Tuesday, October 15, 2013

HOW TO KEEP YOUR FACE AND COMMENTS OUT OF GOOGLE’S NEW AD SCHEME
Starting November 11th, Google will start plugging users names, photos and reviews into Google's online ads. That means if you've posted on Youtube or Google Play, they can use your name, photo and comments for THEIR ads. And.. .you gave permission, by clicking okay to the Google or Youtube terms. You CAN opt out, it's pretty easy, but you have to know where to do that.
(To opt out: click HERE,
then scroll to the bottom of the page. Find the box next to the text that reads "Based upon my activity, Google may show my name and profile photo in shared endorsements that appear in ads." Uncheck it. Hit save.)

SHUTDOWN CONTINUES
The federal government partial shutdown is still underway. But, today, Senate leaders say they're optimistic that an agreement is in the horizon. 

LOCAL VA WORKER BLAMES SHUTDOWN ON SLOW SERVICE, OFFICIALS SAY NOT TRUE
Local Army veteran Jeff Napier says he was told the shutdown was the reason he had to wait 12-HOURS at the VA hospital to get treatment for his crushed finger. A local TV station investigated, however, and was told that the shutdown shouldn't be affecting your wait time, since no medical personnel have been furloughed at the VA. They say if you know vets who are having problems getting treatment remind them to call the patient advocate to get help.

HASLAM: STATE COST FOR REOPENING SMOKIES, $60K PER DAY
Gov. Bill Haslam says he's still working on a deal to open the Great Smoky Mountains National Park park in Tennessee. It'll cost us $60,000 per day, but it's supposed to bring in a lot more than that, since October and early November are usually the busiest months at the nation's most visited national park.

SHOPPING CHAOS IN LOUISIANA WALMART AFTER EBT CARDS STOP SHOWING CREDIT LIMITS
I am sad and embarrassed for some of my fellow men. In Louisiana, a software glitch made the EBT cards, formerly called food stamps, stop showing the balance left on the cards. It basically lifted the spending limit.  Shoppers at two Walmart stores started filling their carts, sometimes two and three carts full of stuff that they knew they were stealing, and lining up to check out. They emptied the shelves. Suddenly, the glitch was fixed, they abandoned the carts and left. Some said, "It's natural to try and get free stuff!" Other shoppers posted photos and video.

HOW'S IT WORKING TO DRUG TEST POSSIBLE AID RECIPIENTS?
How's it working to screen people for drug and alcohol abuse before putting them on government aid? In Utah's first year of screening they say they spent $30,000 on surveys and drug tests and saved 369-THOUSAND in unpaid benefits. And that's just in three months.
It's not that they caught a lot of addicts, it's because dozens of people just walked away when they heard they'd have to be screened for substance abuse. Tennessee is looking into something similar.
The National Conference of State Legislatures website notes that 29 more states are at least looking into something similar… including Tennessee. Our state bill requires the department of labor to develop a plan of suspicion-based testing and report its recommendations to the legislature by January 2014.  )

NEW TENNESSEE PRESCRIPTION DRUG LAW LIMITS AMOUNTS YOU CAN GET AT ONCE
Starting this month, if you're getting a prescription for an opiate -- like Lortab, Oxycontin, Xanax or Valium -- you can only get a month supply at once. It's supposed to keep the addicts and dope dealers from stocking up so easily. Tennessee is the second worst state in the country for prescription drug abuse. http://www.wkrn.com/story/22081949/tennessee-ranks-2nd-in-nation-for-prescription-drug-abuse
If you know someone with a prescription drug problem... they can call the Tennessee REDLINE at 1-800-889-9789.

POLICE: LOCK YOUR DOORS. BELLE MEADE WOMAN, BRENTWOOD FAMILY, ROBBED
A couple of local robberies should serve as reminders to the rest of us: If you want to cut your chances of getting robbed, police say, "Lock your doors, even when you're at home!" In the past few days thieves have robbed a Belle Meade woman, in broad daylight, getting away with her wallet and cellphone, and a family on Moores Lane in Brentwood. Both robberies were at gunpoint, and both times the thieves just walked in through unlocked doors. 

DOG MISSING AFTER CAR CRASH MONDAY NIGHT IN SPRINGFIELD
Here's why pet care experts say to keep your pet in a carrier when in the car. There was a car crash in Springfield, Tennessee late last night, and one of the cars had two dogs in it. One was rescued, the other was so frightened she ran away, and was last seen running into a subdivision near the Robertson County Fairgrounds. The pickup driver who caused the crash, suspected of drunk driving. (The owner is asking anyone who sees the dog to hold on to her and get in touch. ) 

DRY ICE BOMBS AT AIRPORT
At least three dry ice bombs, bottles filled with dry ice, have been found at the Los Angeles Airport, and one exploded last night. No injuries and no flight delays. 

