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Music Production: Discover the Past, Present, & Future of Music Production, Recording Technology, Techniques, & Songwriting (Unabridged)

Tommy Swindali

Genre: Arts & Entertainment

Price: $ 12.99

Publish Date: February 4, 2020

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Future Past Life

STRFKR

Genre: Alternative

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: April 10, 2020

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Sesame Street Comics: Blast From the Past

Jason M. Burns

Genre: Graphic Novels

Publish Date: November 30, 2015

Publisher: Sesame Workshop

Seller: Sesame Workshop


Can you imagine what Elmo finds when he digs for dino bones? Hint: It's really BIG! Join Elmo and his Sesame Street friends as they apply simple science and math to dig deep into the past in issue #3 of this series of all-original  Sesame Street  comics. In three more fun stories, Snuffy meets his shadow, a Sesame cowpoke learns to measure with the help of his 10-gallon hat, and Elmo helps Abby and Oscar meet in the middle – somewhere between smelly socks and rainbows and unicorns.  Plus …a page of tips for reading comics with kids.

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We Came as Romans: Present, Future, And Past – Russ Hubley

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We Came as Romans: Present, Future, And Past

Russ Hubley

Genre: Concert Films

Price: $ 12.99

Rental Price: $ 4.99

Release Date: September 2, 2014


We Came As Romans have already seen major success, with their first two albums topping 100,000 sales, and an incredible tour history of sold out headline tours and support spots for the biggest acts in the scene. Present, Future and Past was filmed as part of the Tracing Back Roots tour at the House of Blues in Chicago and captures the energy and intensity of their live performances.

© © 2014 Equal Vision Records, Inc.

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Heard It In A Past Life – Maggie Rogers

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Heard It In A Past Life

Maggie Rogers

Genre: Alternative

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: January 18, 2019

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X-Men: Days of Future Past (The Rogue Cut) – Bryan Singer

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X-Men: Days of Future Past (The Rogue Cut)

Bryan Singer

Genre: Action & Adventure

Price: $ 9.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: May 23, 2014


With a never before seen cut of the film plus two hours of all new and immersive special features, The X-Men: Days of Future Past Rogue Cut takes you deeper into the X-Men universe than ever before. See the all-star characters from the original trilogy join forces with their younger selves and unite to battle armies of murderous Sentinel robots who are hunting down mutants and humans alike!

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Vince Giordano: There’s a Future In the Past – Dave Davidson & Amber Edwards

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Vince Giordano: There’s a Future In the Past

Dave Davidson & Amber Edwards

Genre: Documentary

Price: $ 9.99

Rental Price: $ 2.99

Release Date: January 13, 2017


What does it take to keep Jazz Age music going strong in the 21st century? Two words: Vince Giordano — a bandleader, musician, historian, scholar, collector, and NYC institution. For nearly 40 years, Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks have brought the joyful syncopation of the 1920s and ‘30s to life with their virtuosity, vintage musical instruments, and more than 60,000 period band arrangements. This beautifully crafted documentary offers an intimate and energetic portrait of a truly devoted musician and preservationist, taking us behind the scenes of the recording of HBO’s Grammy award-winning Boardwalk Empire soundtrack, and alongside Giordano as he shares his passion for hot jazz with a new generation of music and swing-dance fans.

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Blast from the Past – Hugh Wilson

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Blast from the Past

Hugh Wilson

Genre: Romance

Price: $ 7.99

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Release Date: February 12, 1999


When a man raised in a 1950s era bomb shelter emerges into the outside world for the first time–to find a nice non-mutant girl with whom to repopulate the earth–meets a savvy, cynical modern woman, sparks fly, opposites attract and the result is a wondrous chain reaction in this romantic comedy for the nuclear age–Blast from the Past. Adam's (Brendan Fraser "The Mummy," "The Mummy Returns") hapless search in the brave new world of homeless people, adult bookstores and all-night supermarkets leads him directly into Eve (Golden Globe-nominee Alicia Silverstone "Clueless," "Batman & Robin," TVs "Miss Match"). She's suspicious, smart about survival and uncertain of the possibilities of love. Her life has been a series of dead-end jobs, shallow boyfriends and dashed hopes. But the more Eve watches Adam approach the world with wide eyes, comic miscomprehension, joyous delight and a deliciously sweet innocence, the more she begins to find herself falling … in love?

© © 1999 New Line Productions, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Remembering the past. – AIA Louisiana

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Remembering the past.

