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~~~~~~~~~> Does DEBT  become SERFDOM ?

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Jules on Twitter: "What we've learned in last week. American media hates 1A. UK socialists hate democratic elections. Carry on."

Jules on Twitter: "What we've learned in last week. American media hates 1A. UK socialists hate democratic elections. Carry on."

Bahá'í Faith - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bahá'í Faith - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



Work[edit]

Monasticism is forbidden, and Bahá'ís attempt to ground their spirituality in ordinary daily life. Performing useful work, for example, is not only required but considered a form of worship.[20] Bahá'u'lláh prohibited a mendicant and ascetic lifestyle.[96] The importance of self-exertion and service to humanity in one's spiritual life is emphasised further in Bahá'u'lláh's writings, where he states that work done in the spirit of service to humanity enjoys a rank equal to that of prayer and worship in the sight of God.[20]

Cool 'spy phone' reveals when you're bugged | Page 2 | Komando.com

Cool 'spy phone' reveals when you're bugged | Page 2 | Komando.com



The gadget the Integricell exec was using was actually his phone. The company has created Android smartphones that are specifically designed to know when ISMI catchers are trying to steal your calls. It works by looking at a variety of factors that could signal your call is being stolen.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Cristian Fabiano - Dicas de Tudo um Pouco...: Horta vertical de garrafa PET.

Cristian Fabiano - Dicas de Tudo um Pouco...: Horta vertical de garrafa PET.



Horta vertical

A garrafa PET é uma invenção que deu certo em termos econômicos, mas vem trazendo uma dor de cabeça quando pensamos na enorme degradação do Meio Ambiente causada por ela.


Buscar alternativas para sua reutilização tem sido um esforço da sociedade em diversos lugares do Brasil.

General Election 2015: Be VERY afraid as the Nightmare on Downing Street is about to begin - Brian Reade - Mirror Online

General Election 2015: Be VERY afraid as the Nightmare on Downing Street is about to begin - Brian Reade - Mirror Online





Seconds after the polls closed a collective gasp rippled across Britain which threatened to register on the Richter Scale.
That exit poll, which claimed Labour were 77 seats behind the Tories and virtually wiped off the map in Scotland, and that the Lib Dems had fallen back to the number of seats they used to win in Jeremy Thorpe’s day, left everyone who has a remote knowledge of British politics gobsmacked.
Such was the disparity between the neck-and-neck predictions of professional pollsters you had to rub your eyes at the screen and pinch yourself to see if this wasn’t a very bad dream.
Even among the most optimistic of Tory campaigners this turnaround in the polls was jaw-dropping, baffling and astonishing.
Paddy Ashdown gave us hope by assuring us that his hat would be eaten if the poll was accurate.
A clearly shocked Labour spokesman tried to bat it off with a quote about these polls being wrong before, notably in 1992.
But Harriet Harman didn’t seem to share Ashdown’s confidence that we’d seen a cock-up on a grand scale.
Her worried frown said it all.


Slashdot on Twitter: "Technology and Ever-Falling Attention Spans http://t.co/IKZT0eEIUE"

Slashdot on Twitter: "Technology and Ever-Falling Attention Spans http://t.co/IKZT0eEIUE"

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ThinkOR - Think Operations Research: Spam gets a personal touch: Human 1, Machine 1

ThinkOR - Think Operations Research: Spam gets a personal touch: Human 1, Machine 1



Blogging and spamming practically come hand in hand. The obvious ones have been pretty well controlled by the major blogging platforms' spam filters, thanks to advances in text analysis and machine learning algorithms. However, it is not perfect, or is it - you be the judge in this case.

This could be an example of how creative spammers are at combating algorithms.

Or, it could be an example of a business owner trying to do his own selective SEO (search engine optimization).

An old post on mandatory school uniforms got the following spam:

I think school uniforms must be compulsory in schools because after one time-investment in the uniform, it prevents the child from the traits of social inequality,inferiority complex etc.And If you have decided to buy the uniform, buy it from Wang Uniforms (link removed)

I speculate that a human wrote the comment, because it is a sensible comment, and also because of the grammatical, punctuation and spacing errors.

