Listeria monocytogenes, a food-borne pathogen | Coalfield Progress

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), researchers have identified more than 250 foodborne diseases. Bacteria, viruses and parasites are most commonly the culprits of foodborne disease but toxins and some chemicals can also make you sick. The CDC also notes that Norovirus, Salmonella, Clostridium perfringens, Campylobacter and Staphylococcus aureus are the five most common pathogens associated with foodborne illness.

Listeria monocytogenes is less common than the previously mentioned pathogens but can cause Listeriosis, which can have serious consequences that can lead to hospitalizations and even death. Listeria monocytogenes can be found in soil, water and on poultry and cattle.  

Listeria monocytogenes is unique in that it can continue to grow in places with cooler temperatures, like your refrigerator. Foodsafety.gov has identified the follow foods groups as high-risk sources for Listeria contamination, ready-to-eat deli meats and hot dogs, refrigerated pâtés or meat spreads, unpasteurized (raw) milk and dairy products, soft cheese made with unpasteurized milk, such as queso fresco, Feta, Brie, Camembert, refrigerated smoked seafood and raw sprouts. The CDC also recognizes melons such as honeydew and cantaloupe as a potential source for Listeria contamination and notes that even some Mexican-style cheeses made from pasteurized milk have caused infections because of contamination during the cheese making process.

The CDC states, “An estimated 1,600 people get listeriosis each year, and about 260 die. The infection is most likely to sicken pregnant women and their newborns, adults aged 65 or older, and people with weakened immune systems.” There are steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of a Listeria contamination.

As recommend by Foodsafety.gov:

Do not drink raw (unpasteurized) milk, and do not eat foods that have unpasteurized milk in them.

Wash hands, knives, countertops, and cutting boards after handling and preparing uncooked foods.

Rinse raw produce thoroughly under running tap water before eating.

Keep uncooked meats, poultry, and seafood separate from vegetables, fruits, cooked foods, and ready-to-eat foods.

Thoroughly cook raw food from animal sources, such as meat, poultry, or seafood to a safe internal temperature.

Consume perishable and ready-to-eat foods as soon as possible.

Persons in higher risk groups should heat hot dogs, cold cuts, and deli meats before eating them.

Furthermore, the CDC recommends you refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours in shallow, covered containers and use within 3-4 days, avoid cross-contamination in the refrigerator or other places in the kitchen and use a thermometer to make sure your refrigerator is 40°F or lower and your freezer is 0°F or lower. The CDC, foodsafety.gov and the FDA are great resources for food safety information as well as your local Extension Office.

   

4 Important Trends of Content Marketing in 2018

The fact is that content marketing is consistently evolving. Exactly like previous years if you have been observant, content marketing remains the main strategy to acquire new customers and increase brand awareness.

In addition, this makes sense because more businesses in 2017 have had significant success with content marketing when compared to that of 2016. The key to having consistent success in this effort is your ability to foresee imminent trends and embrace the changes as soon as possible.

In this article, I will explore important trends, which in 2018 will shape content marketing.

Content production

For a small business, content marketing is the sure way for the acquisition of new customers regarding the fact it does not need a huge budget. Neverheless, according to various reports, mega-brands such as Google, Facebook, and Apple are investing thousands of dollars to get original content. Therefore, original and consistent content is apparently all the frenzy irresponsive of your business type – small or big.

As 2017 winds away, brands are expected to spend more in 2018 considering the numerous success of their content marketing strategy. This is why content marketing will be more competitive like never before. So, hiring a content team is important if your business is directly determined by producing relevant and high-quality content on a consistent basis.

You can begin with a well-documented content strategy while planning an editorial calendar to modernize the entire content marketing process. You should define the roles of the content team to help keep everyone on the same line. After this, you can evaluate your growth on a consistent basis while refining your strategy as you forge ahead.

Video marketing

The next future of content marketing is video. According to Cisco, by 2019 video will encompass about 80 percent of internet traffic generated. In addition, a large number of marketers also agree to the report and conclude that video will be the dominant content marketing strategies in the future.

If you could incorporate video into your content marketing strategy or your sales process, it will provide a self-serve service for your customers. Using this strategy gives you the opportunity of distributing accurate information without your salespeople being involved.

Beside video, another emerging trend, which is speedily becoming the standard across industries, is live streaming. For your business to stay ahead of your competitors, you must find innovative ways of using this video platform to get new customers.

