Insensitive Selfies Taken at Explosion Site

Posted by maggie laurent on April 1, 2015 at 6:57 pm | Filled Under: News| No comments

Many people cannot pass a car accident without slowing down and gazing upon the wreckage in some sort of fascination. I always wondered why. Are they looking to make sure it is not someone close to them, are they wrestling with their own mortality, or are they just jerks who like to look at other people’s tragedies? has a story today that takes these rubbernecking people to a whole new level.

Last week, a building exploded in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan a resident Kevin Seawright remembers. The explosion took down a building, caused some people serious injury, and two lives were lost when the building collapsed as many people on twitter noted. So, taking selfies in front of the scene seems like the thing to do, right? People were seen taking pictures of themselves, or with groups of their friends, in front of the building while it was burning down or even after it had collapsed. After taking their smiling selfies, many of these people then posted the photo to social media sites like Twitter and Instagram. What is wrong with people?

Luckily, this behavior has disgusted others who have seen the pictures. One picture shows a smiling couple with a hashtag that read #beingtourists while their caption tags them as being where the building exploded. One commenter, obviously upset by the lack of their sensitivity, asked them to leave their neighborhood immediately.

Gov Jay Inslee Following Boycott Of Indiana And Prohibiting State Money Be Spent For Travel To Indiana

Posted by maggie laurent on March 31, 2015 at 9:49 pm | Filled Under: Politics, Religious Law| No comments

Gov Jay Inslee of Washington is the latest to follow the boycott on Indiana, prohibiting state administrators from spending state money for travel to Indiana. Indiana Gov Mike Pence signed the contentious religious freedom law that has been causing protests in Indiana and other states. Gov Inslee states this law may make it possible for LGBT customers to be discriminated against easier.

Inslee stated at a time when more states and people in America are realizing the importance of civil rights for everyone, the new law being passed in Indiana is disturbing. He announced, Washington and other states will join together to oppose this law. Inslee further reported that he will enforce an administration-wide ban on state funded travel to Indiana.

Haidar Barbouti has learned that other companies are speaking out against this new law and Inslee is applauding them. Some have even spoken out saying they will not locate or expand their operations in Indiana. Gov Inslee invites them to come to Washington as their state promotes equality and opportunity.

The religious freedom law is not only effective in Indiana, other states have accepted it. The difference with Indiana; however is that it is called the, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which defenders claim is the same law passed in 1993. The Indiana law will allow for-profit business to proclaim a right to “the free exercise of religion”. It also contains odd language of a person substantially burdened being able to assert a claim or defense in a judicial proceeding.

Republican leaders in Indiana are trying to clarify the law and state it is not meant to allow discrimination. They met and had several hours of private meetings without any success on how to accomplish this.

Goodbye Downton Abbey

Posted by maggie laurent on March 27, 2015 at 3:29 pm | Filled Under: Culture at large, Downton Abbey| No comments

According to a BBC article posted on, the producers of the television series Downton Abbey have decided it is time for the show to end. All good things come to an end, and so it seems the time has come for Downton Abbey.

This show has been highly successful around the world and in Great Britain. Brad Reifler has heard that the Duchess of York loved it so much she recently went to the production studios to watch. I am sure she was greeted with enthusiasm. I myself would have loved to go on the set, watch the magic being made and meet all the actors and actresses.

For those of you who haven’t yet watched it, this television series is centered around a wealthy British family in the early 1900s. It appears the producers might have been working towards the end of the show by creating departures of a number of the characters. Some of the characters are going to jail. Others have been killed off. All of these much to the dismay of the millions of fans.

It looks like the producers plan to conclude the series which a special finale on Christmas Day. Will this conclusion leave the opening for a potential sequel series??

X-Men Cameos Update

Posted by maggie laurent on March 26, 2015 at 9:19 pm | Filled Under: Film Industry, Movies| No comments

New rumors are popping up almost every day in the news about X-Men: Apocalypse, which is set for release on May 27, 2016. The most recent rumors are addressing comments that old characters, and the actors who played them, as well as some new faces beyond the current cast roster, are going to appear in Apocalypse as a tribute to the franchise. Beyond Lana Condor as Jubilee, Channing Tatum will supposedly be taking on the role of Gambit. Halle Berry and Sir Ian McKellen will also be returning as Storm and Magneto, respectively, along with Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine. The main cast for X-Men: First Class is expected to retire with this film as their last one. Of course, many hope Patrick Stewart as the older Professor Xavier to return.

