This Ridiculous Piece Of Actual Fake News Could Land You In The Hospital This Year

In the past year of media coverage, two words have never been quite as dangerous as the phrase “fake news.”

The term “fake news” has quickly hurt the reputation of media news outlets and independent journalists all across the country because Trump and his supporters have decided that facts they don’t like are “fake news.” And infuriatingly enough, people then turn and create ACTUAL fake news in response. A lot of this happens on social media, because of course.

A lot of stories that are actually fake start as posts by regular-old people on social media outlets like Facebook. Then web publishers run with them for clicks. These articles rack up shares and comments like there’s no tomorrow, even though in most cases they’re total nonsense. But when a real piece of fake news went viral recently, it put the lives of millions of Americans at risk.

Over the course of the last two weeks, a news article from Your News Wire has had more engagement on Facebook than any other article. The article insinuates that this year’s flu shot is to blame for the flu epidemic sweeping the nation.

Your News Wire is widely known to spread actual fake news for the sake of site views.

In the fabricated a fake doctor is quoted as saying, “We have seen people dying across the country of the flu, and one thing nearly all of them have in common is they got the flu shot.”

The article then goes on to make the assumption that some of the reported deaths across the country are the result of the vaccine, and not the flu itself.

Obviously, this had people fearing for their health.

But this is why research and knowing the facts can play an important role in deciphering fact from fiction. Of the three types of flu vaccine on the market, none of them have the potential to make you ill. You may experience side effects such as fever and soreness, but those are not the result of a flu infection.

Sharing such an article could actually lead to others being killed. Suppose someone reads an article telling them not to get the flu shot and later down the road they contract the illness. This is especially problematic for the elderly and for babies.

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Imagine Facebook and Instagram without the Like button

Off with their thumbs!
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The Like button must die. 

More than any other feature, the thumbs-up on Facebook — along with its cousins, the Instagram and Twitter hearts — encapsulate everything that’s wrong with social media. It’s time to start visualizing a world where it doesn’t exist.

The Like has become the currency of carelessness — a way to show we approve without being deeply invested. In many cases, it covers for a lack of attention. It helps fake news propagate, discourages meaningful conversations, encourages shallowness, and exacerbates the most psychologically damaging effects of social media. 

If social media addiction is the disease of our age, it’s difficult to think of a feature that feeds that addiction more than the thumbs up. Pressing it repeatedly, like a rat in an experiment, we feed our innate need to be noticed. 

The question of how many Likes we’ve received keeps us coming back to our feeds over and over again to see who has acknowledged us in this most basic way. 

That has trained us to be passive, lazy friends who substitute Likes for real conversation. 

And who can blame us? It’s just too easy. Instead of asking how people are or what’s new in their lives, we can just double tap on their latest Instagram selfie and convince ourselves that it’s the same as actually keeping up with a friend.

More disturbing are the potential longterm effects of all this empty Liking. Putting aside the physical consequences of ingesting laundry detergent in the name of Likes — to take an extreme example — research suggests that liking is detrimental to mental health.

Even Facebook admits this. The company’s executives have cited research that suggests passively using Facebook leads to worse mental health. One study found that liking more posts was tied to worse mental and physical health and “decreased life satisfaction.”

This is pretty much why Facebook’s 2018 News Feed revamp is placing less emphasis on posts that get a lot of Likes and more on those that spark conversation in the comments. 

That’s a start, but it doesn’t go nearly far enough. The entire feature should be eliminated from every public-facing part of the service.

I’m aware that Facebook isn’t any more likely to get rid of the like than it is to kill News Feed. The company, after all, runs on Likes. The button is one of the most telling signals the company has in determining what its 2 billions users, well, like. 

Figuring out the details of what each Facebook user likes and dislikes is literally what fuels Facebook’s multi-billion dollar advertising business. Taking away that signal would have unknown implications on Facebook’s business.

But Facebook should, for once, put its users before its business and do it anyway. Perhaps a world where we can only comment, rather than mindlessly mash the button or choose an emoji, would be better for all of us.

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Britain Claps Back at Trump: Our Health System Is Better Than Yours

The spinning roulette wheel of what Donald Trump is angry about landed on the U.K.s National Health Service on Monday morningprompting the president to lash out on Twitter, where he claimed it was going broke and not working.

