first_img Stemming the Rising Tide of Misinformation SHARE By Gary Truitt – Jul 5, 2015 Here are a few additional suggestions I have for sorting out fact from fiction on social media channels. First, review your friends list and determine which ones are members of radical animal groups like PETA, HSUS, and MFA,environmental groups like CSPI, NRDC, and Greenpeace, or any number of organic or anti- GMO groups. You should seriously consider deleting these people from your friend list because, obviously, they are people of questionable character and intelligence. Previous articleSunday OutlookNext articleInfluential Ag Leader Wayne Townsend, Dies at 89 Gary Truitt Katlin Fritz, the program manager for the Food Innovation Center at Ohio State, has had a similar experience. “Recently, I checked my Facebook news feed and saw a friend had posted that she “would no longer eat eggs” based on an article she had read. Chances are you have seen links on Facebook or Twitter promoting a point-of-view without quoting scientific evidence. Misinformation shared in social media often breeds confusion, frustration, and sometimes fear. Information that’s misleading or inaccurate is extremely abundant on the Internet.” The problem is, when it comes to information about food and nutrition, a lot of people use the internet as their source of information.  Ms. Fritz has put together some guidelines for sorting out fact from BS on food and nutrition issues. Home Commentary Stemming the Rising Tide of Misinformation It happens almost every day. I open my Facebook account and see some totally false and usually slanderous piece of information shared by someone on my friend list.  Sometimes there is an insipid comment added by this person like “this is awful” or “share if you agree.”  I used to comment on these posts pointing out their blunder or directing them to resources that had the true facts, but this turned into a full time job that did not pay anything. So now I am just jaded and cynical and slide past this junk — most of the time. Facebook Twitter SHARE She suggests looking at the source. “Websites that are reliable generally cite sources of scientific studies, medical facts and figures, identify authors or contributors, and disclose any financial interests the sponsors may have in selling a particular product. Look at who is running the website and its purpose.”  She also recommends carefully considering the credentials of the “experts” who appear on-line. Anyone can be an expert on the internet. Yet, the concept of actually checking to see if something is true before you pass it on is a concept that has eluded the sizeable majority of people currently using social media. I made an exception this past week and commented on a load of misinformation posted about the Country of Origin Labeling issue.  This was the about the 20th time I had seen this particular pack of lies go by in the past few weeks. My thoughtful and factual comments were mostly surrounded  by reactionary comments like, “I don’t trust the USDA,” “I don’t buy meat from grocery stores,” or “I want to know where my food comes from.” This is another reason I seldom engage in this kind of thing: even when you present the truth, people will reject it if it does not fit their preconceived ideas. The most foolproof way to separate truth from twaddle is to go to the original source. This is what we real journalists do as compared to social media journalists who simply click the share button. Take a few seconds, track a post back to the original source, and then verify its authenticity.   There are several web sites that will do this for you if you are not sure if a source if telling the truth. This is the least you can do before you share something.  If you are too lazy to do this, then you are contributing to the level of misinformation on the internet and dumbing down the collective intelligence of mankind.By Gary Truitt There may be people on your list that seemed normal and sensible when you added them but have shown a propensity to share links  from questionable news sources. In these cases, you may want to adjust your settings so that you only see important personal items they post not the junk they share from some moronic celebrity. I have found that some of the most ridiculous information comes from celebrities, or people who think they are, Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgNewsx Adverts Facebook By News Highland – June 2, 2011 Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Sinn Fein concerned at new draft County Development Plan Sinn Fein has outline its opposition to the Draft County Development Plan claiming that if adopted as is, it would have a detrimental impact on the county’s rural areas.The plan came up for discussion at this weeks meeting of Donegal County Council, just hours before it was to be released for public consultation.Deputy Mayor, Marie Therese Gallagher, outlined Sinn Feins opposition to the plan and highlighted the detrimental effect, the party feel the plan will have the rural area’s of the county and the Gaeltacht region.The party says there are considerable challenges within plan which the council does not have control over. The plan has been drawn up within National Planning Guidelines, Regional Planning Guidelines and underEPA regs – SInn Fein believes these guidelines and regulations are the real challenges.They say the plan is based on the direction of the National planning guidelines which are to centralise population,In terms of planning, its claimed -under the guidlines being adopted – the freedom to decide where to set up home will be curtailed, and directed by the hierarchy system. Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+center_img WhatsApp WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter Previous articleFinn Valley College footpaths will be ready – Mc BreartyNext articleLGH offering advice on haemochromatosis News Highland Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

