Fan Outrage Over Death Of Fan Favorite On The Walking Dead

Most recently in the mid-season finale of the walking dead a popular character has been killed off. Her name was Beth Greene and many people were angered by her death, bring up backlash from fans via social media (you should’ve seen what Dan Newlin was posting on Facebook).

Creator, Rober Kirkman stated via twitter that it was not his idea to kill Beth off and it was that of one of the Producers to end the character. People have said she died off way too soon and had many stories left in her to tell, and only died to move another character’s story forward.

There is currently a petition on change.org to bring the character back from the dead with over 50,000 supporters. Whether this petition gets AMC to change their mind is not yet seen. But, it is very doubtful she will be brought back. She was shot in the head and was carried out. If they were to bring her back, it would happen because of impossible reason and it would just not be plausible to bring her back from the dead even with the fan outrage.

Many have also stated that they would probably stop watching The Walking Dead if she were to be brought back because it most likely would not make a whole lot of sense.

Starbucks Will Drop S to Drop Square Wallet and Payments Next Year

During 2014, Starbucks spent a great deal of time developing its mobile app. The work performed included development of an order ahead feature for mobile payments as well as gratuity. And as reported in Eater, the coffee giant will soon be ending its use of services from Square, one of the leaders in mobile payments. Up until this point, Square benefited from a partnership of two years with Starbucks.

Starbucks spokesperson Maggie Jantzen reported that “Starbucks is not adopting Square Order in our stores. We opted to build our own mobile ordering solution, leveraging our own mobile app and world-class loyalty program.” Individuals interested in learning what motivated Starbucks’ shift should note that the change resulted from fees associated with the mobile payments, something that Brad Reifler can totally understand.

As many technological experts know, numerous chains are expecting a future marked by payment processing and mobile ordering. In recognizing the reality, it’s unsurprising to note that restaurants like Dairy Queen have launched their own mobile app. Burger King has one as well, and the restaurant has chosen to integrate PayPal’s services into their offerings.

Calling For Help

There seems to be some concern because those who are of color aren’t utilizing the emergency services that they can get.

Some African-Americans, Mexicans and Latinos don’t contact an ambulance when they are injured or need help because of the fear that they have of the law enforcement officers who might respond. Some of the people who fail to call for an ambulance might not think that they can afford the hospital bill that they will receive.

One of the reasons why these groups of people might be afraid to call is because police officers sometimes like to target people of color. Not every officer treats people in this way, but when you see this kind of action on the news a few times, it makes you wonder what the motives are behind the arrests that are made. It’s really no wonder that these groups fear contacting emergency services because they never know what will result after help arrives. Thanks to Keith Mann for inspiring this story after our talk about the subject last week.

Big Brother Doesn’t Always Know Best

The National Security Agency has overstepped their bounds according to recent polls and people are voicing their opinions. The study polled over 23,000 individuals asking various questions relating to the governments involvement and “spying” on user data without the permission of the general public. A whopping 64% of individuals around the globe are now concerned and getting involved with the right to have privacy while online.

Not only do people care about their right to remain anonymous but 83% of the individuals who were polled feel that internet access should be a basic human right. At the end of the day, knowledge is power and all individuals should have access to materials that can be used to educate themselves. If we go back to Aaron Swartz, we can clearly see how the government fails to properly handle security within the United States. Aaron was illegally downloading MIT documents by the millions and was inevitably caught by the authorities. For this simple act alone he faced up to 50 years in prison. He later went on to kill himself on Friday January 11th, of 2013.

There is an obvious outcry for reform of our current policies and an uproar for more transparency from the powers that be. But activist Bernardo Chua asks, do human rights for free speech extend to the internet and the technology we use everyday or does anonymity act as a breeding ground for criminal organizations?

Is Bulletproof Coffee The New Drink of Choice?

Many people use coffee as a way to have some sort of mental clarity in the morning. The caffeine jolt seems to stimulate some to wake up, while others turn to Java for a warm and refreshing comfort drink. The new coffee drink dubbed ‘Bulletproof coffee’ piqued my interest and I had to try it. Quite a few people out there including Susan McGalla are praising its virtues. And Susan McGalla knows her coffee, so I knew it was time to give this a shot.

