Bitcoin Membantu Hidup Gelandangan

Homeless, Unemployed, and Surviving on Bitcoins

Paul Harrison, Chris Kantola, and Jesse Angle, scrounging for bitcoins outside a public library in Pensacola, Florida.Photo: Michael Spooneybarger/WIRED

Jesse Angle is homeless, living on the streets of Pensacola, Florida. Sometimes he spends the night at a local church. Other nights, he sleeps behind a building in the heart of the city, underneath a carport that protects him from the rain.

Each morning, he wakes up, grabs some food, and makes his way to Martin Luther King Plaza, a downtown park built where the trolley tracks used to run. He likes this park because his friends hang out there too, and it’s a good place to pick up some spending money. But he doesn’t panhandle. He uses the internet.

The park offers free wireless access, and with his laptop, Angle watches YouTube videos in exchange for bitcoins, the world’s most popular digital currency.

‘Bitcoin beats the shit out of regular money. We’ve resonated so well with people because it’s direct action. There’s no chafe between donation and helping people.’

— Jason King

For every video he watches, Angle gets 0.00004 bitcoins, or about half a cent, thanks to a service, called BitcoinGet, that shamelessly drives artificial traffic to certain online clips. He can watch up to 12 videos a day, which gets him to about six cents.* And he can beef up this daily take with Bitcoin Tapper, a mobile app that doles out about 0.000133 bitcoins a day — a couple of pennies — if he just taps on a digital icon over and over again. Like the YouTube service, this app isn’t exactly the height of internet sophistication — it seeks to capture your attention so it can show you ads — but for Angle, it’s a good way to keep himself fed.

Angle, 42, is on food stamps, but that never quite gets him through the month. The internet provides the extra money he needs to buy a meal each and every day. Since setting up a bitcoin wallet about three or four months ago, he has earned somewhere between four or five bitcoins — about $500 to $630 today — through YouTube videos, Bitcoin Tapper, and the occasional donation. And when he does odd jobs for people around Pensacola — here in the physical world — he still gets paid in bitcoin, just because it’s easier and safer. He doesn’t have to worry as much about getting robbed.

Jesse Angle isn’t your average homeless person. But he shows that bitcoin is changing the world inmore ways than you might imagine. Some believe it could provide a major boost to the country’s640,000 homeless, not only in providing extra pocket change for those on the street, but by helping urban homeless shelters more quickly secure donations for hot meals, beds, and blankets.

Angle learned about bitcoin through Sean’s Outpost, a Pensacola charity that has raised about $32,000 through a program that solicits donations in bitcoins rather than American dollars. So far, it has received donations from 25 different countries, and this has bought almost 16,000 meals for Pensacola homeless.

“Bitcoin beats the shit out of regular money,” says Jason King, the founder of Sean’s Outpost. “We’ve resonated so well with people because it’s direct action. There’s no chafe between donation and helping people.” That could change, as regulators in the U.S. put the clamps on the use of bitcoin. But for now, in the world of the homeless, it reduces chafe in more ways than one.

Paul Harrison, after his computer loses battery power in the middle of a video game. Photo: Michael Spooneybarger/WIRED

Bitcoin: The Great Equalizer

Jesse Angle says bitcoins are harder to come by than spare change shared by people walking down the streets. But there are other reasons for him to go digital.

“It’s a lot less embarrassing,” he says. “You don’t have to put yourself out there.” And unlike panhandling in Pensacola, using an app like Bitcoin Tapper won’t put him on the wrong side of the law. This past May, Pensacola — where Angle has lived since April — passed an ordinance that bans not only panhandling but camping on city property.

‘It’s a lot less embarrassing. You don’t have to put yourself out there.’

— Jesse Angle

Yes, you need a smartphone to earn bitcoins — or some other device that gets you onto the internet. But the homeless carry mobile devices more often than you might expect. Angle’s homeless friends Chris Kantola and Paul Harrison also have phones, and they aren’t unlike people living on the streets in other parts of the country. At San Francisco’s Tenderloin Technology Lab — a nonprofit that provides the city’s poor and homeless access to computers — organizers say that many of its clients use personal phones to connect to the net. Android is the mobile platform of choice.

You also need power, but that’s not that hard to come by. When Angle and his pals run out of juice for their phones, they walk from Martin Luther King Plaza to the local Pensacola library, where they can plug into outdoor outlets on the side of the wall.

The bitcoin system could become an equalizer for the country’s homeless, a place where the stigma of living on the streets isn’t as pronounced. “Homeless people don’t like to raise their hands and say they’re different,” says Mark Horvath, an advocate for using the internet and social media to help end homelessness. “Nobody does.” In the bitcoin world, they don’t have to.

