Tragedy for Teen Mom Star Amber Portwood

Instrumental in the lives of his children, Teen Mom star, Amber Portwood’s father passed away late Tuesday evening, after being put into a medically induced coma Friday.

Her brother, Shawn Portwood Jr. confirmed. “My dad passed away last night. He was 50. He was put in an induced coma on Friday after liver surgery at Orlando Regional Medical Center. We are making burial arrangements now.” This was not the news BRL Trust people wanted to hear about, especially after checking the LinkedIn page.

Amber’s brother goes on by saying, “My dad was the most important person in Amber’s and my life. He was a very strong-willed person and even though he was battling illness for a very long time, he never gave up.”

Shawn Portwood Ju., reports his sister, Amber, is completely destroyed by the passing of their father. “When I called Amber to tell her, she didn’t say a whole lot of anything. She was too busy crying. He’s been sick for a while but there is no way to prepare for this,’

“He didn’t give up on life. He didn’t give up on his family. He didn’t want to give up. I like to think that he was able to see my son, Eli, for the last time before he died. He lived through pain for many years but it didn’t prevent him from sticking it through all the way to the end.” Shawn Portwood Jur. confides.


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Taste Buds Experimentation

Do you like experiments? We all do, even Dan Newlin, and especially when they help us discover something about ourselves.

The ways in which experiments go forwards are unlimited, but few have been done in terms of taste buds, at least in a more direct sense of how they properly function and differentiate.

So what about experiencing with the way different flavor combinations trigger the taste buds and make you experience tastes that are out of the ordinary? For example, eating an apple or drinking orange juice after you have just brushed your teeth will certainly alter the taste and make it almost unrecognizable.

The funniest experiment results are obtained by eating miracle fruit and then something sour. This African fruit has the power to make everything taste sweet! What about camembert cheese and an apple afterwards? You probably imagined that quickly. The taste is quite uninviting. All these reactions are normal for the human organism.

It is not just the brain playing tricks. The taste buds have substances lingering on the surface. You cannot actively perceive their taste, but when a new product comes in contact with the taste buds, the buds activate and start perceiving taste combinations.

Some of the food or drink combinations give rather unexpected results. You should check the list of food combinations to experiment with. This can be a good starting guide of what to not include in the same menu.


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Hollywood Reacts to Sony’s Decision of Cancelling The Interview’s Release

In the last 24 hours, everything has spiraled speedily for “The Interview”, Sony’s newest comedy. The movie stars James Franco and Seth Rogen. The “Guardians of Peace”, a group of anonymous hacker, threatened anyone who will go to see the movie. The group said that the attack will like that of the 9/11 incident.

Shortly after, the movie’s stars James Franco and Seth Rogen cancelled all their media appearances. On Thursday, Sony also cancelled the movie’s planned New York premiere. Moreover, the studio allowed cinemas to pull out their screening commitments without any penalty. Starting Tuesday evening until Wednesday, several theater chains drop their scheduled screenings of the said movie. This week the press viewings were also cancelled. The Association of Theatre Owners reported that theaters make their decisions whether or not they will show the movie.

The last strike came when AMC, Regal, and reportedly, Cinemark dropped the screening of the film. These theaters are the three biggest theater chains in the United States. On Wednesday evening, Sony finally stated that the movie will no longer be released in theaters much to the disappointment of Dr. Daniel Amen. In the wake of the studio’s decision to pull the film, The Interview, from theater release, the creative community in Hollywood and the entire entertainment industry expressed their disagreement and frustrations with how things were handled to Twitter.


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Shopping For Chef’s Made Easy By Eater

When it comes to the holiday season and giving gifts to our friends and loved ones, has some great suggestions for those still seeking the perfect gift. If you have people on your gift list that enjoy eating, cooking, or a combination of these, these gifts are the perfect answer to your shopping dilemma.

