Monthly Archives: January 2019

CNN’s Biased Reporting Strikes Again

First, we get a movie about a tragic event that a small group did in Utah history tied to Mormon’s on the whole. I haven’t seen the whole movie, but the trailer shows an obvious slant towards positioning all Mormons, old and new, as fanatics akin to Islamic radicals. Then we get CNN jumping on board to not only further the cause, but also tie it into Mitt Romney with further bias. They go so far as to call back to their internal poll and attempt to convince everyone that Mitt shouldn’t be voted for as a Mormon.

See the “reporting” for yourself:

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/showbiz/2007/08/15/anderson.mormon.film.cnn

When will Mormon’s ever catch a break? They get it equally from the right and left wings who just can’t stand to see a good group of people without beating them down. We don’t expect to be favored in the news, but we do expect some unbiased treatment.


I’ve read up on this event, and it is a tragedy. There is a lot of persecution of the Mormons leading up to this that no doubt played into this group’s poor decision making and abominable actions, yet that still doesn’t excuse it. Do we condemn an entire religion and people based on the actions of a few that took a wrong path? Are all Catholics child abusers because of the actions of some priests? No. Are all Islamics bomb carrying radicals? No. Same applies with Mormons, so why can’t the press include some of these concepts in their coverage of such obviously biased, non-documentary creations? Because they want to believe what they are saying, so they publish it to the world as if it were true.

This kind of thing makes me sick because of the number of people that will watch it and assume it is true. Is there any doubt that the positioning of this movie and the coverage it has already and will create was timed at this point in the election process of a Mormon presidential candidate? Just keep watching for what comes next, because there is sure to be more propaganda thrown out there.

History of the Hybrid Car

In this article, I will give you the history of the hybrid auto. 1st, I talk about steam power. Second, I discuss electric energy for hybrid vehicles. Third, I discuss the Porsche hybrid. Fourth, I discuss mass production. And lastly, I talk about hybrid cars and hybrid trucks in relation to gasoline powered cars.

It’s pretty fascinating how folks are becoming much more conscious of their environment nowadays. This can be noticed on the increasing quantity of environment-friendly goods in the marketplace these days. Furthermore, they’ve turned out to be conscious of the different elements that contribute to the threatening pollution in the environment. Hence, firms began developing less toxic emitting goods that also do nicely to the environment and one of the most prominent of this kind would be hybrid cars. As a starter, here’s the history of the hybrid auto.

It’s All About Steam

The idea of creating environmentally friendly or alternatively powered vehicles started with the notion of vehicles running with the use of steam. Between 1665 to1885 a couple of concepts regarding steam-powered vehicles were noted. Very first off would be an astronomer and Flemish Jesuit priest Ferdinand Verbiest, who had plans for a tiny four-wheeled unmanned steam automobile. Next would be Nicholas Cugnot who built a carriage powered by steam that was able to run for 6 miles/hour. Lastly would be Goldsworthy Gurney who was able to produce a steam car that could run an 85-mile journey in just 10 hours.

Then Came Electricity

It was also quite early when people started conceptualizing and later on making electricity-powered vehicles. It was in 1839 when Scotsman Robert Anderson first designed an electrically powered vehicle. Then, an important development was noted for the duration of the late 1800′s and early 1900′s. In fact, it was throughout this time when a lot of organizations started generating use of electricity to energy their vehicles.

Electric Cabs

Additionally, electrically powered cabs became prominent for the duration of 1897, due to the fact this is when the London Electric Cab Organization started their standard service by the use of vehicles which had been produced by Walter Bersey. It was called the Bersey Cab. This cab utilizes a 40-cell battery with a 3 HP electric motor. Men and women had been able to drive it 50 miles in between charges.

The 1st Porsche Hybrid

It was during 1898 when Dr. Ferdinand Porsche was able to construct his quite very first vehicle, which was named Lohner Electric Chaise. This auto was also 1st front-wheel-drive. Then, the second auto that he made was a hybrid. Here, he used an internal combustion engine so that the car’s generator would spin. In effect, it produced energy to be utilized by electric motors, which could be found on the wheel hubs. Just making use of batteries, the vehicle was able to travel about 40 miles.

Going Huge Scale

In the past, producers weren’t actually able to generate as a lot of cars as they wanted. This is due to the fact they weren’t equipped with the right tools and machines to do so. Nevertheless, as technology developed, automobile businesses were able to make large batches of production.

In truth, by 1900, American vehicle businesses were able to generate made 936 gasoline, 1,575 electric 1,681 steam car. People were also becoming far more open with the use of electric vehicles. This can be seen on a poll which was conducted during the 1st National Automobile Show, where patrons truly favored electric vehicles for their 1st selection, whilst steam vehicles placed second on a really close fight.

During the first couple of years in the 20th century, thousands of hybrid and electric cars had been really developed. Nevertheless, when Henry Ford’s auto line arrived along with the start off of self-beginning gas engines, this signaled the rapid decline of hybrid vehicles in the course of 1920.

