Showing posts with label HUFFINGTON POST. Show all posts
Showing posts with label HUFFINGTON POST. Show all posts

Monday, April 30, 2018


Marco Rubio With Ben Carson, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz & Jeb Bush

HUFFINGTON POST -- Marco Rubio may have committed the ultimate heresy for a Republican: The senator from Florida admitted that recent corporate tax cuts are doing little to help American workers and that increased public spending might be in order.

In an interview with the Economist, Rubio said he doubts that the tax cuts or Trump’s “America first” protectionism will stop people from losing their jobs to automation.

“There is still a lot of thinking on the right that if big corporations are happy, they’re going to take the money they’re saving and reinvest it in American workers,” he said. “In fact, they bought back shares, a few gave out bonuses; there’s no evidence whatsoever that the money’s been massively poured back into the American worker.”


Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Jean Shafiroff

Robi Ludwig, Psy.D., Psychotherapist, Author, TV Commentator & Host wrote this great piece of philanthropist Jean Shafiroff  in The Huffington Post. Here are some excerpts.

Jean Shafiroff is a philanthropist, humanitarian, activist, style icon, and author of SUCCESSFUL PHILANTHROPY: HOW TO MAKE A LIFE BY WHAT YOU GIVE. She has been referred to as one of the First Ladies of Philanthropy in the January 2012 Gotham Magazine article entitled “100 Most Powerful New Yorkers.

 Jean serves on eight charity boards and is an Ambassador for the American Humane. She has been honored by numerous charities for her philanthropic work. In June 2016 Jean received the Humanitarian with Heart Award from the American Heart Association. Jean was also honored in that same year at the Taste of Hope Gala for the American Cancer Society.

 She has graced many magazine covers including Social Life Magazine, NY Lifestyles, Metropolitan and 25A Magazine. She has also been featured in The New York Times’ Style Section in January 2017, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post and many other publications. Jean was raised in Hicksville, Long Island and has lived in New York City most of her life. She is a graduate of the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University ((degree Physical Therapy) and the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University where she received an MBA in Finance.. During her teens, Jean developed a strong compassion for those in need through experiences witnessing under served people and communities.

Here are health tips from Jean Shafiroff that help keep her looking and feeling young, energetic and radiant:

Yoga once per week

“Yoga is wonderful for both the mind and body. When I start to feel that my muscles are getting bulky from other types of exercise, I attend a yoga class to keep them lean. Yoga is also always good for the mind.” For yoga classes, Jean goes to Exhale on Madison Avenue and Ananda when visiting the Hamptons.

2. Don’t eat red meat

Jean opts for fish and chicken instead of red meat. As an animal activist Jean does not like to eat red meat. “During my first year of college I gained twenty pounds. I battled for one year to lose the weight. I decided to stop eating red meat for a variety of reasons. It is fattening and it contains a lot of hormones. I’ve maintained this regimen throughout my life. If I’m at a dinner and red meat is served, I will have a tiny taste. Cutting out red meat has been very helpful with keeping my body at a certain weight.”

3. Find your happy weight and maintain that for your entire life

Once Jean shed that excess college weight, she happily maintained it by weighing herself regularly. “Try to maintain a constant weight throughout your lifetime. Yo-yoing with your weight puts a lot of stress on the body. Of course, you can’t avoid gaining weight when pregnant or if you have an illness. Embrace your own ideal weight regardless of size or shape. You know where you are happiest and most comfortable - so long as your doctor doesn’t tell you that you are grossly overweight. Just be healthy, there are many full-figure models and they look beautiful. The key is to be comfortable in your own skin.” says Jean

4. Avoid medication if possible

When it comes to taking medication, always listen to the advice of your doctor —but sometimes there are alternatives to taking medicine regularly. “Certain medications can cause major weight gain. I try to take as little medication as possible. If you have an everyday ache or pain, try putting ice on the affected area instead of reaching for a pain medication. Of course, if you need an antibiotic take it but take a probiotic as well.”

5. Don’t eat yogurt that is high in fat and sugar

“When I stopped eating high-fat sweet yogurts, I lost weight fast. I am careful about eating too much yogurt.”

