Smoke rises over the Syrian town of Tel Abyad, as seen from the Turkish border town of Akcakale on October 13, 2019 in Akcakale, Turkey. Photo: Burak Kara/Getty Images Less than a week after President Trump gave Turkey the green light to attack the U.S.-allied, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in northeastern Syria, the conflict in the border region has already become a full-blown disaster — and may still get worse. As the fighting has intensified, nearly 800 suspected ISIS members escaped from SDF custody following a Turkish airstrike, and Trump’s impulsive decision to abandon the Syrian Kurds ultimately prevented the U.S. military from taking custody of five dozen high-value ISIS detainees to ensure they did not escape amid the chaos. There have also been attempted escapes at other facilities, two ISIS car bomb attacks, and a report of an ISIS flag being raised in the border region since the fighting began on Wednesday. Furthermore, there have been confirmed … [Read more...] about The Trump-Blessed War in Northeastern Syria Is Already a Full-Blown Disaster
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By Chuck Carroll What began as a simple conversation backstage turned into one of the most remarkable transformations in sports entertainment history. This isn’t about a clean-cut, wholesome good guy suddenly getting in touch with his dark side. Nor, is it about an evil villain disrobing a dark cloak after finally seeing the light. In a fictitious world, where larger-than-life colorful gladiators do battle inside of a 20′ x 20′ Coliseum, such changes are to be expected. But this particular plot twist occurred away from the bright lights and glitz and glamor of international television. This was a journey of introspection, soul searching and determination that played out away from prying eyes. File it under nonfiction. Paul “Big Show” Wight has always stood out in life. So much so that he felt like an outcast during his formative years. By the time Wight was 12 years old, he stood a towering six feet, two inches tall and tipped the scales at 220 pounds. … [Read more...] about WWE Superstar Big Show On Dramatic Weight Loss: ‘It’s John Cena’s Fault’
Story highlights The Obalon system involves swallowing balloon-filled capsules to curb overeating A study found that obese people lose twice as much weight as diet and lifestyle changes If you're struggling to lose a serious amount of weight, imagine you had a weight loss option that helped more than diet and exercise, but wasn't as invasive as gastric surgery. Enter the Obalon balloon system, a new treatment that involves swallowing balloon-filled capsules to curb overeating. According to new research, it helped obese people shed almost double the weight compared to people who made diet and lifestyle changes alone. The FDA-approved system (slated to hit the market in January) consists of three tiny capsules, each containing an inflatable balloon attached to a catheter. People swallow each of the capsules, three weeks apart, and X-rays are taken to ensure they are in the right spot. Gas is then pumped through the catheter, filling the balloon up. The catheter is removed, and … [Read more...] about Weight-loss balloon helps shed twice the weight, study says
(CNN)November is traditionally known for turkey on Thanksgiving and fireworks on Guy Fawkes Night. It is now also known for mustaches. Men around the world commit their upper lips to making a difference, all in the name of charity. Movember was set up in 2003 by two friends, Travis Garone and Luke Slattery, in Melbourne, Australia to shine a spotlight on men's health, a topic that they believed wasn't talked about enough. Participants grow mustaches throughout the month of November, asking for donations along the way, with all of the funds raised going to charities that focus on prostate and testicular cancer, men's mental health and suicide prevention. Is your friend behaving differently? It might be a sign they're struggling. https://t.co/R1LRFdNUUk pic.twitter.com/8IfwwCSrVo— Movember USA (@Movember) November 20, 2019 Since its inaugural year -- which had just 30 participants and raised no money -- the campaign has blossomed. In 2018, from its 321,975 participants, the … [Read more...] about Sportsmen commit upper lips to charity for Movember
Tesla unveiled its long-awaited pickup on Thursday, a futuristic "Cybertruck" at a Sci-Fi-style event with gimmicks and a cheering crowd. Not everything went to plan. During an elaborate demonstration of the strength of the car's new unbreakable glass, CEO Elon Musk asked one of the people onstage to try to break its windows. They shattered. "Maybe that was a little too hard," he said, punctuating his reaction with an expletive. It was an awkward, off-script moment in an already over-the-top spectacle of machismo, strength and bold disruption, aimed at generating hype for a product that seemed like a real-life manifestation of something in the vein of a Batmobile. The new truck marks the electric automaker's initial foray into a lucrative market dominated by America's best-selling vehicle, the Ford F-series truck. It's a bold push for the Silicon Valley firm and its CEO, who are hoping the to mobilize the same consumers that flock to heavy-duty, 4x4 work vehicles around a futuristic … [Read more...] about America loves pickup trucks. Can Elon Musk win drivers over with a Tesla ‘Cybertruck’?