Fuelled Cars Taking The Limelight

When fuelled vehicles were introduced, this became a really significant period of time for hybrid cars. Just simply because folks began opting for gasoline-fueled vehicles than those that were hybrids. Furthermore, car manufacturing firms, like Ford also created lines of gas-fuelled automobiles that were really inexpensive to purchase. Because these vehicles were low-cost, men and women started purchasing the inexpensive gas cars than those a lot more pricey hybrid vehicles.

Hence, gas-fuelled vehicles took the limelight for fairly some time. In fact, up to now, gas-fuelled vehicles are still on the spot light.

However, hybrid vehicles were still somewhere in the backdrop. Sadly, only those that were developing vehicles for themselves or those that stayed in rural locations and had the indicates to generate their own vehicles still hold on to this type of vehicle.

Nevertheless, people have to turn out to be aware of the rewards of hybrids these days. Hence, they are coming back into the picture. Ironically, most individuals think that such cars had been only invented lately. Even so, the colorful history of the hybrid auto simply shows that it started fairly early and was only overshadowed by gas-fuelled cars due to convenience and cash matters.

Sponsored post: Abstract Art at the Tate and The Indiscipline of Painting

‘The Indiscipline of Painting’ was an exhibition of abstract painters at the Tate St Ives gallery in Cornwall, celebrated for its association with avant-garde artists including Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Naum Garbo and Peter Lanyon who gave the small fishing village its international reputation. The show includes work from 49 international artists from the 1960s to the present day and features paintings by Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, and Bridget Riley, as well as contemporary artists such as Jeremy Moon and Tomma Abts, who won the Turner Prize in 2006.

The painter, Daniel Sturgis, who conceived the idea for this retrospective, wanted to explore the continuing legacy of abstract painting and how it has changed and evolved over the decades as new generations have embraced and reinvented the language of abstraction. He collaborated with Sarah Shalgosky, curator of the Mead Gallery at the Warwick Arts Centre where the exhibition will move in January 2012.

Screen Shot 2013-11-06 at 8.45.28 AMThe HiBROW production team visited the exhibition and its curators in the run-up to the show’s opening in St Ives in October 2011. HiBROW was there to explore the ideas behind the show, to witness its mounting, interview several of the featured artists and to engage with the wider artistic life of St Ives and the surrounding area – a region renowned for supporting and offering a home to artists. The resulting films will offer a special insight into the relationship between painters and the public, artists and galleries, ideas and artworks.

HiBROW also spoke at length with Tate St Ives artistic director Martin Clark whose team mounted the show; discovered a satellite art show at the local Newlyn Art Gallery; attended a lecture at University College Falmouth by artist and critic Michael Craig-Martin; visited a local painter, Naomi Frears, who contextualised the St Ives tradition; and observed celebrated Swiss painter Francis Baudevin creating a specially commissioned mural on the wall of the Tate’s famous atrium.

Life Sucks when Things Go Wrong with your Kids

As a parent you always live in a balance between hope and fear for your kids; at least I do. I hope for the best and try to provide every way for them to enjoy and succeed in life. I always live in fear that they will hurt themselves, fail at anything or have anything wrong with them. I feel blessed for the most part in my life, but we have had our share of problems.

Life Sucks when Things Go Wrong with your Kids

My oldest son is severely disabled, which has always been a difficult thing for me to come to terms with, but for the most part it has become a part of our lives. I still hold resentment for some of the ways his disabilities came about, but you can’t harbor those forever and life continues on whether you deal with it or not. He is a loved part of our family, for which there has never been a question.

We have been blessed with three other healthy children and work hard to be the best parents we can for them. At least we thought thought they were fully healthy. Recently another of my children has been developing some severer personality issues that have started to effect his everyday life negatively. After nearly a year of buying books and trying every possible parenting technique we could think of, we finally started seeing a child psychologist. Within two sessions more drastic treatment has been advised and started this week. It has been crushing to watch him in such emotional pain and need that such measures are necessary. I can only try to imagine what is going on in that little head and hope we can find the right treatment to help him.

As I have mentioned often in other posts, I am a problem solving kind of guy. I like knowing a solution and working towards it. When there is no clear solution to be had and when you have to put the care of your child into the hands of others, there is a total feeling of helplessness that in no clearer terms, sucks. I am not 100% confident in the care he is currently receiving, but there is really nothing more we can do. We have to put our trust into a system that I have had poor results with another child and pray for the best.

Life Sucks when Things Go Wrong with your Kids

So, today, life sucks. I try to come up with a positive outlook on things, and often talking through it and voicing my frustrations. I had some good venting session with my friends at work, which helps me to some degree; at least in my ability to move on with the day. The day really only sucks because I really care about my child and want him to get better. I have to trust in others to do that, and that sucks.

