The Facebook Rodeo – How to Corral Your News Feed

If you have been adding friends and “Liking” fan pages for a while, it may be getting harder to stay on top of your news feed. Have you ever wondered if your friends’ news feeds are as full as yours, and if they even see your posts?No one can keep up with a busy news feed unless it is organized. Divide and conquer your feed using lists. Once you group your feed into manageable chunks, you can quickly choose the posts you want to see, when you want to see them.There are three types of lists: Smart, Custom, and Interests.Smart ListsFacebook automatically generates “Smart Lists” and each has its own purpose and features.Family – This list is for friends you are related to. When you add a friend to your Family list, Facebook will ask you how you are related and then send a message and ask them to verify their relationship.Close Friends – If you would like notifications of all a friends posts and want to make sure that all their posts show in your news feed, add them to the Close Friends list. I use a custom list for close friends instead I call “Good Friends.” That way I can see their feed quickly but I won’t get a notification from them for everything.Restricted – If you add friends to your Restricted list, they will only be able to see posts and profile information that you make public.Acquaintances – Friends on your Acquaintances list will rarely show up in your news feed. You can also choose to exclude these people when you post something.School – Facebook will create a school list if you add a school to your profile. It will automatically include your friends that went to the same school if they added the same school to their profile as you did.Locality – A smart list is automatically created based upon your address in your profile. Facebook will automatically include your friends that live in the same area as you. You can adjust the radius in miles from the city by clicking on the list while on your Home page, and then clicking on the “miles” link under your location:Work Place – Facebook will automatically include your friends that work at the same employer if they added the same employer to their profile as you.Custom ListsYou can create a new list if you would like to group your friends by other things like interests you share, clubs you may each belong to, or even by who you would like to send Christmas cards. To create a custom list, click “More” on your Friends menu:The real power of Custom lists: friends can belong to more than one list. Whenever you post, you can select the lists you would like to see your posts. Custom lists are a great way to get organized and tame your news feed!Interests ListsInterests lists are for “fan” or “brand” pages you have “Liked.” When you click a like button on a fan or brand page, you will see a drop menu where you can chose “Show in News Feed” or “Add to Interest Lists… ” If you choose “Add to Interest Lists… ,” you can choose an existing list or create a new one.I have a general list called “Fan pages I like.” It gives me a place to put them quickly, so I can turn off “Show in News Feed” as I like pages. When I have more time, I put them into more suitable Interest lists. I just find them in my “Fan pages I like” list, visit the page again and choose or create a new Interest list.FavoritesYou can add any list to your Favorites. Just hover the list name and click on the little pencil icon. Here you add the list to your Favorites or delete it. Don’t worry, deleting it won’t remove any of your friends or likes. Favorites are displayed at the top left of your home page. They give you a quick way to select a list to view a news feed of only the list members’ posts.News FeedIf you have selected a list to view its news feed, you can see all posts in your main news feed again by selecting News Feed. It is always the first item in yourFavorites. You can choose friends or subscriptions to hide from your main news feed by edit its settings. Hovering over News Feed, click the little pencil icon and choose “Edit Settings.” You can always add them back by going to their page and selecting “Show in News Feed” on their “Friends” button.Now, put a saddle on ’em cowboy. Yer ready to ride that bronco!

