn’t want to get kicked off the plane. I was so hurt. The pilot came overhead and said there would be a 30 minute delay before he could take off- great. Just more time I would have to sit next to this creep.

We sat on the runway waiting for the OK to take off for about 10 minutes- I sat there unable to stop silently crying. I was scrunching myself up against the wall as far as I could. All of a sudden, someone from behind us taps on the guy’s shoulder and says, “Hey- I need to talk to you.” The guy next to me takes out his headphones. Someone behind us says, “We are switching seats. Now.” The guy next to me said, “OK- why?” 

And I hear someone say (removing curse words), “You are texting about her, and I’m not putting up with that.” A guy comes and sits next to me and is shocked when he sees me crying. He asked if I saw the texts and I nodded yes. He encouraged me not to let that guy get to me and that everything was going to be fine. We talked about Ross and the kids, his two year old son, our jobs, amongst other things.

He said he just happened to see that guy’s text messages he started shaking he was so mad and knew he had to do something. He stopped the flight attendant and told her what he was about to do. I told him thank you for what he did and that it meant the world to me- and that he would be my husband’s new favorite person. The flight attendant kept trying to give him free drinks and told him that he was her hero.

He wasn’t her hero- he was mine. I told him that yesterday at church, one of my favorite people on the planet, Jeff McMillon, talked about how God sees you. Good time, bad times, in a mess- your own fault or not- God sees you. And God saw me today. I told him that he was a blessing sent to me and how thankful I was that he was there.

So- this guy’s name is Chase- he works for Whiskey Row in Nashville. Share this post, look him up- whatever- he did prove to me today that (1) not only does God see me, but (2) there are more good people in the world than bad.

Chase is now getting the recognition Phillips thinks he deserves. 

He  was interviewed for a local news channel and told his side of the story.

Chase says he could see the man’s texts from where he was sitting. At first, he wasn’t sure what to do. He debated kicking the guy’s butt or waiting until landing to say something.

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In the end he did neither. He tapped the guy on the shoulder and said they should switch seats. Mistaking the situation, the man thanked him and asked why he was offering.

“Because you’re a heartless person,” Chase responded. “I read your texts. And the girl next to you crying also read your texts. And you should take into consideration other people’s feelings.”

Neither one said what the man did next, but he did switch seats. People were very touched by how the gesture turned Phillips’s experience around, and reminded her not everyone is terrible.

A few folks said they’d experienced similar discrimination on flights:

And at least one person claims to know and love Chase:

It’s a small world, so help our your neighbor when you can. 

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Domino's Is Now Fixing Horrible Roads For The Best Reason

Domino’s pizza is basically a staple. 

Even if you aren’t a huge fan of pizza, you’re probably a fan of their prices and customer service. I mean, what other pizza chain would have a staff of people wrestle an armed robber to the ground and continue working their shifts like nothing happened?

Despite the fact that their food really isn’t all that delicious, I’ve always looked at the franchise favorably and I think a lot of that has  to do with the fact that they’ve never let me down with my orders and have always, always made it convenient as heck to order from them. 

Now when you combine going above and beyond to provide an excellent experience for your customers, with a wicked sense of humor, you end up getting a pizza spot that will literally do the work of the American government so people can get their pizza faster.

That’s right, Domino’s is fixing roads and paying for the labor right out of their own pocket.

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The pizza chain was sick and tired of seeing their pies getting damaged by poor road conditions. All the jostling around meant bad news for their boxed circles of hot yeast and cheese.

So they put cameras in their pie boxes to show what truly bad road conditions did to the pies. WARNING: seeing this image will be traumatic to pizza lovers everywhere.

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So they launched the “Paving for Pizza” initiative, which is a brilliant marketing strategy that actually makes a great point at showing how horribly inept some towns are at maintaining their local travel infrastructure.

By hiring local road crews and slapping their logo on the fixed potholes, they not only came up with a great way to promote their brand but join in on the gripe that a lot of us have, especially after every winter: Why are our roads so poorly maintained?

To date, Domino’s has already fixed a whopping 203 potholes. 150 in Athens, Georgia. 40 in Milford, Delaware, 8 in Bartonville, Texas, and 5 in Burbank, California.

