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Snowden, Manning and the Modern Day Whistleblower

Snowden, Manning and the Modern Day Whistleblower

Aug 27, 2013

Snowden, Manning and the Modern Day Whistleblower   Image Source: popularresistance.org On the same day the “Bradley” Chelsea Manning[1] verdict came down, Senator Grassley (R-IA) submitted a resolution proposing a national holiday for whistleblowersand unanimously “July 31st” became National Whistleblower Appreciation Day. The irony is not lost on everyone, for what “appreciation” has been shown to PFC Bradley/Chelsea Manning and NSA leaker Ed Snowden who have been nothing but demonized? Manning now sentenced to a shameful prison term for telling the Truthwhile Snowden’s still on the lam having to make nice with America’s enemies out of necessity as the debate between “hero” or “traitor” rages on here at home. Shouldn’t the debate be about the content and context of the leaked information? Isn’t that what should ultimately be important? There are some who would have you believe the means with which a leaker leaks is moreimportant than all of that and oh, by the way, the leak itself? Clean up on aisle 7! Blowing the Whistle   Image Source: 99getsmart.com Government whistleblowers and other information leakers have one thing in common, a secret. A secret they no longer wish to keep. A secret so immense — at least to the bearer, they feel the world needs to know about it, usually at any cost. In fact, whistleblowers often “give up everything”, sacrificing their livelihoods, lifestyles, reputations and sometimes their safety, all in order to protect those they believe they are protecting. In the case of National Security whistleblowers, that usually means YOU. While most people would remain silent, a whistleblower cannot. Whether the disclosure is about waste, fraud, abuse or malfeasance, the general intent of the whistleblower is to apprise those whose best interests are not being rightfully served. According to the Government Accountability Project’s Whistleblower.org, their “composite definition” of a whistleblower is taken from combined state, federal and international cases and is, “An employee who discloses information that s/he reasonably believes is evidence of illegality, gross waste or fraud, mismanagement, abuse of power, general wrongdoing, or a substantial and specific danger to public health and safety. Typically, whistleblowers speak out to parties that can influence and rectify the situation. These parties include the media, organizational managers, hotlines, or Congressional members/staff, to name a few.” But, There’s a Right and Wrong Way to Blow   Image Source: insidecounsel.com In July of 1778, Congress enacted the first whistleblower protection...

How To Use Images In Your Blog- Cheri Speaks

How To Use Images In Your Blog- Cheri Speaks

Feb 11, 2013

Image Source: mackdawgproductions.com Wait! What? There’s a right way to use images on my Blog? Yes! First of all, if you are not using images then you are doing yourself and your readers a disservice and there are at least 5 Ways Images Make Your Blog Better (for those of you who haven’t used images yet, this will get you started on the right foot). But, let’s assume you are already using images. What could you possibly do better? There are many ways to use images. Some Bloggers simply insert them into their posts with little thought beyond why they want to use them. This practice is not only potentially illegal because of copyright, but it is also unfortunate because you are not taking advantage of technology and the never-ending human consumption of images. Writers want readers. What’s the point in writing in a public forum if we do not want to do everything we can to get our words in front of as many eyes possible right? Also, if someone where to take our words and share them as their own it wouldn’t be very nice would it? Exactly. So, here’s how to use images in your Blog. “Image” When you open a new post and go to insert an image the media gallery will open. Once you have an image chosen there are text fields on the right hand side where you need to type in a little image info (if you titled your image when you captured and saved it there will already be a title in the “title” field however you can change it at any time. In the example below I have left all fields blank for demonstration purposes. “Title” Giving a “title” for your image is important, not only for your own organizational purposes, but also in beefing up SEO. Personally I create a title that is the same as the “Alt Text” I choose. You can title your images however you’d like.  I have several images that are “peace doves” so in this case I added the word “words’” to make it easier for me to find since this particular image is created from words. “Caption” Attribution aka giving credit where credit is due. If the image is a photograph or graphic you took or created...

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