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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Juvenile Journalism and the Rise of Fake, Socialistic Media


 

Poor Man Survival

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Juvenile Journalism and the Rise of Fake, Socialistic Media

From Buzzfeed releasing a fake [and ludicrous] Trump dossier to the Huffington Post, or as I call them –the PuffPost- slamming the First Lady for the shoes she wore to visit disaster victims to Brian Ross of ABC News reporting the fake story that President Trump ordered former national security adviser Michael Flynn to contact Russian officials [untrue] to CNN and virtually all mainstream media news outlets constant pumping out biased, less-than-truthful attacks on Trump – fake news is a real problem.

Media coverage both online [especially online via the new Verizon-owned Yahoo] and through major network news outlets has been so negative of Trump that according to Newsbusters.com, the American public has become increasingly polarized over the coverage.  Nearly 76% of those the Poor Man polled via Morning Consult believe the news media actually invent stories about Trump and his administration. 

An analysis from the Media Research Center revealed that ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts covered the Trump presidency for one out of every three minutes of their evening news airtime.  Not surprisingly, the tone of coverage was incessantly hostile.  A full 90% of the network coverage was negative, compared to only 10% positive.  [We monitored the wording used when reports were given and compared them to similar reports of Obama and invariably, negative words were used more often even in such cases for example where job numbers increased substantially versus those under Obama].

Additionally, more than two-thirds of the coverage focused on controversies rather than policy, with the bogus Russia investigation alone accounting for one-fifth of all the coverage.  Contrast that with Obama’s secret spending of $350,000 trying to influence the election in Israel and the main three networks barely mentioned the incident despite the large amount of coverage it received in the foreign press!

The PEW Research Center, not a pro-Trump group by any stretch, found that the news coverage of Trump has been 62% negative and only 5% positive.  Not surprising, journalists are overwhelming Democrat or Socialist.  Also, most are not the cream of the crop when it comes to IQ or objectivity [this is especially true for the writers at the “PuffPost” or Newsweek, which has nosedived in quality during the past few years].  In fact, a study released last year by neuroscientist Tara Swart suggests members of the mainstream media are ill equipped to do their job.

As reported by Business Insider [May 2017], Journalists brains show a lower-than-average level of executive functioning, according to a new study, which means they have below-average ability to regulate their emotions, suppress biases, solve complex problems, and show creative and flexible thinking.”

 
Investigative journalist and activist James O’Keefe just released his book on the subject of fake news, American Pravda:  My Fight for Truth in the Era of Fake News.  O’Keefe is famous for his undercover sting against ACORN and most recently Twitter.

Employees of the social media site were caught admitting they manipulate users’ news feeds and try to limit the reach of right-leaning voices through shadow-banning, suspending, or outright terminating their accounts.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai criticized Twitter for its digital censorship practices, “Let’s not kid ourselves.  When it comes to an open internet, Twitter is part of the problem,” he said. 

Meanwhile, Facebook and Google have taken to filtering and so-called fact checking content put out by conservatives [are they doing the same to progressives and socialists]? 

No one in Congress to date has introduced legislation proposing any kind of “Shall Not Censor” rules forcing social networks to live up to their original promise of protecting free speech.  Perhaps the free market might offer a better alternative with platforms such as Gab.ai and Minds.com

 

What about you? Got anything interesting to share?


Bruce, the Poor Man, free thinker, social critic & cynic

 
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Want to have sharp the recall you enjoyed years ago so that it is easy to recall names, dates and where you left your keys?  Take a daily B-complex vitamin that contains at least 1.3 mg. of B-6 if you’re 50 or younger, 1.5 mg. of B-6 if you’re 51 or older, 2.4 mcg. of B-12 and 400 mcg. Of folic acid—and research in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship shows you’ll have a better memory within12 weeks.  B vitamins tamp down the brain’s level of homocysteine, considered by scientists to be a key cause of memory loss as you age.



You Have a 16-Cylinder Brain-Learn How to Use it & Re-Awaken the Genius Inside You!

