100 Millionth Philippine Baby Welcome?

Bet that most of these infants will grow up on the streets

Bet that most of these infants will grow up on the streets

Why do that? It seems this child will be another one who will grow on the streets a victim of irresponsibility which Filipino parents are famous for
‘“The Commission on Population is today looking at the 100 babies, to be recognized in 100 communities, 19 cities and 81 provinces, who were born at 12:06 this morning or closest to that time,” POPCOM Executive Director Dr. Juan Antonio A. Perez III said. “They will be provided with support to give them a good start.

‘Using the 2010 population projections by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), POPCOM believes, the turning of the Philippine population into 100 million brings both challenges and opportunities for the country “as its socio-economic and political situation grapple to give the citizenry a better quality of life.”…’

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Adults Getting Aware of Food Wastage (Hopefully)
Adults eat 92% of whatever they put on the plate, study finds
‘Seems that most of us take to heart the common admonition to clean our plates, at least when we fill them ourselves.

‘Adults eat nearly 92% of the food they put on their plates, according to research published in the International Journal of Obesity.

‘There were some variations: If people were distracted, they ate less, almost 89% of what they took; they ate 92.8% of meals but only 76.1% of snacks. At home or in a lab, the amount eaten was about the same, and men and women ate the same percentages…’

Just another one
3-year-old driver crashes Jeep, runs home to watch cartoons
‘A 3-year-old boy is accused of climbing into a Jeep, knocking it out of gear, crashing into a nearby house and then running home to watch cartoons. An officer noticed a small boy in a Jeep Wrangler by himself on the 300 block of Northwest Second Street in Myrtle Creek at 7 p.m. Tuesday. After about five minutes and not seeing any adults, the officer approached the child and asked about his parents. The boy said his parents weren’t home, but another relative was asleep in the house, according to a Myrtle Creek police report. Police contacted the relative, identified as 22-year-old Brennan Pennington, and alerted her to the fact that the child had the keys in the Jeep and was able to get inside the vehicle…’

Another one for citizen detectives
Missing Girl’s Return Cloaked in Mystery
‘The most urgent matter, of course, is resolved — Abigail has returned to her family in Conway, N.H. But now a new phase begins in the investigation, as law enforcement officials try to determine where she was, whom she was with, why she vanished, and how she got back.

‘So far, authorities have said that on Sunday night, when Abigail returned, she wore what appear to be the same clothes she had on when she went missing Oct. 9. Officials have also released a sketch of the person they believe drove her away in a pickup truck that day, and say they are reviewing surveillance footage.

‘As the details continue to trickle in, here’s a look at what is known about the case so far…’

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Tweeters Cause Firing of Buzzfeed Editor

mashable-bzf87870BuzzFeed Fires Editor After Twitter Users Unearth Plagiarized Articles
‘News website BuzzFeed, reportedly valued at $1 billion, has fired one its high-profile writers over plagiarism.

‘Following a review of his work, Benny Johnson, the site’s viral politics editors, has been fired, BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith announced in a blog post on Friday night.

‘”After carefully reviewing more than 500 of Benny’s posts, we have found 41 instances of sentences or phrases copied word for word from other sites,” Smith said in a statement on BuzzFeed’s website. “Benny is a friend, colleague, and, at his best, a creative force, but we had no choice other than letting him go.”

‘Things apparently came to a head on Wednesday, when Johnson used Twitter to call out another publication for plagiarizing his work…’

Millionaires Prefer Facebook Over Twitter
Just logical since most tweeters are there for business, not leisure

‘In a Spectrum Group survey, 1,300 millionaires were interviewed about their social media habits.

‘Well over half (57 percent) of the millionaires surveyed say they use Facebook, and 41 percent use LinkedIn. However, just 10 percent say they use Twitter, by far the least popular network among the wealthy. This 10 percent represents a doubling in growth among millionaires, though, as Twitter use among millionaires grew from 5 percent in 2010 to 10 percent this year.

‘Those millionaires who do use Twitter are using it quite frequently: 38 percent log in daily. 36 percent follow athletes, a category which tied with news commentators as the most-followed group. One quarter follows movie stars, and only 12 percent follow financial or investment commentators on Twitter.

‘Millionaires seem to use social media at the same rate as non-millionaires, indicating that wealth doesn’t affect social media usage. The survey instead showed that age and occupation were better indicators…’

Dog ‘turns’ homeless addict to street artist and author
‘John Dolan, until recently a homeless heroin addict, is now a “famous artist” as he puts it when he rushes into the Howard Griffin gallery, soaking from the rain. He has a sellout exhibition, a second just opened and a new memoir, which could become a bestseller. As he is well aware, the interest in his intricate drawings of London buildings, and of his dog, George, is piqued by his remarkable change of fortune. This poses two questions: where did it all go wrong, and where did it all go right? The answers, as many people find, are bound up with family.