6. Eat smaller portions

“European food portions are half the size of what a person consumes in the USA. I don’t believe in large portions. People should eat slowly and cut portions in half. I don’t believe in depriving yourself of anything you love either. If you crave chocolate have a small piece to get it out of your system. I go on the scale everyday of my life, if I’m two pounds heavier, it means I have to eat less food.” Jean says.

7. Eat arugula

Jean makes sure to include plenty of bitter greens in her diet including kale and arugula which she says reduces cravings for sweets.

8. Drink the right kind of water

Jean is an advocate for drinking plenty of water, but bottled and filtered water only. “There is a lot of chlorine in tap water and a direct connection between high chlorine content and cancer. My mother and grandmother had breast cancer.” It obviously makes sense to drink clean filtered water without a high amount of chemicals.

9. Make your own fresh juice

Rather than buying juice, Jean makes her own at home using the Breville machine. Juice purchased in the store often has large amounts of added sugar and preservatives. “This morning I juiced one orange and two organic carrots. And the juice machine is so strong it only takes 2 minutes.

10. Buy ALL organic fruits and vegetables.

Jean buys organic produce. Yes, it’s an investment as obviously organic foods cost more than conventional foods, but it comes without all the pesticides and those just aren’t good for our health.

11. Enjoy wine

Jean enjoys a little glass of red wine each night.

12. Use a good sunscreen

Jean explains how a strong sunblock is important. “I suggest using a more natural based sunscreen that doesn’t have copious amounts of chemicals; we don’t need that on our skin. I want to save my skin and want others to do the same.” And Jean rarely goes in the sun at all. She has maintained this discipline since she was in her 20’s It has helped her keep her skin looking clear and wrinkle free.

13. Less is more

“I recommend less is more. I straighten my hair once per year, and try to make it last. My hair is very healthy and I want to keep it that way. For the skin, you can never apply too much moisturizer unless you have a tendency to break out. Use natural products. Products do not have to be expensive. They just needs to nourish the skin. Put cream on both your body and face before bed.

14. Workout your body

“I go to a one-hour workout class 5-6 times per week to keep my body toned. Exercise is very important not just physically but also emotionally. Working out with light weights are good for toning. Heavy weights may cause you to bulk up. I don’t believe in very difficult exercise regimes. . I stretch, I do aerobics and balance it all with light weigh training. If you want to live a long life you have to have a limber and stretched body.” Jean can still do splits!

15. Get enough sleep.

Jean says it’s extremely important to get 7-8 hours of sleep at an absolute minimum. “When I get less I’m not as happy. I believe in working hard. I am on the board of 8 charities. This requires hard work. If I am well rested the work becomes easier. If I have an opportunity to take a nap, I’ll do it.”

16. Get plenty of good clean air

“It’s important to be in good clean air. Open the windows. If you live in a large city and are worried about pollution, open the windows at night when there is less traffic. I use a humidifier in the winter. Fortunately, I have the opportunity to leave NYC on certain weekends and go to the Hamptons. Central Park is also packed with fresh oxygen from all the trees.”

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Monday, December 01, 2014



Rosanna Arquette

This is a TV show that can turn up the heat for ratings and knock ‘reality’ out of the ring for ‘realism.’ Rock in a Hard Place isn’t pretty eye candy. It’s dirty, messy, and pretty much like twisted real life (just funnier). The script is written by Huffington Post contributor, David Fagin, a New York based writer, producer and musician, and his sister Stephanie, a professor of clinical psychology at Columbia and asks the question, “What if Sid Vicious survived the 70s and ended up with two ex-wives and three crazy kids?” The show is a comedic wake-up call. It features the fictional but oh-so-familiar Jewish punk legend Lance “Lint’’ Jones as he leaves rehab and is forced to live with his mother. It’s not about music (although that’s there). It is about the human element and the desire many feel to reconnect with family after years of massive screw-ups and self-destruction.