People are asking the pizza maker to come to their town to take care of business, too.

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Crappy roads have been a problem nationwide for a very long time.

US News and Deutsche Bank ranked roads across the country and their findings confirm what we all know: states with highest population densities and more drivers have poorer quality roads.

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If you’ve ever visited the UAE you’d be hard-pressed to find a single pothole on the road. Relatively low labor costs, combined with smarter city planning and consistent weather with little rain or precipitation means that the country has less to worry about when it comes to maintenance.

So it could just be that America sucks at maintaining roads. I mean we’re so bad at it that Domino’s has to fix our potholes.

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Patton Oswalt Just Shared The Most Anthony Bourdain Email Of All Time

Anthony Bourdain is known as a titan of the culinary world. An authority on great cuisine. Some would even go so far as to call him a celebrity chef.

A moniker that Bourdain became famous for hating on. His book, Kitchen Confidential, which launched him into the stratosphere and helped make him a household name, was a stunningly well written tell-all that outed himself and other line cooks/chefs as being drug-addled madmen who happened to have a passion for amazing food. 

Bourdain even went so far as to make fun of celebrity chefs. His tell-it-like-it-is, devil-may-care bluntness was poetic – because he cut to the core of what he loved/hated about culinary culture.

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He looked and acted like a member of The Ramones that picked up a knife set instead of a guitar and stumbled into a kitchen instead of a sound stage. 

Unfortunately, Bourdain took his own life, leaving behind his 11-year-old daughter, along with the amazing persona he had developed over the years.

A persona that was evident down to his email correspondence. Patton Oswalt shared an image of a message he received from Bourdain after he had asked him for suggestions on what to do while honeymooning in Paris with his wife, Meredith Salenger.

Oswalt gave Bourdain a list of suggestions he had received from friends and family members and the No Reservations host responded in his trademark style:

Patton,

I’m a fan and an admirer so gotta tell you this is no way to enjoy Paris.

F*** them. All of them. They’re THERE, everywhere. You will see them from the car window as you go and do important s*** like live your life. In Paris !

Try and plan as little as possible.

Le Comptoire is great. Amazing food and perfect atmosphere.  Show early and squeeze in to L’Avant Comptoire next door.

Le Dome for shellfish tower

Rue Mouffetard for the market

And sandwiche jambon or fresh croissant anywhere at right time.

People responded to Oswalt’s tweet, telling him what he most definitely already knows.

And others couldn’t stop nodding their heads, calling the email “classic Bourdain.”

Tons of celebrities and prominent figures spoke up in the wake of Bourdain’s death.

Some shared personal experiences they had with the man.

And tributes/condolences are popping up all over social media for him.

Including people who worked or lived with Bourdain.

And those who worked in the same industry as the artist.

Whenever a noteworthy person passes away there’s no shortage of theories as to why they did it. But the real answer is depression. If you or anyone you know is depressed, get help:  1-800-273-8255.

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Makeup Guru Kat Von D Is An Anti-Vaxxer And People Are Furious

You might be familiar with Kat Von D, who was a burlesque dancer, dated Marilyn Manson, and eventually started her own extremely popular makeup company branded towards the goth girl in all of us. She is also recently married to fellow goth, Rafael Reyes. They are soon expecting a child together.

Kat Von D has over 12 million followers on Instagram, so people were pretty shocked and horrified when she broadcast her intentions to not vaccinate her baby. Anti-vaxxers, a few of whom are well-known celebrities like Jenny McCarthy, have been promoting the idea that vaccinations are dangerous and cause autism, and have discouraged people from getting doctor-recommended treatment. This means that diseases that have been all but eradicated, like polio and the mumps, have been on the rise again.

The issue is that we depend on one another for herd immunity. The fewer people in a group who are susceptible to a disease, the less likely there is to be an outbreak. And there are people who medically cannot have the vaccine or who have a compromised immune system that makes them vulnerable. We get vaccinations to keep ourselves and other people safe.

