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Kids and computing

… can do much more than help children with their … – they allow them to acquire valuable … and skills for their future … a great … home PC can …

Computers can do much more than help children with their schoolwork – they allow them to acquire valuable knowledge and skills for their future careers.

Buying a great multimedia home PC can kick-start your kids into a great career, and not just in accountancy. The new PC industry is looking for artists, writers, storytellers, publishers, games players and designers – but they need to start early.

According to Plato, the most effective kind of education is that a child should play among lovely things. While he probably wasn’t thinking digitally at the time, with the emergence of powerful and affordable multimedia PCs, children can now play among lovely things and at the same time acquire valuable knowledge and skills that will serve them well in whatever career or profession they may decide to pursue.

Today, most children take computers like ducks to water. Even the youngest seem to be alarming clever at setting up and operating all sort of gadgets. Whatever they’re using a popular game console or any of the other ubiquitous home or arcade systems, technology seems to be more naturally comprehensible to the average child than it is to the average parent or teacher.

With an increasingly large percentage of children living in households with a computer of some sort, in many ways they’re now becoming just another home appliance. But for parents who want to help their children at home/school, the apparent labyrinth of technological options can appear depressingly daunting.

It’s now possible to get great job in computers that isn’t about science, maths programming or accountancy. Increasingly, `humanity-based’ skills are often perceived as more valuable and computers can get you into a whole new range of professions evolving around games production, multimedia, digital video or publishing on the Internet. Within these, and even more traditional professions – such as journalism, film, television, publishing, advertising, design and music – computers and digital technology have become widespread. And there are probably very few jobs or professions in the future that won’t require some degree of computer literacy.

Ironically, the digital revolution is creating a market not for narrow specialists, but for `renaissance men and women’ who have a broad-based education and a wider skill set that will allow them to change careers and move from field to field with an ease and efficiency that was unimaginable in previous generations. Today, perhaps more than any other time in recent history, education needs to be focused on learning how to learn and on development of study skills that will allow children to acquire the information they need as and when they need it.

Remember, helping your child with a computer at home isn’t exclusively about using so called `educational software’ like they do at school to teach spelling, maths or geography. Parents can often provide more help by encouraging their children to simply use computers more actively and creatively as they are, or will be, used in the real world and to develop creative study and research skills that will complement and enhance their learning experience at school. To do that, you need to give your kids their best chance possible by getting them a really good multimedia PC.

But to prepare your children for the future, you need more than hardware and software. The most important thing is to think about what they do with the PC and what you can do to help. Don’t worry about starting children too early. As soon as they can control their hands, children will find things to do with a computer.

It’s not unusual to see three and four-year old happily working with paint programs and even creating and saving files. In many respects, having a computer at home can help older children with their school work in nearly every subject, just as having books at home helps them with reading and research. And because of its increasingly multimedia and interactive capabilities, a PC can provide a creative focus or outlet for even difficult children with no apparent interest in traditional education.

This concern about `giving the kids the best’ for their education is an emotion that computer manufacturers are more than happy to exploit, with many of them offering PCs that are hyped as the `ideal tool for education’. Then, of course, there’s the fact that more than a few parents use their kid’s education as a way to justify buying a PC so they can play Doom. But the hardware you buy is only half the story and where home computers are concerned, the bundled software is just as important as the hardware.

It used to be that computer manufacturers interpreted the phrase `for educational use’ as meaning `last year’s leftover stock with a copy of Encarta chunked in’. However, as the home market has boomed, some manufacturers have come to realize that education has its own needsScience Articles, and are producing systems that combine powerful hardware with a good range of bundled software with an obvious educational or informative bent.

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10 things you should do before your childs iep meeting

1. Read last year’s IEP – It’s … to review what came out of last year’s plan. Was it … ? Did the methods of … work ? Did the … process used really tell you if prog

1. Read last year’s IEP – It’s important to review what came out of last year’s plan. Was it successful ? Did the methods of instruction work ? Did the measurement process used really tell you if progress was being made ? Were the goals & objectives really functional for your child? Also try to think back to the actual meeting — what part of the discussion did you feel least prepared for ? Remembering will help you prepare better this time around!

