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Should France Turn off the Internet?
News Community Discussion time! This one relates to all the crazy things that have been happening over the past several weeks. After the Paris bombing, an investigation began. May suggested that the terrorists communicated through Playstation (though that turned out not to be true). But we do know they used the internet as a tool to communicate. And ISIS uses online platforms to recruit and train. After the bombings the french police even went out of their way to add restrictions to the internet in France, stating that it was a threat to the country. But, French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls turned down the ban. "A ban of Wi-Fi is not a course of action envisaged." "Internet is a freedom, is an extraordinary means of communication between people, it is a benefit to the economy," Valls added. Tagging discussion participants and new people in the community! @ButterflyBlu @InPlainSight @felicityautumn @DenieceSuit @TensaZangetsu98 @YlianaVera @arnelli @ParkHwaYoung @NickMcCormick @jannatd93 @KingRioAskin @buddyesd @imahhbanker @JamiMilsap @Starbell808 @ssantiago0911 @CelinaGonzalez @netchtiBates @SydneyHogg @itiswhatitis365 @DannyMoses @RodneyYoung @kawaiichibifox @BossDominata @Kirooken @KyleBerke @geevee19 @grewellerivera @sakuradayz @VixenViVi @MaighdlinS @Luci546 @MyaIsNotSexy @TerrecaRiley @MissB82 @PurpleChick @MaryPanda @SarahVanDorn @Unknown175 @IsaacMarch @peahyr @yaakattackk @electica @MzDawson31508 @2Distracted @VarunNambiar @xDaisyDaysx @AmbieB @SeoInHan @Luci546 @mastertoad @JPBenedetto @CathieHahn @Boggleman @Intrstllrstar @misterE @Karthikkrazzy1 @KpopQueenaBee @RomeroUno @nenegrint14 @MoonMaCho @StrangeTalbain @LightSeeker @MarkoKaRiambo @randysqwishy23 @jungkookie1 @AshelyJewell @MichaelLopez @humairaa @mommaG @ebethoven @Rukia530 @Kamiamon @JackieMurrayCab @kneelb4zod @petname83 @MorleeCorielus @AutummUmphries @brandontearss @ChildOfSparda13 @IanHand @akatsubaki71 @DanielBond @dawnchristensen @Animaniafreak @heichoujess @SohaElwan @zSage13 @Sadistyk @Ayoubghrs @2Distracted @littlemaryk @AllieGrabowski @Cereal03 @GeneAgudo @matildajgarrett @LisaMarissa @orenshani7 @WiviDemol @AprilMorales @HimeRicecake @DaiGakuSei @SarahRoot What do you think? Is Internet is a free communication we should all be able to use without limit? Or is limiting it temporarily for regular citizens a good strategy to stop ISIS? What are the benefits/problems of having the internet limited?
This French City Is (Literally) Powered By Cheese.
By now, you've heard of alternative electricity sources like wind, water, and solar power, but have you ever heard of using cheese? For one French city, cheese production is responsible for a considerable amount of their electricity. But how exactly do they do it? When Albertville, a city in Beaufort's dairy manufacturing region, makes its cheese, they use special equipment to convert the whey's methane gas emissions into pure energy that can be used to power 7% of the region's electricity. According to the Smithsonian, this is enough to power roughly 1,500 of 20,000 homes. That may not sound like much, but when you consider its potential, the city might just be onto a new avenue for renewable power sources. In the picture above, you can see the Valbio power plant that produces the aforementioned 'cheese power'. While it's the largest of the company's dairy-powered energy plants (and the largest of such plant on Earth), it's not the only dairy plant around. The same company began building the generators over a decade ago and set up similar plants in Europe and Canada - with more to come! In fact, those in the States might be surprised to know that the Fage brand's Greek yogurt also plays a part in powering the region from where it's produced. When Fage is made at its Albany-based plant, the whey used is later pumped to a wastewater plant to produce energy from its fermentation. Pretty cool, huh? So I hope that all of you who decided you'd like to cut down on the dairy going into the New Year re-embrace your love for all things covered in cheese. You're doing it for the greater good of the environment. It's your personal duty to eat tons of cheese. Let me know what you think about this new, cheesy fuel source in the comments below. And for more WTF news, follow my WTF Street Journal collection.
