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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...

The Power of Email and Social Media – Don Purdum

The Power of Email and Social Media – Don Purdum

Jan 3, 2012

How do you communicate with your readers and followers that are raving fans of your website and blog but don’t necessarily visit it on their own every day? Or just as important, how do you get an average follower to want to become a raving fan? Let’s face it, your audience needs to be reminded that you are there. It’s not that they don’t want to engage with you, but if you are out of sight, you are probably out of mind. It’s just the nature of human behavior. If you can learn how to self promote your business through email and social media, you have an incredible opportunity to deepen your relationship with your audience and earn new followers as well. The key is to have great content. If you do, your readers will want to know when you plan to release more. Coming up with ways to ask them to join your email list, your Facebook pages, or other social networks is the opportunity that leads to growth. The true power of email and social media is in the metrics, and numbers don’t lie. If you grow your influence through these tools, then your business will see an increase in social interactions and a bigger bottom line if done properly. How do I get subscribers? Good question…try asking. If you encourage people to subscribe to your email updates or join your social media pages, they will. Of course not everyone, but many will. On your website, put a nice, friendly pop-up that asks for their email address. Tell them specifically how you will and will not use their treasured information. Remember, email is highly personal and we are all tired of being spammed. In addition to the one-time popup question, one of our regular bloggers (Kris de Leon) offered to give a free eBook to anyone who joined our email list. We gave a visitor something they wanted, and in return they entrusted us with their email address. It was a win-win. We launched The Internet Conference in November 2011. No one knew a thing about it. Here it is the end of December, just one month later since the launch, and...

5 Keys to Make Your Big Ideas Happen in 2011

5 Keys to Make Your Big Ideas Happen in 2011

Jul 5, 2011

5 Keys to Make Your Big Ideas Happen in 2011 1. Have a big Idea and I really mean it: BIG. 2. Work on it every day and keep it real. Remember: every little detail matters. 3. Don’t be afraid to fail (It’s waist of your time). Use your brain to live your life in a way that causes you to feel a ton of pleasure. Control your life, if you don’t, life will control you. 4. Surround yourself with smart people, delegate tasks and give them credit for the job well done. 5. Keep learning every day. Learn from failures of others. Bonus: advertise, and make your brand as visible as it possible. If you don’t know how, contact Mike’s Ad...

Troubleshooting Your Social Media Efforts

Troubleshooting Your Social Media Efforts

Mar 26, 2011

Troubleshooting Your Social Media Efforts: 10 Tips on How to Instantly Boost your Results So, you have your new website up and running. You have hired an intern, or a journalist, or a PR firm to execute a social media plan. You are tweeting, facebooking, linking in, and more. And still, it seems like there are new technologies and “must haves” everyday—how can a busy business owner or executive keep it all straight? Well, never fear because I am here to help. What I have learned over time is to take a deep breath and focus on a few of strategies and choose a few tools and to analyze how we fare. Moving up in search and establishing a digital presence is a large piece of the pie—but where is your social media sending people? Are they going to your website and leaving? Do you have a place for them to come back to? If so, is it optimized? And how are you measuring a successful marketing campaign? Here are 10 tips to instantly boost your results: 1. Have Patience. Most search engines need a few months to fully saturate the web. Stick with something for at least 4 months before determining whether or not it’s a success. On the flip side, avoid paying a lot of money in one shot for unchecked results. 2. Know your keywords. Before you go spending money on PPC or revamping your website, take the time to create a company document identifying the most searched words in your particular market or industry. 3. Find your voice. Branding a voice for your digital presence does many things, but to me, the most important thing it does is to break through the noise. Be different. Be bold. Be creative. 4. Avoid disappointment. The main mistake companies make is falling into an inconsistent content plan. Stopping your blog is a cardinal sin! Keep it up—hire someone, teach someone, take the time yourself—it’s pretty therapeutic sometimes. But continue to put content out there. 5. Create a flexible website. If you are being held hostage by your website, take no more! In your next revamp, look for flexibility—create a home for your community...

5 Reasons To Have Only 5 Reasons On Your Blog Post

5 Reasons To Have Only 5 Reasons On Your Blog Post

Dec 26, 2010

5 Reasons To Have Only 5 Reasons On Your Post People are Busy-or at least think they are way too busy to open up a comprehensive article about anything.  The wired society of today has to get their information in ‘Reader’s Digest’ or ‘Cliff Notes’ form or they will shelf the article forever.  140 character messaging on Twitter is quickly becoming more and more popular for a reason. People are A.D.D.-Attention Deficit Disorder has become the norm with all of the world’s extra anxiety and electronic stimuli.  It is rare for folks to not be plugged into to one or more connections even when they are in bed and at mealtime.  The world is catering to the multi-taskers and multi-A.D.D.’ers and so should you if you want your blog to be read. People are lazy– by nature. Don’t even try to argue.  You are lazy too.  Long articles or epic videos about concepts that are better suited for a target audience can be provided in other forms.  Blogs and electronic media are just to drive the inspired, non-lazy, potential connections or clients to your website.  Do not over inform. Most online information is CRAP-navigating through the BS clutter from how you will lose all of your potential clients if you do not watch/read this to your dreams will come true if you just click here have worn folks out.  No one wants to bother with navigating a blog post that is 3 pages long just to find out that you are trying to sell them something or you have to pay to get the real goods.  If you are still marketing this way, you are not a ‘Social Media Expert’. People don’t care what you have to say-unless it’s about them. (wanna bet?) Facebook, Youtube, LinkedIn, Myspace and social media, in general is narcissistic by nature.  Folks are not looking for you unless they are stalkers or trying to sell you something.  Are you on these sights to gather more knowledge, personal self-improvement, to help others, to be influenced by an expansion of culture, or find you next plumber? No, you are there to post your best photos and play Mafia Wars and Yo-Ville. If you...