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This New Social Network Helps You Discover Great Ideas

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By Mike Sygula | Truth Theory

Are you bored of seeing images of every single meal your friends are having? Are you tired of seeing crappy memes or dumb videos that start playing, even though you don’t feel like watching them? Don’t you feel sometimes, that using social media, is a waste of time and that there is so much crap out there that doesn’t bring a lot of real value? What about seeing your friends taking selfies like 5 times per day in their favourite bathroom? Not mentioning those game requests, that you don’t feel like playing. Don’t get me wrong, all these things are entertaining, and we need some of that for sure, we all like to keep in touch with our friends and see what is happening in their lives, but at the same time many of us want to have this social experience and see more educational content based on their interests, without unnecessary interruptions.

The New York Times study called: “The Psychology of Sharing” examined 2500 social media users who are medium/heavy sharers. The primary motive of this research was to understand why people share content online. What they found out is that: “68% share to give people a better sense of who they are and what they care about”. So what happens when, what you care about is not what your friends or followers enjoy seeing on their feed? You simply get much smaller engagement and very little interaction. For example, on social media, I like to share some interesting thoughts or ideas and articles about science, or metaphysics or on how the system works and etc. but most of my real life friends, are not into that. Even when I share some content, the chance that other friend who would find it interesting, will see it, is small because it will blend with all the other stuff that other people share, like selfies and memes.

Another problem is that many of us have busy lives and there are so many things that we are occupied with. At the same time, more people have shorter attention span these days. Researchers believe that as a result of using mobile phones, our attention span decreased by a third in the last 15 years (source:https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11607315/Humans-have-shorter-attention-span-than-goldfish-thanks-to-smartphones.html)

What if, there would be a social network where people, experts and publishers share, interesting stories, ideas and concepts based on your fields of interest? And all that in a compressed format, where you don’t have to read the full article to get the idea of what is the essence of it? Just reading the best paragraphs so you can learn as much as possible in the shortest time possible. And all that without distractions and irrelevant content. Just pure knowledge all around your interests.

Together with my partner, Bozhidar Genev, we decided to solve some of those problems and came up with solution, it is called Aweditoria and we just released the site to the public. So what are the key ideas behind Aweditoria?

 1) All is based on interests.

On Aweditoria, it is not as important who shares the content, but what content is shared. You follow topics that you are passionate about and you get a feed of short stories based on your interests. Some of the categories include; science, politics, spirituality, personal development, health, technology and etc.

2) Compressed format

You probably heard of the 80/20% “Pareto” principle? That 20% brings as much value as the other 80%? We believe that this idea can be applied to text in general.

The essence is often contained within a small piece of the full text, whether that is an article, story, or book. I.e. most often one paragraph brings the most value and summarizes the idea that the author tries to convey. Think of those brilliant lines that you like to highlight while reading a book, for example. On Aweditoria users share those best text snippets that are not longer than 150 words.

3) Annotations instead of comments

On Aweditoria users can annotate small stories and ideas, and explain them further. Imagine having concept that you don’t fully understand and someone who knows the same concept well, can explain it to you in their own words. This is something Aweditoria offers. Bloggers and writers who share the best bits of their content can help others to understand them better.

4) No distractions

Aweditoria is purely focused on content, cutting all the crap out, so you can be sure that you will learn something interesting each time with no interruptions.

5) Relationships

On Aweditoria you can follow anyone and relationships are build based on mutual interests, perhaps you will discover new interesting ideas, or make connections based on similar passions.

6) Content discovery tool

Aweditoria is a great place for publishers, writers and bloggers to share their best paragraphs and text chunks. Users who read these stories can discover new authors and read their full content on the web.

Ready to join?

You can sign up to beta version by clicking here.

Make sure you follow Truth Theory on Aweditoria

Bio

Mike Sygula is a blogger and activist promoting alternative ideas to raise public consciousness of the important issues facing humankind. He is currently involved in Aweditoria, new social service where people can share small stories and ideas based on their interests.