‘Unusually, however, one member of Dolan’s family is particularly crucial: his dog, George…’

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Brains on Auto-Pilot

Playing with very low brain activity. I think I have achieved this in video games. But could this be achieved in purely mental games like Chess?
‘Brazilian superstar Neymar’s brain activity while dancing past opponents is less than 10 percent the level of amateur players, suggesting he plays as if on auto-pilot, according to Japanese neurologists.

‘Results of brain scans conducted on Neymar in February this year indicated minimal cerebral function when he rotated his ankle and point to the Barcelona striker’s wizardry being uncannily natural.

‘“From MRI images we discovered Neymar’s brain activity to be less than 10 percent of an amateur player,” researcher Eiichi Naito told AFP on Friday…’

Mild Brain Injury Leaves Lasting Scar
‘…Part of the challenge in understanding these injuries is how varied they can be. Although much attention has gone to severe forms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) such as concussion-induced coma, far more common are the milder impacts that come from falling off a bicycle, a low-speed car accident or taking a weak punch in a fistfight. These injuries may not entail losing consciousness but rather just a brief lack in responsiveness before recovering.

‘Now a group of researchers in the U.K. at Newcastle University, the University of Aberdeen and the University of Edinburgh have released results of a longer-term investigation of individuals who have suffered such first-time, minor head injuries. Their findings hint that the contusions leave a lasting trace in the brain…’

Who manages the Internet’s address book? [Video]
Like any good parent, Vint Cerf is excited to tell you about his kid, the Internet. That’s right, he is a father of the Internet—and he made this video to clear up some confusion about who manages the Internet’s address book.

Create your own breaking news live blog easily with Reddit
‘Today, Reddit officially launched its own live-blogging platform. The company calls it Reddit Live and the feature has actually been in “semi-open beta” for a few months now – you may have stumbled across its threads covering Twitch Plays Pokemon and the conflict in Ukraine.

‘During the initial beta period, only Reddit employees were able to create these live streams and authorize trusted “reporters” to contribute. Now, anyone can use Reddit Live and submit their ongoing threads to a dedicated subreddit…’

A camera-equipped smart pepper spray can
‘Smashing though a $100,000 funding goal on Indiegogo in less than two days, the Defender is a pepper spray device with a built-in digital camera that captures an image of the person being sprayed. Immediately connecting to your iOS or Android smartphone over Bluetooth, the attacker’s image is forwarded along to a 24/7 monitoring center along with the GPS location of the smartphone. According to the project details, this monitoring center relays the user’s location and the image of the attacker to the local police department in order to dispatch the authorities right away…’

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Robber Caught in Call of Duty Game (not Facebook at last!)

ibtimes-new-it-curriculum-ian-livingstoneAttack was Heard over Call of Duty Online Game

‘During the robbery, Georgiou, who was wearing a crash helmet, hit one of the men over the head with an imitation handgun, while the second grabbed a knife from the kitchen. Both men then threatened to shoot or stab the occupiers if they didn’t comply with their demands.

‘The robbers managed to escape with a laptop, mobile phones and Xbox games during the burglary.

‘What the men did not realise was that during the entire incident, the residents of the flat had been playing the popular Xbox game, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 online with a friend in Brighton who heard the entire robbery relayed through his headset…’

Polarized Light for Navigation
Bats more hi-tech than man?
‘Polarized light is something people wear sunglasses to avoid, but for bats, it’s actually useful, and can help them find their way.

‘The greater mouse-eared bat (Myotis myotis) is the first mammal known to navigate using polarized light — light waves that are parallel to each other and vibrate in a single plane. The bats use the scattered polarized rays at sunset to calibrate their internal compass and fly in the right direction, according to a new study, detailed today (July 22) in the journal Nature Communications.

‘”Every night through the spring, summer and autumn, bats leave their roosts in caves, trees and buildings to search for insect prey,” Stefan Greif, a biologist at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland and co-author of the study, said in a statement…’

Vint Cerf Warns Against Evil Superpowers Taking Over the Internet
‘In a new video posted by Google, a cartoon version of Vint Cerf, who is widely recognized as one of the fathers of the Internet (along with Bob Kahn), explains the Internet address system and some of the near-term hurdles it faces.

‘The two-and-a-half-minute animated video is mostly an Internet Address system explainer that highlights Cerf’s and Khan’s role in, essentially, birthing the Internet we know and love today. The pair worked on the Internet’s predecessor, a Defense Dept. project called Arpanet. As Cerf says in the video, “Like any good father, I’m going to bend your ear with a story about my kid.”…’

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Are Bestselling Authors Killing the ‘Small’ Authors and Writing?

Originally posted on WP Writers Group:

inspiredmagz-ImageProxy.mvcThat is what a fellow author claim. He says:

‘Would you like to know what’s really killing writing? It’s the major best-selling authors who are demanding huge advances they don’t need, thus denying newer authors from a liveable advance. Do any of those authors really need a $20 million advance when they have much more than that in the bank? I think not.

