The Six W’s of Journalism

Anyone who took journalism in school was taught about the Five W’s. Anyone who knows anything about what journalism should also know about the Five W’s.

Today, however, it appears there are Six W’s.

Apparently journalists are not taught about them the way they used to be nor in any way that resembles what it should be.

WhoWhatWhenWhereWhy (and occasionally How).

If a journalist sticks to these 5 rules while on assignment and investigating a story, they will come back with facts that readers can consume.

While I was in journalism class, we were also told to give our stories some flare. Here is where some of the trouble began.

The stories I turned in contained the 5 W’s but not enough flare; not enough interest was generated when reading my assignment. In other words, it was boring.

Back then it was hard for me to grasp the concept of writing a news article with just facts while also writing it in a way that created interest. I just didn’t get it because in my eyes generating that kind of interest required imagination and embellishment I didn’t quite have yet.

So here we are in 2023 and anything boring is considered a death signature for the career of a journalist. If you can’t generate a name for yourself that stands out over and above your story, you’re just another nobody that no one want to know.

There are some news organizations that have been caught telling their reporters to generate stories or focus on certain types of stories or just certain individuals. That’s okay if you’re truthful about your purpose as said organization.

If, however, you are advertising your organization as a news organization that reports all news regardless of who it’s about, well then… you better not get caught telling journalists they can only focus on certain things while ignoring others.

Here in lies the problem; we are desensitized to the normal, everyday event which isn’t a big deal except we are now desensitized to some of the most horrendous events. There’s so much sensationalism in reporting that we just don’t care. I’ve read headline after headline that should have shocked me but meant nothing more than the weather.

Why is that? A picture like this should create an emotion of tragedy and sympathy; maybe even a desire to help and the will to do it.

One reason for the lack of give-a-damn is that when I do happen to get into the article, I often find that the event that actually took place is nothing like the headline. It’s misleading; it’s click-bait.

This picture could read “Hurricane wipes out family home” but when I click to read it, the article may end up being a clever way to create a need for insurance with the article coincidentally containing a handy-dandy phone number for my convenience. It may indeed speak of a tragic event, but the way it’s written leave me not caring.

Another reason is so many people are reporting the same thing in a more sensational way to get over the heads of other reporting the same thing. They must be louder, bolder, slap my face harder!

One more reason… they are no longer trustworthy. How many times have you read or heard a report just to find out later that it wasn’t true, or it was exaggerated? How many times have you heard a pundit take a normal subject and blow it out of proportion while claiming to be a journalist.

Pundits are not journalists, but many journalists are acting like pundits.

What is the sixth W, I hear you ask. Here is what I’ve come up with and just to be clear, I wrote this down on a pad of paper a number of years ago and it sadly has not gotten better with time; it’s actually much, much worse.

WhoWhatWhereWhenWhy… and…

Whether or not you want my opinion, you’re getting it!

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Headlines – Good, Bad, Ugly

Check out these headlines seen during the last couple of months. I receive several emails with news updates and occasionally one will catch my eye or cause a headache.

Washington Politicians Sneak Funding for Gun Control Database That Foreign Governments Access Into $1.7 Trillion Spending Blowout

$575 million towards ‘family planning’ and ‘reproductive health.’ $1.2 million for centers that support LGBTQ students at a San Diego Community College District. $3 million towards the New York Historical Society’s ‘American LGBTQ+ Museum Partnership Project.’ $750,000 to the Translatin Coalition. And a brand new “pandemic czar” to replace the elf-like Anthony Fauci, who is apparently hitching a ride with Santa to get the h-e-double-hockeysticks out of Washington before any wild-eyed senators from Kentucky can exact a highly televised reckoning upon him.

The Gun Owners of America has compiled a “naughty list” of their own: 12 ways that the spending bill assaults American citizens’ constitutional right to bear arms.

The government of the United States has been and will continue to do all they can to remove guns from the hands of every citizen no matter what the Second Amendment says.

The FDA Uncovers Yet Another Dangerous Side Effect of the Covid-19 ‘Vaccines’: Blood Clotting and Risk of Pulmonary Embolism

“Four outcomes met the threshold for a statistical signal following BNT162b2 vaccination including pulmonary embolism (PE; RR = 1.54), acute myocardial infarction (AMI; RR = 1.42), disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC; RR = 1.91), and immune thrombocytopenia (ITP; RR = 1.44),” the study found.

