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Amazon: See How Big Data Can Drive Business Success #bigdata

Amazon is a big data giant, which is why I want to look at the company in my second post of my series on how specific organisations use big data.

We all know that Amazon pioneered e-commerce in many ways, but possibly one of its greatest innovations was the personalized recommendation system – which, of course, is built on the big data it gathers from its millions of customer transactions.

Psychologists speak about the power of suggestion – put something that someone might like in front of them and they may well be overcome by a burning desire to buy it – regardless of whether or not it will fulfil any real need.

This is of course how impulse advertising has always worked – but instead of a scattergun approach, Amazon leveraged their customer data and honed its system into a high powered, lazer-sighted sniper rifle. Or at least that is the plan - they don't seem to get it completely right yet. Like most of us, I have had some very strange recommendations from Amazon.

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8 Ways to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing #biz #entrepreneur #bhive

Let go of any crippling anxieties for a second and think back to childhood. Remember the fear and trepidation you felt the first time you peered down from the top of the playground slide—which immediately turned to utter joy and triumph when you reached the bottom? Our creativity is hampered by that same type of fear, according to innovation and design firm IDEO founders (and brothers) David Kelley and Tom Kelley.

Great innovators, including Steve Jobs, do "insanely great" things by adopting a bias toward action, forging creative strategy with active practice. Everyone will have their own unique methods that work for them, but oftentimes the hardest part is starting the exploratory process. They argue that it's well worth the effort to break through the societal pressures and corporate norms that scare us toward normalcy.

In their new book, "Creative Confidence," the authors offer a number of strategies that can spark creativity and unleash the innovative potential in us all. While not all of us are artists, they argue that creativity is a mindset, a way of thinking, and a proactive approach to finding new solutions that can only improve our lives. Here are eight tactics from their book to start you off.

Read more: 8 Ways to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing #biz #entrepreneur #bhive

Galactic Umbrella's Tale Revealed #galaxy #space

The beautiful swirls and streams surrounding the Umbrella Galaxy (NGC 4651) are the result of a dwarf galaxy being eaten up by a larger one. A study in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society has revealed the processes involved, and something about the unfortunate former galaxy. Besides its beauty, the Umbrella Galaxy is of particular interest because it is considered a good model for our own.

Galaxies grow by cannibalizing smaller ones, and it is common for us to see the process underway, including in our own Milky Way. Consequently its hardly news that the streams of stars and gas around NGC 4651, nicknamed the Umbrella Galaxy because the largest stream looks like the handle of a parasol, were formed through this process. However, that still left room for plenty of questions: Was one galaxy being consumed or several? How large was the meal?

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Science: From A Spiritual Perspective #ants #spirituality


From the ant’s perspective, we as human beings are incomprehensible. We are so large and so powerful that the ant experiences us as part of their universe in the form of weather and all manner of “godly” forces from the sky. A simple flick of our hand produces an epic wind storm that lasts for half an ant’s lifetime. Truly powerful stuff. Now I invite you to look up at our so-called “sky.” Where does our concept of weather originate from? Scientists would have you believe weather is an interaction of various atoms and elements that produce atmospheric conditions in regards to temperature, wind, precipitation, etc.. Accurate? Yes, of course, but it is merely our way of conceptualizing the universe that is, by nature, incomprehensible.

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Hood or Helmet: To Snip or Not To Snip? #circumcision


In the Atlantic this month, Shawnee Barton wrote a detailed account of how she and her husband arrived at a decision about whether to circumcise her newborn son. Barton and her spouse pored over studies tracking penile cancer and urinary tract infection rates in cut and uncut men. They surveyed friends about their experiences putting their kids’ genitals under the knife. And, of course, they carefully weighed their son’s chances of receiving oral sex as an adult. One friend lobbied for the Barton family to lop off the boy’s foreskin because “it’s hard enough for a guy to get blowjobs as it is.” A friend-of-the-family OB-GYN concurred: “Don’t you want him to get blow jobs some day?”

