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James Faulk’s Halloween Decor Inspired By Ebola

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas (AP) — Taking inspiration from the fear of Ebola, a Dallas-area man has stacked up barrels marked “biohazard,” surrounded his yard with yellow caution tape and crossed his door and windows with white tape marked “quarantine.”

“There’s negative people everywhere and they are going to give me grief about it but it’s all in good fun,” James Faulk told reporters Thursday while standing outside his home wearing a face shield and white protective suit with the label “CDC Trainee” and d gripping a clipboard and red plastic bag marked “biohazard infectious waste.” The decorations re-enact a scene that’s played out at three Dallas apartments following the first diagnosis in the U.S. of Ebola. After the diagnosis of Thomas Eric Duncan, who traveled here from West Africa, biohazard crews descended on the apartment where he was staying. Following his Oct. 8 death, two of his nurses were also diagnosed with the virus and the cleanup scene was repeated at their homes.

Faulk, who lives in a town house in the wealthy enclave of University Park, started putting up the decorations Sunday. He said he thought that by then “it was getting back to normal just a little bit.”

“So the next step is: Let’s have fun on Halloween and scare some people in the process,” said Faulk, who on Thursday added a banner reading “Happy Halloween.”

The two nurses remain hospitalized and hundreds of Texans, including those who cared for the Ebola patients and who were on the same flights as one of the nurses, are still being monitored.

“It could be too soon,” Faulk conceded. “It’s a scary thing.”

Jill Grover, whose children attend the high school across the street from Faulk’s house, said she initially thought it might have been a real scene until she noticed no workers were around.

“It is Halloween, but it is scary because the Ebola was happening in Dallas,” said Grover, who said she wasn’t offended but could see how others would be.

University Park spokesman Steve Mace said police so far have gotten just one call about the house and an officer drove by to check out the situation. He said no laws were being broken.

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Marijuana Industry Could Be Worth $35 Billion In 2020, If All States And Feds Legalize It

If all 50 states legalized marijuana and the federal government ended prohibition of the plant, the marijuana industry in the United States would be worth $35 billion just six years from now.

That’s according to a new report from GreenWave Advisors, a research and advisory firm that serves the emerging marijuana industry in the U.S., which found that if all 50 states and the federal government legalized cannabis, combined sales for both medical and retail marijuana could balloon to $35 billion a year by 2020.

If the federal government doesn’t end prohibition and the trajectory of state legalization continues on its current path, with more, but not all, states legalizing marijuana in some form, the industry in 2020 would still be worth $21 billion, GreenWave projects.

In its $21 billion 2020 model, GreenWave predicts 12 states plus the District of Columbia to have legalized recreational marijuana (besides Colorado and Washington, which legalized it in 2012). Those states are: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont, according to data GreenWave provided to The Huffington Post from the full report. By that same year, the model assumes, 37 states will have legalized medical marijuana. To date, 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical use.

“Our road map for the progression of states to legalize is very detailed –- our assumptions are largely predicated on whether a particular state has legislation in progress,” Matt Karnes, founder and managing partner of GreenWave as well as author of the report, told HuffPost. “We assume that once legalization occurs, it will take a little over a year to implement a program and have product available for sale. So for example, for Florida, we expect the ballot measure to pass [this year] yet our sales forecast starts in year 2016. We think the time frame will lessen as new states to legalize will benefit from best practices.”

As Karnes noted, some of these states are already considering legalization this November — voters in Oregon, Alaska and D.C. are considering measures to legalize recreational marijuana, while Florida voters will weigh in on medical marijuana legalization.

GreenWave isn’t the first group to suggest the federal government may end its decadeslong prohibition of marijuana. One congressman has even predicted that before the end of the decade, the federal government will legalize weed. And as outlandish as it may sound, it’s already possible to observe significant shifts in federal policy toward pot.

The federal government allowed Colorado’s and Washington’s historic marijuana laws to take effect last year. President Barack Obama signed the 2014 farm bill, which legalized industrial hemp production for research purposes in the states that permit it, and the first hemp crops in U.S. soil in decades are already growing. And in May, the U.S. House passed measures attempting to limit Drug Enforcement Administration crackdowns on medical marijuana shops when they’re legal in a state.