“Bottom line: The CDC isn’t looking at any of the safety signals, so they won’t find any,” he said. “The FDA is equally clueless and it will take decades before they can tie the pulmonary embolism to the vaccine.”

How many more reasons to people need to avoid this so-called vaccine as if it were the plague? The vaccine is becoming the real pandemic.  

NYC Judge Rules Vaccine Mandate for City Employees Unconstitutional After City Fires Nearly 2,000 People

Daily Wire: Unvaccinated New York City workers scored a victory Monday after a New York Supreme Court judge ruled the city’s vaccine mandate for all city employees is arbitrary, capricious, and unconstitutional. New York City Democratic Mayor Eric Adams fired roughly 2,000 municipal workers — including police officers and firefighters — earlier this year who refused to comply with the COVID vaccination mandate. The court found that “being vaccinated does not prevent an individual from contracting or transmitting COVID-19,” adding that vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals have the same quarantine and isolation guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Daily Wire). NYCforYourself: Judge Strikes Down NYC Vaccine Mandate for City Workers. “It’s null and void,” says attorney @ChadLaveglia. “We just defeated the vaccine mandate for every single city employee” (Twitter). Raheem Kassam: NY Supreme Court orders reinstatement of fired unvaxxed staff, WITH backpay, says “Being vaccinated does not prevent an individual from contracting or transmitting Covid-19,” adding that the mandates were “about compliance” (Twitter).

We did not need a judge to tell us the vaccine mandate is unconstitutional but if it’s ruled in one city or state, it’s literally unconstitutional in all.

Walmart CEO Says Theft Will Lead to Store Closures

CNBC: Walmart stores across the U.S. are grappling with an uptick in shoplifting that could lead to higher prices and closed stores if the problem persists, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said. When asked on Tuesday about how local jurisdictions handle shoplifting cases, McMillon said a lax approach from prosecutors could impact prices and lead to store closures down the line (CNBC). Insider: The Bentonville, Arkansas-based retail giant is not the only retailer that has recently sounded the alarm on theft. Missing inventory has reduced Target’s gross margin by more than $400 million in 2022 compared with last year, and Target expects those profit losses to grow to $600 million by the end of the fiscal year, Target CFO Michael Fiddelke said in November during a company earnings call (Insider).

The only word I can think of is… duh.

Congress to Include $10 Billion in Military Aid for Taiwan in Defense Bill

Washington Times: Congress is poised to significantly boost U.S. security assistance to Taiwan to thwart a potential invasion by China as part of this year’s must-pass defense policy bill. The final text of this year’s $847 billion National Defense Authorization Act provides up to $10 billion in foreign military financing grants to Taipei over the next five years. It also includes provisions that authorize “presidential drawdown authority” to fast-track military aid to Taiwan in a manner similar to U.S. aid for Ukraine (Washington Times). Reuters: The “Taiwan Enhanced Resilience Act” included in the NDAA authorizes appropriations for military grant assistance for Taiwan up to $2 billion per year from 2023 through 2027, if the U.S. secretary of state certifies that Taiwan increased its defense spending (Reuters).

Ukraine, Taiwan… anyone else want to get in on the action of stealing US tax payer’s money for countries rather than securing our own borders?

Brittney Griner Released in Exchange for “Merchant of Death”

CBS: Brittney Griner, the WNBA star who was held for months in Russian prisons on drug charges, was released Thursday in a one-for-one prisoner swap for international arms dealer Viktor Bout (CBS). Robby Starbuck: This is who Joe Biden just freed (Twitter). National Review: In 2010, John Brennan, Obama’s deputy national security advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, said in an interview that capturing and trying Bout was crucial to thwarting the flow of illegal arms sales to dangerous terrorist entities (National Review). Benny Johnson: Meet Brittney Griner & Marine Paul Whelan. Both Americans. Both were convicted in Russian courts on dubious charges. Both serving multi-year sentences in Russian prison. Brittney hates America Paul served America. Guess which one Biden traded a terrorist to free (Twitter)?