The presidents NHS research apparently consisted of watching a segment on Fox & Friends featuring Brexit figurehead and former leader of the U.K. Independence Party Nigel Farage. Like everything else, Farage blamed strains in the health service on unconditional migration rather than rising life expectancy and medical advances.

The big problem weve got is a population crisis caused by the government policy on immigration, said Farage. So we have a population of 65 million increasing by half a million people every single year. Over three quarters of that is directly attributed to immigration over the last few years.

However, the thousands of people marching referred to by both Fox & Friends and Trump was actually a rally over the weekend that saw thousands of health workers, pro-NHS activists, and trade unionists take to the streets in London to urge the government to protect the NHS.

The NHS has been experiencing a winter crisis in recent weeks caused by flu outbreaks, with 95 percent of hospital beds around the country full. The U.K. government and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt have come under strong criticism for failing to increase funding to help deal with the crisis.

Despite the criticism, Hunt won plaudits for hitting back at Trump and making it clear that no one in the U.K. wants to lose universal health care.

Directly comparing the NHS to U.S. health care, the health secretary tweeted: The NHS may have challenges but Im proud to be from the country that invented universal coveragewhere all get care no matter the size of their bank balance.

In the latest polling figures, public satisfaction with the NHS in the U.K. was at 63 percent, and, last year, the NHS was rated as the worlds best health-care system by U.S. think tank the Commonwealth Fund in a comparison of 11 health services across the world. The U.S. came last.

British commentators and other politicians were quick to point out that people were marching in London over the weekend because they want to keep the NHS and improve its funding, not because they wanted to get rid of it.

Trumps NHS tweet is the latest in a string of ways the president has irritated Britain. Prime Minister Theresa May told Trump he was wrong to retweet anti-Muslim videos from far-right group Britain First, to which he replied that she should focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom.

Trump also feuded with London Mayor Sadiq Khan last summer when he criticized the handling of a terror attack in the city, alleging that Khan had said there was no reason to be alarmed about the attack when he was actually attempting to reassure Londoners about an increased police presence on the streets following the attack.

British intelligence also warned last week that Trumps handling of the FBI memo released last week could jeopardize the Five Eyes intelligence sharing pact that exists between the U.K. and the U.S.

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“She Will Never Remember Me”: Dying Mom Records Heart-Wrenching Last Words For DaughterThen Lives to Tell the Tale

If you were to die today, would you be happy with the legacy you left behind? What will be said about you when you’re gone?

These were the thoughts that plagued Heather Anne Naples’ mind in the moments she thought she was dying.

Heather Anne Naples

After having an excruciating headache lasting four days, Heather had exhausted all home-remedy treatments with no relief. Still, she believed her doctor when he told her not to worry.

“I called my doctor, I’ve had headaches before and this was no cause for concern, he said,” Heather wrote on her blog, Heart & Home. “And then, in the middle of the night…it popped.”

Like that, Heather’s headache was gone. But it was only the beginning of the end. At least—that’s what she thought.

“As sudden as the headache had come it was gone, and I felt or heard a ‘pop’ in my head that woke me from my sleep, followed by a warm sensation rushing through my brain. A friend had recently lost her mother to a brain aneurysm and I thought, ‘This is it,’ as I shook my husband awake and frantically called 911.”

Positive she was experiencing the final moments of her life, Heather was only focused on one thing—her daughter in the next room.

“I sat on the carpet in our hallway, rocking back and forth while clutching my knees as I waited for the ambulance, and distantly heard the dispatcher’s voice in my ear, as I asked my husband to turn on his video camera.”

Preparing for the worst, Heather instructed her husband to get out his phone. Speaking directly to her daughter through the camera, she was determined to try to fit a lifetime of love and devotion into one final video message to her sweet baby girl—no pressure.

“I heard my daughter crying in her crib as I repeated over and over, ‘She will never remember me,’ and began a dialogue into my husband’s phone that I prayed she would never have to hear.

Hi baby, I’m your mama. And I love you so very much.”

In the moments that followed, paramedics worked to save Heather’s life. All the while, she had the rare opportunity to truly reflect on her life—who she had been, how she had treated people, and the type of person she’d be remembered as.

“And that was the night my life changed.”

Heather explains motherhood as a piece of your heart walking around outside of your body after your child is born.

Heather Anne Naples

“And as the paramedics arrived that night and began their work, I realized that if those were to be my final moments, the tiny piece of my soul that was crying out my name from the next room would never have a chance to know me. In fact, she wouldn’t even remember me. All she would have is what I left behind; pictures, written notes, and most importantly, the stories people told her of me.”

