Barber creates prolific movement in his backyard, helping men work through their trauma

While Matt Brown is a barber in New Zealand — cutting hair is only part of what he does.

Setting up his own barbershop in his backyard not, it has become an entire movement which helps men to heal from past trauma.

Over a decade ago, Matt started to barber and while he was working in New Zealand — he realized how men come more than just a haircut.

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“Men were coming in and not you know, wanting more than just the haircut, they wanted a conversation. And not many places, spaces, allow men to really open up quite like the barber chair,” Matt shared.

Matt knew exactly what he needed to do — and decided to set up his own business which grew into a massive movement called, “She Is Not Your Rehab.”

The business titled, My Father’s Barbers, created a safe space where men can open up with the issues they face despite fear of judgement.

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“A lot of my friends were joining gangs, were addicted to sex and drugs, you name it, some committed suicide, some are going into prison. And I just wanted to create a space where men could come and talk,” the barber revealed.

The movement hopes to empower men to address their past traumas through honest conversations.

He shares how men talk about a multitude of topics, including sport, TV and how their weekends went — in addition to their struggles and fears and emotional traumas.

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“I’ve had grown men cry; I’ve sat with some of the staunchest, most successful, ruthless men in my city in my chair crying together. This is not a very popular business plan, step one get a barbershop, step two cry with your clients!”

Matt has also faced some very intense struggles while growing up.

He revealed to the media how he grew up in a very abusive household.

“When I look back at that, I think it’s so sad no-one in our world stepped in or said anything for Mum, because Mum would go to church like that; pregnant, bruised face, but no-one said or did anything.”

Thankfully, the he was able to move out of his home when he was just 15 and says he was able to get the help he needed. In addition, he shared how his wife was his main inspiration for changing.

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“The real change came when I met my wife, who was my best friend, and when you have a strong woman that can, you know, challenge the status quo and still love you and see behind the masks that I would wear and love me still, that brought a lot of change,” he shared.

Matt hopes that his movement can help create violence-free communities that have men taking responsibility when it comes to healing their trauma instead of projecting them onto their relationships.

“If men take responsibility for their own healing, that will heal the whole family and if women take responsibility for their own healing and do not rescue men, that will heal the whole family because our kids are watching.”

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Piglet the pup who is blind and deaf inspires children worldwide to celebrate what make them different

A sweet creature by the name of Piglet who is deaf and blind is inspiring young students around the world to be courageous despite road blocks.

A Connecticut veterinarian, Melissa Shapiro, offered to foster the pup after he was rescued and sent to a shelter.

The dachshund-Chihuahua mix was meant to temporarily stay with Shapiro but after just two months, Piglet was not going anywhere.

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Piglet was born in a Georgia home with 35 other puppies.

The pup is Shapiro’s seventh dog and while he is now living “like a little prince,” the transition in to the family was not an easy one.

In an interview with PEOPLE, Shapiro shared:

“It was quite a decision to make. He is a lot of work and he is like a full-time job, taking care of a little disabled baby. But he’s so cute, and we couldn’t give him away at that point. He was so anxious, he was screaming constantly. He would play, then go to sleep, but when he wasn’t doing either of those, he was screaming. I couldn’t leave the house the first month I had the dog here.”

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Shapiro has recorded Piglet’s journey on Instagram where he was garnered over 100,000 followers.

Piglet has gone from a scared pup to a courageous doggo — but Shapiro says “he needs to have some bigger meaning.”

Piglet’s story found its way to a third-grade classroom in Massachusetts where a teacher used the dog as an example of why you should never give up and how life’s obstacles can sometimes lead to growth.

Shapiro shared:

“She called it Piglet Mindset, and we corresponded throughout the year. At the end of the year, we surprised the kids. They thought we were going to FaceTime, and we walked in with Piggy in his stroller and three of my other dogs, and everyone was crying.”

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Classrooms in Alabama, Connecticut, Japan and Australia are now promoters of the Piglet Mindset Outreach program, all which teaches kids how to fight problems and use what they have to their best advantage.

Thanks to social media ads and merchandise, Shapiro and Piglet’s fundraising efforts have exceeded over $30,000, all of which has been donated to special needs dog rescues as well as other non-profit organizations.

Shapiro hopes to start up a non-profit herself to help give money to additional rescues.

Shapiro added:

“People are afraid to adopt these animals, they think that it’s going to be too much work. But people see Piglet’s page and I get so many notes from people that because of him, they just adopted. It’s rewarding to know that people are taking the lead and being inspired by Piggy. It makes a lot of people really happy to know him.”

Mother who requested “Make-A-Wish” donations on behalf of daughter now charged with her murder

A mother from Colorado who received media coverage along with thousands of dollars of donations after her daughters was allegedly diagnosed with a terminal illness has now been charged with the girl’s murder.

Kelly Renee Turner, 41, was arrested mid-October after two years of her daughter, 7-year-old Olivia Gant, died from what authorities thought to be at the time, natural medical causes.