Nearly all media people have said “any American coming home is a win… but”. And that conjunction is important because it erases the BS they feel compelled to say. We got back someone who can dribble a basketball and they got someone back who can (and will) kill as many people as he can. Fair trade?

House Enshrines Same-Sex Marriage Act

New York Times: The House on Thursday gave final approval to legislation to mandate federal recognition for same-sex marriages, with a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers voting in favor of the measure in the waning days of the Democratic-led Congress. With a vote of 258-169, the landmark legislation cleared Congress, sending it to President Biden to be signed into law and capping an improbable path for a measure that only months ago appeared to have little chance at enactment (New York Times). Daily Wire: The bill would not force states to allow same-sex couples to marry under the Supreme Court’s 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision. It would, however, make it so that any “person acting under color of State law” fully recognizes marriage between two people in another state and that the federal government must recognize marriages if they were valid in the state where the marriage occurred (Daily Wire).

CNBC: President Joe Biden signed the bipartisan Respect for Marriage Act on Tuesday, codifying into law protections for same-sex and interracial couples. The signing took place in a large ceremony with thousands of attendees on the White House South Lawn. The Respect for Marriage Act does not guarantee the right to marry. It specifies that states must recognize same-sex marriages across state lines and that same-sex couples have the same federal benefits as any married couple (CNBC). Charlie Kirk: Joe Biden has invited a drag queen who dances for children to the White House to participate in the bill signing for “The Respect for Marriage Act.” This isn’t respect for marriage, it’s a slap in the face, and that’s exactly what it’s intended to be (Twitter).

How many people will assume this means all states must allow same sex marriage to occur rather than causing states to recognize marriages from other states?

Military Revokes Vaccine Mandates

Fox News: President Biden’s administration is furious that Congress is poised to remove the military’s universal vaccine mandate, a major concession to Republicans on Capitol Hill. Biden and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had been pushing Congress to keep the vaccine requirement as a non-negotiable, but Republicans appear to have successfully negotiated an end to the policy in exchange for passing the military’s budget proposal, according to the Washington Post. Biden officials argue ending the mandate will cost lives, while Republicans say they are standing up for individual autonomy (Fox News). CNN: The provision to rescind the military’s Covid vaccine mandate comes after congressional Republicans pushed for its repeal. In a statement Tuesday night, House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy said, “the end of President Biden’s military COVID vaccine mandate is a victory for our military and for common sense” (CNN).

This is really great news for all of the former military personnel who either got the shot and now must risk side-affects or left the military because they weren’t willing to risk those same side-affects. Smell the sarcasm.

Cambridge Dictionary Modifies Definitions of “Man” and “Woman”

Fox News: Cambridge Dictionary is being criticized by conservatives on social media for altering the definitions of the words “man” and “woman” to include people who identify as a gender other than their biological sex. The definition of woman, which previously represented the longstanding view on sex, now states that a woman is “an adult who lives and identifies as female though they may have been said to have a different sex at birth.” Similarly, a man is now defined as “an adult who lives and identifies as male though they may have been said to have a different sex at birth” (Fox News). Christopher Rufo: Cambridge Dictionary just dropped a new definition of “woman” (Twitter).

Because to hell with facts and logic.

Vatican Kicks Priest Out of Priesthood for Staunch Pro-Life Stance

National Review: The Vatican has defrocked prominent Catholic priest and outspoken anti-abortion activist Frank Pavone with no possibility of appeal, documents published Sunday reveal. Pavone was a former religious adviser to President Donald Trump and is known for his leadership of a religious organization that strongly opposes abortion, Priests for Life (National Review). Catholic News Agency: Pavone is still saying Masses, including one streamed online Saturday. The Priests for Life website states that Pavone “is a Catholic priest in good standing, and exercises his ministry in full communion with the Catholic Church” (Catholic News Agency).

Someone will need to explain to me why he was defrocked for his stance on abortion… unless of course it was more his relationship with Trump.

