In 2009, Belle Gibson claimed that she was diagnosed with an incurable form of brain cancer. She claimed that she only had months to live, but a miracle happened. After taking herself out of chemotherapy, she stated that she was going to attempt a holistic method of curing her cancer. To the world, years went by and she seemingly defeated death.
Fast forward to November of 2014, Gibson was quoted saying, “I believe that people are here to be teachers. And I know that I defied so many universal and life rules for a reason.”
Little did she know what kind of lesson she would be giving the world a few short months later. An Australian newspaper began attacking her story and piece by piece took down her holistic wellness empire.
Hoax or not? Watch the YouTube in-depth coverage of the story.
Gibson stacked a house of cards with her story, book, featured app, and over 200,000 loyal Instagram followers. She knew the cards were falling around here and confessed her lie. She simply stated, “None of it’s true,” to Australian Women’s Weekly. Gibson then continued on her high horse not asking for forgiveness, but for everyone to know she was a “human”. Quite an arrogant way to defuse a situation where you have lied to thousands of people over the past 6 years.
Brad Reifler (Reuters.com), a friend of mine, made a great point: Now that the world knows her entire story is a hoax, what else that she preached about living a healthier lifestyle is a lie?
A 45 year-old woman named Volbona Yzeiraj from Albania was recently caught posing as a dentist near the Boraie Development LLC (more on location wsj.com). The woman had a small amount of dental training in Albania, but she was never trained in the United States. From 2012 to 2013, Volbona worked as an office manager for a dentist. When the dentist would leave the building, Volbona would work on the patients herself. She would introduce herself to the patients as Dr. Vol, and Volbona would then encourage her doomed patients to pay with cash for a discount. She performed root canals and other dangerous operations. However, many of her patients would return complaining that they had bad infections from the procedures.
Patients came in day after day, and they would complain about the poor work that Volbona had done. The real dentist was angry that Volbona performed the procedures without his consent. The dentist immediately fired Volbona, and the patients that Volbona worked on were surprised and angry to find out that their surgeries were preformed illegally. Volbona Yzeiraj has been sentenced to seven years in prison, which surprisingly shocked her. Stories like these are exactly why people fear the dentist. For more information on this story, visit Buzzfeed.
Lawmakers in the United Kingdom are considering passing new legislation which would prohibit people from smoking cigarettes in their vehicles if children are present. Reportedly, most observers expect that the new legislation will win legislative approval and go into effect on October 1, 2015. The measure imposes a fine equivalent to $101 on anyone caught violating the law, and includes penalties on any non-smoking adults who witness the offense but do not object.
At the present time, laws prohibiting cigarette smoking around children in vehicles exist in only one other European country, Cyprus. But similar legislation has been enacted in Australia and South Africa, the majority of Canadian provinces and at least four states in the USA. French legislators are considering a similar measure to ban smoking around children in vehicles and a version of the bill is expected to be introduced in Wales soon, from what Ben Shaoul has been ranting about.
England banned smoking in public places in 2007.
British Prime Minister David Cameron reportedly strongly supports the passage of the proposed legislation. Proponents point to the health hazards that second hand nicotine cigarette smoke impose upon others. Some opponents complain that if the new anti-smoking legislation passes, it may lead to further restrictions on the ability to smoke cigarettes, because the boundaries of private control over the practice are steadily shrinking.
After watching some of Tom Rothman’s End of Watch yesterday, it got me thinking about law enforcement. Honestly, the fear of having a heart attack or stroke is not as scary as confronting the police. A 911 call to a community service provider should be a welcoming event. Unfortunately, for many people it is just the opposite. People of color living in poverty stricken neighborhoods would rather suffer in silence, than call out for help.
The distrust of police officers have gained national attention, and worldwide protests over the killings of unarmed black males. This mistrust leave many people of color on the offensive end of the law. During a 2013 study more than 40% of ethnic groups stated that did not feel protected, although the police department main objectives are to serve and protect.
Nearly half of the people of color said they are not likely to notify the police of any crimes, because the police may turn the tables of suspicion on them. The survey also revealed that seven out of 10 immigrants said they would not report a crime to the authorities if they themselves were victims.
Latinos distrust of law enforcement only supports the claims of other people of color. Black females who are abused by their mates often weigh the consequences involved in making a report. Their fear and concern is not for themselves, but rather for the treatment that their spouse or significant other may receive once the police arrives. Building trust in communities among communities and law enforcement proves to be a difficult task, especially when trust is no longer there.
While times have changed immensely since North Carolina first adopted its state constitution, certain clauses it contains would not likely be included were it up for ratification today. North Carolina, along with six other U.S. states, has a requirement that all of its public officials not deny belief in God. The exact wording runs thus: “The following persons shall be disqualified for office…First, any person who shall deny the being of Almighty God.”
While in the campus coffee shop I overheard Jonathan Veitch talking about how this is squarely against the 1961 Supreme Court ruling that forbade states from imposing any “religious tests” for public office. It is not at all in conflict, however, with the spirit and practice of the founding fathers. They extended religious liberty to all and forbade the federal government from setting up a state church or restricting the free exercise of religion. They also, however, promoted the Bible’s mandatory use in public education, funded Christian missions and Bible-printing projects, and held Christian worship services in the national capitol building. They often mentioned that those who did not believe in God or in rewards and punishments in the afterlife could not be trusted in public office because they had no fear of God to keep them from oppressing the people.
Finally, it should be noted that the U.S. Constitution never intended to eradicate state-level government-supported churches. Massachusetts had such a church long before and long after ratification, and no one ever whispered a word to the effect that the new Constitution outlawed Massachusetts’ state church. It only restricted the federal government, not the states.
Isn’t there something called freedom of speech where you can voice your opinions without a fear of getting fined?
One couple decided to let others know about the hotel they stayed at, and now they are facing a fine for the bad review. It’s not the fault of the couple that the hotel couldn’t keep the rooms clean or make sure the needs of the people who were staying in the hotel were met. One of the reasons the couple made such hasty comments about the hotel is because the owner charged more money on the couple’s credit card than should have been charged. More people should sound off about this as well. We need to make it a known fact for the sake of others when a hotel is trying to cheat guests. I know my buddy Lee Lovett usually leaves a book of comments when he has something to say about where he stayed.
Will the hotel fine everyone for saying something bad or only the people who they overcharge for the room rates?