Thursday, April 22, 2010

The surest sign yet of Microsoft's defeat The surest sign yet of Microsoft's defeat

By Joe Wilcox | Published April 22, 2010, 1:20 PM

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made some amazing announcements yesterday, during the f8 conference. wasn't one of them.
"You can discover, create, and share Microsoft Office documents with your Facebook friends," according to the service's Website. What really does more is provide Microsoft a lifeline, as the company seeks to maintain the relevance of its Office-Windows-Windows Server applications stack before the rising mobile device-to-cloud applications/services stack. is a futile, short-sighted enterprise that acknowledges Microsoft has already lost the new century's platform wars.
Facebook: Windows in the Clouds
For years, I've likened Facebook to Windows, blogging in July 2007 that: "Facebook has the potential to become a kind of operating system in the clouds that developers extend and plug into." At the time, Facebook had 30 million users; the number is closer to 500 million today. In September 2007, I explained further: "Facebook is like Microsoft, only the social networking company's platform is built on the Internet."
More from the September 2007 post:
Windows is widely regarded as a platform, but that's a misnomer. The PC is the platform. Windows is nothing without the PC. Windows is a platform, but secondary to the PC platform. Similarly, the Web is a platform (and, yes, arguably secondary to hundreds of thousands of servers). Web 2.0 platform companies like Google operate on the Internet platform.But Facebook is different from Google. Facebook is not a Web 2.0 operation; rather it's more like Desktop 1.0 than Web 2.0. Since May [2007], when Facebook opened up to outside developers, the service increasingly has morphed into an Internet operating system. Like Windows, Facebook is an enclosed platform, and one where people can install applications, post and share digital content and communicate with friends, families or others in ways they might do with Windows on PCs.
Facebook is also a lot more like Microsoft than it resembles Google, because it's so-called openness is more of a one-way street. Information goes in, but it doesn't easily come out. Developers write applications for the one platform, which is different from, say, tapping into Google APIs (application programming interfaces) for use elsewhere. Facebook and Google both take platform approaches, but Facebook's way is more like Windows than Web 2.0.
I blogged in December 2009:
Facebook's cloud OS, with zillions of applications and more than 350 million subscribers, is now a vortex sucking in seemingly all Internet traffic. Many people who posted to blogs and photo sharing sites are moving their personal information and content to Facebook -- like they did Windows a computing generation ago. Facebook has huge customer lock-in potential, because the data is so much more personal than that put into Office and Windows a decade ago.
Facebook ushers in Web 4.0
Yesterday, everything changed. Zuckerburg paraded like a young Bill Gates (only with better oration and presence). Facebook's founder is cocky, arrogant, ruthless and visionary. He outlined a development strategy that would intertwine Facebook into the World Wide Web. It's brilliant and frightening. Zuckerburg is making the leap from Desktop 1.0 to Web 4.0 -- perhaps Platform 3.0 (Mainframe and PC being Nos 1 and 2). Nothing will be the same, if Facebook succeeds -- and the company has momentum that's shock waves should leave Google quaking in their wake.
According to IDC, there were 1.6 billion Internet users in 2009, with the number expected to reach 2.2 billion by 2013. Facebook will soon have 500 million active subscribers, or -- assuming there are no duplicates (unlikely) -- nearly one-third the whole population of Internet users. Facebook's growth far exceeds that of Internet users. In less than three years, the number of Facebook users climbed from 30 million to nearly 500 million. By the way, that 500 million is about half the entire PC install base; many of those Facebook users access the service by mobile device, a market where Microsoft dropped the ball in the end zone.