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Origin of Religions – Egypt 3000 BC- Horus, Born on December 25th of a Virgin

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If you are religious, this video may shake the foundations of your beliefs. Or it may make you think in a different direction. The addition of alternate information and options is never a negative. Out of such additions comes invention, imagination, and expansion.  The origin of religion is explained in under 10 minutes.

Part I, Part II and Part III are available to the public and listed below. … If you do not agree with the content of these videos, that is perfectly within your right. There will be no debates on ‘what you believe in’.

Part I – https://www.facebook.com/leo.phoenix.1971/videos/916149035087271/?l=5686996865311125635

Part II – https://www.facebook.com/leo.phoenix.1971/videos/916155581753283/?l=4548781159846121214

Part III – https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=918927121476129

These videos are short clips [made by Leo Phoenix] of a series called ‘Zeitgeist’ that first originated in 2007.

The complete series of films were made by Peter Joseph and can be seen here:|zeitgeistmovie.com  Winner of multiple films awards noted below, they have been watched by millions at film festivals and free on You Tube. The most recent addition is in 2015.

An entire global movement,currently with 162 chapters, the Zeitgeist Movement , is a sustainability advocacy organization, which conducts community based activism and awareness actions through a network of global/regional chapters, project teams, annual events, media and charity work. has been created  based on the truth of the films. It has multiple global chapters but has no allegiance to any country or traditional political platforms. It views the world as a single system and the human species as a single family and recognizes that all countries must disarm and learn to share resources and ideas if we expect to survive in the long run. Hence, the solutions arrived at and promoted are in the interest to help everyone on Earth, not a select group.

 




Facebook’s Top 10 Most Discussed Topics of 2015 Indicates We’re All Sick of THIS

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By Andrew PontBriand | Activist Post 

Facebook can tell us a number of things about the world around us, although sometimes those things blow up your news feed and take over your Internet experience. Whether it is the Kardashian family, including Kanye West doing or saying something ridiculous, or a political event or scandal that invokes conversation worldwide through the inter-webs, Facebook [and Twitter] usually becomes the hub of developing news stories where the public weighs in and decides which conversations turn into the talk of the day.

Related Article: All the World’s a Stage … And all the World is Staged

Facebook recently released its ‘Most Discussed Topics of 2015,’ and surprisingly the list has become slightly less like the lists of previous years. Check out the list below:

1) 2016 United States presidential election

2) Nov. 13 attacks in Paris

3) Syrian war and refugee crisis

4) Nepal earthquakes

5) Greek debt crisis

6) Marriage equality

7) Fight against the Islamic State group

8) Charlie Hebdo attack

9) Baltimore protests

10) Charleston shooting and Confederate flag debate

Do you notice anything?

Some may say yes, and some may say no. Your answer largely depends on whether or not you or anyone else for that matter,  considers you “awake.”

For those of us who do see it, or are awake, this list is a bit of a breath of fresh air as it continues a trend that has slowly increased over the last 3 years. What is the trend?

One of my favorite things to do is pick up on and analyze trends in the news media and/or events of the world. Trends can help you understand and even prepare for future events, as well as send you subtle alerts when these trends start to develop, depending on what it is we’re talking about of course.

Back in 2013 we saw a list released by Facebook that showed people were talking about some politics and world events, but we still saw a relatively high frequency of popular culture and celebrity stories trending. Stories in 2013 such as Miley Cyrus, the Super Bowl, and the Royal baby — all of which are, to be blunt, non-events. (Yes, we consider these non-events when World War 3 is on the horizon and the world’s economy is quickly crashing.)

