5-Year-Old is a Microsoft Certified Professional

bbc.com-_78992755_ayan‘Ayan Qureshi of England is now a Microsoft Certified Professional after passing the tech giant’s exam when he was just five years old.

‘Ayan, now six, whose father is an IT consultant, has set up his own computer network at home.

‘He told the BBC he found the exam difficult but enjoyable, and hopes to set up a UK-based tech hub one day.

‘”There were multiple choice questions, drag and drop questions, hotspot questions and scenario-based questions,” he told the BBC Asian Network…’

Is that good for Ayan or not?

Russia releases photo showing jet shooting down MH17 airliner
‘Russian experts have claimed Malaysian Boeing MH17 was shot down by a Ukrainian warplane and not a ground to air missile.

‘This follows the release of ‘leaked’ satellite images which show a missile streaking towards the passenger plane, produced tonight by Russia’s main state broadcaster.

‘It was claimed that the space pictures were from a British or US satellite.

‘The flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was travelling over the conflict-hit region when it disappeared from radar…’
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You Too Can Finally Join the Modern Broadband Era For the Rock Bottom Price of $20,000
‘…Considering the billions that telecom companies received to shore up service over the last twenty years (and again, nobody in the history of telecom regulation has ever bothered to do an audit), that’s painfully obscene — and it’s a story I’ve personally seen repeated thousands of times over. Worse perhaps, Time Warner Cable, like so many of these companies, has worked tirelessly to pass state level laws that restrict these communities from building their own broadband — even in locations they refuse to connect.

‘In other words, taxpayers got to pay billions in subsidies, then get to pay an arm and a leg a second time just to be held hostage by a company that repeatedly makes it very clear it hates their guts. When they decide to do something about it themselves, they run into state laws prohibiting their right to improve their own area’s infrastructure. Yet we’re told time and time again by the broadband industry that it’s not only immensely competitive, but is a shining beacon to the rest of the world for technology innovation, creativity and government policy…’

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How Your Voter Identification is Stolen then Sold

wnem.com-5764013_GMan Told He Can’t Vote … Because He’s Dead
‘Dale Hopfinger is a patriot. He feels it’s his duty to go to the polls. It’s something he’s done every election here at Lee Township Hall in Midland County since 2003.

‘Imagine the surprise when he showed up to the polls on Nov. 4 ready to cast his ballot once again, and was told he couldn’t.

‘”Said, no he’s deceased, so he can’t vote,” said Hopfinger.

‘But even with his identification in hand proving who he was, a poll worker told him township records show that he was dead. In fact, they claimed he died on Sept. 25…’
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Watch: Best man confronts friend’s “cheating” wife he finds in a bar with another guy

I’ve been in a more difficult situation similar to this. A close friend introduced his bride and I saw fire in the woman’s eyes! Of course I can’t tell my friend outright he shouldn’t marry the devil. It turned out later she ruined the marriage.

‘Cheaters never prosper – especially when they’re caught on camera in a video that has been shared around the globe over ONE MILLION times.

‘This fist-biting footage shows the moment when a man found his best friend’s wife on the arm of another man.

‘A sheepish-looking woman wearing a white dress and identified only as Nina seems reluctant to be filmed as the DIY filmmaker – who she clearly knows – asks: “How you guys doing?”

‘The reason for her manner soon becomes clear as the would-be sleuth asks: “Who’s this guy? That’s not your husband, right?”…’

Recipes so funny you shouldn’t try them at home
Penn and Teller’s How to Play with Your Food
‘Penn & Teller take their stage personas to the print medium, and it works superbly. Penn is just as loud as ever, and Teller (seen in many of the photos) wears his trademark blank smile.
Most books on magic and “tricks” tend to be frustratingly dull, but the lively prose, scrumptious humour and fine photos and illustration make this one a pleasure to read.
This magic book also has the virtue of presenting several tricks that are easy to perform–if you want to learn two or three very funny and fun tricks table gags that require almost zero practice, this is the book to get…’
Try this one
Swedish Lemon Angels

the book

WATCH: Shoplifters stole P20K worth of clothes in 30 seconds
Naaresto ang isang shoplifter nang makunan sa CCTV ang kanyang modus sa pagnanakaw ng mga pantalon sa isang shop sa Pasay City.

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How Toxic Tofu Lands on Your Table

therealsingapore-ToxicTofu_20141110China criminal gang floods market with 100 tonnes of toxic tofu
‘…A supplier to KFC parent Yum Brands Inc and McDonald’s Corp came under fire in July after a report showed workers using expired meat. U.S. retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc recalled some donkey meat products in January after tests showed they contained traces of fox.

‘Media reports made no mention if the tofu factory had supplied any large local or global chains operating in China.

‘The local Qilu Evening News newspaper said the gang, led by three cousins, had bags of rongalite powder stacked against the walls of the factory.

