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So Bill and Jeff are sitting around the fireplace at Bill's place one evening, sipping wine and chatting about this and that. Jeff is impressed that Bill has a 50-car garage, and a house full of windows. Bill is impressed by the valuation of Jeff's company stock.

The conversation bounces from theme to theme until finally Bill asks, "What are you doing to save the world?"

Jeff reflects on his childhood and recalls a game he used to play with a balloon in which he would keep tapping it upward toward the ceiling so as to keep it from touching the ground. If it hit the ground the world would blow up. In other words, it was a game with high stakes.

Of course high stakes is what made the game exhilarating.  Bill listens quietly as Jeff relates this childhood experience.

"Everything will end at one time or another," Bill says. "I just don't want to be there when it happens."

"Me neither," Jeff said. "That's why I called you tonight. I've had a really hot idea.. It's going to take some capital, but you know how it is. Nothing ventured, nothing gained."

Jeff shared his idea, and Bill liked it.

"Nuclear fusion," Bill said, pondering the sound of the words as he repeated the phrase. "I like it."

Will nuclear fusion be the energy of the future?

EdNote: Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates have thrown a few million tokens into the pot with a handful of others to invest in a startup called General Fusion. The goal is to provide energy for the one billion people in the world who do not yet have energy.

"Can you imagine? If we pull this off, your original dream for Microsoft can actually happen. Every home in the world will be able to have a personal computer."

"Yes," Bill added, "And Amazon will have one billion more potential customers."

"I'll drink to that," Jeff said, lifting his glass.

"Wait. I should fetch a bottle of Chateau Petrus 2015 red," Bill interrupted.

"Just a sec," Jeff said, setting his glass on an oak end table. "What about Heaven's Door? You wouldn't--"

"I do," said Bill. "Do you prefer the Tennessee Bourbon or the Double Barrel Whiskey?"

Jeff laughs. "I like the Straight Rye."

"Rye not," Bill says, chuckling at his wry humor.

There's no record of how the rest of the evening went.... for what it's worth, here's the rest of the story.

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Follow the link below to see what it's really all about.
Will Nuclear Fusion Be the Energy of the Future?
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/06/bezos-microsoft-bet-on-a-10-trillion-energy-fix-for-the-planet.html

EdNote: Other than the links, this blog post is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to what really happened is purely coincidence.
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In Vorstellungsgesprächen und auf Networking-Partys beweichräuchern sich die meisten Menschen bekanntlich selbst. Und dann erwähnen sie auch gerne einmal, dass sie lernhungrig sind und sich immer wieder gerne neue Sachen aneignen. Gerade als Berufseinsteiger.

Aber jeder Berufseinsteiger würde wahrscheinlich auch ehrlich zugeben, dass er sich nach 13 Schuljahren, einem freiwilligen sozialen Jahr, zehn Semestern im Studium und diversen Praktika darauf freut, endlich Geld zu verdienen. Aber nicht so voreilig. Denn wenn ihr euch bei den großen deutschen Unternehmen bewerbt, bekommt ihr oft nur eine Trainee-Stelle angeboten. Also eine Ausbildung nach der Ausbildung. Die ist natürlich oft schlechter vergütet als andere Einstiegsjobs, aber ihr lernt ja dabei auch etwas.

Was viele als eine tolle Herausforderung sehen, ist für andere ein notwendiges Übel, um dem Traumjob ein Stück näher zu kommen. Aber kann man in Zeiten von Fachkräftemangel und dem „War for Talents“, dem Krieg um Talente, von potenziellen Mitarbeitern überhaupt noch verlangen, dass sie für weniger Gehalt und ein bisschen Ausbildung arbeiten?

Die Arbeitsmarktsituation stärkt Berufseinsteiger

Demnächst steigen auch die ersten Vertreter der Generation Z auf dem Arbeitsmarkt ein — also jene  Generation, die nach 1997 geboren wurde. Und sie findet eine völlig andere Situation vor als noch vor zehn Jahren. Denn damals war noch die Finanzkrise aus dem Jahr 2008 zu spüren. Es war eine Zeit, die von Einstellungsstopps, Kurzarbeit und Unsicherheit geprägt war. Mit anderen Worten: Kein guter Zeitpunkt, um in den Beruf einzusteigen. Nicht umsonst sprach man von „Generation Praktikum“. Viele Berufseinsteiger mussten sich von Projekt zu Projekt hangeln, befristete Arbeitsverträge in Kauf nehmen oder viele teils unbezahlte Praktika absolvieren.

Jetzt sieht die Situation für Berufseinsteiger völlig anders aus: Die Arbeitslosenquote in Deutschland liegt bei 5,3 Prozent - der niedrigste Stand seit der Wiedervereinigung. Wer in Zeiten der Automatisierung und Digitalisierung noch dazu eine Qualifikation im technischen Bereich mitbringt, ist extrem gefragt. Warum also sollte jemand noch auf Tausende Euro an Gehalt verzichten wollen, um zwei Jahre ein Trainee-Programm zu absolvieren?

„Der Arbeitsmarkt ist für die meisten Berufsgruppen besser geworden, dadurch ist auch das Selbstbewusstsein der Absolventen gestiegen“, sagt Karriereberaterin Ute Bölke im Gespräch mit Business Insider. „Deshalb entscheiden sich viele auch für einen Direkteinstieg.“ Bölke berät bis zu 90 Absolventen pro Jahr und sagt, dass sich von ihren Klienten nur etwa fünf Prozent entscheiden würden, in ein Trainee-Programm zu gehen.

Dennoch würde sie niemandem grundsätzlich davon abraten: „Die meisten Trainees sind mittlerweile gut bezahlt. Gerade für jene, die noch nicht sicher wissen, in welchen Bereich sie wollen, bietet ein Trainee die Chance, einen guten Überblick über ein Unternehmen und die Branche zu bekommen.“ Zudem würden einige Firmen keinen Einstieg ohne Trainee ermöglichen.

Wer jedoch am Ende seines Studiums genau wüsste, wo er hinwolle, der würde auch ohne diesen Karriereschritt auskommen, sagt Bölke.

Sogar Dax-Unternehmen verzeichnen Bewerberrückgang bei Trainees

Der Konsumgüter-Konzern Beiersdorf mit Sitz in Hamburg berichtet, in den vergangenen Jahren einen Rückgang der Bewerbungen auf Trainee-Stellen verzeichnet zu haben. Das geht aus einer Anfrage von Business Insider an die Dax-Unternehmen hervor. Eine Sprecherin von Beiersdorf sagte, dass das Unternehmen den Rückgang auf „die gestiegene Attraktivität von großen Internetkonzernen wie beispielsweise Google oder Amazon sowie von Startups“ zurückführt.

Der Sportartikelhersteller Adidas hat ebenfalls einen Rückgang von Bewerbungen auf Trainee-Stellen verzeichnet — man hätte diesen aber bewusst in Kauf genommen. „Seit dem vergangenen Jahr haben wir die Anforderungen verändert und das Anschreiben durch ein 90-sekündiges Video ersetzt, das die Motivation des Bewerbers für die Stelle verdeutlichen soll. Dadurch haben wir die Anzahl der Bewerbungen reduziert, die Qualität der Bewerbungen aber gesteigert“, sagte eine Sprecherin von Adidas.

Der Autozulieferer Continental gab unterdessen an, dass die Zahl der Bewerbungen nicht rückläufig sei, aber in wichtigen Bereichen wie Software und IT die Bewerber fehlen würden.

Andere deutsche Unternehmen wie SAP, die Merck Group, die Lufthansa oder Bayer verzeichneten wiederum ein gleichbleibendes Interesse oder sogar einen leichten Anstieg der Bewerbungen auf Trainee-Postionen.

Die Medienbranche hat ein Nachwuchsproblem

In der Medienbranche zeichnet sich unterdessen ein klareres, aber keineswegs besseres Bild ab. So haben gerade Lokalzeitungen mit einem akuten Mangel an Volontariatsbewerbern zu kämpfen. Volontariat ist der etwas ungelenke Begriff für eine Trainee-Stelle im Journalismus (anders als der Name vermuten lässt, ist die Stelle nämlich bezahlt). Die Zahl der Bewerbungen bei der Bielefelder Regionalzeitung „Neue Westfälische“ haben sich etwa halbiert, sagt der stellvertretende Chefredakteur Carsten Heil im Gespräch mit dem Deutschlandfunk. Sogar der öffentlich-rechtliche Rundfunk bewarb zuletzt vermehrt seine Volontariate — aus gutem Grund, in manchen Rundfunkanstalten sollen die Bewerbungen ebenfalls um 50 Prozent zurückgegangen sein, munkelt man in der Medienbranche. 

Gerade Volontariate sind — im Gegensatz zu Trainees in technischen oder wirtschaftlichen Bereichen — meistens schlechter bezahlt. Oftmals gibt es nicht einmal das Tarifgehalt für Volontäre, das je nach Gattung — also Printmedium, Privatfernsehen, öffentlich-rechtlicher Rundfunk oder Zeitschriften — unterschiedlich hoch ist, im zweiten Jahr aber steigen sollte. Die Unternehmen müssen sich nicht an den Tarifvertrag halten.

„Ich kann mir vorstellen, dass viele junge Menschen diesen langen Weg nicht mehr gehen wollen“, sagt Karriereberaterin Bölke.

Berufserfahrung schlägt Ausbildung

Zudem sei gerade für die spätere Karriere die Berufserfahrung oft wichtiger als die Ausbildung. „Wenn man sich Jahre später auf eine Stelle im mittleren Management bewirbt, fragt vermutlich niemand mehr nach dem Trainee“, sagt Bölke. Die Liste an erfolgreichen Managern, die ihre Ausbildung abbrachen, um gleich zu arbeiten, ist bekanntermaßen lang: Facebook-Gründer Mark Zuckerberg, Apple-Mastermind Steve Jobs oder Microsoft-Gründer Bill Gates gehören etwa dazu.

Der klassische Weg, möglichst schnell zu studieren, dann ein schlecht bezahltes Praktikum zu machen und zu hoffen, danach in ein Traineeprogramm aufgenommen zu werden, ist aus der Mode gekommen. „Viele junge Menschen nehmen eine Werkstudenten-Stelle an, studieren im Ausland oder unterbrechen ihr Studium, um eine Weile zu arbeiten. Dadurch bringen sie schon Berufserfahrung mit, wenn sie sich auf ihre erste Stelle bewerben“, sagt Bölke.

Auch Bernd Schmitz, Leiter des Personalmarketings bei Bayer, sagte kürzlich im Gespräch mit Business Insider, dass die praktische Erfahrung das schnelle Studium schlägt.

Der Bertelsmann-Personalvorstand Immanuel Hermreck wies im Interview mit dem Business Insider auf die außergewöhnlichen Lebensläufe der jungen Menschen hin: „Das hat es früher in der Form sicher nicht gegeben und sagt viel über die Persönlichkeit heutiger Bewerber aus.“

Aus diesem Grund haben viele junge Menschen nicht zu unrecht das Selbstbewusstsein, auch ohne Trainee-Programm in den Job einzusteigen. Aber sollte man das Trainee kategorisch ausschließen? Eher nicht — gerade weil ihr mit Mitte 20 nicht unbedingt schon wissen müsst, wo ihr wirklich arbeiten wollt.

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          Competition Is Bad for Education: Admission Bribery Scandal Edition      Cache   Translate Page      

It is hard to know where to begin with the big story of cheating and bribery in order to gain admission to elite universities.

There are the rubbernecking aspects, actresses and business leaders ensnared by the indictment, including Lori Loughlin who with her designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to gain admission for their daughter to the University of Southern California, a daughter who was less than indifferent about the educational aspects of college to begin with.  

There are the stories of parents faking learning disabilities for their children to gain access to accommodations that would allow for the cheating to happen. The saddest story may be the parents who went to great lengths to hide the fact of the cheating from their own child, arranging for him to take a fake test.

Or another one, about non-athlete children having their faces photoshopped onto the bodies of actual athletes as proof they belonged in a pool of applicants deserving special consideration. 

We could talk about the greed, venality, corruption, and cluelessness that abounds in the details shared in the charging document. The bribes were even couched as charitable donations which allowed the parents to deduct them on their taxes. It’s simply gross. 

My jaw dropped a little deeper with each page, but it is important to distinguish between shock and surprise. I was shocked that we are finding out about these schemes, while being entirely unsurprised that something like this was going on. 

This is merely the illegal version of the rather common practices wealthy, almost universally white parents use to stack the elite admissions deck for their offspring. William Singer, the chief perpetrator of the fraud pitched the scheme as a “side door” to admission, an alternative to the “back door” of institutional advancement (meaning above board donations) that can’t offer a “guarantee” and are usually more costly.[1]

SAT tutors, admissions consultants, private schooling from the cradle, legacy admissions, crew, field hockey, grandpa’s name on a building. This is how the so-called meritocracy is supposed to perpetuate itself, not bribery and side doors.

U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts, Andrew Lelling, said, “The real victims in this case are the hardworking students,” who were presumably denied admission to these elite universities because of the fraud.

True enough, but not the whole truth. The full list of victims would include the following: Everybody.

As is my tendency, I immediately try to see these things through a systemic lens. Yes, the perpetrators are wrong and gross. Yes, they deserve whatever punishments are coming their way, but to truly understand the roots of this harm and fully appreciate the scope of those who are harmed, we have to go deeper.

Competition is bad for education, bad for learning, bad for students, bad, ultimately, for educational institutions as well. 

Competition is wasteful and inefficient, and leads institutions to engage in deliberately obstructive practices to hide the trust cost of attendance to students

Competition has squeezed poorer students not just out of admission at elite private universities, but public flagships as well, as demonstrated by a report from New America Education. 

Students competing for scarce slots in magnet schools or college feeders experience increased stress and anxiety. Even the “winners” are losing

I’m thinking about an even larger class of those who are harmed. How about black and brown children who are subjected to emotionally abusive practices at so-called “no excuses” charter schools so they may fare better in an admissions competition that will always be stacked against them?

Recall the story of T.M. Landry College Prep of Louisiana, which was faking transcripts in order to get their minority students into elite schools. This is a consequence of the same dysfunctional system that begat Aunt Becky bribing a dude to get her YouTube star daughter into USC. The difference is that those minority students were subjected to “a culture of fear with physical and emotional abuse, students and teachers saidStudents were forced to kneel on rice, rocks and hot pavement, and were choked, yelled at and berated,” while the daughter of the star of Garage Sale Mysteries had to experience the challenge of working around not being able to remove any of the standard issue USC dorm furniture, while still creating an Instagramable space.[2]

How about the harm done to public institutions which are required to compete for prestige in order to be deemed worthy of support, all while doing more with less, year after year.

I am grateful for the news of this scandal because it is a window into how messed up the system truly is, but it would be a shame if we fail to use this to look at these problems at a systemic level. 