But in a new grand jury indictment revealed last Monday, it is alleged that Turner actually caused Gant’s death. The indictment states 13 total charges against the 41-year-old, which includes first-degree murder, child abuse, theft and charitable fraud.

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Olivia was born in 2010 and began receiving a variety of treatments for multiple ailments at Children’s Hospital Colorado in 2013.

But multiple doctors at the hospital informed investigators that the girl did not have a terminal illness.

That being said, Turner claimed her daughter was dying and the family received $11,000 in donations from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which donates gifts and experiences to critically ill children.

In addition, she received over $22,000 in donations from a GoFundMe campaign, called “Peace 4 Olivia,” which the company has since banned from its site.

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A spokesperson for GoFundMe revealed to KMGH-TV how the company is in the process of generating refunds to donors.

“We are deeply disturbed by the allegations in this case and intend to follow it closely in the hope of learning exactly what happened,” Sarah Murphy, a Make-A-Wish Colorado spokesperson, shared in a statement on this past Monday.

In addition, Turner is also accused of defrauding Medicaid as well as HealthFirst Colorado of over $500,000 over several years, in addition to the funeral home and the cemetery where Olivia was buried of additional costs.

“Us being a victim of theft is so minor compared to what happened to her daughter that it’s irrelevant,” says director of customer care at Seven Stones Cemetery, Rebecca Holm.

Last year, NBC reported on the investigation into Olivia’s death after Turner brought her older daughter into the hospital with “bone pain.”

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Turner also spontaneously brought up Munchausen syndrome — a psychological disorder in which caregivers seek attention for the illnesses of people they look after, even sometimes causing those illnesses themselves — in an interview with investigators.

“That has never been my case, like at all, whatsoever,” Turner revealed in the interview.

Investigators decided to separate Turner from her daughter to see if she would continue to report injuries and illnesses. The girl (who is now 11) has since reported zero serious issues since the two were separated last October.

Turner faces three counts of charitable fraud and is currently being held without bond at the Douglas County Detention Facility.

Mother of adopted daughter, 9, claims she is actually a 22-year-old sociopath dwarf

A mother accused of felony neglect for abandoning her nine-year-old adopted daughter has claimed that she was not a little girl at all but actually a 22-year-old sociopath who attempted to kill her on one than more occasion.

The 45-year-old Kristine Barnett is a mother-of-three and author of a renowned parenting book.

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Barnett is accused of dumping Ukranian-born Natalia Grace at an apartment in Indiana back in 2013 when she was an alleged nine years old before fleeing to Canada with her ex-husband, Michael Barnett, 43, and their other children.

Allegedly, the couple broke off contact with their adopted daughter, paying rent for the apartment they left her in, but not supporting her financially in any other way. Police report that Natalia was left to fend for herself for three years despite having a rare form of dwarfism which meant she was just three-feet-tall and had issues walking.

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But Kristine is adamant that the real victims of this scenario are herself and her family due to Natalia being 22 at the time. The mother claims her family were terrorized by the girl on multiple occasions.

The 45-year-old in an interview with Daily Mail TV.

S”he would make statements and draw pictures saying she wanted to kill family members, roll them up in a blanket and put them in the backyard. She was standing over people in the middle of the night. You couldn’t go to sleep. We had to hide all the sharp objects. I saw her putting chemicals, bleach, Windex something like that, in my coffee and I asked her, what are you doing? She said, ‘I am trying to poison you’. The media is painting me to be a child abuser but there is no child here.”

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The mother continued to reveal how Natalia was a woman, saying:

“She had periods. She had adult teeth. She never grew a single inch, which would happen even with a child with dwarfism.”

Both Kristine and Michael adopted Natalia in 2010 from Ukraine but Kristine shares how she began to get suspicious that everything was not as it seemed as once, she was giving her a bath when she noticed “she had full pubic hair.”

After having a doctor perform a bone density tests, they allegedly proved the young girl was at least 14 and Kristine says how she began purchasing her more “age-appropriate” clothes. But at this point, the girl’s mental health began to deteriorate.

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The mother revealed how Natalia smeared bodily fluids on the walls, made death threats and even attempted to drag her onto an electric fence during a birthday outing in 2012. She claims they realized the adoption was a scam and made the choice to leave.

But earlier in the month, 43-year-old Michael reportedly told a detective earlier this month how he and his wife he had Natalia’s age legally changed to 22 in June of 2012, and his wife told her to tell anyone who asked that she “looks young but was actually 22.”

Natalia was interviewed by the police in 2014 and had shared with them she had “had not seen the Barnett’s since they moved to Canada.”

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Investigators wrote in the affidavit the following:

“She was left alone in the apartment in Lafayette while the rest of the Barnett family moved to Canada.”

Kristine disputes the charges against her, saying how she is “sick and devastated” and will continue to maintain they how are false charges.

