Archive for January, 2014
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On Jan. 28 and into the next day reports surfaced that Punk left the company and told Vince McMahon he was going home. These reports appear to have been confirmed byPWInsider.
To further drive home the legitimacy of his departure, on its website, the WWE has pulled Punk from advertising on almost all future WWE events. He was scheduled to wrestle in Toledo, Ohio Tuesday night – a show I attended and can confirm he was advertised as the main event for – but he did not appear on the show.
While these rumors could just be the WWE leaking information as part of some grandiose scheme to make it seem like Punk is leaving again, it would appear this is legit. If that is the case, here is the good and the bad of the situation.
Punk has never been shy about expressing his disapproval of part-time wrestlers coming in and stealing the spotlight every year at WrestleMania. PWInsider is suggesting Punk left because it was clear he once again had no shot at main eventing WrestleMania this year and decided not to stick around for a rumored match against Triple H.
Maybe by losing one of its top draws for the other nine months of the year, the WWE will stop giving marquee spots to guys like Brock Lesnar who have made it clear they only want to come in for the big money and leave while the rest of the roster works all year. The Rock is an all-time great, but it’s really aggravating as a fan to see him show up five times a year to get the main event at WrestleMania knowing he is leaving almost as soon as he returns.
It’s also nice to know that Punk cares enough about the product that he isn’t shy about speaking out for fans. During his dispute with the WWE in 2011, Punk went on air and said “you want to punish people for being wrestling fans,” to McMahon. As was the case at last week’s Royal Rumble, the WWE often times ignores the wants of fans in order to push its own agenda down our throats.
Go back and watch the Rumble, the four names that got the most spotlight on the card, John Cena, Batista, Randy Orton and Brock Lesnar have all been booed heavily by fans lately despite Cena and Batista being “good guys.” Meanwhile the two guys who got the loudest reactions, Punk and Daniel Bryan were buried in terrible angles that night.
It’s one thing to make fans wait a bit to see their favorites get over on the bad guys, but ignoring us for too long only results in fans tuning out.
This is simple. No CM Punk in the WWE is bad for the fans more than anybody else. Over the course of his career in the company, Punk has developed a reputation as being a guy who can deliver a good match, promo and story anytime he is asked. Whether he is a face or a heel, Punk knows how to entertain an audience like very few can.
I can say I was legitimately disappointed when Punk didn’t appear in Toledo Tuesday and had I known he wasn’t going to be on the card, I wouldn’t have bought tickets. I would be willing to bet some people felt the same way.
While it’s admirable that Punk is standing up for himself, the fans are the ones taking this one on the chin. Like he’s said before Punk is just another spoke on the wheel and the WWE will just find another guy to take his spot. But sadly, whoever it is probably won’t be able to fill his shoes.
It’s also rough for Punk who is still in the prime of his career but left with no place in the United States to showcase his skills on a comparable stage. TNA may have a TV deal, but unlike WCW back in the day, TNA isn’t competition for WWE.
In three months, when all the part-time talent is gone, the WWE will have one less star on the roster to help keep the product entertaining. That means having to build another name up and as we know, sometimes even the biggest push of a talent doesn’t mean he’ll connect with the fans.
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1. Gives your immune system a boost.
Vitamin C is like our immune system’s jumper cables, and lemon juice is full of it. The level of vitamin C in your system is one of the first things to plummet when you’re stressed, which is why experts recommended popping extra vitamin C during especially stressful days.
2. Excellent source of potassium.
As already mentioned, lemons are high in potassium, which is good for heart health, as well as brain and nerve function.
3. Aids digestion.
Lemon juice not only encourages healthy digestion by loosening toxins in your digestive tract, it helps to relieve symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, burping, and bloating.
4. Cleanses your system.
It helps flush out the toxins in your body by enhancing enzyme function, stimulating your liver.
5. Freshens your breath.
It also helps relieve toothaches and gingivitis (say wha?). Because the citric acid can erode tooth enamel, either hold off on brushing your teeth after drinking lemon water or brush your teeth before drinking it.
6. Keeps your skin blemish-free.
The antioxidants in lemon juice help to not only decrease blemishes, but wrinkles too! It can also be applied to scars and age spots to reduce their appearance, and because it’s detoxifying your blood, it will maintain your skin’s radiance.
7. Helps you lose weight.
Lemons contain pectin fiber, which assists in fighting hunger cravings.
8. Reduces inflammation.
If you drink lemon water on a regular basis, it will decrease the acidity in your body, which is where disease states occur. It removes uric acid in your joints, which is one of the main causes of inflammation.
