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People Said Wed Fail, But My Family Clinic With Video Games And Therapy Cats Is Full Only 6 Months After Opening

Back in 2017, two of the cats I had raised from kittens had become Guinness World Record Title holders. Arcturus Aldebaran Powers was the tallest cat to ever live and Cygnus Regulus Powers had the longest tail on a cat ever (All my cats are named for stars). I had designed a diet for them that I thought was what would be ideal for a feline species. It was highly synthetic and by no means natural, but I’m all about science and evidence-based things, and I’m fairly sure it turned them both into giants.

Life was pretty great, and we were booking TV shows and charity events, as I was president of the Ferndale Cat Shelter at the time, and the cats’ fame helped us raise money to help Detroit rescue and street cats.

On Nov 12th 2017, my wife (who is also a doctor) left in the morning to go round in the hospital. I woke up about an hour later to smoke alarms and my living room ablaze. I searched for the cats and opened as many escape paths as possible until I finally passed out from smoke. Ultimately, I made it to the basement where I was rescued by first responders. The house burned to the foundation, and we lost everything, including our beloved cats Arcturus, Sirius and Cygnus.

(So this is me here on a random Tuesday with Hyperion, one of the resident therapy cats. Life is good, but it wasn’t always so.)

The tragedy completely devastated me, and it took me over a year to recover mentally and physically from it. When I was cleared to go back to work, I decided I didn’t want to live my life how I did previously. I spent my 20s studying and training to be a doctor, and it was almost all for nothing. I decided that being happy and enjoying my life was worth far more, and so I decided to start my own family practice clinic, Powers Family Medicine.

I decided to theme the practice around me and my interests, which are mostly cats and video games. I told some colleagues that I planned to launch a family practice that would have therapy cats and video game decorations and they told me I was insane and that it would be a complete failure as people want to go to a sterile, simple, professional-looking place for medical care. I decided to proceed anyway, and rented a small office space near the ruins of my old home (which is currently being rebuilt). We have been wildly successful, and are currently the #1 patient-rated family practice in our state.

The therapy cats are all exotic hybrids (early generation Bengals and Savannah cats) who lack the Fel D1 gene in their saliva, and so people with severe cat allergies are unaffected by them. We recently had a patient who is so allergic to cats that she carries an epi-pen for it come to the office. She got to pet Polaris, and broke down into tears because she loves cats but wasn’t able to pet one for almost 30 years. The cats aren’t allowed in sterile zones, but otherwise, have free reign of the office. (They are fully vaccinated and free of zoonotic infections, and so honestly the doorknob to the office is more of a risk to you than they are)

Our clinic is special in that it welcomes truly everyone. We are friendly and cater to the LGBT population, and also have a lot of alt/kink/BDSM, commercial sex workers, polyamorous patients, HIV+ patients (which I treat and prescribe PrEP) and other people who feel like they can’t be open and honest with their doctor. We also have some middle-class families in the mix too, all are welcome and treated with respect! In short, we don’t care what anyone else thinks, just tell us the truth and we will help keep you safe and healthy.

I expected it would take years for me to develop the practice, as 5-7 years is pretty normal. We’ve now been open for 6 months, and as of today, we are completely full. We have over 1000 patients in the practice, and we’ve established a waiting list for people to get on if they want to transfer their care to us. I’m looking into expansion options and hiring some help so that we can continue to accept new patients, but for now, that has to wait.

If you’ve read this far and want to see what we’ve built, let me give you a tour!

Hi! Welcome to the tour! I’m Dr. Powers, and this is my clinic!

In the main lobby, there is a full-size custom arcade machine that pretends to be a yet unreleased title “The Drs. Powers And The Starcats”.

The cats have free rein of the office. Also, every exam room has a SNES classic in it to play while you wait!

Phoenix Arcturus Powers is the resident Savannah cat, and he works on Mondays and Thursdays. He is the half brother of Arcturus Aldebaran Powers, the tallest cat to ever live.

Phoenix basks in the rainbow sunbeams.

Exam room 1, we have special prism film on the windows which produces rainbows when it’s sunny out.

At our clinic, you check in using your initials only. You are then assigned an Amiibo (the name is printed on the bottom if you don’t know the character). Then, when it’s your turn to be called back, my MA will say “Pikachu!” and you come back to the exam room. This way, no matter who is in the lobby at the same time as you, your privacy is maximally preserved.

Phoenix likes to hang out at the nurses’ station and receive pets from patients passing by.

Phoenix is aggressively friendly, and is very demanding for pets and attention from anyone who approaches him.