Both Kristine and Michael have been charged with two counts of neglect of a dependent.

Demi Moore reveals her mother allegedly sold her to rapist for $500

Demi Moore recently shared how she was raped by a man who alleged Moore’s mother “sold” her to him in a new interview with Diane Sawyer for Good Morning America.

Moore went on to reveal the different parts of her tragic childhood, which is detailed in her new memoir, Inside Out.

Of the horrifying tales, one included a time when Moore found an older man she knew in her home had been given a key. Moore alleges the man raped her and then asked her:

“How does it feel to be whored by your mother for 500 dollars?” 

When Sawyer then asked if Moore believed her mother, she replied:

“In my deep heart, no, I don’t think it was a straightforward transaction. But she still did give him the access and put me in harm’s way.”

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Moore’s mother would allegedly take her to bars as a teen in order to get attention from men.

Moore also revealed how her mother attempted to die by suicide “many, many times,” and that she was once forced to revive her by removing pills from her mouth. Moore was only 12 at the time, and she says that it was this incident that Moore claimed ended her childhood.

“[It was] a life-changing moment.”

Eventually, Moore cut off contact with her mother but reconciled before her mother’s death from cancer in 1998. Moore’s father, Danny Guynes, died by suicide in 1980.

Moore currently is working towards strengthening the bond between both her and her daughters Rumer, Tallulah and Scout Willis — all from whom she was previously estranged.

This 11-year-old boy supports his mother during the labor of his little sister

“I kept my pregnancy secret till I went to the doctors to confirm it: I was eight weeks along. I reached out to the father and he wanted no part of it, wanted to pay for an abortion. I had no one else to talk to or confide in.”

The mother of her then 11-year-old son, Daylen, went on to detail her internal struggle. She explained the situation, listing her three options for her pre-teen son to help her choose: abortion, adoption, or to keep the baby. Daylen responded to his mother, saying:

“Mom we got this. I always wanted a sibling. If that guy wants no part, he’s a coward. It’s his loss,” he said. “I will be there, Mom, don’t worry.”

Holmes went on to say how her pregnancy was bittersweet, especially after finding out she was having a girl (something she had always wanted). But Daylen put on a brave face for his mother, in turn, giving her hope throughout the process.

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“Daylen came to majority of my appointments and sat in the waiting room just to be supportive. He wanted to see his sister any chance he could, so he was allowed to come into the ultrasound appointments and his face would brighten up every time when he saw her on the screen. The technician would always print him his own picture and he would put it in his school folder to show his guidance counselor and friends.”

Daylen even used his allowance to purchase his sister shoes, bibs and socks once Christmas came around. Holmes felt like she had everything she needed.

As Holmes continued on, she was informed at 34 weeks how she had gestational diabetes and was urged she change her diet. Then, at 38 weeks, she was told to schedule a C-section as her amino fluids were low.

But Holmes refused, saying she would leave it in the hands of a higher power as Daylen had a traumatic emergency C-section.

Above all else, Holmes wanted Daylen to experience of a natural birth with her as well.

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“I wanted Daylen to learn and experience it with me as well. From that day on, I tried natural ways to go into labor. I took supplements, made natural drinks, and ate differently. Daylen would go to the store for me and get whatever I needed. At this point I was tired all the time and on bed rest. He noticed the stress I was under and would insists on rubbing my feet or my back just so that I felt a little better.”

Holmes continued, revealing what happened when her water broke.

“Days before my due date, I decided to go out and run some errands — I wanted to make sure I had everything I would need when the baby got home. I didn’t want to bother Daylen, as I felt he was already doing so much. Well, my water broke in the supermarket parking lot. I went home, waited for Daylen to get home from school, and drove us to the hospital.”

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What happened next was a moment both Holmes and her son would never forget.

“Through the whole labor, Daylen didn’t leave my side. He rubbed my back when the contractions would come, and sat up all night with me just to make sure everything was going smoothly. Went to get me water and crackers when I needed. He was so hands on and I was proud! Over 30 hours in labor and both of us were exhausted.”

She later had to have a C-section but soon after, the pair welcomed Ava who weighed 5 pounds and 9 ounces.

“I wouldn’t change it for the world. This experience had its ups and downs but in the end I wouldn’t change it. It’s been three months since Ava was born and the unbreakable bond of a big brother and little sister is priceless. The life of a single mother is sometimes so hard and you want to give up, but then you look at the little people you created and everything just seems to make sense.”

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Will and Jada Smith staged an “intervention” for their son after his scary eating habits

Both Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith were “really nervous,” about their son, Jaden Smith’s eating habits.

The celebrity family recently opened up about their relationship with food on Red Table Talk after Will called an “emergency” meeting.

During the conversation, which also included Willow Smith, Trey Smith and Adrienne Banfield-Jones, Will talked to his family about gaining weight for Aladdin and explaining what he consumes food “like an addict.”

