cmtmoillk liked a post in a topic by Simon Leufstedt in Internet vigilantism and bad journalism in the wake of the Boston bombing
The internet vigilantism and bad journalism in the wake of the Boston Marathon tradgedy is sickening! A high school student now fears for his life after being wrongfully labelled as a suspect for the Boston bombing by the New York Post and users on both Reddit and 4chan.
"A teenager says he is scared to go outside after he was portrayed on the internet and on the front page of the New York Post as connected to the deadly Boston Marathon bombings. Photos of Salah Eddin Barhoum, 17, and friend Yassine Zaime were posted on websites whose users have been scouring marathon-finish-line photos for suspects."
Read the story: http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/04/201341975840872269.html
Read more about the online witch hunt for Boston bomber: http://www.theverge.com/2013/4/18/4238768/online-witch-hunt-for-boston-bomber-leads-to-ny-post-cover-photo-mess
The Atlantic has a good post about the dangers of vigilantism: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/04/hey-reddit-enough-boston-bombing-vigilantism/275062/
Photo album of 4chan's and Reddit's amateur detective work: http://imgur.com/a/sUrnA
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cmtmoillk liked a post in a topic by IronSight90 in Giving Up the Smokes
I have recently decided that I am to quit smoking. I haven't been smoking long (only about 4 years) but I have decided that enough is enough, because if I don't, I'll look back in 10 years time and wonder why I didn't stop then!
Cold turkey never works for me, I've tried, I end up becoming a snarling beast and I don't want to put my friends and family through that!
I am slowly weaning myself off the cigarettes, one day at a time, and it is working, but it doesn't stop the craving when I'm at work or otherwise pre-occupied...
What are your experiences with quitting smoking? Any advice?
cmtmoillk liked a post in a topic by zararina in Kind of shows
What kind of shows you really enjoy watching?
Personally I do enjoy watching reality shows such as singing contests, cooking shows and talent shows. I also enjoy watching news shows such as local evening news.
Some of my favorite shows are X factor and Got Talent shows.
cmtmoillk liked a post in a topic by Simon Leufstedt in Are you afraid of the swine flu?
Are you afraid of the swine flu?
And yes, I am being very curious at the moment!
Swine influenza (also called swine flu, hog flu and pig flu) refers to influenza caused by those strains of influenza virus, called swine influenza virus (SIV), that usually infect (is endemic in) pigs. As of 2009 these strains are all found in Influenza C virus and the subtypes of Influenza A virus known as H1N1, H1N2, H3N1, H3N2, and H2N3. Swine influenza is common in pigs in the midwestern United States (and occasionally in other states), Mexico, Canada, South America, Europe (including the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Italy), Kenya, Mainland China, Taiwan, Japan and other parts of eastern Asia.
Transmission of swine influenza virus from pigs to humans is not common and does not always cause human influenza, often only resulting in the production of antibodies in the blood. The meat of the animal poses no risk of transmitting the virus when properly cooked. If transmission does cause human influenza, it is called zoonotic swine flu. People who work with pigs, especially people with intense exposures, are at increased risk of catching swine flu. In the mid-20th century, identification of influenza subtypes became possible, this allows accurate diagnosis of transmission to humans. Since then, fifty confirmed transmissions have been recorded, Rarely, these strains of swine flu can pass from human to human. In humans, the symptoms of swine flu are similar to those of influenza and of influenza-like illness in general, namely chills, fever, sore throat, muscle pains, severe headache, coughing, weakness and general discomfort.
The 2009 flu outbreak in humans, known as "swine flu", is due to a new strain of influenza A virus subtype H1N1 that contains genes closely related to swine influenza. The origin of this new strain is unknown. However, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) reports that this strain has not been isolated in pigs. This strain can be transmitted from human to human, and causes the normal symptoms of influenza.
Pigs can become infected with human influenza, and this appears to have happened during the 1918 flu pandemic and the 2009 flu outbreak. [source]