Intruder Stabs Mom Of 3, Disfiguring Her Face Until Doctors Transform Her

Stephanie Schurman is a mother of three from Griffin, GA. About 23 years ago, she was brutally attacked by a home intruder. The maniac sexually assaulted her and stabbed Schurman in the face, stomach, and neck multiple times.

In order to survive, Schurman pretended to be dead so the intruder would stop.

“It was hard. It was a very traumatic time,” says Schurman.“But I’ve always been a fighter. I wasn’t going to let it stop me.”

The brutal attack left Schurman’s face disfigured. Each time the mother looked in the mirror she relived the horrors of that nightmare. To ease theunshakable pain,The Doctorsteamed up with Face Forward, a nonprofit organization that provides victims of violent crimes with reconstructive surgery.

The team of plastic surgeons worked together to reduce the size of her left cheek, swollen with tumors and scar tissue.

“I was so happy I wanted to do a flip,” she says. “Can you imagine me doing a backflip?”

Dr. David Alessi removed many of the tumors to reduce the size of her cheek, and he smoothed the scars on her body using laser technology. Schurman will have to have ongoing sessions with the doctor, but right now she is just happy she has her smile back.

“I wasn’t able to smile in years. Now, because he did this surgery, I’m able to smile. I feel like I’m ready to tackle the whole world,” Schurman says.

Now the mother of three feels confident enough to come forward and use her voice to help other victims of violence get through their difficult experiences.

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James Webb Space Telescope Will Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before

Move over, Hubble Telescope there’s a new BIG scope coming to town.

When the $9 billion James Webb Space Telescope is launched in 2018, after two decades of planning and construction, it will bring the deepest and farthest reaches of the physical universe much closer to observers on Earth than anything previously could.

In fact, it will take astronomers all the way back in time to the beginning of the physical universe.

Named after former NASA administrator James Webb, this next-generation telescope generally referred to as JWST or Webb “will study every phase in the history of our universe, ranging from the first luminous glows after the Big Bang, to watching galaxies collide, to the formation of solar systems capable of supporting life on planets like Earth,” according to a NASA statement.

“We are opening up a whole new territory of astronomy. We will see things that we’ve never been able to see before because this telescope is much more powerful than even the great Hubble Telescope,” Nobel prize-winning NASA astrophysicist John Mather said in a statement.

But wait! What about the Hubble Telescope? Is it being junked or put out to very deep space pasture?

After nearly three decades of photographing incredible outer space imagery, Hubble will continue that job, remaining near Earth. While Webb will be a much more powerful outer space observatory, it will not be close to Earth, where as history has shown us Hubble has required humans to make “on-site” repairs to keep it functioning.

No, Webb will be on its own, in an orbit around the sun.

Here’s an illustration of the size difference between Hubble and Webb’s imaging mirrors: 

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This illustration shows the size difference, and therefore, imaging power ability between the Hubble and Webb telescopes.

Webb’s primary mirror is made up of 18 hexagonal mirrors that look like a huge piece of a puzzle. These will unfold and take their permanent shape after the telescope is launched and assumes its solar orbit.

The following Goddard Space Flight Center video highlights Webb’s amazing technology.

Webb is made possible by a global effort including NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency.

It’s easy to appreciate Webb’s size in this image showing team members standing in front of a full-scale Webb model at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland:

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Team members with full-scale model of the Webb Telescope at Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.

The spectacular images expected back from Webb will be like nothing else scientists have ever seen before  big or small.

And, according to Mather, “If you were a bumblebee, hovering out at the distance of the moon, we would be able to see you.” 

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/nasa-james-webb-telescope_us_583dedcae4b04fcaa4d556e5

Jill Stein defends her recount efforts

Washington (CNN)Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein defended her recount efforts Monday, even though she admits there is no evidence of fraud at the ballot box.