Panoramic view of the lobby, we have a big screen TV out there which streams multiple streaming services and also has a SNES Classic. On this day someone had queued up Sword Art Online from Crunchyroll

Surrounding the nurses’ station are nano leaf light panels that have an animated ever-flowing rainbow pattern.

Panoramic view of the lobby

The cats tend to really like room 1 due to its warm spot near the windows.

There are many rainbows around the office.

Sometimes the therapy cats have received sufficient pets for the day, and need to take a break to their heated bed.

Behind Polaris on the counter is a question block box. Being as we didn’t need to spend any money on advertising as the clinic was instantly so popular, we instead put someone’s name in the bin when they refer a person who establishes care. Then, we draw names during the month to give away prizes like a Nintendo switch or 3dsXL.

We have a community board where patients or their families can post up whatever they like. Polaroids of the art chalkboard from every month also get posted here.

Lobby big screen

Front desk check-in. I’m really into bitcoin and have been for a very long time, so we accept it at our clinic!

We have a chalkboard where patients can draw whatever they like. It gets erased on the 1st of every month.

Coat rack.

The lobby and every exam room have multi-chargers in place for your convenience.

Another view of the main lobby.

Receptionists desk. Yes, she has a gaming desktop and razer hardware such as her chroma keyboard.

The Guinness world record certificates for my late cats, Arcturus Aldebaran Powers and Cygnus Regulus Powers

The anatomy of Mario at weigh-in.

You’re liable to run into a big cat lounging on an exam table upon entering the room!

Close shot of the anatomy of Mario from Etsy: PipperilloStudios

The back wall has x-rays of the various consoles and gaming controllers

Close up shot of one of the x-rays

Myself, my MA, and whatever resident/med student I have rotating with me for the day all use Razer Blade Stealth gaming laptops with full chroma keyboards as our work laptops.

Exam room 1

Chrono trigger shadowbox. The canisters on the shelf contain my tongue depressors and so on.

The wall in room 1

Super Metroid menu outside exam room 2

Exam room 2

Legend of Zelda shadowbox art

Similar canisters to room 1

Rupee succulent planters from Etsy: HylianWords

Exam room 3 (procedure room)

The countertop of exam room 3

More exam room 3

The kitchen

Another shot of the nano leaf setup around the nurses’ station

When you refer a patient and that person establishes care, your name goes on a blank card and into this bin. Once or twice a month I draw a name out and that person gets a gaming console. Usually a Nintendo switch or 3dsXL

Hyperion Procyon Powers enjoying the rainbow sunbeams

Phoenix works Monday and Thursday, Hyperion Tuesday, and Polaris Wednesday. On Fridays, both Hyperion and Polaris come.

Sometimes over lunch I take a little gaming break.

My wonderful receptionist Laura and my amazing medical assistant Stacy! I couldn’t have made this place without them.

Anyways, thanks for checking us out! We are currently full, and do have a waiting list for anyone who wishes to become a new patient. The list is first come first served, and so as patients move away, we get less busy, or we manage to expand and hire another provider we will pull people off the waiting list.

This post was published with the permission of Dr. William Powers

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Life in the ‘hairy underground’: the lost history of Soviet hippies

It was a subculture shaped by communism, inspired by the west and watched by the KGB. A new documentary charts the movements charismatic leaders, conflicts and future

In 1968, Aksel Lampmann was a teenager growing up in Soviet Estonia. That summer, he went to an international camp, where he met students from Czechoslovakia and began listening to the Beatles. He didnt understand the lyrics (No one spoke English back then), but loved the sound. We had no clue what they were singing about. What a strange vibration!

He learned guitar and grew his hair. By 1969, Lampmann had become a full-blown Soviet hippy. The iron curtain made a road trip to the US impossible, so he hitchhiked from his home in the Baltics to Crimea. Our lives were more colourful, more alive, he says. Other people didnt have the same encounters or emotions.

Lampmann is one of the stars of Soviet Hippies, a film by the Estonian writer and director Terje Toomistu about a lost period in Soviet history. The documentary explores a subculture that was inspired by the west yet distinctly homegrown existing in a society shaped by communism and watched over by the KGB.

In the west, nobody was arrested simply for having long hair or wearing strange clothes, Toomistu explains. The USSR, by contrast, wanted complete control of its citizens lives: how people worked, dressed, or even danced. Anyone who rejected the Homo sovieticus model could be in big trouble, including having their hair forcibly cut.