Some initial thoughts on the implications of this news:[3]

1. Let’s just end using the SAT and ACT as admissions criteria. They’re biased, students who can afford coaching get an unfair advantage, they have little correlation to college success, and now they’ve proved central to a fraud. How much more do we need to act?

2. All schools should immediately cease to cooperate with the U.S. News & World Report rankings. Coincidentally, this year’s data was released the same day as the scandal broke. Everyone in education knows the data is largely meaningless as a reflection of the on-the-ground quality of education, so let’s just stop with the nonsense. Sure, this is more symptom than disease, but every little bit helps.

3. Let’s have a good, hard talk about whether or not public money in any form should be going to these elite private institutions. As of 2015, Stanford, whose sailing coach was implicated in the indictment, receives a taxpayer subsidy equivalent to $63,000 per student. Compare this to UC-Berkeley, which receives only $10,500 of taxpayer subsidy per student.

These subsidies are often hidden in tax breaks and other schemes.

4. Let’s invest in public education.[4]I will use a specific example that applies more broadly. You can get a great education at College of Charleston, my most recent employer. It is a fine school with great students and wonderful faculty. It is not without faults – no place is – but it is an example of a public institution trying its best to provide educational opportunities to their students.

The amount of money spent on the admissions cheating and bribery scheme ($25 million) is 50% more than the annual contribution of the state of South Carolina to CofC’s bottom line. 

Seventy-five percent of applicants to CofC are admitted. The opportunity is not particularly scarce, but the resources to support the students in our non-elite public institutions sure are.

There are thousands of institutions like this across the country, including our community colleges which are providing educational access for many students who are the least resourced. We should be working to make the path much smoother for those folks, and if it means taking elite privates down a peg or two in the process, consider it past due payment for services already rendered. 

They’ve been sponging off the rest of us for long enough.

 

[1]Page 78 of the indictment. If you haven’t read it, you really should see it for yourself. I cannot do it justice.

[2]Solution: “I covered a lot of stuff with blankets, like my chair. I used the marble tapestry to cover the large bulletin board on my wall that we were not allowed to remove.”

[3]If people have other things we should be considering, please add them in the comments.

[4]And tax the rich to do it, rather than having billionaires like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg who claim to care about education launder their money through quasi-philanthropic giving.

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Masih Ingat laskar pelangi ?, tentu karena karya yang diangkat dari kisah nyata itu telah menggugah ratusan ribu pembaca dan jutaan penonton di Tanah air. Dan sampai sekarang pun aroma inspirasinya tetap membaui.
Menjadi inspirator bukanlah harus orang yang hebat. Dedikasi dan ketulusan, dua hal inilah yang penting.
Berbicara mengenai anak-anak terutama anak kecil adalah bagai tanah liat yang siap dibentuk. Seorang bayi lahir dengan jauh lebih banyak neuron daripada seorang manusia dewasa dengan tujuan untuk mempersiapkan otak
menyesuaikan diri dalam lingkungan apapun. Anak kecil belajar bahasa asing jauh lebih cepat daripada orang dewasa. Menyerap segala macam kata yang didengar seperti halnya spons, meniru segala macam kelakuan baik atau buruk. Mereka membutuhkan edukasi dan khususnya lagi inspirasi.

Negara maju tampaknya menyadari benar betapa pentingnya generasi muda dan pendidikan untuk kelangsungan hidup masa depan.
Amerika, khususnya, bahkan seperti terobsesi dalam menjejali anak dengan inspirasi.
Di dunia TI, negara-negara Barat sanalah yang merupakan pemasok dominan para pahlawan dan inspirator. Mulai dari jendral-jendral Industri seperti Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Larry Page dan Sergey Brin, hingga pasukan software gratis/bebas seperti Linus Torvald dan Richard Stallman, hingga tokoh nyentrik seperti Robert Morris atau Kevin Mitnick.
Keberhasilan akan terlihat jika mampu membuat orang lain menjadi lebih baik dari si inspirator.

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O companie finanţată de Bill Gates va folosi editarea genetică pentru a crea carne în laborator Jurnaliştii de la Business Insider au găsit două brevete de la Memphis Meats, o companie care doreşte să creeze carne în laborator care are finanţare de la Bill Gates şi Richard Branson. Brevetele se referă la posibilitatea de a „creşte ţesut...


          La guerra del futuro de los alimentos: ¿se puede llamar carne a productos que no vienen de los animales?      Cache   Translate Page      

La guerra del futuro de los alimentos: ¿se puede llamar carne a productos que no vienen de los animales?#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Hamburguesas jugosas, de textura suave y sabor ligeramente metálico, capaces de soltar incluso un hilillo de sangre si se trinchan con el tenedor cuando están poco hechas… Pero que no proceden del ganado vacuno ni ningún otro animal. Desde hace años empresas como Beyond Meat o Impossible Foods se dedican a comercializar alimentos que, en apariencia, parten de una contradicción en sí misma: la carne sin carne. Gracias a sus investigaciones en laboratorio, Impossible ha logrado elaborar hamburguesas a base de hemoglobina de soja (“heme”), un ingrediente que se genera de forma natural en las raíces de la planta de soja. Quienes la han probado aseguran que luce y sabe como una auténtica pieza de vacuno, como las que se han cocinado toda la vida.

Aunque en los últimos años ha ganado fuerza en el mercado, la carne sintética no es un producto nuevo. Lleva décadas perfeccionándose en los laboratorios. Uno de los pioneros en su desarrollo fue la NASA, que a principios de la década de 1990 empezó a experimentar con carne in vitro en busca de alimentos más eficientes —que no necesariamente sabrosos— para sus astronautas. Apenas 20 años después, en 2009, Time escogía la carne in vitro como una de las ideas extraordinarias del año y solo un poco más tarde, en 2013, se presentaba la conocida como Frankenburger: la primera hamburguesa creada en laboratorio, fruto de una investigación de la Universidad de Maastricht capitaneada por Mark Post. Grandes fortunas y figuras mediáticas, como Bill Gates o Leonardo DiCaprio, han decidido ya invertir en empresas que comercializan estos productos.

La pregunta del millón y que ya ha dado más de un quebradero de cabeza a las autoridades de Estados Unidos es: ¿Pueden este tipo de hamburguesas comercializarse como si fueran carne? ¿Hasta qué punto es justo para los clientes y la industria cárnica que en las estanterías de los supermercados haya productos con la etiqueta “carne” cuando la realidad es que no incluyen ni un solo ingrediente de origen animal? La pregunta apremia. Y mucho. Las empresas que han decidido apostar por este tipo de alimentos apuntan alto. Impossible aspira a que sus hamburguesas sean más baratas que las 80/20 de Safeway y se ha aliado con la cadena White Castle para ganar difusión. El objetivo de los productores: desplazar a la carne de origen animal hacia 2035.

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Ante ese escenario la Asociación de Ganaderos de EEUU ya ha reclamado al Gobierno que aclare que la “carne” es un producto “derivado directamente de los animales”. Tennesse, Virginia y Wyoming han abierto el debate sobre cómo etiquetar la carne que no proviene de ganado ni aves de corral. En Missouri la discusión está más avanzada y se limita el uso del término “carne” a productos de origen animal. Por increíble que parezca, asociaciones como American Civil Liberties Union ya han recurrido la restricción alegando que coarta la libertad de expresión. En enero la senadora demócrata Carol Blood dejaba clara la base de la polémica en pleno debate sobre el etiquetado: “No se trata de decirle a la gente lo que puede comer. Todo lo que pido es verdad en la publicidad. Está claro que la carne proviene del ganado y el ganado es nuestro sustento en Nebraska”.

Impossible Foods ha conseguido que la FDA confirme que sus hamburguesas sin carne son seguras, lo que brindó un espaldarazo importante a este tipo de productos en EEUU

En plena polémica sobre la regulación, hace algo más de medio año Impossible Foods lograba dar un paso importante: que la Administración de Alimentos y Medicamentos de EEUU (FDA) determinase que la “heme” es segura para el consumo. La victoria es más marquetiniana que práctica. Impossible podía vender sus hamburguesas antes de la decisión de la FDA. Lo que consiguió con el pronunciamiento de la agencia es mejorar la percepción que los consumidores, en especial aquellos más recelosos, puedan tener sobre sus hamburguesas sin carne.

Hamburguesa sin carne Diferenciar entre una hamburguesa convencional y otra sin carne es en ocasiones muy difícil.

La Asociación Nacional de Industrias de la Carne de España (ANICE) advierte de que estos alimentos desarrollados en laboratorios tendrán difícil venderse como carne aquí. “En España y probablemente en la Unión Europea (UE) no será posible etiquetar como carne, ya que la normativa de la UE define como tal las ‘partes comestibles de los animales, incluida la sangre’”, señala el gremio antes de recordar que la definición figura en el reglamento sobre higiene de alimentos de origen vegetal. No es la única ley en la que se basan para defender su postura. El colectivo cita también la normativa europea sobre etiquetado (Reglamento 1169/2011) y el Real Decreto que define en España qué es un derivado cárnico (R.D. 474/2014). En ambos casos la legislación deja muy claro que el origen es siempre animal. “En definitiva, no sería posible en España comercializar estos productos con la etiqueta carne”, zanja rotundo ANICE, que confiesa que “creemos que ninguna empresa está vendiendo este tipo de productos” en España.

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La asociación recuerda casos de territorios que han restringido ya el uso de denominaciones cárnicas en productos veganos o vegetarianos, como Missouri, Australia o —sin necesidad de salir de la UE— Francia. Hace apenas un año, en abril de 2018, las autoridades galas acordaban prohibir denominaciones como “albóndigas de tofu” o “beicon vegetariano”. Para blindar el derecho de los consumidores a una información clara, se decidió que las firmas dedicadas a comercializar alimentos sin proteínas animales no podrían usar términos relacionados con las distintas formas de preparar y servir carne, como jamón, pollo, salchicha, nuggets… La medida está en sintonía con un dictamen emitido en 2017 por el Tribunal de Justicia de Luxemburgo en el que prohibía que los productos de carácter vegetal, como la soja o el tofu, se comercializasen con palabras asociadas a la leche o sus derivados: mantequilla, queso, yogur, nata… Lo que obligó a prescindir de denominaciones que hasta entonces se podían ver con frecuencia en las tiendas, como “leche de soja”.

Desde Facua inciden en que la normativa es clara a la hora de establecer las definiciones. “Carne”, aclara el Reglamento europeo 1169/2011, son “las partes comestibles de los animales […], incluida la sangre”. “En España los derivados cárnicos se rigen por el Real Decreto 474/2014 y en él se especifican las características que tienen que tener productos como las salchichas, embutidos, hamburguesas… Con el denominador común de que todos tiene que estar elaborados a partir de carne”, apostilla Beatriz Robles, tecnóloga de alimentos, aunque señala que hay ciertas rendijas que dejan margen a las empresas: “En el mercado sí que podemos encontrar productos de origen vegetal etiquetados como ‘burguer’. La razón es que esta denominación no está recogida en la legislación mencionada. Los términos legales similares que describe el Real Decreto son ‘hamburguesa’ y ‘burguer meat’, por lo que ‘burguer’ queda fuera de esta norma”.

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Robles señala que en el caso de los “productos que imitan a la carne”, aunque están elaborados con ingredientes de origen vegetal, el etiquetado debe aclarar que se trata de una “especialidad vegetal”. “Dependiendo de los ingredientes que los compongan tendrán una u otra denominación legal. La mayoría de ellos son ‘especialidades vegetales’ o ‘preparaciones vegetales’”, señala la experta antes de recordar que la información del producto debe respetar el reglamento europeo sobre la materia (1169/2011) e “indicar obligatoriamente” qué ingredientes incluye, alérgenos, fecha de caducidad, condiciones de conservación… Información práctica para los consumidores.

Los retos que encaran las empresas

Sobre las carnes sin carne elaboradas en laboratorio, Robles reconoce que su éxito dependerá en gran medida de si logra o no superar algunos retos importantes. “Tienen que conseguir que la carne cultivada tenga las características propias de la carne. En la carne ‘convencional’ hay células musculares mezcladas con vasos sanguíneos, grasa y tejido conectivo, que influye en sus propiedades organolépticas. Algunas empresas ya están consiguiendo avances en este sentido”, señala la tecnóloga de alimentos: “También tendrán que conseguir escalar la producción para que pase del laboratorio a la fabricación industrial a un coste asumible para el público”. No solo las empresas tendrán que asumir los retos que plantean estos nuevos productos. Las autoridades —apostilla Robles— están llamadas igualmente a fijar “un marco legal” adecuado.

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La legislación vigente ya contempla figuras en las que podrían encuadrarse productos como los que comercializa Impossible Foods en EEUU. “Actualmente está en vigor un reglamento de nuevos alimentos en el que estas carnes podrían tener su encaje, ya que contempla en las categorías de nuevos alimentos aquellos que consistan en un cultivo de células o de tejido, derivado de animales, plantas, microorganismos, hongos o algas. También los que resulten de un nuevo proceso de producción no utilizado en la Unión antes del 15 de mayo de 1997 y que dé lugar a cambios significativos en la composición o estructura del alimento que afectan a su valor nutritivo, a su metabolismo o al nivel de sustancias indeseables”, recuerda la tecnóloga de alimentos.

Vicente Rodríguez, abogado de Legal Agrifood, un despacho sevillano especializado en derecho agroalimentario, apunta en una dirección similar. “En la UE solo se pueden presentar como carne los productos que entren en esa definición. Si está fuera, estaría en lo que se denomina nuevos alimentos, que son aquellos que necesitan ser aprobados previamente a su puesta en el mercado porque no se han definido antes de 1997”, señala el letrado, quien matiza que habría que analizar cada producto en detalle para conocer cuáles son sus características y casuística. “Si el producto es una creación nueva sería un nuevo alimento; si no lo es, sería una reformulación y no se podría denominar carne si no entra en la definición que ofrece el reglamento”, abunda. En el caso de los nuevos productos, advierte también que el proceso para regularlos es “largo”.

En juego está tanto el derecho de las empresas cárnicas a que se clarifique en los supermercados qué es y no carne como el de los propios consumidores a disponer de información fiable. “Hay que tener presente que el principio del 1169/2011 es no inducir a error al consumidor acerca de la naturaleza o características del producto. Si yo le pongo un nombre o una denominación que la inmensa mayoría de los consumidores correlacionamos con un producto de origen cárnico cuando no lleva carne, deberá especificar esa situación para que no pueda entenderse que hay una llamada a la confusión”, aporta José María Ferrer, jefe del Departamento de Derecho Alimentario de Ainia.