Related Article: New Media Deal May Bring More Propaganda to Facebook

In 2014 we saw a steady rise of the ‘world events’ related stories being talked about at a much higher frequency. Take a look below:

1) World Cup

2) Ebola virus outbreak

3) Elections in Brazil

4) Robin Williams

5) Ice Bucket Challenge

6) Conflict in Gaza

7) Malaysia Airlines

8) Super Bowl

9) Michael Brown/Ferguson

10) Sochi Winter Olympics

The good news? Well, quite frankly this means that young people are finally taking notice that the elite are drunk behind the wheel and speeding up, rather than slowing down. This means the world is collectively waking up, and is shouting “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore,” like a Howard Beale [Social] Network speech. The 2015 list gives us at the very least, for the first time, something we can point to and say, “we are waking people up!”

The moral of the story, though, is that the elite are slowly losing their power over humans on a vastly larger scale each year. All of their old tricks have long been exposed, and their new ones are becoming so much more quickly than in the past.

Related Article: 20 More Signs That the Global Elite’s Ship Is About To Sink

Let’s hope 2016 has many more positive headlines that trend worldwide on Facebook/Twitter that read something like, “End of the Federal Reserve.”

Read more great articles at Activist Post.

Andrew Pontbriand is an Activist, the Founder and Writer for The Resistance Journals, as well as a contributor to the Activist Post and Political Junkie. Andrew is also the Author of the eBook “Escape From Tyranny,” which will be released in print this summer. Full Bio on Muck Rack.




Man Hands Out Love Notes to Honor the Anniversary of his Wife’s Passing & the World Responds

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By Mark DeNicola | Collective Evolution

For most of us, Friday, November 20th was a day like any other. We likely either went to school or to work, later returning to the comfort of our home. For Hyong Yi, however, Friday was the 1 year anniversary of the toughest day of his life — the day he lost his wife of 15 years, Catherine Zanga, to ovarian cancer.

Related Article: How the Refugee “Exodus” Embodies the True Power of Love (Video)

Rather than mourning her loss in a conventional manner, Hyong, with the help of his two children, Alex and Anna, took to the streets to impact the people of Charlotte, North Carolina. What they didn’t expect was that, thanks to social media, their gesture would end up impacting the entire world.

Leading up to the day, Hyong wrote 100 distinct love notes that honour his wife, notes which he and his children handed out to passersby outside of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, where Catherine is buried. Those who were fortunate enough to receive a note were touched by the incredible gesture, with some shedding tears and others exchanging hugs of appreciation and love.

Related Article: 3 Ways You Can Celebrate Global Oneness Day (Saturday, October 24)

The loving gesture went global thanks to some friends who helped Hyong build a website, which rippled into a social media hashtag: #100lovenotes. The hashtag quickly started trending on Twitter as more and more people began sharing their love through their networks. Check it out:

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Related Article: Disturbing New App is “Yelp” for People – Your Life May Soon Be Rated By Anyone You Know

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‘End of Days’? Amazing Multi-Colored Cloud Over Costa Rica Sparks Debate in Social Media

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A gorgeous rare phenomenon colored the clouds of Costa Rica’s sky into a rainbow hue earlier this week, prompting heated online debate between atheists and creationists as to the cause of the stunning sight.

A cartoon-like rainbow cloud appeared, and if it weren’t for YouTube videos that onlookers posted, one would think it was PhotoShopped, as the beauty of the phenomenon appears unrealistic.

Scientists call the effect ‘cloud iridescence’ and it’s caused by diffraction when small water or ice particles individually scatter light.

One YouTube user described the phenomenon as if it resembled the end of days.

“It’s like a sign of God,” she commented on the video she took. “It’s like the Lord is going to come through this cloud any moment.” 

This point of view immediately sparked a heated debate over religion and creationism in the comments section.

Commenters quickly forgot about the cloud and began arguing over the existence of God.

“The pseudoscience of evolution was invented and currently espoused by people of zero character who do not want to feel guilty for the immorality in their lives. What exactly are your vices?” demands John Smith of user Paul Donohue, who earlier wrote: “not sure whose [sic] more annoying or stupid the idiots claiming the sun against some clouds is God or the idiots claiming its [sic]climate engineering.”

