Fireball bagels will make breakfast boozy without the booze

Ever wake up regretting that last shot of Fireball? Well, now you can extend that regret all the way through breakfast.

The Fireball bagel is the latest bizarre offering from The Bagel Nook, a bagel shop in Freehold, New Jersey. Per Delish, the semi-boozy treats are made by pouring a bit of Fireball into the bagel dough itself, then dunking the finished bagels in a glaze made from even more of the liquor (reduced, of course, so it’s not actually alcoholic).

It’s served with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar and a hearty schmear of apple pie cream cheese. Something tells us it might also be good with hazelnut cream cheese? Someone test this for us, please.

And if it cures any of your Fireball-induced hangovers, please also drop us a line.

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Free abortions offered to women affected by Hurricane Harvey

Whole Woman’s Health, a reproductive health care organization, in collaboration with other groups, is offering free abortions to women affected by Hurricane Harvey.

At least 74 women have already taken the organization up on the offer, or have scheduled an appointment for the procedure, the Dallas Morning News reported. The price will be fully covered, as will the cost of transportation and accommodations, the group said.

But Texas Right to Life, an anti-abortion group, argued against the notion of a free abortion, claiming that “there is always a cost.”

“The promotion of this heinous no-cost service is riddled with fallacies because abortion is never free,” Melissa Conway, director of external relations for Texas Right to Life, told Baptist Press. “There is always a cost to abortion. Women are not free from the emotional toll that ensues after abortion and the child is certainly not free to live another day. Abortions, just like the catastrophic effects of a hurricane, are never free and we, as a community, pay the price for their needless destruction.”

The clinic, which also offered free abortions following hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike, has already raised $15,000 for one woman’s procedure and travel, and aims to raise a total of $40,000 to cover the expenses of other patients.

“Texas doesn’t have a safety net, so we have to help people raise money for services,” Whole Woman’s Health CEO Amy Hagstrom Miller told the newspaper. “Many of these women are traveling for two days and need support for travel and child care.”  

The clinic has been involved in numerous legal disputes in Texas, the Texas Tribune reported. For example, it recently sued the state over a law that would have banned a second-trimester abortion procedure.

Whole Woman’s Health v. Paxton [Texas state Attorney General Ken Paxton] is set to begin Nov. 2 in Texas before federal district court Judge Lee Yeakel, the Federalist reported.

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US Mom Could Be Jailed For Refusing To Vaccinate Her Son Against Potentially Life-Threatening Diseases

A mom from Detroit could serve jail time over her refusal to vaccinate her son. Rebecca Bredow was ordered by Oakland County judges on September 27 to vaccinate her boy within a week. Her time has nearly run out.

Rebecca Bredow and her ex-husband are embroiled in a court battle over the issue. Her ex-husband, Jason Horne, believes that their son should be vaccinated against potentially life-threatening diseases, including measles, mumps, and rubella. Bredow feels differently.

“I would rather sit behind bars standing up for what I believe in, than giving in to something I strongly don’t believe in,” she told WXYZ. “Why automatically side with the father that wants the vaccines? What about my choice as a mother?” 

So how safe are vaccines? Vaccines are rigorously tested for safety and are used because they save lives. As for claims that vaccinations cause autism, anti-vaxxers themselves have funded a study that found no link whatsoever between vaccinations and autism. To be clear, there is no link.

What’s more, worldwide deaths have significantly dropped off since the introduction of the measles vaccine, for instance. Between 2000 and 2015, there was a 79 percent drop in measles deaths around the world, largely due to the vaccine.

Bredow was first asked to immunize her child in September 2016, ABC News report, but has not done so. She now has until 9am EDT (1pm GMT) on Wednesday to have her 9-year-old son vaccinated.

Bredow and Horne had initially agreed to space out their son’s vaccines, rather than giving them to him all in one go.

Michigan schools require that students are vaccinated before they enter kindergarten and up until 7th grade. However, the state also allows parents to seek “waivers” for immunizations on the grounds of religious conviction, which Bredow has applied for.

