5 Shocking Things Nobody Tells You About Getting Tattoos

When you think of all the issues associated with getting a tattoo, like being the absolute raddest and having all of the sex, you have to wonder: Why aren’t you getting a tattoo right now? But besides the obvious reasons you shouldn’t get a heart with your mom’s name in it tattooed right above your genitals, there are plenty you’ve probably never thought of. For example …

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Nobody Knows What’s In Tattoo Ink

You’d think that, because it’s something you shoot into your body with a needle, people are really on the ball when it comes to making tattoo ink as safe as possible. But as inks aren’t classed as foods, drugs, or administrations, the FDA pays little to no attention when it comes to regulating them. They’re classified as a “cosmetic” product … even though it’s one that you can inject into your eyeballs. So what exactly is in tattoo ink, then? You know, except for meat?

Aside from the fact that we don’t know what happens to tattoo ink in the long term, the people who manufacture it make it nearly impossible to even find out what’s in their concoctions. However, when placed under a microscope, some inks have been found to contain heavy metals, microbes, and a boatload of carcinogens — all of which pose unacceptable health risks. And forget about cancer (never thought we’d say that); if your tattoo contains iron oxide, which used to be a fairly common ingredient in red inks, getting an MRI could cause your body to go into full meltdown. That’s because the magnetic field generated by the machine can cause these elements to generate an electrical current and basically fry your skin.

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When your dragon art gets a little too real.

If all this talk of microbes and cancer is making your tattooed skin crawl, here’s the kicker: Because ink manufacturers won’t tell us what’s in their product, it makes removing those tattoos an extra-big pain in the ass, or wherever else you got them. If doctors knew the composition and chemical makeup of each ink, they could identify and calibrate a treatment that stands a good chance of working without putting a patient into a pain-induced coma. Without that information, however, they’re just winging it with lasers, which is much less fun than it sounds.

So what does it take to get The Man involved? Oh, they’re waiting for enough people to contract dangerous infections. As the FDA doesn’t mandate testing on tattoo ink, only a bona fide outbreak has can force them to take action. When an outbreak of nontuberculous mycobacterium (a cousin of actual tuberculosis) started afflicting tattoo owners in 2012, the infection was eventually traced back to a non-sterile ink manufacturer and the FDA finally stepped in. All it took was dozens of people oozing blood out of their skin for a few months.

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Your Tattoo Could Totally Get You Sued For Copyright Infringement

Whether it’s hoverboards, teacup pigs, or white supremacy, people love copying trends they see on TV. So when we see our favorite fictional characters or real celebs sporting cool tattoos, some will of course want to get in on that action. But not even your skin is immune to the laws of intellectual property, and getting a pop culture tattoo might just land you a real tricky cease-and-desist order.

We’ll explain this using one of the most famous tattoos in pop culture: Mike Tyson’s temple of flame in The Hangover. When The Hangover Part II homaged his appearance by having one of the main characters drunkenly get a similar face tattoo, it got Warner Bros. sued by Victor Whitmill, the artist responsible for the original. He alleged that by reproducing the tat and including it on posters and other marketing materials without his permission, Warner Bros. committed copyright infringement. The studio tried to claim the second tattoo was a parody, showing off how stupid the original was (making it symbolic of the whole Hangover franchise), but the judge disagreed and Warner was forced to settle out of court.

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Their real punishment was having to admit involvement in The Hangover Part II.

It’s an issue that’s coming up more and more in video games as well. When the popular basketball game NBA 2K created its virtual avatars, it also added their many tattoos, leading to a group (or inkling) of tattoo artists suing the makers of the game for duplicating their artwork. Their lawsuit only failed because they filed for copyright after the game’s release, not because it was dumb, but they still managed to claim damages for loss of income. In another case, when a tattoo on MMA fighter Carlos Condit appeared in UFC Undisputed, the artist responsible filed suit on the same grounds of copyright infringement.

So remember, if you ever muster the courage to get that The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo tattoo on your back, make sure to leave some room for the copyright symbol right above the butt crack.

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Recovering From Getting A Tattoo Can Take A Long Time

You know why tattoos are commonly associated with hard-smoking, hard-drinking bikers instead of, say, vape-smoking, microbrew-sipping tech workers? Because they hurt like hell to get. It’s analogous to plunging your arm into a sewing machine and asking a meth head to turn your torture into heart-shaped scar. But at least when it’s over, it’s over, right? Unfortunately, for some tattoo-havers, the real pain is only starting.

One in ten people will spend four months recovering from the medical side effects of getting a tattoo. In a survey of 300 inkbros and inkgals, 10 percent admitted to suffering from adverse reactions long after their new body art should have healed over. This could range from long-term redness to painful blisters to a nagging sense of having made a terrible mistake that will last forever.