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El debate está relacionado con otro que se plantea desde hace tiempo en el sector: ¿hasta qué punto es correcto usar etiquetas como “salchicha”, “filete”, “lomo”, “albóndiga”, “beicon”, “bistec”… cuando el producto no contiene carne? “No hay legislación clara que prohíba el uso de esos términos. Nos podemos encontrar con filetes de seitán o beicon de soja, por ejemplo”, apunta Manuel Moñino, presidente del Colegio Oficial de Dietistas-Nutricionistas Illes Balears (CODNIB) y representante del Consejo General de Colegios Oficiales de D-N en la EFAD (European Federation of Associations of Dietitians), quien precisa sin embargo que la normativa alimentaria sí define “muy claramente qué es carne, tanto a nivel europeo como en el código alimentario español”. En Francia se ahondó en la regulación de términos como “salchicha” con la ley aprobada por el Parlamento galo el 19 de abril del año pasado. El texto que salió de la cámara recoge que los productos de origen vegetal no pueden comercializarse con términos que se asocien con la carne.

Desde 2017 las bebidas a base de soja, por ejemplo, ya no pueden promocionarse como un derivado lácteo. La medida busca blindar el derecho del consumidor a una información vez y clara, que no le lleve a equívocos

La siguiente pregunta que se plantea es ¿por qué están interesadas empresas como Impossible Fod o las especializadas en productos veganos en usar la palabra “carne”? Moñino apunta al impacto comercial. “Al final estos alimentos se presentan como sustitutivos de otros. Un filete de algarrobo o soja se presenta como una alternativa a la carne, igual que una bebida de soja es una alternativa a la leche. ¿Qué es lo que mueve al operador a tomar esa decisión? Enmarcar su producto en un nicho de consumo muy concreto, que es lo que molesta precisamente a los operadores que se dedican a producir alimentos que son sustitutivos”, valora: “El hecho de que utilicen este término en principio es para que el consumidor lo vea como una alternativa más saludable o que da salida a unas necesidades del mercado que no estaban cubiertas. Ha ocurrido con todos los alimentos sin lactosa que han sustituido a la leche, como todas estas bebidas vegetales. Aparecen no solo por la tendencia a consumir alimentos de origen vegetal, sino para cubrir una necesidad”.

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Energía nuclear de nueva generación. Los verdes ha estigmatizado esta tecnología y la población tiene esta opinión pero esto tiene que cambiar, los modernos diseños de fisión, más seguros, menos voluminosos, más baratos y con escasos residuos radiactivos que pronto tendremos son el complemento ideal a las energías renovables. El efecto invernadero una amenaza real solo se puede paliar si se crea un clamor popular para que los políticos atiendan y acepten esta tech, según la ciencia solo que suba 1 metro el mar afectará a 180 millones de habitantes del mundo Los humanos a veces sólo aprendemos cuando nos dan en lo alto, pero esto no vale con el cambio climático que se quedará con nosotros por siglos.


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Hamburguesas jugosas, de textura suave y sabor ligeramente metálico, capaces de soltar incluso un hilillo de sangre si se trinchan con el tenedor cuando están poco hechas… Pero que no proceden del ganado vacuno ni ningún otro animal. Desde hace años empresas como Beyond Meat o Impossible Foods se dedican a comercializar alimentos que, en apariencia, parten de una contradicción en sí misma: la carne sin carne. Gracias a sus investigaciones en laboratorio, Impossible ha logrado elaborar hamburguesas a base de hemoglobina de soja (“heme”), un ingrediente que se genera de forma natural en las raíces de la planta de soja. Quienes la han probado aseguran que luce y sabe como una auténtica pieza de vacuno, como las que se han cocinado toda la vida.

Aunque en los últimos años ha ganado fuerza en el mercado, la carne sintética no es un producto nuevo. Lleva décadas perfeccionándose en los laboratorios. Uno de los pioneros en su desarrollo fue la NASA, que a principios de la década de 1990 empezó a experimentar con carne in vitro en busca de alimentos más eficientes —que no necesariamente sabrosos— para sus astronautas. Apenas 20 años después, en 2009, Time escogía la carne in vitro como una de las ideas extraordinarias del año y solo un poco más tarde, en 2013, se presentaba la conocida como Frankenburger: la primera hamburguesa creada en laboratorio, fruto de una investigación de la Universidad de Maastricht capitaneada por Mark Post. Grandes fortunas y figuras mediáticas, como Bill Gates o Leonardo DiCaprio, han decidido ya invertir en empresas que comercializan estos productos.

La pregunta del millón y que ya ha dado más de un quebradero de cabeza a las autoridades de Estados Unidos es: ¿Pueden este tipo de hamburguesas comercializarse como si fueran carne? ¿Hasta qué punto es justo para los clientes y la industria cárnica que en las estanterías de los supermercados haya productos con la etiqueta “carne” cuando la realidad es que no incluyen ni un solo ingrediente de origen animal? La pregunta apremia. Y mucho. Las empresas que han decidido apostar por este tipo de alimentos apuntan alto. Impossible aspira a que sus hamburguesas sean más baratas que las 80/20 de Safeway y se ha aliado con la cadena White Castle para ganar difusión. El objetivo de los productores: desplazar a la carne de origen animal hacia 2035.

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Ante ese escenario la Asociación de Ganaderos de EEUU ya ha reclamado al Gobierno que aclare que la “carne” es un producto “derivado directamente de los animales”. Tennesse, Virginia y Wyoming han abierto el debate sobre cómo etiquetar la carne que no proviene de ganado ni aves de corral. En Missouri la discusión está más avanzada y se limita el uso del término “carne” a productos de origen animal. Por increíble que parezca, asociaciones como American Civil Liberties Union ya han recurrido la restricción alegando que coarta la libertad de expresión. En enero la senadora demócrata Carol Blood dejaba clara la base de la polémica en pleno debate sobre el etiquetado: “No se trata de decirle a la gente lo que puede comer. Todo lo que pido es verdad en la publicidad. Está claro que la carne proviene del ganado y el ganado es nuestro sustento en Nebraska”.

Impossible Foods ha conseguido que la FDA confirme que sus hamburguesas sin carne son seguras, lo que brindó un espaldarazo importante a este tipo de productos en EEUU

En plena polémica sobre la regulación, hace algo más de medio año Impossible Foods lograba dar un paso importante: que la Administración de Alimentos y Medicamentos de EEUU (FDA) determinase que la “heme” es segura para el consumo. La victoria es más marquetiniana que práctica. Impossible podía vender sus hamburguesas antes de la decisión de la FDA. Lo que consiguió con el pronunciamiento de la agencia es mejorar la percepción que los consumidores, en especial aquellos más recelosos, puedan tener sobre sus hamburguesas sin carne.

Hamburguesa sin carne Diferenciar entre una hamburguesa convencional y otra sin carne es en ocasiones muy difícil.

La Asociación Nacional de Industrias de la Carne de España (ANICE) advierte de que estos alimentos desarrollados en laboratorios tendrán difícil venderse como carne aquí. “En España y probablemente en la Unión Europea (UE) no será posible etiquetar como carne, ya que la normativa de la UE define como tal las ‘partes comestibles de los animales, incluida la sangre’”, señala el gremio antes de recordar que la definición figura en el reglamento sobre higiene de alimentos de origen vegetal. No es la única ley en la que se basan para defender su postura. El colectivo cita también la normativa europea sobre etiquetado (Reglamento 1169/2011) y el Real Decreto que define en España qué es un derivado cárnico (R.D. 474/2014). En ambos casos la legislación deja muy claro que el origen es siempre animal. “En definitiva, no sería posible en España comercializar estos productos con la etiqueta carne”, zanja rotundo ANICE, que confiesa que “creemos que ninguna empresa está vendiendo este tipo de productos” en España.

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La asociación recuerda casos de territorios que han restringido ya el uso de denominaciones cárnicas en productos veganos o vegetarianos, como Missouri, Australia o —sin necesidad de salir de la UE— Francia. Hace apenas un año, en abril de 2018, las autoridades galas acordaban prohibir denominaciones como “albóndigas de tofu” o “beicon vegetariano”. Para blindar el derecho de los consumidores a una información clara, se decidió que las firmas dedicadas a comercializar alimentos sin proteínas animales no podrían usar términos relacionados con las distintas formas de preparar y servir carne, como jamón, pollo, salchicha, nuggets… La medida está en sintonía con un dictamen emitido en 2017 por el Tribunal de Justicia de Luxemburgo en el que prohibía que los productos de carácter vegetal, como la soja o el tofu, se comercializasen con palabras asociadas a la leche o sus derivados: mantequilla, queso, yogur, nata… Lo que obligó a prescindir de denominaciones que hasta entonces se podían ver con frecuencia en las tiendas, como “leche de soja”.

Desde Facua inciden en que la normativa es clara a la hora de establecer las definiciones. “Carne”, aclara el Reglamento europeo 1169/2011, son “las partes comestibles de los animales […], incluida la sangre”. “En España los derivados cárnicos se rigen por el Real Decreto 474/2014 y en él se especifican las características que tienen que tener productos como las salchichas, embutidos, hamburguesas… Con el denominador común de que todos tiene que estar elaborados a partir de carne”, apostilla Beatriz Robles, tecnóloga de alimentos, aunque señala que hay ciertas rendijas que dejan margen a las empresas: “En el mercado sí que podemos encontrar productos de origen vegetal etiquetados como ‘burguer’. La razón es que esta denominación no está recogida en la legislación mencionada. Los términos legales similares que describe el Real Decreto son ‘hamburguesa’ y ‘burguer meat’, por lo que ‘burguer’ queda fuera de esta norma”.

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Robles señala que en el caso de los “productos que imitan a la carne”, aunque están elaborados con ingredientes de origen vegetal, el etiquetado debe aclarar que se trata de una “especialidad vegetal”. “Dependiendo de los ingredientes que los compongan tendrán una u otra denominación legal. La mayoría de ellos son ‘especialidades vegetales’ o ‘preparaciones vegetales’”, señala la experta antes de recordar que la información del producto debe respetar el reglamento europeo sobre la materia (1169/2011) e “indicar obligatoriamente” qué ingredientes incluye, alérgenos, fecha de caducidad, condiciones de conservación… Información práctica para los consumidores.

Los retos que encaran las empresas

Sobre las carnes sin carne elaboradas en laboratorio, Robles reconoce que su éxito dependerá en gran medida de si logra o no superar algunos retos importantes. “Tienen que conseguir que la carne cultivada tenga las características propias de la carne. En la carne ‘convencional’ hay células musculares mezcladas con vasos sanguíneos, grasa y tejido conectivo, que influye en sus propiedades organolépticas. Algunas empresas ya están consiguiendo avances en este sentido”, señala la tecnóloga de alimentos: “También tendrán que conseguir escalar la producción para que pase del laboratorio a la fabricación industrial a un coste asumible para el público”. No solo las empresas tendrán que asumir los retos que plantean estos nuevos productos. Las autoridades —apostilla Robles— están llamadas igualmente a fijar “un marco legal” adecuado.

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La legislación vigente ya contempla figuras en las que podrían encuadrarse productos como los que comercializa Impossible Foods en EEUU. “Actualmente está en vigor un reglamento de nuevos alimentos en el que estas carnes podrían tener su encaje, ya que contempla en las categorías de nuevos alimentos aquellos que consistan en un cultivo de células o de tejido, derivado de animales, plantas, microorganismos, hongos o algas. También los que resulten de un nuevo proceso de producción no utilizado en la Unión antes del 15 de mayo de 1997 y que dé lugar a cambios significativos en la composición o estructura del alimento que afectan a su valor nutritivo, a su metabolismo o al nivel de sustancias indeseables”, recuerda la tecnóloga de alimentos.

Vicente Rodríguez, abogado de Legal Agrifood, un despacho sevillano especializado en derecho agroalimentario, apunta en una dirección similar. “En la UE solo se pueden presentar como carne los productos que entren en esa definición. Si está fuera, estaría en lo que se denomina nuevos alimentos, que son aquellos que necesitan ser aprobados previamente a su puesta en el mercado porque no se han definido antes de 1997”, señala el letrado, quien matiza que habría que analizar cada producto en detalle para conocer cuáles son sus características y casuística. “Si el producto es una creación nueva sería un nuevo alimento; si no lo es, sería una reformulación y no se podría denominar carne si no entra en la definición que ofrece el reglamento”, abunda. En el caso de los nuevos productos, advierte también que el proceso para regularlos es “largo”.

En juego está tanto el derecho de las empresas cárnicas a que se clarifique en los supermercados qué es y no carne como el de los propios consumidores a disponer de información fiable. “Hay que tener presente que el principio del 1169/2011 es no inducir a error al consumidor acerca de la naturaleza o características del producto. Si yo le pongo un nombre o una denominación que la inmensa mayoría de los consumidores correlacionamos con un producto de origen cárnico cuando no lleva carne, deberá especificar esa situación para que no pueda entenderse que hay una llamada a la confusión”, aporta José María Ferrer, jefe del Departamento de Derecho Alimentario de Ainia.

Vicente Rodriguez Circulo

El debate está relacionado con otro que se plantea desde hace tiempo en el sector: ¿hasta qué punto es correcto usar etiquetas como “salchicha”, “filete”, “lomo”, “albóndiga”, “beicon”, “bistec”… cuando el producto no contiene carne? “No hay legislación clara que prohíba el uso de esos términos. Nos podemos encontrar con filetes de seitán o beicon de soja, por ejemplo”, apunta Manuel Moñino, presidente del Colegio Oficial de Dietistas-Nutricionistas Illes Balears (CODNIB) y representante del Consejo General de Colegios Oficiales de D-N en la EFAD (European Federation of Associations of Dietitians), quien precisa sin embargo que la normativa alimentaria sí define “muy claramente qué es carne, tanto a nivel europeo como en el código alimentario español”. En Francia se ahondó en la regulación de términos como “salchicha” con la ley aprobada por el Parlamento galo el 19 de abril del año pasado. El texto que salió de la cámara recoge que los productos de origen vegetal no pueden comercializarse con términos que se asocien con la carne.

Desde 2017 las bebidas a base de soja, por ejemplo, ya no pueden promocionarse como un derivado lácteo. La medida busca blindar el derecho del consumidor a una información vez y clara, que no le lleve a equívocos

La siguiente pregunta que se plantea es ¿por qué están interesadas empresas como Impossible Fod o las especializadas en productos veganos en usar la palabra “carne”? Moñino apunta al impacto comercial. “Al final estos alimentos se presentan como sustitutivos de otros. Un filete de algarrobo o soja se presenta como una alternativa a la carne, igual que una bebida de soja es una alternativa a la leche. ¿Qué es lo que mueve al operador a tomar esa decisión? Enmarcar su producto en un nicho de consumo muy concreto, que es lo que molesta precisamente a los operadores que se dedican a producir alimentos que son sustitutivos”, valora: “El hecho de que utilicen este término en principio es para que el consumidor lo vea como una alternativa más saludable o que da salida a unas necesidades del mercado que no estaban cubiertas. Ha ocurrido con todos los alimentos sin lactosa que han sustituido a la leche, como todas estas bebidas vegetales. Aparecen no solo por la tendencia a consumir alimentos de origen vegetal, sino para cubrir una necesidad”.