She fears that her son may be hurt by the vaccine, though rigorous testing has proven vaccines are safe.

“God forbid if he were to be injured by a vaccine,” Bredow said. “I would have to take care of him.”

“I choose not to vaccinate, but that’s my choice. I’m not against vaccines, it’s everybody’s personal choice.”

Horne said through his lawyer that the case wasn’t really about vaccines, but about Bredow’s attempt to frustrate joint-custody rights. Nevertheless, her story is currently being shared by anti-vaxxers, who believe they should have the right to refuse vaccines and potentially spread harmful diseases to others.


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The FDA has approved a blood sugar monitor that doesnt require a finger prick

Further proof the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been warming up to modern technology — it has just approved the first continuous blood sugar monitor that doesn’t require the user to prick themselves over and over for a blood sample.

Today, the FDA cleared Abbot’s FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System, a device that uses a small sensor wire inserted under the skin to determine glucose levels in adult diabetics. Another wand-like device is then waved over the sensor to measure and give a readout of those glucose levels.

This is a milestone move for the FDA as diabetes affects nearly 30 million people in the United States who currently have to test their blood sugar by pricking themselves several times throughout the day and every time they eat.

However, the idea for a prickless blood sugar monitor isn’t new. Tech companies have increasingly shown an interest in the massive diabetics market over the past few years. Apple is rumored to be working on such a device and its CEO Tim Cook has even been spotted wearing a possible prototype that could connect to the Apple Watch.

Other companies endeavor to build something similar, including Glucowise, which has a device still under development.

However, it seems it’s not so easy to create a needleless blood sugar detector. Google tried to build a contact lens that could detect glucose but it seems the project has gone nowhere since drug company Novartis licensed the tech in 2014. Another FDA-approved device for glucose monitoring without the prick called the GlucoWatch was approved in the early 2000’s, but consumers found it cumbersome and it happened to cause a bad rash in some.

But there’s new hope today that the Freestyle monitor has worked out all the kinks. The device is intended for those 18 and older and, after a 12-hour start-up period, can be worn for up to 10 days, according to a statement on the FDA’s website.

“The FDA is always interested in new technologies that can help make the care of people living with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, easier and more manageable,” said FDA spokesperson Donald St. Pierre. “This system allows people with diabetics to avoid the additional step of finger stick calibration, which can sometimes be painful, but still provides necessary information for treating their diabetes—with a wave of the mobile reader.”

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You’ll Melt When You See What Happens When This Cat’s Favorite Human Plays The Piano

They say that animals really do enjoy listening to music, especially of the classical genre, and if this adorable kitty is any indication, it’s definitely true.

Sarper Duman is a pianist from Istanbul, Turkey, who rescues injured cats from the streets and nurses them back to health in his home. All of his furry roommates love listening to him play the piano, but one is particularly smitten with the way he tickles the ivories.

Watch as this kitty enters a state of nirvana while listening to Duman play. The little cutie is so happy that you can even hear him purring!

Is anyone else about ready to swoon from the cuteness? To listen to more of Duman’s beautiful music and to see more of the kitties he takes care of, be sure to check him out on YouTube and Instagram.

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‘Ban tackling in school rugby’ for safety

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The UK’s chief medical officers (CMOs) are being urged to protect children from the risks of rugby injuries by removing contact from the school game.

Prof Allyson Pollock, from Newcastle University, is presenting new evidence that banning tackling would reduce concussion, head and neck injuries.

A spokesman for World Rugby said it was unaware of any new evidence that would challenge the current position.

Last year, the CMOs rejected a call for a ban on tackling in youth rugby.

They said the benefits of learning, training and playing rugby outweighed the risks of injury.

Writing in an opinion piece for the BMJ, Prof Pollock and Graham Kirkwood, also from Newcastle University, said that governments had “a duty to protect children from risks of injury and to ensure safety of children” under a United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Article 19).