Oh, and there’s one other teeny-tiny medical side effect: You might be making it harder to get diagnosed with cancer. In 2013, a German man was undergoing tattoo removal when a suspicious-looking mole was discovered hiding inside his artwork. He had it examined by doctors … who diagnosed him with Stage 2 melanoma. Over a dozen tattoo-related untreated cancer cases have been recorded in the last few years alone, which means plenty more death lumps are still hiding inside infinity symbols and ironic Bart Simpson tattoos. And now, with the current trend of armpit tattoos, doctors are getting worried about the increased risk not just of a lack of diagnosis, but also misdiagnosis as well. To the naked eye, there’s little difference between a metastasized lymph node and one that has simply been colored in by a tattoo, which could lead to an unnecessary increase in biopsies and traumatizing a bunch of people by telling them they might have cancer. All in all, you’re not making it easier for doctors to save your life by giving half of your body cancer camouflage.

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Your Skin Will Rub Off Tattoos

Despite what your boring parents and teachers used to say, tattoos aren’t permanent at all. Unlike lawns or babies, you can’t expect a tattoo to take care of itself. But the hard truth is that no matter what you do, those knuckle tats saying “hate” and “kids” are going to fade faster than your chances of getting a job teaching kindergarten.

You could be the kindest, gentlest person to your tattoo, but before you know it, you’ll be spending tons to get it retouched because it will start to look like crap. This is especially true if you had your tattoo printed on an area of your body that’s frequently moving, such as your hands, wrists, neck, or if you’re like us, rippling sack of python-esque biceps. That’s because the action of your skin moving and creasing will erode the tattoo faster. Think of it as a piece of paper constantly crumpling and uncrumpling. Actually, best not to think of your body that way.

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Try not to think about what kind of rubbing wore that down in a year and a half.

If you don’t want to speed up this process, you have to do one other thing: Stay out of the sun. Forever. A sunburn causes your skin to shed like crazy, causing the ink to fade, feather, or blot much faster than it normally would. To make it even worse, seeing as you’ve just painted your skin unnaturally dark, tattooed skin is extra sensitive to sunburn, absorbing sunlight more easily and causing swelling, itching, or even blisters. But don’t worry, this only happens with obscure colors like yellow, red, blue, and black.

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There Are Tons Of Things That Make Tattoos Harder to Remove

It’s all gone horribly wrong. Your relationship has fallen apart, the band has broken up, your favorite brand hired Kylie Jenner. Whatever the reason, you need this tattoo removed now. That’s fine. Merely pop down to the nearest laser surgery clinic and remove the mistake of mistakes while reading a dated US Magazine. Except that that kinda doesn’t work if you’ve lived your life in any way whatsoever.

Do you smoke? Yes? Throw in a leather jacket and you must be the coolest motherfucker in town. And there’s even more good news: You get to hold onto that feeling of coolness for a lot longer than you planned to. The chance of your tattoo being removed inside of ten laser sessions (a pretty standard treatment length) is reduced by 70 percent in smokers. That’s because smoking inhibits the immune system, the main way in which tattoo ink is allowed to break down and be flushed from the body.

Is your tattoo full of bright colors? Congratulations on completing art school / rehab. Unfortunately, choosing literally any other color than black or red means more of that painful laser surgery we mentioned. When it comes to inks like yellow, blue, and green, the chance of their removal inside of ten sessions was reduced to a measly 20 percent because, instead of disintegrating when lasered, these bad boys change hue and refuse to take the hint that you want them off your body.

You don’t smoke and your tattoo is just black? You must be either straight edge or a sailor from the ’60s. Better hope it’s the former, though, because the older a tattoo, the harder it is to get rid of. Over time, the ink sinks deeper into the body. Just three years in, and laser therapy only has a 47 percent success rate, whilst tattoos over six years old are so hard to get rid of that you’d think they have squatters’ rights.

And here’s where it gets ironic: If you listened to society and got a discreet tattoo on your ankle or foot that no one (including prospective employers) could pitch a fit about, your chances of removing it inside of ten sessions are even worse. As it turns out, those discreet locations are far away from the main bad-stuff-removal routes of your body, which means they take longer to break down.

So to summarize: If you’re thinking of getting a tattoo and want the option of removing it quickly, all you need to do is not smoke, get it on your face or neck, make it black and red, and pay extra attention to your skin. That way, you’ll never have any regret getting a tatt-

-oh, fuck.

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Jimmy Kimmel isn’t done being a thorn in the side of Obamacare repeal bill

When you’re only trying to save health care for 30 million people, you’ve got to be a little persistent.

