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It is Time to Rediscover Print Newspapers

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Friends often ask me why I spend so much time reading print versions of newspapers. I respond with the usual general reasons about learning what is happening, worsening or improving, in the world. I also point out that I send people helpful clippings.

Unfortunately, responses do not get many people to expand their print newspaper reading time. Some recent topics that caught my attention might encourage you to revisit the printed version of your newspapers:

"It's the middle of the night. Do you know who your iPhone is talking to?" The Washington Post's Geoffrey A. Fowler says this is not true. With his screen off, he showed 5,400 hidden app trackers guzzled his data in a single week. Shame Apple and CEO Tim Cook. You lied.

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"Take a Page From Kids Who Care" The Washington Post's Christina Barron starts with the now famous Greta Thunberg's weekly protests on climate disruption before the Swedish Parliament and goes on to reference eight new books "in which kids engage, in ways big and small, to better the world."

"Why I'm Swearing off Trump's Nicknames," by Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post. About time a writer did this. When will reporters stop being Trump's bullhorn for his scornful, ugly nicknames, without printing rebuttals or nicknames coined by Trump critics like "Draft-dodging Donald," or "Lying Donald," or "Corrupt Donald," for example.

"MacKenzie Bezos Pledges to Give Half of her $36 billion Fortune to Charity," by Washington Post's Rachel Siegel. One very rich couple's divorce may mean better lives and saving lives for many people if Ms. Bezos spends money to promote justice and we might need less charity. Her Foundation is coming.

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"The Shadow Banks are back with another Big Bad Credit Bubble," by The Washington Post's incomparable Steve Pearlstein. With weak or no regulation of these speculators/lenders, there may be a replay of the 2008 financial crisis.

"Many teens sleep with their phones, survey finds just like their parents" by The Washington Post's Craig Timberg. This practice undermines "cognitive function and mental health while increasing obesity rates" and causing household conflicts.

Joshua A. Douglas is out with a key book, Vote for US: How to Take Back Our Elections and Change the Future of Voting. Reclaiming the electoral process is crucial for our democracy and to improve the quality of life in our country.

"Why We May all Have to Give Up Pork" letter to the editor of The Washington Post by Patricia E. Perry. She cites documented infectious diseases and Trump's move to sideline federal inspectors and allow even more self-inspection by the meat packers wanting to speed up the slaughter-processing assembly lines. Ugh!

"Hogan Will Not Challenge Trump, Leaving Trump's GOP Critics with Limited Options," by The Washington Post's Robert Costa. Like Maryland governor Larry Hogan, other fearful, viable challengers like Senator Mitt Romney, former Ohio governor John Kasich, Arizona ex-Senator Jeff Flake, and former U.S. trade representative Carla Hills aren't going to challenge Trump. Trump is clearing the Republican primary field with foul mouthed intimidation. No matter these Republican politicians really believe Trump is a clear and present danger to our Republic and to the future of the Republican Party. Only the laid back former governor, William Weld, has his hat in the ring.

"The NFL Has Finally Been Consumed by the Concussion Issue. Why Hasn't the NHL?" by The New York Times' John Branch. Consumed, that is, after years of cover-ups. The Hockey bosses literally stage fights between players kept on the team just to fight for the boisterous crowds. Head injuries have taken the lives and diminished the brain functions of scores of players over their shortened lives. This is criminal and sets a bad example for youthful amateur sports where concussions are not taken seriously enough. See our Leagueoffans.org.

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"Art Festival is Welcome, But Not the Huge Crowds," by The New York Times' Helene Stapinski. The 13th annual free "Figment Arts Festival" on Roosevelt Island is overwhelmed by 30,000 visitors. "Huge crowds forced the tram to shut down and the bridge to close, overwhelming the subway platform." Makes you wonder why civic conferences, open free to the public, dealing with the most precious matters of livelihood, peace, and justice beg to fill the empty seats.

"If Trump Doesn't Warrant Impeachment, Who Does?" by The Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson. It's useful to have Robinson list many of Trump's impeachable offenses in one place. He still left out several serious acts such as blatantly, openly dismantling the enforcement of health and safety laws in violation of his constitutional oath to faithfully execute the law and conducting illegal wars without Congressional declarations and appropriations.

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"Rediscover" today's newspapers?! Sounds like a tedious, unnecessary exercise in futility. Oh well, Ralph is about 85.

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Cela va sans dire, mon ami.

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Dialogue, in. a play, says everything that one needs so know about the mentality of the speaker. You define yourself .

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...Says the resident New York Times fangirl.

I definitely define myself. You should at least define such unprovoked hyperbole, when choosing to refer to someone's "mentality", dear Teacher.

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My point was that today's newspapers have little value, and that value is buried under a mountain of crap. There are certainly better sources available these days.

I referred to Ralph's age because it appears to be a factor in his thinking. I don't see anything wrong with that observation.

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So, what was your point? Did you have one?

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Love it... and love Nader's talk at with Barsamian at The Sun The Great Work -

I was a second grade teacher for decades and then, a 7th grade ' English' teacher ( whose students got the top scores in NYS on the ELA exam when 3/4 of NYC failed. I was the NYS Educator of Excellence in 1998, and the cohort for Pews research on Standards.)

My job was always to enable the young human brain to think, then to talk, and then to read... so they could write! This is the way the brain learns to write.

This is process. Reading is essential... and I bought most of the books in my classroom... and copied the pieces I needed them to see, like the sparse prose of Stenbeck, the literate humor of Twain, and the lyrical writing of so many wonderful writers.

The we talked and talked about what the ideas in what we read, so they could get an idea!

GETTING AN IDEA IS STEP ONE IN WRITING

Then, step 2, they got their thoughts down on paper. Step 3 was of course, the work... getting it ready to be read by someone.

Writing well, begins with reading.

I love books. I don't know what to do with all my books, now that I am almost 80, and may have to move.

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Today's rag sheets are nothing but propagandists for bloated, corrupt, over extended, morally and financially bankrupt empire. Go back and read Orwell's 1984. There is virtually no difference between Winston's job of disappearing of yesterday's official version of reality and replacing it with the new reality and the same thing happening today. Go to look up an old story and you may find the "not found" message. Not removed, but not found. In other words, though you may have read the story at an earlier date, it no longer exists so therefore it never existed. They are re-writing the news as it is preferred by those in control.

"Those who control the present, control the past and those who control the past control the future."
" George Orwell, 1984

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