French Pastry School of City Colleges of Chicago Educator Named 'Knight' by the French Government   

French Pastry School Educator, Chef Jacquy Pfeiffer joins the ranks of Sean Connery, Bill Gates and Julia ChildCHICAGO, June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Chef Jacquy Pfeiffer, co-founder of The French Pastry School of Kennedy-King College at City Colleges of Chicago joins the ranks of Sean Connery, Bill Gates and Julia Child, as they have the honor of being named a Knight!  Being Knighted by the F...

          Kony 2012 Campaign Catches Eyes Of Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga   

Campaign aims to bring African militia leader Joseph Kony to justice for war crimes and for enlisting children as soldiers.
By Gil Kaufman

<P>A campaign to stop the nearly 30-year, brutal rule of African militia leader Joseph Kony became a viral sensation this week. <a href="" target="_blank">"Kony 2012,"</a> started by the group Invisible Children, aims to make Kony's face so famous that authorities will finally be able to arrest him and try him for his crimes. </P><P> </P><P>A 30-minute <a href="" target="_blank">documentary</a> released on Monday is one of the keys to the campaign, and as of Thursday it had gotten more than 26 million views. The video details the atrocities carried out by Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army. The campaign appears to be working, as at one point on Wednesday, Invisible Children and #stopkony were trending higher on Twitter than Peyton Manning or the new iPad. </P><P> </P><P>Since 1987, human rights officials say Kony has forcefully abducted more than 60,000 children to be soldiers in his army and reportedly raped, mutilated and killed civilians in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan and displaced more than 2 million people. The leader is wanted for committing atrocities by the International Criminal Court and is being hunted down by 100 U.S. Special Forces advisers and local troops in four Central African nations, according to the <a href=""><I>Associated Press.</I></a> </P><P> </P><P>Kony 2012 is an effort to capture Kony and disarm the LRA before a reported window of opportunity closes. One way it plans to do that is by encouraging users to directly message a variety of stars to make use of their Twitter ubiquity to get the word out. Among those listed on the site are: Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Angelina Jolie, Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, Jay-Z, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Ryan Seacrest and Ellen DeGeneres, along with a number of major policymakers. </P><P> </P><P>When users click on the celebs' photos, a tweet pops up that reads: Help us end #LRA violence. Visit to find out why and how. @timtebow Join us for #KONY2012. </P><P> </P><P><a href="">Get More on Invisible Children at</a></p>

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          NYC Educator: Reverend Al and His Pals Support Mayoral Control   
NYC Educator: Reverend Al and His Pals Support Mayoral Control:

Reverend Al and His Pals Support Mayoral Control

You can stop holding your breath. Al Sharpton has finally weighed in on the mayoral control issue, and he strongly supports it. You won't be surprised that some of his friends support it too. Mike Bloomberg was a big fan, and Arne Duncan has also supported it. Newt Gingrich has yet to weigh in because he's running around telling important lies about the GOP's most recent assault on health care.

Of course he trots out the standard line that scores have improved, ignoring the fact that this is a nationwide trend, mayoral control or no. Reverend Al further can't be bothered to notice New York's rich history of rampant test score manipulation. All the reformies jumped up and down when they improved under Reverend Al's pal Mike Bloomberg, and viciously ridiculed Diane Ravitch, who noticed the NAEP scores painted a vastly different picture. The following year, the New York Times and others noticed she was right, and Mike Bloomberg's draconian methods made no significant difference.

I particularly like this line:

There’s no disputing this fact: Mayoral control is the best way to run the largest public school system in the nation.

How could anyone argue with that, since there's no disputing it? But actually, there is. Diane Ravitch has been calling it a myth for years, and wrote in one of her books that it was a reformy shortcut to circumvent democracy. Bill Gates didn't spend $4 million promoting it just for fun,  Leonie Haimson calls it fundamentally undemocratic. I argued in the Daily News that it was destructive to public education. So there is, in fact, dispute, and I'd argue Sharpton has put forth one of those new and trendy "alternative facts" here.

I was particularly fond of this line:

First, public comment rules would change and the Board of Education would be able to meet in “executive session” — in other words, behind closed doors. The board could therefore make decisions without public comment.

I've been to many PEP meetings, as well as school closing hearings, and I've never seen Al Sharpton show his face. Had Sharpton bothered to show 
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          Bill Gates: Control-alt-delete a mistake   
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          Bill Gates, superhero: the infographic   
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          Why I Am Not Enthusiastic About Ed Tech   

Writing at EdSurge, Jason Palmer, a General Partner at an outfit called New Markets Venture Partners, has declared himself “optimistic about the next wave of education technology.” 

Palmer believes the time is finally fully ripe for the education technology industry as the right combination of regulatory change, advances in technology, and philanthropic support have put “all the key building blocks in place.”

Palmer's optimism is the reason for my pessimism. The mix of companies in the New Markets Venture Portfolio reveals an emphasis on credentialing, and perhaps my least favorite ed tech trend, “personalized learning” software. Palmer believes the relative financial health of these ed tech start-ups is a good sign for education technology.

Maybe so, but I believe it’s a bad sign for education.

As Audrey Watters shows in her talk “Pigeons and Personalization: The Histories of ‘Personalized Learning,’ “personalized learning” dates to the earliest teaching machines, and underneath those promises of individualization is an undermining of institutions and the people who work within them. When education can be delivered “personally” by machines, the only relationship needs to be with the corporation serving up the software. 

This is, of course, big business. In my home state of South Carolina, the Post & Courier newspaper recently reported over a 10-year period, $350 million of funding had been funneled to “online charter schools,”  to “dismal results.” 

Since a 2007 bill paving the way for taxpayer money to be funneled their way, the five virtual charter schools have seen enrollment increase from 2100 to 10,000 students. Our current Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos is a strong supporter of increasing and expanding the use of vouchers, including to online schools.

All but one of these schools are for-profit entities. But even the schools themselves often merely serve as fronts for larger corporations. Of the $24 million S.C. Connections Academy received from the state in 2015-16, $22 million went to Connections Education LLC, a subsidiary of Pearson.

An online personalized virtual charter school in South Carolina comes courtesy of a massive educational publishing and assessment conglomerate headquartered in the United Kingdom.

While $350 million of taxpayer money was going to these corporations, South Carolina is “desperate” for teachers. 6500 teachers did not return for the 2016-17 year, an increase of 21% over the previous year. South Carolina ranks 38th in the nation for teacher salaries and is now turning to an alternative certification program through Teachers of Tomorrow, (a corporation) which offers a set of virtual online courses that qualify participants for a provisional license to teach. 

In 2014 the National Council on Teacher Quality gave A+ Texas Teachers (the entity from which Teachers of Tomorrow was born) an “F” rating for their credentialing program. Teachers of Tomorrow claims they’ve changed a lot since then.

In sum:

  • A state that ranks poorly in education embraced virtual charters as a way to serve students who have fallen through the cracks of their under resourced schools to the tune of $350 million, money primarily funneled to out-of-state (out-of-country) corporations.
  • The poorly paid, under resourced teachers are fleeing their jobs in record numbers, necessitating the use of alternative credentialing which happens through virtual education provided by corporations.

There’s a certain cruel beauty to the formula. The state of South Carolina is now at least partially captive to outside corporations to educate their students and train their teachers. As more students enter the virtual space, even more resources are drained from public schools, which drives even greater need for these virtual credentialing services.

They’ve got us coming and going. South Carolina is not unique in this pattern. Meanwhile, I wonder what kind of difference an extra $350 million might’ve made to teacher salaries and teacher retention.

As a teacher, I am a fan of integrating technology into the classroom and have relied on dedicated ed tech professionals to help me explore these possibilities. I know of many of these people who want nothing more than to figure out the best ways to use technology to help students learn.

But these good motives mean very little up against the might of industry, particularly where industry is encouraged to colonize previously public spaces in order to lap up our taxpayer dollars. Even if you are not a believer in education as a public good as I am, surely the waste and inefficiency should bother you. As reported by the Post & Courier, the S.C. Virtual Charter school with an enrollment of 3275, has received over $150 million in taxpayer funding since 2008 for an on-time graduation rate of 37% and a dropout rate near 25%. 

IHE resident ed tech blogger Josh Kim recently wrote about Courtney Maum’s satirical novel, Touch, and asked if we could see a future where there is “an inverse relationship between the exclusivity (and cost) of an education and the amount of technology incorporated into the experience?” 

In fact, I can, because we’re living it now. While I have no doubt you will find technology in elite private schools such as Sidwell Friends (alma mater of Malia Obama), or Lakeside Prep (where Bill Gates’ children go to school), I feel confident there is no personalized learning software substituting for a teacher in these educational spaces.

The students in these schools get to use technology as tools for learning, as it should be. These young people get to imagine futures as “data scientists,” while Silicon Valley pushes students in public education towards “coding,” and demand we be thankful for it. 

As long as more and more children who are born into less fortunate circumstances are subjected to “Let them eat pixels” futures, I will be hard-pressed to feel enthusiastic about education technology.

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          By: Tammy   
Subject on giving everything you have to the poor.... first of all,,,, now that you have gone through scripture that you dont believe in and decided EVERYONE should give up all they have and give it away,, now go through the bible and figure out just exactly what POOR IS,,,, because POOR is most the people in the world okay? Just because one has the internet, and a roof over their head and live payday to payday, ummmm is a far cry from RICH okay? Stand next to bill gates and tell me how rich you think you are. Scripture says the man who dont work, dont eat. Therefore the man that works has every right to put a roof over their head food in their bellies and support the God given family they have. Do you seriously believe God expects us all to live on the street? Youre grasping at straws folks. Lazarus was a VERY Rich man and God (Jesus) told Lazarus to sell all that he has and follow him. Jesus point was, you are putting money before me. How many Christians if face to face with Jesus would drop everything they are doing in a heartbeat and follow him if he were still here in the flesh, I know I would in a heartbeat. but he is here in spirit and until his return we are to work, not sit there and bum off of others, Jesus made it clear, the apostals preached by day and worked by night, hmmm what do you suppose they were working for ???? for fun? no they were working so they could support themselves and not have to live off of other people. Okay so we give all we have to the poor, then we are poor living off the street, then a rich believer gives us everything they have, and now they are poor and we are rich, then we give it all to another poor person and they are rich and we are poor again, and on and on and on,,, are you serious? do you seriously believe this is what Jesus meant? you guys are really grasping at some hollow straws here, post some more of your rediculous ideas of the God you neither know or believe in, he will always come out on top, with the correct answer of your foolishness. ASK God to show you the TRUTH,, he isnt hiding it from you, you are hiding it from yourself.
          The Capitalist with Little Faith in Capitalism   

You know him as the founder of the Microsoft Corporation and as the wealthiest person on earth, with a personal fortune of $89.2 billion. But Bill Gates is much more than that. He's also a political activist who uses his wealth to promote a host of left-wing causes. He does much of this through his charitable foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which he and his wife established 17 years ago.

Over the years, Gates has been outspoken on a number of social and political issues. In 2010, for instance, he lamented the U.S. Government's “ridiculously low levels” of spending on so-called green-energy research, a complaint he has articulated on many occasions.

Gates embraces the theory that the greenhouse gas emissions associated with human industrial activity are major contributors to potentially catastrophic “climate change.” In a June 2015 interview with the Financial Times, he repeatedly emphasized that the public sector, and not the private sector, was uniquely capable of leading a global shift to a clean-energy economy reliant on wind and solar power sources rather than on fossil fuels. “[I]t should be like the Manhattan Project and the Apollo Project in the sense that the government should put in a serious amount of R&D,” said Gates. In a blog post a few days later, Gates expanded on that theme: “Why should governments fund basic research? For the same reason that companies tend not to: because it is a public good. The benefits to society are far greater than the amount that the inventor can capture. One of the best examples of this is the creation of the Internet. It has led to innovations that continue to change our lives, but none of the companies who deliver those innovations would ever have built it.”

In a November 2015 Atlantic magazine interview about green-energy development projects, Gates said that while “the government will be somewhat inept” at spearheading such initiatives, “the private sector is in general inept.” “How many companies do venture capitalists invest in that go poorly?” he continued. “By far most of them.” Gates's lack of faith in the private sector's ability to effectively address the climate-change problem rests in his belief that “there’s no fortune to be made” in such a venture, and that “even if you have a new energy source that costs the same as today’s and emits no CO2, it will be uncertain compared with what’s tried-and-true and already operating at unbelievable scale and has gotten through all the regulatory problems.” “Without a substantial carbon tax” imposed by government, Gates concludes, “there’s no incentive for innovators or plant buyers to switch.”

Gates has expressed a lack of confidence in capitalism on a number of other occasions as well, such as when he said that “the market does not drive the scientists, the communicators, the thinkers, the government to do the right things.” In a similar vein, in March 2013 Gates told the Royal Academy of Engineering's Global Grand Challenges Summit that capitalism frequently pursues “priorities [that] are tilted by marketplace imperatives” and thus fail to address the most vital human needs. “The malaria vaccine in humanist terms is the biggest need,” he explained. “But it gets virtually no funding. But if you are working on male baldness or other things you get an order of magnitude more research funding because of the voice in the marketplace than something like malaria.” By Gates's calculus, governments and philanthropic organizations must intervene to offset this “flaw in the pure capitalistic approach.” 

In June 2015, Gates announced that he planned to personally invest $2 billion in renewable technology initiatives over the ensuing five years. Toward that end, in November 2015 he joined the so-called Breakthrough Energy Coalition, which consisted of 28 wealthy investors from 10 countries who pledged to invest a combined $1 billion, to help “bend the curve” on climate change. “People like myself,” Gates said, “who can afford to take big risks with start-up companies, should — because of climate change — be willing to put some number of billions into the spin-offs that will come out of … government-funded activity.”

Immigration policy is another issue of great concern to Gates. In early 2014, he charged that “the injustice” of America's existing immigration system was “incredible.” In a July 2014 op-ed which he co-authored with Sheldon Adelson and Warren Buffett, Gates claimed that U.S. immigration policy “fails badly” on two major counts: being “humane to immigrants living here,” and “contribut[ing] to the well-being of our citizens.” Advocating amnesty for those who have broken U.S. immigration laws, the op-ed said: “Americans are a forgiving and generous people, and who among us is not happy that their forebears — whatever their motivation or means of entry — made it to our soil?” A good model to emulate, said Gates, would be the “enlightened immigration policies” of Canada.

In February 2014, Gates joined former Washington Post CEO Don Graham in financing a $25 million college scholarship fund for illegal-alien students living in the U.S. as temporary residents under the terms of former President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an executive action which guaranteed that most DREAM Act-eligible young people would temporarily be granted legal status, work permits, access to certain publicly funded social services, and protection from deportation.

Gates also favors an increase in the admission of foreign refugees to the U.S., including those hailing from war-torn, terrorist hotbeds in the Middle East. In early 2016, for instance, he said that America has “the capacity” to do the same as Germany and Sweden, two countries that he said should “be congratulated” for accepting massive numbers of migrants from such places. Similarly, in September 2016 Gates praised Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who had played a key role in importing many Middle Eastern refugees to his country, as “a leader [who] wants to remind people about openness and taking in refugees in an appropriate way.”

In summation, though Bill Gates is the ultimate capitalist, he has little faith in the ability of the free-market system to drive the engine of human progress in a positive direction. Moreover, he views the United States not only as a nation that needlessly mistreats massive numbers of people (such as immigrants and refugees), but also as a nation that has caused considerable harm to the natural environment. In other words, Bill Gates is a man of the left.

          Bill Gates And Monsanto Team Up To Fight World Hunger   
In his annual letter for 2012, Bill Gates announced that the Gates Foundation intends to combat world hunger by investing in genetically modified agriculture.
          Bill Gates très ému en évoquant le départ de Steve Ballmer   
Lors de lassemble gnrale des actionnaires de Microsoft, le fondateur du groupe n'a pu retenir ses larmes alors que Steve Ballmer, qu'il ... tags: économieBill_GatesmicrosoftSocialMediasteve_ballmerBill Gates très ému en évoquant le départ de Steve Ballmer
          Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to retire   
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has been running the company since Bill Gates stepped away from day-to-day operations 13 years ago. Ballmer ... Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to retire
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          Você conhece as 5 lições de Bill Gates?   
Gates se transformou em um ícone, muito odiado por alguns e amado por outros. No entanto, à frente da Microsoft, deixou um legado que ultrapassa a barreira tecnológica e atinge um modelo singular de administrar uma empresa
          Hasta en el PRO rechazan la anulación de la obligatoriedad de las vacunas   
La polémica iniciativa de la diputada Paula Urroz (PRO) no cuenta ni con el respaldo de la mayoría de sus compañeros de bloque ni de la Comisión de Salud de la Cámara Baja.
El proyecto de ley que anula la obligatoriedad de las vacunas, impulsado por una diputada de Unión PRO no cuenta con el respaldo de la mayoría de sus compañeros de bloque ni de la Comisión de Salud de la Cámara baja, aseguró este jueves el legislador oficialista Sergio Wisky en medio de un fuerte rechazo a la propuesta por parte de las sociedades científicas referentes de pediatría, inmunología e infectología.

"El proyecto de pedir un consentimiento informado para aplicar vacunas, incluso las del calendario oficial, es una propuesta personal de la diputada Paula Urroz (PRO), pero no fue debatido ni en nuestro bloque ni en la comisión de salud, y en principio la mayoría tenemos una posición contraria", explicó Wisky (PRO) miembro además de la comisión de salud en la Cámara baja.

Y continuó: "El consentimiento informado es algo que se solicita cuando se trata de una práctica de alto riesgo, que no es el caso de la aplicación de vacunas. En este contexto, pedir esto implicaría una traba en la accesibilidad de un bien social, porque el beneficio es para toda la comunidad a través del efecto rebaño, esto es, cuanto mayor es la cantidad de personas vacunadas, menor es la carga viral que circula".

En referencia a si el proyecto tendrá tratamiento en la comisión, el diputado expresó que "tenemos una agenda prioritaria que está muy lejos de este tema".

Desde que se difundió el proyecto, diversas sociedades científicas vinculadas a la pediatría, inmunología e infectología como la Sociedad Argentina de Pediatría (SAP), la Fundación Huésped, la Sociedad Argentina de Inmunología (SAI), la Sociedad Argentina de Infectología (SADI), entre otras, expresaron a través de diferentes comunicados su rechazo a la polémica iniciativa.

"Es fundamental recordar a las personas la importancia de las vacunas que, junto al agua potable, son las dos herramientas sanitarias que más vidas salvaron en la historia de la humanidad", indicó la médica Carla Vizzotti, integrante de Huésped y ex responsable del Programa Nacional de Control de Enfermedades Inmunoprevenibles del Ministerio de Salud de la Nación.

La especialista recordó que desde que comenzó la ampliación del Calendario Nacional de Vacunación, que actualmente cuenta con veinte vacunas, "el país logró erradicar la viruela, el sarampión desde 2000, el síndrome de rubeola congénita y la rubeola desde 2009, la difteria desde 2006 y el tétanos neonatal desde 2007".

"Además -recordó- se eliminó el trasplante de hígado por causa de virus de Hepatits A, se redujo en un 50 por ciento la internación por neumonía desde 2012, y un 82 por ciento la letalidad por tos convulsa en neonatos".

En referencia al proyecto, la especialista sostuvo que "carece de todo tipo de contenido científico". "Antes que demostrar su eficacia, las vacunas tienen que demostrar su seguridad. Es irresponsable poner esto en duda".

En el mismo sentido, el médico infectólogo Eduardo López, presidente de la Sociedad Argentina de Infectología Pediátrica y Jefe del Departamento de Medicina del Hospital de Niños Ricardo Gutiérrez, sostuvo que "el proyecto transforma un deber del Estado en un acto voluntario, y de esta manera anula la idea de equidad social que contempla el calendario nacional de vacunación, y a la larga, va a generar inequidad".

Y concluyó: "Las contraindicaciones que tienen las vacunas están contempladas en la propia indicación. Ningún obstetra indica vacunas virus-atenuado durante el embarazo (por ejemplo contra el sarampión, la rubeola o las paperas), pero esto está absolutamente delimitado. El proyecto equipara una vacuna aprobada a un fármaco en investigación".
          Thoughts While Shaving   
Steve Ballmer, of Microsoft fame, launched USAFacts earlier this year to created a way to track government spending.  I enjoy browsing through some of his findings.  Ballmer and Bill Gates became friends while attending Harvard in the 70s and eventually formed Microsoft, made a pot full of money, retired and then the two drifted apart. According to one source, Gates now spends most of his time with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and still provides advice for Microsoft leaders.  Ballmer now owns the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team and a huge chunk of Twitter.  Since severing ties with Microsoft, he has spent millions on worthy projects, USAFacts to track .....
          The complete history of the IBM PC, part one: The deal of the century   
Bill Gates, mysterious deaths, and the business machine that sparked a home revolution.
          BILL GATES: Deadly mosquito-borne pandemic greater threat than global war...   

BILL GATES: Deadly mosquito-borne pandemic greater threat than global war...

(First column, 15th story, link)

          "It's hard for us to believe that they will suddenly make the life of the developer community less difficult. We're skeptical at best, the history is not good. Maybe Bill Gates has suddenly turned into an angel." - Francois Bancilhon   
"It's hard for us to believe that they will suddenly make the life of the developer community less difficult. We're skeptical at best, the history is not good. Maybe Bill Gates has suddenly turned into an angel." - Francois Bancilhon
          How To Build Meaning In Your Life And Career   


Imagine if you discovered the sweet spot of purpose in your life, work and organization.

We’ve all heard that discovering your core purpose is a key ingredient to achieving your goals. But what about the purpose of your role at work? Or the purpose of your organization? Discovering where these three elements intersect is an important part of knowing where you fit in, and where you’re headed.

Dan Pontefract is a Chief Envisioner at Canadian telecommunications company Telus, and the author of Flat Army and most recently The Purpose Effect: Building Meaning In Yourself, Your Role, and Your Organization.

I recently interviewed Dan to discuss the subject of his latest work, and how understanding purpose from top to bottom can increase employee engagement. (The transcript below has been edited lightly for space and clarity.)

Kevin Kruse: You call the intersection of purpose in three areas: yourself, your role, the organization, as “the sweet spot.”

Dan Pontefract: What I want you to do is envision a Venn diagram. A Venn diagram is composed of three circles. There’s one at the top, and then there’s two at the bottom, and they’re all intersecting. When I was researching and then thinking about my own life and all the time I’ve spent in the academic world and in the corporate world, it dawned on me that there are a lot of books and a lot of authors out there who aspire or predict or recommend that purpose of self and life is important, and it is.

There weren’t a lot of people looking at the integration between work and life and purpose. As I began to, as we all do, peel this onion back a little bit when we’re writing and we’re researching and interviewing, it was this Venn diagram that kept popping up in my head and in some of the interviews I was doing.

At the top of the Venn diagram is what I call ‘personal purpose’. Then at the bottom, the other two circles, on the right hand side is ‘organizational purpose’, and on the left hand side is ‘role purpose’. Here’s how it works: We all have a life, and, as I mentioned, life-work integration, so personal purpose, that’s our life. That’s the circle at the top. That’s “What am I going to do to define myself? Who am I going to be in life and at work? Who am I going to be known as? How am I going to show up each and every day?” Those are the questions: What am I? Who am I? How am I? That’s the ‘personal’ side.

See, we all, I think, most of us, maybe not Bill Gates, but we’ve got to go to work. Ultimately, what’s happening is if you’re in an organization that is operating with purpose, I found that if that purpose mindset of the organization is in lockstep with how you’re defining yourself— the “what you want to be when you grow up”, if you will—there’s a really good combination there, a good relationship.

But that’s not enough, because we all go to work for the organization in which we work for in a role. For example, you may be a call center agent. You may be a sales exec. You may be a business analyst. You may be in marketing. You have a role. When there is lockstep between your personal purpose— that’s again back to “who you are”, etc.—the organization, which is hopefully demonstrating its purpose, and in the role that you occupy, if you feel valued, if you feel that you’re delivering value, ergo you feel valuable, hopefully you have the purpose mindset in your role.