Heather asked herself on the way to the hospital what those stories would be, and she didn’t like the answer.

So she decided to change it.

“As a mother, as a parent, as someone who walks this earth and interacts with others, I ask you to ask yourself, what will be said about you when you are gone?

Are you kind? Are you gentle? Are you giving? Are you loving?

I am. Now.”

It’s been two years of overcoming her health issues. But nothing about that journey has had such magnitude as the night she almost died.

It took nearly dying for her to truly LIVE.

Reflecting on how people would remember her and share her memory with her daughter, Heather realized it’s OK if she hadn’t been that person in the past. Now, given the second chance, she vowed that her past wouldn’t define her future, and the only thing that mattered was making the changes that would allow her to be that person now.

“The power of replacing one negative thought or comment with a positive one is life altering. The power of surrounding yourself with people and circumstances that bring out the best in you is unimaginable. Take a look at your daily life and interactions, and if changes need to be made, make them. It is as simple as you allow it to be.”

It took some time, and Heather will be the first to admit that she’s an imperfect person living in an imperfect world, but eventually, she was able to see her intentionality pay off.

After sitting with a friend for several hours of conversation, the friend made a remark about how Heather never spoke badly about anyone. It’s the moment that helped her realize that while she may have previously engaged in “mean girl” conversation, getting into a pattern of authentic discussions was so much easier and healthier.

At the end of it all, Heather just wants others to reflect on their life while they still have the chance. Thankful to have been given a second chance at life, she feels like part of her purpose is to share her story and inspire others to make a change in their own lives.

“Live. Put your phone down. Talk to the person in front of you. Hold the door for people. Smile if someone catches your eye. Say thank you. Say please. Give hugs. Compliment people. Compliment yourself. Love yourself. No one will remember what size the pants are you are wearing, but they will remember the way you walked in them. So walk softly. Speak boldly. Love gently. Laugh loudly. Call someone if they cross your mind. Allow yourself to be happy for others, and most importantly allow yourself to be happy for yourself, through every stage and step of your life. Be happy. Life doesn’t have to be perfect for it to be perfect.”

Heather Anne Naples

She ends her post by sharing what she hopes people would tell her daughter about her now: that she smiled, and laughed.

“And most importantly, that I loved. That I loved every single second of every second I was given.

And I hope someone will say the same about you as well.”

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Narcissists Dont Always Suffer From Low Self-Esteem Malignant Ones Are Just Entitled

Drew Wilson

It’s a common response I receive when I write articles about narcissists, even malignant narcissists who lack not only empathy but also remorse. “People like that just have low self-esteem!” is the popular claim. We coddle even the most abusive narcissists in our society by perpetuating this myth that all narcissists just have self-esteem issues – and the underlying implication that they just need to be cradled and positively affirmed back to a more empathic place. But do narcissists really suffer from low self-esteem, or does their pathological behavior stem from something deeper and more sinister?

Perhaps what therapists call “vulnerable narcissists” on the lower end of the spectrum suffer a lack of self-esteem and core sense of self. These types of narcissists are more likely to struggle with a core sense of shame that they project onto others, though they still share a lot in common with more overt narcissists in terms of their general disregard for the welfare of others.

However, the narcissists that I write about – malignant ones – are much farther on the scale. These types of grandiose narcissists can be sadistic. They take pleasure in tearing others down. They are contemptuous, haughty and engage in bullying. They possess a pathological sense of envy that enables them to sabotage others who inspire that envy. They exploit without remorse or empathy – some of them even drive their victims to suicide. They abuse behind closed doors, often without being held accountable for their actions.  They feel an absurd sense of superiority over others. Some of them even have psychopathic traits that make them overbearingly indifferent and fearlessly bold when it comes to engaging in criminal activity and betrayal.

Studies show that these toxic types experience positive feelings when seeing sad faces. Millions of survivor accounts from all over the world and even mental health professionals well-versed in the covert abuse they inflict tell us that these types gain pleasure from micromanaging, controlling and overpowering their victims. Malignant narcissists have the cognitive ability to distinguish between right and wrong, but they lack the affective empathy that would enable them to care. Even online trolls who viciously bully, terrorize and threaten others have been shown by research to have psychopathy and narcissism as part of their dark traits.

