Do you like me?

Do you like my content? Hate it? Maybe somewhere between?

You might have noticed I have turned off comments on my site here (and on YouTube).

I do not use built-in commenting, because some commenters set off divide-and-conquer drama and toxicity. And this is a massive distraction. And it gets in the way of us finding strategies to live the good life.

Here is how to comment (without drama)

After much thought (and testing), I have decided to use Twitter as a neutral gateway to commenting on my content.

Using a #hashtag of #heyheyMarkus allows us all to view comments to my content without the risk of censorship (or drama).

Here is a live snapshot of comments related to my hashtag of #heyheyMarkus:

This is a test to see if my need feedback software is working #heyheyMarkus

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Here are the most prolific internet influencers you never heard of

Most of what we read on the internet is written by just a few under-the-radar influencers:

Grady Harp (a self-described surgeon, critic, poet and writer) has written an average of 8 reviews on Amazon per day. Since 2011, that works out to more than 21,000 reviews (and counting).

One of Wikipedia’s power users, Justin Knapp, submits an average of 385 edits per day since signing up in 2005. Assuming he lurks on Wikipedia for 8 straight hours a day, that works out to almost one edit every minute. He is nearing 2 million edits since registering with Wikipedia.

Twitch streamer Tyler Blevins (a.k.a. Ninja) films himself playing video games for people to watch for 12 hours per day:

The schedule is: 9:30 is when I start in the morning and then I play until 4, so that’s like six, six-and-a-half hours,” Blevins said. “Then I’ll take a nice three- to four-hour break with the wife, the dogs or family — we have like family nights, too — and then come back on around 7 o’clock central until like 2, 3 in the morning. The minimum is 12 hours a day, and then I’ll sleep for less than six or seven hours.”

YouTube power-user Justin Y. was once the king of YouTube comments. He would post a top comment on pretty much every video we clicked on. Justin would invest up to 3 hours per day commenting on YouTube videos. He secret was to look at the statistics section on YouTube to see which are spiking in popularity. He admits to commenting on these videos without watching them.

Alex K. Chen is a schoolteacher’s worst nightmare. He never stops asking questions – on Quora that is. He just surpassed 60,000 questions here.

Speaking of Quora, James Altucher is rapidly approaching 1,000 answers on their questions-and-answers’ platform. I was surprised. I thought the number of posts was higher. But, I am still impressed because Altucher’s answers are super long and often EXTREMELY valuable.

Finally: Monsanto ordered to pay over $289,000,000.00 after losing court case in USA

Pinch me, I must be dreaming: because the evil Monsanto (now Bayer) just lost a big lawsuit.

Apparently, Monsanto was ordered to pay over $289 million in damages to school groundskeeper Dewayne “Lee” Johnson for punitive and compensatory damages.

And I quote:

A San Francisco jury returned a verdict today in the case of a former groundskeeper with terminal cancer against Monsanto Company, ordering the agrochemical giant to pay $39.2 million in compensatory damages and $250 million in punitive damages for failing to warn consumers that exposure to Roundup weed killer causes cancer.

Apparently, Monsanto faces more than 5,000 Roundup cancer cases nationwide. And this number is growing.

Not surprisingly, almost no other news outlet is reporting this big news. (The BBC is the lone exception). Why am I not surprised?

Believe it or not, there is no such thing as vegetables

Botanically speaking, there are no “vegetables” per se. Vegetables are any edible part of a plant. Thus, a vegetable is a culinary word for a plant…

Watch this:

Plants have seeds (e.g. wheat, grains, beans and legumes), roots (e.g. carrots and potatoes), leaves (e.g. lettuce), stems (e.g. asparagus), flowers (e.g. broccoli), gords (e.g. pumpkin, zucchini, squash and cucumbers) and fruits (which are a plant’s ovaries – for example: bananas, apples, pears, mangos, oranges, tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers).

The food lies never end, do they?