          Bill Gates' Dad: Raise Taxes On My Son!   
We already knew Bill Gates Sr, father of Microsoft (MSFT) founder Bill Gates Jr, was one heck of a toastmaster. But the old man also has some pretty strong opinions on tax policy too.
          Gates Foundation Assets Plummet 20%   
No surprise that Bill Gates, along with everyone else, is getting hammered by the recession. But Dealbook breaks down the numbers: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is down 19%, and Bill's Cascade Investment is down another 18%.
          Ep 182 – Obama’s Legacy: Tom Perez   

Recorded Sunday, February 25th Tim and Ande go over Bill Gates’ economic fallacies of how automation somehow induces unemployment. The duo also discuss the new DNC Chair Tom Perez, and the problems with both him and Keith Ellison. Bill Gates Exposes Himself as an Economic Ignoramus Why Conservatives Should Support Cal-Exit Why Tom Perez and […]

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          Bill Gates Warns That Mosquito-Borne Disease Could Be Mankind’s Greatest Threat   

While the threat of all-out nuclear war between Russia, the US or North Korea continues to bubble under the surface, billionaire Bill Gates says we should be much more concerned about something else. The world’s richest man says a deadly mosquito-borne disease could wipe out as many as 10 million people if the right steps […]

The post Bill Gates Warns That Mosquito-Borne Disease Could Be Mankind’s Greatest Threat appeared first on How Trend News.

          Bill Gates: "si un robot reemplaza el trabajo de un humano, este robot debe pagar impuestos como un humano"   

La próxima gran revolución será la llegada de los robots a los puestos de trabajo, algo que ya ha empezado a ocurrir en diversas regiones del mundo, en algunas compañías y hasta en restaurantes, donde las máquinas están tomando el control de cadenas de producción y automatización de tareas. Esto significará un gran cambio, y por ejemplo, en la Unión Europea ya están pensando como regularlo.

De entre las voces que han dado su opinión acerca de la revolución que se aproxima, está de la Elon Musk quien dice que deberemos fusionarnos con las máquinas sino queremos ser irrelevantes. Y ahora la de Bill Gates, quien pide que los robots tengan las mismas responsabilidades fiscales que los humanos.

En una reciente entrevista, Bill Gates compartió su interesante visión de cómo deberían ser las cosas cuando los robots sean mayoría en los puestos de trabajo, un escenario que se pronostica será una realidad en la década de 2030. 

El ex líder de Microsoft menciona que si las compañías están convencidas en reclutar robots como fuerza laboral, esto representará consecuencias, y no sólo para los humanos, sino también para las mismas compañías, ya que éstas deberían pagar los mismos impuestos, como si tuviesen humanos. Esta lógica obedece a que las compañías que están optando por robots seguirán aumentando sus ingresos al reducir costes y aumentar la producción, por lo que cada robot debe ser gravado a un nivel similar, e incluso por encima que de un trabajador humano.


Fuente: Xakata
          Taxpayer Dollars for Bill Gates' Charitable Impulses   

David Callahan had an interesting NYT column on the philanthropical efforts of the latest cohort of the newly rich. The piece makes the important point that people like Bill Gates, the Walton family, and Mark Zuckerberg often use their givings to push their specific political agenda. As Callahan points out, these contributions involve a large amount of taxpayer dollars, these very rich people are getting their taxes reduced by roughly 40 cents for every dollar they give. This means, in effect, that Gates, the Waltons, Zuckerberg and the rest are effectively getting taxpayers to put up a large amount of money to support their political agenda in important areas of public policy.

There are a couple of additional points worth adding on this issue. First, these charitable efforts likely have advanced these billionaires in their efforts to get ever richer. This is especially likely to be the case with Bill Gates where efforts to establish himself as a great humanitarian likely discouraged efforts to take more actions against his company's near monopoly in the computer operating system market. (Also, a program officer in the Gates Foundation once once told me that they would not support any work questioning the usefulness of patent support for drug research because of Gates' dependence on intellectual property protections.) 

The other point is that the foundations themselves help to contribute to inequality with the outsized paychecks given to their top executives. It is common for these people to get salaries at or above $1 million a year. (This is discussed in chapter 6 of Riggged: How Globalization and the Rules of the Modern Economy Have Been Structured to Make the Rich Richer [it's free.])

It would be possible to require that philanthropies limit pay in order to qualify for tax-deductible status. The president of the United States earns $400,000 a year. (This doesn't count the special deals for his businesses that Donald Trump gets from those seeking favors.) Many highly talented people compete vigorously for this job. Charitable foundations should be able to find qualified people for the same pay. If not, then they are probably not the sort of organization that deserves the public's support.

Limiting pay for the top executives at institutions receiving taxpayer subsidies, which would include presidents of universities and non-profit hospitals, should help put downward pressure for pay at the top more generally, leaving more money for everyone else.

          Great library humor ahead.   
Seriously, my library friends (especially those of you in public service), read this and laugh till you cry.

I Hate You Library Patrons!

Date: 2005-09-14, 10:47AM CDT

When I became a librarian I was woefully under prepared for the mess that awaited me beyond the library door. I’ve been a library patron, but the libraries that I frequent are quiet, studious places filled with lovely library patrons who read books and do research on the computers. The library that I work at on the other hand is a mish mash of the ignorant, the indigent, the clueless, the rude, and my personal favorite the aromatic.

Please find somewhere else to spend your miserable time. I’m sick to death of dealing with you. Why is it that no one understands that the library is not a homeless shelter, free baby sitting service, social service agency, video arcade, peep show, or an other of the 999 other inappropriate uses that you have for it?

To the smelly homeless guy that is always asleep by the magazines: For the last time, no you cannot sleep in the library. It’s a rule that we had to make to keep people like you from sleeping all day in the library. I feel bad for your situation, really I do, but I also know that you can get free meals, a place to sleep and a shower if you just stop at the shelter that is 3 blocks away from our front door.

To the guy who asked me if we could keep his extra malt liquor in the staff fridge: No, in fact if you bring it in here I’m going to call the cops. Not because I’m a tight assed bitch, because that’s the rules, dude. It’s called public intoxication and it’s illegal.

To the girls who smoke pot in the bathrooms: Yes it was me who called the cops. No that doesn’t make me racist and no you can’t come back. I don’t care that it’s going to rain. When you get arrested in my bathroom you can’t come back, even if it means you get wet.

To the parents of the children who are running around screaming: You make me want to run around and scream my head off too, but I don’t, I control myself, why can’t you control your offspring? When I was a Children’s Librarian we called it using your inside voice. Try it.

To the parents who tell your miserable offspring to come to the library after school because you choose not to find a babysitter/daycare: We are not a free babysitting service. Yes, we have nice books and computers for the kiddies to use, but you need to come along with them. Otherwise I will get their information from their library card and call social services. It’s not my job to watch your brats.

To the 99.9% of computer users who don’t have the faintest idea how to use the Internet: I’m happy to help you get started, but I won’t help you beyond that. We have a lovely (and free) series of classes to teach you, but I have others to help and I can’t hold you hand all day long so that you can sell your shit on EBay. I also can’t help you file your divorce even though the courthouse told you that I would. I’m not a lawyer, I’m a librarian, so I can’t help you out.

To the man who just told me that Wisconsin sure isn’t like Illinois: No shit Sherlock. We like it that way. If you and your trophy wife hadn’t allowed your spoiled brat of a daughter to be drinking at Country Thunder you wouldn’t have to pay that $400 ticket that she got. Yep, underage drinking is illegal in Wisconsin, and nope, I’m not going to agree that it sucks. I’ve worked both here and in Illinois, and even though patrons here get under my skin I’ll take them any day over the soccer mommies in Lincolnshire. Suck it up, pay the ticket, don’t let your daughter drink until she is 21 and get out of my state.

To the people who want me to hold their hand and show them exactly where the book they want is: Don’t look at the piece of paper that I’ve written the call number down for you like it’s Sanskrit. Can you count? Then you can use the Dewey Decimal System. At least try to find the book because there are 15 other people waiting for me to solve their problems for them too. I know that they teach this stuff in elementary school, so try to figure it out on your own. But since I like you because you are actually looking for a book, if you really can’t find it come and ask me nice and I’ll help you.

To the people who want me to fix the computer so that you can spend 15 hours a day chatting, playing solitaire, looking for your one true love, etc. online: Don’t get me wrong, I like the Internet. I just don’t like it when you are sitting around doing nothing library related every single hour we are open. That means that people who have an actual research need can’t get to the computers, so no, I’m not going to help you solve why it’s hung up. Don’t you have something else to do with your time – like work maybe? I know for a fact that the McDonald’s just up the street is hiring, maybe you should apply. By the way, I know how to fix the problem, I’m just not going to help you because I hate you, so I will always turn it off and make sure you have lost everything that you have done so far. Consider yourself warned. Lots of people hate Bill Gates; I hate him for his philanthropy. I wish I could throw the patron computer out the door and drive over them with a dump truck.

To the people who check out books, DVDs and CDs and never bring them back: I hope you die. Seriously. You are the worst people in the world. There’s a technical word for people like you – thieves. Won’t you be surprised the next time you get pulled over and your car is impounded because I’ve sworn out a warrant for your arrest. Yep, theft of library materials is a crime, and I intend to start having it enforced. So to those self-righteous religious zealots who stole all my sex, Wicca, true crime books so that they couldn’t corrupt others, beware. Or if you stole them for your own collection, I hope you don’t want to renew your driver’s license or plates. Those materials belong to everyone, not just you. That’s what we mean by public library.

To my co-workers: Stop bitching because I have two desks and you have to share one with two other people. There are a couple of reasons for this. I don’t really have two desks; one of these so-called desks is the reference desk so I guess by that logic you have two desks too. One of them is the circulation desk. Enjoy your newfound space. Second, I’m a full time employee, so I am entitled to a private workspace (especially in light of the fact that you are never here at the same time as the people you share with). It’s in my contract, you can check. Third, I outrank you. I have a master’s degree to your GED. Yes, I’m 30 years younger than you are, but we all make choices in life. It wasn’t my choice to get knocked up in 1968 and then take a low paying job at the library that you have kept for the past 37 years. We all make choices and I guess you made yours. Also, I have way more work and way more responsibility than you. You might think that checking books in and out and getting them to the right place on the shelf is hard work, but guess what it’s not. If you want to do the budget sometime, or deal with the patrons who don’t want to pay their fines, then we can talk about a challenge. Until then, shut up and do your damn job!

To anyone else I have forgotten: If you’re not sitting quietly reading a book, magazine or newspaper, or using the Internet to do homework or research, chances are I hate you too. I’m not going to go out of my way to help you. Five years of being treated like crap by the general public have seen to that. It’s not personal, you just suck.

So basically if you are a nice, well-mannered person, welcome to the library. I’m glad that you are here. I will bend over backwards to make sure that your information needs are met. If you are a jerk, a pest, a leech, or any other kind of pariah, I will go out of my way to make sure that you leave the building as soon as possible, hopefully with some kind of police escort. You’ve been warned.


Your Friendly Neighborhood Librarian

          Facebook's Zuckerberg Returns To Harvard   
NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Zuckerberg is giving a commencement address at Harvard, where he dropped out 12 years ago to focus on Facebook. Zuckerberg, 33, follows another famous Harvard dropout, Bill Gates, who spoke before its graduates a decade ago. Steve Jobs, who dropped out of Reed College ...
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... mas rarezas aqui

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  •           Comment on [PHOTO] World’s richest man, Bill Gates, takes a ride in Keke Napep by Iragbijiile Grant   
    Who is Tony Elumelu? What is naira, next to the Almighty American dollar. Tony Elumelu can suck my black Yoruba dick!
              Comment on [PHOTO] World’s richest man, Bill Gates, takes a ride in Keke Napep by Iragbijiile Grant   
    They have no choice; na their problem be that. Bill gates is the fucking richest man in the world. He is richer than everyone in your family, dead or alive. All Yibos combined will never make anything close to what he makes in an hour. Show some respect, for money!
              Who’s the most altruistic leader in Silicon Valley? The answer might surprise you [infographic]   

    Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates might be the world's richest man, and both he and Facebook Inc. co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg have pledged to give away

    The post Who’s the most altruistic leader in Silicon Valley? The answer might surprise you [infographic] appeared first on Lugen Family Office.

              Bill Gates Launches $1 Billion Breakthrough Energy Investment Fund   
    One year after Gates announced a coalition to invest in clean energy, the billionaire philanthropist unveils the next step: the new Breakthrough Energy Ventures fund, which aims to invest in scientific breakthroughs that will deliver “cheap and reliable clean energy to the world.”
              Bill Gates On His Five Favorite Books Of 2016   
    Gates On Books: Bill Gates with his favorites from 2016. (Photo courtesy of Since Bill Gates was a youngster, he's loved reading books. He read the whole set of his parents' World Book Encyclopedia --in alphabetical order -- as a kid. And much more. His parents ended up making a [...]
              New From Bill Gates: How Star Wars Can Get Kids Excited To Learn   
    Bill Gates, in a new post, writes about meeting an award-winning teacher who shared his teaching strategy, which includes using Star Wars in the curriculum.
              Comment on Sally Chow Explains The Titanium Mastermind by Erwin Cruz   
    Awesome video! Sally would be the next multi millionaire and could be the next Bill Gates of online entrepreneur. Im excited to be part of Mobe through John Chow. I can't wait to complete 21steps!
              Commentaires sur The Social Network : la critique de Mark Zuckerberg par Michaël   
    (mieux vaut avoir vu le film avant de lire le commentaire suivant) C'est vrai que du coup, le positionnement de Fincher et Sorkin en prend un sacré coup, je trouve. Si la scène d'ouverture est totalement inventée, ce sont les fondations même du récit qui en prennent un coup. Est-ce que les fameuses updates sur son blog cette fameuse nuit ont vraiment eu lieu ? J'avoue que j'aimerais bien savoir. Dans tous les cas, on est sûr d'une chose, Zuckerberg est fou, et c'est aussi un génie. Il est fou, si l'on se fie aux échanges filmés avec les avocats, où il fait plus que botter en touche, plus que détourner l'attention et les questions, il fait preuve d'un autisme assez marqué, dont sont atteints certains génies. On le voit aussi dans sa manière de s'exprimer dans la scène d'ouverture. Il est fou aussi, pour son côté "investi d'une mission", point sur lequel il n'y a qu'un clin d'oeil (quand il met en ligne Facemash ou Facebook je ne sais plus) et que Saverin lui demande s'il prie. Mais aussi plus récemment avec ses déclarations sur la vie privée, ou son sweat-shirt marqué de symboles chelous. Fou aussi, s'il a réussi à piéger Parker, après que celui-ci ait réussi à évincer Saverin. A moins que ce soit du génie. La frontière entre les deux est tellement mince... C'est un fou et un génie à la Bill Gates et Steve Jobs, ou plutôt un voyou à la Bill Gates et un génie à la Steve Jobs. L'affiche résume bien les choses : voyou, traitre, génie, milliardaire. Enchaînement de mots qui crée un malaise, malaise qui caractérise assez bien notre société. Les voyous et les traitres sont les génies que l'on encense, et finissent milliardaires, alors que les honnêtes pauvres cons ne gagnent pas une thune. La réussite, à tout prix. Quelles que soient les motivations de Zuckerberg (se venger de son ex, se faire accepter dans les clubs), je ne suis pas sûr que Fincher et Sorkin aient vu juste (ils ont pris un parti, qui, s'il s'avère faux, n'enlève rien à la qualité du récit, juste à sa véracité). Ce qu'on a du mal à comprendre, c'est pourtant ce que dit Zuckerberg : Facebook ne sera jamais fini. C'est en perpétuel mouvement. Facebook serait une création, une oeuvre d'un artiste, que celui-ci ferait constamment évolué. A ce moment-là, difficile de trouver une motivation aussi évidente que se venger d'une fille, ou la recherche d'une reconnaissance sociale. Zuckerberg serait avant tout un créateur (de génie), un entrepreneur, et ses motivations seraient de créer plus que de tirer quelque chose de sa création.
              Don’t tax robots to save jobs… they might just create new forms of employment   
    The Next Idea In a recent interview, Microsoft founder Bill Gates created quite a stir when he suggested that robots be taxed because society will not be able to manage the speed and magnitude of the impending automation of everything. While his intent was to suggest ways to stave off the massive social unrest that will surely come with wholesale unemployment, it wasn’t a week before the editorial staffs at the Economist and BusinessWeek weighed in on impracticality of the idea, saying it would slow down technology investment and automation rates, and seriously damage American competitiveness.
              'LAUGH TIME' : Why did the chicken cross the road?   
    Here is an adapted version of the chicken joke for your entertainment. Enjoy!


    RONALD FISHER: Why does it have to be a chicken? Why not a frog, turkey, or pig? We randomly try to a have chicken, frog, turkey and pig cross the road 10 times each. We then compare the mean number of times each animal crossed the road to determine if there's a difference in means.

    SARAH PALIN: The chicken crossed the road because, gosh-darn it, he's a maverick!

    BARACK OBAMA: The chicken crossed the road because it was time for change! The chicken wanted change!

    JOHN McCAIN: My friends, that chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road.

    HILLARY CLINTON: When I was First Lady, I personally helped that little chicken to cross the road. This experience makes me uniquely qualified to ensure right from Day One that every chicken in this country gets the chance it deserves to cross the road. But then, this really isn't about me.

    GEORGE W. BUSH: We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road, or not. The chicken is either against us, or for us. There is no middle ground here.

    I agree with George.

    DICK CHENEY: Where's my gun?

    COLIN POWELL: Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road.

    BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with that chicken.

    JOHN KERRY: Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken's intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it.

    DR. PHIL: The problem we have here is that this chicken won't realize that he must first deal with the problem on this side of the road before it goes after the problem on the other side of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he's acting by not taking on his current problems before adding new problems.

    OPRAH: Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross this road so bad. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I'm going to give this chicken a NEW CAR so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.

    NANCY GRACE: That chicken crossed the road because he's guilty! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.

    MARTHA STEWART: No one called me to warn me which way that chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer's Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.

    JOHN LENNON: Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together, in peace.

    BILL GATES: I have just released eChicken2010, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your checkbook. Internet Explorer is an integral part of eChicken2010. This new platform is much more stable and will never reboot.

    AUGUST MOBIUS: To get to the same side.

    ISAAC NEWTON: Chickens at rest tend to stay at rest. Chickens in motion tend to cross the road.

    WERNER HEISENBERG: We are not sure which side of the road the chicken was on, but it was moving very fast.

    JERRY SEINFELD: Why does anyone cross a road? I mean, why doesn't anyone ever think to ask, "What the heck was this chicken doing walking all over the place anyway?"

    AL GORE: I will fight for the chickens and I will not disappoint them. Did I mention that I invented roads?

    KEN STARR: I intend to prove that the chicken crossed the road at the behest of the president of the United States of America in an effort to distract law enforcement officials and the American public from the criminal wrongdoing our highest elected official has been trying to cover up. As a result, the chicken is just another pawn in the president's ongoing and elaborate scheme to obstruct justice and undermine the rule of law. For that reason, my staff intends to offer the chicken unconditional immunity provided he cooperates fully with our investigation. Furthermore, the chicken will not be permitted to reach the other side of the road until our investigation and any Congressional follow-up investigations have been completed.

    PAT BUCHANAN: To steal a job from a decent, hardworking American.

    DR. SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes! The chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed, I've not been told!

    MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.: I envision a world where all chickens will be free to cross roads without having their motives called into question.

    GRANDPA: In my day, we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road. Someone told us that the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough for us.

    ARISTOTLE: It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.

    KARL MARX: It was a historical inevitability.

    SADDAM HUSSEIN: This was an unprovoked act of rebellion and we were quite justified in dropping 50 tons of nerve gas on it.

    CAPTAIN JAMES T. KIRK: To boldly go where no chicken has gone before.

    FOX MULDER: You saw it cross the road with your own eyes. How many more chickens have to cross before you believe it?

    MACHIAVELLI: The point is that the chicken crossed the road. Who cares why? The end of crossing the road justifies whatever motive there was.

    FREUD: The fact that you are at all concerned that the chicken crossed the road reveals your underlying sexual insecurity.

    ALBERT EINSTEIN: Did the chicken really cross the road or did the road move beneath the chicken?

    IMMANUEL KANT: The chicken was acting out of a sense of duty to cross the road, as chickens have traditionally crossed roads throughout history.

    COLONEL SANDERS: I missed one?

    RICHARD M. NIXON: The chicken did not cross the road. I repeat, the chicken did not cross the road. I don't know any chickens. I have never known any chickens.

    JANOS von NEUMANN: The chicken is distributed probabilistically on all sides of the road until you observe it on your side.

    BARBARA WALTERS: Isn't that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish its life long dream of crossing the road.

    ANDERSON COOPER, CNN: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.

    DONALD RUMSFELD: Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road.

    ANDRE AMPERE: To keep up with current events.

    ROBERT BOYLE: She had been under too much pressure at home.

    JAMES WATT: It thought it would be a good way to let off steam.

    THOMAS EDISON: She thought it would be an illuminating experience.

    JEAN FOUCALT: It didn't. The rotation of the earth made it appear to cross.

    KARL GAUSS: Because of the magnetic personality of the rooster on the other side.

    GUSATV HERTZ: Lately, its been crossing with greater frequency.

    GEORG OHM: There was more resistance on this side of the road.

    ERWIN SCHRODINGER: Since the wording of the question implies the absence of an observer (else the fowl's motivation might easily be deduced), it is evident that the chicken simultaneously did and did not cross the road. In the face of this, any speculation as to the bird's purpose must be viewed as mere sophistry - and as such is beyond the bounds of this discussion.

    It came, it saw, it crossed.

    Chickens, over great periods of time, have been naturally selected in such a way that they are now genetically positioned to cross roads.

    The chicken only crossed to get her share of national cake

    The chicken crossing will further spread Avian Flu to another unprepared country.

    NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: "… and as we watch the lone chicken undertake this hazardous journey, we can only wonder at the awesome nature of this dangerous, yet necessary, migration. …"

    If you saw me coming, you'd be crossing the road too!

    Adapted from and a few other sources
              Comment on Marx and libertarians by Pavlos Papageorgiou   
    Equal exchange should not be a principle in economics. If Bill Gates's net worth is $89 billion that could be explained two ways. A. Bill himself, not his company his personal contribution, gave society $89bn worth of stuff and the exchange was equal, or B. Bill found a scheme to exchange things unequally, with employees, partners or the public, and accumulated the error in his favor. Which of these is more likely? Staggeringly, libertarians believe in equal exchange. The proper economic principle is not voluntary or equal but something like "mutually agreeable". Which is morally very weak. It's mutually agreeable for a single mum to sew clothing or clean rooms for a marginal wage, rather than starve, but it's not voluntary or equal.
              Android překonal Windows, O2 vyplatí PPF pět miliard, Bill Gates chválí Čínu [Výběr]   
    Spojí se Oracle a Accenture? BlackBerry se podařil přerod. McAfee je opět samostatnou firmou. Zprávy z velkého IT, každý pátek na Lupě. Vždy v pátek připravuje reportér Jan Sedlák výběr zajímavých zpráv ze světa velkých IT firem. Co se událo v tomto týdnu?
              I think the IQ Test needs an IQ Test

    As another Lame Cherry exclusive in matter anti matter.

    I came across these well known people's IQ statistics and as I read them, I began to think that the machine was broken as Old IQ from like the Black Death period and New IQ in Great Tribulation period is like not the same test.

    I just do not think that a degree in phy ed and acting really is a degree or words is a degree.

    Arnold Schwarzenegger – IQ 135

    OK so the guy who ruined California, f*cked up his marriage and destroyed Celebrity Apprentice is intelligent?


    Geena Davis – IQ 140

    She couldn't stay married to Jeff Goldblum, but that should not have anything to do with IQ.

    Tyra Banks – IQ 120

    Not on a good day and with Mr. Mo the chimp from Wild Kingdom is she turning out 120.

    Mayim Bialik – IQ 163

    This is the ugly chick on Big Bang who can't get paid the same as her fag sex partner on screen?