Body checking ban

They referred to a study they published in July in the British Journal of Sports Medicine in which they re-examined the rates and risks of injuries in sport.

Their analysis found that rugby had the highest concussion rates in children – 4.18 concussions per 1,000 athlete exposures – compared to 1.2 for ice hockey and 0.53 for American football.

And they cited evidence from Canada that changing the rules could make a difference. When there was a ban on body-checking opposing players in under-13 ice hockey, a review found a 67% reduction in concussion risk.

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Prof Pollock said children who wanted to could still play contact rugby outside school, for clubs, but schools should not be able to enforce contact rugby.

She said: “We call on the chief medical officers to act on the evidence and advise the UK government to put the interests of the child before those of corporate professional rugby unions and remove harmful contact from the school game.”

The authors reported research that girls were found to be three or four times more likely than boys to be affected by symptoms of concussion for 28 days, and they also highlighted the links between head injuries and an increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Keep active plea

Prof Tara Spires-Jones, deputy director for the Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, said current research urged caution in games where there was a significant risk of head injury – but the science wasn’t conclusive.

“The data on specifically whether playing rugby or other contact sports in school increases your risk of dementia are not as robust yet due to a lack of large prospective studies,” she said.

“It is also very clear that there are many health risks of leading a sedentary lifestyle.”

Dr Alan Carson, an expert in acquired brain injury, said public health experts should think carefully before calling for measures that could cut participation in sport.

“The health crisis facing Britain’s children is not concussion but obesity and lack of exercise,” he said.

‘Safe environment’

A Department for Education spokeswoman said schools had the flexibility to offer a diverse PE curriculum which suited the needs of their students.

“We expect schools to be aware of all of the risks associated with sporting activities and to provide a safe environment for pupils.

Ministers said staff should also be given the information and training they needed to manage risks effectively.

A spokesman for World Rugby said it took player safety very seriously at all levels of the sport.

“With appropriate supervision and coaching, rugby is a sport that empowers young people, builds confidence, shapes valuable life skills and promotes a healthy lifestyle,” he added.

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Liliane Bettencourt, L’Oreal Billionaire Heiress, Dies at 94

Liliane Bettencourt, heiress to the L’Oreal cosmetics empire and the world’s wealthiest woman, has died. She was 94.

Her death was announced in a statement from Jean-Paul Agon, chief executive officer at L’Oreal Group. She died Wednesday at her home in Neuilly, a suburb west of Paris, according to a company spokesman. No cause was given.

Liliane Bettencourt

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Bettencourt, the only child of L’Oreal SA founder Eugene Schueller, owned about one-third of the company’s shares. During her lifetime, the Paris-based company grew from a small hair-dye supplier into the largest maker of beauty products with more than 30 brands including Lancome and Garnier sold in about 140 countries. In 2016 the company reported revenue of 25.8 billion euros ($27 billion).

Bettencourt’s net worth was $42.5 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Her death will fuel speculation about Nestle SA’s 23 percent stake in L’Oreal, the second-largest holding after the Bettencourt family. The Swiss food company and the Bettencourt family have a shareholder agreement that limits either side from raising their respective stakes until six months after the death of Liliane Bettencourt, according to the company’s 2016 registration document. This restriction will now lift in March 2018. 

L’Oreal in 2014 bought back 8 percent of its stock from the Swiss food company, which is free to sell the cosmetics company’s shares. Nestle’s website notes it will continue to act in concert with the Bettencourt family for the remaining duration of the shareholders’ agreement.

“Friendship, taste for life, knowledge, health. I would say that these are the things that are the most valuable,” Bettencourt said in a rare interview with French literary magazine L’Egoiste in 1988. “Everything that isn’t measured is what matters most.”

Francoise Bettencourt-Meyers

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After the death of Bettencourt’s husband, French conservative politician Andre Bettencourt, in 2007, the media-shy heiress spent her final years embroiled in a legal spat with their only child, Francoise Bettencourt Meyers.

