Journalism can be both good and bad. On the good side, you have journalists and news stations who cover important and relevant topics such as heroic acts by everyday people or serious issues such as medical alerts when something arises. Then, you have bad journalism, and that is when you have journalists and news casters that skew a situation in a seriously negative way without having all of the facts and details. That is bad journalism and shame on them for allowing it to happen.
Obesity is the result of consuming too many calories and not having enough activity throughout the day to burn those calories. Difficulty for parents in their roll with childhood obesity stems from dual-working households, the expense of purchasing higher-nutritional foods, popularity and immense use of technology by households and genuine confusion about how much children need to actually consume daily to meet the physical needs of their growing bodies. Identifying these factors gives parents an idea of what aspects of nutrition to be diligent about.
It has been about 20 years since the Internet came to life. For better or worse, the internet has brought about permanent changes to society. Here is a look at some of them.
- Online Shopping
Online shopping is really a different form of catalog shopping, which has always been with us. But, unless you were located in a rural area, ordering specialty items or were housebound, most of us went shopping at retail outlets, lugging our stuff home in the car. Now, so much shopping is done online that many retail stores have gone out of business or are on the verge of bankruptcy. Although this industry was buoyed by the fact many purchasers did not pay sales tax, and had to pay shipping costs, this has not slowed down this industry. In fact, companies such as Amazon are now offering next day or same day shipping. If a customer sees a product and buys the product, the product can be in his hands the day. The market research firm comScore noted that Americans spent 42.75 billion dollars online during the 2013 Christmas season, 10% up from 2012. However, comScore made the point this increase of 10% was very disappointing, although comSource did not explain why.
- Social Media
When discussing the internet, the effects of social media must be considered. Video phones are no longer things of the future. They can happen through your mobile phone or on your laptop. Many businesses use these systems for meetings, saving on travel expenses. It is quite easy to talk to people in a foreign country these days, making it easy for companies to expand into other countries. Part of the social media system is also responsible for the almost instant video and reporting on events all over the world. A fire or war can really happen in your living room, live. And, a television set is no longer necessary to watch television shows or sports in the home. Your laptop or computer device can show these media events just fine. Social media have replaced meeting for coffee in many cases. On the other hand, it allows people with like interests to interact from all over the world. There have been cases where users of social media have been abused and attacked by their contacts on the web. Some have committed suicide as a result of these attacks. Physicians have adopted video phones to talk to and examine patients in isolated areas of the world, thus saving lives. Social media also put all types of pornography, legal and not, at the fingertips of any of us. If you are connected to the internet, access is there. It has become clear the internet most likely needs some type of control on users and content. Just what this should be is still open to question.
The internet is not private. Regardless of the precautions one takes, everything sent over the internet is public. Too many of us think that it is. Even files that were deleted can be traced and found. This means that yes, anyone with the right algorithms can and has been able to steal your financial and personal data. This can be hindered a bit, but it is out there and there is no turning back. You can lose access to your money and good name by simply making a purchase at the grocery store. And, truthfully, there is no solution to these problems. Of course, internet security experts, often those that have broken security in the past, try to keep on top of these things. But, with the ability to operate these schemes from a keyboard anywhere in the world, it is becoming harder and harder. All we can do is to try to keep our exposure to a minimum and be careful where we shop, where we use our mobile devices, and keep close watch on our accounts. This is one of the penalties for having internet access.
The internet has created an industry in and of itself. Workers are needed to maintain the internet, set up connections and write new applications for customers to use. However, the internet has also resulted in the end or decease in many areas of industry. Business travel is down, affecting the travel industry. Travel agents are becoming a dying breed as customers make their own arrangements on line. Many persons prepare their own legal documents online, thus saving the cost of lawyers. Homes can be sold this way as well, leaving out the real estate agent. Service industries are becoming the past, rather than the future. Many business machines are a thing of the past, as well. Does anyone sell typewriters anymore? This changeover is not yet complete, but we can already see where the internet is leading.
