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Taking Notes from the Internet with Word

Often I read an article on the internet and I want to be able to find it again. I have found that I can make a copy of the url (capture it) and I can paste it into a document which then becomes a set of sources for notes. Sometimes I add a quote from a particularly cogent article to refresh my mind about the content and to perhaps use in my own writing. I usually write opinion pieces but they are based on experience, history, on all the hours I spend listening to the news, and on my reading on the internet. I have a subscription to the New York Times and my local newspaper. I read the Daily Beast and the Daily Kos but my funds are limited so I cannot read as many papers as I would like to. However, if you know your topic and you do a search on the engine of your choice you are allowed to access articles from almost any source, although each news outlet may limit you to a certain number of articles per month. I don’t really mind this mercenary approach to journalism because we need our journalists and they and their employers cannot survive unless they are funded.

This is so much less laborious than the way I had to take notes in high school and college (BI) (Before Internet). I would buy a few packages of 3×5 cards or 5×8 cards and spend hours in the library. In high school our reference of choice was Reader’s Guide to Periodicals and in college there was an array of indexes for professional journals in any field imaginable. These professional journals still exist and can be accessed on the internet but using them may involve fees.

Now whenever an article appeals to me I paste my notes on the article and the url of my source into a Word document. I label my pages Interesting Linx and use a new number for each time I begin a new document, which I do when my list gets long. Here’s a copy of my most recent links page in case you also might have an interest in any of these topics.

Interesting Linx One (I started over on my new computer.)

Gov Pence’s anti discrimination law

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/28/us/politics/indiana-law-denounced-as-invitation-to-discriminate-against-gays.html?action=click&contentCollection=U.S.&module=RelatedCoverage&region=Marginalia&pgtype=article

Eric Miller, who lobbied for Indiana’s new law as executive director of the group Advance America, said it could help Christian bakers, florists and photographers avoid punishment for “refusing to participate in a homosexual marriage,” protect Christian businesses that refuse “to allow a man to use the women’s restroom,” and insulate churches that refuse to allow their premises to be used for same-sex weddings.

Federal antidiscrimination laws

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_anti-discrimination_acts

http://www.mystateline.com/fulltext-news/d/story/how-illinois-religious-freedom-law-compares-to-ind/19201/Oau4pspuM0m5yrpyz4wd_Q

How is Indiana’s law different from other states?

EYEWITNESS NEWS CAPITOL BUREAU — While millions are calling a new law in Indiana a big mistake, there was unanimous support for a similar law passed in Illinois almost twenty years ago. The difference between Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act and Illinois’s RFRA is the scope of whom the law was meant to protect. The first RFRA was passed by the federal government in 1993 to protect the individual rights of religious people. Illinois and 18 other states passed RFRA’s in the late 1990s after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the federal law does not affect state governments. The rule would protect rights of churches to expand amid strict zoning regulations, or allow accommodations to state employees on the basis of their religious practices. But Indiana’s new RFRA goes an extra step. It protects the religious beliefs of businesses against individual civil liberties. UIS Political Science Professor Jason Pierceson said this is the first time such a law has passed a state legislature. “They are really designed and tailored to allow businesses to be able to not serve certain kinds of people,” Pierceson said. Pierceson said Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R-Indiana) comparison to Illinois’s law is disingenuous. “His response in saying it’s just like Illinois, it’s just like every other state is a political message trying to cover up the fact he was doing the bidding of the religious right,” Pierceson said. Indiana is not the only state looking to broaden or pass a new RFRA. More than a dozen states are considering adopting a new law.