If you’re homeless, the great thing about bitcoin is that you can set up a wallet without an ID or a street address. And once you start filling this wallet, there are plenty of ways of converting bitcoins into cashand food and other goods, all without identification.

After earning his money with apps like Bitcoin Tapper, Angle turns to another tool called Gyft, an Android app that converts his bitcoin reserves into gift cards for places like Papa John’s pizza. He can then buy a pie online, have it delivered, and share it with Kantola and Harrison.

The next day, his friends might return the favor. They too have their own bitcoin wallets. “We’re kind of the homeless geeks,” Angle says. “We all got laptops and smartphones.”

Angle converts bitcoins into a Papa John’s e-gift card, which he uses to buy food for himself and his friends. Photo: Michael Spooneybarger/WIRED

Angle gives Kantola a shave in the park, after packing up his computer. Photo: Michael Spooneybarger/WIRED

A Bitcoin Shelter From the Storm

Angle used to work as a network engineer and a computer repair technician — as well as a carpenter and a pool cleaning guy, among other jobs — but the work eventually petered out, and he wound up homeless when his roommates moved out of his apartment and he couldn’t afford the rent on his own.

After a few months, he got back under a roof, but that didn’t last, so he decided to live on the street for a while, rather than yo-yoing between home and homelessness.

He was the first of his group to start using bitcoin. He became a regular at Sean’s Outpost, and one day, after Jason King, the organization’s founder, mentioned the digital currency, Angle pulled out his Android phone and asked King to help him set up a digital wallet. “When he left,” Angle remembers. “I showed my friends which app to get.”

‘Some tech guys and nerds like myself who got into it early now have millions. For that group, it’s a very tangible concept to take virtual currencies and help people with it.’

— Jason King

King is a longtime fan of bitcoin and its mission to create an online peer-to-peer network for transactions. When he started Sean’s Outpost, he didn’t set out to help the homeless through the digital currency, but that’s what happened. As the value of a bitcoin topped $50, he saw the milestone as an opportunity to prove the nay-sayers wrong, to show them that bitcoin wasn’t just the latest geek fad, but something of real value.

In addition to helping people like Angle make their own money through bitcoin, King began soliciting bitcoin donations to Sean’s Outpost. “If you give me one bitcoin,” he’d say, “I can feed 40 homeless people in Pensacola. That’s proof that it has real value.”

He took to reddit to advertise this new model, promising to put donor names on each bagged lunch made possible through bitcoin donations. Within 12 hours of launching, he had given out 80 meals — something he couldn’t have done so quickly if he’d raised money through more traditional means. Even Paypal, he says, is a dinosaur compared to Bitcoin because it can take days to set up an account, and it saddles people with fees and restrictions. More recently, he started taking donations in Litecoin, a digital currency not unlike bitcoin.

Using these new-age money systems, King is also tapping into what you might call the digital nouveau riche — all those people that jumped on digital currency early, when it was dirt cheap, and quickly amassed fortunes. “Some tech guys and nerds like myself who got into it early now have millions,” King says. “For that group, it’s a very tangible concept to take virtual currencies and help people with it.”

Angle mines bitcoins on a park bench. Photo: Michael Spooneybarger/WIRED

Other charity organizations are working along similar lines. Bitcoin100 was started with the sole purpose of encouraging charities to accept bitcoins, and it now counts the Khan Academy and the Virtual Doctor Project among its success stories. A woman named Connie Gallippi has launched the first bitcoin-only charity — the BitGive Foundation — hoping to build a multi-million dollar fund for environmental and health-related causes. And in San Francisco, Project FEED is using bitcoin toaccept donations for hoodies that can clothe the homeless this winter.

Meanwhile, Sean’s Outpost has opened something it calls BitHOC, the Bitcoin Homeless Outreach Center, a 1200-square-foot facility that doubles as a storage space and homeless shelter. The lease – and some of the food it houses — is paid in bitcoins through a service called Coinbase. For gas and other supplies, Sean’s Outpost taps Gyft, the giftcard app Jesse Angle and his friends use to purchase pizza.

The $90,000 nine-acre plot will span multiple homes for the homeless, dubbed BitHouses.

King has also started recruiting the homeless to build houses for other homeless people to live in, and whenever possible, he’s paying them in bitcoin. Just this month, Sean’s Outpostannounced Satoshi Forest, which King calls a “sanctuary for the homeless.” The $90,000 nine-acre plot will contain multiple homes for the homeless, dubbed BitHouses.

