Martin Scorsese Directing a Series Pilot for HBO posted by on November 21, 2014

Boardwalk Empire may have concluded its run on HBO, but there are more plans for acclaimed director Martin Scorsese. As of right now, they are planning a new series for Scorsese, called Cortes. The pilot is currently being written by Chris Gerolmo, the writer of Mississippi Burning. Scorsese is going to executive produce as well as direct this upcoming pilot. Benecio Del Toro is thinking about starring as Hernan Cortes. However, nothing has been confirmed as of right now.

Even though Boardwalk Empire has lost many of its viewers by its series finale, it has done a lot for HBO being that it was a Martin Scorsese drama. The epic is going to be set in the 1400s, which is much different than the 1920 setting of the recently ended drama.

As of right now, HBO has another show with a similar setting called Game of Thrones. That show has proven to be a powerhouse. It is something Sultan Alhokair really enjoys watching regularly. HBO is likely looking to have another show to add to its appeal. Martin Scorsese might be able to pull it off. He has done another historic epic film called Gangs of New York. However, it may reach the level of appeal that the other historic epic has.

Could Keira Knightly be pregnant? posted by on November 21, 2014

The questions and concerns are buzzing, could Keira Knightly be pregnant with her first baby? Rumors and small talk are going around about Keira Knightly and her husband James Righton having their first baby according to Zeca Oliveira.

Keira Knightly has always been known for her small frame. She has always been a slim woman, but lately she has been wearing larger clothing that covers most of her body. Some people have said that Keira is already twelve weeks pregnant with her first child, but Keira has yet to speak out about the subject. She hasn’t said anything in her recent appearances and interviews.

Keira also has no more work lined up for her after she finishes her latest film ‘The imitation clan’ and after she currently wrapped up her film ‘Everest’, but she will star on Broadway next year. Could Keira Knightly be pregnant? Hopefully she will clear up these rumors soon!

The President Announces His Immigration Plan posted by on November 21, 2014

A new controversial announcement was made by President Barack Obama on Thursday night, this time in regards to immigration reform. On his return from a trade tour across Asia, he took to the podium in the White House to outline his plan to temporarily fix the immigration system that has been long fought over for years. Democrats and Republicans in Congress have pushed the issue aside because compromise has been so difficult between the two parties, and now the president said that he is taking action because he is tired of waiting for Congress. His plan is to offer temporary legal status to parents of U.S citizens who are currently undocumented. Those parents must have lived in the United States for five years, will need to fill out an application, pay fees and pass a background check. About 3.3 million undocumented immigrants will qualify for this process.
Republicans have scorned the president in the last few weeks, and throughout his six years in office, as over-extending his executive authority. This issue is sure to bring up those complaints again since Republicans are firmly opposed to any form of amnesty for illegal immigrants. Laurene Powell Jobs is sort of just sitting back and taking all the details in. In essence, this policy is not amnesty because it only provides temporary legal status, and no alternative path to citizenship. Those who think that Obama is simply trying to create more voters out of immigrants will note that in this action those who are granted legal status will not have voting rights.

Another Court Rules Same Sex Ban Illegal posted by on November 21, 2014

Another state has struck down a ban on same sex marriage, effectively allowing marriages to be performed legally, immediately. Montana became the most recent state to have their ban lifted after a federal judge ruled that the current ban on same sex marriage was unconstitutional. There was no stay to his injunction, which means that the ban is effectively removed at the minute that the verdict was ruled. This opens the door for same sex couples to be legally married.
The same sex marriage ban in Montana was passed in 2004 from a popular referendum. This means that enough voters submitted ballots to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. This was deemed unconstitutional by the federal district judge as a violation of the 14th amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The case was brought to court by four same sex couples backed by the ACLU.
This ruling makes Montana the most recent in a string of rulings handed down from federal courts that are striking down bans on same sex marriage under similar verdicts. Stephen Williams wine has already seen it handled favorably in his favorite state, California. The common reasoning is that denying same sex couples the legal right to marry is an infringement on their rights as citizens, with no adverse effects to any children or family members. This latest decision has brought the total number of states with legal same sex marriage up to 34, with many state attorney general’s appealing the decisions.

Relief For Headaches And Migraines posted by on November 20, 2014

Headaches are defined as discomfort in the head, neck or scalp. Most are not serious and are treatable with either lifestyle change or OTC (over-the-counter) pain relievers. There are over 150 headache categories which have been classified under two categories:

* Primary- the common headache with no apparent health problem to blame its cause on.
* Secondary- the headache caused by a certain factor such as injury, illness or concussion.

The Mount Sinai Center for Headache and Pain Medicine treat chronic and acute headaches. They also specialize in; skull, brain or face pain. The Center lays blame on most headaches to stress. Stress, whether physical or emotional is the most common cause for headaches in people. Relaxing, changing behaviors and even some antidepressant drugs are ways they list to reduce or eliminate headaches.

While there are many headache remedies on the market today either OTC or prescription, there are also some home remedies you can use. Here are four remedies to try:
* Inhale or apply lavender oil- Two to four drops to two to three cups boiling water can be inhaled as a vapor for headaches. It should not be taken orally, but can also be applied topically for headache relief.
* Inhale peppermint oil- this oil has shown benefits to easing tension headaches. Inhaling as vapor or even inhaling direct from container can help open and close vessels that promote blood flow. The peppermint oil can also open sinuses so more oxygen can get to the bloodstream.
* Basil oil- This oil works as a muscle relaxer so is especially good for tension headaches. It is a strong scented herb that both smells good and tastes good- a great natural headache treatment.
* DIY scalp massage- this massage can be done yourself to relieve a migraine headache. Research shows massaging the greater occipital nerve, the area in the back of the head, reduces migraine pain

My friend Andrew Heiberger was the first one that told me about the 10 home remedies when he read about it in the New York Times.