You Tube Eleanor Roosevelt

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPVWmmVKVk0

https://youtu.be/sPVWmmVKVk0

https://youtu.be/sPVWmmVKVk0

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You Tube Golda Meir

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt2YKL0ub64

Angela Merkel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmusV-7BMzM

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Google Workshop

http://www.syracusemediagroup.com/events/

Article on affluent v poor neighborhoods

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/04/where-the-white-people-live/390153/?utm_source=SFTwitter

US Budget 2015

https://www.nationalpriorities.org/budget-basics/federal-budget-101/borrowing-and-federal-debt/

https://www.nationalpriorities.org/budget-basics/federal-budget-101/spending/

How much government owes Social Security

http://www.fedsmith.com/2013/05/23/government-owes-2-7-trillion-to-social-security/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/merrillmatthews/2011/07/13/what-happened-to-the-2-6-trillion-social-security-trust-fund/

 

Publisher’s Weekly

Essay: A Critical Memoir by Donald Revell (Omnidawn) – Revell (Tantivy), in his 12th poetry collection (which is actually more of a hybrid essay/memoir/prose poem), reminds readers that “hesitation and delay must never be mistaken for rest.” At turns memoir and literary analysis, allegory and reenactment, this fragmented and deeply personal exploration of memory and literature’s place in the soul resembles a type of scrapbook book that asks, “Who’s crazy? Whose pomp is prophetic?” Revell’s prose is a contemplative, forceful incorporation of disparate elements: a dervish at half speed that absorbs and refigures Dante, Thoreau, Shakespeare, old photographs, the Vietnam War, and more into a love letter to reading, a pageant of deliberate contemplation and devotion. “Am I afraid to cross over the river without my Virgil—my allusions, my heralds and cross-references? I must read more. Am I afraid to die? I must love more.” Unable to contain itself, Revell’s work challenges and denies more than just its generic conventions; it takes to task the notion that reading and storytelling can be anything less than transformative—which therefore makes them essential.
Income inequality

http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/up-front/posts/2015/04/09-how-does-tax-code-reduce-inequality-wessel?utm_campaign=Brookings+Brief&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=17037735&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-94zvkh_6lC61gtD8fFU64qQ3EyMl7xCFNAbwveeDIjD9C0TYENLvRmWHj_RuzbZ7C4x97ZLKrHHvOIGx_yIFv_vS3CiA&_hsmi=17037735

500mil devel grant

COMPETITION

Council seeks ideas for $500M grant

The Central New York Regional Economic Development Council asked the public to share its ideas on the best ways to spend $500 million in state economic development money by posting proposals on its Facebook page, facebook. com/CNYREDC. The group is particularly looking for projects that include a large amount of private money.

“The more private capital we can leverage, the better off this region will be,” said Robert Simpson, president of CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity, who chairs the council with Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud.

The council is preparing an application for one of three $500 million economic development grants under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Upstate Revitalization Initiative. Central New York will compete with six other regions.

Simpson said state officials have told him that they will be looking for proposals in which there is a minimum of $5 in private capital for every $1 in public funds. But to be one of the three regions to take home one of the $500 million grants, the Central New York proposal likely will need an even higher ratio of private-to-public dollars, he said

Rick Moriarty

Why people don’t want to soak the rich?

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/19/upshot/why-americans-dont-want-to-soak-the-rich.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=Moth-Visible&module=inside-nyt-region&region=inside-nyt-region&WT.nav=inside-nyt-region&abt=0002&abg=1

Ted Cruz on guns and government

http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/04/17/ted-cruzs-strange-gun-argument/?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=c-column-top-span-region&region=c-column-top-span-region&WT.nav=c-column-top-span-region

 

Nixon and Watergate

While historians are not sure whether Nixon knew about the Watergate espionage operation before it happened, he took steps to cover it up afterwards, raising “hush money” for the burglars, trying to stop the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from investigating the crime, destroying evidence and firing uncooperative staff members. In August 1974, after his role in the Watergate conspiracy had finally come to light, the president resigned. His successor, Gerald Ford, immediately pardoned Nixon for all the crimes he “committed or may have committed” while in office. Although Nixon was never prosecuted, the Watergate scandal changed American politics forever, leading many Americans to question their leadership and think more critically about the presidency.

http://www.history.com/topics/watergate

America is not Worldly

http://www.salon.com/2015/03/28/9_basic_concepts_americans_fail_to_grasp_partner/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=socialflow

Factory jobs

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/01/making-it-in-america/308844/