Stanford University Reveals List of Banned Words, Among Them is “American”

Shame on you for even thinking you were “American.” Stanford University thinks you are bigoted. Fox News: Stanford University published an index of “harmful language” it plans to eliminate from the school’s websites and computer code, offering terms to be used as replacements… Among the words the university urges people to avoid in the imprecise language section is the term, “American.” People are instead asked to use “U.S. Citizen” because “American” typically refers to “people from the United States only, thereby insinuating that the US is the most important country in the Americas” (Fox News). Nicholas Christakis: What really is amazing about this situation at Stanford is that they willingly convened and *funded* a committee to do this and then promptly lacked courage to defend it by quickly withdrawing list from public availability. If you’re making a list of prohibited words, defend it (Twitter).

So I hear they are no longer showing the list to the public which means they received so much negative feedback that they are now hiding it. It does not mean they are destroying the list. It does however mean they hope other institutions copied the list and will implement it so they can save face.

We, the people of the world, do not agree with the erasing of words or the changing of how we use them. Back the F off!

Omnibus Bill Contains Hundreds of Millions for Border Security… for Middle Eastern Countries

Breitbart: The spending bill includes $410 million “for enhanced border security” in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia, and Oman. At least $150 million of the funding is to be used to help Jordan secure its borders. The hundreds of millions of dollars for border security thousands of miles away from the U.S. comes after Republicans and Democrats negotiated a similar plan in March that saw about $370 million go to border security initiatives in the Middle East and North Africa (Breitbart). World Time Today: The spending bill provides that $1.5 billion will be allocated for “US Customs and Border Protection border management requirements,” but none of the funds allocated in this section may be used to hire or “acquire, to maintain or enhance border security technology and capabilities, excluding technology and capabilities to enhance border protection processing” (World Time Today). Rep. Dan Bishop: It expressly prohibits CBP funding from being used to improve border security (Twitter).

Again, I ask… what about the borders of our own country?

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Trump’s Decision for 2024

For years the Democrats, the media, the entertainment industry, the far Left, and social media has been trying to get rid of Donald Trump. Now he’s on the verge of announcing another run for the White House and he may just get rid of himself. I hope I’m wrong!

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Gas Prices November 15, 2022

Now that the Mid-Terms are over and the dust is still settling, lets see if the gas prices have been affected. At the moment, it appears prices have gone down in the six states I’ve been reviewing the last couple of years.

This is a continued study in gas price changes after Joe Biden took office in January 2021. I am tracking the following states: California (West), Idaho (NW), Minnesota (N-mid), Pennsylvania (East), Florida (SE), Texas (S-mid).

Compare previous posts:
2021: January1, January2, February, March, April, May, July, August, & Dec

2022: March1, March2, April, June, August, September, October1, October2

Information coming from AAA

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Gas Prices October 30, 2022

On October 27th, Joe Biden made the following claim. “Today, the most common price of gas in America is $3.39 – down from over $5 when I took office.”

Remarkably even CNN & MSN are fact checking it as a false statement.

CNN: In previous remarks, Biden has discussed the state of gas prices in relation to the Russian invasion or the summer peak, not in relation to when he took office. Regardless of his intentions in his remarks on Thursday, though, the price of gas might well be the single most important price in the midterm election campaign, and this speech was the second this fall in which Biden described it inaccurately – both times in a way that made it sound more impressive.

MSN: During a Thursday speech in Syracuse, New York, Biden accurately said that gas prices, now averaging about $3.76 per gallon, have declined by roughly $1.25 since this year’s June peak of over $5 per gallon. But then he claimed, “Today, the most common price of gas in America is $3.39 – down from over $5 when I took office.” People in the audience applauded.

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Gas Prices October 17, 2022

The month of October is seeing gas prices increase once again. California increased the most going from $5.883 to $6.059 on average. As Biden asks Saudi Arabia to postpone their OPEC cut by a month, many people wonder if this coincidentally corresponds to the November mid-term election or if it simply corresponds to the mid-term election.

This is a continued study in gas price changes after Joe Biden signed his Executive Order eliminating thousands of jobs. I am tracing the following states: California (West), Idaho (NW), Minnesota (N-mid), Pennsylvania (East), Florida (SE), Texas (S-mid).

