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    Melania Trump slams Ivana for calling herself first lady   

    First lady Melania Trump's office fired back at President Trump's ex-wife Ivana on Monday after she boasted of her access to the White House and even referred to herself as the real "first lady." 

    In an interview with “Good Morning America” to promote her new book “Raising Trump,” Ivana Trump said she and the president speak “about once every 14 days.”

    “I have the direct number to White House, but I no really want to call him there because Melania is there,” she said. “I don’t want to cause any kind of jealousy or something like that because I’m basically first Trump wife.”

    She added with a laugh: “I’m first lady, okay?”

    But Melania Trump’s office said there “is clearly no substance to this statement from an ex.”

    “This is unfortunately only attention-seeking and self-serving noise,” the first lady’s communications director, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement to Fox News.

    “Mrs. Trump has made the White House a home for Barron and the President. She loves living in Washington, D.C. and is honored by her role as First Lady of the United States,” Grisham said, slamming Ivana’s book-promotion. “She plans to use her title and role to help children, not sell books.”

    In the interview, Ivana went on to share some of the advice she apparently shares with her ex-husband:

    “Sometimes I tell him to just not to speak that much, okay?”  

    When asked about the president’s tweeting habits, and how she would feel if her children -- Ivanka, Eric and Donald Trump Jr. -- used that “language” to describe people, she noted that they were always “very good” and that she never needed to discipline them.

    When asked how she would feel if they used the word “loser” to describe someone, she said, “I think they sometimes call people losers. If they are losers, they are losers, okay?” 

        


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    Big W's controversial decision to "ban" Christmas 

    Retail giant Big W has made a controversial call on Christmas products, in a move that’s been described by shoppers as “political correctness gone mad”.

    The department store has removed all reference of Christmas from their range of seasonal tree products, with boxes and signage scrubbed of any mention to the holiday.

    The traditional Christmas tree product is now being sold as a “Grand Pine Tree”, while the snow-covered version is being spruiked as a “White Forest Tree”.

    Christmas Tree Farm owner Fabian Iuele told News Limited the decision from the department store to ignore the origin of the holiday products was disheartening.

     “That’s really sad. It ignores the religious element and history of the holiday which is still important to people,” he said.

    “People have been traditionally calling these types of tree Christmas trees for years.

    “Those store trees are made of plastic anyway so they don’t have an alternative scientific name like the ones we grow.

    “We get people from other religions purchasing our trees regularly but they always know that they’re called Christmas trees like everybody else does.”

    Cameron Harrison, of Williamstown, a regular customer at his local Big W outlet in Highpoint said removing the word “Christmas” was a pointless exercise.

    “It seems like an over-reaction to a problem that’s not really there,” he said.

    “Christmas did have a religious meaning but we are not a religious country. I think it’s more of a tradition these days.”

    A Big W spokeswoman hit back at these claims in a statement.

    “We know that many of our customers get really excited about Christmas and a number of customers like to co-ordinate their home Christmas decorations,” she said.

    “In order to assist our customers co-ordinate their Christmas trees and decorations, we label packaging with key Christmas themes.”

    What are your thoughts? Are Big W doing the right thing by making their products inclusive to all Australians, or is it a case of political correctness gone mad?

       


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    Why Did George Bush Buy Nearly 300,000 acres in Paraguay? 

    We haven’t either, to be honest. But former president George W. Bush apparently had. Maybe you missed it, but he purchased all that land back in the glory days of 2005 and 2006. Maybe he thought he was investing in the next great retirement destination…

    We can see it now… strip malls in their dozens, tracts of identical houses from horizon to horizon, fleets of Buicks and Cadillacs doing 22 in a 30.

    Or maybe the Bush clan had something else in mind when they purchased all that acreage in the remote Chaco region of Paraguay…

    After all, it does seem an unlikely retirement destination. Bush’s judgment may not have always been the best, but still…

    The Chaco is a semiarid, sparsely populated area known — to the extent that it’s known at all — for its abundant wildlife, rapid deforestation, nothing in particular… and what lies beneath it

    Jody says he has a “secret” about the Bushes. And he adds, “It has to do with an investment idea that’s hardly on anyone’s radar.”

    The real reason Jody thinks Bush 43 and family snapped up nearly 300,000 acres in those semiarid, sparsely populated wastes of Paraguay?

    Water.