 

I know everyone is short on time in this hectic world so I’ve kept this PDF short and to the point with links to expert how-to articles and guides including:

 

·         How to Increase Your Intelligence

·         6 Step Brain Exercise Steve Jobs Used to Boost Creativity

·         6 Simple Habits to Boost Your Intelligence

·         The Best Vitamins to Increase Brain Function

·         How a Harvard Brain Specialist Keeps Her Brain Healthy

·         A Review of the Top 10 Brain [Limitless] Pills

·         How to Protect Your Cognitive Function

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Investing in Yourself is the Best Way to Go!


 

Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources
 
 

 Investing in Yourself is the Best Way to Go!


Since 2009 the drearier edge to retirement is that more people realize they are unprepared financially to stop working. Shortsighted government policies and oversight which began with the Clinton administration [when he eliminated the 90-year-old safeguard of the Glass-Steagall Act, effectively turning Wall Street into a casino with your money] wiped out most stock portfolios, savings accounts and many Americans lost their jobs and homes as a result.

The Washington Post has called it “the new reality of old age” and quoted one 74-year-old man saying he will need to work until he dies. For those who have retired, a Fidelity study found that 55 percent are at risk of running out of money before their lives end. Think of this statistic—more than half of those surveyed aren’t prepared. Are you?

 

When the stock market was falling in 2008, I had friends and associates share with me they had lost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars, and some even shared how many years of work they had lost. They wanted the losses to stop, and they were desperately looking for help.

In addition to the recession, several other factors contributed to their retirement woes. Most businesses no longer offer pensions, so retirees must rely more on their savings. People also need to rely more on Social Security, but Social Security replaces usually only 40 percent of a person’s pre-retirement earnings. In addition, the Social Security Administration has shared on its website that Social Security may end up paying just 75 cents on the dollar in 2033.

All of this raises the question: Is it even possible to retire in today’s economy?

 

If you haven’t gotten your tax return yet, it isn’t too late to do something responsible with it. Before making a reservation at the swankiest restaurant in town, consider making that money work for you and your financial future.

 

Here are a few ways to do it:

 

  • Pay down debt This might feel like such a letdown, but: the faster you pay off debt, the quicker you can be on your way to investing or building your savings.
  • Invest in yourself It’s easy to forget about personal development, but making it a priority will keep you sharp (and sane). Whether it’s developing your skills for work or taking a class for your favorite hobby, it’ll keep you growing.
  • Use the 50/30/20 rule Never heard of it? You break down your income (or your tax return) as follows: 50% goes to “needs,” 30% is spent on “wants,” and 20% is saved. With this budgeting method, it’s an all-around win.

 

Over the past decade my wife and I got out of the stock market and invested in land, precious metals and other hard goods.  This was a personal decision that we’ve not regretted at these items continue to go up in value while the stock market continues its rise and fall like the proverbial roller coaster.

 

What about you? Got anything interesting to share?


Bruce, the Poor Man, free thinker, social critic & cynic

 

 Final Notes…

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FOILING FRAUD RESOURCES:

IDTheftInfo.org:  Offers steps you can take to secure your personal information and what to do if you’ve been the victim of identity theft.

FTC.gov:  Whether you wish to report fraud or sign up for free fraud alerts, the Federal Trade Commission will steer you in the right direction.

Fraudwatchnetwork.com:  Learn to outsmart fraudsters and scam artists from expert Doug Shadel.

Scamicide.com:  Offers resources on avoiding ID theft and other scams.

 

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Nurturing neurons with green tea…Sipping two cups of green tea daily revs the flow of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to your brain 25%, staving of brain aging, and boosts your focus, concentration and short-term memory 18% or more, say Mt. Sinai School researchers.  The credit goes to an antioxidant in green tea, EGCG which is proven to also help keep your heart young.



You Have a 16-Cylinder Brain-Learn How to Use it & Re-Awaken the Genius Inside You!