EMR Pollution and The Business Traveller

An article about Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) published in Townsend Letter, The Examiner of Alternative Medicine (November 2014) highlights the new environmental landscape we find ourselves and the insidious impact EMR is wreaking on health. The article serves as a reminder of a real and present danger of our time and the role EMR could play in the health picture of anyone facing illness. The article’s value lies in alerting us to a developing consensus in certain parts of the scientific community and our ability to read between the lines of what is known about this new landscape and where the trend is heading. This article hopes to draw your attention to the fact that there are certain workers in the general populace who are more vulnerable to the effects of EMR than others. In this instance I am referring to business travellers and anyone who has global travel as part of their job description.In the latter part of the twentieth century we began a large-scale experiment by making use of artificial electromagnetic radiation waves to drive technology and industry which gave us some very nifty advantages. The upside has been the accelerating rate of globalisation of the world and the world economies. The downside is that we have become more out of touch with our innate health supporting environment. As the world has globalised it mobilised; Technology is an enabler of a mobile world and EMR is a necessary feature. The Industrial Revolution of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries saw our society transform from an agrarian one to an industrial one. Now we have transformed from an industrial society to a technologically driven society with some not so desirable consequences. Artificial EMR waves we use in daily life to power our gadgets and connect globally are disruptive to human health because they severe our link to the natural geomagnetic wave profile that has nourished Man from time immemorial.The article goes on to describe the author’s health challenge with Lyme’s disease and the role EMR played in it. It is the research material quoted in the article,which is of more interest to us in terms of what it says about the risks of EMR pollution to business travellers. The most detailed research quoted was the BioInitiative Report compiled by scientists and researchers of ten nations. It notes thousands of studies which demonstrate the damaging effects of EMR from cell phone radiation and other sources. It is damning because it shows the depth of the problem across various fields of study.Digging into the details of some of the other research used we find a quote from the late Dr Professor Neil Cherry a pioneer in environmental health who said, “EMR confuses and damages the cells signalling system, which produces symptoms such as headaches, concentration difficulties, memory loss, dizziness and nausea, and long-term diseases such as Alzheimer’s dementia, brain tumours and depression.”In a quote from an interview published in 2009 with Dr Thomas Rau of the renowned Paracelsus clinic in Switzerland he says ” … cultures of normal human endogenous bacterial cultures grow much less when exposed to EMR”. Rau’s comments are a reflection that our immunity is compromised in the presence of EMR. Herein lies the problem. EMR messes with immunity which has harmful effects on long-term health.The article also quotes a Lynn Quiring (RPh, CCN, NMD) paper titled “The Cell Phone Poisoning of America.” In it Lynn cites over 66 scientific references proving the relationship between prolonged EMR exposure and a host of health conditions including hormonal imbalances, low sperm count, immune system disorders, memory loss and sleep disorders.Not only are we changing the environment externally, but its influence on our internal environment is what is most worrying. Our ability to control and determine our internal environment is our ability to maintain health. It is our first line of defence against stress and the challenges we face on a daily basis.Business travellers have many challenging scenarios to negotiate in pursuit of a successful business trip. They can include anything from the geopolitical nature of the world, the weather, industrial action, personal security while on the road and more. The constant shift in any of these variables is enough to cause stress, especially when you can’t control them. For the most part we brush them off and get on with the business in hand however, being able to do this is reliant on our stress coping mechanism. Yet here we have evidence that one of the tools that enables our functionality in the global economy is the very thing which is eroding our much-needed resilience. If this seems a bit too far-fetched take a look at the following Infographic from PC Housing – Mobile Dependence.Where is this heading? To zero in on what one kind of future scenario could look like we only have to look at a group of people who are now being diagnosed as Electro-sensitive. Electro-Sensitives cannot be in close proximity of or endure long periods of time in the vicinity of EMR or gadgets using them. Electro-Sensitivity and Electro-Smog have entered the popular lexicon. In the face of EMR ruling our airwaves and environments our immunity is taking a battering. When you put this in perspective with figures from the American Autoimmune Related Disease Association (AARDA) you get a sense of where the trend is headed and how EMR is a factor we should reckon with. See their document “A Briefing Report on Autoimmune Disease and AARDA: Past, Present and Future”. To get an even more specific take on how stress is affecting Business Travel see the industry specific white paper by AirPlus called “Traveller Productivity: How to tailor your travel policy to improve traveller performance.”How is this affecting the global economy now? It is serious enough to get a mention at the open forum at the World Economic Forum in 2011 in a talk titled Burnout – The Latest Fashion? While the talk didn’t directly mention EMR as a causative factor its role as an enabler of efficiency in the workspace makes it a contributing factor.The Business Travel industry and business travellers need to lighten the stress of business travel for the sake of all involved. The Carlson Wagonlit metric the Travel Stress Index (TSi) puts the hidden cost of business travel at over $600 per trip. For companies with large mobile workforces making multiple trips a year that is a big financial incentive. Mitigating costs takes a combined approach, which involves acknowledging the environment we find ourselves working and living in and a sense of individual responsibility towards our health that supports health and therefore productivity.ReferencesBioInitiative Report: A Rationale for a Biologically-based Public Exposure Standard for Electromagnetic Radiation, December 31, 2012.Cherry N. Evidence that Electromagnetic Radiation is Genotoxic: The implications for the epidemiology of cancer and cardiac, neurological and reproductive effects. Neil Cherry, Extended from a paper to the conference on Possible health effects on health of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields European Parliament, Brussels, 2 March 2001.Rau T. Transcript interview with Dr Thomas M. Rau of the Swiss Paracelsus Clinic – online article, accessed – 01/11/2014.Quiring L. The cell phone poisoning of America [online article] 2008, accessed 01/11/2014.

How The Recession Is Affecting The UK Construction Industry

Everyone in the developed world is aware of the calamitous effect of the credit crunch. The impact was then worsened by one of the deepest recessions in recent memory, verging, in the view of many commentators, on a depression. Just when certain economists and politicians in the United Kingdom dared to speak about the “green shoots of growth” we were told that the country was in a state of “double-dip” recession. This was a crushing blow to the people of the nation and the majority of workers, not the least amongst which were those involved in the construction industry. A brief comparison of the state of the building industry, before and after the impact of the world economic crisis, will give some idea of the effect of all of this upon this one particularly vital sector of the economic infrastructure.In the last quarter of 2009 the building industry in the United Kingdom provided jobs for somewhere in the region of 2,200,000 workers. There then existed almost 200,000 construction concerns in Great Britain. Of these companies, approximately 75,000 employed one single employee, whilst 62 companies employed more than 1,200. New orders received directly from the private sector were valued at in excess of £18 million, whilst orders from the public sector were valued at more £15 million. Although the effects of the credit crunch had already began to bite by then, these figures nevertheless bear a stark and bitter contrast to the most recent statistics on the performance of the industry.The most recent report from The Office Of National Statistics, on the performance of the construction industry in the UK shows that:a) Compared to the first quarter of 2011, new orders fell by over 16% in the final quarter;b) Never since 1980, have orders for new building contracts been so low;c) Compared to the equivalent period in 2010, new orders fell by over 23 %;d) There was only one single building industry sector – the private industrial sector – that experienced growth between the first two quarters of the year.The implications of these statistics regarding new orders has been immensely detrimental to the construction industry in the UK in general and to workers whose income was reliant on that industry in particular. The tried and tested reality is that construction can provide employment for over two million people in the UK. The tax revenues that can be accumulated from a booming construction sector represent a massive boost to the economy of the country. We should all hope that the government will make it one of their imperatives to take every possible measure to assist in the rejuvenation of the building industry and introduce proactive policies with a view to returning the construction industry to the position of strength that it enjoyed before the onset of the financial crisis.That policy will, of itself, assist in stimulating the eventual recovery of the UK’s financial fortunes.