Designing the Future

AIA Louisiana

Genre: Art & Architecture

Publish Date: January 15, 2019

Publisher: AIA Louisiana

Seller: AIA Louisiana


To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Louisiana chapter, the Board of Directors has created this iBook which celebrates the rich history of the association. Since 1943, our organization has grown from a membership of a few dozen to more than 1,200 statewide. Besides serving as a platform and educational resource for member architects, AIA Louisiana has played a key role in improving Louisiana’s public policy and procedures relating to the design profession.  For example, in 1966, almost 25 years before President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), AIA Louisiana worked with lawmakers to introduce such legislation on the state level. As a result, Louisiana became one of the first states to enact a law requiring design for handicap accessibility.  Later, during a time when the distribution of state design projects was increasingly politically-motivated, AIA Louisiana worked diligently under three governors to create the fair and impartial Louisiana Architects Selection Board. This board ensures that the selection of architectural firms for state-funded projects is based solely on qualifications.  As we look to the future, AIA Louisiana remains committed to providing our members with the right tools to make our state a better place: be it through educational resources that encourage design excellence, or through collaborative efforts that have a positive impact on the design projects and the communities in which they are built.

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Heard It in a Past Life – Maggie Rogers

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Heard It in a Past Life

Maggie Rogers

Genre: Alternative

Price: $ 9.99

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Heard It In A Past Life – Maggie Rogers

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Heard It In A Past Life

Maggie Rogers

Genre: Alternative

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Living in the Past – W.J. May

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Living in the Past

W.J. May

Genre: Paranormal

Publish Date: July 15, 2017

Publisher: Dark Shadow Publishing

Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC


The past is your lesson. The present is your gift. The future is your motivation. From USA Today bestselling author, W.J. May brings you a spin off from the Chronicles of Kerrigan. This is a stand alone series, or can be read with the Chronicles of Kerrigan series  How can you build a future, when a part of you is trapped in the past? Gabriel Alden’s problems were supposed to be over. The man who had enslaved him had been destroyed. The girl he was supposed to kill, had become his saving grace. And the people he had been sent to infiltrate, had ended up as family. So why,  when everyone else had found their happy-ever-after, was Gabriel still out in the cold? Dark memories, hidden shadows, and secrets too terrible to imagine haunt his every breath—chasing after him as he races around the globe, searching for the truth. Can he ever truly escape his past? Will he ever have a shot at a future? How far can you run before your ghosts finally catch up with you?   One thing is certain, Gabriel’s problems are just getting started… The Chronicles of Kerrigan: Gabriel Living in the Past Present for Today Staring at the Future READ THE WHOLE SERIES: Prequel Series: Christmas Before the Magic Question the Darkness Into the Darkness Fight the Darkness Alone in the Darkness Lost in Darkness The Chronicles of Kerrigan Series Rae of Hope Dark Nebula House of Cards Royal Tea Under Fire End in Sight Hidden Darkness Twisted Together Mark of Fate Strength & Power Last One Standing Rae of Light The Chronicles of Kerrigan Sequel A Matter of Time Time Piece Second Chance Glitch in Time Our Time Precious Time

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Ghosts of Girlfriends Past – Mark Waters

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Ghosts of Girlfriends Past

Mark Waters

Genre: Comedy

Price: $ 12.99

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Release Date: May 1, 2009


Celebrity photographer Connor Mead (MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY) loves freedom, fun and women…in that order. Connor's brother Paul is more the romantic type. In fact, he's about to be married. Unfortunately, on the eve of the big event, Connor's mockery of romance proves a real buzz-kill for Paul, the wedding party and a houseful of well wishers–including Connor's childhood friend Jenny (JENNIFER GARNER), the one woman in his life who has always seemed immune to his considerable charm. Just when it looks like Connor may single-handedly ruin the wedding, he gets a wake-up call from the ghost of his late Uncle Wayne (MICHAEL DOUGLAS), the hard-partying, legendary ladies man upon whose exploits Connor has modeled his lifestyle. Uncle Wayne has an urgent message for his protege, which he delivers through the ghosts of Connor's jilted girlfriends–past, present and future–who take him on a revealing and hilarious odyssey through a lifetime of failed relationships.

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SHINY AND OH SO BRIGHT, VOL. 1 / LP: NO PAST. NO FUTURE. NO SUN. – Smashing Pumpkins

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SHINY AND OH SO BRIGHT, VOL. 1 / LP: NO PAST. NO FUTURE. NO SUN.

Smashing Pumpkins

Genre: Alternative

Price: $ 9.99

Release Date: November 16, 2018

© ℗ 2018 Napalm Records Handels Gmbh

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Past Lives

Against The Current

Genre: Alternative

Price: $ 7.99

Release Date: September 28, 2018

© ℗ 2018 Fueled By Ramen LLC for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States. A Warner Music Group Company

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Past Hundred Days – EP

EBEN

Genre: Pop

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Release Date: August 21, 2018

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Episode 121: How to Avoid Angry Mobs of Democrats and Not Sell Past the Close

Topics: 

  • Akira The Don music video of Scott’s theme song
  • Elaine Chao confronts harassers
  • Erin Burnett interview, maintaining professionalism
  • Hitting bottom is necessary for improvement to be possible
  • The Left has major TDS and is melting down
  • The Right is afraid to go out in public
  • A fake “because”, a mental escape hatch, is needed for the Left to heal
  • Iran’s economy and restless population
  • Because the MSM is fake news, it’s brainwashing half the country
  • Update on Bill Pulte’s Blight Authority efforts
  • The summer of love is still on!