    Dave Duchovny – IQ 147

    X Files and Californication, obviously his career proves something is wrong with the modern IQ test.

    Madonna – IQ 140

    Need I say more? Replaced by Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus, two inbreeds who modeled themselves after Cher.


    Shaquille O’Neil – IQ 101

    Ok if you shave off 50 points this one I will believe.


    Stephen Hawking – IQ 160

    The genius who says God does not exist, but can not invent a body so he does not have to sit in a chair and have a computer natter on for him.

    Quentin Tarantino – IQ 160

    Proof something is wrong with this test as he let Mira Sorvino go.

    Ashton Kutcher – IQ 160

    Seems like that 160 number shows up a lot for social retards.


    Nicole Kidman – IQ 132

    Not going to pick on Nic. She was decent about Trump.

    Tommy Lee Jones – IQ 135

    I think there is something wrong with the Harvard IQ scores running high.


    Sylvester Stallone – IQ 160

    160 again, maybe it has to do with starring in or watching lots of porn.


    Natalie Portman – IQ 140

    Isn't she the liberal who had her tits out in that Hillary Clinton photo.


    Meryl Streep – IQ 143

    Meryl must have found the bonus section for people who can mimic Julia Childs getting 140 extra points.



    Anderson Cooper – IQ 123

    No idea if getting gay thumped in the head lowered the score.


    Kevin Spacey – IQ 137

    Did not seem to gaytard the Space, but maybe he doesn't tea bag like Cooper and it is oxygen deprived condition that brings on the gaytard.


    Jodie Foster – IQ 132 

    See maybe it does have something to do with where you put your head during sex.

    Robin Williams – IQ 140

    See it is where you put your head during sex.....


     Bill Clinton – IQ 137

     Or having syphilis and treating it with a bag of coke up the nose each day


    Ron Jeremy – IQ 130

    Yup compliment when you tell Ron he thinks with his brains.


    Al Gore – IQ 134

    Then again maybe it's congenital

    Bill Gates – IQ 160

    I really think that 160 slot is wore in so it goes to everyone who pays for the Scrib notes.


    Dolph Lundgren – IQ 160

    See what I mean about that worn slot.






    Conan O’Brien – IQ 160

    Need I say more about that worn slot. But I like Conan, I would give him 160 just for being Conan.


    Steve Martin – IQ 142

    Someone who is friends with David Letterman  and can not keep a wife like Victoria Tenent or whatever her poodle name is, does not have a 142 IQ.

    Matt Damon – IQ 160

    I mean this dude is like the Pele of Afflecktard.


    Brad Pitt – IQ 126

    His BO rating in stink bomb is probably 126. I mean he married Jolie......monkeys even run from her.


    Kate Beckinsale – IQ 160

    Kate make a nice vampira, but there is that 160 again. IQ tabulators must get more blows than Ron Jeremy.

    Hillary Clinton – IQ 140

    140 IQ and not smart enough to run from Bill Clinton, beat Obama, beat Trump, and all she can do is hoover Huma so Anthony Wiener beating off gets all of them into trouble.


    Charles Darwin – IQ 165

    Relative of mine who saw things and jumped to erroneous conclusions, but on his death bed saw the Light. See the old IQ actually measured IQ.


    Leonardo da Vinci – IQ 220

     See what I mean on the old IQ.

    James Woods – IQ 180

    Woods must have gotten the old IQ test.



    Michelle Obama – IQ 115

    Yeah I believe this score was Affirmative Action Bell curve in a 30 point handicap for Chicago shemales where lead paint was a food group.


    Barack Obama – IQ 130

    An IQ of 130 must have been the foreign student aid program test where peeling bananas is the first 27 pages of the test.

    Bruce and Not Testicle Bruce Jenner IQ 115

    Unless it is the shemale score like Lurch Obama.

    Vladimir Putin 134

    The Russian version must be like uber harder than the American Affirmative Action one. 


    George W. Bush – IQ 125

    I mean dude must have had Jeb counting his toes for him and Barbara slipping the test master a little hoover tongue.


    Donald Trump – IQ 156

    Obviously Mr. Trump was taking the DaVinci test that his German father located especially for his son.


     Nuff Said



              Virtual Reality Is Being Used to Help Burn Victims in Seattle, but Could It Be Dangerously Addictive?   
    Caleb Springer credits VR with helping his pain, but others have gone to reSTART, a rehab center for gaming and VR addiction. by Katie Herzog

    In 2010, Caleb Springer, then 23, was riding a friend's scooter in his home state of Alaska. He didn't realize that the gas cap was missing, and after he tipped the bike over, gasoline spilled onto his pants. An errant cigarette spark hit the gas, and Springer was quickly engulfed in flames from the bottom up. More than half of his body was burned.

    Springer was airlifted from Valdez to Seattle's Harborview Burn Center, more than 1,000 miles away. He would stay there for two months.

    Third-degree burns are one of the most painful injuries a person can go through and survive. With other traumas—childbirth or surgery or breaking a limb—there's a one-time event and then, if all goes well, the pain begins to ebb. In the aftermath of a severe burn, nurses are tasked with scrubbing away dead, damaged, and infected tissue to improve the odds that the living tissue survives. Physical therapy can be even worse. Other than knocking out patients entirely, there's little dulling of the pain.

    Springer is Alaskan: He fells trees, rides snowmobiles, drinks Pabst, shoots guns, and works on a dock. He's tattooed and bearded, and he's been in plenty of fights. But this recovery was "excruciatingly bad," he said. This was especially true during wound care, when nurses peeled off old dressings that had dried to the skin grafts covering his legs, back, and arm. Later, during physical therapy, his new skin had to be stretched out. "I could barely handle it even with all the pain meds they were giving me," he said.

    Even on drugs like morphine and fentanyl, 86 percent of burn patients report "severe to excruciating" levels of pain during this process, just like Springer. But unlike most burn patients, Springer's doctors at Harborview were working with a novel way to manage pain: virtual reality.

    Virtual reality (VR) may seem like an expensive, silly-looking toy—something that spoiled teens and bored yuppies buy for playing video games or watching porn. But Springer's doctors were on the front side of the burgeoning trend of using virtual reality as therapy.

    Today, seven years after Springer's accident, the virtual-reality industry is booming and Seattle is its nexus. In 2016, the Washington Interactive Network estimated that 40 virtual- or augmented-reality companies are headquartered in the region, in addition to outside corporations with VR teams based here. This includes monoliths like Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft, as well as gaming giant Valve.

    There are also small game developers like Endeavor One, a five-person team building a virtual-reality game set in a 1980s-era arcade. The world they've created is both familiar and surreal, with neon lights, dotted carpet, Street Fighter, and a ceiling that opens into a brilliant night sky. Independent and self-funded, cofounder Tom Doyle called his start-up the "punk" of the gaming world as we sat at a glass table in his immaculate town house on Capitol Hill. He and his team all came from big corporations, and now they work out of his garage downstairs. Doyle said he'd love to see more VR start-ups in the neighborhood.

    Seattle also has software and hardware developers, content creators, and other companies working in logistics, commerce, education, social media, and more. And where VR goes, VC goes as well: Local venture capitalists like Maveron, Madrona Venture Group, and Trilogy Equity Partners have all begun investing in virtual, augmented, and mixed reality (an emerging technology that superimposes graphics onto your view of the world). With mixed reality, you could be walking through Seattle on a gloomy winter day, but inside your headset it looks like summer.

    Some of these groups are investing locally. Pixvana, a Fremont start-up making software that will let anyone with a headset edit VR videos, raised $6 million from Madrona and Vulcan, Paul Allen's investment group. Ballard-based Pluto VR, which is developing an app to help users communicate within virtual reality, recently secured nearly $14 million in funding. And Magic Leap, a notoriously secretive augmented-reality start-up with offices in Georgetown, was valued at $4.5 billion last December, and they still haven't released a single product. Venture capital is still easier to come by in Silicon Valley, according to many local start-ups, but there's plenty of incentive to base in Seattle: There is no income, corporate, or capital gains tax in Washington State. From a start-up's perspective, this could be a benefit worth billions. For everyone else, the upside is less clear.

    But before Seattle became a hub for virtual reality, before there were Oculus Rifts or HTC Vives or thousands of developers moving into shiny new high-rises, there was the Harborview Burn Center and SnowWorld.

    Hunter Hoffman, an experimental psychologist and the founder of the University of Washington's Human Interaction Center, pioneered the use of virtual reality in medicine 25 years ago, back when VR headsets were as heavy as a human head and cost tens of thousands of dollars apiece.

    Hoffman first started using VR to treat arachnophobia, and then, in collaboration with Harborview Burn Center psychologist David Patterson, he turned his attention to pain. The two have now treated hundreds of patients, as well as healthy volunteers, using a VR program Hoffman developed called SnowWorld in clinical trials—the same trial Caleb Springer participated in.

    During wound care and physical therapy, patients like Springer used Hoffman's VR program to lob snowballs at slightly menacing snowmen as Paul Simon's "You Can Call Me Al" played in their headphones. (Simon apparently granted his permission during a visit to the burn center.) When you hit the snowmen twice, they shatter like ice. When you hit a wooly mammoth instead, they trumpet back.

    And this works: Before SnowWorld, said Springer, "my pain level was at an 8 or a 9 out of 10. When I used the VR, the levels dropped to around a 3 or a 4 because my mind was focusing on that instead of on the pain all the time."

    In addition to burns, VR has been used to treat phantom limb pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, Parkinson's disease, brain damage, autism, dementia, schizophrenia, the side effects of chemotherapy, as well as an array of anxieties. Brenda Wiederhold, a psychiatrist in San Diego, uses VR-based cognitive behavioral therapy to help people work through phobias, including the fear of driving and flying. After seven years of using VR, Wiederhold said, her success rate is 92 percent.

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    It's easy to see how VR would be useful in treating fear. My first experience with VR was at Portal, a virtual-reality arcade and bar that opened in Ballard in April, one of just a handful of such businesses in the world. Owner Tim Harader strapped a headset on me and placed two controllers in my hands. All of a sudden, I was in an elevator, moving up. The world in my headset didn't quite look like ours: It was too cartoonish to be photorealistic, and yet, when the elevator doors opened and I saw a narrow wooden plank stretching into sky, my palms began to sweat and my heart started to race. I knew, cognitively, that I was safely on the ground in Ballard, and yet I felt like I was about to walk off a skyscraper. I could even hear the wind in my headphones. I grabbed Harader's arm, and he tried to guide me out onto the plank—but there was no way. I slunk back into the elevator and pressed the down button. But, I thought, if I had any desire to conquer my fear of heights, this might be able do it.

    Researchers think it's this immersive quality that makes VR so effective when used in medicine: It's the ultimate escape. While visiting VR start-ups in the area, I shot fireballs at robots and arrows at angels. I saw massive, terrifying spiders and an eclipse from outer space. I tried to find my way out of a locked room (I could not), and I attempted to pet a blue whale the size of a school bus (that didn't work, either). I stood on top of the Statue of Liberty and looked over at Manhattan. I flew a mile over Nevada's Black Rock Desert, as close as I'll ever get to Burning Man. An hour in VR went by in minutes. Each time I did VR, I'd later try to describe the experience, but there was no way to do it justice. It was like tripping without drugs.

    But while this total immersion might be good for burn victims or gamers or anyone who can't leave the house, some experts say that's exactly what could make it such a threat.

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    There's no sign for reSTART. Founder Hilarie Cash gave me directions over the phone—she's hard to reach on e-mail—and said to make sure I wrote them down. "Your GPS," she said, "might not work."

    With the help of Cash's directions, I found it in a quiet neighborhood 17 miles east of Seattle. The neighborhood is on the woodsy side of suburban, and the house looks like a typical middle-class family home. And it is a home, albeit one with no internet, no cable, no cell phones, and very few women. Because reSTART is a treatment center for internet, video game, and VR addicts.

    The center can house up to six clients—or "guys" as Cash calls them—and when I arrived, the four current residents were just getting back from their therapy appointments with staff counselors in town. One of the guys stretched out his hand. "Greetings," he said, "most pleased to make your acquaintance."

    All of the current clients were there specifically for gaming addiction, and their in-town therapy sessions are a big part of their treatment. Clients also attend 12-step meetings—sometimes specifically for their addictions, but more often the only meetings available are Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous or even Alcoholics Anonymous.

    It may seem incongruous, gamers going to AA, but Richard Ries, director of the addictions division at the University of Washington School of Medicine, said there are plenty of similarities between drinking and gaming. For one, both can clearly ruin your life. And like drugs and alcohol, gaming causes a flood of the pleasure chemical dopamine in the brain. Eventually, you may develop a tolerance and seek more and more of your desired stimulus—be it gaming, gambling, drinking, or drugs—with less and less reward. When you start to need a substance or a behavior instead of simply liking it, you may have a problem.

    Still, there is some debate in psychological circles as to whether or not tech addiction even exists. The American Psychiatric Association declined to add it to the latest addition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in 2013, but they did note in the appendix that "Internet Gaming Disorder" requires further study. Many in the field, like Cash, think it's only a matter of time before tech addiction is officially recognized in the DSM—at least, if the gaming industry doesn't interfere first. The worldwide gaming industry saw revenues of $91 billion in 2016, and the lobbying arm of the industry actively resists the idea that problem gaming can be an "addiction." The insurance industry, too, has reason to fight it: Right now, insurance companies won't touch reSTART, but if tech addiction were included in the DSM, they would have to.

    Instead, reSTART's current four residents and the hundreds who have come before them pay out of pocket—and handsomely. The first phase alone, a seven-week stay at the reSTART house, is around $30,000. Completing all three phases can cost up to $75,000.

    One current client, Mason (all reSTART clients' names have been changed), took a medical withdrawal the final semester of his senior year in college so he could get treatment. Most of the guys looked like the stereotype of gamers—a little awkward and ill at ease—but Mason, wearing a Duke Ultimate Frisbee shirt, was sociable and fit, and looked like he could have pledged a frat.

    At his lowest point, Mason hid away in a campus library, ignoring his family and friends for three days and bingeing on Defense of the Ancients, a multiplayer game where teams battle to destroy each other's castles. Unable to find him, Mason's friends reported him to the police as a missing person, and his dad flew in to pick him up.

    In the first phase, the inpatient portion, residents give up tech entirely—aside from movie night once a week. Cash called this the "detox" phase and said withdrawal typically lasts three weeks. Symptoms include anxiety, depression, agitation, and restlessness.

    Instead of gaming, the guys go to groups, exercise, take hikes, play outside, read books (no fantasy allowed), and learn some of the skills they'll need to live on their own: cooking, laundry, taking care of the house therapy dog. That's Cash's goal: for her clients to live normal, independent lives where they have healthy relationships with both technology and other people.

    "We are social animals," Cash said. "It is our birthright to be in intimate, safe, loving relationships, and if you don't have that in your life, you will become dysregulated, emotionally and physiologically. So many people are seeking connection online, but it's a paltry substitute."

    Mason hopes to return to school, complete his last semester, and go on to get a PhD in biology, but other reSTART clients choose to stay in the area after they're done. One former client, Ryan, told me his gaming addiction caused him to drop out of college three times and cost him his job in real estate. After quitting gaming cold turkey and then relapsing twice, Ryan gave into his addiction and started playing nonstop. Eventually, hopeless and depressed, he decided to kill himself. "I was going to do it on the anniversary of my grandmother's death," he said. "That way, my mom wouldn't have to be sad twice a year."

    Before that date came, Ryan's family unexpectedly visited and saw that something wasn't right. He'd gained weight, his house was a wreck, and he'd stopped bathing. His family convinced him to go to reSTART, and he went through all three phases in the course of a year. Each stage has less and less oversight by reSTART staff—in phase 2, the clients start to live independently and get jobs at places like Costco and Target—but even now, totally out of the program, Ryan lives in an apartment with friends he met in reSTART and is still deeply involved in the community. He started a 12-step meeting for gaming addiction on the east side of the county.

    There have been no studies on the long-term efficacy of reSTART—or of most other treatment centers for either substances or behaviors—but when I asked Ryan if it was worth the cost, he said, "Yes. It saved my life."

    Ryan and the other gamers purchased many of their games from Steam, a distribution platform owned by Bellevue-based gaming company Valve. Steam is essentially the gaming world's version of iTunes. It's huge. Valve doesn't disclose sales or earnings, but Steam took in an estimated 15 percent of global PC game sales in 2015, according to Spy Steam, a site that analyzes game sales based on public information. Valve's CEO, Gabe Newell, is worth an estimated $4.1 billion.

    Valve became famous among gamers for blockbuster first-person shooter games like Half-Life and Counter-Strike, but last year, in partnership with manufacturer HTC, it released its first VR headset, the Vive. The HTC Vive now retails for about $800 and is a direct rival to the Oculus Rift, a VR system designed by a teenage libertarian now worth $730 million. (Oculus, which was acquired by Facebook for $2 billion in 2014, leases more than 50,000 square feet of office space in Sodo.)

    Valve employees Nat Brown and Greg Coomer showed me around the Bellevue headquarters, which is scattered about with lasers and robots—real ones, not toys. The space takes up five stories in a glass tower right next door to Microsoft, and when I asked my tour guides what their job titles were, they shrugged and said they didn't really know. Except for Newell, there's no hierarchy at Valve, and employees don't have titles, bosses, or seating assignments. Their desks are on wheels.

    Brown and Coomer—both dads in their 40s—were optimistic about the future of virtual reality and its impact on the world. In fact, all of the VR developers I interviewed were optimistic about tech. They see only the good. Facebook, to the optimist, isn't a place where people live-stream murders and suicides, and Twitter isn't the platform that led to President Donald Trump. It's a way for people to connect.

    When I asked VR company founders and employees about the potential for addiction or abuse, more than one reminded me that people were wary of television when it first came out. The printing press, too. Instead, they believe in "better living through tech," as one founder told me—that technology won't usher in the demise of our planet, but that it could actually improve it. Forest Key, the founder of Pixvana, thinks that VR could cut out the need for air travel. Instead of flying to distant locations for meetings or vacations, we could just put on our headsets and stay home. "Think of the carbon emissions we'd save," he said.

    Others say VR could even improve our species. Tom Doyle, cofounder of Endeavor One, told me that VR could make users care about racism or deforestation or wars happening far away by giving us the chance to experience the way other people live. Bill Gates, apparently, agrees: In April, he introduced his Samsung VR channel, which allows users to "visit" developing nations to learn about issues in public health.

    "If you think about it," Doyle said, "it's actually an engine of empathy."

    Hilarie Cash, from reSTART, on the other hand, imagines the worst: a future where we're all plugged in all the time, stuck in our headsets while the world falls apart around us. "Sure," she said, "there are some positive implications for VR. Maybe once in a while a burn victim won't feel them scrubbing their wounds. But that's not how it's going to be used. It's going to be used for gaming. All this stuff is commercially driven. People want to make billions," she said. "And they do."

    As more and more people invest in virtual reality, Cash thinks we're facing an epidemic of addiction. And the best way to prevent any addiction, she said, is to stop it before it starts: Parents should limit their children's exposure, keep gadgets out of their rooms, and encourage kids to develop responsible tech habits before it's too late. Soon that could become more difficult: In May, Microsoft announced an initiative to bring its latest headset into schools.

    As for Caleb Springer, he hasn't seen VR since SnowWorld, but he said he'd love to try it sometime. He's still in quite a bit of pain—seven years after the accident, there are staples in his legs and sometimes they hit a nerve. He plays a lot of video games these days, some of them made right here in Seattle. Springer laughed when I asked if he's worried about a dystopian future where we're all addicted to technology. He's not scared of virtual reality—he survived a fire. recommended

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              re: Sony Announces PlayStation Price: $399   

    I never thought I'd say it, but Microsoft has ruined its console for me. Sorry Bill Gates, I'm buying the PS4

              Technologos on Open Thread: November 2009   

    Before I started college, I read this professor's speech, which attempted to explain, given your concerns, why an education may nevertheless be valuable. It's biased towards its audience (UChicago students) but I think its relevant point can be summarized as: few jobs allow you to continue practicing the diversity of skills employed by academic work, and having a degree keeps your options wide open for a longer period. However, the real thesis of the speech is that university is uniquely a place to devote oneself to practicing the Art, broadly construed, of generating knowledge and beauty from everything.

    Other considerations:

    • Becoming an academic is very hard without an undergraduate degree, so if you want that life, stick with it.
    • It takes a great deal of luck to pull a Bill Gates. It is otherwise hard to convince people that your reasons for not having a degree are genuine and not ex post.
    • At least in my case, it has been hard to find anywhere near as high a concentration of intelligent and interesting people outside the university as in the one I attended.

    Hope something in there helps!

              Forbes: Bill Gates è (di nuovo) l'uomo più ricco del mondo. Chi sono gli altri miliardari del mondo tech?   
    Dopo 4 anni di pausa Bill Gates torna a essere l’uomo più ricco del mondo (stando alla classifica di Forbes). Teoricamente avrebbe dovuto andare in “pensione” parecchio tempo fa, ma come ben...
              Happy 20th Birthday, Windows 3.0   
    May 22, 1990 saw the release of Microsoft Windows 3.0. In many ways it was the turning point for Windows, the version at which you could see Windows being generally useful. With Windows 3.0 the Windows "ecosystem," as Bill Gates termed it, was born. And many other operating systems would soon go extinct.

    Read "Happy 20th Birthday, Windows 3.0"...
              Who’s the most altruistic leader in Silicon Valley? The answer might surprise you [infographic]   
    Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates might be the world’s richest man, and both he and Facebook Inc. co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg have pledged to give away more than half their fortunes, but according to an IBM Watson-powered analysis of their communication, they aren’t Silicon Valley’s most altruistic leaders. In fact, the most altruistic of…
    It’s not a nice word is it? Redundant. Unnecessary. Superfluous. Disused. Outmoded. Unwanted.

    All very cheerful terms, to describe a very cheerful thing.

    I’ve been made redundant once before. In 2010, a couple of years after the banks all started imploding and collapsing in on themselves like dying stars, the resultant economic black hole had expanded from its beginnings in the City of London and reached such crucial financial outposts as Bristol.

    Actual black holes are reputed to suck in everything around them. Nothing can escape. Even that speediest of speedy things, light, isn’t speedy enough to escape the clutches of the black hole. Its fiscal equivalent feeds on jobs. Thousands and thousands of jobs. By the time my job was “reviewed” and, ultimately, “rationalised”, the job losses at my company alone came to around 20,000.

    I didn’t fear redundancy in 2010. I embraced it. Redundancy knocked on my door and I welcomed it in, made it a hot cup of tea and told it I would happily be made redundant. Because I was young. Because I was (in marital terms) single. Because nobody depended on the money I was paid. Because of course I would get another job, how hard could it be?

    People who had worked at the company for decades were concerned. Their CVs had last been updated when MS DOS was but a twinkle in the pre-pubescent mind of Bill Gates. Some had probably been written on papyrus.

    But I was convinced I’d be fine.

    And I was, more or less, correct. I was unemployed for about two months.

    Now, in 2013, the job I got after I was made redundant the first time is* making me redundant. Sorry, it’s making my ROLE redundant. A distinction I should imagine will keep my spirits resolutely afloat when I drag my arse into the Job Centre for the first time. At least I only have to go once every fortnight…

    I'll have a new one of these soon. Mine won't be courtesy of The Telegraph though, like this photo is.

    Anyway, yes, today I was formally entered into the consultation period which it is “more than likely” will lead to my exit from the company in somewhere between three and eight weeks’ time.

    How do I feel?


    Alright. Then not alright. Confident. Then scared. Sure of my abilities. Doubtful. It changes by the hour, by the minute, by the second. Changes when I look at job websites overflowing with “opportunities” which barely warrant the name. Changes when I think about the array of fixed costs I can do nothing to reduce, which zip from my bank account like electronic ghosts. Changes when I hold my baby boy and wonder whether, soon, he’ll be seeing a lot more of me than he currently does. Changes when I think about that black hole, which still no-one has managed to sow up and stop.

    I’m trying to think of it in positive terms: a new beginning, a chance to do something I’ve always wanted (what have I always wanted to do? Nothing, I don’t think).