‘The chemical was then added into the mix to make the dried tofu sticks, also called “fuzhu”, a popular snack in China…’

A book filled with 700 Facebook posts
Book Tells Story of Euromaidan Protests in Facebook Posts
‘A new book, made up entirely of over 700 Facebook posts, chronicles the events from November 2013 to June 2014 as they were recorded and told by Ukrainian Facebook users. The title of the book, “Phantom Pain #maidan,” recognizes the fleeting nature of memories of the groundbreaking transformations that occurred during and after the unrest, and remembers the loss of those who died during the violent phase of the protests. The book’s authors, both Euromaidan activists, Anastasiia Savytska and Andrey Myrhorodskiy, say the idea initially was to do a photo album with some text from Facebook posts, but then the social media content simply took over. Anastasiia says she spent two months deciding which posts to include…’

Backlash over Montgomery decision to strip Christmas from school calendar
‘…The backlash was intense Wednesday to the Montgomery County Board of Education’s decision to scrub Christmas and other religious holidays from its published school calendar — without disturbing the days off.

‘It came by e-mail, tweets and Facebook messages — passionate views, along with some confoundment. Several Montgomery school board members reported that few people of any faith seemed happy with their Tuesday vote.

‘Montgomery school board member Rebecca Smondrowski, for one, was flooded with angry messages. She had supported a proposal to strip Jewish and Muslim holy days from the calendar and offered an amendment to remove Christmas and Easter, too…’

Plato On-line Back After 2 Days Online Disconnection
I was virtually offline for 2 days but it was a hellish vacation. During those 2 days, I can’t connect to most websites (my ISP wasn’t the problem) so I was virtually paralyzed. I tried all possible solutions again and again until finally this dawn, WordPress connected then all other websites too.

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This Virus ‘Makes Humans More Stupid’

independent.co-stem-cellsIs this another virus deliberately created? Most probably not because no one can make us all stupid e.g., Rebellion against the Antichrist.
‘The algae virus, never before observed in healthy people, was found to affect cognitive functions including visual processing and spatial awareness.

‘Scientists at Johns Hopkins Medical School and the University of Nebraska stumbled upon the discovery when they were undertaking an unrelated study into throat microbes.

‘Surprisingly, the researchers found DNA in the throats of healthy individuals that matched the DNA of a virus known to infect green algae.

‘Dr Robert Yolken, a virologist who led the original study, said: “This is a striking example showing that the ‘innocuous’ microorganisms we carry can affect behaviour and cognition…’

How to steal back illegal sites from the FBI
‘Last week, American and European law enforcement triumphantly took control of 27 Dark Net websites in the highly publicized Operation Onymous, a campaign against a wide variety of Tor hidden services and their operators, including so-called Silk Road 2.0 and its alleged boss, 26-year-old Blake Benthall.

‘Now, the new owners of one seized hidden website have taken their website back from police. The re-seized hidden service, Doxbin, is fully operational as of 1pm ET…’

Can Anonymity on the Net be Ended?
‘…Leaving aside the deeply troubling inference of requiring licences to the use the Internet in the same manner as obtaining a driver’s licence, the police desire to stop online anonymity suggests that the OPP has not read the Supreme Court of Canada Spencer decision very carefully. If it had, it would know that not only does the court endorse a reasonable expectation of privacy in subscriber information, but it emphasizes the importance of online anonymity in doing so. Justice Cromwell, speaking for unanimous court:

‘The notion of privacy as anonymity is not novel. It appears in a wide array of contexts ranging from anonymous surveys to the protection of police informant identities. A person responding to a survey readily agrees to provide what may well be highly personal information. A police informant provides information about the commission of a crime. The information itself is not private – it is communicated precisely so that it will be communicated to others. But the information is communicated on the basis that it will not be identified with the person providing it…’

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Choose: Easy Life or Awesome One?

99u-herelies-425x319‘Taking a creative risk and stepping off the status quo treadmill requires bravery. It demands embracing risk, and fighting the good fight to face your fears of financial doom without bailing at the first sign of discom- fort. The discomfort is just a test. It’s a test of your commitment and enthusiasm—a test of your endur- ance and how much you want it.

‘It takes creative courage to make these hard decisions about your life and career, and to do what is in your heart. It takes gigantic cojones to serve your vision of a creative life, not blindly following the practical advice of your parents or friends.

‘Creative courage means not being content to let your Gift rot while pursuing a path that others have prescribed for you, creeping along in the safety of a status quo life. It means refusing to join the ranks of those around you bragging about their lack of commitment to their lives. It means having the bravery to leave a job that chafes or saying “No” to a high-dollar marketing client that you don’t actually believe in…’

What we can learn from Vietnam War veterans and their heroin addictions
‘…Lee Robins, one of the researchers in charge of tracking the veterans, found that when the soldiers returned to the United States only 5 percent of them became re-addicted to heroin. In other words, 95 percent eliminated their addiction nearly overnight.