So what drives their cruel and callous behavior? It’s not low self-esteem. It’s a deeply ingrained sense of excessive entitlement.

Malignant narcissists feel entitled to dupe people and to destroy lives. They feel entitled to idealize their victims, then devalue and discard. They feel entitled to manufacturing love triangles to rile their various admirers up for a competition they never asked for. They drain the resources of others and get ahead without working for it. They like keeping their various victims on the back burner. They know how to groom people to become enablers that carry out their dirty work for them. They do not have any sense of remorse for the feelings of others. They’re all about their own agenda.

This sense of entitlement starts in early childhood. Most alarmingly, children who are taught an excessive sense of entitlement at a young age have been shown by research to develop narcissistic traits in adulthood. Their narcissism did not stem from “lack of parental warmth” as the researchers noted, but rather, parental overvaluation. In other words, not all narcissists are raised by neglectful parents as people often assume – more grandiose narcissists tended to be excessively praised and taught that they were special, unique and better than others.

It is dangerous to characterize those higher on the spectrum of narcissism as struggling with self-esteem issues. We all are as human beings, to an extent, struggling with self-esteem – but most of us do not chronically violate the rights of others as a result. A truly nefarious narcissist is one who is able to hide behind the guise of low self-esteem and use it as a pity ploy to ensnare you further into his or her toxic web. Excusing their abusive behavior by noting that they have low self-esteem only serves as a dangerous rationalization that dismisses their potential for sadism. It minimizes their capacity to do real harm – without ever batting an eye at the destruction they leave at their wake.

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The Eastern Cougar Is Declared Extinct After Not Being Seen For 80 Years

The eastern cougar is now officially extinct.

The big cat used to roam the forests, mountains, and grasslands in every state east of the Mississippi, but it has not been seen now for the last eight decades (the Florida panther is a distinct population). Although the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) opened up a review into the status of the mountain lion in 2011, it was only in 2015 that federal wildlife biologists finally concluded there is no evidence of a viable population left.

They recommended that the eastern cougar be taken off the Endangered Species Act, and this Monday they finally saw that happen as the subspecies (Puma concolor cougar) was declared extinct. They had been on the list since 1973, although no one had seen any in the previous three decades. It’s thought the last one was probably shot by hunters in Maine in 1938.

In the 80 years since the last confirmed sighting of an eastern cougar, there have been some who say they have seen them. But the FWS notes that these individuals are most likely escapees from zoos and private collections or are western cougars expanding their range eastwards. This is based on the fact that there is no scientific or physical evidence to support populations still surviving.

The official declaration of the extinction of the cougar might – paradoxically – be a good thing. It means that the states that have been prevented for decades from reintroducing animals from the western population should now be allowed to do so.

“We need large carnivores like cougars to keep the wild food web healthy, so we hope eastern and midwestern states will reintroduce them,” says Michael Robinson, a conservation advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity, in a statement. “Cougars would curb deer overpopulation and tick-borne diseases that threaten human health.”

While the big cat has been persistently persecuted and hunted for its perceived threat to people, livestock, and pets, a better understanding of the role that large predators like the mountain lion play in the wider ecosystem means we are coming to realize the benefits they confer.

According to a recent paper detailing these benefits, cougars are good for human health in more ways than one. Not only do they reduce the number of ticks by killing deer, but they also save lives by reducing deer-car collisions. In fact, if pumas were reintroduced across the US, collisions from deer-car incidents would likely be slashed by 22 percent, saving 115 people and preventing over 21,000 accidents. This would save the economy an impressive $2.12 billion.

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Jake Tapper picks the PERFECT screencap for a piece on Trump’s mental fitness

As Twitchy reported earlier, lawmakers concerned about President Trump’s mental health invited a Yale psychiatry professor to brief them in December, although Geraldo Rivera says Trump is “sharp, focused, and exactly as he’s been for the last 40 years.”

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Yale psychiatry professor who wanted President Trump ‘contained’ vanishes from Twitter

Yale assistant professor of psychiatry Bandy X. Lee made a huge splash in the media last week after meeting with a handful of Democrats in Congress to sound the alarm over the president’s mental fitness to serve. Lee has appeared on MSNBC and SiriusXM, and pieces about her appeared in Vox, Politico, and The Guardian, all of which she retweeted, having just joined Twitter “to inform people where they may have questions.” Lee tweeted over the weekend that she was demanding a correction to a “wildly speculative and inaccurate article” in The Weekly Standard questioning her “meeting” with a Republican senator, but that tweet has disappeared, along with her entire Twitter account. The whole thing’s been shut down.