“What we have are predictors that if tampering took place, it would be most likely to be discovered in the three states where we are looking,” she told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on “Anderson Cooper 360.”
    “Unless we actually look, we would never know,” she said.
    Green Party officials filed for a recount in Wisconsin Friday after some limited reports of possible voting discrepancies in areas that used paper ballots versus those where electronic voting took place.
    Stein has raised more than $5 million online for the recount in the state, which state officials estimate will cost about $3.5 million.
    Stein’s campaign plans to request a recount in Michigan by Wednesday, and is working to organize the hundreds of petitions needed to get one started in Pennsylvania.
    “But without having the evidence, aren’t you actually contributing, perhaps unfairly, to that lack of confidence in the system itself?” Cooper asked Stein.
    “What the voting technology experts tell us is that you cannot tell unless you’re actually counting paper votes,” she said. “And I don’t think the FBI has done that.”
    President-elect Donald Trump charged accused Stein of using this as a fundraising ploy by the Green Party and Stein — but she denied that she’s doing this for that reason.
    “(The fundraised money) is all going into a dedicated recount fund that is not accessible to the campaign,” she said. “We don’t expect there to be money to leftover. If it turns out that there is, we will dispose of it using FEC guidelines.”

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/28/politics/jill-stein-recount-2016-election/index.html

    North Korea: UN to crack down on coal exports over nuclear test

    Security council expected to vote on Wednesday on resolution capping coal sales and imposing sanctions on officials and entities linked to banned programme

    After months of wrangling the UN security council is preparing to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea over its fifth and largest nuclear test yet.

    US officials said that if the text was adopted and fully implemented it would mark a significant step forward in the sanctions regime against North Korea over its nuclear programme.

    The US and other permanent council members holding a veto Russia, China, Britain and France have been negotiating the sanctions in response to North Koreas 9 September nuclear test.

    Officials said they expected the council to vote on Wednesday morning on the resolution, which for the first time places a hard cap on North Korean coal exports.

    The sanctions targeted North Koreas hard currency revenues by placing a hard, binding cap on coal exports, cutting them by at least 62%, capping them at around $400m or 7.5m tonnes, diplomats said.

    According to the Global Trade Atlas, China is on track to import nearly $1bn worth of coal from North Korea in 2016 despite a previous sanctions regime.

    Diplomats said the new sanctions further clarified that the livelihood exemption, which allowed the imports by China, was meant only to protect the livelihoods of those currently living inside North Korea, not Chinese people or companies doing business with the country.

    The sanctions would also ban North Koreas exports of non-ferrous metals and sanction 11 government officials as well as 10 entities linked to the countrys nuclear weapons programme.

    North Korea boasted of game-changing nuclear technology when it conducted its fifth atomic test in defiance of both tough international sanctions and long-standing diplomatic pressure to curb its nuclear ambitions.

    North Koreas persistent pursuit of missiles and nuclear weapons has long been one of the most intractable foreign policy problems for US administrations.

    Diplomacy has so far failed. Six-nation negotiations on dismantling North Koreas nuclear programme in exchange for aid were last held in late 2008 and fell apart in early 2009.

    Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/29/north-korea-un-to-crack-down-on-coal-exports-over-nuclear-test

    The Internet of Your Things: Logging Activity in Your Home/Office

    Introduction Multiple analysts have predicted the Internet of Things (IoT) market will add trillions of dollars to the global economy in the next few years. That is a lot of hype! What makes this particular market so valuable? The explosion of web-connected sensors in our homes, cars, kids, pets, everything will give us the ability to know what [&hellip
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    Office worker survey: Moaners and noisy eaters among top gripes – BBC News

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    If your colleague munching loudly on their lunch is driving you mad then you’re not alone.

    Noisy or messy eaters, alongside moaning, were among the top complaints of 1,000 office workers asked to name their biggest workplace irritations.

    The survey commissioned by electronics giant Samsung suggests such habits also result in workers losing an average 22 minutes off an individual day.

    However, workers said issues with technology were their biggest problem.

    An overwhelming majority (92%) said crashing computers and slow internet annoyed them and resulted in them losing almost half an hour of working time a day on average.

    The other issue bothering office workers was the temperature – with 82% saying being too hot or too cold was their biggest frustration.

    In total, office irritations resulted in workers wasting five-and-a-half hours a week, claims Samsung.