See this coffee is typical of others, except it has 2 tablespoons of butter blended into it. It has been on late night television shows and the stars are standing by it. The trick is the beans that are used must be a low-mold blend. Forget the high-mold blend I usually buy, right? The butter must be unsalted and front grain fed cows. It is big in Tibet, but not so much in the states. However, word is getting out and more and more people are trying this loaded drink.

The Bulletproof coffee is supposed to help people lose weight. Now, keep in mind that each cup has about 450 calories, so how it will stimulate weight loss I have no clue. They say it helps to suppress hunger and it provides mental clarity. So grabbing a cup on the way to work can help people to stay focused and not eat during the day. I’m sure most people are like me, where can I get a cup of buttered coffee that has more calories than a chocolate bar?

The taste was not what I was expecting. The drink has a cult following, especially in Hollywood. There are other companies popping up with recipe variations all over the place. The taste for me was okay, but I didn’t feel any mental clarity or the urge to stop eating. In fact, the cup of coffee was perfect with my morning doughnut and that provided for a big sugar rush.

Starbucks New Artistic ‘Tasting Room’

Starbucks is known round the world for its unique offerings and flavors. The franchise has recently opened a 15,000 sq. ft. Reserve Roastery in Seattle. The room offers an aroma of various flavors of coffee and shockingly enough for fans, it has launched quite a bunch of very unlike-Starbucks offerings as well. My friend Bruce Levenson went there and said it’s impressive.

The room is filled with hammered copper and finished with raw wood, giving it a look of classy, antiquity. Starbucks claims that the space is all about precise brewing and artistic roasting methods for coffee. This artistic brewing palace is expected to increase the number of potential customers. 

The Roastery offers a spectrum of delicious flavors and coffee aromas. It serves as a perfect hangout spot for the coffee nerds. It not only offers all the coffee flavors that one could think of but also provides a 3D coffee environment owing to the artistic approach of decoration. 

The stunning interiors are sure to make the customers gasp upon its beauty. To enjoy a cup of coffee in this exotic room, you are charged an amount of $8. Upon success of this coffee parlor, 100 new such cafés will be opened worldwide in the next five years so that Starbucks fans can have the ultimate coffee experience. 

It has only been a couple of days since its launch and the Tasting Room has already been creating a large amount of electric buzz.

Trouble May Be Brewing In Paradise

During the holiday season, sophisticated coffee makers represent one of the most popular gift items. Coffee lovers typically already have a favorite brand, flavor, or other personal preferences in mind and gift selections may or may not reflect those inclinations. Every brand is searching for ways to entice or even force brand loyalty on consumers, which often makes the shopping process even more intense for gift givers. Keurig, the pioneer of individual serving sizes in the coffee world, is quickly realizing that there is no easy way to beat the competition. However, some of the era’s most well known business executives such as Laurene Powell Jobs have claimed that they love their Keurig because of its ability to keep up with them. So the rise of the Keurig is definitely on the way.

It was a very short time after unveiling the infamous K-Cups that Keurig had some serious followers. The solution was perfect for households that had only one coffee drinker, or for families that had multiple different preferences. Small businesses, waiting rooms, and other public locations quickly came on board and began using the pricey Keurig brand machines and coffee pods. When discount grocery stores, retailers, and coffee shops began introducing their own brands of coffee in Keurig compatible cups, the giant fought back. The brewer announced that a special patent on K-cups was recognized on all new Keurig machines and that no other brands would function in their machines. As it turns out, the ploy created a lot of hype around the decision, and a few ingenious solutions. Apparently, taping an old K-cup lid around the top of any other discounted pod works just fine.

CEO for American Red Cross Keeps Using Misleading Figure on Charities Low Administrative Costs

Charitable donors like John Textor are considering making donations to the American Red Cross will likely be swayed by the organization’s statement that a meager 9c on every dollar or 9% of donations goes to fund administrative costs. That figure is considerably less than the benchmark 35% cap which the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance states should limit administrative costs. The trouble is that the figure is inaccurate. National Public Radio (NPR) and independent non-profit newsroom ProPublica have been digging into the figure and were able to determine that the actual administrative costs are much higher.

