Critical Race Theory is Racist. Resist it!

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President Donald Trump canceled race-related training sessions in federal agencies and companies doing business with the United States government. I support that decision because the cancelled training is founded in Critical Race Theory [CRT].

In my opinion, CRT is evil and should be resisted. Not only should it be banned from the government but, corporate America and the public school systems! Unfortunately, that is not the case and CRT is taking ground in those areas of society. I discuss it all in this season two opener.  

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What happens to your data when you die? [Transcript]

I stumbled across the video below. Its a bit dated [2013] but, still relevant. It reminded me of a podcast I produced last year called, “What happens to your data when you die?” After the video is the transcript from the original podcast and a few resources I’ve found since then. Let me know your thoughts?


Hi, I’m Jim Stroud and this is my podcast.

Okay, now this is interesting. Facebook may eventually have more dead users than living ones. According to a study by Oxford Researchers, Facebook will have 4.9 billion deceased users on its system by the year 2100. If Facebook’s current growth rate continues, the dead would outpace the living by 2070. And this brings to mind, an interesting question… What happens to your data after you die? I’ll share a few insights after this.

Here’s a press release quote from Javelin Strategy & Research

The 2018 Identity Fraud Study released today by Javelin Strategy & Research, revealed that the number of identity fraud victims increased by eight percent (rising to 16.7 million U.S. consumers) in the last year, a record high since Javelin Strategy & Research began tracking identity fraud in 2003. The study found that despite industry efforts to prevent identity fraud, fraudsters successfully adapted to net 1.3 million more victims in 2017, with the amount stolen rising to $16.8 billion. With the adoption of EMV (embedded chip) cards and terminals, the types of identity fraud continued to shift online and away from physical stores. The complexity of fraud is also on the rise as criminals are opening more new accounts as a means of compromising accounts consumers already have.

As reprehensible as that criminal activity is, there are some who take this practice to a disgusting level of depravity; in a very real sense they hunt the dead. Listen to this TV news report from WZTV Fox 17 in Nashville, TN

I have another example for you, listen to this from ABC 15 Arizona.

With both of those reports, you heard some tips on how to prevent the recently deceased from being victimized by identity thieves but, you’re still alive. What should you be doing now to keep that from happening to you?  Evan Carroll, co-author of “Your Digital Afterlife” has a lot of tips for you. I’ll share three.

  • Make an inventory of all your digital assets. That includes the documents on your computer, the photos on your phone, any data stored on thumb drives or backup disks, and every online account, including the ones you no longer use. It’s a big job, but you don’t have to do it all at once, Carroll says. Start with the most important things and work your way down the list. Odds are your primary email account will be number one, since that’s typically where online accounts send password resets.
  • Figure out what you want to happen to all of this stuff after you’re gone. Do you want your family to have access to all your emails? How about photos? Videos and other material you’ve downloaded? There may be some things you don’t want your loved ones to see. Decide now, and make your wishes known to those you care about.
  • Assign someone to be your digital executor. Be explicit in your will about what you want to happen to your assets. Don’t assume your survivors automatically have a right to it all, because the law varies greatly from state to state, Carroll says. On his blog, The Digital Beyond, he offers some sample power-of-attorney language to include in your will.

A few more considerations for you…

  • Facebook allows people to make a special request for a deceased person’s account. You can ask to have their Facebook account removed, or to memorialize their account. Facebook will require you to send them a scan of your loved one’s death certificate.
  • It is possible to request that certain imagery be removed from a deceased family member’s Twitter account. Twitter might not remove what you ask them to – based on the newsworthiness of the content. There is a simple form you can fill out to request the deactivation of a deceased person’s Twitter account.
  • Everplans is a secure, digital archive of everything your loved ones will need should something happen to you. It has helpful information about how to create a digital estate plan, how to close accounts after someone has died, how to eliminate all the skeletons in your closet, and more.

Here begins some new information I’ve found since I produced that podcast. If you find it useful, feel free to pass it on.

PODCAST – Insider Secrets to Recruitment Blogging

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Gretchen Ledgard and Zoe Goldring, catalysts of the recruitment blogging phenomenon, discuss their blogging tenure with Microsoft and their entrepreneurial venture – Job Syntax. (I highly recommend their services!)


Gretchen Ledgard

Gretchen Ledgard learned the ins and outs of technical recruiting and employment marketing at the Microsoft Corporation. During her 6 years with Microsoft, she sourced, evaluated, and closed computer engineers for the company’s international, college, and industry recruiting teams, and she managed the marketing programs that attracted the software industry’s best technical talent to the company. An advocate of leveraging online communities to better reach the company’s technical applicants, Gretchen co-founded and managed a popular weblog that was named’s Best Blog for Job Seekers in 2005. Gretchen holds a BA in English Literature from Vanderbilt University.

Zoe Goldring

Zoe Goldring began her professional recruiting career at the Microsoft Corporation in 1999. She cut her teeth on recruiting candidates from various international locations prior to moving on to sourcing, evaluating and closing top quality employees for almost every technical position and division within the company. With her passion for reaching out to technical candidates, she co-founded a highly praised weblog, pioneering innovative ways to connect jobseekers to employers.   Zoe has a BA in Anthropology from Case Western Reserve University.

I Still Don’t Trust the Media…

Last year, I podcasted about my distrust of the news media. Since then, my feelings have not changed. However, I have found new resources to help me decipher facts from facts framed a certain way and downright lies. I’m going to share them along with the transcript of the podcast I posted last year. With so much going on with the upcoming Presidential election and Supreme Court nomination, I am all the more skeptical about what I read in the news. I crave a balanced viewpoint.

I Don’t Trust The Media. This is Why…

Hi, I’m Jim Stroud and this is my podcast.

