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Favoriting March 18, 2019: Nis Frome on losing weight in the digital age

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This week: Nis Frome on losing weight in the digital age


Above, Nis Frome (@nisfrome) as pictured in his Hacker Noon piece.

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This week's pointers:

Losing weight in the digital age (Nis Frome, Hacker Noon, Dec 14, 2018): "How technology made me less of a man and more of a machine."

Facebook backtracks after removing Warren ads calling for Facebook breakup (Politico, March 11): Facebook took down several Elizabeth Warren ads calling for the breakup of Facebook and other tech giants.





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Last week's tech stories I referenced in "3 Truths and a Lie" with station manager Ken Freedman

• Bloomberg wrote this story about Ambrosia, a Silicon Valley startup that wants to infuse the blood of young people into older patients who want to feel younger (Feb 25, 2019)

Amazon will pay $0 in taxes on $11.2 billion in profit for 2018 (Yahoo News, Feb 16, 2019)

Nike says it's 'actively working' to fix its broken smart sneakers (The Verge, Feb 21, 2019)

Elon Musk describes idea to nuke Mars (The Verge, Sep 10, 2015) - see also this clarification

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  Nis Frome talks about getting fit, and losing weight, with digital technology... which he says is addictive.
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Listener comments!

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Yes:

mark , thanks for bringing me so much joy during the finale last night
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Folsom:

Trololololo!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:01pm
ultradamno:

Hello Mark! TechsirLou's and TechsirLuLu's
  6:01pm
melinda:

Yes, inspired performance and headgear!
Avatar 🤖 6:02pm
Bas NL:

Mark... Man... Last night.. Brilliant! Hi Techtotrolololoids!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:02pm
Ike:

At the intersection of radio, tech, and anti-Semitism: A UK politician demands action against a neo-Nazi pirate radio station: www.thejc.com...
  6:03pm
Robert Tables:

Hi Mark, how are you? Has the spirit of Eduard Khil left your body yet?
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:03pm
Ken From Hyde Park:

WFMU is so informative! Before last night, I was totally unaware of the Trololo guy. Techtrololos, ahoy!
  6:04pm
Uncle Michael:

greetings from the car, mark it was a pleasure working with you.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:07pm
Webhamster Henry:

Hi Tic-Tac-Tonics!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:07pm
Phillippe Bastille:

Hey Mark
  6:07pm
Dave Miss:

Hello and nice job last night!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:07pm
chresti:

Hello techntones! You have a great voice , Mark,
Uncle Michael too
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:07pm
Greg from ZONE 5:

Evening, Mark and all!
Your performance last year was at FMU.
Your performance last night was OF FMU.
Avatar 🤖 6:08pm
Bas NL:

Yeah, that was scary business in my home town..
  6:08pm
P-90:

Aloha Mark and Nis Frome
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:08pm
annie:

still 94% ??


hi!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:11pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Almost wonder if the 'crash' was not an accident...were I thuh suspiciousifying typo...
Avatar 6:12pm
TDK60:

Hi Mark, a bit tardy. Oh, you were weird last night onstage! Do you have a solo career in recording ahead of you?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:14pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...& if Warren had been heeded instead of the BigBoys the entire Financial Crisis could have been avoided
...but no, her DNA test...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:16pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Discussed on PBS Newshour this moment :
www.facebook.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:18pm
annie:

if anyone thinks that social media is separate from and independant from the interwebs.........meh
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:19pm
annie:

sorry, ISIS is part of USA
  6:19pm
Zetti:

I've probably posted this before but, great documentary... The Cleaners (2018) www.imdb.com...
  6:20pm
P-90:

“Paper towels for terror!”
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:21pm
annie:

it's all so orchestrated...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:21pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Absolutely a Social Movement :
www.facebook.com...
  6:21pm
kevlicki:

Even the nytimes daily podcast talked about YouTubed role in radicalizing folks
  6:22pm
Sam:

You know who else benefits. The gun manufacturers.
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TDK60:

..it's not just the newer big tech corps. White supremacy has a long history in the European settler countries. And most of the Republican party uses white supremacist code.
  6:24pm
Listener Robert:

If I'd been in charge and had to answer why criticism of Facebook was deleted from Facebook, I'd've answered, "Because we're not idiots! If you want to criticize us, don't expect to be able to use our own facilities to do so. Criticize anything else, but not the home team using the home team's field. Go somewhere else to criticize Facebook. Come back here to criticize THEM."
  6:25pm
Johnzon:

yup. its gonna keep happening. it's not just tech tho... I believe there have been studies that show that the biggest factor correlated to violence is inequality. regulating big tech would be helpful but it would still be treating a symptom rather than the underlying disease(capitalism at least in it's current incarnation... or maybe feudalism is more accurate at this point. oligarchy... yea lets go with that.)
  6:25pm
Neal Vega:

There was a whole thread on 8 Chan where the gunmen involved discussed in detail what they were going to do and the fact it didn't get caught is crazy
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:27pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

So - a Beginner's Takeaway:
Tech Giants - Not Apolitical...
  6:27pm
Listener Robert:

But how many other people discuss things they're "going to do" that never get done?
  6:29pm
Neal Vega:

That's true. It just baffles my mind because it was all out there even the links to the live stream that they put out and when they planned to go live.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:29pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

People of Color are shot w/out evidence & w/ impunity
- & Organized White Supremacy is dogwhistle empowered by the President & the Republicans.
  6:29pm
kevlicki:

Robert, like all the listeners that said they’d donate to WFMU and didn’t
  6:30pm
Listener Robert:

Then all we need ever do to drive the police and everyone else nuts would be to post all over the place our "plans" to commit mayhem.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:31pm
Webhamster Henry:

Lay off the meat, dairy, sugar, alcohol.
-- WebHamster diet
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Fredericks:

Is this a conspiracy we're talking about here?
  6:31pm
Johnzon:

Neal, there are many whistleblowers in us intelligence/law enforcement who have pointed to a culture of intentional negligence pervasive in intelligence/law enforcement prior to 9-11. to mark's question of who profits? yes of course big tech profits but so does the military industrial intelligence complex. they don't want terrorism to stop... if they did they'd use more traditional law enforcement methods, detective work, work with banks etc. to cut off the terrorists funding... and of course use tech to find would be violent radicals earlier.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:32pm
annie:

if it's white, leave it out of your diet
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TDK60:

Robert: *Police* commit a lot of racist murder in the US.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:33pm
Webhamster Henry:

Oh yeah and wheat!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:33pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Terence McKenna observed that Refined Sugar is a vastly worse & more broadly consequential drug than anything else. It started the Slave Trade.
  6:33pm
melinda:

Sugar worsens inflammation of all kinds.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:34pm
dale:

i was told that if you eat LOCAL honey, you're building up an immunity to local pollen allergies. i don't know if there's any proof....
  6:34pm
P-90:

High fructose corn syrup is a HUGE offender
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Fredericks:

Bagged organic spinach has carbohydrates?
  6:35pm
Justin:

I’m drinking a beer right now. What about that?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:35pm
annie:

it's pretty true dale... for me:i use the blood-type diet...then branch from there
  6:36pm
Justin:

Update: drank a beer
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Fredericks:

Now you're in the clear, Justin.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:37pm
annie:

sorry, but anything that requires i use an APP or subscribe to a THING... ... nah
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:37pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

The Refinement is the Unnatural part.
It's an interesting analogy to Corporate Tech!
Something Corporations exploit in our Evolution. It's built in we want it - but the unending supply of isolated elements out of balance are not what our organism was built for or where we come from as a species...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:38pm
Brian in UK:

Hello Mark. Interesting with Tom Watson, he has been making some comments that could be seen to undermine the leader Jeremy Corbyn. But being politics it is not overt. The Labour Party seems to thrive on backbiting and attention to procedural detail.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:39pm
Folsom:

Of course all that data from the apps is getting tracked and sold
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:40pm
annie:

exactly Folsom
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:40pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

New Tech elected Obama - & enabled the 'Arab Spring' - & I presume the Yellow Vests now...
  6:40pm
Listener Robert:

TDK60, one reason police can get away with that is by distracting us by a lot of false negative info about threats to us that they're supposedly addressing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:41pm
Webhamster Henry:

Eat celery - it burns more calories by eating it than it provides!
  6:41pm
P-90:

My watch can tell me how much I can eat. Hmm.
  6:42pm
Listener Robert:

High fructose corn syrup is a huge anything only because its use is huge, mostly because of sugar tariffs. It's no worse than sugars generally.
  6:42pm
Justin:

Fredericks; there’s only now
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:43pm
Brian in UK:

Favourite term. National Security. License to do whatever or nothing under the guise of protecting the people.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:43pm
dale:

my wife wants one of those peletons - but two grand is a bit much.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:43pm
annie:

if your brain says it's not good for you... why should a device have to corroborate that?? common sense is no good?
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Fredericks:

Right Ho!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:45pm
annie:

grow up
  6:46pm
P-90:

Listener Robert: as a biologist, physiologist and long-time student of human diet and nutrition, I can assert with confidence that the substance called high fructose corn syrup does NOT behave the same way as other sugars do in the body.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:46pm
annie:

ok....i'm just laughing now
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TDK60:

I'm still too bread-oriented. (I am not talking about a pop group called Bread.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:47pm
dale:

baby imma want you.
  6:47pm
P-90:

If only one could lose weight by listening to less Bread
  6:47pm
kevlicki:

Today’s Daily podcast suggests big tech profits off of people’s attention to their platform. So YouTube suggesting more videos you’ll watch gives them More data and ad revenue.
When viewers watching marginal white-supremacist-conspiratorial content it suggest more of it, further radicalizing people.
Too bad viewers weren’t watching videos about caring and sharing...then we’d have more ...
  6:48pm
Listener Robert:

Hey, P-90, I have a Ph.D. in biochemistry, and I say the differences between other dietary sugars and the invert sugar that is HFCS are minuscule.
  6:49pm
kevlicki:

TDK60 I’m too bread and beer oriented...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:49pm
Folsom:

Sorry if you say that it is easy for everyone to afford a >2000 stationary bike and pay 40/month forever, that is pretty naive
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:49pm
annie:

i am one who believes that a food that is prepared with love and intention... is fine...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:49pm
Webhamster Henry:

starch+saliva == sugar
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:49pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Life is too short for White Bread.
As a general statement...
Beer they say is liquid bread. W/ hops. Vino Tinto !
  6:50pm
kevlicki:

Dale-I hear that honey theory from beekeepers and wholistic practitioners frequently. But it should be local honey
  6:50pm
P-90:

Not in their actual observed effects in the human body. Remember: biochemistry and biomedical science are too very different fields, that produce different sets of observations.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:50pm
Folsom:

and this coming from someone that bought an expensive bike
  6:50pm
yes:

Losing weight with a plant based diet?
  6:50pm
kevlicki:

“How can we can any bread?
When we haven’t got any bread!”
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TDK60:

kevlicki: I need to eat more matzoh or hard crackers.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:51pm
annie:

Blood-type diet.....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:51pm
Webhamster Henry:

Put lots of moror on that matzoh!
  6:52pm
Johnzon:

I have a 100% organic fitness ap that makes me go for a walk every day... it's called a dog. if I don't walk it it chews up my shoes
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:52pm
melinda:

Annie yeah, I've used an app for dietary choices but there were other alternatives (printing out info) and I ended up ditching the app. Sometimes when you have chronic health issues it isn't enough to just eat food prepared with love and intention, but I've still made radical changes for the better without using apps.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:52pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

The local honey theory is like inoculation.
If you make the pollen part of you, you can't get allergic to it...
  6:52pm
Listener Robert:

P-90, what do you have in humans that shows different effects of these sugars?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:53pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...not that I'm a Dr. & say if you are allergic to pollen you should quaff beepollen...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:53pm
annie:

i gotcha melinda!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:54pm
Webhamster Henry:

BTW I wrote an app that helps you keep track of your friends food needs and preferences.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:54pm
annie:

WH... YEAH!!!
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TDK60:

Are Zagnuts healthy? Probably not...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:55pm
dale:

we've had pizza made with a cauliflower crust. it's perfectly fine.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:55pm
melinda:

@Henry that's cool.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:55pm
ultradamno:

I'd rather be unhealthy than eat cauliflower.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:56pm
dale:

i grew up pouring karo syrup on my aunt jemima pancakes. no wonder i was a toad.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:56pm
Webhamster Henry:

Cauliflower is good with Thai peanut sauce!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:56pm
listener 126464:

Thanks Mark and guest
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:56pm
annie:

yeah,this cauliflower thing.. meh..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:56pm
Brian in UK:

A little bit of what you fancy does you good, in moderation.

Cauliflower whizzed up and microwaved for five minutes makes a good rice alternative.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:57pm
Webhamster Henry:

I'm singing along, Mark!
  6:57pm
yes:

:)
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annie:

yep
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TDK60:

Gracias DJ Mark.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:59pm
Ken From Hyde Park:

Wait ... I haven't donned my tinfoil hat yet!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:00pm
Webhamster Henry:

Good segue to Vocal Fry!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:00pm
Brian in UK:

@Ken, this is body fallout, not nuclear.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:00pm
Webhamster Henry:

If you want to know more about my app, message me!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:21pm
Mark Hurst:

Thanks, everyone!
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