Watch a trailer for Soviet Hippies on YouTube

The Soviet hippy movement emerged in Moscow and Leningrad around 1966 and 1967, in the early years of Leonid Brezhnevs rule. The first red hippies were the sons or daughters of the privileged Soviet nomenklatura well-behaved kids from elite families. They had access to music from the capitalist world and to jeans. By the early 70s, the movement had grown sufficiently big and unruly to alarm the authorities though it probably only ever numbered a few thousand, Toomistu says. The secret police began tailing the long-haired to school. In June 1971, the hippies were given permission to demonstrate against the Vietnam war outside the US embassy in Moscow.

This was a trap. The KGB rounded up and arrested demonstrators, with the goal of wiping out hippy culture. Some demonstrators were sent to psychiatric facilities and injected with insulin; others dispatched to the army and camps near the Chinese border. The film re-creates this grim clampdown and uses surveillance photos found in KGB archives in Lithuania.

According to Lampmann, harassment by the police and KGB was common. One of my close friends ended up in prison, he says. Hippies were persecuted under criminal rather than political law. They could find themselves sharing a cell with gangsters and murderers. To avoid arrest, Lampmann always kept his documents in perfect order.

By the late 70s, the hippies had developed a counterculture, with Russian slang and a music scene. There was what Toomistu calls analogue Facebook notebooks listing names and numbers of contacts across the USSR, used by travellers seeking somewhere to crash for the night. This network is gloriously animated in the film, which features psychedelic drawings and cartoons.

Ideas from the world outside Vladimir Wiedemann practising yoga at home in Tallinn, Estonia, late 1970s. Photograph: Courtesy of Vladimir Wiedemann

The underground subculture connected people from different social backgrounds, the writer Vladimir Wiedemann says. It included hippies, dissidents, mystics, religious activists and human-rights campaigners. Some embraced spiritualism, others yoga and veganism. All rejected the Soviet regime and thus played a role in its eventual demise.

Wiedemann was exposed to rocknroll culture via Finnish TV and Radio Luxembourg, which he could pick up from his home in Estonia. The iron curtain wasnt that strong, he says. Now based in London, Wiedemann wrote a book on hippies, Forbidden Union, which is currently running as a play, How Estonian Hippies Brought Down the Soviet Union!, on the Moscow stage…

The film features interviews with Wiedemann and other survivors from the hairy underground, as Toomistu puts it. Most are men, still espousing hippy ideas and with beards and hair still flowing but grey. There are fewer Soviet female hippies, Toomistu says; many left the scene to have children. The movements charismatic leaders are largely dead, often from drink and drugs.

Down with the army, say no to war Soviet Hippies. Photograph: Private Collection

These were widely available under Marxism. Forbidden from travelling physically beyond the eastern bloc, Soviet hippies instead became psychonauts, Toomistu says. They consumed weed from central Asia and the Caucasus, opium and poppy tea. Some drank Sopals, a Soviet cleaning detergent containing ether.

Toomistu grew up in post-Soviet Estonia. She was interested in the hippy scene as a teenager, and was a fan of Jim Morrison. She spent half a year in Russia as a student, and wrote a thesis about memory culture. The idea for the film came together after her own road trip in South America, she says. She is currently completing an anthropology PhD. There is little archive material on communist-era hippies, whom the Soviet press ignored, Toomistu says, erasing them from history. She retrieved a box of video footage of festivals and gatherings from a hippy who had to leave Russia in a hurry. In 2017, several of her subjects went to a hippy reunion held every year at Moscows Tsaritsyno Park, to mark the 1971 demo busted by the KGB.

The reunion is poignant. Russias war in Ukraine and its 2014 annexation of Crimea divided opinion. Some hippies support Vladimir Putin and his idea of a great spiritual Russia. Others take a more traditional pacifist view that all war is bad. The film ends with Putins police breaking up the party. It is a metaphor for state-hippy relations, now and then.

  • Soviet Hippies is being screened by Dash Caf at Rich Mix, London, on 23 October.

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Winnow raises $12M Series B for its food waste solution for commercial kitchens

Winnow, the U.K. startup that has developed smart kitchen tech to help commercial kitchens reduce food waste, is disclosing $12 million in Series B funding.

Backing the round is Ingka Group (a strategic partner to the Ikea franchisee system), Mustard Seed, Circularity Capital, D: Ax and The Ingenious Group. It follows a recent $8 million loan from The European Investment Bank (EIB), meaning that Winnow has added $20 million of capital in the last month.