Compare previous posts:
2021: January1, January2, February, March, April, May, July, August, & Dec

2022: March1, March2, April, June, August, September

Information coming from AAA

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Genital Mutilation vs Mastectomy

If you look at the world today vs the world just a decade or two ago, things have changed dramatically. It’s not as if we weren’t already going to this place we now reside, it’s that the moment to advance ripened for those wanting to push drastic changes. If nothing else, the year 2020 was a laugh in the face of the notion we should have 20/20 vision. We keep looking back and we keep not learning.

There are several articles and websites dedicated to the banning and horrors of female genital mutilation and several dedicated to the joy and benefit of transgender surgery. I agree with the notion that genital mutilation is a horrible practice but I do not agree that gender changing surgery for children or teenagers is a good thing based on the notion they are uncomfortable in their bodies.

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Gas Prices September 27, 2022

Let’s look at gas prices in September 2022. Notice that the prices in the states I am watching have gone down (other than California). Question for everyone, what will happen once our reserves are completely drained by Joe Biden’s order? It feels a lot like he’s trading the US security for a vulnerability none of us can overcome. Doesn’t that make him a traitor to our country. Is the word treason too harsh? Why would he do this to us? There’s money and power on the line and he is owned by those who will do whatever they want to our country.

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Twenty-One Years Later on 9/11

The citizens of the United States, regardless of political belief, came together after terrorists attacked our country and killed 2,996 of our fellow Americans in 2001.

Sadly, instead of those enemies being eliminated, they have multiplied. For example, the Biden administration continues to allow our southern border to be overrun by illegal aliens swarming our land after his own words of encouragement. It has been proven that some of these people are known terrorists and it’s unclear how many are within the interior.

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DEFCON Insurrection – The Red Sermon

Joe Biden’s speech on September 1, 2022 was purposeful and telling. It was his hope (and that of the Democrats) that these menacing and destructive words would cause his enemies to flame up and swarm the capitol. He may not have written the words but based on the delivery and lack of gaffes, these were his words.

Make no mistake, the Left’s wet dream is DEFCON Insurrection.

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Biden’s Philadelphia Speech Transcript

See my post regarding this speech. Below is the transcript and below that are the screen shots from the White House website of his speech. This may seem a bit much but I don’t necessarily trust that they won’t change the speech transcript since they won’t even send me the email updates their site promises.

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Headlines – Good, Bad, Ugly

Check out these headlines seen during the last couple of months. I receive several emails with news updates and occasionally one will catch my eye or cause a headache.

UPenn Trans Swimmer Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year

I wonder if they chose Sylvie Binder over Lia because Sylvie deserved it based on her abilities or because she is a real woman and not a dude pretending to be a woman. Do I dare say ‘both’ reasons?

Southwest Airlines Flight Attendant Awarded $5 Million After Airline Fires Her for Her Pro-Life Views in 2017

At first I was surprised by this but then it dawned on me that many individuals are NOT what the media and activists want us to believe.

The CDC is Finally Throwing the White Flag on Covid-19 Regulations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is in full retreat on Covid-19 restrictions, over two years into a pandemic that has reached endemic stage and after 99% of Americans have survived with natural immunity from prior infection.

The CDC on Thursday “loosened many of its recommendations for battling the coronavirus, a strategic shift that puts more of the onus on individuals, rather than on schools, businesses and other institutions, to limit viral spread,” the Washington Post reported.

44 Percent of Pregnant Women Miscarried After Receiving Pfizer Vaccine

Gosh maybe if the CDC and other agencies, activists, and other assholes had not pushed vaccines on the public, people would have made a choice of their own choosing.

CDC Vows Internal Overhaul to Repair Reputation


White House Touts Lower Gas Prices Despite Prices Being 67 Percent Higher Than When Biden Took Office

This one can be proved simply by reading the gas price articles here on Freedom Lover USA. I have been keeping track since January 2021 to show what it was when Biden took office vs what it becomes after his policies.

North Dakota School Board Votes to Forgo Saying Pledge of Allegiance Before Meetings

A North Dakota school board has nixed reciting the Pledge of Allegiance before each meeting — deciding it didn’t align with the district’s values.

The Fargo School Board voted 7-2 Tuesday to drop the Pledge from the start of its bi-weekly meetings because members didn’t feel it was inclusive, apparently taking issue with the phrase: “under God,” according to North Dakota newspaper Inforum.