The man you’d least expect to be on the front foot for saving health care in America, Jimmy Kimmel, is far from resting in his battle to ensure the Graham-Cassidy bill doesn’t cut funding to the most vulnerable. 

Entering into round three of the debate on Thursday night, Kimmel took aim at President Donald Trump, who recently got involved in the debate on Twitter (where else). 

For Kimmel, Trump’s support for the bill is more about politics than it is about a bill that’s, you know, actually good.

“Those are the key words, ‘Repeal and replace.’ Because for Donald Trump this isn’t about the Graham-Cassidy bill. It’s about getting rid of Obamacare, which he hates primarily because Obama’s name is on it,” he explained.

“He likes to have his own name on things: Buildings, vodkas, you name it. And at this point, he would sign anything if it meant getting rid of Obamacare. He’d sign copies of the Quran at the Barnes & Noble in Fallujah, if it meant if he could get rid of Obamacare.”

Also in Kimmel’s sights was Trump’s championing of Senator Bill Cassidy as a “class act,” that he “doesn’t lie” and “just wants to help people.” Kimmel isn’t buying it.

Kimmel pointed out numerous times that he isn’t a health expert, which has been the most common criticism of him in the last few days. He just wants lawmakers and critics to listen to the numerous groups against the bill.

“All of these groups, populated by doctors, say this health care bill is bad. They’re against it. We haven’t seen this many people come forward to speak out against a bill since Cosby,” he said.

While Kimmel’s personal heartbreak is the fuel in his campaign against the current Graham-Cassidy bill, it’s the broken promise of a test in his name that has really vexed the late night TV show host.

“Bill Cassidy named this test after me. I am I supposed to just be quiet about that?” he asked. 

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/09/22/jimmy-kimmel-round-three/

Kate Middleton chats about mental health in video for children and parents

Kate Middleton has spoken out about the difficulty in opening up about one’s mental health in a video aimed at children and parents. 

Appearing in a video for charity Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, the Duchess of Cambridge explained in simple terms what “mental health” means. 

“Mental health is how we feel and think, things that can’t really be seen but affect us everyday. And talking about them can feel difficult,” she said. 

The Duchess’ words act by way of introduction to a short animation aimed at children to help them find the words to talk about mental health. The Duchess explained that the animation can help figure out “what to say and who to talk to when we have feelings that are too big to manage on our own.” 

The animation gives a simple breakdown of what the term “mental health” means, and it features tips and advice from children and adults on talking about thoughts, feelings and emotions. 

“Sometimes it’s just a simple conversation that can make things better,” Kate added. 

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/09/19/duchess-of-cambridge-mental-health/

“I Was Putting a Front On”: Mom Exposes the Dark Reality Behind This Happy Picture& Shes Done Being Sorry About It

According to Elements of Behavioral Health, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States. Affecting over 40 million Americans, anxiety has taken a toll on roughly a fifth of the nation’s population.

As one who falls in that unfortunate 20 percent, I couldn’t be more familiar with its power to eat away at you from the inside out. Often the act of breathing stresses me out, and thus everything else does exponentially.

But for the 80 percent who don’t know the crippling feeling associated with this invisible disease, it can be a difficult concept to grasp.

From the outside looking in, it’s easy to question, “What is your problem? Why are you freaking out all the time? Why can’t you just be HAPPY?

Or my favorite…

Haven’t you heard the verse “Be anxious for nothing”?

**Insert HARD eye roll here**

Is that Truth? Of course. But is there often a chemical component of anxiety that contemplating on a Bible verse won’t fix? Absolutely.

As a defense mechanism, the only words we can offer most of the time are “I’m sorry.” Apologizing for who we are becomes all too natural when we simply can’t find the words or don’t have the energy to explain ourselves.

But for No Filter Mum and mental health campaigner, Jessica, she’s decided that enough is ENOUGH.

“We need to stop apologizing on behalf of anxiety,” she charges in a recent viral Facebook post—and her bold words of encouragement are now fueling other anxiety sufferers to do the same:

“We need to stop apologizing on behalf of anxiety.

This photo popped up in my Facebook memories today, my little girl had just turned one. What do you think when you see this picture? A happy mum enjoying a sunny holiday with her little girl. Something along those lines right?


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My friends thought the same and wrote lovely comments like, ‘gorgeous pic, you look so happy’ and ‘it looks like you’re having the best time.’

I loved being with my daughter and husband. But I was far from happy and definitely not having the best time. I was in the depths of anxiety and felt more vulnerable than I ever had before. I thought I was losing it, whatever losing it means. After a year of being really unwell with postnatal depression and PTSD I was starting to recover but anxiety still had a firm grip of me. When this picture was taken anxiety was gripping onto me tighter than it ever had.