2. Update your advocacy notebook — Hopefully you have a single book that allows you to keep all of your child’s information (evaluations, old IEPs, correspondence with school & service providers, etc.) organized & easily accessible. If there is new information from Dr.’s, teachers, or related service providers that needs added to your book take care of the filing now. You’ll be glad to have the most current information if the issue comes up during the meeting.

3. Do your homework — is there any new information on your child’s disability, have you heard about any promising new intervention strategies that caught your attention? Now is the time to check them out. Research them on the internet or contact a local resource person who can tell you more or provide you with information to review.

4. Come prepared to “grow” your team — If you’ve found anything interesting during your research, the IEP meeting is an excellent time to share this information. Rather than contacting everyone individually or relying on 1 person to pass on your information, you can share it with everyone at once. If the information describe an intervention strategy you would like used in this year’s IEP then be sure to bring copies so everyone can look over the information at once during the meeting. Few professional team members are going to be willing to sign off on something they don’t understand or feel comfortable with. By helping them learn, you maximize your chances of getting what you want.

5. Make your list — Once you’re organized & your research is complete is time to make your list. What are the issues you feel like really need to be addressed in your child’s IEP. Remember other team members may want to add additional items during your discussion, but you don’t want to be thinking afterwards, “Oh I really wanted to discuss X & forgot to bring it up.” Right now, while you’re calm & not under time pressure is the time to decide what the issues are from your perspective.

6. Prioritize — Because IEPs are a team process they by their very nature demand compromise. So once you’ve developed you list, you’ll need to go back through & divide it into 2 categories.

A) the issues that are non-negotiable to me — they must be addressed for me to give my consent for this IEP and B) the issues that I am concerned about, but I’m not sure how I want them addressed or what the critical components are. On these issues I’m willing to compromise or settle for minimal supports while we gather more information.

7. Decide who’s coming with you — IEPs tend to be extremely anxiety provoking for parents. When you are experiencing a lot of emotion it is unlikely that you will be able to absorb all the information be given to you. Having someone else there who can listen to the discussion & take notes will free you up to participate in the discussion & focus on your own agenda.

8. What about taping the meeting — Recording IEP meetings can be a touchy issue for many school districts. However, if you cannot find anyone to come with you to the meeting you may want to consider tape recording it so that you can refer back to the discussion after you’re home & calm. One caution, you will need to notify the school that you would like to tape record the meeting. Explain that it will be only for your reference & ask if there are any school guidelines or policies that you should be aware of regarding taping. Start this process as soon as you’ve been notified about the meeting as some school districts have time guidelines that the notice of recording must be given at least X amount of time before the meeting.

9. Determine your child’s participation – If you see a future of self-advocacy for your child, then it is important to involve them in IEPs as early as possible. This will let them watch your advocacy skills & learn by imitation. It also give you the opportunity to get their input on what & how they would like to learn. If you aren’t comfortable with your child attending the meeting, then consider how their presence can be felt by proxy. Two ways recommended by other parents are:

A) Bring your child’s picture & set it in the center of the table – this should effectively remind everyone at the table that the decisions made will impact the life of a real person & shouldn’t be arbitrary or for convenience sake.

B) Bring your child’s portfolio — originally developed to introduce new teachers to your child, the portfolio illustrates all that is unique & special about your child. This is a wonderful way to remind participants that everyone has strengths & special qualities to bring to the “table of life”. Check out the sample portfolio in our web resource section for ideas on how to do this.

10. Review your rights! — Right before you attend a meeting filled with professionals is the perfect time to read again how the federal laws “see” your role as parent. It will reinforce your feeling of importance within the team & also ensure that no one surprises you with any “questionable” tactics during the meeting.

If you have completed all 10 steps you should be feeling pretty prepared. Now you can go into that conference room with confidence knowing that you are ultimate “expert” on your child!