    Image copyright Thinkstock

    The biggest risk to businesses is that such annoyances could push people into quitting.

    Almost a third of those surveyed said they had left a job because of an irritating colleague, 20% because of the workplace itself and 10% because of technology frustrations.

    The survey by consultancy Censuswide questioned 1,000 workers from small UK firms with under 250 employees.

    University of Manchester professor Sir Cary Cooper, who specialises in workplace issues, said addressing the issue could help improve productivity:

    “This is a big issue for the UK as it currently sits 7th in the G7 and 17th in the G20 on productivity per person, showing that these distractions could be causing a big impact.”


    Office life bugbears

    Technology: crashing computers, slow internet, no access to emails

    Colleagues: moaning, eating loudly or messily, interruptions while talking

    Workplace: being too hot or too cold, uncomfortable seats, messy workplace


    Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38125619

    Bernie Sanders Has A Plan To Back Up A Major Trump Campaign Promise

    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) said he will pursue new laws to ensure that President-elect Donald Trump’s lofty campaign trail promises to keep U.S. factory jobs in the country come to pass.  

    “I will soon be introducing legislation to make sure that Donald Trump keeps his promise to prevent the outsourcing of American jobs,” Sanders said in a statement Saturday. “For the sake of American workers, this is a promise that cannot and must not be broken.”

    In his announcement for the forthcoming Outsourcing Prevention Act, Sanders seized on Trump’s oft-repeated campaign pledge to stop Fortune 500 company United Technologies from shipping 2,100 jobs to Mexico.

    In February, the company’s announcement of forthcoming layoffs went viral. A secretly made recording of the meeting shows workers for Carrier, United Technologies’ rooftop air conditioning division, jeering as they learn their operations in Indianapolis and Huntington, Indiana, are headed to Mexico.

    Carrier’s unionized workers and earn between $15 to $26 an hour; workers in the company’s new plant in Monterrey, Mexico, would earn that much in a day, the New York Times reports

    Trump invoked Carrier’s story throughout his campaign, both to show his commitment to the interests of working-class voters and to blast trade deals like NAFTA. He promised that, as president, he would convince United Technology bosses to remain in the U.S. or else slap the company with a 35 percent tax. 

    Sanders on Saturday said that Trump should use defense contracts held by United Technologies which has security system and aerospace divisions as leverage. 

    “I call on Mr. Trump to make it clear to the CEO of United Technologies that if his firm wants to receive another defense contract from the taxpayers of this country, it must not move these plants to Mexico,” Sanders said. 

    In an outline of the Outsourcing Prevention Act, Sanders said the law would bar companies that ship jobs overseas from enjoying federal contracts, tax breaks, grants or loans; require clawbacks of federal perks; levy a tax that “would be equal to the amount of savings achieved by outsourcing jobs or 35 percent of its profits, whichever is higher” and prevent executives of companies that offshore jobs from drawing bonuses, stock options or “golden parachutes.” 

    “We need to send a very loud and very clear message to corporate America: The era of outsourcing is over,” Sanders said in his statement. “Instead of offshoring jobs, the time has come for you to start bringing good-paying jobs back to the United States of America.”

    Carrier’s move is set to start in mid-2017.

    Two days before Sanders’ announcement, Trump said he was “making progress” with a deal to get Carrier to stay put. In response, Carrier said it had talked to Trump’s team but had “nothing to announce at this time.” 

    Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-carrier-promise_us_583b4c00e4b09b605600e229

    The Airport of the Future Will Use Your Face as Your Passport

    Spending big bucks on infrastructure wont end our travel misery, but a new passport may: friction-free travel from check-in to airplane.”>

    You wouldnt guess it if you are suffering long security lines and indifferent service at Americas airports this holiday season, but all this could soon be a thing of the past. New smart technology in which your face becomes your passport could transform the airport experience.

    And everybody agrees that this needs to happen. If there is one song both political parties are singing from the same sheet it is that we need to renew our transport infrastructure before it finally collapses from neglect.

    And airports appear to be high on the list.