I knew the minute we announced our pregnancy that we would be bombarded with unsolicited advice. Some good and some questionable – unsolicited none the less. I also was prepared for the backlash and criticism we would get if we decided to be open about our personal approach to our pregnancy. My own Father flipped out on me when I told him we decided to ditch our doctor and go with a midwife instead. If you don’t know what it’s like have people around you think you are ridiculous, try being openly vegan. And, if you don’t know what it’s like to have the entire world openly criticize, judge, throw uninformed opinions, and curse you – try being an openly pregnant vegan on Instagram, having a natural, drug-free home birth in water with a midwife and doula, who has the intention of raising a vegan child, without vaccinations. My point being: I already know what it’s like to make life choices that are not the same as the majority. So your negative comments are not going influence my choices – actual research and educating myself will – which i am diligently doing. This is my body. This is our child. And this is our pregnancy journey. Feel free to follow me on here if you like what I’m about – whether it’s tattooing, lipstick, Animal Rights, sobriety, feminism, ridiculous gothiness, black flower gardening, cats, or my adorable husband. But if you don’t dig a certain something about what I post, i kindly ask that you press the unfollow button and move the fuck on. So before anyone of you feel inspired to tell me how to do this, I would appreciate you keeping your unsolicited criticism to yourself. More importantly, for those who have amazing positive energy to send my way, I will gladly and graciously receive it with love! X

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In a long post on Instagram, Kat Von D talks about receiving tons of unsolicited advice. She also drops the no vaccinations things pretty casually in the middle:

I knew the minute we announced our pregnancy that we would be bombarded with unsolicited advice.
Some good and some questionable – unsolicited none the less. 

I also was prepared for the backlash and criticism we would get if we decided to be open about our personal approach to our pregnancy. My own Father flipped out on me when I told him we decided to ditch our doctor and go with a midwife instead.  

If you don’t know what it’s like have people around you think you are ridiculous, try being openly vegan.  And, if you don’t know what it’s like to have the entire world openly criticize, judge, throw uninformed opinions, and curse you – try being an openly pregnant vegan on Instagram, having a natural, drug-free home birth in water with a midwife and doula, who has the intention of raising a vegan child, without vaccinations. 

My point being: I already know what it’s like to make life choices that are not the same as the majority. So your negative comments are not going influence my choices – actual research and educating myself will – which i am diligently doing.  This is my body. This is our child. And this is our pregnancy journey. 

Feel free to follow me on here if you like what I’m about – whether it’s tattooing, lipstick, Animal Rights, sobriety, feminism, ridiculous gothiness, black flower gardening, cats, or my adorable husband.  But if you don’t dig a certain something about what I post, i kindly ask that you press the unfollow button and move the fuck on.  

So before anyone of you feel inspired to tell me how to do this, I would appreciate you keeping your unsolicited criticism to yourself.  More importantly, for those who have amazing positive energy to send my way, I will gladly and graciously receive it with love! X

Oddly, people aren’t just moving on. They’re boycotting her products and expressing their disgust:

One particularly pissed off person is fellow make-up entrepreneur Caroline Hirons.

Hirons has had firsthand experience with how these resurgent illnesses are hurting people, because her 23-year-old son came down with the mumps and battled for his life. She shared pictures of his time in the hospital and his recovery.

*swipe across- When our son was rushed to the emergency room last summer in a convoy of two ambulances and four paramedics (they sent for the main team because Dan was so dehydrated that the initial paramedic couldn’t find a vein), he had a raging fever and was hallucinating. He couldn’t see us when we were leaning over him. He felt his body shutting down. The team worked on him for over 15 minutes in the ambulance before they were cleared to ‘move off’. When we arrived at the hospital they immediately quarantined us and put him in critical care. Four IV drips. For 48 hours. He spent a week quarantined in the critical care unit – in the dark, because the crushing migraine he had for three weeks would not leave, even with morphine. His fever took a week to come down within normal range, even with the best of modern medicine available. At the time he was a 23 year old man, fitter than most, who played football for approx 4 hours a day. Mumps felled him. He lost over two stone in weight. Without intensive medical intervention he would not be here. Now imagine he was a baby. Or someone with a compromised immune system. When I see people like @thekatvond using their platform to promote raising her unborn child ‘without vaccinations’, I want her and the drones of ill-advised people underneath, including @kandeejohnson to see and know that this is the reality of ‘benign diseases’. You have the absolute unbelievable arrogance of a ‘choice’, because the rest of us responsible people/parents DID vaccinate. These diseases were almost gone, now they are back because some people think they know better than all the scientists, physicians and specialists in modern science. As I said in my post last year, vaccinate your kids. Or keep them the hell away from mine. (I took endless pictures of Dan in hospital to keep Jim up to speed as he had stayed home with our younger, traumatised kids. Dan gave his full permission for me use the picture and tell the story in detail. He’s our hero. And no, I am obviously not talking about you if you are unable to have the vaccines. You are who the rest of us should be trying to protect.) #savethenhs

