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Jim’s WebLetter for 8/23/14

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Hi-ya JWL readers!

This week, I came across stories about big business and their money, the future of Google search, a study on sound and silence and of a remarkable young lady and her invention.  I think you’ll find these as interesting as I did in this week’s WebLetter.

It was reported this week in International Business Times that “Microsoft Admits Keeping $92 Billion Offshore to Avoid Paying $29 Billion in U.S. Taxes”.  They say the money collected was from “non-U.S. subsidiaries” they were keeping to reinvest outside the US.  Apparently this is legal.  White House officials have called the tactics an affront to “economic patriotism” and President Obama himself has derided “a small but growing group of big corporations that are fleeing the country to get out of paying taxes.”   But the fact is, our corporations pay some of the highest tax rates in the world and if our government really wanted to stop this, they could.  http://www.ibtimes.com/microsoft-admits-keeping-92-billion-offshore-avoid-paying-29-billion-us-taxes-1665938

Today, Google search is one of the most used engines on the World Wide Web.  In America alone, it is ranked #1.  But the creators of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who began working on it in 1995 have seen it grow and include a number of other features from Google News to Maps.  But with all the new entities of the company, you have to ask yourself, “what will it be like in, say, ten years”?  Ryan Dupe, futurist reporter for Make Use Of gives history and expected future of search as we hope to know it … http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/heres-google-search-will-look-like-10-years/

Here’s something else I read this week, silence is good.  I know, when it seems everything in our world has some sort of sound to it and we often crave the sound of music or even the TV on in the background, researchers have found silence is actually good for the brain.  Now before you begin walking around your home or workplace looking for things to turn off, read the article, “This is your brain on silence”, and draw your own conclusion.  You might even decide to read it … in silence (if that’s possible).  http://nautil.us/issue/16/nothingness/this-is-your-brain-on-silence

Magazine Fast Company has the story of a teen who has invented a way to convert wastewater to clean AND create energy in the process AND do it with solar power.  Australian Cynthia Sin Nga Lam, one of the top finalists in the Google Science Fair built a prototype that purifies unclean water and then can separate hydrogen from oxygen in the process, allowing the gas to be channeled into a container for use in fuels.  Mass produced, the H2Pro could help millions of people who have difficulty finding clean water and electricity.  http://www.fastcoexist.com/3034487/a-17-year-old-invented-this-smart-device-that-makes-clean-water-and-power-at-the-same-time?partner=rss

===HuMoR===
A three-year-old had been told several times to get ready for bed. The last time his mom told him, she was very insistent.
His response was, “Yes, Sir!”
Since he was talking to his mother, she was surprised he’d called her “Sir”.
“You would say, ‘yes sir,’ to a man. I am a lady, and you would say ‘Yes Ma’am,’ to a lady,” Mom said. To quiz him on this lesson she then asked him, “What would you say to Daddy?”
“Yes Sir!” was the reply.
“Then what would you say to Mama?”
“Yes, Ma’am!” he proudly answered.
“Good boy! Now what would you say to Grandma?”
He lit up and said, “Can I have a cookie?”
(Thanks, Chuck)
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Marvin was in the hospital on his death bed. The family called Marvin’s Preacher to be with him in his final moments. As the Preacher stood by the bed, Marvin’s condition seemed to deteriorate, and Marvin motioned for someone to quickly pass him a pen and paper. The Preacher quickly got a pen and paper and lovingly handed it to Marvin. But before he had a chance to read the note, Marvin died.
The Preacher feeling that now wasn’t the right time to read it put the note in his jacket pocket. It was at the funeral while speaking that the Preacher suddenly remembered the note.
Reaching deep into his pocket the Preacher said “and you know what, I suddenly remembered that right before Marvin died he handed me a note, and knowing Marvin I’m sure it was something inspiring that we can all gain from.
With that introduction the Preacher ripped out the note and opened it.
The note said “HEY, YOU ARE STANDING ON MY OXYGEN TUBE!”
(Thanks, Reggie)
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That’s this week on the WebLetter.  Have a great weekend and until next, may God bless you and keep you safe.

c-ya!
Jim
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