Media Mining Digest 27 – May 18, 2012: Finances, HarperCollins, Low Carb Diet, Linked-In, Science Writing Careers, Banana SLAPP, Belgium Slaves, Stopping Warlords, Africa Jobs and Exports, Health Care in the 21st Century, E-predictions, Cyberthreats, School Change and Cyber Threats, and Vaccine Scares

The link to each item’s podcast is at the highlighted topic and reached by double-clicking or ctrl-clicking it. Actual podcasts for this edition are assembled here at 1.5x speed for four months.

Finances  33 mins  –  Education, wine, housing, sports, equities. $24,000 is the average college grad salary.  It may be a lousy job market out there but some kids are young enough to believe their dream job awaits. You’ll hear what they learned from mom and dad on Take your Daughter or Son to Work Day. At the 22 minute mark is advice about wine, the wine index and should you invest?  It’s followed by a 12 minute interview with NFL great and multi-millionaire Warren Sapp, his first broadcast interview since filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.  Right click “Download Audio”and select “Save File As…” to download the file.

HarperCollins   59 mins – HarperCollins President and CEO Brian Murray discusses the shifting economics of publishing and how his company, which launches 12 new products per day, is working to succeed in this disruptive period. He also talks about issues of digital rights management, his company’s willingness to explore new business models, and how HarperCollins manages relationships with other major players in the space. The business model changes constantly, so his company works with e-books, Facebook, blogs, and print-on-demand machines like Expresso. Place your pointer over “Podcast,” right click the popup “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As…” to download.

Low Carb Diet I 55 mins and Low Carb Diet II 56  mins – Steve Gibson from Security Now is experimenting upon himself with a low carbohydrate diet. He has lost weight, reduced his appetite, breathes easier, can work out more strenuously and has reduced his triglycerides. He describes the processes, concerns and background for the process in these two parts. It is also called a ketogenic diet and is a moderate version of the Atkins Diet. His references for the work include a diet book by  Dr Ron Rosedale, “The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living “ and “The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance”.  The diet is working for him; he explains the how and why so it’s easy to follow as well as avoid some pitfalls.

Linked-In 67 mins – “Using Linked-In Effectively: Seventh in the “How to” Series,” from the NIH. Linked-In is about ten years old, serves 135 million professionals who are 35 – 54 years old. Major companies with over 100 thousand employees belong to it. It’s public and what you put there is highly visible. A free version has basic features and a paid version also exists for $20/month. Groups and apps are available. About half way through this talk on-screen illustrations are used to describe aspects of Linked-In making the video download more useful. Find the title, right click the “Audio Podcast” button next to Listen to the podcast  and select “Save File As…;” same process for a video.

Science Writing Careers  44 mins –  This NIH presentation tells how to prepare for and find a career as a science writer. The end of MMD 22 described a related resource:  The Conversations Network web site that offers to pay people to listen to and write about material destined for release by that organization. It is work that addresses many of the ideas and recommendations noted in the NIH talk. Find the title, “Careers in Science Writing: Sixth in the ‘How To’ Series,”  right click the “Audio Podcast” button next to Listen to the podcast  and select “Save File As..;” same process for a video.

Banana SLAPP  52mins – “The State We’re In,” celebrates World Press Freedom Day 2012 with three segments: a Swedish filmmaker faces down a multinational corporation which wants to silence him where SLAPP is mentioned; a Libyan journalist tells about being tortured for telling the truth, and two Ghanaian women talk about sex on their blog. To download follow the notes under the online playback bar.

Belgium Slaves 29 mins  –  Some authors write to explore worlds that are unfamiliar to them. Nigerian writer Chika Unigwe was shocked at what she saw when she moved to Belgium. She saw young African women displayed in windows, working as prostitutes. She decided to write a novel about this.  On Black Sisters Street tells the stories of women behind the windows. She talks about her book and reads from it. Related articles: Forced prostitution in Europe: how African girls can avoid it.

Stopping Warlords 25 mins – This edition asks what sends the strongest message to those who recruit child soldiers, an international court, or a viral web campaign? A former child recruit featured in the controversial viral film Kony2012 calling for the arrest of Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony is questioned. Then a documentary filmmaker from the DRC who filmed in camps where children were trained to become soldiers is interviewed. His footage was used in the international trial against warlord Thomas Lubanga who was found guilty of using hundreds of children in the war in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The song at the end, “A personal Letter to Joseph Kony” is sung by Geoffrey Oryema,  a Ugandan singer.   Right click the small down-pointing arrow at the right end of the online listening bar and select “Save Link As…” to download.

