Here's Donald Trump's Victory Speech

"I pledge to every citizen that I will be president for all Americans."

In a victory speech given early Wednesday morning in New York City, Donald Trump promised to renew and rebuild America. "We will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the American dream," he said, to constant cheers from thrilled supporters.

Trump acknowledged Clinton's public service and campaign, saying that his opponent had "worked very hard for a long period of time." He called for America to bind its wounds and unite under his presidency: "I pledge to every citizen that I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important to me."


Trump spoke of his experience looking into "untapped businesses" all over the world and repeated earlier campaign promises: he would fix America's inner cities, rebuild infrastructure so it would be "second to none," spur economic growth, and cultivate "great, great relationships" with countries who are "willing to get along with us."


"We must reclaim our country's destiny," said Trump. "We're going to dream of things for our country, of beautiful things, of successful things once again." Appearing alongside his family and the vice president elect, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Trump appeared calm and on-script. The AP and most major news outlets called the race shortly after 2:30 a.m. this morning, after Trump won key battleground states, including Pennsylvania.


"I can only say that while the campaign is over, our work on this movement is really just beginning," said Trump. "We're going to work immediately for the American people and we're going to do a job where you'll be so proud of your presidentso proudand I love this country, thank you very much."


He left the stage to cheers of "USA, USA, USA!"

The Curse of Beauty: The Scandalous & Tragic Life of Audrey Munson, America's First Supermodel

The tumultuous and heartbreaking life of a world-famous model whose riveting story of beauty, fame, passion, murder, and madness in the Gilded Age captivated a nation.

As America was stepping into the modern era, one great beauty became the artist’s model of choice. Her perfect form became the emblem of the Gilded Age and appears on the greatest monuments of New York and the nation. Supermodel, actress, icon—her beauty paved the way for a life of glamour, passion, and ultimately tragedy. She dated the millionaires of the fashionable Newport colony, became the first American movie star ever to appear naked in a film, but her promising film career collapsed, her doctor fell in love with her and killed his own wife, and on her fortieth birthday, her mother committed her to an insane asylum. She remained there until her death in 1996 at the age of 104 and is now buried in an unmarked grave. Her name is Audrey Munson.

Many readers will recognize Audrey Munson, and have walked by her in the street, without even knowing her name. She stands atop New York’s Municipal Building. She sits as “Miss Manhattan” and “Miss Brooklyn” outside the Brooklyn Museum, is immortalized on the Manhattan Bridge, the Frick Mansion, the New York Public Library, and the Pulitzer Fountain outside the Plaza Hotel. In gold, bronze, and stone, she still graces bridges, skyscrapers, fountains, churches, monuments, and public buildings across the nation, from Jacksonville to San Francisco, from Atlanta to the Wisconsin state capitol.

Crazy indeed. Munson came to New York to be a chorus girl, but was pulled from obscurity when photographer Felix Benedict Herzog noticed the great beauty while window-shopping with her mother on Fifth Avenue. Munson became an actress and a model under his tutelage and almost accepted a marriage proposal from Herzog before he died suddenly in 1912. “By then, she had artist friends, and she was sort of taken up by the scene.

As an 18-year-old, Munson drew the attention of noted artists for her idealistic physique — “The Most Perfectly Formed Woman in the World,” said press at the time — a throwback to the Greek goddessesque forms that captivated master painters Raphael and Botticelli. She began posing nude for the likes of sculptor Isidore Konti in 1909 and photographer Arnold Genthe shortly thereafter, soon becoming a favorite in New York City artistic circles.

Munson was adored by men. But she was focused on keeping her place atop the modeling world and turned away many suitors — like smitten railway executive Paul Hardaway, to whom she was engaged for a time, around 1914. According to Curse, Munson eventually realized she “did not love this man enough to be his wife,” setting Hardaway up with another model-friend of hers.

She continued to excel professionally when she headed to the West Coast, where Munson caught the eye of movie producers. She starred in commercial fashion shows and became the first American star to appear fully nude on film. But trouble soon followed. “There, she started to have psychological problems,” says Bone. “She was the most famous muse in America, but was unfortunately swept up into a murder case.”

In 1919, Munson’s former landlord, Walter Wilkins, a physician who had become obsessed with Munson, was convicted and executed for murdering his wife, allegedly to free himself to marry Munson. Bone says that the stress of the case, coupled with the demands of her career, proved too much for her to handle. Munson dropped entirely out of the art and film scene. “She was a fragile and vulnerable woman, placed under an enormous amount of pressure as a nude model,” he says. “She became a recluse for 10 years. She tried to come back around 1921 for a movie, but was unsuccessful. She was the original Hollywood flameout — and on her 40th birthday, her mother committed her.”