In the first 18 hours after the announcement, redditors donated roughly 10 bitcoins, or two months‘ worth of mortgage payments, and King managed to convince Bob Dale, the property holder, to take the $600 mortgage in bitcoin. This is the only property for which Dale is currently accepting digital currency, but so far, he says, “it’s been a good experience because bitcoins have gone up in value, so it’s more than I would have gotten in regular dollars.”

In the long-term, King wants to morph this into a business in the “buy-one-get-one-free” spirit of Tom’s Shoes, Warby Parker, and rubberit. Jesse Angle and his friends Kantola and Harrison want to help with this new endeavor, but they may have trouble getting to the BitHouse location because they don’t own cars. Watching videos on YouTube earns you only so many bitcoins.

But it’s better than nothing. Much better than nothing.

Chris Kantola shows his frustration after losing his Wi-Fi connection on a bench in Martin Luther King Plaza. Photo: Michael Spooneybarger/WIRED

Demi IKEA, Hero Jual Tanah di Gatsu Rp 450 Miliar

Demi IKEA, Hero Jual Tanah di Gatsu Rp 450 Miliar

Angga Aliya – detikfinance
Selasa, 19/11/2013 11:47 WIB
Jakarta -PT Hero Supermarket Tbk (HERO) berencana menjual tanah 11.390 meter persegi di Jalan Gatot Subroto, Jakarta Selatan, minimal senilai Rp 450 miliar. Dananya akan digunakan untuk membuka gerai IKEA di Tangerang.

Seperti dikutip dari prospektus ringkas yang diterbitkan perseroan, Selasa (19/11/2013), setelah dilakukan tender tanah dan bangunan kantor Hero itu laku terjual Rp 452,5 miliar kepada PT Sintesis Kreasi Utama.

Sintesis merupakan perusahaan yang bergerak di bidang pembangunan, perdagangan, industri, pengangkutan, pertambangan, dan jasa. Tender telah dilakukan pada 9 September 2013 lalu.

Dana hasil aksi korporasi ini akan digunakan perseroan untuk membuka gerai IKEA pertama di Indonesia, tepatnya di Alam Sutera, Tangerang tahun depan. Perseroan dan IKEA System telah menandatangani Franchise Development Agreement pada Maret 2012 lalu.

Toko yang akan dibangun di atas lahan seluas 4,5 hektar ini diprediksi bisa beroperasi pada 18 September 2014. Nilai investasi untuk gerai itu mencapai US$ 100 juta atau sekitar Rp 1 triliun.

Hero sendiri sudah mengalami penurunan laba 14% di semester I tahun ini, sebesar Rp 121 miliar dibandingkan Rp 140 miliar di periode yang sama tahun lalu. Laba perseroan tergerus gara-gara beban biaya pra pembukaan toko IKEA baru.


Material world

Materialism makes trauma harder to handle
Andy Henion-Michigan State

Materialistic people experience more stress from traumatic events and are more likely to spend compulsively as a result, a new study suggests.

“When the going gets tough, the materialistic go shopping,” says Ayalla Ruvio, assistant professor of marketing in Michigan State University’s Broad College of Business. “And this compulsive and impulsive spending is likely to produce even greater stress and lower well-being. Essentially, materialism appears to make bad events even worse.”

NYTimes: In Indonesia, a Governor at Home on the Streets

In Indonesia, a Governor at Home on the Streets

Rony Zakaria for The International Herald Tribune

Joko Widodo, the governor of Jakarta, made an unannounced visit to the Tanah Abang market in August, where he is a frequent visitor.

Published: September 25, 2013

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Each day, Joko Widodo, the governor of Jakarta, does something practically unheard-of among Indonesia’s political elite: he ventures into the streets to speak with the people who elected him.

Most times, he is mobbed as he wanders through slums, traditional markets and other neighborhoods. Women, and men, try to touch him. Younger people grab his hands and lay them on their foreheads — a sign of respect. Many share their concerns over how their city is working (or not), a practice he encourages.

The people, he jokes, are not so much excited to see him; they are merely “shocked to see an Indonesian leader out of their office.”

“The people say it’s ‘street democracy’ because I go out to them,” said Mr. Joko, 52, whose supporters affectionately call him by his nickname, Jokowi. “I explain my programs. They can also give me ideas about programs.” He also drops in on local government and tax offices to let the city’s notoriously inefficient bureaucrats know he is watching.

