• Trump's White House Asked Americans What They'd Do With a Raise. It Backfired

    President Donald Trump's White House called on Twitter users to let it know what they’d do with a $4,000 raise, with Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders promising to should out the answers during her daily briefing Monday afternoon. The White House should have known what sort of responses to expect. Doing so, the White House says, would boost the average American family’s annual income by $4,000.

  • Please Tell Us You Can Spot the Spelling Mistake in This School's Sign

    Parents in a certain Georgia community might now be a little nervous for back-to-school season. On a Fall morning in 2015, East Paulding Middle School's sign welcomed the return of students with one glaring error: "We Are Glad You Are Hear." After area resident Michael Graham drove past the sign, he snapped a photo and shared it on local News Radio 106.7's Facebook page. It's since been passed around across the nation, and it's serving as the ultimate lesson in proofreading . . . and that spellcheck can't always save you. Hear, hear!

  • These two brains both belong to three-year-olds, so why is one so much bigger?

    Take a careful look at the image of two brains on this page. The picture is of the brains of two three-year-old children. It’s obvious that the brain on the left is much bigger than the one on the right. The image on the left also has fewer spots, and far fewer dark “fuzzy” areas. To neurologists who study the brain, and who have worked out how to interpret the images, the difference between these two brains is both remarkable and shocking. The brain on the right lacks some of the most fundamental areas present in the image on the left. Those deficits make it impossible for that child to develop capacities that the child on the left will have: the child on the right will grow into an adult who is less intelligent, less able to empathise with others, more likely to become addicted to drugs and involved in violent crime than the child on the left. The child on the right is much more likely to be unemployed and to be dependent on welfare, and to develop mental and other serious health problems. What could possibly cause so radical a divergence in brain development? The obvious answer is that it must have been some illness or terrible accident. The obvious answer is wrong. he primary cause of the extraordinary difference between the brains of these two three-year-old children is the way they were treated by their mothers. The child with the much more fully developed brain was cherished by its mother, who was constantly and fully responsive to her baby. The child with the shrivelled brain was neglected and abused. That difference in treatment explains why one child’s brain develops fully, and the other’s does not. Neurologists are beginning to understand exactly how a baby’s interaction with their mother determines how, and indeed whether, the brain grows in the way that it should. Professor Allan Schore, of UCLA, who has surveyed the scientific literature and has made significant contributions to it, stresses that the growth of brain cells is a “consequence of an infant’s interaction with the main caregiver [usually the mother]”. The growth of the baby’s brain “literally requires positive interaction between mother and infant. The development of cerebral circuits depends on it.” Prof Schore points out that if a baby is not treated properly in the first two years of life, the genes for various aspects of brain function, including intelligence, cannot operate, and may not even come into existence. Nature and nurture cannot be disentangled: the genes a baby has will be profoundly affected by the way it is treated. The details of how the chemical reactions that are essential to the formation of new brain cells and the connections between them are affected by the way a mother interacts with her baby are extremely technical. Suffice it to say that there is now a very substantial body of evidence that shows that the way a baby is treated in the first two years determines whether or not the resulting adult has a fully functioning brain. The damage caused by neglect and other forms of abuse comes by degrees: the more severe the neglect, the greater the damage. Eighty per cent of brain cells that a person will ever have are manufactured during the first two years after birth. If the process of building brain cells and connections between them goes wrong, the deficits are permanent. This discovery has enormous implications for social policy. It explains two very persistent features of our society. One is the way that chronic disadvantage reproduces itself across generations of the same families. There is a cycle of deprivation - lack of educational attainment, persistent unemployment, poverty, addiction, crime - which, once a family is in it, has proved almost impossible to break. The way that the development of a child’s brain is dependent on the way that the child is treated by its mother explains why this depressing cycle happens. Parents who, because their parents neglected them, do not have fully developed brains, neglect their own children in a similar way: their own children’s brains suffer from the same lack of development that blighted their own lives. They, too, are likely to fail at school, to be liable to get addicted to drugs, to be unable to hold down a job, and to have a propensity to violence. The second persistent feature is the dismal failure of rehabilitation programmes that aim to diminish the rate at which persistent young offenders commit crimes. Many different approaches have been tried, from intensive supervision to taking young offenders on safaris, but none has worked reliably or effectively. Recent research indicates that a large majority - perhaps more than three quarters - of persistent young offenders have brains that have not developed properly. They have, that is, suffered