After Taking a Much-Needed Nap, Fierce Democrat Stacey Abrams Plans to Run Again

It’s not over until she says it’s over.

The 2018 Midterm elections made history in countless ways, from Alexandra Ocasio Cortez becoming the youngest woman ever in Congress to Sharice Davids being among the first Native American women to serve––there were victories all around. These inspirational women have lit a fire within Democrat Stacey Abrams, who ran to become Georgia’s next governor, to continue working towards her goal.

Only 48 hours after officially ending her campaign, Abrams made it clear that she won’t stop fighting to one day become the first black female governor in U.S. history. Sitting down for an interview with CNN’s State Of The Union, she said:

I’m going to spend the next year as a private citizen, but I do indeed intend to run for office again. I need to take a nap, but once I do, I’m planning to get back into the ring.

We’re behind Abrams taking a quick power nap, especially after standing her ground against Republican opponent Brian Kemp. She wanted to make sure that every single vote was counted and heard before withdrawing her bid. The former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives may have not won this election, but she’s earned the respect of Oprah and that means something.

Abrams plans to file a federal lawsuit to challenge the election’s mismanagement. On Friday, she targeted her words towards Kemp, “Let’s be clear: This is not a speech of concession because concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true and proper.”

Gigi Hadid Wants Everyone to Know the Real Reason Behind Her Success

Haters can take their opinions elsewhere.

Gigi Hadid encourages everyone to sit down and understand that she actually worked for her success.

Sporting an appropriate athleisure look, at Reebok’s Friday event in Sydney, the supermodel took a moment to address an opinion about her upbringing. Although being raised by real estate developer Mohamed Hadid and former model slash longtime The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member Yolanda Hadid, may have had its perks, being set up for success wasn’t one of them.

According to The Daily Mail, Gigi said:

People say that I don’t deserve to be where I am because I come from this successful family, but my parents were fucking hard-working…My dad was a refugee, my mum was on a farm, went to New York and worked to send money back to her family. They worked their asses off and they’ve given me a life because of their hard work, and I work hard to honor that.

Gigi proudly acknowledged her roots and the work ethic that’s been passed down to her. She finished off by mentioning that she isn’t a product of nepotism but knows individuals who are, and she has some advice. “I’ve worked with them,” she said. “They suck. So work and be nice.”

New Research Confirms You’re Purposely Buying Expensive Food

A person can’t go a day without food and if you are a fellow New Yorker, you know that everyone’s on a time crunch, even during lunch. While browsing a store’s food selection, you’ll probably lean towards the easy-to-go trail mix, which is considered healthy and of course, pricey. But are you really choosing the healthier option or the more expensive one?

New research has found that people believe healthy food should be more expensive. Consumers have created a relationship between the cost of an item and its true health benefits. This thinking can be flawed because there is no supportive evidence that backs up the idea that costly food is healthier. Despite this, marketers are taking advantage by playing off of this mindset and it goes far beyond our stomachs.

In a study conducted on people’s eye health, individuals responded differently to their diagnosis depending on what their doctor recommended. If a person was told about an unfamiliar expensive food ingredient that could protect their vision, the issue would be taken more seriously. But if a person was told about a cheap, ordinary ingredient, then their visual health wouldn’t be prioritized. In other words, carrots are underrated.

Professor Rebecca Reczek from Ohio State University teamed up with other fellow educators, Kelly Haws and Kevin Sample, to study how people perceive the relationship between food and cost. There were five related studies done with different participants. People were tested on their pricing of food depending on information given to them as well as how food pricing influenced people’s choices.

“It’s concerning. The findings suggest that price of food alone can impact our perceptions of what is healthy and even what health issues we should be concerned about,” Professor Reczek said, about the new findings published in the Journal of Consumer Research.

In one particular study, a person was given two identical crackers. When researchers told the individual that one cracker cost more, they automatically thought it was healthier than the other identical cracker. Another study focused on ordering lunch for other people. Individuals were given the same two options, the chicken balsamic wrap and the roasted chicken wrap.

It’s important to note that researchers randomized the cost of the wraps for each participant.Although the ingredients were listed for both, participants were more likely to choose the more expensive chicken wrap. This study showed that people have a strong mindset of believing expensive food was healthier.

“People don’t just believe that healthy means more expensive,” Reczek said. “They’re making choices based on that belief.”

Beliefs can be strong but so is your willpower. The next time you’re staring at a menu or a store’s food selection, stop and really consider what you’re paying for. It doesn’t hurt to think about being gentle to your wallet instead of your overall health.

 

Subway delays continue to plague NYC’s MTA system

For New Yorkers, leaving the apartment at a specific time in the morning is ideal to squeeze into a crowded train. Although many have accepted this as a part of New York living, frustration has recently risen at a higher rate among riders towards the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

According to a data review by the MTA, subway delays have increased noticeably since 2012. Five years ago, the MTA reported 28,000 delays per month, while it is now up to 70,000 delays. It’s safe to say that New Yorkers aren’t being impatient and simply imagining slower service. It’s a reality.

Social media has become the go-to method for passengers to express their annoyance and anger directly to the MTA. On Twitter, there are multiple accounts for each train to keep New Yorkers up-to-date about delays before heading out the door. Although this can be useful, there are usually more questions than answers, especially on the MTA and NYCT subway Twitter accounts.

Mechanical performances have also contributed to the constant delays. It’s a sign that the trains in service aren’t being properly maintained or replaced. But Jon Weinstein, a spokesman for Governor Andrew Cuomo, has stated that $29.5 billion has been secured for improvements in the intricate subway system. Despite this promising capital, there are only 67 percent of trains keeping up with the MTA’s weekday schedule.

In July 2016, Cuomo announced plans to modernize MTA subway cars and stations. This includes the dismissal of closed off subway cars and the introduction of accordionlike connectors, similar to the existing design of MTA buses. The new design would allow more space for passengers to board and move around. There are plans to buy 1,025 subway cars with this functionality but they aren’t expected until at least 2020.

“We haven’t cut back on maintenance,” said Veronique Hakim, the MTA’s interim executive director. “We’re dealing with an aging fleet.” Service is expected to improve when new subway cars arrive this year, the last time being in 2010. Although Hakim has defended the subway system as being more reliable than people say, the system’s 24 hours, 7 days a week schedule does have an impact on maintenance.

The changing seasons affect both subway trains and rails but with the high demand of service there isn’t a lot of time for work to be done on the train tracks. Rain and snow often cause delays because tracks become slippery. Safety become the main concern on wet days and riders feel it when their trains move slower than usual from station to station.

Subway riders have begun to resort to ordering an Uber than having to deal with unpredictable trains. Although this can quickly add up, New Yorkers don’t understand the continuous rise in train fare and the declining of service. On March 19, riders will see the weekly Metrocard increase $1 to $32 and the monthly pass will soon cost them $121, an increase of $4.50. Meanwhile, the single fare will continue to be $2.75.

Commuters had their say about this:

[H/T: The New York Times]