Rock in a Hard Place puts iconic fictional former punk rock front-man “Lance” at about age 50. He’s emerged from a decade or two of self-destruction and rehabilitation and is about to try and start over – sober. Only this time he emerges with 2 ex-wives, a couple of kids, and a side-order of dysfunctionality.

If you want a taste of what’s coming, check out the pilot teaser on their Kickstarter campaign. The script has been shopped around and had some heavy-weight interest but no one would commit so the producers are taking it to the street via crowdfunding to raise the $50 thousand (USD) needed to deliver this show for TV. Help them bypass the big studios and get straight to production.

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Eric Stonestreet

There's no question that Emmy-winning sitcom "Modern Family" is influencing American cultural opinions on same-sex relationships through its characters Mitch and Cam. And that influence goes all the way up to the most powerful people on the planet, as revealed in a HuffPost Live interview with actor Eric Stonestreet yesterday.

Stonestreet spoke to HuffPost Live's Caitlyn Becker about the show's impact, and also explained why he refused to take a picture with former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.

Stonestreet: "President Obama mentioned in an interview like three weeks ago, just casually, that Michelle and the kids watch Mitch and Cam and they're in tears. To hear the leader of the free world, the president of the United States, say that and to know we have that sort of reach with people and that the people in power and leadership are watching the show [is incredible]."

Stonestreet: "Rick Santorum wanted a picture with me. It was at a time when he was publicly saying, 'Gay marriage, gay marriage [is wrong],' and I'm like, 'You know, I can't do it. It was with him and his kids or something like that, and I said, 'I'd be happy to take a picture with the kids, but I can't just be in a picture with [Santorum.]'"

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Thursday, June 19, 2014


Huffington Post Live

On the 20th anniversary of O.J. Simpson's infamous police chase, HuffPost Live spoke with Simpson's close friend and former manager Norman Pardo. Pardo told host Marc Lamont Hill that Simpson did not write the controversial book "If I Did It," which explores how Simpson would have hypothetically carried out the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. Pardo also claimed that Simpson received a $600,000 payout for agreeing to claim authorship of the book. Excerpts and clips below.

Pardo: “I remember when that book was coming out. O.J. called me. He said, 'Here's the deal,' because it was in the news that he was going to do an interview. I said, 'O.J., don't do it, it's stupid.' He said, 'Hey, they offered me $600,000 not to dispute that I [wrote] the book.' He said, 'That's cash.' I said, 'They're going to think you wrote it.' He said, 'So? Everybody thinks I'm a murderer anyway. They're not going to change their mind just because of a book.'”

Pardo: "A ghostwriter for [the book's publisher] wrote the book. [O.J.] was going to do an interview to say, 'I wrote the book, blah blah blah,' and they give him money."

Courtesy Of: HuffPost Live

Thursday, May 01, 2014


Zendaya Coleman

Teen sensation Zendaya sat down with HuffPost Live today and revealed that her celebrity crush is the one and only Channing Tatum. The Disney star also shared some wise words about transitioning to adulthood while in the spotlight.

On her celebrity crush:

Zendaya: “I have a few [celebrity crushes]. One of my favorites, I have to say, is Channing Tatum, but the list goes on forever and ever...He can dance and I think that’s really cool because I love people who can have multiple talents. So he’s funny and he can act and he can also dance and get down, like hip-hop. So that’s pretty cool to me."

On transitioning from child star to adulthood:

Zendaya: “Everyone grows their own way. Everyone is going to grow and figure out who they are and some people aren’t going to like it and some people aren’t going to agree with it, but at the end of the day, it’s their journey… It’s who they are and it just happens to be displayed in front of a lot of people… For me I guess, I’m not trying to grow up too fast...You can make certain kinds of mistakes and it’s okay because you are seventeen. Exactly, you learn from it." 

Thursday, March 13, 2014


Gillian Anderson

Actress Gillian Anderson stopped by HuffPost Live to talk about her new NBC show Crisis and squashed the rumors of a romance with her X-Files co-star David Duchovny that swirled after the two appeared on multiple magazine covers together last year. Despite denying the possibility of a relationship, she admitted that there was an “attraction” between the two former co-stars.