- Time on the Internet
Overall, as a society, our time on the internet is going up. The internet is filling up our days, leaving less time for something else. A new NBER working paper from the Technology Policy Institute’s Scott Wallsten shows these changes. Americans use the internet for leisure at about a rate of 100 minutes per day on average. This means that each additional minute of time spent online is correlated with 0.27 fewer minutes working; 0.28 fewer minutes spent on other leisure activities, mostly watching television; 0.12 fewer minutes sleeping; and 0.05 fewer minutes socializing with others. Of the age groups that use the internet, the youngest ages use it the most. Wallsten also found a drop in the time spent on education for those who used the internet the most and a decrease in socializing in person.
ABC News did a program last year that provided consumers with tips on how best to protect themselves from phoney mold inspectors. This program was basically a televised sting operation on these ‘inspectors’ where they were called to inspect a house by a costumer who thought there might be a mold infestation. The program called seven mold inspectors to carry out the inspection – only 4 of these gave honest assessments and reported that the house did not have a mold problem. The remaining 3 took the bait and gave exaggerated reports where they completely fabricated the truth and reported varying degrees of mold infestation to the homeowner and even followed up with quotes on how much remediation would cost!
Long story short, ABC had the following advice for its viewers when they are seeking out a mold inspector:
- Do thorough research.
- Don’t be hasty.
- Tests aren’t 100% complete in giving answers.
- Don’t be rash.
Was this advice sufficient?
While this advice was definitely meant with the best intentions at heart, industry experts aren’t completely satisfied with it. MI&T (Mold Inspection and Test) is a leader in the field of mold inspection and has given their opinion about the show that aired on ABC. According to them, ABC’s efforts are definitely laudable since they have exposed some serious problems in the mold inspection/remediation industry – but the tips they offered could definitely have been better.
Better advice would have been:
While they did a good job establishing the fact that there are a lot of phoney inspectors out there who want nothing more than to make a quick buck at the unwary homeowner’s expense, they forgot to underline a trait which was common to all of them – the fact that they all tried to pitch a mold removal job once they were done with their inspection. Therefore, the best tip for homeowners when choosing a mold inspector should be to pick one that does not have a conflict of interest – in other words, if you choose a company that does both inspection and remediation, what good would a negative result be for them? In order to have an unbiased inspection / testing done, the homeowner should be careful in picking out a company that focuses on inspection rather than remediation. Texas and Florida, in the US, have even passed laws which prohibit companies from handling both inspection and restoration at the same time. A business owner in Orlando was arrested and tried for fraud when he disobeyed these laws.
A great approach would be to hire a dedicated mold inspector to give you an unbiased report on the mold status of your home and then acquire the services of a normal mold inspection/remediation company of good repute. If the latter is indeed as honest and reliable as it claims, their inspection will match that of the unbiased inspector’s, and you can then hire them to take care of the mold problem. It may cost you a bit more, but it will definitely be better than getting ripped off by a fraudulent firm.
Obamacare, the program that in theory will give wider access to healthcare, has a downside. The downside is that it has raised the prices for the physicians and other medical professionals to provide the care. The overhead cost has increased, but the physicians cannot hire new medical billers and coders. They have offered them more hours at the same medical billing and coding salary pay rate making them among the lowest paid employees in the medical office. In order to get these jobs, they had to be trained and certified by the state, by passing an exam. Most medical billers and coders go to a trade school, which often does not have access to the latest software package used in hospitals. Coding a bill to be presented to the insurance company is not a hard process, just have to be sure that the procedure is assigned the correct ICd-10 code so that the physician is paid on a timely basis.
The medical office will take the appropriate co-payment from the patient, and if the insurance company does not pay the bill, will have to pass it on to the patient to be paid. Then following up to make sure it is paid, and a constant interaction with the accounting staff to send out statements, and as a last case scenario, turn the bill over to collection.