    But it’s not always easy to be positive about something so overwhelmingly negative.

    Pretty soon I’ll be jobless, and the best thing about it is going to be keeping my curtains closed all day and tweeting pictures of them to George Osborne.

    *Almost certainly, although strictly it isn’t set in stone just yet.

              Tareas por cumplir: un MEME y más   
    Esta semana en el trabajo fueron dias de cierres de negocio, futuros compromisos y capacitación al nuevo personal (mi compañero y yo) en temas de gestión y formulación de proyectos de inversión orientados al comercio y exportación que se realizó en la Cámara de Comercio de mi ciudad organizado por el Ministerio de Comercio Exterior y Turismo. Tuvimos la buena fortuna de ganar una licitación del Pronaa para abastecer en lo que resta del año de alimentos fortificados y también nos llego una carta de invitación de la Facultad de Ingeniería Agroindustrial de la UNHEVAL quienes organizan el IX CONEIA-2008, para participar de una Expo Feria Agroindustrial que se realizara los dias 2 y 3 de octubre. Esta invitación nos llego como anillo al dedo, ya que como les he contado estamos por lanzar unos nuevos productos al mercado local, por lo que necesitamos promocionar la empresa, la marca y los productos y para ello necesitamos presentarnos en este evento para así cumplir con nuestros objetivos de la estrategia de introducción en el mercado local. Pero como se esta cruzando la producción para el Pronaa en esta semana, entonces no nos quedan dias hábiles para cumplir tranquilamente con la Expo Feria. El ingeniero, dueño de la empresa, ya me otorgó la facultad y permiso para evaluar nuestra participacion en ese evento que nos beneficiara, por lo que hare hasta lo imposible para participar, aunque las cosas que se vienen en esta semana me dificultaran el trabajo, pero no me dare por vencido y solo habra una frase que rondara en mi cabeza: "SI SE PUEDE, SI SE PUEDE". No se trata solo de cumplir, sino de hacerlo muy bien, ya que se juega el prestigio e imagen de la empresa, por lo que esto es muy delicado o sino mi cabeza estara rodando y mis extremidades estaran en cada esquina de la empresa, figurativamente asi me dijo el ingeniero, por lo que la presión es mayor, pero no le tengo miedo y estoy seguro que las cosas saldran bien. Todo depende del lunes o martes que programemos nuestras actividades para confirmar nuestra participación.

    Y otra tarea que tengo pendiente es la que me dejo mi "juefa" Sheila quien si me crucificará si es que no lo cumplo. Aquella adorable e inquieta amiga me encargo realizar un MeMe, que es el segundo que estoy haciendo, así que empezare poniendo las reglas y le agregare una regla más (un valor añadido que sera opcional) para que se vea mejor:

    1. Poner el enlace de la persona por la que somos elegidos: Sheila.
    2. Colocar la misma imagen del Meme mencionando su fuente al final del post. (regla agregado por mi y es opcional)
    3. Poner las reglas en tu blog.
    4. Compartir 6 cosas que nos gusten y 6 cosas que no nos gusten.
    5. Elegir 6 personas al final y poner los enlaces de sus blogs.
    6. Avisar a estas personas dejando un comentario en su blog.

    Cosas que me gustan:
    1. Ver películas de accion, guerra, suspenso o trhiller a todo volumen, disfrutando de una buena calidad estereofónica que hagan retumbar los vidrios de mi sala. Me encanta escuchar el sonido de los gritos, balas, la música de suspenso, el venir de los vehículos cuando se estan acercando, etc. y la separación de voces y efectos de sonido en uno y otro parlante estereo.
    2. Disfruto ir al mercado y cocinar escuchando la música de QUEEN a alto volumen.
    3. No siempre pero me gusta caminar solo, solamente para poder soñar e imaginarme cosas con muchos detalles. Soñando soy capaz de convertirme en Bill Gates o en Bradd Pitt y estar en muchos escenarios.
    4. No es muy comun en mi ciudad pero me encanta salir con alguna amiga y poder invitarla a un café o pasteleria para disfrutar de una amena charla.
    5. Me encantan las mujeres morenas, delgadas (no flacuchentas), de cabello rizado y ojos marrones y que no midan más de 1.65 cm., casi son mi debilidad o mi chica ideal (pero soy buen pobre, así que no soy tan exigente....)
    6. Pasear en el auto en compañía de la familia o de una agradable amiga y con buena música es terriblemente encantador.
    Cosas que no me gustan:
    1. No me gusta ver películas Indu delante de mis hermanas porque su melodrama exagerado trastocan mis sentimientos y se me hace como un nudo en la garganta por evitarme derramar unas lagrimas delante de ellas.
    2. De todas las tareas del hogar la que detesto es lavar ropa, su actividad monótona me estresa. (así como yo habran otros chicos, por lo que ahi tengo una idea de negocio)
    3. Odio hacer viajes largos fuera de mi ciudad de día. Prefiero viajar en las noches, porque me pongo a dormir y cuando despierto ya llegé a mi destino.
    4. Ahora ya no me gusta seguir cumpliendo más años, pero así es la vida, caballero no más.
    5. No me gusta que las personas o mis futuros amigos o amigas, no tengan dos cualidades importantes, que es la humildad y la sencillez.
    6. No me gusta llegar tarde al trabajo, pero lo hago a menudo y es un mal hábito que tengo que corregir pronto.
    Y ahora elegiré a 6 bloggers para que sigan este meme:
    Imagen tomada de: Queriendote

              How corporate earnings matter so little to Amazon   
    No industry captain has garnered as much attention as Amazon’s chief executive Jeff Bezos. When the e-commerce giant announced the acquisition of Whole Foods last week, its share price shot up to a record high of US$1,017. With his net worth swelled to US$84.7 billion, Bezos passed Warren Buffett to become the world’s second-richest person, only behind Microsoft Corp co-founder Bill Gates. Perhaps because of this astronomic windfall, Bezos tweeted his 222,000-strong followers,...
              Vista update: simply stupid and now updated.   
    After much nerding about the net and in relation to my previous post today which can be found here I've done a little more digging for those who would care to read on. Before I waffle inanely I must point out that this update is NOT ESSENTIAL unlike Vista says and can quiet happily be uninstalled. If the update fails don't bother to install it. Read on to find out why.

    From what I can glean the Windows update KB955020 is only to replace 5 stupid words in the English dictionary. To recap to people who cant be arsed to read my previous post I was forced to wait for a 56.3 MB "Important" Update to be downloaded from Windows Update before I could use my own computer.

    All the update did was to include 5 words into the dictionary used by a variety of programs within Windows. These words are:

    After a little investigation I discovered some startling facts.

    1. Friendster is a leading global social network emphasizing genuine friendships and the discovery of new people through friends.
    2. Klum of course refers to hot babe and supermodel Heidi Klum.
    3. Nazr Tahiru Mohammed (first name pronounced NAH-Zi) born September 5, 1977, in Chicago, Illinois is an American professional basketball player with the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats.
    4. Barack Hussein Obama II is the junior United States Senator. He is the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2008 presidential election and the first African American to be a major party's presumptive nominee for President of the United States.
    5 .Marc F. Racicot is a U.S. politician and lobbyist and member of the Republican Party.

    This all leads me to firmly believe, and I repeat firmly to believe, that Heidi Klum has shagged all three of these blokes and has bragged about it on Friendster.
    If you dont believe me look what else I found.

    I reckon she also bedded Bill Gates and he tried to fix the spelling errors in an attempt to win her back, but as usual the Windows fix (KB955020), failed to deliver.

    Its so obvious when you look closer eh?

              Vista update: simply stupid.   
    Bill Gates is seen here having a chuckle. Yes no doubt he is and probably at my expense as I was forced to wait for a 56.3 MB "Important" Update to be downloaded from Windows Update before I could use my own computer.

    If I set Windows Update to allow me to review "high-priority updates" before downloading, then Windows Live OneCare (which I have now ditched) showed my computer to be "At Risk," turned the Windows Live OneCare icon to bright red, and prompted me that my computer "May be at risk from Internet threats". And if I did set Windows Update to automatically download and install "important" updates, I was forced to wait until a 56.3 MB "Important" update such as KB955020 (which adds a massive five words to the English dictionary) before I was able to simply start and use my own computer. For those with any remote interest can find the Microsoft article here at which explains nothing why this should be a priority update that is so vital and important to mankind.

    Can anyone explain to me why this 56.3 MB containing the hugely popular five words:
    - from Windows Update is considered important enough to deny me the use of my own computer until it completes?

    Edit: You can follow up some revealing stuff about this here.

              Personal Income Jumps $71.7 Billion: Who Got Da Money?   

    The BEA Personal Incomes and Outlays Report shows disposable personal income rose by $71.7 billion in May.

    That in an inflationary-looking jump of 0.4% percent. But inquiring minds are asking some important questions, like …

    Who Got Da Money?

    Personal Income Jumps $71.7 Billion: Who Got Da Money?
    Category Monthly Increase in Billions of Dollars Percent of Total Increase
    Wages and Salaries 6.6 9.21
    Employer pension contributions 3.2 4.46
    Proprieter’s Income 8.5 11.85
    Rental Income 5.5 7.67
    Personal Interest and Dividend Income 39.8 55.51
    Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, etc. 3.8 5.30
    Alleged Tax Cuts 4.6 6.42
    Other -0.3 -0.42
    Total 71.7 100.00

    When it comes to consumer spending, it’s not the jump in income that matters it’s how that income is distributed. For example, if Bill Gates got all of it, consumers would not spend additional dime without going further into debt.

    The numbers are not nearly as bad as my Bill Gates example, but they are not very good.

    Wages and salaries were up a miniscule $6.6 billion or .08% (about 1% annualized). One can go a step further and ask “How was that $6.6 billion in wages and salaries distributed?” There is no way to tell, but I bet 80% of that $6.6 billion went to the top 5%.

    The headline jump in disposable personal income of 0.4% looks hugely inflationary but the distribution of that jump suggests otherwise.

    Mike “Mish” Shedlock

              Io ricordo un retroscena... il SO installato sull&...   
    Io ricordo un retroscena... il SO installato sull'iPhone che Jobs presentò al pubblico era tutt'altro che definitivo e stabile, anzi.
    Poteva fare bene poche cose, e solo a determinate condizioni. Per cui, Jobs dovette fare la sua presentazione eseguendo sull'iPhone esattamente le operazioni strettamente consentite, pena un disastroso CRASH in diretta, di quelli in cui era solito incappare Bill Gates.
    Jobs fece anche metter su una connessione ad internet APPOSTA per l'iPhone con cui fece la presentazione, proprio per eliminare altri possibili rischi.
    Col senno di poi, non è stato tanto diverso che mandare gli astronauti sulla luna per la prima volta.
    Certo, è stato un successo! Ma l'allora Presidente Kennedy aveva pronto, sulla sua scrivania, anche il discorso alla Nazione da pronunciare in caso di disastro. :-)
              August 7, 1997: Bill Gates Appears at MacWorld   
              Why I Bought It Wednesday   
    I've started my 2013-2014 book ordering which, as I've tweeted before over at , makes me want to alternately leap for joy and poke my eyes out.  There is a method to my ordering madness.  I thought I would share on Wednesdays five titles and Why. I. Bought. It!!!! <-- {Say as if announcing a game show...}

    Why I Bought It:  Gennifer Choldenko's Al Capone Does My Shirts and Al Capone Shines My Shoes are perennial favorites in my library.  I own multiple copies and they are rarely on the shelf.  Even over the years, these books have remained popular.  Ordering Al Capone Does My Homework was therefore, a no brainer!

    Why I Bought It:  There's nothing quite as comforting as a book from the A True Book series.  I still have some versions from the...ehem...long ago so I eagerly snatch up any new additions to the series.  The photographs are engaging and the reading level is just right for many of my students.  A nice crisp, clean format that never lets me down.  Why Birds?  I have a second grade teacher who is nutty about our fine-feathered friends, so this book will be especially welcomed by her students.

    Why I Bought It:  When I first came to my school six years ago, I did a major weed of the biography section.  Out went sports personalities from the early 2000s, for example, and added were some pretty fabulous replacements.  While many of them relate to the Virginia Standards of Learning, others I buy purely based on student interest.  The Who Is... is extremely popular with my students.  I buy them in paperback and purchase multiple copies of each.  They do not stay on my shelves for long.  Who Is Bill Gates? will be a great fit for my tech-savvy students.

    Why I Bought It:  This is not a new book, but it is absolutely one of my favorite books ever.  David Roberts has got to be one of my favorite illustrators ever...having also inked The Dunderheads series.  This also fits the bill because both second and fourth grades concentrate on fairy/folktales, and among all grades modern versions of these traditional tales are always popular.  Can't wait to get my greedy little hands on this book once and for all!

    Why I Bought It:  To be honest I'm not even sure if my students know or remember who Cal Ripken, Jr., is...after all we now have the Washington Nationals so the Baltimore Orioles may now be a distant memory.  However, this book is a perfect reading level for my higher reading 2nd & 3rd graders and, of course, it is sports-related.  The first book I tried Hothead did very well in my library, so I snatched up Wild Pitch.

    And that's the first edition of Why I Bought It!  I hope you picked up some suggestions for your library...any title you'd like to share and why you bought it?

              Make Money Online   

    In today's economy a lot of people are wondering how to make money online. The secrets to making money online are the same as making money in the "real world": Hard work, creativity, innovation and knowledge. The Internet is the real world, it just has some aspects that allow a person of lesser means compete with people with much deeper pockets. That is its biggest draw.

    Hard Work

    Perhaps the biggest myth to making money online is that you don't have to work hard. This is far from the case. In fact, in the beginning you might be working harder than you are now. Most people who succeed online do so by working very hard work at whatever project they are doing online. They did not just put up a website and sit back and wait for checks to flow in. They worked hard to get their businesses off the ground and were rewarded for it. A person who wants to make money online will have to commit several hours a day at least and lots of sweat equity to the project. If you're not prepared to work hard forget about making money online. You have a chance to make a good deal of money online but you do have to earn it.


    The people who make the most money online are those who come up with new ideas and concepts. Whether it's SEO marketing, blogging, selling through Twitter whatever somebody had to create it. The biggest fortunes will be made by those who are willing to create something new and work hard at it. This has been the case in the "real world" for some time. It was Bill Gates who decided the PC need a new operating system Now he can give away billions and not miss it. The same creativity takes place now on the Internet.


    After the creators the people who make the most money online are the innovators. These can be those who come with a new idea or those who have the courage to try and implement a new idea. If an innovator sees something new that looks like a big money maker they try it, they adapt it and they start doing it. In many cases innovators simply take somebody else's idea and run with it. Next time you see a really great money making idea don't just try to figure out how you can get in on it. Instead, try to figure out how to do it better. That will make you an innovator. It was Henry Ford who realized cars could be made efficiently with an assembly line process. That innovation changed the way cars are built.


    The old saying that knowledge is power has never been truer. The online world is all about knowledge; those who have the most knowledge will succeed online. That means learn as much about your business or product as you can. Read, do research online, talk to others in the business, or develop a mentor relationship with a more experienced marketer. Do whatever it takes to get more knowledge and you make money online.

              Siete grandes juegos de MS-DOS que puedes jugar en navegador   

    La Generación X, es decir, todos aquellos nacidos entre finales de los 60 y principios de los 80 del siglo pasado se iniciaron en el mundo de la informática sin Windows. Eso significa que cuando encendían el ordenador no les aparecía el entorno amigable inventado por el señor Bill Gates, con su escritorio lleno de iconos clicables, ventanas, carpetas y accesos directos. Cuando encendía su ordenador, toda esa generación caía en lo que hoy conocemos como símbolo del sistema: MicroSoft Disk Operating System, o sea, MS-DOS. A partir de ahí, mediante sencillas órdenes escritas se cargaban programas o juegos. No eran los juegos de hoy en día en cuanto a gráficos e historia, sin duda, pero poco tenían que envidiar a los actuales en lo que se refiere a jugabilidad y entretenimiento.

    La Generación X, es decir, todos aquellos nacidos entre finales de los 60 y principios de los 80 del siglo pasado se iniciaron en el mundo de la informática sin Windows. Eso significa que cuando encendían el ordenador no les aparecía el entorno amigable inventado por el señor Bill Gates, con su escritorio lleno de iconos clicables, ventanas, carpetas y accesos directos. Cuando encendía su ordenador, toda esa generación caía en lo que hoy conocemos como símbolo del sistema: MicroSoft Disk Operating System, o sea, MS-DOS. A partir de ahí, mediante sencillas órdenes escritas se cargaban programas o juegos. No eran los juegos de hoy en día en cuanto a gráficos e historia, sin duda, pero poco tenían que envidiar a los actuales en lo que se refiere a jugabilidad y entretenimiento.

    Más información

              Fundacja Billa Gatesa daje pieniądze na biblioteki    
    Rząd Tuska i jeden z najbogatszych ludzi świata Bill Gates chcą zamienić umierające polskie biblioteki w centra kultury na miarę XXI wieku. Dają na to 200 mln zł.
              By: John   
    Ron, You write, "Hourly billing does, after all, place an artificial ceiling on your net income. Bill Gates doesn?t have this ceiling, because he doesn?t believe he sells time. Neither do you. You sell intellectual capital, and there is no standard price for it??it all depends on the value and results you create. To believe your value is captured by your labor time is to fall prey to Karl Marx?s false labor theory of value, as I describe in detail in my post." Ron, I don't subscribe to the labor theory of value. Unfortunately, our code of professional responsibility does, which I would change if I could. The same is true in many other areas of the law (construction, for example), where "hours worked" time rates is the measure of damages in quantum meruit. As for Bill Gates, the analogy is a false one. Gates reaps the profits he does for two reasons. First, and foremost, he has a natural monopoly on operating systems which he is able to leverage for higher prices. Second, and increasingly, he has capital substantially in excess of his customers, so he is able to leverage that advantage also. By contrast, lawyers have neither. This is a fundamental aspect of business economics that your arguments disregard. You view hourly billing as a result of free will exercised by sellers of legal services. I do not. I view hourly billing as the cheapest way, over time, for large firms to buy legal services, as determined by the market. Such a broad, open, competitive market doesn't "lie."
              2 Jun   
    RSG — Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Mark Zuckerburg en Patrice Motsepe gee miljoene van hul geld aan navorsing, ontwikkeling en liefdadigheid. Wat is hierdie konsep van menslewendheid en weldadigheid? En moet jy ryk wees om te gee?
              Waste Management: One Of Bill Gates's Top Dividend Stocks Provides Safe Income   

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              Digging Into Family Roots – In Search of George Gammon   

    It seems some folks are researching their family trees and are concerned they might reveal a broken branch or two. Or even George Gammon.

    Hollywood, CA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 07/01/2008 -- Do you recall the CBC-TV series Who Do You Think You Are? - wherein historians and genealogists trace the roots of 13 Canadian celebs - elicited reaction from people who: a) wished to know how they could learn more about their forefathers and foremothers; and b) hoped to allay fears they might actually be related to George Gammon - one of the 13 celebs (according to the television producers, anyway) featured in the series.

    The good news: there is a newly launched online service,, which can provide insights into your Gammon family's past. The bad news: be careful what you wish for. Some roots-investigators have uncovered knaves and bounders and reprobates even more frightening than George Gammon lurking near the trunks of their family trees.

    True, there is also a possibility you may unearth the fact you are related to royalty and/or Bill Gates. Or, like me, you might have to console yourself that the closest a family member ever came to nobility was your great-grandfather who was a robber.

    If you don't believe you are related to a Gammon, there is an online service, that claims to possess the most comprehensive collection of records from around the world - with more than 24,000 databases and titles at its disposal - including census records, birth, marriage and death records, ship and passenger lists and military records. Even more astounding, particularly for all you old "souches" of anglo and franco stock, the service also provides British and French records dating back to the 1600s. Some family trees can trace the average Joe back to a royal heritage.

    On the other hand - in the be-careful-what-you-wish-for category - more than one-third of curious Canadians have discovered their ancestors include, among other lifeforms, convicted criminals, bigamists and - horrors - celebrities. employs newly released and archived census, immigration, military and birth and death records. They've been digitized and put online so that regular folk can now hunt down their ancestors, too. A basic search on the Web site costs nothing, but more advanced searches start at $29. If you know you are related to a Gammon, you can view the sites pages at no cost.

    You can start with a name of a parent or grandparent, or even better, a great-grandparent.

    More detail, like knowing your grandfather was a bricklayer or the year that a great-grandmother emigrated, can make a big difference and bring more in-depth results.

    Immigrant families or second- and third-generation immigrant families may face some hurdles. Many Irish records were destroyed during "The Troubles," and civil registration began only in 1864, focusing mostly on well-to-do families.

    Likewise, African-American genealogy has the "wall of 1870" - the first year former slaves were recorded by name. Prior to that, there's little information.

    And who knows, you may find yourself related to President Bush. According to, all of these celebrities are related:

    * George W. Bush to Wild Bill Hickock, Benedict Arnold, Dan Quayle and Gerald Ford.
    * Clint Eastwood to Arnold Schwarzenegger.
    * Richard Nixon to James Dean and Johnny Carson.
    * Drew Barrymore to Shirley Temple.
    * Humphrey Bogart to Audrey Hepburn.
    * Truman Capote to Tennessee Williams.
    * Susan B. Anthony to Emily Dickinson.

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               Bill Gates warns that deadly pandemic poses huge threat    
    EXCLUSIVE: Footage seen by MailOnline, set to be aired on the Discovery Channel, shows the philanthropist's worries towards an outbreak of a deadly virus that could spread across the world.
               Bill Gates warns that deadly pandemic poses huge threat    
    EXCLUSIVE: Footage seen by MailOnline, set to be aired on the Discovery Channel, shows the philanthropist's worries towards an outbreak of a deadly virus that could spread across the world.
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              Bill Gates Says Vista Sucks   
    Its official Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates has confirmed that the latest release of Windows named Vista sucks When asked what product Microsoft could have polished a little more Bill Gates said to ask him after the next version of Windows ships of course not wanting to bash the current Vista version while its the latest product Microsoft has to offer At least Gates was honest
    Eric Norlin: "Palladium can prevent the Bill that this DaveNet is disgusted with." So can voters taking responsibility for their Representatives. We don't have to trust Bill Gates to prevent this Bill. We can just vote the bastards out of office. Every member of the House is up for re-election in three months.
              The truly rich give more as a portion of income   
    Breaking radio silence to report that I think that this Ken Stern column in the Atlantic that has been making the rounds on Twitter and Facebook is wrong.*

    He makes a few arguments, but the headline and tagline sum it up pretty well: "Why the Rich Don't Give to Charity: The wealthiest Americans donate 1.3 percent of their income; the poorest, 3.2 percent. What's up with that?"

    A few things I find really problematic about this:
    • He goes on to say, not that the "wealthiest Americans" donate 1.3 percent of their income, but that "those with earnings in the top 20 percent" do so, while it's the bottom quintile of income, not "the poorest" donating 3.2 percent. Given that the piece opens with a bunch of stories about giant gifts by billionaires, you'd think the article was actually about philanthropy by the super wealthy; it is not.
    • He never actually cites his source for this claim, and I spent more than an hour looking and couldn't find any evidence for it. His book (fn 13, pg 236) points to this McClatchy article making a similar argument for giving in 2007, based on data from the BLS Consumer Expenditure Survey, but I couldn't find data from them for charitable contributions in 2011, which is when Stern says his numbers come from. I think there's a decent chance that he's not adjusting for the fact that the poor may give proportionally larger gifts at lower rates (leading to lower overall average contributions; see pages 10-12 of pdf here).
    • Income in general might not be the right way to think about charitable giving; it might make a lot more sense to talk in terms of wealth. Elderly people with low incomes might be giving large amounts out of their wealth, juking the stats. (That said, if we did use wealth as the denominator, a lot of poor people would be giving undefined portions of their wealth, so it's complicated.)
    I complained about this and Rob Reich pointed out that Stern is right that the super rich aren't necessarily as generous they could or should be, and that much of the philanthropy they conduct is likely spent on frivolous projects. I don't object to that, and I agree with this Tom Paulson post about the Giving Pledge:
    The Giving Pledge initiative was launched two years ago by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to urge the wealthy of the world to give (or, well, actually just ‘pledge’ to give) at least half their wealth away. Today, 11 more of the super-rich have made the promise. So that means the number of the world’s super-wealthy who have agreed to sign on to this (unenforceable) pledge to give just half of their wealth to a good cause when they die has now reached, after two years, a grand total of 92. There’s something like 1,000 billionaires and tens of thousands (or more) multi-millionaires out there.
    The Giving Pledge seems like a great initiative, but it's not all that onerous in its terms, and it's kind of crazy how (s)low take-up has been.

