Thursday, December 14, 2017

Italian Rules and Mysterious Rituals for Coffee

Unwritten laws...

Perfetto.

Coffee -- it's something many can't start the day without, Sylvia Poggioli reports on npr.org.

In Italy, it is a cultural mainstay, and the country is perhaps the beverage's spiritual home, she wrote.

Here's a chance to brush up on some Italian rules and rituals for coffee for an enjoyable visit to Italy.


Photos: Pinterest.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Fake Comments Will Not Stop FCC Dec. 14 Internet Vote

Russian email addresses found on thousands of fake comments...

Even Norman Rockwell has been enlisted in the net neutrality debate.

Millions of public comments in advance of the FCC's vote on net neutrality turn out to have been faked, Bryan Taylor reports on npr.org.

Some used phony names, others came from Russian email addresses, Taylor wrote.

The FCC says it will go ahead with its vote this week nonetheless, Taylor added.


For more on fake comments to the FCC:

-- Washington Examiner: Millions of phony public comments muddle FCC net neutrality vote: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/millions-of-phony-public-comments-muddle-fccs-net-neutrality-vote/article/2642841

-- cnet: Majority of Net Neutrality Comments Sent to FCC Were Fake: https://www.cnet.com/news/majority-of-net-neutrality-comments-sent-to-fcc-were-fake/


-- Fortune: Net neutrality: Was Your Name Used in Fake FCC Comments?:  http://fortune.com/2017/11/29/fcc-and-net-neutrality-check-to-see-if-your-name-was-used-for-fake-comments/


-- Bloomberg: N.Y. Says FCC Won't Aid Probe into Fake Net Neutrality Comments: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-22/n-y-says-fcc-won-t-aid-probe-into-fake-net-neutrality-comments

Tech experts urge FCC to stop its plans to repeal net neutrality

Meanwhile, Internet luminaries, including "father of the internet" Vint Cerf and Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, have a blistering message for the Federal Communications Commission as its vote on net neutrality looms: "You don't understand how the internet works," Dominique Mosberger and Jenna Amatulli report on huffpost.com.

In an open letter published Monday, more than 20 industry leaders and pioneers skewered the FCC over its plan to repeal net neutrality rules, which require internet service providers (ISPs) to treat all content equally, they wrote.

"It is important to understand that the FCC's proposed Order is based on a flawed and factually inaccurate understanding of internet technology," the letter, addressed to lawmakers with oversight of the FCC, reads. 

"These flaws and inaccuracies were documented in detail in a 43-page-long joint comment signed by over 200 of the most prominent Internet pioneers and engineers and submitted to the FCC on July 17, 2017.  

"Despite this comment, the FCC did not correct its misunderstandings," they added.



A net neutrality poster found on the Internet.
Photos: Pinterest.
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Italian Rules and Rituals for Coffee.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Controversial FCC Internet Proposals Head for Dec. 14 Vote

Politics and fears for the future of the Internet...

FCC Chair Ajit Pai reignited the net neutrality debate this year.

FCC Chair Ajit Pai, a Trump appointee, reignited the net neutrality debate this year with proposals to change Obama era Internet rules.

The FCC is due to vote on his proposals on Dec. 14.

Reactions to the controversial changes have been widespread, ranging from the sky is falling to oh, we wouldn't do that.

For a sampling of reports on this timely issue:

-- The Wall Street Journal: The People Who Police the Internet Are Changing: https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-people-who-police-the-internet-are-changing-1511976390

-- The Atlantic: Network Neutrality Can't Fix the Internet -- The FCC is poised to dismantle common carriage for broadband and wireless: https://www.theatlantic.com/amp/article/546620/

-- Brookings: The FCC's net neutrality proposal: A shameful sham that sells out consumers:  https://www.brookings.edu/blog/techtank/2017/11/21/the-fccs-net-neutrality-proposal-a-shameful-sham-that-sells-out-consumers/amp/

-- Consumer Reports: Survey: Consumers Favor Strong Net Neutrality Rules: https://www.consumerreports.org/net-neutrality/most-consumers-still-want-strong-net-neutrality-rules/

-- Christian Science Monitor: As fears cloud net neutrality debate, is common ground being overlooked?:  https://www.csmonitor.com/layout/set/amphtml/Technology/2017/1130/As-fears-cloud-net-neutrality-debate-is-common-ground-being-overlooked

-- Mashable: Let's walk through this net neutrality op-ed from FCC Chairman Ajit Pai: http://mashable.com/2017/11/21/net-neutrality-repeal-ajit-pai-op-ed/#W_WdwVh6Fiq7

For a video of Pai roasting himself at a recent FCC gathering in Washington: https://gizmodo.com/leaked-video-shows-fcc-chair-ajit-pai-roasting-himself-1821134881

For a video on why net neutrality matters and Pai's proposals should be defeated: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsyzP5hejxI


An example of a poster by opponents of the FCC proposals.

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Fake Comments Will Not Stop FCC Dec. 14 Internet Vote.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Should You Stop Taking That Medication?

Meds to watch out for...

Review your meds regularly with your primary care doctor.

M ore than one-third of Americans over age 55 regularly take five or more prescription medications, and 9 percent take 10 or more drugs, according to a Consumer Reports national survey released earlier this year, Hallie Levine reports on consumerreports.org.

Some medications may be needed long-term to help manage chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. But others may not be needed long-term—or may be harmful if used for too long, Levine wrote.

Here are four drug types that are often taken for long periods of time—but shouldn’t be:https://www.consumerreports.org/drugs/should-you-stop-taking-that-medication/

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Controversial FCC Internet Proposals Head for Dec. 14 Vote.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Smile: Sail Into Your New Week

Fun...

Too tight? Oh, there's plenty of room.

For fun videos to start your new week:






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Should You Stop Taking That Medication?

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Musical Moments: Rimsky-Korsakov -- Sheherazade

Beautiful...


Musical Moments features music and artists I've enjoyed over the years.

Today's selection is Rimsky-Korsakov's beautiful Sheherazade: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQNymNaTr-Y

Photo: Pinterest.
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Friday, December 8, 2017

Darien Sees Real Estate Spurt

Weekly update...


The first snow of the season is in the forecast.

Darien saw a spurt in residential real estate activity in the week ending today.

Results, according to the Darien MLS, were:

-- Four new listings of property for sale;
-- Three price changes;
-- Four accepted offers;
-- No properties going under contract, and
-- Six closings.

For more:



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Musical Moments: Rimsky-Korsakov -- Sheharazade.