I was putting a front on. I wanted everyone to think that I was happy, relaxed and normal just like everyone else.

My family knew the truth about how I was feeling, my husband knew the truth too but even my closest friends were kept in the dark.

Looking back now one of the words that came out of my mouth so often was sorry. I apologized a lot for being anxious. I said sorry for having panic attacks. I apologized to the people around me as I felt that my anxiety was stopping us from doing normal things. I was sorry that I was being someone who was frustrating to be around. I was fortunate in that those closest to me knew what I was going through so my apology was met with patience and kindness. When it comes to supporting someone with anxiety, patience and kindness goes a hell of a long way.

Anxiety disorder is an invisible illness. Yep, that’s right it’s an illness. If that photo showed my arm in a cast and sling it would be pretty obvious that I was in pain and uncomfortable in some way. If you photograph anxiety it doesn’t show up in the picture. It’s an illness that people can’t see.

If you’re someone meeting the apology of an anxious person with kindness and patience I want to say thank you. Thank you for trying to understand something that can be hard to make sense of. Thank you for being the reassurance which that person needs and thank you for recognizing that anxiety isn’t a choice.

I craved being ‘normal like everyone else’ for so long but have since realised that anxiety doesn’t take normal away from me. It challenges me sometimes, it can rear its ugly head when I least expect it and it pushes me way out of my comfort zone. But it doesn’t make me abnormal. Your version of normal will be abnormal to someone else, your perspective of abnormal is perfectly normal for another.

We need to stop apologizing for mental health problems and apologizing on behalf of anxiety. It’s not a choice, sometimes it’s just our normal. And it’s perfectly normal to talk about it.

Mental wellbeing matters.”

Well said, Jessica.

This “No Filter” mama is sure staying true to her name.

The takeaways?

Anxiety is REAL. Normal is NONEXISTENT. You’re BEAUTIFUL, made in His image—and DONE apologizing. #SorryNotSorry

Read more: http://faithit.com/mom-done-being-sorry-anxiety/

Collins says no on ObamaCare repeal bill, effectively derailing Graham-Cassidy legislation

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said Monday she will vote against the latest ObamaCare repeal bill, effectively killing the Graham-Cassidy legislation.

Collins’ announcement came minutes after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released figures estimating that the legislation would “result in millions fewer people with comprehensive health insurance that covers high-cost medical events.”

In a statement, Collins referred to the Graham-Cassidy bill as “deeply flawed,” and that health care reform cannot be done properly “in a compressed time frame.”

“Sweeping reforms to our health care system and to Medicaid can’t be done well in a compressed time frame, especially when the actual bill is a moving target,” Collins said.

“Today, we find out that there is now a fourth version of the Graham-Cassidy proposal, which is as deeply flawed as the previous iterations. The fact that a new version of this bill was released the very week we are supposed to vote compounds the problem,” the senator’s statement read.

Collins is the fourth GOP senator to come out against the legislation, joining Sens. John McCain, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz who also say they oppose it. However, Cruz aides said the Texas senator is seeking changes to the bill so he can vote in favor of it. 

Votes from two other Republican senators, Mike Lee of Utah and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, are still up in the air.

All Democrats and independents will vote “no,” so opposition by just three Republicans would kill the bill.

Collins laid out her three biggest concerns about the bill, noting cuts to Medicaid, weakened protections to those with pre-existing conditions and pointed out that “physicians, patient advocates, insurers, and hospitals agree that both versions of this legislation would lead to higher premiums and reduced coverage for tens of millions of Americans.

“The CBO’s analysis on the earlier version of the bill, incomplete though it is due to time constraints, confirms that this bill will have a substantially negative impact on the number of people covered by insurance,” the statement added. 

The bill, authored by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. and Bill Cassidy, R-La., was edited during the weekend in what appeared to be a last-minute effort to provide additional funding to the states represented by senators that expressed concerns regarding the legislation.

Graham said information will be released Tuesday regarding a Senate vote on the bill.

GRAHAM-CASSIDY HEALTH CARE BILL GETS LAST-MINUTE REVISION AS SUPPORT STALLS

With only 52 Senate Republicans, GOP leaders knew they didn’t have a chance of neutering a Democratic filibuster on any repeal and replace effort. Under most conditions, it takes 60 yeas to shut off a filibuster.

But once a year, the Senate can sidestep filibuster rules and consider legislation under a process called “budget reconciliation.” Budget reconciliation limits debate to 20 hours and requires only 51 votes to pass a bill.

Budget reconciliation packages are ostensibly good for only one fiscal year. The government’s fiscal year runs out Saturday night, or Sept. 30, and so does the reconciliation measure for health care. Thus, this week’s health care sprint.