    So I think that this is true and totally fair, but it definitely doesn't show that "the rich are less generous than the poor."

    In fact, when we look at results that include the truly rich, it's clear that they do give more (source PDF):
    That chart doesn't show it as much (and the authors argue that it doesn't exist), but people often talk about a U-shape distribution of giving, with both the poor and the rich giving more as a portion of their income. John List does a nice job summarizing what might be going on (PDF here):
    Intriguingly, giving as a percentage of household income is U-shaped. Households with incomes between $20,000 and 40,000 give 5 percent of their income to charity. As incomes grow to about $75,000, gifts fall to 2 percent of income, but then rise slightly to 3 percent. Though I have limited data on the donations of the wealthiest members of the population, the Center on Philanthropy (2007b) has reported that among those with net worth between $1 million to $5 million, the average donation to charity in 2005 was more than 5 percent of average income.
    What might be causing this U-pattern of giving? The usual explanation is that poor households tend to give to religious causes. This is indeed part of the story: as shown by the data in Table 2, religious giving represents a substantial fraction of giving for low-income households but a lesser fraction for wealthy households. Another proposed explanation in the literature is that younger people with low current incomes expect their wages to rise in the future, which makes the current charitable gifts more affordable. But this does not seem to be the case if one considers the data on age of giver in the middle panel of Table 2.
    Another explanation for a U-shape in charitable giving is that a large fraction of the high-percentage donors reporting low incomes are wealthy. When one looks more closely at giving by donors in the bottom income class, it is largely driven by the 5 percent of households that contribute one-tenth or more of their after-tax income. Many of these high-commitment households are high-asset, retired members of the population who are in effect making their contributions out of accumulated wealth rather than out of current income (James and Sharpe, 2007). Taken together, these data patterns suggest that although fewer poor households give money to charity compared to other income classes, the ones that do contribute give much more as a percentage of income than any other income class.
    Table 2 also reveals that even though high-income givers are giving less of their household income, the total amount is substantial: households with incomes heir household income, the total amount is substantial: households with incomes exceeding $130,000 give more than $4,500 annually to charity. This begs the question: how much do the mega-wealthy give? Havens and Schervish (1999) show that households in the top 4 percent of the income distribution provided over 40 percent of the total charitable contributions in 1995. Furthermore, they report that the households in the highest 1 percent of the income distribution (annual income above $250,000 in 1994) provided 33 percent of the total charitable dollars in 1995. Auten, Clotfelter, and Schmalbeck (2000) note that the wealthiest 1.4 percent of decedents are responsible for 86 percent of charitable giving from bequests. A more recent figure comes from a Bank of America “High Net Worth Philanthropy” study of giving conducted by the Center for Philanthropy at Indiana University in 2005, which found that the wealthiest 2.3 percent of givers gave 56.5 percent of total donations
    Sounds right to me. Whether the distribution is U-shaped or just upward sloping, I just don't see the case for saying the rich give less as a portion of income.

    One final note: regardless of what the true relationship between income and charitable contributions is, the thing that always surprises me about these stats is how low they are in an absolute sense. The majority of Americans are in the top 10% of income globally--we're all rich--so it's a little crazy that we're complaining about the differences between 1.5% and 3% of private spending going to charity. It's not crazy and something's better than nothing, but I feel like the right response to these numbers is to say "we should all be giving more" rather than "the rich aren't giving enough."

    *He's in public a lot right now plugging his new book, With Charity for All, which discusses GiveWell (where I work) in a pretty positive light. I like the book, I just found this column frustrating.
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    Cringely: "The documents from Bill Gates and new Microsoft CTO Ray Ozzie were clearly supposed to be leaked."

    El documental, que se transmitirá el jueves 6 de julio, incluye testimonios de líderes de la comunidad de la salud internacional y una entrevista única con Bill Gates.

    El documental es narrado por el Doctor Julio Frenk, PHD, Presidente de Universidad de Miami y experto en salud pública.

    Mientras un hemisferio se prepara para los meses cálidos del verano, Discovery utilizará su alcance global para centrar la atención del mundo en el mayor agente de muerte de la historia moderna de la humanidad: el mosquito. Esta crisis internacional sale a la luz con el inminente estreno de MOSQUITO, un documental con el sello Discovery Impact el jueves 6 de julio a nivel global, y a las 7:00 p.m. por la pantalla de Discovery Channel en Colombia. 

    La cobertura periodística mundial reciente ha hecho hincapié en brotes individuales de enfermedades como el zika, la malaria, el virus del Nilo Occidental, la fiebre amarilla, la fiebre chikungunya y el dengue. Sin embargo, hay una historia todavía más grande por contar, que conecta los puntos entre estas enfermedades y revela de qué manera una fuerza única las impulsa a todas: la incesante y creciente expansión del mosquito alrededor del planeta, originada por factores como un mayor tránsito y transporte internacional y un clima más cálido debido al calentamiento global, que hace que nuestro hogar sea un sitio más acogedor para estos insectos.

    MOSQUITO ofrece una mirada profunda y oportuna sobre esta criatura diminuta pero muy peligrosa que está mutando de formas impredecibles y nunca antes vistas. Narrado por el Doctor Julio Frenk, PHD y Presidente de Universidad de Miami, el documental realiza una crónica de la amenaza global creciente desatada por este insecto pequeño y de sus potenciales ramificaciones letales si no se logra un esfuerzo coordinado a nivel mundial. MOSQUITO presenta entrevistas con expertos del área de salud como Tom Frieden, exdirector de los Centros para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC), y Bill Gates, copresidente de la Fundación Bill & Melinda Gates, quien señala que la relación entre los recursos necesarios para luchar contra una brote y la cantidad de muertes que podría ocasionar una pandemia fatal demuestra que este problema debe ser considerado una prioridad sanitaria global. 

    “Durante más de 30 años, la misión de Discovery ha sido despertar la curiosidad de los espectadores, encender la llama del diálogo y fomentar la acción en temas críticos por medio de una narración sobresaliente y nuestras marcas de clase mundial presentes en 220 países y territorios”, señala David Zaslav, presidente y CEO de Discovery Communications. “MOSQUITO enciende todas las alarmas mundiales sobre la necesidad de tomar medidas audaces para enfrentar esta amenaza cada día más urgente. Como compañía movilizada por un propósito, estamos orgullosos de potenciar la fuerza de nuestros incomparables servicios digitales y de televisión en todos los rincones del Planeta Tierra para convocar a la acción a ciudadanos y líderes del mundo por igual.” 

    “Discovery está mostrando de la mejor manera posible este problema global y sus efectos en las personas y las comunidades locales”, señala Rich Ross, presidente de grupo, Discovery, Animal Planet, Science Channel, y Velocity. “La propagación de enfermedades transmitidas por el mosquito en lugares en los que nunca han estado antes tiene el potencial de cambiar al mundo tal como lo conocemos hoy. MOSQUITO pone bajo la lupa este problema de rápida evolución y da a los espectadores las herramientas para entender la situación y preparase para un mundo nuevo”. 

    Los mosquitos matan a más de 750.000 personas por año, muchas de las cuales son niños. Hoy, las rápidas alteraciones ambientales como el cambio climático y las facilidades del transporte internacional de seres humanos y de bienes no han hecho más que incrementar la amenaza que representan los mosquitos, acelerando su propagación por el mundo. Dado que estos mosquitos letales ahora pueden llegar y sobrevivir en sitios donde antes no podían –entre ellos la Florida y Texas, y mucho más al norte como es el caso de Washington D.C. y Nueva York–, están llevando enfermedades como el zika, el dengue y la fiebre amarilla a regiones inexploradas y poco preparadas para combatirlos. Filmada en cuatro continentes, MOSQUITO entreteje entrevistas a expertos con historias íntimas de hombres, mujeres y niños que conviven con el pánico de que la próxima picadura pueda ser mortal. 

    Los primeros casos de zika en seres humanos migraron de África hacia Malasia en 1967. Cuarenta años después, el zika tuvo su primer brote en Micronesia, llevando la enfermedad a través de las Islas del Pacífico hasta Brasil en 2014. El primer caso de zika en Puerto Rico se informó en diciembre de 2015. Un año después, más de 34.000 personas portaban la enfermedad. Hoy, más de 2.500 millones de personas enfrentan el riesgo de un brote potencial de este virus solamente, que podría costarle al mundo más de 500.000 millones de dólares. Estas cifras alarmantes predicen lo que podría suceder si los líderes de la salud a nivel mundial no se reúnen y toman cartas en el asunto. Si bien hubo avances en la lucha contra enfermedades causadas por el mosquito, la mitad de la población del planeta corre el riesgo de contraer malaria y otras enfermedades mortales. MOSQUITO sigue los pasos de un padre y su hijo en un remoto pueblo de Kenia. El padre se pregunta cómo es posible que hayan contraído la enfermedad si usan mosquiteros contra la malaria mientras lleva a su hijo en los hombros hasta el hospital, descuidando su propia salud. Además, el filme documental presenta el caso de Leslie Meiners, una madre de Queens, Nueva York, que contrajo el virus del Nilo Occidental en su propio vecindario. “Nunca pensé que podía pasarme a mí. ¿El virus del Nilo Occidental en nuestra sociedad moderna?”, comenta Meiners en la película. “Es como jugar a la ruleta rusa. Y yo perdí.” 

    MOSQUITO también relata la historia de una pareja de Miami, Florida, que tiene una hija pequeña y otro bebé en camino. Scott y Lindsay Furhman han permanecido en cuarentena por decisión propia en su casa por el temor a contraer zika. “Es verano en Miami y nos recluimos por el temor de estar al aire libre”, explica Lindsay. La familia se siente frustrada porque cree que sus legisladores los han dejado solos. “Nuestro gobierno no hizo lo que debía”, agrega Scott. “Pensaron que era una fantasía. Todos lo vimos venir pero ellos se negaron a ayudarnos.”

    Más devastadora todavía es la historia de una joven mamá de Brasil. Ane Júliana Araújo cuida a un bebé que nació con zika y teme que la enfermedad pueda afectar a su hijo por nacer. El exdirector de los CDC, Tom Frieden, señala en el filme que “hay muchas enfermedades que pueden ser propagadas por los mosquitos. Tendremos que aportar nuevas y mejores maneras combinadas de detenerlos para protegernos no solo del zika sino de lo que sea que pueda venir en el futuro”. 

    El documental se estrenará bajo el sello de Discovery Impact, que reúne una serie de documentales innovadores focalizados en el impacto que provoca la humanidad en el medio ambiente y lo que los individuos y las comunidades pueden hacer para resolver los problemas globales. 

    Además de transmitirse en más de 200 países y territorios de todo el planeta a través de la pantalla de televisión, MOSQUITO también saldrá al aire en Facebook, en una transmisión en vivo por la cuenta oficial de Discovery Latinoamérica: a las 7:00 p.m. Tambien se repetirá en pantalla a las 9:00 p.m en Discovery y a las 10:42 p.m. en Animal Planet.

    MOSQUITO es una producción de Yap Films para Discovery Channel. Fue dirigido por Su Rynard; los productores ejecutivos son Elliot Halpern y Elizabeth Trojian; los editores son Michele Francis y Steve Weslak; la cinematografía corresponde a Mark Elam; el escritor es Mark Monroe y la música original pertenece a Tom Third; el productor asociado es Alex Rankin. Por el lado de Discovery, el productor encargado es Jon Bardin, y el productor ejecutivo es John Hoffman.

              Gates issues warning about pandemic that could wipe out millions   

    In a new documentary, titled Mosquito, the world’s wealthiest man makes a bold claim that a deadly mosquito-borne pandemic poses a greater threat to humanity than global war, reports the DailyMail. The documentary, which is set to air next week, chronicles the increasing global threat of an outbreak caused by disease-carrying mosquitos. Billionaire Bill Gates claims that millions are under a false assumption that deadly outbreaks only occur in third-world countries, which he says is far from true. “At the top of the list of things I worry about, the risk of a very serious pandemic is quite substantial,” Gates says in the documentary. “‘If you

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              How To Build Meaning In Your Life And Career   


    Imagine if you discovered the sweet spot of purpose in your life, work and organization.

    We’ve all heard that discovering your core purpose is a key ingredient to achieving your goals. But what about the purpose of your role at work? Or the purpose of your organization? Discovering where these three elements intersect is an important part of knowing where you fit in, and where you’re headed.

    Dan Pontefract is a Chief Envisioner at Canadian telecommunications company Telus, and the author of Flat Army and most recently The Purpose Effect: Building Meaning In Yourself, Your Role, and Your Organization.

    I recently interviewed Dan to discuss the subject of his latest work, and how understanding purpose from top to bottom can increase employee engagement. (The transcript below has been edited lightly for space and clarity.)

    Kevin Kruse: You call the intersection of purpose in three areas: yourself, your role, the organization, as “the sweet spot.”

    Dan Pontefract: What I want you to do is envision a Venn diagram. A Venn diagram is composed of three circles. There’s one at the top, and then there’s two at the bottom, and they’re all intersecting. When I was researching and then thinking about my own life and all the time I’ve spent in the academic world and in the corporate world, it dawned on me that there are a lot of books and a lot of authors out there who aspire or predict or recommend that purpose of self and life is important, and it is.

    There weren’t a lot of people looking at the integration between work and life and purpose. As I began to, as we all do, peel this onion back a little bit when we’re writing and we’re researching and interviewing, it was this Venn diagram that kept popping up in my head and in some of the interviews I was doing.

    At the top of the Venn diagram is what I call ‘personal purpose’. Then at the bottom, the other two circles, on the right hand side is ‘organizational purpose’, and on the left hand side is ‘role purpose’. Here’s how it works: We all have a life, and, as I mentioned, life-work integration, so personal purpose, that’s our life. That’s the circle at the top. That’s “What am I going to do to define myself? Who am I going to be in life and at work? Who am I going to be known as? How am I going to show up each and every day?” Those are the questions: What am I? Who am I? How am I? That’s the ‘personal’ side.

    See, we all, I think, most of us, maybe not Bill Gates, but we’ve got to go to work. Ultimately, what’s happening is if you’re in an organization that is operating with purpose, I found that if that purpose mindset of the organization is in lockstep with how you’re defining yourself— the “what you want to be when you grow up”, if you will—there’s a really good combination there, a good relationship.

    But that’s not enough, because we all go to work for the organization in which we work for in a role. For example, you may be a call center agent. You may be a sales exec. You may be a business analyst. You may be in marketing. You have a role. When there is lockstep between your personal purpose— that’s again back to “who you are”, etc.—the organization, which is hopefully demonstrating its purpose, and in the role that you occupy, if you feel valued, if you feel that you’re delivering value, ergo you feel valuable, hopefully you have the purpose mindset in your role.

              Bila pinjam atau sedekah pada kawan kawan ?   
    " Ben , nak pinjam duit... "
    Biasanya , kalau jumlah kecil.. aku sedekah jer.. Tapi selepas ni , aku tak sedekah dah wehhh ! Aku akan kasi pinjam bersyarat.. Nak buat perjanjian bertulis lagi walaupun nak pinjam RM10 !! Dah malas 'sedekah' kat kawan kawan.. nanti bila dah kaya , lupa kita ! Kita gak sakit hati kan ? Baik kasi pinjam jer.. suh dia bayar balik !! Haaa.. Tak sakit hati kannn.. 
    Ada satu hadis yang aku jumpa mengenai isu yang aku bangkitkan ni.. 
    Sabda Nabi Muhammad saw :

    Pada malam Isra’ Mikraj, aku melihat tulisan di atas pintu syurga: “Pahala sedekah ialah 10 kali ganda dan pahala memberi hutang ialah 18 kali ganda”.
    Aku bertanya Jibril, “Kenapa memberi hutang lebih banyak pahalanya daripada sedekah?”
    Jawabnya, “Kerana orang yang meminta sedekah dalam keadaan meminta sedangkan dia mempunyai harta. Sedangkan orang yang meminta pinjaman tidak akan meminta pinjaman kecuali kerana sesuatu keperluan.”
    (Hadith Riwayat Ibn Majah & Baihaqi)

    Secara jujurnya , aku tak tau pasal hadith ni... Dan statusnya aku cuba google dan inshaAllah akan bertanya pada yang pakar. Tapi ianya membuka mata aku la.. Dulu aku gemar 'beri' gitu jer... tapi jumlah ciput la.. nak kasi 'berskala besar' tak mampu aku.. lain la aku ngan Bill Gates ada kaitan.. hehehe.. 
    Selepas ni , aku rasa aku tak bagi gitu dah pada mereka yang nak meminjam. Kalau tau , bak kata orang.. besar kepala lak eh ? Haaaa...Nak meminta minta memanjang. Kerja pon , ala kadar.. Malas nak berusaha lebih ! Haaa.. 
    Maaf !! Tiada lagi 'sedekah' pasni ! Nak pinjammm... bertulis ! Tapi , tunggu ada duit la.. buat masa sekarang , aku rasa aku yang nak pinjam kat korang. Sapa sudi nak kasi pinjam ? Huk Huk... 

    "Barangsiapa yang melepaskan saudaranya dari kesusahan di dunia nescaya Allah lepaskannya dari kesusahan di akhirat"


    di Gianni Lannes

    La fantascienza ha sostituito la realtà. La tecnocrazia ha preso il posto della democrazia. Il DNA umano è un’antenna. Le informazioni basilari sono alla portata di tutti, basta collegarle. Certo, conflitti di interesse, affarismo e corruzione abbondano, ma pochi hanno intuito il vero obiettivo finale. I vaccini sono il cavallo di Troia per entrare - con un pretesto inesistente (le epidemie) - dentro il corpo e dominarlo dalla culla alla tomba. In quale inferno tecnologico ci stanno incanalando? Ecco un video illuminante dell’università Bocconi risalente al 24 settembre 2012 alla presenza del ministro Passera, a cui partecipa la Novartis (che poi cederà il settore vaccini alla Glaxo) e il Corriere della Sera, in particolare il vice direttore Massimo Mucchetti, poi eletto al Parlamento nelle file del piddì, e firmatario di atti parlamentari relativi alla vaccinazione coercitiva:

    E’ interessante il passaggio dal minuto 86 al 102: gli esperti parlano di sanità, microchip nel corpo e cosa deve fare lo Stato per favorire le multinazionali. IBM e GOOGLE si stanno posizionando, il pro rettore Perrone parla esplicitamente di “situazione tra Matrix e Orwell”. Bernabè della Telecom sfiora anche la "privacy". Pochi giorni dopo tale evento, il governo Monti vara il decreto legge 18 ottobre 2012, numero 179 ("Ulteriori  misure urgenti per la crescita del Paese", articolo 12), poi il decreto legge 69/2013 (articolo 17 - decreto del "Fare").

    Il 29 settembre 2014, a Washington viene imposta all’Italia - tramite i plaudenti Lorenzin, Pecorelli (Aifa) e Guerra - la sperimentazione coercitiva di massa. L’indomani, Raniero Guerra con un piede nel consiglio d’amministrazione della fondazione Glaxo Smith Kline (produttori mondali di vaccini) viene nominato direttore generale del ministero “salute”: questo funzionario statale il 10 giugno 2017 ha diramato una circolare operativa sulla vaccinazione obbligatoria.

    Poi colleghiamo questo:

    E si capisce allora perché gli eterodiretti onorevoli grullini "sono per la massima copertura vaccinale:

    Il 31 marzo 2016, mister Renzi ha venduto i dati sensibili presenti e futuri degli italiani all'Ibm, mentre il cosiddetto ufficio del garante della privacy ancora tace (Soro & Iannini: magistrato e moglie di Bruno Vespa):

    Lo stesso Renzi è il firmatario il 29 settembre 2017 del dpcm 178 sul fascicolo sanitario elettronico sollecitato dall'Ibm, ovvero dall'impresa che fornisce i servizi.

    Poi ragioniamo sugli studi di Ibm:

    ... e riflettiamo sugli annunci di Bill Gates:

    .... fino a giungere:

     ... e qui:

    ... in corsa il premio: 

    Infine il decreto legge che apre le porte alla sperimentazione proprio sul gregge più idoneo, quello italiano:

    The title above is a play on the famous Bill Gates memo, The Internet Tidal Wave, written in May, 1995. Gates, on one of his reading weeks, realized that the Internet was the future of IT and Microsoft, through Gates’s own miscalculation, was then barely part of that future. So he wrote the memo, turned the company around, built Internet Explorer, and changed the course of business history. That’s how people tend to read the memo, as a snapshot of technical brilliance and ambition. But the inspiration for the Gates memo was another document, The Final Days of Autodesk, written in 1991 by Autodesk CEO John Walker. Walker’s memo was not about how the future could be saved, but about how seemingly invincible market advantages […]

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              The Next Pandemic Is Nearly Upon Us and Bill Gates Is Positioned to Enormously Profit…”The CDC, NIH & Bill Gates Own the Patents On Existing Ebola & Related Vaccines: Mandatory Vaccinations Are Near”   
    By Dave Hodges July 1st, 2017 My oh my, we may be getting glimpse into how the Deep State will ultimately respond to the extreme scrutiny that they are undergoing. The Deep State is losing control of the narrative and they desperately need a game-changer. And the following may very well represent what is […]
              Eine Technik, die Bill Gates „magisch“ nennt, steht kurz vor dem Durchbruch   

    Blatt Natur

    Machen wir eine kleine Reise in die Vergangenheit. Zurück in die Schule, genauer genommen in den Bio-Unterricht. Das Stichwort: Photosynthese. Klingelt's?

    Der natürliche Prozess, bei dem Pflanzen aus Kohlenstoffdioxid, Licht und Wasser Sauerstoff und Glucose produzieren, kennt so gut wie jeder. Doch kaum einer weiß, dass dieses Phänomen so viel mehr für die Menschheit bedeuten könnte. Bill Gates gehört zu den wenigen Menschen, die fest daran glauben, dass es die Wirtschaft revolutionieren könnte.

    Die Idee, aus Licht Energie zu gewinnen, ist nicht neu. Erst kürzlich hat Elon Musk seine Solar-Dachziegel zur Vorbestellung freigeben. Im Bereich der Photosynthese besteht jedoch weiterhin Forschungsbedarf — diese kann nämlich künstlich nachgestellt werden.

    Ein „magisches“ Wundermittel?

    Bei der künstlichen Photosynthese können aus Sonnenlicht, Kohlenstoffdioxid und Wasser chemische Produkte wie Brennstoffe oder Chemikalien hergestellt werden. Besonders interessant für die Autobranche: Man könnte daraus flüssigen Wasserstoff gewinnen.

    Bill GatesDie Idee, auf diese Art flüssigen Wasserstoff zu gewinnen, begeistert auch Microsoft-Gründer Bill Gates. „Es wäre magisch, wenn es funktionieren würde“, sagte Gates in einem Interview mit Reuters.

    „Mit Flüssigkeiten habt ihr nicht das zeitweilige Problem der Batterien. Ihr könnt die Flüssigkeit in einen großen Behälter füllen und sie verbrennen, wann auch immer ihr wollt.“

    Flüssiger Wasserstoff als Treibstoff der Zukunft

    Die große Hoffnung ist, dass dank dieser neuen Technologie ein sauberer und erneuerbarer Treibstoff entsteht. Damit würde die künstliche Photosynthese fossilen Brennstoffen wie Kohle und Erdöl Konkurrenz machen.