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Had the winning bid did you

Had The Winning Bid, did you? … You arrive at an online auction and are eager tostart bidding. You start looking at … and pictures of items you … in. Then the bi

Had The Winning Bid, did you?
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You arrive at an online auction and are eager to
start bidding. You start looking at the
descriptions and pictures of items you are
interested in. Then the bidding
starts………….

Wow! The excitement! You are now bidding on the
item that you really *must* have. When the
bidding ends, you are notified that you have the
winning bid! My, how excited you are! You send
your payment through Paypal or by mail. You can’t
wait to receive the item! After all, it is a
*must* have item!

You wait anxiously for the mailman to deliver
your package. You can’t wait everyday until he
delivers the mail. You run to the mailbox as soon
as he leaves. This goes on for weeks! Now it’s
been months. It *never* arrives.

Don’t feel that you are the only one that has
experienced this. In 1999, consumers lost more
than $3 billion to Internet fraud [National
Consumer League]. People never received what they
purchased or the merchandise they did receive
wasn’t what the seller had described.

What do you do now?

First, contact the person selling the
merchandise. Mistakes *do* happpen. Be sure to
keep a copy of the correspondance [mail or email],
between you and the seller.

Didn’t get anywhere with that approach?

**Complain to the on-line auction site. Be sure
you can give them proof of your payment and have
copies of any correspondance between you and the
seller.

**Check to see if the site offers a dispute
resolution service. This service works for you,
the buyer.

**Most online auction sites have some type of
insurance program. Ex- eBay will cover up to
$200, minus a $25 deductible if you don’t receive
your item or receive items that don’t live up to
their description.

If you feel the seller is operating his auctions
dishonestly, send an email to the security staff
of the auction’s web site. They *will*
investigate! The sellers account with the auction
can be cancelled in this situation. You can also
file a complaint with the Federal Trade
Commission [FTC]. You can complete a complaint
form at: http://www.ftc.gov

You can protect yourself when bidding at online
auctions by using services that have been around
on the internet for a while–eBay–Yahoo. R-E-A-D
the site’s buyer protection policies. Do they
offer insurance and dispute resolution services?
Find out what other purchasers are saying about
the seller. Use a credit card to purchase. You
will have more protection and can cancel a
transaction up to 30 days after purchase. You may
also want to check out an escrow service for
expensive items.

Using an escrow service can save you money in the
long run, especially if you have a large amount
of money at stake. Insurance at auctions only go
up to a certain amount. An escrow service acts as
a middle man. You set-up the escrow account and
deposit the money that you and the seller agree
on. The escrow service will let the seller know
that the money is there and then the item is
shipped. If you are satisfied, the escrow service
releases the money to the seller. If you aren’t
satified, let the escrow service know and return
the item to the seller. You money will then be
returned to you, minus the escrow fees for
handling the transaction.

Using these techniques will help you have more
confidence when bidding on merchandise at
auctions.

Happy auctioning!!

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My first experience in a faraway land

~~My First … in A Faraway Land~~ by: Jane Fulton When I first came on the net, I was … It was as if I had traveled to afaraway land and everyone spoke a … I couldn’

~~My First Experience in A Faraway Land~~
by: Jane Fulton

When I first came on the net, I was so
bewildered! It was as if I had traveled to a
faraway land and everyone spoke a foreign
language. I couldn’t understand them and they
couldn’t understand me. When I asked for
directions, it didn’t help. I didn’t understand
enough of the language to communicate properly,
or to understand the directions. I felt so
foolish!

Well, you either have to learn enough of the
language to manage or go home. Now that you are
faced with that decision, you either take the
easy way out and go home, or find the resources
to help you survive. I became so frustrated, that
I almost took the easy way out and went home more
than once. Then I was blessed to read the right
ad and find the help and support I needed. My
greatest supporter was Brenda Ruple
http://www.aunt-b.bigstep.com When I
needed to cry, she was there, when I needed to
yell, she was there………I don’t know what I
would have done without her support!

