FDA rebukes noted vampire Peter Thiel

Feb. 20th, 2019 06:49 pm
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Beware of Using Young People's Blood to Halt Aging:

"There is no proven clinical benefit of infusion of plasma from young donors to cure, mitigate, treat or prevent these conditions, and there are risks associated with the use of any plasma product," the FDA said in a statement from Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Peter Marks, head of the agency's biologics center.

The idea of infusing young blood to fight aging has attracted technology entrepreneurs like billionaire Peter Thiel. [...]

"We're concerned that some patients are being preyed upon by unscrupulous actors touting treatments of plasma from young donors as cures and remedies," Gottlieb and Marks said. "Such treatments have no proven clinical benefits for the uses for which these clinics are advertising them, and are potentially harmful."

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Well, our restaurant manager rage-quit again. This one only lasted two weeks. The last one lasted five!

Both of these guys had extensive experience actually running restaurants, and sounded like they knew what they were doing. And then both of them basically said: "The restaurant has this list of problems (that you explicitly told me about before you hired me). You should probably fix those, bye!"

I mean, no joke, in the interviews we would say, repeatedly, "We're not looking to hire someone who's going to say to us, 'You should have more checklists!' We're looking to hire someone who, as the manager, is going to make those checklists, and make sure they are followed." Both of them said, "Absolutely, I'm your guy!" Then a couple weeks later, "You should get some checklists, good luck with that!"

Double-you tee fuck.

This is so frustrating, because we know there are problems -- money-losing problems -- with our restaurant, and the solution to literally every one of those problems begins with, "Step 1: Hire a competent manager". Right now restaurant management is being spread between three or four people who all have other full time jobs here, jobs which are also critical.

Anyway, here's here's our Craigslist ad. Help, help.

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Every few days, my robots generate a compilation video of DNA Lounge's upcoming shows, comprised of a ~20 second clip from a music video by each of the upcoming bands, like so. It gets uploaded to our various social media accounts.

Currently, three of the bands we have booked are apparently wholly-owned subsidiaries of multinational media conglomerates who would prefer that we not promote their live concerts.

So my morning ritual for the last couple of weeks has been to paste this into the Youtube copyright claim dispute form:

DNA Lounge is a concert venue. This video contains extremely brief clips from videos of bands who are booked to perform live at this venue in the coming weeks.

These bands are putting on live shows on our stage. We are using these videos to get people to show up and pay money to the bands who made them.

This is literally why music videos were invented.

This is the seventh time I have submitted this same dispute, with no response. Apparently your robots are going to do this every single time I post a video. That's fabulous.

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Today in Hot Superyacht Probs

Feb. 15th, 2019 04:41 am
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The Lonely Life of a Yacht Influencer

"Nah, I'm nobody you'd know," he assured me. "I'm here to take some pictures and post some video stories of the yacht, which a brokerage group is trying to sell. The watch is a loaner from a friend. I wear it, take a picture of my wrist and tag his company on my Instagram account. It's just a small part of the hustle."

The yacht hustle, I soon learned, was the all-consuming passion of Jimenez's life. He went from a guy who took Instagram pictures, always head-on yacht shots run through one of the generic filters, to a guy that yacht brokers paid to stay on their yachts in order to mention that said yachts were docked in a port and available for sale or charter. He was helicoptered from yacht to yacht, and slept in the smallest guest cabins. [...]

For Jimenez, Instagram is essentially a money tree that must be fertilized and harvested as much as possible before its popularity wanes. As another side hustle, he "plants" subsidiary yacht accounts, accounts with soundalike names and images, and uses cross-promotion from his primary account to grow them until they're large enough to sell to yacht brokers or manufacturers. "I build them up and then sell them off, and my client gets a ready-made account that has real followers and legitimate engagement," he told me. "I started focusing on that when I realized that this wasn't just a 'life of the party' job, that pushing social media is something you do all day and all night long.

"I fire off these posts while I'm sitting around on the yacht, when things are very slow. I'm not in this for the fun of it, I'm not posting silly stuff. I basically do sponsored advertisements that follow a set format. I watch Instagram like a hawk to see if anything is hampering the growth of these other accounts, and to see if I'm continuing to get the activity I need on my primary posts."

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Apparently godaddy has started blacklisting me. (That's rich.) Do any of you know an actual human with the ability to fix this? To the surprise of nobody, their "this is not spam" URL goes unread and un-acknowledged.

host smtp.secureserver.net[] said: 552 5.2.0 tlRzg1a4wUChi - tlRzg1a4wUChitlS0gcjFz This message has been rejected due to content judged to be spam by the internet community IB212 - If you feel this is in error, please submit a request using the following page. <https://checkspam.secureserver.net/?sid=tlRzg1a4wUChi&mid=tlRzg1a4wUChitlS0gcjFz>

Incident IDs 38224588 and 38278974, for what that's worth, which is apparently nothing.

If you've stopped receiving DNA Lounge announcements or order confirmations, thank your ISP, I guess.

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