Sunday, February 9, 2020

Freelance Writing Job Offers





Do you want to make more money with writing in 2020? Are you pondering already for quite a while to write short stories and articles instead of lengthy book manuscripts? Why not write for magazines and newspapers?  Below are examples of writing offers:

How to approach them and how to create your queries are explained in detail in
111 Tips To Make Money With Writing: The Art of Making a Living Full-time Writing - An Essential Guide for More Income as Freelancer 



HERIZONS
Articles about examining feminist principles at work, in relationships, in organizations and institutions, and in politics and social justice causes are welcome.  Readers are interested in health issues, social and political issues, environmental issues, equality issues, justice issues, spiritual issues, parenting issues, and all issues informed by diverse racial and cultural experiences.

NEWS: 500-700 words. News items of interest to feminist readers that are taking place in communities across Canada. Pays $175-$210.

FEATURES: 1,000-3,000-word in-depth articles on feminist debates, current social/ political/legal/environmental/culture emerging issues, or personal stories with a broader social relevance. Can be interview style, essay style, or journalism style. Non-academic! Pays $275-550.

REVIEWS: 325-word book, music and film reviews; preference is given to Canadian authors, filmmakers, musicians. Pays $75.
http://www.herizons.ca/contribute

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GIZMODO
Gizmodo, the tech and science site, is seeking a freelance writer to help us cover the most pressing, interesting stories in technology and science during night and weekend shifts. Gizmodo is looking for a sharp writer with a strong voice, good jokes, and a keen eye for great technology stories. She/he should be able to quickly write clean, accurate news stories, find unique angles on the big narratives of the day, and craft original critiques on the tech world that will speak to Gizmodo’s dedicated audience. This is a remote position. (Other openings at https://jezebel.com/careers)
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New Mexico Magazine Write about the power of place — New Mexico: more than 120,000 square miles of mountains, deserts, grasslands, and forests inhabited by a culturally rich mix of individuals. Pay is up to 35 cents per word. http://www.nmmagazine.com/guidelines
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Chicken Soup "Age is Just a Number"
They are looking for stories about the humorous or serious sides of life after 60.
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Okanagan Life 
It is a regional character magazine serving Okanagan residents from Salmon Arm to Osoyoos. We want to see a passionate sense of Okanagan pride as you explore the Valley’s most fascinating and diverse people, places and activities. Pay ranges from 20 cents to 25 cents per published word.
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DeSoto Magazine
An upscale lifestyle publication focused on stories about life in Mississippi, Memphis, and the Southeast. Features – 900 to 1,000 words. Essays – 500 to 600 words. Departments – 600 to 800 words. Pays $0.15/word.
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The Sun
They publish personal essays, fiction, and poetry. Personal stories that touch on political and cultural issues are welcome. Personal Essays $300 to $2,000. Fiction $300 to $2,000. Poetry $100 to $250.
https://www.thesunmagazine.org/submit
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Hidden Compass 
This quarterly online travel magazine encourages the deep exploration of a destination through powerful storytelling, bridging the gap between travel and other disciplines (e.g., science, history, and art). Feature stories and feature photo-essays: $300. Stories and photo essays in other departments: $200. 
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Freelance Writing for Entrepreneur.com
Pieces typically run about 700-1,000 words. More expansive pieces that run over 1,500 words are welcome and will do better in search. Please use more than one example of a good company doing good things to illustrate your point (avoid any press-release-type promotion of one business that reads like ad content). Pays over $1 per word.
https://www.entrepreneur.com/page/276150?_ga=2.74604242.1737486101.1537834177-1865186819.1537834177
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Groovewallet
Groovewallet seeks practical, actionable advice on money management, making money, and case studies and stories. Our goal is to make money simple and fun. Pitch ideas or submit on spec. Pays up to $200. 
https://www.groovewallet.com/write-for-us/
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Liisbeth
Online Magazine seeks articles about feminism, innovation, enterprise and critiques of policies and systems that drive inequality. They are trans-inclusive and intersectional feminists. See their website for the pay scale in each department. Pay starts at $250. 
https://www.liisbeth.com/contributors/guidelines/
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Find more opportunities in our monthly newsletter, for example, this one:
https://www.savvybookwriters.com/february-2020-publishing-newsletter/

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Sunday, February 2, 2020

Amazon Echo’s Privacy Issues

Amazon Echo’s privacy issues go way beyond voice recordings






Garfield Benjamin, Solent University
Amazon Echo and the Alexa voice assistant have had widely publicized issues with privacy. Whether it is the amount of data they collect or the fact that they reportedly pay employees and, at times, external contractors from all over the world to listen to recordings to improve accuracy, the potential is there for sensitive personal information to be leaked through these devices.