Counting global clients such as Ikea and the Armani Hotel in Dubai, Winnow is on a mission to offer the hospitality industry technology to help cut down on food waste by making commercial kitchens “smarter.” Its latest Winnow Vision product automates waste tracking by using computer vision to track what food is being discarded and therefore enabling kitchens to make better inventory decisions.

Notably, the Winnow system claims to have already reached and surpassed human levels of accuracy in identifying food being thrown away. “This means for clients, over time, these systems will enable their kitchens to automatically register food waste without any human interaction. Food will be thrown in the bin and the data will be captured automatically,” says the company.

More broadly, the idea, as Winnow founder and CEO Marc Zornes likes to put it, is that what gets measured, gets managed. The startups says that kitchens using Winnow tend to see a 40-70% reduction in food waste within 6-12 months, driving food cost savings between 2-8% in total.

Citing its main costs as “hardware and service delivery for each unit deployed,” Zornes says Winnow will use the new cash injection to further improve its technology and focus on “doubling down” on product development. This will include investing in new QA engineers to enhance development, through to front-end developers to improve its reporting features.

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Shes on fire: Elizabeth Warren on the rise but has work to do to win black voters

Biden leads among African Americans but Warren has gained ground with ambitious policy plans and hours-long selfie lines

Linda Edwards is the family authority on all matters of politics. Every election year,she watches the news, studies the candidates, attends campaign events and renders a verdict.

A year before the 2020 election, the 68-year-old retired pharmacist from Charlotte has her work cut out: 19 Democrats vying to be the Democratic presidential nominee. Yet with five months left before voting begins in the primary race, Edwards says she is ready to make an endorsement.

Elizabeth Warren is the absolute greatest, Edwards said of the Massachusetts senator after waiting for more than an hour to take a selfie with her at a recent campaign event in Rock Hill, South Carolina. I always had her at the top of the list but she is the No 1 now. I totally support her.

Since entering the race nine months ago, Warren has steadily gained ground with ambitious policy proposals, a decision to swear-off high-dollar fundraising events and her hours-long selfie lines. But if she is to win the nomination, it will likely be with the help of African American voters such as Edwards, part of an increasingly powerful and decisive constituency in the Democratic party.

A spate of recent polls show Warren edging past Joe Biden in the first two early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire, home to predominantly white electorates. But in South Carolina, where African American voters make up an estimated 60% of Democratic primary voters, Biden still enjoys a wide lead.

In South Carolina, known as the Palmetto State, which holds the first in the south primary on 29 February next year, Biden leads Warren by 21 points, according to a CNN poll released this week. Although they draw the same share of support from white primary voters in the state, 45% of black Democrats back Biden compared to just 4% who favor Warren.

I dont know how anyone can become the Democratic nominee or the next president of the United States, for that matter without strong, across-the-board support from African American voters, said Antjuan Seawright, a Democratic strategist in South Carolina, who is not aligned with a candidate. South Carolina is the first test of that support.

The event at Clinton College in Rock Hill on Saturday highlighted the challenge for Warren as she works to introduce herself to African Americans in the state.

Despite the unbearable heat and humidity, nearly 1,400 attended her outdoor rally, and hundreds stayed afterward for selfies. Yet the crowd that blanketed the campus of this historically black college was overwhelmingly white.

Elizabeth Warren addresses the crowd at the event at Clinton College in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Photograph: Meg Kinnard/Associated Press

Biden drew a smaller, but more diverse, crowd when he visited the college earlier this year.

Bidens dominance in the state rests on his deep ties to black political leaders and his service as Barack Obamas vice-president, which have made him popular among older, more conservative black voters.

We trust him, said Steve Love, a local councilman in neighboring York, who endorsed Biden. Obama is not got going to elect a vice-president who doesnt have our back.

Love met Warren before her rally and offered point-blank advice.

If you want to make gains in our community, you are really going to have to come into our community and sit down and talk to us, he told her.

Warren says she has plans to do just that.

What Im doing is showing up and trying to talk to people about why Im in this fight, about whats broken, about how to fix it and how were building a grassroots movement to get it done, Warren told reporters after the rally. Its not just one policy. Its everywhere.

Woven into her raft of police proposals are specific prescriptions to address racial injustice. Her proposal to forgive most student loan debt and make college tuition-free attempts to reduce the racial wealth gap that disproportionately burdens black students. The proposal would also invest $50m in historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), such as Clinton.

Her affordable housing policy specifically aims to redress decades of discriminatory housing practices and redlining in places such as the Mississippi Delta, where she went early in her campaign to highlight the initiative.