On her relationship with David Duchovny:

Anderson: "Now that it's over, I can tell you, no...It's a nice idea, but it's not going to happen.”

Anderson: "I think we know each other too well. I think we probably know each other better than we know our spouses at any time that we might have had spouses...There is an attraction. There might even be more than an attraction, but it's not going to happen. And it's that frisson that has made it interesting in the series and continues to make it interesting."

Monday, March 10, 2014


Kristen Bell Speaks To Huffington Post

Following the highly-anticipated film premiere of Veronica Mars at SXSW last weekend, Actress Kristen Bell stopped by HuffPost Live and opened up about a shocking encounter with a photographer who called her, “the C-word.” The actress, who has been outspoken about the paparazzi and their "aggressive" practices, also stressed the importance of parental consent when photographing minors.

Interview Excerpts Below:

On the encounter with the photographer: 

Bell: "First of all, they're really rude and I don't know where their mothers are, but I had a guy, just when I was leaving my interview before this, I was pulling into the garage, he was banging on the window and because I didn't roll it down, he called me the C-word and he said, 'I'm posting your hotel,' as a threat saying there's going to be more people now following you all the time… Aren’t you shocked I didn’t stop to pose for him? People act like animals and that’s just not okay with me... It's absurd and it’s gotten to a point where we've just lost a humanity...”

On the importance of parental consent: 

Bell: “You cannot be stalking 6-year-olds...To me, it's [about] consent. If a parent consents, that's like signing a permission slip. Because I signed up to be an actress, I also signed up to be a parent and I take my role as a mother very seriously and you do not have permission to photograph my daughter. So, if someone gives you permission, that's fine. If a celebrity sets something up, I'm not here to come down on them, but it really should be up to the parent."

Monday, January 06, 2014


Candace Cameron Bure

90's TV star Candace Cameron Bure appeared on HuffPost Live to discuss her new book, and she opened up about her Full House co-stars, her faith and her 17-year marriage, in which she says she takes a "submissive" role.

On taking a “submissive” role in her marriage:

Candace Cameron Bure: "The definition that I’m using, with the word ‘submissive’ is the biblical definition of that. It is meekness, it is not weakness. Meekness is strength under control, it is bridled strength and that’s what I choose to have in my marriage. And, listen, I love that my man is a leader. I want him to lead and be the head of our family. And those major decisions do fall on him. It doesn’t mean I don’t voice my opinion. It doesn’t mean I don’t have an opinion. I absolutely do, but it is very difficult to have two heads of authority...I allow him to make the final choice, absolutely."

HuffPost Live Host Nancy Redd: "Even at the detriment of your family?

Bure: "Yeah, but obviously I will make my opinion very clear and clearly I have been married for 17 years and we have a very happy marriage and it works very well, so I trust my husband, but that trust has been built...So, again I use that word ['submissive'], but I feel like it’s taken so strongly, when I’m kind of like, ‘everyone just calm down.'"

On her Christian faith:

Bure: "I really grew into my faith... in my early 20's...I already had the foundation of those values, but they became more important and I claimed them for myself a few years into my marriage."

Bure: “[Kirk Cameron] came to faith earlier and my mom has always been a Christian as well, but [my brother] certainly kind of showed me some things along the way.”

On defining her legacy beyond Full House:

Bure: “All of our fans, the people that loved Full House, would love to see [a reunion] happen, so who knows, who knows? It was 8 years of my life and those are formidable years of your life. And we’re all great friends but, of course, we’ve all done very successful things since Full House. So, it’s fun that I’m known for that. It certainly has helped build the platform and what I have today, and I’m grateful for it, but there’s so many other things that I would love to leave behind that I’m currently doing now that people remember me for and not just as a ten-year-old.”

Thursday, September 20, 2012


Barbra Streisand Blogs In Huffington Post

To Tell America The Truth

Barbra Streisand

FROM HUFFINGTON POST: In this election, the people of America have to make a choice between two candidates with very different values, visions and solutions to the most pressing problems facing our country. The question voters need to ask themselves when they walk into the voting booth on November 6th is: "Will the country be better off returning to the policies of George W. Bush's Administration?"