However, the link, which I removed for this post, does point to a legitimate school uniform maker in the UAE. I suppose there are two possibilities:
1) The uniform business had legitimately read the article, had something genuine to say, and also wanted to promote its own business.
2) The uniform business hired a spammer / mass commenter to do the job for SEO purposes.

I had a bit of a hard time deciding whether this is spam or not. Since I cannot edit the comment to remove the link, I rejected the comment. Especially after I found out that the profile for the commenter was some jewelry shop in South East Asia - nothing to do with uniforms.

Algorithms are never perfect. The underlying uncertainty is why we build algorithms at all. Given I the human had trouble identifying the authenticity of this comment, I'm glad the machine (spam filter) didn't just rule it out.

So... Human vs Machine: Human 1, Machine 1?


P.S. Unrelated, but this is quite funny. Don't be fooled by the title.
Visualizing Big Data






George Galloway Loses Seat, Rants Like a Lunatic | National Review Online

George Galloway Loses Seat, Rants Like a Lunatic | National Review Online



The execrable George Galloway lost his seat in parliament last night, and had this to say in his concession speech: 



“I don’t begrudge the Labour members here their moment of celebration of course. But there will be others who are already celebrating: the venal, the vile, the racists and the Zionists will all be celebrating. The hyena can bounce on the lion’s grave but it can never be a lion and in any case, I’m not in my grave. As a matter of fact I’m going off now to plan the next campaign.” 


Racists? Zionists? Galloway – an old white man – lost to Naz Shah, a Muslim woman of Pakistani origin. Why would the “racists” and “Zionists” be pleased by that? Perhaps he’s suffering from Tourette’s.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/418109/george-galloway-loses-seat-rants-lunatic-charles-c-w-cooke?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Corner

(1) What do I need to know before I start learning Ruby on Rails? - Quora

(1) What do I need to know before I start learning Ruby on Rails? - Quora



Ruby on Rails does a lot of things including layering, modularization practices, project code structure, external service integration practices, working with databases, application security, MVC pattern, and a lot more. 

Prior experience building web applications helps, so you understand what choices being made for you, what other options you have and what to look for to bend it to do what you need.




SIP : El periodismo se ejerce "en condiciones extremas"

SIP : El periodismo se ejerce "en condiciones extremas"



Según la agencia de noticias AFP , el periodismo se ejerce en “condiciones extremas” en América Latina, debido a la restricción de la libertad de prensa en países como Venezuela y Ecuador; los asesinatos de periodistas ocurridos en Honduras y en otros países. Así lo aseguró el presidente de la Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa (SIP), Gustavo Mohme, durante un foro patrocinado en San José por el Instituto Interamericano de Derechos Humanos






Thursday, May 7, 2015

Young Black Conservative Speaks Out

Young Black Conservative Speaks Out

New Study of Obamacare Coverage Suggests What the Health Law Is—and Maybe Isn’t—Doing - Hit & Run : Reason.com

New Study of Obamacare Coverage Suggests What the Health Law Is—and Maybe Isn’t—Doing - Hit & Run : Reason.com



The headline figure is that, on net, 16.9 million people have gained insurance between September 2013 and February 2015—with 22.8 million newly insured and 5.9 million having lost coverage during that time frame. But the vast majority of newly covered, according to the study, gained insurance through employer-sponsored plans rather than through the exchanges or Medicaid, Obamacare’s primary coverage vehicles.

New Study of Obamacare Coverage Suggests What the Health Law Is—and Maybe Isn’t—Doing - Hit & Run : Reason.com

New Study of Obamacare Coverage Suggests What the Health Law Is—and Maybe Isn’t—Doing - Hit & Run : Reason.com



But it also suggests the complexity and difficulty of determining exactly how those coverage gains have been achieved, and how much of the gain is directly tied to Obamacare.

PCMag on Twitter: "VIDEO: Texas Man Sues State Department Over Right to 3D Print Guns https://t.co/plkCojT4If"

PCMag on Twitter: "VIDEO: Texas Man Sues State Department Over Right to 3D Print Guns https://t.co/plkCojT4If"

URGENT: Florida's Governor Used 1 Perfect Word to Describe Obama's Extortion Tactics

URGENT: Florida's Governor Used 1 Perfect Word to Describe Obama's Extortion Tactics



As a result, Scott is filing a lawsuit against the administration, claiming it is withholding $1 billion dollars from low-income families that need assistance with hospital bills.
Scott claims the current program Florida is using, which was implemented by the federal government in 2006, works just fine. In fact, after Scott took office in 2011, the state reformed its Medicaid program and went from a $4 billion budget deficit to a $1.8 billion surplus.