She was one of the first candidates to endorse congressional legislation that would create a commission to study reparations for the descendants of slaves. And at a recent forum on LGBTQ issues in Iowa last week, Warren began her remarks by reading the names of 18 black transgender women killed this year. It is time for a president of the United States of America to say their names, she said.

Black folks have a very unique experience that requires policies that pinpoint that experience, said Maurice Mitchell, the national director of the Working Families party, a progressive political organization that endorsed Warren.

The candidates who arent afraid to talk about race and class at the same time, those are the candidates that are going to compel black people to not just show up at the polls, he continued, but to get involved, to volunteer, to engage and to build a movement with them.

A woman listens to Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren at an event in New Hampshire. Photograph: Cheryl Senter/Associated Press

Black voters, and black women in particular, are the most loyal Democratic voting bloc. In 2016, African Americans comprised nearly a quarter, 24%, of Democratic primary voters a share that is expected to rise in 2020.

There are signs Warrens efforts are paying off, especially among African American women.

A Quinnipiac poll showed that her support among black voters nationally climbed over the summer from 4% in July to 19% in September as Bidens support slipped from 53% in July to 40% in September.

At several presidential forums focused on voters of color and in private meetings with activists and black leaders this year, Warren has left her audiences impressed, said Aimee Allison, founder of She the People, political advocacy group focused on women of color that hosted an event with 2020 candidates in Houston earlier this year.

She is campaigning directly to women of color, she said. And at the same time, she is attracting white progressives. That has the potential to be a potent coalition.

Cliff Albright, cofounder of Black Voters Matter, said fresh scrutiny of Bidens record and his recent remarks on race from comments about working with segregationists to a discordant reply to a debate question about reparations are starting to chip away at his support, especially among younger black voters.

The more that black people hear from Elizabeth Warren, the more they are intrigued by her, Albright said. The opposite happens with Joe Biden.

But public opinion surveys and interviews with voters suggest Bidens appeal may be more durable than many expect.

Melissa Rouse, 46 and Tracey Easter, 44, cousins from Charlotte who sat in folding chairs under the shade of a tree as they waited for Warren to speak, said they have not yet settled on a candidate, but Warren was at the top of their list.

That wasnt the case for many of their older relatives, who they said are firmly committed to Biden.

My mom is 76 and she loves, loves, loves Joe Biden, Rouse said. They feel like they know him.

Both said they thought Biden would be the strongest candidate against Trump. Nevertheless, they came to be persuaded by Warren.

When people have an opportunity to be in her presence and hear her message, they always leave impressed, said Wendy Brawley, a South Carolina state representative who has endorsed Warren. Now Im starting to hear, This is a person who I not only like and support, but who can actually win.

Before leaving Rock Hill, Warren made a final stop for dinner at Gourmet Soul Kitchen. As cooks rushed to prepare an order of fried shrimp and hush puppies, Warren worked the room, introducing herself to staff and diners, all of whom were black.

Deborah Cousar, a 60-year-old retired nursing assistant who had rushed to the restaurant with her grandchildren upon hearing of the senators visit, beamed as Warren told her 11-year-old granddaughter that she was running for president because thats what girls do.

Though their encounter was brief, it left an impression on Cousar. While she intends to hear out the other candidates, especially as the primary race for South Carolina intensifies, Cousar said the vibrant lady from Massachusetts will be hard to beat.

Shes on fire, Cousar said. If she just keeps on doing what shes doing, I think shes going to persuade them pretty good.

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These Pumpkin-Flavored Creamers Will Up Your PSL Game This Fall

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6 Pumpkin-Flavored Coffee Creamers For Fall 2019 To Make At-Home PSLs So Easy

The fall season is in full swing, and I’ve been making the most of it by enjoying plenty of seasonal festivities. Of course, the quickest way to celebrate the changing colors of fall is to indulge in all the limited-edition food and drinks. Ever since Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte was released in August, I’ve been constantly on the hunt for more pumpkin-flavored products. Luckily, there’s plenty I’ve discovered, and you can now satisfy your daily pumpkin spice latte fix from the comfort of your own home. These 6 pumpkin-flavored coffee creamers for fall 2019 will be staples in your kitchen, because you never know when you’ll need that PSL fix.