    That’s right, blue gold. Bush bought the rights to a veritable ocean of fresh, clear-as-glass, Grade A water.

    His land rests atop one of the largest freshwater aquifers in the world: Acuifero Guarani, by name.

    According to Jody, “Acuifero Guarani covers roughly 460,000 square miles under parts of Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina. It is estimated to contain about 8,900 cubic miles of water.”

    If you can’t quite imagine 8,900 miles of water, picture a pool nearly three times the size of California. That should give you a decent idea.

    A fair amount when you consider that 98% of this planet’s water is salt water.

    Of the other 2%, almost 87% of it is trapped within glaciers, hence inaccessible. Jody’s “trusty calculator” informs him that only 0.25% of the water on this cosmic ball is fresh (underground, or in rivers and lakes). Just a drop in the figurative bucket…

     “Wouldn’t you love to know what high-level intelligence the Bush family has been privy to over the years that would make them go out and buy hundreds of thousands of acres of water rights in a remote South American country?”

         

    How cheeky of Jody to raise such an impertinent question. But perhaps W knows something we plebeians don’t? Think of all the secret intelligence crossing that fancy English oak desk in the Oval Office.

    And do pause for a moment to consider the investing opportunities this could potentially provide. We mention only in passing that his old man happened to be the head of the CIA at one point…

    You needn’t own a tinfoil hat to raise an eyebrow here.

    Jody came across a piece of 2008 research from Credit Suisse estimating that two-thirds of the world’s population is likely to live under “water-stressed” conditions by 2025. Quite a lot of people, that, and 2025 isn’t exactly the distant future.

    You know about the historic drought conditions afflicting California and much of the Western U.S. But Brazil and other parts of South America are also in serious drought. And guess, dear reader, who happens to own a lot of neighborhood water rights? (Out of respect for your intelligence, we won’t answer that one.)

    Makes us scratch our head just a bit, though. Does Bush know something none of us knows? 


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    Why do teeth go yellow? 

    Tooth colour is affected by the way that the teeth scatter, reflect and absorb light. As ardent drinkers of coffee and red wine will know, the outer enamel layer of teeth can easily stain, giving teeth a yellow hue. However, what’s inside counts too. Since enamel is fairly translucent, the underlying yellow dentin plays a major role in tooth colour. Baby teeth appear white because the dentin is paler in colour, so it doesn’t show through the enamel as much. However, our luck runs out with adult teeth. The dentin is darker and enamel tends to thin as we age, letting dentin’s colour shine through. Some medications, such as tetracycline antibiotics, are also known to cause teeth to turn yellow. 

      


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    Meghan Markle on relationship with Prince Harry: 'We're in love' 

    Meghan Markle is finally opening up about her relationship with Prince Harry.

     
     

    The 36-year-old actress spoke to Vanity Fair for its October issue, proudly calling the British prince her “boyfriend.”

    "We're a couple. We're in love,” Markle said in the interview published on Tuesday

     
     

    The 36-year-old actress spoke to Vanity Fair for its October issue, proudly calling the British prince her “boyfriend.”

    "We're a couple. We're in love,” Markle said in the interview published on Tuesday.

    "I'm sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell, but I hope what people will understand is that this is our time. This is for us,” Markle said. "It's part of what makes it so special, that it's just ours. But we're happy. Personally, I love a great love story."

    Markle and Prince Harry met in July 2016 and their relationship has caused a media storm since it became public. Harry confirmed in November he was dating Markle when the Kensington Palace issued a statement on the “harassment currently being experienced by Meghan Markle and her family.” He also slammed media reports and "social media trolls" focusing on Markle being biracial, calling it outright racist and sexist. 

    The couple has worked to avoid being in the public eye and keep their relationship as private as possible, but Markle admitted “it has its challenges.”

     

    “And right out of the gate it was surprising the way things changed. But I still have this support system all around me, and, of course, my boyfriend’s support,” she said.

    Markle currently lives in Toronto to film "Suits" and often travels to London in between. She is passionate about her philanthropy work, a bond she shares with Harry. As to avoiding and moving past the tabloid rumors and stories, Markle said it’s “really simple.”

    “We’re two people who are really happy and in love,” the “Suits” actress said. “We were very quietly dating for about six months before it became news, and I was working during that whole time, and the only thing that changed was people’s perception. Nothing about me changed. I’m still the same person that I am, and I’ve never defined my



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