Globilization or Trade Agreements

http://www.manzellareport.com/index.php/u-s/469-the-impact-of-globalization-trade-agreements-and-emerging-trade-blocs-on-us-industry

http://www.epi.org/research/trade-and-globalization/

https://www.globalpolicy.org/economic-expansion/international-trade-agreements-8-22.html

http://www.politicalresearch.org/2014/10/11/globalization-and-nafta-caused-migration-from-mexico/#

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/harold-meyerson-free-trade-and-the-loss-of-us-jobs/2014/01/14/894f5750-7d59-11e3-93c1-0e888170b723_story.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/03/12/why-obamas-key-trade-deal-with-asia-would-actually-be-good-for-american-workers/

 

Paranoia or expertise?

http://totalwealthresearch.com/rickards/five-signs-world-on-the-cusp-all-out-war/?iris=331641

Overestimating upward mobility

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/03/opinion/sunday/american-dream-or-mirage.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=Moth-Visible&module=inside-nyt-region&region=inside-nyt-region&WT.nav=inside-nyt-region

 

It’s May

https://youtu.be/cg4YrOlAkds

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Better video, incomplete song

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Hillary’s worldwide concern for women

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/10/18/1248523/-You-won-t-see-Hillary-Clinton-in-the-same-light-ever-again?

25 year depression

http://economyandmarkets.com/breaking-news/greatest-stock-market-collapse-great-depression/

http://totalwealthresearch.com/rickards/five-signs-world-on-the-cusp-all-out-war/?from=oo

70%stock market crash – safe money

http://moneymorning.com/2011/07/26/safe-haven-currencies-want-flee-us-dollar-here-four-places-hide/

http://www.wealthdaily.com/resources/surviving-the-coming-economic-collapse

Sex, Drugs and Poverty – Second Demographic Transition-

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/06/opinion/sex-drugs-and-poverty-in-red-and-blue-america.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=c-column-top-span-region&region=c-column-top-span-region&WT.nav=c-column-top-span-region&_r=0

(Author offer graphics but is also judgmental in that he considers these changes signal a loss of morality)

“The fact is that the poor and working classes of both races were not well equipped to adjust to changes in behavior driven by sexual revolution and the second demographic transition – a collection of forces that are inexorably changing the family, marriage patterns and child rearing worldwide.

Those who seek to exploit the transformation of reproductive norms for short-term political gain are tearing at the social fabric. The right willfully ignores the benefits, and the left willfully ignores the costs, of what is for better or worse, a world of radically diminished moral contraint. It may be asking too much of the political process to resolve conflicts like these.”

Daily Kos – White man describes the history of racism in Ferguson, Missouri

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/04/1381774/-A-White-Son-Of-Ferguson-On-Why-St-Louis-Can-t-Change?

This is an interesting article with lots of sources all from the internet and all url’s given.

I am a white son of Ferguson, Mo.

I am a son of Dellwood, Castle Point, Moline Acres, Jennings, St. Ann, Riverview Gardens, Northwoods and Normandy and north St. Louis County.

I am a St. Louis native. I grew up and lived there until my family moved to Indianapolis in 1976. The answer to my “St. Louis question” is Riverview Gardens High School.

Raised Catholic, my Confirmation and First Communion took place at the now-shuttered St. Sebastian parish on Chambers Road. The first home my parents owned was in the 9800 block of Dennis Drive, less than a mile from Canfield Drive where Michael Brown died.

First off, let’s be clear that when the national media speaks of racism in Ferguson, what is really involved is the whole St. Louis area.

As a native I can confidently say very little “healing” or “change” is likely in St. Louis now or in the future. This is the regrettable reality regardless of any ongoing cross-racial dialogs or federal investigations uncovering what everyone already knows – racists run local governments and the police. For many white St. Louisans that reality is just fine.1

If you read my blog first of all I thank you and you will probably recognize that many of these sources did contribute to the blogs I have posted throughout April and the beginning of May, 2015

By Nancy Brisson

 

Judging Internet Posts: Quantity vs. Quality

 
 
I get the feeling that the only one not making some money from my blog is me. Since I don’t really understand all the ins and out of monetizing I may, of course, be mistaken. All kinds of people advertising things like Blogging for Dummies or their own newest book (which shows how to make money from blogs) seem to my unpracticed eye to be directing people away from my website or to be piggy-backing in some way on my web site, often, I guess, using me as an example of what not to do.