Overnewser - Bitcoin on Twitter: "ItBit Nets $25 Million, Launches NYDFS-Approved Bitcoin Exchange http://t.co/UAmtFHxHib http://t.co/1eCEIvvgLM"

Overnewser - Bitcoin on Twitter: "ItBit Nets $25 Million, Launches NYDFS-Approved Bitcoin Exchange http://t.co/UAmtFHxHib http://t.co/1eCEIvvgLM"

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Christians beheaded in Kenya university terror attack | The Times

Christians beheaded in Kenya university terror attack | The Times



Heavily-armed militants from the al-Shabaab terror group have shot or beheaded dozens of university students, most of them Christians, after storming a campus in eastern Kenya at dawn today.
Joseph Ole Nkaissery, Kenya’s interior minister, said that one of the worst atrocities ever on Kenyan soil was “90 per cent” over, as the confrontation between the gunmen and Kenyan security services reached a climax this evening.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Christian May on Twitter: "UK lags behind OECD nations on health outcomes, but wins on "equality of access." Cling to that if you like but I'd prefer better hospitals."

Christian May on Twitter: "UK lags behind OECD nations on health outcomes, but wins on "equality of access." Cling to that if you like but I'd prefer better hospitals."

De Blasio's Welfare-Reform Reversal by Fred Siegel and Robert Doar, City Journal Spring 2015

De Blasio's Welfare-Reform Reversal by Fred Siegel and Robert Doar, City Journal Spring 2015





Graph by Alberto Mena
ALBERTO MENA
De Blasio can be more aggressively liberal on welfare because most New Yorkers are barely aware of the policies that reduced the welfare rolls from 1.1 million, when Giuliani took over from de Blasio mentor David Dinkins, to the current 350,000. Giuliani’s reforms, devoted to getting people back to work, were so successful that 75 percent of those placed into jobs remained off welfare a year later. From 1994 to 2009, work rates for New York’s single mothers rose from 43 percent to 63 percent (during a period when workforce participation nationwide declined). Even after the 2008 recession, child poverty in New York City in 2011 was almost 10 percentage points lower than in 1993, the year before welfare reform began.
Now de Blasio proposes to replace these proven successes with policies that have already failed in the past. Reviving the hoary notion that entry-level work represents “dead-end jobs,” de Blasio suggests that people on welfare are owed more than an opportunity to work. Job training and “seat time” in a classroom will displace the current system of “rapid placement” into a job. The newly created Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development proposes a vast new program of job training and enhanced “education,” on the theory that a new version of the old failure will reduce inequality in New York. De Blasio’s plan, notes former Giuliani welfare commissioner Jason Turner, “acknowledges that welfare skills training does not work—but then goes on to recommend a ‘new and improved’ version.”
Natalie Nakamura
NATALIE NAKAMURA
Some critics suggest that de Blasio’s proposals would take us back to the bad old peak-welfare days of the late 1980s and early 1990s—but in fact, his proposals would reach back even further, to 1933 and Franklin Roosevelt’s ill-fated National Industrial Recovery Act. In de Blasio’s version, New York will use its considerable purchasing power, contracts, subsidies, tax breaks, and regulatory powers to remedy the “mismatch” between the demand for skilled workers and the almost 25 percent of the total labor force that earns less than $20,000 per year. De Blasio’s team would create NIRA-style “Industry Partnerships” that “will work to determine the skills and qualifications that employers need.” Low-skilled workers will be prepared for skilled work through better training and education—and the city will use its “leverage” by imposing “penalties” on employers for noncompliance. Those who comply (or perhaps contribute sufficiently to de Blasio’s political coffers) will receive the “New York City Good Business Seal,” a throwback to the famous NIRA Blue Eagle emblem. This policy will then supposedly allow the city to reimburse workforce agencies on the basis of job quality, instead of on the quantity of job placements.
Nevertheless, as Mayor de Blasio’s task force acknowledges, “There is very little data that can be used to validate good job quality and business practices.” Lots of data exist, however, on the most fundamental measure: how many people are on the city’s welfare rolls. And early indications show that de Blasio’s reforms are already starting to reverse the trend toward self-sufficiency. Research from the Manhattan Institute’s Stephen Eide shows that, in the 12 months ending December 2014—corresponding with the mayor’s first year in office—the city’s welfare rolls added a net of more than 10,000 new recipients. The growth is even more alarming than the net figure suggests, since the numbers were still trending downward until May, when Banks was hired; since then, the rolls have grown by 13,000 (see chart).
At the same city council hearing at which Council Member Miller made his case for the de Blasio reforms, Jason Turner explained that, in the real world, low-skilled workers need good work habits before acquiring new skills to enhance earnings. With the exception of Council Member Dan Garodnick of Manhattan, the council politely ignored Turner’s input. They had no questions for a man who had helped implement the successful reforms that they propose to discard. Too many interests allied with the de Blasio administration—including city-subsidized “community organizations,” some of which date from the 1960s—were about to be handed a new source of patronage.
The NIRA was dismantled when the Supreme Court struck it down as an unconstitutional extension of federal power. De Blasio’s gimcrack proposals may last longer, but they have no better chance of success.