“I have faith that it’s sunlight refracted through ice crystals in the upper atmosphere… because that’s what it is. No invisible Sky Daddy required,” reads a comment from YouTube user exham.

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Michael Stipe Lashes Out at Candidates for Using R.E.M. Tune

By Chris Leo Palermino | Digital Trends

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R.E.M. has a major beef with two outspoken GOP politicians using their music— namely Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. And the iconic band isn’t pulling any punches.

“Go f–k yourselves, the lot of you — you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men,” R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe wrote via bassist Mike Mills’ Twitter account. “Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign.”

The harsh words came after Trump and Cruz played R.E.M.’s 1987 hit It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) as an opening song during a rally criticizing President Obama’s recent nuclear deal with Iraq yesterday afternoon.

It’s certainly not the first time a musician has publicly lashed out at Trump for using their music. When Trump used Neil Young’s Rockin’ in the Free World at his presidential nomination earlier this summer, the musician called out Trump for using his music without authorization. In response, the Republican presidential candidate agreed not to use Young’s music again — and apparently simply moved on down the line to another high-profile group of liberal rockers.

“We won’t be using it again,” Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said to Rolling Stone in regards to Young’s rebuke. “There are plenty of other songs to choose from, despite the fact that Mr. Trump is a big fan and likes Neil very much. We will respect his wish and not use it because it’s the right thing to do.”

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Originally entitled: “R.E.M. Frontaman Lashes Out at Trump, Cruz for Using Their Music”

Robert O'Leary 150x150Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield (MA), New England & “virtually” the world, with his website, www.romayasoundhealthandbeauty.com. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealth andbeauty@gmail.com.



3 Weeks After its Release, Microsoft’s Windows 10 Still A Bad Deal

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By Mohamed Zeinaedine | The Inquisitr

Editor’s Note: Sometimes, things that are given away for free are still a bad deal. They may have hidden costs that make you wish you had never taken the product. So it seems with Microsoft’s Windows 10. At a time when people are fighting for internet & otherwise privacy and grousing about how our corporations are being intimidated into handing over our information, Microsoft puts out rigged software that makes it easier for data collection. For this reason and others, I urge you to read this post, do your own research & make a well-informed decision about whether or not Windows 10 is really worth putting on your computer – even if it is free.

Windows 10 took the computer industry by storm on July 31 with millions of people taking advantage of the operating system’s free upgrade offer from Microsoft’s previous Windows versions — Windows 7, 8, and 8.1.

Since then, Windows 10 has been receiving a confusing mix of praise and criticism, with some praising it for its new features and design, and others complaining about privacy issues, software bugs, and hardware incompatibility.

While Microsoft has been trying hard to fix the Windows 10 flaws that have been surfacing since its beta version was released months earlier, many Windows users are still hesitant to upgrade right away and have decided to wait a few months till more bugs and flaws are resolved.

Related Article: Microsoft Trying to Predict the Future, Succeeding So Far

The worst news for Windows 10 came earlier this week, with Computer World reporting that the new operating system’s usage share has slowly dropped over the past week.

That’s right. Windows 10, which caught tech headlines just a few weeks ago, has seen its usage share decline from almost 6.6 percent on Sunday to 5.7 percent on Tuesday. Yet Computer World’s Gregg Keizer described the decline as “normal.”

“Consumer-oriented operating systems, as are the vast bulk of those that have been upgraded to Windows 10, typically peak on weekends, then fall when people return to work where they sit in front of an older OS on their office devices.”

The Windows 10 compatibility issues, bugs, privacy concerns, and rumors may have led many Windows users who hurriedly upgraded to Windows 10 to decide to switch back to their earlier Windows versions that they’ve been using for months and years.