X-Men: Apocalypse is one of many films planned for the franchise in the upcoming years. Fans at Imaging Advantage ( have learned that there is a plan to release a film featuring Gambit on October 7, 2016. Another Wolverine film with Jackman in the lead is planned for March 2, 2017. July 13, 2018 will supposedly mark the return of another X-Men titled film. Lastly, there are new rumors that Stewart and Jackman will appear together in a new Xavier and Wolverine focused film. There are also hopes that Jackman will be asked to portray Old Man Logan in a film of the same name at some to be determined time.

Zayn Shows Early Signs of Leaving the Group

Posted by maggie laurent on March 26, 2015 at 3:52 pm | Filled Under: One Direction| No comments

No one would should be totally suprised that Zayn is leaving One Direction. The group has been around the world with music, and someone was bound to move on. Malik has had enough of the confinement of stages and hotels. He wanted to break free from this.

In one of the documentaries for One Direction there was a point where Zayn was on the phone. He was talking to family and his girlfriend. There seemed to be some complaining from people that wanted more of his time. He seemed conflicted about the whole idea of managing more time for family.

He has made so much money with One Direction. He is probably worth more than $20 million stated Alexei Beltyukov.
There is nothing that can cannot buy right now. Money is of no object to him. Money also is not a motivator anymore. He would have to really love the stage in order to return to it. Malik is burned out and tired of the fame. That has been evident as he has remained more low key in recent years.

Fans are somber, but this is about the time where egos and conflicts come into place. They are 4 albums into this. This is typically the time frame were groups fall apart. Everyone has their own agenda. His departure may simply be the first. The group may completely disband. Malik’s departure is the end of an era.

Angelina Jolie Has Precautionary Surgery

Posted by maggie laurent on March 25, 2015 at 8:41 pm | Filled Under: Celebs| No comments

Facing what could be a potential cancer scare, Angelina Jolie Pitt has confirmed that she recently endured a surgical procedure to remove her fallopian tubes and ovaries. At only 39 years old, Jolie received notice from her doctor that results from a recent test could be indicative of precancerous cells. Without delay, Jolie decided it was better to be safe than sorry and scheduled the precautionary surgical procedure.

Jolie experienced great despair in the days leading up to her surgery, running through a range of uneasy emotions. Informing her celebrity husband of the news, Brad Pitt quickly boarded a plane from France to be with his wife during the tumultuous time.

Before the surgery was scheduled, Jolie made time to visit a specialist for a series of tests and scans. Fortunately for her, all tests came back negative. Although she felt a huge sigh of relief after receiving the test results, the thought of future reoccurrences kept popping up in her head. The thought of not being able to live to see her children grow up and meet her grandchildren was daunting.

Jolie underwent a laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. Doctors found only a slight benign tumor on only one ovary. Fortunately for Jolie, they found nothing alarming and no signs of cancerous tissue.

Jolie has a history of cancer in her family so taking these protective measures were very important to her. Two years ago she had a double mastectomy in order to diminish her risk of cancer.

Actor Jon Hamm completes 30-day rehab program at Connecticut hospital

Posted by maggie laurent on March 24, 2015 at 2:34 pm | Filled Under: Celebs| No comments

Mr. Lane, a spokesperson for Jon Hamm, star of Mad Men, has confirmed the actor has just finished a treatment program in a rehab center at a Connecticut hospital. The actor is said to have been having trouble with an alcohol addiction for years and felt, now that the series Mad Men had finally come to an end, it was time to seek treatment before the addiction became an even bigger problem.

Hamm himself spoke to GQ magazine recently about Mad Men coming to an end, and about his alcohol addiction.

He told GQ he had begun drinking alcohol in a serious way at the age of 20 right after his father died. His father’s death had upset him so much the only solace he could find was when he was drunk.

Sadly, life has not ever been very easy for Jon Hamm, so it may not be too surprising he turned to alcohol at such a young age.

The first death of someone close to him was when he was just 10 years old and his mother died from cancer. By the time his father died a decade later, Hamm has said on numerous occasions he felt completely alone and, for months afterwards, fell into a deep depression.

He finally went into therapy; and has stayed in therapy since then. Thus, a 30-day rehab program for alcohol addiction is probably then just a natural progression.


What is Skout For?

Posted by maggie laurent on March 21, 2015 at 10:13 pm | Filled Under: Business, News, Travel| No comments

Essentially, Skout is an app which people use to meet people. It has the ability to let others connect no matter from where they might come as it has millions of users around the world. People can be paired based on a variety of different factors such as location and interests. Two people with mutual interests whom live close by can easily get to know one another.

