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Blogger Spotlight: Food in Jars
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This week, we're proud to feature Marisa McClellan in the Blogger Spotlight, where we highlight a member of The Daily Meal's Culinary Content Network, a selected group of bloggers who write about food and drink.

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Tesla charges ahead to overtake Ford in market value

Elon Musks electric car company has been valued at $49bn, leaving the 100-year-old motor manufacturer lagging behind

One is an automotive titan that has built more than 350m vehicles in an illustrious history spanning more than a century.

The other is less than 15 years old and has never made a profit.

And yet a 7% surge in the value of shares in electric car firm Tesla on Monday saw it zoom ahead of Ford Motor Company, in terms of its stock market value.

As Wall Street closed for the day, Tesla, led by 45-year-old tycoon and futurist Elon Musk, was worth $49bn (38bn), compared with a paltry $46bn for the empire built by Henry Ford.

This astonishing overtaking manoeuvre says as much about the nature of stock markets as it does about these two very different carmakers.

The old cliche among stock market investors is that you should buy on the rumour, sell on the fact the idea that investment is more about what you expect to happen in the future than the current state of play.

And Tesla, investors believe, is the standard-bearer of a battery-powered future while Ford is the archetypal mass-production legacy car business.

Based in the Californian tech hub of Palo Alto, Tesla delivered 76,230 cars last year a fraction of Fords 6.65m.

It made sales of $7bn but a loss of $746m, while Ford recorded a $10.4bn profit after racking up sales of $152bn.

But fresh figures published this week, which cover the most recent three months, showed 70% growth in sales at Tesla, with 25,000 electric vehicles rolling noiselessly into the garages of their new owners.

Tesla share price

That sort of growth rate is what sent investors piling into Tesla shares, expecting a continued global push for greener cars to be the catalyst for converting notional value into concrete returns.

And if Musk is to to be believed, Tesla wont be slowing down any time soon.

The firms production targets are unprecedented in the automotive industry. Tesla has set a goal of building 500,000 cars in 2018 and Musk has even raised the prospect of doubling that to 1m by 2020.

Despite the setback of a fatal crash last year, when a Tesla on autopilot failed to tell the difference between the side of a white lorry and a bright sky, the company continues to make strides towards a fully driverless car.

Its new Model 3, slated for production this year, is intended to offer a more affordable version of previous models, with a price tag around $35,000.

If successful and it is being seen as a litmus test of the prospects for electric cars the Model 3 could supercharge Teslas growth by muscling in on the territory of mass market rivals.

The firm also has a potentially lucrative sideline in storage batteries for the home. The Powerwall is intended to allow homes to store solar power, and Tesla is also due to start installing its first solar roof tiles this year.

Tesla may be on a charge, but Ford is in particularly bad shape. It remains in the worlds top 10 auto firms and is also among the US Big Three alongside General Motors and Chrysler. But while Teslas sales are soaring, the 6.65m vehicles that Ford sold last year were just 16,000 up on 2015 sales. In the most recent quarterly update from Ford, sales actually fell.

The company that helped to build Detroit, often known as Motor City, sold 1.7m cars in the quarter, about 68,000 fewer than in the same period the previous year.

Musk was in the mood to gloat about Teslas comparatively rapid growth story.

Stormy weather in Shortville, he tweeted, a reference to traders who had been burned by shorting Tesla betting its results would disappoint and its shares would fall.

Elon Musk (@elonmusk)

Stormy weather in Shortville …

April 3, 2017

He gave short shrift to sceptical commentators, too.

Veteran technology journalist Walt Mossberg, now executive editor of media network The Verge, said on Twitter: I admire Tesla and @elonmusk, he said, but this is the billionth example of why stock market valuations dont reflect reality.

That, replied Musk, is precisely the point. He tweeted: Exactly. Tesla is absurdly overvalued if based on the past, but thats irrelevant.A stock price represents risk-adjusted future cash flows.

Elon Musk (@elonmusk)

@ForIn2020 @waltmossberg @mims @defcon_5 Exactly. Tesla is absurdly overvalued if based on the past, but that’s irrelevant. A stock price represents risk-adjusted future cash flows.

April 3, 2017

Michelle Krebs, a Detroit-based senior analyst with Autotrader, sounded a rare note of caution. Investors are betting on the future, which they think is promising and theyre looking at the stock to make big gains, she said.

But there will come a day that Tesla has to make money and the Model 3 is a test of that. It will make or break whether Tesla can be a volume manufacturer that appeals to a wide swath of consumers and whether it can be profitable or not.