 

I know everyone is short on time in this hectic world so I’ve kept this PDF short and to the point with links to expert how-to articles and guides including:

 

·         How to Increase Your Intelligence

·         6 Step Brain Exercise Steve Jobs Used to Boost Creativity

·         6 Simple Habits to Boost Your Intelligence

·         The Best Vitamins to Increase Brain Function

·         How a Harvard Brain Specialist Keeps Her Brain Healthy

·         A Review of the Top 10 Brain [Limitless] Pills

·         How to Protect Your Cognitive Function

 


 

 

 

 


 

 
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Easy Money Is Rotting America from the Inside-Out


Poor Man Survival

Self Reliance tools for independent minded people…


ISSN 2161-5543

A Digest of Urban Survival Resources

 


Bottom Feeder News…

 
It's only a matter of time before the next economic downturn comes along. How ready is your state?

Beyond the divisive politicking and culture wars (mostly distractions, a trick as old as bread and circuses), there’s something more insidious afoot.

Cloaked in opaque language and circular reasoning… So boring in its approach it pleads with us not to pay any more attention… to leave it to the experts because we’re too stupid to pay attention.

From Flint, Michigan to Afghanistan, two words are at root of this rot.

Today, to give you the deep dive on America’s moldy crawl space, we invite David Veksler, Director of Marketing at FEE, to the show.

How Easy Money Is Rotting America from the Inside-Out


By David Veksler

The Federal Reserve has been the main cause of business cycles in America since 1913. For several decades, it has tried to hide the consequences of its policies by enabling easy credit during each recession.

As Jonathan Newman wrote yesterday, pouring trillions of dollars into the financial sector obscures the external signs of the recession such as low asset prices and high unemployment and promotes economic malinvestment.

This malinvestment creates the conditions that cause the next recession. Some of the consequences of the Fed’s policies, such as stock market and housing bubbles can be directly attributed to its policies. In other cases, the artificially low interest rates and other “easy money” policies foster an "infrastructure rot" that erodes the efficiency of the American economy, the standard of living of consumers, and eats away at American infrastructure. These effects are difficult to trace back to the Fed's policies, so let’s concretize some examples to understand how Federal Reserve policies affect America.

At the city level, low interest rates allow cities to fund new public projects such as parks and bridges. While this may seem fine and dandy, all infrastructure projects have a maintenance cost. It’s not sufficient to build a park. One must also have the money to maintain it every year. If there is not enough revenue to pay for maintenance, the park will literally rot until the playgrounds fall apart, the lawns are overgrown, the lights fail, and the park becomes too dangerous for families to play in.

The same thing will happen to streets, bridges, and plumbing. This is one of the ways urban decay happens: easy money policies fund unsustainable urban infrastructure projects which make politicians look good, but end up crumbling a few years or decades later. The Flint water crisis happened in large part because the Federal government funded infrastructure projects that were not sustainable by the incomes of the people of Michigan.

Easy money from the Fed also rots the guts of American corporations. New money goes to the most politically-connected businesses first, and funds projects that would not be possible in a free market. Because private investors haven’t actually saved enough to see the projects through to completion, and consumers don’t value the product enough to cover production costs, the companies getting free money from the government either fail or receive endless bailouts. For example, easy money encouraged unsustainable commitments like high union wages and pensions, forcing US automakers to sell cars for prices that consumers could not pay given their actual savings rate. When sales dipped in 2009, the government was forced to bail out GM, Chrysler, and Ford in 2009.

While small businesses are the last to get access to the Fed's easy money taps, big banks received over $700 billion in TARP bailouts and even more selling U.S. Treasury bonds to the Fed under the QE program. Obama didn’t have clue as to why that amount of money was required-that sum was literally pulled out of the air and Obama simply said OK without any kind of review…what the hell, taxpayers were on the hook and they’re aren’t exactly savvy when it comes to getting suckered by Washington insiders and the scamsters we elect.

Such subsidies signal to banks that their primary customer is the government, not consumers. As a result, financial services have stagnated, and banks have fought rather than embraced genuine innovations like the blockchain.

The 2009 crisis made banks cautious of making mortgages to people who clearly could not afford them. But the Fed kept giving away free money and enabled a new phenomenon: zero-interest auto loans. While this may seem like a good deal for consumers, the Fed's credit expansion has created an auto-credit bubble worth 9.2% of all household debt. Consumers are buying and leasing cars that they would not normally be able to afford.