Facebook has enormous momentum. Microsoft is aligning its old applications stack with the new one, trying to keep its aging platform on life support just a little longer. Death is inevitable. Deal with it. Yesterday I tweeted: " Old content stack (Office) meets the new one (Facebook). Dunno. There are reasons nature abhors interbreeding of species." That Microsoft's FUSE Labs developed at all is admission there is a new platform in town. represents the old content model. Microsoft has good ideas about collaboration, but wrongly binds them to Office. As I asserted in January: "Office is obsolete, or soon will be." Same can be said about Google Docs. The productivity suite model focuses on how people create content, when along the mobile device-to-cloud applications/services stack the priority is what and where. By aligning with Facebook, Microsoft is at least partly dealing with the what and where. But the what still puts too much emphasis on how -- meaning productivity suite. Are hundreds of millions of Facebook subscribers creating Word documents or Excel spreadsheets? Do they need to? No and no. They're sharing photos, videos and messages -- none of which requires Office or to create. By contrast, Facebook's Social plugins put the emphasize on the what people create, where they create it and with whom they share it.
The Facebook in the Mirror
Things could have been different. Facebook is doing with platforms what Microsoft should have been able to with its applications stack -- become part of the very fabric of the Web platform. More startling, chunks of Facebook's Open Graph vision come from Microsoft's own HailStorm playbook, such as the single-sign-on concept. Microsoft pitched single-sign-on with Passport a decade ago.
Facebook also is looking to tie quantifiable information to real user identities, something neither Google nor Microsoft dared to do but were accused of trying. Advertising potential is simply staggering should Facebook successfully leap all the privacy hurdles. Zuckerburg is just arrogant and aggressive enough to try and succeed. demonstrates much about what is wrong with Microsoft today. The company focuses too much on preserving existing revenue streams when creating newer ones should be the priority. Microsoft's self-preservation approach compels its developers to bind new technologies to Office or Windows, when they should be set free to embrace standards and help establish others. Microsoft is a follower in a market it once lead.
Three companies are now positioning for computing dominance -- Apple, Facebook and Google. All have a stake in the mobile-to-device applications/services stack. Adobe, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and Sun were the major players during the desktop-to-server stack's heyday. Sun declined and Oracle acquired it. Adobe is in early stages of what I predict will later be a suddenly rapid decline. IBM, Microsoft and Oracle are locked in the enterprise, where their computing and informational relevance will slowly decline over the coming decade.
That Facebook's Open Graph and other f8 announcements come ahead of Windows Live Wave 4 is foreshadowing. You tell me what Microsoft can launch that will trump what Facebook announced yesterday. Microsoft claims on order of 400 million Live users, a number that seemingly rivals Facebook. But Microsoft subscribers are scattered among disparate Web services. Facebook users are consolidated within a single platform framework, like Windows.
A few years back, I stood in the pharmacy line behind an old geezer; he complained about buying medicines for his wife. The clerk joked: "Well, you married her for better or worse." He snarked: "I've had the better, now I've got the worse!" Microsoft has the worse now, too. Perhaps it's time for the company to divorce Office and Windows. Sure Microsoft depends on their income, but that won't last forever.