But the risks extend not just to our relationship with Amazon. Major privacy concerns are starting to emerge in the way Alexa devices interact with other services – risking a dystopian spiral of increasing surveillance and control.

The setup of the Echo turns Amazon into an extra gateway that every online interaction has to pass through, collecting data on each one. Alexa knows what you are searching for, listening to or sending in your messages. Some smartphones do this already, particularly those made by Google and Apple who control the hardware, software and cloud services.

But the difference with the Echo is that it brings together the worst aspects of smartphones and smart homes. It is not a personal device but integrated into the home environment, always waiting to listen in. 

Alexa even features an art project (not created by Amazon) that tries to make light of this with the creepy “Ask the Listeners” function that makes comments about just how much the device is spying on you. Some Echo devices already have cameras, and if facial recognition capabilities were added we could enter a world of pervasive monitoring in our most private spaces, even tracked as we move between locations.





This technology gives Amazon a huge amount of control over your data, which has long been the aim of most of the tech giants. While Apple and Google – who face their own privacy issues – have similar voice assistants, they have at least made progress running the software directly on their devices so they won’t need to transfer recordings of your voice commands to their servers.

Amazon doesn’t appear to be trying to do the same. This is, in part, because of the firm’s aggressive business model. Amazon’s systems appear not just designed to collect as much data as they can but also to create ways of sharing it. So the potential issues run much deeper than Alexa listening in on private moments.

Sharing with law enforcement

One area of concern is the potential for putting the ears of law enforcement in our homes, schools, and workplaces. Apple has a history of resisting FBI requests for user data, and Twitter is relatively transparent about reporting on how it responds to requests from governments.

But Ring, the internet-connected home-security camera company owned by Amazon, has a high-profile relationship with police that involves handing over user data. Even the way citizens and police communicate is increasingly monitored and controlled by Amazon.






This risks embedding a culture of state surveillance in Amazon’s operations, which could have worrying consequences. We’ve seen numerous examples of law enforcement and other government bodies in democratic countries using personal data to spy on people, both in breach of the law and within it but for reasons that go far beyond the prevention of terrorism.

This kind of mass surveillance also creates a severe potential for discrimination, as it has been shown repeatedly to have a worse impact on women and minority groups.
If Amazon isn’t willing to push back, it’s not hard to imagine Alexa recordings being handed over to the requests of government employees and law enforcement officers who might be willing to violate the spirit or letter of the law. And given international intelligence-sharing agreements, even if you trust your own government, do you trust others?

In response to this issue, an Amazon spokesperson said: “Amazon does not disclose customer information in response to government demands unless we’re required to do so to comply with a legally valid and binding order. Amazon objects to overbroad or otherwise inappropriate demands as a matter of course.

"Ring customers decide whether to share footage in response to asks from local police investigating cases. Local police are not able to see any information related to which Ring users received a request and whether they declined to share or opt-out of future requests.” They added that although local police can access Ring’s Neighbors app for reporting criminal and suspicious activity, they cannot see or access user account information.

Tracking health issues

Health is another area where Amazon appears to be attempting a takeover. The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) has signed a deal for medical advice to be provided via the Echo. At face value, this simply extends ways of accessing publicly available information like the NHS website or phone line 111 – no official patient data is being shared.

But it creates the possibility that Amazon could start tracking what health information we ask for through Alexa, effectively building profiles of users’ medical histories. This could be linked to online shopping suggestions, third-party ads for costly therapies, or even ads that are potentially traumatic (think women who’ve suffered miscarriages being shown baby products).

An Amazon spokesperson said: “Amazon does not build customer health profiles based on interactions with NHS.uk content or use such requests for marketing purposes. Alexa does not have access to any personal or private information from the NHS.”