first_imgQPR must produce a second-half comeback to keep their promotion dream alive after James Perch put Wigan ahead in the play-off clash at Loftus Road.Level at 0-0 from first leg and with the home crowd hoping for a repeat of the famous play-off triumph against Oldham 11 years ago, the scene was set for an early barrage from Harry Redknapp’s side.Instead they found themselves behind after only nine minutes after a defensive lapse involving two of their most consistent performers.Nedum Onuoha was slow to close down James McClean and the Irishman’s left-wing cross was snapped up by Perch, who got in front of Clint Hill to score from close range.Rangers continued to look shaky at the back but began to create openings at the other end, with Niko Kranjcar forcing a save from keeper Scott Carson and Gary O’Neil shooting wide before a Joey Barton corner almost led to an equaliser.Charlie Austin’s header from Barton’s delivery was cleared off the line by McClean, with the ball then striking Onuoha and bouncing wide.Redknapp opted not to start with Ravel Morrison, who is among the QPR substitutes. QPR (4-4-1-1): Green; Simpson, Onuoha, Dunne, Hill; Doyle; Barton, O’Neil, Hoilett; Kranjcar; Austin. Subs: Murphy, Henry, Yun, Benayoun, Zamora, Hughes, Morrison. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgIan Holloway says QPR will take no chances with Jack Robinson following the left-back’s latest injury.Robinson has returned to light training following a hamstring problem and will not be considered for Thursday’s match against Wolves.He also missed Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Ipswich, having had to be substituted at half-time during the home win against Norwich the previous weekend.Robinson, who has battled his way back from a long-term knee injury, impressed Holloway in his 45-minute outing against Norwich.And the Rangers boss is determined to give him time to make a full recovery.Holloway has been impressed with RobinsonHolloway said: “We can’t risk it. He’s out there running but with one game and then almost 10 days (without a game), we can’t risk it.“I never risk my players. I need him long term, not short term.”Holloway rates Jake Bidwell as one of the Championship’s best left-backs but Robinson’s display as a wing-back gave Holloway food for thought.“I thought he was terrific – absolutely the sort of attitude I’m looking for,” Holloway said.“We lack that a little bit in wide areas – wonderful skill. He was fantastic and we’ve got to do what’s right for him.” See also:QPR boss Holloway rules out Jackett returnLuongo passed fit to return for QPRCaulker could return to training next weekQPR youngster Shodipo signs new contract  Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgdana oshiro 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… After having both knees replaced, my father has earned the nickname “the titanium bear”. For months he sulked in front of the TV thinking only of his rising golf handicap. Implanet, a manufacturer of implantable medical devices hopes to keep my dad’s knees intact by using IBM RFID solutions to alert him to recalls. According to a recent press release, the company will embed the tags into knee and hip replacements and use them to alert patients to any product-related concerns. Prior to shipping prosthetic parts, Implanet embeds an RFID tag with the device model, serial number and latest info enclosed. Prior to surgery, the hospital scans the tag and IBM’s WebSphere Sensor Events software uploads the information to a server. Patients are then given the tag ID for alerts. In the past ReadWriteWeb covered RFID and its rocky road to consumer adoption. Nevertheless, the enterprise market continues to find new uses for RFID. In fact, this is not the first time where RFID tags have appeared in hospitals. Companies like Wavemark have been working with health institutions to track cardiology machines and other inventory. In this particular case, because the indexing process does not require speed or long distance accuracy, Implanet makes use of IBM’s RFID technologies. Tags:#health#Real World#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

first_imgOver the next ten weeks, I’m going to lay out my top-ten priorities for green building—starting, in Lettermanesque fashion, with #10 and working up to #1. These priorities are directed primarily toward the design and construction profession, but homeowners having a house built or work done on a house need to be part of this discussion too.This shouldn’t be thought of as a hard-and-fast priority ranking. Of necessity, I’ve had to average the various considerations. In some places, where it’s extremely dry, for example, or where the ecosystem is pristine, my priority rankings would be quite different. And if I were addressing solely existing buildings or solely new construction, my rankings and some of the measures might vary. Here, I’m taking both new construction and renovation into consideration.My hope is that this will be a good conversation starter. I expect some readers will be surprised at what attributes I consider to be more—or less—significant as we work toward creating greener homes. The bottom line is that all of the priorities I will cover are important in most situations—and there are lots of other greening strategies we should try to address, even if they don’t make it onto this list.Priority #10: Make it Easy for Homeowners to be GreenHow we operate our houses and how we live our lives have huge bearing on our impact on the environment. There are some things we can do in building or renovating a house to make it easier for homeowners to live greener lives. A few of these measures are described here.Provide instructions on operating the house. It never ceases to amaze me that a new house doesn’t come with an owner’s manual. You wouldn’t expect a new car to come without guidance how to operate and maintain it; shouldn’t we expect the same with something we’re spending ten or twenty times as much money on? This owner’s manual should explain—in plain English—such issues as how to operate and maintain heating and cooling equipment, the importance of cleaning out gutters, what homeowners need to know about operating storm