One of the big risks that Tesla will face is increased competition. Everyone from General Motors with the Chevrolet Bolt to BMW and Mercedes are being aggressive on electric cars. They will face increasing competition as established players and upstarts come into the market.

But South-African born Musk doesnt really do caution. He bought into Tesla at an early stage after making his fortune through the development of tech businesses including PayPal, which made him $165m when it was sold to eBay for $1.5bn.

He has since amassed a fortune of $14bn, as well as a reputation for seemingly fantastical visions of the future. The founder of private space exploration company SpaceX, he has pledged to slash the cost of space travel to help the human race survive by colonising Mars and other planets.

Either we spread Earth to other planets, or we risk going extinct, he told a conference in 2013. An extinction event is inevitable and were increasingly doing ourselves in, he said.

Last week, the company became the first to launch a partially recycled rocket into space, in what Musk termed a milestone in the history of space.

He also conceived the Hyperloop, a transport system he says could whizz people between Los Angeles and San Francisco in 30 minutes at speeds of up to 700mph (1,126 km/h).

Bold ambition and market-pleasing bombast have become the currency of a man with a knack for marrying technology and glamour, generating global excitement among his legions of fans and admirers.

The fact that Tesla should be valued more highly than Henry Fords century-spanning mother of all carmakers suggests that Musks zealous disciples are not the only ones who believe the hype.

Tesla, new car on the block

Market value $48.6bn

Annual car production 76,000

Annual revenues $7bn

Annual pretax loss $746m

Founded by Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning in 2003; Musk was a lead investor in 2004 and became chairman of the board. He is now chief product architect and chief executive

Based in Palo Alto, California

Products Electric cars. Roadster in 2008. Model S (luxury sedan), Model X (SUV), Model 3 (to be launched this year); solar panels (launch planned this year)

Floated on the stock market in 2010

Employees 30,000

Ford, venerable vehicle maker

Market value $45bn

Annual car production 6.6m

Annual revenues $152bn

Annual pretax profit $10.4bn

Founded by Henry Ford in 1903

Based in Detroit, Michigan

Products Model T in 1908; F-Series trucks, Fiesta, Focus, Mondeo, Escape, Explorer, Expedition, Lincoln luxury vehicles

Floated on the stock market in 1956

Employees 201,000

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I’m a Sex Worker Who Is Sick Of Female Misogyny

So youre a feminist, ey? You tell your kids that girls and boys are equal? That little ladies can grow up to be firefighters and astronauts, that boys can play with dolls and paint their nails? Thats a good start, but the bare minimum a decent adult can do in the year 2017. With a rising oligarchy on our hands, it is time that women and minorities and working class people begin supporting each other. A society is stronger when it is less divided, and we can mend our societal rifts by deeply examining which attitudes reinforce oppression and harm. We can each do our part, and Im here as a feminist sex worker to tell you that the normalization of sex worker abuse by American women contributes to the abuse of all women.

Heres the thing: feminism isnt as simple as reblogging the cutest Tumblr Yas Queen inspos, or buying Male Tears coffee mugs. To support equality of all people, despite their gender, race and class, its vital that you put your money where your mouth is and I dont mean between your teeth at my stripper stage.

How do you feel about sex work? If youre inclusive in your feminism you understand that everyone should be born with full ownership of their body and their time. I appreciate you, and you need read no further! But for the American women who hashtag their pole classes with #notastripper, or who still think that strippers are funny as the butt of a Tina Fey joke, youve got a long way to go, baby.

For women who still think that strippers should remain the butt of a Tina Fey joke, youve got a long way to go, baby.

It was mid-March this year, 2017. I was stepping onto the strip club floor, in the first minutes of my Tuesday evening shift. As of this writing, I celebrate my eighth year at this club. I scanned the crowd, taking the temperature of what kind of reception I could expect. Would the audience be gracious and kind? Stingy and sexist? Entitled and arrogant? I discover this by interacting, but first I study.

It was early, and the crowd was sparse. A few men pushed limes into their beer bottles, someone tap, tap, tapped at the video poker machine in the corner. The bartender shuffled ice. The other night-shift strippers trotted up the dressing room stairs, selecting their music at the DJ station, stretching their calves and running fingers through their hair.

A woman with a pink hat stared pointedly at the stage. She was wearing a pink hat, but not any pink hat. A conspicuous, knitted, cat-eared hat that I recognized from the historic January 21st Womens March. She sat close to the bar, her head resting on her fist and her eyes fixed on the naked woman spinning upside-down.