    Listen to President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden. They have both called New Yorks LaGuardia airport Third World in its wretched standards. Thats probably an insult to a lot of the Third World. As LaGuardia undergoes a $4 billion makeover its even more of a nightmare for passengers than it was before.

    Billionaires and politicians can, of course, make invidious comparisons like this because they get to see how these things are done in other parts of the world. Bear in mind, too, that Trump and Biden are both accustomed to VIP fast-tracking. But passengers who only fly domestically in the U.S. dont have any means of knowing if the miseries they now accept as routinelong lines, overcrowded lounges, chaos when boardingare the same around the world.

    Mostly, they are not.

    And other countries are leaping way ahead by investing billions of dollars in a new generation of airports of a quality that Americans can only dream of:

    In Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to be completed in 2020, a new airport with five runways and four terminals, capable of handling 160 million passengers a year. (Right now the worlds busiest airport is Atlantas Hartsfield-Jackson, serving 101 million passengers a year.)

    In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the worlds largest terminal dedicated solely to budget airlines, able to handle 45 million passengers a year.

    In Incheon, South Korea, a new terminal opening for the 2018 Winter Olympics that by 2025 will be handling 46 million passengers through 222 check-in counters.

    But lets get real: Utopian projects on this scale will never be possible at any major U.S. airport because of constraints imposed by the availability of land and the environmental impact on urban areas.

    Most of the airline terminals in the U.S. predate the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Their architecture didnt anticipate the new lines of defense that would be needed for passenger and baggage screening. Passenger numbers have grown simultaneously with the need to stuff terminals with the equipment to carry out much tighter security checks, as well as being exacerbated by recent cutbacks in the number of screeners. This squeeze has created the choke points that caused such huge lines and suffering this summer.

    For America, improving the airports we already have is more realisticand more urgentthan pursuing fantasies of new mega-airports or just expanding a system that is broken. Instead, infrastructure investment should be directed at embracing a step change in technology that could transform the way our airports handle passengers and baggage, easing much of the problem.

    Welcome to The Smart Airport. This is the aviation industrys name for what is promised to be a seamless path from check-in to the gate.

    A foretaste is already available in, of all places, the small Caribbean island of Aruba. The airport there is the testing ground for a technology called Happy Flow.

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    Passengers flying from Aruba on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to Schipol in the Netherlands do, indeed, find themselves flowing happily into the future. Once they check-in they never have to join a line to show an ID, never have to produce a passport or boarding card. Instead, they are tracked at points through the terminal all the way to their seat on the airplane using face-recognition cameras.

    Happy Flow pioneers a biometric technology that the International Air Transport Association, IATA, wants to be available worldwide for 80 percent of passengers by 2020. The idea is to bring the kind of self-service already common in retailing and banking to the airportgetting passengers and baggage to the airplane with flawless efficiency.

    However, meeting that deadline could be something of a reach. Retailing and banking dont usually involve full body security scans or bureaucracies on the scale of the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Safety Agency that can make the adoption of any new technology a tortuously slow process.

    The IATA loves the Smart Airport concept because they believe it will save the airline industry more than $2 billion a year in costs. That, of course, means that like so many other waves of technical change it will remove people from the job of delivering services. And it does that under the euphemism of self-service by a skill-transferexpecting us, the passengers, to be tech savvy.

    As demonstrated in Aruba, facial recognition is the key to how this works. Passengers arrive with their smartphone already programmed with their personal data and profile, and the phone would not even need to be shown. Their identity is then confirmed by an infrared facial recognition camera and they would pass through security in the same way as in the present TSA PreCheck program. This is a mature technology. Current facial recognition cameras have a failure rate of less than 1 in 100,000 scans.

    Moreover, proponents argue that biometric identification carries none of the stigma of profiling carried out on the spot by security staffthe TSA for exampleaccording to stereotypes.

    But there is a detail that sounds a little spooky and could raise concerns about intimate personal privacy. Biometric technology sensors used for face scanning can also monitor a passengers healthfor example, by detecting a high temperature that could result in the passenger being quarantined because of an infection.