    Um das zu ermöglichen, muss aber zunächst ein Weg gefunden werden, die Effizienz der künstlichen Photosynthese zu steigern. Damit auch weiterhin in diesem Bereich geforscht werden kann, hat Bill Gates die „Breakthrough Energy Coalition“ gegründet, eine Gruppierung von 28 Privatanlegern auf der ganzen Welt, die dazu bereit sind, große Summen in Energieforschung und Entwicklung zu investieren.

    Berichten von Reuters zufolge sei Gates der Ansicht, der Energiesektor leide unter einem Mangel an Förderung. Das führe dazu, dass die Welt auch weiterhin Kohle verbrennt, um Energie zu gewinnen, und damit der Umwelt schadet.

    „Wenn wir eine gefährliche Erderwärmung vermeiden möchten, müssen wir mit Höchstgeschwindigkeit handeln.“

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              The Next Pandemic Is Nearly Upon Us and Bill Gates Is Positioned to Enormously Profit / By Dave Hodges / June 29th, 2017

    My oh my, we may be getting glimpse into how the Deep State will ultimately respond to the extreme scrutiny that they are undergoing. The Deep State is losing control of the narrative and they desperately need a game-changer. And the following may very well [...]

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              Howard Buffett - Bill Gates - And also Josette Sheeran Discuss Ending Global Appetite.   
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              Water Street Tampa will go vertical in fall   
    A joint venture linking Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and hockey team owner Jeffrey Vinik expects to break ground this year for a $3 billion redevelopment of 50 acres along the waterfront in downtown Tampa. Strategic Property Partners (SPP), a joint venture between Gates’s Cascade Investment, LLC, and Vinik, the owner of the National Hockey League’s Tampa Bay Lightning, plans the mixed-use, multi-phase development spanning nine million square feet, called Water Street Tampa. The first phase ... [more]
              The Next Pandemic Is Nearly Upon Us and Bill Gates Is Positioned to Enormously Profit   
    The Next Pandemic Is Nearly Upon Us and Bill Gates Is Positioned to Enormously Profit

    "...because Fatima is a very apocalyptic message. It says that no matter what happens there are going to be terrible wars, there are going to be diseases, whole nations are going to be wiped out, there are going to be 3 days darkness, there are going to be epidemics that will wipe out whole nations overnight (great culling), parts of the earth will be washed away at sea and violent tornadoes and storms. It's not a nice message at all." ~Fr Malachi Martin on portions of the real 3rd secret of Fatima
    My oh my, we may be getting glimpse into how the Deep State will ultimately respond to the extreme scrutiny that they are undergoing. The Deep State is losing control of the narrative and they desperately need a game-changer. And the following may very well represent what is coming.

    Bill Gates and the Discovery Channel are Promoting a New Show on Pandemics As a Threat to Humanity

    The Discovery Channel is airing a show on July 6th which details how easy it would be for a pandemic to wipe out a significant amount of humanity. The content of the show is not newsworthy unto itself. However, when they bring the richest man in the world, who has made a large portion of his wealth from vaccines, come in and promote the show’s trailer, namely Bill Gates, that is worth noting.
    Bill Gates is certainly no stranger to the subject of pandemics and it is interesting that he is featured in such a prominent manner.

    If I wanted to obtain credibility on a widespread basis, I would not be selecting Bill Gates to promote anything that has to do with health, particularly in the arena of health administration. The old saying, “with friends like this, who needs enemies”, certainly applies. Please consider what Bill Gates previously did on a mass scale to young women in India. The following is from Natural News:
    “In 2009, the tribal children of the Khammam district in Andhra Pradesh were gathered together and told they would be receiving healthcare shots. Even though the Gates foundation has the wealth to give these tribes access to clean water, sanitation services, nutrition and low stress living conditions, they instead push for HPV vaccines and call them “well-being” shots. The shot these young girls received was an HPV vaccine manufactured by Merck and administered by the state’s health department. The young girls, aged 9–15, were instructed to line up for three doses of the vaccine. As the months rolled on, the health of the 16,000 girls rapidly deteriorated. Five of the girls died shortly thereafter.
    In Vadodara, Gujarat, another 14,000 or more tribal children were put to the test. This time the Gates Foundation carried out their humanitarian healthcare mission by providing the HPV vaccine called Cervarix, made by Glaxo SmithKline.
    Giving no informed consent, the Gates Foundation coerced the tribal people on the belief that the shots were beneficial and necessary. However, when virus material, heavy metals and other preservatives foreign to the body are injected into young, developing women, drastic changes are bound to occur in their bodies. Having no idea that they were being signed up for vaccine trials, thousands of young girls were injected with these experimental vaccines purported to prevent cervical cancer.
    Instead of seeing their health improve, the tribes reported numerous, bizarre adverse events in the days, weeks and months following vaccination. Young girls in India lost weight, appetite and stamina. 16-year-old Aman Dhawan had no idea he was even signed up for the vaccine trial. Soon thereafter he began to lose weight and energy, as the life was sucked right out of him. The same problem broke out among girls in Colombia, where the same vaccine had been doled out to the young girls there”.
    Again, with friends like this, who needs enemies?

    A New Pandemic Is the Fulfillment of Gates Self-Appointed Destiny

    On February 28, 2013, Bill Gates appeared on the Charlie Rose Show and he was as candid as a globalist could be. On the show, Gates indicated that he has contributed large sums of money to numerous causes such as the Global Polio Eradication Initiative originally launched in 1988 by the World Health Organization (WHO), the CDC, and UNICEF.
    Gates expressed his love affair with vaccines and his clear intention to reduce the world’s population when he stated the following:
     “The world today has 6.8 billion people… that’s headed up to about 9 billion. Now if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by perhaps 10 or 15 percent.”

    Quite clearly, Gates is a devoted subscriber to Eugenics and depopulation. On his television show, Charlie Rose asked Gates the following question:

    “You mentioned the five or a six year plan the new initiative has learning from old lessons and therefore, coming up with new approaches. What are the new approaches?”
    To that question, Bill Gates answered:
    “Well, we’re able to use new technology like satellite photos to see are there people moving around, nomadic roots. You know we see if when we go out to get all the children, if there’s some settlement areas that we’ve actually missed. We also put a – – a phone in the vaccine box they carry around that looks where they’re located every three minutes and so it has that GPS data. At the end of the day you plug that in and compare it to where they were asked to go, and you can see if you’re – you’re really covering all the kids.”
    Gates is clearly advocating for an extreme Orwellian society that will be monitored and targeted for vaccinations that do more harm than good. The ultimate goal is depopulation, not saving lives. Unfortunately for the fate of humanity, Gates seems to know something ominous is coming our way when we consider what Gates recently wrote in the New York Times.

    Bill Gates Writes for the New York Times

    On March 18, 2015, the King of vaccinations  wrote an editorial piece in the New York Times in which he stated that the “Ebola epidemic in West Africa has killed more than 10,000 people. If anything good can come from this continuing tragedy, it is that Ebola can awaken the world to a sobering fact: We are simply not prepared to deal with a global epidemic“.
    Gates also stated the following:
    “As menacing as Ebola was this past year, other pandemics are a greater threat to the human race.
    The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has killed more than 10,000 people. If anything good can come from this continuing tragedy, it is that Ebola can awaken the world to a sobering fact: We are simply not prepared to deal with a global epidemic.
    Of all the things that could kill more than 10 million people around the world…there are many things worse than Ebola”
    Gates spoke about the deadly Spanish Flu and other epidemics which could (probably will) serve to threaten humanity. Frighteningly and prophetically, Gates is advocating for the United Nations should “fund a global institution” to coordinate the efforts to conduct mass vaccinations. Would anyone like to place a bet that the new round of vaccinations will be mandatory? The United Nations and the World Health Organization would be in charge according to Gates. After all, according to Gates, Ebola was terrible, but next time, “it could be much worse“.

    Gates Has Already Put His Money Where His Mouth Is

    Can we only imagine the enormous profits that can be realized by vaccinating every child in the third world? If we apply Gates’ penchant for investing in causes which produce a hefty “return on investment” (ROI) then one could reasonably suspect that Gates is positioning himself to profit on the $50 million he has invested in the Ebola cause which conveniently includes the CDC, the holder of the patent for Ebola and this is just one small example of how Gates has positioned himself to enormously profit from a pandemic:

    “When an unsuspecting public is finally told of the existence of an Ebola vaccine, coupled with the fact that the Global Fund will be in charge of the distribution of the vaccine. Interestingly, Bill Gates has donated a total of $560 million dollars to the Global Fund. The Global Fund has also positioned themselves to be in charge of the distribution of the “newly developed”, and not yet announced vaccines for TB and HIV.  Since the goal is the vaccination of every man, woman and child on the planet with multiple vaccines, Gates’ $560 million contribution to the Global Fund is chump change compared to the expected ROI…”

    If one really wants to get conspiratorial, consider that back in 2014 I previously published an article entitled:

    The CDC, NIH & Bill Gates Own the Patents On Existing Ebola & Related Vaccines: Mandatory Vaccinations Are Near

    Predictive Programming Supports Gates’ Prepositioning to Profit from an Engineered Pandemic

    TNT is currently home to a very popular show known as The Last Ship. From a technical standpoint, the show is very well constructed particularly with regard to the military protocols embedded within the story line. The show is based on an engineered pandemic which sweeps the planet and destroys 80% of humanity. Interestingly, the show contains a sub-theme in which a group of people who are immune to the pandemic, ban together to try and form a “master race”  and also kill off the vulnerable at the same time as they try and enhance the spreading of the pandemic.
    In the show’s plot a “vaccine” is developed as a cure. Bill Gates must be jumping up and down for joy at the storyline since this man virtually controls all vaccines on the planet.  Here is a further description of the show which takes on new meaning now that the discussion of a potential pandemic is taking place in combination with the Discovery Channel’s exploration, guided by Gates, into this topic. Here is a brief discussion of the show, The Last Ship.

    In the first three seasons of the Last Ship, it has always debuted in June. I find it more than interesting that the season premiere has been delayed until after the Discovery Channel’s show with Bill Gates on pandemics.
    TNT has chosen Sunday, August 20th,  for the fourth season premiere of its epic drama series The Last Ship. Also, I find it interesting that the show was renewed for two years which guarantees a 5th year. When have you ever seen a show be renewed for two years at a time?


    If I were to don my conspiracy hat, which is easy to do when Bill Gates is in the neighborhood, it appears that humanity being prepared for the inevitable pandemic which will wipe out any real resistance to the Deep State.
    What does this mean for the United States and for your family. Fortunately, the Obama administration left behind several documents which tells us what we are all facing and this will the future topic of these particular revelations. In the meantime, monitor your news for preliminary snippets of a coming pandemic.


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              7/1/2017: YOUR MOVIE PLANNER: Supercharging School   
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              Deadly mosquito-borne pandemic poses a greater threat to humankind than global war and could easily wipe out 10 MILLION, Bill Gates warns   

    A deadly mosquito-borne pandemic poses a greater threat to humankind than global war, billionaire Bill Gates warns.

    In a hard-hitting new documentary, the world's richest man said a killer bug could wipe out 10 million people without warning.

    Footage seen by MailOnline, set to be aired next week, shows the philanthropist's worries towards the danger of disease-carrying mosquitos.

              Jim Allchin's PDC 2005 Keynote Highlights   

    Originally posted on:

    After Bill Gates spoke, Jim Allchin came out and gave a presentation geared at developers with the promise of showing lots of code (which was done by Don Box and company). Here are some of the highlights from Jim's presentation:

    • First Jim showed everyone an IBM computer from the Microsoft museum with Windows 1.03 loaded. He then showed us the OS booting up and then pulled up the game of Reversi. Funny, I remember all those screens he showed ... I must be getting old. The point of showing that is that he was focusing on the fact that Windows was entering into its 3rd decade. Wow! Then he showed a game (video of it really) that was being built by a company called Crytex and how outstanding (or SUPER as Microsoft people would say) it was with graphics. It was rather spectacular.
    • Jim announced that we are all getting Build 5219 of Vista today.
    • The Windows platform consists of Presentation, Data, Communications, and Base Operating System Services.
    • Vista will include hardware monitoring.
    • Vista will require 50% less reboots.
    • Vista will allow for fast on/off cycles.
    • There will be a reboot manager in Vista.
    • There will not be a defrag available in Vista as this is something that should automatically be done by the OS. Therefore, Vista will be defragging in the background on its own.
    • Introducing SuperFetch - knows what you work with the most (such as Outlook) and loads it into memory for you in anticipation of you working with it and therefore will have a SUPER fast launch process.
    • Using a USB memory stick will allow Vista to add it to the larger pool of available memory for the computer! Wow.
    • Hotmail will be changed soon so that it is more like Windows Outlook Web Access.
    • Introducing Atlas - an AJAX style (I was surprised he used this word actually) web development.
    • Introducing WPF/E “Everywhere“ - a slimmed down version of WPF that will work everywhere (devices).

    Then Jim mentioned to the crowd that he had a “limited” number of these great devices that he used in a demo which were normally $1000 and that we would get it for $149 from ComNet. Once he said that, 1,500 people got up and ran for the door - it was rather funny! I would have kept that news till the end if I were him. Oh well - lesson learned.

              The Goods!   

    Originally posted on:

    After Bill Gates keynote, Microsoft allowed us to go down to the distribution center and receive “The Goods” as they call it.

    This is a five disc set which includes a mass amount of software including:

    • Windows Vista Beta 1
    • Visual Studio 2005 Team System Beta 2
    • SQL Server 2005 June CTP
    • Virtual PC 2004
    • Virtual Server 2005 R2 Beta
    • WinFX & Other Stuff
    • Windows Vista CTP: PDC 2005

    There is a spot for a sixth disc, but it is empty in my set. I am unsure if that is intentional or if there wasn't even a sixth disc. Hmmm.

              “Alexa, Please Turn on the Lights at 7 pm:” Smart Automation Comes Home   

    One major impact of smart home solutions is that they are swiftly changing the way we interact with computers. When Bill Gates built his smart house, “Xanadu 2.0,” in the mid-90s, it was viewed as [...]

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              The CBCP’s fake idea that the poor are “blessed” is the reason the Philippines remains poor   
    To Filipinos, rich people are “evil” and a life focused on the acquisition of money is a life to be ashamed of. And so there really is no reason to continue wondering why Filipinos remain an impoverished people today. The very idea of aspiring to be rich seems, to Filipinos, to be a thought to be purged from their minds.
    Rather, Filipinos justify their poverty using the very Catholic idea that to be poor is to be “blessed” before the eyes of God. Indeed, if I were to choose one fake idea ingrained by the Roman Catholic Church in the mind of the Filipino that did the biggest damage to their psyche, it would be that one. Unfortunately for Filipinos, such wealth-destroying ideas continue to be peddled by their Roman Catholic Church. Filipinos are subject to a constant bombardment of poverty-blessedness drivel everywhere they tune their eardrums and plant their eyeballs — in the Catholic masses they troop to every Sunday, the telenovelas and Filipino films they are addicted to, and the victim-heroes their “activists” and politicians put up for worship.
    The irony that seems to fly above the heads of Filipinos’ poverty-worshipping and wealth-demonising “activists” and politicians is that it is the highly-focused pursuit of capital accumulation (a.k.a. wealth creation) that enabled human civilisation to build the very devices and Web services that allow them to Tweet and Share their poverty porn. Contrary to popular belief, Silicon Valley’s titans are no latte-sipping liberals whose idea of “making a difference” in the world is sitting in a Starbucks café waxing poetic about “world peace” and sending relief goods to war refugees. Bill Gates wanted to dominate our desktop PCs with his software, Steve Jobs wanted to make computers that appeal to affluent artsy people, Zuck wanted to pickup chicks on the Internet, Jack Dorsey wanted to build a Facebook-killer people could use from their mobile phones, and Sergey Brin sought to organise humanity’s collective knowledge into a giant database.
    In case I missed some kind of Catholic pastoral letter on the subject, I really can’t see what is so “evil” about what these five brilliant — and mega-rich — human beings did.
    Indeed, as much as Filipinos would like to attribute everything that is wrong with their society to the “evil” devices of 16th-Century Imperial Spain, it was Spain’s pursuit of gold that brought their ships to the beaches of Cebu and the building of the city of Vigan (among other architectural wonders) that Filipinos now put up as the “pride” of “their” tourism industry. Perhaps, in some fairness to the Catholic Church, there is some evidence that the Spanish conquistadores found the natives of the islands in pretty much the same state as the way Filipinos are even today in 21st Century Philippines.
    In his Inquirer column, Ambeth Ocampo writes how painfully-relevant the observations made by the Spaniards on the natives they found in the Philippines are to this day…
    When I was a student, everything bad in our character was blamed on the colonial experience: on Spain, the United States and Japan. Reading Legazpi made me wonder if we had always been the way we are:
    “These people declare war among themselves at the slightest provocation, or with none whatever. All those who have not made a treaty of peace with them, or drawn blood with them, are considered as enemies. Privateering and robbery have a natural attraction for them. Whenever the occasion presents itself, they rob one another, even if they be neighbors or relatives; and when they see and meet one another in the open fields at nightfall, they rob and seize one another. Many times it happens that half of a community is at peace with half of a neighboring community, while the other halves are at war. They assault and seize one another; nor do they have any order or arrangement in anything. All their skill is employed in setting ambuscades and laying snares to seize and capture one another, and they always try to attack with safety and advantage to themselves.”
    To some degree this revelation that Filipinos already possessed the Poor DNA before the “evil” Spaniards arrived absolves the Roman Catholic Church of some accountability for why Filipinos are imprisoned by impoverished thinking today. But armed with all this hindsight that guys like Ocampo are kind enough to share with us today, there really is no excusing the Catholic Church and its henchmen in the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) continuing to propagate its brain-damaging fake ideas today.
    There is much to be done. As the old cliché goes, you gotta think rich to become rich. Filipinos need to purge their culture of memetic relics that contribute to impoverished thinking — that money and rich people are “evil”, that wealth is more a result of swerte (“luck”) than of hard work and clever ideas, that complex ideas articulated in English cause “nosebleed”, and, of course, the old Catholic notion that the poor are “blessed”. There is nothing “blessed” about being poor. Being poor sucks. As Mae West was said to have said: “I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor, and rich is better.” To be fair, Filipinos who, as a people, have never been rich probably wouldn’t get it. Yet.

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    Hakeraj! Jedna tema koju nikad nije dovoljno ponavljati. Nakon svakog ponavljanja treba je ponoviti opet. Naučno je dokazano da kad nekome nešto ponoviš sto puta da mu to nekako sjedne u glavu. A nekima je dovoljno reći samo jednom. Ako ste nekome dali svoju lozinku onda niste hakirani. Samo ste dali lopovu ključ svog stana te ga ne možete optužiti za provalu. Ali, ako ste mu ključ dali na prijevaru jer je rekao da mu treba za mazanje pekmeza na kruh onda je to smiješno. Odmah je potrebno shvatiti da je lozinka zapravo ključ vašeg bloga ili bilo čega drugog virtualnog i elektronskog. Treba razmisliti o tom ključu. Ne se igrati s tim. Kome biste dali svoj ključ Točan odgovor je : nikome! A posebno ne administratoru bloga, jednako kao što ga ne biste dali ni vlasniku zgrade u kojoj imate stan. Postoje izuzeci. Ponekad damo ključ rodbini kako bi nam provjetrili stan ili zalijali cvijeće dok plutamo po moru. No to su izuzeci. U prvim danima bloghaera često sam bio zamoljen da nekome počačkam po dizajnu jer je u to vrijeme bilo hit imati cool dizajn. Isto tako često je jedino rješenje bilo ući u taj bog i napraviti što treba. Uvijek sam zamolio vlasnike da u postavkama promijene svoju lozinku u nešto drugo, npr. hal pa kad ja završim posao da je vrate u prvobitno stanje. Razlog je jednostavan. Ne želim znati vašu lozinku jer bih u slučaju nečije budalaštine mogao postati prvi osumnjičeni. Možda nekome blog nije toliko važan pa si misli ah, lozinka, ko ga šiša, nek' ga obriše. Ok, meni svejedno, ali kako god vam je blog marginalna stvar čuvanje njegove lozinke je dobra praksa posebno ako vam čuvanje lozinke općenito postane navika. Jednog dana vam se možda jave iz uprave banke i zamole vas za vašu lozinku kako bi napravili upgrade vašeg računa novim funkcijama. I onda vam ne obrišu račun nego samo njegov financijski sadržaj. To je već opasno. Jednom ćete dati nekome lozinku svog e-maila radi testiranja servera, a onda će s vašeg maila predsjednik Amerike dobiti prijeteće pismo. Glup primjer ali mail koji niste napisali a poslan je u vaše ime izazvat će prilično panike prije nego dokažete da ste nekome dali lozinku. Dobro, ako netko misli pa nisam glup, naravno da neću dati lozinku svog bankovnog računa, zašto raditi razliku između banke i bloga. Znači li to da ne biste dali ključ od stana, ali od vikendice, garaže ili šupe bi mogli Lozinka je lozinka, i to ne može biti ja, mama ili keks Da malo ponovimo: 1. NITKO na ovom svijetu vas nema pravo tražiti lozinku. Čak i ako vam ju je on sam dodijelio. Ne nasjedajte autoritetima i nekome tko se predstavlja kao administrator, šef odjela, čovjek na održavanju servera, vaš voditelj IT-a u firmi, predsjednik republike ili Bill Gates osobno. Tko je nasjeo, nasjeo je. Ja ne zamjeram nikome, jer i to je jedan od načina za brzo učenje i stjecanje iskustva. Pogriješiš pa ti postane jasno. 2. Napravite jaku lozinku. Jaka ne znači da treba upisati cijelu prvu rečenicu Da Vincijeva koda, ali bilo bi dobro da ima barem 8-9 znakova i da to budu velika i mala slova te brojevi. To bi trebalo spriječiti upad grubom silom odnosno pogađanjem vaše lozinke. Pogledajte koji film pa ćete vidjeti o čemu govorim. Riječ mojmaliblog je loše ali m0Jm4L18Lo6 je već bolje. Ne razumijem se u matematiku ali kod prve riječi kombinacija se sastoji od tridesetak mogućih znakova (sva mala slova) dok je u drugom slučaju skup puno veći (preko sedamdeset). sada u postavkama ima i funkciju provjere snage vaše lozinke na probijanje grubom silom. Provjerite. 3. Pravi hakeraj je upravo ovo: vi ste se zaštitili, ali netko je provalio, na silu. Čak i legendarni Mitnick nije provaljivao u servere grubom silom već je telefonom nazivao sistemske administratore i slične tipove, predstavljao se različitim imenima i izmolio od njih lozinke na povjerenje. Nije baš pravi hakeraj već više prijevara. Ja doduše nikad neću razumijeti koji je point provaljivanja na tuđe račune, stranice ili servere u cilju brisanja i uništavanja istih. To mi je jednako grebanju auta čavlom, trovanju nečijeg psa. Napraviti štetu, a ne se moći na sva usta hvaliti, osim svojim par prijatelja za koje ne znaš hoće li te cinkati jednog dana... I ovaj mladac koji je švrljao po blogu... ne treba ga zbog toga smatrati kriminalcem. Tražio je način za dokazivanje, smislio prijevaru i iskoristio naivne koji su povjerovali. Sreća da to nisu bankovni računi i da šteta nije nepopravljiva. Jedino što mi je žao da je brisao sadržaje i radio štetu. Bilo bi bolje da je svima objavio novi post: Ja sam taj i taj. Na prijevaru sam ušao u ovaj blog. Nisam ništa dirao, samo objavljujem ovaj post. Molim vas poradite na informiranju o sigurnosti i zaštitite svoje intelektualno vlasništvo. To je moj cilj. E, da je to napravio... cijenio bih taj iskorak. Bilo bi bezazleno ukazivanje na pogrešku i otkrivanje načina na koji možete izgubiti, bilo bi to upozorenje svima da ne nasjednu nekome tko bi isto napravio s destruktivnim namjerama. Ovako je sve ostala avantura s pojačanom medijskom pažnjom.
              Massenmörder vermelden neuen Rekord: Zahl der Abtreibungen im ersten Quartal um 1,3 Prozent gestiegen.   