One of the most buzzed about pumpkin-flavored coffee creamers this year is from Starbucks. The announcement about the Pumpkin Spice Latte Creamer came a few weeks after they unveiled a new line of speciality latte-inspired creamers, including Caramel Macchiato, the White Chocolate Mocha, and Cinnamon Dolce Latte. According to the coffee company, the new Pumpkin Spice Latte Creamer is inspired by the popular Pumpkin Spice Latte. It sounds like fans are just loving at-home coffee products inspired by the Pumpkin Spice Latte, which totally makes sense since brewing your own cup of joe is a great cost-saving measure. Especially since Starbucks also released Pumpkin Spice K-Cups this year, making coffee at home has seriously become easier than ever. Just pop in your K-Cup to your Keurig and you’ll get a coffee brew that evokes pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Top it off with your Pumpkin Spice Creamer and voila, it’s the complete Pumpkin Spice Latte experience at home.

Even though Starbucks has such a stronghold on pumpkin spice-flavored drinks, it’s good to know that there are plenty of other options on the market for coffee creamers this season. If you’re a vegan or just prefer a non-dairy diet, you can opt for an almond milk or dairy-fee creamer. Before narrowing down your fall shopping list, check out these popular coffee creamers for 2019.

1. Coffee Mate Pumpkin Spice Flavor Coffee Creamer

Coffee Mate Pumpkin Spice flavor coffee creamer has a spicy pumpkin flavor that’s lightly sweetened. It’s lactose-free, and, per its description on the Target website, it “transforms your coffee into creamy deliciousness.”

2. International Delight Pumpkin Pie Spice Coffee Creamer

The International Delight Coffee Creamer is a blend of the flavors of pumpkin and spice, per the brand, and they call it a “fall-a-bration” of flavors. A PSL and a pun? Sign me up.

3. Califia Farms Pumpkin Spice Almondmilk Creamer

Califia Farms Pumpkin Spice creamer is made from real pumpkin puree and real spices. Using real almond and coconut cream, the creamer gives a rich depth and taste without using dairy.

4. Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte Creamer

The new coffee creamer flavor at Starbucks features pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and per its description on the Target website, it’s great in hot or cold drinks. So, your iced PSL habit doesn’t have to end in the fall.

5. Coffee Mate Natural Bliss Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

Natural Bliss Pumpkin Spice flavor coffee creamer is made from real milk and cream, blended with spices and real pumpkin. IDK about you, but it sounds like all the flavors of the season are there.

6. Silk Pumpkin Spice Almond Creamer

This dairy-free sip boasts a nutty flavor thanks to the almond milk, and the seasonal tilt comes from the pumpkin flavor.

Whether you’re looking for a non-dairy or dairy option, it’s good to know about the quality offering of pumpkin spice-flavored creamers on the market. In no time, you’ll be celebrating the cozy fall season with a warm cup of pumpkin-flavored coffee. And if you’re going all out, a dollop of whipped cream on top is always a good idea.

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Brother of social media star Qandeel Baloch is jailed for her murder

Pakistani court sentences Mohammed Wasim Azeem to life but acquits four others

A Pakistani court has convicted the brother of the social media star Qandeel Baloch of her murder and sentenced him to life in prison.

Baloch, 26, was found strangled in 2016 in her home near the city of Multan. She was killed shortly after posting risque pictures on Facebook of herself with a Muslim cleric, Mufti Abdul Qawi, who was later arrested for his alleged involvement in the murder.

Balochs brother Mohammed Wasim Azeem had confessed to killing her, telling reporters he had no remorse, of course he had murdered her, and her behaviour had been intolerable.

Their father blamed the cleric for instigating the killing, in which Azeem drugged and strangled his sister as their parents slept downstairs.

Mohammed Wasim Azeem, Balochs brother, is escorted by police to court. Photograph: Faisal Kareem/EPA

A judge in Multan acquitted four other suspects on Friday, including Qawi, whose supporters showered him with rose petals as he left the court. He told reporters he was innocent and said Baloch should have not been killed. Islam does not allow the killing of any innocent person.

Nearly 1,000 Pakistani women are murdered by close relatives each year in so-called honour killings for violating conservative norms on love and marriage.

Born Fauzia Azeem, Baloch changed her name and became a provocative social media star after rising from a poor farming family and escaping an abusive marriage, in which her husband burned and beat her. Shortly after her murder, Muhammed Azeem, her father, was adamant that he loved his daughters, supported everything Baloch had done and had raised his daughters be independent young women.

Balochs mother, Anwar Bibi, cried as she spoke to reporters outside the court after the sentencing.

Qandeel was helping us financially and she was giving us money to run our kitchen. She used to pay the rent for our house, but with her sudden murder by my son, our one and only source of income also ended, she said.

After nationwide outcry over Balochs death, Pakistans parliament made legal changes in 2016 giving a mandatory 25-year prison sentence to anyone convicted of a so-called honour killing.