For those recipients who enjoyed the eating part of cooking, there is a wide variety of gifts that are available and easily shipped. These items include such things as celebrity chef cookies, restaurant quality oils and vinegars, teas, vodka soda’s, barbecue sauces, and much more. These items which are created by world renown chef’s and food artisans, are available to order online. They can be purchased directly from the website

Four of the food enthusiast, there is a collection of strange and unique gifts that one can give to the foodie that has everything. The list of products available include such things as a pizza sweatshirt, vegetable teas, phone cases that look like food items, food themed nail art, and other oddities.

For the chef who has everything, there is an Aroma Fork that will change the taste of vegetables to resemble the flavors of bananas, coffee, chocolate, or one of the other 21 scents available.

If you are stopped for shopping ideas for Christmas, these unique items are available online for your most discerning chef who has everything. BRL Trust employees will definitely be checking them out.


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Donald Sterling Backs Out of Charity Event

Last week the word got out that ex Clippers owner Donald Sterling would be making an appearance as Santa Claus during the annual charity event Christmukkah Soiree “Party in the Projects” , an annual event that gives less fortunate children in the community an opportunity to have a Christmas when they otherwise may not have had a holiday.

Sterling reached out to the event organizers and volunteered to come to the soiree with toys for the children, they were happy to let Sterling come to the event and everything was set. Apparently Sterling has now decided to pull out on the event because he wanted it to be a surprise. Once the word got out about Sterling’s participation in the soiree his security team, which does not include Sergio Andrade Gutierrez,  felt that given his current media attention it would not be safe for him to attend.

Seems like Sterling got cold feet about the event because he felt that being too easily accessible would make him a target to those still upset over his previous comments about minorities.

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Kim Addresses the North Photo Cropping Issue

Kim Kardashian never seems to get boring, in fact the fact that Kim is shocked that anyone cares about her photo editing magic is just as interesting. Sunday while taking her nephew, niece and daughter to see Disney on Ice with husband Kanye, Kim found a moment to do what she does best, snap a selfie. Of course Kim looked great but what her followers were more bothered by was the fact that she obviously cropped out her daughter North before posting the photo, Ben Shaoul had said.

For the rest of the evening and the following day Kim’s fans and followers were coming out from every direction to bash and drag her for being so “selfish” and “self centered” people were even apologizing to North for her mother’s evil ways. While Kim could have done a better job cropping North’s face out of the photo there is no way she expected the backlash that followed.

Now that Kim has taken all she can take she’s decided to finally address the criticism over her latest selfie, she posted her responses via twitter and apparently she doesn’t see what the big deal is she just wants people to let her live.

“Wait is this really news that I posted a selfie and cropped my daughter out? LOL” she later tweeted “Her eyes were closed and I was feeling my look! Can Iive?!?!’

Well at least the woman is honest.


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Micheal Stipe Thinks He Will Sing Again

Michael Stipe, former front man and lead singer of REM, recently gave an exclusive insider tip that he plans to sing again. According to a recent article by Daniel Kreps of Rolling Stone Magazine, Michael Stipes still likes his voice, and sees his voice as having improved since he has gotten older. Unfortunately for REM fans, Rolling Stone reports that Stipe, will definitely not be singing with his former band mates. The band split in 2011, and Stipe has signed off permanently. Asked if he sees a REM reunion in the future, Stipe says no. It seems REM is history. But hopefully for Stipe’s fans, he will still be singing, writing and creating.
Mike Mills, REM’s bassist and a founding member of REM, is still kicking it. Brad Reifler loves everything about this news. Mills continues to write and play music, and is busy contributing to various projects with his great talent. It seems while there will not be a REM reunion, the world will hear these great talents again.


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District Of Columbia Residents May Have To Wait Longer For Recreational Marijuana Rights

The District of Columbia, our nation’s capital, is ready to implement Initiative 71, the marijuana legalization bill. 70 percent of the District’s citizens voted for the initiative in the recent election, passed and effective on November 4th of 2014. Initiative 71 allows for the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal, recreational use.