It’s almost unimaginable that Munson spent more than 60 quiet years in a mental institution, right up to her death in 1996. Once beloved by many, she didn’t have visitors for decades. “Her parents died, but her father did have a second family,” Bone says. “Finally, when she was 93, she was rediscovered by her half niece, Darlene — her father’s granddaughter.”

When she died, Munson’s ashes were placed in her father’s burial plot. “There is no headstone, just a plastic flower,” Bone says. “It is hard to believe that the woman who was the inspiration for monuments all around the world, and especially in New York, has no monument herself.”



CASE DETAILS Mabel hired Charlie as a night watchman In Bonne Terre, Missouri, Mabel Woods had dedicated many years of her life running an animal sanctuary on a sprawling 110 acre farm. The sanctuary provided a loving and caring home for dogs that might otherwise have been impounded. She even built a $60,000 kennel to house her 115 dogs. The dogs were offered for adoption, but those that didn’t find new homes lived out their lives on the sanctuary. Mabel felt the farm was in an ideal location because her nearest neighbors were over a mile away and would not be disturbed by the dogs. But eighteen months after she moved to the farm, Mabel’s peaceful life was shattered. One the night of December 11, 1986, someone broke into her kennel. The intruder fired at least four rounds from a .22 caliber rifle, killing two dogs and seriously wounding two others. Mabel was devastated: “The next morning when I went up to open the kennel, I found my dogs dead. In the beginning, I thought, oh, there’s been a fight. They’ve killed each other. But as I looked, I realized that they had been shot… I was upset about it, and I called the sheriff’s office, but I knew there was nothing, really nothing that could be done at that point.” Firemen determined it was “spalling” Police officials investigated the shooting. But because the killing of an animal is only a misdemeanor, the case was given a low priority. After the shooting, Mabel hired a man named Charlie Jacobs to help out around the kennel. Charlie moved into the guesthouse and doubled as a hired hand and night watchman. For two months, nothing unusual happened. Mabel and Charlie settled into a comfortable routine. Then on the night of February 10, 1987, Charlie was in his kitchen when he noticed a bright orange glow through the window. Fifty yards away, the kennel was on fire. By the time Charlie reached the kennel, it was completely engulfed in flames. Inside were 60 dogs. According to Charlie, the animals had no way to escape: “It was awful. The flames were real high, and you could hear the yips every once in a while, and the place was on fire, I mean, it’s like an inferno.” Police found a tire track 100 yards away Charlie managed to pull one dog from the flames, but could do nothing to save the others. The fire was so intense that it set off smoke alarms in homes over a mile away. According to Mabel, there was no reason for the kennel to burn: “The kennel was so new, a great deal of it was green lumber. I knew it had to be arson, because the dogs were blazing, which they would not have been without something put on them. As I watched the kennel come down to the ground and realized that my dogs were all dead… I just couldn’t imagine why anyone would do that. There just wasn’t anything left except a few scraps of metal and the concrete.” Four days after the blaze, the local volunteer fire department began an investigation, headed by investigator Charlie Geesing: “We wanted to clean off the debris of the barn, to get a look at the floor. We started to see a pattern that’s called ‘spalling.’” “Spalling” occurs when a flammable substance is ignited on concrete. According to Charlie Geesing, the extreme heat causes the concrete to crack or erode: “This pattern is not normal in a fire and led us to the assumption that the fire was set with a flammable liquid. We believe that night that the suspect entered the building through the door they used normally to get between the two rows of pens. He entered the building, poured the flammable liquid down the walls as he went in. The hallway led to a bigger open area at the far end. He continued pouring the wall. At that point, he probably lit it. And then he took off.” Once it was determined that arson was the cause of the fire, police officials joined the investigation. One hundred yards from where the kennel once stood, police found a tire track in the mud. They made a plaster mold of the track. According to Sheriff Jack Cade of the St. Francis County Sheriff’s Department, the plaster mold and spalling pattern burned into the kennel floor are the only evidence police have in this case: “We don’t have any leads, don’t have any suspects that haven’t been eliminated. Most of the people that you find in this part of the country are dog lovers. We have dogs, we have hunting dogs, we care a lot about our dogs. There are people in this county, who would shoot you a whole lot quicker over their dog than they would their wife.” Within ten months of the fire, Mabel had built a new kennel. She is still haunted by the memory of that tragic night and fears that whoever was responsible may strike again at any time. The person who burned down Mabel’s kennel has never been caught and the case is still open.
ARE YOU SNORING YOURSELF TO DEATH? THERE IS A SIMPLE SOLUTION… Are you one of the 50% of adults who snore? Does it bother your partner or leave you exhausted in the morning, after a night of poor-quality, repeatedly interrupted sleep? Poor quality sleep over an extended period of time translates into reduced productivity at work, less quality-time with family, and less energy for the activities you love. Aside from the obvious disadvantages, a lack of sleep, due to snoring, can lead to serious health problems. People who are suffering from exhaustion, high blood pressure and inexplicable headaches because of interrupted sleep are very often suffering from a sleep disorder called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). As shocking as it might sound, the main underlying cause of OSA is none other than – SNORING! Many factors such as the structure of your mouth (a low, thick soft palate), as well as weight and diet can lead to snoring. While sleeping, the muscles in the roof of your mouth, tongue and throat start to relax. The muscle tissue in your throat can relax enough that they block your airway and vibrate, causing snoring. Overweight individuals can even have extra tissues at the back of their throat that might narrow their airways. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the condition when your throat tissues partially or completely block your airway, preventing you from breathing. OSA usually involves periods of loud snoring followed by periods of silence when airways become blocked and breathing stops completely. This pause in breathing forces the body to wake up as a defensive mechanism. A sufferer usually wakes up making a loud snort or gasp for air. This continuing pattern of stopped breathing can go on all night long. While for many people, snoring can be stopped temporarily simply by changing positions in bed, people with OSA wake up dozens of times in a single night as their bodies fight suffocation. Anyone who suffers from OSA has experienced waking up feeling exhausted, as if they hadn’t slept at all. In fact, interrupted sleep, which does not let the body reach “REM sleep,” the deep type of sleep that renews and refreshes the body, is as good as no sleep at all. A form of sleep deprivation – interrupted sleep over an extended period of time has been shown in scientific studies to contribute to inflammation in the body and medical issues that are associated with this extreme sleep loss: heart attack, depression, type 2 diabetes, stroke and even memory loss. In the past, the treatment options for OSA were quite limited. Sufferers would have to first be diagnosed by a doctor, undergo tests at a sleep clinic, use uncomfortable breathing devices and even undergo invasive, painful surgery – all of which can cost tons of money! Thankfully, all that has changed. The modern solution for OSA is surprisingly simple. The newly developed chin strap by Stop Snoring Today is a simple and affordable device that prevents the symptoms of OSA by keeping your breathing passages open while you wear it during sleep. A scientific study conducted at Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Division of Sleep Medicine found this type of device to be highly effective in treating OSA. Furthermore, the chin-strap is clinically tested and doctor approved. How Does it Work? When your jaw opens during sleep, your tongue moves to the back of your throat, further blocking your airways and limiting the air you can inhale. As previously described, the air that does make it through causes the noisy vibrations we all know as snoring. The Stop Snoring Today chin strap works by supporting the jaw and keeping the jaw and tongue in the correct alignment, thereby keeping the airway unobstructed. Unobstructed airways = NO MORE SNORING!
‘JUST LIKE A PLANTATION’: TEXAS INMATES GO ON STRIKE OVER SLAVE-LIKE CONDITIONS Claiming that they are treated like slaves, inmates from up to five Texas prisons have orchestrated a historic workers’ strike. A lack of access to quality food and water, low wages, overcrowding, and poor working conditions were among their complaints. Striking inmates are refusing to leave their cells for work assigned by Texas Corrections Industries (TCI), a publicly traded company. Established in 1963 under the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, TCI uses prison labor to make a variety of products “from hand soap to bed sheets, from raising livestock to making iron toilets and portable buildings,” all of which are sold to local, state, and federal government agencies, as well as public schools, and hospitals ‒ and prisoners receive none of the profits, according to a letter outlining the reasons for the strike. “Texas’s prisoners are the slaves of today, and that slavery affects our society economically, morally and politically,” the five-page letter announcing the strike read. “Beginning on April 4, 2016, all inmates around Texas will stop all labor in order to get the attention from politicians and Texas’s community alike.” While slavery was outlawed by the 13th Amendment after the Civil War, it does contain one exception – prison labor – Jim Del Ducca of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee, an arm of the International Workers of the World, told RT’s Anya Parampil. “People are making a profit off of [the inmates]. Yes, the taxpayers do, ostensibly, fund prisons, but the fact of the matter is that private corporations use prison labor to manufacture goods, which then make profits,” Del Ducca said. “And these profits don’t go back to the prisoners, they don’t go back to the prison system to lower the burden on the taxpayers.” “It’s a profit-producing system, just like a plantation in the old days,” he added. Del Ducca points out those inmates often earn what might generously be described as a pittance ‒ mere penny per hour. “When we talk about wages for prisoners, they can be working for nothing or five cents an hour. It’s just, well, it’s horrible,” he said. However, the letter notes that prisoners are often denied compensation for their work as a form of punishment for real or perceived transgressions. “They are forced to work on a daily basis, if they refuse [sic] to work a single day, they are punished in many different ways,” the letter said. “They work without any payment. They don’t get any credit for their work neither for their good conduct.” In some states, prisoners in privately run facilities earn 17 cents an hour, but prisons in Texas and several other (mostly Southern) states don’t require inmates to be paid at all, Erica Gammill, director of the Prison Justice League, an organization that works with inmates in 109 Texas prisons, told The Intercept. While it might seem that prisoners don’t not need money because their housing and food are provided by taxpayers, that impression is incorrect, Del Ducca told RT. Phone calls home “are a dollar or more a minute, and the prisoners have to buy phone cards at exorbitant rates,” he said. “But also in Texas specifically, where our members are on strike, there’s a policy of a $100 copay simply for medical services. So, you know, a prisoner making five cents an hour, it takes a long time just to earn enough money to pay for basic medical services.” Gammill hopes that the strike will spread from Texas to Alabama, Mississippi, Oregon and beyond. “Over the long term, we’ll probably see more work stoppages,” she said. “In prison, you think it’d be difficult to spread information, but it actually spreads like wildfire.” Prisoners from Ohio, Alabama, Virginia and Mississippi have already joined the effort. On Friday, a group called for “nationally coordinated prisoner work stoppage against prison slavery” to take place on September 9, the 45th anniversary of the Attica prison riot. “We will not only demand the end to prison slavery, we will end it ourselves by ceasing to be slaves,” the announcement of the September 9 strike read. “They cannot run these facilities without us.”
Thursday, 07 April 2016 17:11



