Should I Enter The 21st Century?

My Sunday begins as usual I would like to post on something that is not the same dismal stuff we all hear daily….but first….

Have you noticed that the nose picking, ass scratching Right can only handle one issue at a time?  Must be a hard life when your mind is that slow.

The staff after a day of reading Right wing flap-trap……

I guess they will be NO help in today’s post…..

Shall we talk about something interesting?

Recently I wrote a post about reading where I explained why books and reading are important to me and in closing I stated that maybe I should do a podcast called “Breakfast And A Book”…..my small attempt at humor…..apparently very small for most never got past the title……

Well my daughter read it and came by the house and told me that I should start a podcast.  I have been told numerous times that I have a face for radio…..

Not being the sharpest pencil in the techno babble box and being that I am an old fart….I had to ask….what the Hell is a podcast?

In case there are other old farts with a limited knowledge maybe this will help….

Podcasting is a form of audio broadcasting on the Internet. The reason it became linked with the iPod in name was because people download the broadcasts (audio shows) to listen to on their iPods. However you don’t have to listen to podcasts only on iPods; you can use your computer with some music software such as Windows built-in Media Player or iTunes for mac (which has a podcast library), or your smartphone, or even in your car. It really doesn’t matter, as long as you have some way to play music on your computer you will be able to listen to podcasts.

Or maybe this one will help……

But in short, a podcast is an audio and/or video recording made available on the internet, for which some mechanism of subscribing exists so that new ‘episodes’ can be automatically downloaded or the user automatically notified.

Their usage is limitless: News discussions, interviews, political debates, tutorials, etc. If there is a potential for a series of audio/video recordings on a specific topic or type of topics, podcasts are an option to be considered.

(c/net)

Now that we got the niceties out of the way……I would like to ask my followers and readers to weigh in on this situation…..would you guys be interested in a podcast from IST?

I was thinking a half hour show with discussions on the day’s stories…of course the stories I think should be talked about…….I would like for my readers to offer suggestions if they would….

If I do start a podcast it will be after the first of the year, 2017….time enough for me to get my stuff together to see if I can make it work…..

Please….let me have your feedback…it will be appreciated….

Closing Thought–18Nov16

Media distrust and Fake News……

This past election illustrated just how much social media can play in the election of a president….

Take Facebook for instance…..on a personal note….I do not and will not ever use FB for anything….mostly because I do not trust them at all….and the news coming out of the site does nothing to erase my suspicion…..

No, the pope didn’t endorse Donald Trump, and, no, Hillary Clinton didn’t sell weapons to ISIS. But those fake stories and others like them spread more widely on Facebook than actual news stories before the election, a new BuzzFeed analysis reveals. Specifically, the top 20 fake election stories racked up 8.7 million shares, reactions, and comments in the final three months of the election versus 7.4 million for stories from the likes of the New York Times and the Washington Post. The trend accelerated as Election Day drew near, and all but three of the 20 top performers were pro-Trump or anti-Clinton stories. “I’m troubled that Facebook is doing so little to combat fake news,” Dartmouth political science professor Brendan Nyhan tells BuzzFeed.

That may be changing. While Mark Zuckerberg initially dismissed the idea that fake news might have played a role in election results, he subsequently acknowledged that Facebook could do more about the problem. Since then, both Facebook and Google have moved to restrict such stories via ads, including Google barring fake websites from using its AdSense advertising program, reports Reuters. The Washington Post, meanwhile, interviews Paul Horner, one of the leading purveyors of fake stories, who says that “people are definitely dumber. They just keep passing stuff around. Nobody fact-checks anything.” And he adds this line sure to upset Clinton supporters: “I think Trump is in the White House because of me.”

If I read or hear something that I think would make a good post….I spend a lot of time verifying the info….if I cannot verify I let my readers know.

This is a list of things to do to determine the validity of a news article….

  • Avoid websites that end in “week” ex: Newsweek. These sites take pieces of accurate information and then packaging that information with other false or misleading “facts”.
  • Watch out if established mainstream media news sites are reporting on the story. Sometimes established media coverage is the result of corporate media bias and other factors, but there should typically be a good un-bias alternative media source reporting on a topic or event.
  • Odd domain names generally equal odd domain names.
  • Lack of author attribution may, but not always, signify that the news story is suspect and requires verification, or that the author decided to not publish his/her name.
  • Check the “About Us” tab on websites or call the website landline number to chat with Editors and make sure that they are good guys.
  • Bad web design and use of ALL CAPS can also be a sign that the news source doesn’t know dick about web design.
  • If the story makes you REALLY ANGRY it’s probably a good idea to calm down and realize that it is just a news story. Go out and grab a beer with friends.
  • It’s always best to read multiple sources of information if you want. Or just read one source of information. Or don’t read at all. It is up to you.