windows, why it’s important to always use the bathroom fan while showering, and how to inspect for termites or other problems. A homeowner’s manual is also a great place to aggregate all the information that comes with appliances, HVAC equipment, and any other systems in the house.Install easy-to-use comfort controls. Programmable thermostats can save a lot of energy and money—if they’re used properly. Provide thermostats with intuitive controls that are easy to understand, easy to set, and easy to override. Include instruction on the use of such controls, and explain how their proper use will save both energy and money.Make it convenient to recycle. Most homeowners are glad to do the right thing when it comes to living responsibly, including recycling much of their solid waste. But it needs to be convenient. Providing built-in, easy-to-clean, hidden storage for recyclables (paper, bottles, cans, plastic) will make it more likely that the homeowners will actually recycle their waste. Storage should be adaptable, but tailored to local options for recycling. If there’s curbside recycling using supplied plastic containers for recyclables, design the storage to handle those bins. If homeowners have to drive materials to a recycling facility, provide more space (perhaps including secondary storage in the garage) so that fewer trips to the recycling center are necessary.Make it easy to leave the car home. Convenient storage of bicycles might inspire homeowners to bike more often, avoiding the use of their car—keeping the air cleaner for us all.Make it easy to hang laundry outside. If a homeowner has to traipse laundry through the house to get outside, it’s going to discourage line-drying. Think about this when planning the location for laundry equipment. And install a clothesline.Create spaces that are easy to keep clean without harmful chemicals. There are some simple measures that can help keep houses cleaner; among the simplest are track-off mats at entryways and a convenient place to keep slippers to change into when getting home. And some materials don’t require as much cleaning; with porcelain toilets and sinks, for example, look for high-gloss surfaces (SanaGloss¯ in the TOTO line, for example) that are designed for easy cleaning.Make it easy to appreciate nature. Homeowners who look out a kitchen window at a beautifully landscaped native garden, or city residents whose apartment windows face the graceful branches of a tree that’s hanging on despite the limited green space, may gain more appreciation for the natural world and become more invested in protecting the environment.What else comes to mind? How could your own house have been designed or built differently to make it easier for you to live a greener lifestyle? Post comments with your own thoughts and suggestions, and I’ll incorporate new ideas into future coverage.In addition to this Energy Solutions blog, Alex writes the weekly blog on Alex’s Cool Product of the Week, which profiles an interesting new green building product each week. You can sign up to receive notices of these blogs by e-mail—enter your e-mail address in the upper right corner of any blog page.Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, LLC and executive editor of Environmental Building News. 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first_imgNICOSIA (AP) — Costakis Koutsokoumnis, the president of the Cyprus Football Association for the last 17 years, has died at 61.The Cyprus FA said on its website that Koutsokoumnis died on Monday after a months-long battle with cancer.From 2001, Koutsokoumnis won seven consecutive elections uncontested after first becoming involved with the association in 1994.Some of his most significant achievements included bringing the association in line with UEFA’s financial criteria, streamlining judicial bodies, and helping clubs with their bottom line through proceeds from television broadcast rights. He also unified soccer on the island by bringing the rural football league within the association’s fold.In April, Koutsokoumnis gained a seat on the executive board of FIFA as a UEFA representative.FILE – In this Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011 file photo, UEFA President Michel Platini, left, walks with Cyprus Football Association President Costakis Koutsokoumnis, during a UEFA summit in southern port city of Limassol, Cyprus. Koutsokoumnis, the president of the Cyprus Football Association for the last 17 years, has died at 61. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgTouch Football Australia extends its deepest condolences to Federation of International Touch (FIT) President, Erick Acker and his family following the passing of his mother. The thoughts of the Touch Football community are with Erick and his family during this time. Related LinksCondolences to Acker Familylast_img

first_imgArt Briles is no longer the head coach at Baylor, and if the latest report by Joe Schad is true, it looks like some of his assistants may be out soon too. Schad, formerly of ESPN, posted a long note to Facebook Tuesday afternoon, reporting that a former Baylor student named Dolores Lozano claims she was assaulted by former football player Devin Chafin and that both Briles and assistant Jeff Lebby knew about it. She even alleges that she and Lebby exchanged texts about the situation. She says that she brought allegations to the Waco Police, but Chafin was allowed to continue playing. She says the school never had a formal hearing either.Schad also reports details of the alleged assault and includes photos of the injuries Lozano reportedly suffered from the incident. dolores lozano facebookHere is a photo provided to me by former Baylor student Dolores Lozano— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) June 7, 2016Jeff Lebby, currently the Baylor passing game/RBs coach, did not have immediate comment about Lozano’s claims— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) June 7, 2016The fallout at Baylor does not appear to be over just yet. Obviously, this is awful. Expect more repercussions here.last_img read more