Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Snopes' Field Guide to Fake News Sites and Hoax Purveyors, updated 7/9/2017

I'm not giving examples of fake news items, because research has shown that when this is done, many people will remember the debunked "news" but not remember that it is false.

It boggles my mind that so many people on Facebook will take seriously obviously satirical items.

http://www.snopes.com/2016/01/14/fake-news-sites/

Kim LaCapria
Jan 14, 2016

The sharp increase in popularity of social media networks (primarily Facebook) has created a predatory secondary market among online publishers seeking to profitably exploit the large reach of those networks and their huge customer bases by spreading fake news and outlandish rumors. Competition for social media’s large supply of willing eyeballs is fierce, and a number of frequent offenders regularly fabricate salacious and attention-grabbing tales simply to drive traffic (and revenue) to their sites.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Free tax preparation from Tax-Aide



Tax-Aide is a free program by volunteers to do tax returns. It's an AARP Foundation program. You don't have to be a member of AARP or retired. The following link tells you about it, how to find a location near you, what documents you need to bring.

https://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/

See the following link for what is and is not in Scope

https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/volunteercenter/Resources/Files/AARPFlier.pdf

In Scope:

• Wages, interest, dividends, capital gains/losses,
unemployment compensation, pensions and other
retirement income, Social Security benefits
• Self-employment income if no employees, no
inventory, no losses, no depreciation, no business use
of home, and no other complicating factors
• Most income reported on Form 1099-MISC
• Schedule K-1 that includes only interest, dividends,
capital gains/losses or royalties
• Itemized deductions, including noncash
contributions to charity that total
no more than $5,000
• Cancellation of nonbusiness credit card debt
• IRA contributions — deductible or not
• Most credits, such as earned income tax credit,
education credits, child/additional child tax credits,
child/dependent care credit, premium tax credit,
simplified method foreign tax credit on investments,
and retirement savings credit
• Repayment of first-time homebuyer credit
• Estimated tax payments
• Installment agreement request for taxes due
• Injured spouse allocation, depending on state
• Health Savings Accounts (HSA)*
• Amendments to filed returns
• Prior three tax years’ returns



Saturday, March 31, 2018

Honest Reporting

For the list liberal fake news sites he warns against, see the preceding blog post "If You’re A Liberal, Stop Sharing Links From These Fake News Sites"

I point out that Modern Liberals itself does contain a clearly labeled humor/satire section.

http://modernliberals.com/if-you-are-a-liberal-stop-sharing-links-from-these-fake-news-sites/

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If you want to subscribe to honest reporting on national issues in the United States, there are many reputable and mostly neutral sources like AP, Reuters, BBC out there.

Here are a few of the websites I go to for news or opinion articles.

If You’re A Liberal, Stop Sharing Links From These Fake News Sites, update 7/2/2017

I haven't looked at all of these web sites, but the ones I have I agree should be disregarded.

To avoid confustion, I'll list the sources he recommends is a separate post.

http://modernliberals.com/if-you-are-a-liberal-stop-sharing-links-from-these-fake-news-sites/

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Media bias chart


Pretty much fits my observations of the ones I am familiar with.




Saturday, March 10, 2018

10 Journalism Brands Where You Find Real Facts Rather Than Alternative Facts

I went ahead and went with their headline, although I disagree with their rosy view of WSJ editorials. I have found the WSJ editorials not trustworthy. They are often biased on behalf of the power elite. As this article says, it does provide info on what the non-batty right-wing is saying.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/berlinschoolofcreativeleadership/2017/02/01/10-journalism-brands-where-you-will-find-real-facts-rather-than-alternative-facts/#341d134ae9b5

By Paul Glader
Paul Glader is an associate professor of journalism at The King's College in New York City, a media scholar at The Berlin School of Creative Leadership and is on Twitter @PaulGlader.
Feb 1, 2017

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Links



Intelligence Agencies Warn of Climate Risks in Worldwide Threat Assessment
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/13022018/climate-change-conflict-disasters-worldwide-threat-assessment-intelligence-agencies-refugees

The Pain-Relieving Response to Being Rejected or Excluded
http://community.today.com/parentingteam/post/am-i-invisible-the-pain-relieving-response-to-being-rejected-or-excluded_1518190386?cid=sm_fbn_pt


Dog food brands recalled over possible euthanasia drug
The FDA said its preliminary evaluation of the testing results of Gravy Train samples indicated the low levels found were unlikely to pose a health risk to pets.
https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/18/health/dog-food-pentobarbital/index.html


Anger causes Violence
http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2014/04/anger_causes_violence_treat_it_rather_than_mental_illness_to_stop_mass_murder.html

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Links



If We Want Kids to Stop Killing, the Adults Have to Stop, Too
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/taibbi-parkland-florida-school-shooting-gun-control-nra-w516850


The media exaggerates negative news. This distortion has consequences
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/17/steven-pinker-media-negative-news

The chemicals in common cleaning sprays could be detrimental to your respiratory system, according to a new report. 
[My health is much better since I retired and am not wxposed to the cleaners and "air fresheners" I was forced to breathe at work.]
http://www.ajc.com/news/study-common-household-chore-just-damaging-smoking-cigarettes-day/Chr8aAPKCZxx7COYFLiWwO/


West Virginia gov. declares State of Emergency after heavy rainfall
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/west-virginia-state-of-emergency-weather-rain-forecast-today-02-17-2018/


Flu vaccine works better than feared, but it's still not great
https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/flu-vaccine-works-better-feared-it-s-still-not-great-n848351


Covert Russian propaganda flooded Twitter after the Parkland shooting to stoke America's raw divides.
https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/social-media/russian-trolls-flood-twitter-after-parkland-shooting-n848471