‘This finding completely contradicted the patterns of normal addiction. The typical heroin cycle went something like this: an addicted user would enter a clinic and get clean, but once they returned home, the re-addiction rate was 90 percent or higher.

‘Nearly every heroin addict relapsed. The Vietnam soldiers were displaying a pattern that was exactly the opposite.

‘What was going on here? And, perhaps more important, what can it teach us about changing our own behaviors, building better habits, and breaking bad ones?…’
How addictions get shaped

Battle to remove deadly toxin from water supplies continues to rage
‘Christopher Bryson’s widely acclaimed book The Fluoride Deception includes dozens of peer-reviewed studies showing that sodium fluoride is a deadly neurotoxin that attacks the central nervous system and leads to a multitude of serious health problems. This fact has been covered up by a collusion of government and industry who have reaped financial windfalls while illegally mass medicating the public against their will.

‘Perhaps the most notable study was conducted by Dr. Phyllis Mullenix Ph.D., a highly respected pharmacologist and toxicologist, who in a 1995 Forsyth Research Institute study found that rats who had fluoride added to their diet exhibited abnormal behavioral traits.

‘A 2008 Scientific American report concluded that scientific attitudes toward fluoridation may be starting to shift as new evidence emerged of the poison’s link to disorders affecting teeth, bones, the brain and the thyroid gland, as well as lowering IQ…’

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The First Online Animation Program

Originally posted on WP Writers Group:

coreldraw-imagesIn 1989, there was already a graphic design program before the Internet came into being. So it’s not surprising that it was also the first program animators used for designing and creating.

‘When we introduced CorelDRAW in 1989, we knew we had something special on our hands. With the first graphics software for the Windows® platform, Corel changed the way people express and share ideas—and users have been trusting their ideas to Corel products ever since…’

Incredible Corel Painting Timelapse: A Woman’s Life
‘This is an astonishing time lapse of a constantly-evolving digital painting produced with Corel Painter 11 software by Korean illustrator, Seok Jeong Hyeon (“Stonehouse”) which depicts the image of a woman, developing from infancy to old age, displaying his mind-boggling skill in this medium…’
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The Value of the Ungoogleable
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A National Food Policy could save millions of lives

cabarruscounty-2 color foodLogo‘The food system and the diet it’s created have caused incalculable damage to the health of our people and our land, water and air. If a foreign power were to do such harm, we’d regard it as a threat to national security, if not an act of war, and the government would formulate a comprehensive plan and marshal resources to combat it. (The administration even named an Ebola czar to respond to a disease that threatens few Americans.) So when hundreds of thousands of annual deaths are preventable — as the deaths from the chronic diseases linked to the modern American way of eating surely are — preventing those needless deaths is a national priority…’

Takata Saw and Hid Risk in Airbags in 2004, Former Workers Say
‘The steel inflaters in two of the airbags cracked during the tests, a condition that can lead to rupture, the former employees said. The result was so startling that engineers began designing possible fixes in preparation for a recall, the former employees said.

‘But instead of alerting federal safety regulators to the possible danger, Takata executives discounted the results and ordered the lab technicians to delete the testing data from their computers and dispose of the airbag inflaters in the trash, they said…’

The Weirdest True Story on Rumor Site Snopes
‘Snopes.com creator David Mikkelson has been calling out bullshit on the Internet for two decades. (There’s no antifreeze in Fireball, people … merely the makings of a very regrettable hangover.) We caught up with Mikkelson to find out where Snopes came from, and what’s next for the site.

‘Mikkelson named the site after an early Internet alias, itself a nod to the Snopes family of criminals and tenant farmers in several William Faulkner novels. With a long-planned redesign and expansion of the site finally in the works, he’ll soon have an even better platform for disproving all those wild stories in your Facebook feed…’

This Insanely Simple Rule Will Help You Overcome Your Biggest Challenges
‘Not long ago, I came across a Reddit post that articulates the tiny rule that’s helped me do this, to overcome the voice in my head that tells me to be scared, to walk on that stage or make that phone call or tell someone that thing they don’t want to hear.

‘Writes Reddit user Draconax in response to the question What life rule do you have for yourself that can never be broken?:

‘I count to 5. This is a secret rule I have for myself. Whenever I don’t want to do something (something small like getting out of bed, to something bigger, like asking a girl out), I count to 5 in my head. Whenever I reach 5, I have to do it. I have never failed to do what I set out to do once I hit 5, so it always works for me, in a weird sort of way. I know that if I didn’t do it, the “rule of 5″ would cease to exist, and since I need it to exist, I have to do what I said I would do. It’s a weird paradox, but it works…’

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