2017-05-10 / 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 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.On May 14, 1948, Project RAND—an organization formed immediately after World War II to connect military planning with research and development decisions—separated from the Douglas Aircraft Company of Santa Monica, California, and became an independent, nonprofit organization. Adopting its name from a contraction of the term research and development, the newly formed entity was dedicated to furthering and promoting scientific, educational, and charitable purposes for the public welfare and security of the United States.  Please visit www.RAND.org for details.  For an opposite perspective please visit www.ANTIWAR.com. We may be headed for an enormous global war involving North Korea, China, Russia and neighboring allies.  Am I psychic?  A futurist?  A conspiracy theorist?  Hardly.  I merely use the sources that most have access to online, such as the two URLs listed above and www.BBC.com/news for a global perspective of current events shaping our lives. Even Pope Francis wants the Netherlands to mediate.  Sound familiar?  Which part of the world was neutral during World War II? 

However, in the above paragraph I mentioned the term futurist.  Can one become a futurist online?  One place to start might be the World Future Society which publishes its own magazine renowned for futuristic articles: The Futurist.  If one visited www.wfs.org one would be in for an abrupt bait-and-switch because that site forces you to click on a link to pay-to-play site to subscribe to various World Future Society research and publications.  For free futuristic research may I recommend www.Ted.com and www.ScienceDaily.com for starters?

Suppose I mentioned that in the near future the US will lose 3.5 million jobs because of self-driving vehicles, such as cars and trucks?  As someone who has driven professionally in NYC to put myself through college, I do not recommend this technology.  One may hear details on this futuristic topic and others dealing with our current economy at www.democracyatwork.info

home of ivy league educated economist, Dr. Richard D. Wolff.  Dr. Wolff predicts that we are past due for a national economic crash, similar if not greater than that of 2008.  Is he psychic?  Probably not, as he cites the historic trend for the US economy to crash every four to seven years.  Therefore, we are past due for a biggie.  You may wish to store some cash at home in a safe in case there is another run on the banks, similar to Greece's austerity result or the Great Depression that FDR and World War II resolved. Vigilance.


 

 

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