 

I fund my Periscopes and podcasts via audience micro-donations on Patreon. I prefer this method over accepting advertisements or working for a “boss” somewhere because it keeps my voice independent. No one owns me, and that is rare. I’m trying in my own way to make the world a better place, and your contributions help me stay inspired to do that.

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Episode 75: “Obstructing Justice” is thinking past the sale, plus Iran and North Korea

Topics:

  • “Obstructing justice” sounds bad
  • “Obstructing injustice” sounds good
  • Framing makes a critical difference in perception
  • President Trump’s honest unvarnished opinions
  • Did SK President Moon play both NK and US President?
  • If going after Chinese banks doesn’t work, we might sanction the bankers themselves
  • How many explanations exist for WHY Middle East problems exist?
  • Many explanations is a tell for cognitive dissonance
  • What is the cognitive dissonance being experienced in the Middle East?
  • Secretary of State Pompeo is handling things like President Trump
  • Shake the box
  • Expand the scope
  • Take talks to the high ground

 

I fund my Periscopes and podcasts via audience micro-donations on Patreon. I prefer this method over accepting advertisements or working for a “boss” somewhere because it keeps my voice independent. No one owns me, and that is rare. I’m trying in my own way to make the world a better place, and your contributions help me stay inspired to do that.

See all of my Periscope videos here.

For persuasion-related content in book form, see my bestselling book, Win Bigly.

 

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Can Stephan And Jaime Move Past Their Young And Pregnant Brawl?

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Ghosts Of Challenge Past: Can Nicole Survive Vendettas After Her Reunion With Laurel?

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The Charlottesville Fake News Was the Best Persuasion Play of the Past Year

Now that some time has passed, and emotions have subsided a bit, I can tell you about the best persuasion play of the past year. The credit goes to the anti-Trump media. They convinced much of the world that the President of the United States referred to a bunch of racists with tiki torches in Charlottesville as “fine people.”

What President Trump did say is that some “fine people” were at the event. I see only two ways to interpret that statement. One interpretation is completely ordinary and the other is batshit crazy. The batshit crazy interpretation is the one the anti-Trump media persuaded you is the real one. They would have you believe that the President of the United States publicly and unabashedly sided with self-labelled racists who were chanting anti-Jewish slogans. We are asked to believe President Trump took sides with the anti-semitic chanters despite having a Jewish daughter, Jewish grandkids, Jewish son-in-law, and several Jewish top advisors. We also know President Trump is so popular in Israel that they are considering naming a train station after him. And Netanyahu gets along with President Trump great. Probably has something to do with President Trump’s decision to move the American embassy to Jerusalem.

Amazingly, the anti-Trump media successfully persuaded half the public in this country that President Trump intentionally and publicly took sides with racists who have intense hatred for his family and close advisors. President Trump clarified soon after his first statement on Charlottesville that he disavowed the racists. But the haters didn’t believe it. They were locked in their hallucination bubble.

Let’s compare two interpretations of President Trump’s “fine people” statement.

Batshit Crazy Interpretation: President Trump is so dumb, and so racist, that he decided to publicly side with racists against his own family and his closest advisors. And yet, while being so dumb, he somehow succeeded in multiple fields and became President of the United States with no prior experience. This interpretation also requires that Israel, his family, and his closest advisors are so dumb that they haven’t noticed how racist President Trump is against them.

or…

Totally Ordinary Interpretation: President Trump assumed there were some non-racist Republicans at the event for their own reasons, such as supporting historical landmarks, or supporting free speech no matter how awful it is. And he was right, although there were not many of them. Here’s a clip of some “fine people” who were in attendance. They say they like free speech and they hate racists.

We all know President Trump has a track record of speaking out on a variety of topics without having all the details. That’s one of the few things that both his supporters and his detractors can agree on. So compare the hypothesis that he decided to side with racists against the interests of his own family, in public, while President, to the hypothesis that he thought (correctly) that some non-racist Republicans were also in attendance.

Which of those two versions of events seems most likely to you?

Is it even close?

Man tries to distinguish an apple from a banana and fails

I don’t blame the public for falling for this well-orchestrated persuasion scheme by the anti-Trump media. Their collective persuasion on this point has been solid. Lately, the people opposing Trump simply list Charlottesville as one of the many “proofs” of his racism, as if no further explanation is needed. I can’t tell if the pundits believe their own interpretations or if they simply think the public will. It would look the same.

I propose a test to see if anti-Trump news professionals and pundits who consider Charlottesville as proof of President Trump’s racism will commit to their positions in public. You can test this at home with your Trump-hating friends. Simply print out my blog post and ask them to read the two interpretations I listed and ask them to tell you which one seems most likely. If your subject tries to change the topic, you have your answer.

I predict that 100% of people who believe President Trump called racists “fine people” will change the subject as soon as you make them read the two competing interpretations of events in close proximity. That’s your tell.

