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To be famous today, make sure you are bad or stupid (The Funny Side)
I told a friend that if he scrolled down to the very first Facebook post ever written he would win a prize from Mark Zuckerberg and hes been scrolling for three-and-a-half days now.
 
I feel kind of guilty but his family's enjoying the peace.
 
Life is full of new ethical questions triggered by social media.
 
Case in point: Police recently arrested a teenage girl for armed robbery -- and as she was being handcuffed, she turned and spoke some final words to her shocked father: "Dad, can you take a picture of this so I can put it on my Facebook page?"
 
Not a joke. None of this soppy "sorry I let you down, dearest papa" stuff. Instead, Josephine Garczynski, 18, was operating on a well-known internet principle known as "Pictures Or It Didn't Happen".
 
And it could be argued that she made the right choice: She achieved a measure of fame where she lived, in the US state of Wisconsin.
 
Wait a minute, I hear you say: Isn't it bad to be famous for saying or doing something stupid or evil? Ah, that's the mistake people make. Praise and notoriety both lead to fame, but notoriety is easier (and often more fun).
 
The same week, there was a news report from the UK which said that Nelson Foyle, aged 93, spent 80 years sitting on a barstool in a UK pub called the Dog and Gun. Now most husbands know that if we are 80 minutes late coming home because of a visit to a bar, we'll be in trouble. Our mistake is that our sins are not big enough. This guy spends 80 years on a barstool and he is internationally celebrated.
 
Of course, the ultimate example of this is the United States President. Many academics have pointed out that in 2016 Donald Trump was by far the most criticised man on Earth, by any measure -- and as a result, he is now the most famous and powerful human being on Earth, unbeholden to anyone (except his bossy wife Melania, who I guess is thus technically Ruler of Planet Earth).
 
The same thing happens in Asia. Rodrigo Duterte announces that he likes picking fights and shooting people, and the people of the Philippines promptly make him their overlord.
 
Old way of becoming rich and powerful: I need to achieve something good for humanity.
 
New way of becoming rich and powerful: I need to tell the media that I totally hate kittens.
 
Final example: There were large number of printings of the Bible in the 1600s, but only the 1631 edition is remembered. The typesetter left out the word "not" so one of the Ten Commandments is: "Thou shalt commit adultery." The church tried to destroy all copies but thanks to a certain type of deeply wicked type of human being ("male"), it became the most-sought after edition.
 
How do you start to become talked about? Give up Facebook for a start. But write the following post before you disappear: "Going on a date with a mysterious stranger. Will report back soon."
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

 

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Vinay Isloorkar

7 months ago

Arundati Bhattacharya should be complimented for taking a principled and professional stand. The political class so used to throwing their weight should'nt be allowed to bully her. These perverse opportunists are only trying to milk the situation for political mileage

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Exercise Can Help Cancer Patients
Most cancer patients, if not all, complain of severe fatigue and the usual advice by doctors is to rest and take vitamin tablets. Recent research has shown that the two things that help cancer fatigue are exercise and psychotherapy.
 

For anything, from heart attack to limb pains, people are advised rest while, in essence, exercise is a better painkiller than most deadly painkiller pills. To give you an example, when you feel tired and depressed, take a walk for an hour, or even half an hour, and you will feel decidedly better and more relaxed. Fear is a killer in cancer patients. While cancer might kill, fear kills for sure. Since fear is in the mind and mind is not in the brain, no chemical reductionist drug will help treat fear. Anxiolytics and sleeping pills will only worsen the fear. The best treatment for any mind-related problem is the use of another trained mind (psychotherapist) that can empathise with the patient.
 
Auto-immune Diseases and Dementia
Incidence of auto-immune diseases, where our own body cells destroy other cells, and dementia are going up. An effort was made by a group of researchers at Oxford University to see if there is a relationship between the two, in a large group of patients admitted  to the University hospital between 1998 and 2001. How many with auto-immune diseases later developed dementia? Seemingly, there was a 20% increase in the incidence of dementia in the cohort who had treatment for auto-immune diseases in the past. Of the 25 auto-immune conditions analysed, 18 were shown to be significantly associated with dementia. However, this observational retrospective study cannot determine a cause-effect relationship. The cohort is also not very large, although more than 100,000 auto-immune disease patients were studied. Many prescription drugs end up in increasing the incidence of dementia. Auto-immune diseases have a long list of drugs for controlling them, although there is no definite cure. In this context, a detailed study of how antipsychotic drugs have resulted in the present epidemic of dementia was done by a professor of psychiatry, Grace Elizabeth Jackson. Her study, published as a book, Dementia—a Drug-induced Crime on Mankind, is a seminal contribution to the field. This book might guide researchers to see if other reductionist chemicals could do the same.
 