Overall, due to the transparent nature of live video marketing, it does work. Every customer or potential client like brands that are "real and cool." Live videos enable you to see what is taking place behind the scenes while allowing you to make your customer become more familiar with you.

Content personalization

There are indications that brands that invest in a different kind of content personalization in 2018 will out outsell those without a personalized content by over 20 percent. In short, the effectiveness of content personalization strategy is unquestionably high for any brand that adopts it.

Of course, I will not say content personalization is an easy task, it is challenging. It requires a long-term effort by anyone involved in your content creation. Neverheless, you can start by developing an onsite focused campaign through dynamic content blocks and modal popups. You may also consider using email automation as a way of informing your customers by offering important information at the right time.

User-generated content

Most brands are investing in specifically user-generated campaigns, which inspires loyal customers to become brand advocates and share their positive experience with friends and family on social media.

User-generated content on social networks functions as social proof since human beings have the tendency of trusting and following the choices and actions of other people. Actually, people have confidence in content made by others than they trust the brands' own content.

The use of User-generated Content is predominately mostly on Instagram, where most brands use hashtags and create fascinating stories. User-generated content also increases your user visibility and engagement. These two are important factors that extremely increase your brand awareness.

Content marketing just like any kind of marketing discipline changes over time. You must respond to the latest trends else, you will be swept off your foot. It is there that imperative that you do all that is possible to stay ahead of your competitors before the trends become obsolete.

This week in odd news: Pizza stalker and the stolen thumb

WOMAN TELLS KENTUCKY POLICE SHE’S ‘MOTHER MARY’ AFTER CHASE

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) — A woman who led police on a chase told arresting officers that she was Mother Mary en route to pick up Baby Jesus and had permission from God to speed.

WDRB-TV cites an arrest report saying a Kentucky trooper attempted to pull over 52-year-old Connie Allen, of Tennessee, on Saturday, but she ignored him. A high-speed chase ensued.

Another trooper was eventually able to pull in front of Allen, forcing her to stop. He approached her car with his weapon drawn, but she refused to get out and show her hands. The report says she became compliant when he hit her window with a police baton.

She also told police she had died five years ago.

She is charged with several offenses. It’s unclear whether she has a lawyer.

100 PIZZAS AND COUNTING: GERMAN POLICE PROBE PIZZA STALKER

BERLIN (AP) — German police are investigating a case of severe pizza stalking in the western town of Dortmund.

Police are looking for someone who’s bombarded a lawyer by sending scores of pizzas to his office.

They said Wednesday the annoyed lawyer pressed charges in January but told them he had no idea who was behind the unwanted food deliveries.

Local newspaper Ruhr Nachrichten named the lawyer as Guido Grolle, who told them he had already received over 100 pizzas. Grolle says “it’s so irritating, I don’t even get my work done anymore.” He says sometimes notices about the first deliveries of the day pop up on his phone during his morning shower.

Lately, however, the anonymous buyer’s tastes have changed: there have also been deliveries for sushi, sausage and Greek food.

POLICE PURSUIT OF STOLEN OHIO SCHOOL BUS HITS 100 MPH

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say speeds reached 100 mph during a police pursuit of a stolen school bus in southwest Ohio

The Dayton Daily News reports a chase began shortly before 3 a.m. Wednesday. The bus had been stolen from the Twin Valley schools in West Alexandria, about 19 miles (31 kilometers) west of Dayton.

The chase began in Brookville, northwest of Dayton. The bus struck a parked car during the chase, which ended in the Dayton suburb of Trotwood.

A suspect was arrested.

SUV’S ACCELERATOR STICKS AT SPEEDS UP TO 100 MPH IN FLORIDA

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Florida state troopers managed to stop an SUV with a stuck accelerator after it traveled about 50 miles (80 kilometers) on Interstate 95 at speeds up to 100 mph.

A Florida Highway Patrol report says 28-year-old Joseph Cooper called 911 Monday afternoon from south of Port St. Lucie, saying he was heading north and couldn’t slow down.

The 911 operator told Cooper to put the vehicle in neutral, but he said he couldn’t. He said he didn’t want to use the emergency brake at the speed he was traveling.

State troopers and local police drove alongside the SUV to clear traffic. Deploying stop sticks three times, they finally brought the SUV to a stop west of Vero Beach.

Cooper was taken to a nearby hospital after complaining of chest pains.