'Love-dart' slug, lungless frog among new species on Borneo

'Love-dart' slug, lungless frog among new species on Borneo
KUALA LUMPUR — Wildlife researchers said Thursday they have discovered around 120 new species on Borneo island, including a lungless frog, the world's longest insect and a slug that fires "love darts" at its mate.
Conservation group WWF listed the new finds in a report on a remote area of dense, tropical rainforest that borders Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei on Borneo.
The three governments in 2007 designated the 220,000-square-kilometre (88,000-square-mile) area as the "Heart of Borneo" in a bid to conserve the rainforest.
"We have been finding on average three new species a month and about 123 over the last three years, with at least 600 new species found in the last 15 years," Adam Tomasek, head of WWF's Heart of Borneo initiative told AFP from Brunei.
"The new discoveries just show the wealth of biodiversity on Borneo island and the promise of many more future discoveries that could eventually help cure illnesses like cancer and AIDS and contribute to our daily lives," he said.
The "Heart of Borneo" region is home to 10 species of primate, more than 350 birds, 150 reptiles and amphibians and about 10,000 plants that are not found anywhere else in the world, the report said.
Among the finds are a seven-centimetre (three-inch) flat-headed frog, known as "Barbourula kalimantanensis", discovered in 2008, which breathes entirely through its skin instead of lungs.
Researchers in the same year also discovered "Phobaeticus chani", the world's longest stick insect, with a body 36 centimetres long. Only three specimens of the creature have ever been found.
Another interesting find was a long-tailed slug that uses "love darts" made of calcium carbonate to pierce and inject a hormone into a mate to increase the chances of reproduction.
The WWF urged governments act sensitively when developing the area's economic potential.
"We know that it is impossible for the three governments not to have development in mining, oil palm plantations and logging in the area," Tomasek said.
"What we want to have is a balance so that we have a foundation of conservation and sustainable development in order to protect this unique site for future generations," he added.
Indonesia and Malaysia, the world's two largest exporters of palm oil, account for 85 percent of global production.
Palm oil -- used extensively across the globe for biofuel, processed food and toiletries -- has been vilified by environmental campaigners for causing deforestation and threatening the survival of near-extinct species.
Tomasek said the "Heart of Borneo" initiative is also important for protecting the habitat of endangered species such as the pygmy elephant, orangutan, rhinoceros and clouded leopard.
"In many ways this is the last stronghold for the long-term survival of these species," he said.
The Sumatran rhinoceros is one of the world's most endangered species, with only about 200 remaining in the wild, up to 180 in Indonesia and the rest in Malaysia.
The Bornean sub-species is the rarest of all rhinos, with just 30 left in the wild on Borneo island.
Conservationists also warned the world has less than 20 years left to save about 50,000 to 60,000 of the charismatic red-haired orangutans left in the wild.

Obama to Wall Street: Work with me on 'commonsense rules'

Obama to Wall Street: Work with me on 'commonsense rules'

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By SAUL LOEB, AFP/Getty Images
President Obama urged Wall Street executives today to help him pass new financial regulations, saying they would help their businesses, their customers, and the U.S. economy as a whole."We need to enact a set of updated, commonsense rules to ensure accountability on Wall Street and to protect consumers in our financial system," Obama told invited guests -- "titans of industry," he called them -- during a speech at the Cooper Union in New York City.
At the same time, Obama denounced "the furious efforts of lobbyists" to shape legislation "to their special interests." He added, "I am sure that many of those lobbyists work for some of you -- they're doing what they are paid to do."
The U.S. House has passed a financial reform bill, and the Senate is moving toward a bill of its own, both designed to address problems that led to the near-meltdown of the financial system two years ago.
Business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said they welcome reasonable regulations, but proposals under consideration would stall economic recovery and deprive businesses of money that need to fill jobs.
"Unfortunately, the Senate may soon vote on reforms that miss the mark on job creation and still fail to fix our financial system,' wrote Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in an editorial for USA TODAY.
In backing the efforts of congressional Democrats, Obama said he backs a financial regulation package that would do several things, including:
End bailouts. Obama disputed claims by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and other Republicans that the bill allows more taxpayer bailouts for big financial firms. Obama and the Democrats say a special liquidation fund is designed to help phase out failing companies, with the financial industry itself shouldering the costs.
Restrict the size of big banks. Democratic proposals would establish the "Volcker Rule," Obama said, named for outside White House adviser and former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker. His rule would restrict the size of big banks, the president said, ending the idea that some firms are "too big to fail."
More transparency. The bill would require better explanations to investors about complex financial transactions -- particularly derivatives -- that carry now-hidden risks. Obama said,"there is a legitimate role" for these kinds of transactions, but they also require new regulations against "reckless risk taking."
Consumer protection. Obama again proposed creation of a new Consumer Protection Agency to protect people who are "duped" by financial firms, and "misled by deceptive terms and conditions, buried deep in the fine print."
Chamber of Commerce President Donohue, in his USA TODAY op-ed, said the board as proposed has "unprecedented and unchecked powers" that could hurt businesses.
Obama said, "unless your business model depends on bilking people, there is little to fear from these new rules."
More power for shareholders. Obama said those who have invested in companies should have a "say on pay" when it comes to executive compensation. "Some of the salaries and bonuses we've seen created perverse incentives to take reckless risks" to the financial crisis that began in 2008, Obama said.
These changes will help bolster an economy that is starting to turn around, Obama said. He said, "ultimately, there is no dividing line between Main Street and Wall Street" and "we rise or we fall together as one nation."
"But we have more work to do," Obama said. "Until this progress is felt not just on Wall Street but Main Street we just can't be satisfied."
(Posted by David Jackson)