from neglect in the first two years of life, which prevented their brains from growing. As a consequence, they may be incapable of responding to the same incentives and punishments that will steer those with more fully developed brains away from crime. That result may lead you to conclude that nothing can be done about the social problems that result from childhood neglect. But that would be wrong. There is a way to break the cycle, and it is not terribly difficult to achieve. It consists in intervening early and showing mothers who neglect their children how to treat them in a way which will lead their babies’ brains to develop fully. “Early intervention”, as the policy is called, has been tried in parts of the US for more than 15 years. It consists in ensuring that mothers identified as “at risk” of neglecting their babies are given regular visits (at least once every week) by a nurse who instructs them on how to care for the newborn child. Data from the city of Elmira in New York State, where such programmes have been in place longest, show that children whose mothers had received those visits did much better than children from a comparable background whose mothers were not part of the programme: they had, for instance, 50 per cent fewer arrests, 80 per cent fewer convictions, and a significantly lower rate of drug abuse. Graham Allen, the Labour MP for Nottingham North, has been a fervent advocate of introducing early intervention programmes into the UK since at least 2008. That year, he collaborated with Iain Duncan Smith, now Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on Early Intervention: Good Parents, Great Kids, Better Citizens, a report for the Centre for Social Justice which set out evidence that the neglect of children in the first two years of life damages the development of their brains. The report also looked at the social problems that resulted, and examined the effects that early intervention could have in helping to solve those problems. Mr Allen’s own constituency is one of the most deprived in England: it has the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in Europe, and one of the lowest rates of participation in higher education. “There is no doubt that early intervention can make a tremendous contribution to improving our society,” Mr Allen says. “Not the least benefit is the financial one. The amount it saves taxpayers, by reducing benefits, by cutting care home places for kids who would otherwise have to be taken from their parents, by reducing prison places, and so on, is staggering.” Andrea Leadsom, the Conservative MP for South Northamptonshire, agrees. She is a passionate advocate of early intervention programmes. “I know they work because I have seen them in operation”, she says. “I helped to run an early intervention centre in Oxford, one of the first early intervention programmes in England. I have helped to institute such programmes in Northamptonshire. I can bear witness to the astonishing benefits. "The biggest problem at the moment is that the programmes are far too small. In Oxford, the centre sees perhaps 300 babies a year. But there are 17,000 babies born in Oxford every year, which means there are 34,000 babies in Oxford in the first two years of life who might benefit from the programme. "We need central Government to get behind early intervention so that it happens on a big enough scale everywhere.” Frank Field, the Labour MP for Birkenhead, is another passionate advocate of early intervention. He has also introduced small-scale schemes in his own constituency, and is working hard to find ways to get such schemes adopted more widely. There is a remarkable cross-party consensus that early intervention is a vitally important policy which needs to be supported nationally. Both David Cameron and Ed Miliband have endorsed early intervention, and insisted that it should be implemented. But nothing is happening to make sure that it is. “Quite the opposite,” notes Mr Allen. “The funding I thought was earmarked for it is being taken away. The plans that I have put forward are being hollowed out.” “It’s crazy,” adds Mrs Leadsom. “This is a policy that has the potential to transform our society, to mean that the next generation of babies will grow into more responsible, less crime-prone, and better educated adults. "We know what needs to be done to get those results: we need to ensure that mothers who are at risk of neglecting or abusing their babies in the first two years of life are instructed how to care for them and interact with them properly. But no one in central government is pushing it. In fact, they’re taking away the early intervention grant in order to pay for the pupil premium for two-year-olds.” Frank Field is just as depressed about the prospects of getting early intervention adopted by the Government. “The Prime Minister asked me to write a report on early intervention,” he says. “My hopes were up when I delivered it several weeks ago. But as far as I can tell, he hasn’t even read it.” What explains the failure to adopt early intervention programmes nationally? The greatest obstacle may simply be that the biggest benefits will not be obvious for 15 years. The babies who benefit from early intervention today will take more than a decade to grow into teenagers who do not commit the crimes they would have perpetrated had their mothers not been helped by an early intervention programme. Elections, however, are every five years. That means the benefits will not accrue to the politicians in power now, but to their successors - which could be why those in power now are reluctant to expend effort and money on early intervention programmes. “I hope that isn’t true,” says Graham Allen. “Because if it is, it would mean we are politically incapable of implementing the one policy that will certainly make our society immeasurably better. And what more profound condemnation of our political system could there be than that?”