POLICE SAY WOMAN DEFECATED IN CUL-DE-SAC 3 SEPARATE TIMES

EAST GRANBY, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut State Police say they finally got the scoop on the poop.

State police said Tuesday that they arrested a 43-year-old woman in connection with human excrement deposited on three separate occasions in the middle of the same cul-de-sac in East Granby.

Holly Malone was charged with misdemeanor breach of peace. She lives a few miles away from the cul-de-sac in Simsbury.

Troopers say a motion-activated camera set up after the second incident in November recorded Malone’s car.

Authorities say Malone told them that she’s lactose intolerant but sometimes eats dairy products, and she stopped in the cul-de-sac because she couldn’t make it to a bathroom in time. State police say she apologized.

A message left at a phone listing for Malone wasn’t immediately returned Tuesday.

WEDDING DRESS RETURNED 32 YEARS AFTER DRY CLEANER MIX-UP

WILLOWICK, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman had given up hope of seeing her wedding dress again after a dry cleaner mix-up three decades ago until her daughter’s friend saw photos of the dress on Facebook.

Michelle Havrilla was nearly speechless after getting the dress back last week for the first time since her 1985 wedding.

Her dress was put in the wrong box by a now-defunct dry cleaner in Willowick and stored in another family’s attic.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports Ame Bartlebaugh found the dress on Feb. 4 when she went looking for her mother’s wedding dress.

She posted about the mix-up on Facebook, and Havrilla was reunited with the dress within a day.

Bartlebaugh hopes social media will help her find her mom’s dress before her own wedding next year.

CHEMIST CHARGED WITH TAKING CYANIDE, DUMPING IN STORM DRAIN

WARRINGTON, Pa. (AP) — A chemist stole potassium cyanide from his workplace to use as pest control at home and poured it down a suburban Philadelphia storm drain when he learned there was an investigation, prosecutors said.

Richard O’Rourke, 60, has been charged with risking a catastrophe, theft, receiving stolen property and recklessly endangering others. He’s accused of taking about a cup of potassium cyanide from the Merck & Co. facility in Montgomery County in December.

Reached at his home on Wednesday morning, O’Rourke said didn’t want to comment. A message seeking comment from his lawyer wasn’t immediately returned.

A co-worker witnessed him pouring potassium cyanide into a beaker and then into a Nalgene water bottle on Dec. 14, then leaving the building, according to a release from District Attorney Kevin Steele. That worker informed authorities, and O’Rourke later dumped the chemical near his Warrington home about 30 miles north of Philadelphia, after learning there was an investigation.

The state Department of Environmental Protection began monitoring the water supply after determining there was a possible threat to drinking water.

The department went into “high alert” and increased its monitoring at stormwater systems, retention basins, waterways and tributaries, from Dec. 15 to Dec. 29.

It was determined that there was no evidence of water contamination, or any environmental or human health impacts related to the dumping, department spokesman Neil Shader said.

Steele said a heavy rainfall at the time likely helped diffuse the chemical.

“It is concerning that someone was able to remove such a poisonous chemical, but thankfully through an immediate and swift response by many people, nobody was hurt,” Steele said.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 6.

DEJA VU: CONVICTED FRAUDSTER PLEADS IN $340K ‘PSYCHIC’ CASE

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — A Maryland woman who claims to be a psychic has been convicted of scamming people — again.

WRC-TV reports Gina Marie Marks, who worked under the name Natalie Miller, pleaded guilty Friday to multiple counts of felony theft for stealing $340,000 from five people who sought help with their troubles.

Marks said on Friday in court that she would return all the payments she received, but maintained her services are real. Police learned of Marks in 2016 when a woman paid Marks for love spells, but got suspicious when the charges began approaching $80,000.

Marks was arrested at the Miami International Airport in Florida and faces up to six years in prison.

Marks pleaded no contest and guilty to similar charges in 2009 and 2010 in Florida.

MAN’S BEST FRIEND CAN’T CONTEND: POOCH BARRED FROM KANSAS GOVERNOR RACE

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Kansas election officials are putting the brakes on a dog’s campaign for governor.

KWCH-TV reports that Terran Woolley, of Hutchinson, decided to file the paperwork over the weekend for his 3-year-old pooch, Angus, to run for the state’s top office after reading stories about six teenage candidates. The teens entered the race after learning Kansas doesn’t have an age requirement, something lawmakers are seeking to change.