Infoworld has even published “10 reasons you shouldn’t upgrade to Windows 10,” listing Windows 10’s forced updates, its incompatibility with some widely used apps, and the absence of the famous Windows Media Center as major reasons why some would prefer not to upgrade to Windows 10 so soon.

Euronews also listed the pros, cons, successes, and failures of Windows 10.

What has Windows 10 been good at according to Euronews?

  • Getting millions to download it
  • Bringing back the start menu (with a slightly new look, but definitely better that the Windows 8 start screen)
  • Its “geek approval”
  • And the fact that some Apple users are starting to love it

What has Windows 10 failed at?

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Originally entitled: “Windows 10 Three Weeks On: Market Share Growth Stops, Bugs, Flaws, And Privacy Concerns ”

Robert O'Leary 150x150Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield (MA), New England & “virtually” the world, with his website, www.romayasoundhealthandbeauty.com. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealth andbeauty@gmail.com.  

 




Time Is Art: New Documentary on Synchronicity & the Collective Dream

Katy Walker | TheSyncMovie.com

Compelling conversations with fellow seekers and mystics like Alex & Allyson Grey, Toko-Pa Turner, Richard Tarnas, Graham Hancock, Daniel Pinchbeck and biologist, Rupert Sheldrake, guide us through the underlying premise of the film: perhaps we can tap into a way of being that is not ruled by a finite sense of time, but rather by the ability to live in harmony with the true creative nature of our existence. “We want to contribute to the awakening in global consciousness that we are witnessing right now. We want to contribute to the increasing number of conversations about our understanding of time, space and interconnectedness that are resonating with so many people right now.” – Joel Mejia & Katy Walker

Time is Art: Introductory Trailer

After three years of hard work on the ‘Time is Art’ film project, we are so close to the finish line. Our goal is to release this project to the world in three languages on 11/11/15. There are a few outstanding production costs that we need to cover including color correction, sound + audio fixes, subtitling, and some funds for distribution so we can reach the widest audience possible. We absolutely can’t do this without YOU, our audience. We want this film to help lead the shift in human consciousness that is happening right now. The time is NOW!  We need your help, and more than that, we want you to join us on this incredible adventure. Contributions in any amount help us toward reaching our goal and finishing this timely film. Thank You & Many Blessings!

Much love to our supporters who helped us get our film off the ground last year by contributing funds to send our film crew to Joshua Tree to shoot 11 interviews + scenes for the documentary film and Synchronicity Symposium presentations which are also featured in the film.

Read more here.




AT&T Hit with $100mn Fine After Slowing Down ‘Unlimited’ Data

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The Federal Communications Commission hit telecommunications giant AT&T with a $100 million fine, the largest it has ever levied, for slowing down the internet speeds of customers with “unlimited” data plans. The company said it will fight the fine.

Thousands of AT&T customers complained to the FCC about the issue, saying they noticed that when they had used up a certain amount of data watching movies or browsing the web, AT&T “throttled” their internet speeds so that they were much slower than normal. Millions of AT&T customers were affected by the practice.

In a press release announcing the fine, the FCC said the company “severely slowed down the data speeds for customers with unlimited data plans” and “failed to adequately notify its customers that they could receive speeds slower than the normal network speeds AT&T advertised.”