Nature's 'treasure' unearthed in Borneo

Nature's 'treasure' unearthed in Borneo

By Hilary Whiteman, CNN
April 22, 2010 -- Updated 1431 GMT (2231 HKT)
  • Scientists find 123 new species in three years in Borneo
  • Discoveries have increased since goverments signed conservation pact in 2007
  • New species include color-changing frog, long-tailed slug, longest stick insect
  • Heart of Borneo covers 220,000 square kilometers on South East Asian island
(CNN) -- Color-changing frogs, the world's longest stick insect and a slug that shoots "love darts" are among the biological "treasure" discovered by scientists in the lush green heart of Borneo.
Scientists have found 123 new species of animals, insects and plants on the South East Asian island since the three governments that control the land signed a pact to safeguard its future in 2007.
The new species are on a list released Thursday by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to mark Earth Day and to raise awareness of the value of protecting areas rich in biodiversity.
"You have some iconic small species which are very interesting to talk about but perhaps it's the plants that are tremendously important in terms of potential future cures," said David Norman, director of campaigns for the WWF.
"About half of all synthetic drugs have a natural origin -- these are commercial drugs based on plants and sometimes animals. So we can't afford to lose species," he said.
The number of new plant species discovered in Borneo in the last three years outnumbers all the other categories combined. Sixty-seven new plants have been found, along with 29 invertebrates, 17 new species of fish, one bird, five amphibians and five reptiles. The WWF describes the region as a "global treasure teeming with unique and extraordinary life."
Some of the more unusual amphibians found there include color-changing frogs, which also fly.
Males of the species (Rhacophorus penanorum) are just 3.5 centimeters long and their skin changes from bright green during the night to brown during the day. They can be found living in trees in the Tapin Valley within the Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak. Their fully-webbed feet allow them to glide for up to 15 meters from tree branch to tree branch.
The tail of the long-tailed slug (Ibycus rachelae) is three-times the length of its head, allowing it to curl up to sleep. More unusually, when it mates the slug fires a so-called "love dart" made of calcium carbonate that injects a hormone into its prospective partner to increase the chances of reproduction.
The world's longest-stick insect (Phobaeticus chani) is more than half a meter long and lives high up in the rainforest canopy. "Only three specimens have ever been discovered. It's quite extraordinary that it's been there for so long -- you wouldn't miss it if it landed on you," Norman said.
The rate of the discovery of new species has increased since 2007 when the governments of Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei signed an agreement to conserve the area.
The agreement covers a 220,000 square kilometre tract of land that straddles all three countries which is known as the Heart of Borneo.
"This not just a nature reserve. There are lots of people who live there. Farming goes on there. There is eco-tourism. These are all things that must continue. The point is to ensure that the value of the forest standing is much greater than the value of it being cut down," Norman said.
The WWF says the Heart of Borneo Declaration has worked to conserve the environment by exerting pressure on governments, developers and industry to adapt their plans to minimize their impact on the land.
It credits the agreement with preventing the destruction of two million hectares of rainforest to create the world's largest palm oil plantation. Plans to build a road through the middle of the region in 2007 were also shelved for environmental reasons.
"About half of all the land in the heart of Borneo lies in private hands. It's so remote you can't possibly enforce this, so this is very much about negotiating agreements. Whenever there is a new proposal for a new road or a new farm or a new plantation or a new mine, it is worked through in the context of the agreement that was signed in 2007," Norman said.
Meanwhile, scientists are still busy surveying the tangled mass of plants, animals and insects that thrive in the hot, humid conditions of the Borneo rainforest. The WWF says it is impossible to predict how many more new species will be found.
"It is so difficult to know how many species there are on the planet. Scientists sometimes estimate maybe there are 10 million species in total out there and we've only described 1.7 million of them so far," Norman said.

