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.

New Solar Panel Technologies | New Earth Power | Organic Lifestyle

New Solar panel technologies, including perovskite and organic solar cells, will drive down the cost of solar panels for a faster return on investment.

Read more at about New Earth Power at http://newearthpower.com/

Source: New Solar Panel Technologies

Strawberry Fragaria vesca Alpine Strawberry (Alpine) | Log House Plants

White flowers in late spring are followed by delicious little creamy white berries summer to fall. Use in beds, containers, borders. Care: Plant 12-16″ apart with the crown at soil level. Nee…

Source: Strawberry Fragaria vesca Alpine Strawberry (Alpine) | Log House Plants

US Crops shift to Soy and Cotton over wheat/ grain | Glencore Grain Pty Ltd – News

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US farmers to sow even more cotton, soy this year than thought
24/02/2017 15:08
US farmers to sow even more cotton, soy this year than thoughtUS farmers will sow even more cotton and soybeans than investors had expected, encouraged by weak grain prices which are set to send wheat area to a record low, and drive 3.6m acres out of production altogether.

The US Department of Agriculture, at its annual Outlook Forum to kick off formally 2017-18 estimates, forecast US soybean sowings this year rising by 4.6m acres to a record 88.0m acres.

The increase in area, to a level above the 87.58m acres that analysts had expected, reflects soybean prices which have so far this month averaged nearly 2.6 times as much as corn, the main competitor in US farmers’ spring plantings programmes.

“The last time the ratio during February was this favourable to soybeans was in 1997,” Robert Johansson, USDA chief economist, told the conference.

Feed grains out of favour

Corn sowings were, losing out to soybeans, forecast falling by 4.0m acres to 90.0m acres, a bigger drop than expected by investors, who had expected the figure to come in at 91.05m acres.

US crop area estimates 2017, change on year and (on market forecast)

Corn: 90.0m acres, -4.0m acres, (-1.05m acres)

Soybeans: 88.0m acres, +4.6m acres, (+420,000 acres)

All wheat: 46.0m acres, -4.2m acres, (-852,000 acres)

All cotton: 11.5m acres, +1.4m acres, (+416,000 acres)

Rice: 2.6m acres, -600,000 acres, (n/a)

Other feedgrains: 11.7m acres, -900,000 acres, (n/a)

Total top eight crops: 249.8m acres, -3.6m acres, (n/a)

Sources: USDA, Reuters

However, grains overall were seen falling out of favour, with sorghum area “in particular” expected to drop, and rice sowings to tumble by 17% to 2.6m acres.

“We are likely to see fewer acres planted to corn, rice and other feed grains,” Mr Johansson said.

This decline was also extended to wheat, in which overall plantings were pegged at 46.0m acres – down 4.2m acres, and the smallest area on records going back a century.

The figure implies a drop in spring wheat sowings, as well as winter wheat plantings, were revealed last month to have tumbled by 3.8m acres to 32.4m acres.

‘Increase in idled acres’

Mr Johansson highlighted the dent to growers’ enthusiasm from weak agricultural commodity prices which have left US farms overall looking at net farm income of $62.3bn this year – half the levels seen as the 2013 peak.

“Lower commodity prices will likely lead to reduced planted area,” seen falling for the eight top field crops combined by 3.6m acres to a multi-year low of 249.8m acres.

“Lower crop returns will push some area out of production,” besides encouraging farmers to switch crops.

“We expect to see an increase in idled acres – acres that had been brought into production as commodity prices rose through 2012.”

Cotton in vogue

However, cotton, besides soybeans, was forecast bucking the downward trend in sowings, with US plantings seen soaring by 1.4m acres to a four-year high of 11.5m acres, encouraged by higher prices.

“The rebound in cotton area is driven by relative returns as producers respond to a jump in prices in 2016,” Mr Johansson said, noting “solid export demand”.

For cotton, “expected prices and returns remain competitive with other crops including corn, soybeans, and sorghum”.

Analysts had expected the USDA to unveil a cotton sowings figure of 11.08m acres.

Source: 23 February 2017; Agrimoney.com

Source: Glencore Grain Pty Ltd – News

…13 ways to improve your diet, organically and look to cure cancer

 

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  1. Only purchase produce from known reputable grocers. Look for the sales pitch containing ‘natural’ or ‘fresh’ Avoid at all costs. Buy Certified Organic if source/ testing certificate trustworthy
  2. Avoid exceptionally bright fruit or enlarged/irregular fruits and vegetables.
  3. Stop contamination of soil using cadmium-rich rock phosphates
  4. Stop using Neurotoxins / neonics as pesticides
  5. Avoid Gluten
  6. Avoid Soy-based products including Soy Lecithin
  7. Avoid Dairy
  8. Avoid Complex Sugars
  9. Avoid Smoking/ Carcinogen Exposure
  10. Avoid Alcohol, Liquid and Aromatic Gases, Organic ‘Phenyls’ including Phenylalanine
  11. Avoid Exposure to Electromagnetic devices
  12. Enjoy Life and,
  13. Eat Well

That is the cure to cancer. Simple. Next question?

Addendum A:

  • Wash Fruit and veg twice before cooking consumption
  • Always ‘flash-boil’ vegetables for 1 min or more, even when eaten ‘raw’, to release any further toxins but do not overcook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organic Computing Code | Psychology-based Technology | Organic Lifestyle Blog

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When defining ‘natural’, or better yet, ‘organic’ computing systems to help control  and stabilise complex and exponentially-expansive data sets or systems, one must consider the method of how the system is used in its entirety as the initial function to counter or contain.

Who uses computing systems? That’s right, We do! For work, for leisure and for social interaction; humans are now more interconnected than ever before. Homo Integrens as David Sukuzi puts it. So why not incorporate human interaction based known-responses and basic psychological principles into the code running any website, database, or digital file?

Whether it be Adwords, Facebook or WordPress, the initiation of psychologically-aware tracking programs have helped shape and ‘customise’ each individuals web experience. It bases its best guess on your previously searched content and metadata collected.

Whatever you type into this massive database we know as the internet, there is now a custom response for you; tailored to suit your interests.

The foreseeable issue that evades most is the obvious legal questions around influence and suggestion. It is a legal question of influencing, aiding and abetting if you will,  those who maybe psychologically weakened; already in a state of depression, sadness and loneliness. A state, or mindset, that every person on this earth deals with.

If these firms are able to control the content that you see, this would also mean that convicted criminals are being ‘matched’ with their preferential viewing content online. This also implies that pedophiles are being shown images of their ‘matched’ content.

As you can see the legal argument is also a moral and ethical one. It is one that needs to be addressed before precedence allows referring to the incredible claim that it was the ‘internet search engine that made me do it’…

By Bryan Stralow — Editor-in-Chief, OrganicLifestyle.blog