“I get bored and I start to eat,” Will shared in regards to eating.

Jada said that both she and Jaden would rather “not eat” than pick at food throughout the day, saying how it is “uncomfortable.”

They went on to share how they needed to stage an intervention for Jaden over his food choices.

“Will and I had a bit of an intervention with Jaden because he’s a vegan now, but we realized he wasn’t getting enough protein,” Jada said. “So he was wasting away. He just looked drained, he was just depleted, he wasn’t getting the nutrients.”

Will also shared how Jaden had “dark circles” under his eyes.

“There was even a little grayness to his skin,” Will revealed. “We got really nervous. But you’re definitely looking better now.”

“I also just wanna say that I’m vegetarian, that I’ve tried to be vegan,” Jaden replied. “I’m vegetarian, you know, I’ve tried to eat vegan meals. I’ll go vegan for a week or so but for the past year I’ve been vegetarian.”

“I was just eating like two meals a day…maybe one,” Jaden continued. “Maybe just that one big meal and I’m like, ‘Oh, you know, I didn’t get around to it.'”

After man refuses to stop smoking, restaurant owner sprays him in the face with fire extinguisher

A business owner in Utah was filmed spraying a man in the face with a fire extinguisher as he refused to stop smoking by his restaurant.

The man smoking in the video, Jon Bird, shared footage of the incident between him and Alex Jamison who owns two restaurants near the Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City.

Jamison in the video says Bird is in a “customer area” and should not be smoking there.

Jamison can then be seen arguing with Bird along with another man. A woman is recording the events in live time. She asks the business owner:

“Are you really going to spray him with that fire extinguisher?”

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He then replies that Bird needs to put his cigarette out. Bird then puts it in his mouth and continues to smoke while Jamison points the extinguisher at his face. He then says: “Do it.”

He then proceeds to spray a short burst in his face before backing away.

Bird then tells the man next to him to “call the cops.”

Jamison then replies: “Call the cops. You can’t f**king smoke right here.”

Bird later shared the footage on Facebook.

He wrote:

“Keep an eye out for this guy at the Gallivan Center. Need to get his info. Assaulted me and ran from the scene before the cops showed up. Anyone know any attorneys that can help? Never thought this would happen.”

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When speaking to WSBT, Bird revealed how he was volunteering for an arts festival when the incident took place when a security guard allegedly told him he was okay to smoke in the area.

According to Utah Law, smoking within 25 feet of a business entrance is illegal.

While Salt Lake police arrived at the scene, Jamison had left by the time they had gotten there. Police has since confirmed they are investigating the case but have declined to comment further. In the interim, Bird has hired an attorney to pursue an assault claim.

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Jamison later apologized to Bird in a statement to KSL TV, saying:

“I’m not proud of my behavior. I let myself get egged on and I overreacted.

“I’m a protective small business owner who has asked hundreds of people not to smoke near our patio in the interest of our customers and our neighbors’ customers. I try to be respectful and generally always get good responses.”

“I asked him multiple times during the day to please go to the designated smoking area but should not have reacted to feeling disrespected. I certainly owe the other person involved an apology and would like to make it right with him however I need to.”

“I did not mean to cause him any harm. Our business is committed to fighting for animal rights and this must include other people. I’m sorry.”

Teen girl in viral video convinces others that eating used tampons is normal

In a viral hoax, one 18-year-old decided to decided to spread the rumor “that girls eat their tampon after they’re done with it to reabsorb all the blood that they just lost.”

Caroline Majcher from Canada thus inspired a slew of other women on TikTok posting their own versions of the same video.

“Why do boys still not believe that we eat our tampons to reabsorb the blood we lost??,” the text reads, “I realize it sounds dumb but like fr.”

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“I thought I could probably make up a lie about girls and any boy would believe it,” Majcher revealed to BuzzFeed News.

And while it is unconfirmed whether anyone believes this to be true — just a reminder: it is not healthy to eat a used tampon and please do not try it.

SPOILER ALERT: WOMEN DO NOT DO THIS.

After 15 surgical procedures, this woman almost triples the size of her lips

A woman has almost tripled the size of her lips after going through 15 lip procedures but claims she is the happiest she has ever been with her dramatic pout.

Andrea Emilova Ivanova hails from Bulgaria and currently is studying German Philology. She says that since she was little, she dreamed of having full lips.

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Andrea says she has visited dozens of clinics in her home and shells out 300 Lev in Bulgaria ($168) per treatment.

Andrea shared:

“I like my lips now, more than before and I feel very good and very happy with my new lips, because according to me with bigger lips I look prettier and in Bulgaria this is fashion now. I have visited almost all clinics for aesthetic procedures in Sofia and I put in my lips almost all kinds of lips fillers. I didn’t count the money for these procedures, I don’t know exactly how much money have I spent on my lips, but one millilitre of hyaluronic acid is a standard 300 Lev in Bulgaria ($168).”

