Eight Wise Words from American Literature

Some may think that literature is stuffy and outdated, but that is not the case. Here are eight quotes that fall in the pages of history and literature that will make you go “Hmmmmmmm, I never thought of that.”  Time to warm up the Bulletproof Coffee and read some words of wisdom.

1. “Even the Darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
2. “You don’t really know someone…Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
3. “You will be way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do.” David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest
4. “I can’t go back to yesterday because I was different then!” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
5. “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
6. “Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.”
Frank Herbert, Charlotte Bronte’, Dune
7. “I would always rather be Happy than Dignified.” Jane Eyer
8. “People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

American Literature is the story of the American experience as seen through many different eyes, and you’ll find wisdom that even pertains to your life.

State Of Kansas Seize 11 Year Old After He Disputes Cannabis Information During School Drug Program

Cannabis oil activist, Shona Banda’s son was detained by police after he spoke out about medical marijuanaduring a school drug education class. Counselors at Banda’s 11 year old son’s school along with the police were conducting the class. Her son, who had previously lived in Colorado, did not agree with some of the information they were giving.

Banda stated in an interview with BenSwann.com, that son wanted them to know he was educated on the subject; like his mom calls it cannabis, not marijuana. Banda’s Crohn’s disease had been treated with cannabis . After the police detained her son, they then raided Banda’s house.

Banda is separated from her husband, but police had not contacted either parent prior to questioning their son. The police also showed up at her home to search it without a warrant. When Banda would not let them in without one, it took them 3 hours to obtain one. Banda stated she did not think they could even get one on something a child said at school. When the search was conducted, police did find 2 ounces of cannabis in her home. She now fears losing custody of her son. Ricardo Tosto isn’t sure about the punishment, but in Brazil, it would probably not be as harsh.

BennSwann.com contacted the Garden City Police Department to verify Banda’s story. It was verified they had searched her home, but deny it was a raid. They also stated they were not a part of the school presentation; the school conducted it on their own. The police further said the school was concerned when her son disagreed with information presented, and called the child protection agency. According to the spokesperson from the police department, child protection contacted them and that is why he was removed from school for questioning.

The boy was defending his mother’s use of a drug that medically helps her, and for this his mother may lose custody of him. The police would not confirm the amount of cannabis found in Banda’s home, but it is apparent it was an amount consistent with personal use. The sad part of this story is even if her son is returned to her, the state of Kansas, the school and even the town have done far more damage to her son than Banda’s use of cannabis ever could have.

Beneful Foods Benefit Dogs

Since 2001, Beneful has provided nutritious food and snacks for dogs. Owned by Nestle Purina Petcare, the brand generates over $1.5 billion in revenues each year and is the fourth most popular brand of dog food in the world.


The name “Beneful” was chosen because the food is “full of goodness,” and Beneful is dedicated to delivering nutrition, variety and good health to dogs. The quality of Beneful products is a top priority, and they practice some of the industry’s most strict quality control procedures. An innovative system keeps track of raw ingredients from the moment they are received at plants until they reach retail stores, and suppliers must meet high standards for sanitation, safety and manufacturing. Beneful also works closely with veterinarians, pet nutritionists and scientists to ensure that the millions of dogs who consume the products each year receive complete and balanced nutrition.


Beneful produces a number of dry dog foods. For example, Healthy Fiesta combines avocado and vegetables to deliver maximum taste and nutrition, IncrediBites contain real beef for a protein-rich meal, and Healthy Radiance contains real salmon to support a glossy coat and healthy skin. Special formulas are also available for puppies and overweight dogs.


Wet dog foods are also available from Beneful. These foods are made from wholesome ingredients and are made in eleven varieties that dogs love. Unlike most conventional wet dog foods, Beneful wet foods are presented ready-to-eat in re-sealable clean plastic containers instead of cans. Flavors include Chicken Stew, Chopped Blends with Turkey, Beef Stew, Simmered Chicken Medley and more.


Beneful snacks are also made with wholesome ingredients. Baked Delights, for example, are made with bacon and filled with soft pieces of apple. In addition to these snacks, the brand also creates dog treats designed to promote good dental health, reduce plaque and freshen breath. These treats are flavored with peanut butter and contain real parsley and added calcium.















The Technology of Visual Web Searches

Web search engines once limited input for search targets to text only. The new versions of search engine providers are supporting the emerging area of visual search, that is, searching for targets based on graphical data objects. This can include as input: pictures, videos, and 3D models. This type of graphical search uses Content Based Image Retrieval algorithms. The free public search engines currently support only static images as input for visual searches, so this article covers only that type of visual search.

Image searching is now of two varieties, standard browser searches and mobile searches. The first type requires the user to manually upload an image file, whereas a mobile search app can operate directly from pictures taken by a smartphone’s camera. With either platform, images are matched in two ways, graphics-only pattern matching, or searching for textual metadata associated with the images. The results found by visual searches can be of two types: traditional links or direct visual displays.