I decided that I wanted a website done my way.
Everyone was telling me how easy it was! I
didn’t need to know HTML. I didn’t realize how
difficult it would be until I got started. I had
picked up some of the ‘lingo’, so I felt that I
could handle this! WRONG! There were days I
emailed question after question to my host. I was
sure that he was getting sick of me asking so
many questions. There were days I cried and said
“Why can’t I get this?” There were even days I
did nothing. I took a break!

I would ask questions and the answer I got was no
clearer than the wizards (you know those little
box things that’s suppose to guide you through
what you’re doing step by step?). I soon found
out that the wizards speak that foreign language
too! I had to read and search out every tutitoral
I could find. Sometimes they didn’t help. I would
go to a quite place and think it through.
Sometimes my conclusions were right, sometimes
they weren’t, but I was determined not to give
up!

Everyone needs help! I would like to give back
the help that was given to me and I would like
to thank the people who were there for me:

My Sponsor: GARY McLEOD–Check out his website
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My webhost: DAN–Check out his quality hosting
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MARIE: she was a gem when it came to publishing
this newsletter. Check out her ezine resources
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just for newbies. Her information is invaluable!

EILEEN RODRIGUEZ- http://www.sunsetopps.com
Publisher of: Sunset Opps

I am sincere when I say that this newsletter is
dedicated to helping the newbie and affiliate.
Affiliate programs are what us newbies usually
get involved in first (like getting our feet
wet).

It takes years for most to be fluent in a new
language. The internet is no different!

When I ask you to send me your questions. I mean
it! If I don’t have the answer, I will tap on my
resources, or find out for you, or give you the
information to do the research yourself. I’m by
no means a ‘seasoned internet guru’, but am
willing to share what I know. When we find the
answer together, we both learn.

Any subjects you would like addressed in this
newsletterFind Article, let me know. Let’s learn together
and make this the best newsletter it can be!

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Killing at animal humane societies

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Shorten your journey to business and personal success

… to a new survey carried out by Alliance & where … one in five small business owners view tax astheir greatest concern. The … has … in hislast budget tha

According to a new survey carried out by Alliance & where ID_NUM=9270;
Leicester, one in five small business owners view tax as
their greatest concern. The Chancellor has announced in his
last budget that companies with profits below œ10,000 will
not have to pay any corporation tax with effect from 1 April
2002. The question to be asked is: does that announcement
make incorporation a more attractive option compared to
being a sole trader?

The answer is that from a tax point of view, it is
advantageous to trade through a limited company as long
as the income is drawn from the company by the owners as
dividends from their shares and the amount of dividends
drawn is restricted below the 40% band rate (i.e. œ31,063
for tax year 2002/03). That way, the owners have no further
personal tax (“income tax”) to pay. Moreover, dividends are
not subject to national insurance contributions. This is
excellent news of course. But, if dividend income falls
within the higher rate bracket of income tax (i.e. above
œ34,515), they will be taxed at 22.5% on the excess, which
of course will increase the tax burden. The company profits
are subject to corporation tax rates. Those are lower than
income tax rates.

The most catastrophic scenario is when the director takes
his reward from the company as salary. Then his/her salary
is taxed at income tax rates (like a sole trader’s income).
That is because, unlike sole traders, the tax system treats
companies as separate from their owners because a company is
a separate legal entity. The problem is that the income
taxes are higher than corporation tax rates. On top of
that, they will be subject to employee and employer national
insurance contributions, which of course increase the tax
burden and render his position worse than even an
unincorporated business (“sole trader”), because NIC Class 1
on payroll are higher than NIC Class 2 paid by self
employed.

In contrast, a self employed person (“sole trader”) is taxed
at income tax rates on the profits from his business, which
are added to his other sources of income. As it has already
been mentioned, income tax rates are overall higher than
corporation tax rates. On top of income tax, national
insurance contributions class 4 are payable on the business
profits within a specified band (7% on profits between
œ4,615and œ30,420). National insurance contributions Class 2
are also paid by self-employed people, although those are
lower than those payable by company directors on their
salaries.