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Buenas, espero no molestarlo. Acabo de enviarle la base de la información y las ideas que tiene el movimiento de los indignados y Occupy Colombia de los cuales hago parte, aunque virtualmente son lo mismo. Estos movimientos nacen con un ideal muy sencillo, y ese es unificar a todos los grupos activistas en torno al mismo enemigo en común, en torno al verdadero núcleo del problema. Apoyamos a los movimientos de indignación económica, legal, política y demás, entendiendo que toda la corrupción de estas instituciones surge de una misma enfermedad.

Antes de continuar quisiera felicitarlo a usted y a todo MANE por la potencia que han logrado generar en torno a la problemática de la reforma de la Ley 30. Quisiera invitarlo a unificar nuestras luchas, que a la larga, ya son la misma. El movimiento global del cual hago parte considera al sistema monetario y su sistema de bancos como la fuente del problema.

Este sistema está agonizando; está diseñado para la inflación y la deuda perpetua, así como a un eventual monopolio casi total, y no hay ley ni política que detenga estos fenómenos, porque simplemente es el resultado inevitable de nuestro sistema socioeconómico. El estrés que genera sobre la población esa constante inseguridad sobre cómo será su situación económica del mañana y sus erráticos y repentinos cambios a nivel global es lo que lleva inevitablemente a la corrupción.

Este sistema, al igual que un animal acorralado, hace lo que sea con tal de sobrevivir. Esto incluye mantener la destrucción ambiental con mas que ya tenemos tecnologías para superarla, generar escasez simulada a partir de mantener tecnologías y técnicas de producción ya obsoletas, utilizar recursos escasos que ya podríamos reemplazar, la obsolescencia planeada, en la cual los productos se diseñan para dañarse eventualmente y la simulada escasez de estatus, la cual es el absurdo tema de las marcas y la moda. Todos estos mecanismos son usados para generar consumo constante errático e irracional, la simple ineficacia que genera lleva a que hoy en día se produzca más desechos y basura por persona de lo que jamás habíamos producido en toda nuestra historia.

Todo esto simplemente para mantener una utopía, la cual es la irracional idea de que el crecimiento perpetuo es nuestra salvación, pero el crecimiento eterno simplemente no es posible en un mundo finito, con recursos finitos y espacio finito.

Otro de los mecanismos que surgen en el sistema debido al estrés económico que conlleva es la inevitable corrupción de todas nuestras instituciones y de las   personas en ellas. Esto incluye nuestras instituciones políticas, legales, policiales, militares, espirituales, educativas y nuestros sistemas culturales. Comparemos entonces a un atracador en la calle, que no tiene para comer, y un multimillonario de una multinacional que compra al gobierno y los hace sacar una ley para lucrarse independientemente del bienestar de la población civil. En ambos casos, tanto el atracador con hambre como el ejecutivo millonario se corrompen por la misma razón, y es su necesidad de asegurar su supervivencia, obviamente lo que hace uno tienen más efectos negativos que lo que hace el otro, y el atracador lo hace para un problema inmediato el ejecutivo lo hace porque sabe que la posibilidad de un problema a futuro está, no sería el primer caso de un millonario que colapsa de la noche a la mañana. El humano quiere asegurar su  supervivencia, y la única forma de hacerlo en el sistema actual es mantenerse creciendo y acumulando y acumulando a toda costa, y aquellos dispuestos a torcer las reglas sin sentir empatía tienen una mejor posibilidad de hacerlo. Por eso entendemos que la corrupción del sistema no es una irregularidad del mismo, es la conclusión inevitable de éste.

Además, este juego económico, este concurso salvaje a vida o muerte lleva solo a una cosa, la acumulación de las riquezas en porcentajes reducidos de la población: la desigualdad. Hoy en día el 40% de las riquezas del mundo se encuentran en solo un 1% de la población, y el otro 50% de las riquezas en tan solo otro 30% de la población, dejando apenas un 10% de las riquezas para el 60% restante de la población del mundo. Nos encontramos en la etapa con mayor desigualdad de nuestra historia, y solo en Colombia somos el tercer país con mayor desigualdad de todos según las últimas publicaciones de la ONU. La desigualdad se traduce en pobreza, hoy en día alguien estrato 3 vive mejor que un rey en la antigüedad: tiene acceso a medios de transporte más eficientes, a la posibilidad de comunicarse a kilómetros, agua caliente cuando lo desea, luz en las noches, entretenimiento de calidad, puede viajar más que un rey, cuenta con mejor servicio de salud, y puede acceder a un mar de información por medio de la Internet infinitas veces más grande que con lo que jamás hubiera podido soñar un rey, aun así las personas estrato tres no se sienten precisamente millonarias a diferencia del rey.

Esto se debe a que la pobreza no es de lo que se tiene, es por lo que se tiene en comparación a los demás. La gente se empieza a sentir pobre desde la persona que es un centavo más pobre que Bill Gates, la pobreza es un problema de comparación. La pobreza y la desigualdad, son el único factor principal que lleva a la violencia, el abuso de substancias psicoactivas, la indiferencia, la necesidad por entretenimiento vacío y la necesidad del individuo de aclamar por líderes, porque es tanto el peso sobre sus hombros que prefiere que alguien "superior" lo ayude, en lugar de tener que cargarlo todo él.

El problema es tanto el sistema mismo que aun si un político verdaderamente honesto y competente llega al poder, alguien le patrocinó su campaña, y a ese alguien ese político le deberá favores, favores que se pedirán a partir de los intereses individuales de ése alguien y no por el bien del pueblo precisamente. Y aún en el muy remoto casi imposible caso de que alguien honesto y competente llegue al poder y no le deba a nadie favores, y no lo maten en el proceso, para desarrollar cualquier proyecto tendrá que pedirle prestamos a nuestro banco central, o a los bancos centrales internacionales, y desde ese momento quedara endeudado, y cualquier deuda en la actualidad es imposible de pagar, ya que todo el dinero en existencia viene de préstamos, en ningún momento se crean y se regalan billetes en la calle, todo el dinero en circulación salió de un banco por medio de un préstamo, y debe eventualmente regresar a un banco, más intereses. ¿Pero cómo pagar esos intereses si todo el dinero en circulación es una deuda con intereses mismos? Si todo el dinero en circulación debe regresar a los bancos, y todo el dinero en existencia viene de préstamos, así lo regresáramos todo, aun deberíamos los intereses de cada billete prestado, por lo tanto deberíamos pedir otro préstamo, el cual obviamente también deberíamos regresar, más intereses, intereses que deben pagarse en dinero que aún no existe. Pagar la deuda es imposible, y cuando tomamos en cuenta que la mayoría de los bancos centrales del mundo son privados entendemos por qué hay tan poco rico, y tanto pobre. 



La inflación y la deuda no son problemas del sistema, son el sistema mismo. En la actualidad ustedes luchan en contra de una ley, y nosotros los apoyamos, pero mientras ustedes luchan por la reforma de la ley 30 ¿Quién lucha por la gente que ni posibilidad de educación así sea gratuita tienen? ¿Aquellos que nacen y mueren con hambre? ¿Aquellos que están disparando y muriendo en una guerra movida por los intereses económicos de unos pocos? ¿Por el medio ambiente que está siendo destruido? y principalmente ¿Quién evitara que esos problemas resurjan? ¿Una nueva ley 30 en dos años? La población civil ha estado luchando y luchando por estas cosas, pero siempre resurgen, en contra de la privatización hemos marchado desde que surgió la universidad pública en primer lugar, y si ganan esta vez, igual en dos años los estudiantes volveremos a lidiar con los ataques de la "corporatocracia". Y esto sucede porque seguimos atacando los síntomas y no la enfermedad, porque seguimos atacando las balas que nos disparan y no las armas tras de ellas. Es momento de hacer prioritario la prioridad, el núcleo del problema, y eso, eso precisamente es lo que busca el movimiento de Los Indignados y de Occupy the World.

No tenemos inclinaciones políticas, entendemos que el comunismo, el capitalismo, al fascismo y todo otro "ismo" son básicamente el mismo problema, excepto que con grados diferentes de participación del estado en el sector económico, en algunos el estado tiene control total sobre el sector económico, y en otros solo participación parcial, esa es toda la diferencia. Y son sistemas anacrónicos, antinaturales, que no toman en cuenta ni por un segundo en sus planteamientos iniciales la naturaleza del mundo, el estado de la tecnología y el hecho de que los  recursos y el planeta en si es finito. Estamos en contra de la base de estos sistemas, el monetarismo, el ver a las personas como trabajadores, que no es más que esclavos asalariados.

Estamos en contra de ver a la gente como mercancía. Vale la pena aclarar que el sistema actual no fue malo hasta hace más o menos unos 50 años, que es cuando su crecimiento se salió de los límites tolerables impuestos por nuestro finito planeta, y ahora esta simplemente desactualizado. A lo largo de nuestra historia el único factor que ha llevado a cambios radicales en lo sociopolítico y lo económico e inclusive en el crecimiento de nuestra moral y nuestra cultura ha sido el desarrollo de las tecnologías que incrementan nuestra capacidad de producción. Si no fuese por el desarrollo de la agricultura (una forma de tecnología) el hombre no hubiese podido volverse sedentario y reunirse en grupos mayores que su simple núcleo familiar.

Si no fuera por la revolución industrial no se hubiera dado la revolución francesa y por ende la declaración de los derechos humanos. Si las máquinas no hubieran sido la mano de obra barata que necesitábamos no hubiéramos notado la crueldad de la esclavitud y no la hubiéramos abolido. En la actualidad nuestra capacidad de producción nos podría llevar a la abundancia para toda la gente de este mundo, es la primera vez en la historia que tenemos esa posibilidad gracias a la automatización, la computarización y la robótica. Y por esto, es momento de actualizar en su totalidad nuestra cultura, nuestros sistemas sociopolíticos y principalmente nuestro sistema económico, no para regresar a uno anterior, si no para aplicar uno completamente nuevo. Necesitamos un cambio total de paradigma. Pero la gente le tiene miedo a la tecnología.

Éste es un miedo irracional inspirado únicamente por unas cuantas obras de literatura ficticia y películas de ciencia ficción. La tecnología no es mejor que el ser humano, es solo una extensión de éste mismo; el león produce garras para cazar mejor debido a unas dotes biológicas que le permite crear y acumular la queratina en forma de garras. Nosotros producimos lanzas porque tenemos unos dotes biológicos que nos permiten unir un palo y una piedra tallada en forma de lanza, y la lanza es tanto una tecnología como lo es una central geotérmica. Pero el león también puede rasguñarse la cara y sacarse un ojo, así como nosotros podemos usar la pólvora para disparar un proyectil a la cabeza de alguien o para hacer un show de luces que ilumine y maraville a millones. La tecnología no es buena ni mala, no tiene estos atributos porque es solo una herramienta, una muy poderosa herramienta que no hay que dejar de usar, pero hay que usarla con prudencia.

Cosa que el sistema actual no hace porque está más interesado en si es lucrativa que en si es verdaderamente beneficiosa. Como es el caso de las armas, las tecnologías tóxicas, la aplicación de hormonas a los animales de consumo, etc. Nuestro movimiento quiere que en Colombia se dé esta misma claridad de conceptos en la mayoría de la población tal y como está ocurriendo en muchas otras partes del mundo. Y consideramos que la única forma de hacerlo es uniéndonos al movimiento estudiantil y aclarándole a este, un movimiento ya maravilloso y con muchísima potencia la realidad del problema. De hecho la única forma de generar universidades con verdadera calidad de educación es aboliendo el sistema actual, porque hasta que esto no se haga, las universidades aún si son públicas o privadas, seguirán educando bajo el interés particular de producir profesionales útiles para el sistema, lo cual en la actualidad solo quiere decir producir trabajadores capaces de ganar dinero. En algunas universidades este fenómeno es más visible que en otras, pero en todas está. Mientras que los estudiantes eventualmente tengan que utilizar lo aprendido solo para sobrevivir y lograr alimentarse, el conocimiento tendrá más inclinaciones hacia los intereses económicos que hacia verdaderamente ayudar a la humanidad y encontrar la verdad.

Es momento de centrar nuestros esfuerzos hacia la raíz del problema. Una vez más lo invito a que se haga una alianza entre el Movimiento Estudiantil y el movimiento global de Los Indignados, dejemos de atacar problemas particulares y ataquemos el núcleo de donde surgen todos estos problemas. Esta consciencia ya ha sido revelada y exigida por el pueblo en España y en Nueva York principalmente. No somos una copia de dichos movimientos, somos la gente libre de este planeta que toma la justicia en nuestras manos, porque hemos visto que ningún gobierno lo hará por nosotros. Estamos haciendo de este movimiento algo global accesible para todos, sin fronteras ni naciones. Nunca antes en la historia de la humanidad tanta gente salió a protestar en todo el mundo, en más de 1800 ciudades, bajo un mismo discurso, en una misma voz como paso el pasado 15 de octubre, día de la marcha global de Los Indignados, y éste 11 de Noviembre sucederá de nuevo, y de seguro con muchísima mayor potencia que antes, y la forma de lograrlo es si ustedes, el Movimiento Estudiantil, se une también en el mismo grito de protesta que nosotros.

Muchas gracias, y hagamos esto suceda. Unámonos.
Los Indignados
6/11/2011

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This date took place on a Sunday; we were to meet in front of one of my favorite Portland breakfast places, the Vita café on Alberta. I told Al, my date, that it was on 30th and Alberta. When I arrived at the Vita, I noticed, to my horror, that the Vita was not there, and in the wonderful building that had housed it, a new BBQ place was set to move in. Panic, heartbreak, woe. As I angrily began wondering what happened to the PortlandI used to know, I looked across the street and saw that the Vita had just moved. Relief, joy, exhilaration. I crossed the street, parked and locked my bike, and leaned against the new Vita, which would be re-opening in a matter of days. Down the street, the church was letting people in through its doors, and there were many ushers on the street, greeting people at the entrances. As I stood there, I noticed that one well-dressed, church-going gentleman kept looking over at me. This made me nervous, as I had already had one person approach me with God materials that week, and it was all I could do to be polite about it. I was really hoping Al would show up soon so I would not have to find out what horrible things would come out of my mouth when approached once again by one of God’s army.