The legislation aimed to allow states to set their own coverage requirements, permit insurers to boost prices on people with serious medical conditions and halt President Obama’s mandates that most Americans purchase insurance and that companies offer coverage to workers. It also looked to cut and reshape Medicaid.

The collapse of Graham-Cassidy replays the loss Trump and party leaders suffered in July, when the Senate rejected three attempts to pass legislation erasing the 2010 statute. The GOP has made promises to scrap the law a high-profile campaign vow for years.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/09/25/collins-says-no-on-obamacare-repeal-bill-effectively-derailing-graham-cassidy-legislation.html

Firefighters Rushed To This Dog’s Side For Such A Heartbreaking Reason

Saying goodbye to a beloved animal is hard enough when they’re a part of your family, so I can’t even imagine what the firefighters at this New Jersey fire department are going through after one of their own lost his battle with cancer.

Timmy was an 11-year-old German shepherd that served as a search and rescue dog for the Pattenburg Volunteer Fire Company. During his time on the squad, Timmy visited schools and helped find missing persons. He was even able to help track down a missing pet tortoise that had wandered off one day. But as Timmy got older, his health began to deteriorate.

Timmy was diagnosed with throat cancer around age 10.

While surgeries and medical precautions had been suggested, veterinarians could only prolong the dog’s life by a few months.

Pattenburg Fire Chief Dan Van Fossen, along with other squad members, made the difficult decision to say goodbye to their old friend.

But before taking him to the vet for the last time, local fire departments, police deparments, and other rescue crews joined together to give Timmy an emotional sendoff worthy of a local hero.

Before entering the hospital, firefighters put out a last call, announcing the passing of their loyal K-9 for all radio listeners to hear.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/one-last-call/

Price out as HHS secretary after private plane scandal

Washington (CNN)Tom Price, the embattled health and human services secretary, resigned Friday in the midst of a scandal over his use of private planes, a storm that enraged President Donald Trump and undercut his promise to bring accountability to Washington.

Price’s departure came as he’s being investigated by the department’s inspector general for using private jets for multiple government business trips, even to fly distances often as short as from Washington to Philadelphia. The cost for the trips ran into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The scandal infuriated Trump, who viewed the controversy as a needless distraction from his agenda. Over the course of the week, Trump fumed to aides about Price’s flights, which he deemed “stupid,” according to multiple sources. Instead of moving past the storm, Price’s offer to reimburse the government for only a fraction of the flights’ costs enraged Trump further.
    Speaking less than an hour before the resignation was announced, Trump bemoaned the optics of the matter, which he said obscured what otherwise had been a cost-saving tenure.
    “I was disappointed because I didn’t like it, cosmetically or otherwise. I was disappointed,” Trump said.
    Price and his aides have insisted that the trips he took by private charter jet had been approved through the usual legal and ethics offices at HHS. But the appearance of a millionaire Cabinet secretary flying routes easily navigated by far cheaper means proved an optics nightmare for an administration already accused of being out of touch with regular Americans.
    Price is the latest casualty in an administration that’s seen a high rate of dramatic departures over its first eight months. Since taking office, Trump has dismissed or seen quit his national security adviser, press secretary, communications director, chief strategist, acting attorney general and FBI director. The tumult has come as Trump struggles to fulfill key aspects of his agenda on Capitol Hill, and as his team confronts its most dire challenge yet on a storm-demolished Puerto Rico.
    Trump was incensed that Price’s actions undermined his vow to “drain the swamp,” though Price is not the only Cabinet official to have used private air charters to travel around the country. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke have both flown on private planes during their tenures in the administration.
    The White House said this week it was examining whether to adopt stricter oversight of Cabinet secretaries’ travel plans.
    The first sign of Trump’s ire emerged on Wednesday, when he said only “we’ll see” after being asked if he was planning to fire Price. Neither Trump nor his top aides could say in the following days whether Price retained the President’s confidence.
    Departing the White House on Friday, Trump called Price a “very fine man” who had nonetheless made a grave mistake.
    “This is an administration that saves hundreds of millions of dollars on renegotiating things,” Trump said. “So I don’t like to see somebody that perhaps there’s the perception that it wasn’t right.”
    The resignation was announced as Trump flew aboard Air Force One for another weekend at his golf club in New Jersey. Stepping off his own plane, Trump offered a thumbs-up sign when reporters asked if he’d accepted Price’s resignation.
    Price himself offered a rosy picture of his future on Thursday evening, telling CNN that he “absolutely” planned to stay on as health secretary — a claim that was ultimately not meant to be.