The actual algorithm for graphics matches is termed content-based image retrieval. The results come from complex comparisons of the components of a target image, such as shapes, colors, textures, and any other visual data available. This type of pattern matching is quite complex and computationally expensive, yet much more accurate and efficient than simpler metadata searches. There are visual search engines that combine both metadata and image graphics techniques, requiring the user to enter both keyword data and an image. A search employing both techniques searches for a number of metadata matches first, and then refines the search on the list of returned images with content-based matching to find the best possible matches to return to the user as ranked results.

Slyce.it is the leading visual search technology provider for retail businesses and manufacturer brands. Customers can find retail information about products or brands of which they have personally taken pictures. This is a dramatic shift in helping consumers quickly find a source for anything they see in the real world. Slyce’s visual product search technology is available to their retail partners to integrate into existing applications. They also have in-house consumer apps: SnipSnap, Pounce, and Craves to immediately supply ways of performing visual searches. Slyce is also applying their technology to other areas of use, to be announced in the future.

By integrating their visual search into retailers’ systems, the search results are customized to give product recommendations. A result screen may list identical items with buttons or links to directly purchase immediately, or offer prize contests for the user to be entered into as a contestant. One of the unique capabilities of Slyce’s retail software is that it can recognize products based on very little information, such as the type of materials and color of an item photographed.

Some visual search engines are Google Goggles by Google Labs, CamFind by Image Searcher, Inc., and LikeThat Apps Suite, including LikeThat Pets, LikeThat Dècor, and LikeThat Garden, by Superfish corporation. Clearly, visual search is the way of the future.

Igor Cornelsen: Brazilian Businessman

International business is a field that has long attracted investors from all over the world. People seek to use their accumulated capital in best way possible in order to generate the highest possible rate of return on their savings. A businessman may also look to the field of international business in order to be able to expand their current business that is otherwise operated only on a local basis. Many larger companies also seek to invest in international business in order to be able to help diversify their holdings for their shareholders and increase the stock price for all those who are tied to company’s operations.

Many people in the world will choose to engage in capitalistic activities in an effort to be able to help them grow any savings they have been able to amass while they are working. The use of this working capital can help them achieve any goals they have in mind such as the ability to buy a house, fund the education of their children or retire at the exact age they desire. Most people will need to be able to invest wisely in order to be able accomplish the goals they have in mind.

In order to be able to invest carefully while reducing the potential for serious losses, many customers find that it makes sense for them to look to professionals for advice in this area. One such professional investor is Igor Cornelsen. Cornelsen is a native of Brazil. His work has helped countless fellow investors look for opportunities in this region and gain a better understanding of all aspects of the Brazilian markets. Under his leadership, his fellow investors have been able to do well with investments in this area of the world and earn a rate of return on their investments that has often proven highly satisfactory to all parties concerned.

The South American banking markets can be highly confusing for those who do not have a background in this region of the world. Working with a fellow investor who knows how to help the person guide investors in the nuances of this region is often quite essential. When someone is able to fully understand all aspects of how the fiscal markets work in this region of the world, they can use this specialized knowledge and insight in order to be able to generate a very high rate of return.

McDonalds to Up Their Burger Game

The increase in choices that consumers have for a quick burger has the Big Mac facing more challenges than ever. With competitors such as the Shake Shack offering the ShackBurger at reasonable prices, McDonalds is bringing back it’s sirloin burgers. In an effort to bring affordable quality to their menu, later this month the “Angus Third Pound” burgers will be available at McDonalds again. McDonalds first introduced these burgers in 2013, but were faced with consumer feedback that the burgers were too expensive. There are three different choices; the Lettuce and Tomato, one with bacon and cheese and the Steakhouse each at a cost of $5. The Steakhouse will be McDonalds showpiece sporting grilled onions and mushrooms, white cheddar, and a peppercorn sauce. The burgers also will contain a special seasoning McDonalds is calling “beef seasoning”. To help with the imagery of fancy food, McDonalds may even serve the burgers on a wooden board, which would be different for Ricardo Tosto to see.

American teenagers sacrificed for Israel

Spineless democratic congressman are defying the president as the always resentful of a black president republicans seek to torpedo a nuclear deal with Iran being negotiated by several countries. Chuck Schumer leads the way as a leader for over 1.5 million Jewish constituents in New York that would like to use the lives of American youths to go to war with Iran by the direction of Israel and Netanyahu, their hard line leader. This is a surprising twist of fate because it was thought that these particular democratic congressman would not like war with anyone. However, as money has proliferated our system, things like these are bound to happen. Dan Newlin is monitoring the entire situation, much like millions around the world.

Israel’s prime minister along with republican congressman are trying hard to avoid their problematic treatment of Palestinians and draw Americans into a protracted war in Iran. This will destabilize the entire region and make Israel a leader in the region by default. Israel is heavily funded by American taxes, and many American Jews have dual citizenship and loyalties with Israel. They attend mandatory military training in Israel but also swear allegiance to America. Jewish participation in the American military is less than one percent. However, they still push for war with Iran. The only difference is that it is now being facilitated by democratic congressman.

