Those who know me certainly know my opinions about President Elect Trump. The difference however is that whatever I think doesn’t really matter now, what matters is we elected a new president, and whether I like him or not that’s Neither here nor there. He’s now my president and i have to give him the benefit of the doubt that he will at least try to be the best president he can possibly be. Because the office of the presidency is much bigger than any one man or woman. This is why our transition of power is a peaceful one. This is why the rest of the world looks to us when it comes to democracy. In order for our nation ,our Democratic Republic, to endure another 200+ years we must embrace the most basic of our democratic principles that once we elect a president we should as a nation stand behind him or her. Not blindly, this why we have in place checks and balances. So that we can return to our daily lives and let those we elect to govern actually govern. It is not a perfect system. We don’t always get what we want, but if we are to be an example to the world we must move forward. Get on with our lives. Put aside our petty, petty arguments and move on. The campaign is over! [STR]
“The way campaigns have unfolded, we just start accepting crazy stuff as normal and people if they just repeat attacks enough and outright lies over and over again,” Obama said at a rally in Ann Arbor, Michigan. “As long as it’s on Facebook, and people can see it, as long as its on social media, people start believing it, and it creates this dust cloud of nonsense.”
Obama’s statement underscores something that’s been clear for years and that doesn’t have an obvious solution: Facebook has a fake news problem. False things being spread on the internet isn’t exactly a new phenomenon, but The Social Network’s share-thirsty algorithm has made it much easier for blatantly made-up stories from invented publications to spread faster and wider than ever before. Continue reading →
“This is the news of the millennium!” said the story on WorldPoliticus.com. Citing unnamed FBI sources, it claimed Hillary Clinton will be indicted in 2017 for crimes related to her email scandal.
“Your Prayers Have Been Answered,” declared the headline.
For Trump supporters, that certainly seemed to be the case. They helped the baseless story generate over 140,000 shares, reactions, and comments on Facebook.
Meanwhile, roughly 6,000 miles away in a small town in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, a young man watched as money began trickling into his Google AdSense account.
Over the past year, the Macedonian town of Veles (population 45,000) has experienced a digital gold rush as locals launched at least 140 US politics websites. These sites have American-sounding domain names such as WorldPoliticus.com, TrumpVision365.com, USConservativeToday.com, DonaldTrumpNews.co, and USADailyPolitics.com. They almost all publish aggressively pro-Trump content aimed at conservatives and Trump supporters in the US. Continue reading →
It took a long time to get going. But once we did, damn, we kind of got out of control didn’t we?It took us 200,000 years to reach our first billion humans but only 200 years to hit seven billion. Watch as this map tracks how the world’s population grew and shows how we spread across the globe and highlights the empires and historic events that have helped us take over all of Earth like a pandemic on the planet.
Beer and crisp, salty potato chips are a pretty obvious culinary match, but one brewery has taken it to a seriously pricey level. A Swedish brewery called St. Eriks has paired its craft-brewed pale ale with specially formulated potato chips — a set of five that cost $56.
No, not five bags of chips for 499 Swedish krona, equivalent to $56. Five single chips. Five! And that doesn’t even include shipping! And get this: The brewery completely sold out of all 100 boxes of the expensive spud slices. The recipe was created by chef Pi Le, who made each chip by hand.
The hefty price tag doesn’t just come about because of the notoriously high prices of the Scandinavian countries — nor is this some sort of government scheme to have snack food pay for universal health care and parental leave. The recipe for the aforementioned five chipsincorporates potatoes that grow only on a certain hillside in Sweden’s Ammarnäs region. The chips are seasoned with rare ingredients like matsutake mushrooms, truffle seaweed, India pale ale wort, and come served in an individually partitioned wooden container.
You may still feel a little peckish after your potato chip snack, but luckily there are plenty of other treats to drain your bank account and fill your belly. The restaurant Fleur by Hubert Keller in Las Vegas serves a $5,000 burger made from wagyu beef, which is intensely marbled and flavorful, and topped with foie gras and truffles.
For dessert, be sure to check out the $25,000 ice cream sundae served at Serendipity 3 in New York City. The dessert includes a blend of some of the world’s most expensive cocoas, and is decorated with edible 23-karat gold before being served in a goblet lined with edible gold (detecting a theme here?). Other decorations include an 18-karat gold bracelet studded with white diamonds and a gold spoon … also lined with diamonds. Kind of makes $56 for five chips seem like a bargain, doesn’t it?
When you’re looking for a new job, you want to present yourself as a strong candidate. Showcase how you have mastered the “six Q’s”, basically six key skill areas, and you’ll come across as a better applicant.
Try to include specific examples for each of the following skill areas.
IQ: This includes skills like critical or strategic thinking, problem solving, and being able to keep an eye on the overall picture.
EQ: Social skills that lead to success in the workplace, like being able to communicate well, resolve conflict while preserving relationships, and empathy for your colleagues or clients.
PQ: Your passion for working at a company or in a specific industry. Often this can mean aligning with the mission of the company or having ambition.
CQ: Cultural fit is key to working well with your team or other departments in the organization.
CRQ: Your ability to deal with tough situations, like giving feedback or working with difficult colleagues.
IMQ: Flexibility and being able to adapt when things don’t go smoothly, including proposing solutions and having successful projects even when they get off track.
The concept of “six Qs” is definitely jargony and over the top, but no matter what they’re called, by touching on each of these areas, you show that you’re a well-rounded candidate with many skills.
Researchers from Australia have discovered that chemical compounds found in the milk of Tasmanian devils are capable of killing some of the most deadly bacterial infections—a surprising finding that could introduce a new class of weapons in the war against superbugs.
Marsupials, unlike placental mammals, have to seek shelter in their mother’s pouches soon after birth. This cozy environment offers protection and a steady source of food for the premature joey, but it’s not the cleanest place in the world. What’s more, most marsupials emerge after just few weeks of gestation, so their immune systems are grossly underdeveloped. To protect their offspring from pathogens, and to help them grow, marsupial mothers are capable of producing milk with life-preserving compounds built right in.
Analysis of the devil’s genome revealed six naturally occurring antimicrobial peptides, which the researchers were able to synthesize in the lab. These peptides were then tested against some of the most harmful bacteria known to humans, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (a.k.a. golden staph) and Enterococci. “We showed that these devil peptides kill multi-drug resistant bacteria,” study co-author Emma Peel told The Sydney Morning Herald, “which is really cool.”
The devil’s milk contains antimicrobial compounds called cathelicidins. Humans have one of these natural antibiotics, but Tasmanian devils have six. Some marsupials have even more, including the wallaby’s eight and the opossum’s twelve. So in addition to searching for antibacterial substances in the soil, the bottom of the ocean, and even in our noses, we’d do well to consider our marsupial cousins as well.