Russia rejects ex-Kyrgyz head claim

Russia rejects ex-Kyrgyz head claim
Bakiyev said that he did not recognise his own resignation, made after fleeing the country [EPA]
Russia has rejected an apparent attempt by Kurmanbek Bakiyev, Kyrgyzstan's ousted leader, to retract his resignation from office.
Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, said during a news conference on Thursday that Bakiyev is not the president of Kyrgyzstan, despite his claims to the contrary.
He said Bakiyev had faxed his resignation to Bishkek, the Kyrgyz capital, "so this document cannot be rejected by a verbal statement".
On Wednesday, Bakiyev, speaking from Minsk, the Belarusian capital, said that he did not recognise his own resignation. He called on international officials not to acknowledge the country's new leaders that came into power after an April 7 uprising.
Bakiyev's statement came on the same day that the interim government set parliamentary elections for October 10, with the potential for presidential polls on the same date.
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The polls will come after a referendum on constitutional change on June 27 aimed at reducing the powers of the president by creating a parliamentary republic with strong checks and balances.
Omurbek Tekebayev, a deputy prime minister who is in charge of constitutional reform, said on national television: "A referendum will take place on June 27 and parliamentary elections on October 10, possibly jointly presidential."
"The government has approved the timetable.
"In the new draft, the state and political system will be set up to prevent concentration of power in one hand.
"The president will lose his immunity and his family will not be subsidised by the state. The head of state will live on his own salary."
The proposed constitution will also limit to 50 the number of seats one party is allowed to hold in the 90-seat parliament.
The interim government has accused Bakiyev and his allies of election fraud last year and widespread corruption. His Ak-Zol party dominated the last parliament.
US base
The Central Asian state's new government has also accused the former leader of ordering the shooting of protesters during the April unrest, that led to the deaths of 85 people.
A senior interim official also said on Thursday that a decision on whether to allow the US to keep an air base in the country, used to support operations in Afghanistan, will not be taken until after the elections.
Roza Otunbayeva, the head of the interim government, said last week that Bakiyev had submitted his resignation in a hand-written letter faxed to the capital, Bishkek.
Otunbayeva read portions of the letter in a televised address to the nation last Friday.
The day before Bakiyev had fled to neighbouring Kazakhstan, ending days of turmoil.
The interim government has said that Bakiyev will face trial for his alleged crimes.

Where is the USA’s best pizza?

Where is the USA’s best pizza?

  • Robert Reid
  • Lonely Planet Author
Lombardi's Pizza, Little Italy.
  • The usual queue in front of Grimaldi's, Brooklyn.
  • Preparing for the first sitting at Chez Panesse restaurant.
  • Pauline's Pizza
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There are two types of food in the world: Italian food and the rest. And pizza? It’s so prevalent here in the US, and with so many local versions, that many of us make the mistake of thinking it’s a local invention, along with the car (Germany), badminton (made by bored Brits in India), or turtle races (wait, that apparently is American).
But figuring out who makes the best pizza pie in the USA is a heated question, one that gets nerdy quick. Here’s our favorites:


Thin-crusted pies, sold as slices at greasier take-away stands or in sit-down pizzerias with brick ovens, is a legendary part of the New York experience. A lot of Manhattanites tout Joe’s in the West Village, John’s in the West Village or Midtown, Patsy’s uptown. Great, but not the best. You’ll find that in Brooklyn.
Grimaldi’s, under Brooklyn Bridge, is a hit with tourists − and it’s good − as are the hole-in-the-wall Di Fara (1424 Ave J), Franny’s gourmet offering in Prospect Heights, and Totonno’s by Coney Island.
But the best, for the moment, has to be Lucali’s in Carroll Gardens. Owner/chef Mark Iacono opened it up after testing pizzas for fun and neighbors starting asking about the mouth-watering smells. It’s a pocket-sized, candle-lit place with a handful of tables that are open for dinner only (lines form quick — you can wait hours, though you can call ahead to get on the list, as do Beyonce and Jay-Z often enough). There’s no alcohol license (bring in your own wine or beer) and nothing but a couple rotating pizzas and calzones. Very very good ones.