And if you want to rub it in, ask your Trump-hating subjects if they believe President Trump would NOT have pursued the birther issue against a white opponent if the opportunity had been the same. Remind your subject that President Trump uses every weapon available to him, all the time, no matter what. He not only accused Ted Cruz of being born in Canada but he suggested Cruz’ father might have been in on assassinating Kennedy.

I tested the birther argument today on Twitter when a critic brought it up. He changed the subject.

Enjoy!

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Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1 (Unabridged) – Timothy Zahn

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Star Wars: Specter of the Past: The Hand of Thrawn, Book 1 (Unabridged)

Timothy Zahn

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

Price: $ 26.95

Publish Date: September 17, 2013

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How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, And Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise (Unabridged) – Chris Taylor

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How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, And Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise (Unabridged)

Chris Taylor

Genre: Arts & Entertainment

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Publish Date: October 3, 2014

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Warriors aren’t looking at the Rockets, they’re looking past them

Houston clinched the season series against Golden State. But the postseason hasn’t started yet, and the Warriors still lead the Rockets for home court.
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Splash Brothers’ surge carries Warriors past Bulls

Steph Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 68 points to lead Golden State past Chicago for the Warriors’ 14th straight road win.
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Vanderpump Rules’ Ariana Madix Recalls Past Abusive Relationship: “I’m Uncomfortable With My Vagina”

Ariana MadixAriana Madix is opening up like never before on Vanderpump Rules.
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King of New York: Beasley steps up in second half to lead Knicks past Celtics

Kristaps Porzingis struggled in his return from injury, but Michael Beasley had his back with 32 points off the bench.
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Selena Gomez’s Mom Shares A Heartbreaking Post About Her Past Miscarriage

Mandy Teefey shared an emotional post on Instagram on Monday about her baby Scarlett, who she lost in a miscarriage in 2011. Watch to find out what Mandy had to say.


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Bette Midler Accused Geraldo Rivera Of Groping Her In The ’70s In A Past Interview

Bette Midler accused Geraldo Rivera of groping her in the ’70s in a past interview with Barbara Walters. The interview took place in 1991 and is making headlines again following Rivera’s defense of Matt Lauer. Watch to find out more.


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Past, Present & Future – Rob Zombie

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Past, Present & Future

Rob Zombie

Genre: Metal

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Release Date: January 1, 2003

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Kevin Spacey Comes Out as Gay and Apologizes to Anthony Rapp for Past Inappropriate Behavior

Anthony Rapp, Kevin SpaceyKevin Spacey has come out as a gay man and issued an apology to Anthony Rapp after the Star Trek: Discovery star gave an interview to Buzzfeed News on Sunday, in which the Broadway vet publicly…


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Carpool Karaoke: Miley Cyrus Reflects on Her Hannah Montana Past and Plays “How High Were You?”

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Blasts From the Past From the Rolling Stones, D’Angelo, Neil Young and Can

Reissued, rearranged, remastered and repackaged, pieces from pop music history reappear.
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Gwyneth Paltrow Gets Brutally Honest On Past Loves: ‘I’ve F**ked Up So Many Relationships’

Gwyneth Paltrow revealed in a recent radio interview that she totally screwed up her relationship with Brad Pitt.


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MTV Mines the Past for Its Future: ‘Total Request Live’

Remember the “TRL” studio and crowds in Times Square? Music? Carson Daly? MTV hopes you do, and will tune in again.
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‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Melissa Rauch Expecting First Child, Reveals Past Miscarriage

“Big Bang Theory” star Melissa Rauch is expecting her first child with her husband, screenwriter Winston Beigel.


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Melissa Rauch reveals past miscarriage in pregnancy announcement

“Big Bang Theory” star Melissa Rauch is expecting her first child and made the announcement in a candid essay in which she speaks about the heartbreaking miscarriage she experienced last time she was pregnant.


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Mozhan Marno: What Will Be Revealed About Samar’s Past On ‘The Blacklist’?

Mozhan Marno teases the significance of “The Blacklist” Episode 7 for her character, Samar Navabi. What part of her past will be unveiled? “The Blacklist” airs Thursdays at 9/8c on NBC.


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Star Wars: Hand of Thrawn, Book 1: Specter of the Past – Timothy Zahn

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Star Wars: Hand of Thrawn, Book 1: Specter of the Past

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Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy

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Publish Date: February 20, 2007

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American Voices: Obama: Troops To Stay In Afghanistan Past 2016

Though he originally pledged to remove all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016, Obama announced this week that 5,500 ground troops would remain through the end of his presidency and beyond, likely in an attempt to prevent the resurgence of Taliban forces or the rise of ISIS. What do you think?




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Thinking Past the Sale – Trump Persuasion Series

Trump issued a series of five tweets in quick succession as a response to the controversy over the Obama-birther guy at the Trump event.

Why five tweets?

I assume the two-dimensional chess pundits will tell you it is a sign of desperation from a campaign that was always destined to flame out. Sure looks like a guy grasping at straws, right?