And here I thought teens and young adults were handing out blow jobs like candy. Apparently, some parents remain concerned that their son's penis won’t be granted any mouth access unless they start planning for their future sex lives at birth. But is it really that hard for an uncircumcised man to receive oral sex?

Read more: Hood or Helmet: To Snip or Not To Snip? #circumcision

How the Best Couples Keep Their Romantic Spark Alive #sex #couples


There’s no great mystery in understanding why couples become less sexually active as their relationship matures: As passionate love mellows into a relationship characterized by intimacy and companionship, long-term couples will almost certainly have sex less frequently. The demands of daily life and the reality of taking care of a household mean that many couples devote less time exclusively to their physical relationship.

But it's an issue worth addressing: We may prefer not to think about our parents or grandparents having sex, but plenty of older couples maintain physical intimacy in their later years. There are real benefits in continuing sexual activity throughout life, as shown by researchers studying sexual life expectancy. If for no other reason than to support your long-term mental and physical well-being, figuring out the formula for staying sexually active with your long-term partner is a good idea.

Read more: How the Best Couples Keep Their Romantic Spark Alive #sex #couples

It’s Official: No One Wants to Host the Winter Olympics #sochi #olympics


Hosting the Olympics is nice and all, but, after watching host city after host city get bludgeoned by the International Olympic Committee, and the media, for their prep work as they try to pull together what has become a colossus of an event, perhaps we’ve reached a tipping point—nobody really wants to host the Olympics anymore. While that may be a bit of an overstatement, perhaps this is more accurate: Beijing is set to be the perma-host of budget busting Olympic Games.

How bad has it gotten for would-be hosts? Take the 2022 Winter Olympics. On Monday, the IOC announced its three host city finalists—Oslo, Almaty, and Beijing. And the problem with that announcement is that it’s uncertain if one of the finalists—Oslo—will even keep its bid in the game and one of the cities—Almaty—is in Kazakhstan. Lovely country, lots of oil, not ready for primetime. Or as the New York Times describes it: “a nation with an autocratic government and a dubious human rights record.” That kind of leaves Beijing as the frontrunner to be the first host of both the summer and winter games.

“No matter which city is awarded the Winter Olympics, these games will forever be known as the one no one wanted to host,” the Associated Press reports. Here’s more from the AP on the ever-dwindling field of host city hopefuls.

In May, Krakow joined the growing list of cities who do not want to host the Winter Games that year. The Polish city withdrew its bid this week after residents overwhelmingly voted against the plan. Krakow had proposed co-hosting the games with neighboring Slovakia, but more than 70 percent of the voters in Krakow's referendum said they did not want to host the event. It is the latest city to reject the opportunity to host the games: Stockholm, Sweden, withdrew its bid in January citing cost; voters in Munich, Germany, rejected a proposal to host the games citing "greed" of the International Olympic Committee; and voters rejected a bid for Davos and St. Moritz to jointly hold the games. Just last week, Lviv, Ukraine, became the latest city to drop out, citing the country's ongoing political turmoil.

Why the reluctance to put on the Winter Olympics? Here’s one pretty good reason for most countries: the Sochi Games cost Russia some $51 billion to host. The “winner” of the 2022 Games will be announced next July.

Source: http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2014/07/07/_2022_winter_olympics_host_city_finalists_are_announced.html

Wanted: Quinoa #health

In the last year or two, quinoa was able to gain a worldwide attention on the scale that can’t be compared with any agricultural commodity. Well, maybe only with the production “success” of soybeans in Argentina and Brazil or the corn boom in the United States, but obviously with different, non-GMO related attention and with new “ethical” issues associated with its large scale cultivation. From the shelves of specialty, health, and “hippie” food stores, quinoa successfully reached large scale sellers like Costco, Walmart, Loblaws, and Sobeys. Currently, none of the serious food selling chains can afford to not have quinoa or quinoa-containing products in their stores. There is a crazy demand for quinoa worldwide and it seems that even though the supply of quinoa and its derivatives tries to go in contango with its demand, it is still rather far from the level satisfying current quinoa related demand. The United Nations' (UN) efforts additionally pushed the worldwide recognition and current success of quinoa. Thanks to their campaign that established the year 2013 as the International Year of Quinoa, and the appointment of Bolivian president Evo Morales as Special Ambassador to Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), this quasi grain from the Andes became the most overexposed agricultural product in a long time –{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C} maybe even in the history of the modern era agricultural production, thus far.

