Media Consolidation: Grabbing Control of America

  By Lynda Bryant-Work “Our founding fathers could not have foreseen that freedom of the press might eventually be threatened just as much by media consolidation as by government.” Marshall Herskovitz Relaxed media ownership over time has led to companies narrowing the depth of news information and opened the door to biased reporting of the news. Laws that were in place to prevent monopolies and consolidation of ownership, or media cross-ownership, have through the years, put five companies in charge of the national distribution of information presented to the public.…

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Anti-Carbon Tax Bill Revived For Debate In Congress By Republican House Members

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By Lynda Bryant-Work Two House Republicans have revived an old but ongoing issue and introduced a resolution condemning the idea of a carbon tax. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and West Virginia Rep. David McKinley filed H. CON. RES. 119 on April 28 saying a tax on carbon dioxide emissions would “be detrimental to American families and businesses and is not in the best interest of the United States.” McKinley and Scalise outlined the dangers to the American economy in the resolution stating a carbon tax would increase energy prices,…

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Trump’s New Tariffs Set To Drive Up Cost Of Living

By Lynda Work Canadian lumber tariffs imposed in 2017 are already having an impact on the housing and paper industries and the new steel tariffs will make the crunch even worse. Home prices are set to be driven up making it difficult for young buyers and even the middle-class buyer to purchase a property. The steel tariffs tack on 25 percent to steel, which is used in home foundations, floors and high-rise construction, and 10 percent for aluminum from foreign suppliers. The Trump administration levied tariffs of more than 20…

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Space X’s Falcon Heavy Mega Rocket Gets High Marks In Successful Cape Kennedy Launch

by Richard Cameron   SpaceX, the largest private rocket business in the world, today successfully launched it’s revolutionary Falcon Heavy rocket into space this afternoon from pad 39A at NASA’s Cape Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Rocket launches always have a substantial following of enthusiasts, but the Falcon Heavy launch was exceptional as these events go, because Space X’s Falcon Heavy rocket is an historic advance in technology – and anything Space Exploration Technologies founder Elon Musk is involved in, captures the attention of a much wider audience than just…

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Donald Trump Again Dredges Up Baseless Claims Of Intelligence Community Misconduct

by Richard Cameron   This is a follow up to a report I wrote originally last March in reaction to Donald Trump’s wild and unfounded claims that former President Barack Obama had personally put him and his campaign under surveillance. My decision to re-publish it now, is based on Trump having started up a  baseless line of attack on the intelligence community once again and using it as a tactic to divert attention away from the Mueller investigation that is coming to a rolling boil.  Here is the most recent…

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Meltdown Cyber Threat Is Radioactive For Intel And Your PCs, Macs And Smartphones

by Richard Cameron   By now, most of our readers have likely heard about the Apple iPhone debacle late December, in which the company pushed power consumption updates to various of their recent and older cell phones, slowing the phone data transmission rate in order to extend the life of their non user replaceable batteries. That continues to rankle millions of iPhone users worldwide and constitute a corresponding PR disaster for the company. Just on the heels of that is a tech fail that affects a predominant variety of computing…

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Silencing The Clanging Cymbals On Social Media

by Oletta Branstiter Social Media is not for the faint of heart. This is typical of the responses I receive for disagreeing with “Christian”, “Conservative”, “Republicans” (this one, from a woman – please pardon the unladylike profanity): “Well it’s seems your [sic] an asshole democrat who hates America !! but ok….Merry Christmas dickhead !!” Poor thing. It appears that she has run out of facts and logic and must defend her position with raw emotion. Examples of what NOT to do. Regrettably, this tactic has become an acceptable norm on…

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Who Loses And Who Wins When Net Neutrality Rules Are Repealed By The FCC?

by Richard Cameron   To make an accurate assessment of the effects of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans of reversing the previous safeguards of the common carrier provisions in the Title II Communications Act, it is necessary to unravel not only the claims and counter-claims, but to outline the underlying facts. Net Neutrality – the default condition of the internet for decades, was formalized by the FCC in 2015. There are two competing narratives regarding Net Neutrality. One is that the warnings of what will result from the lifting of…

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Teaching Takes a Backseat to Infrastructure and Trimmings: Your Tax Dollars and the Public Schools

By Janice Barlow After recently participating in a debate on why a $250 tax deduction for teachers to buy supplies was chopped out of the new tax bill by the House, I couldn’t let the real reason for the issue just rest. The Senate was generous enough to make it a $500 deduction, but it still needs to be reconciled with the House. It’s not about the $250, (which is merely a deduction, not a credit).  It’s about why teachers shouldn’t be buying supplies for students at all – or parents…

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Part Two: Disabled Animals Who Overcame Their Challenges Thanks to Their Human Angels

by J. Lee Disabled Animals Who Overcame Their Challenges This story is a continuation of my previous disabled animal story featuring dogs and cats. See below for a link to read: Part One ‘Disabled Dogs And Cats – Amazing Mobility With Pet Wheelchairs And Water Therapy’. This story will give you a greater understanding about disabled animals, technological advances in the medical field, veterinary advances, and those who rescue special need animals. Some animals are fitted with wheelchairs. Some are fitted with prosthetics which can be referred to as having…

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