2018-12-05 / 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 holiday season is here.  Where does the time go? 

Well, before you give your hard earned money and precious time to a charity this season, why not research it online to see if the charity is legitimate?  At www.charitynavigator.org you can do just that.  They review thousands of charities and have an impressive board of directors and staff.  Charity Navigator is the largest and most-utilized charity evaluator in America. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the Financial Health, Accountability and Transparency of over 9,000 charities and provides basic data on the rest of the 1.8 million U.S. nonprofits. Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) public charity itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America's charitable givers.

Moreover, experienced Internet surfers should know by now that just because data is found online does not make it factual.  For example, anyone, regardless of credentials, accomplishments or age can post to a wiki, such as www.wikipedia.org, thus making wikis, at best, questionable.  For further proof of the numerous online scams please visit www.scamicide.com, brainchild of Attorney Steven Weisman.  Therefore, to verify who or what entity owns a website online, visit www.whois.com and enter any URL in their search field at the top of their webpage.  Whois.com offers website domain name registration and hosting.

Furthermore, for a different kind of holiday fable this month by famous author and attorney Ralph Nader, why not read Nader’s new book, recently published about rats that invade Congress and astonishingly trigger a peoples’ political revolt? It starts when a Congressional reporter breaks a strange and shocking story: “Rats have invaded the toilets...” of both the Speaker of the House and the Minority Leader. The mighty rat invasions spark a national news frenzy.  See www.ratsreformcongress.org for details.   

Remember, this holiday season please do not text and drive.  Did you know that texting causes more fatalities than drunk driving?  Please do not drive "intexticated."  Thank you for your ongoing support readers.  Happy Holidays.

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