Death of Decency – How You Can Resurrect It

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by Paul Hamlin Decency – it can be brought back to life Remember the days of “the wave”? You’d be out driving, running, walking, or out in public (with real people) and someone would see you, they may not even know you, but they’d strangely wave, or at the least nod. It was a bizarre ritual, almost to say “hey, I acknowledge your existence and I assume you’re not a horrible human being!”.  There was a sense of decency in it all.   Oh, the good old days. Times when…

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The Privacy Crisis – The Perfect Excuse To Restrict Freedom of the Press

by Oletta Branstiter Are you a “media influencer”?  If so, the U.S. government is very interested in your online activities. The Department of Homeland Security needs a private contractor to provide “24/7 access to a password protected, media influencer database, including journalists, editors, correspondents, social media influencers, bloggers etc.” in order to “identify any and all media coverage related to the Department of Homeland Security or a particular event.” from Forbes.com Hmmm. Couldn’t anything be considered a “particular event”? Haven’t we all become “bloggers”?  According to the Forbes article, “the United…

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Schrodinger’s Cat And Trump’s Potty Mouth

by Oletta Branstiter “Shithole Countries” On Thursday, the Washington Post was the first to report the accusation by Senator Dick Durbin (D – IL) that during a bipartisan legislative meeting on immigration, President Trump said, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” The President was referring to what he considers the bad policy of a lottery program to accept immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and Honduras. He says he prefers a merit-based immigration program. According to The Guardian, He claimed without specifics or evidence that the…

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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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Nixing the F-Bomb in 2018

By Janice Barlow A NOTEWORTHY RESOLUTION for all upstanding people of faith and otherwise, would be to remove the offensive “f-bomb” from their vocabularies in the upcoming new year. However, this is much more difficult than one would believe; more difficult even, than a diet. Incorporating something as simple as a word into one’s everyday speech until it has become a habit is almost like breathing. People often say something without realizing that they have verbalized it. Take, for instance, the word “like“. As a teenager, I was reprimanded countless…

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Roy Moore: Sex, Lies, and Videotapes – A Rational Analysis

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By Janice Barlow After spending most of the last three days on the dilemma of Roy Moore, the Alabama candidate for Republican Senator accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl in 1979, I have decided to draw things to a close with this article. However, like most things in real life, closure is often complicated and riddled with loose ends. I’ll do the best I can. First off, a few observations from the bleachers. People have really revealed much about how they react to situations simply because of the existence of…

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Donald Trump – The First Post Truth President And The Tragedy Of The Commons

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By GLEB TSIPURSKY  Donald Trump is our first post-truth president. And he may well be the first of many. The Oxford Dictionaries website chose “post-truth” as its 2016 word of the year, in large part due to Trump’s success in the presidential election. It defined post-truth as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” (Incidentally, the 2015 word of the year wasn’t a word at all but the “face with tears of joy” emoji.) Trump’s…

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Credible News Sources Versus Incredible Sensationalism: Getting at the Truth

By Janice Barlow In recent days, America has been deluged with seemingly endless tragedies, both individual and massive. Hurricanes, earthquakes, a mass shooting in Las Vegas, raging fires in California, and the deaths of celebrities have and are bombarding our newsfeeds.  (I do say, America, because Puerto Rico is a Territory of the U.S. and Mexico is part of the American continent). All sources want to be first. But who gets it right? Although we should never become jaded, inured to the horrors that seem to be occurring with increased frequency and magnitude,…

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Safety And Security On Facebook – What You Need To Know To Protect Your Account

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by Richard Cameron   Ever since Facebook arrived on the scene in Cambridge, Mass in 2004 (yes, that far back), it has been surrounded with controversy and detractors.  Anything that has such a wide reach throughout the fabric of society is bound to. Much of the criticism is valid. Facebook has provided not only a platform for social interaction, but also for government surveillance of citizens and for opportunists looking to exploit or steal your personal data. I have also written about the phenomenon of “Facebook Jail” – a place…

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Been In The Facebook Jail Lately? – Here’s How To Stay Out Of The Slammer

by Richard Cameron Have you been tossed in the clink? Spent time in stir? Locked up in the hoosegow? No, I don’t mean a stretch in prison or the county jail – I mean ‘Facebook Jail’. I myself, have not – but enough of my friends and a few colleagues have, so I decided to try to find out just what was at the bottom of this. Unfortunately in all the digging on the subject, which was considerable – I couldn’t find any Facebook employees that would go rogue, tell…

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