    Not close

      Tom Price vows reimbursement for flights

    Trump, who never grew as close to Price as he has to some of his aides, also viewed the health secretary as an ineffective promoter of Republican plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, an effort that has failed multiple times over the course of Trump’s eight months in office.
    During a rally with Boy Scouts in July, Trump quipped that if Price couldn’t wrangle the votes, he’d dismiss him.
    “He better get them. Oh, he better,” Trump said. “Otherwise I’ll say, ‘Tom, you’re fired.’ “
    Price didn’t get the votes, but it was his use of private aircraft that ultimately led to his demise in the Trump administration.
    Politico first reported Price’s use of charter jets for official business last week and found that the secretary has traveled on charter flights at least 24 times since May, citing people familiar with his travel plans and a review of HHS documents.
    Charter plane operators estimated 24 flights would have cost $400,000, Politico reported. Commercial trips would have cost thousands of dollars less. The Health and Human Services inspector general is reviewing whether the means of travel was appropriate.
    Later, it was revealed that Price also took US military aircraft on two trips abroad, bringing the total cost of his non-commercial travel to more than $1 million. The military flights were approved by the White House.

    Breaking precedent

      Price experiencing turbulence for private flights

    Price’s travel breaks with the precedent set by former President Barack Obama’s HHS secretaries Sylvia Mathews Burwell and Kathleen Sebelius, who flew commercially when flying within the US.
    Price said in a statement on Thursday that would write a personal check to the US Treasury to cover the cost of his travel on private charter planes.
    “The taxpayers won’t pay a dime for my seat on those planes,” he proclaimed, though it was later revealed he would only pay for his seat and not the total cost of chartering a plane.
    An HHS spokesperson said the check would come to $51,887.31, a small percentage of the total cost of the private flights.
    Price, both in his role as Trump’s health boss and as a Republican congressman from Georgia, was a frequent critic of government spending. He told CNN in April that he wanted to cut redundancy and waste in his agency.
    “For us to say, ‘OK, let’s just throw more money at that system, let’s see if more money helps that out,’ is the wrong way,” Price told CNN’s Sanjay Gupta.
    While at HHS, Price played an integral part helping craft many iterations of alternatives to Obamacare — all of which ultimately failed to pass. Price was also part of the executive opioid commission announced by Trump in March.
    Prior to his role in the administration, Price was a Georgia representative for over 10 years, and was an orthopedic surgeon for 20 years. He was the third doctor to hold the HHS secretary position.

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/29/politics/tom-price-resigns/index.html

    Here Are Your Weekend Horoscopes For September 29th-October 1st

    Well here we are. It’s the weekend, meaning you have another opportunity to make good terrible choices and enrich ruin your life. Should you black out and text your ex even though you know he’s on a Bumble date right now because you stalked him on Insta happened to run into him on the street? Should you finally convert that bitch you’ve been frenemies with into a full enemy by drunkenly confronting her at your mutual BFF’s birthday party? Okay, so the answer to that one is always yes. But as far as other moves you make this weekend, that will be determined, as always, by the stars. 

    Aries

    We’re all for you getting out there and getting some, Aries, but you also need to remember that you have friends. Friends who have been there for you before you were capable of picking guys up in bars and who will inevitably be there long after. They’ll be understanding of your incessant bailing, but only to an extent. Don’t get to the point where you’re prioritizing dick over friendship.

    Taurus

    It’s time to put yourself out there, Taurus. You spent most of summer in a rut and pretending not to care, but it’s time to turn that shit around. This weekend you’re going to throw on some red lipstick, down a couple shots for courage, and then get your ass out to the bars. You look good, you feel good, and it’s about damn time someone else noticed it. Rather than hiding away in a corner with you friends, try placing yourself in the middle of the action and see what kind of attention you get. Because we all know any attention is good attention, right?

    Gemini

    Are you tired, Gemini? Well, you fucking should be. Anyone who has been running around like you have this past week has absolutely no right to contain any more energy in their body. For the sake of everyone around you, it’s time to spend the weekend as relaxed as you possibly can. You’re not thinking about chores. You’re not thinking about work. You’re not thinking about exercise. Your only thought is, “How many naps can I efficiently fit into one day?” Come Monday, you can return to that insane lifestyle that you call “productive,” but until then, please calm the fuck down.

    Cancer

    The lesson to learn this weekend is that not every action deserves a reaction, Cancer. Sure, it’s tempting to lose your fucking mind over the shitty stuff people do, but eventually you have to decide that your mental health it more important than letting those idiots know how fucking dumb they are. This weekend, take some time to practice restraint in this department. Believe me, you will be tested. A deep breath and quick mantra should do the trick. Try something like “not worth my time” or “where’s the vodka?”

