2018-11-07 / 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 law 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 law 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. Once again the midterm elections are upon us.  However, these midterms will be historic as Arizona is poised for its first female Senator with two female candidates running, one from each major party and Georgia may get its first African American, female Governor.  Plus, the US now has more women in, and running for, political office than ever before.  Typically, over one million Americans do not vote because they believe their vote does not count or because they feel they are too busy working.  Therefore, this month's Internet in Bloom will focus on national politics and the Internet.

Vote.org uses technology to simplify political engagement, increase voter turnout, and strengthen American democracy.  The www.Vote.org toolset currently includes a voter registration tool, an absentee ballot tool, and tool that helps you verify your voter registration status, and a stand-alone election reminders tool.  These tools are free for anyone to use at all times. Other organizations can also use the Vote.org toolset for free on their websites.  Vote.org covers all 50 United States.

Moreover, Investigative Journalist, Greg Palast has been called the “most important investigative reporter of our time – up there with Woodward and Bernstein” (The Guardian).  Palast has broken front-page stories for BBC Television Newsnight, The Guardian, Nation Magazine and now Rolling Stone Magazine.  In September 2016, before US Presidential Elections, Palast released his movie The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires & Ballot Bandits, based on his New York Times bestselling books, predicting Donald Trump’s election.  His books have been translated into two dozen languages.  Palast is known for complex undercover investigations, spanning five continents, from the Arctic to the Amazon, from Caracas to California, using the skills he learned over two decades as a top investigator of corporate fraud.  Palast uses wit, hard-hitting facts and stylish humor.  See for yourself and sample some of his documentaries at www.Gregpalast.com.  Hint: avoid provisional ballots if you want to make sure your vote gets counted...

Lastly, comedian Lee Camp is the head writer and host of the political satire Redacted Tonight on www.RT.com and many of his current archives may be found at https://leecamp.com or www.LeeCamp.com.   Both Lee Camp and Greg Palast offer alternatives to the political perspective of mainstream media.  However, Camp, unlike Palast, uses vulgarities on occasion in his humor.  Camp's co-anchors are also very creative and talented.   Be a part of history--Vote!

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