“Consumers deserve to get what they pay for,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a statement. “Broadband providers must be upfront and transparent about the services they provide. The FCC will not stand idly by while consumers are deceived by misleading marketing materials and insufficient disclosure.”
AT&T stopped offering unlimited data plans in 2009, but many customers were grandfathered in before the company began slowing down internet speeds in 2011. The company said it disputes the charges and will fight the fine.
The FCC has specifically identified this practice as a legitimate and reasonable way to manage network resources for the benefit of all customers, and has known for years that all of the major carriers use it,” the company said in a statement, reported the Washington Post.
Other companies have been targeted for similar practices, according to CNN money. Verizon was criticized by the FCC for its efforts to slow down 4G connection speeds and ceased the practice in October 2014. T-Mobile was also issued a warning, while the FCC sued Tracfone for $40 million in January for falsely advertising its unlimited plan.
AT&T argued that the cap only goes into effect after an unlimited plan customer hits a certain threshold, and that the slow speeds last only until the end of a billing cycle. However, the FCC found that unlimited customers were being hit with slower speeds for an average of 12 days – nearly half the billing cycle – and that this often affected mapping services and streaming video over AT&T’s network.
Chairman Wheeler said that by not properly disclosing the policy to customers, the company violated FCC rules on corporate transparency.
Robert O'Leary 150x150Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield (MA), New England & “virtually” the world, with his website, www.romayasoundhealthandbeauty.com. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealth andbeauty@gmail.com.



Social Media Startup Tsu Pays You to Socialize Online

By Ben Fischer | New York Business Journals

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Editor’s Note: Here is a fairly new social media website that works on a different, than typical mode, and it seems to be catching on. I have enjoyed my experience on it. Maybe you would, too. It requires an invitation to take part. So, you can use the following as that invitation: tsu.co/rgsoleary. Just put that in your browser, click, fill out a little bit of information and you should be all set.

Venture capitalist Fred Wilson declared the Internet’s social media phase “over.” Facebook’s position as king of social appears more secure than ever, and most investors are flocking to private messaging apps.

But against that backdrop, the SoHo-based social media site Tsu has signed up 3.5 million users in six months and hopes to close a Series B funding round within weeks. What explains this counter-market progress and investor attention? The answer is commerce and investing, not social media.

Tsu pays users a cut of the site’s ad revenue based on how many people view its posts. The pitch to newcomers is compelling enough: Facebook is making billions selling ads against your own content and your own network of friends, but they’re not sharing it with you. We do.

But it’s what happens after Tsu kicks that money back to users that seems to have potential beyond just another social platform, which aside from its payment model, looks and feels a lot like Facebook. The site doesn’t collect any credit card or banking information, and won’t cut you a check until you’ve made $100, encouraging users to maintain a balance rather than cashing out.

Without Tsu asking them, some commercial interests and charities with Tsu pages are accepting balance transfers as payments. Last Wednesday, a Denver cycling/juice shop called BambuCycles announced it would accept Tsu dollars for juice, following the likes of Charity:Water, which accepts Tsu transfers as donations.

[Read more here]

Originally entitled: “Social media startup Tsu thinks payments are its golden ticket”

Robert O'Leary 150x150Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield (MA), New England & “virtually” the world, with his website, www.romayasoundhealthandbeauty.com. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealthandbeauty@gmail.com

 

 




Monica Lewinsky: Why We Must Stop Online Shaming Now

Source: TED

Monica Lewinsky says that in 1998, she was “Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.” Today, the kind of online public shaming she went through has become a constant. In a brave talk, she takes a look at our “culture of humiliation,” in which online shame equals dollar signs — and demands that we shift as a society.

She says that rather than think of our right to free expression, we should think of our responsibility to express freely in a way that is positive and productive. Our focus, she says should not be on how much attention our communication gets, but on how much intention we can imbue it with.

As someone who had suicidal thoughts and struggled through nearly half a lifetime online infamy, Monica understands the depth and magnitude of this problem. Cyberbullying has caused people to kill themselves, most notably teens or young adults who are still struggling to form their own personal identity.

The best part of this talk is that Monica doesn’t just suggest that we stop clicking on shame-oriented content or refrain from any kind of cyber-bullying, but goes further than that. She believes we should be a culture that is openly compassionate online. How can we all be more empathetic and support to those who inadvertently find themselves in the spotlight of the internet?

This is a speech for our times. Watch and be changed.