Her look has gained over thousands of followers on social media, with over 15,000 followers on Instagram alone.

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Andrea admits that while many praise her for her daring look, others cut her down but it does not phase her.

“There are people who like me with bigger lips and there are people who like me with smaller lips,” she said. “But it doesn’t matter to me, because it’s important for me how I like it. Other’s people opinion is irrelevant. Each person’s lips are different, and each person has an individual restriction on enlargement, how many millilitres of filler can the lips endure. I can’t give any indication of how big is too big, or can lips be too big, because for each person: ‘big’, ‘bigger’ and ‘too big’ are different concepts. I’m broad-minded and I think people should be free to choose, which one is for them big, bigger or too big. There are no boundaries for me.”

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That being said, she claims she is not addicted to fillers and says she does not copy celebrities when it comes to her look.

And when asked if she wants to have the biggest lips in the world, she replied:

“Yes, why not? But in my country the big lips are fashionable and there are many girls with fillers in the lips too. And for the biggest lips in the world I think I still have competition.”

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Andrea hopes to inspire others to follow their own path and not be caught up in what others may believe about their choices.

“I’m glad that the universe gave me the chance many people to see me and to know that I exist and I want to tell people: Be happy and do what you like, don’t let others restrict your choice. Each of us must follow our heart and our goals without being influenced by other’s opinions. The world needs change from a new, free and unlimited thinking to a lot of art, happiness and kindness. We are the creators of the present. If each of us is satisfied, then the entire planet will be [harmonized.]”

Therapist reveals Millenials’ biggest issue: having too many choices

Tess Brigham, or known as the “millennial therapist,” explains the complaint she hears the most from her patients which is that they have too many choices and cannot decide what to do.

Nintey percent of her patients are between the ages of 23 and 38 and are so worried about making the wrong choice.

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And according to a recent survey from heycar, making decisions can actually affect our mental health.

Dr. Arun Thiyagarajan, Bupa Health Clinics’ Medical Director, shared with UNILAD how stress can affect our judgement making decisions.

“As we go through life, big decisions – such as buying a house, changing jobs and retirement – may cause us to feel stressed. High impact decisions can alter the course of our lives and it can feel like a lot of pressure to make sure we’re getting things right. Stress can narrow our attention and impede our judgment, so, if we’re about to make a big decision and could do with some clarity of thought, stress may make it more difficult for us to choose which direction to go in.”

“Everyone reacts differently to stress – some people cope with it well, whereas others feel it can take a toll on their wellbeing. Stress can affect your mental wellbeing in several ways, including making you feel moody; aggressive; overwhelmed; depressed or anxious.”

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And having too many decisions in a day can cause you to experience exhaustaion known as “decision fatigue,” a syndrome coined by social psychologist Dr. Roy F. Baumeiste.

One way to avoid this syndrome is to get rid of a few minor decisions you have to make every day. For example: what to wear. While it may be not as fun to wear the same combinations every other day — it could leave you with more energy to make bigger decisions.

People are giving up alcohol because of “hangover anxiety”

Hangover anxiety is a legit phenomenon which directly affects people’s moods and usually, is accompanied by physical hangover symptoms.

Hanxiety (according to Drinkaware) happens when the sedative effects of the alcohol wears off as your body processes it.

“You can begin to experience alcohol withdrawal symptoms similar to feelings people who are dependent on alcohol may have,” the site said.

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Psychological symptoms include feeling depressed or anxious, with many feeling the effects of this as they are feeling the effects of alcohol withdraw.

Behavioural psychologist Jo Hemmings explained to UNILAD:

“As alcohol leaves the body during the night, it also depletes your levels of serotonin, the chemical that regulates our mood, so you might feel even more stressed the next day. If you’ve had a pretty standard hangover before and then get your first proper hangxiety attack, you are much more likely to have them in the future.”

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In addition, our brains “remember” the additional feelings of stress, guilt, concern as well as our fear of experiencing hangxiety again — therefore heightening our stress and increasing the chances of it happening.

It should also be noted that hanxiety is more prevalent in people who are prone to anxiety in the first place — especially those who use alcohol as a social lubricant to calm their nerves.

A psychotherapist from London, Hilda Burke, shares a similar narrative, stating:

“While alcohol may feel initially like a conversation “lubricant”, unfortunately it can seem like more of an inappropriate “laxative” for others.”

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Burke also works with many clients who “self medicate” with alcohol in an attempt to silence their anxious thoughts only to find that these exact thoughts are exaggerated the very next day with their hangover.

Burke continued to share:

“Most of my clients who self medicate this way also feel intense shame about it – they often express a sense of frustration about why they do it to themselves knowing that the outcome will be that they feel twice as bad about themselves. So while the act itself feels self destructive, their self judgement on that act compounds the feeling even further.”

While this boy lay dying on ground, 50 teenagers recorded him from a distance on their phones

A 16-year-old died after being stabbed during a street fight in New York on earlier in the month.

