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

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

Trump Swearing In Ceremony during Inauguration

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

man in Facebook T-Shirt holding White Hat debit card

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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Post Your Prayers Here – The Prayer Post Phenomenon

America is divided. States are not united. Cities are in rebellion. Communities are agitated. Families are struggling. People are hurting. Complete strangers join one or more of the hundreds of prayer groups on Facebook to share their worries and intercede for one another. Prayer posts populate religious and secular sites throughout social media, in recognition and dependence upon Divine Providence. The Bible advises: “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and…

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No Longer United With Freedom Caucus – A Patriot Fights On

by Oletta Branstiter Up until Wednesday, there was a Facebook group I really admired. It was committed to consistent and determined political action toward the repeal of Obamacare. This social media group was dedicated to reminding our legislators of President Trump’s campaign promise to fully dismantle the “Affordable Care Act” of the Obama administration. This group rallied proactive politically astute citizens to do more than just vent in their wall statuses and rant in liberals’ comment boxes. Lita Whitener led the charge on Facebook to inform and motivate patriots to effectively…

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Facebook Killer Done In By McDonald’s Fries

By Michael Murillo By now you know that Steve Stephens, the Cleveland man who live-streamed a killing on Facebook, turned the gun on himself after a police chase. But did you know that french fries played a big role in tracking him down? Turns out that Stephens pulled into a McDonald’s to order a 20-piece nuggets and large fry (we’ll ignore the calories in that order for now). A sharp-eyed employee recognized him, alerted the manager and the restaurant called the police. But fast food orders don’t take a lot…

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If You Could Read My Mind

By Janice Barlow Sometimes when you are on Facebook, it seems like it is reading your mind. Ads pop up on the side of your screen and in your newsfeed that reflect items and ideas that you have been considering. Weren’t you just talking to your friend about taking a cruise to Alaska? Or didn’t you wonder if there was a purse that matched that lavender dress you bought on sale last week? Haven’t you recently noticed that your “senior” dog has been moving slower? How does Facebook know that…

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