The Chicago/New York pizza war is like a John Lennon/Paul McCartney debate − it depends on your taste, you’ll never resolve it, and the bickering will never end. According to Lonely Planet’s Chicago food author Nate Cavalieri, the best place to get Chicago’s heavy dose of deep-pan pizza is at the local institution Giordano’s in the Near North, north of the Loop. The founders swear the recipe comes from their mom’s recipe back in Italy (that’s sweet), and the special stuffed pizza with sausage, mushroom, green pepper and onions is an instant last-meal-of-the-day dessert-destroyer.
(By the way, Lennon is easily the choice over McCartney.)


‘The thing about California pizza’, says California pizza fan (and Lonely Planet staffer) Andy Murdock, ‘is that there’s no such thing as California pizza’. Sounds like a club that doesn’t want us as a member.
One could say that ‘California pizza’ is a modern concept and can be boiled down as something of a fussier, more ‘gourmet’ version of a New York-style pie, with non-traditional toppings like artichokes or Mexcian carne asada or Thai spices. That’s pretty California. (Now, listen out for the collective smacking noise of palms hitting foreheads of beefy pizza chefs in Chicago and New York.)
The place for a rewarding snobby-yet-casual slice is Oakland’s Pizzaiolo, run by Chez Panisse grad Charlie Hallowell, who burst onto the pizza scene a few years ago with scene-stealing pies, then tried to deflect it by downplaying pizza and promoting other slow-cooking dishes (kinda like REM refusing to play their early hit ‘Radio Free Europe’ live). Simply put, it’s real pizza and it’s good eating.


That’s right, New Haven, home of Yale University. Apparently when Frank Sinatra was back in New York, New York from Vegas, he’d have his pies delivered from Connecticut!
The best three in town are easily the top three in New England, all offering the local ‘clam pizza’ (a white pie — tomato-free, with mozzarella or ricotta cheese — plus local clams). As local pizza expert John Spelman puts it, New Haven makes the best pizza, period. ‘Some days you can get a sublime pizza here. Other times merely excellent’.
The most famous is Frank Pepe’s. There are a few locations, but best is in Wooster Square, a compact Italian-American neighborhood hemmed in by interstates and train tracks. Spelman says, ‘It looks most like an old-time pizza place’, and serves ‘red’ (tomato sauce) and ‘white’ pies with lightly charred crusts.
Relatively flashy and modern is Bar, a huge industrial space with a bar and stage for bands, plus more topping options.
The best though, many locals including Spelman swears, is Sally’s Apizza, around since 1938. As he puts it, ‘It’s the biggest pain in the ass — you can wait two hours to sit and the staff is hands-down the meanest — but it’s most frequently giving you the perfect pizza.’


Welcome to the runt of American pizzas. Chicagoans, in particular, delight in making fun of the notion of ‘St Louis pizza’, but it exists and, dang it, it’s pretty good.
‘St Louis pizza’ is a round thin-crusted pie cut into square slices, of all things, and with a heavy dose of ‘Provel’ cheese. Depending on whom you talk to, Provel is a local source of pride or contention; the creamy blend of Swiss, provolone and American cheeses aren’t really available anywhere else (perhaps for a reason). A pizza expert over on the website Slice swears povel is evil: ‘It’s as if the cheese knows to wait to scald the roof of someone’s mouth before it decides to let go of the heat’.
Imo’s is a huge St Louis institution and likes to claim making the square-shaped slices first (borrowing a founder’s job as a tiler).
Want a slice of the debate? What did we miss?