Thankfully, Al soon came toward me from across the street. We decided to walk around a bit, and as I was still carrying my bike bag, he offered to put it in his trunk while we walked. Though it made me nervous, I agreed; keeping my bag in his trunk would make it difficult to leave quickly if I had to, but I decided to chance it. I had brought my Tevas to wear on this date, as I was planning to go grocery shopping later and would not have room in my bag for what I was planning on buying if my boots were in my bag. Al had told me in his initial email that he wanted to walk around first before we decided to eat so we could determine whether or not we would want to sit down to a meal with each other.  This seemed like pretty sound thinking to me, made even more so by the beauty of the warm and sunny spring day.
We walked down Alberta towards MLK, and then walked over to Going streetand back up. Al was quite an individual. He had traveled all over since he was very young and had worked all over the world as an IT guy for the finance industry. He had worked in Austria, Hong Kong, and New York, and by the time he reached his forties, had enough money to retire on. He was not the type of guy who seemed wealthy enough to retire; he was casually dressed in jeans and a long sleeve button down and had the air of someone who was not all that concerned with appearances. As we walked I had to ask what he did with his time since he didn’t work. I could not imagine being able to do anything you wanted with your days; I would be afraid to just fritter them away doing nothing. Al did not have this problem. He spent his time playing Bridge. Evidently, people all over the world pay other people, smart people, to play Bridge for them in order to accumulate points. Bill Gates and Warren Buffet both do this. I had never in a million years dreamed this even occurred in life. Really, I could not believe how amazing this guy was; in addition to his professional achievements, people paid him to play cards. Additionally, he stopped working after he felt like he had enough. How many people do that? How many people stop working when they have come to the realization that they don’t need anything more, how many can stop and say “enough”? Inconceivable. We also talked about our families; why we each had felt our previous relationships did not work and how our family lives might have fed into this. Al had been abused as a kid by his father. It occurred to me as he told me this that many of the guys I had met on Craigslist had this in common. Al had the ability to express his feelings on a level not many could; he was analytical and even objective about his own experiences. He spoke with an awareness I had not encountered in a very long time. More to the point, I could tell he was smarter than me.
After we had walked around for about an hour or so, Al and I were both hot and hungry, so we decided to find a place to sit and maybe eat. We chose a place on Alberta called Thai Noon, which felt sufficiently cool as we walked in through its large doorway. As we sat, I got a better look at him. I wasn’t able to see it before, but he was pretty handsome. When he spoke to me, he really looked at me, into my eyes, like he was searching for something. I have had the experience before where people look at you in a way which challenges you; without saying a word, a staring contest begins, and it is usually a challenge I am very capable of meeting. I was not sure if he was doing this or if this was how he normally held a conversation; either way, it was obvious he was pretty intense. Al also turned out to be Jewish. Oh, my poor dead mother would have loved to have heard this one; a nice Jewish boy who is retired. Really, the only other thing that would have pleased her more is if he had been a doctor, which is ironic as my cousin, whom she considered a daughter, married a doctor who ended up driving her to a very slow and painful death. It is true; if my mother were in a grave, she would be turning over in it. As it stands, she is in a box in my closet, waiting to be scattered into the Pacific Ocean. I am sure I will get to that at some point.
We sat there eating and talking for roughly three or four hours more. As we were talking about relationships, Al asked me what I was looking for, and I had to admit that I did not know, that I was trying to figure out who I was again, and because of this, I was not sure what this new person I was turning into needed in the way of a relationship. He conceded that he too had not a clue, but posited that he thought that if two people went into a relationship together, making an agreement to work towards growing together, and giving each other what the other needed, that it could work. I was skeptical; neither of us could think of a couple we had known to be a good model. I asked what about attraction, similar life paths, or my usual problem, inconsistent communication styles? He believed that none of this would matter if each person consciously worked toward giving the other person what they needed in the relationship. I was still skeptical, but I could feel myself growing to like him more and more.
My feelings were starting to throw me into a minor state of panic. I was wondering how it was that the day before I could not dream of liking two people at once, and here I was, feeling conflicted about my feelings for both Seven and Al. This is the type of situation that makes me think I am completely fucked, but luckily I am very good at throwing caution to the wind and just going with it, so that is what I did. We decided to walk a bit after our lunch, and tried to find the shade in our walk as we are both sensitive to the sun. While the long afternoon shadows were providing shade, there was not enough, and Al suggested we go to a park. I considered telling Al the truth, that I had a date with Seven later that night, but I decided against it, instead telling him I had to do some things to prepare for an early start at work the next day. He walked me to his car to get my bike bag, and then carried it for me to where my bike was locked up. I sat down on the sidewalk and took off my Tevas to reveal several blisters on the sides and bottoms of my feet which had developed over the course of our walk that morning and afternoon. Stupid Tevas; they always produce blisters the first few times I wear them every summer. We sat on the pavement together and talked about getting together again later in the week. Of course, he was wide open. We made plans for Tuesday evening, and then he leaned in and kissed me. I was a bit surprised and nervous, and as he pulled away from our kiss, I giggled nervously, and could not find the fortitude to look at him directly. Yup. It seemed I was very capable of liking two people at once.
As I jumped on my bike and rode away, I looked back to see him watching me. I didn’t know what it meant, but something inside me was scared, and I had no idea why. I figured I had time to find out, after all, I had started this experiment with the intention of being open to anything that might happen, and it seemed like that fear was telling me “anything” was coming.

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Claim: The cause of swelling in a girl's jaw is determined to be cockroach eggs she got from eating a Taco Bell taco or licking envelopes.

Status: False.


You'll never eat fast food again!

This girl was really in a hurry one day so she just stopped off at a Taco Bell and got a Chicken soft taco and ate it on the way home. Well that night she noticed her jaw was kind of tight and swollen.The next day it was a little worse so she went to her doctor. He said she was just have an allergic reaction to something and gave her some cream to rub on her jaw to help.

After a couple of days the swelling had just gotten worse and she could hardly move her jaw. She went back to her doctor to see what was wrong. Her doctor had no idea so he started to run some test. They scrubbed out the inside of her mouth to get tissue samples and they also took some saliva samples. Well they found out what was wrong.

Apparently her chicken soft taco had a pregnant roach in it that she ate!!!! The eggs then some how got into her saliva glands and she was incubating them in her mouth. They had to remove a couple a layers of her inner mouth to get all the eggs out. If they hadn't figured out what was going on the eggs would have hatched inside the lining of her mouth!

She's suing Taco Bell! Of course.


Claim: Photograph shows a shark attacking a British Navy diver.

Status: False.


Origins: Like thousands of other school-age American kids, in the summer of 1966 I eagerly made my way to the local movie theater for an afternoon screening of Batman, a feature-length film quickly put together to capitalize on the sudden, mammoth popularity of the television series (and to exploit the entertainment needs of millions of youngsters on summer break with no Internet, video games, VCRs, or cable television to keep them amused). What a treat to see Batman and Robin on the big screen in full color (we had only black-and-white TV at home), battling a confederacy of no less than four arch-villains!


One of the early scenes in that film stuck in my impressionable young mind — Batman, out on the water to reconnoiter a buoy, has to fend off the attack of a man-eating (and exploding!) shark, which sinks its teeth into the ladder from which the Caped Crusader perilously clings as he dangles beneath the Batcopter. When I viewed this same film on TV many years later, I couldn't help but laugh uproariously upon noticing that the terrifying sea creature I had breathelssly watched Batman pummel with life-and-death ferocity (and finally vanquish only with liberal application of Bat Shark Repellant) decades earlier was so obviously nothing more than a cheap, shark-shaped piece of plastic affixed to a ladder. (A few glimpses of this scene can be viewed in the Batman original trailer available on the Internet.)


I had nearly the same reaction when readers started forwarding us the above photograph (usually credited to National Geographic magazine or Geo, a similar German-language publication, and mailed under titles such as "Really Bad Day!" or "Jaws 2001" or "Photo of the Year") back in August 2001 to ask if it were real. Alas, like Batman's attacker, it too is a fake, an image created by combining two real but unrelated photographs — a picture of a great white shark taken by South African photographer Charles Maxwell, and an Air Force photo of an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter from the 129th Rescue Wing, Moffett FAF (a California National Guard unit) snapped by Lance Cheung (with San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge in the background):


Claim: A 9-year-old girl named Penny Brown is missing.

Status: False.


[Collected on the Internet, 2001]

PLEASE LOOK AT PICTURE THEN FORWARD
I am asking you all, begging you to please, forward this email on to anyone and everyone you know, PLEASE. My 9 year old girl, Penny Brown, is missing. She has been missing for now two weeks. It is still not too late, Please help us.



If anyone anywhere knows anything, sees anything, please contact me at zicozicozico@hotmail.com

I am including a picture of her. All prayers are appreciated!!

It only takes 2 seconds to forward this on, if it was your child, you would want all the help you could get.

Please. thank you for your kindness, hopefully you can help us.



[Collected on the Internet, 2003]

Please pass this to everyone in your address book.

We have a store manager (Wal-Mart) from Longs, SC who has a 9 year old daughter who has been missing for 2 weeks. Keep the picture moving on. With luck on her side she will be found.

I am asking you all, begging you to please forward this email on to anyone and everyone you know, PLEASE. My 9 year old girl, Penny Brown, is missing. She has been missing for now two weeks..

It is still not too late. Please help us. If anyone anywhere knows anything, please contact me at: zicozicozico@hotmail.com I am including a picture of her. All prayers are appreciated!! It only takes 2 seconds to forward this on. If it was your child, you would want all the help you could get.

Thank you for your kindness. Hopefully you can help us.
Origins: Penny Brown, the little girl who is evidently nothing more than the product of some prankster's imagination, is the longest-lived "missing child" hoax we have chronicled on this site. In all the time since the above-quoted plea to aid in the hunt for her began circulating on the Internet in mid-September 2001 rarely has the term "Penny Brown" dropped off our site's list of top searches even though there was never reason to place any reliance upon the message. None of the many missing children sites listed a Penny Brown among the youngsters they were looking for, and searched of news archives in the U.S. and Canada turned up no news reports about a missing child of this name.

Moreover, the e-mail itself provided few of the details that generally appear in legitimate pleas to help locate missing children. Not even the city or country the child went missing from was mentioned, and other than the pointless "has been missing for now two weeks," no date was given for the disappearance. ("For now two weeks" statements are entirely useless in a medium wherein undated text is circulated — the "two weeks" ago of an e-mail can and often has referred to events years in the past.) E-mail sent to the supplied contact address of zicozicozico@hotmail.com was bounced back to the sender.

Credible missing child reports tend to supply details of when and where the child was last seen, a description of the clothes worn, and phone numbers of people to contact about sightings. This e-mail lacked all of that — not even the parents' names were given.

(We don't know the identity of the girl in the accompanying picture, but the photo definitely isn't one of a young Melissa Gilbert of Little House on the Prairie TV fame.)

One version of the widely-circulated e-mail made it appear the plea was coming from Monzine Jang, a woman who worked for a physician at the University of Calgary. A call to the number provided in the e-mail fetched the following automated voice message:
If you are calling regarding an e-mail about a missing girl, please do not forward it as she is not the daughter of Monzine Jang. Monzine has contacted the Calgary police and missing children organization and she believes this is a hoax.
Another version claimed the frantic mother was Helen Bessenyei, a woman who lived in Australia. Helen had three grown sons, but no daughter, and certainly not a missing nine-year-old named Penny Brown. This hoax left her answering up to 150 e-mails a day and fielding hundreds of phone calls.

Yet another version purported to have come from a woman named Kimberly Leon. An additional version said the child went missing in Austin, Texas. And still another version claimed the child was lost in Ottawa, Ontario. Winning the "farthest away" category was a version that claimed the child went missing in Singapore.

Evern more iterations — these versions translated into French — were "signed" by Carol Toteda of Montreal or Anne-Claire Kubala, the latter giving an address that placed her in Paris. Also placing the tale in Canada was a version "signed" by Annie Lachance that asserted the missing Penny was the child of one of the store managers from Metro-Richelieu (a large grocery store).

Another form of this message that began "We have a store manager from Longs Drugs in Southern California, whose 9 year old daughter has been missing for 2 weeks" was signed "Peggy." Closely related to that version was another that said: "We have a store manager from Longs, SC who has a 9 year old daughter that has been missing for 2 weeks." It too has been signed by "Peggy." In yet another twist, the e-mail appeared signed by one "Penny Hill MS 59, Sunnyvale — AMD."

Those who are still somewhat convinced this e-mailed alert might be true should take a look at the text of the "missing kid" alert quoted in the Example section of our page about Christopher Mineo. In particular, note that the "It only takes 2 seconds to forward this on, if it was your child, you would want all the help you could get" line that is common to both.


Claim: Washing the lint filter in your clothes dryer can help extend the lifespan of that appliance.

Status: True.


Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2005]

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I had a wonderful morning, the heating unit went out of my dryer! Why does everything seem to fall apart this time of year!???

The guy that fixes things went in to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. We always clean the lint from the filter after every load of clothes. He told us that he wanted to show him something. He took the filter over to the sink and ran hot water over it. Now, this thing is like a mesh - I'm sure you know what your dryer's lint filter looks like - WELL......the hot water just laid on top of the mesh!!! It didn't go through it at all!!!

He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh and that's what burns out the heating unit. You can't SEE the film, but it's there. He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long time (and to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out and wash it with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months. He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long! How about that???!!!! Learn something new everyday!

I certainly didn't know dryer sheets would do that. So, thought I'd share!

Note:

I went to dryer and tested my screen by running water on it. The water collected a little but ran though the screen. I dried it off and was ready to put it back in the dryer since the water ran through it but, I thought was the heck it won't hurt to wash it while I had it out. Warm soap water and a nylon brush and I had it done in 30 seconds.

I then ran the water over the screen and what a difference the water just gushed through it with no puddling at all and this time I was running the water at a faster rate. That repairman knew what he was talking about.

Origins: There are a number of devices and appliances that have been standard household items in American homes since before most of us were born. Electric irons, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, gas (or electric) stoves and ovens, washing machines, and clothes dryers are but a few of the many labor-saving devices so familiar to many of us that we seldom ponder just how they work. Ask the average person, for example, how a clothes dryer works, and you'll probably get an "Are you kidding me?" look in return, along with a terse explanation that a dryer makes stuff "hot," and everybody knows stuff dries faster when it's hot.

That explanation isn't technically wrong (as far as it goes), but it's rather simplistic. Knowing a bit more about the process involved is the key to understanding why the advice to keep your dryer's lint filter clean can help improve the performance and lifespan of your clothes dryer.

In a standard (gas) dryer, a fan pulls fresh air into the dryer and sends it flowing over a gas burner. The burner heats the air, which is then channeled into a tumbling drum where the wet clothes are held. The heat, air flow, and tumbling motion all contribute to evaporating the moisture held in the fabrics, and that moisture is absorbed by the gas-warmed air. (Warm air is capable of holding more moisture than cold air.) The warm air — and the moisture it now holds — passes through a filter to trap lint and other particulate matter stirred up by its movement and is vented to the outside so that it can be replaced with new, less-moist air. This process repeats until enough moisture has been evaporated and carried away for the clothes to be considered sufficiently "dry."