    Leo

    It’s time to let loose, Leo. You’ve been suspiciously buttoned up for the past few weeks and, honestly, people are getting concerned. Your friends rely on you to be the life of the party, and your mellow behavior has everyone on edge. Re-assert yourself as the ultimate party friend and throw a rager this weekend. It’ll be a good chance to catch up with friends while simultaneously reminding them who the god damn queen is around here.

    Virgo

    You’ve been blessed with some real success lately, Virgo, which is super exciting. For real, you’ve earned it. But what you need to realize is that your success is yours alone, which means it’s best to celebrate alone. Your friends are happy for you, obviously, but they don’t love the constant gloating. In this one event we’re recommending you be a gracious winner and shut the fuck up about how well you’re doing. Brag like hell to your parents, siblings, boyfriend, pet, whatever, but let your less successful friends relax, please.

    Libra

    You might find people second-guessing your motives and aspirations this weekend, Libra. Fuck those people. You know who you are and what you’re about, and this is a time for sticking to your guns. Sometimes people throw stones because they know their own glass house would crumble under scrutiny. Show them that you’re made of fucking iron and stand tall. Besides, let’s be real, it’s going to be a straight white dude who tries to come for you and nothing is more fun than letting them know that their opinions don’t matter anyway.

    Scorpio

    You’ve been living the high life these past few weeks, Scorpio. Actually though, the Kardashians are wincing. While I’m sure it’s been super enjoyable, it’s also worth remembering that the holidays are around the corner and you’re going to be dropping money like it’s your job. If only. This weekend, take a break from the nonstop spending and just chill out a bit. Your wallet will love it and you could use the time to yourself.

    Sagittarius

    Feeling stuck, Sagittarius? That’s because you kind of are. Summer was fun, but it was all a bit redundant; you got into a tired routine and now it’s time to break it. This weekend, try something completely new and unknown. Go with friends, go with strangers, go by yourself—it doesn’t matter, just go. It’ll be a nice change of pace getting out of your comfort zone, and maybe this will give you the push to really kick-start fall. Go where the wind takes you—maybe you’ll find that you end up liking it there.

    Capricorn

    This is looking like a weekend full of turmoil, Capricorn. The good news: None of it is about you. The bad: It all concerns your friends, and you will be smack dab in the middle of it. There’s no easy way to navigate a situation like this, so the best move is to keep your head down and avoid everyone for as long as possible. You’re past the point in your life where you need to deal with other people’s petty bullshit. Let them sort it out and make your miraculous return in time for the make-up celebrations.

    Aquarius

    After a long week of dealing with utter nonsense, you’ve earned a reprieve, Aquarius. It’s time for a much-deserved, no-interruptions, no-questions-asked break. The only thing that matters this weekend is you and how content you are. Whatever it takes to get you into relaxation mode—do it. Curl up with a blanket, a book, a movie, some tea, someone—it’s up to you! All that matters is that the next 48 hours are as stress-free as humanly possible.

    Pisces

    Feel like letting loose this weekend, Pisces? Too bad, you have shit to do. There is a time for going wild and a time for getting your life together, and while the former occurs way more often, this is a weekend for the latter. You may be annoyed in the moment, but the relief that will wash over you Sunday night will make it all worth the struggle.

    Read more: http://www.betches.com/weekend-horoscopes-september-29-october-1

    8 dead due to intense heat, loss of power at Florida nursing home after Irma

    More than 100 people were evacuated from a Florida nursing home Wednesday after eight people were reported dead from conditions at a Hollywood facility, where residents were suffering from intense heat caused by a lack of electricity after deadly Hurricane Irma swept through.

    Irma may have moved on from Florida, but lingering dangers caused by the storm, including carbon monoxide poisoning and heat-related incidents caused by a lack of air conditioning, remain in the Sunshine State, as millions wait for power to be restored.

    Officials in Hollywood said at least eight people died and 115 people were evacuated from Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, located about 20 miles north of Miami.

    The medical examiner’s office confirmed that three of the victims were found dead early Wednesday, while the others died either at or on the way to the hospital. The victims range in age from 71 to 99.

    “We’re conducting a criminal investigation inside,” Hollywood Police Chief Tom Sanchez said. “We believe at this time they may be related to the loss of power in the storm. We’re conducting a criminal investigation, not ruling anything out at this time.”

    Sanchez said investigators believe the deaths were heat-related, adding it was a “sad event.” 

    In a statement, the nursing home called the incident an “unfortunate and tragic outcome” of a “prolonged power failure,” and said the home is cooperating with authorities.

    “The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills has evacuated this morning due to a prolonged power failure to the transformer which powered the facility’s air conditioning system as a result of the hurricane,’’ said Jorge Carballo, administrator of the facility.