That daily routine is one of the main reasons Mr. Joko, a reed-thin former furniture dealer, has almost overnight shot to the top of the polls about possible candidates for next year’s presidential election. In late August, the country’s most influential daily newspaper, Kompas, displayed his photo on its front page three days in a row along with poll resultsshowing him with nearly double the support of the closest challenger, a retired Army general. The poll also found he had swept past the leader of his own party: former President Megawati Sukarnoputri, a famously imperious leader who sometimes referred to her supporters as “little people.”

“He’s the opposite of the leaders we have now. He doesn’t fit the mold at all,” said Bhimanto Suwastoyo, chief editor of the online Jakarta Globe. “The mold is: an Indonesian official does what he wants, has no connection with the people and doesn’t consult — he rules. Jokowi is doing the exact opposite. He’s hands on, he asks the public what they want, he approaches them and he’s seen as actually doing something.”

What Mr. Joko has accomplished in his first year leading the capital is not high-profile. In fact, people give him at least as much credit for what he appears not to have done. In a country rife with corruption, Mr. Joko is widely considered a clean politician who has not used his office to enrich himself, and who is working hard to cut down on corruption within the government.

The issue of official corruption is expected to be a major factor in the election, the third direct presidential election since the country threw off autocratic rule 15 years ago.

The economy has been doing well — it survived the world’s 2008 financial crisis virtually untouched, multinationals have been flocking here and its gross domestic product has expanded at a steady rate of more than 6 percent for the last three years. Still, analysts consistently say Indonesia is being held back from reaching its full potential because of corruption and collusion among government officials, lawmakers and powerful business interests.

The current president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, swept into power in 2004 and was re-elected in 2009 on an anticorruption platform, but his governing Democratic Party has been mired in corruption scandals the past two years.

With months to go before the election, anything can happen to derail Mr. Joko’s chances. The retired general who ran second in the Kompas poll, Prabowo Subianto, has a strong following among the poor and has been considered a top contender for the presidency, despite widespread allegations of human rights abuses in East Timor. (Mr. Prabowo and Mr. Joko are members of opposition parties; Mr. Yudhoyono cannot run again because of term limits.)

Since becoming governor last October, Mr. Joko has followed through on his campaign promises, including issuing welfare payments on the equivalent of electronic gift cards that allow people to pay for health care and education supplies directly and ensure government officials do not take a cut off the top. He also instituted an online tax payment system to prevent graft and jump-started long-delayed plans for a mass rapid transit system for the capital.

He has invested the most effort and political capital on two projects in particular. The first was to move street vendors off the roads surrounding Tanah Abang, the largest textiles market in Southeast Asia, who were causing traffic jams throughout Central Jakarta, and give them space inside a nearby building. The second is the relocation of 7,000 poor families squatting around the Pluit Reservoir in North Jakarta into lost-cost public housing so the reservoir can be dredged for the first time in 30 years to help alleviate annual flooding.

These projects might seem obscure given the many pressing problems of a city of 10 million people, but they address the two most important ones for average people: traffic and flooding. To win community support, Mr. Joko visits both areas at least once daily to make sure that city officials are following through on the projects and to assure local residents that he is not really planning to turn the land over to shopping mall developers.

Mr. Joko’s “man of the people” tag is not concocted, analysts say. He is a former carpenter and ran a small furniture export business near Surakarta, a city of 520,000 people also known as Solo, before running for city mayor in 2005.

In 2012 he ran for governor in Jakarta, and his landslide win against the incumbent, Fauzi Bowo, who was backed by most of Mr. Yudhoyono’s governing coalition, was viewed as an emphatic rejection of the political establishment.

Mr. Joko ultimately will not decide whether he will run in the presidential election. Mrs. Megawati firmly controls the party, which decided at a recent congress that she alone would name its presidential nominee. She had been expected to run herself, but analysts say it is increasingly likely she will step aside for Mr. Joko to help her party try to regain the presidency after 10 years.

Party officials say Mrs. Megawati has hinted in recent weeks as much in recent weeks, calling herself at 66 “old” and “a grandmother.” Mrs. Megawati and Mr. Joko have also appeared side by side at party events in recent weeks, prompting even more speculation about his candidacy.

How an Engineer Earned 1.25 Million Air Miles By Buying Pudding

How an Engineer Earned 1.25 Million Air Miles By Buying Pudding

Air Miles are awesome, they can be used to score free flights, hotel
stays and if you’re really lucky, the scorn and hatred of everyone you
come in contact with who has to pay full price when they travel. The
king of all virtually free travelers is one David Phillips, a civil
engineer who teaches at the University of California, Davis.