Maybe it is.

The Master Wizard Hypothesis has another filter on this. According to this way of thinking, Trump just made you think about which of several reasons you will choose to agree with him.

He made you think past the sale.

And to get there he said at least one, maybe two, things you agree with. That’s pacing. It is a tell.

On the Master Wizard scale, this was an A+ performance in engineered persuasion. Will it be enough?

Depends what the Master Wizard in the White House does next.

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Design FX – X-Men: Days of Future Past: The Sentinels’ Complicated Follicle Animation

In X-Men: Days of Future Past, the mutant clan goes head-to-head with the Sentinels—a group of dystopian-era robots. Effects experts MPC created the Sentinels’ special effects using a follicle-like animation, comprised of tiny scales. Mike Seymour explains how they accomplished the technically complicated designs.
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China Box Office Hits $4.7B, Races Past 2014 Total


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Past Present – John Scofield

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Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 11.99

Expected Release Date: September 25, 2015

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‘Bastard Executioner’s’ Kurt Sutter on His Troubled Past, C-Word Insults and New ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Spinoff


“I’m a dark motherf—er,” he says as he readies the medieval drama and unloads on his years as a 400-pound teenager, Emmy snubs and why he’s “a person desperately in need of filters.”

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Dr. Dre Issues Statement On Past Assaults On Women

Following the release of the biopic, Straight Outta Compton, and subsequent allegations of abuse against women, Dr. Dre has issued an apology. “I apologize to the women I’ve hurt. I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives,” Dre told the New York Times. “Twenty-five years ago, I was a young man drinking too much . . .”
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Dr. Dre — Apologizes for Abusing Women in the Past

Dr. Dre is finally coming clean about allegations he abused multiple women decades ago … saying he deeply regrets the things he did to them. It’s no coincidence the apology comes on the heels of the success of “Straight Outta Compton.” Critics have…

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20 Past and Present American Fashion Icons Whose Style Will Forever Inspire Us

From Jackie Kennedy to Marilyn Monroe, the fashion stars of yesteryear are just as influential as they were back in the day, paving the way for the next generation of stateside style luminaries. Here, we predict the next 20 American style icons who, like those who came before them, flawlessly transition from off-duty denim to after-hours glamour without skipping a beat and endlessly inspire us.


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Five Finger Death Punch Singer — Sister Filed Restraining Order In The Past

Five Finger Death Punch singer Ivan Moody made his own sister and mother fear for their lives … according to docs obtained by TMZ. Sandra Dykes, Moody’s younger sister, got a restraining order against him last September after she says Ivan…

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We Came as Romans: Present, Future, And Past – Russ Hubley

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We Came as Romans: Present, Future, And Past

Russ Hubley

Genre: Concert Films

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Release Date: September 2, 2014


We Came As Romans have already seen major success, with their first two albums topping 100,000 sales, and an incredible tour history of sold out headline tours and support spots for the biggest acts in the scene. Present, Future and Past was filmed as part of the Tracing Back Roots tour at the House of Blues in Chicago and captures the energy and intensity of their live performances.

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Cum Blasts From The Past

Cum Blasts From The Past features some of the best porn shot before widescreen became the norm. A mix of American and European models will blast their loads like theres no tomorrow and prove that sex was just as good back then! Keep your dick out for the steaming hot threeway with Jarmil, Siv, and Veso, and then again for Jeremiah Johnson, the master of masturbation! From start to finish, its blast after blast from the past!

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X-Men: Days of Future Past (The Rogue Cut) – Bryan Singer

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X-Men: Days of Future Past (The Rogue Cut)

Bryan Singer

Genre: Action & Adventure

Price: $ 19.99

Release Date: May 23, 2014


With a never before seen cut of the film plus two hours of all new and immersive special features, The X-Men: Days of Future Past Rogue Cut takes you deeper into the X-Men universe than ever before. See the all-star characters from the original trilogy join forces with their younger selves and unite to battle armies of murderous Sentinel robots who are hunting down mutants and humans alike!

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Dylann Roof Slipped Past FBI Background Check To Buy Gun

Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old white man accused of killing nine people in a Charleston, S.C. church, shouldn’t have been allowed to purchase the gun he used in the crime. According to the FBI, Roof was able to slip past a criminal background check due to a loophole in the system and obtained the .45-caliber handgun.

The New York Times reports that the FBI came forward and admitted that its National Instant Criminal Background Check System failed to prevent Roof from buying the gun from a South Carolina arms dealer. It was previously reported that according to Roof’s uncle, his father purchased the gun for his son. However, the Times is writing that Roof purchased the gun after he was initially marked as a red flag case prior to receiving it.

From the Times:

Mr. Roof first tried to buy the gun on April 11, from a dealer in South Carolina. The F.B.I., which conducts background checks for gun sales, told the dealer not to proceed with the purchase because agents needed to do more investigating about Mr. Roof’s s criminal history.