‘A new writer could easily live on a much smaller one while s/he works on a new book. We deserve to make a living too. We work just as hard and are not repeating our formula for the sake of loyal readers.’

Is traditional publishing no longer fair or sustainable?
Society of Authors says so
‘Earlier this week, the Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society released a survey of almost 2,500 writers which found that the median income of a professional author last year was £11,000, down 29%…

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3 Projects to Prove Privacy Is Not Dead

scientificamerican-8D575CE7-0E2D-42D0-B33A4987A340A8E8_article‘…Services such as Britain’s Mydex offer the ability to store, manage and share personal information in an encrypted central repository called a data store, which only the person who creates the store can fully access. Anyone wanting information contained within that personal data store—an insurance company or marketer, for example—must connect to Mydex’s network and agree to terms of use created by the person owning the data before Mydex will release it. Personal, based in Washington, D.C., offers a similar “data vault” service.

‘A system called the open personal data store (openPDS) platform, under development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, likewise consolidates information into a single location that can be stored on one’s computer or with a service provider (aka in the “cloud”). OpenPDS, however, deals specifically with metadata—which can describe a person’s location, phone use or Web searches, for example. The M.I.T. approach protects privacy by refusing to share any of that data directly. Instead, a mobile app, Web site or research firm looking for information protected by an openPDS must query the data store directly—to check, for instance, whether your shipping address has changed or to confirm your present location. OpenPDS responds specifically to that query with answers that the openPDS owner approves for release, according to a study published July 9 in PLOS ONE…’

Hi-Tech Desecration
A threat to the privacy of the deceased
A Plan To Untangle Our Digital Lives After We’re Gone
‘Last week, the Uniform Law Commission drafted the , a model law that would let relatives access the social media accounts of the deceased. A national lawyers’ group, the ULC aims to standardize law across the country by recommending legislation for states to adopt, particularly when it comes to timely, fast-evolving issues.

‘And little evolves more quickly than the Web.

‘As we live more and more of our lives online, more and more of what used to be tangible turns digital.

‘”Where you used to have a shoebox full of family photos, now those photos are often posted to a website,” notes Ben Orzeske, legislative counsel at the ULC…’
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President Barack Obama to issue executive order on drone privacy
Drones can even intrude on our real life privacy
‘The order would put the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, an arm of the Commerce Department, in charge of developing the guidelines. NTIA would bring together companies and consumer groups to hammer out a series of voluntary best practices for unmanned aerial vehicles.

‘The FAA, which is working on a formal set of rules to allow commercial drones to operate in U.S. skies, has been criticized for not tackling issues around what kind of images and data drones can collect. Consumer groups and some lawmakers have said drones could violate people’s privacy by peering into their homes and backyards…’
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The Workshop School Works

npr.org-EVX-2014-300x203In This School, Class Is A Workshop And Experiments Are Mandatory
‘Imagine a school where classes are organized not by subject but by project — a school created not by administrators, but by teachers fed up with the status quo. A school where kids from a city’s toughest neighborhoods are given the opportunity to experiment and the freedom to fail.

‘In West Philadelphia, that school is a reality.

‘The idea started with an innovative project for a few dozen kids at one of Philly’s most troubled high schools, West Philadelphia High School.
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The nation’s top colleges are turning our kids into zombies
‘A friend who teaches at a top university once asked her class to memorize 30 lines of the eighteenth-century poet Alexander Pope. Nearly every single kid got every single line correct. It was a thing of wonder, she said, like watching thoroughbreds circle a track.

‘These enviable youngsters appear to be the winners in the race we have made of childhood. But the reality is very different, as I have witnessed in many of my own students and heard from the hundreds of young people whom I have spoken with on campuses or who have written to me over the last few years. Our system of elite education manufactures young people who are smart and talented and driven, yes, but also anxious, timid, and lost, with little intellectual curiosity and a stunted sense of purpose: trapped in a bubble of privilege, heading meekly in the same direction, great at what they’re doing but with no idea why they’re doing it…’

A model for indestructible books

The Indestructible Bible
Designed to Withstand the Elements and Last Forever
‘The Forever Bible is touted as indestructible, “a Bible that literally walks on water.” Currently raising funds on Kickstarter, the book is said to be waterproof, dirt-proof, tear-proof and more. It is capable of withstanding the elements so it is guaranteed to last forever. The aims is to create a Bible that will last readers a lifetime amid traveling, accidents and whatever else is thrown at it.

‘The first Bible in history built to last forever, this project presents the most popular book of all time in a new way. A message of hope, love and eternal strength, there are well over six billion copies around the world. This version has been printed using the best materials that exist today.

‘Space Age nanotechnology was utilized to print the Bible–which is also twenty-four times stronger than regular paper–on an advanced paper that doesn’t use any trees. The tome floats on water, while keeping notes and highlighted passages pristine. It holds tightly onto its pages using a superior, patented dual-binding process…’

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