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Thanksgiving Food Power Rankings

Every year you see the same food items on people’s plates. You ever ask yourself how they stack up, against each other? Here’s my take.

  1. Stuffing/Dressing- One of the few days it’s prepared.No matter how you flavor it, it’s the staple to your Thanksgiving plate. It’s the side dish, that gives the turkey life. You’re basically eating smushed bread pieces, doesn’t matter, it’s delicious. It’s also convenient, that those who don’t eat meat can enjoy it as well.
  2. Turkey- While it’s not number one it’s symbolic of the holiday we celebrate every year. Whether it’s roasted or fried, you need this bird on your table.
  3. Pumpkin/Sweet Potato/ Pecan Pie- No matter what flavor you prefer, the closer of your feast has to be pie. The aroma of pie itself, makes the holiday better.
  4. Baked Macaroni and Cheese-I’m not talking your instant Kraft mac and cheese. With multiple cheeses and a crust, mac and cheese could easily be atop this list.
  5. Mashed Potatoes-While it’s eaten regularly, you can’t knock the consistency that quality mashed potatoes bring to the table.
  6. Cranberry Sauce-Not a fan, but I’ll respect its place in ThanksGiving history. People typically just buy it canned, but homemade sauce isn’t half bad.
  7. Candy Yams/ Sweet Potatoes-Quite possibly, the most underrated side dish. Whether it’s with marshmallows, or by itself it adds a nice sweetness to your plate.
  8. Lasagna/ Baked Ziti-Love pasta just not during thanksgiving, nevertheless it belongs in the top ten.
  9. Rolls- The sponge to whatever is left on your plate.
  10. Gravy-More of a condiment than a food item, but still essential to the table. No one likes dry Turkey.

*Best of the Rest: Corn, Rice and Beans, Cornbread, Green bean casserole, Ham.

Hong Kong protesters stand their ground

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China has gone through many changes in modern times. Their cities are expanding rapidly, and they have one the fastest growing economies in the world. The Social climate of China is also undergoing drastic change. Its citizens want something else, democracy.

Chinese citizens have long felt the government has limited their freedoms. Several websites have been banned throughout China, such as Google. The more the country expands on a global scale, the more citizens want a true democracy.

The streets of Hong Kong have been flooded with protestors all calling for an end to Chief Executive C.Y. Lueng’s regime. China’s leader Lueng is losing his patience calling for the end of protests.

“The government and the police have the responsibilities and determination to take all necessary actions to restore social order,” Leung said in his televised address.

According to CNN, the wave of protestors were given a deadline to disperse, but remained in the streets. There were no riots, and government workers were allowed to pass.

The Hong Kong Federation of students met with Hong Kong chief executive secretary Carrie Lam on possibly diffusing the protests. This conflict might be worth monitoring, as it could negatively affect China’s economy.

Devon Still and The Bengals Goodwill

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In light of all the controversy surrounding the NFL in recent weeks, Devon Still’s story has been a bright spot. Bengals defensive end Devon Still’s 4-year-old daughter, Leah, was diagnosed with cancer. Still was uninsured at the time, and on the verge of being cut.

Realizing Still’s situation the Bengals decided to place him on the practice squad so they could pay for his daughter’s bills. Hearing about Still’s daughter on the radio, Saints coach Sean Payton immediately purchased 100 Still jerseys. The proceeds from Still’s jerseys go to children staying at the same hospital as Leah. As a result the Bengals team store has sold nearly 10,000 jerseys.

The Still’s received even more good news after the entire tumor was removed from Leah, when doctors previously had concerns about its removal.

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The Bengal’s, and fans that showed support, should be applauded for their humility. The NFL, has been dealing with public relations issues, but this is a reminder that some things are bigger than football.

The NFL’s PR Nightmare

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The NFL has experienced four high profile domestic violence cases in the span of a year, child abuse, substance abuse, and performance enhancing drugs. Now there are many fans suspecting negligence by commissioner Roger Goodell.

Instead of the focus being on football and the start of a new season, the video of Ray and Janay Rice’s altercation has been the topic of discussion. The NFL first came under fire for only suspending Rice for two games. Rice has received the most attention, but isn’t the only player accused of abuse.

  • Pro bowl defensive end Greg Hardy was convicted of domestic violence, and death threats against his former girlfriend.
  • Jonathan Dwyer of the Cardinals has been accused of violence against his wife and son.
  • Forty-Niner Ray McDonald defensive end is also facing domestic violence allegations.
  • All-pro running back Adrian Peterson has been exempt from his team for child abuse.

Soon after the string of cases, a new domestic violence policy was created. Goodell announced that first time domestic violence offenders will receive a six game suspension, and second time offenders will receive a lifetime ban. In addition to the rule change, the NFL has created a team of four women to combat domestic violence.

Some of these cases happened earlier in the year, bringing to question why they weren’t disciplined until the public reacted. Several of the league’s sponsors have threatened to pull out if players aren’t disciplined properly. Besides McDonald all of the aforementioned players have been exempt from the team, but are still being paid.

This calendar year has been a black eye for the league’s image with thirty-one suspensions, and several other cases pending according to SBNation. Roger Goodell once revered by players and fans, is now dealing with a public relations nightmare.

The current controversy surrounding the league has many calling for his job. National Organization of Women president Terry O’Neil called for Goodell’s job in an interview with ESPN.

 “The only workable solution is for Roger Goodell to resign and for his successor to appoint an independent investigator with full authority to gather factual data about domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking within the NFL community and to recommend real and lasting reforms.”          -Terry O’Neil

As new information continues to emerge, Roger Goodell’s future will be something to keep an eye on. It’s unlikely the NFL will see a significant dent in its profits, but one has to wonder about the public’s perception going forward.

 


Former Athlete Creates Sensor, Prevents Brain Injuries

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A former collegiate athlete has created a new form of preventative healthcare.

According to Fox News, founder and CEO of Jolt Sensor, Benjamin Harvatine has created the small sensor to assist in the prevention of concussions and other forms of brain injuries.

Harvatine wrestled for Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he sustained a number of concussions.

Harvatine explained that although he was hit in the head, he continued to practice even though he was experience dizziness, resulting in a longer recovery. The sensor, aims at detecting these injuries sooner, and preventing these long recoveries.

The clip-on sensor can be attached to a helmet, glasses, headband or other protective headgear. The goal is for the small device to track head impacts both based on level of impact as well as repetition.  When a potentially damaging situation occurs, the sensor will vibrate on the athlete’s head while also sending a notification to the cell phone of a parent or coach.

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Woman Marries Her Brother! She Learned Her Family History A Little Too Late…

Imagine being with someone for 7 years and having a 6-year-old daughter together then learning you’re related. The wife, Adriana, 39, was given up for adoption at the age of one so she didn’t know who her blood relatives.  She connected with her biological mother with the assistance of  a Brazilian radio station.  Adriana learned after reuniting with her mother that she had a half-brother who turned out to be her husband.

Adriana’s brother Leandro, 37, was born two years before her; their mother gave them both up for adoption. They couple didn’t realize their connection even though they were aware their mother shared a common name.

 

According to reports, the couple do not intend to split and will continue their marriage.

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