Brandy Norwood Gets Ignored Singing On The Subway

Brandy Norwood, is beyond an icon to some, she is a 90s teen idol. Anyone who loves music, remembers her at what now seems like the height of her career. We watched Brandy hit the scene when she was just a teenager, innocent and trendy, with her funky style and catchy lyrics. Brandy was a household name, her music was hip, yet acceptable to parents and teens alike. Hit after hit, Brandy proved that she was not just flash in the pan. While her music career was still on fire, Brandy starred in movies like Cindarella, alongside her idol, the late Whitney Houston, and Double Platinum with Diana Ross. 

Brandy’s music never stopped topping charts, but even while her music was making waves, Brandy continued to tackle her acting career. Her sitcom Moesha, held down primetime for six seasons, and still has a cult following. While still filming Moesha Brandy even managed to land a role in the I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. With all of her success as an actress Brandy has always returned to her first love and she has never disappointed her fans with her music. 

After Brandy’s first two successful albums, her music career seemed to plummet but she continued to stay relevant in the public eye, starring in her own reality shows and appearing on her brother Ray J’s shows as well. Finally Brandy settled into her role as Chardonnay on the hit sitcom “The Game,” for 5 long seasons Brandy held down her role on the show, many actually believe that Brandy singlehandedly saved the show from early cancellation. 

Most recently, Brandy is fresh off of her Broadway debut as Roxy Heart, in the musical Chicago. It comes as no surprise that Brandy impressed at every show during her run on Broadway, the reviews were through the roof, and everyone wanted more of Brandy as Roxy. Now that Brandy is leaving the big stage, she is enjoying her time in the big city, and also living a the common folk. Apparently, Brandy is a little too common for New York because this week she is making the news after an impromptu city subway performance got less than a standing ovation.

Clearly, New Yorkers are beyond over random strangers force feeding them performances on the subway, after all it only happens every day. We saw a similar situation when Keanu Reeves selflessly offered a woman his seat on the subway (in plain clothes) and didn’t even get so much as a “thank you,” nobody seemed to notice or even care that it was him. Even the person that filmed the entire interaction, cared more about getting a good video than and autograph.

Brandy’s video has gone viral, we follow her as she boards a train in glasses and a head wrap and begins sing a strong rendition of “Home,” after singing the first few lines she she realizes that not one person “responded.” In true Brandy style she threw on the theatrics and pretended to be offended that she didn’t get a reaction, she even asked a rider what he thought, to that he said “this is a cold city, we’ve seen this a million times, you have to do something different.” Brandy was a good sport about the situation, but even for her it had to hurt (just a little) to get ignored after singing her heart out.


Arms control activists like the Iran nuclear deal

Some people are calling the Iranian nuclear deal a historical event, while others are bashing it, but there are a few people trying to explain what the deal actually says. The text of the agreement between Iran, the United States and other nations, can be read here.

According to an article on Reddit, arms control activist Jeffrey Lewis likes the deal and said he would give it an “A” rating. He was a wake at 3 a.m. California time when the text of the agreement was posted online.

Lewis is the director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and runs a couple of blogs about arms control.
Lewis said the deal is pretty much the same as what was proposed last spring, then put off. He said it was also the same deal that was nearly reached eight years ago. In spite of the slow progress he was still pleased with the deal, feeling it will slow down Iran’s nuclear program and lessen the threat of the use of nuclear weapons.

He said slowing down their program, which was moving along fast and may or may not have been for peaceful purposes, was the best thing that came out of the agreement. Having a gap between being able to make a bomb, and actually having one, was a wise move he said. This means if Iran does make a nuclear weapon, “we’re very likely to find out, and to do so with enough time that we have options to do something about it.”

His one caveat in the deal is that no one can predict human behavior. There are no guarantees that Iran’s supreme leader will not get bad advice, be influenced to do bad things, or have a change of heart and break the agreement.

“You can’t know that [Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei] will be deterred. But I don’t know that there’s any way to make him more deterred than this.” Lewis is quoted as saying.

There will be inspections and Iran has promised to be forthcoming. If the United States, or any other nation in the agreement, is dissatisfied with the compliance, they can get the sanctions returned on Iran quickly. It must be approved by the UN Security Council. If the council agrees, or if it does nothing, the sanctions return.

As for the particulars there are charts that show the specifics of the deal. The focus is on centrifuges, which turn uranium into nuclear fuel. Iran will have a lot less of them than it has now, going from 21,000 to 7,000. They will be less efficient and they will only be allowed to be enriched to a percentage that is far below what is required to make a bomb.

Iran will have to give up 97 percent of its uranium and will be limited to three facilities to work with nuclear material. One facility will be refitted so that it cannot produce bomb grade uranium.

Antibiotic Resistance Is Now a Major Global Public Health Problem

Your doctor may have told you previously that he is unable to prescribe an antibiotic for you when you have a virus. He may have gone on to explain that antibiotics will only heal you when you have a bacterial infection. They have no effect whatsoever on viruses. And you may have gotten upset that he didn’t have something that would fix your cold or stomach flu.
Or like many doctors do, he may have just given you the antibiotic, causing you to take a medication that you don’t really need. You take it for ten days and voila! Your sickness is gone. The medicine must have worked. Or more than likely, the virus ran its course while you were taking the antibiotic and you would have gotten better even if you didn’t take it. But no harm done, right? Wrong!
It is being reported by health officials in the U.S. and Canada that the overuse of antibiotics is dangerous. What happens is bacterial infections can become resistant to antibiotics. The more resistant they become, the less an antibiotic will be able to work until such a time that it will not work at all. When that happens, a patient can die of a bacterial infection because there is no medication to give them that will work.
President Obama has allocated more than $1.2 billion to address antibiotic resistance in the year 2016, because the problem is here, right now. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than 23,000 people die each year from antibiotic-resistant infections in the United States alone. This problem can become an epidemic in ten years or next year. No one knows. What they do know is it is happening.
You can do your part by becoming educated about drug resistance. Don’t take an antibiotic unless there is a real need for one. Tell your politicians that this issue is one you feel is important.