  1. 17 April 2010 12:11AM ashleypaige Report this comment French Quarter Pizzeria in New Orleans is the best pizza I have ever consumed! We found it our first day, and ended up eating there three times in five days. Everything about it was delicious: toppings, cheese, sauce, crust... Amazing!
  2. 17 April 2010 7:17PM bendigo Report this comment I had a wonderFULL meal on the pizza at Giordanos (Chicago)when I was in the States in Feb, and it was very handy to get the subway directly back to my accom - would have been terrible to spoil such a heavy meal by walking it off afterwards!
    I really enjoyed the enormous slices of New York pizza when I was there - either eaten standing at a counter (a place on a corner on 8th Av - somewhere around 34 - 35 Sts), or even better - on a quick run around from my hostel to pick up a couple of slices and a beer from the takeaway at the corner of 30th St & 8th Ave - I don't even know if it was good pizza, but hell it tasted good after a big day, and it was only $1 per slice!
  3. 19 April 2010 2:32AM carlysues Report this comment Yumm..the best pizza is from Conans Pizza in Austin, TX. Big thick slices filled with fresh toppings and lots of sauce and cheese! I crave it daily.
  4. 19 April 2010 10:09PM bertateo Report this comment Without a doubt, the best pizza can be found in Sir Pizza (Key Biscayne,Miami)!
  5. 20 April 2010 4:08AM lifetraveler85 Report this comment "Slice of New York" in San Jose, California. Best pizza in CA. My NY boyfriend introduced me to it and I haven't been able to eat "California" style pizza since!
  6. 22 April 2010 2:14AM kmmiami Report this comment Frankies Pizza Bird Road,Miami Fl.Hands down

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Aspartame in Diet Soda is Making You Sick

Aspartame in Diet Soda is Making You Sick

Aspartame a substitute sweetener used in diet drinks or any sugar free foods has been linked to cause illnesses such as leukemia, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, diabetes, epilepsy, birth defects, Parkinson’s and many other diseases and disorders. Aspartame is the scientific name for brands like NutraSweet, Equal and Spoonful. Chemist G.D. Searle accidently discovered Aspartame in 1965 and tried to get FDA approval, but it wasn’t until 1981 when it was allowed for dry goods and in 1983 for carbonated sodas.
How and why did Aspartame get approved by the FDA? Do you know Donald Rumsfeld? Yes, the very same retired defense attorney that help start the Iraq war during the Bush administration, he was the CEO of G.D. Searle Company at the time. He was adamant about ensuring that Aspartame would get the FDA approval even after they said no. G.D. Searle was even taken to court for concealing facts and making false statements in regards to animal studies conducted proving that Aspartame was and is by far the most dangerous product on the market.
If you experience any of these symptoms when you drink diet soda…STOP! It is known to cause migraines, heart palpitations, insomnia, seizures, breathing difficulties, memory loss, vertigo, joint pain and nausea. These symptoms can lead to many diseases and disorders that I stated above. Airline pilots are not allowed to consume products with Aspartame because of these risks and luckily for us they do not.
Today they are thinking of taxing soda because it causes obesity which in turn increases our health insurance costs. Do you think Aspartame keeps us from gaining weight? NO, it contains a chemical that make us crave carbohydrates and as a result makes us eat more.
Aspartame is big business; just look at all the marketing campaigns with the skinny good looking models. We as consumers are ignorant to the fact that Aspartame is contributing to our health care cost and paying for it with our family’s health while Rumsfeld and his companies Searle and NutraSweet get richer and richer.
Instead of taxing non-diet sodas we should tax diet soda and any product that uses Aspartame (thus prompting the consumer to drink and/or eat less) along with the companies that make them. Spread the word.
PS. If we are worried about obesity with sugar enriched sodas especially with our children...take the soda out of the vending machines and lunch program at the schools. It’s not the consumption of sugary beverages…it’s the over consumption that makes us obese and that has to do with anything that makes us fat….white flour, dairy products, sweets, carbohydrates and soda.


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