Of course, if you neglect to clean the lint filter between dryings, or something else occludes the filter, moist air cannot be vented from the dryer as easily. The result will be that your dryer will work less efficiently — you will have to run your dryer longer to dry a load of clothes, which means higher electricity and gas charges for you and a shorter lifespan for your dryer.

So, keeping the lint filter clean is one simple way to increase the efficiency and lifespan (and decrease the operating costs) of your dryer. Just removing the lint from the filter isn't always enough — the fine mesh of most dryer filters can be clogged in ways that aren't obvious at a casual glance. As suggested by the piece quoted above, softener sheets can cause waxy build-ups on lint screens that require a little extra effort — usually no more than a quick scrub and rinse in warm, soapy water — to remove.

Many modern dryers also use moisture sensors rather than ordinary timed cycles, and residue from dryer sheets can coat the sensors and interfere with their ability to function properly. Cleaning the sensor screen with a little detergent and a soft brush, and wiping off the sensor itself with a cotton ball and some rubbing alcohol can rectify this problem.


Claim: Starbucks refused free product to G.I.s serving in Iraq, saying it didn't support the war and anyone in it.

Status: False.


Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2004]



I have indeed confirmed the fact that Starbucks charged rescue workers $130.00 for 3 cases of bottled water on September 11, 2001, so the following info that was passed on to me would not be surprising to me at all!!

Dear everyone: Please pass this along to anyone you know, this needs to get out in the open. Recently Marines over in Iraq supporting this country in OIF wrote to Starbucks because they wanted to let them know how much they liked their coffee and try to score some free coffee grounds. Starbucks wrote back telling the Marines thanks for their support in their business, but that they don't support the War and anyone in it and that they won't send them the Coffee. So as not to offend them we should not support in buying any Starbucks products. As a War vet and writing to you patriots I feel we should get this out in the open. I know this War might not be very popular with some folks, but that doesn't mean we don't support the boys on the ground fighting street to street and house to house for what they and I believe is right. If you feel the same as I do then pass this along, or you can discard it and I'll never know. Thanks very much for your support to me, and I know you'll all be there again here soon when I deploy once more.

Semper Fidelis,
Sgt Howard C. Wright
1st Force Recon Co
1st Plt PLT RTO

Origins: We first encountered this story in late April 2004 when it turned up in our inbox. In these days of heightened patriotism and concern for the troops, any rumor about a corporate giant snubbing those who are putting their lives on the line overseas is bound to make a number of folks hot under the collar, which is what this e-mail has done.

We've been in touch with the e-mail's writer and have asked him about the events that led to his penning the note about Starbucks' response to Marines who had come to them looking for a donation of coffee. Sgt. Wright (who is stationed Stateside at the moment but who will be deployed overseas in the next few months), heard the story from a friend, who had gotten it from someone else. He talked things over with the Marine who had supposedly contacted Starbucks, and that, coupled with that night's televised news about the goings on in Iraq, made his blood boil. He pounded out his thoughts into the form of an e-mail, which he mailed to ten of his friends.

It is that e-mail which continues to circulate to this day. Sgt. Wright has since learned that what he heard was in error, and he has subsequently tried to set things right by issuing the following retraction:

Dear Readers,

Almost 5 months ago I sent an email to you my faithful friends. I did a wrong thou that needs to be cleared up. I heard from word of mouth about how Starbucks said they didn't support the war and all. I was having enough of that kind of talk and didn't do my research properly like I should have. This is not true. Starbucks supports the men and women in uniform. They have personally contacted me and I have been sent many of their Company's policy on this issue. So I apologize for this quick wrong letter I sent out to you. Now I ask that you all pass this email around to everyone you passed the last one to. Thank you very much for understanding about this.

Howard C. Wright
Sgt USMC

Sgt. Wright has been unable to produce the reply his buddy supposedly received from Starbucks, and the folks at Starbucks deny engaging in any correspondence on such matter prior to this rumor coming along. Given that no copy of the letter appears to exist, neither one resting in the hands of the Sergeant's comrade, nor one residing in Starbucks' files, the rumor about the java vendor's harsh response to a coffee-hunting Marine should be dismissed.

As for what Starbucks has to say about the matter, while it doesn't directly refute the rumor on its web site, it does at least provide somewhat of an answer in e-mail. An excerpt from that statement reads:

Starbucks has the deepest respect and admiration for U.S. military personnel. We are extremely grateful to the men and women who serve stateside or overseas. We sincerely appreciate that they are willing to risk their lives to protect Americans and our values of freedom and democracy. While Starbucks as a company cannot directly donate to military personnel, many of our partners (employees) show their support by donating coffee.

Starbucks partners receive one pound of free coffee each week as an employee benefit (known as "partner mark-out"). Many of our partners have elected to send their weekly mark-out of coffee to members of the military or military families, and related organizations. Our partners have collected and shipped numerous pounds of Starbucks coffee overseas.

As an example of this generosity, our partners in our Atascadero, California store sent their weekly mark out coffee to troops in Afghanistan so they are able to enjoy a little piece of home. Our customer relations department in Seattle donated hundreds of pounds of coffee to the sailors in the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier group.

Under the terms of the Starbucks' corporate giving policy, had such a request been made, the coffee giant would have had to say no to it. Such a refusal would have been in keeping with the corporation's donations policy, in that Starbucks chooses to direct its charitable resources within the communities where its stores are located and limits its funding to non-profit organizations. Moreover, it does not consider requests for funding that come from political or religious organizations or which would fund political or religious initiatives or programs. According to the guidelines currently in place, a request for coffee from soldiers serving overseas would be turned down.

However, while it is true Starbucks as a corporate entity could not have donated coffee to java-seeking Marines, it would have passed along such a request to any number of its employees who are looking for military mailing addresses to send product to, as it has already done on many occasions. Starbucks partners receive one pound of free coffee each week as an employee benefit (known as "partner mark-out"). Many of them have elected to send their weekly mark-out to members of the military or military families, and related organizations.

The claim that Starbucks would ever have said "they don't support the War and anyone in it" is false, in light of what various news accounts show us about the coffee retailer's attitude towards those who serve in the armed forces. In addition to what Starbucks itself says above of its beneficences to soldiers, we know from different newspaper articles of other instances of glad-hearted support. In July 2004, a Starbucks in Cincinnati was reported to have been practically overflowing with people making yellow ribbons in support of Keith "Matt" Maupin, a soldier whose fate was then uncertain (it has subsequently been reported that he had been beheaded by his captors), along with red, white, and blue ones to show support for American troops in Iraq. In June 2004 in Cleveland, when the mother of one serviceman called her local Starbucks to arrange for the shipping of some java to her son, the employees at that store insisted on paying for 30 pounds of coffee as their gift.

Regarding another of the claims made in the e-mail, while it is true someone working at a New York City Starbucks did indeed charge ambulance workers $130 for three cases of water on September 11, 2001, it would not be quite fair to say Starbucks did this. However, act of a single, misguided employee or not, the corporation alone bears responsibility for afterwards spurning a number of opportunities to offer the rescue workers their money back or apologize to them — though it finally took both those actions, it did so only after the story attracted online and print media attention.

In addition to the "rescue workers charged for water" and the "spurned servicemen" story that is the focus of this piece, Starbucks has been the butt of a number of other unsavory rumors and mistaken beliefs just in the past few years, including:
A 2002 poster promoting two new iced drinks prompted some consumers to see in it reminders of the hijacked planes hitting the twin towers.

In 2001, a false story spread in e-mail about the wife of the owner of a Thailand Starbucks telling non-white customers the coffee shop was not for Asians.

The company's 2003 termination of its business interests in Israel caused some to believe Starbucks had abandoned that nation in favor of being able to continue to do business in Arab countries.

In 2002, a prankster who scanned and distributed online a coupon entitling the bearer to a free Crème Frappuccino caused any amount of bad feeling to be directed at the company — those duped into believing they were entitled to free product were often angry at the stores who refused to honor the fake coupons rather than with the unnamed person who had deceived them.

Starbucks, like any other successful corporation that has a strong public presence, is fated to operate with the Damocles sword of public opinion hanging above its head. No corporation can fund everyone who comes to it looking for assistance, which means some deserving groups will always be refused. In less emotionally-charged times, the logic of such a policy is better understood, but the current climate makes it a dicey PR proposition at best to say no to anything having to do with soldiers.



Claim: E-mail chronicles various ways scammers might obtain your credit card numbers.

Status: Possible, but not common.


Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2004]


Good Information

This was just passed on to me. Seems to make a lot of sense. IT COULD CERTAINLY HAPPEN TO ME EASILY ENOUGH......

SCENE 1: A friend went to the local gym and placed his belongings in the locker. After the workout and a shower, he came out, saw the locker open, and thought to himself, "Funny, I thought I locked the locker. Hmmmmm."

He dressed and just flipped the wallet to make sure all was in order. Everything looked okay — all cards were in place. A few weeks later his credit card bill came — a whooping bill of $14.000! He called the credit card company and started yelling at them, saying that he did not make the transactions. Customer care personnel verified that there was no mistake in the system and asked if his card had been stolen. "No," he said, but then took out his wallet, pulled out the credit card, and yep, you guessed it, a switch had been made. An expired similar credit card from the same bank was in the wallet. The thief broke into his locker at the gym and switched cards.

Verdict: The credit card issuer said since he did not report the card missing earlier, he would have to pay the amount owed to them. How much did he have to pay for items he did not buy? $9,000! Why were there no calls made to verify the amount swiped? Small amounts rarely trigger a "warning bell" with some credit card companies. It just so happens that all the small amounts added up to big one!

SCENE 2: A man at a local restaurant paid for his meal with his credit card. The bill for the meal came, he signed it, and the waitress folded the receipt and passed the credit card along. Usually, he would just take it and place it in his wallet or pocket. Funny enough, though, he actually took a look at the card and, lo and behold, it was the expired card of another person. He called the waitress and she looked perplexed. She took it back, apologized, and hurried back to the counter under the watchful eye of the man. All the waitress did while walking to the counter was wave the wrong expired card to the counter cashier, and the counter cashier immediately looked down and took out the real card. No exchange of words — nothing! She took it and came back to the man with an apology.

Verdict: Make sure the credit cards in your wallet are yours. Check the name on the card every time you sign for something and/or the card is taken away for even a short period of time. Many people just take back the credit card without even looking at it, thinking that it has to be theirs.

FOR YOUR OWN SAKE, DEVELOP THE HABIT OF CHECKING YOUR CREDIT CARD EACH TIME IT IS RETURNED TO YOU AFTER A TRANSACTION!

SCENE 3: Yesterday I went into a pizza restaurant to pick up an order that I had called in. I paid by using my Visa Check Card which, of course, is linked directly to my checking account. The young man behind the counter took my card, swiped it, then laid it flat on the counter as he waited for the approval, which is pretty standard procedure. While he waited, he picked up his cell phone and started dialing. I noticed the phone because it is the same model I have, but nothing seemed out of the ordinary.

Then I heard a click that sounded like my phone sounds when I take a picture. He then gave me back my card but kept the phone in his hand as if he was still pressing buttons. Meanwhile, I'm thinking: I wonder what he is taking a picture of, oblivious to what was really going on. It then dawned on me: the only thing there was as my credit card, so now I'm paying close attention to what he is doing.

He set his phone on the counter, leaving it open. About five seconds later, I heard the chime that tells you that the picture has been saved. Now I'm standing there struggling with the fact that this boy just took a picture of my credit card. Yes, he played it off well, because had we not had the same kind of phone, I probably would never have known what happened. Needless to say, I immediately canceled that card as I was walking out of the pizza parlor.

All I am saying is, be aware of your surroundings at all times. Whenever you are using your credit cards, take caution and don't be careless. Notice who is standing near you and what they are doing when you use your card. Be aware of phones because many have a camera phone these days. When you are in a restaurant and the waiter/waitress brings your card and receipt for you to sign, make sure you scratch the number off.

Some restaurants are using only the last four digits, but a lot of them are still putting the whole thing on there. I have already been a victim of credit card fraud and, believe me, it is not fun. The truth is that they can get you even when you are careful, so don't make it easy for them.

FORWARD THIS TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN THINK OF. LET'S GET THE WORD OUT!

Origins: The item quoted above is another example of a "crime warning" message that is difficult to classify as either true or false. The scenarios it describes are possible, and someone, somewhere, might very well have been victimized by them, but on the other hand the message provides no details of time, place, or person, to use in verifying these tales, and the scenarios proffered are generally too implausible to be of much legitimate concern to the average person.

The first two entries describe scammers who supposedly switch expired credit cards for valid credit cards, thereby enabling them to run up thousands of dollars in charges before the victims realize their cards are missing. This isn't a scheme likely to be successful in most cases, for a number of reasons:
Not all credit cards look alike. Common credit cards such as VISA and MasterCard vary quite widely in appearance, featuring different logos (based upon the issuing financial institutions), different colors of plastic, and even different (customer-selected) background designs. For this scenario to work, the putative thieves would have to carry around a plethora of different styles of cards and hope to hit a long shot by coincidentally matching one of their cards to a victim's particular card.

The deception will be obvious the next time the victim uses (or, presumably, even looks at) his card, which doesn't give the scammers much time to try to run up a huge charge on the stolen card via many small purchases. Contrary to the claim made above, most credit card issuers will flag as suspect thousands of dollars' worth of charges made on a credit card within a short period of time, even if none of those charges is for a large amount.

No explanation is offered for how these scammers supposedly come by their handy supply of expired credit cards. Most customers discard their expired cards by throwing them into the trash, usually after having cut them in two (or otherwise mutilated them).

Frankly, if you're habitually leaving your wallet unattended in an easily-opened locker, you've got a lot more to be concerned about than potential visits from card-swapping scammers.

The third scenario covers a situation we've already written an article about, that of identity thieves supposedly snapping pictures of credit cards with cell phone cameras. This scheme too is possible but implausible, since:
It's still quite difficult (given the quality of cell phone cameras, the reflectiveness of plastic credit cards, and the usual lack of contrast between the colors of a card's imprinted numbers and its background) to quickly snap off a clear photo of a credit card.

Taking a picture of the front of a credit card won't capture the CVC2 or CVV2 security code required for most CNP (i.e., "card not present") purchases. (American Express, however, is an exception to this; its security code is printed on the cardface.)

Retail clerks and others who typically handle customers' credit cards in the course of business transactions have many, many ways of recording card numbers that are better and easier (and less obtrusive) than literally pointing a camera at a card and taking a picture of it.

The admonition to "take caution and don't be careless" with your credit cards is generally sound, but then again, it's also rather obvious advice that applies to just about every aspect of life.