Angus is a type of hunting dog called a wire-haired Vizsla. Woolley figured Angus would need to run as a Republican. He described Angus as a “caring, nurturing individual who cares about the best for humanity and all creatures other than squirrels.”

But the Kansas Secretary of State’s office says man’s best friend is not capable of serving the responsibilities required of the governor.

SUSPECTED DRUNKEN DRIVER ARRESTED AFTER TACO BELL RUN

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Medford woman was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after authorities say she struck garbage cans and drove into a ditch during a Taco Bell run.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 39-year-old Diane Wilcox left her home Tuesday morning to travel to a Taco Bell about six miles away.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says she began hitting garbage cans and nearly struck an elderly couple while she was driving home.

Authorities say she then drove into a ditch near her home and bystanders forced her to stop.

Authorities say she had a blood alcohol level of 0.55 percent, and she was taken to the hospital for treatment. The legal limit in Oregon is 0.08 percent.

Sheriff’s office Sgt. Julie Denney says her blood alcohol level can be fatal.

FBI: PARTYGOER STOLE MUSEUM STATUE’S LEFT THUMB AFTER SELFIE

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal authorities say a Delaware man snapped a selfie before stealing part of a $4.5 million statue at a Philadelphia museum.

According to an arrest affidavit filed Friday, 24-year-old Michael Rohana was attending an Ugly Sweater Party at the Franklin Institute Dec. 21 when he entered the “Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor” exhibit.

Authorities say Rohana took photos while posing next to a statue known as “The Cavalryman,” and then snapped off the statue’s left thumb.

Museum staff noticed the missing thumb Jan. 8, and the FBI traced it to Rohana five days later. It is unclear if he has legal representation.

A museum spokeswoman says the statue will be repaired. She says a security contractor did not follow standard procedures the night of the alleged theft.

IT WASN’T MEANT TO BE FOR A NYC WOMAN SEEKING A MYSTERY MAN

NEW YORK (AP) — It wasn’t meant to be for a New York City woman seeking a mystery missed connection via a 20-foot mural asking him to meet her on Valentine’s Day.

Twenty-five-year-old Devin Custalow waited for nearly 30 minutes at the billboard that asked the mystery man with yellow shoes she met on a subway train in October to meet with her at 1 p.m. Wednesday. She was surrounded by friends, family and plenty of cameras for the meeting that never came to pass — but her loved ones were on hand with a bouquet of flowers.

Custalow says despite the outcome, the search for her mystery Valentine was a really great experience and she hopes she’s encouraged others to look for love.

SAUERKRAUT BUT HOLD THE HOT DOG: SHOW DOGS HAVE SOME UNUSUAL FOOD FAVES

NEW YORK (AP) — Benjamin is a grand champion English toy spaniel, but he’s not a champ at chow. The otherwise undemanding dog tends to balk at any food after a couple of meals.

The one treat he never refuses? Sauerkraut — and hold the hot dog.

Emmy the harrier is crazy for ice cubes. Dick the Chinese crested isn’t excited by any treat except bits of raw steak (usually ribeye). Stella, an old English sheepdog, savors steamed green beans. Rajah the borzoi enjoys chicken liver saut?ed in butter as post-dog-show reward.

And to get Mikka the bergamasco to eat, consider “Satan balls.”

Come on in to the Westminster Kennel Club, where owners and handlers know how to cater to the eclectic tastes of show dogs that competed this week. A bichon frise named Flynn won best in show Tuesday night.

For some dogs, it takes culinary ingenuity to get into show form.

“We’ve got it down to a science,” Mikka’s co-owner, Jane Bass, says of whetting the whistles of a herding breed known for its matted coat, gentle protectiveness and finicky appetites.

Six-year-old Mikka, which made her Westminster debut Monday, came to Bass underweight and tentative after another family gave her up. Mikka wouldn’t eat until one day when Bass arrived at her Easton, Connecticut, home to a weird smell wafting from the kitchen. Her husband was warming lamb kibble, chicken broth and homemade chicken in a skillet for the dog.

“That was the magic formula. That and the couch,” Bass says.

Enough bergamascos are particular about food that owners share recipes, including those tempting “Satan balls”: raw or cooked meat mixed with molasses, oatmeal and peanut butter and rolled into balls, according to Bass.

To cut down on the expense of feeding her five dogs, she prepares a house blend: kibble, chicken and a puree of eggs, egg shells, sea kelp and fruits and vegetables that can include apples, oranges, bok choi, celery and acorn squash.