Instead of being taught to save, millennials are learning to have a negative savings rate (acquiring more debt than assets) and trust their future entirely to the government. If a recession happens, millions of people will suddenly find that they are unable to keep their cars and lack any emergency savings. When millions of unwanted cars are dumped back onto the market, automakers will again be unable to keep up with their inflated liabilities, requiring another bailout.

Perhaps one of the most destructive products of easy money has been the War On Terror. The U.S. has spent about $5 trillion on this seemingly endless war, and most of the money has not come from higher taxes, but from selling bonds to institutions like pensions funds, and especially foreign countries such as China and Japan. American citizens have gained nothing of value, while our government has been spreading death, destruction, and revolution abroad.

While the national economy has gotten away with federal deficits and a $20 trillion dollar debt for decades, this trend is only sustainable as long as the rest of the world keeps lending the U.S. money. When they decide to stop funding our wars and financial irresponsibility, Americans will suddenly be faced with paying trillions of dollars in liabilities. This overdue correction will likely come with dramatic reductions to Americans’ standard of living.

My point in writing this is to help you visualize the destructive effect of the U.S. government's easy money policies from an abstract harm to the practical harm: collapsing bridges, kids poisoned from lead plumbing, millions of cars rotting in junkyards, scandalous bank services fees, bombs falling on innocent people all over the world, and widespread poverty once the easy-credit party ends.

This article originally appeared at FEE at this link.


Rising education debt may also be crimping consumers’ demand for other kinds of debt, according to the analysts. Total student loan debt reached $1.36 trillion in the third-quarter of 2017, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. That’s up from $530 billion a decade earlier, and is the largest share of non-housing debt. It’s also "significantly more burdensome" for lower income households, the analysts said.

 

We’d like to think we can avoid another recession, but we can’t. Economic expansion followed by recession is simply the way things work in a capitalist society.

Since we know it’s not a question of if, but rather when, a recession hits, we all need to be prepared. For families, that means having an adequate emergency fund. For states, it requires putting enough into reserves to ride out a downturn.

Moody’s Analytics analyzed state reserves to see how well they would weather a moderate recession. The group compared actual reserves, as a percentage of state revenues, with the necessary reserves a state would require to comfortably withstand an economic downturn. (How much a given state needs to hold in reserve varies depending on particular economy and tax structure.) While 16 states are looking good and 19 states could probably squeak by, there are 15 states that are going to be in serious trouble if we have a recession in the next one to two years.


 
Bruce, the Contrarian curmudgeon!

 


How to Survive the War on the Middle Class

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7.       Knowing When and How to Stockpile Groceries
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8.       John Braddock’s, A Spy’s Guide to Thinking

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A Final Note…

Contributors and subscribers enable the Poor Man Survivor to post 150+ free essays annually. It is for this reason they are Heroes and Heroines of New Media. Without your financial support, the free content would disappear for the simple reason that I cannot keep body and soul together on my meager book sales & ecommerce alone.

 

Improve your brain

Battling brain fog?  Chlorophyll doesn’t just make plants green, it also switches on enzymes that help your liver quickly break down and excrete fatigue-triggering toxins, according to recent British research.  No wonder tiredness and brain fog are often the first signs that your liver needs a chlorophyll boost.  Get it by eating at least four daily cups of green vegetables such as peas, broccoli, spinach and/or kale.  UCLA researchers say fuzzy thinking and fatigue can be reversed in as little as 10 days.


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I know everyone is short on time in this hectic world so I’ve kept this PDF short and to the point with links to expert how-to articles and guides including:

 

·         How to Increase Your Intelligence

·         6 Step Brain Exercise Steve Jobs Used to Boost Creativity

·         6 Simple Habits to Boost Your Intelligence

·         The Best Vitamins to Increase Brain Function

·         How a Harvard Brain Specialist Keeps Her Brain Healthy

·         A Review of the Top 10 Brain [Limitless] Pills

·         How to Protect Your Cognitive Function

 


 

Support our efforts by shopping my storefront…


 

 

 

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