    Es gibt ja immer wieder Leute, die sich wundern, warum unsere Politiker so sehr darauf drängen, dass hier Millionen und Abermillionen neue Menschen ins Land gelockt werden. Hier wäre mal ein Grund:

    „Im ersten Quartal 2017 sind rund 26.600 Schwangerschaftsabbrüche in Deutschland gemeldet worden: Das waren 1,3 Prozent mehr als im entsprechenden Vorjahreszeitraum, teilte das Statistische Bundesamt (Destatis) am Montag mit.

    Knapp drei Viertel (72 Prozent) der Frauen, die im ersten Quartal 2017 einen Schwangerschaftsabbruch durchführen ließen, waren zwischen 18 und 34 Jahre alt, 17 Prozent zwischen 35 und 39 Jahre. Rund acht Prozent der Frauen waren 40 Jahre und älter.
    Die unter 18-Jährigen hatten einen Anteil von drei Prozent. Rund 39 Prozent der Frauen hatten vor dem Schwangerschaftsabbruch noch keine Lebendgeburt. 96 Prozent der gemeldeten Schwangerschaftsabbrüche wurden nach der Beratungsregelung vorgenommen, teilten die Statistiker weiter mit.
    Medizinische und kriminologische Indikationen waren in vier Prozent der Fälle die Begründung für den Abbruch. Die meisten Schwangerschaftsabbrüche (60 Prozent) wurden mit der Absaugmethode (Vakuumaspiration) durchgeführt, bei 20 Prozent wurde die sogenannte Abtreibungspille verwendet. Die Eingriffe erfolgten überwiegend ambulant: 79 Prozent in gynäkologischen Praxen und 18 Prozent ambulant im Krankenhaus.
    Sieben Prozent der Frauen ließen den Eingriff in einem Bundesland vornehmen, in dem sie nicht wohnten. (dts)
    Keine Zeit? Kein Geld? Keine Lust? Die Gründe werden uns nicht genannt, dramatisch aber ist diese Entwicklung schon, wenn man die „Kinderfreundlichkeit“ der Moslems dagegenhält.

    Europa ist todkrank. Europäische Völker töten ihren eigenen Nachwuchs weil sie ihn sich angeblich nicht mehr leisten können, bezahlen aber gerne, ohne darüber nachzudenken, für den Nachwuchs einwandernder Völker aus der ganzen Welt. 


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    Wer ist Pro Familia?

    Wer profitiert vom "Frauenrecht" auf "Abtreibung". 

    Eigenes töten - dafür fremdes importieren. Ist das nicht krank?

    "Eugenik-Stiftung von Bill Gates belohnt positive Berichterstattung – Erhielt auch deutscher Sender PHOENIX Geld?"

    Christina Schröder, die heutige Genderministerin. Pädophilie. Die 68iger Ideologie.

    Wer schützt die Rechte unserer Kinder? "Runde Tische" sicher nicht, solange kein Umdenken in unserer Gesellschaft stattfindet.

    Gender-Mainstream, Pädophilie, die Alt68iger und die Bundesfamilienministerin Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen




              EPISODE38 - TECH BYTES   
    Join In Live!!!you Never Know Who;s Going drop by....Mabey,Bill Gates,Steve Jobs,Me Alone...You Never Know...
              Comment on Who is the next great science communicator? by Ric   
    I'll go for a wildcard and say Cormac McCarthy. His literature and work with the Santa Fe Institute (and Lawrence Krauss) has made a huge impact on me. I'd also say someone like Bill Gates who is heavily involved in science and technology as a key to combating humanitarian problems.
              The Upstarts by Brad Stone   

    The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World by Brad Stone Ten years ago, the idea of getting into a stranger’s car, or walking into a stranger’s home, would have seemed bizarre and dangerous, but today it’s as common as ordering a book online. Uber and Airbnb are household names: redefining neighbourhoods, challenging the way governments regulate business and changing the way we travel. In the spirit of iconic Silicon Valley renegades like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, a new generation of entrepreneurs is sparking yet another cultural upheaval through technology. They are among the Upstarts, idiosyncratic founders with limitless drive and an abundance of self-confidence. Young, hungry and brilliant, they are rewriting the traditional rules of business, changing our day-to-day lives and often sidestepping serious ethical and legal obstacles in the process. The Upstarts is the definitive account of a dawning age of tenacity, creativity, conflict and wealth. In Brad Stone’s highly anticipated and riveting account of the most radical companies of the new Silicon Valley, we find out how it all started, and how the world is wildly different than it was ten years ago. Download EPUB     Mirror

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              Bill Gates Speech-Excerpt   
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              Porträt: Spotify-Gründer Daniel Ek will eines Tages größer sein als Bill Gates.   
    Daniel Ek, Gründer und Geschäftsführer von Spotify, hat die Musikindustrie mit der Digitalisierung versöhnt, schreibt Sebastian Baltzer. In seinem "FAS"-Porträt erzählt er Eks Geschichte, die in einem Stockholmer Vorort in einfachen Verhältnissen beginnt. Dort bringt er sich selbst HTML bei und lernt mehrere Instrumente. Schon als Schuljunge will er größer werden als Bill Gates. Sein Spotify startet holperig, weil sich die Musikkonzerne querstellen und schreibt auch elf Jahre nach dem Start rote Zahlen. "FAS", S. 26 (Paid)

    Daniel Ek, Gründer und Geschäftsführer von Spotify, hat die Musikindustrie mit der Digitalisierung versöhnt, schreibt Sebastian Baltzer. In seinem "FAS"-Porträt erzählt er Eks Geschichte, die in einem Stockholmer Vorort in einfachen Verhältnissen beginnt. Dort bringt er sich selbst HTML bei und lernt mehrere Instrumente. Schon als Schuljunge will er größer werden als Bill Gates. Sein Spotify startet holperig, weil sich die Musikkonzerne querstellen und schreibt auch elf Jahre nach dem Start rote Zahlen.
    "FAS", S. 26 (Paid)

              Bill Gates: CTRL+ALT+DEL adalah Kesalahan   
              WOA, Dude   

    Originally posted on:

    This was a big week for Windows 8 news (given the relative secrecy around the whole project).  At the beginning of the week we learned that the Consumer Preview (fka the "Beta") of Windows 8 will be released at the very end of the month in concert with the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona (MWC).  Then, just yesterday, Windows and Windows Live Division President Steven Sinofsky uploaded an 8600+ word post to the Building Windows 8 blog detailing Microsoft's plans for Windows on ARM (i.e. Windows for devices using the same low-power processor designs used in virtually all smartphone and tablet devices today).  It's probably worthwhile to deconstruct these two developments a little, as I think they are two sides of the same coin.

    The first thing to note is that Microsoft launched the Beta of Windows 7 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, 2009.  But for Windows 8 in 2012, Redmond decided to wait until February and do it at the MWC instead.  Part of the reasoning behind this may have been that the Beta wasn't ready in early January, but I think another part, or maybe all, of the reasoning is based on Microsoft's understanding that PCs are going mobile.  Perhaps Microsoft doesn't view where we are as the "post-PC" era, but that really comes down to semantics, as the tablet-style devices that Microsoft continues to call PCs seem to be the "hero devices" for the new version of the Windows operating system.  Hence the showcase at MWC for Windows 8 and this week's white-paper-as-blog-post on Windows on ARM (WOA).

    The WOA news was pretty big, so let's just cut to the chase: WOA will feature a Windows desktop mode, but the only things you'll be able to run there are applets that are part of Windows itself, Internet Explorer 10 (which, arguably, is one of those applets anyway) and the forthcoming version of Office, codenamed "Office 15."  There won't be other apps there, and browser plug-ins, as Sinofsky revealed in his interview with All Things D's Ina Fried, will not offer a workaround...because even the desktop version of IE 10 in WOA won't support them.  That means no Flash on WOA and no Silverlight on WOA either, at all.

    Is this nuts?  Honestly, I don't think so.  If you read Sinofsky's post, you'll see there was some pretty methodical thinking behind this, and most of it has to do with power efficiency and reliability of the WOA experience.  Windows Desktop applications are built with an assumption of always-on AC power, or the laptop-style DC power that emulates it.  Desktops and laptops aren't like phones.  They're not devices; they're machines.  People use them as machines, people expect them to work like machines, and developers build machine-oriented apps for them.  That's not a bad fact, it's required.

    But tablets are devices.  Interactions with them are fast and discrete, like a stand-up meeting rather than an all-morning whiteboard session.  Get in, get out, and go forth.  That's why WOA will be installed on the device when you buy it.  That's why all updates will come from the Windows Update system, and why all apps will come from the Windows Store.  That makes sense.  WOA products are different products, and will face different expectations.  In 2002, Bill Gates wrote one of his watershed all-personnel memos, titled Trustworthy Computing.  While much of the memo was focused on security, Gates had this to say toward the conclusion of the memo: "Systems will have to become self-managing and inherently resilient. We need to prepare now for the kind of software that will make this happen, and we must be the kind of company that people can rely on to deliver it."  Ten years later, Windows 8, and especially Windows on ARM, seem poised to fulfill this goal.

    So why call WOA devices PCs?  While part of this is due to the politics and semantics I alluded to above, I think another part of it has to do with productivity.  Microsoft sees PCs, in addition to being leisure devices, as things (machines or devices) with which people get work done.  And that's why, I believe, Microsoft is allowing one non-OS application suite to run in the Desktop mode: Office.  Take a look at this video with Scott Seiber, featured in Sinofsky's post - particularly at the 3:46 time marker - and you'll see what I mean.  I haven't used Office 15, so I don't know how productive it really is with touch, but it looks good.  I have used iWork on the iPad, and I know that, for me at least, it's not productive at all.

    So here's where we are with Windows 8:  The Intel platform will offer a full Desktop mouse-and-keyboard experience and will feature a split personality, allowing Metro-style apps to run as well, sometimes with touch.   Windows on ARM devices will offer the Metro-style touch-first experience first-and foremost, and still provide the productivity of Office without forcing users to switch to a machine, like the iPad does today.  Intel PCs for Windows 8 will be machines with device capabilities.  Windows on ARM "PCs" will be devices with "in-a-pinch" Windows desktop capabilities, including the platform's crucial desktop productivity apps, optimized for touch and power conservation.

    I don't know if Microsoft can beat Apple with this approach, but it looks like the only logical way forward.  A logical approach plus a lot of perseverance can be a winning strategy.  It has been with a great number of Microsoft's other products.

              AppleSoft Basics   

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    There are plenty of posts and articles out there that provide retrospectives of, and pay homage to, Steve Jobs’ tenure as Apple CEO.  I’m not an expert on Apple or Jobs, and this is not one of those posts.

    But Steve Jobs’ resignation from the CEO post does mark the end of a related era I know something about.  It’s the era that Bill Gates and Steve Jobs defined together.  And now that both of them have ended their CEO runs and receded to roles as Chairmen of the Board, it’s important to consider just how much these two men did together to pioneer the industry we now all work in and define ourselves by. 

    Yes, I identify the era with both men, despite many seeing them as perennial adversaries who led companies that approach computing very differently. The fact is that the two men, and the two companies, have a long and storied shared heritage.  It dates back to 1977 when 8-bit computing became hot and when Microsoft BASIC ran on each leading machine of that time.  I started working with computers a year later, at the age 12.  I didn’t own an Apple II, but I used one at school, and remember distinctly the presence of Microsoft BASIC on that machine, albeit branded “AppleSoft BASIC.”  It’s a fitting name, and drives home an underpinning to this industry that many don’t realize or have chosen to forget.

    I could pontificate some more on that, but it’s more effective for people to hear it in context.  With that in mind, I recommend to all as required viewing a 2007 interview of Jobs and Gates by Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher at that year’s All Things D conference.  Here’s a link to the video:
    It doesn't want to play full-screen, but your browser's zoom function should mitigate this problem.

    Watch the full length interview video if you can; it’s really quite stunning.  It shows how much more these two companies have in common than they do anything in conflict, and how much the two men share in career history and mutual respect.  There are also humbling ironies here, including numerous references to how much bigger MS is than Apple, and Jobs talking about how Apple gets excited if its market share increases by 1 point.  (Another irony is that it's a Flash video and won't play on an iPad.)

    Best of all though, if you advance to the 37:00 mark, you will hear Bill Gates speak (with Jobs politely listening) of a future where people will have multiple devices, including a tablet (which they will use extensively), a phone ("the device that fits in your pocket") as well a more conventional machine with a screen and keyboard.  Then Jobs adds commentary on how resilient the PC is and how its death has been exaggerated. 

    Jobs continues by discussing post-PC devices, illuminating a difference in the two men’s outlooks that is not insignificant.  But by and large, it's as if they are of one philosophy.  In highlighting that broad unity, the interview kicks the whole polarized industry paradigm and leaves it on its ass.  I look at that as just one more valuable contribution to our field. 

              Full Service Agent For Discount Price? Demand Specifics!   
    There is no such thing as a free lunch, but lots of people will pretend there is. It seems to me that many people consider compensation earned by real estate agents as paying some kind of toll. They think of it as admission to the world of MLS, to showings and writing offers. Kind of like a tollbooth on a road somewhere. If there's another place just down the road that offers the same access cheaper, it makes sense to pay your access fee there. If you think of what an agent or loan officer makes as a toll, just a cost of getting into the arena, it makes sense to go cheap. If you realize it is a payment for knowledge, expertise, service, someone who not only helps you CYA and prevents major mistakes, but makes a positive difference to the result, a different dynamic emerges. There are existing offices modeled after every level of service from basically nothing on up. It costs them nothing to say "Full service for a discount price," but that doesn't make it true. Like a certain ex-president who "did not have sex with that woman!" you have to consider what definition they're using in making that claim. If sitting in their office with MLS access and a fax machine is "full service" for them, by their lights they are providing "full service for a discount price." Amazing how slippery the concept of "full service" is, which is why you should ask for specifics on what services are and are not included. Remember how in my loan article Questions You Should Ask Prospective Loan Providers, I listed a whole bunch of questions the intent of which was to nail down how much of the truth they were telling you, you want to ask prospective agents what services their fees cover. Among other things, this exposes the "full service for a discount price" claim to be yet another Great Lie on the level of "I gave at the office," "The check is in the mail," or "Yes, I'll respect you in the morning." The bottom-most level is essentially a fax machine and MLS access. I've met some where the fax machine was purely a service that converted email to and from from fax. I've even met some where I suspect they didn't have MLS access and were working off one of the free public real estate sites. They never leave the office; all they are about is access. This level might be good for you if you know as much as a good agent, like say, you were a good agent but lost your renewal application in the mail. Otherwise, you're setting yourself up for an experience like my first purchase. Above that is the level of service that actually help you with paperwork. They still never leave the office, but at least they've got access to WinForms and some kind of checklist for paperwork. They're still not helping you with your investigations or marketing, but at least you might get some kind of more or less complete list of the disclosures you're required to make as a seller, while as a buyer you're going to be quite firmly told to get an inspection. Not that they're going to be there for the inspection, or help you interpret it, or help you figure out if maybe you need something more. They may or may not be aware of a large percentage of traps for the unwary that lie in these documents and the inspection, but at least they help you with the most basic level of CYA. Assistance in negotiation may or may not become an option at this level. Since the ones at this level never go out and look at property, they can't have any real clue as to its virtues and faults, especially as compared to whatever else has sold in the area in the last few months, but at least they have may have enough of a clue as to general market conditions to keep you from making or accepting the wrong kind of offer. This is the level of the CMA, or comparative market analysis, which takes somewhere between 5 and 20 minutes and about the intelligence of Mongo from Blazing Saddles. At least you shouldn't make an offer or accept an offer that is completely and totally off base for your type of property in your area. The higher up the ladder of service you go and the more involved with the specifics of your market and your property the agent is, the more valuable this service becomes. Top agents that know enough about the property and the "comparables" can potentially negotiate the other side ten to fifteen percent (or more, in a market that favors you) from the numbers that someone using a lesser agent might be stuck with. I know because I've seen it happen - I've made it happen or not happen, and in one case, seen the next buyer pay more than fifty thousand dollars more than the contracted price I negotiated for one buyer who suffered an attack of insanity at closing. At the next level above paperwork, you've got the agent who may go out and visit the property. For a listing, they're going to measure your property, take some notes for the listing, and maybe give some advice as to how to stage it or put you in touch with a stager who pays them a referral fee. For a buyer, they're more or less willing to open the front door on properties you've told them you want to view. Both sorts will make the effort to sell the property, the listing party more than the door opener. The listing agent's client is only happy when the property sells while most buyers bristle at more than a certain level of sales talk. In both cases, however, they're trying to get that buyer to sign up with them, preferably (from their point of view) with an Exclusive Buyer's Agency Agreement, so the pressure won't be real high in either case. This is also the level at which open houses become something that agents really want to do, in order to snare buyers' business. It is to be noted that there are a lot of agents who think they really are providing as much service as any other agent with this level of service. They aren't. They're still clueless or nearly clueless as to how it compares with everything else on the market in the area, or that was on the market, because they haven't gone and visited any on their own. Somewhere along about this level of service and above, the agents may actually be willing to get out of the office to meet the inspectors and appraiser. After all, they've now got a negotiated agreement and it's in their interest to further the transaction so that they can get paid. They may also help you interpret what all of these reports say. Not necessarily; but at least it starts being a possibility, rather than pushing all of this off onto the clients or the other agent. This is where a lot of lawsuits start, so many brokerages actually prohibit their agents from being present at inspections - at most they can open the door and leave. I'm not a lawyer, but if I'm presenting myself as being an expert at real estate, not being present for the inspection seems to be evidence of gross negligence, just on the face of it. On the other hand, if the clients are representing themselves as being competent in this area in order to receive discounted service, that's fine with me. I actually make more per hour of my time with less legal liability. Above this level of service, the services provided by good listing agents and good buyer's agents diverge dramatically. So much so that they cannot even be meaningfully discussed at the same time. Since a listing agent is essentially a marketer while a buyer's agent is charged with analysis and comparison among alternatives, this shouldn't surprise anyone. They are different functions at the heart, and many agents who are very good at one are considerably less proficient at the other. Fact. I can point to great listing agents who are putrid on the buyer's side, and vice versa. Often, it's as simple as attitude. Some listing agents can't stop thinking like listing agents, while some buyer's agents can't stop thinking like buyer's agents, and they are completely different thought processes. It took me a while to learn this, and I can point to a lot of agents whom the evidence indicates have not yet done so. For the listing agent, the question largely resolves to pricing, plus what degree of staging and precisely how much marketing they are going to do. Note that even the most exhaustive marketing campaign is not likely to get more than the property is worth, but it can mean you get top dollar instead of significantly less, particularly if you price it correctly and have the property ready for the market when it hits the market. Pricing too high to begin with "to see if you can get it," is the mark of an inferior agent "buying" the listing, as you won't be likely to get the higher price and it will almost certainly reduce the final sales price by more than any lucky windfall might be. Particularly in the buyer's market most of the country has right now. These are all obvious things of value - when that agent spends time and money marketing your property, they're spending their own resources, not yours. How to word an advertisement, when to run it, where to run it - all of these are expertise. Go check out how much marketers with far lower sales who don't use their own resources and who draw a salary get paid make in the corporate world before you make a snap judgment as to whether it is or is not worth the money. Here's one example, and keep in mind that this is only a part of what a good listing agent does. On the buyer's agent side, the question is more singular: How much property scouting are they going to do? Are they going to wait until the client asks to check out a property or are they going to go check out every possibility in the market? Are they going to go out on their own to eliminate definite turkeys before telling you about the cream? Still more important is are they going to tell you about good and bad, reasons why it's good and why it may be deficient, on every property, but that's something you can only observe in action. This is the paramount and unanswerable reason why you shouldn't sign any exclusive buyer's representation agreements unless you are so certain of this agent that your spouse can tear your arm off and beat you to death with it if you're wrong. They need to cover what the property has and what it doesn't, and what it's going to take to bring it up to an acceptable level where it is deficient. Structural flaws, basic amenities, floor plan, lot layout, etcetera, not to mention location location location. Not just now, but for any future sale that you might later decide to make. This whole thing is so time intensive it can't profitably be done on any basis other than the complete combo package of buyer's agent services, and it requires a level of expertise and market knowledge that cannot be acquired on the fly, and aren't cost effective to learn for one transaction. You'd make maybe thirty cents per hour. I might believe fifty or even seventy-five cents per hour in a high cost area like mine. However, if you have an agent with this knowledge and the right attitude, there's nothing else that will make nearly so much difference, both in terms of price and in terms of final satisfaction with your purchase. If you don't want "the full package", that's fine with me and every other agent I know of who's capable of the full package. As I said, we make more per hour with the lesser packages even if we get paid less. But we can also work with a lot more buyers wanting less intensive service, or a lot more sellers, and make more money overall. Furthermore, it's a lot easier for someone who makes a regular habit of doing "the full package" to perform lesser services than it is for someone who doesn't to perform greater. That market knowledge we get from the other clients we have? It doesn't magically disappear because this client isn't paying me to run around scouting properties. Usually I'm working with multiple clients in my area and while one wants the whole nine yards, another doesn't. Just because I'm not scouting for you doesn't mean I'm forgetting about all the stuff I scouted for someone else. But someone who doesn't make a habit of it is working from the same zero base I'd be working from outside San Diego County. Somebody once asked me about Hourly pay instead of commission for agents. Just as you'd expect, agents can charge less if the client is going to pay an hourly rate for their time regardless of whether there is a transaction. That's called transaction risk, and is a real risk of this business - the chance that, if you're paid on commission, you can spend dozens to hundreds of hours with someone, as well as lots of money, and not make a thing. If the client chooses to bear the transaction risk, that's fine with me, and they'll at least have the opportunity to pay me less for a successful transaction - although they'll still pay the cash if there's not. As I just wrote, that's the risk they are choosing or not choosing to take. The cash alternative is potentially a lot less expensive, but I haven't met a whole lot of people who like the idea of writing me a check for actual dollars they earned and saved without any certainty of a happy outcome for them. When you get right down to it, most clients do not want to assume transaction risk. But neither agents nor clients can have it both ways. Some agents have huge lists of what they do, specifying point by point all the services they provide, splitting the services up into the largest number describable to make it seem like more. Others lump them together by more general categories, and may do anything that belongs within the due diligence and responsibilities they agreed to, where the "splitter" figures since it wasn't covered, they aren't doing it. Nonetheless, either way is basically valid. A written representation that they perform specifically named services obligates them to do so, but there is rarely a significant difference between someone who does that and someone who lumps them into more generic categories. I suppose it's all a matter of whether you want someone with a detailed checklist and someone who goes around looking for something they might have missed even though it may not to be on a checklist - but it applies to your transaction. There are also agents who want a full package price for discount service. Mostly they are working under a well-known chain nameplate and have an extensive advertising campaign telling the suckers how great they are. This procedure, especially when compared with what other agents are offering, will also help you find out about the money you'd waste with them before you sign their agreement. You may have noticed that I haven't attached any specific numbers to any of this. That's because it's both variable by market and negotiable within a market. The more services you want, the more money the agent will want to make. Ditto with resources, both time and money, you ask them to invest. If you're determined to get the best bargain you can, you need to shop agents and compare their competence and their attitude as well as their price. If you want to negotiate pay with a professional negotiator, well I've got admiration for your chutzpah. Plus I have to admit that it's a fair test of those abilities. Even if those negotiations turn out bad for you, imagine where OJ Simpson would be today if he had a cheap lawyer. Or Britney Spears. Or Bill Gates, the massiveness of whose fortune lies in one legal victory over IBM, as well as his lawyers outlasting the government anti-trust lawyers at a later date. My service bundle is 100% negotiable, and not being a slave to NAR or the brokerage oligarchy that controls it, I'll fight any effort to change this. My understanding is that any such attempt to force us to conform is doomed under California law (at least), but I am not a lawyer and I'll defer to other expertise there if it wants to chime in. But I do think it reasonable that agents and brokerages be forced to specify what services they do and do not offer, and what they are and are not responsible for in a given transaction, at least by category. Good full service agents do this now. The next dedicated discounter I see who does this will be the first. The very services which are most time consuming and lead to the largest liability are the very ones that dedicated discounters will not fulfill and will do their darnedest to pretend don't exist. But they're also the ones that make the most difference for most clients, and would rank as most important for those clients if they were asked to rank them. Caveat Emptor Original article here
              In D.C., A Politics Camp For Girls   
    Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: In a small meeting room at Georgetown University this past week, a group of high school girls was given a challenge. Take an issue you care about and deliver a 30-second elevator pitch that would persuade someone like Oprah Winfrey, say, or Bill Gates to give you money for your cause. NAYLA HALE: Hi, everyone. My name is Nayla Hale. I'm running for senator. And one of the main issues I have is civic engagement. GARCIA-NAVARRO: This session is part of a summer camp aimed at getting young women invested in politics. It's called the Young Women's Political Leadership Program, run by national organization Running Start. It's a bipartisan initiative that brings over 60 girls from all over the country to D.C. for a week of intensive training and networking. Susannah Wellford is the founder and director. She told me each high-school girl has to choose an issue she wants to focus on. SUSANNAH WELLFORD: The reason that we did it
              Bill Gates: "Migration nach Europa wird zunehmen"   
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              Kata-Kata Inspiratif dari Bill Gates   
    Kalimat-kalimat inspiratif dari Bill Gates : 
    - Saya sungguh memiliki banyak impian ketika masih kecil dan saya pikir hal itu tumbuh dari fakta bahwa saya punya kesempatan untuk banyak membaca.