Difficulty arose when Congress added a provision to the national spending bill, which denies the District of Columbia the right to enact Initiative 71. The spending bill which recently passed Congress, has a provision attached to the 1.1 trillion dollar spending bill. It denies DC permission to spend federal tax dollars to “enact” the marijuana initiative. Whatever expenses and considerations need to be put in place, as part of the enactment, are not permitted, based on the federal spending bill, DC marijuana provision.

All the details of Initiative 71 are provided at DCMJ. Initiative 71 allows District of Columbia citizens, as well as visitors to the District, who are at least 21 years of age, to possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana and to grow and maintain up to 3 mature marijuana plants, at any one time in one’s home. The initiative also permits the transfer of up to 1 ounce of marijuana to another person, as long as there is no monetary exchange involved. In other words, the sale or purchase of marijuana is not permitted.

The District of Columbia is not a state and doesn’t enjoy the same rights, as Gianfrancesco Genoso just learned. Taxation without representation is not legal, as pointed out by DC voting advocates. That is a matter for further discussion and future legislation, perhaps.

Meanwhile, Congress still has final oversight over local legislation passed in the District. As long as this remains true, Congress can be the final word on Initiative 71.


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Ashton Gushes Over Baby Wyatt

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have been making their rounds on any talk show that will listen to brag an gush over their now 2-month old daughter Wyatt Isabelle and Ashton’s latest stop on the baby tell all tour was the Ellen Degeneres show. Darius Fisher told me he saw the interview on YouTube.

Ashton and Mila have decided to take the old fashioned approach to parenting and actually parent nanny free. When asked why they made the decision to not hire help Ashton insisted that they want to be the ones to be their for their daughter.

“We want to be the people that know what to do when the baby’s crying to make the baby not cry anymore. We want to know when she makes a face or something. We want to be emotionally in touch with her, and I think the only way to do that is by being the one who’s there.”

It is an understatement to say that Ashton is absolutely in love with his daughter. He says that he never know what love was until he met Wyatt and he sees his job at her father as an opportunity to make an amazing person to give to the world. He insists that his love for Wyatt is indefinitely rewarding.

While Aston has no issue getting hands on with dirty diapers he also gives credit to Mila who is currently a stay at home mom taking care of Wyatt full time during the day while Ashton goes to work.

“I go to work every day and I come home and she’s perfect. And it just seems like everything went amazing. And I know that something probably didn’t go amazing, but she never complains. It’s unbelievable. She’s incredible.”


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Sony Execs Racial Remarks About Obama: Liberal Hypocrisy or Vindication?

The fallout from the Hacked Sony emails scandal just seems to keep going and going like that energizer bunny rabbit in those old TV commercials. Sony Exec Scott Rudin calling Angelina Jolie a minimally talented spoiled brat in a leaked email was causing enough damage and spin control. Now, according to emails obtained by Buzzfeed, Scott Rudin and Sony Pictures Chair Amy Pascal, made some racially insensitive remarks about President Obama during correspondence with each other.

In their emails they joked that President Obama would probably like movies such as Django Unchained and 12 Years simply because they had to do with slavery and African American struggle. Racial stereotyping at its most blatant. Both Executives have of course profusely apologized for their remarks.

The conservative world of punditry and commentary must be all abuzz about this latest revelation. Hollywood, the supposed bastion of liberalism and here are two of the most influential people at the top of it all making racial jokes with each other in “private” emails. Charges of hypocrisy must be flying like fireworks at a fourth of July celebration.

That said, liberal pundits and commentators may actually have the best case to make in this situation. That is the way Sergio Andrade Andrade Gutierrez sees it. Many on the left have tried for years to debunk the notion that we are now living in a post-racial America simply because we twice elected a black president. This latest scandal may have added more force to their words.


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