Let me read you a few headlines then, make a prediction that I am more than certain will come true. In 2016, Gallup reported that “Americans’ Trust in Mass Media Sinks to New Low.” In 2018, Columbia Journalism Review said, “Most Americans say they have lost trust in the media.” Also, in 2018, this headline from TVNewser, “Study: Half of All High School Students Don’t Trust the Media to Report Accurately and Fairly”  And quite recently, in July 2019, USA TODAY had a headline that read, “Trust no one? Americans lack faith in the government, the media and each other, survey finds.” And that article quoted a Pew Research Center study that said, “61% say the news media ignores important stories.”

All that being said, I predict that the news media, especially the mainstream news, will never again have the high confidence of the American public; as it once did decades ago when Walter Cronkite was the most trusted man in America. But why? What are the underlying factors of News production that have made the American public so skeptical? Well, I count the reasons why, after this message from my sponsor.

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One reason why the public cannot have full confidence in the news media is because it is in business to make money, not share truth. Case in point, consider the pharmaceutical industry. Does this sound familiar to you? {clip of Chantix commercial} Now listen to the possible side effects that could affect the people taking the drug. {clip of Chantix commercial with the side effects being listed.} I’m not a lawyer, but I imagine the drug companies are compelled by law to mention those potential harmful effects or at the least, they do so to reduce the risk of lawsuits. I get 2 notions from that.

On September 26, 2018, the blog Biopharma Dive published an article called, “Pharma advertising in 2018: TV, midterms and specialty drugs” and here is a quote:

Just considering television, 187 commercials for about 70 prescription medications have collectively aired almost half a million times since the start of 2018. And to do that, drug companies shelled out $2.8 billion, according to marketing analytics provider

With so much money coming from pharmaceutical companies, do you think that plays a factor when reporters are writing their stories? Of course it does. Listen to this clip from the TV show, “America’s Lawyer featuring Mike Papantonio.”

Reason #1 why we cannot trust the mainstream media is the influence wielded upon by big advertisers – like the pharmaceutical industry. Reason #2 is the personal bias of the people who own the media.

One thing I found surprising when I was researching this episode was how much of the mainstream media is an illusion of choice. When you follow the money, you discover that 90% of all news, again, I say, 90% of all the mainstream news is produced and controlled by only 6 companies and they are: GE, News-Corp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner and CBS.  When you look on sites like Open Secrets which tracks contributions to politicians, the pattern is obvious. The majority of the big 6 companies that own the mainstream media are highly sympathetic to left-leaning liberal Democrats and are more than a bit adversarial to right-leaning conservative Republicans. When I learned that, this explainer video I found on the Media Research Center website made sense to me. Here’s a clip…  

Big money from advertisers influences the news.

Political bias influences the news.

And both are reasons not to trust mainstream news. Here’s a third reason – Some reporters are not trustworthy. Reporters lie, take payoffs and make things up to get headlines. Here are just a few examples I found on the website – ThoughtCo. Each one was a scandal, let’s see if you remember them.

A 2005 report by USA Today revealed that the Bush White House had paid conservative columnists to promote the administration’s policies. Hundreds of thousands of dollars were paid to columnists Armstrong Williams, Maggie Gallagher, and Michael McManus. Williams, who received the most loot, acknowledged he had received $241,000 to write favorably about Bush’s No Child Left Behind initiative, and he apologized. His column was canceled by the Tribune Co., his syndicator.

Popular NBC “Nightly News” journalist Brian Williams became embroiled in a scandal when he claimed to have been in a helicopter hit by a missile in 2003 when reporting on the invasion of Iraq. Actually, the helicopter hit was in front of his. He first recounted the story on David Letterman in 2013 and elsewhere. In 2015 a soldier in the helicopter that was actually hit heard the story and didn’t recall Williams being on his particular transport. Williams wouldn’t say that he lied but rather explained that his order of events was a result of his faulty memory. “I made a mistake in recalling the events of 12 years ago.” He was put on leave for six months without pay and then replaced on the “Nightly News.” Williams moved on to MSNBC.

Rolling Stone ran a huge story about several University of Virginia men who reportedly raped a woman as part of a fraternity initiation (“A Rape on Campus”). The source fabricated her story. It was only after the story was published that the source’s story started to unravel, when the writer was following up on a detail that the source refused to divulge during the interview portion of the reporting. The magazine settled a lawsuit with the fraternity, agreeing to pay $1.65 million in defamation damages, some of which was to be donated to charities dealing with sexual assault victims.

In light of big money from advertisers, media bias and the occasional bad egg, who can you trust to get your news? Well, I have a bit of a formula. I look at media outlets that are diametrically opposed to each other in terms of how they report the news then, I search for points where they agree and that is what I accept as truth. On the points that they disagree, I do my research further by looking at the alternative news outlets. And yes, it’s a lot of work, but something I feel I have to do on certain topics. I shouldn’t have to do it but, what other choice do I have?


And all that brings me to this new and very timely resource from “AllSides Media Bias Chart.” From their website…

The AllSides Media Bias Chart helps you to easily identify different perspectives so you can get the full picture and think for yourself. Knowing the political bias of media outlets allows you to consume a balanced news diet and avoid manipulation and fake news. Everyone is biased, but hidden bias misleads and divides us. The AllSides Media Bias Chart is based on our full and growing list of over 800 media bias ratings. These ratings inform our balanced newsfeed…

The AllSides Media Bias Chart is more comprehensive in its methodology than any other media bias chart on the Web. While other media bias charts show you the subjective opinion of the one person who made it, our ratings are based based on multipartisan, scientific analysis. We use multiple methodologies to rate bias.

Now, I have another resource for discerning truth. Hopefully, it will be of use to you. Pass it on.