Like Bush, Governor Romney believes we need more tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% and fewer rules for Wall Street. He wants to roll back financial reform and set Wall Street free to write its own rules again. He wants to repeal health care reform and leave 30 million people without a safety net. And the trillions in tax cuts he wants to give to millionaires and billionaires will only force more devastating cuts to critical programs that serve the middle-class.

It's hard to believe that Mitt Romney would campaign on policies that nearly destroyed the country and virtually eliminated so much of America's middle-class. With stagnant wages, escalating medical costs, foreclosures, rampant unemployment, loss of good paying jobs and the disappearance of retirement savings due to deregulation and manipulation by Wall Street, Mitt Romney and the Republican narrative fail to address the key concerns of everyday Americans.

Time and again, Republicans' policies put corporations, not the people, first. They challenge current regulations and try to block new regulations that help to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. Just recently, House Republicans went to great lengths to block the implementation of a new food safety law, while also trying to cut the budgets of agencies that oversee food safety. And many in the party either deny the science on climate change or refuse to support legislation that will begin to help mitigate the effects of global warming.

The only budget proposal that Republicans will support is the Ryan budget, which completely disinvests in America during a time when the country desperately needs investments to spur growth and competitiveness. Our country, and the notion of the American Dream, was built on the bedrock that government must play a vital role in providing investments that ultimately afford opportunity for all. If everyone was left to fend for themselves, and government failed to take the lead in investing in schools, roads, research and development, space exploration, and the Internet, we would have a very different country where the fate of a person's future would be sealed in the socio-economic status that he or she was born into. Ultimately, Mitt Romney and his party see an America where the wealth should trickle down, instead of building a strong middle class so that everyone can rise up together.


No matter how much undisclosed money floods into Romney affiliated super PACs from the likes of Sheldon Adelson, the Koch brothers, and their friends, the things they cannot change are the facts.

It's a fact that Mitt Romney became enormously wealthy, while his company, Bain Capital, bought and bankrupted companies, laid off American workers and shipped jobs overseas.

It's a fact that Mitt Romney had the 47th worst job creation record as Governor.

It's a fact that Mitt Romney has millions of dollars in Swiss bank accounts and secretive offshore investment funds in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda in order to avoid paying his fair share of U.S. taxes. And given his refusal to release more than two years of tax returns (unprecedented for a Presidential candidate), it's clear that the Romney campaign believes that the truth about what is contained in those tax returns is far more damaging than Romney's refusal to release them.

It's a fact that Mitt Romney has taken both sides on virtually every issue important to voters. He was for and then against -- gun control, a women's right to reproductive choice, health care for all, and the economic stimulus. He once believed that people's actions contributed to global warming and now he has changed his position. He was against signing the no-tax pledge and now he is a strong supporter.

It's a fact that Mitt Romney's solution to stimulate the economy is further deregulation, a tactic that led to the growth of "too big to fail" banks, the BP oil spill, the housing crisis, and ultimately, the American and global financial and economic meltdown.

And it's a fact that Republican legislators across the country are passing new voting restrictions to disenfranchise voters, shutting down non-partisan voter registration drives, and cutting back on early voting. They hope that these shameful tactics to subvert the democratic process will have an impact on the election.

While the millions raised by Mitt Romney's super PACs to defeat President Obama may not be able to change the facts, these funds can saturate the media with misinformation and lies in order to bury the truth and persuade swing-state voters.


When Barack Obama was elected in 2008, the primary goal of the Republican Party was not to fix the country and get Americans back to work, but to defeat the President four years later. They spent these past few years obstructing the passage of important legislation. Since 2007, the Senate Historical Office has shown that Democrats have had to end Republican filibusters more than 360 times, a historic record for what had been a very rarely used parliamentary procedure.

Compared to George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, Obama has been more fiscally conservative than any other president in recent history, with the exception of President Bill Clinton.