To illustrate the above, let’s take a simple example. We
have a limited company and a sole trader. They both make
œ60,000 profits each in the tax year 2002/03. We assume that
the company director takes a salary equal to the amount of
his personal allowances (untaxed income) of œ4,615 and the
balance as dividends. The company will pay corporation tax
at 19% equal to œ10,523 and nothing else. The sole trader
will pay income tax œ16,542, National insurance Class 2 œ104
and National insurance Class 4 œ1,806. Total œ18,452. The
bottom line is that the person that has incorporated his
business into a limited company will make a tax saving of
œ7,929 compared to a sole trader! Isn’t that fantastic?

Somebody might be wondering: why is this entire happening?
The official explanation is that, this government, to help
the economy grow, encourages people to leave as much profits
within their businesses to be reinvested, instead of being
taken out and spent.

The “unofficial line” is that, as a matter of fact, for
years the Inland Revenue has tried to reclassify the
self-employed. The 1% in NIC hike on staff salaries above
the NIC threshold from next April adds to both the
employees’ and employers’ tax burden and may more than
offset the saving from the corporation tax zero rate on the
first œ10,000 of profits.

Aren’t there any other matters to consider in deciding
whether to incorporate or not?

Higher administration costs to comply with company law,
payroll and bookkeeping is one factor. Another issue is
pension planning. Extracting profits out of the company as
dividends rather than salary means that there will be no
“net relevant earnings” and therefore pension contributions
can’t be made. But the advent of stakeholder pension plans
has meant that contributions up to œ3,600 per year can be
made without the need for any earnings. If a person does not
wish to transfer funds in existing plans into stakeholder
because of high charges, there is a way out: the best net
relevant earnings (i.e. salary) in five consecutive years
can be used for making contributions for the next five
years, even if there were no salaries in the remainder four
years. It is comforting to know that entitlement to basic
state pension is not affected by taking a salary from the
company at the level of a person’s personal allowances i.e.
œ4,615.

Furthermore, an individual may decide not to bother with
pension plans and instead invest in ISA. Often, these can be
more efficient than pensions but that’s beside the scope of
this article. If that option is taken, no salary is
necessary.

Another factor is business motoring. It might be tax
advantageous for an unincorporated business that owns many
cars not to incorporate because if these cars have some
private use there will be benefits in kind taxed on the
users. These are generally higher than the straight
apportionment between private and business for all car
running costs in the case of sole traders.

The conclusion is that there can be considerable tax savings
waiting the sole trader who decides to go down the
road to incorporation. But, one needs to proceed with
caution and careful planning. And don’t forget the biggest
advantage of incorporation, which is Protection
from Personal Liability. Incorporating is one of the best
ways to protect a business owner from personal liability.
Shareholders of a company are generally not liable for the
obligations of the company. Creditors of a company may seek
payment from its assets, but not the assets of the
shareholders. This means that business owners may engage in
business without risking their homes or other personal
property.

Thank you for taking the time to read this Article. I hope
you’ve found it useful. If you have, please drop me an email
and let me know what you think.

You can email me at…

constantinesavva@accamail.com

Alternatively, you can visit our website at
http://www.tax-accounting-london.info and read a series of
other full length articles that present the complete picture
on a variety of interesting topics.

If you would like to know how to save tax and make sure that
more of your hard earned cash stays with you to expand your
business and increase your profits, we have a Free Special
Report addressed to small businesses either starting up or
already in business. This Exclusive Free Special Report is
available automatically when you subscribe to our regular
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planning by visiting our subscription area on our website
www.tax-accounting- london.info. It is complied from real
life situations dealing with small business tax affairs for
over 10 years and it is loaded with down-to-earth advice and
practical, understandable examples.