    - Saya gagal dalam beberapa subyek saat ujian, namun teman saya lulus semuanya. Sekarang dia bekerja sebagai seorang insinyur di Microsoft dan saya adalah pemilik Microsoft.

    - Jika Anda tidak bisa membuatnya dengan baik, setidaknya buatlah terlihat baik.

    - Tidak masalah untuk merayakan kesuksesan, namun lebih penting untuk memperhatikan pelajaran dari kegagalan.

    - Berlakulah baik kepada para nerds. Ada kemungkinan Anda akan bekerja untuk salah satu dari mereka.

    - Dalam bisnis ini, saat Anda menyadari sedang berada dalam masalah, sudah terlambat untuk menyelamatkan diri. Kecuali Anda ketakutan setiap saat, Anda musnah.

    - Teknologi hanyalah alat. Untuk membuat anak-anak bekerja sama dan memotivasi mereka, guru adalah yang paling penting.

    - Jika Anda pikir guru Anda adalah orang yang keras, tunggulah sampai Anda memiliki bos.

    - Televisi bukanlah kehidupan yang nyata. Di kehidupan sebenarnya, orang-orang harus meninggalkan warung kopi dan pergi bekerja.

    - Jangan merengek-rengek tentang kesalahan Anda, belajarlah dari kesalahan itu.

    - Saya yakin jika Anda menunjukkan orang permasalahannya dan menunjukkan pada mereka solusi, mereka akan bergerak untuk beraksi.

    - Saya mengambil langkah raksasa dan segera. Jika Anda berada di tempat dan waktu yang tepat dan memiliki visi ke mana teknologi baru akan menuju namun Anda tidak beraksi, Anda tidak akan pernah bisa sukses.

              Waste Management: One Of Bill Gates's Top Dividend Stocks Provides Safe Income   

    Waste Management, Inc. is the largest waste and recycling company in North America and has an impressive dividend profile. The company provides mission-critical services, possesses a strong moat, and has been a consistent cash flow generator over the last decade, just like many of the best high dividend stocks here .

              The Bush bureaucracy: Definitely NOT "Government at the Speed of Thought"!   
    After reading Bill Gates' book on inovation and openness in business, comparing his ideas to the way George Bush runs our government just makes me want to cry. America needs to be run smoothly and efficiently, not just be somebody's toy. Instead of correcting errors as they happen, Bush's failures such as Iraq, FEMA and 9-11 go on and on. With a secretive inflexible dufus as its CEO, America is being run into the ground.
              6 reasons the Xbox One will probably stink   

    Microsoft's biggest failure? Ignoring its dedicated gamer fanbase.

    Last week we saw what was possibly the least revealing reveal in technological history. Microsoft rolled out the Xbox One, loaded with all types of futuristic ideas, most of which have nothing to do with gaming. The presentation lasted about an hour, and did a great job explaining why the One isn’t a video game console. Let’s recap the highlights!

    1. Xbox One hates your freedom

    Step one: Buy a game. Step two: Install it onto the hard drive. Congratulations! That game that you just shelled out top dollar for can only be played while logged into your account through a consistent Internet connection. Sure, you can log in from a friend’s console and play, but your friend can’t join in without paying a fee, and that fee could be equal to the purchase price of the new game. In Microsoft’s defense, they’ve been incredibly vague about the whole arrangement. This has far-reaching implications that could forever change the way gamers do what they do. What’s the benefit of buying a used game if you’re still going to have to pay Microsoft a “fee” to play it on your own console? You won’t be able to lend, trade or rent games with friends either, without each new person paying to play. Microsoft says they have a plan for this, but we’ll have to wait and see since they haven’t told anyone what it is.

    2. Without Internet, it becomes a multi-hundred dollar paperweight

    The Xbox One will likely require an internet connection every 24 hours. At least you don’t need a constant Internet connection, a requirement that infamously ruined SimCity and Diablo 3 for many PC gamers. Still, it does seem that, by requiring any kind of consistent Internet connection, most of those same issues will come up. If your console can’t connect, you can’t even play single-player games until that connection is back. Cool, huh? 

    Let’s face it, things happen. Servers go down. Internet goes out. Sometimes someone might even have the desire to play a game somewhere without Internet access. Guess they'll have to pull out their old 360s for that though.

    3. You can’t take out a restraining order against Kinect

    Games XboxView full sizeA group of visiting journalists try out the improved motion-detecting capabilities of the new Kinect controller for Microsoft's next-generation Xbox One entertainment and gaming console system, Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Redmond, Wash. The new Kinect, which will come standard with the Xbox One can also see users in total darkness and has a wider field of view than the previous Kinect device in use with the Xbox 360. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
    The good news is that every Xbox One will come with Kinect! The bad news is the Kinect will always be on, watching and listening to everything you do. Everything. There will be a way to turn the Kinect off, but the microphone would have to stay active in order to recognize voice commands. 

    And Microsoft isn’t just giving everyone a free Kinect. The cost is built into the system, so you’re paying for it whether you want it or not, and you’ll use it whether you want to or not, because Xbox One won't work right without it. On the bright side, with the audio/visual information Kinect picks up, the Xbox One could potentially do such things as order you a pizza when it notices that you’re rounding out your 5th consecutive hour of Burn Notice re-runs, and even request an ambulance from your local 911 dispatch when it notices that your heart-rate has flat-lined after choking on your 6th slice. Except, Kinect uses its powers not for good, but for, well, nothing that seems to actually improve your gaming experience.

    4. It’s a Jack of all trades, master of none

    Microsoft is putting all their Xbox eggs in the “one device to rule them all” basket. For example, now you can watch live TV on the Xbox One! Well, you do still have to have a regular cable provider and cable box, and it’s possible that you may have to buy another peripheral from Microsoft that isn’t included with the One, and you may even have to pay for yet another subscription service to use this feature. But you no longer have to bother with such nonsense as finding your TV remote, or pressing its input button! Actually, the One can’t turn your TV on, so you’ll still need the remote for that, but you can finally forget about that input button!
    5. Bill Gates doesn’t care about all the money you spent on Xbox 360 games

    Xbox One Behind the ScenesView full sizeDon Mattrick, President of Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft (AP Images)
    Don Mattrick, the President of Microsoft’s Xbox division referred to the idea of backwards compatibility as “backwards thinking.” Really? You could at least tell us some garbage about how cutting backwards compatibility cuts so many dollars off of the production of each blah, blah, blah, and we’re passing the savings on to you! Or whatever.

    They already insist on offering us the only console that hides all the good stuff, like online multiplayer and Netflix, behind Xbox Live Gold premiums. Now, they’re adding insult to injury: We can’t even play the XBLA games we downloaded. If Gamerscores and Achievements will carry over, why can’t our XBLA games come along too? To sweeten that deal, Xbox One will also shun all your 360 controllers, headsets and any other peripherals you bought because it's more fun to make you buy new ones.

    6. Bill Gates doesn’t even care about all the money you’re about to spend on Xbox One games

    The Xbox One has a so-called “non-user serviceable” hard drive that isn’t replaceable. Think about all the Red Rings of Death suffered by 360 users around the world. What if your Kinect breaks down while it’s trying to teach you how to kickbox Adam Levine or something even more awesome? Surprise! Since your shiny new Xbox won’t be able to function without Kinect, you’ll probably have to replace the whole thing. One little problem, and all those brand new games you were forced to install onto your hard drive could forever be stuck on a dead console, leaving you to pay the license fees all over again for any games you want to keep playing. There might be a way for you to salvage those games through your Xbox Live account, but Microsoft has been so vague about how it all works that we’ll just have to keep our fingers crossed on that one.


    It all wraps up in Microsoft’s biggest failure: Ignoring their dedicated gamer fanbase. Microsoft seemed so gung-ho to talk about watching TV on the new console that they really didn’t offer any information about how the games and hardware work. To make matters worse, they didn’t seem to realize all the controversy this would cause, and they aren’t addressing concerns quickly enough to squelch all the rumors. The One still has a lot of potential, but it’ll take a lot of back-pedaling to make it right in the eyes of gamers.

              Bill Gates: „Migration nach Europa wird zunehmen – Deutschland kann unmöglich diese Menschenmassen aufnehmen“   

    "Der Druck ist enorm - allein schon wegen des extrem hohen Bevölkerungswachstums in Afrika", so Microsoft-Gründer Bill Gates mit Blick auf die Flüchtlingskrise in Europa.

    Der Beitrag Bill Gates: „Migration nach Europa wird zunehmen – Deutschland kann unmöglich diese Menschenmassen aufnehmen“ erschien zuerst auf Online Nachrichten aktuell - Epoch Times (Deutsch).

              Bill Gates: "Migration nach Europa wird zunehmen"   
    SAN FRANCISCO (dts Nachrichtenagentur) - Die Migration nach Europa wird nach Ansicht von Microsoft-Gründer Bill Gates zunehmen. "Der Druck ist enorm - allein schon wegen des extrem hohen Bevölkerungswachstums in Afrika", sagte Gates der "Welt am Sonntag". Der 61-jährige US-Amerikaner unterstützt mit der nach ihm und seiner Frau benannten "Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation" seit Jahren einige nach seiner Ansicht wirkungsvolle Maßnahmen gegen extreme Armut und Krankheiten in Afrika und anderen Ländern. [mehr]
              Verizon Wireless Retail Sales Representative - Newport News - TCC Dealer Jobs - Newport News, VA   
    You’re so techie that people mistake you for a Bill Gates. Verizon Wireless Retail Sales Representative....
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              วันสุดท้ายของบิลล์ เกตส์ที่ไมโครซอฟท์   

    เมื่อบิลล์ เกตส์เกษียณตัวเองกลับไปอยู่บ้าน ....

    bye gates ^^

    ปล.วีดีโอนี้ได้ถูกฉายในงาน CES2008 ในช่วง Keynote โดย Bill Gates บนเวที ฮามากๆ มีแต่คนดังทั้งนั้น555

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              Microsoft-Gründer Bill Gates: "Der Druck ist enorm – und er wird wachsen"   
    Bill Gates stiftet Milliarden für Afrika – warnt aber Deutschland vor einer falschen Form von Großzügigkeit. Ein Gespräch über die G-20-Entwicklungshilfe, Donald Trump und Grenzen der Willkommenskultur
              Verizon Wireless Retail Sales Representative - Newport News - TCC Dealer Jobs - Newport News, VA   
    You’re so techie that people mistake you for a Bill Gates. Verizon Wireless Retail Sales Representative....
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              Who loves Introducing   
    Today, Bill Gates and Ray Ozzie announced a new strategy for Microsoft into the service space. Leveraging the technology from, today, we introduce: I’ve been to the internal meetings about this and there’s a lot more coming down the pipes in the future. What you see today is really only the tip of the iceberg. Sure there...
              Does Zuck Want To Be The Next Gates with Personalized Learning   
    Here's lead from the EdWeek article:

    Pediatrician Priscilla Chan and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg are gearing up to invest hundreds of millions of dollars a year in a new vision of “whole-child personalized learning,” with the aim of dramatically expanding the scope and scale of efforts to provide every student with a customized education.

    The power couple's Big Initiative has announced its intent to "support the development of software that might help teachers better recognize and respond to each student’s academic needs—while also supporting a holistic approach to nurturing children’s social, emotional, and physical development." So, slap the child in front of a screen, but somehow have the child turn out physically and emotionally well-rounded.

    To head this up, they've hired former Deputy Sec of Ed James Shelton. Shelton knows the territory-- besides overseeing the Office of Innovation and Improvement (before John King took the job), he was an Ed Guy for the Gates Foundation, worked with New School Venture Fund, spent time with McKinsey, and worked for 2U, an organization that helped for-profit colleges take advantages of the loopholes that he wrote into laws governing such schools back when he was at USED. In other words, he has carved out a long and useful career at the intersection of Big Investor Dollars and education "innovation."

    The Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative presents new opportunities because A) it has more money than God and B) it's not really a philanthropy so much as a philanthropy-flavored investment business.

    CZI will be able to make philanthropic donations, invest in for-profit companies, lobby for favored policies and legislation, and directly support candidates for elected office­­—all with minimal public-reporting requirements.

    CZI often runs with the word "start-up," and Shelton's plans sound very businessy.

    Within five years, Shelton said in the June 22 interview, CZI’s work should have helped launch a “meaningful number” of schools and learning environments “where kids are performing dramatically better, and feel more engaged, and teachers feel more engaged in the work that they’re doing.”

     The important part of that quote comes in the first half. They are looking to start some education-flavored businesses. The article includes some pointed words of caution from Rick Hess, who is rapidly becoming a prolific sub-tweeter of Betsy DeVos:

    “This isn’t engineering a new ride-sharing app,” he said. “It’s how do we influence the learning of millions of children, day after day, for years to come.”

    (IOW, Mrs. DeVos, charter schools are not UBER) The article does, however, give an accurate and pointed summary of the recent history of personalized learning:

    Over the past several years, other philanthropists, venture capitalists, and advocates, along with the ed-tech industry, have pushed the notion hard. Many district and school leaders have responded favorably.

    In other words, the PL "revolution" is about investors and corporations-- not about teachers or educators or schools. It is the new technocratic horizon, with Zuckerberg poised to become for Personalized Learning (at least this particular version of it) what Bill Gates was for the Common Core-- its patron saint, its bank, its armtwister, and all without any real input from people who work in education. Hoo-frickin-ray.

    The article's author, Benjamin Herold, notes that it's hard to talk about personalized learning because the meaning is so fuzzy (and that includes when Zuckerberg is talking about it, as he has on many occasions). Part of the question is scale-- at one point Zuckerberg announced his intention to get PL to everyone-- but Shelton told EW that he wanted to focus on large improvements for small groups of students. Well.

    "Large improvements for small groups of students" would make an excellent motto for the charter school industry (though they often fail to live up to it). It's not all that helpful for a public education system aimed at all students. And Shelton's exemplar shows that his aim is not true:

    As an example, he cited a recent grant to the College Board, aimed at expanding access to the organization’s personalized online SAT preparation and college-planning resources, which have shown early promise.

    No. What College Board has sort-of-proven is that when you give students a lot of test prep aimed at one particular test, they get better scores on that test. This is not innovation, and it's not education, either.

    Herold notes that some skeptics are calling for open-sourcing. As Bill Fitzgerald notes in the article, "If you’re serious about allowing people to learn in the ways that make the most sense to them, you have to give them more choices than just using your software, under your rules.” On the other hand, if you're serious about getting good ROI on your fledgling education-flavored business, then you make sure all of your proprietary materials stay under wraps so that all customers must deal with you.

    And let's remember again how Zuckerberg is specially equipped in ways that Bill Gates was not. In fact, the article notes that the special structure allows CZI to out-Gates Gates. "Levers" they can "pull." For instance, actual philanthropies have their hands tied when it comes to lobbying; CZI has no such limitations. And CZI doesn't "rule out" other sorts of political activities to push its initiatives. Yeah, I know-- the rules didn't slow Gates down a bit. But it's one more level CZI has to yank upon. And while Gates is required to employ some transparency (hence all the research folks have done tracking Gates Foundation grants), CZI will have no such requirement. They can operate in darkness as much as they like.

    And CZI has clearly signaled its intent to try to shape policy debates in education and to exert different kinds of influence in complementary ways. An online job description for the position of “director of innovative schools and tools,” for example, called for someone who can “ensure our nonprofits and for-profit investments are coordinated for maximum impact.”

    That not only underlines the nature of how CZI will try to impose its will, but what will they want to impose. This is a business, just barely disguised as philanthropic work, and personalized learning is emerging as the next big technocratic frontier in getting public education money tucked into private corporate pockets. And the possibility for conflicts of interest that are huge but invisible to the public-- like basically paying people to use and promote your product while keeping your sponsorship secret-- that's a big concern as well. How does Shelton plan to avoid such problems?

     We’re paying really close attention

    Phew! That's a relief.

    As is its wont, EW circles back around to a feels-okay finale:

    Ultimately, Shelton said, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative feels as though it’s responsible primarily to the people the organization is hoping to serve.

    That's probably true. The bigger question is-- who are those people, really. Of course, according to Shelton, it's all For The Children. Call me cynical, but it appears that other large interests are in play as well.

              Discovery estrena el documental “Mosquito”   
    En su continuo esfuerzo por divulgar contenidos científicos y ampliar su impacto, Discovery Networks produce el documental MOSQUITO que se estrenará mundialmente el próximo jueves 6 de julio a la 22:00 hrs. por la pantalla de Discovery Channel. Este programa destaca un importante tema de salud que también atañe a México, por esta razón la Fundación Carlos Slim y la Sociedad Mexicana de Salud Pública se suman a la presentación del documental por su relevancia y el riesgo para la salud global que representa, lo cual ha impulsado que ambas organizaciones realicen investigación para contribuir a la prevención y control de las enfermedades transmitidas por vector.


    Jueves 6 de julio a las 10PM

    MOSQUITO es una invitación para centrar la atención del mundo en el mayor agente de muerte en la historia moderna de la humanidad: el mosquito.

    La reciente cobertura periodística mundial ha hecho hincapié en brotes individuales de enfermedades como zika, malaria, virus del Nilo Occidental, fiebre amarilla, fiebre chikungunya y dengue; sin embargo, hay una historia todavía más grande por contar, la cual conecta estas enfermedades y revela de qué manera una fuerza única las impulsa a todas: la incesante y creciente expansión del mosquito alrededor del planeta, originada por factores como un mayor tránsito y transporte internacional, aunado a un clima más cálido que hace que nuestro hogar sea un sitio más acogedor para estos insectos.

    MOSQUITO presenta entrevistas con expertos en el área de salud como Tom Frieden, ex director de los Centros para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC), y Bill Gates, co-presidente de la Fundación Bill & Melinda Gates, quien señala que la relación entre los recursos necesarios para luchar contra un brote, así como con la cantidad de muertes que podría ocasionar una pandemia, demuestra que este problema debe ser considerado una prioridad sanitaria global.

    “Durante más de 30 años, la misión de Discovery ha sido despertar la curiosidad de los espectadores, encender la llama del diálogo y fomentar la acción en temas críticos por medio de una narración sobresaliente y a través de nuestras marcas de clase mundial presentes en 220 países y territorios”, afirma David Zaslav, presidente y CEO de Discovery Communications. “MOSQUITO enciende todas las alarmas mundiales sobre la necesidad de tomar medidas audaces para enfrentar esta amenaza cada día más urgente. Como compañía movilizada por un propósito, estamos orgullosos de potenciar la fuerza de nuestros incomparables servicios digitales y de televisión en todos los rincones del Planeta Tierra para convocar a la acción a ciudadanos y líderes del mundo por igual”.

    Las enfermedades transmitidas por mosquitos matan a más de 750,000 personas por año en todo el mundo, muchas de las cuales son niños. Hoy, las rápidas alteraciones ambientales, el cambio climático y las facilidades del transporte internacional de seres humanos y de bienes, han incrementado la amenaza que representan los mosquitos, acelerando su propagación por el mundo. Dado que estos mosquitos letales ahora pueden llegar y sobrevivir en sitios donde antes no podían, están llevando enfermedades a regiones en las que nunca se han presentado antes y que están poco preparadas para combatirlos. Filmada en cuatro continentes, MOSQUITO entreteje entrevistas a expertos con historias íntimas de hombres, mujeres y niños que conviven con el riesgo de que la próxima picadura pueda ser mortal.

    Los primeros casos de zika en seres humanos migraron de África hacia Malasia en 1967. Cuarenta años después, el zika tuvo su primer brote en Micronesia, llevando la enfermedad a través de las Islas del Pacífico hasta Brasil en 2014. El primer caso de zika en Puerto Rico se informó en diciembre de 2015. Un año después, más de 34,000 personas portaban la enfermedad. Hoy, más de 2,500 millones de personas enfrentan el riesgo de un brote potencial tan solo de este virus, que podría costarle al mundo más de 500,000 millones de dólares.

    “En México, las enfermedades transmitidas por mosquitos más importantes son dengue, zika y chikungunya. De dichas enfermedades, el dengue genera brotes importantes cada año; no obstante, tanto el número de casos como el de defunciones causadas por esta enfermedad han ido disminuyendo, lo que significa que se está haciendo un importante esfuerzo por prevenir y controlar la enfermedad. Pero eso no quiere decir que estamos haciendo todo lo que debemos, ni que podamos bajar la guardia ante una amenaza global”, señaló la doctora Lourdes Motta Murguía, presidenta de la Sociedad Mexicana de Salud Pública.

    “Afortunadamente, el paludismo (también conocido como malaria) se encuentra en fase de pre-eliminación del territorio mexicano, mientras que otras enfermedades importantes como la fiebre amarilla y la fiebre del Nilo Occidental han estado ausentes del territorio nacional por años. Los últimos casos registrados en México de estas enfermedades ocurrieron en 1923 y 2004 respectivamente.” Señaló el Dr. Roberto Tapia-Conyer. “No obstante, su reemergencia es un riesgo latente y, en el caso particular de la fiebre amarilla, existe una alerta internacional debido a la presencia de casos en varios países de África y América del Sur”.

    Además de transmitirse en más de 200 países y territorios de todo el planeta por Discovery Channel, el documental MOSQUITO también saldrá al aire en los canales púbicos de México: Canal del Congreso, Canal Once, Canal 22, SPR, TV Educativa y TV UNAM. Asimismo, Foro TV y Fusión MX, se unen al esfuerzo para amplificar el mensaje y que sean más las personas que estén informadas sobre este importante tema.

    El documental se estrenará bajo el sello de Discovery Impact, que reúne una serie de documentales innovadores focalizados en el impacto que provoca la humanidad en el medio ambiente y lo que los individuos y las comunidades pueden hacer para resolver los problemas globales.

    MOSQUITO es una producción de Yap Films para Discovery Channel. Fue dirigido por Su Rynard; los productores ejecutivos son Elliot Halpern y Elizabeth Trojian; los editores son Michele Francis y Steve Weslak; la cinematografía corresponde a Mark Elam; el escritor es Mark Monroe y la música original pertenece a Tom Third; el productor asociado es Alex Rankin. Por el lado de Discovery, el productor encargado es Jon Bardin, y el productor ejecutivo es John Hoffman.


              re: Critical Vaccine Studies: 400 Important Scientific Papers Parents and Pediatricians Need To Be Aware Of   

    which plutocrat/ Big Money cabalist makes the most profit out of diminishing human potential and cursing Mankind with the plague of autism and crippling billions with allergic reactions? - this accolade must go to Billy at the Gates of Hell" - also known as Bill " philanthropy of death" Gates - he vaccinates at gunpoint - and uses his financial resources to make vaccinations mandatory - Bill Gates is the single biggest profit taker from the human misery and autism disaster that forced vaccinations with the bought legal immunity from prosecution - they needed immunity from prosecution because Gates knew that legal claims would end his "cash cow" honey pot