Medical billing and coding is usually done by two separate individuals, either one can handle the others job responsibilities. There will be a greater need for physicians to hire medical billers and coders in the the future. There are plenty of well trained prospective employees out there, so employers can afford to be choosy. The low salary does not deter people from wanting to go into the field. It is one of the areas in Allied Health where a college degree is not essential.
Medical billers and coders fall into the same category as Medical Assistants, who may have had billing and coding training in their trade school, but then choose to focus on the clinical side of medicine. The taking of vitals, doing EKG’s, assisting in physical exams, taking blood as well as clerical duties such as filing and making appointments.
In medical offices, today, all employees except the nurse, physician and nurse practitioner are not making a big salary. The nurse,physician and nurse practitioner had to go through a stringent education, residency and a license process to allow them to practice in the state where their office is. Consequently they make more money than the medical billers and coders and Medical Assistants in the office. Jobs in a medical office often have fuzzy obligations, with everyone able to step into anther employees shoes, if need be. But a patient does not need to see the physician do medical billing and coding, even if they know how to. This is not part of the physicians job description, and he/she should not do it, unless he has no other choice to get paid.
The medical billers and coders salary should rise in the coming years, but this is not a sure thing. The more applicants a hospital or a physician has for each open position, the less incentive there is to raise the salary for the job.
Journalism often has two aspects to it in order to create a story that will capture the attention of an audience. There is the written portion that most people pay critical attention to when reading a newspaper or online story, and then there is the photo journalism aspect which lends to both written and video copy of a news story.
First, the written aspects of a news article, or the verbal pieces for news portrayed on the television, it’s important for the facts to be on point and it needs to be written in a way that captures the attention of the reader or watcher. There are several ways journalists capture the attention of the audience and that is through the WOW effect, sympathy effect, or by hitting on something popular. The WOW effect is something along the lines of writing an article that scares the audience, and the most recent is the discussion of Ebola and how it has been brought into the US and many news outlets lending medical suggestion that it has become an airborne virus. Now, a sympathy effect, that is more an article written related to a tragic event, most often local. For example, “a young boy fighting cancer”, garners significant sympathy, and allows the reader to connect with the story. Finally, a popular topic will often be covered to get an audience. A recent example was the requirement of a Facebook App, and how news stations “tech experts” discussed the pros/cons of the app. Years ago, this wouldn’t have been covered, but today with the popularity of Facebook, and mobile applications, it became a story.
Secondly, there is the aspect of photojournalism, and that is the journalistic portrayal through the use of photos which can often have a huge impact on the audience. The best way for photojournalists to learn how to create that connection and impact they need to take photography courses to learn photography. One of the most vivid uses of photojournalism is in the usage in tragic stories such as the aftermaths of natural disasters such as tornados, hurricanes, volcanos, and typhoons. When viewers see the destruction it really strikes a chord with them. When Hurricane Katrina hit the user shores as one of the most devastating hurricanes to ever make landfall in the US, the pictures taken by photojournalists really showed the impact on New Orleans which was catastrophic. These images allowed the audience to really feel the destruction and emphatize with those effected. There is nothing more impactful than seeing images of people like you standing next to the remains of their flooded home, or seeing people floating down what used to be a street on a boat because it’s been flooded.
When looking to become a journalist, it’s important to remember there are two avenues to go, but both can create a connection with the audience if done correctly. If you’re more visually inclined then learning photography with photography courses may suite you better than going the written route. That decision is up to you to make.
Gunsmithing schools are provided for individuals who are highly keen on guns and firearms and wish to learn more about them within a career based focus. Gunsmithing schools can teach individuals how to build firearms and how to care for firearms in a safe and careful manner. As well as being available to individuals as a way in which to teach them to develop ways in which to care for and build firearms, the schools also try to focus on the various forms of safety that is needed when dealing with firearms and other similar weapons. However, firearms are a rather controversial subject due to the nature of how dangerous they can be in the wrong hands, and many individuals believe that firearms should be banned around the world. In this article we will take a look at gunsmithing schools and will outline the pros and cons of having a school that teachers individuals how to build and maintain firearms. We shall also discuss whether they should be regulated.