Two women who are deaf have risen to prominent positions alongside Barack Obama in the White House.

Leah Katz-Hernandez, 28, is one of the first people visitors encounter when they enter the White House. Informally known as the Receptionist of the United States - or Rotus - she is the first ever deaf person to hold that position. Her desk is just steps away from the Oval Office.

"My job involves welcoming people into the West Wing on a daily basis," she says. "Those people include the president, along with his guests and senior staff. I also welcome world leaders from other countries."

She also oversees the White House guest book and the West Wing's main meeting space, the Roosevelt Room, among other roles and communicates with people who don't understand sign language through an American sign-language interpreter. Phone calls are also translated in this way.

She has a background in politics, having studied government at Gallaudet University in Washington and got her first introduction to the White House as an intern.

Determined to be part of the Obama administration, she travelled to his headquarters in Chicago during the mid-term elections in 2012, and got a job working on his re-election campaign. After Obama won, she was appointed as the First Lady's press assistant and research associate.

Her boss, Barack Obama, recently told a packed news conference that "her smiling face is one of the first things people see when they come into the White House".

Katz-Hernandez reveals: "He knows a little bit of sign language, not only because of me, but because of his relationship with other deaf Americans. It's not a lot of sign language - he is a busy man."

A colleague of Katz-Hernandez is Claudia Gordon, the first deaf African-American female attorney in the United States. She works at the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and has held a previous post as a policy adviser for the Department of Homeland Security.

Her journey to Washington started in Jamaica where she spent her early childhood. At the age of eight she lost her hearing and, unable to afford an education in Jamaica, her mother took her to New York where she went to a school for the deaf and learned sign language for the first time.

She says the discrimination she experienced in Jamaica inspired her to become a lawyer.

"It did cause me to recognise injustice that exists in society towards people who happen to be different - deaf, blind, physically disabled or have a mental disability. I realised then that society does not treat people right, including myself. So from that experience I realised I wanted to be able to make change, make things better for people like myself."

Katz-Hernandez and Gordon praise the Obama administration for its progressive philosophy and values - they aren't the only deaf people working in the White House.

"I want to see the deaf community become more involved with therdon praise the Obama administration for its progressive philosophy and values - they aren't the only deaf people working in the White House.

"I want to see the deaf community become more involved with the government because it has a vital impact on the lives of deaf people," Katz-Hernandez says. "It's important that they are included. I hope to see many more people like me in the future."

For many deaf people barriers and stereotypes remain. But some are facing up to the discrimination they see and are working hard to break down those barriers.

But what do Gordon and Katz-Hernandez think their futures will hold when the Obama administration hands over the reins of government next January?

"I do know for a fact that I will continue to strive to make a difference to better society for people with disabilities and other under-served groups," Gordon says. "What that job title will be, what organisation or governmental body that will be I don't know but I will continue to follow my passion."


Katz-Hernandez adds: "My boss [President Obama] said to me: 'The White House is not the top of your career, it's the beginning of your future.' It is true, it is only the beginning, really I want to work to better the future and rights of deaf people and other minority communities."