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What's that lurking in your food? #monsanto

It's bad enough that we are still seeing the effects of the nuclear accident at Fukushima when Japan was hit by a major tsunami in 2011. Then we have veterans from the Vietnam War who continue to feel the effect of Agent Orange used during that time. Many sailors have become sick from its effects and have endured much pain and difficulty doing just everyday activities.

Here it is 2014 and we have something else that plagues people's health and has caused many to die of devastating diseases.

What we are going to focus on here is something called GMO. Have you heard about it? Do you understand the serious effects it has on human consumption from the grocery store?

Well, hopefully you will learn enough about it here that you will further investigate and research it for yourselves. First, GMO stands for Genetically Modiified Organisms which means that plants and/or animals have been genetically engineered with the DNA taken from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals.

For those who are not familiar with GMOs, this is not something that has begun recently; it has been going on for several decades. Have you ever wondered why there are so many people with health problems that linger even sometimes with treatment?

According to an article on naturalnews.com, experts say, "The process of genetic engineering always involves the risk of altering the genetics and cellular functioning of a food organism in unanticipated ways. These unanticipated alterations can result in genetically engineered foods being allergenic, toxic or reduced in nutritional value." Professor John Fagan award winning Geneticist, Maharishshi University of Management Iowa, USA.

The article further states that Professor Richard Lacey, microbiologist, medical doctor and Professor of Food Safety at Leeds University has, from the beginning of GE foods, has held a strong stance against it because it is virtually impossible to assess the effects it has on the public's health or if it has any nutritional value in using them.

Monsanto is the leading company using GMOs and is the focus of many protest groups to try to stop them from continuing the use of them in our food supply. It has pushed its genetically engineered seeds as a safe way to grow vegetables, fruits and grains. However, it has been discovered that Monsanto has been deceptive in their advertising, saying that the GMOs present no danger.

Science has proven that GMOs cause cancer tumors, infertility and birth defects. Wait! We have the Food and Drug Administration to protect us from unsafe food and drugs, right?

Are you aware that ex-Monsanto executives are running it? Now that you know that, do you feel safe about how they protect us? Then we have a government that ultimately supports Monsanto's introduction of GMOs into our food by refusing to implement long-term research to determine the the effects of GMOs on our health.

Do you feel safe now? Well, here's the kicker; our government and congress have approved what is called The Monsanto Protection Act. Sounds good doesn't it? Are you ready for this? This act prohibits the courts from stopping the sale of Monsanto's genetically modified seeds.

That pretty much tells you how important you are as a citizen and consumer in the political scheme of things. That's just one more nail in our coffin and for what reason? Well, as I have said time and time again, we are headed for a New World Order under this administration and part of that is to control the population. What better way to do that than to control what is in our food supply? If they poison us just a little at a time, who's going to be the wiser?

folks, I'm not being facetious, I'm being realistic. Our government, with the help of big corporations like Monsanto want "control" plain and simple. They are ready and willing to let their greed for money and power over-ride any risks to our health and welfare.

After all, where would all their big contributions come from to establish a sure re-election for many elected government officials, especially the elite left wing liberals. While Monsanto and other companies continue to make tons of money, get corporate hand outs and receive political favors, many of our farmers are struggling to make a ends meet.

Do you think that Monsanto's GMO seeds are only affecting the food we eat? Wrong. They are affecting our environment. One of the most significant effects is that on our bee colonies.