Under federal law, the F.B.I. has three days to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to deny the purchase. If the bureau cannot come up with an answer, the purchaser can return to the dealer and buy the gun.

In the case of Mr. Roof, his application was not resolved in three days and he returned to store and was sold the gun. The F.B.I. said the delay was the product of a breakdown in communication between federal agents and local authorities in South Carolina.


A Washington Post report from June explained how Roof was arrested and charged for narcotic drug possession back in February of this year, which would have made it impossible for him to buy a gun in the first place. How the story is being framed now is that Roof did indeed purchase the gun himself.

FBI Director James Comey expressed his disappointment regarding Roof and the background check slip-up.

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Country music struggles with its Confederate flag past

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country artists are struggling to articulate their feelings about the Confederate flag's history and symbolism amid heightened debate following the recent massacre at a South Carolina church. The killing of nine churchgoers on June 17 has renewed calls for the emblem to be removed from government displays — South Carolina's House approved a bill early Thursday to pull it down from the front lawn of the Capitol there — as well …
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Past Antics Catch Up With Kanye At Glastonbury

A comedian interrupted Kanye West's Glastonbury Festival performance Saturday in an attempt to help ease fan's frustrations with the rapper.
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New Movies, TV on iTunes in July: ‘Insurgent,’ ‘Days of Future Past: The Rogue Cut,’ MTV’s ‘Scream’

Spring releases like ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ and ‘Paul Blart 2’ will also be available for download, with Apple’s store letting you purchase bundles of both movies in those series, while those without HBO can catch up on recent seasons of ‘Silicon Valley’ and ‘Veep.’
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Past, Present & Future – Rob Zombie

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Rob Zombie

Genre: Rock

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Release Date: September 22, 2003

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Time Present And Time Past – Concerto Köln & Mahan Esfahani

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Time Present And Time Past

Concerto Köln & Mahan Esfahani

Genre: Classical

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Release Date: May 8, 2015

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Reunion Recap: Did Maci And Farrah Finally Get Past Their ‘Teen Mom OG’ Differences?

Were Maci and Farrah able to work out their differences during the “Teen Mom OG” reunion?
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The Past, The Present, The Future – Jodeci

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The Past, The Present, The Future

Jodeci

Genre: R&B/Soul

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Release Date: March 27, 2015

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What’s Worse: A ‘Catfish’ Who Lies About Her Identity, Or One Who Lies About Her Past?

Which ‘Catfish’ offender is worse: One who lies about her identity, or one who lies about her past?
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Talking About Past Sexual Relationships

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James Bond Haunted by Ghosts of His Past in ‘Spectre’ Teaser

Spectre, the 24th film in the James Bond saga, is scheduled to hit theaters November 6th, and although the latest 007 flick is still in the midst of shooting, filmmakers unveiled a minute-long first look at what Daniel Craig’s secret agent faces in the aftermath of Skyfall.

As the official 007 YouTube page explains, “A…
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Ben Stiller Has A Secret Punk Past And It’s Awesome

On “The Howard Stern Show,” Ben Stiller revealed his secret past as a teenage punk musician.
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Hilary Duff’s ‘Super Naughty’ Party Girl Past Is Kinda Shocking, TBH

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SAE Failing At Attempts To Destroy Links To Confederate Past

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity’s good name has been effectively dragged through the mud after the revelation of the OU SAE racist chant video. Now it appears that the national SAE is attempting to remove connections to its pro-Confederate past in light of the spectacle that appeared in the viral clip.

Despite the SAE’s public stance that the Greek-letter organization is not racist, it appears that some links to a past that supported racism and segregation did exist. The team over at Gawker did some expert digging and found that the key language on the SAE’s website has been scrubbed but, as most know, the Internet is forever.

Using the Wayback Machine, Gawker was able to pull up cached pages from the page and noted the epic differences. Prior to this, Think Progress highlighted the SAE’s proud boasting of its connection to the Confederacy and the founding of the fraternity during the Antebellum period.

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Prior to this week, SAE’s official website was open and proud about its deep connection to America’s confederate states. Here is how the site’s “History” page opened prior to this week:

‘Sigma Alpha Epsilon was founded on March 9, 1856, at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Its founders were Noble Leslie DeVotie, Nathan Elams Cockrell, John Barratt Rudulph, John Webb Kerr, Samuel Marion Dennis, Wade Hampton Foster, Abner Edwin Patton, and Thomas Chappell Cook. Their leader was DeVotie, who wrote the ritual, created the grip, and chose the name. Rudulph designed the badge. Of all existing national social fraternities today, Sigma Alpha Epsilon is the only national fraternity founded in the antebellum South.’

That is pulled from the Wayback Machine, which last archived the page on Feb. 3 of this year. If you visit it now, you’ll notice that the final sentence—which touts SAE as the only one of America’s fraternities formed in the antebellum South—has been lopped off completely.

