IF YOU’RE GOING TO BE AN EXPERIENCED PERSON, FIRST YOU HAVE TO BE READY TO LEARN THROUGH EXPERIENCE. — HELEN CHRISTIE Continue reading Experience?
THE MORE DESPERATE PEOPLE ARE TO FIND A LEADER, THE MORE LIKELY THEY ARE TO FIND A TYRANT. — HELEN CHRISTIE Continue reading One More Reason to Stay Calm in a Crisis
Disclosure: This post appears in slightly different form on a private social media page. Local news reports often place dirty laundry entertainment ahead of informing the public. It’s all about ratings, clicks or selling papers or magazines. There’s a combination profit-power motive. That’s partly the fault of the public, and partly the fault of people who have sold out to a competitive rumor-mongering system (the latter do that to stay in business, which is our fault because we fail to boycott sensational reporting). It’s also partly the fault of people outside the “news community” who release or fabricate information to … Continue reading Knowing how to Read or Listen Involves Careful Thinking
IF YOU BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU SEE IS SPONTANEOUS, YOU’RE A GREAT CANDIDATE FOR WATCHING REALITY TELEVISION. — CORDIALLY, HELEN Continue reading Gullible’s Travels
Please click the link below to read Gavin Esler’s article on Brexit and news coverage of the topic in The New European. https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/top-stories/gavin-esler-changed-my-mind-on-brexit-1-5644402 Continue reading Excellent Opinion Piece on Brexit and Journalism
My blogsite was hacked, once. Fortunately, I was signing in often to look at tracking data, so I discovered the problem immediately (my password had stopped working) and recovered the account on the same day. I don’t believe any harm was done. Always use an obscure password which you don’t use on other accounts. Ideally, every online password should be like a single fingerprint. The advice on how often to change a password varies. The mistake I made was using a foreign word (with a correct diacritical mark, which seemed so clever at the time), followed by a predictable series … Continue reading Accounts get Hacked. Don’t be too Quick to React to Offensive Posts
NEVER TRUST ANYTHING THAT CAN THINK FOR ITSELF IF YOU CAN’T SEE WHERE IT KEEPS ITS BRAIN. — J. K. ROWLING Continue reading J. K. Rowling Quotation
INFORMATION IS NOT KNOWLEDGE. — ALBERT EINSTEIN Continue reading Another Albert Einstein Quotation
Jonathan Martin, Political Correspondent for The New York Times, has offered fact-checking and observations for anyone reading Michael Wolff’s Trump book, Fire and Fury (see link below). On Friday, I tried to buy a hardcover copy from an indie bookseller in my neighborhood and learned every copy in the store was either sold or on reserve. I fell back on Kindle’s electronic edition, and hoped to find time to read it during the weekend. No such luck. I’ll still read the book, but will do so carefully. Jonathan Martin’s review provides guidance on why critical thinking is more important than absorbing claims … Continue reading Jonathan Martin on Michael Wolff’s Book
There may be some flaws with Michael Wolff’s new account of the Trump presidency, Fire and Fury. However, his book — to be released Friday, four days earlier than expected — has been the subject of threats made by Donald Trump’s attorneys. Not every book that is challenged by lawyers is worth reading, and I can’t guarantee that this book will enlighten everyone (I don’t receive review copies). However, our president (sic) has declared war on the country, and we should offer loyalty to anyone who suffers retaliation when challenging Donald J. Trump. For that reason alone, let’s make this book … Continue reading Do Not Steal This Book. But do Consider Reading it.