In front of Pink Hat was a plate of half eaten pasta and some fries. Her drink was scarcely colored, the ice but little pebbles in the glass she had been there for some time. Two men in worn, dusty hats and Carharts clapped loudly and pushed a few more dollars across the metal stage we call the rack. It was my turn on stage.

Hey, did Pink Hat Lady tip you? I whispered into my co-workers hair as she brushed past me to leave the stage. She paused, without raising her eyes to betray my inquiry, No, just stared the whole time. Shes been here for two hours. Great. Taking a deep breath for patience, I trotted across the stage in my stripper sneakers and my onesie, smiling big for the two blue-collared boys who were already laying bucks on the rack.

I once heard, I dont have to tip you, I have a vagina too! from a female non-customer. Akin to, Im a gynecologist, so I dont need to pay money to see pussies! its one of the most insulting and entitled attitudes that adult entertainers commonly encounter. Strippers love female customers, we are way better than gross sweaty men, is a lie that some women actually believe. No girl, we dont. When you come to work to make money, you prefer customers who are actually willing to exchange currency for labor. All women participate in emotional labor for free, and I cant imagine stepping foot into a venue where women work for tips [only] and feeling entitled to give them literally zero for their efforts. Shit, I tip my barista 50% and she screws up the latte like ten percent of the time.

American culture is so deeply entrenched in a misogyny that encourages slutshaming, whorephobia and victim-blaming, that the perpetrators are of all genders. Women are no less hateful of sex workers, and permissive of their abuse, than men. In my decade of immersion in the World of Whoredom, American men and women both have treated sex workers like shit. There is no difference between the hatred I receive via online comments, insufferably ignorant conversations with strangers in public or the number of women that I have watched lose contact with their families due to their jobs.

The hashtag #strippershatemebecause was an attempted Twitter-troll campaign encouraging and making light of physical abuse. Examples include: #strippershatemebecause I dont throw cash, I throw rocks or #strippershatemebecause I kill them after Im done raping them.

Jacqueline Frances

Jacqueline Frances

Jacqs message never falters: People in all walks of life use their bodies, their emotions, and their time in the pursuit of currency.

Indeed, Pink Hat sat for three more hours, sipping her drink, never once leaving her seat, and never once tipping me nor any of the other hard-dancing ladies. Her pink hat perched upon her head, like a crown celebrating the hypocrisy of fauxminism. I would rather be tipped by a sweaty, swearing trucker than break my back for nothing for a smirking woman. Ive been groped and insulted by as many cis-women as I have by cis-men, which is an alarming rate of female on female victimization, considering that female clients are a quarter of my patronage.

Always look over your shoulder, or in the mirror, when you bend over, I told the wide eyed newbie, after a female audience member shoved a dollar between Newbies labia. People will assault you in front of others, because they think its okay, because theyve been raised to believe that we are accepting of abuse.

Ive been groped and insulted by as many cis-women as I have by cis-men, which is an alarming rate of female on female victimization.

The DJ looked on, and I turned to him, Im not trying to scare her! But she needs to know, people will enter in to this venue specifically to abuse you.

Newbie chewed this over, her neatly tweezed eyebrows furrowing together. I could get an infection from that dollar

According to many so-called feminists, Im part of the problem. Attitudes of fake concern over womens welfare and safety are linked to Puritan attitudes on sex and its commodification. Im sick of hearing from affluent women who have never in their life spoken with an out sex worker. I hate to break it to you, but Tina Fey and Lena Dunham are not feminist icons. They perpetuate dismissive ignorance about sex workers, thus supporting stigma that reinforces harm against sex workers.

You simply dont need to shit on women for making a choice that you didnt.

Keeping sex work and adult entertainment illegal does what Prohibition did for alcohol; gangsters ran the streets and moonshine reigned king. The War on Drugs did not remove drugs from the streets, but rather locked up two generations of poor people, primarily Black and Hispanic/Latino. Similarly, atleast one third of female prisoners have engaged in sex work at one time, and their lifetime of incarceration and recidivism is partly due to belief that there is something inherently wrong with trading cash for certain types of touch. If you want to prevent separating families and stop this oppression of women, you must lend a hand to lift em up, or at least stay out of their hair.

