Charlie Hebdo Massacre Raises Defense of Freedom of Speech


“An act of exceptional barbarism has been committed in Paris against a newspaper. A paper – in other words, an organ of free speech. An act against journalists who had always wanted to show that in France it was possible to defend one’s ideas, and exercise their rights that are guaranteed and protected by the Republic,” French President François Hollande said Wednesday.Teenage suspect ‘arrested after handing himself into police’ over Paris magazine massacre that left 12 dead – as anti-terror unit raids building in hunt for two brothers ‘trained in Yemen as assassins’

By Tierney Sneed


  • Gunmen identified as Said Kouachi, 34, and brother Cherif, 32, both from Paris, and Hamyd Mourad, 18, from Reims
  • Police published pictures of two brothers saying they were ‘armed and dangerous’ as Mourad handed himself in 
  • Masked gunmen stormed Paris headquarters with AK-47s shouting ‘Allahu akbar!’ and ‘Prophet has been avenged’
  • Stalked building asking for people’s names before killing the editor, three cartoonists and the deputy chief editor
  • Editor Stephane Charbonnier had famously shrugged off threats, saying: ‘I’d rather die standing than live kneeling’
  • Horrific footage shows a police officer begging for his life before being shot in the head at point-blank range
  • Cartoonist Corrine Rey told how she cowered with her young daughter as she watched two colleagues gunned down
  • Killers fled in stolen car across eastern Paris after a ‘mass shoot-out’ with police officers and remain on the loose  
  • Militants believed to be from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula which was behind plane bomb plots in US and UK
  • US counter-terror officials

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Welcome 2015, Raise Your IQ 20 Points by Eating ” Brain Food”

Category : HEALTH & BEAUTY

By Annie Daly Womens Health Magazine December 2014

There are countless ways that eating healthy food can improve your lifestyle: It can help you slim down, sleep better, and improve your skin, to name a few. Well, new research from Dave Asprey, a tech entrepreneur and author of the New York Times Best Seller The Bulletproof Diet (published by Women’s Health’s parent company, Rodale), found that healthy food can also boost your brainpower.

Asprey spent 15 years studying his own biology (he even traveled to faraway places like Tibet in search of ancient health wisdom), and managed to lose 100 pounds—and raise his IQ by 20 points in the process. Because of his success, he developed an entire diet centered around his findings, as outlined in his new book. The basic premise of the diet is that if you eat foods to fuel your brain, you will become sharper over time. What’s more, you’ll strengthen your willpower, which, in turn, curbs cravings and may make you better able to resist unhealthy foods.

Asprey says there are three things you need to do to eat for your IQ. Read them below—and, if you’re feeling super inspired, try the Bulletproof Diet out for yourself. New Year’s resolution, anyone?

1. Fill Up on Fat
No, this is not an invitation to stuff yourself silly with gooey peanut butter brownies. (Sorry.) But Asprey does suggest upping your (healthy) fat intake quit a bit. In fact, his diet is often compared to the grain and dairy-free Paleo diet, but his actually encourages you to eat even more fat than Paleo does. Why? Your brain thrives on fat. “Here’s the thing: Different cells in your brain like different things,” says Asprey. Neurons prefer energy from fat, whereas glial cells (another type of brain cell) prefer energy from carbohydrates, he explains. “Your body usually has enough carbohydrates, so what you need to do is give your body more fat energy for your brain.”

Asprey suggests ingesting your extra fat from his very own Bulletproof coffee, which is made from low-mold coffee beans (more on that below in #3), a tablespoon of medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, which is an easily digestible fat, and two tablespoons of unsalted butter. Otherwise, if you want to DIY it, add coconut oil to your coffee, and increase your helping of other healthy fats like salmon and avocado.

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2. Pack in More Protein
Another way to eat for your brain is to add more healthy protein into your diet. The reason? Proteins contain amino acids, and your body needs amino acids to build neurotransmitters (like serotonin and dopamine) in your brain, says Asprey. “Generally speaking, the more neurotransmitters you have, the smarter you’ll be, so you need to be sure your body has enough of them at all times,” he says. To get that healthy protein, Asprey suggests eating a moderate amount of high-quality animal protein, as well as more egg yolks. “Your brain goes nuts for the choline [the yellow stuff] in pastured egg yolks,” says Asprey. So think twice before ordering an egg white omelet; keeping the yolks in may be better for you overall.

3. Cut Down on Grains, Legumes, Beans, and Coffee
Get ready to have your mind blown: The reason Asprey says you should cut down on these foods is that they all contain high levels of—wait for it—mold. Yes, mold. “Mold contains neurotoxins, which slow your brain down,” says Asprey. So if you cut down on these toxins, you’ll be sharper.

Asprey conducted a study to prove it. He had half a group of people drink coffee with mold, and half drink it without mold—and those who drank the non-mold coffee performed better on cognitive tests. That’s partly why he developed his specialized Bulletproof coffee, which is made from low-molded beans. And he also recommends swapping vodka for beer and wine, which both have loads of high-mold grains. “When you eat a diet with less toxins, your brain will function better,” he says. “It’s that simple.”


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Teresa Giudice, Real Housewives Mother and Wife Surrenders Early


By Vicki Hyman | NJ Advance Media for January 5, 2014

Teresa Giudice, the longest-serving “Real Housewives of New Jersey” castmate, is now serving her 15-month sentence for financial fraud at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Conn.

The reality show breakout, whose star plummeted amid financial scandal and criminal charges, left her Montville Township mansion shortly after midnight in the back seat of a black SUV driven by her lawyer, James J. Leonard Jr. She surrendered just before 3 a.m., seven hours ahead of her scheduled intake, at the minimum-security prison camp that once housed Lauryn Hill and Leona Helmsley, who both served time for tax evasion.

“She was ready,” Leonard said in a statement to NJ Advance Media. “Teresa is a very strong woman, she won’t have any problems in there.”

The early surrender was negotiated with prison officials during a series of phone calls on New Year’s Eve. “When we arrived at Danbury, everyone we encountered was extremely courteous and respectful,” he said.

Teresa and her husband Joe, both 42, pleaded guilty last year to multiple counts of bankruptcy fraud and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, the latter part of a long-running scheme to obtain millions in mortgage and construction loans using falsified tax returns and W-2 forms.

Joe and Teresa Giudice of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” leave the federal courthouse in Newark in 2013.Robert Sciarrino/The Star-Ledger

Following her 15-month sentence, Joe Giudice will serve 41 months in prison and then face deportation because the Italian-born contractor is not a United States citizen.

The couple has four daughters aged 13 to 4, and in her only sit-down interview following the sentencing (with “Real Housewives” producer and “Watch What Happens” host Andy Cohen, natch), Teresa said being separated from her girls is her greatest concern, which was echoed by Leonard in his statement.

“Her primary concern is and always has been her four daughters,” he said. “When she talks about going away, she talks about how it will effect them, not her.”


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