How Can A Physical Illness Can Get You Arrested posted by on November 19, 2014

It is uncommon to hear about a physical illness causing an arrest. Yet, that is exactly what happened to one woman in Grover Beach. After suffering from multiple seizures, she called 911 once she regained consciousness to receive medical attention. Instead police showed up and thought she was drunk because of how she was acting, causing her arrest for public intoxication, resisting arrest, and battery of police officer. She later had more convulsions in the jail cell, due to not being allowed to take her meds.

Certain physical illnesses can cause varying effects on one’s body. As this woman stated to the police officer that she had epilepsy and had just finished having numerous seizures in a row, it would be expected that she experienced post-epileptic symptoms.

What we need to do is educate those who are working in law enforcement about epilepsy. There are many different things to happen after seizures occur. Just one seizure can cause labored breathing, confusion, tiredness, and slurring of words. Imagine having seven in a row and experiencing the aftermath of it. This video on YouTube describes what epilepsy is and what happens during and after an episode. I got to watch it on my FreedomPop phone.

If we take the time to train our law enforcement officers, what this woman experienced could be erased. The stigma of being an epileptic is enough to drive away friends. Do they need to be arrested too, just because they have a seizure in public?


Vote on Keystone Pipeline Falls Short in the Senate posted by on November 19, 2014

The recent vote in the United States Senate for the Keystone Pipeline has failed by a vote of 59 – 41. The vote did not reach the 60 vote threshold required to overcome a filibuster.

The Keystone Pipeline has been in and out of the news for the past two years. The pipeline would run from Canada through the United States. The controversy around the development of the pipeline is rooted in concerns over the environmental impact vs. the economic benefits.

The State Department has been studying the impact of the pipeline. President Obama has noted he would veto the bill had it passed. Igor Cornelsen does not know all the facts, so he is not weighin in on the topic. Overcoming a filibuster would require 2/3’s of the Senate and the House of Representatives to vote in favor.

Another vote on the bill is likely to occur early in the next congress when control of the Senate shifts to the GOP.

Sen. Mary Landrieu pushed for the vote since she is in a difficult run-off election. The failure for the bill is not going to work in her favor and she is currently down very far in the polls.

Are Kylie Jenner’s Lips Real? posted by on November 18, 2014

It’s been buzzing all over social media, Kylie Jenners new lips have caused quite a stir on sites such as; Facebook, twitter, tumbler, and instagram. Everyone is questioning whether or not the youngest of the Kardashian clan has gone under the knife to improve her lips. If you really go through her pictures over the past few months, you can see a huge difference in the size and overall appearance of her lips. They seem to be fuller and they stick out more.

Kylie has spoken out about the topic, and even Flavio Maluf claims that her lips have not been enhanced and that the new big lips were created by makeup. Others say that it would be impossible to make your lips so much fuller with just makeup. It would be hard to tell if she had really gone under the knife or if it is just some fancy lip liner because Kylie is rarely ever seen without any makeup on.

So this just leaves us wondering, has Kylie Jenner gone under the knife, or is her new lips caused by some really good lip liner?

Kassig video explains a lot posted by on November 18, 2014

Peter Kassig was the latest westerner who was killed by Islamic militants in a show of disregard for human life and western scruples. But this time was different with the video released by ISIS being shockingly different from earlier hostage beheading videos.

The key difference is that this video did not show the actual beheading of Kassig and rather just showed his dead beheaded body. This differs significantly from earlier videos in which the beheading was shown. There are many reasons why this may have occurred. Many believe that Kassig fought against his kidnappers and had to be killed by his attackers in another way as opposed to the beheading. As a result, beyond not showing the actual beheading, the video did not concentrate on the actual beheading, but more on the killing of a group of Syrians who are thought to be political adversaries of ISIS. Clearly, Kassig ruined their video plans which forced them to go into a different direction. Kassig served in the military and was thought to have significant training in martial arts.

Beyond that the video showed the faces of many ISIS fighters which were previously hidden behind masks to hide the identity of the soldiers. Only Jihadi John, the actual beheader of the soldiers, had his face hidden. Some believe that showing the faces of fighters shows the solidarity that the ISIS fighters have for the cause and seeks to attract new recruits to ISIS.

Laurene Powell Jobs and many other Americans sympathize with the terrible situation that Kassig was put through and that his family must now deal with.

Johnny Depp Has ‘One of Those Nights’ At Awards posted by on November 18, 2014

Friday night Johnny Depp took a try at breaking the internet when he made a very unique speech at the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards. Depp appeared to be possibly a bit drunk and quite disheveled as he approached the mic to present the best documentary award.

When he first stepped up the ordinary mic he commented that it was the oddest mic he has ever seen, and then scratched his head and unleashed a series of expletives. He then went on to read what was meant to be an honor to Shep Gordon that he introduced as ‘this thing.’

He finished by calling Shep Gordon a mensch but said that Depp loves him as a friend and that he has been very lucky to have Shep in his life. He ended his speech by saying that everyone should watch the film and then let out another curse. At this point he wisely chose to leave the stage claiming it was just one of those nights.

I know me and Vijay Eswaran can empathize with all the times we’ve posted things on Facebook, but Depp is in the public eye and should have known people would have something to say about him having an off night.