Women have been burned, shot, stabbed and strangled for supposed offences such as choosing their own husband or bringing shame on their family.

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You Can Stay In A Lisa Frank-Themed Hotel Suite To Relive Your ’90s Dreams

Courtesy of’s Lisa Frank Flat Is The Colorful Retreat Of Your ’90s Dreams

There’s no doubt that ’90s trends have made a magnificent comeback, and thank goodness for that, because IMO, those were some of the best years for style. The choker necklaces, the super faded denim ⁠— these are just some of the keepers from the decade that have returned in full force. Of course, a ’90s fan could never forget about Lisa Frank designs, the colorful creations that made everything from folders to backpacks way more trendy. Thankfully,’s Lisa Frank Flat will let you relive your ’90s dreams in the new Lisa Frank decorated penthouse. Featuring your favorite rainbows and unicorns, this colorful retreat of your middle-school dreams will be available to book as of Oct. 11.

Located at the Barsala Flat in Downtown Los Angeles, The Lisa Frank Flat is a custom ’90s room by that’ll transport you to a scene from one of Lisa Frank’s notebooks. Grab your BFFs, because it’s time for a serious staycation at the Lisa Frank Flat. The penthouse is truly one of a kind, and it welcomes you with a spacious lounge area that’s perfect for gathering with your pals. Whether you order in pizza or catch a flick on the television, this multi-purpose space will be your go-to for socializing and sleepover activities. The vibrant kitchen is seriously retro and comes with a minibar stacked with snacks, so I suggest you come hungry. The minibar even includes the most iconic ’90 snack: Planterz Cheez Balls. The cheddar-coated corn puffs, which returned to shelves in 2018 after being discontinued in 2006, are undoubtedly a staple of the decade’s party food.

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The meticulous detail of the Lisa Frank penthouse is what sets this apart other rooms. It looks like every inch of the flat is just packed with color and psychedelic designs, and you’ll be able on your own stationery with Lisa Frank designs in the office area. There, you’ll have your very own pencils, folders, and trapper keepers. In Lisa Frank’s world, even the bathroom is a magical experience — it’s decked out with an LED rainbow shower and decorated with a Lisa Frank dolphin, so you’ll feel like you’re really under the sea.

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When you’re ready to hit the sack (because even in this wonderful dreamland, it’s a good idea to get some shut-eye) you’ll get plenty of privacy in the bedroom, where you can comfortably lounge in the Lisa Frank sleepwear, which includes a robe, slipper set, and eye mask for each guest. The light-up canopy bed in the room is covered in plush Lisa Frank bedding, so getting a good’s night rest will be a breeze.

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If those looks like your dream vacay, you can book the flat from Oct. 11 through Oct. 27, 2019, on the Lisa Frank Flat website. For $199 a night, you’ll be able to get the full ’90s experience at the spacious Barsala Penthouse. As a ’90s kid myself, the Lisa Frank flat is totally making me nostalgic about the trends from my childhood. From the funky designs to the grungy fashion, these blasts from the past scattered all about the penthouse will instantly take you back to another era.

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Review: Moodo is cute, but not all that convenient

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Moodo Smart Home Aroma Diffuser

Cost: $139.90, plus $20 for optional rechargeable battery.Pack of 4 refills for $29.90.


  • Safe, non-flame, aromatic diffuser
  • Can blend scents on the fly
  • Connects to smart homes
  • Ships with cord for US, UK, or EU; rechargeable battery optional


  • Scents and persistence noise may lead to headaches
  • Wasteful pod delivery system
  • Difficulty connecting to app and smart home
  • Physical buttons not well designed

Full specs:

  • App for Android, iOS
  • Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Siri
  • Adapters available for U.S., E.U., and U.K.
  • Available in white and black

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Creating a pleasant atmosphere takes more than an eye for design and a couple of dimmer switches. How a space smells matters: Is your space inviting, calming, or even clean. The Moodo is a new electric aroma diffuser that gives you control over the scent in the air. Its a tabletop device that connects to an app and smart home so you can control it through Siri, Alexa, or Google Home. It has four slots where you drop in scent capsules, which you mix to your noses content. The capsules come in sets of four, with aromas such as Precious Spices, Grandma Vanilla, and Midnight Thrill.

Other smart aroma diffusers on the market and there arent many use essential oils rather than capsules, which means you cant mix scents on the fly. You have to decide what scents to add ahead of time. With Moodo, you can turn up the Sea Breeze and add in a bit of Sweet Sand right from your phone.