David came to the attention of the wider media when he managed to
convert about 12,150 cups of Healthy Choice chocolate pudding into
over a million Air Miles. Ever since, David and his entire family have
been travelling the world for next to nothing.

So how did he do it? Well, first we need to explain the kind of man
David Phillips is; he’s the kind of guy who reads every inch of the
small print on things. The kind of guy who learned to count cards just
so he’d never get ripped off in a casino. In fact, Phillips stated
that he could have probably been a pro card player if it wasn’t for
the cigarette smoke. Yes, this guy- according to him- could have been
a millionaire card player, but he enjoyed fresh air more than the
musky stink of success.

His most famous endevour was back in 1999 when he saw that Healthy
Choice was having a promotion on their frozen entrées section. The
offer was as follows: for every 10 bar codes of their product a person
sent in, they’d be awarded 500 Air Miles. However, the company had an
early bird stipulation that people who redeemed the offer within the
first month of the competition would receive double that, meaning a
person could potentially receive 1000 Air Miles for buying just 10 of
their entrées.

Upon catching wind of the deal, David scoured his local supermarkets
to see which, if any products offered the best potential return. After
some legwork, he found what he was looking for- a discount grocery
chain that was selling individual chocolate pudding cups for 25 cents
each. This meant that for a measly $2.50, he could get 1000 Air Miles.

Realising the amazing return he was potentially able to receive, David
set out to hit every store in the chain in one day and buy up every
single Healthy Choice pudding they had.

Now, you’re probably thinking a guy walking into several stores and
asking to purchase all the Healthy Choice pudding they possessed, even
in the back of the store, would arouse suspicion; and if anyone
cottoned on to what he was doing, they’d try to get in on it too,
because, why wouldn’t they? David apparently had the same concern and
while buying the pudding, he told people he was doing it because he
was stocking up for Y2K, which was just around the corner.

All in all, David spent just over $3000 on pudding, which may seem
like a lot, until you realise the total dollar value of the miles he
was set to receive was in excess of $150,000. However, before that, he
actually had to send off all of the bar codes.

According to David, his wife got blisters from peeling off hundreds of
stickers and his kids and co-workers grew physically sick of the sheer
amount of chocolate paste he was forcing on them. Further, it began to
look doubtful they’d be able to peel off all the barcodes in time to
qualify for the early bird part of the promotion.

This is when David had another idea- why did he need to have his wife
and children suffer when he could get others to do the leg work for

David approached the local Salvation Army with an offer; if they gave
him a bunch of volunteers to peel off all the bar codes on his
pudding, he’d donate the pudding to them. But here’s the beautiful
part, doing this counted as a considerable charitable donation, which
let David claim just over $800 back in tax deductions at the end of
they year.

But the benefits of David’s scheme didn’t end there. After sending off
the bar codes and getting back his 1,280,000 miles, (he got a few more
than just from the pudding because he also bought some soup at 90
cents a can before he realised that was the sucker’s method), he now
officially had over a million miles in his frequent flyer accounts,
which automatically gave him lifelong access to something called the
“American Airlines AAdvantage Gold club” giving him and his family a
number of awesome flying related perks for the rest of their lives.

But we haven’t even got to the best part yet. David will likely never
run out of Air Miles because he’s still earning miles at about 5 times
faster than he’s spending them, despite traveling quite often, thanks
to various frequent flyer incentive programs he keeps an eye out for
and exploits just like the pudding scheme. Today, he has over 4
million miles in his various accounts and has flown to over 20
countries and taken numerous vacations in the meantime.

In the end, for a one time cost of a little over $3000 (or a little
over $2200 if you subtract the tax deduction), and a few other similar
deals he’s taken advantage of to bolster his numbers, David never has
to pay for a flight in his life ever again. Genius.

Daftar Alamat Bank Jabar Banten (BJB) Jakarta

Alamat dan telpon Kantor Cabang , Kantor Cabang Pembantu, dan Kantor Kas Bank Jabar dan Banten yang berlokasi di Jakarta meliputi wilayah Jakarta Pusat, Jakarta Timur , Jakarta Barat, Jakarta Utara, Jakarta Selatan

Kantor Cabang – Bank Jabar Banten – Jakarta

Nama KC Alamat Telpon Fax
JAKARTA Bank DEVISA Jl.Jend.Sudirman Kav.2 Gedung Arthaloka Lt.Dasar & Lt.4 Jakarta Pusat 021-2511448, 2511449 021-2511450, 2514415
HASYIM ASHARI Jl. KH. Hasyim Ashari No. 32-34, Jakarta Pusat 021-6330676 021-6324430
MANGGA DUA Gedung Masterina Jl. Mangga Dua Raya Blok F1 No. 1-3 Jakarta Pusat 021-62204094, 62204095, 62204096 021-62204093
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RAWAMANGUN Jl. Pemuda No. 97 Kec. Pulogadung – Jakarta Timur 021-47861771, 47868072, 47868073 021-47863209