Close to 50 other teens witnessed the fight, according to police, but instead of helping – stood by and filmed the incident — posting it to social media.

Khaseen Morris, the victim, died in the hospital after suffering stab wounds.

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Detective Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick of the Nassau County Police Department told reporters in a press conference the following:

“They videoed his death instead of helping him. This can’t go on. Your friends are dying while you stand there and video it. That’s egregious.”

And when speaking about the number of people who appear to be in the video, Fitzpatrick added:

“There’s got to be about 50, 60, 70 kids here. We have a handful of kids that have come forward and have identified subjects involved in this. There is definitely more.”

He added any witnesses should come forward as soon as possible, saying “after I put handcuffs on you is not going to be the time.”

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Authorities have yet to make any arrests, but Fitzpatrick said they have persons of interest they are looking into and believe the incident to be a targeted attack. The fight alleged broke out over a girl.

Kedeemah Morris, Khaseen’s older sister, shared with the New York Times she believed the fight happened after a 10th-grade girl asked Khaseen to walk her home — which she suspected was intended to make an ex-boyfriend jealous.

Kadeemah also alleged her brother had been threatened by the ex-boyfriend.

“My brother, he shrugged stuff like that off. He told the boy he didn’t want his girlfriend, it was nothing like that, he just walked her home. The boy said he didn’t care,” she said.

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Kadeemah said her brother was a “sweet,” and “funny” boy who said he was “friends with everyone.”

An eyewitness, who wished to remain anonymous, saw the tragic event unfold, saying Khaseen was ‘ambushed’.

They shared with ABC7:

“There was a bunch of people sitting by the Chinese restaurant… about 15 kids, and then all of a sudden while I was on the phone speaking – eight, seven or eight kids came from the north and targeted certain people that I believe they were looking for.”

Detective Fitzpatrick relayed how police are now searching for six to seven different assailants, each reportedly from different schools and how he believes “all players are known to each other.”

Designer sells “Sandy Hook,” “Columbine,” and “Parkland,” hoodies with bullet holes

During Fashion Week in New York, one designer with the company “BStroy” debuted hoodies caked in bullet holes and dawning the names like “Sandy Hook,” “Columbine,” and “Parkland.”

The hoodies retail from anywhere between $250 to $410.

The line quickly received heat online — including victims as well as family members of people who died in mass school shootings.

“Under what scenario could someone think this was a good idea?” tweeted Fred Guttenburg, whose daughter was murdered in the Parkland shooting in Feb. 2018. “This has me so upset.”

In a Facebook memorial page dedicated to Vicki Soto – a teacher killed –

A Facebook memorial page dedicated to Vicki Soto, a teacher killed in the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012, also criticized the collection.

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“As a Sandy Hook family, what you are doing here is absolutely disgusting, hurtful, wrong, and disrespectful,” the statement says. “You’ll never know what our family went through after Vicki died protecting her students. Our pain is not to be used for your fashion.”

One of the company’s founders, Brick Owens, attempted to defend his “Samsara” collection in an Instagram post.

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“Sometimes life can be painfully ironic,” Owens wrote. “Like the irony of dying violently in a place you considered to be a safe, controlled environment, like a school. We are reminded all the time of life’s fragility, shortness, and unpredictability, yet we are also reminded of its infinite potential.”

UH-OH: Jason Trudeau in racist makeup AGAIN

An additional two instances of Justin Trudeau in racist makeup have come forward just hours after Time Magazine reported he wore brown face at an “Arabian Nights,” themed fundraiser in January of 2001.

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Trudeau apologized at a press conference shortly after acknowledging his behavior as “racist.”

In his apology, Trudeau then referenced yet another incident where, when he was in high school, “dressed up at a talent show and sang ‘Day O’ with makeup on.”

A photo of this black face incident was tweeted out by CTV’s Evan Solomon shortly after.

Then, soon after, Global News released video evidence of a third instance of Trudeau in racist makeup, but this time – dancing and making faces.

Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer has deemed Trudeau “not fit” to be prime minister and asked for his resignation after the news surfaced.

The first incident happened back in 2001 while Trudeau, 29 at the time, was teaching at Vancouver’s private school, West Point Grey Academy where he taught school from 1999 to 2001. The event in question was chronicled in an April 2001 newsletter.

Trudeau was insistent that he did not know wearing brown face was racist at the time, saying:

“I take responsibility for my decision to do that. I shouldn’t have done it. I should have known better. It was something that I didn’t think was racist at the time, but now I recognize it was something racist to do and I am deeply sorry.”

Mother of two lives with “food phobia” surviving off only cheese sandwiches for decades

A mother of two with a “phobia of food” has recently shared how she has been living off cheese sandwiches for decades.

29-year-old April Griffiths has a severe food phobia and experiences intense anxiety at even the thought of consuming food that is not a cheese sandwich.