9. Gives you an energy boost.
Lemon juice provides your body with energy when it enters your digestive tract, and it also helps reduce anxiety and depression. (Even the scent of lemons has a calming effect on your nervous system!)
10. Helps to cut out caffeine.
I didn’t believe this until I tried it, but replacing my morning coffee with a cup of hot lemon water has really done wonders! I feel refreshed, and no longer have to deal with that pesky afternoon crash. Plus, my nerves are thankful.
11. Helps fight viral infections.
Warm lemon water is the most effective way to diminish viral infections and their subsequent sore throats. Plus, with the lemon juice also boosting your immune system, you’ll simultaneously fight off the infection completely.
For those who weigh less than 150 pounds, squeeze half a lemon’s worth of juice into a glass of water. If over 150 pounds, use an entire lemon’s juice. You can of course dilute the lemon juice more, depending on your personal taste.
Not only are the benefits of lemon water endless, it’s one of the most substantial yet simple changes you can make for your health.
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The farm bill would last five years and needs to pass both chambers and then be signed by the president.
The bill could be passed before the spring planting season. That’s significant because farmers need to know early how it might affect prices and what to expect for their corn, wheat or tobacco yields.
The bill changes the current agricultural subsidy system. It ends direct payments to farmers for planting crops and replaces it with a revamped, beefed-up crop insurance program.
“Today’s bipartisan agreement puts us on the verge of enacting a five-year Farm Bill that saves taxpayers billions, eliminates unnecessary subsidies, creates a more effective farm safety-net and helps farmers and businesses create jobs,” said Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat who chairs the Senate agriculture panel.
The changes to food stamps would trim $8 billion from the program over the next 10 years, according to congressional aides. That’s less than the $39 billion that Republicans had wanted to cut from the program, but double what Democrats had suggested.
Lawmakers say the deal will prevent 17 states from doling out more generous food stamps to people who get federal help to heat or cool their homes, even if the help is as little as $1. They stress the move won’t cut families from food stamps, it will just shrink the amount some families get.
Advocates for the poor are irate. The newly-proposed reductions come just months after the $11 cut from food stamp checks that went into effect on Nov. 1, when the recession-era boost in funding ended.
Since then, food pantries have reported larger crowds, as families exhaust their allotment before the month ends.
Currently, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the official name for food stamps, feeds 47 million people.
Meanwhile, the bill ensures that the federal government will avoid re-implementing a 1940s era subsidy program that could have caused the price of milk to double to $7 a gallon from the current national average of $3.50.
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The judge ruled that Marlise Munoz, now about 22 weeks pregnant, is dead. She has been on life support in a hospital since November 26 after suffering what her husband, Erick, believes was a pulmonary embolism.
District Judge R.H. Wallace gave John Peter Smith Hospital until Monday at 5 p.m. U.S. Central Time (1800 ET) to remove the ventilator.
“The defendants are ordered to pronounce Mrs. Munoz dead and remove the ventilator and all other ‘life-sustaining’ treatment from the body of Marlise Munoz,” the judgment read.
Under Texas law, a person may not withdraw or withhold life-sustaining treatment from a pregnant patient, even if there is a “do not resuscitate” request from the patient or if the family of the patient seeks to end life support.
Lawyers for Munoz had argued that she was clinically dead, could no longer be considered a pregnant women and that the fetus she was carrying was severely damaged.
Erick Munoz broke down in tears as the judge read the ruling. His lawyer Heather King and Marlise Munoz’s mother and father were also crying and hugged Erick for several minutes after court has adjourned.
They did not speak to media, who packed the courtroom.
Lawyers for the hospital had argued they were complying with a law that was intended to protect unborn children.
“JPS Health Network appreciates the potential impact of the consequences of the order on all parties involved and will be consulting with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office,” the hospital said in a statement.
The couple are both paramedics and have made it known to each other that they do not wish to be kept on life support, Erick said.
Attorneys for Munoz have said the parents of Marlise agreed with her husband’s request to turn off the ventilator.
The lawyers also provided medical records they said show that the fetus suffered from oxygen deprivation and appears to have deformed lower extremities.
Erick found his wife unconscious on the kitchen floor in late November when she was 14 weeks pregnant and rushed her to a hospital.
In July, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed into law tough new restrictions on abortion, including a ban after 20 weeks of pregnancy, marking one of the biggest victories in a decade for opponents of the procedure in the United States.
Outside the courthouse, a handful of supporters carried signs that read “Let Marlise Munoz Rest in Peace”.
“There’s nothing happy about today. It’s a sad situation all the way around,” attorney King said.
“We are relieved that Erick Munoz can move forward with the process of burying his wife,” King said.