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'Philip Seymour Hoffman didn't have to die'

Philip Seymour Hoffman attends the premiere of the film A Most Wanted Man at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, January 19, 2014. (Credit: Reuters/Jim Urquhart) This headline caught my eye: "Philip Seymour Hoffman Didn't Have to Die."  The author states that poisoning deaths, most of which are due to drugs, are now the leading cause of accidental death in America.  She recommends three ways to help someone in danger of dying from an overdose: get immediate help for them, don't let them sleep it off, and use naxolone to reverse drug effects.

I would add a fourth: build a drawbridge for the soul.

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'America the Beautiful' Super Bowl ad sparks controversy

Official Coca-Cola one minute Super Bowl Commercial 'It's Beautiful' (Credit: Coca-Cola via Youtube)Coca-Cola aired a Super Bowl ad which included "America the Beautiful."  What made the commercial so divisive?  The patriotic tune was sung in a number of different languages (I counted six).  The "American song in other languages" was "not cool," according to one tweet.  Another responded, "Nice to see that coke likes to sing an AMERICAN song in the terrorist's language."  Still another replied, "DO NOT sing my Country's song of Freedom in a different language."

Not everyone was upset.  For example: "That coke commercial made me realize that there are two types of people.  1) true Americans 2) white people who forgot they were Europeans."  Another responded to the controversy: "I'm sorry did we go back in time to the 50s?"

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Does God care who won the Super Bowl?

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin dives into the end zone for a touchdown past Denver Broncos free safety Mike Adams during the fourth quarter in the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, February 2, 2014. (Credit: Reuters/Carlo Allegri) More than 100 million people watched the Seahawks defeat the Broncos yesterday, but New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wasn't one of them.  Brady says that since his team lost to the Broncos in the AFC Championship game, "I could care less about watching the game."  

Did God care who won yesterday's game?

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Things you may not know about the Super Bowl

The Roman numerals for Super Bowl XLVIII are unveiled on Super Bowl Boulevard in Times Square on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 in New York, NY (Credit: NFL/Perry Knotts/)Did you know there is a National Chicken Council?  I didn't.  They say we will eat 1.25 billion chicken wings during Super Bowl weekend, enough to stretch from Seattle to the New Jersey stadium where the game will be played—30 times.  We will consume 80 million avocados, enough to fill a football field 12 feet deep.  We will eat 11 million pounds of chips, the equivalent of more than 12 million footballs.  And Dominos will deliver 11 million pizza slices, the length of 21,388 football fields.

Some facts related to the game are more troubling.  Authorities have already seized $20 million in unlicensed Super Bowl paraphernalia.  A mass transit attack is seen as the greatest security risk associated with the game.  Here's the most disturbing Super Bowl fact: the game is one of the largest venues for human trafficking in the world.  According to the New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking, "The Super Bowl attracts tens of thousands of fans to the host city . . . But it also attracts a sector of violence, organized criminal activity that operates in plain sight without notice including human trafficking in both the sex and labor industries."

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Cancer-stricken fan buys newspaper ad to cheer Broncos

Kara Christian, the Bronco Lady super fan, at the age of 51, trying out for the Denver Broncos cheerleader squad (Credit: Denver Post) Kara Christian has been a Denver Broncos fan since the age of five.  She even tried out to be a Broncos cheerleader at the age of 51.  (She didn't make the cut.)  

She waited nine years before finally receiving her season tickets in 1996.  Even though she worked out of state for the next nine years, she returned to Denver for as many games as she could.  When she couldn't make it back, she had friends send overnight parcels with VHS tapes of the broadcast.  A college professor, she warned students that she would fail them if they told her the outcome of the game before she watched the video.

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