If you Google The Brissioni Blog (and Brissioni is not a common word) I am still at the top of the search results. But I have written 1030+ posts and after the first five entries I am seeing search results like these:

Trey-Jones.Info77cures-trey jones official review site

course.trey-jones.info/the-brissioni-blog-cures.htm

 (I have never heard of Trey Jones)

Alex-J.INFO>>blog

Honest-the-brissioni-blog.alex.info

Alex J does claim to be a reviewer but I did not find an actual review. This does seem to be a legitimate website, but it has no connection with my site that I know of.

If I place a comment on someone else’s blog, that comment somehow rises to the top of my search results, but the entry will not take you to my blog; it will take you to theirs.

There are many more such entries in my search list that never used to be there and I just don’t get how it happens or what it means.

One of these guys (mentioned above) writes about how to get to the top of the leader board. Apparently writing (or photographing or designing) your heart out is not the way. You are supposed to learn internet tricks, things like key words, back links (whatever those are). In other words you succeed on the internet by learning how to pull strings that have been designed by internet search engines to pick sites that rise to the top like cream on milk. It’s sort of like cheating on a test. It’s all about quantity, not quality. I guess the idea is that quantity must indicate quality, but I don’t think this is always the case. You apparently do not need a great site or any creative content if you just build a website whose only goal is to rise to the top whether it deserves to be there or not. These sites often become parasites who steal from people who don’t know how to cheat, who don’t like to cheat, or who want to be recognized for their own effort or creativity. There is a lot of pressure to build these mysterious quantitative measures of success into your blog. If you know how to pull those hidden strings, for example, you can place yourself, like a barnacle, and gradually hide the original construct with a new bogus product which, oddly enough, will allow you to profit from the internet. Internet users can actually buy followers. It bothers me that I don’t have enough IT skills to burn these barnacles, to scrape them away so that they cannot “use” my blog. It bothers me that when I Google my blog I am mostly missing from the search results.

But I must admit that I have not worried so much about looking for advertisers or payers because I want the freedom to say what I wish. I don’t want to embarrass a sponsor by stating an opinion they would not want to be associated with. But fending off the attacks of these users (and I don’t mean users in a nice way) is just beyond my computer talents. I will persevere and hope that Blogger will look into some of these abuses. They have been responsive so far. If some of these sites are not parasitic then I apologize. However, it is still true that just because you can do something, i.e. you know how to do something, doesn’t mean that you should do it.

Blogger has created templates that produce attractive posts and their structure makes it easy to post a quite professional looking blog. But Blogger has not exactly done anything to showcase my blog either. The “follower” process is so onerous that most people balk at completing it. The comment section doesn’t work. In fact, if seems as if other bloggers are the only people who can interact with the blogs on Blogger (sorry to say the “b” word so many times). They only highlight blogs with lots of followers so if you can’t negotiate the “follower” process you are out of luck. Could there be people who suppress my posts on purpose? Since I do express opinions with a definite point of view it is possible, but this is most likely just a tinge of paranoia. Of course, Blogger could just be trying to shut out a lot of the mean attack comments that are so common on political websites thinking that these comments will be too demoralizing to me, but since meanness seems to bring more traffic to a site I doubt that this is Blogger’s motive. Blogger may just be a laissez-faire group of administrators who basically only interfere when absolutely necessary.

I will arrive at a total # of 100,000 visitors sometime very soon and that feels like a real milestone. With so little feedback I have no idea what my visitors reactions are to my articles. Google+ has finally afforded me a chance to get some reinforcement from my visitors, but most of my Google+ friends do not comment on my content, so I have no idea if they are readers or just visitors. Whether they read or just visit, I certainly do appreciate them. I have met many nice and very talented people on Google+ and I thank them for their support. Maybe I will buy that book Blogging for Dummies and try to learn more about the technical aspects of blogging. I never enjoy feeling stupid.