She writes in her last post:

Dear All, I was told that Twitter would be a good way to respond to mistaken notions, but I have a full-time job (also, “followers” jumping from the 20’s to the 600’s overnight is a lot to manage). So I am abandoning the idea. Please excuse–it has been nice to try this out!

So that’s all she wrote. After all, she does have a day job — not that it kept her from editing “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump” or traveling to Washington, D.C. to meet with a handful of representatives about her concerns.

Looks like the Twitter asylum was too much. Oh well … at least people can still tweet about her:

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Man Stuns Fiance With Backyard Proposal2 Hours Later, He Drops This Bombshell

From landing your dream venue to scouring Pinterest for that table centerpiece in the perfect shade of peony-pink to match the bridesmaid dresses—wedding planning can be downright STRESSFUL.

While marrying the love of your life may be a dream come true, the act of throwing the $30,000+ production to seal the deal can often be nothing short of a nightmare. I mean, the show ‘Bridezilla’ wasn’t popularized because orchestrating the big day is piece of cake.

Well, one New York man was all too familiar with the anxiety associated with such an ordeal, and he didn’t want that to exacerbate the health condition of his beautiful bride-to-be.

Nicole Rios, his then-girlfriend, suffers from lupus, a disease that can be easily aggravated by stress.

“I know it’s a battle with her illness already and when anything comes up she gets stressed out about it,” Danny told ABC News.

So this sweet man decided he would take the pressure off her hands by single-handedly planning a surprise engagement-and-wedding extravaganza in a matter of five months… Oh, and did I mention that he pulled them off back-to-back within TWO HOURS??

Yeah, this groom’s already in the running for ‘Husband of the Year’ for sure.

“I give women so much credit for all the planning they do for weddings,” said Danny, admitting “I kind of turned into a ‘bridezilla’ during it.”

He came up with the brilliant idea in August after returning from a trip to their hometown of Smithtown, New York.

He sent out all the invites to family and friends, booked the caterer, picked out engagement rings and wedding bands, and even recruited Nicole’s mother to help pick out the perfect wedding dress. Danny bought the dress in two different sizes and had them tailored to fit her mom, since they are the same height. I mean, needless to say, this guy was knee-deep in the DETAILS.

“I wrote down what had to be done and I said, ‘I don’t care what anyone says, what’s on this paper is what has to be done. It’s gold,’” said the wedding-planning wizard of a groom.

Danny decided to hold the event in their backyard, which he knew Nicole would love per their previous conversations about it.

“Nicole kept on saying how she wanted to have people over for an engagement party and then surprise them with a wedding, so I knew she was OK with a wedding in the backyard,” he said.

And boy, did he pull it OFF.

On December 8th, Nicole thought she was coming home from the airport to a surprise birthday party when she saw her backyard strewn with lights and fancy decorations.

“I didn’t think we’d even be getting engaged for at least a year,” she remarked. “I was ready to get in my pajamas … I didn’t think this was going to happen.”

But just a moment later, Danny bent down on one knee and proposed to the love of his life in front of their closest family and friends who jetted in from across the nation for the special day.

The look on Nicole’s face says it all…

But of course, that wasn’t the end of this once-in-a-lifetime surprise.

Danny took his fiancée inside for a quiet moment alone, where he revealed the next trick up his sleeve.

“Danny said, ‘You know how much I love you and if you want we can do this tonight. All of our closest friends and family are here,’” recalled Nicole. “He told me to turn around and a dress and tux were hanging there.”

Without a moment’s hesitation, she agreed–and just two hours after getting engaged, Danny and Nicole became husband and wife in a ceremony officiated by Danny’s father.

“It was exactly what I would have wanted,” said the beaming bride. “I really couldn’t have imagined a more perfect way to marry him.”

After their swoon-worthy story gained viral attention, the Rios say they hope it will generate lupus awareness as well.

“We want anyone who has it to know that if you have lupus, it’s a crummy disease but you can still find happiness,” said Danny. “It’s out there. Don’t stop looking.”

Wishing this beautiful couple a healthy, happy marriage, and a ‘forever’ full of the same joy that their magical wedding brought to so many.

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