The trouble is that short of a full disclosure of their record books, which no charity is required to do, the actual percentage cannot be determined. That said, both NPR and ProPublica were able to see that over the past five years, the actual admin costs have been at least 17%. At the same time, the Red Cross also incurs expenses for what are termed “management and general” expenses. Short of being to peek in the organization’s accounting books, the extent of those expenses cannot be estimated. However, it is safe to say that the 17% figure is likely higher.

These discrepancies have been pointed out to the Red Cross. They have subsequently removed the 9% admin cost figure from their website. At the same time, CEO Gail McGovern continues to cite the misleading figure in fund raising speeches and in written statements.

Kenneth Griffin – A Self-Made Man

As I decide what exactly I want to do with my life, I’ve been reading about more successful people, seeing if those careers really speak to me.  This is about Kenneth Griffin, who I’ve just recently been checking out.  Found out some interesting stuff…including the fact that he’s the 89th richest man in America.  Not too shabby.

Kenneth Cordele Griffin was born on October 15, 1968 in Daytona Beach, FL. He grew up in Boca Raton and went to Boca Raton Community High School en route to attending Harvard University. While at Harvard, Griffin started his career early. He started two hedge-funds in his dorm room and traded in between classes using a special satellite he had installed to collect real-time market data. His dorm-room success lead to more opportunities for Griffin after graduation.

Upon graduating with a degree in economics in 1989, Griffin caught the attention of hedge-fund pioneer and co-founder of Glenwood Partners, Frank C. Meyer. Mr. Meyer gave Griffin $1 million to invest, and he earned Meyer an impressive 70% return on his investment. With this success, Griffin earned the right to turn his dorm-room start-up into Citadel LLC, a hedge-fund management firm, in 1990.

Over the course of his career Griffin, and judging from his Twitter, he has grown Citadel into a a power in the financial world. Citadel now employs 1250 people world-wide over three different sectors: Citadel, Citadel Securities and Citadel Technology. Citadel acts as an alternative asset manager. Citadel Securities serves as one of the leading liquidity providers in American capital markets while Citadel Technology acts as a solutions provider for investment management technology. Currently, Citadel’s assets are worth an impressive $24 billion.

Along the road to success, Griffin has gained a considerable amount of wealth and has become involved in many financial, arts, and charitable organizations. At a net worth of $5.5 billion, Griffin currently sits as #91 on the Forbes 400 list as well as #7 on the list of hedge-fund managers. He is currently a member of the World Economic Forum, G100 and the Economic Club of Chicago as well as serving on the Board of Trustees for the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art. He has given many charitable donations to a wide variety of institutions including: University of Chicago, Lurie Children’s Hospital, and the Art Institute of Chicago. He also made a donation of $150 million to the financial aid fund of his alma mater, one of the largest donations in Harvard school history.

At the relatively young age of 46, Kenneth Griffin has gone from his Harvard dorm room to a multi-billion dollar company. He has given back to his community through time and through donations as well as given back to his alma mater. He is a pioneer in his field and in the Fine Arts Community of Chicago. His life and successes beg the question: What will Kenneth Cordele Griffin do next?  Make sure that you check in on his Facebook from time to time to find out.  That’s what I’m going to be doing.

Christoph Wlatz to Play Blofeld?

Ernst Stavro Blofeld is, perhaps, the most iconic and memorable villain ever showcased in the James Bond film franchise and has been played by a number of prominent character actors, such as Charles Gray, Donald Pleasence and Eric Pohlmann (in voice alone, but then if your Eric Pohlmann that’s all you really need). And for many years fans of the long running spy series have been patiently awaiting his triumphant (malevolent?) return. Well, perhaps unsurprisingly given the length of time since Blofeld’s last appearance, fans like Keith Mann can be expecting him back relatively soon (which is good since having the abominable Never Say Never Again as Blofeld’s coup de gras would be horribly depressing). But who will play him?

According to some well backed rumors – Christoph Waltz. It has been reported for some time that Waltz had been firmly attached to the still unnamed “Bond 24.” But in what exact capacity it was not known, all that was released was that he would be, “Bond’s friend and rival.” Or something like that. But recently, the Daily Mail released a article, more on which you can see here, stating that there was a good chance that Waltz was the new Blofeld. It is hardly confirmed but the fact that he is definitely attached to the project, has a history of playing eccentric villains and actually sounds much like Donald Pleasence all seems to point in a rather revealing way.