De Blasio's Welfare-Reform Reversal by Fred Siegel and Robert Doar, City Journal Spring 2015

De Blasio's Welfare-Reform Reversal by Fred Siegel and Robert Doar, City Journal Spring 2015



New York City Council member L. Daneek Miller was sure that he was making a brilliant point. The problem with the city’s welfare-to-work program, he thundered last November, was that “it’s a broken system that placed low-skilled workers in low-wage jobs.” Miller supports instead a plan to shift low-skilled workers into higher-paying jobs through the magic of municipal statism for social services. Wall Street, Madison Avenue, and the growing tech sector will foot the bill. It all sounds perfectly reasonable—if it weren’t so wrong.


Mayor Bill de Blasio has tried to be cautious when it comes to policing. He worries that a crime spike will produce an angry citywide reaction that would threaten his political career. But when it comes to welfare reform, the other great advance of the Giuliani/Bloomberg years, de Blasio shows no such caution. He has turned the city’s massive Human Resources Administration over to former Legal Aid Society attorney Steven Banks, a leading “welfare rights” advocate, whose principal contribution over the years has been to tie up the city in litigation.


The British seem less likely to get cancer than Americans but are also less likely to survive. Why? - Quartz

The British seem less likely to get cancer than Americans but are also less likely to survive. Why? - Quartz

Sunday, May 3, 2015

The 35.4 Percent: 109,631,000 on Welfare

The 35.4 Percent: 109,631,000 on Welfare



109,631,000 Americans lived in households that received benefits from one or more federally funded "means-tested programs" — also known as welfare — as of the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau.

The Census Bureau has not yet reported how many were on welfare in 2013 or the first two quarters of 2014.

But the 109,631,000 living in households taking federal welfare benefits as of the end of 2012, according to the Census Bureau, equaled 35.4 percent of all 309,467,000 people living in the United States at that time.

If you want Microsoft's nifty Continuum for phones, you'll have to upgrade | PCWorld

If you want Microsoft's nifty Continuum for phones, you'll have to upgrade | PCWorld



Why this matters: Quite frankly, Windows phone fans who want another flagship Windows phone have had to wait for so long that chances are they’re close to renewing their contracts anyway. A new flagship phone, plus Continuum, gives them a reason to upgrade and something to brag about to their friends. And if they can start using Android and iOS apps on those phones? That’s some serious potential we’re talking about here. 

Lenin Perez Perez on Twitter: "Si se trata de estar en un ring, la pelea pudo haberla patrocinado cualquiera de nuestros supermercados."

Lenin Perez Perez on Twitter: "Si se trata de estar en un ring, la pelea pudo haberla patrocinado cualquiera de nuestros supermercados."

Zap2it on Twitter: "Burger King and Jimmy Kimmel are the stars of Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao http://t.co/nXZitaiSb3 http://t.co/JQXN8kkL7l"

Zap2it on Twitter: "Burger King and Jimmy Kimmel are the stars of Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao http://t.co/nXZitaiSb3 http://t.co/JQXN8kkL7l"

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