The crudeness and glitches of algorithmic advertising would violate the professional and moral standards that health services strive to maintain. Plus it would be highly invasive to treat the data in the same way many Echo recordings are. Would you want a random external contractor to know you were asking for sexual health advice?

Transparency

Underlying these issues is a lack of real transparency. Amazon is disturbingly quiet, evasive and reluctant to act when it comes to tackling the privacy implications of their practices, many of which are buried deep within their terms and conditions or hard-to-find settings. Even tech-savvy users don’t necessarily know the full extent of the privacy risks, and when privacy features are added, they often only make users aware after researchers or the press raise the issue. It is entirely unfair to place such a burden on users to find out and mitigate what these risks are.

So if you have an Echo in your home, what should you do? There are many tips available on how to make the device more private, such as setting voice recordings to automatically delete or limiting what data is shared with third parties. But smart tech is almost always surveillance tech, and the best piece of advice is not to bring one into your home.
In response to the main points of this article, an Amazon spokesperson told The Conversation:
"At Amazon, customer trust is at the centre of everything we do and we take privacy and security very seriously. We have always believed that privacy has to be foundational and built in to every piece of hardware, software, and service that we create. From the beginning, we’ve put customers in control and always look for ways to make it even easier for customers to have transparency and control over their Alexa experience. We’ve introduced several privacy improvements including the option to have voice recordings automatically deleted after three or 18 months on an ongoing basis, the ability to ask Alexa to “delete what I just said” and “delete what I said today,” and the Alexa Privacy Hub, a resource available globally that is dedicated to helping customers learn more about our approach to privacy and the controls they have. We’ll continue to invent more privacy features on behalf of customers."

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.





Monday, January 27, 2020

Trump's Speech of Lies in Davos




With disgust and shock, I listened to Trump's speech in Davos last week. It sounded almost like one of his usual election campaigns. Even though it might have been written for him for the occasion. First, he dissed his predecessor, President Obama, without naming. Then he listed in a staccato his successes as 45th president. One lie after the other:

The result could hardly be more idiotic: Since Trump's election, America's economy has not gained market share worldwide but has continued to lose it - from 10.8 to 10.2 %. According to OECD estimates, US exports this year will grow more slowly than average demand in the sales markets for the fourth year in a row. Last year, US sales worldwide may even have fallen. Great revival...

Conversely, import pressure has not eased either. The share of total demand that was covered by purchases from a distance was 15.2 % in the USA in 2016 - now it is 15.6 %. Turnaround? None!

The preliminary Trump balance sheet for foreign trade as a whole is correspondingly bizarre. According to OECD forecasts, the Americans are likely to receive 600 billion dollars more on balance from abroad than they sell there. That is 170 billion - or 40 percent - more deficit than when the "dealmaker" started. This means that the US economy is once again approaching the records that were set shortly before the major financial crisis of 2007 took hold. As a reminder, the goal was a reduction, not an explosion. And this is not only statistically relevant.

Industrial Jobs are Being Cut
No revival of the industry - and of the regions where, as in the legendary Rust Belt, so many have chosen Trump out of frustration. Since 2016, the share of industrial jobs in employment in the USA has not risen again but has continued to fall. Worse still, since the economy began to weaken in 2019, not only is the ratio falling - real jobs are also being cut again.

While, all in all, a good 2.1 million more people were employed nationwide at the end of the year than a year earlier, there were almost 20,000 fewer jobs in the US auto industry. The mining industry lost 21,000 jobs within one year. Even in the oil and gas industry, which Trump protected so well, jobs were recently cut again (minus 24,000), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The preliminary balance sheet is no better with regard to Donald Trump's declared intention to revive economic dynamism in the USA through major tax reform. This came at the beginning of 2018, which reduced the government's revenue ratio by a good 2.5 percentage points - to 31.2 percent of gross domestic product.

What has so far failed to materialize is the noticeable revival of economic momentum beyond the short-term one-off effect. US companies basically did not need the tax breaks, says Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz. Anyway, they had historically a lot of money that they still didn't invest. Measured by GDP, investments today are lower than in the 1990s - not higher.

The national deficit is soaring senselessly. No wonder is apparent in the productivity statistics either. On the contrary: at around one percent per year, the increases are actually much lower than the 1.7 percent between 1992 and 2002.

