How Recommendation Algorithms Run the World

This March, a book that advances an outlandish conspiracy theory—a theory whose name I will not mention—soared in Amazon's sales rankings. The book's rise was helped greatly when the ecommerce giant put the book on its carousel of recommended titles, which is shown to shoppers who aren't searching for that particular book. That fueled more curiosity and sales. Which led to more recommendations. The particular conspiracy theory outlined in this book holds that President Donald Trump pretended to collude with Russia precisely to ensure that he would be investigated, which would give him a chance to secretly collaborate with special prosecutor Robert Mueller to investigate and finally arrest former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who belongs to a global satanic cult …

Luis Surez: Any player would like to go to Liverpool now. It was different then

Luis Surez, on the eve of Barcelonas Champions League semi-final against Liverpool, talks about his Anfield days, playing alongside Messi and why he does not mind being called fat It is the morning after the night Barcelona virtually won the league and Luis Surez has not slept much but he is grinning again, easing into a sofa, mate in hand. He has been busy lately: looking at flights, tickets too, and making history. As he strolls across in the sunshine, he is told the goal he scored the previous night, his 21st in the league this season, did not just take Barcelona to the verge of a fourth title in five years but also made him the clubs third highest …

Film Festivals Move to Make Virtual Reality a Marquee Event

Film festivals are like catnip for movie buffs, as they can take in wildly original films before anyone else. They also provide filmmakers a platform to show off their goods to a wider audience than they'd otherwise be afforded. At least that's the idea. Festivals still do those things, of course, and they do them well. But, well, so does Netflix. And Amazon. And Hulu. Yet, there's still something film festivals provide that streaming services can't: a social experience. Peter Rubin Why I've Never Mixed Weed With Virtual Reality Peter Rubin Imax Ditched VR—but Big Theaters Are Buying In Peter Rubin Boss Acting Nicer Recently? You May Have VR to Thank Nowhere is this emphasis on being with people more …

Restaurant forced to close after employees caught putting laxative on pizza

Mr. Jim’s Pizza in Springtown was forced to close during an inspection by health inspectors after an employee reportedly bragged on social media about putting Miralax on another employee’s pizza without that employee’s knowledge. According to police, three employees put the laxative on at least one pizza that another employee ate, causing that employee to get sick, CBSDFW reported. The incident took place around 8 p.m. Friday. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP The employees claimed they did not taint any of the pizzas that were sold to customers. The restaurant was forced to close after their health permit was pulled during the investigation. A follow-up inspection is reportedly scheduled for Monday. It was not reported whether the employees …

Cannibalism In Seals Happens Much More Often Than We Thought

Nature can be brutal. Anyone who has cowered behind a cushion watching nature documentaries knows that. We like the idea that animals are cute and nice, so finding out that they are apparently more prone to, say, cannibalism than we had thought is a little shocking. Researchers studying gray seals in the North Sea have discovered just that after witnessing and recording in detail an adult male catching, killing, and “feeding extensively” on a member of its own species. It’s not the first time cannibalism has been observed in gray seals. In fact, it’s the third published paper on it. However, this is the first time scientists got to witness the whole thing up close and even perform a necropsy …

Boy Scout ranch focuses on wildfire recovery as season nears

Dozens of miles of trails were wiped out along with campsites, leaving behind a scar that will take years and millions of dollars to restore. The work is necessary, ranch managers and troop leaders say, pointing to Philmont as a crown jewel of the scouting experience. “There’s just a real sense of loss, kind of a grieving process so to speak,” said Roger Hoyt, a longtime Scout leader and Philmont’s general manager. “But at the end of the day, nature does renew itself and I think from the tragedy and the heartache comes this sense of renewal and opportunity.” More than a half-million dollars already has been raised and the rebuilding effort is well underway with the installation of 85 …

Twitter Users Are Richer and More Woke Than the Rest of Us

It's a feeling familiar to anyone who lives an extremely online life. You spend all day on Twitter watching Howard Schultz get roasted and ratioed or retweeting all of the best definitions of the word "covfefe." Then you log off and enter the real world—the one where your spouse, your friends, your parents, and all the other people in your life who don't spend their days obsessively checking their mentions have precisely no idea what you're talking about, let alone why they should care. Most of us know intuitively that Twitter is not an accurate reflection of the world we live in. It's more of a fun house mirror, distorting and exaggerating its subjects to sometimes funny, sometimes frightening effect. …

Im Slowly Learning The Power I Have Over My Own Life

Erin Cinney Updated April 21, 2019 By Pixabay I’m slowly learning that the only person I am responsible for is myself. A notion that is easy to understand in theory, but takes experience to understand it in practice. I am not responsible for how other people feel about me, my decisions, or who I am as a person. I’m slowly learning that being highly empathetic does not mean I’m required to heal anyone else. That will always be an inside job. I’m slowly learning that time is not a contract, and I am at-will in regards to everyone in my circle. I’m learning that it’s okay to move on towards what I feel compelled to because I am not obligated …