Thousand Dollar Bill

Claim: You can receive any of the following rewards from various companies by simply forwarding an e-mail message to your friends:


Cash from Microsoft
Free merchandise from Nike
Free trip for two to Walt Disney World or $5,000 cash from Disney
Free clothing from the GAP
Free computers from IBM
$25 gift certificates from Abercrombie & Fitch
$25 gift certificates from Old Navy
$50 gift certificates from J. Crew
Free cases of M&Ms from Mars
$25 gift certificates from Outback Steakhouse
Free cars from Honda
$50 gift certificates from Bath & Body Works
Free CDs from Columbia House
Free cases of soda from Coca-Cola
Cash from AOL Time Warner
Cash from EMI
Free cell phones from Nokia
Free cell phones from Ericsson
$50 gift certificates from Victoria's Secret
Cash from the Newell Co.
Cash from RH Power Inc.
$50 gift certificates from Cracker Barrel
Free champagne from Veuve-Clicquot
$50 gift certificates from Applebee's
Cash from Bill Gates

Status: False.

Origins: No, you're not going to be receiving money, merchandise, or free trips from Bill Gates (or anyone else), no matter how many people you forward this message to. Tracing all recipients of an e-mail message is not yet technically possible, and even if it were, Bill Gates certainly wouldn't be testing software that performed such tracking by blindly sending messages out to the Internet with a promise of financial reward to the recipients.

First and foremost, e-mail tracking programs do not exist. That folks continue to fall for myriad varieties of these leg-pulls is in part attributable to netizens having caught so many references to these non-existent programs that the new hoax is able to continue building on an already partially-constructed platform of belief.

(As with every other technological issue, the statement "e-mail tracking programs do not exist" becomes less and less true every day. It is possible in some cases to determine who has read a particular mail message, but there is no method of doing so that will work with all the myriad of e-mail programs out there or keep track of who forwarded the message to whom.)

Once again, e-mail tracing programs do not exist. Any "get something free" come-on or "help a sick kid" appeal which specifies an invisible program is keeping track of who received an e-mail and who it was then sent to is a hoax. Any such note. No exceptions. Not even ones not yet listed on this page.

Likewise, missives which offer no explanation of how the e-mails are being tallied are also hoaxes. Unless you are e-mailing a copy to a central tabulating point every time something is forwarded on, nothing is being counted, traced, tracked, or any other verb that would result in you getting free cargo pants from the GAP or inspiring an unnamed millionaire to donate just a little bit more towards the care of an injured child.

With all that said, we can begin looking at the various forms this jape has so far taken. And it's going to be a long, strange journey indeed.



Claim: Commentator Andy Rooney explains his political views.

Status: False.


Examples: [Collected on the Internet, 2003]

BRAVO ANDY ROONEY!!!!

Right on, Andy Rooney!

Andy Rooney said on 60 minutes a few weeks back: (for those of you that don't know Andy Rooney, he is an 82 year old US TV commentator)



I like big cars, big boats, big motorcycles, big houses and big campfires.

I believe the money I make belongs to me and my family, not some governmental stooge with a bad comb-over who wants to give it away to crack addicts for squirting out babies.

Guns do not make you a killer. I think killing makes you a killer. You can kill someone with a baseball bat or a car, but no one is trying to ban you from driving to the ball game.

I believe they are called the Boy Scouts for a reason, that is why there are no girls allowed. Girls belong in the Girl Scouts!

I think that if you feel homosexuality is wrong, it is not a phobia, it is an opinion.

I don't think being a minority makes you a victim of anything except numbers. The only things I can think of that are truly discriminatory are things like the United Negro College Fund, Jet Magazine, Black Entertainment Television, and Miss Black America.

Try to have things like the United Caucasian College Fund, Cloud Magazine, White entertainment Television, or Miss White America and see what happens. Jesse Jackson will be knocking down your door.

I have the right NOT to be tolerant of others because they are different, weird, or tick me off. When 70% of the people who get arrested are black, in cities where 70% of the population is black, that is not racial profiling, it is the law of statistics.

I know what sex is, and there are not varying degrees of it. If I received sex from one of the subordinates in my office, it wouldn't be a private matter or my personal business. I would be "FIRED" immediately!

I believe that if you are selling me a milk shake, a pack of cigarettes, a newspaper or a hotel room, you must do it in English! As a matter of fact, if you want to be an American citizen you should have to speak English!

My father and grandfather shouldn't have to die in vain so you can leave the countries you were born in to come over and disrespect ours. I think the police should have every right to shoot your sorry ass if you threaten them after they tell you to stop. If you can't understand the word "freeze" or "stop" in English, see the above lines.

I feel much safer letting a machine with no political affiliation recount votes when needed. I know what the definition of lying is.

I don't think just because you were not born in this country, you are qualified for any special loan programs, government sponsored bank loans or tax breaks, etc., so you can open a hotel, coffee shop, trinket store, or any other business. We did not go to the aid of certain foreign countries and risk our lives in wars to defend their freedoms so that decades later they could come over here and tell us our constitution is a living document and open to their interpretations.

I don't hate the rich. I don't pity the poor.

I know wrestling is fake, but so are movies and television, and that doesn't stop you from watching them.

I believe a self-righteous liberal or conservative with a cause is more dangerous than a Hell's Angel with an attitude.

I think Bill Gates has every right to keep every penny he made and continue to make more. If it ticks you off, go and invent the next operating system that's better and put your name on the building. Ask your buddy that invented the Internet to help you.

It doesn't take a whole village to raise a child right, but it does take a parent to stand up to the kid and smack their little ass when necessary and say "NO."

I think tattoos and piercing are fine if you want them, but please don't pretend they are a political statement. And . . . Please stay home until that new lip ring heals, I don't want to look at your ugly infected mouth as you serve me french fries!

I am sick of "Political Correctness" and of all the suck ups that go along with it. I know a lot of black people, and not a single one of them was born in Africa, so how can they be "African-Americans"? Besides, Africa is a continent. I don't go around saying I am a European-American because my great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather was from Europe. I am proud to be from America and nowhere else.

And if you don't like my point of view, tough!

Andy is 83 and entitled to his opinion.

Origins: Curmudgeonly 60 Minutes commentator Andy Rooney may have delivered a vituperative essay on French politics in 2003, but this piece elaborating on his own politics is not his creation. The text quoted above is too reactionary even for the acerbic Rooney, and the language used doesn't sound like him. ("Shoot your sorry ass" just isn't the kind of phrase Andy Rooney employs on television.) Just to be thorough, we checked the transcripts of all of Andy Rooney's 60 Minutes pieces from the last ten years, and nothing like this item turned up.

Moreover, Rooney himself denied it in 2003, saying:
About a year ago, I became aware of a more serious theft of my name and it is so hurtful to my reputation that it calls for legal action against the thief. Hundreds of people have written asking if I really wrote the 20 detestable remarks made under my name that have had such wide circulation on the Internet.

[...]

Some of the remarks, which I will not repeat here, are viciously racist and the spirit of the whole thing is nasty, mean and totally inconsistent with my philosophy of life. It is apparent that the list of comments has been read by hundreds of thousands of Americans, many of whom must believe that it accurately represents opinions of mine that I don't dare express in my column or on television. It is seriously damaging to my reputation.
The final two items on the list are probably a good tipoff that either this collection was written (by an as yet unidentified author) as a parody of the "A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney" spots on 60 Minutes, or someone appended Andy Rooney's name to an unattributed piece because it "seemed like something he would say." Either way, whoever created this version appears to have lifted some parts from an earlier piece known as "Yes, I Guess I am A BAD American" and falsely credited to comedian George Carlin.

Virus: Life is Beautiful.pps

Status: Hoax.


Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2002]

This information arrived this morning, from Microsoft and Norton. Please send it to everybody you know who accesses the Internet.

You may receive an apparently harmless email with a PowerPoint presentation called "Life is beautiful.pps."

If you receive it DO NOT OPEN THE FILE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, and delete it immediately.

If you open this file, a message will appear on your screen saying: "It is too late now, your life is no longer beautiful", subsequently you will LOSE EVERYTHING IN YOUR PC and the person who sent it to you will gain access to your name, email and password.

This is a new virus which started to circulate on Saturday afternoon. WE NEED TO DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO STOP THIS VIRUS.

AOL has already confirmed its dangerousness, and the antivirus Softs are not capable of destroying it. The virus has been created by a hacker who calls himself "life owner", and who aims to destroying domestic PCs and who also fights Microsoft in court! That's why it comes disguised with extension pps. He fights in court for the Windows-XP patent.

MAKE A COPY OF THIS EMAIL TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS.

Origins: This warning about a Microsoft PowerPoint file named "Life is Beautiful" carrying a a computer-destroying virus is a hoax, one that has been with us since at least January 2002. It originally circulated in Portuguese but was later translated into English and a host of other languages.

Although this particular example is a hoax, PowerPoint presentations can contain viruses, so prudent computer users should always check downloaded or e-mailed PowerPoint presentations (and all other non-text attachments) before opening them.

In September 2002 this hoax was circulated anew as "Everything is Beautiful," and it popped up again in 2003 re-titled as "Life is Wonderful."

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Për të dytin vit radhazi, Jeff Bezos e vendos veten në krye të listës së më të pasurve në botë. Sipas revistës amerikane “Forbes”, pasuria e themeluesit të Amazon ka rritur 19 miliardë dollarë në një vit, duke arritur në 131 miliardë. Në hapin e dytë të podiumit është konfirmuar Bill Gates, “babai” i Microsoft, […]
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"Woz Gates" -- portmanteau of Steve "Woz" Wozniack and Bill Gates.
          America’s doctors warn Google, Twitter, and Facebook: Anti-vaxxers are weaponizing tech platforms, prompting outbreaks that can 'debilitate and kill'      Cache   Translate Page      

Flu Vaccine

  • The American Medical Association (AMA) is worried that anti-vaxxers are weaponizing the world's biggest social media platforms, including Facebook, Google, and Twitter. 
  • Parents often use these platforms to spread misinformation about vaccine dangers that aren't real.
  • Doctors say the content is having a dangerous impact on the number of vaccinated people in America, and that could have deadly consequences.
  • "It is important that people be aware not just that these diseases still exist and can still debilitate and kill, but that vaccines are a safe, proven way to protect against them," the AMA letter states.

Doctors think too many American kids are missing vaccinations, and that fake news spreading like wildfire on social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube may be largely to blame. 

On Wednesday, the American Medical Association (AMA), the largest professional group of doctors in the US, sent an open letter to the CEOs of Amazon, Facebook, Google, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube, voicing concern that parents are taking in all kinds of fake information about childhood vaccines from inaccurate videos, posts, and links on their platforms.

"Physicians across the country are troubled by reports of anti-vaccine related messages and advertisements targeting parents searching for vaccine information on your platforms," AMA CEO James Madara wrote. "We urge you to do your part to ensure that users have access to scientifically valid information on vaccinations, so they can make informed decisions about their families’ health." 

The anti-vaxx content that's been cropping up on social media for years appears to be having a harmful effect: a recent UK study suggested that two in every five parents have been exposed to anti-vaccine content on social media, and more than one in four believe, wrongly, that a person can have "too many" vaccines.

In the US, researchers are worried about several potential "hotspots" that are ripe for a disease outbreak, including Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; Phoenix, Arizona; Salt Lake City, Utah; Houston, Texas; and Detroit, Michigan. 

Measles, a vaccine-preventable disease that was nearly unheard of in the US as recently as the early 2000s, is cropping up in more and more rich countries where people are neglecting their shots. In 2018, measles killed 72 people in Europe, and over 225 people in the US have contracted measles so far this year. 

Some big tech companies are starting to take note. 

Last Thursday, Facebook promised to de-rank anti-vaxx pages on its site. Ethan Lindenberger, an 18-year-old who has recently taken it upon himself to start catching up on his own childhood vaccines, said his mother often used Facebook to spread false information about vaccines to her friends, and inform her beliefs that vaccines were dangerous for him.

"Her love, affection, and care as a parent was used," Lindenberger told the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions last week. 

Pinterest is taking a more conservative approach by completely blocking vaccine searches. Amazon is also taking steps to remove anti-vaxx videos and stop selling books with quack medical "cures," as NBC reported Tuesday

rhett krawitt and mom measles vaccination

Doctors could also be doing more to combat the problem, as studies suggest they are some of the most trusted sources that vaccine-hesitant parents may consult to change their minds. Here's the AMA's letter in full

Dear CEOs of Leading Technology Companies, 

At a time when vaccine-preventable diseases, particularly measles, are reemerging in the United States and threatening communities and public health, physicians across the country are troubled by reports of anti-vaccine related messages and advertisements targeting parents searching for vaccine information on your platforms. As physicians, we are concerned that the proliferation of this type of health-related misinformation will undermine sound science, further decrease vaccinations, and persuade people to make medical decisions that could spark the spread of easily preventable diseases.

With public health on the line and with social media serving as a leading source of information for the American people, we urge you to do your part to ensure that users have access to scientifically valid information on vaccinations, so they can make informed decisions about their families’ health. We also urge you to make public your plans to ensure that users have access to accurate, timely, scientifically sound information on vaccines. 

We applaud companies that have already taken action but encourage you to continue evaluating the impact of these policies and take further steps to address the issue as needed.

The overwhelming scientific evidence shows that vaccines are among the most effective and safest interventions to both prevent individual illness and protect public health. When immunization rates are high, people who cannot be protected directly by the vaccines are protected because they are not exposed to the disease. This includes children too young to receive vaccinations and people with medical contraindications.

The reductions we have seen in vaccination coverage threaten to erase many years of progress as nearly eliminated and preventable diseases return, resulting in illness, disability and death. In order to protect our communities’ health, it is important that people be aware not just that these diseases still exist and can still debilitate and kill, but that vaccines are a safe, proven way to protect against them. 

As evident from the measles outbreaks currently impacting communities in several states, when people decide not to be immunized as a matter of personal preference or misinformation, they put themselves and others at risk of disease. That is why it is extremely important that people who are searching for information about vaccination have access to accurate, evidence-based information grounded in science. 

Thank you for your attention to this critical, public health matter. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

James L. Madara, M.D.

CEO, Executive Vice President, Americal Medical Association

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          Bloomberg Promotes Billionaire Bill Gates’ Call for Tax Hikes on Wealthy      Cache   Translate Page      
What do Bill Gates, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders have in common? They all want the rich to pay higher taxes. Bloomberg News appears to be on board with their goal. “Gates is saying what the Democratic candidates appear to be thinking: Go for the capital gains rate,” claimed Bloomberg reporter Lynnley Browning on March 12. The story downplayed the dramatic tax proposals of both presidential candidates and turned to liberal tax experts promoting tax hikes. It also failed to include any conservative economists arguing against tax hikes.
          Klimatkollen: Kärnkraft – ja eller nej?      Cache   Translate Page      

”Kärnkraft är idealt för att hantera klimatförändringarna, då det är den ena koldioxidfria, skalbara energikällan som är tillgänglig 24 timmar om dygnet. Problemen med dagens reaktorer, som risken för olyckor, kan lösas genom innovation.”

Orden kommer inte från vem som helst. De kommer från superfilantropen Bill Gates, i ett brev som han publicerade strax innan nyår.