    “Facility administration has been in communication with Florida Power & Light and the Governor’s office since the beginning of Hurricane Irma, and is cooperating fully with relevant authorities to investigate the circumstances that led to this unfortunate and tragic outcome. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who were affected.”

    The Hollywood Police and Hollywood Fire Rescue received a call around 4 a.m. at the facility, and found “several patients in varying degrees of medical distress,” city officials said. 

    Sanchez said officers have been assigned to check 42 assisted living facilities and nursing homes in Hollywood to “make sure they are in sufficient care of the elderly.” 

    The nursing home did have a generator, but it is unclear if the generator was functional, WSVN reported.

    PIZZA HUT THREATENS EVACUATING FLORIDA EMPLOYEES WITH DISCIPLINARY ACTION

    Temperatures in Hollywood were expected to be around 86 degrees on Wednesday — but feel about 10 degrees warmer.

    A caseworker named Ed, who declined to give his last name, came to the facility Wednesday morning to check on his 80-year-old dementia patient. He told Fox News he isn’t sure yet if she’s one of the dead. 

    “I’m very concerned. I’m like a family member to her,” he said.

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott released a statement Monday in which he called the situation “unfathomable,” and said he’s “going to aggressively demand answers” as to what happened at the Rehabilitation Center. Scott said he ordered an investigation and will hold those responsible accountable.

    Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., tweeted Monday that the events that occurred at the Rehabilitation Center are “inexcusable,” and said he’s asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to look into the situation.

    Nelson later tweeted he spoke with HHS Secretary Tom Price and “asked him to do everything in his power to keep FL’s most vulnerable safe, esp. those in nursing homes … I also sent him names of nursing homes without power so we can quickly get power restored and keep our seniors safe.”

    The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, according to the official Medicare website, is rated two out of five stars, with a low health inspection rating due to 11 “health deficiencies.”

    The deficiencies range from the home’s food selection not meeting nutritional standards or needs, to residents not having the freedom to choose their own activities, schedules or health care, to lack of health assessments on residents by qualified professionals.

    Meanwhile, in Central Florida, three people were found dead inside an Orlando home Tuesday from apparent carbon monoxide poisoning, officials said.

    Orange County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jeff Williams told The Associated Press a deputy responded to the home following a 911 call from what sounded like a juvenile. The deputy was overcome by fumes while approaching the home and called for fire rescue. 

    Firefighters discovered two people dead inside the house, Fox 35 Orlando reported. Another person, who tried to get out of the home, was found dead on the front lawn, while four others from inside the home were taken to a nearby hospital. Rescue workers found a portable gasoline generator running inside the home. 

    Further north in Daytona Beach, police said one person died and three others were being treated at a hospital Wednesday for carbon monoxide poisoning from an electric generator.

    HURRICANE IRMA: KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SUFFERED ‘A VARIETY OF DAMAGE’ DURING STORM, NASA SAYS

    The Daytona Beach Fire Department said on Twitter a generator had been running inside the home.

    A neighbor told Fox 35 generators were not allowed in the community, and officials across Florida are warning people to keep generators outside homes.

    CUSTOMER INQUIRIES CRASH FLORIDA UTILITY’S WEBSITE AND APP

    The number of deaths blamed on Irma in Florida climbed to 17, in addition to four in South Carolina and two in Georgia. At least 37 people were killed in the Caribbean.

    “We’ve got a lot of work to do, but everybody’s going to come together,” Scott said. “We’re going to get this state rebuilt.”

    The number of people without electricity in the steamy late-summer heat dropped to 9.5 million — just under half of Florida’s population. Utility officials warned it could take 10 days or more for power to be fully restored. About 110,000 people remained in shelters across the state.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

    Nicole Darrah is a Breaking News Producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @nicoledarrah.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/09/13/8-dead-due-to-intense-heat-loss-power-at-florida-nursing-home-after-irma.html

    Fireball bagels will make breakfast boozy without the booze

    Ever wake up regretting that last shot of Fireball? Well, now you can extend that regret all the way through breakfast.

    The Fireball bagel is the latest bizarre offering from The Bagel Nook, a bagel shop in Freehold, New Jersey. Per Delish, the semi-boozy treats are made by pouring a bit of Fireball into the bagel dough itself, then dunking the finished bagels in a glaze made from even more of the liquor (reduced, of course, so it’s not actually alcoholic).

    It’s served with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar and a hearty schmear of apple pie cream cheese. Something tells us it might also be good with hazelnut cream cheese? Someone test this for us, please.

    And if it cures any of your Fireball-induced hangovers, please also drop us a line.

    Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/09/21/fireball-bagels/