Groopspeak Launches New Social Media Tool for Activism

By Caroline Collins | Solutions Institute

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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Groopspeak Launches New Social Media Tool for Activism

LOS ANGELES, CA – Solutions Institute embraces the power of social media and online petitions to communicate action alerts and bring activists together.

Groopspeak takes action alerts public. It is more in-depth than an online petition, easier to use than a phone number on a website, and more social than an email list. When an activist creates an issue, people can weigh in as “for” or “against,” making it more credible to public officials than a standard petition site. Groopspeak is action alerts, revamped, and will help you in your lobbying efforts.

Here we present Groopspeak’s February, 2015 press release, and offer our congratulations on their launch and our endorsement of their mission.

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GROOPSPEAK LAUNCHES NEW SOCIAL MEDIA TOOL FOR ACTIVISM

CHICAGO, Illinois – Since the advent of the internet, political activism has taken on a new dynamic. Prior to the internet – trying to start a social movement was nearly an impossible feat.  But times have changed; social media is giving ordinary, everyday people a voice.  Being able to take a stand for one’s causes has become easy; unfortunately – that’s where it usually ends.  The vast majority of involvement in online causes can be summarized by a 30 second click, sign, exit and forget.

As simple as it is to lend one’s voice to a cause – there are simply very few tools to keep those users engaged.  Online petition sites and activist tools focus on getting the user’s online signature (and info), but users have no idea as to how many of their friends or acquaintances are involved.  Users are locked out from having access to the macro view; they’re not empowered with information and they disengage.

Stanford sociologist Doug McAdam wrote about the necessity in social movements for individuals to share “strong ties” with those around them in order for people to become highly engaged in any given social movement; simply put – a person is more likely to enthusiastically support a cause when the people they know are.  When he studied Freedom Summer dropouts versus the number of participants who stayed, which in 1964 was an attempt to sign up as many African-American voters as possible in Mississippi, he noticed that what mattered most was not one’s ideological commitment, but rather a person’s level of personal connection to the civil-rights movement. All the participants who stayed were far more likely to have close friends who were also engaged.

Social media and petition sites have by and large successfully recruited users to the causes they care about; they have failed however to build inter-linking relationships between individuals relating to any particular cause.  And that’s what Groopspeak intends to do.

Article Source: The Solutions Institute




Facebook Censorship: What They’re Not Telling You

Source:PrisonPlanetLive

It’s not just about ‘fake news stories’. Facebook’s new ‘flagging’ feature will allow agenda-driven political agitators, governments and corporations to control the narrative and all but silence dissent.  Note how this new system will allow Facebook to totally escape the backlash it would have otherwise received for censoring free speech by deleting posts. The posts are not deleted, they are merely relegated so that hardly anyone sees them. This negates the ‘Barbara Streisand effect’ – where the act of removing or censoring content only makes it more likely to receive attention elsewhere. Now you won’t even know if your post has been targeted for censorship, so you won’t be able to do anything about it.




Facebook Promises Less Hoax Stories and Spam Posts In Users’ News Feeds

 | The Guardian

ook posts reported as false by lots of users will now come with a warning.

ook posts reported as false by lots of users will now come with a warning.

No, Bill Gates isn’t giving away $5,000 if you share his Facebook photo. No, the Talking Angela app isn’t a front for online paedophiles. And no, an entire small town in Texas has not been put into Ebola quarantine.

These are just three examples of hoaxes that have spread widely on Facebook in recent years, as gullible users shared them with friends and family. Sometimes it was pure, mischievous scaremongering, but some Facebook hoaxes were more malign: bait to get people to click through to malware-ridden websites.

Now the social network is cracking down with changes to its news feed that will ensure its users see fewer hoax and spam posts, while providing a warning of their potential falsity when they are seen.

“We’ve heard from people that they want to see fewer stories that are hoaxes, or misleading news,” explained Facebook software engineer Erich Owens and research scientist Udi Weinsberg in a blog post announcing the changes.