President Obama has been far better at creating jobs than President George W. Bush. During the 7 years and 8 months of George Bush's presidency, before the financial crash, only 2.6 million new private sector jobs were created. In the final month of George Bush's presidency, the country lost 800,000 jobs, and in the last six months of the Bush Administration, the country lost over 3.5 million jobs.

However, in the last 30 months under President Obama's leadership, nearly 4.6 million new private sector jobs were created (averaging about 150,000 new jobs per month). In President Obama's last 2 ½ years in office, 40% more jobs were created than in nearly all of President Bush's eight years in office.

The last President who was elected amidst a severe economic crisis and high unemployment was Franklin D. Roosevelt. His policies strengthened government so that it would protect the people (creating Glass-Steagall to regulate the banks, the FDIC to insure bank depositors, the Securities and Exchange Commission to regulate the stock market, and Social Security to help people build a safety net for their retirement). FDR's strategy to spend money to create jobs and stimulate the economy is what ultimately helped pull the country out of a depression.

Even though the country's most respected economists have agreed on what history has already proven -- that MORE federal spending, not austerity, is necessary to stimulate the economy and create jobs, today's Republicans categorically reject this strategy. They are running on a platform of further deregulation and cutting spending to the bone, so that those earning millions will get more tax cuts, even though it means Americans who need a safety net won't have it.

Unlike Mitt Romney, President Obama believes we need to invest in education, energy, innovation and infrastructure and reform our tax system to create good jobs, grow our economy and pay down the debt in a reasoned way. He believes in an inclusive country where all people deserve equal protection and treatment under the law, as well as equal opportunity, whether they are gay, straight, black, brown, white, religious, atheist, old or young.

The choice is clear. Would you vote for a person who pays his taxes or someone who wiggles his way out of them? Do you want a President who has gained the respect of the world community or someone who on a recent diplomatic trip abroad provoked the ire and ridicule of other world leaders? Do we want a country where everyone is fending for themselves or where everyone is pitching in and working together? Do we want to go backward with Mitt Romney or move forward with President Obama?

On Tuesday, November 6th, the American people will have the power to make that choice. And I hope everyone, young and old, from red state to blue state, chooses progress over corporate profit. And over the course of the next four years, I hope we can all come together to re-build an America where opportunity and prosperity is once again within everyone's reach.


 We applaud  Miss Streisand and the Huffington Post for telling the truth. These are facts.

For someone as talented, powerful  and rich as Miss Streisand to lash out at a candidate that is only for the rich, it shows the compassion she has for the middle class and the poor. It shows the understanding she has for what is really happening in America these days and it shows that she understands how unfair everything is right now. 

Americans are suffering, not because of Barack Obama, but because of Republican greed that let Wall Street steal from us and get away with it. The Republicans let corporations dictate policy and also steal from us and then allowed us to bail them out, so the rich could keep their fortunes. Almost no one went to jail. In fact the banks and the giant companies still continue to steal from us and when caught, they pay a small fine, nothing compared to what they stole. To them, it is a cost of doing business.

It would make sense, that in the future when a bank or corporation steals from the American Public, they should be fined what they stole and millions more to show them that we will not stand for corruption. The heads of these companies should go to jail. If I stole one billion from the public, I would go to jail. Why aren't these CEO's of these companies rewarded the same way I would be? 

Now I am sure that many readers think I am Democrat. The fact is, I have been a Republican all my life. But I look at the facts when I vote, I do not go down party lines. This is a very stupid way to vote. I vote for who is best suited for the job and the fact is, Republicans have not gotten my vote in many years. George Bush was a horror and the Republicans would have you believe that Mitt Romney is different. He is not. 

Mitt Romney is for the rich. He is against the middle class and the poor. He is against the senior citizens who paid into the Medicare system all their life and now Mitt Romney wants to take it away. Mitt Romney is anti-gay and believes only straight Americans deserve the full rights and protections that marriage gives. Looking at Mitt Romney's sons, there are two that look pretty dainty to me.

All Americans should vote for Barack Obama. If you are that stupid to think that Mitt Romney will help the poor and middle class, then I would like to sell you part of the Brooklyn Bridge. 


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