2016-11-02 / Front Page

Internet in Bloom for The Layperson

By Ted J. Bloom,

Ted Bloom, MLS., MSEd., CPL.,CKMI., NP has been a published columnist in New York since 1999. A librarian and professor with two graduate degrees, some of his credentials include, creating and running a career preparation computer lab for at-risk youth through the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as being a NYS Notary Public, SUNY Communications Instructor, a YMCA Director and a Certified Krav Maga Instructor. His first book The Librarian's Guide to Employment in the Information Age is now available on Amazon.com.

 Ted Bloom, MLS., MSEd., CPL.,CKMI., NP has been a published columnist in New York since 1999. A librarian and professor with two graduate degrees, some of his credentials include, creating and running a career preparation computer lab for at-risk youth through the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as being a NYS Notary Public, SUNY Communications Instructor, a YMCA Director and a Certified Krav Maga Instructor. His first book The Librarian's Guide to Employment in the Information Age is now available on Amazon.com.

Had enough of the 2016 U.S. Presidential mudslinging?  Long for the campaigns that concentrated on issues and not character assassination?  If so, the following websites should be of interest.

Verified Voting, that is www.VerifiedVoting.org, provides resources that allow you to find what voting equipment is used in each State, how the equipment works, laws and regulations in place across the country to promote transparent and verifiable elections.  Frankly I prefer the word honest to transparency, but, the term has caught on like wildfire.  The site discusses: Election hacking, voting online and safeguarding your vote in the digital age.

On The Issues, that is www.OnTheIssues.org, is a bold, comprehensive voter information site that boasts "Every political leader on every issue." 

The site covers numerous topics, such as: Issues, candidates, Senate, House, news, FAQs, quizzes, the 50 States, Governors, cabinets, Mayors, past US Presidents, State legislation...  Issues covered:

International Issues   

Domestic Issues    

Economic Issues   

Social Issues   

Foreign Policy

Gun Control

Budget & Economy

Education

Homeland Security

Crime

Government Reform  

Health Care

War & Peace

Drugs

Tax Reform

Abortion

Free Trade

Civil Rights

Social Security

Families & Kids

Immigration 

Jobs

Welfare & Poverty

Corporations

Energy & Oil

Environment

Technology & Infrastructure


In closing, an alternative to www.Craigslist.org for locating a residence is www.PadMapper.com PadMapper is probably not as popular as Craigslist, however, it is a great way to locate a few apartments that may not be available on Craigslist.  As the name implies, PadMapper has filters that not only let you specify the price range, size and amenities involved, but maps your result on an easy to adjust display.  If you have ever had to locate an affordable apartment quickly in popular parts of the USA, you know the search is at best, challenging and at worst, a nightmare, in-part, because of the various crooked landlords around.  For example, I called about one advertised apartment "rental" only to have a slick salesperson try to rope me into taking over a mortgage.  A mortgage is far from a rental.  Also, just because a residence is advertised does not mean it is ready to move into.  Some landlords suggest visiting the address advertised first and then contacting the owner if they are still interested.  This is a sure sign that the apartment being considered is in an awful, aka dangerous or poorly maintained location. 

Your vote is your voice.  Happy voting.

 


 

 

 

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