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The internet adventures of stupidman 2

Stupidman Downloads,Copies a FileSome superheroes drink a potion,take a pill,utter somemagic words. I put my fingers on a keyboard and becomeSTUPIDMAN.I am currently reading the free chapters of the …

Stupidman Downloads,Copies a File

Some superheroes drink a potion,take a pill,utter some
magic words. I put my fingers on a keyboard and become
STUPIDMAN.

I am currently reading the free chapters of the new e-book
“Internet Profit Pearls” (IPP). I understand the
explanations of why some popular strategies don’t work and
the advantages of some lesser used,yet cost effective
methods. My problem is implementing the tactics. But
apparently I’m not alone.

One tactic is creating a “junk” email address. I went to
a free email service and thought Stupidman needs an email
address. Guess what? Stupidman was taken, in fact the
first three versions were taken. I finally secured a
version but even creating an email address does not come
easy for me.

Downloading the book was easy(at least it was with Winzip)
but then IPP says I have to make a copy. Never having made
a copy my blood pressure begins to rise, but there is a
link to a tutorial site and a brief description of the
steps for copying. Wanting to delay the inevitable and
avoid becoming gaseous dog(see previous articles) I click
the tutorial.

Remembering we have Windows 98, I select it, then “getting
started” and……get the old “the page cannot be displayed
notice”. (Sometimes I think this is a cookie that attaches
to me rather than a computer.) After two more attempts I
give up and return to IPP.

For those of you who know what you are doing, this next
passage is really boring and is intended for soul mates of
Stupidman.

Usually my son,Greased Lightning, ignores everything I say
but one time he responded to my mutterings about the wasted
printer ribbon and paper when I would print a 22 page
article and only wanted 3 paragraphs. He responded,
contemptuously of course, by showing me how to select a
portion of the article. Click the cursor (also known as
the curser when your hand twitches) at the top left corner
of what you want to copy, left click and hold,then drag to
bottom right corner of what you want to copy. This
highlighted area can be printed. Now hold the Ctrl key
down and press P. A gray page will pop up, click selection
(it’s in the middle on the left side) then ok. If you have
paper in the printer(a future article?) you’ll get a copy
of exactly what you want. (Warning: More than likely the
gray page defaults to all. If you get too cocky with this
new technique you will forget to click selection and end up
with 22 pages of stuff).

Using this valuable technique, I copy the instructions on
how to copy a file. (I’m a lot more comfortable with hard
copy in one hand while I hit the wrong keys with the
other.) (In a future article I’ll describe some of the
experiences I’ve had with the Alt key.)

Instructions in hand, I try to copy the file/book.
Unfortunately,as I found out the next day, the instructions
were written for PKzip while I have Winzip. But 30 minutes
later,mostly due to hesitancy and gaseous dog phobia, I end
up with a good copy of the book by following the
instructions within Winzip.(I really don’t know how it
happened as the memory is very blurred.)

A word of caution to members of the tribe of Stupidman who
are reading the book. Chapter 3 is very technical and full
of alphabet soup. If you are like me you will be less
stressed if you read the last screen of Chapter 3 (the
material in the yellow box) before you read the rest of the
chapter. (It’s ok to do this,it’s not like reading the
last page of a mystery when you are in the middle of the
book.)

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Stupidman Creates SIG File,Opens Lock

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The top ten things i learned from mister rogers

Please feel free to … and reprint as long as bio line is included … Rogers makes everyone feel special and valued, and he’s one of my … You can never go down, never go dow

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Mister Rogers makes everyone feel special and valued, and he’s one of my heroes.

1. You can never go down, never go down, never go down the drain. When life can involve divorce, layoffs, losing a child, moving 2 weeks before your baby’s due and you have a toddler and a dog with a new litter of puppies, working full-time and being a single-parent, or starting a new career at 55, it’s good to know you can never go down the drain!

2. You can stop when you want to, stop when you wishEver say to yourself — stop the madness? Mister Rogers reminds us that we can stop when we want to. Make the carousel slow down so you can enjoy the ride. You’re in control. Stop the roller coaster and get off. End a relationship that isn’t working. Change a career when the passion’s gone. Eliminate the tolerations in your life! You can stop when you want to, stop when you wish.

