Thursday, December 31, 2015

Technical Difficulties & Happy New Year

As we cruise into 2016 and this blog grows a year older, I am encountering problems every now and then that I'm not sure how to fix. So if you see an error, know that I am probably aware of it. The facebook comments plug-in and the flattr button have both stopped working. You just can't count on things staying the same - "upgrade" to some has become a big bump in the road, as things can change forever, not for better (as the Beatles once sang).

I may or may not get around to fixing things that break down. In some cases, there is no fix. In others it is hidden in code that doesn't readily identify with the item I would like to remove or replace. Like old roadsigns that no longer serve a purpose, these markers from times past shall remain, little reminders of things that once were.

Those of us who continue to keep our blogs updated from time to time understand that many readers have gone to facebook or flocked to twitter. I guess you could make the argument that content which one was blogged is now tweeted or chatted or spread via Instagram... as new apps and features and advances in technology become available, users change and sometimes are forced to change the way they interact with others.

This blog, as imperfect as it is and ever was, shall remain forever a "work in progress" until the day the servers die. Thanks to all of you who have checked in here every now and again throughout the years. There's more to come, though not as often as once was. Yes, at this point in time I do a whole lot of tweeting. I would be honored if you would follow me!

Happy New Year! Live Long & Prosper!

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

How Writing Down Specific Goals Can Empower You

“The act of writing is more powerful than people think.”

Researchers have discovered that mental motivation plays a definitive role in academic achievement.

In academic strategy developed by University of Toronto Prof. Jordan Peterson, students reflect on important moments in their past, identify key personal motivations and create plans for the future, including specific goals and strategies to overcome obstacles. Here's a crippled PDF (below) to give you an idea of what's involved. Check out the table of contents. From there I think you can probably figure out for yourself what you need to do, what you should research (and practice) to accomplish the your goals. Read this website entry as well: A scalable goal-setting intervention closes both the gender and ethnic minority achievement gap.


Here's a COMPLETE PDF of a similar paper Peterson co-authored, to enhance your studies.

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Happy Holidays!

There's a puddle where my snowman would normally be standing.

Although the weather is warm here in New York, I wish all of my dear readers a very Merry Christmas! This has been my 13th year of blogging! Thanks to all who have been reading and following me down thru the years. Thanks for your input and comments.

As we head toward yet another New Year, I'll be first to admit that blogging has fallen from one of my top daily online priorities to an occasional post here and there, as warranted.

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Season's Greetings all!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

MIRACLE FRUIT Lowers Cholesterol in 30 Days

Doctors Stunned by Cholesterol Lowering Fruit!
Yes friends, another spam email beckons - once again I am saved by the un-updated Adobe plug-in! Hahahahaaaa! Once again I have the answer for you. Eat TWO KIWI FRUITS a day!

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Cancer Cells Killed by Eating This Food

If you don't have time to watch another dreadfully dragged-out video you'll probably X out of before ever getting to the "answer," let me save you the trouble. It's broccoli. And dark dark chocolate. And other stuff you have likely already heard about. The video is a few years old and it's been around. An awful lot of links from websites and emails end up at the video site. Another argument against updating the ol' flash player - on many computers the video would have self-started - and on some, would resist efforts to stop!

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Tuesday, December 08, 2015

New Perspectives In Reporting

The meteoric rise of digital journalism is easy to understand given its easy accessibility and the notion of being able to get news without having to pay for it. Even a decade ago, people had to run to a newsstand if they wanted news at a custom time. If they weren't willing to pay for it, they had to wait until a television network broadcast their version of what was going on in the world. More and more, even print publications must adjust their advertising and printing strategies to coincide with online readers. It's not uncommon today for online news outlets to have a larger and more avid following than most print publications.

Surviving in the digital age

Print publications respond by merging their print with online editions. This allows them to venture into the mobile and PC advertising realm as well, giving them two places to exist for their readership. Print publications may be struggling to keep up with the times but the world of digital journalism is an exciting one. One of the bright spots of digital journalism is urban news outlets.

Current urban news

Print publications have a very clear-cut audience. They generally know who their readers are. Online publications can reach a much broader audience and have fewer rules when reporting the news, so they're able to venture into territory that mainstream print publications left untouched for decades. One such trend is the urban news trend which allows black entertainers, writers, and artists a more welcoming home and increased exposure. Political issues once ignored by print publications now find an eager audience on news sites targeted specifically to an oft-ignored urban population. The result has been that millions of people now have a place they can turn to in order to get news that "looks" they them and their world. Urban issues are much different than rural area and mainstream issues. It's beneficial that these outlets paint a world that looks more realistic to the people in urban locations.

Always evolving

Online news continues to involve and work well with offline publications to bring people the most extensive coverage possible of their world. Readers enjoy subjects that weren't even touched upon years ago. As more people turn to online news for their daily dose of what's going on in the world, specialty news like urban news continues to be a bright spot in the mix.

Monday, December 07, 2015

#Daesh #ISIS #ISIL News Roundup 7 December 15

A new intelligence report commissioned by the White House says that ISIS will grow in numbers and gain ground unless it suffers significant losses in Iraq and Syria.

The Islamic State is known by a varity of names such as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (also ISIS) or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). It is also known as Daesh, based on an Arabic acronym.

ISIS buys bombs and pays fighters with the billions of dollars it makes from the oil fields, mineral mines, and banks under its control. ISIS also imposes taxes on the people living inside its territory in Iraq and Syria. According to CNN, ISIS raked in $2 billion in 2014 alone. Iran has arrested 53 people for running pro-#ISIS websites.

A leaked internal Islamic State manual shows ISIS plans for building a state in Iraq and Syria complete with government departments, a treasury and an economic program for self-sufficiency:

The Jungle: Migrant camp's growth a symptom of refugee crisis

CALAIS, FRANCE—Cold November rains have flooded the muddy encampment and left everyone in a dour mood. Between tarp-covered tents and vast puddles, men wearing shalwar kameez tread carefully in shoes with the backs flattened so they can be kicked on and off like slippers. They stop at a ramshackle shelter that serves as a shisha bar…
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