The GreenWave report also projects a substantial shift in the marijuana marketplace — the merging of the medical and recreational markets in states that have both.

“In the state of Colorado, we are beginning to see the sales impact — i.e., cannibalization of medical marijuana sales by the adult-use market — when the two markets co-exist,” Karnes said. “We expect a similar dynamic to unfold in those states that will implement a dual marijuana market.”

Beginning in July, recreational marijuana sales in Colorado began to outpace medical for the first time, according to state Department of Revenue data.

Karnes writes in the executive summary that just what the marijuana industry will look like in 2020 will largely depend on how the industry is regulated and how it is taxed by that time.

“Since ‘chronic pain’ is the most common ailment among medical marijuana users, it is likely that recreational users can already purchase marijuana without great difficulty in states where medicinal use is legal,” the report reads. “Accordingly, it can be argued that a merged market already exists in medical marijuana states. Less currently popular, but arguably providing more economic stimulus, would be a regulatory regime providing for only adult recreational use.”

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US Hockey Fans Sing ‘O, Canada’ In Gorgeous Show Of Compassion For Ottawa

These hockey fans came together in a beautiful show of support for a country and its citizens at a time when they needed it most.

While the Canadian national anthem isn’t usually played during hockey games between American teams, a singer performed “O, Canada” at Wednesday’s NHL game in Pittsburgh, following the deadly shooting attack in Ottawa earlier that day.

Fans throughout the arena, who’d gathered for the game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers, chimed in and sang along with singer Jeff Jimerson, according to USA Today.

I thought it was a special tribute tonight,” Penguins coach Mike Johnston said of the moving moment, according to the New York Daily News. “Certainly when those events happen, they strike everybody.”

Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center arena filled with voices singing the anthem while maple leaves were projected onto the ice in solidarity with those in Ottawa, including its hockey team, the Senators, whose game against the Toronto Maple Leaves was postponed due to the attack, Today.com reported.

The lone gunman responsible for the attack was killed shortly after the rampage, and identified as 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau by Canadian authorities.

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12 Acts Of Betrayal That Are Worse Than Cheating

For many, discovering an affair is the point of no return in a relationship. How can you trust your partner after he or she breaks that bond of intimacy in such a significant way?

But are there acts of betrayal more harmful to a relationship than infidelity? Some Redditors think so. On Thursday, those on the Ask Reddit board shared the one thing their significant other could do that would be more hurtful to them than having an affair. See some of the most interesting responses below.

1. “Giving up on the relationship for no reason. I’d rather he cheat than hear him say, ‘Meh, I don’t love you anymore.'”

2. “Confiding in another man before she came to me would hurt me more than cheating. (The exception would be her father.)”

3. “Ripping me off financially. Cheating (depending on context) just says, ‘I wanted to get off and hoped I could get away with it.’ Ripping me off says, ‘I am willing to compromise your long-term well-being to better my own.'”

4.Hiding a drug addiction or something else along those lines would be far worse than discovering an affair.”

5. “Her telling me she doesn’t want me as the father of her future children.”

6. “Finding out she shared a particularly painful or vital secret of mine with someone, without my consent.”

7. “Lying. Honest to God, if you get drunk and have sex with someone else, I’ll be fine with it. It happens. I’d prefer it didn’t, but it happens. You tell me about it? Cool. We’ll figure it out. You lie about it? We’re done. People dramatically underestimate the importance of brutal honesty in relationships.”

8. “Using my children against me. I would not know how to handle that.”

9. “Talking about me behind my back to my parents.”

10. “Constantly lying. It’s one thing to lie once, but if she goes years holding onto lies, then I find out all at once, it would hurt more than finding out she had an affair.”

11. “Giving money to her family behind my back to help them out. I am the sole provider in our house and her family is not the hardest working people I know.”

12. “Telling me that he doesn’t like me as a person.”

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George, Dorothy and Noel — the Weird, Wonderful and Merciless Wits of the 1920’s Return to Manhattan … and Not a Second too Soon.