If you want to fight actual trafficking, support legislation that decriminalizes it. Last month, California Democrats made waves with a bill that no longer allows police to arrest minors suspected of soliciting sex. Thats right, sexually trafficked children can no longer be cuffed, but are rather offered resources and options to leave their pimp. In 2015, I lobbied for Oregons HB1359, which established an anonymous hotline for live entertainers (aka strippers) to report workplace grievances, or seek resources for filing taxes or acquiring healthcare.

If you want to help pornstars, stop re-blogging stolen porn on Tumblr. Dont buy or support porn with known rapists like James Deen or Chico Wang.

Sex workers and adult entertainers are tired of defending their livelihood. Exploitation is a heavy word to toss around, especially when the victims own feelings about their experience are entirely disregarded. If you want to help women, help those who are truly in need. The real voices of capitalism and commercialism are unheard, in agricultural fields, in sweatshops, and in kitchens. More women face sexual violence in their own home than in a strip club, how are you proactive against domestic violence? Boys will be boys is the poison pill that so many of us prescribed: shut up and take your medicine and swallow the blame, whore. And besides, some of these so-called arguments are moronic.

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5 Ways a Blog Can Help Your Business Right Now – Search Engine Journal (blog)

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5 Ways a Blog Can Help Your Business Right Now
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While creating a blog strategy may take some time out of your day, it's going to be worth it. An informative blog allows your potential customers to research a solution on their own time and contact you when they're ready to make a purchase. Here are a

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6 Effective Strategies to Take Your Blog to the Next Level –

6 Effective Strategies to Take Your Blog to the Next Level
If you've been blogging for a while, it's easy to produce content on autopilot. And that's a surefire way to fall into a blogging rut. It's also bad news for your business, because when your blog stalls you lose out on opportunities to grow your

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Five Veteran Cowboys Players In Jeopardy Of Losing Their Roster Spot – Blogging The Boys (blog)

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Five Veteran Cowboys Players In Jeopardy Of Losing Their Roster Spot
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The money played a significant role in making that argument. Just as dollars and cents can help explain why a player is kept, it can also pave the way towards a players receiving their pink slip as well. The NFL is a business and if the Cowboys can

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2017 Doug Wright Awards Live Blogging! – Comics Beat

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2017 Doug Wright Awards Live Blogging!
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It's the greatest night of the year! The Doug Wright Awards presented at TCAF in Toronto. Only three awards and a Hall of Fame are given out, but it's still a place that people want to be! It's a good crowd for the Wrights. I'm told this year's awards

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3 Tips for a Hot, Sexy, Long-Lasting Relationship With a Private Mobility Company

Dear Transit Tammy,

Theres this guy. Lets call him Smyft. He says he wants to be with me, which: Yay! Ive been the cat lady of public transit services for as long as I can remember. OK, Im a little run down. My infrastructure is old, and I can be bit flaky, not showing up as frequently as Ive promised. And then here comes this amazing guy

Smyft has promised me a lot. He says hell help fill my gaps in service. Im a small transit agency, and I dont have the wherewithal to get moving at night. Smyft does! Hell provide the labor. Hell provide the vehicles. For a price, everyone in my citycan have fast, reliable transit service, even people whodont own a car.

But Tammy, Ive heard the horror stories. Private mobility guys like Smyft, his brother, SUber, and his cousin, SCar2Go,promise a lot, but theyre not always into sharing—like, data sharing. My job is to help everyone get around, but his is to make money. Tammy, how do I make sure Im not beingused?

– (Nervously) Moving Toward Ardor

Dear MTA,

Worry not. Youre not the only (aging, struggling) lady with severalsexy new options. Its scary, but transit agencies acrossthe country are taking the leap. In March, par exemple,Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority in Floridastarted covering half the cost of a local Uber—er, SUber—ride, up to $3 per trip. Not too expensive, right? Even little agency like you could handle that kind of low-stakes partnership.

But you dont want to get your heart broken. You’re right to be nervous, because companies like Smyft can be after theaffluentconsumerswho can afford smartphones and a travel splurge. And theycan getcompetitive, too. Some research shows that people sometimes choose between transit and rideshare—andtransit loses.

But the costs of waiting this one out are big.Just today, in fact, the public transit research and advocacy group TransitCenter releaseda report for girls (and guys) in exactly your situation. Itsmain message:Suitors like Smyft may be almost too hot to believe, but they can be great potential partners, ready for real commitment.

So here’s a very quick guide to making sure you, sweet MTA, don’t get hurt.