    Once beyond the security checks there will be what is called digital wayfindingin an unfamiliar airport, perhaps one with signage in a foreign language, a smartphone will be able to show passengers where they are in the terminal at all times and direct them to the right gate.

    As well as removing humans from the responsibility of personal-security screening the Smart Airport will field service robots and virtual assistants. Airline staff will be replaced by robot information providers able to advise on how to rebook a flight if it is canceled or give directions to a business lounge. In those lounges the virtual assistants will take care of personal needs like booking hotels and car rentals.

    Another curse of todays airports will be eliminated. How many times have you waited on an airplane at the gate while bags have had to be removed from the hold because passengers who have checked-in have for some unaccountable reason failed to make it to the gate? Terminals are now being equipped with networks of beacons using near-field communications that can track a smartphone or digital boarding pass so airlines will be able to know exactly where a lingering passenger is at all times.

    How soon can all this happen?

    For the moment the Smart Airport remains a panacea. The technology is baked but putting it to use is another story. Americas airports are bedeviled by the confusion of interests involved in running them: national security agencies; their owners (a mix of municipal authorities and commercial investors); the airlines and federal authorities who regulate airline practices and provide air traffic controllers. When it comes to change, these interests are rarely on the same page.

    The result is what anybody sees as they fly around the countryhighly variable standards of service, from the abysmal to the not-so-bad. At its worst you get what happened at JFK in August when a false alarm that a shooter was loose threw the whole airport into hours of panic and revealed that nobody was actually in charge.

    In the annual world ranking of the airport experience by SkyTrax the first American airport to appear in the Top 100 is Denver, at 28th. Denver has the advantage of being the only new hub to have opened in the U.S. in decades and when it did, in 1995, it was only 16 months late, something of an achievement because new airports are frequently honeypots of corruption and rarely demonstrations of managerial competence. (Berlins Brandenburg Airport, supposed to open in 2011, and even now nowhere near being fit for purpose, is the most egregious example ever.)

    Air traffic worldwide is projected to double during the next 15 years and to reach 10 billion passengers a year by 2030. Thats going to require a lot more airports, and a lot better understanding of what makes an airport work as it should.

    Theres a reason why Singapores Changi is consistently the worlds top airport. It is not simply architecturally superb or brilliantly planned. Its the peoplethe human touch. The attitude of the airport staff at every level reflects a devotion to the service ethic that is rarely evident to passengers passing through our own airports.

    And that asset is the product of an ingrained cultural attitude. Smart Airport or not, no amount of technologyor infrastructure investmentcan deliver the same standard of service on its own.

    Read more: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/11/26/the-airport-of-the-future-will-use-your-face-as-your-passport.html

    It’s time to start making your own decisions, without the algorithms


    Who knows you better, you or the algorithm?
    Image: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA Images

    No one waits for Cyber Monday to launch the internet’s biggest holiday shopping surge anymore.

    We start shopping on Black Friday and dont stop until our Santas bags of holiday goodies are full. But when the online shopping is done, do you ever look back at the choices you made and wonder how many were yours and how many were made by online algorithms? Do you ever look when the online choices are not about holiday gifts?

    I have and Im starting to hate these algorithms.

    There is, as I see it, a fundamental flaw in the technology designed to serve up things we might like. They are based entirely on past choices and activities and leave zero room for improvisation and unpredictability.

    Just because I once liked roller blades doesn’t mean I still do and has little relation to my future mobility choices. And my interest in books written by comedians does not mean that’s all I want to read.

    And this isn’t limited to online retailers. Netflix steers me toward superhero content because that’s what I have watched in the past (and, yes, will watch in the future).

    Sure, these algorithms know me, they know me so, so well. But they also see me as a sort of static being, my tastes are my tastes. Except I’m not a robot. I change all the time and sometimes to my surprise.

    For years, I would eat quiche from the store and thought it was just meh. Then my wife made it from scratch. Now I’m a quiche person. No algorithm could have predicted that.

    Choose this, not that

    Even when services promise choice and variety, they eventually try to herd you into a more mundane existence.