Since GMOs have been introduced into so many insecticides and pesticides manufactured by Monsanto, it seems to have taken aa toll on our bee colonies. The bees, not just nationally, but internationally, have developed certain conditions that up until September of 2011 were being researched to find ways to solve this global bee crisis.

However, that process stopped when Monsanto acquired Beeologics top bee research firm that was conducting that research. Now that Monsanto has control of the firm, their plans are to use all the research material developed by the firm to come up with "scientific" explanations that deny any connection between the colony collapse disorder (CCO) and their GMO technologies. They will then use that research from Beeologics.

An announcement from Monsanto stated, "Beeological products will continue to play an increasingly important role in supporting the "Sustainability" of many agricultural systems.

There's that word again; "sustainability." This is a key word in the rules for a New World Order.

Monsanto's idea of sustainability is to use more and more chemicals and GMOs in all their products. In doing so they will not solve the bee problem, but they will add to the problem with their pesticides and herbicides.

Did you really think Monsanto's design in acquiring Beeologics was to help save the bees? It was done in hopes of covering their implication in the bee's "colony collapse disorder." Do you think they will stop with Beeologics? It's not very likely; they will probably try to acquire any other companies and organizations that could impede their progress and use them to their advantage.

When using the pesticides and herbicides without any control on how, when or where they can be used, they will slowly poison the bees as they collect pollen which has absorbed these toxins and are transmitted to other crops and plants during pollination.

One of the pesticides most commonly used to control damage from butterfly larvae is now being introduced directly into the plants instead of spraying them directly on the plants where the target insects were, causing destruction, not only to insects trying to dine on the crops or plants, but making them toxic to any human or animal that eats them.

With all of this genetic engineering of our foods, it is not only affecting our health but it is also affecting our pocketbooks. Have you noticed how the price of just about all the foods we eat are sky-rocketing? I guess Monsanto feels they should be embursed for their contribution to humanity.

It's hard to imagine that all the companies from which we've been buying food has allowed their products to be tainted by Monsanto's GMOs, but it's true. Monsanto has already cornered the market on corn and soy; now they're trying for GMO wheat crops.

If these actions by Monsanto aren't moving us closer to a NWO, then what is? Well, the big banks trying to dominate our money but that's just one phase. Our food is another and they're working really hard with our healthcare through Obamacare. Is this not a grab for control?

Also, according to naturalnews.com, GMOs are not only filling grocery stores all over America but it is now affecting most of South Africa's seed crops. This is due mostly to the fact that they have had a major crop failure.

What most people don't know about GMOs is that they are linked to a number of real and sometimes deadly diseases that would possibly not develop if it weren't for the GMOs added to our food.

www.engdahl.oilgeopolitics.net

Okay, now that you have an idea of what we are dealing with, you might want to know what you can do about it.

People have been becoming more and more aware of GMOs and Monsanto's part in it. So what are they doing? Well, for one thing, they are growing their own organic food and bringing awareness to their towns and neighborhoods, participating in protests and marches, distributing literature and fighting for representation from elected officials and the courts. Pressure you elected state lawmakers to introduce legislation that will stop Monsanto from poisoning our food and to mandate labeling for any GMOs so that consumers know what is in the food they are buying and have a choice as to whether they want to buy it or not. People have a right to know. Whatever you do, become educated about Monsanto and the dangers of GMOs in our food and other products. They are all around us and most of you don't even realize you are slowly being poisoned. It's up to each of us; you and me and everyone in our neighborhood to fight this money hungry corporation that does not have our best health interest at heart.

Go on Facebook and Google Monsanto to learn all you can about it and look for ways you can help end Monsanto's control over our food supplies and other products we use.

Source: http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140606030609-228883889-what-s-that-lurking-in-your-food

The Tell-Tale Signs Of A Bad Boss #business

 

Let's face it; we have all seen and experienced bad bosses. There are the ones that bully, the ones that only care about themselves and their own career, the cowards that hide behind others or the ones that drive you mad by trying to tell you how to do your job in the minutest level of detail. Seeing bad bosses in action can be hilarious but if you are on the receiving end of a bad boss it is usually no laughing matter. Bad bosses cause so much unnecessary stress in the work place and are a major cause of reduced productivity and performance.