  • Angelina Jolie Walks the Dog in Everlane’s Surprisingly Affordable Pumps

    Angelina Jolie has a clearly defined look. Typically sporting black or white, Jolie peppers her ensembles with elevated accessories for a polished finish. And yesterday in Los Angeles, Jolie took a family outing to the pet store as an opportunity to demonstrate that a sensible kitten heel can be stylish and affordable. Jolie’s version is by Everlane, a label she has often gone to for everything from bomber jackets to tote bags to the label’s popular loafer. This shoe, dubbed the Editor Heel, is a practical 2-inches above the ground, giving Jolie the ability to catch up to any runaway dogs (or kids!) in sleek fashion. She rounded out the look with a simple shirtdress, retro-inspired shades, and

  • Watch George W. Bush crack up Barack Obama while Bill Clinton is talking about hurricane relief

    All five living former U.S. presidents gathered in College Station, Texas, on Saturday evening to pay tribute to America's tradition of volunteerism and raise money for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. At one point, all five ex-presidents - Jimmy Carter, George. H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama - were on stage, and Carter spoke, then Clinton. While Clinton was talking about the enduring disaster in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the younger Bush leaned over to Obama, making him laugh. You can watch the moment at the 3:35 mark: Or you can wonder what was so dang funny in this silent clip of the moment Obama cracked up and Bush looked on mischievously:

  • Pennywise the It clown photobombs engagement photos, much to the internet's delight

    It, the new adaptation of Stephen King's horror classic, remains one of the most popular films of the year - it's currently the sixth highest-grossing movie of 2017 - and creepy clown Pennywise continues to capture the global imagination. Most recently, one mischievous brother posted engagement photographs featuring the clown, claiming he was asked to capture his sister's engagement, but snuck Pennywise into shot during post-production. TV writer and Buzzfeed staffer Jesse McLaren uploaded the photographs to Twitter on Sunday night.  Pennywise interrupts an engagement shoot Credit: Jesse McLaren McLaren removed the identity of his sister and her husband-to-be to spare them from becoming internet personalities Credit: Jesse McLaren But social media users have found humour in his images nonetheless Credit: Jesse McLaren In It, Pennywise lurks in the sewer system of a small town to kill and devour children His post swiftly gained traction, and at the time of writing has been "liked" nearly 70,000 times on the social media platform. McLaren is yet to post an update confirming whether his sister has "noticed". McLaren is no stranger to Photoshop pranks. His Instagram account is followed by 13,500 people for images including President Trump with long, blonde hair.   

  • Steelers' Le'Veon Bell on takedown: I don't know 'what came over me'

    PITTSBURGH -- Even Le'Veon Bell had trouble trying to process what happened with 5:58 left in the second quarter and what he left in his wake. "That was one of the better stiff-arms of my life," Bell said of his violent takedown of Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick in the open field, which resulted in a 42-yard reception during the Pittsburgh Steelers' 29-14 win. "I don't know what happened or what came over me on that play." Bell tightened his grip on the Steelers offense with a resounding 192 total yards against Cincinnati, dictating the pace with 35 carries for 134 yards. In the Steelers' past three wins, Bell has produced 457 rushing yards on 102 carries and 116 receiving yards.

  • Swimmers Run From Water as Four Killer Whales Approach Shore

    A group of friends swimming at Hahei Beach, New Zealand on October 21 got a major shock when a pod of killer whales wandered close to shore and sent the friends running out of the water. “[We] spotted three orcas swimming about 50 metres offshore,” Kelly Lindsay, who filmed the encounter, said. “[We] weren’t aware of the orca at this stage due to the waves; it wasn’t until one of the orca branched away from the pod towards the shore that onlookers started shouting out to the swimmers.” TVNZ reported four orcas were spotted near the shore Coromandel Beach, where Lindsay and friends were enjoying their long weekend. A lifeguard said the whales come around to feed on stingrays and this particular pod got about 10 metres away from the beach. It this footage, the group of friends panic and run out of the water as the killer whale’s black fin emerges out of the water a few metres away from them. Their delighted screams can be heard off-screen before the orca begins waving its flippers out of shallow waters. “[When] the fin emerged from the water… they turned and ran back to the shore in excitement and shock,” Lindsay said. “It was a once in a life time experience to see such a beautiful animal up close in the wild. We won’t be forgetting this any time soon.” Credit: Kelly Lindsay via Storyful

  • Developer spends 30 years transforming £13,500 bungalow into £4m Venetian palace

    A property developer has spent the last 30 years transforming his home into a Venetian-style palace. Trevor Wynne-Jones, 81,  bought a bungalow near Staines, Surrey for £13,500 in 1966 and immediately demolished it, building a new home in its place. It wasn’t until the 1980s that his imagination began to run wild and he embarked on this remarkable project, which has now gone on the market for £4 million.  