ANOTHER PEDESTRIAN HIT IN NASHVILLE
Another pedestrian has been hit by a car. This time at the intersection of Nolensville Pike and Harding Place.  The person is expected to recover, but Metro Nashville police say it's a good reminder that you are not going to win you and a car collide. About 50 walkers are hit by cars every month in Nashville.

STUDY: TWITTER CAN RUIN YOUR MEAL/HELP YOUR DIET
Next time someone tweets a photo of their food to you, take a good, long look. A new study finds for some people, looking at food photos can actually curb your cravings for that food. They may be able to use that information to help people lose weight. 

WALKING DEAD RATINGS FOR FOURTH SEASON PREMIERE BEST SO FAR
Zombies are still hot! AMC's "The Walking Dead" had record-high ratings Sunday night for its fourth season premiere. 16 MILLION people tuned in. That's not even counting those who'll watch it later.

HAVING FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS AROUND CAN BE A GOOD THING
Believe it or not, having a fast food restaurant nearby makes you LESS likely to become obese. It could be that we walk there, more... or if we KNOW we can have it, anytime, and it doesn't become a crave and binge situation.

GLOW IN THE DARK CHEETOS...PACKAGING
Just in time for Halloween, glow in the dark cheetos bags.

XFILES STARS SAY THEY'D BE UP FOR A THIRD XFILES MOVIE
Two decades after the debut of "The X-Files," David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson said they would be up for a third X-Files movie.

FOR HUGH JACKMAN'S BIRTHDAY, HE GAVE A CONCERT, RAISED 1.8 MILLION
A special concert over the weekend in Los Angeles, in honor of Hugh Jackman's 45th birthday, and THROWN by Hugh Jackman, raised 1.8 million dollars for the Motion Picture and Television Fund.  It was called "One Night Only" and 4500 people paid to enjoy a night of Hugh singing and telling stories.

BREAKING BAD STAR BRYAN CRANSTON GETS FAN LETTER FROM SIR ANTHONY HOPKINS
Acting legend Sir Anthony Hopkins recently binge-watched "Breaking Bad," and was so impressed that he wrote a letter to Bryan Cranston praising the show and the acting. Here's an excerpt.
Dear Mister Cranston.
I've just finished a marathon of watching "BREAKING BAD" - from start to finish. I have never watched anything like it. Brilliant!
 Your performance as Walter White was the best acting I have seen - ever. There is so much smoke blowing in this business, I've sort of lost belief. But this work of yours is spectacular - absolutely stunning. Congratulations and my deepest respect. You are truly a great, great actor.
Best regards, Tony Hopkins.

ZUCKERBERG BUYING HOMES AROUND HIS
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has spent $30 Million on the homes surrounding his mansion for privacy. That's not surprising. After all, when I think of Facebook, I think of privacy.

WOMEN, GOOD LOOKING MEN, LIKE KISSING MORE
A study says that women, and good looking men, like kissing more. Researchers say that makes sense, since it's often a precursor to a relationship, and for women, bearing and raising children is a huge investment in their life and health, so they want to choose the right co-parent. And for men who are better looking, or who already have more girlfriends, it seems to be a way to narrow down their choices. 
 
KIDS ADDICTED TO PINK SLIME
Healthy school-lunch advocates in Fairfax, Va., suffered a setback when the 100 percent beef patties they requested were rejected by students, who said they neither looked nor tasted right. The schools gave in to the students' demands and replaced the real beef patties with a version of the artificially colored, 26-ingredient, "pink slime" burgers they had previously served.

WOMAN GOES TO HOME DEPOT TO HIRE A HIT MAN
A 70-year-old Florida woman was arrested after soliciting an undercover detective to kill her daughter-in-law, authorities said. Diana Reaves Costarakis, reportedly offered an undercover detective $5,000 on Wednesday when they first met at a Home Depot.. she gave him $500 down, as well as a photo of the daughter-in-law, her address, and a description of her car. She then gave him another 1000 on Thursday and told him if he didn't kill her daughter-in-law, she would, and was arrested. Costarakis told police that her daughter-in-law was a drunk and a bad mother to her 6-year-old granddaughter, and was about to take the girl and leave Costarakis' son.. the child's father.