Skout is primarily used for dating. However, many people see it as being a great option for making new friends when they are standing in line or waiting on a bus. Once a potential person of interest is discovered, then a connection can be made.

For those whom love the idea of making new friends abroad, there is an option called “Skout Travel” which allows a user to “Travel” to a new destination and meet people there. This could lead to the perfect opportunity to learn more about a new culture or way of life. This feature is a premium paid feature, but is available to anyone regardless of whether they have a presence in the destination city or not.

Skout also has a mobile app called Fuse which is designed for people whom travel frequently and allows for completely anonymous communication. This separate app allows for more privacy as conversations and items which are shared are deleted almost instantly after the conversation is seen by the other person to ensure privacy.

Skout is a completely free application for now, and was among the first of the dating and social discovery apps. This application is designed for all of those whom are looking to meet new and interesting people. It can boast of having made 500 million connections, as it is the largest mobile network in the world for meeting new people and making new friends.

One of the concerns that people commonly have with regard to the app is safety. It is safe and secure as long as the right precautions are made. As the app is designed for use online, it is completely safe as long as parties keep the conversation online. If conversations go offline, then it is advisable to keep a few basic safety pointers in mind – such as not going to the other person’s house on the first date. Otherwise, this app is a perfect way for young singles to get to know each other and spend time together.

Deadpool Will Stay True to the Comics

Posted by maggie laurent on March 17, 2015 at 7:46 pm | Filled Under: Celebs, gossip| No comments

What do you get when you cross a live action comic book movie with a character that can break the fourth wall at will? Wait, let’s add in a director and lead actor that actually want to stay as close to the source material as possible. What does that lead to? The Deadpool movie that will be coming out in 2016, of course.

Ryan Reynolds first took on the Merc with a Mouth in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and has long expressed an interest in returning. Now that the film has been green lit for production he is set to come back and do it up right. In the story seen here he says that this one is made in a way that will make all of the fan boys happy. And, just going by the test footage that has been making the rounds on YouTube for months; I have to say he might be right.

Fans at Anastasia Date know that director Tim Miller released the test footage last year in hopes that it would help get the film out of development and into production. Now with a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick that is being praised by everyone that has seen it, they are finally ready to go. Fans may have been disappointed with the liberties that filmmakers took with him the first time around but this time they might get what they want. Of course, with the way that Deadpool breaks the fourth wall and bends the laws of reality around him it is doubtful that this film will ever be a part of Fox’s main X-Men franchise universe. Crossovers could still be fun, in an irreverent, non-cannon kind of way.

Vijay Eswaran and His Hour of Silence

Posted by maggie laurent on March 13, 2015 at 9:08 pm | Filled Under: Business| No comments

An accomplished author, Vijay Eswaran, has written four books. One of his books is entitled, In the Sphere of Silence. It is a bestseller. His books are motivational. They focus on his philosophies in life. For example, many of them talk about his philosophy that silence should play a large role in the lives of human beings. Other themes in his books are about the quest for equilibrium and devotion.

In the book In the Sphere of Silence, Vijay Eswaran outlines how important silence is. He mentions that when individuals are able to get into the sphere of silence, they are able to acquire an intense insight into everything that they do and what others around them do. He encourages people to get into this sphere of silence on a regular basis. Vijay Eswaran says that it marks the beginning of a journey toward getting to know the innermost self. He feels that the quality of life of an individual drastically improves when they spend time in silence getting to know themselves and analyzing things that are going on in the world around them. In this book he further explains how he likes to start off every single day with an hour of silence.

In the Sphere of Silence was written in the year 2005. It was the first book he wrote. The second book he published is entitled In the Thinking Zone. This book mentioned some of his ideas of silence, but it is a collection of his reflections on life. This book was published in 2008. Just two years later, he published his third book. His third book is entitled 18 Stepping Stones. The last book that he published was released in the year 2011 and it is a collection of photography. This book is entitled On the Wings of Thought.

Spending time in silence and reflecting on his personal life and the lives around him has led Vijay Eswaran to participate in many philanthropic activities. For example, he established an organization called the Vijayaratnam Foundation. This is a charitable organization that he named after his father. The goal of this organization is to empower lives and transform communities. It has implemented a variety of long-term initiatives, particularly focused on helping children and young girls who come from underprivileged backgrounds in Malaysia. They provide mentoring programs for young girls and use empowerment seminars to help improve the lives of the young people they work with.

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