“Today’s update to News Feed reduces the distribution of posts that people have reported as hoaxes and adds an annotation to posts that have received many of these types of reports to warn others on Facebook.”

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Training Elderly In Social Media Improves Well-Being And Combats Isolation

Exeter

The team behind the Ages 2.0 study hope its findings will help inform future policy on digital inclusion and the delivery of tele-health and tele-care strategies.

The team behind the Ages 2.0 study hope its findings will help inform future policy on digital inclusion and the delivery of tele-health and tele-care strategies.

Training older people in the use of social media improves cognitive capacity, increases a sense of self-competence and could have a beneficial overall impact on mental health and well-being, according to a landmark study carried out in the UK.

A two-year project funded by the European Union and led by the University of Exeter in partnership with Somerset Care Ltd and Torbay & Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust gave a group of vulnerable older adults a specially-designed computer, broadband connection and training in how to use them.

Those who received training became more positive about computers over time, with the participants particularly enjoying connecting with friends and relatives via Skype and email.

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The ageing population is one of the major challenges facing our society. It is expected that between 2010 and 2060, the number of people aged 65 and over across Europe will grow from 17.4% to 29.5% of the total population. The project, called Ages 2.0, aimed to assess the extent to which the internet and social media offer a tool for promoting active ageing and addressing the social isolation that is too often a feature of older age.

It found that those trained had heightened feelings of self-competence, engaged more in social activity, had a stronger sense of personal identity and showed improved cognitive capacity. These factors indirectly led to overall better mental health and well-being.

Dr Thomas Morton of Psychology at the University of Exeter, who led the project in the UK said: “Human beings are social animals, and it’s no surprise that we tend to do better when we have the capacity to connect with others. But what can be surprising is just how important social connections are to cognitive and physical health. People who are socially isolated or who experience loneliness are more vulnerable to disease and decline. For these reasons finding ways to support people’s social connections is a really important goal. This study shows how technology can be a useful tool for enabling social connections, and that supporting older people in our community to use technology effectively can have important benefits for their health and well-being.”

Participants in the study were all vulnerable older adults between the ages of 60 and 95 years of age who were receiving support from Somerset Care Ltd. The 76 volunteers were drawn both from those receiving care in the community and those living in any of the not-for-profit organisation’s 31 residential care homes.

Half of the participants were randomly assigned to receive training and the other half to a control group who received care as usual. The training involved the installation of an ‘Easy PC package’ consisting of a touch screen computer and keyboard, and a broadband internet connection. They were able to keep the computer for 12 months, including a three-month training period.

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One of the study’s participants, Margaret Keohone, said: Having this training changes people’s lives and opens up their worlds, invigorates their minds and for lots of us gives us a completely different way of recognising our worth as we age.  I was just slipping away into a slower way of life.”

Emma Green, the Care Technologist from Somerset Care who delivered training to Margaret and others in the study, said: “As the training programme developed with my participants their confidence grew and they were keen to tell me how family members had emailed back, Skyped or ‘liked’ a comment or a picture on Facebook. Seeing the smiles on my participant’s faces when they Skyped a family member in the UK or abroad was such a special moment.

“One of the best Skype calls was during a visit to my caravan in Cornwall when I Skyped a client who used to enjoy camping. We were around the camp fire and he was able to be a part of our group from the laptop, looking at the fire and joining in. They all know that I am only an email or Skype call away and it has been fabulous being a part of the Ages 2.0 project.”

Those behind the Ages 2.0 study hope its findings will help inform future policy on digital inclusion and the delivery of tele-health and tele-care strategies.

Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust (TSDHCT) was selected to participate in Ages 2.0 due to its forwarding-thinking and innovative way of working. TSDHCT pioneered the integrated approach to providing health and social care. In order to provide the best care possible for local people, particularly the area’s high population of older residents, the trust developed health and social services which worked far more closely together and were able to respond to the whole care needs of an individual, rather than operating in isolation.

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