Kantor Cabang Pembantu – Bank Jabar Banten – Jakarta

PASAR BARU Jl. Pintu Air No. 45B Pasar Baru, Jakarta Pusat 021-3505573, 3526900 021-3526900
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RAWASARI Jl. Rawasari Selatan No. E/5, Kec. Cempaka Putih, Jakarta Pusat 021-42889926 021-42889875
TANAH ABANG Jl. KH. Mas Mansyur No. 5 Kec. Tanah Abang – Jakarta Pusat 021-3928024 021-3928025
KRAMATJATI Jl. Raya Bogor No. 1 Kec. Kramatjati, Jakarta Timur 021-80886717 021-80886657
KALIMALANG Jl. Inspeksi Kalimalang Komplek Billy Moon Blok M-I Kaveling No. 3F Jakarta Timur 021-8643130 021-8642987
CIPINANG Pertokoan Pasar Beras Induk Cipinang Lantai 2 Blok HA No. 6, 7, 8, 25, 26, 27 Jakarta Timur 021-47883289 021-47883288
JATINEGARA Komplek Perkantoran Mitra Matraman Blok A2 Kavling No. 5 Jl. Matraman Raya No. 148 – Jakarta Timur 021-85918048 021-85918049
PULOGADUNG Jl. Raya Bekasi Km. 12, Kawasan Industri PT. JIEP (Jakarta Industrial Estate Pulogadung) Pulogadung, Jakarta Timur Blok 8-I Kaveling No. 9 Jakarta Timur 021-46800317 021-46800284
KEBON JERUK Jl. Raya Perjuangan No. 11 Kec. Kebon Jeruk, Kota Jakarta Barat 021- 53670984, 53670983 021-5348765
KELAPA GADING Komplek Rukan Kelapa Gading Square Jl. Boulevard Barat Blok C No. 8 Jakarta Utara
PLUIT Jl. Pluit Sakti Blok A Kaveling 7 Kelurahan Pluit Kecamatan Penjaringan Jakarta Utara
SUNTER Jl. Griya Utama Blok A, Kavling No. 33 Kel. Sunter Agung, Kec. Tanjung Priok, Kota Jakarta Utara 021-6517420 021-65307581
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KEBAYORAN LAMA Jl. Ciledug Raya No. 24 Cipulir Kebayoran Lama Jakarta Selatan
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Kantor Kas – Bank Jabar Banten – Jakarta

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TMII Komp. Perkantoran PT. Jasa Marga Cabang Jagorawi Jl. Raya Taman Mini Jakarta Timur 021-8401183 021-8401182
ITC MANGGA DUA ITC Mangga Dua Lantai I/D.64 Jakarta Utara

11 makanan yang bikin bodoh

11 Intelligence Killing Foods You Need To Avoid

Bad Habits Killing Brain
When it comes to nutrition, it must be mentioned that there are all sorts of foods: some super-foods are your greatest allies against extra pounds, while others stimulate your cognitive function and improve your memory. On the other hand, some foods are known to have a devastating effect on your brain functioning, and nutritionists advise us to consume them moderately in order to limit their negative impact. Having said that, here are the top 11 foods that kill your intelligence, slowly but surely:

1. Sugary Products

Sugar and sugary products are bad not only for your waistline, but for your brain function as well. Long-term consumption of sugar can create a wealth of neurological problems, and it can also interfere with your memory. On the other hand, sugar can also interfere with your ability to learn, this is why it is recommended to avoid pre-baked goods, sugar, corn syrup and products that are high in fructose.

2. Alcohol

Alcohol is known to harm your liver in the long run, and it also causes what is known as “brain fog”. Like the name suggests, the term of brain fog refers to a feeling of mental confusion, it acts like a cloud that impacts your ability to think clearly, as well as your memory. Have you ever noticed that you cannot remember common item names, or you cannot recall certain events or you are not sure whether they were dreams or they actually happened? This might be influenced by the high alcohol intake which impacts the balance of the brain. Fortunately, these symptoms are reversible provided that you stop consuming alcohol, or you limit your intake to one or two drinks per week.

