Friday, March 15, 2019

Media bias chart

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

Sunday, March 10, 2019

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.


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.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

The fast-melting Arctic is already messing with the ocean’s circulation, scientists say

by Chris Mooney March 14, 2018

Scientists studying a remote and icy stretch of the North Atlantic have found new evidence that fresh water, likely melted from Greenland or Arctic sea ice, may already be altering a key process that helps drives the global circulation of the oceans.

In chilly waters on either side of Greenland, the ocean circulation “overturns,” as surface waters traveling northward become colder and more dense and eventually sink, traveling back southward toward Antarctica at extreme depths. This key sinking process is called convection. But too much fresh water at the surface could interfere with it, because with less salt, the water loses density and does not sink as easily.


“Until now, models have predicted something for the future … but it was something that seemed very distant,” said Oltmanns, the lead scientist behind the research, which was published this week in Nature Climate Change.

“But now we saw with these observations that there is actually freshwater and that it is already affecting convection, and it delays convection quite a lot in some years,” she continued.

One caution is that this is an observational study, not a prediction for the future — and Oltmanns said “nobody really knows” how much freshwater is enough to significantly slow or shut down the circulation, which is technically called the “Atlantic meridional overturning circulation,” or AMOC. Still, it suggests that key processes that have raised long-standing concern are already happening.



Alabama Sheriff Legally Took $750,000 Meant To Feed Inmates, Bought Beach House

Who owns water? The US landowners putting barbed wire across rivers

The Trump administration officially withdrew an Obama-era rule that would set higher standards for the treatment of animals whose meat could be sold as organic.

Wells Fargo & Co Chief Executive Tim Sloan’s made $17.6 million in 2017, up 35 percent from the previous year, despite opting out of the bank’s annual incentive plan.

U.S. regulators are preparing to sanction Wells Fargo for receiving commissions on auto insurance policies it helped force on more than half a million drivers, people with direct knowledge of the probes told Reuters.

Can we fix it? The repair cafes waging war on throwaway culture

A North Carolina congressional candidate says the website she used when she campaigned for another office is now owned by a Russian.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports a man listing a Russian residence bought the website address that Democrat Linda Coleman used when she ran for lieutenant governor two years ago.

EPA drops rule requiring mining companies to have money to clean up pollution

US coal hasn’t set aside enough money to clean up its mines

Russian Hackers Attacking U.S. Power Grid and Aviation, FBI Warns

A new U.S. advisory board created to help rewrite federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants, lions and rhinos is stacked with trophy hunters, including some members with direct ties to President Donald Trump and his family.

One year into Donald Trump's presidency, the image of U.S. leadership is weaker worldwide than it was under his two predecessors. Median approval of U.S. leadership across 134 countries and areas stands at a new low of 30%, according to a new Gallup report.

Thursday, March 15, 2018


Former Equifax executive charged with insider trading
[Even if you don't directly invest in stocks, you might get a pension that does. And some government entities invest part of their pension money in the stock market. If these investments don't do as well as expected, the taxpayers might have to make up the difference. Insider trading doesn't just allow people to unfairly gain, it also hurts many others. ]
‘Highly fit’ middle-age women nearly 90% less likely to develop dementia decades later, study finds

Ford Recalls Over 1.3 Million Cars, Says Steering Wheels Can Come Off

Zinke: Too many people enter national parks for free

Male escort’s allegations about 40 gay priests sent to Vatican

Trump's Family Trips Cost Taxpayers Nearly As Much In A Month As Obama's Cost In A Whole Year