Griffiths, in an effort to beat her phobia, has invested in hypnotherapy sessions but has yet to be cured of the fear.

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Griffiths shared:

“Every time I attempt to try new things, I have a panic attack, my whole body begins to shake, and I am terribly nervous. The fear of choking and experiencing a different texture of food scares me and even though I have tried to eat pea-size portions of rice, pasta or vegetables, I have never been able to swallow it without throwing up.”

She shared how awkward it is for her when going out for meals with new people as she has to explain why she is ordering a cheese sandwich.

The fear has also affected her intimate relationships too.

“When I first met my partner of nine years, Leigh Kendall, 34, I had to pre-warn him about my food phobia to save myself of the embarrassment on our first date,” she said.

While Kendall did his best to encourage Griffiths to try a few new foods, she was not able to do. She has now accepted the possibility that this may be the diet she lives off for the rest of her life.

“I am bored of cheese sandwiches but even with years of counseling, I am unable to overcome my phobia,” she said.

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Even how the cheese is prepared affects whether Griffiths can eat it.

“Sometimes I have a cheese toastie to mix it up, but I must eat it when the cheese is hot because I start to gag when it cools down and the texture changes,” she said.

“It sounds silly but if I have sliced cheese I have to avoid thinking about it because the texture is completely different to my usual grated cheese sandwich. But I don’t have a panic attack because I know it is still cheese, and I can eat toast as I know bread is safe to eat.”

The mother said she dreams of consuming certain foods but if her imagination runs too wild, she becomes sick.

“The only other thing I can stomach is crisps and that is the only excitement my tastebuds get so I always pick a flavoured pack,” she shared. “I usually eat cheese and onion crisps or prawn cocktail, and treat myself to sour cream Pringles on special occasions.”

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While she has had counseling since she was a small child, Griffiths said it has not worked and the only time she came close to being “cured” was after hypnotherapy.

“I had two sessions and I managed to eat rice a couple of months after which was a massive deal for me, I was so proud,” she said.

But at £300 a session (or $373 and something odd cents) she shares she cannot afford to continue — forcing her her to return to her diet.

Until she can, she consumes the food she can eat along with three cartons of orange juice a day to get essential vitamins.

Raw photo shoot captures woman preparing to battle breast cancer as husband shaves her head

A photographer recently captured a series of touching photos of one brave woman’s fight with breast cancer.

Kelsey Johnson can be seen in the pictures below shaving his wife, Charlie’s, head.

The Arkansas photographer has received over hundreds of thousands of reactions and shares in just less than a day from people across the globe — sending the couple their well wishes.

The photographer, Mandy Parks, posted on her Facebook page an encouraging note along with the series of photos, hoping to encourage others.

Scroll below to witness the touching and vulnerable series.

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Researches create artificial intelligence that masks your emotions from other AI

Humans are able to communicate a wide range of nonverbal emotions — even when just speaking, the human voice is jam packed with clues and a lot of value if you are a company that is collecting personal data.

Researchers at the Imperial College London have used AI to mask the emotional cues in users’ voices when they are speaking to internet-connected voice assistants.

Putting a “layer” between the user and the cloud, their data is uploaded by automatically converting emotional speech into “normal” speech. Recently, they published their paper “Emotionless: Privacy-Preserving Speech Analysis for Voice Assistants” on the arXiv preprint server.

Our voices are able to reveal our confidence as well as stress levels, physical condition, age, gender and personal traits. And while this is not lost on companies like Amazon as well as speaker makers, companies like Amazon are always looking to improve the emotion-detecting abilities of AI.

An AI that could accurately detect people’s “personal preferences, and emotional states,” Ranya Aloufi, lead researcher, shared.

The method for masking emotion involves collecting speech, analyzing it as well as extracting emotional features from the raw signal. In addition, an AI program trains on this signal and replaces the emotional indicators in speech — flattening them. Then, a voice synthesizer re-generates the normalized speech using the AI outputs, all of which gets pinged to the cloud.

Researchers claim this method reduced emotional identification by 96 percent in an experiment while speech recognition accuracy decreased.

While understanding emotion is an important part of making a machine seem human, which is a longtime goal of many AI companies as well as futurists. SER or Speech Emotion Recognition as a field has been around since the late 90s and is a lot older than speech recognition systems running on Alexa, Siri, or Google Home devices.

Just last year, Huawei announced that it was constructing an AI that detected emotions to put in its voice assistance programs.

“We think that, in the future, all our end users wish [that] they can interact with the system in the emotional mode,” vice president of software engineering at Huawei, Felix Zhang, shared with CNBC. “This is the direction we see in the long run.”

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In May, Alexa speech engineers then revealed research on using adversarial networks to discern emotion in Amazon’s home voice assistants. Emotion, they shared: “can aid in health monitoring; it can make conversational-AI systems more engaging; and it can provide implicit customer feedback that could help voice agents like Alexa learn from their mistakes.”