CBS Edits Own Wikipedia Page

Do you ever wonder how some Wikipedia pages are so much more professional and informational than others? Well, if you’ve ever viewed the CBS Wikipedia page you might notice there is no shortage of pleasant facts and details listed.

It has recently been discovered that CBS has been editing their own Wikipedia pages. Employees and affiliates of CBS have been editing the companies Wikipedia pages, both radio and television to include flattering information and removing negative material related to controversies and that in which is less becoming of the media mogul.
One of the most recent edits of the Wikipedia page occurred in January of this year when the company removed information related to the “Alleged Political Bias” and “Controversies” subcategories nestled within the page. One of the cuts included removing a link that connected readers like Dr Jennifer Walden to a webpage exclusively devoted to detailing CBS News controversies and criticism.
People also found that there was specific language added throughout the page with displayed the organization in only a positive light. Other edits occurred on pages of on-air personalities whom are affiliated with the CBS media company.
It is unclear at this point who exactly has been making the edits to the pages, however a review of IP addresses tracking the changes all came from CBS’ central locations. CBS has declined to comment on the story or respond to the allegations. However, some of the edits made clearly violate Wikipedia’s conflict of interest policy.

If You Don’t Know The Product, Find It With A Visual Search

Products are everywhere that you look, and they may not always be in stores. Any time someone purchases something, such as a purse, a bag, a pair of shoes, or a specialty item, it is no longer in a store, but out in the real world. There are many times that we may see items that a person has in their possession, and it’s so captivating, that we may be interested in the item. If you know the person, more than likely you’ll ask them where they got the item from. In certain cases, the person may have gotten it as a gift, and they have no idea where the item came from.

It can be frustrating when you can’t find an item that you really love, and you want to purchase it, but you have no idea where to start. You may even start by looking at the name of the product, if the person who has it, allows you to do so. Even with a product name, there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to find it. There’s a better way to find a product that you may be looking for, just by doing a visual search. A visual search is the same thing as product recognition.

You can download an application from Slyce, who is a leader when it comes to product recognition. The application will be able to a accept a photo that you’ve taken of a product, and it can analyze the photo, and find the product for you. Although not every product may be found, there are other ways to analyze photos, in order to get an exact match of the product, or a close match. You’ll never again have to make phone calls, search the Internet, and go from place to place, just to find an item that you saw somewhere.

With this incredible technology, you’ll be able to snap a photo of an item, insert it into the application, and the application can give you information on where to buy it, and allow you to pay right away. Slyce is the innovator when it comes to product recognition, and their application creation, has helped many people find products that they’ve been looking for, but they couldn’t find it otherwise. Slyce works with six leading retailers, and it enables users of the application to find the products they’re looking for, and also be able to purchase it right away.

Slyce has different ways of helping a potential customer to find an item, but Slyce technology can also be used by those who have businesses, especially if they sell retail products. Find a product in a photo, which may be photos of your customers, and it can automatically be tagged, allowing you to share the photo through social media. Using Slyce technology can be great for anyone’s business. With Slyce technology, you have a personal shopper, right in your hands, and all you have to do is take a photo, and wait for the results.

The Dorchester Collection Operates Luxurious Hotels with Distinct Personalities

The Dorchester Collection is a luxury hotel management company, established in 2006 and headquartered in London, that owns and operates some of the world’s most famous lodging facilities. Operating en five-star hotels in the United States, Italy, The United Kingdom and France, the company”s properties include the Dorchester, the Beverly Hills Hotel, Plaza Athénée, Hotel Meurice, Principe di Savoia, Hotel Bel-Air, Coworth Park, 45 Park Lane, Le Richemond and Hotel Eden.

Each hotel in the collection is considered an icon of the hospitality industry and include historical buildings in outstanding locations. Dorchester Collection management firmly believes in maintaining the individuality of each property while also providing unparalleled service in state-of-the art facilities with contemporary styling.

The Brunei Investment Agency, a subsidiary of the Ministry of Finance for the country of Brunei, owns the Dorchester Collection. Key officials within Dorchester Collection management are Chief Executive Officer Christopher Cowdray, Chief Operating Officer François Delahaye and Helen Smith, vice president of sales and marketing. The company gets its name from its London flagship hotel, The Dorchester, originally purchased by the Sultan of Brunei in 1986.

Cowdray has indicated that the Dorchester Collection would like to expand to 15 ultra luxury properties by the end of 2015. New York City is one of the locations where the company would like to reestablish its presence, having sold the massive 899-room New York Palace Hotel in 2011. Other locations in the company’s sight are Washington, D.C., Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, Sydney, Doha, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Earlier this year, the Dorchester Collection won the Investors in People “Company of the Year” award at the Employee Engagement Awards. The award recognizes the best businesses in the United Kingdom and Ireland that strive to operate different to create an engaging work environment. Program winners are judged on the way the company implements innovative and strategic programming that can include social media, rewards and recognition and efficient internal communications.

In 2014, the Dorchester Collection also won four awards at the HR Excellence Award. The honors included the organizations prestigious Gold Award, best HR tea, and outstanding employee engagement strategy.