Board member Seth Holden said that because “the word ‘God’ in the text of the Pledge of Allegiance is capitalized … the text is clearly referring to the Judeo-Christian god and therefore, it does not include any other faith such as Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, all of which are practiced by our staff and students.”

Elite, All-Female Nashville School to Allow Any Student Who Identifies as Female

In other words, they are now coed.

WHO Moves to Change Name of Monkeypox to Avoid Being Racist

Monkeypox has been around since 1958. The world’s population has managed to live with that name since then. It was a commonsense name at the time; research monkeys in Denmark were observed to have a pox-like disease (HotAir).

I literally never thought of this in a race-driven way until the WHO mentioned it. Once again, organizations and activists pointing fingers should do so while looking in the mirror. They are promoting racism and bringing it to the surface in an attempt to keep it alive or, more likely, create it out of thin air.

Biden Officially Signs Inflation Reduction Bill

No one with half a brain believes this will reduce inflation including the Democrats with half a brain. They should have called it the Poverty Creation Bill.

Media Outlets Rush to Rename “Inflation Reduction Act”

Twitter users took several media outlets and reporters to task for no longer using the term “Inflation Reduction Act” to describe the massive spending bill President Biden signed into law on Tuesday. As the bill came closer to being signed into law, more media outlets began referring to it as a “climate and health” bill instead, citing nearly $369 billion going toward investments in “Energy Security and Climate Change” (Fox News).

Liz Cheney Loses Seat to Trump-Endorsed Harriet Hageman

… and then promptly compares herself to Abraham Lincoln suggesting she will run for president to keep Donald Trump out of office. Her elitist self-importance makes real people want to puke.

Britain’s Royal Air Force Begins Rejecting Applications From White Men to Meet Diversity Goals

It’s not just the United States that focuses on the race of the individual. Other countries such as Britain want to make themselves appear to give a flying F about certain groups and people. Hear this… they do not care… it’s all about power.

Fire Whites First: Minneapolis Public Schools Refuse to Back Down Despite Criticism

Public school boards show their true colors making color, and anything else they can, something to focus on while not educating children about real life.

Hear this again… they do not care… it’s all about power.

Planned Parenthood Throws Record $50 Million Into Midterm Elections

They gave that money to Republicans, right?

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The Human Brain & Getting Along

The human brain is a marvelously mysterious and incredible thing. It protects us from harm, brings us closer to other humans, and helps us when we aren’t even aware of it. It classifies everything we look at without even thinking about it. Well, that’s not true; it is thinking, we just don’t realize that’s what we’re doing.

Try looking at a sign in your native language and ‘not’ reading it. Impossible unless you see it so quickly that the brain does not compute the message. But even then, it probably did compute it and we just don’t know how to get at the information.

When we see something or someone, our brain immediately tries to identify what it is seeing. Instinct comes into play and the brain decides as quickly as possible if what it is seeing is beneficial or dangerous. It asks questions. The order that it asks is debatable but still important. I believe we subconsciously think 1) safety 2) possession 3) consumption 4) desire 5) longevity.

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The Amazing Attention Seeker

The internet was created to be a place where we obtain and gather information; to learn and grow. Today, when it comes to the individual user, it’s more of an attention feeding ground. Those who crave it, now demand it. Whether it’s by being the most extraordinary to the most outrageous, people need to do more and more to get what they desire; recognition (deserved or otherwise).

In the past, recognition came for a job well done. Now, we give recognition for being different from the norm. The more outrageous and unique the person is, the more others flock to them; making it more the follower’s fault than the person the attention is upon. Those who want the attention, however, know what it takes to get others to look their way and exploit those desires.

It is a give and take proposition. I will give you what you crave (deviance and the bizarre) and you will in turn make me feel elated about myself.

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This Company Doesn’t Want Your Money

On August 9, 2022 past customers of Cards Against Humanity received an email telling them they no longer want their money.

After receiving one of these emails, I went to their website to verify it’s legitimacy because it seemed insane to tell customers they suck and that CAH doesn’t care if they lose business.

Below you will find a copy of the email, screen shots of their website along with links, and other details.

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