The companies are also hoping to use this highly sensitive data to sell you ultra-highlighted targeted advertisements.

Using illness as an example, Amazon’s 2017 patent for emotional speech recognition explains how “physical conditions such as sore throats and coughs may be determined based at least in part on a voice input from the user, and emotional conditions such as an excited emotional state or a sad emotional state may be determined based at least in part on voice input from a user,” the patent says. “A cough or sniffle, or crying, may indicate that the user has a specific physical or emotional abnormality.”

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According to the patent, Alexa would then use said cues – paired with your browsing as well as purchase history – to offer you hyper-specific advertisements for medications or other products.

But unless smart home devices like Alexa or Google Home integrate more privacy protections, there is not much consumers can do to protect themselves against this use of their data.

“Users should be informed and given awareness on the ways in which these systems will use and analyse their recording so they are able to make informed choices about the placement of these devices in their households, or their interaction with these devices,” she said. “There is a dire need to apply these [privacy-protecting] technologies to protect the users’ and their emotional state.”

Couple fakes infant’s birth and death for money and gifts from friends

A couple from Pennsylvania started a GoFundMe page claiming they lost their newborn son just hours after his birth — but according to police, the baby did not exist.

Earlier this month, Kaycee Lang, 23, and Geoffrey Lang, 27, were charged with theft and deception.

The couple faked the July 3 birth as well as death of their son for money and gifts according to an affidavit of probable cause.

The Langs claimed that “Easton Walt Lang” was born at Conemaugh Health System in Johnstown on July 3. But hours later, they said he had tragically died.

The couple began to share photos of Easton on their social media profiles and began a GoFundMe page for donations to help pay for a personalized urn.

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Police were contacted after the boy’s memorial when a friend said she found Kaycee’s pregnancy and Easton’s alleged death, suspicious.

Cynthia Dilascio shared with WTAE how she first became suspicious when Kaycee did not show signs of being pregnant.

Regardless, Dilascio hosted a baby shower for the couple at her home in May. And shortly after, around seven months, Kaycee stopped seeing friends, alleging she was on bedrest.

When Kaycee first shared with Dilascio had given birth but Easton had died of respiratory distress syndrome, Dilascio did not believe her. Later, Dilascio called the funeral home where the couple said the boy was cremated but learned there was no record of him.

At Easton’s memorial, Dilascio decided to confront the Langs who then immediately denied the allegations.

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“I knew that this was fake,” Dilascio shared with WTAE. “I couldn’t go and sit and watch this go on and know the truth.”

Police could not find any records of Kaycee’s pregnancy or Easton’s birth and death. And during a search of the couple’s home, police discovered the newborn look-alike doll allegedly used in photos according to the probable cause statement.

GoFundMe will be refunding all those who donated to the couple through the site. The page, which has raised $550, has since been taken down.

The couple is slated to appear in court in October. It is unclear if they will have an attorney to comment on their behalf.

Woman burns down man’s house after he fell asleep and did not answer her texts

A woman from New Jersey is accused of burning a man’s house after he invited her over for late-night sex, then fell asleep and did not hear her at his door.

Taija Russell, 29, was arrested earlier this month in connection with a fire that destroyed a home earlier this month according to Woodbury police.

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Police then accused Russell of sending series of angry texts to the sleeping resident, then purchasing lighter fluid, matches and a lighter at a gas station around 4 a.m. on August 4th.

The victim awoke around 4:30 a.m. to find flames blocking the exit from his smoke-filled residence. He left by physically removing a window frame and climbing through the opening according to police.

Police then accused Russell of sending series of angry texts to the sleeping resident, then purchasing lighter fluid, matches and a lighter at a gas station around 4 a.m. on August 4th.

She is accused of setting a fire outside the sole doorway to the man’s home, then fleeing as the flames spread, according to a probable cause statement for her arrest.

The man was described as “covered head to toe in soot and ash” while dawning only a T-shirt, then ran around two-tenths of a mile to the Woodbury’s police station.

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He then “frantically” announced that his residence was burning and then ran back to his home.

The victim was taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation and first- and second-degree burns.

Woodbury firefighters and surrounding towns responded to the fires, saving the man’s dog.

“The residence and its contents were completely destroyed,” says the probable cause statement, noting the fire was determined to be an arson.

Police then found texts sent by Russell to the victim, which included: “I see you wanna die” and “You wasted my money to come out here.”

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The victim’s phone revealed eight missed calls.

The man revealed to the police that he invited Russell to his home and stated that she was a ‘side chick’ whom he had been having a sexual relationship with,” it adds.

Video surveillance showed the woman outside the man’s house “just prior to the fire” and making a purchase at a Conoco station on Mantua Pike according to police.

Russell is currently being held on charges of attempted murder, aggravated arson, endangering and criminal mischief. This is the second time this year a woman was accused of setting fire to a man’s home in Woodbury.