When actually put to the test, however, Moodo disappointed. The pods emit fumes that gave me mild headaches. I never managed to connect the device to my phone, much less my smart home setup, despite several attempts. The capsules look similar to coffee pods, and they seem just as wasteful.

Look and feel (and smell): 2.5/5

The Moodo is about the size of a square box of tissues. It stands a little taller than 3.75 inches, with a length and width of about 4.75 inches each. It comes in black and white. You can choose a plug for a U.S., U.K., or E.U. outlet, and you can add an optional rechargeable battery ($20).

How you choose to orient the Moodo depends on whether you intend to use the physical buttons. You dont need them if you control it through the app and your smart home. The face containing the buttons also has a port for the plug. So if the buttons face out, so does the cord.

The top of the Moodo has four round slots where you add the scent capsules. Each slot corresponds to a button on the face, similar to a range top. A volume button increases and decreases the amount of scent released. Theres a power button at the bottom.

When you turn the device on and fire up one or more of the pod slots, a fan engages. Its a noticeable whir, and I really couldnt stand it.

I also found the capsules noxious. I set up the device on a countertop that straddles an open-plan kitchen-living-dining room. When the Moodo was on, I had a low-grade headache the entire time, no matter which scents I chose. When it was off, I could still smell the pods, but only faintly. The whole time it was in my house, I wanted nothing more than to crack a window.

Usability: 2.5/5

As a plug-and-play device, the Moodo worked right out of the box. Everything about it made sense. The capsules fit into place effortlessly. I could figure out the buttons without looking at the manual. The buttons could be friendlier, however. Theyre rubbery and dont fully depress and release, but rather engage when you mash them in and cross your fingers.

Try as I might, I could not get the Moodo to connect to my phone or my Google Home-enabled smart home. There are two sets of directions: a standard set and another for ver 1.0. How do you know if you have version 1.0? Im not sure. Theres no information about it.

I tried both instructions and still always ended up on a fail screen. I did manage to see a Moodo WiFi network, but connecting to it (or connecting it to my home network) just didnt happen. It was frustrating.

With the app, you can engage or squelch any of the installed capsules at any time. You can dial them up and down. You can even opt-in to a random mix to shake up your nostrils. Be sure youve put in capsule aromas that blend well together! Im not sure I want to smell sandalwood, vanilla, orange, and rose at the same time.

Performance and power: 3/5

If you opt for the battery, you should be able to use the Moodo for about seven hours before having to recharge. A pack of four capsules lasts about two months when used regularly. That breaks down to about two weeks per pod. Keep that in mind if you find one particular scent you like.

Moodos aromas definitely fill a room. My open space measures around 21 by 35 feet with 9-foot ceilings, and I could easily catch the scent from anywhere in that area.

As a point of comparison, I set up a little water-based diffuser in my office. Its the kind where you light a candle beneath a shallow bowl of water containing a few drops of essential oil. I found that aroma much more pleasant and less harsh than Moodos. It didnt fill the room with quite the same power, although Im glad it didnt. When it comes to smells, sometimes more powerful isnt what you want.

One advantage of Moodo, however, is theres no flame and thus almost nil chance that itll start a fire.

Overall rating: 3/5

In my home, Im going to stick to essential oils, lavender sachets, and baking the occasional batch of cookies for aroma. Those smells are more pleasant on my nose (and dont cause headaches), and they create minimal waste compared to Moodos capsule system.

The Moodo isnt for me, and its tough to recommend for anyone else. If you arent sensitive to odors that cause headaches and you like to play around with potent scents, it might be a device to consider. Given all its setbacks and $100+ price, its difficult to recommend with enthusiasm.

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Girl says she was fired over exposing how Panera makes its mac and cheese on TikTok

The girl who created a viral TikTok video exposing how Panera makes its mac and cheese is going viral againthis time for tweeting that she lost her job because of it.

I lost my job for this video, Twitter user @BriiRamirezz, who goes by @briannaraelenee on TikTok, responded to @UberFacts tweet of the clip.

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The short video shows BriiRamirezz walking into the Panera kitchen over to a box of frozen bags of mac and cheese, putting one into boiling water to defrost it, then cutting it open and dumping it out into a bowl. It ends with her flashing a thumbs up to indicate to viewers the cooking process is all done.

BriiRamirezz revealed that Panera found out about the clip after it went viral online and ended up on the local news in her hometown.


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Twitter users responded with support and praise for BriiRamirezz, but also noted that they were not at all surprised by how Panera prepares its mac and cheese.

Whats yo cash app queen? one supporter questioned.

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