In reality, many companies have hoarded the money and bought their own shares - for lack of confidence in future real sales opportunities. What made the stock boom figures more beautiful is nothing that makes the country stronger or more innovative.

This is all the more dramatic because the tax break was quite expensive. Last year, the national deficit skyrocketed to seven percent of GDP - more than twice as much as Europe's peak value was once set. And this is the best time for the economy when it would be easy to run surpluses. It is not difficult to predict that in the next recession it will quickly reach ten percent or more. Like once in Greece or Ireland around 2010.

The total debt ratio for the USA is now well above 100 percent of GDP. Even that would be half as bad if the money had been invested in things that are important for the future and would then pay off at some point - whether in rebuilding the infrastructure or fighting further climate disasters. But now it is instead in the stock portfolios of people who are already well-off.

What's crazy is that none of this will necessarily lead to Trump's popularity ratings plummeting. All the side effects may not be felt until the next crisis: when masses of people in the industry lose their jobs again; when taxes rise for everyone in order to reduce government deficits. Or when the Americans realize that all that beautiful money should have been better invested in schools, bridges and a stable climate.

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

7 Easy Tips How to Improve Your Writing




When you are reading your writing, all you need to do is to watch out for seven typical weak points. "If you can find them and fix them, you will be well on your way to improving your writing skills" advises Derek Haines. You can learn how to become a better writer by noticing common weaknesses:

The Passive Is To Be Eradicated

Well, I should say that you need to eradicate the passive. It is the first piece of advice great writers learn.
The active voice is always more descriptive and gives much more information. The passive voice is quick and easy, and because of this, it very often simply slips out of a writer’s fingers in a first draft. But it is uninformative.
As soon as you see the verb to be followed by a past participle, change it as in the following examples.
was instructed to go on a diet. My doctor instructed me to go on a diet.
We have been told that our flight has been delayed.
The airline told us that there was a delay in our flight.

This, That and The Other

This might come as a surprise. Um, what will?  Starting a sentence with this or that is usually a bad idea because it is often an unclear pronoun.
I didn’t finish high school. That was because I had to work.
I didn’t finish high school because I had to work.
The government is out of control. This is why I won’t vote for them.
I won’t vote for the government because it is out of control.
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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Do Micro Wave Ovens Kill Nutritions?




Lightly microwaving vegetables may actually help retain more nutrients than stove-top methods such as boiling. The advantage of cooking in the microwave is you often don’t need to add a lot of water than if you were boiling vegetables. Just don’t over-microwave vegetables to death.
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Any form of cooking affects the nutrients in some way, as some nutrients can be heat sensitive.  The less we cook it in water, the more nutrients are going to be kept.  Likewise, the more water you cook them in, the more they can leach out.

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Are Microwave Ovens Safe?
When used according to manufacturers' instructions, microwave ovens are safe and convenient for heating and cooking a variety of foods.  However, several precautions need to be taken, specifically in regards to potential exposure to microwaves, thermal burns, and food handling.

Because of the potential for uneven distribution of cooking, food heated in a microwave oven should rest for several minutes after cooking is completed to allow the heat to distribute throughout the food.  Food cooked in a microwave oven is as safe, and has the same nutrient value, as food cooked in a conventional oven.


Antioxidants are substances that theoretically protect against cell-damaging free radicals in the body, and they abound in FRESH fruits, vegetables, grains, and nuts.

Scientists found that baking, griddle-cooking and, yes, microwaving produced the lowest losses, while boiling and pressure-cooking were the hardest on antioxidants. Frying was somewhere in between.




The real culprit for lost nutrition isn't how you heat up your veggies, but how much water you use, the researchers found.  Boiling and pressure-cooking cause nutrients to leach out of veggies and into the cooking water.  When it comes to preparing vegetables, the authors concluded, "water is not the cook's best friend."
https://www.livescience.com/32704-does-microwaving-vegetables-destroy-their-nutrients.html

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Scientistic Research
Micro-waving vs Cooking, Steaming, Blanching: The Effect of Domestic Cooking Methods on Antioxidant Capacity of Fresh and Frozen Kale


Cooking Tips:

Use microwave-safe dishes.
I think it’s always best to stick to containers which are microwave safe, and glass is also a good option to use.