What does a gunsmithing school teach?
A gunsmithing school should cover a wide variety of firearms and should have well-trained instructors that can guide you through the course. There should also be a workshop which can be used to develop skills needed in the gunsmithing career. Individuals who embark on a gunsmithing course can learn several different aspects of gunsmithing. They can either learn to build and repair custom-made guns and rifles or can be taught to design stock-designed rifles. An individual can also learn to build and modify antique rifles as well as modern handguns. Those who wish to embark on a career in gunsmithing should certainly focus on a well-designed gunsmithing course as their first choice.
Pros and cons
The pros of a gunsmithing course is that they will effectively teach individuals how to build and maintain firearms for safe use within the community. Having trained individuals involved in gunsmithing is important and these courses will allow that to happen.
The problem with having gunsmithing courses is that it promotes the use of guns by enlisting people that can help develop guns that are then used within modern society. Guns can be extremely dangerous in the wrong hands and it is therefore important that individuals take them extremely seriously. However, while guns are still legal in some areas of the world, gunsmithing schools will be necessary in order to maintain firearms and similar weapons that are bought and sold in these environments.
Anything that is to do with guns and firearms will always be controversial and if they are to exist in a way in which they are monitored and allowed, then there will also need to be schools in place that teaches individuals how to build an care for these devices. From this point of view, gunsmithing schools are a good thing to have, so long as guns are still legal and in existence in various locations around the world. However, there will always be controversy as to whether guns should be legalized or illegalised and this argument will continue.
There seems to be a widespread perception that air rifles are significantly safer than other types of weapons. The laws concerning air rifles are lax compared to the laws and restrictions placed on even fairly small firearms. It’s a trend that seems to reflect an oversight on the part of lawmakers. Lawmakers may not be as familiar with guns and gun culture as some gun enthusiasts, which may be biasing their perspective. It is also possible that this law is a relic of an earlier time that does not reflect changes in technology or changes in values. At any rate, it is time for the law to change.
Not all air rifles are created equal, just as not all firearms are created equal. Many experienced gun enthusiasts know that the most powerful air rifle can match a smaller firearm in terms of its capabilities. You can get a better idea of what some of the most powerful air rifles are, as well as some reviews and specifications here. Basing gun laws primarily on the make and model of a gun seems like a potential limiting classification system. Gun laws should take a gun’s capabilities into account.
Given the laws concerning air rifles, more and more people use air rifles with a false sense of the amount of power that they’re holding in their hands. There’s a perception that air rifles are not really ‘real’ guns, even though they can match the danger associated with real guns. That perception has no doubt influenced the popularity of air guns, which has probably led people that were unprepared for real guns to become skilled at using air rifles. The problem is, their lack of preparation is going to have other consequences down the line, and laws that fail to limit people from using air guns are just making the entire situation worse for everyone.
For a long time, air rifles were often given to young children as gifts. This is not as often the case anymore. The general public has achieved a greater awareness of the danger of air rifles since then, but that level of awareness is still insufficient. However, this changing perception still reflects a cultural change, and demonstrates that the culture could change again in a similar direction. As a result, people that are pushing to change air rifle laws and the culture surrounding them have cause to be optimistic.
Changing the laws concerning air rifles would have important social consequences. People would start taking air rifles more seriously, and there would probably be fewer accidents involving air rifles in the first place. People that use air rifles would probably get more training before they started using them, since they would take the weapons more seriously. Raising awareness about air rifles in advance might be necessary before the law can be truly changed, but it’s possible that it could still happen at the right time.
Many laws concerning guns have always been very broad. Guns can vary widely in terms of their overall capabilities. Randomly deciding that some guns are safer than others will do very little to protect the public, whether they are involved in the overall gun culture or not.