Burger3. Junk Food

A recent study that was performed at the University of Montreal has revealed that junk food can change the chemicals in the brains, thus leading to symptoms associated with depression and anxiety. Besides, foods that are high in fat can also trigger some symptoms that are similar to the signs of withdrawal when you stop consuming them. These foods affect the production of dopamine, an important chemical that promotes happiness and an overall feeling of well-being. Moreover, dopamine also supports the cognitive function, the learning capacity, alertness, motivation and memory. This is why it is important to avoid all foods that contain excessive fat.

4. Fried Foods

Almost all processed foods contain chemicals, dyes, additives, artificial flavors, preservatives and such – these can affect the behavior and the cognitive functioning due to the chemical that causes hyperactivity, both in children and in adults. Fried or processed foods slowly destroy the nerve cells located in the brain. However, some oils are more dangerous than others – sunflower oil is considered to be among the most toxic ones.

5. Processed Or Pre-Cooked Foods

Just like fried foods, processed or pre-cooked foods also impact your central nervous system and they also increase the risk of developing a degenerative brain disorder later in live (such as Alzheimer’s disease).

Salt6. Very Salty Foods

Everybody knows that salty foods affect your blood pressure and they are very hard on your heart. However, as research suggests, foods that contain high amounts of salt (sodium) can affect your cognitive function and impair your ability to think. Otherwise stated, salty foods affect your intelligence!

As a matter of fact, the consumption of salty foods and nicotine have been shown to have the same effects as drugs, as they cause harsh withdrawal symptoms and cravings for salty foods.

7. Grains, Except 100% Whole Grain

All sorts of grains have an impact on your brain functioning and your overall health, except for 100% whole grain which is very rich and fiber and it is known to prevent arterial aging. If you consume regular grains, your body risks to age quicker than it is supposed to and you can also experience memory loss and brain fog. Having said that, try swapping the regular carbs for the complex carbohydrates – all you need to do is to opt for whole grain bread!

8. Processed Proteins

Proteins are the building blocks of muscles and they are very important for the proper functioning of your body. Meat is the richest source of high-quality protein, but avoid overly processed protein such as hot dogs, salami, sausages and such. Unlike the natural proteins that help your body insulate the nervous system, processed proteins do exactly the opposite. Opt for natural fish (especially tuna and salmon), dairy, walnuts and seeds as these are natural, high-quality protein sources.

Junk Food 9. Avoid Trans Fats At All Costs

Trans fats cause a series of problems, from heart-related issues to elevated cholesterol and obesity. However, they are bad for your brain as well, as they make your brain more sluggish, they affect your reflexes and the quality of your brain response – not to mention that they increase the risk of stroke!

Trans fats can also have other effects on your brain: if consumed for too long, they can result in a sort of brain shrinkage that is somewhat similar to the shrinkage caused by Alzheimer’s disease. This brain shrinkage takes place due to the fact that trans fats slowly damage the arteries – you can prevent this and lower the stroke risk by simply limiting your intake of trans fats.

10. Artificial Sweeteners

When people try to lose weight, they tend to think that they will become slim overnight by simply replacing sugar with artificial sweeteners. It is true that artificial sweeteners do contain less calories, but they can actually do more harm than good! If used for an extended period of time, artificial sweeteners can cause brain damage and interfere with your cognitive capacity, especially if you use high amounts of sweetener.

11. Nicotine

Despite the fact that nicotine is not really a food product, it still wreaks havoc on your brain by restricting the blood flow to this important organ, along with the regular flow of glucose and oxygen. Nicotine not only causes premature aging, bad breath and poses an increased risk for lung cancer, but it also affects the production and the function of neurotransmitters by tightening the capillaries, the tiny blood vessels that play a pivotal role when it comes to your brain function.

Diet General Motors Langsing Tanpa Lapar

Diet General Motors Langsing Tanpa Lapar

Ingin menurunkan berat badan sebesar 5 kg dalam satu minggu saja, tanpa lapar sama sekali? Tanpa merasa bosan dengan menu yang itu-itu saja, porsi yang tiba-tiba mengecil karena sedang diet, atau masalah-masalah lain yang dapat menyebabkan gagal diet. Diet General Motors (Diet GM) bisa menjadi salah satu solusi untuk mereka yang butuh diet dengan penurunan berat badan secara cepat tanpa harus mengkhawatirkan rasa lapar ataupun bosan karena diet yang monoton.

Diet GM pertama kali digagas khusus untuk para pegawai di perusahaan General Motors, Amerika Serikat. Program diet 7 hari ini di uji oleh John Hopkins Research Center dan telah disetujui oleh jajaran manajemen puncak General Motors. Tujuan utama diet ini adalah sebagai salah satu fasilitas program kesehatan dan fitness di lingkungan General Motors.