3. It’s great to be able to stop when you’ve planned a thing that’s wrong and to be able to do something else instead. Problem-solving! When you’re working at a problem and the answer isn’t forthcoming, try something new. The solution isn’t doubling your efforts at a failing proposition. If you’re having the same things happen over and over again in your relationships, stop what you’re doing and do something else. Try something new! If you keep doing’ what you’ve been doin’, you’re gonna keep gettin’ what you been gettin’.

4. There’s something deep inside that helps us become what we can. Develop
your intuition and pay attention to what it tells you. It’s the best guide to what’s best for you and what will work for you. Listen to that still, small voice inside and let it be your guide … it’s an EQ competency.

5. When the whole wide world seems oh so wrong and nothing you do seems very right, you can punch a bag, pound some clay or some dough, or round up friends for a game of tag or see how fast you can go. Change what you can, and those things you can’t … go chop some wood, or take a bike ride, or call your coach and talk the feelings out. You might as well learn to manage those feelings constructively now, because the stakes are just going to get higher in life, so the feelings will too. It’s a lifelong mission changing what you can, and finding some play-doh when you can’t!

6. What a good feeling to feel like this and know that the feeling is really mine. Knowing what you feel and living in the moment will add much enjoyment to your life. We ARE our feelings, and the more we’re able to let them into awareness and accept them fully, the richer our lives will be, and the more US we’ll be. If you can’t experience your sadness, you can’t experience your joy. And don’t let someone else’s feelings get mixed up with yours. Just because your spouse is having a down day doesn’t mean you have to. Just because your co-worker hates his job doesn’t mean you have to. Know your feelings and know that they’re really yours.

7. A girl can some day be a woman, and a boy can some day be a man. Yup!

8. You know, playing at the computer’s different from watching a television program. You can bring your own ideas to whatever happens on the computer, and your ideas are special. So are you!
I think the computer is the most wonderful medium for self-expression we’ve had since crayons and manila paper! I’m watching clients, friends and loved ones blossom and grow through the Internet — learning new things, making new cyber-friends, trying new things, and extending and enriching their lives. It’s a great way to share you, who are special, and your ideas too.

9. Some are fancy on the outside/Some are fancy on the inside/Everybody’s fancy/Everybody’s fine/Discovering each one’s specialty/Is the most important learning. Discover and develop the ways in which you’re special. You’ll reach a higher, more consistent level of performance, feel a deeper sense of satisfactionFree Web Content, and be able to share your real gifts with the world. (See the Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Focus on Your Strengths at http://www.topten.org/public/AB/AB100.html.)

10. If you’ve got a plan/Now’s the time to try it/If you’ve got an airplane/Fly it/This is just the day. When will you start that new career? Ask that woman to marry you? Hug your child? Get online? Have the baby you’ve been wanting? Find work that feeds your passion? Quit drinking? Stop smoking? Write a teacher who meant a lot to you in the past? This is just the day!

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Why is media bias an issue

Most of us have grown up in a society where we felt … to live in a … where free speech was one of our basic rights. We also believed that “news” was … to us in a factual manner