As history notes, the Antebellum period in the confederate states was a time of high wealth sparked by the insistence of those within the Confederacy to uphold slavery and ignore the wishes of the Union in the north. The deep wounds of Jim Crow segregation and discrimination have endured since then, and the SAE wasn’t shy about being born from that period where Blacks were severely oppressed.

Time will tell if the SAE will bounce back from this flurry of controversy, but it looks bleak thus far.

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Benjamin Booker Faces The Past

In a double-length video for two songs from his debut album, the punk-influenced blues singer struggles with civil rights issues that we can’t seem to settle.

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Kevin Hart & Ellen DeGeneres — Oscars’ Past Meets Its Future … Possibly (We Hope)

If there’s one thing Kevin Hart knows … it’s how to build anticipation — well, that and comedy — and he fueled up the Oscars hosting hype train with his dinner date Monday night. Kevin hit up Craig’s with Ellen DeGeneres — making us think he…

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Westbrook, Ibaka power Thunder past Wolves

Russell Westbrook scored 18 points, Serge Ibaka added 13 points and a season-high 19 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 92-84 on Monday night without the injured Kevin Durant.
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Durant scores 44 to lead OKC past Suns in OT

Kevin Durant scored a season-high 44 points in his return from a six-game absence and the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame Russell Westbrook’s first-half ejection to beat the Phoenix Suns 137-134 in overtime Wednesday night.
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Millsap lifts Hawks past LeBron-less Cavaliers

Paul Millsap took over for Atlanta in the fourth quarter to help hold off a Cleveland comeback and the Hawks beat the Cavaliers, who were without LeBron James, 109-101 on Tuesday night.
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Nicki Minaj Opens Up About Her Past “It’s Something That’s Haunted Me All My Life”

Nicki Minaj has grown refreshingly more candid as she’s hit the road in promotion of her Billboard chart listed “The Pinkprint” album, finally providing a more intimate look into the trendsetting raptress.

Gracing the cover of  Rolling Stone, she opened up about an abortion she underwent as a teenager while attending Manhattan’s Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. Minaj first referenced the incident inside of a 2008 track titled “Autobiography.”

Explaining her initial thoughts after discovering she was pregnant at 16, “I thought I was going to die. I was a teenager. It was the hardest thing I’d ever gone through.”

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Butler pushes Bulls past Pelicans to 6th in row

Jimmy Butler scored 33 points, Derrick Rose had 19 and the Chicago Bulls beat the New Orleans Pelicans 107-100 on Saturday night for their sixth consecutive victory.
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Blues rally past Kings behind Tarasenko’s 3

Vladimir Tarasenko scored three goals, and the streaking St. Louis Blues netted four in the third period in a 5-2 comeback victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night for their fifth straight win.
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Gays of Future Past

For anyone under 30, it may be difficult to imagine a time when the gay-rights movement wasn’t operating at a milestone-a-minute pace. From Michael Sam’s “kiss seen ’round the world” to states like Oregon, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin tripping over themselves to let same-sex couples walk down the aisle, change is occurring at such a remarkable pace that it is difficult to contextualize how far we’ve come. Just 45 years ago gays had little choice but to quietly rise above the separate-but-inherently-unequal pre-Stonewall era. And it was only a generation ago that HIV demonstrated just how M.I.A. government and society could be — as long as the plague was knocking on someone else’s door. People who lived during these times were warriors on the front lines of history, but today the pace of change threatens to wash away the past in the eyes of a new generation. Fortunately a wave of artistic and media projects has emerged to remind us of these heroes, to refocus us on the type of activism that helped elevate the LGBT movement and to inspire us to make that final push.

How to Survive a Plague is the best documentary you’ve never seen. David France’s 2013 Oscar-nominated film uses archival video footage to tell the tale of the early days of the HIV struggle, where everyday-Joes-turned-activists Peter Staley, Bob Rafsky and Mark Harrington refused to play victims, taught themselves how to read medical journals and brazenly led the national conversation on treatment and prevention. Plague demonstrates how perseverance and the sheer desire to live can mobilize even the most intractable members of society, save Ed Koch and Ronald Reagan.

Next, Ryan Murphy’s much-ballyhooed adaptation of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart provides a polished and effective complement to Plague‘s grainy documentary. That the story was even green-lit at all (it famously sat on Barbra Streisand’s desk untouched for 20 years) was due to Mr. Murphy’s sense of urgency and the foresight and finances of HBO, a company whose pioneering project development has done as much to expose the nation to the plight of the LGBT community as any non-for-profit or government entity. The Normal Heart, Kramer’s mostly autobiographical but fictionalized account of the early days of AIDS, conjures the ghosts of Fire Island past so that their struggles remain relevant and instructive.

Together these two films do more than share the story of AIDS with those who were either too young to understand or not yet born: They serve as a de facto master class in Activism 101. The AIDS epidemic rallied the gay community, bringing gay people out of the shadows with a vision, a voice and an in-your-face crusade that redefined the struggle for equality.