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Hirons writes:

When our son was rushed to the emergency room last summer in a convoy of two ambulances and four paramedics (they sent for the main team because Dan was so dehydrated that the initial paramedic couldn’t find a vein), he had a raging fever and was hallucinating. He couldn’t see us when we were leaning over him. He felt his body shutting down.

 The team worked on him for over 15 minutes in the ambulance before they were cleared to ‘move off’. When we arrived at the hospital they immediately quarantined us and put him in critical care. Four IV drips. For 48 hours. He spent a week quarantined in the critical care unit – in the dark, because the crushing migraine he had for three weeks would not leave, even with morphine. His fever took a week to come down within normal range, even with the best of modern medicine available. 

At the time he was a 23 year old man, fitter than most, who played football for approx 4 hours a day. Mumps felled him. He lost over two stone in weight. Without intensive medical intervention he would not be here. Now imagine he was a baby. Or someone with a compromised immune system. When I see people like @thekatvond using their platform to promote raising her unborn child ‘without vaccinations’, I want her and the drones of ill-advised people underneath, including @kandeejohnson to see and know that this is the reality of ‘benign diseases’. 

You have the absolute unbelievable arrogance of a ‘choice’, because the rest of us responsible people/parents DID vaccinate. These diseases were almost gone, now they are back because some people think they know better than all the scientists, physicians and specialists in modern science. As I said in my post last year, vaccinate your kids. Or keep them the hell away from mine. (I took endless pictures of Dan in hospital to keep Jim up to speed as he had stayed home with our younger, traumatised kids. Dan gave his full permission for me use the picture and tell the story in detail. He’s our hero. And no, I am obviously not talking about you if you are unable to have the vaccines. You are who the rest of us should be trying to protect.)

As Hirons points out, things were touch-and-go for her son, who had been in strong health and who was a full-grown adult, not a child, when he got mumps.

Other people have also taken to social media to share their experiences, and point out that a fear of having children with autism, which is incredibly ableist to begin with, may lead some parents to have kids who are vulnerable to illnesses that can leave them severely impaired.

Twitter user Elsa Sjunneson-Henry shared that she is deaf and blind because she had rubella as a child:

What do you think?

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20 Relatable Moments To Celebrate 20 Years Of Sex And The City

It’s been twenty years since Sex and the City, the seminal TV show about sex, female friendship, and the hustle and bustle of New York, aired for the very first time. 1998 was a time devoid of a thriving meme culture in which the writers of the show were certainly not thinking that a certain choice caption would get screenshotted and circulated widely out of context.

And definitely no one could have predicted that a Donald Trump cameo would be plastered all over the web two decades later when he’d become president… Or that BFF Miranda would be launching her own political campaign to run for New York governor. 

Yet here we are in 2018, a totally different bizarro time that could never have been predicted in the more innocent-seeming days of the late 90s.

Even though the show’s 100% white cast was neither delicate nor woke in the face of racial discrimination or gender issues, they did pave the way for a lot of the fashion and female openness around sexuality that we see in the world today. 

The girls also single-handedly began the cupcake trend with their Season 3 visit to Magnolia Bakery, and we have them to thank for killing the sugary cocktail formerly known as the Cosmo. 

The internet recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Sex and the City’s pilot and in its honor, here are 20 of the most relatable moments of the show that withstood the test of time.