Dawn and Timothy Eilber spend about $1,000 and many hours a month preparing an all-raw diet for their four cane corsos. At each of the strapping guard dogs’ two daily meals, the Scotrun, Pennsylvania, couple measures out portions of meat, bone and organ meat and adds such ingredients as coconut oil, raw honey, apple cider vinegar and turmeric paste.

“We think we’re crazy sometimes,” Dawn Eilber said after her husband showed one of the dogs, Marley, at Westminster on Tuesday. “But this makes us happy.”

There’s plenty of high-end store-bought food on show dog menus — indeed, Purina Pro Plan sponsors Westminster — and lots of handlers rely on familiar treats such as chicken, liver or cooked steak. Jen Jones ended up ordering a $40 filet mignon from her hotel so she’d have steak to bring to the ring with Hudson, one of her St. Bernards, at Westminster on Tuesday.

“What are you going to do? It’s Westminster,” laughed Jones, of Bellevue, Colorado.

Other handlers find more exotic or complicated items appeal to their prized pets and performers.

“He likes it when I do a little fresh garlic and a little bit of Maldon Salt flakes” with organic chicken breast, Kim Brown said of her basenji, named Bazinga.

The Furlong, Pennsylvania-based breeder happened to make the receipt for herself once early in Bazinga’s training, gave him a bite and noticed his “oohhhhhh” expression. So it’s been their go-to show-ring treat ever since, including in a televised semifinal round at Madison Square Garden Monday night.

From show rings to dog parks, there’s plenty of discussion about what to feed dogs: raw food? Regular food? Wet? Dry? Organic? Grain-free? Homemade?

American Veterinary Medicine Association President-elect Dr. John de Jong says there’s no one answer, but owners should look to reputable, nutritionally balanced and well-researched brands. He suggests owners who’d rather make their own dog food do research and consult a vet or veterinary nutritionist, as dogs have different dietary needs than people do, and those needs can vary by age, size and other factors.

There are some red flags for dog food and treats, including artificial sweeteners, avocados, chocolate, grapes, Macadamia nuts, onions and fatty foods. And, as with people, moderation is key.

Overall, “be wise, use discretion,” de Jong says. “Use common sense.”

You Diet Everyday! Why Are not You Losing Weight?

You diet everyday, or at least it looks but for some reason the pounds will not leave! You follow the "experts" advice and you exercise diligently but still you can not shed the pounds. What if the "experts" were not telling you the truth for a reason? What if they wanted to keep you captive to their books, products and pills? Today, I'm going to share with you the truth. . .

Recently, in a ground breaking medical study, it was found that there is little correlation between diet, exercise and truly losing weight. And I'm talking about the weight you diet to lose ever day – 20, 40, 80 or more pounds. This is what you diet for but looks like you can not "kick start" your body to do what the "experts" have told you works for everyone else. It's frustrating, I know. I was YOU!

In my quest to finally lose the weight I started searching the internet day and night until I found something that opened my eyes. For the first time I started to learn the science behind why we keep or lose weight from our bodies. Why you diet and do not lose while others do not diet and the fat melts off. What the study revealed was that the TYPE of food ateen in COMBINATION will actually adhere to the inside of our bodies like a plaque and will further cause additional foods to do the same. Day in and day out we build this "plaque" inside of our bodies and because you diet, it never leaves.

The best news of all is that this "plaque" is temporary IF you know what to do about it. If you know the proper nutrients to take in the PROPER order you can lose, almost immediately an insane amount of weight. Your body literally causes the "plaque" to disappear in a way that it never does when you diet. You see, when you diet you are focusing on the symptom. When you follow the formula discovered in this scientific breakthrough you focus on the true problem behind your weight gain

And, when you diet following the "expert's" advice you do not stand a chance!

The important thing to remember is that the experts want to have you diet FOREVER because it makes them rich in doctor's bills, pills and books. So, they are likely to snuff out this discovery forever because it will seriously effect their income. But, it's not to late! For a limited time you can read this full report and decide for yourself whether this is the key to your weight loss!

Croatia’s Raw Sweets by Mihaela Available in 91 DM Stores

One talented Croatian eco producer is given a hand by the DM chain.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 14th of February, 2018, following the creation of the website sirovahrana.hr, which was launched with the aim of promoting a healthy diet, the author of “Raw Food” and “Sweet Passion”, Mihaela Devesov, directed her sights and passion towards the production of raw desserts.