Och han är långt från ensam om att vilja se en storsatsning på kärnkraft. Vissa debattörer argumenterar, felaktigt, rent av att IPCC säger att vi måste investera stort i kärnkraft. Påståendet har fått sådan spridning att tre klimatforskare kopplade till IPCC har känt sig tvingade att gå ut i en debattartikel i SvD för att poängtera att IPCC inte förordar någonting. Det får nämligen inte klimatpanelen göra. Det är lite som att be en journalist säga vilket parti du ska rösta på – totalt oförenligt med uppdraget.

IPCC:s uppdrag i den 1,5-gradersrapport som kärnkraftsförespråkarna hänvisar till, var att ta fram olika scenarier för hur vi kan begränsa jordens uppvärmning till 1,5 grader. I flera av scenarierna ingår en kraftig expansion av kärnkraften. Men, påpekar forskarna, det finns också scenarier där vi har färre reaktorer än i dag.

Med det sagt är klimatargumenten för kärnkraften tydliga. Ja, kärnkraft har mycket låga utsläpp av koldioxid (om än inte obefintliga, som Bill Gates hävdar). Och det är ett kraftslag som bidrar med stabilitet i nätet (även om Bill Gates har fel även här – kärnkraften har också sina leveranssvackor, vid underhåll och oväntade fel).

Men det finns också argument emot. Som IPCC pekar på i en analys, kan en ökning av kärnkraft leda till ökad spridning av kärnvapen. Dessutom har vi miljöeffekterna, främst om vad vi ska göra av kärnkraftsavfallet, och förstås risken för olyckor. Men, som jag skrev i en analys redan 2014: lika avgörande, i alla fall i en svensk kontext, är priset. När Energimyndigheten för ett par år sedan tittade på hur mycket det skulle kosta med stöd till olika energislag per TWh producerad energi, kom man fram till att det nuvarande elcertifikatsystemet kostade 500–1500 miljoner kronor per TWh. Kärnkraftsstödet i Storbritannien, ett av de länder som valt att satsa på ny kärnkraft, ligger på 10 000 – 20 000 miljoner kronor per TWh.

Nu behöver det inte bli lika dyrt i Sverige. Och visst, som Bill Gates säger, innovation kan lösa kärnkraftens problem – kanske även kostnadsproblemen. Men innovation kan också lösa problemen med förnybar energi, som energilagring.

Så vad är då svaret? Behöver vi storsatsa på kärnkraft för att rädda klimatet? Jag säger som IPCC: du har argumenten här. Vilken väg vi bör välja är en politisk fråga. Men kärnkraft är inte den enda vägen.

PS. Nu har nästa del i Klimatskiftet publicerats – läs den och se filmen här! DS.

Rättelse: En läsare påpekade en felaktighet i förra veckans Klimatkollen, där jag jämförde den svenska köttkonsumtionen med den globala. Den siffra på svensk konsumtion som jag använde – 83,5 kg – är slaktvikt. Det skiljer sig från den siffra som jag använde i en global kontext, 43 kg ”i konsumentledet”. Enligt Svenskt Kött kommer ungefär 70–80 procent av slaktvikten ut i handeln. Svenskarna konsumerade alltså (vilket också skiljer sig från vad vi de facto stoppar i munnen) ungefär 60–65 kg per person förra året.


          Tax policy colloquium, week 8: Tatiana Homonoff on SNAP (fka Food Stamps)      Cache   Translate Page      
Yesterday at the colloquium, Tatiana Homonoff of NYU's Wagner School presented Program Recertification Costs: Evidence from SNAP. As background, when people qualify for benefits under the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps), they must periodically document their continued eligibility, under a recertification process that includes submitting income documentation and having an interview with a case officer.

This interview can be by phone, and apparently aims more at providing counseling and aid towards completing the process, than at raising obstacles. But I would be unsurprised if SNAP participants who need to recertify, and who still meet the qualifications, were to view it with anxiety.

SNAP has a great deal of "churn." That is, people fail to recertify in time, get thrown off the program, and then succeed in being reinstated. The paper mentions estimates suggesting that this actually costs the SNAP program money, in that the administrative costs of recertification exceed the fiscal savings from the missed benefits. This of course is a lose-lose scenario, since even the fiscal saving comes at the expense of people who needlessly miss benefits that would have helped them. For example, one may have children going hungry due to the missed benefits, at the same time that the program is losing money on net.

The paper studies how randomly assigned interview dates in San Francisco's SNAP program affected rates of successful recertification. San Francisco staggers the interview dates that it assigns people, so that its case workers will have a smoother workload. But if your interview is late in the month and you don't act promptly to reschedule (such as in advance), you may run out of time and get thrown off the program - albeit just temporarily in what turn out to be the "churn" cases.

The effects of being randomly assigned an interview date late in the month turn out to be startlingly large. "We estimate that a one-day delay in the assigned interview date decreases the chance of succesfully recertifying by one-third of a percentage point. In other words, a case that has an initial interview on the 28th day of the month [the last date to which interviews are randomly assigned] is 9.0 percentage points less likely to recertify than a case that has an initial interview scheduled on the first of the month - a 19 perent decrease in recertification success."

The paper finds, moreover, that needier households that would get large benefits are affected on average more than those closer to exceeding SNAP's income thresholds and that would thus get smaller benefits. So the hazard that is effectively  being imposed here, via randomly assigned dates later in the month, worsens rather than improves SNAP's "targeting efficiency," as this typically is defined by SNAP researchers to distinguish between worse-off and better-off households, among those that are sufficiently poor to qualify for the benefits.

Benefit loss here looks less like a function of rational choice (e.g., expending less effort to preserve your benefits if they're smaller) than of reverse screening. That is, needier households are apparently less able to overcome the obstacles created by having less time to reschedule if needed, get everything done, etc.

The most obvious policy takeaway is that interviews should be scheduled earlier in the month when recertification needs to be completed, and/or extra time given to complete the documentation requirements post-interview. One step broader is the question of why recertification is required to be so frequent when, at least in this paper's data set, there appears to be such a high probability of continuing to qualify for the benefits. (And the reverse-screening aspect of recertification makes this even worse.) But broader still is the sociological / fiscal language question of how SNAP's character as a transfer or benefit program appears to influence its structure in telling, and perhaps counterproductive, ways.

A number of my tax colleagues at various law schools have written papers about integrating the tax and transfer systems. One shouldn't necessarily have any particular prior about the extent to which this is likely to be desirable as an administrative matter. But the clearer and perhaps more interesting point for me, which I have written about herehere, and here, is that "taxes" such as the income tax and "transfers" such as SNAP are part of the very same thing. We should think about them in an integrated fashion, but often we don't, and this is partly a function of the optics that result from staring intently at stand-alone transfer programs without a grasp of the broader context. It leads to program maldesign, and bad effects on poor people, even when they are not the deliberate targets of lawmakers' malice. In particular, it encourages

Should we so focus on SNAP's stand-alone "program integrity" that Type 1 errors (mistaken allowance of benefits) get treated as far more regrettable than Type 2 errors (mistaken disallowance)? I don't inherently see why, even though it is a "transfer" rather than a "tax." The direction of cash flow, between the government and a given household, under one program for one period, as considered in isolation from all the rest of the system, is of zero normative interest. Suppose, for example, that Bill Gates mistakenly got $100 in SNAP benefits. Leaving aside the difficulty of imagining Bill at the checkout counter with a SNAP card, this has no more significance than the case in which he ought to have been required to pay $100 more in income taxes.

Transfer programs are often in-kind rather than being paid in cash, although SNAP is one of the more cash-like in that people's total food expenditures typically exceed their SNAP benefits (hence the word "supplemental" in SNAP). Thus, while for behavioral reasons it might increase food outlays relative to giving out straight cash, the difference is probably not that great.

Transfer programs - and SNAP in particular - are also typically more tied to current period available resources, rather than to long-term or even lifetime, material wellbeing levels. Hence, the case for replacing an income tax with a progressive consumption tax would be difficult to apply sensibly here. ("Sorry, we're going to let you starve because you have great expectations for the future, and/or spent too much last year.")

But the broader conceptual interchangeability suggests that we should view under- and over-payment of SNAP benefits, relative to the case where eligibility criteria were correctly applied,more symmetrically than I gather we do. This would likely suggest making recertification less frequent and more easily accomplished. Even people on the high end of SNAP eligibility are presumably below the median economic level in our society. And where hazards are reverse-screening out the neediest, that is worse still. Even the concept of "program size" can involve unduly separating in our minds one intertwined piece of our overall fiscal system from all the rest.
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hello, assalamekom..

actually aku tade idea pun nk taip2 tapi memandangkan mcm lame je tebiar aku try lah make up with sumthings kat sini k..tapi nk cite psal ape eh..erm, uols penah tak terpikir idea korg ni tak penah bagus..i mean mcm ape yg kite fikirkan tu dah beratus juta org pikir dah sebelum2 ni..mcm skrg aku tgh pikir ape aku akan jadi setahun akan dtg, even sepuluh taun akan dtg..still x jumpe jawapan lah..aku rase org yg buat planning awal ni chances nk dpt ape yg diplankan tu x kan semua dpt..sebab tu ramai org come out ngan byk plan..contohnye bilemana budak darjah 1 ditanye ape yg dia mau jadi bile besar..dia akan ckp polis sebab dia tgk dlm cerita polis selalu menang bile lawan penjahat..tapi bile dia dah getting older mesti lain pulak cita2 dia..jujur kan seorang kanak2..

hari ni da sebulan lebih aku attend course safety, tapi still blur2 utk decide wut i'm going to be..nk jdkan realistic mmg nampak semua kosong je..compete ngan manusia2 yg ade kat bumi ni lagi..recession yg belum recover2 lagi..lambakan graduan2 lagi..haiyoh, ayat last yg kuar let it be lah..tnggu pada rezeki..tp bile aku tgk berite mlm tadi aku rase cm ade satu percanggahan yg besar antara majikan dengan pekerja..majikan selalu mengeluh they dont know ape yg penganggur2 skrg tgh pikirkn..diorang kononnye sediakan platform utk peluang pekerjaan tapi still sambutan kurang..hey, aku x fhm ok ape yg kurang tu..selalu aku pergi besepah je mintak kerja..kebarangkalian yg dapat pun sorg dua dlm 2,3 ratus org..tapi dierang nk yg ambitious..yg alwayz ad keinginan utk maju..crucial critical thinking sume..hey hey hey..c'mon lah..bill gates pn tak penah declare dia bijak pandai before dia build up microsoft system tu sume..mane2 pun kerja keras dan keinginan utk maju tu perlu ade doa dan harapan mengharapkan luck dan kejayaan..uols sume pun ade pandangan masing2..so do by ur own..we are the greatest creature on earth lah..

oklah..at least ade la sikit utk hrni walopun mengarut and complicated..susah nk fhm dan susah utk aku suarakan melalui tulisan..hope uols will enjoy ur reading as well as i enjoyed my writing..wassalam
           Faze tari: Cele mai şocante poveşti de amor din comunism; Proteste în Italia. Doi bărbați, achitați de acuzația de viol pentru că victima era "urâtă"; Cinci lucruri pe care nu le știai despre internet! Care a fost primul produs comandat online și când a ajuns netul în spațiu      Cache   Translate Page      
O companie finanţată de Bill Gates va folosi editarea genetică pentru a crea carne în laborator. Jurnaliştii de la Business Insider au găsit două...

Cea mai vârstnică femeie din lume a ajuns la 116 ani cu dulciuri şi sucuri acidulate. Kane Tanaka din Fukukoa, Japonia, a fost recunoscută, recent, de...
          Comentario en Las 10 tecnologías más impactantes de 2019, según Bill Gates por luis del rio sampietro      Cache   Translate Page      
Energía nuclear de nueva generación. Los verdes ha estigmatizado esta tecnología y la población tiene esta opinión pero esto tiene que cambiar, los modernos diseños de fisión, más seguros, menos voluminosos, más baratos y con escasos residuos radiactivos que pronto tendremos son el complemento ideal a las energías renovables. El efecto invernadero una amenaza real solo se puede paliar si se crea un clamor popular para que los políticos atiendan y acepten esta tech, según la ciencia solo que suba 1 metro el mar afectará a 180 millones de habitantes del mundo Los humanos a veces sólo aprendemos cuando nos dan en lo alto, pero esto no vale con el cambio climático que se quedará con nosotros por siglos.
          Comentario en Las 10 tecnologías más impactantes de 2019, según Bill Gates por Justo Zapata Juarez      Cache   Translate Page      
Lo que marcara el 2019 son las baterias para coches electricos. De gran capacidad.
          Comentario en Las 10 tecnologías más impactantes de 2019, según Bill Gates por Camila Godoy      Cache   Translate Page      
bueno lo del cander ya lo lograron en Israel . lo del electro ya lo logro apple con sus relojes ; el resto de las cosas estan en camino.
          Comentario en Las 10 tecnologías más impactantes de 2019, según Bill Gates por Gregorio Ros      Cache   Translate Page      
Las hamburguesas sin carne ya hace años que se comen. En cuanto a los electrocardiógrafos en la muñeca es lo primero que comente cuando salieron los relojes inteligentes, la única utilidad que les veo, hora aparte, es la de un sistema de monitoreo médico portatil e individual, vamos que si te da un yuyu que llame a la ambulancia. Los inodoros, bueno, si no tienen ni para comer en algunos sitios diles que se compren la maquinita de marras. Lo demas solo hay que leer las noticias sobre ciencia para ver que ya están en ello. En resumen, que por que es el Sr Bill Gates quien lo dice.
          Comentario en Las 10 tecnologías más impactantes de 2019, según Bill Gates por Jose Pastrana      Cache   Translate Page      
De hecho el punto 9, ya había enseñado un diseño terminado de su funcionamiento (Lo ví hace algunos años en su página web).
          Tucker Carlson And The Real Victims Of Media Censorship      Cache   Translate Page      
By: Cliff Kincaid Billionaire Bill Gates is pouring some of his wealth into development of an HIV/AIDS vaccine that will be mandatory for all young people, even children, in the U.S. Perhaps a scheduled “breakthrough” in this controversial effort and a plan for universal HIV vaccinations explains why major media organs and corporate and government officials are [...]
          Carta a Steven Pinker (e também a Bill Gates) sobre a pobreza global      Cache   Translate Page      

Por Jason Hickel Estimado Steven, Escrevo para responder uma carta que você enviou sobre as afirmações que eu fiz no jornal The Guardian, a respeito da narrativa sobre a pobreza global. Estou dirigindo-me a você porque penso que é melhor do que realizar debates por meio de terceiros, e porque eu gostaria de convidar-lhe a […]

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          Bill Gates Says He Simplifies His Happiness by Focusing on 2 Key Areas of Life      Cache   Translate Page      
The Microsoft co-founder was recently asked, "What makes you happy?"


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