1. When a friend asks the group for advice.

2. When your eighth friend this year gets engaged.

3. When someone thinks they burned you but you know yourself too well.

4. When you force yourself to go out and “be social.”

5. When you still can’t let go of the fact you weren’t invited to the royal wedding.

6. When you’re trying super hard but nothing goes your way.

7. When you start to describe your culinary abilities.

8. When you set foot outside.

9. When you and your partner have nothing to fight about.

10. When someone asks about your fitness routine.

11. When your friends and you discuss your pastimes.

12. When you accidentally overreact.

13. When you’re absolutely over everything.

14. When someone asks after your friends.

15. When you’re almost 30 and make the mistake of Facebook-stalking your high school friends.

16. When you sit down for a date with a mansplainer.

17. When you live and breathe on this planet.

18. When you’re just trying for a chill weekend with the crew.

19. When someone thinks you’re so lucky to be living in New York.

20. When you always dress your cutest in the hopes of bumping into your crush.

Happy 20th, SATC! You gave us so much.

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Anthony Bourdain's Loss Is Being Felt By All The People He Influenced

Chef, TV host and writer Anthony Bourdain died in France at the age of 61, according to CNN. He was found by his close friend and fellow chef, Eric Ripert, on Friday morning in his hotel room. The two were working on an episode of his CNN show Parts Unknown. He reportedly died by suicide.

“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” CNN said in a statement. “His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”

Anthony Bourdain was deeply beloved as a person who shared stories and food from parts of the world most people never got to travel to. He has a deeply compassionate view of others, and an intense curiosity that awoke wonder and interest in others. And because of his presence on TV, he was known to many.

He was also incredibly supportive of the #MeToo movement. His partner, Asia Argento, was one of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers. He publicly supported her and all the women who came forward.

Bourdain’s outspoken nature and widespread appeal made him many people’s heroes. He was also personal friends with a number of celebrities. Folks from all sides of entertainment are celebrating him and his legacy.

People who worked with him as journalists.

Other chefs who work on television:

He also knew folks from everywhere: science, politics, music.

reposted: @questlovesfood Just saw the news this morning about Anthony Bourdain’s passing. I have so many thoughts about him—memories, emotions, and unanswered questions—that right now it’s sort of a jumble. I feel so thankful for him to introducing me to a world I never knew, the world of food and especially food around the world. It was through Anthony that I learned about the sushi master Jiro Ono was and that recommendation (seeing the Jiro doc & making a pilgrimage to Tokyo by any means necessary) singlehandedly changed the course of my professional and creative life. Anthony also believed, and talked often, about how all forms of creativity were connected: how chefs and drummers and comedians and actors and directors and painters all drew on the same well of thoughts and emotions. That feeling stuck with me. Watching him take trips to faraway lands to get a taste of heaven (and, just as often, to show how life on earth can be hell for people under the thumb of cruel governments or oppressive poverty) was the equivalent of my many trips to obscure record shops continents away. Lastly I’ll miss our endless banter about the merits (or lack therof) of Yacht Rock. Anthony came on Fallon often, and every time he liked to warn me that his walk-on music better have “some umph to it.” He wanted power and attitude. I’d agree with him, and then I’d play another Billy Joel song, which infuriated him. A few years back, to thank him for writing the foreword to my book, I started the ultimate troll project, though I never got to give it to him. We had an “argument” over Herb Alpert’s “Route 101”: I made the case that the song’s good-feeling/good-time vibe couldn’t be denied, and he made the case that he denied it, and the more heated the argument got the more we laughed. I told him imma make him the mother of smooth-pop playlists and then he would see the light. I’m finishing that playlist, and when I do, I’ll name it after him, just so I can imagine that laugh of his.

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Many said his show helped them feel like they were exploring the world, too:

Many had personal memories of meeting him, and how energetic and engaging he was in person:

And lots of people are sharing the lessons they got from his show and personality:

His partner, Asia Argento, has also responded to the news, writing, “Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did. His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds. He was my love, my rock, my protector. I am beyond devastated. My thoughts are with his family. I would ask that you respect their privacy and mine.”

Anthony Bourdain gave the world many gifts, and his loss will be felt deeply.

In the U.S., the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.

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