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Can this be true? Please tell me it's April 1st

Below is a quotation about Food Standards in the USA from

"In the US, producers adhere to a "Defect Levels Handbook," which sets out the maximum number of foreign bodies like maggots, insect fragments and mould that can be in food products before they are put on the market.

"For example, US producers are allowed to include up to 30 insect fragments in a 100-gram jar of peanut butter; as well as 11 rodent hairs in a 25-gram…


Added by Joe Essberger on March 1, 2019 at 11:51 — 13 Comments

From tragedy to drama to satire to farce??

Have we gone from tragedy to drama to satire to farce?

Or have we come full circle?

Downfall (Hitler)

The Darkest Hour (Churchill)…


Added by Joe Essberger on February 26, 2019 at 12:30 — 2 Comments

What Facebook Advertisers Know About You

You probably know that Facebook lets advertisers target you by a variety of criteria. Do you know how you can see which Facebook advertisers are targeting you?

This information is available to you within Facebook.

Here is how you can access it.

(Image: The Facebook Eye courtesy How-To…

Added by Joe Essberger on November 3, 2018 at 21:00 — 5 Comments

If you are ever on CNN

Actually, if you are ever on any international TV. Here’s my advice. Keep your mouth shut. Until they ask you a direct question. Don’t answer hello. Don’t answer goodbye. Just answer any direct question.

Why do I say this? Because of...


International TV like CNN is not simultaneous. There’s a time lag and if you open your mouth to answer hello or goodbye it invariably comes at the wrong time. Net result: you just look...


Please keep your…


Added by Joe Essberger on September 20, 2018 at 10:30 — 17 Comments

Pick up the Plastic!!


Added by Joe Essberger on September 17, 2018 at 14:57 — 8 Comments

Profile Photos clarification

Profile photos can be inoffensive avatars, real photos, illustrations etc.

Only the following situations may lead to account termination:

  1. fake photo of celebrity (film star, Donald Trump, top model etc)
  2. offensive image…

Added by Joe Essberger on June 23, 2018 at 9:00 — 15 Comments

Moderator News

Sadly, GRACE has had to give up as a volunteer Photo Moderator. For personal reasons and her heavy workload, Grace cannot give the time to moderating photos that she feels members need. That's a shame because she helped many members with advice on their photo titles and descriptions. If it's me moderating, I just delete pics without titles as they break the rules! Luckily I…


Added by Joe Essberger on May 6, 2018 at 8:22 — 11 Comments

Why MyEC does NOT support logging in with Facebook

MyEnglishClub has never supported logging in with Facebook as there as serious security risks involved:


Added by Joe Essberger on April 22, 2018 at 3:43 — 7 Comments

How we need to remake the internet

How we need to remake the internet

You can switch on the English subtitles in this TED video.

Added by Joe Essberger on April 16, 2018 at 2:28 — 3 Comments

The ivory trade is alive and well, thanks to Facebook

Horns of black rhinos (5,000 left in the wild) and pelts of Bengal tigers (2,500 left in the wild) were among the “scores” of products that an AP reporter was able to find advertised on public and private Facebook groups, in addition to elephant ivory...…


Added by Joe Essberger on April 14, 2018 at 9:43 — 7 Comments

Super Listening Practice

Here’s a superstory about supercorruption in superclean Europe. Supersound makes for superlistening practice. Great English-language voiceover.…


Added by Joe Essberger on December 21, 2017 at 5:30 — No Comments

Monster Riddle - What is it?

Special note - this riddle uses the following contractions:

'twas = it was

'tis = it is

'twill = it will

o'er = over

e'en = even


'Twas whispered in Heaven,

'Twas muttered in Hell,

And echo caught faintly

The sound as it fell;

On the confines of Earth,

'Twas permitted to rest,

And the depth of the ocean

Its presence confessed;

'Twill be found in the sphere

When 'tis riven asunder,

Be seen in the… Continue

Added by Joe Essberger on September 29, 2017 at 13:00 — 31 Comments

MyEnglishClub one of the most successful Ning networks

To all MyEnglishClub members:

Congratulations! You have helped make MyEnglishClub one of the most successful social networks running on the Ning platform. (2,000,000+ networks have been built on Ning to date.)

As you may know,…


Added by Joe Essberger on June 11, 2017 at 5:00 — 35 Comments

To all Members: Are you receiving MyEC emails ok?

As you know, you can adjust your emails from MyEC in your Settings. You can adjust everything from receiving an email for almost everything that happens on MyEC, to receiving only certain emails to receiving NO emails.

Some Members are reporting that they are not receiving emails even when they request them in Settings.

Could you please comment below on whether or not you are receiving emails as requested. Thank you!

Added by Joe Essberger on April 19, 2016 at 15:51 — 15 Comments

Welcome to Expector Smith as Group Administrator for the MyEC Welcoming Committee!

I should like to thank Expector Smith for kindly agreeing to become Group Administrator for the Official MyEC Welcoming Committee.

This group, started by Tara, has been very helpful in encouraging members to welcome new members…


Added by Joe Essberger on March 3, 2016 at 8:00 — 15 Comments

V is for Varoufakis!

The Greeks surprised the European polibureaucracy in Brussels by letting the people speak—an outrageous dose of democracy from a country said to have been its birthplace! And the (now ex-) Finance Minister of Greece was largely to be thanked for it, much to the annoyance of the European elites who are trying to bail out the banksters. …


Added by Joe Essberger on July 7, 2015 at 9:30 — 5 Comments

You can’t solve complex problems with 1,000lb bombs

Frankie Boyle is a comedian, but this piece is deadly serious. He says in blunt terms what people like Noam Chomsky have been trying to say for decades:

Added by Joe Essberger on July 6, 2015 at 5:50 — 2 Comments

Sauce for the Goose is Gas for the Gander

British MP George Galloway eloquently describes the hypocrisy of the UK and US regimes:

Added by Joe Essberger on August 27, 2013 at 15:46 — 4 Comments

From Iraq, A Tragic Reminder To Prosecute The War Criminals

"The 'mess' left by George Bush and Tony Blair in Iraq is a sectarian war, the bombs of 7/7 and now a man waving a bloody meat cleaver in Woolwich."

An article by the ever-thoughtful John Pilger

Added by Joe Essberger on May 28, 2013 at 10:14 — 6 Comments

Torture in Libya by NATO Allies

Allies of the North Atlantic Terror Treaty Organization (NATO) are continuing their reign of terror in Libya established last year.

UN says Gaddafi supporters tortured in Libya - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)…


Added by Joe Essberger on January 30, 2012 at 8:03 — No Comments

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