Back in the day when I was a fat, nasty, jealous, sarcastic, mean-spirited teenager, my dream was to be a Round Table regular, the one at the Algonquin Hotel where a select group of novelists, playwrights, journalists and editors at the epicenter of New York’s literary culture, as well as its cruelest wits, mocked the pretentious foibles of mediocrities or could just as quickly bite the hand of the bosom buddy beside them.

Need I tell you I dreamed in vain? I had more than enough rage, fury and indignation to fit in, but I was still unborn, in Philadelphia and totally lacked media contacts. The Algonquin coven included enough newspaper columnists to make sure that every calumnious word they wrote or uttered received the 1920’s version of being instantly re-tweeted.

Their brightest lights were the Larry David of that day, Playwright George S. Kaufman, a major maven of human imperfections, and the cynically honest poet/author Dorothy Parker. As for Noel Coward, the Brit powerhouse playwright, composer, director, yada, yada of flamboyant cheek and chic, pose and poise, I’m certain he found a seat whenever he found himself in the neighborhood.

Samples of their malicious wit?

After a mediocre bridge partner asked Kaufman to excuse him because he needed to use the mens room, Kaufman told him, “For the first time today I’ll know what you have in your hand.”

When Parker’s affair with emerging playwright (and notorious womanizer) Charlie MacArthur resulted in a pregnancy followed by an abortion, she mused, “How like me, to put all my eggs in one bastard.”

As for Noel, the most upper-classly savage and sutble, posthumously praised a particularly stupid acquaintance who’d blown his brains out with, “He must have been an incredibly good shot!”

Where are they now?

Moss Hart and George Kaufman’s Pulitzer Prize winning collaboration, You Can’t Take it With You, back on Broadway this time starring James Earl Jones and a slew of Tony nominated actors, proves once again that that character-based quips still wow the critics and make audiences LOL.

Dorothy Parker has been banished to the NoHo basement Huron Club, where
Chicago veteran actress Jennifer Engstrom recites the lady’s poetry and prose attired in tawdry shmattas which would have thwarted Dorothy’s eggs from wandering even a short distance from her ovaries.

As for Noel, Eric Michael Gillett, like Noel, a man of many talents, brings Noel to life again in his Man About Town Cabaret show at the Laurie Beechman Theatre.

How did an 8-year-old California lad with a lateral lisp develop enough of a lilting tongue to sing Coward’s sophisticated lyrics. “Schools had speech therapists then and my very zealous one corrected my impediment so thoroughly that everyone thought I was British until I was 18 when I sloppy-ed up my pronunciation to sound less affected. Then, last year, for a show called Dirty Little Songs, I assumed the persona of an archetypal British gentleman and sung Coward’s cleverly dirty ditty Uncle Harry’s Not a Missionary Any More and I decided to do a Coward show for my annual Cabaret Cares benefit to see if it flew. It did. My musical director, Rick Jensen, a Coward freak who knows and loves the material, worked with me and that show provided the skelton for Man About Town.”

If anyone fully understands Coward’s Why Must the Show Go On? it’s Eric Michael! The night before he and Rick were scheduled to lay down music tracks for Man About Town, a horrendous conflagration destroyed his apartment and most of his possessions. The fire didn’t stop him, but it gave him an enhanced emotional appreciation for Coward’s wistful, melody and touching lyrics: “Comes the wild, wild weather, comes the wind, comes the rain … comes the joy, comes the pain,” along with an equally unforgettable Someday I’ll Find You and Zigeuner. Eric Michael powerful voice triumphs when matched with intelligent, meaningful poetry. As for Coward’s comic patter in Don’t Put Your Daughter on the Stage Mrs. Worthington, “It’s become much more amusing to me since I began teaching and coaching.”

Eric Michael finds Coward still relevant now. “His material is timeless. He’s a witty writer but also a serious poet. Laughing when the world is literally going up in flames around you has new meaning for me.”