There have been a few people that know something has been going on, so there you have it. No need to worry about our family other than we appreciate concern and look forward to working our way through this. We have a wonderful network of friends that have helped us farm out our other kids while we spend time with our urgent need, and for that we are very grateful. It is at times like this you really learn to appreciate such relationships.

Tired of Telemarketers? Do Something About It

Are you tired of receiving those annoying sales calls that seem to interrupt you every evening? Do you continually ask the question to the open air “I thought this was illegal now, why am I getting these calls?” We all hate getting the annoying calls, but before you curse and yank the phone from the way, ask yourself a few questions:

  • Did you recently agree to be contacted about something?
  • Did you sign up for a drawing of any kind, whether online or through a drop box at a shopping center or movie theater?

Have you purchased something online in recent weeks or months? If you answered yes, did you read the privacy policy to be sure they did not include verbiage notifying you that your information may be shared with other “trusted partners.”
The list can continue, but hopefully, you get the idea. Since the “Do Not Call” laws and lists were established a few years back, many people naively figured this would put all telemarketing out of business and all calls would cease. There were exclusions written into this law that allowed for calls to be made under certain circumstances.Tired of Telemarketers? Do Something About It

Exemptions

First, political and non-profit organizations along with survey groups were all exempt. Personally, I find these some of the most annoying of the bunch, but there you have it; they can call you. Second, if you have conducted business with a group in which you provided your phone number, they have a designated period of time in which they can legally contact you, even for advertising purposes. Third, and this is the kicker, if you have in the course of your transaction provided consent to be contacted by an organization or to share your information with other companies to be contacted then they may do so. This is where you often get caught.

Online transactions are the most notorious for including consent, either by checking a box or by a statement saying you agree to the terms and conditions of this offer/site by completing this transaction. This is a legally binding contract, so if you want to avoid further contact, read carefully before completing that transaction. This is part of how they stay in business, continuing to offer you additional products and services. Realize if you consent to be called, getting a call is not inherently an evil act on the company’s part; they are simply acting in the hopes that you really are interested in their services as you indicated by your previous actions.

What You Can Do About It

If you are receiving calls and simply tired of it, whether it is your “fault” or not, there are steps you can take to get rid of those calls. It may take a little time and effort for a few months, but it will work. I have done it and seen the results.

First, get on the federally managed Do Not Call List (donotcall.gov). This is a simple step you complete online, with a valid email address required to validate you are not simply entering a bunch of phone numbers. There is a phone number to call to get on the list as well, but if you are reading this you obviously have the capacity to be online. If you haven’t done this step yet, then you simply are not serious about stopping the calls. Once you are on the list you do have to allow one month (31 days) for call centers to receive the updated list and then most calls should cease.

Now, and this really shouldn’t be a huge surprise, but not all call centers operate within the laws. I can hear the virtual guffaws already! Those that are sloppy about sticking to the mandated do not call laws to give the rest of the business a bad name, but it catches up to them only if some people are willing to make some noise about it. Then again, refer back to the list above and realize that if annoying calls are a result of your actions, making noise will get you nowhere.

Use an Anti-Telemarketing Script

The folks over at JunkBusters.com have published what is really an effective script if you are willing to take the few moments it takes to run through it. While you frustrated with getting a call it may be difficult to remember to calmly ask these questions, so I recommend you print out a copy to have available by your phone(s).

Tired of Telemarketers? Do Something About It

Every time you get a call you consider junk, just ask the questions in this script. If they answer no, you may be able to sue them. Be sure to put your phone number on the National Do-Not-Call registry by visiting http://donotcall.gov or by calling 1-888-382-1222.

  1. “Are you calling to sell something?” (or “is this a telemarketing call?”)
  2. “Could you tell me your full name please?”
  3. “And a phone number, area code first?”
  4. “What’s the name of the organization you’re calling for?”
  5. “Does that organization keep a list of numbers it’s been asked not to call?”
  6. “I would like my number(s) put on that list. Can you take care of that now?”
  7. “And does the company you work for also make telemarketing calls for any other organizations?” (If they answer no, skip the next question.)
  8. (If yes) “Can you make sure your company won’t call me for any other organization?”

Visit their site for the full version of the script that includes some follow-up questions and comments as well. Though what I have described here should not be considered legal advice, and the same is mentioned at Junk Busters, but they even point out some of their “money questions” that if answered incorrectly and documented can give you grounds to take them to small claims court to be compensated for their illegal actions.

Just Doing Something Makes a Difference

I have found that by simply entering on the do not call list was the most effective action for the bulk of the calls. We still get the occasional outfit that will call us and I am fairly good at remembering to ask to be placed on their do not call list, which most companies will honor. I’ll typically give a company the benefit of the doubt and leave it at that. When I get repeated calls from an outfit, though, I step it up a notch with some of the ideas above.

Really, this is all it takes to get most telemarketing out of your life. I still get the political pollers and occasional survey and non-profit calls, but even those, for the most part, are limited due to my actions above. I am guessing hoping I have made my way to some blacklist that indicates calling my home just isn’t worth the time.