Stir frequently.
To avoid any food contamination, make sure you stir your meal every so often while microwaving, especially when reheating rice.

Only add a bit of water.
For vegetables, you don’t have to use a lot of water. Just a few spoonfuls of water is fine.

Cook vegetables until just firm.
To avoid potential nutrient loss, microwave vegetables for a shorter time.

Understand your microwave.
To avoid over or under-cooking, get to know how strong your microwave is.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

USA: Germans Refugees as Successful Entrepreneurs


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"The Americans are very inclined to put the Germans a little behind. They only keep the immigrants good for work and cheat them where they can" - these lines were written by a German immigrant, a law student without an exam from the Weser estuary, in 1863, returning home from the USA.  Another let the relatives in Germany know: "... the Americans have a great dislike for all Germans and set them back everywhere...".
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Around 52 million Europeans left the continent in the 19th century, a large proportion of them moving to the USA. Germans, in particular, migrated to the land of "unlimited opportunities".  This is about a time when the Germans were the refugees - and they founded companies in their new homeland that are still famous today.
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Germans who left their homeland and disembarked in New York were not welcomed with open arms -  probably also due to the large number.  In the years from 1880 to 1885 alone, around 850,000 Germans are said to have left their homeland and made a pilgrimage overseas. It was a strenuous journey - and yet some six million! Germans set off on their journey between 1820 and 1930.

"Nowhere else does the legal, wise and active man live so well, so freely, so happily as in America, the poorest better than the one in Europe two steps higher," wrote H. W. E. Eggerling in "Short Description of the United States of North America" in 1832.

The USA became a place of longing.  At the beginning of the 19th century, few Germans left their homeland.  Religious reasons - once an important reason for flight - faded into the background.  However, failed harvests and the resulting price explosion, famine and the arrogance of the craft guilds made emigration more attractive - despite the strains of the crossing.


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Hardly Controlled Migration
The migrants were on the move for up to six months: by ship and barges, horse-drawn carts and on foot.  "The period between the end of the Napoleonic Wars and the beginning of the First World War was a phase of unbound 'proletarian mass migration'," writes historian and migration researcher Jochen Oltmer.
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This phase was "characterized by 'free' cross-border migration, which was hardly hindered and only rarely controlled by the state or the administration.  This phase, which spanned the entire so-called 'long' 19th century, led over 50 million Europeans overseas. Apart from various continental immigration and emigration movements, with around 40 million, mostly to the United States.
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Hamburg, Bremen, and Bremerhaven were developing into major emigrant ports. This poses logistical challenges for the cities because those willing to travel want to be accommodated until the ships leave.  Emigrant houses were being built.  And the US ports were also increasingly gearing up for the wave of migrants.  Ellis Island, an island at the mouth of the Hudson River, had been developed into an immigration station.
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Ellis Island                                                                         
"The decision to make Ellis Island an immigration collection point in New York was made by the US government.  Since 1890, it has regulated nationwide immigration," Barry Moreno, explained a historian at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum in New York.  "The government wanted to enforce stricter rules to limit the number of immigrants.  Since immigrants were blamed by the population for the rising crime rate, authorities preferred an isolated location."


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Germans and the Problem of Integration
About 40 percent of all Americans have ancestors who came into the country via Ellis Island.  From 1892 on, inspectors controlled the immigrants:  What is the profession of the newcomers?  How much money do they have with them?  Do they have diseases?  And: Do they speak enough English?
The German immigrants were particularly lacking in language - this also contributed to their bad reputation.  And it made their integration more difficult.  However, they worked hard and were considered to be resourceful.
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Some Germans Refugees Became Successful Entrepreneurs:
At the end of the 19th century, German workers, especially from southern Germany, were recruited - among other things for the construction of the railway lines.  Many Companies founded by these immigrants from Germany have survived to this day.
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One of them was Marcus Goldman from Trappstadt in Lower Franconia, who left his homeland in 1848 and went to the USA.  After the turmoil of the Civil War (1861 to 1865), he opened a one-room office in New York, where he bought promissory notes from tobacco and diamond dealers and sold the bills of exchange to bankers.  In 1882, his son-in-law, Samuel Sachs, joined the company.  Goldman's son Henry and Samuel Sachs are considered the founders of the world-famous bank Goldman Sachs.  In 2017, the financial house generated approximately 916 million US dollars.

