The https red-line issue in AOL email

I can report that this morning, the https in my AOL email is no longer crossed out with a red line. Hopefully, there will be no long term damage, as no doubt hackers have been paying attention.

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The 45-minute mystery of Freddie Gray’s death

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-gray-ticker-20150425-story.html#page=1

Michael Robertson, 27, said his friend — who had a record of drug arrests — ran because he “had a history with that police beating him.” …

Beyond damage to his spinal cord, Gray had a crushed voice box…

(Photo credit:  Baltimore Sun)

The Smile Of A Child

“Most smiles are started by another smile.”  Frank A. Clark

https://blog.bufferapp.com/the-science-of-smiling-a-guide-to-humans-most-powerful-gesture

That’s why we often feel happier around children – they smile more. On average, they do so 400 times a day. Whilst happy people still smile 40-50 times a day, the average of us only does so 20 times…

http://www.completelyyou.com/feature/import/smiling_facts/#.VT4UOSFViko

Did you know it takes 17 muscles to smile and 43 to frown? Here, 10 surprising truths about grinning.

Some studies show that beaming can benefit your blood pressure levels. Add a laugh and you’ll also slim your middle — the movement exercises your abs, diaphragm, shoulders and heart. Scientists at Vanderbilt University found that laughing can stoke your calorie burn by up to 20 percent…

Fact: The average woman smiles approximately 62 times a day. In that same day, a man only flashes his pearly whites a mere eight times…

Research conducted at the University of Illinois has suggested that people who generally feel happy and smile more often have a longer life expectancy of nearly a decade. Another study looked at baseball cards. The Wayne State University scientists concluded that those athletes who were flashing their pearly whites in their pictures lived on average seven years longer than those who didn’t…

Research shows that the simple act of turning your mouth up, whether authentic or not, can help release endorphins, feel-good hormones. Serotonin, a chemical that’s a natural stress-reducer, is also increased when you smile…

Every time you flash your teeth, your body produces greater quantities of antibodies and T-cells (or white blood cells), which may give your immune system a huge power boost…

(Photo taken 4/25/2015.)

This Bizarre Trick Will Get A Catchy Song Out Of Your Head

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/25/song-stuck-in-head_n_7129586.html

Do you have an obnoxiously catchy song lyric stuck on repeat in your brain? New research suggests that the secret to getting rid of these “earworms” may be as simple as chewing a stick of gum…

How does it work? Reading psychologist Dr. Phil Beaman explained that chewing gum co-opts some of the brain’s regions involved in earworms.

“Brain regions involved in hearing, remembering and imagining tunes include not only the auditory cortex but also regions more usually associated with speech production,” Beaman told The Huffington Post in an email. “By forcing these regions to be active in chewing the gum, they were less available to support the involuntary generation or recollection of an earworm.”

Beyond earworms, Beaman hopes that the research may pave the way for methods of managing more debilitating invasive thoughts in people with psychiatric conditions.

“Interfering with our own ‘inner speech’ through a more sophisticated version of the gum-chewing approach may work more widely,” he said in a statement. “However, more research is needed to see whether this will help counter symptoms of obsessive-compulsive and similar disorders.” …

Unfortunately, TMJ patients like myself can’t chew gum.  (And I really miss bubble gum.)

What My 10-Year-Old Daughter Taught Me About the Death of Freddie Gray

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charles-howard/what-my-10-year-old-daughter-taught-me-about-the-death-of-freddie-gray_b_7136788.html

“I don’t like Black people” a little girl said to my daughter earlier this week in school. My daughter, who is Black, was stunned to hear these seemingly out-of-nowhere words from her non-Black classmate…

The kind of thinking that teaches someone that a Black man or woman standing somewhere is suspicious simply because of the color of his skin also comes from somewhere…