More than a dozen students and chaperones fall ill during flight and are taken to Boston hospital

(CNN)A group of more than a dozen students and chaperones traveling home to Boston fell ill on Sunday, an American Airlines spokesman told CNN. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

If You Know An INFJ, You Should Know How To Love Them

Kelly Peacock Updated April 24, 2019 By Dmitry Schemelev If you know anything about the Myers Briggs personality types, you know that INFJs are the rarest. INFJs are people whose personalities favor the personality attributes of Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Judging. INFJs put a lot of energy into their relationships with others and tend to get about things most of the time. Their intuition can sometimes make them introverted and more willing to feel things rather than anything else. If you love an INFJ or if an INFJ loves you, this is what you need to know about them. So get ready for a whole lot of love and praise. If you know an INFJ, you know how they love …

Don Jr.s tweet about the Mueller report proves he didnt definitely didn’t read it.

via Shutterstock Donald Trump Jr. has really upped the ante on how ignorant he presents himself to the general public. On Thursday, special counsel Robert Mueller and his team of investigators revealed they don’t plan to prosecute the president’s eldest son for collusion because he is “too ignorant to violate election laws.” The conclusion expressed in in the Mueller report did not name 41-year-old Don Jr. as innocent, but rather, too dim to knowingly break campaign laws: “The Office determined that the government would not be likely to obtain and sustain a conviction for two other reasons: first, the Office did not obtain admissible evidence likely to meet the government’s burden to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that these individuals …

Ukraine’s comedian president will face serious challenges

(CNN)On Monday morning Ukrainians will wake up to a President who comes from outside the traditional political elite that has led this country of more than 40 million people since independence in 1991. Proving himself capable to skeptical opponents and the international community will be crucial. Well before Sunday’s second round of voting, Zelensky’s opponent, incumbent President Petro Poroshenko, was painting the 41-year-old self-made entertainment businessman as weak on Russia, inexperienced, and as a puppet of the billionaire oligarch who owns the TV channel that airs Zelensky’s show. Figuring out what Zelensky actually stands for in domestic matters isn’t easy — and no less so on foreign matters, including future dealings with Russia. The feared Russian interference and manipulation in …

Are you ready for another royal baby?

Interestingly, two of the awaited baby’s cousins were both born at a similar time – Prince Louis (23 April) and Princess Charlotte (2 May). Is it a boy or a girl? Who knows! It’s unclear if the couple have even found out, but if they have it’s definitely not public knowledge. Meghan told well-wishers during a royal visit to Merseyside in January that they didn’t know the sex of the baby. But betting fans think they have the answer: a girl. That’s the odds-on favourite with the bookmakers. A William Hill spokesman said: “The gamble on a girl continues and it is hard to believe that there is not some truth in the rumours.” Where will Meghan give birth? Remember …

Mystery As Piranhas Pop Up In British Lake 5,000 Miles From Home

If you’re fishing in the UK, you might expect to catch a trout or a tench, perhaps a carp if you’re lucky. So, you can only imagine the surprise of discovering a razor-toothed piranha, more typically found in the rivers of the Amazon Basin, than a lake in an English town. At least two suspected piranhas have been found in the not-so-tropical Martinwells Lake in Edlington, in South Yorkshire, also known as Edlington Brick Pond. On both occasions, the ferocious little beasties were found dead and floating in the water by a passerby, the Doncaster Free Press reports. As if that wasn’t suspicious enough, locals had previously noticed that the lake didn’t have as many ducklings as previous springtimes. Fish were also …

Appeals court nixes condo’s coed swimming restrictions

TOMS RIVER, N.J. – A federal appeals court has ruled that a New Jersey condominium association violated women’s rights by setting separate swimming hours for male and female residents. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the schedule adopted by A Country Place’s condominium association was “plainly unequal in its allotment of favorable swimming times.” The Lakewood condominium complex, which serves people 55 or older, restricts swimming by gender at certain times in accord with Jewish law that prohibits men and women from bathing together. Orthodox Jewish residents made up about two thirds of residents, but several non-Orthodox homeowners sued in 2016 after being fined $50 each after refusing to abide by the rules. Trending in US Original Article …

60 Stock Photo Models Reveal The Weirdest Place Theyve Ever Seen Their Own Face

By Steve These models from Ask Reddit keep seeing their stock photos in the strangest places. By Steve 1. When I was a kid my mom took me for a photoshoot, then a month later I was on a pamphlet that said, “Millions of children don’t have homes, adopt one today.” 2. I’m in the header of my university’s grad school application. Whenever someone posts a screenshot of their acceptance email, Facebook facial recognition asks if I want to tag myself. 3. I ended up finding myself on one of those “Now Hiring” posts on Facebook… for a company I was trying to get hired at. 4. My cousin took a photo of me wrestling my sister at a family …