Karl Pfizer from Ludwigsburg also wanted to make his fortune in the USA.  His emigration was not entirely voluntary: he is one of the "forty-eighters" who left Europe in the wake of the failed European Revolution of 1848/49.  Pfizer, the fifth child of a master confectioner and himself a pharmacist's apprentice, joined forces with his cousin Charles after his arrival in New York.  They borrowed 2500 dollars and opened a pharmaceutical shop in Brooklyn.  There they sold Santonin, a chemical used to combat parasitic worms. These white crystals were to become the first commercial success of the pharmaceutical company Pfizer.
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Airplanes Instead of Lumber
Wilhelm Eduard Böing lost his father whom he admired very much, at the age of nine due to influenza.  Wilhelm Böing Senior had migrated from Limburg/Sauerland in the USA in 1868 and had made a considerable fortune with a timber trade in Detroit.  His mother sent him to a boarding school in Switzerland.  When he returned to the USA, he changed his clearly German name to the more English variant William Edward Boeing.  Although he worked in his father's timber business, his love for airplanes made him one of the most important producers of airplanes.
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Friedrich Trump, the young man from Kallstadt, Rheinland Pfalz, had already completed a hairdresser's training and had migrated to the USA at the age of just 16.  Trump was not satisfied.  Now, in his early 20s, he wanted to become rich.  He borrowed money to take over a small restaurant in a filthy Seattle district.  Until then, he was living with his sister in New York.  A very German life: He spoke German, dressed like he did at home, and ate German food.  In Seattle this period was over, he became an American.  But it wasn't until real estate deals in Queens that he became really rich.  The empire was inherited by his son and then Donald Trump, his grandson.

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Roasted Chestnuts: My Favored Winter Treats




Chestnuts are a quintessential flavor of the holiday season. Roasting them on an open fire means one thing: Christmas. It's the first line of the "The Christmas Song," - but the holiday staple deserves a spot in more than just carols and the turkey stuffing.  

One of the most delicious winter food treats I am missing most in North America is roasted chestnuts.  Walking in cold weather over the Christmas markets, warming my hands on a bag of chestnuts, just taken out of the oven, is one of my beloved winter memories. 



In Switzerland and Italy, you can find the chestnut paste, pressed through a sieve, looking like spaghetti and topped with a generous load of whipped cream, in every coffee shop or gelateria.

In Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Slowakia, Tschechien, and many other countries, the chestnut paste is offered in every grocery store. There you can find it in the frozen foods department, usually in the ice cream section.



Chestnuts taste buttery and slightly sweet and are a great snack on their own.  They also can be used in a myriad of recipes ranging from stuffings to desserts.  According to The Local, Swiss people eat nearly 2,000 tons of chestnuts a year.  The chestnuts are usually eaten in sweet desserts or just roasted and eaten out of paper cones on the street.



"Chestnuts are an excellent source of manganese, molybdenum, and copper and a good source of magnesium.  In addition, they are a good source of vitamin C as well as vitamins B1, B2, and B6 and folic acid.  The health benefits of chestnuts center on their nutritional content.  However, unlike other nuts, chestnuts are a low-fat variety and do not provide the benefits of a high level of monounsaturated fat."
Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine



Nutritious!
"Chestnuts are the only low-fat nuts, containing just 1 gram of fat and a little less than 70 calories per ounce of dried or roasted nuts.  Additionally, chestnuts are the only nuts that contain vitamin C.  In fact, just 3 ounces of chestnuts supply about 45% of the recommended daily amount of this vital antioxidant nutrient.  And they’re a great source of dietary fiber, which helps lower blood cholesterol levels. When chestnuts are in season, you can roast them in the oven.  If you’re pressed for time, you can buy them prepackaged and ready to eat any time of year.  You should eat up to three ounces of chestnuts a day to maximize their benefits."
This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com


The Chestnut Trail in South Tyrolia
The chestnut trail in the Valle Iscarco, in German called “Keschtnweg”, connects the 60 km long sunny slopes between Bolzano and Bressanone and from Bolzano and Merano.
Particularly in autumn, the chestnut trail is definitely one of the hiking highlights in South Tyrol.

