Are you Controlled by Spam? – Organic Computing

Ever felt like everywhere you turn these days online you are inundated by spam?

Whether it is on google search results with psychologically-in-tune adverts or on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Google+, you are faced with what seems like a barrage of spam. There is a reason why the multitude of spam has been created but we will get to that.

Historically, we have all had experience with multitudes of spam; via email, pop-ups and generally every corner you turn while online. We are and have been desensitized to spam. Now, whilst all of the ‘mainstream social media’ conglomerates all claim to be on the offensive to rule-out spam and nefarious accounts causing problems, there is a great deal of evidence that they are, in fact, utilizing spam to control propagation of posts, amount of followers that you have and so on; working on the ideal that if they create and control the ‘micro-environment’ that exists around you or your business, they essentially control which businesses make it online and which ones fail.

All you have to do is post something with an obscure hashtag and you will see the algorithm modify results to prevent you from being the sole entry in that hashtag category.

It also works based on social interaction. If you start blocking spam, you will be penalized by receiving more spam. If you leave it, you have a spammed environment anyway. Either way, the algorithm is now tailoring to suit commercial interests and is now, essentially, playing favorites.

There is no more level playing field within the online market. Without paying huge amounts of money to essentially spam the system with automated accounts that generate spam but not violating ‘anti-spamming rules’ on each media platform (which is laughable really and quite paradoxical!) you will most likely never see the light of ‘cyberspace’. Even paying huge amounts will not guarantee your success.

All you need is an account with plenty of memes, emojis and pay for some followers and you will achieve instafame!… if that is what you really want!

By Bryan Stralow, Editor-In-Chief – Organiclifestyle.blog

 

 

 

 

 

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The Gross Truth About Natural Flavors | What’s in your Perfume?

Natural Flavors…

The name sounds innocent enough, but these mild-sounding words are used by the food industry as an umbrella term for some pretty horrible stuff, including certain ingredients that come from extreme animal abuse.

The exact definition of natural flavors from the Code of Federal Regulations is as follows:

“The term natural flavor or natural flavoring means the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional.”

When the phrase ‘natural flavors’ appears on a package, the best move is to call the company and find out what the flavors are actually made from. Of course, I say this assuming that we’re all the kind of people who would be horrified to find out that we might have come close to ingesting fluid from the sex glands of beavers.

Think that sounds absurd? Then you must not have heard of castoreum, which is “used extensively in perfumery and has been added to food as a flavor ingredient for at least 80 years.”

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Castoreum is a bitter, orange-brown, odoriferous, oily secretion, found in two sacs between the anus and the external genitals of beavers. The discharge of the castor sac is combined with the beaver’s urine, and used during scent marking of territory. Both male and female beavers possess a pair of castor sacs and a pair of anal glands located in two cavities under the skin between the pelvis and the base of the tail.

Castoreum is a product of the trapping industry. When beavers are skinned for their fur, these glands are taken out, and are sold after being smoked or sun-dried to prevent putrefaction…

Well, that’s a relief.

The European Beaver was hunted to near extinction, both for fur and for castoreum, which was also believed to have medicinal properties. The North American beaver population was once more than 60 million, but as of 1988 was 6–12 million, largely due to extensive hunting and trapping. Although sources report that beaver populations have now recovered to a stable level, some experts say that today’s American beaver population is only 5 percent of what it was when Europeans first settled in North America.

Castoreum is used in “high class” perfumery for “refined leathery nuances.” It is also reportedly used in some incense, and to contribute to the flavor and odor of cigarettes. In food, castoreum is used to flavor candies, drinks, and desserts such as puddings.

Grossed out? Horrified that humans think nothing of killing innocent beings so we can dress ourselves in their fur and flavor our candies with their secretions? I have a solution for you: Go vegan – really vegan. Don’t use cosmetics that are made using animal products, read the ingredients on food packages, call customer support when you see those scary words, ‘natural flavors’, and guess what? You’ll never eat anyone’s anal fluid again.

Growing Garlic from a Single Clove – DIY

Growing garlic is very easy to do. All you will need is a single clove to grown an entire head of garlic. Organic Garlic Works best. What a great idea!

Source: Growing Garlic from a Single Clove – DIY

Strawberry Bread Recipe – Allrecipes.com

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Directions

  • Prep 30 m

  • Cook 45 m

  • Ready In 1 h 25 m

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter and flour two 9 x 5-inch loaf pans.
  2. Slice strawberries and place in medium-sized bowl. Sprinkle lightly with sugar, and set aside while preparing batter.
  3. Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt and baking soda in large bowl; mix well. Blend oil and eggs into strawberries. Add strawberry mixture to flour mixture, blending until dry ingredients are just moistened. Stir in pecans. Divide batter into pans.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes (test each loaf separately). Let cool in pans on wire rack for 10 minutes. Turn loaves out of pans, and allow to cool before slicing.

Source: Strawberry Bread Recipe – Allrecipes.com

Kalyn’s Kitchen®: Stuffed Green Peppers with Brown Rice, Italian Sausage, and Parmesan


Recipe for Stuffed Green Peppers with Brown Rice, Italian Sausage, and Parmesan

Source: Kalyn’s Kitchen®: Stuffed Green Peppers with Brown Rice, Italian Sausage, and Parmesan

“Best Ever” Organic Chocolate Cakes | Lady Locavore

 

BEST EVER REAL ORGANIC CHOCOLATE CAKE

The old-fashioned Birthday Cake. All you need to add is the special lighting and music. Remember when some real cool Mom’s would hide money inside the cake? Now that was a party cake to remember!

3/4 cup Organic Butter, softened

1 2/3 cup Organic Sugar

3 Eggs

1 tsp Vanilla

2 cups All-purpose flour or Organic Spelt

2/3 cup Organic Cocoa

1 1/4 tsp Baking soda

1 tsp Salt

1/4 tsp Baking powder

1 1/3 cup Water

Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans or one 13x9x2 inch baking pan. In large mixer bowl, combine butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla; beat on high-speed of electric mixer 3 minutes. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and baking powder; add alternately with water to butter mixture, beating until blended.Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost with Butter Cream Icing. 8 to 10 servings. Rich Buttercream Chocolate Icing

BEST EVER BUTTERCREAM ICING

6 tbsp Butter

2 2/3 cup Powdered Icing sugar

1/2 cup Organic Cocoa

1/3 cup Milk

1 tsp Vanilla extract

Sift the Icing Sugar and Cocoa into a large bowl, and add all remaining ingredients. Mix on high, until all is smooth and creamy. Spread on well-cooled prepared cake.

Source: “Best Ever” Organic Chocolate Cakes | Lady Locavore