Of course, AIDS activists would never have had the tools to organize without following the playbook of those who had committed to the struggle before them. It is with this fact in mind that StoryCorps, the nation’s leading oral history project, created OutLoud, an LGBTQ project that aims to capture the stories of those who lived during the pre-Stonewall era. “What we are trying to do,” said Dave Issay, the founder and president of StoryCorps, “is to introduce the entire country to the lives, stories, struggles and victories of the LGBT community.” If exposure elicits change, then OutLoud is poised to become as much a vehicle for progress as it is a collection of stories. “The personal stories are the best way to move hearts and minds, much more so than statistics, and certainly hand-in-hand with the important litigation and advocacy work; it’s the human stories that in part have driven things forward.”

Fortunately StoryCorps will not be standing alone at the Stonewall tea dance. Openly gay German director Roland Emmerich, best known for popcorn blockbusters like Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow, is also set to put his imprimatur on LGBT liberation by tackling 1969’s “little protest that could” in the upcoming film Stonewall. Emmerich was 14 years old at the time of the Stonewall riots, an event that no doubt left an indelible impression on the filmmaker. With the understanding that our window into the Stonewall generation is closing fast, Emmerich is taking a break from blowing up the world to blow up some minds instead. His timing couldn’t be better.

Not every entry in the modern canon of LGBT media is transcendent. For all the hype surrounding Dallas Buyers Club, it was, at its core, the story of a straight bigot who only turns to the gay community out of desperation — and for profit. And if you base your knowledge of the history of marriage equality on Jo Becker’s Forcing the Spring, you might naively draw the conclusion that the movement started itself a few years ago. While victors indeed get to write history, social movements are not won by spiking the football at the 50-yard line.

People can still get fired in 29 states for their sexual orientation (and in 32 states for their gender identity), and same-sex couples cannot get married anywhere south of the Mason-Dixon line and, depending on their zip code, may have great difficulty raising a family. ENDA passed the U.S. Senate last November but — spoiler alert! — has hit a “dead ENDA” in the House of Representatives. Forty percent of all homeless youth in the United States are LGBTQ, and 400,000 children remain in foster care while many states make it difficult for gay couples to adopt. The last time I witnessed a victory this incomplete, President Bush was standing under a “Mission Accomplished” banner.

It is critical for young people today to understand how gay men and women of the 20th century were able to overcome the mightiest of obstacles, and these projects have made these experiences wonderfully accessible. Listen to the OutLoud interviews. Rent How to Survive a Plague. Unpeel the layers of The Normal Heart. The gays of future past have given us the rules of engagement, and now it’s up to us to see the mission through. So skip that next dinner out and volunteer with the Hetrick-Martin Institute, host of the Harvey Milk School. Volunteer for the Trevor Project and slow the tide of suicide in LGBTQ youth. Come to Provincetown for Family Equality Council‘s Family Week and watch how loving and inspirational gay families are. Get involved with Freedom to Marry, because Evan Wolfson is the godfather of marriage equality, and 19 states isn’t the end zone. Support the Treatment Action Group, and donate your old furniture to Housing Works, because there is still no cure for AIDS. Non-engagement is not an option, and President Obama can’t do it all for us.

In an age of ubiquitous techo-activism, some messages are just too important to deliver in 140 characters or less. With a dose of old-school engagement — and perhaps a few more HBO projects — someday soon the pride parade will take a page from St. Patrick and become an exercise in fabulous redundancy, transgender people will walk down the street without causing whiplash, and my children will be able to introduce their two daddies at school without the requisite reading of And Tango Makes Three. Until then, let’s keep the champagne on ice.
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Box Office Report: 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' Opens With $36 Million

In X-Men: Days of Future Past, the U.S. government is terrified that mutants might one day take over.
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Toni Braxton Once Believed God Gave Her Son Autism Because Of Her Past Abortion

In her new memoir, aptly titled “Unbreak My Heart,” singer Toni Braxton opens up about a painful memory from her past.

The 46-year-old Grammy winner wrote about an abortion she had in 2001 and how she once believed God had later punished her for it. “I was suddenly faced with a choice I’d never thought I’d have to make,” Braxton wrote of the procedure. “Amid my major misgivings about abortion, I eventually made the gut-wrenching decision.”

Due to her very religious upbringing — in the memoir the singer says that studying the Bible took precedence over homework when growing up — Braxton began to feel a strong sense of guilt over the abortion. “In my heart, I believed I had taken a life — an action that I thought God might one day punish me for … My initial rage was quickly followed by another strong emotion: guilt,” she wrote. Braxton’s guilt was so heavy that she began to believe that God’s punished her for the procedure by giving her son, Diezel Ky Braxton-Lewis, now 11-years-old, autism. “I believed God’s payback was to give my son autism,” she wrote.

However, the R&B music icon told Us Weekly that she now feels differently about her past. “When my youngest son was diagnosed with autism I feared that I was being punished for my earlier actions. I have since realized that my son is special and learns in a different way.”

[h/t Us Weekly, E News]
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