5 of the Most Important Reactions to the French Terrorist Attacks
2 days ago France experienced a great tragedy... Terrorists across the city killed over 130 people. With the incredibly awful events that happened this weekend, it's easy to see the ripple effect of reactions. People around the world reacted to this event strongly. And here are the most important ones... according to me. France The country effected by this tragedy is making some really big steps. Not only are they stepping up security in the city, around the country, but they are also launching airstrikes on ISIS. Recently they launched fighter jets in their biggest raids in Syria to date, targeting the Islamic State’s stronghold in Raqqa. Over 20 bombs were dropped. Obama Obama held a press conference after the event. And evoking thoughts and feelings of the 9/11 tragedy the same thoughts change sympathy: "We’ve gone through these kinds of episodes ourselves. And whenever these kinds of attacks happened, we’ve always been able to count on the French people to stand with us. They have been an extraordinary counterterrorism partner, and we intend to be there with them in that same fashion." Essentially: America stands with France. Social Media Is it just me or is your Facebook feed flooded with images, thoughts, and pictures related to the. In My twitter feed is also blown up with the hashtags. Three themes I've seen: The Pray for Paris People - these people are the vast majority, sending sentiments of sympathy. The 'If Only' People - these are the people that have to bring about another point and use France as a example. If only they had guns, if only they had better security, if only we had stopped ISIS earlier. The Other Issue People - similar to the if only people, these social media people have thoughts on another issue that they use Paris to bring up. What about the refugees! What about the attack in Beirut! What about... There also seems to be a big change in profile pictures. (Thanks Facebook!) What are your thoughts on the profile picture change? Anonymous A hacker group, Anonymous came forward stating they are officially in War with ISIS. Ok, so I'm normally not a fan of hackers but they seem like they are terrifying. And many news organizations are intrigued by their decision. To date these self-proclaimed "hacktivists" claim to have destroyed 149 Islamic State-linked websites and flagged roughly 101,000 Twitter accounts and 5,900 propaganda videos. Many people around the world are questioning this groups capabilities, but who knows? It sure is fun to get behind a group of masked hackers. Helpers Around the World A famous Mr. Rogers quote is, "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'" So where are the helpers from the Paris Attacks? Red Cross went into full swing helping and providing medical assistance for those in the disaster. The French National Blood Service took donations outside of France. Taxi cabs in Paris offered free rides home. Little helpers all over the city put up signs and candles. #PorteOuverte was the hashtag used to reach out and house those Parisians all over the world. And these won't be the only reactions. I'm sure we will experience more in the future. And we have our own reaction. @ButterflyBlu @InPlainSight @carenabobo @Animaniafreak @alywoah @gabbycalzada @LeticiaMendez @vonchio @LunaCordero @ImUrBestFriend @netchtiBates @fallenangeljess @kat121 @MarjorieSound @vonchio @kanghyobin @KalyanMadoori @starsun7 @CreeTheOtaku @shantalcamara @christianmordi @KathyCrew @TessStevens @TingThang @CassidyRoush @jorekawaii What was your reaction to the French terrorist attacks? What are your thoughts on these reactions?
France Experiences A Shortage Of Baguettes?
Sacré bleu! It seems that France has quite the dilemma on their hands. Due to a national reform in labor laws, a reported two-thirds of the country's bakers have spent the months of July and August on vacation. For the first time in 50 years, the government has allowed bakers to choose their own vacation dates. Previously, these days were decided and delegated by the government to ensure that fresh artisanal bread would be available even during the summer months. Needless to say, the bakers immediately pulled off their aprons, closed up shop, and YOLOed their way up out of dodge. This has properly pissed off some Parisians, including Aude Debout, a 30-year-old designer from East Paris, who expressed in an interview with NBC: "It's more difficult. I find myself buying more sliced bread from the supermarket - and that's not even really bread." Side note: It might just be me, but nothing makes you feel more like a 'dumb Yankee' than when a French person tells you that flour-based impostor you've been making your BLTs with isn't actually bread. My life is now a lie. Thanks, Aude. Anyway, back to the baguettes. These bakers, however, see it from an entirely different perspective, believing that the opportunity to take vacations during the slower summer months just makes more business sense. Rue de Charonne baker Morgan Marie has decided to close her bakery for the summer, explaining: "If nearly all my clients are on holiday it's not profitable. It's much better to be able to open when I like. It's not that bad if clients have to walk a little longer for a few weeks to find bread in August." Perhaps the winners of this whole debacle are the few bakers that decided to stay open while the rest of their local competition closed, as they're currently rolling in dough - in both a literal and figurative sense because.. well, baking. One bakery, A La Flûte Enchantée, decided not to close at all this summer, a decision that manager Arnand Anita hopes will generate loyalty: "For us it's a plus, we will bring in customers and hopefully keep them." As of right now, no plans are set to build upon or adjust these new and more lax labor regulations. But I hope hungry Frenchmen everywhere are able to get their favorite baguette fix back again soon.