I guess it is true….that it you say something long enough it will eventually be believed…..

I am just funny that way…..I want to give my reader as accurate info as I can without the filter of lies…..

Then we come to propaganda….the media is the biggest purveyor….the news is used to influence the public’s thinking….I would go into the use of propaganda but that would be a waste of time……instead if you can read then do it…..

Propaganda 2.0

What Is Propaganda?

Yes is why I have archives……

Donald:  Be Prepared For This

First let me say that I do NOT agree with this type of “yellow journalism”….but it is a main stay in American society and I offer it up to warn the Trump people of what is to come……

We are a country that loves to hate…..and a country that hangs on every word from some random reality show that we call politics……the Right wing haters used this type of crap to try and discredit…..be prepared for a “payback”……

Just like the list published by right wing nut jobs about the people the Clintons killed….or that Obama was gay and married to a man…..total bullshit from lesser  minds……..but you expect it from those with no moral compass…… will this type of “yellow journalism” be a regular occurrence?….cowards will attack the wife of the president for they are cowards…..

(I was going to use a photo to try and get readers….but I refuse…if you want to know what this is about then click on the link)

Here’s the nation’s would-be first lady — and right beside her, a second lady.

Three years before she met husband Donald Trump, Melania Trump was snapped in a nude frolic with another female model, bombshell photos obtained exclusively by The Post show.

The lesbian-themed pics are from a two-day photo shoot in Manhattan in 1995, when Melania Knauss, as she was called, was 25 years old and modeling under the name “Melania K.”

(Photographer Alé de Basse­ville later told The Post that he misspoke, and the photo session actually took place in 1996 in Manhattan, and appeared in a 1997 issue of the magazine.)

Source: Melania Trump’s girl-on-girl photos from racy shoot revealed | New York Post

Anyone that is a regular reader of IST knows that I do not normally go in for this sort of smear campaign….but this election showed just how far some will go…..I find this type of “reporting” distasteful…..and again this is just a sample of what some will do and how far they will go to discredit……don’t forget the “birther” morons……

There is NO need for this type of smear……and I mean for anyone…..but I would imagine that the Right will be outraged and the liberals will be disgusted……but few will condemn……

This sort of stuff should be condemned by everyone with the slightest bit of morals left….

I apologize for this but it is what will be coming in the months and years ahead……remember all the hateful crap said about Mrs. Obama….if so then be prepared for this.

5 Stories the Media Ignored

Sunday and cooler weather has returned……enjoyable to sit in the orchard and listen…..but enough about me……

This week the world was shaken to its core…..some celebrity was robbed at gun point and lost $10 million worth of jewelry….jewelry that she bragged about on social media….and for days we heard all about this idiot’s problems…..but just what was it that made this pack of crap more important than other news?

One of the saving graces of the ailing corporate media — for the folks setting the agenda, anyhow — is its relentless ability to hyper-focus the public’s attention on altogether meaningless events.

Take, for instance, an armed robbery that sees property stolen but no one harmed. Such an event is unfortunate, yes, but such is life. People get robbed. It certainly isn’t something that should consume the news cycle — particularly when developments of actual importance are unfolding around the world.

Here’s what they should have been talking about instead.

Source: 5 Stories the Media Ignored While Reporting the Kim Kardashian Robbery

I would add one more…..an American soldier died in Afghanistan because of an IED……and that was NOT important enough to mention…..apparently it was not “newsworthy”……..

How pathetic is that?

Vintage Social Networking

My granddaughter visited and we had a great talk about social media and where it was likely to go.

Then we talked about the “social media” in my day….she found it all so humorous…..it is official…I am OLD!

We have come a long way….but I still use the old school times….my granddaughter did a cartoon of me standing along side a T-Rex….(she did make it clear that there was NO religious content to her ‘toon)……I will get even…..

The Art Of Blogging–Style

My Sunday begins with the weather being high 90’s and muggy….there is so much moisture in the air I feel like I am suffering from “black gill disease”….enough bitching…..let’s see a few observations on this late Summer’s day.