Africa Jobs and Exports 56 mins – A three-person panel discusses the economic competition for Africa between China and the U.S., and Government efforts to expand the U.S. position there.  The bipartisan “Increasing American Jobs Through Greater Exports to Africa Act of 2012,” seeks to triple American exports to the African region in order to create new U.S. jobs. The most significant U.S. legislation on Africa since the African Growth and Opportunity Act, the bill would establish a much-needed trade and investment agenda in a continent increasingly dominated by China and other trading partners. The legislation marks an important turning point for U.S. engagement with African markets.

Health Care in the 21st Century 223 mins – The United States spends almost twice the percentage of its gross domestic product as many European countries on health care, but has outcomes that rank well below those of other developed nations. However, policy ideas and new technologies are emerging to improve innovation, data sharing, and analytics, thereby boosting cost containment and health care delivery and quality. This half-day conference contained four panels with two experts each focused on government reforms and technology-related solutions aimed at improving the U.S health care system. The first panel discussed use of stem cells, data sharing, networks, and digital research. Fifty thousand bone cell transplants are done each year world-wide. Cardiac stem cell use are next. They stimulate local stem cells to grow. Growth of matching blood is also under way.  We often do not know our options, including prevention of relapses. Women know seven times more about family disease than men.  Sharing this type information is a major concern and key obstacle in health care.  About 60% of people with problems want to know how others deal with it – social networking. One speaker’s  web site, Audax Health, is devoted to this aspect. We need to bridge understanding gaps in use of web health where net noise is a major issue. The second segment concerned the sharing of data. Size and fragmentation of current databases is a problem.  There are successes, primarily in weight control and diabetes help. Cancer kids are all in clinical trials or protocols while few adults in clinical trials although many want to use them, an area in need of improvement. The concept of rapid learning is being used by some organizations. The third session concerned predictive modeling. The VA can tell  a vets survival possibility after treatment because of its database. Computerized clinical tests are possible with such databases as well as drug interaction problems identification and resolution. Systems in Korea, Singapore and Australia have solved many of the problems of data access, privacy and information transfer. The last panel addresses mobile applications. Thirteen thousand apps exist for iPhone and Android mobiles. Of those four thousand are mobile medical device apps and nine thousand deal with health and wellness.

E-predictions 48 mins –  While the name ultrabook may become meaningless, e-books will not entirely replace the dead tree version. A light discussion about current status and possible future status of several major electronic products. At the link right click on here in “Listen to the show here.” and select “Save Link As…”

Cyberthreats 23 mins each part – “Danger in the Download” is a three part series from the BBC. Part One assesses the ever-increasing threats from hackers and cyber weapons, and the challenges that today’s most powerful countries face from threats in cyperspace. Go to the link, find “Docs Danger in the Download”, then right click “docarchive_20120501-0905c.mp3” and select “Save File As…” to download. Part Two asks if the internet’s original architecture and governance still fit for purpose? Media files docarchive_20120508-1708a.mp3. Part Three asks what governments and the public can do to protect the net. Media files docarchive_20120515-1022a.mp3

School Change and Cyberthreats 19 mins – This is a digest of four stories. The first describes how top universities are expanding free online classes such as Udacity and MIT’s edX; skip number two. The third is about a bill that would have businesses foot the cost of Cyberwar, and the fourth on how briefings about cyberthreats ‘Scare The Bejeezus’ out of CEOs. Go the link, find “NPR: 05-09-2012 Technology,” right click “npr_152385714.mp3″ below that title and select”Save Link As…” to download.

Vaccine Scares 4 mins – In 74 DPT was rumored to be dangerous and many stopped taking the vaccine resulting in the death of thousands. Why and how this happens is explained here.  The last outbreak of smallpox in Europe occurred in 1972 and claimed thirty-five lives despite swift action by authorities. Smallpox was one of the major causes of death in Europe in the 18th and 19th century, killing about 400,000 people each year.  Today, resistance to vaccination is partly responsible for recent outbreaks of whooping cough in California, Colorado and Washington State. So, why do vaccine scares recur? A recent mathematical model offers some insight.  Although risks are small, no vaccine is completely safe. During vaccine scares, the risks, some true and most invented and unsubstantiated, come into focus. Through social exchanges, the perceived dangers of vaccines can be magnified and can appear to outweigh a vaccine’s benefits. Right click the download link and select “Save Link As…” (This only provides a link, but will play the file.)

The 88 feeds used to prepare this weekly blog are gathered using Feedreader3 and are available as a opm file at Google Docs. A PDF of feeds is also available there. Free Commander is used to compare old and new downloads to remove duplicates. MP3SpeedChanger is used to change playback speed of multiple files as a batch. Speed listening background article here.

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