  • Donald Trump Punches Back At Widow Of La David Johnson After Her ‘GMA’ Interview

    President Donald Trump punched back at the widow of a soldier killed in Niger on Twitter this morning. “I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from the beginning, without hesitation!” Trump tweeted this morning, less than an hour after Johnson said otherwise in an interview with Good Morning America. Myeshia Johnson gave her first TV interview this morning to George Stephanopoulos, saying what hurt her most when…

  • We should all settle disputes like Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson did on Twitter

    Here's a thought, maybe don't tell a pro wrestler that wrestling isn't real. Chances are, as a wrestler, they are fully aware of what wrestling is. SEE ALSO: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's gym routine is crazy Although he has segued out of professional wrestling into acting, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson clearly still has love for the game. And on Sunday he tweeted about the return of wrestler Kurt Angle. This prompted one Twitter-user to break some solemn news. What?! Has anyone alerted the authorities to this?? As it turns out no one had to contact the United Nations, because Johnson himself illuminated the situation. Oh wow. Of all the people in the world that you could want angry at you, Dwayne

  • A New Report Says Brad Pitt Is Dating Ella Purnell -​ The 21-Year-Old Actress Who Played A Young Angelina Jolie In 'Maleficent '

    The internet is blowing up with rumors that Brad Pitt, 53, is dating 21-year-old British actress Ella Purnell, who is most recently known for her role in Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children. Did you see Maleficent, the Disney movie staring Angelina Jolie? Did you happen to notice the actress who played the young Maleficent?

  • Melania Trump is lonely, racist and obsessed with Michelle Obama in this new short story

    Melania Trump is lonely and obsessed with Michelle Obama. At least in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s version of events anyway. The Nigerian author has penned a short story for the The New York Times’ style magazine, T, which paints the first lady-referred to throughout only as “Mrs T”-as the reluctant wife of the president who displays an unease with her political fame. And she’s a little bit racist, too. Adichie’s “micronovel,” Janelle Asked to the Bedroom, envisions a conversation between a forlorn Trump and her pilates instructor Janelle. The story was published on the Times website and on the T magazine Instagram page. In the short story, Janelle is unusually called to join Mrs T in her bedroom,

  • North Korea warns of 'unimaginable blow'

    Oct. 23 (UPI) -- North Korea warned Monday of an unimaginable blow at any time, after weeks of refraining from provocations. Pyongyang's state-controlled KCNA said the announcement is being made in response to what it described as aggressive remarks from the United States. "In the midst of the endless, hysterical war madness from the invaders, the provokers, upon these conditions our proper position, to deliver an unimaginable blow at any time, is ready," KCNA stated. The news agency added, "Trump may speak of the 'calm before the storm,' in an attempt and foolish calculation to frighten us, but rather it is the United States that is hobbling around in fear and despair. "The era of having faith

  • Rogan on UFC 217: I’m hearing Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre is not selling well

    The UFC’s 2017 card at Madison Square Garden will be headlined by UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping, as he defends his title for the second time against the returning Georges St-Pierre. But according to veteran analyst Joe Rogan, the card that will also feature two other title fights is not selling that well. “Bisping vs. GSP. Now, I’m hearing, that that’s not selling well, Madison Square Garden,” Rogan told Eddie Bravo and Brendan Schaub during this weekend’s Fight Companion podcast. “That’s unfortunate.” “Here’s the thing, though. If you really stop and think about it, that was four years ago since (St-Pierre) last fought Jonny Hendricks. The people that are into the UFC now, they’re

  • Bill O'Reilly Accuser Says She's Still 'Terrified' Of Fox News

    Juliet Huddy, a former Fox News employee who accused Bill O’Reilly of sexually harassing her in 2011, said Monday that she’s still “terrified” of the network after the lengths it went to in order to protect him and discredit her.

  • Shocking moment man pushes woman onto train tracks in Hong Kong

    A man shocked onlookers when he pushed a woman onto train tracks at a station in Hong Kong, causing her to fall and hit her head. The harrowing CCTV footage shows him strolling past a woman in a hi-viz vest before knocking her onto the tracks. After falling, she looks up at her attacker. The 59-year-old unnamed cleaner was shoved onto the rails by a man who then slowly walks away from the scene. According to the South China Morning Post, she had been on platform No 5 at the Yuen Long terminal for the Light Rail’s 761P route at about 10.30am. She waved to an acquaintance before being shoved onto the tracks. No train was passing at the time, but the terrifying possibility clearly resonated with social media users, who have shared the video thousands of times. According to the South China Morning Post, the man was arrested on suspicion of assault. A spokeswoman told the newspaper: “The woman suffered injuries to her jaw and was sent to Pok Oi Hospital for treatment.” It is understood the alleged assailant has a Hong Kong identity card. Officers are now searching for a motive.

  • Overreaction Monday: Iowa Football Isn’t Fun Anymore

    If you’re here, I assume you watched at least a portion of Saturday’s game against Northwestern. Maybe not. Maybe you had other stuff going on and you caught wind of the result and avoided watching. Consider yourself lucky. That was just terrible. All around not fun, not entertaining, not good football. I suppose our first clue things would be rough should have come when we learned both Brandon Snyder and Josey Jewell would be out for the game, but much like HelloJerry, I was expecting to see this Iowa team come out of their bye week with a bit a fire, some renewed passion and focus on doing the things we’ve come to know and (sometimes) love as being Iowa Football. This wasn’t even close to the