No matter if you prefer to do a tour of several days or just one or two single stages, hiking on the chestnut trail is always a great opportunity to connect hiking and enjoying tasty local dishes and drinks, particularly during the “Törggelen“ time between September and November.
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Tips for Roasting Chestnuts
Oven-roasted chestnuts are easy to make and give you a buttery and slightly sweet snack that is good on its own or in recipes. The shell must be cut before roasting.  If the shell isn’t cut, it will cause the chestnuts to explode from the trapped steam.  Plus, this makes them easier to peel.

Steam makes peeling easier.  Soaking the scored chestnuts helps them absorb water between the shell and the nut.  This creates extra steam between the nut and outer shell and separates the two for easier peeling.  Bonus, it also helps keep the nuts moist.

There are two layers of shell.  There is the hard outer shell, as well as a fuzzy, thin inner shell.  This inner shell can grow into the ridges of the chestnut and be difficult to remove, especially if the chestnut is dry or old.  Use the tip of a sharp knife to help remove the difficult spot.

Adding them to your diet will benefit your weight loss journey. According to various studies, eating plenty of fiber may help promote bowel movements, reduce blood cholesterol levels, regulate blood sugar levels and keep your gut healthy.

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Sunday, December 29, 2019

How People Read Web Content - Might Surprise You...




How People Read Online Content? 
They don’t read at all - they only scan…

6 Facts About Reading Online:

  • Web-users focus 80% of their time ABOVE the page fold - barely any scrolling…
  • Most web visitors look at 100% of the visuals (photos, slides, graphics)
  • While the average adult reads about 250 words per minute (one page) - the average person will read less than 62 words on a web page
  • Use high-quality, large images on your website - and place the most important content ABOVE the fold
  • On your website use bold, italics or pops of color to highlight important content.
  • Use numbered and bulleted lists on your website to structure your content
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See the complete Infographic here:

https://www.slideshare.net/BoostTheNews/how-people-read-online


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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Facts About Google / Alphabet






Backrub
The original name of Google was Backrub. They called it that because the algorithm ranked pages based on how many "backlinks" a page had.

Patents
The genealogy of the Google patent is interesting.  It refers to another patent owned by Dow Jones that was very similar to the Google patent and was developed by a guy named Robin Li when he worked for a company owned by Dow Jones.  Both patents used similar ideas of ranking a page not necessarily by using the text on the page but also by counting how many links referenced the page.  Dow Jones wasn't really sure what to do with the patent (called RankDex) so Robin Li left the company and went to China. While there he licensed the patent from Dow Jones for almost nothing and started (and is still CEO of) a little company called Baidu.  It's interesting that the same basic idea inspired both Google and Baidu.

Stanford
The Google algorithm is called PageRank.  You would think it was named after its ability to rank pages but Google claims it is named after Larry Page.  But that's not the interesting thing.  The interesting thing is that Stanford holds the patent.  They were given 1.8mm shares which they sold in 2005 for $336 million.  Basically, colleges should encourage the actual developers of their patents to start companies.  It pays off.

Extinction
The PageRank algorithm can not only rank pages for search engines but the exact same algorithm can be used to determine which species are about to go extinct.  This paper describes it in detail.  But basically, a "backlink" is similar to species that another species can eat to survive.  The more "backlinks" in this sense that a species has, the more likely it is to NOT go extinct. Interesting.

Politics
Larry Page and Sergey Brin are the two richest guys in the country to not make any political contributions.  The twenty or so billionaires richer than them all make political contributions. They don't want to get anyone upset. However, Google spent more on lobbying last year than Yahoo, Facebook, and Apple combined.

Yahoo
Larry Page and Sergey Brin originally wanted to be academics.  They didn't want to build a business.  They developed their initial search engine and then tried to shop it around. They were actually willing to sell it for $1 million in 1997.  They went all over Silicon Valley to try and sell their search engine.  They went to Yahoo, who turned them down.  Later, in 2002, Yahoo tried to buy them for $3 billion but at that point, Google turned them down. Now Google is worth $150 billion.

Luck
The "I am Feeling Lucky" button probably costs Google about $110 million a year.  When you click on that button it just takes you to the top search result.  In other words, you skip all the ads that Google makes money on.  So why don't they just take that button off? Focus groups apparently show that people feel more comfortable with the button on there.

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