1. Relax

When you’re approached—or approaching!—a ride-share, ride-hail, or bikeshare company, think of itas a big opportunity. Let’s face it, MTA. Sometimes you’re a stick in the mud. It takes a long time to set up your contracts, and you’rebound by regulations that might not make sense anymore. “We cant maintain this type of process in our procurement and stay nimble,” saysLisa Walton, CTO at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. Think of Smyft’s overtures as an excuse to look at your internal rules and decide if they’re meant for this century.

2. Fight for Your Needs

Stick up for yourself, lady! Lean in! You might have a different priorities than your new beau. He’s interested in proprietary secrets; you need to know how many people are traveling downtown, and when. He’s into idling in your bike lanes and taking up all your parking spots; you have other friends who need a bit of parking time, too. Luckily, you have some leverage. The TransitCenter report puts it this way: “Who run the world/ Girls.”

Wait, no—sorry. Actually what itsaid is, “The public sector controls valuable assets, like parking spaces and street right-of-way, that can be used to negotiate for contracted services, access to dataor equitable geographic coverage, for example.” You need open data to make sure this relationship is working, and equitable service for everyone in your area because, well, that’s your job.You have a lot of power, so trade on what you’vegot.

3. Experiment a Little

Big buses and long trains are great, and they’ve still got it going on. But it might be that a smaller vehicle, or one that serves on demand, is a better fit for afternoons and late nights, when there are fewer commuters. Maybe what works for your transit agency isn’t a great fit for big city down the road. There are many models, and room to try them all.

Just remember to set boundaries. “If municipal governments and transit agencies are proactive about settings the terms of these relationships,” saysZak Accuardi, a TransitCenter program analyst,“they can put the protections in place that can avoid pitfalls”—like tussles with your friends the unions, or putting people in cars with unsafe drivers.Stay true to you.

You got this, MTA. Be brave.

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YouTube rolls out offline video saving feature in Pakistan

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Things are getting back on track for YouTube in Pakistan. Months after the country lifted its three-year-old ban on the site, people have once again begun turning to Googles video service for consuming and creating videos.

Pakistanis are now spending substantially more time on YouTube than they were in January, the company told Mashable India. Google says the watch-time of YouTube has more than doubled in eight months. Pakistan government had banned YouTube in late 2012 after it found an anti-Islam video circulating on the video portal. The ban was eventually lifted earlier this January.

Much like India, Pakistan is an important place for Google. Unsurprisingly, both neighboring countries share a similar challenge for the company – low Internet penetration. Earlier this week, Google outlined its plans on how it intends to improve its services for Indians. Today it made two important announcements for Pakistan.

Google says users in Pakistan too can now save certain videos for offline usage. This feature has been particularly popular in emerging countries where many face connectivity issues. Through this, a user can go to YouTube app (on Android as well as iOS), and save a video for later viewing. The video will be with them for 48 hours after downloading it.

We are delighted to launch this new offline experience on YouTube with some of the top Pakistani players in entertainment. By making these popular videos available for temporary offline viewing, our partners will help fans connect more easily with their favorite content, while also helping bring more viewers to their videos, said Tania Aidrus, Head of Business Development, Next Billion Users team at Google Asia Pacific.

But more importantly, Google is also looking at YouTube creators for growth. To make the deal sweeter for them, it is bringing YouTube Partner Program to Pakistan. This will allow video creators in the country to make money for their original work.

Pakistani rapper says YouTube has been his only glimmer of hope.

This is particularly an exciting development for artists in Pakistan. The country’s entertainment industry is fairly small, which makes YouTube the biggest platform for many artists to showcase their work. Popular Pakistani rapper and comedian Ali Gul Pir explains the matter to Mashable India: YouTube for Pakistan before the ban was a glimmer of hope as we did not even have a single record label in the country. So musicians and artists only had YouTube and that’s where I released my first song as well.”

“It got over 3 million views. It made my career but then YouTube was banned and we were back to zero. I still made content but we would use Twitter and Facebook to show the work, and frankly that didn’t work well because those platforms are not made for content creators,” he added.

Google says any Pakistani creator even if they have only one original video can become a Partner and start making money. These partners will be able to run ads against their videos. YouTube splits the revenue generated by those ads, and pays its partners.

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How I Earn $200000+a Year from Photography – PetaPixel (blog)

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How I Earn $200000+a Year from Photography
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For the other 90%, focus on blogging, finding clients, and figuring out ways to actually make money. And not only that, don't waste time focusing on “marketing” yourself — just make great art. The quality of your own art and photos will be the best

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