Chocolate pralines, coconut and hazelnuts, chocolate and chocolate sweets from Raw Sweets by Mihaela have been made available at 91 DM shops since the 1st of February, 2018. The products have an organic certificate, are manufactured without thermal treatment and are suitable for diabetics and vegans because they don’t contain sugar, lactose, or gluten.

“Since beginning on the Raw Food story I kept saying: Do what you love, love what you do, give yourself to it and enjoy it, don’t think about success. Success came in the form of co-operation with DM, to whom I’ve been a loyal customer since the very beginning. I’m proud and happy that my products can be found on DM’s shelves. Sometimes I still think I’m dreaming,” stated Mihaela Devescov.

“With Mihaela, we’ve linked the focus to mindful and organic solutions in product development. We’d like to offer quality products to our customers and support Croatian producers, and we’re delighted to see that this can be part of Mihaela’s success. We believe that our co-operation will enable further development within Raw Sweets, and thus product inclusion in all of DM’s stores in Croatia,” said Tanja Hrvojević from DM.

In the business year 2016/2017, ecological food sales in DM grew by 4.41 percent, and ecological food products by Croatian producers grew by 7.44 percent. DM currently cooperates with 19 Croatian environmental producers, among which are producers of organic food products such as OPG Veselić and OPG Božanić, as well as producers of natural cosmetics such as Olival and Priroda, who partook in DM’s campaign ”… because the best comes from nature!” (…jer najbolje dolazi iz prirode!”) with the aim of promoting ecological production and bringing exposure and added publicity to the growing number of Croatia’s ecological producers.

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A Day In My Raw Food Life! – Episode 1



Remember in the old days, I used to do daily raw food videos?
Well…! I’m back and doing many videos per week.

Get a sneak peak into the life of a 20 year Raw Vegan Pioneer… I’ve been getting my body into shape through various exercises, which I share daily. On top of my exercise routines, you’ll get to see what me and my daughters eat, recipes, hiking adventures to waterfalls and rivers, and so much more… I’ve uploaded the first video today!

In the second half of this video, my friends and family go to Carnival, which is a crazy once-a-year Ecuadorian tradition. Just wait until you see what we get ourselves into!

These videos are created in ‘My Story’ on Instagram, and exported to Youtube and Facebook. I will be posting these ‘A Day in My Life’ videos frequently on all of these mediums. If you keep up daily on my Facebook or Instagram ‘My Story’, you will get all the unedited footage available.
I hope I don’t get myself into trouble lol…
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Prospective Reflections on Computers and Technology

The millennium era is the season for information technology, internet and computers. They become the parts and parcel of our daily life. We can not dream of living without them. In order to honor them, I provide in this article, various prospective reflections on computers and technology.

Here they are:

  • Technology is governed by two types of people: those who manage what they do not understand and those who understand what they do not manage.
  • Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
  • The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.
  • Information Technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I do not think anyone can meaningfully talk about one without talking about the other.
  • Technology is nothing. What's important is that you have a faith in people, that they are basically good and smart and if you give them tools, they will do wonderful things with them.
  • Every once in a while, a new technology, an old problem and a big idea turn into an innovation.
  • The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.
  • I think it's fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we've ever created. They are tools of communication, they are tools of creativity and they can be shaped by their user.
  • Treat your password like a toothbrush. Do not let anyone else use it and get a new one every six months.
  • The next major explosion is going to be when genetics and computers come together. I am talking about an organic computer – about biological substances that can function like a semiconductor.
  • Computing is not about computers anymore. It is about living.
  • With all the abundance we have of computers and computing, what is scarce is human attention and time.
  • The new information technology – internet and email – have practically eliminated the physical costs of communications.
  • Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.
  • By the time we get to the 2040s, we'll be able to multiply human intelligence a billion-fold. That will be a profound change that's singular in nature. Computers are going to keep getting smaller and smaller. Ultimately, they will go inside our bodies and brains and make us healthier and smarter.

Summing up, those are quite a few reflections on computers and technology that speak boldly on their prospects, importance and efficiency.

Roles of Smoking and Diet to Good-Looking Skin

The human skin constituents the largest organ of the body. It is by far the most sensitive organ at the same time. Many believed that the secret to a healthy skin is the way we are living our lives. There are a number of things that we could consider to have a fair and good looking skin.