Read more: The Tell-Tale Signs Of A Bad Boss #business

9 Facts About Snapchat Every Brand Should Know #smm #ErikQualman

Fellow Stanford classmates where snickering at Evan Spiegel in April 2011 as he presented his final project idea: an Instagram-like app where the photos disappeared permanently seconds after being published and viewed. No one is snickering now. Snapchat is sky rocking in popularity and controversy. Teens and marketers laud it—parents, pastors and regulators abhor it. The tools popularity is attributed to its ability to allow users to re-capture a little bit of their privacy while still being able to share moments with others. Similar to the self-exploding messages in the Mission Impossible movies, once the intended user views a Snapchat snap (e.g., photo, text), it is gone forever. But what else is getting people, brands and investors excited about Snapchat?

9 Facts You Didn’t Know About Snapchat but should

  1. Snapchat tops WhatsApp as the biggest US messaging app by volume. (source: http://techcrunch.com/2014/05/14/snapchat-tops-whatsapp-in-u-s-as-biggest-messaging-app-by-volume/). Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion dollars earlier this year.
  2. 77% of college students use Snapchat daily (source: http://mashable.com/2014/02/24/snapchat-study-college-students
  3. Google previously approached Snapchat with a rumored 10 billion dollar offer. In 2013 Facebook offered $1 million and $3 billion respectively.
  4. Brands like Acura, HBO, and Taco Bell are flocking to Snapchat since it’s largest demographic is teenagers, many of whom are fleeing Facebook
  5. Many feel the popularity of Snapchat is that it enables “sexting.” However, some data suggests this might not be true. Data from research firm Survdata indicates mobile users are more likely to use MMS than Snapchat for Sexting in a 13.1% to 26.5% difference (source: http://www.survata.com/blog/is-snapchat-only-used-for-sexting-we-asked-5000-people-to-find-out/). The research also stresses that 23-29 years olds actually sext more than 18 to 22 year olds (21% to 11%).
  6. 400 million Snapchat snaps per day (source: http://www.survata.com/blog/is-snapchat-only-used-for-sexting-we-asked-5000-people-to-find-out/)
  7. 70% of Snapchat users are female (source: http://www.survata.com/blog/is-snapchat-only-used-for-sexting-we-asked-5000-people-to-find-out/)
  8. Apple, Tinder and Facebook are investing in developing their own Snapchat clones
  9. New York social media agency Likeable is using Snapchat to recruit employees (source: http://mashable.com/2013/11/01/snapchat-recruiting-tool/)

If the above trends are any indication, the odds are you and your brand will be using Snapchat soon. - @equalman

 

Source: http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140701155002-541226-9-facts-about-snapchat-every-brand-should-know?trk=prof-post

Previously Uncontacted Amazon Tribe Make Contact With Outside World #amazon

The Amazon rainforest covers about 2.1 million square miles across South America. In that vast expanse, there are tribes of people who have been tucked away and completely separated from the outside world. When people from modern society do contact these indigenous tribes, they risk violence and the spread of disease.

Brazilian officials reported recently that a tribe of people living in the Peruvian Amazon, who previously had no contact with the outside world, have just contacted a settled tribe near the Brazil-Peru border while attempting to flee illegal loggers. The group was first discovered in 2011 from aerial photographs taken by the Brazilian government.

José Carlos Meirelles worked for the Brazilian government agency FUNAI for 20 years in order to protect these indigenous people and their rights. He told Survival International that this situation felt a bit desperate, as it was the first time in 30 years that the uncontacted group were the ones to make first contact with outsiders. “Something serious must have happened. It is not normal for such a large group of uncontacted Indians to approach in this way. This is a completely new and worrying situation and we currently do not know what has caused it.”

Read more: Previously Uncontacted Amazon Tribe Make Contact With Outside World #amazon