Laughter, the Best Medicine
As the philosopher, Bertrand Russell, said: “Laughter is the most inexpensive and most effective wonder drug. Laughter is a universal medicine.” Over the years, researchers have pitted its abilities against a range of medical conditions. Though small groups were studied, the findings seem to confirm Russell’s prescription. Cardiovascular health, chronic obstructive airways disease, depression and vascular diseases, like high blood pressure, are all known to benefit from a hearty laugh. Studies of MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) show that laughter stimulates almost all areas of the brain. Laughing with somebody is bio-positive, while laughing at somebody could be 
bio-negative.
 
Dangerous Hospital Flooring 
Astudy of six hospitals in the US recently showed that the floors of patients’ rooms, which are not generally considered to be the source of any nosocomial (originating in hospital) infections, harboured the most deadly MRSA, VRSA and also Clostridium defficile germs. Hence, floors could be the source of one of the most dangerous causes of death, disability and prohibitive cost of treatment. Although the floor is classified as ‘non-touch surface’, germs from such a floor could indirectly reach seriously ill patients through dropped items like blood pressure cuffs etc, “Even though most facilities believe they are taking the proper precautions, this study points out the importance of ensuring cleanliness of the hospital environment and the need for education of both staff and patients on this issue,” says the study.
 

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Netflix plays big on India, offers OTT via top d2h, mobile platforms
Aim to bring more locally-produced series and films to its Indian viewers, global internet TV network Netflix on Monday announced strategic partnerships with Airtel, Videocon d2h and Vodafone. The move is to offer Netflix services over the top (OTT) through these companies' direct-to-home and mobile platforms.
 
"India is more movie-centric and among the top three markets in terms of mobile usage. We are investing heavily on content and will soon open an office in Mumbai," Reed Hastings, Co-founder and CEO of Netflix, told reporters here. 
 
Netflix launched its service globally in January 2016, including in India. 
 
"In 2017, we will work on making our Indian service better in every dimension. What's unique about Netflix is that we have got international originals and we will focus on premium content," Hastings added.
 
With these partnerships, Netflix's critically-acclaimed programmes like 'House of Cards' and 'Narcos and The Crown' will be easily accessible to consumers across direct-to-home and mobile platforms throughout the country.
 
"In the months and years to come, we look forward to bringing our Indian members more compelling stories from all over the world, an ever-improving viewing experience and incredible joy," Hastings added. 
 
Bharti Airtel will integrate the Netflix app into its direct-to-home service throughout the country. 
 
"Airtel has been a pioneer in bringing the best of global content and products to its customers. We are delighted to partner Netflix to bring their popular content to our customer on one of our key digital platforms," Said Gopal Vittal, Managing Director and CEO (India & South Asia), Bharti Airtel. 
 
Netflix will also be integrated into the Videocon d2h set-top box, allowing viewers to instantly access Netflix by clicking a dedicated Netflix button on the remote control. 
 
"We are delighted to have Netflix as a partner on our HD Smart Connect STB. This partnership strengthens our DNA of innovation by providing an instant TV screen experience for Netflix users in a seamless manner," added Saurabh Dhoot, Executive Chairman, Videocon d2h.
 
In the mobile space, Netflix will partner with Vodafone on pre-paid programs and will enable payment integration, allowing Vodafone customers in India to pay for their Netflix subscriptions via their monthly bill. 
 
"We are proud to be the first mobile partner of Netflix in India and look forward to offering its rich content to further delight our millions of customers", said Sandeep Kataria, Director Commercial, Vodafone India.
 
Coming soon on Netflix will be Marvel's "Iron Fist" and new seasons of "Orange is the New Black" and "House of Cards". 
 
Later this year, members will have exclusive access to Netflix original films such as "War Machine" starring Brad Pitt and Sir Ben Kingsley; "Okja" starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton and Paul Dano; "Our Souls at Night" from acclaimed Indian director Ritesh Batra and starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda; and "Bright", starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton.
 
"Working with some of India's top artists, we cannot wait to bring more locally-produced series and films to our more than 93 million members households around the world," Hastings told reporters.
 
 
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