2017-03-01 / Features

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 CDCR librarian and instructor 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 CDCR librarian and instructor 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. "I don't need to know everything.  I just need to know where to find it, when I need it."  One may think a librarian said the above quote, but actually it was a famous physicist named Albert Einstein.  The source is www.quoteinvestigator.com, a rare site devoted to in-depth quote analysis and origins.  Einstein has many insightful quotes, such as "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results."  Something that many in politics could learn from. 

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." --Playwright George Santayana. 

However, "I've got news for Mr. Santayana, we are doomed to repeat the past no matter what. That is what is it to be alive." --Author Kurt Vonnegut.  If you like those quotes, you may also visit www.goodreads.com/quotes to continue your research. 

Speaking of politics, the advent of the Internet has changed our lives in many ways, like it or not.  GPS technology combined with satellite feeds using both wired and wireless signal transmission, combined with online video and a hypersensitive, 24-hour news cycle.  My car's bluetooth technology enables me to have hands-free conversation from across the nation while I drive.  My cellphone gives me my latest train and bus schedules.  Heck, I can use my cellphone's access to G-maps to program audible driving directions so I do not have to memorize my car routes anymore.  This technology works the vast majority of the time, so you can just imagine what the future will bring if we have not blown ourselves off the map with covert, hi-tech instruments, such as drones or sophisticated warheads.  All this came about from the US Defense Department wish to secure computer data from attack, by grouping it into packets and reassembling it at various locations using the telephone lines in the late 1960s.  (Look up DARPNET on your favorite search engine for details.)

Moreover, with all the political mudslinging and finger-pointing lately, a wonderful non-profit website for literally following the money in politics, complete with color graphs and expert commentary, is www.opensecrets.org, such as www.opensecrets.org/revolving or www.opensecrets.org/dark-money.  These URLs enable you to follow history's documentation of conflicts of interest, collusion and sheer bribery, involving many K Street firms and ruthless, anonymous corporate donors, both into and out of Washington, DC.  The crime is bi-partisan.

 

 

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