There is no shortage of psychological data on the effects of quarantine situations. Those who are experiencing anxiety, depression, or any other mental health problems that arise in these situations should never be invalidated. Their struggles are real, verifiable, and should be taken seriously. If you know of anyone who is experiencing potentially life-threatening mental health problems due to being quarantined (or for any reason,) please contact someone who can help them. You may very well be saving their lives.Continue reading Quarantine is not Punishment
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” – The First Amendment of the US Constitution.
For those residing in the United States, the first amendment is a benchmark right. Its prominence in the bill of rights reflects its importance, as it covers two of the most principal assurances for both freedom of and freedom from religion and to the free expression of speech without fear of molestation. For expats, it’s an entirely different thing.Continue reading Free Speech and Social Media
Do you know what a false equivalency is, and why every topic should not always be given a ‘both sides’ approach? There are points of view that people hold that either have no basis in empirical evidence, or have been derived from false information. Problems arise when these points of view are presented as legitimate counter-arguments to empirically established knowledge.Continue reading False Equivalencies And Journalistic Integrity
Outside of the occasional album cover, dog picture, and a bit of jocularity, I am currently posting mostly news on my Facebook page. By news, I mean information that has little or no commentary. I carefully choose my sources using the nearly thirty years of experience I have as a journalist in the mainstream print, radio, and television media.Continue reading The Gospel of News Journalism