    When I bought my wife a Birchbox subscription a few years ago, she was entertained by the endless variety of odd beauty samples that showed up in her mailbox each month. But Birchboxs site wants to use any action she takes on the samples to narrow her choices. It assumes that since she said she liked this, but took no action on that, that she wants more of this and less of that.

    Eventually, every Birchbox will be filled with the same kinds of products.

    I admit, it’s easier to just let the algorithm search and choose your next handbag, movie, shirt, hat, video game, car, house, friend or mate. Some would even argue that these are the smart choices, not the lazy ones.

    All these lists of algorithm-driven, cherry-picked “choices,” though, make me nervous that I’m missing the magic of serendipity. My previous decisions potentially shielding me from the undiscovered country, from things I didn’t know I would like until I tried them.

    Increasingly, when I see “selected for you” I ignore it and start my own randomness hunt. On Amazon, this means letting myself be swayed by book cover art and then won over by the description.

    When I want to watch something new on Netflix, I ignore the suggestions and scan through, well, everything. I’ll admit, sometimes this doesn’t go so well, but at least I’m making my own choices.

    More than just shopping

    Isn’t funny that most of us can recognize that Facebook has us each trapped in our own confirmation bubble, but don’t see the same when we accept choices made for us on countless retail and subscriptions sites?

    Even Twitter, which is more of an open platform has a similar problem. If you select a celebrity or actor in your favorite TV series to follow, it immediately serves up all the other actors from the same show. This is not a problem, but if you stick with these suggestions, you’ll end up with a certain kind of rather specific feed.

    If we continue to follow the choices made for us on social, services, subscription and retail sites, we will all soon be living a very vanilla life. Our friends will be the same kinds of people, our social feeds will offer just one point of view and our gift-giving will surprise no one.

    It is time to stand up and say, “You don’t know me. You dont know the full person I am or the one aspire to be. You don’t know my future any more than I do. The choices you’ve made for me are just that, choices. I choose none and instead choose to make my own. I want to be my own person, whatever that person may be.”

    These algorithms are not going away. They will keep watching and promise to get smarter and smarter. They will be inescapable.

    But I do have a suggestion for the programmers: build in at least 25 percent X factor. Let the algorithms embrace our habits and tastes and strive to expand our horizons by introducing us to things that match none of our attributes or previous actions.

    Doing this will make all our holiday shopping (maybe even our lives) a little more interesting and, perhaps, bring back a little balance to the universe.

    BONUS: Heres how a VR kitchen could transform holiday shopping

    Read more: http://mashable.com/2016/11/26/stop-the-algorithms/

    Who needs turkey? Online shoppers spend $1.9 billion on Thanksgiving.


    All the Amazon.
    Image: AP

    Before anyone could even help themselves to the cold Thanksgiving leftovers, U.S. shoppers had spent a whopping $1 billion online.

    The turkey was less interesting than drones this year and people across the country dropped cash like it was going out of fashion. By 5 p.m. on Thursday, bargain hunters had spent $1.15 billion, according to Adobe Digital Insights. By the end of Thursday, that figure had hit $1.93 billion.

    Once upon a time shoppers would patiently wait for the chaos of Black Friday to score a bargain but times are changing. Black Friday now lasts for months and shopping online between Thanksgiving courses is now common practice. This year’s online sales were up by 11.5 percent on last year, with 40 percent of sales happening on mobile devices.

    The most popular electronic products purchased were Samsung 4k TVs, iPads and Xbox consoles, while Lego, drones, electric scooters and vehicles for kids were the toys of choice, according to Adobe. If you plan to secure a NES Classic Edition, the New Nintendo 3DS Super Mario or Playstation VR Launch Bundle, you may be out of luck these products have the highest risk of selling out.

    Just want the biggest bargain? According to Adobe, tablets, televisions and toys have the biggest discounts. Now that Black Friday has arrived, roll up your sleeves, arm yourself with all the research and prepare for another whopper day of shopping sans turkey.

    BONUS: This smart mirror is actually a giant iPhone

    Read more: http://mashable.com/2016/11/25/1-billion-thanksgiving-online-sales/