The beauty and fair looking skin is not dependent on the commercial products sold in the market. It is actually one thing that we have to set aside. The dependency of people with the aid of commercial products and medical methods to stay beautiful is not our resort. Why can not we try to start within ourselves?

This article will focus in the effects of smoking and diet to our skin as well as the benefits it can get if we refuse from smoking and we eat healthy and nutritious food. This will educate people as well as teach them about the things that they have to know about proper care of the skin.

Smoking is one of the activities that institute the rapid aging of the skin tissues. It can also heighten the incident of skin irritations, and even cancer if exposed to smoke.We know very well that nicotine is one of the factors that reduce the flow of blood and oxygen through the skin. Thus, this leads reduced supply of fibers, nutrients, and collagen to the skin and to the body as a whole. Since it is a domino effect, this leads to early aging and wrinkles.

If we avoid smoking, there will be a very continuous flow of oxygen, and nutrients all through the body including skin tissues. As a result, you will eliminate pimples and other irritations that may be caused by excess nicotine content through the skin. Another thing that we have to consider is with regards to diet. Well, it holds true for those people who are fond of eating and eating without regards to the result it may give the body. The secret to a youngger looking skin and a healthy one is proper diet.

We should always eat fresh fruits and vegetables, more water intake, less alcohol content, and maintaining a very good diet will lead us to manage our skin while taking into consideration the health benefits these types of food will be giving us. At times, there are some things that we might neglect, like gradual exercise, or low water intake. Water replenishes lost energy, and makes the skin regenerate. At the same time, it renews the skin cells, causing it to look young and healthy.

Once we eat healthy foods and maintain a very desirable lifestyle, we will achieve the type of skin we are looking for, free of bacteria and other substance that might lead to more serious skin diseases. These harmful bacteria can be totally eliminated if we know how to control ourselves from eating things that are safe for the skin, as well as avoid being tempted to drink too much alcohol.These are some of the things that we have to bear in mind that might lead us to maintaining a youngger looking skin as well as enjoying our life with less constraints.

Preparing for Times of Disaster

Whatever you live in the western united states and have suffered fires and daught, or the eastern coast and endured hurricanes and flooding, chances are you may experience one or more natural disasters in your lifetime. Being prepared will not take away the trial, but it will help you to recover as well as sustain you until damage can be restored again. There are three basic ways you can prepare for a disaster.

1. SECURE YOUR HOME. You may not need notice the heavy vases stored above the kitchen cabinets, books loaded with books in the den, or the glass mirror in the hallway as being potential hazards in your home, but during flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes, or earthquakes, these items could cause injury. Securing heavy furniture to the walls could prevent them from tipping over onto someone. Strapping your water heater to the foundation of the house will keep it from falling and the pipes from breaking. If the water heater is damaged, gas could leak and valuable water could empty out. You can take inventory of every room in your home to see how to storm-proof and keep your family safe. Remove heavy items from upper shelves and place them on lower shelves. Install latches on cabinets containing glassware, and secure pictures, mirrors, and other wall hangings with earthquake-proof hooks. Keep shoes or slippers near your bed. If a disaster were to occur during the night, you may need to access them immediately to protect your feet from possible broken glass or sharp metal. Also, keep a flashlight in an accessible place in every room to utilize as a light source.

2. STORE FOOD, WATER, AND EMERGENCY SUPPLIES. If a disaster happens, it is likely that grocery stores will be out of commission for a while. You may have to rely, for a time, on the food you have within your home. Store the food your family likes and keep a few extra beats on hand to help bring comfort during a time of chaos or uncertainty. Store water in case your water supply becomes contaminated. Store sufficient for drinking as well as hygiene and cooking needs. Additionally, have first-aid supplies on hand as well as flashlights and batteries, extra blankets, cash, extra toiletries and feminine supplies, a manual can-opener, and any other basic needs you may have as you shelter-in-place. It would be a good idea to have a wrench to turn off any utilities such as power and gas.

3. HAVE A FAMILY PLAN. Whether you draw up a fire escape plan, or write out a strategy for evacuating, create a family plan for any type of disasters. Review with your family the possible scenarios in each case of an emergency. Establish well-thought-out solutions that will keep your family safe and help each other to make contact with one another in case you are ever to be separated. Have a meeting place to go, or a main contact person, such as grandparents or out-of-state family members to connect with to report your individual status. Remember to keep the pets in mind, and talk about your family plan often with family members. Above all, believe that if you and your family are prepared, it will make difficult times become more endurable.