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Professional Journalists Code of Ethics

In a world where “alternate” facts are common and main stream media are telling lies, it is important to understand the news sources we can trust. But then we ask ourselves – who do we trust? The President tells us the media is lying to us. Yes, they are, in fact a source many of us watch, Fox News, spreads lies and propaganda while most of us never question the truthfulness of their stories/articles. Continue reading “Professional Journalists Code of Ethics”

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Useful Gadgets

Don’t you just hate it when you don’t have a USB wall adapter to charge your phone. I know my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 needs to be charged constantly so I’m always looking for an outlet and don’t always have an adapter with me. So one of the least expensive and most useful gadget I put around the house has been the wall mounted outlet that includes USB ports. Yes, I know this is a first world problem but I’m all about making my life easier with technology.And following that philosophy why not just have them directly delivered to your front door from Amazon. So you not only save a little money, you get to easily add a convenience to your home.

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Change is Good

Sometimes the things we can’t change, end up, changing us. It is time to wake up, show up, and speak up! Call a spade, a spade. To call a spade a spade or call a spade a shovel is a figurative expression which refers to explicitly calling something as it is, by its right name. The implication is that one tells the truth about the nature of the thing, speaking frankly and directly about it, including subjects, even if coarse, or considered impolite or unpleasant.

Share this image, get involved, recognize propaganda, fascism,  corruption, authoritarianism, and censorship. This is our country and make sure you call people out on their intolerance, racism, and judgemental attitudes.

 

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The Drug War and Addiction go Hand in Hand

We would be disingenuous to say addiction is not a problem in every community in the United States. What disturbs me is we haven’t changed the way addicts are treated in our communities and our homes. We still advocate the unscientific 12 step programs and feel it is okay to practice tough love. Yes, tough love, tough love it to say the least, “tough”. But it isn’t the first option, often it is the last and without any other options something a parent or loved one doesn’t want to do but the topic needs to be discussed. You may find this TED talk about addiction informative: Everything You think You Know About Addiction is Wrong.

Most of us know someone young or old who have dealt with this tragic disease but is it really a disease or a result of the lack of caring and kindness in our society. Some argue it is a disease and in some cases it is a disease, but in other cases it is a choice the person is making to avoid other issues in their lives they may need to deal with, I think each situation is unique.

However, the stigma for addicts has not changed, even though you may know someone who has dealt with it, most families don’t talk about it in public because most parents/families wonder what they did wrong. Did I not discipline them enough? Did I not spend enough time with him/her? Should I have kept them involved in more sports? Did they hang around with the wrong crowd? Did the accident cause the depression? Are you different because the drugs were prescribed by a doctor?

The first step in recovery is admiting you are an addict, so it is appropriate to admit as a culture and society we have an addiction problem. So lets start talking about the elephant in the room — start looking at ways we can move from the unscientific ways of dealing with addiction and help our fellow citizens without judging them.

Let’s talk —

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DIY Christmas

Site Recommendation

I’m planning my Christmas decorations — here is an article I thought many of my friends might find useful. There are some cool and easy DIY things to do which will save you tons of money — so check them out and I’ll be following up with the ones I make too and let you know the results.

60+ OF THE BEST DIY CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

We gathered up Over 60 of the BEST DIY Christmas Decorations and Craft Ideas to share with you today! Everything from Outdoor Decoration, Table Settings, DIY Holiday Crafts, and Home Decor…we have you covered!

http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.com/2016/08/best-diy-christmas-decorations.html/

iThinkMedia

iThinkMedia & a Lot More!

Okay, that says it all, this blog has been online for 17 years and never really got its footing but all that is about to change. We are not only going to cover technology and media, we are going to start talking about a lot more issues and provide a technology and media angle. There is a “no hold barred” attitude going forward and we are going to let it all hang out, so to speak.

Lets talk about iThinkMedia’s future. This site will become a sounding board for not only myself but for many others who have stories to tell. We will have guest authors, anonymous authors covering topics that may be a bit controversial but is on the mind of most of us in the United States. We will talk about the current issues and tragedies going on in our world, especially in the United States. I know in my opinion as I watch the politics and social dynamics we are re-thinking many of the traditional cultural and social things as we move into the future. As I mentioned to one of my friends, we are living the future, just without flying cars.

This site, will provide you with resources, information, and something to think about. Our goal is to open your mind to the future, to “think” about how technology and media affects our lives.

I’ll quote Sherry Turkle, “We are inhibited from aggression by the presence of another face, another person. We’re aware that we’re with a human being. On the Internet, we are disinhibited from taking into full account that we are in the presence of another human being.”

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Free Online Classes from Major Universities

Higher education has always had a high price tag but there are ways you can gain the knowledge you need along with an official credential from the institution and signed by the instructor. The certificate verifies your achievement and can be used to highlight skills on your resume or LinkedIn profile.

You can do this from the comfort of your own home with a computer and internet connection. Check out edX.org and find the courses you want to take!

Founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX is an online learning destination and MOOC provider, offering high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere.

I’ve enrolled in HarvardX’s CS50x course – Introduction to Computer Science. I’ll keep you updated on my review of the course as I take it.

https://courses.edx.org/courses/course-v1:HarvardX+CS50+X/info

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Conspiracy Theories: Call me crazy!

Reality: you may not be crazy and all those touting conspiracy theories might not be either.

Typically I do not believe in conspiracy theories but I’ve been coming across several reputable journalists who are sharing their experiences and thoughts on the matter. So when this starts happening I wanted to review the topic a bit closer. Take a look at this video, she makes some valid points.

 

Article of Interest

U.S. Repeals Propaganda Ban, Spreads Government-Made News to Americans

For decades, a so-called anti-propaganda law prevented the U.S. government’s mammoth broadcasting arm from delivering programming to American audiences. But on July 2, that came silently to an end with the implementation of a new reform passed in January. The result: an unleashing of thousands of hours per week of government-funded radio and TV programs for domestic U.S. consumption in a reform initially criticized as a green light for U.S. domestic propaganda efforts. So what just happened?

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Presidential Campaign: Dumbing Down of America

college-1440364Most of us have tried to sit through the earlier Presidential debates but honestly it wasn’t easy because there wasn’t much substance. I recently read an article talking about a Carnegie Mellon University study that did a readability analysis of the 2016 US Presidential campaign speeches. I thought the findings where interesting in that Donald Trump scored the lowest, he spoke at a 5th grade level while Bernie Sanders came in at an 11th grade level.

I’m not sure what conclusions I can draw from the results but my gut says Donald Trump is connecting with the masses because he speaks on their grade level. According to education experts the average US citizen reads or understands on average at an 8th grade level. So it makes sense that people gravitate to Trump because his message resonates or is clearer to more Americans.

So what this says to me is our educational system is failing our democracy! Because an educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people. Our survival as a FREE people is at stake people — wake up!

Articles of Interest

Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain

Here are a few images I’ve taken over the years living in Colorado at the base of Pikes Peak!

Pikes Peak is the highest summit of the southern Front Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The ultra-prominent 14,115-foot (4,302.31 m) fourteener is located in Pike National Forest, 12.0 miles (19.3 km) west by south (bearing 263°) of downtown Colorado Springs inEl Paso County, Colorado, United States. The mountain is named in honor of American explorer Zebulon Pike who was unable to reach the summit. The summit is higher than any point in the United States east of its longitude.

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