You Can’t Take it With You, Longacre Theater, 220 West 48th Street.
Excuse My Dust (A Dorothy Parker Portfolio) Soho Playhouse Huron Club, 15 Vandam Street until November 8th
Man about Town ,The Laurie Beechman Theater, 407 W. 42nd St. Monday nights October 27 and Nov 3rd at 7 pm.

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Boy Who Shot Albino Deer With Crossbow Receives Death Threats, Family Says

It’s all fun and games until somebody gets famous for shooting a mutant beast.

Gavin Dingman is 11 years old. Earlier this week, the Michigan boy went hunting with his dad. During the trip, he took down a 12-point albino buck with a crossbow.

“My dad was just like, ‘Take a deep breath. Are you sure you can take the shot? If you’re not 100 percent, we don’t want to injure it,'” the boy told USA Today.

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Bagging an animal like it is a rare feat for even seasoned sportsmen, since biologists estimate that albino deer occur once every 20,000 to 100,000 births.

For Dingman, the hunt was a coming-of-age achievement, a life event he’d not soon forget. But a spokesman for his family says it’s not simply a joyous occasion.

Jordan Browne, a host of Michigan Out-of-Doors Television who spoke to Patch on behalf of the family, said the boy has received a lot of negative publicity after a photo of his kill went viral. Dingman’s dad originally posted photos of the dead deer to Facebook, but has apparently removed them or made them private in the wake of the controversy.

Browne says comments on the photos ranged from “polite opinions all the way to death threats and everything in between,” according to Patch. He said that the threats are unacceptable.

“It’s one thing to disagree with the decision to shoot this buck, but to target an 11-year-old will not be tolerated,” Browne told Patch. “There was one comment that someone should shoot that kid with an arrow, and others along those lines. There were a lot of ignorant people blaming and scolding the parents for letting their child hunt, or as they put it, ‘murder’ things.”

But not all the attention as been negative. Some outdoor outfitters want to use pictures of Gavin with the deer for promotions, Browne said.

Hunting isn’t just a leisure activity in Michigan. The state has a deer population of 2 million, and regulated hunting helps keep the number under control. While albino deer are rare, Browne said there’s nothing exceedingly special about them.

“Anti-hunters seem to think they just walked out of the sky and are God’s gift to mankind, but it’s just a genetic defect,” Browne told Patch.

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These Bulldog Puppies Who Have A Blast Investigating Red Cups Can Really Find Fun In Anything

These pups can turn even the most mundane of objects into their own personal playground.

In a video from the Pet Collective uploaded to YouTube, two precious bulldog puppies have a blast … playing with red cups.

Watch the curious wrinkly pups sniff around at the strange red items, completely intrigued.

While observing these little guys investigate will likely be the best part of your day, don’t expect to be as amused as they are the next time you encounter an empty cup.

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5 Rooms Inspired By Your Favorite ’90s Halloween Films

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Home inspiration can come from the unlikeliest places. From Rihanna-themed tablescapes to Tumblr-inspired gallery walls, we’ve certainly seen our share at HuffPost Home. The latest: Rooms inspired by some of our favorite 1990s Halloween heroes.

We know what you’re thinking, given the decade’s rep for things like sponge painting and the holiday’s permanent association with nightmares. But hear us out. There are elements of both Halloween and the ’90s that, when taken out of their typically dreadful context, can actually make for a rather stylish space.

Here, courtesy of Matthew David Meisner of Heirloom & Knot, is proof. Head over to the design firm’s blog for details on where to buy the items featured below.

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Man Teaches Puppy To Ring Bell For A Treat, Unwittingly Creates Adorable Bell-Ringing Monster

Did you forget to feed your puppy? Maybe this video will ring a bell. Careful, though: Once that bell starts ringing, it may be impossible to stop.

This cautionary tale brought to you by Maddie, a 10-week old dachshund puppy whose owner taught her she’d get a treat every time she rang a bell. As you’d expect, Maddie picks up the trick quickly and transforms into a bell-ringing monster. (Albeit a very, very cute monster).

YouTuber Kirk Miller originally uploaded the video in 2012, but it has only recently gone viral thanks to a boost from Viral Viral Videos.

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