The sun’s out here ...... roadways up to various mountain snow recreation areas are clogged with traffic ..... more of my various colored California poppies that self-seeded are blossoming.
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The past couple weeks have been unusual. I suspect a deep conspiracy is rampant among inanimate objects in my house. Conspiracies are everywhere according to some people, so why not this? I found it very troubling that various devices I use every day or so have simultaneously begun malfunctioning. How to account for that?
Yes, the plumber ultimately resolved one issue so I have a flushable commode, but then there was the appliance problem requiring a service person.
Days, then a week became more than two without laundry capability as I insisted what I observed happening to my machine didn’t jibe with the diagnosis – especially when the service man’s first treatment failed to solve the problem. More water all over the utility room floor when I opened the front-loading door.
My continued emphasis that this was not a second problem but the same issue I had first reported, ultimately caused him to explore what actually resulted in a much simpler solution than he had considered. This resolved the problem -- didn’t even require he install the new replacement part that had delayed service -- plus saved me the expense of a second service call. Conspiracy or not, the commode sewer line reamed out, then the hose from the clothes washer drain adjusted, I finally have clean clothes again.
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Preservation of journalism in the news industry continues to be a major concern. Given the importance of journalism to a democracy, being supportive of responsible journalists and organizations is vital. There has been a decline in the traditional news sources on which we’ve relied for information though actual media sources have increased significantly.
The quality of reporting and viability of the facts has been threatened, compromised in some instances, challenging each of us to be discriminating. Certainly differentiating between opinion and fact is imperative.
This Guardian article I read recently by Hossein Derakhshan poses some interesting thoughts and questions “If news is dying, who will save democracy?” He differentiates between news and journalism, noting entertainment’s predominance along with propaganda.
“... if buffeted by the twin forces of entertainment and propaganda, news is dying, how can journalism – and thereby democracy – survive?”
He suggests thoughtful sources beyond the sound bites, short blurbs we mostly receive now becoming increasingly prevalent. He says:
“I see hope in three narrative formats: audio (including documentary podcasting), video and non-fiction “literature”.
I haven’t devoted much time to audio podcasts, do view videos, but my non-fiction reading remains mostly with books, television and multiple but selective traditional print web sites, also my city weekly paper, the Claremont Courier for local news.
I don’t attend to social media sites when I want to know what’s going on, as they have been so polluted, including the one used and abused by our nation’s leader. With the run-up to our Primary elections and the national election in the coming year we have been cautioned to expect more of the same.
What do you see as the source(s) of journalism and/or news, especially specifically about your city or community?