Diet GM dirancang untuk menurunkan berat badan sekitar 5-8 Kg dalam satu minggu. Diet GM juga bersifat detoksifikasi serta memperbaiki pola makan serta emosi.

Diet GM merupakan program diet selama 7 hari penuh dengan menu jenis makanan yang berbeda setiap harinya. Selama masa diet harus minum air putih minimal 10 gelas setiap hari dan tidak minum alkohol selama program diet berlangsung.

Hari Pertama: Buah-buahan, kecuali pisang.

Di hari pertama ini hanya dibolehkan makan buah-buahan. Buah apa saja kecuali pisang. Boleh makan hingga kenyang. Sangat disarankan untuk mengonsumsi lebih banyak buah melon dan semangka.

Hari Kedua: Sayur-sayuran

Hari kedua hanya dibolehkan makan sayur-sayuran. Apa saja baik mentah maupun matang. Bisa dimasak tumis, sup ataupun rebus. Tidak ada batasan jumlah ataupun tipe sayuran dan boleh makan hingga kenyang.

Hari Ketiga: Sayur dan Buah

Di hari ketiga bisa mencampur menu sayuran dan buah-buahan. Tidak ada batasan jumlah dan boleh sebanyak yang diinginkan. Tetapi tetap tidak boleh mengonsumsi buah pisang.

Hari Keempat: Pisang dan Susu

Di hari keempat konsumsi pisang sejumlah 8 buah pisang serta 3 gelas susu. Tidak mengonsumsi jenis makanan lain.

Hari Kelima: Daging dan Tomat

500 gr daging sapi dan 6 buah tomat menjadi menu utama di hari kelima. Hamburger dibolehkan. Tingkatkan konsumsi air putih untuk membersihkan sistem pencernaan. Daging sapi bisa diganti dengan daging ayam tanpa kulit atau tempe bagi yang vegetarian.

Hari Keenam: Daging dan Sayuran

Di hari keenam boleh memakan kombinasi sayuran dan daging dalam jumlah yang tidak dibatasi.

Hari Ketujuh: Beras Merah, Jus buah, dan Sayuran

Di hari terakhir diet mulai kembali ke pola makan yang biasa dengan menu beras merah, jus buah serta sayuran.

Samsung makes first PCIe-based SSD for Ultrabooks

Samsung mass-producing speedier solid-state drives

The new solid-state drives use PCI-Express (PCIe) connections to deliver speeds more than 2.5 times faster than those of SATA-based SSDs.

Lance Whitney by Lance Whitney
June 17, 2013 5:13 AM PDT

Samsung's speedy XP941 solid-state drive.

Samsung’s speedy XP941 solid-state drive.

(Credit: Samsung)

Apple’s new MacBook Air has adopted faster solid-state drives made by Samsung. But Apple won’t be the only beneficiary.

Samsung announced Monday that it has started mass-producing new PCIe solid-state drivesaimed at the next generation of ultrabooks. SSDs that use a PCIe connection offer faster speeds than those outfitted with SATA (Serial ATA) connections.

As one example, Samsung’s XP941 SSD can read data sequentially at 1,400 megabytes (1.4 gigabytes) per second, the highest speed offered by a PCIe 2.0 interface. In the real world, that means the drive can read 500GB of data or 100 high-definition movies as large as 5GB in just six minutes. Such a PCIe SSD is seven times faster than a conventional hard drive and 2.5 times quicker than the fastest SATA SSD.

The XP941 solid-state drive is available in three sizes — 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB.

Samsung already started supplying the speedy SSDs to notebook makers earlier this quarter. And more vendors are are on the list.

"With the Samsung XP941, we have become the first to provide the highest performance PCIe SSD to global PC makers so that they can launch leading-edge ultra-slim notebook PCs this year," Young-Hyun Jun, executive vice president for memory sales and marketing at Samsung Electronics, said in a statement. "Samsung plans to continue timely delivery of the most advanced PCIe SSD solutions with higher density and performance, and support global IT companies providing an extremely robust computing environment to consumers."

Samsung’s XP941 solid-state drive is also lighter and smaller than SATA SSDs, offering more space for the battery. By using one of Samsung’s new SSDs, Apple’s MacBook Air was able to free up real estate for a bigger and larger-capacity battery.

Topics: Storage Tags: MacBook Air, XP941, SSD, Samsung, solid-state drive

headshots_Lance_Whitney_140x100_140x100.jpg Lance Whitney

Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.