From time to time I offer my humbling reflections on my blogging experience…..I am not the most popular blogger but I have learn a wee bit from my years of writing and posting…..

There are many things that go into a successful blog….but I feel the most important is style….giving your readers something that they may not have access to in their blogging circle.

By style I am not talking about the look of your blog but rather your writing style and/or subject material.  Most of my post are between 350-500 words….I try to keep it short and to the point….my grandfather once told me….”why write a novel when a paragraph will do”…..that was good advice…..at least for me.

Too many bloggers spend all their energy trying to find that magical theme that will force readers to show up….there is no magic theme….instead of paying attention to the people that visit their blog they cannot be bothered…….searching for that magic combo of theme and font…..

Comments…I try to answer each and every comment because I feel if a person took the time to read my post and comment then they deserve an answer.  I try not to ignore anyone that visits my blog….they took the time so at least I can do is return the favor.

You could just regurgitate the ramblings of others that have the same political outlook as yourself or you could look for another hook.  I mean there are millions of blogs (so I am told) and yours needs to be something that people would like to read and consider what you have written.

A one dimensional blog is just flat boring……but for some I guess that is all they have….they cannot go beyond a single issue or situation.  Personally I think that a blog should offer more than one idea…..I try to keep IST up-to-date and I even offer differing opinions and thoughts….I believe that is what a serious blog should do.  A one dimensional blog is too damn predictable.  It may work for a photo blog or one dedicated to poetry…..but is not a blog builder when addressing current events….

I am not saying that a one dimensional blog is wrong….just that I find them tedious and boring……but that is just me.

That does not mean that you will be a complete success for that depends on what you want success to be.  If you are blogging just to see your name up in lights then you are doing it for the wrong reasons.

A blog should be fun and entertaining and educational…..if it becomes a chore then go to Facebook with the rest of the dullards.

Like I said…I am NO expert….these are just my observations from the last 11 years of blogging….it has been a joy and I have met (electronically) some real great people.

That’s it for me today……I need to back away and smile a bit….you guys have a wonderful Sunday and we will be back hard tomorrow…..

YouTube For Morons

My Saturday begins with a visit from my granddaughter….she is into music composition now and wants me to give my view on her latest creation….I have posted some of her stuff awhile back and got good reviews from my regular readers…..I shall post the new one when it has been completed.

During our talk I told her to NEVER put her image on the ‘net…….and to cover her movements with care…..told her to be as invisible as she can be….and to keep in mind that there are a wealth of perverts and idiots lurking out there…..

YouTube is a great place to look for vids on whatever you want……some good, some bad and some just plain moronic…..one of the best was from “In Living Color” when they did a take on the old “Who’s On First”…..very funny!

We had a talk about YouTube…..some of the people that post on YouTube are morons…..these are the people that do something illegal, record it and then post it……or those dumb SOB that record their bullying and post it…….and then I saw this one…….which is perfect illustration for M-O-R-O-N……..

A Las Vegas man is being held on felony terrorist charges after posting a YouTube video of himself holding a sniper rifle and AR-15-type rifle and threatening to kill government officials, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Bryce Cuellar, 24, posted the video July 1. According to KTNV, Cuellar shows off his guns in the video while wearing night-vision goggles and a flak vest. He says he’s upset the government is trying to take away the First and Second amendments and that he’s excited to start killing people soon. In addition to government officials, Cuellar says he—as a Christian warrior—wants to kill “gays, faggots, lesbians, and satanists.” “America is done and America is over,” the Las Vegas Sun quotes Cuellar as saying in the video.

Authorities say Cuellar punched and choked his wife after filming the video, and he was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery that night. On July 2, Interpol let Las Vegas police know about the video. Cuellar allegedly told police he was drunk and angry when he filmed the video but isn’t a murderer. A police detective compares the video to ones made by terrorist organizations, and Cuellar was charged with making terrorist threats Wednesday. He’s being held on $100,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 1. Authorities say Cuellar’s online footprint over the past three years show him getting more and more aggressive.

Since this douche is a Christian…should we blame all Christians for his stupidity?

But he is white, male and a Christian….then all white male Christians are either stupid or a terrorist, right?

Of course not….that would be just too easy, right?

“Can’t Fix Stupid”…..comes to mind…..

I will be out of pocket today….some friends are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and I will be there to celebrate with them…..

See you guys tomorrow…….