Most of us have grown up in a society where we felt fortunate to live in a democracy where free speech was one of our basic rights. We also believed that “news” was delivered to us in a factual manner – with both sides of any story equally represented. In theory, it is supposed to work this way. But, when news articles are measured for bias utilizing an objective process, one discovers that there is an agenda underlying much of the news Americans are subjected to and programmed by, each day.
In defense of the news media there is a rational behind the changing face of news content. Given that the average American wants to be entertained and the time and attention available to commit to news stories, the press has shaped its focus to deliver content in an entertaining and “byte-driven” format. As a result, news stories are designed to ignite an emotive response to GRAB attention. Often, this attempt is misleading. The use of words to imply suspicion, controversy and/or fear, elevate public interest. This is seen as good media presentation because it gets viewers to pay attention. The benefit of increasing mass media distribution is, of course, an increase in advertising revenue. Therefore, the rational behind a changed format of news content has been shaped by the public-at-large, through a demonstrated increase in its interest to consume sensational news.
It is probably understood by most that the news media is doing just this and may dismiss media bias claims as a result. But with a closer look, one can see that media bias reaches far deeper, effecting the psyche of the reading/viewing public – because it’s so subtle. The sensational depiction of events is overt and thereby acceptable by most of society. But the covert misrepresentation of facts, either by omission or slanted, are not perceived. It is as if the facts are cloaked. Therefore the Media Research Center of Alaska has committed itself to uncovering these subtle, covert, misrepresentations so that a reader is well-informed about the REAL story.
To begin the discussion then, of less obvious media bias, we need to understand that there are always two sides to every story. As a result, both sides need to be given equal representation and equal weight so that the reader can decide for himself/herself what the meaning of the news is. Even though the Media Code of Ethics clearly outlines this as a core value, it is not always adhered to. Additionally, reporters have a difficult time NOT selecting their stories, words and sources independent of their personal views and/or the views of their newsroom where their paycheck is earned.
Some examples of covert media bias that the average news consumer would digest without a thought are:
** Words – the selection of words to describe one side, compared to the other can slant a reader’s/viewer’s perception. (An example would be, describing one side of the abortion issue as Pro-Choice versus Anti-Abortion. To give both words the same weight, and not imply some “ethical assessment” by the journalist, one would need to describe each as Pro-Abortion and Anti-Abortion, or Pro-Choice and Pro-Life. As you can evaluate for yourself, if a reporter uses the “Pro-Choice versus Anti-Abortion terms, he/she has automatically assigned a positive label to those who favor the right to choose abortion, while he/she has assigned a negative label to those who want to preserve the right to life). Therefore, words to describe any person, event, or entity can quickly shape the mind of the reader/viewer in a very subtle way.
** Sources – the selection of “sources,” for stories by reporters, should be representative of both sides. However, even if this is accomplished, the “quality” of the source may be higher on one side than the other, or only one source is quoted on one side and several on the other. This can lead to a slanted story that can imply meaning that is unbalanced.
** What is newsworthy – is often controlled by the newsroom. Topics are accepted and others overlooked given the agenda of the powers that be and based upon what topics fit into the “news of the day.” This is important to realize because the big picture is being missed by the public at large by not seeing all angles within their communities, political campaigns, business realms, and/or just about every aspect of people’s lives. Beyond ignoring news, the media may even go so far as to ridicule some ideas while promoting others.
** Political agendas – it would be naive of us to believe that an endorsement of a political candidate by any news media wouldn’t affect its news coverage. The same can be said when considering the individual views of reporters. Therefore, it is prudent for each reader to examine the political views of the media and the reporters he/she is reading/viewing. It is very easy for the media and its reporters to fall into the trap of becoming an advocate for a political figure or any subject of self-interest, rather than remaining an impartial observer reporting facts. If the reader/viewer does not know this, he/she can be swayed into believing that the best candidate or the self-interests of the media are the whole truth.
** Power and privilege – often those in power or in positions of privilege are cast in a more positive light than the average person. This can mislead the reader/viewer. An example of painting someone one way or another would be citing behaviors of one that are positive, like a candidate kissing babies, while in the same article, an opposing candidate is shown or described as being exhausted by his/her campaign schedule. This type of coverage is a subtle way to improve the standings of one candidate over another in a “seemingly innocent way.”
Media bias is pervasive as suggested in the points above. When one adds the overt practice of sensationalizing news, the reader/viewer has a huge task set before him/her, whether or not he/she knows it. This is of great concern because if most the people most the time, believe everything they read or view, they will ultimately become the servants of those who write/publish, by voting (or not voting) for candidates or issues from the same biased perspective. Thus an inquiry by all is required if we are to make independent decisions that effect people’s lives.

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