Assigned Guardians

Bettencourt Meyers claimed her mother was mentally unfit and had been manipulated by her entourage, especially one friend to whom she gave about 1 billion euros in gifts and cash. In 2011, a French judge assigned Bettencourt’s daughter and two grandsons as guardians over her interests.

Liliane Bettencourt’s fortune now passes onto Bettencourt Meyers, 64, who heads the family’s investment company. An academic, she wrote books on Greek mythology and Jewish-Christian relations. As main guardian of the family’s assets, including its stake in L’Oreal, Bettencourt Meyers succeeds her mother as the world’s richest woman.

Under French inheritance law — which dates from the Napoleonic era — Bettencourt Meyers, as the sole child, must receive at least 50 percent of her mother’s estate. She’s credited with the entire estate in Bloomberg’s analysis.

In the 1988 magazine interview, Bettencourt discussed the role that wealth may have played in her personal relationships.

Bettencourt with her husband Andre Bettencourt in Nov. 1973.

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“Obviously, it’s surely more comfortable to be certain that you are loved for your soul,” she said. “But I didn’t have this concern.” She said when she sometimes wondered whether she was loved for her money, “I have smiled and said to myself, ‘If it’s more, so much the better.’”

Secret recordings of Bettencourt, made by a former butler, spawned separate inquiries into allegations of campaign finance violations related to former President Nicolas Sarkozy’s 2007 election. Bettencourt denied the reports. In 2013, French authorities dropped charges against Sarkozy.

Bettencourt also lost money in Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.

‘Empty Pit’

Liliane Henriette Betsy Schueller was born Oct. 21, 1922, in Paris. She was 5 years old when her mother, Louise, died, leaving Liliane with with what she called “an empty pit nothing could ever fill.” She was raised by Dominican nuns.

Bettencourt described her childhood as dominated by a stern, workaholic father who woke up every day at 4 a.m. When she turned 15, she was sent to one of her father’s factories to glue labels on L’Oreal bottles.

While providing his daughter with France’s biggest fortune, Eugene Schueller had embarrassed her by his politics. Before and during the World War II, he was a staunch supporter of La Cagoule, a fascist group with ties to the Nazi regime.

During the 1930s Schueller hosted La Cagoule’s meetings at L’Oreal’s headquarters in Paris. Bettencourt’s daughter Francoise went on to marry the grandson of a rabbi who died in the Auschwitz concentration camp.

L’Oreal owes its origins — and its name — to Aureole, a nontoxic hair colorant Schueller developed in 1907 and sold to Parisian beauty salons. Two years later, the young chemist registered his business under the name Safe Hair Dye Company of France.

After her father’s death in 1957, Bettencourt entrusted L’Oreal to his best friend, Francois Dalle, who remained chief executive officer until 1984.

Lindsay Owen-Jones, who became CEO in 1988, turned the company into the global cosmetics giant it is today.

Bettencourt had two grandchildren. Her grandson, Jean-Victor Meyers, replaced her on L’Oreal’s board in 2012.

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    Newly Developed HIV Treatment Can Fight 99 Percent Of All Strains

    In the continual struggle to effectively treat HIV, a disease that kills millions of people a year, researchers may have made an exciting breakthrough. In a new study, scientists report that they have developed a new type of antibody that could potentially treat, and even prevent HIV infection.

    One of the main reasons why HIV is so tricky to get on top of, a bit like the common flu virus, is that it is rapidly changing. Because of this high mutation rate, in which the surface proteins that the body would ordinarily use to identify it are frequently altering, the immune system struggles to recognize it. This makes the job of developing a drug to tackle it pretty difficult to boot.

    It also means that within the body, the virus can develop into multiple different strains. This again compounds the immune system, as it has to lead the fight against multiple types of the same pathogen.

    But, reporting their findings in Science, researchers have been able to develop a new type of antibody, shown in animal trials to tackle almost all the various strains of HIV. It works by hitting the virus at three different weak spots, reducing the chance that the virus will be able to evolve resistance.

    The new antibodies are expected to go to human trial next year and show promise that they could not only treat those already infected, but vaccinate against the infection too.

