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.

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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.

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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

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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.

  • Privacy

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.

  • Industry

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.

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.