    The trials involved developing antibodies that hit the virus at three different points. These are known as trispecific or broadly neutralizing antibodies. Some people naturally produce them after years of infection with HIV and they can kill a wide variety of different strains.

    But these naturally occurring antibodies are only successful to a degree. So far, tests have shown that they are able to fight up 90 percent of HIV strains, which while good, is not perfect. By tweaking the antibodies, however, researchers have developed a new version that has been found to convey incredible coverage and target 99 percent of strains.

    “They are more potent and have greater breadth than any single naturally occurring antibody that’s been discovered,” Dr Gary Nabel, chief scientific officer at Sanofi, told BBC News. “We’re getting 99% coverage, and getting coverage at very low concentrations of the antibody.”

    The researchers tested the antibodies on 24 monkeys. Incredibly, they found that not one of the primates given the trispecific antibodies went on to develop an infection after they were injected with HIV.

    Human trials are expected to begin in 2018, though there is still a long way to go even if these prove successful.

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    Trump retweets edited video of him hitting Hillary Clinton with golf ball

    President Donald Trump on Sunday retweeted a GIF that shows him hitting a golf ball that seemingly hits Hillary Clinton in the back and knocks her down as she boards a plane.

    The tweet shared by Trump included this text: “Donald Trump’s amazing golf swing #CrookedHillary.”

    Part of the video appeared to be a doctored version of news footage from 2011 that showed then-Secretary of State Clinton falling after climbs the stairs to board a plane.

    The GIF originally was posted by a Twitter user whose bio includes the hashtags “#LockHerup,” “#ObamaGate” and “#SusanRice,” among others.

    Reaction to Trump’s retweet has been mixed, with some saying it was a joke, while others have said it doesn’t befit the president. 

    Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., quote-tweeted an article about the GIF, writing, “clASSy.”

    “Retweeting this kind of misogynistic video might be below the standards of even this President,” tweeted Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif.

    On ABC’s “This Week” Sunday morning, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., called Trump’s tweet against Clinton “distressing … to have a president that, frankly, will tweet and retweet things as juvenile as that.” Schiff added: “It doesn’t help him in terms of his stature, it doesn’t help in terms of the stature of our whole country.”

    Trump also stirred outrage via Twitter online when, in July, he retweeted a GIF of himself beating up someone with the CNN logo superimposed on the person’s head.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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    The Shirk Report Volume 438


    Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 20 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles from Facebook, Twitter, and email; videos come from everywhere. Any suggestions? Send a note to

    20 IMAGES

    Best serve ever
    Best review ever
    This would have been so confusing
    And we are all better for it
    Here’s a neat party trick
    Now strut
    This week, on the real story behind the meme
    Shout out to the people (e.g., me) that were right all these years!
    Responsibilities: “hey” | Me:
    Day 17: Cat still has no idea what to make of this print
    Our 24 Hour Guarantee
    I like that he still made a minimal splash
    I like how the line judge seems to point to his groinal region immediately afterwards
    And now for a pep talk from Coach K
    – And now it’s time to imagine objects doing human things: Celebrating | A sit-up
    The way this cat sits
    When you have no idea how automatic sliding doors work | His wife
    Until next week


    This Tiny Country Feeds the World
    This interactive website gives you a live look at wind, rain and temperatures around the world (thx for sharing Mario!)
    How Strava Became the Only Fitness App That Matters
    Attacked by Rotten Tomatoes
    Inside the black market where people pay thousands of dollars for Instagram verification
    The Hidden Memories of Plants
    Married to a Mystery Man
    Yes, Google Uses Its Power to Quash Ideas It Doesn’t Like—I Know Because It Happened to Me
    Harvey and Irma, Married 75 Years, Marvel at the Storms Bearing Their Names
    The Blind Traveler: How James Holman Felt His Way Around the World to Become History’s Most Prolific Explorer (thx for sharing Mr. Montgomery!

    5 VIDEOS + the best weatherman


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